Penn's Business Services Division (BSD) provides the leadership, business practices, facilities and services needed to develop and maintain a hospitable, fiscally responsible, customer-friendly campus environment, supportive of the individual needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, guests and neighbors. The following is an update of some recent developments that should be of particular interest to faculty and staff.
—Leroy Nunery, II, Vice President, Business Services
BSD is pleased to announce that there will be no increase in permit parking fees for FY2005. The average permit parking rate will remain at $5.82 per working day, significantly less than the daily average rate of $11.50 that non-permit holders currently pay in Penn's transient parking lots.
We are working on several improvements to Penn's parking facilities that will add value to the parking experience, including the installation of closed circuit TVs in the garages.
2004-2005 Permit Parking Rates*
*(15% City of Philadelphia parking tax included)
University faculty and staff have the option to pay their parking fees in installments through automatic payroll deduction. Equal installments (12 monthly or 52 weekly) will be taken from each paycheck issued September through August. You will be automatically enrolled in the Penn Commuter Choice program, which offers you significant tax savings by deducting parking fees (up to $175 per month or $2,100 per year) on a pre-tax basis. Through Penn Commuter Choice, you do not pay federal or FICA taxes on the deducted amount.
Penn Children's Center Open Enrollment
The Penn Children's Center (PCC) is now accepting applications for summer and fall enrollment for toddlers and children of preschool age. We are also accepting waitlist applications for infants. Enrollment for all ages is subject to space availability.
PCC, located at the Left Bank complex at 3160 Chestnut Street, serves children ages 12 weeks through five years. The program features weekly themes and a diverse, multicultural curriculum based on the principles of early childhood education. PCC features a nurturing infant program, well-equipped classrooms with computers, a multi-purpose indoor-gym room, an outdoor playground and a children's garden. The teaching staff is highly trained in early childhood education and the program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Each year, PCC and the Division of Human Resources set aside funds to help reduce the cost of the program for qualified members of the Penn community. Please review the rates for FY 2005 below, available to Penn faculty, staff, students, and UPHS employees.
Tuition Rates Effective July 5, 2004 through July 1, 2005
Drop In Care
Please contact Natalie Subeh, Executive Director, or Anjali Chawla, Director, at (215) 898-5268 for additional information or to arrange a tour. Visit our web page: www.upenn.edu/childcare.
2004-2005 Faculty/Staff Directory Update
Production of the 2004-2005 Faculty/Staff Telephone Directory is progressing on schedule. All revisions made online by June 28, 2004 will appear in the 2004-2005 Telephone Directory (subject to your departmental Directory Liaison's approval). Directories will be distributed to the campus community in mid-October.
Directory Liaisons: Upcoming Deadlines
Directory Liaisons will receive the following items by July 12, to verify or make revisions:
Blue Pages proofs (for those who returned first edits by the July 1 deadline)
Emeritus Professor and Standing Faculty listings (if applicable)
Telephone Directory Order Form
If you have not updated your Blue Pages section(s), submit all changes before August 16. Submissions sent by this date will be considered final edits.
Faculty and staff should continue to use the online update feature atwww.upenn.edu/directories/dir-update.html to revise directory information throughout the year. These updates will be made immediately to the online directory, available from the main Penn webpage, allowing the University community access to immediate and accurate information. You will need your PennKey and password in order to make changes. (For more information regarding your PennKey and password, go to www.upenn.edu/computing/pennkey). We encourage new staff members to review their record after they have obtained a PennCard and PennKey/password.
—Donna M. Petrelli-Aquino, Project Manager,
Division of Business Services
University Square Summer Fest
Spend some time outdoors from July 19 through 23 to celebrate University Square's annual Summer Fest. Stop by 36th Street Plaza between noon and 2 p.m. each day to see exhibits including sand sculptures and sidewalk art. Later on, enjoy live music between 5 and 7 p.m. The shops and restaurants around the Square will also offer a variety of summer specials. Participating businesses include: Camera Shop, Douglas Cosmetics, Messages Cards & Gifts, Metropolitan Bakery, Modern Eye, New Deck Tavern, Penn Bookstore, Penne, White Dog Café and University Jewelers.
Computer Connection's Back-To-School Sale
During Penn Computer Connection's Fall 2004 Back-To-School Sale, faculty, staff and students can take advantage of an educational discount on Apple, Dell and IBM products. Log on to www.upenn.edu/computerstore for more information or visit the Computer Connection showroom at 3610 Sansom St.
Faculty Club—Healthy Lunch Options
If you're on a special diet or have specific nutritional needs, the daily buffet lunch at the Faculty Club offers a variety of options. The salad bar features fresh vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, tuna fish and low-fat dressings. Our full buffet always includes a fresh fish entree. During the hot summer months, patrons can also enjoy a chilled soup. End your meal with a fresh fruit salad for dessert. For more information on the Faculty Club, including membership, visit our website at www.upenn.edu/facultyclub, call (215) 898-4618 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 1, July 13, 2004
July 13, 2004
Volume 51 Number 1