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AWFA Awards Nominations, Spring 2003

The Association of Women Faculty and Administrators (AWFA) invites you to nominate candidates for three annual awards. These awards will be presented at the awards breakfast tentatively scheduled on April 9 at 8 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel. Nominations are invited for the following awards:

The Lenore Williams Award: In 1984, AWFA received a bequest from Lenore Williams, wife of former provost Edwin B. Williams. In her honor, AWFA established an award to be given each year to an outstanding female scholar or leader. Preference will be given to a distinguished woman, affiliated with Penn, whose contributions extend within and beyond our campus.

The Alice Paul Awards: Named in honor of Dr. Alice Paul--suffragist leader, founder of the National Women's Party, author of the Equal Rights Amendment, and internationally known humanitarian--the awards are presented to undergraduate or graduate women in recognition of their outstanding service to women. We wish to honor those who made contributions to women in the Penn community.

The Robert E. Davies Award: This award is in honor of the late feminist and distinguished Penn scholar. The award will be bestowed on an individual involved in social change.

The Lynda Hart Award: established in Spring, 2001: The Lynda Hart Award is given to a woman student who has made an outstanding contribution to the artistic life of the Penn campus. The award is in memory of Lynda Hart, Professor of English, who was a mentor to many and a moving force behind the Women's Theater Festival.

With your nomination, include the following:  

  • specify award,
  • name of nominee, 
  • the nature of the nominee's achievement,
  • why you consider the contribution to be meritorious,
  • position of nominee, mailing address, phone number, e-mail address,
  • your name, position, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.

Please submit nominations by March 17, 2003 to:

Kristin Davidson, Chair, AWFA Awards Committee
College of Arts & Sciences, 120 Logan Hall/6304 or (215) 573-3416. 

If your nominee is selected, we will invite you to say a few words of introduction on her behalf.

--Kristin Davidson, AWFA Board of Directors

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Blood Drive: March 3

The American Red Cross has asked Stouffer College House to hold another blood drive. They only have one day of blood reserves! The Blood Drive will be held Monday, March 3 from 1- 6:30 p.m. in the Mayer Playroom. E-mail or call (215) 573-3741 with possible times that you would like to donate (appointments are every 15 minutes).

See for a list of eligibility criteria.

--Anne R. Mickle, House Dean, Stouffer College House


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Campus Security Information

Below are some of the items pertaining to Emergency Preparedness to be found on the University's new web site,, with links to the particular sources, both on campus and off-campus.

Security Alert from the Vice President of Public Safety

This notification is to advise you that effective 1 p.m., Friday, February 7, 2003, the Office of Homeland Security announced that it has increased the threat condition designation from an elevated (yellow) condition to the high risk (orange) condition. The action was deemed necessary due to information received from multiple intelligence sources confirming an increased likelihood of unspecific terrorist activity against American citizens and assets at home and abroad.

The Division of Public Safety continues to operate at an already heightened state of security. Per the University's PennCard Security Policy dated May 1, 2002, "members of the Penn community must be prepared for the enforcement of all existing PennCard policies, as well as potentially greater restrictions on access to campus buildings and events. Faculty, staff and students of the University of Pennsylvania must carry their PennCard Identification Cards with them or risk being denied access to University events or buildings" (Almanac, May 7, 2002).

Please be alert and report any criminal incident, suspicious behavior or improper security activity to the Division of Public Safety by dialing 511 for any campus phone or (215) 573-3333 if you are off campus.

-- Maureen S. Rush, Vice President for Public Safety

If You Should Find a Suspicious Package

The Division of Public Safety advises everyone to take extra precautions at this time. Information on how to deal with suspicious packages and other unusual activity can be found on the division's web site,

For information about biological agents such as anthrax, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's emergency preparedness site,

From Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

What to Expect After a Traumatic Event,

From Human Resources

Information on Dealing with Trauma

Information from the Office of International Programs (OIP)

International Travel Safety Advisories

The U.S. Department of State is closely monitoring world events and the impact that these events have on international travel. For the convenience of University faculty, staff and students, the Department of State Travel Advisories will be posted to this site.

In addition to travel information, this site, will be used to communicate information to the community during any future emergency condition affecting the University.

Advice from the US Department of State, and Bureau of Consular Affairs,

Additional Information

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The article in last week's issue on Computer Donation, Recycling and Disposal had an incorrect phone number for members of the Penn community interested in obtaining guidelines for equipment recycling. For information, visit the Penn Computing web site,

Human Resources' Brown Bag Matinee: Communicating Non-defensively will be held on Tuesday, March 18 not March 19. -- Ed.

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Penn Faculty Research Fellowships: Call for Applications, 2003--04

Applications are solicited from the standing faculty of the University of Pennsylvania humanities and allied departments for six research fellowships for the 2003--2004 academic year--three at $5,000 each for junior faculty and three at $10,000 each (course replacement) for senior faculty.

Recipients will be designated Penn Humanities Forum Faculty Research Fellows and will be expected to participate in a weekly research seminar (Tuesdays, noon-2 p.m.) during the academic year along with other scholars, including Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows, Regional Faculty Fellows, and others.

PHF Faculty Research Fellows must be carrying out research related to the Forum's topic for 2003-2004, Belief (for topic details, see PHF's web page: Fellows may use their funds for any materials or activities that further their investigations.

Please send a one-page research proposal and c.v. to Wendy Steiner, Director, Penn Humanities Forum, 3619 Locust Walk/6213, or via e-mail to Jennifer Conway, Associate Director, (215-898-8220).

Application deadline: Monday, March 28, 2003.

--Wendy Steiner, Director, Penn Humanities Forum

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  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 23, February, 2003