PPSA May Elections Meeting and Speaker

PPSA May Election Meeting Announcement

PPSA presents the May Election Meeting, featuring a conversation with Dr. Benoit Dubé, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the University’s first Chief Wellness Officer, on Wednesday, May 15, from 12pm-1pm, in Houston Hall Hall of Flags.

Click here to register!

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Contact Computer Connection for your End of Year tech purchases

For those planning end-of-FY technology purchasing, here are several items that might prove helpful:

  • The long lead times we saw develop this winter/spring on many Intel processors are still affecting manufacturing of a good number of PC laptops and desktops.  If you have time-sensitive fulfillment needs that require you to expense funds by June 30, I urge you to consider placing those orders as soon as possible to assure the best possible outcome for an FY19 billing to occur.
  • Placing your orders through the Computer Connection, instead of directly with the supplier (Dell, Lenovo, Apple, etc), will give you the added advantage of your order being closely monitored with our technology partners’ Sales Account Executives and their inside sales teams to maximize the likelihood of your order being billed this FY.  The Computer Connection is often able to ring up orders until the close of business on June 30th, and still bill your order appropriately to FY19 within the “13th month” close period at the beginning of July.  
  • A reminder that the Computer Connection is also stocking the Penn Standard “Collaborative Purchasing” OptiPlex desktops which are available for immediate fulfillment for our departmental customers, based on stock on hand. Details on these deeply discounted Dell desktops are viewable at www.upenn.edu/computerstore/collaborative.

If you have any questions about end of year purchasing,  please contact Paul Culkin at 215-898-0889 or paul2@upenn.edu .

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New SEPTA Bus Route Servicing University City

SEPTA has introduced its first new bus route in a decade, connecting University City to the Philadelphia neighborhoods of Brewerytown, Fairmount, Grays Ferry, and Strawberry Mansion. Bus Route 49 also serves Amtrak 30th Street Station and the Ben Franklin Parkway attractions. Read More.

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Take a law class this summer and fall!

Enrich your academic and professional pursuits with an understanding of the law that impacts your fields! Summer and fall course offerings include General Business Law, Health Law & Policy, U.S. Law & Legal Methods, Technology Law, etc. Check out the full list of courses, Master in Law degree and Certificate in Law at https://www.law.upenn.edu/admissions/master-in-law/.

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2019 Call for PPSA Board and University Committee Nominations

Nominations are open for positions on the Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) Executive Board and University Council Committees.  All monthly-paid, full-time University staff members are eligible to participate. 

PPSA is a volunteer organization operated by and for all monthly-paid, overtime-exempt, University staff members.  PPSA’s mission is to support and focus staff engagement and collaboration within the University of Pennsylvania community. Involvement with PPSA activities allows you to network with your colleagues through numerous workshops and events that enhance your professional development and work life at Penn.

PPSA:

  1. Provides a forum through which staff can engage in dialogue about issues facing the University and higher education;
  2. Participates and collaborates in University governance through University Council and other committees and task forces;
  3. Serves as an informational network to promote seminars and programs that enrich the quality of experience and work life for professional staff;
  4. Provides a supportive network to assist the University in achieving its goals and objectives.

We encourage you to subscribe to PPSA’s mailing list to keep apprised of all PPSA activities.

All monthly-paid, full-time University staff members are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate colleagues for consideration using the form below by no later than Friday, April 26, 2019. 

Board members attend monthly meetings and assist with program development and coordination.  Committee members meet monthly and are expected to report to the Executive Board twice a year.  Service on a committee is a rewarding and enjoyable experience that requires only a couple hours per month.  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues from across the University who will help to enrich your work life with Penn.

Executive Committee Nominations

To nominate yourself or someone else, please fill out the form here:  http://tinyurl.com/y2kah3sh

The following positions are open for nomination:

PPSA Chair-Elect (1 position, three-year term of service): The Chairperson is the principal executive officer who calls for and presides over meetings, prepares agendas, and provides leadership and representation of PPSA at University Council and university-level bodies. After one year, the Chair-Elect automatically succeeds to the office of Chairperson.

Members At-Large (4 positions, two-year term of service): The Members At-Large participate in Executive Board meetings, manage PPSA projects and events, and serve on other University committees as needed.

All monthly-paid, full-time University staff members are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate colleagues for consideration using the form below by no later than Friday, April 26, 2019.

All nominees will be asked to complete a brief candidate bio and written personal statement. The final list of candidates will be announced via PPSA’s mailing list prior to the election.

The 2019-2020 election for officers will occur following PPSA’s annual meeting, to be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 12:00pm in the Hall of Flags, Houston Hall.  We will be joined by Dr. Benoit Dubé, Penn’s Chief Wellness Officer.  Lunch will be served. 

All full-time, monthly-paid University staff members are encouraged to attend the meeting as guests of PPSA.  (A registration link will be available in April.)

University Council Committee Nominations

To nominate yourself or someone else, please fill out the form here:   http://tinyurl.com/y2kah3sh.

PPSA invites you to nominate yourself or others for service on the 2019-2020 University Council Committees. The seven Council committees serve as advisory bodies that also include faculty and students and play important roles in shaping academic and administrative policy across the campus.   Please consider taking advantage of this opportunity to learn about the administrative structure of the University and have input into its decision-making.

For more information on the work of the seven University Council Committees, visit https://secretary.upenn.edu/univ-council/committees.

University Council Committee members will be appointed by the PPSA Tri-Chairs from amongst all applicants following the election. Questions on the nominating and election process can be directed to ppsa@lists.upenn.edu].  The elections process is governed by the PPSA Bylaws, available on the PPSA website at http://ppsa.upenn.edu.


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Open Enrollment Summer Courses for Penn Employees

Take advantage of your employee tuition benefits and dive into summer classes at Penn. With more than 300 courses available through open enrollment, Penn Summer has something for everyone. Earn academic credit and pursue new skills or interests in daytime, evening and online courses designed to fit your summer schedule. 

Course registration begins on March 18. To learn more, visit: https://www.sas.upenn.edu/summer/students/employees-professionals

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Wanted: Staff and Faculty Eco-Reps

The Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps Program is a peer education program that provides the tools to improve the environmental sustainability of Penn offices and labs. Staff & Faculty Eco-Reps work with campus stakeholders and within their departments and offices to develop educational events, activities, and campaigns aimed at supporting the University’s environmental goals and Climate Action Plan. Initiatives include energy conservation, waste minimization, alternative transportation, consumer choices, and more.

To learn more, please visit the Penn Sustainability website.

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Your Big Idea Wellness Challenge

January 30, 2019

Good morning,

As you now know, we will be launching a Your Big Idea challenge on February 4 to crowdsource ideas to enhance wellness at the University of Pennsylvania.  You can learn more about the challenge and preview the submission form here.

As leaders on campus, we need your help to promote this exciting opportunity and encourage faculty, staff, and students to participate. 

Here are some actions we hope you’ll take to support this effort:

  • Forward the launch email scheduled for release on February 4 to your network along with a personalized message about why this initiative is important to the university and your specific school.
  • Make announcements at standing meetings with faculty, students, and staff.
  • Post signage in high-traffic areas.
  • Host a pop-up event with faculty, students and staff to generate ideas. Designate one individual to submit entries on the group’s behalf.
  • Table in high-traffic areas.  Offer faculty, students and staff the opportunity to submit ideas via laptop or iPad.
  • Send reminder emails as the deadline approaches.  Encourage your network to rate and comment on ideas submitted by their peers.

We’ve created a series of promotional materials to support your efforts. 

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.  We look forward to hearing the innovative ideas your community has to enhance wellness at Penn.

Best,

Jennifer Pinto-Martin; Chair,

University Faculty Senate

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Bike Commuter Expense Reimbursement Program

Have you filed your Tax Year 2018 reimbursement yet? The filing period lasts from Jan 1 to Feb 28, 2019.

Program open to full-time benefits-eligible faculty and staff who commute greater than 50% per month. Visit http://www.upenn.edu/biking for more information.

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2017-2018 Report of the Office of the Ombuds

The 2017-2018 Report of the Ombuds is now available now. Click here to read it now

The purpose of the Office of the Ombuds is to help members of the Penn community who are experiencing problems or conflict related to their work, academic or living experiences at the University. We offer mediation services with the aim of helping individuals resolve differences. Our door is open equally to students, staff and faculty, and we work to resolve the issues that are troubling them. The principles that guide our interactions with visitors are described on our website and can be summarized as follows:

• Confidentiality. We do not discuss visitors’ concerns or issues with others, unless given permission.
• Neutrality. We do not take sides in a dispute.
• Informality. We do not keep records of our conversations with visitors, and we do not carry out formal investigations.
• Independence. The Ombuds Office is not bound by established reporting procedures and administrative hierarchies. We have the freedom to raise issues throughout the University.

During the past academic year, 163 individuals from across the University consulted our office. This represents an increase of 5.8% in comparison with the academic year 2016-2017. Visitors to the Ombuds Office represented all parts of the University community, with the highest proportions being staff (39.9%), followed by faculty (30.0%), graduate and professional students (17.2%), and undergraduate students (9.2%).

Most come as individuals, although an increasing number of groups of people have visited during the past two years to talk about common problems and their proposed resolutions.

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