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November 7, 2013
For Parents of First-Year Students
Not Too Late to Register for Parents Workshop, Friday Nov. 8
On Friday, Nov. 8, join fellow parents and Cabrini College staff and faculty at a Partnering with Parents workshop: “Knowing the Nuts and Bolts of Financial Aid and Class Registration.”
This workshop will be especially helpful to parents as their students register for classes starting Nov. 14.
The workshop is set for 3–5 p.m. in the Iadarola Center, Lecture Hall. After the workshop, parents may enjoy a complimentary dinner with their student in the RAC Grille.
Students’ First Course Registration
Course registration for first-year students begins Nov. 14. If a student has a financial hold on his or her account, he or she will not be able to register for next semester’s classes.
Important Note: Cabrini’s online payment system will be unavailable due to maintenance from 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 through 8 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12.
For help with registration, contact the Cavalier Express Center at email@example.com or 610‑902‑8188.
For Parents of Seniors
Preparing for Graduation 2014
First, congratulations on your student’s upcoming graduation!
If your student plans on graduating in May 2014 and has not yet applied for graduation, he or she should immediately see Fran Harkness, assistant registrar, in the Cavalier Express Center in Grace Hall.
Cabrini College offers students a choice of three graduation cycles, but holds only one graduation ceremony each year, May Commencement. Degree recipients from August 2013 and December 2013 are invited to participate at the May 2014 Commencement ceremony.
Students may apply for graduation on CabriniOne at http://one.cabrini.edu or in the Cavalier Express Center, with a $150 graduation fee.
In the early part of the spring 2014 semester, information about Commencement will be updated at www.cabrini.edu/Commencement.
Important Dates to Remember:
Cabrini Offers New Programs
Cabrini is offering new undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs in digital communication and social media, international business, leadership, accounting (with a 4+1 program), and education.
Students Learn Leadership Styles from First Executive-In-Residence
On Oct. 24, students, faculty and staff learned from Thomas P. Nerney ’77, who served as the first Executive-In-Residence for the Nerney Leadership Institute.
In this program, executives in the corporate and non-profit sectors will serve one- or two-day residencies on campus, meeting with the campus community to discuss their style of leadership as it relates to their work and personal life.
Nerney, who worked with the College to establish the Nerney Leadership Institute in spring 2013, is chairman, president and chief executive officer of USLI (United States Liability Insurance Group) in Wayne, Pa. He is a Cabrini alumnus and serves as chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.
During the day, Nerney met with faculty and the Administrative Leadership Team, and then with students in the “Foundations of Leadership Class,” the LEADStrong program, leadership minor, and leadership clubs.
After a dinner reception with students in the Master of Science in Leadership program, Nerney spoke during a campus-wide event.
Next Week is Cabrini Spirit Week
Cabrini College annually celebrates its heritage and mission during Cabrini Spirit Week, this year Nov. 10–17.
The College community participates in interactive workshops and discussions, a spirit rally, a Mr. and Miss Cabrini pageant, and more.
On Nov. 12, in lieu of classes, students, faculty and staff have a jam-packed schedule of events, including a keynote presentation by Eboo Patel, author of the summer reading book, “Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation.”
Patel is founder of Interfaith Youth Core, a regular contributor to the Washington Post, National Public Radio and CNN, and was an inaugural member of President Obama’s Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
What Resident Students Need to Know about Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks
This month, your resident student will meet with his or her resident assistant to discuss housing closures over the Thanksgiving and winter breaks.
During Thanksgiving break, the residence halls will close at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and will re-open on Sunday, Dec. 1, at noon.
During the winter break, residence halls will close at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and will re‑open on Monday, Jan. 13, 2014 at noon.
Halls remain open for winter break only for Cabrini athletes, students working on campus, and students taking Winterim classes.
More information will be available at www.cabrini.edu/ResidenceLife, and also on the Residence Life Facebook page (facebook.com/ResLifeCabrini).
A Parent’s Guide to Room Selection
Resident students who would like to live on campus during the 2014–15 academic year will need to participate in the 2014–15 room-selection process.
The room-selection process is open to full-time students (12 credits per semester) age 23 or younger at the start of the fall semester, who currently reside on campus.
During a hall meeting in January, students will have the opportunity to learn more about the room selection process, including the “Room Pick” and $200 housing deposit. Parents and guardians also will receive information.
You and your student also are invited to “like” the Office of Residence Life on Facebook (facebook.com/CabriniResLife) or follow the office on Twitter (twitter.com/CabriniResLife).
Support Your Student as Final Exam Week Approaches
As your student’s first semester comes to an end, he or she will need to manage: final examinations and projects, term papers, and special activities.
While all college students need to find ways to handle the heightened level of work, first-year students may find this an especially challenging experience.
A little bit of stress can help motivate students to study, but too much stress can be harmful. Will your student be proactive and prepared, or procrastinate and panic?
Along with talented and committed Cabrini faculty and staff members, you can help your student use his or her strengths to achieve success!
Here are some tips you can share with your student as we approach finals week. Suggest that your student:
Start preparing now. It’s never too early to plan for finals, set schedules for studying, organize notes and other materials, talk with faculty about any special concerns, and visit the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) for extra support, like tutoring and academic counseling (time management, study skills, and other academic concerns). For more information, visit cabrini.edu/CTL.
Create and maintain a healthy routine. Some of the stress of finals is that a student’s normal schedule is interrupted. Suggest that your student work to maintain a healthy pattern of eating, sleeping, exercising, and relaxing.
Avoid “catastrophizing.” Help your student turn the negative self-talk into positive, motivating reminders like, “I can prepare well and I am able to complete this test.” Ask your student to remember another challenging situation in which a positive outcome occurred.
Speak with his/her faculty advisor. In addition to working one-on-one with faculty members teaching specific courses, your student has a faculty advisor. In the first semester of the first year, advisors are teaching your student COL 101 College Success Seminar. These advisors are already a part of your student’s life and are ready to address the concerns your student may have.
Establish a personal reward system for studying. In addition to taking small breaks when studying to refresh and revive, building in rewards—going to a movie, enjoying an ice cream sundae, bowling—for meeting study goals can be energizing.
Sending your student supportive messages like “You can do it, we believe in you!” in emails, texts, phone conversations, and cards can be uplifting and can help your student remember how many people are rooting for him/her!
In the rare case in which you sense your student is becoming overwhelmed, have your student contact the Office of Counseling & Psychological Services (cabrini.edu/Counseling, 610‑902‑8561).
Thoughts and questions? Contact Lisa Ratmansky, director of the Center for Teaching & Learning (610‑902‑8213, firstname.lastname@example.org).
New this Semester: Food Truck Thursdays
Students now have another dining option on campus during Food Truck Thursdays.
On select Thursdays, a food truck is stationed next to the Cabrini shuttle stop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
So far, students have enjoyed menu items such as pulled pork tacos and buffalo seitan sandwiches from Just Jackie’s Food Truck.
The Cabrini volleyball team closed its regular season on an 11-match winning streak, women’s basketball opens its season on Nov. 16 against Connecticut College, and men’s basketball opens its 2013–14 campaign on Nov. 19 as they face Eastern University.
Read about the fall season and preview winter sports at www.cabrini.edu/athletics.
Free Fine Arts Events at Cabrini
Cabrini College offers the Cabrini and surrounding communities free fine arts events, from world-renowned musicians and visual artists to the College’s own chorus.
View a schedule of events at www.cabrini.edu/FineArtsCalendar.