Monthly Archives: June 2014

Alumni Weekend 2014 in Pictures

By: Jason S

Alumni Weekend. This was my 11th since starting work at Penn and probably won’t be my last. It’s always great fun to see so many happy alumni reconnecting with people they haven’t seen in years and generally enjoying all that their Penn family has to offer, be it a beer and a hotdog, a lecture on architecture, or simply a chance to walk through the Quad one more time. Below are a few pictures taken at this past Alumni Weekend. You can check out many more on our Phanfare page.

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See you next year (or at Homecoming on October 31-November 2!)

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The Newbie at Penn!

By: Ken B.

So I have been working for Alumni Relations for about a month and I must say, working at Penn has been like no other experience!

My first week was not like a normal week you would typically experience at a new work place. I think your first week would include some sort of orientation as well as an understanding as to what might be expected of you and maybe some training.

My first week included… Alumni Weekend. Alumni Weekend is the largest event Alumni Relations puts together every year to celebrate reunions, catch up with old friends, relive traditions and of course celebrate the induction of new alumni through the beautiful commencement ceremonies that take place during and at the end of Alumni Weekend.

So my tasks for my first week, after of course meeting many of my new colleagues with a quick, “Hi, my name is so and so and I.. Gotta go,” were to design a few different items for Alumni Weekend and to also design a group photo of everyone in Alumni Relations using the theme “Going Green.” The idea was to use Kermit the Frog and The Muppets as a base and the outcome was actually not bad at all.

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Another task that was assigned to me was to be the “Event Manager” of a particular that was located in Houston Hall (At the time, I had no idea where that was). The event was based around the understanding of #Hashtags and using social media. We had 41 Alumni attend!

One of my last tasks for Alumni Weekend was to carry the 1939 Alumni Flag for the 2014 Commencement Ceremony. This was by far the greatest honor that has ever been bestowed upon me. It was exhilarating and an honor to be able to walk out onto Franklin Field and see all of the faculty, family, friends and alumni cheer on the future Alumni of Penn.

So as my first week here at Penn came to a close, I asked myself “Can every week been this awesome?”

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Let’s Go Swimming

By: Jason S.

I walked to work today. It is already hot out. I really wish I had time in my day for a quick dip in the pool over at Pottruck, but unfortunately I am too busy writing this blog post. The next best thing, however, is looking at old pictures of people frolicking in the water at Penn. Here’s a picture circa 1905 of folks having a great time at the Weightman Hall pool.

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As I was poking around the university archives page, I noticed a dashing man in a mustache featured several times over. This was George Kistler, swimming coach for Penn from 1897 to 1934. He was the world champion of the open water mile in 1887, and apparently swam from Philadelphia to Chester in the Delaware river at one point. I’m not sure if I would want to do that even if I could, but hey, hats (and mustaches) off to you, George.

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