News briefs

A day at the movies

Each month, The Bridge: Cinema de Lux at 40th and Walnut streets offers patrons the chance to catch up on some classics. The Silver Screen Classics program shows films from the 1930s through the 1980s for the bargain price of just $1. Popcorn and soda are included too. Coming up on Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. is William Wyler’s 1966 romantic comedy “How to Steal a Million;” on March 14 is the 1947 historical romance, “Forever Amber,” directed by Otto Preminger; and on April 11 is the 1942 flick, “My Sister Eileen,” about two sisters who hope to make it big in New York City.

Volunteer here

Lend a hand at the 15th annual Philadelphia Film Festival, which runs from March 30 through April 12, with many screenings at University City Venues. Volunteers are needed to work as ushers, ticket sellers, box office personnel and program guide distributors at theaters across the city. Scheduling runs on half-day shifts (5 hours); for each half-shift worked, volunteers will receive a ticket towards a festival film. For more information, contact Assistant Volunteer Coordinator Parinda Patel at 215-733-0608, ext. 205, or

HR help at hand

The HR division has a plethora of programs this month—too many for us to list at length. If you’re interested in helping team members improve their performance (Feb. 14), planning for your retirement (Feb. 22), helping your child avoid sports injuries (Feb. 15) or communicating with your teenager (Feb. 23), HR has a program for you. For more information, go to or call 898-5116.

Penn’s Compact

The Penn Compact, Dr. Gutmann’s ambitious vision for the University, now has its own web site. Visit the site at to find out how the Penn community is coming together to find innovative and creative ways to embrace the Compact’s driving principles—increasing access, integrating knowledge and engaging locally and globally.

Originally published on February 9, 2006