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Three-Year Grant to Support the Water Center at Penn

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caption: Howard NeukrugLaunched last spring within Penn Arts and Sciences, the Water Center at Penn serves as a regional hub of water expertise, maintaining a focus on urban water issues and advancing research into innovative and sustainable water solutions.

Thanks to a recent three-year, $1.5 million gift from Spring Point Partners LLC, the Center will have a solid foundation on which to build its research agenda.

Howard Neukrug (C’78), professor of practice in the department of earth and environmental science and former CEO and commissioner of Philadelphia Water, created the Water Center to confront the increasingly complex challenges of aging and deteriorating water infrastructure, climate change, rapid urbanization and social justice. The Center fosters coordination among Penn researchers to address questions in chemistry, biology, earth and environmental science and medicine and to establish cross-disciplinary support for research on water issues in public health, technology, business, social sciences, urban studies, and city planning and design.

“This grant will have an impact at Penn and far beyond, supporting some of the world’s best innovators as they collaborate on water programs, conferences, workshops and research to find solutions to some of the most pressing water challenges,” said Steven J. Fluharty, SAS dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience. “By improving water security and accessibility, their work will have a direct impact on health, social and foreign policy.”

Spring Point Partners LLC is a social impact venture that provides grants and investments to meet both social and financial outcomes in areas including animal welfare, learning innovations, youth development and sustainable water. The venture previously supported a national conference on water affordability hosted at Penn in May 2018 (Almanac July 17, 2018).

Lichtenstein Challenge Funds for Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Annual Fund

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caption: Warren LichtensteinWarren G. Lichtenstein (C’87) has made a $1 million gift to establish the Warren Lichtenstein Young Alumni Scholarship Challenge Fund and the Warren Lichtenstein Arts and Sciences Challenge Fund.

The Warren Lichtenstein Young Alumni Scholarship Challenge Fund will provide a one-to-one match for gifts from alumni who completed their undergraduate degree within the past 10 years. The resulting endowed scholarships will support students in the College of Arts and Sciences in perpetuity. The Warren Lichtenstein Arts and Sciences Challenge Fund will provide matching funds for gifts to the Arts and Sciences Annual Fund, which supports wide-ranging programs and capital needs across the School.

“We are grateful for Warren’s gift, which not only supports financial aid and other priority areas but also inspires the engagement of other alumni and friends,” said Steven J. Fluharty, SAS Dean and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology, and Neuroscience. “His generosity will impact many initiatives and will particularly help us meet the increasing needs of students for whom a Penn education would not be possible without scholarship aid.”

“I think it’s important to give back, and Penn provided me with a great education and a solid foundation as I started my career,” said Mr. Lichtenstein. “Challenge grants are a way to have graduates stay connected to Penn, support an institution that has contributed to their lives and make a meaningful contribution that will help the next generation of students. I also firmly believe that by getting involved early in philanthropy, young people will make it a part of their lives as they grow and gain success in all their endeavors.”

Mr. Lichtenstein earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at Penn Arts and Sciences in 1987 and is founder and executive chairman of Steel Partners Holdings LP, a global diversified holding company that engages in multiple businesses. He also serves as executive chairman of Steel Connect, Ltd. and Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. He has supported various initiatives at the University, including The Penn Fund and undergraduate scholarships, for more than 15 years.

Helping Create a Safer Campus

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Penn students will be able to help assess the University’s progress in promoting a campus free of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. All students are encouraged to participate—regardless of whether they have ever experienced sexual assault or misconduct—and those who complete the survey will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. 

The Association of American Universities’ 2019 Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, which is being conducted in concert with 32 other universities, will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete. 

“This survey is an important opportunity for us to understand the experiences of our students,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “We need the help and participation of every Penn undergraduate, graduate and professional student to continue to strengthen efforts to create a campus community that is free of sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct.”

Students have through Sunday, March 10 to answer questions aimed at gathering insight into their knowledge, experience and perceptions related to sexual harassment, sexual assault and other gender-based misconduct. It is especially important that even students who believe they have no previous experience with sexual assault or misconduct on campus participate to gain a complete and accurate picture of the current campus environment. 

This survey follows on a similar effort conducted four years ago. In 2015, the AAU’s landmark survey—in which Penn participated—revealed important insights regarding the prevalence of sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses and students’ attitudes toward these issues. The data collected guided each participating school not just in setting guidelines, but initiating useful changes, that, as President Gutmann described, “have added and strengthened campus resources available to prevent sexual misconduct and respond equitably and effectively to complaints.”

The new, confidential survey, which is completely voluntary for students, is being administered by Westat, an independent research firm. To participate, students should click on a unique survey link provided in their email invitations sent out on February 11, or they can visit https://tinyurl.com/AAUSurvey-pobox-upenn-edu and authenticate using their PennKey to access their link. 

The more students that take part, the better the outcome. Penn will use the results of this survey to assess current programs and help guide future University policies and programs to encourage a healthy and safe campus environment for everyone. 

“The aggregate survey responses will enable us to make decisions that are informed by data about our students’ experiences,” said President Gutmann.“We also look forward to hearing students’ ideas for helping Penn realize our commitment to a campus community that is grounded in respect for the dignity and worth of all of our members.”

Workday@Penn Town Hall: February 27

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Penn’s Human Capital Management Transformation Initiative invites the Penn community to attend a town hall on Wednesday, February 27, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Fitts Auditorium, Penn Law. You may also view the town hall via video live stream. Learn about Workday@Penn, which launches on July 1, 2019. A cloud-based, integrated modern system, Workday@Penn will replace many of the current systems that manage faculty affairs, human resources, payroll and other HCM-related processes.

Learn about the basics of Workday@Penn, see a demonstration of self-service capabilities and benefits, and hear about the transition and training plans as the community prepares for going live.

Only those attending in person will have the opportunity to ask questions during the live event. You may submit an anonymous question before the town hall; the speakers will respond as time permits. The recording and a summary of live and online questions and answers will be posted on the Workday website after the event for those unable to attend.

Register: https://www.workday.upenn.edu/home/engagement/events-and-activities/town-hall-february-2019

Questions: http://tinyurl.com/y46x68zn

Brief summary of Workday advantages: https://www.workday.upenn.edu/home/about/workday-advantages

A Transformative Integration Agreement between Penn Libraries and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

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The Penn Libraries recently announced a partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia that will transform access to this independent library’s historically rich research collection. The Athenaeum of Philadelphia was founded in 1814 to collect materials connected with American history, antiquities and arts for public benefit. The Athenaeum’s collections complement both the depth and breadth of Penn’s collections. The new relationship between the two institutions provides greater visibility for the Athenaeum and access to their collections by Penn researchers and the wider scholarly community.

A team of library professionals integrated the significant holdings of the Athenaeum into Penn’s library management system, making these items visible when searching among library holdings. Users of the Penn Libraries are also able to receive general collections materials from the Athenaeum through delivery to any of our campus libraries and request as well as to consult special collections materials in the Athenaeum’s reading room.

For Athenaeum members, the Penn-Athenaeum agreement confers borrowing privileges for the millions of volumes held by the Penn Libraries, with circulating books delivered on
request to the Athenaeum.

“The partnership between the Athenaeum of Philadelphia and the Penn Libraries confers exceptional benefits on both organizations,” said Peter Conn, executive director of the Athenaeum. “Penn’s faculty and students now have access to the Athenaeum’s remarkable collections of architecture, photography, maps and books. And Athenaeum members can borrow books from one of the finest and most comprehensive libraries in the United States.”

According to Hannah Bennett, director of Penn’s Fisher Fine Arts and Museum Libraries, the new partnership “offers researchers a deeply rich convergence of collections, enhancing our standing as vital centers of study for architectural history and the city of Philadelphia. It is rewarding to see our collections unlocked for each other and used in this wonderfully streamlined manner and I am sure it will usher in new areas of collaboration going forward.”

In addition to serving as a boon to the public, this partnership will also deeply benefit a wide variety of academic programs at Penn. The Athenaeum’s strong holdings in art and architecture provide an invaluable lens into the past that will serve as an essential historical component of Penn’s Architecture and Historical Preservation graduate programs.

“No city on earth is better equipped to understand the past and prepare for the future,” said David Brownlee, Penn’s Frances Shapiro Weitzenhoffer Professor of Nineteenth-century European Art. “Philadelphia’s fabulous compendium of architecture from every period—colonial, Greek Revival, High Victorian, Arts and Crafts, modern and post-modern—has long been a laboratory for Penn research and innovation. Our new library partnership with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia makes easily accessible the Athenaeum’s unmatched collection of historic architectural publications and other documentation for the study of this rich legacy.”

The Penn-Athenaeum partnership serves as an excellent example of the network that Constantia Constantinou, H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of Penn Libraries, seeks to grow. “The Penn Libraries is committed to developing a deep network of collaboration to ensure greater access to once hidden or remote collections,” she said. “Through partnerships, we foster greater access to future research with greater commitment to collections, technology innovations and discoverability.”

Deaths

Cathy Hicks, SAS

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Catherine (Cathy) Jane Hicks, a longtime staff member of the Graduate Division of the School of Arts and Sciences, died December 10, 2018, after a short illness. She was 68.

Mrs. Hicks joined Penn in 1972, working as a records clerk in the Council of Graduate Faculties, which later became the Graduate Division of the School of Arts and Sciences. Mrs. Hicks was later promoted to degree assistant, with the responsibility of accepting dissertation manuscripts prior to publication for PhD candidates in nine PhD-granting schools at the University. Mrs. Hicks retired from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013 after 40 years of service.

Mrs. Hicks is survived by her husband, Edward; children, Robert, Stacey and Natalie Chamberlain; six grandchildren; mother, Catherine Hawkins; and twin brother, Richard Hawkins.

To Report A Death

Almanac appreciates being informed of the deaths of current and former faculty and staff members, students and other members of the University community. Call (215) 898-5274 or email almanac@upenn.edu

However, notices of alumni deaths should be directed to the Alumni Records Office at Room 517, Franklin Building, (215) 898-8136 or email record@ben.dev.upenn.edu

Governance

From the Senate Office: SEC Actions

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The following is published in accordance with the Faculty Senate Rules. Among other purposes, the publication of SEC actions is intended to stimulate discussion among the constituencies and their representatives. Please communicate your comments to Patrick Walsh, executive assistant to the Senate Office, either by telephone at (215) 898-6943 or by email at senate@pobox.upenn.edu

Faculty Senate Executive Committee Actions

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Chair Jennifer Pinto-Martin reported on a number of matters. The Office of the Vice Provost for Education welcomes comments through March 11, 2019 from faculty on the 2021-2022 academic calendar. The Penn Forum for Women Faculty will host Penn President Emerita Judith Rodin for its annual Phoebe Leboy Lecture on April 10 at 3 p.m. at the School of Dental Medicine. The Vice Provost for Research has announced two new funding opportunities, “Discovering the Future Grant” and “Accelerating from Lab to Market Grant;” application materials for both can be found at https://upennresearch.smapply.io/ The “Your Big Idea” wellness contest has received more than 250 submissions since its February 4 launch; submissions from anyone with a Penn email address can be made through March 1 at https://bigidea.pennmedicine.org/wellness This year’s Teach-In session will be “What We Know about Race—For Sure” and will be held at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library branch on April 10, 6-8 p.m. Faculty and students are encouraged to attend.

Past Chair’s Report. Faculty Senate Past Chair Santosh Venkatesh reported on the Human Capital Management project and the corresponding launch of Workday@Penn on July 1, 2019.

Update from the Office of the Provost. Provost Wendell Pritchett reminded faculty members to express appreciation for their departmental business managers, who are working diligently to implement Workday@Penn in July. Any negative impacts on faculty through the transition period are likely to be minimal, and the new system is expected to have significant long-term benefits for the University and its workforce.

Provost Pritchett discussed faculty leadership development. Following an invited visit to a conference sponsored by the Mellon Foundation on development of humanities faculty into leadership roles, Penn received a $100,000, three-year grant from the Foundation to enhance its work in this area. The goals of the grant are to develop leaders from diverse backgrounds and develop leadership pipelines. The Provost noted that the Mellon Foundation recognizes the value of leadership development for higher education broadly across college campuses nationwide. Every faculty member is a leader in some capacity, and the development of faculty who understand the challenges and importance of leadership roles on campus is a service to the institution whether or not the faculty member achieves a formal leadership role. The Mellon Foundation perceives there is a shortfall of leaders in the humanities, possibly because humanities faculty tend to have fewer leadership opportunities given that their scholarship is generally less collaborative than that of faculty in the sciences.

Faculty leadership development opportunities are continuing to increase at Penn. The Provost’s Leadership Academy is aimed at helping emerging faculty leaders understand leadership roles and responsibilities by exposing them to current campus leaders through workshops and networking events. Its most recent session focused on time management and faculty diversity issues. The Provost described the Penn Faculty Pathways Program, which is an ongoing development opportunity for assistant professors.

The initial program was NIH-funded and targeted biomedical scientists, but Penn has seen success in the program and has expanded it to assistant professors whose work is in STEM disciplines. The support from the Mellon Foundation will help expand the Pathways program to the humanities faculty.

2019 Senate Committee on Committees. The roster for the 2019 Senate Committee on Committees was discussed and additional new members were identified.

Moderated Discussion. SEC members continued their discussion on the composition and teaching contributions of Standing Faculty, Academic Support Staff and Associated Faculty. The discussion then turned to the possibility of organizing a sustainable, recurring, annual Teach-In event modeled after the two prior Faculty Senate Teach-Ins. It was proposed that this could take the form of a multisession, one-day event focusing on a single overarching topic (e.g., environment and sustainability) that changes year-to-year. SEC members suggested that the Teach-Ins could be held on campus but should aim to encourage involvement by local community members in selecting the topic and participating in the event. Sessions should be thoughtfully delivered so as to be directly relevant to participants’ lives. Enough lead time should be provided to allow faculty to incorporate the Teach-In and its theme into their courses.

Open Forum Topics Submitted for University Council Meeting February 20

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The following topics have been submitted for the Open Forum at tomorrow’s Council Meeting in Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall.

  1. Penn’s admission policies for undocumented students; submitted by Jay Falk (C’22)
  2. Keep veterans in the classroom at Penn; submitted by James Goins (LPS’20)
  3. Lack of space and insufficient staff in the cultural center, La Casa Latina; submitted by Francisco Saldaña (GEng’19), Latin American Graduate and Professional Students Assembly
  4. Limited cultural house resources; submitted by Kay Xueling Xiao, visiting scholar, Pan-Asian Graduate Student Association, GAPSA IDEAL Council
  5. Lack of staff and financial resources in cultural houses; submitted by Sarah Adigba, (GEng’20) & Joshua Bush (GGS’19), Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly
  6. Insufficient resources for FGLI graduate and professional students; submitted by Kelly Diaz;(ASC’28) First-Generation, Low-Income, Queer Students (FGLIQ), GAPSA IDEAL Council
  7. Proposed sexual harassment policies and procedures; submitted by Blanca Castro (SPP’19), GAPSA Sexual Harassment Reform Committee
  8. Student perspective on the topic of climate change on behalf of Fossil Free Penn; submitted by Maeve Masterson (C’22), Fossil Free Penn
  9. Technology transfer at Penn, specifically related to medicines developed at Penn; submitted by Navya Dasar (C’19)

Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Meetings: February 28-March 1

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The following meetings are open to the public and held at the Inn at Penn. Please call (215) 898-7005 if you plan to attend.

Thursday, February 28 

8:30-10 a.m. 

Local, National, & Global Engagement Committee

10:15-11:45 a.m. 

Facilities & Campus Planning Committee

1:45-3:15 p.m. 

Student Life Committee

3:30-5 p.m. 

Academic Policy Committee

Budget & Finance Committee

Friday, March 1 

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Stated Meeting of the Trustees

Policies

OF RECORD: Protecting Minors On Campus Policy

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The University of Pennsylvania has made improvements to its background check process for faculty, staff, postdoctoral trainees, students, and volunteers working in programs that involve direct interaction with minors who are not Penn students. Improvements to the process include a new policy that will allow background checks to be completed with greater continuity and accuracy. The process will be implemented University-wide. The Protecting Minors on Campus Policy is available below.

Policy Statement

The University of Pennsylvania, as part of its educational mission, may engage in programs and events that involve minors. The University recognizes both its institutional and legal obligations to ensure the safety and well-being of minors on campus and has therefore implemented the Protecting Minors on Campus Policy, effective February 19, 2019.

Reason for Policy

The University of Pennsylvania (University or Penn) has established a background check and reporting policy, in compliance with Pennsylvania law, pertaining to faculty, staff, students and volunteers having direct contact with children.

1. Scope

This policy describes the background check requirements applicable to University faculty, staff, students and volunteers who have direct contact with children. Employees and volunteers of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) are covered by UPHS policy.

All University faculty, staff, postdoctoral trainees, students and volunteers having direct contact with children (hereinafter, “Covered Individuals”) in connection with University activities are required to undergo a three-part background check consistent with Pennsylvania law. The check shall be in addition to any standard background check applicable to an employee at the time of hire.

2. Definitions

Consistent with Pennsylvania law, “direct contact with children” is defined as “care, supervision, guidance, or control of children or routine interaction with children.” “Children” comprises “individuals under the age of 18, except it does not include individuals under the age of 18 who have matriculated at Penn.”

Under this policy, “Covered Individuals,” include the following persons, by way of example only:

  • Persons working or volunteering in connection with any program, activity, or service offered to children under the age of 18 who are not matriculated Penn students (e.g., programs offered to high school, middle school and/or elementary school students), including summer programs, sports camps and clinics, lab and other training opportunities and non-degree and non-credit educational programs; and
  • Persons supervising or regularly working with any trainee, intern, or observer of any University activity who is under the age of 18 and is not a matriculated Penn student.

3. Elements of Background Checks

Covered Individuals must undergo a three-part background check consisting of the following:

  1. A report of criminal history record information from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP);
  2. A child abuse history clearance certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) as to whether the faculty, staff, student, or volunteer is named in the statewide database as the alleged perpetrator in a pending child abuse investigation or as the perpetrator of a founded report of child abuse; and
  3. A report of federal criminal history record information, generated by fingerprints transmitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The first and second searches shall be obtained through the University’s approved vendor. With respect to faculty or staff members, the Division of Human Resources (including Human Resources staff in the schools/centers) must initiate the criminal history record search and the child abuse history clearance certification. Penn students covered by this policy by virtue of educational programming shall be the subject of background checks initiated by the school or center conducting the educational program. The fingerprint-based FBI report shall be obtained by the prospective faculty, staff, student, or volunteer through the submission of a fingerprint record to a vendor registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which will then forward the record to the FBI.

4. Portability of Certification

The University will obtain a PSP criminal history record and DHS clearance for all Covered Individuals, except volunteers. The University will accept a previously issued, unexpired fingerprint-based FBI report for all Covered Individuals.

For volunteers only:

  • The University will accept previously issued documents (including the PSP criminal history record and DHS clearance), provided all three required documents were obtained within the last five years and the volunteer executes an affidavit of disclosure in a form required by law.
  • The fingerprint-based FBI report is not required provided the individual has resided in Pennsylvania continuously for the past 10 years and affirms there exists no conviction in another state that would prohibit selection as a volunteer.

5. Timing of Checks

Covered Individuals shall be subject to the three-part background check prior to the commencement of working with minors, and thereafter every five years.

Covered Individuals passing the first and second screening requirements (PSP criminal history record and DHS child abuse clearance) may begin employment or a volunteer position while awaiting the return of the fingerprint-based FBI report; however, such individuals may not work/volunteer alone with children until the full background check has been completed (unless a volunteer is exempted from the fingerprint-based FBI report under the exception identified above).

Temporary or occasional workers previously subject to clearance conducted by the University within the past 5 years may be exempted upon execution of an affidavit in accordance with law. Such individuals must be the subject of a new three-part background check upon the expiration of the original.

Covered Individuals may be required to submit to additional checks at any time based on a reasonable belief that the person is disqualified from service on grounds of a conviction or report of child abuse.

6. Disqualifications

Refusal to cooperate with the background check process shall disqualify a Covered Individual from any position having direct contact with children. A staff member who refuses to cooperate with the background check process may be ineligible for employment (for new hires) or subject to discipline (for current employees), up to and including termination from employment.

A person may not work or volunteer in any capacity having direct contact with children if:

  1. Such person’s background check reveals that he or she is the perpetrator of a founded report of child abuse committed within the past five years;
  2. Such person’s criminal history record(s) reveals a conviction for any of the crimes or classes of crimes enumerated in 23 Pa. C.S. §6344(c), including similar crimes under federal law or the law of another state. homicide, aggravated assault, stalking, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, rape or sexual assault (including statutory rape or sexual assault), involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, indecent assault, indecent exposure, incest, concealing death of child, endangering the welfare of a child, dealing in infant children, obscene and other sexual materials and performances, corruption of minors, sexual abuse of a child, or the attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit any of the foregoing offenses; or
  3. Such person’s criminal history record information indicates the individual has been convicted of a felony offense under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, committed within the past five years.

Questions regarding the potential disqualification should be referred to the Division of Human Resources and the Office of the General Counsel.

7. Implementation

The University has established in the Division of Human Resources, Recruitment Services, a full-time coordinator with the authority to oversee and implement a University-wide compliance program regarding minors on campus. Each school and center within the University must designate a representative responsible for determining which programs, activities, services and persons are within the scope of this policy and ensuring compliance with background check requirements. The school/center representative is responsible for coordinating the completion of required background checks and accepting the report of federal criminal history record from the faculty, staff, student, or volunteer. The school/center representative is responsible for ensuring that the covered individual completes the appropriate clearances. The school/center representative is responsible for reviewing and analyzing the background check results consistent with University procedure, taking into consideration section 6 of this policy.

The school/center representative is responsible for adjudicating the background checks, in compliance with Pennsylvania law and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The school/center representative is responsible for retaining all background check reports consistent with section 10 of this policy. In addition, the representative is responsible for notifying the Division of Human Resources, Recruitment Services, that the three-part background check was completed and date of completion.

The Division of Human Resources, Recruitment Services, will maintain a central record of completed background checks which will be available to the designated school and center representatives to determine if a particular employee or volunteer has previously been subject to the three-part background check within the University, as well as the date of the background check.

8. Required Report From Covered Individuals

Any Covered Individual arrested or convicted for any offense listed in section 6, or any offense substantially similar to the listed offenses, or named as a perpetrator in a founded report of child abuse, must provide written notice of the arrest, conviction, or report to his or her designated school or center representative and the Division of Human Resources, Staff and Labor Relations, within 72 hours after the arrest, conviction, or notification of the report.

9. Record Retention Requirements

All background check records obtained and maintained under this policy shall be retained for no less than the duration of the employment or service of the individual employee or volunteer, plus seven years.

10. Reporting Suspected Child Abuse

The obligation to report the suspected abuse of a minor extends to the following persons: any member of the faculty or any University staff member in a leadership or supervisory position or who has significant responsibility for the welfare, guidance or advising of children, students, or staff, including the President, Executive Vice President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Vice Deans, Associate Deans, Assistant Deans and Academic Advisors, as well as appropriate staff in the following offices: College Houses and Academic Services (CHAS), Division of Public Safety (DPS), Division of the Vice Provost for University Life (VPUL), Division of Human Resources (including Human Resources staff in the schools/centers), Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs (OAA/EOP), Graduate Student Center (GSC), Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics (DRIA) and student life and academic services units in the University’s schools/centers.

Any person with a reporting obligation who suspects a minor (as defined above, as well as matriculated Penn students under 18) participating in any University program is the victim of abuse or neglect (irrespective of whether such abuse is on campus, at home, or elsewhere) must report such abuse or neglect as follows:

  1. A reporter making an oral and/or written report of suspected child abuse or neglect must immediately notify the Division of Public Safety, Special Services, at (215) 898-4481 (215-898-6600 off-hours).
  2. An oral report of suspected child abuse or neglect must be made to the Department of Human Services at (800) 932-0313 (“ChildLine”). This number is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Further information about child-abuse reporting is available online at http://www.dhs.pa.gov/provider/childwelfareservices/childlineandabuseregistry/index.htm and http://www.phila.gov/dhs/reportNeglect.html
  3. A reporter making an oral report shall also make a written report to the department or county agency assigned the case, in the manner and format prescribed by the department. Assistance in making this report shall be provided to the reporter by the Division of Public Safety, Special Services.

In addition, all members of the University community are encouraged to report a concern pertaining to abuse to the Division of Public Safety, Special Services.

Failure to make a required report may result in the imposition of criminal penalties, fines and employee discipline, up to and including employment termination.

Questions

The Penn Employee Solution Center is now available to help with any questions. The Solution Center is available Monday through Friday, during business hours, to answer questions. The number to call is (215) 898-7372. The e-mail is hcmsolutioncenter@upenn.edu

Honors

Firooz Aflatouni, James Pikul: ONR Young Investigator Awards

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caption: Firooz Aflatounicaption: James PikulTwo Penn Engineering professors have received Office of Naval Research (ONR) 2019 Young Investigator Program Awards: Firooz Aflatouni, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, and James Pikul, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics.

The program aims to “identify and support academic scientists and engineers who are in their first or second full-time tenure-track or tenure-track-equivalent academic appointment, who have received their doctorate or equivalent degree on or after January 1, 2011 and who show exceptional promise for doing creative research.”

Dr. Aflatouni received an award for his proposal “Deep Networks with Ultra-Fast Photonic Training for Instantaneous Direct Image Classification” in the Division 312 Electro-Optical/Infra-Red Sensors and Sensor Processing program, which has an objective of “developing high-performance, low-cost, next generation electro-optic sensors, devices and autonomous processing to provide real-time detection, tracking, classification, and identification of air, sea-surface and ground targets in all weather conditions.” This award will provide up to $750,000.

Dr. Pikul received an award for his proposal “Understanding Electrochemically Induced Surface Evolution and Transport at Metal-Hydrogel Interfaces for Metal-Air Scavenger Power.” This research is encompassed by the Division 302 Manufacturing, Maintenance and Logistics program, which aims to improve “additive manufacturing, condition-based maintenance and health system monitoring, efficient energy generation, novel energy harvesting techniques and solar cell chemistry, physics and manufacturing.” He will be provided with $650,000.

George Demiris: Academies Committee Appointment

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caption: George DemirisGeorge Demiris, a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) Professor in Penn Nursing’s department of biobehavioral health sciences, has been appointed a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (the Academies) Committee on the Health and Medical Dimensions of Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults. This committee will examine how social isolation and loneliness impact health outcomes in adults aged 50 and older, particularly among low income, underserved and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Demiris’ research focuses on the use of information technology to support older adults and their family caregivers and explore innovative solutions to promote independent aging and patient and family engagement. He is a co-founder of the Hospice Caregiver Research Network, an initiative led by researchers from various academic disciplines committed to designing and testing interventions to support family caregivers of patients at the end of life.

He is currently conducting a clinical trial to examine the impact of a behavioral intervention for hospice caregivers informed by problem solving therapy and positive reappraisal, using various informatics tools. Another area of his research includes the use of behavioral sensing, “smart home” and “Internet of Things” technologies to promote independence for community dwelling older adults and their families.

Ari Gordon: US Muslim-Jewish Relations Director for AJC

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caption: Ari GordonAri Gordon, a graduate student in the department of Near Eastern languages and civilizations at Penn Arts and Sciences, has been named director of US Muslim-Jewish Relations for American Jewish Committee (AJC).

Mr. Gordon defended his dissertation, “Sacred Orientation: the Qibla as Ritual, Metaphor, and Identity Marker in Early Islam,” in November 2018. The thesis explores geographic orientation for prayer in Islamic, Jewish and Christian practice as a symbol of collective belonging in the late antique and medieval worlds. His advisor was Joseph Lowry, associate professor of Near Eastern languages and civilizations. Mr. Gordon will graduate in the spring of 2019.

“Ari Gordon combines a historian’s view of Judaism and Islam with a modern passion for the American Muslim and Jewish contexts,” said Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. “His return to AJC offers a bright future of continued stalwart leadership for our programs that advance and expand Muslim-Jewish understanding and cooperation in the US.”

HDA Student Chapter: 1st at Orgullo Competition

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The Penn Dental Medicine student chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) took top prize in the 2018 Orgullo Competition, recognized for educational efforts in the area of prevention. This annual competition, sponsored by the Hispanic Dental Association and Crest Oral B, is open to student chapters nationwide.

This year’s competition included seven student chapters. The competition involved producing a 2-3 minute video in the area of prevention that included the use of Crest Oral B products.

“Our prevention video focused on home oral hygiene education and highlighted the importance of family in our communities,” said third-year student Paloma Nguyen (D’20), who helped to produce the video. Fellow HDA chapter members Lilia Sanchez Cruz (D’20), Lauren Louie (D’20), Annie Herman (D’20), Diana Carvel (D’20) and Steven Ryoo (D’20) also worked on the video and competition presentation.

As the winners of the competition, the chapter received a $2,500 award from Crest Oral B.

Lisa Lewis: American Heart Association Fellow

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caption: Lisa LewisLisa Lewis, associate professor of nursing in the department of family and community health in Penn’s School of Nursing, a Calvin Bland Fellow and Penn Nursing’s assistant dean for Diversity and Inclusivity, has been named an American Heart Association Fellow. This fellowship recognizes scientific and professional accomplishments, as well as volunteer leadership and service.

Dr. Lewis devotes her scholarship, practice and advocacy to issues affecting the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals. In her work, Dr. Lewis identified the importance of psychosocial, socio-cultural and clinical factors such as social networks, depression, spirituality and perceived discrimination on hypertension treatment adherence. Her most recent work explores perceptions of masculinity in the behavioral management of hypertension among Black men, with an emphasis on development and testing of mobile health interventions to improve their blood pressure management.

Michael Mitchell: Rising Star Award

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caption: Michael MitchellMichael Mitchell, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation in the department of bioengineering at Penn Engineering, has received a Rising Star Award in Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering from the Biomedical Engineering Society. The Rising Star Award is selected by the Biomedical Engineering Society’s Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Special Interest Group. The Rising Star Award is given annually to a select group of exceptional junior principal investigators. Dr. Mitchell received the award and delivered a lecture at the 2019 Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Conference in January.

Dr. Mitchell was recognized for his work on engineering delivery technologies for cancer gene therapy and immunotherapy.

Features

FactCheck.org: Celebrating 15 years of Holding Politicians Accountable

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caption:FactCheck.org, a non-profit, non-partisan project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) at Penn, recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. Factcheck.org monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major US political players in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Its goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.

The idea for the project grew out of Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s 1993 book Dirty Politics, which critiqued the 1988 presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush and Michael Dukakis. Dr. Jamieson, the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, focused on the inaccurate advertisements that the press was featuring in news without correction. Then, with the help of Penn’s Annenberg School graduate students, she went on to develop a “visual grammar” for covering and fact checking ads in news, which networks began using. Brooks Jackson, a longtime political reporter who was at CNN at the time and now FactCheck.org’s director emeritus, joined the mission. In 2003, he joined the APPC and in December of that year, FactCheck.org was born, running out of the National Press Club building in Washington, DC.

In 2003, the internet was barely a dozen years old and fact-checking, as a standalone journalistic practice, was in its infancy. FactCheck.org’s coverage of the 2004 presidential election attracted serious public attention; Dick Cheney plugged it during a televised debate with Democratic rival John Edwards, causing thousands of visitors to flood the site and the server crashed. FactCheck.org improved its website and since then, it has grown both in staff and coverage, with no lack of material as the years have progressed: Ask FactCheck was added in 2007, Players Guide in 2010 and SciCheck, which focuses on false and misleading scientific claims, in 2015. Shortly after the 2016 election, FactCheck.org and others partnered with Facebook to identify and debunk hoaxes and malicious falsehoods posted on the social media site. Its articles are seen on its website and through partnerships with major media outlets, including MSN.com, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, on the websites of NBC-owned and operated stations in major cities, and in Gannett newspapers. It is now in its fourth year of producing weekly fact-checking segments that appear on the CNN Politics website and has partnered with NBCUniversal-owned television stations on weekly segments.

FactCheck.org moved to Penn’s campus in 2010 when the APPC’s new building was constructed, thanks to a $41.5 million gift from the Annenberg Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. Mr. Jackson hired journalist Eugene Kiely, formerly of The Philadelphia Inquirer and USA Today, as Philadelphia director of FactCheck.org. When Mr. Jackson decided to become director emeritus following the 2012 election, Mr. Kiely succeeded him as director.

In addition to its full-time journalists (currently there are seven, plus one part-time staffer), FactCheck.org began offering a paid fellowship program for undergraduate students at Penn beginning in 2010. The fellows participate in a full-time summer training program and then work part time during the school year. Since 2016, the FactCheck.org fellowship has been funded through donations by the Stanton Foundation. The program so far has benefited over three dozen undergraduate students.

FactCheck.org has earned nine Webby Awards for excellence on the internet, and it received the 2018 Webby for best politics website. It was twice named one of Time.com’s “25 Sites We Can’t Live Without,” and in 2006 the World E-Gov Forum named it one of 10 sites that “are changing the world.”  It earned a Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications in 2009. PC Magazine named FactCheck.org one of the 20 best political websites, and it made American Mensa’s top 50 websites 2010 list in the news and politics category, which called it “the ultimate source for truth in politics.” FactCheck.org won a 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for reporting on deceptive claims made about the federal health-care legislation.

Prior to fiscal 2010, FactCheck.org was supported by funds from the APPC’s own resources and from the Annenberg Foundation, and by grants from the Flora Family Foundation. In 2010, it began accepting donations from individual members of the public, disclosing the identity of any individual who makes a donation of $1,000 or more as well as the total amount, average amount and number of individual donations. It doesn’t accept funds from unions, partisan organizations, advocacy groups or corporations with the exception of Facebook, which provides funding as part of Facebook’s initiative to debunk viral deceptions circulating on the social media site. (Facebook has no control over its editorial decisions.)

In addition to the current stories featured on the homepage, visitors can browse the archives by date, section (e.g., Ask SciCheck, Fact of the Day, Special Reports), Person (e.g., Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump), Issue (e.g., Jobs, Climate Change) Location, or Other Tags.

FactCheck.org’s Greatest Hits

Here are the 15 stories with the highest number of page views on FactCheck.org since the site started tracking in April 2011, through 2018.

Where Does Clinton Foundation Money Go?” 6/19/15

Bogus Meme Targets Trump” 11/25/15

Presidents Winning Without Popular Vote” 3/24/08; updated 12/23/16

Caucus vs. Primary” 4/8/08

Snopes.com” 4/10/09

The Obamas’ Law Licenses” 6/14/12

Unspinning the Planned Parenthood Video” 7/21/15

Obama’s Numbers” (January 2016 Update) 1/12/16

The Reason for the Electoral College” 2/11/08

Clinton’s 1975 Rape Case” 6/17/16

Presidential Vacations” 8/28/14

Donald Trump and the Iraq War” 2/19/16

Obama’s ‘Sealed’ Records” 7/31/12

Gun Rhetoric vs. Gun Facts” 12/20/12

Planned Parenthood” 4/18/11

Events

Update: February AT PENN

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Music

22    Free at Noon: Lily & Madeleine; American folk duo; noon; World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St; registration required: www.xpn.org

Readings and Signings

Penn Book Center

Events held at Penn Book Center unless otherwise noted. Info: www.pennbookcenter.com/event

19    Marquis Bey in conversation with Destiny Crockett; 6:30 p.m.

20    Milagros Alameda-Irizarry’s “La novela de Vibia P” (en español); 6 p.m.

21    Blue Stoop Presents: Esmé Weijun Wang in conversation with Carmen Maria Machado; 6:30 p.m.

22    Saidiya Hartman in conversation with Meg Onli; 6:30 p.m; rm. 110, Annenberg School.

25    AK Thompson in conversation with George Ciccariello-Maher; 6:30 p.m.

Talks

20    Political Transitions and Peace Building in Central Asia; Roza Otunbayeva, former President of Kyrgyzstan, in conversation with William Burke-White; noon; Perry World House; registration required: http://tinyurl.com/y3ej5m2w (Perry World House, Penn Law).

27    Defamation Today: A Tool of Vindication or Vengeance?; Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP; 4:30 p.m.; Fitts Auditorium, Golkin Hall (PennLaw).

AT PENN Deadlines

The February AT PENN calendar is now online. The March AT PENN will be out February 26.

Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display at Penn Museum

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caption: Of the Lady MayaOpening February 23, Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display provides visitors to the Penn Museum a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to walk in the shoes of an archaeologist. Explore the journey that artifacts take on their way to museum display, from excavation to conservation to storage and research. More than 200 fascinating objects, many of which have never been on view before, are included throughout the three-part, 6,000-square-foot exhibition. Eventually, these objects will become a part of the re-envisioned Ancient Egypt and Nubia Galleries, a much-anticipated cornerstone of the Penn Museum’s Building Transformation (Almanac November 14, 2017).

“Unlike most exhibitions about ancient Egypt, Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display provides an insider’s look into how objects are excavated, conserved and stored—treating visitors to a unique experience of the Museum’s world-renowned Egyptian collection as they prepare for the renewal of the full Ancient Egypt and Nubia galleries,” said Jennifer Houser Wegner, exhibition curator.

In the exhibition’s first stop, visitors are introduced to what life was like in ancient Egypt through objects representing gods, royalty and everyday individuals. Highlights include a wooden stela (memorial sculpture) from 662–525 BCE that honors two versions of a sun god and a life-sized memorial statue depicting the overseer of priests. Then, visitors begin to “peel back the layers,” as they follow artifacts through their journeys—in reverse.

In the second gallery, Museum-goers will get a closer look at breathtaking artifacts from the Old Kingdom, also known as the “Age of the Pyramids,” starting in 2613 BCE, through the time of Cleopatra’s death in 30 BCE. Objects in this “visible storage” section include two magical model boats (a sailboat and a rowboat) featured in the critically-acclaimed Smithsonian book History of the World in 1,000 Objects, a stunning turquoise-colored glazed ceramic-ware necklace, the 2,000-year-old mummy of a young woman and a child mummy that was recently CT scanned in partnership with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

The final, highly-popular gallery, also known as the Artifact Lab, will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn more about excavation and to observe conservators in action as they work to preserve Egyptian artifacts, including the mummy of a 40-year-old named Hapi-Men and his dog, exquisite gold jewelry worn by the ancient Egyptians and an intricate model of the throne room of the Palace of Merenptah (the 13th son of Ramesses II), the columns and portals of which will be erected at full height in the Ancient Egypt and Nubia galleries. They’ll also be able to ask questions of the conservators during “Open Window” timeframes: Tuesdays-Fridays, 11-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-2 p.m., and Saturdays-Sundays, noon-12:30 p.m. and 3-3:30 p.m.

Human Resources: Upcoming March Programs

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Professional and Personal Development Programs

Open to faculty and staff. Register at http://knowledgelink.upenn.edu/

Participating in Performance Appraisals for Staff; 3/4; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Join this workshop to understand the performance appraisal process and learn how you can prepare to have a productive review session.

Art of Effective Communication; 3/5; 12:30-1:30 p.m. The skill of effective communication is at the forefront of a successful work environment. We utilize these skills to keep projects on task, convey responsibilities and work with individuals of all hierarchy levels and backgrounds. Learning to develop a personal communication plan, recognize different communication styles and utilize tools to facilitate effective communication can help individuals to better their working relationship and project plans.

Assertiveness Skills; 3/6 and 3/28; 12:30-1:30 p.m. You may experience situations when you need to utilize assertiveness to complete a task, goal or project. In this class, we will identify personal blocks to assertiveness, identify both assertive and non-assertive language and behaviors and learn ways to use assertiveness in everyday situations.

Conducting Performance Appraisals for Supervisors; 3/11; 12:30-1:30 p.m. You are supervising or managing other employees and feel the need to learn more about how to prepare for and conduct performance appraisals. This is the course you’ve been looking for! Join us to find out best practices for this important annual procedure.

Creating and Maintaining Your LinkedIn Profile; 3/14; 12:30-1:30 p.m. This session will review tips on creating a great LinkedIn profile that will get you noticed by recruiters and industry professionals.

Navigating Difficult Conversations; 3/19; 9 a.m.-noon; $75. Difficult conversations are inevitable in any workplace. Those conversations can create unhappiness, stress and tension. While you can’t avoid these conversations, you can learn how to handle them more effectively. Developing the ability to handle these challenges will offer increased confidence, improved relationships, higher productivity, and better career opportunities. There is a $75 charge for this workshop. Once registered, send your department’s 26-digit budget code to japgar@upenn.edu to complete your registration.

Work-life Workshops

Open to faculty and staff. Register at www.hr.upenn.edu/registration

New and Expectant Parenting; 3/5; 12:30-1:30 p.m. This is an introductory resource briefing designed for expectant parents and those who are new to parenting or child care. Participants will learn about local and university child-care and parenting resources including breastfeeding support and the nursing mothers program, child-care locators, back-up care, adjusting to new schedules and flexible work options, among other topics. This session will also cover Penn’s time away policies including short-term disability (STD), parental leave and related sick leave policies.

Guided Meditation; 3/8 and 3/26 12:30-1:30 p.m. Practice mindful breathing that focuses your attention on the present moment with kindness, compassion, and awareness. Self-massage and gentle mindful movements that promote relaxation and reduce stress may also be included in the workshop. No experience necessary.

Mindfulness; 3/13; 12:30-1:30 p.m. This monthly workshop will offer participants an opportunity to practice awareness activities adapted from Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. During the first part of our practice, we will begin with a guided meditation focusing on the breath. The second half of our session will focus our attention on a guided exploration of the body, bringing awareness to the different areas of the body, and allowing ourselves to experience how each part feels, without trying to change anything. No experience necessary. All warmly welcome.    

Sleep Awareness Workshop; 3/18; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Do you have questions about sleep? Are you sleepy and can’t figure out why? Are you having problems with sleep? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions please attend this workshop! We will discuss normal and abnormal sleep in both kids and adults. We will also review common sleep issues in the adult population. Last but not least we will explore what sleep does and why it is so important.

Flexible Work Options; 3/19; 12:30-1:30 p.m. This presentation will provide an overview of Flexible Work Options and provide guidelines for proposing and implementing a flex request including: understanding the applicable HR guidelines and policies, assessing the fit between position and job responsibilities, reviewing a sample proposal, documenting the flexible work option request and implementing the request.

Navigating the Tuition Benefit and Financial Aid for Your College Age Dependents; 3/25; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Join staff from Penn’s Student Financial Services (SFS) and Human Resources Tuition Benefits Offices to learn more about the tuition benefit program for dependents and the financial aid process. The session will provide an overview of Penn’s two dependent child tuition benefit plans and help to clarify how the tuition benefit interacts with financial aid packages. This session will also offer tips for reading and comparing financial aid package components and communications with financial aid offices.

Resiliency: Secrets of Successful Employees; 3/27; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Studies have found that when the same events happen to different people, it’s the individual’s response that makes a difference in terms of staying healthy and using the experience in a positive way in order to grow and thrive—also known as resiliency. What’s the secret? This seminar explores this dynamic and what we can learn from those who are successful at surviving whatever life throws their way and developing their resiliency. The good news is, resiliency can be learned, and many examples exist where it has made all the difference. Participants will leave with tips and techniques for maximizing their own resiliency and positively influencing those around them.

Penn Healthy You Workshops

Open to faculty and staff. Register at www.hr.upenn.edu/registration

Financial Planning for College Workshop; 3/4; noon-1 p.m. Join our speaker, Albert Corrato, Jr., Certified Financial Planner Professional from Creative Financial Group, MassMutual, for this financial wellness learning opportunity. This workshop provides insight and guidance for the major financial decisions that may have to be made when saving for college.

Chair Yoga; 3/6; noon-1 p.m. Interested in trying yoga but don’t know where to start? Join us for a wonderful class. You get the same benefits of a regular yoga workout (like increased strength, flexibility and balance) but don’t have to master complex poses. Chair yoga can even better your breathing and teach you how to relax your mind and improve your wellbeing.

Gentle Yoga; 3/7 and 3/21; noon-1 p.m. Let your body reward itself with movement! Join us for this session and explore the natural movements of the spine with slow and fluid moving bends and soft twists. During this session, you will flow into modified sun salutations that loosen those tightened muscles and joints of the lower back, neck, shoulders and wrists. As an added bonus, you’ll get a workout in the process. Mats and props will be provided.

Spin; 3/11; 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Pedal your way to a fantastic workout indoors! With the use of stationary cycles, each class is led on a “virtual” outdoor road, complete with a variety of exercises. This class will give you an energizing, calorie-burning, fun workout and it is great for all fitness levels because you will always ride at a self-directed pace.

Get to Know What Is Healthy at Houston Market Tour; 3/12; 11:30 a.m.-noon. Join Dan Connolly, Bon Appétit’s registered dietitian nutritionist, on an interesting tour of the many delicious, healthy options in Houston Market. You will meet him at Houston Hall’s Information Desk, where he will give a brief history of Bon Appétit and explain the elements of a healthy meal. Then, you’ll follow him downstairs to Houston Market, where he’ll walk you through the various food stations and explain how you, too, can eat healthy at Houston Market!

Be in the Know Biometric Screenings; 3/18; 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Hall of Flags, Houston Hall. Be in the Know encourages you to have a biometric screening once per year. If you did not complete a screening at an on-campus event, or submit personal results to AREUFIT on or after September 1, 2018, Human Resources is offering a select number of screening dates in 2019. At our on-campus events, you’ll receive a biometric screening from AREUFIT and earn 50 points toward the first $100 Be in the Know cash incentive.

Oral Health 101: All You Want to Know About Your Teeth and More; 3/20; noon–1 p.m. Healthy mouth, healthy body: The link between them may surprise you. Taking care of your teeth isn’t just about having a nice smile and pleasant breath. The condition of your mouth is closely tied to your overall health. Find out how oral health is linked to diabetes, heart disease, cancer and more at this interactive seminar with experts from Penn Dental Medicine.

Bodycombat; 3/28; noon-1 p.m. This fiercely energetic cardiovascular workout program is inspired by martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as Karate, boxing, Taekwondo, Tai Chi and Muay Thai. Tone and shape muscles while burning major calories!

March Wellness Walk; 3/29; noon-1 p.m. March is National Nutrition Month; meet the Center for Public Health Initiatives Staff inside the Palestra and walk a one-mile or two-mile route while chatting about nutrition and how you can develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods. We hope you will be able to join us. Bring your water bottle and don’t forget your sneakers!

—Division of Human Resources

Crimes

Weekly Crime Reports

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The University of Pennsylvania Police Department Community Crime Report

Below are the Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Society and Crimes Against Property from the campus report for February 4-10, 2019View prior weeks' reports—Ed.

This summary is prepared by the Division of Public Safety and includes all criminal incidents reported and made known to the University Police Department for the dates of February 4-10, 2019. The University Police actively patrol from Market St to Baltimore and from the Schuylkill River to 43rd St in conjunction with the Philadelphia Police. In this effort to provide you with a thorough and accurate report on public safety concerns, we hope that your increased awareness will lessen the opportunity for crime. For any concerns or suggestions regarding this report, please call the Division of Public Safety at (215) 898-4482.

02/05/19          7:35 AM         51 N 39th St                          Complainant struck in the face by known male

02/05/19          1:35 PM          300 University Ave               Male causing disturbance/Arrest

02/05/19          2:07 PM          121 S 41st St                        Package taken

02/05/19          3:32 PM          233 S 33rd St                        Secured bike taken

02/06/19          12:43 PM        433 University Ave                Packages containing laptops taken

02/06/19          3:28 PM          4001 Walnut St                     Man causing disturbance/Arrest

02/07/19          1:00 PM          3604 Chestnut St                  Items taken without payment

02/07/19          2:27 PM          250 S 33rd St                        Unsecured bike taken from rack

02/08/19          11:10 AM       3737 Market St                       Unsecured wallet taken from purse

02/09/19          10:19 AM       51 N 39th St                           Unsecured iPhone taken

02/09/19          4:18 PM          223 S 41st St                         Unsecured packages taken from porch

02/10/19          12:35 AM       51 N 39th St                            Police kicked and threatened with stabbing

02/10/19          1:08 PM          4111 Ludlow St                      Burglary forced entry; nothing taken

02/10/19          11:24 PM        4000 Spruce St                      Complainant struck by known offender

18th District

Below are the Crimes Against Persons from the 18th District: 4 incidents (1 assault, 1 rape and 2 domestic assaults) were reported between February 4-10, 2019 by the 18th District covering the Schuylkill River to 49th Street & Market Street to Woodland Avenue.

02/07/19         8:38 PM           3400 Civic Center Blvd.           Rape

02/08/19         1:37 PM           1239 S Markoe St                    Domestic Assault

02/09/19         10:15 PM         814 S 48th St                           Assault

02/10/19         11:24 PM         4000 Spruce St                        Domestic Assault

Bulletins

Your Big Idea Challenge: March 1

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The Wellness at Penn initiative affirms wellness as a core priority and necessary driver of life on campus. A key aim of the initiative is to provide avenues of dialogue and collaboration for the wide range of partners advancing wellness on campus.

In support of this goal, Penn is launching the Your Big Idea Challenge to crowd source ideas to enhance wellness for faculty, staff and students at Penn.

Your Big Idea Challenge, is an initiative open to faculty, staff and students; teams are welcome. The deadline to submit creative ideas is March 1. Visit https://bigidea.pennmedicine.org/wellness

Accessing Older W-2 Forms

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The Tax Office has received numerous requests from employees for instructions on how to access their W-2s.

To Access W-2s for tax years 2015 and later:

  1. Click on “My Tax Info” in the “My Pay” section at U@Penn.
  2. Log in using your Pennkey and Password.
  3. Enter your birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy) and the last four digits of your SSN. Then click “Continue.”
  4. Read about protecting your tax information, then click “Continue.” 
  5. Click on the link that says “Click here for W-2 information for tax years 2015 and later.”  
  6. You have now been redirected to the ADP website. Select “Pay” tab on the left.
  7. In the “Tax Statements” box, select the year of the Tax Statement you want to view. 
  8. Click on “Download Statement” to download the W-2.

If you have additional questions regarding accessing your W-2s, please contact the Employee Solution Center at (215) 898-7372.

—Office of Tax and International Operations

No Almanac During Spring Break

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There is no issue on March 5, during Spring Break; however, staff will be available to accept copy for future issues. Almanac will resume weekly publication on March 12. The deadline is March 4.