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Join PPSA's Team in the "Maintain, Don't Gain" Holiday Weight Maintenance Program!
Fight the Holiday Bulge with PPSA!
PPSA has a team in the "Maintain, Don't Gain Holiday Weight Maintenance Program" through Human Resources!
Want to join our Team? Just go through the registration process for any of the sessions. When you go to
weigh in say you are there for the PPSA Team. It will be fun to see if we can make it into the "Honor Roll."
Please let us know if you joined our team!
The holiday season is one of the toughest times to maintain your weight. While it's often an opportunity to
rejoice, celebrate, and enjoy time with family and friends, it's also one of the most challenging times to
maintain your waistline, as many holiday activities revolve around food and drink.
But Human Resources can help you avoid gaining weight during this challenging time through the Maintain,
Don't Gain Holiday Weight Maintenance Program. Last year, the program was a great success - 93% of participants
were able to either maintain or lose weight.
Participating is easy. Once you've registered, just come to the pre- and post-holiday weigh-ins and keep your
weight within 2 or 3 pounds of where you were before the holidays. Click here for dates and locations for
pre-holiday weigh-ins. Pre-registration is required:
You can also create your own Maintain, Don't Gain team. Grab your officemates and friends on campus, give
yourselves a team name, and let the competition begin! We'll track how all of your team members are doing and
average your results in January. If each team member either maintains or loses weight by the final weigh-in,
your team will be highlighted on the Maintain, Don't Gain Honor Roll on the Human Resources website!
Visit the website for more information about the Maintain, Don't Gain Program. If you have questions, contact
Human Resources at 215-898-5116 or email@example.com.
Now through December 10!
PPSA is cosponsoring a Coat Drive with Netter Center, PennVIPS, and the Linguistics Department.
Donate your gently-used or buy a new coat for someone who needs to stay warm this winter.
Drop Off Locations Include:
Stouffer Commons, 3702 Spruce St.
Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce St.
Linguistics, 619 Williams Hall
Netter Center, 133 South 36th/5th Floor
Museum Reception, Kress Gallery
Please make sure the coat you donate is clean and in good condition. We don't have the facilities to
Please donate your coat by December 10th.
PennVIPS: Katrina Terrell @ 898-3547
PPSA: Laurie McCall @ 898-7038
Netter Center: Isabel Mapp @ 898-2020
Linguistics: Amy Forsythe @ 898-6046
|PPSA Holiday Happy Hour
Thursday, Dec. 16
Details to come soon.
2010 Penn Commuter and Parking Survey
The 2010 Penn Commuter and Parking Survey is now available online at
Please take a few minutes to take the survey, as it will assist the University in improving services for those
who choose to commute using public transportation, ridesharing, walking and biking.
Complete the survey online for one of two chances to win a valuable prize!
2010 Penn Bookstore Survey
Participate in the Penn Bookstore Survey at
for a chance to win one of three $100 gift certificates to the Penn Bookstore!
Check out Arts@Penn http://www.upenn.edu/arts regularly for great arts and culture events at Penn.
Ongoing: NEW EXHIBITIONS at the Penn Museum:
Righteous Dopefiend: Homelessness, Addiction and Poverty in Urban America; The Goodlands; What in the World
(Philagrafika 2010 festival "Out of Print" collaboration)
Philly Fun Guide - http://www.phillyfunguide.com/categories/index/14/661
Free at the Kimmel Center - http://www.kimmelcenter.org/events/?org=355
The Walnut Street Theatre has day-of-show discounts for only $15 each! Tickets/Info: 215-574-3550, or www.walnutstreettheatre.org.
Art After 5 - Philadelphia Museum of Art: Friday evenings take on a whole new groove with Art
After 5, a unique blend of entertainment from 5:00-8:45 p.m. in the Great Stair Hall. With an eclectic mix of
international music on the first Friday of each month, and recognized and emerging jazz artists performing all
other Fridays, it's a stylish way to start your weekend. http://www.philamuseum.org/artafter5/
The Arthur Ross Gallery
Exhibition Schedule Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
220 South 34th Street (Between Walnut and Spruce Streets)
In the Fisher Fine Arts Library
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tuesday through Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday: 12pm to 5pm
Closed Mondays and some holidays.
For More Information, please see our website: http://www.upenn.edu/ARG
|College of Liberal and Professional Studies Events
Walk-In Wednesday Information Sessions
Dec. 1, 8, 15
11:00 am - 1:00 pm; 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
3440 Market Street, Suite 100
Learn how to use your employee tuition benefits for professional development
with courses and degree programs at Penn. One-on-one meetings with recruitment staff.
No appointment necessary, just walk in. However, if you'd like to schedule an in-person or telephone
meeting, please call us at 215-746-6902. Or, you may email an appointment
request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
DEC 2-4: Parsons Dance Company:
The Village Voice exclaims that David Parsons' newest masterpiece Remember Me - a full-length collaboration with
the East Village Opera Company featuring live singers performing rock renditions of favorite arias - is full of
"eye-popping digital effects...excellent showbiz-savvy performers...lusty, sensual movement" and that "Parsons
enters the realm of pop spectacle with a vengeance!"
DEC 10: Preservation Hall Jazz Band:
Straight from the Big Easy and featuring a flavorful gumbo of Christmas classics and beloved standards with
a twist of ragtime, blues and jazz, this family-friendly event will surely put you in the holiday spirit!
DEC 11: Slide (Ireland), Irish Christmas Celebration:
Featuring festive fiddling, traditional Irish tunes and holiday favorites, this family-friendly show is a Christmas
extravaganza straight from the Emerald Isle you won't want to miss!
DEC 16-18: Mummenschanz:
Celebrate the holidays with Mummenschanz in their clever and comic world filled with strange creatures,
astounding colors and imaginative shapes - "a place of constant wonder and ingenuity" according to the Boston
Herald. Perfect for the whole family!
Discounts available for staff and faculty: 215-898-3900 | AnnenbergCenter.org
|PennRec Faculty/Staff Only Open House at Fox Fitness Center
Wednesday Dec. 8
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Fox Fitness Center - Gate 2 North Side of Franklin Field
| Join us for Food, Fun, and Fitness at the Faculty/Staff Open House at Fox Fitness sponsored by PennRec. The Robert A. Fox Fitness Center at Franklin Field is Penn's newest state of the art recreational facility available to the entire Penn Community including CHOP and HUP employees. Prizes including a home model foldable treadmill valued at $2599 will be raffled, Fitness Class demonstrations, Chair Massages, and more will also be available throughout the day. Register online for your chance to win prizes - http://www.upenn.edu/recreation or contact the Membership office - 215.898.6100. Memberships and incentives are currently available, so act now to take your fitness to the next level!
|NEW! Web-based Surplus Property Exchange Site
Download flier: http://www.upenn.edu/ppsa/pdf/Bens_Attic.docx
Wondering what to do with those old office chairs? Have promotional items left over from an event, or laboratory equipment gathering dust? List them in Ben’s Attic – a new online website developed by Purchasing Services that allows Penn faculty and staff to exchange and purchase surplus University owned property.
All faculty and staff are able to browse the site to see if there are any items they may need. However, to post items or make purchases, you must be a TAC (Transaction Authorization) holder (or a TAC holder’s designee). Items are listed by category and can be sold or given away at no cost. You can also request an email notification of items by category as they become available.
All policies defining disposition of University property are defined on the site and must be adhered to when listing an item for purchase or bid. All items are centrally reviewed by the Ben’s Attic system administrator and then approved for posting on the site.
As Ben’s Attic is just being launched, there is a great need for items to be listed on the site. It’s the perfect opportunity to get rid of unwanted stuff in an easy and sustainable manner!
Ben’s Attic is strictly for repurposing of University owned property and can be accessed from the Purchasing Services website http://www.upenn.edu/purchasing or you may bookmark https://upenn.unl.edu/.
If you have any questions regarding the usage of Ben’s Attic or to set up an account please email email@example.com.
If you have personal items that you wish to repurpose you may access the West Philly Freecycle™ site at freecycle.org for your personal transactions. The Freecycle™ Network is made up of groups with members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and thus keeping good stuff out of landfills.
|Penn Dining Announcements
Bon Appetit at Penn Dining: A Bigger Bite for your Buck with Club Cards
Next time you visit Houston Market or the Shops at 1920 Commons ask for a "Frequent Buyer's Club Card."
Each time you make a purchase of $7 or more get your card punched and after four visits at either location
get the fifth purchase FREE! Or visit Yo-reka, the Greek yogurt shop in 1920 Commons and get a
"Yo-reka Club Card" for a FREE yogurt after seven visits.
|Penn Volunteers in Public Service (Penn VIPS)
Penn Volunteers In Public Service posts a list of volunteer opportunities for the
Penn community to become involved in. These opportunities are developed from the
many requests we receive for partnerships and assistance from the local community.
The Penn community continues to show its generosity by providing much needed support
to members of our surrounding community. Many benefit from your willingness to give.
The following is a list of current request:
Do you know how to develop a Business Plan?
Teach local community members in the Nonprofit Institute.
Through the Nonprofit Institute, persons involved with local nonprofits and communities of faith, learn how to build organizational and program capacity through the study of funding, management, technology, business practice and legal issues.
Volunteer to teach our new workshop on developing business plans or design a workshop you would be interested in teaching.
The Institute takes place over a 2-week period and each class is approximately 2 hours in length.
Contact Isabel Mapp at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 898-2020 to volunteer to teach.
Join the Penn WorkPlace Mentoring program. Students visit campus once a month on the 3rd Thursday of the month from October – May and spend the day with their mentors in a variety of activities. Your commitment is for only a few hours once a month.
Training will be provided.
For additional information, contact Isabel Mapp at email@example.com or cal at 898-2020.
Penn Transit’s Hollenback Shuttle: Pedestrian access to the Hollenback complex is restricted beginning May 20.
Due to the construction of the new Penn Park, both the Weave and Paley Bridges will be temporarily closed. Closure of the Weave Bridge occurred on May 20, 2010. Closure of the Paley Bridge will occur on June 1, 2010.
Penn Ecard Greetings
for your Penn Ecard!
|Christian Association House Meditation Room
118 S. 37th St. - enter on 37th
Available to all Penn staff
The Upper Room at the Christian Association House (118 S. 37th St. - enter on 37th)
is a quiet, peaceful room on campus where you are welcome to visit during regular office
hours (10am-4pm). The Penn community is welcome to meditate individually, or to come with
a group (it is recommended that you call ahead to reserve the space for a group).
You are also welcome to just stop by for a nap or some quiet time.
Please take a virtual tour on our website: http://www.upennca.org/top/facilities/meditation_room/
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or come visit us at 118 S. 37th St.
|Arts in Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Announcement
There is a new partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance to promote arts and cultural offerings produced at Penn, as well as a new online ticket program for the Penn community to take advantage of, for terrific discounts.
· We are happy to be working with the Cultural Alliance who so successfully promotes the arts in Philadelphia, but who also has the capacity to educate their members in the fine points of arts marketing and arts advocacy. The arts and cultural community at Penn is poised to take advantage of both resources.
· We are excited that student arts groups will have the chance to join for free this year, and take advance of all that there is to learn about arts administration as a way to round out their education inside and outside the classroom.
· Our goal is to showcase the great arts assets and support individual arts organizations with marketing support, and help new audiences discover the arts at Penn and University City as a destination.
Below is the site to the Philly Fun Guide, a site that generates about 10,000 hits a day and is the region’s comprehensive site devoted to arts and entertainment. We created a unique page to house all the wonderful things at Penn in one easy to navigate place. http://www.phillyfunguide.com/group/detail/47
In addition, visit the link on our site http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/artsandculture/pennsavers.html to sign up for your “Penn Savers” promotional program and to get the weekly email ticket discounts.
|Penn Cellular Service Plan Discounts
Available to all Penn staff
Through partnerships between Penn and our cellular
providers (AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless), the
Cellular Service Plan Discounts program
provides discounts to Penn’s faculty, staff and
students (minimum 10% off monthly service plans of $34.99
or higher) on their personal cellular plans. Details,
including discount percentages, plan provisions, and customer
service contacts, are available at http://www.upenn.edu/computing/voice/cellular/
Since the program commenced in 2004, nearly 7,000 members
of the Penn community have enrolled in the program, resulting
in over $300,000 in savings per year to them.
Information on a variety of other discount programs can
be found at:
SOUTH STREET BRIDGE CLOSURE INFORMATION
The City of Philadelphia notified the University
of Pennsylvania that the South Street Bridge closed
for reconstruction at 9:30 AM on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008.
The bridge is closed to ALL TRAFFIC, including pedestrians,
bicycles and cars.
The closure of this important access point to University
City results in many changes to traffic patterns,
signs and signals, and volume in the vicinity of campus.
Please adjust your commute accordingly.
University City Station will remain open and accessible
during the South Street Bridge reconstruction project.
The station entrance on South Street will be closed. Passengers
must use the station entrance on Convention Avenue. For
more information, visit http://www.septa.org/.
Penn is providing the following services to enhance your
commute. Additional details and other resources are available
- Public Safety - Penn Police, in coordination with
the Philadelphia Police Department, will be stationed
at key intersections during the morning and afternoon
rush hours to mitigate congestion.
- More Bike Racks - Secure, indoor bicycle racks have
been installed inside two Penn Garages - Garage #37
at 34th and Chestnut Sts, and Garage #40, (FreshGrocer)
at 40th and Walnut Sts.
- Shuttle Service to Hollenback - Until the Weave Bridge
is installed to provide access to the Hollenback area,
Penn Transit is providing on-call daytime shuttle service.
or call 898-RIDE for information.
- Walking Escort Service - Commuters with safety concerns
are encouraged to use Penn's Walking Escort Service.
Call 898-WALK (9255) for information.
Have a question about commuting to campus during the
South Street Bridge reconstruction project? Please contact
PennCard Issuance Changes
Business Services and ISC jointly launched a project
designed to improve processes and systems associated with
issuing PennCards. We are pleased to announce that the
project team has recently completed software modifications
that will enable new employees to obtain a PennCard within
one business day after the payroll record has been entered
into the Payroll/Personnel system by the hiring officer,
allowing new hires to receive their PennCard on or even
before their start date.
For more information, please go to http://www.upenn.edu/penncard/announce/
SPECIAL: TIAA-CREF and Vanguard Information
Download PDF: http://www.upenn.edu/ppsa/pdf/
Because of the market issues - some individuals may
be concerned. This is a information from TIAA-CREF and
Vanguard that has been provided to us. It is shared for
Link to Vanguard is:
For more on the Lehman-related impact, read this article:
In this video interview, Gus Sauter, Vanguard's chief
investment officer, offers his thoughts on the resiliency
of our financial system:
TIAA continues to hold the highest possible ratings
from all four of the leading rating agencies.*
The ratings are based on an independent analysis of
TIAA’s balance sheet, capital position, reserves,
asset quality, liquidity and other key indicators of
CREF & Mutual Funds
Of course, the CREF variable annuity accounts and TIAA-CREF
Mutual Fund returns are based on the market returns
of their portfolios, so they are not immune to the overall
However, please know that TIAA-CREF manages portfolios
to seek consistent growth for long-term investors. Our
basic philosophy is to acknowledge that unexpected events
do occur and then try to minimize the impact of problems
at any single company.
While some TIAA-CREF funds and accounts have been adversely
affected by their exposure to specific financial companies,
the impact of recent developments has generally been
limited as a percentage of overall portfolio holdings.
For example, Lehman Brothers stock represented no more
than one-fifth of 1% of the assets of any single TIAA-CREF
mutual fund or variable annuity account as of July 31,
For More Information
Penn Transit Offers GPS tracking
More info: http://www.upenn.edu/gps
Tired of waiting for Penn Transit buses or shuttles?
Now you can use Penn Transit's new GPS system to find
out precisely when your bus will arrive at your transit
stop. You can access the new system on your computer,
cell phone or PDA by going to: www.upenn.edu/gps
. The GPS system will also track Penn shuttles while they
are on campus. Not only does this enhancement improve
customer service, it also provides an extra level of safety
for riders. In addition to the new GPS system, Penn Transit
has added four new buses which use ultra low sulfur diesel
fuel and can also be converted to biodiesel fuel, should
those options become available.
Penn has made available a special opportunity to join a fitness center at a discount rate and with numerous
other related services. Check out GlobalFit's extensive network of thousands of fitness centers nationwide to
choose a club that fits your personality. Their state-of-the-art fitness center search engine helps you to select
the features that are important to you, from childcare to pools to yoga and Pilates. So why not get started on a
healthier, more energetic YOU today? Go to http://www.globalfit.com/club/ to start.
Department of Recreation
For information about other health and wellness activities on campus, go to http://www.upenn.edu/recreation/programs/
or call 215-898-6100.
Penn's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Worklife Resources
Available for full- and part-time faculty and staff and their immediate family members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
They provide FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, 1-ON-1 COUNSELING SESSIONS to address personal issues, and phone consultation on a range of
personal life needs, from legal and financial questions to dependent care needs. Just call 1-888-321-4433 to access
this support or go to http://new.mylifevalues.com/login.aspx.
For your username, enter upenn and for password, enter eap.
The UPennAlert Emergency Notification System enables
fast and efficient dissemination of critical information
to members of the University community during a major
emergency via text messaging, voicemail and email. If
you have not done so already, please take a few minutes
now to register or update your contact information. All
information is secure and confidential.
Access Penn InTouch via Penn Portal:
Access Penn InTouch directly at: https://sentry.isc.upenn.edu/intouch
Access the Penn Directories via, http://www.upenn.edu/directories
or Access U@Penn directly via, http://www.upenn.edu/u@penn
Penn Student Agencies
Services for Staff
PSA services include:
Apparel and Gifts for the Family and Office
Event Flier distribution on campus
Catering Service for your next important meeting by the
...and much more!
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Student Run, Penn Driven.
Division of Public Safety
Operation Theft Awareness
Download posters and table tents by clicking on the
“media kit” on the lower left.
Mentors @ Penn Program
The Board of the PPSA
welcomes all Penn staff to participate in the Mentors
@ Penn Program operated by Human Resources. Be placed
in a mentoring relationship with another Penn staff member
in which you will either be the Mentor (offering the benefit
of your experience and knowledge) or the Mentee (receiving
guidance and assistance on your professional life).
The Board of the PPSA supports
the Mentors @ Penn 100% - every member of the PPSA Board
is a registered Mentor - and we welcome you to do the
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