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Featured Event: Alumni Weekend - May 30-31, 2014
The years since your time at Cabrini College have flown by, but now you have a reason to come back to campus: Alumni Weekend 2014!
All alumni and friends are invited to Alumni Weekend, this year honoring the classes ending in “4” and “9.”
Featured events include:
Stay overnight on campus in West Residence Hall for only $25!
Questions? Contact the Alumni Office (610-902-8256, email@example.com).
Don Taylor, Ph.D., Named Eighth President
Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., has been named the eighth president of Cabrini College, effective July 1. His presidency will break new ground for Cabrini, as Taylor will be the first male to lead the College.
Since 2008, Taylor has served as provost and chief academic officer at Benedictine University in Lisle, Ill.
Taylor was selected following a national search and extensive interviews by a 12-member Presidential Search Committee comprised of members of the Board of Trustees, alumni, faculty, staff, and students, and led by Board Chair Thomas P. Nerney ’77.
“There were five alumni, including myself, plus the president of the Student Government Association on the Presidential Search Committee,” Nerney says.
“We share a special bond and a love for this College, and we knew when we read Dr. Taylor’s letter of application that he understood what a special place this is.”
Taylor visited campus for two days in January, meeting with hundreds of faculty, students, alumni, and staff during both small-group sessions and larger town hall meetings.
He will again visit Cabrini next week to continue to meet with administrators, faculty, staff, and students.
He will succeed Deb Takes, former bank president and Chair of the Board of Trustees (2011-13), who has served as Interim President since July 2013.
Cabrini Names Eighth President
Lisa Nutter and Michael O’Neill to Speak at Commencements
Lisa Johnson Nutter, president of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., will address more than 325 bachelor’s degree candidates at Cabrini College’s undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
Michael O’Neill, co-founder and chair of the Philadelphia School Partnership, will address approximately 545 master’s degree candidates at the College’s graduate Commencement.
Since 2005, Nutter has led Philadelphia Academies, Inc. toward the overarching goal of preparing high school students for the 21st century economy and expanding life and economic options to these students.
In 2008, Nutter, Philadelphia’s First Lady, received the Ivy Young Willis Award that Cabrini’s History and Political Science Department annually bestows upon a woman for outstanding contributions in public affairs.
O’Neill co-founded and chairs the Philadelphia School Partnership, created to accelerate the pace of education reform in the city by increasing school options available to children in Philadelphia.
He is on the Executive Committee of Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS), a nonprofit organization supporting Catholic schools in the Philadelphia area.
O’Neill is also a board member of Mastery Charter Schools, and chair of the High Tech High Philadelphia Foundation.
The undergraduate ceremony begins at 10 a.m., and the graduate ceremony begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
To read more about the Commencement speakers, visit www.cabrini.edu/commencement.
Cabrini Earned Fair Trade Status
Cabrini College is one of only 17 colleges and universities nationwide to be recognized as a Fair Trade College, as determined by Fair Trade Colleges and Universities in partnership with Fair Trade USA.
Cabrini earned this status in November 2013, and held a reception to honor the accomplishment in January 2014.
At Cabrini, fair trade practices began in 2006, when student Meghan Hurley ’07 worked with the College’s food service provider, Sodexo, to bring fair trade coffee to campus.
Since then, the list of fair trade items available on campus has grown to include sugar, chocolate, bananas, teas, quinoa, and rice, among others.
Alumni, administrators, faculty, staff, and students joined the efforts to make fair trade an established component of campus life.
From left: Fair Trade Club President Adriana ‘Ana’ Rizzuto ’14, Cabrini Missioner Martin Garcia, Alexa Milano ’15, and Rachel Antuzzi ’15 with “Fred the Fair Trade Banana” in recognition of one of the fair trade products offered on campus.
To learn more about fair trade at Cabrini College, visit www.cabrini.edu/fairtrade.
President of ABC-TV Stations is Next Executive-in-Residence
Rebecca Campbell, president and general manager of ABC Owned Television Stations Group, is the second Executive-In-Residence for the Nerney Leadership Institute.
The April 23 event, “A Conversation with Rebecca Campbell,” is open to alumni, faculty, staff, and students, 3:15–4:30 p.m. in the Mansion.
Campbell is an award-winning television producer responsible for eight TV stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham, and Fresno.
Previously, she was president and general manager of WPVI-TV in Philadelphia and then WABC-TV in New York, where she oversaw programs such as “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
Campbell will speak about the future of broadcasting, and how practicing social justice and civic engagement can coincide with professional success.
The Executive-In-Residence series is one of many initiatives launched by the Nerney Leadership Institute. Representing a collective strategy by Cabrini staff and faculty, the Institute helps advance leadership development through programs and curriculum regardless of a student’s major or discipline.
For more information about the Nerney Leadership Institute and the Executive-in-Residence program, visit www.cabrini.edu/academics/leadership.
Interim President Deb Takes Encourages You to Eat, Play Golf, Donate an Auction Item
You probably know of the Cabrini Classic, and that it’s a fundraiser for the College. You may not have known that, since 2000, the Cabrini Classic has generated more than $2.5 million for students.
Over its 25-year history, the Cabrini Classic has grown into the largest fundraising event for the College, and we want to make this Classic—the 25th Annual—the most special Classic yet.
I invite you to join your fellow alumni, along with local businesses, community partners, and friends of the College, to support Cabrini students through this event.
The 25th Annual Cabrini Classic, presented by USLI and supported by The Haverford Trust Company, is Monday, May 5, at Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, Pa.
There is a way for all alumni to support the Cabrini Classic. You can:
Remember that it’s not important how you participate, it is just important that you do participate.
For more information on the Cabrini Classic, visit www.cabrini.edu/cabriniclassic or contact Jackie Marciano (610-902-8212, Jackie@cabrini.edu).
Thank you for being a true Cavalier! Deb M. Takes Interim President
Alumni Mentors Connect with Undeclared Majors at Cabrini
Last month, six alumni mentors attended a dinner with undeclared students at Cabrini to assist them in determining an academic major and career path.
Maryellen Anastasio ’11, Jaiquann Beckham ’13, Stephanie Farmer G’06, Phil Gagliardi ’98, Molly Kearney ’10, and Jon Zeminski ’04 discussed their careers—ranging from finance to education—and how they ended up on their career path.
Alumni Mentor Stephanie Farmer G’06 discusses career opportunities in education with two current students.
Students who attended said that they found the insight from alumni useful in choosing a major.
“I was very happy to have been invited to the event as I am still unsure exactly what I want to do,” said undeclared major Stanley Thompson ’16.
“Relating to past students helped me with finding a career path.”
The Alumni Office and the Admissions Office partnered to host the event after students from several leadership groups on campus, including Cavalier Traditions (the newly formed student alumni association), voiced interest in inviting alumni to campus to share their professional experience with students.
Now, the Alumni Office is collaborating with the Center for Career and Professional Development to provide more opportunities for students and alumni to network.
Alumni Mentor Jon Zeminski ’04 and Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development Nancy Hutchison discuss career workshops available on campus with Stanley Thompson ’16.
Stay tuned for more alumni mentor events in the upcoming academic year.
Alumni interested in becoming a mentor should contact the Alumni Office (610-902-8214, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cabrini Annual Fund Generosity Impacts the Cabrini Student Experience
This year, it is easier than ever for alumni to make a personally meaningful gift to the Cabrini Annual Fund by allowing donors to designate their annual gift to one of five key areas of the College, such as the Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL), Campus Ministry, Athletics, Library & Technology, and Student Aid.
Below, five students share how the gifts from alumni, parents, staff, faculty and friend donors have made a difference in their day-to-day college experience.
“Gifts to the Cabrini Annual Fund have given me the opportunity to connect and serve with individuals in our school, community and world as a peer minister.
“Donations benefit not only the students who participate in the programs, but also the people who we serve during immersion trips to West Virginia, New Orleans, and Ecuador.”
Jennifer Persia ’14 Major: Elementary and Special Education Area of Impact: Campus Ministry
Gifts to the Cabrini Annual Fund help to fund the student service trips organized by Campus Ministry.
“As a first-year student, I took advantage of the awesome programs the CTL had to offer. Now as a junior, it feels great to give back to the program by tutoring Exercise Physiology.
“This opportunity helps me to stay involved and engaged at Cabrini, while also giving me financial independence from my parents.”
Jillian Megna ’15 Major: Exercise Science and Health Promotion Area of Impact: Center for Teaching & Learning
Gifts to the Cabrini Annual Fund help pay tutors like Jillian.
“Gifts to the Cabrini Annual Fund directly impact not only my scholarship, but also the Cabrini Athletics Program.
“Without these gifts, I would not have the opportunity to be a student-athlete and compete for a national championship every year.”
Corey Elmer ’14 Major: Exercise Science and Health Promotion Area of Impact: Athletics
Gifts to the Cabrini Annual Fund help to fund the operating budget of the Cabrini Athletics Program.
“I’m in the library nearly every day to study and meet with classmates for group projects.
“Without the quiet space and computers in the library, I don’t know how I would get anything done.”
Kristie Laychock ’14 Major: Education Area of Impact: Library & Technology
Gifts to the Cabrini Annual Fund help maintain the Holy Spirit Library facility and allows for the purchase of updated books, reference materials, and computers used by students every day.
“Because of the scholarships I received, I am able to attend Cabrini and thrive.
“The generosity of donors has helped me to excel academically, grow as a student leader in the Student Government Association, build invaluable relationships, and travel the world through study abroad opportunities.”
Mario Marino ’15 Major: Finance Area of Impact: Student Aid
Gifts to the Cabrini Annual Fund help Cabrini to provide 98% of students with financial assistance.
Make your gift to the Cabrini Annual Fund today!
Men’s and Women’s Basketball End Season in NCAA Tournament
For the first time in the history of the College, both men’s and women’s basketball teams won games in the NCAA Tournament.
Women’s basketball earned the first NCAA Tournament victory in program history with a 76-61 win over Moravian College on March 7 (at Montclair State University).
The win also marks the Colonial States Athletic Conference’s first NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament victory since 2007.
Unfortunately both teams’ seasons ended with losses in the second round of the 2014 tourney.
The men’s team lost 85-76 to Richard Stockton College, and the women’s team lost 78-73 in overtime to Montclair State University.
Read more about the final games of the basketball season at www.cabrini.edu/athletics.
Breakfast with the Bunny
Saturday, April 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. Grace Hall Atrium & Cabrini Commons
Celebrate Easter at Cabrini with fellow alumni families.
Enjoy breakfast, photos with the Easter bunny, and an on-campus Easter egg hunt.
Tickets are $20 for a family (1-4 individuals).
This event is exclusive to the immediate families of alumni (children and grandchildren, parents, spouse, grandparents, siblings). Space is limited!
Relay for Life
Saturday, April 12 from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Dixon Center
Alumni are invited to volunteer or create a team for Cabrini’s Relay for Life event, supporting the American Cancer Society.
Sign up at http://relay.acsevents.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFLCY14EC?fr_id=56632.
Day of Giving
Thursday, May 8 from midnight to 11:59 p.m.
During this 24-hour fundraising campaign, follow the Alumni Office on Facebook and Twitter for “Day of Giving Trivia,” check your email, and connect to www.cabrini.edu throughout the day for great opportunities to positively impact the student experience.
The Day of Giving raises awareness for the Cabrini Annual Fund, which provides students with financial assistance, helps sustain and grow academic programs, and supports other various initiatives for students.
Alumni Legacy Reception at Commencement
Sunday, May 18, noon–1:30 p.m. Mansion
Alumni with graduating family members are invited to reserve priority seating at Commencement and attend a complimentary Alumni Legacy Reception following the undergraduate ceremony.
An alumni legacy is a student or alumnus/a whose parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or sibling has graduated from the College.
Invitations mail to families of graduating seniors in April.
Submit your legacy relationship now to email@example.com.
For information about all upcoming events, look for the monthly event email from the Alumni Office.