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Joe Danciger: Meeting Place
To paint en plein air is to paint out in the open air, a venerable practice since the early nineteenth century. The British painter John Constable, for example, under the influence of the Romantic demand for authenticity, the emotion of the moment's inspiration, made many of his sketches in the manner, and later worked up his larger canvases in the studio. A little later, in France, the Barbizon school, named for a small village near the Forest of Fontainebleau where artists such as Theodore Rousseau settled, took up the practice, followed by many of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists (notably Camille Pissaro and his friend Paul Cezanne, though Edgar Degas apparently abhorred the idea). Here in this country, it appears to have been part of the practice of artists associated with the Cos Cob artist's colony in Connecticut, like John Twachtman and Theodore Robinson, as well as the Pennsylvania Impressionists, also known as the New Hope School (principally Edward W. Redfield), both groups active about the turn of the last century.
All of which is to say that Joe Danciger, whose exhibit, Meeting Place, is currently on view at the Burrison Gallery of the Penn Club, is in pretty good company. A graduate of both the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania (where he studied with the landscape painter Neil Welliver, whose influence is clear but not overwhelming), Dancigar's paintings exhibit a fine eye and a deft brush. His motif, or subject matter, appears to be principally near his home in New Jersey and along the upper Delaware River, though he also ranges further afield, with excursions to St. Michaels (I assume in Maryland, thoroughly cognizant of the dangers of assumption) and the Big Bend area of Texas, as well as Olana, in the Hudson River Valley, home to one of Danciger's precursors, Frederick Edwin Church.
En plein air often carries a freshness, a vitality, that studio work lacks, even if the studio work is from studies created in the open air, and Danciger's work is no exception. Some of these paintings (the smallest are 8" x 10", the largest, 22" x 28") feel as if the artist had just stepped away from the painting mere moments ago. In The Delaware, it appears that a single spontaneous long brushstroke defines the narrow bole of a tree leaning toward the river. With Rocky Broad River, the expressionist strokes that form the river and its whitecaps are rendered in a medium that still seems so liquid (no dates are provided) that you fear you might get hit with river spray if you venture too close to the painting. By contrast, in the three or four Big Bend paintings, the medium is so dryly applied that you get a real sense of the relative aridity of southwest Texas.
Danciger has an almost unerring eye for place. I'd really like to see the unruly tumble of My Back Woods, a kind of liminal area you might still find in some not-overdeveloped suburbs. I have seen the harbor at St. Michaels (if it is Maryland) but I don't remember it being this empty and peaceful. I'd like to see any and all of these places, these locations, these motifs. But I really don't have to because Joe Danciger has been kind enough, and skillful enough, and thought-full enough, to have brought them to me. And to you.
John Devine - 11.29.2016
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:
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.”
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.
The Economy and The Markets - What's Next?
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
February 4, 2016
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
Benjamin Wiggins, Ph.D.
President, University Club Board of Governors
Director of Digital Learning Initiatives
University of Pennsylvania
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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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
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.