Washington. On Jan. 9, club members will attend the Capitals-Flyers game at the Verizon Center, after which they will take on the local Villanova club in a game of broomball on the ice. For more information, contact Josh Wolson at <dcpennclub@hotmail.com>.

Fairfield County. On Feb. 3, after the Penn v. Yale men’s basketball game, alumni from the Fairfield and New Haven clubs are invited to a post-game dinner at Mory’s; a Yale institution dating from 1849, the private club is a shrine to Yale teams. Connecticut’s Penn alumni clubs are honored to be among the few non-Yale affiliated groups that can enjoy the special surroundings. The Penn Club is eagerly anticipating its first annual dinner, on June 5 at Burning Tree Country Club in Greenwich. We are very honored to host guest speaker Lee Stetson GEd’71, dean of admissions, and to present the Penn Club of Fairfield County Alumni Award of Merit to Paul Kelly C’62 WG’64, a trustee of the University and an SAS overseer. Invitations will be mailed in the spring. For more information on either of these events, contact Joanne Goldner Kahan W’84, club president, at <FairfieldPenn@aol.com>.

First Coast. The First Coast (Jacksonville area) Penn Club will convene on Thursday evening, Jan. 11. to celebrate Ben Franklin’s 301st birthday. While members will receive details in due course, others please phone or e-mail Sam and Donna Heffner at (904) 273-2843 or <samheffner@msn.com>.

Los Angeles. The club will celebrate Ben Franklin’s birthday on Jan. 16. Please consult (www.pennclubla.com) for more information for the most up-to-date information on all our events.

Metro New Jersey. Cheer on Penn as we take on Columbia in men’s basketball at Columbia on Sat., Jan. 13, at 7 p.m., and afterwards join fellow alumni for a post-game get-together. On Fri., Jan. 26, the club will welcome the beginning of our winter activities with dinner at Rodozio, a Brazilian restaurant, followed by entertainment from a Penn singing troupe. To find out more information about these and other programs, please contact club president Renie Carniol CW’75 WG’76 at <pennclubmetronj@yahoo.com> or visit (www.pennclubmetronj.com).

New York. PennNYC is excited to be hosting the Penn Glee Club’s In Song, Of Course, featuring old favorites from their repertory, along with new songs from the recent fall show: on Fri., Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. The panel “Selective College Admissions” is back for a third year; co-hosted with the Penn Club of New York, the panel of college-admissions specialists will talk about issues of the admissions process. Join us at the Penn Club on Wed., March 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for this informative event. Finally, we’re hosting a Mask & Wig performance on Fri., March 9; look for more details on our website and in the newsletter. Sign up for the listserv at (www.pennnyc.org). To volunteer, please contact Dale Kramer Cohen W’76, club president, at <DaleKCohen@aol.com>.

Northern California. Join fellow Quakers in the Bay Area in celebrating Ben’s birthday on Jan. 17. Check out our newly re-vamped website (www.ncpennclub.com) for details.

Northeastern Pennsylvania. Save Feb. 4, noon, at East Mountain Inn for our next alumni event. For more information, contact club president Bill Runner WEv’66 at <runner1@epix.net>.

Palm Beach. Our 2007 Annual Dinner will be held on Wed., Feb. 7, at the President Country Club in West Palm Beach; the keynote speaker will be retired Israeli Ambassador Asher Naim, who will give a Middle East update. Cost: $45 for club members; $50 for non-members. Cocktail hour is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., when dinner begins. For reservations and information, contact Adrienne Huston Griffin at (561) 842-9219 or <ahg@associationhq.net>.

Portland. Jan. 17: Join us for lunch on the occasion of Benjamin Franklin’s 301st birthday, when our program will feature Michael Montgomery GPU’92, manager of the River Renaissance Initiative with the city’s Bureau of Planning. He will summarize the “State of the River” report he recently gave to the city council on the projects, programs, and partners that are working to implement the strategy and vision: Central is the belief that urban development, healthy natural systems, and a sustainable economy are complementary goals. Surely Ben would have enthusiastically supported such a worthy undertaking? Learn more about River Renaissance at (www.portlandonline.com/RIVER). Join us for Ben’s Birthday Winter Luncheon, noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room (3rd floor), University Club, 1225 SW Sixth Avenue. Cost is $20/members and guests, $25 for all others. Penn men’s basketball fans are urged to join together to watch three games available nationally on satellite at the On Deck Sports Bar and Grill, 910 N.W. 14th Street: Cornell—Sat., Feb. 17, 4 p.m. PST (YES); Brown—Sat., March 3, 4 p.m. PST (YES); and Princeton—March 6, 4 p.m. PST (ESPNU). For more information, contact club president John Vosmek C’61 at <jva@vosmek.com>.

Syracuse. On Thurs., Jan. 18, is the Ben Franklin Birthday Bash. Join us at Julie’s Place, corner of James and Lodi streets, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and celebrate his 301st birthday. There is preferred parking for “Old Guard” alumni.

Westchester & Rockland Counties. The club will celebrate Ben’s Birthday Bash on Wed., Jan. 17, with cocktails and a light supper at Plates Restaurant in Larchmont, which is owned by Wendy Weinstein C’84. We’ll serve red and blue cocktails, mini Philly cheesesteaks, mini hot pretzels with mustard, and much more. On Wed., Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Join us for a book-reading and discussion with Laura Dave C’99, author of London is the Best City in America, at Starbucks, Purchase Street, Rye. For information, e-mail <pennwestchester @aol.com> or call Cindy Shmerler Levy C’81 at (914) 747-5174.

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Native American Alumni | The Association of Native Alumni, founded in October, promotes the interests and welfare of Native American alumni, strengthens and deepens friendships, encourages active recruitment and retention of Native American faculty and students, and establishes Penn as a vehicle for the advancement of Native American higher education. If you are interested in joining or have questions about ANA, please contact Ann Dapice Nu’74 Gr’80 at (918) 437-5560 or at <TKWOLF7@aol.com>.


ACA | The Alumni Council on Admissions is Penn’s resource for undergraduate legacy applicants. The staff will be available for informal Q&A sessions about legacy admissions every Monday and Friday (except University holidays) from 12:15-1:00 p.m. in the Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk. These scheduled times enable visiting families to attend an information session and campus tour offered by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Reservations are not required. For more information, visit (www.alumni.upenn.edu/aca) or call (215) 898-6888.


Call for Nominations | ALUMNI TRUSTEES

Alumni are invited and encouraged to suggest candidates, who must be degree holding alumni, for one Mid-Atlantic Region Alumni Trustee position (comprising Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.); one Southern Region Alumni Trustee position (comprising North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Bermuda, the Panama Canal, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Mexico); and two At-Large Alumni Trustee positions.  Five-year terms will commence on January 1, 2008. The successful Alumni Trustee candidates will begin their five-year terms on January 1, 2008.  The Penn Alumni Nominations Committee will evaluate and recommend candidates for trusteeship based on his or her evidence of leadership; involvement in alumni activities; record of achievement professionally, civically/socially, and for Penn; representation of the alumni in terms of geography, gender, school/college, and personal background; record of financial support to Penn relative to capacity; and evidence of “trustee caliber.”  

ALUMNI AWARD OF MERIT | Alumni are also encouraged to suggest candidates for the 2007 Alumni Award of Merit.  These awards are given for outstanding service to the University of Pennsylvania and can be presented to non-alumni. Community service, professional achievements, and other such accomplishments are considered but are only secondary to University service. Suggested candidates will be given consideration by the Penn Alumni Awards and Resolutions Committee.

YOUNG ALUMNI AWARD | The Young Alumni Award recognizes outstanding service to the University of Pennsylvania prior to one’s 16th reunion year.  Community service, professional achievements, and other such accomplishments are considered but are secondary to five to 15 years of varied University service.  Suggested candidates will be given consideration by the Penn Alumni Awards and Resolutions Committee.

Names of candidates for the Alumni Trustee positions and the 2007 Alumni Award of Merit/Young Alumni Award should be sent by January 12, 2007 and February 9, 2007, respectively, to: Penn Alumni, c/o Executive Secretary, E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6226.  You  may also submit your nominations online at www.alumni.upenn.edu.


Amendments to the By-Laws
of Penn Alumni

In March 2006, at the behest of the Penn Alumni Nominations Committee, a By-Laws Work Group was convened to review the Alumni Trustee regional structure. Over the course of the past six months, this group, led by E. Gerald Riesenbach W’60, has undertaken a thorough review of Article X of the Penn Alumni By-Laws, pertaining specifically to the selection and service of Alumni Trustees. Though the By-Laws as a whole were last amended in 2005, this section was not touched at that time.

The Work Group’s review of the By-Laws concluded with the proposition of new language that removes the concept of regional trustees and requires the Nominations Committee to use its best efforts to establish a group of Alumni Trustees who are representative of the University’s diverse alumni. In addition, changes were made in the duties and responsibilities of Alumni Trustees; general voting eligibility; requirements for petition candidates; and the process for filling vacant terms.

In addition to the changes to Article X. Alumni Trustees, the current revisions include the proposal to add a seat on the Penn Alumni Board of Directors for a representative of the newly formed Penn Association of Native Alumni (ANA) under Article VI. Board of Directors.

We invite all alumni to visit (http://www.alumni.upenn.edu/
) to see an Executive Summary of the recommended changes to the By-Laws, as well as the proposed revised version of the By-Laws. Alumni may also submit comments and suggestions at this site.

Formal approval of the amended By-Laws will be sought at the joint meeting of the Penn Alumni Council of Representatives and Board of Directors at their meeting on Saturday, May 12, at 9:00 a.m. in Bodek Lounge of Houston Hall. All alumni are invited to attend this meeting; RSVP online at (http://www.alumni.upenn.edu/

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