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Honors & Other Things
January 27, 2009, Volume 55, No. 19

2009 MLK Community Involvement Awards

On January 22, the fourteenth annual Interfaith Commemoration of the Life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took place in Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, with a keynote address,  performances, and the presentation of the Community Involvement Awards and the MLK Community Education Award in honor of Dr. Judith Rodin.

MLK Awardees 2009
The MLK award recipients (left to right): Howard Stevenson, Nse Umoh, Pamela Robinson, Alfonso Rainey, and Mark Harrell.

In honor of the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s recognition that community service is essential to the struggle for equality, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change Executive Committee of the University of Pennsylvania presents these awards which honor members of the Philadelphia community whose active service to others best exemplifies the ideals Dr. King espoused. This year’s community involvement awards are given to the following:

Mark Harrell—Currently the executive director of Men United for a Better Philadelphia, a volunteer organization which promotes nonviolence. “Mr. Harrell has worked tirelessly to reduce the Philadelphia homicide rate and to develop employment opportunities for youth and men.”

Alfonso Rainey—Mr. Rainey is a 16-year member of the West Philadelphia Town Watch Task Force and the leader of the Mini-Town Watch volunteer organization. “A strong advocate of the Domestic Partnership Act, he is committed to equal rights and non-discrimination.”

Pamela Robinson—“During her 25 years at Penn, Ms. Robinson has been a sister and/or mother to scores of people. Besides her full-time job, she has volunteered as the chair of Women of Color at Penn, sits on the boards of the African-American Resource Center, Penn Women’s Center and the Association of Black Women in Higher Education. She serves on the steering committee of the Campus Community Consortium to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women and on the Executive Committee of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Symposium on Social Change. She is a compassionate advocate for students, women and other marginalized populations.”

Nse Umoh—Ms. Umoh is a senior at Penn, earning a degree in urban studies. “She has worked diligently since September 2006 to help create and implement training for over 150 tutors at various sites in West Philadelphia. She serves as a coordinator for the Lea After-School Initiative and is a student leader with Penn’s Alliance and Understanding program.”

MLK Community Education Award In Honor of Dr. Judith Rodin

For outstanding contributions to the advancement of education and educational opportunities in West Philadelphia.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Education Award in honor of Dr. Judith Rodin, Penn President, 1994-2004, is presented to staff, students or residents who demonstrate significant contributions in community service through the advancement of education and educational opportunities in West Philadelphia.

The recipient is Dr. Howard Stevenson, faculty in the Graduate School of Education. “Dr. Stevenson is deeply committed to the fight for quality education for youth and parents who live in depressed communities. His research has promoted the importance of race and racial socialization in child and adolescent development.”

Eight Professors: Penn Fellows

Provost Ronald Daniels and Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs Vincent Price are pleased to announce the appointment of the first cohort of Penn Fellows.

The Penn Fellows program, begun this year, provides leadership development to selected Penn faculty members in mid-career. It includes opportunities to build networks across the university, meet with distinguished academic leaders, and participate in monthly dinners with prominent speakers.

For more information on the Penn Fellows program and this year’s Penn Fellows, visit: www.upenn.edu/provost/penn_fellows.

The 2009 Penn Fellows are:

Eric Bradlow, K.P. Chao Professor and professor of marketing and statistics, Wharton

Charles Branas, associate professor of epidemiology, School of Medicine; co-director, the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory

Robert Carpick, associate professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, School of Engineering and Applied Science; Penn Director, Nanotechnology Institute

Marybeth Gasman, associate professor of education, Graduate School of Education

John Jackson, Jr., Richard Perry University Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication and School of Arts and Sciences; Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor

Joshua Metlay, associate professor of medicine, School of Medicine; co-director, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Penn

Sharon Thompson-Schill, professor of psychology, School of Arts and Sciences

Sarah Tishkoff, David and Lyn Silfen University Associate Professor, School of Medicine and School of Arts and Sciences; Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor

Peace Corp Volunteers
This year, University of Pennsylvania is ranked #15 on the Peace Corps’ top 25 list of medium schools producing Peace Corps Volunteers with 24 alumni currently serving. Since Peace Corps’ inception in 1961, 730 alumni of the University have joined the Peace Corps. The majority of volunteers who have served in the Peace Corps have been college graduates; however, it is not a requirement for service. Currently, 83% of volunteers have at least an undergraduate degree, with 9 percent of Peace Corps Volunteers having earned a graduate level degree.

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