The Gift of Involvement

Can't find that special gift in stores or online? Want to give something different this holiday season?

Here are some ways to give friends and family opportunities to experience Penn, like...

. . . Anthropology/Archaeology: Those who treasure the past will be delighted with a full year's membership in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. They will enjoy free admission, Museum Shop discounts, and Expedition Magazine; and they will be kept up-to-date about the latest discoveries from the Museum's worldwide fieldwork and research. The gift membership will be mailed. Individual membership is $45, dual membership $55, and household $65. Information: (215) 898-5093 or

. . . Art: Members of the Institute of Contemporary Art receive free admission to the exhibitions, lectures and programs, invitations to preview opening receptions and the annual benefit, a calendar listing lectures, programs, tours, and special events, 20% discounts on ICA catalogue purchases, and use of the ICA library by appointment. Students, artists, senior citizens, Penn faculty and staff $20; individuals $40; dual/family $65; other membership categories from $100 to $1,000, with additional membership bonuses for each. Information: (215) 898-4980.
   Generations of Tradition, a lithograph of the University campus by Jane Wooster Scott, is available at four different prices depending on the edition: $150, $200, $400, $1,000. Profits benefit the Shoemaker Fund for Women's Athletics. Information: (215) 898-6123.

 . . . Books: Members of Friends of the Library are invited to a variety of special events and receive a newsletter. Membership fees: regular $40, sponsor $100, patron $250, benefactor $500, Red and Blue Society $1,000, Benjamin Franklin Society $2,500. Information: (800)-390-1829 or

Annual membership of the Penn Press Associates is available at $100 and $500 levels. Members get to meet authors and publishing professionals, attend publication events, and receive free books and special offers. Information: (215) 898-6263 or

. . . Readings: Members of Friends of the Kelly Writers House help sustain the Writers House's seminars, readings and webcasts. Friends will be acknowledged in the Summer 2001 Writers House Annual and online at www.english. Membership fees: $40, $100, $250, $500, and William Carlos Williams Circle $1,000. Information: (215) 573-WRIT.

. . . Performances: International Music Series The International House presents concerts featuring music from around the world each month through April. Shows include Armenian folk music, Latin jazz, Irish, Scottish and Gypsy music, R&B and Doo Wop. To subscribe: (215) 569-9700.

Penn Presents will stage 19 shows including music, dance and theatre from now through May. Two shows are scheduled for December: Philadanco's world premiere of "Xmas Philes" (see update) from December 7-9, and Pinchas Zukerman's holiday recital on December 9. To subscribe: (215) 898-3900.

. . . Films: International House's Neighborhood Film/Video Project sells discount passes for its screenings, $20 for four shows. Information: (215) 895-6542.

. . . Flora: Members of the Morris Arboretum, Penn-sylvania's official arboretum, receive free admission, 15% course discounts, the quarterly newsletter, plant sale benefits, access to the Reciprocal Admissions Program, gift shop discounts, and invitations to events and lectures. Membership fees are: Regular $50, Franklinia $75, Chestnut $150, Holly $250, Oak $500, and Laurel $1,000. Membership form is available online for printout at

For your favorite rose-lover, give a copy of Gardening with Roses ($29.95) by Judith McKeon. Or, for someone who wants to know about all the local flora: The Vascular Flora of Pennsylvania: Annotated Checklist and Atlas ($50) by the Arboretum's director of botany Dr. Ann Rhoads and Dr. William McKinley Klein, Jr. All are available by calling the Morris Arboretum Gift Shop at (215) 247-5777.

. . . Food: Dining Service offers 10- and 25-meal coupons for convenient meals on campus. The 10-lunch coupons are $75.20 and can also be used for breakfast. The 25-meal coupons are $125 for breakfast, $188 for lunch, and $275 for dinner. Information: (215) 898-7585.

The Faculty Club offers faculty and staff in their first year at the University a year of membership free; you could make a deposit into a declining balance account for the member to enjoy meals at the Club's Buffet or Hourglass a la carte Dining Room. Gift certificates for membership and dining are also available. Information: (215) 898-4618 or

. . .Hebrew: Hillel Foundation offers a University of Penn tee-shirt with the name of the institution in Hebrew, $15. The Penn Hillel shiron (songbook) is also available for $8. Information: (215) 898-7391.

. . . Sports and Fitness: The Class of 1923 Ice Rink offers a discount book of 10 admission passes to any public skating session for $40 with a PENNCard or $50 for the public. Why not stuff a stocking with skating lessons? Six weeks of group lessons, beginning January 7, are available for ages 6 through adult in a variety of skill levels. The registration deadline is January 3. Cost $75. Information: (215) 898-1923.

Levy Tennis Pavilion memberships are $15 students and spouses, $25 faculty, staff and spouses, $40 alumni, $75 public, $30 senior citizens, guest fee $5; valid through August 2001. Information: (215) 898-4741.

The Katz Fitness Center in Gimbel Gym, along with the Penn Fitness Center in Hutchinson, with a variety of weight training and aerobic equipment is the perfect gift for those who have made a New Year's resolution to get in shape and exercise. Membership for the spring semester is $50 for students, $80 for faculty, staff and affiliates, and $100 for alumni and community members. Information: (215) 898-8383.

The Men's Basketball Club offers various gift levels from $25 to $1,000 with benefits that increase with the level. Benefits include invitation to Club receptions, Hoopenings, media guide, Club memento, and preferred seating assignments. Information: (215) 898-4717.

. . . World Culture: International House members receive reduced admission to most International House programs, the International House Newsletter and Calendar with advance notice of upcoming programs and Members Only events, exhibits, lectures, and the chance to meet with graduate students and visitors from over fifty countries studying at Philadelphia universities who live at International House. Student Member $25, Individual Member $30, Family Member $50, Contributing Member $100, Sustaining Member $250, World Member $500, International Member $1,000 or more.


Operation Santa still needs some thoughtful elves to provide gifts for both the youngsters and senior citizens who will be coming campus for the annual party. If you would like to donate a gift, please wrap it and place a labelon the outside marked with the name of the item, whether for a man or woman, gil or boy and the size, if relevant.

Please bring all gifts to Yvonne Giorgio in Suite 212 Franklin Building, no later than Monday, December 11.

Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 14, December 5, 2000