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Mariel Delacruz, Junior  |  Cabrini College  |  Criminology, Psychology & Sociology

I decided to come to Cabrini College because I immediately knew it was the right place for me. Growing up, my family was oriented in social justice and serving the community to help those who are most in need of help. Cabrini provided those two things that I grew up hearing from my mother: social justice and education. 

In the future, graduating from Cabrini as a sociology, criminology and psychology major will help me bring things like justice and education to communities whom are most in need of that. 

The best thing about attending an independent college is the size and ratio of the classroom. I love to have one-on-one relationships with my professors and those who are guiding me through the process of college as a first generation college student. 

One adjective that describes me: open-minded.


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President of Lackawanna College, Mark Volk testified on May 28 before the House Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness at Reading Area Community College (RACC) pursuant to HR 102. President Volk testified on behalf of AICUP and his college.

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Mercyhurst University announces Michael Victor as 12th president

From a Mercyhurst University press release:

The Board of Trustees of Mercyhurst University today announced the appointment of Michael T. Victor, J.D., LL.D., as the 12th president of Mercyhurst University. The vote took place during a special meeting of the board on May 19, 2015.

Currently president of Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Victor is expected to assume his duties at Mercyhurst on or about Aug. 1. He succeeds Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D., who is retiring as president after nearly a decade in the role and following a 30-year affiliation with the university.

Throughout his nine-year tenure at Lake Erie College, Victor never lost touch with his Erie roots and maintained his family home here, where he is widely respected as a civic and business leader, attorney, entrepreneur and fundraiser who has risen through the ranks of administrative positions in higher education.


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Muhlenberg College President: Tips for college graduates

from the Allentown Morning Call

Fellow graduates of the Class of 2015, we are all poised to take the next big step. For you, that next step will almost certainly mean more challenges, more hard work. Maybe a job, maybe more school, definitely more independence and responsibilities. Probably much smaller subsidies from your parents. For me, well, fewer meetings, fewer suits, fewer bow ties, and fewer emails.

There's something else we probably have in common when it comes to that next big step. We are all scared silly that things might not work out the way we hope. We are perched on the edge here. We are ready to spread our wings. We are hoping we don't go splat.

This is my 12th and last baccalaureate address at Muhlenberg College. I have been saving my best advice for you. So here goes. To alleviate some of that "I may be about to go splat" anxiety, here is my advice for a happy life:

When things look really bad, get a good night's sleep. It can't hurt, and whatever the problem is, it may solve itself overnight. If it doesn't, you'll be better prepared to deal with it in the morning.


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Talent Greater Philly Honors Peirce College for Innovative Practice in Higher Education

Talent Greater Philly, a collective that, according to its website, "collaborates on strategies designed to position students to obtain a post-secondary education", recently recognized Peirce College for its contributions to higher education and, specifically, its innovative practices to provide educational opportunities to low-income families.

From a Talent Greater Philly press release:

"In 2013, Peirce College, in collaboration with Year Up/Professional Training Corps (PTC), launched a unique, holistic partnership to reduce the workforce and degree attainment barriers experienced by 18-24 year old regional youth from low-income families. Peirce’s focus has been threefold: 1) to provide low-income students the opportunity to gain college credits 2) to create a pathway to degree completion and 3) to help students gain employability skills and relevant work experience."

Photo credit: Talent Greater Philly

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Resolutions declaring April 21st Independent College Day in Pennsylvania unanimously pass General Assembly

A big thank you to Sen. Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) and Rep. Marguerite Quinn (R-Bucks) for introducing SR 93 and HR 254, respectively, during AICUP’s 2015 Student Lobby Day. The resolutions honored independent colleges and universities in the Commonwealth and named April 21, 2015 “Independent College and University Day” in Pennsylvania. SR 93 had 16 bipartisan cosponsors and HR 254 had 40 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. The resolutions passed unanimously and the students, faculty and administrators attending Student Lobby Day were invited to watch the proceedings from the House and Senate galleries. 

To view the full text of SR 93, click here.

To view the full text of HR 254, click here.

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Keep both eyes open and keep on learning 

By Elizabethtown University President Carl Strikwerda

Congratulations, 2015 college graduates. For a few moments, you should celebrate everything that you’ve accomplished — the courses taken, the exams passed, the projects completed, and the degrees earned. And, then, the rest of your life stretches out before you. How should you look at the future that lies ahead?

I suggest that you look to your futures with both eyes wide open, focused on the immediate tasks at hand, and at how you want your life to evolve in the long term. Your first big decision is choosing between a job that begins your career, graduate school or some other kind of further study, or finding a job to support yourself while you consider your options. Whatever you choose, keep your eye on your longer term goal: a satisfying and fulfilling career and life.

Those who took a job simply because it seemed attractive at the time, and then keep moving ahead on a career path without asking where they’re headed, frequently end up dissatisfied later and much less successful than they expected.


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AICUP's 2015 Student Lobby Day a Success!

Nearly two hundred independent college and university students, faculty and administrators from more than 30 institutions wielded their informational packets as they wound their way through the state Capitol Building on April 21 meeting with legislators and staff as they convened for the Association of Independent Colleges & Universities of Pennsylvania’s (AICUP) 2015 Student Lobby Day.

For photos, video and more information about Student Lobby Day, click here.

Thank you to all the students, faculty and administrators who participated, and thank you to the lawmakers who took the time to meet with us! 

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Saint Joseph’s University Elects Mark C. Reed as First Lay President

From a St. Joseph's Press Release:

The Saint Joseph’s University Board of Trustees today elected Mark C. Reed, Ed.D., as the Jesuit institution’s 28th — and first lay — president in its 164-year history. Dr. Reed currently serves as senior vice president and chief of staff at Fairfield University, in Fairfield, Conn., which along with Saint Joseph’s is one of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities.

The Saint Joseph’s community will meet Dr. Reed at a special convocation planned for this morning, Wednesday, April 22, at 11:30 a.m., in the Cardinal John Foley Campus Center, located on SJU’s James J. Maguire ’58 Campus. The meeting will be live-streamed for those unable to attend.

“The Board of Trustees made history today in electing Mark Reed as the first lay president of Saint Joseph’s University,” says Edward W. Moneypenny ’64, chair of SJU’s Board of Trustees. “Dr. Reed’s lifelong commitment to Jesuit values and mission, and his outstanding record as a leader in Catholic higher education, make him the perfect choice to lead Saint Joseph’s into the future.”


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AICUP's 55th Annual Meeting

This March, AICUP held its 55th Annual Meeting at the Hotel Hershey. Distinguished guests included college and university presidents and representatives, corporate affiliates, philanthropists, leaders and government officials.


Panels were held to discuss a variety of issues including child protective services legislation, reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, community college transfers and DCED's India initiative. Awards were presented to Governor Edward G. Rendell, Dr. Thomas Kepple of Juniata College, and Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Diane Wilfrid of the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation.

To view all photos from the event, click here.

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Did You Know?


Top Origins of First-Time, Degree-Seeking Students Migrating to Pennsylvania to Attend a College or University, Fall 2012

 Rank  State  Students
 1  New Jersey  9,521
 2  New York  5,392
 3  Foreign Countries  3,497
 4  Maryland  2,914
 5  Ohio  1,439
 6  California  1,340
 7  Connecticut  1,280
 8  Massachusetts  1,165
 9  Virginia  1,004
 10  Delaware  731


In the fall of 2012, a total of 33,673 students traveled to Pennsylvania from other states or from overseas to enroll in a college or university located here. Of those 33,673 students migrating to Pennsylvania, 68 percent enrolled in a private college or university.