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

Flu Clinics

Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 11:00 AM - 07:30 PM
Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street

Get your flu vaccination at one of Student Health Service's Flu Vaccine Clinics.  The vaccine is free for students on the Penn Student Insurance Plan (PSIP), and costs $25 (cash or bursar) for students on other insurance plans.  Spouses and partners of Penn students with a spouse PennID can also get the vaccine for $25.

You do not need to register in advance, just drop into the flu clinic for your vaccine (but bring your Penn ID)!


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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. 

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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.

Fun-Runs @ The Grad Center

Saturday, November 01, 2014, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Outside the Grad Center


Need some motivation to get up and get going on a Saturday morning? Want to exercise within a casual, supportive community? Then join us for "Fun Runs @ The Grad Center!" On select Saturday mornings, we will meet outside the Grad Center, jog along the Schuylkill River, and engage in friendly conversation along the way! Feel free to bring your questions about running or racing in Philadelphia.

Please note that this is a physical, outdoor activity; therefore, you must participate according to your own fitness level and experience. Please dress appropriately, and please do not exert yourself over your own limits. We will break into small groups, as needed, and run between 2-6mi at about 8:00/mi to 12:00/mi pace.

Please register in advance. Make sure you arrive on-time; otherwise we may leave without you! Please contact us, as soon as you are able, if you have registered and cannot attend--this helps us to plan accordingly.

Scheduled workouts will be led by Josh, a Grad Center Fellow, PhD student at PennGSE, and experienced marathoner and coach. We can add sessions, if regular attendees would like to take a turn at leading workouts, as well.

  • Meet outside the Grad Center just before 10:30am.
  • If weather is inclement, we will meet inside the Grad Center lobby (and may cancel, if the weather is very poor -- check your email in the morning). 
  • The building is locked until 12pm, so do not bring extra belongings with you!

Fed Up Film Screening & Nutrition Talk

Monday, November 10, 2014, 04:30 PM - 07:30 PM
Common Room Back (1st Floor)
Registration start: Monday, October 27, 2014

Fed Up is a documentary that reexamines what we think we know about food and exercise. The film follows a group of families battling to lead healthier lives and reveals why the conventional wisdom of exercise and eat right is not ringing true for millions of people struggling with diabetes, childhood obesity and other serious conditions.  A nutritionist from Penn Student Health Services will moderate a discussion following the film in order to engage students with the information presented.  In addition, healthy snacks will be provided. This event is cosponsored by the Grad Center, Graduate School of Education, and Student Health Service.

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 and join us for our book discussion on October 20th.

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