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Penn 1993 Love Connections – Part 3

Since it’s Valentine’s Day this week, we asked our Penn 1993 classmates if they met their spouse at Penn. Many classmates responded with the story of how they met, if they met at Penn, and if they both graduated in 1993. We will be sharing these stories over a few posts. Here is the second installment of Penn Couples from the Class of 1993!
Stories included here:
  • Michele Stein Mendoza, C’93, GSE’95, & Dennis Mendoza, W’93
  • Howard Levene, Eng’93, and Tammy (Mirensky) Levene, Eng’01, M’05
  • Carolyn (Friedman) Frank and Josh Frank, C’93
  • Helen (Punwaney) Currie, C’93, and Neil Currie, C’93
  • Janet Miller Stier, C’93, and Byron Stier, C’93
  • Leigh-Ann Maltz-Dichter, C’93, and Eric Dichter, C’93
  • Diana Tapper, C’93, and Jason Gorevic, C’93
  • Lisa Nass Grabelle, C’93, L’96, and Dean Grabelle, L’95
  • Allyson Wagner Sonenshine, C’93, and Coby Sonenshine, C’92, W’92

Michele Stein Mendoza, C’93, GSE’95, & Dennis Mendoza, W’93

How you met – First day of Freshman year on the 12th floor of High Rise South. Don’t remember much about our meeting, but we both clearly remember Dennis’ roommate introducing himself at the first floor meeting, “Hi, my name is Michael Jackson. I can’t sing, and I can’t dance.”

From Vyjayanti T. Desai (look for her and her husband’s story coming in Part 4):

When I was looking for pictures in my old box, I found these of Michelle Stein and Denis Mendoza from our freshman year (12th floor of High Rise South).   Michelle was one of my roommates and Denis was on our floor.

Howard Levene, Eng’93, and Tammy (Mirensky) Levene, Eng’01, M’05

My wife and I are both Penn grads…but we met after graduation!

We first met on JDate back in 2002, when I was a 1st year Neurosurgical Resident at Temple University Hospital, and she was a 1st year Medical Student at Penn.

We had our first date in Philadelphia at the Victor Cafe. We had one more date but our timing wasn’t right. We did discover that Tammy’s cousin was the Rabbi at my parents’ synagogue in Cherry Hill, and we had many shared interests. She was a Biomedical Engineer (her undergrad degree) with interest in Neurosurgery, and I was a Mechanical Engineer (my undergrad degree) who became a Biomedical Engineer (PhD) and at the time was in my Neurosurgical Residency!

We re-connected in 2015 (Thanks Facebook!) on May 30th, the day before my parents’ 50th Anniversary (Dad is Penn ’54 and ’58 and Mom is Penn Graduate school ’64).

Just about 11 months later, we were married and had loads of Penn grads there.  And yes, we did sing “Hurrah for the Red and the Blue!”

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Howard Levene met his wife after Penn

Carolyn (Friedman) Frank and Josh Frank, C’93

We met in the spring semester of junior year (1992) outside of the Quaker Shaker food truck, which was outside of Stiteler Hall. I was coming out of a Psych class, and Carolyn was walking with a couple of mutual friends (Joanna Fein and Stacey Steinberg). I hadn’t ever met or seen Carolyn, and was curious who the cute girl was with Stacey and Joanna. As it turns out, she was a transfer student, which explained why I didn’t know her. We started dating a few weeks later, and never really stopped, even though we were apart for four years after graduation when Carolyn was in law school at University of Miami, and I spent a year working in Congress for Speaker Tom Foley before going to law school at Georgetown. We inadvertently set our wedding date for our five year reunion (oops!), and will be celebrating our 20th anniversary on May 16th.
I’ve attached a before and after picture — the before is from the summer of 1992, a few months after we started dating. I was working in DC as an intern for Bob Shrum, a Democratic political consultant, and Carolyn was visiting me before she flew to Israel for a summer program at Hebrew University. I picked the photo mostly because of the Penn umbrella I’m holding.
Editor: Stylist points for including a Penn umbrella that gives a nod to the red of Carolyn’s shirt.

Helen (Punwaney) Currie, C’93, and Neil Currie, C’93

My wife and I met freshman year at the Hill House front desk. We both had the same work-study job as front desk staff. We were married on June 12, 1998 and will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this June. We live in Long Beach, CA with our 2 children, Katelyn (16) and Aidan (13).

Janet Miller Stier, C’93, and Byron Stier, C’93

Janet and Byron were “fixed up” by Penn Professor Al Filreis in the fall of 1992. Al was Byron’s English-major mentor and the director/trustee of Janet’s second home/summer camp.  Al arranged for them to meet with him in his office at the same time. Allison Fink Brody, C’93, was also instrumental in this pairing, by giving him the phone number for Janet. Professor Filreis read a poem at their wedding in 1997. Byron and Janet now reside in Los Angeles, where he is an Associate Dean and Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, and she is a child psychologist in private practice.

Leigh-Ann Maltz-Dichter, C’93, and Eric Dichter, C’93

We officially met when we came to Penn in the summer of 1989 to discuss course selections. My mom embarrassingly introduced us and truly said, “You don’t need to marry him, but at least you’ll have another familiar face on campus!” We’ve been married since 1996! Thankful for our Penn roots and great friends!

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Leigh-Ann Maltz-Dichter and Eric Dichter, then and now

Diana Tapper, C’93, and Jason Gorevic, C’93

Jason and I met one week before senior year at a party at 4012 Spruce Street.  We were introduced by Deb Brown, C’93, who promptly left to leave us talking with one another.  As it often does, the night progressed to Smoke’s and then Pat’s downtown with a group of friends, where Deb and Keith Dallara, Eng’94, W’94, obviously both not of sound mind at that point, made a bet over a cheesesteak that Jason and I were going to get married someday.  Nine years later, Keith presented Deb with her cheesesteak right in the middle of our wedding ceremony. Verdict was – not as good as Pat’s. Seems like we need another payoff from Pat’s during reunion weekend!

Lisa Nass Grabelle, C’93, L’96, and Dean Grabelle, L’95

In 1993, Dean and I were both Penn law students … he was a 2L, I was a 1L … when I first spotted him. I didn’t know anything about Dean except that he was a cute red head who was kinda quiet yet very social. As my kids would say, I “low-key” stalked him – usually at law school hot spots like the Irish Pub, Roosevelt’s, Smoke’s, Cavanaugh’s and other high class “Pick-Of-The-Week” drinking holes (Hilary Marion Hayes, C’93, was with me some nights to witness this and acted as my wing lady).

Looking back it would have been so much easier for me if I had an iPhone and social media to figure out which bar he was going to on which night! Guess my stalking worked….Dean asked me out right as summer started at the end of my first year in May of 1994. After our first few dates over one marathon weekend, I drove to the shore in my sporty Chrysler Laser with sunblocked tinted windows (of course, I’m from Miami Beach!) and shared my excitement with some of my 4049 Locust girls – Monica Muzzi Moore, Angela Sabatino Collingwood and Bonnie Todd Marino.

The rest is history! Dean and I married in 1999, live in South Jersey with our two teenage girls, and visit Penn literally ALL the time (while Dean attended college at Duke, he now feels like an honorary Class of ’93 member since I bring him to everything).

Allyson Wagner Sonenshine, C’93, and Coby Sonenshine, C’92, W’92

Coby and I met at Skolnick’s in Houston Hall sometime in December 1989. He had seen me perform at my first Off the Beat show at the Gold Standard underneath The Palladium. When we were introduced shortly thereafter (by his unwitting ex-girlfriend, no less), Coby stood up, looked me in the eye, shook my hand, and said “nice to meet you” … this simple courtesy made such a great impression that I knew I wanted to get to know him better. (His mother loves that part of the story.)

Anyway, we ran into each other a few days later, outside of College Hall, and ended up talking for longer than we should have given the snow falling around us. We started dating in January 1990 and have been together ever since.

We moved to Los Angeles after graduation to go to law school at USC and eventually ended up in Newport Beach, California, where we are raising two boys, Solomon (17) and Max (15).

 

Love these Penn Love stories? Read Part 1! And read Part 2!

We’re working on Part 4. Send us your Penn love story to upenn1993 [at] gmail [dot] com.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of February 9 – 10, 2018, marked 13 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

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

  • 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!
  • 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 for Alumni Weekend NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels near by. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Penn 1993 Love Connections – Part 2

Since it’s Valentine’s Day this week, we asked our Penn 1993 classmates if they met their spouse at Penn. Many classmates responded with the story of how they met, if they met at Penn, and if they both graduated in 1993. We will be sharing these stories over a few posts. Here is the second installment of Penn Couples from the Class of 1993!
Stories included here:
  • Samantha (Helman) Lichtman, W’93, and Jeff Lichtman, C’93
  • Julie (Berliner) Bell, C’93, and Stephen Bell, C’92
  • Jackie Einstein Astrof, C’93, and Josh Astrof, C’93, W’93
  • Christine Lutton Foster, C’93, and David Foster, Eng’93
  • Marnie (Goldman) Altman, C’93, and Paul Altman, W’93
  • Tanya Dooley-Adija, C’93, and Onyango “Yang” Adija, W’93
  • Cindy Dauber Anapolsky, W’93, and Jeff Anapolsky, C’93, W’93
  • Ebru Ural, W’93, and Justin Sowers, Eng’93
  • Deb Brown, C’93, and Jef Pollock, C’93
  • Kerry Kennedy, C’93, and Brad Goldberg, C’93
  • Jon Tretler, C’93, WG’97, and Lisa Brichta Tretler, C’94, G’99, WG’99
  • Michelle (Cousins) Mott, C’93, NU’98, GNU’99 and Ako Mott, W’93
  • Stacey (Bucholtz) Leibowitz, C’93, RES’00, and David Leibowitz, C’93, L’00

Samantha (Helman) Lichtman, W’93, and Jeff Lichtman, C’93

 My wife – Samantha (Helman) Lichtman and I met at Penn. We started dating at the beginning of our Sophomore year, and have been together ever since. In fact, we celebrated 28 years together in September. We both graduated in 1993, and eventually ended up in Chicago where we still live and raise our three boys.
We actually met Freshman year.  We both lived in Community House in the Quad. We were friendly, but not necessarily friends. However, we both took a Political Science course second semester Freshman year. I didn’t go to too many classes because I was pledging a fraternity. One day in class toward the end of the semester I was sitting behind Samantha and saw that she had really good penmanship. I asked if I could photo copy her notes to help me study for the final. And then I asked if I could join her study group – I did think she was cute after all. She agreed to both. And then we ended up getting the same grade in the class – still a point of frustration for her. The year ended and we both went our separate ways for the summer.
When we came back Sophomore year, we were both at the Palladium one night at the beginning of school. I learned it was her birthday soon so I asked if I could take her out to celebrate. She agreed. A few days later, her friends asked her to go out for her birthday (they were really planning a surprise party) but she told them she had a date with Jeff Lichtman. So her friends found me and asked me to bring her to the party after the date. In reality, I had had a few too many drinks that night at the Palladium so I had forgotten about our date. I’m so thankful they reminded me. I took her out – we went to Chili’s just off campus (very fancy) and from there, to her surprise party. After that night, we just kept hanging out and it eventually turned into us dating and the rest is history.

Julie (Berliner) Bell, C’93, and Stephen Bell, C’92

We met at Penn. Evelyn Pan introduced us – a bunch of times – I think the fist time we met was in the area by the High Rises. I think we met sophomore year, but maybe earlier.
 
We went to a new year’s party in Houston bringing in 1992 and kissed at midnight – and have been together ever since. It was at Tom Schmidt’s, C’92, house in Bay Town. Rob Hernandez, C’92, Paul Linden, C’91, Kristen Garland, Jill Smith, C’93, W’93, were there. 
 
Stephen started with us but graduated in three years. He still affiliates with our class. We got engaged that year (1992) over Thanksgiving and married in September after graduation. Almost twenty-five years of marriage, with two girls aged 19 and 16.

Jackie Einstein Astrof, C’93, and Josh Astrof, C’93, W’93

Josh says we met freshman year walking in a big group to a fraternity party, but I…don’t remember that.  We definitely got to know each other over delicious rubber chicken Friday nights at Hillel. And we didn’t go on our first date until Senior Week. Speaking of leaving the best for last…

Christine Lutton Foster, C’93, and David Foster, Eng’93

A mutual ’93 friend, Emily Culbertson, introduced us. Although we were both in the Penn Band, we hadn’t met yet because Christine rode on the dry bus to out-of-town games and David rode on the not-dry bus. He likes to tell people we are a classic flute-trumpet romance.

We met our freshman year and started dating sophomore year (September 1990). We got married on August 10, 1996. Our guests tell us that they will never forget our wedding because the power went out in large portions of seven Western states (including the church where we got married) just before our ceremony.

Our families coordinated a joint dinner to celebrate our graduation that evening at a restaurant on Rittenhouse Square.
 
Some favorite Penn memories:
  • Attending the 1993 NCAA tournament game with the band. For us it was a return to Syracuse where we spent the summer of 1992 together (Christine was an intern at The Post-Standard newspaper. David worked in a Syracuse University lab and took organic chemistry).  This summer (2017) we returned to Syracuse for the first time since then as we rode our bikes on the Erie Canal from Buffalo to Albany with our three children (Katie, 17, William, 14, and Andrew, 12).
  • In 1994, we continued to eagerly follow the successes of the Penn basketball team. David was on a flight arriving in Philadelphia right as the team was finishing their first round NCAA tournament game against Nebraska. Christine was meeting David at the gate (remember when you could do that?) and as David walked off the plane, Christine screamed that Penn was leading! We listened together to the final minutes of the game standing at the gate in the Philadelphia airport on a Walkman (remember those?).
  • We spent our first New Year’s Eve after we got married at the Penn Club in New York.
  • Both of our roommates also married members of our class: Jeff Anapolsky married Cindy Dauber and Margaret Kane married Larry Schoen.

Marnie (Goldman) Altman, C’93, and Paul Altman, W’93

We met the first day of class freshman year. The scene was our freshman seminar class, Craft of Prose, in Bennett Hall. After class, while walking to Stouffer (chicken grillas!), Paul put on the charm and asked Marnie to dinner the next night, where we were joined by 10+ people on our ‘first date’ at Won’s Chinese Food next to Smokes. We dated all four years at Penn and, after both graduating in ’93, got married in 1995. We now have two kids (aged 12 and 15) and our oldest’s middle name is Bennett, as a tribute to that fateful day in September 1989.

Tanya Dooley-Adija, C’93, and Onyango “Yang” Adija, W’93

We are a Proud Penn couple!
Yang and I met moving in Junior year at DuBois House (Low Rise). We lived on the same floor. We found out that we were both from Long Island, and that was all it took to strike up a friendship. We had quite a few friends in common from back home, traveled in the same circles, but had never met.  We started traveling home together for breaks, enjoying long talks and each other’s company. We became best friends, and were inseparable. We continued dating through Graduate school, and eventually got married. Here we are 16 years of marriage and 2 beautiful daughters later, still just as happy as we were during those memorable Penn days.

Cindy Dauber Anapolsky, W’93, and Jeff Anapolsky, C’93, W’93

Cindy and Jeff met at Penn. Cindy lived in unrenovated Quad in Speakman. He lived down the hall in Butcher. The sign on Jeff’s door said he was from Schenectady, New York (where I was born). So I was looking to say hi. We met in the first week or two in a mutual friend’s room on the hall.  We have been a couple since our sophomore year at Penn.

We have been married 21 years.  We have a 17 year old daughter and a 13 year old son. We live in Houston, Texas.

It turns out that we went to the same preschool when we were 3 in Schenectady before my family moved away. I was in the AM class and Jeff was in the PM class. We never met then.

Ebru Ural, W’93, and Justin Sowers, Eng’93

A few then and now pics, you may notice a theme….I’d like to nominate Justin as most likely to arrive at the reunion wearing his (same) Penn 250th sweatshirt. We were introduced by mutual friends in the quad our sophomore year. We both graduated in ‘93, Justin from SEAS as a bioengineer and I from Wharton with concentrations in Marketing and  Multinational Management. After Penn, we both lived and worked in New York and were married in 2000 after earning our MBA’s. Justin and I have traveled near and far wearing our red and blue since 1993. Today we live in Central Florida with our two girls who are making the journey to the reunion to buy dad a new sweatshirt.

We are looking forward to seeing many dear friends and visiting campus as a family!

Editor: What is going on in the rollerblade photo?

Ebru: Just some shenanigans – for many years we used to rollerblade from the upper east side downtown to Battery Park City and I guess that day we got bored of skating side by side? Or we might assume that I was finding new ways to sweep Justin off his feet!
I remember one time he actually left his sweatshirt behind accidentally in a bed and breakfast in Cape May and they were nice enough to send it back!  Can you imagine our suspense since we had to take the train back to New York and call them from a landline in the days before cell phones to find out if it was still there.

Deb Brown, C’93, and Jef Pollock, C’93

How did Deb and I “meet” is a complicated question.  I met Deb when I first read her column in the Daily Pennsylvanian which she brilliantly titled, “See Ya in Church” which meant she, like me, was a Murph’s person.  We all know… there were Smoke’s people, and Murph’s people. And I was for sure all skylab all the time.  But I didn’t actually know her at all. But reading the title of the column, seeing her picture, and then reading the content of what she wrote, I knew I had to meet her.

I met her at some point through performing arts stuff, but we didn’t really connect. And then I saw her while working the Rolling Stone exhibit where I was serving coffee (I have no clue why I did that job), and exclaimed “Downtown Deborah Brown” which caused her to scurry away in fear.

But the real meeting was on her 21st birthday when I bought her a shot at the Palladium on Locust Walk.  That was the beginning of a long courtship that took 9 years, and a few cities (and countries) in between.  Best shot I ever bought.  And the rest is history.

Kerry Kennedy, C’93, and Brad Goldberg, C’93

Kerry Kennedy and Brad Goldberg were married July 26, 2002.

We met in September 1989 on our Freshman Hallway in Community House (Thomas Penn/McIlhenny). We were friends throughout Penn, and reunited in 1998 after Kerry attended Harvard Law School and Brad was living in Los Angeles working at Fox.

Around 8 years ago, we coincidentally met up with another double ‘93 Penn couple, Debbi and Brian Stern, while serving together on the Heart Committee for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and our girls now attend the same summer camp in Maine where we get to hang out every visiting day.

Editor’s note – you can read about Debbi and Brian in Part 1.

Jon Tretler, C’93, WG’97, and Lisa Brichta Tretler, C’94, G’99, WG’99

We met at a fraternity party in September 1990 – Lisa’s first week of freshman year (and not my fraternity either!)
Marriage Proposal – 1997.  I drove from New York City to Philadelphia on a brisk December day to pick Lisa up from Wharton for winter break where she was finishing the first semester of her MBA. Instead of a quick dinner and packing up the car, I cajoled her into a stroll down Locust Walk (for old times sake), and then I asked her to marry me right in front of the button (of course!). Rather than driving back to New York that night, I had a whole evening planned for us at the Four Seasons in Center City. The night included time to call our families with the news, champagne and strawberries in the room and a special dinner.
When we arrived at the room the key (yes, back when hotels had real keys) broke in the door. I couldn’t access the surprise of the champagne on ice and strawberries in the room waiting for us. While we waited, the hotel put us into another room, down the hall, where we could hear them drilling for the key and breaking down the door because the hotel management was so mortified by the thought that they ruined the actual proposal.
Fortunately for me, I had already actually proposed and Lisa had already said yes and so we had a long laugh at seeing the hotel staff scramble to fix what they thought was a marriage proposal gone awry.

Michelle (Cousins) Mott, C’93, NU’98, GNU’99 and Ako Mott, W’93

How did you meet?

During Pre-Fresh. I was cutting a friend’s hair when she and her friends stopped by. We got to talking, and twenty-nine years later we still are.

Story about us?

That we were so close that the football crew used to call us “I-Chelle”.

Stacey (Bucholtz) Leibowitz, C’93, RES’00, and David Leibowitz, C’93, L’00

Near the end of our sophomore year, we were both eating dinner one night at Hillel and a common friend of both of ours, Justin Sambol was there as well. He introduced us, and the three of us had dinner together. I had a feeling about David and kept my eye out for him, but soon it was the end of the year. Summer arrived and we went our separate ways.
On the first day of junior year, in September 1991, we bumped into each other on Locust Walk and I accompanied him to the bookstore. We were both history majors and I convinced him to take a European diplomatic history course with Prof McDougall that I was taking. We started spending more and more time together and within about 3 weeks we were an item. We have been together ever since! He likes to claim that he got a better grade than me in that class (but we all know that is not true.)
After college graduation, he went to London for 3 years and I went to Baltimore. We did the long-distance relationship thing until his return in the Spring of 1996. At Homecoming, November 4, 1995, David flew in from London and surprised me. He proposed to me, down on one knee, in front of College Hall, and we were married in September 1996.

Love these Penn Love stories? Read Part 1! And stay tuned for Part 3!

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of February 9 – 10, 2018, marked 13 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

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

  • 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!
  • 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 for Alumni Weekend NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels near by. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Penn 1993 Love Connections – Part 1

Since it’s Valentine’s Day this week, we asked our Penn 1993 classmates if they met their spouse at Penn. Many classmates responded with the story of how they met, if they met at Penn, and if they both graduated in 1993. We will be sharing these stories over a few posts. Here is the first installment of Penn Couples from the Class of 1993!
Stories included here:
  • Michelle Allen Souder, W’93, and David Souder, W’93
  • Amy Raslevich, W’93, and Jeffrey Kelly, W’93
  • Stephanie Newman Cohen, C’93, W’93, and Matthew Cohen, Eng’93, W’93, WG’98
  • Stephanie (Bell) Loller, C’93, and Bill Loller, W’93
  • Danny Boockvar, C’93, L’96, and Laurie (Mayer) Boockvar, C’92
  • Niko Phillips-Dias, C’93, and Martin Dias, W’93
  • Marty Chazin, C’93, and Stacey (Wolfe) Chazin, C’94, W’94
  • Sharon Toback Slotkin, C’93, and David Slotkin, W’92
  • Alice Lai Platt, C’93, and Mark Platt, C’91
  • Debbi (Stoll) Stern, C’93, and Brian Stern, C’93
  • Elaine Divelbliss, C’93, L’98, and Steve Livenson, C’93
  • Nicole (Weaver) Marshall, C’93, and Stephen Marshall, C’93

Michele Allen Souder, W’93, and David Souder, W’93

David and I met junior year. I was pledging Delta Sigma Pi (professional business fraternity) and he was already in it. He was actually abroad the first semester, but I had to write him a letter as a pledge. We became friends when he got back and hung out a lot during that summer that we both stayed in Philadelphia. We started dating senior year. We both graduated from Wharton/Penn in 1993. We were together for three years, broke up for two, then got back together when we were both living in NYC and got married in March, 2000. This year we will celebrate our 18th anniversary!
Here is a picture of us from graduation and also one from our son’s bar mitzvah this past September of the whole family (Alison who will turn 16 at our reunion, Josh-13, and Andrew-10). We live in Glastonbury, CT. David is Associate Dean at the University of Connecticut School of Business and I am Senior Vice President, Agency Services at Trendline Interactive.

Amy Raslevich, W’93, and Jeffrey Kelly, W’93

How we met: Dorothea Schlosser and Tom Kopczynski introduced us sophomore year (they are also married 1993 classmates), although we had our first class together and didn’t know one another (Economics 101).

Stephanie Newman Cohen, C’93, W’93, and Matthew Cohen, Eng’93, W’93, WG’98

We married May 1994 after meeting in September 1989. We met at Stouffer dining hall. His fraternity brother introduced us because his band was looking for a female singer and I sang. I remember being so nervous to meet him, as if he was some music executive or something.  We went on our first date that October and have been together ever since. We have three kids ages 17, 15, and 11, two boys and a girl.

Stephanie (Bell) Loller, C’93, and Bill Loller, W’93

We are a Penn couple! We met Freshman year but did not start dating till Sophomore year. My volleyball teammate and his Fraternity brother were dating, and that’s how we met. The four of us were having dinner at the Food Court on Walnut Street. The other couple didn’t work out, but we did, and we are all still friends. The photo of us at Penn was our first Fraternity “Formal” (Alpha Chi Rho, April 19, 1991- I know that from the date stamp on the photo!) taken in my High Rise East room. We were married a year after graduation (1994) and have two girls, now ages 13 and 2 1/2 (yeah, we know, big age gap, and yes, the little one was planned!).

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Stephanie and Bill Loller then and now photos

Danny Boockvar, C’93, L’96, and Laurie (Mayer) Boockvar, C’92

Met in Cancun 1990 on spring break and dated all through Penn and Penn Law 1996.
Married 1997.

Editor: Don’t you have a, “we got engaged on Locust Walk story?”

Danny: Yes!! Proposed at statue of Ben Franklin on Locust Walk , the exact same spot I asked her out on first date seven years earlier.

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Danny Boockvar and Laurie (Mayer) Boockvar after their engagement on Locust Walk

Niko Phillips-Dias, C’93, and Martin Dias, W’93

Martin and I met in the summer of 1989 at a Pre-College class to introduce students of color to the African America Studies program.  The week-long program started in July of our freshman year. There was a book assigned to the participants with a paper to write during the program. I did not do my job as a future college student. I didn’t finish the book. But, Martin had not only read the book but took copious notes on the book. To make up for my lack of preparation, I, along with another participant, asked Martin for his notes. Martin was quite gracious to share but he had a mischievous side to him too. I can’t recall what was requested in exchange for the notes but that experience left an impression on me.

During freshman year, Martin and I had mutual friends so we socialized in similar circles. I lived in the Upper Quad, and he in W.E.B. Dubois House-the social center of Black student life. I hung out often at Dubois House, so it was common for me to get chaperoned to my dorm by friends. Martin was one. He was big on not letting me walk the campus alone late at night. He was a gentleman, and that was nice. All this time we were friends. It was not until a spring formal in 1990 sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi that we had a real date. We were set up to ask each other to the formal because his roommate was dating my close friend and they wanted us to double date for the formal. That was the beginning of our relationship becoming a thing more than friendship. That was close to 28 years ago. Wow, time flies.

 

Marty Chazin, C’93, and Stacey (Wolfe) Chazin, C’94, W’94

Stacey and I met in PSCI 152 through a mutual friend in September 1990, a few weeks into Stacey’s freshman year. We didn’t start dating, though, until January 1992.  No looking back since!

Sharon Toback Slotkin, C’93, and David Slotkin, W’92

David and I met in April 1989. I was visiting Penn after being accepted, and David was a freshman. I had come to visit Penn with David’s cousin who I had gone on a teen tour with. We met Friday afternoon…and now almost 29 years later, 2 kids (one of whom will be starting Penn in the fall), we celebrated David’s 25th in 2017 and mine this year!

Picture at Spring Fling 1990 in front of the AEPi booth in the Quad.

Alice Lai Platt, C’93, and Mark Platt, C’91

We met at a Kappa Sig rush party; a rushee brought me as his date. Knowing us in college, I’m not sure anyone would’ve bet on us getting married. 

Editor: The photo on the left?

Alice: That’s the first photo of us ever. Parents weekend. I did not want to meet his parents so soon— we had only gone out a few times and weren’t serious. It helped that there was a group of his friends going with us. His parents took us all to Bocce. It was my first time having BBQ chicken pizza, and I loved it! And I guess I stuck it out with him, too. Ha!

Debbi (Stoll) Stern, C’93, and Brian Stern, C’93

Brian and I met during Spring Fling freshman year. We started dating and I started falling for him.  A few weeks later, I woke-up with a pit in my stomach. We have cousins in California named Stern! What if I’m dating my cousin?! I panicked and called my mom at 2:00 in the morning. I tried to act calm but it just blurted out… “Do we have a cousin named Brian in California?” Thankfully, no! I was relieved and fell back asleep. My mom still teases me about it to this day.

Brian’s Favorite Moment:  My favorite moment at Penn was meeting my best friend and wife. Debbi Stoll grew up to be the most beautiful woman in the world.

Debbi’s Favorite Moment:  Yeah, I liked meeting Brian, too.  I’m still waiting for him to grow up!

Elaine Divelbliss, C’93, L’98, and Steve Livenson, C’93

Elaine Divelbliss and Steve Libenson met at our very first Penn Homecoming in the fall of 1993. Steve was working at Monitor Company in Cambridge while I was working in Pittsburgh at PNC Bank and applying to law school. We met up with our Penn friends for the Homecoming game at Franklin Field and then all made our way to Smokes. During our senior year, Steve and I both lived in large houses off campus with many friends — all of whom knew each other quite well, except for the two of us. We never met. With everyone together at Homecoming, Steve and I found ourselves side-by-side in a booth at Smokes where we talked for hours about our many shared interests, especially our shared love of the Pittsburgh Steelers. In that booth and mostly because of the Steeler thing, Steve popped the question as kind of a joke: “Should I ask you to marry me now or should I meet your family first?”

He met my family a few months later, and we were engaged in June 1994. We were married in June 1995 in the Pittsburgh suburbs where I grew up surrounded by many Penn friends, who we count among our dearest friends to this day. We have lived in Boston, Princeton, the Upper West Side for many years, and most recently Ridgewood, NJ.  Steve is a partner in the strategy consulting practice at Rosetta/Sapient, and I’m the General Counsel of Virgin Mobile USA. We have three amazing and exhausting children, Daniel (15), Lindsey (13), and Claire (6).

In our spare time, we travel with our family to fulfill our autistic son Daniel’s dream of experiencing subways and other cool transportation around the world, explore all things theater, dance and arts with Lindsey, and do pretty much whatever Claire tells us (she’s fierce for a kindergartner) — and of course we travel to Pittsburgh during the season to raise our children in the Steeler tradition.

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Elaine Divelbliss and Steve Libenson with their children in Rome

Nicole (Weaver) Marshall, C’93, and Stephen Marshall, C’93

Our story was simple in origin but has most certainly grown to the extraordinary since the fateful moment we set eyes on each other at Penn. It was early our freshman year in October. Both Stephen and I lived in High Rise South. Stephen was on the Penn sailing team with my freshman roommate. One day he came knocking on dorm room 911 looking not for a future life partner but for my roommate who was on the sailing team with him.

Stephen: I was caught of guard when Nicole answered the door. I said to myself, she is so beautiful, just do what you came for and don’t make a fool out of yourself. You will know what to do next time you see her.

Nicole:  I was struck by how handsome Stephen was. There were definitely sparks flying!

Our first date was a double date with  Penn friends to a movie and Boathouse Bar at The Rittenhouse Hotel. Afterwards, our friends went home and we strolled through Rittenhouse Square together where we would later picnic regularly with our children. I vividly remember the walk through the Square as well as our first date alone at The White Dog Cafe. Stephen and I dated all four years and both graduated in 1993, celebrating jointly with our families.

We married in 1998 and have two gorgeous daughters, both sailors! We love taking our girls to Penn’s campus and enjoy living near Philadelphia so we can take advantage of being part of the Penn community. Stephen and I will be married 20 years this May and every year we are more and more grateful that he knocked on my door that day.

Stephen:  I should add that my parents met at Penn as well.  We are trying not to burden our daughters with the responsibility of both getting into Penn and meeting their soulmate here!

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of February 9 – 10, 2018, marked 13 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

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

  • 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!
  • 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 for Alumni Weekend NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels near by. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Applying to Penn Nursing? Read this first.

By Monica Muzzi, Nu’93

I’m in the process of interviewing applicants for Penn Nursing and, invariably, the question of my own experience at Penn Nursing is raised. In reply, I always use one word: tough. And it was. The curriculum was rigorous and the clinicals were long. By junior year, we were going into the hospital twice a week from 7 am to 3 pm, every college student’s nightmare. Most of my roommates’ classes didn’t start until 10:30 and they had, maybe, 2 classes a day. At times, when I was tired from studying the previous night, but had to be to the hospital for clinicals early the next morning, and expected to answer questions intelligently, I wondered why I was choosing this profession. I would prepare extensively for these clinicals, not wanting to embarrass myself or disappoint my preceptor or professor only to have some question my choice to ‘limit myself’ to nursing. I can’t count the number of times I was asked, “you seem so smart, why not go on to become a doctor,” as if nursing is just a segue or pause before moving onto medical school and not its own unique field. Also, as you can imagine, the early morning clinicals curbed or precluded some fun, well, ‘college experiences’ the night before. I think the first medication that I learned about in nursing school was Pepto Bismol.  But I made it through and even went back for my Master’s.

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Photo from The Compass shows Monica Muzzi as a nursing student.

Now, twenty years later, I am still a nurse (I did not ‘go on’ to become a doctor). I’ve worked in clinical care, as a manager, an educator and am an entrepreneur. In every job, I’m asked where I get my drive, grit, and passion for patient care and nursing education. And, I think back to the tough times at Penn, that instilled resilience in us. I greatly appreciate the caliber of the faculty and staff and how they taught us, through their own actions, that we could accomplish anything. Meeting and exceeding potential was expected. Empowering others (both patients and colleagues) wasn’t just suggested, it was implied as a necessary component of a nurse leader. And we are all leaders in our own way, no matter our path, no matter our position or earnings. Telling an infertility patient that she is pregnant is as meaningful and inspiring to me now as it was 20 years ago. If I had to pick five words to describe the essence of me, who I am, what I believe in, one of these words would be Nurse. Without a doubt or hesitation. This I also relate to the high school applicants. How many can say the same? #grateful.

Penn Nursing 1993 graduates

Angela Sabatino Collingwood, Truc Vo and Monica Muzzi, all Nursing ’93, line up for Penn Commencement in May 1993

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of December 15 – 16, 2017, marked 21 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

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

  • 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!
  • 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 for Alumni Weekend NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels near by. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Bulkpacks and History Classes

By Rob Williams, C’93

Penn History bulkpack from Prof. Childers' class

History 2 bulkpack from Campus Copy Center, photo courtesy of Rob Williams, C’93

Ah, bulkpacks — because we didn’t have Blackboard or Canvas, Google, or on-line library resources to easily connect us on-line to thousands of e-book and journal articles!  I can’t say I miss the grainy, poorly copied, sometimes off-center, and often hard to read copied-for-the-millionth-time pages.  As a former adjunct at American University teaching graduating seniors and now as an adjunct associate professor with Georgetown University’s MSFS program, most students today have easy access to materials that will not make you prematurely put you in reading glasses or add 15 pounds to a backpack.  I have to say, I am fairly certain none of them have ever thumbed through a card catalogue and wandered the stacks looking for books.  But, maybe, that experience represents our good-ole-days.

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Table of Contents for Prof. Childers’ History 2 Bulkpack. Photo courtesy of Rob Williams, C’93

As for Professor Childers’ history course, it started me down a path I did not fully appreciate at the time–into a career protecting the United States and its position in the world.  Combined with Professor Walter McDougall‘s courses in Diplomatic History, Professor Daniel Deudney‘s course in International Relations Theory, and Professor Thomas Naff‘s courses on the Middle East, they opened doors into different worlds, contextualized our present, and sketched for us an arc of history while equipping us with ways to critically think about the world system, which is our heritage.  They helped us to better understand a world that is ours to care for, or not.  To learn from humanity’s collective historical mistakes.  To properly frame the present.  To do better for the future.  Indeed, Childers and MacDougall offered us insights into the importance of Allies and Alliances, balancing other countries that challenge the world order, and managing well internal stresses as countries rapidly change while being shaped by technological developments. Lessons we would be foolish to ignore today.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of December 8 – 9, 2017, marked 22 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

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

  • 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!
  • 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 for Alumni Weekend NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels near by. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Class of 1993 – Photos from Yesterday

Editor’s note – We asked classmates to share photos from when we were students at Penn. Classmates sent us photos and shared their memories.
By Jennifer Jarett, C’93
SDT sorority Masquerade Ball April 1991 at Penn

Jill Varon, Leslie Sacks (’92), Jonny Segal, Adam Bernstein, Jen Hendler, Byron Stier, Mike Mishkin, Lauren Stein at the SDT Masquerade Ball, April 1991

What I can say is that none of those photos feels like they took place yesterday—they all feel like they took place about ten years ago. I still see many of the lovely faces in them, and none of them look like they are even ten years older. I never took physics, so I can’t provide the quantum mechanics vs. general relativity explanation of how this works.
Sigma Delta Tau Spring Formal 1993 at Penn

SDT Spring Formal, April 1993, photo courtesy of Jennifer Jarett. Deb Jaffe, Allison Bieber McKibben, Ruth Center. Next row: Alyssa Mendelsohn, Amy Eisenberg Boyers, Jill Lavine, Laurie Bieber, Lauren Stein, Jaci Israel Leit, Deb Zarnow, Tara Wortman Gabbai, Jennifer Jarett. Next row: Jennifer Eisenberg Bernstein, Lori Bean Geisinger, Marni Goldman Altman, Melissa Rogal, Gabbi Gould, Julie Steinberg Rubinstein, Jen Hendler. Bottom row: Allison Feder Fleigler, Rachel Cohen, Suzy Q. Schlensky Aronoff, Jill Buchwald Rothstein, Stacey Graff Kaufman, Erin Ziegler Schoor, Heather Caslow Pavell, Jill Varon, Jami Brodey, Joanna Fein.

I guess I never wanted to be weighed down by the responsibility of carrying around a bulky camera, so absolutely one of the best things about being in a sorority was the ability to buy photos from various events. If not for that, I would have little proof that I ever socialized in college. Well, there were certainly clues in my first semester report card, but that doesn’t bring back fond memories like these photos.
Do you have photos from Penn? We would love to share them in a future post. Email us upenn1993 [at] gmail.com.

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of December 1 -2, 2017, marked 23 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button! Our 24 Week countdown post was published in November for Giving Day. You can read it here.

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

  • 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!
  • 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 for Alumni Weekend NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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Penn vs. Cornell Football 1992

By Eli Faskha, ENG’93, W’93

Editor’s note: In addition to the academic papers Eli shared with us a few posts ago, he also sent photos and sports ticket stubs.

Billy Goldstein, Eng’93, and I drove to Ithaca to visit a friend that was hosting a party, but we were there for the Penn-Cornell game. I remember the crowd was smallish, and the 50-or-so Penn fans made a lot more noise than the home fans. After the half, the third quarter started late because the field was full of drunk Cornell students and they had to be escorted off the field!

Penn defeated Cornell 14 – 7 to end the season with a 5 -2 Ivy and 7 -3 overall record.

Penn Football vs Cornell 1992 Ivy League Football

Ticket stub from the Penn vs. Cornell Football game at Cornell on November 21, 1992. Photo by Eli Faskha, ENG’93, W’93

Here’s the article from The Daily Pennsylvanian before the game.

The DP Penn vs. Cornell Football 1992

Back page of The Daily Pennsylvanian discussing the upcoming Penn vs. Cornell football game, Nov. 20, 1992

The Daily Pennsylvanian Penn Football 1992

The Daily Pennsylvanian, Nov. 20, 1992 page 9

The DP articles from the Monday after the game.

The Daily Pennsylvanian Penn Football 1992

Back page of the DP on November 23, 1992

The Daily Pennsylvanian Penn Football 1992

Page 9 of the DP on November 23, 1992

Penn Class of 1993 25th Reunion Countdown

The weekend of November 17 – 18, 2017, marked 25 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 14, 2018)! Meet us at the Button!

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

 

  • 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!
  • 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 FOR ALUMNI WEEKEND NOW!

The Marriott Downtown (where we had a Penn 1993 and a Penn Alumni room block) is sold out for Alumni Weekend. There are alternative hotels. We recommend booking ASAP! Please see our class website for additional details.

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