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Countdown to Summer

There are only three issues of Almanac remaining in the spring semester (May 6, May 13 and May 27--which will include Summer AT PENN), so if you anticipate a need to publish information of concern to faculty and staff, please contact Almanac promptly to reserve space.

During the summer there will be a mid-July issue. --Ed.




Alan Charlie Johnson

On the front page of last week's issue, amidst the ten newest recipients of the 2003 Lindback Awards and Provost's Awards, a photograph of the late Dr. Alvin H. Johnson, associate emeritus professor of music, (Almanac March 28, 2000) inadvertently appeared where there should have been a photograph of Dr. Alan T. Charlie Johnson, associate professor of physics and astronomy. The Lindback winner's photo appears here. Almanac regrets the error. --Ed.



During Finals: Escorts from Library

As in past years, the Division of Public Safety, working with the Undergraduate Assembly, has reinstituted the Public Safety Walk-back Program. During finals, from Monday April 28 through Thursday May 8, an Allied Security Officer will be posted at ‘the Button' on Locust Walk from 12 a.m.--3:30 a.m. Approximately every 1/2 hour the officer will enter Rosengarten Library to determine if any student would like an escort. The Penn Walker will then perform the escort and return to repeat the process.

The Division of Public Safety is providing this service in addition to its normal Walking Escort Program. Escorts to campus locations are provided by specially trained uniformed Allied security officers. Escorts are dispatched by radio and will accompany you from one campus location to another, to a Penn Transit Stop or to an on-campus SEPTA regional transit stop. Escorts are available, 7 days a week, from 8 a.m to 3 a.m. To request a Walking Escort, call (215) 898-9255 (898-WALK).

-- Domenic Ceccanecchio, Director, Security & Technical Services



Faculty Club Annual Meeting: May 7

Dear Faculty Club Members:

Please come to the Annual Meeting of the Faculty Club on Wednesday, May 7, in the Harrison Room. The meeting will begin at 4 p.m. and should be finished by 5 p.m., to be followed by a reception for all in attendance. This meeting provides both information and opportunity for you to discuss Club business with Board members and comment on the matters before the group. It is also an opportunity for you to support your colleagues who act on your behalf to keep the Club functioning.

The issues before us are financial and functional. You have read about them in the Newsletter over the past few months. The Board works with Marie Witt, Associate Vice President of Business Services, to keep costs for the Club as low as possible but it continues to require subsidy. Negotiations and conversations with the Executive Vice President and Provost reveal that the University will agree to provide subsidy up to a certain amount, but no higher. We want to continue functioning at the level we have come to expect and need your input in making important decisions.

I trust that you appreciate that the Board is working to do its job of being good citizens, responsible for managing the Faculty Club with limited resources. We are always open to comments and suggestions to make the Club a better place for all its members.

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

-- Elsa L. Ramsden, Chair, Board of Governors



PPSA Nominations: May 15

The Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA), an organization of administrative and technical staff who serve the teaching, research and business missions of the University, has the following positions on its Executive Board available for the coming year: Chair-Elect, Vice-Chair Elect, and three positions for Members-at- Large.

All monthly-paid staff are asked to self-nominate or submit names for consideration to no later than Thursday, May 15, 2003.

The home department and campus extension of the nominee should be included. A supporting statement can be included, if desired. The nominating committee will review the names and contact the nominees. A list of candidates will be prepared and distributed to the PPSA membership prior to the election which will occur during the annual meeting on May 29, in Houston Hall.

Questions on the nominating and election process? Contact

-- Anna Loh, Vice Chair, Penn Professional Staff Assembly



Tony n' Tina's Wedding Tickets

All Penn faculty and staff are invited to join the Association of Business Administrators Steering Committee on Friday evening, May 9 for a special showing of Tony n' Tina's Wedding at The Venice Plaza, 18th & Snyder in South Philly. For info., see:

Bring family and friends to share the occasion. This would be a great Mother's Day gift. Tickets are $30 (normally $59) which includes parking, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, open bar, show, and dancing to a live band.

To reserve tickets, contact Janice Brown (

--Business Services

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 31, April 29, 2003