An Introduction from the DP’s New Development Assistant, Allie Fehr

Dear DP Alumni Community,

Nice to meet you!

My name is Allie Fehr, and I am a second-year transfer student at Penn and the new DP Development Assistant. I am extremely excited to be working with the DP Development team to create and enhance efforts to generate DP alumni philanthropic support. 

When I decided to spend the next three years of my undergraduate education at Penn, I knew I wanted to witness and join the DP’s legacy as one of the nation’s top college news organizations. Having loved my own experience writing for my high school’s small but mighty newspaper, I am passionate about supporting student journalism. 

As your host of the DPAA beat, I will continue to share the stories and achievements of DP alumni. While celebrating the past, I will also document the story of the DP today by pulling back the curtain on production nights and spotlighting current staff. My goal is to emphasize how your philanthropic support directly contributes to the production of impactful journalism and meaningful experiences for Penn students.  

You give so much time, money and mentorship to the DP, so we hope to give back to you by making our network an interactive one. Be sure to follow the DPAA Facebook, Twitter and Instagram so you do not miss out on the latest DP news, events, archival dives, merch giveaways and more. 

I hope to see and talk to many of you this year!


Allie Fehr

Development Assistant


Set the DP Up for Success This Year

Dear DP Alumni Community,

September is here and at the DP that means first editions are out and we are in the midst of recruiting the next generation of DPers. We have planned for an impactful year ahead and we cannot do it without your philanthropic support!

Each year, your gift to the DP Advances annual campaign is a vote of confidence in our work and a key component in keeping the DP financially healthy. Looking ahead, we know that through your support, we will be able to continue producing incredible journalism and meaningful experiences for all types of students at Penn!

A few priorities and initiatives that your gifts will directly support this upcoming semester:

  • Expansive coverage of Penn’s new President, M. Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Magill
  • 34st Street’s RELAUNCH: A new look and monthly print magazine with the same great Street content!
  • DP Sports’ QuakerNation Brand Expansion: More in-depth and on the field and court coverage
  • Hosting our annual Marquez Conference: A place for students to learn from and network with DP alums of all backgrounds
  • A new home for the DP: The official public launch of our capital campaign for the purchasing of a new building

Let’s be honest… we couldn’t do it without you. We launched our Development department in early 2020 and you have helped to establish a true culture of philanthropy at the DP; increasing our annual giving revenue by 215% percent and allowing our organization to provide over $400,000 directly to students through scholarships, stipends, awards, prizes and more.

We continue to carry on your legacy. We take what each class and board leaves with genuine care. Making you proud with the DP’s current direction and content and proud to be a DP Alum, is a serious target we take aim at everyday.

The DP is ready to embark on our biggest year yet! Your continued generosity and partnership remains the key driver in our organization’s ability to make student dreams a reality. The opportunity is now here.


Thank you for your consideration.


Alessandra Pintado-Urbanc

President, 138th Board


Alumni Wanted for Marquez Conference

We are seeking DP alums across all fields and backgrounds (journalism and otherwise) to participate in the annual Marquez Conference on campus on Saturday, September 24th. The Marquez Conference is an opportunity for the new board and DP staff to learn both important journalistic practices and gain a deeper understanding of how they can leverage their DP experience in their future careers of choice.

We are planning a wide array of sessions that we aim to be relevant to students across the organization. To that end, we are especially looking for alums with any of the following expertise, though we welcome all who are interested to reach out:

-Social media-Management
-Internship/entry-level job hiring
-And of course, reporting across all topics and media

Interested in participating? Click Here

Please do reach out even if you still consider yourself relatively new to your field, as it’s always helpful for students to see a range of perspectives!We hope you’ll consider lending your expertise — I can say from experience it’s one of the most rewarding ways I’ve found to give back to the DP.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or suggestions!

Lauren Feiner
DP 131, 132 Marquez Alumni Coordinator


Incredibly Grateful

Dear DPAA,

From all of us: Thank you. 

Thanks to the support of 85 alumni, we raised $33,000 in 25 days. See the results here: Masthead Madness. We also won the College Media Madness competition,finishing #1 in the country. We are so excited to add to the DP’s trophy case of journalism, advertising and marketing awards, and bring home our first national title for fundraising!

All made possible by the generosity and enthusiasm of the DPAA. As one of the student leaders on the newly formed Development team, I’m so grateful that we’re able to create and execute projects like Masthead Madness, Giving Tuesday, and the DPAA Beat, because we are learning firsthand how generous and committed you are. We are grateful that we can connect with you and work closely with you to address our needs.   

My fellow Development team members and I are determined to raise the funds needed to keep the DP operating at a high level and to ensure it remains one of the leading student editorial experiences available. And, we will continue to share the storyteller’s story and the stories of our past—your stories

Our team is only getting started and we can’t wait to begin to meet and speak with you all.

Thank you so much!  

All the best,  

Irene Park 

Development Assistant