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2014 Alumni Reunion Schedule

General Information

Attire  The recommended dress for cocktail parties and the dinner dance is dressy casual.  For the afternoon events, please be comfortably casual. If you plan on attending a tour, we urge you to wear comfortable shoes.  The locker room at the ARC will be available if you'd like to make a clothing change before the cocktail parties.

Special Assistance  If you require special assistance during the day or evening, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 215.596.8856 a few days before the event so that we can help accommodate your needs.  We will have golf carts available for alumni (upon request) who require assistance from one building to the next.

Weather  Most events are inside, but just in case our order for a sunny day is ignored, we urge you to bring rain gear for the short walks between buildings.

Cancellations  Please let us know if you have an unavoidable change of plans as we must provide Catering with our guest count.  Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 215.596.8856.

Parking   Visitor parking is located in front of, or behind the Athletic/Recreation Center (#4 on map.) You can get to the lot by going south on 42nd Street and following it around to either lot. Reunion registration will be held in the McNeil Science and Technology Center (#19 on map.)

Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 18


Integrated Professional Education Complex (IPEX) Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Tour, and Reception
4306 Woodland Avenue
Join us as we inaugurate the IPEX building, the latest addition to campus dedicated to our new graduate physician assistant studies program and interprofessional education. Tour the building’s innovative learning spaces, labs, and student study lounge and see first-hand the state-of-the-art simulation tools designed to kindle student-patient interaction. A reception will conclude the festivities.


14th Annual Patricia Leahy Memorial Lecture – Evening Seminar
McNeil Science and Technology Center (McNeil STC), AstraZeneca Auditorium
“New and Innovative Evidence-Based Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease”
Heather Cianci, PT, MS, GCS, Geriatric Team Leader at the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Rehabilitation Center, will focus on the practical and innovative approaches to providing comprehensive, evidence-based evaluation and treatment strategies for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. She will also discuss exercise programs and practical treatment strategies using motor learning and the principals of neuroplasticity. To register, visit usciences.edu/leahy.

The Patricia Leahy Scholarship Fund was established by Professor Patti Leahy before her death. This memorial lecture will serve to add monies to this fund and to honor her memory.

Friday, September 19

6—9:30pm Greek Night at the Track
Mill Creek Tavern, 4200 Chester Avenue

You’ve asked for it, and now we are delivering! Meet up with fraternity brothers and sorority sisters at the “Track” and take a nostalgic trip back to a time when Greek life helped maintain your sanity. This event, which is open to all alumni—Greek or not—will include drinks (served with TLC by Larry, the bartender) and your favorite bar fare.

Saturday, September 20

10am—6pm Reunion Registration
McNeil STC, Atrium

Pick up your registration materials and an updated schedule, sign-in and see who else has arrived.

10:30am, 11am and 1:30pm Walking Tours—See what’s new, and old on campus!
McNeil STC, Atrium, Meet at Registration
The University is rich with history—so don’t miss this walking tour through campus and its buildings (including the new “green” IPEX building), labs, and the newly renovated Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy. Pick up tour info at Registration. Most tours are one hour in duration (walking shoes recommended).

Table Talk Luncheon with the President
Wilson Student Center, rooms 205–212
Join Dr. Helen Giles-Gee for lunch as she shares her vision for USciences and its continued path to excellence.


Reunion Speaker Program:
McNeil STC, AstraZeneca Auditorium

Running for Your Life
Jay Sochoka P’94, RPh, author of Fatman in Recovery: Tales from the Brink of Obesity and numerous other health columns and blogs, will recount his journey from fat to fit and how he overcame his food addiction to go on to become a Boston marathon runner “finding faith, love and self-acceptance” along the way. He is a strong advocate for preventive medicine and its relation to good health and lower healthcare costs. 


Reunion Speaker Program:
McNeil STC, AstraZeneca Auditorium

Quotes, Quips & Comments that Can Change Your Life
Kenneth Leibowitz Hon’09 considers 26 and 62 to be auspicious numbers. Find out why, as this communications professor and nationally recognized trainer, reflects on life and its surprises. Mr. Leibowitz will relate how chance encounters with people, events, and experiences were instrumental in shaping him into the person he is today. Through the use of quotes, quips, and comments, Mr. Leibowitz will discuss how we can make sense out of life’s experiences, overcome our challenges, and continually grow as people.

5—6pm 50th Year Reunion Class Celebration and Emeritus Reception (Classes 1944 through 1964)
McNeil STC, 237

Gather with classmates and friends to celebrate major milestones at this pre-dinner reception. There will be special recognition for the Class of 1964 celebrating their 50th Year Reunion. A photographer will be on hand for class photos. After photos, join other classes at the All Alumni Reception in the Atrium.

5—6pm Misher College, 30th Anniversary of Arts & Sciences Reception
McNeil STC, 137

This year, Misher College is celebrating its 30th year as the College of Arts and Sciences. Join fellow Misher College alumni and faculty at a reception to toast and applaud this significant anniversary.

5—6:30pm All-Alumni Cocktail Reception
McNeil STC, Atrium

Join fellow alumni, faculty and friends for pre-dinner cocktails and hors d’oeuvres—toast and celebrate your Alma Mater while reconnecting with old friends. Not celebrating a milestone Reunion? Come anyway—all alumni are invited!

6:45—10:30pm All Alumni Dinner Dance

Wilson Student Center
Dine, dance, and delight in reconnecting with classmates and long-lost lab partners. Be a part of the tradition and raise a glass in honor of the 2014 Alumni Association Annual Award recipients for their outstanding work in the community. All alumni are welcome!

Sunday, September 21

All Alumni Farewell Brunch

Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel, Fairmount Suite 1
3549 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

It’s a great way to wrap up the weekend! Join us for a hot breakfast buffet before saying goodbye to friends and classmates. There will be special recognition for Remington Society members.

2:30 p.m. (please arrive 15 minutes ahead of tour to meet the group) The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia Tour
Open to all faculty, students and alumni
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

In conjunction with the 2014 Misher Festival, enjoy a tour of The Barnes Foundation and its legendary art collection, which includes some of the world’s finest examples of post-impressionist and early modern works. The afternoon will begin with a 30-minute presentation of the history of the museum and a description of the collection, followed by a self-guided tour at your leisure. Please RSVP by August 25th.

For more information and a complete list of 2014 Misher Festival of Fine Arts & Humanities events, visit usciences.edu/misherfestival.
Ongoing Exhibit—Stop in anytime!
Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy
Griffith Hall

Wyeth: A History Through Artifacts

This exhibition celebrates the legacy of John Wyeth (1834-1907), a graduate of Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, who, in 1860, co-founded a drugstore with research laboratory that
eventually grew to become the multinational pharmaceutical corporation, Wyeth. The over 300 objects on display (manuscripts, ledgers, letters, ephemera, advertisements, prints, photographs, books, periodicals, devices, and drug bottles, containers, and packaging) document distinct moments in Wyeth’s complex 150-year history. These items are part of the large archive that Wyeth gifted to USciences in 2009.


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