Campus & Community

A Quarter-century of Community Partnerships

Glen Casey will be the first to admit it: He wasn’t the perfect student in high school. “I was always doing the dumbest things; getting into fights, getting arrested,” he says. A student then at University City High, Casey failed ninth grade, and barely passed 10th. “I just really wasn’t into school,” he says.

A 2021 Rhodes Scholar for Penn

May graduate Mackenzie Fierceton from St. Louis been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently completing her master’s degree in clinical social work.

Ron Ozio

Calling all artists

The Burrison Gallery is calling for artwork submittals to be considered for its fifth annual University Club Members Exhibit.

Play Ball!

Each summer, faculty and staff members from the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania bring their sense of cooperation and collaboration onto the softball field. No matter their skill level, the players enjoy some active time together and the opportunity to strengthen their partnerships during a few sunny afternoons at Penn Park.  These SP2 summer softball games have been happening since 2013.  

Jill DiSanto

Office Hours party edition transcript

Duane: I have a fig tree that is called the mighty Georgian Pine and now the only reason that I have this tree is because my daughters were born in California and one of them seemed to have developed a allergy to a Christmas tree one year. So we went and got this ancient, this antique, tree called the mighty Georgian pine, as I said, and it takes hours to assemble.

Penn Today Staff



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

Philly’s biggest employers spend billions outside the city. Inside a new effort to bring that money home

Penn strives to contract with diverse businesses, including SUPRA EMSCO, a Black-owned office and lab equipment supplier. “As we’ve grown, there is a sense that we can do more to leverage our buying clout to basically engage and bring in and help other firms grow,” said Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn touts 2.8% tuition hike as lowest percentage increase in more than 50 years

Penn’s tuition rate for the 2021-22 school year will be the university’s lowest percentage increase since the 1960s. “The moderate increase in charges was determined through careful consideration of the impact of the pandemic on students and their families as well as the ongoing financial challenges confronting the University,” said Trevor Lewis, vice president for budget planning and analysis.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn Museum has hired its first Black director, who pivoted from physics to antiquities

The Museum’s new director, Christopher Woods, was interviewed about his journey to Penn and how he plans to address challenges faced by the institution.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

These Penn students have helped send more than 13,000 letters to front-line workers

Undergraduate students Rupa Palanki and Preethi Kumaran worked with peers to found an initiative to send letters of appreciation to front-line workers during the pandemic.

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The New York Times

Why are there so few monuments that successfully depict women?

Simone Leigh’s “Brick House” sculpture, installed on Penn’s campus in November 2020, was mentioned.

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