|April 11, 2006|
|April 11, 2006||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Living the Promise:
Kristin Shima '09
Stepping into another country’s panorama of culture and history can bring your own picture into sharper focus. First-year student Kristin Shima found time for introspection on Spain Preview.
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Job Market Looks Bright for May Graduates
With a job market defined by some economists as “full employment,” the future looks bright for May graduates, with especially strong demand for teachers and graduates in business and health care.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported on April 7 that the unemployment rate had fallen to 4.7 percent as 416,000 new jobs were added in January and February, “the strongest evidence yet that this year’s 1.4 million college graduates will probably enjoy the best entry-level job market since the dot.com collapse in 2001,” according to global outplacement consultant Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Others will benefit as they seek summer jobs and internships.
“We are approaching full employment, and some employers are already dreaming up perks to attract the best talent. Those graduating with degrees in business, engineering, computer science, education and health care should find a relatively welcoming job market,” says John A. Challenger, Chief Executive Officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. He noted that a National Association of Colleges and Employers survey showed employers plan to hire 14.5 percent more new college graduates than a year ago, and starting salaries are on the rise.
“Even when the supply/demand equation is working in your favor, you still need to create a good resume and aggressively pursue the job you want,” notes Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development. He remembers one student who “had applied for her 'dream job' but learned through our presentation that her cover letter and resume did not market her skills effectively. We helped her rewrite her materials and encouraged her to apply again, stating in her revised cover letter that she was serious about the position but realized her initial materials did not accurately reflect her capabilities. Ultimately, she got the position—the organization was impressed by her revised application materials and her willingness to accept responsibility for a mistake."
Spotlight on ... Who worries about your name appearing correctly on your diploma? Who do you see when you need your academic plan fixed? Who worries about getting transcripts out on time? Who solves the puzzle of finding a room for each class? Who certifies students for veteran’s benefits? Who will always be there to answer the phone, even long after you graduate? And who might answer, "Just peachy!"? Learn more about this department.
Matteo Receives Adjunct Faculty Award
Dr. Domenic Matteo, Adjunct Professor of Education, received the Adjunct Faculty Award at Honors Convocation on March 25. Matteo has taught Educational Leadership for Arcadia since 1995. “His students tell us that it is not only his teaching that's special, says Dr. Mark Curchack, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, who presented the award. To quote a student who nominated him, "Dr. Matteo has been a blessing to Arcadia and in my life. He gives you materials you can use for a lifetime…he makes everyone in class feel like family…and makes us…feel like family. I established more relationships in Dr. Matteo's class than I did at my place of employment."
Students in unison called his classes both valuable and fun and said that he works as hard as he can to ensure that his students become fine teachers and leaders. “They call him passionate about his subject, but always willing to accommodate students' needs,” Curchack adds. “One student noted, ‘It’s my last graduate class, and the best.’ He brings his own experiences to bear on the subjects and models the best kind of collaborative leadership in the classroom. Another says, ‘I don't just attend his classes because they are a requirement. I want to be there.’ Students feel enlightened and supported, engaged, inspired, and, in the end, prepared to be leaders themselves. ‘Dr. Matteo is an awesome professor who loves his students and works hard doing anything possible to help them succeed.’"
New Fund-Raiser Joins University Advancement
Marilyn Lucas was Philadelphia’s Fundraiser of the Year in 1997, and her book, How to Find Philanthropic Prospects, was elected to the national fund-raising Hall of Fame. But her real strength is in building relationships. She’ll put her interpersonal skills to use as Arcadia’s new Assistant Vice President for University Advancement.
Friday Deadline for Faculty Rentals for Commencement
Faculty, emeriti, administrators and staff should be on the lookout for a memo regarding the May Commencement ceremonies. The Graduate Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 5 p.m., and the Undergraduate Commencement will be held on Friday, May 19, at 10:15 a.m.
Volunteers Needed to Help with Commencement
Volunteers are needed to help with the May Commencement ceremonies. The Graduate Commencement will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, and the Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 19. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by May 5 to volunteer.
Last Day to Charge to Student Accounts is April 21
The last day that Student ID cards can be used to charge anything to student accounts for the spring semester will be Friday, April 21. The Business Office will need time after that date to assess final charges on accounts and send final invoices before graduation and the end of the semester. For more information, please contact the Business Office either by phone at 215-572-2981 or by e-mail at BusOffice@arcadia.edu.
Stop the Silence on Child Abuse, Educator Says
“How about our domestic war on terror?” asks David Paulk, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Medical Science and Community Health, who speaks April 15 at the National Race to Stop the Silence about child abuse. “Since 9/11, we have had 12.4 million overall reports of abuse, maybe as many as 1.4 million sexual abuse cases, and at least 6,000 deaths and probably many, many more.”
The third annual National Race to Stop the Silence – an 8K, a 5K and a run for children – raises national awareness about child abuse. “I want you to imagine our fear and child abuse as a huge silent wall and this race, your efforts throw a pebble at that wall. The sound of your feet slapping concrete is a pebble against that wall. Your advocacy for the great silent victims of this world is another pebble against that wall. Alone, I cannot make it go away, but I can speak out. I will NOT BE SILENT – my voice will be a pebble…. I ask you: Do not let another neighbor, friend, child suffer this way. Write your senators, your congressmen, TV stations, anyone who will listen!” Read Paulk’s speech from 2003 under “Survivor’s speak out!” at www.stopcsa.org.
Paulk also speaks at Drexel University on April 18 about understanding child abuse. On May 28, he presents a workshop at the American Academy of Physician Assistants about recognizing the hidden aspects of child abuse. Paulk, Chris Sim, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator of Medical Science and Community Health, and Erik Nelson, Director of Instructional Technology, will conduct a medical public speaking workshop there as well.
Residence Hall Network Bandwidth Doubled
The IT staff has been working on upgrading the Internet bandwidth for the Residence Hall network (ResNet). On March 15, IT successfully doubled the ResNet connection to 10MBS. Students in the residence halls now have a faster connection to the Internet and better speed for downloads, streaming media, and other online activities. Any questions or comments should be directed to Jose Dieudonne, Director of Network and Information Security, at 215-572-2580, email@example.com.
Volunteers Needed for B2EST Activity Day
Volunteers are needed to help with the B2EST Program’s Activity Day and Chess Tournament on Wednesday, May 24. Members of the Arcadia community, especially students, are invited to participate. The volunteers will be working with young schoolchildren 8 to 13 years old. The Activity Day runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arcadia and will involve students from seven classroom programs in the B2EST Program. Visit the Web site to learn more about B2EST. To volunteer, call 215-572-8545 or e-mail Keesha Dixon, B2EST Secretary.
2005-06 Yearbooks – Order Now!
The 2005-06 yearbooks are now on sale! The cost is $55 and can be charged to student accounts or paid by cash or check. Members of the yearbook will be available to take orders during the week of April 10th during meal times in either the Chat or outside the Dining Hall. Arcadia T-shirts also will be on sale for $10. Yearbooks from previous years also are available for varying prices. For more information, contact the yearbook staff at 215-572-2171 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 have extended hours through April 14.
The Little Shop of Horrors Starts April 13
Arcadia 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.
Free Pizza to Focus Group Participants April 16
The Education Enhancement Center wants to know what students think about the academic support at Arcadia. Students who participate in a focus group discussion on Tuesday, April 11, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. will receive free pizza and an EEC T-shirt and can win free movie tickets. The focus group will be held in 202 Taylor Hall. For more information, contact Linda Pizzi, Director of Educational Enhancement, at 215-572-4086.
Next Oasis on April 17 featuring Chartwells
The next Oasis event will be held on Monday, April 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the University Guest House at 2035 Church Road (across the street from Taylor Hall). Refreshments provided courtesy of Chartwells. All faculty, staff and administrators are invited to attend.
Works on Paper Reception with Curator April 18
The 24th Biennial Works on Paper exhibition, in the Art Gallery through April 25, features 48 works by 40 regional artists selected by Cornelia Butler, Chief Curator of the Department of Drawings at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. She selected the works from a pool of 883 entries.
Click here to view selected pieces from the exhibit.
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 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.
Open Faculty Discussions on Teaching April 19, 20
“What do you want to do in your classroom and what would you need to make it happen?” The Task Force for a Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invites Arcadia faculty to join with their peers in an open discussion on teaching. “We will provide the meal; you bring your ideas, concerns, and experiences,” says Dr. John Noakes, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. Two discussions will be initiated by veteran Arcadia University faculty members, but the goal of these faculty-to-faculty discussions is to foster a free exchange of ideas between faculty from different disciplines, with different teaching philosophies, and at different ranks.
Holocaust Survivor Tells Her Story April 25
Marianne Fischer, a Holocaust survivor, author, and public speaker will discuss “The Holocaust – A Time of Storm: The Silent Witnesses to Annihilation” on Tuesday, April 25, at 8 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium.
Few survivors remain who can actually testify to the horrors of this historical time. The evening will consist of Fischer's personal story as well as video, photo, and news account of the atrocities that occurred. She will take a special look at what some people did to help, and what some, the silent witnesses, did not do. Family members will join her for a question and answer session following the program. For more information, contact Cori Landt ’08 at 215-572-3020. (or email@example.com). The event is sponsored by Amnesty International to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Capstone Projects On Display; No Classes April 28
Members of the Arcadia community, along with their family and friends, are invited to the 37th Annual Presentation of Capstone Projects. Undergraduate and graduate projects will be presented between Wednesday, April 26, and Thursday, May 11. Please note that no undergraduate classes will be held on Thesis Day, Friday, April 28. For a complete list of presentation times for each discipline, visit www.arcadia.edu/seniorcapstone.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Gilligan Talks with Students About Role of Women
By Sharon Ravitch
Dr. Carol Gilligan’s work in psychology expands our understanding of human development and the human condition. Her research has shown how the inclusion of women and girls’ voices changes the paradigm of psychology, opening up new ways of thinking about education and mental health. She is considered a pioneer whose work continues to reframe our understanding of what it means to be human.
Dr. Gilligan spent several hours meeting with undergraduate and graduate students in the Education, Sociology, and Psychology departments, engaging in dialogue about her work, issues of gender in education, and the future of relational work in varied fields. She spoke to upwards of 650 people in the evening about “The Role of Women in Creating a Sustainable World” and then spent time answering questions and signing books. She appeared as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series on March 29 in Kuch Center.
Read more about Gilligan at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0411a.htm.
‘Control the Ball, Have Fun,’ Says Winning Volleyball Team
“The PT Volleyball Tournament is something I personally look forward to every spring,” says Andrew Johnson, Coordinator Assistant for the Center for Education Abroad, whose team won the Student Physical Therapy Association annual Volleyball Tournament on March 26. “My team won the tournament last year and, just like any competitor, I wanted to walk away with another win this year.” This year his team was a mixture of Arcadia alumni, current Arcadia students and a few "farmed-out” players. “Only three team members have played together before, so we had to step up our level of communication during the games. Our strategy was simple...control the ball and have fun. Fortunately for us, we were able to do just that and pull out another victory! Victory aside, a happy moment for me that day was seeing another special team in the tournament. That team was composed of Arcadia undergraduates who participate in Arcadia University's Co-ed Volleyball intramural sport that I helped organize. Perhaps by next year's PT tournament, Co-ed Volleyball will have a few more teams to throw into the mix!” See more photos from the tournament!
Biology Major Receives Honors Scholar Award
On April 3, the Alumni Office hosted a dessert party in the Castle for students in the Honors Program. Valerie Murtha ’07 (pictured on left) Biology was awarded the second annual Alumni Honors Scholars Award. This award is given by the Awards Committee of the Board of Trustees to a junior in the Honors Program who has achieved exceptional academic success, has a high degree of intellectual curiosity demonstrated by a rich variety of courses, double majors/minors study abroad experiences, and exemplifies the characteristics of leadership and service through involvement in campus clubs and organizations, athletics and service projects. Melissa Phillips-Clark ’06 (pictured on right) Education was the inaugural recipient in 2005. The evening was also a celebration of the accomplishments of the seniors graduating from the Honors Program. Click here for more photos of the participants.
From the Great Wall to the Model UN Security Council…
Editor’s Note: Nearly two dozen students just returned from Beijing, China, where they took part in Harvard University’s World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) at the end of March. Co-hosted by Peking University, WorldMUN is a student-run organization dedicated to providing an understanding of the responsibilities and benefits of global friendship.
By Tim Gaudreau ’06
On the trip overall was quite excellent. We arrived in Beijing to a completely different culture, a fact we soon discovered even on the taxi ride to the hotel. Once we were all situated and attempted to adjust to the loss of a half of a day's time, we explored the city. On our first full day, we toured the Great Wall. After our excursion to the wall, we were ready to start the conference. There were over 1,400 delegates from around the world from various universities eager to participate in the largest conference of its kind, anywhere.
The first day of actual committee work, we split up into our respective committees. Many of us were able to make lifelong friends with students from around the world, and it began a week of debate, learning and new perspectives. It was interesting for us to see the United States represented by the National Taiwanese University, or the United Kingdom by the University of Venezuela. Each delegate brought his or her own unique perspective plus the perspective of the country they were chosen to represent. I can tell you from my own experience that much was accomplished in the context of the Security Council, and many others on the trip found it to be one of the most insightful learning experiences of their lives.
After the conference itself ended, we still had much more to see and do, including a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. We stood in Tiananmen Square, a historic and massive city square, the largest in the world. We saw the government buildings and the tomb of Mao. As Westerners, we were often approached for pictures and by many street vendors.
Overall, I would say that the trip went beautifully and was very eye-opening. Despite some logistical problems with access to money and a few episodes of people being sick from the adjustment to different foods, the trip was a success, and I hope to encourage more people to take the Model UN trip next year to whatever place it will be. Even though this was my last, I will still encourage others to return.
Click here to see more pictures from China.
Upcoming games: April 12 at Cedar Crest, 4 p.m.; April 17 home vs. Rosemont, 4 p.m. www.arcadia.edu/lacrosse
Upcoming games: April 12 home vs. Hunter, 3 p.m. (DH) www.arcadia.edu/softball
Upcoming games: April 14 home vs. Rutgers-Camden, 4 p.m.; April 15 at Gwynedd- Mercy, noon (DH); April 17 home vs. Gwynedd-Mercy, 3 p.m. www.arcadia.edu/baseball
Upcoming matches: April 18 home vs. Misericordia, 1 p.m.
Upcoming matches: April 12 home vs. Alvernia, 4 p.m.; April 17 at University of Sciences of Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m. www.arcadia.edu/menstennis
Alumni in the News
Among the candidates in the April 18 election for Freehold Township School Board is Kay Poklemba-Holtz, a physical therapist at Marlboro Physical Therapy who earned her master's degree in physical therapy at Arcadia. She was formerly on the board of the township's Foundation for Educational Excellence, reported the Asbury Park Press on April 4.
Faculty in the News
Dr. Andrea Crivelli-Kovach, Associate Professor and Director of Community Health, discussed “Hospital Breastfeeding Policies & Practices: A Comparison with the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative” at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She spoke to the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences on Feb. 13.
Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Assistant Professor of International Studies, presented “A Progress Report on Women’s Education in Post-Taliban Afghanistan,” on April 7 at the conference “Women, War and Learning” at the University of Toronto. “Since the overthrow of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, a new democratic government led by President Hamid Karzai has been installed, elections have been held, and women’s rights and freedoms have expanded. More girls’ schools have been built and operated, but not without facing major obstacles. Violence, insecurity, and crime have increased and in addition to suicide bombings, these events are ominous signs of the risk of Afghanistan spiraling into before-seen cycles of insecurity and militancy. The adversities arising from the new wave of violence affect the female population most acutely. Already, Afghan women are frightened to venture outside. Just as the education sector was making some progress, the current realities pose major impediments to post-conflict reconstruction and rebuilding. Still, many Afghan women and organizations are determined not to allow the country to regress towards the primitive, misogynist, fanatically militant environment they emerged from.” Her paper examines the progress and setbacks of the education of Afghan women since the end of the Taliban regime until the present, highlighting the struggles of Afghan women to gain and preserve their basic rights and freedoms, in particular the right to be educated.”
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