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To Members of the University Club at Penn
From: University Club Board of Governors
RE: Nominations for the 2016-2017 Board

In accordance with the University Club Bylaws, official notice is hereby given of the Nominating Committee’s slate of nominees which has been approved by the University Club’s Board of Governors in preparation for voting at the Annual Meeting of the University Club. The meeting will be held at the Club on May 17 at noon. All members of the Club are encouraged and invited to attend. The nominees have, all of whom have indicated their willingness to serve, are:

University Club
Slate of Nominees Approved by the Board of Governors
Regular Club Members will be sent a link to vote online before the Annual Meeting and the results will be announced at the Meeting on May 17, 2016.

Nominees are as follows:

M. Fevzi Daldal is a microbiologist, working on how the food or light energy is converted into chemical energy (i.e., cellular energy production) in cells (bacteria and higher organisms) via respiration and photosynthesis. He was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, until the end of the high school (1969); graduated from Lyon engineering school (INSA de Lyon), France (1974), completed his doctoral thesis at Pasteur University, Strasbourg and Paris, France (1977); joined as a postdoctoral fellow Harvard Medical School, Boston MA (1978), moved as a senior scientist to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island, NY (1982). He joined Penn’s Department of Biology as a faculty member in 1988. Since then, he is a standing faculty at the rank of Professor in this department.

David James Earley joined the University of Pennsylvania in September 2014 as a Senior Information Security Analyst, and joined the University Club shortly after. Prior to joining Penn, he served for over a decade with a DoD defense contractor in a variety of IT and technical roles. He has greatly enjoyed the atmosphere and camaraderie offered at the University Club, and looks forward to the opportunity to further the Club's interests. David also currently serves as a Corporal in the US Marine Corps Reserves. He said, "I am ready and willing to serve the University Club, the Board of Governors, and ultimately its members. Thank you for considering me as a nominee, and if appointed, will endeavor to serve with all the diligence, integrity, and thoughtfulness required for such a position."

John Eldred specializes in creating change in leaders, family businesses and communities around the world. His work has been cited in The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, the European Labor Relations Review, and FastCompany Magazine. He has taught courses in positive organization politics at both the Wharton School and Organization Dynamics of the University of Pennsylvania since 1979.

Philip Gehrman is an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry of the Perelman School of Medicine, and a clinical psychologist at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.  Dr. Gehrman directs the Sleep and Traumatic Stress program at Penn.  He completed his graduate training in clinical psychology at the University of California, San Diego including a predoctoral internship at the Durham VA Medical Center and a post-doctoral fellowship in sleep medicine at Penn.  He has an active research program exploring the mechanisms and treatment of insomnia in the context of mental illness.  His work includes studies on the genetics of insomnia for which he leads an international consortium of genetics researches.  Dr. Gehrman also has an active research program on sleep problems in veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Dr. Gehrman’s clinical work is in the area of Behavioral Sleep Medicine and he provides cognitive behavioral interventions for sleep disorders.  His clinical work includes a national telehealth insomnia program in the VA.

Eugene Janda has extensive fire safe­ty and emergency preparedness expe­rience from his 22 years with the Phila­delphia Fire Depart­ment (PFD). During his tenure within the PFD, he rose to the rank of Fire Captain and Acting Battalion Chief. Within a six-year period, he trained 660 fire­fighters (approximately 25% of the force) and indoctrinated 200 paramedics. In 2000, Mr. Janda brought his expertise to Penn’s Division of Public Safety as a safety specialist in Fire & Emergency Services. By 2003 he had assumed the role of Deputy Chief overseeing the day-to-day operations of a team of 5 Safety Specialists. In 2008 he became Chief where he continues to provide a strong strategic direction for his team. His specialties are plans review of construction and renovation projects, fire protection reliability, and emergency preparedness of the campus community. During his tenure he has helped with the development of the University Crisis Management Plan, he is the Co-Chair for the University City Emergency Preparedness Steering Team and Advisor to the Penn Medical Emergency Response Team. He also holds a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) designation from the National Fire Protection, maintains his Emergency Medical Technician certification from the Commonwealth, and has a Masters’ of Environmental Studies degree from Penn.

Mary Kononenko is as an Associate Director for the Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cabrini College, and a Masters in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a Board Member of Soroptimist International in Bucks County, an organization of “Women helping Women.”

Rashmi Kumar
is Specialist in STEM Learning at the Weingarten Center. In her work at Penn, Dr. Kumar develops active learning approaches and identifies techniques for students to enhance/demonstrate competency in STEM disciplines through digital tools. Dr. Kumar has been recognized as a STEM Educator by the NASA Endeavor Project. She explores the design of learning environments to engage students in STEM disciplines across a wide range of preferences and backgrounds. She also teaches at the Graduate School of Education, serves on the PAACH Advisory Board, and collaborates with several of Penn’s schools and centers to develop programming and outreach for students in STEM degrees/coursework. http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2015-03-19/interviews/staff-qa-rashmi-kumar

Michael Lord earned his BS in Nursing (summa cum laude/honors program, 2007) from Misericordia University, his in MS Nursing (Norma Lang Dean’s Award for Excellence in Scholarly Practice, 2011) from Penn, and his Doctor of Nursing Practice (Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar, 2015) from Yale University. Dr. Lord is currently a full-time faculty member at Penn’s School of Nursing (Nurse Anesthesia Program). He has maintained clinical practice as a certified registered nurse anesthetist in diverse care settings ranging from the solo anesthesia provider role to the anesthesia care team model, from ambulatory surgery centers to the highest acuity trauma center in the country. Dr. Lord has been recognized as the Pennsylvania Association of Nurse Anesthetists’ 2011 Clinical Instructor of the Year and has served his profession actively in roles as board member, committee chair, and on task forces in various capacities at the state and national levels.

Martin J. Silverstein ‘Red and Blue’ runs through the veins of this Penn Law School alumnus. Martin’s wife, mother-in-law and five of his six children all attended Penn. Martin is an attorney with the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, LLP.  He serves as a Trustee of the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System (PSERS) and the University of Pennsylvania. He is also an Overseer at Penn Nursing, sits on the Federal Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel and as a Judge Pro Tempore in the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania. Martin has previously served in the United States Department of State and the United States Treasury/Internal Revenue Service. He is particularly proud of his service as a VISTA member (Volunteer in Service to America) with the Corporation for National & Community Service. Martin enjoys the comfort, camaraderie and convenience of the University Club. He believes the Club is a campus jewel and would like to encourage more frequent use by the university family.

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas is an assistant professor in the Division of Reading/Writing/Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. A former Detroit Public Schools teacher, Dr. Thomas’s program of research is most keenly focused on children’s and adolescent literature, the teaching of African American literature, and the role of race in English language arts classroom discourse and interaction. A 2014 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and recipient of the AERA Language and Social Processes SIG Emerging Scholar Award, her forthcoming book is The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination in Youth Literature, Media, and Culture.

In accordance with the Club Bylaws, nominating petitions signed by at least five Regular Members of the University Club may be submitted to the Secretary of the University Club,  on behalf of other individuals. All such nominations must be accompanied by a written statement on the part of each nominee, indicating his or her willingness to serve, with such biographical data as the nominee desires to be published. In the event such a petition or petitions shall have been filed, the Secretary shall add the names of the petition nominees, their biographical data, and the term for which Board membership has been south, to that of the posted nominees. Petitions must be received no later than 14 days subsequent to the circulation of the nominees of the Nominating Committee. Petitions must be received by mail attn: Marguerite Miller, Almanac, 3910 Chestnut Street/3111 or may be hand carried to the University Club, by 5 p.m., May 4, 2016.



MARCH EVENTS


Presidential Campaign Rhetoric: Separating Fact from Fiction
Rob Farley from FactCheck.org
Tuesday, March 22 at 12:00pm
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Next Tuesday is an chance for all members of the Penn community to see and taste what the newly renovated University Club has to offer. The Food for Thought luncheon talk will be held at the Club on March 22 at noon and is open to members and non-members of the Club with a PennCard. The cost of the full lunch, buffet-style, is $12.95. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The talk will feature Rob Farley presenting Presidential Campaign Rhetoric: Separating Fact from Fiction in the Club’s Hourglass Room at the Inn at Penn. Mr. Farley, from FactCheck.org, will discuss the current presidential campaign and FactCheck’s goal of applying the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and increasing public knowledge and understanding. Nearly two million people have looked up 6.5 million pages on FactCheck.org over the past month to get help sorting through all the politicians’ claims.

Factcheck.org, a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in politics. FactCheck monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major US political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. FactCheck.org is a project of Penn’s Annenberg Public Policy Center.

The Economy and The Markets - What's Next?
Jeremy Siegel
presented by PASEF
Thursday, March 24 at 12:00pm

Jeremy Siegel is the Russell E. Palmer Professor of Finance at the Wharton School. Siegel comments extensively on the economy and financial market; appears regularly on networks such as CNN, CNBC and NPR, and writes regular columns for Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Yahoo!

LRSM Science Cafe presents
Automotive Emissions-Control Systems:
How Does It Work and What Did Volkswagon Do?
Raymond J. Gorte
Thursday, March 31 at 5:00pm

The emissions-control systems on modern automobiles and trucks are amazingly successful and amazingly complex. With gasoline-powered vehicles, the basic technology has been unchanged for more than 20 years. It employs feedback computer control of the engine and increasingly sophisticated tailpipe sensors and catalysts. However, because this technology requires that the engine be operated at the stoichiometric air-fuel ratio, it cannot be used with the more efficient lean-burn engines, which includes Diesel engines. The emissions systems on these vehicles are even more complex and amount to having a chemical plant in your tailpipe.
This talk will provide an overview of how these technologies work and how one can cheat.








Please join us this Thursday to celebrate the newly renovated University Club at Penn.

Reconnect with members friends and colleagues.

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Grand Reopening

February 4, 2016

Dear Members,

I am thrilled to announce and welcome you to the University Club's Grand Reopening on Monday, February 8th at 11:30 am.  The look and feel will be fresher and brighter, and you will see the same familiar faces you remember.
We are excited to share with you some details about these improvements.  Not only will you see physical changes, from lovely white tile and dark wood cabinets in the buffet area, and the new artwork in the Hourglass Room, but Executive Chef Eileen Watkins has taken this opportunity to make some changes to the weekly menus.

The University Club Team is excited to share with you this elevated experience with chef-curated meals that fall within a theme.  The new service style includes a chef-manned action station, featuring made-to-order entrees or specialty sandwiches.  The new lunch menu includes daily specials including soup, an action station, a self-serve station and dessert.  You will also still see the fully stocked salad bar and hot and cold beverages.

Our goal in working with Chef Eileen on the new menus was to add more artisan ingredients without increasing costs, but that is not always possible.  In an effort to keep the University Club as a premier on-campus dining establishment, the Board of Governors did have to make the decision to increase the lunch price to a flat fee of $12.95.  We feel that even with this increase, the University Club is still one of the best values on campus.

We hope that you will join us in celebrating the reopening of the University Club in the coming weeks. 
In addition to joining us for lunch next week, we'd also like to invite you to our

Kick Off Party on Thursday, February 18th from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. More details to come.

We look forward to seeing you soon!


Sincerely,
Ben
Benjamin Wiggins, Ph.D.
President, University Club Board of Governors
Director of Digital Learning Initiatives
University of Pennsylvania



Letter from the President

Dear Members,

I want to share some exciting news.  The University Club at Penn will be undergoing renovations over the winter break, including much needed cosmetic improvements to the look and feel of the Club.  The last day of service before the renovations is December 8, 2015 with plans to reopen February 8, 2016.  When we return, the Club will be vibrant as ever with the same friendly faces you see on a daily basis.

As we prepare for the newly renovated Club, we are reaching out to you in order to freshen up the artwork.  We are looking for Penn-related pieces in a variety of media that could be loaned or purchased by the University Club.  If you have Penn-related works you would like to display at the Club, please submit them to us for consideration. Send a digital image to the Club Coordinating Liaison, Kristin Cummings at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I also urge you to participate in our long-standing holiday tradition of contributing to the Holiday Staff Fund.  It’s our way of saying thank you to the staff of the University Club—the cashiers, dining room attendants, buffet area servers, and kitchen staff.  Please make your contribution by the deadline of Friday, December 11th, so we may distribute the funds to the staff prior to the holidays.  You may do so online through the University Club website, www.upenn.edu/universityclub or by sending a check payable to: Inn at Penn/University Club. Please indicate on your check that it is for the UClub Staff Fund.

 

You may, alternatively, mail or bring your check to:

University Club at Penn
Attn: Kristin Cummings
3611 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Contributions to this fund are not tax-deductible.  I thank you advance for your support and generosity for the Holiday Staff Fund.

I look forward to seeing you at the newly revitalized Club space in the new year, and hope you will celebrate with us at our grand re-opening at the end of January.


Sincerely,

Ben

Benjamin Wiggins, Ph.D.

President, University Club Board of Governors

Director of Digital Learning Initiatives

University of Pennsylvania




2015 Holiday Fund


We urge you to participate in our long-standing holiday tradition of contributing to the Holiday Staff Fund. 
It's our way of saying thank you to the staff of the University Club-the cashiers, dining room attendants, buffet area servers, and kitchen staff. 
Please make your contribution by the deadline of Friday, December 11th, so we may distribute the funds to the staff prior to the holidays. 
You may do so via credit card through our Holiday Fund Online Store

or by sending a check payable to: Inn at Penn/University Club.
Please indicate on your check that it is for the UClub Staff Fund.

You may, mail or bring your check to:
University Club at Penn
Attn: Kristin Cummings
3611 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Contributions to this fund are not tax-deductible.  Thank you advance for your support and generosity for the Holiday Staff Fund.


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Wednesday, December 2
5:00 - 7:00pm


Meet Founder & Wharton Alum James Yoakum

Sip on Signature Cocktails from Cooper River Distiller's Petty's Island White & Driftwood Dream Spiced Rums


Sample the unique flavors of Petty's Island Rye Oak Reserve aged in charred white oak rye whiskey barrels

$22 per person
limited tickets available

Click Here to Purchase Tickets


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Penn Science Cafe

The University Club at Penn is proud to host the 2015-16 LRSM Science Cafes!

Thursday, October 15th
Doors open at 5:00pm
Speaker begins at 6:00pm

The Penn Science Cafe is open to the public at no cost.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Deep Sea or Deep Space?
Observations of structure and diversity in the near-universe and earth's own deep sea.
by Alison Sweeney
Physics & Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania

Most of the habitable volume of planet earth is in the deep ocean, far away from the surface and earth's atmosphere, or from the mostly muddy ocean floor.  Creatures from this habitat live in a three-dimensional void something like a cartoon version of living in outer space. A surprising diversity of colors, reflective surfaces and light-emitting organs can also be found in the animals found here.  These observations suggest that the habitat is as ecologically rich and structured as a coral reef or tropical rain forest, but since humans can't directly observe behavior in this environment, our studies must be forensic in nature. The animals in the deep sea are arguably more challenging to observe in any systematic way than planets in our solar system or nearby galaxies. This talk will discuss some of the common challenges to astronomical observations and deep-sea biology, and the ways in which humans can observe the near-universe are at a more scientifically mature state than our understanding of the deep ocean on our own planet.

For more information visit www.lrsm.upenn.edu


PASEF Lunchtime Lecture

Future Prospects of Hip and Knee Surgery
by Charles L. Nelson

Tuesday October 13 at 12:00pm

Charles L. Nelson, MD, is Chief of the Joint Replacement Service and an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he also served his residency.

Dr. Nelson was recognized by Best Doctors in America in 2013-2014.


The lecture will be held from 12:00 - 1:30pm in the Hourglass Room.

All are invited to attend.


Penn Science Cafe

The University Club at Penn is proud to hose the 2015-16 LRSM Science Cafes!

Thursday, September 17th
Doors open at 5:00pm
Speaker begins at 6:00pm

The Penn Science Cafe is open to the public at no cost.
Food and beverages will be available for purchase.


“A ‘Bionic Nose’ to Smell Cancer - From Small Science to Major Applications”
by A.T. Charlie Johnson
Physics & Astronomy
University of Pennsylvania

Physicist A.T. Charlie Johnson, Director of Penn's Nano/Bio Interface Center understands that less is definitely more. Johnson forges groundbreaking basic discoveries in nanoscience that are then used in the development of important applications in industry and medicine. He is currently pursuing research to create a bionic nose, a nanoscale sensor device that he hopes one day will be used to sniff out cancer much like the olfactory capabilities of trained working dogs.  He is also co-founder of the start-up company Graphene Frontiers, which is headquartered in the University City Science Center.

For more information visit www.lrsm.upenn.edu


PASEF Lunchtime Lecture

The Transformation of Retailing in the Digital Age
by Joseph Turow

Thursday September 10th at 12:00pm

Joseph Turow is the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor & Associate Dean for Graduate Studies in the Annenberg School of Communications.

The lecture will be held from 12:00 - 1:30pm in the Hourglass Room.

All are invited to attend.

Back to School Happy Hour



Please join us for Happy Hour on Thursday, September 10th in the University Club Living Room at the Inn at Penn.

$5 Domestic Beer and Wine
$7 Imported
Light Fare Menu Available

Open to members and their guests.


Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Participating in Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 23rd, 2015?  Stop by the club for a lunch with the kids!  We'll be featuring a family friendly menu, and a discounted pricing of $6.50 for all kids over 3 years old

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University Club Holiday Staff Fund

The Board of Governors Holiday Staff Fund Campaign is currently underway.  The Staff Fund is our way of saying thanks to those people who kindly serve us on a daily basis.

If you would like to make a contribution by credit card, please visit our online Holiday Fund Contribution Page

 

University Club Holiday Party

December 17th, 2014

4pm-7pm

The Board of Governors invites you to join us for a holiday celebration in the Living Room at the University Club on the evening of Wednesday, December 17th.  The Club will provide complimentary light fare and a drink ticket to Club members, and a cash bar will be available for the duration of the evening

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Beer Tasting with Victory Brewing

Monday, October 27, 2014

Come join the University Club at representatives from Victory Brewing for an exclusive beer tasting happy hour in the Living Room at the University Club.

The event will feature a discussion lead by Victory Brewing representatives, three different Victory beers, and light fare for an inclusive price of $33.00 per person

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Alumni Exhibit at the Burrison Gallery

The Burrison Gallery is calling for artwork submittals to be considered for its second annual University Alumni Exhibit. Any member of the Penn Alumni Community may submit their work for consideration. This juried, group show will open with a reception during Arts and Culture during Homecoming, November 1. 2014 and will be on display in the Gallery from November 1 to November 21, 2014.

If you would like to apply for the Burrison Gallery Annual Alumni Exhibit, please fill out a submittal form and email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



The Ride to Conquer Cancer

Friday, March 28, 2014

Please join us in the Hourglass Room of the University Club from 12pm-1pm to support The Ride To Conquer Cancer®, benefiting Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, for an information session on Friday, March 28, 2014.

At this session you’ll enjoy an overview of this exciting 2-day, 150 mile journey on October 11-12 and learn how you can support Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. Join our mission to provide breakthrough research, innovative treatments, and critical services to those in need in our community, throughout the U.S., and around the world!

Those interested in enjoying lunch during the presentation can purchase one of the University Club’s lunch options at the front desk.  For additional information, please visit the Ride to Conquer Cancer webpage or contact Jim Riley, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 215-746-5520.