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University Council Coverage

September 27, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03

Last Wednesday, at the first University Council meeting of the academic year, Provost Vincent Price welcomed everyone back, on behalf of himself and President Amy Gutmann, who was unable to attend. Provost Price then announced the appointment of Council’s moderator: Dr. Reed Pyeritz, professor of medicine and genetics, who is back from his sabbatical in Geneva. Dr. Price also announced the re-appointment of Council’s parliamentarian: Marjorie Hassen, director of public services at the Libraries.

Dr. Camille Charles, chair of Steering, announced the focus issues for the year:          

November 30—How Penn works with government—on the local, state and federal levels.

January 25—CAPS/mental health programs and services across the University.

February 22—How does the Penn community create an atmosphere of mutual respect?

March 28—Faculty and staff benefits.

There will also be two opportunities for members of the University community to voice their concerns and ideas with an Open Forum at the November and February meetings.

This Academic Theme Year—The Year of Games: Mind and Body was discussed by Dr. Andy Binns and David Fox. Programming began earlier in the month with the Penn Reading Project and the Field Day activities to commemorate the opening of Penn Park. More than two dozen grants have been awarded already for upcoming programming with activities focused on collaborations. The Theme Year continues with interdisciplinary conferences, symposia, exhibits, and performances, produced by the schools, departments, resource centers, and partners. Participants this year will include a variety of organizations. See the website: https://secure.www.upenn.edu/themeyear/games/ for more details.

Next year’s theme will be the Year of Proof.

Almanac - September 27, 2011, Volume 58, No. 03