Cabrini College

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Cabrini College
Cabrini college logo.png
Motto Beneficium Supra Seipsum
Motto in English Service Beyond One's Self
Established 1957
Type Private liberal arts college
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
(Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
Endowment $12.7 million[1]
President Donald Taylor (Starts July 1 2014)
Academic staff 288
Undergraduates 1,400
Postgraduates 1,400
Location Radnor, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Blue and White[2]
Athletics NCAA Division IIICSAC
Sports 16 varsity teams
Nickname Cavaliers
Mascot Cavalier
Affiliations ACCU
NAICU
CIC
MSA
Website www.cabrini.edu

Cabrini College is a coeducational Roman Catholic residential liberal arts college in the Philadelphia metropolitan area of Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, founded by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1957. It was one of the first colleges in the United States to make community service a graduation requirement for all undergraduates and now has a core curriculum centered on social justice.

History[edit]

Pre-History[edit]

The site of Cabrini College was originally the estate of Dr. John T. Dorrance, inventor of the process for condensed soup and president of the Campbell Soup Company. It was known as Woodcrest. Dorrance owned a stable with many horses, had social events within the main hall of his mansion, and also had personal servants. The property was purchased by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (MSC) in 1953. It was first named "Villa Cabrini" after the organization's namesake, Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini. At first, Villa Cabrini was an orphanage.[3]

Founding and growth[edit]

In 1957, Sister Ursula Infante established a school in the villa.[4] Upon opening, it was a female-only school of only thirty-seven students. The orphanage was still a part of the community and they shared the use of the buildings.

The first graduating class was in 1961. Also around this same time period, Cabrini was awarded full accreditation by the Middle States Association.

In the 1950s era, Cabrini was only made up of a few buildings. The mansion of the college was the central point of the college, housing the students, providing a cafeteria, their classrooms, their library and their chapel. In 1958, they converted the stable house to both classrooms and dormitories, now known as Grace Hall.[4]

In 1960, Cabrini finished construction on the Sacred Heart Hall (now known as Founder's Hall), which was a library, cafeteria, gymnasium, and even held science laboratories. The 60s also saw the construction of a chapel in 1961 and a library in 1965.[4]

Late 1960s and early 70s[edit]

The early seventies was a time of much change for the college. After Infante's ten-year presidency in 1967, three presidents were to follow in only three years. Sister Barbara Leonardo was president from 67-68. During her time at the college she was also a dean and taught history. In 1968, Sr. Gervase Lapadula became president, but soon had to resign due to health problems.

From 1969-1973, Sr. Regina Casey was president of Cabrini College. During her presidency, the college was starting to change from a girls-only to a co-educational establishment. Through a program with Eastern University, located next to the college, males started to attend classes at Cabrini. In turn, Cabrini students were offered more courses through both expansion and taking courses at Eastern.

Sr. Mary Louise Sullivan: 1972-1982[edit]

Even more changes took place between 1972 and 1982. Most importantly, the school became completely coeducational.

Marie Angelella George: 2008 – 2013[edit]

Cabrini College garnered national attention when, in the midst of a national economic recession, it announced a tuition reduction of nearly 13%.[5]

Donald B. Taylor: 2014 -[edit]

Dr. Don Taylor will become Cabrini College's first-male President on July 1, 2014.[6]

Mission[edit]

Cabrini College's mission is one of the heart--"dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, and a commitment to social justice."[7] To this end, Cabrini aims to provide an academic program and a living and learning environment that develops liberally educated persons who can succeed professionally and contribute to their communities.[8]

Academics[edit]

The Core Curriculum: Justice Matters[edit]

All students participate in the college's core curriculum, Justice Matters, in which, the college asserts, "students learn skills that will advance their careers and that can be used for the benefit of their communities, linking theory to practice in the world, preparing them for professional careers through a rigorous liberal learning experience."[9] The curriculum drives to raise awareness of social problems, involve students hands-on in social justice issues, to teach students to see themselves as participating in value-driven decision making, and to develop liberally educated persons.[9]

Community Service Requirement[edit]

Cabrini College was one of the first colleges in the United States to make community service a graduation requirement for all undergraduates.[10]

Rankings[edit]

Cabrini is ranked 131st in the Regional Universities (North) category by US News & World Report for 2014.[1]

Buildings[edit]

Founder's Hall[edit]

Founder's Hall is the main building for student learning. It has three floors of classrooms, most of which have modern smart boards and internet capabilities. It also has a computer labs for education majors, psychology, and the Business department.

It is also the main focal point of the college's Communication Department. The department consists of a radio station, news room, and the graphic design studio.[11]

Cavs Corner in Founder's Hall offers a buffet-style dining experience for students, faculty, and staff.

The Wolfington Center is the center of community service in the college. The center is run by staff who put together student programs that are focused toward the common good.

The hall is named for the founding president of the college, Sister Ursula Infante.

Widener Center[edit]

The Widener Center is made up of Jazzman's Café, the bookstore, the college's mail room, a lecture hall, the art studios and the Office of Student Activities.

Student Activities office is run by the college, but also provides room for activities such as SEaL (Student Engagement and Leadership) and CAP Board.

Jazzman's Café is the students' on-site alternative to the cafeteria. They serve coffee and other café items.

The Antoinette Iadarola Center for Science, Education and Technology[edit]

Formerly the Center for Science, Education and Technology, the $18.5 million Iadarola Center is the College's state-of-the-art academic building, equipped with lecture hall, rooftop observatory, and biology, chemistry, physical science and core science laboratories.

The Dixon Center[edit]

The 64,000-square-foot (5,900 m2) Dixon Center is the center for all indoor sports and recreation such as basketball, weight training, dance and squash.

Features[12]

  • 25-yard pool
  • 3 full-length courts
  • Full gym
  • NCAA Tournament Court
  • 2 squash courts
  • Jogging track
  • Dance studio

Residence life[edit]

Cabrini College has several residence halls, which include traditional halls, houses, suite-style, and an apartment complex.

  1. Woodcrest Hall is a residence hall that previously housed only freshman females. However, in 2009 it became a co-ed freshman building. It only holds an approximate of about one-hundred and fifty five (155) students.[13]
  2. Xavier Hall is mostly a freshman male residence hall, but it has become more co-ed in recent years. It holds approximately one-hundred and sixty (160) students and is divided into "quads," which are small clusters of rooms.[14]
  3. Maguire House, or House 1, is a mostly sophomore student residence hall that houses about twenty-two (22) students.[15]
  4. Dixon House, or House 2, is also mostly Sophomore students. A larger house, it holds about eighty-three (83) students. Dixon House was closed in September 2011 due to mold.
  5. Infante House, or House 3, is a female-only sophomore residence hall that houses about twenty (20).[16]
  6. McManus House, or House 4, is an upper-classmen house, females only, and houses about twenty-five (25).[17]
  7. Casey House, or House 5, is almost identical to House 4 in layout. It is an upper-classmen female house housing twenty-seven (27) residents.[18]
  8. Lanshe House, or House 6, is a co-educational house which houses approximately twenty-six (26) students.
  9. Sullivan House, or House 7, houses thirty-three (33) co-educational upper classmen[19]
  10. Cabrini Apartment Complex is only offered to junior and senior co-ed students and houses about 116.[20]
  11. East Residence Hall, formally known as "New Residence Hall," houses mostly freshman and sophomore students and is co-educational, varying by wing. It houses 260 students.
  12. West Residence Hall is Cabrini's newest residence hall, finished in 2006. It is a junior-senior residence hall that houses 138.

Student life[edit]

Radio Station: WYBF-FM[edit]

Cabrini College has its own student-run variety radio station.[21]

LOQation[edit]

LOQation is Cabrini student-run weekly news program. Recorded each Wednesday, the webcast brings the Cabrini community the latest news each week.[22]

Athletics[edit]

Cabrini College has 16 varsity teams and various recreational sports clubs. The teams compete in the NCAA Division III, ECAC and the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). Men's teams include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis. Their women's teams are basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.

Board of Trustees[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b As of 2012. "Cabrini College". Best Colleges. U.S. News and World Report. 2013. Retrieved November 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Cabrini Cavaliers - Cabrini Cavaliers Athletic Highlights". Cabriniathletics.com. Retrieved July 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "National Historic Landmarks & National Register of Historic Places in Pennsylvania" (Searchable database). CRGIS: Cultural Resources Geographic Information System.  Note: This includes Martha W. Dale and Beverlee Burnes (August 2008). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Woodcrest" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  4. ^ a b c "Cabrini College Archives". Cabrini College. April 27, 2007. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  5. ^ Andriotis, Annamaria (February 12, 2012). "6 Colleges Cutting Tuition". SmartMoney. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cabrini College Names Donald B. Taylor, Ph.D., as Eighth President". Cabrini College. February 13, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mission". Cabrini College. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Qualities of a Liberally Educated Person". Cabrini College. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "The Core Curriculum: Justice Matters". Cabrini College. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Presidents Emeritae". Cabrini College. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  11. ^ Founder's Hall
  12. ^ The Dixon Center
  13. ^ Woodcrest Hall
  14. ^ Xavier Hall
  15. ^ Maguire House
  16. ^ Infante House
  17. ^ McManus House
  18. ^ Casey House
  19. ^ Sullivan House
  20. ^ Cabrini Apartment Complex
  21. ^ "About Us". WYBF-FM. Retrieved February 12, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Student Video". cabrini.edu. 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 

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