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Jan. 10, 2007 - 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.

USP campus security officers have a new look for the 2007 spring semester. The security officers are now wearing the latest style in campus public safety uniforms. (read more)


1/10 - 1/11/07
Faculty Enrichment Weeks
Check Web site for times and locations.

Spring Semester Drop/Add Period Begins
9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Whitecar Hall, Suite 1100 and online through 1/26/07

Off-campus Learning Opportunities for Students
2-2:30 p.m., Rosenberger Hall 101

Fall Semester Make-Up Exams
10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Griffith Hall (C)

New Graduate Student Orientation Reception
7 - 8 p.m. McNeil STC lobby

Spring Classes Begin for All Students

Office of Sponsored Projects and Research (OSPR) Workshop: Introduction to Sponsored Projects
Speaker:  Karen D. Mitchell
1-3 p.m.,
Athletic/Recreation Center 201

Graduate Student Training Workshop: Choosing a Mentor/Mentoring
Speakers:  Michelle Cohen/Annette Iglarsh
5-6 p.m., Wilson Student Center 205-208

Seminar: Working with Interpreters - When You and Your Patient Do Not Speak the Same Language
5:15 – 8 p.m., Chinatown Clinic, Angelus Building, Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church (dinner provided)
On Line Registration Required: www.bridgingthegaps.info  by 9 a.m. by 1/16/07.

Communication on Research Efforts (CORE): Ecocritical Anticipation in Writing of Flannary O'Connor
Speaker:  Christine Flanagan
4-5 p.m., Wilson Student Center 205-208

New Employee Orientation

1-3 p.m., Rosenberger Hall 101

Spring Drop/Add Period Ends
4 p.m.

SAVE THE DATE - Founders' Day

Athletic/Recreation Center Schedules
Aerobics Schedule
Special Events Schedule

Unusual Student Opportunities
Did you know that USP undergraduate students have an opportunity to complete both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in as little as five years?  Of course we know that this is true for OT and PA majors. But it is also true for students in the Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Health Psychology, Pharmaceutical Sciences and other USP majors. (read more)

black_dot Plan Ahead - Print Shop Ready for Spring Semester

black_dot Boughner To Step Down

black_dot Updated Policy for Transporting Chemicals/Hazardous Substances Safely on Campus

New Minimum Wage

Visiting Professor from Turkey Joins Pharmaceutical Sciences

Southwest Community Enrichment Center Computer Instructor Needed

Chesnavich Earns CACC Rookie Honors

black_dot Dundas Named to CACC Honor Roll

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Dr. M. Gary Sayed Named Provost
USP President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino announced today that Dr. M. Gary Sayed was named provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for the University effective July 1, 2007. Dr. Sayed, who is currently the dean of the College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, has accepted to become USP’s first provost. “Dr. Sayed has a proven track record of leadership, a diverse background of accomplishments in higher education, and an ability to work collaboratively across a great span of audiences,” said Gerbino. (read more)

2007 Phila. Mayor's Race Candidates Invited to Campus
Candidates for the 2007 Philadelphia mayor's race will be on campus for an open forum on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 at 7:30 p.m. in the AstraZeneca Auditorium. The event, sponsored by USP’s Student Government Association and the Office of Community & Government Relations, is free and open to the public. Moderated by CBS 3’s Marc Howard, invited participants include the following declared candidates: Former City Councilman Michael Nutter, Congressman Chaka Fattah, Representative Dwight Evans, and Former United Healthcare CEO Tom Knox.

USP to Celebrate MLK Day with Host of Activities
On Monday, Jan. 15, the OT & PT departments are canceling classes and holding a full-day mandatory educational workshop. The students will examine and discuss the issue of racism and health to coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. Activities continue on Tuesday, Jan. 16, when Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, the Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities, and professor of religious studies and Africana studies, at the University of Pennsylvania, will speak at 5:30 p.m. in the AstraZeneca Auditorium. His talk will cover “Dr. King for the 21st Century.” (read more)

Kurtz Scores 1,000th Point as Devils Defeat Eagles 
William Kurtz PMM'07 notched the 1,000th point of his college career as he helped lead USP to a 64-57 win over Post University in a CACC men's basketball game at home on Saturday, Jan. 6. Kurtz and Eric Cagelosi PMM'07, who reached the 1,000 point plateau earlier in the season, are just the seventh tandem to do so on the same team
in USP history. (read more)

News For Faculty
General Education Curriculum
Would you like your course to satisfy a General Education Skill area? Then you will need to submit a course proposal to the Faculty Curriculum Committee. Learn more about the process, requirements, and deadlines.

NOTICE: Final Grades for Potential May Graduates
As in past spring semesters, 2007 spring grades for prospective May graduates will be requested to be turned in to the Registrar's Office no later than Reading Day, Wednesday, May 2, 2007. While it may seem early to think about it, Registrar Alan J. Sims, would like to remind faculty and staff that early submission of these grades is important for graduating students.  This year there are only 11 work days between the end of the spring semester and commencement rehearsal.  During this time grades must be entered in Colleague, computer processes run, transcripts printed and distributed to departments or Deans' Offices, and the departmental reviewers must verify eligibility for graduation. (read more)

usp_bulletinManaging the Donut Hole
In 2007, the gap in Medicare Part D medication coverage will be more than $3,000. Dr. Richard Stefanacci, executive director of USP's Health Policy Institute, addresses medication choice, plan choice, and low-income subsidy as ways to help patients avoid or survive the donut hole. Read more in the latest issue of Medicare Patient Management online here.

NOTICE: Employees Taking Courses at USP
Registrar Alan J. Sims, provides this reminder for any employees who wish to register for courses at USP. Please note that this is a two-step process.
First, you need to complete a Certification or Re-certification of Eligibility form and submit it to Human Resources for approval of the Tuition Remission part of the process. Then, you also need to submit a Course Registration Request form to the Registrar's Office (WH-1100) for undergraduate courses, or the College of Graduate Studies Office (PTC-127) for graduate courses. (read more)

Alumni Association 2007 Calendar
The Alumni Association has a lot of great activities planned for the coming year and new ones are being added all the time. Please visit here for a complete calendar listing and if you see something of interest contact Stacy Rosemarin (s.rosema@usip.edu) or Pat McNelly (p.mcnell@usip.edu) for more information and to RSVP.

Executive Leadership Team and Board of Trustee Meetings Set

The next meeting of Executive Leadership Team will occur on Jan. 17 … Look for a meeting summary in the next issue of Inside USP ... The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will occur on Feb. 22 ... On that same day, we will also be celebrating Founders Day.

Spotlight on - Internet/Portal Committee ... Survey Results Needed
"Communication" was a concern noted by many of the Strategic Planning Task Forces, as well as by the Faculty Morale Task Force ... One proposed solution is to create an "intranet," an electronic site open only to members of the USP community, that would house needed documents, policies, procedures, and processes ... A USP portal would be the entrance to the intranet ... An Internet/Portal Committee has been set up to consider how the intranet will be configured and what it will contain ... But for the committee to do its work, we need to know what information is important to those at USP. Please help us by completing a brief survey of only four questions:

New Vacation Policy

Human Resources wants you to know about the new vacation policy in the current Employee Handbook Information Guide. The changes were made in an effort to bring vacation time in line with the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30), so that department heads can plan better for operations and so that calculating each individual's available time is easier. The process and policy in the new Employee Handbook allows employees to accrue vacation time based on their years of service and to receive all their available time including vacation time and personal and floating holidays at the same time. HR hopes that this will allow employees and their supervisors to better plan for time "needed away" without disrupting the daily operations of each department. (read more)

Erdem Buyukbingol, Visiting Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences effective
Kelly Kane, Cashier, Controller's Office
Adam Wenocur, Adjunct Instructor, Bioinformatics

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All Lotions not Created Equally
Ivanhoe, FL - Dec 28, 2006
Jeff Moore, a pharmaceutics instructor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, explains lotions and creams contain two main ingredients: oil and ...

Health-care provider, university, form partnership
University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and Virtua Health agreed Wednesday to create what they are calling a "model for innovation in learning, technology and applied health care."
Philadelphia Business Journal - Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2007

People in the News | A nicer campus is more than academic to him
Philadelphia Inquirer, PA - Dec. 25
Although Joseph G. Trainor's main role at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia is to oversee its financial health, over the years he has sought to ...

Spending on homeless questioned
Pittsburgh Post Gazette, PA - Jan. 2
... He and Stephen Metraux of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia analyzed data from a three-month period in 2003 for about 600 Massachusetts families ...

Health care spending up 6.9 pct. in '05
KEVIN FREKING / Associated Press, Tuesday, January 9, 2007 (Philly.com)

House Democrats seek the government's leverage on drug prices
KEVIN FREKING / Associated Press, Monday, January 8, 2007 (Philly.com)

Fewer new drugs approved in 2006
By Justin Blum and Shannon Pettypiece / Bloomberg News, Monday, January 8, 2007 (Philly.com)

Senate Democrats will push for universal health care, Robson says
RYAN J. FOLEY / Associated Press, Wednesday, January 3, 2007

This year, there's a glut of vaccine
Cox News Service, Wednesday, January 3, 2007 (Philly.com)

Colleges Raising More Funds, But from Fewer Alumni
By Gadi Dechter, Baltimore Sun,
Wednesday, January 3, 2007