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MRSA Takes a Front Seat
There have been many articles in the press recently about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) which may cause concern for faculty, staff, and students. The following information from Bonnie Packer, BA, RN, Assistant Director of Student Health & Counseling, provides educational material and tips to help contribute to a healthy campus environment.

While MRSA can be life-threatening, the majority of severe cases are seen in hospitals and nursing homes, where open wounds and sores provide the opportunistic bacteria a ready path to the bloodstream and organs.

When contracted in the general public, it more typically appears as a skin infection which is treatable by several different antibiotics.

There are valid concerns, though, about community outbreaks in schools, military barracks, and places where people are in close physical contact with one another, such as athletic teams. 

To avoid transmission, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends frequent hand-washing and showering after exercise; covering cuts and abrasions with bandages until healed; not sharing personal items such as razors and towels that come into contact with bare skin; placing barriers between skin and shared equipment like weight-lifting benches; and sanitization of frequently touched surfaces.  It is also important to avoid contact with other people's wounds or dressings.

Finally, be aware of any lesion on the skin that is red, swollen, and looks like a pimple or boil and is painful or contains pus. If this occurs, seek medical evaluation by coming to the Student Health Office if you are a student or see your personal physician.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the medical staff in the Student Health Office at 215-596-8980.

Additional Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/ar_mrsa_ca_public.html#8 (Community-Associated MRSA Information for the Public)

http://www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/mrsa.pdf (Community Acquired MRSA Fact Sheet- Sports Teams / Athletes)

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/MRSAinSchools/ (Q&A about MRSA-Resistant Staph in Schools)

http://www.mass.gov/dph/cdc/antibiotic/mrsa_school_health.htm (Q&A about MRSA for School Health Professionals)

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Extended Study Hours
The Department of Public Safety in collaboration with the SGA, Dean of Students Office, and Operations revised the late study hours for the McNeil STC beginning on October 19, 2007. Additionally, the Department of Public Safety will provide a van service beginning at 3 a.m. and ending at 6 a.m. to provide one-way transportation from the Library/Wilson to an individual’s residence within the boundaries outlined below.

McNeil STC Extended Study Hours (October 19, 2007 – December 14, 2007)
To enter the building use the doors facing Parenti Plaza and swipe your University ID card.

Monday through Friday: 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: noon – 2 a.m.

DPS Van Service 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. (October 19, 2007 – December 14, 2007)

The Department of Public Safety Van Service will be available at 42nd and Woodland, (parked on the side of the library) every hour on the hour, and every half-hour to provide one-way service. The DPS Van Service will provide service between 40th Street and 48th Street and between Woodland Avenue and Spruce Street.

Students are encouraged to use the Penn Transit Service during its scheduled hours of operation, and the DPS Walking Escort Service.

 J. W. England Library

Sunday through Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – midnight
Friday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
(Hours are subject to change throughout each semester.)

Wilson Hall Cafeteria (October 19, 2007 – December 14, 2007)

The cafeteria is open 24 hours every day of the academic year.

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Online Data Base Provides Access to MSDSs
The Department of Environmental Health and Radiation Safety (EHRS) has purchased a web-based Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) program from ChemWatch called ChemGold II. The database includes laboratory and commercial products, infectious substances, and a continuously growing array of drugs. The database is accessible in over 35 languages, and can be searched using anything from basic phrases to molecular structural searches, via ChemDraw. MSDSs can be viewed for basic, moderate, and extensive information. ChemGold II also supplies a multitude of original Supplier MSDSs and emergency medical and fire information that may be provided to emergency personnel.      

The database is accessible anywhere on campus through the EHRS Department's website at http://www.usip.edu/safety or through the following link http://usp.chemwatchna.com/. Your pop-up blocker must be off to access the site. If anyone has any questions or would like help navigating the program, please do not hesitate to contact the EHRS Department at 215-596-8925 or 215-596-3141. Additionally, there is a help tool on every screen by clicking on the question mark or a get-started document is available by clicking on “Documents” to the left of the screen and choosing “Workbook.” Again, please contact the EHRS Department if you have any questions.

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Research Activities for September 2007


Principal Investigator




Amount Requested

Indirect Cost

Start Date

End Date

Maritz, Carol

Physical Therapy

Spencer Foundation

The Impact Of Experiential Learning On The Affective Domain





Adejare, Adeboye

Pharmaceutical Sciences

NIH PA-07-335

Brain Bioavailability Of Novel Gamma- Secretase Inhibitiors In Rats





Stefanacci, Richard

Health Policy Institute


Therapeutic Primers For Medical Communications





 Sampath, Gopalan

Computer Science

NIH (PAR 07-344

Modeling Protein Structure Using Electrical Circuits






D'mello, Anil

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jenrin Discovery

Effects of Maternal Nutrition During Pregnancy & Lactation





Adejare, Adeboye

Pharmaceutical Sciences


Ustrip Drug Screening





Gupta, Pardeep

Pharmaceutical Sciences


TIA Optimization (Otter)





Letters Of Intent:

Ideishi, Roger-Autism Speaks

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Anonymous Reporting Hotline For Ethics Issues Activated
One of the strategic goals put forth by the Stewardship and Effectiveness Committee was to develop a culture of transparency and to open lines of communication within the University community. In support of this initiative, the University has engaged with EthicsPoint, Inc. and installed a web-based reporting hotline whereby individuals can raise a concern about possible misconduct or wrongdoing by a member of the USP community.  This hotline, while not taking the place of the reporting channels presently in place (in-person to HR, to immediate supervisor, etc.), will be an additional and totally anonymous and confidential reporting venue.

This reporting line is structured to address ethical and non-compliance issues involving conflicts of interest or other misconduct in the areas of Accounting & Finance, Research, Human Resources, Athletics, Information Technology, Risk, and Safety.  It is not structured to address questions about grades or similar academic matters.

All reports submitted through this hotline will be reviewed and investigated, and the findings of the review and investigation will be accessible through the EthicsPoint webpage to the person who initiated the report.

The USP-EthicsPoint Compliance Hotline is available:

o       through the web at www.ethicspoint.com.

o       by clicking on the link on USP's website or portal under the Compliance, Finance, or Human Resources webpages.

o       by phone (toll free) at 888-266-0218.

Please feel free to contact Eileen M. McGovern, Director of Risk Management at 215.596.8771 if you have any questions about this new compliance reporting line.

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Executive Leadership Team (ELT) Report
The Executive Leadership Team (ELT) serves as USP President Dr. Philip P. Gerbino's senior cabinet. ELT is responsible for setting the strategic and future direction for the University.

The team is comprised of:

Liz Bressi-Stoppe: Vice President for Community Partnerships

Sara Gallagher: Vice President and Chief of Staff

Philip P. Gerbino: President

Pat Lepore: Vice President for Operations, CIO

Rod Miller: Senior Vice President, Marketing and Development

Gary Sayed: Provost and Sr. Vice President for Academic Affairs

Joe Trainor: Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

October 3, 2007

Carolyn Vivaldi, Vice President for Strategic Marketing Communications, and Angela Buchanico, Creative Director, presented USP’s fall advertising campaign to ELT. The advertising was developed by the Brownstein Group, a Philadelphia-based marketing firm. ELT had a preview of the billboard ads and bus back posters.

Institutional Effectiveness:
Peter Miller, Executive Director of Assessment, updated ELT on the status of assessment reports on the academic and administrative units across the campus. Various administrative units are beginning to submit their assessment reports.

Dr. Miller also emphasized the need for USP to systematically collect data, and to use the acquired data to drive key decisions.

Sara Gallagher mentioned that the Senior Leadership Team was meeting on October 10 to further clarify SLT’s purpose. SLT has invited a consultant to facilitate this brainstorming session.

Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy:
Dr. Gary Sayed mentioned that an announcement will go out in the next week or so regarding the Interim Dean position. Additionally, Pat Lepore stated that the Mayes College will be moving to 4101 Woodland by spring 2008.

Joe Trainor presented the budget planning calendar. In addition, Trainor ’s office will distribute the budget template and calendar to ELT members, and for each ELT member to share this information with their direct reports and their respective budget officers.

ELT Meeting
October 16, 2007

Strategic Partnerships:
There was discussion about the status of our partnership with Virtua Health. Sara Gallagher mentioned that Virtua’s attorneys are drafting an over-arching agreement to solidify the partnership. In addition, Sara Gallagher and Pat Lepore visited Virtua’s corporate office to look at office space for USP faculty and staff to use during their visits. Virtua’s real estate official will draft a lease agreement for USP to review.

Board Meeting:
Dr. Gerbino reviewed the November Board meeting agenda with ELT members, and each corporate officer briefed ELT on the status of their presentations to the Board.

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ConclavePhysical Therapy Students at USP Make First-Rate Impression at APTA’s National Student Conclave
Students from around the country came together under the theme “Forge Ahead!” for the 15th Annual National Student Conclave from Oct. 26 -28 in Valley Forge, Pa. 

USP was well represented, with over 50 professional PT students making the short drive to Valley Forge. “There was a sea of green” was a common observation made about the impression the matching green polos the USP students wore. 

The first day of the conclave included career building events that included mock interviews and resume critiquing. A large exhibit area also opened where students could meet with different clinics and companies from around the country. Then the over 1,000 students attending moved to the opening ceremonies which included an introduction of the Student Assembly Board of Directors candidates, the statement of the mission for the conclave, and therapists reminiscing about their careers and the current state of physical therapy.

The second day gave students the opportunity to gain a better understanding of three different settings in physical therapy as several sessions were established to discuss the different concentrations. Some of these informative sessions included topics such as pediatrics, sports PT, aquatic care, oncology, geriatrics, acute care, and orthopedics.  The day also allowed students to begin developing a financial plan as the presentation on financial management was both enlightening and relevant. 

The final day concluded with the instillation of the new Board members, a presentation on passing the licensure examination, and insuring reimbursement for services rendered. 

It was a great experience that not only allowed USP’s Physical Therapy students to become well-known, but it also gave the students the opportunity to become more excited and involved with their profession.   

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Phi Kappa Psi Lends A Hand to Those in Need
On Saturday, November 5, 15 members of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity visited Philabundance, a food bank that services all of the Southeastern Pennsylvania to assist with their activities. The fraternity members each took part in an assembly line that helped to package four tons of donated ravolli into 25 pound boxes. The packaged ravolli will be delivered to local charities and soup kitchens, which will help feed less forturnate people in many Philadelphia communities. This event has become an annual event for the brothers, who donated three hours of their time to help fight hunger in the area. Earlier in the year, the fraternity ran a very successful clothing drive to benefit local shelters that help keep the homeless warm. As part of Phi Kappa Psi's efforts to help better the Philadelphia community and less fortunate people in the area, they urge all members of the USP community to assist the needy in the upcoming winter months.

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Tool Lending Library Opens on Woodland Avenue
Local residents will be able to borrow tools from the West Philly Tool Library

The West Philly Tool Library is now open every Saturday morning at 4620 Woodland Avenue.  The Tool Library loans a variety of hand tools, power tools, carpentry, plumbing, and garden tools to community residents. 

Efforts to open the Tool Library began in late spring, when a group of West and Southwest Philadelphia residents came together to start organizing the concept.

“We wanted to help ourselves and our neighbors maintain their homes and yards and work on projects and crafts that they otherwise couldn’t do because they needed the tools,” said Michael Froehlich, a co-founder and steering committee member who lives in Walnut Hill.  “Having the right tool for the job is often critical to doing the job right.”

There are about 20 tools libraries in cities throughout the United States, including Columbus, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia; and Rochester, New York. 

“As a new home owner, the tool library has allowed me to do repairs I would not have been able to do otherwise,” said Morgan Riffer, a steering committee member who lives in Spruce Hill.

Community members can join the Tool Library for $20 per year or a one-time $200 payment for a lifetime member.  They can then borrow as many tools as they need to do to work on their project.  Currently, the Tool Library is open on Saturday mornings.  As membership builds, however, the Tool Library hopes to expand its hours to include Tuesday and Thursday evening hours.  The Tool Library also hopes to offer basic do-it-yourself classes in cooperation with other community agencies.

“The development of our Tool Library is a great example of how our neighbors identified a need and solved it without depending on an ‘official’ organization to take the lead,” said D-L Wormley, Deputy Director of NeighborhoodsNow and longtime resident of West Philadelphia.

The Tool Library is fiscally sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition (GPUAC) and is funded by a combination of membership fees and community supporters.  Already, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Woodland Building Supply, Guy Laren, PhillyCarShare, and Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, among others have contributed to the Tool Library.  The Tool Library also gratefully accepts tool donations.

For more information about the Tool Library, call 215-833-3190 or visit www.westphillytools.org.

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Race For Humanity LogoOmega Chi Psi Begins Planning for 3rd Annual 5K Race for Humanity
Mark your calendars! The date for the 3rd Annual Race for Humanity has been set and planning has begun.  This great event is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2008, and will be held to benefit CureSearch, an organization that works with the Children's Oncology Group and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation hoping to find a cure for childrens' cancer through research.  The 5K Race has grown each year, and hopefully will continue along that trend.  More information will be available shortly.  Support and participation are greatly welcomed and appreciated.

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Magee EaglesThe Student Physical Therapy Association and Omega Chi Psi Help Raise $1,000 for the Magee Eagles at USP
In celebration of Physical Therapy month, the Student Physical Therapy Association (SPTA) and Omega Chi Psi teamed up to host the Magee Eagles for the First Annual Quad Rugby Demonstration and Scrimmage in the ARC.  The Magee Eagles are a paraplegic wheelchair rugby team sponsored by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Magee Rehabilitation Hospital.  All that attended an opportunity to watch these stellar athletes as they put on an impressive and inspiring display of skill and determination during their intense scrimmage.  The Magee Eagles then gave all those interested a chance to get into the wheelchairs and compete against some of the best players in the game.  When it was all over, not one member of the crowd would ever think of a person in a wheelchair the same ever again.  With the help of the donations of many astonished spectators, SPTA, and Omega Chi Psi were able to donate $1,000 to the Magee Eagles to help cover their many expenses including the maintaince of their expensive and specifically-designed wheelchairs.  With the great success in its first year, SPTA and Omega Chi Psi are eagerly awaiting the time to begin planning the next event with this incredible team.



Magee Eagles








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604 No More Captures ARC Flag Football Championship
604 No More captures the ARC Flag Football championship defeating the Red Raiders, 66-64. It was the perfect end to a great season. The lead changed several times and the game wasn’t decided until the final seconds of play.  With eight seconds remaining Championship MVP Rich Call DPT'10 caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Cory Cwikla PharmD'10.  The Red Raiders, lead by Matt Pulcini PharmD'12 and Ryan Caso PharmD'12, fought gallantly until the end.  With two seconds they had one last chance to pull off a miracle but Caso’s pass was deflected out of bounds. 

604 No More was composed of Team Captain Zack Masino PharmD'10, Cwikla , Call , Adam McFarland DPT'10, Mike Moll PharmD'10, and Phil Hoover PharmD'10. 

Check out stats, standings and more at www.usip.edu/arc/intramurals

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