Rosemont Alumna Feliza Casano Provides a Home for Female Geekdom
Rosemont Alumna Feliza Cazano was spotlighted in an article published in Main Line Today. Please visit the link below to read the entire story.
Girls in Capes, a group founded by Feliza Cazano of self-proclaimed “geek girls,” meet at Main Point Books to discuss everything from sic-fi to anime.
BY MELISSA JACOBS/Main Line Today
Sitting in a Bryn Mawr bookstore talking science fiction isn’t everyone’s idea of Saturday-night fun. But just about every month, the women of Girls in Capes trek to Main Point Books to do just that. The club’s members are self-proclaimed “geek girls,” female fans of sci-fi, fantasy, comics, steam-punk, anime and other speculative fiction. Truth be told, Girls in Capes could give The Big Bang Theory guys a run for their money.
Geekdom isn’t as marginalized as it once was. In fact, it’s gone mainstream. The Avengers, Game of Thronesand The Walking Dead have millions of fans. Girls in Capes members are also fans of alternative authors like Catherynne Valente, Gail Carriger, Diana Wynne Jones, and Patricia C. Wrede, who write for niche audiences of geek girls. They craft strong female characters who—though flawed—won’t succumb to their worlds’ sexism, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, or any other kind of hate-fueled stereotype. These books depict characters who fight to make the world the way it ought to be.
The women of Girls in Capes are mostly millennial and definitely femme forward. They’re longtime librophiles from all over our western suburbs. They were brought together by Feliza Casano. By day, she’s a project manager at Focus Forward, a transcription service in Wayne. By night, she leads the organization she founded in 2013 during her graduate studies at Rosemont College.
Girls in Capes encompasses both the book club and a website. With its roster of editorial contributors, the site posts original content about three times a week—quirky, intellectual, well-reasoned stuff like “Not Like Other Girls: Toxic Archetypes of Young Adult Literature” and “Star-Cross’d Lovers: Romantic Relationships in Sci-Fi & Fantasy.”
Casano also helms the Philadelphia chapter of the international organization Geek Girl Brunch, so she’s the undeniable captain of her geek-girl squad. “We’re the Harry Potter generation,” she says. “Talking about superheroes, magic and other realms is part of our reality.”
Read more of the article about Feliza Casano and Girls in Capes in Main Line Today.
Fennell Receives Tri-State College Library Cooperative Award
The Tri-State College Library Cooperative (TCLC) recently announced the recipients of the 2017 Spirit of Cooperation Award. Catherine (Cathy) Fennell, Executive Director of Library Services for Rosemont took home the prestigious honor along with Michael LaMagna, Library Services Coordinator at Delaware County Community College.
Rosemont Announces New Strategic Plan for Enhancement of College Athletics
As a part of an extension of the overall strategic plan, Rosemont College Athletics Department is slated for major enhancements. With approval by the Board of Trustees, Director of Athletics, Lynn Rothenhoefer, recently announced a new, innovative, three-year strategic plan specifically for athletics which, when extended an additional two years, will include highlights such as the addition of five new athletic teams.
2017 Ann Donaldson Award presented to Women's Soccer Standout
At the end-of-year Athletic Banquet on Sunday, April 30, the Rosemont Ravens Athletics staff recognized the accomplishments of student athletes with various awards for their work on and off the playing field. Included in the honors and accolades was the annual Ann S. Donaldson Award.
Independence Blue Cross Employees Shine outside Office, inside Classroom
Rosemont College recently recognized two Independence Blue Cross (IBX) employees for their work inside the classroom. Deborah Nicoletti '17 was awarded the School of Professional Studies' Presidential Medal at the College's annual Academic Honors Day while Catherine Rolón-Boneta '17 was selected to speak at Commencement on behalf of the School of Graduate Studies