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Julianne Lewis

Philadelphia, PA
Psychology and Sociology

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The small student-to-teacher ratio is the top advantage of going to Cheyney.  Everybody knows everybody on campus.  Being able to create that rapport and one-on-one relationship with students, faculty, staff and the administration is great.  It’s a friendly environment—like one big family.
Twenty-four year old senior Julianne Lewis chose Cheyney University of Pennsylvania because of its small size, family atmosphere and Keystone Honors Academy (KHA).  The KHA scholar, who grew up in Massachusetts but moved to Philadelphia five years ago, initially went to Community College of Philadelphia before transferring to Cheyney in 2011.

“I loved the atmosphere at Cheyney,” she said.  “It was small, the people were welcoming, and it felt comfortable to me.” 

Julianne credits CU’s KHA, a learning community of high achieving students that provides scholarships, free laptops and an array of services and programs to its scholars, for helping her excel in and out of the classroom.
Despite juggling a full schedule with three internships, a work-study job, community service, tutoring, and a toddler at home, Julianne manages to find time to run on the cross country team and hopes to soon compete in a marathon.  She has consistently made the Dean’s List every semester of her college career and currently has a 3.94 grade point average.   She is president of Cheyney’s Psi Chi National Honor Society and treasurer of the Psychology Club.
The quest for knowledge invigorates Julianne who is heavily involved in research projects on and off campus.  She recently presented her research at the National McNair Scholars Research Competition and is currently heading a research study on campus regarding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).   In addition, Julianne spent the summer of 2012 conducting research at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
When it comes to leaving her mark on Cheyney and the outside community, Julianne says, “I try to be the best that I can be in everything I can.  I hope to inspire others to strive to be their best, too.”

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Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1837, is America’s oldest historically Black institution of higher education.  The liberal arts, co-ed university is located on 275 acres in the suburban countryside of southeastern Pennsylvania.  The founding of the university was made possible by Richard Humphreys, a Quaker philanthropist who bequeathed $10,000, one tenth of his estate, to design and establish a school to educate the descendants of the African race.  Cheyney University boasts a beautiful historic quadrangle with buildings dating to the early 1900s.  A new state-of-the-art residence hall opened in 2012 and a new science center and planetarium are expected to open in 2014.  Enriched by a local history dating to the formation of the nation, the main campus is located approximately 30 miles from Philadelphia and Wilmington, Delaware.  Cheyney University also also is part of PASSHE's Multi-University Center in Philadelphia, not far from the historic section of the city.  Both locations provide students opportunities to experience the many world class cultural, athletic and social events available in the region, including New York City and Washington, D.C.


Cheyney University of Pennsylvania was founded in 1837, and is America’s Oldest Historically Black Institution of Higher Education. Its mission is to prepare confident, competent, reflective, visionary leaders and responsible citizens. The five residence halls at Cheyney University accommodate more than 1,200 students in a picturesque and historic campus setting. Cheyney University maintains a 24-hour police and part-time security force. The Academic Success Center provides an opportunity for students to receive assistance in their academic endeavors. Cheyney University’s commitment to teaching and small classes provides each student with the opportunity to learn and to share with others in the academic process.

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With 33 majors and concentrations for undergraduate students, among Cheyney University’s many academic programs is Call Me MISTER, a teacher leadership program that encourages African American males to dedicate their lives to becoming role models in the field of education. It provides participants, called “Mister Scholars,” with the tools necessary to complete rigorous teacher education programs and become professional educators. The Teach STEM Scholarship Project also is a Cheyney innovation that prepares women to become highly qualified teachers who will change paradigms in Science Technology Engineering and Math Education through cutting-edge technology, innovative lesson planning and positive role modeling.

The Aquaculture Research and Education Center (AREC) is designed to help meet the education, extension and research needs of the region and its critical waterways with the objective being to train individuals who can compete for professional jobs in various scientific arenas, both in this country and abroad. Students have an opportunity to major in marine biology with an emphasis in marine biology, aquaculture or aquatic science. Though the development of research programs in urban aquaculture and fish nutrition/physiology are its primary foci, aspects of marine and freshwater biology and ecology, and aquatic animal biology provide part of the program’s foundation. AREC research reaches beyond regional and national boundaries and will provide opportunities for the faculty and students to participate in research and outreach projects that will be conducted in partnership with academic, public and private entities.

The Keystone Honors Academy is a far reaching program that seeks to foster intellectually enriching experiences for the entire campus community. Through extensive programmatic offerings, learning activities, innovative approaches to pedagogy, scholarships, special programs and events, the Academy is a source of inspiration to students to discover new intellectual interests and to foster lifelong learning.

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