Baltimore. In June Dr. Art Caplan, director of Penn’s Center for Bioethics, will address Baltimore Penn alumni. Details were still being worked out at press time, but check the Web site for details (

Beijing. The Glee Club will be having a special performance for the Penn Club of Beijing on Thursday, May 27 (venue to be determined). For more information, please contact Terry Crossman at +86 (10) 6590-0042 or <>; or Charles Hsieh at +86 131-2138-1798 <>.

Boston. Come join the Penn Club of Boston in the bleacher seats as our beloved Red Sox take on the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, Aug, 29 at 2:05 p.m. More details and ticket information will follow via e-mail. Check the club calendar for updates at (; also visit it to sign up for the (free) club mailing list.

Chicago. With baseball season right around the corner, the Penn Club of Chicago has organized a trip to U.S. Cellular Field to watch the White Sox host the Boston Red Sox. We will be renting out a section in the Patio area, which gives us two hours of access to unlimited BBQ food and drinks (beer, wine, soda) plus tickets to the game at half the regular price. Date: Saturday, Aug. 21; time: BBQ begins at 10:30 a.m. for two hours, and the game starts at 12:05 p.m. Cost: $55/person, $35/child (free admission for children under 36 inches tall, which is the height of the turnstiles at the ballpark, and who can sit on someone’s lap) If you are interested in reserving tickets, please e-mail <>. Respond now to ensure ticket availability. Families are encouraged to attend! We will have other events scheduled during the summer and throughout the rest of the year. For more Penn Club of Chicago information, visit our Web site ( If you have questions about the club, email us at <> or <>.

Fairfield County, Conn. Please join us in Stamford on Thursday, May 20, at 7:30 a.m. for a very special breakfast with Dean Michael X. Delli Carpini C’75 G’75, the new dean of the Annenberg School. He will address current issues in the media and how they impact public policy, and will be available to answer any questions. We graciously thank Edward Netter C’53 and Geneve Corporation for providing the beautiful accommodations for this breakfast. If you are interested in attending, please contact Joanne Goldner Kahan W’84 at (203) 222-8949 or at <>.

Gold Coast, Fla. On Thursday, May 20, a dinner & theater event of The Producers. In our second dinner and theater night we will dine in Fort Lauderdale then go to see the play at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the River House, just a few blocks from the theater; we will then walk over to the show, which starts at 8 p.m. On Tuesday, June 1, at 7 p.m., the End of Year Dinner and Welcoming of Admitted Freshman will be held at Gibby’s in Fort Lauderdale. Dr. Paul Rozin, the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of Psychology at the University, will speak on dieting in our culture; he has done extensive research on the psychology of cuisine. We are also pleased to welcome incoming freshman from our area. Cost to be determined and an invitation will be sent to all club members.

Kansas City, Mo. Save the date! Join fellow alumni late afternoon on Saturday, June 5, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo., for a reception and viewing of the wonderful works by seminal American artist, Polly Apfelbaum. Featuring many of her “fallen paintings,” this show is co-curated by ICA director Claudia Gould and the senior curator Ingrid Schaffner. For more information on the show, go to ( For information on the event or about the club, contact Ned Reitzes C’74 at (913) 451-1505 or <>. Invitation to follow!

Metro New Jersey. The Penn Club of Metro New Jersey will hold its annual Wesley A. Stanger Jr. Scholarship and Installation Dinner on June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield. This year’s speaker is Dr. Stephen P. Steinberg Gr’89, executive director of the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture, and Community, who will discuss “Public Discourse in America: Off Campus and On.” For additional information visit ( or e-mail Charlie Mangano at <>.

Palm Beaches, Fla. This summer we will have our annual summer event with the Georgetown, Yale, and Princeton alumni clubs. For more information, please call Adrienne Huston Griffin at (561) 842-9219 or <>.

Philadelphia. Check out our Web site at ( for up-to-date information on club happenings!

Portland, Ore. Happy hours continue on the third Thursday of every month from 5:30 p.m. until the last person leaves: join us on May 20, and June 17. Whether the group is large or small, there’s always an opportunity for good conversation with old friends and new. Saturday, June 26, is the date of our third annual joint function at Safeco Field with the Penn Club of Seattle; this year the Mariners take on the revitalized San Diego Padres. We encourage all Penn alumni on the West Coast to plan ahead for the Penn men’s football game with the University of San Diego on Saturday, Sept. 18. Let’s fill those stands with red and blue! Details of all events will be posted on the Web site as they become available (

Rhode Island. It was a Night of Providence Theater with a Philadelphia Accent. Perishable Theatre, at 95 Empire Street in downtown Providence, presented A Live Radio Show, directed by alumnus Mark Lerman C’85. On Thursday evening, May 8, there was a reception after the performance where Mark greeted us and shared his thoughts on both the play and the arts scene in Providence. Call Barry Fain, president, at (401) 453-3937 to get more information on future activities of the club. Visit our Web site (

Syracuse, N.Y. On Thursday, June 10, from 8 a.m. to noon, all Penn alumni in Syracuse are invited to attend the 2004 Leadership Breakfast to develop community leadership sponsored by the Rescue Mission & the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York. The Penn Alumni Club of Syracuse will be a corporate sponsor in honor of keynote speaker Wharton professor Dr. Michael Useem, director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management. This breakfast will be held at Drivers Village in Cicero. For more information, please call A. Parker Sharron W’64 WG’71 at (315) 682-9500 ext. 170 to reserve your space today.

Westchester, N.Y. The Penn Club of Westchester & Rockland Counties invite all Penn alumni to attend the Annual Spring Dinner on Wednesday, May 19, at the Fairview Country Club in Greenwich, Conn. Our guest speaker this year is Dr. Michael X. Delli Carpini C’75 G’75, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner served at 7:30 p.m. For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact Cindy Shmerler Levy C’81, president, at (914) 747-5174 or email <>.

Western Pennsylvania. Join us for our upcoming Harvard/HYP-Pittsburgh Luncheon on Monday, May 17 with Linda Benedict-Jones, executive director of Silver Eye Gallery; the topic will be “Photography at Silver Eye: Part of Pittsburgh’s Cultural Landscape.” All luncheon lectures are held at the HYP-Pittsburgh Club at 619 William Penn Place, downtown (next to the Regional Enterprise Tower). Lunches run from noon until 1:15 p.m. The cost is $18, or only $15 for HYP-Pittsburgh Club and Harvard Club members. For reservations, call (412) 281-5858. For information on the club, visit (

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Judith Rodin, CW66

A great leader of a great university must be a great unifier; and you have proven yourself to be the very uni in university. As a Penn undergraduate, you served as president of the Women’s Student Government and united it with the Men’s Student Government to create one governmental body. Becoming Penn’s seventh President, you pledged on the stage of Irvine Auditorium to unite the entire University in excellence by building on its genetic code, an approach that came naturally to a biological and social psychologist.

Nurturing Penn’s inherited aptitude for combining the theoretical with the practical, the useful with the ornamental, and the traditional with the innovative, you created a seamless living and learning environment for undergraduates, celebrated differences among individuals and points of view, promoted interaction among schools and disciplines, blended teaching and research, connected technology and the imagination, partnered Penn with the West Philadelphia community, and linked the University with institutions around the globe. Even bricks and mortar united at your behest, morphing into brave new structures across our campus. In every act you sought synergy, enhancing Penn’s diverse components through their interactions with each other.

You have brought about spectacular transformations strengthening our academic core, dramatically improving our quality of life, doubling our research funding, tripling our endowment, fostering great leaps in our national rankings, revitalizing West Philadelphia, and, by example as well as by mandate, ensuring that the contributions of Penn women are fully recognized and celebrated.

As an alumna coming home to lead our University, you engendered special pride in the Association of Alumnae and the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, and inspired all alumni. You traveled far and frequently to speak directly to members of the Penn family. Whether on campus or around the globe, alumni flocked to see and hear you. A champion of alumni relations, you helped create an environment that embraces our diverse alumni population here and abroad and that promotes lifetime intellectual engagement with Penn.

You have developed your gift for unification into an art and a science, and you have helped us to realize your vision. Together, as you promised, we have ignited the spark that started the chain reaction leading to excellence. United now we stand, proud of our place among the few great research universities in the world.

Almost four decades ago, as the president of your class and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, you stepped forward to receive the General Alumni Society’s Student Award of Merit. Today, this fourteenth day of April, 2004, we ask you to accept, with our profound and united appreciation for your inestimable service to our alma mater, Penn Alumni’s highest honor, the Alumni Award of Merit.




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 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk. This time frame enables visiting families to also attend an information session and campus tour offered by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Reservations for the Q&A sessions are not required. For more information, visit ( or call (215) 898-6888.