Four Cabrini University faculty members retired at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year, each leaving a lasting impact on the University and its Education of the Heart:
Thomas Albrecht, Professor of Practice, Computer and Information Sciences
Don Dempsey, Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Seth Frechie, PhD, Professor, English
Anthony Tomasco, PhD, Professor, Psychology
Together, they served Cabrini for a combined 106 years.
“In Cabrini’s four 2020 retirees, we see decades of devotion, not only to enriching the lives of the thousands of students who studied in their classrooms, but also to furthering the scope and quality of Cabrini’s Education of the Heart,” said Chioma Ugochukwu, PhD, Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs. “While we are saddened to lose these vital members of our faculty, we move forward with the knowledge that Cabrini has become a better place to learn because of their contributions.”
The four were honored by their colleagues during a May 6 virtual event.
Albrecht joined Cabrini as an instructor of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) in 2015, transitioning to higher education following a long career in the technology industry. He was named Professor of Practice and CIS Department Chair in 2017. Since then, Albrecht has overseen the development of the master’s degree in Data Science program and led two successful faculty searches for the CIS Department.
Dempsey launched Cabrini’s Graphic Design major in 1995, one year after he came to the University as an instructor of graphic design and photography. He navigated the program through technological shifts, evolving its curriculum to include web design and development. Dempsey created the first website for then-Cabrini College in 1997 and had served as Chair of the Graphic Design + Fine Arts Department since its inception in 2007.
Frechie joined the English faculty in 1997 with an aim to help students develop ideas
independently and explore the social and ethical implications of their thoughts and actions. His research and writing focuses on American literature, creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and cultural studies. Frechie has presented his work for nationally recognized professional associations including the Association of American Colleges and Universities, the Council of Independent Colleges, and the National Council of Teachers of English.
Tomasco was an influential educator in Cabrini’s Psychology program for more than 50 years, working with students to cultivate innate talents that would enable them to become leaders, thinkers, and doers. He mentored many students, accompanying them to professional and academic conferences to present research. Tomasco’s own research explored history and systems in psychology, as well as the biological and evolutionary foundations of behavior. His published work included evaluations of college faculty and student orientation to college, in addition to effective teaching and program development.