Connections is Cabrini College’s e‑newsletter for alumni, donors, and friends.
Thursday, May 9 – A Day That Will Make A Difference
One day can make a difference…
Join fellow Cabrini alumni in making a difference on Thursday, May 9, by participating in Cabrini College’s Day of Giving.
When you make a gift to the Cabrini Annual Fund on this day, you are joining others throughout the Cabrini College community in making a difference in the Cabrini College student experience.
Gifts to the Cabrini Annual Fund provide essential financial support for students, programs, and campus initiatives. There is strength in numbers and together, with your support, we can prove that one day really can make a difference.
Throughout the day on May 9, challenges will be offered to alumni representing each decade since the College’s founding 56 years ago. Will your decade have the highest percentage of participation? Challenges will be announced via the Cabrini College Alumni Facebook page and @CabriniAlumni on Twitter – be sure to check throughout the day to see if your decade is in the lead.
If you’ve already made a gift this fiscal year, please accept our gratitude. If not, now is the perfect time. No matter how large or small your gift to the Cabrini Annual Fund is, what matters most is your participation.
Gifts, no matter the size, are important. Please be a part of this community-wide effort and do something extraordinary – be a part of the Day of Giving and make a difference in the life of your alma mater!
Do you Enjoy Cabrini Magazine?
Cabrini Magazine will shift from its current print format to an online-only magazine. The summer 2013 issue will be the last to print.
This “green” initiative also is more cost-effective and will ensure the magazine’s sustainability.
To receive notification of the first online edition of Cabrini Magazine, be sure to complete the sign-up form at www.cabrini.edu/magazine.
Local Leaders to Speak at Undergraduate and Graduate Commencements
At the 10 a.m. undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 19, the College will award bachelor’s degrees to more than 330 undergraduates, and about 720 graduate students will receive master’s degrees at the 3 p.m. Commencement.
This year marks Cabrini’s 53rd Commencement exercises.
James J. Maguire Sr., chairman emeritus and founder of Philadelphia Insurance Companies, and longtime friend of the College, will address bachelor’s degree candidates and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters.
John R. McConnell, founder and first president of the innovative Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, will address master’s degree candidates and receive an honorary doctor of humane letters at the College’s graduate Commencement later that day.
What Have Faculty Been Up To This Spring?
Leonard Norman Primiano, Ph.D., professor and chair of religious studies, wrote an article, “Father Divine: Still looking over Philadelphia,” which was featured on newsworks.org, the online home of WHYY News.
He also was mentioned in an article, “There’s more to the Catholic Church than the pope,” in several media outlets, including cnn.com (international edition) and clickondetroit.com.
Father Carl Janicki was featured as a local expert in a segment on CBS3 discussing the newly elected pope.
On March 1, Paul Wright, Ph.D., associate professor of English and co-director of the Honors Program, presented a paper at the City University of New York’s “Minding the Body: Dualism and Its Discontents” conference for graduate students and faculty.
Wright’s paper was titled “A Renaissance in Augustinian Dualism: Machiavelli, Shakespeare, and the Epistemological Rape of Lucretia.”
On March 24, Wright presented in Shanghai, China, at the 5th International Forum for China Studies (co‑sponsored by the Chinese government and the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences). He presented the paper “Cultural Copyright? Global Pathways of Sampling and Homage in the Culture Industries of World Cinema,” and was interviewed for television about his paper by the China News Corporation, China’s major news network.
Students Trevor Cross ’14, Deborah Moran ’14, and Donna Wodarski ’13 with Associate Professor of Biology David Dunbar, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Melinda Harrison, Ph.D., co-authored an article, “Course-Based Research as a Catalyst for Undergraduates’ Interest in Scientific Investigation: Benefits of the SEA‑PHAGES Program.”
The article was published in the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal.
Don’t Miss Out: Cabrini Night at the Phillies Tickets On Sale Now!
On Friday, Sept. 6, join Cabrini alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends to cheer the Philadelphia Phillies to victory against the Atlanta Braves at the eighth annual Cabrini College Night at the Phillies.
Before the 7:05 p.m. game, alumni are invited to a happy hour at Broad Street Bullies Pub at XFINITY Live! Tickets are $20 per person for bar fare and two drinks from 5-7 p.m.
For more information, call 610-902-8212 or email email@example.com.
The eighth annual Cabrini College Night at the Phillies features the Cabrini College Chorus singing the National Anthem and the Cabrini Dance Team performing with the Phillie Phanatic.
All fans 15 and older will receive a Cabrini College/Phillies knit cap at the game. Seating with fellow Cabrini College supporters is offered in three areas of Citizens Bank Park:
There is a $2 per ticket fee. (Price reflects a discount of $6 off the standard individual game price.)
In order to minimize the impact of the “per order” charge, it may be worthwhile to combine orders with friends and family. Tickets are based on availability, so order now!
Submit Your Story to the “Not Your Ordinary Alumni Contest” Cabrini College alumni are far from ordinary, so why not share your story?
Cabrini College alumni are far from ordinary, so why not share your story?
If you have an extraordinary profession, hobby, or skill, the Cabrini College Alumni Office wants to hear from you!
What Advice Do You Have for Graduating Seniors? With the May 19 Commencement quickly approaching, members of the Class of 2013 have only 10 days before beginning the next chapter of their lives—the “real world.”
The Alumni Office asked a few nominees for the Mother Ursula Award (awarded at the Senior Picnic on May 14) what their plans are for after graduation, what they are most looking forward to, and what they will ultimately miss. The students also divulged what questions they have for alumni about their transition from college to the "real world."
What are you most looking forward to about becoming a Cabrini alumna/us?
Lindsey Atzert Receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education Post Graduation Plans: Seeking middle school teaching position which will hopefully include a coaching position “I am excited to pass down the knowledge I have gained to future generations, and hope that they will be as eager as I have to not only better themselves but those around them.”
Cathy Matta Receiving a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Post Graduate Plans: Attending graduate school at the University of New Hampshire, and pursuing a doctorate in mathematics education “I think what is most exciting is the opportunity to see what my peers will do upon moving on from Cabrini. There's a nice network of students graduating this year, and I'm excited to hear how my friends fare in the next few months. “I'm also excited to be able to still be connected with students and faculty at Cabrini, perhaps encouraging them from afar yet nonetheless celebrating their good work and contributions to the community.”
Brittany Newcomer Receiving a Bachelor of Science in Accounting Post Graduate Plans: Working at JPMorgan Chase as a financial analyst in the Investment Bank “I most look forward to the Cabrini Community and network of support that will be available to us. I am also looking forward to helping the future generations of graduates.”
What will you miss most about Cabrini?
Jessica Merone Receiving a Bachelor's in Social Work Post Graduation Plans: Working at The Fund for the Public Interest and over the summer, and applying for year of service with the Cabrini Mission Corps in New York “I will miss the positive atmosphere most. I love the friends, teachers, and faculty members that I met here in the past few years. Cabrini has been my home for such a long time and it is going to be hard saying goodbye to everyone. “At Cabrini, I found the person I aspire to be and I found what I am passionate about. I thank Cabrini for giving me so many wonderful memories and opportunities!”
Danielle Jones Receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Post Graduate Plans: Applying to doctoral programs in social psychology with research interests in religion and sexuality for Fall 2014 admission “I will miss the family atmosphere. All of the faculty and staff that I have met and worked with have been nothing short of supportive and helpful. They have also encouraged me to embrace opportunities and tackle challenges head-on. It is a blessing to be in an academic setting where the faculty, administration, and staff truly care about your well- being and are invested in your success. “The classmates I’ve had in during my time here have been wonderful, and I have made new friendships in my short time here. I will miss the camaraderie, kindness, compassion, and love shown by everyone here on campus.”
Mary Kate Miller Receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Post Graduate Plans: Attending the Florida Institute of Technology to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology to ultimately help adolescents through trauma and crisis “What I will miss the most about Cabrini are the people. The friends and professors that I have met throughout my journey at Cabrini have made me who I am today. My friends have allowed me to be myself and open up, and my professors have lead me to explore new opportunities and find my career path. “I have been truly blessed becoming acquainted with all the wonderful people at Cabrini College.”
Rick Tumminello Receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology Post Graduation Plans: Pursuing a master’s degree in biomedical sciences at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine “I am going to miss the comfort zone that Cabrini College has supplied for me over the last four years. I have always felt comfortable here, mostly due to the great professors that have helped me every step of the way during my undergraduate career and the beautiful campus that has always reminded me so much of home. “As I move forward, I can already feel the comfort slipping away; but it’s a good thing and I welcome it. My time spent here at Cabrini has prepared me for the next step of my life and thanks to that I will be able to accomplish and achieve every goal I set.”
Representatives from the senior class have spoken, and now they want to hear from you, alumni!
The Alumni Office will pass along your words of wisdom to the graduating class and send you Cabrini gear for participating!
Spotlight on: Felicia Neuber ’09
In the new, ongoing Cabrini alumni employee section Connections spotlights one out of the more than 100 alumni employed at Cabrini College.
This month, Connections speaks with Felicia Neuber ’09, who serves as assistant director of Admissions, and is proud sister of Cabrini student Lucia Neuber in the Class of 2016.
Felicia graduated from Cabrini in 2009 with an individualized Bachelor of Arts degree in special needs education. Now, she is pursuing a Master of Science in Leadership degree from the College and expects to graduate in May 2014.
Her first day back on campus as a Cabrini employee was somewhat similar to her first day as a first-year student, with slightly less nervousness and slightly more excitement. In her role in Admissions, Felicia leads recruitment efforts in South Jersey and New York state.
Now having held her position for more than three years, Felicia tells Connections how her enthusiasm for the College that started as a student is paramount to her work now in the Admissions Office.
Connections: What brought you back to Cabrini for employment?
Felicia: During my student experience, I worked as a student ambassador within the Admissions Office. I knew I always wanted to get into higher education with an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree. When the position opened in the Admissions Office, I knew that this was my chance to learn professional skills from a school that had already taught me so much.
Connections: What do you enjoy about working at your alma mater?
Felicia: I enjoy working here because I enjoy telling others what makes this place so great. It makes my job so much easier. I love bringing students to this campus and seeing them transform into a true Cabrini student.
Connections: Did you find it difficult to transition from being a Cabrini student to employee?
Felicia: I was only a year out of school before I came back so it was not as difficult as it could have been. A lot of people believed in my ability to do this job and do it well so they really supported me.
Connections: How did your first day as a Cabrini student compare to your first day as a Cabrini employee?
Felicia: I was nervous, emotional and scared my first day as a student—all the normal, first‑day‑of‑college feelings.
Although I was nervous my first day as an employee, I was super excited and ready to take on all the challenges having a full-time job like this would entail. I was anxious to get started and really make a name for myself professionally.
Connections: What are some of your recent achievements in your current role?
Felicia: I am three classes shy of my master’s degree!
Also, I have been given great things while working at Cabrini—my first promotion, tons of professional development and opportunities to enhance my leadership skills—I couldn’t be more grateful for all that Cabrini College has done for me.
History Trumps at 2013 Team Trivia
More than 130 participants at this year’s Team Triva helped raise more than $2,420 for the Alumni Scholarship Fund.
On Saturday, April 6, Cabrini College alumni and friends enjoyed a night of trivia, prizes, and camaraderie at the Fifth Annual Team Trivia.
The returning Team Trivia emcees, Professor Emeritus Joly Girard and John Keating ’82, led teams through eight rounds of trivia questions that ranged from categories including Broadway show tunes, celebrity gossip, Philly "phacts," world leaders, and more!
This year’s winning team was the History Kids with members Jim Agnes ’06, Jay Cunnick ’06, Mike Dignen ’07, Dave Ehrlich ’05, Chris Friel ’06, Jaci Fox ’05, Brooke Sexton ’06, and Cabrini Assistant Professor of History and Political Science Courtney Smith, Ph.D. ’00.
The team has made an appearance at all five Team Trivia nights. Second place went to Team Orange and third place to This is Our Quest!
Team Trivia continues to be the largest annual fundraising event to benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund.
Each year, a one-time $1,000 scholarship is awarded to two rising juniors selected by the Alumni Board of Directors who have demonstrated leadership through participation in community service, extracurricular activities, or work experience.
Alumni in STEM Fields Network with Students On Wednesday, April 10, alumni from SEPCHE* schools gathered with faculty, staff and students for a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) networking event in the Cabrini Mansion. Each alumna/us provided insight into the STEM fields to current students currently in the same majors. John Brown, Ph.D., Cabrini College chair and associate professor of mathematics, delivered a keynote address, and then 10 alumni panelists presented their experiences in the STEM fields and fielded questions from attendees.
After the panel session, students and alumni had a “speed-networking event” where students rotated to different tables in order to speak with the alumni presenters. The event was sponsored by the SEPCHE schools Career Services departments.
*SEPCHE is the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Higher Education that includes eight schools in the Philadelphia area.
Nation’s Best Lacrosse Players Coming to Cabrini for All-Star Games
Cabrini’s Edith Robb Dixon Field will play host to some of the nation’s best senior lacrosse players during Memorial Day weekend.
With the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships and the Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championships being played in Philadelphia, Cabrini has been selected to host the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Men’s North-South Senior All-Star Games on May 24 and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) North-South All-Star Games on May 26.
“It is an honor for Cabrini to be selected to host these All-Star games,” said Brad Koch, the College’s Director of Athletics and Recreation.
“In addition to building strong programs, our head coaches Jackie Neary and Steve Colfer have developed great relationships with both organizations and coached across the country to bring such great events to our campus.”
This marks the 72nd United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association/ LaxWorld North-South Games, which will feature 128 of the nation’s best senior players.
The Division III game will be played at 3 p.m. followed by the Division I/II game at 5:30 p.m. The final team rosters will be released on Monday, May 20.
In conjunction with the NCAA Division I National Championship game being played at Villanova University, the 2013 IWLCA/DeBeer North-South Games are intended to highlight women’s lacrosse and collegiate seniors.
The Division I All-Stars will take the field at noon, followed by the Division II game at 1 p.m. and the Division III game at 2 p.m.
The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Division I Final Four will be played on Saturday, May 25 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Division II and III National Championship games will be played on the same field on Sunday, with the Division I title game on Monday.
Senior-Athletes Recognized at Annual Awards Banquet
On Friday, May 3, the Cabrini College Athletic Department held its annual Senior Student-Athlete Awards Banquet in the Dixon Center’s Nerney Field House.
The banquet honored the careers of the school’s 51 senior student-athletes and awarded the College’s traditional annual special honors.
Coaches from 12 of Cabrini’s athletic programs stepped to the podium to honor their seniors, focusing on the student-athletes’ years of dedication to the Blue and White, in competition, in the classroom and in the community.
For information about all upcoming events, look for the monthly event email from the Alumni Office.