Trustees' Fall Meeting Coverage
At the Trustees' Fall
Stated Meeting on Friday, there were dozens of graduate students
who sat silently throughout
the meeting, wearing the Get-Up t-shirts to make the Trustees
aware of their cause to unionize. Prior to the meeting at the
Inn at Penn, some of the grad students marched and chanted
outside, at the entrance.
Riepe presented a Memorial Resolution for Natalie I. Koether,
C '61, L '65, who passed away on October
3, 2003 (Almanac October 14, 2003). She not only served
as a trustee, but was the longest-serving chair of the SAS
Board of Overseers and was only the second person to be designated
chair emerita when she resigned from that position after nine
years. The resolution conveyed the Trustees' sorrow, and shared "their
appreciation and affection with the family of one of Penn's
most beloved and esteemed alumnae."
of Appreciation for Leonard A. Lauder --who has been a Penn trustee since 1977--expressed "profound
gratitude" for his "many dazzling contributions to Penn" by
electing his an emeritus trustee.
of Appreciation for David Montgomery, president and CEO of
the Phillies Baseball--an alumni trustee
since 1999--noted gratitude to him for "always going to bat
for Penn, for being a "Whiz Kid" with numbers and with
people, and for consistently standing out as one of Penn's
most valuable players."
was also a Resolution of Appreciation to the Executive Committee
of the 125 Years of Women at Penn,
chaired by Judith Roth Berkowitz, for the celebration which
spanned two days during Homecoming 2002, and stretches across
38th Street in the form of the renovated generational bridge,
and now reaches across Hill Square with inscriptions by and
about women lining the walk and covering the benches.
Alan M. Hassenfeld,
who is completing his term as an Alumni Trustee, was elected
as a Term Trustee effective
January 1, 2004 on the expiration of his current term. Three
other Term Trustees were reelected to a five-year term: Mitchell
J. Blutt, C '78, M '82, WG '87; Mitchell I. Quain, EE '73;
David M. Silfen, C '66.
Rodin noted how especially pleased she was to be dedicating
a sculpture honoring 125 years
of women at Penn, since when she was Provost at Yale she dedicated
one for 20 years of women there. Dr. Rodin described the recently
held conference "From the Ground Up" on university-assisted
schools; Penn's efforts are seen as the model by other educators.
She noted how proud she is of Dr. Sarah Kagan who recently
won a MacArthur "genius" Award (Almanac October
The Urban Land Institute has recently bestowed on Penn one
of its 2003 awards for the many enhancements to the area such
as the Left Bank, the Inn at Penn, Bookstore, FreshGrocer,
The Bridge, among the many projects.
Dr. Rodin also
mentioned the dedication of Hillel's new home, Steinhardt Hall,(Almanac October
28, 2003) and of Weiss Tech House last month as well
as the groundbreaking for Skirkanich Hall and the Life Sciences
Building. The Quad
dedication--part of Homecoming weekend--will recognize those
who made the renovation and restoration of the historic dorms
possible. The School of Veterinary Medicine's new building,
south of the Old Vet building in the planning stages with plans
for a fall 2006 occupancy.
Provost Robert Barchi said that this
week was a homecoming for Dr. Perry Molinoff, the new Vice
Research (Almanac November
Dr. Barchi said that the SAS Center for Writing (Almanac January
21, 2003) recently
opened, led by Dr. Al Filreis. The Pilot Curriculum is in the
fourth year of the five-year experiment and the progress of
the interdisciplinary courses is being assessed.
gave Penn's financial report
for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2003. He said, during FY
03, the consolidated University achieved positive financial
performance despite the uncertain economic climate. The University's
revenue increased $245.8 million to over $3.58 billion. The
Health System constituted 49% of this overall growth in revenue.
Total gifts and pledges approached $247 million and operating
contributions grew $7.7 million over FY 02 level. There was
a positive increase in net assets from operating activities
of $21.6 million. For the third consecutive year, the Health
System generated positive net income from operations.
Dr. Arthur Rubenstein gave the Penn Medicine
Report; he mentioned a review of centers and institutes; web-based
teaching evaluations and peer awards for faculty that were
chair of Academic Policy Committee, reported on plans to
establish a University-wide Urban Institute
at Penn that would involve several schools. A new Master of
Science program in Translational Research-- research that makes
important contributions to patient care and medical education--will
be established in the School of Medicine.
Approval was given for design and construction
of major renovations to Bennett Hall to provide programmatically
efficient and updated academic spaces for English and Music
in the historic building, which was constructed in 1924 as
the College for Women. The resolution authorized $16.4 million
to upgrade the infrastructure of the building, some 66,500
gross square feet of space.
The Learning Resource Center will be getting
new quarters in the upper floor of Stouffer where it will be
able to expand to assist the increasing number of students
with physical, learning, and psychiatric disabilities. The
trustees authorized $2.043 million for this project.
Michael Tarnopol, the Development Committee
chair, reported that FY 04 is off to a good start and cash
receipts are ahead of projections.
Leonard Lauder gave the External Affairs Committee
report including an update on the Penn Branding of athletic
merchandise, which is concerned with consistency and quality.
Penn in the news most often pertains to Penn Medicine; He noted
that Penn has been in the New York Times almost as much
as Harvard has recently.
chair of Facilities and Campus Planning,
reported on the architects' presentations his committee saw,
one for SEAS and the other for Vet Medicine. The Skirkanich
Hall fa‚ade will be discussed again. The presentation of the
plans for the Vet School building were well received, he said.
Paul Williams gave the Penn Alumni Report;
the James Brister Society is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
were appointed to Boards including: Dr. Rosemary Mazanet
to Penn Medicine; Peter Shedd Reed and Richard Rosan to School
of Design; Dr. Linda Gilliam to
Dental Medicine; Jeffrey Seltzer to University Libraries; Ronnie
Friedman Wiener to ICA; Paul Greenberg and Dr. David Magerman
to SEAS; Pamela Craven to Law, Michael Kuritzkes to Annenberg
Center; and Dr. Susan Taylor and
David Sweet to WXPN