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myHR: July 25, 2018

Staff Movers and Quakers

People walking up steps of Fisher Fine Arts LibraryIntroducing a new regular myHR feature: Movers and Quakers. Movers and Quakers highlights staff promotions, showing who has transferred into different positions recently.

Between May 21 and June 21, 14 Penn staff members moved into new roles across the University.

Rebekah Breuninger, Veterinary Technician C, Comprehensive Oncology 
School of Veterinary Medicine

David Corbin, Coordinator B, Academic Affairs 
School of Dental Medicine

David Darrow, Senior IT Support Manager 
Law School

Doreen Devose-Parlin, IT Support Specialist B 
Division of Finance

Andrea Dolph, Associate Director 
Wharton School

Robert Ewing, Senior Application Engineer 
School of Veterinary Medicine

Michael Lamonaca, IT Senior Project Leader 
Wharton School

Matthew MacDonald, Senior Clinical Research Regulatory Compliance Specialist 
Perelman School of Medicine

Megan McHugh, Revenue and Reporting Integrity Specialist
School of Dental Medicine

Megan Moser, Business Relationship Manager
Wharton School

Emily Sutcliffe, Director of Social Justice Programs
Law School

April Weakley, Research Planning and Management Coordinator
Perelman School of Medicine

Blair Weber, Director of Annual Giving, Athletics
Development and Alumni Relations

Lee West, Assistant Development Officer, Annenberg Center
Development and Alumni Relations

Congratulations to these colleagues!

Visit the Career Forward web page for Mover and Quaker updates, staff profiles, and links to career development and planning tools to help you on your professional path.

Summertime Savings with Penn's Discounts

Piggy bank wearing sunglasses on the beachThe temperature may be hot, but with Penn discounts, faculty and staff can keep a cool wallet this summer. Through the YouDecide portal, Penn faculty and staff can find great deals on hundreds of goods and services from local and national providers. You can browse everything from flowers to insurance to home improvement products. You just need your PennKey and password to gain access. 

There are also many other faculty and staff discounts on activities and services such as cell phone service, cars, museums, and even Uber rides. Here’s where you can rack up some summertime savings.     
  • Penn Bookstore: Pick up your summer read at the Penn bookstore using your 10% discount when showing a valid PennCard. Some exclusions apply. 
  • Cell phone service: Penn has partnered with AT&T Wireless, Sprint Wireless, and Verizon Wireless to provide discounted service to faculty and staff.
  • YMCA: Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA and Regional Y Alliances offer a 10% monthly membership discount to all Penn staff with valid PennCards. If you are a new member, you can save up to $150 because there is no joiner fee. To receive the discount on a new or existing membership, visit any YMCA location listed here and present your PennCard.
  • Transportation: Are you searching for a new car? Ford and General Motors offer Penn faculty and staff discounts on new vehicles. If you’re just looking for a ride, Penn has also partnered with Uber to provide a $20.18 discount on your first ride. The offer expires December 31.
  • Cultural Attractions: Explore the ancient worlds of Egypt, Japan, Mexico, Rome and more with free admission to the Penn Museum (with valid PennCard). Enjoy free admission to the Morris Arboretum and take in Early Bird Weekends and Storytime at the Arboretum. Dive into the world of art with free admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. Penn also offers discounted tickets  to shows and performances at the Annenberg Center Live.
  • Computer Connection: Do you need a new laptop for school or work? Check out the 2018 Annual Back-to-School Technology Sale for some great educational discounts.
  • Pet services: Even the furriest members of your family can benefit from Penn’s deals. You can receive 20% off hospital services and generous discounts at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital and New Bolton Center's Hospital for Large Animals

Don’t let these good deals pass you by. For more information about other Penn discounts, visit

Congrats to Salvatore Giorgi, This Year's 6000th Be in the Know Participant  

Headshot of Salvatore Giorgi On June 27, Research Programmer Salvatore Giorgi of the Penn Positive Psychology Center became the 6000th person to complete a biometric screening for this year’s Be in the Know wellness campaign. To celebrate this milestone, the Wellness team presented him with a Penn Bookstore gift card and other fun gifts.

During the 2017-2018 Be in the Know campaign so far, more than 6,100 faculty and staff members completed biometric screenings to learn their blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar numbers. That’s the highest number of screenings since Be in the Know started in 2011.

Screening participants have taken step 1 toward earning Be in the Know cash incentives. Step 2 is completing the online health assessment on Penn’s StayWell portal. When you finish steps 1 and 2, you earn your first $100. Keep going with step 3, Bonus Actions, to earn up to $300 for the campaign year.

If you missed the on-campus biometric screenings, you can complete step 1 by sending in results from biometric screenings conducted by your physician between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Simply download and complete the Be in the Know Biometric Screening Consent Form, then follow the submission directions.

Don’t miss your chance to earn up to $300 and Be in the Know! Submit your biometric screening test results by July 31. Your online health assessment and bonus action items are due August 31, 2018, the end of this year’s campaign.

Visit Penn Healthy You for more information about faculty and staff wellness programs.

Healthy Meals: Blackberry Cobbler

Pan of blackberry cobblerAll of the sweet cobbler goodness you need, without the added sugar and calories.. 

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Did You Know: Bike for Cancer Research and Bonus Action Points  

Ride your bike and support cancer research at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center in the Breakthrough Bike Challenge on September 16. You can earn 20 Bonus Action points as a Registered Community Physical Activity Event for the 2018-2019 Be in the Know campaign.  For more information, fees, and to sign up, visit