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Blood Drive: Today at Library

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive today, January 14, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Dietrich Reading Room, first floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library. There is an urgent need for blood donation right now, especially Type O--the Red Cross is experiencing a severe shortage.

A reminder for first-time donors: you must weigh at least 110 pounds. Increase your intake of fluids and eat a meal before you donate. If you have received a tattoo within the last year, you are not eligible to donate. You also cannot be taking an antibiotic currently. If you have travelled outside the U.S. recently for more than three months, or have any other questions about donation, you can e-mail me at or call (215) 451-4363 or visit

-- Evalyn B. Gelhaus, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

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An entrance in the recently renovated Quad is now being called the Fisher Hassenfeld Gate at Memorial Tower in recognition of the multimillion dollar gifts from Anne and Jerome Fisher, and Alan Hassenfeld; the name was incorrectly worded in the article (Almanac December 17, 2002).

In the University's Three-Year Academic Calendar (Almanac December 17, 2002), there is a change in the dates of Fall Break 2004. Fall Break 2004 will occur on the weekend of October 23-26, 2004 not October 16-19, as was indicated. See for the latest Academic Calendar. --Ed.

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Access to Employee Exposure Records

The Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) monitors employee exposure to toxic substances and harmful physical agents. EHRS maintains employee exposure records. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standard, "Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records" (29CFR1910.1020) permits access to employer-maintained exposure and medical records by employees or their designated representative and by OSHA.

University employees may obtain a copy of their exposure record by calling EHRS at (215) 898-4453 or by e-mail:

Hazard Communication Program

The University of Pennsylvania's Hazard Communication Program consists of information regarding access to Material Safety Data Sheets, proper labeling of hazardous chemicals, and the hazard communication training programs required for all employees who handle hazardous chemicals as part of their work.

Penn's written Hazard Communication Program is available in the Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety, 3160 Chestnut Street Suite 400/6287. A library of Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for hazardous chemicals used at the University is on file at EHRS. An MSDS describes the physical and chemical properties of a product, health hazards and routes of exposure, precautions for safe handling and use, emergency procedures, reactivity data, and control measures. Many MSDS are also available on the web ( Copies of MSDS for products used in all non-research areas are also maintained at each zone office.

Laboratory workers should refer to Penn's Chemical Hygiene Plan ( for additional information concerning the safe handling of chemicals in laboratories.

University employees may obtain an MSDS by calling EHRS at (215) 898-4453 or by e-mail:

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Penn's Way 2003 Extended

Penn's Way 2003The deadline for the Grand Prize Drawing has been extended until January 17, 2003.

You still have time to participate in the Campaign and to enter the final drawing for the IBM Think Pad laptop from the Computer Connection.

For information about the Penn's Way 2003 Campaign call (215) 746-GIVE or e-mail or visit the campaign's web site on-line at

Week 5 Winners

1. Manuel Pena, Business Services: five $10 gift certificates for the Houston Market

2. Helen C. Logan, Office of General Counsel: a book of 10 passes for the Class of 1923 Ice Rink

3. John H. Yates, the School of Arts and Sciences: a book of 10 passes for the Class of 1923 Ice Rink

4. Carla Ricci, the University Museum: 2 sets of two tickets to the Men's basketball game on 1/31 vs. Dartmouth

5. Brent Kenneth Parker, Division of Finance: 2 sets of two tickets to the Men's basketball game on 2/15 vs. Brown

6. Janet L. Lind, School of Medicine: 2 sets of two tickets to the Men's basketball game on 2/14 vs. Yale

7. Anne Mickle, College Houses and Academic Services: four tickets to the Penn Relays

Week 6 Winners

1. William Telfer, Retiree: $100 gift certificate for the Penn Bookstore

2. Erika N. Gross, Risk Management: 2 tickets to the Pennsylvania Ballet

3. Gerhard A. Schad, Pathobiology,Veterinary School: a free month of parking at Lot 30 from Parking Services

4. Alexis Harris, Law School: a framed University collection photograph from Creative Communications

5. Elizabeth Mauldin, Clinical Studies, Veterinary School: a set of ten CDs from WXPN

6. Samuel K. Chacko, Pathobiology, Veterinary School: an Epson C-62 printer from the Computer Connection

Week 7 Winners

1. Kenneth S. Stewart, Facilities Management: $50 Gift Certificate for Pod

2. Peter P. Black, Penn Police: Four vouchers for one-hour court time at Levy Tennis Pavilion

3. William S. Mulherin, Biddle Law Library: Five $10 gift certificates for the Houston Market

4. James R. Eley, Facilities Management: 2 sets of two tickets to the Men's basketball game 3/8 vs. Cornell

5. Denise McGarry, Law School: 2 sets of two tickets to Men's basketball game 3/7 vs. Columbia

6. Gary F. Truhlar, Human Resources: 2 sets of two tickets to Men's basketball game 2/1 vs. Harvard

7. Renee M. Zawacki, School of Medicine, Center for Study of Addictions: 2 sets of two tickets each to the Penn Relays

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Thanks for Generous Holiday Donations

Dear Penn Community,

There are no words to adequately describe your generosity during the holiday season. Many benefited from your willingness to give. Here are examples of the various efforts:

Thank you to President Rodin for hosting her Annual Holiday Party where over 300 toys and gifts were donated.

Thank you to the following departments that brought joy to more than 25 families during the holidays by "adopting" them:

  • Business Services coordinated by Maria Chaney
  • Creative Communications coordinated by Kate Logan
  • Department of Anesthesia coordinated by Nicole Parker
  • Department of Medical Ethics coordinated by Erin S. Wieand
  • Electronic Acquisition Services coordinated by Jeanne Shuttleworth
  • General Counsel coordinated by Helen Logan
  • Human Resources coordinated by Bronwyn Gurley
  • Law School coordinated by Joanne Verrier
  • Penn Children's Center coordinated by Natalie Subeh
  • Penn Epilepsy Center coordinated by Delight Roberts
  • Penncard Center coordinated by Suzanne Bellan
  • School of Dental Medicine coordinated by Dee Stenton-Schillig
  • School of Dental Medicine Library coordinated by Joanne Hemingway
  • Space Planning and Operations coordinated by Robin Rozen
  • Vice President for Government, Community & Public Affairs coordinated by Winnie Smart-Mapp
  • Wharton School Dean's Office coordinated Jennifer O'Keefe
  • Wharton School Marketing Department coordinated by Marcia Longworth

Special thanks to Dr. Michael Perillo from the School of Dental Medicine for adopting a family in the memory of his cousin, Matthew.

Thank you to the entire University community for donating approximately 1,000 gifts and toys.

Thank you to the Dropsite Volunteers who collected all the toys and made it possible for us to respond to request for donations from our neighbors: Bridges To The Community, Graduate Day Care, Intercultural Family Services, Mantua Children's Project, One Day At A Time, People's Emergency Shelter, Philadelphia Beauty Showcase, Potter's House Mission, and Vare Charter School.

Further, we were able to assist nine additional families. They each experienced a catastrophic event near or during the holidays. There was a death in one of the families and several fires. We were able to lighten their burdens by providing gifts generously given by you.

Again thanks to you, we were able to replace more than half of the toys at Drexel University College of Medicine on Race Street after thieves stole the toys they were collecting for deserving children.

Thanks to Amy Forsyth for coordinating the Annual Coat Drive and thanks to Kathleen Dreyer for her donation of a Christmas tree with all the trimmings for a very deserving family.

For the current list of special Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service volunteer opportunities and for the complete listing of the University of Pennsylvania's MLK Commemoration, visit

Computers Needed! Is your department upgrading its computers? Would you like to donate your used computers to a worthy cause? The Digital Divide program and Penn Volunteers In Public Service is working to provide computers to West Philadelphia schools, nonprofit agencies and families.

How would you like to help prepare a University City or a West Philadelphia High School student for the world of work?  Provide an internship for students to do general office work and expose them to their areas of interest. We have students interested in computers, medicine, law, teaching and much much more. Students work an average of ten hours per week.

-- Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff
and Alumni Volunteer Services, Director, Penn Volunteers in Public Service, Center for Community Partnerships

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 17, January 14, 2003