- May 8, 2013
This spring, over 500 alumni, students, and friends
came together in New York City’s historic Gotham Hall to celebrate the transformative
power of a Penn education. This biannual event—held in New York in the spring
and Philadelphia in the fall—is a wonderful opportunity for students and
scholarship donors to meet and to share their Penn experiences.
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- April 25, 2013
On Friday, April 19, the Penn community gathered at Penn Park despite threatening storms to celebrate the monumental success of Making History: The Campaign for Penn. With sports exhibitions, performances by student groups, and performances by Grammy Award winners Train and John Legend the event was a fitting celebration for a record-breaking campaign.
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- April 19, 2013
Cynthia Chang Scanlan, C'84, and Brian J. Scanlan, W'84, met at Penn, married, and grew a successful software company together. Yet before their paths ever crossed they had something in common: both of their mothers were librarians, and fostered a love of books and learning in each of them. The renovation of Penn Libraries' Special Collections Center touched a chord for Cynthia and Brian, and they supported the project with a generous gift.
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- April 12, 2013
“Contagious” isn’t always bad. At least, the class presidents attending the second annual Class Presidents Event certainly don’t think so. In fact, they’re hoping Penn pride spreads worldwide.
Offered by the University and the Alumni Class Leadership Council (ACLC), the Class Presidents Event, held March 15 in Huntsman Hall, not only invited all of Penn’s class presidents back to campus for some fun with old friends and new faces, but also served to recognize the momentous efforts of this very special leadership group.
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- April 8, 2013
Jayne Perilstein is one of Penn’s most active alumnae both in and outside of the Penn community. Currently, she serves as the president of her class and the chair of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women, while also working tirelessly for the University of Southern California Shoah Foundation. With a husband and daughter who are graduates of Penn, she counts holding her own class flag during her daughter’s commencement as one of her fondest memories. We talked with Jayne about her time at the University, her experience as a volunteer, and ways that classes can come together to make a difference in the community.
What got you interested in Penn and how has your Penn education paid off in your life?
I grew up in Scranton. With Penn only two hours away, I took a bus to visit on a beautiful sunny day. When I walked down Locust Walk, I could see the energy and enthusiasm the students had, and I knew that Penn was for me. I applied and was accepted, and started taking classes at Wharton. I fell in love with the school, and as one of the few female Wharton students at the time, I learned how to compete and study with my male counterparts, something that served me well later in my career.
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