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A winning combination

When sports and sustainability team up

Dan Schupsky, Assistant Swim Coach at the University of Pennsylvania, had been a passionate advocate of the environment in his earlier career as a high school science teacher. However, he’d never linked green issues and his coaching work — until he started his studies at Penn’s MES program.

“A little lightning bolt went off!” Dan says. “I envisioned an eco-rep program, in which student athletes on each team would lead student-based projects to make our sports teams more sustainable.”

Join the University of Pennsylvania’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Programs for a virtual information session. Pre-Health Programs Director Jackie McLaughlin and other team members will provide an overview of Penn's Pre-Health Core Studies and Specialized Studies Programs and how they are helping students prepare for careers in the medical, dental, and veterinary professions. There will be time for participants to ask questions about the program and the application process.

Information sessions are for prospective students of the Organizational Dynamics MS and MPhil degrees, and for the Dynamics Learning Exchange. Meet with faculty, students, and alumni and engage with other applicants in order to learn everything you need and want to know about Organizational Dynamics at Penn.

Philadelphia-area native Matthew Pilecki enjoys mastering different subjects. After graduating from Temple University in 2006, Matt worked as a grants assistant at a local university. He missed being creative, so he took on a second career simultaneously as a freelance journalist, covering a range of topics for national and local publications. In 2010, Matt was hired as a part-time editorial assistant for Penn Law Journal, the school’s Alumni magazine.

Growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, Jaime Kelly always loved the liberal arts. After she graduated from Skidmore College with her BA in English literature, she began working for a weekly newspaper based in Center City. Then in 2009, Jaime started to work for a large foodservice organization and her role brought her to Penn, regularly. Jaime loved being back on a college campus and thought Penn would be the perfect place for her to work.

Right in our backyard

A New Jersey native shifts focus from foreign to domestic — and back again

When Chris Putvinksi (Master of Environmental Studies ’15) began his Environmental Health concentration, his goal was to leave his home of Central New Jersey to work in developing countries.

“I always thought that stuff going on across the world was more important. Domestic problems just didn’t seem as severe and pressing as those abroad.”

Greg Urban has taught at the University of Pennsylvania since 1994. He specializes in cultural and linguistic anthropology, laws of cultural motion and ethnography of corporations, among other areas. The author, co-author, or editor of seven books, including How Culture Moves through the World, Dr. Urban’s work has also appeared in American Anthropologist, and other journals. Dr.

As a business anthropologist, Derek Newberry is an expert in the human factors that drive organizational effectiveness. Dr. Newberry has worked with Fortune 500 firms, leading hospitals and major non-profits to design growth strategies that tap into employee motivation. At the Aresty Institute of Executive Education, he helps global executives develop strategic persuasion skills and manage high-performing teams. Dr. Newberry is also a Lecturer at the Wharton School, where he teaches courses on group dynamics and corporate culture.


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