Connections is Cabrini College’s e‑newsletter for alumni, donors, and friends.
Featured Event: Sweetheart Masquerade Dance
This Valentine season, celebrate the spark that ignited your relationship at the Sweetheart Masquerade Dance, Saturday, Feb. 8.
Buffet dinner, open bar, sweetheart photos, and a night of dancing among friends – all for $40 per couple.
Bring your own unique mask to vie for prizes or pick one up at the event (limited number of masks available).
Reminder for Young Alumni: Complete the Alumni Survey for a Chance to Win!
The Alumni Office wants to hear from alumni who graduated between 2004 and 2013 about their thoughts and ideas for Cabrini events, communications, programs, and more.
The survey is short – less than 20 questions – and upon completion you’ll be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card.
Wrapping Up 2013 with Christmas Celebrations
In December, the Christmas spirit ran high at Cabrini. Between the yule log and tree lighting, the Christmas at Cabrini event, and gathering stockings full of gifts for the sisters in New York, there were plenty of activities for alumni, students, faculty, staff and families to spread the Christmas cheer.
Christmas Tree Lighting On Tuesday, Dec. 3, faculty, staff and students gathered outside Holy Spirit Library for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration.
The yule log fire was glowing as Interim President Deb Takes offered prayers and special intentions for the New Year. As part of the yule log tradition, the crowd was given sprigs of holly representing the woes of this past year to throw into the fire.
Then, as the Cabrini College community sipped on hot chocolate and snacked on sugary treats, they turned their attention to the Christmas tree. With the flick of a switch, the tree lit up with blue and white lights.
Christmas at Cabrini On Saturday, Dec. 7, more than 450 alumni, faculty, staff and their families attended the second annual Christmas at Cabrini. This year, the event expanded beyond the Mansion.
In Grace Hall, children decorated Christmas ornaments, sugar cookies and coffee mugs, wrote letters to Santa, and enjoyed cookies, cupcakes and hot chocolate.
In the Mansion, families took photos with Santa and purchased gifts for friends and family at the Christmas Bazaar.
Outside the Mansion, a horse-drawn carriage took families on a scenic ride around campus. Guests dined on warm comfort foods including grilled cheese, hot dogs, cheese steaks and homemade chili from Just Jackie’s Food Truck.
Mark your calendars for the next Christmas at Cabrini on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014!
Thank you to alumni, students and friends who volunteered as “elves” at the event:
Stockings with the Missionary Sisters Dec. 19–20, faculty and staff brought holiday cheer to the Sisters at Sacred Heart Convent in New York, N.Y., and at St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Each year, the Holy Spirit Library organizes a program in which departments across campus sponsor the sisters and collect gifts for them.
During their visit, members of the Cabrini College community spend time with the sisters and sing Christmas carols.
Letter from the Alumni Office
Season of Giving: Look Back at 2013, Look Forward to 2014
As we transition into the New Year, it is only appropriate to pause and say thank you to the alumni, parents, staff, faculty, and friends who showed their support and helped Cabrini College close out 2013 with great success.
As a result of your support, Cabrini College is beginning the New Year with positive momentum to achieve our fiscal year-end goals by June 30, 2014, which means more financial assistance and other benefits for Cabrini students. Here’s a look at the numbers to date:
In the year ahead, consider how you’d like to be involved in several new initiatives, including Women in Philanthropy, Cavalier Traditions, Young Alumni Committee, and Friends of Cabrini Arts, which you may have read about in the fall 2013 issue of Cabrini Magazine.
These engaging programs will connect alumni and friends of Cabrini to the College through volunteering and giving opportunities.
To meet alumni and donor interests, we will also continue to promote the five key areas of unrestricted giving to Cabrini that allows donors to make a direct impact in the following areas:
I invite you, if you have not already, to consider how your gift can have an impact at Cabrini and to make a gift to the Cabrini Annual Fund today at www.cabrini.edu/onlinegiving.
Help Cabrini College reach new fundraising heights in 2014! For more information about how you can get involved in the Cabrini College Alumni Association, visit www.cabrini.edu/alumni.
Rachel McCarter, Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving Programs
Want to Get Elected? Nominate Yourself (or A Fellow Alumna/us) for the Alumni Board
Nominate yourself or a fellow alumna/us by Feb. 1 to serve on the Alumni Board of Directors.
The Alumni Board is the governing body of the Cabrini College Alumni Association, and the voice behind the benefits, events, and opportunities provided on behalf of the College to more than 14,000 alumni.
Directors serve a two-year term, with the option to serve a second consecutive two-year term or to run as an officer of the Board.
The Governance Committee of the Alumni Board will review nominations in early spring 2014 to create the ballot. The ballot will be emailed to alumni for voting in March 2014, with elections ending in May 2014.
Alumni Board meetings are held on campus three Saturdays a year, with committee work taking place primarily via teleconference calls throughout the year.
Countdown to Johnamanjaro
In one month, Trustee John Schanz and his wife Liz will celebrate their 50th birthdays at 19,341 feet as they represent Cabrini College and four other organizations during their climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.
The Schanzes begin their climb on Saturday, Feb. 8 and hope to make the summit on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014.
The Schanzes challenged Cabrini to raise $10,000 during their training and climb—from November to February—and they will match dollar-to-dollar up to $10,000. So far, Cabrini has reached $7,680, which is 77 percent of the goal.
Join the ascent! Give to the Cabrini Annual Fund (designated to “Johnamanjaro”) by Feb. 28, and you’ll be part of an extraordinary experience that elevates Cabrini College to 19,341 feet and $20,000!
Join Us at the 25th Annual Cabrini Classic
The 25th Annual Cabrini Classic is Monday, May 5, 2014, at Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, Pa. The Cabrini Classic is a day of golf, dinner, cocktails, and silent and live auctions.
It is the College’s largest annual fundraising event, and proceeds benefit Cabrini students.
At this year’s event, Cabrini College is proud to honor The Haverford Trust Company and its founder, George W. Connell.
The Haverford Trust Company and George Connell for many years served as a lead sponsor of the Cabrini Classic.
Cabrini also will recognize the seven past honorees at this year’s event.
For information about all upcoming events, look for the monthly event email from the Alumni Office.