Penn Traditions is taking Feb Club on the road to young alumni this February! Watch for an event co-sponsored by the local Penn Club in your city:

Chicago—Feb. 26
Los Angeles—Feb. 28
Miami—Feb. 7
New York—Feb. 7
Philadelphia—Feb. 12
San Francisco—Feb. 20

For more information and for additional events visit

Spending the winter in a different city?
Be sure to check for local Penn Alumni Club activities; it is a good way to connect with fellow alumni and find interesting activities in your winter home community.




Arizona. Annual Ben Franklin Birthday Bash set for Jan. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club of Phoenix (39 E. Monte Vista). Join us for appetizers and birthday cake for our annual celebration. The Super Bowl is in Arizona this year! So the club is hosting a “Super Bowl Spirit” Happy Hour a few days before the big game. Whether you’ll be in town for the Super Bowl, or you’re a local, a winter visitor, or any other kind of visitor, join us to mingle with alumni of all ages from across the country, and perhaps the world, on Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m. at Half Moon Sports Grill (2121 E. Highland Ave, Phoenix, one block south of Camelback Road). This event is free to attend: we will provide complimentary appetizers, and there will be happy-hour drink specials!!! RSVP by emailing Join alumnus and docent Mark Sendrow L’69 as he leads us on a tour of the Phoenix Art Museum (1625 N. Central Ave.), followed by a dessert reception in the Arcadia Farms Museum Café on Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. This tour will showcase art from the 17th to the 21st centuries and the spectacular new additions to the museum. Tickets for this exciting afternoon of culture and cuisine are only $25 for club members and $35 for non-members; this includes admission to the museum and the dessert reception. To register for any or all of these events, visit

Chicago. Calling all young alumni: Feb Club is coming to Chicago on Feb. 26 at Mad River (2909 Sheffield). For more info, visit our new website

Los Angeles. Please visit for the most up-to-date information about these events: Jan. 17, Ben Franklin Happy Hour in Downtown; Jan. 29, open PennClubLA board meeting; Feb. 2, Chinese New Year Dim Sum brunch; Feb. 28, Feb Club event—Quizzo!. Want to get involved? Join us for our meeting on Jan. 29 or contact Melissa Wu C’98 at

Miami. The next cultural event for alumni here is on Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. It is Symphony with a Splash: the New World Symphony will play one hour of music, followed by a happy hour. Email for more info.

Metro New Jersey. Cheer on Penn as we take on Columbia in men’s basketball at Columbia on Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.; gather with fellow alumni for a post-game get together. On Feb. 27, the club will partner with the Wharton Club of New Jersey to welcome Prof G. Richard Shell as he discusses “The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas.” Cocktails and networking begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. For details and to register, visit A wine-tasting, back by popular demand, will take place on March 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Bergen County. For more information about these and other programs, contact club president Renie Carniol CW’75 WG’76 at

New York. We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new website We would like to thank our very first sponsor, Mindy Diane Feldman C’77 G’87 WG’87, senior vice president at Halstead Property, LLC, and that firm, for committing to support PennNYC through their financial generosity. Peruse our new website and you’ll see we have got a busy start to the new year: there’s the annual all-members meeting on Jan. 22; Ben’s Birthday Bash, with the Glee Club, on Jan. 25; the “Penn Traditions Quizzo” Feb Club event on Feb. 7, a formal dinner discussion with Eric Kaplan, interim dean of admissions, on Feb. 11; and the annual Selective College Admissions panel (also co-hosted with the Penn Club of New York) on March 4. (The Penn Club of New York will co-host the two latter events.) If you’re already signed up for the listserv, you’ll still receive monthly newsletters and regular announcements. If you’re not, sign up on the website. To volunteer, please contact Dale Kramer Cohen W’76, president of PennNYC, at

Northern California. Don’t miss our Ben Franklin Birthday celebration on Thursday, Jan. 17. This annual tradition is always well attended and a great start to a year of great events. February will start off in high gear as President Amy Gutmann brings the Penn Campaign celebration to San Francisco on Feb. 6. For our basketball fans, join us as the Warriors take on the 76ers on Feb. 29. Which team will you be rooting for? For more basketball, come view Penn v. Yale on Feb. 16 and Penn v. Princeton on March 11, both televised on ESPN. We know which of these teams you will be cheering on! For more Penn and a chance to test your trivia knowledge, come compete at the Penn Quizzo event on Feb. 20. For information on all our events, visit our website and register to receive email invitations:

Portland. Ore. Club members will celebrate Ben’s 302nd birthday on Jan. 17, the actual date: time, location will be on our website. Feb. 15, a few days before the Academy Awards and smack in the middle of the Portland International Film Festival, Shawn Levy C’82, film critic of The Oregonian, will lead, and we hope dominate, a lively luncheon discussion of the world of film. The  annual Spring Happy Hour will celebrate the coming of spring on March 20, some 19 hours after the vernal equinox. At our April 10 luncheon, Juliana Montgomery (daughter of Michael Montgomery G’92) will discuss and show a preview of her new documentary, Shocked by She, which explores feminism and women in Czech visual culture beginning with the Czech New Wave film era in the 1960s. As always, please verify all times and locations in our email newsletters and at

Syracuse. Celebrates Ben’s Birthday with a party on Jan. 17 at Julie’s Place in the Regency Towers, James & Lodi Streets, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. The menu includes a four-station buffet (beef, chicken, shrimp, veggie), with wine, beer, and soda. Liquor is at a cash bar. Cost is $45 each, including tax and gratuities. Payable by check, credit card, or, of course, cash. Parking: On site, and valet parking for Old Guard alumni. For more info., contact Parker Sharron at W’64 WG’71 at

Western Pennsylvania. Our Annual Founders Day Event on Jan. 27 features Dick Polman, Penn Faculty and political columnist; contact club president Alan Stahl at for details. Our monthly luncheon, is 12 noon on the first Thursday of every month at the HYP Club, at 619 William Penn.

Penn Alumni President Nominee | Penn Alumni has nominated Lee Spelman Doty W’76 to fill the position of Penn Alumni president for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2008.

Ms. Doty began her involvement as a Penn volunteer in the late ‘80s, when she was involved in the planning of her 15th Reunion. Since then, she has served as a member of her 20th Reunion Gift Committee and co-chair of her 25th and 30th Reunion Gift Committee. She is a founding member and former secretary of the board of governors of the Penn Club of New York and a former member of both the Agenda for Excellence Council and the Celebration of 125 Years of Women at Penn Committee.

In 2002, Ms. Spelman was elected to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania as an Alumni Trustee. Last year she was asked to serve as the Trustees’ representative on the Penn Medicine Board Executive Committee. Lee has also served as a member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, as vice chair, co-chair of the council’s development committee, and co-chair of the leadership committee. In addition, she is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Graduate School of Education. Together with her husband, George, she recently endowed a scholarship at Wharton and a fellowship at GSE.

Lee’s dedication and generosity extend beyond Penn as well. A managing director at J.P. Morgan Fleming Asset Management, the money-management arm of J.P. Morgan Chase, she serves as co-chair of the Diversity Council. She is a chartered financial analyst and is responsible for the firm’s U.S. equity client portfolio managers. She also sits on the executive board of Project YESS (Young Executives Supporting Schools) and has served for six years as the head of development as a board member of Catholic Big Sisters.

Alumni may file other nominations for the position of Penn Alumni president no later than March 17, 2008; these nominations must be accompanied by a petition signed by no less than 1500 eligible degree-holding alumni. A formal election will take place at the Penn Alumni Board and Council meeting on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall.

For details, please write to Elise Betz, Director of Penn Alumni, E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6226 or email her at

Final Call for Nominations

ALUMNI TRUSTEES Alumni are invited and encouraged to suggest candidates, who must be degree holding alumni, for three At-Large Alumni Trustee positions.  The successful Alumni Trustee candidates will begin their five-year terms on January 1, 2009.  The Penn Alumni Nominations Committee will evaluate and recommend candidates for trusteeship based on his or her evidence of leadership; involvement in alumni activities; record of achievement professionally, civically/socially, and for Penn; representation of the alumni in terms of geography, gender, school/college, and personal background; record of financial support to Penn relative to capacity; and evidence of “trustee caliber.”

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT Alumni are also encouraged to suggest candidates for the 2008 Alumni Award of Merit, to be presented during Homecoming Weekend 2008.  These awards are given for outstanding service to the University of Pennsylvania and can be presented to non-alumni.  Community service, professional achievements, and other such accomplishments are considered, but are only secondary to University service.  Suggested candidates will be given consideration by the Penn Alumni Awards and Resolutions Committee.

YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD  The Young Alumni Award will also be presented during Homecoming Weekend 2008.  The Award recognizes outstanding service to the University of Pennsylvania prior to one’s 16th reunion year.  Community service, professional achievements, and other such accomplishments are considered, but are secondary to 5 to 15 years of varied University service.  Suggested candidates will be given consideration by the Penn Alumni Awards and Resolutions Committee.

Names of candidates for the Alumni Trustee positions and the 2008 Alumni Award of Merit and the Young Alumni Award should be sent by January 11, 2008, and February 8, 2008, respectively, to: Penn Alumni, c/o Executive Secretary, E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6226.  You  may also submit your nominations online at

ACA | The Alumni Council on Admissions is Penn’s resource for undergraduate legacy applicants. The staff will be available for informal Q&A sessions about legacy admissions, Monday through Friday (except University holidays), 12:15-1:00 p.m. and 3:15-4:00 p.m., in the Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk. These scheduled times enable visiting families to attend an information session and campus tour offered by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Reservations are not required. For more information, visit or call (215) 898-6888.

©2008 The Pennsylvania Gazette
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