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Honors & Other Things
December 4, 2007, Volume 54, No. 14

Wallace Excellence Award: Annenberg Center

The Wallace Foundation, which strives to enable institutions to expand learning and enrichment opportunities for all people and build appreciation for the arts, has granted $750,000 over four years to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The Center will pilot and evaluate a values-driven Strategic Audience Development Initiative in the Philadelphia region which will broaden arts participation as measured by annual increases in attendance, the number of donors, percentage of house sold and average ticket price. Project activities will include creating and testing an audience development “tool kit,” designing and administering the next generation of a values survey instrument, expanding the donor base, and curating the By Local project to provide technical assistance, marketing and subsidized production support for 16 Philadelphia performing artists and groups across multiple genres. 

Courage to Teach Award: Dr. Galetta


Dr. Steven Galetta, Ruth Wagner Van Meter and J. Ray Van Meter Professor of Neurology, has been recognized as one of 10 national recipients of the 2008 Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This award is presented to distinguished program directors in recognition of their commitment to teaching and development of innovative and effective residency programs. The award is named after Dr. Parker J. Palmer, a senior adviser at the Fetzer Institute.



ACVS Legends Award: Dr. Raker


Dr. Charles W. Raker, former chairman and professor emeritus of the department of surgery at New Bolton Center, was presented the Legends Award from The American College of Veterinary Surgeons Foundation (ACVS). The award recognizes ACVS Diplomates who have developed a surgical or diagnostic procedure of significant value. For decades Dr. Raker was considered the expert on most upper respiratory surgical techniques applied to the horse. Dr. Dean W. Richardson, who holds the Charles W. Raker Professorship in Equine Surgery at New Bolton Center, said Dr. Raker “was the pre-eminent expert in equine upper airway problems for many years, but he was also the pioneer of joint surgery in horses. Most importantly, he served as a broad-minded mentor for those that followed him. He actively encouraged the development of new technologies by his younger staff and gave selflessly to all of his residents, interns and students. None of those who worked with him has any doubts that he is a legend of veterinary surgery.”



Marshall Scholarship: Stephen Danley

Stephen Danley, C ’07, who earned a degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Penn in 2007 has won the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. He plans to pursue an M Phil in comparative social policy at Oxford University in England.  At Penn, he was a member of the Excelano Project spoken word team, a tri-captain of Penn’s varsity basketball team and was active in Newman Center activities on campus. He is currently one of 15 Philly Fellows. The post-graduate fellowships sponsored by Penn’s Fox Leadership Program, connect top graduates from local colleges with challenging positions in non-profit agencies to serve the community. 

“Steve is an outstanding scholar, an eloquent and exemplary student leader, and an absolutely wonderful person who is enormously deserving of this prestigious award,” President Amy Gutmann said. “As a Philly Fellow, he has already made important contributions as an alum, and this accolade continues to make Penn proud.”

“Stephen is a true Renaissance Man,” said Provost Ronald J. Daniels. “He is a basketball star, a team leader, a poet, a New York Times blogger, and a passionate student of social policy.  We are extremely proud that he will represent Penn abroad as a Marshall Scholar.”

Mr. Danley is the eighth Marshall Scholar from Penn and the University’s sixth in the last seven years. Marshall Scholarships provide opportunities for young Americans of outstanding ability to study in the United Kingdom.

Almanac - December 4, 2007 , Volume 54, No. 14