A new chapter
Most mornings, I walk into the law school through the Chestnut Street entrance and head through the Haaga Lounge to get to my office in Silverman Hall. One of my favorite views on this walk is that of the Goat, perched in his nook in the Haaga lounge. His new home makes it seem as if he looks out the large windows of the lounge, surveying all of the school as any mascot should. It is the perfect place for the Goat, as he serves as the symbol of Penn Law to so many.
In my role at the law school, I enjoy getting to meet the law school’s alumni and listening to their stories about their days here. Of course they all have an affinity for the Goat, but I also hear many other tales about good times at the law school, too. I find myself experiencing the physical landscape of Penn Law through the eyes of its graduates. Each space in the existing buildings, here, holds a myriad of tales from decades-worth of students. Those stories are always in the back of my mind every time I walk through the halls.
Fond memories undoubtedly inspired the alumni who generously donated to the fund that has built Golkin Hall. Between the roof-top gardens, the re-formed courtyard, the auditorium, the moot court room, the student union space, and the new Haaga Lounge, the new building offers so many places for new memories to be made. But what most excites me is the fact that this new space yields both the opportunity to experience a part of Penn Law purely from my own perspective and the chance to hear new stories from the alumni who will see Golkin Hall, as students and returning graduates.
Now that the entrance on Sansom Street is coming together, I am able to envision my new route from the front door to my department’s new suite on the top floor of Golkin Hall. I anticipate more than a few lunch hours in the rooftop garden and a slew of spectacular events throughout the building. In just a few short weeks, the Goat will have one more “wing” to oversee and our students, staff, and alumni will have a new place in which to build memories. How exciting!
Posted by Laura Tepper, Director of Annual Giving, Development & Alumni Relations, University of Pennsylvania Law School