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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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See’s Candy Fundraiser . . .

See’s Candy is here!  Each holiday season, the Association of Alumnae hosts an annual See’s Candy Fundraiser.

Fundraising profits help the Association of Alumnae to sponsor programs for women, such as the recent Colloquium in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Association of Alumnae.  The funds also help to sponsor several awards, including the Continuing Education Award for an outstanding woman who has returned to college, the Fathers’ Trophy for a woman athlete and the Robert J. Alig Award for a student leader.  In addition, the Association funds the Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Awards for women students’ internships or research during the summer, and has funded the student computer kiosks in the renovated Fisher–Bennett Hall.

If you don’t want to miss out on this delicious fundraising effort next year, send an email to and we’ll be sure to add you to the list!
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Happy Holidays!

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Association of Alumnae Colloquium – October 10, 2013


Penn’s Association of Alumnae will be hosting a Colloquium on Thursday evening, October 10, 2013.  The colloquium will be the culmination of the Association’s year-long celebration of 100 years, the theme of which is  “Honoring the Past and Engaging the Future”.  The details of the event are still being fine-tuned, but some information has been confirmed and is listed below . . .

Thursday, October 10, 2013
On Campus Location  – TBD

5:00-5:30 pm:  Registration

5:30-6:30 pm:  Presentations by three brilliant Penn alumnae . . .

  • Dr. Angela Duckworth, G03 GR06
  • Dr. Beverly Emanuel, CW62 GR72

  • Salamishah Tillet, C96 G04

Q&A Session

6:30-8:00 pm:  Post-panel Reception


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Welcome Class of 2013 Senior Women!

Author: Kristina Clark


WOW!  The final count of last night’s Class of 2013 Senior Women Wine & Cheese Reception indicates that we welcomed over 360 new alumnae!

As you may know, the event is a collaborative effort by the Association of Alumnae and the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women.   Association of Alumnae board member Patrice Green, and Trustees’ Council of Penn Women’s vice president Dawn Eringis each took the opportunity to welcome the seniors to the ranks of alumnae, and their words to our senior women about transitioning from a Penn student to a Penn alumna were so incredibly relevant and inspiring!

It was a wonderful event, and we continue to celebrate Penn women!


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Family Night at the Palestra – A HUGE Success!

Author: Kristina Clark

On Friday evening, February 22, I once again had the pleasure of hosting over 480 Penn alumni families for an event at the Palestra.  This was the second time that Penn Alumni and the Association of Alumnae hosted a Family Night at the Palestra — it was an even bigger success than last year!  The evening began just after 5 PM with children of all ages having an opportunity to shoot hoops with Penn’s women basketball team members. The kids had a blast and so did the players. Following the shoot-around, and prior to the basketball team taking the court for warm-ups, families were greeted by women’s head basketball coach, Mike McLaughlin.  Food vouchers were distributed for each attendee so they could go to the concession stand at their convenience for a hot dog or pizza, soft pretzel, and beverage.  Penn Alumni families were treated to an amazing night and the game was the icing on the cake.  For the second straight game, the Quakers dominated an Ivy opponent at The Palestra.  Penn posted its largest win over Cornell since 1981 and claimed its fourth straight victory!

The cost to participate in this Palestra Family Night event was $5 person.  The event was sponsored by Penn Alumni and the Association of Alumnae.  We look forward to offering this event again next year and hope you can join us!

In the meantime, mark your calendars now for upcoming Penn Alumni Family Events:

Family Day at Mask & Wig – 3/16/13 — Click to REGISTER
40 Winks with the Sphinx – 3/29-30/13 — SOLD OUT

Contact Penn Alumni Relations at 215-898-7811 for more information.
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Family Night at the Palestra 2013

Author: Kristina Clark

On Friday evening, February 22, I will once again have the pleasure of hosting over 200 Penn alumni and their families for an event at the Palestra. This will be the Second Annual Family Night at the Palestra — and we’re looking forward to another great event!  The evening begins around 5:15 PM with children of all ages shooting hoops with Penn’s women basketball team.  The kids had a blast last year and so did the players, and they are all looking forward to spending some time on the court together again.  Following the shoot-around, and prior to the basketball team taking the court for warm-ups, families will be greeted for a brief presentation by women’s head basketball coach, Mike McLaughlin.  The families will then take their seats to gear up for the game, or head to the concession stand for a hot dog or pizza, soft pretzel and a beverage!  Penn Alumni families will be treated to an amazing night.

The cost to participate in the Palestra Family Night event is $5/person. The event is sponsored by Penn Alumni and the Association of Alumnae.  If you wish to register, please click the following link:  REGISTER NOW!  We look forward to seeing you on February 22nd!

Also, mark your calendars now for additional upcoming Penn Alumni Family Events:

Family Day at Mask & Wig – 3/16/13
40 Winks with the Sphinx – 3/29-30/13
Contact Penn Alumni Relations at 215-898-7811 for more information.

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A New Year for Penn Alumni Families!

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We’re kicking off a new year filled with Penn Alumni Family Programming!

On February 22, 2013, you’re invited to join the Penn Women’s Basketball team at the Palestra for our 2nd Annual Family Night at the Palestra!  You will get to shoot hoops with the team before the game, hear from Coach McLaughlin, and then enjoy pizza or hot dog, pretzel and a soda — all for $5 person.   Last year, it was a wonderful event c0-hosted by the Association of Alumnae, and we had over 200 attendees.  Hope to see you on February 22nd when Penn takes on Cornell!

On March 16, 2013, Alumni Relations will be hosting it’s 3rd Annual Family Day at Mask and Wig!  Bring the kids to the Mask and Wig Clubhouse, 310 S. Quince Street, Philadelphia, for a fun-filled afternoon!  Lunch begins at 11:30 followed by showtime at 12:30pm.  Penn’s Mask and Wig is an all-male comedy troupe that has entertained Philadelphians and the Penn community since 1889 with its original revues.  This year’s production, Beatuopia: A Face Odyssey, has been adapted to appeal to children ages 12 and under.  Bring the kids for lunch (hot dogs, chips, pretzels, beverage) and the show.  Ticket costs: $25/adults and $10/children 12 and under.

On Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, 2013, join Penn alumni and their children for an overnight adventure at Penn’s Museum for 40 Winks with the Sphinx and Penn Alumni. The night’s activities are geared to take intrepid explorers on a journey through time and across continents, with hands-on opportunities, through games and crafts, to explore ancient Egypt, the mummies and hieroglyphics, the ancient Greeks and Romans, the world of the ancient Maya, and more!  Following a scavenger hunt and an evening expedition through the galleries by flashlight, explorers roll out their sleeping bags to doze at the foot of the third largest granite Sphinx in the world. The program concludes with a light breakfast in the Museum Cafe at 8am.  The cost is $45/person (children 6-12 years old and their chaperones, 21 years or older).  One adult chaperone is required for every 1-5 children.  Absolutely no walk-in registrations are permitted.

Look for additional family programming throughout the year!  If you live outside of the 8-county Philadelphia area and wish to be included on our e-mailing list for Penn Alumni Family Events, please send an email with your request to Kristina Clark at

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Penn Women Remember . . . Freshman Camp 1964

Submitted by Susan Croll, C’68, CPU’94
(Originally appeared in the Association of Alumnae fall 2012 newsletter)

At a recent meeting of the Association of Alumnae’s 100th Anniversary Planning Committee, Penn songs became a topic of conversation, as we considered having some music as part of the celebration.  This led my 1968 classmate, Barbara Russo Bravo, and me down memory lane, to Freshman Camp 1964.  Just before the beginning of our freshman fall semester, the women of the new entering class boarded buses outside of the Women’s Residence Hall (now Hill Hall), which took us to Camp Green Lane, in the Poconos.

Shortly after we boarded the buses, the two Penn juniors who were leading Freshman Camp, Judy Seitz (later University President Judith Rodin) and Prudy String, handed out documents that were to become our first Penn homework assignment.  The document included the lyrics to all of the Penn songs, including “The Red and the Blue”, “Hail Pennsylvania”, “Drink a Highball”, “Fight On Pennsylvania”, “Hang Jeff Davis”, “Cheer Pennsylvania” and a song entitled “Pennsylvania Women’s Song”.  Our job was to learn the melodies (which they sang for us) and the lyrics – and quickly – since we were to be tested on them frequently (i.e., asked to sing them) during the freshman camp experience.  Over the years, through football games, graduation, Homecoming and Alumni Weekends, we have sung most of the songs repeatedly and will always remember them.  However, subsequent to Freshman Camp 1964, I never have heard the “Pennsylvania Women’s Song” sung at any Penn event.

Barbara and I treated the other 100th Anniversary Planning Committee members to our rendition of the “Pennsylvania Women’s Song” (to the tune of “Till We Meet Again”).

Pennsylvania, here’s a toast to you.

Pennsylvania, royal red and blue.

Memories of friends and fun,

Things together we have done.

And so before our college days are through,

Let us pledge our loyalty anew.

To keep forever, sweet and true,


The sweet melody and lyrics were enough to keep this song in Barbara’s and my memories for the past forty-eight years, along with other memories of Freshman Camp – such as sleeping in cabins on army cots; eating Rice Crispies out of paper bowls, and participating in cabin to cabin competitions to compose and select the Class of 1968 women’s class song and class cheer.  As our class approaches its 45th reunion next May, the women of the Class of 1968 can proudly  declare:  “We don’t even need a cheer.  ‘68’s the greatest year!”

Click the following link to view the Association of Alumnae Fall 2012 newsletter.

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Honoring the Past and Engaging the Future – Pioneer Women

Author: Sue Czarnecki, GR’82

Penn’s First Women Students
Gertrude Klein Pierce, Anna Lockhart Flanigen and Mary Thorn Lewis

This year the Association of Alumnae celebrates its 100th anniversary. As part of our year-long celebration, we are bringing you interesting stories about the Association and its alumnae. Perhaps you’ve wondered who were the first female students at Penn?  Well, they were chemistry students!

Admitted to classes in chemistry in the Towne Scientific School (School of Engineering and Applied Science) in October of 1876 as “special students,” Gertrude and Anna, graduates of the Women’s Medical College, were the first two female students to enter Penn. Two years later Pierce and Flanigen were awarded certificates of proficiency in chemistry and finished second and third in their class. Pierce and Flanigen continued their postgraduate studies in organic chemistry with Dr. Edgar Fahs Smith, a mentor to many of Penn’s first women students. Gertrude coauthored a paper with him on the nitration of 5-chlorosalicylic acid.

Gertrude married Francis Hoskins Easby (BS 1881) in January of 1884. She remained a dedicated alumna, and their daughter Charlotte Easby Grave was president of the Association of Alumnae from 1930-31. Gertrude was active in the settlement house and women’s rights movements. She frequently corresponded with suffragist and social reformer, Isabel Howland, secretary of the Association for the Advancement of Women and the New York State Women Suffrage Association. Gertrude passed away in 1953.

After Penn, Anna continued her studies in chemistry at the University College London with the distinguished Scottish chemist, Sir William Ramsey. Sir Ramsey later won the Nobel Prize in 1904 for his discovery of the noble gases. Anna returned to Penn to further her studies in inorganic chemistry with Dr. Edgar Fahs Smith and received her doctorate in chemistry 1906. Her thesis was entitled The Electrolytic Precipitation of Copper from an Alkaline Cyanide Electrolyte. She was an associate professor of chemistry at Mount Holyoke College from 1903-1910. Anna passed away in 1928 and is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Mary entered the Towne Scientific School in March of 1878 and earned a certificate of proficiency in chemistry two years later. She was very interested in the women’s rights movement and was a member of Philadelphia’s New Century Club and the New Century Guild for Working Women. Mary married William Channing Gannett, a Unitarian minister and social reformer in November of 1887. They moved to Rochester, New York, where William became pastor of the First Unitarian Church. Susan B. Anthony was a member of the church, and Mary and Susan became good friends. Mary was a suffragist and worked closely with Susan in the women’s rights movement. Recognized for her many years as a social reformer, the University of Rochester awarded her an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 1941. Mary passed away at the age of 98 in 1952.

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Honoring the Past and Engaging the Future – Our Founder

Author: Sue Czarnecki, G’82

Our Founder
Catharine Wetherill Beekley, C’1910

This year the Association of Alumnae celebrates its 100th anniversary. As part of our year-long celebration, we are bringing to you some interesting stories about the Association and its alumnae. The first women at Penn, Gertrude Pierce, Anna Flanigen, and Mary Lewis, were chemistry students in the 1870s. Continuing in this fine tradition of Penn women in science, our founder, Catharine Wetherill Beekley was a biologist.

Catharine was born on June 3, 1888 and lived in Media. Her childhood home on 116 N. Lemon Street, built in 1890, still stands. Catharine was a gifted student and majored in biology at Penn. At that time biology was largely taught as botany and zoology. Founded in 1884, the Department of Biology was the third academic program at Penn to admit women. Catharine also was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, Beta Alpha chapter, the first sorority on campus. The Beta Alpha chapter was established in 1890, and five of its six founders were biology students. One of its founders, Josephine Feger Ancona was the first woman to earn a bachelor’s degree at Penn, a degree in biology in 1895! Catharine graduated first in her class with a BS in Biology with Honors in 1910. At the June commencement, she received the JSH Prize in Biology for her distinguished studies, a prize she won earlier as a sophomore. At Penn the biology curriculum had a strong focus on botany, invertebrates and protozoology, and Catharine developed an interest in aquatic biology.

After graduation, Catharine began teaching at the Philadelphia High School for Girls as a second assistant in biology. She remained close to her fraternity sisters and hosted social meetings of her fraternity sisters at her home in Media. On February 7, 1912, on the invitation of Catharine, seventy women met at the College Club, 1300 Spruce Street, to form the Association of Alumnae. She later remarked “…the objective I had in mind…to further the interests of women students…” The mission of the Association of Alumnae was

 “to unite the women graduates of the University of Pennsylvania and to further among them a spirit of cooperation in work and fellowship; to promote the welfare of the women students at the University; and to keep  alive the interest of the women graduates in all the activities of their Alma  Mater.”

The first officers of the Association of Alumnae were Pauline Wolcott Spencer, Sarah Pleis Miller, Jennie Ritner Beale, Zeta Berenice Cundey, Eleanor Fulton Karsner, and Elizabeth N. Woolman Pennock. Of the six officers two were biologists, Sarah Miller and Eleanor Krasner, and one a chemist, Elizabeth Woolman Pennock.

The Association of Alumnae held its first annual meeting on June 19, 1912, Commencement Day, at 3:00 PM in the Botanical Gardens. The women graduates of the Class of 1912, Provost Dr. Edgar F. Smith, the Vice Provost, Deans and their families attended.  A Japanese comedy was presented and was followed by an informal reception.

Class of 1912
University Archives, The Women’s Record 1912

After two years of teaching at the high school, Catharine resigned and accepted a position as teacher and social worker at the Biological Laboratory at Cold Spring Harbor, a division of the Brooklyn Institute of Arts and Sciences (Brooklyn Museum) established for the training of educators in marine biology. By 1917 she had written a book, Laboratory Manual in Biology and decided to pursue a research career in marine biology.During the summer of 1919, Catharine traveled to the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole and attended the course, Embryology, a decision that changed her life.

The following year, Catharine joined the faculty of the University of Oregon, Eugene as an instructor and later became assistant professor of zoology. It was there that Catharine met and married another biologist, Dr. Harry Barclay Yocom, on September 21, 1921. Dr. Yocom was born on July 12, 1888 in Pennsville, Ohio and received a BS from Oberlin College in 1912 and his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkley in 1916 and 1918. In 1920, Harry moved from the City College of New York to the University of Oregon, Eugene where he accepted a position as assistant professor of zoology. Dr. Yocom later became professor and chair of the department and remained on the faculty for over twenty-five years.

Catharine shared an office with her husband in Deady Hall and taught a wide variety of courses, mostly in marine biology during the 1920s. She taught Marine Biology, Marine Zoology, Invertebrate Morphology, Marine Algae, Botany, Botanical and Zoological Problems and several botany and algae labs on campus and at the marine zoology station.

Beginning in the summer of 1924 and for many summers thereafter, the Yocoms and their students traveled to Sunset Beach on the Oregon coast, south of Coos Bay, to its sandy beaches, rocky shores, tide pools, and mud flats to conduct research on its marine residents. The Yocoms established the University’s marine zoology station and taught courses there each summer, setting up their laboratories under tents and residing first in tents and then at the Boy Scouts camp. From these primitive beginnings, the marine zoology station evolved to the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) now located in Coos Bay a short drive north from Sunset Beach. Dr. Yocom, recognized as the founder of the OIMB, now a world-renown research institute, became its first director. In 1956 he was honored for his pioneering work and received the Outstanding Oregon Scientist Award from the Oregon Academy of Science. But, of course, we know that none of this would have been possible without his colleague, wife, and co-founder, Catharine.

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