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Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | | 215-573-8151May 4, 2010

Huntsman, Seven Others to Receive Honorary Degrees

WHAT:      University of Pennsylvania's 254th Commencement ceremony

WHO:     Jon Huntsman Jr., U.S. ambassador to China, will present the main commencement address and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree.

Video: Artwork Helps Patients Cope

May 1, 2010

The Perelman Center’s art displays are featured.

Article Source: WHYY Radio (Philadelphia)

Tonic Tunes

May 3, 2010

UltraSounds, an a cappella group featuring students from the School of Medicine, is featured.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact: | | April 27, 2010

Vice President Biden Will Speak at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice Commencement

PHILADELPHIA –- Vice President Joe Biden, father of a 2010 graduate, will speak at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice’s Commencement on Monday, May 17, at 7 p.m. in Irvine Auditorium.

Biden, a Pennsylvania native, was one of the youngest people ever elected to the U.S. Senate and is widely recognized for his work on social-justice issues, including the landmark 1994 Crime Bill and the Violence Against Women Act.

Penn President Amy Gutmann on Why Apps Are Up

April 21, 2010

President Amy Gutmann discusses an increase in applications to Penn and the other Ivy League universities.

Article Source: Washington Post
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Media Contact:Julie S. McWilliams | | 215-898-1422April 21, 2010

University of Pennsylvania Honored in Newly Published ‘Guide to 286 Green Colleges’

PHILADELPHIA –- The University of Pennsylvania has been acknowledged as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible schools, according to the Princeton Review, which partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council to create “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”

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Media Contact:Jill DiSanto-Haines | | 215-898-4820April 15, 2010

Penn’s Police Department Earns Third Consecutive International Accreditation, “Flagship Agency” Status

PHILADELPHIA — The University of Pennsylvania’s Police Department has been awarded international accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. and was selected as a “flagship agency” among its peers.

To earn accreditation, UPPD was required to comply with 463 standards, codes and state-of-the-art practices.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422April 14, 2010

New Round of Green Fund Projects Includes Storm Water Harvesting, Worm Composting, Energy-Use Reduction

PHILADELPHIA –- Nine sustainability projects ranging from composting office food waste to reusing storm water to monitoring and reducing energy use will begin this spring at the University of Pennsylvania with Green Fund support.

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422April 20, 2010

Penn Dining Observing Earth Day With Low Carbon Eats

WHAT: A “Low Carbon Diet Day” in observance of Earth Day, during which the menu in the University of Pennsylvania dining halls will feature foods with a low carbon footprint

WHO: By serving foods that contribute less greenhouse-gas emission, Bon Appétit at Penn Dining will inform consumers about reducing their carbon impact. Diners can track their carbon use Bon Appetit's Low Carbon Diet calculator at:

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, April 22

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Media Contact:Julie McWilliams | | 215-898-1422April 12, 2010

Penn President Amy Gutmann Convenes Panel Examining the State of Public Discourse in America



University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, a political scientist and philosopher, will moderate the David and Lyn Silfen University Forum panel, whose members include:

  • Jim Leach, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and former U.S. Congressman
  • Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News and Penn Trustee
  • Three distinguished members of the Penn faculty, Professors Kathleen Hall Jamieson, John DiIulio and John Jackson Jr.