University Communications Staff

Heather A. Davis

Manager, Internal Communications

215-898-1426

hdavis2@upenn.edu

[youtube]http://youtu.be/8dUYVvIdhCY[/youtube] EARLY START: Erica Ball was just 3 years old when she begged her parents to let her play the piano. Ball doesn’t remember exactly what sparked her interest, but she says her fluency grew quickly as she progressed from playing on a tiny keyboard to a baby grand by middle school. Ball, now a fourth-year graduate student in composition in the Department of Music, also plays the violin. “I learned to read music probably a few months before I learned to read words,” she says.
EARLY ELECTION DAYS: In elementary school, College senior Joyce Kim got her first taste of running for student government when she was elected historian.
Antonia Villarruel was in eighth grade when she made a decision that would shape her entire professional life: She decided she was going to be a nurse.
EARLY ELECTION DAYS: In elementary school, College senior Joyce Kim got her first taste of running for student government when she was elected historian.
Know any superstar staff members at Penn? Then nominate them in the Models of Excellence Award program, which honors University staff who have gone above and beyond in their job responsibilities to create positive change on campus. The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, Nov. 3. Since 1999, the Models program, which is run through the Division of Human Resources (HR), has honored more than 750 staffers for their achievements.
Growing up in Brooklyn, Collin Williams got plenty of attention for being a smart, motivated student. Sometimes, that attention wasn’t great: Being a self-described kid who “had all the answers” got him bullied by his classmates.
China is playing an increasingly important global role economically, socially, and culturally, and has become a significant focal point for researchers and students at Penn. But the only way to deeply know and understand the country—and be able to bring that knowledge back to classrooms on campus—is to have people on the ground in China, says Wharton Professor of Marketing Z. John Zhang.
ACCESS TO ART: About a year ago, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) joined a handful of other city cultural institutions in the STAMP Program, an initiative of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.
Even in the relative quiet of June, July, and early August, some parts of Penn’s campus were humming with activity. Construction crews remained hard at work during the summer months, tackling both long- and short-term facilities projects.