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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460April 4, 2008

Penn’s Fox Leadership Program Partners With Girl Scouts for “Stand Up!” Leadership Workshop April 5

 

WHO:

Junior Girl Scouts from West and North Philadelphia
Fox Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania
Girl Scouts at Penn Club
Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

WHAT:

“Stand Up!” leadership, self-esteem and self-defense workshop

WHERE:

Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 28, 2008

Heightened Weighing Discomfort Among Women May Increase Their Health Risks, Penn Study Indicates

PHILADELPHIA -– A new study from the University of Pennsylvania points to increased health risks for women owing to their higher level of discomfort about being weighed in public.
The study showed that college-age females, more than their male counterparts, experience high degrees of discomfort at the prospect of being weighed in the presence of others.

The study’s authors believe that some women may avoid necessary tests and treatments when a doctor visit includes a step on a public scale.

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Media Contact:Hillary Aisenstein at | hillarya@upenn.edu | 215-573-2379
Media Contact:Julie McWilliams at | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 25, 2008
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604February 19, 2008

Michael Bloomberg to Speak at Penn Commencement; Honorees Include Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust

PHILADELPHIA –- Michael R. Bloomberg, mayor of New York and founder of Bloomberg, L.P., will deliver the address at the University of Pennsylvania's 252nd Commencement on Monday, May 19.

Bloomberg, now in his second term as mayor, is credited with reducing crime and creating jobs in the nation’s most populous city while embarking on a series of ambitious environmental and public-health initiatives.

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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604
Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 11, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Honored With National Award for General Community Service

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania is one of three schools nationwide selected to receive the Presidential Award for General Community Service from the Corporation for National and Community Service. The others are Otterbein College in Ohio and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460February 7, 2008

Penn Students Release Briefing Paper on Philadelphia Housing and Community Development Plan

Students in a government-administration class at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania have released a briefing report on Philadelphia housing issues.

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Media Contact:Joy McIntyre | joyme@nursing.upenn.edu | 215-898-5074
Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | jdisanto@upenn.edu | 215-898-4820January 30, 2008

Penn Nursing Students Partner With Local High School to Evaluate Elementary Students' Health

PHILADELPHIA –- Students at West Philadelphia’s Sayre High School who are taking a health-education class have been working with University of Pennsylvania nurse practitioner students and Penn School of Nursing faculty to learn accurate growth and diabetes-risk-factor assessment.

They are evaluating children in the Beacon after-school program at Sayre and providing nutrition education and a dance program designed to increase physical activity.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658January 17, 2008

Penn Names Eric J. Furda New Dean of Admissions

Eric J. Furda, vice president for alumni relations and former executive director of undergraduate admissions at Columbia University, has been named dean of admissions at the University of Pennsylvania. Furda, a 1987 Penn graduate, will assume his position as dean on July 1, 2008.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | jposey@upenn.edu | 215-898-6460December 6, 2007

Alumni Robert A. Fox and Penny Grossman Fox Give $10 Million to Endow Robert A. Fox Leadership Program

PHILADELPHIA -- Alumni Robert A. Fox and Penny Grossman Fox have made a gift of $10 million to endow and expand the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. The program, established in 1999 through an initial gift from the Foxes, combines coursework, events and service experiences to inspire and equip undergraduates to assume leadership roles in their future endeavors.

This most recent gift brings the Foxes’ total support of the program to more than $23 million.

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | ozio@upenn.edu | 215-898-8658November 28, 2007

Penn President Amy Gutmann to Co-Chair Transition Team for New Philadelphia Mayor

PHILADELPHIA -- University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann has been named a co-chair of the transition team for Philadelphia Mayor-Elect Michael Nutter.

"I am very excited about the extraordinary talent and diverse experience of the individuals who have agreed to serve on my transition team," Nutter said. "These people have stepped forward to serve their city and will be helping us prepare as we build towards the beginning of my administration in January."