About Jenin

My name is Jenin, I am in the occupational therapy program. I am part of Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity Inc. I am involved with many other extracurricular activities such as the iLead program and Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA). I was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia. In my spare time I enjoy exploring the city of Philadelphia, visiting different places for the scenery, enjoying the food and participating in the adventurous opportunities this city has to offer. Being at USciences, I have learned that you can do well in school and still have enough time to be in involved in the opportunities that interest you.


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.


90s Nostalgia Explained


Pictures like this have become a trend dubbed 90s nostalgia. Even though there's overlap between 90s and 00s nostalgia, they chose 90s.  Some pictures are painfully accurate like this one and others were more optimistic about the past. On an unrelated point, when I was a kid I remember there being a huge outrage about headphones causing hearing loss from the media despite the fact that we grew up with VHS tapes that literally tried to destroy our ear drums. In retrospect, that discussion seems silly. Going back to the topic, some of the more optimistic things 90s nostalgia asserts is having to record events on VHS tapes was better than a DVR. Before I explain that, I should explain what a VHS is.


This is a VHS tape. It's big, bulky and uses a tape that wears out over time. Before DVR, you had to put one of these in a VCR, or the equivalent of a DVD player, and use it to record things. You had to hit a button when the program started and you couldn't change the channel until you were done. In addition, if you accidentally put in a tape that already had things recorded on it, those things disappears. There was no trash bin where you could just click recover and get back, it was gone until it was on TV again. Oh and while we are on the topic, your TV couldn't tell you what was on. You needed a paper copy (the internet wasn't mainstream back then) from a newspaper or magazine. If you didn't live through this time, I can already see the horror on your face. I know it's bad but it's okay. Here's a video of cats to calm you down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2H5YVfZVFw Better? Okay good. Somehow, in someone's mind, this is better than hitting a button and forgetting you did it. 90s nostalgia has a lot of things like this like missing portable CD players you couldn't fit into the pocket of your denim jackets and denim jackets. No idea how we decided to wear our pants over our shirts, but that is a thing that happened that, for reasons unbeknownst to me, people miss.

Some 90s nostalgia I can get behind.


This brings back many good memories. It reminds me when books were commonplace and going to the library after school was the norm. I am one of those people who are vehemently against e-books. There is no logic I can give you for why, I just have a lot of feelings (points if you got the reference). Something about having physical pages I turn makes me feel better about my life. Maybe it is nostalgia at work, but a physical book just feels right. Sadly, at some point in my life, these bound pieces of paper I have on my shelves will become relics my grandchildren mock, just as anything we use paper for today will. This movement from paper to digital explains why 90s nostalgia is a thing.


Many critics of the 90s nostalgia movement argue we haven't been alive for long enough to wax poetically about the long lost past. However, if we compare the rate of technological change in these generations, we will understand both sides. Over the course of twenty some years of their life, change was slow. They saw TVs changing size, maybe even cell phones were invented. The progression was slower than the first Internet Explorer. Shudders That'll give me nightmares. Meanwhile, when I was born, the internet was completely unknown to me. I have used computers with no internet access. Now the internet is literally everywhere. It's on people's cell phones, computers and now even their TVs. By the way, when I grew up the cell phones didn't have internet they had snake.


This rate of change has left us feeling older than we actually are. We've seen such rapid change that the not-so-olden days of Furbies (more nightmares, you're welcome) and Gameboys seem like the distant past. Some try to argue over 90s nostalgia like it's a good or bad thing. It's just memories people are fond of, whether it be because they were simpler times with less responsibility or because they miss physical books.


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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Amanda Meisel, SGA Speaker of the Senate

My name is Amanda Meisel and I am a P1 pharmacy student. I am currently the Speaker of the Senate for SGA, meaning I am in charge of communicating between the executive board and the senators of student government, as well as holding responsibility for running all general assembly meetings.

I loved freshman year at USciences, especially getting to meet all new friends and becoming a part of new organizations. I am sure you all will too!

  SGA_Amanda Meisel


Angela Teberio, SGA Chair of Student Services

Hello! My name is Angela Teberio. I’m from Northeastern Pennsylvania, more specifically, Mountain Top, PA. I’m a third year pharmacy student. In addition to being a part of the Student Government Association, I’m involved in the Student Giving Council (SGC) and work as a Student Ambassador for USciences. In my free time I enjoy traveling, reading, and exploring Philadelphia. I am the Chair of Student Services on the Student Government Association Executive Board. This role entails serving as a liaison between students and executives of Residence Life and the Dining Halls. I listen to students’ opinions, suggestions, and complaints regarding these facilities in an effort to get their voices heard and make improvements. After all, it’s your University, your Voice!

Overall, my freshman year at USciences was both fun and rewarding. The transition to college was challenging at first, but once I found an appropriate balance between schoolwork and social life, it became much easier. Also, professors, advisors, and students, such as Orientation Leaders and Student Ambassadors, were very kind and welcoming to the incoming freshman. Welcome Week, the Student Activities fair, Student Appreciation Day, and a myriad of other events aided in incorporating me into the USciences community during my freshman year. I highly suggest getting involved on campus and exploring the wonderful city of Philadelphia for the ultimate college experience at the University of the Sciences!



Kelly Cuccolo, SGA Chair of Spirit

Hi! I’m Kelly Cuccolo and I’m a fourth year psychology major here at USciences! I currently hold the position of Spirit Chair on the Student Government Association, as well as being the President of the Kinesiology Club. You can usually find me on campus either in Kline Hall working on my research projects or at the ARC where you can stop by and take one of my fitness classes! My position as Spirit Chair is one of the things I’m most excited about for my senior year at USciences. The Spirit Chair is meant to provide a series of fun events that foster a sense of community and spirit among all the students here at USciences! I’ve started planning events for welcome weekend and we always do events around finals to provide some stress relief. The biggest event we run is the USciences Olympics. The USciences Olympics is a series of events that can range from “The Roomie Wed Game” to a food drive to badminton, and is meant to encourage friendly competition as well as allow students to meet new people. The events we run during the school year are a great chance to challenge your friends, have fun and meet new people.

My freshman year at USciences was one of the most memorable years of my life. I met tons of new people and built friendships I know will last forever. College is a big change from high school, and you definitely need to work a lot harder but the friendships and experiences you’ll have are priceless. I got involved in so many clubs and organizations, which I highly recommend because you may find something you’re really passionate about. I also loved getting to explore Philadelphia. Philadelphia is truly an amazing city and has become my home over the past four years; while you have extra time you should definitely try and explore a little bit – find some good hidden coffee shops to study in or good hole in the wall restaurants. During freshman year I really learned how to balance studying and spending time with my friends. A lot of growth happens during freshman year and you learn a lot about yourself and what you want to do during your time here at USciences. I think what I loved most about freshman year though was actually being in the dorms. You get to live across the hall or even in the same room as your best friends – that’s such a unique experience and you should embrace it! 



Mohak Dave, SGA Chair of Multicultural Affairs

My name is Mohak Dave and I am entering into my P2 year at University of the Sciences. I will be representing the students as the Chair of Multicultural Affairs this upcoming school year. I am originally from Secaucus, NJ. Other than SGA you can see me around campus playing with the club soccer team or at the Student Society of Health System Pharmacist (SSHP) meetings where I am a class representative.

The position of the Chair of Multicultural Affairs is a position that advocates the importance of understanding and celebrating all cultures found on our campus. By hosting events throughout the school year and hosting a multicultural week I hope to give the students an opportunity to experience, enjoy, and learn about the several cultures we all come from. Along with that I will try to aid cultural organizations in hosting their own events generally consisting of interesting lectures, lively dances, and vibrant foods for us all to enjoy.

I honestly believe that freshman year is one of the best years any student will have at this school. One thing that several of my friends and I reminisce about is our good times in Goodman Hall. Goodman Hall was the perfect place to meet new people and really find some amazing friends that will hopefully last a lifetime. Furthermore, our school’s tight knit campus made it easy to get involved with clubs and other groups which helped me find my own niche.


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