December 13, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Finals Frenzy Hits Arcadia:
Tips and Tricks on How to Beat the Stress

By Bridget Curtis ’08

The end of the semester is finally here and that can mean only one thing…finals have arrived. Though all-nighters and hourly coffee runs might seem like a good option, there are better ways to beat finals stress and get through the week while still keeping your sanity, not to mention your GPA, afloat.

In order to alleviate stress, keeping your energy up is the most important thing. Rather than reaching for that last bag of Doritos in the vending machine, try and keep some fruit on hand. Not only is it a healthier alternative, fruit contains extra vitamins to keep your immune system going when lack of sleep can run it down. Also, try and limit your intake of coffee and fill up on water to keep you hydrated. Most importantly, set aside enough time to study in order to give yourself time to rest. Sleep deprivation is not only bad for your health, but it can also affect the way you perform on your exams.

If pending deadlines and exams are driving you crazy, try this great secret to alleviating anxiety. Blow up a balloon for each paper or exam that you have and hang them up in your room. When the exam is over, take a pin and pop it! Not only will you get a sense of relief as you see each balloon disappear, it’s also a great way to take out aggression after all those late-night study sessions.

Despite doing your best to keep up your energy, there are times when the brain needs a rest. One can only study so much and taking a little break here and there can even benefit you. Rather than going out, pop in your favorite funny movie for a couple of laughs or get your heart pumping with a little exercise. If it’s crunch time, however, and you only have time for a quick break, consider counting backwards from 100 or trying to write your name with your other hand. Exercises like this will give your mind a rest while still stimulating your brain so you can continue studying. Visualizing or imagining a fond memory or ideal situation can also relieve stress as can taking a few minutes to listen to your favorite music. Even so much as taking off your shoes and wiggling your toes can serve as a much needed study break.

Click here for more Ways To Relieve Stress in 60 Seconds from Arcadia’s Counseling Center. So, study hard, try to relax and remember: Winter break is only a few weeks away!

Emergency and Municipal Services Tax

Arcadia University will be deducting the Cheltenham Township Emergency and Municipal Services Tax (EMST) from all persons employed within the Township, including Work Study students. The EMST is a flat tax of $52 per employee. All employers in the township are required to withhold this tax from employees and must remit the tax to Cheltenham Township by April 30 of each calendar year.

For CAMPUS Work study Students:

Arcadia University, as required by Cheltenham Township law, will withhold the tax for calendar year 2006 on the monthly student payroll beginning with the Jan. 15 pay. This will apply to all timesheets sent in by the Dec. 31, 2005, deadline. If you do not work in January and do not submit a waiver, the tax will be withheld from your first paycheck of 2006, no matter what month that is.

All students must sign an affidavit to avoid paying this tax if your expected earnings for calendar year 2006 (1/1/06 thru 12/31/06) will be less than $3,000. This form may be obtained from the Student Service Center, the Treasurer’s Office, or the Business Office. It also can be printed out directly from MyArcadia. If this form is not signed and returned to Celina Gonzalez with your next timesheet, it will be necessary to deduct $52 from your paycheck – OR – if you have paid this tax in another township or with another employer, you must submit a copy of your check stub showing the EMS deduction. As required by Cheltenham Township law, there will be no exceptions. If you expect to earn more than $3,000, you need not submit an affidavit and there will be a one-time $52 deduction from your paycheck.

If you are a freshman and you have recently signed and submitted a waiver for the Fall Semester, please note that this is an annual tax and a new waiver MUST be submitted each year that you participate in the Work Study Program.

For faculty and staff:

Arcadia will withhold the $52 tax for the calendar year 2006 in the following manner:

  • Employees on the bi-weekly payroll—the payroll deductions are scheduled for Jan. 13, 2006.
  • Employees on the monthly payroll—the payroll deductions are scheduled for Jan. 20, 2006.

For employees who are not scheduled for a January paycheck, Arcadia will withhold EMST from the February paycheck.

Employees who are certain that their total salary and wages for calendar year 2006 will be less than $3,000 should inquire with the Office of Human Resources about exemptions. Click here to learn more about this tax.

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Taylor, 215-572-2942 or Celina Gonzalez, 215-572-2336.

Library Offers Late-Night Snacks Dec. 11-15

Evenings from Dec. 11 to 15, Landman Library will present Nosh at Nine in the Library lobby, with hot coffee and tea, fresh fruit and cookies for those who are burning the midnight oil in the library. The snacks and hot drinks will be available from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to help students through that last lap of studying!

Make a Gift to Holiday Card Fund

There is still time for faculty, staff and administrators to make a donation to the Holiday Card Fund. This year, contributors may direct their contributions to: Safe Harbor at Abington Memorial Hospital, Special Olympics of Montgomery County, and/or Philabundance. The names of all donors to the Fund will be placed on a beautiful group card created by Scott Rawlins of the Fine Arts Department, which will be displayed at the Faculty-Staff Holiday Party on Dec. 21. Send donations to the Provost’s Office by Friday, Dec. 14. Checks should be made payable to Arcadia University. Click here for the form.

Commuter Students Hold Winter Clothing Drive

Commuter students are sponsoring a Winter Warmth Clothing Drive through Friday, Dec. 16. They will be collecting new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves, hats, mittens and blankets. Men’s sizes are especially needed. All donations will benefit the homeless in the Kensington area of Philadelphia. Drop off points are located in the lobbies of Heinz, Kistler, Dilworth and the Castle, as well as the Community Services Office and the Commuter Lounge. For more information, e-mail commuterassistants@arcadia.edu.

Mail Services On Holiday, Too

Mail and Print Services will operate on a limited schedule between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30, 2005. Click here for Mail and Print Services schedule.

Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements.

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UPCOMING Events

Career Services Hosts Holiday Party Dec. 12

The Career Services Office is having its annual Holiday Party on Monday, Dec. 12, from noon to 2 p.m. in Knight Hall, room 133. All faculty and staff are invited. For more information, contact Kate McGlinchey in Career Services at 215-572-2939.

Last Career Development Candidates Meeting Dec. 13

The last of three open meetings for the position of Director of Career Development will be held on campus Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Castle Conference Room. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested. Copies of the final candidate's résumés as well as the job description will be available at each interview. If anyone would like this information beforehand, they should contact Jeff Ewing, Dean of Students, at ewing@arcadia.edu or stop by the Student Affairs Office in Knight Hall.

View the University Events Calendars
on arcadia.edu and MyArcadia.

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Campus Happenings

Knight Club Performs to SRO Stiteler

Stiteler Auditorium was standing room only on Friday, Dec. 2, for Knight Club. Students performed hip hop, jazz and more.

12 High School Counselors Selected For Trip to London

Patte Bakker came to Arcadia University excited about seeing Grey Towers Castle. Soon she’ll be on her way to see a few older castles – Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.

Big Ben. London Bridge. Westminster Abbey. The River Thames. Just a few of the places 12 guidance counselors from as far away as New Hampshire will be visiting this summer as guests of Arcadia University. Their weeklong tour includes visits to King’s College and City University in London, where Arcadia operates study abroad programs.

Arcadia’s London Preview for Guidance Counselors gives them a first-person introduction to Arcadia’s study abroad opportunities. About 50 Arcadia freshmen are just finishing up their first college semesters in London and Scotland through the First Year Study Abroad Experience. Another 275 freshman and about 80 transfer students will participate in London, Scotland, Spain and Italy Preview programs over spring break. That means about 75 percent of the students use their passports during their first year at Arcadia.

“I’ve never won anything before in my life, and I’ve never been out of the country,” said Bakker, a counselor at Monsignor Donovan High School in Tom’s River, N.J. “We didn’t think about the London drawing at all. We were just so exciting about seeing the Arcadia Castle.”

The 12 high school guidance counselors were selected for the trip to London when their names were drawn out of a fishbowl from nearly 200 attendees at Arcadia’s Counselor Workshop in December. This is the eighth year that Arcadia has conducted the London Preview for Guidance Counselors.

“I didn’t know what to say when I was selected,” said David Ruminski of Methacton High School in Fairview Village, Pa. “I have two daughters in college, and I’ve been encouraging them to study abroad.”

Dana Chapman is just graduating from Rider University and will be a brand new guidance counselor at Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, N.J., in the fall. She didn’t get to study abroad while she was in college, but she’s going to London this summer with Arcadia. “I’m very excited.”

Tentatively, the London Preview for Guidance Counselors will be July 23-30, 2006. The counselors will be visiting King’s College, City University, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Westminster Abbey; taking a boat ride down the River Thames to Greenwich, enjoying two evenings at the theatre, and taking a day trip outside London. They also will have free time to explore other attractions including museums, galleries and shops. Counselors who went on London Preview in previous years have formed an Alumni Club and attend a reception after the annual Counselor Workshop.

The winning guidance counselors for the 2006 trip are:

  • David Ruminski of Methacton High School in Fairview Village, Pa.
  • Meghan Carroll of North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pa.
  • Nicole Lipkin of Downingtown West High School in Downingtown, Pa.
  • Patricia Shappell of Manchester Central High School in Manchester, N.H.
  • Jen Sullenberger of Upper Darby High School in Upper Darby, Pa.
  • Robert Belz of Northeast High School in Philadelphia
  • Shirley Davis of George Washington High School in Philadelphia
  • Susan Tewksbury of John Jay High School in Katonah, N.Y.
  • Dana Chapman of Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, N.J.
  • Janet Kruger of Sun Valley High School in Aston, Pa.
  • Patte Bakker of Monsignor Donovan High School in Tom’s River, N.J.
  • Susan Rieder of Academy of Notre Dame in Villanova, Pa.

All the attendees at the Counselor Workshop had the opportunity to receive a guided tour of Arcadia’s Grey Towers Castle, a grandiose structure inspired by Alnwick Castle, the medieval seat of the Duke of Northumberland in England. The interior décor includes French styles ranging from the Renaissance through Louis XV. While the 40-room Castle was once home to William Welsh Harrison, its inhabitants now include Arcadia freshmen and upperclassmen, along with offices for the President and Enrollment Management.

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Sports Update

Women's Basketball

Upcoming games: Dec. 17 home vs. Keystone, 2 p.m.; Dec. 20 home vs. Wilkes, 6 p.m.; off till Jan. 5. More info.

Men's Basketball

Upcoming games: Dec. 20 home vs. Chesnut Hilll, 8 p.m.; off till Jan. 7. More info.

Men's and Women's Swimming

Upcoming meets: Dec. 17 home vs. Ocean City, 1 p.m.; off till Jan. 14. More info.

For Arcadia athletics schedules, scores, and team information, go to: www.arcadia.edu/athletics

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arcadia in the news

The Doylestown Intelligencer has its eye on the arts at Arcadia. Features editor Stacy Briggs wrote a column on Very Early Pictures in November. “In our culture, a lot of contemporary artists are expliting the language of children’s drawings: The doodle. The scribble. The comic. The pain. The hybrid self-consciousness. I wanted to show authentic examples. I wanted to show the real thing.” The Intelligencer also has noted Arcadia Theatre performances of Electra and Buried Child, as well as the latest gallery exhibit, Moscow Plastic Arts.

Arcadia University’s involvement in the North Hills Community tutoring program was mentioned in a recent article of the Ambler Gazette. The article mentioned Arcadia Education majors who act as tutors, including Melissa Shukdinas. The article also ran a photo of Shukdinas working with students.

Prof. Rebecca Craik, Physical Therapy, and her Mary McMillan Lecture Award speech were featured in three recent publications across the United States. The Nursing Homes Long Term Care Management in Cleveland, OH and the Industry Watch:YellowBrix in Alexandria, VA as well as Physical Therapy magazine all ran a full copy of Craik’s lecture “Never Satisfied”.

corrections

The Newman Club sponsored the Immaculate Conception Mass last week.

Publication Information

Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: Bridget Curtis '08, Michelle Leone '08, and Fred Lazzati '06. Photos by Josh Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.

The Arcadia University Bulletin is distributed to students, faculty and staff weekly on Tuesdays during the academic year. Campus members are encouraged to submit information to be included in the Bulletin. The deadline for submission will be the Friday before each edition. E-mail information to UR@arcadia.edu or call Lori Bauer, University Relations, 215-572-2970.

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