Connections is Cabrini College’s e‑newsletter for alumni, donors and friends.
Thanks for Taking Our Survey
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Career and Professional Development Alumni Survey.
This information will help the Alumni Office create the best seminars, workshops, webinars and events that are essential to your professional development and growth.
Stay tuned for more opportunities to win Cabrini gear, gift cards and more. If you have questions about the survey, contact the Alumni Office (610-902-8214, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Learn Career and Job Searching Tips during Free Webinars
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, alumni learned cover letter and résumé tips (for free!) in the first professional development webinar of the year.
The Cavaliers in Transition webinar series offers free, monthly professional development webinars to Cabrini alumni.
During the first webinar, Assistant Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development Melissa Burgess discussed tips on the content, materials and format necessary to make a strong cover letter and résumé, including the key factors employers look for when reviewing these documents.
The next webinar, “Job Search Strategies & Tools,” will be Wednesday, Feb. 25 at noon.
Join Assistant Director for Employer Relations Shakeyia Kersey as she discusses the latest trends in job search strategy and introduces new tools to help enhance your search.
There will be an opportunity for Q&A after the presentation.
The Cavaliers in Transition webinar series is offered in partnership with the Office of Alumni Engagement & Development and the Center for Career and Professional Development.
Q&A with Bill Gusler, Director of Annual Giving
Have questions about annual giving at Cabrini College?
With a new Director of Annual Giving, now is a perfect time to ask!
Bill Gusler, who joined the College in November 2014, is eager to let alumni know about improvements to annual giving at Cabrini and welcomes alumni feedback or questions.
Here, the Connections staff sits down with Bill to learn about annual giving (and a little about Bill himself)!
Q: Let’s get started with a question that Cabrini staff often hears from alumni: Why does Cabrini ask me for money for the annual fund, and what does it support?
A: The Cabrini Annual Fund financially supports so many different aspects of campus that most people would never think about or connect.
It supports scholarships, academic resources, student activities, library resources, technology upgrades, athletics, lights, and everything else that comes out of the operating budget.
Gifts from alumni not only help keep Cabrini functioning, but grow as well.
Q: How will you communicate to alumni about annual giving at the College? How often?
A: A couple times a month, alumni can expect to receive educational pieces that explain the impact of gifts and how it helps Cabrini students.
I am not asking alumni to give each time, but instead asking alumni to take the time to understand why we ask and why their support is needed. This would be in the form of letters, emails, newsletters, calls, events and social media.
Q: What are your top priorities for annual giving this year?
A: My top priorities for this year, and beyond, are to build a culture of philanthropy within the Cabrini community, increase our alumni participation rate, and raise more money for the annual fund, scholarship fund and athletics.
Education about giving is going to be key to accomplishing any of these goals.
Q: If you had to pick just one message to convey to Cabrini alumni, what would it be?
A: Your gift matters! I’ve spoken with alumni who don’t give because they think they have to make a large gift to make a difference, and it turns people off to it.
Every gift makes an impact, especially alumni gifts, which actually affect the value of a Cabrini degree.
U.S. News & World Report uses alumni participation as a factor when ranking schools, which means the more alums that give back, the better value your degree has.
Q: Let’s switch the focus to you. How long have you been working in higher education, and what drew you to the field?
A: I have been working as a fundraiser in higher education since August 2007, where I started at my alma mater Albright College.
Since then, I’ve worked at East Stroudsburg University and Neumann University. What drew me toward fundraising was actually the two years I spent as my fraternity’s philanthropy chair, and then serving as a member of my senior class gift committee.
Q: What are the three biggest lessons you’ve learned so far in your career?
Q: Where might Cabrini alumni bump into you outside of the College?
A: I serve on three different boards of directors, two of which are in correlation to my alma mater, so you can find me in Reading, Pa., every so often.
I’m also the director of philanthropy for the Sons of Ben (MLS Philadelphia Union soccer supporters club), and attend charity events and every Union home match at PPL Park.
I’m also big on the Phillies and Eagles, going to concerts like Less Than Jake, Zac Brown Band, Dropkick Murphys, and so many others. I’m also a huge history geek. I try to revisit all the historic places throughout Philadelphia every year.
Q: Anything else you want alumni to know about you? (or about annual giving?)
A: I’m here to make a difference at Cabrini, especially for the students. I cannot do it alone. I’m more like the fundraising liaison for our donors and the College.
I want all of our alumni to give back at a level they feel comfortable with and to just think about their favorite Cabrini memories. Was it the best friend you met on Move-In Day?
Was it the professor of that elective class that inspired you to change your major, leading you to the career you have now?
Was it your teammates? Or the prank war between you and your friends?
Think about what made your Cabrini experience yours while you were a student, and give because of that. If you have any questions, or want to know more about making an impact, please feel free to contact me.
You can email or call me (email@example.com or 610-902-8257), or stop in my office on the second floor of the Mansion, Room 16.
Then and Now
Calvin the Cavalier has been the mascot for Cabrini athletics programs since the early 1990s.
Before the costume design was revamped in 2010, Calvin's frightening eyes and a grisly grin were enough to strike fear into the opposition.
Now, Calvin cruises the sidelines with his feathered cap, cheerful smile, and bushy beard.
Bucking the Trend: Cabrini Freezes Tuition and Goes Test-Optional
Just months after welcoming the College’s largest incoming class in six years, Cabrini announced that it would freeze undergraduate tuition and adopt a test-optional admissions policy for the 2015-16 academic year.
The College’s test-optional policy furthers a holistic approach to the application process and helps to ensure a Cabrini education is accessible to motivated students.
“There is ample evidence that standardized tests are not suitable indicators of student success,” said Bob Reese, vice president of enrollment management.
Cabrini Holds the Line on Tuition, Announces Test-Optional Admissions Process
NAACP President to Talk Justice and Leadership at Cabrini
On Thursday, April 9, President of the National Association of the Advancement of Colored People Cornell Brooks will serve as Executive in Residence at Cabrini College.
The recently selected president will discuss the efforts of his organization as it continues to fight for social justice for all Americans.
He will deliver a one-hour lecture at 2 p.m. in the Grace Hall, and then the College will hold an evening cocktail reception with Brooks (proceeds will benefit leadership programs at Cabrini) in the Nerney Field House. This program is part of the Nerney Leadership Institute.Alumni will receive more information in February.
Finding Keys to Success in Swaziland
By Helen Maschmeyer, Loquitur This winter break, Assistant Professor of Social Work Jacqueline Lynch, Field Experience Coordinator Colleen Poole and Madeline Coutu ’16 traveled to Swaziland to teach summer camp.
Read the story and watch the video: http://theloquitur.com/cabrini-student-two-faculty-members-find-the-keys-to-success-in-swaziland-africa/
Carnegie Foundation Gives Award to College for Community Engagement
By Dominique Dinardo and Brianna Morrell, Loquitur
Cabrini College was recognized for community engagement by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Read the story: http://theloquitur.com/carnegie-foundation-gives-award-to-college-for-community-engagement/
Cabrini Alumnus Sworn in as State Representative
By Tyron Davis, Loquitur
Cabrini alumnus Jamie Santora ’94 was sworn in as a state representative for Pennsylvania on Jan. 20.
Read the story: http://theloquitur.com/cabrini-alumnus-sworn-in-as-state-representative/
Classes Beyond the Classics
Cabrini is offering unique courses this semester.
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.
Unique Cabrini Courses
For Love of Hockey: Rolling Cavaliers
The Cabrini Roller Hockey Team has been clashing sticks with other college and university teams across the area since 2002.
For Love of Hockey
Featured Event: 7th Annual Team Trivia Night
Gather your dream team for a chance to win great prizes and bragging rights at the 7th Annual Team Trivia Night!
On Saturday, March 21, join the Cabrini College community as you test your wits during eight rounds of questions about music, movies, sports, history, and more.
Add some color and character to your table for a chance to win the "Best Team Theme" prize!
Don't have a team of eight? The Alumni Office will help individual ticket holders create a team at $22.50 per person.
This event is BYO food and drinks (adult beverages permitted).
For more information, contact the Alumni Office (610-902-8214, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Friday, Feb. 20, 2015 Convergence of Childhood Obesity and Hunger: A Forum for Response Grace Hall, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Event partner: Main Line Health www.cabrini.edu/ChildHealthForum
Feb. 25, and March 11, 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 p.m. www.cabrini.edu/FineArtsCalendar
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Cabrini alumni can pre-register for only $5 and receive early admittance at 9 a.m. via the Center for Career and Professional Development (email@example.com, 610-902-8306). For more information, visit www.DVEC.net.
Thursday, March 19, 2015 Graduate Education Open House Iadarola Center, 6–8 p.m. www.cabrini.edu/graduate
Saturday, March 21, 2015Team Trivia Dixon Center, Nerney Field House, 6–10 p.m. www.cabrini.edu/AlumniEvents
Thursday, March 26, 2015 Recharging Your Batteries Dixon Center Board Room, 6–8 p.m. www.cabrini.edu/alumnievents
Saturday, March 28, 2015Breakfast with the Bunny Grace Hall and The Commons, 9–11 a.m. www.cabrini.edu/AlumniEvents
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Ivy Young Willis/Martha Willis Dale Award & Reception Honoring Gloria Richardson Mansion, 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 11 Calm Clarity Retreat Iadarola Center lobby, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. www.cabrini.edu/alumnievents
Thursday, April 16, 2015SEPCHE Alumni Summit Pyramid Club, Philadelphia, 6–8 p.m. www.sepche.org
Friday, April 17, 2015 Climate Change Conference – “Faith, Climate, and Health: Creation Care for a Greener Future” Grace Hall, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. www.cabrini.edu/Climate
Sunday, April 19, 2015 Fire Pink Trio Mansion, 3 p.m. www.cabrini.edu/FineArtsCalendar
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Science Alumni Reception – Honoring Anna Kruse Iadarola Center Lobby, 6–8 p.m.
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, 6–8 p.m. www.cabrini.edu/graduate
Sunday, May 17, 2015Commencement: Flower Sale, Legacy Seating, & Reception Upper Athletic Field, 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.www.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.