Arizona. Welcome recent graduates and other alumni who have moved into the area: Bistro 24, Ritz Carlton Hotel, 24th & Camelback, Phoenix (complimentary valet parking), on Tues., Sept. 15, 5:30pm. There is no charge and appetizers will be provided. Visit for details and to RSVP.
Baltimore. On Wed., Sept. 23, at 6pm, welcome the members of the Class of 2009 and alumni new to the Baltimore area at Little Havana Restaurant, 1325 Key Hwy., Baltimore. On Sun., Oct. 18, enjoy a wine-tasting with the Wharton Club of Baltimore at the alumni-owned Black Ankle Vineyards, 14463 Black Ankle Rd. in Mt. Airy ($5 fee for wine tasting). For more information, contact Marguerite Kelley C’95 at

Metro New Jersey. On Thurs., Oct. 8, start off the year with our annual fall dinner. Our speakers will be Professor Art Caplan, head of Penn’s Center for Bioethics, and one of Discover magazine’s “Top 50 Smartest” people. Check our website for more details on this and other events, including our First September event for recent graduates and our first open board meeting.
Miami. Penn Alumni, Penn Nursing, and the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women present a conference on urban women’s health initiatives on Fri., Nov. 20, 8:30am-1:30pm, at the La Gorce Country Club in Miami Beach.  “Healthy Cities/Healthy Women: South Florida and Urban Women’s Health” is a cutting-edge program promoting health in urban areas for women, their families, and their communities; topics will include raising children in urban areas, access to care, women and aging, and designing cities to better promote women’s health.  Visit for more info.

New York. The popular Executives in Transition series is back with a workshop and networking reception for current and former Wall Streeters on Mon., Sept. 14, 6.30pm. The evening, co-sponsored by the Penn Club of New York, features a workshop during which career-coaches Terri Wein W’84 WG’88 and Susan Weil W’84 will help professionals in career transition to identify alternative career paths, taking into account natural preferences rather than actual experience. On Thurs., Sept. 17, 6:30pm, PennNYC and the Penn Club of New York invite alumni to the annual First September Bash, welcoming recent graduates to the city; enjoy drink specials in the Grill Room of the Penn Club (RSVP to On Tues., Oct. 6, 6:30pm, trusted financial coach Jean Chatzky C’86 will discuss her new book, The Difference: How Anyone Can Prosper. Also this fall, Eric Furda C’87, dean of Admissions at Penn, will speak to alumni families about navigating the college-selection process. For more information, and to register for events, visit Contact club president Dale Kramer Cohen W’76 at

Northern California. Welcome the Class of 2009 to the Bay Area at our annual First September event on Wed., Sept. 30. This event will also celebrate our membership of the University Club: check out our new club house. We are also busy in September and October helping Penn Admissions hold “Intro to Penn” events at various locations around the Bay Area. If you have children in high school or have neighbors or friends interested, encourage them to attend a session. Visit for information on events and to RSVP, locations for the Intro to Penn programs, and if you are interested to interview high-school students for Penn.

Philadelphia. On Tues., Sept. 15, 6pm, join us for chocolate, wine, and Mayan history as we tour Painted Metaphors: Pottery and Politics of the Ancient Maya at the Penn Museum. On Sat., Sept. 26, noon, is the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Picnic, an opportunity to join in our continued efforts to support social impact in the Philadelphia community. On Sat., Oct. 10, 10:30am, join us for a discussion on “Military vs. Business Leadership” and what it means to be part of a team with Wharton professor Jim Vesterman WG’06. After the reception and talk we will head to Franklin Field to watch Penn take on Bucknell. On Thur., Oct. 22, 7pm, a “Food and Wine Preceptorial” with Professor Ponzi Lu and wine expert Neal Ewing: an evening of great food, wine, and education at a surprising location! As always, visit our website for more details and other upcoming events.

Portland, Ore. On Tues., Sept. 22, at 5:30pm, welcome members of the Class of 2009. Recent grads are invited to join other alumni and friends of Penn for food, beverage, and conversation at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall in an old Freightliner Trucking warehouse: look for friendly faces and our small, tasteful, tabletop Penn flag. On Wed., Oct. 14, noon, our first Fall Luncheon, at the University Club, downtown, will feature Kathleen Thomas CE’78 (rescheduled from last spring) discussing her book, Don’t Call Me Rosie: The Women Who Welded the LSTs and the Men Who Sailed on Them. Look for details on our website

Western Pennsylvania. Join us at our Monthly Luncheons which we host at noon on the first Thursday of every month at the HYP Club, 619 William Penn Place. On Wed., Oct. 21, there will be an all-alumni event featuring John Zeller, Penn’s vice president of Development and Alumni Relations, and Hoopes Wampler, assistant vice president of Alumni Relations. Consult our website for updated information:

Westchester & Rockland Counties. Join us at Grand Prix New York, on Sat., Sept. 26, 7pm—9:30pm, for our second annual First September Event to welcome recent graduates and other alumni new to the area. An interviewer-training session with Joel Hart, regional director for the Penn’s Office of Admissions, will be held on Oct. 1, at 7pm, at the Ossining Public Library; if you are interested in interviewing, see contact information on the club website. Additional events include a walkathon for Childhood Cancers on Sat., Oct. 3, and an outing to the Penn vs. Columbia Football game in New York city on Sat., Oct. 17:. To continue to receive notices of events for 2010, you must be registered on the website by Dec. 31. If you are unable to log-in, please, go to for events details, and to sign up and pay for events and club membership.


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Alumni Trustee Nominees
(Five-year terms to begin on January 1, 2010)

James H. Greene, Jr. (“Jamie”) W’72 Mr. Greene is and has been since January 1, 1996 a member of KKR, LLC which serves as the General Partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., L.P. (“KKR”). From January 1, 1993 until January 1, 1996, he was a General Partner of KKR and he has been an executive of KKR since June, 1986 when he joined the firm. KKR is a leading global alternative asset manager, KKR’s franchise is sponsoring and managing funds that make investments in private equity, fixed income and other assets in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Mr. Greene received his Bachelor of Science – Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972.

Mr. Greene is also a former Director of the US Lacrosse Foundation, a national organization dedicated to the growth of lacrosse; a member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Athletic Board of Overseers and a past Chairman of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way of the Bay Area.

Andrea Berry LaPorte, Nu’69 Andrea Berry Laporte received her BSN from the University of Pennsylvania in 1969 and her MA in Nursing from New York University in 1975.  She was a trustee of St. Paul’s School in Baltimore for 11 years, during which time she and her husband chaired the Sesquicentennial Capital Campaign.  She was a trustee of St. Paul’s School for Girls for 8 years, and was a curator of the Annual Art Show and Sale benefiting the Baltimore Choral Arts Society for 16 years.  Currently she is serving on the Board of Overseers of the School of Nursing at Penn, where she is co-chairing, with Pedie Killebrew, the school’s Where Science Leads capital campaign.  She is completing her term as President of the Board of Trustees of The Walters Art Museum in June 2009, and will become Chairman at that time.

Simon D. Palley, WG’83 Simon Palley was Managing Partner at BC Partners, one of Europe’s leading private equity firms until he retired in September 2007. He spent 17 years at BC Partners structuring buyouts, contributing to the firm’s strategy and leading the London office. Major investments included General Healthcare Group, Hirslanden Holding, Dometic A.B., Regency Casinos, Autotrader and Aviagen. Prior to joining BC Partners in 1990 he spent two years at Bankers Trust and four years at Bain & Co. Simon has an MBA from The Wharton School in Pennsylvania and an economics degree from Cambridge University.

His Board memberships include Centro Médico Teknon (the number 1 private hospital in Spain), Regency Casinos (the largest casino company in Greece) and Dometic A.B. (a supplier of absorption fridges, awnings and windows to the RV industry). He is a member of the Wharton Business School’s European Advisory Board and a member of the Young Vic Theatre Development Board.

Additional Alumni Trustee nominations should be forwarded to Trina L. Middleton,
Director of Penn Alumni Board Services, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6226;; 215-898-5383 (fax)

ACA | The Alumni Council on Admissions is Penn’s advising and guidance resource for undergraduate legacy applicants. The ACA hosts Legacy Advising Sessions: Monday through Friday (except University holidays), starting 12:15pm and 3:15pm, and Saturdays in the fall (Sept. 12 – Nov. 21), 1:15pm. Additional sessions will also be available
during Homecoming Weekend (Nov. 6 & 7). These informal sessions allow alumni and
their children and grandchildren to learn more about Penn’s selection process and the college search process in general. Sessions are held in the Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, and reservations are never required. For more information, visit or phone (215) 898-6888.


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