Riepe Welcome Newsletter: Greetings from Faculty Director Dennis Deturck

From the Riepe Welcome Newsletter, which can be found here

Congratulations on joining the Riepe community. All of us denizens of the east end of the Quad can’t wait to greet you in person when you arrive on campus. We know that Riepe College House is a great place to live and we’re looking forward to showing you why.

I’m the Faculty Director of the house, and you’ll be able to find me in Magee (second floor) when I’m not in my office in Claudia Cohen Hall, where I serve as Dean of the College, or doing math in DRL. Nobody in Riepe fails calculus while I’m here! Seriously, I look forward to discussing math, science and all manner of things with you – I’ve been at Penn for a long time, so I can answer a lot of your questions or else I probably know the person who can. And be sure to stop by on Wednesday nights at 10pm for cookies (and often music), and at other times for our “got math?” tutoring sessions.


Throughout Penn’s College House system, each house has several faculty members in residence, and Riepe is no exception. Two of my faculty colleagues reside in Riepe: Dr. Ralph Rosen is a Professor in the Classics department. He and his wife Ellen host dinners with interesting guests from around the University, and many other events centered around coffee, one of Ralph’s passions.


Dr. Betsy Rymes is an Associate Professor of Educational Linguistics in the Graduate School for Education. She lives with her son Charlie (17) and her daughter Anya (9) in McIlhenny (first floor). She directs our Mentors Program.

Finally, our House Dean Marilynne Diggs-Thompson (or Dean Diggs, as you’ll learn to call her) and our House Coordinator, Hayley Tintle, make Riepe hum along like a well-oiled machine. Dean Diggs also enjoys cooking up impressive amounts of terrific homemade food for you guys, and she teaches in the Anthropology department.

Be sure to ask Hayley about her trip to India this summer!

See you soon.
Welcome to Riepe!