|August 29, 2006|
|August 29, 2006||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Up, Up and… Record Number of New Students
First-year students moved into the residence halls on Friday, Aug. 25, with dozens of faculty, staff and student-athletes pitching in to unload the record number of cars. Arcadia welcomes 585 first-year and 125 transfer students, an all-time new-student record. The Class of 2010 is up 33 percent from last year. (The Class of 2009 totaled 570 new students, with 440 first-year students.)
UP: Arcadia up five places in U.S. News & World Report list. Arcadia University moved up five places in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, taking the No. 22 spot among the Best Universities in the North. Arcadia also earned acclaim as one of the top 20 Programs to Look For in the Study Abroad category. Arcadia’s top university ranking is in the master’s category, which encompasses comprehensive universities providing a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Rising SAT scores for incoming students and an increase in the alumni giving rate raised Arcadia’s stature. The graduation rate, another strong indicator in the rankings, rose two points as well.
UP: SAT scores and class rank. U.S. News reported a rise in incoming students’ SAT scores in Fall 2005. The percentage of Fall 2005 freshmen in the top 25 percent of their high school class rose to 63 percent, up from 53 percent. Fall 2006 data shows students averaging in the top 23 percent of their high school class with an average SAT score of 1100 (old SAT) and 1650 (including writing section).
UP: Freshman Interest in Study Abroad Doubles. Interest in Arcadia’s First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) doubled this year. With increased demand, 20 additional slots were added this fall—meaning 70 students left for study abroad on Monday, Aug. 28—and for the first time a spring semester has been added for 30 more participants. (This year’s total of 100 compares with last year’s 50 participants.)
New Civility Flag Near Dining Complex
A new flag flies on campus—between the Landman Library and the Dining Complex. The flag represents the University’s commitment to providing a civil environment, one free from harassment of any kind, for every member of our community. “A community upholding civility respects the rights of individuals and groups. It is characterized by understanding and considerations of the differences among members of the community,” according to the University’s Civility Statement. Complete information can be found on the Civility Module on the home page of MyArcadia.
The flag is an indicator of the University’s climate. When an act of incivility is reported, the flag will be lowered, a visible symbol to all that the health of our community as a whole depends on responsible behavior from each individual. When the flag is lowered, fliers will be posted at key locations on campus with more information on the act that caused the flag to be lowered, along with information on what individuals can do to help. Also, the civility icon on the MyArcadia module will flash to highlight that there is information students, staff, faculty and administrators should read. Once the flag is lowered for an incident, it will remain lowered for five days.
Students Paint Fishtown Graffiti in Service Day
From raking and mulching to “painting the town over,” Arcadia’s new batch of first-year students spent Monday helping out the community. As part of New Student Orientation, students joined in the Arcadia tradition of the spending the day cleaning, serving, painting and packing their way to a fulfilling day of helping out those in need.
This year’s service sites included some traditions—packing food at Aid for Friends, cleaning up the grounds at the Cheltenham Art Center and playing bingo with senior citizens at the Montgomery County Senior Center—as well as several new service opportunities.
For the first time, students traveled to Penn’s Landing to help with the restoration of the historic boat, the Gazella Primeiro. Built in 1883, the Gazella is the last of a strong breed of Portuguese-built wooden square riggers. Currently cared for by Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to the continuation of traditional maritime skills through maintenance and operation of historic vessels, the Gazella thrives on volunteer care. About 15 Arcadia students assisted in scraping and cleaning the deck.
Another new addition to the volunteer site list was Art Sphere Inc. Located at a Spring Garden studio in downtown Philadelphia, Art Sphere is a charitable, non-profit organization that works with communities to promote individual and civic empowerment through art education. More than 150 Arcadia students traveled to Fishtown to “paint the town over,” says Community Service Coordinator Cindy Rubino. Students covered graffiti and painted benches, picnic tables, slides and fountains.
New Student Orientation is just the first of many service opportunities of the 2006-2007 academic year. Watch for more information on the Empty Bowl Dinner and Dr. Seuss Day as well as numerous volunteer opportunities throughout the year. For more information on the Community Service Department and how to become a volunteer, visit www.arcadia.edu/communityservice.
IT to Upgrade Server Storage Capacity This Weekend
Information Technology (IT) will perform a server upgrade this weekend that will significantly increase the data storage space available to faculty and staff. The upgrade process will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1, and be ongoing over the holiday weekend. Faculty and staff should not make changes to files stored on network servers such as the L: or M: drives, after 5 p.m on Friday. Should you need access to files on the network, please copy files to your local PC before Friday evening and then replace files on the server after the upgrade is completed on Sept. 5. Please contact the Help Desk at 215-572-2892 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
New on the Web: Undergraduate Program Information
Looking for degree requirements, Pathways to Study Abroad or faculty in a certain major? Visit the new Web pages for each undergraduate program and find all the information from the new Undergraduate Catalog in an easy-to-navigate format. Some departments have news and photos, too. (Students: Remember to consult with your adviser about applicable requirements.) Many thanks to Web Designer Sue Gettlin, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies Bruce Keller, and the many department chairs who revised program information for the new catalog and Web pages.
New Admissions Pages on the Web: The Admissions pages have been redesigned to make it easier for students to get information about applying to Arcadia. The Undergraduate Admissions page has new information for part-time students, homeschooled students, and honors students as well as quick access to online applications. Check it out at www.arcadia.edu/admissions.
Education Graduate Student Earns Honor Society Scholarship
Arcadia University graduate student Sarah Pileggi, a member of Zeta Nu Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, received a $1,000 MBNA Scholarship to pursue her studies in the field of education. Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, recognizes those students who have demonstrated scholarly achievement and have chosen education as their career. More information about Kappa Delta Pi scholarships is available at www.kdp.org.
Starbucks and More in Brubaker Café
Brubaker Café opened today (Aug. 29), offering both Starbucks and Seattle’s Best coffee and espresso drinks, Hershey milkshakes and smoothies, assorted bottled beverages, Wheatcroft’s bakery specialties, and grab-and-go foods. Located on the second floor of Brubaker Hall, the café is open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The café is operated by Parkhurst Dining Services, the University's new food service provider.
The Chat grill opened Monday, Aug. 28, with a new feature—made-to-order quesadillas and tacos, including a mouth-watering selection of grilled vegetables, beef and chicken. Parkhurst prides itself on using ingredients that are fresh and never frozen. Parkhurst also offers hand-tossed pizzas, home-style cooking, a salad bar and more in the newly remodeled Dining Hall.
During the evening of August 27th, there was an act of incivility in a residence hall. The door of a residence hall room was defaced with homophobic remarks. This is the first incident reported this year. The residence life staff has responded to the residents of the affected room as well as the affected hall. The individual(s) who wrote the remarks have not been identified at this time. Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Associate Dean of Students, Josh Stern, at 215-572-2933.
When an act of incivility occurs at Arcadia University or at Arcadia University sponsored events, there is a thorough inquiry of the situation. If the persons responsible are identified, the actions will be adjudicated through the University disciplinary process. In addition, it is our priority to support and respond to the needs of those directly affected, and to communicate with and educate both the immediate community and the larger University community as appropriate. If you or anyone you know is aware of information about this incident or any other act of incivility, please contact the Dean of Students as soon as possible.
The Civility Flag, located outside of Heinz Hall, will be lowered for five days.
Political Science Convention in Philadelphia
Over Labor Day weekend, the American Political Science Association will hold its annual meeting in Philadelphia. The conference starts on Thursday, Aug. 31, and ends on Sunday, Sept. 3. Students can register to attend panels, roundtable discussions and social events. This is the major conference in the discipline. For more information, visit, the conference Web site at www.apsanet.org/content_29055.cfm.
Cristiane Carneiro, International Peace and Conflict Resolution instructor, will present her paper, “Lessons from the Rome Statute for Treaty-Making Negotiations,” (co-authored with Gulenay Ozbek) on Saturday, Sept. 2. “In this paper, we discuss the negotiation of the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (ICC negotiation) in light of a procedure based on Brams, Kilgour, and Sanver (2004). The procedure generates an outcome that minimizes the maximum distance between each player’s top position with respect to a final agreement. This mechanism is called the minimax procedure. We claim that when the minimax procedure is applied to a negotiation, especially treaty-making negotiations that involve a large number of states and aim at universal membership, the final agreement is likely to attract a greater number of signatories, possibly in a shorter timeframe.”
Plenty of Cultural Events on the Calendar!
An exciting line-up of cultural events is planned for 2006-07 at Arcadia. The Distinguished Speaker Series features Judy Shepard, whose son was brutally attacked because he was gay, on Oct. 18, and Sonia Sanchez, a prolific writer in several genres who played an influential role in the Black Arts Movement, on March 29. A host of activities is planned around Shepard’s visit, including events organized by the campus group Pride as well as panels and forums by the Bryson Institute. Visit the Cultural Events Calendar at www.arcadia.edu/culturalevents.
Mystic River Opens in Gallery Sept. 8
Mystic River, is a group exhibition of drawings, sculptural installations, paintings, quilted fabric, and works on paper loosely based on the spirit of Stephen Shore's American landscapes from the 1970s, in particular, his photograph Merced River, taken in Yosemite National Park in California on Aug. 13, 1979. Mystic River opens Sept. 8 and runs through Oct. 22. Artists in the exhibit are Dike Blair, Peter Coffin, Ian Hundley, Martha Friedman, Matt Keegan, Emily Manzo, Heather Rowe, Stephen Shore, Paul Wagner, and Roger White. Curated by Noah Sheldon with music by David Griffin, Casey Farnum, Koen Hotlkamp, Emily Manzo, Warren Ng, and Roger Whit.
International Students Hail From Africa, Europe, Asia
Arcadia welcomes 16 new international students this fall. The new students include nine undergraduates from Bulgaria, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, Kenya, Korea, Ireland and Morocco, and seven graduate students in master’s degree programs from China, Colombia, Equatorial Guinea, India, Kenya and Kuwait.
Many of the international students were able to gather on Aug. 21 for a picnic at President Jerry Greiner’s house, an opportunity to get to know faculty, staff and administrators at Arcadia.
Jaworski Talks About What He Loves to Do
“It’s not work to me—it’s passion,” Ron Jaworski told M.B.A. students on Aug. 3.
In 1980, “Jaws” Jaworski quarterbacked 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. “I’m still talking about what I loved to do,” he says.
His advice to students: “No matter what course you choose in life, just make sure you enjoy it. Follow your heart. Follow your belly. Follow your instincts.
“You work hard because you love that job. I took that fierce competitiveness off the football field and into my businesses.” Jarowski is the President of the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football Team, owns and operates several golf clubs, and established the Philadelphia Breakfast Club of America, of which Arcadia is a member. “I was never the biggest or fastest player on the field,” he says, “but no one was going to out-work me. That part I could control.”
Field Hockey: Strong Defense Expected in 2006
Coach Cindy Joseph, Lacrosse coach at Arcadia, will take to the field this fall for her first season as head Field Hockey coach following the departure of Michelle Linder. Coach Joseph saw many good things during last weeks’ scrimmages with Delaware Valley, Neumann and Moravian. “I saw how solid our backfield could be, with the right combination of players. While we return six seniors, our team is fairly young, with 11 first years vying for time. Our depth off the bench will allow us to play to the level of many of the top teams in the conference. We are also strong in goal, so what the backfield doesn’t stop, our keepers should.”
The field hockey team will be led by seniors Maura McAneny in the midfield, Charlene Artese on defense, Christine Crow and Kristin Law on the attack, and keepers Jeannie Nutter and Maggie LoCasale.
The Knights will have plenty of depth in the backfield coming into this season. The group, anchored by Artese along with Amy Frymire ’09, Elizabeth McCormick ’09, Hannah Kahn ’08, Morgan Hasson ’09, should prove to be a solid line of defense in front of veteran keepers Nutter and LoCasale, who will split time in net for the Knights.
Elizabeth Harris ’09, Kristin Conrad ’09, Devin Long ’08, and Angela Kent ’09 provide stability on the attack alongside Crowe and Law, with Harris returning as Arcadia’s second leading scorer last season.
In 2005 the team finished eighth in the PAC regular season standings, ending their season 5-6 in conference play and 6-11 overall. The Knights will compete for one of the six PAC playoff slots against top teams Alvernia (2005 PAC Champions), Cabrini, Wesley, Misericordia, Eastern, Neumann and Gwynedd-Mercy. Their season begins Sept. 1 at Philadelphia University with conference play opening on Sept. 6 with the Knights hosting Wesley at 4 p.m.
Upcoming Games: Sept. 1 at Philadelphia University, 4 p.m.; Sept. 6 home vs. Wesley at 4 p.m. www.arcadia.edu/fieldhockey
Blackboard credited Arcadia University in an Aug. 23 news release, Academic Institutions Across the United States Turn to Blackboard for Complete Campus Service Solutions; Fourteen Academic Institutions Join the Blackboard Commerce Suite(TM) Community. “Academic institutions around the nation are being tasked with providing greater services, efficiencies and conveniences for their campus populations. Towards this end, many are turning to Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of technology to the education industry, for a complete solution…. Campuses which have recently licensed software solutions from the Blackboard Commerce Suite include Merrimack College, High Point University, College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Davidson County Community College, Framingham State College, Randolph Macon Women's College, Guilford College, Howard Hughes Medical Center, Cuyahoga Community College District, Dowling College, Arcadia University, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, Montclair State University and Southwestern University of Georgetown.”
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