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Harcum College magazine summer 2011 issue


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    W H Y C A R E E R E D U C A T I O N M A T T E R S N O W I A L U M N I S H A R E E N T R E P R E N E U R I A L S P I R I TR E M E M B E R I N G H E N R Y K L E I N




    The Magazine for Alumni & Friends of Harcum College SUMMER 2011

  • Harcum students, faculty, staff and friends thank all thosewho helped restore the Kevin D. Marlo Little Theatre. TheCollege's official "thank you" party is covered on page 9.

    WE DID IT!

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    c ntentsThe Magazine for Alumni & Friends of Harcum College SUMMER 2011

    10 Hitting the Ground Running: Why Students & Community Benefit fromCareer-Focused Education

    12 The Entrepreneurial Spirit; Alumni ShareStories of Self-Made Success

    2 Presidents Message and Campus Highlights

    4 Athletics

    6 Spring 11 Events:Commencement 2011Golf TournamentLittle Theatre Opening

    16 Faculty/Staff Notes

    19 Class Notes

    21 Remembering Henry Klein




    Andy BackDirector of Public Relations &

    Susan FriedlandDirector of Foundations & Special

    Carol GreenwoodOffice of College

    Sachiko MallachVice President of

    Melissa SamangoDirector of Alumni Relations &Individual

    Harry SaylorAssociate Director of AnnualGiving & Special

    Special Events PhotographyKevin Nash of KSN Images

    DESIGN, questions andopinions can be directed to:

    Office of College AdvancementBedford Hall750 Montgomery AvenueBryn Mawr, PA 19010610.526.6060 or

  • on campusThe Occupational TherapyAssistant (OTA) Programreceived full accreditation bythe Accreditation Council forOccupational Therapy Education(ACOTE). Accreditation was grant-ed for seven yearsthe maximumamount for a new program, award-ed only in cases of outstandingquality. ACOTE requested usingHarcums written accreditationreport as a resource for other pro-gram directors "as an example ofexcellent documentation. Harcums OTA program is one of onlytwo such programs in the Philadelphia region.

    The Histology Program received full accreditation by theNational Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Accreditation was granted for a full five years, one ofthe highest periods allowed for a program by NAACLS.Accreditation is a requirement for graduates to become certified as histotechnicians.

    Total enrollment during the Spring 2011 semesterremained strong at 1,360 students. We welcomed 104 new students and housed about 185 students in our residence halls.

    Dear Friends,As we round out an exciting academic year, Im happy to

    report that our theme of Constant Improvement

    was carried through. Weve made major strides

    in the areas of enrollment, academics, financial

    strength, campus facilities, and athleticsand

    were not finished yet!

    As youll read in this issue, the College is

    emphasizing its unique strengths as an institu-

    tion providing distinct possibilities for our stu-

    dents. Not only do we applaud the many suc-

    cesses of our highly-skilled and motivated alumni, but we

    also recognize our graduates contributions to their local

    economies and communities.

    In these challenging economic times, providing opportuni-

    ties for quality jobs in growth occupations within two years

    of education and training is a cost-effective way for stu-

    dents to build viable futures. Now more than ever, Harcum

    is relevant.

    Having said that, our focus at Harcum is to provide our stu-

    dents with more than just career preparation. The Little

    Theatre donor appreciation event kicked off our renewed

    commitment to arts and humanities initiatives on campus.

    What puts Harcum graduates a cut above the rest is that

    theyll graduate with tangible exposure to the fine arts; its

    in keeping with our history and, more importantly, its the

    right thing to do. We aim to provide our students with an

    enriching college experienceincluding a balance of aca-

    demics, arts, extracurricular opportunities and a strong

    support system.

    Were open through the summer so if youre in the neigh-

    borhood, stop in and say hello. Were always happy to wel-

    come alumni and friends back to campus.

    Wishing you and your families a fun and safe summer,

    Jon Jay DeTemple, Ph.D.President

    Genesis Rehab Services a leader in the long-term care rehabili-tation industrygave two $5,000 scholarships to Harcum studentsthis year. The scholarship committee, comprised of representativesfrom Genesis and Harcum, selected Michael Seal 11 (PhysicalTherapy Assisting) and Joan Bini 11 (Occupational TherapyAssisting) based on their academic merit.

    Michael SealJoan Bini

    Genesis Rehab Services


    Regional Articulation Agreement Signed for the EarlyChildhood Education Program - Arranged by the PA Office ofChildhood Development & Early Learning and the EarlyChildhood Education Articulation Committee of SoutheasternPennsylvania, the signing was the culmination of four years ofcollaboration on a unique agreement between nine two-year andfour-year institutions of higher education.

    Project to Upgrade, Renovate and Enhance the Library The Harcum College Library is slated to receive much-neededrenovations and technology upgrades to better meet the changingneeds of our student body. The project will include the additionof group study areas for collaborative work, ADA compliantentrance and ramps, upgrades in furnishings including study andcomputer stations as well as several technology enhancements.The total cost of this project is estimated at just under $600,000.

    Several generous gifts from Harcums Board of Trustees totaling$140,000 have kick-started the campaign. In addition, the 2011-2012 Harcum College capital budget includes $100,000 forlibrary improvements. College leadership will be prioritizing andaddressing the most immediate library needs while developing aneffective fundraising strategy to complete the project.

    Look for details on this developing project and ways to getinvolved coming soon. If youd like more information, contact the Office of College Advancement at 610.526.6060.

    Foundations and Grants The Nursing Program received grants from the

    Pennsylvania Higher Education Fund to distribute to students for scholarships: $36,020 from the Nursing Education Grant and $5,868 from the International Blue Cross Supplementary Fund. This is the final year of this Fund.

    The Cohen Dental Center at Harcum College received a$90,000 grant from the Connelly Foundation and a$9,800 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank ofPittsburgh for renovations to the main clinic area.

    In the 2011-12 academic year Genesis plans to increase their supportto provide $20,000 in scholarships. Genesis Rehab Services hopes thatthis financial support will be of great benefit to the students professionaldevelopment and future career goals, said Diane Durham, MS, OTR,Senior Director of Education/Staff Development at Genesis. We valuestudents and hope to expose them to the real specialty of working withclients in our clinical environments.Our relationship with Genesis began in 2009 when they donated a

    fold-out mat table to Harcums occupational therapy assistant program,explained President Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple. It is evolving into a mutually

    beneficial workforce development partnership. Harcum provides training and education and Genesis provides scholarship support and employment opportunities. Corporate leaders from Genesis have also become trusted advisors

    to the College, as Durham has recently joined Harcums OccupationalTherapy Assisting advisory board. In addition, Genesis president andnationally-recognized healthcare leader Dan Hirschfeld, became a member of the Harcum Board of Trustees in October 2010. He currentlyserves on the Development and Academic Affairs committees


    Celebrating a year of acadmic partnerships, students, faculty and members ofGenesis Healthcare staff gathered at the Genesis Headquarters in Kennett Square,Pa. In attendance were (top, from left to right) Michael Seal; Ellen Rosenberg,Academic Fieldwork Coordinator; Kerstin Potter, OTA Program Director; (bottom,from left to right) Gary Pezzano, VP of Clinical Operations, Genesis Rehab Services;Jacki K