Highlights for Mar/Apr 2002. For more detailed listings, please see Alumni Calendar.


Mask & Wig
Tour 2002

New York—
March 8

Norfolk, Conn.—
March 15

Greenwich, Conn.—
March 16


Highball 2002

Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m.-12a.m.

The Penn Club
of New York

New York City RSVP’s please call
(215) 898-7811

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Events of interest—on campus and around the world.



Atlanta. Join club members for the Spring 2002 PennCares event, volunteering at the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Hunger Walk/Run, to be held on Sunday, March 17, at Turner Field. PennCares is a volunteer program established by the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Society to encourage alumni to get involved in their local communities. We will be volunteering as a group, from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., to help set up the parking lot for the event, and will be provided with breakfast, snacks, and drinks during the set-up shift—and all volunteers get a free T-shirt. The walk itself begins at 11 a.m., so volunteers can also go on the walk. If you are interested in volunteering, please RSVP to Pete Weimann at <pw@cc.gatech.edu> as soon as you can. And let him know if you are interested in walking after the shift. There are other volunteer shifts available all day, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.



Alumni, University staff, and friends of the magazine gathered to celebrate The Pennsylvania Gazette’s 100th year of publication at the Inn at Penn on February 13. Gazette editors and guest readers performed excerpts from the magazine—from turn-of-the-century praise for the “new” Franklin Field to a personal account of escape from the World Trade Center on 9/11—followed by a reception attended by about 100 people.

Please see Gazette Centennial Celebration to view photos of the reading and reception and the text of the readings.

And if you’re on campus for Alumni Weekend this year, please join us for another reading—featuring added Alumni Weekend content—on Friday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m. at Kelly Writers House, and get a special Gazette-cover refrigerator magnet as a Centennial souvenir.

PennAustin celebrated Ben’s Birthday in style in January with classes of alumni ranging over 50 years. He would be proud to see so many friends and families come together to celebrate Penn. Join us for one of our coming events with Habitat for Humanity or the Penn-Princeton men’s basketball game. Watch your inboxes and check for our Web site (www.pennaustin.com).

Boston. Check out the Penn Club of Boston’s Web site for a listing of all upcoming events (pennclubofboston.homestead.com).

Delaware. The Penn Club of Delaware is going to the Wilmington Blue Rocks baseball game on July 15. There will be a picnic before the game, and fireworks after at a cost of $20. Contact club president Carolyn Diehl for more information by phone at (302) 731-1294 or e-mail <cwdiehlde@msn.com>.

Fairfield County. The Penn Club of Fairfield County, Conn., has promised a large and enthusiastic turnout for the Mask & Wig Club’s performance on Saturday, March 16, in Greenwich. That the site selection is close to the border of West Chester County, N.Y., is no accident, as members of that club have also been invited. Contact club president Sam Heffner <SamHeffner@msn.com> for more information.

Los Angeles. The Club is gathering on Tuesday, March 5, at 4:30 p.m. to watch the Quakers cream the Tigers in men’s basketball on satellite TV. Contact Mitchell Kraus C’93 at <m_kraus@ix.netcom.com> for more information. Also check out the club’s new Web site at (www.pennclubla.com) for this and other events. Also join the Wharton Club of Southern California at these upcoming events: March 19 is Happy Hour; April 24—Museum Night; May 22, another Happy Hour at Einstein’s in Hermosa Beach; June 12—Happy Hour at Liquid Kitty in Santa Monica. All details can be found at their Web site (www.whartonsocal.com).

Metro New Jersey. We will be holding our first Book Club event in April; we will be reading Candide. Contact Scott Cohen at <Scott.J.Cohen.C00@alumni.upenn.edu> for further information. Dr. Judith Rodin CW’66 will be the guest at our Spring Dinner on June 11; if you are interested in attending, phone Dale Bell at (201) 750-0620. Visit our Web site for other information and membership (www.pennclubmetronj.com).

Minnesota. The Penn Club of Minnesota is relaunching! If you are interested in participating or receiving information on club events, e-mail your current contact information to <PennClubMN@hotmail.com> or contact Nancy Jacobsen at (651) 224-0684 or Paul Sternlieb at (952) 922-7285.

Norfolk, Conn. The Penn Alumni Club of Western New England is planning a trip to the Mask & Wig performance on March 15 in Norfolk. If interested, please contact Bill Squires C’71 at <squires774@aol.com>.

Northern California. Club members are invited to the UC Berkeley Art Museum by curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson C’89 to a presentation by New York-based artist Sanford Biggers on April 7, from 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m. A young, emerging African American artist, he is featured in this year’s Whitney Biennial. A reception will follow his presentation about his work. Other club events include a wine-country excursion on March 23 and a Happy Hour on April 18. Contact club president Phil Crosby C’92 at (510) 834-6600 or <PCrosby@wendel.com> or go to the club Web site (www.ncpennclub.com) for more information.

Philadelphia. Members are invited to the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival at Penn’s Morris Arboretum on April 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is an enjoyable day out for the entire family, with tea ceremonies, garden tours for children and adults, children’s crafts and activities, a musical event, and various Asian food will be featured. Contact <phlpennclb@aol.com> or Fanny Chu Fong at (215) 875-0492.

San Diego. Join the Penn Club of San Diego for our first Annual Temecula Winetasting on March 23; contact Gina Tapper at <gtapper1@san.rr.com> Our Quarterly High Ball will be at Troph’s Restaurant in UTC in March; contact Ellen Chang at <ellen.chang.c88@alumni.upenn.edu> The San Diego Crew Class is Saturday, April 6: come to cheer on the Penn team and challenge fellow Ivies in a tug-o-war; contact Peter Mallory at <team_Mallory@hotmail.com>

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre alumni will gather on Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m. for a general membership reception and a TV broadcast of the Penn-Princeton men’s basketball game. Contact Bob Kelly W’83 by phone at (570) 342-6100, or e-mail at <rkelly@mbklaw.com> for location and other details.

Westchester/Rockland Counties. Members are invited to a Penn-Cornell Tennis Party at the Chestnut Ridge Tennis Club, Snyders Hull Road in Mount Kisko on Saturday, March 9, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The cost is $35 per person for members, $45 non-members, and $15 non-players—socializers welcome. For more information, please contact Cindy Shmerler by phone at (917) 747-5174 or by e-mail at <Shmerls2@aol.com>, or contact Laura Fratt by phone at (914) 723-5108, or e-mail at <Fratt10583@aol.com>. On Sunday, March 10, there will be a Penn Westchester Family Skating Party at the Playland Ice Casino in Rye from 2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Cost is members $10 adult, $7 child; non-members $15 adult, $12 child. Spectators $5 per person. For further information, please contact Susan Ziluca at (917) 834-0785. Go to a Manhattan Theater Party and Dinner on Thursday, May 9, at the Penn Club of New York and then seeing Oklahoma on Broadway. For further information, please contact Joyce Goodman at (914) 723-2740.

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Penn President Judith Rodin CW’66, Provost Robert Barchi Gr’72 M’72, and Executive Vice President John Fry will visit cities across the United States for a series of conversations with alumni to celebrate the achievements of Penn’s recently concluded strategic plan, the Agenda for Excellence.

Please save the date for the program in your area:
Boston—March 26
San Francisco—April 8
Los Angeles—April 9
Washington—April 23
New York—May 21
Philadelphia—June 12

For more information, contact Bonnie Eisner, associate director, special projects,
at 215-746-6251 or <beisner@ben.dev.upenn.edu>.


The Harvard Club of Japan in cooperation with a number of university clubs, including the Penn Club of Japan, is hosting a University Charity Ball on Saturday, April 20, at the Westin Tokyo Hotel from 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 pm. A black-tie affair, the ball will feature dinner, dancing with live music, and a raffle of prizes. Tickets will be sold for ¥15,000 per person and proceeds from the event will be donated to local charities. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Marcy Wilder, vice president of the Harvard Club of Japan
<marwil@jircas.affrc.go.jp> or by fax 0298-38-6316.


Affirmative action in higher education will be the subject of a daylong symposium at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 33rd and Spruce Streets, Thursday, April 11, 2002.

The symposium, “Achieving Equal Opportunity and Diversity in Higher Education,” is being sponsored by the James Brister Society and the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs at Penn. Topics will examine issues of access and equity at Penn as well as policies and programs that promote diversity in higher education across the nation.

Opening remarks will be presented by University president Dr. Judith Rodin CW ’66. Christopher Edley, Jr., Co-Director, The Civil Rights Project, Harvard University, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Other speakers from the fields of civil rights and higher education will include: Gilbert Casellas, Former Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Raymond Fonseca, Dean of the Penn School of Dental Medicine and former Chair of the President’s Affirmative Action Council; Theodore Shaw, Associate Director/Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.; Gerald Torres, Vice Provost and law professor at the University of Texas Law School; Vincent Eng, Legal Director, National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium; and Phoebe Leboy, professor of biochemistry at Penn and co-chair of Penn’s Gender Equity Committee.

Affirmative action has come under constant challenge in recent years with some states, such as California, restricting or banning race from consideration in college admissions. This event will provide an opportunity for the Penn community to discuss and debate affirmative action, its mission, and future almost three decades after it first became public policy.

The symposium will extend from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception will follow. Students, faculty, administrators and alumni are encouraged to attend. Registration for alumni, faculty and staff is $25.00; there is no charge for students.

For more information and to pre-register, call Jeannie Williams at (215) 898-7811 or e-mail her at <jeannw@ben.dev.upenn.edu>.