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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 5, 2010
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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422February 1, 2010

Penn Announces New Family-Friendly Options for Faculty, Staff and Students

 

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania has expanded child-care options and inaugurated a new backup-care initiative.

To increase access to child care for Penn employees and community members, the University is partnering with two West Philadelphia child-care providers, the Parent Infant Center and The Caring Center, both are accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 27, 2010

Penn Hosting 9th Graders From West Philadelphia, Fitzsimons High Schools on Shadowing Day Feb. 2

 

WHAT:

Shadowing Day, a city-wide program for 9th-grade students in the Philadelphia School District, coordinated by the Philadelphia Youth Network. The visiting students will spend the day learning about the host workplace, the kind of jobs the employees are doing and the education and experience needed to get such jobs.

 

WHO:

The staff of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania will host 18 students from Fitzsimons and West Philadelphia High schools.

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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@upenn.edu | 215-573-8151January 25, 2010
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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 22, 2010

RecycleMania Kick-off Monday to Include Presentation of PennMOVES’ $30,000 Donation to United Way

 

WHAT:

The kick-off for 10 weeks of RecycleMania, when the University of Pennsylvania joins 400 schools across the nation to see which school can cut the most waste and increase its rate of recycling.

Special events at Penn begin with a Recycle Bin Rally, where personal recycling bins will be given to the first 200 who attend, a presentation of the proceeds from June’s PennMOVES sale to the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and the screening of the documentary film “No Impact Man.”

WHO:

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 22, 2010

Penn Green Fund Accepting New Applications Beginning Feb. 1, Submission Deadline Is March 15

 

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania’s Green Fund will accept applications beginning Feb. 1 for a second round of one-time grants to be used to finance innovative ideas from students, faculty or staff that are designed to help Penn meet its sustainability goals, as outlined in its Climate Action Plan.

Deadline for submission is March 15, and the awards will be announced in April. The maximum allocation is $50,000.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 19, 2010

American Institute of Architects Honors Penn’s Skirkanich Hall With Design Award

 

PHILADELPHIA –- Skirkanich Hall, home to the Bioengineering Department in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, has received the 2010 Institute Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 19, 2010

Penn Sets 30% Recycling Goal for National RecycleMania Competition in Support of Climate Action Plan

 

PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania wants the campus community to recycle 30 percent of its waste as it joins more than 400 colleges and universities nationwide participating in RecycleMania this year.

RecycleMania is a 10-week competition for students, faculty and staff, designed to encourage both recycling and waste minimization.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 13, 2010

Penn to Hold Two Weeks of Events Honoring the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

 

PHILADELPHIA –- A two-week observance at the University of Pennsylvania of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. begins with a Day of Service, Monday, Jan. 18, when volunteers will participate in activities that have become staples of this event: community-beautification projects, a food drive benefiting West Philadelphia’s People’s Emergency Center, the assembly of charitable gift packages and commemorative art projects.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422January 12, 2010

Actress Anna Deavere Smith to Explore Human Spirit, Resiliency in ‘Let Me Down Easy’ Presentation Jan. 26

WHO:

Anna Deavere Smith, an actress, teacher and playwright, will discuss and perform selected scenes from her latest highly acclaimed piece, “Let Me Down Easy.”

Smith has had roles in the films “Philadelphia,” “An American President,” “The Human Stain” and “Rent,” and in television she has worked on “The Practice,” “The West Wing” and, currently, “Nurse Jackie.”