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Art smarts
Craig Carnaroli W’85 has been named as Penn’s new executive vice president, the University’s chief financial and administrative officer, effective immediately. Since 2000, Carnaroli has worked at Penn as vice president for finance and recently as senior vice president for finance and treasurer. In his new position, Carnaroli will manage key administrative areas at Penn, including finance, public safety, human resources, information systems, computing, internal audit and compliance, investments and business services.

During his tenure at the University, Carnaroli has worked to help turn around the Health System finances, which has resulted in an improved outlook by Moody’s Investor Services.

Democracy lesson
The Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs encourages you to exercise on Nov. 2. Exercise your right to vote, that is.

Those who are eligible to vote in the November general election for President, U.S. Senator and myriad local and statewide races must register by Oct. 4. For a list of downloadable voter registration application forms, or to learn where your polling place is, go to: www.upenn.edu/ogcpa /vote2004.html.

Look for the sign
Wireless users searching for a place to surf the web or check email can now just look for the symbol posted on most of the signs outside wireless-friendly locations. The new logo (pictured left) indicates places both in buildings and outside where users with the requisite technology, wireless card, PennKey and password can use their systems without a hard connection.

For a complete wireless map and more information on getting connected, go to: www.upenn.edu/computing/wireless/connect/.

Listen and learn
Doctors who want to learn how to listen better to their patients now have a way to expand that experience. Word.Doc, run through Kelly Writers House, welcomes students, faculty and staff who want to explore how medicine intersects with narratives, art and literature.

Remaining Word.Doc meetings will be held on Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk. For more information, call the Writers House at: 215-573-WRIT or contact Kerry Cooperman at kerryc@sas.upenn.edu.

Rodin Fellowships
To honor the legacy of outgoing Penn President Judith Rodin CW’66 Hon’04, Raymond K.F. Ch’ien GR’78, PAR’02 has established the Rodin Fellowships in appreciation of Rodin’s legacy of service, scholarship and commitment to learning. The fellowships will support the scholarly activities of distinguished social science doctoral students from around the world who have demonstrated a commitment to nation-building. Four students have been appointed as the inaugural Judith Rodin Fellows.

Ch’ien, who completed his Ph.D. in economics at Penn, is the executive chairman of Chinadotcom Corporation, chairman of the MTR Corporation Ltd. and a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Board of Overseers.

Voice of reason
Amy Gutmann’s work on the democratic process has been widely hailed in the scholarly community. On Sept. 23, Gutmann takes time away from her packed Presidential calendar to discuss two of her books—“Why Deliberative Democracy?” and “Identity in Democracy”—and sign copies at the Penn Bookstore (see “What’s On” for complete information). In “Why Deliberative Democracy?” Gutmann suggests that while deep-seated disagreements are inevitable in diverse societies, democratic citizens and their representatives can still make justifiable decisions using reason and reciprocity rather than power and special interests. In “Identity in Democracy” Gutmann explains that identity groups represent who people are and shape what they ask of democratic politics. She calls on us to distinguish between demands of identity groups that help and those that hinder justice. But don’t take our word for it, go and listen to our distinguished new president tell you in her own words.

Food, fun & football
It’s not too late to get your tickets for Penn Family Day, but you’d better hurry. You won’t need tickets for the day of special activities on October 2 at Penn Museum (see “What’s On” for details) or to take a free skate around the Penn Ice Rink, but you will need them to attend the tailgate party in Franklin Field’s North Parking Lot. You’ll also need tickets for the Penn football game that kicks off at noon. The deadline has already passed for intramural-mail orders, but if you can get down to the Athletic Ticket Office by September 24 you’re in good shape. Faculty and staff get two free tickets for the tailgate party and game. Additional tickets are available for $5 each. Parking (at garage #37 at 34th and Chestnut) is available free with your faculty or staff PennCard.

Originally published on September 23, 2004