|March 21, 2006|
|March 21, 2006||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Arcadia Accepted into Selective ANAC
Arcadia University has been accepted as a member of Associated New American Colleges (ANAC), a national consortium of twenty-one selective small to mid-size independent universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. The Associated New American Colleges, collectively and individually, are often cited as models of the intentional integration of teaching and learning, scholarship, and service.
“This is an organization that I helped establish over a period of four to five years and culminating in the official establishment of the Association 10 years ago,” says Arcadia President Jerry Greiner. “Our membership in ANAC will offer us additional national recognition, but our membership also will offer opportunities for faculty and staff development and student travel.” ANAC is committed to advancing public (and higher education) awareness of the qualities that small, private comprehensive universities can bring to the higher education landscape. Visit ANAC’s website at www.anac.org.
Does Arcadia’s Promise to Students Make the University Distinctive?
Students, faculty, staff, and trustees -- check your campus e-mail accounts for the Arcadia Promise Survey, fill it out and share thoughts and opinions on the University’s distinctiveness. Two lucky students who return their surveys will win $100 Willow Grove Park mall gift certificates. The survey deadline is Friday, March 24. Depending on individual e-mail settings, the survey e-mail may have been placed in the “junk” folder instead of the inbox. Those who have not received a survey can call the University Relations Office at 215-572-2969 or e-mail email@example.com.
Honors Convocation is March 25
Honors Convocation will be held on Saturday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. in Kuch Center. Faculty who are marching in the academic procession should be in Kuch Room 205 to robe. Line up for the academic procession begins at 10:15 a.m.
All award winners and dean’s list students—both undergraduate and graduate—should be in Kuch 204/206 by 10 a.m. to line up for the academic procession. The Honors Convocation program begins at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony is open to the public, and students are encouraged to come and support their classmates.
Students Calculate Winning Strategy, Win Math Contest
Charles Burnette and Nikhil Krishnan are the co-winners of the Computer Science and Mathematics Department's first-ever problem of the month. Each of these talented students successfully analyzed a probability game involving rolling a die. In the game, players are paid in dollars the number of points that they roll. They can roll as many times as they want but lose all their winnings (and the game ends) if they roll a one. The question was to devise a strategy (i.e., when to stop rolling) for playing this game that would maximize the player's winnings in the long run. “We'd give the solution here, but we don't want to ruin the fun for any Arcadia community members who want to analyze it for themselves!” says Ned Wolff, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics.
Office Hours Extended During Priority Registration
To help students during the Priority Registration period, the Business Office, Financial Aid Office, Student Service Center, and Registrar’s Office will have extended hours from April 3 through April 14.
Eleven Arcadia photography students were finalists in Photographer’s Forum 26th Annual Student Photography Contest, a national contest with more than 28,000 entries from student photographers. The Arcadia students’ work will be reproduced in Best of College Photography Annual 2006. The photography students are: Charleen Artese, Dennis Balyeat, Jeanne Custer, Timothy Fitzgerald, Jamie Jastrzembski, Jen Kemmerer, Malou Wagner, Shawn O’Donnell, Jenny Stockinger, Kimberly Torrey, and Katrina Wilhelm. Click here to view work. Above left, detail from photo by Katrina Wilhelm.
Route 309 Ramps Restricted for Overnight Work
Tuesday, March 21, through Friday, March 24, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., the Pennsylvania Turnpike ramp onto Route 309 South will be closed and detoured. During this time, motorists will be detoured north on Route 309 to the Susquehanna Road exit, then left on Susquehanna Road and left at the ramp onto Route 309 South. Through Thursday, March 23, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., the Turnpike ramp onto Route 309 North will be stopped for 15-minute intervals.
Employees Eligible for Public Transportation Benefit
Employees who take public transportation to work and who are interested in receiving more information about the transit benefit are invited to attend one of several informational meetings to be held at noon and again at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, in the Castle Conference Room, or at noon on Wednesday, March 22 in the Castle Mirror Room. “It's easy to order your tickets and passes on-line through FlexAmerica, while paying for them with pre-tax dollars through payroll deduction,” says Lorraine M. Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Representative.
Tax Benefits Can Help Families with Special Needs Children
“If you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder, a physical, mental, or emotional impairment, or a severe learning disability, you may qualify for valuable tax benefits,” reports Thomas M. Brinker Jr., Professor of Accounting at Arcadia University. “Unique tax benefits are available to families with special needs individuals. As with any financial decision, consult with your tax and financial adviser.” As the number of children diagnosed with autism, asperger’s syndrome, and other neurological disorders skyrockets, parents and their advisers need to carefully understand and plan for their medical care and capitalize on other tax benefits. Costs associated with special schooling, even when children are mainstreamed in regular schools, may qualify for the medical expense deduction. See more tax tips for families of children with special needs.
Campus Life Staff Sweepstakes—Enter to be an RA
The Campus Life Staff Sweepstakes offers qualified applicants the opportunity to work with a great staff devoted to the service of Arcadia students, leadership training and work experience, the chance to build relationships that will last a lifetime, plus a remuneration package that includes 40 percent off the standard room rate, a monthly stipend and free parking. Student Affairs is seeking applicants for RA and AA positions for the 2006-07 academic year. Applications are available in the Student Affairs Office in Knight Hall. Applicants should be full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing who are enrolled for at least 12 credits and have lived in University housing for at least two semesters. Applicants must complete an application by March 31 at 5 p.m. to be considered to win one of these fantastic opportunities! For more information, call Corinne Green, Assistant Director of Residence Life, at 215-572-4117.
Martha Washington Award Nominees Needed
The Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service is awarded annually to an Arcadia University staff employee who exemplifies the ideals of consistent excellence, exceptional performance and service to the Arcadia University community. It is awarded in the name of Martha Washington, a dedicated employee who served Arcadia University from 1946 to 1976. It is accompanied by a cash prize of $1,000 supported by a gift to the University from Mrs. Washington’s family and the Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown, where she was an active member. Nominations will be accepted through April 10. Click here for more information on the nomination criteria and a list of all eligible Arcadia staff members, or contact Lorraine M. Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Representative.
T. Edwards Townsley, former VP of Admissions
T. Edwards (Ed) Townsley suffered a stroke and died March 12 at his home in Newtown Square, Pa., a day before his 85th birthday. He was Dean of Admissions at Arcadia from 1975 to 1985. After dabbling with using a recruiting firm in the early 1970s, the institution returned to an in-house recruiting staff. In 1975 “the College succeeded in recruiting a highly regarded admissions professional from Drexel University, Mr. T. Edwards Townsley, who served as Dean of Admissions for the next ten years,” according to the book A 150-Year History of Beaver College and Acadia University. “By decades end (1980), more students than ever came to the campus.”
“I worked with Ed for a very short while when I arrived in February 1986, and at that time he was heading up the Admissions program until a replacement could be found so that he could retire,” says Jay Vogel, Vice President for University Advancement. “He was a true gentleman, and the University will always be in debt to him for his years of distinguished service.” He enjoyed several hobbies as well as traveling with his wife, Dorothy, who passed away in 2001. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at Dunwoody Village, 3500 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Arcadia University for the Ed Townsley Memorial Fund and sent to the Development Office c/o the University at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa. 19038.
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Dining Vendors to Host Questions and Answer Forum
Arcadia University has gone out to bid on the contract for dining services. As part of the bid process, each of the vendors will host a catered event and question/answer forum open to the campus. The final vendor presentation will be from Chartwells Dining Services on Thursday, March 23. Chartwells will hold student surveys in The Chat Performance Area beginning at 9 a.m., followed by an open forum in the Castle Mirror Room between 1 and 3 p.m. Chartwells will be giving away lots of free food, along with an iPod to a lucky student, at the open forum. Throughout the day, Chartwells will conduct handheld PDA surveys to learn “what is important to you.” Fill out a survey and get a free candy bar. Learn more about Chartwells at www.eatlearnlive.com.
Aramark will cater the Continental Breakfast and Reception for Honors Convocation this Saturday, March 25th in the Castle. Anyone attending Honors Convocation should pay attention to the catering details and thank Aramark for their generous hospitality.
Thursday, March 30th, Faculty and Staff are invited to Oasis specially hosted by Sodexho Dining Services. It will be held in the University Gallery of the Library from 4:30 to 6:00 PM.
Contact Mimi Bassetti, Arcadia’s Director of Administrative Services, at 215-572-2941 for more information.
March is Women’s Awareness Month
March is Women’s Awareness Month at Arcadia. Campus events scheduled to celebrate Women's Awareness Month include:
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.
Students to Discuss New Spain Experience on March 24
Students who visited Spain for spring break as part of the first spring break Spain Experience course, will be making presentations about their travel and the effect the course experience has had on them on Friday, March 24, and Friday, April 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Brubaker 201. “We welcome you to stop by for as long as your schedule permits. Everyone is welcome,” says Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs, who accompanied the group.
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 (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.
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.
‘Rock the Cause’ on Saturday, March 25
Want to help a great cause and help charity, too? Then be sure not to miss “Rock the Cause,” a benefit concert sponsored by the Day Student Club. The purpose of the concert is to raise awareness and money to fight global poverty. All proceeds will benefit the cause. The concert will showcase a dozen local bands, speakers and sponsors, including ONE, the activist organization made popular by the Live 8 concert in July. “Rock the Cause” will take place on Saturday, March 25, from 4:30 p.m. to midnight in Stiteler Auditorium. For more information, please contact Day Student President Jessica Boyer at Jessica.Boyer@arcadia.edu.
In a Different Voice author, Dr. Carol Gilligan, to Visit Arcadia as Part of Distinguished Speakers Series
Continuing in its long and notable tradition of bringing nationally known speakers to campus, Arcadia University is honored to present Dr. Carol Gilligan and her presentation, “The Role of Women in Creating a Sustainable World,” as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series on Wednesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kuch Center.
A pioneering psychologist and scholar, Gilligan was the first holder of the Graham Professorship of Gender Studies at Harvard University as well as being among Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Americans in 1996. Her 1982 book, In a Different Voice, has been described as “the little book that started a revolution.” Translated into 17 languages with more than three-quarters of a million copies sold, it continues to inspire political debate, new research and initiatives in policy and education, as well as helping many women and men see each other anew. In her newest book, The Birth of Pleasure, Gilligan ignites a new conversation about love. Combining ancient myths and legends with the voices of those who participate in her research, she draws on the work of Shakespeare and Freud, Michael Ondaatje and Toni Morrison to illustrate how the conception of love goes back to the beginning of civilization and is rooted in the tension between democracy and patriarchy – as it plays out in both the public world and in intimate lives. Gilligan is as a professor at New York University, teaching in both the Graduate School of Education and the School of Law.
The 2005-06 Distinguished Speakers Series is free and open to the public. The lecture at 7:30 is followed by a question and answer session. Sign language interpreters will be present. Those interested in attending are encouraged to please notify the University so adequate preparations can be made. Please call 215-572-2900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Stress Management and True Happiness’ on March 30
“Stress Management and True Happiness: A Spiritual Perspective” will be held on Thursday, March 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. The discussion, facilitated by Gayatri Salwan and sponsored by Multicultural Affairs, will focus on what true happiness is and how it is spiritual in nature.
Sign up for Dine for Success by March 31
Dine for Success will be held Wednesday, April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a full-course meal and learn how to survive when the interview process involves lunch or dinner! Sign up with Career Services by March 31 in Knight Hall Room 133; call 215-572-2939; or e-mail email@example.com.
Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in Castle on April 1
The Society of Castle Restoration is hosting a Mad Hatter’s themed tea party in the Castle on Saturday, April 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. The tea party is open to anyone in the surrounding area of Glenside, including faculty and staff and their children up to 10 years old. To make a reservation, call Liz Pflugler at 267-620-8272 or Ashley Horvath at 267-620-8227, and pay at the door ($2 for adults, $5 for kids). There will be food and entertainment for the kids and food for the adults.
Musicians Needed for April 8 Event
Play an instrument? Like to perform? Looking for some extra cash? The Office of Enrollment Management is looking for talented student musicians to perform at the annual Countdown ceremony on Saturday, April 8. Students who are interested in this opportunity should contact Kathy Beardsley in Enrollment Management at 215-572-2838 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dancing with the Staff on April 26
Dancing with the Staff is back by popular demand on Wednesday, April 26, featuring the dancing talents of Ginny Blaisdell and her dance partner, Sam Martin. Also, tickets are still available for staff members to the Constitution Center on Saturday, March 25. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and tickets are only $8-- this includes both admission to the center and to the Ben Franklin exhibit. Contact Andrew Johnson in CEA (215-572-2520, email@example.com) to reserve tickets -- family members and friends are welcome! Tickets also are available to the Phillies vs. the Mets on Wednesday, June 14. The game is at 7:05 pm, tickets are $23 and seats are in section 103 (children under the age of 2 are free). To reserve tickets, contact Chris Soda in Academic Affairs (215-572-2929, firstname.lastname@example.org). The deadline to reserve tickets is April 5.
View the University Events Calendars on arcadia.edu and MyArcadia
Students Experience First Spring Break Course to Spain
The Spain Experience is modeled on the London and Scotland Preview programs. “The development of the Spain Experience for two credits as an academic course began when in preparations for the travel, I thought the value to the students would be much stronger if they had a foundation of the history, religion and culture of Spain prior to the travel,” says Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs, who accompanied the group to Spain. Twenty-two students and three faculty and staff traveled to Spain. Their itinerary included guided tours in Toledo (including a small walled village near Segovia called Pedraza) and Madrid (including visits to The Alcazar and the Cathedral in Segovia, the Prado and Palacio Real and other museums and an evening of Flamenco). “One highlight of the academic nature of the trip was a symposium on the definition of ‘global citizens” with other students who were studying in Spain for the semester,” Walbert said. Students in the spring break Spain Experience course will make presentations about their travel on Friday, March 24, and Friday, April 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Brubaker 201.
Students Learn Traditional Scottish Dances at Ceilidh
Edinburgh, Scotland — Scotland Preview students and staff attended a ceilidh (pronounced "kay-lee") on the final night of their trip. After a dinner of Scottish specialties, they learned and then attempted traditional Scottish dances, taught by students and staff from the University of Edinburgh. Everyone was encouraged to dress "Scottish"—some students wore kilts they had purchased. A fun time was had by all.
Watch for more Spring Break trip photos next week.
Softball Goes 6-2 in Myrtle Beach
The Knights’ softball team dropped the first game of a doubleheader 6-0 to Gettysburg College on March 16. Jenn Compton '07 registered her first loss of the season to go 3-1 as the Knights posted only 3 hits, but the Knights bounced back in game two as Keirsten Hughes '09 (4-0) pitched five strong innings to get the win, giving up only two hits while striking out five and walking just one. Danielle Discher '08 had two RBIs, a stolen base, and two runs scored. Compton also had a double and a run scored. Christine Snow '08 was 2 for 2, and Hughes helped her own cause with a run scored and walk. Amanda Celentano '08 knocked in two with a bases clearing triple.
The Knights got a strong outing from starting pitcher Jenn Compton '07, who threw a complete game, giving up one run on four hits while striking out eight and walking just one in a 3-1 win over Oswego on March 15. Offensively, Jamie Bee '09 continued her hot start at the plate going 3 for 3 with an RBI and run scored. Fellow freshman Keirsten Hughes had an RBI and a run scored. In game two, the Knights outlasted Hood College 4 for 2. Kristin Law '09 got the start on the mound and pitched four strong innings, giving up two runs, one earned, and striking out three. Hughes got the win in relief, throwing three shutout innings. Bee went 1 for 3 in the second game of the doubleheader knocking in one run on a double. Compton went 2 for 3 with and RBI and a run scored, while Law was 2 for 3 with a run scored. Ceara Hughes '07 was also 1-2 with an RBI. Read more about the team’s spring break games.
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 Goes 3-4 Over Spring Break
Arcadia baseball (6-5) finished off its annual spring
trip by splitting with Gettysburg College 4-3 and 1-4 on March
17. In game one, Tyler Pennepacker '07 battled
for the complete game victory, scattering seven hits while
walking one in his seven innings of work. In the bottom
of the last frame, John Bellis '06 was
the hero for Arcadia as he had the game-winning single that
scored Eric Console '08. In game two, Gettysburg
Pitcher, Brian Spicer kept the Knights’ bats in check,
going the distance and allowing just three hits
to pick up the win. Sophomore pitcher John Squire
'08 took the loss for Arcadia.
Upcoming Games: March 21 home vs. Immaculata, 3:30 p.m.; March 23 at Bryn Mawr, 4 p.m.; March 25 at Misericordia, 1 p.m.
Upcoming Match: March 27 at Swarthmore, 1 p.m.
Upcoming Matches: March 21 home vs. Neumann, 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.
Faculty in the News
Dr. Kraiwinee “Nok” Bunyaratavej, Assistant Professor of Business, along with E.D. Hahn and J.P. Doh, will present “International Offshoring of Services: A Parity Study” at the International Business Research Forum at Temple University on April 1.
Joan Hulse Thompson, Associate Professor and Co-chair of Political Science, was interviewed for an article, “Many state lawmakers run unopposed, despite pay raise,” in the Uniontown Herald-Standard on state legislators on March 10. Thompson said incumbents running unopposed speaks ill of Pennsylvania's state of democracy. "It means it's not a democratic system," she said. "If you don't have an opponent, you haven't been fully reelected."
Cindy Kennedy Reedy, Adjunct Professor of Education, wrote “Don’t pick on me!” in the December issue of Parents Magazine. Watch for her on WCAU-TV Ch. 10 on April 11 on The 10! Show about “Getting Children to Study During Nice Weather.” She also appeared on Health Watch with Anita Brickman on WPVI-TV Ch. 6 in December.
Dr. James Paradis, Adjunct Professor of History, will discuss "African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign” during the 6th Regional Conference of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) National Symposium, which will be held in Carlisle, Pa., April 6-8. The conference theme is "Lest We Forget the United States Colored Troops from Pennsylvania.”
Students in the News
The Burlington County Times on March 12 wrote about Burlington Township grads Kevin Brown ’08 and Sterling Green ’08, who contributed to Arcadia's turnaround. “The Knights finished 16-11 and reached the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference semifinals. A year ago, Arcadia went 4-21. Brown, a 5-11 sophomore guard, was second on the team in scoring (10 per game), first in rebounding (4.6) and assists (92), and tied for first in steals (45). He had 12 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 67-60 win over Neumann in the first round of the PAC playoffs. Green, a 6-3 soph guard, had a team-high 15 points in that game. For the season, he averaged 8.2 points and 3.9 rebounds. He was third on the team in assists (46).”
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