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For Women in Science
| Penn/Leuven Faculty Exchange


Benefits Information Online

Looking for detailed information about your Health and Welfare or Retirement plans? Visit the Human Resources web site ( to review the online Summary Plan Descriptions (SPDs). SPDs are documents that explain the provisions of the Health and Welfare and Retirement plans offered by Penn. They include such information as eligibility requirements, waiting periods, and details on the benefits provided by the plans. From the HR web site, you can view and/or print the SPDs for the Health and Welfare plans (i.e., medical, life insurance) and the Retirement plans (Tax-Deferred Retirement Plan and Retirement Allowance Plan).

If you do not have access to the Internet, and would like to obtain a copy of one or more of these SPDs, send a written request to the Benefits Office indicating which SPD you wish to receive and it will be mailed to you as soon as administratively possible. Send your request to:

University of Pennsylvania--Benefits Office
3401 Walnut Street, Suite 527A
hiladelphia, PA 19104-6228

--Division of Human Resources

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In last week's cover story on Mike Masch's nomination as Secretary of the Budget, Governor-elect Edward G. Rendell, C '65, was incorrectly identified as having received his J.D. from Penn. His JD is from Villanova University, 1968. He received an Honorary Degree from Penn in 2000. We regret the error. --Eds.

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Faculty Club Discounted Dues

There has never been a better time to join the Faculty Club. Membership is open to all Penn faculty, staff, alumni and graduate students.

The Club is open to members for lunch Monday through Friday throughout the year, with a generous and very reasonable fixed price buffet in one of its dining rooms and a full-service menu in the other. Members can also drop by for complimentary morning coffee and pastries during the week. The Club is open for dinner several nights per term featuring elegant theme dinners.

Annual dues are only $50 (September 1 through August 31). However, during our mid-year membership drive, special discounted dues of just $25 are being offered. (As always, first-year membership for first-year faculty and staff is free.)

We hope that you will give serious consideration to joining. A membership application is available for download on the Club web site and in the University telephone directory (green pages #33).

Should you have any questions or need more information, feel free to contact the Club Coordinator, Natalka Swavely, at (215) 898-4618 or at

--Elsa L. Ramsden, President
--Jeanne Arnold, Secretary and
Chair, Membership Committee

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Meeting for Women in Science

All Penn women involved in a scientific field are invited to attend a meeting of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS-PHL) on January 28, featuring Yolanda Martins, a post-doctoral fellow at Monell Chemical Senses Center, on Yuk or Yum? An Examination of Human Eating Behavior with Special Reference to Food Neophobia. Tours of the Monell Chemical Senses Center will be available at 5:30 p.m. preceding dinner and the program. The cost is $10 for members and guests; $5 for students and postdocs.

RSVP today: call Nancy Rawson at (215) 898-0943 or e-mail her at

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Penn/Leuven Faculty Exchange

Applications are invited from all Penn faculty interested in participating in Penn's exchange with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (K.U. Leuven) in Belgium, Round-trip economy airfare and a modest per diem are provided for teaching and research visits of at least one month and not more than one semester. Knowledge of Dutch is not required. A faculty host at K.U. Leuven must be identified. Application deadline for fall 2003 short-term and spring 2004 semester-long faculty exchanges is Friday, February 14, 2003. Inquiries concerning later visits are welcome. Application forms are available on the OIP web site:

For further information, please contact:

Elva E. Power
Office of International Programs
3701 Chestnut Street, Suite 1W
Telephone: (215) 898-1640

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  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 18, January 21, 2003