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2015 Pinkathon Raises $4,500 for Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation

Pinkathon #Dear Campus Community,

I would like to once again thank all of you who came out to Pink-a-Thon 2015 last month and hope you all had a great time!  Thanks to you all, we were able to raise $4,500 for the Linda Creed Breast Cancer Foundation!

I would like to also acknowledge some people.  First, thank you to SGA and all of the organizations who participated in our bake sale and hosted tables at the event.  Without you, Pink-a-Thon would not have been as successful and entertaining as it was.  Huge shout out to all of my staff who helped decorate for the event.  I never thought I could ever love anything that pink, but it turned out absolutely amazing!  Finally, I could not have done any of this without the ARC managers and professional staff.  It was a long journey, but you guys came through when I thought I couldn't do it.  Thank you for putting up with me and helping to keep Pink-a-Thon alive and successful as is tradition.

I hope everyone had a great time at Pink-a-Thon 2015 and you all come out next year!  Do you want to get involved next year? We will be having a planning meeting at the beginning of the semester, so please look out for that email.  We are always in need of help and support and it's a great way to get involved on campus and in the community.  I hope you all have a great rest of your semester, it's almost done!

P.S. We still have shirts available for sale at the ARC if you are interested in purchasing.   

-Shreena Chopra DPT'17


USciences' Got Talent Proceeds Supported West Philadelphia Alliance for Children

Talent ShowThe Department of Campus Recreation recently hosted its annual USciences’ Got Talent Show on Thursday Oct. 8. This year's show showcased the talents of many different performers ranging from musicians, dancers, and rappers who showed off their talents to help raise more than $300 for the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children. First-place winner Erina White took home $75, while the second place prize of $50 went to Ashley Romano, and the third place prize of $25 went to Giancarlo Sicangco.

"Thank you to all of the participants for being brave enough to come on stage and share their talent with everyone," said Maria Mendolia, this year's event coordinator. "We know that can be tough, yet we feel this is a great opportunity to showcase the vast talents of our students."

This year's performers, included: Ashley Romao, Leigh Kissinger, Reena Concepcion, Leyu Zhang, Charlie Matli, Nuwar Ahmed, Joe Seares, Giancarlo Sicangco, Erina White, Chris Hoenninger, and last, but not least, Jesse Phillips and his group: Abdul Kande, Kymonne Duncan, Barbra Rojas, Juliann Reid and Feh Fogam-Fominyam.

She also thanked the following judges for volunteering their time: Gianna Iantosca, Ridhi Patel PharmD'11, Marc Caserio, athletic director;  Anthony Florendo, director of student life; USciences President Dr. Kate Mayes, and Marie Kiechel, friend of USciences.

As well as the countless number of volunteers: George Bulgar (an extra special thanks to George for running sound that night), Nick Lin, Shival Patel, Vishal Desai, Joey Harmon, Judy Lam, Nazeeb Chowdhury, Mike Rios, Jaime Ryan, Victoria Drews, Matthew Fox, Chris Mansi, Matt Mansi, Ashley Jackson, as well as Kathy Nguyen and Maria Mendolia for spearheading the production of this year’s show.  

"Thank you everyone who made it a point to come out and support all of the performers, we know they are grateful for the encouragement of their art," said Mendolia. "Qdoba, Royals, Evan’s, The Fruit Cart, and Linda's Cart also donated some great prizes for our contestants."


Congrats to all 2015 Student Leadership Award Recipients

The Division of Student Affairs and Student Government Association at University of the Sciences recognized outstanding students, advisors and organizations at the Student Leadership Awards Program on Thursday, April 16.

"Each year, these awards recognize University community members that have been a part of outstanding events and activities throughout the year," said Susanne Ferrin, director of student life at USciences.

The Leadership Awards recognize individuals who represent the following departments: Academic Advising, Athletics, Athletic/Recreation Center, Career Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Leadership, Residence Life, and the Student Government Association. 

Congrats to the following 2015 award recipients:

Emerging Leader of the Year
Bilal Ahmed Khan BioSci’17

Synergy Award
Priyanka Kelshikar PharmD’16 – USciences Olympics

Student Leader of the Year
Taylor Jones PharmD’17

Diversity Program of the Year
Dynamics of Diversity Forum (BSU)

Student Organization of the Year
Graduate Student Organization

Outstanding Advisor of the Year
Scott Greene, RPh, MS, professor of clinical pharmacy

Martin Luther King, Jr. Award
Cameron Golden PharmD’18

Dean’s Award
Amanda Mastrogiovanni PharmD’16










2015-03-11 20.25.28-1Over the years one of my favorite events at USciences has been bingo, more specifically Bio Bingo!  When I first started attending this events a few years ago it was hosted by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and Microbiology Club.  Most recently, this bingo was hosted by Student Government Association but no matter who hosts the event, it's always a big hit!  The prizes include GIANT Microbes and I Heart Guts items.  From all my bingo winnings I now have a big collection of these items which include plush lungs and a brain!  These prizes are the perfect fit for our science-focused campus and I hope this event continues for years to come!


USciences Olympics

Every year USciences Student Government Association hosts our own Olympic games.  This gives all student groups on campus an opportunity to participate in over 15 events to earn money for their organization.  Examples of some of the events are soccer, ping-pong, academic challenge, scavenger hunt and family feud.  My favorite event so far has been Family Feud.  I am a big fan of the TV show so I was excited to participate in this event.  During Student Government's general assembly meeting over 100 students filled out a survey with various questions that would serve as the answers for Family Feud.  So just like in the show, the Olympic Coordinator said, "over 100 students were polled, and we have the top 5 answers on the board".  Some of the questions were, what is students favorite places to visit in Philadelphia, what will be students first purchase after graduation, and favorite place to eat on campus.  I had a lot of fun at that event and was ahead of the curve since I knew how the game worked since I watched the show.  I think the USciences Olympics are a great opportunity for students to interact with other organizations on campus and have fun!


USciences Teams Up to Support Free Golf Clinic for Blind Children

BlindMembers of University of the Sciences men’s golf team and Kappa Epsilon fraternity gathered to support The Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association’s free golf clinic at the Overbrook School for the Blind on Oct. 11. Each year, alumnus Norman Kritz P’51 co-hosts this event for blind or visually impaired girls and boys ages 5-21.

“Many of these kids have never participated in sports,” said Kritz, a clinic coordinator. “This affords them an opportunity to get out, play and learn a sport that they can play for the rest of their lives. It also allows their parents a chance to see them mingle with other kids that have the same physical challenges that they have.”

During the clinic, participants were paired with a PGA professional for one-on-one golf instruction. Golf clubs, balls, and golf bags were provided, and participants were given pizza and soft drinks following the session. Prizes were awarded, as well.

Now in its 20th year, this golf clinic is an offshoot of the Middle Atlantic Blind Golf Association’s junior golf program, and aims to further encourage blind or visually impaired children interested in learning to play golf. The Overbrook School for the Blind, located at 63rd and Malvern Ave. in Philadelphia, offers a nine-hole, chip-and-putt style golf course. This organization also connects players with PGA instructors near their residence. Those teachers, in turn, will provide lessons at a nearby golf course. However, transportation to the lessons is not included.

"The students were eager to learn the game of golf, and play the chip and putt course set up for them," said Michael Gallagher, head men's golf coach at USciences. "The students learned the skills of the game as well as a few life lessons in patience."

Last spring, Kritz received an award that recognized his unwavering support for this program. The University’s Kappa Epsilon members have been volunteering at these golf clinics since 2009, and several students, alumni and friends of the University also attend each year to volunteer their time.


You're Invited to USciences' Family Fall Fest on Oct. 18

University of the Sciences encourages parents, families, friends and alumni to attend Family Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 18, to help celebrate the 2014-15 academic school year.

This annual festival provides an opportunity for family members to spend time on campus with their student in a fun and relaxed setting, as well as mingle with other University families while learning more about USciences. Family Fall Fest includes a variety of activities including brunch, home athletic events, festival of student organizations and family-friendly entertainment!

Here's a list of events planned for the day:

  • 10-10:45 a.m. | Parent Connection Workshop, Wilson Hall 205
  • 10:30 a.m. to noon | Brunch in Wilson Dining Hall
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. |   Women's volleyball vs. Concordia College, ARC
                                         Student Organization and College Fair, ARC
  • 1-2:30 p.m. | Samson Museum/Wyeth Exhibit in Griffith Hall
  • 2-4 p.m. | PCA’s S.O.U.L. Arts Festival, STC Atrium


Got Extra Books? 'StEPP up' and Donate Them at USciences

This blog post was written by Priya Panchal PharmD'16. She is a peer mentor for the Student Excellence and Professional Preparation (StEPP) program at USciences.

The Student Excellence and Professional Preparation (StEPP) program is an on-campus organization mentored by a select group of students. Each student is dedicated to mentoring their very own group of first-year undergraduate students as they progress into the professional years of the program. In addition to advising these students, the StEPP Program has been involved in a variety of events to serve Philadelphia. Since the initiation of the StEPP Program, we have coordinated a book drive to donate SAT, ACT and AP exam preparation books to high schools in the city. Antonella Frattarelli PharmD'15, also a StEPP mentor, began the drive three years ago. As she is off on rotations, Chelsea Cunningham PharmD'16 and I have carried on this responsibility.

Recently, we coordinated the donation of preparation books to Parkway West High School in West Philadelphia. We are very appreciative of Tim Dunn, the source of the majority of books that were donated to the school. Tim works for “Books Through Bars”, a bookstorelocated on Baltimore Avenue. This bookstore is all volunteer and nonprofit, as they distribute free books and educational materials to incarcerated people in PA, NJ, NY, MD, DE, VA, and WV. They also offer programs to educate and engage the public to think critically about the issue of imprisonment.

When I drove up to the school, the principal stepped out with eight freshman boys who were excited and willing to carry the boxes of books inside.  The principal was ecstatic when she saw how many boxes there were! She said that the books will be given to the course coordinator of the test prep course at the high school, and the books that are not used will be given to the Student Activity Center affiliated with the school. Before leaving, the principal requested for me to send out the contact information of those who were involved in the drive so that she could have the students practice their writing skills by writing thank you letters.

Overall, the drive was a tremendous success, as we donated 60+ books to the school! StEPP is continuing to collect books throughout the year, so if anyone has books they are no longer using, please send them our way!!!


Turn Your Talent into Cash at USciences' Got Talent on Oct. 9

TalentDo you or someone you know have a talent you'd like to show off to the University of the Sciences community? After all, you could turn that talent into cash!

The annual USciences’ Got Talent is set for Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7-10 p.m., in the Athletic/Recreation Center’s (ARC) gym. This event will give USciences students a chance to show their friends and classmates their talents for the chance to win one of three cash prizes, while also raising money for a worthy cause. 

“I love USciences' Got Talent because it allows students, faculty, and staff to show that there's more to our school than just science,” said Danielle Hoguet DPT’16. “We have really creative and talented people, and it's refreshing to take a break for a night to showcase that.”

USciences’ Got Talent was first organized by Melissa Fontana PharmD’13 and Peter LaRocoo PharmD’13 in 2010. Since then, the event has become more successful each year. More than $1,400 was raised to benefit SCINetUSA in 2011, $1,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 2012, and more than $1,100 was raised for Go4theGoal last year.

This year's event is raising money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and families affected by neurofibromatosis. The admission is $5 at the door and $10 for those who want to perform; all proceeds will be donated to Children's Tumor Foundation.Free Qdoba will be provided to all participants and attendees.

Interested in participating? Head over to the ARC and sign up at the front desk. If you are unable to make it to the ARC to sign-up to participate in the event, please email Chris Mansi BI'16 at cmansi@mail.usciences.edu.


2014 Greek Week: Letters Today, Leaders Tomorrow

The Greek community at University of the Sciences recently held its first Greek Week Team Competition: The Legend of Extraordinary Greeks, hosted by the Inter-Greek Council and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Throughout the week of April 14-18, Greek organizations paired up with each other to compete in various superhero-themed events, games, and challenges.  The Greek organizations also used the week to make many significant contributions to the surrounding community. For instance, students participated in Penny Wars, raising more than $400 to benefit Habitat for Humanity and the South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters. On Tuesday, April 15, members of Greek life gathered to assemble more than 25 donation baskets for a local women’s shelter.  Additionally, at a scholarship tea on Thursday, April 17, the Inter-Greek Council recognized about 90 Greek members who earned a 3.5 GPA or higher in the fall 2013 semester.

To conclude the week’s events, the Inter-Greek Council was able to donate more than 40 new children’s books to the City School, the USciences Greek community’s joint philanthropy.

Congratulations to the following Greek Week winners
1st Place: Alpha Sigma Tau and Iota Nu Delta
2nd Place: Omega Chi Psi and Delta Chi
3rd Place: Alpha Delta Theta and Sigma Beta Rho
Most Spirited Team: Alpha Sigma Tau and Iota Nu Delta
Most Sportsmanlike Team Award: Alpha Phi Omega and Iota Nu Delta

Submitted by Elizabeth Schroeder, assistant director of Student Life

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