Fall Public Safety Institute

The Division of Public Safety is accepting applications for enrollment in the fall 2000 session of the Penn Public Safety Institute (PPSI), an intensive, 12-week course designed to introduce the University community to Penn's extensive public safety services and programs.

The session, which will be comprised of Penn students, faculty, staff and neighbors, is limited to 20 applicants. The 12 sessions will run from October 4 through December 6 and will take place on Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 9 p.m, at the Division of Public Safety headquarters, 4040 Chestnut Street.

The sessions, which will be conducted by members of Penn's Division of Public Safety, will cover such topics as the criminal justice system, security technology, fire and occupational safety, firearms safety, victim support and domestic violence. Participants will also be offered the opportunity to ride along with Penn Police on patrol.

Applications may be obtained on-line at www.upenn.edu/police/institute.htm or by calling the Penn Police Department at (215) 898-9003. The program will be offered twice a year.

The PPSI is modeled on citizen police academies, which are offered at many police departments in the region and throughout the nation. However, Penn is unique in that additional services--such as fire and occupational safety, and security technologies--are integrated into one central operation.

For more information call the Division of Public Safety at (215) 898-9003. 

Anxiety Disorder Screenings

To help individuals learn about anxiety disorders, their symptoms and effective treatments, the Mood & Anxiety Disorder Section will hold a free program and screening on May 3 at 3600 Market Street 8th floor from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of National Anxiety Screening Day. The program includes viewing a video, receiving information about various anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses, completing a screening questionnaire, meeting a mental health professional to review the questionnaire and receiving a referral if necessary. For additional information call 800-422-7000.

Twenty Five Year Club Dinner

The University of Pennsylvania Twenty-Five Year Club 2000 Dinner is scheduled for Thursday, October 5, 2000 in the Chinese Rotonda of The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. Schedule is: 4:30 p.m. Tour of University Museum, 5 p.m. Receptions; 6 p.m. Dinner.

If you have served the University of Pennsylvania for more than twenty-five years please put the date on your calendar. If you have any questions please e-mail Duncan W. Van Dusen (vandusen@pobox.upenn.edu) or Margaret Harsch (pharsch@sas.upenn.edu). His telephone number is 3-5958 (1-215-573-5958).

--Karen C. Gaines, Chair, Twenty Five Year Club 2000-2001

--Dr. Madeleine M. Joullie, Chair, Twenty Five Year Club 1999-2000

Reminder for Full-time Weekly-paid Staff

Retirement Plan Decision: June 1

If you are a full-time, weekly-paid staff member and a current Retirement Allowance Plan (RAP) participant, you have an important decision to make by June 1, 2000. You have a one-time opportunity to change from your current retirement plan (RAP) and become a participant in the Tax-Deferred Retirement Plan. You recently received a retirement decision kit which included the forms needed to make this decision. All election forms must be received by the University of Pennsylvania Retirement Call Center no later than June 1, 2000.

If you have not yet returned your completed forms, we urge you to complete and return them as soon as possible. Remember that if we do not receive your election forms by June 1, 2000, you will remain in the RAP and lose your opportunity to join the Tax-Deferred Retirement Plan.

Many group and individual counseling sessions have been conducted to help you make this important decision. If you still want to ask questions and get more information, TIAA-CREF consultants will be on campus the week of May 15 through May 26 at the Funderberg Information Center and at the Medical School Class of '62 room from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They can answer your questions and provide on-the-spot individual counseling. In addition, you can call the University of Pennsylvania Retirement Call Center at 1-877-PENN-RET (1-877-736-6738), and a representative will be available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer your questions.

--Division of Human Resources

Almanac May Schedule

Almanac will publish on these dates in May:

  • May 9--Deadline for Update (two weeks May 17­May 30)
  • May 16--Deadline for Summer At Penn
  • May 30--Final spring semester issue

Contributors are urged to plan ahead, since space will be limited.


Computer Connection

The Computer Connection will be closed Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7 for inventory. The store will resume normal hours Monday, May 8, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Please visit our website at www.upenn.edu/ccx.

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Almanac, Vol. 46, No. 31, May 2, 2000