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It's a Deal--Cheyney Students Can Pursue Graduate Degrees at USciences

December 3, 2013

(from l. to r.) Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; USciences President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee; Cheyney President Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital; and PA Representative James R. Roebuck

(from l. to r.) Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; USciences President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee; Cheyney President Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital; and PA Representative James R. Roebuck

With the signing of paperwork and the exchange of school pennants, Cheyney University (CU) of Pennsylvania and University of the Sciences (USciences) made their articulation agreement official this week, paving the way for qualified Cheyney undergraduates to seamlessly enter advanced degree programs at USciences in West Philadelphia in pharmaceutical and healthcare business, biomedical writing and pharmacy administration.

PA Representative James R. Roebuck, Chair of the House Education Committee; Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer for Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter; and Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, herself a graduate of Cheyney and Chair of the City Council of Philadelphia's Committee on Education; were on hand to watch Cheyney President Dr. Michelle R. Howard-Vital and USciences President Dr. Helen Giles-Gee sign the agreement. Cheyney Provost Dr. Phyllis W. Dawkins and USciences Assistant Provost Dr. John Connors also signed the official paperwork.

"This is a great day," Rep. Roebuck told those who gathered in USciences Wilson Hall to witness the signing.  "Today we celebrate what is, I think, one of the expanding opportunities for students to succeed--building a partnership that brings together opportunities and better results."  Roebuck acknowledged the work that Cheyney does, saying he once took a summer course at Cheyney.

Councilwoman Blackwell, whose sister, sister-in-law, granddaughter and grandson also went to Cheyney, spoke fondly of her alma mater which has been in existence since 1837.

"USciences is in the heart of my district," she said.  "But Cheyney is my home.  This is an opportunity to show the world that Cheyney is important and try to help young people be all that they can."

Cheyney currently has about 150 undergraduate science majors, according to Dr. Sakkar Eva, Professor and Chair of CU's Natural & Applied Sciences Department which includes the sciences, computer science and mathematics.

President Giles-Gee, who has been at the helm at USciences for nearly 18 months and who once chaired CU's Biology Department, called it "a historic day that's taken one year and two months to get to."  

"She has a commitment to her new school," President Vital said, "but she still has passion in her heart for Cheyney University.  I'm sure this will be the beginning of a great, positive relationship between University of the Sciences and Cheyney University."

Dr. Eva, who interacts with students on a daily basis, is excited about the opportunities that Cheyney students can now have once they attain  their undergraduate degree.  The students who will qualify under the terms of the agreement are those graduating with BS degrees in business administration, biology, chemistry, and mathematics.