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myHR: June 7, 2017

Free YMCA Family Pass


In honor of Employee Health and Wellness Month, give the Y a try with a free one-day family pass between June 1 and June 30, 2017. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about discount YMCA memberships for faculty and staff.

To get your pass, just download this form and present it with your PennCard at any Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA location or Regional Y Alliances.

Now there are 44 participating Y branches in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. With dozens of locations to choose from, a free pass, and a discount, it’s easy to find Y services near you.

Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA and Regional Y Alliances offer a 10% monthly membership discount to all Penn employees with valid PennCards. There is no joiner fee for new Penn employee memberships. To receive the discount on a new membership, visit any YMCA location listed here and present your PennCard. Existing members can sign up for a discount at their home branch by showing a valid PennCard.

Penn's partnerships with the YMCAGlobalFit, and Campus Recreation make staying in shape more convenient than ever!

Planning for the Future with a Special Needs or Disabled Loved One in Mind


Anyone who has a family member with a disability or special needs knows how challenging, inspiring and, at times, draining, the situation can be—both emotionally and financially. Making plans for the future can be especially complex. That’s why Penn’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) supports benefits-eligible faculty and staff during the planning process.

Learn how you can plan for your family’s future with the Special Needs and Disability Planning webinar on June 20 from 3-4pm, presented by Penn Behavioral Health. Special Needs Trust lawyer Jay Kearns will discuss life-planning options for disabled individuals, Medicaid and Social Security programs, and ways to preserve the assets of a disabled person. He will also outline options for families who would like to provide for a disabled loved one in their estate plans. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Register now for this webinar and rest easier knowing that you’re taking positive steps to prepare for the future.

EAP also provides many other resources that can help you care for yourself and your family, including free, confidential counseling and referral services for personal and professional issues, as well as legal and financial counseling. For more information, visit the Work-Life website.

Source: Penn Behavioral Health

Communicating Across Culture


People from across the country and around the world come to Penn to work and study. This diverse community is part of what makes the University such a unique and interesting place. Cultural differences, however, can create communication challenges at work. Overcome these challenges and build your cross-communication skills by attending Learning with Lynda: Communicating Across Culture on June 21, 12:30-1:30pm.

In order to communicate effectively, it's important to understand colleagues' underlying values, beliefs, and history. In this workshop, Indiana University Kelley School of Business professor and executive coach Tatiana Kolovou will demonstrate simple techniques to help you communicate across cultures as a manager, peer, or coworker. You will explore similarities and differences among various cultures. You'll also learn how these world views can influence your coworkers’ interpretation of your messages.

This brown bag session is part of Penn’s Learning with Lynda program, which uses the University’s enterprise-wide license. First, complete the Communicating Across Culture course on, then attend the brown bag to discuss and apply what you’ve learned alongside colleagues from across Penn. provides a blended learning solution, combining the convenience of online courses with the power of collaborative learning. To make the most of the in-class session, it is strongly recommended that you complete the Lynda module first.

Register now and start developing your cross-cultural communication skills.

Healthy Meals: Green Salad with Strawberries & Goat Cheese


This refreshing salad captures the essence of early summer with ripe strawberries, chives, and baby spinach.

Find the recipe here.
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Did You Know? The Benefits Plan Year Ends June 30

June 30 is the end of the 2016-2017 benefits plan year. It’s also the last day to incur eligible expenses that can be reimbursed from your 2016-2017 Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Claim submissions are due September 30. To access your FSA account, visit