Director of New Grad Center
Anita Mastroieni has been appointed Director of the new Graduate Student Center, which opens in September; it is the culmination of more than a year's planning by the graduate student leadership and administration. Kyle Farley, former president of GAPSA, and Eric Eisenstein, former president of GSAC, were instrumental in articulating the need and vision for a center to serve as a hub for graduate and professional student life. Fact-finding visits to peer institutions, sponsored by the VPUL, were followed by on-campus visits by the directors of graduate student centers from Harvard and Cornell.
During the past year, 3615 Locust Walk has been renovated and will house the new Center on the first and second floors. In January, a selection committee which included faculty, graduate students, and administrators, was appointed by Deputy Provost Peter Conn. "We had an unusually large pool of qualified and talented applicants. The committee is extremely pleased that Anita Mastroieni will be our first director of the new Graduate Student Center," said Dr. Dwight Jaggard, chair of the committee.
Ms. Mastroieni has worked at Penn for seven years. She is now the associate director for the Global Alumni Network in Development and Alumni Relations. Prior to that, she was associate director of programs and events for SAS. She received a master's degree from CGS in 1999.
"This first year will set the tone for the new Graduate Student Center," said Dr. Conn. "Anita brings wide experience in outreach and programming, and has in-depth knowledge of the culture of this campus. It promises to be an exciting year, with Anita at the helm."
President Rodin said, "I am grateful to the members of GAPSA, GSAC, the faculty, and the administration who did such a thorough search to find the first director of the new Graduate Student Center. Like the graduate students, themselves, I am very excited about the opening of the Center, and look forward to joining graduate and professional students at social and intellectual events."
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 1, July 17, 2001