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09/06/22

Cynthia Hambach, PhD 

Dr. Cynthia Hambach, an assistant clinical professor in the RN-BSN completion program at the College of Nursing and Health Professions, passed away on July 29, 2022, surrounded by her family at home in Lansdale, PA. Hambach was an educator, friend and mentor to the CNHP community. She had previously taught courses in the undergraduate nursing program and had worked throughout her career as a staff nurse, staff educator and clinical nurse specialist.

“Cindy was an exceptional instructor who genuinely cared about her students. A consistent and kind mentor, she was admired by the students who learned in her classrooms,” shared Kymberlee Montgomery, DNP, clinical professor of nursing, vice dean of Nursing and Student Affairs and chief Academic Nursing officer. “She dedicated endless hours to helping students find the right fit and thrive in their careers. She was a thoughtful colleague and friend to many people in the CNHP community. She was a true gift to the nursing profession and to Drexel University!”

Hambach was a certified critical care nurse and a member of the Southeastern PA Chapter of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She received her PhD in Nursing from Villanova University in 2021, an MSN from Widener University, a BSN from Pennsylvania State University, and an RN from the Frankford Hospital School of Nursing.

“Cindy was such an amazing educator; she put students front and center in her teachings,” related Genevieve Porrecca, MSN, director for the Center for Interprofessional Clinical Simulation & Practice (CICSP) and assistant clinical professor. “Cindy taught with kindness and compassion. I had the privilege to work closely with her during her doctoral project. Cindy developed a simulation to help students develop clinical judgement skills. Her legacy will live on with the students whose lives she touched,” Porrecca added.

Hambach had research interests in simulation and debriefing; her dissertation “Using standardized patients in simulated learning experiences to develop clinical judgment and clinical competence of sophomore level baccalaureate nursing students in a foundations of nursing practice course” was published in 2020 and Clinical judgment: A concept analysis in the Journal of Nursing Doctoral Students Scholarship in 2019, among other scholarly articles.

“Cindy was so proud to be a member of the Drexel community. She served as an adjunct faculty, teaching undergraduate nursing students on various hospital units for a number of years before becoming full time faculty. She was always so patient with her students, whether in lab, in clinical, or in the classroom,” described Mary Ann Zimmer, MSN, assistant clinical professor of undergraduate nursing. “Her mission was to assist them in becoming exceptional nurses. She was well respected and well-liked by her students. She also enjoyed mentoring new faculty. She would graciously share her knowledge and resources to make the transition into academia easier for those new to the role. She was a wonderful colleague. She was willing to help out if you needed someone to fill in for teaching a class or for assisting with a simulation. Finally, Cindy was a great friend. She was there to listen if you needed to talk or to encourage you if you were feeling down. She made the effort to keep connected by setting up times to get together in person or via zoom.”

In lieu of flowers, the Hambach family welcomes donations to be made to support the Cindy Hambach Memorial Nursing Fund, which will be established at Drexel University.

“She will be greatly missed but she has made a lasting impression on so many people in her life–friends, colleagues, students and patients. In the words of Ray Bradbury: 'It doesn't matter what you do, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away'. She made this world a better place by being who she was and making positive changes in the lives of those around her,” concluded Zimmer.

06/21/22

Stack of graduation programs for Drexel UniversityThe weeks leading up to the Drexel’s 134th Commencement were full of celebrations. Undergraduate, graduate and doctoral candidates from across the College of Nursing and Health Professions attended a host of CNHP and Drexel University events to recognize their accomplishments. Our nursing co-op students held their pinning ceremony, the Nutrition Sciences Department, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Graduate Nursing hosted celebrations, the Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellows met virtually to recognize those who completed the year-long program and the Creative Arts Therapies held their day-long Colloquia where student presented of their work.

Graduates wearing Drexel University caps and gowns at the College of Nursing and Health Professions graduation ceremonyOn the morning of June 9 at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and with a focus on equity and purpose, Dean Laura Gitlin, PhD, welcomed graduating students, faculty, families, friends and guests to the first in-person graduation since 2019 saying, “We have all chosen lives that are, and will continue to be, motivated by an innate desire to make life better–to heal, a responsibility to serve and an obligation to advocate for those whose voices are not always heard or who do not receive equitable access to care throughout their life course.”

Gitlin asked for graduates to see their callings as a continuation or the College’s core values. “You have the obligation, opportunity and privilege to change the lives of individuals as well as systems of care—to develop new strategies, practices and policies in your respective fields and to address health inequities,” she asserted. She encouraged them to strive to provide person-centric care and to address what matters most to those for whom they care.

Zainab During, a master’s nursing student in Quality, Safety and Risk Management and a member of the Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, gave the student address. Born and raised in Sierra Leone, During used her own experience of civil war in her country to demonstrate what ambition and purpose will help one accomplish. “It is with that same mindset that I was able to thrive when I immigrated to the United States 13 years ago, with the goal of one day living the American dream,” she shared. “While this goal was abstract, it gave me hope and allowed me to continue nurturing my purpose,” During continued.

A group wearing Drexel University caps and gownsShe closed by stating what an honor it is to be graduating with the class of 2022 who she knows will do great things. “My fellow graduates, as a result of the knowledge, skills, and aptitudes acquired during the courses of our different programs, it is a privilege to follow our purpose and be given the opportunity to shine in our respective career paths.”

Gitlin introduced Melanie Cataldi, BS ’98, CNHP’s keynote speaker. Cataldi is a committed leader and collaborator for social justice with over 21 years of experience at Philabundance including founding the Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK), a culinary arts workforce development training and employment program for adults who qualify for public assistance.

An experienced community impact strategist and a member of the 2022 People of Purpose, Cataldi began her address by referencing author and “unshakable optimist” Simon Sinek who talks a lot about “Finding Your Why.” “Your why is the thing that you give to the world, the thing that makes you who you are; it’s the fundamental core of what inspires you. My “why” is that I’m a Defender of People,” she shared. She has a superpower—seeing the big picture with the ability to develop, protect, motivate and move people forward toward a common goal.

Two females wearing blue and gold caps and gownsFollowing the themes spoken of by Gitlin and During, Cataldi talked about how interprofessional collaboration is the only way she sees to achieving both food and health equity. “The causes of health inequity are complex and interwoven. Anti-hunger organizations and affordable housing builders, public and private entities and academic institutions are all part of the solution,” Cataldi argued.

Acknowledging the structural and social determinants of health, like housing, education, transportation, and food, Cataldi stated that most people would argue that food and shelter are key among those because they represent the most basic of essential needs. From Cataldi’s perspective, food equity is part of the struggle of overall health equity. Looking at the last two years, what touches one affects all with long-lasting and pervasive repercussions, and what we have done to alleviate these wide-reaching problems isn’t working.

Two people wearing Drexel University caps and gownsBecause this work will neither be easy nor quick, Cataldi challenged our graduates to find their why. “I bet if I sat down with each of you, whether your focus is research or direct service, whether you studied nursing, health administration, health sciences, nutrition, hospitality management, culinary arts and food science, creative art therapies, counseling, physician assistance or physical therapy and rehabilitation science, we would find something that is congruent with making things better—for people, for families, for communities. It’s been my experience that really understanding your “why”, your superpower, and then leveraging that in collaboration with others, is the key to success in just about everything be it family dynamics, relationships in the workplace or reaching organizational goals,” concluded Cataldi.

Below is a list of award winners from around the College.

Dean's Awards

Nicholas Eltman, Dean’s Achievement Award
Melissa Fairfield, Dean’s Social Justice Award
June Maloney, Dean’s Clinical Service Award
Shel Myers, Dean’s Award

RN-BSN and Graduate Nursing Departments

Outstanding Graduate Award
Amy C. Plotts
Adriana Ava Banks
Kaitlin Balbo
Jillian Labatch
Anne Anderson
Vicki Zahos
Pam Hughes
Joncornel Kearney
Sarah Kendall
Stephanie Pileggi
Theodore A. Klitus
Erika Lockhart
Jessa Adiletto Lassor
Ashley Olszewski
Amy Elisabeth Elliott
Melissa Fairfield
Jordan Troxell
Amy Elizabeth Fafard

Thia Jackson Baugh, Online Student Recognition (RN-BSN)
Molly Laina Scott, Outstanding Achievement (RN-BSN)

Kristin Feightner, Kathleen Jennings-Dozier Memorial Award
Lindsey Ho, Joyce Lazzaro Lifelong Achievement Award
Emily Shaw, Hahnemann Hospital Nurse Alumnae Association Award

Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Department

Dominic DeLaurentis, Clinical Education Award
June Maloney, Dragon Service Award
Brianna Wagner, Leadership Award
Natalia Oliveira, Health Equity and Social Impact Award
Drew Petersen, Scholarly Excellence Award
Kerri Yacovelli, PT, MSPT, OCS, Clinical Instructor Award

Creative Arts Therapies Department

Ming Yuan Low, PhD, PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies Teaching Promise Award and Leadership Promise Awards
Brigette K. Schneible, PhD Program in Creative Arts Therapies Research Promise Award
Natalia Alvarez-Figueroa, Rachel Haimovich, Jonathon Jenkins and Cynthia Jones, Clinical Supervisors Award Lana Sommers, MA Leadership Award
James Lavino and Lydia Patselas, MA Artistry Award
Zevi B. Koretz, MA Service Award
Rachel Chang, Tahsina Miah and Carolina Millard, MA Clinical Excellence Award
Elizabeth Allen, MA Culminating Project
Briana Marsh, Nitasha Kang And Jennifer Willbanks, Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award (JEDI)
Angela Kodokian, Lana Sommers and Taylor A. Sparks, MA Overall Achievement Award
Hayley Beck, The Dianne Dulicai Award for Dance/Movement Therapy

Alpha Eta Honor Society, the National Honor Society for the Allied Health Professions
Hayley Beck
Angela Kodokian
James Lavino
Ming Yuan Low
Tahsina Miah
Brigette Schneible
Lana Sommers
Taylor A. Sparks

Written by Roberta S. Perry

06/17/22

Juneteenth banner with red, black and green stripes on the left and African-American Freedom Day, Juneteenth, June 19 on the right 

June 19, 1865 marked the beginning of an era of great hope, uncertainty and struggle for newly freed enslaved people and for our nation. It is important to know our history—African American history is American history. We are a rich part of the fabric of this country who have changed the face of urban and American culture. African Americans, 157 years later, continue to be inspired and empowered to transform their lives and make an impact on society. The ability to have our stories told is vital!

As Imani Perry wrote for The Atlantic, “Racism is terrible. Blackness is not.

The work I do on the CNHP Board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and my involvement in other DEI initiatives is so very critical in combating discrimination and inequity. To dismantle systemic racism and to call out the injustices that continue today against African Americans and other people of color, we know for sure it is collective work that requires input, engagement, and commitment from all of us to go on righting the wrongs of society. I believe we are called to make changes, move forward and pave the way for the next generation. We must persist in our efforts to prevent racism and violence towards others. As we celebrate Juneteenth this year think of the lives that were lost and sacrificed throughout history, the progress we’ve made in guaranteeing equity and equality and the leaders who inspire us to face today’s challenges with strength and determination.

“Juneteenth has never been a celebration of victory or an acceptance of the way things are. It’s a celebration of progress. It’s an affirmation that despite the most painful parts of our history, change is possible—and there is still so much work to do.”  —Barack Obama, Former U.S. President

Written by Marcia Penn, MEd, director of special projects and member of the 2022 People of Purpose cohort

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