Engaging Locally: Sayre High School

Penn has a proud legacy of local engagement in the West Philadelphia area, serving as a major employer, a leader in health services and education, and a world-class University that weaves not just civic awareness, but also hands-on civic action, into its academic curriculum.  

Students rescue a river as part of Penn's Year of Water

With the city skyline as a backdrop, it was a beautiful day for a stroll along the shores of the Delaware River: bright sun, low humidity. As well as discarded tires, rusted hulks of unknown machinery, bits of Styrofoam, discarded glass bottles, and even a length of decking material.

Kelly Writers House Celebrates 15 Years of Success

Fifteen years ago a band of forward-thinkers believed there should be a place on campus where people could gather to appreciate, create, study and participate in every aspect of the writing process. The place, they believed, should exist outside the conventional classroom, be open to everyone in the community and be run by those who would use it.

That vision became the Kelly Writers House (KWH) at 3805 Locust Walk, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary on Oct. 30.

Penn Spectrum: Celebrating Diverse Alumni

Penn alumni from all walks of life returned to campus the first weekend in October for Penn Spectrum, the University's first-ever weekend-long alumni conference celebrating diversity and community.

The event, sponsored by the Office of the President and Penn Alumni Relations, focused on issues of interest to Asians, African Americans, Latinos, Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Native American people.

Wharton Esherick and the Birth of the American Modern

Artist Wharton Esherick may be best known for his prismatic furniture, handmade spiraling staircase and iconic cherrywood music stand that now sits in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But how did Esherick go from being an illustrator and painter to becoming a world famous wood sculptor?

Autumn at Penn

The soft, golden light of autumn accentuates the beauty of Penn's tree-lined urban campus, located in the heart of West Philadelphia.

All of Penn's 12 undergraduate and graduate schools are located within walking distance of one another. The proximity of the schools allows the University to foster a truly interdisciplinary approach to learning and research.

Celebrating Diversity

Earlier this year, Penn led Newsweek magazine's list of Best Gay-Friendly Schools, a distinction that highlights the University’s ongoing commitment to diversity. Increasing access and honoring diversity is one of the principles of the Penn Compact.

Is West Philly the Next Center City?

December 23, 2010

Penn is cited for its history of neighborhood-revitalization efforts in West Philadelphia.


Article Source: Philadelphia Magazine

Group Support for Grieving the Loss of a Pet

December 23, 2010

Ryan Veterinary Hospital is spotlighted for its support group for those who have lost pets.


Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Video: Success School

December 15, 2010

Chad Dion Lassiter of the School of Social Policy and Practice shares his views on alternative schools and classes in Philadelphia’s public school system.

Article Source: WTXF-TV (Philadelphia)