$2 Million Gift from Marc J. Leder for Behavior Change for Good Initiative
The University of Pennsylvania announced a $2 million gift to the Behavior Change for Good Initiative from Marc J. Leder, W’83. The gift promises to accelerate the effort to solve the problem of enduring behavior change. The donation establishes the Marc J. Leder Behavior Change for Good Term Fund at the School of Arts & Sciences and the Wharton School.
The Behavior Change for Good Initiative (BCFG) unites scientists in the social sciences, medicine, computer science and neuroscience in an extraordinary interdisciplinary effort to change behavior for good. BCFG collaborators are developing an interactive digital platform to improve daily decisions about health, education and finance with the goal of making change stick in real-world settings.
“The daily choices we all make about what to eat, what medicines to take, what classes to attend and whether to set aside some savings have a profound impact on our lives today and into the future,” says Mr. Leder, co-founder and co-CEO of Sun Capital Partners, Inc. “These decisions are based on deep-seated behaviors that are influenced by culture and experience. Sun Capital has long been focused on the imperative to foster a productive and respectful workplace culture at our companies, so I believe this science-based approach to measuring and driving behavior change offers tremendous promise.”
Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a global private equity firm focused on identifying companies’ untapped potential and leveraging its deep operational and financial resources to transform results. Since 1995, Sun Capital has invested in more than 360 companies worldwide across a broad range of industries and transaction structures with revenues of approximately $50 billion.
“We are deeply grateful for Marc Leder’s visionary gift to the Behavior Change for Good Initiative—an exemplary model of scaled interdisciplinary collaboration that will address pressing challenges affecting health, academic success and financial security,” said Geoffrey Garrett, Wharton’s dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, and professor of political science. “Penn and Wharton’s data-driven research will create insights, knowledge and tools to transform lives for the better—and we’re delighted that Marc is a part of this.”
“Collaboration across disciplines is at the heart of truly groundbreaking research,” said Steven J. Fluharty, dean of Penn Arts & Sciences and Thomas S. Gates, Jr. Professor of Psychology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience. “I’m grateful that Marc shares that belief—his tremendous gift empowers a novel, interdisciplinary approach to a ubiquitous challenge.”
$1 Million Gift from Marc J. Leder for Curatorial Directorship at ICA
The University of Pennsylvania announced that a $1 million gift from alumnus Marc J. Leder, W’83, will endow a Curatorial Directorship at the Institute of Contemporary Art, marking a major milestone for the internationally acclaimed institution.
Additionally, Penn announced that Mr. Leder has been appointed to the ICA’s Board of Overseers. The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is a non-collecting institution presenting exhibitions at the forefront of contemporary practice and culture. Throughout its history, ICA has been instrumental in identifying and developing many promising artists before they attained prominence within the international art world, including household names like Andy Warhol, whose first museum show of works was displayed at ICA in 1965.
“I have a great passion for the arts in my personal life, and I’m proud this donation will further the mission of this institution and help bring its work to a larger audience,” said Mr. Leder. “ICA’s legacy in fostering young artists and promoting a culture that includes masters like Warhol and Twombly is second to none. Furthermore, I am excited about taking an active role on ICA’s Board.”
Mr. Leder’s donation will endow the Marc J. Leder Director of Curatorial Affairs at ICA, a position currently held by Robert Chaney, who joined the ICA in 2001. During his tenure, Mr. Chaney has managed all traveling exhibitions, including Jason Rhoades, Four Roads; Stefan Sagmeister, The Happy Show; Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World); Dirt On Delight: Impulses That Form Clay; The Puppet Show; Karen Kilimnik; and Make Your Own Life: Artists In & Out of Cologne. As director of curatorial affairs, he manages a curatorial department of 10 and serves as a liaison between curatorial and other ICA departments. Mr. Chaney served as ICA’s interim director in 2011–2012. “ICA gives artists opportunities to reach farther into the unknown. This generous gift enables the nuts and bolts work necessary to realize exciting new commissions, groundbreaking exhibitions and the touring of ICA projects,” said ICA Daniel W. Dietrich, II Director Amy Sadao. “Our director of curatorial affairs, Robert Chaney, works to remake the museum each season, and the Leder Endowment guarantees that the most experienced and creative team will always lead ICA.”
Simon Richter: Class of 1942 Term Professor
Penn Provost Wendell Pritchett and Vice Provost for Faculty Anita Allen announced the appointment of Simon Richter as Class of 1942 Term Professor, effective July 1, 2018.
The Class of 1942, at its 50th reunion, established an endowed term chair to recognize Penn faculty members who have made significant contributions to both scholarship and undergraduate teaching. The chair rotates every five years among Penn’s four undergraduate schools (Arts & Sciences, Engineering & Applied Science, Nursing, and Wharton).
Dr. Richter is a professor of Germanic languages and literatures, member of the Graduate Groups in Comparative Literature and Religious Studies, fellow of the Institute of Urban Research, and an affiliate of the Programs in Cinema Studies, Environmental Humanities and Women’s Studies. He has taught at Penn since 1998 and in 2008 received the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest teaching honor in the School of Arts & Sciences (Almanac April 22, 2008).
A specialist in Goethe and the late-18th and early-19th centuries, he is the author of Women, Pleasure, Film: What Lolas Want; Missing the Breast: Gender, Fantasy, and the Body in the German Enlightenment; Laocoon’s Body and the Aesthetics of Pain: Winckelmann, Lessing, Herder, Moritz, Goethe; and numerous articles and book chapters, as well as an editor of three books and six editions of the annual Goethe Yearbook.
At Penn, he has taught innovative interdisciplinary courses, including Water Worlds: Cultural Responses to Sea Level Rise and Catastrophic Flooding and a hybrid online/study abroad course, Comparative Cultures of Sustainability in Germany and the Netherlands that includes an intensive study visit to Berlin and Rotterdam.
He earned a PhD (1990) in German from the Johns Hopkins University, an MA (1983) in comparative literature from the University of Toronto, and a BA (1981) in independent studies from the University of Georgia.
In the newly released 2019 US News & World Report rankings of colleges and universities, Penn is once again ranked eighth overall (tied with Duke) among national universities.
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has retained its #1 post as the best undergraduate business program in the country, which it has held for many years. It ranked #1 in two specialties: finance and real estate; #2 in management and marketing; #3 in production/operations management and quantitative analysis; and #5 in accounting, insurance and international business.
Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science was listed #24 (tied with Harvard, Penn State-University Park, University of Maryland-College Park, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and University of Southern California) for engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, with a #10 ranking in the biomedical engineering program specialty.
Penn made the list of national universities with the largest proportion of international undergraduate students in the 2017-2018 academic year with 13 percent, as well as the list of undergraduates receiving federal Pell grants, which is an indicator of economic diversity, at 15 percent.
$1.5 Million Gift from David Brush Creates the Douglas N. Brush Head Coach of Penn’s Women Soccer Endowed Fund
Grace Calhoun, director of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Pennsylvania, announced in July the creation of the Douglas N. Brush Head Coach of Women’s Soccer Endowed Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support to the women’s soccer program and its head coach position. The fund was made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Penn Soccer Executive Board Chair and Athletic Overseer David M. Brush, C’82 and his wife, Karen Clark Brush, W’82.
This gift marks the first head coach endowment to be made since the public launch of the Game Onward campaign and will ensure the future sustainability and success of Penn Soccer.
“David Brush has been an incredible supporter and advocate of Penn Athletics over the years, and we are thrilled that his family’s name will be forever linked to the soccer program,” Ms. Calhoun said. “Growing our athletics endowment is a top priority of the Game Onward campaign, and David’s commitment to endow the head women’s soccer coach position will enable us to remain competitive in the Ivy League and beyond for many years to come.”
Mr. Brush, who currently resides in Madrid, Spain, was a member of the varsity men’s lacrosse team and has been involved at the University since his time on campus. A former University Trustee, member of the Athletic Board of Overseers and chair of the Penn Soccer Executive Board, Mr. Brush continues to exemplify the notion that leadership starts at the top.
Upon graduation, Mr. Brush moved to London to head Bankers Trust global real estate group and immediately fell in love with soccer. Mr. Brush became chair of the Penn Soccer Executive Board in 2013 and has worked to grow and expand the base of support for the program. His gift will honor not only his passion for Penn soccer but also his father, Douglas, who coached women’s sports on Long Island in the 1970s. Thus, the endowed position will be the Douglas N. Brush Head Coach of Women’s Soccer.
“Karen and I are delighted to support the soccer program at Penn through our endowment of the Douglas N. Brush Head Coach of Women’s Soccer position,” said Mr. Brush. “During our almost 20 years in London and Madrid, we have both become great fans of the beautiful game, and the opportunity to combine our love of the game with our love for Penn is a great privilege. That privilege is made even more special because, through the naming of this position, we also have the opportunity to honor my father, who was a pioneer in supporting women’s sports in the 1970s. He was a committed advocate of Title IX who, after more than 20 years coaching the boys’ team, spent the final years of his coaching career as the girls’ head track coach at Huntington High School.”
Current women’s soccer head coach Nicole Van Dyke will be the first to assume the position. Ms. Van Dyke enters her fourth season at Penn and continues to elevate the program within the Ivy League. Since taking over in 2015, she has amassed a 20-15-13 record and works to instill the values of hard work, respect, attitude, accountability and professionalism in her team.
$1 Million Gift from Harris Family Charitable Foundation for Wrestling
The University of Pennsylvania announced a $1 million gift from the Harris Family Charitable Foundation to support Penn’s wrestling program’s growth and development. The Harris Family Charitable Foundation was founded by Josh Harris, W’86, a former Penn wrestler, and his wife, Marjorie.
The gift will be distributed over five years. The University will use $500,000 to create the Joshua J. Harris Wrestling Assistant Coach Endowment. The remaining $500,000 will be applied to team travel, recruiting, nutrition, equipment and salaries.
The donation supports head coach Roger Reina’s plan and vision to solidify Penn Wrestling as one of the NCAA’s premier programs. Driven by the goal of recruiting and developing the nation’s best and brightest wrestlers, the program looks to establish a culture of winning and long-term success for its team and athletes. Under Mr. Reina’s direction, Penn recently secured one of the nation’s 10 best recruiting classes, and in December, the team earned its highest team score at the renowned Midland Championships since 2001.
“We are extremely grateful for the support of Penn alum Josh Harris and the Harris Family Charitable Foundation as we aim big to create an unrivaled experience for our wrestling student-athletes,” Director of Athletics Grace Calhoun said. “As we launch into our Game Onward campaign over the next several years, this gift will help enable us to obtain competitive excellence, a world-class student-athlete experience and engage our campus like never before.”
“The Harris Family Charitable Foundation’s support of the University of Pennsylvania wrestling team is remarkable and will provide us the valuable resources at an ideal time to accelerate the growth of our program,” Mr. Reina said. “Josh has long referenced how he’s applied the invaluable lessons he learned as a wrestler to his incredibly impressive professional career. We are profoundly grateful that he is giving back in such an impactful way. Our program will be enhanced for years to come thanks to the powerful financial commitment Josh and his foundation have made.”
Mr. Harris is the co-founder of Apollo Global Management, LLC, as well as Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which includes in its portfolio the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils. Through his foundation, he is thrilled to support to a program that means so much to him and his family.
“From an early age, wrestling taught me the virtues of hard work, grit and tenacity,” Mr. Harris said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be able to support Penn Wrestling as it strives for excellence. I hope that the team will achieve national prominence under Coach Reina’s guidance, and that more importantly, these young athletes will learn valuable life lessons through their commitment to the sport, which will ultimately enable them to lead better lives.”
Participating in the Employee Resource and Volunteer Fair
Dear University of Pennsylvania Departments & External Vendors,
The Penn Professional Staff Assembly (PPSA) and the Penn Weekly-Paid Professional Staff Assembly (WPPSA), in partnership with the offices of the Executive Vice President and the Division of Human Resources, are co-sponsoring an Employee Resource and Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, noon-1:30 p.m. in Bodek Lounge and the Reading Room, Houston Hall. The purpose of the fair is to provide information to employees regarding the vast and varied campus resources and services available to them as well as volunteer opportunities. The fair will be open to the entire Penn community.
We are excited to offer you an opportunity to participate in the 2018 Employee Resource Fair. We would welcome representation from your area and encourage you to showcase your services. Last year the Fair was attended by an estimated 500 individuals.
If you would like to participate, pre-registration is required, and we ask that two representatives from your office staff a table. Typically, participants bring both informational and promotional materials on their services, brochures, giveaways, etc. Please feel free to advertise your participation in the Resource Fair through your email lists and newsletters. Set-up will take place 11-11:45 a.m. and breakdown 1:30-2 p.m. For event details and registration information, please visit tinyurl.com/2018ERF
In addition to the Employee Resource Fair there will be a Volunteer Fair organized in tandem with the event. This Volunteer Fair takes place in the Reading Room next to Bodek Lounge. PPSA invites groups from the Philadelphia area to inform members of the Penn community about the volunteer opportunities they have available. There will be approximately 10-15 local non-profits represented at the fair. Space is limited.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration to participate in the 2018 Employee Resource Fair. For all inquiries, please contact email@example.com
—Stephanie Yee, PPSA Chair & Rhonda Kirlew, WPPSA Chair
2019 Models of Excellence Award—Call for Nominations: October 19
Your nominations will make the 20th Year of Models of Excellence truly extraordinary.
Do you know a staff member or team whose remarkable contributions to the University’s mission deserves to be recognized by the whole Penn community? You can make it happen through the Models of Excellence program. It all starts when you nominate staff members for an award. Nominations for fiscal year 2019 are open now through October 19, 2018.
The online nomination form and guide is available at www.hr.upenn.edu/models
Now in its 20th year, the Models of Excellence award program celebrates the extraordinary achievements of full- and part-time staff members and teams across the University’s schools and centers.
Awards are given in three categories:
• Models of Excellence Award—Recognizing staff member accomplishments that reflect initiative, leadership, increased efficiency and a deep commitment to service.
• Model Supervisor Award—Honoring supervisors who contribute to Penn’s success.
• Pillars of Excellence Award—Celebrating the important work that weekly-paid staff members do to promote Penn’s success.
Models of Excellence, Pillars of Excellence and Model Supervisor award recipients each receive $500 and a symbolic award. Nominees selected for honorable mention receive $250 and a symbolic award. Awards are presented at the Models of Excellence ceremony on April 23, 2019 at 4 p.m. at Irvine Auditorium. The entire Penn community is invited to attend.
Your colleagues can’t receive Models of Excellence recognition without your nomination. Your participation is the key.
Learn How to Complete a Nomination: Two information sessions will be held at 3624 Market Street, Suite 1A South to help you compose a nomination that conveys exceptional performance and award-worthiness on Thursday, September 27, or Thursday, October 11. Both sessions will take place 12:30-1:30 p.m. Register at www.hr.upenn.edu/modelsbrownbag or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Models of Excellence program website for more information, or contact Human Resources at email@example.com
—Division of Human Resources