A Message to All Students
March 5, 2021
We write in advance of the March 10 and 11 days off from classes, which we are affectionately calling Spring Stay. We are excited for you to have time to unwind and unplug. We are delighted to announce an expanding lineup of fun, free University-sponsored Spring Stay events to help you relax and recharge. (And, hopefully, enjoy warmer weather!)
Spring Stay will include a mix of outdoor activities and excursions. We’ll have an all-campus Treasure Hunt (with sweet treats and t-shirts at Penn Commons), #MaskUPenn photo shoots (pose at the LOVE Statue in your most fashionable face covering), designated class nights for ice skating at the Class of 1923 Arena, a Spikeball tournament at Pottruck, a West Philly walking tour, performing arts events, and trips to local attractions like the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia Zoo, and Adventure Aquarium.
Some activities are open to all students, some just for graduate and professional students. Many events require advance registration, so please review the schedule and sign up quickly. Students may register for themselves and one friend. We hope this allows you to deepen ties with your pod and meet new friends.
Student organizations also have the opportunity to schedule in-person, outdoor activities. More than two dozen clubs already have hosted fun grab-and-go events and rehearsals. We applaud students’ creativity and flexibility. Have a fun idea? Please fill out the In-Person Event Request Form.
Additional ongoing activities:
- Review the schedule and make reservations at the Campus Recreation website for an expanding lineup of indoor and outdoor activities.
- The Penn Park Farm is open and students may request time slots to host small, physically distanced gatherings.
- Reserve study space at Van Pelt-Dietrich Library on the Penn Libraries website.
- Check out Wellnest, download the journaling app, and make mindfulness a part of your daily self-care routine.
Now and always, we urge you to maintain high standards of self and community care. Your actions impact your classmates and West Philadelphia. The Student Campus Compact remains in effect, as does public health guidance from Penn Cares and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, which requires masking, distancing, and handwashing.
Please enjoy Spring Stay. You’ve earned it! We hope to continue to program social events throughout the semester, presuming COVID-19 case levels and public health guidance allow for group activity.
We again thank you for the healthy and positive choices you are making. We are incredibly proud of the Penn community.
Mamta Motwani Accapadi, Vice Provost for University Life
Benoit Dubé, Associate Provost and Chief Wellness Officer