Stouffer Dutch Auction

Every year, Stouffer holds an auction to remember Melissa Sengbusch, a former Stouffer resident and Penn Nursing student who passed away from leukemia before finishing her studies at Penn. Residents, faculty, staff, and alumni bid on donated items and all proceeds benefit the Penn School of Nursing's Melissa Sengbusch Inspiration Scholarship Fund.

You can become involved in the Dutch Auction in one of three ways:

1) Send a donation idea to our Special Events Managers. Some examples of past donations include jewelry, artwork, paper editing services, dance lessons, Wawa runs during finals period, homemade dinners, retro Stouffer swag, pie-ing the faculty and house director in the face, and bids to cut off a resident's hair (as well as counter-bids to salvage it)

2) Attend the event and bid on your neighbors' donations in the silent and live auctions. The Dutch Auction remains one of Stouffer's most popular events of the year, primarily due to the generosity and enthusiasm of our residents.

3) Do both of the above!


Love or Fear

(written August 17, 1999 after bone marrow transplant)

In my heart burns low, a fear only I can ever know
and with this haunting how can I live, for all my
thoughts to this I cannot give.

And yet neither can I ignore the painful situation
I am in and have been before.
An all too real truth I know
that the way things seem is not always what is so.

Love or fear, choose one, choose life.
Both entities will never in harmony recite
the songs of my soul -

So I choose love, but how can I? When I'd be
lying to myself, denying to myself that I'm not
scared of what could be.
A cruel reality has not been lost on me.

Faith in the world, the spirit of a girl,
trust in the order, the sacred rhythm of time
that pulls me forward
and brings me each new morn is what shall
bring me to love, and I shall no longer be torn.

  • Melissa