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I’m Coming Home

Author: Carolyn Grace, C’16

The class flags have been stowed away, the tents have been taken down, and the red and blue balloons have been deflated.  But that isn’t stopping me from blogging about the fantastic weekend that was Homecoming!  Here are some pictures of what I did to celebrate the Red and the Blue:

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Counterparts literally kicked off Homecoming weekend with a kickball game against the Penny Loafers, a fellow a cappella group.  We met at High Rise Field and played for about an hour, ending the game in a tie 3-3.  It was so much fun! Who knew we could be artsy AND athletic??

SATURDAY

I began the day yet again with Counterparts!  We performed a few songs from our Fall show on College Green as a part of QuakerFest.  Because we were the last a cappella group to sing, we got to lead the crowd in “The Red and the Blue.”  Several CP alumni were there to cheer us on!

After our performance, I ran into several Sigma Kappa girls including Nikki Moorer, a member of the Class of 2016 Class Board.  A bunch of us SK’s and CP’s then decided to watch the Penn-Princeton football game together.  Donning my “Puck Frinceton” t-shirt, I made my way to Franklin Field with the others.  Despite the tough loss, we still had really good time watching our fellow sisters in Penn Cheer, throwing toast, and cheering on our Fighting Quakers!

Later that evening, a bunch of my friends went to the joint Fall show for Glee Club and Penn Dance: “Esspressionage – A Latte of Trouble.”  It was fabulous!  After going through my show a couple weeks ago, I can now appreciate fully the amount of effort that goes into making a production, be it singing, dancing, or theatre.

 

SUNDAY

Sigma Kappa welcomed back our alumni with a brunch at our chapter house!  It was great to see a lot of the girls who graduated last year come out for our special alumni breakfast bagels.  I may or may not have nabbed one with cream cheese and lox!  After such a hectic day before, Sunday morning brunch was certainly a nice, relaxing end to the weekend.  Homecoming is a blast as an undergrad.  While I have no intention of rushing the remainder of my time at Penn, and I can’t wait to experience this special weekend as an alum.  Hurrah Hurrah!

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A Homecoming in Transition

Author: Jonathan Cousins, ENG’14, GEN’14

            It was a fantastic sports weekend.  There were huge crowds at both Franklin Field and the Palestra, and even though both our football and basketball teams were defeated, both games were somewhat competitive and the energy was incredible.  Penn pride was all over campus, as students and Alums came together to bond over festivities and football.

I lost my voice on Saturday (I’m on the right in the picture), exemplified by the dramatic finish to the basketball game against Temple, as Penn pulled ahead with a minute and a half left, only to let the game slip away.  But in that moment where there was little time left and the game on the line, I heard the Palestra as loud as I can remember during my 3+ years here.  And that is something I will never forget.

As I reflect back on it, I had a great time.  There was a barbeque between football and basketball that was a success, we handed out hundreds of “Quaker Nation” shirts, and the basketball team even wore them during warm-ups.  After the game Bill Cosby spoke about family and putting a child through college, and provided a great end to a fun day.

This was my last homecoming as a Penn student.  Among other things this semester (last NSO, last “The Line”) I have been having trouble dealing with the idea that my time at Penn is coming to a close.  But homecoming is different.  This homecoming is a transition year for me, and while it may be my last as a student, I will be a Penn Alum for the rest of my life, and I hope that I will get to make the trip to Philadelphia many more times on November weekends.  This year I was already here, but next year will be my first real chance to come home to Penn.

I am on the right side of the yelling students in the #15 jersey

I am on the right side of the yelling students in the #15 jersey

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My Top Penn List: Homecoming 2013

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

Homecoming starts tomorrow. I can’t believe that we are more than half way through semester and soon it will be Thanksgiving. And, it’s been five years of Homecoming, featuring Arts and Culture at Penn.

But before we’re feasting on turkey and sharing time with family, we are invited to return home to our alma mater.

From Wikipedia:

Homecoming is the tradition of welcoming back alumni of a school. It most commonly refers to a tradition in many universities, colleges and high schools in the United States. It usually includes activities for students and alumni, such as sports and culture events and a parade through the streets of the city or town. The NCAA recognizes the University of Missouri as the birthplace of homecoming.

Traditionally the crux of Homecoming is the home football game usually against the School’s rival. This year, the game is Saturday at Noon against our more recently acquired rival Princeton.  (In yesteryear, the rivalry for Penn was against Cornell.) General admission tickets are $15 or you can register in person on College Green for a Blue Quaker Pass which includes a GA ticket.

Outside of the big game, here are my top Penn picks for outstanding Penn programming this Homecoming weekend:

10. New College House Celebration
Friday, 12:30 – 2 PM
Tent on Hill Field

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Come join this picnic for the Penn community with live entertainment, delicious food, give-a-ways and more… Rain or Shine. Presented by Amy Gutmann, President, University of Pennsylvania and David L. Cohen, Chair, Board of Trustees.

9. Exhibit: Audubon’s Birds of America
Friday, 8:30 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, 10 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, 10 AM – Midnight
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, First floor
3420 Walnut Street {Entrance off of College Green}

The Penn Libraries is pleased to announce a new permanent exhibition case devoted to the display of John James Audubon’s spectacular Birds of America (1827-38). Penn’s double elephant folio set of the Birds was a gift of Edwin H. Vare, Jr. in 1957-59. The page opening from the volume on display will be changed on the second Wednesday of every month.

8. The Circuit: 750 Miles of Regional Trails
Sunday, 10 AM – 12 PM
Widener Visitor Center
Morris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Cost: $20

The Circuit: 750 miles of Regional Trails is a lecture by Bob Thomas, AIA, C’69,GAR’73, life-long Philadelphian, noted architect, planner, and Penn alumus. Learn more about the Philadelphia’s 750 mile regional trail system and its pending expansion. Tours of the Morris Arboretum are available after the presentation.

7. Rugby Alumni Game
Friday, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Penn Park

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Football isn’t the only sport that brings our Pennsylvanians back to West Philadelphia. The Penn Rugby Alumni Board cordially invites you to attend the Ninth Annual Homecoming Alumni Game Friday evening at Penn Park. Join us to cheer on the Penn alumni rugby players. After the game, take part in a special alumni reception at Penn Park. Please contact Michael Reno at mreno@upenn.edu to RSVP.

6. PennGALA Speed Mentoring
Saturday, 2:30 PM – 4 PM
LGBT Center
3907 Spruce St

PENNgalaPenn students and alumni are welcome to join PennGALA’s Speed Mentoring event at the LGBT Center. LGBTQA alumni will connect with each other and current LGBTQA undergraduate and graduate students in a series of short one-on-one conversations, to discuss career-related issues such as job-search techniques, industry-specific topics, and professional life as an LGBTQA individual in the working world. Alumni, you are encouraged to indicate your career background here.

5. Exhibit: Ormandy in China: The Historic 1973 Tour
Friday, 8:30 AM – 9 PM
Saturday, 10 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, 10 AM – Midnight
Eugene Ormandy Gallery
Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 4th Floor
3420 Walnut Street {entrance off College Green}

The 1973 tour of China by the Philadelphia Orchestra marked an important milestone in relations between the United States and the People’s Republic of China. Following on the heels of Richard Nixon’s trip to visit Mao Zedong in 1972, the tour was a successful attempt at cultural diplomacy–the first visit to China by an American orchestra. In recognition of the fortieth anniversary of this historic tour, “Ormandy in China” reexamines the ten-day visit and places the tour in the context of the political and cultural climate of the time.

4. Blutt Band Slam
Saturday, 3 PM – 5 PM
College Green

Whether you love jazz, classical music, or good old-fashioned rock and roll, you will find something to get your toes tapping at this engaging and spirited competition on College Green. Band members will compete in a wide range of genres and styles. Meet up with friends at the Quaketacular Spectacular Beer Garden and watch the show.

Penn alumni, student musicians and singers! More information here!

3. 79th Annual Alumni Award of Merit Gala
Friday, 6 PM – 10 PM
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
3680 Walnut Street

Join fellow alumni, friends and guests, at the 79th annual installment of a Penn tradition. The Gala honors those alumni who have demonstrated commitment and dedication to the University, helping to make it shine more brightly than ever. Hosted by new Penn Alumni President, Julie Beren Platt, C’79, the Gala will recognize individual alumni, class and club honorees. Board of Trustees Chairs, David L. Cohen and President Amy Gutmann invite all alumni to attend this splendid occasion.

For more information visit, www.alumni.upenn.edu/pennalumni/aamgala or call 215.898.7811. Cost is $75 per person/$55 for alumni graduates, 2003-2013.

Alumni Award of Merit
L. John Clark, W’63, WG’68
Mindy Halikman Heyer, C’79, W’79, WG’80
Helen Frame Peters, Ph.D., CW’70, G’74, GR’79
Steve Roth, W’66
Young Alumni Award
Farnia Fresnel, ENG’98
Andrew J. Rosenthal, C’06
Creative Spirit Award
Mary Ellen Mark, FA’62, ASC’64, Hon’94
Class Award of Merit
Class of 1978
David N. Tyre Award for Excellence in Class Communications
Class of 2008
Alumni Club Award of Merit
Penn Alumni Club of Metro New Jersey

2. Classes without Quizzes: Dining and Lovemaking in Pompeii
Friday, 6 PM – 7 PM
Penn Museum,
Widener Lecture Room

“Dining and Lovemaking in Pompeii” Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section, Penn Museum, James B. Pritchard Professor of Archaeology, University of Pennsylvania The destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79 A.D. allows us to reconstruct extensively the nature of daily life in an Early Imperial Roman town, especially the residents’ attitudes toward food and sex. This lecture presents an overview of those attitudes by examining the archaeological discoveries in both cities, including the wall paintings, mosaics, dining rooms, and food remains. Topics include cookbooks and dinner parties as well as prostitution and same-sex relationships.

1. The film screening, Head Games
Presented by Penn Alumni Film Festival
Saturday, 5:45 PM – 8 PM
Claudia Cohen Hall
G17 Class of 1969 Lecture Room
249 South 36th Street

Inspired by events from the book Head Games written by former Ivy League football star and WWE wrestler Christopher Nowinski, and featuring interviews with Nowinski, Bob Costas (NBC Sports), Keith Primeau (NHL All-Star), Cindy Parlow Cone (Olympic Gold Medalist, Women’s Soccer), and many more, Head Games exposes viewers to one of the leading public health issues of our time, concussion. The film features several of Penn’s leading scientists and clinicians interested in providing evidence-based treatments and improving the lives of those who have experienced lasting effects from a traumatic brain injury.

Stick around after the documentary for a panel discussion with medical experts. Panelists include:

  • Dave F. Meaney, PhD, Chairman, Department of Bioengineering, Solomon R. Pollack Professor Bioengineering, Associate Director, Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair
  • M. Sean Grady, MD, Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Charles Harrison Frazier Professor of Neurosurgery, Perelman School of Medicine
  • Douglas H. Smith, MD, Director, Penn Center for Brain Injury and Repair, Robert A. Groff Professor of Neurosurgery, Vice-Chairman for Research & Education, Department of Neurosurgery
  • Rahul Kapur, MD, Chief Medical Physician, Penn Athletics Kelli Williams, PhD, Director of Neuropsychology and Co-Director, Concussion Clinic, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

I hope this selection of Homecoming programming makes you excited for the weekend as much as I am! See you on campus.

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Go Green at QuakerFest

 Author: Kelly O’Connor

Homecoming Weekend

Thanks to Penn’s Green Campus Partnership, QuakerFest is becoming more environmentally sustainable. This year, QuakerFest, the alumni tailgate held before the Homecoming football game, will be a zero-waste event, in line with the University’s ReThink Your Footprint waste minimization awareness campaign. A zero-waste event is an event where at least 90% of event waste is diverted from landfills. All waste that is produced at the event will be recyclable, compostable, or reusable.

Penn-Alumni-Zero-Waste-graphic1-copyThe goal of the ReThink Your Footprint campaign is to raise the level of conversation about waste management beyond solely recycling and into a broader discussion of source reduction and reuse – resulting in greater diversion of campus waste from the landfill. ReThink Your Footprint culminates during three weeks, November 4 – 22, with an awareness campaign designed to engage the entire Penn Community. In support of our Climate Action Plan’s goals in the area of waste minimization, an assortment of initiatives, events, presentations, and other forms of outreach will take place during this period to share information about environmentally sustainable practices in source reduction, reuse, and recycling.

With up to 1,000 people attending QuakerFest, this event is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate ReThink Your Footprint in action. At QuakerFest, all plates and utensils will be compostable. Student volunteers will help attendees with zero-waste decision-making when they finish eating at the QuakerFest picnic. Other volunteers will help explain what zero-waste events are and how this event ties in to Penn’s Climate Action Plan goals to attendees.

Click here to view all Homecoming Weekend events.

Register Today!

 

 

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Come celebrate 5 years of Arts and Culture!

Author: Janell Wiseley

Homecoming Weekend is just a view short weeks away, Nov. 8th-10th.  Don’t forget to register for events like:

Classes Without Quizzes

Classes Without Quizzes

 

Penn Alumni Film Festival

Penn Alumni Film Festival

 

Alumni Arts Fair

Alumni Arts Fair

 

Gallery Hop

Gallery Hop

 

Taste of Penn Spectrum

Taste of Penn Spectrum

 

Register Today!

 

 

 

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Calling all Artsits, Artisans, and Crafters

Author: Sandra Scutt, W’86

All alumni are invited to participate in the annual Penn Alumni Arts Fair to be held on Saturday, November 9 from 10 AM until 5 PM during Homecoming Weekend.  We welcome any medium–from paintings, to sculpture, to crafts or drawings. Although this is not a juried show, vendors include high-caliber professional artists as well as those whose work is a passionate avocation.

This is the fifth year that Penn is celebrating Homecoming Weekend featuring Arts & Culture.  We would love to have our largest group of artists to date!

Not sure if this fair is a fit for you? View images submitted for previous fairs in 2009   and  2010 and see photos from the 2011 and 2012 Arts Fairs.

Register online today! Tables, linens, and lunch will be provided for participants; the booth fee is $30, and there is no commission taken.

We hope you can join us! Have questions? Contact Sandra at sscutt@upenn.edu or 215.746.3239.

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What’s Happening at Penn this Summer?

Author: Joshua Durando

With the craziness of the academic year behind us and only a few weeks left before the frenzy of a new school year starts, I decided to take a walk around campus today to see what’s going on. While my summer has been a tad slow, the campus is still abuzz with activity, with new construction happening all over campus.

ArchIf you’ve visited Sweeten Alumni House recently, the scene above might look familiar to you. The renovations on The ARCH are coming along nicely.

If you continue just down Walnut Street, you’ll encounter another large project: the new Nanotechnology building.

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Both spaces are going to be absolutely beautiful and will undoubtedly aid in making campus even more dynamic.

Have you made your plans to see all that’s new and happening at Penn over Homecoming Weekend? It’s never to soon to start planning for Homecoming Weekend featuring arts & culture, happening November 8 through the 10, 2013. You can keep up with the most up-to-date information here. Hope to see you all there!

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My Top Penn List: Engagement and the Campaign

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

We raised $4,302,890,707 in our Making History Campaign. Wow, that’s a lot of money.  If you haven’t yet visited the final report website, you should in order to see how much of an impact the legacy of this campaign will have on the University.

The “Number”

The “Number”

Yet our campaign was crafted to be different; we emphasized engagement goals for ourselves that focused on increasing every alumnus’s access and interaction with the University whether it was on campus and out in the world.  We took these objectives seriously and created or retooled over 25 programs during the life of the campaign that increased alumni engagement.

I wanted to highlight 10 of my favorite engagement programs that have come about due to the campaign.

10. Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW) Summer Networking Receptions: Over the summer, TCPW, whose charge is to support, foster and promote the advancement of women’s issues within the University, hosts Summer Networking Receptions for Penn alumnae and current Penn students to make social and business contentions. Bringing Penn alumnae together and spotlighting a female executive from the region as the keynote speaker for the reception, TCPW provided exclusive opportunities for networking.

TCPW Summer Networking Reception – Chicago (2012).

TCPW Summer Networking Reception – Chicago (2012).

9. Social Media: Social Media has been around since 1994 started by now defunct brands like TheGlobe, GeoCities and SixDegrees. Sites like My Space and Friendster, which started in 2002-2003, were the watershed portals of the Social Media trends that made way for Facebook in 2004 and Twitter in 2006. Facebook and Twitter burst onto the scene and soon became the ubiquitous means of staying in touch with over 500 million Twitter users and over one billion Facebook users. It was obvious that having a presence online would be valuable. While an ever-changing social landscape, this nexus of online communities and outlets will evolve and Penn will plan to stay in the forefront of new media.

Since the start of the campaign, seven years ago, Penn has since joined Twitter (with 4,244 followers) and Facebook (with 51,276 likes) in 2009. Also, that year, Penn started to manage its presence on LinkedIn with 26,728 members. As of summer and fall 2012, Penn has joined the ranks of Instagram and Pinterest.

8. Quaker Yellow Pages: The Quaker Yellow Pages were launched to help our alumni support businesses of Penn alumni. Alumni can find the products and services advertised by fellow alumni. Individuals are encouraged to post a listing to promote your own product or service for free. Simply select one of the choices below. Penn Dental was inspired to create their own Quaker resource, the Find a Penn Dentist tool, which will give you the names of Penn Dental alumni who practice in your area.

7. Penn To You: Penn To You: More than a School Night embraces Penn’s unofficial motto: Never stop learning. In the classroom, in the community, and in the wider world, Penn people bring an intense intellectual curiosity to everything they do. Penn to You is designed to bring Penn alumni, parents, and friends together for an evening of intellectual and social engagement. Each event will feature one of Penn’s 12 schools and will include conversation, presentations and panel discussions with select faculty—many of whom were recruited through the Making History Campaign.

: Penn To You – Chicago featuring Ezekiel Emanuel and Barbara E. Kahn (2012).

Penn To You – Chicago featuring Ezekiel Emanuel and Barbara E. Kahn (2012).

6. Penn Spectrum: In 2010, University held its first-ever weekend-long alumni conference devoted entirely to celebrating diversity, Penn Spectrum. After three years of taking the event on the road, Penn Spectrum returns to campus, capping the momentum of our diverse alumni. All alumni are welcome. More information will be available on the Penn Spectrum page.

Penn Spectrum on the Road – Washington, DC (2011).

Penn Spectrum on the Road – Washington, DC (2011).

5. Frankly Penn: Frankly Penn, the Penn Alumni Blog, was established in March 2011 to represent life at the University of Pennsylvania. The team of bloggers consists of alumni, students, staff and faculty from around Penn –both on campus and beyond. This mixture of voices illustrates the dynamic and robust spirit of the University to all who read it. Led by the communications team at Penn Alumni, the blog has had 89,992 views and 564 posts, plus the blog has been continuously updated, Monday through Friday, since its launch.

4. Family Programs: Penn Alumni Families provides Penn Alumni family-specific events for our Philadelphia area alumni with children ages 12 years and under. This new series provides an opportunity for alumni to enjoy Penn events with an emphasis on programming for their children. With the success of Family Day at Mask & Wig and 40 Winks with the Sphinx, look for more events in Philadelphia and in the regions.

40 Winks with the Sphinx (2011).

40 Winks with the Sphinx (2011).

3. Penn Quotient: The Penn Quotient was developed at our Winter Board Retreat as an easy way to determine how you can best show your loyalty and support for your alma mater. It’s a simple checklist to identify those things you are already doing and to explore those you have yet to try.

Complete the checklist once a year to achieve a perfect score:

  • Attend Alumni Weekend in May
  • Explore arts and culture at Homecoming
  • Join or attend events with your local club
  • Visit QuakerNet and update your profile
  • Promote Penn to prospective students
  • Participate in an Alumni Education program
  • Donate to one of Penn’s many annual funds
  • Read The Pennsylvania Gazette
    The real reason for reunions, Alumni Weekend (2011).

    The real reason for reunions, Alumni Weekend (2011).

    2. Penn Alumni Office Hours: As a student at Penn, you could take part in the opportunity to ask in-depth questions and to explore points of interest with your professor outside of class during his or her office hours. Penn Alumni Office Hours provide this same opportunity to alumni by hosting a virtual Office Hours webinar presentation featuring one of Penn’s dynamic faculty members, who will focus on a topic or issue of their choice.

    From the ease of your computer, you can attend these free webinars and submit questions and comments both in advance of and during the program.  If you are unable to visit the Office Hours live, all Office Hour webinars will be recorded and made available through the Penn Alumni Relations site.

    1. Penn Alumni Interview Program: The Penn Alumni Interview Program involves the largest number of Penn Alumni who volunteer for a single project. During Making History, we were able to transition seamlessly the program from the Admissions to Alumni Relations. Capitalizing on the synergies that exist in the Alumni Relations office as well as the leadership of our dedicated staff, the Interview Program was able to steward our Interview Program chairs and interviewers to conduct 21,750 interviews which represents 68% of the total candidates that applied to Penn.

    Penn alumni interviewers help high school students learn more about Penn, and they help the Admissions Office learn more about applicants to the university.  As the Interview Program has the goal of being able to offer an interview to every student who applies as a prospective undergraduate, the Interview Program team will be traveling out to our alumni to help provide training and the information our alumni interviewers will need to help Penn see its goal come true.

    Look at all this Penn Pride. (Homecoming, 2011).

    Look at all this Penn Pride. (Homecoming, 2011).

    Author’s note: I am currently out of the office on a business trip. At the time I submitted this entry, all statistics sited in this blog were accurate.

     

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My Top Penn List: Looking Forward to 2013

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

While we are hopeful for the year and are committing to affirm our resolutions, I wanted to share with you my top Penn list of the Penn events I’m looking forward to in 2013.

10.          Ben’s Birthday Bash (January)

“Life’s Tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”

Our founder, Benjamin Franklin, is celebrating his 307th birthday this year on January 17. In his honor, many of our Penn Alumni Regional Clubs will be hosting get-togethers during the month of January all throughout the world. Visit the Regional Club’s Ben’s Birthday Bash page to join Penn alumni in a city near you for this year’s festivities!

9.            The Interview Program Training (year-round)

Each year, thousands of Penn alumni volunteers interact with tens of thousands of prospective Penn students around the world.  This volunteers interviewers help high school students learn more about Penn, and they help the Admissions Office learn more about applicants to the university.  As the Interview Program moves forward with the goal of being able to offer an interview to every student who applies as a prospective undergraduate, the Interview Program team will be traveling out to our alumni to help provide training and the information our alumni interviewers will need to help Penn see its goal come true. More information will be available on the Penn Alumni Interview Program page.

8.            Penn Spectrum 2013 (Philadelphia: September 20 -22, 2013)

Panel discussion: Penn and the Importance of Community Involvement

In 2010, Penn Spectrum was the University’s first-ever weekend-long alumni conference devoted entirely to celebrating diversity. After three years of taking the event on the road, Penn Spectrum returns to campus, capping the momentum of our diverse alumni. All alumni are welcome. More information will be available on the Penn Spectrum page.

7.            Alumni Weekend (Philadelphia: May 10-13, 2013)

Alumni Weekend is one of Penn’s two hallmark weekends which invite all alumni back to their intellectual home away from home. This year, our alumni classes – ending is threes and eights – will return for their quinquennial reunions as campus opens up its doors for all alumni to celebrate, engage and reminisce.

6.            Healthy Cities: Healthy Women (Washington, DC & London, UK: October)

In 2009, Penn Nursing, The Trustee’s Council of Penn Women and Penn Alumni jointly launched a series of global Healthy Cities: Healthy Women events focused on women’s health in urban areas and the pivotal role that women play in developing and sustaining healthy lives, families and communities around the world.  Other Healthy Cities: Healthy Women events in Miami, Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles have brought together local, national and international experts coupled with leading faculty from a variety of the University of Pennsylvania’s schools and centers to focus on challenges and multi-disciplinary solutions related to urban women’s health.  This year Nursing’s flagship event will be traveling to Washington, DC and London, UK.

5.            Penn Alumni Volunteer Appreciation Event (Philadelphia: March 2, 2013)

Our Penn Alumni volunteers work hard year round, so once each year we throw them a party!  This year’s Volunteer Appreciation Event will be held in Houston Hall.  All 10,000+ Penn volunteers—including Penn parents and friends—are invited to Dr. Gutmann will attend as well to thank those present for sharing their time and talents. The reception is followed by the Penn vs. Harvard basketball game.

A full Hutchingson gym.

A full Hutchinson gym for last year’s Appreciation Event

4.            Homecoming Weekend Featuring Arrts and Culture (November 8-9, 2013)

Homecoming is Penn’s other hallmark weekend.  The enthusiasm of watching our Quakers take on the Tigers of Princeton spreads throughout campus as alumni return and join students in a festive weekend in West Philadelphia. Now toted as Homecoming featuring Arts and Culture as Penn, this event highlights many of the rich talents of our fellow Pennsylvanians, from their athletic prowess, their craft in film and their detail in art for all alumni to reveal in.

3.            Hey Day/Final Toast (April 24, 2013)

Following a tradition that reaches back to 1916, Penn juniors celebrated Hey Day by donning red shirts, strutting along Locust Walk carrying canes and biting into straw hats. A celebration that is unique to Penn, Hey Day marks the “moving up” of juniors to the senior class. This year’s event began with a class picnic, followed by the boisterous class procession.

Penn President Amy Gutmann met the students at College Hall, where, before officially declaring the current junior class seniors, she gave them “one final test.” After the students roared out their answers, Gutmann said, “You’ve passed. Now, by the power vested in me by the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, I hereby declare you, seniors. Congratulations.”

In the meantime, the soon-to-be-graduating class celebrates the arrival of the juniors on College Green at the Final Toast. This event, sponsored by the Penn Traditions program, brings together the senior class to welcome juniors into the alumni community with great food, live music, and a toast as the class of 2013 “moves up” into their senior year on Hey Day.

2.            Graduation (May 13, 2013)

The University of Pennsylvania’s 257th Commencement will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013 in Franklin Field, located at 33rd and South Streets.  That morning the Class of 2013 will parade into our revered football stadium and will exit as the newest members of the Penn Alumni Network after Dr. Gutmann  has “freely granted all rights, honors and privileges pertaining” their degrees to our most recent alumni.

Updated information will be provided during the year, on the Office of the University Secretary’s Commencement page, including information on the ceremony, travel and lodging, students and faculty/administration for Commencement 2013, as well as historical information on Penn’s previous commencement ceremonies.

1.            Campaign Celebration (Philadelphia: April 19, 2013 and other locations this year and beyond)

The Making History Campaign ended December 31, 2012. While we don’t have final numbers yet, we are looking forward to share the outcome with the Penn community with our Campaign Celebrations.

As you know, Penn makes history by shaping the future. We started with the revolutionary ideas, passionate people, and practical pursuits that have always defined Penn and added our 18 amazing schools and centers on one compact campus, a university-wide culture of collaboration, and a genuine desire to do good, and the result is a university singularly prepared to bring new vision and fresh solutions to the most important issues of our day.

Making History Kick-off, October 2007.

Making History Kick-off, October 2007

The University will be kicking off the Campaign Celebrations in Philadelphia in April and around the world for the next year and half.  We look forward to seeing you at one of our parties soon.

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Let’s Get Animated!

Author: Lisa Marie Patzer

Homecoming Weekend, Featuring Arts and Culture, was a wonderful opportunity for alumni, students and friends to show their excitement for Penn.  Whether it was the Penn Cheerleaders performing on College Green or the Glee Club singing The Red & The Blue, the weekend was full of animated spirit!

To see more photos from Homecoming Weekend, Featuring Arts and Culture, check out the Penn Alumni Phanfare site.

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