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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.

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College graduate Maceo Grant and his mother Doris Grant

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

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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.

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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

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Graduates seated on Franklin Field

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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.

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photo courtesy of Jennifer Warren

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

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Buses to AC! Photo courtesy of Lisa Bardfeld Shapiro

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at the beach photo courtesy of Derek Braslow

The Walnut Walk!!!

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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.

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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

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

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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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Penn 1993 Love Connections – Part 5

Back in February, we asked classmates that are “Penn couples” to share their stories of how they met, their Penn connection and photos. We featured four installments of Penn 1993 Love Connections, and we still have stories to share!

Enjoy Penn 1993 Love Connections Part 5!

Included in this post:

  • Minal Damani Kundra, W’93, and Monish Kundra, W’95, ENG’95
  • Dominic Napolitano, Eng’93, WG’00, and Maria Fokina Napolitano, GSAS’00
  • Brian Eck, Eng’93, and Katy McCabe, C’94
  • Sukanya Srinivasan, Eng’93, and Henry Willis, C’93
  • Jean-Pierre Mobasser, C’93, and Erica Mobasser, C’93
  • Lisa Noguchi, C’93, NU’95, GNU’97, and Matthew Reeves, C’93

Minal Damani Kundra, W’93, and Monish Kundra, W’95, ENG’95

I met Monish Kundra at a party for a mutual friend in early 2006, over a decade after we had both graduated from Penn in different classes.  The party was one of those occasions where I knew everyone who was going to be there and recall asking myself as I finished getting ready, “What’s the point?!”   I saw Monish across the room, seemingly single, and decided to use that moment to congratulate the guest of honor who was chatting with Monish at the time. Our friend introduced us and suggested I probably knew Monish’s brother Raj Kundra (W’93), which was true as I knew Raj as well as all his college roommates.  After establishing several fun connections, Monish and I closed down a restaurant on our first date a few weeks later, and our lives went into overdrive after that…moving in together, buying our first house, planning our destination wedding on Fisher Island in Miami, getting engaged, and tying the knot in March 2008…roughly in that order!  We welcomed our son Sachin six days before our one-year anniversary and our daughter Karina came along in 2011.  We will celebrate our 10-year anniversary this year along with countless adventures, lots of laughs, cherished moments, and rewarding lives together in Washington, DC.

Dominic Napolitano, Eng’93, WG’00, and Maria Fokina Napolitano, GSAS’00

Maria and I met on an otherwise empty Metro car during the early-morning commute into Washington D.C.  She was applying to graduate school, and I hinted that she might want to consider Penn.  It took some convincing, but eventually I won her over to the Red and Blue.  Two years later, we married in Philadelphia, and I joined her back at Penn, for my own graduate work. Our daughter, Natalie, was born at University Hospital shortly before we graduated; given our frequent moves, she always thought of Philadelphia as home.  Now, eighteen years later, our little girl is going back to Penn as a freshman, in the fall. We hope to give her younger brothers (Anton – 15, Alex – 6, and Max – 3) the hint too. We live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Brian Eck, Eng’93, and Katy McCabe, C’94
We are Brian Eck, ENG ’93, and Katy McCabe, CAS ’94. We met in a club called the Progressive Student Alliance when I was a junior and Katy was a sophomore. We’re looking forward to seeing old friends in May!

Sukanya Srinivasan, Eng’93, and Henry Willis, C’93

Sukanya Srinivasan, Eng’93, and Henry Willis, C’93, met as freshmen in Hill House in the fall of 1989, when he asked her if she was one of the Graduate Fellows for the floor! Many conversations and pieces of leftover cake from LeBus catering later, they began working together on environmental issues with the Penn Environment Group with the highlights being organizing Earth Day celebrations and finally getting the recycling bins put in along Locust Walk.  Yeah!  Things got cemented by senior  year when they took a summer camping trip across the country, hitting 10 national parks in 28 days and realizing they could survive  each other’s cooking and enjoy a lot together! The next few years were long distance but then they both ended up (after much strategizing) in Pittsburgh, PA by the fall of 1998, when Sukanya started family medicine residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Henry started a PhD at Carnegie Mellon shortly thereafter.  They finally got married in 1999 with many PENN friends in attendance and have been here in ‘da Burgh since with their two kids, Neel and Anisha.  Still cooking together after all these years!

Jean-Pierre Mobasser, C’93, and Erica Mobasser, C’93
We cannot recall for sure if we met for the first time at a dreadful off campus performance of Waiting for Godot, or at a Beta Theta Pi party, but it was at the end of sophomore year, and probably with a little help from my roommates and his fraternity brothers.
Our first official date was at the White Dog Cafe followed by drinks at the Palladium. Our second date was at Magnolia Cafe in downtown Philadelphia followed by Borgia cafe on South Street. Sadly most of these establishments no longer exist!!
We were married in 1997. We have lived in Augusta Ga, Memphis Tn, and now Indianapolis for the past 14 years. We have three children ages 19, 17, and 15.

Lisa Noguchi, C’93, NU’95, GNU’97, and Matthew Reeves, C’93

 

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Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion #93tothe25th

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

Join us we count down the weeks to our reunion #93tothe25thMeet us at the Button!

Register NOW to attend our 25th Reunion!

  • 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 or #lovepenn!
  • Watch our Button challenge video!

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Fling was Flung

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

Photos contributed by Derek Braslow, Lisa Grabelle, Howard Levene, Wendy Spander, and Joel Yarbrough

Spring Fling weekend at Penn was a two-day festival held in April in the Quad. During the day there were food vendors, student performing arts groups and bands would sing or dance on a stage in the Lower Quad, and often there were games and other activities in the Upper Quad. At night there were concerts with popular bands or comedians performing in Irvine or Hill Field our senior year.

We remember fondly the fun we had at Fling each year, even though it seemed like it was often cold and wet. Amazingly, we have photos from Fling – and t-shirts – that our classmates shared with us. Take this trip down memory lane of Spring Fling 1990 – 1993.

Spring Fling our Freshman year was called, “Fling in Wonderland.”

 

Spring Fling’s theme in 1990 was, “the Wild Fling.”

 

 

Penn Spring Fling

Photo courtesy of Derek Braslow. We think this is from a Fling – it looks like a Fling photo!

Spring Fling Junior year was, “Mardi Gras at Penn.”

Penn Spring Fling

Spring Fling photo courtesy of Lisa Grabelle

 

 

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Spring Fling in the Lower Quad, photo courtesy of Joel Yarbrough

Our Senior year, it was a, “Three Ring Fling.”

 

Penn Spring Fling by Wendy Spander

Spring Fling senior year – we think – photo courtesy of Wendy Spander

 

 

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Fling was a bit muddy

 

 

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Spring Fling crowds in the Quad

Read our previous Spring Fling posts:

Spring Fling Concerts

Student Bands at Fling

This year, for the first time since it began in the 70’s, Penn’s Spring Fling was moved to Penn Park and was only on one day. We wonder how the students of today will remember Fling. Do you remember Fling when you were a student?

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion #93tothe25th

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of April 13 – 14, marked 4 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!
  • 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!
  • Book your hotel room or AirBnB now! See our class website for details.

 

 

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The ’93-second Survey Results

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

In January, we asked classmates a few questions about their memories of Penn and our upcoming reunion. As luck would have it, this short quiz only took classmates 93 seconds to complete! The results have been tabulated, and we are excited to share them here.

Have you visited Penn since we graduated in 1993?

  • Yes, 77.53% of respondents had visited campus and within the last five years.
  • Yes, 20.22% had visited campus but more than five years ago.
  • Only 2.25% had not visited campus since we graduated.

Have you attended any of our Class of ’93 Penn Reunions?

  • 21.35% said they had never attended a reunion.
  • 28.09% said they attended at least one reunion.
  • 35.96% had attended more than one reunion but not all reunions.
  • And a dedicated 14.61% have attended all of our Penn reunions.

Are you planning to attend our 25th Reunion on campus May 11 – 14, 2018?

  • 4.49% had no interest (and that makes us sad).
  • 7.87% are interested but unable to attend (which bums us).
  • 19.10% were on the fence? On the fence? How about on the button? Meet us there!
  • 68.54% are planning to attend and can’t wait to see everyone in May!

Haven’t registered yet? You can register here!

If you are planning to attend the reunion, have you reserved a hotel room?

  • 15.66% live locally so do not need a room.
  • 4.82% are staying with friends.
  • 21.69% had yet to reserve a room (remember this survey was done in January).
  • 57.83% had reserved a room already (in January!!).

Who are you most excited to see at our reunion in May?

  • 47.36% were excited to see their roommates
  • 32.89% were excited to see fraternity or sorority sisters
  • 32.89% were most excited to see friends from student groups
  • 15.79% looked forward to seeing friends from their major
  • 13.16% hoped to see performing arts friends.
  • 5.26% were excited to see sports teammates
  • 3.95% were excited to see old flames

What is your favorite building on campus?

This was a free-form response, so we were curious to see what everyone wrote.

Some of the more interesting answers:

“my wife.” ??? um, maybe this refers to the question about who you’re most excited to see?

“Subway” – interesting choice, but going down the stairs to take the trolleys into Center City was a new experience for many of us freshman year.

“Does Smokes count?” Yes, yes it counts, and we think this is one of our favorite spots (though technically not “on campus”).

Smokey Joe's at Penn

Smokey Joe’s

Twenty-two percent of classmates listed the Quad as their favorite building.

Lower Quad at Penn in the snow

The lower Quad in the snow

The most popular building on campus (according to 38.96% the Class of 1993) is the Furness Building . Classmates may recall that it was closed for restoration for a bit while we were students.

Fisher Fine Arts Building Frank Furness Penn

 

Here are some of the other buildings mentioned by classmates as their favorites.

Receiving five votes

The Palestra! That’s fitting since our Ivy Stone is on the front side of the building

College Hall – probably the most iconic building on Penn’s campus

College Hall at Penn

College Hall

Receiving three mentions each

Irvine Auditorium

Irvine Auditorium at Penn

Exterior of Irvine Auditorium at the corner of Spruce and 34th Streets

Steinberg-Dietrich

Wharton School Steinberg-Dietrich Hall

The Wharton School’s Steinberg-Dietrich Hall

Receiving two mentions

The old Bookstore

We can’t seem to locate a picture of the old Bookstore (that was at Locust Walk and 38th Street). The building was demolished to make way for the Wharton School’s Huntsman Hall building in recent years.

Huntsman Hall Wharton School at Penn

Huntsman Hall occupies the area between Walnut Street and Locust Walk along 38th Street, where the Penn bookstore stood when we were students

Van Pelt

Not our favorite building but two people liked it. We should note that inside has been remodeled and it is worth looking inside when you are back for reunion to see how the space has been transformed. And the Button is in front of Van Pelt, so we’ll all be seeing it in a few weeks.

Van Pelt Library at Penn and the Split Button

Van Pelt Library and the Button

Houston Hall

Houston Hall at Penn

Houston Hall, the nation’s oldest student union building

These buildings received one vote or mention

DuBois College House

DuBois College House at Penn

W. E. DuBois College House – note the large building in the background – those are private off-campus apartments across Walnut Street

Locust Walk (not a building but we’ll accept this)

Locust Walk at Penn

Locust Walk

The chapel / Women’s Center

The current location of the Women’s Center was a fraternity when we were students. We think the women’s center was located in the Palladium building at one point? Does anyone remember?

Penn Women's Center

Penn Women’s Center at 36th and Locust Walk

Towne Building

Towne Building at Penn

Towne Building

Moore School

Moore Building at Penn

Moore Building at the corner of 33rd and Walnut Streets

Tannenbaum Quad

We were confused by this since there’s The Quad, which is a dormitory, and then there’s Tanenbaum Hall which houses the Biddle Law Library for the Law School.

Tanenbaum hall at Penn

Tanenbaum Hall is part of the Law School

University Museum

The Museum’s Middle Eastern galleries re-opened recently and are worth a visit if you have time while on campus. Note in the photo below Penn Tower behind the Museum. Penn Tower is no longer…you’ll have to visit campus to see what’s there now.

University Museum at the University of Pennsylvania

The University Museum

Franklin Field

Franklin Field at Penn

Franklin Field

 

There are so many old buildings to re-visit during Alumni Weekend, but there are many new additions to campus too. Most of these favorite buildings remain, but it is worth spending time taking a building tour during the weekend or wandering around on your own to see how Penn’s campus has changed since 1993.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion #93tothe25th

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of April 6 – 7, marked 5 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!
  • 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!
  • Book your hotel room or AirBnB now! See our class website for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ivy Day in 1993

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

As we inch closer to our 25th Reunion, we are looking back at some memorable moments we had as Penn students. One day, steeped in tradition at Penn, is Ivy Day. Some of our class award winners from that day share their memories of winning senior awards on Ivy Day which was held in Irvine Auditorium. After the ceremony, everyone went to the unveiling of the Ivy Stone on the Palestra, and the Spade Award winner from our class, Michael Rosenband, planted ivy near the stone.

There was a contest to design our Ivy Stone – the prize was $50! It was announced in an ad in the DP and entrants were directed to contact Doug Rosenberg and Chrissy Bass from the Senior Class Board.

Ivy Stone design contest for Penn Class of 1993 in the DP

Ad from the DP announcing the Ivy Stone design context for the Class of 1993

Andrea Mitchell Ivy Day speaker for Penn Class of 1993

Andrea Mitchell, CW’67, was announced as our Ivy Day speaker in the DP, photo courtesy of Lisa Grabelle

Penn Ivy Day program 1993

Cover of the Ivy Day program May 15, 1993 photo courtesy of Allison Feder Fliegler

Penn Ivy Day 1993 program Irvine Auditorium

Inside of the Ivy Day program from May 15, 1993, photo courtesy of Allison Feder Fliegler

Michael Gordon

Michael won the Class of 1946 Award which is, “given in recognition of well-rounded service to the University in more than one area of campus life – scholarship, athletics, extracurricular activities.”

I remember Ivy Day being a really cool celebration of a lot of our experiences at Penn. It was great being able to share that day with friends and family and then walking over to the Palestra to see where our stone was placed. I also loved the history of the ceremony being at Irvine Auditorium after we all started our time at Penn with our welcome ceremony there four years earlier.

In thinking more about that day and looking back at all of my pictures from senior week (Walnut Walk, formal, Great Adventure) and the graduation events, I realized how amazing that time was in our lives. We got to celebrate with friends and classmates who we all grew up with and soon we’re going to be spreading out around the world to enter the next phase of our lives. Ivy Day was filled with people with whom I played sports, shared classes and study sessions, and served on committees doing our best to help create the best Penn we could. These are folks that I was sure to make an impact on the world and I look forward to seeing everyone next month.

Ivy Stone 1993 on the Palestra #93tothe25th

Michael Gordon, winner of the Class of 1946 Award, with his family in front of our Ivy Stone at the Palestra.

Harriet Joseph and Michael Gordon in front of Penn Class of 1993 Ivy Stone

Michael Gordon with Harriet Joseph, one of his advisors, and a “second mom” to him in front of our Ivy Stone

Ivy Day 1993 Senior Honor Awards #93tothe25th

Michael Gordon, winner of the Class of 1946 Award, and Josh Fogelman, winner of the James Howard Weiss Memorial Award

Maceo Grant

Maceo won the Class of ’15 Award given to the ideal male senior athlete (we should note this is the Class of 1915).

I just remember being very proud…..my family was there that day and it meant a lot to me to have my family see me in that moment. Graduating from Penn is one of the most prized accomplishments in my life and the friendships I’ve built through going to school and playing football there are invaluable.

Ivy Day Irvine Auditorium at Penn

Maceo Grant with the Class of ’15 award on Ivy Day 1993 in Irvine Auditorium

Maceo Grant Ivy Day 1993 Andrea Mitchell #93tothe25th

Maceo Grant and Ivy Day speaker Andrea Mitchell in Irvine Auditorium

Ivy Day 1993 with Class of 1993 Ivy Stone

Britt Anderson and Maceo Grant with their awards in front of the Class of 1993 Ivy Stone on the Palestra

Penn Ivy Day 1993 planting of ivy

Maceo Grant points to the planted ivy from the Class of 1993’s Ivy Day

 

Allison Bieber McKibben

Allison won the Althea K. Hottel award. The first honors among senior women is named for one of Penn’s great pioneers in women’s education. Althea Kratz Hottel earned three Penn degrees (B.S. in Education, 1929; M.A. in Sociology, 1934; Ph.D. in Sociology in 1940) and served as Directress of Women 1936-1943, and then as the first Dean of Women from 1943 until her retirement in 1959. The Hottel award was established in 1959 to honor “intellectual competence, commitment to ideals and principles, and loyalty to the University of Pennsylvania.”

Ivy Day was one of the most special days during my time at Penn. It was a day full of excitement and such Penn Pride! I remember President Hackney handing me the Hottel Award, and the base was unattached. Michael Rosenband jumped into action and caught the base before it hit the ground. It was so symbolic of all my classmates who were on the stage being honored in that we worked so hard to make Penn a wonderful experience for ourselves and those around us. I can only smile the biggest smile when I think about that day….and all my days at Penn. Twenty-five years years later, I strategically placed the award in my home so that I smile every time I pass it. My husband Jeff, who is also Penn ’93, smiles often as well.

Jeff Lichtman

Jeff won the Cane award, in reference to one of the former class rivalries at Penn, the “Cane Fight.” The use of a walking cane in the 19th century was a cultural symbol of high status. The cane fights were attempts by the sophomore class to prevent any freshman from carrying a cane on campus. The canes, of course, were utilized as weapons, and the senior class moved quickly to convert the violent ritual into a student award. In 1891, the senior class added the award of the cane to those of the spoon and the bowl. Awarded annually since that year, the cane is considered the 3rd most prestigious award given to the senior men.

I was so humbled to be selected as one of the four guys (and eight overall) to represent our class for these special awards, and honored to share it with the other people who won. I was excited to hear Andrea Mitchell speak at our Ivy Day – full circle how much she is still in the news and that she is speaking at graduation 25 years later!

Personally I was disappointed that the person who won the Cane 25 years prior to me (Class of 1968) was not there to award it to me, so I wanted to make it a point to be there in 2018 to award it to my fellow Cane winner 25 years later.

I also remember the green suit I wore and the ugly tie – I thought they looked good!

Ivy Day 1993 in front of Ivy Stone on the Palestra

1993 Senior Award winners on Ivy Day 1993, L-R Allison Rouse, Michael Rosenband, Lincoln Singleton, and Jeff Lichtman, photo courtesy of Maceo Grant

Michelle Peluso

Michelle won the Gaylord P. Harnwell award. In 1969, the senior class decided that more women should be recognized for their service to the university. At the same time, they wished to honor the contributions of Gaylord P. Harnwell, a distinguished nuclear physicist who had served as President of t he University since 1953 and had announced his retirement for the following year. The second women’s award is therefore given in honor of president Harnwell.

I remember sitting in the auditorium on Ivy Day and looking up at the alumni who were presenting the awards to us and feeling such a strong connection between all of us as seniors and the alumni who had walked in our shoes 25 years before.  There was all of a sudden this fiber that connected them to us and that I knew someday would connect us to the next generation 25 years later. And that story unfolds again for us next month, and I couldn’t be more excited to participate.
Class of 1993 Women's Senior Honor Award Winners

Class of 1993 Women’s Senior Honor Award Winners (L-R), Michelle Peluso, Hallie Levin, Lisa (Nass) Grabelle, and Allison Bieber McKibben

Lisa Nass Grabelle

Lisa won the David R. Goddard Award. Like the Harnwell award, the Goddard award was established in 1969 to recognize exemplary service to the University community. It is named in honor of a prominent professor of Botany, who served as Provost of the University from 1961 to 1970.

Ivy Day for me was extra emotional and special! It is an Ivy Day tradition that the winner of an award returns 25 years later to present the same award to that year’s winner. As fate would have it, the person who won the Goddard Award 25 years before me was none other than Elsie Sterling Howard, CW’68, whose Penn resume is too huge to list everything here but includes serving as Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania, President of Penn’s Alumni Society, Founding Chairman of the Penn Fund, Founder of the Trustees Council of Penn Women, and this year’s 50th Reunion Chair.
My family and I had known Elsie since I was a little girl…she lived around the corner from me, was my Brownie and Girl Scout troop leader, interviewed me for Penn, and was a client of my father’s veterinary practice! In fact, since my Penn letter of acceptance got lost in the mail (!!!), the way I found out I was admitted was when Elsie called to invite me to an accepted student reception at her home!
When Elsie presented the Goddard Award to me she was able to speak from the heart about our long-standing friendship spanning many, many years! I am thrilled that I will be celebrating my 25th reunion this year the same time that Elsie will be leading her class to celebrate their 50th reunion! I look forward to reuniting so we can toast to our reunions!
To learn more about Penn’s Senior honor awards, the Penn Archives is a great resource. This page lists a description of the women’s honor awards and a listing of all winners from 1959 – 2007. The descriptions of the men’s honor awards is on this page. Here is a listing of the men’s award winners from 1900 – 2007.
The senior class votes on the Senior Honor Awards, and a listing of the men and women nominated was published in the DP.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion #93tothe25th

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of March 30 – 31, marked 6 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!
  • 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!
  • Book your hotel room or AirBnB now! See our class website for details.

 

 

 

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Getting a Start in Political Polling Thanks to Frank Luntz

In what is now a Penn 1993 reunion tradition, Frank Luntz, C’84, and Jef Pollock, C’93, will engage in a panel discussion on the state of politics – and polling in America on Saturday morning of Alumni Weekend.

How did this magical pairing happen? Let’s let Jef tell the story…

I’ve told this story so many times, I can hardly remember life at Penn without Frank Luntz, then an adjunct Professor in the American Civilization department.  And I’ll try the short version. Frank had just gotten his doctorate as a Thouron scholar at Oxford University where he had written his dissertation turned book, “Candidates, Consultants, and Campaigns” which became the essential reading for his first class at Penn. His class was a 3-hour class taught on Monday nights from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Every week, he would bring in a different guest lecturer, and to those of us who loved politics as I did, it was like a greatest hits listing of all the best political consultants of the time – Bob Shrum, Stan Greenberg, Alex Castellanos, Paul Begala, and on and on. They lectured for the first half, and then the second half was all him. We would argue, debate, and talk about politics.  As a Conservative Republican, Frank was a fish out of water in the classroom (just as he had been when he was at Penn as an undergrad years before), surrounded by tons of idealistic Democrats and a few die-hard Republicans riveted by the passion that he brought to the classroom.

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Frank Luntz (standing) and Jef Pollock (sitting in front) during Penn 1993’s 20th reunion in 2013 discussing politics and polling

After class, many of us would head to Smokey Joe’s where Frank would gladly buy dinner for those who were willing to go out (many of us just wanted the free food/drinks). Frank would sit at the bar for hours and hours and debate any student who wanted to tangle with him. He was the first American head of the Oxford Debating society, and he viewed intellectual debate as essential for learning. He could be pro-choice or anti-choice, pro-Israel or anti, it didn’t matter It was just about debate. It also helped that he wouldn’t drink at the bar while the rest of us were slightly more interested in the alcoholic content of the debate.

After the bar would close at 2:00 AM, a group of us would head out to IHOP, then at 19th and Walnut streets, where the debate would continue. Frank would order a T-bone steak (his healthy eating habits are legendary and remain in place today), we would eat pancakes. And we’d be out till the wee hours of the night.

Finally, when the night was over, we would head back to campus where Frank would crash on a couch (his cheap nature is also legendary!) and when we would wake up the next day at noon for class, he was gone. And this went on for three years.

In 1992, he took a group of us to New Hampshire to experience the New Hampshire primaries up close. It was one of the best experiences of my life. If you lived and breathed politics, that was the trip to be on – we met the candidates, walked around with notebooks pretending we were reporters, one of us even asked a question of Paul Tsongas in a candidate forum. Here’s a photo from that trip of me having lunch at a mall in New Hampshire with Hillary Clinton, where we just happened to walk into her, and so Frank asked her to have lunch with us!

First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Penn AmCiv class

Jef Pollock eating lunch with Hillary Rodham Clinton

This was academics the way Frank wanted it – experience it and touch it, not just to read it.  He got me and others summer internships in Washington with some of the people we idolized. And then for me, he took it away (without asking me) telling Bob Shrum that I wouldn’t be coming and instead sending Josh Frank in my place. He was hiring me for himself and thus began my life with Frank. I worked for him (we agreed, no GOP work, only corporate and international) from 1992-1994.

Frank Luntz and Jef Pollock political polling

Jef Pollock and Frank Luntz leading a political polling discussion during our 20th Reunion in 2013

In November of 1994, Frank became a rock star, having written the GOP Contract With America. The Republicans took over Congress for the first time in 40 years and Frank was viewed as the author of that win. I knew I couldn’t stay with him given my own partisan leanings, and off I went to NYC to follow my girlfriend (now wife Deborah Brown!) and to get my Master’s degree at Columbia. In addition, I wanted to start my own firm specializing in polling to help Democrats.

During my time with Luntz as an employee, one of my main clients was Governor Pedro Rossello of Puerto Rico. Frank had worked in Puerto Rico for years for the PNP, the pro-Statehood party, that had for years been identified with the Republican party – but when Rossello won, a friendship with Bill Clinton led him to announce he was a Democrat, and it became the perfect client for Frank and me together. Most impressively, when I moved to NYC, Frank let me keep working for Rossello – paying me a retainer to stay involved, and even keep a percentage of the revenue from the polling we did together. Anyone knows the hardest part of starting a business is not having any revenue – and Frank solved that problem for me. I had a new business, with revenue, and it was the start that I needed.

Today, I run one of the largest Democratic Public Affairs firms in the country, doing more polling for Democratic federal candidates in the last election than any other firm. And I wouldn’t be here without that first class, that mentorship, and that first job with Frank Luntz. I am forever grateful to Frank and to the University of Pennsylvania for all the opportunities they gave to me that have led to my success.

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Frank Luntz engages with the audience during the politics and polling panel, May 2013

So, come and join us, Saturday May 12th, at 9:30 AM in Houston Hall.Come see us argue and talk about the destructive politics that have captured our nation. We put on a heck of a show, with laughs, data, videos, and a lot of jokes in between. We hope to see you there.

Politics and Polling – Discussion with Jef Pollock, C’93, and Frank Luntz, C’84

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM  |  Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
The Class of 1993’s regular reunion discussion with pollster (and former Penn professor/lecturer) Frank Luntz, C’84 and democratic pollster Jef Pollock, C’93, CEO of Global Strategies Group. Frank and Jef will have a frank discussion about measuring the electorate prior to the elections, national and local trends, and what to look for in the mid-term elections later this year.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion #93tothe25th

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of March 23 – 24, marked 7 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!
  • 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!
  • Book your hotel room or AirBnB now! See our class website for details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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