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Ashton Kutcher talks social impact at Penn

Students appreciated Kutcher’s candor and action-oriented social impact.

October 7, 2013

Wharton alum, Steinberg-Dietrich namesake dies at 73

Saul Steinberg, whose name is most recognizably attached to Steinberg-Dietrich Hall and the Steinberg Conference Center, died Friday in his sleep at his Manhattan home.

December 10, 2012

Q&A: Penn author evaluates university civic engagement

Rita Hodges, co-author of “The Road Half Traveled,” tells the DP that Penn is a leader in civic engagement but is “only beginning to tap the comprehensive set of resources in a sustainable, strategic way.”

December 5, 2012

'Compliments' creator tackles Penn culture

The Facebook page called Penn Compliments has posted more than 500 anonymously-submitted compliments about students since its inception.

December 4, 2012

Penn's VP of Communications looks back on Hollywood past

During the years MacCarthy actively wrote in Hollywood between 1978-81, he says he had a “modicum of success.” After his win in the contest, MacCarthy was partnered with Paul Taylor, another writer, and they were signed to 20th Century Fox. Together, they sold multiple pilots, wrote a story for M*A*S*H and had frequent meetings with networks.

December 3, 2012

Penn gives students a voice in reaccreditation process

Although there is little doubt that Penn will be reaccredited, administrators are using the self-study as an opportunity for a thorough review of undergraduate education on campus.

November 28, 2012

Leases start earlier due to new academic calendar

Last year, Provost Vince Price approved a change in the academic year after his office discovered that Penn’s calendar didn’t align with Middle States Commission on Higher Education regulations. As a result, students will have to come back to campus early to start classes in August for the first time since 1974.

November 27, 2012

Penn using some money from 'century bond' for facilities

The University sold $300 million worth of bonds that will mature in 100 years, otherwise known as century bonds, at an historic low interest rate of 4.674 percent.

November 26, 2012

New presidential term professors advance faculty diversity

Last December, President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price announced a four-year, $2 million grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts for these positions.

November 15, 2012

Some speculate that Huntsman could be in line for Secretary of State

Though speculation has arisen since last week’s election over whether 1987 College graduate Jon Huntsman Jr. may be first in line to succeed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, some in the Penn community are skeptical of these rumors.

November 14, 2012

Penn graduate instrumental in political campaigns

Since he left Penn Ahearn has quickly made a name for himself on the campaign trail, serving most recently as the regional finance director of 1987 College graduate Jon Huntsman’s unsuccessful presidential bid.

November 4, 2012

Penn's endowment return comes out ahead of national average

The National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Commonfund Institute released a series of preliminary findings that showed an average investment loss of 0.3 percent for 463 colleges and universities nationwide in FY 2012.

November 2, 2012

Board of Trustees convenes to discuss finance, academic policy, expansion

Penn’s Board of Trustees convened at the Inn at Penn for two days to discuss the various issues pertinent to the University and opportunities for expansion.

October 28, 2012

New website to consolidate Penn's global opportunities

In an effort to bridge the global engagement of students, the website features a PennKey-protected “Global Activity Map” that sorts opportunities and activities by region.

October 26, 2012

Penn readies for earlier start to the 2013 academic year

From altering course syllabi to adjusting off-campus leasing schedules, the campus community is preparing for fall 2013 classes to begin earlier than they have in nearly four decades.

October 23, 2012

Penn to establish center in China

The University Board of Trustees has authorized an initial investment of up to $5 million in a subsidiary fund called UPenn International, which will facilitate operations abroad, including the new Penn-Wharton Center in Beijing.

October 16, 2012

Penn chief investment officer to step down

Gilbertson was appointed the second CIO in the University’s history in 2004 to oversee the management of the then-$3.9 billion endowment.

October 15, 2012

For President Gutmann, Princeton's Tilghman a lasting influence

Last month, Tilghman announced that she will be stepping down from her position in June. When Tilghman assumed her presidency in 2001, one of her first administrative actions was to appoint Gutmann as the school’s provost.

October 9, 2012

Penn endowment return falls in the middle of other Ivies

On the heels of Penn reporting a 1.6-percent investment return in FY 2012, Harvard University announced an investment loss of 0.05 percent. In contrast, Yale University posted a 4.7-percent return, ending FY 2012 with an endowment of $19.3 billion.

October 7, 2012

Campus sounds off on new alcohol pilot program

Among other changes, the alcohol pilot permits mixed drinks at certain on-campus events — the first time this has been allowed since the University Alcohol and Drug Policy was passed in 1999. It also opens up more on-campus spaces for events with alcohol.

October 3, 2012

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