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Volume 15, Number 18 Aug. 26, 2013 Read the JouRnal online:

Powell on Campus Sept. 19 S tudents, faculty and staff can obtain free passes to hear a talk by former Secretary of State Colin Powell when he visits campus next month. Powell will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Pittsburgh Diversity and Leadership Conference, held Sept. 19 in the Cal U Convocation Center. Registration is ongoing for the fourth annual conference, which is organized by the National Diversity and Leadership Council. The daylong event opens at 8 a.m. with a breakfast honoring the region’s Most Powerful and Influential Women, followed by a number of panel presentations, the Multicultural Leadership Awards Luncheon, and Powell’s keynote address. A distinguished military and political leader, Powell is the first AfricanAmerican to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and as Secretary of State. He is the founder of the Colin L. Powell Center for Leadership and Service at his alma mater, City College of New York, and both founder and chairman emeritus of the America’s Promise Alliance, a nonprofit organization that is committed to seeing that children have the fundamental resources they need to succeed. The National Diversity and Leadership Council has made available free passes to hear Powell’s address only. Cal U students, employees, alumni and other members of the campus

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Pittsburgh Diversity and Leadership Conference on Sept. 19 in the Cal U Convocation Center.

community, as well as the general public, may register at to obtain a complimentary admissions pass, or visit the Convocation Center Box Office between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. The Cal U website also offers links to the conference registration site, along with a list of speakers, the complete conference schedule and other details.

Constitution Day This year’s Constitution Day program, on Sept. 17, will focus on Colin Powell as well.

Dr. Michael Hummel, professor of leadership and security studies, will present “Colin Powell: Trademark Leadership” at 11 a.m. in Eberly Hall, Room 110. The free program is open to the public. No registration is required. “We chose this year’s topic for Constitution Day to coordinate with Gen. Powell’s upcoming visit to our campus,” explained Dr. Melanie Blumberg, campus director for the American Democracy Project at Cal U. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for our students, and for the community, to learn more about this groundbreaking leader. We hope that Dr. Hummel’s talk will inspire them to attend Gen. Powell’s address later in the week.” Constitution Day is an annual event mandated at all schools that receive federal funds. Celebrated nationwide, it commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution. This year’s Constitution Day program at Cal U is presented by the campus chapter of the American Democracy Project and the Linda and Harry Serene Leadership Institute. Co-sponsors are the Office of the Provost/Academic Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History and Political Science, and the Department of Justice, Law and Society. For more information about these events, or to register for the conference or Powell’s keynote address, visit

Student’s Cinderella Story in ‘People’


social work student at Cal U has made a big change in her emotional and physical health — and it landed her on the cover of People magazine. “Before” and “after” photos of senior Maria Jarosh appeared in People’s Aug. 8 edition, along with a story about her remarkable weight loss. In 2007 Jarosh dropped more than 100 pounds in less than a year after starting the Weight Watchers program with her mother, Lisa. Regular exercise and healthy eating have helped Jarosh keep the weight off, and her healthy transformation has changed her outlook on life. “My mom sent my story to the magazine, and when I got the call that they wanted to use me, I burst into tears,” said Jarosh, who is on track to graduate in December. “They flew me to New York City for a photo shoot at a private beach house on Long Island. It truly was a Cinderella story. It really made the entire process of being overweight, losing the weight and becoming emotionally healthy worth it.” Before getting fit, Jarosh said, she was shy and felt isolated. Now she’s completing a practicum at Bentworth High School and looking forward to a career as a social worker. She hopes to earn a master’s

degree and have her own private practice someday. “Since I had such a horrible high school experience, I would love to help others who are struggling,” Jarosh said. “I absolutely want to be an example to others. I’m just a normal girl, and I want people to know they can do this through hard work and dedication.” Weight loss, she said, is “a physical and emotional process, as well. But in the end, it’s so worth it.” Jarosh came to Cal U in fall 2010 after attending Community College of Allegheny County. “I absolutely love the Social Work Department and have made some great friends through it,” she said. “Professor Sheri Boyle has inspired me tremendously through my time at Cal U. She has been there to guide me through the process of becoming a great social worker. She inspires me to follow my passions and to never give up on what I want. “ To motivate and inspire others who are battling obesity, Jarosh started a blog at There she shares exercise tips, posts healthy recipes and talks about her day-to-day experiences. “I hope that through that blog I inspire — Continued on page 3

Before and after photos show Cal U senior Maria Jarosh’s healthy transformation, which landed her on the cover of ‘People’ magazine.

Cal U Makes List of Region’s Best


al U remains one of the best universities in the northeastern United States, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education services company selected Cal U as one of the 226 institutions profiled in the Best in the Northeast section of its “2014 Best Colleges: Region By Region” listing at This is the ninth consecutive year that Cal U has been recognized by The Princeton Review. Nationally, only 643 colleges — about 25 percent of the country’s 2,500 four-year institutions — were named as best in their region this year. “We chose these as our ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs,” says Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review. Selections are based on data collected at hundreds of institutions, visits to schools, and the opinions of independent and high-school-based college advisers. The listing also includes comments made by students themselves. Cal U students say campus facilities are “top-notch,” and mention the “wonderful” University housing, in particular. They report that Cal U’s small-town setting means the campus “feels safe,” yet it’s “only 45 minutes from the airport and downtown Pittsburgh.” “It’s hard not to fall in love with it,” one student said. The Princeton Review’s 226 “Best Northeastern Colleges” are located in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and the District of Columbia.


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