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Kappa Phi Gamma Sisters Raise Hundreds for Sanfilippo Syndrome Research

IMG_5774Written by Jenny Mathew HS'17

Last semester, we, the sisters of Kappa Phi Gamma, hosted two events to raise money for Sanfilippo Syndrome. Sanfilipo Syndrome is a very rare genetic disease and because it is so rare there isn’t much known about it. It is a metabolism disorder in which the body cannot properly break down long chains of sugar molecules. These chains of molecules are called glycosaminoglycans (formerly called mucopolysaccharides). The syndrome belongs to a group of diseases called mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). 

We chose to host this event because our Greek Advisor, Kathy Nay, has a daughter who was diagnosed with Sanfilippo Syndrome. This foundation helps raise awareness and raises money for research.  After everything Kathy Nay has done for our sisterhood, this was the least we could do for her and her family. We held a game night, which was set-up like minute-to-win-it. Teams played several rounds, all of which had different types of games/tasks that needed to be done. It seemed everyone that participated had a good time, and it was nice to see that we were able to enjoy ourselves while raising money for a great cause. We also held a fundraiser at Copabanana. With both the fundraiser and the event, we raised a total of $602 for the Team Sanfilippo Foundation.

We would like to thank our community for helping us raise awareness for a great cause that is very important to us and Kathy Nay and we hope that we can all continue to help spread awareness and ultimately help find a treatment or cure!


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."


White Coated ft. Sappy Reflections

This past weekend was the annual White Coat Ceremony for nearly 150 P1 students, including myself. Like many of my classmates, I dreamt of this moment ever since I was a senior in high school and decided to pursue Pharmacy. I was sitting and going through all of the photos that were posted on Facebook, when I realized how much everyone has grown and changed since freshmen year.

Some may think, "But, it's just a white coat. Everyone gets it, what's so special about it?" or "Why do they make such a big deal about getting a white coat?". As a U1 student, I thought it would be 'cool' to wear the white coat, like I saw many of the upperclassmen who roamed around the campus. Honestly, I just wanted the white coat to show off and I guess I never realized the importance until after I received it.

The White Coat Ceremony is supposed to mark our transition from our undergraduate years into our professional years. It is a milestone in our endeavor towards our career, but it also there to remind us that we still have a long way to go and much more to learn- we are only just beginning our journey as professionals. The turning point for me was when I took pictures with my family and friends. It was then when it dawned on me that I am so lucky to have such a great support system and I was more than confident that Pharmacy is the route for me, no matter how hard it gets (or how many tears I shed). It is worth every all-nighter and bad-hair day. Without my friends and class-mates, it would not have been possible to get through the past two years with my sanity in-tact. Even with some of the most stressful days, it was possible to get through the past two years whilst making some wonderful memories. The next 4 years without a doubt will be tough, but we should all know that we have our family, friends, classmates (and God) to support us through this journey!

I would like to congratulate everyone who received their white coats thus far, and those who will be receiving them in the near future. It is a great accomplishment and it is even better when you get to share this moment with your loved ones.


Here are some of the moments I got share with my friends from freshman year:

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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!


Alumni, Student-Athletes Support Each Other On & Off the Field

Alumnigame1This blog post was submitted by Katie Lydic PA'18, a member of the women's softball team.

The USciences Softball team recently hosted our second annual Alumni Game during Family Fall Fest on Saturday, Oct. 18. During the game, we honored our alumni; and my teammates honored my late sister, Josie Lydic, and our family. Less than a year ago on Nov. 18, 2013, Josie was diagnosed with Stage 4 Aveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma. This deadly cancer had spread to her spinal fluid as well as the lining of her brain - and ultimately took her life on Aug. 25.

The team debuted the gold shoelaces in support of Josie and all of those battling pediatric cancer, and both teams wore jersey #23, which was Josie’s softball number. We raised money at the event to donate to Josie’s scholarship fund as well as help fund our spring training trip to Florida.

Alumnigame3As Josie’s sister, I was so honored by the immense amount of support I felt by my USciences softball family. What started off as a difficult first school year last year was made somewhat easier thanks to the love and support of my teammates. Although it was an emotional day for me during the alumni game, it was a great way to honor the memory of my sister and to support my family and me.

I decided that for the rest of my softball career, I would be dedicated and play for my sister. She was a passionate and hard-working individual, and I strive to be more like her every day, especially while playing and sporting No. 23. It is comforting and inspiring to know that my teammates also play in honor and memory of my sister. I am beyond blessed to be here with such an amazing team that is so supportive.

Thank you all who have supported me and my family during this difficult time!

Continue reading: STRENGTH, COURAGE & DETERMINATION: USciences Softball Wears Gold Shoelaces to Honor Josie Lydic & Raise Awareness for the Battle Against Pediatric Cancer


Alumni Leaders Share Advice with Students in iLead Program

Alumi series 1Students and alumni at University of the Sciences recently had the opportunity to engage with each other during the USciences iLead Leadership Series' second annual Alumni Dinner on Friday, Oct. 10.

“This type of event allowed our current students to meet, network, and create new relationships with our successful alumni leaders,” said Susanne Ferrin, director of student life at USciences.

Alumni Gary Smedley PharmD’11 and Stephanie Bean MPT'89, DPT, attended this year's event and shared their leadership experiences and advice with 20 students in the iLead program. This program is a voluntary student-leadership series that based upon the social change model of leadership, which is highly relevant for students involved in healthcare and science disciplines, said Ferrin.

Dr. Smedley is a former president of the Student Government Association at USciences and a current community leader; whereas Dr. Bean is a current member of the board of trustees at USciences, and former president of the Alumni Association.


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.

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