Boston. On Dec. 8 attend a performance of The Nutcracker at the newly renovated opera house; we will meet nearby for coffee or a meal prior to the performance and then head over together (curtain is at 7:30 p.m.). On Jan. 17 come and celebrate Ben’s 300 birthday with us by toasting him over dessert at Finale in Park Square. We’ll even play a round of Ben Franklin/Penn Trivia—this is an event you won’t want to miss! For more information, contact club president Aileen Benson EAS’00 at <> or check ( for more details.

Fairfield County. The club invites you to our upcoming events: Freshman Reading Project on Nov. 16 at the Rye Free Reading Room; movie-viewing and discussion moderated by Betsy Berk Kahan CW’68, on a Sunday afternoon in January. For more information, contact club president Joanne Goldner Kahan W’84 at <>.

India. Join us at an all-alumni reception with Penn President Amy Gutmann in Mumbai on Jan. 5, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts. The Wharton Global Economic Forum is also being held in Mumbai, Jan. 6-7. President Gutmann, Wharton’s Dean Dr. Patrick T. Harker CE’81 GCE’81 Gr’83, Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh, and Dr. Jeremy Siegel (the Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance at Wharton) are some of the scheduled speakers. For more information on the Wharton Global Forum, visit ( To keep updated about events in the region, sign up for the Penn Club of India’s listserv at ( or contact club president Sheetal Jhunjhunwala W’94 at <> if you’d like to get involved.

Los Angeles. Members of PennClubLA returned earlier this month from Homecoming, where the club was presented the Alumni Club Award of Merit! Upcoming events: Dr. Susan Fuhrman, dean of Graduate School Education, on Nov. 30; and a family event in early December. Save the Date for our special Ben Franklin Birthday Bash at the Magic Castle on Jan. 17! For the most up-to-date information on the club, or to volunteer, visit ( or e-mail club president Melissa Wu at <>. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Metro New Jersey. Calling all Chefs! The club is sponsoring a participatory cooking lesson on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Institute for Culinary Education. Learn how to prepare, and then eat, a gourmet meal. In early January the club will host a jazz night and dinner. Visit our website ( for a complete calendar of events. For more information, please contact club president Dale Bell at <>.

Palm Beaches, Fla. The club will hold its annual holiday reception on Wed., Dec. 7 at the Chesterfield Hotel in Palm Beach, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information contact, Adrienne Huston Griffin at (561) 842-9219 or <>.

PennNYC. Nov. 22—learn about the essentials of wine-tasting with the Office of Champagnes; become familiar with the grapes of the Champagne region and sample various sparkling wines. Sign up for the PennNYC listserv at ( or contact Janet Shargel C’04 at <> for more information. In December we will host a holiday event to benefit a children’s charity. Visit the website or e-mail Amy Koenigsberg Remick C’00 at <> for more information.

Portland, Ore. Members and guests are invited to a wine tasting on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Square Deal Wine Company, 2321 Northwest Thurman; $25 for members and guests and $35 for others; space is limited; ample appetizers are included. Our Holiday Happy Hour will be on Thursday, Dec. 15, in the lobby of the Benson Hotel, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Check details for all of the events on our website (

Sarasota. On Nov. 17, a luncheon at the University Club in Sarasota at 11:30 a.m.; Dr. Jack Wright W’69 will speak on “Investment Management: The Risk vs. Return Balance.” A board member of the club, he is affiliated with the San Rafael Consulting Group. On Dec. 10, a luncheon at the Sarasota Yacht Club at 11:30 a.m.; Dr. Michael Gibbons, professor at the University of South Florida, will speak on “Ben Franklin: Founding Father.” For more information on the club, visit (www.alumni.upenn.ed/club/sarasota.html).

Southwest Florida. Location change: First Wednesday of the month luncheon series (through May) to the Collier Athletic Club, at 710 Goodlette Road. (Equivalent of 7th Avenue North and the next traffic light south of the US Post Office building on Goodlette.) Our executive-committee meeting starts at 11 a.m. and lunch is at noon. On Thurs., Nov. 17, Our “Welcome Back” Cocktail Party will be hosted by Mary Anne Gamba, NTS’65 G’84 and John Gamba W’61 at their home in Quail West. For questions and more details about events, please call Dick Denny at (239) 352-0479. We have reserved tickets for High Society at the Naples Dinner Theater for Sun., Dec. 11; dinner is at 11:30 a.m. and the show is at 1:15 p.m.

Washington. Celebrate Pennsylvania Day at the National Cathedral on Nov. 20: A celebration of the people and heritage of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At 3:30 p.m. there will be a choral prelude to Evensong featuring Penn a cappella group The Inspiration. At 4:00 p.m. is the choral Evensong with the National Cathedral Choir. The homilist is Rev. William C. Gipson, Penn’s chaplain. All members of the Penn Alumni community are invited to attend. For more information, contact Mistia Mullins at <>.

Westchester & Rockland Counties. Nov. 16—Join alumni from Westchester and Fairfield, Conn., for coffee and dessert as we discuss Ben Franklin’s Autobiography, just as Penn freshmen did this fall. Nov. 29—Dinner at the Penn Club of New York and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new Broadway musical, Woman in White. Sat., Dec. 10—Come hear Itzhak Perlman at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College. For information on these events, e-mail <>.

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ACA | 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. There are also Q&A sessions on Saturdays, through November 19, from 1:30 - 2:00 pm, also held in the Sweeten House. These scheduled times enable 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.


The Global Alumni Network is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Alumni Club Award of Merit and Achievement Awards.

2005 Alumni Club Award of Merit:
Penn Club of Los Angeles

2005 Achievement Awards:
Penn Club of Chicago and Penn Club of Panama

The Classes and Reunion Team is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Class Awards:
2005 Class Award of Merit: Class of 1955
2005 David N. Tyre Award: Class of 1980

Awards were presented at the Alumni Award of Merit Gala held during Homecoming 2005.


New Alumni Trustees
At the Homecoming meeting of Penn Alumni leadership, the Council of Representatives elected two new Alumni Trustees: Susan Frier Danilow CW’74 G’74 of New York for New York Metropolitan Alumni Trustee, and Julie Beren Platt C’79 of Los Angeles for Western Region Alumni Trustee. Ms. Danilow and Ms. Platt will begin serving their five-year terms on January 1, 2006. For complete biographies of these new trustees, please refer to page 71 of your July/August 2005 Gazette or online at (


Call for Nominations

Alumni are invited and encouraged to suggest candidates, who must be degree holding alumni, for one Mid-Atlantic Region Alumni Trustee position (comprising Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C.); one Southern Region Alumni Trustee position (comprising North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Bermuda, the Panama Canal, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Mexico); and two At-Large Alumni Trustee positions. Five-year terms will commence on January 1, 2007. The Penn Alumni Nominations Committee will evaluate and recommend candidates for trusteeship based on his or her evidence of leadership; involvement in alumni activities; record of achievement professionally, civically/socially, and for Penn; representation of the alumni in terms of geography, gender, school/college, and personal background; record of financial support to Penn relative to capacity; and evidence of “trustee caliber.”

Alumni are also encouraged to suggest candidates to receive next year’s Alumni Award of Merit, to be presented during Homecoming Weekend 2006. The Alumni Award of Merit is given for outstanding service to the University of Pennsylvania and can be presented to non-alumni. Suggested candidates will be given consideration by the Penn Alumni Awards and Resolutions Committee.

The Young Alumni Award will also be presented at the Alumni Award of Merit Gala during Homecoming Weekend 2006. The Award recognizes outstanding service to the University of Pennsylvania in several different and significant ways prior to one’s 16th reunion year. Suggested candidates will be given consideration by the Penn Alumni Awards and Resolutions Committee.

Names of candidates for the Alumni Trustee positions and the 2006 Alumni Award of Merit/Young Alumni Award should be sent by January 13, 2006 and February 3, 2006, respectively, to: Penn Alumni, c/o Executive Secretary, E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6226. You may also submit your nominations online at (