Arizona. The Penn & Wharton Club of Arizona just finished up an amazing year with a number of events, including those hosted by a celebrity chef, a bestselling author, multiple museum tours, and of course our annual Ben Franklin party and monthly happy hours. If you are new to the area and would like to get on our calendar for our next season, we would love to hear from you! Please contact Ronjon Bhattacharya C’03 at or see our website

Houston. Join us on Aug. 25, 11:30am,
at Taco Milagro (Kirby & Westheimer) for our Student Send Off Party. Come help us send off the new and returning students back to campus. All are welcome, especially students! RSVP to

Las Vegas. Join us the fourth Thursday of every month for Happy Hour. For details, email Lea Artis C’08 at PCLV has many exciting events coming up this fall including the Freshmen Send Off and First September. Stay tuned and sign up for our listserv.

Los Angeles. Join PennCLubLA and Southern California alumni for our annual Penn/Wharton/SCRAB beach club dinner. We are also pleased to host First September to welcome new alumni to the Southern California community. For more information about these events and to view all our upcoming events, please visit or follow us on Twitter @pennclubla. Want to get involved? Email us at

Northern California. Join us on Sun., Aug. 26, for our Club Picnic being held at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo. This will be a fun-filled day, with fellow alumni, friends and family, and will be our First September event to welcome the Class of 2012 to the Bay Area. We have a wine-tasting coming up in September, a Penn 2 U event in October, and of course our monthly events with our Ivy League friends. To receive invitations to our events, please register on our website at; if you would like to help with the picnic or any of our events, email us at

Northeastern Pennsylvania. Join us for a reception honoring NE Pennsylvania’s contributions to Penn’s Class of 2016. Our reception will be held on Thurs., July 26, at 6pm at the East Mountain Inn in Wilkes-Barre, located just off Exit 170-A of I-81. Attire for the evening is casual, and the event should conclude by 8pm. Dinner will be served (cash bar). The price for the event is $30/person. Kindly RSVP by Fri., July 22, to Rob Kelly at (570) 207-3666 or at Please mail your check, payable to “Penn Club of NEPA” to Brent Snowdon at 20 Wedgewood Way, Dallas, PA 18612. The reception will give you an opportunity to meet the local members of Penn’s incoming freshman class and to mingle with your fellow alumni.

Orange County. Penn Club of OC is planning on sending off Penn’s incoming Class of 2016 later this summer. Details of this and other events in the Orange County area will be sent to those on our OC listserv and posted to Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow us. Drop us an email at  and let us know what future events you would like to see in the OC: ideas and volunteers are always welcome. Join our OC listserv at Follow us on Facebook at Penn Club of Orange County or on Twitter @penncluboc.

Portland, Ore. Our annual Summer Lawn Party and Class of 2016 Send Off Event will be during the week of July 29 at the home of one of our members. Please check our website ( for exact time and details. In June, we once again presented book awards to deserving students, moving into their senior year at four high schools.

San Diego. Join the San Diego Penn, Wharton, Harvard and MIT Alumni clubs for an amazing Ivy Mixer at the VIP Tent at San Diego Polo Club (14555 El Camino Real) on Sun., Aug. 26, from 1pm to 7pm. Visit for Polo Timeline of the day drinks and socializing 4:30-7:00 pm post matches. Tickets are $20 per person. Purchase directly through link, CODE: alum812. For further information on San Diego Club events or to participate, please email

Utah. Join us for the third annual Penn Club of Utah Student Sendoff on Sat., Aug. 4, from 4 pm to dusk. We shall supply hamburgers and veggie burgers. Guests supply the rest, to share, organized by last name: last names A - G, please bring a green salad; H-O, non-salad side dish (e.g. pasta salad, etc.), P-Z, a dessert. Please also bring whatever you would like to drink. The Student Sendoff will be at the home of Bill & Julia Loughlin, 5141 Silver Springs Road, Park City. “We are on a small lake with kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and a pedal boat, so if you’re in the mood to boat about, you’ll be welcome to do so.” No RSVP necessary, we shall see you there!

Washington. Join the DC Penn Club for our July happy hour and other great late summer events! For more details, visit us on Facebook, or at our website, The Club also welcomes inquiries about membership, and offers volunteer opportunities for members. For further information, please email us at

Westchester/Rockland. Join us at our final event of the year on Sun., July 29, when the Club continues its long-time summer tradition with a concert at Caramoor in Katonah. This year, we will attend a jazz concert headlined by Pat Metheny, 19-time Grammy Award winner. The performance is in the afternoon and for those who are interested, we will head to Katonah for dinner after the show. Metheny will be joined by bassist Ben Williams who recently won the Monk Competition, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter, and long-time collaborator and drummer Antonio Sanchez. Contact Alan Sheptin ( for information and to reserve tickets as this will be an extremely popular event. Or RSVP directly and pay for tickets on our website, The Club is busy planning the events for the 2012-13 year; if you have ideas for new and different events, or would like to help in planning events, contact Club president Cheryl Kabalkin C’87 W’87 L’90 at


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And the Nominees Are…
Penn Alumni has nominated three candidates to fill three alumni trustee positions for five-year terms starting January 1, 2013.

Allan C. Bell, Esq., C’81 is Chair of the Trusts and Estates Practice Group at the Newark, NJ based law firm of Sills Cummis & Gross, where he has practiced since law school graduation.  After receiving his Penn B.A., magna cum laude, Mr. Bell earned a J.D. from Columbia Law School (1984) and an LL.M. (in Tax) from NYU Law School (1987).

At Penn, Mr. Bell has served on the Council of Recent Graduates, was Co-Chairman of the Penn Reunion Leadership Conference, Vice-President of his Class, Gift Co-Chair of his Class’s 30th, 25th, 20th and 15th Reunions, and is currently President Emeritus of the Alumni Class Leadership Council, Development Chair of the Basketball Board, and a member of the Penn Fund Executive Board and Hillel Board of Overseers. 
Mr. Bell has served on the Boards of the Dwight-Englewood School and the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation, and is currently Secretary of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity National Foundation Board of Directors. 

Mr. Bell and his wife and classmate, Dale Borenstein Bell (MT’81), established an endowed scholarship fund on the occasion of their 25th Reunion, and are generous supporters of Penn Athletics including basketball and football.

Susanna E. Lachs, Esq., CW’74 ASC’76 has 22 years of experience as a commercial litigator with the Philadelphia law firms of Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman and Cohen, and then Kaufman, Coren , Ress and Weidman. After practicing law, she has been active as a community volunteer. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and continues as an Emerita Trustee. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple University, as well as a member of the Board of Visitors of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.

At Penn, she is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Libraries, Co-Chair of the National Board of Penn Hillel, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. She is also a past Chair and member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, and is a recipient of Penn’s Alumni Award of Merit. In Philadelphia, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, its Board of Women’s Philanthropy, the Jewish Learning Venture, and the Philadelphia Mural Arts Project.
Ms. Lachs is a graduate of Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication, and the College for Women.

Mark B. Werner, C’80 is the CEO and co-founder of Pierpont Securities, a fixed income broker-dealer that specializes in the trading, underwriting, and distribution of US Treasury securities, Federal Agency securities, and Mortgage-Backed securities. He has spent 32 years in the financial services industry and previously served as chief executive officer for Banc of America Securities at the Bank of America Corporation, and prior to that, was co-head of fixed income and Vice Chairman of JP Morgan Securities, Inc.

Throughout his career, Mark has been involved with industry boards and interest groups working on common issues among member financial services organizations for the betterment of the industry. He is a past board member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). He was also a member and past division chairman of the Bond Market Association. He also served as a director for both Broker-Tec and TradeWeb.

In service to the public sector, Mark was a member and past chairman of the US Treasury’s Borrowing Advisory Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee. The role of this committee is to meet quarterly in Washington, DC with the Secretary of the Treasury and his staff as well as the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board and his staff to advise them on the management of the federal debt. 

Mark graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Economics in 1980. He is a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Athletic Board of Overseers, and currently co-chairs the Development Campaign for Athletics.

Alumni may file other nominations until August 31, 2012; these nominations must be accompanied by a petition signed by no less that 1500 degree-holding alumni.
For Alumni Trustee nominations and any additional details write to Trina L. Middleton, Director of Penn Alumni Board Services, E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6226 or email her at





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