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Penn Club of Philadelphia event at the Pennovation Center

Tuesday night, during a beautiful evening in Philadelphia, the Penn Club of Philadelphia and the Penn Alumni Engineering Society hosted a very special event for Penn Alumni, students, and friends at the newly-opened Pennovation Works. Dr. Michael Borda, Penn Director of Research Initiatives, kicked off the evening with a behind-the-scenes tour of the center, an amazing 60,000 sq ft incubator and laboratory that provides resources and space for researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. After the tour, guests enjoyed a panel discussion and Q&A focused on the stages of entrepreneurship, with a special focus on how Penn actively supports the growth and maturation of companies developed by Penn students and alumni. Panelists included Dr. Michael Borda, Director of Research Initiatives, Aleksandr Kushleyev, EE’07, GEE, 07, co-founder, K-Mel (now Qualcomm), Nonya Collier, WG’12, founder Pad Porter, Dr. Mark Yim, Professor and Director of Integrated Product Design, Michael Aronson, W’78, co-founder Red & Blue Ventures. The panel was moderated by Farnia Fresnel, Eng’98, Board Member, Penn Alumni Club of Philadelphia, and Bernard Jones, Eng’01, Director, Engineering Alumni Society.

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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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Blankets of Love

By Denise Winner, W’83

Penn Serves launched the New Year intertwining crocheting, wine and cheese, and Quaker spirit to support Blankets of Love. Over 25 alumni and friends (women and a couple of men too) joined together for a late afternoon training session to learn to crochet in Manhattan Beach. We began with a crochet hook, learned a split knot, made a bunch of loops, practiced on the first row, ripped it out, crocheted a second row (or in some cases ripped it out again) and eventually crocheted the beginnings of a wool scarf.

Blankets of Love was founded less than a year ago from love and hope for every newborn. The organization is in memory of the founders’ beautiful son, Justin Strand, who died way too early due to drug abuse and bad luck. “Babies are on loan from God – love them, raise them and release them”, shares Cyndi Strand, one of the founders. Whether circumstances are bleak or bright, the Strands look forward to creating handmade Blankets of Love to bring some sense of security and joy to babies leaving MLK and other hospitals with mothers and families who have little or no means, or who are living on the street.

 

The January Penn Serves event was the first organized training and crocheting session for this non-profit. Hopefully those who participated will embrace this new hobby, finish their scarves and move on to a 36 by 36 inch Blanket of Love.

For those interested in donating, blankets must be knit from acrylic or other washable yarns. Learn more about Blankets of Love: http://blanketsoflovesouthbay.com/.

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

  • January 26, 2017 – Penn Serves Social
  • March, 2017 – Food Forward Harvesting
  • 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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Mid-Terms, Finals and Blue Books (80 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The weekend of October 28-29, 2016 marked 80 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! And we continue the countdown to our reunion by looking back at memories of our time at Penn.

I have a box of old papers and things I saved, and as I sorted through it, I hoped to find ticket stubs from Penn Football and Basketball games. Or maybe those square colored paper invites to parties, or a program from a student performing art group. Surprisingly, I do not seem to have many, if any, of these items. But what I did save? My blue books from Econ 1 mid-terms and exams from our first semester of Freshman year!

Econ 1 exam blue book from the University of Pennsylvania courtesty Kiera Reilly

This must be from our first mid-term in Econ 1, first semester Freshman year.

Flipping through my answers to the exam, there are red marks with apparently the number of points I scored on each question (but no idea how much each question was worth), and a final tally of the points I earned on the exam. No final grade, or context to put the final point total.

Inside the front and back cover of each booklet is the Code of Academic Integrity, and there was a place to sign your name on the back cover.

I have not read through my answers, and probably have not looked at these books since we graduated. But I am glad I saved them, if only to vaguely remember what taking an exam was like twenty-seven years ago in the ground floor of Williams Hall.

Exam Blue book for Kiera Reilly Econ 1 class at University of Pennsylvania

Based on the date, this must be from a second mid-term or exam of Econ 1 from our first semester Freshman year.

Do you remember the exam blue-books? Did you save any of your exams?

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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Class Schedules and Drop/Add (81 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The weekend of October 21-22, 2016 marked 81 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! #93tothe25th

Do you remember registering for classes at Penn? I vaguely remember the summer before our Freshman year, sorting through a course catalog printed on newsprint. There were so many interesting classes, but I had to decide between really interesting classes and also taking classes to fulfill my requirements in the College.

Eventually, I made some selections, some with conviction, some with blind faith, and mailed them back to Penn. I saved the carbon copy of my requests.

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My class requests for my first semester of my Freshman year at Penn.

(Note the upper right the blocks for my social security number. I rubbed it out, but the SSN was on everything we did with Penn back then)

Apparently I could select a primary course, and then an alternate course if my first choice was unavailable.

In late July, I received my courses on this computer print-out.

Kiera Reilly Freshman Class Schedule first round at University of Pennsylvania

I sent in my request, and these are the classes I received.

Note that there is a spot for my social security number (rubbed out) and my home address (also rubbed out).

Of the courses I requested, French was my only match.

As an alternate to English, I was placed in Econ. As an alternate to Philosophy, I was placed in another Philosophy course, Existentialism (I distinctly remember this course taught by Carmen Romano). The Physics of Sports course was full, and my alternate I guess was full too.

I remember being freaked out that I only had three classes! But then I arrived on campus and learned about drop/add.

Do you remember drop/add? I vaguely remember needing to attend the first class of the class you wished to add, then asking the professor if there was an opening, and then sitting outside – the classroom? An administrator’s room? And handing in paperwork and getting it stamped so you could be admitted into the class.

I have two add forms from that first semester.

Drop/add form for Kiera Reilly at the University of Pennsylvania

I fill out the form and received a “Received” stamp!

I added Math 141, which was calculus. Again, note the spot at the top right for my social security number.

Drop/add form for freshman year classes for Kiera Reilly at Penn

My second drop/add form. I thought I already was placed in this class so I am not sure why I have this form.

This seems to indicate I added Philosophy 55 – the Existentialism course. I am not sure why I have this since it was already on my first schedule, but here it is.

After the drop/add period ended, I received a printout with my final schedule. Note that my address has been changed to my dorm room in the Quad – 222 Franklin.

Kiera Reilly first semester schedule at Penn

My final schedule for my first semester of Freshman year.

It indicated the dates and times of the classes, and also the buildings. WMS is Williams Hall – convenient to the Quad, and DRL, well is DRL. I think CB stands for the Chemistry Building.

Do you have memories of figuring your schedule Freshman year? Do you have any funny drop/add stories? Let us know!

Join us we countdown the weeks to our 25th reunion in May, 2018 #93tothe25th:

  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
  • 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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Freshman Move-In 1989 (83 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

Last week we looked at photos of Freshman Move-In this year. This week, we take a stroll down memory lane to moving in to Penn in the fall of 1989, our freshman year at Penn.

I saved the form for my freshman room assignment – 222 Franklin in the Upper Quad. I noticed that on most of my documents from college, my social security number is on everything (I obscured it here).

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Classmate Christine Lutton Foster, C’93, who was traveling to Penn from California, shared some of her pre-move-in papers.

A packing list! Note that a computer or mobile phone isn’t on the list but a typewriter is (I lugged a typewriter from Texas)!

checklistHere is a copy of Christine’s plane ticket. I share it mainly to note the cost of her ticket.

airfareAnd here is a move-in card. It seems so old-school!

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Here is a picture of Move-In day outside of the Quad in 1989.

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Here is a photo from last week’s post about Freshman Move-In this year:

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Looks almost the same, but there is less ivy and trees alongside the Quad.

Do you remember moving in to Penn in September 1989? Do you have pictures of your freshman dorm room or roommate? We are looking for photos of these memories or others from our time at Penn. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!

Last weekend, October 7-8, 2016, marked 83 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Join us we countdown the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th: Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

 

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Freshman Move-In 2016 (84 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

I was on campus in late August and happened to be there for a Freshman Move-In Day. Penn was still Penn, but it was newer, cleaner, brighter, and seemed so different from what I remembered moving in to start our college days in the Fall of 1989.

Here are some of the sights I saw.

I arrived at 30th Street Station, which has been refurbished and looks fabulous, and walked through the Drexel Campus to Penn. Drexel has been undergoing a building boom and transformation of late, and is really buzzing.

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I reached Penn at the southeast corner of 33rd and Chestnut Street. And the new College House was right in front of me, on what used to be Hill Field. The 125th Women’s Walkway cut across Hill Field a few years ago, but now there is this shiny new dormitory too. It is housing for Freshmen and had its official opening a few weeks ago.

penndormWow! This is a dorm. At. Penn. (For perspective, I’m standing on the east side of 33rd and Chestnut Streets)

penndorm2The entrance to Penn’s campus from the east, after walking through Drexel’s campus. This is what used to be Hill Field (you can see Hill House in the back on the left).

Looking west on Chestnut Street, the new College House is on the left and a lane is blocked for vehicles dropping off students and their belongings for move-in.

welcomeWalking through Hill Field on the Women’s Walkway from 33rd and Chestnut Streets. Hill House is on the left. The new College House (not pictured) is on the right of the walkway.

hillfieldwalkwayWith the new College House opening, Hill House is undergoing renovations. I don’t know if you can tell from this photo, but from what I could see, it looks like the interior is completely gutted.

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The new College House is on the right as I made my way on the walkway to the center of campus.

newcollegehouseThe entrance to the new College House as seen from the walkway. There were tents set up for maintenance issues, and for residential services to assist new students.

newcollegehouse2As I continued on the walkway, I saw this table for Penn Student Agencies. I worked for PSA all four years at Penn, so I stopped to talk to this current student about the services PSA offers today.

welcome1This is when I had my, “we are in the 21st Century moment,” as I saw this student wearing a t-shirt with, “Move-in Social Media,” printed on the back.

walkwayMove-In Social Media while approaching the intersection of 34th and Walnut Streets

Crossing to the central part of campus at 34th and Walnut. When looking east towards Center City, you see a new skyscraper being built (the Liberty towers are to the left of the new building). Fisher-Bennett Hall is on the right, with the Zeta Psi Fraternity and Hill House are on the left side of Walnut Street.

walnutstreetI walked up Walnut Street to the bookstore at 36th and Walnut. All the new Penn apparel looked pretty cool (I was glad to see there wasn’t any pink or green Penn branded items that I’ve seen displayed in recent years).

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I heard the band playing behind College Hall, so I walked towards Houston Hall. Families were gathered on the Perelman Quadrangle benches that lead up to Claudia Cohen Hall (known as Logan Hall when we were students). Williams Hall is on the left.

wynn-commonsThere was a large tent between Houston Hall and College Hall. There were bins for bottles of water, Tasty Kakes and soft pretzels. The Penn Band played for the families.

pennbandInside Houston Hall was a fare of services for students.

Later in the afternoon, new students and families gathered on College Green to hear Provost Price and President Gutmann. The Glee Club was singing a Penn medley while everyone waited for the Provost and President.

I walked over to Spruce Street to the Quad. There was some activity, but as it was later in the day, I think most of the move-in rush was finished before I arrived.

quadentranceCrossing 36th and Spruce Street to the Lower Quad

wistarWalking west on Spruce Street, I was surprised by the Wistar Institute building. For my last few visits to campus this was covered in netting and scaffolding.

It was nice to see the food trucks lined up outside the Quad (see our Food Truck post).

foodtruckThere were still some students and families moving in to the Quad.

cartsWhile the carts seem nicer than when we moved in so many years ago, they seem to be the same basic structure.

carts2The view looking east and then west at the corner of 38th and Spruce Streets.

The entrance to Upper Quad.

quad2New students and families crossing Spruce Street after exiting Upper Quad.

quad3I walked down Locust Walk. Classes had not started yet, so it was a bit quiet.

locustwalkBen on the Bench is still on campus, but he’s moved to the corner of 36th Street and Locust Walk. He sits on 36th Street, outside of Steinberg-Dietrich Hall. I heard that it’s a right of passage now for students to pee on the bench. Was that a thing when we were students?

benbenchAs I continued down Locust Walk, I saw the former home of the Palladium. It was sad that the patio isn’t full of people sitting at tables, enjoying a drink and soaking up the beautiful day.

archDo you remember moving in to Penn in September 1989? Do you have pictures of your freshman dorm room or roommate? We are looking for photos of these memories or others from our time at Penn. Please email us upenn1993@gmail.com!

Last weekend, September 30 – October 1, 2016, marked 84 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! Follow along with us we countdown the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th: Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram. Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

 

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