Senator Robert Casey Announces $527,000 Grant for SEPCHE Colleges  

Release Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2008

PHILADELPHIA, PA – At a press conference held at Cabrini College on Wednesday, January 9, Senator Robert Casey (D, Pa.) announced that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) will receive a $527,000 federally funded grant in support of the SEPCHE Institute for Mathematics and Science. Congressmen Patrick Murphy (D, Pa., 8th); and Jim Gerlach (R, Pa., 6th) joined Casey at the announcement along with the eight presidents of the SEPCHE schools.

Established in 2001 through a grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Institute’s efforts are directed toward advancing math and science literacy and accomplishment in the region’s college and K-12 institutions, while ensuring that faculty are teaching and students are learning with state-of-the-art equipment and methodologies.

The SEPCHE Institute for Mathematics and Science prepares the next generation of leaders in two critical fields of world competitiveness. Through this federal funding, SEPCHE colleges are able to offer summer graduate workshops for K-12 teachers in the Delaware Valley to help enhance the quality of math and science curriculum and teaching resources.

“What brings us all together today is that we really believe that inside every child is a bright light burning within them… is our basic obligation to make the investment so that bright, scintillating light inside of a child can burn ever brightly,” said Casey.

“Whatever that child’s potential is, whether the brightness of their potential is limited or boundless, we have to make the investment and make them a priority and do everything we can so they can achieve their potential, especially in the important subject of math and science.”

Sister Patricia Fadden, chair of the SEPCHE President’s Council and president of Immaculata University, estimated that program participants of the Math and Science Institute directly influence more than 16,000 K-12 students annually.

Formed in 1993, SEPCHE is a nonprofit consortium of eight independent higher education institutions in the Greater Philadelphia region who engage in a collaborative approach to the challenges of higher education and work together to promote quality and efficiency of academic programming, student access, faculty development, institutional operations and community outreach, through sharing a range of activities, services, technology and information. Member schools of SEPCHE include Arcadia University, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Neumann College, and Rosemont College.

Collectively, SEPCHE awards more master’s degrees in education than any other institution in the State and is the largest provider of teaching credentials in the Delaware Valley.

Front row, left to row: Brighid Blake, executive director of SEPCHE; Dr. Kathleen Owens, president, Gwynedd-Mercy College; Antoinette Iadarola, Ph.D., president, Cabrini College; Sister Francesca Onley, CSFN, Ph.D., president, Holy Family University; Rosalie M. Mirenda, D.N.Sc., president, Neumann College; Back row: Congressman Patrick Murphy; Congressman Jim Gerlach; Sister R. Patricia Fadden, IHM, Ed.D., president, Immaculata University; Jerry M. Greiner, Ph.D., president, Arcadia University; Carol Jean Vale, SSJ, Ph.D., president, Chestnut Hill College; Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, Ph.D., president, Rosemont College; and Senator Robert Casey.