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April 18, 2007 - Inside USP is the Official Newsletter for University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

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USP in the News
DVSF Winners
USP was a major sponsor of the 2007 Delaware Valley Science Fairs. As part of the public relations assistance the University provides, we hosted some of the DVSF winners for a live broadcast on CN8 on Friday, April 6. Watch the segment and read more here or in What's Happening.


Spring 2007 Arts Calendar

Thursday, April 19
Interact Day - Say, "Hello!"

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

Ballet Class is back
2-3 p.m., ARC

Friday, April 20
Biological Sciences presents "TNF Signaling in Neutrophils: Friend or Foe?" by Dr. Laurie Kilpatrick, Research Associate Professor of Pediatrics at UPenn.
4-5 p.m. McNeil STC 237

Saturday, April 21
Biomedical Writing Programs presents: "International Patent Law and the Third World" by Dr. James P. Demers
10-11 a.m., McNeil STC

Monday, April 23
Student Leadership Awards Program

6 p.m., McNeil STC

Thursday, April 26
Student Appreciation Day

Elixir Publication Party
4:30 p.m., Wilson Student Center 209-212

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

Wednesday, May 2
Reading Day (No Classes of Exams) &
Grades Due for Prospective May Graduates

Wednesday, May 9
12 p.m., Grades Due all Spring Semester Classes

Athletic/Recreation Center Schedules
Aerobics Schedule
Special Events Schedule

Dining Services
Weekly Menu

SMC Wins Awards
Strategic Marketing Communications garnered a number of awards from Admissions Marketing Report, the national magazine of high education admissions marketing, for several publications and campaigns. The department received three silver and two merit awards. (read more)

black_dot March Meter Madness Winners Announced

black_dot Go4theGoal Foundation 5K Race

black_dot Staff Sought for Student Conduct Committee

black_dot Student Conduct Committee Seeks Student Nominations

black_dot Clark Park Farmer’s Market Summer Kick-Off

black_dot McNeil STC Conference Rooms Upgraded

black_dot The Woodlands Spring/Summer Programs 2007

black_dot 8th Annual Clark Park Fundraiser

black_dot Bauer, Novin Named to Philadelphia Area All-Academic Teams

black_dot Kurtz Named to Small College Player of the Year

In the Community Header
PA Club Check

PA Club Presents Check to ALS Chapter
On Tuesday, April 10, 2007 the Physician Assistant Club presented “A Night of Awareness” at the McNeil Science and Technology Center. Guest speakers from the ALS Foundation were present to give a lecture of the cause and diagnosis of the disease. USP was honored to host the family of Maria Lord PA’08 (above) whose father-in-law, Richard, passed away from the disease. A check in the amount of $2,500 was presented to the ALS Greater Philadelphia Chapter in Richard Lord’s name.  The PA Club raised the money through bake sales, flower sales, a volleyball tournament, and various other fund raisers.

Soccer Tourney Raises Money for CFF
On April 2 and 3, Delta Phi Epsilon (D Phi E) hosted their second annual soccer tournament fundraiser, raising $560.00 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


USP Shows Off at Scholarly Day
From chemical synthesis and computational chemistry to genetic screening and the use of biodegradable devices for novel drug discovery and therapeutic applications, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (USP) will showcase the diversity and growth of research pursuits on campus during its 5th Annual Scholarly Day on Thursday, April 19,
starting at 11 a.m. The day is packed with events, including podium presentations, poster presentations, and an alumni career panel. The day culminates with the 20th Annual John C. Krantz, Jr., Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Stephen L. Mayo, at 4:30 p.m. in the McNeil STC. (read more)

Message from USP President on Virginia Tech Tragedy
On behalf of the entire USP community, we extend our deepest sympathies to the students, faculty, staff and families of Virginia Tech, and we join in grieving for the lives lost and the many that are forever affected by yesterday's devastating events.

This morning, University campuses across the nation are united in appreciating that yesterday's events could have occurred anywhere. Today, we are among the thousands of university communities who are affirming security and crisis management procedures.

As details of this tragic event unfold, you may experience a range of feelings, including uncertainty and concern. The University offers counseling and support through our employee assistance program through Horizon Health. Should you want to discuss your feelings with a professional, please contact Horizon Health at 888-427-5821.

The entire higher education community shares its grief with Virginia Tech, its friends and families in mourning yesterday's tragedy. May we all keep them in our thoughts and prayers.

President Philip P. Gerbino, PharmD
April 17, 2007

Note: The American Psychological Association has provided a tip sheet aimed at helping college students to manage their distress related to the recent events at Virginia Tech, and it can be accessed here.  

In addition, the Division of Student Affairs will be providing specific materials for faculty and staff in support of their own coping with issues related to violence on college campuses. Finally, the USP Student Early Intervention Response Team (SEIRT) will be offering orientation workshops for faculty and staff in the coming week regarding how to identify and refer students in distress and access appropriate institutional resources and supports.

Screen GrabUSP's First Portal/Intranet Launches
The USP Portal/Intranet Committee is pleased to announce the unveiling of campus.usip.edu, the University’s portal/intranet. The site is the result of input provided by staff and faculty who wanted easier access to information and better University-wide communication. Visit http://campus.usip.edu (you must enter your USP username in the form of jungle\username and network password) to begin experiencing the future.

New Department Formed for Bioinformatics and Computer Science
Effective July 1, 2007, computer science programs will migrate from the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science to the new Department of Bioinformatics and Computer Science. The Department of Mathematics, Physics and Computer Science will become the Department of Mathematics and Physics. (read more)

USP Alumni Association Names Board Members
USP Alumni Association announce Thursday, April 5, the induction of its new officers and directors for its Board of Directors. Officers will serve until 2009 and directors until 2010. (read more)

Shelby Rance PharmD’09  Succeeds On and Off the Court
For the past four seasons, Shelby Rance PharmD’09 has been a fixture on the basketball court for USP’s women’s team, starting in all 120 games the last four seasons. Though her athletic career has ended, Rance, who is also been a member of the USP women’s cross country team, continues to be honored for athletic and academic achievements. (read more)

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News for Faculty
Open Forum of Faculty Council Report
An Open Forum of Faculty Council was held on April 5, for the presentation of the report of the Task Force on Faculty Morale. Summaries of goals, action plans, and assessment benchmarks were presented by Dr. Barbara Byrne (chair; academic affairs) and chairs of the subcommittees (Marge Reinhart, biological sciences/med tech; Mignon Adams, information sciences; Paula Kramer, OT) and discussed by members of the faculty. The full report of the Task Force can be found on Faculty Council Blackboard (Blackboard --> Faculty Council --> Ad Hoc Task Forces --> Open Forum Presentation (1st item)).

Make-Up Exams
Faculty are asked to remind students who need to take a make-up exam for the spring semester that the student needs to submit a completed Request for Make-Up Exam form to the Registrar’s Office. The designated Make-Up Exam date is Thursday, May 10, 2007, at 10 a.m. in Griffith Hall, Room C.

Junior Jumpstart Day Slated for May 2
The Admission Office will be conducting another group recruiting session, Junior Jumpstart Day, on Wednesday, May 2 (Reading Day), for rising seniors and juniors in high school. The Admission Office is again requesting faculty help with the question and answer session at 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.-4 p.m. (read more)

Say Hello! Interact Day on April 19
Have you ever walked across campus and no one said, “Hello,” or offered you a smile? On Thursday, April 19, the USP Community is being asked to Interact! Go up to someone on campus and say “Hello.” Introduce yourself to the person standing in front of you. Or take a few minutes to meet someone new. Say Hello! If you introduce yourself to a selected “secret greeter” anytime during the day, you will receive a prize. This is an all day event that does not require anything except for a few kind words and a friendly smile. Sponsored by the FYE Committee.

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)

Happy 300th Birthday Euler!
To celebrate the birthday of one of the greatest mathematicians of all time, the department of math, physics and computer science in conjunction with bioinformatics is proud to present, “A Tribute to Euler on His 300th Birthday.” A talk by William Dunham, Koehler Professor of Mathematics at Muhlenberg College will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2007, from 1-3 p.m. in STC 337 and is open to the USP campus. In addition to birthday cake, there will be a large-scale presentation of Leonhard Euler’s (pronounced OIL-er) Königsberg bridge problem which helped to launch the field of graph theory. (read more)

ELT Meeting Report (April 9)

Margaret Kasschau (academic affairs) gave a presentation to the Executive LEadership Committee (ELT) on the adult and evening student population, and discussed potential opportunities for the University to create programs that would be tailored to this target audience. In addition, ELT discussed the University decision-making structure. (read more)

SLT Meeting Report (April 9)
The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is developing a process for the development of tactical objectives and plans to fulfill the Legacy, Vision and Value strategic plan. In addition, the group heard a presentation about the intranet/portal and received a dean's report among it's topics. (read more)

In the last issue of Inside USP, the hard work and dedication of Janice DiStefano (fitness and wellness) in planning and executing the Femi Memorial Tournament was not recognized. She was part of a terrific team that made the event a huge success. (read more)





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Advertising for new drugs is targeted by legislation By Matthew Perrone (Inquirer) April 18, 2007

Government OKs bird flu vaccine made in Pa. ANDREW BRIDGES (AP) April 17, 2007

Doctor takes a step back to fight proposed insurance merger By Jane M. Von Bergen (Inquirer) April 16, 2007

Dems Find It Hard to Cut Health Program DAVID ESPO (AP) April 15, 2007

Auditor general to audit college-loan agency PETER JACKSON (AP) April 17, 2007