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myHR: July 5, 2017

Introducing the Redesigned Penn Human Resources Website

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The Division of Human Resources invites you to the premiere of its own summer blockbuster, a reboot of

The new website offers fresh graphics, improved search, and user-friendly architecture. The responsive design allows you to access human resources information quickly and easily whether you’re using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. Plus, the site features new photos of Penn’s own superstar staff.

These design updates are based on feedback gathered from schools and centers across the University.

We look forward to your reviews of the new

Maya Smith: The 'Face' of the Penn Card


Every year, thousands of PennCards are produced for Penn faculty and staff. Who makes this process possible? Look no further than 2017 Pillars of Excellence winner, Maya Smith.

As the Administrative Coordinator for the PennCard Center, Maya Smith works with students, faculty, staff, and university affiliates to coordinate the production of PennCards and provide customer support to these various PennCard constituents. Maya is the primary point of contact and liaison with other offices throughout the process.

“Working with Maya is always a pleasure!” says English Language Programs coordinator Leslie Saenger. “She has an impressive depth of knowledge in her field and an ability to clearly communicate that knowledge, improving systems that will best serve the university community.”

In addition to many of her everyday responsibilities, Maya has been instrumental in supporting several projects at Penn, including the campus re-carding initiative, the online PennCard renewal program, New Student Orientation, and annual summer conferences at Penn.

Between May and July each year, Maya tirelessly manages the issuing of PennCards for summer conference attendees. She collaborates with Hospitality Services as she manages the requests and production of these conference cards for close to 1,500 summer conference attendees.

Tom MacDonald, Operations Manager of Hospitality Services, says, “Simply put, if it wasn't for Maya, we could not deliver our programs to meet the needs of our clients in the timeframes that are promised to them. She goes above and beyond what is expected based on any job.”

Whether Maya is producing cards, troubleshooting questions, or providing financial and accounting support, she never waivers from her dedication to offering service with a smile to everyone she meets.

Maya and other 2017 Models of Excellence Award honorees received awards from President Amy Gutmann at a ceremony in Irvine Auditorium on March 28. To learn more about the Pillars of Excellence award and the other Penn staff recognized, visit the Models of Excellence page.

Do you know someone who deserves a Pillars of Excellence award? Review our nomination guide and look for the call for nominations in September.

Free YMCA Passes

YMCA-200px-webGive the Y a try in July with a free one-day family pass between July 1 and July 31, 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!

Healthy Meals: Lasagna-Stuffed Zucchini

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No special gadgets are required to make zucchini into lasagna “noodles.” Just scoop out the seeds and top them with flavorful stuffing.

Find the recipe here.

Click here to send us your healthy recipes and tips.


Did You Know? New Course Catalog

Download the new Fall 2017 course catalog here and learn more about the professional development courses, workshops, and opportunities available!