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Winter Break Safety | Academic Calendar Changes | Almanac Schedule


New Home in New Year for OIP

On January 15, 2003, Penn's Office of International Programs will be relocating to the following address:

Office of International Programs
University of Pennsylvania
3701 Chestnut Street, Suite 1W
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3199

Please note this change of address in your directory.

The office phone numbers and fax numbers will remain the same:

International Student &  Scholar Services 215-898-4661
Penn Abroad


OIP Administration 215-898-4661
Fax number 215-898-2622

To enable staff to get settled and organized, the Office of International Programs will be closed for three days, Wednesday, January 15 through Friday, January 17, 2003. Since Monday, January 20, is a holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., please note that the Office of International Programs will reopen in its new location on Tuesday, January 21, 2003. Thank you in advance for your patience during this period. Our goal is to make sure that we are ready to serve and support the University community from our newly renovated and more spacious suite of offices. Please pass this information along to students and other colleagues.

-- Joyce M. Randolph, Executive Director,
Office of International Programs

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Health and Welfare Plans

A. Prescription Drug Plan
The University's Caremark Prescription Drug plan includes a voluntary Primary Drug List program. A Primary Drug List is a list of prescription medications that have been chosen by a Caremark medical group because of their clinical and cost effectiveness. Your participation in this program is strictly voluntary. Generally, when using drugs on this list, you pay less out of pocket because there are deeper discounts associated with these drugs. This brochure was sent to all Caremark participants after open enrollment. To access an updated listing or to learn more about the program, visit Caremark's website at You may also call Caremark directly at 1-800-378-0802.

B. Pre-Tax Expense Accounts
Effective July 1, 2002, the University contracted with ADP to administer our Pre-Tax Expense Accounts (Health and Dependent Care). To submit a claim for reimbursement for expenses incurred on or after July 1, 2002, you must complete a claim form and mail or fax it to: ADP FSA Services, P. O. Box 1853, Alpharetta, GA 30023-1853; Fax: 678-762-5900. Claims should no longer be submitted to Eastern Benefit Systems, Inc., our prior Pre-Tax Expense Account administrator.

Information on the Pre-Tax Expense Accounts is on HR's website, or through Penn's Benefits Center at 1-888-PENN-BEN (1-888-736-6236). To view details about your individual Pre-Tax Expense Accounts, visit the benefits enrollment website,

--Division of Human Resources

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Penn's Way 2003

Penn's Way logoFor information about Penn's Way 2003, e-mail or visit their web site, at

To be eligible for Week 6 prizes, pledge envelopes must be in by noon on December 20. Winners will be contacted on January 3, 2003.

Week 6 Raffle Prizes

  • $100 gift certificate from the Penn Bookstore
  • Voucher for 2 tickets to the Pennsylvania Ballet
  • Free month's parking from Parking Services
  • Framed University photo from Publications
  • Set of ten CDs from WXPN
  • Epson C-62 printer from Computer Connection

To be eligible for Week 7 prizes, pledge envelopes must be in by noon on January 3, 2003.

Week 7 Raffle Prizes

  • $50 Gift Certificate for Pod
  • Four vouchers for one-hour court time at Levy Tennis Pavillion
  • Five $10 gift certificates for Houston Market
  • Tickets to the Men's basketball game 3/8 vs. Cornell
  • Tickets to Men's basketball game 3/7 vs. Columbia
  • Tickets to Men's basketball game 2/1 vs. Harvard
  • Two sets of two tickets each to the Penn Relays

To be eligible for the Grand Prize, pledge envelopes must be in by noon on January 3, 2003.

Grand Prize

  • IBM Think Pad laptop from Computer Connection

Week 4 Winners

1. Lynn Grant, University Museum: overnight stay for two with breakfast at the Sheraton

2. Mae Barnes, Human Resources: overnight stay for two with breakfast at the Inn at Penn

3. Betsy Robinson, Operations and Maintenance Administration: four certificates from United Airlines for domestic flights (pair of round-trip tickets) from University Travel Services.

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Winter Break Safety:
Special Checks of Residences

In order to reduce the opportunity for crime (i.e. criminal mischief, burglaries, etc.), the Division of Public Safety is again offering to conduct Special Checks of Residential Properties during the following timeframe: midnight, Friday, December 20 through 7 a.m., Monday, January 13. Students, faculty and staff who live within the following geographical boundaries--Schuylkill River to 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue to Market Street--may participate.

You need to complete and return an application prior to vacating the premise. Applications may be picked up at the Penn Police Headquarters, 4040 Chestnut Street or on the web.

The Public Safety website has an online Request For Special Property Check Form at, along with complete instructions and security tips.

--Division of Public Safety

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Academic Calendar Changes

Starting in AY 2003-2004, the University will have a two-day Fall Break. Also, beginning in Fall 2003, classes will start on the Wednesday after Labor Day.

See the recently revised and updated Three-Year Academic Calendar here.



Almanac Schedule

This is the last issue of Almanac for the semester; Almanac will resume weekly issues as of Tuesday, January 14, 2003. The deadline for that issue will be Tuesday, January 7, 2003.

Breaking news will be posted to "Almanac Between Issues" as necessary and the Express Almanac will be e-mailed to those who have subscribed. -- Ed.

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 16, December 17, 2002