Penn Graduate Student Center

Penn Theme

About Penn Theme

Each year, the Penn Provost’s office sponsors a series of events around a theme chosen by faculty, staff and students.  Past themes have included: Evolution, Arts & the City, Water, Games, and Sound.

2014-15 is the Year of Health.  During the year we will explore health, wellness, and welfare across many areas of our lives. What role does health play in defining our history and guiding our future? In our relationships and interactions with others? In technological development? In business? How does health differ throughout the world, both conceptually and physically? What are some of the ethical and legal questions health raises? Join us for events devoted to this fascinating topic. And let us know if you have ideas for events related to Health during the year!

Year of Health

Relax and Take a Break!

Monday, March 30, 2015, 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor), 3615 Locust Walk
Registration end: Monday, March 30, 2015

Do you find yourself writing long papers or studying for hours and feeling mentally and physically drained afterwards? Come learn simple yet helpful techniques from Sandi Herman, Health and Wellness Educator, to make your mind and body feel better during long study sessions. This workshop will include a discussion of why taking breaks is helpful, and will introduce participant to strategies such as mindful breathing and movement, guided imagery, and self-massage. These strategies will help you feel relaxed and re-energized--and will not take too much time, either! You might want to bring a towel or yoga mat for lying on the floor during the guided imagery.

Mindful Meditation
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Join your fellow grad students for guided meditation with Sandi Herman of Campus Health Initiatives. Mindful Meditation sessions will be held every Thursday at 12 noon in the lower level meeting room in the Grad Center at 3615 Locust Walk. 

Wellness Series 3: The Competitive Nature of Social Media

Wednesday, April 08, 2015, 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Room 305 (3rd Floor), 3615 Locust Walk
Registration end: Wednesday, April 08, 2015

As we scroll through our news feed of Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter, we tend to get lost into a social world that has encompassed our society. Join a team from CAPS in addressing the competitive culture that social media presents in the lives of college students, as well as strategies to overcome the pressures involved. This event is co-sponsored by the GSE Wellness Coordinators and The Graduate Student Center.

Hiking the Wissahickon

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 01:45 PM - 04:45 PM
We will meet at 30th Street Station
Ticket sales end: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Price: $3 each, limit 4 per Graduate Penn Card

Did you know that Philadelphia is home to the largest urban park in America?  Come take a hike with us through the Wissahickon Valley, one of the most beautiful portions of the Fairmount Park System! We'll stroll along scenic Forbidden Drive, taking in views of the creek and hopefully catching a glimpse of some of Philadelphia's native wildlife!

We will meet at 30th Street Station at 1:45 and take the train together to our starting location. After the hike, we'll head to Earth - Bread and Brewery for a pint of one of their locally brewed beers or a homemade flatbread pizza!

The $3 ticket price includes round trip transportation to and from the park on SEPTA's regional rail (a savings of $4 each!) and the guided hike.  Please bring extra cash for drinks and food at Earth.  Limit 4 tickets per Penn Grad ID. 

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-8PM Friday: 9AM-6PM Weekends: 12 NOON-6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221
215-746-6868
center@gsc.upenn.edu