December 19, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
December 19, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Returning Students Tell Children About Africa

Arcadia students with AMY Northwest Parkway students
Arcadia Equatorial Guinea study abroad
students (back row) with AMY Northwest
Middle School students.

Students returning from a semester studying abroad at the Center for Education Abroad site in Equatorial Guinea wrapped up their service learning last week by talking to local schoolchildren about their studies in this Spanish-speaking west African country, answering the children’s questions about schools in Africa. Marco R. Zanoni, Principal of AMY Northwest Middle School in the School District of Philadelphia, said the Arcadia students were “very well-received by our students.”

“This course (ED 330) centers on teaching and learning language in Equatorial Guinea and has a component where students get matched with Philadelphia area schools before they leave for Africa and then return to do a presentation/demonstration about their experiences in Equatorial Guinea,” says Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Reading and ESL. “The study abroad program has a focus on Environmental Conservation, so some students link to the science curriculum and others to social studies. This year, for the first time, in addition to tutoring African students at the university in English, the African students also tutored our students in Spanish, and they spent time at a local school, working to make connections between kids there and kids in the United States.”

The schools already visited by the college students are: AMY Northwest (see above photo), Parkway Northwest, FACTS Charter School, Jarrettown Elementary, Willow Dale Elementary, Green Woods Charter School, Wissahickon Charter School, and F.S. Edmonds. Read more about students in Equatorial Guinea.

Arcadia home pageNew Home Page Highlights
Arcadia Promise

Get your passport ready! Find your place at Arcadia! Plan to take on the world! Read more about the three elements of the Arcadia Promise on the new University Web site home page. The new look features a large rotating Arcadia Promise graphic linking to related information. These pages coordinate with new recruitment materials and the Promise campaign. The new pages show how Arcadia is a Leader in Study Abroad and One of the Best Universities in the North. Don’t miss easy links to What's happening at Arcadia.

Holiday Card by Colleen KelleyDreaming of Snow

Graphic Design student Colleen M. Kelley ’07 designed this holiday card for President Jerry Greiner. Her design was chosen from among many created by senior students as a class project in Graphic Design 4. The course is taught by Alyssa Krill, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts.

Winter Break Hours

Student Service Center: From Dec. 20 to Jan. 12, the Student Service Center’s hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center will return to its normal operating hours of 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, on Jan. 15.

Library: Landman Library hours during winter break are posted on MyArcadia Announcements. Note that evening M.B.A. classes will still be held in the Beaver College Room even if the Library is closed for the evening in early January. 

Dining Services: Dining Services hours are posted on MyArcadia. The Chat will be open limited hours during the Winter Break.

Upcoming Events

Register for Weight Watchers, Jan. 10

Weight Watchers is coming to Arcadia. “We finally have a Weight Watchers leader, and we can begin the program for employees; however, we won't start until January, so eat and be merry for the holidays and then we can all concentrate on our New Year resolutions to fit into our bikinis next summer (hahaha),” says Gloria Taylor, Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer. Registration will be Jan. 10, and the meetings will be held for the following 10 weeks on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Library University Gallery Room. “I hope that everyone who expressed interest in this program can participate. If you will not be on campus on Jan. 10, you can mail your payment in to me, but after that week registration is closed. Please remember, this is a prepaid program so you will need $135 at registration ($130 if you are currently a member). Please let me know if you are planning to register.” Contact Taylor at 215-572-2942—“and here's to seeing less of all of us in 2007!”

Volunteers Needed for MLK Service Day, Jan. 15

Been thinking about a way to connect at Arcadia? Volunteer for a day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15. In this annual event, Arcadia students go to food banks, the Salvation Army, Friends Neighborhood to paint and clean-up, and Fairy Godmothers to sorting prom dresses. “We hope that you will take advantage of this great opportunity to meet some members of the Arcadia community, while serving others,” says Cindy Rubino, Coordinator of Community Services. Click here for more information and sign-up form.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.

campus happenings

Faculty, Staff Serve Late Night Breakfast

Late Night Breakfast Crew
At your service: (top, from left) Jey Auritt, Jeff Ewing, Terry Greiner, Fred Loomis, Jim Bonner, Judy Dalton, Troy Reid, Eva Korolishin, Josh Stern, Rebecca Adams, Cat Mattingly, Lisa Novakowski. (Bottom, from left) Dian Taylor Alleyne, Nick Smith, Nick Luchko, Jen Haring, Andrew Johnson, Julie Grillo. Not Pictured: Cynthia Rutherford, Shana McGlinchey, Wanda Goggins, Georgene Pilling.

At least 450 students took advantage of this year’s Late Night Breakfast on Dec. 12. Thanks to all the faculty and staff volunteers (above) who worked the Late Night Breakfast, serving eggs, bacon, and more to students getting ready for finals.

sports update

Woodbridge Named Interim Head Men’s Baseball Coach

Arcadia University Director of Athletics Shirley Liddle announced Dec. 15 the hiring of Kevin Woodbridge, of Blue Bell, as the Interim Head Men’s Baseball Coach for the Arcadia Knights. Woodbridge most recently served as the assistant baseball coach at Arcadia.

“My dream was always to be a head coach at this level,” Woodbridge says. “I am most honored to serve this University, this department and this program and to continue to guide our student-athletes toward success on the field. I am excited to be working with this team in a new role and looking forward to a championship run in the PAC.”

Woodbridge hails from Bangor, Pa., and studied communications at Arcadia University and was a baseball standout on the mound. He was a member of the first Arcadia team to make the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference playoffs (’02), in which he served as a captain. Currently, Woodbridge holds a place in the school’s top 10 in Saves, Appearances, E.R.A. and Wins, while also owning the school record for consecutive wins (8). He did not lose a game during his junior and senior years.

For the last four years, Woodbridge has served as the assistant coach, working with both pitchers and outfielders while coordinating team fund-raising and alumni events. He also has been a valuable member to the event management staff for athletics. He currently works as the Mid-Atlantic sales representative for Bonsal American.

Women's Swimming Wins at Ocean County

The Women’s Swimming team posted its first win, 102-74 at Ocean County on Dec. 17. The men’s team lost 100-61.

Women’s Basketball (2-5 overall) plays a final game before the break at MAC opponent Wilkes University on Dec. 19, and Men’s Basketball (1-8 overall) plays at Chestnut Hill on Dec. 20. 

Find the lastest scores and more at www.arcadia.edu/athletics.

in the news

The Dec. 1 edition of the Cape Gazette (Lewes, Del.) had an article on the opening of Arcadia University’s new campus in Christiana, providing the state’s first degree program for physician assistants.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Norman Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, gave an online lecture to a graduate seminar in criminal justice at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Oct. 30. The subject was correctional institutions, technology, architecture and rehabilitative efforts.

Dr. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology, published an article, “I Scream, You Scream: Teaching Validity and Reliability Via the Ice Cream Personality Test,” in the Autumn 2006 issue (Vol. 33, No.4, pp. 265-68) of Teaching Psychology, a publication of the American Psychological Association. The article describes an instructional exercise that uses an Internet-based “Ice Cream Personality Test” to help undergraduates understand the principles of personality testing, including reliability, validity, Barnum statements, and the ability to generalize.     

Dr. Hugh Grady, Professor of English, edited the book Presentist Shakespeares, which will be issued by Routledge in January 2007.Grady and Terence Hawkes are the editors of this pioneering work, and both have written chapters for it. A pre-publication discount is available to faculty (and others) who purchase a copy of the book from the publisher by Jan. 29.

Dr. Rebecca L Craik, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy, gave the keynote address, “Beyond 2020,” in the Medical School at Northwestern University in Chicago to the physical therapy students at their graduation ceremony on Dec. 9.

Dr. Carol Oatis, Professor of Physical Therapy, Dr. Ned Wolff, Associate Professor of Mathematics, and recent grad Sandra K. Lennon ’06 D.P.T. published of “Knee Joint Stiffness in Individuals With and Without Knee Osteoarthritis: A Preliminary Study,” in the December issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy (Vol. 36, No.12), pp. 935-41). This study offers preliminary data demonstrating the feasibility of measuring stiffness and damping coefficients in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. 

Alumni in the News

In an exhibit “Artist of Normandy Farms,” Hope Dyer, who earned a master’s degree in 1980 and who in 1990 retired from teaching with the Colonial School District, is now nurturing her own inner artist with three of her favorite watercolors on display at Montgomery Country Community College’s Multiple Choice Gallery, as reported in the Dec. 13 issue of The Colonial (Mongomery Newspapers). After she retired, Dyer took classes at Woodmere Art Museum. Her favorite medium is watercolor and her favorite subject are people especially children.

Carla Rebecca Chance, who earned a Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant in 2006, has accepted a position as a physician assistant at Johns Hopkins University Bayview Medical Center in the Neurosurgery Department, as reported in the Nov. 21 Star Democrat (Easton, Md.).

Katherine S. Zanoni, who received a bachelor’s degree in English (Honors Program) with a minor in Anthropology, was featured in an article in the Dec. 1 Philadelphia Inquirer about “Books for Botswana: A real hands-on program.” The article detailed her collecting books for children living with HIV/AIDS in Africa. Zanoni was traveling to Africa to distributed 300 of the 1,100 books she had collected to the Botswana-Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence. The center provides psychological, nutritional and social services to children and their families. To pay for the trip, Zanoni is using money that she earned while working as an editorial assistant for a trade magazine in Fort Washington. She will stay in Botswana with her brother for 2½  months, telling the reporter, “I hope they will keep it running there, and I will keep working to get back to Botswana and get the program extended to other places.”

Publication Information

Contributors: Bridget Curtis '08, Joy Zazzera, Sports Information Director and Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

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