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William Penn University Announces Revival of the ‘P’ and Dedication of George Daily Pavilion


William Penn University celebrated the recreation of a campus icon with students, alumni, and friends on Friday with the return of the landmark “P” on the Oskaloosa campus. The tradition behind the letter “P” began in 1919, when students wanted to provide a campus insignia as well as begin a freshman tradition and establish an area on campus for school celebrations. Each year, the sophomore class passed the care of the “P” to the incoming freshman class in a fall ceremony with speeches and music. Each class filled in the outline of the “P” with a stone that was engraved with their class year. The inside of the “P” was reserved for bonfires. Although the original is gone, the new “P” made of pavers purchased by Penn alumni and friends will be around for decades to come.

Along with the reinstallation of the “P”, William Penn University expanded around the landmark with the addition of the George Daily Pavilion and sand volleyball courts. Located where the old tennis courts were, on the north side of Penn Hall, the George Daily Pavilion area will serve students and alumni for years to come.

William Penn held the George Daily Pavilion ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication of the “P” on Friday, September 29 during Homecoming week. William Penn University President John Ottosson (’84) cut the ribbon accompanied by William Penn University Vice President for Advancement Marsha Riordan (’80).

About William Penn University

William Penn University provides the opportunity for an educational experience with a focus on leadership, technology and the Quaker principles of simplicity, peace-making, integrity, community and equality.



For more information, contact:

Hailey Brown
Communications/Event Coordinator
(641) 673-1078 |

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