08 May 2012

Sphinx Newsletter: Spring 2012

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1) Alumni Weekend Champagne Brunch (5/12)
2) Annual Sphinx Banquet Recap
3) Sphinx Award Winners
4) “Sphinx Links” Mentoring Update
5) LinkedIn Sphinx Group
6) Sphinx Alumni Fund

Letter from the President

I am grateful to the Sphinx Board members who have worked so hard this year on these newsletters, the mentoring program, and the newly-created Paul Miller Award. Congratulations to the outgoing undergrad officers – Anita Saggurti (Chief), Carlos Rodriguez (Pharisee), and Roni  Mathew (Scribe) and to the incoming officers Adrienne Edwards (Chief), Dan Gutnayer (Pharisee), and Dana Tom (Scribe). We have a number of initiatives in the pipeline and look forward to seeing you on May 12 or hearing from you.

Merrie Frankel, President, Board of Governors, merrie.frankel@moodys.com.


1) Alumni Weekend Champagne Brunch and DP ad

The current Sphinx Classes and the Sphinx Board of Governors invites all members of Sphinx and their families to our annual Alumni Weekend champagne brunch on Saturday, May 12 at 10:30am in the LGBT Center (3907 Spruce Street).

Come celebrate the graduation of the Sphinx ’12 class, the induction of the Sphinx ’13 class, and meet up with Sphinx alums from years’ past!

Additionally, this link (http://bit.ly/JfeXXp) is to the Sphinx Senior Society ad that will run on the back page of the Graduation/Goodbyes issue to be published by the Daily Pennsylvanian on May 11 and widely distributed on campus before and during 2012 graduation exercises on May 11-14.


2) Annual Sphinx Banquet Recap

This year’s banquet continued in the tradition of inducting an honorary Sphinx, welcoming the new inductees into Sphinx, and congratulating the outgoing class on their nearly completed undergraduate term. Over 15 alums came back to celebrate at The Orpheus Club in Center City with the full incoming and outgoing classes. In addition, Penn Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli (W’85) was welcomed as the 2012 Honorary Sphinx Inductee. We hope that all who couldn’t make this year’s banquet find a way to participate next year. It’s going to be a blast!

Pictures of the banquet are here: http://bit.ly/Jfh2Ts


 3) Sphinx Award Winners

Luis Ernesto Del Valle, C’12, W’12, receives a certificate and Sphinx figure as the first recipient of the Paul Miller Leadership Award. Presenting the award are Steve Klitzman, C’66 (left) and Greg Suss, C’75(right), members of the Sphinx Senior Society Board of Governors.

The Sphinx Senior Society Board of Governors established the Paul Miller Leadership Award in 2012 to honor the memory of the late Paul Miller, C’83. Despite suffering from dwarfism, Paul Miller excelled in both campus and public service leadership as a former Sphinx Society Scribe and Mask & Wig performer, graduate of Harvard Law School, and later as an author of the Americans with  Disabilities Act, and distinguished Commissioner  on the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, 1994-2004.

Ernesto received the Paul Miller Leadership Award at the Annual Spring Banquet for his outstanding campus and public service leadership as Co-Chair of the Wharton Council, member of the Advisory Board of the Dean of Admissions and the Penn Arts Pre-Orientation Program, founding high school teacher  of Penn’s Financial Literacy Community Project, and organizer of the first Wharton 5K race for charity to benefit the Jericho Project, a group dedicated to ending homelessness.

Other awards won by Sphinx:

University of Pennsylvania Asian Alumni Network Student Leadership Award – Nickpreet Singh
Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association Student Leadership Award – Tyler Ernst
Ivy Day Awards: Jibran Khan, Faye Cheng, Ernesto Del Valle, Katie McCabe
Penn Alumni Student Award of Merit – Anita Saggurti
Senior Award of Merit from the Alumni Board and Malcolm X Award from the Makuu Black Cultural Center – Jeff Tillus


4) “Sphinx Links” Mentoring Update

Sphinx Links Mentoring Program Matches 15 Class of 2012 Mentees with 15 Sphinx Alumni Mentors; More Mentors Sought for Class of 2013

The Sphinx Links Mentoring program of the Sphinx Board Of Governors founded in 2010 has to date made 15 mentoring matches for the Sphinx Class of 2012 with 15 Sphinx alumni in over a dozen professional fields. The program also hopes to complete by the end of this academic year two additional matches now in process.

Mentors Wanted for Class of 2013: Any Sphinx alumnus who would like to be a mentor for a member of the Sphinx Class of 2013, or to get more information on the Sphinx Links program, should contact its coordinator, Steve Klitzman, C’66, member of the Sphinx Board of Governors, at steve.klitzman@fcc.gov202-418-1763.

A full list of 2012 mentorship matches for the Class of 2012 as well as a picture can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/JNU2Lc


5) Sphinx LinkedIn Group

The Sphinx Board of Governors is trying to create an organized database of our over 1,800 alums. Please join the LinkedIn Group for Sphinx here: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=983817. This will help us better keep track of what our fabulous alumni community is up to and find new ways to expand the Sphinx experience beyond our time at Penn.


6)  Sphinx Alumni Fund

The Sphinx Alumni Fund has successfully supported and strengthened the activities of the Sphinx Senior Society and the Sphinx alumni community over the past year, and we are now pleased to announce  a new online giving tool.

Contributions are critical to support the current Sphinx class and alumni community. Donations at  any level are greatly appreciated, but suggested levels include:

Chief – $250
Pharisee – $100
Scribe – $50

Please click the link below to donate today:



Input Welcome

If you have any alumni news items or suggestions for future Sphinx Newsletters, please email me at samirmm@alumni.upenn.edu

Sphinx Alumni – You are subscribed to this email list as a member of The Sphinx Senior Society. We subscribed alumni to this list based on information indicating who is a Sphinx in the Penn Development and Alumni Relations database.

We encourage you to join our Facebook and LinkedIn Groups – both named Sphinx Senior Society. These are closed groups and only open to members of Sphinx.

As the Penn database is not up to date, we ask you to share this information with your Sphinx classmates. If they did not receive this message, they should email Kiera Reilly, Sphinx ’93, member Sphinx Board of Governors. Kiera can code alumni in the Penn database and add members to this email list.