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Dr. Mirjam Cvetic's last name was misspelled in a front-page story in the May 27 issue, which announced that she is the inaugural holder of the Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Endowed Professor in Physics. We regret the omission of the last letter of her name.-- Ed.

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Cyclists & Volunteers for MS Ride

The UPHS Cycling Team is looking for riders and volunteers to participate in the MS 150 City to Shore Bike Tour, Saturday and Sunday, September 20 & 21, a charity ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The two-day event starts at the Woodcrest station of the Lindenwold High Speed Line in Cherry Hill, travels some of the most scenic roads of south Jersey, and ends at the beach in Ocean City. The second day, the route is reversed, ending at the Woodcrest station. The traditional route is 75 miles each day. However, on Saturday there is an optional 45-mile ride that starts in Hammonton and ends in Ocean City. For a greater challenge, there is an optional 100-mile Century Route on Saturday. The route is supported with rest stops, refreshments, and road support services. Participants must submit a registration form with a registration fee of $40 until 8/30; $45 until 9/12; $50 until 9/19; and $60 day of event. Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $200 in additional donations.

Riders who raise and turn in a minimum of $200 to the National MS Society by August 15 will receive a UPHS Team Cycling Jersey. There will be a pre-ride UPHS Team dinner the evening before the ride at the Spaghetti Warehouse, and a post-ride party.

To register online, visit Please remember to indicate UPHS Team. Paper registration forms and brochures can be obtained from UPHS Team Captain, Emily Silvis, of Patient Registration. Dr. Stephen Kolb, of Neurology, is Co-Captain. For informaton, go to or call Emily at (215) 615-2378, or e-mail Anyone can participate. Riders are not required to work for Penn.

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Tax Rate Changes

The Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003 that was signed into law on May 28, 2003 allows for reductions in Federal Income Tax Withholding. The new withholding tables incorporate the lower tax rates for employers to use when figuring the federal income tax to withhold from their employees' wages. The 2003 tax rates have been revised to reflect the following changes:

1. The tax rate brackets of 27%, 30%, 35% and 38.6% have been reduced to 25%, 28%, 33% and 35% respectively.

2. The supplemental flat withholding rate of 27% has been reduced to 25%.

These changes were put into affect starting with the weekly pay cycle for the pay period ending June 8, and check date June 13. Monthly paid employees should have seen the effects of the changes beginning with the June pay cycle. Contact the Payroll Office, (215) 898-6301 or e-mail at with questions.

--John Christina, Jr., Payroll Manager

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Telecommunications Alert: Possible Verizon Work Stoppage

Verizon is in the midst of a collective bargaining process with their unions to reach an agreement before contracts expire at midnight on August 2, 2003. It is possible that the unions will go on strike, which would impact ISC Networking and Telecommunication's ability to deliver some types of phone service to the University community.

It is important to note that your current phone service should not be affected by a strike. New service and repair requests, however, will likely be delayed as we may not be able to rely on Verizon for quick turnaround service. To that end, we have reserved additional phone service in many areas of campus in the event that customers lose their current phone service. Please keep in mind that critical service lines (supporting systems such as fire alarms) will continue to receive our highest priority.

While Verizon will make every effort to maintain service standards currently in place, it is our expectation that response to all service orders and repairs will be slow. Our office will continue to advise our customers on progress, problems, and other strike related issues as they occur. We are dedicated to providing the University community with excellent customer service.

For more information, call our help line at (215) 898-4840.

-- ISC Networking and Telecommunication

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Two Events in August to Benefit Cancer Center

The 11th Annual Jay Sigel Invitational Golf Tournament will be held on August 11, at the Aronimink Golf Club in Philadelphia. Proceeds will benefit the prostate cancer treatment and research program of the Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Family Center Research Institute. Schedule of events includes a golf tournament, the best of two balls of foursome, cocktails and silent auction, and an awards dinner and live auction. Registration begins at 10 a.m. For more information about sponsorship or joining the tournament, please call the Event Office at (610) 239-2700.

On August 18 is the Paul R. Nardoni Foundation Annual Golf Tournament. This foundation supports the Abramson Cancer Institute and other regional medical facilities. The tournament will be held at Stanton Ridge Golf and Country Club in Whitehouse Station, NJ with 10 a.m. registration and 5 p.m. dinner. For ticket information, e-mail

  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 1, July 15, 2003


July 15, 2003
Volume 50 Number 1

President Judith Rodin announced her intention to step down next summer.
The new Ombudsman is a long-time member of the SEAS faculty.
The School of Social Work announces its recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Thanks to the Alumni Reunion Gifts there will be more scholarships and renovations.
The Trustees' passed numerous resolutions at the June meeting.
UPM Director Jeremy Sabloff also intends to step down next summer and a search has begun.
GSE Vice Dean Christopher Hopey will step down and go to Northwestern University.
Speaking Out about the President, and about the University's name.
Eight medical faculty and emeritus faculty have died since the end of May.
Honors for research and public safety.
Government Affairs Update on Federal, Commonwealth, and City & Community Relations.
Business Services on Parking Rate, Children's Center, Computer Connection and Telephone Directory.
Recognized Holidays includes an extra day off beyond the usual "Special Winter Vacation."
Golfing and Biking for a cause.
Triplets have arrived at Penn. Have you seen them?
A possible Verizon work stoppage may impact new phone service and repairs.
The new, revised Three-Year Academic Calendar.