Arizona. Jan. 17: The Penn Club in Arizona extends a warm welcome to all for our annual Ben Franklin birthday bash! For those who may not be aware, this is our largest annual event and usually has 50-100 attendees of all ages. All are welcome. The event will take place on or around the 17th (Ben’s birthday), additional details and registration can be found at We hope to see you there!

Gold Coast/Ft. Lauderdale. Alumni are invited to “Penn Reception for LGBT Alumni and Allies,” on Sun., Jan. 27, 5pm—7pm. Meet Bob Schoenberg, director, Penn LGBT Center, and current students; complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. For more information and to RSVP: or (215) 898-5044.

Houston. This month we will be celebrating Ben Franklin’s Birthday Bash again. Please check the website for details. Feb. 15: We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Robert Kurzban, author of Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind, for a special Penn Club of Houston exclusive. He is an associate professor of psychology at Penn. Please check the website for time and place. Feb. 17: We will be holding our second family event at Bayou Bend; please bring your family and join us for “Inventions and Innovations.” Please check the website for details and to register.

First Coast/Jacksonville. On Wed., Jan. 30, 6:30pm, the First Coast Penn Club will host a reception at the Jacksonville Marriott featuring Penn Professor John Puckett, who will explore the stories, pictures, and maps that illustrate the effects of urban renewal and Penn’s expansion from 1950 to 2000. If you have not yet received your invitation, email Sam and Donna Heffner, co-presidents,

Lehigh Valley. Come and join us on Sat., Feb. 23., as we take a trip to the historic Mask & Wig Clubhouse in Philadelphia to see the annual production. Anyone who attended last year’s show would agree that not only was the performance incredibly entertaining, but also it was great fun to experience the show at the unique clubhouse. Tickets include bus transportation from Allentown, dinner, the show, and the traditional Mask & Wig singing after the show. For more information, contact

Memphis. On Sat., Jan. 12, Penn and Princeton alumni will gather at the Brookhaven Pub (695 W. Brookhaven Circle) at 5pm for the Penn-Princeton men’s basketball game. Join us for beers and pub grub (Dutch treat) as we watch the Quakers take on the Tigers!

Northern California. Join Bay Area alumni at our upcoming events including mixers, cultural, career, and community-service events, and activities with other Ivy League Clubs. We invite you to celebrate the New Year by joining us at our annual party in honor Ben Franklin. To receive invitations to events, register on our website,

San Diego. Kick off 2013 by joining us at Ben’s Bash, our popular annual celebration in honor of Penn’s founder, Ben Franklin! We also have Happy Hours, tours, speaker events, and activities with our Ivy League friends scheduled, so check out our website for dates and details. Better yet, register with our Club and our event invitations will arrive in your email! On Fri., Jan. 18, 6pm—9pm, the Ben Franklin Birthday Celebration and yPenn Young Alumni Group table at Fifty Seven Degrees Third Friday Food Truck Extravaganza! Join Penn members and yPenn Young Alumni Group for wine and beer tastings, along with a choice of 20 different food trucks at this food & wine festival at 1735 Hancock St. ( RSVP: We will honor Ben with the diversity of locally owned San Diego wine, beer, and food purveyors! Viva Ben spectacles or French attire optional; beer specials $4, wine specials $5, admission $2. On Thurs., Feb. 7, join us for a North County wine tasting at Carruth Cellars, an urban winery with style in the Cedros Arts District, 320 Cedros Avenue #400, Solana Beach. Charge is $10 per person for 6 wines, payable at the door. RSVP: On Sat., March 9, 2pm—4pm, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Penn’s Association of Alumnae, the Penn and Wharton Clubs of San Diego will celebrate Women’s History Month, with a private docent tour of the Women’s Museum of California, followed by a tea-tasting workshop with Cheryl Graf, owner of Point Loma Tea. Meet up at the Museum, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, suite 103, Barracks 16, Liberty Station. Please RSVP to

Seattle. On Jan. 27, The Penn Club of Seattle is honoring Ben Franklin’s birthday two ways: a kids party at Pump It Up! and a celebratory happy hour the following week. Other upcoming events will include a “College Admissions 101 & Secrets of Financial Aid” event, a Penn professor lecture, plus happy hours and other social activities. Do not miss out! Find us on Facebook (Penn Alumni in Seattle), LinkedIn (Penn in Seattle), and visit our website for more details on our events and how to get involved: or email or

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Penn Alumni President Nominee

Penn Alumni has nominated Julie Beren Platt, C’79 to fill the position of Penn Alumni president for a two and one-half year term beginning July 1, 2013.

Mrs. Platt began her involvement with Penn working with The Penn Fund and becoming a member of the Southern California Regional Advisory Board. She then became involved with Penn Alumni, serving on the Executive Committee, Nominations Committee and the Penn Alumni Council for Admissions. In 2006, Ms. Platt was elected to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania as an Alumni Trustees. As a Trustee, she serves on the Academic Policy, Development, and the Honorary Degrees and Awards Committees, and serves as the Chair of the Student Life Committee.

Mrs. Platt is a member of the Boards of Overseers of both the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and Penn Hillel. She serves as Co-Chair of Penn Hillel's National Board of Governors, and is a member of the Trustees' Council of Penn Women. Additionally, she serves as Chair of Penn Nursing's Los Angeles conference, Healthy Cities: Healthy Women. Mrs. Platt and her husband, Marc Platt (C'79) made a substantial leadership gift to create the Platt Student Performing Arts House, a home for student performing arts at Penn. The Platts’ also created the Julie Beren Platt and Marc Platt Rehearsal Room in Houston Hall, and established the Marc E. and Julie B. Platt Endowed Fund in support of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and the Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt Scholarship at the School of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, Julie and Marc joined the Men and Women of Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund and funded a new summer school in Judaic studies for students pursuing doctoral studies in all fields of Judaic studies. The summer school is a joint program of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Penn's Katz Center.

Mrs. Platt is President of the Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt Foundation, Inc., and Chair of the Advisory Board of Directors of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She is the immediate Past-Chair of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation's Women's Campaign and serves on the Federation Executive Committee as well as the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federations of North America. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

Early in her professional career, Mrs. Platt worked as a commercial banker in New York.  She was Vice President of the Commercial Banking Training Center at Bankers Trust from 1984 to 1986, and Assistant Vice President of Bankers Trust’s Eastern National Division from 1979 to 1984.

Alumni may file other nominations for the position of Penn Alumni president no later than March 11, 2013; these nominations must be accompanied by a petition signed by no less than 1500 eligible degree-holding alumni. A formal election will take place at the Penn Alumni Board and Council Meeting on Saturday, May 11, 2013, 9:00 am in College Hall, Room 200.

For details, please contact Trina Middleton, Director of Penn Alumni Board Services, E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or email her at

Final Call for Nominations

Alumni are invited and encouraged to suggest Alumni Trustee candidates, who must be degree holding alumni, for the three At-Large Alumni Trustee positions.

The successful Alumni Trustee candidates will begin their five-year terms on January 1, 2014. The Penn Alumni Nominations Committee, chaired by Penn Alumni President Lee Spelman Doty W’76 and made up of current and former Alumni Trustees, will evaluate and recommend candidates for trusteeship based on evidence of leadership; involvement in alumni activities; record of achievement professionally, civically/socially, and for Penn; representation of the alumni body in terms of geography, gender, school/college, and personal background; record of financial support to Penn relative to capacity; and evidence of “trustee caliber.” Please provide supporting documentation for why a candidate should be considered for alumni trusteeship at this time.

The deadline for Alumni Trustee nominations is Friday, January 11, 2013.
Each year, Penn Alumni presents the Alumni Award of Merit to alumni volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the University. Community service, professional achievements, and other such accomplishments are considered but are only secondary to University service. The awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend 2013 at the Alumni Award of Merit Gala, a celebration for all alumni volunteers. Attendance at the ceremony, to be held November 8, 2013, is a prerequisite for receiving the award.
The Young Alumni Award recognizes outstanding leadership and service to the University 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. The Young Alumni Award will also be presented during Homecoming Weekend 2013. Attendance at the ceremony, to be held November 8, 2013, is a prerequisite for receiving the award.
The Penn Alumni Awards and Resolutions Committee, chaired by Peter V. Shoemaker C’86 and made up of previous alumni award recipients, will give consideration to suggested candidates for the Alumni Award of Merit and the Young Alumni Award. In addition to the online nomination form, documentation supporting why a candidate should be considered for the Award of Merit or the Young Alumni Award should be submitted at this time. Please note: the strongest recommendations are those that are accompanied by three or more letters of recommendation from classmates, colleagues, University staff, and others who know the candidate well in his/her service to Penn.

The deadline for Alumni Award of Merit and Young Alumni Award nominations is Friday, February 1, 2013.

Names of candidates for the Alumni Trustee positions and the 2013 Alumni Award of Merit/Young Alumni Award should be sent by January 11, 2013, and February 1, 2013, respectively, to: Trina Middleton, Director, Penn Alumni Board Services, E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6226.  You may also submit your nominations online at



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