The Class of 1993’s NYC Community Service Project (64 Weeks To Go)

By Jackie Einstein Astrof, C’93, and Bleema Bershad, W’95

On February 8, 2017, several members of our class spent the evening together in Midtown Manhattan as part of a group of 50 volunteers supporting the clients of Upwardly Global, an organization which helps highly skilled new immigrants embark on their American job search. Jackie Einstein Astrof, Brett Barth, Jennifer Bernstein, Jennifer Jarett, Heather Pavell and Ralph Sutton also participated in the event planning committee. Other members of the class who participated were: Todd Aronoff , Valerie (Broadwin) Mutterperl and Walt Piecyk.

Penn Class of 1993 members at the PennPac community service event in NYC, February, 2017

Penn 1993 classmates at the PennPAC event in New York City: Todd Aronoff, Jackie Einstein Astrof, Jennifer Eisenberg Bernstein, Jennifer Jarrett, Heather Caslow Pavell, and Valerie Broadwin Mutterperl

Volunteers worked with 18 new immigrants from 18 different countries, conducting mock interviews and networking exercises. As depicted in the photo, the room was full and loud. Volunteers literally “leaned in”, so engaged in their conversations.  At the end of the evening there was a full group debrief which provided many good ideas to the job seekers. Several volunteers even noted that they gathered some good advice to apply to their own job searches. Kudos to our very own Valerie (Broadwin) Mutterperl who was especially helpful in identifying several tips for job seekers.

Penn Class of 1993 and PennPAC event in New York City

A full room for the PennPAC event in New York.

Walt Piecyk found the event to be a “good use of time to give back and help some people if even just a little bit”. Another participant felt that “it was inspiring to see what the job seekers are doing; it felt good to be able to help and was nice to do it as a Penn community. I also really enjoyed learning about UpGlo and PennPAC.”

The event was co-hosted by the Class of 1993, the Penn Club of NY and PennPAC (Pro bono Alumni Consulting.) PennPAC brings together alumni to support nonprofits in New York, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley. This “ImPACt” event is a signature PennPAC event, occurring 2-3 times per year. PennPAC offers alums volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Visit www.pennpac.org to learn more.

PennPAC and Penn 1993 in the DP!

The Daily Pennsylvanian covered the event in their Feburary 9, 2017 issue. You can read the article here.

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

February 17 – 18, 2017, marked 64 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! 

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
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  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

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The Class of 1993’s Annual Community Service Day at the Netter Center (65 Weeks To Go)

By Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, C’93 and Natalie Taub Cutler, W’93

On February 4, 2017, the Penn Class of ’93 annual service project was held at the Netter Center for Community Partnerships on campus. Our class president Lisa Nass Grabelle started this great tradition four years ago and has organized it every year since then. Isabel Sampson-Mapp, Associate Director at Netter, led us in creating goodies for various groups in Philadelphia.

We made tutus for a day care center in West Philly, bracelets and Valentine cards for kids at CHOP and bags and pillows for a senior center in North Philly.

This year we were joined by other alumni classes as well. We had a great time with our families and friends!

Penn Class of 1993 annual community service day at the Netter Center

Classmates Rebecca Schaefer Rizzo, C’93, and Natalie Taub Cutler, W’93, work on bracelets and Valentine cards for patients at CHOP along with Tracey Newcomer Malick, C’88, and Natalie’s daughter Michelle.

 

Penn Class of 1993 Annual Community Service Day at the Netter Center making tutus

Miriam Stern, MSW’95, makes tutus with the girls for patients at CHOP.

Penn 1993 Community Service day at the Netter Center

Isabel Sampson-Mapp instructs the boys on painting a moonscape on bags and pillow covers for seniors in North Philly.

 

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Penn 1993 Community Service Day at the Netter Center - whole group photo

The whole gang showing off the results of an afternoon of giving back!

What is especially nice about this class activity is that it was family friendly! How nice to see classmates and fellow Pennsylvanians together with their children serving the Penn community!

About the Netter Center

Founded in 1992, the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships is Penn’s primary vehicle for bringing to bear the broad range of human knowledge needed to solve the complex, comprehensive, and interconnected problems of the American city so that West Philadelphia (Penn’s local geographic community), Philadelphia, the University itself, and society benefit. Interested in helping? Find out here how alumni can get involved.

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

February 10-11, 2017, marked 65 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Think we skipped week 66? We jumped ahead to post about that a few weeks ago. Our 66th week post is here (about the Palestra) and our 67th week post is here (about course registration).

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
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  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

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Course Registration (67 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93, and  Allison Feder Fliegler, C’93, L’99

We’re still catching up with our weekly countdown to our 25th reunion with another #93tothe25th post. The weekend of January 27-28th marked 67 weeks to go until our reunion, and for this august week we look back at Course Registration books! I know, exciting!  Thank you to Allison Feder Fliegler, C’93, L’99, who shared these photos with us and instantly brought back memories of pouring over these schedules and attempting to create the perfect class schedule.

University of Pennsylvania Course Registration 1989 - 1990 courtesy of Allison Feder Fliegler

University of Pennsylvania Course Registration 1989 – 1990 courtesy of Allison Feder Fliegler

Remember that font for “Penn” and “University of Pennsylvania”?

This book was a great flashback – the course registration book with PARIS!

Spring 1990 Course Timetable - with PARIS! University of Pennsylvania

Spring 1990 Course Timetable – with PARIS!

The phone graphic is the best: “NEW REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS INSIDE.”

Well, what was inside this book? How to register for courses.

Course Registration scheduling instructions at University of Pennsylvania Spring 1990

The scheduling procedure

How to use advance registration – if you you can see, based on the number on your Penn I.D. (your social security number most likely), you were assigned a date to call for registration, so the system could handle the call volume.

Advance registration instructions University of Pennsylvania course registration Spring term 1990

Advance registration instructions

There were instructions how to drop classes too.

University of Pennsylvania course registration spring 1990

How to request, adjust or drop courses using PARIS.

Table of Contents University of Pennsylvania Spring 1990 Course Registration

The Table of Contents

Remember the numbering for the classes – the 400 classes were for graduate and undergraduates.

Course descriptions University of Pennsylvania spring 1990 course registration

Key to course descriptions

A listing of the seminar courses.

Seminar courses University of Pennsylvania course catalog Spring 1990

Listing of seminar courses

The listing of all the course times – oh how I remember pouring over these trying to select the best ones (i.e. not at 8am at DRL).

Class times course register for University of Pennsylvania Spring 1990

Class times

Description of classes University of Pennsylvania Spring 1990 course registration

Descrption of classes

There were also ads in this book too.

Ads in Course Registration book University of Pennsylvania Spring 1990

New Deck Tavern – and it is still on campus!

Ads in Spring 1990 Course Registration book University of Pennsylvania

Le Bus!! Sadly, no longer on campus.

Do you remember registering for classes? Do you remember PARIS? Share a memory with us below!

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

January 27 – 28, 2017, marked 67 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
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  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

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New Friends, Same Traditions: Penn Connections at Beaumont at Bryn Mawr

On Wednesday, March 1st, the Beaumont Retirement Community of Bryn Mawr held its first University of Pennsylvania reunion. Over 40 residents attended, and enthusiastically celebrated their days at Penn. Those days were fondly remembered as a defining period in their lives. There were many favorable comments regarding Penn’s growth in physical stature from the time when we were students on that campus, until now. The College for Women, The College of Arts and Sciences, and The Law School were most heavily represented, but there were those from other departments as well. Our oldest graduate was from the class of ’41, and the youngest was from the class of ’68. Alumni Relations supplied us with assorted Penn Memorabilia, which added much to the celebratory atmosphere.

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Penn Serves LA Toasts the New Year

By Irene Park, C’05

Tucked away in the warm and welcoming home of alumna, Christine Belgrad, Penn  alumni from a cross-section of backgrounds, interests, professions, schools, and years gathered to celebrate the work of, and welcome interested new members to the Penn Serves LA New Year Social in late January.

Guests chatted easily over wine, beers, and light refreshment provided by Penn Serves LA board members, which lent to an elegant yet homey feel. The highlight, of course, being alumna Kiera Reilly’s “P” for Penn shaped sugar cookies! Herein lies the very nature and appeal that is so unique to Penn Serves LA: Started by a small group of alumni who have always been philanthropically inclined whose passion was to serve their community while connecting with other alumni made this organization a true grassroots effort. It was a void that they met outside of the mandate of other existing alumni groups and the University; one that the LA alumni community and its community partners had no idea was missing until the need was met.

sugar cookies baked by Kiera Reilly, C'93 for Penn Serves LA New Year Social

Home baked sugar cookies from Kiera Reilly, C’93 – Red and Blue P’s for Penn of course

Once a majority of the guests arrived, everyone gathered in the living room and shared their experience at Penn and what brought them to the Penn Serves Social that evening. Over the sounds of a roaring fireplace, the room was brimming with a fellowship between friends and strangers alike with one shared history and love, Penn. All jokes about the oldest alumnus in the room and on-campus curfews aside, the genuine excitement over projects they’ve participated in with Penn Serves LA since its inception in 2012 (in a ‘meet cute’ facilitated by Kiera who brought together alumni superstars, Jane Gutman, Leanne Huebner, Aileen Level, and Denise Winner) was palpable.

Penn LA alumni introduce themselves at the Penn Serves LA New Year Social

Penn LA alumni introduce themselves at the Penn Serves LA New Year Social

Much of what has captivated the alumni community is Penn Serves LA’s disregard for the geographical boundaries generally defined by popularity and traffic. Additionally, instead of marrying itself to one particular organization, cause, or issue, Penn Serves LA addresses a broad-spectrum of needs throughout the community. Penn Serves LA has fed the homeless, built homes, refurbished schools, knitted blankets for babies and new mothers in need, and gardened for Vets just to name few of their projects. This inclusive approach not only means alumni have the opportunity to deepen or discover new organizations, causes, or skills, but it also means more organizations are getting the help they need. Some Penn Serves LA members have gone from a single day volunteer to a regular volunteer to become an organization’s Board member.

Learning about Penn Serves LA

Learning more about Penn Serves LA

From the South Bay to Downtown LA, from the west side to East LA, our alumni are happily committing their weekends to regroup from the buzzy focus of their careers and daily responsibilities to meet new alumni, strengthen existing relationships, connect with people and places they may never have organically met, while serving the community. Though many of the organizations and communities served by Penn Serves LA are ones that its committee is already familiar, they also welcome and have partnered with organizations suggested by alumni volunteers.

A great crowd of alumni of all ages and backgrounds coming to learn about Penn Serves LA

A great crowd of alumni of all ages and backgrounds coming to learn about Penn Serves LA

The moment that solidified the evening for me, and the reason I’ve committed to the organization since its inception was when an alumnus that I had met, perhaps once at another volunteer event, gave me a familial hug after his eyes lit up at the idea of being able to bring his professional resources to Penn Serves LA. Though we all had our own private pursuits, professionally and personally, we felt as though we were unified for the common purpose of doing good. Truly the Quaker way.

It wouldn't be a Penn LA without a great spread of food and wine!

It wouldn’t be a Penn LA without a great spread of food and wine!

About Penn Serves LA

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Penn Serves LA impacts the Los Angeles community by engaging University of Pennsylvania alumni, parents and families in meaningful community service activities.

We have done everything from serving meals to the homeless to restoring the environment to fixing homes. Six times annually, we find another great opportunity to learn about interesting nonprofits, lend a hand and enjoy fun experience with fellow alumni.

Join Us

We invite the Penn community in Los Angeles (alumni, parents and kids) to join us at a future event, to help spread the word and to help us plan future activities. Join us, meet new Penn people, demonstrate what service means to your kids and friends, and help fellow Quakers make a little bit of difference in our complex city!

If you have an established nonprofit that you would like us to consider for future events or announcements, please let us know. We are looking for new nonprofits to serve in meaningful ways.

Upcoming Events

  • March, 2017 – Food Forward Harvesting – Date and Location TBA
  • April, 29, 2017 – Habitat for Humanity

Contact Us

Questions? Want to join our email list? Reach us at pennserves@gmail.com.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter!

The Penn Serves LA Team

Christine Belgrad, W’85, PAR’15 | Michal Clements, W’84 | Justin Gordon, W’05 | Jane Gutman, CW’73, PAR’14, PAR’16 | Leanne Huebner, W’90 | Jamie Kendall, W’04 | Irene Park, C’05 | Kiera Reilly, C’93 | Jeff Weston, C’05 | Denise Winner, W’83

Read about our previous events:

 

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A Plethora of Performing Arts at Penn (68 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93, and  Steve Jung, C’93

The weekend of January 20-21st marked 68 weeks until our 25th reunion in our #93tothe25th countdown. This week we thank Steve Jung, C’93, for sharing memories of performing arts at Penn (Steve also shared his memories of the Palestra in this post).

Steve saved many of the programs from performing arts shows he saw while a student. Steve writes:

Here are a couple photos of artistic performances.The first one, with, “Into the Woods,” is of programs from shows I worked on as set and running crew. The second is from show I saw. Most of those were because I knew someone in the show.
Penn Performing Arts programs - saved by classmate Steve Jung, C'93

Penn Performing Arts programs – saved by classmate Steve Jung, C’93

I was the assistant technical director for, “Rhinoceros.” Our stage was a rotating platform on the floor of the black-box theater. The main thing I remember was rotating the stage in the dark with the rest of the crew. We stood up to signal we had locked down our section. The first time we did it, the audience applauded, probably thinking it was part of the show.
I was tech director for, “Lear.” We were in the Houston Hall Auditorium. Our design put the seating section in front of the stage and our stage in main part of the room. During construction, I made the observation that the half-completed stage looked like the Millennium Falcon.
Penn Performing Arts programs saved by classmate Steve Jung, C'93

Penn Performing Arts programs saved by classmate Steve Jung, C’93

 Steve saw a lot of shows! I remember seeing many of these performances too. It was always a treat to see a live show on campus and applaud the artistic talent of fellow Penn students.
Steve’s programs include performances from Penn Players, the Curtis Organ Restoration Society, Intuitons, Theatre Arts, Arts House Dance, Quadramics, Penn Jazz Ensemble, Without a Net, Penn 6-5000, Pennchants, Penn Pipers, Arts House Theater, Penn Singers, University Wind Ensemble, and Penn Gospel Choir. (Interesting note – in searching for these groups on the web, almost all of them still exist at Penn. The Curtis Organ Society seems to have ceased to exist in 1997 – 1998 when funds were donated to restore the orgran. Arts House Theater I didn’t find save for a YouTube clip of a 1992 production, and Penn Gospel Choir is now New Spirit of Penn Gospel Choir).
Do you remember attending performing arts shows on campus? Were you in a performing arts group? We would love to hear your memories!

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

January 20 – 21, 2017, marked 68 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
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  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

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A “Billion for Ben Bag” Survives (69 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93, and  Ruth McIlhenny Gormé, C’93

The weekend of January 13-14 marked 69 weeks until our 25th reunion in our #93tothe25th countdown. This week we thank Ruth McIlhenny Gormé, C’93, for taking us on a trip down memory lane, seeing how far Penn has come since our Freshman year.

As you may remember, Penn celebrated its 250th Anniversary in the Spring of our Freshman year, and the celebrations continued into the Fall of our Sophomore year with the final celebration taking place on College Green in December, 1990 (see our 74 Weeks post on that celebration here).

In conjunction with the celebrations was a capital campaign for Penn dubbed, “A Billion for Ben.”

Ruth still has the tote bag from those celebrations and uses it regularly – see it here in the back of her car. I had one of these bags too, but it is in no shape to be photographed.

A Billion for Ben 250th Celebration bag - still in use 25+ years later! Credit: Ruth McIlhenny Gorme, C'93

A Billion for Ben 250th Celebration bag – still in use 25+ years later! Credit: Ruth McIlhenny Gorme, C’93

Ruth writes, “I’m sending a picture of the tote bag I got working on the “Billion for Ben” campaign our freshman year.  It’s still in use! Remember when a billion dollar endowment was something to strive for? What’s Penn’s endowment now? According to a June 2016 report, it’s now over $10 billion!”

Ruth is correct, according to Penn’s annual report last year, as of June 30, 2016, Penn’s endowment stands at $10.7 billion. We’ve come a long way since 1990!

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

January 13 – 14, 2017, marked 69 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Do you have old photos or mementos from our time at Penn? Photos of Spring Fling? Football at Franklin Field? Classes at DRL? We are taking a trip down memory lane and would love for you to share your memories with our class in a future post. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

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