University of Pennsylvania
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003
Dear Post-baccs,
This has been an exciting week for the PPS. On Thursday we held our first ever General Meeting with nearly 30 students in attendance. That evening we had a happy hour at Cav's that brought more than 20 people of various backgrounds out to share conversations and meet students previously unknown. This e-mail will be lengthy, so I'll end the narration here and just get to the point.
Election Results
At the first General Meeting we held elections for five Director-level positions. In fact, we were able to add a previously overlooked committee to our agenda after a excellent suggestion by one of the students in attendance. After these elections, we have solidified the PPS leadership for this academic year.
The Executive Board
Chair: Richard T. Kiok
President: Neil Puri
Vice President: Marichris Ancheta
Secretary: Chioma Nkwocha
Treasurer: Asghar Rizvi
Directors of Social Events: Diana Chan & Jen Steinhoff
Directors of Career Development: Robin Suda & Doug Tansey
Director of Public Relations: Bidisha Sinha
Director of Community Service: Jennifer Deyo
Director of Academic Resources: Tamara Johnson
We are all tremendously excited to be working with one another and hope to provide some fun, exciting, and informative events throughout the year. If you have ideas or would like to work with one of the above committees, please feel free to talk to any of us. If you are uncertain about whom to contact, just send me an e-mail, and I will put you in touch with the appropriate people.
Please join me in congratulating our newly-elected Directors!
Campus Tour (Friday, October 7, 2003 at 2PM)
Part of the mission of the PPS is to become a gateway between our program and the greater Penn community. Toward that end, the PPS has organized a campus tour especially designed for post-bacc students to be held on Friday, October 17 at 2 PM (immediately following the Jefferson Medical College workshop/presentation). We will meet in Perleman Quadrangle just outside the west doors of Houston Hall. There is no rain date scheduled for this event, so we'll go rain or shine. I expect this tour to last approximately 1.5 hours. Stay for as much or as little as you'd like.
Come out and become more acquainted with Penn's campus. Hear the stories about campus landmarks (e.g. "What's up with The Button?" and "Why are people selling toast on the days of home football games?"). Learn some of the history of our school and its many firsts. Any Penn alumni that are interested in helping out can contact me directly.
We hope that this event will help people begin to feel more apart of campus, rather than strangers just visiting.
Listserv (to subscribe, e-mail penn-pps-subscribe@yahoogroups.com)
PPS has established its own listserv that we will be using to disseminate information to our members. The listserv is open to anyone interested in entering health professions of any kind. We hope that it will be a less formal forum in which to interact with one another; it is meant to supplement, rather than compete with, the official pre-health listserv that Dr. Hunter uses to post her messages.
The PPS listserv is being administered through Yahoo! and has a very easy subscription process (I've already tried it). In order to subscribe, please send an e-mail to penn-pps-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. You will receive an automatically generated message with a link and/or button asking you to confirm your subscription request. Should you have any problems, please contact Chioma.
Please feel free to use this listserv to organize study groups, ask for bar/restaurant suggestions, find people for pick-up basketball or football (hint, hint), or whatever you feel that you need help with. However, we do have the ability and reserve the right to block messages from anyone that we feel is abusing the listserv. I'm confident that everyone here is mature enough to set reasonable limits (even those of us that send the same message three times in a day).
Any concerns regarding the listserv apart from subscriptions can be addressed to me.
Online Calendar
Another Yahoo! feature that we intend to use is their online calendar. We will be using this calendar to keep track of events relevant to post-bacs including exams, important registration dates, speakers, presentations, happy hours, and other PPS events. You can help us out by adding your exams to the calendar (there's a link on the left-hand menu of the listserv homepage).
We hope that students and administration alike will use this calendar to see when common post-bacc events are scheduled. That way, if the PPS or Dr. Hunter is scheduling anything, we can all check to see times that will be bad for large numbers of people.
We are in the process of trying to get some web space to put up a PPS website. We are in search of a webmaster and web designer to help us create our brand. If you have any experience or want to express your creative energies, please contact Bidisha. We are still trying to decide what to do with the site-to-be, so if have ideas or would like to see anything in particular included in the content, please let us know.
If you've read this far, congratulations! I applaud your diligence. This will be one of the last messages I will send to the listserv regarding PPS activities. By the end of next week, all PPS e-mails will be sent to the PPS listserv. I thank you for your patience and promise that you won't get this more than once. As always, please feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or concerns.

Chair, PPS '03-'04

You can find more news about current PPS happenings as well as information relevant to the future health care environment.  If you have information news that you think PPS should know about, please send an e-mail to the officers at pps.officers@gmail.com.