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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’”
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.
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.