Connections is Cabrini College’s e‑newsletter for alumni, donors, and friends.
President’s Pick: Professional Development for Alumni
In the last issue of Connections, I mentioned that Cabrini College is making a commitment to provide more professional development opportunities for our alumni to grow personally and professionally.
To better determine what professional development would best benefit alumni, we need your input.
In the next issue, I will invite you to complete a survey about professional development opportunities you’d like to see, how best we can communicate with you about these events, and whether you’d be willing to host or lead a workshop.
In the meantime, alumni are encouraged to attend a professional-development Nonprofit Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. in Grace Hall Atrium.
Titled “Navigating Uncharted Waters: Envisioning the Nonprofit of the Future,” the Nonprofit Forum includes a panel discussion and breakout skills sessions with nonprofit leaders in education, arts and humanities, social services, and more.
The event is free and includes a continental breakfast and lunch.
For more information, a list of presenters, an itinerary, and to register, visit cabrini.edu/nonprofitforum.
In the Cabrini Tradition,
Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D. President
Alumni Adventures: Tutaleni Asino G’08
Tutaleni Asino G’08 grew up in Namibia, a small country on the southern tip of Africa.
He attended high school at Ella du Plessis in the town of Windhoek before transferring to the United Nations International School in New York, N.Y.
Fully focused on his education, Tutaleni graduated from high school and traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he double majored in media studies and political science at Duquesne University.
His journey then led to Radnor, Pa., where he interviewed in the Office of Residence Life at Cabrini College.
“From the first day that I arrived for the interview, I felt welcome and I always had great working relationships across the campus,” Tutaleni said.
He was quickly hired and brought on board to assist with student development programs on campus. Before long, Tutaleni was also back in the classroom at Cabrini earning a Master of Science in Instructional Systems and Technology.
“Studying for a master’s was not a goal of mine when I came to Cabrini,” Tutaleni said.
“It happened by chance but has to a large extent influenced my career trajectory. My goal for taking classes was so that I could maintain my technical skills. Before I knew it, I was enjoying the classes and had enough credits that it made sense to just complete the whole degree.”
Tutaleni’s love for instructional design grew during his time at Cabrini, which then led him to apply to Pennsylvania State University for a doctorate program.
Now, he is in the final stages of his program as a dual doctoral candidate in learning, design, and technology. As a part of his program, Tutaleni has been conducting research around mobile learning.
“Most of my work looks at comparing how educational technologies are used in different countries and how we can all learn from each other’s practices,” he said.
“In one particular project, we were interested in learning of the similarities and differences of how students use their mobile phones in different countries. The goal was to learn the patterns that can help us design programs for learning.”
His research has taken him back to Namibia but also to Poland, Bermuda, South Africa, Malawi, and Botswana. He’s hopeful that by the end of his research, he will be able to travel to more countries in Africa.
“One of the main things that I have learned from my research is how interconnected we all are globally and how the challenges facing education internationally are the same,” he said.
“My research projects with the mobile devices have convinced me that whether a school is in Windhoek or King of Prussia, there is a common need to figure out how to make the most of the tools we have for the benefits of the students and to improve the way we learn and teach.”
Although Cabrini College seems like a small footprint in Tutaleni’s journey, he claims his experiences as a Cavalier “had a significant impact” on his life. In fact, he even convinced his brother Tunomukwathi Asino to attend Cabrini. Tunomukwathi earned a bachelor's in English and Communication from the College in 2007 and now works as a journalist in Namibia.
Tutaleni says, “My experiences at Cabrini were great and formative. I grew a lot as an individual and learned a lot from every student I encountered on campus.”
Although the list of accomplishments is long, it seems Tutaleni Asino’s adventures have only just begun.
Share your alumni adventure with us! If you recently embarked on a new adventure in your professional life, in the community, or in your personal life, the Alumni Office wants to hear from you. Share your story with the Alumni Office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educators on Campus Event Addressed Common Core
Will Common Core better prepare students for college and the working world?
Dane Linn ’83, vice president for the Business Roundtable and co-leader in the development of Common Core State Standards, and a panel of alumni educators discussed this topic at the Educators on Campus Common Core Panel on Thursday, Sept. 25.
Dane Linn and Cabrini alumni panelists
The alumni panel included:
Bob Salladino, Ed.D. ’93, G’97 - Principal, Springton Lake Middle School
Colleen Lelli, Ed.D. ’95 - Assistant Professor of Education, Cabrini College
Anthony Gabriele ’12 (Principal/Administrative I Certification) - Curriculum Supervisor, Garnett Valley School District
Jessica Wyatt ’09, G’13 - Teacher, Ridley School District
More than 75 guests from the Cabrini community attended the event to learn more about the origins of the Common Core, while also exploring the best approaches in utilizing the curriculum to equip students for the future.
Video: Common Core Panel at Cabrini College
Gallery: Educators on Campus - Common Core
In Case You Missed It – Homecoming
At Homecoming, Sept. 26–28, students, families, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends gathered on campus for a weekend of fun, laughter, and memories.
It was a packed house in Grace Hall on Friday, Sept. 26 for “Show Me the Funny, Cabrini,” where 10 of Cabrini’s funniest alumni came back to perform in this laugh-out-loud comedy event.
From musical numbers, to improv performances, to an individual stand-up act, Cabrini’s funniest had the crowd in stitches. More than 100 alumni and friends were in attendance.
Guests gathered on the Commons on Saturday, Sept. 27 for the Alumni & Friends Beer Garden.
Nearly 75 alumni and their families enjoyed live music, soft pretzels, cold craft beers, and more.
Guests in attendance received a first edition Cabrini Mug, which they can now bring to future events.
As a new member of the Cabrini Mug Club, these alumni will receive free Cabrini swag and more whenever they bring their mug back to campus for alumni events!
How was Homecoming? You Tell Us!
To ensure Homecoming continues to be an enjoyable weekend for years to come, please complete a short, six-question survey to share your feedback with us:
Color Run Kicks Off New Tradition
What’s the best way to show your Cabrini pride? Paint yourself in it.
On Wednesday, Sept. 24, Cabrini’s new student alumni association Cavalier Traditions hosted the campus’ first-ever Color Run.
President Don Taylor, Ph.D., kicked off the event by announcing a new tradition on campus—Class Colors. Now, students will have a color that represents their class for all four years, and beyond.
The colors are intended to unify each class, and develop class pride, while also connecting classes to one another when seniors pass their class color onto the incoming first-year class every year.
See these #CavColorRun posts of students wearing T-shirts (and paint) in their class colors: blue, green, black, and purple:
LoadingJason, WYBF's Music Director, ran in the Cav Tradition Color Run along with a few other Cabrini Comm majors!View on Instagram
Jason, WYBF's Music Director, ran in the Cav Tradition Color Run along with a few other Cabrini Comm majors!
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LoadingAwesome Time at the #CavColorRun during #CavalierSpiritWeek! Can't wait for the Bonfire tmrw & Homecoming this weekend!View on Instagram
Awesome Time at the #CavColorRun during #CavalierSpiritWeek! Can't wait for the Bonfire tmrw & Homecoming this weekend!
Photos from Cabrini Night at the Phillies
Check out photos from Cabrini Night at the Phillies on Sept. 12—including the well attended Alumni Tailgate prior to the game. The Phillies won against the Miami Marlins, 3–1.
Cabrini Night at the Phillies T-shirts Still Available!
Do you or someone you know want a 2014 Cabrini Night at the Phillies T-shirt?
Well, you’re in luck! There are a limited number of shirts left in adult sizes (S-L) and child sizes (S-L), available for a $5 donation.
Order Form: Cabrini Night at the Phillies 2014 T-shirts
Reminder: Presidential Inauguration this Month
The Inauguration of Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., the eighth president of Cabrini College, is Saturday, Oct. 25.
Alumni are invited to attend the Installation Ceremony at 1 p.m. in the Dixon Center, Nerney Field House.
Alumni who cannot make it to campus can watch a live stream of the ceremony at www.cabrini.edu/inauguration.
Men's Basketball Ranked No. 5
Sporting News recently ranked the Cabrini men’s basketball team No. 5 in its NCAA Division III Preseason Poll.
The magazine also named two of the team’s players as Preseason All-Americans.
Executive in Residence: Kevin Ryan Tuesday, Oct. 21 www.cabrini.edu/leadership
“Navigating Uncharted Waters: Envisioning the Nonprofit of the Future” Wednesday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Grace Hall www.cabrini.edu/nonprofitforum
Inauguration Saturday, Oct. 25 www.cabrini.edu/inauguration
Pianist Karen Walwyn Sunday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. Mansion www.cabrini.edu/fineartscalendar
Men’s Basketball Meet & Greet Saturday, Nov. 1 3–5 p.m., Dixon Center
Pianist Mikhail Yanovitsky Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. Mansion www.cabrini.edu/fineartscalendar
Graduate Education Open House Wednesday, Nov. 19 6–8 p.m., Iadarola Center Lecture Hall www.cabrini.edu/graduate
Graduate Open House for Accounting and Leadership Programs Thursday, Nov. 20 6–8 p.m., Iadarola Center Lecture Hall www.cabrini.edu/graduate
Christmas Choral Concert Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 p.m. Grace Hall Atrium www.cabrini.edu/fineartscalendar
Graduate Instant Enrollment Night Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 5–7 p.m., Grace Hall www.cabrini.edu/graduate
All events are at Cabrini College, unless otherwise noted. Events subject to change.