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Ben's Birthday Bash: January 17

Penn and 15 other organizations will participate in the Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder on January 17. The Celebration begins at 11 a.m. with a procession from The American Philosophical Society Library, to Christ Church graveyard for a wreath laying and tributes at Franklin's grave. Afterwards, there is a luncheon in honor of the 250th anniversary of the founding of The Philadelphia Contributionship--America's oldest insurance company, founded by Franklin in 1752. The fourth annual Celebration! Benjamin Franklin, Founder is also in honor of Franklin's 296th birthday and the 250th anniversary of his invention of the lightning rod. John Bogle, founder and former chairman of the Vanguard Group will deliver a keynote address, Energy and Persistence Conquer All Things: Applying Benjamin Franklin's Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century.

This year's themes are Insurance--Risk Protection, Insurance--Investment in Developing Economies. Two seminars will be presented after the luncheon on the science of lightning and the role of insurance in the economies of developing countries.

Info/reservations: call Charles Ludwig (215) 981-3525, Carol Smith (215) 627-1752 ext. 1286 or Arthur Saxon (610) 891-7100 ext. 2665.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 17, January 8, 2002


January 8, 2002
Volume 48 Number 17

Dr. Jonathan E. Rhoads, provost emeritus and pioneering professor of surgery, leaves a legacy after a life-long career at Penn. Services will be held on January 12.
Dr. Alvin Rubinstein, professor of political science, died December 18 after teaching here for 44 years.
President Judith Rodin welcomes back the Penn community and encourages participation in the MLK celebrations and community service projects.
Penn and other organizations founded by Benjamin Franklin participate in the fourth annual celebration of his life on January 17.
Dr. Susan Fuhrman will be recommended to the Trustees for reappointment as dean of the Graduate School of Education.
Out with FinMIS and in with BEN Financials as Penn rings in the new year as a successful upgrade to a new, web-based purchasing environment is complete.
Procards no longer permitted for purchases from suppliers who are in the new Penn Marketplace; BEN Buys is the new system for placing orders.
Postdoctoral Stipend levels for FY03 are no longer based on NIH guidelines.
The Sexual Harassment Policy is published OF RECORD to familiarize the University community with the resources available for resolving complaints.
Blood Drives this month target faculty, staff and students.
Doctoral students and postdoc fellows interested in pursuing the academic job market are invited to the sixth annual series beginning January 18.
Corrections to the Faculty/Staff Directory are due January 23 so they can be included in the upcoming addendum.
The Penn's Way campaign announces the winners of the week four and week five raffles. Week six winners and the grand prize winner will be in next week.