The Penn Alumni Volunteer Leadership Retreat was held on February 17 and 18 with over 80 alumni in attendance. The weekend allowed for the Penn Alumni Board of Directors, the Board Committee members and other volunteer leaders to come together and meet face to face with their volunteer colleagues, network, and plan upcoming projects and events that cater to the Penn alumni experience. This year also welcomed alumni volunteers from the Penn Alumni Regional Clubs, attending the event as a part of their Regional Clubs Leadership Retreat.
Friday evening included a trip to the Pennovation Center, where the attendees were treated to a presentation from Anne Papageorge, Vice President for Facilities and Real Estate Services, in addition to presentations from COSY, Inc, PCI Ventures and PERCH Labs.
Finally, the fourth Faculty Award of Merit was awarded to Peter Decherney, PhD., Professor of English and Cinema Studies.
A very deserving honoree, sections from his citation read:
"Your role as an educator also reaches the University’s vast alumni population via popular programs including “Penn Film and Media Pioneers,” a symposium featuring alumni working in film and media that you launched in 2006. Eight years later, you expanded the program, creating “Penn Pioneers West,” held every other spring in Los Angeles. The most recent star-studded iteration featured Stacey Snider, C’82, co-chair of 20th Century Fox Film, and talent agent Ari Emanuel, PAR’19.
An activist as well as a scholar, you see the world through a filmmaker’s lens, often nudging it towards change. In recent testimony before the U.S. Copyright Office, for example, you advocated amending the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow the use of protected videos in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Your argument that film clips are critical to the teaching of cinema studies won the day, and an exemption to the Act was granted.
An exemplary University citizen, you share your energy and erudition with the entire Penn community. You inspire students on campus and meaningfully connect with alumni around the country and across the globe. With gratitude and great admiration, Penn Alumni and the Office of the Provost are delighted to present you with the 2017 Faculty Award of Merit."
To view photos of the retreat, click here!
Takeaways from the Retreat
Below are presentations of the various sessions held during the retreat with the corresponding time it was presented.
Friday. February 17, 2017
Overview of the Pennovation Center from Anne Papageorge, Vice President of Facilities and Real Estate Services. Click here
to learn more about the Pennovation Center and the presenters from Friday evening:
- COSY, Inc
- PERCH Labs
Saturday, February 18, 2017
9:00 - 10:30 am Penn Alumni Board Meeting – Presentations
On Saturday morning, attendees were presented with updates and information about University initiatives and activities for Penn Alumni. Dale Bell, MT'81,Vice President of Leadership of Penn Alumni, also gave an update on the upcoming work around volunteer opportunities that will be the focus the Executive Committee of the Penn Alumni Board.
The following presentations were given at the early morning meeting on Saturday:
Alumni Relations Overview from Elise Betz, Executive Director, Alumni Relations - click here.
Alumni Relations Update from Hoopes Wampler, Associate Vice-President, Alumni Relations - click here.
10:30 am Social Media for Alumni Engagement
Click here for the presentation on social media presented by Johanna Humphrey, Director of Digital Media and Special Initiatives, Penn Medicine Development and Alumni Relations, Ethan Parry, Digital Media Coordinator, Penn Medicine, and Lia Zneimer, C'09, Administrative Vice President for the Class of 2009.
Thank you to all of our great Penn volunteers for participating!