August 3, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
August 3, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia Nominated Among Best Places to Work

best Places to Work logoArcadia University has been nominated for the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2006 Best Places to Work. Employees from all nominated companies will be surveyed online, where they will rate their company on work environment, personal growth, professional development, people, embracing change/new ideas. It's easy and quick. Log on to www.qmrinc.com/bestplaces to start the 5-minute survey. Arcadia’s Organizational Code is QKQF52570. “To stay in the running, we need a minimum of 215 employees to take this easy survey,” says Lorraine Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Representative. This survey is completely confidential. No responses can be traced to an individual. The deadline to complete the survey is Aug. 31. Winners will be announced in the fall and be recognized at a special ceremony in October.

Based on employee and retiree benefits offered by Arcadia, the University also was interviewed as a contender for 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security, sponsored by The Principal Financial Group.

Mega Bytes for Your Mailbox

Email BoxInformation Technology’s upgrade of campus e-mail servers means increased mailbox capacity for faculty, staff and students, says Dave Jaeger, Network Manager. Faculty and staff will have 100 MB mailbox capacity (formerly at 35 MB), and students will have 50 MB mailbox capacity (formerly at 20 MB). Those with questions following this upgrade should contact the Help Desk at 215-572-2898 or e-mail helpdesk@arcadia.edu.

Former Eagles QB Talks to M.B.A. Students

Former Eagles quarterback and motivational speaker Ron Jaworski will speak with Arcadia’s M.B.A. students on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 5:30 p.m. in the Beaver College Room at Landman Library. Interested campus members are invited to attend. In 1980, “Jaws” Jaworski led the Eagles to a 12-4 record, the NFC Championship and their first-ever berth in a Super Bowl. He finished the 1980 season as the No. 1 rated passer in the NFC and was the NFL’s MVP. Now Jaworski is a businessman and a motivational speaker, bringing together the sports world and the business world with his enthusiasm and passion. Currently, Jaworski can be seen on ESPN, WFLA-TV Tampa Bay and ETN, Philadelphia. He is also the President of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team and owns and operates several golf clubs.

Wade Directing New Role for Theatre Arts

Mark WadeMark Wade’s world began turning the day he saw a production of Stop the World I Want to Get Off. “I was in eighth grade, and I just fell in love,” says the new Director of Theatre Arts at Arcadia. “I knew at that moment that I wanted to be involved in theatre.”

A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Wade has impressive credentials as both an actor and director in theatre, television and film, including a number of Hallmark Hall of Fame projects. Wade also has compiled an incredibly diverse and well-rounded teaching resume, teaching and directing at theatres including the University of the Arts and the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. Spending 10 years at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., Wade was an adjunct professor, thesis adviser and director of student productions. Before his appointment as Director of Theatre Arts at Arcadia, Wade was a visiting assistant professor and served as the acting director last year.

Though he is trained as an actor, Wade finds himself most at home as a director. “I like the control,” he says. “Also, I might just be better at directing anyway!” As a teacher, he says that he likes working with college students more so than seasoned actors. “Even though the older actors might be able to bring a little more to the scene than a younger one, I’ve found that a 21-year-old actor is more likely to listen to what I have to say than a 41-year-old.” Read more about what's new in theatre curriculum and community outreach at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0803b.htm.

General Education Task Force at Work

The General Education Task Force has completed seven of nine full meetings scheduled for this summer, with future meetings scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 9, and Thursday, Aug. 17. In addition, the discussion board on Blackboard has been very successful in continuing active and productive discussions between meetings.

Some of the specific topics that are being addressed are:

  1. The creation of an enhanced first-year experience/learning community to assist students in connecting with their peers and the University.
  2. Building greater cohesion between the General Education Requirements.
  3. Promoting the concepts that make Arcadia University unique, such as global perspective and personal attention.

Chair John Hoffman, Professor of Biology, expects to have a written plan ready for distribution to Faculty Council on Tuesday, Aug. 22, in advance of their Aug. 29 meeting. Read more about the Task Force members and their charge at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0803a.htm.

Arcadia land parcelArcadia Acquires Land Across from Castle

Through the expertise and diligence of Trustees Frank Vitetta and Michael Korolishin and Treasurer Mike Coveney, Arcadia recently secured a quitclaim deed from Sunoco, giving the University ownership of the 2.1 acre parcel of land directly across Easton Road from the Castle. (See area marked on map at right.) Plans for its use have not been formalized.

National Search for Enrollment Management VP; Open Meeting Set for Aug. 8

Provost and Academic Vice President Michael Berger is heading a national search for a Vice President for Enrollment Management to replace Dennis Nostrand, who has taken a position at the University of New Haven. A firm known for recruiting top enrollment management professionals has been retained to assist with the search, and an 11-member University search committee has been formed. The tentative search schedule calls for advertising the position and contacting potential candidates in early September, reviewing applications in October, interviewing semi-finalists at a “neutral site” early in November, and then bringing the finalists to campus for meetings with trustees, faculty, staff, administrators, and students. “The search is expected to come to a successful conclusion by mid-December,” says President Jerry Greiner

Dr. Edward (Ted) Lewis, from Academic Search Consultants, will be on campus on Tuesday, Aug. 8, to discuss the search with representatives from the various campus constituencies. An open meeting for University faculty and staff members will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the University Room of Landman Library.  All are invited to attend and share their views. 

The search committee includes: Lynette Allen-Collins, Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Affirmative Action Officer; Param Bedi, Associate Vice President for Technology and Chief Information Officer; Mike Berger, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; Jon Church, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the Liberal Studies program; Mike Coveney, Vice President for Finance and Treasurer; Rebecca Craik, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy; Jeff Ewing, Dean of Students; Jan Finn, Director of International Services; Mark Lapreziosa, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management; Liz Rihl-Lewinsky, Financial Aid Systems Coordinator; Juli Roebuck, Associate Vice President for University Relations and Executive Assistant to the President.

Alumni Relations Director, Assistant Director Named

Pilling and Korolishin
Georgene Pilling and Eva Korolishin

This has been a busy summer for the staff in the University Advancement offices of Alumni Relations, Development and Major Gifts. Maryanne Bowers has assumed expanded duties as Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development. Reporting to her are Judy Severin, Director of the Annual Fund, Helvi Nujoma, Coordinator of Advancement Services, and Georgene Pilling, who has been promoted from Associate Director to Director of Alumni Relations. Eva Korolishin has been promoted to Assistant Director of Alumni Relations.

In March, Marilyn Lucas assumed her new responsibilities as Assistant Vice President for Major Gifts and Gift Planning. Reporting to her are Sue Mazzarella, Research Associate, Tina Flint Hennessey, Director of Special Gifts, and Diane Zimmaro, a 1994 graduate of Arcadia who will start the end of August as Senior Development Officer.

“Please join me in congratulating these people on their appointments and wishing them well as we work toward even greater fund-raising success that will move the University forward in new and exciting ways,” says Jay Vogel, Vice President for University Advancement. “This summer was made even busier for us with the recent decision by Roberta (Bobbie) Thomas to retire. An announcement sent to Trustees and key alumni noted that Bobbie served Arcadia University as Director of Alumni Affairs for the past 15 years and oversaw the growth of alumni programs and events that connected more alumni to the University than at any other time in our 154 year history. This has been a remarkable accomplishment and we thank Bobbie for her personal commitment to this accomplishment and wish her well in her retirement.”

ice cream coneHot Entrees to Ice Cream—Lunch in The Chat

Look for chicken lasagna, roasted pork, mojo potatoes and lots more at Parkhurst Dining Services. During the summer, Parkhurst is serving sandwiches, salad, soup and hot entrees from The Chat while the second floor Dining Hall is renovated. Stop by a get a scoop of hand-dipped ice cream as well. Check MyArcadia's Campus Announcements for Dining Services weekly menu.

Parking Construction Update

Construction in parking lot #5 near the Castle and adjacent areas is proceeding on schedule and will be ready for new student move-in on Friday, Aug. 25. The new lot will include 122 new parking spaces and will connect to parking lot #8 near Murphy Hall.

Women Needed for Bone Density Study

Participants are needed for a research study at Arcadia University. This study is examining balance, strength and walking in women with and without low bone mineral density. Participants must be female, between 50 to 65 years of age, three to 10 years post-menopause, and must have had a bone density scan within the past two years. Testing will take one hour, and subjects will be given a pedometer/radio for participation in this study. Women who are interested in participating should contact Kerstin Palombaro, PT, MS, at 215-817-6430 or palombak@arcadia.edu. Palombaro is an adjunct faculty in the Physical Therapy program who is pursuing her Ph.D. at Temple and conducting her dissertation study at Arcadia. Her study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board.

Career Workshops Help Adults Explore Change

For adults who are considering career changes or would like to explore other professional areas, Arcadia University’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies offers Career Assessment Workshops. “This free assessment is valuable for anyone interested in career advancement or change,” says Dr. Fred Loomis, Arcadia’s dean and founding director of the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. “Career Assessment Workshops are an opportunity to assess your strengths and explore career changes. We’ll talk about how you can best develop your skills to prepare for future career paths.” The workshops, co-sponsored by Arcadia’s Career Development Office, include financial aid information and will be held in the Castle on

  • Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

To register, call 215-572-2910 or visit www.arcadia.edu/caps. Participants also can register at the door the day of the event. Arcadia University’s new Center for Continuing and Professional Studies serves adult learners – people who may want to advance in their careers, keep up to date in their professional field, or pursue degrees and transition to a new career path in business, education, government, health care and other fields. Arcadia offers classes in the evenings or online, so adults can learn at their own pace.

Upcoming Events

New Student Orientation Begins on Aug. 25

New Student Orientation LogoAfter holding six Summer Orientation Days for new students this summer (with another one coming on Aug. 18), the Orientation Planning Executive Committee is gearing up for the Fall Orientation program, which begins on Friday, Aug. 25. As always, opening day promises to bring excitement onto campus as new resident students move into the residence halls with the help of athletes, orientation staff, campus life staff and volunteers from the Arcadia community. Meanwhile, commuter students will be settling into the Commuter Lounge and spending time with the commuter life staff. Programs for all new students begin at 11:30 a.m. with a welcome in the Kuch Center. More information will be sent to the University community regarding opening day and what everyone can do to help make it as smooth as possible.

Japanese Professor to Observe Math Ed Innovations

A mathematics professor from Japan will make a trek to the East Coast to observe innovative secondary school math programs led by Arcadia faculty and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The Math Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia is led by Dr. Deborah Pomeroy, Associate Professor of Education, and Dr. Ned Wolff, Associate Professor of Mathematics. “The grant supports, among other things, some innovative secondary school math programs,” notes Wolff. Professor Yutaka Suburi, from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Fukai, wants to visit some of those programs in nearby districts. He will be observing in the area schools from Sept. 10 to 15.

Professor Suburi also will speak at a University Colloquium on Tuesday, Sept. 12, discussing historical events that have shaped the philosophy of current math education in Japan. The College of Graduate Studies’ colloquia series is open to students, educators, health care providers and community members. Some school districts offer Act 48 credit for colloquia attendance.

Campus Events

Area Educators Work on ‘Inclusion’ Plans

In June, Arcadia University hosted the first Annual Inclusion Institute for 150 area educators. Those in attendance included: superintendents, principals, directors of special education, teachers and parents representing districts in Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. This institute was designed and implemented by Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe and Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester to develop and enhance effective inclusive educational practices to support the learning and achievement of all students, including students with significant disabilities, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Slesaransky-Poe, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Graduate Special Education program, is a driving force in inclusive educational practices in Pennsylvania, along with Skilton-Sylvester, Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Reading and English as a Second Language programs. With funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, they founded Arcadia’s Annual Inclusion Institute, 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 inclusion efforts are spurred by the Gaskin Settlement Agreement approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Sept. 16, 2005, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 2004), which requires that students with disabilities be educated in general education classrooms with appropriate support services and aids, with their non-disabled peers.

Foreign Correspondence

Van Gogh’s Colors Still Vivid in French Alps

Priscilla Linden

Before traveling to Guatemala, near Lake Atítlan, in mid-August to do some educational work through the Spring of Hope Mission in San Luis Tolíman, Priscilla G. Linden, Adjunct Professor of Education and an Arcadia alumna, took a bicycle tour through Provence, France, an area called "Les Apilles" (the little alps) in June. Riding through the countryside, she discovered that the beautiful colors and vivid sunlight that Cezanne and Van Gogh painted are still there. “The skies were indeed cobalt blue, the fields of sunflowers many shades of bright yellow, and the lavendar a spectrum of cool purples and blues.”

“Climbing the limestone hills to the old Roman city of Le Baux was made less strenuous when one of our two local guides stopped by with the support van two thirds of the way up to offer a much needed ride and cool water. In a large cave at the top were displayed images of Cezanne projected on the walls in bigger than life vistas enhanced by impressionistic music such as Debussy and Faure that together provided a wonderful retrospective of his life's work in honor of the century anniversary of his death. We also visited the asylum outside of St. Remy where VanGogh spent one of the last years of his life. Our wonderful guide took us to the actual place where many of his masterpieces that she showed us were painted,” says Linden, who earned her Master of Education and certificates from Arcadia.

“We visited the Pont du Gard in Nimes and danced on the Pont de Avignon. We visited village markets and the Popes’ Palace in Avignon. We stayed in a variety of old farm houses, city hotels, and chateaus in the suburbs. We cheered on the French team for three games of the World Cup and enjoyed superb Provençal cafes and roadside picnics. We finished our tour with a visit to the Thermes Sextius spa in Aix en Provence.”

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Arcadia in the News

A story on study abroad from Inside Higher Education (Insidehighered.com, July 28), reported: “Ursula Oaks, a spokeswoman for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, said that her office supports any program that increases support for study abroad programs. David Larsen, vice president of Arcadia University and director of the Center for Education Abroad, said the summer trips are best suited for students who are inclined to return to a foreign country to study later in college. Arcadia, which bills itself as an institution with an international focus, offers noncredit spring break trips to Europe (and one to Mexico) for freshmen that are mostly recreational. The college also allows about 75 students a year to take their first semester in college to study abroad. Students are encouraged to spend an additional semester overseas before graduation. The fall program started four years ago because Arcadia had more freshmen than the college could accommodate, Larsen said.”

Faculty in the News

Thomas M. Brinker Jr., Professor of Accounting and Executive Director of Arcadia’s M.B.A. with an International Perspective, spoke at the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants’ Professional Development Seminar at Citizens Bank Park before a Philadelphia Phillies game on July 28. Brinker’s topic was “Does AMT Really Mean 'Add More Tax'?”

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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