Dr. Lance Donaldson-Evans, past Senate chair, served as the moderator at the first Council meeting of the semester last Wednesday. He welcomed President Amy Gutmann to her first-ever Council meeting, noting that this may be the last event that is a first for her at Penn, having already met with many constituencies.
Dr. Gutmann called the meeting to order and appointed Dr. James English, professor of English, to be the moderator for Council's subsequent meetings. Dr. Gutmann then reappointed Archivist Mark Frazier Lloyd, as the parliamentarian—a role he has served for many years.
President Gutmann began her report by thanking the entire Penn community for giving her such a warm welcome. She commented on the recent promotion to EVP of Craig Carnaroli and the recently formed consultative committee to search for a provost. She also cited the $11.4 million NSF grant for nanotechnology which integrates knowledge across schools as an example of how well Penn is doing, along with the two state grants—one for the Riverview Project which was awarded $10 million and the other a $2 million grant for a professional development center at the Penn Alexander School for teachers.
President Gutmann said she is looking forward to the Inaugural celebration, which she described as a chance to celebrate Penn's history, achievements and its future. The Symposium—Rising to the Challenges of a Diverse Democracy—is open to the entire Penn community.
Reports on efforts to encourage voter registration on campus were given by Carol Scheman, VP Government, Community and Public Affairs; Valarie Swain-Cade McCoullum, Vice Provost for University Life, along with students involved in the REV UP Team (Registration, Education, Voting Events and Activities at the University of Pennsylvania) which is using peer to peer efforts to change the culture and get students engaged in the political process (see New on the Web). President Gutmann called this a model for what a community can do.
Penn Information Commons, a collaboration between SAS, the Library and the Provost's Office, is being developed to create an area in Van Pelt Library for learning and teaching. Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries, said this will give the campus community another reason to visit the Library.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 6, October 5, 2004
October 5, 2004
Volume 51 Number 6