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.
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.
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.
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.
In November, PPSA partnered with Penn HR to present a session on Financial Resources available to employees. We thank all participants for attending this session. The presentation used by the presenters is included here as a resource for you.
We look forward to seeing you at PPSA events in the future.
Jack Heuer, Ed.D., Vice President of Human Resources, along with PPSA, is continuing a program for monthly-paid employees. Chats with Jack, a small group discussions platform, began late March 2016.
Three to four staff members are invited to meet with the Vice President and a PPSA Tri-Chair to further lines of communication and foster open dialogue. The program was piloted in late fall 2015 and early 2016. Staff feedback was very positive and several items raised had immediate attention.
If you would like to register for the chance to participate in this exciting program,
contact PPSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants are chosen randomly each month. For further information,
contact PPSA at email@example.com.