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Engage Locally, Nationally and Globally

  • University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the launch of the President's Engagement Prizes, competitively awarded annual prizes for Penn seniors to design and undertake fully funded local, national or global engagement projects during the first year after they graduate....
  • Penn shares a decades-long history with the Henry C. Lea Elementary School, dating back to the 1960s. The relationship was created simultaneously with West Philadelphia High School, and marked the University’s first formal connection to the School District of Philadelphia. Located at 4700 Locust St...
  • Earlier this year, Penn Engineers Without Borders (PennEWB) traveled to Cameroon to improve an aged, inefficient water distribution system. During the 14-day project, 10 Penn undergrads were joined by two alumni who served as project mentors, as well as two Wilkes University students. PennEWB is a...
  • As a continuation of its 20th Anniversary Celebration, on the afternoon of Thursday, May 2, 2013, the Netter Center hosted a Partnership Festival at Sayre High School. This celebration of University-Assisted Community School partnerships engaged West Philadelphia children, youth, and families, as...
  • Whether human or baboon, it helps to have friends. For both species, studies have shown that robust social networks lead to better health and longer lives. Now, a team of University of Pennsylvania researchers has helped show that baboon personality plays a role in these outcomes, and, like people...
  • Around 1979, when Ira Harkavy was finishing his Ph.D. at Penn, his mentor in the history department, Lee Benson, delivered an address that called for practitioners in communities to work together with academics. It was a simple but powerful idea that took root in Harkavy’s imagination. He began to...
  • Created in honor of emeritus trustee Alvin Shoemaker, Penn’s newest landscape project has spread a 2.75 acre welcome mat of green at the door of the Palestra and Franklin Field. Featuring a central lawn surrounded by walkways, a rain garden, and outdoor seating, Shoemaker Green is located along...
  • Molly McGlone, assistant dean for advising at Penn, teaches courses in music and urban studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, including a residential program in Fisher Hassenfeld College House called “Music and Social Change.” McGlone is also a member of the West Philly Coalition for...
  • Chevon Boone’s story is the sort of against-all-odds tale they make TV movies about.   She grew up in the tiny rural town of Garysburg, North Carolina, about a six-hour drive from Penn and the Ivy League. Yet for Boone and other underserved kids in Garysburg, that stretch of highway may as...
  •   In 1863, the Harrison Brothers chemical company purchased land at the corner of 34th Street and Grays Ferry Avenue. By the early 1900s, the plant was mixing paints and producing sulfuric acid, and employed hundreds of people in South Philadelphia. In 1917 DuPont purchased these labs, hoping...
  • “Are you interviewing me?” Ezekiel “Zeke” Emanuel bellows in his broad Chicago accent from the doorway of his office in College Hall. The commanding cadence of his voice, the way he whisks by, indicates that he’s a man on the move, with scarce seconds to spare. Emanuel joined the Penn community in...
  • Penny Metchev has told the story many times before and on the surface it is primarily about her father. But as the Wharton and College senior prepares to enter her final semester as a Penn World Scholar, Metchev says she has come to realize that she will be the one to write the final chapter. Born...
  • At the weekly Drew Cooking Club, students from the Charles R. Drew Elementary School in West Philadelphia team up with Penn undergraduates studying nutritional anthropology and students in the Graduate School of Education to learn about smart food choices. At Drew, the Cooking Club participants...
  • In Claudia Valeggia's opinion, President Barack Obama is a pretty cool guy. At a White House event last month, Valeggia said the president made sure to emphasize how he and the first lady support their daughters' inclination for science. This resonated with Valeggia, who has a strong scientific...
  • Neither gray skies nor a blustery cold front could cloud the sunny smiles or curb the enthusiasm of those who came out to enjoy the opening of Penn Park. In fact, a rainbow crowned the closing of the event. Perhaps the brightest smile of all belonged to Penn President Amy Gutmann as she thanked...
  • With the School Reform Commission’s approval, the partnership agreement that supports the successful and innovative pre-K-8 Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School in West Philadelphia has been extended for an additional 10 years, through June 30, 2021. Under...
  • Penn President Amy Gutmann traveled to East Asia the week of May 23, 2011, formalizing two academic partnerships, hosting alumni gatherings in Korea and Taiwan, and announcing alumni gifts to Penn’s Korean Studies Program. Gutmann was joined by faculty and leadership from the Perelman School of...
  • Penn Park construction workers are taking advantage of this week’s perfect springtime weather to keep the 24-acre project on track for a fall opening. The park, which lies on the east side of campus between Walnut and South streets, is the centerpiece of the University’s Penn Connects development...
  • Penn President Amy Gutmann delivered the keynote address at the National Constitution Center’s conference "Can We Talk? A Conversation about Civility and Democracy in America" in March 2011. Read the Keynote Address at the National Constitution Center.View the program schedule.
  • The University of Pennsylvania welcomes the fifth meeting of the Global Colloquium of University Presidents on Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5, 2011. The Colloquium is an invitation-only meeting of some 25-30 university presidents from around the world. Each president is accompanied by a...
  • For teachers with little to no scientific training, leading science lessons in the classroom can be downright intimidating. Jamie Shuda—a self-described educator by training and scientist by interest—is making it her goal to demystify science in the classroom for both students and teachers. As the...
  • The University of Pennsylvania and Penn Medicine contribute $14 billion yearly, or $38 million per day, to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and $9.5 billion, or $26 million per day, to the City of Philadelphia. The 2010 economic and fiscal impact of the university is outlined in a new independent...
  • In October 2009, the Republic of Kazakhstan was struggling with  an ambitious plan to open the nation’s first research university – not just a college with professional schools, but a western-style, research-intensive English language university.  The Kazakhs were by no...
  • Roman Shor, C’09, EAS’09, GEng’10, didn’t expect to see piles of floating litter when he set off on the Plastics at SEA expedition, the first federally funded venture to study the accumulation of plastics in the North Atlantic Ocean. He already knew that the term commonly used to describe the...
  • Take a tour of Penn’s campus and you’ll see modern buildings and green space coexisting peacefully with structures more than a century old. There’s the gleaming modern green brick of Skirkanich Hall nestled in between the Moore and Towne buildings. Or the 1924 Fisher-Bennett Hall and the 1890...
  • Penn has a proud legacy of local engagement in the West Philadelphia area, serving as a major employer, a leader in health services and education, and a world-class University that weaves not just civic awareness, but also hands-on civic action, into its academic curriculum.   The Sayre High...
  • In cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania’s 2010-11 Year of Water, the Arthur Ross Gallery hosts “The Dogon: Work, Women and Water” from Nov. 5-Jan. 9, featuring 15 photographs by renowned Magnum photographer Stuart Franklin. Last year, the Voss Foundation commissioned Franklin to...
  • Urban gardens have become a familiar sight in Philadelphia—from the Mill Creek Farm to the west, the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden in Center City and Greensgrow Farms in Kensington. The University is now part of this growing urban farming landscape. The Penn Garden, founded and run by...
  • University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann visited China March 8-12, 2010, joined by Penn deans and faculty members from across the University to initiate and reaffirm Penn’s academic partnerships and agreements with universities in Beijing. Penn also hosted events for alumni, friends...