Campus & Community

Higher ed as ‘hubs for common ground’

At the Wharton Global Forum in Shanghai, Penn President Amy Gutmann said high-quality higher education has the potential to transform lives, communities, and the world.

Penn Today Staff

A meeting of medievalists

More than 500 medieval scholars from the U.S. and Europe will be on campus for the annual Medieval Academy of America conference. Dozens of panels, workshops, and lectures about the Middle Ages will convene, many led by Penn faculty.

Louisa Shepard

Using stairwells for wellness

StairWELL, a Penn Sustainability Green Fund project, completed a yearlong pilot project last July that aimed to test how effective a stairwell makeover could be in increasing physical activity and reducing energy costs.

Brandon Baker

Five events to watch for in March

Happening around campus this March: the world premiere of ‘Vessels’ at the Annenberg Center, a lecture on trees from China, and a visit to Kelly Writers House from reporter Emily Jane Fox.

Brandon Baker



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Head of Morris Arboretum retiring after more than 42 years, a rare tenure in botanical world

Paul Meyer was profiled for his 42-year career at the Morris Arboretum, which was transformed under his leadership. Still, he remains modest. “I played a role, but it’s a team of people. ‘We stand on the shoulders of giants,’” said Meyer. “That’s been my philosophy.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Amid marketing and social-media onslaughts, Gen Z women have to find ourselves

Sophomore Claire Sliney of Los Angeles wrote an op-ed about efforts by women of her generation to “develop our own authentic identities in this world inundated with nonstop content and manipulative marketing.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

The push is on at college career centers: They work with students earlier and alumni decades later

Career Services’ Barbara Hewitt spoke about Penn’s lifelong support for alumni seeking career guidance.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Why Penn, Drexel are recruiting retailers, not just students

Ed Datz, Penn’s executive director of real estate, and Assistant Vice President Tony Sorrentino spoke about the role of retail on and near college campuses.

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Chronicle of Higher Education

How UPenn cut counseling wait times in half without hiring more counselors

Meeta Kumar and other Counseling and Psychological Services staffers spoke about their efforts to increase access to mental health care on Penn’s campus. To cut wait times in half, administrators studied data and student complaints, empowered frontline employees, and helped counselors balance their caseloads.

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