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myHR: October 11, 2017

Learn and Win with Square Up Your Savings

Illustration of open safe with dollars

What’s more fun than a video game? An online game that gives you the opportunity to win real prizes while learning money-saving tips! As part of Penn’s Retirement Security Week programming, we’ve partnered with TIAA to invite you to Square Up Your Savings between October 16 and November 16, 2017.

Check your email inbox for your Square Up Your Savings invitation or visit to play.

Square Up Your Savings will challenge you to complete 10 savings missions. Along the way you will build financial savings know-how and discover strategies to help get or keep your savings on track.

You can’t lose at Square Up Your Savings. In fact, you could win an iPad Mini just for playing. Plus, you’ll gain valuable financial literacy to support your retirement security.

Every time you complete a Square Up Your Savings mission, you will earn a square to place on the Penn campus map where you think the virtual hidden savings might be. The more squares you earn, the more chances you’ll have to lay claim to the hidden savings and win!

At the end of the challenge, the locations of the virtual hidden savings and the corresponding winning squares will be revealed!

For game details visit

Go to Penn’s Saving for Retirement website for details about retirement plans any time.

Make Your Emails and Workplace Writing Stand Out

Email message in a bottle on the beach

We are awash in emails. One research firm puts number of emails sent per day at around 269 billion. How can you make your important emails stand out in this sea of electronic messages?

Register for Successful Email and Other Writing. This November 1, 8am to 12pm, on-campus workshop guides you through the process of crafting effective, efficient, and business-appropriate emails. The workshop also covers common, practical workplace documents such as proposals, reports, and agendas.

The Successful Email and Other Writing workshop is preceded by a one-hour coaching session where you can receive professional feedback on your own writing.

Make sure your writing gets noticed for all the right reasons. If you want your emails and documents to receive the attention they deserve, you won’t want to miss this engaging class.

Your department will be charged $75 when you register for this course on Knowledge Link.


Models of Excellence Nominations Due Soon

2017 Models of Excellence

There’s still time to submit Models of Excellence nominations. Nominations help your staff colleagues receive campus-wide recognition for outstanding service to the Penn community. You can nominate your Penn coworkers for one of these awards: 

  • Models of Excellence Award
    The Models of Excellence award recognizes staff member accomplishments that reflect initiative, leadership, increased efficiency, and a deep commitment to service.
  • Model Supervisor Award
    The Model Supervisor award honors supervisors who are successful and constructive contributors to Penn's success.
  • Pillars of Excellence Award
    The Pillars of Excellence award recognizes the important support our non-exempt, weekly paid staff members provide to promote Penn’s success.

The comprehensive nomination guide provides detailed instructions and tips.

Nominations may be submitted online until midnight October 20. Visit for more information.

Healthy Meals: Pumpkin Pancakes

pumpkin pancakes

Real pumpkin contains powerful nutrients, so don’t settle for imitations. Enjoy true pumpkiny goodness with these light, delicious pancakes.

Find the recipe here.

Click here to send us your healthy recipes and tips.

Did You Know? ReThink Your Footprint Happenings

Penn Green Campus Partnership invites the Penn Community to come together for its annual ReThink Your Footprint campaign to promote waste minimization efforts October 16 – 20. ReThink Happenings include recycling fairs, e-waste collection, a pop up clothing swap, and Greenfest!