A Welcome Message from New PASEF President, Ross Webber
Report to the Membership of the Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty
Welcome to the new academic year. During my forty-two years of teaching, September was always the most exciting month of the year (followed closely by May after classes ended!). For PASEF, the past year was great and the coming year promises to be equally so. Here are some highlights
THE PAST YEAR
2011-2012 witnessed great success for PASEF. Under President Roger Allen's leadership, we presented numerous well attended events and ended the year within budget ($27 under!).
Nine luncheon talks were given in the University Club Hourglass Room with many of them filled to capacity. This was the first year in which all were held in the Hourglass without any in the smaller Lenape Room. Roger and Past President Vivian Seltzer were especially generous with their time in delivering two of the talks.
On October 6, 2011, in conjunction with the annual 25 Year Club Reception in Houston Hall, we sponsored Professor Eve Trout and a panel on events then unfolding in Egypt.
On November 17, we hosted a reception for new retirees in the Claudia Cohen Hall Terrace Room. Neville Strumpf organized the event with Associate Provost Lynn Lees making remarks and Vivian Seltzer reading the citations.
Our annual spring lecture in room 17 of Cohen Hall on April 2, 2012 was a special event because of the visit of former Provost Vartan Gregorian who delivered a tour de force overview of the Middle East. Lou Girifalco had invited Greg and gave him a warm (and much appreciated) introduction. Many stayed for the catered reception.
Our annual Road to Retirement briefing organized by Neville was held in the Nursing School on May 16. In addition to hearing from the HR representative Hillary Lopez, three retired faculty discussed the process that they followed for the transition to Emeritus status. Martin Pring introduced the group to the Hitchhiker's Guide to Faculty Retirement.
Working with the Penn Library, the PASEF Library Committee of Vivian, Elsa Ramsden, Shel Steinberg, and Nick Kefalides organized a series of spring sessions on research and computer workshops.
May 22 saw a small but enthusiastic group traveling to the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ for a tour of the grounds and a luncheon in the Cafe.
THE COMING YEAR
The Co-Program Chairs David Balamuth and Vivian Seltzer have already organized a marvelous set of luncheon speakers, the first of whom is Samuel Preston, Professor of Demography in the Sociology Department who will speak on "Causes of Lagging Life Expectancy in the United States" on Thursday, September 20 in the University Club Hourglass Room. The Spring Lecture on April 25, 2013 will be delivered by Professor Vijay Kumar, Deputy Dean and Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The lecture before the Penn 25 Year Club Reception on October 4 in Houston Hall will be given by Arnold Rosoff, Professor of Legal Studies and Health Care Management in the Wharton School who will talk on "Healthcare Reform and Obamacare: What does the Future Hold?"
President-Elect Rob Roy MacGregor is organizing the annual reception for newly retired colleagues which is scheduled for November 1.
The annual Outing has yet to be identified, but several attractive possibilities are being explored.
We have been working on updating the equipment in the PASEF Office in the Duhring Wing as well as refurbishing its well-worn interior. We have met with the University Projects Office as well as an interior designer. The Provost's Office has indicated a willingness to entertain a proposal for their financial support which will be forwarded shortly.
A personalized individual letter is being prepared for each member of the Penn Women's Club (a total of 40) inviting them to attend some of our events, especially the luncheon talks. The membership includes numerous wives and widows of faculty members.
We are working on the implementation of the arrangement Jerry Porter brokered that gives us appropriate access to ensure that retired faculty are listed in the university directory.
I hope that many of you will be able to join us for some of these events.
Ross A. Webber, Emeritus Professor of Management
President, Penn Association of Senior and Emeritus Faculty.