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Temporary Staffing Services

The University's current Temporary Staffing Agreement with Todays became effective June 29, 1998. Since that time there have been numerous technological advances, as well as changes in the temporary staffing business.

In an effort to provide superior services to the Penn community, in early May, 2001 a Temporary Services Committee was formed to conduct a comprehensive study of available services.

The criteria included finding a vendor who could provide professional and experienced on-site staff, comprehensive technology, policies and procedures oriented to excellent and consistent customer service, flexibility-willingness to customizing operating procedures and special services as well as free web training to University employees to learn how to utilize and access their Internet-based services.

The process included vendor presentations, site visits to see actual operations and sending a shadow job applicant to see how the firms check references and administered testing to determine a potential employee skills and abilities.

Due to exceptional strengths and outstanding capabilities, the Temporary Services Committee unanimously recommended the selection of Unique Advantage (a minority and women owned business) to be the University of Pennsylvania' s exclusive provider of professional and support level talent. As an exclusive vendor to the University of Pennsylvania, Unique Advantage will be working closely with local and highly reputable talent providers, partnering with them to ensure all of your needs are met with a consistent service level.

The University of Pennsylvania and the Unique Advantage partnership will be effective January 2002. In the interim, business will continue as before, with Todays filling requisitions for temporary employees and sourcing candidates for full-time regular skilled office support staff. Human Resources will continue to communicate relevant information related to this new partnership as we move forward.

The Temporary Services Committee represented a cross selection of schools/centers who utilize the services, and we wish to thank the following committee members:

  • Gary Truhlar, Human Resources
  • Donna Showell-Brown, Recruitment & Staffing
  • Anna Loh, Wharton
  • Jeanne Howley, School of Arts & Sciences
  • Margaret Smith, ISC
  • Marie Witt, Business Services
  • Kathy Rick, School of Medicine
  • Denise Lay, School of Engineering & Applied Sciences
  • Rita Tomassone, Development & Alumni Relations
  • Margaret Porigow, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Pat Woldar, School of Fine Arts
  • Terry Snyder, Archives
  • Barry Stupine, School of Veterinary Medicine
  • James Graham, Acquisition Services

--Division of Human Resources

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 6, October 2, 2001


October 2, 2001
Volume 48 Number 6

Dr. Lerman appointed associate director for Cancer Control and Population Science and director of the Tobacco Research program at the Leonard & Madlyn Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute
$2.1 million grant to introduce advanced security features into standard office PCs.
Dennis DeTurck, Srilata Gangulee and Alton Strange will serve the Colleges Houses this year.
The new director for public serves at the Library is Sandra Kerbel.
Wharton as appointed Steven Oliveira as associate dean for External Affairs.
UCD has announced it's new executive director.
Deadlines are announced for Pilot and Feasibility Grants, Trustees' Council Grants, Robert Bosch Fellowships and Luce Scholars Program
Year-end Council reports: Community Relations; Facilities; Personnel Benefits; Pluralism; Quality of Student Life; and Safety and Security.
A new Temporary Staffing Services has a new vendor; EHRS has Training for October and Annual Tuberculosis Screening is now available.
Steinhardt Hall, the new Hillel Center breaks ground.