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WINTER 2010 • Volume 07 • Number 01

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from the President



n this issue of Cabrini Magazine you will meet a few alumni, faculty, and students who bring honor to the College by “doing something extraordinary.” I’m sure that you’ll enjoy reading about these seven individuals who are representative of so many of you in the Cabrini College community living out extraordinary lives. In this regard, I want to share with you the response of the current student body to the devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti. This natural During the Jan. 21 basketball doubleheader versus disaster brought horrific suffering to the people of Neumann University, Cabrini’s Track and Field Team distributed ribbons to raise awareness and collected Haiti, prompting an outpouring of generosity from donations for victims of the earthquakes in Haiti. around the world. Many examples of resourcefulFrom left: Jaiquann Beckham ’13, Abiu Santos ’13, ness and generosity have emerged from the camQuiana Volney ’12, former track and field coach Walter Harley, Nadia Hernandez ’13, Tyler Rooke ’13, pus community—particularly from students—in Anthony Giorlamo ’12, Michelle McDermott ’12, response to Haiti’s need. David Stone ’11. Within 24 hours of the earthquake, students from three organizations (Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors, Campus Ministry and the Track & Field team) met in the Wolfington Center to form “Cabrini Cares about Haiti,” led by sophomore Quiana Volney, whose family’s roots are in Haiti. Along with the cheerleading squad, they raised funds for Haiti relief at varsity basketball games; collaborated with the “Nets for Nets” anti-malaria fundraiser at a doubleheader against Neumann University, and held a prayer service for Haiti and its courageous citizens. The campus radio station, WYBF-FM, participated in National Broadcasters for Haiti Day on Monday, February 1. Beginning at 8 a.m., WYBF began a non-stop 24-hour broadcast from various campus locations to raise funds for Haitian relief. Students sold T-shirts, accepted cash donations, hosted a silent auction, supported “Hoops For Haiti” at basketball games, and hosted a late-night “Dance for Haiti” event. Student broadcasters volunteered for shifts through the night, encouraging listeners to support Haitian relief efforts. Joseph Cahill ’11 (left), a WYBF-FM show host, with Haiti “This was a great way to incorporate students’ native Junie Joachim ’06, during the “Streaming Hope for Haiti” broadcast. interests and skills to address an international crisis,” said Megan Conte ’11, who served as disc jockey 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. “It was a wonderful opportunity for students to lend support to the global community, and it was inspiring to see fellow classmates contribute and participate in the events.” The marathon broadcast raised more than $2,100—largely from students. As I write this, faculty and staff are rising to the challenge to match student contributions. Proceeds were routed directly to Catholic Relief Services (CRS), a steady presence in Haiti for decades. A CRS partner since 2005, Cabrini College is confident that contributions made directly to CRS will immediately benefit the courageous people of Haiti. I am so proud of the campus response to aid in relief and in the long-term commitment to restore the infrastructure, livelihood and hope of Haiti. May the College’s prayers and support, combined with those of others around the world, bring healing to the people of Haiti. With deep appreciation and in continued prayer for those in need,

Marie A. George, Ph.D. President

CABRINI Magazine is published three times a year by the Marketing and Communications Office at Cabrini College. E xecu t i v e Ed i tor Gene Castellano

W I N T E R 2 0 1 0 • V o l u m e 0 7 • N u m b er 0 1

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W rit er s / C on t ribut or s Christa Angeloni ’05 Brian Beacham Daniel DiPrinzio Kristen Hampton G ra p h ic des igner Hollister Creative P ho t ography Christa Angeloni ’05 Kenneth Brown Daniel DiPrinzio Heather Fullerton Linda Johnson Kelly & Massa Jen Wozniak ’10 Cabinet M ember s Marie Angelella George, Ph.D. President Gene Castellano Vice President for Marketing and Communications Dennis Dougherty, Ed.D. Interim Dean for Graduate and Professional Studies Jeffrey Gingerich, Ph.D. Interim Dean for Academic Affairs Stephen J. Lightcap Vice President for Finance and Administration Sharon Loman Vice President for Institutional Advancement

WINTER 2010 Features

12 Andy Virtue ’00: Using Hoops to Build Hope

14 David Wolf G’07: Education is a Lifelong (and Long-Distance) Journey

16 Dr. Joseph Romano: After 50 Years, It’s Still Not a ‘Job’

19 Dr. Mary Harris: Cabrini Fits Her Just Fine

20 Anne Brokenborough ’11: Just Try to Stop Her

22 Kevin Misevicius ’11: At Cabrini, He Got Game

24 Shirley Dixon ’84, G’89: Learning from Students the World Over

Christine Lysionek, Ph.D. Vice President for Student Development Thomas Mann, Ph.D. Interim Provost George Stroud Dean of Students





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2 Letters

3 News

Please send e-mail to: Address all correspondence to: CABRINI Magazine c/o Marketing and Communications Office Cabrini College 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087-3698 On the cover: Andy Virtue ’00, physics teacher and basketball coach at Springton Lake Middle School, organizes Hoops for Hope, a fundraiser to benefit Hope Academy in Uganda.


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10 Athletics

26 Alumni and Class Notes

32 Etc.

Donald Powell ’13 and Chantel Jackson ’13 are ‘Realizing Dreams’ at Cabrini.





LETTERS Dear President George:

Dear Editors:

We really value being partners with Cabrini in helping students learn more about the television industry. We know how much Cabrini cares about giving their students a quality learning experience, and we’re glad we can be a part of it. That’s why I was particularly excited to see you feature a picture of Morgan Miller in Cabrini Magazine [Fall 2009]. Ever time we find out an intern applicant is coming from Cabrini, we know they’ll be well prepared, bright and have a leg up on the competition. Your Communications program has a great reputation here at NBC10. We really enjoy the relationship that we have with your college. And I’m sure it will continue in the future.

I was the chaplain at Cabrini College from 1978 to 1980, two rather special years of my life. I was delighted to receive a copy of the fall 2009 issue of Cabrini Magazine. There is an important piece of me left at Cabrini. I think we call it memories. I was particularly happy to see the pictures on pages 22 and 23 of Martha Dale and Margaret Reher, old friends from way back. And they look great! Is there some way you could pass on to them my best wishes and thanks for the times of old?

Ed Dress NBC10 Investigators Platform Manager

Rev. Jack Replogle, S.J. Xavier High School, New York

21st Annual

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Cardinal McCarrick, Dr. Middleton to Address 2010 Graduates Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Ph.D., D.D., Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., will address bachelor’s degree candidates at the College’s undergraduate Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 16, at 10 a.m. Dawn Middleton, Ed.D., former Chair of Cabrini’s Education Department, will address the graduate degree candidates at 3:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place on the Cavalier (Upper) Athletic Field. Father Michael Bielecki, OSA ’05, will celebrate Commencement Mass on Saturday, May 15, at 4 p.m. on the Cavalier Field. Cardinal McCarrick served as Archbishop of Washington from 2001 to 2006. Weeks after his installation as Archbishop, Pope John Paul II elevated him to the College of Cardinals. As Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal McCarrick served as chancellor of the Catholic University of America and as president of the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal McCarrick serves on the Board of Catholic Relief Services, and is a founding member of the Papal Foundation, an

organization based in Bala Cynwyd, Pa., that provides grants to educational and aid causes around the world. He was one of 115 Cardinals chosen to the April 2005 conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI successor to Pope John Paul II. On May 19, Cardinal McCarrick will receive the first Medal of Mother Cabrini Award from the Cabrini Mission Foundation for his selfless service to the less fortunate, and for efforts that symbolize the work of Mother Cabrini. Middleton joined the Education Department at Cabrini in 1988, after directing the Children’s School of Cabrini College for two years. She was chair of the College’s Education Department for 21 years, before retiring in December 2009. Middleton is a member of Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who Among American Women, and a member of the honor societies Kappa Delta Pi, Pi Delta Kappa, and Pi Lambda Theta. She received a doctor of education degree and a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction from the Pennsylvania State University, and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from West Chester University.

50th Commencement Exercises Saturday, May 15 Commencement Mass – 4 p.m. Sunday, May 16 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony – 10 a.m. Graduate Commencement Ceremony – 3:30 p.m. Details at

Cardinal Rigali, Bishop Senior Visit Campus In November, the College was honored to host a live broadcast of Cardinal Justin Rigali’s radio show with Dom Giordano on the Big Talker 1210 AM (pictured left), and to welcome Bishop Timothy Senior, who celebrated Mass in the Bruckmann Memorial Chapel of St. Joseph. On Nov. 3, Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, answered questions on health care, abortion and the Phillies from callers

and the studio audience, which included students, faculty, staff and Trustee John Schanz. Bishop Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia, met with students, faculty, staff, alumni and Trustees at a reception following Mass on Nov. 22. In his homily, Bishop Senior stressed the importance of service to others, stating that such work is a path to God’s kingdom.



NEWS Immersion Trip to Ecuador By Christa Angeloni ’05, Campus Minister During the winter break, eight students traveled to Duran, Ecuador, for an immersion experience through Rostro de Cristo (a Catholic volunteer and retreat program).


en of us were in community for eight days trying to learn what it was like to live like our neighbors in Duran, Ecuador. The goal for our food and water budget was for each of us to live on one dollar a day as our neighbors do—although they live on one dollar a day for food, water, school, clothes, medical, and other needs. The time was spent learning about our

neighbors’ lives, their families, their work, and their views on local government, education, healthcare and more. We also visited two local foundations, Neuvo Mundo (a school that wealthy children pay to attend in the morning and poor children attend in the afternoon for free) and Padre Damien (a Hanson’s disease hospital serving more than 500 through outpatient treatment and more than 40 through inpatient care). The rest of our time was spent visiting afterschool programs run by Rostro de Cristo and playing in the streets with the children in our community. Each night the 10 of us gathered to

reflect on what we witnessed that day and how that both hurt and healed our hearts. The group will continue to meet this semester to talk about how we can stay connected to the issues of injustice that we witnessed in Ecuador, and how we can take action to stand against injustices in our own backyards as well as in the global community. Perhaps most importantly, we will continue to talk about the life lessons that our neighbors shared with us, and how we can live fuller, happier lives by putting into practice all of good that we witnessed in our Ecuadorian community.

Living on a dollar a day for eight days, Kerry Allaire ’11, Beth Briggs ’10, Melissa Carr ’11, Jenna Chiavoroli ’10, Arielle Friscia ’11, Katie Juliana ’11, Jackie Ozzimo ’10, and Jennifer Wozniak ’10 were accompanied by Campus Minister Christa Angeloni ’05 and Assistant Professor of Religious Studies Nicholas Rademacher, Ph.D.


Faculty/Staff News

Supporting the Polar Bear Plunge (left to right): Jesse DeWan, Traci Beltz ’10, Stephanie Recklau ’10, Elizabeth Williams ’10, Brian Walsh ’10, Gina Mulranen ’10, David Dunbar, Ph.D., and Erin McCardle ’12

Students Take the Plunge for Special Olympics Come on in—the water’s fine! That was the sentiment of four Cabrini students and a faculty member who joined more than 400 others Jan. 30 to jump into the 34-degree waters of the Delaware River. The warm-hearted volunteers helped raise $56,000 for Special Olympics of Pennsylvania (SOPA) in the organization’s second annual Polar Bear Plunge. High winds and temperatures in the teens couldn’t stop David Dunbar, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, and the students from taking the plunge. Opting to assist in a non-aquatic manner were nine more Cabrini students, who raised pledges and registered participants for the event. Traci Beltz ’10, who worked closely with SOPA to coordinate Cabrini’s participation, originally had not planned to dive into the Delaware, but promised her pledges that she would if she raised a certain amount of money. “Some of the people who pledged to me really wanted to see me jump in,” she said. “I told them if they helped me raise more than $400, I would do it.” Beltz exceeded her goal, and took the icy dip to support the cause. Through pledges and donations, the Cabrini group raised $1,000 for SOPA. Beltz even convinced her friend Jesse DeWan, a student at Widener University, to jump in. Erin McCardle ’12, Erin Jaskiewicz ’10, and Sara Gohl ’10 also took the plunge. Cabrini has a long-standing relationship with SOPA, having partnered with them previously for events such as the Winter Sectional for Special Olympics athletes at Jack Frost Mountain. When this year’s sectional was canceled due to lack of funding, the Polar Bear Plunge became even more important as a fundraiser for SOPA. “The support of this event is awesome,” said Gina Mulranen ’10, who has volunteered with SOPA for four years. “Today is all about empowerment. These athletes are like family to me, and when they see so many people supporting them, it does so much in terms of boosting their confidence, which translates to life skills, which helps them succeed.”

President Marie Angelella George, Ph.D., has been named to the Board of Trustees at the University of Scranton. Dr. George worked at Scranton from 1993 to 2003, as a faculty member, chair of the Department of Health Administration and Human Resources, director of Planning and Institutional Research, and vice president of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. Leonard Primiano, Ph.D., chair of the Religious Studies Department and co-chair of the Honors Program, recently received grants totaling more than $10,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. Primiano plans to use the NEH funding, worth $5,350, to improve the College’s ability to preserve Humanities materials, including the Cabrini College Religious Folk, Popular, and Liturgical Arts Collection and the Don Yoder Collection of Religious Folk Art in the archives, in the Holy Spirit Library. The Wabash Center’s funding, worth $4,763, provided resources for Primiano’s workshop, “Space, Place, and Religious Meaning in the Classroom,” which he co-presented at the American Academy of Religion meeting in Montreal in November 2009 along with Professor Jeanne Kilde of the University of Minnesota. Primiano also is part of a recent consortium grant worth $75,000 awarded to the American Folklore Society by the Teagle Foundation through the “Big Questions Initiative.” He represents the only Roman Catholic college or university involved with the grant. The project will explore the issue “What is the Relationship between Lay and Expert Knowledge in a Complex Society?” Cabrini Men’s Soccer Coach Glen Jaskelewicz ’93 recently was honored by the Southeast Pennsylvania Soccer Coaches Association as its College Coach of the Year. Continues on page 7



NEWS Author and Artist Spread Awareness of Human Trafficking

President Marie George presents the 2009 First-year Writing Award to Matthew Doyle ’13.

At the Summer Reading Convocation, author David Batstone (right) and musician Christopher Brant Menswar deliver a multimedia presentation on human trafficking.


On Nov. 2, David Batstone, author of the College’s summer reading selection “Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade—and How We Can Fight It,” delivered a keynote lecture on human trafficking for the Summer Reading Convocation. Batstone was joined by Brant Christopher Menswar, artist-in-residence of the Not for Sale Backyard Abolitionist Tour, a multimedia event that brings together lecture, film and music to expose the trafficking epidemic. Matthew Doyle ’13, who received the 2009 First-year Writing Award for his essay on “Not for Sale,” introduced Batstone and Menswar to the College community. According to Batstone, the modern-day slave trade is worth more than $30 billion annually, and nearly one million people are sold each year. Half of those sold are children. The presentation resonated with members of the Cabrini community, with many students asking how they could help address the problem. Batstone praised and encouraged students to continue their work with fair trade initiatives, and told students that internship opportunities were available with his Not for Sale Campaign in California.

Cabrini Day Honors Students and Catholic Social Teaching Chris Cantwell ’10 and Shannon Keough ’10 received the 2009 Charles A. Mastronardi Award for Service and Leadership during the annual Cabrini Day celebration on Nov. 10. Cantwell and Keough were honored for outstanding contributions to community service and civic engagement. A history major, Cantwell founded the Community Service and Outreach Club, an organization that now has more than 40 student members. Cantwell has served as a student leader in Project Appalachia, a four-day service and education trip to West Virginia, and is a resident assistant. He plans to teach secondary education after graduation. Keough is an English and communication major, and is president of the College’s Catholic Relief Service Ambassadors, a student group that finds creative ways to address global social issues. She has participated in a service immersion trip to

Ecuador, where for a week she lived on little more than a dollar a day, and in Project Appalachia. She also is co-chair of the poverty awareness program, and is a member of Campus Ministry. Cabrini Day also included a keynote address on “Consumerism and Catholic Social Teaching” by Andrew Abela, Ph.D., chair of business and economics at the Catholic University of America, and the presentations of the Cabrini Spirit Award and the Cabrini Partnership Award. Director of Health Services Susan Fitzgerald, RN, BSN, received the Cabrini Spirit Award, in large part for her dedication in leading the campus response to the H1N1 virus. The Cabrini Partnership Award was presented to Witness to Innocence, an organization that addresses the immorality of the death penalty and capital punishment. Cabrini has hosted two speakers from Witness to Innocence over the past two years.

Shannon Keough ’10 and Chris Cantwell ’10 received the 2009 Charles A. Mastronardi Award for Service and Leadership.

Faculty/Staff News Continued from page 5

Scott Testa, Ed.D., assistant professor of business administration, was quoted in an Associated Press story on how young adults and teens use the social networking site Twitter; in, for a story on Target and CVS discounts to customers who shop with their own reusable bags; and in The Philadelphia Inquirer, for a story on the economic impact of Philadelphia’s marathon. Paul Wright, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, spoke with WHYY’s “Morning Edition” regarding Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, “Persepolis.” The book, which was the 2008 summer reading assignment for first-year Cabrini students, is the feature selection for One Book, One Philadelphia for 2010. One Book is a joint project of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office and the Free Library of Philadelphia to promote reading, literacy, library use, and community building by motivating tens of thousands of people to read an annual featured selection. Mary Laver, Ph.D., director of International Partnerships, published “Shared Mission: Catholic Higher Education in Partnership with Catholic NGOs,” in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education, which is published by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities. Darryl Mace, Ph.D., Nicholas Rademacher, Ph.D., and Nancy Watterson, Ph.D., presented “Disposition and Dissent: Dialogue as the Foundation of a New Core Curriculum,” at the National Faith, Justice and Civic Learning Conference at DePaul University. The three also participated in the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) Conference in Chicago, “Leadership for a Religiously Diverse World,” exploring dialogue models for use in the First-Year Experience program. At the leadership training, Anne Brokenborough ’11 earned an IFYC scholarship, and Melissa Moore ’12 was selected for the conference’s Media Outreach Track.



NEWS Tickets on Sale Now for Cabrini College Night at the Phillies On Sept. 17, join Cabrini students, alumni, faculty, staff, families, and friends to cheer on the 2009 National League Champion Philadelphia Phillies to victory against the Washington Nationals at 7:05 p.m. The 5th annual Cabrini College Night at the Phillies features the Cabrini College Chorus performing the National Anthem and the Cabrini Dance Team on the dugout roof with the Phillie Phanatic. All Cabrini students, faculty and staff attending the game will get a free, specially designed, Cabrini T-shirt to wear to the game. Parents, alumni and friends who purchase tickets also are eligible for a free T-shirt for the game, while supplies last. All fans 15 and older will receive a Cabrini College/Phillies retro knit cap at the game. Seating with fellow Cabrini College supporters is offered in two areas of Citizens Bank Park: Pavilion sections 201-202 (limited availability) at $23 and Pavilion Deck sections 306-309 at $21. (Both are discounts of $5 off the standard individual game price.) In order to minimize the impact of the “per order” charge, order your tickets under one account with your family and friends. To order, visit, click on the “Buy Tickets” button and enter the promotion code CABRINI. Tickets are based on availability, so order now!

Cabrini students enjoy the 2009 Cabrini Night at the Phillies.


The Phillie Phanatic entertains Maureen and William Carr ’96.

Justin Sillner ’12 (left), Nick Guldin ’12 and Caitlin Friel ’10 broadcast from the National Media Conference in Austin, Texas.

On the Radio: Students Earn Local and International Awards, Broadcast Live from National Media Conference Cabrini students and WYBF 89.1 FM, the College’s radio station, earned Philadelphia College A.I.R. Awards and their first International Silver Davey Award, for programs on the global food crisis and the March of Dimes, and for a news and entertainment show. Gillian Davis ’10, Caitlin Friel ’10 and Mallory Terrence ’10 produced the audio documentary “Road to Insecurity: The Global Food Crisis,” named Best Documentary at the A.I.R. Awards. The documentary, which also received a Silver Davey Award, explores a crisis that has taken thousands of lives and left millions hungry, and offers ways to address the problem. “The Global Food Crisis” also was a finalist in the College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Production Awards for Best Radio Documentary. Joseph Cahill ’11 earned an A.I.R. Award for Best Public Service Announcement for “Listen,” which addresses supporting March of Dimes, an organization whose mission is to improve the health of babies. Danielle Alio ’12, Arielle Friscia ’11, Rob Stoop ’11 and Noelle Westfall ’10 earned an A.I.R. Award for Best Public Affairs Hosts for their bi-weekly talk show, “We Need to Talk,”

which discusses news and entertainment from around the world. Other nominations included Jessica Holeva ’10 for Best On-Air DJ, and Amanda Carson ’11 for Best Promo and Best News Editorial. Cabrini students received the most awards of any college in the competition. The Davey Awards is a professional competition judged by members of the International Academy of the Visual Arts, including producers, directors, CEOs, and other members of the broadcasting community. The A.I.R. Awards celebrates excellence in radio and recognizes accomplishments in categories ranging from on-air talent, station events and promotions to news, public affairs and advertising. Friel ’10, Nick Guldin ’12, and Justin Sillner ’12 also were selected to broadcast live at the 88th Annual National Media Conference in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 30. Their show, “Avoiding the Silence,” included Top 40 music and talk about the latest in news and sports. Not in the listening area? That’s okay; WYBF streams live to the web at




Cabrini Women’s Basketball Team at Madison Square Garden

Women’s Basketball Tops Immaculata University at Madison Square Garden

The Madison Square Garden scoreboard shows Cabrini’s 66-52 win over Immaculata.


For the third straight season, the Cabrini women’s basketball team played a Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) regular season game at Madison Square Garden, this year defeating Immaculata University, 66-52, on Jan. 23. Senior guard Alyssa Brady recorded a double-double with a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Senior guard Deana DiAmico tallied 20 points. The Cavaliers owned a five-point advantage, 29-24, at the intermission, before shooting better than 41 percent in the second half en route to the victory. During halftime, several Cabrini women’s basketball alumnae were honored. President Marie Angelella George and Director of Athletics and Recreation Joe Giunta joined the women at mid-court for the celebration. Cabrini is 3-0 all-time at “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” also defeating the College of Notre Dame (71-37) Jan. 23, 2008 and Neumann University (47-40) Jan. 24, 2009. The Cavaliers and Mighty Macs contest was part of a Saturday tripleheader in “The Big Apple,” joining the St. John’s University men’s game versus Villanova University and the St. John’s women’s match-up against the University of South Florida.

Three Cavaliers Named to Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team Casey Grugan ’10

Grugan Voted Preseason D-III Lax Player of the Year Senior attackman Casey Grugan has been voted the NCAA Division III Preseason National Player of the Year in a fan poll conducted by Lacrosse Magazine. Grugan earned 47 percent of the votes, receiving 647 total. Voting closed Dec. 7. Grugan begins his senior season at Cabrini ranked second in program history in points (237), goals (141) and assists (96). He set single-season records last year with 96 points and 52 assists. Grugan also was named a Preseason First Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse Dec. 3. A two-time USILA (United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association) All-America selection, Grugan claimed third-team accolades in 2008 and second-team honors in 2009. He was named the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Player of the Year for the second straight season last year. Grugan has recorded at least one point in 57 consecutive games and scored at least one goal in 54 straight contests, matching a 32-year-old NCAA Division III record established by Washington College’s John Cheek in 1977. Grugan claimed Lacrosse Magazine’s popular vote by the fans over Tufts University’s D.J. Hessler, Stevenson University’s Steve Kazimer and Washington and Lee University’s Will Keigler.

Senior Sabina DeGisi, senior Bryan Johnson and senior Lizzie Williams were named to The Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team for women’s soccer, men’s soccer and volleyball, respectively. The trio was featured in a two-page spread in the Inquirer Sunday, Dec. 27. DeGisi is a three-time Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) First Team selection and earned second-team honors in 2009. This season, she led the Cavaliers with 38 points on 18 goals and two assists. Cabrini won its first CSAC title since the 2003 season and made its second appearance all-time in the NCAA Tournament. DeGisi wrapped up her Cabrini career with 138 points on 62 goals and 14 assists. She is majoring in English and communication. Johnson posted seven shutouts and boasted a 0.90 goals-against average en route to CSAC First Team distinction in 2009. He helped the Cavaliers to their second straight CSAC title and appearance in the NCAA Tournament, making 22 starts and recording a 16-4-2 mark. Johnson, now a three-time Inquirer Academic All-Area Team selection, is majoring in exercise science and health promotion. Williams is a three-time CSAC All-Conference performer, including her first-team recognition in 2009. She led the Blue & White to its first CSAC championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, averaging 8.25 assists per set. Williams recorded her 2,000th career assist against Swarthmore College Sept. 4. Also a three-time academic all-area honoree and named to this year’s ESPN The Magazine/Co-SIDA Academic All-District II Third Team, she is majoring in biology. The Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Teams are voted on by the sports information offices of the 28 area institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Sabina DeGisi ’10

CSAC Fall Championship Festival Colored Blue & White The Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) held its inaugural Fall Championship Festival Nov. 7, 2009, hosting six league championships at Immaculata University in an all-day event. This day will go down as a landmark moment in the history of Cabrini Athletics as four Cavalier programs hoisted the CSAC hardware and punched their tickets to the NCAA Tournament. The Cabrini field hockey team claimed its first CSAC crown in program history, topping

Neumann University, 2-1. Junior Shannon Mulhern scored the game-winning goal with 23 seconds remaining in the second half. The Cavalier volleyball team also won its first conference title, finishing a perfect record versus CSAC opponents with a 3-0 victory against Philadelphia Biblical University. The Cabrini men’s soccer team captured its second consecutive CSAC championship and sixth in program history with a 2-0 win

versus Immaculata. The Cavalier women’s soccer program earned its first conference title since the 2003 season in dramatic fashion, out-lasting top-seed Marywood University in overtime, 1-0. The Cabrini men and women’s cross country teams also competed in the CSAC championship races. The Cavalier women’s squad listed third in the team standings, while the men’s team finished fifth.


Using Hoops to Build Hope Andy Virtue ’00


“Since that first game, Hoops for Hope has raised more than $10,000 for Hope Academy.”


fter school one afternoon in 2004, seventh-grade physics teacher Andy Virtue ’00 gathered with fellow teachers at Springton Lake Middle School in Media, Pa. They were planning a pickup basketball game in which students would compete against teachers. Word traveled fast, and it soon became apparent that most of the student body was planning to attend the game. As anticipation built, Virtue recruited other teachers to work the event, and soon had the idea to charge admission. It was a sell-out, with more than 300 tickets sold in less than two days. That first game raised $600. The money was sent to Hope Academy, Springton Lake’s “sister” school for underprivileged youth in Masaka, Uganda. When Virtue started teaching at Springton Lake in 2001, the school already was involved in programs to benefit Hope Academy, but no major fundraisers had been organized. Due to the wild success of “Hoops for Hope,” it now is an annual event. “It keeps growing each year,” Virtue says. “We now have more than 60 teachers working the game, and the step team and cheerleaders perform.” Teachers keep score, tear tickets and supervise students. Another Cabrini alumnus, health and physical education teacher William Carr ’96, is involved in Hoops for Hope as well. Since that first game, Hoops for Hope has raised more than $10,000 for Hope Academy. The money provides necessary equipment and facilities at the school, like a modern bathroom with running water, which is rare in Masaka, and helps defer tuition costs for the many students orphaned by AIDS. One year, game proceeds paid for chicken eggs; students sold some eggs in town, hatched the rest of them, and raised the chickens. Springton Lake’s fundraising also has contributed desks, library books, and computers for Hope Academy. As for his goal in his own classroom, Virtue hopes to instill in each of his 105 students an inquisitive nature, where they are compelled to seek answers. “The biggest reward is seeing them make discoveries in the lab and solve their own problems,” Virtue says. “They get this look on their faces where you know something has clicked.” He also is proud to see them display enthusiasm for helping others less fortunate than themselves. “All of this originated from just wanting to play basketball with the students after school,” Virtue says.  —Kristen Hampton (Andy Virtue will receive the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Award for Community Service during Alumni Weekend, June 4-5.)


David Wolf G’07 “I needed to keep going and learn more… If you want to be an entrepreneur, you must be willing to accept and live with risk.”


Education is a Lifelong

(and Long-Distance)


The average American university student commutes 16 miles to school. David Wolf G’07 commutes regularly 1,200. Even though most of his coursework is completed online, David Wolf G’07 commutes regularly from his home in Delray Beach, Fla., to Eastern University in Radnor, Pa., where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in organizational leadership with a concentration in business strategy. “It’s a very difficult balance,” Wolf says of the time devoted to education, career, and personal life. “I wake up by 4 a.m. and start all of my reading assignments and coursework. Of course, if a client needs me, I go.” Wolf heads his own strategic management consulting firm, but admits that he had to significantly reduce his client roster in order to make room for education. He estimates that half of his day is spent on schoolwork, and half on business. Wolf graduated from Villanova University in 1983. In 1992, after nine years as an owner of a nursing home, assisted living facility, and outpatient rehabilitation facility at the Jersey Shore, Wolf delivered a lecture on subacute care, an area in which one of his properties specialized. An audience member pulled Wolf aside after the session and asked him to do some consulting work for him. Access Consulting Services, Inc. was born. Wolf started his strategic-management

consulting firm with a client base of entrepreneurs in businesses with less than $50 million in annual revenue. Wolf is a resource for clients in all phases of business ownership, from strategic management and financial consultation to operational procedures, human resources and development. Twenty-two years after graduating from Villanova, Wolf enrolled in the Master of Science in Organization Leadership (MSOL) program at Cabrini. “I thought the curriculum of the MSOL program was enticing,” Wolf says, “so I decided to pursue my master’s.” The way the courses were scheduled allowed Wolf flexibility to run his business with no disruption. Wolf says that after being out of school for more than two decades, the MSOL faculty, particularly Dennis Dougherty, Ph.D., currently interim dean of graduate and professional studies at Cabrini, was immensely supportive. Wolf enjoyed his classes and faculty so much, he did not want his education to end. “I needed to keep going and learn more,” he says. He found that Eastern University, across the street from Cabrini, offered a Ph.D. program in organizational

leadership. It seemed like a natural progression, except that Wolf and his fiancée, Annette, had moved from nearby Chester County to Florida. Eastern requires Ph.D. candidates to undergo a residency at the start of each semester. For four or five days, students meet with each other and professors, immersing themselves in coursework. Wolf flies to Pennsylvania for the residency, then completes work online from Florida over the next 14 weeks. He anticipates completing the coursework next year and starting his dissertation. Wolf’s three children attend college in Pennsylvania. His daughter Brooklyn is studying early childhood education at West Chester University, son Zachary (Brooklyn’s twin) is an accounting student at Drexel University, and son T.J. is a dual political science/history major at the University of Pittsburgh. It may seem like a lot to juggle, but Wolf works hard to keep all the balls in the air. “If you want to be an entrepreneur, you must be willing to accept and live with risk,” David says. “Owning a consulting firm is challenging, but highly rewarding work.”  —Kristen Hampton


Dr. JoSEPH Romano

After 50 Years, It’s Still Not a ‘Job’ When Joseph Romano, Ph.D., began teaching philosophy at Cabrini in 1960, some of his current students’ parents may not yet have been born. So he surely must have witnessed significant changes during the past half-century, right?


“When I think of Cabrini College, Dr. Romano comes to mind. To me, he embodies everything the College aims to achieve.” — Brian Rice ’01

On Jan. 21, President George and Cabrini alumni gathered to honor Dr. Joseph Romano (front) at the New York home of Jamie Miller Prince ’84.

“Well, ‘change’ is an elusive term that needs clarification—especially in my discipline, that focuses so much on encouraging students to be critical thinkers,” said Romano, ever the philosopher. “What hasn’t changed is my work—preparing students to be well rounded, inquisitive, clear-thinking human beings here and beyond the walls of Cabrini College—to be lifelong learners.” Romano’s former students marvel at how masterfully he makes his classes relevant and interesting, and how his unique approach helps students think in new, insightful ways. “He never simply gave out answers, but provided us the tools to come to our own conclusions,” said Brian Rice ’01. “When I think of Cabrini College, Dr. Romano comes to mind. To me, he embodies everything the College aims to achieve.” In November 2009, the College kicked off a series of alumni events to recognize Romano’s 50 years at Cabrini. Alumni reconnected with Romano at events in Gwynedd, Pa., New York, and Lititz, Pa., and will be on hand as the “tour” culminates with a gala in the Cabrini College Mansion June 5 (during Alumni Weekend). Interacting with former students, and hearing how they have incorporated his lessons into their lives, gives him great joy.   “What means the most to me is when former students stay in touch and indicate that the mental rigor of my discipline has served them well in their professions and in their lives,” said Romano. “They learned well that ‘the latest answer to any question is never the last answer to that question.’” Romano’s goal always has been to be a teacher in the truest sense of the word—to inspire, to influence, to enlighten. It is a goal that he has achieved many times over—and one that defines his work at Cabrini.

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Jamie Miller Prince ’84 with Dr. Joseph Romano

Continued from page 17 “Cabrini has never been a job for me,” said Romano. “It is a way of life. It is where I feel privileged to be given the freedom to teach people the lessons of the mind.” Through the decades, Romano has helped shape the College. In addition to teaching philosophy and physics, 40 years ago he was on the council that proposed making the College co-educational, a monumental decision in Cabrini’s history. As vice president for academic affairs 30 years ago, he helped the College revise its core curriculum, establish the honors program, and develop a new way of


marketing. He also was instrumental in the College’s initial accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and in developing Cabrini’s first graduate program, in Education. “It’s hard to comment on all that Joe has done for Cabrini during his years here,” said faculty emeritus and longtime colleague Jolyon Girard, Ph.D. “He inspires and motivates Cabrini students in the best traditions one can define regarding college teaching.”  —Daniel DiPrinzio

Dr. Mary Harris

Cabrini Fits Her Just Fine Chair of one of Cabrini’s most popular majors. Award-winning educator. Campus leader. Former banker. Mother. Wife. On paper, it seems that there is nothing Cabrini’s Business Department Chair Mary Harris, Ph.D., can’t do. She admits that she never envisioned herself fulfilling so many roles. In high school, her ambition was to become a math teacher. As a student at Ursinus College, she majored in economics, and earned an M.B.A. in accounting from St. Joseph’s University. That led her to the corporate finance world, where she worked as a branch manager for a bank in Philadelphia, and later in positions as an accountant for a securities company and a pharmaceutical company. She enjoyed training new employees, and developed that skill by teaching an advanced accounting class at Alvernia College (now Alvernia University) in Reading, Pa. She fell in love with teaching. She enrolled in the doctorate program at Lehigh University while working in a bank during the day. She joined Cabrini’s faculty in 2001 because the College’s mission resonated with her own values. In 2008, she was named chair of the Business Department. Now, she considers teaching her “dream job.” “Even if I have had a bad day,” Harris says, “once I start teaching, everything else disappears and I enjoy each moment.” She is an authority on economics and public finance, and frequently speaks to the media on relevant issues. Over the

past year, Harris was quoted in outlets such as CNBC and JobsintheMoney. com on topics as varied as the banking industry and potential consequences of Congress raising taxes. Harris also is a leader on campus. During the 2006-07 academic year, she was elected chair of the Faculty Assembly, coinciding with the creation of a new faculty governance model. In addition to chairing monthly meetings with full-time faculty, she sits on the Faculty Cabinet, meeting with committee chairs, the vice president for Academic Affairs, and President Marie George to discuss faculty concerns. It is not just the roles of banker and educator that Harris has managed; she also expertly balances her professional and personal lives. She and her husband Stephen live in South Coventry, Pa., with their son Drew, 15, and daughters Shannon, 13, and Darcy, 11. Stephen owns S.A. Harris Construction, Inc., which specializes in high-end residential remodeling. Her family has visited campus several times to see Harris recognized for her professional achievements. One notable occasion was when she received The Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Teaching Excellence in 2006. Likewise, students occasionally get a glimpse into Harris’s home life. Visiting Harris during office hours, they may comment on family photographs proudly displayed around her office. “I think they find it interesting to see what my kids look like,” she says with a smile.

“It is so rewarding to prepare our students to be professional and substantive contributors to the workforce.” Her tireless dedication stems from a genuine desire to help people, whether in providing students the guidance to keep them on track to graduate, mentoring faculty as they work toward tenure, or keeping her family on schedule each day, Harris is most comfortable in a leadership role. “It is so rewarding to prepare our students to be professional and substantive contributors to the workforce,” she says. In nine years at Cabrini, the moment that stands out in her memory is a May 2006 trip with fellow faculty members to Mother Cabrini High School in New York. Harris says she learned so much about St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in just one day. “It made me realize how lucky I am to be faculty member at Cabrini,” Harris says. “It is a perfect fit for me.”  —Kristen Hampton


Anne Brokenborough ’11

Just Try to Stop Her Every time someone told Anne Brokenborough ’11 that she couldn’t afford Cabrini, that she shouldn’t become a teacher because it wouldn’t pay enough, or that she wouldn’t want to return to the inner city to teach, it only strengthened her resolve to accomplish all three goals.


“It does motivate you,” the early childhood and elementary special education major says. “It makes me think, ‘I’m going to prove you wrong.’” The path that led Anne (pronounced “Annie”) to Cabrini was winding, beginning long before she was born. Anne’s mother came to the mainland from Puerto Rico as a child, and Anne’s father has family in Pennsylvania, Virginia and the Philippines. Anne grew up the youngest of nine children first in West and then in Southwest Philadelphia, and graduated in the top 10 percent of her class at Parkway West High School. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of enrolling in Cabrini for Anne was finding it. Anne wasn’t even aware of the college until she accompanied a high school friend on a visit to campus. “I went from not knowing about Cabrini to it being my number one choice,” she says of that initial visit. As a first-year student in 2007, Anne was a member of the College’s Voices of Justice Living and Learning Community (LLC). She credits the LLC with “making the transition from high school easier,” and found the group’s activities, such as an immersion trip to Washington, D.C., to be insightful. Her professors laud her dedication and work ethic, and are quick to point out how much she contributes to Cabrini in and out of the classroom. “Anne is an excellent and dedicated student, committed to her studies and to co-curricular and off-campus involvement as well,” said Nancy Watterson, Ph.D., assistant professor of social justice and American studies. “She is an innovative thinker, a creative collaborator, and a leader on campus—the kind of young woman who leads by example.” As a Pierce Scholar, Anne worked in Cabrini’s Youth Empowerment Program with Norristown area high school students in a writing and cultural arts program, and currently tutors students at Olney High School in Philadelphia. Last year, she accompanied Drs. Watterson, Darryl Mace, Nicholas Rademacher and fellow student Melissa Moore ’12 to an Interfaith Youth Core conference (IFYC) in Chicago, where she was awarded an IFYC youth leaders scholarship. This year, Anne received the Andrew and Patricia Litavec Education Scholarship. And when she finds spare time, she crochets, creating hats, scarves, blankets, and vests for family and friends. Anne credits all the teachers in her life—those who told her what she couldn’t do, and those who encouraged her to accomplish her goals—for her decision to major in education. After graduation, she plans to teach in the Philadelphia School District, in “the school that is in the direst need,” she said. “To be able to give children a quality education, even if they don’t have the best resources, would be the best thing I can do,” she says. Just try to stop her.  —Daniel DiPrinzio

“To be able to give children a quality education, even if they don’t have the best resources, would be the best thing I can do.”


At Cabrini, He Got Game K evin Misevicius ’11 enrolled at Cabrini College in fall 2008, after two years at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC). He knew Cabrini was the right fit for him because it offered him (1) a reputable major in business and (2) the opportunity to do something he had always wanted to do—play basketball. “I knew Cabrini had a good business major,” Misevicius (pronounced mish-a-vicious) said. “That played a big role in my decision because it creates options. And, I wanted to play basketball.” However, there was a time in Misevicius’ life when playing basketball at all was in question. After playing through eighth grade at Lower Macungie Middle School near Allentown, Pa., he entered Emmaus High School where he was cut from the team twice—as a freshman and as a sophomore. Misevicius faced the challenge and vowed to himself that this disappointment would fuel his motivation. After all, basketball is in his blood. Misevicius’ father, Bob, starred at Providence College 1975-78 before playing professionally in Argentina (where Kevin was born), Brazil and Belgium. “Those two years that I didn’t make the team really taught me a lot about myself,” Misevicius said. “I learned that if I stuck with something and worked hard enough, I’ll always find a way.” Misevicius played three seasons of high school CYO basketball at St. Ann’s Church in the Allentown area and graduated from Emmaus in 2006. The following fall, he enrolled in LCCC, where his basketball career took off. Misevicius scored 972 points in two seasons at LCCC before joining the Cabrini Cavaliers for the 2008-09 season. He was instrumental in Cabrini’s 22-8 season, averaging 19.3 points per game and scoring a singleseason program-record 580 points. Misevicius scored more than 20 points in a game 15 times, including 24 points in a 92-88 double-overtime


win against local rival Eastern University before a capacity crowd in Nerney Field House. “The game against Eastern was one of my favorites to this point,” Misevicius recalled. “The crowd, the energy, winning in double-overtime—everything about that game was unbelieveable.” Misevicius earned a number of yearly accolades following his rookie season with the Cavaliers. He received Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) First Team honors and was twice named the league’s player of the week. Misevicius was named a second-team Mid-Atlantic all-region performer and an Eastern Conference Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star.

“Those two years that I didn’t make the team really taught me a lot about myself. I learned that if I stuck with something and worked hard enough, I’ll always find a way.” On Feb. 13 versus Marywood University, Misevicius became Cabrini’s 14th player all-time to reach 1,000 career points. In a 93-85 win at Keystone College Jan. 4, he broke his own scoring record for a single game, pouring in 45 points. When 2009-10 is in the books, Misevicius will have etched his name at the top of several lists in Cabrini’s record book. Yet, it will be the memories shared and friendships built off the court that he’ll remember most fondly. “There isn’t one single memory from that past two seasons that really stands out. It’s been a mix of everything,” Misevicius said. “From the locker room and our practices to traveling to away games and playing Xbox together, being around the group as a whole is what I’ll always remember most.”  —Brian Beacham

Kevin Misevicius ’11


Shirley D i x o n ’ 8 4 , G ’ 8 9

Learning from Students the World Over Shirley Dixon ’84, G’89 came to Cabrini College on a dare. She had been working with the Philadelphia Housing Authority for nearly 20 years, calculating rents for tenants. Her close friends were teachers, and when they gathered, she listened as they talked for hours about students, lesson plans, and the rewards and challenges of being an educator. One evening, when Dixon tried to steer the conversation away from teaching, one friend challenged her: “If you think teaching is so easy, why don’t you try it?” The words remained with Dixon, and she accepted the challenge. When she first stepped onto Cabrini College’s campus in 1979, she could sense an immediate personal connection … but she had no idea that it was the start of a lifelong bond. “It just felt right,” she says. “I was raised in a family where service was treasured, where giving back was emphasized. The Missionary Sisters [of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, founders of Cabrini] really enhanced that.” After earning her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education at Cabrini, in 1990 Dixon was asked to join the College’s Board of Trustees. She was the first African American on the Board, just one of many extraordinary accomplishments in her lifetime. Upon joining the Board, she made a small contribution to Cabrini. Each year, as her connection to the College grew stronger, little by little her gifts


grew larger. Dixon stresses it’s not a matter of how much you give, but that you give. In 30 years, she has seen the College undergo dramatic transformation. She recognizes that donors provide the foundation for transformation, and that contributions are the lifeblood of the College. In 1992, she accepted a position as an adjunct professor in Cabrini’s Education Department. While teaching part time, she became principal of Philadelphia’s renowned Girard College, a private boarding school for grades 1-12. In 1996, Dixon accepted a full-time position as Cabrini’s Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives, while continuing to teach. Being on campus full time changed Dixon by unlocking new opportunities. “Being an educator opened so many doors for me,” she says. She participated in a roundtable at Oxford University. She taught in rural Ghana, where she saw students drinking tainted water, so she wrote a paper on the subject and petitioned the United Nations to make clean drinking water a global human right. In 2004, clean water initiatives ranked ninth on the U.N.’s top priorities; with the help of Dixon’s paper, the initiatives moved up to fourth on the list. In 2008, China opened their criminal justice system to outsiders for the first time, and Dixon was there, discussing the legal system

with Chinese judges and attorneys. Last summer, she served as principal for a girls’ school in South Africa. “What I learned from those girls last summer changed my life,” Dixon says. “I truly understand now that it takes a village to raise a child.” Dixon points to a pegboard spanning a wall in her Grace Hall office. From it hang nearly 500 keychains from all over the world, from as far as Bali, Italy, and Guatemala. They were gifts from colleagues, students, and people she has met in her travels. She started collecting the keychains more than a decade ago as a way to remember significant moments and people in her life, and the collection grew as people saw the souvenirs displayed. “This collection represents my time here at Cabrini,” Dixon says, pointing to a keychain of a tribal mask. “The Missionary Sisters in Swaziland sent me this.” She then proudly points to another keychain bearing the faces of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. “This came from the girls in South Africa.” From the young South African girls, she learned an important lesson that she has brought back to future educators in her classroom at Cabrini. “I try to impress upon my students that if you can touch a child’s heart, that can open your mind.”  —Kristen Hampton

“I try to impress upon my students that if you can touch a child’s heart, that can open your mind.”



News Message from the Alumni Board President Dear Fellow Alumni: The year is in full swing and there is so much I want to share with you, including the new Alumni Volunteer Program. Last September, Cabrini introduced C.A.R.E. (Cabrini Alumni Recruitment Effort), a program that offers alumni opportunities to assist the Admissions Office in recruiting incoming Cabrini students. Some of the opportunities include participating in Accepted Student Day (April 11), representing Cabrini at college fairs, or contacting prospective students and their families. Also, there are 30 one-time scholarships of $500 available for fall 2010 to incoming first-year students who are recommended by alumni. C.A.R.E. is a fun way to meet young students looking for an inside view of Cabrini. I experienced this firsthand in late October when I attended a college fair. It was incredible to be approached by such a diverse group of prospective students and their families. They asked about what Cabrini had to offer and were interested in my personal experiences when I was a student. Words can’t describe how I felt from this experience! If you are looking to become more involved with Cabrini, there is no better time to join the C.A.R.E. program. To learn more about volunteering, contact Charlie Spencer ’00, G’03, director of transfer and alumni recruitment, at 610-902-8556 or I hope to see many of you at this year’s Alumni Weekend, June 4-5. We’ve planned a special celebration for Dr. Joseph Romano, who will be marking his 50th Anniversary at Cabrini in September. For details, visit It’s also that time of year when we ask for your support of the Cabrini Fund and the Alumni Scholarship Fund. This year, all gifts to the Cabrini Fund support student financial aid. And remember, it is not how much you give, but that you give that counts. Finally, on behalf of Alumni Board Vice President Chris Nielsen ’01, G’06 and the entire Alumni Board, I thank you all for your continued support. It is greatly appreciated. Fran Carusi Brooks ’82 Alumni Board President


Left to right: Alumni Board Vice President Chris Nielsen ’01, G’06, Paul Moser ’99, Jeanne-Marie Lombardo ’98, Paul Monte ’98 and Stacey Caiazzo ’98 celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Loquitur.

President Marie George with Kristina Geerken Nielsen ’01 and Linsey Heiser ’01.

The Loquitur, Cabrini’s Student-produced Newspaper, Celebrates 50 Years In September 2009, The Loquitur celebrated its 50th Anniversary at Cabrini College. More than 160 alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students attended the event to celebrate the publication, which has over the years garnered accolades such as the Associate Collegiate Press Pacemaker Award, from the oldest and largest organization for college students in media; recognition from the Society of Collegiate Journalists, the honor society for mass communication; and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Keystone Press Award. Jerry Zurek, Ph.D., chair of the Communication Department and advisor to the paper, shared his memories of working on the publication. He was presented a plaque in recognition of his years of service to The Loquitur. Read The Loquitur online at


NOTES 1960 50th Reunion Celebrate at Alumni Weekend June 4-5, 2010

1964 Class Agent: Denise Hodgins Call ’64, Denise Hodgins Call ’64 was co-curator

for contemporary art exhibits at the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts from 2000 to 2006. She divides her time between Morristown, N.J., and Bryce Resort in Basye, Va. Call enjoys oil painting, golf, tennis and skiing. She has 10 grandchildren, and is a stage 2 breast cancer survivor.

Joan Buzzallino ’66 after 36 years, retired

from IBM as vice president of human resources. She serves on the boards of Cabrini College and the Stamford Museum and Nature Center in Connecticut. Ann Marie Parisi Riggio ’66 and her

husband, Vincent, a Villanova alumnus, have been married for 44 years. They have two sons, Frank and Joseph, and two grandsons. Riggio is an interior designer in New Jersey.

Linda Fiandra Zinni ’64 retired two years

ago from a career with United Airlines. Besides her regular flights to Chicago, Hong Kong and Honolulu, her last assignments were with President George W. Bush. She flew the White House Press Corps charters from 2002 to 2006. She has traveled in the past to Asia, Australia, Europe, Mongolia, Russia, South America, and to the U.S. Central Command in Qatar. Linda has two grandchildren.

1965 45th Reunion Celebrate at Alumni Weekend June 4-5, 2010

1967 was a teacher at West Nancy Croley ’67

Philadelphia Catholic High School for more than 20 years and recently was inducted in the school’s Hall of Fame. Grace Mendres Zanni ’67 and her husband, Len, live in Colorado. They enjoy being near their son Lenny and his wife, Jeanne, and two children, Grace and Curtis. They send their best to their Cabrini friends.


Mary Sica Lewis ’68 has been a QVC

model for eight years. She loves that QVC, one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world, features products for all ages and body types. Lewis has represented Bradley Bayou; Clinique cosmetics; Denim and Company; Nick Chavez hair products; N.V. Perricone skincare; Mojave cosmetics and Quacker Factory. Maureen Monaghan Matheson ’68


continues to practice appellate law in Satellite Beach, Fla. She enjoys working from home as a solo practitioner, which is a big change from her previous work at a law firm.

Class Agents: Joan Buzzallino ’66,

Gerry McGettigan Woods ’68 in October Ann Marie Parisi Riggio ’66,


1969 Class Agent: Claire Roth ’69,

Doris O’Donnell Jellig ’64 teaches English

at Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Va. She and her husband Don, who is semi-retired, enjoy traveling and visiting their 16 grandchildren.

that collects new pajamas and new books for children in need. She gathers items and delivers them to a social worker at Connecticut’s Waterbury Hospital, who then distributes the supplies to mothers and their newborns, children waiting to be seen in the emergency room, and local physicians. She has collected 1,001 pajamas and 2,792 books.

2008, after seeing the program’s founder on The Oprah Show, became involved with the Pajama Program, an organization Joan Terruso McArdle ’69 and her husband, Tom, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in April with a Royal Caribbean cruise to the Bahamas and Bermuda. Monica Convery Reischmann ’69

was named director of development at Nassau County Museum of Art in December 2009. Prior to joining the museum, she worked at the New York Botanical Garden.

1970 40th Reunion Celebrate at Alumni Weekend June 4-5, 2010 Class Agent: Linda Fernandez Cennamo ’70, Dorothy Kurz LaRosa ’70 retired after

25 years of teaching elementary school in Newark, N.J. She has four grandchildren: Stephen, P.J., Jenna and Kara.


Veronica Glennon Lacz ’71 received a 2008 Outstanding Educator Award from the Rotary Club of Parsippany-Troy Hills in New Jersey.



NOTES 1972

Mary Jane Sullivan ’72 works with youngsters in schools and other performance sites in Colorado Springs, Colo., to engage them in free expression of poetry. She also conducts poetry and social justice workshops with at-risk youth at Palmer Night School and Tesla High School, both in Colorado Springs.

Sullivan is executive producer and director of “Stitching Rites,” a documentary film on the culture, rituals and arts of the Hispano people from the upper Rio Grande Valley. The film is currently in pre-production and due to be released in 2012. Her book, “Engaged Embodiment,” recently was published by Atropos Press.


DiAnne Gove ’73 was re-elected as

state assemblywoman for New Jersey’s 9th Legislative District. She is a retired teacher who taught American history and government at Southern Regional High School in Manahawkin, N.J., for 32 years. In her spare time, Gove strives to spread awareness of services for senior citizens, strengthen Megan’s Law and protect New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay.


Class Agent: Christine Dillon McCarthy ’74,


35th Reunion Celebrate at Alumni Weekend June 4-5, 2010 Carol Cartolano Mogck ’75 retired in

June 2008, after 33 years of teaching. Her daughter, Donna Marie, was married in June 2009. She is enjoying her grandchildren, Olivia Grace and Evan Thomas, whose parents are Tommy and Andrea Mogck.



of the largest global professional advisory firms providing consulting, legal, tax and financial advisory and assurance to some of the world’s leading companies.

Frank Pilson CE ’76 is retired and loving it.

Lynch lives in Chalfont, Pa., with her husband, Bruce. They both serve on the board of Serenity House and Hospice Support of Doylestown, Inc., a non-profit entity dedicated to forming a hospice in Bucks County.

Class Agent: Sharon Shipley-Zubricky ’76,


Class Agent: Frances MacDonald Gordon ’77,


30th Reunion Celebrate at Alumni Weekend June 4-5, 2010


Class Agent: Donna Montanari Moyer ’81,


Class Agent: Fran Carusi Brooks ’82,

David Bickel ’82, a special education

teacher at Greenwood Elementary School in Kennett Square, Pa., was profiled in the Southern Chester County Weekly.


Class Agent: Carol Hasson Lynch ’83,

Carol Hasson Lynch ’83, an accounting

professional with more than 25 years of private and public tax and accounting experience, is tax manager for Korman Communities in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. She worked for seven years as a manager for KPMG in Philadelphia, one


Class Agent: Kathleen Lyons Casazza ’84,


25th Reunion Celebrate at Alumni Weekend June 4-5, 2010 Class Agent: Jean Findlay ’85,

Dianne DiJoseph Nazzario ’85 has been

a registered nurse for 20 years. She is married with three children, ages 16, 14 and 10.


Class Agent: Margaret Paris Baker ’86,

Margaret Paris Baker ’86 works at Holy Child Academy in Drexel Hill, Pa. She lives in Springfield, Pa., with her husband, Tom, and children, Megan and Ryan, who both attend St. Kevin School. Todd Griffin ’86 and his wife, Lisa, reside

in Havertown, Pa. He is employed by Volvo Financial Services. Recently, the Griffins established G4 Wellness, a business that brings health, fitness and cosmetic products to retail and wholesale markets. Griffin’s niece, Kate Pearson, is Cabrini’s head women’s basketball coach. Pearson was an

Michele Montgomery Schreiner ’93 and her sons, Adam and Charles (left), celebrated the 2008 holiday season with Lisa Naab Buscaglia ’93 and her sons, Micah, Jonah and Noah.

All-American athlete at Scranton University and is following in the footsteps of her mother, Dianne Pierangeli, who coached Cabrini women’s soccer from 1999 to 2003.


Class Agent: Loretta O’Fria Cellucci ’87,

Emily, 5. He is the president and owner of EFF Consulting, Inc., based in Malvern, Pa.

Giolina, on May 2, 2009.

Major Marko Gittens ’90 retired from the U.S. Army and is now living in Germany.



Class Agent: Mark Gudas ’92,


Class Agents: Loretta Krewson ’89, 315-696-0294 Donna Dougherty Pascali ’89,

Chris Callinan ’92 was married in

November 2008. He was named Teacher of the Year for 2008-09 at Cherokee High School in Marlton, N.J.

Dawn Hartley Lombard ’89 and her

husband, Dave, celebrated 10 years of marriage in May 2009. She is an on-call Aetna employee at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia. Her sons, Anthony, 8, and Joseph, 6, enjoy guitar lessons at school. Rachel Anderson Slaughter ’89

celebrated her 18th wedding anniversary on Aug. 10, 2009.


20th Reunion Celebrate at Alumni Weekend June 4-5, 2010 Edmund Ford ’90 and his wife, Crista,

have three children: Jack, 10, Sam, 8, and


Class Agent: Amy Wechsler Foran ’94,

Tracey Eagan Blanda ’97 and her husband, Michael, welcomed their second son on April 14, 2009. Michael Thomas weighed 9 pounds, 15 ounces, and joins big brother R.J. Chrissy Lear Devlin ’97 was one of six finalists in an online poll to select a Phillies ballgirl. Devlin was featured on and in the Delaware County Daily Times and the Daily Local News. Gioia Bozzacco Gallagher ’97 gave birth

to a daughter on May 8, 2009. Grace Marie weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces.


15th Reunion Celebrate at Alumni Weekend June 4-5, 2010 John Feketics ’95, a realtor at Oceanside Realty in Wildwood Crest, N.J., was named 2009 Realtor of the Year by Cape May County Association of Realtors.


Joseph Francesconi ’96 and his wife, Monica, welcomed their second daughter,


Class Agents: Lisa K. Mininno Carnesi ’98, Hollie Havens ’98, Hollie Havens ’98 resides in Philadelphia and is a creative services consultant specializing in marketing, communications, public relations and special events. In her free time, Havens participates in Cabrini alumni activities (ask her about Camp Kismet!), volunteers with the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, and enjoys being with her family, especially her eight



NOTES nieces and nephews. Her goals for 2010 are to use her passport at least once and to see more of her Cabrini friends on campus. Nicole Baker G’98 is a music minister

at St. Therese of Avila in Audubon, Pa. She sponsors a child in the Philippines through the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging.

Joseph Chow ’98 lives in San Francisco. Vincent Martino Jr. ’98 has published his fifth book, “Around Phoenixville,” which chronicles the history of Phoenixville, Pa., through more than 200 antique postcards that detail historic locations around the area. Released by Arcadia Publishing, the book is available in local bookstores and on


Class Agent: Susan Wechsler Coyne ’99, G’04, Susan Wechsler Coyne ’99, G’04, an elementary and special education teacher, coordinates an annual summer golf outing for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She and her husband, Joseph, live in Drexel Hill, Pa., with their two sons, Jack, 2, and Luke, 7 months.

Pictured from left: Tracie Comuso-Archambault ’04, Mercedes Kemery ’08, Beth Cataline ’04, Kelley Walsh ’04, Tracey Kelly Kemery ’04, Chris Kelly, Thomas Kemery ’05, Mike Piccoli ’04, David Kemery ’03, Paul Archambault ’05, and Paul Muller.

in its second year of providing caregivers with CPR training. Accessible Home Health Care (www.accessiblemontcopa. com) provides high-quality care to all age groups, from newborns to seniors, in the comfort of their own homes through screened, highly qualified and compassionate caregivers. Chad May ’00 started as director of institutional research and assessment at Holy Family University in August 2009.


Class Agent: Anthony Barrett ’01,

10th Reunion Celebrate at Alumni Weekend June 4-5, 2010 Jane Campbell Butler ADP ’00 owns and

operates Accessible Home Health Care of Montgomery County. Based in Ardmore, Pa., the company is



5th Reunion Celebrate at Alumni Weekend June 4-5, 2010 Sean Breeden ’05 opened Play N Trade,

a video game franchise.

James Connor G’05 was named vice principal and athletic director of Avon Grove High School in West Grove, Pa. Stephanie Ann Moritz ’05 married Justin


Class Agent: Candice Linehan ’03,


married Thomas Kemery ’05. The couple (pictured above with their wedding party) resides in Drexel Hill, Pa.


Class Agent: Tracey Kelly Kemery ’04, G’08, Tracey Kelly Kemery ’04, G’08

is assistant director of enrollment operations at Cabrini and recently became a consultant for Southern Living at Home ( traceykemery). On October 11, 2008, she

DiLucchio on May 30, 2009 at Duke University Chapel in Durham, N.C. A reception was held at Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club in Durham. The couple resides in Philadelphia.

Michael Wozny ’05 and Beth Muscarelli ADP ’09 met at first-year orientation on

August 29, 2000. On May 30, 2009, Wozny proposed to Muscarelli at the Cabrini Mansion in front of family and friends. A July 2010 wedding is planned in West Chester, Pa.


Class Agent: Allison Durako ’06,

Suzanne Capece ’06 is a legislative aide

at the office of New Jersey State Senator James Beach (District 6).

and works as a clinical director at Adesha Village in Kimberton, Pa.


Kharisma McIlwaine ’06 is a member of

the CW Crew on CW Philly. McIlwaine also writes music and teaches piano to school-aged children. She resides in West Philadelphia.


Class Agent: Elizabeth Brachelli ’07, Rebecca Gallagher ’07 and Ian McDonald ’06

(pictured right) are engaged to marry on Sept. 4, 2010.

Melissa Steven ’07

is a writer, blogger and social networker at Gregory FCA, one of the region’s largest integrated public relations and investor relations firms. She previously was a corporate communications coordinator at the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News.

Class Agent: Mercedes Kemery ’08, Jennifer Fair ’08 is in her second year as a

second-grade inclusion teacher in Atlantic City, N.J.


Class Agents: Ashley Correll ’09,

Kendra Stoutzenberger ’09, Jennifer Ayoub G’09 is a social insurance

specialist at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Social Security Center in Philadelphia. She is writing her first children’s book and intends to volunteer as an ESL tutor for adult learners with the Delaware County Literacy Council.

Andrew Stettler ’09 recently was promoted

from multimedia reporter to video and web editor for Montgomery Media.

Christy Ross ’09 is an account coordinator at

Tonic Life Communications in Philadelphia.

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Kristen Catalanotto ’06, a content producer at NBC10, was nominated for a 2009 Mid-Atlantic Emmy for best morning show editor for NBC10 “News Today.” Kristen Marie Euler ’06 married Robert

John Weber Jr. on May 16, 2009 at Assumption BVM Church in Centereach, N.Y. Euler received a master’s degree in social work from West Chester University

Send your news and updates via e-mail to: or by mail to: Cabrini College Noel Kirkner ’06, Alumni Programs Coordinator Office of Institutional Advancement 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087 When sending photos electronically, e-mail for possible inclusion. Please follow these guidelines: Digital photos and scanned prints should be at least 2" x 3" at 300 dpi (dots per inch) “TIF” or “JPG” file.


Et Cetera etc. Two First-year Students Are ‘Realizing Dreams’ at Cabrini Donald Powell ’13 and Chantel Jackson ’13 share their thoughts about Realizing Dreams, one of the College’s six Living and Learning Communities (LLCs). Students in this LLC examine the formation of identity, beauty and icons, family, education, race, class, gender, and individual opportunity as it relates to achieving dreams. By Donald Powell ’13 Attending college on the East Coast was always my dream. I wanted a change from the ordinary, a unique story to tell, and more importantly I was longing to experience a part of the country I had only heard about having grown up in California. As all the college viewbooks came in and the phone calls began, I narrowed down my list of “choice schools” and planned a trip to visit them. After a long day of campus tours at other area schools, I accidentally stumbled upon Cabrini College. At the time, it was a random school I decided to visit because it was in the area; I was exhausted from all the other tours, and had no intentions of ever liking it. Within a few minutes, however, I was enthralled by the tree-lined driveway and intrigued by the small size. The place that once was just a random campus is now where I proudly attend college. Over the summer between high school and college, I received news that I was selected to be a member of the Realizing Dreams Living and Learning Community at Cabrini College. I was a bit skeptical at first, but after the first few days of living in Xavier Hall, I knew right away that this LLC was the perfect fit for me. Living in the same hallway and taking the same courses with 16 very close friends has more than enhanced my transition to college. If it weren’t for my placement in Realizing Dreams, my GPA would not have been as high, my cases of homesickness would be greater, my overall college experience would not be as rewarding, and I would not have had the opportunity to meet all the friends I now consider my family.


By Chantel Jackson ’13 When in high school I wanted to attend a college where I would feel accepted, especially given that I’m a young woman of color and the first to attend college in my family. My Living and Learning Community, Realizing Dreams, really made my transition from high school to college much easier and I can safely say that coming to Cabrini was my best decision yet. By getting involved in an LLC, my experience on campus has been transformed as I made friends and became engaged in campus life. In Realizing Dreams, everyone is viewed as a family member and we certainly are a group of people I perceive will be friends for a lifetime. Last semester, we took trips to Philadelphia and Lancaster to learn more about the Constitution, immigration, and the Underground Railroad. I also love that we have group dinners each month to discuss current issues. Beyond the formal aspects of the LLC, my peers and I enjoy spending time together in Xavier Hall. Typical activities in our days can range from a study session, to doing a Fair Trade chocolate sale to raise awareness of human trafficking, to watching a movie together, to educating people about foster care based on what we learned in Engagements with the Common Good 100. Realizing Dreams members encourage each other to become better students and community leaders. Signing up for an LLC is something I recommend to every incoming freshman, because you can grow as an individual, be around positive people, develop your critical thinking, and take action in your community. The Realizing Dreams instructors— Drs. Michelle Filling, Maya Gordon and Courtney Smith—are very outgoing and encouraging people. If I didn’t have my Living and Learning Community by my side during my first year here at Cabrini, I honestly believe that my academics, personality, and growth wouldn’t be as positive as they are today. 

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