Celebrations: Houston Hall Centennial and Founder's Day


Houston Hall: The First 100 Years

Houston Hall reflects on its past with a Centennial Exhibit and celebrates both past and future with a series of events leading up to the big birthday bash on January 24. All events are open to the entire University community.

Thursday, January 18
Centennial Exhibit Opening Reception; pictures and artifacts of 100 years; refreshments, 4-7 p.m.; Bowl Room.
PARMESAN Night; Performances by Wood, Bliss on Bliss, and Cynthia Mason; 8-11:30 p.m.; Hall of Flags.

Friday, January 19
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture; Dr. David Brownlee, History of Art, on the architectural history of Houston Hall; beverages and dessert provided; noon-1:30 p.m., Bishop White Room.

Saturday, January 20
House Party; 16-table casino, DJ Roger Culture in Bodek Lounge; Spruce Street Revival and the Avalons in the Hall of Flags; co-sponsored with SPEC; 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Sunday, January 21
PAC Performs; Full Measure, Penn Singers, Penn Pipers and SPARKS Dance Troupe; 8-11:30 p.m.; Auditorium.

Monday, January 22
Jazz Concert; Crosstown Traffic performs; co-sponsored with SPEC Jazz; 12:30-2 p.m.; Hall of Flags.
Centennial Tea; join students, faculty and staff in recreating one of Houston Hall's original traditions; refreshments provided; co- sponsored with SCUE; 4-6 p.m.; Bodek Lounge.

Tuesday, January 23
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture; Dr. George Thomas, Historical Preservation, evokes the Houston Hall of 1896; beverages and dessert provided; noon-1:30 p.m.; Bishop White Room.
Still Standing Comedy Series; with comedian Robbie Printz; laughs and refreshments guaranteed; 8-9 p.m.; Hall of Flags.

Wednesday, January 24
The Big Day--Happy Birthday, Houston Hall!; cake, ice cream, discounts, old-time photos, persona cards, and entertainment all day in the Lobby and Hall of Flags; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Centennial Flag and Plaque Dedication; cake cutting; performance by the Glee Club in the Hall of Flags; 12:30 p.m.; co-sponsored by Bagel Builders.

'Walk' on the Web

For a historic walking tour of Houston Hall, electronically guided on their Penn Web site, go to http://dolphin.upen n.edu/~oslaf/censched.html and follow the signs.

Founder's Weekend:
Celebrating the Useful and the Ornamental

Annually the General Alumni Society celebrates the birthday of Benjamin Franklin. This year it also salutes the 100th Anniversary in a two-day Founder's Weekend program taking its theme from Mr. Franklin's philosophy of education.

Friday, January 19: The Ornamental

The Centennial Gala: President Judith Rodin and Trustees Chairman Dr. P. Roy Vagelos, along with alumni leaders and Emcee Melissa Rivers Rosenberg (C'89), honor recipients of class and alumni awards at a cocktail reception, 6 p.m., and dinner, 7 p.m. in Houston Hall; admission is $70 ($55 for classes of 1986-95 and the Old Guard). At the gala, the Alumni Award of Merit will be presented to Sylvia Campbell (CW '66), Michel T. Huber (W '53, ASC '61), Leonard A. Lauder (W '54), Bernard Lemonick (W '51), Jerry A. Magnin (W '60) and Harold B. Montgomery, Jr. (W '39). The Class Award of Merit recipient goes to the Class of 1945 and the Class Newsletter Award to the Class of 1955.

Saturday, January 20: The Useful

Two morning sessions are Invitation to the Internet, by Bob Pallone of Development Information Services (10 a.m.) and Gene Therapy: The Promise and the Peril; presented jointly by Arthur Kaplan, director of the Center for Bioethics and James Wilson, director of the Institute for Human Gene Therapy (11:15 a.m.).

The day's luncheon speaker is Dean Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg School (12:30 p.m.) in the Class of 1920 Commons; $25 ($20 for the classes of 1986-95 and the Old Guard).

The Founder's Weekend program was developed by the Organized Classes and Centennial Committee, led by Elsie Sterling Howard (CW '68), Lee Shlifer (CGS '74) and Hope R. Kessler (CW '67 and ASC '69).

For information on attending the events, and to make reservations for the gala or the luncheon, please contact the Alumni Relations Office, 898-7811.

Collected Memories: Over the years, Houston Hall has become a repository of memoralilia such as the Grandfather clock in the main lobby outside the Bowl Room; the Class of 1901's spoon and the freshman/sopohomore "fight bowls" nearby; and, in the main lobby en route to Bodek Lounge, the bell that once rang the change of classes from College Hall's clock tower.