June 20, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
June 20, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

New Dining Services Provider Chosen

Parhurst Dining ServicesParkhurst Dining Services has been selected to provide Arcadia’s dining service needs for the next five years. Their focus is on offering high-quality, fresh food choices at reasonable prices and providing good customer service. Parkhurst assumes its role as dining services provider at Arcadia University beginning July 1.

A Dining Services Advisory Committee reviewed proposals from several vendors and made site visits to other colleges and universities. Special thanks go to the members of the committee for their service: Norman Johnston, Josh Blustein, Alex Otieno, Jan Walbert, Param Bedi, Josh Stern, Debbie Blackstock, Arlene Snyder, Gloria Taylor, Anna Wagner, Mary Kate McNulty, Megan Corcoran and Kevin Hughes. Mimi Bassetti, Director of Administrative Services, coordinated the review process.

“I encourage you to join me in gratefully acknowledging Aramark’s many years of service on our campus,” said Mike Coveney, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer. “Special thanks should be extended to our current Aramark employees and particularly the supervisory staff consisting of Piper Freeman, Chrystina Kovatich, Dennis Oldt, Kara Schroyer, Jerome Grochocki, Luis Ramos, Althea Singletary and Terrie Thompson. Their commitment and service to our students, faculty and staff are commendable.”

Starbucks is Coming! And More!

Watch for these new dining features this fall:

  • Pepperazzi, featuring fresh pizzas, pasta and other Italian specialties.
  • Bravisimo, providing a wide selection of cooked-to-order dishes from around the world.
  • Pickles Deli, featuring sandwiches and wraps.
  • The Arc Grille, serving made-to-order grilled items.
  • The Parkside Diner, cooking home-style, traditional foods.
  • Showcase Salads and Fresh Stock soups.
  • The Chat, continuing to offer made-to-order grilled items, Mexican favorites, sandwiches, salads, a cereal bar, sushi and much more.
  • Starbucks, opening in Brubaker Hall this fall and serving fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies, coffee, tea, baked goods, panini, salads, fresh fruit, and “on the go” soups and deli sandwiches.

For more information on these new features, visit Parkhurst's Web site at www.parkhurstdining.com/ourfood.asp

More Than 120 New Parking Spaces Planned

Construction in parking lot #5 near the Castle and adjacent areas began June 5, with heavy equipment clearing the area as Arcadia University begins expanding and improving parking capacity on that side of campus over the summer. Lot #5 is the three-tiered parking location just off the Easton Road entrance in front of the Castle. The new lot will include 122 new parking spaces and connect to parking lot #8 near Murphy Hall. Please drive carefully as there will be some lane closures and large construction vehicles in the area over the summer.

IT Maintenance Set for Third Friday Each Month

In order to keep Arcadia’s network infrastructure robust and secure, the Office of Information Technology (IT) is designating a Network Maintenance Window on the third Friday of each month between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m.  During this period, access to campus technology resources (Blackboard/MyArcadia, Email, Citrix, Web sites, file shares, printing, etc.) may be interrupted. Systems may be down for as little as 5 minutes or as much as several hours depending on the scope of work being done.  IT will be using this time to apply security patches, update firmware, upgrade software, etc. to ensure a highly available and secure network. For help with access to a campus technology resource, contact the Helpdesk for assistance 215-572-2898 or e-mail helpdesk@arcadia.edu.

Faculty/Staff Hang Tag Stickers Available

Faculty and Staff should stop by the Public Safety Office in Dilworth Hall to pick up new parking stickers for Faculty/Staff hang tags. Please bring the following items: current hang tag, driver’s license and automobile registration. New faculty and staff who do not have a current hang tag also will need to fill out a Faculty/Staff Parking Registration form. For more information, please contact the Public Safety Office at 215-572-2800.

New Web Sites Launched for Arcadia Programs

New Web sites for the International Studies Program and the Education Department were recently launched. The International Studies Web site contains complete information about the program which includes study abroad opportunities, careers in International Studies, a listing of program events and links to international news sources. The Web site was designed by Louis Herbst ’06 with assistance from Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Visit the site at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/intlstudies or follow the link from International Studies page on the University Web site (www.arcadia.edu).

The Education Department has redesigned its department Web site. The new site features program information, faculty bios and directory, and links to forms, handbooks and materials for Education students. The new site can be found at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/education or follow the link from the Education Department pages on the University Web site. The new site was designed by Sue Gettlin.

Upcoming Events

Arcadia’s Annual Inclusion Institute, June 26-28

Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Graduate Special Education program, is a driving force in inclusive educational practices in Pennsylvania. Slesaransky-Poe, in collaboration with Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Reading and English as a Second Language programs, and with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, founded Arcadia’s Annual Inclusion Institute (AAII). AAII is a year-long professional development institute, in which teams of educators, administrators, and parents of students with disabilities will lean how to make inclusion happen in their schools and school districts.

The Institute kicks off June 26 to 28 at Arcadia. Topics will include visions for school-based inclusion in the classroom, parent perspectives, partnerships and collaborations, and institutional structures and action plans. Presenters will range from Dr. Linda Rhen, Director of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education, local school district administrators, teachers, and parents, to people with disabilities. Each school-based team will create an action plan that will be implemented during the 06-07 school year, with supervision from Slesaransky-Poe and Skilton-Sylvester.

In addition to Slesaransky-Poe’s and Skilton-Sylvester’s passion about and commitment to inclusive education, the Gaskin Settlement Agreement approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Sept. 16, 2005, is giving the impetus for the AAII to take place. The Gaskin Settlement Agreement and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004) requires that students with disabilities be educated in general education classrooms with appropriate support services and aids, with their non-disabled peers. Approximately, 200 people will attend AAII to make the legal mandate a reality for hundreds of students in the region.

Reception for Dennis Nostrand, July 6

A farewell reception for Dennis Nostrand, Vice President for Enrollment Management, is planned for Thursday, July 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Castle Rose Room. Nostrand will be leaving Arcadia July 27 to take the position of Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. "I wish him well as he goes on to work his magic at another university," said President Jerry Greiner. "Dennis was a particularly valuable member of the senior leadership team at Arcadia. I will miss his advice, support and friendship. To help us assure that Arcadia’s tradition of impressive program creation and enrollments continues, Dennis has agreed to work closely with the University as I coordinate the transition to secure his replacement.

"Dennis’ 14-year tenure at Arcadia has been remarkable. Thanks to his leadership, impressive expertise, dedication and tireless efforts, enrollment increased each year and the academic quality of entering students improved significantly.  He initiated and launched numerous successful programs on both the graduate and undergraduate level that have increased our applicant pool considerably. The University’s SAT average climbed 30 points for the incoming class in 2005 and reached an average of 1120. Because of Dennis’ leadership during the transition from Beaver to Arcadia, the University is recognized as having one of the most successful name changes to date in higher education and beyond."

Dorney Offers Basketball Camp in June, July

Patrick Dorney, head men’s basketball coach at Arcadia, is running a day camp at Arcadia for two weeks this summer. The dates are June 26-30 and July 24-28. The camp will run from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch will be provided for the campers. The ages for camp will be school children entering grades 3 through 12. For more information, contact dorneyp@arcadia.edu or call  215-572-2976. 

Campus Events

Children Strategize with Rooks and Pawns

B2EST Chess PlayersThe Castle was surrounded by rooks, pawns and knights, queens and kings. Area schoolchildren participated in B2EST Program’s Activity Day and Chess Tournament on Wednesday, May 24. The chess players were 8 to 13 years old. Activity Day involved students from seven classroom programs in the B2EST Program.

"We were quite pleased with Activity Day 2005, ensuring a fun-filled day for the children," notes Karen Newscome, Activity Day coordinator. "This year was even more outstanding under bright, beautiful sunny skies. The children were able to totally enjoy and appreciate the outdoor beauty of our campus. Administrators from various host schools intermingled and cheered on Dr. Christina Ager and Dr. Allener Rogers as they tossed a football across the soccer field. The two finalists of the tournament made teachers of Meehan School very proud as they squared off for the grand prize, a fabulous chess set and a bicycle. The success of the event is to be commended by the enthusiasm and cooperation of Arcadia's staff, teachers, parents and most importantly the children."

Visit www.arcadia.edu/b2est site to learn more about the B2EST Program.

Bill ElnickMartha Washington Award Goes to
Bill Elnick

Bill Elnick, Associate Registrar, received this year's Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service, awarded in recognition of the ideals of consistent excellence, exceptional performance and service to the University community. Martha Washington was a dedicated employee who served Arcadia University from 1946 to 1976.

Cultural Ally Award Nominees Recognized

This year's Cultural Ally Recognition awards were announced at the Staff and Faculty Recognition Luncheon on May 15. The project is a student-led initiative established in 2005 to provide an award for members of the Arcadia staff who validate the experiences of African, Latino, Asian American and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) students. The selection committee understands that when those students who have been historically marginalized during the college experience identify an ally, s/he is someone who serves the entire student body. These are the recipients of the Cultural Ally Award:

Rochelle Peterson – For her dedicated service to Arcadia’s students through her repeated organization and attendance at multicultural events; also, for mentoring LGBT students and students of color.

Angela Gillem – For her dedication to her students of color and LGBT students; also, for her dedication to multiculturalism on and off campus.

Robert Thompson – For his unconditional support for all students of color, LGBT and others; for his outstanding dedication to understanding and support of Arcadia’s students in and out of his classroom.

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French Horn, European Conferences for Ed Professor

Dr. Peter Appelbaum, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Mathematics Education, just returned from attending the International Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies’ world conference. Representatives from 35 countries attended the conference in Tampere, Finland, May 21-24.

Applebaum found the conference to be both work and music. He presented a paper, “Dark Matter and the Search for the Secret Treasure,” and performed in an international closing event “that included musicians and actors from the USA (me), South Africa, Finland, Brazil, and China interpreting notions of hybrid culture.”

Appelbaum then traveled to Berlin in mid-June to work at the Freie Universitat (Free University) for a month with colleagues in mathematics education, before heading to another international conference: the International Commission for the Study and Improvement of Mathematics Education, July 9-15. At that conference, he will be presenting a paper on “Working as Mathematicians: Infrastructure and Criteria” as part of a Working Group on Changes in Students’ Life: Evolution and Conflict Concerning Values. Bridget Patterson, a 2006 Arcadia honors graduate in Elementary Education, is attending a special pre-conference “quality class” for new teachers, where she will be the only delegate from the United States.

Music and math converge for Applebaum, who plays French horn and mandolin in a klezmer band, “the Mamas and the Tatas.” He also is the principle horn for the Ambler Symphony, plays in the Ambler Brass Quintet, plays principle horn in the Olney Symphony, and often plays as a “ringer” for other area community orchestras. Recently, he performed with the Philadelphia Doctors Chamber Orchestra in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center in a fund-raiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Arcadia in the News

Faculty in the News

Cynthia Reedy, Adjunct Professor of Education, will be featured in more editions of Surviving Motherhood, a new series on The Learning Channel (TLC). The show features groups of mothers discussing general challenges, accompanied by expert advice from a cadre of child development experts. Watch for Reedy on the TLC (on cable and satellite) on Tuesday, June 20, at 3 p.m. and on Monday, June 26, at 3 p.m. Read more about this new series – and check out the new online video clips of Reedy and others at The Learning Channel.

Larry Presley, Director of Arcadia’s Forensic Science program, gave a presentation on “Certification, Registration, and Standards” at the Forensic Science International e-Symposium on May 24 at the Forensic Institute, based in Glasgow, Scotland. Presley also participated in a roundtable discussion, “Is Certification Necessary to be an Expert?” Arcadia University was a sponsor of the e-Symposium. Arcadia’s Master of Science in Forensic Science (M.S.F.S.) is offered in partnership with the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation (FRFRF) and in collaboration with National Medical Services (NMS), one of the nation’s premier forensic science laboratories. This alliance provides a source of adjunct instructors, a forensic library, invaluable links to the forensic science community, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, as well as laboratory facilities in nearby Willow Grove, Pa.

Dr. Michael Dryer, Director of Arcadia’s Department of Medical Science and Community Health, home to the Physician Assistant and Public Health programs, recently completed all requirements for the Dr.P.H. in Health Policy at George Washington University. 

Scott Rawlins, Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department, was among the artists featured in Fort Washington’s new garden tour. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer on June 4, “There will be an artist in every garden” in the June 11 "The Artist in the Garden" event. “At Leah and Herb Riband's old country estate on Sheaff Lane, a collection of mature trees is sure to capture the visitor's eye,” the Inquirer reported. “The artist in this garden will be Scott Rawlins, a professor and chairman of the art department at Arcadia University. Rawlins specializes in scientific illustration that includes botanical drawings. ‘Most of the things I do take hours and hours,’ he said about his work. But his task on the day of the tour will be more speedy: He will make field sketches with watercolor washes. ‘That way, I can talk to people and focus on what I am drawing," Rawlins said.”

Dr. Andrea Crivelli-Kovach, Associate Professor of Community Health, has been granted tenure status effective this spring.

Dr. Bette Goldstone, Professor of Education, and Dr. Philip McClure, Professor of Physical Therapy, have been promoted to full professor effective September 2006. Dr. Goldstone and Dr. Richard Wertime, Professor of English, have been granted Major Sabbaticals for the Spring 2007 semester.

Dr. Lauretta Bushar, Associate Professor of Biology, and Dr. Carol Oatis, Professor of Physical Therapy, were granted Major Sabbaticals for the full year 2006-07.

Dr. Louis Friedler, Professor and Chair of the Computer Science and Mathematics Department, has been granted a Major Sabbatical for the Fall 2006 semester.

Dr. Kraiwinee Bunyaratavej, Assistant Professor of Business Administration, has been granted a year’s non-paid leave of absence.

Staff in the News

Jim Bonner, Arcadia’s Director of Public Safety and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the International Association of Campus law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), co-hosted a regional training conference in Atlantic City on April 19 to 21 with the New Jersey College and University Public Safety Association (CUPSA). The conference was attended by more than 130 attendees from 11 states in the North American Corridor. More than 30 professional vendors presented the most up-to-date systems and technologies. Admiral Paul Gaffney II, retired President of Monmouth University, gave the opening address on the “Role and Importance of Public Safety on Our Campuses.” The conference included presentations on managing department image via service and community interactions and Franklin Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People for Public Safety Professionals.” The conference also included presentations by Jeff Allison, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Dolores Stafford, Chief of the George Washington University Police Department, and Roger Johnson, Associate Chancellor, SUNY Central Administration.

Best wishes to Mary Ann Roberts. After 12 years of hard work and dedication that has been a big part of the Enrollment Management Office success story the past 12 years, she is retiring at the end of June.

Promotions in Mail and Print Service Center: Jay Gratzinger, Arcadia Site Supervisor, was promoted to Lanier Professional Services (LPS)  Area Operations Manager, where he will oversee multiple sites in the Philadelphia area (including Arcadia). Marcus Williams has accepted the Site Supervisor position handling daily operations at Arcadia. Jennifer Andrulonis has accepted the Lead Customer Service Operator position reporting to Williams and will expand her duties outside of the print shop. Kevin Jones will play an important role in training LPS' two newest staff members at Arcadia University, John Nelson and Robert Jefferson.

Students in the News

The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about Arcadia senior Louis Herbst and students from Wissahickon Middle School and their art exhibit to benefit residents of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on May 28. Herbst also was featured in the Ambler Gazette and on KYW radio.

Alumni in the News

Michael Buck, Physical Therapy alumnus, was promoted from clinical assistant to clinical associate professor in Ithaca College’s Department of Physical Therapy. He joined Ithaca’s School of Health Sciences and Human Performance in 1992. He earned his B.A. from Canisius College and his M.S. from Arcadia University.

Publication Information

Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: student Bridget Curtis '08. Photos by Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.

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