I am excited to share with you the latest issue of the President’s Newsletter. I hope this overview gives you a sense of our collective achievements and adequately reflects the vibrancy of our campus. Thanks to the great work of our faculty, staff, students and alumnae, wonderful things are happening in every corner of the College. It’s fitting that we begin the new year on the verge of a new traditional enrollment marketing campaign with the theme “unleashed,” and I look forward to sharing the new campaign with you later this fall. We are unique in the way we help to unleash the potential and the promise of our students. With our Strategic Plan, our broad principles, and our vision serving as a foundation, we will not only unleash the potential of our students but continue to unleash the vast potential of this institution.
Cedar Crest Is ‘Top Regional College,’ ‘Best Value’
Again This Year
Cedar Crest College continues to make the “News” in a way in which we can all take pride! This year marks the second year in a row the College has been named a "Top Regional College" and "Best Value" by U.S. News and World Report, an honor due in large part to our small class sizes and the personalized attention we provide to each and every one of our students.
These rankings confirm that the College is continuing to provide a quality and reasonably priced education, and the achievements highlighted in this newsletter give us high hopes for a U.S. News “three-peat” in 2013!
The Class of 2016: Bright Futures and Totally Awesome!
The Class of 2016 has a lot of great things going for it, not the least of which is its sheer numbers: The class is 30 percent larger than the previous year's incoming class. If you go by the numbers, the incoming class also has a lot of smarts, boasting GPAs that are, on average, 12 percent higher than the year before. So what else can we tell you about the Class of '16?
- While our incoming students come from all over the country and around the world, the majority reside in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
- The most popular academic programs for these students include nursing, forensic science, education and psychology
- Thanks in large part to our Office of Global Initiatives and International Programs, we will host exchange students from Korea, Germany and Sweden this academic year.
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Hear from members of the incoming class, and help us warmly welcome them to campus!
Varkony Named to State Women's Commission
Pamela Varkony, founder of Power of Women at Cedar Crest College, officially joined the Pennsylvania Commission for Women as the Lehigh Valley representative on July 2. Twenty-eight women from across the commonwealth were chosen to serve as state commissioners. Their mandate includes: advise the governor on policies, procedures, legislation and regulations that impact women; develop and support economic and civic opportunities for women; serve as a resource for community groups; provide forums for developing strategies and programs to expand and enhance the civic, social, educational, cultural and economic status of women.
Cedar Crest Students Named to CSAC All-Academic Team
Our student athletes once again did the College proud, as 15 softball, basketball, and lacrosse players earned a place on the 2011-12 CSAC Winter/Spring All-Academic Team. Students were selected either for their academic performance or for their sportsmanship. Cedar Crest graduating senior Elizabeth "Lizzy" Sunderhaus, a genetic engineering major who earned the Jostens Award as the best student basketball player in Division III, was a CSAC All-Academic First Team selection.
Strategic Plan Updates
As we enter the third year of the strategic plan, our progress can be seen in practically every corner of campus! Some of the recent strides we have made in implementation of the plan include:
Living Learning Communities
Caring About Rights Everywhere (C.A.R.E) has joined the successful C.R.E.A.T.E. (Art) and E.A.R.T.H. (Environmental Stewardship) living learning communities on campus this fall. All three LLCs will visit Costa Rica for service learning during spring break.
The Office of Women's Leadership and Student Development
The Office of Women's Leadership and Student Development has been retitled the Office of Leadership and Student Development. It will still offer all of the same great services of the offices of Career Planning, Community Service, and Student Activities, with the addition of the Office of Commuter Life.
The Office of Leadership and Student Development is also adding a wealth of new campus vibrancy initiatives, including free movie nights, leadership roundtables, and more. A new club/organization database management system will help students track and enhance their co-curricular activities.
College Making Strides in Student Retention
When the College received a $2 million federal grant last fall, one of the objectives of the grant was to improve retention. To support this effort, the Provost's Office will introduce several retention initiatives for the 2012-13 academic year including:
Faculty and staff can learn about academic mentoring in the Falcon's Nest every Monday from 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Work it out Wednesday
- Part I: Walk it Out—Students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet weekly at Lees Hall for a walk around campus from 7:30-8 a.m. Start the day with some fresh air and an opportunity to problem-solve with the assistant dean of academic affairs and meet new people!
- Part II: Talk it Out—Students are invited to TCC 300 (outside the dining hall) to ask questions or problem-solve related to any campus matter on Wednesdays from 12-1 p.m. The assistant dean will be available and special guests will make appearances, too.
First Year Experience Shared Reading Author Coming to Campus
Kelsey Timmerman, author of Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes—the shared reading portion of the 2012-13 First Year Experience program—will visit campus on Oct. 11-12. Timmerman will visit some of our classrooms and give a public lecture Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. in Alumnae Hall auditorium. One of the key components of the Cedar Crest strategic plan is global connectivity, and having our first-year students read this book and hear first-hand accounts of labor and production issues in developing countries should be an experience they won't soon forget.
First Art Exhibition of the Year Is a Celebration of Faculty
The first Cedar Crest College Art Exhibition of the 2012-13 academic year is titled, Part Time, Full Time, All the Time, a faculty show that includes many of your colleagues from the art department.
Join Art Department Chair Jill Odegaard, Art Therapy Program Director Rebecca Arnold, and faculty members Pat Badt, Nelson Maniscalco, Brian Wiggins, Chimae Cupschalk, Bill Leth and Gerald Rowen, as well as our new Artist-in-Residence William Singleton, as they display their work. You are cordially invited to view the art at your convenience in the Center for Visual Research (Lachaise Gallery) through Oct. 14.
Faculty and Staff News
Balog Chosen to Lead Business Department
Assistant Professor Ibolya "Ibi" Balog was recently appointed head of the business, management and economics department. She succeeds Gaetan Giannini, who is now dean of our School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE). In addition to her many years of service to the College as a member of the faculty and mentor for students, Ibi founded the Accounting Club. One of her key early responsibilities will be overseeing the launch of a strategic plan initiative, the Cooperative Education Program: Four-Year Accounting and Marketing Experience, tentatively slated for fall of 2013.
Ibi is a fixture in the community, where she is a very active member of the Allentown Rotary Club. She also has more than 20 years of experience consulting with companies in the Lehigh Valley in the areas of business and tax planning, ownership transition, estate planning, and more. We are happy to have someone as capable as Ibi to take the lead in the business department.
Lisa Goddard McGuirk has joined Cedar Crest College as our new director of athletics, wellness and recreation. McGuirk has worked in athletics for over 15 years. She has served as a head coach at both the NCAA Division I and III levels and has been involved in coaching three different collegiate women's sports: softball, basketball and volleyball.
Interestingly, she has been a driving force with Softball Ireland's National Coaching Committee, helping to create and implement the country's coaching certification criteria and to develop teaching material. She was invited to coach the national team, but declined the offer and returned to the United States.
SAGE Business Program is Now Available Entirely Online
To provide maximum convenience to adult students, the School of Adult and Graduate Education (SAGE) now offers many business degrees and certificates that can be completed entirely online. Of course, SAGE students can take all or some of their courses on campus or in hybrid form during evenings and weekends, typically in an accelerated format. Women students in SAGE may also take courses during the daytime in a traditional classroom format.
Reading Hospital Chooses Cedar Crest College for On-site MSN Program
For the first time, the nursing department is offering its popular master of science in nursing program onsite. The department launched the nursing administration track of the program at Reading Hospital and Medical Center in late August. There are at least 15 students in the inaugural cohort. "From the quality of the program to its onsite delivery, the Cedar Crest College master of science in nursing program meets all of our needs," said Reading Hospital's Acting Chief Nursing Officer Barbara Romig. "We are very happy to be able to provide this program to our nurses and look forward to a long-lasting and valuable partnership."
A Note on the Board of Trustees
Board Welcomes New Members
The Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees welcomes several new members for the 2012-13 academic year including: Joni Berner '75, Susan Heller, Samuel Miranda Jr., R.N. '81, Shamara Rhodes '13, and Michael Stoudt, Jr. Berner is a founding partner of the law firm Berner, Klaw & Watson LLP, and will serve on the board's Academic Affairs Committee. Heller, a retired teacher at the Swain School, will serve on the Advancement and Honorary Degrees committees. Miranda, a senior vice president and chief nursing officer at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, will serve on the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, and Facilities and Properties committees.
Rhodes is a student majoring in criminal justice, and Student Government Association president. She will serve on the Academic Affairs, Advancement, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Facilities and Property, and Honorary Degrees committees. Stoudt is a certified public accountant and owner of Stoudt Financial Accounting and Tax services. He will serve on the Audit Committee and Committee on Trustees.
Please join me in thanking these new trustees, as well as the rest of our board, for their service to campus and their efforts to help us launch a drive for the Cedar Crest Fund beginning in late fall. It is time to make an even stronger push toward realizing our strategic plan goals, and we hope to have great support from faculty and staff for this endeavor.