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Snow at Penn (73 Weeks To Go)

By Kiera Reilly, C’93

We continue our #93tothe25th countdown by marking 73 weeks until our 25th reunion.

When I started my freshman year at Penn, I hoped that there would be snow while I was on campus. I was born in New Jersey, but while I was in middle school, my dad was transferred to Houston, Texas. I was missing snow, and I looked forward to seeing some at Penn.

Luckily, in early December of 1989, it snowed! The snow was not very deep, but there was enough to cover campus and make everything look pretty.

The date on the back of my photos is December 9, 1989. Do you have a favorite snow-day memory from Penn?

Upper Quad at the University of Pennsylvania in the snow, December, 1989

Upper Quad in the snow and sun

Lower Quad at the University of Pennsylvania in the snow, December, 1989

From Upper Quad looking down into Lower Quad

Furness Building at Penn in the snow, December, 1989

The Furness Building (now known as Fisher Fine Arts Library)

College Green at Penn in the snow, December, 1989

College Green in the snow

Penn Class of 1993 Reunion Countdown

December 16-17, 2016 marked 73 weeks until the 25th Reunion of the Penn Class of 1993 (May 11 – 13, 2018)! 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!
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  • Classmates are invited to join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

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It’s Cold Outside!

By Kiera Reilly, C’93  @kierareilly

I work in Penn’s Los Angeles office, and I always enjoy returning to campus for some seasonal weather. When I was back on campus the last week in February for campus meetings and the annual Penn Alumni board retreat, I was treated to a real winter blast.

I left this in Los Angeles….

Sunny and warm in California (Manhattan Beach, CA)

Sunny and warm in California (Manhattan Beach, CA)

And arrived for a week of cold weather and some snow!

Snow falling as seen from my temporary office in the Sweeten Alumni House

Snow falling as seen from my temporary office in the Sweeten Alumni House

My Sweeten House colleagues were less than excited to see more snow given the harsh winter this year, but I couldn’t have been more thrilled. I even enjoyed bundling up in all my winter clothes that I never get to wear in Los Angeles, especially on Friday, when the temperatures were in the teens.

Cold temperatures!

Cold temperatures!

Bundled up in a sweater, a down jacket, a hat, a scarf and gloves! Brrr!

Bundled up in a sweater, a down jacket, a hat, a scarf and gloves! Brrr!

College Green looking magical in the snow.

College Green looking magical in the snow.

The next time I’m on campus, for Alumni Weekend, campus will be lush and green and in bloom for spring.


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It’s an 898-MELT Day

Did You Know…that Penn closed at 2 pm yesterday and is closed today due to inclement weather (snow)? Many of you may remember calling the Penn weather line as a student to see if school was closed. If you’d like to listen to the official announcement, just like you did as a student, you can call (215) – 898 – MELT.

It was nice to see Mayor Michael Nutter, W’79, wearing a Penn baseball cap as he declared a snow emergency for the City of Philadelphia.

A colleague wrote about 898-MELT during Penn’s most recent snow day on January 3rd. You can read that here.

Since campus is closed, I’m not seeing many pictures posted of the snow, but The DP has one, and there’s a few on Penn’s Instagram account. I’m sure we’ll see many pretty photos of campus once everyone returns (hopefully tomorrow).

Posted by Kiera Reilly, C’93  @KieraReilly – from the warmth of Penn’s Western Regional Office in Los Angeles.

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Snow at Penn

Author: Kiera Reilly, C’93

I work for Penn, but I am based in our western regional office in Los Angeles. For the past few years, I’ve returned to campus in February for the Penn Alumni board and Global Alumni Network retreats. Last year, I flew in from Seattle after a Penn event there the night before, and our flight was delayed due to snow in Philadelphia. My colleagues flying with me were not thrilled, nor was everyone back at Penn, as about a week or so prior there was a huge snowstorm. Snow was still around making everyone miserable, and no one wanted any more.

But for me, I couldn’t have been happier. I love the winter and snow. I was born in New Jersey but moved to Texas when I was 12. When I decided to attend Penn for college, I looked forward to beautiful snow falling on the campus. Sadly, during my four years on campus, we barely had any snowfall. My senior year, as everyone was returning from Spring Break, we finally got some serious snow – enough to cancel flights and delay everyone’s return to campus.

So, when I was on campus two weekends ago, I was thrilled to be in a session with our Global Alumni Network volunteers in Huntsman Hall and see snow falling outside. It wasn’t sticking to the ground though, but it made me smile. Later that night, as I exited the Palestra after watching the Men’s Basketball team eke out a victory over Dartmouth, it was snowing again. I was with Melissa Wu, C’98, of PennClubLA,  and Beth Topor, W’80, of the Penn Club of Northern California. How fitting that three California Penn grads walked out to windy snow…and then desperately tried to find an available cab.

I didn’t get any pictures of that snow, since it was night, but I share with you below some photos from March 2009 that I took. Everything is so pretty when covered with snow!

Locust Walk in front of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

College Green (not looking so green...)


Furness Fine Arts Library


Ben Franklin Statue in front of College Hall


Shops on Sansom Street, including the now closed Black Cat


Birds chirping near the food trucks behind Meyerson Hall


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