Campus & Community

A unique but exemplary academic year: 2020-21 in review

A challenging yet successful year—Penn’s exceptional community of dedicated students, faculty, and staff overcame the world’s most significant obstacles to flourish, from outreach locally through volunteerism, to helping the world globally with mRNA technology. The 2021 academic year highlighted the best of Penn.

Tina Rodia

Counselors at Student Financial Services help find success, not stress

As grant-based aid packages—bolstered by named scholarships—have helped Penn welcome more students who come from lower-income households, Student Financial Services (SFS) has ramped up its ability to assist their academic journeys, especially during the pandemic when students needed more support than ever. That includes having two counselors—Silvia Hanks and Jodi Wagner—who specialize in serving highly aided students at Penn.

Penn Today Staff



In the News


San Francisco Chronicle

Why this transit guru who's tried 50 systems think BART is the best for commuters

Miles Taylor, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke about his passion for public transportation. "Anytime I go anywhere I have to ride transit," he said. "I consider it a failed trip if I haven't ridden any transit in the place I've gone."

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KYW Newsradio (Philadelphia)

Art from times of ancient Olympics on display at Penn Museum

Ahead of the Summer Olympics, the Penn Museum is displaying an ancient vase decorated with running athletes. “Athletics were universal even in the ancient world,” said Ann Brownlee.

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Philadelphia Citizen

What’s so wrong with David Cohen and Amy Gutmann being ambassadors?

President Amy Gutmann is praised as a “a fascinating choice to represent America” as ambassador to Germany.

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Inside Higher Ed

UPenn president nominated for German ambassadorship

Amy Gutmann has been nominated by President Biden to serve as U.S. ambassador to Germany.

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The Washington Post

Joe Biden is sending an academic to Germany. Here’s why it might pay off

An op-ed by Elisabeth Piller, a German professor, considered the long-standing tradition of sending U.S. scholars and university presidents to Germany as ambassadors. Amy Gutmann’s “standing as an esteemed political philosopher and university president uniquely positions her to help achieve Biden’s goal of rebuilding alliances,” Piller wrote.

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