Connections is Cabrini College’s e‑newsletter for alumni, donors, and friends.
Welcoming President Taylor
Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., became the eighth president of Cabrini College on July 1. Cabrini’s new president looks forward to meeting with alumni and their families over the coming months.
In the meantime, look for his letter in the summer edition of Cabrini Magazine (which will be in your mailbox this month), and read his biography at www.cabrini.edu/president.
Alumni are always welcome to contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Event: Cabrini Night at the Phillies
Join the Cabrini College community as we cheer on the Philadelphia Phillies vs. the Miami Marlins during Cabrini Night at the Phillies, Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, at Citizens Bank Park (price reflects a discount of $6 off the standard individual game price).
Alumni and their families are invited to purchase discounted tickets, offered in three seating sections of Citizens Bank Park.
There is a $2 per ticket fee. To minimize the impact of the “per order” charge, it might be worthwhile to combine orders with friends and family. Tickets are based on availability, so order now!
Cabrini alumni and friends are invited to a Cabrini College Alumni Association Tailgate prior to the game from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 per person and include tailgate food and refreshments (BYO alcohol). Mix and mingle with alumni, faculty, and friends.
Alumni also can order custom-designed Cabrini Night at the Phillies T‑shirts, available for a $5 donation, while supplies last.
New this year, child sizes are available (based on how many orders are received).
T-shirts can be picked up in the Office of Institutional Advancement (Mansion, second floor) starting Aug. 4 during regular office hours (Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.)
To order T-shirts or learn more about Cabrini Night at the Phillies, visit www.cabrini.edu/Phillies.
For additional information about Cabrini Night at the Phillies, contact Claire Clute (610-902-8750, email@example.com).
Covenant House President and Author to Talk about Leadership and Homelessness
Kevin Ryan, president of Covenant House International—the largest charity serving homeless, trafficked, and runaway youth in the Americas—will visit campus in October for three events.
After he addresses students about his book (their summer reading book), “Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope,” Ryan will serve on Oct. 21 as Executive-in-Residence as part of the Nerney Leadership Institute.
Alumni will have the opportunity to meet with Ryan at campus events that afternoon and evening.
Kevin Ryan (right) with a family at Covenant House
The next day, Oct. 22, Ryan will address leaders in nonprofit organizations at a conference hosted by the College. To read more about Ryan, turn to page 3 in the summer issue of Cabrini Magazine, scheduled to arrive in mailboxes this month.
When Not in the Classroom, Cabrini Faculty Keep Busy
This summer, Cabrini faculty are presenting and publishing research, attending conferences, and more. Here’s a look at some of their accomplishments in June:
Courtney Smith, Ph.D., was featured on philly.com in the article “If Judy (Johnson) were only white, he could name [h]is own price.” Smith is quoted in the article for her extensive study of Negro League baseball in the Philadelphia area.
Cabrini College students, faculty, and staff co-authored an article in the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship titled, “A Cost Benefit Analysis from Instructor, Community Partner, and Student Perspectives: Cabrini College CBR Courses Merge Service, Education, and Research”
Melissa Terlecki, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, presented a leadership workshop at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Now Program.
Richie Gebauer, director of the first-year experience, served as a living and learning community consultant in Albuquerque, N.M., for faculty, staff, and administration from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI).
Sheryl L. Fuller-Espie, Ph.D., professor of biology, presented two papers at the 10th International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology in Athens, Ga.
One paper was co-authored by Richard Tumminello ’13, and the other was co-authored by Shannon Cook ’15 and Morgan Sperratore ’16.
Alumni In the News
Fran Rafferty ’14, former men's basketball player, was featured in The Times Herald article, “Upper Merion grad Fran Rafferty collects Cabrini's Mother Ursula Award.” Rafferty was the 2014 recipient of the Mother Ursula Award.
Natalie Markle ’13 was featured in the Progressive Grocer for her recent appointment as member communications coordinator at the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association.
Monica McHale-Small ’83 was featured in The Morning Call for her recent appointment as superintendent of Saucon Valley School District in Hellertown, Pa.
Andrea Treese ’07 was featured in a newsitem.com article, “Coal Township native returns for help with Ironman fundraiser that helps kids.” Treese is a seven-year triathlete who resides in Phoenix, Ariz.
Philip A. Gagliardi ’98, member of the Alumni Board, was featured in the Daily Local “On the Move” section for being one of 350 people in the U.S. to earn the Certified Portfolio Manager designation, completed at Columbia University in New York.
6 Tips for Job Searching Shakeyia Kersey in Cabrini’s Center for Career and Professional Development shares six tips for alumni who are looking to land that dream job, as well as a sample of recent job postings.
Kersey is developing and strengthening relationships with employers and alumni in order to connect alumni with more best-fit job opportunities.
Keep your resume short and succinct. Employers are tasked with reading hundreds of resumes and are not interested in reading a three page document. Try your best to keep your resume to one page, especially if you have less than 10 years of experience.
Tailor your resume and cover letter to the position you are seeking. Your objective and professional summary should highlight the skills that you possess for the specific job to which you are applying.
Create a job-search game plan. Do not apply to every job that is posted online. Tailor your job search to positions for which you qualify and would enjoy. Ensure that it is a good career move for you as well. Be strategic about your job search.
Develop a LinkedIn page and network.LinkedIn claims 225+ million members. Find individuals within the industry/profession that you are interested in and introduce yourself. LinkedIn is a great way to make connections.
Attend networking events. Do you belong to a professional association? If not, join one. Attending networking events is the best way to meet people (and possibly your future employer).
Utilize job search tools provided by Cabrini’s Center for Career and Professional Development. For a list of resources, including JobSource, CareerShift, Interview Stream, and Glassdoor, visit www.cabrini.edu/career.
What can you get out of these resources? There are a number of recent job postings that you may be interested in (as of 07/09/14:
CareerShift Postings – Create an account on Career Shift and have hundreds of job postings at your fingertips, including: - General Manager at QVC - Change/Project Manager at GlaxoSmithKline - Director 1, Business Operations at Comcast - Assistant Director, Fitness & Wellness at University of Pennsylvania
JobSource Postings - Account Administration Analyst for Brinker Capital (Job ID 11356) - Net Developer for Antra Inc. (Job ID 11375) - Project Coordinator for BrandPoint Services, Inc. (Job ID 11363) - HR/Payroll Specialist for Liberty Property Trust ( Job ID 11345)
You must log into JobSource to view these job postings.
If you do not have a username and password, click the “Alumni Registration” icon on the JobSource website to register as an alumnus.
For more information about job postings, networking events, or other information about careers and job searching, contact Shakeyia Kersey, Assistant Director for Employer Relations (610-902-8594, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Alumni Award Recipients
On Saturday, May 31, during Alumni Weekend, Cabrini honored five members of the Cabrini community with Alumni Awards:
Frances “Fran” Carusi Brooks ’82, Martha Dale Award for Distinguished Service
Kharisma McIlwaine ’06, Cabrini College Young Alumni Award
Agnes Orsatti Armao ’63, Distinguished Achievement Award
Geraldine “Gerry” McGettigan Woods ’68, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Award for Community Service
Deb Takes, Interim President (2013–14), Honorary Alumnus Award
Don’t miss profile articles about award recipients McIlwaine and Armao in the summer issue of Cabrini Magazine, which hits mailboxes this month.
Featured Social Media Posts from Alumni or about Alumni
Annissa Camille Pinkney ’99, G’04 celebrates the retirement of Shirley Dixon ’84, G’89 at the Alumni Association Meeting and Awards Luncheon at Alumni Weekend 2014. Dixon was one of six longtime faculty members who retired this year.
Post by Annissa Camille
I was so happy to come back to campus for alumni weekend & to see Shirley Dixon retire.
She was always a person who I could go to just to talk to about any & anything. She deserves nothing but the absolute best!
Cabrini College was represented on TV by Mike Vecchione G’01, who was a contestant on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Cabrini College also was featured during an introduction of comedian Tracey Ashley, who performed on campus this spring.
Alumni Board President Bob Salladino ’93, G’97 joined more than 350 alumni and guests on campus for Alumni Weekend 2014.
Lots of wonderful memories on campus today. @CabriniAlumni #alumniweekend Nice to connect with friends & professors pic.twitter.com/d9wrr6gIIdRobert Salladino (@DrBobKa97) May 31, 2014
Send Us Your Feedback about Alumni Weekend
Thank you for celebrating Alumni Weekend 2014!
The Alumni Office hopes you enjoyed catching up with classmates and creating new memories at this year's Alumni Weekend.
To ensure this event continues to grow and improve each year, please share your feedback in this short, six-question survey about alumni events:
A special thank you to the milestone reunion classes who participated in the Class Giving Competition!
The Class of 1984 raised the most in the competition, while the Class of 1964 surpassed the rest of the reunion classes in participation.
Visit www.givetocabrini.com to make a gift to the Cabrini Annual Fund today.
Thank You for Making a Difference at Cabrini This Year
Gifts from alumni, parents, family, and friends totaled more than $2.9 million this fiscal year (July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014) and support Cabrini students through financial aid and student program enhancements.
In fall, Cabrini implemented the Cavalier Referral Award, allowing alumni to refer high school seniors to the College. Alumni referred more than 150 students, and of those 124 are enrolled for the fall semester and will receive a $2,000 award ($500 annually) towards their tuition.
In addition, alumni referred 30 high school seniors for Alumni Legacy Scholarships ($1,000 per year for children, grandchildren, or siblings of alumni). Of those, 14 are enrolled for the fall semester.
“It is fantastic to see our proud alumni eager to encourage prospective students to become Cavaliers,” said Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving Programs Rachel McCarter.
Also this year, more than 1,000 alumni and their families visited campus for events such as Christmas at Cabrini, Team Trivia Night, Alumni Weekend 2014, and Breakfast with the Bunny.
The Alumni Office presence on social media also has grown, communicating with even more alumni on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
See how you can connect with the Alumni Office at www.cabrini.edu/alumni.
For more information, contact Rachel McCarter (610-902-8256, email@example.com).
Tim McDonald Named Head Coach of Men’s Basketball
After four years as assistant coach, Tim McDonald has been named men’s basketball head coach.
McDonald replaces Marcus Kahn who stepped down in April 2014.
"I couldn't be more excited to be named the head coach at Cabrini College," McDonald said.
"My goal is to continue to grow the program's success and rich history. The future of Cabrini basketball and the entire College is very bright. I am extremely happy to be a part of the Cabrini family."
During his time as assistant coach, the Cavaliers reached unprecedented heights, including four consecutive Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) championships, three trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 and the College's first appearance in an NCAA Championship game.
During that period, the Blue and White amassed a record of 106-16, including 67-5 in the CSAC.
"Coach McDonald is going to bring new energy and a new vibe to the program while continuing to build on what we've accomplished the past few seasons,” said Fran Rafferty ’14, who played for McDonald from 2010 to 2014.
“He's done a great job as an assistant and I'm positive that he has the skills that can help Cabrini moving forward. I'm sure I speak for my former teammates that we are excited for Coach McDonald and this next chapter for the storied Cabrini men's basketball tradition."
McDonald also has been instrumental in developing some of the best players in program history. During his four years, Cabrini has earned nine All-CSAC accolades, including two-time CSAC Players of the Year—Cory Lemons and Aaron Walton-Moss—who are among the program’s six First Team honorees.
Wednesday, Aug. 13 Graduate Studies Instant Enrollment Meet advisors and financial aid counselors, register for fall classes, and pick up textbooks. Grace Hall, 5–7 p.m.www.cabrini.edu/graduate
Thursday, Sept. 25“The Common Core” Panel, Q&A, and Networking ReceptionGrace Hall, 7–9 p.m.www.cabrini.edu/commoncore
Mark your calendars for Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 26–28. Don’t miss out on these events:
Check your mailboxes in August for a Homecoming Weekend brochure for more details and registration information. In the meantime, visit www.cabrini.edu/homecoming.
Thursday, Oct. 9Graduate Studies Open HouseGrace Hall, 5–7 p.m.www.cabrini.edu/graduate
Tuesday, Oct. 21Executive-In-Residence: Kevin RyanPresented by Cabrini College’s Nerney Leadership Institutewww.cabrini.edu/leadership
Wednesday, Oct. 22Navigating Uncharted Waters: Envisioning the Nonprofit of the FutureGrace Hall, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.www.cabrini.edu/nonprofitforum
Sunday, Oct. 26 Pianist Sylvia ToránMansion, 3 p.m.www.cabrini.edu/fineartscalendar
Sunday, Nov. 16Pianist Mikhail YanovitskyMansion, 3 p.m.www.cabrini.edu/fineartscalendar
Wednesday, Nov. 19Graduate Studies Open HouseGrace Hall, 5–7 p.m.www.cabrini.edu/graduate
Save the Date: Saturday, Dec. 6Christmas at Cabrini9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 7Christmas Choral ConcertGrace Hall, 3 p.m.www.cabrini.edu/fineartscalendar
All events are at Cabrini College, unless otherwise noted. Events subject to change.