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Academic Calendar Revisions

Two revisions have been made to the Three-Year Academic Calendar (Almanac May 7).

Fall 2004: Fall Break is now October 23-24, 2004 and Homecoming is still October 16, 2004.

Spring 2005: MLK Day is January 17, 2005 and the first day of classes will therefore be Tuesday, January 18, 2005.

For the latest, complete Three-Year Academic Calendar see Almanac's website,

Benefits Confirmation Statements

Open Enrollment for the 2002-2003 plan year ended on Friday, May 3, 2002. If you made changes to your benefits elections during this year's Open Enrollment period, you will receive a confirmation statement at your home address detailing your new elections. These statements will be mailed out on May 16, 2002. Please check your confirmation statement carefully to be sure that it accurately reflects the changes you made. If there are any errors, contact the Penn Benefits Center at 1-888-PENN-BEN (1-888-736-6236) immediately. Changes to your elections will be effective from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003.

Please note that if you did not make any changes to your elections, you will not receive a confirmation statement this year.

--Division of Human Resources

Public Safety Services

We would like to remind the community of the public safety services offered jointly by the University City District and the University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety.

  • University City walking escorts
  • University City vehicle lock-out and
  • jump start assistance

These services are available 24-hours-a-day, 7- days-a-week and are free! Just call (215) 898-WALK (9255).

--University City District

Summer Sessions in ARCH

The Summer Sessions offices have moved to new summer headquarters at the ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk (the old CA building), 3rd floor. Same phone number: (215) 746-6901 and same general e-mail address: and same website

Reminder: Almanac Schedule

There is only one issue remaining in the spring semester schedule: May 28. If you need to publish information of concern to faculty and staff, please contact Almanac to reserve space. Almanac does not publish weekly in the summer months. A mid-July issue is anticipated, as usual. Breaking news will be posted to Almanac Between Issues and Express Almanac will be sent as needed.

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Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 34, May 21, 2002


May 21, 2002
Volume 48 Number 34

A National Medal of Science for a pioneering Penn physicist.

SEAS selects two recipients for its annual awards.
Wharton gives awards to dozens of its faculty.
The concern about bicyclists on campus picks up momentum.
Search Committees are formed to advise on selecting two new deans.
Next Tuesday is PPSA's annual meeting and election.
Baccalaureate and Commencement speeches and photographs.
University Council committee year-end reports on Bookstores, Communications, and Community Relations.
The largest voluntary canine blood donor program in the US gets new wheels.

Recognized Holidays for faculty and staff, and revisions to the Academic Calendar.

A dozen new CCTV locations for public spaces are added to those previously approved.