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Welcome to Penn Global Alumni and Alumni Clubs

With over 25,000 alumni living outside the United States, the University of Pennsylvania truly has a global presence in just about any community in the world.  Moreover, Penn Alumni can be found leading organizations of every type all over the globe ranging from large corporations, to government offices, and small local associations.  Penn alumni are using their education and experience to make a difference in their home country and beyond.  Penn’s alumni pride also can be found around the world as exhibited by the many volunteer leaders who work diligently to serve Penn as alumni interviewers, club leaders, and local ambassadors.

In Penn’s diverse community of engaged citizens, Penn’s Regional Clubs include over 120 clubs around the world offering alumni the chance to reconnect, to attend lively events and to get involved in collaborative initiatives that impact people and communities.  Club activities range in size and topics, from discussions featuring Penn Integrates Knowledge faculty members at Engaging Minds programs to intimate salon-style conversations, from celebratory happy hours to Penn sports viewing parties and from community and neighborhood service projects to group trips in the great outdoors. Penn Alumni Regional Clubs are charged with providing alumni with a variety of ways to connect to Penn from their own backyard.  Events are sponsored and organized in large part by Penn Alumni volunteers and leaders.

For a listing of current Penn Clubs and School specific clubs around the world, please visit the Alumni and Alumni Club section of the Global Activity Map

Alumni Making a Global Impact

  • Name:  Gina Salapata

    Country:  New Zealand

    Current Global Engagement:  Growing up in Greece, I was surrounded by antiquities. I still remember my thrill at touching ancient stones and pottery sherds lying around; the thought that these were made by human hands thousands of years ago gave me goose bumps! No wonder then that as a teenager my two job preferences related to classics: a classics teacher or an archaeologist. As it turned out, I managed to combine the two. After finishing my undergraduate degree at the University of Athens, I continued my studies at Penn where I received my MA and PhD in Classical Archaeology. I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in my chosen field and surrounded by excellent and supportive professors and fellow students. Penn has helped me built my future on ruins (so to speak!). Since 1995 I have been teaching Classical Studies at Massey University in New Zealand but my research interests in Greek archaeology ensure that I visit my native country relatively frequently.

Q & A

  1. What book would you recommend to others?
    • “Le Petit Prince” by A. de Saint-Exupéry and “The Alchemist” by P. Coelho.
  2. What is your fondest memory of Penn?
    • Helping run a day of ancient Olympic Games at the University Museum and making friends from various nations; my time at Penn was my first multicultural experience that broadened my horizons. As for my sweetest memory, it was definitely Cinnabon!
  3. What is the one thing that all visitors in your city must do, or see?
    • Walking or cycling along the river and in the beautiful Esplanade gardens.
  4. Looking back, what advice would you now want to give to yourself while you were at Penn?
    • Take a wider selection of elective courses outside my main field.
  5. What have you done or are doing now that you believe have the most impact?
    • Through teaching I strive to pass on my excitement about the ancient world, which despite levels of continuity, was very different from our culture. So I want my students to become aware of and sensitive to human diversity over time and space and expand their intellectual horizons. When some people hear of my Greek heritage and field of study, they wonder whether my skills wouldn’t be more relevant and useful in Greece. My reply is that I feel I make a much more valuable contribution by teaching Classical Studies here in New Zealand than by preaching to the already converted Greeks.
  6. Who inspires you?
    • People who stick to their plans despite adversities, and several of my mature students are among them.
  7. What is your favorite Penn tradition?
    • I have always loved the beautiful old campus buildings, including the University Museum.
  8. What was your favorite class and/or professor?
    • I enjoyed seminars in ancient history with A.J. Graham and in Greek archaeology with K. DeVries, sadly both of them gone now.
  9. Where did you hangout off campus?
    • In the Old City.
  10. When you travel do you prefer window or aisle?
    • Window on short flights and aisle on long hauls, so that I can get up and move.
  • Global Activity Map
  • Global Activity Map
  • An interactive map that showcases global opportunities for students, global activities of faculty, and the global reach of our alumni.

Penn Alumni Travel

Penn Alumni Travel offers a wide variety of tours to destinations around the world. Trips provide a rich travel experience thanks to their educational character, unique access to special lectures with Penn faculty, and the camaraderie of like-minded intellectually curious travelers. To find out more, please visit the Penn Alumni Travel site.