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A Vibrant Summer at Penn

Summer is a vibrant time at Penn. You can see it in all the greenery on our 302- acre urban campus—from the Bio-Pond to Penn Park. Growth and energy are also evident in the vital teaching, research, and public service that continue in schools and centers across the University. Whether you plan to take time off in the next few months, or you’ve registered for one of our upcoming career development programs, faculty and staff can find plenty of opportunities to recharge and grow. We hope you’ll take full advantage of Penn’s personal and professional development benefits this summer—especially the wellness and worklife programs highlighted during Penn’s Employee Health and Wellness Month.

During the summer months, we encourage all faculty and staff to enjoy this time of growth and exploration at work, at home and as active members of your community.


Jack Heuer, Ed.D.
Vice President for Human Resources

Professional and Personal Development Program Highlights

Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources. See a complete list of programs and registration information at or contacting Learning and Education at 215-898-3400.

Learning With Lynda: Communicating Across Culture; 6/21; 12:30–1:30pm; free
When you travel, some differences are easy to identify: the language, the food, the music. But in order to communicate effectively in a cross-cultural business setting, it’s important to understand your international colleagues’ underlying values, beliefs, and history. In this course, Kelley School of Business professor and executive coach Tatiana Kolovou demonstrates simple techniques to communicate well across cultures as a manager, peer, and coworker.

Step Up: First Steps to Excellence; 8/23; 1:00–4:00pm; $150 for seven-part course
First Steps to Excellence is the entry point for the seven-course STEP UP Pre-Supervisory Curriculum and must be completed as the first course in the curriculum. For your scheduling convenience, all seven courses are offered multiple times on a rotating basis throughout the year. Please also enroll in the STEP UP Pre-Supervisory Curriculum, which tracks your program completion.

Rejuvenating in June, Penn Employee Health and Wellness Month

Penn’s Employee Health and Wellness month got off to a healthy start with our June 1 Wellness Walk, but that was just the beginning. Here’s a list of upcoming Human Resources’ fun and enlightening June wellness activities and workshops for your mind, body, work-life, and even your wallet.

6/16        Guided Meditation; 12:30–1:30pm
6/19        College Search Workshops; 4:30–6:30pm
6/20        Ted Talk: Build a Tower - Build a Team; 12:30–1:30pm
               Webinar: Special Needs & Disability Planning; 3pm
6/22        Stress Management; 12:30–1:30pm
6/26        Vitamins and Supplements: Which Ones Are Right for You? 12–1pm
6/27        Inside Money: a TIAA Financial Wellness Presentation; 12–1pm
6/28        New and Expectant Parent Briefing; 11:30am–12:30pm
6/29        Mentoring Brown Bag; 12:30–1:30pm

Campus Recreation is also offering free fitness courses through the end of June. For a complete list of Campus Recreation’s free June classes visit the Employee Health and Wellness Month registration page.

For more wellness and work-life information visit the Penn Healthy You website.

Quality of Work Life Workshop Highlights

These free workshops offer information and support for your personal and professional life challenges. For a complete list of workshops and to register, visit or contact Human Resources at 215-573-2471 or

Special Needs and Disability Planning Webinar; 6/20; 3:00–4:00pm; free
In this webinar, special needs trust lawyer Jay Kearns will discuss life planning options for a disabled individual (powers of attorney, healthcare directives, conservatorships and guardianships), Medicaid and Social Security programs, ways to preserve the assets of a disabled person and options for families who would like to provide for their disabled loved one in their estate plans.

Guided Meditation; 7/11 and 8/24; 12:30-1:30pm; free
Practice mindful breathing that focuses your attention on the present moment with kindness, compassion, and awareness. Self-massage and gentle mindful movements that promote relaxation and reduce stress may also be included in the workshop. No experience necessary!

Wellness Program Highlights

From expert nutrition and weight loss advice to exercise and disease prevention strategies, we can help you embrace a healthy lifestyle. For a complete list of workshops and to register, visit or contact Human Resources at 215-573-2471 or

Vitamins and Supplements: Which Ones Are Right For You?, 6/26; 12:00-1:00pm; free
Micronutrient supplements can be quite expensive and knowing which ones to take can be confusing and overwhelming. Are they or aren’t they truly necessary? Does the benefit outweigh the cost? Is there evidence to support their effectiveness? Join a Family Food Registered Dietician to help make sense of it all and determine which supplements are right for you.

Gentle Yoga, 7/25; 12:00-1:00pm; free
Let your body reward itself with movement! Join us for this Gentle Yoga session and explore the natural movements of the spine with slow and fluid moving bends and soft twists. During this session, you will flow into modified sun salutations that loosen those tightened muscles and joints of the lower back, neck, shoulders, and wrists. And as an added bonus, you’ll get a workout in the process. Mats and props will be provided.

Recognized Holidays for Fiscal Year 2018

The following holidays will be observed by the University in the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018) on the dates listed below:

Independence Day, Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017
Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday, November 23 & 24, 2017
Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2017
New Year’s Day, Monday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 15, 2018
Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018

Each year, the President, Provost, and EVP assess the feasibility of observing Penn’s traditional Special Winter Vacation. Thus, the Special Winter Vacation granted to faculty and staff will be December 26, 27, 28, and 29, 2017. If an employee is required to work to continue departmental operations for part or all of this period, the special winter vacation can be rescheduled for some other time.

Staff members who are absent from work either the work day before a holiday, the work day after a holiday, or both days, will receive holiday pay if that absence is charged to preapproved paid time off or to sick days substantiated by a written note from the staff member’s health care provider.

Vacations and holidays for hospital employees or those staff members in collective bargaining units are governed by the terms of hospital policies or their respective collective bargaining agreements.

Fiscal Year 2018 Fiscal Year 2019 Fiscal Year 2020
Independence Day Tues., 7/4/17 Wed., 7/4/18 Thurs., 7/4/19
Labor Day Mon., 9/4/17 Mon., 9/3/18 Mon., 9/2/19
Thanksgiving Thurs. & Fri.,
11/23, 11/24/17
Thurs. & Fri.,
11/22, 11/23/18
Thurs. & Fri.,
11/28, 11/29/19
Christmas Day Mon., 12/25/17 Tues., 12/25/18 Wed., 12/25/19
New Year's Day Mon., 1/1/18 Tues., 1/1/19 Wed., 1/1/20
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Mon., 1/15/18 Mon., 1/21/19 Mon., 1/20/20
Memorial Day Mon., 5/28/18 Mon., 5/27/19 Mon., 5/25/20


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