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Become a member

The newly renovated University Club at Penn has reopened for business—and is offering a special midyear deal for faculty, staff, alumni and graduate students interesting in joining: A membership purchased now for just $27 is good through Aug. 31. Members of the club can stop in for free coffee and pastry on weekday mornings. The club also offers a hot-and-cold buffet for just $9.50 per person and a daily light lunch—including a sandwich or salad, soup and beverage—for just $6.15. Applications for the club can be filed online at For more information, contact Natalka Swavely at 215-898-4618 or

New VP for Business Services

Marie Witt has been promoted to the position of vice president for Business Services, following in the footsteps of Lee Nunery, who stepped down last June. Witt, who has been with Business Services since 1985, will oversee Housing and Conference Services, Dining Services, Transportation and Parking, the University Square complex and the Penn-owned hotels. Witt had previously served as associate vice president of Business Services, a position that will now be discontinued.

Festival Countdown

It’s still a couple months before the Philadelphia International Children’s Festival hits the Annenberg Center (April 30-May 6), but tickets are available now and if your heart’s set on a particular performance you’d be wise to lock in your reservation. This year’s offerings include the Catskill Puppet Theater, a hip-hop dance show by Illstyle & Peace Productions and the Russian American Kids Circus. For a full listing and to order tickets, go to Show tickets also entitle you to take part in free activities at the outdoor plaza stage.

Originally published on February 23, 2006