The Gift of Involvement
give someone a sense of belonging? Want to give something different
this holiday season? Can't find that special gift in stores or online?
Here are some ways to give friends and family opportunities to experience
a Penn treasure, 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, invitations
to openings and other members-only events, 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,
household $65, sustaining $100, patron $250, and fellows $500. Information:
(215) 898-5093 or http://www.penn.museum/membership.html.
. . Art:
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 catalogues,
use of the ICA library, and discounts on selected Penn Presents
programs. Individuals $40; family $100; contributor $250, participating
$500, benefactor $1,000, with additional membership bonuses for
each. Information: (215) 898-4980.
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 $50, sponsor
$100, patron $250, benefactor $500, Red and Blue Society $1,000,
Benjamin Franklin Society $2,500. Information: (800)-390-1829.
membership of the Penn Press Associates is available at $100
and $500 levels. Members receive the book, Historic Houses of
Philadlephia, get a 50% discount off Penn Press books, are invited
to events to meet authors and publishing professionals. Information:
(215) 898-6263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
. . 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 Writers House Annual 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 folk music, Latin
jazz, Irish, Scottish and Gypsy music, R&B and Doo Wop. To subscribe:
Presents will stage numerous shows including music, dance and
theatre from now through May. To subscribe: (215) 898-3900.
. . Music: WXPN
88.5 FM, Penn's member-supported radio station offers several
membership choices for those who enjoy discovering emerging
artists and re-discovering some old favorites. For $60, the
music-lover gets an XPN card good for discounts at numerous
companies, and a Fall Music Sampler or CD of the week. For $75,
the recipient gets the card and a choice of Kids' Corner CD,
Live at the World Cafe Vol. #12 or World Cafe 10th Anniversary
T-Shirt. Information: www.xpn.org.
. . Flora:
of the Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania's official arboretum,
receive free admission, free bonus plant, orientation tour and reception,
10% 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 $125, Holly $250, Oak $500, and Laurel
$1,000. Membership form is available online for printout at www.upenn.edu/morris/member.html.
For your favorite gardener, the Arboretum Gift Shop has a full line
of "garden-inspired items including a tapestry tote, tapestry
pillow and coasters--all featuring a graceful swan at the Arboretum's
Love Temple. All are available by calling the Morris Arboretum Gift
Shop at (215) 247-5777.
. . Food: Houston
certificates in the amount of $10 are available for purchase at
any Houston Market cashier station.
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 are $30, a Club mug is
$5, certificates for dining are also available. Information:
(215) 898-4618 or email@example.com.
. . 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 $55 for the public. Why not stuff
a stocking with skating lessons? Six weeks of group lessons, beginning
week of January 1, are available for ages 6 through adult in a variety
of skill levels. The registration deadline is December 27. Cost
$85. Information: (215) 898-1923.
Tennis Pavilion memberships are $15 students and spouses, $25
faculty, staff and spouses, $40 alumni, $75 public, $35 senior citizens,
guest fee $5; valid through August 2001. Information: (215) 898-4741.
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:
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:
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. Individual Member $40, Household
Member $60, Contributing Member $100, Sustaining Member $250, World
Member $500, International Member $1,000. Call (215) 895-6531.
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 17.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 15, December 11, 2001
December 11, 2001
Volume 48 Number 15