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Speaking Out
November 6, 2007, Volume 54, No. 11

Penn’s Fundraising Campaign

Concerning President Amy Gutmann’s launch of Making History and Penn Connects, it’s about time that programs such as these are well underway. For the past 25 years, Penn just “sat there” not doing anything in the matter of making this University a showpiece to the rest of the country and even the world. State College and other well-known universities have their places of attraction, now it’s the University of Pennsylvania, under the leadership of President Amy Gutmann, as well as her staff, to have their plan for this University. I have worked here nearly 25 years, and I saw certain areas such as the postal lands, buildings on campus that outlived their usefulness. Now those areas are going to be used for a purpose to present this University as a centerpiece of attraction.

By the time that I retire from this University—a place that I never left to go somewhere else to work—President Gutmann’s Campaign to make this University a major showpiece should be made into fact, not fiction. I am sure that Penn’s plans for the future of this historic University will be achieved. I can say to others that I work at the University of Pennsylvania with pride and to have those same individuals also become impressed with the University of Pennsylvania. March on!

—Charles F. King, Jr.
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Almanac - November 6, 2007, Volume 54, No. 11