Dig Where You Are: Trustees’ Council of Penn Women (TCPW) Chicago Career Women’s Networking Event 2018

By Ali Cudby C’91 WG’97


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The Trustees Council of Penn Women (TCPW) held the Chicago summer women’s career networking event on June 14th. Approximately twenty-five Penn alumnae and guests gathered at the Morgan Lewis offices downtown to hear speaker Nan Alexander Doyle discuss her award-winning book, Dig Where You Are. Event sponsorship by consulting firm BCG enabled all attendees to receive signed copies of the book.

In 2008 Nan Doyal left her corporate career to spend time with ordinary men and women who have solved some of the biggest challenges facing our societies today. She wanted to understand how they had succeeded where so many more qualified than they had failed.  What she learned surprised her, and was the inspiration for her award-winning book.


One story that hit close to home was that of Lily Yeh, is an American artist who was born in China and raised in Taiwan. Lily helped to heal residents in the inner city of Philadelphia through her art. She worked with children and adults to create meaningful urban art that helped rebuild a formerly blighted community.

From the slums of Mumbai, the villages of Tibet and northeast Thailand, the inner cities of Philadelphia and San Francisco, and a ghetto outside Stockholm Nan shared how a psychologist, a heart surgeon, a school teacher, an artist, and an economist applied what they knew how to do in order to help make a meaningful and sustainable change for good in the world.

In our conversation, attendees learned how believing in the potential of others, a passion to change things for the better; and a healthy dose of grit and commitment can help turn what you already how to do into an opportunity to make things better. The group also discussed the importance of listening to the people you’re trying to help, instead of coming into a situation with a preconceived notion of what will be valuable.

Nan was introduced by Ali Cudby, TCPW Executive Committee member and President of the Indiana Penn Club. Additional TCPW members attending included event co-chair Tonia Arrington, Penn Trustee Lynn Jerath, Margie Schaye, and Robin Simon.


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LA Penn Women in Tech Panel Highlights Importance of Women and Other Underrepresented Groups in Growing Field and Shares Career Insights 

By Joanna Popper WG’00Global Head of Virtual Reality for Location Based Entertainment at HP


Thanks to the Trustees’ Council Women of University of Pennsylvania and Headspace Inc. for hosting a great conversation on Working in Tech in Los Angeles on June 12, 2018. What a great group with HPSpaceXHyperloop OneFandango and AutoGravity represented. It was fun with fellow panelists, moderator and hosts Meesh Pierce W93 WG98Shari Wakiyama WG’04Stella Latscha ENG13 GEN13Diana Zhou WG’16,Michal Clements W’84WG’89 and Sean Brecker WG’03.


What did we learn: 

  • It is important to create an inclusive environment in this fast-growing field as data shows that women and other underrepresented groups in leadership lead to better products, financials, stock prices, decision-making, and leadership 
  • Careers are often a winding path and it is about learning along the way.
  • There are lots of ways to work in tech. Cutting edge VR, space, media/film, transportation, finance, and meditation industries were all represented at this event as well as engineering, strategy, marketing, business development, operations and more.
  • Always negotiate for a job/ raise/ promotion. Then negotiate more. 
  • Not every culture and company fits every person. That’s OK. Find what works for you. 
  • We also contribute to the culture of a company. Draw your lines in the sand. 
  • Meditation is good for us. 

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’93 to the 25th

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

Despite the rain forcing a relocation of our 20th Reunion Saturday night party from the Junior Balcony indoors to McLelland Hall below, the Class of 1993 had an awesome time at our reunion in May, 2013. After the party ended in the Quad, we all moved downtown to the lobby of the Marriott for our after party in the hotel bar until it closed.

Given the excitement and enthusiasm for our 20th reunion, we knew as the party winded down that our 25th Reunion would be one that no one should miss, and planning for May 2018 started immediately after our 20th ended.

What better way to make sure our class knew the dates of our 25th reunion in 2018 than to count down the weeks until we would reunite on campus again? With that thought, #93tothe25th was born – blog posts every week leading up to our reunion starting with July 29 – 30, 2016, which marked 93 weeks to go until big weekend. Classmates wrote posts, sent us old photos, shared memories of classes, clubs and experiences, and dug through boxes to find course schedules, performing arts and athletic programs, calendars, and old t-shirts from our time at Penn.

And with that, we created 93 posts to mark the 93 weeks leading to the Class of 1993’s 25th Reunion. Thank you to the 189 classmates that contributed to these posts and shared their  memories of Penn.

Here is a list of all 93 posts that led up to one epic 25th reunion for Penn’s Class of 1993, May 11 – 14, 2018.

Penn 1993 class flag on Alumni Day at Penn, May 15, 1993.

Penn 1993 class flag on Alumni Day at Penn, May 15, 1993.

93.   93 Reasons Why We Love Penn

92.   Memories of Penn Reunions

91.   Remembering Campus with Photo Prints

90.   Before There Was Facebook There was the Freshman Record

89.   The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same: The Real Le Anh and Beijing

88.   We Were Merely Freshmen…

87.   Scenes From Freshman Move-In

86.   New Student Week

85.   Tuition Then and Now

84.   Freshman Move-In 2016

83.   Freshman Move-In 1989

82.   The 1992 Election

81.   The Class Schedule and Drop/Add

80.   Mid-Terms, Finals and Blue Books

79.   Homecoming Freshman Year and Missing Tiger Heads

78.   Giving Tuesday and the Class of 1993 Giving to Penn

77.   Freshman Dorms in 1989

76.   Thankful for the Red and the Blue

75.   Penn Planners

74.   Last 250th Anniversary Event – Winter Festival on the Green

73.   Snow at Penn

72.   Day Trippin’ to NYC

71.   Gov. Mario Cuomo Speaks at Penn

70.   Grades in the Mail

69.   A “Billion for Ben” Bag Survives

68.   A Plethora of Performing Arts

67.   Course Registration

66.   Happy 90th Birthday Palestra

65.   The Class of 1993’s Annual Community Service Day at the Netter Center

64.   The Class of 1993’s Community Service Project in NYC

63.   Party at Penn

62.   Welcome to PARIS!

61.   Reflections on “Protesting”

60.   Spring Fling Concerts

59.   Student Bands at Fling

58.   The DP Joke Issue

57.   Hey Deja Vu

56.   Friendships Formed in the Quad

55.   A Huge Penn Banner

54.   Tickets From Penn

53.   Penn 1993 Celebrates Hey Day

52.   Class of 1993 – One Year Until We Celebrate

51.   Where Have We Been?

50.  Our Ivy Stone

49.  What Happens at Alumni Weekend?

48.  Commencement 1993

47. Summer Re-Boot for Penn 1993

46. Hey Now, Highball!

45. The Daily Pennsylvanian Welcomes the Class of 1993 to Penn

44.  CUPID Be Still My Heart

43.  Remembering the Underground Cafe

42.  Jump Around! Jump Up! Jump Up and Get Down!

41.  Penn 1-9-9-3

40.  We Shall Find a Way in 1893

39.  Remembering Arthur Ashe Speaking at Penn

38.  Penn T-Shirts Survive

37.  More Dorm Rooms and T-Shirts

36.  She’s a Survivor!

35.  Who You Gonna Call?

34.  Planning for the Return of 1993!

33.  Pizza! Pizza!

32.  Into the Void

31.  Paper Memories from M&T

30.  Mark it on the Calendar

29.  Letters from Penn

28.  Penn Sweatshirts Survive a Quarter Century

27. Script Penn – A Penn Band Homecoming Tradition

26.  Photo Memories of Penn

25.  Penn vs. Cornell Football 1992

24.  Why We Give – Giving Tuesday with Penn 1993

23.  Class of 1993 – Photos from Yesterday

22.  Bulkpacks and History Classes

21.  Applying to Penn Nursing? Read This First

20.  Smoke’s – The Pennstitution

19. Philadelphia – The Living Breathing Heart of a Penn Education

18.  See You in Church!

17.  1993 Fondly Remembers OSL’s Albert Moore

16.  Remembering Tough Seasons with Penn Football

15.  Photos, Videos and Songs of Penn 1993

14.  Penn Class of 1993 Remembers Penn vs. Princeton Basketball

13.  Penn Love Connections

Penn Love Connections – Part 1

Penn Love Connections – Part 2

Penn Love Connections – Part 3

Penn Love Connections – Part 4

Penn Love Connections – Part 5

12.  Trying to Remember Feb Club

11. Commencement Again – 25 Years Later

10.  College of Arts & Sciences Graduation Ceremonies in 1993 Preserved on Video

9.  Caught Up in March Madness in 1993

8.  Penn 1993 Continues Tradition of Community Service

7.  Getting a Start in Political Polling Thanks to Frank Luntz

6.  Ivy Day in 1993

5.  The ’93 Second Survey Results

4. Fling was Flung

3. Sharing Memories with Classmates

2. Senior Week 1993

1. Penn Commencement 1993

#93tothe25th #PRLC18 Penn Alumni

Kiera Reilly, Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, Kysha Harris, Jon Treitler, Kristin Haskel Simms, Leila Graham-Willis, Lisa Nass Grabelle, Jennifer Rizzi, Jennifer Eisenberg Bernstein, Valerie Broadwin Mutterperl, Rachel Greenberg and Jason Pantzer

Thank you to our 1993 classmates who contributed to our #93tothe25th posts:

Onyango “Yang” Adija, Aimee Alexander, Marnie Goldman Altman, Paul Altman, Cindy Dauber Anapolsky, Jeff Anapolsky, James Asali, Jackie Einstein Astrof, Josh Astrof, Amy Chen Aubrecht, Brett Barth, Julie Berliner Bell, Steve Bell, Melanie Hirschfelder Berkowitz, Jennifer Bernstein, Karen Grimm Berry, Laurie Bieber, Sonia Biswas, Howard Blecher, Danny Boockvar, Allison Weiss Brady, Derek Braslow, Allison Brody, Marianne Alves Brogdale, Deb Brown, Frank Caccuro, Marty Chazin, Herald Chen, Matthew Cohen, Stephanie Newman Cohen, Zach Conen, Liz Rabii Cribbs, Derek Cribbs, Emily Culbertson, Helen (Punwaney) Currie, Neil Currie, Vvayjayanti Tharmaratnam Desai, Sanjay Desai, Niko Phillips Dias, Martin Dias, Eric Dichter, Elaine Divelbliss, Tanya Dooley-Adija, Alex Dunne, Amy Korn Duque, Brian Eck, Oren Efrati, Eli Faskha, Cicely Fegley, Alan Felder, Mara Turbiner Felder, Brandon Fitzgerald, Allison Feder Fliegler, Brett Fliegler, Darren Fogel, Christine Lutton Foster, David Foster, Carolyn Friedman Frank, Debbie Frank, Josh Frank, Amy Frary, Ed Gold , Brad Goldberg, Stephen Golden, Fred Goltz, Michael Gordon, Jason Gorevic, Lisa Nass Grabelle, Leila Graham-Willis, Maceo Grant, Mike Hardy, Kysha Harris, Hilary Marion Hayes, Ben Hayes, Brooke Hayes, Chrissy Bass Hofbeck, John Hogue, Lisa Luther Housel, Debbie Jaffe, Jennifer Jarrett, Carol Jee, Meredith Grabois Josef, Brian Josef, Stephen Jung, Jeff Kelly, Kerry Kennedy, Peggy Hamm Kingsley, Joe Kopcha, Tom Kopczynski, Mitchell Kraus, Minal Damani Kundra, Joanna Kwa, Elissa Laitin, Chris Lehmann, Stacey Bucholtz Leibowitz, David Leibowitz, Jaci Israel Leit, Howard Levene, Samantha Helman Lichtman, Jeff Lichtman, Jeff Liebert, Ellen Liebman, Caren Lissner, Davis Liu, Steve Livenson, Stephanie Bell Loller, Bill Loller, Paul Luongo, Ken MacFarlane, Betty Magome, Leigh-Ann Maltz-Dichter, Barry Mark, Nicole Weaver Marshall, Steve Marshall, Patrick Matthews, Ruth McIlhenny, Allison Bieber McKibben, Michele Stein Mendoza, Dennis Mendoza, Erica Mobasser, Jean-Pierre Mobasser, Michelle Cousins Mott, Ako Mott, Valerie Broadwin Mutterperl, Monica Muzzi, Dominic Napolitano, Brian C. Newberry, Lisa Noguchi, Jason Pantzer, Kathleen Paralusz, Gene Park, Michelle Peluso, Meesh Joslyn Pierce, Alice Lai Platt, Jefrey Pollock, Bardo Ramirez, Amy Raslevich, Matthew Reeves, Allison Lainey Richards, Mike Rosenband, Andy Roth, James Saint, Eliza Schleifstein, Dorothea Schlosser, Margaret Kane Schoen, Larry Schoen, Dan Schoenholz, Sapna Shah, Lauren Siegel Shannon, Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro, Ari David Sherwood, Lincoln Singleton, Sharon Toback Slotkin, Diana Solash, Allyson Wagner Sonenshine, Michelle Allen Souder, David Souder, Justin Sowers, Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro, Wendy Spander, Sejal Tailor Srinivasan, Naren Srinivasan, Sukanya Srinivasan, Michelle Ducellier Steinbacher, JodiLynne Bayrd Steiner, Debbi Stoll Stern, Brian Stern, Janet Miller Stier, Byron Stier, Julie Avila Stuckman, Mark Sullivan, Allison Davis Talibi, Diana Tapper, Natalie Cutler Taub, Jon Tretler, Ebru Ural, Rachel Wagman, Jennifer Warren, Caroline Waxler, Katrina Cooley Weller, Michelle Pohusky Wellman, Parris Wellman, Christie Shaw Whidden, Michael Whidden, Rob Williams, Henry Willis, Beth Winkelstein, Joel Yarbrough, Jessica Zirkel-Rubin

Penn Class of 1993 Ivy Stone on the Palestra

Penn Class of 1993 Ivy Stone

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Going Abroad at Home: Penn in Washington

By Jake Ebright, C’19

I stood around waiting and watching as the numbers on the elevator display clicked one by one closer to my floor. There were rules on Capitol Hill—you stood on the right side of escalators and walked on the left.

As for elevators, you didn’t ride the ones that were marked for members of Congress only. Or did you? Being that it was only my first day of work, I still wasn’t really sure. After all, I had seen another intern take the Members Only car earlier that morning.

I figured I’d give it a try since it didn’t seem like anyone was around—I was pondering the question of to ride or not to ride during a momentary lull between the frantic maneuvering of Congressmen and Congresswomen attempting to avoid the impending government shutdown. You see, this was back in January of 2018.


Jake in front of the White House

Anyhow, the Members Only elevator was nearing closer and closer to my floor when, *DING*, the elevator stopped and the doors slid open. Waiting in that elevator were two individuals. The first seemed to be a staffer or personal aide; the second, much to my surprise, was none other than Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  Funny enough, the only thing going through my mind at that moment was a rather deliberate calculation of whether or not to enter the elevator. If I remember correctly, my thoughts went something like this, “Huh, Bernie Sanders…member? Yes, definitely a member, better not get on that car.” But right then, all within a second or two, Senator Sanders’ aide motioned me a welcome onto the car. That was all the invitation I needed.


Jefferson memorial during the blooming of the cherry blossoms

But this wouldn’t be a very good story if all went smoothly, now would it? Well, fortunately for story-telling purposes, it sure did not. As my left foot crossed the threshold into the elevator car, the doors began to shut. Evidently, the time I took making my decision fooled the elevator into thinking nobody was coming aboard. Perhaps the elevator was fed up with my indecision, because, when the doors began to close, they didn’t stop.

So there I am, half my body in the elevator and half my body out of it, with the doors still stubbornly trying to close around me. It was right then that I heard a familiar and gruff Brooklyn accent, evidently fed up with my indecision as well, let out in a startling grumble, “Aw cuhmon!”

After finally making it through the doors and into the car, I stood in silence, grinning. That was my first interaction with Bernie Sanders—and a memorable one at that.


Jake with Joe Biden

In all seriousness though, this past semester that I spent in D.C. through the Penn in Washington exchange program was one of the most exciting and fun experiences that I’ve ever had. One of our weekday classes was taught by the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Senate Affairs and the other was taught by the former Editor of the Washington Bureau for the New York Times. Every week different speakers sat in on our classes and talked with us. Such speakers included journalists like Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman, and Michael Schmidt, and former government officials, like Bill Burns and Jake Sullivan.

Additionally, I had the opportunity to work in the congressional office of Maryland Congressman John Delaney. As an intern there, I got to talk to constituents and go to briefings on various policy arenas including refugee policy and health care. I got to lead tours of the Capitol, too.

Words can’t describe the depth or degree of gratitude that I have for Penn and for our program director, Dr. Martinez, for affording our exchange group each and every tremendous experience that we had there. It was truly a once in a life time experience.

In closing, I’ll leave you with a small piece of advice. If you’re ever on Capitol Hill, you’d better decide quickly whether you are going to get on or stay off the elevator. And should the doors open and find you face to face with Bernie Sanders—it’d probably be better to stay off.


The women’s march from the steps of the Lincoln memorial

Jake is entering his senior year in the College where he is majoring in Economics and Public Policy. In addition to previously serving as co-chair for the Penn Traditions Committee, Jake is also a brother of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity.


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Penn Commencement 1993

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

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The Penn Class of 1993 processes into Franklin Field for commencement, May 1993

Twenty-five years ago the Penn Class of 1993 celebrated their last week on campus as Penn students with a wonderful slate of activities for Senior Week. Then we participated in our first Alumni Day by marching down Locust Walk in the alumni parade of classes. After individual school graduation ceremonies during the weekend, the Baccalaureate service, and dinners with family and friends that were in Philadelphia for the celebration, we gathered in Super Block, processed through campus and down Locust Walk, and entered Franklin Field for the University’s 237th Commencement ceremony.

Penn Commencement 1993

The Senior Class Board gathers in Super Block. They will lead the class down Locust Walk and into Franklin Field

Classmates shared many photos with us, and this is only a selection from the day. It was the last Commencement ceremony for Penn President Sheldon Hackney as he left Penn to serve as the head of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He and wife Lucy were awarded honorary degrees. Our Commencement speaker was the new First Lady of the United States, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

We were blessed with beautiful weather, a celebratory atmosphere and memories to last a lifetime.

As many of us are returning to campus this weekend to celebrate our 25th Reunion, we are looking back fondly at photos that trigger happy memories of our time at Penn and the lifetime friends we made at this very special University.

Classmate Brian Newberry stated beautifully why this time in our lives was so special and why we are returning to campus this weekend:

Reading the postings in this forum (our Penn Class of 1993 Facebook group) over the past several months and especially over the past few weeks as more and more people began sharing memories got me thinking about why a reunion like this has such appeal to so many. We had about 2,200 graduates in our class and close to a 1,000 or so are in this forum alone. I remember once years ago, it may even have been just after graduation, flipping through the yearbook and doing a very rough count of how many people in our class I actually knew. It was around 300 – and I used a very generous definition of “knew” – so it isn’t because most of know most of us.

Even the postings in here show how different so many of us were and are, with our lives taking all kinds of various paths since 1993 never mind the fact that an urban school with 9,000 undergraduates has so many silos it was easy to get lost in them as students and never cross paths with most of your fellow classmates in the first place.

So what is it? Why the appeal to suddenly get together for a few days with some old friends plus a cast of strangers? That age, late teens to early 20s, regardless of background, is the crucible of what makes someone into who they are for the rest of their lives. Each and every person you experience that with becomes, in their own way, special to you, even if you never see them again. Likewise, anyone who shared that same environment with you, even if you didn’t know them, shares a kinship forever and that bond has some type of magical appeal.

Relationships and experiences. That is what matters most in life, something I hope we all realize by this age. … It is inevitable in the human experience I suspect regardless of what you spent your time doing at that age. All of us, even if we have never met each other, share our own common experience from that same crucial era and what are memories except a chance to relive an experience, preferably a pleasant one and what is a reunion but a chance to make those experiences come back to life for a few days?

So I want to thank everyone who has contributed here and I genuinely hope to meet all of you at some point next weekend.

Enjoy this stroll down memory lane.

Maceo Grant shared this photo of him and his mom at the College graduation ceremony.

Penn College graduation 1993

College graduate Maceo Grant and his mother Doris Grant

Penn Commencement 1993

Looking back to Super Block as we walk over the 38th Street Bridge

Penn commencement 1993

The class processes over the 38th Street Bridge

After gathering in Super Block, we began to walk through campus on our way to Franklin Field. We passed by the reviewing stand with Penn President Sheldon Hackney, the honorary degree recipients and the Commencement speaker, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Penn Commencement 1993

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Penn President Sheldon Hackney on College Green watching the procession. Photo by Wendy Spander


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First Lady Hillary Clinton photo courtesy of Wendy Spander

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First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton walks through the graduates on Franklin Field

Penn Commencement 1993

Graduates seated on Franklin Field

Penn Commencement 1993

The Penn Class of 1993



We can’t believe it’s been twenty-five years, and we can’t wait to celebrate with classmates and fellow alumni from across the decades this weekend.

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Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion #93tothe25th

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of May 4 – 5, marked 1 week until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

Register NOW to attend our 25th Reunion!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
  • Donate to The Penn Fund in honor of our reunion! We want to break the 25th reunion participation giving record and every gift matters!
  • Book your hotel room or AirBnB now! See our class website for details.
  • Tag all of your social media posts #penn1993 and #pennalumni!



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Senior Week 1993

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

As many photos as we have shared in our #93tothe25th countdown posts, many more have been shared in our Class Facebook group. And everyone is also being reflective.

Eliza Schleifstein wrote:

When I talk about my four years at Penn, I still say it is the best four years of my life, despite 13 years at a private school, 20 years of marriage and two children. Given that my kids now view some of my Penn friends as closer to them than their own family and call their kids their cousins, it just makes sense. No matter where you go, Penn alumni seem to all say the same thing, and you do not hear it from other schools.

Jennifer Jarett shared:

I have to admit, a little over five years ago, I was on the fence about attending our 20th reunion. Susan Baranovsky West, charmer that she is, convinced me to go. I ended up having a wonderful time catching up with old friends and making a new friend in Rob Williams! It was such a delightful weekend that when I came back, I immediately tried to find out how to volunteer for the 25th reunion. So I have been looking forward to this for a pretty long time! And now, over the past few weeks, with everyone sharing all of their photos and memories (thank you to all the class hoarders who still have so many tickets and fliers and t-shirts!!!), I am overflowing with excitement!! I can’t wait to see you all!

Caren Lissner added:

May we all make new friends. I keep seeing so many photos that remind me just how many people I *didn’t* know in my class…but there were 5,000 undergrads in our school, so it’s logical we never crossed paths with some.

And Amanda Rykoff chimed in:

The best part about the Penn community is that we share that bond no matter what class and even if we didn’t know each other while we were at Penn. Some of my best friends are Penn alumni I didn’t know when I was there or who graduated well after me but we had that bond. All roads lead to Penn. Looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend!

And now back to reminiscing about our Senior Week back in 1993.

Our Senior Class board planned a week of events for us.

Penn 1993 Senior Class Board

Penn 1993 Senior Class Board

The schedule!

Penn 1993 Senior week schedule

Senior Week 1993 schedule

Who remembers the South Street Strut?

Penn 1993 Senior Week

The map for the South Street Strut, photo courtesy of Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro


The Phillies game – tickets were only $7.00!

Penn 1993 Phillies game

Phillies game! Photo courtesy of Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro



We went to Great Adventure.

Not sure if this is from Great Adventure or the beach.

Penn 1993 senior week

photo courtesy of Jennifer Warren

We spent the day in Atlantic City and at the beach.

Penn 1993 senior week atlantic city

Buses to AC! Photo courtesy of Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro

Penn 1993 senior week

at the beach photo courtesy of Derek Braslow

The Walnut Walk!!!

penn 1993 senior week

The Walnut Walk map!

Penn 1993 Senior week

Walnut Walk route photo courtesy of Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro

Fun on the walk


We spent the day on the Green.

Penn 1993 Senior week

Spending the day on College Green, photo courtesy of Jennifer Jarett

Penn 1993 senior week

Hanging on College Green during senior week

The Senior Formal at the Bellevue Hotel.

The Senior Class Board before the formal.

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The 1993 Senior Class board during Senior week, photo courtesy of Julie Berliner Bell

Penn 1993 Senior wrrk

Senior Class Board at the Senior Formal, photo courtesy of Julie Berliner Bell: Brooke Hayes, Ed Miller, Allison Bieber McKibben, Julie Berliner Bell, Chrissy Bass Hofbeck, Doug Rosenberg, Elissa Laitin, Michael Rosenband and Jennifer Spadano-Gasbaro

Penn 1993 senior formal

Friends at the formal, photo courtesy of Allison Brody: Voula Tsoutsiplides Katsouris, Emily Leong, Lester, Jim Asali, Allison Brody



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4034 Walnut goes to the senior formal, photo courtesy of Jennifer Jarett


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The floor seen from above at The Bellevue


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Senior Formal at the Bellevue


penn 1993 senior week

Going to the senior formal, photo courtesy of Julie Avila Stuckman: Allison Ford (now Harbart), Catherine Donaldson-Evans, Liz Rabbi Cribbs, you, Jennifer Warren, Suneeta Krish, Ellen Chung (now Kinney), Nancy Boudreau (now Oliver), Bridget, Sonia Verma (now Parekh)

And then our very first alumni day where we marched as a class down Locust Walk in the Alumni Day parade.

Penn Alumni Day 1993 Penn Band

Penn Band drum major Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro and Mitchell Kraus lead the Penn Band over the 38th Street bridge on Alumni Day 1993

Jonathan Goldstein was seen carrying the Philomathean Society flag in the Alumni Parade – and Provost Aiken and Lucy Hackney and President Sheldon Hackney .

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Jonathan Goldstein with the Philomathean flag

We presented a check from our Senior Class Gift drive.

Penn 1993 Senior Week

Senior Class Gift Drive co-chairs Stephanie Fish and Lincoln Singleton with Doug Hodis

Penn 1993 Alumni day

Jodi Lynne Baird Styner, Wendy Spander and Andy Roth on alumni day

Penn 1993 senior week

Kiera Reilly and Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro

Next stop….Commencement!

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion #93tothe25th

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of April 27 – 28, marked 2 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

Register NOW to attend our 25th Reunion!

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25th:

  • Follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.
  • Donate to The Penn Fund in honor of our reunion! We want to break the 25th reunion participation giving record and every gift matters!
  • Book your hotel room or AirBnB now! See our class website for details.
  • Tag all of your social media posts #penn1993 and #pennalumni!



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Spring Fling 2.0: The Evolution of a Penn Tradition

By: Jorge Penado, C’19
International Relations Major
Work-Study Student, Sweeten Alumni House


Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian

As another year comes to a close on Penn’s campus, it’s quite unavoidable to reminisce about the semester that has just passed and all of the events that came with it. While some were much less Penn-oriented such as the 2018 Super Bowl Championship of the Philadelphia Eagles and others a more Penn-centered type of event such as the continued dialogues with former Vice President, and current Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor, Joe Biden, Penn students had a variety of events to attend and participate in. One of those events, a classic Penn tradition, saw a significant shift than traditionally known by which many people were intrigued by. That event would be this year’s Spring Fling, held around three weeks ago close to the end of the semester. Spring Fling, technically started in 1949, has traditionally been a weekend of celebration through carnival-style activities, typically in the Quad, a Saturday-night concert and numerous off-campus parties. But, this year’s fling experienced a soft reboot, of sorts, with various elements being changed. But, before we embark on all of the noise, it’s best to understand how Spring Fling began.

Spring Fling began in 1949, but it went by a different name then. What we now know of as Spring Fling used to be called Callow Day back in the day. The source of the name comes from Penn’s famous varsity heavyweight crew coach of the time, Russell “Rusty” Callow, and the seeds of the celebration would begin one time Coach Callow mentioned that the crew team would lose significant support if something wasn’t done to improve attendance. In response, a group of students gathered at the banks of the Schuylkill with straw hats, Callow’s signature look, and would continuously return even after Callow’s departure until the celebration eventually became Skimmer Day. The celebration soon would become a “weekend of social, musical and athletic events both along the River and on-campus” that saw people enjoy the crew races but also jazz bands, motorcades, concerts, dances and much more. Soon enough, the event would become so popular that attendance was soaring and tickets were sold to attempt to limit the massive crowds at the races. With this massive crowd, however, comes the massive hysteria that accompanies the partying and alcohol known to be associated with Skimmer Day. While many years saw action, 1955 and 1963 were particularly held as one of the worst Skimmer Days as those celebrations saw mass arrests, destruction of public property and hostility between students and cops. After the rowdy events of 1963, Skimmer Day was canceled in 1964 and wouldn’t be reintroduced to Penn until the next year. Around 1971, Skimmer Day had begun to fade the minds of students who preferred to participate in private gatherings and other external events instead of school-sponsored events. It wouldn’t be until 1973 that Skimmer Day would be reinvented by a group of students who wanted to bring back the spirit of the celebration into the Spring Fling we know today. Though the history of this tradition has had a long and complicated one, it survives to this day and is a highly-anticipated event. Though we cannot ignore the scandalous events associated with the event as students, it has become a much more tamed celebration for students to let out the stress of the spring semester before finals at the end of the semester arrive.


Source: The Daily Pennsylvanian

Now, with regards to this years celebration, one would think with the announced changes and the history of the day there would be another complete shift for the celebration. But, in actuality, the celebration has not drastically changed as much as it has before. Some of the big changes include the more contentious shift of the Saturday carnival to Penn Park form the Quad and the shift of the concert from Franklin Field to Penn Park as well. The overall Spring Fling has also been shortened down to one day as it used to generally be a two-day celebration. While the performer for the concert usually draws jubilant anticipation for weeks before, this year’s “throwback” headliners generated mixed reviews. The Daily Pennsylvanian reported on April 17, the week after, that the concert seemed to have had a lower turnout. They also reported potential reasons for the lower turnout which include disappointment by upperclassmen of the move from the Quad and Franklin Field while others just weren’t as interested in the performers. The question arises as to what there can be done with regards to sentiment for this year’s fling by organizers such as SPEC. It is clear that they wanted to create a much more succinct experience in one day and were probably limited in the amount they can put on, but this year’s fling should send signs that the transition wasn’t so well received. As a current student, I find myself agreeing with many people in that the celebration didn’t seem as expansive and exciting as previous years. Many of my friends opted out of various school-sponsored events and instead attended private events off-campus. While SPEC put on a well-planned event with lots of free food and activities at the carnival and a multitude of artists, I believe many students would want Spring Fling to be revitalized with the excitement it used to have. While not an easy task, I believe that SPEC and all organizations associated with the celebration are more than capable of reigniting interests for this nearly 70-year-old celebration.

Overall, this traditional celebration held near the end of the spring term continues to be a place for people to let some stress out before finals come creeping up on us. Spring Fling is widely anticipated by every student to celebrate the arrival of spring and can hopefully continue for students in an appropriate, exciting, new way for future generations of Penn students.

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