March 7, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
March 7, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Campus Survey Asks Students, Faculty, Staff, Trustees:
What Does the Arcadia Promise Mean to You?    

Arcadia PromiseWhat makes Arcadia distinctive? It's Promise to its students. Students, faculty, staff, and trustees should check their e-mail for details about the Arcadia Promise and e-mail back the Promise survey to help the University better 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

World Mun LogoThis 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 experience.” 

“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 leftwicm@arcadia.edu.

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 at www.pin.ed.gov

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

Rotary meetingEdgehill 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 videolab@arcadia.edu or send an e-mail including information on the event along with a time, date, and location to mcclungl@arcadia.edu and we will create an ad for the occasion.” For more information, contact McClung at 215-572-2168.

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UPCOMING Events

Women's Awareness Month bannerMarch 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 Gilligan (March 29)
  • I 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. Garcia.

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, dressm@arcadia.edu.

  • “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 Room.

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, Glenside.
  • 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, Glenside.

Day Students Sponsor ‘Penny Wars’ to Fight Poverty

Penny warsThe 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 Boyer.

Poet Karl Kirchwey on March 24

Karl KirshwayThe 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 at 215-572-2877.

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 the Volleyball 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 michael.parlatore@arcadia.edu.

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 melissa.huggins@arcadia.edu.

Special Events Planned for Staff

Arcadia’s Staff Council is sponsoring several special events for Arcadia staff.

  • 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 johnsona@arcadia.edu 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, '05M, 102A Taylor Hall, 215-572-2929, or e-mail sodac@arcadia.edu 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 valverde@arcadia.edu. 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

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Campus happenings

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 question.

“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.”

Reception Held for Incoming Honors Students

Honors Students receptionEnrollment 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.

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foreign correspondence

First in a series of articles spotlighting Arcadia study abroad students.

Tanzania School strike

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.

Enrolled 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 Tanzanian.

Read more about Losh's experience at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0307b.htm.

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sports update

Lacrosse

Upcoming Games: March 21 home vs. Immaculata, 3:30 p.m.; March 23 at Bryn Mawr, 4 p.m.; March 25 at Misericordia, 1p.m.

Softball

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)

Baseball

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.

Golf

Upcoming Match: March 27 at Swarthmore, 1 p.m.

Tennis

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.

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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.”

Param BediArcadia’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 in London.

"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.

correction

The Arcadia University Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Ambassadors hosted a special reception for graduating seniors featured in the February 28 issue.

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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