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.
When Tom Nerney ’77 and Jill Chambers Nerney ’77 talk about Cabrini, they talk about getting two educations: the academic one, and then something else.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two Cabrini College students, Cathy Matta and Breanna Tumelty, were among the estimated two million Catholics to participate in this year’s World Youth Day (WYD) celebration, Aug. 16–21, 2012, in Madrid, Spain.
The students shared their love of Christ with the youth of the world, and also bonded with other members of the Cabrinian institutions from around the world.
Rizwan Ishmail ’10 came to the United States in 2003, when he was 17, with only a bag of clothes and a cricket bat.
Not knowing what to expect, he didn’t even pack many dreams when he left the St. John Bosco Boys Orphanage in Guyana, South America, his home of 13 years.
In December 2008, Ishmail, a senior at Cabrini College, returned to South America with nine other Cabrini students on a solidarity trip to Ecuador.
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.”
Far be it for Marilyn Meola Mazzarulli ’59 to consider herself a pioneer.
But, as a member of Cabrini College’s inaugural class and the first alum to start an endowment, Mazzarulli not only forged her own educational path, but a unique humanitarian one as well.
Trustee Maureen Monaghan Matheson ’68 never envisioned a future as a successful attorney.
Stephen Westhead ’87 earned an invaluable education at Cabrini College.
His learning experience at Cabrini extended his academic vistas and raised his awareness of global issues.
As the first person in her family to go to college, Shannon Santangelo ’09 set a shining example.
During her first year at Cabrini, she traveled to Mexico on a foreign study trip. Her second year, it was to Italy for the Renaissance Art and Architecture study-abroad course during spring break. The fall semester of her third year was spent in London.
Jessica Zawrotny ’09 worked with peers on a variety of social justice issues, but fair trade became her passion: she served as Catholic Relief Services’ (CRS) ambassador for fair trade.
The results of Zawrotny’s work can be seen all over Cabrini’s campus, from the student restaurant where fair trade coffee and bananas are served, to the College’s annual Fair Trade Day, which she helped organize as an undergraduate.
Chair of one of Cabrini’s most popular majors. Award-winning educator. Campus leader. Former banker. Mother. Wife.
On paper, it seems that there is nothing Mary Harris, Ph.D., Chair of Cabrini’s business department and Faculty Assembly, can’t do.
With higher education running deep in her family, some may say that Maya Gordon, Ph.D., was destined to become an educator. Her father, grandfather, and grandmother were college professors.
She says she "inherited a legacy of teaching and mentoring." She continues that tradition and in fall 2008 became an assistant professor in Cabrini's psychology department.
In 2008, Cabrini was one of 12 colleges and universities nationwide accepted into the 2009 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education Alliance (SEA).
Melinda Harrison, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry, and David Dunbar, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, received an educational grant from HHMI, which will fund a research-based introductory biology course that debuted at Cabrini in the 2009-10 academic year.
For Maria Elena Hallion, Ph.D., associate professor of Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Cabrini, embracing physical fitness as a way of life and a career was a decision she clearly remembers making—when she was in high school.
“I told people then that I knew I wanted to do something with exercise, but didn’t want to be a physical-education teacher,” she says. “I had no idea that at that time, the realm of exercise science and health promotion was emerging.”
“I love stories,” says Darryl Mace, Ph.D., “and that’s how I start my classes.”
Although he makes it sound simple, his stories weave intricate patterns throughout the fabric of history.
“I’ll tell my students, ‘I’ll tell you stories from people’s perspectives that will make you love history,” Mace says.
Jerome Zurek, Ph.D., communication department chair and professor of English and communication, says that in the 36 years he has been teaching at Cabrini College, he has looked forward to coming to work nearly every day.
Over the years, he has continued to learn and develop as an instructor and mentor, and finds inspiration by tapping into the energy generated by his students. In 2005, Zurek was named Carnegie Foundation/CASE Professor of the Year for Pennsylvania.
When Joseph Romano, Ph.D., began teaching philosophy at Cabrini in 1960, some of his current students’ parents may not yet have been born.
So he surely must have witnessed significant changes over the course of half a century, right?
Shirley Dixon ’84 G’89 came to Cabrini College on a dare.
She had been working with the Philadelphia Housing Authority for nearly 20 years, calculating rents for tenants. Her close friends were teachers, and when they gathered, she listened as they talked for hours about students, lesson plans, and the rewards and challenges of being an educator.
One evening, when Dixon tried to steer the conversation away from teaching, one friend challenged her: “If you think teaching is so easy, why don’t you try it?”
Seventh-grade physics teacher Andy Virtue ’00 gathered with fellow teachers for a students-against-teachers basketball game. It was a sell-out, with more than 300 tickets sold in less than two days.
That first game raised $600 for underprivileged youth in Masaka, Uganda.
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.
Of the many honors bestowed upon Craig Vagell Jr. ’05, there are a few that stand out: Who’s Who in 2004, the Mother Ursula Award, the Young Alumni Award.
What does a person as decorated—and dedicated—as this do for an encore?
He becomes CEO of his own company and manager of day-of-air operations at ABC in New York, where he coordinates programming across the country.
Every time someone told Anne Brokenborough ’11 that she couldn’t afford Cabrini, that she shouldn’t become a teacher because it wouldn’t pay enough, or that she wouldn’t want to return to the inner city to teach, it only strengthened her resolve to accomplish all three goals.
“It does motivate you,” the early childhood and elementary special education major says. “It makes me think, ‘I’m going to prove you wrong.’”
In January 2009, agonizing pain confined Tim Rooney to his bed for a week, the result of surgery for Crohn’s disease that removed three feet of his small intestine.
The disease led the Cabrini College student to question his faith, wondering if God had abandoned him.
When Aileen Shotzberger thought about what she wanted to do after graduating from Cabrini College, she thought big – literally. She traveled to Thailand to help rescue elephants.
Shotzberger, who graduates from Cabrini College May 20 with a degree in graphic design, is one of 12 volunteers from around the world who will work with Global Vision International on the elephant rescue project.
Every student who passes through Cabrini is given the opportunity to take their own path, to create their own future, to “do something extraordinary.”
While many students go on to be teachers, accountants or psychologists, very few go on to defend our country.