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Stanford Report, January 19, 2000

Provost Hennessy will be keynote speaker at Lunar event

The role university staff will play in Stanford's future will be among the subjects to be covered by Provost John Hennessy at the Jan. 31 Lunar New Year celebration hosted by the Asian Staff Forum.

The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in the Ballroom at the Old Union Clubhouse; it is open to all members and supporters of the forum. A Chinese lunch buffet will be provided. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Linda Taoka at 723-1121 or Rick Yuen at 723-2199

In his talk, Hennessy plans to discuss the direction of the university and how staff will fit into the picture. It will be followed by a question-and-answer period.

"It's mostly a chance for our members to get to know him,'' said Taoka, co-chair of special programs.

Hennessy, the university's chief academic and budget officer, oversees a program of more than 1,600 faculty members and 13,000 students -- and a budget of $1.5 billion. A professor of electrical engineering and computer science, he joined the faculty in 1977.

Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 5 in this year of the dragon, is observed by many Asians. During the period surrounding Lunar New Year, celebrants can follow various customs or just participate in the sharing of food, Taoka said. SR