myHR: News from Penn's Division of Human Resources

myHR Archives

myHR: September 5, 2018

The 2019 Models of Excellence Award Call for Nominations

Model of Excellence Twentieth Anniversary Graphic

Do you know a staff member or team whose remarkable contributions to the University’s mission deserves to be recognized by the whole Penn community? You can make it happen through the Models of Excellence program. It all starts when you nominate staff members for an award. Nominations for fiscal year 2019 are open now through October 19, 2018.

The online nomination form and guide is available at

Now in its 20th year, 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.

Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence, and Model Supervisor award recipients 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 23, 2019 at 4pm at Irvine Auditorium. The entire Penn community is invited to attend.

Your colleagues can’t receive Models of Excellence recognition without your nomination. Your participation is the key.

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

  • Thursday, September 27, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Thursday, October 11, 12:30pm-1:30pm

Both sessions will take place at 3624 Market Street, Suite 1A South.

Visit the Models of Excellence program website for more information, or contact Human Resources at

Using Emotional Intelligence to Build Success

Graphic of gears in the shape of a heart.

How you manage your emotions at work can help define success for you and your team members. Emotional intelligence, your awareness and understanding of feelings and their impact on our actions, is a strong predictor of job performance. In fact, according to the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), higher levels of emotional intelligence are associated with better performance in such areas as self-awareness, conflict resolution, and change management.

Anyone can increase their emotional intelligence. Penn’s Leading with Emotional Intelligence workshop will show you how.

On September 20, from 9am-12pm you’ll explore the concepts of emotional intelligence, which is “the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.”

The course will also present practical techniques for raising your emotional quotient (EQ) and give you an opportunity to increase your ability to:

  • Manage your emotions by recognizing how thoughts and emotions are connected
  • Improve self-control by identifying physical cues that indicate your emotions may be taking over
  • Discover how emotional intelligence can help you develop more positive relationships at work and a more optimistic outlook
  • Learn how to use assertive communication to express your needs and feelings appropriately and
  • Explore how to use emotional intelligence to bounce back from setbacks.

Register online today, and put you and your team on path to developing skills of success. Your department will be charged a $75 fee for this course.

More professional development resources are available at

Come Celebrate the 26th Annual Penn Family Day

Woman painting Red and Blue Penn logo on young girl's left cheek.

Are you ready for football, food and lots of fun? Then gather your loved ones and come out to the 26th Annual Penn Family Day on Saturday, October 13.

Penn Family Day welcomes faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars to Shoemaker Green and the historic Franklin Field to enjoy games, sports, science, cultural activities, and more as we celebrate Penn community and their families.

You can order up to four free tickets per person for the Tailgate Party on Shoemaker Green and the football game. Additional tickets can be purchased for $8. This year kids under 14 can participate in the inaugural Quaker football toss immediately after the game.

Get your tickets by October 8. You can order tickets online now (enter code FAMILY) or at the Penn Athletic Ticket Office in Weightman Hall, located at 235 S. 33rd Street, between Walnut and Spruce Streets.

Family Day Schedule

10am-5pm: Explore Penn Museum’s exciting fun-for-all-ages exhibits, including Native American Voices, And So the Story Goes…Innovations in Storytelling, and The Artifact Lab: Conservation in Action. Admission is free with your PennCard.

11:30am-1pm: Enjoy the Penn Band, cheerleaders, lunch, games, face-painting, and entertaining surprises at the Tailgate Party.

1pm: Root for the Quaker football team as they take on Columbia at Franklin Field.

4:30-5:30pm: Skate at the Penn Ice Rink, 3130 Walnut Street. Admission is free for Penn faculty, staff, post docs and Penn family guests with your PennCard. Skate rentals are $3 with your PennCard.

5pm: Cheer on Penn’s Women’s Volleyball team as they compete against Cornell at the Palestra. Admission is free.

Free Parking

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

You can also enjoy a productions at the Annenberg Center:  Private Peaceful at 2pm and 7:30pm in the Harold Prince Theatre, and A Rap on Race performed by the Spectrum Dance Theater at 8pm in the Zellerbach Theater. Faculty and staff can get a 20% discount at these shows with their PennCard (Code: Penn).

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

Be in the Know Enters New Campaign Year

Family of four riding bikes down path with helmets

It’s time for a new Be in the Know wellness campaign year. Be in the Know will run September 1, 2018-August 31, 2019. Before you lace up your sneakers, start planning for your biometric screening, and get ready to count your Bonus Action points, visit the StayWell portal for a final look at your results from last year’s campaign.

From September 10 through 21, the StayWell portal will post participants’ final 2017-2018 campaign year points and incentives totals. This will give you an opportunity to celebrate what you achieved in last year’s campaign and set new goals.

Last year’s wellness initiative was a success with the record-breaking completion of over 6,100 biometric screenings.

Be in the Know is an opportunity for you to take charge of your health and well-being. So stay tuned for details about this year’s campaign as we get ready for another exciting year of health-enhancing activities.

Healthy Meals: Fall Veggie Bowls

Vegetable bowl of charred avocado, beets, and other vegetablesThis nutritional knockout is packed with whole grains and fall veggies and fruit sure to satisfy your appetite.

Find the recipe here.

Click here to send us your healthy recipes and tips.


Did You Know? Penn's PersonalShip Discounts

Need to send a package in a hurry? Penn’s PersonalShip program allows faculty and staff to ship express mail packages via UPS and DHL at Penn’s discounted rates. For more information about this program visit the FAQs.