Grad Program Kicks Off Ambitious Fundraising Initiative

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

On Nov. 13, enthusiastic fans roared in anticipation of the first mens’ basketball game played at the University’s Michael J. Hagan ’85 Arena. The atmosphere energized the team as the Hawks went on to defeat the Drexel Dragons 77-67 in overtime.

The momentous event was also celebrated with a fundraising initiative kick-off benefiting Philadelphia’s Coaches vs. Cancer, which is part of a national collaboration of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The University’s Pharmaceutical Marketing EMBA Program has set an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer through their refer-a-friend program. For every referral who applies to the graduate program, Pharmaceutical Marketing will donate $100 toward Coaches vs. Cancer.

“So many of our lives have been affected by someone we know with cancer,” explains program director Terese Waldron. “Within our graduate courses, we have many students working for pharmaceutical companies that support cancer research, market cancer drugs or make some other commitment to eradicating cancer. The partnership with Philadelphia’s Coaches vs. Cancer just fits.”

As a student, Keith Orlandini ’07, a sales representative with Glaxo Smith Kline listened as Hawks Basketball Head Coach Phil Martelli delivered a presentation on Coaches vs. Cancer and further explained the collaborative relationship.

“Coach gave us the whole background on the effort,” remembers Orlandini, who has referred several friends to enroll. “This initiative is a win-win. By recommending someone to enroll, that potential student has the opportunity to experience the great value of the Pharm EMBA program, with the added benefit of knowing they have supported a great cause.”

Since the launch of this partnership four years ago, Saint Joseph’s Pharmaceutical EMBA program has raised over $18,000. Encourage someone you know to visit a classroom today. For more information, call 610-660-3157.

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