Campus & Community

What’s new for open enrollment 2019-20

April 22 through May 3 marks the benefits open enrollment period for the 2019-20 plan year, which will begin July 1. With this period, of course, comes important considerations that every eligible Penn employee will want to pay attention to. 

Brandon Baker

Safe haven

Senior Brendan Taliaferro receives the President’s Engagement Prize for a project to provide housing and support for homeless LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia.

Louisa Shepard

Two undergrads named Truman Scholars

Louis Lin and Ángel Ortiz-Siberón, have received Harry S. Truman Scholarships, a merit-based award of as much as $30,000 for graduate or professional school to prepare for careers in government or public service.

Louisa Shepard , Aaron Olson



In the News


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Like ‘Back to the Future’: Penn Museum floats its ancient sphinx to a new home

Jennifer Wegner and Julian Siggers of the Penn Museum commented on the sphinx’s relocation. “You’ll have one of the most significant archaeological objects in America greeting you as you come in the doors of the new Penn Museum,” said Siggers.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

How do you move a 13-ton Egyptian sphinx? Penn Museum hopes to try it today

Today, Penn Museum is moving its 13-ton sphinx from the Lower Egyptian Gallery to the main entrance lobby. Jennifer Wegner of the Penn Museum said, “I’m probably a little less concerned than [project manager Bob Thurlow] is. I look at the past travels of the sphinx—it made it from Memphis, Egypt, all the way here 100 years ago without incident.”

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Times of India

Jon Bon Jovi receives honorary degree from University of Pennsylvania

At Monday’s Commencement ceremony, President Amy Gutmann lauded Jon Bon Jovi for his musical achievements and community restaurants. “The pay-it-forward model (of the Soul Kitchen) serves in-need and paying customers with dignity and encourages their active participation through volunteer services,” she said. The musician and humanitarian was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree.

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CBS Philadelphia

Camden teen beats odds to attend UPenn on scholarship

Christon Young, a charter school student from Camden, New Jersey, will be attending Penn this fall on a full scholarship. Young plans to become an anesthesiologist.

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The Wall Street Journal

Even Harvard is now teaching personal finance

Wharton alumnus and New York Jets linebacker Brandon Copeland was mentioned for his Urban Financial Literacy class, taught alongside Brian Peterson of the School of Arts and Sciences.

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