|February 21, 2006|
|February 21, 2006||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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36 Students Earn Doctor of Physical Therapy Degrees
Thirty-six students were awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree on Friday, Feb. 17, in a special Commencement ceremony in Stiteler Auditorium. Their number would have been 37, but Staff Sgt. Gregg Jeblonski spent a year in Iraq with C-Company of the Army National Guard’s 103rd Engineering Division. “We’re pleased that he’s back safe and sound, and back on track to become Dr. Jeblonski next year,” said President Jerry Greiner as he introduced Jeblonski as the student speaker at the Commencement. See photos and read more about the D.P.T. ceremony at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0221b.htm.
Open Meeting for CAPS Center Founding Director Candidate
As part of the selection process, an open meeting is being held on campus for each of the finalists for the position of Founding Director of the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS). The person selected will be the chief administrative officer and academic leader for programs that are delivered to adults by non-traditional means; e.g., online or in an accelerated mode. The open meeting for the third finalist for this position, Dr. Frederick Loomis, will be held this Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the University Room (lower-level) of the Landman Library. All members of the campus community are invited to attend. Copies of the candidate’s resume, as well as a full description of the position, will be available at the open meeting. If anyone would like this information beforehand, please contact Marie Gallagher at 215-572-2924 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arcadia Online Events Calendar Gets a New Look
A significant software upgrade has given the campus Online Events Calendar on www.arcadia.edu (public) and MyArcadia (internal) new looks and great new features. The calendars now offer three viewing formats – by grid, by category, or by date and time. Users have the ability to add events to their Outlook Calendar, enter their e-mail addresses to receive event update notifications, or use the "e-mail a friend" function to e-mail a link to an event.
Departments can submit events by using the new online Events Calendar Form, located in the Campus Forms module under Campus on MyArcadia. Students should use the Event Calendar Submission Form located in the Student Activities module on MyArcadia. For questions about the calendar, please e-mail email@example.com.
A link to the MyArcadia Events Calendar is located on MyArcadia's home page. To view the www.arcadia.edu calendar, go to https://calendar.arcadia.edu.
Nominations Needed for Distinguished Teaching Award
Know a teacher who should be honored? Every year, Arcadia University selects a winner of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Every student is invited to submit a nomination. The award will be presented at Honors Convocation on Saturday, March 25. “This is your opportunity to tell us which teacher you believe is most deserving of the award,” says Provost Michael Berger. The Lindback Award can be received only once, so previous winners are not eligible. The nomination form includes a list of full-time faculty members who are eligible this year. “This is your opportunity to recognize and reward a faculty member who is an especially effective classroom teacher. We hope you will want to participate in the selection process by nominating someone who has significantly influenced your education at Arcadia,” says Dr. Berger. Nominations are due by March 1.
Students Eligible for Graduate Scholarships
Four Arcadia students attended the 20th annual Fattah Conference on Higher Education this weekend in Philadelphia. The students, who are now eligible for full scholarships for graduate school, are Alia White ’08, Natalie Harris ’08, Santosh Kc ’08, and Ernest Asare ’09. Kc and Asare are international students. U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah made the surprise announcement that all 700 students attending the conference, which included workshops for the predominantly African American and Latino students, would be eligible for full scholarships upon their acceptance for graduate school at any of the 17 participating state colleges and universities. “Philadelphia and the nation’s future depend on more minority students pursuing graduate degrees – particularly in science and technology,” said State Sen. Vincent Hughes. The scholarships are made possible by the State System of Higher Education and the Educational Advancement Alliance Inc.
More about the Fattah Conference at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0221a.htm.
Olympic Gold Medalist Studied English at Arcadia
Kristina Smigun, the 28-year-old woman from Estonia who won two of that country’s three Olympic gold medals in Turin, Italy, last week, studied English at the American Language Academy program at Arcadia several years ago. Smigun took the lead by the 7-kilometer mark in the interval start women's 10km Classical cross-country race on Thursday, Feb 16. She finished “a commanding 21.3 seconds ahead of silver medalist Marit Bjorgen of Norway,” earning her second gold just four days after winning the 15km Pursuit on Sunday, Feb. 12, the Associated Press reported.
Freedom Credit Union Offers Scholarships
Arcadia students are invited to apply for a Freedom Credit Union Scholarship. Freedom will award four $1,000 scholarships to qualified students who are members of Freedom Credit Union. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students taking at least nine credit hours per semester for the 2006-07 academic year. The deadline for applications is March 15. For more information or an application, call Freedom Credit Union at 215-612-5900 or visit their Web site at www.freedomcu.org.
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Keely and Du to Debut Feb. 23
“Now you have no excuse not to see the show! Pay what you can... a dime, a quarter, a dollar, or charge it to your 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.
For tickets and more information, call 215-572-2112 or visit www.arcadia.edu/arcadiatheatre.
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.
Seniors – Talk About Transitions
Transitions: A Group Discussion on the Senior Experience. Come for a discussion of the transitions facing seniors on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP to 215-572-2791, ext. 3.
Dining Vendors to Host Catered Events
Arcadia University has officially gone out to bid on the contract for dining services. The contract with Aramark expires in June, and five vendors have been invited to bid. They are: Aramark, Sodexho, Chartwells, Parkhurst Dining Services and AVI Food Systems. As part of the bid process, each of the five vendors will host a catered event on campus. “This has never been done before, and it is very exciting,” says Mimi Bassetti, Director of Administrative Services. “Additionally, each vendor will have a day to spend on campus. Part of their day will be to host a campuswide question/answer forum.” The first vendor to cater an event is Parkhurst on Feb. 22.
Oasis on Wednesday, Feb. 22: Don’t miss the next Faculty and Staff Oasis, hosted by President Jerry Greiner and Provost Mike Berger from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery. Special guest catering is courtesy of Parkhurst Dining Services. All faculty and staff are invited to the Oasis and to provide feedback on Parkhurst’s catering performance. Comments can be sent to via voicemail or e-mail to Mimi Bassetti, 215-572-2941.
Question/Answer Forum: Parkhurst Dining Services also will host a question/answer forum on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend all or any part of this open forum where representatives from Parkhurst Dining Services will talk about their services, answer questions, and explain why they should be selected as the new dining services provider. Bring your questions and concerns. Contact Mimi Bassetti, 215-572-2941 for more information about the bid process or this event.
‘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 Dr. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumna Talks About Creative Writing for Children
Chester County children’s author and Arcadia alumna Jen Bryant is coming to Arcadia to discuss “Writing for Children: or What I Learned from my Slinky” as part of the University Colloquium Series in association with the Writers Return to Campus Series on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose and Mirror rooms of Grey Towers Castle.
Bryant, who writes biographies, poetry and fiction for children and adults, has been published in American Literary Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, Clackamas Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Smartish Pace, Paterson Literary Review, and others. A recipient of the Milton Center Prize for Poetry, Bryant was a finalist for the Felix Pollak and Hollis Summers prizes. She serves as an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University and lives in Glenmoore, Pa. She earned her master’s in education from Arcadia in 2000.
Bryant will discuss the journey from idea to publication for several of her recent children’s books, focusing on the valuable process of creative writing. The Trial, a historical novel in poems about the 1935 Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial, was published by Knopf in 2004. A second novel, Pieces of Georgia, set in Chester County, Pennsylvania, is forthcoming from Knopf in April. Jen’s recent picture books, Georgia’s Bones, Music For the End of Time, and Call Me Marianne, are biographical stories about Georgia O’Keeffe, Olivier Messiaen, and Marianne Moore, respectively.
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.
Arcadia Idol is Coming! Be a Star or Buy a Star
Mark those calendars now for April 6 – Arcadia Idol is coming!
Arcadia Idol is the chance to see Arcadia students and faculty compete
for top prizes by showcasing their vocal abilities while helping out
a good cause. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital
of Philadelphia (CHOP). Auditions for Arcadia Idol will be held Feb.
20-25, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Kistler lounge.
Ash Wednesday Mass in Castle on March 1
The University community is invited to attend the Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday, March 1, at 11 a.m. in the Castle Mirror Room, sponsored by the Newman Organization. A priest from St. Luke's Parish in Glenside will preside. The service will last about 45 minutes. Any student who cannot attend is invited to join the Newman Organization at the evening Mass at St. Luke's Church at 5:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided; contact Catherine Mattingly at email@example.com.
Eating Disorder Screenings This Week
Eating Disorder Screenings will be held on the following dates:
For more information, call Alison Pulito, 215-572-2348.
Sexual Positions – And How to Handle Situations
The popular program, Sexual Positions, addresses situations in which students may find themselves. It will be held on Thursday, March 2, at 9 p.m. in The Chat. The program is sponsored by the Peer Educators. For more information, contact Beth Auger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race Matters Discussion: ‘Race and Crime’
“Race and Crime,” the third Race Matters discussion, is Wednesday, March 8, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in The Chat performance area. Dr. John Noakes, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, will facilitate the discussion. Race Matters is a campuswide discussion on race organized by Dr. Noakes and Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. 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.
‘Penny Wars’ Fights Poverty with Spare Change
The Day Student Club is sponsoring “Penny Wars,” an opportunity for students and faculty to fight poverty using their spare change. Donations can be made in the Commuter Lounge on the bottom floor of Heinz Hall until Saturday, March 25. For more information, contact Jessica Boyer.
Bowl-a-Thon Benefits Families with Ill Children
Register now for the Genetic Counseling program’s second annual Benefit Bowl-a-Thon on Saturday, April 22. “Come have fun bowling and help us raise money for the Kelly Ann Dolan Memorial Fund, which offers support for families with chronically ill children,” says Kathleen Valverde, Assistant Professor and Director of Arcadia’s Genetic Counseling program. The bowl-a-thon will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Thunderbird Lanes, 1130 N. York Road in Willow Grove. Participants are asked to register and RSVP as soon as possible to email@example.com. All bowlers are asked to make a $5 donation that will cover bowling, shoes and snacks. Prizes will be given away at the event. “Spread the word. Everyone is welcome,” adds Valverde. To make a donation directly to the fund, checks can be made payable to the Kelly Ann Dolan Memorial Fund and mailed to Valverde in the Department of Genetic Counseling.
Special Events Planned for Staff
Arcadia’s Staff Council is sponsoring several special events for Arcadia staff.
View the University Events Calendars on arcadia.edu and MyArcadia
Students, Faculty Perform Vagina Monologues
Students and faculty performed The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, on Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11, for the second year as a part of VDAY, a global movement to stop local and global violence toward women and girls. Monologues were performed by both graduate and undergraduate students, as well as Vice President for Student Affairs Jan Walbert and Adjunct Theater Professor Alisa Sickora Kelckner. The proceeds from the show benefited Women in Transition, an organization that helps women who are in abusive relationships. The program was produced by Sarah Holt ’07 and directed by Sara Landis ’06. More information on these organizations is available at their Web sites: Women in Transition, www.womenintransitioninc.org, and VDAY, www.vday.org.
Greiner Does Karaoke