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Neary to be Honored at American Cancer Society Breakfast
Jackie Neary, Cabrini’s field hockey and women’s lacrosse head coach, will be honored at the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer Tourney.
On March 16, Neary will share her personal cancer story and be honored for her contributions to the fight against cancer as the 2015 recipient of the Charley Dinsmore Award.
Video - Webinar: Job Searching Trends and Tools
In a webinar for alumni on Wednesday, Feb. 25, Cabrini Assistant Director for Employer Relations Shakeyia Kersey discussed the latest trends in job search strategy and introduced new tools to help enhance your search.
Join us for the next free webinar, “Creating & Maintaining a Professional Brand,” on Wednesday, March 25, at noon.
Sam Zeff ’12, recruiter at ReminderMedia, will discuss how to create a professional brand and the long-term benefits of doing so.
Following the 30-minute presentation, there will be an opportunity for Q&A with Sam.
The Cavaliers in Transition webinars are part of a yearlong series of monthly professional development events offered in partnership with the Office of Alumni Engagement & Development and the Center for Career and Professional Development.
Students Thank You, Alumni Donors Cabrini Celebrates Student Philanthropy Day
Cabrini College prides itself in providing its students with an Education of the Heart.
Current students took that education and put it into action on Monday, Feb. 23, as they wrote personal thank you cards to alumni donors in honor of Student Philanthropy Day.
This effort was led by the Cavalier Traditions student group, which is run through the Office of Alumni Engagement.
More than 100 hand-written thank you cards were filled out within a two‑hour period.
“It was great to see how many students were willing to participate,” Mackenzie Harris ’16 said. “Doing things like this makes our donors aware of how truly thankful we are for their gifts.”
Students also signed a banner that reads “Thank You Alumni Donors,” which the Office of Alumni Engagement plans to hang at various alumni events throughout the year.
The many student signatures represent the impact each gift has on the College.
Alumni Help Students Prepare for ‘Real World’
“It has been my long-standing belief that those of us who have experienced life in the ‘real world’ are responsible to share those experiences with those that have not,” said Rich O’Neill ’05, Cabrini Alumni Mentor and Mid‑Atlantic regional director at ACTS Retirement Life Communities.
Rich was one of two mentors who attended a professional development program for current students on Monday, Feb. 16. Along with O’Neill was Candice Linehan ’03, who currently serves as the director of sexual assault service at the Delaware County Women Against Rape.
More than 20 students squeezed into the Center for Career and Professional Development to learn more about “What Employers Want.”
Rich O’Neill ’05 and Candice Linehan ’03, speaking to students
Both O’Neill and Linehan are in positions of hiring at their organizations and offered advice to students as they prepare to enter the working world.
After a hard day’s work, the amount of energy needed to educate and influence these students might be lacking, but not for O’Neill and Linehan.
“When the opportunity of being an Alumni Mentor presented itself, I didn't think twice,” Linehan said.
“I received invaluable guidance and mentoring through my years at Cabrini College, especially through the Social Work department. I feel privileged to be able to offer another student that same experience.”
O’Neill agreed, “Participating in this type of event provided me with an appreciation of how important it is to give back or ‘pay it forward’ to those who are going through the process of learning what the world expects.”
If you are interested in becoming an Alumni Mentor, please email Nick Guldin, Coordinator of Alumni Engagement & Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Highlight: Danelle Kressirer Matlack ’05 A Bedtime Story Turned Book Deal
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.
It’s what she did with one of those stories that makes her unlike many parents.
One night, Matlack and 5-year-old Liam came up with the character of an alligator named Alfie. 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.
Published in October 2014 by Mascot Books, Alfie the Allergic Alligator Goes to School” promotes food allergy awareness and acceptance, a focus of the Matlack family since Liam was diagnosed with multiple life-threatening food allergies when he was six months old.
According to Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), this disease affects one in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom.
Since Liam started preschool this year, Matlack took the opportunity to use the book to ease Liam’s worries about school—like what others would think about his food allergy bracelet—while also teaching his classmates about his allergies.
“I get thank you notes from kids saying ‘oh, I get it now,’” Matlack says. “It’s kind of neat that with these kids there’s a light bulb going off. And I get thank-you notes from parents who appreciate our efforts to raise awareness. It’s just amazing.”
Because of Matlack's daily storytelling with Liam, it only took her two days to actually write the book. After Liam fell asleep, with the stories fresh in her mind, she would go downstairs to write before hitting the pillow herself.
Though Liam wasn’t involved in the concrete writing process, he was part of the character development and illustration.
“His favorite part about helping with the book was working with the illustrator to decide what Alfie would look like,” Matlack says. “He really enjoyed making the character come to life.” Liam also came up with the name Maverick for another character.
A first-time author, Matlack graduated from Cabrini with a degree in marketing and always enjoyed writing, she says. After college, she worked in corporate communications, public relations, and community relations for a bank.
She decided to stay home with Liam after he was diagnosed with food allergies, to ensure that the proper attention was given to his diet.
At Cabrini, Matlack says she learned that everyone is part of a bigger plan. “Cabrini taught me how to use my talents to bring about change in society and to give back. Educating others is my way of being a responsible citizen.”
Now Matlack is touring libraries and elementary and middle schools in Pennsylvania to read the book and share the message it contains.
A post on the book’s Facebook page features a thank you card from a child at one of those schools, hailing ‘Alfie’ as the “best book ever.”
What's next for the Matlack family? Now daughter Leighton, age 3, wants a book of her own. And with the success of Matlack’s first book, she says, “I might write a sequel to ‘Alfie’ too.”
A Shakespearian Shift - English Department Has New Chair
In January, Seth Frechie, Ph.D., professor of English, stepped down as chair of the English department following eight years of service in that position.
Michelle Filling-Brown, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was appointed as his successor.
Frechie has led the department since 2006, when English became independent from what was formerly the English and communication division. He has been a faculty member at Cabrini since 1997.
Frechie was so passionate about leading the English department that when word of the leadership change spread people wondered if he was ill—or worse, retiring.
Neither unwell nor slowing down, Frechie decided the department needed a fresh perspective at the top and the faculty in the department suggested that Filling-Brown was just the person to provide that perspective. Frechie agreed.
“I stepped down because at 60 I feel that it’s important to provide professional opportunities for junior faculty in the department,” Frechie said.
“Michelle will be a great chairperson because she brings an altogether new and dynamic energy to the position.”
Filling-Brown has been a faculty member at Cabrini since 2008 and was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2014. She is looking forward to the challenging and rewarding position.
“I feel honored to lead the department at a time of exciting growth in the areas of writing, performing arts, digital humanities, and gender and body studies,” she said.
Frechie will continue to teach full time and pursue both creative and scholarly work while on sabbatical during the upcoming fall semester.
His tenure as chair saw strong, steady enrollment in English as a major and minor, and the hiring of notable faculty like Amy Lee Persichetti, Ed.D., Paul Wright, Ph.D., and his own successor, Filling-Brown.
In his time as chair, Frechie led the English Department to develop a writing major, theater minor, and concentrations in theater, film and media studies, and women’s studies.
For Frechie, running the department was “a great joy and a labor of love.” What he found most rewarding about serving as chair was “being a mentor to both students and faculty in the department.”
Frechie said, “That has been my greatest pleasure and I look forward to my continued contributions in the years ahead.”
Featured Event: The 26th Annual Cabrini Classic
Monday, May 4, 2015 Waynesborough Country Club, Paoli, PA - Presented by USLI
Golf, dine, and promote your business at the 26th Annual Cabrini Classic: a day of golf, cocktails, dinner, and silent and live auctions benefiting Cabrini students.
This year, Cabrini is proud to honor John D. Schanz, Cabrini Trustee and executive vice president and chief network officer at Comcast Cable.
NEW! Special Rate for Alumni Under 40 Cabrini alumni under 40 can enjoy golf, a cocktail reception, and dinner for a discounted rate of $150, thanks to the generosity of Thomas P. Nerney ’77, Chair of the Cabrini College Board of Trustees and President of USLI.
Availability is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.
Auction Item Donation Donate a good or service as an auction item and promote your business while helping to make the Cabrini Classic a success!
Supporting this event will expose alumni businesses to several hundred attendees, including local business leaders and community members.
Auction item donations can include, but are not limited to, gift certificates or services donated by your company; tickets to a sporting event, show, concert or museum; vacation rentals; and artwork, jewelry, or other unique items.
For more information, contact the Alumni Office (610-902-8214, email@example.com).
March 18, 25, and 31, 2015Lenten Lecture Series 2015 Cabrini will host a free series of speakers, honoring the 50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.
The document entails the Catholic Church’s teachings about humanity’s relationship to society, especially in reference to economics, poverty, social justice, culture, science, technology, and ecumenism.
Sunday, March 15, 2015 Academy of Vocal Arts Performance Mansion, 3:00PM www.cabrini.edu/FineArtsCalendar
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, 10:00AM - 3:30PM
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Graduate Education Open House Iadarola Center, 6:00–8:00PM www.cabrini.edu/graduate
Saturday, March 21, 2015Team Trivia Dixon Center, Nerney Field House, 6:00–10:00PM www.cabrini.edu/AlumniEvents
Thursday, March 26, 2015 Recharging Your Batteries Dixon Center Board Room, 6:00–8:00PM www.cabrini.edu/alumnievents
Saturday, March 28, 2015Breakfast with the Bunny Grace Hall and The Commons, 9:00–11:00AM www.cabrini.edu/AlumniEvents
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Ivy Young Willis/Martha Willis Dale Award & Reception Honoring Gloria Richardson Mansion, 4:30PM
Thursday, April 9, 2015 Executive in Residence: Cornell Brooks, NAACP President
Saturday, April 11 Calm Clarity Retreat Iadarola Center lobby, 9:00AM–3:00PM www.cabrini.edu/alumnievents
Thursday, April 16, 2015SEPCHE Alumni Summit Pyramid Club, Philadelphia, 6:00PM www.sepche.org
Friday, April 17, 2015 Climate Change Conference “Faith, Climate, and Health: Creation Care for a Greener Future” Grace Hall, 9:00AM–2:00PM www.cabrini.edu/Climate
Friday, April 17, 2015 Cabrini Theatre Performance & Alumni Reception The Cabrini Theatre Presents ‘Lucky Stiff’ 8:00PM performance; 9:45PM reception Cabrini Theatre, Grace Hall www.cabrini.edu/AlumniEvents
Sunday, April 19, 2015 Fire Pink Trio Mansion, 3:00PM www.cabrini.edu/FineArtsCalendar
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Science Alumni Reception – Honoring Anna Kruse Iadarola Center Lobby, 6:00PM www.cabrini.edu/AlumniEvents
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Lifetime Planning with a Heart: Cabrini Family Love Letter Mansion, 8:30–9:30AM www.cabrini.edu/AlumniEvents
Monday, May 4, 2015 Cabrini Classic Waynesborough Country Club www.cabrini.edu/CabriniClassic
Thursday, May 7, 2015 Graduate Education Open House Grace Hall Board Room, 6:00PM www.cabrini.edu/graduate
Sunday, May 17, 2015Commencement: Flower Sale, Legacy Seating, & Reception Upper Athletic Field, 7:30AM–4:30PMwww.cabrini.edu/Commencement
May 29–30, 2015 Alumni Weekend www.cabrini.edu/AlumniWeekend
All events are at Cabrini College, unless otherwise noted. Events subject to change.