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Dear Penn Community,

You are cordially invited to attend a reception celebrating community partnerships and the publication of the University of Pennsylvania Community Service Directory, Second Edition. The event takes place on February 15 at 2 p.m. in Houston Hall's Bodek Lounge. Please join President Rodin and guests as she honors your commitment to our community and highlights the various service programs throughout the University.

Following is our monthly posting of community service opportunities. Each month, Penn Volunteers In Public Service (Penn VIPS) posts a list which represents the many requests we get from the surrounding community for assistance/partnerships.

Please contact me via e-mail ( or call (215) 898-2020 to volunteer for any of the programs. Thank you for your continued support and thanks to the more than 500 volunteers who participated in the University's Day of Service
activities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

--Isabel Mapp, Associate Director, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Volunteer Services;
Director Penn Volunteers In Public Service, Center for Community Partnerships

February Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed to do a one time judging for a West Philadelphia area science fair at University City High School on Wednesday, February 13, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. An interest in science is desirable, but not essential. If you are able to be available that half-day, your participation is more than welcomed!

Volunteers Needed: CYBER Outreach Needs You! Help teach an Introduction to Computer and Internet Literacy Course at University City High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-7:30 p.m. Classes end February 21. Can you use MS word to write a letter? Can you surf the web and write e-mails? Of course. Individuals looking to TEACH the courses are also more than welcome. Basic familiarity with computers is all that is required. You do not have to be able to attend every session--one or two times in the semester is also welcomed.

Computers, Volunteers and Your Support Needed! Is your department upgrading its computers? Would you like to donate your used computers to a worthy cause? Are they Pentium I or PowerPCs or better? Are you knowledgeable with Windows or Linux? Do you know web-design? Donate your computer or time to help teach computer literacy. Come help teach young students and adults resume writing or how to use Office suite software. Come help design and install computer labs in the community. The Center for Community Partnerships' Penn VIPS and Digital Divide Program, work-study students and a group of volunteers are working to provide computers to West Philadelphia schools, families and nonprofit agencies. Join us for this cause. For more info visit us at

Tutors! Tutors! Tutors! Project Home, Saint Elizabeth's After-School Program located at1845 North 23rd Street, is in need of tutors to help out at their after-school program. Provide homework help and listen to children read. Sessions are held Monday --Thursday, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Volunteers do not have to attend everyday.

Volunteer to work at the Penn Relays! People are needed on the following days:

Distance Classic: Sun. April 21. to work water stations on the race route and help at registration. These are early calls: 7 a.m.

The Penn Relays: Thurs., April 25, Fri., April 26 & Sat., April 27. to help out at registration and out on the track. Can start at 7 a.m.

Join the Penn VIPS Scholarship Committee! Help plan the Tenth Annual Penn VIPS Scholarship Program where we select and honor outstanding students from Bartram, Parkway, Overbrook, University City and West High Schools. Planning is underway for the June 2002 program.

Help Out at the VA Medical Center. Volunteer to write letters for and read to the elderly veterans. Do you have a valid driver's license? Your help is needed to drive a van to transport Disabled American Veterans to and from the hospital.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 21, February 5, 2002


February 5, 2002
Volume 48 Number 21

The first Neal Nathanson Lecture will be given next week by Dr. Stanley Prusiner, Nobel Laureate and Penn alumnus.
After four years at the helm of the College House Program, Dr. David Brownlee steps down as director and turns over the wheel to a fellow faculty master.
When is Spring Recess? Well, now it is Spring Break--at least on the Academic Calendar--to be consistent with Fall Break.
Mix more than a dozen committees, a multi-year timeline, five institutional goals, six academic priorities, and several organizational priorities and the result is a new Strategic Plan which will soon be published For Comment.
The Council Committee on Communications reports on its findings from a one-year review of the Policy on Privacy in the Electronic Environment.
Improving pedestrian safety is a multi-step challenge.
Environmental Health and Radiation Safety offers information, thermometer exchange, and training for employees who handle hazardous substances.
Researchers make discoveries concerning King Midas, kidney disease, Alzheimer's disease, immune system and major depressive disorder.
The University Research Foundation's latest awards go to 48 projects--from The Art of Urbanism in Feudal Aquitaine to Evaluating a Hospital Quality Improvement Model for Developing Countries.
Discounted tickets are available to attend Annenberg Center events and a Basketball Game at the Palestra.
Penn Public Safety Institute provides the community with a glimpse of police work from behind-the-scenes; the next program begins tomorrow. Apply now.