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Well, you and I have known it all along, but GQ (Gentlemen’s Quarter Magazine) has just officially announced Philadelphia as the City of the Year!

Did you miss the financial Aid session at Open House last month? No worries! Join us tomorrow night, December 5, at 6 pm EDT for an online information session. We’ll be going over all things financial aid! Afterwards, we’ll take questions.

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Last night was the official Holiday Tree Lighting celebration at City Hall! And just like that, with the flick of a switch, the holiday season has begun here in Philadelphia. Our city is just so beautiful this time of year. Did you miss yesterday's celebration?

Well, the day has arrived. Today, at 3:40pm the winner of the hand turkey staff competition will be announced. We are all on the edge of our seats! Staff members were able to submit a turkey, the only rule being that it had to be made from your hand.

If you are in the Dallas area we highly suggest heading over to the Holly Johnson Gallery this Saturday from 5-8pm for the opening reception of Instructions for Dissolution, works by PennDesign's Jackie Tileston. From the Holly Johnson Gallery press release: (click to read more)

I know that I mentioned it in yesterday’s blog post but just wanted to send a friendly reminder about tonight’s chat! Many of the students (pictured above) as well as admissions staff will be logged on and ready to answer any questions that you may have about our programs or application process. Instructions on how to join will be posted here 15 minutes prior to the chat start time.

Earlier today the Common Press and Materials Library hosted a 'print your own holiday cards' event. It was a blast!

Great minds think alike, right? Right! Just a normal day in the office here at PennDesign, except…Whoops!

This past summer the Emlen Physick House- a house museum in Cape May, New Jersey, hosted an exhibition of architectural drawings by Penn Alumni. Cape May is known for its beautiful Victorian homes, but in the 1970's Cape May residents didn't pay the historical homes much attention.

Yesterday was not only the first snow fall of the season but it was also PennDesign Thanksgiving! Last night the weather did not keep students away as PennDesign Student Affairs hosted a Thanksgiving dinner in the lower gallery that served around 200 students, faculty, and families. It was great for students who may not have been able to get home to their families and for our international students who never got the chance to experience an American Thanksgiving. Can't wait until next year's dinner!

OK, we know it has been a long week and to make matters worse it is raining but tonight from 7pm – 9pm is Paint the Dancefloor which is a night of art, cocktails, and dancing with XPN’s Robert Drake! It is going to be a wonderful time and well worth the trek in the rain. During the party, the public galleries will also be open which are currently featuring work by Ree Morton and Cauleen Smith. Hope to see you there! To read more about Robert including a Q&A click here. To see more about the event please click here.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us yesterday for Open House. We were so delighted to meet all of you and hope that you enjoyed the day!