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  • Measuring Up Against Memories From Campus

    Alumni gained Knowledge for Action on campus, and continue to come back for more. MBA Reunion and other Lifelong Learning events are recent examples of this.

Featured Stories

  • Life {Wharton} Style

    In success and in life, Wharton alumni fail to fit any one mold.

  • The Olympians of Wharton

    Throughout the years, a surprising number of the Wharton community have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of Olympic glory.

  • The Many Roads to the Lipman Prize

    In its inaugural year, the Lipman Family Prize helped Wharton to reach the rural areas of Cambodia, dryland farms of Kenya and underfunded medical clinics around the world.

  • Broadcaster With a Broader Mission

    Cesar Conde, WG’99, has turned heads with the speed with which he has ascended the ranks of Univision Communications Inc.


  • A Ludacris Presentation on Campus

    Rap star Chris “Ludacris” Bridges visited Wharton in April as part of the Lauren and Bobby Turner Social Impact Executive Speaker Series. K. Robert (Bobby) Turner, W’84, served as sponsor and interviewer.

  • Reaping the Three Returns on Diversity

    Wharton’s MBA program is diverse across traditional and intuitive boundaries, and gains benefits in team performance, innovation and alumni networking.

  • News Briefs

    Ground Broken for Steinberg-Dietrich Hall Renovation An $18.5 million renovation on Steinberg-Dietrich Hall was begun in May. Involving an estimated 31,100 total square feet, the new space will feature 32 new faculty offices, an entrance pavilion and glass tower, lawn area and two classrooms with enhanced technology. Part of the renovations includes the goal of earning Steinberg-Dietrich Hall a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification, thanks to two new green roofs and a “chilled beam system” heating and cooling mechanism. The entire project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2013. First-Ever Student-Run 5K Coursed Through Campus  An estimated 200 runners, mostly students and faculty, ran the first annual Undergraduate and MBA Charity 5K. Co-hosted by the Wharton Council and the Wharton Roadrunners & Triathletes Club, the race followed a course that was contained on campus, along 34th and 40th streets between Walnut and Spruce streets. All proceeds from the event went to the Jericho Project, a nonprofit organization that works to end homelessness. How Did You Score in the Wharton Magazine Memory Test? In March in New York City, three Penn students competed at the USA Memory Championship. Wharton undergrad Michael Mirski took third place overall, out of a field of nearly 30 adults and a whole high school team from Hershey, PA. In an article in the Daily Pennsylvanian, the then-sophomore credited a 1,000-word memorization system that he developed. Mirski, along with the other two Penn contestants, were members of the UPenn Memory Team. One of the final championship rounds in New York involved the contestants having 15 minutes to memorize 200 words, which they then had to recite in order. Our word cloud below contains 200 words. How many of these can you memorize, in order, in 15 minutes of study? 

  • The Bookshelf

    Some of the latest titles from the Wharton community.

  • Pride and Obligation

    The more that Wharton pride and obligation are demonstrated among the alumni community, the stronger our brand becomes, which in turn, benefits us all.

  • Cappelli: Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs

    What explains the paradox of companies claiming they can’t find workers in a period of unusually high unemployment? We ask Professor Peter Cappelli.

  • Setting the Media Straighter

    The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists, a time-honored 40-year tradition, took a new turn in 2012 with the first-ever program focused on public policy.

  • Sharing Stories of Success

    The third annual conference of the Wharton Women in Business Alumnae Group was about action and about how action translated into the successes of its attendees and speaker

  • Big Year for the BPC

    This was a year of firsts for the Wharton Business Plan Competition (BPC). Judges for Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs’ premier event considered the most ventures ever: 152. It was the first year that the winning team comprised students from Wharton’s MBA for Executives Program (WEMBA). RightCare Solutions—created by three members of the WEMBA Class of 2012, team leader Eric Heil, Mrinal Bhasker and Matt Tanzer—was awarded the $30,000 Michelson Grand Prize for developing an algorithmic solution to help hospitals identify patients at risk at discharge of being readmitted, based on research by Dr. Kathryn H. Bowles, associate professor of nursing at the University of Pennsylvania. “Since we’ve been on the road speaking to investors, speaking to customers for the last several months, we’ve had an opportunity in very high-stakes, pressurized situations to perfect, to hear the pushback, to modify our plans, based on the challenges we’ve heard from professional investors and hospital administrators,” Tanzer told Wharton Magazine at the Venture Finals. “We’re thrilled, we’re honored. The competitors today were fantastic,” Heil said about the BPC. “We’re excited about our opportunity, and glad that we were able to communicate our plan and vision.” During the Venture Finals, each of the eight finalists had 20 minutes to present and respond to questions from the elite panel of judges: Michael Burns, EE’95, GEE’95, W’95, managing partner of Alara Capital; David A. Cohen, president of Karlin Asset Management; Richard Perlman, W’68, chairman of Compass Partners LLC; and Santo Politi, WG’97, general partner at Spark Capital. —By Matthew Brodsky Editor’s note: View our video highlights of the Business Plan Competition Venture Finals.

  • A Message From the Dean

    When our graduating students crossed the finish line in May, Wharton’s campus was in a period of high optimism. That is as it should be. The Class of 2012 came to us because they were determined to change their lives—and maybe even one day the world. Now they are moving on, armed with new knowledge to be put into action throughout their careers. While they must leave our campus to do this, they certainly do not leave Wharton. Instead, they join our lifelong community: one of the largest and most influential alumni networks of any business school. Wharton alumni never cease to impress. They continue to share insights at gatherings such as Reunion and at our celebrated Global Alumni Forums, held this year in Milan from May 17 to 18 and in Jakarta from June 22 to 23. They remain connected via mentoring networks and affinity clubs, and with faculty via online educational offerings, including the award-winning Knowledge@Wharton, now with 2 million subscribers across five international editions. Our alumni stay in the loop, and they stay hungry for new ideas. Their lifelong engagement with Wharton knowledge and with each other is something that distinguishes them. It is thoughtful. It is forward-thinking and generous. Certainly, it is Wharton. Ben Franklin knew that “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” and with that in mind we are proud to launch our newest graduates into a gratifying lifetime of learning. We are grateful because we know that they will be in good company—wherever in the world they may go. Thomas S. Robertson Dean and Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise

  • Final Exam

    How can a company’s credit risk get worse yet its accounting net income go up?

  • Lifelong Learning in Italy’s Capital of Business

    The stimulating presentations and discourse at the Wharton Global Alumni Forum Milan ranged in topic from the retail and fashion industries to private equity, strategic sustainability to emerging markets. Master classes focused on analytics, universal health care, branding and the business lessons of sports.

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