Faculty Research in Belgium

Applications are invited from all Penn faculty interested in participating in Penn's exchange with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U.Leuven) in Belgium www.kuleuven.ac.be/kuleuven/KUL_en.html. Round-trip, economy airfare and a modest per diem are provided for teaching and research visits of at least one month and not more than one semester. Knowledge of Dutch is not required. A faculty host at K.U.Leuven must be identified. Application deadline for spring 2001 short-term and fall 2001 semester-long faculty exchanges is October 16, 2000. Inquiries concerning later visits are welcome.

For an application form and further information, please contact Elva E. Power, Office of International Programs, 133 Bennett Hall/6275, (215) 898-1640 or by e-mail: power@pobox.upenn.edu.

Research Opportunity for German-American Scholars

The German-American Center for Visiting Scholars (GACVS), Washington, D.C., is accepting applications from young German and American (non-D.C. residents) scholars, in particular young humanists and social scientists, for periods of research of up to six months. The GACVS offers no fellowships. For the duration of their stay at the GACVS, fellows may be granted a rent subsidy if these expenses are not adequately met from other sources. Salaries and travel expenses are not covered.

The Mission of the GACVS is to:

  • Support advanced research in a variety of fields with emphasis on the social sciences and humanities
  • Support young scholars in their pursuit of doctoral or post doctoral studies
  • Foster the development of German-American academic cooperation
  • Provide access to institutes, universities, and federal institutions centered in Washington

Applications must be written in English, submitted in duplicate, and should include:

  • CV
  • 2 letters of reference (may be written in German)
  • writing sample (5 pages)
  • description of the research project (5 pages)
  • list of organizations scholar plans to visit

If no time frame is given, applicants may be assigned a time for their stay based on availability.

The application deadline for a stay between January-June 2001 is: September 30, 2000. Please send applications to: German-American Center for Visiting Scholars (GACVS) , 1607 New Hampshire Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009 or e-mail: contact@gacvs.org; Tel: (202) 483-9710; Fax: (202) 483-9717.

Saving Time and Money

The University of Pennsylvania is offering a new online service for faculty and staff: YouDecide.com. This program saves time and money by helping users identify the best financial and personal service products. YouDecide.com offers price and information comparisons for mortgage, loan, insurance, tax and other financial programs and services, all without any sales pressure or obligation to buy.

This highly personalized resource is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It can be accessed at www.youdecide.com/corporate/penn834 or by calling a consumer advisor at (800) 367-9497. The client ID for our account is PENN834. When on-line, be sure to use all numerals for a "password".

Quality of Worklife Workshops

Human Resources is sponsoring the following two QOWL workshops in October presented by Ceridian Performance Partners, our LifeBalance service provider, and Penn-Friends, our Employee Assistance Program.

  • October 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Home Alone, Room 223 (Golkin Room) Houston Hall.
  • October 18, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Handling the Difficult and Angry Customer, Room 303 Lauder-Fischer Hall.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Orna Rosenthal at (215) 898-5116 or e-mail rosenthal@hr.upenn.edu. Brown bag lunches are welcome.

A Taste of Perelman: September 19

All University staff are invited Tuesday, September 19, from noon-2 p.m. for A Taste of Perelman --an open house and tours of the newly renovated facilities of Perelman Quadrangle (including: Houston Hall; Irvine Auditorium; Logan Terrace; Silfen Study Center; and Wynn Commons)--at Cafe 58, Irvine Auditorium, 3400 Spruce Street.

Festivities will include: Entertainment; Fabulous gifts; raffles; refreshments; and special guest: Ben Franklin.

Those who complete our tour will be eligible for a "special" raffle. Prizes include: a palm pilot; 2 airline tickets donated by American Express (not to exceed $500 per ticket). Tickets must be purchased through American Express.

Musical Revelry for Jay Reise

A 50th Birthday Celebration Concert honoring the life and work of Penn composer Jay Reise will be held Monday, September 25 at 8 p.m. Professor Reise, the Robert Weiss Professor of Music who was recently named Faculty Master of Hamilton College House, has had his works presented at the New York City Opera, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, and Moscow Conservatory of Music, among other notable institutions.

The concert will feature performances of Professor Reise's works by Jody Karin Applebaum (soprano), Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano), Jerome Lowenthal (piano), Charles Ullery (bassoon), and the Leonardo Trio.

It will be held at the Settlement Music School, located in South Philadelphia, at 416 Queen Street. This event, hosted by Penn Contemporary Music, is free and all are welcome to share in the festivities. 

Singing with Streisand

Penn's Choir has been asked by JEG Productions to sing with Barbra Streisand at her final concerts September 27 and 28 at Madison Square Garden. The concerts have been sold out for months, with tickets costing from $125 to $2,500.

The Penn Choir, directed by William Parberry, had previously been contracted by JEG Productions to accompany Michael Crawford (the original "Phantom of the Opera") on his East coast tour in 1998. Impressed by the choir's musicianship, JEG Productions re-contracted the ensemble for this major concert event.

The Choir will combine with the Central Baptist Choir of New York City for both concerts.

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Models of Excellence: Correction

There are five excellence criteria for the 2001 Models of Excellence Program--not three, as appeared in last week's issue. The criteria are: 1) Supportive Practices, Procedures and Policies; 2) Innovative and Proactive Leadership; 3) Extraordinary Service to Key Constituencies; 4) Substantial Cost-effectiveness; and 5) Exemplary Relationship Building Within and/or Outside of the Immediate Organization. The full, correct version of the 2001 Models of Excellence is on-line at www.upenn.edu/almanac/v47/n03/2001models.html.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 4, September 19, 2000

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