Penn Current Express

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March 31, 2011

Dear Penn Faculty and Staff,

The Penn Current Express is a weekly newsletter bringing you timely news stories about the Penn community. The Penn Current Express will be delivered to your inbox every Thursday.

United Nations SG

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open the fifth annual Global Colloquium of University Presidents at Penn on April 4 with a public address on empowering women. The Colloquium is made up of 29 university presidents from around the world. Read more...  

Class Tree Planting

As part of a new program designed to honor Penn's graduating seniors, the Morris Arboretum has established a new tradition: planting a tree on campus every spring in honor of the University's graduating class. This year, the planting will take place on Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m. Read more...   

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Kathy O'Connell

Kathy O'Connell, host of WXPN's "Kids Corner," discusses her 23 years hosting the show, her friendship with comedian Soupy Sales and why, after more than two decades, it isn't hard to maintain a child's point of view of the world. Read more... 


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CHORDS, the Chaplain's Office outreach and service learning program, in partnership with Penn's PRISM student organization, continues the University's centuries-old tradition of interfaith student volunteerism with a major spring service program this weekend. Read more...





Penn is stepping up its commitment to sustainability by introducing a new way to get your pay. Beginning this spring, the University will stop issuing paper paychecks. Employees will instead have the choice of receiving their pay through either direct deposit or the new ADP TotalPay Card system. Read more...    



Jared Diamond

As parts of Africa suffer continued drought and Japan tries to recover from one of the worst earthquakes and tsunamis in recorded history, scholar-author Jared Diamond will give the Penn community insight into water's impact on society at a public talk on April 6 at 7 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium. Read more...   



Find more interviews, features and news in the print edition of the Penn Current on Thursday, April 7.