Spring 2014 News

Association of Latino Alumni Newsletter

Spring 2014

A Message from the President: Moving Forward

Dear Penn Alumnae:

The year 2014 is the second year of the second century of Penn’s Association of Alumnae. With our 100th Anniversary behind us, we are reflecting with pleasure on the special events that allowed us to “honor our past and engage our future.” We have updated our mission statement which now reads: The mission of the Association of Alumnae is to promote the lifelong engagement of Penn women with the University of Pennsylvania for the mutual benefit of the University and its alumnae.” To do this as effectively as possible, WE NEED YOU! So, if you would like to help us to carry out that mission, we invite you to let us know. Please visit this form to indicate your interest, and an A of A Board member will contact you. Thank you for your support.

In this edition you'll find information on upcoming events (like a webinar and online networking for women returning to the workplace), updates on some of your fellow alumnae (including a feature on three entrepreneurs), event recaps from the past year from A of A Board members (featuring a review of our TED-style 100th Anniversary Colloquium featuring Penn alumnae faculty), and more! Enjoy.


Julie Diana Hench, LPS ‘08
President, University of Pennsylvania Association of Alumnae

Upcoming Events

Women Returning to Work - Two Part Series
April 29 and May 6, 2014

PART 1. Webinar Co-Sponsored by Alumni Career Networking, Career Services and the Association of Alumnae
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
11:00am (EDT) - 12:00pm (EDT)
Learn more and register for the webinar!
Join us for a webinar with three experts who will address finding fit and branding, resume writing, and recruiting.

PART 2. Penn Alumnae Network Roulette: Women Returning to Work
Co-Sponsored by Alumni Career Networking, Career Services and Association of Alumnae
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
1:00pm (EDT) - 2:00pm (EDT)
Learn more and register for online networking!
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to connect with other Penn alumnae from around the world for a networking session focused on career transitions.

Healthy Cities: Healthy Women – The Global Future
May 15
Zellerbach Theatre,Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

An invitation from Penn Alumni, Penn Nursing Science,
and the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women:

Today, over half of the world's population lives in cities and women face unique challenges in living healthy lives in urban environments - from violence to access of services to poor sanitation. They also have an extraordinarily unique and powerful role in positively influencing the health of their children, families and communities. Through the HEALTHY CITIES: HEALTHY WOMEN series, we are expanding dialogue and highlighting solutions to critical issues. By improving the health and lives of women we are working to create communities that are universally safer, cleaner and more livable for all. Join us on May 15th (right before the start of Alumni Weekend) to hear from healthcare experts, urban planning experts, governmental and NGO leaders and be empowered to effect change in neighborhoods and communities.

Learn more and register here.

Alumni Weekend 2014
May 16-19

Don’t miss Alumni Weekend 2014! Alumni Day is May 17, and events take place from Friday through Monday. All alumnae should take a moment to view the full schedule and learn more at www.alumni.upenn.edu/alumniweekend2014. And, if your undergraduate class year ends in 4 or 9, find out about your upcoming reunion. Register today!

Children’s Books by Penn Alumnae

Find out about recent publications by children’s authors (and classmates) Ashley Foxx, C’05 and Allison Gutknecht, C'05! -Read More-

Three Penn Alumnae Entrepreneurs

By: Nicole Oddo, C'05

Penn Alumnae are an amazing group and here are three entrepreneurs to inspire you:

- Jenny Chou, WG'11, Co-Founder of Muchness
- Sandi Philips, CW'62, Sandi Philips & Associates
- Carly Zatkin, C'08 Owner/ Founder, TheSkimm

Jenny and I connected from an earlier newsletter and I wanted to learn more about her company and her path. At the end of our conversation, she mentioned that "technology is going to change everything." Fashion has always seemed forward thinking to me and it's great to hear about Jenny and her company being on the cutting edge. Sandi and I met at a Penn Association of Alumnae event and when she told me she has had her own business since 1979, I had to connect with her. She is in the training - learning and development space and through our emails, I had a chance to learn so much. Carly and I had a chance to catch up by email just after she attended her 5th Reunion. TheSkimm is a great way to keep up on news stories, especially for those of us with crazy days. Just a quick email to read on the way into work and I feel like I can contribute at the water cooler! Find out what they had to say about their experiences. -Read More-

In Case You Missed It…

Did you know about these Penn women?

Penn Women's Basketball Sweeps Big 5 Awards

Betty Liu, C’95 (Bloomberg News Anchor) on How to Succeed in Your Career

Pam Grossman Named Dean of the Penn Graduate School of Education

M. Grace Calhoun Named Athletic Director at University of Pennsylvania

Mimi Chang, C’93 - People On The Move (Won burger recipe competition on Rachael Ray for Bobby’s Burger Palace)

Antonia Villarruel, GNU’82 Named Dean of Penn School of Nursing

Joyce Meng, C’08, W’08 – Included in 2014 Forbes 30 under 30 in Education

Catherine Zamoiski, C’06 – Included in 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Food & Wine

Janice Ferebee, SW’98
named new Director of Programs at the Women’s Media Center (founded by founded by Jane Fonda, Robin Morgan, and Gloria Steinem)

Favorite Penn Memories

This edition: Extra-curricular Life
We came for the education, but some of our richest experiences at Penn can take place outside of the classroom. Here, three young alumnae each share a valued memory related to involvement in an extra-curricular activity. -Read More-

100th Anniversary Colloquium: A Review
By Deborah Wolff, CW'62, GED'66

View Colloquium video here, and photos here.

As part of the Association of Alumnae’s 100th anniversary celebration, the Association presented a sold out Colloquium entitled, ”Women Shaping a Better Tomorrow.” featuring three outstanding women professors from the University who are also Penn alumnae:

Left: Dr. Angela Lee Duckworth, G’03, GR’06
“Strategies for Self-Control”
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts & Sciences
Research includes developmental psychology, positive psychology, grit, and self-control.

Center: Dr. Salamishah Tillet, C'96 G'04
“Movement Making: Ending Violence Against Girls and Women”
Associate Professor, Department of English, School of Arts & Sciences
Research includes twentieth century African American literature, film, cultural studies, and feminist theory.

Right: Dr. Beverly Willis Emanuel, CW'62, GR'72
“Using the Power of Genetics and Genomics to Solve Medical Mysteries”
Charles E.H. Upham Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine; Chief, Division of Human Genetics and Molecular Biology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Research includes The Human Genome Project.

After all of the presenters made a TED-style presentation, the floor was open for questions from the audience. The resulting interaction was exciting and informative for everyone. Following the presentation, there was a reception which also included a raffle. Prizes included tickets to the Pennsylvania ballet, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, as well as gift certificates to various restaurant, two lovely vases, and more. The raffle was enthusiastically supported and the winners were very happy, some having won an item for the first times in their lives. Raffle proceeds went to the Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award, supporting undergraduate Penn women interested in pursuing academic research.

The reaction to the colloquium was fantastic. All attendees indicated that they loved the format and the speakers, and hoped that there would be more such events sponsored by the Association. As a result, we have decided to make this an annual event. Watch for our next one!

A of A Students Researchers Report Back
A of A Mazzatenta Scholars Program with CURF
By Barbara Bravo, CW'68, GED'69

The Association of Alumnae Rosemary D. Mazzatenta Scholars Award, named after a former A of A President, is offered annually to female members of the sophomore and junior class in the School of Arts and Sciences. Recipients are awarded up to $2500 to help them to pursue an internship or research project relevant to their academic interests. On January 25, 2014, last year’s recipients – Christi Economy, C’14 (Venturing Abroad: Internship with the US Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia), Yessenia Gutierrez, C’14 (PSPCA Summer Internship: Animal Care 101), and Monica Purmalek, C’14 (2013 Summer Internship at the National Research Center for Women and Families) – returned to offer presentations on their summer projects to current sophomore and junior women interested in applying for this year’s awards. -Read More-

A of A Welcomes Writer Beth Kephart, C’82

Proud Penn Alumna and Lecturer in Penn’s Department of English

By Julie Diana Hench, LPS ‘08

In the back room of the Sweeten Alumni House, Beth Kephart nestled into the couch, holding a copy of her most recent book and pages from an unfinished manuscript. She smiled warmly at the 30 or so women sitting around her and graciously thanked us for inviting her to speak. A few words on why she wrote the book, some humble comments about its success, and she began to read selections from Handling the Truth: On the Writing of Memoir. -Read More-

A Memorable Evening at the Pennsylvania Ballet By Binnie S. Donald, Ed'61

In October, 2013, many members of the Association of Alumnae Board went to see Jewels at the opening night of the Pennsylvania Ballet's 50th season at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. Front and center were the Association of Alumnae President, Julie Diana and her dancing partner and spouse, Zachary Hench, both principal dancers in the company. George Balanchine's Jewels is a ballet said to have no plot but its "richness rises from a fascination with glittering stones." All three sections of the performance--Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds-- were different in approach, style and atmosphere but demand the same technical expertise always so beautifully performed by the dancers. Julie and Zachary presented their own magnificent artistic interpretation of Diamonds that left the viewers totally entranced. How lucky that Balanchine had a major role in founding the Pennsylvania Ballet, and how honored the Penn Association of Alumnae is that one of its principal dancers gives of her precious time to serve as our president. Kudos to Julie Diana and her husband, Zachary Hench--ballet dancers extraordinaire! Best wishes as you wrap up the 50th Anniversary Season of the Pennsylvania Ballet this spring.

Historian’s Corner
By Susanne Czarnecki, G'82

Dr. Edgar Fahs Smith: A Provost with a Great Heart

“More than any other one person, Dr. Smith helped create the climate which made possible the organization of an Association of Alumnae.”
–Ruth Weir Miller, ED'25, GED'47, President of the Association of Alumnae 1956-58

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