The Purple Feet Foundation is a Harrisburg-based nonprofit with a mission to inspire at-risk adolescents to explore the limitless possibilities that exist for their future.
Cabrini’s English students have been part of the foundation’s flagship “Thinc” Program, a weeklong residential event that brings children to numerous college campuses to be exposed to a rich variety of learning opportunities and careers.
“We let the Purple Feet Foundation kids experience a day in the life of a Cabrini College student,” said Michelle Filling-Brown, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of English.
Dave Perillo ’00 drew cartoons everywhere … especially in margins of his schoolbooks when he was supposed to be listening—a concern for his teachers.
But doodling and pursuing his passion for illustration led to some big breaks and significant clients.
On April 25, the Cabrini College Student Theatre completed an eight-performance run of “Lucky Stiff,” a murder mystery musical comedy.
Cabrini students from the Body Image Coalition hosted a fashion show to celebrate the beauty of all shapes and sizes.
Joe Dare took over Cabrini’s cross country programs in 2014 when former Head Coach Tom O’Hora stepped down after 31 years at the helm.
In just his first season as a head coach, Dare put his stamp on the program. He changed the structure of daily practices and weekly workouts.
“Our training was different than what was done in the past,” Dare says. “We probably doubled the amount of miles the team ran each week.”
First, a multicultural Mass with a blues band crooning hymns, followed by café au lait and beignets at Café Du Monde and a visit to a voodoo museum, and that was just the first day in New Orleans. The next day, they got to work.
Like many parents of young children, every night Danelle Kressirer Matlack ‘05 tucks her son into bed and tells an inventive story to wind down the day.
Last year, Matlack used their favorite scaly character as the subject of a children’s book to raise awareness of an important children’s health issue.
Putting the biscuit in the basket. That’s roller hockey lingo for scoring a goal.
And since 2002, The Cabrini College Roller Hockey Team has been putting biscuits in baskets, clashing sticks with seven local universities as members of the Philadelphia College Roller Hockey League (PCRHL).
“I like to get my hands on some spit and bone,” said Kimberly Boyd, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, grinning while she worked at Pi Dental Center during a 2013 sabbatical.
For Boyd, collecting and analyzing this spit and bone “is a human health issue” that could one day help improve outcomes for dental implant patients who smoke or have a history of smoking.
From courses about J.D. Salinger to environmental economics, students will be studying subjects across the liberal-arts spectrum this spring semester at Cabrini College.
For a Cabrini College community always working to correct the root causes of social injustices, students know that one meal or one bag of toiletries won’t end homelessness. But every little bit makes a difference.
Students’ simulation of unaccompanied minors fleeing Central American gang violence supports Catholic Relief Services’ work with Syrian/Iraqi refugees.
Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House International, visited Cabrini College Oct. 21–22, 2014, to participate in a series of campus events.
Associate Professor of English Paul Wright, Ph.D., spent the summer in Italy and China presenting research about literature, film, and television.
Emily Dayton ’15 and her parents create You Can NOT Be Replaced nonprofit to empower young people.
During his internship, Cabrini junior Dan Luner helped promote the 40th anniversary season of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center including an interview with the Center’s most famous alumna, Tina Fey.
This summer, two Cabrini students, Abby Pressimone ’17 and Caroline McCarthy ’16, joined peers from nine other colleges and universities who worked in the nation’s capital with lobbyists, field organizers, and other progressive Catholic leaders to build their congressional lobbying, organizing, and advocacy skills.
Cabrini College teamed up with NETWORK Education Program in Washington, D.C., for their first Justice Advocacy Week, an intensive, four-day introduction to economic justice and advocacy through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.
A book by Darryl Mace, Ph.D., dissects the media’s attitude toward race surrounding the 1955 murder of 14-year-old Emmett Till in Mississippi and the all-white jury that acquitted the two white men who stood accused.
A paper authored by Cabrini College faculty, staff, and alumni, along with several education and community partners, was featured on the cover of the Spring 2014 Journal of Community Scholarship and Engagement, released by the University of Alabama in May 2014.
Students and faculty from Cabrini’s “CCA 213: On Stage – Live in London” traveled to London May 9 – 15 to experience and explore a variety of dramatic and staged works through seminars and performances in Britain’s famed theatrical city.
Two faculty members and 16 students spent Spring Break 2014 in Costa Rica visiting fair-trade and free-trade plantations.
Aaron Walton-Moss has made history. A history that almost wasn’t made. The Cabrini College Men’s Basketball junior has been named Division III Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. This is the first time a Cabrini College student-athlete has received this highest national honor in the sport.
“A Cabrini degree gave me options.”
Abel Rodríguez ’01 graduated from Cabrini College with a degree in Spanish and a minor in mathematics. He was then faced with a decision: Should he attend graduate school at Stanford or Harvard? He chose both, followed by Penn Law.
Cabrini College’s undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs were honored as a “Top College in Pennsylvania: Shaping the Next Generation” by The College Database, a non-profit that provides free information about education options both nationally and locally to students and parents.
Thirteen students and two faculty members spent Spring Break 2014 in the Western Highlands of Guatemala working alongside the Mayan community to learn their way of life, hopes, and struggles.
Students develop a sense of the power that their voices have.
In December 2013, nine Cabrini College students met with Congressional foreign policy aides on Capitol Hill. The students were there to lobby for maintaining funding levels for poverty-focused development assistance that helps ailing, impoverished communities around the world become self-sufficient.
The Cabrini Dance Team has an unusual “stage” two nights each year: the field during Philadelphia Phillies games at Citizens Bank Park.
Over the roar of the 27,000 cheering fans, while his fingers tap out official, real-time tweets, Shane Evans ’08 will tell you that going to Cabrini College has really paid off.
From serving the community in Guatemala to starting a fashion club, the opportunities for this senior are priceless.
There’s a new phage in town, thanks to students’ and professors’ discovery.
Associate Professor of Biology David Dunbar, Ph.D., can hardly contain his excitement about science, and his enthusiasm spreads like wildfire among his students.
Thirty-five Cabrini College students weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty—and wet—to restore a local watershed to good environmental health.
Students from both the Watershed Citizenship and Watershed Ecology courses joined forces to work on the Crabby Creek Restoration Project and shared their experience at academic conferences around the country.
Voted “Best Singer” and “Most Talented” in the 1985 yearbook, John Doyle ’85 has certainly followed through with his reputation.
After performing in 40 plays since grade school, Doyle began a theatre company with a friend while attending Villanova University for a master’s in theatre. The company developed into Iron Age Theatre in 1993.
Sometimes we come to appreciate the value of “heart” by experiencing its absence.
That was the case for Bill Uditsky ’13, a double major in finance and accounting from Havertown, Pa.
Professor Jim Hedtke, Ph.D., begins his daily routine at 6 a.m. as he settles himself at his dining room table and starts to write. His workday ends 11 hours later as the twilight is descending.
In the time between, the historian surrounds himself with papers and photos gathered over decades, materials he now is transforming into a book. They document a fateful day in August 1944 when the crash of an American B-24 bomber on a routine test flight changed the life of an English village forever.
Diane Corallo ’83 and Tony Ciro ’83 met at Cabrini in 1979 and 10 years later they married.
Today they weave their love of people into their different professions.
Cabrini faculty step away from their daily routines to pursue fascinating projects on sabbatical.
Of course, like any long-term undertaking, sabbaticals don’t go according to plan every time. And, in a world of unexpected opportunities, that’s not always bad. Just ask Leonard Norman Primiano, Ph.D., chair and professor of the religious studies department.
It was spring break of her first year at Cabrini, and nothing had prepared Lindsay Anderson for the view she was seeing from the top of Kayford Mountain, in West Virginia’s coal country.
All around her, the graceful tree-covered peaks you associate with the Appalachian Mountains were gone, having been clear-cut and leveled by mining companies practicing mountaintop removal.
A young Frances Xavier Cabrini once petitioned Pope Leo XIII to work as a missionary in China, but was told by the pontiff to go “not to the East, but to the West,” to work with Italian immigrants in New York.
122 years after Frances Cabrini wished to go to Asia, communication major Danielle Alio ’12 traveled “to the East” to Taiwan and South Korea on a two-week mission trip.
If the current Lindback Award winner for Excellence in Teaching has her way, she’ll inspire each of her Cabrini students to be teachers as well as advocates in the classroom and the community.
“I hope to inspire a love of learning in my students, but also to inspire them to a life of respect for people regardless of age, social class, or background, and a desire to make the world a better place,” says Beverly Bryde, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the education department.
On the last day of school, Giovanni Peña ’05, an admired and award-winning teacher at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in Washington, D.C. wistfully packed away decorations and school supplies.
They will remain in storage for a year or longer as he takes a leave of absence to teach social studies and science in Spain.
Twenty-one-year-old Molly Enos ’10 is president of Paul Bunyan’s Maple Syrup, a company she founded more than two years ago.
Her family purchased a farm 10 years ago that contained numerous maple trees, and Enos suggested that they tap the trees for sap.
At Cabrini College, Eric Gibble has taken the challenge to “do something extraordinary,” and the College’s mission of social justice, and run with them. A communications major from Lebanon, Pa., Gibble got involved with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as a first-year student.
He interned at the organization’s Northeast Regional Office in 2009-10, and served as the College’s CRS Ambassador for Migration. The more he learned about migration and refugees, the more he felt compelled to address immigration reform in the U.S.
When first-year students in Cabrini’s honors biology class have questions about mycobacteriophages (viruses that can affect tuberculosis-causing bacteria), they often turn to Catherine Mageeney.
Mageeney is not a faculty member at Cabrini; the senior biology/pre‑med major is a peer mentor, serving as classroom coach and tutor to students navigating the detailed layers of biology.
National publications are taking note of her talent and leadership skills: Mageeney’s peer mentoring has been highlighted in articles in the January 2011 issue of the scholarly journal BioScience, and in the winter 2010 issue of the Council on Undergraduate Research’s CUR Quarterly.
Xavier Hall is usually just a place where first-year students live and learn. For two of those students, Matt Juliano and Justin Sloyer, it is also a place to express their musical talents in their own professional recording studio.
Kevin Misevicius ’10 enrolled at Cabrini College in the fall of 2008, after two years at Lehigh Carbon Community College, because he knew it was the right fit for him. Cabrini offered him a reputable major in business and what he always wanted to do—play basketball.
“I knew Cabrini had a good business major,” Misevicius (pronounced mish-a-vicious) said. “That played a big role in my decision because it creates options. And, I wanted to play basketball.”
In summer 2008, Elizabeth “Beth” Briggs ’10 spent eight weeks on a service immersion trip to Ethiopia as a Catholic Relief Services intern, where she worked on a food security program.
And that is just one of her service endeavors.
In a converted factory in New York’s Union Square neighborhood, vocalist Norma Garbo ’72 can be found teaching voice lessons.
Some famous students who have passed through her studios doors are country star Taylor Swift, former “American Idol” judge and songwriter Kara DioGuardi, and the rock band Scissor Sisters.
The average American university student commutes 16 miles to school.
David Wolf G’07 commutes 1,200.
As a kid growing up in the Philadelphia area, Eric Yeager and his buddies would head into the city, lace up their rollerblades, and engage in what he calls “aggressive skating.”
He'd also capture everything on video, add music and graphics, and turn it all into YouTube-worthy productions.
“I may not have realized it at the time,” Eric says, “but I was doing graphic design.”