Although the value of Penn's endowment fell 19.4 percent in the second half of 2008, the impact on individual students is harder to discern.
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Graduate student Van Evans worked at a nonprofit with homeless children in Latin America for 12 years before he decided to hone his leadership skills and get some insight into the nonprofit sector by enrolling in Penn's master's program in nonprofit and nongovernmental organization leadership.
The University's most-powerful decision-makers gathered at the Inn at Penn last week to discuss new issues affecting the school.
Penn's endowment dropped 19.4 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year, falling from $6.2 billion to $5 billion from July to December 2008, according to Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli.
Feb. 26, 8:35 p.m.
For Engineering and Wharton sophomore Prateek Bhide, a day doesn't go by without hearing his classmates talk about grades.
Denis Kinane will become dean of the School of Dental Medicine beginning July 1, Penn President Amy Gutmann and interim Provost Vincent Price announced yesterday.
In raising $300,000 to build solar panels for a West African hospital, Kathryn Hall did more than solicit funds. She won national awards, appeared on television and 25 million bags of Doritos and even got Hollywood stars to join her cause.
Feb. 19, 12 p.m.
Listen to excerpts from reporter Kathy Wang's interview with Provost Ron Daniels.
Listen to excerpts from reporter Kathy Wang's interview with Kristof.
Kambili Moukwa was many things to many people, according to friend and third-year Ph.D. student Garry Bertholf, including a "brilliant student, pithy comedian, fearless dancer and self-proclaimed 'King of Smokey Joe's.'"
Penn's overall endowment had the largest percentage drop in market value among the top 20 funded universities in the 2008 fiscal year.
It's not every day the university president stops you to chat about your plans for the night, but students at Johns Hopkins University hope to experience just that as current Penn Provost Ron Daniels takes the helm after three-and-a-half years at Penn.
Penn's colors may be red and blue, but green has been gradually joining that group.
Robert Carpick is used to doing experiments in his lab, but he's about to become the guinea pig for a new program.
Wharton sophomore Steve Cymerman has more than just an academic incentive to earn good grades - he's getting paid for his A's, too.
The search is officially on for Penn's next provost.
These days, finding a balance between academics and economics is crucial.