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Business Services Update
September 16, 2008 , Volume 55, No. 4

A New Department: Travel Services and Procurement Cards

The Business Services Division (BSD) has added two new responsibility centers. Penn’s Travel Program, staffed by Susan Storb, and the Purchasing Card Program, staffed by Mark West, have been transitioned from the Vice President for Finance to Business Services. The two programs have been merged into one department under Ms. Storb’s direction called Travel Services and Procurement Cards, and is now located at 220 South 40th Street, 2nd floor. The new department will be overseen by Ralph Maier, chief procurement officer, who also has responsibility for Purchasing Services, Penn Mail and Penn Publication Services at BSD.

Penn Home Ownership Services and Off-Campus Services: Relocating

Penn Home Ownership Services has moved its offices to 3819 Chestnut Street, Basement South 2 (St. Leonard’s Court). Off Campus Services is also relocating on September 23 to: 3702 Spruce Street, Stouffer Commons. The telephone number (215-898-8500) will remain the same; however the new fax number is (215) 573-2061.

‘Greetings from Penn’ eCard site

Business Services has launched a new ‘Greetings from Penn’ eCard site at www.upenn.edu/ecard. Now you can send greetings to your friends and family while at the same time showing Penn pride and supporting the University’s sustainability efforts. The site allows you to choose from a variety of beautiful Penn photos, personalize your greeting and send your eCard on its way.

Penn Transit: GPS Tracking

Penn Transit’s new global positioning system allows riders to find out precisely when buses will arrive at designated transit stops. Access the new system on your computer, cell phone or PDA by going to: www.upenn.edu/gps. The GPS will also track Penn shuttles while they are on campus. Not only does this enhancement improve customer service, it also provides an extra level of safety for riders.

In addition to the new GPS, Penn Transit has added four new buses which use ultra low sulfur diesel fuel that can be converted to biodiesel fuel, should those options become available. See Penn Transit’s website www.upenn.edu/transportation for schedules and designated routes.

Save the Date: Commuter Fair

Gas prices got you down? Tired of the traffic and the long commute? Worried about the South Street Bridge closure? Come to Penn’s Commuter Fair and learn about all the different ways to commute to campus. The fair will feature information on public transportation, biking and bike safety, car and van pooling and other options to make your commuting more affordable and more sustainable. Representatives from SEPTA, PATCO and New Jersey Transit will be on hand to help you plan a route. Meet with representatives from Penn Transportation and Parking to learn about discounts for employees who use mass transit. The fair will be held twice, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on:

• Tuesday, Oct. 7 – Houston Hall, Hall of Flags

• Wednesday, Oct. 8 – HUP, Ravdin Mezzanine



Almanac - September 16, 2008, Volume 55, No. 4