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Photo Memories of Penn (26 Weeks To Go)

We asked classmates to share their Penn photos with us as we take a trip down memory lane in advance of our 25th Reunion. ~Penn Class of 1993

By Oren Efrati, ENG’93

In the days before smart phones, we took pictures with film and there was no tagging feature, so we rely on our weary brains to remember “what were we thinking?”…

The first picture is a scene from the Quad freshman year, featuring some stylish shades and a blazer.

Penn 1993 in the Quad memories of University of Pennsylvania

Joanna Kwa and Tim Teramoto

The picture of us wearing ties was taken in some sort of “semi-formal”, though I’m not really sure what that meant, except maybe an excuse to show we knew how to tie a tie (or wear a cool v-neck sweater in the case of Chris Winfield).
Senior year University of Pennsylvania 1993

Chris Winfield, Chris Flack, Oren Efrati, Mick Ballesteros, Tim Teramoto

Joanna Kwa chimes in to say, “Hahaha! Yes, the ties were for a wine and Cheese party at our apartment during senior year. We were trying to act all grown up! The guys were all sitting in my bedroom! You can see the small remnant of my hat from Hey Day in the back.”
The last two pictures are, I believe, from senior year at a party at our house… I think it featured a lot of beer and hot dogs.
Penn seniors 1993 #93tothe25th

Meg O’Leary, Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, and Kiera Reilly

Penn 1993 Seniors #93tothe25th

Joanna Pasternak, Luyen Tran and Krista Prescop

 Do you have photos of fun times at Penn? Share them with us for a future post! Email us your photos and memories.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of November 10 – 11, 2017, marked 26 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Our 27 Weeks To Go post was published in November. You can read about, “Script Penn – A Band Homecoming Tradition,” here.

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.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM FOR ALUMNI WEEKEND NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Penn Sweatshirts Survive a Quarter Century (28 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

At a Penn Fund event in Los Angeles in October, the featured speaker was one of our classmates – Beth Winkelstein, ENG’93, Vice Provost for Education at Penn! It was awesome to have someone in our class speak to distinguished alumni, and it was nice to catch up with Beth after her talk.

But what was really cool was that Beth brought a Penn sweatshirt to the event. A Penn sweatshirt that she had since she was a student at Penn.

Kiera Reilly and Penn's Vice Provost for Education Beth Winkelstein

Kiera Reilly, C’93, and Beth Winkelstein, ENG’93, at a Penn Fund event in Los Angeles, October 2017

That had me wondering who else still has a Penn sweatshirt? Here are some of the photos of sweatshirts that classmates sent us.

Cicely Fegley, C’93, GEd’94

These are some of my vintage shirts from back in the day. I bought them on campus when I was a student. Occasionally I wear the Not Penn State shirt, but I’m always a little concerned about offending the Nittany Lions. I love when I get a chuckle or thumbs up from fellow Quakers, though.

Pennsylvania Class of 1993 t-shirt #93tothe25th

Pennsylvania Class of 1993, t-shirt photo courtesy of Cicely Fegley, C’93, GEd’94

Not Penn State t-shirt #93tothe25th University of Pennsylvania

Not Penn State! Photo courtesy of Cicely Fegley, C’93, GEd’94

Michelle (Ducellier) Steinbacher, C’93

I did the trendy cut the v-neck thing.  Basically every seam in the wrist and the waist is ripped.  It’s falling apart.
When did she acquire the sweatshirt?
I think during Quaker Days in spring of 1989. I stayed overnight in the Quad and hung out with a host, etc etc.
Penn sweatshirt #93tothe25th

Trendy v-nceck sweatshirt photo courtesy of Michelle Steinbacher

Carol Jee, W’93

Here’s a pic of my old Champion Penn sweatshirt. I got it as a gift from a family friend who was a freshman at Penn when I got in Early Decision in December. It made it through all four years at Penn. Now it is fragile and filled with holes but I still wear it 25 years later.

Penn sweatshirt #93tothe25th

Old holey sweatshirt from Carol Jee

JodiLynne Bayrd Steiner, W’93

This is the sweatshirt my mom bought upon her first parents visit our freshman year. Still holding on it! Wore it to the Penn Women’s basketball game last year at UCLA!

gray Penn sweatshirt #93tothe25th

Still looking good 25+ years later, sweatshirt photo courtesy of JodiLynne Bayrd Steiner

Davis Liu, W’93

Penn sweatshirt and t-shirt #93tothe25th

Sweatshirt and t-shirt courtesy of Davis Liu

Kiera Reilly, C’93

I discovered this old photo from after we graduated. I had to ask the other people in the photo what we were all doing….

Penn sweatshirts #93tothe25th

Jef Pollock, Deb Brown, Bardo Ramirez, Kiera Reilly, Rick Greenberg, Dianna Tapper and Jason Gorevic

After some back and forth on email, we determined that it was probably a pre or post Penn-Columbia basketball game at Deb and Jef’s apartment in Morning Side Heights while Deb was in law school. We estimated the time frame to be 1995 – 1996. One thing we did agree on was that the Penn sweatshirt never goes out of style!

Andy Roth, C’93

This was the sweatshirt I bought before the 1992-1993 season when I worked for WXPN and came on all road trips as the Quakers won the Ivy and almost beat U Mass in Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament.  It’s great to see Steve Donahue back where he belongs and Penn in 1st this season!

Penn basketball sweatshirt #93tothe25th

Penn Basketball sweatshirt from 1992 shared by Andy Roth, C’93

Do you still have a Penn sweatshirt from when we were students? Send us a picture of it!

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of October 26 – 27, 2017, marked 28 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 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.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM FOR ALUMNI WEEKEND NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Letters from Penn (29 Weeks To Go)

By Alice Lai Platt, C’93
Alice Lai Platt found a treasure trove of Penn documents when she visited her parents.
Do you remember once you received your acceptance letter from Penn all the mail that we received about our first year?
Penn acceptance letter for class of 1993

The Penn Acceptance Letter for the Class of 1993, courtesy of Alice Lai Platt, C’93

After acceptance, there was usually a local reception for admitted students – to convince you to matriculate at Penn.

Penn admitted students reception in Ohio #93tothe25th

Invitation to an admitted students reception for Penn in Cleveland Ohio, courtesy of Alice Lai Platt, C’93

Alice received two letters from the United Minorities Council after she was admitted.

There is a letter about the academic integrity of Penn.

Letter on academic integrity from the Provost to incoming Penn freshman

Front page of a letter on academic integrity at Penn from the Provost

Another letter from the College about advising sessions on campus and a “hot-line” if you are unable to attend in person.

Penn School of Arts and Sciences advising letter

Letter from the School of Arts and Sciences about advising sessions during the summer

Finally, something Alice saved from the end of her time at Penn – a letter from the Annenberg School about a Communications Major reception for graduation.

Annenberg School for Communication at Penn graduation information

Reception and graduation ceremony for Communications majors in the Annenberg School for Communication

Do you remember receiving all of this communication from Penn? Did you save any of your letters?

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of October 20 – 21, 2017, marked 29 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 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!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM FOR ALUMNI WEEKEND NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Mark it on the Calendar (30 Weeks To Go)

By Sonia Biswas, C’93 and Kiera Reilly, C’93

Thanks to classmate Sonia Biswas for sharing these images of the Penn Calendar from our Senior Year that she still has!!

The 1992 - 1993 Penn Calendar by Penn Student Agencies

The Penn Calendar 1992 – 1993, photo by Sonia Biswas, C’93

Does anyone else still have their Penn Calendar from our time at Penn? There is a listing in the back of all the events happening in Philadelphia throughout the year.

Inside back cover of the 1992 - 1993 Penn Calendar by Penn Student Agencies

Inside back cover of the Penn Calendar

Sonia shared the May page from her calendar – the month we graduated from Penn twenty-five years ago!

May 1993 The Penn Calendar photo by Sonia Biswas

May 1993 in the Penn Calendar, photo courtesy of Sonia Biswas, C’93

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of October 13 – 14, 2017, marked 30 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 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!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM FOR ALUMNI WEEKEND NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Paper Memories from M&T (31 Weeks To Go)

By Eli Faskha, ENG’93, W’93

Editor’s note: Eli found this treasure trove of academic memorabilia in his basement recently (along with a “pristine, never-read copy of the 1993 Record”), and shared a little about each item. Do current students do anything on paper anymore?!

  • An old M&T Planning Guide – Every engineering student had to complete a Planning Guide and get approval from a faculty advisor. You would plan all the classes you would take during your college life! Back in the days, a College career required 32 credits, Wharton needed 36 credits, and Engineering, 40 credits (5 classes x 8 semesters). Management & Technology required 48 credits!
M&T planning guide at University of Pennsylvania

An M&T planning guide provided by Eli Faskha, ENG’93, W’93

  • A CSE 121 Mid-term – with questions in ML, a programming language created 45 years ago. The current CSE 121 teaches Java, created 2 years and 6 days after we graduated!
CSE 121 Midterm at Penn #93tothe25th

CSE 121 Mid-term provided by Eli Faskha, ENG’93, W’93

  • The cover page of a Southeast Asia report –  for Mgmt 234. That was one of our last group assignments, with Minal Damani, W’93, Mireya Kam, C’93, W’93, Andres Lopez, W’93, and Eli Faskha, ENG’93, W’93 as Wharton ’93 seniors. Just printing the cover page took a long time in those days in a first edition HP Deskjet Plus printer!
Mgmt 234 Southeast Asia report #93tothe25th University of Pennsylvania

Southeast Asia Report for Mgmt 234 provided by Eli Kaskha, ENG;93, W’93

  • My Microsoft Intern offer letter – I remember that out of all the interviews MS did on campus that year, they offered two internships, the other being David Hafken, C’93, ENG’93, who was my groupmate in several classes, and at Microsoft we ended up as roommates as well!
Microsoft summer intern offer letter to Penn engineering student #93tothe25th

Microsoft Summer Intern offer letter from 1992 provided by Eli Faskha, ENG’93, W’93

Have you gone down to your basement to look for any Penn photos or paper memories? Now is the time to sort through your boxes and storage and send your items to us!

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of October 6 – 7, 2017, marked 31 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 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!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM FOR ALUMNI WEEKEND NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Into the Void (32 Weeks To Go)

By Chris Lehmann, C’93

Editor’s note: In an off-line discussion, I asked Chris for some of his ultimate frisbee photos and I soon received links to these photos and a few words about the team. A search in the archives of The DP led us to some photos published back in the day.

Penn's Ultimate Frisbee Team the Void during Spring Break 1993

The Void pictured during Spring Break 1993 (we think). In this photo: Chris Lehmann, Steve Grantz, Eric Cohen, Jimmy Liao, Howard Wilkins, Jason Tomes and Tim Teramoto.

The Void was (and is) the Penn Women’s Men’s Ultimate Frisbee teams. The Void of 1993 competed all up and down the East Coast, coming in 5th in the Mid-Atlantic Region. The guys from the Class of ’93 have remained the best of friends — in fact, the East Coast contingent can be spotted this weekend at the Penn v. Cornell Men’s Basketball game.

Chris Lehmann during his senior year at Penn with The Void #93tothe25th

Chris Lehmann during his senior year at Penn with The Void

Penn Ultimate Frisbee alumni #93tothe25th

Penn Ultimate Frisbee alumni a few years after graduation. In this photo: Karen Tuazon Grossberg, Chris Lehmann, Chris Cianfrani, Steve Grantz, Chris Lehmann and Amy Silverman

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of September 29 – 30, 2017, marked 32 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 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!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM FOR ALUMNI WEEKEND NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Pizza! Pizza! (33 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

Dorm living. No kitchens. Maybe a small fridge, maybe, maybe a hot pot or a microwave…what to eat with limited funds? Pizza!

It seems that freshman year we ate a lot of pizza.

Pizza at Penn #93tothe25th University of Pennsylvania

Emily Leong, Regan Allan and Voula Tsoutsoplides Katsoris in Room 222 of Brooks-Leidy in the Upper Quad

Pizza at Penn #93tothe 25th The Quadrangle at University of Pennsylvania

Hilary Swift, Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, Kiera Reilly and Deanna Huffman in Room 222 of Brooks-Leidy

lower Quad dorm room at the University of Pennsylvania in the Fall 1989

Eating the college food staple – pizza – in the Lower Quad

Do you remember where you ordered pizza from? Was it delivered? Did someone on your hall go to pick it up? What was your favorite pizza place?

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of September 22 – 23, 2017, marked 33 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 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!
  • Join our reunion committee – email Lisa Grabelle at lisagrabelle@yahoo.com.
  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM FOR ALUMNI WEEKEND NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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