Registration for Spring 2015 Classes
Students can register for next semester's classes, unless they have a financial hold on their account.
Students can check their account status and pay outstanding bills at CabriniOne (http://one.cabrini.edu).
Registration is scheduled by class level, based on credits earned.
Spring 2015 registration opens:
Parents of first-year students: It is especially important for you to remind your student to check for holds, as this will be the first time the student will be registering for classes on his/her own.
For more information, contact the Cavalier Express Center (610‑902‑8188, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Remember to File FAFSA Each Year
It’s that time of year again! On Jan. 1, 2015, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available to apply for financial aid for the 2015‑16 academic year.
Students and their families must file a FAFSA each year they are enrolled in order to be considered for financial aid; this includes grants, loans, and Work‑Study funds.
After the first FAFSA is submitted, a student’s family can submit the renewal FAFSA each subsequent year, which is available at www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
To complete the form, you will need:
You must complete and submit the FAFSA by May 1, 2015.
What Resident Students Need to Know about Thanksgiving and Winter Breaks
This month, resident students will meet with their RAs (Resident Assistants) to discuss housing closures during the Thanksgiving and winter breaks.
During Thanksgiving break, the residence halls will close at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and will re‑open on Sunday, Nov. 30 at noon.
During the winter break, residence halls will close at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13 and will re‑open on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at noon.
Halls remain open for winter break only for Cabrini athletes, students working on campus, and students taking winter break classes.
More information is available at www.cabrini.edu/ResidenceLife, and also on the Residence Life Facebook page.
Changes to the Housing Lottery
If your student plans to live on campus next year, check your mailboxes in December for information about the new housing lottery process.
This will explain the steps your student must take to guarantee on-campus housing in the 2015‑16 academic year.
In the meantime, contact Residence Life (610‑902‑8410, email@example.com) for more information.
Students Celebrated Cabrini Day, Nov. 11
Cabrini College annually celebrates its heritage and mission on Cabrini Day, which was Nov. 11.
This year’s theme was Leadership for Social Change, with a focus on homelessness.
In lieu of classes, students participated in a number of activities, including poster presentations, a walk/run for social justice, and an evening service event where they worked alongside faculty and staff to package personal hygiene items for the Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center (CHOC) in Norristown, Pa.
To see more, visit www.cabrini.edu/CabriniDay.
Support Your Student as Final Exam Week Approaches
By Lisa Ratmansky, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning, Cabrini College
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 www.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 ready to address any concerns your student might 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 (610‑902‑8561, www.cabrini.edu/Counseling).
Cabrini Hosted International Leader on Campus
Cabrini College’s Nerney Leadership Institute brings executives to campus for one- or two‑day residencies to meet with students, faculty, and staff.
On Tuesday, Oct. 21, the Nerney Leadership Institute hosted Executive-in-Residence Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House International and co‑author (with Tina Kelley) of “Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope.”
The book was first-year students’ summer reading assignment.
Students had the opportunity to meet with and hear from Ryan and Kelley about the book, and about Ryan’s leadership role at Covenant House, which serves homeless youth around the world. Ryan and Kelley also signed copies of the book for students, faculty, and staff.
At an afternoon event for the entire campus, Dan Pelosi ’18 received the Student Essay Award.
Later, at an evening event, a panel of local nonprofit and government leaders discussed homelessness and human trafficking, including the progress society is making toward preventing more cases, and also the roadblocks affecting these issues.
Parents of First-Year Students
Students’ First Course Registration
Course registration for first-year students begins Nov. 20. 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.
Students can check their account status and pay outstanding bills at CabriniOne.
For help with registration, contact the Cavalier Express Center (610‑902‑8188, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Save the Date: Free Workshops for Parents in 2015
Parents of first-year students are invited to a free workshop series called Partnering with Parents.
These interactive workshops are designed to help parents navigate their students’ first year at Cabrini College.
Save the date for two workshops in 2015:
“Surviving to Thriving” - Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, 3–5 p.m. in the Iadarola Center Topics include roommate agreements, housing lottery, proactive student life choices, and professional experiences.
Members of the Cabrini College faculty and staff will offer parents helpful strategies. Opportunities to meet other families add to this enriching experience.
Parents of first-year students will receive mailed invitations providing detailed information about each workshop, but please feel free to email email@example.com with questions.
“8 Things You Should Do to Make the Most of Freshman Year”
Huffington Post article, featuring Director of the First-Year Experience Richie Gebauer
Looking for advice for your first-year student on how to make the most of his or her first year at college?
Director of the First-Year Experience Richie Gebauer, and other college experts around the nation, weigh in on their top suggestions for a student’s successful first year in a blog on The Huffington Post.
8 Things You Should Do to Make the Most of Freshman Year - Huffington Post
Parents of Senior Students
Seniors Can Apply for Who’s Who Award
Seniors who are prospective graduates for December 2014 or May 2015, and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, are invited to apply for the 2014–15 Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges Award.
Initiated in 1934, the award recognizes scholarship, leadership, and service.
Approximately 2,000 colleges and universities across the country participate by nominating a select group of their upperclass students.
An email was sent to seniors’ Cabrini email accounts with information. The deadline for submitting applications is Dec. 5, 2014.
For more information, contact Lorraine Verde (610‑902‑8410, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Preparing for Graduation 2015
Congratulations on your student’s upcoming graduation!
Before students can receive their diploma, they must apply for graduation, whether or not they plan to don a cap and gown and walk in the Commencement ceremony.
If your student plans on graduating in May 2015 and has not yet applied for graduation, he or she should immediately see Registrar Fran Harkness 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 2014 and December 2014 are invited to participate at the May 2015 Commencement ceremony.
Students may apply for graduation on CabriniOne or in the Cavalier Express Center, with a $150 graduation fee.
Important Dates to Remember:
Commencement Kick-Off (Grace Hall Atrium) - Wednesday, March 25: 10 a.m.–noon 1–3 p.m., 5–7 p.m. - Thursday, March 26: 10 a.m.–noon
Commencement Mass: Saturday, May 16 at 4 p.m.
Undergraduate Commencement: Sunday, May 17 at 10 a.m.
Graduate Commencement: Sunday, May 17 at 3 p.m.