11 posts categorized "Greek Life"


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


Students Inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society at USciences

Alpha Chi InducteesNearly 45 students at University of the Sciences were inducted into the Kappa Chapter of Alpha Chi national honor society during a special ceremony held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

“Through involvement in our local chapter and the regional and national levels, Alpha Chi members have the opportunity to develop leadership skills and gain experience in professional activities, such as making scholarly presentations,” said Alison Mostrom, PhD, Alpha Chi advisor and associate professor of biology.

During the ceremony, a select group of 44 inductees were introduced by their faculty advisers or department chairs who highlighted each student’s accomplishments. Alpha Chi is open to the top 10 percent of juniors, seniors and graduate students in all majors except pharmacy and psychology/health psychology. That’s because pharmacy students are eligible for Rho Chi and psychology/health psychology students are eligible for Psi Chi, which are both exclusive international academic societies for their respective disciplines.

Natalie Stella DPT'18, current president of USciences’ Alpha Chi chapter, addressed the students and congratulated them during the ceremony. Family members were also present to share in the dinner and ceremony, and were acknowledged for the support and encouragement that they have provided their children.

Click here to see all photos from the Alpha Chi Induction Ceremony: 11.03.15.


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









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.


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.


Summer Orientation Provides 'Selfies' and Fun for Incoming Students

Orientation10Hundreds of recent high school graduates spent the past week immersed in an overnight orientation experience that offered a real taste of college life at University of the Sciences. Three two-day orientation sessions were held to help familiarize incoming first-year students with the USciences community before the start of the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 25.

“Orientation is often the first opportunity for students to experience campus life and culture,” said Christine Dimaculangan PharmD'17, an orientation leader. “It’s our hope that these students return to campus in a few months feeling prepared and excited to connect with their peers, faculty, and advisors across campus.”

To help make their transition into college as smooth as possible, incoming students met with their academic advisors to complete their class schedules and learn the scheduling process. Students also had the opportunity to set up their USciences network and email accounts, as well as learn about the different technological resources available to them.

"We were very pleased to have more than 90 percent of our incomng students in attendance this year; thus setting them up for a successful transition to campus life when they return for the start of the school year," Susanne Ferrin, director of student life. "Students tend to worry the most about grades, financing their education, and making friends; our orientation program helped ease those concerns for our incoming class."

More than a dozen upper-class students served as orientation leaders to provide incoming students with a variety of personalities that make up the USciences culture. A series of fun icebreakers and activities were designed to help new students meet each other, and they were encouraged to share their experience on social media by using the hashtag #usciorientation.

DinnerFirst-year student Sidra Sheikh (@Siddy_bangbang) posted a photo while eating dinner in Wilson Dining Hall, with the caption, “One of many dinners to come with my roommate #usciorientation.”

Click here to see more orientation photos.

As for advice for incoming students, orientation leader, Princy John PharmD'16, encouraged students to get involved on campus through social or professional activities.

“Participating in different types of organizations on campus will make your time at USciences more enjoyable and meaningful,” said John, who keeps active through her involvement in several organizations, including Kappa Phi Gamma, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy's Student Council, Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Pharmacists Association's Academy of Student Pharmacists.

According to a U.S. News report, social media is great way for incoming students to connect with their university and reach out to other new students before the school year begins. Click here to visit the USciences 2014 Facebook page.

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