University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

International Students Reception

October 27, 2010

On October 22, 2010, the Penn Museum hosted a reception for international students and scholars from across the Philadelphia region. Among the 1,300 attendees was Mayor Nutter, a Penn grad himself who patiently posed for snap shots with a long parade of beaming students and scholars.

Many people have a hand in organizing this major event, but Prema Deshmukh, who also organizes our International Classroom Program, is really the driving force behind all the fun.

“International students and scholars from 65 colleges, universities and programs including Penn, Drexel, Temple, Philadelphia University, University of Sciences and as far as Bucknell University were in attendance. The Reception makes international students feel welcome and special as many are new to the Philadelphia area. The guests have an opportunity to make new friends from their own and other countries. I met students from Moldova and Cyprus who were hoping to make new friends from their country from other colleges. It was amazing to see international students and Girls High volunteers sharing their concerns, issues and excitement with such an ease with Mayor Nutter. This is one small step in bringing the world closer.”
– Pema Deshmukh, Office of Community Engagement at Penn Museum

Anne Waters, Executive Director, Office of International Programs at Penn, had this to say about this annual event:

“As the planning sessions for NSO and other social events for undergraduates get underway for next year, perhaps this format can be a useful model to consider. It was a vibrant, engaged, no-alcohol, fun event. Students made new friends and groups stayed to the very end.”

More about the International Students Reception

  • The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology International Classroom’s annual International Student Reception is the premier pan-Philadelphia (if not pan-U.S.A.) international student and scholar event. All university and college sponsors who participate in this event do so gladly and proudly as we know that international students and scholars await this event with anticipation, and we are eager to welcome our international visitors and to show the wide support they can expect to receive not only from their own schools, but also from international students and scholars from schools throughout the metro area, as well as from the highest levels of the city and the Commonwealth.

    I respectfully tip my hat to Prema Deshmukh, the proverbial glue who holds us all together, and sincerely look forward to working with her as she manages us through yet another year of planning and and acting to make the next International Student Reception even better than the year before and a precursor to an even better one in the following year.

    Martyn J. Miller, Senior Director for International Services, Office of International Affairs, Temple University

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