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Dec. 20, 2006 - Inside USP is the Official Newsletter for University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

We want to hear from you! Tell us your news, activities, and accomplishments, so that we can share them with the campus. E-mail your news to b.kirschner@usip.edu.

Men's basketball player Eric Cangelosi PMM'07 is joined by Head Coach David Pauley to mark Cangelosi's passing of the 1,000-point plateau. (read more)


Faculty Council meeting
1-3 p.m., Griffith Hall (C)

Grades due for all courses.

Cold Pizza and Warm (Root) Beer Lecture Series
6:30 p.m. (on site), 7 p.m., (on-line), 4500 Woodland Avenue

Holiday Reception
1 p.m., Wilson Student Center Cafeteria

University closed for the holiday break except for essential personnel.

12/19/06 - 1/15/07
ARC Hours of Operation

Library Hours

1/4/07 - 1/11/07
Faculty Enrichment Weeks, January 2007
Check Web site for times and locations.

MLK Day in College of Health Sciences Planned
The OT & PT departments will be canceling classes on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, and holding a full-day mandatory educational workshop for all students to examine and discuss the issue of racism and health to coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. (read more)

black_dot Byrne Promoted to Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs

black_dot Spinler Named to College of Physicians

black_dot Isackman Named Controller/Asst. VP

Where's the Beef? Dining Services Surveying Menu Choices - Ends Dec. 20, 2006

$10,000 Donation to Annual Fund

Poem Picked For New Anthology

Service Learning Innovations 2007

Charity Drives Net Toys and Bears
The brothers of the Pi Lambda Phi Fraternity held their "Annual Holiday Toy Drive" to benefit underprivileged children in the St. Francis De Sales Parish. Through generous donations from the USP community they collected
dolls, games, computer games, footballs and basketballs.

Cathy Mini spearheaded an annual donation drive of stuffed animals, collecting 89 bears. The bears are bound for the Family Support Services in Upper Darby, Pa., for the holiday party for abused children. (photos)


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Welcome to Inside USP
To foster communications among faculty and staff, Inside USP was developed to provide a conduit for information, and a vehicle that will reduce the number of mass e-mails and contribute to transparency in communication and decision making. It is intended to be a quick read, but at the same time provide useful and relevant information about campus news, educational activities, events, and new initiatives. Have something to contribute? E-mail Brian Kirschner at b.kirschner@usip.edu.

Virtua Health Partners with USP

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino has announced that USP and Virtua Health have developed a strategic partnership to create a model for innovation in learning, technology and applied health care. With USP’s ongoing dedication to advancing the careers of its students and faculty, the University has partnered for the first time with a world-class healthcare organization that continues to position itself at the forefront of technology and the delivery of high-quality care. (read more)

Don't Look for Sweeping Health Care Reform
Department of Health Policy and Public Health Chair Dr. Robert I. Field does not expect the new Democratic congress to push through sweeping changes. (read more)

Security Consultant Hired
In order to assure the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff, a security consultant has been engaged to conduct an extensive survey of the USP campus. JD Security Consultants, LLC will be conducting his evaluation during the last full week of January 2007.  The three-day effort will assess our campus over a 24-hour period and will include staffing, training, vulnerabilities, budgets, and physical makeup. (read more)

USP Health Tip: Winter Skin Care
Jeff Moore, an instructor of Pharmaceutics in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department talks about compounding skin creams and the multitude of products on the pharmacy shelf. (read more)

Student Leaders Tackle World Issues
Several USP students participated in the The First Annual World AIDS Day video conference on November 30. Hosted by Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), USP chapter, the video conference linked students from Vietnam, Papa New Guinea, and the United States. (read more)

usp_bulletinUSP Bulletin Fall Edition Out Now
Relive the excitement of the dedication ceremony for the McNeil Science and Technology Center. View the USP Bulletin online here or request a copy from Cathy Mini at c.mini@usip.edu.

Spirit Days Give USP Campus a Boost
With the big rival game between USP and Holy Family University as the backdrop, USP held its first Spirit Day on Dec. 7, 2006. (read more)

Got Info? Library Does
USP librarians are now contributing several hours per week to AskHerePA (www.askherepa.org/), a 24/7 fast answer service for Pennsylvania residents and students. (read more)

Board of Trustee (BOT) November Highlights

Introduced new board member Mr. Arthur Fennell, Managing Editor and Anchor of “Art Fennell Reports” on CN8, and also the founder of the Art Fennell Foundation…Two new leadership structures were announced – Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) … (read more)

From the Deans - End of Semester Meeting
On Friday, December 8, the Department Chair Group and the Deans Council met with Joe Trainor, Pat Lepore, and Rod Miller at their regular "end of the semester" retreat at Abbraccio's.  Joe, Pat, and Rod each talked about their new responsibilities ... (read more)

Spotlight on - Admission report to Executive Leadership Team (ELT)
Establishing enrollment projections for Fall 2007 is a collaborative process combining the Admission Office, Academic Affairs and Finance.  Current research data on enrolled and non-enrolled students to determine what factors shaped admitted student decisions ... (read more)

Emeriti Program

Human Resources will be offering a new benefit called the Emeriti Program effective Jan. 1, 2007.  The University will begin making contributions of $400 annually to the Emeriti Program to help eligible employees prepare for health care costs in retirement.  Employees who are at least age 40 and have one year of service are eligible for employer contributions. For more information about this benefit please see www.emeritihealth.org. Make sure you call 1-866-EMERITI (1-866-363-7484) to choose an investment option and assign dependents no later than Jan. 1, 2007. If you do not call and make an investment election, one will be defaulted for you.

New Hires, Change in Status & Departmental Transfer for the December 8, 2006 payroll.
Natalia Coleman, Postdoctoral Associate, Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Darrick L. Colvin, Temporary Maintenance Service Staff II, Facilities Services.

Gabriel G. Koen from Temporary Web Coordinator, Strategic Marketing Communications to Web Coordinator, Strategic Marketing Communications.

Richard K. Rogers from Utility Worker, Dining Services to Maintenance Service Staff II, Facilities Services.

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Legal Street High
... "You can actually begin to feel like a god, you can actually understand things," said Dr. Ara DerMarderosian of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. ...

mtvU - Does this look infected?
Margie Reinhart got the spotlight in mtvU's return to the USP campus for the segment of Does This Look infected? To view, click on the link above and choose Gaming Transmitted Diseases (11/16/06).

Flu shots said better than inhaled vaccine at protecting adults
MIKE STOBBE / Associated Press, Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Merck to seek U.S. approval of three drugs during 2007
By Angela Zimm / Bloomberg News, Wednesday, December 13, 2006 (Philly.com)

Two more Temple officials exit
By Susan Snyder / Inquirer Staff Writer, Friday, December 8, 2006 (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Senate breaks filibuster, confirms FDA head
Associated Press, Friday, December 8, 2006 (Philly.com)

High-deductible health plans not attracting individuals
By Jane M. Von Bergen / INQUIRER STAFF WRITER, Thursday, December 7, 2006 (Philly.com)

Yes. Let the government bargain with drugmakers
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 (Philly.com)