Sold: The Christian Association Building

The University has acquired the historic Christian Association property at 3601 Locust Walk, according to a joint announcement last week by President Judith Rodin and the CA's Executive Director, the Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale.

Neither the purchase price nor the terms of the sale were disclosed, but plans for the CA's future were outlined: The organization will move to the University-owned Westminster House, at 37th and Sansom. Under a 25-year lease, Penn will make renovations and be responsible for exterior maintenance while the CA will take up all interior maintenance and operations.

Westminster House's present occupant, the new La Casa Latina, will move to "equally good or better space," Dr. Rodin said. She added her expectation that The Gold Standard--the CA's longtime tenant which also operates the Palladium and its Terrace--will continue to operate through the remainder of its lease with the Christian Association, which expires on December 31, 2002.

"This is a very important, indeed critical, acquisition as we consider our facilities needs at the heart of the campus," Dr. Rodin said. Provost Robert Barchi added that he will "listen to campus groups, inventory the need in the next month or two, and draw up a matrix of needs" to help determine the eventual use of the building.

For the Christian Association, the sale of its 70-year-old Collegiate Gothic building signals an increasing focus on "people, on the development of strong moral leadership skills of our students, rather than on bricks and mortar." The agreement with the University will "allow the board and staff to focus on our mission less encumbered than we have been in the past."

Town Meeting on Hate Crimes

Seeking Common Ground, a coalition of a dozen campus organizations, will hold a Town Meeting on Hate Crimes in the United States on Thursday, November 18.

The evening starts with a panel discussion at 5 p.m. in the Iron Gate Theater, with Angel Ortiz of Philadelphia City Council; Joo-Hyun Kang of the Audre Lord Project; psychologist Elizabeth Young-Bruehl; Emily Greytak of the Anti- Defamation League; and an unannounced member of a family touched by hate crime. The meeting will then move to the nearby Greenfield Intercultural Center for dinner and for discussions centering on reactions to hate cirmes and strategies for preventing them.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., a candlelight procession will march to the Peace Sign on College Green,where names of hate crime victims will be read in remembrance.

The event is open to the public; for information, contact Karlene Burrell-McRae, (215) 898-5044 or bones@pobox.upenn.edu.

TIAA-CREF Retirement Counseling

TIAA-CREF counseling sessions are to be held at 3401 Walnut St., 5th floor, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, November 11
  • Friday, November 12
  • Wednesday, November 17
  • Thursday, November 18

There will be two counselors available on all four dates. If you are interested in scheduling a counseling session, please call Lorraine Hinson at the Philadelphia Office of TIAA-CREF at 1-800-842-2010 to set up an appointment.

--Division of Human Resources

Penn VIPS Thanksgiving Food Drive

Penn VIPS is holding a Thanksgiving food drive benefiting the People's Emergency Center. Non-perishable food items, including canned goods and baby formula, may be dropped off outside room 112 College Hall through November 18. To make a tax-deductible monetary donation, contact Jim Riley at (215) 573-8988 or jriley@pobox.upenn.edu.

Computer Connection Hours

Due to our quarterly inventory procedures, the Computer Connection will have the following hours during the week of November 8:

  • Monday 11/8 to Thursday 11/11: 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday 11/12: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 11/13: closed
  • Sunday 11/14: closed
  • Monday 11/15: resume normal hours, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

You may visit our website at www.upenn.edu/ccx for product information.

--Jeff Rusling, Associate Manager, Penn Computer Connection

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 11, November 9, 1999