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The Annual Staff Retreat

By Carol Romani

After a successful year of Alumni Programming, the Alumni Relations staff got together for their annual Staff Retreat.   This year, we learned about our Signature Themes (strengths) and how to build on them for career and personal success.   There was also a great scavenger hunt which sent 6 teams of Alumni Relations staff members on a hunt through campus for all sorts of things! It was a great way to unwind and have fun together after a year of successful Alumni Programming.

Team Redrum in Steinberg-Dietrich at the Joseph Wharton Desk

Team Redrum in Steinberg-Dietrich at the Joseph Wharton Desk

Team Sweeten Slammers on Walnut Street

Team Sweeten Slammers on Walnut Street

Team Quaker Daze and Ben

Team Quaker Daze and Ben

Team Evil Empire with Dr. William Pepper

Team Evil Empire with Dr. William Pepper

Team You Are Toast

Team You Are Toast (possibly trying to spell out a word)

My apologies to Team Fists of Franklin (a.k.a Ben’s Biceps), though you were the winning team in our competition, your photos went missing in the transfer from CityHunt to us.

All in all, it was a great day with my wonderful Alumni Relations colleagues.


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Penn colleague, alumni volunteer and ARTIST . . .

Author: Kristina Clark

Nicole Maloy, W’95, is one of my colleagues in Alumni Relations. She is the Director of the Multicultural Outreach program. I thought I’d share a post about her simply because she is interesting!

Nicole not only works in Alumni Relations, she is a very active volunteer on Penn’s Association of Alumnae Board, members with whom I work closely. This post is not about Nicole’s role as an employee or as an alumna however, this is about Nicole’s personal creativity. For example and most recently, Nicole taught a few of her Alumni Relations colleagues how to knit. She is a patient teacher (for which we are most grateful) and now my ten-year old daughter wears a beautiful purple knit hat that I finished last month. Nicole has many talents — she’s a dancer, a singer, an athlete, and most certainly an artist, as confirmed by being chosen last week to exhibit her portrait drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. This honor is what I wanted to share with you.

Here’s the story . . . Nicole once wrote a Penn Alumni Blog post about exploring art resources in Philadelphia (includes a photo of her at age 17 with several jean jackets that she painted for her high school classmates in the late ’80s and early ’90s). One resource that she had not yet taken advantage of is the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), the first school of fine arts in the United States. Its origin dates from 1791, when Penn was still located at 4th & Arch Streets.

In fall 2013, Nicole took a weekly evening class called “Intermediate Portrait Drawing” through PAFA’s Continuing Education program. Students who had been enrolled in CE classes or workshops from spring 2013 through spring 2014 were invited to submit artwork for the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Continuing Education Programs Annual Juried Student Exhibition.

PAFA received nearly 180 submissions, and 80 were accepted. Among them is Nicole’s piece, a portrait in charcoal entitled “Waiting,” which was drawn from a live model in class. If you would like to see it, along with the other 79 drawings, paintings, and sculptures, the exhibition runs from February 28 – April 6 in Gallery 128, Hamilton Building, 128 North Broad Street, at PAFA.

Congratulations, Nicole!


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A Day in the Life: Doug Eagar

Author: Joshua Durando

Today’s post is the first of a series I will be calling “A Day in the Life”. The motivation for this series came while I was traveling to New York at the end of last semester for Engaging Minds. While speaking with a colleague they mentioned someone’s name who I had never met before. If we are being honest, I wasn’t even sure I had heard their name before. “Who is that?” I asked, half expecting them to start with something like “You wouldn’t know them, but…” That is not what I got, however. This name, the name I thought I had a good reason for never having heard before, belonged to a person at Penn – a colleague in DAR. It struck me then, that even after a year, I had a lot to learn. I still had people to meet and learn about. I spent the rest of the day casually thinking about how I could network more with my colleagues. I thought about going to coffee, maybe grabbing lunch – I started to get excited about who I might meet and what I might learn about them. That was the moment it really hit me. What exactly would I learn about them? How many people that I met with would have a cool hobby or a second life outside of what they do at Penn? Boom. The idea was born. Instead of wondering if these cool hidden gems about their lives would just pop up into my day-to-day conversations with them, I would just start asking. My hope is that through my networking and learning, I’ll be able to give you, our alumni and friends, an inside look at some of the great people who work in DAR.

For my first profile I didn’t have to go too far – his office is right across the hall! Doug Eagar is an IT Support Specialist in DAR. In addition to being the awesome person who sets my computer straight when it decides it wants to get a little sassy with me, or bringing my internet back to life after it decides to say “Bye Josh! See ya! Bye!” Doug also plays in a band. That’s right folks, a rock star who saves the internet. He’s basically a superhero and he’s right here with us at Penn. I hope you enjoy learning more about Doug as much as I did!

Q: When did you first start playing music? Has it always been a hobby of yours?

A: It first became a hobby in the 7th grade and after I graduated high school I officially started playing with other musicians.


Q: What instrument do you play?

A: Drums and most things that are percussion related


Q: What is your band’s name? Any fun stories about how you came up with it?

A: Pulp Groove – the name is more a label of what we are doing. We play covers but we try to keep it upbeat and always have the crowd dancing. We have had much more interesting names in the past such as Four Stories High, Cow Poetry and Toxic Toast.


Q: How did you get involved with the band you are in now? How long have you been playing with them?

A: In 1996 I met a few guys and we had an original band named Mellon’s Mockingbird. We played the Philly scene for a few years before calling it quits. One of the guys in that band is now the guitarist in Pulp Groove so I have been with him for over 15 years. We have a bass player that has been with us for just over two years and we just added a keyboard player as of two days ago.


Q: How many gigs do you play a month?

A: We average one or two, but the summer gets a little busier and we sometimes play three to four a month.


Q: If you could open for any band, play any stadium, play at any event, what would your dream gig be?

A: I’ve always wanted to play Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado. I hear the acoustics are great and it would be so awesome to play in front of thousands of people and be a part of the landscape like that.


Q: If people wanted to catch a show, where could they most likely find you?

A: We only have one place that we have been playing regularly for the past 10 years and that is Duke’s in Springfield. It’s a great local tavern with great music and friendly people. We try to stay with that theme though. We cater to local venues where music is enjoyed and people just go out to have a good time. We also play benefits about two or three times a year as well as a few private parties.


Q: Other than your own band, who are some of your favorites/who are you inspired by?

A: I’m always inspired by bands that have remained a solid unit over a period of time such as U2. One of the hardest things to find are like minded musicians that you can stay with and eventually call family. There are not a lot of bands you can say that about.  


Q: Do you have any other interesting hobbies?

A: My other passions are astronomy and reading and once the warm weather hits I ride my motorcycle. Of course my number one love is my family – my daughter and especially my wife. Without the support of her I could not do what I love. Even though music for me is part time it does take up plenty of time and a lot of Saturday nights. It means so much to me that she understands what a huge part of my life this band is. She truly is an amazing woman.


Final Fun Fact: Doug’s wife, Susan, also works at Penn. She is a member of the Programs and Special Events team (along with me and 9 others) and I can confirm that she is pretty great.

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A Year in Review

Author: Joshua Durando

Every year, right around this time, we are all reflective on the year we’ve had, and look forward to what’s to come. We’ve learned lessons, grown another year wiser, and made resolutions to help make this year better than the last. For me, January not only signified a new calendar year, but also marked an anniversary – 1 year at Penn. That’s right; January 7th was the one year anniversary of the man who wrote his first blog post about the pet fish he keeps on his desk. For all inquiring minds, Pippen is alive and well.

He was feeling a bit shy today.

He was feeling a bit shy today.

The past year has been incredibly busy (having to keep a fish alive and all), but also incredibly rewarding. I’ve learned a lot over the last year and can honestly say Penn has come to feel like a second home. Working in Programs and Special Events (P&SE), I have the unique opportunity to meet alumni from all across the country at a host of different events. Helping to plan events like Making History at Penn Park, Penn Spectrum, or yPenn Highballs allow me the opportunity to see Penn in many different ways. After reflecting on all of the events I have worked on over the last year, I think my favorite would have to be the Time to Shine 11 city tour which took place throughout the fall. The tour, meant to celebrate the end of the campaign and the exciting new frontiers at Penn, was probably the best way to indoctrinate a new employee into Penn’s vibrant culture. How could I not fall in love with this place? In every city you, our alumni, were so excited to hear about what Penn had accomplished and where it was going. Not only that, you were also excited to hear about me. Where did I work? When did I start? How was I liking it? Everyone was so welcoming, assuring me that I was “going to love it”. You weren’t wrong. The enthusiasm for this place is contagious.

Though the tour is over, 2014 does not fall short when it comes to opportunities to engage with Penn. I know all of us in P&SE are excited to plan fabulous events that allow you to come back to campus or celebrate Penn when we come visit you in your city. There are tons of exciting new events on the horizon including Penn 2 U’s, a series of yPenn events, and of course, all of the Alumni Weekend activities. So I guess the question really is: will engaging with Penn make it on your list of resolutions for 2014? Keep your eyes peeled for invites and save the dates coming your way. And of course, always check Frankly Penn for recaps and fun pictures.

We hope to see you in 2014!


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