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April 11, 2011
Last week, the University of Pennsylvania was host to 29 university presidents and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for an event titled "Empowering Women to Change the World. " Penn president Amy Gutmann spoke to Inquirer staff writer Melissa Dribben about her hopes for women.   Question: Numerous high-level conferences have been held about empowering women. Does anything new ever come out of such meetings? Amy Gutmann: I think shining a steady spotlight on women's issues is very important.
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October 23, 2007 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, will stay on the job at least until 2014 - well past the end of the school's five-year, $3.5 billion fund-raising campaign announced last weekend, officials said yesterday. Gutmann, 57, who became president in June 2004, was given a five-year contract extension by Penn's board of trustees. The extension comes 20 months before her current five-year contract was set to expire and was announced Friday during the trustees' meeting.
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December 7, 2006 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The presidents of both the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton appeared on a list of about 30 nominees for president of Harvard published by the university's student newspaper earlier this week, but neither is saying she would jump at the opportunity. Both Penn president Amy Gutmann and Princeton president Shirley M. Tilghman declined comment yesterday, but through their spokeswomen left little doubt of their intentions. "She's been saying all along that she loves being Penn's president.
NEWS
October 16, 2004 | By Benjamin Y. Lowe INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amy Gutmann, the new president of the University of Pennsylvania, proposed a three-point plan yesterday to raise the Ivy League institution from "excellence to eminence" in teaching, research, and its relationship with the community. About 1,200 people attended Gutmann's investiture, a 90-minute ceremony that was part coronation, part political science seminar, and part pep rally. Most of those seated in Irvine Auditorium yesterday were representatives from 124 schools and academies from across the country.
NEWS
January 22, 2004 | By James M. O'Neill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The University of Pennsylvania today will name Amy Gutmann, Princeton's provost and a former candidate for Harvard's presidency, as Penn's next leader. Gutmann, 54, a political scientist, will take the reins at Penn in July, when current president Judith Rodin retires. Gutmann is highly respected in academic circles for her work on such charged topics as ethics in government, values in public education, politics driven by group interests, and America's legacy of racism. She has written eight books, given speeches the world over, and once sat down with President Clinton over dinner at the White House to discuss her views on improving public discourse on controversial issues in American society.
NEWS
May 9, 2012 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amy Gutmann will stay on as president of the University of Pennsylvania for another seven years under a contract extension, the board of trustees announced Tuesday morning. The trustees will vote on the five-year extension at its meeting on June 15, board chairman David L. Cohen said in a statement. The extension would keep Gutmann as president until June 2019, making her the second-longest serving president in the Ivy League school's history. "The trustees feel very strongly that Amy Gutmann is simply the best university president in the country," Cohen said in a prepared statement.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The University of Pennsylvania has received a $10 million donation to create a center that aspires to develop new energy policy by reframing the relationship between research and practice. The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy will be named for donor Scott Kleinman and his wife, Wendy. He is a Wall Street private-equity manager and 1994 Penn alum. It will be directed by Mark Alan Hughes, a professor of practice at Penn's School of Design. Hughes was the city's first director of sustainability and is a former adviser to Mayor Nutter.
NEWS
December 13, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second area college president in a week to face criticism for participating in "die-in" protests held by students. Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday - their demonstration symbolizing the 41/2 hours that the body of Michael Brown, a black teenager, remained on the street after he was shot in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Members of the Penn police force who were working at the party and witnessed Gutmann's participation were "outraged," said Eric Rohrback, president of the 116-member Penn police officers' union.
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January 10, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE UNIVERSITY of Pennsylvania received 35,788 applications for fall 2014, a 14 percent jump from the previous year, the university said yesterday. Much of the spike was due to a rise in applications from California, which jumped 19 percent; New York, which increased 15 percent; and Florida, which rose 13 percent, according to Penn. The university also received applications from 165 countries, with international students accounting for 17 percent of applicants. Of the applicants, more than 6,000 - one in six - are the first in their family to apply to college, an 8 percent increase from a year ago, Penn said.
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March 6, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two public-policy centers in the Philadelphia region are joining forces with the goal of improving civics education in schools. The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, created in 2013 in collaboration with the National Constitution Center, has relocated from Arcadia University in Glenside to the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the institutions announced Wednesday. The Rendell Center, a nonprofit led by Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, develops civics lessons for lower grades, while the Annenberg Center has worked with middle and high schools.
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March 25, 2016 | By Susan Snyder, Staff Writer
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania this spring, Kriya Patel will spend up to three years helping women newly released from prison get their health and medical needs in order. Meanwhile, Vaishak Kumar will travel to India, where he aims to teach farmers how to increase their yields. And Melanie Mariano will work with the Free Library of Philadelphia on giving patrons access to health information. The three will be able to achieve their goals with the help of a President's Engagement Prize, which gives each $100,000 to help pay for the project, and $50,000 for living expenses.
NEWS
December 14, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Lamis Elsawah was on a train when she first heard about the terrorist attack in San Bernardino. "I had this feeling, 'Please don't let this be a Muslim,' " the University of Pennsylvania freshman, 18, said Friday, " 'because I don't feel like dealing with this again.' " Nineteen-year-old Penn sophomore Nayab Khan shared the emotion: "Every time it's a Muslim, your heart just melts. I can't believe my own people are doing this. " The young women, members of Penn's Muslim Students Association, took part Friday in the final, on-campus jumaa prayer - the most-attended Muslim prayer of the week - before the winter break.
NEWS
December 10, 2015 | By Dani Blum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Following weeks of protests against racial insensitivity on college campuses across the nation, the University of Pennsylvania has opted to change the title of its faculty masters. The tenured, full-time professors who live in student dorms will now be called faculty directors. They provide academic and personal support to residents. Over the last two weeks, Princeton and Harvard Universities also have agreed to change the titles; Yale University students and faculty are debating whether to follow suit.
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October 30, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
You can turn a profit and still improve the world, the University of Pennsylvania is seeking to show. Penn president Amy Gutmann said the university will give a $100,000 award - the President's Innovation Prize - to up to five seniors for a commercial innovation that promises to make the world a better place. This is the second such prize Gutmann has created. In March, the university awarded four $100,000 "engagement" prizes - believed to be the largest of their kind at a university - to seniors who spend a year after graduation on their nonprofit projects.
NEWS
October 19, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anne Case remembers the early critiques from her Ph.D. adviser, Angus Deaton: "Brutal. " "Take this away and come back with something that is more like your talents," Deaton told her. Devastated, she wanted to hide under a desk. But with his prodding, she went on to do some of her best work. After earning her doctorate in economics from Princeton, Case was hired at Harvard. That was 1988. Fast-forward a few years. Case returned to Princeton and became Deaton's colleague - and later, his wife.
NEWS
September 19, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Student leaders and parents of students who committed suicide at the University of Pennsylvania are pressing the Ivy League school to do more to address mental health needs - an issue that has been mounting on the campus since the high profile death of a promising scholar athlete last year. "In the past two years, seven Penn students have died by suicide," the group wrote in a letter to Penn president Amy Gutmann earlier this month. "Unfortunately, the university has not taken decisive action to make sure this doesn't happen to current and future students.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Katlyn Grasso got to Penn knowing she could be a leader, her confidence fed by supportive parents and her all-girls high school. But she saw that many other young women were hesitant about raising their hands in class and volunteering for leadership roles. The 21-year-old Buffalo native has a plan to begin to change that - and Penn is going to fund it. Grasso is among five students announced Wednesday as the winners of the university's first "President's Engagement Prize. " Penn president Amy Gutmann created the awards in August with funding from the university's board of trustees.
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March 6, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two public-policy centers in the Philadelphia region are joining forces with the goal of improving civics education in schools. The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, created in 2013 in collaboration with the National Constitution Center, has relocated from Arcadia University in Glenside to the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the institutions announced Wednesday. The Rendell Center, a nonprofit led by Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, develops civics lessons for lower grades, while the Annenberg Center has worked with middle and high schools.
NEWS
December 16, 2014
ACROSS THE country this past weekend, thousands of people marched in protest of police actions against Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others, adding to a steady drumbeat of protest that was ignited weeks ago when two separate grand juries refused to indict police in the deaths of the two black men. For many, this calls to mind a level of protest that this country hasn't seen in at least 50 years . . . and many would say that the issues are the...
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December 13, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second area college president in a week to face criticism for participating in "die-in" protests held by students. Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday - their demonstration symbolizing the 41/2 hours that the body of Michael Brown, a black teenager, remained on the street after he was shot in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Members of the Penn police force who were working at the party and witnessed Gutmann's participation were "outraged," said Eric Rohrback, president of the 116-member Penn police officers' union.
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