Penn Club of Utah Fifth Annual Day of Service

By Kiera Reilly, C’93 @KieraReilly

Art Warsoff, W’83, and his wife Diane Warsoff, W’83, submitted this note about the Penn Club of Utah’s Fifth Annual Day of Service:

On April 5th, the Penn Alumni Club of Utah held our 5th annual day of service. This year we volunteered with Tree Utah and followed it up with lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant, Red Iguana.

We are glad that the weather cooperated and we were able to get all four large columnar oaks and an apple tree planted at Wheeler Historical Farm. We were also able to cheer runners participating in a 5k run which went right past us.

As in prior years, we invited alumni from Princeton, MIT, Franklin & Marshall and University of Virginia to join us. All twenty-five alumni, friends and family that participated are looking forward to next year’s activity.

Planting trees in Utah.

Planting trees in Utah.

You can see more photos from the day’s event here.

Many Penn Clubs around the world contribute to their communities through service activities. Some recent examples are from the Penn Club of Northern California, Penn Club of Philadelphia, and a group in Los Angeles, Penn Serves LA, that includes members of both PennClubLA and the Wharton Club of Southern California. You can also read about the Penn Club of Utah’s 4th Day of Service here.

We hope that many other clubs will plan events to serve their communities – and share your story with us. Please contact Kiera Reilly, C’93, from the regional clubs team, or your regional clubs liaison, if you would like to plan an event or you organized an event you would like to share on our blog.

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Janet Napolitano is Honored with TCPW’s Beacon Award

By: Joshua Durando

The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW) – an international network of Penn alumnae – awarded Janet Napolitano with the Beacon Award during the spring conference “Penn Women” Leading the Way”. The award, which is TCPW’s highest honor, is given in recognition of commitment to the advancement of women and gender equality. Ms. Napolitano is the 13th recipient of this prestigious award joining past winners Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Toni Morrison. Even taking a quick look at her credentials there is no question as to why.

Ms. Napolitano currently serves as President of the University of California system, the first woman to become the leader of the world’s largest university system. Her past accomplishments are just as impressive having served as the Governor of Arizona and the first female attorney general of the state, and as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. She is the first and only woman to hold the position to date.

In her speech Ms. Napolitano raised questions about the messages we are sending to women, and how we may be subtly steering them away from opportunities to lead. She tackled the word “bossy” as an example of how we identify executive leadership qualities in women as a negative, but celebrate them in men. Napolitano also noted the importance of “raising their hand”. She spoke about how if women are in the right place at the right time and you are ready, how vital it is that they not self-select out of leadership opportunities. Ms. Napolitano encouraged the women in the audience to take risks, and to teach younger generations of women to do the same.

Ms. Napolitano’s award was just one of the many celebrations of women that took place over the two days of the annual spring conference. Other highlights include: Panels “Women & Politics:  Shaping Tomorrow’s Leaders Today”, and “Then and Now:  Penn Trailblazers Reflect”; a presentation by Wharton Professor Stewart Friedman titled “Leadership for the Total Person: The Impossible Dream?”; and presentations of TCPW’s athletic achievement, student leadership and Huber-Giles Memorial awards.

Although many of the messages throughout the conference are geared towards woman audience, and many of the anecdotes are based on experiences of overcoming the challenges of being a woman leader, I think there are lessons to be learned for everyone. As a male, I was enlightened by many of the stories, and inspired to take some of these lessons to hear to apply in my own life.

For more information on the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, visit: http://www.alumni.upenn.edu/s/1587/gid2/index.aspx?sid=1587&gid=2&pgid=420

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Penn Alumni Travel: Travel Webinars

Author: Emilie C. K. LaRosa

Today, Penn Alumni Travel is hosting a free travel webinar on the British archipelago and Viking culture with Professor David Wallace of Penn’s English department The webinar begins at 12 p.m. EDT, and there’s still time to register- just click here.

Professor Wallace will be discussing some of the highlights of Viking exploration as well as the legacy of Viking culture in today’s society.

An example of Viking navigation.

An example of Viking navigation.

Our education and travel webinars are fantastic forums for interesting mini-lectures, lively discussion, and the chance to get your questions answered about the topic at hand. We encourage all our participants to come ready to engage with our Penn professor and other travel experts who join us on these hour-long webinars.

We have two additional travel webinars coming up this spring and summer: The Great Journey Through Europe with Professor Andre Dombrowski (May 15 at 12 p.m. EDT) and Turkey with Professor C. Brian Rose (August 27 at 12 p.m. EDT). Both webinars will explore the history and culture of the specified region and will follow with travel tips and an opportunity for Q & A. You can register for all these free webinars here.

The excavation at Troy. Professor Rose spent time digging at this location.

The excavation at Troy. Professor Rose spent time digging at this location.

If you’re itching for more than just an online travel discussion, perhaps you’re ready to join a Penn Alumni Travel trip where you can visit these sites in person while having access to a Penn faculty host’s expertise. Click here to view all our 2014 tours. And check out our site tomorrow when we reveal our 2015 schedule!

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Flinger Food is Back!

By: Edna S.

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Flinger Food is back!!

If you’re around April 11th, 2014 form 6-8pm please stop by the Penn Traditions and yPenn tent next to Shoemaker Green. We’ll be handing out free food and give-a-ways to students before the Spring Fling concert!

It’s amazing how fast March sped by and now April is here. It feels like I’m running a marathon. Student events such as Final Toast and the Multicultural Outreach team happy hour with Alumni and current students are right around the corner! Where is this semester going? I’m trying to catch my breath while the reality sets in…graduation is right around the corner too! It didn’t feel official until I received my results. I passed my comprehensive exams!!

Which means I officially bought my cap and gown. I got so caught up trying to pass my exam, keep up with classwork and work that I forgot about this exciting part!

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Now I’m debating which items to get. Hmm….

Which Class ring?

Which Diploma frame?

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Penn Club Membership

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My announcements also just arrived! Which makes the reality of graduating sink in a little bit more. Is there some form of senioritis that graduate students suffer from? Because I think I’m there…

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Spring In My Step

By Nicole C. Maloy, W’95

On my way to work, I sometimes walk through the beautiful courtyard between Vance Hall and the McNeil Building. I am grateful that, in recent days, this path has revealed the promise of spring. My favorite part of the transition from the season of gray and white to that of blue and green is the dazzling display of flowers blossoming on the trees. I never tire of these lovely and fragrant halos; the impression is always so stunning that it offers an immediate boost to my spirit. After the winter that we have endured here in Philadelphia, I believe that all of us have earned the pleasure of witnessing the trees as they adorn themselves to celebrate the arrival of spring.

The beginning stages are captured below.

Here they come...

Here they come…

And they're off!

And they’re off!

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Flung, Wild, and Free

Author:  Carolyn Grace, C’16

Spring has finally sprung on campus, dear Quakers, and just in time for Penn’s greatest weekend ever: it’s time for FLIIIIING!

Goofing around in the Fling photo booth :)

Fling 2013: goofing around in the photo booth :)

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or you just happen to be reading this blog post and you don’t go to Penn, Spring Fling is the biggest (and best!) college festival on the East Cost, in existence for now over 40 years.   The festival actually has a pretty rich history and is certainly one of Penn’s biggest traditions.  Without a doubt, it’s the favorite tradition among students!

The theme for this year’s Fling is the oh-so groovy  ❀☮ PEACE LOVE AND FLING ❀☮  I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super excited.  SPEC has a great line-up for the big concert on Friday: Magic Man, Ra Ra Riot, and headliner David Guetta!  I wasn’t familiar with the first two artists when SPEC first announced them, but after to listening to them on Spotify I am so stoked to see them perform live.  Here are a couple favorites of mine from Magic Man and Ra Ra Riot, both of which I hope are played at the concert!

“Paris” by Magic Man

“Beta Love” by Ra Ra Riot

Lilly and I before CP takes the stage!

Lilly and I before CP takes the stage!

As great as the big concert is going to be, I have to admit that I’m looking forward to the Quad concerts the most!  It’s the chance to see my friends in other performing arts groups rock the stage in front of the entire student body.  I’m especially excited to watch Bloomers Band, Penn Glee Club Band, and Penny Loafers a cappella (good luck guys!).  Counterparts will also be singing in prep for our Spring show…but that’s for another blog post ;)

The final performance, however, is going to bring the walls of the Quad down.  Some lovely ladies of Counterparts (Sam, Swaroop, Lilly) and I will each be singing with the Mask and Wig band!  Their performance is the final one of the entire Fling weekend, and it always draws a huge crowd.  I can’t wait to be up on stage with them, mostly because my performance is going to be something I’ve never done before.  I’ll be singing the song Timber by Ke$ha and Pitbull.  Well, actually, I’ll be rapping it.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I’m going to be rapping Pitbull’s part of Timber.  And I literally cannot wait.

A crowd shot from the Mask and Wig stage.  I'll be up there in almost a week!

A crowd shot from the Mask and Wig stage. I’ll be up there in almost a week!

So grab your fanny packs, don your neon tanks, and make room for the fried oreoes, dear Quakers.  The countdown to Spring Fling begins NOW!

 

 

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Winter Beauty

By: Stephanie Yee, C08

It’s the first day of April, and it still feels like winter is lingering. While most of us are eagerly waiting for warm weather and spring blooms, we are lucky to enjoy winter beauty on Penn’s campus.

Sunset view from the Perelman School of Medicine

Sunset view from the Perelman School of Medicine

 

Snowy evening at the Penn Bio Pond

Snowy evening at the Penn Bio Pond

 

Ducks sleeping at the Penn Bio Pond

Ducks sleeping at the Penn Bio Pond

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