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Admissions Seminars | American Heart Walk | Direct Deposit Bank Fair
Penn Vital Signs | Reminders: Recognized Holidays & Academic Cal.

Admissions Seminars for Penn Faculty/Staff Families: This Week

College-bound teenagers and their parents often can be overwhelmed by the choices and requirements of college admissions. What courses are important to take in high school? How significant are extracurricular activities, essays, test scores, and interviews?

The answers are right here on campus and available to Penn faculty and staff and their families, whether their students plan to apply to Penn or elsewhere.

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will host two seminars this week for Penn families whose teenagers are beginning the college search process. One session will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 3 in Bodek Lounge of Houston Hall; another will be repeated on Thursday, September 4, also at 5:15 p.m. at the same location.

The sessions will focus on the college selection process for large and small, public and private colleges. Admissions officers will discuss what it takes to gain admission to a competitive college, how to get the most out of a campus visit, and other issues such as financial aid. The seminars are free, and the office requests participants to RSVP to (215) 898-8587, or e-mail

--Undergraduate Admissions Office

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American Heart Walk

The University of Pennsylvania Health System is looking for walkers and/or team captains to join us in the 2003 American Heart Association's Heart Walk. This Walk supports an extremely important cause that impacts all of us in some way. Here are some important facts to consider:

Cardiovascular diseases rank as America's No. 1 killer, they claim the lives of over 40% of the nearly 2.4 million Americans who die each year. 61.8 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Americans will pay about $330 billion in 2002 for CVD-related medical costs and disability. The American Heart Association spent about $382 million during FY 00-01 on research support, professional and public education and community service programs. Last year, the AHA awarded UPHS over $2.3 million dollars to UPHS to support research grants.

Last year's Walk was a huge success, HUP raised over $45,000 and UPHS raised over $65,000 with 800 walkers. This year's walk will be held on Sunday, September 28 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park at 9 am. As you may know, this is our fourth year of participation. In 2000, HUP raised $794; the next year, HUP raised over $22,000. Our goal this year is to raise $55,000.

In order to successfully meet this year's challenge, we are looking for volunteers to become Team Captains or to simply walk with us on September 28. Being a Team Captain is not very difficult or time consuming, it involves recruiting 10--15 people to walk on September 28. Your team members can be family, friends or co-workers. Each member of your team should try to raise $150. There will be some great prizes, and we are purchasing long sleeve baseball shirts for every walker.

Please contact Denise Montgomery if you are interested in becoming a Team Captain or a walker at or by telephone at (215) 662-7781. If you are unable to participate this year, please help us by passing this information along to others. Thanks for your support of this very important cause that touches us all.

--University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

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Direct Deposit Bank Fairs

The Treasurer's Office is hosting Direct Deposit Fairs for faculty, staff and student employees to sign up for direct deposit of their paychecks. Several local banks will be available to meet with you to discuss signing up for direct deposit between 11 a.m.2 p.m. on September 10 and October 1 in the Hall of Flags at Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street. If your bank is not represented there, a representative from the Payroll Office will be available to meet with you. 

Light refreshments for your enjoyment will be served. Also you will have a chance to win a free lunch or a bookstore certificate by completing a payroll questionnaire. 

Remember, no more waiting in long bank lines to cash your paycheck once you register for direct deposit. If you have any questions, please call (215) 898-7258 or (215) 898-9844. We look forward to seeing you.

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Penn Vital Signs--Breast Cancer

In medicine, the future is dependent upon a team of experienced, knowledgeable scientists, doctors and nurses, whose common goal is to offer you the best possible care and treatment. Nowhere is that more evident than in the fall episode of PennVital Signs, the health system's medical television show. Breast cancer can change your life in an instant. Follow the story of Donna Avolio as a team of cancer specialists from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania assemble to give her a fighting chance against the disease that, without treatment, could take her life. For your health, or the health of someone you love, tune in to Penn Vital Signs on WPVI--TV/ Channel 6 ABC or log on to, Breast Cancer: Saturday, September 20, 7:30 p.m.  and  Sunday, September 21, 5:30 a.m.


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Recognized Holidays:The Special Winter Vacation has been extended for FY04 to include Friday, January 2, 2004. See the July 15 issue for details.

Academic Calendar:Classes begin tomorrow--Wednesday, September 3--as indicated in the revised Three-Year Academic Calendar for 2003-04 through 2005-06 which was published in the July 15 issue.


  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 2, September 2, 2003