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Media Contact:Tony Sorrentino | | 215-898-2295
Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422April 11, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Selects Patkau Architects to Design New Student Residence on Hill Square

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania has selected Patkau Architects of Canada as the designer for the new College House at Hill Square, the first new residential hall to be constructed at Penn in more than three decades. This project will bring together students, faculty and staff in a diverse community built on common intellectual interests.

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Media Contact:Susan Q. Stranahan | | 215-746-3197
Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422April 10, 2008
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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151April 9, 2008

Penn Law Names Rulli Director of Center for Clinical Legal Studies as Frenkel Steps Down After 28 Years

PHILADELPHIA –- Louis Rulli has been named director of the Gittis Center for Clinical Legal Studies at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Rulli will succeed Douglas Frenkel, who is stepping down as director on June 30. Frenkel will remain on the faculty at Penn Law, focusing on teaching, writing and dispute-resolution work.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460April 4, 2008

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



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


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


Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St.




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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422April 3, 2008

Trustees' Council of Penn Women to Honor Former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor With Beacon Award


The Trustees’ Council of Penn Women will present the Beacon Award to former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

The Beacon Award recognizes an outstanding person or institution that has taken the lead in furthering the advancement of women, through dedicated pursuit of and commitment to issues affecting women, with results that enhance the status of women.


Bad News U: Colleges Reject Record Numbers

April 3, 2008
The college-admissions season set records this year -- both in the number of students who applied, as well as the number of students who were rejected. Harvard University has a record applicant pool of 27,462 and an admissions rate of 7.1%, meaning that 1,948 students were accepted -- the lowest number in the school's history and a drop from last year's 8.9%. Yale University received 22,813 applications and accepted only 8.2%, down from 9.6% last year. And at Princeton University, of the 21,369 applications, 9.3% were accepted, down from 9.5% last year.
Article Source: Wall Street Journal
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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | | 215-898-4820March 25, 2008

“Responses to the Urban Crisis”: Panel Discussion at Penn



”Responses to the Urban Crisis: Riots, Disasters, Urban Renewal and Social Change,” a panel discussion about what individuals, organizations and communities can do in response to social upheaval and the implications for social change.


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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422March 18, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Launches Financial-Aid Initiative, Sets Lowest Tuition Increase in Seven Years

PHILADELPHIA –- To ensure that talented, high-achieving students can chart their educational paths without regard to financial resources, the University of Pennsylvania has launched a new financial-aid initiative to make a Penn education affordable for students from low- and middle-income families.

Also, the Penn trustees today approved the smallest percentage increase in tuition and fees in seven years.

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460March 6, 2008

University of Pennsylvania Students Converge on New Orleans for Spring-Break Volunteer Activities

WHO: University of Pennsylvania students

WHAT: Grassroots volunteer efforts to rebuild New Orleans

WHERE: New Orleans

WHEN: March 7-16

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Media Contact: | | March 3, 2008

Penn Responds to U.S. Senate Committee on Finance

To the Penn community:

I am pleased to share with you the University of Pennsylvania's response to Senators Max Baucus and Charles Grassley of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, who had written Penn and 135 other colleges and universities seeking information regarding our tuition rates, financial aid, and endowments. The report is available online in PDF format.