Tribune Staff Report
Drexel University President John A. Fry and a delegation recently traveled to Ethiopia to explore possible University programs in the country’s urban and rural areas.
Fry was joined by Shannon Marquez, associate dean of Drexel’s School of Public Health, and philanthropists and University benefactors Dana and David Dornsife. A 1983 Drexel alumna, Dana Dornsife together with David helped establish Drexel’s Dana and David Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships with a $10 million gift to the University.
The Drexel delegation witnessed firsthand the impact of Ethiopia’s existing water projects and explored areas for future partnerships focused on access to clean and safe water and health care practices.
The group visited well-drilling, sanitation and hygiene program sites in Yekasha, Kechema and Sekekelo as well as other projects near Addis Ababa, Waliso, Walkite and Gimbichu. Marquez, who is also the director of Global Health Initiatives at Drexel's School of Public Health and an expert in safe water systems, also visited sites in Ghana.
“Innovative faculty experts like Dr. Marquez are the foundation of Drexel’s sustainable, long-term partnerships to address global challenges such as clean and safe water,” Fry said. “This type of mutually beneficial partnership also offers educational and service opportunities for students, and inspires benefactors like Dana and David Dornsife.”
World Vision, an international organization that has built over 1,500 wells in 10 African countries, providing almost 1 million people with access to safe water, organized the trip. Access to safe water is especially important in many African countries, as contaminated water and poor sanitation are among the most common preventable causes of death for children under five.
Through World Vision, the Dornsifes support microeconomic enterprise, agriculture and literacy programs in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and, in partnership with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, well-water drilling in Mali, Ghana, Niger, Ethiopia, Zambia and Malawi.
A number of events highlighting the importance of access to safe water will be held around the globe on March 22 in commemoration of World Water Day.
State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D- Montgomery/Philadelphia) recently participated in a news conference to formally roll out the package of bills that resulted from the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection.
“Today is a very important day in the fight against child abuse in Pennsylvania,” she said. “We have spent months working together to draft these bills based on the recommendations of the task force and I am so pleased to take part in today’s announcement.”
This package of 16 bills represents an extensive series of hearings, meetings, and planning sessions to overhaul the current laws regarding the definition of child abuse, the prosecution of perpetrators, the care for victims of child abuse, as well as the integration of reporting standards.
Washington emphasized that her bill, Senate Bill 20, provides a common sense guide for what is and what is not child abuse, while allowing parents to continue to parent.
The bill includes provisions for intentionally or knowingly causing a child physical harm, enumerating several specific examples, including kicking, punching, suffocating, or sexually abusing a child, as well as putting a child in situations involving meth labs or sexual predators registered under Megan’s Law.
“Now is the time to work together to make this entire bipartisan child protection package law,” Washington said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this important package of bills and to ensure that children may one day live in a world where they are free from harm.”
She participated in the press conference with Senators Fontana (D-Allegheny), Mensch (R- Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton) and Ward (R-Westmoreland); Child Protection Task Force Member and Bucks County District Attorney, David Heckler; as well as Senators Baker (R- Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming), Vulakovich (R- Allegeheny/Butler), and Teplitz (D- Dauphin/York); and Child Protection Task Force Member Jason Kutulakis.
Immaculata University has joined Montgomery County Community College’s (MCCC) University Center initiative and will soon offer its Doctor of Education in Higher Education (Ed.D.) program at MCCC’s Central Campus in Blue Bell.
First introduced in 2006, MCCC’s University Center framework offers an entrepreneurial approach to expanding higher education opportunities for residents of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. Through partnerships with four-year institutions, students can choose from eight bachelor’s degrees, two master’s degrees, one graduate certificate, and now – for the first time – a doctorate.
“These partnerships are so important in higher education, and they show a great deal of entrepreneurship,” said Karen A. Stout, MCCC president. “The University Center framework builds crucial pathways by which our students and faculty, and the community at large, can conveniently pursue advanced degrees from our outstanding partner colleges and universities.”
While the institutions have enjoyed a long-standing and popular transfer agreement that paves the way for MCCC associate’s degree graduates to seamlessly transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at Immaculata, this is the first time Immaculata will have a physical presence in Blue Bell.
“This agreement with MCCC is really what we were hoping for when we developed the new degree in Higher Education,” said Sr. R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., president of Immaculata University. “MCCC is our first partner in this program, and we’re very excited to bring it to the Montgomery County community.”
Immaculata’s Ed.D. in Higher Education program is designed for higher education administrators and faculty who are seeking to advance their career opportunities by expanding their knowledge of current trends in higher education and developing leadership skills. The program is also ideal for individuals working in related fields who are seeking a career change.
The program features a hybrid course model that blends online with face-to-face interaction; a cohort model that builds a learning community among students; and a practicum experience that enables doctoral students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge while networking in their field.
Immaculata University joins four existing University Center partners -- Albright College, which offers courses at MCCC’s campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, and Chestnut Hill College, Temple University and Villanova University, which offer courses at MCCC’s West Campus in Pottstown.
At a time when high school students around the nation are making their final decisions about colleges, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania representatives are visiting several communities in the northeast to reach prospective college students who might be looking for a quality education from a supportive and diverse liberal arts university.
Beginning Wednesday, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania personnel are hitting the road to tell Pennsylvania and New York area high school students, transfer students and communities what Cheyney has to offer and to help potential students enroll.
The outreach event, Destination Cheyney University: Your Next Stop!, is coming to Darby, Delaware County, Center City Philadelphia, White Plains and Harlem, NY. Potential students and their families will have an opportunity during the two to three hour stops to talk with Cheyney admissions and financial aid staff about higher education and the opportunities available to them at Cheyney University’s beautiful suburban campus.
Admissions and financial aid staff are prepared to spend time counseling students, accepting students on the spot if they bring their documentation, such as official transcripts and standardized test scores, and providing fee waivers for new applicants who stop by any of the venues while CU staff are there.
Cheyney University President Michelle Howard-Vital, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Suzanne Philips, Director of Enrollment Management Dr. Eric Hilton, and Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President Sheilah Vance, Esq. are among the administrators taking part in some of the trips.
The exact dates, times and locations are:
9 a.m. — 12 p.m., Darby Borough Recreation Center, 1020 Ridge Ave., Darby.
2 p.m. — 4 a.m., Cheyney University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Multi-University Center, 701 Market St., Room 308, Philadelphia.
12 p.m. — 2 p.m., The Theodore Young Community Center, 32 Manhattan Ave. White Plains, N.Y.
3 p.m. — 5 p.m. , Adam Clayton Powell State Office Building Plaza, 163 West 125th St., New York, N.Y.
—Source: Cheyney University
The “dream” of going to college could become a reality for many undocumented Pennsylvanians under the PA DREAM Act, a measure that state Sen. Anthony H. Williams is co-sponsoring.
Williams joined the bill’s prime sponsor state Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R-Lancaster) and the Pennsylvania Immigration and Citizenship Coalition during a news conference today at the Capitol in support of the PA DREAM Act (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors). Williams is the first Democratic co-sponsor of the legislation.
Under Senate Bill 713, all students in Pennsylvania, regardless of immigration status, would have the opportunity to attend college and be eligible for in-state tuition rates and financial aid at public universities in Pennsylvania. They must offer proof of having attended at least two years of high school and must meet all commonwealth residency requirements in order to qualify for financial aid.
Williams praised the measure as an opportunity for undocumented Pennsylvanians to achieve the American dream and obtain equal access to a higher education.
“This legislation represents a clear vision of what our country can, should, and will be,” said Williams (D-Phila./Delaware). “It’s a return to the basic understanding that if you work hard, take care of your family, and abide by the law — if you are civically responsible and you are proud to be American — you too will be accepted and embraced in this country and that includes being able to participate in basic institutions such as education.”
Thirteen states have passed similar legislation.
“I come from a family that has a history of being denied rights and access to basic freedoms in a country that says it embraces the rights of people of all backgrounds. I believe that we all deserve equal access to everything that makes this nation great,” he said. “In spite of limited perspectives of others and against the odds, many undocumented Pennsylvanians are excelling because this grand experiment of America still works. They believe in this country. What they simply want is fair access to a higher goal that their parents probably may not ever be able to achieve, and that is the dream to have a college or graduate degree, and they would love to do it in Pennsylvania and we would love to have them as Pennsylvanians. If they’re given the opportunity to go to college and graduate, and they choose to settle in Pennsylvania, they can be the greatest contributor to our revenue stream that we so desperately need to expand.”