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PennNet Changes— Phasing Out PennInfo, Expanding the Web and ResNet

PennNet, the University’s data communications network, continues to be upgraded to provide better support for academic and administrative programs. Among key enhancements for 1995-96 are:

  • Redesign and expansion of the Penn Web, an

on-line repository of University information and services. From the “Home Page,” (http://www. upenn.edu), members of the Penn community and others on the Internet can access University poli- cies, directories, library resources, course materi- als, a new integrated calendar, departmental and personal home pages, and more. The recommended graphical “browser” software for Macintoshes, Win- dows PCs, and X-Windows is Netscape, available free for educational use. The Penn Web is also accessible via telnet, albeit in text-only format.

  • Phase out of PennInfo and Gopher as sup-

ported information access tools. Residual informa- tion in PennInfo or Gopher databases is available via the Penn Web. Public kiosks* formerly provid- ing access to PennInfo will be converted to Web access.

  • Expansion of the remote access modem pool

to 420 lines, reconfigured into three separate pools:

  • (1)

    the familiar 14.4 Kbps modem pool (215 898-

  • 0834)

    still supports both command line and SLIP/

PPP access; (2) the new 28.8 Kbps pool (215 573- 4PPP) supports only PPP; (3) and New Bolton Center’s new 14.4 Kbps service supports command line and SLIP/PPP access. All three modem pools require a PennNet ID and password.

  • Integration of PennNet ID name assignment

with the major e-mail systems on campus (MAIL.SAS, ENIAC.SEAS, MAIL.MED, WHARTON, DOLPHIN, POBOX, and others) to ensure that all new IDS will be unique across cam- pus. A process will be announced later to resolve existing userID conflicts.

  • Addition of 1,300 new ResNet (PennNet

Ethernet, voice, and video) connections in Dubois, Hill, Mayer, Stouffer, and Van Pelt Houses.

  • Support for IPX protocol routing to most

buildings (subnets) on campus, to facilitate access to remote Novell Netware servers.

  • Support for PPP (Point-to-Point Protocol) for


  • Upgrading Penn’s Internet gateway bandwidth

from 4 megabits per second to 10 Mbps.

  • ConsolidationoftheformerPennNetandCom-

puting Resource Center help lines into ISC First Call, (215 573-4778 or F-IRST; help@isc).

More information is available in the third edition of PennNet Passport, for sale in the Bookstore, as well as on the Penn Web (http://www.upenn.edu/com- puting/).

  • Daniel A. Updegrove

Associate Vice Provost Information Systems and Computing

  • *

    See list, page 24.—Ed.


Changes in Academic Support

A Host of Services Under One Roof

Most of the merged academic support services are now in Harnwell House, where a reception September 27 is open to all.

The Department of Academic Support Programs is pleased to announce a consoli- dation of services, effective Tuesday, September 5. We have merged offices and streamlined procedures to create a new “center” for academic support. Academic sup- port services offered by our Department will now be housed on the first floor of Harn- well House. Also, assessment and referral services will be centralized so that students will be able to receive all necessary information from their initial contact.

Below is a brief description of our Department, including new names, locations, and revised referral procedures:

The Department of Academic Support Programs, in collaboration with faculty, stu- dents and administrators, serves to promote the intellectual development of students, from pre-college through graduate/professional school, by providing services and pro- grams that complement classroom instruction. The Department is also committed to supporting the personal and social development of students through formal and infor- mal educational and cultural activities. Services offered include:

  • Tutoring in most undergraduate lower division courses, and

Individual instruction in all aspects of academic learning, including reading, studying, exam preparation and time-management. Tutoring and Learning Re- sources, 3820 Locust Walk, Suite 109, 573-9235 or 898-8596.

  • Orientation programs to introduce undergraduate and graduate/professional

students to the academic and social aspects of campus life, as well as important resources at the University. Student Orientation Programs, 3820 Locust Walk, Suite 103, 898-4276.

  • College preparatory programs for qualified local high school students and

veterans. Upward Bound Program and Veterans Upward Bound Program, 3933 Walnut Street, 898-3185.

  • Program for introducing selected incoming undergraduate students into the

intellectual and social life at the University through a four-week academically rigorous summer program. Pre-Freshman Program, 3820 Locust Walk, Suite 103, 898-4763.

  • Comprehensive educational/advising services to students identified by

faculty and/or academic advisors as needing academic support supplemental to that provided by their Schools. PENNCAP (Act 101 and Student Support Services), 3820 Locust Walk, Suite 103, 898-6440.

  • Informal support network for first-year undergraduate African American,

Asian American, Latino/Chicano, and Native American students who are matched with peer mentors and/or faculty/staff mentors with similar academic interests. Mentor Programs, 3820 Locust Walk, Suite 103, 898-9516.

For general information call 898-0809.

Finally, all members of the University community are cordially invited to attend our Open House on Wednesday, September 27, 1995, from 3-5 p.m., on the first floor of Harnwell House, 3820 Locust Walk. I look forward to seeing you then.

  • Terri White, Director, Department of Academic Support Programs


Nondiscrimination Statement Required

In addition to its commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action, the University is required by federal law to include in its recruitment materials and general information publications, a notice of nondiscrimination. The complete University nondiscrimination statement is printed here for your information. It should be used without modification. If you have any questions regarding its use, please call the Office of Affirmative Action at 898-6993 (v) or 898-7803 (tdd).

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic, or other University administered programs or employment.

Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to Anita Jenious, Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action, 1133 Blockley Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021 or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD).

ALMANAC September 5, 1995

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