Students shine at SEPCHE

By Kendall Neil
April 10, 2003

Senior Brandon Lawler stands nervously at the podium in room 351 in Founder’s Hall on Saturday, March 29, as he prepares to read his senior thesis to his fellow students, faculty, staff, friends and family. It is also his 22nd birthday.

Decked out in a navy blue suit and yellow tie, he begins to present his research on his senior thesis. There’s only one thing standing in his way from a successful presentation; the bright white light that dances from the camera right into his eyes. “I actually had to stop my presentation and tell the photographer, ‘dude, you’re killing my concentration.'”

Lawler had every right to be nervous. He was one of the many presenters at the fifth annual South Eastern Pennsylvania Consortium of Higher Education Honors Conference, more commonly known as SEPCHE. Cabrini College was the host for this years event and over 200 people showed up to hear honor students from each of the SEPCHE colleges and universities present senior thesis’s, academic papers, dramatic and monologues. SEPCHE is made up of Arcadia University, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Immaculata University, Holy Family College, Neumann College, and Rosemont College. The actual SEPCHE organization celebrated its 10th birthday in the Grace Hall Atrium, complete with a chocolate and vanilla cake, candles, and of course, the birthday song of well wishes.

According to the SEPCHE website, the purpose of the organization is to “enhance the quality and efficiency of academic programming, student access, institutional operations, and community outreach at the members’ colleges through inter-institutional cooperation and technological linkages.”

Dr. Charlie McCormick, a professor in the department of English and communications, was one of the Cabrini professors on hand at the conference. “My primary thought is that Cabrini shows itself well at an event like this. We had the largest group of presenters and, in the sessions which I moderated, the Cabrini presenters shined. They were well prepared and they seemed to be enjoying the opportunity to share what they had learned,” McCormick said.

Dr. Romano, a philosophy professor, coordinated the event that over 200 people attended. “I was very pleased with the number of students who participated and the quality of the works presented. I am greatly appreciative of all the Cabrini people who helped make the event a success,” Romano said. Romano was pleased that the conference could be held at Cabrini for its tenth anniversary, “the Student Honors Conference generates the spirit of learning that we sometimes overlook in the routine of taking and teaching courses. We forget just how exciting ideas and learning can be. The conference focuses our attention on what we are all about – an institution of learning – and that learning can be fun.”
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