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My Top Penn List: Alumni Weekend 2014 Tweets

By: Casey Ryan, C’95

First of all I’d like to acknowledge my amazing colleague, Jason Strohl, for running a few stories in lieu of mine because I was going to miss the deadline. Thank you, Strohly, for covering for me.

It’s been a month since Alumni Weekend. I wanted to share with you some of the most enjoyable tweets and pictures (with #PennAW) from the wonderful weekend. (Note: the opinions and views expressed through these Twitter, instagram and other social media accounts are the opinions of those individuals and do not reflect the opinions or views of the University or myself).

10. @yPennAlumni: The truest #PennAW button that ever existed. pennalumni @penn @penn2004 @penn2009 http://bit.ly/1qL0ha2

9. @Penn: For their 5th reunion, @Penn2009 had the right idea for their class gift. #PennAW #ArmyofAmys @yPennAlumni https://twitter.com/Penn/status/468109660705533952

8. @gsh1984: What a great time teaching social media basics with @KarenLGlass #PennAW photo http://i.instagram.com/p/oGZXu0iYBh/

7. @CarlinAdelson: I saw people and it was terrific! #pennaw #by09 http://twitter.com/CarlinAdelson/status/468016479414521856/

6. @heatherette01: A little blurry, but a gem #freshmanyear #roomielove #penn09 #pennaw http://Instagram.com/p/oHqXqcP-46/

5. @IraHarkavy: Amazing day. Congrats to the Young Quakers, who competed against Harlem Lacrosse players at Penn Park #PennAW http://twitter.com/IraHarkavy/status/467807661560692736

4. @ErinnLCarey: This @penn alum from the class of ’54 still has his tuition bill! Grand total, including fees?? $342.50!! #PennAW http://twitter.com/ErinnLCarey/status/467785572665540608/

3. @PennMedAlumni: Our med alumni show off their #pennpride in a parade that leads into the newly completed #pennpark #maw2014 #pennaw http://twitter.com/PennMedAlumni/status/467707493502943232/

2. @thomaswnance: Best Friends Ever!! #PennAW #BenFranklinStatue @ College Green http://Instagram.com/p/oGsoFHKLYo/

1. @KieraReilly: Hi Ben! I bet lots of alumni will come by to say hi today. #PennAW http://4sq.com/S30uFU

There were two honorable mentions:

@jgoldner: When do I get to throw toast? #PennAW”

@johnbudd: First stop at reunion: Abner’s. #PennAW http://twitter.com/johnbudd/status/467425812912685056

I hope to see you come back to campus for Homecoming, October 30-November 1 and Alumni Weekend 2015 May 15-18 and tweet away.

 

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My Top Penn List: Ten to Penn Holiday Edition

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

When I first moved back into West Philadelphia, I wrote my second Ten to Penn entry extoling the sights I enjoy on my trek to work through University City.

Now in honor of the holiday season, I share with you my newest and snowiest Ten to Penn from the snowstorm of December 10.

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At the corner of 45th & Baltimore, morning commuters leave Milk & Honey with office for the trek

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A house spruced up for the holiday season

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A snow covered sign at Green Line Café suggesting folks to “warm up”

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Bright gingko foliage is now covered in snow

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Holiday lights still on from the evening against the falling snow

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The first glimpse of campus – the Hill Pavilion of the Vet School – behind snow crusted trees

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Walking along Woodland Walk, spying the snowy Quad

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The Class of 56 Trolley making a lovely winter scene

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The view of College Green from my West Philadelphia approach

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My destination – a warm Sweeten House on a cold wintry day

I hope that this photographic journey reminds you of how you found Penn to be so special! May your Holidays be fantastic and best wishes for a Happy New Year! (Plan to come back for Alumni Weekend 2014, May 16-19 and enjoy the spring in Philadelphia.)

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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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My Top Penn List: Best Professors to Explain Washington

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

I’m a CNN junkie. I watch Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan and Jake Tapper regularly.  If I get out of work at 5, I head to the gym where I can view Wolf Blitzer’s Situation Room from the elliptical.  So I’ve been closely watching the government shut down and the nation’s run into the most recent spending limit cap. Last night, I watched the literal 11th hour House vote on the Senate’s bill and listened to the commentary before calling it a night.

There are so many issues in DC: laws, policy, the will of the people, healthcare, jobs, taxes, default and more. Whether or not you agree with the current vote of Congress, this quagmire has been in the news for a solid three weeks and could use a lot of clarification.  Here are my choices for Penn faculty who would do a great job to help explain the forces at work in DC.


10.      J. Sanford Schwartz, M’74, INT’78 – Dr. Schwartz is an health care policy expert, who predicted that the Affordable Healthcare Act would contentiously pass and focuses on cost-quality tradeoffs in health care, health economics, health policy and medical decision making.


9.         Michael X. Delli Carpini, C’75, G’75  – Frequently Dean Delli Carpini explores the realm of politics in this new information environment and in particular, he explores the evolution of media that has occurred over the last twenty-five years – blogs, online fundraising, citizen journalism, social networking sites, viral videos, websites – to drive political campaigns.


8.         David B. Thornburgh
– As the Executive Director, Fels Institute of Government, Mr. Thornburgh teaches Politics and Public Leadership which orients students to the constraints that characterize leadership and management in the public service focusing on the areas of  public service, policy analysis, politics, and political realism.


7.         Jeremy Siegel
– Dr. Siegel is our guru of the stock markets.  Every media event of the Congress and President seem to be orchestrated to send a message to the global markets that the US will not fail them.


6.         Olivia Mitchell
– As a professor of Business Economics and Public Policy  and of Insurance and Risk Management, Dr. Mitchell is the expert on employee benefits and compensation, health/retirement analysis & policy, international private & social insurance, labor economics & public finance and risk & crisis management.


5.         Marjorie Margolies, CW’63, PAR’91, PAR’97
– As a former Member of Congress for the 13th District of Pennsylvania, Ms. Margolies knows a thing or two about the House of Representatives which benefits her students in her class, Dealing with the Media.


4.         Julia Lynch – Dr. Lynch, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, studies the concerns the politics of inequality, social policy, and the economy in comparative perspective, with a focus on the countries of Western Europe and the United States.


3.         Reed Shuldiner, PAR’14 – A Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Center for Tax Law and Policy, Dr. Shuldiner is one of the nation’s top experts on the Federal income tax – best known for his seminal work on the taxation of financial products. Plus he has advised the governments of China, Lithuania, the Philippines, and South Africa on income tax issues on behalf of the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. Treasury.


2.         Joni Finney – As the Director of the Institute for Research on Higher Education, Dr. Finney’s work on higher ed espeically on issues like public finance of higher education, governance, access and accountability might shed some light on how the issues in Washington end up affecting those of us working at Penn.


1.         Mark Duggan – Professor Duggan is the Faculty Director of Wharton Public Policy Initiative. In this role, he is my number one choice to oversee that conversation that we could have with these other nine faculty members to shed some light on the power play and issues in the Beltway.

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My Top Penn List: Penn Spectrum 2013

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

While advanced registration for Penn Spectrum 2013 is closed; walk-on registration is available Friday and Saturday. This conference is gearing up to be phenomenal.

The educational pieces highlight topics that focus on issues pertinent to our multicultural groups and are given a Penn spin with alumni thought-leaders. The social get-togethers encourage camaraderie. Finally, Penn is always beautiful in the early fall and Penn Park is bustling with activity.

Here are the top ten events that I’m looking forward to this weekend.

10.   Guided Tour of Penn Park by University Architect David Hollenberg.
Friday, September 20, 1:30pm
Meet at Weightman Hall, 235 South 33rd Street (between Locust and Spruce, near Franklin Field)

See the University’s beautiful new green space featuring environmentally-conscious recreational and athletic areas on the eastern edge of campus. Learn about the Park’s unique design, and hear from Mike Diorka (Associate Athletic Director, Facility Management) about how people are putting the new space to use.

9.   Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster
Sunday, September 22, 12noon
Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street, Trescher Entrance

Browse this collection of 33 posters aimed at mobilizing African-Americans in war efforts, even as they faced oppression and injustice in their homelands.

8.   Post-racial Leadership at Penn and Beyond
Friday, September 20, 4:30-6pm
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street

Join the James Brister Society (JBS) for a panel discussion featuring members who have demonstrated leadership at the University and in their careers. Followed by networking with the panelists and your fellow attendees.
Moderator: Leslie Kruhly, University Vice President and Secretary. Panelists include Gil Casellas, L’77, University Trustee, JBS Co-Chair, Chairman of OMNITRU, former Chairman of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Claire Lomax, Esq., C’84, University Trustee, Member-School of Social Policy & Practice Board of Overseers, General Counsel-The Lomax Companies; John Chou, Esq., L’84, Executive Vice President and General Counsel at AmerisourceBergen Corporation; Farah Jimenez, Esq. C’90, L’96, JBS Member, President and CEO of People’s Emergency Center.

7.   Harvest Ceremony and Tour of Penn’s New Lenape Garden
Also at Saturday, September 21, 5-6:30pm
Greenfield Intercultural Center, 3708 Chestnut Street

Celebrate with us at the home of the beautiful, tortoise-shaped Lenape Garden. It was created to educate the community about the Lenape who first called the Delaware Valley home. Also featuring the art of Jack “Crying Raven” Anderson from the Ramapough Lunaape Nation who works with acrylic, oils, watercolor, and collage. His art reflects his transitional life, strong family values, but also rebellion against education, conformity and strict social mores. It also reflects who he has become after going through a healing process and developing new respect for family values, spiritualism, society, art and music.

6.   Look Who’s Famous Now! Increasing Asian American Presence in Media and Entertainment
Saturday, September 21, 3:30-5pm
Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

Discover the challenges that Asian Americans have historically faced in these industries and how we addressing these challenges today. Learn how access to digital technology has affected Asian and Pacific Islander representation, both onscreen and behind the scenes. Featuring Brian Redondo, C’05, Digital Project Manager at the Ad Council, Jessica Park, W’06, Director, Office of the CEO at Warner Music Group and Bing Chen, C’09, Global Creator Development & Management Lead at YouTube.

5.   LGBT Community at Penn: Past, Present & Future
Saturday, September 21, 5-6:30pm
LGBT Center, 3907 Spruce Street

Join in the conversation about the LGBT community at Penn and how it has evolved over the last several decades, including the development of the LGBT Center itself and how Penn’s LGBT Center is a model among its peers at other institutions. We’ll conclude with a dialogue about the challenges that lie ahead and the vision for the Center and our community in the years to come. With Bob Schoenberg, GSW ’89; Director, Penn LGBT Center; Erin G. Cross, G ’10; Associate Director, Penn LGBT Center; Carolyn DeChants, SP2 ’13, and Andres Castro Samayoa, GSE ’17.

4.   Traditional Native American Grand Entry and Official Welcome
Friday, September 20, 7pm
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Harold Prince Theater, 3680 Walnut Street

University administrators offer a formal welcome after our Penn Spectrum Grand Entry, featuring drums and dance based on the opening ceremony of a Powwow. As part of this tradition, any military veterans present will be honored by the other attendees and event will be emceed by Talon Ducheneaux, C’15

3.   Black Alumni Reunion Dinner and Keynote Speaker
Saturday, September 21, 7:30-9pm
Hall of Flags, Houston Hall

This Reunion Dinner program includes greetings and remarks from the Black Alumni Society (BAS) and Makuu Black Cultural Center as well as Keynote Speaker, Marc Morial, C’80, President and CEO of the National Urban League, former Mayor of New Orleans.

2.   Questions vs. Solutions: The Immigration Discussion Continues
Saturday, September 21, 3:30-5pm
Colloquium Room, 8th Floor, Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street

Why should community members support efforts to improve the integration and inclusion of those new to the U.S., as well as others facing language and cultural barriers, into the social and economic fabric of a city? Featuring a conversation with Jennifer I. Rodríguez, GCP’01, Executive Director, Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs. Hosted by Nicolas Rodriquez, C’04, Conference Co-Chair, Board member of the Association of Latino Alumni.

1.   Penn Spectrum Dance Party (21+ Only)
Saturday, September 21, 9pm-1am, Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall

In the tradition of Taste of Penn Spectrum from Homecoming and Alumni Weekend, dance the night away to R&B, salsa, Bhangra, hip hop, merengue, reggaeton, soca, and more to end the Saturday’s activities on a high note.

I know that our Penn Alumni Relation staff will be working hard to make this a fantastic event for our Multicultural Outreach teammates and our diverse alumni alike.

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My Top Penn List: Faculty Travelblogs

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

During the summer, it’s nice to have some time to slow down and catch up on things between Alumni Weekend & Graduation and New Student Orientation. In addition to having some time to work on long-term projects, I get more time to enjoy some fascinating posts on our blog by our own faculty.

I was drawn to these stories due to my own wanderlust.  I hope these entries inspire your own dreams and travels.

10. Marvelous Macchu Pichu and Mythic Toga Parties: Relive Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw’s, Associate Professor of American Art, visit to mystical Peru.

Macchu Pichu

9. Italian Inspirations: Reminisce with Michael Gamer, Associate Professor of English, on his journey through magical Italy.

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8. Paris to Normandy: Experience the relaxed atmosphere of a French river cruise with our Professor Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw.

Monet’s house, Giverny, France

7. Cruising the Dalmatian Coast: Explore the wonders of the Adriatic and the Dalmatian coast with David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English.

Grgur Ninski statue, Split, Croatia

6. The Waterways of Holland and Belgium: Simon Richter, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, shares his discoveries along the impressive canals of the Netherlands and coast of Belgium.

In Bruges

5. Sketches of Spain: Find out more about Northern Spain and Basque Country from our prolific faculty blogger, Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw.

Casa Battló, Barcelona

4. The Danube River and Habsburg Empire: Enjoy André Dombrowski’s, Assistant Professor of Art History, tale of traveling down the Danube.

Dürnstein, Austria

3. Across Time and Space – Discovering Morocco: Wax nostalgic about the timelessness of Morocco with Thomas Max Safley, Professor of History.

Kasbah, by Murray Sherman, Gr’69

2. Baltic Dispatches, Part 2: Relive Art Caplan’s, the former Emmanuel and Robert Hart Director of the Center for Bioethics, trek around the Baltic States.

Riga, Latvia

1. Turkey Trot: Join Larry Silver, Professor of Art History, in his search for the quintessential Turkey.

The Blue Mosque

These are some of my favorite stories and pictures from our amazing faculty.  I’ve been on orbitz, expedia and travelocity to plan some of  my own holidays, inspired by our globetrotting professors. Better yet, I’m going to peruse the Penn Alumni Travel page and discover my future expedition there.

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My Ten Penn List: Ivy Plus at Penn

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

Last year I shared with you some insider knowledge about our Alumni Relations peer conference, Ivy Plus, which Dartmouth hosted.  This year, we are the hosts welcoming the Alumni Relations Offices from the 7 other Ivies, Stanford and MIT.

This conference provides fantastic career training with sessions like Changing the Status Quo, discussing the numerous challenges alumni relations offices face in promoting programs and events to a wide population of alumni; Collaboration: Breaking Down Silos within Alumni Relations, focusing on the working within our universities as well as our own departments for programming opportunities; and How do You Measure Success and Engagement? Setting and Measuring Program Goals, tackling the vague science of quantifying alumni engagement in a purposeful way.  On the other hand, we are in the business of connecting people to each other and their almae matres, so we also know how to have some serious fun, too.

Here are my top ten photos from the conference, albeit some are candids and others were tweeted, instagrammed or facebooked.  (note: the opinions and views expressed through these Twitter, Instagram or Facebook accounts are the opinions of those individuals and do not reflect the opinions or views of the University or myself).

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 @amywolf A sultry summer evening at @Pennalumni’s #IvyPlusAR… just the right kind of night for quizzo!

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irishwombat Talking about culture with Prof. Jackson #IvyPlusAR.

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Teamwork with the last minute prep for Ivy Plus. (photo, Ivy Plus facebook page)

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@emilieckl Filing into the Barnes. #ivyplusAR @IvyPlusAR

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A candid of some of the directors, deep in discussion.

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Some of our Ivy Plus colleagues on the Early Bird Tour of the Penn Museum. (photo, Ivy Plus facebook page)

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@krl67  #ivyplusar, Philly market tour…I’m in heaven!

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@jenlynham Everyone else is in the wrong session: mimosas at class benchmarking! #ivyplusar

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Yea, we can have some serious fun, too.

ebetz Lisbeth rocks! #ivyplusar @uofpenn @pennalumni

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Delco is short for Delaware County, the Philadelphia southwestern suburbs from which several of our staff hail. It IS quite an honor to be accepted and loved by these ladies. (photo, Kiera Reilly)

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My Top Penn List: Alumni Weekend and Commencement 2013

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

Did Alumni Weekend really start 13 days ago? Did Joe Biden speak at Commencement just early last week? If it’s a blur for me, it must have been something exciting for our alumni to see.

As in years past, we have asked you to share in the celebration by tweeting, sharing photos or “liking” our posts on Facebook. You rose to the occasion with your social networking chatter and engagement.

This time, I searched for the hash tags: #Penn AW and #PennCommence2013 to share with you my favorite 10 tweeted or Instagrammed moments from Alumni Weekend and Commencement. Feel free to check out our proud Penn Twitter users by clicking their handles  (note: the opinions and views expressed through these Twitter accounts are the opinions of those individuals and do not reflect the opinions or views of the University or myself).

Parade of Classes 2013

10 ‏@Harry_Cooperman The scene from the Locust bridge @Pennalumni #PennAW pic.twitter.com/j1RO9FHgwV

9 @Terner_p Just drove by the Palestra and started crying uncontrollably. #thatsnormal #penncommence2013

Classes of 2013 Classmates at Smokey Joe's

8 @xulucy Thx for the memories, @SmokeyJoesPenn! You’ll be missed but frequently visited by this alum! #penncommence2013 pic.twitter.com/KXZdJHQ6BL

Live Music from Franklin Fest

7 @PennClub Live music at Franklin Fest! #PennAW t.co/8fANmJua54

6 @Penn Almost 50 years after leaving Penn for Vietnam, Mortimer O’Connor received a posthumous Ph.D. at #PennCommence2013. ow.ly/l1wUG

A Ton of Penn Tees

5 @alphawat: @Penn, thanks for the #tshirts… errrr #memories #penncommence2013 instagram.com/p/ZRZ2ChmY6d/

Ben on the Bench - Instagram
4. shanijamila Reunited with Ben @ Penn! #pennAW #penn5year #pennpride

3. @BrettTopche “This shirt isn’t too small. It’s aspirational.” #pennaw #10lbreunion

60 Miles to Philadelphia by air

2. @travelingheidi 60 miles from Philadelphia, listening to Jesus Jones & Indigo Girls, landing soon for @pennalumni Weekend #PennAW  pic.twitter.com/aTFbcSi8cC

All the Graduates

1. @Penn A big round of applause to the more than 6,000 members of the #Classof2013! #PennCommence2013 pic.twitter.com/gqRjkmthJD

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My Top Penn List: Time to Shine

Author: Casey Ryan, C’95

Last Friday, Penn continued to make history with one of the biggest celebrations in the University: unveiling the Time to Shine multimedia show and showering appreciation on our donors, supports, alumni and friends with the festivities on Penn Park.

By now, you may have seen some of the thousands of images that capture the excitement of our spectacular, especially since all alumni and friends were invited to join in the extravaganza by tweeting or instagramming with the hashtag, #PennTimeToShine. The reaction was amazing and I wanted to share with you my favorite 10 tweeted or instagrammed moments from last Friday.  (Also feel free to check out our Proud Penn twitter users by clicking their handles – The opinions and views expressed through these twitter accounts are the opinions of those individuals and do not reflect the opinions or views of the University or myself.)

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10. @wharton: New York City artist Hani Shihada created a sidewalk chalk mural in celebration of #penntimetoshine: http://ow.ly/i/1VDV7

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9. @shivkapoor21: Proud Penn Alum! #penntimetoshine #upenn #epic http://t.co/UP70L3lZ2b

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8. @xulucy: #penntimetoshine @Penn #penncommence2013 #penn #quaker love #schoolspirit @ Penn Park http://t.co/Aaue7CNqwJ

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7. @emilieckl: My photo on the big screen!!! Best day ever!!! #penntimetoshine http://t.co/qC81toSjlB

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6. @jacob_henner: #PennTimeToShine Penn Park sight line @Penn http://t.co/8h0tKy1Oji

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5. @jornthal: Pre-train and john legend concert at #penntimetoshine http://t.co/keYSQln8Tf

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4.  @enikaselby: #penntimetoshine #train #johnlegend http://t.co/XWUoeTLX3m

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3. @daniellololol: Nothing says Penn pride like glitter!!! #naildesign #nails #nailart #nailpolish #PennTimeToShine http://t.co/tyTSaOp7Cp

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2. @xandriajames: Give me the green light @johnlegend #penn #johnlegend #penntimetoshine #perfection #iloveyou http://t.co/slKRkseWze

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1. @momofink: amazing moment, amazing show @Penn! #penntimetoshine RT @train: Philadelphia Angels in a tribute to Boston! http://t.co/LkpEooy8fC

For additional social media accounts of Time To Shine, please visit our Penn Athletics’ You Tube page for a time-lapse video of our Penn Park event, taken from the very top of Franklin Field and visit our Storify page, Making History — It’s Time to Shine, highlighting many of the tweets and pictures sent during the night at sfy.co/cHQh.

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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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