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April 4, 2007 - Inside USP is the Official Newsletter for University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

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Femi Tournament
Under the guidance of Marc Caserio (right) and Jesse Philips (left) along with Janice DiStefano (fitness and wellness), USP hosted the first annual Femi Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, March 24. The tournament held in memory of Olufemi “Femi” Ogunkorode, raised close to $1,500 for the Femi Memorial Fund. (read more)

USP in the News
WPVIUSP was in the news recently, lending its expertise about the chemical found in the pet food recall with Dr. Pete Harvison (pharm/tox) and medication safety with Dr. Robert Field (health policy and public health). Watch Dr. Harvison on WPVI from March 23 at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., and listen to KYW, and listen to Dr. Field from KYW on March 27.


Spring 2007 Arts Calendar

Thursday, April 5
Faculty Council Open Forum – Morale Task Force Report
1-3 p.m., Griffith Hall C

Organizations of Christian students
2-3 p.m., PTC-140

Monday, April 9 - Friday, April 13
Fall and Summer Course Registration

Tuesday, April 10
USP Spirit Day
12:30 p.m., quad
3 p.m. Softball vs. Holy Family University, McNeil Athletic Fields

PA Club ALS Awareness Event
5-7 p.m., McNeil STC, AstraZeneca Auditorium

Wednesday, April 11
Favorite Poem Project
7-9 p.m., McNeil STC, AstraZeneca Auditorium

Friends of USP Karaoke Night/DJ Dance Party
7:30 - 10:30 p.m., Wilson Student Center

Thursday, April 12
Bridging the Gaps Lecture Series - Death and Diversity: Islamic and Other Religious/Cultural Traditions
5:15 - 7:45 p.m., Kate's Place, 1829 Sansom Street, www.bridgingthegaps.info

Friday, April 13
Alpha Lambda Delta Inductions
6 p.m., AstraZeneca Auditorium

Tuesday, April 17
USP Leadership Awards Program
5:30-8:30 p.m., McNeil STC, AstraZeneca Auditorium

Thursday, April 19
5th Annual USP Scholarly Day and John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecture

Poster Presentations: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Podium Presentations: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Athletic/Recreation Center

Krantz Lecture: 4:30–5:30 p.m.
McNeil STC, AstraZeneca Auditorium

Thursday, April 26
Student Appreciation Day

Friday, April 27
Deadline for President's Special Achievement Award

Friday, April 27
Last Day of Spring Classes

Monday, April 30 – Friday, May 4
Final Exams

Athletic/Recreation Center Schedules
Aerobics Schedule
Special Events Schedule

Dining Services
Weekly Menu

Alumni and Students Mix for Good Chemistry
On Tuesday March 20, the department of chemistry and biochemistry was proud to organize their first "Life as a Graduate Student" panel session for juniors. Three chemistry and biochemistry alumni served as panelists addressing issues on the rigors and rejoicings of graduate school.
(read more)

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In the Community Header
Spring is here! Get plants for your Garden
The Parent-Infant Center's Spring Plant Sale is a great University City neighborhood tradition and a wonderful way to beautify your house or apartment while also making a significant contribution to quality child care and supporting a community partner. The pre-order deadline is April 18. 
(read more)


Show Your USP Pride! Spirit Day - April 10
Show your USP pride on Tuesday, April 10, and support the softball team. Starting at 12:30 p.m. there will be free tie-dye t-shirt making and water ice in the quad. At 3 p.m. the softball team battles Holy Family University at McNeil Athletic Fields. Come to the game and enjoy free hot dogs, pretzels, and water ice, plus a chance to win fabulous prizes with mini-games between innings.

Library HomepageLibrary Unveils New Web Page
The J.W. England Library's website, www.usip.edu/library, has been redesigned to offer easier navigation and be more informative. The goal was to provide “one-click” access for users who know what they’re looking for, but also to provide more information for those who don’t know where to look for an article or how to find a book. A link to the library’s old site will be up for several weeks to help users with the transition.

Responding to ABC News 20/20
Dr. Steven L. Sheaffer (PCP) said that “the ABC News 20/20 report on Friday, March 30, highlighted many of the challenges facing community pharmacists. Safe, effective, and error free use of medications is a challenge that can, in part, be achieved through partnerships between pharmacists, their patients, physicians, and other prescribers, as well as the appropriate use of pharmacy technicians.” (read more)

NIH Here He Comes
Oluwademilad T. Soile MB’09 was recently selected to participate in the Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Biomedical Research at the National Institutes of Health (www.training.nih.gov/student/sip/), Dr. James R. Johnson (biological sciences) reported. This is a prestigious and highly competitive program. Soile will work this summer on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. SIP at the NIH provides an opportunity to spend the summer working side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.

Race For Humanity Sprints Past Last Year's Totals
On Saturday, March 31, over 400 runners/walkers took to the streets of University City for USP’s second annual Race for Humanity – representing more than twice last year’s number of participants. The charity event raised nearly $8,000 for the HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy located on the corner of 44th Street & Baltimore Avenue. (read more)

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News for Faculty
Scholarly Day Deadline Fast Approaching
The abstract submission deadline for the fifth annual USP Scholarly Day is Monday, April 9. It’s easy to submit an abstract. Visit www.usip.edu/research/scholarlyday/ and click on Poster Abstract Submission Form on the left. USP Scholarly Day is April 19 with the 20th annual John C. Krantz, Jr. Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Stephen L. Mayo scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. (read more)

USP Major Sponsor of DVSF
USP is proud to again support the Delaware Valley Science Fairs as a major sponsor in 2007. In addition to offering scholarships, the University supports the event with an in-kind donation of public relations assistance, as well as offering workshops for parents and teachers. On Friday, April 6, CN8 will broadcast live from the McNeil STC with some of the winners. (read more)

Veto the 'Squito
Americans for Informed Democracy is holding its First Annual Malaria
Symposium: "Malaria: Yesterday, Today, and Hope for Tomorrow," on April 12 from 1-3 p.m. in the AstraZeneca Auditorium. (read more)

New Password Policy Coming
Like your bank and credit card company, USP’s IT Steering Committee is concerned about keeping your important information safe. The new policy will require a password change every 90 days. The IT department plans to implement the change in password policies that meet current recommendations for security on June 4, 2007. (read more)

Volunteers Needed For Commencement
Commencement 2007 (May 23, 2007 at 1 p.m.) has changed to an exciting new venue, The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. As a result, more volunteers are needed than in the past. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Judy Styles (strategic events and special projects) at j.styles@usip.edu. If you have any questions about work arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact Susan Rohanna (HR) at ext. 7533. (read more)

One Big Book Club Invitation
One Big Book Club is inviting faculty and staff to read Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuban Boy by Carlos Eire, the summer reading program selection for first-year students. The goal is to facilitate small group discussions with first-year students in August. This is an important initiative for the University. Please consider participating in some manner. (read more)

SLT Meeting Report
(March 26)
From scholarly activity to enrollment management to new program development, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) meeting on March 26, touched on those topics and more. (read more)

News from the Office of Operations:
Computer/Electronics Recycling Program

Facilities Services, and the Environmental Health and Radiation Safety Departments have initiated a computer/electronics recycling program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers some discarded electronic equipment as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act since computers and electronic equipment typically contain hazardous materials like lead, mercury, cadmium or arsenic which can be released into the environment when thrown into the ordinary trash. Therefore, please make sure to submit a work order to Facilities Services when you need to dispose of your computer monitors, TVs, CPUs, printers, computer components, etc. (read more)

Street Smarts Work Shop
The Department of Public Safety and Security will be sponsoring a Street Smarts Work Shop for USP students, faculty and staff. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2007, 1 p.m. in Griffith Hall C. For more information, contact Sharon A. Dancy (Public Safety & Security) at 215-895-1118 or s.dancy@usip.edu

hr_corner Holiday, Summer, and Winter Break Schedule Announced
In an effort to assist everyone in planning and to keep everyone informed, HR wanted to take this opportunity to share the holiday schedule for the 2007-08 fiscal year as well as summer schedule and an announcement about the winter break. (read more)

Emeriti Program Updates
As previously communicated (Inside USP, Dec. 20, 2006), a new employee benefit called the Emeriti Program started effective Jan. 1, 2007. The University has begun making the employer contributions of $400 annually or $33.33 per month to the Emeriti Program to help eligible employees prepare for health care costs in retirement. (read more)

Tuition Remission Priority Dates
In order to make the tuition remission process run more efficiently and have your tuition remission award applied prior to the tuition bills being mailed, HR, Financial Aid Office, and Student Accounts Office have established priority dates. (read more)

Tips for Retaining Good People
Forestall the exit by doing the interview now:

Conduct “stay interviews.”  Find out what excites good employees most about their jobs and what they like least. After all, once you get to an exit interview, it’s too late.

Put thank you on paper to make it mean more:
To show appreciation for a job well done, you’ll get more mileage out of writing a letter. A verbal pat on the back is great, and so is a quick email, but the extra effort needed to write a letter makes it more meaningful.

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Pediatrics Academy urges smaller pills, more accessible HIV medicine for kids LINDSEY TANNER (AP) April 02, 2007

Biotech scientists hard to find By Luke Timmerman (Inquirer) April 02, 2007  

Blues' merger plan: Will the public benefit? By Stacey Burling and Jane M. Von Bergen (Inquirer) April 01, 2007  

Feds Start Review of NIH Policies by RITA BEAMISH (AP) March 30, 2007

Patients, doctors slow to embrace stent-vs.-drug find By John Sullivan (Inquirer) March 30, 2007