BBB Major a Friar Creation

Ann Kelley ’76 is credited with creating the Biological Basis of Behavior major at Penn. She was a leading behavioral neuroscientist in the world and gave a Nobel lecture in Stockholm before her death

We got you into Penn!

Dean of Admissions, Friar Eric Furda H’12,   is a familiar Friar face on campus. He followed the big footprints of former Dean (and Friar) Lee Stetson – so basically Quakers from the 70s to now have a Friar to thank!

March and Hats on Hey Day on Us

Friars added the senior march to Hey Day festivities and the 1949 Friars are responsible for seniors wearing straw hats to give the Hey Day ceremonies an added “interest”

Saturday Night Live

From 2010-2017, our own Vanessa Bayer ’04 killed it as a cast member of SNL and has branched out to fun roles in comedic movies and writing children’s books

To the MOON and back

Friar Samuel Campbell III ’56 and his family are proud to have created the Moon Pie in their Chattanooga Bakery in Tennessee

May the Odds be Ever in Your Favor

Another Friar addition to our world (smile). This is Friar Elizabeth Banks’ famous catchphrase in The Hunger Games movie franchise. We say she’s a “Pitch Perfect” Friar!

Society Flashes Started Here

The first honor society to have a fun “secret” sign is a secret no more! Created first by our own Kyle Kozloff ’90 his senior year, our “flash” was first on Penn’s campus and has inspired other societies to add their own “hand sign” to the mix. You’re welcome!

First Feb Club Is On Us

In 1993 Feb Club was created when Friar Class President Michael Rosenband ’93 made it an official part of a Penn senior’s year (an idea he and Friar Val Thompson ’92 started for fun with friends the year before)

Hello, Governor

Friar and President of the Student Government Club at Penn, it is no surprise that one of the most effective Philly Mayors and PA Governors is the Hon. Ed Rendell ’65

You Walk Past Friars Daily! 

One school, three buildings, three athletic venues and more are named for Friars: Here are some: (Walter) Annenberg School of Communication and Public Policy Center, Claudia Cohen Hall, George A. Weiss Pavillion, John R. Rockwell Gymnasium, Robert P. Levy Tennis Pavillion and Ellen Vagelos Field

The Quaker Is a Friar? Yes …

Penn’s school mascot was created in the fall of 1964 by Friar Dick Drury ’66 after seeing the Temple Owl and LaSalle Hawk mascots in action at sporting events and noting that Penn had none. The first mascot outfit was meant to look like Ben Franklin but has eventually turned into what is now a generic “Quaker”

Friar Firsts at Penn

More than 70  groups or events at Penn were founded at Penn by Friars including the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Onyx and Oracle Senior Societies, Counterparts, Penn Fashion Week, The Vision, The Walk, FocusFirst Philly, and the African American Arts Alliance

The Friar Bench

 Our bench, in front of the Sweeten Alumni House is the first  honor society bench on campus (temporarily being refurbished).  We also have a Friars Room on the first floor of College Hall

CHALK it up to Friars!

Friars was the first society to add chalk messages to Locust Walk in celebration of their newest inductees each fall and spring

Oldest Society on Campus

Founded in 1899 and inspired by the leadership of Daniel Keller, Jr. ’01, Friars was created to help promote democracy at Penn when the minority used to rule the majority

Making News is a Friar Natural

You can catch more than a dozen Friars reporting the news on TV and in print including: Andrea Mitchell H’11, Amna Nawaz ’01, Joe Watkins ’75, Harold Ford ’91, Eric Tucker ’01, Julie Steinberg ’09 and Rebecca Tan ’19 

Friars In the Big League

Walter O’Malley ’26 owned the L.A. Dodgers, his grandson and fellow Friar Kevin O’Malley ’97 had a minor league baseball team and was part owner of the San Diego Padres, and Mark DeRosa ’97 played professional baseball for 15 years and now is a TV baseball anaylst

Friar Names Up  in Lights

Broadway lights have shined for a number of Friars: Jonah Platt has starred in Wicked and he joins Gayle Samuels, Kate Jennings Grant, Mark Zimmerman, and Angela Ai who have all also performed on Broadway and in off-broadway show tours

Taking Care of Babies

Friar Bob Borer ’59 developed perinatal medicine used for the entire country of Qatar and for the Sultanate of Oman

Smarty Pants

Fifteen Friars have been named Thouron Scholars or Fellows, two became Truman Scholars and eight have won Fulbrights

Discovering the Cure to Cancer

We’re working on that one…