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Homecoming Week

C’mon Back

From Oct. 28 through 31, Penn students, alumni, family and friends from near and far will make their way down Locust Walk, to Franklin Field and into Houston Hall for Homecoming Weekend. The full roster includes arts and culture events, classes and workshops, networking, football and the Alumni Award of Merit Gala. Key events include a tour of Penn’s architectural masterpieces on Oct. 29 from 2 to 3:15 p.m.; QuakerFest on Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. along Locust Walk; and the Homecoming football game on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m., where the Quakers take on Brown. The 76th Alumni Award of Merit Gala takes place on Friday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 10 p.m. and includes a ceremony granting Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C. K. Williams, C’59, the Penn Creative Spirit Award. If you haven’t already registered, you can do so during Friday and Saturday of Homecoming Weekend in a tent on College Green. For a complete schedule, go to

Brothers and sisters

Since its inception in 2004, the Penn Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, run through the Fox Leadership Program, has made more than 1,500 matches, making it the largest campus-based “Bigs” program in the country. This academic year alone, Penn plans to make 400 matches.

On Oct. 20, Fox Leadership and Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrated the significant impact Penn has made in the lives of so many young people. Penn undergraduates are the Southeastern Pennsylvania agency’s largest single source of volunteers, exceeding the number of volunteers provided by any other college, university or corporation in the region. Students volunteer their time with “little brothers” and “little sisters” at nine West Philadelphia schools—Wilson, Powell, KIPP, Lea, Shaw, McMichael, Our Lady of Sorrows, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Ignatius—and at the Caring People’s Alliance Community Center. For more information, visit the Fox Leadership site:

Haunted Irvine

On Friday, Oct. 29, Irvine Auditorium will host a phantom in its midst. From 7 to 9:30 p.m., the 1925 silent film classic “Phantom of the Opera” returns with live organ accompaniment on the 10,719-pipe Curtis Organ by famed organist Peter Krasinski. This Penn Halloween tradition offers a rare opportunity to hear live music on the 11th largest pipe organ in the world.

The film will be preceded by a master class on “Music and Silent Film” from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., also at Irvine, located at 3401 Spruce St. Both events are free and open to the public. The Houston Market will offer a $5 pizza/salad/beverage combo between the class and the film, and Penn Student Agencies will be open in the Irvine Café offering refreshments and discounted Penn merchandise.

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Fight the flu

Again this year, Penn’s Division of Human Resources is partnering with Occupational Medicine to provide flu shots on campus for full- and part-time faculty and staff. Flu shots will be available at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Wharton and the School of Nursing on Monday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. You must pre-register online to receive a flu shot by going to www. and choosing “Health Promotions” from the drop-down menu. Be sure to bring $25 in cash and your PennCard to the appointment, and wear clothes with easy access to your upper arm.

Unlike years past—when flu shots were recommended for children 6 months through 18 years of age and people with high risk of infection—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expanded its recommendation this year to include all people 6 months and older.

According to the CDC, the 2010-2011 flu vaccine will protect against three strains of influenza expected to be common this season: the 2009 H1N1, an H3N2 virus and an influenza B virus.

Originally published on October 28, 2010