Symposium explores bullying across the lifespan
In recognition of National Social Work Month, SP2’s Alumni Council presented a compelling and informative symposium entitled Bullying Across the Lifespan: Targeting the Bully. In recent years, the problem of bullying has garnered a great deal of attention as celebrities such as stars such as Ellen DeGeneres, Lady Gaga and even Michelle Obama have lent their time to the cause. While the majority of media reports and resources have focused on the affects of bullying among school-age youth, SP2 Alumni Council Chair Santo D. Marabella (DSW ’91) points out bullying effects people of all ages.
SP2 Community Teamworks
SP2 Community Teamworks (CTW) is a pilot program modeled after Goldman Sach’s Community Teamworks in New York City. SP2’s entire community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni nominate and participate in volunteer projects. So far, the initiative rallied 55 faculty, staff, students, and alumni to lend a hand in two deserving projects benefiting West Philadelphia.
Class gift campaign provides wellness room for Caster Building
Future SP2 students will have the opportunity to de-stress and relax in a new wellness room thanks to the generosity of the Class of 2012. The room, which will be located in the basement of the Caster Building, will be constructed over the summer and ready for use at the start of the new school year. Painted in calming colors, it will feature a massage chair, yoga mats, vitamin B lamps, a sound system, a library and comfortable seating.
SP2 Tips its “Caps to Community”
Benjamin Bruckman, NPL'12, along with a small team of students focused on social change, came up with a way to establish a permanent inventory of commencement regalia for the students graduating from the School of Social Policy & Practice through the “Caps to Community” program.
“The Caps to Community Fund allows Penn graduates to re-affirm Commencement traditions, while taking part in a collective action to mobilize untapped resources on behalf of Philadelphia,” Bruckman says. “Through an alternative approach, we are creating a sustainable annual fund to support the immediate neighborhoods around campus.”
2012 SP2 Commencement Awards
SP2 Welcomes Eight New Staff
Stay connected to SP2
SP2 has several new social networking sites that make it easier than ever to stay in touch and share information with alumni, faculty and students. Check out our Facebook page to learn about events, see recent photos, participate in polls, and connect with classmates. Or, join the LinkedIn SP2 Alumni Network to participate in career discussions, build your professional network, and read or post job announcements. You can also join a conversation with other SP2 alums on Twitter. These new technologies aren't replacing the SP2 website, they simply give you more options for connecting with other alums and for getting your SP2 news in a timely way.