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Call for Nominations

Alumni are invited and encouraged to suggest Alumni Trustee candidates, who must be degree-holding alumni, for the three At-Large Alumni Trustee positions.
The successful Alumni Trustee candidates will begin their five-year terms on January 1, 2015. The Penn Alumni Nominations Committee, chaired by Penn Alumni President Julie Beren Platt C’79 and made up of current and former Alumni Trustees, will evaluate and recommend candidates for trusteeship based on evidence of leadership; involvement in alumni activities; record of achievement professionally, civically/socially, and for Penn; representation of the alumni body in terms of geography, gender, school/college, and personal background; record of financial support to Penn relative to capacity; and evidence of “trustee caliber.” Please provide supporting documentation for why a candidate should be considered for alumni trusteeship at this time.
The deadline for Alumni Trustee nominations is Friday, January 10, 2014.
Each year, Penn Alumni presents the Alumni Award of Merit to alumni volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the University. Community service, professional achievements, and other such accomplishments are considered but are only secondary to University service. The awards will be presented during Homecoming Weekend 2014 at the Alumni Award of Merit Gala, a celebration for all alumni volunteers. Attendance at the ceremony, to be held October 31, 2014, is a prerequisite for receiving the Award.
The Young Alumni Award recognizes outstanding leadership and service to the University prior to one’s 16th Reunion year. Community service, professional achievements, and other such accomplishments are considered but are secondary to five to 15 years of varied University service. The Young Alumni Award will also be presented during Homecoming Weekend 2014. Attendance at the ceremony, to be held October 31, 2014, is a prerequisite for receiving the Award.
The Penn Alumni Awards and Resolutions Committee, chaired by Susan Frier Danilow CW’74 G’74 and made up of previous alumni award recipients, will give consideration to suggested candidates for the Alumni Award of Merit and the Young Alumni Award. In addition to the online nomination form, documentation supporting why a candidate should be considered for the Alumni Award of Merit or the Young Alumni Award should be submitted at this time. Please note: the strongest recommendations are those that are accompanied by three or more letters of recommendation from classmates, colleagues, University staff, and others who know the candidate well in his/her service to Penn.
The deadline for Alumni Award of Merit and Young Alumni Award nominations is Friday, February 7, 2014.
Names of candidates for the Alumni Trustee positions and the 2014 Alumni Award of Merit/Young Alumni Award should be sent by January 10, 2014 and February 7, 2014, respectively, to: Trina Middleton, Director, Penn Alumni Board Services, E. Craig Sweeten Alumni House, 3533 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6226. You may also submit your nominations online at


Boston. Join your fellow Quakers in Boston at the Penn vs. Harvard Tailgate & Game on Sat., Nov. 16. The tailgate starts at 10am and kickoff is at 12 noon in Harvard Stadium. Show your Penn Pride, wear your Red and Blue! There are happy hours every other month and a variety of other programming, including speakers, theater performances, and athletic events. For more info on these, go to or email [email protected].

Chicago. Gather with recent alumni this winter and spring over beers at Moody Tongue Brewing Company, a brewery co-founded by Jeremy Cohn W’09 that is launching this winter in Pilsen (2136 S. Peoria Street). You’ll get to have an early taste of their creations, take a tour of the brewhouse, and hear about their “culinary-brewing techniques, a style which integrates the processes of cooking and brewing to create thoughtful beers” ( Visit for details.

Denver. We hope to see you at our annual holiday party with Cornell and Columbia alumni in mid-December. Details coming soon!

Houston. November and December are very busy months for us. Please check for information and to register for events. On Tuesdays in November we continue the Dinners by Profession series, and on Nov. 16 come watch the televised Penn vs. Harvard football game with members of the Harvard Club. In December, we are proud to bring you our Members Only Holiday Party. Not a member yet? Please join, it’s easy.

Indonesia. We shall hold a Year-end Club gathering on Thurs., Dec. 19. Contact Adriani Onie WG’08 for details and to find out about our alumni networking at [email protected].

Las Vegas. We are pleased to host an Ivy night at the Smith Center on Nov. 22 featuring the Brubeck Brothers for an evening of cabaret jazz. Cocktails will start at 6pm, with a small talk about the Smith Center before the performance at 7pm. Unique to this venue, food and drinks will be served throughout the evening. Afterwards we shall head downtown to continue the fun! Tickets can be purchased through the Smith Center website using the code “IVYLEAGUE.” Our Ivy Plus Holiday Party will be late in December; please visit our new online home for details on all events or email our president Lea Artis C’08 at [email protected]. Do sign up for our listserv with Lea or at [email protected].

Long Island. We are gearing up for a new year of events and membership expansion, but all of this needs your support and attendance. For information and to get involved, please contact Ilene Karp-Michaels C’89 at [email protected].

Los Angeles. On Sun., Nov. 17, join us for Penn Serves LA: Show Appreciation to the Troops, from 10am to 1pm at the American Red Cross in Santa Monica. Every holiday season, the Red Cross sends a “touch of home” to American men and women serving our country. All ages welcome. Learn more about the impact of the American Red Cross, and write letters to our heroes to extend our appreciation to the Armed Forces during the holiday season. Started in 2012, Penn Serves LA offers a way for direct community service for local alumni and their children to serve the city’s most needy populations. We partner with established nonprofits and grassroots for one-time volunteer opportunities: we have served meals to the homeless, delivered food to low-income families, planned activities with immigrant children. There are lots of fun events planned for this winter: for up-to-date information. Get involved, email us at [email protected], and follow us on twitter @pennclubla

Louisiana. We are looking forward to our fall series of programs. Please like us on Facebook to learn more,, or email club president Austin Lavin C’06 at [email protected].

Metro New Jersey. Join us on Nov. 14 at 7pm when we host our first ever Pre-Thanksgiving Cooking Event, at the Bloomingdale’s in the Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, to learn some creative side dishes. Come early to shop and save 20 percent on most store items during the Friends and Family Sale. On Dec. 14, from 8am to 11am, we spread our holiday joy as we host our Penn Cares Community Service Day at the Community Food Bank in Hillside. Sign up early as this event was sold out last year. Be sure to visit to learn about our Club and to register for our fall and winter events; or contact club president Alan Rubin W’78 WG’78 at [email protected].

Northern California. Join Bay Area alumni at our upcoming events, including Young Alumni, UPAAN, and LGBT mixers; cultural, career, and community-service events; and activities with other Ivy League clubs. On Nov. 18, Penn’s Office of Global Initiatives invites all alumni to the “India as a Pioneer of Innovation Conference” being held at Wharton/San Francisco. Looking ahead to after the holidays, we invite you to celebrate the New Year by joining us at our annual party in honor of Ben Franklin. To receive invitations to all these events, register on our website

Orange County. Join fellow OC alums as we cheer on Penn Football against Harvard on Sat., Nov. 16! Details for this and all other events are emailed to our alums on the OC listserv, so make sure you are on the list! Contact [email protected] for more info.

Portland. We are blessed with Penn grads heavily involved in the Oregon wine industry and in December we will hold our second annual Holiday Wine-Tasting. In January we will be celebrating Benjamin Franklin’s 308th birthday with our annual Ben’s Birthday Bash Happy Hour. Further details of these and other events can be found as they unfold on the club’s website,

Sarasota. Our Regular Saturday Luncheon Meetings are usually held at the Sara Bay Country Club at 11:30am. On Nov. 16, Lauren Rudd, syndicated financial columnist, will speak on “Building a Successful Portfolio in Today’s Economic Climate.” On Dec. 7, Hon. Pat Neal W’71, successful local builder, will speak on “The Prospects for a Robust Real Estate Recovery.” On Jan. 18, “A Medley of Arias” will be performed by singers from the Sarasota Opera, but at the TCP Prestancia, 11:30am. For questions, contact club secretary Valerie Grey at [email protected].

Seattle. The Club is gearing up for a new year of great events. Upcoming events include Young Alumni happy hours, our annual alumni picnic in September, Penn professor lectures, a family trail hike, and a festive holiday dinner. But all this needs your membership support and attendance. Visit our new website ( to become a dues-paying member and for updates on events. Look for us on Facebook and LinkedIn, too. Contact co-president Belinda Bentzin Buscher C’92 at [email protected] for more information or to get involved.

Washington. Join us for our November happy hour and other great upcoming events. For more details, visit us on Facebook at, or at our website, The DC Penn Club also welcomes inquiries about membership, and offers volunteer opportunities. For further club information, please email us at [email protected].

Westchester/Rockland Counties. Join us at our upcoming events, including a holiday event with other Ivy League clubs. Look for emails and check our website, www.pennclubwestrock, for this and other events. Please contact club president Robin Tauber Plonsker C’86 at [email protected] with questions or if you would like to get involved.

Western Pennsylvania. All Penn alumni are invited to join us for our luncheon, always at 12 noon on the first, non-holiday Wednesday of each month at our fixed location, the 3rd-floor dining room of the Allegheny HYP Club in downtown Pittsburgh. Email Donald Bonk C’92, club president, at [email protected].

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