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The Gift of Involvement

Want to 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

. . . 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 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.

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 or

. . . 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.

Annual 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

. . . 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 or

. . . 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: (215) 895-6545.

Penn 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:

. . . Flora: Members 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 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 Market gift certificates in the amount of $10 are available for purchase at any Houston Market cashier station.

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 are $30, a Club mug is $5, certificates for dining are also available. Information: (215) 898-4618 or

. . . 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.

Levy 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.

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. Individual Member $40, Household Member $60, Contributing Member $100, Sustaining Member $250, World Member $500, International Member $1,000. Call (215) 895-6531.

Operation Santa Claus

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 17.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 15, December 11, 2001


December 11, 2001
Volume 48 Number 15

More SAS endowed chairs: Dr. Randall Wright, is appointed to the Ronald Lauder Endowed Term Chair, and Dr. Richard Schultz is the Patricia Williams Term Chair.

Provost Robert Barchi and Executive Vice President John Fry will be part of an Open Form for the University's Strategic Plan on January 15.

Dr. Helen O. Dickens, a pioneer in women's health has died at the age of 92.
UPHS Bond rate has been revised to stable by Moody's Investors Service
Ben Financials begins its countdown to launching of new services on January 2.

Women of Color Scholars Awards applications are due on January 21

Penn Press has a collection of books just right for the holiday gift giving season. If you prefer there are Gifts of Involvement or ideas in the neighborhood from the Holiday Shopping Guide.
During the holidays, there are simple Safety Tips to keep in mind while you work and shop.
As always volunteer opportunities abound available throughout the community.
Researchers receive $1.26 million to study microfluidic systems; Penn has received $2.84 million to improve reliability of computers; the Center on Adult Literacy has received $2.4 million for technology; are part of Research Roundup in this issue.