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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422April 20, 2011

Penn Retains Position Atop the EPA’s College and University Green Power Challenge

PHILADELPHIA -- With nearly 50 percent of electrical power purchased from a renewable energy source, the University of Pennsylvania remains the No. 1 individual school in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s College and University Green Power Challenge.

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Media Contact: | | April 15, 2011

Penn Libraries to Launch Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies With $20 Million Gift

PHILADELPHIA – The Penn Libraries have received a major collection of 280 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, valued at more than $20 million, from long-time benefactors and Library Board members Lawrence J. Schoenberg and Barbara Brizdle Schoenberg. To promote the use of this and other manuscript collections at Penn, the Libraries will create the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies.

Universities Step Up Pitches to Admitted Students as Acceptance Date Nears

April 12, 2011

Dean Eric Furda of Admissions suggests that enrollment decisions are delayed because students have more choices.

Article Source: Los Angeles Times
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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658 March 31, 2011

Penn Offers Admission to 12 Percent of Applicants for Class of 2015

PHILADELPHIA -- From an applicant pool 18 percent higher than last year, the University of Pennsylvania has offered admission to 3,880, or 12.3 percent, of 31,659 students who applied for the Class of 2015.  

Last year Penn received 26,940 applications and admitted 3,840.

The new admitted group, representing all 50 states, is 51 percent male, 49 percent female and 44 percent Asian, black/African-American, American Indian and Hispanic/Latino.  Eleven percent are international students from 82 countries.

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Media Contact:Laura Cavender | | 215-746-6411
Media Contact:Vannina Maestracci | | 917-367-0293March 30, 2011

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Speak at Penn for Fifth Global Colloquium of University Presidents

PHILADELPHIA — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open the fifth annual meeting of the Global Colloquium of University Presidents on Monday, April 4, in a public address at the University of Pennsylvania on empowering women.   

The Colloquium, a select group of 29 university presidents from around the world, convened annually to discuss a topic of immediate concern to the secretary-general, will address the challenge of “Empowering Women to Change the World: What the UN and Universities Can Do” on April 4-5.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422
Media Contact:Patrick Morgan | | 267-438-7154 March 29, 2011

Creating Canopy: Penn, Philadelphia Partner to Distribute Free Trees to University Homeowners

PHILADELPHIA – As the first institution to take part in Philadelphia’s Creating Canopy program, the University of Pennsylvania is partnering with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department to distribute to faculty and staff homeowners in the city 300 free trees to plant on their property.             

Denzel Washington To Give Penn Commencement Speech

March 22, 2011

President Amy Gutmann says Denzel Washington “used his tremendous talent as an actor to bring the most significant social and historical issues into the limelight.”

Article Source: Associated Press

Why Women Trail Men on Campus

March 21, 2011

President Amy Gutmann shares her views on the “leadership gap” between male and female undergraduates.

Article Source: The Daily Beast

Penn InTouch Mobile Rolled Out

March 18, 2011

Penn’s mobile version of Penn InTouch is featured.

Penn to Work on Increasing Faculty Diversity

March 21, 2011

Vice Provost of Faculty Lynn Hollen Lees of the School of Arts and Sciences discusses Penn’s efforts to make the faculty reflect the increasing diversity of the undergraduate population.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer