RNC at Penn Update

Over the period of July 29 through August 4, Penn will become host to approximately 2,500 guests who will be moving into various residence halls and the three Penn hotel properties during the Republican National Convention. In addition, tentatively scheduled RNC and corporate-sponsored events will draw an estimated 4,500 visitors to campus. If you are interested in helping Penn put its usual best foot forward, or if you have concerns or questions about RNC at Penn, please e-mail us at rnc2@pobox.upenn.edu. Look for the "RNC at Penn" logo for updates which will appear in the next two editions of Almanac, and on Express Almanac.

--Lynn Rotoli, Chair, RNC at Penn, Communications Committee

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days

The President, Provost, and Executive Vice President invite you to the Penn Faculty and Staff Appreciation Days, June 7 and June 8, to celebrate and appreciate your contribution to Penn.

Party on the Green, Wednesday, June 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., College Green

Join faculty and staff from across campus for a complimentary picnic and concert on College Green across from the Library. Last year, 5,000 faculty and staff had a great time. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy good music, good food, and good company under the trees on College Green! Tables will be provided, but feel free to bring your own blanket for a true picnic experience.

You will receive a brochure about these events with a lunch coupon for the Party on the Green. You must present the lunch coupon at the picnic to receive the complimentary lunch.

Health Fair, Thursday, June 8, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Penn Tower

How healthy are you? How can you build wellness into your life? Come to the health fair and find out! Over 25 information tables and screenings provided by representatives from UPHS and other health service providers will be available. Sample screenings: cholesterol, vision, blood pressure, oral health, and many more. You must present a Penn I.D. at the entrance.

For special needs or accommodations, contact Orna Rosenthal at (215) 898-5116 or rosenthal@hr.upenn.edu.

--Division of Human Resources

Overage Dependents

  • If you have dependent(s) between the ages of 19 and 23 who are full-time students in an accredited academic institution of higher education and they are covered under your University medical plan,
  • You are required to certify your dependent(s) continued eligibility each year during Open Enrollment.
  • If you failed to do this during the weeks of April 17 and April 28, your dependent(s) will not appear on your Confirmation Statement (to be mailed on or about May 17). This means they are not covered under your medical plan.
  • You must call the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENNBEN (1-888-736-6236) by Friday, May 26 to certify your dependent(s)' continued eligibility.

--Division of Human Resources

Human Resources Annual Reports

Please note that the Summary Annual Reports for the University's plans listed below will be available on the web starting tomorrow. The web address is www.hr.upenn.edu (News).

  • Retirement Allowance Plan
  • Group Life Insurance Plan
  • Dental Plan--Penn Faculty Practice Plan
  • Dental Plan--Prudential (terminated 6/30/99)
  • Health Care Expense Account
  • Faculty and Staff Scholarship Program
  • Long-term Disability Plan
  • Faculty Income Allowance Plan
  • Position Discontinuance & Staff Transition Plan

 Christian Association Transition

On Saturday, May 20, alumni and friends of The Christian Association will gather one last time in the building that has been the locus of Protestant campus ministry at Penn since 1928. "This event marks a historic transition in the organization's long history of involvement in the social issues on campus and in the community at large," said Rev. Beverly Dale, the CA's Executive Director.

The Christian Association closed on the sale of their building at 3601 Locust Walk on November 1, 1999, transferring ownership to the University of Pennsylvania. In celebration of this sale, the Board of Directors and Staff of the CA are planning a brunch reception from 9-11 a.m. and Program at 11 a.m. in Memorial Hall. The program will feature a distinguished panel of alumni and friends. They include: the Rev. Christine Berwanger '94, Dr. Robert Miller '94, Erin Cross, Penn staff member, Rev. Bill Knox, former CA director and Charles Howard '00. Panelists will discuss current issues facing the church, suggesting how we can prepare students to lead the church of tomorrow. The program will conclude with a Ceremony of Secularization of a Consecrated building.

All friends of the Christian Association in the Philadelphia area are invited to attend. For additional information or directions, please contact Rev. Kaaren Nesmith at (215) 386-1530 or contact her via e-mail at upennca@dolphin.upenn.edu.

Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 33, May 16, 2000

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