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August 29, 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.

Open for Business: The newly renovated Wilson Dining Hall is open for business. Staff and faculty with ID receive a 15 percent discount and do not pay sales tax.

USP in the News
WPVIChannels 3, 6, and 10 were on hand as the 2007-08 school year started for the nearly 600 new USP students on Friday, Aug. 24. Watch WPVI's coverage of the ceremony here.

Thursday, August 30
One Big Book Club
1-3 p.m., ARC

Monday, September 3
Labor Day, University Closed for business

Sunday, September 16
PT White Coat Ceremony
McNeil STC, AstraZeneca Auditorium

Thursday, Sept. 20
5–8 p.m., Seventh Annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture
McNeil STC, AstraZeneca Auditorium

Tuesday, Sept. 25
Parkhurst Dining Services Grand Opening
1-3 p.m., Wilson Dining Hall

Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30
USP Fall Fest and Alumni Reunion 2007,
USP Campus www.usip.edu/fallfest

Campus Update – get a run down of student meetings, activities, and events

"Challenge Yourself at the ARC"
Hours of Operation | Aerobics Schedule|Intramurals Schedule | Special Events Schedule | Personal Training

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Campus Recreation Shows Growth (and has the numbers to prove it)
With an increase of 7,000 patrons in 2006-07, the Department of Campus Recreation is looking forward to another busy year. The department offered more than 70 fitness and recreational activities last year and wants to build on its community service initiatives. (read more)

WPA Gets A USP Presence
Dr. Deirdre Pettipiece (writing programs) has been chosen as the submissions and correspondence editor/co-managing editor for WPA: Writing Program Administration, the largest national peer-reviewed journal on writing in the country, and publishes articles and essays concerning the organization, administration, practices, and aims of college and university writing programs. (read more)

Additional Announcements:
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black_dot Introducing some of the new faculty for 2007-08

black_dot Health Insurance Coverage: Help Your Student Avoid a Registration Hold

black_dot Nominations Sought for 2008 Commencement Honorary Degree Recipients

black_dot Work Study Jobs Listing

black_dot Save Time with Mailroom Folding Machine

black_dot Woodland Ave. Construction to Start Sept. 10

black_dot Joint Department Seminar Series Announced

black_dot Tuition Exchange Program Information


Convocation Jump Starts New Year
USP welcomed almost 600 new students and their parents on Friday, Aug. 24. Move in day was capped by an emotional convocation ceremony featuring Liz Scott from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, who spoke to the students on the importance of giving back to the community and how their careers in the health sciences can have a positive influence on people and society. (read more)

NSF Approves Atomic Force Microscope Grant
The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the funding of a Major Research Instrumentation proposal submitted by Dr. Elia Eschenazi, chair and professor of the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics, and principal investigator of the grant, for the acquisition of a $233,000 Atomic Force Microscope facility at USP. The proposal involved a collaborative effort of faculty from various departments. The diverse uses of the AFM facility will help foster a strong interdisciplinary environment at USP and create opportunities to make advancements in the research and discoveries in these areas. (read more)

GSO Formed at USP
Graduate students have united to form a Graduate Student Organization (GSO). The goals of the GSO are to provide an academic and social community for graduate students at USP. The formation of the GSO sets a path for graduate students to create a mentoring, networking, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary team environment. (read more)

Sign Up for USP's Emergency Alert System
USP is implementing an emergency notification system for students, parents, faculty, and staff. The system is capable of delivering instant emergency communication in a variety of ways, including cell phones, PDAs and/or e-mail. Everyone is encouraged to subscribe to the system.

It’s free, and it's easy.

Visit alert.usip.edu to begin the sign-up process. To learn more about the system, click here.

News for Faculty
Monday Class Schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 4
Classes will follow a Monday class schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007 (the day after Labor Day). Of course, there are exception to every rule. (read more)

CORE Discussion Series Announced
The Office of Research Administration invites all faculty and students to the Fall Semester Communication on Research Efforts (CORE) discussion series. All CORE series will meet in Wilson 205 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The first CORE topic on Sept. 6 focuses on “What is technology transfer, and what’s in it for me?” (read more)

Annual Fall Career Day Thursday, Oct. 4
Open to all undergraduates, soon-to-be graduates, and USP alumni who may be looking for internship, part-time, or full-time career opportunities. Over 80 organizations and employers will represent all majors. Hosted by USP’s Career Services Department. Call 215.596.7494 for more information.

Parenti Plaza Dedication
Thursday, Sept. 20, noon
, McNeil STC
The entire campus community is invited to the dedication ceremony for Parenti Plaza in front of the McNeil STC. Parenti Plaza is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Mary A. Parenti P'85, PharmD'87.
(read more)

Celebrating the Lilly Legacy
Thursday, Sept. 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
McNeil STC, AstraZeneca Auditorium
Two thousand seven marks the 125th anniversary of Josiah Kirby Lilly P’1882 and the 100th anniversary of his son, Eli Lilly P’1907, as graduates of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Simultaneous celebrations in Philadelphia and Indianapolis will highlight the rich history, tradition, achievement, and excellence of the Lilly legacy that has spanned several generations. For more information, visit www.usip.edu/lilly.

An Inconvenient Truth: The Climate Project comes to USP
Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6–7 p.m.

McNeil STC, AstraZeneca Auditorium
Led by former Vice President Al Gore, The Climate Project is a movement to educate and challenge citizens, businesses, and government to take action against the growing crisis of global warming.  Todd Klawinski, a faculty member with the New Jersey Governor’s School on the Environment, is one of a select group trained by Al Gore’s Climate Project to make this compelling presentation. (read more)

Beat the Heat
With some dog days of summer still to be had, learn more about how you can avoid heat distress in the latest Safety Newsletter.

Info for Employees Taking Courses at USP
Want to take a course at USP? For employees, this is a two-step process. Learn what steps need to be taken. (read more)

E-mail Name Changes
The Campus Technology Committee, formerly known as the IT Steering Committee, has implemented a new policy regarding usernames for USP employees. As of August 1, new employee usernames and e-mail addresses will be created in the format of first initial, period, entire last name. Employees hired prior to August 1 have had usernames consisting of first initial, period, first six letters of the last name, but they will also be able to take advantage of the change. (read more)

HR Corner

MetLife Dental Coverage
USP now has MetLife Dental for employee's group dental insurance that was effective July 1, 2007. Make sure you update the insurance information with your dentist's office and throw out any United Concordia cards. (read more)

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