|September 19, 2006|
|September 19, 2006||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Arcadia Named Among Best Places to Work
The Philadelphia Business Journal has named Arcadia University one of its Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia region. The award recognizes the organization’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions and company culture.
Arcadia was one of hundreds to enter, securing its position on this prestigious list based on the strength of its special benefits and programs, as evaluated by its employees. “Thank you to all who participated in the Best Places to Work survey and affirmed our positive, collegial culture,” said Arcadia President Jerry Greiner. “The quality of our faculty and staff and their commitment to the University community creates a culture of personal attention that shines through to our students.”
“We entered the award program,” said Lorraine Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Representative, “because we think that our culture is unique. Not every company or organization offers the opportunity to participate in London and Scotland Preview as a global ‘benefit’ to both faculty and staff.”
“The best places to work are companies that recognize employees as their best asset, instrumental in maintaining the quality and reputation for services and products,” said Bernard Dagenais, Philadelphia Business Journal editor. “The right work environment can create a powerful business advantage.”
Get Set for Fall Fest 2006
Fall Fest, October 6 to 8: Alumni Homecoming combined with Family Weekend brings the Arcadia Family together—faculty, students, parents and alumni. Faculty Features on Saturday morning include a Book and Journal Review in Landman Library, a Faculty Panel presentation, “Thinking Outside the Box” in Brubaker 201, and a tour of Mystic River in the Art Gallery. Mingle with President Jerry Greiner at the Fall Fest Carnival, where student organizations run games and activities for children and families of all ages. Cheer on the Arcadia Knights soccer and field hockey teams, and celebrate the day when evening falls and the Knight Sky is filled with a dazzling display of fireworks.
Faculty Panel on “Thinking Outside the Box,” Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Brubaker 201:
Book and Journal Reviews, Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Landman Library:
Dick Torchia gives a tour through the Art Gallery and exhibit, Mystic River.
Visit www.arcadia.edu/fallfest for more details on all the weekend activities and to register for Fall Fest 2006.
Super Bowl in September—Career Kickoff
How can Arcadia University students connect their classroom learning to a satisfying job or career after graduation? What makes the difference between simply getting a degree and getting an education? The first annual “College-to-Career Kickoff,” sponsored by the Office of Career Development, is designed to help all students answer these questions.
The Kickoff, a Super Bowl Party on Sept. 26, will bring the University community together in a fun, relaxed atmosphere to outline strategies for making the most of an Arcadia University education. All students are invited to attend this event, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in The Chat Performance Area from 5 to 7 p.m. Pizza, wings and other refreshments will be served.
The featured speaker for the Kickoff is Joe Valerio, a Senior Vice President for Willis, a global risk management consulting firm. When his six-year career with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs came to an end, Valerio found it challenging to make the transition into the “real world.” The valuable lessons he learned throughout this transition and his career will be shared beginning at 6 p.m. For more information about the College-to-Career Kickoff, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939.
Search Committee Has ‘Short List’ for EM Vice President
The Vice President for Enrollment Management Search Committee met again yesterday and selected a “short list” of eight candidates who will be invited for off-campus interviews with the Search Committee at the end of September. Upon completion of those interviews, the Committee will select a smaller group of finalists for more extensive on-campus interviews and open meetings with members of the University community during the first two weeks in October. The specific dates will be publicized as soon as they are confirmed.
The Search Committee is very pleased with the quality of the candidate pool and is confident that the selection of the new Vice President for Enrollment Management will be made by the end of October.
Register to Vote!
A voter registration drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, outside the Dining Hall. The effort is organized by the League of Women Voters.
You may register on campus if:
Additional information about registering to vote can be found on the University Registrar’s Web page at www.arcadia.edu/registrar.
Participants Needed for Knee Osteoarthritis Study
Participants who are 55 years or older, medically stable, and have a desire to help provide more insight into the disease of knee osteoarthritis are needed for a research study that could potentially aid in the future evaluation and treatment of knee stiffness in patients with osteoarthritis. For more information, contact Mariana Hinkel at 610-202-7963 or email@example.com. This research study is being conducted by the Physical Therapy Department at Arcadia University and Temple University.
Potential participants will be ineligible if they have other forms of arthritis, knee joint replacements, knee joint hyaline injections, corticosteroid use within the last three months, inability to follow commands, any neuromuscular disorders or disorders affecting leg function, or surgical repair of knee soft tissue structures (ligaments, tendons, etc.) within the past year.
Nominate a Peer for Extraordinary Recognition
“Have you noticed someone that does an extraordinary level of work? Do they consistently go above and beyond? Have they overcome obstacles? Do they deserve recognition?” asks Valerie Ashton, Staff Council Peer Recognition Coordinator. “If so, nominate them for a Peer Recognition award!” All nominees receive a Peer Recognition certificate and a personalized letter. To nominate someone, e-mail Ashton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entrance Sessions for Stafford Loan Borrowers, Sept. 19, 20
Federal guidelines require that schools offer Stafford Loan Entrance Interview Sessions to all first-time Federal Stafford Loan Borrowers at their institution annually. All new graduate and undergraduate students at Arcadia who know they will be using Federal Stafford Loans are required to attend one session.
Federal Stafford Loan Entrance Interview Sessions for first-time loan borrowers at Arcadia will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and Wednesday, Sept. 20. Debra Cross, a representative of Wachovia Bank, will be conducting these 30- to 45-minute sessions to help new Stafford Loan Borrowers learn how to borrow conservatively and how to manage their educational debt. Students should choose one of the following sessions that is most convenient with their schedules.
For questions regarding the Entrance Sessions, contact Mayra Castillo, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management, at Financial Aid, 215-572-2883.
Let's Rumba! Learn Latin Dance, Sept. 20
A Latin Dance demonstration and lessons will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. For more information, call the Student Activities Office at 215-572-4082.
Does Freedom Still Ring? Sept. 21
“Does Freedom Still Ring: The Constitution and Concept of Freedom Since 9/11,” a discussion about current social and political trends in the United States, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. Lunch is included.
The event is Arcadia’s recognition of Constitution and Citizenship Day 2006. Discussion leaders include Dr. Jonathan Church, Associate Professor of Sociology, Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, and Dr. John Noakes, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.
There will be a display of historical documents outside the Dining Hall. For more information, contact Student Activities at 215-572-4082.
Wertime on Writing Citadel on the Mountain, Sept. 23
Dr. Richard Wertime, Professor of English, will be speaking on “Writing as an Act of Healing and Reconciliation” at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at St. John’s Church in Bala Cynwyd. Wertime will explore how writing his memoir, Citadel on the Mountain—A Memoir of Father and Son (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000), enabled him to come to loving, yet honest terms with his difficult father, a man who came to envision himself as a savior who would purge the United States of its many ills through violent revolution. The story is the account of a domineering and driven father and a son’s struggle to find his own way to manhood. Wertime received the James A. Michener Memorial Prize for this book. Wertime is finishing a novel, San Giovanni, about an American family living in Tuscany.
American Red Cross Blood Drive, Sept. 26, 27
Arcadia will host a blood drive in the Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 2 p.m. to 8 a.m. Though walk-ins are accepted, appointments are greatly preferred. Click here to sign up online. To schedule an appointment, contact the Residence Hall Council at 215-572-4683. Sign-ups also will be outside the Dining Hall during the next week.
Employee Benefits Fair, Sept. 26
An Employee Benefits Fair will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in The Chat Performance Area from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Representatives from Blue Cross, United Concordia, Aetna Dental, UNUM Life Insurance, FlexAmerica, Freedom Credit Union, and TIAA will be here to answer questions about benefits. Open Enrollment for Benefits will begin on Sept. 25. Watch campus mail for Open Enrollment Information Packets.
Community Power! Conference on Energy, Sept. 30
A Community Power! conference will be Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. For more information and to register, visit www.poex.org. “We are standing at a moral crossroads with regard to our energy design and use. The path we choose today will decide whether our children will live in a fearful, war-impoverished, polluted and failing economy or in a community and nation that strives to be clean, globally respectful, healthy and flourishing,” says Bill Mettler, Community Power! Conference Coordinator. “The choice will be made by our generation, but it will affect life on earth for all generations to come. Our choice begins in our community.” Contact Dr. Warren Haffar, Director of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, for a special $15 price for Arcadia students and faculty.
The conference explores three big ideas:
Mother of Matthew Shepard Opens Dialogue
Judy Shepard, whose son Matthew was brutally attacked because he was gay, opens the University’s Distinguished Speakers Series with “The Legacy of Matthew Shepard” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.18, in the Kuch Center.
In 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard were awakened in the middle of the night by a telephone call no parent should ever have to receive. What they heard changed their lives forever. Their eldest son, Matthew, was in a coma after having been brutally attacked in Laramie, Wyo., because he was gay. Four days later, Matthew passed away. Fighting for social justice was central to who Matthew Shepard was. Judy and Dennis Shepard started the Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on Matthew's legacy by embracing the just causes their son had championed, working for gay and lesbian equality and helping to prevent hate crimes.
Additional free public events associated with Judy Shepard's visit will include "LGBT101: What I Always Wanted to Know About Sexual Identities and Gender Identities" on Oct. 4, and a reading of the Laramie Project on Oct. 13. For more information, call 215-572-4009.
The Bryson Institute (www.brysoninstitute.org) will hold two special sessions on campus. A “Call to Action: Supporting LGBTQ People on Campus” on Nov. 2 is designed for students. A session on “Expanding Inclusivity Around LGBTQ Issues in the Classroom” on Nov. 29 is designed for faculty. PRIDE Gay & Straight Alliance is planning to have their annual Blue Jeans Day on Oct. 9, a Coming Out Forum on Oct. 11.
Lecture Series by Inspirational Feminist Psychologists
The Greater Philadelphia Association for Women in Psychology (AWP) chapter is a not-for-profit professional, feminist, scientific, and educational organization affiliated with the national AWP, which operates to reevaluate and reformulate the role that psychology and mental health generally play within women’s lives. AWP has a long history of affirming and celebrating differences, deepening challenges, and experiencing growth as feminists. It is in this spirit that AWP is proud to announce the formation of a new lecture series that will foster feminist professional development and mentor professionals and students in psychology and related professions.
The Inspirational Women in Psychology Lecture Series has emerged from a considerable need to enhance and diversify professional learning opportunities within the Philadelphia region that attend to the needs of women. The lecture series, co-sponsored with the Arcadia University Psychology Department, will highlight several key issues in feminist psychology, including therapeutic application, research, advocacy, and professional identity concerns, and will feature prominent women in the field of psychology. APA approval of Arcadia University as a sponsor for Continuing Education Unit (CEU) activities for psychologists is pending; CE credit may not be available for the first lecture. Participants will gain knowledge and skills in feminist psychology and will have opportunities to network among area professionals and students. To register, or for more information, call Arcadia’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies at 215-517-2506.
The first inspirational woman lecturer will be Dr. Jeanne Marecek on Friday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Grey Towers Castle. As a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College and a member of the Women’s Studies program, Marecek has studied and written about feminism and psychology, feminist therapies, and postmodern and social constructionist approaches to studying gender. The lecture Feminist Practice in the Shifting Landscape of Professional Psychology will explore how external forces have altered the practice of therapy in profound ways. During the workshop, participants will: 1) reflect on the diversity of approaches in feminist practice; 2) learn about research findings on ethical dilemmas in practicing in managed care organizations; 3) critically analyze the assumptions, epistemological framework and therapeutic goals associated with the positive psychology movement, and 4) compare positive psychology with feminist psychology and other progressive movements in the field.
Arcadia Hosts Behavioral Therapy Training
Project Transition and Behavioral Technology LLC cosponsored an Intensive Training series in Dialectical Behavior Therapy last week, hosted by the Department of Psychology and held at Arcadia. Dialectical Behavior Therapy is a comprehensive, evidence-based approach that was developed for persons who are considered to be high-risk and exceptionally challenging to treat. Numerous randomized clinical trails have documented the efficacy of the therapy in reducing suicidal and other self-harming behaviors and the frequency of psychiatric hospitalizations. The research findings also document significant gains in the areas of self-management skills, symptom relief, and hope.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy strategies include cognitive-behavioral assessment and interventions, validation strategies, as well as principles of acceptance and mindfulness derived from Zen Buddhism. This therapy’s primary content areas include awareness and skill practice related to distress tolerance, emotional regulation, behavior analysis, problem-solving, interpersonal effectiveness, and mindfulness. The training was conducted by two doctorate staff members of Behavioral Technology LLC from Seattle, Wash. For more information about B-Tech, see www.behavioraltechnology.org.
This DBT training, the most advanced available, is the first training of its type offered in the tri-state region. The trainees included members of Project Transition as well as clinicians from other treatment provider agencies from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and Colorado, including Dr. Angela Gillem, Professor of Psychology. Project Transition, based in Chalfont, Pa., was founded 24 years ago by Loren Crabtree, MD, and Paul Keisling, MSW. For more information about Project Transition, visit www.projecttransition.com.
Knight of the Week/PAC Player of the Week Honors
Senior Zach Askin has been rewarded for his solid, unselfish play on the Knight's attack with Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Knight of the Week honors for Men's Soccer. Askin, playing in the midfield, had two goals and three assists for the Knights in a 1-0-1 week. He began the week scoring the game tying goal against Kean that sent the two teams into a double overtime contest, ending in a draw. In yesterday's home PAC contest with Misericordia, he picked up a goal and added three helpers on goals by Jon Toomey, Matt Abate and Justin Savino. Askin leads the Knights with 10 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in four games.
Men’s Soccer Crushes Cougars
The Knights opened the 2006 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference season in convincing fashion Sunday afternoon, scoring 8 unanswered goals to defeat the Cougars of College Misericordia 8-0. Earlier in the week, the team played a double overtime 3-3 draw at Kean University. www.arcadia.edu/menssoccer.
Third Shutout for Women’s Soccer
The Knights finished a 1-1 week in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, winning their home opener 2-0 over Marywood. Sophomore Sam Calhoun and junior Kat Kraemer scored for the Knights while sophomore keeper Auralia Kubat was credited with her second shutout of the year.
The team hosted Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday, losing to the Griffins 2-1. Sophomore Amanda Pote registered Arcadia’s only goal.
AU began this week on high note, rebounding from their loss to Gwynedd-Mercy with a 1-0 win over Albright College with Sam Calhoun scoring the game winning tally and Kubat registering her third shutout of the season. www.arcadia.edu/womenssoccer.
Women’s Tennis Picks Up Conference Win
AU finished the week 1-2, picking up another conference win over Immaculata (7-2) and two losses to Philadelphia University (8-1) and King’s College (7-2). First-year Danielle Klim led the Knights with 3 wins in singles action while Corey Mazen ’10 picked up her first win of the year at #1 singles over Immaculata’s Margaret Kelley, 6-3, 7-5. www.arcadia.edu/womenstennis.
Field Hockey Tops Immaculata
Coach Joseph notches her first win as AU came from behind to top Immaculata, 2-1. Sophomore Beth Harris tied the game in the 16th minute before junior Charleen Artese broke the stalemate with 8 minutes to play in regulation to give the Knights their first win of the season. Earlier in the week, the team opened PAC play at home against Widener, losing 4-1. Senior Kristin Law picked up AU’s only tally. First-year keeper Brittany Rasmussen had a solid performance against IU with 6 saves in net for her first shutout on the year. www.arcadia.edu/fieldhockey.
Volleyball Loses Deciding Game to Albright
The Knights dropped two contests this week, the first, a five-game contest to visiting Albright, and a 3-0 loss at William Paterson on Saturday. Their first home contest this season, the Knights went game for game with Albright until the Lady Lions took the fifth and deciding game 15-10.
Junior Bridget Hunsinger is averaging 3.40 digs per game while leading the team in blocks with 22 combined. Junior Alex has earned 14 service aces thus far along with 22 blocks combined. Sophomore Rachel Glass and junior Maci Mascall lead the team with 188 total assists and 4.36 digs per game respectively. www.arcadia.edu/volleyball.
Faculty in the News
Professor Emeritus of English Mary S. Sturgeon died on Aug. 17, 2006. She was a professor of English from 1943 until her retirement in 1970. Services were held on Aug. 27 at Rydal Park as reported in the Aug. 23 Times Chronicle and Glenside News and Aug. 24 Globe.
Benjamin Lloyd, author and actor who is co-teaching method acting with Mark Wade, Director of the Theatre Department, was profiled in the Suburban & Wayne Times Main Line Ticket on Aug. 3 about his book The Actor’s Way: A Journey of Self-Discovery in Letters (Allworth Press: $16.95). The book is a fictional account that chronicles the development of a young actor through a series of letters to his acting teacher and the character’s struggles of being an actor in New York City. Lloyd said his book came about after becoming frustrated with a previous book that he was writing as a guide for aspiring actors. “Suddenly, I realized the book needed people,” he said. “So I turned to Stanislavsky (the renowned Russian actor, director and teacher of acting) as my guide, because he understood that a textbook for actors is counter-productive.” Lloyd will be at Borders Books and Music, Broad and Chestnut Streets, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, to meet readers and sign his books. Lloyd, along with adjunct faculty Catherine Peterson, appears in The Imaginary Invalid, by Moliere, at People’s Light & Theatre in Malvern through Oct. 22.
Professor Thomas M. Brinker, Director of the M.B.A. program, co-authored with W. Richard Sherman, JD., LLM, CPA, an article, “Is Investing Offshore a Legitimate Tax and Asset-Protection Tool?,” in the Sept. 2006 bi-monthly issue of Journal of Financial Service Professionals.
Students in the News
Laura Polaski, a junior Graphic Design major, was congratulated by her parents in the Aug. 1 Bridesburg Star, Philadelphia, on her acceptance into the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, for the fall semester.
Amy Strauss, a senior Communications/Video major spent her summer as an editorial staff intern with the Berks-Mont Newspapers and one day at the Ch. 6 Actions News studio learning about the behind-the-scenes operations of a newsroom.
In her last column, According to Amy, on Aug. 17 in the Boyertown Areas Times, she wrote of her experiences covering assignments in her native Boyertown. Upon graduating, Strauss has aspirations of becoming a newspaper reporter taking her experiences learned out into the “real world.”
Laura Malkiewicz an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major, competed in the Miss Ocean City Pageant as reported in the Ocean City Sentinel on Aug. 17.
The Mercury, Pottstown, reported Aug. 20 that Colleen Kelley was named to the dean’s list. She is majoring in studio art with a double concentration in graphic design and photography. Kelley is a member of Phi Kappa Phi. She also exhibited a photography series in a juried student biennial art show and designed the University’s new-student orientation logo.
Alumni in the News
Dr. Ellen V. Whitford, who earned an M.Ed. majoring in reading, has been appointed Vice President and Dean of Faculty at Armstrong Atlantic State University as noted in the Aug. 11 edition of the Savannah (Ga.) Morning News.
Dr. Patricia Madeira, a 1974 M.Ed. graduate, has been appointed the new Principal of Ithan Elementary School as reported in the Aug. 10 edition of the Suburban & Wayne Times.
The Willow Grove Guide and the Public Spirit of Fort Washington announced 1990 M.Ed. graduate Grace Hartman as the new Principal at McDonald Elementary School in the Centennial School District. Hartman taught in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for eight years and served for 10 years as a reading special in the Allentown School District, where she was recognized as teacher of the year.
On Aug. 17, the Manville News, Somerville, NJ, profiled Beverly Rossi, a 1986 B.F.A.major. Rossi is founder of Graphic Matter, whose company offers artistic services to small-to-middle sized businesses, and she hopes to be a mentor to women interested in owning their own businesses.
Eileen McCafferty DiFranco, who received her M.Ed. in 1994, was profiled in the Philadelphia Daily News, Aug. 28 as one of eight women ordained on July 31 by Roman Catholic Womenpriests, a group that aims to bring about what it considers gender equality within the Catholic Church—in defiance of the church hierarchy. DeFranco, a Mt. Airy resident and a lifelong Catholic, says “that she feels this is what I am supposed to do, and once you’re aware of what God wants you to do, the barriers fall by the wayside.” This past summer, DiFranco has held two Masses in defiance of the Catholic Church.
Gail Anderson, who earned her M.A.Ed. in 2006, is now teaching mathematics at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School as reported in the Aug. 23 News-Herald, Souderton.
Laura Malkiewicz, an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major, competed this past summer in the Miss Ocean City Pageant as reported in the Ocean City Sentinel on Aug. 17.
Christopher Thomas of Greensboro, N.C., who earned his B.F.A. in painting and printing making in 1994, is part the first Ivyside Juried Exhibition of the season at the Misciagna Family Center for the Performing Arts at the Penn State Altoona campus. The exhibition runs through Oct. 8. Thomas is a resident of North Carolina and is an instructor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Contributors: student Bridget Curtis '08 and Joy Zazzera, Sports Information Director and Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.
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