Penn Alumni President Nominee Penn Alumni has nominated Julie Beren Platt, C’79 to fill the position of Penn Alumni president for a two and one-half year term beginning July 1, 2013.
Mrs. Platt began her involvement with Penn working with The Penn Fund and becoming a member of the Southern California Regional Advisory Board. She then became involved with Penn Alumni, serving on the Executive Committee, Nominations Committee and the Penn Alumni Council for Admissions. In 2006, Ms. Platt was elected to the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania as an Alumni Trustees. As a Trustee, she serves on the Academic Policy, Development, and the Honorary Degrees and Awards Committees, and serves as the Chair of the Student Life Committee.
Mrs. Platt is a member of the Boards of Overseers of both the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and Penn Hillel. She serves as Co-Chair of Penn Hillel’s National Board of Governors, and is a member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women. Additionally, she serves as Chair of Penn Nursing’s Los Angeles conference, Healthy Cities: Healthy Women. Mrs. Platt and her husband, Marc Platt (C’79) made a substantial leadership gift to create the Platt Student Performing Arts House, a home for student performing arts at Penn. The Platts’ also created the Julie Beren Platt and Marc Platt Rehearsal Room in Houston Hall, and established the Marc E. and Julie B. Platt Endowed Fund in support of the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and the Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt Scholarship at the School of Arts and Sciences. In 2012, Julie and Marc joined the Men and Women of Pennsylvania Scholarship Fund and funded a new summer school in Judaic studies for students pursuing doctoral studies in all fields of Judaic studies. The summer school is a joint program of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Penn’s Katz Center.
Mrs. Platt is President of the Julie Beren Platt and Marc E. Platt Foundation, Inc., and Chair of the Advisory Board of Directors of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies. She is the immediate Past-Chair of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation’s Women’s Campaign and serves on the Federation Executive Committee as well as the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federations of North America. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Jewish Camp.
Early in her professional career, Mrs. Platt worked as a commercial banker in New York. She was Vice President of the Commercial Banking Training Center at Bankers Trust from 1984 to 1986, and Assistant Vice President of Bankers Trust’s Eastern National Division from 1979 to 1984.
Alumni may file other nominations for the position of Penn Alumni president no later than March 11, 2013; these nominations must be accompanied by a petition signed by no less than 1500 eligible degree-holding alumni. A formal election will take place at the Penn Alumni Board and Council Meeting on Saturday, May 11, 2013, 9:00 am in College Hall, Room 200.
For details, please contact Trina Middleton, Director of Penn Alumni Board Services, E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colorado. Please join us in April for a unique panel featuring visiting Penn professors focused on women in the workplace to celebrate 100 years of the Association of Alumnae. Colorado’s Penn, Wharton, and Penn Law groups have collaborated together to organize this event. Please visit www.penndenver.com for details on this event and others taking place in 2013.
Houston. Please visit our website at www.pennhouston.org for a listing of our events for March and April. We look forward to connecting with you.
Israel. Club members will attend Verdi’s Otello at the Israel Opera on Sat., April 27. There is a Penn-Ivy League cocktail party and talk by the artistic director and conductor before the opera and a backstage cocktail with the opera singers after. The evening was arranged by Young Friends of the Arts, a Tel-Aviv-based non-profit, founded by Jacob Bryce WG’05 G’07, that brings mid-career professionals together in the context of the classical arts. (For his efforts to develop unique events for the club this year Jacob was awarded the Club’s “With Small Strokes Fall Great Oaks Award” at the Ben Franklin Birthday Bash.)
Louisiana. Club members invite local alumni to the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at the New Orleans Museum of Art on Sat., April 20, from 9am to 11am, for a service project and private tour by Sydney Besthoff W’49. This event will be a great opportunity to learn about and help improve this great New Orleans treasure while connecting with the Penn Club of Louisiana and alumni. For more information or to RSVP, please email Austin Lavin, club president, at PennClubofLouisiana@gmail.com.
Los Angeles. We will be holding a media and entertainment event in March. If you are interested in joining the PENNtertainment planning team, please email email@example.com; for details about the event, as well as other upcoming Penn alumni events, check our website at www.pennclubla.com.
Metro New Jersey. There will be a Penn Performing Arts event featuring the Quaker Notes on Fri., March 22. Location coming soon; visit www.pennclubmetronj.com for more event details. “A Day in the Life of Your Application” is a club-members only event with Penn Admissions officers at the Millburn Public Library, 200 Glenn Avenue, Millburn, on Thurs., April 18, from 7pm to 9pm. Contact Elissa Caterfino Mandel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or to register.
New Haven. On Sat., March 9: dinner and then off to the Penn vs. Yale basketball game. We have reserved several rooms for a 5pm dinner before the 7pm game at Mory’s, 306 York St., Yale’s historic 148-year-old private dining club. We will be served dinner in the Captain’s Room, the Library, and the President’s Room. Mory’s is less than a five-minute walk to the Payne Whitney Gym. For more details, email Club President Reena Levine Seltzer C’76 G’Ed’77 at email@example.com.
Northern California. Join us for an engaging presentation by Prof. Dan Lee, Penn’s leading-edge expert in robotics, on Thurs., April 4. See our website for details on this programs and others, including events with our Ivy League friends and activities at Wharton/San Francisco. If you would like to help create events, please email us through the website: www.ncpennclub.com.
Philadelphia. We have several great upcoming events including a guided tour of the Barnes Foundation (with an art-history professor) and brunch; a beer-tasting at the Dock Street Brewery; a Philadelphia Union Soccer game; great community-service events, and more! Visit www.pennclubphilly.org for more information.
Portland. The Club annual Spring Luncheon with a visiting Penn professor will take place in April. Michael McGarry C’86 continues to organize the All-Ivy Networking Events which are typically on the fourth Thursday of each month. Confirm the times, locations, and other details of these and all other events on our website www.pennclubofportland.org or in our email newsletter; contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the email list.
San Diego. On Sat., April 13, a microbrewery guided tour and tasting! Please join San Diego Penn and the local Wharton club for a private, guided tour and tasting at Lost Abbey, a Zagat top-rated microbrewery, at 155 Mata Way #104, San Marcos. The group will gather at 5pm, as the tour begins at 5:30pm. There will also be food from a local food truck to round off our festivities. Please RSVP by April 10 to email@example.com. This event is an exclusive for our group. If you are interested in a group van-share, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
Sarasota/Manatee. The club’s luncheon meeting will be held on Sat., April 27, and will feature Jeffrey Tibbs WG’06. Your newsletter invite will be in your mailboxes with details of this event.
Seattle. We are proud to announce the launch of our new website, www.pennclubofseattle.com! Thanks to our executive-board volunteers for their hard work putting it together. Please visit it to sign up for our Spring events, which will include happy hours, a chocolate-tasting, and possibly a live performance by the Penn Glee Club (stay tuned!). Join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups to maximize your Penn alumni network in Washington state. Contact club co-presidents for more information: Kristine Tan Wright EAS’94 at email@example.com or Belinda Bentzin Buscher C’92 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southwest Florida. Join us on Sat., March 21, for a day at the ballpark, under lights: Philadelphia Phillies vs Boston Red Sox. There will be a barbecue picnic from 5:30pm to 7pm; look for the Penn tables under tent near Gate C across from ticket window. At 7:05pm the game starts: we have reserved grandstand seating. The cost is $75 a ticket, including reserved seating and picnic. To reserve, email Bob Klausner at email@example.com or call (239) 593-6061.
Toronto. On March 29, please come join us for our last Thursday of the Month Happy Hour and meet fellow alumni in the Toronto area! It is from 7:30pm until 9:30pm at Four Restaurant, 187 Bay Street (Commerce Court South, concourse level). Visit www.pennwhartontoronto.com/events.html for more details on upcoming events.
Washington. Join us for our March Madness happy hour and other great events! For more details, visit us on www.facebook.com/groups/5691757420. The DC Penn Club welcomes inquiries about membership and offers volunteer opportunities for club members: please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.