Los Angeles Penn Women Build Career Networking Connections and Reflect on “Women in the Holocaust”

By Michal Clements W’84

On Tuesday, August 9th, approximately 50 Penn alumnae and current students (including an incoming Penn freshman) gathered on Tuesday August 9th for Trustees’ Council of Penn Women TCPW Speed Career Networking and a “Women in the Holocaust” Panel Discussion at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) in Pan Pacific Park. Before our evening began, as an extra treat, LAMOTH Board Chair and TCPW Member Beth Kean led a private tour of the museum for interested alumni.

During the speed networking portion of the evening, Penn alumnae and students got to explore several rooms of the museum as the networking meeting locations were in different rooms.  Special highlights include the “Woman in Gold” room as well as the Tree of Testimony Room, among many others.

The speed networking table captains were TCPW’s Co Chair Lori Wachs, Christine Belgrad, Julie Platt and Beth Kean as well as several Los Angeles area Penn alumni: Elizabeth Kopple, Linda Rosenberg, and Lisa Niver.


Next, Penn alumni and documentary filmmaker Jon Kean (“Swimming in Auschwitz”) expertly moderated the “Women in the Holocaust” panel discussion to focus on womens’ experiences and to include a mix of academic historical realities, as well as personal narratives and reflections. The panelists were Professor Sharon Gillerman of Hebrew Union College, LAMOTH Director Samara Hutman and LAMOTH Board Member and Survivor Dana Schwartz.


The special evening was well summarized in a review that one of the attendees wrote”

“This was a lovely and inspiring place to hold an alumni event. Relatives of holocaust survivors and scholars spoke to our alumni group and provided heartfelt insight into one of the worst times in human history. The museum itself is deeply informative with photos and dialogue that capture pieces of the holocaust. The hors d’oeuvres and drinks was a nice addition to the event.

A heartfelt thank you to all who made a evening into a reality including the LAMOTH leadership and staff, especially Beth Kean and Lisa Barnet; Penn alumni relations, especially Molly Trimmer and Terri Welsh; Los Angeles area Penn women leaders, and our wonderful moderator and panelists, Jon Kean, Dana Schwartz, Sharon Gillerman and Samara Hutman.


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Remembering Campus with Photo Prints

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The countdown continues as this weekend, August 12-13, 2016, marks 91 weeks to our 25th reunion (May 11-13, 2018). #93tothe25th

I looked through a box of photos I have stored in my closet, and there aren’t that many from the Fall of 1989, the first semester of our freshman year at Penn. I do not remember what specific kind of camera I had, but it was surely a pretty basic one. Back in 1989, we took pictures with film and then had to take them to get developed. I most likely dropped these off at the CVS on campus.

There is one picture of the Upper Quad, and from the angle of it, I guess I took this from my room in the Franklin/Brooks-Leidy section on the second floor. Remember how when your photos were developed the date of the photos was printed on the front? This is what the Quad looked like on November 4, 1989.

The other photo is in Super Block in front of, “The Covenant,” although it’s better known as, “The Dueling Tampons.”

1993_Post3Do you have printed photos from our Freshman year at Penn? Please share them with us! You can email us UPenn1993@gmail.com.

If you are a member of the Penn Class of 1993, please join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. We are also on Twitter, Tumblr, and recently joined Instagram.

And don’t forget to save the date of our 25th reunion on your calendar:

May 11 – 13, 2018!




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Memories of ’93 Reunions

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

The countdown to our 25th Penn reunion continues, as this weekend, August 5-6, 2016, marks 92 weeks until Alumni Weekend 2018 (save the date on your calendars for Alumni Weekend May 11 – 13, 2018!). #93tothe25th

I pulled out my 1993 folder in my filing cabinet and found old reunion invitations, reunion committee notes and printed class newsletters from the late 90’s. Most of our communication is now electronic, so it is nice to see these old printed pieces.

Here is a Penn Fund appeal letter from our Class Gift Co-Chairs Stephanie Fish and Lincoln Singleton in the Spring of 1997. The letter notes that 15,000 students are applying to Penn that year. Now more than 30,000 students apply for admission to Penn annually!

The other document is minutes from the Class of 1993 5th Reunion Committee meeting from our classmate Jennifer Rizzi who at the time worked in Alumni Relations. Those attending what was I think the first committee meeting on July 30, 1997 included: Michele Boisvert, Katie Faunce, Darren Fogel, Christine Lutton Foster, David Foster, Christine O’Connor and Jennifer Rizzi.


Here are some of our early class newsletters. The one on the right, from the Fall of 1997 is signed by our then-Class President Michael “Scoops” Rosenband. The newsletter on the left is from our current Class President Lisa Nass Grabelle (then Lisa Nass) in the Spring of 1999.



Pictured on the left is our Class Honor Roll for giving for our 5th reunion and on the right our newsletter featuring photos from our 5th reunion in May, 1998.


The printed invitation for our 10th reunion in 2003.


Mailings in advance of our 15th reunion in 2008.


The printed invitation for our 15th reunion featured photos pulled from our class yearbook.


A postcard in advance of our 20th reunion in 2013.


The invitation for our 20th reunion in May, 2013.

Did you save your reunion invitations or class newsletters? We would love to see other 1993 mailings from classmates! Please add a comment below or email us UPenn1993 (at) gmail.com.

If you are a member of the Penn Class of 1993, please join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. We are also on Twitter, Tumblr, and recently joined Instagram.

And don’t forget to save the date of our 25th reunion on your calendar:

May 11 – 13, 2018!




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93 Reasons Why We Love Penn

93 Reasons Why We Love Penn

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

This past weekend, July 29-30, marked 93 weeks until the 25th reunion of the great Penn Class of 1993 (save the date on your calendars for Alumni Weekend May 11 – 13, 2018!). Because time seems to zoom by quickly these days, we will be back on campus before we know it. As we approach the 25th anniversary of our graduation, we will count down each week with a photo, a memory, or a story of our time as undergraduates at Penn: #93tothe25th.

To start our countdown, I asked classmates for a favorite memory, story, or place from our time on campus.

Here are 93 Reasons Why We Love Penn!

  1. Ultimately, when I think of the best part of Penn, I think of friendship! I met *so many wonderful people* at Penn. That’s why I love to go to reunions! It was such a special time in our lives that people we knew for four years could have such a profound impact on who we are and the people we grew into. ~Jennifer Jarrett

Spring Fling in the Quad, courtesy of Jennifer Jarrett

  1. Move-in day Freshman Year

Move-in day outside of the Quad, courtesy of Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro

  1. Blues Traveller and Indigo Girls at Flings ~Paul Luongo
  2. The one thing I will say is that after nearly 25 years, my memories from Penn are not nearly as clear as I expected. These are some of the things that I remember with fondness. Friends on my freshman hall in the Quad, fun of Hey Day, throwing toast at the football games, and Spring Fling.
  3. Painting the giant wall on the side of the bookstore (the original bookstore!) ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck

The Bookstore Wall, courtesy of Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro

  1. Walking down Locust walk on a crisp autumn day
  2. Von Vorys of the Political Science Department had a small seminar class which was amazing. We flew onto the JFK aircraft carrier via carrier on-craft delivery (aka COD) and spent the night aboard. So many other cool experiences thanks to him. So many seemed scared of him but he reminded me of my granddad. ~Debbie Frank
  3. It’s where my parents got engaged (Hill House) 1965, and I got engaged (Locust Walk) 1995. ~Danny Bockvar
  4. Diwali celebrations in the High Rises ~Minal Damani Kundra
  5. Mailboxes at Steinberg-Dietrich Hall ~Kysha Harris
  6. Logan Hall ~Karen Grimm Berry
  7. 222 Franklin in Upper Quad ~Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro
  8. Meeting your roommate for the first time. ~Frank Caccuro
  9. Penn is awesome no matter the season. Fall: trees on Locust Walk; Winter: snowy Sunday nights eating Lee Ann’s in the Quad; Spring: Reading at the Biopond ~Jackie Einstein Astrof
  10. The Palladium

The Palladium on Tuesdays, even though I was too poor to buy the Rolling Rocks. ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck

Toasting Sheldon Hackney on the walk at the Palladium   ~Jefrey Pollock

  1. Celebrating Penn’s 250th alongside my grandfather, Carl Barchfield ’35 ~Christine Lutton Foster
  2. The Feb Club – especially the event where we watched “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” in the packed theater and sang “Twist and Shout” at the top of our lungs ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck

Feb Club ad from the Daily Pennsylvanian, courtesy of Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro

  1. Gargoyles on/in the Quad ~Peggy Hamm Kingsley
  2. All my friends on the senior class board ~Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro
  3. Smokey Joe’s: downstairs at Smoke’s and Sink or Swim

 “Who didn’t hate the dreaded ‘Name and Date of Birth’ question at the door of Smoke’s?” ~Aimee Alexander

“Working at Smoke’s and being taught to carry beer pitchers in one hand way up high above the crowd and to accidentally tip over the pitcher to pour beer on unsuspecting patrons who refused to get out of the way when it was crowded.” ~Debbie Frank


Smokey Joe’s, courtesy of Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro

  1. The comedy, solidarity and unexpected diversity of DuBois College House. ~Martin Dias
  2. Billy Bob’s runs for cheesesteaks, cheese fries and an extra thick milkshake
  3. Seeing Jerry Seinfeld before he was Seinfeld ~Karen Grimm Berry
  4. Having a pet cat in High Rise South…and smuggling him in and out through the turnstiles in a backpack ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck
  5. Coach Stafferi driving the football helmet on campus ~Frank Caccuro
  6. The Monday Night at the Movies course ~Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro
  7. Remember studying at Rosengarten? We started calling it, “kindergarten,” because we didn’t study down there, we played. I remember classmates getting dressed nicer and putting on make-up to “go study” and possibly flirt! ~Lincoln Singleton
  8. Some of my best friends 28 years later ~Mitchell Kraus
  9. Murphy’s Tavern (Murph’s) and, “See you in church!”

The proprietor at Murph’s telling me (a devout secularist) he’ll see me in church every time I left his bar…which was a lot. ~James Asali

  1. Econ Scream! ~Joel Yarbrough
  2. Performing our Bollywood Dance at Senior Performing Arts Night and receiving a standing ovation from our Class of ’93 classmates ~Minal Damani Kundra
  3. Hillary Clinton speaking at our graduation



First Lady Hillary Clinton, Interim President Clair Fagin, President Sheldon Hackney, during Commencement, May, 1993, courtesy of Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro

  1. Broadcasting live from UTV studios and serenading a special lady with my tone-deaf singing! ~Stephen Golden
  2. Ivy Stones ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck
  3. My favorite class was an Honors English Seminar, “Expatriate Americans in Paris after World War I,” taught by Prof Robert Lucid. It really had an impact on me, especially as a biology major/premed student. I did not take that many Humanities classes at Penn, but it is interesting that those are the classes that I remember most. That English class as well as a Folklore class were my favorites. I wrote a paper on Josephine Baker for that class that I still have today!
  4. Loved watching the Quakers basketball games at the Palestra and seeing the beloved Fran Dunphy coaching our team to a Win. ~Aimee Alexander
  5. Walking out of the DP offices at sunrise the morning after Bill Clinton’s election, having just finished putting together that issue of the newspaper. ~Christine Lutton Foster
  6. Hey Day
  7. My Bloomers women and “Bageldawg!” (spoof of a Houston Hall dining creation) ~Kysha Harris
  8. “Come on Eileen,” sung by Pennsylvania 6-5000 ~Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro
  9. Florescent party invitations – printed at Kinkos and cut into fourths ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck
  10. Beijing ~Deb Brown
  11. Friendships that last a lifetime! ~Karen Grimm Berry
  12. There was once a fine restaurant in Philadelphia on 39th between Chestnut and Walnut. It was called Troy’s. They sold beer and wine coolers to anyone. They made the most magnificent sandwich called an “eggel.” It was a fried egg with cheese slapped on it wedged in a bagel. Sometimes the perfect sunny-side up yolk could be seen through the bagel hole. It was divine! Especially if you had been drinking said beer (usually Rolling Rock) or wine coolers (California or Seagram’s Golden Wine)! ~Lincoln Singleton
  13. We all loved the early spring…when it was just warm enough – we’d all come out in shorts and our PENN sweatshirts and feel so happy about the break in the weather. ~Julie Berliner Bell
  14. Doing the DP crossword during lectures ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck

Crossword Puzzle from the DP courtesy of Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro

  1. I love Penn because of Venus and Void, the Penn Women’s and Men’s Ultimate frisbee teams. So many of my best memories from Penn involve the amazing folks I played Ultimate with! ~Chris Lehmann
  2. I have wonderful memories of meeting my Kings Court floormates freshman year, from all parts of the country and all backgrounds, and stumbling through the beginnings of college life with them. ~Caren Lissner
  3. Food
    • Philly pretzels with mustard from the food trucks ~Howard Blecher and Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro
    • Tequila’s (best Mexican restaurant you could walk to from campus)
    • International House for quick bites. ~Howard Blecher
    • Broccoli & cheese stuffed chicken breasts and the banana mini chocolate chip cake at 1920 Commons ~Kysha Harris
    • Love the BBQ chicken pizza at Boccie
    • Lee Anh’s food truck ~Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro
    • Stouffer Dining ~Jefrey Pollock
  4. The camaraderie of Unrenovated Quad (“Just Say No…to Renovation!” t-shirts!) — Butcher/Speakman/Class of ’28 rules!!! ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck and Kysha Harris
  5. Learning how to become our own teachers for lifelong learning. Once I learned how to read Ulysses, I felt like I could learn how to read just about anything. ~Jennifer Jarrett
  6. Tri Delt Woodser
  7. All the wonderful friends who changed my life ~Peggy Hamm Kingsley
  8. Studying at Furness Library and trying not to be distracted by the beauty of that building! ~Minal Damani Kundra
  9. Being initiated into Sphinx ~Christine Lutton Foster
  10. Raiding the Sigma Chi house during Derby Days in the wee hours of the morning to steal the trophy and being yelled out by one of the members for spraying him with a water gun. He had an electric blanket. I think we got disqualified. ~Debbie Frank
  11. I can say, unlike Donald Trump, I went to the College and not Wharton ~Mitchell Kraus
  12. Street Society column ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck

Street Society column from the Daily Pennsylvanian, courtesy of Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro

  1. The buzz around campus the week before classes start and reuniting with friends after a long summer apart
  2. Spring Fling 1992, the band Chaos Theory covering Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” getting down and dirty in the muddy mosh pit at the party they were playing! ~Gene Park
  3. Mask and Wig: late nights at the M&W Clubhouse with the group, exploring Irvine Auditorium (yes, many of us climbed to the top).
  4. Conquering De-Sci; having to sign up to use the Computer Room ~Kysha Harris
  5. Singing Highball at the Games. One of my friends always supplied the toast. ~Lincoln Singleton
  6. Art History in the art museum
  7. Phi Kap’s “safe sex parties” ~Frank Caccuro
  8. The professors who taught you using the textbooks they wrote ~Karen Grimm Berry
  9. Browsing every frat party and Smokes until we found our friends (before cell phones!) ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck
  10. Walk of Shame ~Frank Caccuro
  11. The nexus of lifetime friendships ~Kysha Harris
  12. All-nighters studying in Skolnicks ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck
  13. Watching the football games from the horseshoe upper deck at Franklin Field. ~Aimee Alexander
  14. In the spring, laying out and attempting to get a tan on our roof, affectionately known as, “Tar Beach,” (4042 Walnut). ~Caroline Waxler
  15. Kurt Vonnegut speaking. ~Paul Luongo
  16. Trips to Pats
  17. The Quad streak

Streaking in the Quad, courtesy of Jenn Spadano-Gasbarro

  1. Penn Band ~Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro
  2. Meeting my husband – David Foster, Engineering ’93 ~Christine Lutton Foster
  3. The joy seen in DRL (and hundreds of printed numbers on computer printouts lining the walls) when another digit of “pi” was discovered ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck
  4. Hassan Duncombe vs Princeton (basketball) ~Jefrey Pollock
  5. Penn was all about the people. Favorite memories come from when people get together and the “Do you remember when we…” conversations start. It could be huge events like Move-In Day, Hey Day, Ice skating, Sink or Swim, etc. Or just small thing like playing in the Quad (soccer, Dave Ades hitting golf balls), hanging out on College Green, running the streets of Philadelphia…
  6. The diversity in my academic experience and relationships. I came to Penn intending to major in psychology, but credit Dr. Alvin Rubinstein’s dynamic international politics class with altering my life’s trajectory. His was the one class where I leaned forward, hanging on every word and furiously scribbling notes. Dr. Rubinstein’s research focused on Soviet and Russian foreign policy and his, and Dr. Frank Plantan’s mentorship, led to my change in major to International Relations and Russian, study in Moscow, and—ultimately—a career in national security.  ~Marianne Alves Brogdale

Prof. Rubenstein’s book and Marianne studying in the USSR, courtesy of Marianne Alves Brogdale

  1. Walnut Walk ~Mitchell Kraus
  2. The express elevator at High Rise North ~Karen Grimm Berry
  3. Lightweight football at Franklin Field sticks in my mind–the uniqueness and speed was appealing. ~Howard Blecher
  4. Getting stranded in Jamaica with about 50 other classmates at the end of Spring Break, and fighting over who would get the last free hotel room ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck
  5. When I walked into Billy Bob’s late one night sophomore year to get a cheese steak, and my best friend Carter Crum said to (my now husband) Chip, “Hey, you’ve got to meet my friend Weiss. You’ll really like her.” ~Allison Weiss Brady



Allison Weiss Brady and Chip Brady, courtesy of Allison Weiss Brady

  1. Parties at Bodek Lounge and the Castle ~Kysha Harris
  2. Meet me at the Button ~Peggy Hamm Kingsley
  3. Actually having to go to Van Pelt to do research (we’re old… Pre-internet)
  4. Meatloaf at Fling ~Jefrey Pollock
  5. Princeton at Penn basketball, 1993 ~David Foster
  6. Watching the seasons change on Locust Walk. The leaves in autumn, snow in the winter, people in shorts on the first warm spring day and the respite from a warm Philadelphia summer created by the tree canopy. ~Peggy Hamm Kingsley
  7. It was the only time in my life that I was 100% my authentic self, and my friends loved me anyway, flaws and all. ~Chrissy Bass Hofbeck

If you are a member of the Penn Class of 1993, please join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. We are also on Twitter, Tumblr, and recently joined Instagram.

And don’t forget to save the date of our 25th reunion on your calendar: May 11 – 13, 2018!



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Where in the World is the Penn Alumni Travel Program?

Catch up with Penn Alumni Travel and plan your next trip!

Treasures of Peru (June 6-16, 2017) with Professor David Kazanjian


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Penn alumni and friends joined Penn Professor David Kazanjian on a journey through Peru. The group started in the metropolis of Lima before flying to Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. After a lecture from Professor Kazanjian on the Spanish conquistadors, the group got to explore Incan civilization and the effects of Spanish rule first hand with visits to Ollantaytambo and a traditional Spanish hacienda, before visiting the crown jewel of Inca engineering: Machu Picchu. The group ended the tour in Puno and Lake Titicaca where they learned about the Uros Floating Islands and life at 13,000 feet. For more information about this trip or any Penn Alumni Travel trip, please click here. 

Survey Quotes:

“We trusted Penn to fulfill our dream of visiting Machu Picchu and they delivered a trip that exceeded all our expectations while representing Penn in the best possible way, and honestly, one of the best parts was our fellow travelers who provided the nicest feeling of comradery! We’re already looking at future destinations!” – Susan Carew, Penn Spouse

“[A highlight was] not just Machu Picchu, but the overall wonderment that every day (sometimes twice or three times a day) we would see or experience so many things we had never seen or experienced before.”– Richard Leisner, L’70

Southern France (May 23 – June 4, 2016) with University Curator Lynn Marsden-Atlass

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Penn alumni and friends traveled through Southern France with University Curator Lynn Marsden-Atlass, a specialist in 19th– and 20th-century French art. In addition to several formal lectures, Marsden-Atlass treated the group to personal tours through museums filled with art by Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, and Van Gogh, among others. Alumni and friends toured medieval cities, enjoyed private wine-tastings at vineyards, and saw remnants of the once-great Roman Empire. For more information about this trip or any Penn Alumni Travel trip, please click here. 

Survey Quotes:

“It is a real pleasure to have been able to travel as part of a group that is interested in the arts and history and which got along so well. And it is a special treat to be accompanied by a Penn scholar.”– David Moskowitz, W’71

“This tour was an absolute pleasure… The travel arrangements were excellent: a comfortable bus and congenial driver, outstanding tour guides, lovely hotels with amazing food, and an interesting and diverse itinerary. Perfect for art buffs and lovers of good food and wine.”– Dimi Berkner, CW’64


El Camino de Santiago (June 3-15, 2016) with Professor Thomas Max Safley

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Penn alumni and friends hiked the Camino de Santiago with Professor Thomas Max Safley, an expert on early modern European history. The Camino, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a 1,000 year-old pilgrimage route to the spiritual capital of Santiago de Compostela and one of Europe’s most famous walking trails. Along the way, alumni and friends enjoyed lovely scenery, medieval towns, and (of course) fine Spanish cuisine. In Burgos and Leon, the group marveled at majestic gothic cathedrals. In Silos, they experience Gregorian chant performed by the world-famous monks. At the end of the hike, the group experienced the Botafumeiro ritual, a famous incense-burning ritual in the cathedral itself. For more information about this trip or any Penn Alumni Travel trip, please click here.

Survey Quotes:

“A trip through Penn can open a new world of travel. The faculty component really made this experience all encompassing.”– Gretchen Gall

“This trip was a perfect way to experience [the Camino], with many opportunities to walk part of it combined with a historical tour across Northern Spain. The trip was very well organized with attention to every detail, good hotels, fine meals, terrific guides and a wonderful group of travel mates of all ages.”– Jane Barnsteiner, NU’70, GNU’73

The Great Journey (June 25-July 5, 2016) with Professor Rebecca Bushnell

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Professor Rebecca Bushnell hosted Penn alumni and friends on a “Grand Tour” of Europe. The group enjoyed stunning scenery in Switzerland before cruising the Rhine River and visiting beautiful Alsatian Strasbourg. Along the way, Professor Bushnell introduced the group to past authors who described these scenes for an 18th-century audience. For more information about Penn Alumni Travel visit: www.alumni.upenn.edu/travel.

Across Spain and Portugal (June 14-30, 2016) with Professor Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw

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Penn alumni and friends traveled across Spain and Portugal with Art History Professor Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw. After arriving in Lisbon, Portugal, alumni traveled to Oporto and enjoyed a cruise on the Douro River. Crossing into Spain, the group visited the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela then traveled along northern Spain to points of interest including Leon and Bilbao where they visited the Guggenheim Fine Arts Museum and learned about the collection from Professor Shaw. For more information about Penn Alumni Travel visit: www.alumni.upenn.edu/travel.

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Strategic Volunteer Opportunity

Strategic volunteer opportunity for Penn alums in NYC, Philadelphia and Silicon Valley. Apply by 8/19 to join us this Fall.

Over 100 Penn alumni put their professional skills to work this year to make a positive impact on their cities. They joined PennPAC (Pro bono Alumni Consulting) to volunteer as strategic consultants to nonprofits in New York and Philadelphia. In teams of alumni curated by PennPAC, they supported organizations serving a broad range of clients from children seeking a best start to their education to adults seeking legal aid. Projects varied from the development of marketing plans to market entry strategies.  During our most recent round, which concluded in May, six nonprofits were supported via 8-10 week consulting engagements, while two were supported via one-time ImPACt volunteer events.


PennPAC project team celebrating their project completion.

This Spring was PennPAC’s 10th project round.  Over the past five years, PennPAC has brought together Penn alumni-volunteers from almost every school at Penn and from a wide range of ages and careers. From newly minted accountants to retired marketing executives, from architects to lawyers, PennPAC draws a varied, intelligent group of enthusiastic, energetic alums seeking to make positive change in their cities. Volunteers work as consultants on 8-10 week projects, attend one-time ImPACt volunteer events, and also support PennPAC via special projects.

Since PennPAC’s founding in 2011, Penn alums have volunteered to provide over $2.5 million in consulting services to over 40 nonprofits, all while having fun, expanding their networks and fine-tuning their professional skills.  As Volunteer JC Ibarra (WH 2012) shared during his project: “It is satisfying to have an outlet to deliver impact for a good cause…PennPAC is my first significant extracurricular commitment post graduating from Penn, and I can’t think of a better way to spend some free time.” Volunteer Elise Udolf (CAS 1982) echoes the sentiment: “I found working with our team extremely rewarding. Not having the same areas of expertise as some of my teammates, I found the experience enlightening and very interesting.”

Penn alumni also serve as the daily PennPAC management, marketing and operations team. Jackie Einstein Astrof (CAS 1993) is the Founder and Executive Director, Anne Turner (WG  1994) is as the Chief Operations Officer, Jeannette Chang (WH 2008) is the Vice Chair of Volunteer Relations and Bleema Bershad (WH 1995) is the Director of Communications.

Join us!  Volunteer with PennPAC:

  • NYC – Learn more and apply by 8/19 to join us for 8-10 week projects beginning October 2016 (time commitments begin at 3-5 hours/week) or subscribe to our email list to hear more about our one-time ImPACt volunteer opportunities and other events
  • Philadelphia – Leadership opportunities available, contact philly@pennpac.org for more information.
  • Silicon Valley – Learn more about joining the founding team here.


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Relationships Matter

By Howard “Howdy” Freedlander, Col’67 and PAR’02

I learned first-hand on a lovely Wednesday evening, June 29, 2016, that relationships underscore the essence of giving.

The occasion was a pre-50th reunion gathering at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) to view a guided tour of a new exhibit, Embracing the Contemporary: The Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Collection of Contemporary Art.

The guides were Keith, W’67, and Kathy, CW’69. Keith is a friend and co-gift chair of our Class of 1967’s 50th reunion, as he has been for at least five past reunions. As President of the Class of 1967 since 2002, I I have been fortunate to work with Keith and observe his work ethic and fundraising prowess. I’ve gotten to know and like Kathy, an emeritus trustee of the University of Pennsylvania.

Back to relationships and their transformative effect.

Art became an immediate part of Keith and Kathy’s lives. When Keith graduated from Penn, Kathy gave him an antique print of Penn. When he entered Harvard Law School, she bought him another Penn print. When they became engaged, she gave him a Miro print.

Their loving relationship began with art. It continues. Their collection of contemporary art is a prized part of PMA and, even more broadly, the tapestry of Philadelphia’s cultural offerings.

As they learned about what they liked and didn’t like, the Sachses took a serious leap in their search for art in the early 1980s when they approached Paul Rosenthal, a former curator of 20th-century art at PMA and sought his advice. This connection to PMA was a critical one, though the Sachses have long been involved with the museum as trustees, committee chairs, guides and co-curators.

As a group of roughly 30 of us dutifully followed and questioned Keith and Kathy through their special exhibit and other galleries containing their art, we learned that this couple has had long-term relationships and friendships with some of the artists, including Jasper Johns, well-known in the contemporary art world. In fact, Keith relentlessly sought one of Johns’ pieces, finally acquiring it after 15 years of effort.


Keith Sachs describes his efforts to acquire Jasper Johns paintings.

Also during our tour, another thing became readily evident: Keith and Kathy’s loving relationship. Each yielded comfortably to each other in telling a personal story or explaining an artist’s thinking and creativity. You could feel their enthusiasm. You could observe their thoughtful approach to collecting art for four decades.


Kathy Sachs, foreground, and Keith Sachs (pointing) lead a group of Penn ’67 alums on a tour of a special exhibition of contemporary art collected by Keith and Kathy and promised to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

What we saw at PMA has been part of the Sachs’ home in Rydal, PA. The art and their home have been one of the same. Another personal relationship.

The promised gift of more than 100 paintings, sculptures, prints and videos is one based on multiple relationships: between Keith and Kathy, between the Sachses and the museum, between the Sachses and the artists, and, on a macro level, between this generous couple and a city they love, Philadelphia.

And it all started at Penn.

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