University Musings May 21, 2014: How selective will Ivy League universities admission rates go next year?

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How selective will Ivy League universities admission rates go next year?

As the current group of high school seniors is securely admitted to university as the class of 2018, next year seniors look forward to be admitted as the class 2019, more worried than ever about their chances to be admitted…

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John Welsh: Centennial Professor of History

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Source: University of Penn Almanac, 12-21-10

John Welsh Centennial Professor of History: Richard R. Beeman
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December 21, 2010, Volume 57, No. 16
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Richard R. Beeman has been appointed the John Welsh Centennial Professor of History in the School of Arts and Sciences. As a historian of the American Revolutionary Era, Dr. Beeman’s research focuses on aspects of America’s political and constitutional history in the 18th and 19th centuries. He has written seven books and is currently working on his eighth, which is focused on the Continental Congress. His latest, The Penguin Guide to the United States was published by Penguin Press in August. His book, Plain Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution (Random House, 2009) won the George Washington Book Prize and the Literary Award of the Philadelphia Athenaeum. He has also written several dozen articles…. READ MORE

History Shorts: Sheldon Hackney: Former University President bows out at Penn

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 6-8-10

SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL / Staff Photographer
Sheldon Hackney, former Penn president and Humanities Endowment chairman.

With the laudatory farewell dinner behind him, his last papers graded, commencement over, and much of the packing done, Sheldon Hackney poured black coffee from a thermos and savored one of his last days in his frumpily elegant office in College Hall.

Seated at the long wood table where he has taught seminars for 15 years, surrounded by awards, honors, and books, the long, lanky, professorial Hackney seemed to fit comfortably and timelessly.

But his gig is up. The former University of Pennsylvania president and history professor retired at the end of the spring semester and is leaving Philadelphia this month, selling his condominium at 42d and Pine Streets and moving to his home on Martha’s Vineyard. “It’s time,” he said. “My powers are receding a bit.”… READ MORE

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