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!

Work/Life Balance

De-stress Fest!

Thursday, December 04, 2014, 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Floor), Room 303 (3rd Floor), Room 305 (3rd Floor)
We need volunteers - volunteer now!

Come join us for our De-Stress Fest!

We all know how stressfull the end of the semester can get. Rushing to complete everything, pick next semester's classes, and study for finals all at the same time can sometimes leave you stressed, unhappy, and feeling like the world is piling up on your shoulders, well you are not alone! That's why we are here!

What to expect:  

-Free food: hot chocolate, candies, healthy snacks, and snacks from different countries!

-Free chair massage: reduce stress and relax! 

-Intercultural paper cutting & origami: indulge yourself in the arts of paper cutting and paper folding in different cultures&zone out! 

-Craft-making: make a de-stress ball for yourself or for your friends!

-Funny movie and dog therapy! 


*Chair massage will be in room 302 and the signup is on the spot. First come first serve!*

Hope to see you all there de-stressed and enjoy every beautiful day ahead!

Year of Health

Show dates
Chair Flow Yoga


Interested in trying yoga but don't know where to start? Join us for our chair yoga series!

You get the same benefits of a regular yoga workout (like increased strength, flexibility and balance) but don’t have to master complex poses. Chair yoga can even better your breathing and teach you how to relax your mind and improve your well being.

Instructor John Wylie describes his style of teaching Power yoga as Fluid Power, whereby the yoga allows you to flow with movement into various positions and also become still to find freedom and peace in alignment. He has taught Chair Yoga for the last three years from the same ideological format.

Instructor Biography
Lieutenant John Wylie currently works in the Penn Police Department. John has been teaching yoga for the last 6 years and is a certified Yoga Instructor. John’s yoga teaching is influenced by instructors that he has had in Anusara and Anna Forrest Yoga along with Duncan Wong, Janet Stone, and Simon Park. For the last three years he has been studying Iyengar Yoga (Classical Yoga) under Yoga Master Mrs. Joan White here in Philadelphia. In another lifetime John also received a black belt in a Japanese Karate style called “Muji Shin Te” with his sensei Thomas Coleman.

Show dates
Mindful Meditation


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. 

Therapy Dogs

Monday, December 15, 2014, 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Common Room Back (1st Floor)

Take a break from studying for finals and spend some time with some fluffy therapy dogs! The dogs are certified through Therapy Dogs International and trained to provide stress relief.  These professional comforters love to be pet, hugged, and loved. Proven by studies to relax students!

Book Sale: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down

Price: $5 each, limit 1 per Graduate Penn Card

Purchase a discounted copy of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down for $5!

Common Room Hours

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

Thanksgiving Break Hours

Wed, Nov 26: Close at 12PM
Nov 27-29: CLOSED
Sun, Nov 30: Open at 12 noon

Graduate Student Center

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