Connections is Cabrini College’s e‑newsletter for alumni, donors, and friends.
Featured Event: National Philanthropy Day
Nov. 15 is National Philanthropy Day (NPD), which recognizes the contributions of those active in the philanthropic community, and their impact on our lives, our community and our world.
In honor of NPD, Cabrini College will highlight philanthropy’s impact on campus, announce new programs, thank those who have supported the College, and offer opportunities for others to get involved.
To follow the activity around NPD, keep an eye on the Cabrini College Alumni Office Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Interim President Deb Takes invites you to attend a joyous celebration of the Christmas season.
Cabrini College Chorus Christmas Concert
On Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. in Grace Hall Atrium, Cabrini’s student chorus, under the direction of Adeline Bethany, Ed.D., will perform a number of holiday selections.
This free event is open to the public and sure to delight!
Leadership Institute Makes Strides
Alumnus Shares Leadership Styles as First Executive-In-Residence
On Oct. 24, Thomas P. Nerney ’77 addressed students, faculty and staff as the first Executive-In-Residence for the Nerney Leadership Institute.
In this program, executives in the corporate and non-profit sectors will serve one- or two-day residencies on campus, meeting with the campus community to discuss their style of leadership as it relates to their work and personal life.
Nerney, who worked with the College to establish the Nerney Leadership Institute in spring 2013, is chairman, president, and chief executive officer of USLI (United States Liability Insurance Group) in Wayne, Pa. He is a Cabrini alumnus and serves as chair of the College’s Board of Trustees.
During the day, Nerney met with faculty and the Administrative Leadership Team, and then with students in the “Foundations of Leadership Class,” the LEADStrong program, leadership minor, and leadership clubs.
After a dinner reception with students in the Master of Science in Leadership program, Nerney spoke during a campus-wide event.
Maria Vizcarrondo Named Executive Director of Nerney Leadership Institute
Maria Vizcarrondo has been named executive director of the Nerney Leadership Institute at Cabrini College. She began the position Nov. 11.
Vizcarrondo’s experience spans the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. Most recently, she served as president/chief executive officer of Health-e-CITi-NJ, a federally funded health-information exchange for Northern New Jersey.
As executive director of the Nerney Leadership Institute, she will form an Advisory Council of corporate, non-profit and academic leaders that will assist her in developing an Executive-in-Residence program and an internship program at the College. She also will collaborate with faculty and staff to develop leadership education at Cabrini.
Vizcarrondo earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Kean College and a master of science in public policy and administration from Columbia University. She completed postgraduate work in urban policy at Rutgers University.
11th Annual Canada Ski Trip Open to All
Mont Tremblant, Quebec - January 5–10, 2014
Cabrini Recreation is offering a ski trip to alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends of the College. The cost is $675 per person, and includes:
*Four-person rooms are included in price. Additional charges apply for two- or three-person lodging.
A passport or PassID is required for travel to and from Canada.
The deadline to sign up and pay is Dec. 5.
Recruit the Next Generation of Cavaliers with a Scholarship
Alumni may recruit deserving high school seniors for a Cabrini scholarship through the Cavalier Referral Award.
This award allows alumni to nominate one or more high school seniors for the term beginning in fall 2014, and each is eligible to receive a $500 scholarship annually in your name for four consecutive years (eight semesters) for a total of $2,000!
As long as the students who are referred meet Cabrini’s standards for admission, they are eligible for the award.
The award may be used only for a first undergraduate degree at Cabrini College. A student is eligible to receive only one Cavalier Referral Award and must be in good academic standing to remain eligible.
Call for Nominations: Alumni Awards and Alumni Board Members
Do you know a fellow alumna/us deserving of being recognized through an Alumni Award, or who would make an extraordinary contribution to Cabrini College as a member of the Alumni Board (including yourself)? Submit a nomination!
Alumni Awards Submit one or more nominations for the following five awards:
Distinguished Achievement Award: Recognizes an alumna/us whose noteworthy career achievements embody Cabrini College’s mission of leadership development, a commitment to social justice and academic excellence
Martha Dale Award for Distinguished Service: Recognizes an alumna/us who has demonstrated longstanding loyalty, dedication and interest in Cabrini and the Alumni Association
Saint Frances X. Cabrini Award for Community Service: Recognizes an alumna/us for his or her extraordinary volunteer service to local or global communities
Young Alumni Award: Recognizes an alumna/us who graduated in the past 10 years (2003–13) and who has continued the Cabrinian legacy of service, made outstanding contributions to his or her community, and/or achieved success in his or her career
Honorary Alumnus Award: Recognizes a member of the Cabrini community who is not an alumna/us, but who has dedicated time and effort to the College
Email your nominations, including award title, nominee name, nominee class year, and reason for nomination to Rachel McCarter, Director of Alumni Engagement & Annual Giving Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations will be reviewed and vetted by the Governance Committee of the Alumni Board in February 2014. The 2014 award recipients will be honored at the Annual Alumni Association Meeting & Awards Luncheon on Saturday, May 31, during Alumni Weekend.
Alumni Board If you would like to make a difference in the life of your alma mater, consider nominating yourself or another alumna/us for the Alumni Board of Directors.
The Alumni Board is the governing body of the Alumni Association, and the voice behind the benefits, events, and opportunities provided on behalf of the College to more than 14,000 alumni.
By serving as an elected member of the Alumni Board, you can have a direct impact on the student experience; alumni benefits, services and outreach; College fundraising; and student and alumni recognition.
Alumni Employee Spotlight: Anne Schwelm G’03
Anne Schwelm G’03 isn’t your typical alumna. Before hitting the books to earn a second master’s degree, she had worked at Cabrini for five years in several roles – coordinator of information access and user services in the Holy Spirit Library, adjunct instructor of an Information Services and Technology (IST) class, and academic advisor.
She graduated from Cabrini in 2003 with a master’s of science in organizational leadership.
Connections caught up with Schwelm, now the assistant library director at Holy Spirit Library, to discuss her many roles and experiences on campus.
Connections: Describe what you do in your position at Cabrini. Anne Schwelm: I oversee reference and information literacy, the archives, reserves, and the Cabriniana Room, which is the second floor collection of relics and ephemera of Mother Cabrini.
C: What do you enjoy about working at your alma mater? AS: My favorite part is working with the students one-on-one, helping them with their research and teaching the information literacy classes. I enjoy helping faculty with their research as well.
C: How much has campus changed since you were a student here? AS: The Iadarola Center was built and the chapel was renovated. The vans are now wrapped. They are so cool! The trees and the landscape have been well taken care of too.
C: What do you think is one of the biggest improvements on campus since you've been a student? AS: I think the Justice Matters curriculum. It put us on the map as incorporating our mission both with the emphasis on Catholic Social Teaching and welcoming learners of all faiths and developing well-rounded and well-educated student leaders. The Master of Education program has expanded off campus as well and that has been a major change.
C: What are some of your recent achievements in your current role? AS: The MSL (Master of Science in Leadership) paved the way to my eight years of teaching at Drexel as an adjunct faculty member. For the last four years I've been teaching in the MSL program at Cabrini. Last month, I presented at the Pennsylvania Library Association's annual conference on our four-credit ECG 100 (Engagements of the Common Good) class.
C: What are some of your goals for this year? AS: I'd like to attend Cabrini Night at The Phillies next year. I would love to have some of the collection of the Cabriniana Room digitized and made available on the web. I also want to have the Woodcrest yearbooks digitized and made available on the web.
Cabrini Goes Uncorked!
On Saturday, Nov. 9, more than 100 alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends gathered in the Mansion for the inaugural “Cabrini Uncorked,” a wine and food pairing event with a silent auction.
Co-sponsored by the Cabrini College Parent Council and the Alumni Board of Directors, Cabrini Uncorked featured a variety of wines from around the world, along with champagne and craft beers, each hand selected by Professor of History and Political Science James Hedtke, Ph.D.
At each station, a beverage was matched with a complementary food sample to create pairings like the Chateau de Montfort Vouvray with phyllo cups of camembert, apple and pecan; a Trimbach Alsatian Gewurztraminer matched with a caramelized onion tarte; and Gascon Argentinian Malbec with boneless short ribs topped with crispy onions.
The silent auction items were generously donated by alumni, parents and friends of the College, and featured highly sought-after pieces of Philadelphia sports memorabilia, an on-trend Kate Spade handbag, a variety of gift baskets, and an opportunity to enjoy a week in the Florida Keys.
All auction proceeds directly benefit the Cabrini Annual Fund, which supports the Cabrini student experience.
Miss out on this year’s event? Don’t worry; you’ll have a chance to attend next year, in November 2014.
Cabrini Trustee Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Charity Johnamanjaro - Help Cabrini Reach New Heights! Trustee John Schanz and wife Liz are “stepping up” this winter with a challenge to the Cabrini community.
The couple turns 50 in 2014, and to celebrate they will climb Mount Kilimanjaro—the highest peak in Africa—while raising more than $50,000 for five non-profits they support, including Cabrini College.
They dubbed their seven-day climb for charity “Johnamanjaro.” (Read updates about their training and upcoming climb at johnamanjaro.org.)
To commemorate their climb, the Schanzes will match dollar-to-dollar up to $10,000 raised by each non-profit through Feb. 28, 2014. (They expect to reach the peak on Feb. 13.) Money raised will directly benefit Cabrini students.
But the Schanzes cannot do this alone. They are relying on Cabrini alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff, and friends to give $10,000 as the Schanzes summit Mount Kilimanjaro.
Join the ascent! Give to the Cabrini Annual Fund (designated to “Johnamanjaro”) by Feb. 28, and you’ll be part of an extraordinary experience that elevates Cabrini College to 19,341 feet and $20,000!
Teams in Conference Championship Contests
This month, women’s soccer captured its third straight CSAC crown, volleyball won its fourth CSAC championship (in the last five seasons) and heads to the NCAA tournament, and field hockey fell in the CSAC title game.
With the women’s soccer team’s victory, the Cavaliers improve to 12–3–5 on the season and punch its fifth ticket to the NCAA Tournament.
The team’s win makes the Cavaliers the first women’s soccer program since 2000 to capture three consecutive CSAC/PAC titles. The win also breaks a tie with Misericordia who earned five league championships.
Volleyball looks for its first NCAA tournament victory as it faces Christopher Newport University on Friday, Nov. 15. The match will be one of four played at Juniata College’s Memorial Gymnasium in Huntingdon, Pa.
The Cabrini field hockey team fell short in its quest to regain the Colonial States Athletic Conference championship, as the Cavaliers lost to Gwynedd Mercy 4-2 in the title game on Nov. 9.
With the loss, the Blue and White close their season with an overall record of 10–8.
For information about all upcoming events, look for the monthly event email from the Alumni Office.