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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 22, 2015

Penn Launches Young Quaker Community Athletics Initiative in West Philly Schools

The University of Pennsylvania's new Young Quakers Community Athletics program  provides mentoring, pairing Penn intercollegiate and varsity players with the school-aged athletes and offering additional resources including staff, coaches, uniforms, sports equipment, bus transportation and acces

WHAT:

Launch of the Young Quakers Community Athletics program, an after-school initiative between the University of Pennsylvania’s Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships and Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics offering programming in three West Philadelphia K-8 schools: Comegys, Huey and Lea. The program provides mentoring, pairing Penn intercollegiate and varsity players with the school-aged athletes and offering additional resources including staff, coaches, uniforms, sports equipment, bus transportation and access to the University’s playing fields at no cost. This is a new component of Penn’s University-Assisted Community Schools program.

A pilot for the YQCA program was begun in 2012, involving boys’ lacrosse at Comegys. Building on its success, YQCA has grown to include girls’ lacrosse at Comegys and co-ed track and field at Huey and Lea with plans to expand the program to include other sports and other K-8 schools in the West Philadelphia and Sayre High School catchment areas.

WHO:

Representatives of Penn’s Netter Center; YQCA donors; Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Lacrosse and Track & Field coaches and athletes from the University’s Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics; civic leaders; Huey, Lea and Comegys school officials; and athletes

Featured speakers include:     

  • Amy Gutmann, president, University of Pennsylvania
  • Chuck Leitner, master of ceremonies, chair of the Board of Overseers for DRIA and a founding donor to Young Quakers
  • Karin Brower Corbett, coach, Penn women’s Lacrosse
  • Gabby Cuccia, Penn junior, track & field athlete and YQCA mentor
WHEN:

Thursday, Jan. 29
4-5 p.m.

WHERE:

Dunning Center Board Room (adjacent to Franklin Field)
235 South 33rd St.
University of Pennsylvania

DETAILS:

Weather permitting, there will be sports demonstrations on Franklin Field. Media invitation to cover.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 21, 2015

Seeing The World Through New Penn Summer Abroad Programs

Students at the University of Pennsylvania can study in Cuba thanks to a Penn Summer Abroad program in Havana.

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Media Contact:Leo Charney | lcharney@upenn.edu | January 13, 2015

Eight Professors Appointed Penn Fellows

Eight faculty members at the University of Pennsylvania have been named Penn Fellows. The announcement was made today by Penn Provost Vincent Price and Anita Allen, vice provost for faculty.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 5, 2015

Doing Good and Learning Leadership Skills at Penn

When University of Pennsylvania student Amy Phillips learned about the Girl Scouts at Penn program, she immediately joined.

Having been a Scout from kindergarten through high school, Phillips was thrilled to be able to continue her involvement at Penn.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422December 22, 2014

‘Topping Off’ Ceremony Held for Penn’s Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building

On Dec. 4, members of the University of Pennsylvania community gathered for a “topping off” ceremony securing the uppermost beam atop Penn’s new Neural and Behavioral Sciences Building.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422December 11, 2014

Philadelphia City Council Honors Penn as Academic Partner Supporting City Schools

Philadelphia City Council today honored the University of Pennsylvania among more than a dozen local universities and colleges with an official citation of City Council acknowledging their vital support and services to the School District of Philadelphia.

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Media Contact:Lee-Ann Donegan | leeann.donegan@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-349-5660December 10, 2014

Simeprevir-Based Therapy Offers Alternative Treatment of Hepatitis C Says Penn Study

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Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

Researchers at Penn Medicine, in collaboration with a multi-center international team, have shown that a protease inhibitor, simeprevir, a once a day pill, along with interferon and ribavirin has proven as effective in treating chronic Hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) as telaprevir with interferon and ribavirin, the standard of care in developing countries.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 5, 2015

Comedy and Learning Can Go Hand-in-hand at Penn

For the all-female musical sketch comedy group, Bloomers, making people laugh is another benefit of their educational experience at the University of Pennsylvania.

Darnell Foreman Named Ivy League Rookie of the Week

The Ivy League has announced its weekly award winners in men's basketball, and for the third time in this young season a University of Pennsylvania freshman has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Perhaps more impressive, in each case it has been a different freshman.

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Media Contact:Amanda Mott | ammott@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422November 21, 2014

Competition Leads Five Penn Students to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

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A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.

A year ago, what started as a “crazy idea” among five University of Pennsylvania students in the off-campus apartment of senior Josh Tycko has turned into a budding social entrepreneurial business that is changing lives – theirs and those of thousands of children in India.