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myHR: February 16, 2011

Celebrating the Best of the Best at Penn

On a campus as big as Penn's, it's impossible to know about all the important things our staff accomplish from one day to the next. From exemplary leadership to innovative thinking to excellent service, great things happen at Penn all the time. And we want you to know about them!

The Models of Excellence Program honors staff member accomplishments that reflect initiative, leadership, collaboration and a deep commitment to service. We're pleased to announce the 2011 Models of Excellence Award winners who not only embody these standards of excellence, but also serve as role models for others to emulate.

It's hard to put these achievements into just a few words, but we've included a brief synopsis of this year's award winners and honorable mentions below. To learn more about them, click here.

You're encouraged to join us next month as we celebrate these individuals and their accomplishments. The Models of Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception will take place on March 31, 2011, from 3:30pm–5:30pm in the Annenberg Center. If you have questions or would like to attend, contact Human Resources at or 215-898-1012.

Models of Excellence Award Winners

The ARIES (Animal Research Information Electronic Submission) Team—This team increased research productivity by designing an interactive web-based system for managing the use of animals in research. Team members include:

  • Information Systems & Computing: Stuart Benoff, Shea D. Hammond, Erik Hayes, Anome Mammes
  • Office of Regulatory Affairs: Lisa M. Panchella, Deyanira Santiago

Eric Baratta, School of Arts and Sciences—This "one-man band" supports faculty and students in all aspects of Theater Arts' academic activities.

Antonio "Tony" Cosby, Business Services—A Penn Dining cook for 40 years, Tony has been a leading role-model and mentor for the "Start on Success" training program for disadvantaged youth.

Ty A. Furman, Ed.D., University Life—As Director of the University Life Arts Initiatives, Ty significantly enriched the arts communities at Penn and in the Philadelphia region.

Models of Excellence Honorable Mentions

International Conference on Women's Health Issues Team—This team used technology and social media to gather women's health advocates together and bring worldwide attention to the International Conference on Women's Health Issues. Team members include:

  • School of Nursing: Caroline Glickman, Joy McIntyre, Janet Tomcavage
  • Information Systems & Computing: Christopher Cook, Gates H. Rhodes
  • Development & Alumni Relations: Cathy Greenland, Wylie Thomas

Vets Summer Program Team—This team, in the face of severe budget conditions, pioneered an exciting summer program for future veterinary students. Team members include:

  • School of Veterinary Medicine: Rob DiMeo, Rosanne R. Herpen

Explore More of Philly for Less

Philadelphia is a first-rate city when it comes to the arts and entertainment scene. A vibrant music scene, renowned art collections, and a world-class performing arts center are just a few of our claims to fame. But it's hard to get in on the action without breaking the bank, right? Wrong. We can help you enjoy more of Philadelphia for less!

Interested in touring one of the largest museums in the United States? As a Penn faculty or staff member, you can purchase a discounted membership to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You'll get free admission to see priceless works of art and special exhibitions. Enroll in an art history class, listen to a special lecture, or get a taste of the performing arts—all at reduced rates. You can even get special discounts to the museum store, cafés and restaurant. And don't worry about parking fees—your membership includes reduced rates for that as well. Click here to learn more.

You can also sign up for half-price tickets to a host of cultural events around the region. Pennsavers is a weekly email that offers discounts to upcoming and ongoing entertainment events throughout the Philadelphia area. In partnership with the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Phillyfunguide, Pennsavers knocks 50% off the original price of tickets to theater shows, comedy clubs, museum exhibits, sporting events and more. Offers are delivered straight to your inbox every Thursday so you don't have to waste your time searching for hot deals. Click here to sign up and start saving.

Get Support for Your Healthcare Needs

Navigating the healthcare system can be difficult. Maybe you have a question about what your medical plan covers. Or a dental claim you recently filed was denied, and you don't why. Who can you turn to for help? Try our healthcare advocacy services.

Offered through ADP—Penn's partner in administering health benefits—our advocacy services can help you clear up any number of issues. You'll get assistance in resolving healthcare coverage and care disputes, such as enrollment discrepancies, claims disputes, medical case review, life event status changes, and more.

Get the answers you need when you need them most. Just contact ADP on their toll-free number for easy access to resolving your health benefit issues. Our advocacy services are free and confidential.

For more information or to use ADP's advocacy services, contact ADP at 800-422-9306, Monday through Friday from 8am–6pm EST or

Fast Forward with FOCUS

Your phone is ringing off the hook. You have dozens of emails to read. Your co-workers keep popping in with questions, and you have no idea how you're going to get to your child's soccer game after work. With so much happening on any given day, how do you figure out what to tackle first?

That's when it's time to FOCUS. Join us on Thursday, March 3 for a full-day time management workshop, FOCUS: Achieving Your Highest Priorities. We'll show you how to complete your most important tasks of the day so you accomplish not just some things, but the right things.

Learn how to manage all of the information that comes your way—from emails and phone calls to multiple projects, meetings and deadlines. You'll develop a planning system that's tailored to your individual needs so you can lead a happier, more productive life. We'll even show you how to overcome the challenges of procrastination and frequent interruptions so you can easily manage your day and minimize your stress.

And that's not all. To get you off on the right foot, you'll get a free day planner to help you take control and get organized. For more details and to register, click here.