Letter to the Students
Dear MSL students,
Nelson Mandela is indeed an icon to many. He endured personal sacrifice for the greater good.
He stood strong in the face of adversity and strong in his determination to see injustice challenged and conquered. Mandela championed the cause of fairness and justice.
Our mission at Cabrini reflects upon a greater calling we have to embrace change. We call you to embrace change through research to inspire others to honor the human dignity of others.
Our challenge to you, as you continue toward graduation, is to develop personally as leaders within your organizations, families, and communities.
This past semester, we had the opportunity to engage with community partners and leaders at the first Nonprofit Forum held on campus and through the Nerney Leadership Institute’s Executive-in-Residence program, where we had an opportunity to engage in dialogue with Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House.
We will continue to expand programming for all MSL students moving forward.
A couple of weeks ago each of you should have received a schedule of upcoming classes being offered for the spring and summer semesters. Registration is open for all spring classes.
Please remember to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the timing of courses, concerns, or information you would like to see in future Newsletter or posted on the website.
Stephanie L. Colbry, Ph.D. Coordinator, Master of Science in Leadership
Nonprofit Leaders Convene at Forum
On Oct. 22, nearly 100 professionals in the nonprofit sector attended a Cabrini forum, “Navigating Uncharted Waters: Envisioning the Nonprofit of the Future.”
Keynote speaker Nancy Albilal (second from left) with panelists Nancy DeLucia, Ronald Cowell, Sybille Damas, and Anita Kulick
Sponsored by the Nerney Leadership Institute, the forum included a keynote presentation, panel discussion, and breakout sessions about the changing landscape of the nonprofit field.
Participants learned from nonprofit leaders in arts and humanities, education, and social services, and attended breakout sessions on financial/change management, advocacy, fundraising, board governance, and staff/leadership development.
Several recent MSL graduates participated in the forum.
Institute Spotlight: Nerney Leadership Institute
Fall 2014 Executive-in-Residence Program
On Oct. 21, the Cabrini College Nerney Leadership Institute hosted Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House International, as its executive in residence.
Ryan is also co-author of Almost Home (with Tina Kelley).
Founded in 1972, Covenant House International is the largest privately funded agency in the Americas offering free 24/7 crisis care and on-going support for homeless kids and teenagers.
Kevin Ryan participated in a daylong program concluding with a panel discussion on homelessness and human trafficking.
Panelists included Hugh Organ, assistant director of Covenant House Philadelphia; State Senator Daylin Leach; and Pearl Kim, assistant district attorney, Delaware County.
The Executive-in-Residence program brings leaders in the corporate and non-profit sectors to serve one-or-two day residencies at the College.
The leaders are selected for their extraordinary spiritual, emotional, and organizational leadership accomplishments.
Why a Master’s of Science In Leadership? Forbes (November 2014)
Effective leadership plays a significant role in the success of an organization—at every level.
Executive leaders require the skills necessary to develop an organization's strategy and then cultivate commitment to that strategy. Managers and supervisors require the skills necessary to develop the talent of their people.
Individual employees require the skills necessary to inspire others around them. Effective leadership skills make the difference between leveraging strengths and settling for ediocrity.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees with a Master’s degree earn $200–$300 more per week and have a lower turnover rate than those with a Bachelor’s degree.
Obtaining a Master’s in Leadership and Organizational Development can be an important step in both advancing professional development and enhancing career satisfaction.
Advising and Course Schedules
The Program Coordinator sent out the schedule for the upcoming spring and summer semesters, and she can assist in planning your schedule as you wind down the program.
Stephanie Colbry, Ph.D., (email@example.com, 610-902-8324)
For a list of the recommended order of MSL courses, please see the MSL Handbook - PDF.
The LDR 543 course should be taken during the semester prior to the Capstone course (OLG 615) and not concurrently.
It is highly recommended that students complete a majority of their core course requirements before registering for concentration courses.
All evening spring courses run 6:30–9:20 p.m. and change to 6–9:30 p.m. in the summer.
In an effort to accommodate more students, most courses have been moved to a hybrid course-delivery model.
Please note that every course is not offered every semester.
Spring 2015 Courses
OLG 510 – Org Psych & Behavior – Professor Anna May – Thursdays
OLG 565 – Performance Management – Professor Joseph Cooney – Wednesdays
OLG 615 – Studies in Org Leadership – Professors Womack, Colbry, Harris – Schedule to be determined
LDR 533 – Communication Skills for Leadership – Professor Polly Moore – Thursdays
LDR 543 – Leading Organization Development & Transformation/Action Research – Professor Colbry – Mondays
LDR 555 – Financial Perspectives for Leaders – Professor Colbry – Tuesdays
LDR 580 – Leaders, Tools & Technology – Professor Anne Schwelm – Tuesdays
Summer I 2015 Courses
OLG 570 – Entrepreneurial & Intrapreneurial Leadership, Professor Malm – Monday/Wednesday
LDR 543 – Leading Organization Development & Transformation/Action Research – Professor Colbry – Tuesday/Thursday
LDR 555 – Financial Perspectives for Leaders – Professor Colbry – Monday/Wednesday
LDR 533 – Communication Skills for Leaders – Schedule to be determined, Weekend Course
OLG 615 – Studies in Org Leadership – Professors Womack, Colbry, Harris – Schedule to be determined, (Summer I & II)
Summer II 2015 Courses
LDR 593 – Global Leadership – Professor Womack – Monday/Wednesday
LDR 595 – Leadership, Ethics & Organizational Integrity – Professor Polly Moore – Tuesday/Thursday
LDR 520 – Art & Science of Leadership – Professor Anna May – Tuesday/Thursday
MSL Student Highlights
Students Inducted Into the First Leadership Honor Society
On Dec. 7, students Brian Keeley, Rosemary Kelly, and Diane O’Connor were formally inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa.
This national leadership honor society selects students who have an outstanding performance record within the Master of Science in Leadership program.
MSL Capstone Course (OLG 615)
Capstone Grading/Completion The capstone class/project should be the last class that you take in the program.
You can take it concurrently with other final classes.
If you do not complete the capstone project by the semester deadline, you will receive an incomplete grade of IPP. You will then have 30 days to turn in the capstone project, or the grade automatically converts to an “F.” If that happens, you must re-register for the class. The failing grade will be replaced by the grade earned on the completed capstone.
To request permission to register for this class, or for more information, contact Vonya Womack or Stephanie Colbry, Ph.D.
Capstone Presentations Please join MSL students for their fall semester capstone presentations.
We strongly encourage all students who will be taking the capstone course in the spring to attend. The event is a celebration of success! Food will be served.
For up-to-date information about the program and event, visit www.cabrini.edu/MSL.
Writing Assistance for Graduate Students
Make an appointment at the Writing Center at the Center for Teaching & Learning in the Iadarola Center, Room 112.
For more information, call 610-902-8506 and ask for Katherine Cleveland.