House Staff

Riepe House Dean - Dr. Marilynne Diggs Thompson


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Dr. Marilynne Diggs Thompson
Riepe House Dean

Faculty Master - Prof.Dr. Dennis DeTurck


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Prof.Dr. Dennis DeTurck
Faculty Master

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences


College House Fellow - Prof. Dr.Ralph Rosen


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Prof. Dr.Ralph Rosen
College House Fellow

Professor of Classical Studies, School of Arts and Sciences
 
 
Ralph Rosen is Rose Family Endowed Term Professor in the Department of Classical Studies. He has spent his entire professional career at Penn, having arrived in 1983 fresh from graduate school. He was an undergraduate for his first two years at Bowdoin College and finished his BA at Swarthmore College. He went to Harvard for his graduate work, where he received the PhD in Classical Philology (ancient Greek and Roman languages and literature). He teaches a variety of courses on ancient Greco-Roman culture, from literature and philosophy to ancient aesthetics and Greek medicine. Dr. Rosen lives with his wife, associate faculty fellow Ellen, who has had a varied professional career in law and banking. They have two children, Ben (25), a classical composer and rock bassist (he can be heard on recordings by the band "The Chairman Dances") and Charlotte (22), a recent graduate from St. Olaf College with a degree in History. The Rosens hold open houses at their apartment on alternate Sunday afternoons, which feature spectacular espresso drinks and squeeze-your-own orange juice, among other delicacies. Once a month they also hold dinners for small groups of Riepe students to meet interesting dinner guests. They love music of all kinds and collect art, and love to share their various passions with Riepe residents.           
 


College House Fellow - Prof. Dr. Betsy Rymes


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Prof. Dr. Betsy Rymes
College House Fellow

Betsy Rymes is Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics in Penn’s Graduate School of Education.  She was an English Major at Swarthmore College and then, after several years of teaching in Los Angeles, attended graduate school at UCLA, where she earned her PhD. in Applied Linguistics.  Before coming to Penn she was a professor of Language Education and Linguistics at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA.  She is happy to be back in the Northeast!  In addition to directing the Riepe Mentors, Dr. Rymes holds weekly “Paper Doctor” office hours in her apartment where she will help you polish your prose, or, if you haven’t gotten that far yet, brainstorm an idea.  Dr. Rymes also loves to go on early morning runs, and to the movies on Sunday afternoons. She lives in Riepe with her two children, Charlie, 14, and Anya, 6. They can be spotted cruising through the halls of Riepe on skateboards and scooters (unless Dean Diggs spots then first!).


Associate Fellow - Ellen Rosen


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Ellen Rosen
Associate Fellow

 
Ellen Rosen is Associate Faculty Fellow by virtue of being married to Ralph Rosen. She was a sociology major at Oberlin College and obtained her law degree from Villanova University of Law.  She has held both business and legal roles at various financial services companies.  Ellen loves living in Riepe where she and Ralph host coffee hours every other Sunday and dinners with interesting people once a month.  Ralph and Ellen have two children – Ben, who just received his masters in music composition and is working in Special Collections at the Penn library, and Charlotte, who just graduated from St. Olaf College and has an internship in Berkeley, CA.  They also have a cat Zoe who sometimes comes out from under the bed during house events.
 


House Coordinator - Whitney Alves


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Whitney Alves
House Coordinator

Roksolana Starodub - GA


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Roksolana is a third-year PhD student doing research in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and teaching with simulation at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Roksolana received her Bachelor’s degree from Chatham University and her Master’s degree with an Acute Care Nurse-Practitioner track from the University of Pennsylvania. Roksolana is a returning GA and you will most likely find her at Riepe's Mask and Wig or helping out on Tuesdays with mac and cheese nights. Roksolana loves coffee with sweets and is always looking for some coffee enthusiasts to explore Philly's “café noir” atmosphere.

 

 


Laura Banos - GA


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Laura is a graduate student at the Fels Institute of Government where she is working on her Masters of Public Administration. This year, she is excited to be the Mentors GA and work with the students at Powell School! Laura comes from Pittsburgh, PA but joined the Penn community and our staff last year from a small town in northwestern Pennsylvania where she served for two years as an AmeriCorps*VISTA. She graduated with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology from Lehigh University in 2010 where she was part of the Community Service Office and a member or the rowing team. You can find Laura around campus running, crafting, eating ice cream or helping at mac and cheese night. She loves walking and experiencing all that Philadelphia has to offer from musicals to street fairs. Laura is delighted to return to the Riepe family!

 


Jillian Tuso - GA


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Jillian is a graduate student getting her master’s degree in Counseling and Mental Health Services. In June 2012, she graduated from UCLA with a degree in psychology and a minor in education studies. Although she spent the past 8 years in Southern California, she is originally from the east coast. Some of her favorite summer activities include going to Disneyland with friends, or going to Ocean City, New Jersey with her family. In her spare time, you will most likely find Jillian at Pottruck preparing for her next half-marathon or practicing with her dance team. A random fact about Jillian is that she is a two- time game show winner. If anyone ever wants to play a board game, watch a movie, or do any crafty project, she is always ready for action.

 


Christy Cohick - RA


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Christy is majoring in Linguistics and minoring in Cognitive Science. She hopes to go to graduate school for Speech Pathology. Christy enjoys running, baking (she loves chocolate and always is looking for new recipes) and reading in her spare time. Her favorite activity is shopping and going on long walks. Christy has participated in Penn Cross Country, Track and Field, and Big Brothers Big Sisters so far in her life at Penn.

 


Brian Delgado - GA


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Brian is a first year graduate student studying Medical Physics Originally hailing from Austin, Brian enjoys playing tennis and lacrosse as well as any outdoor activity, and is always down to toss a frisbee. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing video and board games, as well as sleeping.

 

 

 


Ana Schwartz - GA


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Ana is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and has lived in Philadelphia for four years. Before that she attended UC Berkeley, and before that lived in a small town in Northern California, where it never snows in the winter and where the summers are warm and dry. Her goal in 2013 is to learn how to surf, which is tough on the Schuylkyll, lol...

 

In the meantime, she runs Living Cultures and experiments with kettle corn recipes, which you're bound to sample if you hang out in the Provost Tower lounge long enough.


Timothy Li - GA


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Tim is a second-year graduate student, studying for a degree in Integrated Product Design. He hails from Stoughton, Massachusetts, spent his undergraduate years at Tufts University and most recently worked a three-year stint at Raytheon, a US defense contractor. Tim enjoys food, typography, and politics. He's been around Philly for over a year now and is excited to share all the things he knows about Penn and Philadelphia, and experience some new things too! He can't wait to meet everyone!


Michelle Sorkin - RA


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Michelle is a rising senior studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Michelle was an RA for the Integrated Studies Program last year, and is beyond excited to be an RA for ISP again this year! She is very active in the Benjamin Franklin Scholars community, as a Senior Class Representative for the BFS Advisory Board. She is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), as well as Penn's reform Jewish community. Michelle really likes answering questions, especially those pertaining to Penn and Penn Engineering; hence she enjoys helping out incoming freshman as an Engineering Orientation Peer Advisor (OPA!). Her other academic interests include mathematics and languages (Spanish, Russian, and Latin). Michelle comes from a very small town in Western Massachusetts, so she loves to explore the sights and attractions of Philadelphia. Michelle also likes playing piano and tennis, pretending she can dance, and feeding people.

 


Ryan Keating - RA


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Ryan is a senior in the School of Nursing and the College studying Nursing and Hispanic Studies. After graduation, he will be returning to Penn as a student in the Nurse Anesthesia Program. Ryan is from outside of Boston. He volunteers as a clinical assistant at Puentes de Salud, a clinic in Center City serving Philadelphia's Spanish speaking population. If he isn't hanging out on the third floor of McIllhenny, you may see Ryan rock climbing at Pottruck, running or biking along the Schuylkill River Trail, or cooking. Feel free to tell Ryan about your favorite quinoa recipe!

 


Paul Gurniak - GA


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Paul is a second-year PhD student in Electrical Engineering, studying real-time and embedded systems.  He also graduated from Penn SEAS in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.  After completing his PhD, he hopes to pursue his desire to teach, possibly as a Professor.  Even after completing his fifth year at Penn, he still enjoys exploring new areas of Penn’s campus and discovering cool new places (most recently, the new Singh Center and the 6th floor of Van Pelt).  You will hopefully sometimes find him running and swimming at Pottruck, but more realistically, you will catch him wandering around Philly looking for good cheap food, teaching his freshmen engineering students, rebuilding his computer, watching football on Sundays, or cooking his favorite (very unhealthy) foods while listening to his “Teen Pop” Pandora station.

 


Stephanie Li - RA


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Stephanie is a junior in the Wharton School interested in Accounting and Cognitive Science.  Hailing from the frozen plains of northern Alberta, Stephanie is deeply involved with the Canadian Club, Wharton Asia Exchange, and PHINS.  Her fondest memories of Riepe are mac and cheese nights in Class of '38.  In her free time, Stephanie can be found running along the Schuylkill, supporting friends in performing arts groups, and trying new restaurants in Center City and West Philadelphia.  Ask her to join you in exploring West Philly!

 


David Liang - RA


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David is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Psychology and is on the fence about a minor in Biology.  Born and raised in Cleveland, Mississippi (yes it’s a place!) David loves all things Southern (mostly fried foods).  David is an avid hiker and is the Social Chair of the Penn Outdoors club.  He loves to cook though he has absolutely no skill in baking.  Always down to explore, David can often be found reading a book on his tablet or desperately trying to cram for a test. 

 


Hector Kilgoe - RA


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Hector is a junior in the College, majoring in Religious Studies and East Asian Languages and Civilizations. As a freshman, he lived in Riepe as part of the Integrated Studies Program. After three years learning modern dance at a high school outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Hector joined Onda Latina here at Penn, switching over to the world of Latin dance. He is also a contributing editor of The Colors Project magazine. After living with three great friends (all from Riepe) in DuBois College House for a year, he returned to Reipe, living on the first floor of Cleeman. Hector loves Shirley Bassey, Tumblr, and kimchee (he spent the summer in South Korea as part of the Penn-in-Seoul program).

 


Priscilla Andalia - RA


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Priscilla is a junior in the College majoring in Biology.  She aspires to attend medical school and become a pediatrician.  Having loved living in Riepe as a freshman, Priscilla has returned as an RA (on 3rd floor Bishop White).  Priscilla loves keeping up with her T.V. shows; it is common to find her watching them on her iPad while she is working out out in Pottruck.  Priscilla plays for the women's club lacrosse team at Penn, participates in charity work and is an active member of her sorority.  On her free time, you may find Priscilla laying out in the sun with friends, eating sweets, skyping with her two dogs, or taking a stroll with her camera. 

 


Alex Hartley - GA


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Alex is an entering graduate student in City and Regional Planning within the School of Design, graduating in 2015. He plans to concentrate in Public Private Development. He is moving to Philadelphia from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he attended undergrad. This is his first experience with Penn and Philadelphia, and he is excited to learn more about both places.

 


James Fangmeyer Jr - RA


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The natural environment for James is a loving home.  That’s why he’s an RA in Riepe: it has the best community.  James is the oldest of eight children and hails from Rockville, Maryland.  James is a Wharton student concentrating in Statistics because probability fascinates him and in Marketing because new product development is interdisciplinary.  One of James’ favorite things is reading; he is learning to write.  Another of James’ favorite things is dancing.  His favorite salsa club in Philadelphia is Tierra Colombiana.

 


Chase Staub - GA


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Chase is a first-year graduate student in the Fels Institute of Government, and is currently completing his master's degree in Public Administration. He is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, where he completed his degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. While growing up in Gainesville, GA, trips to the lake and the mountains were common excursions. He enjoys spending time outdoors, reading a good book, and going to the gym. In addition, Chase takes any opportunity to travel and experience the beauty of the world's diverse cultures and breathtaking landscapes. If you ever need to find him, do not look too far, because he will likely be at the nearest frozen yogurt or sushi restaurant. After traveling to Croatia, he found his passion in public service and now desires to pursue a career in urban management.

 


Taylor Diem - RA


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Taylor is a Junior studying Operations and Information Managment and Behavioral Economics in Wharton and minoring in Psychology in the College. Taylor lived on the third floor of Magee during his freshman year and particulary liked cookie night (missed it less than 2 times) and the Intramural domination in Basketball and Flag Football over where and fishy hassenfelt. You will most likely see Taylor headed to Pottruck in the morning, followed by a frantic attempt to eat breakfast on his way to class (he will never skip breakfast... ever). He works at PSA managing the Laundry, Water, and Dry Cleaning Plans for firstServices. If you were to talk to him you will quickly find out about some quirky playlist on Spotify and if you were to see his room you will notice an impressive collection of neckties that are color catagorized. He aspires to be Don Draper from the fictional show Mad Men and every action he has taken (including going to business school) is an attempt to live the glamourous and luxorious lifestyle of the character. 


Rutendo Chigora - RA


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Rue is a junior in the College from Harare, Zimbabwe. She is double-majoring in International Relations and Political Science, and looks forward to going back home to make a difference. She lived in Riepe in the Integrated Studies Program and is excited to be returning to the quad's warmth and cookie nights. Among Rue's great loves are reading, cooking, yoga, Mock Trial, soccer and FC Barcelona.

 


Kim Gordon - RA


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Kim is a senior in the College and School of Engineering studying both Hispanic Studies and Systems Engineering. She transferred to Penn her sophomore year and is very involved in the transfer community on campus. She loves that Penn offers a diverse community and tons of ways to meet and get advice from new people. Outside of class, she enjoys mentoring and event planning. Last year she studied abroad in Argentina for five months, so feel free to reach out to her about study abroad at Penn. In her free time, she also likes to explore different restaurants and froyo establishments (but mostly Kiwi- you will learn).

 


Kelliston McDowell - GA


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Kelliston (Kel) McDowell is a second-year Master of Public Administration candidate in the Fels Institute of Government. A graduate of George Washington University, Kel originally hails from Gainesboro, Tennessee. When not gushing about the historical beauty of Franklin Field or The Palestra, he is likely indulging something related to sports, politics, “Seinfeld,” Sporcle, spicy foods, or Wikipedia.

 


Gabriel Jimenez - GA

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