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myHR: September 13, 2017

The 2018 Models of Excellence Award Call for Nominations

Models of Excellence Award

Nominating your coworkers for Penn’s Models of Excellence awards is meaningful way to show appreciation to truly outstanding staff members. Nominations for fiscal year 2018 are open now through October 20, 2017.

The online nomination form is available at

The Models of Excellence award program celebrates the extraordinary achievements of full- and part-time staff members and teams across the University’s schools and centers.

Awards are given in three categories:

  • Models of Excellence Award – Recognizing staff member accomplishments that reflect initiative, leadership, increased efficiency, and a deep commitment to service.
  • Model Supervisor Award – Honoring supervisors who contribute to Penn's success.
  • Pillars of Excellence Award – Celebrating the important work that weekly-paid staff members do to promote Penn’s success.

Your deserving colleagues can’t receive these awards without your nominations. Being nominated for Models of Excellence is an honor in itself. All nominees receive a certificate of appreciation for their service.

Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence, and Model Supervisor winners each receive $500 and a symbolic award. Nominees selected for honorable mention receive $250 and a symbolic award. Awards are presented at the Models of Excellence ceremony on April 4, 2018 in Irvine Auditorium. The entire Penn community is invited to attend.

Learn How to Complete a Nomination
Two information sessions will be held to help you compose a nomination that conveys exceptional performance and award-worthiness. Register at or

  • Tuesday, September 26, 2pm-3pm, 3624 Market Street, Suite 1A South, Learning and Education Training Room
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2pm-3pm, 3624 Market Street, Suite 1A South, Learning and Education Training Room

Visit the Models of Excellence program website for more information, or contact Human Resources at or 215-898-1012 if you have questions. 

Join the Fun at Penn’s 25th Annual Family Day

penn family day 25th anniversary logoSaturday, October 21 is Penn Family Day 2017. Family Day welcomes faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars for a celebration of Penn people. Gather your family and friends for a day of food, games, sports, science, and cultural activities, in and around historic Franklin Field!

At the Family Day tailgate party at Shoemaker Green, you can meet Penn Athletics stars, hear live music, and capture your memories at the Family Day photo both. To celebrate Family Day’s 25th anniversary, the first 250 family groups to arrive at the tailgate party will receive a Penn blanket compliments of the Division of Human Resources.*

Faculty, staff, and postdocs can order up to 4 free tickets per person for the Tailgate Party and football game, so you can treat your family and friends—and yourself. Tickets are required for the Tailgate Party lunch and football game. Additional tickets can be purchased for $8.

Get your tickets by October 20. Order your tickets online now or at the Penn Athletic Ticket Office in Weightman Hall, located at 235 S. 33rd Street.

Family Day Schedule

10am-5pm: Explore the Penn Museum’s fascinating exhibits for all ages, including In the Artifact Lab, The Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America, and Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq.

11:30am-1pm: Enjoy lunch, face-painting, and carnival games at the tailgate party.

1pm: Root for the Quakers as they take on Yale on the football field.

2pm: Let Hubbard Street Dance Chicago amaze you at the Annenberg Center. Tickets are 20% off for Penn faculty, staff, and postdocs.

4pm: Watch Penn Women’s soccer tame the Yale bulldogs at Rhodes Field.

4:30-5:30pm: Chill out at Penn Ice Rink. Admission is free with your PennCard, and skate rentals are just $3.

7pm: Cheer for Penn Men’s Volleyball as they spike it to Princeton at the Palestra.

7pm: See more soccer action when Penn Men’s soccer faces Yale at Rhodes Field.

Free Parking
Free Family Day parking will be available with your PennCard at the Walnut 38 and Chestnut 34 Garages.

Visit for a detailed schedule of activities. If you have any questions, contact Human Resources at or 215-573-2471.

*Complimentary blankets are available while supplies last. 1 blanket per ticket-holding group. You must order your Family Day tickets by October 20 to be eligible. Please present your PennCard at the check-in table to confirm eligibility.

If You’re Thinking About Retirement

Senior fishing with teenIf you plan to retire in the next few years,* don’t miss Penn’s Thinking About Retirement information sessions on Thursday, September 28 from 9am to 4:30pm at the Inn at Penn.

Specially designed for Penn staff, Thinking About Retirement provides you three different workshops, each covering an important aspect of retirement benefits: Income Options, Social Security, and Penn Benefits and Medicare. Attend up to three sessions and learn what you need to know to make the most of your retirement benefits.

Register now for each workshop by following the links below.

Social Security
(Woodlands Ballroom A)

Penn Benefits and Medicare
(Woodlands Ballroom B)

Income Options
(Woodlands Ballroom C)










In addition to representatives from TIAA, the Social Security Administration, and Medicare, Benefits specialists from Penn Human Resources will be available throughout the event to answer your questions about retirement savings, health care, and other aspects of retiree benefits for you and your dependents.

Be prepared to enjoy the benefits of your Penn career even after you retire. Visit for more information.

*According to the “rule of 75,” you are eligible to receive retiree health benefits if your age plus your years of full-time, continuous service total at least 75. Your minimum age must be 55.

Healthy Meals: Spicy Ramen Cup of Noodles

Ramen noodles and vegetables in jars

Pack your own cup of noodles for freshness and flavor that leave instant soups in the dust.

Find the recipe here.

Click here to send us your healthy recipes and tips.

Did You Know?  FSA Submission Deadlines

September 30 is the deadline to submit claims for reimbursement from last fiscal year's Health Care or Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA). Health care FSA claims may be made for expenses incurred through June 30, 2017. Dependent care FSA claims maybe made for expenses incurred through September 15, 2017. For more information, visit the FSA webpage or log in at