Twenty students from local high schools and middle schools visited the University Friday to take part in Communiversity Days, a bimonthly program. The students are members of a program of gifted students called Access to Excellence. Communiversity Days is a program aimed at integrating community members with Penn students, faculty and administrators. Friday's event was sponsored by the Science and Technology Wing of Kings Court/English House, which was the second University group to host a Communiversity Day this year. The idea, which University President Judith Rodin developed last year, has been made possible by the Center for Community Partnerships. The 20 students strolled through the campus in the afternoon, visiting College Hall, Irvine Auditorium, Furness Library and Van Pelt Library. Following the tour, residents of STWing helped the students navigate the computers in English House, College senior Gillian Silver said. The students also dined in English House before attending the Penn-Harvard men's basketball game Friday evening. College freshman Melina Begun is the event coordinator for the Center for Community Partnerships. "We're not here to sell Penn," she explained. "We want to orient the students to higher education. "I want the students to feel that Penn is not an isolated entity in West Philadelphia," Begun added.Comments powered by Disqus
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