From the President

What a winter it has been! We’ve had snow storms and ice storms, and in between, we have been very productive at USciences. I would like to share just a few examples:

Amidst a snowfall on January 25, 2014, USciences welcomed three great former student athletes into the USciences Athletics Hall of Fame: MIKE BROWN P’83, a three-sport athlete; AMY D’ALESSANDRO MPT’96, a two-sport athlete; and CHAUNTRELLE CLAYTON PMM’03. Athletic director PAUL KLIMITAS, MEd, HonAlm’05 astounded us all with his history of their outstanding athletic play that merited their induction.

I had the opportunity to honor former president PHILIP P. GERBINO P’69, PharmD’70 at a dinner sponsored by the University City Science Center for his longstanding service on their board. Dr. Gerbino remains a strong supporter of USciences. As he has left the UCSC board, I was delighted to be elected to represent USciences in his place.

Our long, proud history of innovative spirit has continued to thrive. I was pleased when the Philadelphia Business Journal published an article about a start-up company, Enzium, that emanated from the intellectual pursuits of biological sciences chair Dr. PETER BERGET. We have more such “start-ups” in the pipeline and other opportunities to grow. Provost HEIDI ANDERSON, the deans, and faculty members are restructuring our research infrastructure to ensure greater support of such entrepreneurial spirit.

This year, the exercise science and wellness management program had an opportunity to undergo an accreditation review. I am happy to say that the dean and faculty worked diligently to demonstrate our excellence and were awarded a 10-year accreditation. Congratulations to Dean LAURIE SHERWEN, PhD, and interim Department of Kinesiology chair KARIN RICHARDS.

Through my continued visits with alumni, I have learned about the factors facing them within their worlds of work and their career needs as transitions occur in their fields. Alumni have provided great insights, and I have brought these back to the provost and deans to consider as they work on curricula. I marveled at our great reception in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and thank all who gave me such a warm welcome.

Lastly, I am pleased to report the faculty has been very busy establishing a new online program in the doctor of occupational therapy program and a certificate program in healthcare navigation. We hope that these programs will serve alumni well, especially through their accessible online format. Expect more academic offerings to come that provide exciting opportunities.

As spring is the time to plant seeds so that new crops can come forward, we are completing reviews of facilities, faculty salaries, and the needs of research and graduate programs. These studies are fundamental to fuel improvements as we move your University forward.





Helen F. Giles-Gee


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