FRIDAY, MAY 15
CONCURRENT ALUMNI PANELS
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Cohen Hall (formerly Logan Hall),
249 S. 36th Street
The Hospitality Suite is reserved for the 25th, 40th, 45th and 50th Reunion classes.
A chance to meet and relax during the day. Light refreshments will be available. We will have our class message board and an area to showcase our class memorabilia.
Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall
3620 Locust Walk
- Got Sleep?
Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, Room 1206
In our 24/7 society, you are probably not getting enough sleep. Come hear Dr. Terri Weaver, renowned expert from Penn Nursing, enlighten you about what occurs during sleep and why it is integral to your productivity, health and well being.
- The Relationship of Politics and the Economy
Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, Room 350
As voters went to the polls this past November, the economy was one of the major issues that influenced people. How real is the influence of politics on the economy? Do politics and the economy go hand in hand, even when some experts say that there's no connection? Join moderator David B. Thornburgh, Executive Director of the Fels Institute of Government, as he surveys a panel of Penn alumni in the fields of politics and economics including political media expert Bob Gardner, C'64, WG'67; political consultant and pollster Frank Luntz, C'84; and the Mayor of Philadelphia, The Honorable Michael Nutter, W'79.
- What is Reality? From News to Reality
Steinberg Hall-Dietrich Hall, Room 351
From the inception of newscasts, reality has been a form of entertainment. From MTV's premiere of The
Real World in 1992 to sensational news reporting, from live sports coverage to reality TV finales, these programs captivate us, leaving us to blur the defining line between what is real and what is scripted. Join in the discussion about this phenomenon with alumni panelists in the field as Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication, moderates the discussion.
CLASS OF 1959 50th REUNION DINNER
6:00-7:00 PM - Cocktails in Upper Egyptian Gallery
7:00-8:30 PM - Dinner in the Chinese Rotunda
8:30-10:00 PM - Dancing and conversation in the Upper Egyptian Gallery
University of Pennsylvania Museum
of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street
Come celebrate our 50th Reunion in one of Penn's treasures. The Upper Egyptian Gallery and Chinese Rotunda will provide a stunning background for a reunion to remember. Classmate Rabbi Stanley Garfein will offer the invocation at our reunion dinner. Enjoy food, drinks and live music provided by Second Vision Band as we recall those college days in the company of friends and classmates. Walter “Bunny” Sigler, platinum recording artist and Grammy nominee, will present selections à la "sounds of Philadelphia" courtesy of your classmate Lloyd Zane Remick.
A special class note: Our classmate Fred Simon, EVP, Omaha Steaks, is donating our entrees of steaks and salmon.
Suggested attire is smart cocktail; Black Tie optional. Complimentary parking available at the museum lot.
SATURDAY, MAY 16
ASSOCIATION OF ALUMNAE COFFEE HOUR
Irvine Auditorium, Café 58
3401 Spruce Street
All women in the Class of 1959 will be honored by the Association of Alumnae. Share your memories as we commemorate our Golden Reunion.
CONVERSATION WITH PRESIDENT AMY GUTMANN
10:30 AM-11:15 AM
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, G06, Dhirubhai Ambani Auditorium
3730 Walnut Street
Join President Amy Gutmann for her annual State of the University report. There will be an opportunity for questions. Seating is limited; a simulcast will be available for the overflow crowd.
Class of 1959 meeting location: Annenberg Plaza (View parade map [PDF])
Display your Penn pride by wearing your Parade Costume (a Class of 1959 polo shirt) and marching with your class or cheering the parade on. Join up with classmates and get your Penn paraphernalia for parading your way to the Picnic.
Parade Costume/Reunion Keepsake: The Class
of 1959 polo shirt is your complimentary reunion keepsake and Parade Costume.
Men will wear Penn Red and the women will wear Penn Blue polo shirts. They
will be distributed on Friday night at the Reunion Dinner and also during the
Parade Kick-Off. You will be able to order the correct size for your class
polo shirt when you receive the reunion invitation, as well as online when
registration is open. The suggested attire for Saturday is the Class of 1959
Penn polo shirt paired with khaki pants or skirt.
PARADE OF CLASSES
All Classes — from the oldest to the youngest — are invited to march in the Parade of Classes, each with their class flag to lead them. Those alumni who are not marching are encouraged to show your spirit and join the Class of 2009 along Locust Walk to root for Penn Alumni as they pass by.
Our class parade will end at our tent located on College Green (view
Buffet-style lunch with kosher meals will be available (view
menu [PDF]). This is a perfect opportunity
to enjoy casual conversation with your classmates and their families. Come share
the Penn spirit!
The Class of 1959 Campus "Then and Now" tour will leave from our tent at 2:45 PM, ending at the Penn Song Fest.
PENN SONG FEST
Round out the Picnic with a rousing chorus of Drink
a Highball. Join the Penn Band and Glee Club as all alumni sing Penn favorites with gusto, with a grand finale of The
Red and Blue.
HISTORIC LANDMARKS OF PHILADELPHIA
(This program may be of interest to attend before our reunion party)
Houston Hall, Platt Rehearsal Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
Architectural historian Roger Moss and photographer Tom Crane offer a presentation
based on their acclaimed new book, Historic
Landmarks of Philadelphia. Covering a wide array of local sites, their
work celebrates the distinctive qualities that embody Philadelphia's history
Please join us for a reception at the rooftop home of Craig, W'59, and Tania Drake.
The event will be a highlight of Alumni Weekend. The Drake's adobe-style home atop The Touraine is located on a tree-lined street, midway between the refined brownstones and distinguished high rises of Rittenhouse Square and the revitalized business and entertainment district of Center City Philadelphia. Featured in Philadelphia Magazine's Home & Garden and other magazines, this home is a museum of treasures with fabulous views that will provide a beautiful background and ensure a reunion to remember. Don't miss this fun evening to celebrate your 50th Reunion.
TASTE OF PENN: A CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY
Houston Hall, Hall of Flags
3417 Spruce Street
Enjoy the company of friends from your days at Penn as you celebrate Penn's cultural diversity with an excellent selection of music and food! Hosted
by The Penn Alumni Diversity Alliance: The Association of Latino Alumni, The
Association of Native Alumni, The Black Alumni Society, The James Brister Society,
PennGALA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alumni Association), and The University
of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network. All alumni are invited to attend.
SUNDAY, MAY 17
50TH REUNION BRUNCH
10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Houston Hall, Bodek Lounge
3417 Spruce Street
Come one, come all to our farewell Champagne Brunch! Join classmates in Bodek Lounge for brunch and a visit from the Penn Glee Club for our final sing-along. Friends and family are encouraged to attend.
MONDAY, MAY 18
As the Class of 1959 marks its 50th Reunion, class members are invited to process down Locust Walk and take their place on Franklin Field, alongside the graduating seniors. To RSVP, please register along with your Alumni Weekend events. For more information, please contact Wayles Wilson at email@example.com or at (215) 898-5399.
ROBING AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Annenberg Center, 3680 Walnut Street
Enter the Annenberg Center by the 37th Street entrance. Ask to be directed to the upper ambulatory area just outside the Zellerbach Theatre.
Procession begins at the Annenberg Center.
253rd COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
Franklin Field, 33rd and Spruce Street
Commencement takes place rain or shine. In the event of severe weather conditions, check the University's graduation hotline, 215-898-GRAD, or the University's commencement website at www.upenn.edu/commencement.
The following registration options are available:
The Reunion Registration Package provides access to both
your reunion celebration and general events noted in the Alumni Day Price. $225 per person
(after May 8, the price will be $235)
50th Reunion Dinner Price provides access to Friday's Reunion Dinner only. $150 per person (after May 8, the price will be $160)
The Alumni Day Price includes access to many general Alumni
events and social programming and gatherings — such as seminars, the Picnic,
and Taste of Penn — unless otherwise noted. Reunion
parties not included. $40 (Alumni Day Price is $45 after May 8); Children (ages
No refunds will be issued after Monday, May 11, 2009.