Welcome from Carl Shaifer, Chair of the Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society Steering Committee
Most colleges and universities focus on the 50th reunion as the culmination of a graduate alumnus’s school-related life. The Wharton School goes a step beyond this.
While some schools may look at post-50th reunion graduates principally as great targets for bequests, Wharton understands that experience, life lessons and valuable knowledge gained in 50 years out in the world are a considerable treasure worth sharing. As a result, in 2003, the University founded the Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society, open to all graduate alumni who had celebrated their 50th reunion.
Now in 2013, the Emeritus Society has decided to broaden its membership to include those alumni who have celebrated their 45th reunion. The reason is obvious: age. Undergraduate school graduates are on average 22, making them 72 at their 50th reunion. Wharton MBA students tend to be 27 at graduation, making them 72 versus 77 when they join the Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society.
Its purpose is not just to foster greater ties between senior alumni and the university, but to actively take part in helping manage the alumni community as purposeful, dedicated ambassadors. The Emeritus Society plans and arranges programs, including informative sessions led by notable and interesting Wharton faculty and alumni, as well as receptions, parties and dinners.
The total focus is on greater communication and interaction between Wharton and its alumni and increased participation through new, exciting and dramatic events and activities. New ideas are always welcome. Education and fellowship go hand in hand throughout life. The Society aims to enhance the benefits of both for our school and ourselves as we move through our later years.
The WGES website, your window to Wharton and Penn the Emeritus Society has been updated:
On the home page, check out the many photographs of the Waterworks, site of the WGES homecoming dinner on November 8, 2013 (6:00PM)
Our Alumni News & Views page features:
** Carl Shaifer’s article in the Summer 2013 Wharton Magazine, entitled The United States Needs Another “Miracle in Philadelphia”.
** Crandall Challenge Co-Chairs Tom Jones & Kevin Woelflein are looking for your help as Advisors for the Wharton Public Policy Initiative
** a report by Steeriing Committee member John Majane on a Healthcare Public Policy Initiative in Washington, DC on September 9, 2013. You can link to photos from that event.
The Then & Now page now has a way to visit the campus today. Check them out.
On the Ways to Connect page, Steering Committee member Dr. Milt Silver describes a new mentoring option for you: the “ WHARTON PEER TO PEER EXCHANGE “ [P2Px]. Check it out. With the WGES website, you to have the opportunity to explore other powerful points of connection to Wharton. On our subpages, you will find links to Lifelong Learning, Alumni Clubs, Wharton Magazine, Wharton Blog Network, Wharton’s Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, and YouTube.
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