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December Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Penn Community,

During the month of November, because of your generous contributions, we donated 50 boxes of food to the Carroll Park Community Council's Food Program that serves members of our West Philadelphia community. Further, we hosted 21 students from Parkway High School for the Annual Shadowing Day Event held on November 15. As always, these opportunities were developed from the many requests we get from the surrounding community to be partners in a particular initiative and/or sometimes to provide assistance. Our surrounding community continues to express thanks for the many services and partnerships the Penn community is involved in. If you would like to volunteer for any of the following programs, please let me know via e-mail (

--Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Volunteer Services

Director, Penn Volunteers In Public Service, Center for Community Partnerships

Christmas Drive Through December 14: Please join us in the Annual Penn Volunteers In Public Service Christmas Drive. As you buy gifts for the holiday season, please consider spreading some cheer to the less fortunate members of our community. All toys and gifts donated will suport the efforts of organizations including the People's Emergency Shelter, McMichael School, Potter's Mission, My Sister's Place and Caring About Sharing. (See December AT PENN, at for drop-off locations.)

Departments: There is still time to adopt a family during the holidays: Several departments have adopted a deserving family for the holidays and will be providing the family with toys and gifts so that they too can have a joyous holiday.

Donating Platelets There is a strong need for help at CHOP. The Apherisis Donor Center really needs people to donate platelet cells (it's very much like giving blood) to help out children with leukemia. Won't you and/or your group do something really worthwhile? It's a very worthy cause--these children have suffered through a lot in their lives.

Ever consider being a Foster Parent? Contact: Lillian Jackson, Methodist Services, 4300 Monument Road, (215) 877-1925 x234.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 15, December 11, 2001


December 11, 2001
Volume 48 Number 15

More SAS endowed chairs: Dr. Randall Wright, is appointed to the Ronald Lauder Endowed Term Chair, and Dr. Richard Schultz is the Patricia Williams Term Chair.

Provost Robert Barchi and Executive Vice President John Fry will be part of an Open Form for the University's Strategic Plan on January 15.

Dr. Helen O. Dickens, a pioneer in women's health has died at the age of 92.
UPHS Bond rate has been revised to stable by Moody's Investors Service
Ben Financials begins its countdown to launching of new services on January 2.

Women of Color Scholars Awards applications are due on January 21

Penn Press has a collection of books just right for the holiday gift giving season. If you prefer there are Gifts of Involvement or ideas in the neighborhood from the Holiday Shopping Guide.
During the holidays, there are simple Safety Tips to keep in mind while you work and shop.
As always volunteer opportunities abound available throughout the community.
Researchers receive $1.26 million to study microfluidic systems; Penn has received $2.84 million to improve reliability of computers; the Center on Adult Literacy has received $2.4 million for technology; are part of Research Roundup in this issue.