What is the Alumni Club Award of Merit?
Each summer, the Regional Clubs Advisory Board reviews a list of clubs that have been nominated by Alumni Relations to receive the Alumni Club Award of Merit (ACAM) for their outstanding achievements in the previous fiscal year. The Advisory Board evaluates all ACAM nominees based on criteria in four major categories: Leadership, Infrastructure, Programming, and Creativity, ultimately identifying the one club that excels the greatest in all categories. The club that is selected by the Advisory Board is notified in August and is presented with the award at the Award of Merit Gala over Homecoming Weekend. With a network of over 120 clubs around the world, this award in no way diminishes the amazing accomplishments of those clubs who were not recognized. Instead, it celebrates the successes and achievements of our entire regional clubs network and seeks to strengthen the connections between our alumni around the globe!
Under the leadership of Adam Levenson C’12, Rebecca Aaberg C’10, and a dedicated board, the Penn Club of DC had its most successful year in recent memory. The Club hosted nearly 40 events and engaged an estimated 1000 DC-area alumni through a variety of social, networking, educational, and service opportunities.
The Penn Club of DC partnered with many DC-area Penn alumni affinity groups to foster and increase participation in the Penn community. In the past year, the Club collaborated with the Black Alumni Society, which played a key role in An Evening with Reggie Love; yPenn, which co-hosted this year’s Ben Franklin’s Birthday Bash ft. Kenn Kweder; and Northern Virginia Penn Interviewing, which highlighted the interview program to potential interviewees at the First September Brunch.
Other highlights from the year include the annual Spring Fling Boat Cruise and a Sneak Peek Tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
For their outstanding achievements in 2015-2016 and their commitment to serving the needs of DC-area alumni while strengthening connections to Penn, the Regional Clubs Advisory Board is proud to present the 2016 Alumni Club Award of Merit to the Penn Club of DC.
The Penn Club of Louisiana relaunched in early 2013 and has since worked to build Penn’s presence in Louisiana by bringing together alumni to support each other and celebrate all things Penn. Last year, the club hosted several unique events, including a powerful discussion featuring Penn Law Professor John Hollway and New Orleans native John Thompson, discussing the systemic failings that led to Thompson's 18 years on Death Row for a crime he did not commit. This event was a key example of the club’s ability to collaborate with external partners while providing unique and exclusive content to local alumni. In February, the club celebrated Ben’s Birthday in Baton Rouge, possibly the first alumni event ever held in the city. It was a tremendous success with good turnout and new relationships formed, encouraging the club to expand Penn’s presence beyond New Orleans. Additionally, each August dozens of alumni gather to send off matriculating students and welcome recent graduates to town. This annual event has become so popular that both of New Orleans’ daily newspapers cover it in their social pages. The Penn Club of Louisiana is honored to serve as a model for other Penn Alumni Clubs within similar smaller markets.
2015-2016 was another exciting year for the PCMNJ. The club successfully fulfilled its mission to provide a local connection to the University that is fun, engaging, and meaningful. The club held 20+ events this year that were either new events or existing events with a new twist, largely created through suggestions from the club membership. The club is very fortunate to have a continually evolving base of members and volunteers. Having significant diversity in their board provides them the resources to engage new people quickly. Many new participants have assumed leadership roles and have recruited their friends. The key to the club’s success is listening to its members and volunteers!
The Penn Club of Mumbai was founded in 2010 and our focus in the past year has been to build upon the foundation laid by our founders by bringing together our alumni, across schools and demographics, and engaging them with each other, and the school, through meaningful and memorable experiences.
The Penn Alumni Club of Philadelphia provides social, cultural, and community service opportunities for alumni to socialize, expand their professional networks, and become involved in the extended Penn community. While there are many ways alumni in Philadelphia can stay connected to campus through various schools, centers, and interest groups, the Penn Club prides itself on being an inclusive community that offers a warm welcome to all area Quakers. 2015-16 was a banner year for the Club as they focused on increasing collaborations and partnering with a diverse spectrum of Penn Alumni organizations. By working with Penn Athletics, Penn Alumni Families, the Association of Alumnae, and the Penn Engineering Alumni Society, the Club made being an active member of the Penn Alumni community in Philadelphia significantly more accessible and meaningful.