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“If It’s Meant To Be” : The Story of Founder and CEO of Flowmetric Inc., Renold Capocasale

IMG_0952 By Tiffany Connelly
Neumann University is known for many things. The logo is associated with a strong trio; the values of St. Francis, the men’s hockey team national win, and academically speaking, the prestigious nursing program. Prestigious as it is, there is another hoard of excellence seeking students that occupy the labs, share the same professors, and buy the same disposable lab coats in the Knights’ Shoppe. These are the biology majors. Throughout the three tracks of the program there is a dauntingly omnipresent pressure, infinite metaphorical millimeters of mercury, questioning a brief and terrifying phrase, “What’s next?”

To answer this internal inquiry, Founder and CEO of Flowmeteric Inc., Renold Capocasale visited a group of bio majors and science professors. The classroom, most commonly utilized for physics and genetics lectures, was transformed the moment Capocasale entered. A biology major himself, practicing his undergraduate study at Villanova University, Capocasale walked us through his story. He spoke of his Catholic upbringing and possessing a family of doctors, where his route had already seemed to be laid out nicely before him. At an age, not much older than myself, he was accepted into the medical school at Georgetown University. In the same week, he was diagnosed with a malignant tumor. “The plan isn’t always the way you expected it to go,” he said calmly. “That, in and of itself, is not a bad thing. Simply be open to all the possibilities.” After going through surgery, his life had been placed on hold and never went to Georgetown. “It was bittersweet to say the least.” However, with his particular kind of tumor and a 40% survival rate, Capocasale couldn’t have been more blessed.

Post-recuperation, he worked as a lab assistant and attended University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Immunology during which he met his wife. Using his experience from Penn, he worked a year during a small period at a biotech company before being offered a job at Johnson & Johnson. Here is where Capocasale spent sixteen years of his career, developing Remecaid and Stelara, two drugs that assist with alleviating symptoms of Crone’s Disease and rheumatoid arthritis, through hybridoma techonology which are still very much in use today.

During October of 2009, Capocasale was laid off from Johnson & Johnson. Two days later, he had informed the company that he would be creating his own. “I listened to the voice that matters most, mine,” said Capocasale, a smile on his face. After raising $2.5 million dollars in three months, he went on to found Flowmetrics Incorporated, a contract and research organization for over 78 clients on the basis of flowcytometry. “What I had was passion.” And passion was certainly an understatement. Intellectual, strong, and with the understanding of how faith and one’s own opinion drive the success of an individual, Renold Capocasale temporarily quelled the worldly expectation of all students who heard him speak. He had ended with a reassuring nod, “Validation will come.” As biology students at Neumann University who understand what it is like to face struggles and bumps in the road, we would like to thank him for his insight and are appreciative for his empathy.

Photo credit: Bill McLaughlin

 

Sun Come Up: Climate Change Documentary at Neumann University

Neumann University will hold a screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, Sun Come Up, on October 4 at 9:45 a.m. in the McNichol Room of the Life Center. The film depicts some of the world’s first “forced climate migrants,” inhabitants of the Carteret Islands just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. The event is free and open to the public.

Neumann University will hold a screening of the
Academy Award-nominated documentary, Sun Come Up, on October 4 at 9:45
a.m. in the McNichol Room of the Life Center. The film depicts some of the
world’s first “forced climate migrants,” inhabitants of the Carteret Islands
just north of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.  The event is free and open
to the public.

This national screening, scheduled for hundreds of locations across the country
on the same day, is organized by the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change in
celebration of the October 4 Feast of St. Francis, who was named “patron saint
of those who promote ecology” by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1979.  The
screening will be followed by a discussion, and viewers will explore ways to
respond in light of authentic Church teaching on climate change and the
environment.

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops points out in Global Climate Change
and Our Catholic Response
that recent popes “have continually emphasized
the moral dimensions of climate change and our responsibility to care for
creation.” According to Dr. Elaine Grose, assistant professor of environmental
studies at Neumann, “Pope Benedict XVI and the U.S. Bishops have recognized the
human causes of climate change and understand it as a moral issue. They call on
people of faith and good will to address this challenge.”

“Predictions of a warming planet are now becoming reality,” says Grose, “People
around the world are experiencing increased drought, wildfire, flooding, food
and water stresses, disease, and population displacement. These phenomena
compromise key elements of Catholic social teaching, including our commitments
to protect human life and dignity and to be especially mindful of the poor and
vulnerable, who are disproportionately harmed by environmental degradation and
climate change.”

The screening is sponsored by the University’s Care of Creation Committee. To
reserve a seat, call Elaine Grose at 610-358-4240.

Neumann Helps Archdiocesan Teachers

Neumann University will offer free career counseling and three master’s degree programs at 50% of its usual tuition to all Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic school teachers who lose their positions in 2012 through the reorganization of Archdiocesan schools. Neumann’s graduate programs that are available at 50% of standard tuition are education, organizational and strategic leadership, and pastoral care and counseling.

To qualify for the tuition discount, teachers must meet the criteria required by the regular University admissions process, provide documentation that their position was eliminated, and enroll by the start of the May 2013 summer session.

In addition, the master’s degree in education program will accept as many as 15 transfer credits with the approval of the dean of the Division of Education and Human Services. In the program, teachers can earn the M.S. degree in instructional leadership, principal certification (grades K-12), and teacher certification in early elementary education (grades PK-4) and special education (grades PK-8).

The free career counseling service, which includes portfolio assessment, will be available starting July 1, 2012, and possibly earlier. Teachers may email the Office of Graduate and Adult Admissions (gradadultadmiss@neumann.edu) at any time to be placed on a list of those interested in free career counseling. As soon as the service is available, University staff members will contact teachers to schedule counseling appointments.

“We offer this support to Catholic school teachers who now enter a new phase in their career journeys,” said Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, Neumann’s president. “Some may want to gain additional teaching credentials; others may prefer to acquire new skills and seek a different career path. We realize that the financial priorities of many affected families may not include a graduate degree at this time, but we will consider ourselves privileged if we help even a few achieve future success.”

For more detailed information about this program, visit www.neumann.edu/admissions or call 610-361-5208.

A Once in a Lifetime Opportunity

by Nic Peischl

Hockey fans didn’t know what to expect going into the Collegiate Winter Classic between Neumann and Penn State. On one side was a powerhouse school in PSU, with a top ranked club team soon to become a member of Division I. On the other side was Neumann, a small often overlooked Division III school a few years removed from a National Championship. By the end of the night it was evident which team wanted to shine more under the lights of Citizens Bank Park, as Neumann cruised to a convincing 6-3 victory.
Penn State started out with a lot of energy leading to some scoring chances against the Knights who started Matt Tendler in net. The game was scoreless until the 10:30 mark when Knights defenseman Scott Farrell’s shot from the point found an open lane and beat the Icers goalie Matt Madrazo to give Neumann a 1-0 advantage. After a late penalty to PSU’s Kurt Collins Neumann quickly took advantage of the power play as Jordan Zalba lifted a shot past Madrazo with 10 seconds left in the first period to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.
The biggest threat the Knights needed to be prepared for was the Icers’ top scoring line of Taylor Holstrom, Justin Kirchhevel and Tommy Olczyk. The trio did not disappoint as they produced all three goals for the Icers. The first came from Holstrom who scored on a deflection cutting the Neumann lead to one. The Knights came right back with Corey Park and Jeff Bienvenue each lighting the lamp to put the Knights ahead 4-1. Both goals showed terrific forechecking abilities of the Knights to force PSU turnovers in their own zone.
Zalba added his second goal of the game on the power play, a couple of minutes into the third period putting a rebound past PSU goalie PJ Musico. The Knights work on the power play was impressive all night. They were very patient, getting a lot of time cycling the puck in their offensive zone getting a lot of scoring chances, eventually leading to two goals against a PSU penalty kill unit that had killed over 90% of their penalties throughout the year. Justin Kirchhevel added the final goal for the Icers before Andrew Love sealed the win with an empty netter.]
Jordan Zalba received first star honors with his 2 power play goals, the first of which was an incredible shot that was a big momentum boost for the Knights early on. “There was a little bit of an opening and I thought I might as well take a shot,” Zalba said. He showed great ability to be patient on the power play looking back door before taking the shot. “The goalie was kind of over, anticipating the pass a bit,” he added.
When asked about the experience of playing outdoors in front of a crowd of around 5,000, while coming from a small school Zalba said, “It’s awesome. You got your fellow students there, your peers, family and friends and for everyone on the team they saw the people in the stands and they were ecstatic from the get go, adrenaline starts pumping it was pretty good.”
One thing that stood out for the Icers was their ineffective passing which led to a lot of Neumann opportunities. Neumann Head Coach Dominick Dawes said it took the team “a while” to settle in. “Both teams had a hard time settling the puck down, it was bouncing all over the place out there.” For both teams the environment is such a unique thing and a special opportunity, a once in a life time opportunity, so the big thing is to enjoy it, soak it up and have fun with it.”
Dawes went on to say that the team went into the game wanting to keep it simple, which is exactly what the Knights did. They executed a very fundamentally sound game forcing Penn State to make mistakes, and capitalizing on all their opportunities. That seems like a characteristic in the Knights style of play since Dawes took the team over in 2008 a season that culminated with their national championship.
The Knights made the most of their time on the big stage, making all Neumann students and alumni proud, on what was a great Neumann Knight to be remembered.

Networking with the Pro’s

by Ariel Box

Nov. 2011, Neumann University- The Networking With the Pro’s event was held Thursday, November 17, 2011 in the Micnicol room of Neumann University. This was an event that gave the students of CA-345 Public Relations class a chance to hear testimony and interact from people who are already working in the field of Communications. There were four representations of the communications work field; radio, internet, television, and print.

Debbi Calton, an on-air Personality at WMGK represented the radio aspect of communications. She has been in radio for 35 years and been here in Philly for 28 years. Calton told the PR students that she is actually extremely shy although she works in radio. She also explained about being from the south and her accent that she had to overcome in order to be overall accepted on radio. Early in Calton’s career she came into a situation where she was being treated unequal. A man was hired to do the same job as her and was openly paid twice the amount Calton was being paid. She filed an equal opportunity law suite against the company and moved on to a new job. After moving all around she landed in Philly and has been here for 28 years. She worked at WYSP for 10 years and has been at WMGK for 18 years.

Frank Mazza, the lead designer and developer at Advanced Telecom services and also an Neumann University Alum, represented the internet aspect of communications. After graduating just last December, Mazza is secure in a job creating and customizing PR codes. He started his own business when he was only 13 years old, creating websites. Since then, he has created many websites for companies such as a dating site called Matchlink.com. Mazza’s main message was for the students not to be so focused on working for a very large corporation and not to undermine the small companies. “You don’t need to work for the big companies to do work for them.” Mazza said. In some way one will probably end up in some type of connection with the larger companies.

Karen Thomas, who is a certified broadcast meteorologist at Fox 29 and also a current employee at Neumann University, stood as representation of television in communications. Thomas use to be a weekend new anchor in Harrisburg, but when she was referred to by the term “whether babe” she was so offended and immediately left the whether industry to cover crime in the city of Philadelphia. After sometime experiencing hard crime in the city, it came to be a lot to handle and she decided to go back to covering the whether and has worked for Fox 29 since 1997. Thomas wanted to make sure she let the students know to work hard by telling the story of her many internships. “I did so many internships I was kicked out of one.” She explained that one the company realized she had done so many internships that she was no longer eligible to be considered an intern and was actually a liability she was no longer allowed to do the work. Thomas just wanted as much experience as possible.

Amy Winnemore, the journalist and editor of the Delaware County/ Delco News Network, represented print in communications. Winnemore wrote for her school paper. She told the students that she was the opposite of Karen Thomas when it came to her internship. She only did one for about three days and she did not do much networking while she was there. But even with out that she still landed a job as a beat reporter. After that she moved her way up to her current job as a journalist and editor. Her main message was to be dedicated to what you want to do.

After all the Guest spoke the students had a chance to ask questions and later enjoy refreshments and interact on more of a personal level. By the end of the event business cards were given out, possible internships were discussed, and lots of networking was done.

Do Not Procrastinate Now, Put it Off!

by, Lauren Sherman

I have to complete a homework assignment. I dislike school let alone doing homework, I find it boring. Considering that I dislike homework, I will most likely not receive an A on this assignment or pass this class. Are you a college student who dislikes writing, doing homework, and despises attending certain classes? If so, I suggest that you continue reading and learn ways to avoid these thoughts. This is just one example that leads to a single word: procrastination. Procrastination is putting something off until later. The words: dislike, boring, and making negative comments about your success is an excuse made to not accomplish the task of completing an assignment. We put things off because of the way we think about the task at hand. If you think the assignment is boring, you will put it off until the last minute. If you dislike writing or reading, you will not want to read or write. If you feel as though you will not get a good grade, then you have just lowered your confidence as a student. You may be asking yourself; well what can I do to change how I feel about this assignment? Well, I am here to help. Procrastination is just an excuse, so excuse yourself from your negativity and approach the assignment in a different way in order to get it done.

The first way to prevent procrastination is to discover what interests you and what does not interest you. If you find writing to be boring, then of course you are going to put it off. Who wouldn`t? You create what you write, so write about a subject that interests you. If you can find a subject that interests you or one fact within that subject that is interesting then express that to your professors. Change your way of thinking. Instead of thinking, “ I find it boring…, “ think, “ I find it boring, so let me try to make this interesting to me as well as to my peers and professors.”

Not confident in your success as a student? Then, the next way to prevent procrastination is to reassure yourself that you are capable of accomplishing the assignment and getting a good grade! Fear is one factor that triggers college students to procrastinate. Making excuses about your inability to succeed in your classes will allow the power of procrastination to take over. Do not let it. What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of failure? Are you afraid of making a mistake? Are you afraid of not knowing the answers? If you are feeling this way about creating and completing the assignment, that is okay. However, instead of letting these fears over power you, use them to take control of your assignment. Remind yourself that it is okay to feel this way and even though you may make a mistake from time to time, you will learn from your mistakes. You will not fail, you will succeed. You cannot succeed if you do not try to overcome and improve these fears.

Finishing tasks are important especially in the role of a college student. I am sure you have at least one goal in mind whether it is an A on the assignment or a diploma within the next few years. Whichever the case may be, do not let the power of procrastination take over. Take control of your fears. Use your interests as your weapons to defeat procrastination with these alternative ways of thinking. Do not procrastinate now, put it off!

 

Students Now…Alumni Forever

Neumann Alumni Benefits

Neumann Media Video Tour

Welcome to Neumann University’s Neumann Media Club. This is a quick tour of what the club has to offer to students & faculty. Neumann students…CHECK US OUT at media.neumann.edu!!!

Student Leaders

Student Leaders emerge, organizing leadership institution

Sherae Dinkins

 

Sister Peggy Egan, Dean of Students and a task force of dedicated faculty and staff have implemented a program to unite and highlight leaders among the university.  The result of their work is the Institute for Student Leadership Formation, founded in August 2009. This umbrella organization creates opportunities and teaches transferable skills to students to assist them in becoming ethical leaders within today’s diverse society. Supported by Franciscan values, the program is holistic and built upon the philosophy of servant leadership. The 134 members of the institute presently include resident assistants, orientation leaders, Neumann navigators, student government, athletes, ambassadors, radio executive council, club presidents and ministry CORE team and some members of the honor society. Emerging leader freshman members have been identified by their grade point averages and recommendations from their high school staff. The institute accepts applications from all freshman students during their second semester.

 

Students within the program and those who are interested are required to attend a leadership conference at the beginning of fall and spring semesters and complete modules of learning assignments throughout the academic year. Each student also participates in the Compagno program. Italian for companion, the compagno program allows each member to select an encouraging faculty member to assist them with their journey of leadership formation. Compagnos oversee the completion of learning activities, mentor and collaborate with the students during their exploration of leadership. Compagnos confirm that all work from their student has been successfully completed, bringing them one step closer to displaying positive leadership skills. Students who intend to graduate from the institute must successfully complete four semesters and engage in an integration retreat to assure learning.  Having fully participated in the Leadership Formation Program, student will have growth in attributes and skills including respect for the dignity of each individual, the ability to collaborate, successfully work on a team, build community, operate proactively rather than reactively just to name a few. Students who ineffectively complete the qualifications of the program will be subjected to probation and/or extracted from the institute.

 

A task force incorporated with a student planning committee monitors the progression of the institute and enforces changes that will better support the teachings of the program. The committee serves as a representation of the future leaders who actively participate in the curriculum. Sr. Janet Thiel OSF, PhD facilitates with the committee in developing assessment tools and portfolios for students to assess via the internet to highlight their accomplishments (called E- folios).

 

“We want to utilize Neumann Media to raise awareness about the program because I believe all students should become involved.” explains Sister Peggy.  She also identified plans that will be fulfilled in the near future to contribute to the continuous achievements and outcomes of the organization.  It is essential for students rooted in Franciscan values to develop leadership potential to the highest point. This program is designed to inherent values of reverence for self and others.

 

For more information regarding the Institute for Student Leadership Formation feel free to contact Sr. Peggy Egan, OSF.

Adam Taliaferro to Speak at Neumann Academic Convocation April 23

by Stephanie Horst, NU PR

Former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro will be the keynote speaker at the Neumann University Academic Awards Convocation on Friday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Fred P. Meagher Theatre in the Thomas A. Bruder Jr. Life Center. Dr. Walter P. Lomax, Jr. and Mrs. Beverly Hill Lomax will receive honorary degrees for their personal and professional achievements.
 
Taliaferro broke his neck in a football game in September of 200 after a routine helmet-to-helmet tackle. He was given a three percent change of walking again and today he not only walks, but walks well. Taliaferro started the Adam Taliaferro Foundation, providing financial assistance to individuals affected by spinal cord injuries. Through his foundation, he continues to provide hope for people who feel there is no reason to hope at all.
 
The Academic Awards Convocation acknowledges the excellence and achievements of all students who have distinguished themselves academically and in service to others. Neumann also recognizes the parents, relatives, and friends who have assisted our awardees along their academic journey. Awards presented include the Valedictory Medal, the John Facenda Award for Excellence in Communication Arts, and the St. Frances of Assisi Award for Excellence in Geriatric Nursing.
 
Walter P. Lomax Jr. will receive the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, for his deep commitment to providing quality health care to the underserved, for his distinguished service as a physician, and his relentless philanthropic efforts in the community in which he lives and works. Beverly Hill Lomax will receive the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, for her relentless support of philanthropic efforts of the Lomax Foundation.