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Countdown to Summer:

There is only one issue of Almanac remaining in the spring semester, May 27--which will include the Summer AT PENN calendar. If you anticipate a need to publish information of concern to faculty and staff, please contact Almanac promptly to reserve space.

During the summer there will be a mid-July issue. --Ed.

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Interesting Sites on the Web

Do you know of an interesting Penn web site that is up-to-date, and easy to navigate? Almanac is now accepting suggestions for inclusion in the ‘Other Interesting Sites' link on our homepage. E-mail

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MCI for AmEx Cardholders

The Travel Office announced that the current AT&T corporate calling card program would be replaced by an MCI/Worldcom calling card program. This change was made because MCI has offered Penn more competitive pricing. The new MCI calling card program will operate just like the old program in that calling card charges will appear on monthly American Express Card statements. All current AT&T calling cards will be discontinued on July 1. For information about the new program, go to or contact the Travel
Administrator, Susan Storb, at (215) 898-3307.

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Open Enrollment Raffle Winners

Congratulations to the following individuals who won door prizes at the recent Open Enrollment Fairs.

Winner Prize
Susan Anthony Penn Dental Bag
Ilze Benks Blue Cross Bag

Sally Bonadonna

GI Gift Basket
Martha Bongorno Penn Dental Bag
Bill Bovino Vanguard Book
Janet Brooks Metlife First Aid Kit
Donald Brown Blue Cross Duffle Bag
Sharon Carlisle Dental Bag
Jack Collins Metlife First Aid Kit
Amira Crawford Radio
Tim Crawford Radio
Hannah Galantino-Homer Met-Life First Aid Kit
Virginia Garcia Aetna Portfolio
Evelyn Gelhaus TIAA-CREF Blanket
Jen Green Aetna Towels
Beth Haggarty Clarity Gift Basket

Pam Hancox

Clarity Gift Basket

Joey Hernandez

Answer Financial Duffle Bag
Rolly Hernandez Aetna Duffle Bag
Gladys Hinkley Caremark Travel bag
Nancy Kikta Globalfit Mug
Judy Kimani Radio
Judith Leifer Blue Cross Duffle Bag
Sue Merrill Aetna Portfolio
Joanne Mitchell Global Fit Mug
Susan Pompano TIAA-CREF Blanket
Farida Shaheen Caremark Duffle Bag
Jackie Tindal Penn Eye Care Basket
Shuain Wang Caremark Duffle Bag
Shirley Wroten Aetna Towels

--Division of Human Resources

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Penn Perspective: June 4 & 5

Each year, Human Resources presents The Penn Perspective, a two-day Learning and Education Program which gives staff the opportunity to hear first-hand from Penn's leaders about critical aspects of the University's structure, mission and future direction.

Penn is a unique institution with a proud history and worldwide reputation for excellence. Although our mission of education, research and service is easily understood, the business of running such a large and diverse enterprise is not. It is a very complex process. This program will attempt to provide insight into these complexities and those attending the program will leave with a better understanding of how the University works. Participants will also develop a greater appreciation for the role they play in this process.

The Penn Perspective will be held Wednesday, June 4 and Thursday, June 5, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. The registration fee is $50. You may register online at

--Division of Human Resources

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Penn Vital Signs: Cochlear Implant

In medicine, the future is dependent upon a team of experienced, knowledgeable scientists, doctors and nurses, whose common goal is to offer you the best possible care and treatment. Nowhere is that more evident than in the spring season of PENN Vital Signs, UPHS's medical television show. Learn how doctors restore hearing with a surgically implantable device called a cochlear implant. Then, follow two hearing impaired adults and find out whether their hearing is restored through this procedure. For your health, or the health of someone you love, tune in to PENN Vital Signs on WPVI--TV/ Channel 6 ABC or log on to

ENT/ Cochlear Implant

Saturday, May 17, 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, 5:30 a.m.
Sunday, May 25, 5:30 p.m.

--University of Pennsylvania Health System

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Share the Road

Share the Road Laws: Enforcement

For the past four months, bicyclists and motorists violating the rules of the road in University City have been subjected to educational stops by police, in an effort to inform them of their responsibilities to Share the Road (Almanac January 21, 2003). Beginning on Friday, May 16, those stopped in violation will receive more than just an educational leaflet. Bicyclists caught riding on the sidewalks and motorists caught encroaching on bike lanes will receive fines ranging from $25 to $200.

"We recognize that the education of motorists must go hand-in-hand with the education of bicyclists," says Thomas Rambo, Chief of Penn's Police. "Our goal is to make University City safe for all modes of travel."

The Share The Road campaign began as a joint project of DVRPC, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration to increase bicyclist safety and comfort on the roads by targeting bicyclists and motorists with messages regarding their respective rights and responsibilities. The Share The Road campaign "hopes to change attitudes and behaviors of all road users by increasing bicyclist's competence and confidence in mixed traffic and by improving motorist's awareness and respect for bicyclists."

The University City project will also include other educational efforts in cooperation with the UCD, Penn, Drexel, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Neighborhood Bike Works.

University City was one of four areas in the region chosen to participate in the campaign. The City of Chester in Delaware County, Ogontz Avenue/West Oak Lane in Philadelphia, and Doylestown, in Bucks County, have also launched initiatives targeted at their own unique bicycling issues.

DVRPC serves as the official planning and review agency for the nine-county metropolitan region, which includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer Counties in New Jersey. Through data collection, research, coordination and planning efforts, DVRPC sets a framework for governmental decisions affecting development within the Delaware Valley.

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More Surveys on Services

The Division of Business Services is committed to providing the Penn community with exceptional service and is seeking feedback on its services. Participate in an online survey for a chance to win gift certificates, skating passes, a Faculty Club membership and other great prizes! Surveys are currently available for the following departments:

  • Community Housing
  • Faculty Club
  • Morris Arboretum
  • Penn Mail Service

More surveys and other prizes are coming soon.

--Division of Business Services

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Tackling Migraines: May 16

Join Human Resources on Friday, May 16, noon--1p.m., for a Quality of Worklife wellness workshop that focuses on Tackling Migraines. Come and learn important information about some of the key features of migraines and other headache conditions. Dr. Amy Pruitt, associate professor of neurology at Penn and one of Philadelphia Magazine's "Top Docs in Philadelphia 2002,"will lead this session and address your questions and concerns. Human Resources and UPHS are sponsoring this session.

Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. Online registration is required.

To register and to view workshop details go to

If you are unable to attend the session and would like free information on migraines for you or your family, contact MigraineWatch at 1-866-AHO-5522. This confidential, free Program is a joint educational initiative with UPHS and Merck & Co.

-- Division of Human Resources

  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 33, May 13, 2003