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Business Services Update
July 15, 2008, Volume 55, No. 1

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.  Our mission is to provide high-quality service in a fiscally-responsible manner and our vision is to continually set the standard within each of our operating units.  Please take note of the following updates to some of our services and promotions benefiting the Penn community in the upcoming year.

—Marie Witt, Vice President, Business Services

2008-2009 Parking Rates
Effective September 1, 2008, the following rates are available to faculty and staff of the University and Health System:



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These rate increases will enable Penn Parking to undertake necessary garage and surface lot improvements including access equipment, lighting, elevators, repaving and other deferred maintenance. These rate changes also reflect the City of Philadelphia’s parking lot tax increase. Effective July 1, 2008 the City raised the tax to 20 percent.

If you need to park on campus on a regular basis, a permit offers significant savings on daily parking rates. Permit rates are an average of $6.90 per working day; daily parking in one of Penn’s lots or garages average $13 a day. According to a recent survey conducted by Penn Parking, University rates are as much as 30 percent lower than comparable lots and garages located in West Philadelphia and Center City.

University faculty and staff have the option to pay their parking fees through automatic payroll deduction. With this option, you will be automatically enrolled in the Penn Commuter Choice program, which allows you to deduct parking fees on a pre-tax basis.

If you are currently a permit holder and have had any changes to your parking information over the past year–including a new car, license plate, address, telephone number, or new position–it is important to inform the Parking Office. Visit Click-n-Park at www.upenn.edu/parking or www.upenn.edu/u@penn.

SEPTA Commuter Pass Program/COMPASS

Penn encourages the use of public transportation and provides with SEPTA, monthly TransPasses and TrailPasses at a 10% discount through payroll deduction. Full-time Penn faculty and staff are eligible for this program. There are two types of commuter passes:

• TransPass enables you to travel and transfer with no limit, on city buses, trolleys and subways.

• TrailPass offers you unlimited travel up to the zone shown on the face of the pass on suburban bus routes, regional high-speed trains and transit routes within the city.

Both of these programs can be deducted pre-tax up to $115. per month. For Septa schedules visit www.septa.com/

New! Visit ‘Train View’ your personal status report for all Regional Rail trains.

• Desktop: http://trainview.septa.org/

• Mobile: http://trainview.septa.org/mobile

• PDA:  http://trainview.septa.org/pda


Permanent part-time and full-time employees of the University of Pennsylvania who are not participating in the parking permit program are eligible to purchase TransitCheks®. Up to $100 worth of TransitCheks® may be purchased through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis. The following regional transit providers participate in the TransitChek® program: SEPTA, Dart, NJ Transit, Amtrak, and PATCO.

Penn Computer Connection Sale

Penn faculty, staff and students are eligible to take advantage of significant educational discounts on Apple, Dell, Lenovo and Microsoft products during Penn Computer Connection’s Back-To-School (BTS) Sale, happening now throughout the summer months. Details of the sale can be found in the BTS brochure mailed to the Penn Community this month. For more information, visit the Computer Connection showroom at 3610 Sansom Street, or download the brochure online at www.upenn.edu/computerstore.

Penn Hotel Rates

The Penn Rate as of July 1, 2008 is as follows:

• Hilton Inn at Penn: $209
• Sheraton University City Hotel: $180
• Penn Tower Hotel: $155

Penn’s Children’s Center: Rates for 2008-2009

Penn Children’s Center (PCC) accepts applications year-round for infants, 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. PCC facilities include computer-equipped classrooms, a multi-purpose indoor gym, an outdoor playground and a children’s garden. PCC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The weekly rates for FY 2008-2009 below are available to Penn faculty, staff, students and UPHS employees. Assisted rates are available to regular University employees that meet eligibility requirements, subject to space availability and funding. (These rates are not currently available to UPHS employees.)

Part-time slots and sibling discounts are also available. Contact Natalie Subeh, executive director, at (215) 898-5268 for additional information or to arrange a tour. Or visit the Center’s web page: www.upenn.edu/childcare.

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2008-2009 Faculty/Staff Printed Directory

All online revisions to the information displayed in the Penn View in the Online Directory made by July 23, 2008, will appear in the 2008-2009 printed Telephone Directory. Directory liaisons will verify and, if necessary, edit listings online, and identify which records should be printed, at the department’s discretion. 2008-2009 Directories will be distributed to the campus community in mid-October, and 2007-2008 Directories will be collected for recycling.

Upcoming Deadlines—Faculty/Staff: Monday, July 21–Update listings online for inclusion in the 2008-2009 printed Directory.
Directory Liaisons: Blue Pages: Monday,  August 11–Submit final Blue Pages approvals. Send hardcopy* or fax changes to the Telephone Directory Office: Suite 440A, 3401 Walnut Street/6228; Fax: (215) 898-0488.

* If you prefer to submit electronic listings, or if you did not receive a hardcopy mailing, please contact the Telephone Directory staff at: fsdirectory@pobox.upenn.edu or (215) 898-7643.

White Pages: Monday, August 11–Complete White Pages updates and verification. Verify and, if necessary, edit listings online; identify records to be printed.

Future Updates: Faculty and staff should continue to use the online update feature at www.upenn.edu/directories to revise directory information throughout the year. You will need your PennKey and password in order to change your information. (For more information regarding your PennKey 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.

For more information: e-mail fsdirectory@pobox.upenn.edu.



Almanac - July 15, 2008, Volume 55, No. 1