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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 6, 2014

PennCap Increases Access, Guides Freshmen Through Undergraduate Years at Penn

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Since mid-July, 100 incoming freshmen at Penn have been getting an academic jumpstart through the College Achievement Program, or PennCap, and its Pre-Freshman Program, which helps the students make a smooth transition to college life.

Since mid-July, a group of 100 students, part of the incoming undergraduate class of 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania, have been getting an academic jumpstart.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 6, 2014

Penn Hosts Program for Inner City Businesses

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The Wharton School and the Inner City Capital Connections program hosted approximately 100 leaders of growing urban businesses for a one-day seminar focused on expansion and raising capital.

On July 31, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania hosted the Inner City Capital Connections program, designed to strengthen the capabilities of CEOs of growing inner city businesses in the mid-Atlantic region to raise capital.&

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820August 5, 2014

A Tale of One Family in Penn’s Kings Court English College House

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Living alongside the more than 300 undergraduates in Kings Court English College House are a handful of families who embrace the residents as if they were their own relatives. Among these is Campbell Grey, an Australian native and an associate professor of classical studies in the School of Arts & Sciences, and his family.

One of a series of articles about families living in the University of Pennsylvania’s College House system.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151August 4, 2014

Senior Michael Steele Helps Integrate Sustainability Into the Classroom at Penn

Michael Steele stayed on the University of Pennsylvania campus this summer pursuing research as one of four students selected to participate in the Penn Green Campu

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 29, 2014

Penn Alumnus, House Dean Chris Donovan Champions His Love of Cinema

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Chris Donovan is a Philadelphia native, a Penn alumnus and a movie buff. In addition to teaching literature and cinema at the School of Arts & Sciences, he's also the house dean at Gregory College House, where he runs its film culture program.

Back in 1992, when movie buff and native Philadelphian Chris Donovan earned his English degree from the University of Pennsylvania, he had little idea of how fortuitous the line “I’ll be back” from The Terminator would become.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460July 28, 2014

Internship Puts Penn Student on Frontlines of Campaign to Legalize Marijuana

On June 18, Jelani Hayes, a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania boarded an early-morning bus to Albany, N.Y., with grass roots organizers from Voices of Community Activists & Leaders, VOCAL-New York, and others.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 28, 2014

Moving AHEAD: Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy at Penn

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Researchers from Penn's Graduate School of Education are advancing higher education and open, equitable societies around the world through the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy.

Seven faculty members from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania are advancing higher education and fostering open, equitable societies around the globe through the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, or AHEAD.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 28, 2014

Penn’s David Hewitt Helps Philadelphia Design Parks Agile Enough to Adapt

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Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is rolling out a brand new approach to managing its green spaces and the University of Pennsylvania's David Hewitt is helping them do it.

On a Wednesday afternoon in the Cobbs Creek Environmental Education Center, a group gathered around a large table covered in maps and photos.

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Media Contact:Katherine Unger Baillie | kbaillie@upenn.edu | 215-898-9194July 25, 2014

Garden Club Lets Nature Bloom in Penn’s Kings Court English College House

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Thanks to its Garden Club, the courtyard at Kings Court English College House is replete with fruit trees, herbs, flowers and other plantings, fishponds and plenty of shady benches and tables where students can study and relax.

When Marta Rivas-Olmeda and her husband, Jorge Santiago-Avilés, moved into their home in the University of Pennsylvania’s Kings Court English College House, the courtyard was full of concrete and weeds.

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820July 24, 2014

Penn’s Dennis Culhane to Address White House Conference on Use of Integrated Data

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Dennis Culhane, a researcher at the School of Social Policy & Practice, will talk about how integrated administrative data might serve as a new way to build credible evidence that shows “what works” in funding social programs.

Dennis Culhane, a professor in the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, will speak at a conference hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the