Angela Cenci '05


Fond Memories

Dr. Angela Cenci '05 makes first-time gift
to Muhlenberg at leadership level

April 19, 2010

“In my sophomore year at Muhlenberg, my mom lost her job,” says Angela Cenci ’05.  “It was scary because I really thought I’d have to leave school.  My mom met with the financial aid office and was able to have my aid increased.” 

Because of that experience, Angela recently made a first-time leadership gift to The Muhlenberg Fund and became a member of the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Society (HMMS), the College’s annual leadership giving society. “I knew as a student that I wanted to give back to Muhlenberg.  I wouldn’t be where I am today if that hadn’t happened, and I’m very grateful.”

“My Muhlenberg experience was very rewarding,” she continues.  “I did summer research with Dr. [Bruce] Wightman for two summers and he really challenged me to push myself.  As a result, my transition to dental school was not nearly as trying as for some other students.”

Angela also gained a new insight into the education she received at Muhlenberg when she entered the University of Pennsylvania as a graduate student in the dental program.  “When I got to dental school, I realized that the professors at Muhlenberg really are amazing educators; they don’t rely on a PowerPoint presentation alone to get their point across.  It really made me appreciate what I had.  They really care about you as a person, not just as a student.”

Reminiscing about her college days, Angela describes a few highlights.  “I took part in a pre-orientation trip before I entered as a first-year and met one of my best friends there.   It was really fun – we went hiking and biking and kayaking.”  Angela also lived in a M.I.L.E. (Muhlenberg Independent Living Experience) House.  “It was a taste of apartment living and I had such an amazing time.  I really did a lot of growing up that year.”

When asked what she would say to other young alumni who are considering making a gift to the College, particularly now as there are less than three months left to the Talents Campaign, Angela says they should reflect on their Muhlenberg experience. “Remember all of your fond memories as a student.  Even if you didn’t receive financial aid, chances are one of your friends did,” she says.  “I think it’s important to give someone else a chance.  Even a small gift helps to ensure that the College continues to attract top-notch individuals regardless of their financial background.”

Learn more about the Henry Melchior Muhlenberg Society.  For more information on making a leadership gift to the Talents Campaign, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 484-663-3247 or