Shakespeare in Clark Park returns for an eighth summer with “The Tempest.” Believed to be the last play that William Shakespeare wrote by himself, at its heart, it is the story of a father’s undying love for his daughter. Prospero, a powerful magician, and his daughter, Miranda, are stranded on an island with only the supernatural beings Ariel—Prospero’s spirit servant—and Caliban—his villainous slave—for company, until a powerful storm washes a shipwrecked crew onto the island’s shores.
The play runs from Wednesday, July 24, through Sunday, July 28, in the Clark Park bowl at 43rd Street and Chester Avenue in University City. Directed by Adrienne Mackey and designed by Bradley Wrenn, Barrymore Award-winning actress and Philadelphia theater favorite Catherine Slusar stars as Prospero.
The performance begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Bring chairs and blankets. For more information, call 215-764-5345 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll brings merchants to University City that will offer deals for a dollar.
This year’s Strolls occur on Thursday, June 13, and Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Vendors will line Baltimore Avenue from 42nd to 50th streets. Participants include Aksum, 4630 Baltimore Ave., the Baltimore Avenue Pet Shoppe, 4532 Baltimore Ave., Vientiane Café, 4728 Baltimore Ave., Milk & Honey, 4435 Baltimore Ave., and Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave., along with mobile food vendors.
For more information, call 215-243-0555 or visit www.universitycity.org.
On Saturday, June 22, International House Philadelphia and Exhumed Films present an exclusive 35mm screening of “Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair.” This unique print combines “Kill Bill: Volume 1” and “Kill Bill: Volume 2” with new footage, and is on loan from director Quentin Tarantino himself. Academy Award-nominated actress Uma Thurman stars as bride Beatrix Kiddo.
The three-hour-and-35-minute film screens at 1 p.m. in International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Ibrahim Theater.
For more information, call 215-387-5125or visit www.ihousephilly.org. Tickets are $20 general admission, $17 for IHP members. Seating is limited.
Each year, gardeners with a green thumb can add unusual or hard-to-find plants to their yards, window boxes, and flower beds at the Morris Arboretum’s annual plant sale. The sale runs on Friday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm, across the street from the Arboretum’s public garden.
Friday is for members only; all members will receive a 10 percent discount on their entire purchase, and receive a free dividend plant (which could include a Japanese Tassel Fern, Columnar Basil, Cheyenne early lilac, or a Tea of Commerce). Saturday is open to the public; Morris Arboretum members receive a 10 percent discount on purchases.
Plants for sale are grown by local nurseries familiar with the regional climate and soils. Items include a varied selection of annuals and perennials—from the eye-catching “Bonfire Scarlet” begonia and the heat-tolerant “Phenomenal” Lavender to Kleim’s Hardy Gardenia and a selection of roses that date back as early as 1513. The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will also be on hand with a large selection of rhododendrons, many of which are not available elsewhere. For more information, go to www.morrisarboretum.org.
Provost Vincent Price and Edward Rock, director of open learning initiatives, announce a new round of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to be offered through the University’s partnership with Coursera. Faculty members from any school are invited to submit proposals for courses to be taught in the fall of 2013 or spring of 2014. The course may be 14 weeks long or shorter, and may either resemble an existing class or be entirely new. The proposed course may be taught individually or jointly with another faculty member.
The Office of the Provost, in partnership with the relevant school, will provide funding for the development of new courses. Support may be available for course-related expenses, including faculty preparation time, teaching assistance, videotaping, copyright licensing, and production costs. For information on submitting proposals, go to http://provost.upenn.edu/initiatives/openlearning/faculty-resources.
Proposals must have the signature of each faculty member’s department chair and be submitted by email to the Office of Open Learning Initiatives at email@example.com no later than Friday, May 31. Additional information about Coursera and open learning at Penn is available at: http://provost.upenn.edu/initiatives/openlearning. For additional information about Center for Teaching & Learning resources, visit www.upenn.edu/ctl.
Philly nonprofits looking for support for innovative arts and culture projects can get a boost from a new grant program from the University City District. The Porch Partnership Programming Fund is a three-round, $150,000 grant-making effort for local organizations seeking to facilitate arts and culture projects at The Porch at 30th Street Station. The fund is supported by the William Penn Foundation.
The fund’s first round of grants will support projects executed between August and October 2013; proposals are due on Friday, May 31.
Information on The Porch at 30th Street Station can be found at http://universitycity.org/porch-events. Local nonprofits interested in the fund can learn more about the submission process at http://universitycity.org/request-proposals.
Tickets are now on sale for WXPN’s annual summertime music extravaganza, the XPoNential Music Festival, which will run from July 26-28. The Festival, held at Wiggins Park in Camden, N.J., features three days of music with performances by more than 20 established and emerging artists. This year, the XPoNential Music Festival is partnering with the AmericanaramA Festival of Music, which features Bob Dylan & His Band, Wilco, and Ryan Bingham. Additional performers include The Lumineers, Dr. Dog, Justin Townes Earle, Kopecky Family Band, and Phosphorescent, among others. For a complete line-up and ticket information, go to www.xpn.org.
Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital has been designated by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care as one of nine Veterinary Trauma Centers in the country, and the only 24/7 center within a 100-mile radius of Philadelphia.
A goal of the trauma center network is to create a database of information related to animals that can be used for trauma research.
The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts continues its legacy of providing affordable performing arts to the city’s youngest audiences with its 29th annual Philadelphia International Children’s Festival.
From Tuesday, April 30, to Saturday, May 4, families can enjoy performances perfect for the young (and young at heart), including the Perth Theatre Company’s “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer,” Art Sanctuary and the Opera Company of Philadelphia’s “Reading in Concert: The Hip H’opera Project,” Theatre Lovett’s “The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly,” and C!RCA’s “46 Circus Acts in 45 Minutes.”
In addition, families can take part in a variety of fun and interactive activities, such as crafts, face painting, and jugglers in the Children’s Festival FUN ZONE on the Annenberg Center Outdoor Plaza. Tickets are $10 per performance and include access to the FUN ZONE. For more information, visit www.annenbergcenter.org.
The Penn community is invited to celebrate the success of the Making History Campaign at a campus-wide party on Friday, April 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Penn Park, 31st Street between Walnut and South streets. The gala will feature Grammy Award-winning artists John Legend, C’99, and Train, entertainment by more than a dozen student groups, exhibition sports matches, food and beverages, and a fireworks finale.
The event is open to Penn students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and their families. Advance registration is required. All attendees must bring their event confirmation emails for admission; faculty, staff, and students must bring their PennCards, as well. Family members who are attending must be registered and all adults will need photo ID to gain entry.
For more information or to register, visit www.alumni.upenn.edu/timetoshine.
Penn Nursing’s LIFE (Living Independently For Elders) program, which has served senior citizens in West and Southwest Philadelphia since 1998, is now accepting qualified older members from the Yeadon, Lansdowne, Upper Darby, and Havertown communities in nearby Delaware County.
Modeled after the national Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly plan, LIFE offers frail seniors, faced with probable nursing home placement, the choice to remain in their communities, live in their homes, and receive healthcare and social services at the LIFE Center at 4508 Chestnut St. in West Philadelphia.
Since its inception, LIFE successfully has served more than 600 Philadelphia seniors.
Funded by Medicare and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Public Welfare, Penn’s LIFE program remains the first and only such program in the nation to be owned and operated by a school of nursing.
“LIFE exemplifies the best of Penn Nursing,” says Daniel Drake, the program’s executive director.
Maureen Rush, vice president of the Division of Public Safety, and Penn Police sergeants Michael Belisairo and Christian Vandervort recently completed a hearing before the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Conference in North Charleston, S.C. The Penn Police Department received its 5th CALEA Accreditation Award. They were honored with Accreditation with Excellence, the highest level an agency can receive.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies was created in 1979. The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by maintaining a body of standards—developed by public safety practitioners—covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.
Rush credits the CALEA accreditation team, which consists of Capt. Gerald Leddy, Belisairo, and Vandervort, for their hard work and dedication, as well as all members of the Division of Public Safety for the support provided to the accreditation team in preparing for the reaccreditation process.
The newly renovated Hutchinson room facilities will re-open in September. In the past, Hutch lockers have been used by a large number of Penn faculty and staff who commute to campus by bicycle, walking, or running. From April 9-24, the Department of Recreation is “pre-selling” the lockers at a significant discount in anticipation of the opening of the building next fall. The lockers are convenient to the Fox Fitness Center, Ringe Squash Courts, and Penn Park. Sale prices are valid only through April 24.
In April, the University City District wants you to linger at The Porch, the reimagined public space adjacent to 30th Street Station, for a variety of events, including live music, fitness classes, and a beer garden. Every Monday and Friday, from noon to 1 p.m., performers will be regaling listeners with lunchtime accordion serenades, and each Wednesday at noon, WXPN will feature live music from up-and-coming local artists, including Dante Bucci on April 3 and The Fleeting Ends on April 10. The Give and Take Jugglers will return on April 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and The Little Circus will perform on April 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Backpack Gallery, which combines visual art and performance, will be in attendance on April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Gourmet food trucks, including The Cow and the Curd, Cupcake Carnival, and Spot Burger, will also be parked at The Porch on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Bridgewater’s Pub will be hosting a beer garden on April 18 and 19 from 3 to 8 p.m. To work off all of those cupcakes and beer, opt for a bootcamp, Bokwa, or Zumba class hosted by BodyRock Bootcamp on Thursdays at 6 p.m. For more information on all events at The Porch, go to www.universitycity.org.
In recent years, The David & Lyn Silfen Forum has tackled issues of far-reaching significance—from public debate in the United States to the 2012 elections. On Friday, April 5, from noon to 1:30 p.m., this year’s forum will address one more: “Open Learning and the Future of Higher Education.” As the global demand for a highly educated work force continues to grow, many students are finding it increasingly difficult to afford the cost of obtaining a college degree. Meanwhile, universities, including Penn, are beginning to explore the potential of massive open online courses (MOOCs). But is it possible for colleges and universities to effectively pursue online learning while maintaining their core academic missions?
Penn President Amy Gutmann will lead a panel of experts to tackle these complicated questions, including Thomas Friedman, Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times; Martha J. Kanter, under secretary for the U. S. Department of Education under President Barack Obama; William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland; and Daphne Koller, co-founder of Coursera and professor in the computer science department at Stanford.
Tickets and full bios of this year’s panelists are available at the Silfen Forum website.
The Burrison Gallery is calling for artwork submittals to be considered for its third annual University Club Members Exhibit, a juried group show that will run from June 29 through Aug. 16. Any member of the University Club at Penn may submit their work for consideration. The purpose of this show is to highlight the creativity of University Club members and to provide them with a venue to share their work with the Penn community. In order to qualify for consideration, participants must be members of the University Club when submittal packages are received. To become a member, apply at www.upenn.edu/universityclub/onlinemembership.php.
Submittal packages will include a completed application form and up to three digital images of individual works of art on a CD or DVD. Works of art must be two-dimensional (paintings, drawings, photography, prints, fabric pieces, etc.). The deadline for submission of the package is Monday, April 1; selected artists will be notified by April 30. For more information, go to: www.business-services.upenn.edu/universityclub/burrison.shtml.
In April, the Morris Arboretum bursts into bloom, with a host of events to celebrate the season. First up on April 1 is the opening of the new exhibit, “Big Bugs,” a series of sculptures from artist David Rogers that will be spread throughout the 92-acre site. The 11 bugs on display include three ants, a praying mantis, and a spider with a web. On April 6, everyone is welcome at the exhibition opening event, which is free with admission, and runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are invited to dress as bugs, and there will be bug-inspired music, bug-themed crafts, and scavenger maps.
The Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival returns to the Arboretum on April 13 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Events include Hoh Daiko drummers, a zen archery demonstration, a kimono dressing demonstration, and a tour of the Arboretum’s Japanese garden elements. For more information on all events, go to www.morrisarboretum.org.
Penn commuters who use mass transit were already saving a bit more because of the recently approved American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012. Now, an amended section of the Act has increased the maximum monthly excludable amount for employer-provided transportation and transit-pass benefits. The amendment is effective retroactively, beginning on Jan. 1, 2012, and extending through Dec. 31, 2013. Transit benefits provided by an employer above $125 and up to $240 in 2012, and up to $245 in 2013, qualify for exemption from federal, Social Security, and Medicare taxes. The increase in exclusion amounts, however, was not received until after the University issued 2012 W-2 forms, which means Penn will issue a corrected wage and tax statement to take into account the change.
The increase affects both weekly and monthly payroll deductions and reflects the maximum pre-tax amount allowed to be taken out of paychecks for commuter expenses per calendar month for 2013. In addition to those who use SEPTA, the increase applies to those who use the Commuter Check Card Prepaid MasterCard, TransitChek, PATCO, DART and NJ Transit. For more information, visit the Penn Parking Services website or email the Parking Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Burrison Gallery is an entity of the University Club that provides a venue for artists within the Penn community to exhibit their work. The Gallery is calling for artwork submittals for future exhibitions. Any Penn faculty, staff, alumni, or family member may submit work for consideration. Submittal packages should include slides, photos, or CDs of work along with the artist’s bio, including their relationship to Penn, and a brief description of the work (medium, technique, etc.). Artists who are selected will be given a six-week, one-person show at the Gallery with the option of an opening reception.
Please send submittal packages to: Ilene Wilder, Chair, Burrison Gallery Advisory Committee
3401 Walnut Street, Suite 440A, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228.
Effective Feb. 25, Thomas H. Murphy will become Penn’s new vice president for information technology and University chief information officer. Murphy is currently chief information officer of DaVita HealthCare Partners, where he is responsible for all information technology supporting the company’s business and clinical operations. He was previously senior vice president and chief information officer of AmerisourceBergen, an $80 billion provider of pharmaceuticals and health-care services. He has been a leader in information technology across multiple industries as chief information officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Bristol Hotels & Resorts, the Cendant Corporation and Omni Hotels.
In 2010, he was elected to the CIO Hall of Fame and named one of the Best CIOs in America in by Business Trends Quarterly, and a Top CIO of 2011 by SmartCEO Magazine. He also was recognized as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders of 2002 by ComputerWorld and one of the top 100 Innovators of 2001 by CIO Magazine.
Students who are part of Penn Nursing’s Healthy in Philadelphia initiative recently collected more than 800 new socks that were distributed to area nursing home residents and the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission that serves the homeless and hungry. At the mission, foot baths, foot health assessments, as well as the socks, were provided to homeless men, who on average walk about three miles a day in all kinds of weather.
The Healthy in Philadelphia initiative is a program in which Penn Nursing partners with the community to meet the needs of promoting healthy lifestyles and providing care. The initiative builds upon Penn Nursing’s successful Living Independently For Elders Program, which provides long-term care services for elders, allowing them to remain living in their West Philadelphia homes.
Penn’s Office of Admissions offers a special service for faculty, staff, alumni, and their children approaching college age who have attended Penn Admissions Information Sessions and participated in campus tours, but have additional questions about the admissions process.
An admissions officer is available to address questions during drop-in hours held on the first Friday of every month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Office of Admissions, 1 College Hall. Sessions are scheduled for March 1, April 5, May 3, and June 7.
Advance reservations are requested at email@example.com. Sessions will not take place on first Fridays coinciding with University holidays, or if the Office of Admissions is closed.
On its way to the Louvre, a large and exceptionally well-preserved ancient Roman floor mosaic—discovered in Lod, Israel, in 1996 and excavated in 2009—is making its final stop in the United States at the Penn Museum.“ Unearthing a Masterpiece: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel” opens on Sunday, Feb. 10, and runs through May 19.
The mosaic floor, approximately 50 feet long by 27 feet wide, is believed to have come from the home of a wealthy Roman living in the Eastern Roman Empire circa 300 C.E. Because the mosaic’s imagery has no overt religious content, it cannot be determined whether the owner was a pagan, Christian, or Jew. Lod is located near Tel Aviv, and the site was initially settled in the 5th millennium B.C.E.
The exhibition features the three most complete and impressive panels found in what was probably a large reception room. Footprints of several workers involved in the laying of the floor about 1,700 years ago—some wearing sandals and others working barefoot—were also preserved and will be shown in the exhibition. The mosaic will eventually reside in a new museum being built just for it in Israel.