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makes Arcadia distinctive? It's Promise to its students. Students,
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carry out and communicate the Promise. Two lucky students who return their
surveys will win $100 Willow Grove Park mall gift certificates. The survey
deadline is Friday, March 24. Summit your survey today!
22 Students Headed to China for Model UN
This month, 22 Arcadia students will be participating in Harvard University’s
World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) assembly taking place in Beijing,
China. Co-hosted by Peking University, WorldMUN is a student-run organization
dedicated to providing an understanding of the responsibilities and benefits
of global friendship. “This is the largest group that Arcadia has
ever sent to the WorldMUN,” says Dr. Robert Thompson,
Associate Professor and Co-chair of Political Science. “And it will
be, I think, the most thrilling and challenging trip yet. Our past
trips to places such as Athens, Heidelberg, and Edinburgh were indeed exciting. This
trip to China will, though, provide a new and different cross-cultural
“This is actually my fourth Model UN trip,” notes Tim
Gaudreau '06 . “I've gone every year so far, to Heidelberg,
Germany; Geneva, Switzerland; Edinburgh, Scotland; and now Beijing, China. “Our
delegation has a wide variety of issues that they will be facing. We
have been assigned three countries to represent: Denmark, Fiji, and Sao
Tome and Principe. While we have two smaller countries, we have landed
Denmark in the midst of the ‘cartoon’ scandal. It should
be interesting. I am, myself, going to be on the Security Council tacking
the issues of the Middle East and the various peace agreements.” Each
delegate is responsible to research his or her respective topic as well
as write a position paper before the conference. It is then the delegates’ job
to zealously advocate their countries positions in their committees.
Read more about Arcadia delegates at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0307a.htm.
Greek Life Focus Group Participants Needed
A Greek Life Focus Group for students will be held on Wednesday, March
8, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the University Gallery Room. Students will be able
to voice their opinions on the pros and cons of a Greek Life community,
as well as share feedback regarding programming and events on campus. Participants
will receive a Wawa gift certificate. To participate, please contact Michele
Leftwich at email@example.com.
Financial Aid Deadlines Near for Returning Students
For college students, April isn’t just about the IRS, it’s
also about filing their FAFSA. The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
Student Aid) is the application for all federal and state financial aid,
and returning full-time undergraduate students should submit their 06-07
financial aid paperwork by April 1. Visit Arcadia’s Web site for
detailed information about financial aid opportunities at www.arcadia.edu/financialaid.
Another deadline for Pennsylvania residents to be aware of is May 1, the
deadline by which Pennsylvania residents must file the FAFSA to be considered
for PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) state grants.
Many Arcadia students may be eligible for these grants, but they must file
their FAFSA by May 1 to considered. More information about the state grants
is available at www.pheaa.org.
Students can now access their personal Arcadia University financial aid
information over the Web at http://finaid.arcadia.edu,
using their Social Security Number and Personal Pin#. Students should contact
Financial Aid at 215-572-2980 or 1-877-ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342), ext.
#2980 if their need their pin number. Students also can apply for a federal
pin number to access their federal financial aid information, to update
their FAFSA each year, and to make corrections to their processed FAFSA
Commencement 2006 Information on Web
Arcadia will hold two Commencement ceremonies in May, one to award baccalaureate
degrees, one to award master’s and doctoral degrees. The Undergraduate
Commencement will take place on Friday, May 19, from 10:15 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. The Graduate Commencement will take place on Thursday,
May 18, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
More information about each ceremony and instructions for graduating students
is available on the Web at www.arcadia.edu/commencement.
Edgehill Rotary Sponsors Campus Chapter of Rotaract
Edgehill Rotary is sponsoring the Arcadia University chapter of Rotaract,
which is the collegiate level functioning group of Rotary International.
John Washington, President of the Edgehill Rotary, presented the charter
to Katie Lomberk, president of the Arcadia chapter, and
the rest of the officers of the campus group. Many activities have
allowed the collaborative function of this arrangement to build, and Lomberk
is credited with getting the group back into active status. The chapter
is exemplified in students such as Nirma Katri, who gave
a presentation at the Edgehill Rotary meeting on Feb. 23 regarding her
recent trip home to India and the work she did on a national day of immunization
designed to fight polio.
Nominations for Peer Recognitions Wanted
Know staff members who go above and beyond the call of duty? Let them
know that all of the work they do deserves recognition from Staff Council!
Please e-mail Katie
Kelly in Human Resources with the name of the person to be recognized
and a few reasons why they earned this recognition. The individual will
receive a certificate signed by University President Jerry Greiner and
Staff Council President Holly Kirkpatrick and a personalized
letter congratulating them on this great achievement.
Promote Campus Events on Arcadia’s Ch. 2
Channel 2 is an excellent resource for faculty, staff, and student organizations
to get the word out about upcoming events and other information to the
campus community. Channel 2 is available to the entire campus via cable
TV. It is run by Laren McClung '01, '03M, studio supervisor
and Instructor in the Communications Department in Murphy Hall and updated
by the team of Communications work study students. “It is a great
way to get information out to the campus community,” notes McClung. “Anyone
interested in posting an advertisement can send a PowerPoint slide to firstname.lastname@example.org or
send an e-mail including information on the event along with a time, date,
and location to email@example.com and
we will create an ad for the occasion.” For more information, contact
McClung at 215-572-2168.
Check MyArcadia for
the most recent campus announcements
March is Women’s Awareness Month
March is Women’s Awareness Month at Arcadia. Campus events scheduled
to celebrate Women's Awareness Month include:
- Random Act of Kindness Card nominations (March 6, 7 & 8)
- In Their
Own Words: Coming Out Stories of LGBTQ Individuals (March 9)
- Film: The
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (March 20)
- Ellis, singer/songwriter/guitarist (March 24)
- Nutritional Smarts discussion (March 28)
- Scale Smash (March 29)
- The Distinguised Speakers Series presents Carol
Am My Sistah’s Keeper (April 4)
All events are free, and everyone is welcome. All these special events
are made possible through support and assistance from: the Distinguished
Speakers Series, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Act 101, Dr. Graciela
Slesaranksy-Poe, Peers, Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities, Wellness
Services, organizations involved with Multicultural Organizations Coalition
(Arcadia Christian Fellowship, Black Awareness Society, Diversity Mentorship
Program, Hillel, Latino Association, Newman Club, PRIDE Gay & Straight
Alliance, Sisters of Support, Spanish Club, Student Activist Club), and
Student Programming Board. Visit the Online Events Calendar at www.arcadia.edu/calendar for details on individual events.
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.
Video and Dialogue: Violence Against Women
A video conference dialogue about Violence Against Women will be held
Thursday, March 9, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Brubaker 102. Discussion
topics will include: trends in the improvement of the status of women,
emerging leaders, women in maquiladores and war zones, women and AIDS,
and the World Health Organization. Panel participants include Noeleen
Heyzer, Executive Director of UNIFEM, and the moderator, H.E. Ambassador
Ahmad Kamal. For more information, e-mail Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz,
Assistant Professor and Director of the International Studies Program.
LGBTQ Support Programs in March
On Campus: Several types of programs to learn more
about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people
will be held in March. Everyone is invited to attend, especially education
majors. For more information about the two programs to be held on campus,
contact Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe or Mary
Dress in the Education Department, 215-572-2938, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- “In Their Own Words: Coming-Out Stories of LGBTQ Individuals” will
be held Thursday, March 9, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Castle Mirror
Off Campus: “I Want to Understand,” programs
also will be held in local churches. People of all ages and faiths are
welcome to attend and ask questions in a safe and supportive environment.
There is no registration fee. The following programs are hosted by Faith
Partners of the Bryson Institute:
- Sunday, March 12, “Understanding Transgender and Gender Identification” from
3 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 654 N. Easton Road,
- Sunday, March 19, “Understanding Issues and Experiences of
LGBTQ Youth” from 3 to 4: 30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church,
120 S. Easton Road, Glenside (215-887-3005).
- Sunday, March 26, “How to Support LGBTQ Youth and Their Families” from
3 to 4: 30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 120 S. Easton Road,
Day Students Sponsor ‘Penny Wars’ to Fight Poverty
The Day Student Club is sponsoring “Penny Wars” in the Commuter
Lounge on the bottom floor of Heinz Hall. Faculty and students are asked
to donate their spare change to help fight poverty in the world. Donations
can be made up until March 25, the date of “Rock the Cause,” a
benefit concert featuring local bands, speakers and ONE, a national organization
designed to rally Americans, ONE by ONE, to fight poverty and AIDS. More
information on “Rock the Cause” will be available in upcoming
Bulletins. For more information, contact Jessica
Poet Karl Kirchwey on March 24
The University Colloquium Series presents poet and Rome Prize winner
Karl Kirchwey in Grey Towers Castle on Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m.
Refreshments will available from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Kirchwey will talk about “Rendition:
The Purposes of Poetry” and read from his fifth and forthcoming
book of poems, The Happiness of This World, to be published
by Marian Wood Books/Putnam in January 2007. This new volume of poems
explores poetry’s multiple obligations: to describe the beauty
of nature and of landscape, to celebrate the bonds of human affection,
and to articulate social criticism.
Kirchwey, the recipient of degrees in English from Yale College (B.A.)
and Columbia University (M.A.), is currently Director of Creative Writing
and Associate Professor in the Arts at Bryn Mawr College. His work has
appeared in all of the major literary journals. His books of poems include The
Engrafted World (Henry Holt, 1998; a New York Times “Notable
Book of the Year”) and At the Palace of Jove (Putnam,
2002). The recipient of many grants and honors, Kirchwey served from
1987 until 2000 as the Director of the 92nd Street Y Unterberg Poetry
Center in New York City. He has taught creative writing and literature
at Smith College as well as at Yale and Wesleyan Universities and in
the MFA program at Columbia University. The Spring 2006 issue of Parnassus will
include a memoir in prose and poetry about a trip he took a year ago
to Saipan, Cambodia, and India.
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
Teams Needed for Volleyball Tournament
The Student Physical Therapy Association is looking for teams for its
annual Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, March 26, from 1 to 6 p.m. in
the Kuch Center Gym. The SPTA is sponsoring the tournament, along with
free food and prizes. The cost is $20 per team for early registration
(by March 20) and $30 per team for late registration (up to day of event).
Teams are a minimum of six people, a maximum of eight. To sign up, complete
Tournament form. Return the form and money to the Physical Therapy
Office, or use Inter Campus Mail, Attn. Mike Parlatore,
PT. For more information, contact Parlatore at email@example.com.
Learn Relaxation through Meditation
Ready to take a break from the stress of school? For a calmer mind and
more relaxed body, come to the Heinz Hall Lobby from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays
for meditation...simple, proven techniques to lower stress and improve
everyday function. Free!
Newman Society Needs Drivers for Weekly Mass
The Newman Society is a Roman Catholic organization that works in conjunction
with St. Luke's Parish nearby. The club is trying to organize rides to
Mass each week. Any faculty, staff or student volunteers interested in
driving others to Mass on Saturday evenings for the 5 p.m. vigil service
should contact Melissa Huggins '06 at MelHugg@aol.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Events Planned for Staff
Arcadia’s Staff Council is sponsoring several special events for
- A visit to the National Constitution Center and the world premier
exhibit Ben Franklin – In Search of a Better World on Saturday,
March 25, anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Admission to the center
is $8; call Andrew Johnson '02 at 215-572-2520 or
e-mail email@example.com to
reserve tickets by Monday, March 13.
- A night at Citizen’s Bank Park on Wednesday, June 14, when
the Phillies take on the New York Mets at 7:05 p.m. The seats are in
Section 103. Tickets are $23. Contact Chris Soda '00,
102A Taylor Hall, 215-572-2929, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to
reserve tickets by Wednesday, April 5.
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.
View the University Events Calendars on arcadia.edu and MyArcadia
Keely and Du Earns Critical Acclaim
Arcadia’s production of Keely and Du received acclaim
from critic Jim Rutter on his Web site, http://jimruttersreviews.blogspot.com/: “This
weekend I had the fantastic experience of seeing Arcadia University’s
production of Jane Martin’s powerhouse of a play, Keely
and Du…. Kat Schadt '06, playing Du,
delivers the finest performance of the evening…. As Keely,
the young abducted mother, Lydia Andrien '06 all
but matched the excellent performance given by Schadt…. Moreover,
as the play progressed, the relationship between Schadt and Andrien
evolved in a manner that endeared the audience while justifying
itself. This is both a credit to the actors and the play, as the
relationship between the pro-life and pro-choice proponents results
in a victory for neither side.
“Beyond the two impressive leading women, there are memorable, almost
devastating moments within the play. One occurs when Keely laments the deplorable
excesses and lows of her young life, exclaiming finally her dream of withdraw
to a world where she has to strain to hear anything. To this, the elder Du,
unfazed by her own tragic experiences, replies in a haunting whisper, “but
dear, that’s like dying,” and in a single expression, she underscores
the life and death themes of the play. Later, in the final moments of the play,
Keely visits Du, who, now in prison for kidnapping, refuses to speak with Keely—presumably
because Du now serves a sentence in vain, as Keely terminated her pregnancy
after all. In her final words, Schadt laments, “Why?” giving the
simple question a much greater meaning, devastating the audience with a single
word. Keely responds, her hands locking with Du’s, as she asks the same
question in return. This single moment, written and performed so well, qualifies
the entire debate over abortion as a pair of opponents willing to do anything
for their cause except avoid speaking past one another. The “why” goes
unanswered, and becomes on the stage an angering, frustrating, and humiliating
“I will give great credit to the direction displayed by Mark Wade in
crafting this fine performance. From Keely’s first waking, the tension
never disappears from the stage, and the quick pacing of the play kept me leaning
forward in my chair the entire night…. Everything unfolded neatly, making
this one of the finer college productions I’ve seen in some time.”
Held for Incoming Honors Students
Enrollment Management held a reception at President
Greiner's home on Feb. 28 for prospective students who have been
invited into Arcadia’s Honors Program for next year. Current
Honors Program students acted as hosts, along with President
and Terry Greiner,
faculty advisers Dr. Bette Goldberg and Dr. Linda
Mascavage, and staff from Enrollment Management, including
the event coordinator Donielle Wright.
First in a series of articles spotlighting Arcadia study abroad
School Strike in Tanzania is Learning Opportunity
By Bridget Curtis ’08
In Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR)
program, Justin Losh ’06, spent his fall semester
studying in Tanzania, Africa. From surviving the culture gap to climbing
Mt. Kilimanjaro, Losh had an experience he will never forget. In
a foreign country, everyday life becomes a classroom. In addition
to the usual array of quizzes and tests, study abroad students learn
from walking down the street or even playing a quick game of soccer.
For Losh, textbooks and notebooks were just the beginning of his
international education. When a school strike (see photo) affected
the University of Dar es Salaam, Losh found that it didn’t
affect faculty expectations – the learning continued.
in Dr. Warren Haffar’s Economics and Development
class, Losh was inspired to choose Tanzania for his trip abroad.
The IPCR degree program is offered on either a full-time or part-time
basis and can be divided into three parts. The first part is spent
at Arcadia, with a total of eight foundation courses. The second
part consists of the education abroad experience in conjunction with
Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad. The third portion of the
program consists of the internship/field experience. Internship opportunities
are numerous and individually designed to reflect the IPCR student's specific
area of interests or concentration. Losh, who earned his bachelor’s degree
at Indiana University, made his choice based on his interest in sustainable
development, particularly in underdeveloped countries. Losh was enrolled in
the University of Dar es Salaam, one of the top 10 universities in Africa.
Housed in a tiny dorm room for four months, Losh found himself in close quarters
with a host of international students from around the world, half of whom were
Read more about Losh's experience at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0307b.htm.
Upcoming Games: March 21 home vs. Immaculata,
3:30 p.m.; March 23 at Bryn Mawr, 4 p.m.; March 25 at Misericordia,
Upcoming Games: March 24 at Cedar Crest,
3 p.m. (DH); March 25 home vs. Immaculata, 1 p.m. (DH); March 26
at Swarthmore, 1 p.m. (DH)
Upcoming Games: March 9 at Philadelphia
Biblical University, 2 p.m.; March 21 home vs. Haverford, 3 p.m.;
March 22 at Ursinus, 3 p.m.; March 24 home vs. Alvernia, 3 p.m.;
March 25 at Alvernia, noon (DH); March 26 home vs. PSU-Berks, 1 p.m.
Upcoming Match: March 27 at Swarthmore, 1 p.m.
Upcoming Matches: March 21 home vs. Neuman,
3 p.m.; March 23 home vs. Philadelphia Biblical University, 3 p.m.;
March 25 at Keystone, 1 p.m.; March 26 home vs. DeSales, 1 p.m.
Arcadia in the news
Study Abroad Gets Boost at SUNY – The
Ticket, the student paper/Web at The City University of New
York, on Feb. 27 led off the article, “Another chance to
study the world,” with an interview about why Arcadia University
was featured prominently in a study abroad fair in New York: “Representatives
from most of the CUNY and SUNY schools and from Arcadia University
chatted with students during club hours about learning away from
home. The representatives seemed excited to share their knowledge
with students, and stressed that time spent in another country
is something everyone should do. Richard Mitten, director at the
Weissman Center for International Business, said students should
come to his office as early a freshman year to begin planning,
so that they can graduate on time. At first glance, Arcadia did
not seem to fit in, but Mitten rebuffed that idea. He said that
his priority is exposing Baruch students to low cost and academically
stimulating programs, and Arcadia had both. Kristin Weisenhetler,
the representative from Arcadia, agreed. According to her, the
University’s programs are accessible because of federal financial
aid and in-house scholarships.”
Arcadia’s Blackboard Applications Share the Spotlight – Arcadia
received joint publicity about international education with Blackboard,
a leading provider of technology to educational institutions and
corporate and government agencies, at its 8th annual users conference,
Bb World 2006. The March 2 news release, “Spanning the Globe
With Blackboard” reported:
At Arcadia University, one of the top private institutions of higher
learning on the East Coast, the Blackboard Academic Suite is used
by freshmen who participate in the school's innovative and award-winning
First Year Study Abroad Experience. The 50 students who travel to
London and Scotland each fall use MyArcadia, the Blackboard campus
portal extensively to access course materials, campus resources,
and professors, and they use it to stay connected to what's happening
at Arcadia's campus in Glenside, Pa. The students in Scotland take
an online course using Blackboard software, taught by the faculty
"Even though they spend their first college semester overseas,
these freshmen are already integrated into the fabric of the stateside
campus when they arrive in January, thanks to the virtual connections
they have been making through MyArcadia. They've been using our library
while they were overseas, seeing campus announcements and photos,
e-mailing friends, and accessing services," says Param
Bedi, CIO and Associate Vice President for Technology. The
entire news release is available at http://www.marketwire.com/mw/iwprf?id=111685.
Faculty in the News
Dr. Andrea Crivelli-Kovach, Associate Professor
and Director of Community Health Programs in Arcadia’s Department
of Medical Science and Community Health, was invited to present her
research on breastfeeding policies and practices at John's Hopkins
School of Public Health, Department of Population and Family Health
Sciences, on Feb. 13. Her areas of research include: U.S. and international
hospital breastfeeding policies, the impact of community health workers
on empowerment in low-income pregnant women and mothers of young
children, and health communication and information-seeking behaviors
of long-term breast cancer survivors. Her publications include articles
in Birth, The Journal of Human Lactation, The
Journal of Community Psychology, Korean Journal of the Academy of
Nursing, and Journal of the Osteopathic Medical Association.
She is currently President-Elect of the Board of the Pennsylvania
Public Health Association (PPHA).
Alex Otieno, Instructor in Sociology and the International
Peace and Conflict Resolution program, published an article, “Overcoming
Exclusion: An Integrated Approach to Development,” in Critical
Half, the bi-annual journal of Women for Women International, Volume
3 Number 2 pp. 8-13. “Rooted in the discourse of social reform, ‘social
exclusion’ is a compelling new area of research for scholars
and advocates of gender equity and social development who seek to
explore the causes of poverty,” writes Otieno. “It recognizes
that the literal exclusion of a person from society because of a
particular characteristic or affiliation is different from marginalization
based on law, policy or cultural practices, such as the exclusion
of women from political decision-making roles.” The entire
article is available online at http://www.womenforwomen.org/documents/Final-Fall2005.pdf
Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development, delivered
a presentation at the 30th Annual National Association of Developmental
Education (NADE) Conference in Philadelphia on Feb. 16. The presentation, “Addressing
the Needs of the Undecided Student,” was co-presented with
Meghan Cruciani, Coordinator of Undergraduate Academic Advising
at Marywood University.
The Arcadia University Alumni Association and the Student Alumni
Ambassadors hosted a special reception for graduating seniors featured
in the February 28 issue.
Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: students
Bridget Curtis '08, Fred Lazzati '06, Michelle
and Ashley Perovich '09. Photos by Joshua
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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