April 4, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
April 4, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

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Dr. Ortiz Gets Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching

ortizDr. Carlos Ortiz, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, received the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching at Honors Convocation on March 25. The Lindback Award is given to the faculty member whom students and faculty judge to be an exemplary classroom teacher and outstanding contributor to the intellectual life of the University community.

“A member of the Arcadia faculty since 1997, Dr. Ortiz has distinguished himself both as an extraordinary teacher and as a person with a keen interest in the academic development of undergraduate students,” said Dr. Michael Berger, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who presented the 73rd annual Lindback Award. A native of Colombia, Ortiz earned bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and in civil engineering from the University of the Andes. Coming to the United States in 1989, he earned his master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin. He spent a year as an instructor at Russell Sage College before joining the Arcadia faculty.

Read more about Dr. Ortiz at www.arcadia.edu/ortiz.

Spring Break Photo Contest Deadline Extended to April 5

cameraStudents, faculty and staff who participated in this year’s Spring Break programs – London, Scotland, Italy and Spain Previews, community service in Louisiana, and the ID181 Mexican Experience – have until Friday, April 5, to submit photos and be eligible for a $50 Visa gift card. To peek at those already submitted, go to: http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/ur/contest.

To submit photos, click on the contest link under MyArcadia Campus Announcements for submission instructions. (Also, please note that the instructions for sending photos via YouSendIt.com have been updated. If you had trouble sending before, please try again following the new instructions.) A winning photographer from each trip will win a $50 gift card.

Career ServicesSpotlight on ... Who can help you select an academic major without using a dartboard? Where can you “bomb” a job interview and still feel good about it? Where can you get a free snack and/or cup of coffee—any day of the week? Who throws the best faculty/staff holiday party on campus? Learn more about this department.

CSI: New York Actor Coming to Black Male Symposium

Hill Harper, the actor/writer from CSI: New York who has a new book out, will participate in Arcadia’s Black Male Development Symposium on Saturday, May 13. He will conduct a workshop, sign books and participate in the Friday night reception at the African American Museum. The third Annual Black Male Development Symposium will be held at Arcadia University on Saturday, May 13, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The symposium, "Holla Back...But Listen First” – A Life Guide Symposium for African American Males, will provide an opportunity for youth, adults, educational institutions, community organizations and individuals to participate in a one-day symposium designed to address the life-threatening issues facing black male youth and adults.

Those interested can register at www.arcadia.edu/bmds or contact Aisha Amin at the Symposium Office at 215-517-2539 or e-mail aminmcca@arcadia.edu before Friday, April 21, 2006. The cost of registration is $25 for middle/high school/college students and $45 for professionals. Onsite registration also is available (for groups of 10 or less) at $40 for students and $55 for professionals. The registration fee includes membership to the African American Museum in Philadelphia (2006-07 Membership Year), lunch, materials, and a t-shirt. For more information, visit www.arcadia.edu/bmds or contact Dr. Doreen Loury at 215-572-4087 or loury@arcadia.edu.

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 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.

Meeting for Future Social Studies Teachers

On Thursday, April 6, there will be an information session for all students who intend to become Secondary Social Studies Teachers (grades 7-12). The session will be held in Taylor Hall conference room #T310A, next to the Education Office on the third floor, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Any future social studies teachers should attend, especially if they have not reviewed or updated their certification checklist with Adjunct Professor Priscilla G. Linden, who must verify readiness to student teach a full semester in advance. For more information, e-mail lindenp@arcadia.edu.

Campus Events

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 to April 14.

  • Business Office: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Financial Aid Office: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday
  • Registrar’s Office: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday
  • Student Service Center: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

Alcohol Screenings at Counseling Center This Week

Alcohol Screenings will be done at the Arcadia Counseling Center, located on the ground floor of Heinz Hall, this week on Tuesday, April 4, from 11 a.m. to noon and from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 29; on Wednesday, April 5, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Oasis Room; on Thursday, April 6, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 23; and on Friday, April 7, from 2 to 3 p.m. in Room 29.

Anne Kaier Poetry Reading April 5

Arcadia University’s Visiting Writers Series proudly announces a poetry reading by Anne Kaier on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Castle Conference Room in Grey Towers Castle. This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Kaier’s new chapbook, InFire, published by Skintype Press of Philadelphia, will be available for purchase and signing at the reading. Kaier’s poetry has appeared in Philadelphia Poets, The Bucks County Writer, The Schuylkill Valley Journal of the Arts, American Writing, Sinister Wisdom, and other journals. She teaches literature and creative writing at The University of Pennsylvania’s Writer’s Conference, Rosemont College, Arcadia University, and Penn State, Abington. She can be reached at AnneKaier@verizon.net. For information regarding her reading at Arcadia, contact Dr. Richard Wertime, Professor of English, at 215-572-2963.

Wertime to Talk About ‘Writer’s Journey’ April 7

wertimeDr. Richard Wertime, Professor of English, will speak about and read from his memoir, Citadel on the Mountain: A Memoir of Father and Son, on Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Glenside Free Library, 215 S. Keswick Ave., in Glenside. The title of his talk will be “Publishing a First Book, Winning a First Prize: A Writer’s Journey in Mid-life.” He notes, “I’ve promised to talk about two major issues. I’ll begin by reflecting on a remarkably wise statement once made by the art critic Kenneth Clark, who said, ‘Facts become art through love.’ Then I intend to explore a central paradox of writing, especially of creative writing—namely, that it is at once a profoundly (and unavoidably) solitary activity; and yet it is at the same time a communal, even a ‘corporate’ undertaking, especially as one moves toward publication. I’ll address the issues of courage and determination as being central to the solitary part of the undertaking, and cooperativeness and openness to useful criticism as being crucial to the ‘corporate’ part of the enterprise. I’ve also offered to talk about—and perhaps read a bit from—my novel-in-progress, San Giovanni, a ghost story set in a very ancient Tuscan hilltown in the 1980s.” For more information, contact the Glenside Free Library at 215-885-0455.

Students Discuss New Spain Experience April 7

Students who visited Spain for spring break as part of the first Spain Experience course, will be making presentations about their travel and the effect the course has had on them on 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. 

Student Leadership Recognition Night April 9

Student Leadership Recognition Night, where students are recognized for all of their efforts throughout the year in areas such as athletics, residence life and other activities, is planned for Sunday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. For more information, contact Kelly Morgan, Student Government Organization President.

Staff Council ‘Night with the Phantoms’ April 9

Staff Council has another "Night with the Phantoms!" The council has 24 tickets to see the Philadelphia Phantoms take on the Norfolk Admirals on Sunday, April 9, at 5:05 p.m. at the Wachovia Spectrum. RSVP by April 5 to Andrew Johnson in CEA at 215-572-2520, johnsona@arcadia.edu. Tickets (starting in row 5) are only $10 each!

The Little Shop of Horrors Starts April 13

little shop of horrorsArcadia University presents The Little Shop of Horrors, everyone's favorite boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world phenomenon, April 13 to 23 at the Arcadia Theatre. Meek, mild-mannered, out-of-luck Seymour Krelbourn has just discovered an exotic little plant with a strange and unusual appetite. The plant is growing remarkably fast—and so is Seymour's love for Audrey, his co-worker at the flower shop. But she has a boyfriend...and the plant has a bloodthirsty secret that threatens the entire planet. The feeding-frenzy begins as Seymour becomes a celebrity and the plant becomes a larger-than-life sensation. The Little Shop of Horrors, book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, is based on a film by Roger Corman, screenplay by Charles Griffith.

The production runs April 13 to 23, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. On Sunday, April 16, a performance is set for 8 p.m. On Sunday, April 23, a 2 p.m. matinee will be held. Also, Friday 10 a.m. matinees are available on April 14 and 21 for school groups. Tickets are: $6 Arcadia Students, $12 Alumni, $16 General Admission.

Race Matters: ‘Integration: Should it be the Goal?’

“Integration: Should it be the Goal,” a Race Matters discussion, will take place on Wednesday, April 19, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in The Chat performance area. Dr. Peter Siskind, Assistant Professor of History, will facilitate the discussion. Race Matters is a campuswide discussion organized by Dr. John Noakes, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, 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 Andrea Marterella at 215-572-4073.


Campus happenings

Violence Against Women a Global Problem

By Fred Lazzati ’06

UNIFEMThe video conference in Brubaker 102 didn’t just teach about the global violence women experience in other countries—it engaged students who proposed challenging questions for the two UN lecturers, asking what has been done to change this violence and what are some of the violent acts to which women are subjected.

“Violence against women is an issue that knows no boundaries, knows no color, knows no class,” explained Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director of UNIFEM. She also discussed trafficking of women, which has become a critical issue in many countries around the world. When a woman is “trafficked” she is exposed to injustices such as rape, abandonment, being sold into dowry or killed, sometimes in the highest severity of being raped then left to die in a desert.

Heyzer also described the many hardships women experience in impoverished societies from being sold into marriage from a very early age to believing their husbands are faithful to them, only to discover that they have contracted the AIDS virus. From her research about the violence experienced by women, she concluded that “laws alone are not sufficient” to protect women. “The issue of violence against women at the end of the day is one of rights…is one of unequal power relationships, economic, political, social and cultural. And is one where women find it difficult to have agencies of their own rights.” To learn more about UNIFEM, go to www.unifem.org.

Spring Break Service Trip to Louisiana

LouisianaThirty-seven students, faculty and staff spent their spring break helping with Gulf Coast hurricane relief efforts from March 12-18. The weeklong service learning experience included hands-on work along with exposure to community development efforts in rural Louisiana. “Not only is New Orleans devastated, but so are many of the surrounding rural communities,” reports the Southern Mutual Help Association (SMHA), who helped coordinate the students’ rebuilding work. “Fishers and family farmers already under the stress of international trade agreements have now lost homes and the very means of creating a livelihood to recover. This is a crisis for small farmers, farm workers and fisher families.”

View photos from trip at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/louisiana.


Foreign Correspondence

‘I Discovered My Own Culture’

Spain PreviewStepping into another country’s panorama of culture and history can bring one’s own picture into sharper focus. First-year student Kristen Shima found time for introspection on Spain Preview – somewhere between the small, walled village of Pedraza and the bright lights of Madrid. “Before I left for Spain I used to have a terrible misconception. I used to confuse history with culture. I used to say that the United States had no culture,” she says. But during the trip, “I watched our great group be Americans. I realized while I was in a different culture, that I really like American culture. Perhaps not the stressed-out bit, but I enjoy the openness, the drive, the bigger, the better, the personal space and the general attitude.”

New this year, Spain Experience is a two-credit academic course that provides students with a foundation of the history, religion and culture of Spain prior to their travel there over spring break. Read more about Shima’s journey at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0404a.htm; other students will discuss their experiences on Friday, April 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Brubaker 201.

Sports Update

Compton, Hughes Earn PAC Player of the Week

Compton hughes

Jenn Compton '07 was named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Player of the Week for the week ending March 26. Compton hit .444 with two home runs, three doubles, nine RBIs and eight runs scored as Arcadia went 6-0 on the week. Keirsten Hughes '09 was named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 26.  Hughes was 2-0 with one save and a 1.00 earned run average during the week.

On Saturday, April 1, the Knights used timely hitting in game one and solid pitching in game two to sweep a doubleheader from conference rival Wesley, winning 9 to 4 and 4 to 0. In game one, Compton went five innings, giving up three runs on three hits. Jackie Johnson ’07 came on in relief, pitching the final two innings. Dana Shay '07 led the way at the plate, going two for four and knocking in four RBIs. Becky Kimble '06 also swung a hot bat as she went two for three with two RBIs. In game two, Hughes threw a four-hit shutout, giving up just four hits while striking out four. Shay continued her hot hitting, going one for three from the plate and picking up two RBIs.

Upcoming games: April 7 at Rosemont, 3 p.m. (DH); April 8 at Gwynedd-Mercy, 1 p.m. (DH); April 11 home vs. Delaware Valley, 3 p.m. (DH). www.arcadia.edu/softball

Baseball’s Connell Named PAC Player of the Week


Arcadia University’s John Connell '07 was named the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Baseball Player of the Week for the week ending March 26. Connell hit .500 (10-for-20) with five RBIs, three runs scored and two doubles on the week. Read more at www.arcadia.edu/baseball.

Arcadia's Baseball team swept a conference doubleheader with Neumann College on April 2, winning 10 to 4 and 8 to 1. Arcadia hurler Matt Remchuk '07 picked up the complete game victory. Connell led the offense, going three for four with four RBIs.  Anthony Ragona '06 chipped in going two for two with two runs scored. Brandon Mazzie '06 homered in the victory.  In game two, John Squire '08 got the win, allowing just four hits and one earned run while striking out six in his six innings of work.  Ragona led the offense, going two for three.  For more

Upcoming games: April 7 home vs. Misericordia, 3 p.m.; April 8 at Misericordia, 1 p.m. (DH); April 9 at Delaware Valley, 1 p.m.; April 11 at Neumann, 3 p.m. www.arcadia.edu/baseball


Upcoming games: April 5 home vs. Alvernia, 4 p.m; April 8 at Cabrini, 1 p.m.; April 19 at Wilmington College, 3:30 p.m. www.arcadia.edu/lacrosse


Upcoming matches: April 6 at Wesley, 3:30 p.m.; April 8 home vs. Marywood, 1 p.m.; April 10 at Chestnut Hill, 3:30 p.m. www.arcadia.edu/menstennis


Upcoming matches: April 7 at Holy Family, 1 p.m.; April 10 at Eastern, 1 p.m.

Arcadia in the News

Bucks County Courier Times reporter Jazmyn Burton will travel to Bioko Island with Arcadia University next year in pursuit of her lineage on the island. Burton wanted to find her genetic roots during Black History Month, but her search, through African Ancestry Inc., became complicated when she found out she had genetic matches to “the Bubi of Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea, the Mende, Temne and Limba people of Sierra Leone and the Bamileke of Cameroon.” In her article on Feb. 26, Burton wonders how she could have genetic matches in such a wide variety of places. While doing research on Bioko Island, she discovered that Arcadia University hosts a bio-preservation tour in Bioko every year and contacted Dr. Gail Hearn, Professor of Biology. Now Burton plans to travel with Hearn and Dr. Wayne Morra, Professor of Ecnomics, next year. Burton knows that this trip to discover her direct linage is only the start of her search.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Pradyumna S. Chauhan, Professor of English, guest edited the South Asian Review’s 2005 special issue V.S. Naipaul: His Ideas, Work and Art, a 427-page publication of the best global scholarship on Naipaul. The special Naipaul issue is winning good responses from Naipaul scholars. Recently, The Hindu, one of the three major metropolitan dailies of India has, departing from its tradition of not reviewing any journal publication, gone on to review this issue. Read the review at http://www.hindu.com/lr/2006/04/02/stories/2006040200130300.htm.

Dr. Chauhan also wrote the lead article, “South-Asian American Writers,” in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multi-Ethnic American Literatures (Vol. IV, pp. 2077-89, 2005). He published a bio-critical essay on the contemporary Irish novelist and short-story writer Anthony Glavin in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Vol. CCCIX, 2005). He presented a paper, “Vet Mehta: Autobiography and the Exile’s Return,” at the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association on Dec. 30 in Washington, D.C. He chaired MLA Session 112, “Naipaul and the Others,” on Dec. 28. He also chaired a session for the South Asian Literary Association on “Secularism and Fiction” on Dec. 26.

Scott RawlinsScott Rawlins, Associate Professor and Chair of Fine Arts, will be teaching two illustration classes in June through the New York Botanical Garden. The first class is on silverpoint, a type of drawing used before the graphite pencil was developed. (See the Arcadia magazine next week for more about this process.) The second class is Color on Color, where “participants will use ‘traditional’ materials—watercolor, graphite, colored pencils—in conjunction with a variety of non-white backgrounds to create aesthetic effects for botanical subjects.” For more information, visit, www.nybg.org.

Dr. Kathleen K. Mangione, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, Dr. Rebecca Craik, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy, Dr. Susan Tomlinson, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, and Kerstin Palombaro, research assistant , were selected as the winners of the 2006 Chattanooga Research Award given by the American Physical Therapy Association for their article “Can Elderly Patients Who Have Had a Hip Fracture Perform Moderate-High Intensity Exercise at Home?” in the August 2005 issue of Physical Therapy. Mangione and the co-authors will receive the award during PT 2006: The Annual Conference and Exposition of the AOTA on June 23, in Orlando, Fla. The Chattanooga Research Award recognizes the best clinical research article published in Physical Therapy. The purpose of the award is to encourage the publication of outstanding physical therapy research articles.

Students in the News

The Express-Times (N.J.) profiled Nicole Brousseau, a sophomore theatre major who performed in Savage in Limbo, by John Patrick Shanley, last weekend at The Chat. Brousseau played the character, April White, who drinks away her sorrows with several others at a local bar. Brousseau previously performed in Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors and in Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile. “At Easton Area High School, she was nominated for a Freddy Award for her portrayal of Lina Lamont (best actress) in Singin' in the Rain in 2003 and Hedy LaRue (best supporting actress) in How to Succeed in Business in 2004,” noted the Express-Times on March 31. “In community theater, she was involved with the Pennsylvania Youth Theatre's Pegasus Project for disabled children; with Basement Productions at the Veterans Hospital in Lyons, N.J.; and with Phillipsburg Summer Theatre, where she played Frenchy in Grease, under the direction of Sandy Marino.”


Arc Club President and Station Manager Adam Ochonicki is a member of the Class of ’08. Arcadia’s student radio station, The Arc, is on the net at http://radio.arcadia.edu.

Publication Information

Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: students Bridget Curtis '08, Michelle Leone '08, Jennifer Vessells '07 and Fred Lazzati '06. Photos by Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.

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