2009 Campus Update


CEOs of MTV Networks & Lehigh Valley Hospital to Receive Degrees

Cedar Crest College announced that Judy McGrath, MTV Networks Chairman and CEO and alumna of Cedar Crest Class of 1974, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and Dr. Elliot Sussman, Chairman and CEO of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree at the College's 138th Commencement Ceremony to be held Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. on the College Quadrangle.

"Judy McGrath, CEO of MTV Networks and a 1974 graduate of Cedar Crest College, is widely considered to be one of the most influential women in broadcasting," says Acting President, Dr. Blenda Wilson '62.  "With her cutting-edge creative talents, she pioneered in cable television and has led her unit at media giant, Viacom, to unprecedeted success.  Named one of CNN/Money Magazine's Most Powerful Women of 2007, Judy merits the distinction of having her alma mater award her an honorary doctorate degree."

"As CEO of the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, Dr. Sussman has increased the quality of health care for citizens of the Lehigh Valley," says Dr. Wilson.  "We are proud of our partnership with the Lehigh Valley Hospital by which Cedar Crest nursing students receive world class clinical training and our alumnae comprise an extraordinarily large percentage of the hospital's workforce. Cedar Crest College is honored to award an honorary doctorate degree to Dr. Sussman."

Judy McGrath

Judy McGrath is the Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks, a position she has held since July 2004.  In this role, she oversees the management and operation of MTV Networks' more than 150 channels and more than 300 web sites, which reach more than 520 million households worldwide in more than 160 countries and in 32 languages.

McGrath has held a succession of positions at MTV Networks since the launch of MTV in 1981. Prior to being named Chairman and CEO, she was the MTV Networks Group President responsible for MTV, MTV2, VH1, CMT: Country Music Television and Comedy Central.

In her time at the helm of MTVN, her teams have developed programs and events across the entire company's portfolio of brands that have become cultural landmarks to people everywhere, including the "MTV Video Music Awards," the "MTV Movie Awards", "Total Request Live", "The Real World", "Punk'd", "Laguna Beach", "Newlyweds", "The Osbournes", VH1's long-running, award winning Save the Music campaign, "Flavor of Love", "The Hogans", CMT's "CrossRoads", Nickelodeon's "Go, Diego, Go!", and Spike TV's "Ultimate Fighter," among countless others.

Consistently recognized as an inspiring and creative leader, McGrath has always maintained a passionate commitment to developing pro-social initiatives at the channels. Among the programs she has championed are mtvU's Darfur is Dying, the Peabody Award-winning Choose or Lose campaign, as well as the Emmy award-winning Fight For Your Rights series, including "Take a Stand Against Violence", "Take a Stand Against Discrimination", and "Protect Yourself", an AIDS Awareness campaign on MTV.  Throughout her career, Ms. McGrath has worked tirelessly to raise the consciousness of viewers, address their issues in a meaningful way and facilitate/empower audience involvement.

A member of the MTV family since its first days, McGrath joined Warner Amex Satellite Entertainment Company (WASEC), MTV Networks' predecessor company, in 1981 as Copywriter, On-Air Promotions, MTV.  She subsequently moved up the ranks and became Editorial Director, MTV; Executive Vice President and Creative Director, MTV; and then, President, MTV.

Under her direction as President, MTV grew from a maverick cable channel to the maverick global brand it is today, symbolizing a culture, a style, an attitude and a vibrant musical landscape. From the beginning, she helped MTV bring the creativity of music, with its passion, originality and energy, to television. 

 Before joining the company, she held positions as Copy Chief of Glamour magazine and Senior Writer for Mademoiselle magazine.

McGrath is on the board of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Ad Council, and serves on the advisory board of LIFEbeat. She has been honored by Women in Cable & Telecommunications, GLAAD and the Harlem Children's Zone.  In 2003, she was named Humanitarian of the Year by the T.J. Martell Foundation. She is in both the Cable Hall of Fame and the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

Dr. Elliot Sussman

Dr. Elliot Sussman serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, a position he has held since 1993.   Lehigh Valley Hospital & Health Network (LVHHN) is a comprehensive integrated health care network that includes three hospitals, a 400-member employed physician group and seven community health centers. LVHHN is the area's largest employer with more than 9,000 employees and is a major clinical affiliate of Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.  LVHHN has been recognized for numerous honors, including National Magnet status for nursing.  U.S. News & World Report has named LVHHN as one of "America's Best Hospitals" for eleven consecutive years for specialties such as cardiology and cardiac surgery, urology, digestive diseases, endocrinology, hormonal disorders, geriatrics, respiratory disorders, orthopedics, gynecology, otorhinolaryngology, cancer and gastroenterology.  LVHHN has also been consistently honored for patient safety and quality.  It was also awarded the designation of being one of the "100 Best Places to Work" by Fortune magazine.

Dr. Sussman is the Leonard Parker Pool Professor of Health Systems Management, Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Public Health Sciences at Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine.  Dr. Sussman is past chair of the Administrative Board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals for the American Association of Medical Colleges and is recent Chair Elect of the Executive Council of the AAMC.

Besides serving as a trustee of the Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, he serves on the boards of the Allentown Art Museum, Lehigh University, Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation, Lehigh Valley PBS/WLVT TV, the CEO Education 2010 Leadership Group.  He is a member of the Society of Medical Administrators and the Healthcare Executives Study Society.

From 1989 to 1993, Sussman was Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Medicine, Biological Sciences Division & Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Chicago.  His professional experience also includes serving as Executive Director, Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania, Associate Administrator and Director, Clinical Effectiveness Program, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sussman was a Fellow in General Medicine and a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and trained as a resident in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Sussman holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, an MD from Harvard University where he was AOA, and a BA magna cum laude from Yale University.  He received a DSc (hon) from Muhlenberg College.

Nursing Students Place High in Regional Team Challenge

On  March 28, Team of Cedar Crest nursing students participated in the Inaugural Southeast Regional Student Nurse Challenge of Pennsylvania at DeSales University.

Eight teams competed for a $500 prize, a beautiful trophy and bragging rights as the first winners of the Student Nurse Challenge.

With the biggest cheering section in the audience supporting them, Team Cedar Crest was the first called to the platform. In a decisive victory, Team Cedar Crest set the tone for the evening. They advanced to the second round where they were again victorious putting them into the championship round.

After a tough round, the Cedar Crest team placed second out of eight schools in this inaugural tournament and had the highest finish of any Lehigh Valley school!

The Cedar Crest team included:
Lifelong Learning students Liz Serratore, Heather Arsenault and Yah Kilikpo, and Traditional students Kayleigh Zweigzig ‘08, Jessica Schedler ‘08, and "buzzer-queen extraordinaire" Cindyl Fritz ‘08.

Congratulations Team Cedar Crest!

Forensic Science Program on Montel Williams

The Cedar Crest College Forensic Science program was recently featured in a segment on the nationally syndicated “Montel” program. To watch the Cedar Crest College Montel Williams segment, click here.

Dr. Lawrence Quarino, director of the college’s forensic program, and two students, Michelle Tetreault ’09 from Southampton, NJ and Janine Kishbaugh a first-year Master’s student from Macungie, PA, traveled to New York to appear on the show entitled “True Crime: Deadly Deception.” Dr. Carol Henderson, a nationally renowned forensic expert who is also a trustee of the American Academy of Forensic Science joined them on the program.

The “Montel” program featured a segment on forensic science education — using the Cedar Crest College program as an example of one of the most competitive programs in forensic science in the country.

Before the program aired, a camera crew and producers from the show visited the Cedar Crest College campus to tape footage for the program. During the taping, producers met with students enrolled in the Cedar Crest forensic science undergraduate and graduate programs and filmed research projects, a mock crime scene and classroom demonstrations with faculty members including Professor Brian Gestring, who is the former director of both the undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs at Pace University in New York City, and Dr. Thomas Brettell, assistant professor of chemical and physical sciences and a former laboratory director of the New Jersey State Police Forensic Science Laboratory System. Several students and faculty members were interviewed for the program. The “Montel” show was directed to Cedar Crest through the American Academy of Forensic Science, which had promoted the Cedar Crest program to “Montel” producers as one of the best forensic science programs in the country. Of the roughly 150 forensic science undergraduate programs in the U.S., Cedar Crest College is one of only ten programs to be awarded full accreditation by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

To watch the Cedar Crest College Montel Williams segment, click here.


Students Travel to Explore Ancient Egypt

Students in EgyptDuring the semester break, Dr. E. Allen Richardson, a professor in the social sciences at Cedar Crest College, and more than 20 Cedar Crest College students from various academic areas enrolled in his course, “A Journey on the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Religion, Art and Culture” traveled to Egypt to gain a first-hand look at some of the most ancient standing structures in the world.

The students visited the Valley of the Kings, went inside the great pyramids, and saw significant historic sites along the Nile River. They also toured Cairo, Luxor and Memphis, and in the process gained an understanding of ancient Egyptian religion, art and culture.


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Forensic Speech Team Scores Big, Ramps Up for National Tournaments

During Spring Break 2008, some Cedar Crest students enjoyed time off in warmer climes, while some decided to spend the week volunteering.  But for the Cedar Crest Forensic Speech Team, Spring Break meant competition, and lots of it.

At the American Forensics Association District Regionals, in addition to numerous individual wins, the Cedar Crest forensicators scored a major upset, taking Second Place Overall in Team Sweeps and beating out bigger teams from bigger schools like James Madison University, George Mason University, Seton Hall University and Ohio University.  This competition brought teams from colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware and Ohio and was the site of a Second Place Overall finish for Michelle Tetreault ’09, a forensicator who is also a forensic science major. Michelle’s individual point total alone bested some teams’ entire scores.

At the state level, the team also competed at the Pennsylvania State Forensics Tournament where schools from across the State compete for bragging rights.  The Cedar Crest Team placed Fourth Overall in Team Sweeps, cementing their place as one of the top Forensic Speech teams in the state.

But the competition is far from over as a number of the team members prepare to take their talent to the next level at the National Forensic Association's National Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, and the American Forensic Association's National Tournament in Austin, Texas.  This is the first time the Cedar Crest team has participated at these major tournaments, where teams from across the nation will converge to declare the best of the best in the world of competitive public speaking.

Best of luck to the team!


College Opens New Building

This fall, Cedar Crest College unveiled its new Hamilton Boulevard Building, a state-of-the art, high-tech learning center that benefits the entire campus community, and, most importantly, the College’s growing nursing program.

At 33,000 square feet, the Hamilton Boulevard Building serves the entire student body with state-of-the art classrooms. The building incorporates eco-friendly technology including Lutron light sensors that shut off lighting when no movement is sensed. Most importantly it consolidates Cedar Crest’s nursing program into one of the most advanced, state-of-the art nursing teaching facilities in the region.

The new building includes:

  • The Center for Nursing Education
  • Maternal Child Health Center
  • Health Assessment Lab
  • Center for Adult Health Promotion
  • A Simulation Center with two adjacent laboratories
  • Seminar Room
  • Family Health Center
  • Computer Lab
  • 6 classroom/meeting spaces (four are larger lecture halls) for use by all programs of study, four of which are separated with movable panels to allow the space to be altered to fit a variety of sizes of audiences depending on need
  • Nursing Administrative Suite