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myHR: September 4, 2019

Family Day Tickets Are Available Now

Penn Family Day text over athletic fieldPenn Family Day welcomes faculty, staff, and postdoctoral scholars to enjoy games, Penn Athletics, science and cultural activities, and more in appreciation of the Penn community and our families. The 27th annual Penn Family Day celebration will take place on Saturday, October 12.

You can order up to four free tickets per person for the Tailgate Party on Shoemaker Green and a Quaker football game in historic Franklin Field. Additional tickets can be purchased for $8 each.

Order tickets online now or at the Penn Athletic Ticket Office in Weightman Hall, located at 235 S. 33rd Street, between Walnut and Spruce Streets.

Tickets are required for the Tailgate Party and football game. Be sure to order your free tickets by October 9 to get in on all the fun.

Family Day Schedule

10 am-5 pm: At the Penn museum, you can stroll through 10,000 years of history from around the world all under one roof. Imagine exploring Ancient Egypt; China, Japan; Greece; Rome; and more – before or after the Tailgate Party. Admission is free with your PennCard. Walk through the Stoner Courtyard to use the Trescher Entrance, or use the Kress/Group Entrance on the east side of the building.

11:30 am-1 pm: Enjoy lunch, games, face-painting, and entertaining surprises at the Tailgate Party. The Penn Band and Penn Cheerleading will be there to inspire Quaker fans and student-athletes. Family Day tickets are required for lunch.

12 pm: See Penn’s Women’s Field Hockey face off against Dartmouth at Vagelos Field. Admission is free with your PennCard.

1 pm: Root for the Quaker football team in their game against Sacred Heart at Franklin Field. Family Day tickets are required.

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

6-7 pm: 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.

8 pm: Music lovers in your family can experience a virtuosic performance by Hiromi at the Annenberg Center. A pianist/composer known for her mix of jazz, classical and pop, Hiromi's "dazzling, explosive keyboard abilities" (NPR) are guaranteed to be electrifying. Learn more and buy tickets at Penn staff and faculty save 20% with code PENN.

Free Parking

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

With free parking, you and your loved ones can enjoying a Saturday full of Penn campus activities, entertainment, and perks.

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

Accentuate the Positive at Work

Make-it-possible-chalkboard signThe old adage “one bad apple spoils the whole bunch” might be true for fruit, but one negative person in the workplace doesn’t have to create an unhealthy and unproductive environment for you and your colleagues.

There are proven ways to overcome a negative atmosphere and turn undesirable attitudes into positive behaviors that benefit the entire organization. To learn how to shift pessimistic perspectives, attend the Challenging Negative Attitudes workshop on October 1, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm, at 3624 Market Street, Suite 1A South.

At this free workshop participants will realize their power to face stressful situations. You will learn how to manage negative circumstances, deal with negative people more effectively, break free from your own pessimism, and use coping tools for dealing with change.

Attendees will also engage in activities that will challenge their negative assumptions and encourage optimistic thinking to produce positive outcomes.

Carla Thomas, Senior Training and Development Consultant, says staff can overcome negative behaviors in the workplace by having the right mindset and tools.

 “When we encounter different challenges in the workplace, the most important aspect to consider is how you interpret the situation and approach solutions. This workshop can help you to begin expanding your efforts to problem-solve in a variety of circumstances,” Thomas says.

Register today for the Challenging Negative Attitudes workshop and learn how to turn negativity into positive work experiences.

Building Your Expertise in Workday@Penn

Penn training logo and fireworksYou can build your expertise in Workday@Penn, the University’s faculty affairs, human resources, and payroll system launched on July 1, with a variety of tools to help you step through different processes. Do you need to:

  • Learn to navigate the system?
  • Change your pay elections (direct deposit)?
  • Update your personal information?
  • Access your payslips and tax forms?
  • View your benefits information?
  • Manage your time off and absences?

No problem! A training tip sheet on the Workday@Penn website or computer-based learning in Knowledge Link will help you step through these self-service actions.

Managers have optional online training videos in Knowledge Link and their own suite of tip sheets on the Workday website.

Those who have “security roles,” robust faculty affairs, human resources, or payroll positions in Workday, undergo required training through Knowledge Link. Individuals also may receive ongoing learning through detailed tip sheets organized by topic and security role, attendance at office hours and other instructor-led activities, live and recorded webinars, presentations, and a subscription to the Workday@Penn Digest newsletter.

For more support, knowledgeable Penn Employee Solution Center Specialists are available Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Thursday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET. You can reach them by calling (215) 898-7372 or by sending an email to The Solution Center escalates complex questions to the appropriate level of expertise for actions and responses, while managing a high case volume since Workday launched.

Space Available for Mindfulness in the Workplace

Close up of water-drop and ripplesWould you like to take a deeper dive into mindfulness? This fall, space is available for one of Penn’s most popular mindfulness education programs, Mindfulness in the Workplace.

The University has partnered with the Penn Program for Mindfulness to offer the free Mindfulness in the Workplace program to benefits-eligible faculty and staff October 1-November 19.

Mindfulness in the Workplace introduces you to foundational mindfulness-based tools and teaches you how to apply them in real life situations to help reduce stress, increase focus and mental clarity, improve communication in relationships, lift your mood, and better manage difficult situations.

The complete course consists of eight, two-hour weekly classes and a full-day mindfulness retreat. Classes meet Tuesdays, 2 pm to 4 pm, at 3624 Market Street, Suite 1A South. The retreat is scheduled for Sunday, November 17. All class materials are provided, including homework handouts and audio recordings of guided meditation exercises for use at home.

Attendance at a one-hour Introduction to Mindfulness presentation is prerequisite to enrolling in the full course. The next introductory presentation will be held Wednesday, September 11, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, at 3624 Market Street, Suite 1A South.

Register for the September 11 presentation today.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the benefits of mindfulness practice. Register for the September 11 Introduction to Mindfulness prerequisite presentation and the Mindfulness in the Workplace course online.

Explore more mindfulness learning programs on the Wellness & Work-Life pages.

Healthy Meals: Turkey Tacos

Turkey taco with slaw and fruit sidesGive lean ground turkey a jalapeño kick for a festive and satisfying superfood lunch or dinner in just 20 minutes.

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Did You Know? Workday@Penn Works Better with Chrome

Using the most current version of the Chrome internet browser to log on to the Workday system provides an optimal experience for most people. Chrome is a University-supported browser.



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