July 18, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
July 18, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Route 309 Work Changes Campus Traffic Patterns

construction mapConstruction on Route 309 progressed to Stage 3 in early July, changing traffic patterns to and from Arcadia University. Exit ramps from both North and South 309 onto Easton Road are closed, and all traffic should enter and exit the campus from Church Road. Detailed driving directions are available at www.arcadia.edu/directions.

Stage 3 also encompasses the rerouting of Easton Road in front of the campus, which means vehicles will not be able to enter or exit the University from Easton Road during the initial steps of this phase of construction; however, traffic along Easton Road will be able to turn onto Limekiln Pike and make an immediate left onto Church Road. Watch the Bulletin and the Web site for developing information on construction and traffic patterns.

Dining Hall Renovations; Summer Service in The Chat

Arcadia’s new dining services provider, Parkhurst, is up and running. Stop by the Chat to check out the delicious fresh food, attractive displays and friendly staff. All catering requests can be sent to Parkhurst@arcadia.edu. Parkhurst will retain the Dining Services campus extensions: 2310, 2311 and 2052. The temporary office line is extension 2556. Just a reminder that dining services will not be interrupted during the renovation of the second floor Dining Hall this summer. All meals will be served out of the Chat. A temporary dining room has been set up by the Facilities staff in The Chat and the Performance area.

No. 1 Volunteer in the Country – Arcadia Alum

CASE AwardsRosemary Deniken Blankley ’57 shared the nation’s top alumni volunteer award last week in New York. She was one of two people in the nation to receive the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) Ernest T. Stewart Award for Alumni Volunteer Involvement. Blankley was recognized for her years of loyalty and dedication to Arcadia University. Arcadia President Jerry Greiner, Vice President for University Advancement Jay Vogel accompanied Mrs. Blankley. Mrs. Blankley's husband Walter, and daughter Laura; Alumni Trustee Bev Goldberg, Mrs. Terry Greiner, and close friends of the Blankleys also attended the luncheon in New York.

CASE, the national professional organization for advancement leaders in alumni relations, communications, and development, has 3,200 member institutions nationwide and in 55 countries. The University renamed Blankley Hall to honor Mrs. Blankley for her unceasing alumni volunteer leadership. She graduated from Arcadia in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education. During her alumni career, Mrs. Blankley has served the University in a variety of ways, serving as Class Editor, Fund Agent, National Chair of the Alumni Fund, and National Chair of the Annual Fund. In 1993, she became a member of the Board of Trustees and was later elected Vice Chair of the Board. In her volunteer roles for the Class of 1957, she has led her class to consistently high giving levels and participation rates.

“For the past 49 years, Rosemary has participated in nearly every alumni volunteer leadership role as well as volunteered her time working on committees and providing in-office assistance to the Advancement Staff,” says Vogel. A contributor to her alma mater every year since her graduation, Blankley supported every capital campaign, has led special interest groups during campaigns, chaired the University Advancement Committee of the Board of Trustees and, in 2005, made an unrestricted seven-figure gift to the University. In 1997, the Alumni Association of Arcadia University recognized her with its highest tribute—The Golden Disc Award for Meritorious Service—and she was recognized in May with an honorary doctorate degree at Commencement.

New Course Explores Caribbean Island of Pirates Fame

BrinkerAhoy ye mateys and prepare to set sail with Professor Tom Brinker on an international experience unlike any other to the island where Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest was filmed. In accordance with the government of Dominica, the “Nature Island of the Caribbean,” Arcadia is offering the undergraduate course ID381 International Experience – Dominica, an interdisciplinary upper-level three-credit course that studies the history, politics, and artistic heritage of this beautiful island. Located between Martinique and Guadalupe in the islands of the Caribbean, Dominica is believed to be closest to what the Caribbean was like before Columbus’ voyage, lush with numerous rivers and waterfalls, tropical oceanic rain forests and towering mountains that run through the island’s center. Read more on Arcadia in Dominica.

Welcome, Class of 2010!

First-year students have been attending Summer Orientation days, learning more about their new Learning Communities, taking placement inventories, and meeting some new friends. View photos from Summer Orientation and meet some of the incoming Class of 2010.

Starting this fall, every first-year student will be part of a unique Learning Community where they will build connections to each other and to the campus. The communities will be connected to a first-semester class—a core course within a student’s major or a first-year student seminar, for example. Community members will have opportunities to gather beyond the classroom for trips to explore Philadelphia and meet informally with their professors and other staff members. “Learning Communities are a product of Student Affairs and faculty working together and provide a unique way to bridge the classroom with the campus experience,” says Dean of Undergraduate Studies Norah Shultz. First-year students will find out more about their Learning Communities when they arrive for First-Year Orientation, which begins Friday, Aug. 25.

MyArcadia Upgraded

Information Technology announces the upgrade of MyArcadia, the campus intranet Web site, to Blackboard version 7.1. This new version offers some very exciting features for learning and communicating. Over the next couple of months, IT will offer a series of workshops on the new features for faculty and staff. Click here to learn about the new features offered.

A reminder to Arcadia faculty and students involved in summer courses that they should continue to use Blackboard version 6.2 accessible at http://summer.arcadia.edu (look for the MyArcadia/Summer ’06 logo.) The other groups who should use this URL are: FYSAE, NSO 2006 and the General Education committee.

A special thank you to the IT team who worked very diligently since April to plan and execute this project. Please direct any issues to IT Support Services (Helpdesk) at 215-572-2898 or at helpdesk@arcadia.edu.

Library Virtual Tour Now Available

Shenker Grand Reading RoomTake a tour of the library—from your computer! The new Landman Library Virtual Tour Web site takes you on a tour of the building, providing area descriptions, floor plans and photos of all three floors of the Library. Locations can be found by floor or by name. The tour was created by Calvin Wang, Landman Library Reference Librarian, and Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Links to the tour can be found on the Library Web sites on www.arcadia.edu and MyArcadia, and the Campus Tour Web site.

Athletics Introduces New Staff Members

Joy Zazzera joins Arcadia as the Universitys’ first full-time Sports Information Director. Zazzera comes from Smith College in Northampton, Mass., where she served as Assistant Sports Information Director and Event Management and Compliance Coordinator since 2004. In her new role at Arcadia, Zazzera will coordinate and implement all aspects of communication regarding athletics programs and other Athletic Department initiatives. In addition to her Sports Information duties, she has been appointed Recruiting Coordinator, serving as the Department liaison with the Office of Enrollment Management to address all aspects of student-athlete recruiting. Zazzera received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Marywood University, Scranton, Pa., in 1998. She taught at the middle school level in the Tredyffrin/Easttown School District, Berwyn, Pa., before earning her Master of Science degree in Sport Management from East Stroudsburg University in 2006.

Derrick Ayers has been appointed Head Coach of Men’s Soccer at Arcadia University. For the past three seasons, Ayers was an Assistant Coach at Washington and Jefferson College, with a 40-22-2 record. During this time, the team won its Conference division and participated in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and NCAA playoff championships. Ayers also was Assistant Coach at Division III MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Ill., in 2000. He has club experience as well, having played for the North Stars Soccer Club in Pittsburgh, Pa., Baltimore Bays Soccer Club and in Wales for Carmarthen Town Association Football Club and Trinity College Football Club. Ayers holds a NSCAA Level I and Level II Goalkeeping Diploma as well as a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a USSF “C” License.

Lucinda B. Joseph ’97 has been appointed Head Field Hockey Coach at Arcadia University. She also coaches women’s lacrosse at Arcadia. Joseph, who has been playing field hockey since middle school, was an active member of both the field hockey and lacrosse teams during her time at Arcadia. Since graduation, Joseph has held coaching positions in both sports at a number of schools, including John Dickinson High School, Concord High School, Brandywine High School and Caravel Academy ’93, where her team achieved #2 ranking in the state of Delaware in 2003. In addition to coaching, Joseph works as a Paralegal at Young, Conaway, Stargatt and Taylor LLP, in the Tax, Estates and Trusts, and Benefits Section.

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.

Upcoming Events

Dorney Offers Basketball Camp in 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 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 schoolchildren entering grades 3 through 12. For more information, contact dorneyp@arcadia.edu or call  215-572-2976. 

Campus Events

First International Genetic Counseling Conference 

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Kathleen Valverde with
Domenico Coviello of Milan, Italy

Genetic Counseling program directors from around the world met for their first international meeting in May in Manchester, England. “It was a wonderful opportunity for genetic counseling educators from around the world to meet for the first time,” says Kathleen Valverde, Director of Arcadia’s Genetic Counseling program.

Genetic counseling has grown substantially in North America in the past 35 years, but it wasn’t until the late 1980s that programs began developing around the world. Today, there are more than 30 programs in Europe, Japan, South Africa, Taiwan, Israel and Australia. Adds Valverde, “Although we speak different languages, it’s amazing to hear how our professional language and approach to patients is truly universal. I ate dinner one night with program directors from Israel, France, the Netherlands and Japan and a student from India. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss ways in which we could collaborate and share students.”

The International Genetic Counseling Program Director’s Meeting, “Genetic Counseling Education: Connecting the Global Community,” brought together 71 registrants, representing 18 countries, 45 genetic counselor training programs and 15 professional organizations was held May 14-17 in Manchester, England.

Joanne Gablik ’05 Wins Marie Barr Memorial Award

Joanne Gablik ’05, recently won the 2005-06 Marie Barr Memorial Award at the Philadelphia Genetics Group Memorial Awards. Gablik is working as a prenatal genetic counselor for Genzyme Genetics and Temple University Hospital. Gablik received the award based on her paper, “What Teens Need to Know: Genetics 101. The Development and Implementation of an Educational Module.”

The Philadelphia Genetics Group Memorial Awards (www.philagen.org) are competitive awards that recognize individuals for their exceptional contributions to the field of genetics. Three awards are distributed annually: The William Melman Memorial ward, The Toy Schmickel Memorial Award and the Marie Barr Memorial Award are presented to students, residents or fellows whose research contributes significantly to the field of genetics. The 2004-05 Philadelphia Genetics Group Memorial Awards were all won by Arcadia University Genetic Counseling Students or alumna.

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Arcadia in the News

Alumni in the News

Arcadia alum Tom Carlin ’02, has been promoted to associate head coach at Northwestern University after serving just five months as assistant coach. Carlin was head men’s soccer coach at Arcadia for six seasons, leading the Knights to three Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) championships and earning three NCAA Division III Championship berths. Carlin also received four PAC Coach of the Year honors. Says Tim Lenahan, Northwestern men’s soccer coach, “Tom has proven himself in just the past three months to be a top level coach. He has developed a great rapport with the players and recruits and will be a great asset in his new position.”

Faculty in the News

Dr. Judith Marsh is stepping down from her position as Director of Arcadia’s Counseling Psychology programs in order to take a full-time position as Consultant to Vericare, providing psychological services to the elderly with medical illnesses and disabilities. She will continue to teach at Arcadia as an adjunct faculty member and will serve as a consultant to the Counseling Psychology master’s program this year.

Peggy Hickman, Assistant Professor of Education, has co-written the book, Storybook Reading: Dynamic Vocabulary and Comprehension Instruction for English-Language Learners (2006, International Reading Association) with Sharolyn Pollard-Durodola and Sharon Vaughn. Based on a reading intervention conducted with primary-aged English language learners, the book is geared toward informing elementary-grade teachers about a successful, research-based strategy that addresses the oral language and comprehension needs of these types of students, focusing on vocabulary and comprehension development that can be adapted for use in daily storybook reading. 

Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Assistant Professor and Director of International Studies, has been invited as a guest speaker in the class “International Business and Global Economic Systems” (SSAM S-325) at the Harvard University Summer School in August. Dr. Aziz will be discussing her book manuscript topic, “Regional Integration in the Middle East,” an analysis of the likelihood of the Middle East region integrating like the European Union model. Says Aziz, “It’s a political economy analysis, specifically looking at the trade relations, tariff rates and economic statuses of the countries in the Middle East and determining whether or not they are capable of integrating.”

Students in the News

Mehwish Rashid, ‘06, from Arcadia participated in a seminar at Princeton University held by the Institute of Humane Studies. More than 100 students from 20 countries participated in this independent study in June. “We spent our week exploring the details on Liberty and the Constitution,” says Rashid, a political science major who is also CEO and President of I.M.SURGICALS. A native of Karachi, Pakistan, Rashid came to America in 2002 for more freedom of religion while pursuing her career as an aspiring lawyer with the help of an American education.

Publication Information

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

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