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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422August 4, 2009

New Garden to Be Unveiled at West Philadelphia High School as Part of Urban Nutrition Initiative at Penn

WHAT: A celebration of the opening of the West Philadelphia High School Garden, a program of the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships

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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658July 8, 2009

Penn Becomes First Ivy to Partner With Posse Foundation

The University of Pennsylvania has become the first Ivy League school to partner with The Posse Foundation, which recruits and trains young people from urban high schools and sends them to top-tier colleges and universities as multicultural groups of 10 called "Posses."

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151July 6, 2009
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Media Contact: | | June 25, 2009

“West Philadelphia: Building a Community” Exhibition to Open at Penn’s Arthur Ross Gallery


PHILADELPHIA — “West Philadelphia: Building a Community,” which opens at the University of Pennsylvania’s Arthur Ross Gallery on July 7, explores 19th-century architectural and urban development and features highlights of the community today.

The exhibit includes watercolors by Scottish immigrant David J. Kennedy that depict area houses, institutions and streets in 1836-1898. Land maps, photographs and postcards also reveal the neighborhood during these years.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422June 24, 2009

Penn Students' Interviews, Research Fundamental to Development of Virtual West Philadelphia History Museum

PHILADELPHIA –- University of Pennsylvania students are playing a pivotal role in a virtual-history museum focusing on West Philadelphia.

Through an academically based community-service course at Penn, students have had the opportunity to be part of the West Philadelphia Community History Center, an interactive Web site that can grow as a collective portrait of the history, families and institutions of the area that is home to the Penn campus.

Google Tricycle Snaps Views From Philly Campus

June 19, 2009
Coming soon to a campus near you , the Google tricycle. A pedicab-like vehicle mounted with an 8-foot-high camera has been rolling around the pedestrian walkways of the University of Pennsylvania to collect panoramic images of the campus for Google Maps' Street View feature, which gives users detailed, street-level views of map locations over the Internet.
Article Source: The Associated Press
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Media Contact:Ron Ozio | | 215-898-8658June 9, 2009

Karen Glanz Is Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor at University of Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA -- Karen Glanz, a globally influential public-health scholar, has been named the ninth Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

The appointment was announced today by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Interim Provost Vincent Price.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422June 2, 2009

PennMOVES Sale to Benefit United Way Charities


The University of Pennsylvania’s second annual PennMOVES – (Move-Out Volunteers Engaging in Service)

This will be a sale of the items left behind by students during move out — clothes, furniture, kitchen gear, non-perishable food items —that would otherwise be destined for the landfill. These items have been collected and arranged by category and are available for purchase.


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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | | 215-898-4820May 27, 2009

Penn Alexander School Sixth-Grader Vying for Title at National Spelling Bee in Washington

PHILADELPHIA — Sowsan Salaam, a 12-year-old sixth-grader from the University of Pennsylvania-assisted partnership school, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Elementary in West Philadelphia, is in Washington, D.C., today, competing against nearly 300 of the best spellers across the country at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this week.

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Media Contact:Joseph J. Diorio | | 215-746-1798May 21, 2009

Annenberg Wins Webby "Personal Voice" Award

PHILADELPHIA –, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a “Personal Voice” award for the best Web site in the “politics” category. This is the third year in a row that has been honored in the Webby awards competition.