Cabrini High School’s Mu Alpha Theta club hosted its fifth annual Middle School Math Tournament, open to both boys and girls, on Saturday, October 12, 2019. Participation was free for the tournament. Students were not allowed to bring a calculator for any of the tests, including individual tests, team tests, and an interschool test where they were tested on 6th and 7th grade math, Pre-Algebra, and Algebra I. Awards were given to students who placed first through sixth place on the individual or team tests, and the top three scoring schools on the interschool test received a trophy for their school
Cabrini University has been named one of the most transformative colleges in the nation by Money Magazine. Cabrini was one of only four Pennsylvania colleges named in the top-50 ranking, which evaluated graduation rates, graduate earnings, and student loan repayment.
The magazine based their rankings on an institution’s “value add,” an indicator to showcase schools whose alumni report high levels of success.
Cabrini’s mission, an Education of the Heart, empowers students to be change-makers in their communities, fields of study, and the world. This transformative pedagogy is dedicated to educating the whole person—mind, body, and spirit—and is realized through hands-on learning experiences, student activities and athletics, and service opportunities.
Moving forward with campus improvements!
Every time you turn around at Cabrini University, you see something new.
This summer, Cabrini completed a pair of major improvements—a student residence named South Hall and a parking garage—that signal the completion of the Campus Master Plan’s second phase.
Nearby, two paved turnarounds and accompanying parking spaces increase the accessibility and use of both structures.
Another notable upgrade that began over the summer and is scheduled for completion in early September—CRU5H, pronounced Crush—will transform the dining experience in Widener Center. Additionally, the variety of vending options has been increased.
Each endeavor furthers Cabrini’s goal to enhance student-centered living on campus, especially the opening of South Hall, a 180-bed residence for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Located between West Hall and Casey House on Residential Boulevard, the newest building on campus replaces the former Lanshe House.
“The addition of South Residence Hall provides highly sought-after group living space as an option for returning students who want to live with multiple friends on campus,” said Stephen M. Rupprecht, EdD, Dean of Students. “The lounges and open spaces, both inside and outside, provide many community gathering options for our students.”
With three floors and two wings, the L-shaped building features window-lit common areas for studying and lounging with expansive views of the Mansion, the centerpiece of campus. Four students share each unit, which has two double rooms and a bathroom. All residents may use the common laundry facilities and the kitchen.
Students can enter South Hall from Residential Drive or a new walking path that extends from the Eagle Road entrance to campus between the tennis courts and Mansion, and where a new automobile turnaround offers quick access to the buildings on that side of campus.
Visitors who arrive at Cabrini through King of Prussia Road will come upon another addition to the landscape as they emerge through the Cathedral of Trees. Surrounded by lush plantings, a new parking garage will help to accommodate Cabrini’s growing student body and community. To be used primarily by faculty and staff, the garage will free parking spaces for students in the Dixon and Founder’s lots.
The three-story structure provides 130 spaces throughout two covered floors and a third roof level as well as an elevator designed for ADA specifications. The green space across from the garage and Xavier Hall features a curved path for accessible pedestrian travel.
A second new turnaround space between the garage and Woodcrest Hall provides a safe and convenient location for student shuttles and access to residence halls.
“Completion of the parking garage and turnarounds will reduce traffic in the center of campus and move us toward our strategic goal of converting Cabrini to a pedestrian-friendly environment,” said Brian Eury, Chief of Staff.
Four elementary school teachers were honored on May 8, 2019 by Cabrini High School students. The Distinguished Educator Award is presented annually to teachers who have done an outstanding job preparing their students to succeed in high school. This year’s honorees are:
Jodi Epp, Christian Brothers School, nominated by Mary Miller ‘22
Lynette Jones, St. Leo the Great School, nominated by Cydney St. Junior ‘20
Ximena Lopez, St. Edward the Confessor School, nominated by Emma Williams ‘22
Kevin Loup, St. Rosalie School, nominated by Makenna Borne ‘23
Each year, Cabrini students who demonstrate outstanding character and hold a GPA of 3.5 or higher are given the opportunity to nominate an elementary school teacher who has had a positive impact on their lives. In the nomination, students are asked to share why they selected the teachers and the impact the nominee has had on their lives and preparation for high school and beyond.
Cabrini High School President, Jack Truxillo, addressed the Distinguished Educators and guests, “You have made such an impression and had such an impact on your former students that they chose to go through the nominating process. That in itself speaks volumes. Cabrini’s Distinguished Educator Award honors those elementary teachers who have shaped and prepared the outstanding young women who come to Cabrini High School.”
This week, Sr. Genet Henok, MSC, Director of Formation, accompanied two MSC novices from Ethiopia, Sr. Ayantu Abera, MSC and Sr. Tigist Loha, MSC to the Cabrini Cottage on the campus of Cabrini University in Radnor, PA for several days of formation. The topics that were covered were the founding, history and traditions of Cabrini University. PowerPoint presentations and interactive learning sessions were interspersed with campus tours designed to bring the history alive.
Dr. Nick Rademacher, Professor of Religious Studies, joined the sisters presenting two sessions on Contemporary Issues in American Catholicism.
Rounding out their visit in Radnor was a lively conversation on vocational discernment.
We surely look forward to their return visit and the opportunity to engage in further cultural exchanges.
Cabrini University has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. The grant will help develop a cross-institutional program that brings students from Cabrini and Universidad del Salvador (USAL) in Buenos Aires to live and study together at their respective campuses and abroad.
Supported by Santander Bank, the grant competition named Cabrini one of only nine new partnerships named by the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
“Since coming to Cabrini four years ago, it has been a priority to further expand our international partnerships with diverse universities and fellow Catholic institutions abroad,” said Cabrini University President Donald B. Taylor, PhD. “This one-of-a-kind collaboration enhances the typical study abroad experience to offer a cohort of students from both Cabrini and Universidad del Salvador a transformational study experience.”
The program will create a bilateral exchange program that will engage students across disciplines as well as those underrepresented or with limited resources that are traditionally required to participate in study abroad programs. The program will focus on experiential learning and encourage students from Cabrini and USAL to reflect on themes of social justice education, social responsibility, and social change while incorporating language-learning and cultural competencies as they travel and take classes together for three weeks at each of the partnering universities in a six-week summer program.
During the first three weeks at Cabrini, students will be part of a Living and Learning Community which focuses on inspiring cross-cultural competence while prioritizing experiential learning. Students will then travel together as a learning community to Argentina to continue their collective efforts at USAL.
“This program creates the opportunity for students in the cohort to be both the newcomer and the mentor—providing a way to encourage unity of purpose and diversity of perspective,” said Director of the program Paul Wright, PhD, Assistant Provost for International Affairs. “We’re doing more than simply broadening students’ horizons—we’re confronting alienation and misunderstanding by bringing students into close contact with their peers and faculty in a way that highlights the enduring power of overcoming shared challenges in a collaborative community.”
After the six-week program, students will then participate in virtual exchanges throughout the semester following their travels to continue building their connections. ~ Cabrini University website
The first conference on women religious to be held at the University of Notre Dame’s Kylemore Abbey Global Centre in Ireland focused on the role of women religious in migrant education.
[Last month], sisters working on the front lines in migrant education in places like Italy, the Philippines, Latin America and Nigeria exchanged information and testimonies with scholars who document sisters’ work.
Kathleen Sprows Cummings, associate professor of American studies and history at the University of Notre Dame, oversees the History of Women Religious project, an academic organization devoted to the historical study of Catholic sisters in the United States. She told Global Sisters Report the impetus for the gathering was the centenary of the death of St. Frances X. Cabrini in 2017.
The title of the Kylemore conference, “A Pedagogy of Peace,” comes from Pope John Paul II who described Cabrini’s role in educating migrants as a pedagogy of peace, said Sprows Cummings, one of the organizers of the conference.
One of the presenters was Sr. Phil Kilroy of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, said, “We are all migrants. There is no pure race. Until that connection is made, we won’t treat migrants properly because we see them as ‘them’. [In my talk], I was trying to make the point that it is ‘us.’”
Benedictine Sr. Jacqueline Leiter, who teaches English-language learners at St. Paul’s Public School in Minnesota is guided by St. Benedict’s hospitality rule: “All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: “I was a stranger, and you welcomed me.’” But she said after visiting some of her students’ homes, she felt anger and grief,
“I was angry that apartment managers and owners allowed the conditions in which the families lived in crumbling buildings: mold, cockroaches, cracked walls, peeling floors and leaks,” she said. “I was grieved to see whole families who had to work so hard to make a life for themselves in a new country under these conditions.”
Speaking on behalf of Migrant Project/Sicily run by the International Union of Superiors in General in Rome Sr. Florence de las Villeon of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus related that congregations and Catholic organizations are putting their energy into setting up centers in Sicily for female migrants to help them avoid prostitution.
Attending the conference were Sr. Patricia Godoy, MSC; Maria Williams, Cabrini research scholar; and Dr. Maggie McGuinness, former professor at Cabrini College.
In the week of February 26 to March 2, 2018, a meeting was held in Nicaragua to update the Educational Project. The general objective was to “Formulate the Cabrinian Educational Project of Nicaragua”. The sisters of Central America and Mexico and the directors of the educational institutions in Nicaragua participated.
In this meeting, the current Educational Project will be reviewed, evaluated and modified. The second phase will be held in May of this year. It was also an opportunity to work on greater integration and share experiences.
On Monday, October 16, Cabrini University hosted its seventh annual Domestic Violence Awareness Symposium and the official launch the Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence.
A half-day Domestic Violence Symposium focused on family perspectives on the tragedies of domestic violence through “A Conversation with Janine Rajauski.” There was also a panel discussion with Bill Mitchell, President of the Kristin Mitchell Foundation; Monica Jenkinson and Minna Davis of Laurel House; Barbara and John Jordan, advocates of domestic violence education; and Eliza Costoso, PsyD, Counseling and Psychological Services at Cabrini University. Each program was followed by an audience Q&A.
In the evening, Cabrini welcomed its community of domestic violence awareness advocates and educators as it officially launched the new Barbara and John Jordan Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education.
The launch featured a keynote presentation by Lynn Rosenthal, Policy Director for Violence Against Women Initiatives for the Biden Foundation, and a ceremonial launch.
The mission statement of the Center reads, “furthering Cabrini’s Education of the Heart, the Center Center for Children of Trauma and Domestic Violence Education strives to end domestic violence and support children of trauma by promoting social change through professional development, training, education, research, and community.”
The Center will:
- Educate teachers, leaders, and advocates to end violence in the lives of children, women, and men
- Offer proven, community-informed tactics to prevent domestic violence, and to become aware of and help heal children of trauma
- Confront in effective new ways the challenges of intimate partner violence
- Better inform first contact educators, nurses, and others of the effects of domestic violence and trauma on children’s learning and professionals and domestic violence advocates while offering community-informed methods of tackling domestic violence and working with children of trauma
Throughout the month, Cabrini students also are hosting events honoring domestic violence awareness, including a Mass, movie screenings, and a dress-in-purple day.
Cabrini University is excited to host the Cabrini Educator Institute. Joining us will be 47 teachers from schools sponsored by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Argentina, Spain and New Orleans. This will be the first time that we have hosted such a gathering and it will be a significant step in helping the world-wide network of Cabrini educators collaborate and understand our unique role as Cabrini educators. The Institute is designed to gather educators from Cabrini schools across the globe to develop skills on teaching and learning. With a clear emphasis on mission, Cabrini educators will learn from each other and immerse themselves in university coursework focused on engaging students from Pre-School through Grade 12.
The Institute has three primary purposes:
- Focuses on mission and the question of “What does it mean to be a Cabrini Educator?”
- Offers an opportunity for Cabrini educators to gather and learn from one another.
- Provides a forum for learning about and discussing current educational issues that transcend particular locations
The Institute is generously funded by the President Antoinette Iadarola Endowed Fund.