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April 16th, 2015 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

The Science of Networking, 4/28

Does the mere thought of networking scare you or make you cringe? You are not alone. Many college students run for the hills when the words “networking opportunity” are plastered on a flyer. But in all actuality, it is much easier for students to network while still in school as opposed to after graduation. Learn how to enjoy and take advantage of networking!

Join Campus Philly, the University City Science Center and the Philadelphia Science Festival as we explore the science behind your brain’s ability to network and to build new connections. This event will also highlight the natural connections that student can make with other students while still on-campus. The Science of Networking will take place on April 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Quorum in the University City Science Center, 3711 Market Street.

Hear from an expert panel including:

    • Dr. Matt O’Donnell, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, presenting his findings on social network analysis, the dynamics of a network, and brain & behavior.
    • Nick Marzano, Director of Digital Learning at the Society of Hospital Medicine, sharing his experience as a well-connected Philadelphian.
    • Dr. Cory Valente, an Associate Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company, touching on how his college experience helped shape his professional network.
    • Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager for University Relations and Student Engagement at Campus Philly, moderating the panel and explaining how college students can maximize their network on-campus.


Put your new skills to work during a post-program networking session with industry leaders from the University of Pennsylvania, the Franklin Institute, and The Dow Chemical Company.

Grab your FREE ticket here:

Follow the Philadelphia Science Festival conversation using #GetNerdyPHL on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

For a full listing of events, check out the Philadelphia Science Festival calendar.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Monet Thomas-Anderson at 215.988.1707 ext. 103 or at


Campus Philly is a proud partner of the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide event spanning nine exciting days, April 24 – May 2, that showcases science and technology in everyday life. Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, the Philadelphia Science Festival builds on the city’s rich history of innovation, with more than 100 events and 200 partner organizations across the Philadelphia area.

January 22nd, 2015 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

Inspire, Lead, Change at the
Inclusive Leadership Conference

On Saturday, February 14, join 400 other college students as you learn the best practices to lead inclusively, explore your own leadership values and exchange ideas to promote social change through collective impact. Over 20 workshops, presentations, panels and dialogues will be offered at the conference, presented by regional higher ed institutions, business leaders and community partners.

What kinds of workshops will be offered?

  • Vanguard, the 2015 ILC corporate sponsor, will take participants on an interactive journey to explore the importance of being an authentic leader.  Do you have what it takes?  Join Vanguard as they present The Power of Authentic Leadership and see if you have what it takes to become the type of leader people want to work with. All students who attend this workshop will receive a book as a thank-you gift. This workshop would be a great opportunity for students to meet and connect with the top student leaders in the region.
  • Are We Teaching Diversity All Wrong? Join presenters from Temple University and Collegiate EmPowerment for a unique conversation between two professionals and friends – one white and one black – that will challenge what you know about diversity and all of the –ism’s.
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation will show students that Anyone Can Lead. This workshop will dispel the myth of what a great leader looks like and show examples of how unconventional leaders have helped influence change.

Why should you attend?

  • To connect with 400+ other student leaders from the Greater Philadelphia region – who knows, you might just meet your next program partner!
  • To participate in cross-cultural conversations around diversity, inclusion and social change
  • To learn how to be a change agent for collaboration
  • And last, but certainly not least – to receive a special conference gift!

Need-to-know details:

  • Register here:
  • Bring a pen and notepad to jot down all of your favorite takeaways and to exchange email addresses with other attendees
  • Show your school spirit by wearing your school colors or your favorite school swag
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served! Please email if you have any dietary restrictions
  • Join the conversation using #ILCPhilly

If you have any questions or concerns about the conference, please feel free to reach out to Monet Thomas-Anderson at 215.988.1707 ext. 103 or at

The 2015 Inclusive Leadership Conference is produced by the Temple University Office of Leadership DevelopmentTemple University Housing and Residential Life, and with support from Vanguard.

November 7th, 2014 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

State of Young Philly:
A Week About Millennials Like You

The millennial population is the fastest growing population in Philadelphia, as seen in the Roadmap to Growth report from the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. But who is working to convene and leverage the voices of this population, you may ask?

Young Involved Philadelphia is!

Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) is a volunteer-run nonprofit that leverages and convenes this growing population through a variety of events throughout the year, namely the Nonprofit Board Prep Program, YIP Running Club (voted the 2014 Best Running Club by Philly Mag), Neighborhood Corridor Tours, a Book Club and their city-wide signature event, State of Young Philly.

The fifth annual State of Young Philly (SOYP) will take place November 14 – 22.This annual event series strives to engage, connect and represent the young demographic through a variety of skill building, training and social events. SOYP will convene over 50 nonprofit, community, arts/cultural, government and business organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region and Philadelphia’s fastest growing population – MILLENIALS!

Mike Kaiser, Young Involved Philadelphia Programming Chair and Penn State grad believes that “[the connections made at SOYP] really are the start and the seed for real positive effective change in the city.” TicketLeap’s spotlight video on the 2013 State of Young Philly (Campus Philly makes a few cameos) truly captures the essence of SOYP, which is sure to inspire you to join the movement.

There are over 20 events happening during SOYP, but below are two events you definitely don’t want to miss:

#SOYP14 Opening Night: Civic Engagement Fair

When: Friday, November 14 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: ImpactHUB (1227 N. 4th Street)

The #SOYP Opening Night will kick off the State of Young Philly with a meet and greet of regional nonprofit, governmental and community groups. This event will also feature young guest speakers, networking opportunities for hundreds of young Philadelphians and refreshments to go around.

#MeetPhilly Leaders Meetup

When: Tuesday, November 18 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Where: TBD Center City location

Campus Philly and Young Involved Philadelphia have teamed up for the #MeetPhilly Leaders Meetup. This event will feature a panel-style open forum complete with young regional panelists from a diverse range of industries to discuss their career paths in Philadelphia and obstacles and advantages for rising professionals.

Here is a sneak peek of the dynamic panelists:

  • Claire Robertson-Kraft, Associate Director, University of Pennsylvania
  • Kellan White, Community Engagement and Special Events Manager for the Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown
  • Eric Smith, Social Media & Marketing Manager at Quirk Books, Co-founder of Geekadelphia and the Philly Geek Awards
  • Mikala Jamison, Arts and Culture Editor, Philadelphia City Paper
  • Brady Halligan, Director of Sales & University Partnerships, The GREEN Program PBC

Here is a full listing of all 22 events happening during State of Young Philly:

If you make it out of your dorm at all this fall, it should be to check out Young Involved Philadelphia’s State of Young Philly. This week-long event series will provide you with resources and connections that will keep you off the couch and out of the dorm for the rest of the year!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Monet Thomas-Anderson, Campus Philly Program Manager for Student Engagement and Young Involved Philadelphia Board Member at

August 7th, 2014 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

Get Involved With
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation!

Campus Philly is excited to announce our new partnership with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)!

Join ALSF this school year to help make a difference for kids with cancer and meet other college students in the Philadelphia area by participating in an inaugural Dance Marathon, benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the fight against childhood cancer. Be sure to check out the Campus Philly e-newsletter for more updates throughout the year.

Need a little background on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation? The Foundation started when 4-year-old cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott decided that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand and give the money she raised to doctors to help find better treatments and cures for all kids with cancer. Alex passed away at the age of 8, but her lemonade stand has evolved into a national fundraising movement with supporters of all ages carrying on her legacy. Since that first lemonade stand, ALSF has raised more than $80 million and funded over 450 pediatric cancer research projects throughout North America. If you are interested in learning more or getting your campus involved, please visit

ALSF will also be participating at CollegeFest, on September 27th from 10am to 4pm at the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum where they will be hosting a lemonade stand. If you are attending, stop by and say hi!

Here are some other ways for you to get involved with the cause:

  • Sign up to learn more about the dance marathon: The dance marathon will take place in the spring of 2015, but ALSF will have numerous fun and exciting ways to get involved leading up to the event.
  • Join us for Alex’s Million Mile – Run.Walk.Ride (AMM): AMM is a month-long event organized by Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation throughout September. The goal is to collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles to raise funds and increase awareness of the need to support childhood cancer research.

April 8th, 2014 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

Philadelphia Science Festival:
Are You Ready?

The Philadelphia Science Festival is back, and whether you want to gaze at the stars, see fermentation in action, explore the chemistry behind pharmaceuticals, or learn more about wearable technology, there will be something for everyone. The Festival is a nine-day, community-wide celebration of science that will take place from April 25th through May 3rd, and will feature lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages.

There are many great events scheduled; but here are three must-attend events:

The PSF Kick-Off Party: Science Carnival After Hours

When: April 25th, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm Where:  Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia

This party will mark the beginning of the nine-day festival filled with imagination, curiosity and all things science. This 21+ event will feature hands-on experiments, live demonstrations and Yard’s Official Science Festival beer to ignite your senses and set your curiosity ablaze! The event is also a part of the Franklin Institute’s Science After Dark series. This series of events focuses on a different topic every month, ranging from the science behind MacGyver (yes, mullet and all!) to forensics.

I Love My Science Job

When: April 30th, 4 pm to 7 pm Where: Quorum, University City Science Center, 8th Floor, 3711 Market Street, Philadelphia

Campus Philly and the University Science Center have partnered together to present I Love My Science Job, an event that will provide a 360° view of the diverse job opportunities in STEM industries. Hear from Geek Award organizer, Jill Sybesma; physics/robotics teacher, Dan Ueda (a 2013 Geek Award recipient); and others about the work that they do outside of the lab. Click here to reserve your seat.

Science Carnival on the Parkway

When: May 3rd, 10 am to 3 pm Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

To close out the Philadelphia Science Festival, join fellow geeks on the Parkway for a jam-packed day of family-friendly games, food trucks and non-stop interactive live demonstrations by local science troupes. Feel free to bring a friend and get ready to have your mind blown.

If you want to know more, check out the full Philadelphia Science Festival calendar here for more events.

If you have any questions about the PSF, feel free to contact Monet Thomas-Anderson at

July 1st, 2013 by Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager

Sensing Change at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

When: July 1, 2013 through May 2, 2014

Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation at 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, (2 blocks South of 3rd and Market Street)

Price: FREE…that’s right… FREE

“This exhibit is about what people are seeing and not about polar bears and glaciers,” exclaims Elizabeth McDonnell, Project Leader for the Center for Contemporary History and Policy, as she talks about the new exhibit, Sensing Change, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. This eye-opening exhibit includes works by Katie Holten, Stacy Levy and Vaughn Bell, just to name a few.

Katie Holten’s belief that “humans are uprooted and disengaged from the current ecological crisis” inspired her work Uprooted: New York Street Trees which displays the underground roots of NY street trees – the roots never seen. Stacy Levy’s work, Calendar of Rain, serves as a “visceral method of keeping time and observing annual weather cycles.” Village Green, by Vaughn Bell “inspires a sense of humor and curiosity as we consider our role in dynamic ecosystems” as you poke your head into “floating” Plexiglass greenhouses.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Vaughn Rinner (mother of Vaughn Bell creator of Village Green) about Bell’s undergrad and graduate work; and got the inside scoop on Vaughn Bell’s path to an exhibit at CHF:

  • Early interest in “how people related to the environment around them”
  • B.A in Nature and Culture: Human Perspectives on the Natural Environment
  • For her undergrad senior project – she studied how people used grocery carts as urban gardens
  • M.F.A in Studio for Inter-related Media, where she began her work with greenhouse installations
  • 2008 – Installation of Village Green exhibit at Lycoming College Gallery in Williamsport, PA
  • 2013 – Installation of Village Green at Chemical Heritage Center


Sensing Change blends nature, science and art is a unique and aesthetic way. By viewing climate change this way; I felt more connected to the changes happening around me. This exhibit didn’t feel like an “Environment 101: The Basics of the World Around You” lecture, if felt more like a self-awakening of my own ecosystem.

If you are a science enthusiast, nature lover or free next Friday night; feel free to check out the CHF’s First Friday event which is the opening celebration of the Sensing Change exhibit. There will be short tours of the new exhibit and programming around “Lungs in the City” which explores the use of plants in the city to improve air quality.

As always, “chive on” my friends!!

– Monet Thomas-Anderson