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March 28, 2014
Cabrini College Names Donald Taylor, Ph.D., 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. “I believe that I am the ‘right person at the right time’ to lead Cabrini College,” Taylor says.
“Working with the entire community, we will grow the institution in stature, institutional brand, and future successes as it becomes a regional, national, and international leader in higher education.”
Tuition Increases 2.9 Percent Next Year
You may remember that Cabrini College announced its affordability plan in October 2011, reducing tuition and fees by 12.5% from $33,176 to $29,000 effective in the 2012-13 academic year.
The College was able to hold that cost flat for the 2013-14 academic year, and pledged to keep the price of a Cabrini education below $30,000 through May 2015.
Meanwhile, 98% of Cabrini students continue to receive some form of financial aid.
For the 2014-15 academic year, undergraduate tuition and fees will increase $842 (about 2.9%) to $29,842.
Depending on room choices and individual meal plans, average room and board charges will increase $167 (about 1.4%) to $12,026.
These relatively modest increases are necessary to keep pace with the College’s costs. The cost of operating Cabrini College has not remained flat.
Additionally, while the College’s food costs increased by more than 4% last year, Cabrini did not increase students’ room-and-board bills at all.
On-Campus Housing: What You Need to Know
It’s not just about convenience: Decades of research have consistently shown that college students who live on campus have higher GPAs and are more likely to graduate in four years than their peers who don’t live on campus.
At Cabrini College, current students can opt to live on campus as upperclassmen for the 2014-15 academic year by participating in the housing selection process.
Space is limited and housing is not guaranteed. As a parent, there are a few things that you may want to know about Cabrini’s housing process:
Students who didn’t apply for housing by March 10 can apply now at www.cabrini.edu/ResidenceLife and will be placed on a wait list.
Students who have applied already should have received a lottery number sent to their official @Cabrini.edu email. This number determines the order in which students get to select their rooms. Lottery numbers are issued by class, with seniors receiving first pick.
There are different housing options depending on your student’s class: sophomores are eligible to live in East Residence Hall and the residential houses; juniors and seniors are eligible to live in West Residence Hall and the Cabrini Apartment Complex.
To select a room, students need to participate in “Room Pick” in the Widener Center. - Junior & Senior Room Pick: Saturday, March 29 - Sophomore Room Pick: Sunday, March 30
At “Room Pick” students sign the housing agreement and pay a $200 housing deposit in order to secure their spot. If your student decides not to live on campus next year, then the housing deposit is fully refundable until June 1, 2014, provided that the student notifies us in writing that she/he wishes to withdraw from housing by that date.
Students who are not registered for fall classes by May 31, 2014, risk forfeiting their housing assignments to students who are on the waitlist.
If a student does not submit a housing application by the deadline, does not attend a Room Pick event, or is not able to receive a space on campus during Room Pick, then she/he may be added to the housing waitlist. Residence Life will work to fill spaces on the housing waitlist as they become available throughout the summer and will make offers of housing assignments to students who remain in good academic and financial standing with the college.
Please ask your student to talk to her/his RA or contact the Office of Residence Life (610-902-8410, email@example.com) if they have any questions about upperclassman housing.
For more information, visit www.cabrini.edu/ResidenceLife.
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.
Helping Your Student Find Summer Employment
Summer employment boosts your student’s productivity during his or her time off.
Even more importantly, it offers your student opportunities to gain valuable, hands-on work experience that will enhance his or her future career.
Whether or not your student has selected a major, it is important to research career paths, start building a professional network and begin gaining professional experiences through a summer job.
The Center for Career and Professional Development shares these tips for encouraging students to find summer employment:
#1: Share your own personal and professional networks.
Connect your student with friends, family and colleagues who may be willing to discuss their professional experiences.
You may be the best ally to your student’s professional network. You never know which of your colleagues, friends and family members may be looking for part- or full-time assistance during the summer months.
Get the word out that your student is looking for a summer position.
Consider your professional network: friends, family, your previous employers, your previous professors, college alumni, professional contacts, civic, community and religious organizations, etc.
#2: Promote campus resources.
The Center for Career and Professional Development offers students resources for researching and securing part-time, full-time and internship opportunities.
A strong résumé, cover letter, and exceptional interviewing skills are essential to your student’s job placement; the Career Center provides assistance in all of these areas.
Additionally, students are encouraged to register and use the JobSource and the NACELink network, where many positions are posted.
Encourage your student to make an appointment with the Career Center at 610-902-8306 or by visiting www.cabrini.edu/career. #3: Encourage your student to set up informational interviews.
An informational interview is not an interview for a position. The purpose of an informational interview is to help your student explore and define career options.
These sessions are useful in researching companies where your student may want to work. Meetings often last 15 to 30 minutes and are conducted with a person who has hands-on experience in a field in which your student is interested.
However, if your student makes a connection with an employer, this one-time informational interview could potentially evolve into a future summer job.
New Dining Services Manager Joins Cabrini College
This month, Tim Karolyi joined the College as general manager of dining services.
Previously, he served as dining operations manager for the Crozer Chester Medical Center, and was executive chef at Hahnemann Hospital and Vanguard.
Karolyi also is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Need to discuss your student’s dietary needs or restrictions?
Contact Tim Karolyi at 610-902-8152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Parents of Seniors:
On Sunday, May 18, 2014, at 10 a.m., Cabrini College will celebrate its 54th Commencement Exercises. Congratulations to our graduating seniors!
Graduating seniors receive obtain all Commencement-related materials and consult with College offices during Commencement Kick-Off in April.
For more information, visit www.cabrini.edu/Commencement.
Graduating seniors are invited to gather together every year for fun trips and activities during the week leading up to Commencement.
Encourage your student to attend these student events:
Tues, May 13 – Senior Picnic
Wed, May 14 – Spirit of Philadelphia Moonlight Cruise
Thurs, May 15 – Day Trip to Atlantic City (most students go on their own and stay overnight)
Fri, May 16 – Phillies Game
- Senior Week Schedule of Events
Cabrini to Recognize Who’s Who Students
Cabrini seniors who were selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will be recognized at a luncheon on May 17, prior to the Commencement Mass. At the luncheon, Chair and Professor of English Seth Frechie, Ph.D., will address the honorees, parents, faculty, staff, Trustees, and those who nominated the Who’s Who students. The following students will receive recognition:
For more information, contact Lorraine Verde (610-902-8410, email@example.com).
Students Leave Legacy through Fundraising at Cabrini
This year, Cabrini’s new student group Cavalier Traditions increased the awareness of fundraising and alumni engagement on campus.
They have led a variety of student fundraising activities throughout the year, including writing letters, soliciting in residence halls and hosting fundraising events. Their efforts can be doubled with the participation of parents, alumni and friends of the College.
Help our students reach their goal by contributing to the Senior Class Gift today! To make a gift, contact Nick Taylor (610-902-8253, firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit cabrini.edu/giving.
A student in Cavalier Traditions presents another student with a free T-shirt after she signed thank you letters to donors.
Lisa Nutter to Speak at Undergraduate Commencement
Lisa J. Nutter, president of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., will address more than 325 bachelor’s degree candidates at Cabrini College’s undergraduate Commencement at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 18.
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.
Nutter, Philadelphia’s First Lady, received the 2008 Ivy Young Willis Award which Cabrini’s History and Political Science Department annually bestows upon women who have made outstanding contributions in the field of public affairs. At 3 p.m. on May 18, 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.
To read more about the Commencement speakers, visit www.cabrini.edu/Commencement.