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Jan. 24, 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.

Red Cross Training
The American Red Cross certified 15 faculty and staff in CPR and First Aid on Friday, January 12. The class was run by the American Red Cross, which the visits campus throughout the year. Sharon Green, strategic events (right), helps Carmela Matthews, sponsored projects and research, during the training.

USP received extensive coverage of the Mayoral Open Forum on Jan. 17, 2007. Media outlets that attended the event included, KYW (3), WPVI (6), WTXF (Fox 29), KYW Newsradio (audio | web), the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, the Evening Bulletin the UC Review, and the SW Globe Times. (click on the above stations to see a video clip).

KYW Newsradio 1060 interviewed President Gerbino about the new provost, M. Gary Sayed. The story ran on Jan. 13, 2007. Listen

more news coverage below


New Employee Orientation

1-3 p.m., Rosenberger Hall 101

4 p.m., Spring Drop/Add Period Ends

Deadline for Changing 2006 Fall Incomplete Grades

Mass Dispensing Exercise and Talk
5-7 p.m., McNeil STC/ARC

Andrew C. Murphy Reading and Book Signing
4:30 p.m., Wilson Student Center, Room 205-208

Alumni Association Board Meeting
5:30 p.m., McNeil STC, Room 237

PCP Subcouncil Meeting
1- 3 p.m., PTC-132

Movie Night: One Big Book Club and the First-Year Experience Committee present "OSAMA," 5 p.m., Pharmacology-Toxicology Center, Room 140,

Advance your Technology - SBIR/STTR Grants
4-6 p.m., Wilson Student Center, Room 205-212
The Department of Biological Sciences seminar series:"A New Paradigm in Drug Discovery: Evolving Small Molecules by Genetic Chemistry for the Pharmaceutical Industry." presented by Dr. Pascal Longchamp, Ph.D., MBA, business development leader of Evolva SA. 
2-3 pm in McNeil STC, Room 237.

SAVE THE DATE - Founders' Day

Athletic/Recreation Center Schedules
Aerobics Schedule
Special Events Schedule

Dining Services
Weekly Menu

Request AV Needs Via E-mail
There is a new way to request AV set-ups for classes and events. Just send an email to:

The entire AV team will receive the message to ensure reliability. Of course, you may still call the LRC at 215-596-8993 to place your request by phone. Additionally, there are a number of new upgrades around campus. (read more)

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black_dot Students Reminded to Submit Petition for Graduation

black_dot USP Writing Center Provides Free Services to Students

black_dot Dining Survey Update

black_dot Nominations for William F. Homiller Award for Teaching Excellence Due Feb. 9

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Greater Philadelphia Cares’ 2006 Adopt-A-Family Program
The Division of Student Affairs and Phi Kappa Psi raised over $400 for two underprivileged families, whom were a part of the Adopt-a-Family Program.  With the donations, USP was able to provide the families with food and gifts during the holidays. (read more)

Academic Advising Serves Meals at MANNA
The eight members of the Department of Academic Advising volunteered on Jan. 11 at MANNA preparing meals for terminally ill people in Philadelphia. MANNA provides essential and specialized services to men, women, and children living with HIV / AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illness in Eastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. (read more)

Photos: American Red Cross training courtesy of Sharon Green. Mayoral Open Forum courtesy of Al For.



USP to Host Mass Dispensing Exercise
Since a pandemic, epidemic, bio-terrorist attack, or natural disaster can occur at any time, USP and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health are conducting an emergency preparedness exercise on Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, from 5-7 p.m. The exercise will focus on the establishment of a point of dispensing (POD) center to support community needs. An informative interactive discussion will be followed by the mass dispensing exercise. The event is a collaboration between the faculty and students of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and the Department of Social Sciences. (read more)

Academic Steering Committee Formed to Support Virtua Partnership
As our partnership with Virtua develops, Dr. Barbara Byrne, senior vice president for academic affairs, has announced the establishment of a steering committee which will focus on an overarching plan for initiatives within the partnership, identify new initiatives, and consider priorities. The steering committee which will be chaired by Buzz Kerr, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, will establish a plan within a month and then identify smaller groups and/or individuals to work on the implementation of projects. (read more)

Mayoral ForumUSP's Mayoral Forum Heats Up Winter Night
With the first glimpse of winter swirling outside, members of the Philadelphia community along with USP students, staff, and faculty got insight into the upcoming 2007 Philadelphia mayor’s race here on Jan. 17. Four of the five declared candidates participated in an open forum in the AstraZeneca Auditorium. More than 300 people crowded the auditorium. (read more)

Women's Hoops Coach Earns 100th Career Win
Women's basketball Head Coach Nate Ware earned his 100th career victory on Jan 20, 2007, in the Devils' 73-48 win over the Nyack College Warriors. Ware's record at USP is now 100-60 (62.5%). He had previously been the men's basketball coach at Valley Forge Military College (1996-2000) where he was 98-61 over five seasons and the head men's basketball coach at Eastern University (1982-1996) where he compiled a 232-171 record in 14 seasons. Ware is currently USP's all-time winningest women's basketball coach. (read more)

California Dreamin': Universal Health Coverage in PA
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell used the podium of his second inauguration on Jan. 16, 2007, to propose universal health insurance for all Pennsylvanians. Details of his "Prescription for Pennsylvania" were not disclosed, but its intent was in line with other states such as California for pushing for coverage for all. California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposal has the potential to affect care for the elderly Dr. Richard Stefanacci, executive director of USP’s Health Policy Institute says. (read more)

News For Faculty
5th Annual USP Scholarly Day
The 5th Annual USP Scholarly Day has been scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 2007. Scholarly Day will honor Dr. John C. Krantz, Jr., through the Lecture Program; recognize the research efforts of faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students; and showcase the diversity and growth of research pursuits on campus. The 20th Annual John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecture will be presented by Dr. Stephen Mayo, Professor of Biology and Chemistry, at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, California Institute of Technology. Online abstract submission deadline is Monday, April 9, 2007. For more information and an online submission link, visit: http://www.usip.edu/research/scholarlyday/

First issue of the MJoTA Delivers
Striving to create a dialog among pharmaceutical industry professionals in the 54 countries of Africa and the US, the Medical Journal of Therapeutics Africa (MJoTA) was published by USP’s Biomedical Writing Programs on Jan. 15. The first issue was written, edited and reviewed by students, faculty, and friends of the Biomedical Writing Programs. The journal is entirely electronic, although it is in a form that can be printed. (read more)

Room Scheduling Now Online
In an effort to streamline room scheduling, the Registrar's Office has unveiled a new software system called Astra Schedule to manage room scheduling on campus. Users can now view the scheduled use of rooms on campus through the web and use the site to make room scheduling requests. (read more)

The Safety Newsletter: Avoid Winter Slips and Falls
Just in time for winter, the Department of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety has suggestions on preventing winter slips and falls. The best way to avoid a serious slip and fall this winter is to recognize these hazardous conditions and take the proper precautions. (read more)

ARC News
For more information regarding the ARC aerobics schedule, aerobics instructors, and special events, visit www.usip.edu/arc. User feedback is needed and appreciated. If you have suggestions or ideas on aerobic classes or special events, the ARC staff want to hear it. Please contact Marc Caserio at m.caseri@usip.edu or 215.596.7432. Stay tuned for more information regarding The “Femi” Memorial 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament to be held on Saturday, March 24.  All proceeds will be donated toward The “Femi” Memorial Fund. 

Science Fiction Writer Andrew C. Murphy to Hold Reading and Book Signing on Jan. 31
Author of Steel Sky, Andrew C. Murphy will host a reading and book signing on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 4:30 p.m. in Wilson 205-208. Murphy "is a rising talent in science fiction … with a strong imagination and real storytelling verve," according to New York Times bestselling author David Brin. (read more)

Executive Leadership Team Report
The ELT discussed the newly created SLT (see below) and agreed the group is functioning well together as an operations team to enhance the level of communication across many organizational units … The ELT discussed the need to look at assessment across the University, and not just within the academic enterprise. The idea of “institutional assessment” will be explored further … Details are to follow, but a USP steering committee has been formed to provide oversight of the various initiatives between the University and Virtua. Buzz Kerr will chair the steering committee (see Campus Updates above) … The ELT discussed the current budget and budget planning for next year. Key highlights: Actual to Budget FY06-07, comparison of the tuition revenue currently shows a deficit for this fiscal year due to a shortfall in enrollment targets. As a result, release of contingency funds has not yet been decided. The ELT will know more by February. Going forward, and into the FY 07-08, the ELT also discussed the need for the University to more effectively determine and reach capacity in all graduate and undergraduate programs, excluding the PharmD program, which already is at capacity.

Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Report
At the bi-monthly SLT meeting on Jan. 8, the group of discussed a number of campus issues, including: Institutional Assessment; Orphaned Projects; Campus Recycling; Employee Performance Timeframes; SLT Mission Statement Development; Use of University Space for Internal and External Groups; Pedestrian Safety on Woodland Avenue; The Use and Misuse of Online Networks (e.g. MySpace, FaceBook); and Communicating SLT Activities to the Campus Community ... Any member of the University community is welcome to raise an issue that he or she believes needs the attention of the SLT. Please write to Peter Miller at p.miller@usip.edu. (read more)

News from the Office of Operations: USP Portal/Intranet Update
A committee to develop the campus intranet and portal, co-chaired by Rob Ferrilli, IT, and Mignon Adams, information science, has been assembled. An intranet is an electronic site open only to members of the USP community that will house needed documents, policies, procedures, and processes, while a USP portal is the entrance to the intranet. Pat Lepore, operations, encourages everyone to view the additional information about the committee and the USP intranet on the IT website at: http://www.usip.edu/it/portal.shtml. Everyone is strongly encouraged to view a short presentation and take a brief survey (mentioned in the last Inside USP) to help the committee develop the new tools to meet the needs of the users at: http://blackboard.usip.edu/portal/. The USP Intranet is schedule for initial roll-out in late March or early April of 2007. (read more)

Higher Pre-Tax Deductions Make Commuter Benefits More Appealing
Effective Jan. 1, 2007, the federal government is increasing the limits of its qualified transportation fringe benefit program, a tax incentive that can help employees save on their commuting costs and help companies save on payroll taxes. For 2007, the IRS announced an increase to $110 per month, tax-free, for transit benefits and $215 per month, tax-free, for parking benefits. The ability to set aside even more pre-tax dollars for transit and parking costs in 2007 is welcome news for everyone dealing with the rising costs of commuting.

New and Revised Policies in Employee Handbook
In November 2006 an updated Employee Handbook Information Guide was distributed to all faculty and staff. Human Resources hopes that everyone has had an opportunity to read and become familiar with this important document. Many policy changes have taken place at USP as well as with various employment laws since the handbook was last issued in 1998. (read more)

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People in the News
By Thomas J. Brady / Inquirer Staff Writer
M. Gary Sayed has been named to the newly created position of provost at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, effective July 1. He will also be senior vice president for academic affairs. He is currently dean of the College of Science and Health at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles.
Monday, January 22, 2007 (Philly.com)

Health Care Spending Slowing, but Still Growing
The article is significant in showing the relationship between trends in health care spending and in the overall economy," said Robert Field, associate professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Public Health at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. "Unemployment is a major predictor of health status; therefore health care spending rises in down economies and falls in good ones."
ABC News.com

Editorial | Health Care in Pa., Sunday, January 21, 2007 (Philly.com)

Mutations of bird flu virus found in two Egyptian victims, By Maria Cheng / Associated Press, Friday, January 19, 2007 (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Rite Aid set to buy other chains, Friday, January 19, 2007 (Philadelphia Daily News)

Rendell: 47 ideas to cut health costs, By Amy Worden and Josh Goldstein / Inquirer Staff Writers, Thursday, January 18, 2007 (Philly.com)

Area drug firms go to war over vaccine, By Thomas Ginsberg / Inquirer Staff Writer, Thursday, January 18, 2007 (Philly.com)