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The Graduate and Professional Student Welcome Reception was held at the Annenberg Center on September 6, 2001.


Photographs by Marguerite Miller

The new Graduate Student Center at 3615 Locust Walk (above) includes a lounge (below), a computer lab, and meeting and event space equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual and presentation equipment. The Center will host programs designed by graduate fellows for graduate students.

Opportunites to
Engage or Disengage and Enjoy

by President Judith Rodin

To all of you who are new to Penn, welcome!

To those of you who received your undergraduate education here, welcome back!

It is great to see all of you. Here. Now.

As we raise our glasses this afternoon, toasting your past and future successes…

Or in the new graduate student center on Locust Walk--just outside this building--where you will have opportunities to engage in discussions with students from other disciplines…or to disengage from academic rigors to enjoy a cup of coffee or a fun movie.

The Graduate Center is for you.

And with its new director, Anita Mastroieni, you will have the opportunity to help create the kind of programming you want all year long.

Of course the Graduate Student Center is just one of many opportunities you will have as a member of the Penn Community.

Let me take a few minutes to mention just five:

First, academic inquiry.

A graduate or professional education grants you both the time and the resources for academic inquiry. I hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities this period provides for high-level analysis, expert training, and intellectual growth.

Second, institutional history.

Penn is America's first university, and claims the first medical school, the first business school, and the first hospital in the United States. You have at your disposal the collective knowledge of the 261-year history of this University: the expertise of our world-class faculty; and the inspiration of Penn's museums, libraries, and many other centers of learning.

Third, the scholarly legacy.

You have the opportunity to contribute to the body of knowledge in your fields, and some of you will also teach the brightest young minds in the world.

Fourth, urban enrichment.

You are studying in this dynamic city -- the birthplace of our nation -- which today is a mecca of education and health care; home to some of the most innovative architects and planners in the world; and a center of communications, business, technology, culture, and the arts.

And fifth, an illustrious group of alumni that you will be joining.

My undergraduate years at Penn were wonderful. They led me to the field of psychology.

But it was during my graduate study that I began to develop my own research program. It was then that I became invested in my field, and truly began to explore its depth and breadth, and my place in it. I had a world of opportunity open to me, and I embraced it. I hope you will do the same.

Again, welcome to Penn. We are delighted to have you here.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 3, September 11, 2001


September 11, 2001
Volume 48 Number 3

Dr. Afaf Meleis--a prominent medical sociologist and specialist in women's health issues--will become the Dean of the School of Nursing in January.
Dr. Richard Gelles--a leading researcher in the study of family violence has been named Interim Dean of the School of Social Work.
Lucy Momjian is now Associate Vice President for Finance and Treasury Management.
Jack Shannon is named Associate Vice President in the Office of the Executive Vice President.
Dr. Battistini, director of Penn Health for Women, dies in a motor vehicle accident.
Convocation 2001: President Judith Rodin and Provost Robert Barchi welcome the Class of 2005.
Council Year-end Committee Reports: Admissions and Financial Aid as well as Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics are both on the agenda of this week's Council Meeting.
Penn moves up in the latest U.S. News rankings of the nation's best universities to its highest ever ranking.
A noisy night in the neighborhood prompted a Speaking Out letter and two responses.
Code Red Alert: Preventing a computer worm is possible with these steps.
The Models of Excellence program wants nominations to recognize staff achievements from the previous academic year.