Free Penn eCards offer sustainable way to spread holiday cheer

Penn eCards Images available on the Penn eCards site. Top: The Palestra packed for a basketball game. Bottom: The Campus Button in winter.

The holiday season is ripe with card-sending occasions, including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa, not to mention any birthdays, weddings or anniversaries that may fall in between.

Purchasing and filling out holiday cards, buying stamps and mailing the greetings to family and friends can be a monotonous and time-consuming process, a nuisance for some in an otherwise joyous season.

Penn’s free eCard site, courtesy of the Business Services Division, has made sending holiday or greeting cards a lot quicker and easier.

At the site, www.upenn.edu/ecard, visitors can select from a variety of cards perfect for almost every occasion, including holidays, thank yous, get wells, birthdays, graduations, Hey Day and years of service.

Senders can decorate their cards with beautiful images of University buildings and walkways, iconic statues, historical photos, cute and cuddly pets or serene campus scenery. They can also include their own personalized messages, up to 500 characters. The cards are sent via email and can be addressed to 100 recipients at a time.

“The site has been hugely popular,” says Marie Witt, vice president of the Business Services Division. “In the year and a half since its launch, almost 11,000 cards have been sent and we expect the response to be even stronger with our new images and offerings. It’s an easy, free and sustainable way to send uniquely Penn greetings and I encourage everyone to check it out.”

All 12 Penn schools have posted their own images for senders to use. Penn sports fans may especially enjoy selecting cards with a photo of Franklin Field or the beloved Palestra.

To educate and encourage more green awareness at the University, an array of informational cards about Penn’s sustainability efforts is also offered.

Members of the Penn community can also send free personalized, animated Penn e-stationary—perfect for a quick thank you or a congratulatory note—and Penn invitations through the eCard site.

Business Services is seeking more campus images to post on the eCard site. To recommend your high-resolution photos, visit the eCard site and select the IdeaWeb link located on the right side of the page.
   
For more information about Penn eCards and evites, visit www.upenn.edu/ecard.

 

Originally published on October 28, 2010