15 May 2014

Sphinx at Alumni Weekend 2014

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Friday, May 16, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Film screening of Blended, producer, Mike Karz, C’89, W’89

Saturday, May 17
9:00 – 10:00 am: What’s a Hashtag – speaker Karen Glass, C’84, W’84
9:00 – 11:00 am: Basketball Skills and Drills Training – clinic with Anthony Price, C’79
10:30 – 11:30 am: Sphinx Champagne Brunch
3:00 – 4:00 pm: The Power of Storytelling to Change the World – speaker Dave Lieber, C’79
4:00 – 5:00 pm: Ivy Day awards ceremony (Sphinx well represented!)
4:00 – 6:00 pm: Immigration Reform – Dreaming for Change – speaker Diana Estefania Estrada Alamo, C’14
4:30 – 6:30 pm: Netter Center for Community Partnerships panel – speakers Ira Harkavy, C’70, GR’79 and Blanchard Diavua, C’09

Monday, May 19
10:00 am: Commencement – commencement address by John (Stephens) Legend, C’99

Details on all of the above events are listed below. Please note you can watch LIVE webstreaming of Commencement at: http://www.upenn.edu/commencement/.


4:30 pm – 6:30 PM
Class of 1989 Special Advance Screening of Blended, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
NEW LOCATION: Rave Cinemas University City 6
230 S. 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Producer Mike Karz, C’89, W’89 (Sphinx)


9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
#WHAT’S A HASHTAG? Social Media in the 21st Century: Find out what everyone’s talking about!
Houston Hall, Golkin Room

Social media has democratized the way in which everyone conducts business in the 21st century. Find out how you can utilize social media in your business ventures, volunteer positions and your personal life.

This one-hour workshop will provide an entertaining introduction to the world of social media, explaining what social media is, how it used, the basic tools of social media and why it’s helpful to understand the basics. Workshop basics include an overview of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Google Plus. Gwen Shields Hoover, ENG ’84, Vice President, Client Relations, Altitude Marketing; Karen Glass, C’84, W’84, (Sphinx) President, Glassworks Entertainment + Marketing

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Basketball Skills and Drills Training
Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, 3701 Walnut Street

Do your kids dream of being in the Final Four? Maybe not, but perhaps they love the game of basketball and want to improve their game and advance their skills.

Anthony Price, C’79 (Sphinx), Captain of the University of Pennsylvania 1979 Final Four basketball team and founder of “Paying the Price Foundation” partners with Penn Alumni families and the University of Pennsylvania Netter Center for Community Partnerships to host this first annual Skills and Drills Basketball Clinic for children of Penn alumni ages 8 – 18.

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Sphinx Champagne Brunch
LGBT Center/Carriage House
3907 Spruce Street
Close to the intersection of Spruce and 39th St., off of Locust Walk
Click here for a map: http://www.vpul.upenn.edu/lgbtc/contact.php

Greg Suss, ‘C’75, Vice President, Sphinx Senior Society Board of Governors, and Max Presser, Chief, C’14, will preside.

Come share some bubbly and a bagel with Sphinx alumni, friends and family as we say au revoir to the Sphinx Class of 2014, welcome the Sphinx Class of 2015, and tell you briefly about our current activities and future plans.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The Power of Story Telling to Change the World:
A Conversation with Dave Lieber, C’79 (Sphinx)
(Open to all classes. Sponsored by the Class of 1979)
Skirkanich Hall, Berger Auditorium
210 South 33rd Street
This event is at capacity.

Columnist, motivational speaker and humorist Dave Lieber, C’79 will sit down with Sam Hughes, senior Editor of the Gazette to share his storytelling expertise with Penn Alumni. Life wasn’t easy for Dave Lieber after leaving Penn and the Daily Pennsylvanian. At his first newspaper job, Dave was assigned to live in Florida nudist colony for three days sans clothes. In his next jobs, he challenged the West Virginia Ku Klux Klan, reported on the Mafia in Philadelphia and rode a bull in a Texas rodeo. Now he’s the award winning Watchdog investigative columnist for the Dallas Morning News, fighting for Americans. Dave won the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award as the U.S. newspaper columnist whose positive works improved his community. One of America’s top storytellers, Dave shows businesses, individuals and nonprofits how to share their story in a powerful way. Advanced registration requested.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Ivy Day Awards

Come cheer for our Sphinx seniors receiving honor awards this year, and welcome back three members of the Sphinx class of 1989 that will present awards.

2014 Senior Honor Awardees who are members of Sphinx:
Bowl – Ethan Jones
Cane – Pulak Mittal
Spade – Jonathan Rosenbaum
Harnwell – Urja Mittal
Brownlee – Tania Chairez

Penn Alumni Student Award of Merit – Dau Jok

Also the 2014 Wise Award winners are Muhga Eltigani and Mia Garuccio (please note that the Wise Award is not presented during Ivy Day).

Returning members of the Sphinx Class of 1989 to present awards who were award winners as students:
Spoon – Michael Karz
Spade – Robert Tintner
Hottel – Suzanne Quint
Harnwell – Traci Miller

Seth Berger won the Bowl award in 1989 but will not be attending Ivy Day this year.

For more awards won by Sphinx Class of 2014, click here.

4:00 PM – 6 PM
Immigration Reform Inertia: Dreaming for Change
Houston Hall, Golkin Room

Join the Association of Latino Alumni and Dr. Emilio A. Parrado, Penn Professor of Sociology and Director of Latin America and Latino Studies Program, in a panel discussion with David Bennion, Philadelphia-based immigration lawyer, and student activist Diana Estefania Estrada Alamo, C’14, (Sphinx), about the need for meaningful immigration reform and the factors contributing to the lack of dialogue in Congress and elsewhere in the United States. We will address how this inertia impacts numerous important political and social issues, such as the voter base, the children born to immigrants, the DREAM Act, and mass deportations. This is a discussion we cannot afford to postpone or ignore. Co-sponsored by La Casa Latina and the Latino Coalition.

4:30 PM – 6 PM
The Netter Center for Community Partnerships Presents: Perspectives from Alumni (Co-sponsored by the Classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, and 1999)
Skirkanich Hall, Berger Auditorium
210 South 33rd Street

Join classmates and friends for an interactive discussion on Penn and West Philadelphia, including an update on Netter Center programs, Penn’s model for local engagement, and the role that alumni can play. Speakers will include Ira Harkavy, C’70, G’79, Associate Vice President and Founding Director of the Netter Center, and alumni representing various reunion classes. A light reception will follow the program. Advanced registration is encouraged but not required. Sphinx speakers and panelists: Ira Harkavy, C’70, GR’79, PhD, Associate Vice President and Founding Director, Netter Center, and Blanchard Diavua, C’09, MEd, Math Teacher & Roster Chair, West Philadelphia High School.


8:15 AM Procession
10:15 AM Commencement

Help line the sides of Locust Walk as the Class of 2014 proudly makes their way to Franklin Field for the University’s Commencement Ceremony where John (Stephens) Legend, C’99 (Sphinx) will deliver the Commencement Address.

This year, we ordered Sphinx honor cords for classmates carrying their class flags in the Alumni procession.

You can watch Commencement live via webcast. For more details, visit the Commencement website at: http://www.upenn.edu/commencement/. Follow the Commencement hashtag on Twitter: #PennGrad.

Look for these Sphinx wearing cords during Commencement. If your name is not listed below and you are participating in commencement, please contact Kiera Reilly at kreilly@upenn.edu. Cords for faculty and staff are being distributed this week. Cords for alumni will be distributed by Kiera at Annenberg Theater on Monday morning.

1. Norm Schonfeld, C’55 – Alumni Flag
2. Howard Coonley, C’66 – Alumni Flag
3. Lisa M. Aldisert,CW’75, G’75 – Alumni Flag
4. Robert Steven Tintner, C’89, L’94 – Alumni Flag
5. William D. Moore, C’03 – Alumni Flag
6. Brett Perlmutter, C’09 – Alumni Flag
7. Adam J. Behrens, C’11 – Alumni Flag
8. Jonathon Youshaei, C’13, W’13 – Alumni Flag
9. Greg Suss, C’75 – Alumni Flag
10. Kiera Reilly, C’93 – Alumni Flag
11. Alexis Ruby Howe C’07 – Alumni Flag
12. Eduardo D. Glandt, GCH’75, GR’77, Nemirovsky Family Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science – Honorary
13. Zeke Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, Chair of Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy – Honorary
14. Craig Carnaroli, W’85, Executive Vice President of the University – Honorary
15. Karu Kozuma, Director of Office of Student Affairs – Honorary
16. David Cohen, L’81, Chairman of University Board of Trustees – Honorary
17. Maureen Rush, G’01, Vice President for Public Safety – Honorary
18. Bob Schoenberg, SW’68, GRS’89, LGBT Center Director – Honorary
19. John J. DiIulio, Jr., C’80, GR’80, Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, Fox Leadership Program Director – Honorary
20. Amy Gutmann, University President – Honorary
21. Afaf Meleis, Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing – Honorary
22. Rodney Robinson, C’89, Associate Director of Office of Student Affairs – Honorary
23. Ira Harkavy, C’70, GR’79, PAR’01, PAR’06 – Faculty, Director, Netter Center for Community Partnerships (student member)
24. David Wessels, ENG’92, W’92 – Faculty (student member)
25. Steven J. Bilsky, W’71, PAR’06, PAR’11 – Staff, Director of Athletics (student member)
26. Rev. Charles L. Howard, C’00 – University Chaplain (student member)