|December 20, 2005||
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More than 70 Students Prepare for Study Abroad
More than 70 Arcadia students are buying luggage and checking their passports as they prepare to study abroad next semester in Australia, Spain, Italy, Greece, Great Britain, New Zealand, and Ireland. Their study abroad opportunities include studying art at the Accademia Italiana Florence or Glasgow School of Art, student teaching in Great Britain, a Scottish Parliamentary internship, and a semester at the Arcadia Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece. The students, shown above, went through an orientation process in December. While they are in country, Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad provides various on-site staff and other support services. The Center also helps ensure that the credits they earn abroad will apply to their Arcadia studies. For more information about study abroad opportunities in all types of majors, click here for Pathways to study abroad at Arcadia.
Hearn, Morra and Students Begin Bioko Expedition Jan. 1
Professors Wayne Morra and Gail Hearn will set out on their annual expedition to the Gran Caldera on Bioko Island on Jan. 1. They will spend three weeks traveling—by plane, ship and foot—into the remote highland region of the Spanish-speaking West African nation of Equatorial Guinea. Their expedition will survey endangered primates in the Gran Caldera Scientific Reserve and nesting sea turtles along the southern beaches. Counting volunteers, faculty and students, local guides, camp managers, and porters, about 65 people will be involved with the expedition.
Arcadia undergraduate Bill Snell ’06 Biology and graduate student Heidi Rader ’06 Master in Environmental Education will participate in the expedition this year. Rader was scheduled to join the expedition last year, but she delayed her plans when one of her sons enlisted and went to Iraq. “Heidi has analyzed five year’s worth of nesting sea turtle data and is the lead author on a soon-to-be published paper. But she has yet to see a sea turtle,” Hearn says. “This January she will finally see what she’s been working on for several years now.”
The research census on primates and turtle, which began in 1990, is just one component of their multi-faceted Bioko Island endeavor.
Semester Abroad: As Hearn and Morra prepare to leave for Equatorial Guinea, five Arcadia students and four from other universities just returned from a semester of study abroad at the Universidad Nacional de Guinea Ecuatorial (UNGE). While they were in Equatorial Guinea, the students in Associate Professor Ellen Skilton-Sylvester’s ED 330 class taught English (ESL) to UNGE students and participated in cultural/linguistic exchange and wildlife conservation education. When they returned to Glenside, the service-leaning component of their class included sharing what they learned about Africa with Philadelphia area schoolchildren. Last week, the students—including Arcadia students Drew Cronin ’06, Amy Lehman ’06, Amber Geller ’06, Christine Crowe ’05, and Kristin Law ’05—made presentations to Pennypacker Elementary School, Parkway Northwest High School Peace Academy, Green Woods Charter School, Frankford Friends (Elementary) School, and Folkarts and Cultural Treasures Charter School.
“The study abroad program is the centerpiece of our educational efforts on Bioko Island,” Hearn says. “It provides an integrated learning environment in an international setting. The entire curriculum uses the unique problems and opportunities of a developing country to present the students with real life challenges involving resource use, environmental dilemmas, and cultural differences. Students are immersed in the complexities a developing country faces in overcoming poverty and a lack of infrastructure.” Working with Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad, Hearn (biology) and Morra (economics) want to expand the study abroad component, which now operates in the fall semester and includes students from other universities. Six Arcadia faculty teach in the study abroad program based in Malabo, and six UNGE faculty teach part-time in the program. A Fulbright Hays grant helped cover travel expenses for the 10 students in the program this fall.
Other elements of the Bioko partnership involve bringing EG to Glenside. A $30,000 grant from the Marathon Oil Co. paid for three UNGE faculty members (shown in photo at left) to travel to Glenside this past summer for English and managerial skills workshops and training. Another UNGE professor, Miguel Angel Ela Mba, is completing a three-year program, funded by Chevron Texaco, at Arcadia and will finish his M.A. in Elementary Education this winter. Elias Edjo, an international student from EG, is a senior at Arcadia majoring in Business Administration, and his sister, Anphisa, beg an this fall as a freshman.
Click here for more information about Bioko Island and its endangered wildlife.
Dining Services Announces Winter Break Hours
Campus dining locations will have limited hours of operation over the Winter Break. From Wednesday, Dec. 21 through Friday, Dec. 23, only the Chat will be open for food service. The Dining Hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., weekdays from Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Friday, Jan. 13. All other dining locations are closed during this time. The Dining Hall and Chat will have limited hours on Monday, Jan. 16 (Martin Luther King Day). Regular hours for all dining locations begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Complete dining hours are posted on MyArcadia.
Kwanzaa: A Celebration of Family and Culture
Dec. 26 marks the beginning of the festival of Kwanzaa, a seven-day cultural celebration of family, community and culture. Dr. Doreen Loury, Director of ACT 101 and an Assistant Professor of Sociology, has been hosting hosts a Kwanzaa celebration at her home for over fifteen years. “It’s become a tradition among my friends and family. Many of the people who attend won’t even see each other throughout the year, but they know they will be able to catch up and see one another at my home during Kwanzaa. It’s a time for reconnecting, rejoicing and reaffirming each other and life as we approach the new year.” Created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, Kwanzaa was established in the midst of the Black Freedom Movement. Karenga was looking for a way to bring African Americans together in celebration of their traditional African culture by reaffirming their ethnic roots. Looking toward the first fruit celebrations of Africa for inspiration, Karenga built the celebration upon the five fundamental activities of these early harvest celebrations: ingathering, reverence, commemoration, recommitment and celebration. The word “Kwanzaa” is actually derived from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits.” Click here to read more about Kwanzaa.
Students: Campus Life Staff Applications Available in January
Interested in joining the Campus Life Staff? Selection for Resident, Apartment and Commuter assistants starts in January, so be on the lookout for applications and interest sessions.
Alan Barson, Mathematics Professor Since 1975
Alan Barson, an adjunct professor in mathematics education at Arcadia University since 1975, passed away last week. He had a tremendous impact on Arcadia and its programs. His dedication and commitment to the university were unyielding, and he always supporting Arcadia in the community at large. The Arcadia community extends its sympathy to his wife, Lois.
Sign up Now for Martin Luther King Day of Service
Sign up now to participate with the Arcadia community in a day of service at various sites throughout the Philadelphia area on Jan. 16. Last year 99 student volunteers helped out at a food bank, Aid for Friends, children’s centers, a soup kitchen and various clean-up sites. Volunteers should sign up before winter break to ensure placement and transportation. To register, click here for the Community Service website or visit the Community Service Office in Knight Hall. Since this event happens on move-in day, students who wish to participate will be allowed to move in on Sunday, Jan. 15.
‘I Have a Need’ Commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 24
The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Manna Unlimited Motivations are sponsoring “I Have a Need” in commemoration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in The Chat. “I Have a Need” is an updated visitation of Dr. King’s prolific “I Have a Dream” speech, featuring Brian C. Johnson, Director of Multicultural Affairs at Susquehanna University, and the voices of students of color and other minorities who strive for survival on majority campuses. Arcadia’s Knight Club, Exalted Movement Society and the Black Awareness Society also will participate.
Financial Counseling Sessions Available for Employees
TIAA-CREF will be offering one-on-one financial counseling sessions for Arcadia University employees in January. Consultant Kevin Christian will be available to answer questions about financial matters such as long-term strategies, basic types of investment choices, and retirement income flexibility. Appointment times are available on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and Wednesday, Feb. 22. To schedule an appointment, visit the Web site at www.tiaa-cref.org/moc or call 800 842-2010.
Body Politic Looks Beyond Societal Preconceptions
Words and images merged to show how students perceived themselves in Body Politic, the final project of the Visual Communications Class. Installed at various locations on campus in December, each life-sized cutout is a tracing of a class member’s body. One side is painted in camouflage, representing society’s preconceptions about gender and body type. The other side is a personal narrative or collage of images.
“For my body politic project, I decided to create a map of where my body has traveled,” wrote Lauren Trager. Lisa Hoprich’s project was titled “Gender Games.” “I am too complex, too big for the boxes society tries to force me into. I check the box that depicts me as an individual, me as a non-conformist….” Lauren Puglisi crafted “Women Through Time,” a family tree of the women in her family. Click here to see all the students’ Body Politic creations.
Student Art on Display for One Night
Art students took advantage of a special one-night show on Dec. 13 that gave viewers and visitors a special look at the creativity that abounds at Arcadia. Click here to see what the night beheld.
Arcadia in the Dark – Winter solstice, when the sun's path is farthest south from the Equator, is Dec. 21, the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest day of the year.
Soccer Player Wimsey Makes NCAA All-American Team
Scott Wimsey '06 was selected to the NSCAA All-American Team for the 2005 season on Thursday, Dec. 8. Wimsey is the second Men's Soccer player to earn All-American. Tom DeGeorge was the first in the program's history to receive the reward in 2001 and 2002.
Wimsey led the 2005 men's soccer team in scoring with 9 goals from the outside back position. "He is the most complete player that I have coached at Arcadia," says Coach Tom Carlin. "Dege (referring to All-American Tom DeGeorge) was the most dynamic attacking player in the program's history, but Wimsey had it all; he could get forward, play solid defense and all the while be a leader on and off the field,” Carlin notes.
Wimsey also was named First Team Mid-Atlantic All-Region for his tremendous 2005 soccer season on Dec. 7. This is Wimsey's second consecutive year on the First Team. Wimsey also earned First Team All-PAC in 2005, as well as 2003 and 2004.
Dan McGarry '08 was named Third Team Mid-Atlantic All-Region. McGarry was selected to the First Team last year. McGarry earned First Team All-PAC for the second consecutive season.
Men’s Basketball Scores 64 Points in Second to Beat Eastern,
Bobby Mulholland '09 and the Knights scored 64 points in the second half to charge back from a 15 point half-time deficit on Dec. 6 against Eastern. Mulholland had 27 points, shooting 7 for 8 from three-point land. Eric Elliott '08 added 17 points in the game, making clutch free-throws down the stretch. Sterling Green '08 hit a clutch three-pointer with just more than two and a half minutes remaining in the game to put the Knights ahead for the win.
Elliott also scored 25 points in an 86-78 non-conference loss to Delaware Valley on Dec. 10. The Knights trailed by as many as 20 points in the second half but mounted a tremendous comeback late in the game and cut the lead to 3 points with under a minute remaining, but clutch free-throwing shooting by Delaware Valley ended any Arcadia hopes of mounting their second consecutive thrilling comeback. Green added 19 points and a game-high 7 rebounds.
Upcoming games: Jan. 7, home vs. Neumann, 3 p.m.; Jan. 9 at Misericordia, 7 p.m. More info.
Sparks Scores 18 in Women's Basketball Victory Over
Caitlin Sparks '08 scored 18 points and had
8 rebounds in the Knights’ 74-46
road victory over Lancaster Bible on Dec. 5. Stephanie
Bates '08 and
Katie Lynch '07 each added 11 points. Lynch had a game-high 17 rebounds
to give her a double-double.
Upcoming games: Jan. 5 home vs. Penn State-Abington, 7 p.m.; Jan. 7 home vs. Rosemont, 1 p.m. More info.
Women Swimmers Beat NJIT
The Knights’ women swimmers split at home on Dec. 3, defeating NJIT 44-35 but losing to William Patterson 45-43. The men's swimming team lost to William Patterson 55-35 and to NJIT 77-17.
Upcoming meets: Off until January 14th. More info.
Faculty in the News
Dr. Christina Ager, Associate Professor and Executive Director of B2EST, was awarded Lehigh University’s College of Education Outstanding Contribution to the Discipline Award for her creation of and work through B2EST. “I am a spiritual behaviorist. I believe in the transformative power of each and every action we choose. We, as educators or employers, can, by arranging the environments of school or work promote the success and well being of our students, our colleagues, and our employees,” she said at the Nov. 17 ceremony. “I learned that we can teach skills – simple or complex, situational or social, that would allow individuals access to a wider world. That we, as the responsible adults in any situation, can profoundly shape the way in which people, young or old, move through the world, and subsequently, how they see themselves. For the students B2EST and I work with, this means helping them transform themselves from aggressive, angry kids into learners who can negotiate difficult interpersonal situations and even, sometimes, into leaders.”
Dr. Gail Hearn, Professor of Biology, was interviewed for the BBC radio program “The World,” which will air on WHYY (NPR) in December. An article in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Dec. 9, “Arcadia University gets $384,000 ‘ecotour’ grant,” detailed how a grant from the ExxonMobil Foundation will help the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program run by Arcadia.
Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz was interviewed by Zlatica Hoke of VOA Radio on whether the Arab world had reasons for optimism. The interview will air in the next few weeks (www.voanews.com, go to News Analysis, then Focus). Pro-democracy movements have gained momentum in recent years, and that may be a source of optimism, Alvi-Aziz noted, but the results are extremely gradual – “baby-steps” toward democratizing. The Arab world is still dominated by authoritarian leaders, she adds.
Students in the News
The Northeast Breeze and The News Gleaner reported on the women’s soccer PAC championship and noted local players Amanda Pote, Maria DeGeorge, Stephanie Bates, Patty Robb, and Kelli Ricco, on Nov. 24.
The North Hills Community Center has been around for eight years, growing and caring for many students in first through eighth grade. Here, students have a chance to receive extra help and recognition for their hard work. Along with volunteer teacher and teacher aids from numerous schools, including Abington Elementary, students at Arcadia University are also lending a hand. According to the Ambler Gazette, the after school program serves about 50 students from Upper Dublin. Arcadia University students are among the volunteer students. The Gazette explains that most of the tutors are education majors who attend the University. Not only do these students dedicate their time and energy to the program, but they also undergo special training. Melissa Shukdinas, an Arcadia student and volunteer tutor, helps students one-on-one in the computer lab, providing much-needed assistance to students who don’t have computers at home.
Arcadia’s Christine Snow ’05 and Alfredo Huante, who attends UCLA, attended a meeting Dec. 10 at Hunter College about a Young Socialists book fair in Equatorial Guinea, as reported in The Militant. While in the Bioko semester abroad program, Snow and Huante participated in the book fair. Crowe was quoted, “It really illustrated how imperialism has affected the country.”
Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: Bridget Curtis '08, Michelle Leone '08, and Ashley Perovich '09. Photos by Josh Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.
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