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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


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


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!!!


Eighth Annual Femi Memorial Hoops Tournament Raises $5K

Femi1This post was submitted by Marc Caserio, director of campus recreation.

On Saturday, March 22, the Department of Campus Recreation hosted its eighth annual Femi Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The event brought together more than 160 people to honor the life and legacy of Femi Ogunkorode, who died on March 23, 2006. Femi was a selfless individual who was beloved around campus. In the classroom, he excelled as a pharmacy student; but outside the classroom, he was a true leader who always had a smile on his face. He was a passionate individual who enjoyed playing sports, spending time with his friends and family – all of whom loved him dearly.  He was the type of person who would give you his last dollar if you needed it more.  He also had the uncanny ability to inspire others to achieve greatness in all aspects in life.  Femi is missed by many, but he will never be forgotten.     

Once again, this year’s competition at the tournament was fierce and exciting.  Every team came ready to play and battle for the ultimate prize of being crowned the 2014 Femi Memorial Champion. In the end, Tournament M.V.P. Winston Robinson led the Hoop Kings to victory over Team Buckets.  

A special thank you to the Art of Medicine (Jack Korbutov PharmD'11) for the amazing contribution.  With the support of Jack and many others, the tournament raised $5,000.00 for the Femi Memorial Fund.  

I would also like to share an email Femi’s father sent regarding the tournament:

“On behalf of my family I like to thank you and your friends at the recreational center immensely for all you have done and still doing in memory of our son Femi.  Since his demise you and your friends have continued to make good memories of him in a manner that we will not easily forget.  We will continue to appreciate the very excellent gestures that you have come to symbolize with the annual games.  My daughter told me that the games last Saturday was a huge success. Thank you for all the efforts.  The good lord will reward your great efforts. Once more thank you for everything.” - John Ogunkorode

Kevin Abraham P'12, Diana Ajala, Pauline Aziz, Jarwin Bolante, Marc Caserio, Puja Desai, Brendan Devine, Victoria Drews, Jackie Dunning, Kelessery Fanny PharmD‘09, Megan Fasolka, David Gallara, Chris Hoeninnger, Danielle Hoguet, Spencer Hyland, Ashley Jackson, Cyril John, Princy John, Jack and Dylan Kerwin (the twins), Marie Kiechel, Stella Koiki, Jack Korbutov PharmD‘11, Pat Kugel, Judy Lam, Chris Mansi, Matt Mansi, Rachel Martin, Jon McGill, Julie Mathew, Bhakti Padmar, Shreena Patel, Chirag Patel PharmD ‘09, Bijal Patel PharmD‘13,  Jesse Phillips, Markeith Patterson DPT'12, Keren Poulous, Erika Redden, Amber Reiley, Alex Cortez-Ruiz, Richa Shah, Neal Sheth, Mike Stasi, Daphne Torre, Shea West PharmD‘11, and Megan Wolf.

Wale Adefemi PhB'11, Shola Cooke, Yemi Adefemi, Oluwaseun Afuwape, Jeff Comitz, Kimani Brown, Paul Oglesby, Stephon Vernon, Greg Nealis, Leo Pablo, Dan Nealis, Jeff Estima, Joe Ellis, Dylan Carroll, Mason Carroll, Coley Dyer, Daiquane Peterson, Nate Clapper, Kenny Fomengia, Sebastian Nantermet, Snow Kuruuula, Anthony Hynes, Craig Ferguson, Keith Densun, Tracy Hopkins, Byron Marshall, Cameron Strong, Andre Pierce, Marc Storb, Marco Tang, Kolechi Okezie, Jamal Cummings, Evan Raddiffe, Chima Nurakpudo, Brian Koronkiewicz, Christian Ruffin, Rob Pfleging, Akil Vicks CS'10, Jarod Frazier PhB'10, Eddie Yu PharmD’13,  Veraaj Garachh PharmD’13, Vinay Daryani PharmD’13, Josh Kim PharmD'13, Paul Simms, James Boothe, Juelz King, Booke Massey, James Jones, Don Cummings, Michael Lenahan, Jacob Bastoni, Brian Torres, Greg Foster, Brian Boyle PhB'13, Chad Glickstein, Claude Chalk, Bashier Barnes, Darnell Willingham, Jack Nelson, Donson Quick, Bruce Stephens, Jevon Nelson, Jevon Owens, Alec Bar, Dan Palommella, Tim Keough, Rich Romano, Bob Zanneo, Joe Zelez, Pat Foley, Kyle Hynes, Winston Robinson, CJ Scott, Thomas Lahart, Lennon Alexander, Diyaaldin Kelley, Chris Caserio, Dale Reed Cantrell Fletcher, Joe Wagner, Mike Schmersahl, James Bude, Rob Schubach, Scott Coleman BI'11, Scott Cahayla PharmD'12, Jordan Ahn, Mark Slater, Khalil Jaffer, Ali Ladak, Imran Ladak, Abbas Ismal, and Mike Winters.

Raffle Winners:
$150 Amazon Gift Card: Jon Ngu
$75 Garces Gift Certificate: Kevin Abraham
$75 Garces Gift Certificate: Joe Canaday
iPad Air: Candy Coccia

Art of Medicine (Jack Korbutov PharmD'11), T-House, Campus Recreation, SGA, and Michele Albert

Wale Adefemi PhB'11, Marc Caserio, Carrie Collins, Maggie Devine-Pennock, Kelessery Fanny PharmD'09, Chirag Patel


"Park on the Parkway"

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This summer the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation department has revamped eight acres of space at the base of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into a "park on the parkway" called The Oval!  This beautiful space looks straight to the famous stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is a unique outdoor space that is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.!  Each day there is a different programming theme so this week I was there for Wellness Tuesdays.  There are also all different food trucks and outdoor actvities set up so you can really spend awhile chilling out here.  I was blow away by the the colorful space and did not feel like I was in the middle of the city.  This park will only be open until August 18th so I highly recommend anyone in Philadelphia to go check it out!


Sean Kingston Concert

This past Friday Student Government and the Campus Activities Board hosted the B.Smyth & Sean Kingston concert in the Athletic Recreation Center on campus!  Before the event started students had the opportunity to purchase food at a small cost that was donated from various local restaurants like Qdoba, Allegros, Greek lady and more!  All of the proceeds from the food purchases went to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the ticket sales and raffle tickets for the meet and greet.  Over 600 tickets were sold for the concert and everyone that attended seemed to enjoy the event!  Our VP of Campus Activities, Courtney Montepara, put a lot of planning and behind the scenes work to make sure this event went off without a hitch.  It was a great night out and I'm glad the campus community could enjoy something fun together!

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"Unicorn" Color Run

Although my primary focus at USciences is my studies in Occupational Therapy I am also a dedicated member to my sorority, Delta Phi Epsilon.  This weekend was our first ever "Unicorn" Run to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  This event was our version of the Color Run which has been sweeping the nation to promote healthy lifestyles.  We all woke up very early and welcomed 125 runners to our 5K located on the McNeil Athletic Fields. With the music pumping everyone up, the runners were lined up to begin the race. With a begining cheer, the runners were released onto the race course.  With each completed lap, the runners were showered with color.  At the end of the race everyone was invited to stay and celebrate completing a 5K with food from some of our favorite Philly places like Allegro's, Chipotle, Colonial's, Royal's Pizza and Sodexo (our dining hall).  Each runner also recieved a medal of completion and were invited to participate in a dance party.  The race was a huge sucsess and the sisters of DPhiE were able to donate all of the proceeds to CFF! 


Out and About: University City Style

As you know, I like to post about the happenings going on all throughout the city. However, this time, I'm going to keep it a little more intimate. I want to talk to you about what is only blocks away and surrounds our home away from home. Let's talk about what's going on in University City. University City is the easternmost part of West Philadelphia (isn't that a funny way to describe it?). The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and ourselves call University City home. That means, everywhere you go, I can almost guarantee that you'll be surrounded by college students. And what that means is that you can safely assume that this area is packed with activities to do all throughout the school semester and even in the summer, and that's what I love about it! 

So, let us take a look at the University City District website. I like to head into the "Having Fun" section where you can find an assortment of activities going on in the district. This includes the University City Dining Days, where you can eat at five start restaurants for half of price, Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, where cafes and vendors come out and price everything at a dollar, and let's not forget about Events at the Porch, which is located right by 30th Street Station and where they hold free mini golf, fitness classes, and even a beer garden (for those of you of age). I didn't even hit half of the events that go on throughout University City, but don't let that stop you from visiting the site! So what are you waiting for?! 


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