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Open Enrollment Reminder: April 22-May 3

Open Enrollment for the 2002--2003 Plan Year began Monday, April 22. You should have already received your personalized Open Enrollment materials at your home address. You will be able to make changes to your benefits elections via the Open Enrollment web site or by calling the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENN-BEN (1-888-736-6236) between April 22 and May 3.

Stop by one of the Open Enrollment Fairs which will be held on April 24, 29, and 30, to speak with benefits providers and pick up new provider directories. The fairs on Wednesday, April 24 and Monday, April 29 will be held in Houston Hall, from 10 a.m.--2:30 p.m. Note that the April 29 fair will be a combined Health and Open Enrollment Fair (sponsored jointly by the Benefits and Quality of Worklife divisions of Human Resources). Free health screenings will be available in addition to the opportunity to obtain information from the benefits providers. The fair on Tuesday, April 30 will be held at New Bolton Center from 10 a.m.--2p.m.

If you make a change to your elections during Open Enrollment, you will receive confirmation of your benefits elections from the Penn Benefits Center. Confirmation statements will be mailed the week of May 20, 2002. Employees who do not make any changes to their elections will not receive confirmation statements.

Please note that if you are covering dependents between the ages of 19 and 23 who are full-time college students, you must certify your dependents' continued eligibility each year during Open Enrollment. If you fail to do so during the Open Enrollment period of April 22 through May 3, your student dependents will not continue to be covered under your plans. You can certify their eligibility either through the Open Enrollment website ( or by calling the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENNBEN (1-888-736-6236).

--Division of Human Resources


Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 31, April 23, 2002


April 23, 2002
Volume 48 Number 31

James Wilson, director of IHGT, is stepping down as institute broadens it focus.
The School of Dental Medicine and the School of Nursing each recognize four of their finest for excellence in teaching.
The guidelines for faculty and staff salary increases for 2002-2003 stress merit and performance as the basis for any increases.
An invitation to commencement is extended to the University community.
The deaths of two former deans (Wharton & GSFA), an emeritus professor and an emeritus trustee.
University Council committee reports on the agenda for Wednesday's meeting include: Personnel Benefits, Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics, and International Programs.
The Penn Reading Project has chosen the text for the incoming freshmen class; faculty members are encouraged to lead a small discussion group in September.
The A-3 Assembly seeks volunteers (weekly-paid employees) to serve on the Executive Board; 20 positions are available.
Penn faculty and staff are invited to the Children's Festival Opening Night Picnic and Performance, as well as a lunchtime party at the Museum to celebrate its new wing and courtyard garden.
The schools announce their graduation ceremonies and speakers.