3rd Annual Penn Relays Campus Cup Series

The 3rd Annual Penn Relays Campus Cup, presented by Club Colors, will take place on historic Franklin Field on April 20th, 2023, with a handful of optional tournaments and individual events planned throughout the winter and spring for teams to earn additional points. This series, created in 2019 to celebrate the 125th running of the Penn Relays, was designed to inspire some friendly competition among school and center faculty and staff while building excitement about the annual Penn Relays Carnival.

This year’s series will include a 3-point basketball competition at the Palestra on December 7th, with Dodgeball, Kickball, and more in the spring. Register your team by visiting this link:
https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eJOYZfsMFyCdSCO

Teams do not need to be complete to register – captains can recruit members and will be responsible for their team roster. If you have questions, email Erica Hildenbrand, Director of Campus Outreach! (ericah@upenn.edu)

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LEAP Leadership Open Nominations – through Dec. 18

LGBT Center are officially opening nominations for LEAP (LGBTQ+ Employee at Penn) leadership now thru Sunday, December 18th. 

We invite folks to fill out the self-nomination form if you are interested in helping to lead the future of LEAP. Any and all interested parties are welcome. We applaud your dedication and commitment to uplifting LGBTQ+ employees here at Penn in advance. After all submissions have been made, we will release the candidates’ materials for review. Virtual elections will open on Thursday, January 13th.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to:
Malik Muhammad (He/Him/His), Associate Director of the LGBT Center
3907 Spruce St. Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-898-5044
www.vpul.upenn.edu/lgbtc/

 
LEAP
LGBTQ+ Employees At Penn
VOTE
2023 Board Elections
Co-Chairs / Programming / Internal Affairs / Communications
Sunday, December 18 – Deadline to submit Candidate Nomination Form
December 19 – January 12 – Candidate materials available for review
Thursday, January 12 – Virtual Election Session held via Zoom

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Take a class in Bioethics!

For those who want to use their tuition benefit in a (bio)ethical way, please consider taking a course in bioethics! Spring course listings are below:

BIOE 6020 – 4010/4020 – Foundations of Bioethics
Instructor: Autumn Fiester
Time: Tuesdays OR Thursdays, Jan 12 – Apr 25, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BRB 252, Biomedical Research Bldg II/III, 421 Curie Blvd In this course, students examine the two moral frameworks – deontology and consequentialism – that individuals use to make decisions about right and wrong both in their personal life and in their professional life. These two moral frameworks provide the foundation for bioethical analysis. Understanding these two moral frameworks not only enables one to understand one’s own moral perspective, but also provides the tools to be able to understand ethical arguments made by others. The theory of deontology and consequentialism are supplemented by applications of these frameworks in the bioethical literature. Additionally, students are introduced to the three theoretical contributions to moral analysis created internally in the field of bioethics: casuistry; narrative theory, and principlism.

BIOE 5540 – Bioethics and the Law
Instructor: Holly Fernandez Lynch
Time: Wednesdays, Jan 18 – Apr 26, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BRB 251, Biomedical Research Bldg II/III, 421 Curie Blvd
This course will present a broad survey of topics at the intersection of law and bioethics. Much of bioethics deals with topics of public policy, and law is the tool of policy. Areas to be covered will range from an overview of American law making to enforcement mechanisms, topics including FDA regulations, state interventions into beginning and end of life issues, privacy, malpractice, healthcare reform, and international issues, including those related to innovation and access to medicines.

BIOE 5600 – Pediatric Ethics
Instructor: Steven Joffe and Jennifer Walter
Time: Mondays, Jan 11 – Apr 24, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BRB 251, Biomedical Research Bldg II/III, 421 Curie Blvd
In this course, we will explore the history, conceptual frameworks, and landmark debates of bioethics related to children. We will examine common ethical challenges (e.g., transplantation, critical illness, end of life) when the patient is a child. We will also examine issues unique to children, such as newborn screening, consent vs. assent, the rights and responsibilities of parents, and the role of the courts and the state. We will draw upon theories from moral philosophy, clinical cases, and seminal legal decisions to demonstrate the breadth and complexity of pediatric ethics.

BIOE 5900 – Ethics in Mental Healthcare
Instructor: Dominic Sisti
Time: Tuesdays, Jan 17 – Apr 25, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BLOC 1311, Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive Mental healthcare—which includes, but is not limited to, psychiatry, psychology, and clinical social work—is an especially ethically fraught subdiscipline of the larger medical enterprise. Issues range from garden-variety problems related to informed consent, patient capacity, and clinical professionalism to novel issues related to involuntary treatment, research on mentally ill persons, racism in psychiatry, and nosological categories. This course will present a survey of these ethical issues by first introducing foundational concepts from ethical theory and the philosophy of psychiatry. Students will be expected to become conversant in several bioethical approaches and methods and be able to use them to critically examine both historical and contemporary questions in mental healthcare and research.

BIOE 5530 – Medicine on the Fringes: the Ethics of Alternative, Experimental, and Do-It-Yourself Treatments
Instructor: Anna Wexler
Time: Thursdays, Jan 12 – Apr 20, 5:15p – 7:30p
Location: BLOC 1311, Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive Much bioethics literature focuses on issues in mainstream, established medicine — but what are the ethics of therapies, treatments and techniques utilized outside of common practice? This course begins with a historical exploration of “quack medicine” and medical professionalization. We then explore ethical and regulatory issues regarding complementary and alternative medicine, as well as the ethics of providing experimental, off-label, and placebo treatments. Finally, we will examine how individuals are accessing therapeutic techniques outside of the physician’s office, via do-it-yourself medical movements, direct-to-consumer health technologies, and medical tourism.

BIOE 5450/5470 – MEDIATION INTENSIVE I/III
Instructors: Edward Bergman and Autumn Fiester
Time: Friday, January 13 – Monday, January 16, 9am – 5pm
Location: Blockley Hall, 14th Floor, 423 Guardian Dr. Given the emotionally charged nature of bedside conflicts, interactions among the stakeholders in ethical and clinical disputes can sometimes turn hostile or acrimonious, making it impossible to have constructive dialogue. Conventional clinical and ethics training often fails to teach providers how to de-escalate conflicts that have become heated and intense. In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the skills of clinical conflict management. Students will
-Learn how to navigate and improve challenging clinical relationships (patient-provider, family-provider, inter-staff conflicts)
-Learn the techniques of facilitation among a diverse set of stakeholders
-Learn to effectively manage clinical disputes among and between caregivers, patients and surrogates through mediation
-Discover to how to define problems and assess underlying interests to generate mutually acceptable options
-Role-play in variety of clinical situations as both disputants and mediators
-Practice mediation with professional actors
-Use video-tapes of simulations to improve mediation techniques and strengthen interpersonal skills
-Receive constructive feedback in a supportive environment

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Introducing Penn Transit’s New App: PennTransit Mobile

On November 26, riders of Penn Transit’s on-request shuttle services will need to begin using a new app – PennTransit Mobile. PennTransit Mobile will replace the current PennRides on Request app, and offer several enhancements to riders’ current experience, including improved arrival estimates, the ability to see fixed-route and on-demand options in one screen, integration of bike sharing and walking options, and commonly requested points of interest. PennTransit Mobile is currently available for download from the Apple App Store or Google Play. While the app will not be in use until November 26, it’s important that riders download the app now in order to be ready when our transportation service transitions to PennTransit Mobile.  Doing so ensures that individual service can continue uninterrupted. To learn more about PennTransit Mobile, please visit the Transportation and Parking website

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Announcing Penn Transit’s New Electric Vehicles

Penn Transit is pleased to announce the inclusion of the first full-size electric vehicles to its fleet.

Four new vans will primarily accommodate the following transit routes: On-Request Evening Shuttles, Penn Accessible Transit, A.M. Medical Service Shuttle, FMC Shuttle, and Pennovation Works Shuttle.  Read more.

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Penn Children’s Center Availability

Did You Know?

Childcare options are conveniently available on campus at Penn Children’s Center for members of the University community. The accredited early education and childcare facility offers flexible options for individuals with needs ranging from 2 – 5 days of care. Immediate openings are available in our preschool program for children ages 3 to 5.  Additionally, since schoolroom capacity has returned to normal, the Center is accepting waitlist reservations for the Infant, Younger Toddler, and Older Toddler programs for children ages three months – thirty-six months. Penn Children’s Center also offers drop-in care, which is available as space permits. and welcomes all members of the University and surrounding communities.  For more information about the Children’s Center or to request a tour of the facility, please contact Business Manager Tamara Alizzi

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Understand the legal foundations that impact your profession. Enroll in a spring 2023 Master in Law course using your tuition benefit.

Choose from a variety of course offerings and formats covering legal issues applicable to a broad range of professional backgrounds and fields.

**Up to two courses taken prior to application to the Master in Law Program may be counted toward the degree requirements.

Spring 2023 Course Offerings:
LAWM 5110 – U.S. Law and Legal Methods | Tuesdays/Thursdays | 12:00-1:20pm
LAWM 5280 – General Business Law | Wednesdays | 5:30-8:15pm
LAWM 5290 — Navigating the Regulatory State | Mondays | 5:30-8:15pm
LAWM 5050 — American Constitutional Law | Tuesdays | 5:00-7:45pm
LAWM 5060-301– Technology Law and IP for Non-Lawyers | Thursdays | 5:30-8:15pm
LAWM 5130 – Medical Liability and Negligence | Thursdays | 5:30-8:15pm
LAWM 5250 – Entrepreneurship and the Law | Wednesdays | 5:30-8:15pm
LAWM 5300 — Health Law and Policy | Tuesdays | 5:30-8:15pm
LAWM 5760 – Patent Law | Online Asynchronous

To learn more and register visit: https://www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/master-in-law/ml-course-offerings.php#spring2023

Registration through Path@Penn: https://srfs.upenn.edu/path-at-penn

The law school’s spring semester starts on Monday, January 9, 2023.

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Penn Bookstore’s Annual 20% off Sale-a-Bration

It’s Sale-A-Bration week at Penn Bookstore! Visit the store this Wednesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 8 from 8:30 AM-8:00 PM and get into the holiday spirit with special discounts, free treats, and tons of seasonal fun. Take advantage of 20% off storewide* and stop in one or both days to enjoy a wide variety of festivities and giveaways. Follow Penn Bookstore on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter for more details and view the full list of events below: 

Wednesday, December 7 – 

  • 11:00 AM-7:00 PM: Free Holiday Gift Wrapping – Front of store adjacent to the cash registers
  • 12:00-2:00 PM: Visit with special guest Penny the Pig from Financial Wellness@Penn for holiday goodies, information, games, and prizes – Outdoors, 36th side of the Bookstore (weather permitting)
  • 12:00 – 2:00 PM: Penn Transit Table for new app, PennTransit Mobile – Front entrance lobby 
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: Holiday performance by the Penn Glee Club – Second floor bridge of Penn Bookstore
  • 2:00-6:00 PM: Free Professional Photo in Winter Scene Setting (Fun props provided!) – Back of Penn Bookstore, in Off the Walk area
  • 4:00-5:00 PM: Holiday performance by Penn Jazz – Outdoors, front entrance. 36th Street Side of the Bookstore (weather permitting)
  • 4:00-6:00 PM: Free Hot Chocolate & Cookies – Front entrance lobby 

Thursday, December 8 –

  • 11:00 AM-7:00 PM: Free Holiday Gift Wrapping – Front of store adjacent to the cash registers
  • 12:00 – 2:00 PM: Penn Transit Table for new app, PennTransit Mobile – Front entrance
  • 2:00-3:00 PM: Holiday performance by the Penn Glee Club – Bridge on the 2nd floor
  • 2:00-6:00 PM: Free Professional Photo in Winter Scene Setting (Fun props provided!) – Off the Walk
  • 3:00-4:00 PM: Holiday performance by Penn Jazz – Outdoors, front entrance. 36th Street Side of the Bookstore (weather permitting)
  • 4:00-6:00 PM: Free Hot Chocolate & Cookies – Front entrance lobby 

*In store only. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid for the purchase of gift cards, textbooks, electronics, and specialty items. Other restrictions may apply. 

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Staff Mid-Year Performance Reviews from November 1 to December 15

A new staff performance review process in Workday is rolling out this year. This builds on previous human resource processes to support staff talent development, grow our impact on Penn’s mission, and continue the momentum of facilitating ongoing conversations between employee and manager.

Here is what you need to know:

  • The mid-year performance review process is an opportunity for you and your manager to discuss goals and performance between May 1 and October 31, 2022, a six-month period.
  • The review launch date is November 1 and completion date is December 15, which is a period of six weeks for staff and their managers to complete the process. Your school, center, or your department may have intermediate deadlines.
  • All eligible staff will receive a Workday notification on November 1 to start their self-evaluation. Staff will also receive periodic reminders to complete the review process steps. Those staff who are covered by collective bargaining agreements, Penn Medicine clinicians, residents, interns, and staff who are on long-term disability as of November 1, are non-participants. Schools and centers will determine if new staff hires who are in the middle of their introductory periods will go forward with their mid-year reviews.
  • After the direct report completes the self-evaluation, the manager will receive a Workday notification to provide the manager evaluation, which will be available to the direct report. Manager and employee should discuss the mid-year review content. Each must acknowledge in Workday they have had this conversation.
  • All reviews are completed in Workday, the University’s single system of record for human capital management.
  • Help text is available when stepping through the process. A tip sheet with detailed instructions, an overview of the process, and video resources are available on the Workday website, www.workday.upenn.edu

If you have any questions, please contact your manager, the HR representative in your school or center, or the Penn Employee Solution Center at solutioncenter@upenn.edu.

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Penn Walks 2 Wellness: Fall 2022 Schedule

Building on the success of the Penn HR monthly wellness walks, Penn Walks 2 Wellness is a university-wide wellness walk initiative of the Penn Libraries and the Penn Center for Public Health that brings in Penn students, staff, and faculty as guest walk leaders. Here is the Fall 2022 schedule of wellness walks: https://libcal.library.upenn.edu/profile/17611

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