February 14, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
February 14, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia Recognized for Remarkable Internationalization Efforts

NAFSAArcadia University’s creation of an integrative learning environment infused with international and multicultural experiences was recognized Monday, Feb. 13, by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Arcadia is one of five winners of the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

Named for the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon, the award recognizes innovative and creative efforts in campus internationalization. Simon was a strong advocate for international education throughout his career. His leadership in this area was especially evident in his robust support, along with Sen. David Boren, for the creation of the National Security Education Program, which addresses critical national security deficiencies in language and cultural expertise. He believed strongly in the need for America’s future leaders to know and understand the broader world.

“While many institutions claim that the world is their campus, the presence of Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad and our faculty commitment to bringing global perspectives into all facets of the curriculum means that this is a reality for all our students,” says Arcadia President Jerry Greiner.

Read more on why Arcadia won the NAFSA Award at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0214b.htm.

Zaba Gives it the Old College Try for Survivor

zabaBrett Zaba ’07 has been a huge Survivor fan since the popular TV show started. “Every Thursday night, my friend Sara (Bustard ’07) and I watch Survivor, and we hardy ever miss an episode. Last week was my first time going to an open audition for Survivor, and I was pretty nervous. I did not know what to expect or what to say.”

“He was the seventh in line, and he WILL be on the next Survivor,” says Bustard with optimism, though the contestants won’t find out for several weeks. She is a business major currently studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. The two friends met their first semester during FYSAE (First Year Study Abroad Experience) in London.

“I went into Philadelphia a couple hours before the audition, and I had the opportunity to meet other Survivor hopefuls. We had the chance to talk about the show and what an adventure it would be to be picked as a contestant. Before I knew it, it was my turn to audition with the producers and explain to them why I would be a good contestant for Survivor. My audition lasted for 3 minutes (the maximum time).” Zaba is an elementary education major applying for the special education program. He’s also a member of the tennis team.

“I won’t find out for a couple of weeks if I was picked to go on the show, but if I am picked for Survivor, I think it would be an adventure of a lifetime and a great experience that I will remember forever.”

Lost? If Zaba doesn’t make Survivor, he and Bustard might want to try their next study abroad experience on Arcadia’s version of Lost. Rumor has it that the setting for ABC’s Lost is supposed to be Bioko Island, specifically the Gran Caldera southwestward to the shore. Lost is filmed on Oahu, Hawaii, but Dr. Gail Hearn, Professor of Biology, and Dr. Wayne Morra, Associate Professor of Economics, take Arcadia students to Bioko Island each January. Their expedition into the remote region could be cast as either Lost or Survivor. For more information on the expedition, visit www.bioko.org/expedition.

Doctor of Physical Therapy Commencement is Friday

The campus community is invited to the Commencement Ceremony and hooding for candidates for the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree on Friday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall. Members of the platform party, including trustees, physical therapy faculty, other faculty and administrators, are asked to be in Murphy Hall 108 by 2:30 p.m. for robing. Line-up for the procession will begin at 2:45 p.m. All physical therapy student participants are asked to be in Murphy 114 by 2:15 p.m. for robing. Immediately following the ceremony, all participants and guests are invited to a reception in Grey Towers Castle.

101 Most Dangerous Academics?

The ProfessorsArcadia’s Dr. Warren Haffar, Assistant Professor and Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) master’s degree program, is named in David Horowitz’ new book The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. In an interview Friday evening with 1210 AM radio’s Dom Giordano, Haffar said the designation isn’t a badge of honor; it’s a misunderstanding of what the IPCR program is about. To read what Haffar says about the notoriety stemming from Horowitz’ upcoming book tour, go to http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0214a.htm.

Get it! Faster With New Online Maintenance Form

Facilities Maintenance has a new online maintenance and set-up request form called GetIt! located on MyArcadia. The form can be used to submit all types of maintenance and set-up requests, from plumbing problems to light bulb replacement to furniture set-up for special events.

To submit a maintenance request, log on to MyArcadia and click on the Tools menu, which has a link to the online maintenance and set-up request form. Faculty and staff also can use the system to check on the status of repairs. “The advantage of using the online form is that it goes directly into our system,” notes Tom Macchi, Interim Facilities Director. “There’s no waiting for somebody to check voicemail or campus mail. Each request immediately gets a tracking number, and you’ll be able to follow the status of the request. This new form is the best way to contact us for non-emergency maintenance.” Please note that the system is not designed to handle emergencies—those requests should be directed to ext. 2992, (ext. 2900 after hours). For questions or problems with the system, contact Cassandra Panek at ext. 2992.

Rummage Sale to Help Fund Katrina Relief Trip

The Community Service Office will host a rummage sale on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 3 to 8 p.m. in The Chat to raise money for the spring break service trip to Louisiana. The Community Service is asking for donations of clothing, books, housewares, music, toys and any other items that could be sold to raise money for the trip. All donations should be dropped off in the Community Service Center in Knight Hall by Feb. 20.

Thirty-seven students, faculty and staff will spend their spring break helping with Gulf Coast hurricane relief efforts from March 12-18.

Want to Enhance Your GPA? Visit the EEC

By Bridget Curtis ’08

With the spring semester in full swing, chances are that impending tests and quizzes are jumping down your back. If conjugating your Italian verbs or figuring out logarithms is driving you crazy, don’t worry. The Education Enhancement Center’s (EEC) Tutoring program is ready and willing to help you get through the semester.

Providing assistance to all undergraduate students, the EEC is on hand for tutoring, learning and study skills and is a great spot for studying in between classes or making use of the computer lab. Located in Taylor 202, the EEC employs a full staff of consultants and tutors in every area of study. Consultations with center directors are available for students for reading and study strategies.

Tutoring can be arranged for individuals or groups—or even online sessions. Groups are usually made up of two to three students collaboratively learning strategies and problem-solving techniques. Also, advanced tutors are now on hand as Study Assistants, who work one-on-one with students to improve their study skills, note-taking and time management.

With increased awareness that the EEC is not just for students in “trouble,” the program had a record of 725 tutoring sessions last fall, more than doubling sessions from fall 2004. A Web site on MyArcadia is also available, complete with tutoring schedules, an events calendar and places to chat and pose questions for tutors, thus expanding the EEC’s availability and community reach.

Become a tutor: Students interested in becoming tutors should be full-time graduate or under-graduate students with a B or better in the course, a faculty recommendation, and semester and cumulative GPAs of 2.7 or above. Completion of a training program is required, along with additional training materials available for trainers looking to advance.

Need a tutor: Forms are available at the front desk of Taylor 202 for students to apply for a tutor. Requests also can be made by sending an e-mail to eectutor@arcadia.edu or by calling 215-572-4033. Requests are usually filled within three business days.
So, stop struggling, pick up the phone and request a tutor.

As advanced tutor Alex Benjamin ’06 says, “The staff as a whole, advisers and tutors, are passionate about aiding students in need of a little extra help. So don’t hesitate and visit. Plus, it’s free so you don’t have anything to lose.” For more information, visit the EEC Web site located under the Academic tab on MyArcadia.

Work Study Paychecks at Student Service Center

Student Work Study paychecks will be available after 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Student Service Center, located on the ground floor of Knight Hall. The office hours of the Student Service Center are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Celina Gonzalez, Student Service Center Counselor, at 215-517-2336 or gonzalezc1@arcadia.edu.

Free Tutoring for All in Math Lab

Math students looking for a little extra help are invited to visit the Math Lab, located in Boyer 116. Tutors are on hand daily and are available with no appointment necessary. Tutoring services are free. Spring semester hours are as follows:

  • Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!!

Student Health Services and the Counseling Center would like to extend sincere thanks to everyone who participated in any way in the "How the Well Are You?" survey. The number of responses increased since the last time the survey took place! We truly appreciate your efforts and will be sure to use the collective University results to develop more student programming and to keep faculty and staff informed of student needs.

Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements



Reduced Sunday Admission to Keely and Du

Keely and Du“Now you have no excuse not to see the show! Pay what you can... a dime, a quarter, a dollar, or charge it to you student account," says Interim Theatre Director Mark Wade, who announced that Sunday afternoon showings of Keely and Du in Arcadia’s MainStage will be pay-as-you-can. Arcadia’s Theatre Department presents Jane Martin’s Keely and Du, a dual-sided perspective on the right-to-life argument as seen through two sympathetic characters, at its Mainstage Theatre in the Spruance Fine Arts Center from Feb. 23 through March 5. Keely and Du tells the story of Keely, a young woman who has become pregnant as a result of a rape and is kidnapped by an anti-abortion organization, “Operation Retrieval.” Du, a registered nurse working for the organization, is assigned the task of watching after Keely for both medical and security purposes. Keely and Du is neither a pro-choice nor a right-to-life argument. Instead, the play forces the audience to view both sides of the debate through the eyes of sympathetic characters. The play is directed by Wade, Arcadia’s Interim Director and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre.

  • Dates: Feb. 23 - March 5
  • Times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Location: Arcadia Theatre, Arcadia University
  • Ticket prices: $6 Arcadia Students, $12 Alumni, Seniors and Students, $16 General Admission. Sunday shows are pay-as-you-can.

For tickets and more information, call 215-572-2112 or visit www.arcadia.edu/arcadiatheatre.

Financial Aid Awareness Week Feb. 13-17

Financial Aid Awareness Week is fast approaching with plenty of helpful hints and great prizes in store. Beginning Monday, Feb. 13, a series of activities promoting financial awareness will take place between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the upper level of the Dining Hall. Activities on Wednesday, Feb. 15, will take place in the lower level of the Dining Hall, where students will be offered assistance in applying for a federal PIN number, completing their FAFSA and other forms for next year, and opening a U-Promise account to save toward their student loan repayment. Light refreshments and prizes also will be provided.

Race Matters Discussion: ‘Sticks and Stones’

“Sticks and Stones: Talking About Race,” the second Race Matters discussion, is Wednesday, Feb. 15, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in The Chat performance area. Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, and Dr. Angela Gillem, Professor of Psychology, will facilitate the discussion. Race Matters is a new campuswide discussion on race organized by Dr. John Noakes, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Garcia. All members of the Arcadia University community are encouraged to attend the open, free-flowing discussion. For more information, contact Dr. Noakes or Dr. Garcia.

Seniors – Talk About Transitions

Transitions: A Group Discussion on the Senior Experience. Come for a discussion of the transitions facing seniors on Wednesday, Feb. 15, and/or Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP to 215-572-2791, ext. 3..

New Body Image Discussion on Feb. 16

Do you feel guilty about your eating habits? Do you struggle with your body image?
Come to a Body Image discussion group on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Counseling Center Conference Room in Heinz Hall. For more information, call 215-572-2348, ext. 2.

Carneiro Introduces Documentary ‘justice

Cristiane Carneiro, Instructor of Political Science and Assistant Director of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, will introduce the documentary “justice” on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. at the International House, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Admission is $5 for students. The 2004 documentary is directed by Maria Ramos. The screening is sponsored by the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, the International House, and the University of Pennsylvania. The documentary is a selection from the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. More information is online at

Latino Association Presents Karaoke Night with President

“Karaoke Night with President Jerry Greiner and his wife, Terry, is this week! Everyone come out, support the Latino Association, and meet the President and his family up close and personal while having a great evening!,” says publicity chair Hilda Rivera. Everyone is invited to Karaoke Night on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 8:30 p.m. in the Chat. Sponsored by the Latino Association, the evening will include Fun and entertaining Karaoke performances by Arcadia students! Refreshments will be served. For more information, e-mail: arcadiala@yahoo.com.

American Red Cross Blood Drive at Arcadia University

Arcadia will host a blood drive on Monday, Feb. 20, in the Rose and Mirror rooms of Grey Towers Castle. Though walk-ins are accepted, appointments are greatly preferred. To schedule an appointment, contact Residence Hall Council (RHC) at 215-572-4683 or Nick Luchko at 215-572-4126. Sign-ups also will be outside the Dining Hall during the next few weeks. To sign-up online, go to www.pleasegiveblood.org.

Attorney to Discuss Employment Law Career

The Business/Health Administration and Economics Department will host Lori Halber, Esq., an attorney with the Philadelphia law firm of Obermayer, Rebmann, Maxwell, & Hippel LLP, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 12:20 p.m. in Brubaker 303. She will discuss “The Professional Life of an Employment Law Attorney.” The University community is invited to attend. The talk will be of interest to any student in the pre-law sequence as well as students who plan to work in any aspect of human resources management as part of their chosen profession. For more information, contact Bob Kieserman, Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Health Administration program.

Get Smart About Fad Diets

Nutritional Smarts is a great way to get more in tune with the nutritional trends of the day! Registered dietician Wendy Biedmann-Simpson will talk about what college students need to know to stay healthy. Her first Nutritional Smarts topic is Fad Diets on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Faculty Chat.

‘Jesus: Who Was He’ Symposium on Feb. 23

The Office of Undergraduate Studies, in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy and Religion, is sponsoring the symposium, “Jesus: Who was He?” on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Castle Rose Room of Grey Towers Castle. A follow-up to the fall 2005 symposium, “The Question of God,” a Jewish Rabbi and New Testament scholar will discuss whether Jesus was the Messiah predicted in the Old Testament as the New Testament claims. All campus community members are invited to bring their curiosity and questions to this heated and much debated discussion.

Questions About Grad School? Dean Shultz Has Answers

Have questions about graduate school? Get some answers in an informal discussion over lunch with Norah Shultz, Dean of Undergraduate Studies on Monday, Feb. 27, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the University Gallery Room.

Practice Graduate School Tests: Kaplan will be on campus Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to offer free GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT tests and will offer results and feedback on March 2. To sign up for either event, visit the Career Services office in Knight Hall, Room 133, call 215-572-2939, or e-mail careerservices@arcadia.edu.

‘Writing for Children: or What I Learned from my Slinky’ Feb. 28

Children’s author and Arcadia alumna Jen Bryant ’00 is coming to Arcadia to discuss, “Writing for Children: or What I Learned from my Slinky” as part of Arcadia’s University Colloquium Series in Association with the Writers Return to Campus Series. Bryant, who also serves as an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University and earned her master’s in education from Arcadia in 2000, will discuss the journey from idea to publication for several of her recent books, focusing on the valuable process of creative writing. “Writing for Children: or What I Learned from my Slinky” will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose and Mirror rooms of Grey Towers Castle.

The 2005-06 University Colloquium Series is free and open to the public. A coffee reception begins at 7 p.m. The lecture, at 7:30 p.m., is followed by a question-and-answer session. Teachers can earn one hour of ACT48 Professional Development credit; forms are available at the colloquium. A complete list of colloquium lectures can be found at www.arcadia.edu/colloquium. For more information, call the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at 215-572-2877.

View the University Events Calendars on arcadia.edu and MyArcadia


Campus happenings

Physician Assistants ‘First Responders’ in Obesity

“The number of overweight children in this country has increased more than 50 percent in just one generation. Whether they work in primary care or speciality practices, PAs are first responders in this new public health emergency,” writes Diana Noller, PA-C (class of 2005) along with co-author David Paulk, Assistant Professor of Medical Science and Community Health, in the article “Childhood Obesity: Curbing an American Epidemic” in the December 2005 Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Using body mass index, “an estimated 21 percent to 24 percent of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight, and 10 percent to 11 percent are obese…. This is a crisis whose public health and economic implications are enormous. ”

Noller and Paulk also state in this article that two studies have shown a link between genetics and obesity, but the increase in obesity can not be placed solely on genetics. The decrease in physical activity and increase in caloric intake also has affected the rise in childhood obesity. With childhood obesity comes many health risks, which include pulmonary, cardiovascular, neurological, orthopedic, GI, endocrine and psychological disorders.

Ways to decrease childhood obesity in the United States include having timely treatment or early knowledge of the problem. Timely treatment is important, because obese children are at increased risk of being obese adults. “Estimates are that 26 to 41 percent of obese preschoolers remain obese in adulthood and 42 to 63 percent of school-age children will grow into obese adults,” the two write. Other ways to decrease childhood obesity are dietary improvements, exercising often, and cognitive behavior therapy. “The clinician’s role is to empower children and their families to make long-term behavior changes, to support public policy changes, and to provide the necessary resources to ensure the best quality of life for these children.”

Sports Update

Swimmers Bring Home 31 First-Place Mugs

2006 Swim Team

Despite the snow over the weekend, Arcadia’s swimmers not only made it to the season finale Cabrini Classic, they also set many personal best times and came home with 31 mugs—one for each swimmer who placed first. “It was a great day,” says Coach Kasie Patterson. “Arcadia came home with a total of 31 mugs!!”

Michelle McCandles ’08 set a new record in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 58.16. She also broke her own record in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 2:07.35. Brendan Peters ’08 and Lawrence “LJ” Morgan ’08 tied for Male Swimmer of the Meet honors.

“I was very proud of all the swimmers. Their hard work and dedication have paid off this season. I had many swimmers drop a lot of time and set personal best times,” Patterson says.

Eric Elliot Battles for Game-Winning Basket

Elliot 1 Elliot 2 Elliot 3

Down by 1 point with just 20.2 seconds left, center Derek Cornish ’06 signaled the time out. Arcadia University needed a basket. With 5.6 seconds left on the clock, the photos above tell the tale—guard Eric Elliot ’08, surrounded by blue jerseys, knocked backward, the ball going in, the crowd streaming onto the gym floor, screaming and cheering for the Knights. Elliot’s two-point conversion won the game for the Knights 60-59 against Cabrini on Feb. 8.

The Knights extended their winning streak to six—seven out of their last eight—with a 78-68 victory over Marywood University on Feb. 11. Click here for more details of last week’s exciting games.

The Knights are home for Senior Day on Wednesday, Feb. 15, as they host Gwynedd Mercy. Game time is 8 p.m. The Knights will host a first-round PAC playoff game Saturday at the Kuch Center at 3:30 p.m (new time).

Women Knights Also Rally Past Cabrini

Bateman Soda
Holroyd Lynch

The women’s basketball team also rallied from a six-point halftime deficit to top Cabrini, 52-45, on Feb. 8. Arcadia was lead by Lauren Bateman '07, who had a game high 14 points, 9 from three-point land, and Becky Soda '05, who added 13.

The Knights followed their Cabrini win with a road win on Feb. 11. They used a strong second half to pull away from Marywood 61-53 in Scranton.

Arcadia and Marywood both struggled from the field in the first half as neither team could score consistently. The Pacers finished the half shooting 34 percent from the field while the Knights shot just 30 percent. As a result, the teams entered the locker room tied 23-23.

The Knights came out strong in the second half, shooting 46 percent from the field while the Pacers answered with 37 percent from the field. The Knights were able to push out to a 10-point lead and knock down free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

The Knights were led by Soda who finished with 16 points and 5 rebounds while Amanda Holroyd '05 chipped in 13 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and Katie Lynch '07 recorded the other double double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. With the win, Arcadia improves to 11-12 overall and 6-8 in the PAC.

Upcoming game: The Knights return to action Wednesday, Feb. 15, when they host first-place Gwynedd Mercy at 6 p.m.

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


Student in the News

Elizabeth Van Osten, a senior at Council Rock High School South, won a $1,000 renewable scholarship from Arcadia University in an essay contest that asked her to pick three items to describe her culture in an essay. She was mentioned in the Bucks County Courier Times on Jan. 23.


Publication Information

Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: students Bridget Curtis '08, Fred Lazzati '06, Michelle Leone '08, and Ashley Perovich '09. Photos by Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.

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