Penn Current Express

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April 19, 2012

Dear Penn Faculty and Staff,

The Penn Current Express is a newsletter bringing you timely news stories about the Penn community. The next Penn Current Express will be delivered to your inbox on April 26. 


The University of Pennsylvania is partnering with Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Michigan as part of an online education platform called Coursera, designed to make web-based courses available for free and improve teaching on campuses. Read more...      


On Thursday, April 26, thousands of finely tuned athletes clad in colorful warm-ups will descend upon Penn's campus for the 118th Penn Relay Carnival. The Relays run from April 26-28 at Franklin Field, and the University community is invited to attend. Read more...   

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Mark Mills

Mark E. Mills, director of Purchasing Services, discusses overseeing Penn's procurement of nearly $1 billion in goods and services each year, managing the University's economic inclusion and local purchasing initiatives, and the fee schedule for cadavers and donated body parts. Read more... 


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5K Walk
Penn Walking Program hosts 5K walk on April 27
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Penn Walking Program's Fifth 5K Walk on Friday, April 27. Walkers will meet at noon at the Benjamin Franklin statue in front of College Hall. The 3.1-mile course takes about 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the pace. Read more...
DPS Ceremony

On Thursday, April 19, the Division of Public Safety is recognizing nearly 50 honorees at its biannual Commendation Ceremony. Penn's law enforcement and public safety professionals will be applauded, as well as members of the Penn community. Read more...

John Barth

Penn welcomes John Barth as KWH Fellow   
American postmodern novelist John Barth will visit Penn from April 23-24. As one of the 2012 Kelly Writers House Fellows, he will participate in an evening reading and informal teaching sessions with young writers, aspiring writers, and writer-critics. Read more...

Find more interviews, features, and news in the print edition of the Penn Current on May 10 in racks on campus. Keep up with University happenings at Penn News.