|August 28, 2007|
|August 28, 2007||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Class of 2011 Moves In
On Friday, Aug. 24, the Class of 2011 moved into residence halls in an almost-choreographed procession of green and gray shirts carrying boxes, bedding and books. Boxes of books, noted Enrollment Management Vice President Dana Davies, who carried some of them to third floor rooms in the Castle. “We do have books in our library,” she joked at New Student Orientation. Even as cars were unloaded, others ventured to local stores for just a few more things.
Opening Day was a mixture of hellos and goodbyes for the new students. Hello to your roommate, your R.A., and others in your hall. Goodbye to your parents, who actually did depart at the end of the day.
During summer orientation, Arcadia’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Jan Walbert, offered parents a light-hearted look at what to expect on opening day.
“Look forward to unloading the car,” she said. “It’s taken you three weeks to pack the car,” Walbert told parents during orientation. “And you’re on the third floor…and then suddenly, all these people come out of nowhere and then swoop down on your car and take everything up to your room in just minutes.”
Dozens of student-athletes, faculty and staff made true on that promise on Friday morning. Baseball Coach Kevin Woodbridge set the record for number of refrigerators carried—about two dozen—with President Jerry Greiner setting a new personal best. Green and gray shirts glistened with the efforts of those making multiples trips to third floors. As Reference Librarian Calvin Wang said at the end of the day, “I’m not as young as I was this morning.”
“It’s a precursor of the personal attention we give students throughout their college careers,” says Greiner. Note, however, that returning students are on their own for move-in!
After attending different orientation session, parents and students reunited at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Castle for a reception. Then at 4:30 p.m., parents departed. “That’s not a choice,” Walbert said with a smile at summer orientation. This fall marks her 19th year in welcoming new students to Arcadia—and helping parents cope with the transition to college as well.
Access the World with Campus-wide Wi-Fi
Arcadia University students have “everywhere” access to the world through a new campus-wide wireless network being installed this summer. The new Wi-Fi network makes the whole campus a “hot spot” for wireless Internet access.
Top 15 Things RAs, CAs, AAs Learned
Resident Assistants, Apartment Assistants and Commuter Assistants at Arcadia prepared for the arrival of students by training for two weeks with the Student Affairs Staff. The group learned about six key competencies (student development, multicultural competence and diversity, community development, professionalism, assertiveness and responsiveness). The RAs, AAs and CAs also went to camp together for two days, attended dinners held by Dean of Students Jeff Ewing and President Jerry and Terry Greiner, enjoyed a piñata party, decorated their halls, and learned about the protocols to follow while “on-duty.”
Click Here for the Video of RAs describing the top 15 things they learned during their training. In order of appearance they are: Cate Rooney (second floor, Thomas Hall), Kate Conway (first west, Kistler Hall), Alyssa Trytek (second floor, Knight Hall), Bryan Durfee (C Building, Oak Summit), Maya Stewart (first north, Heinz Hall), L.J. Morgan (A Building, Oak Summit), followed by Catherine Mattingly, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Training and Development.
19 New Faculty Join Arcadia
“It is once again my pleasure to welcome a cohort of new faculty members to the Arcadia community,” says Academic Vice President and Provost Michael Berger. Nineteen faculty searches were successfully conducted this past year, some new positions and some replacing retiring faculty.
Dining Services Retail Items up 4 Percent
Starting this fall, a 4 percent price increase applies to all items sold in Dining Services retail areas, including The Chat, Brubaker Café and Faculty/Staff Dining Room. Dining Services information and menus are available on MyArcadia under the Campus tab.
What Did New Students Read This Summer?
During Orientation, new students discussed Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams in small groups with faculty, administration, and staff serving as small group discussion leaders. The book of fictional dreams explores life from the relative perspectives of time as Einstein may have imagined.
Basketball Alum to Play Around the World
David Boettcher, who earned a B.A. in Biology in 2007 from Arcadia University and was a four-year starter for the Arcadia Knights, has contracted to play basketball for the New York Nationals Basketball team. Boettcher graduated from Penncrest High School in Media, Pa.
At Arcadia, Boettcher played forward. During his senior year, he scored 16 points per game and 11 rebounds. He was first in the league and 13th in the country in rebounding (in NCAA Division III), fifth in the league in scoring, and First Team All PAC. He was Arcadia’s Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Pat Dorney, Arcadia’s head coach for Men’s Basketball said of Boettcher, “Dave is one of the hardest working student-athletes I have ever coached, and through his work ethic, he positioned himself to take his game to the next level with the Generals. Each year at Arcadia he continually grew as a player, and I believe he has yet to reach the ceiling of his capabilities on the court and in his professional career.” Read more.
New Student Convocation, Aug. 28
Convocation, the culminating activity of New Student Orientation, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in Stiteler Auditorium. A photograph of the Class of 2011 will be taken at 6:15 p.m.
Classes Begin, Aug. 29
Arcadia University begins its 154th academic year on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 8:30 a.m.!
Comedian Alexandra McHale, Aug. 29
Comedian Alexandra McHale entertains Arcadia on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 8 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. Her performance is free and sponsored by Student Programming Board. McHale has appeared on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Comedy Central’s Premium Bland, and New Joke City with Robert Klein on the Metro Channel. Campus Activities Magazine nominated her Female Entertainer of the Year. See her in The Chat for a laugh out loud good time.
Laser Tag and More at Student Activities Fair, Oct. 30
Find out about all the things to get involved in at the Student Activities Fair on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. Clubs and organization will have tables along the Walk of Pride, and club members will have representatives available to answer questions you may have. Check out laser tag and more!
Singer-Songwriter Nick Motil, Aug. 31
Singer-Songwriter Nick Motil makes Arcadia the sixth stop on his Fall 2007 University Tour, bringing “music with a heart” to The Chat Performance Area on Friday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. His performance is free and sponsored by Student Programming Board. Cult sensation Motil has been slowly bubbling around the fringes of a scene that includes such names as Dave Matthews, David Grey and Everclear. His fall college tour includes more than 40 dates throughout the Northeast and Midwest. “I’m just now figuring out how I want to present my music both on and off stage,” says Motil, “and I’m just getting started.”
Motil is an experienced performer and storyteller. “It’s really, for me, all about lyrics and the story-telling,” says Motil. “I feel the best songs come from the best hearts.” From campus to campus, he’s carried a quietly hopeful message of love and life to thousands. In addition, via a residency at Margaritaville in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, he’s entertained countless number of visitors. “I want to become more that your average boy with a guitar,” he says. Currently, Motil is the most-booked singer-songwriter on the college market. Distinctively, Motil plays all his shows barefoot. Read more about his CDs and his performance style at http://www.nickmotil.com and
’80s Dance Party at the Castle, Sept. 1
Listen to ’80s music by Michael Jackson, Taylor Dayne, INXS and others at the ’80s Dance Party at the Castle on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 9 p.m. This event is free and sponsored by Student Programming Board.
Lecture Series on Inspirational Feminist Psychologists
The Association for Women in Psychology, Philadelphia Chapter and the Arcadia University Department of Psychology present their 2007-08 lecture series. Dr. Sara J. Corse, Clinical Director at the Council for Relationships, will discuss Healing Relationships: Three Generations of Loss and Discovery, on Friday, Sept. 28. All lectures are held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Landman Library University Gallery Room on the campus of Arcadia University.
Corse will address the Multigenerational aspects of the mother-daughter relationship during care-giving and grieving at the end of life. The potential for women in the “sandwich generation” to transform their relationships with their mothers and offer important lessons to the next generation will be discussed. Three paradoxes of family relationships will be explored: 1) liberating constraints: how we are freed by the bonds that connect us; 2) embracing impossibility: how we can activate new possibilities for relating to one another when we are emotionally present in the face of our inadequacies; and 3) spiraling into centeredness: how the loss of control can lead to a deeper sense of being grounded.
For more information on registration contact Carol Lyman at 215-572-4693
Knights Begin First Season in Middle Atlantic Conferences
Arcadia’s Knights are beginning their first season in a new conference. Arcadia University is now a member of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation (MASCAC) and competes in its Middle Atlantic Conferences—the Freedom and Commonwealth. The conference originated in 1912 and is one of the largest Division III NCAA conferences.
"Arcadia University is pleased to be a new member of the MASCAC. Membership in the MASCAC allows us to expand our recruiting visibility to a broader geographic region as our student-athletes compete with others from institutions of high academic caliber," says Arcadia President Jerry M. Greiner.
Arcadia recently concluded its tenure as a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC). Arcadia was one of the founding institutions of the PAC. The Knights won 15 PAC championships, made 17 PAC finals appearances, and earned 368 All PAC selections and 20 Coach of the Year awards since the inception of the conference in 1992.
For team schedules, visit www.arcadia.edu/athletics.
Arcadia Baseball Begins New Era Under Woodbridge
After one season as Arcadia University’s interim-head baseball coach, alumnus Kevin Woodbridge has been appointed as full-time head coach. Woodbridge was named the 2007 Coach of the Year in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference.
In the 2007 season, Woodbridge led the Arcadia Knights to a 24-12 overall record, 17-4 in conference play, where they finished on top of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference regular season standings before being defeated by Gwynedd-Mercy College 6-5 in the second round of playoff action.
Woodbridge hails from Bangor, Pa., and studied communications at Arcadia
University, where he was a baseball standout on the mound. He was a member
of the first Arcadia team to make the PAC playoffs (2002), 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. He also holds the school
record for consecutive wins (8). He did not lose a game during his junior
and senior years.
Carney Takes Over Helm of Arcadia Field Hockey
Bucks County native Colleen Carney will take over the reigns of Arcadia’s Field Hockey program, announced Shirley Liddle, Director of Athletics and Recreation. Carney steps in for Lucinda Joseph, head Lacrosse coach at Arcadia, who served the 2006 season as the team’s interim head coach.
From 1985 to 1988, Carney was a three-sport standout at William Tennent High School, Warminster, Pa., before being recruited to the field hockey program at the University of Connecticut, where she was a two-time All American, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 1992. At William Tennent, Carney played forward and in 1987 she finished tied for the lead in the Philadelphia area with 21 goals and was named Courier Times Co-Player of the Year. She also poured in 1,567 points on the hardwood as a three-year member of the basketball team and was inducted to Tennent’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Carney currently serves as the Assistant Varsity/Head JV girl’s basketball coach at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown, Pa., and as head coach for the West Chester Sparks girl’s AAU basketball program. Carney is employed by the Derema Group, West Chester, Pa., as a human resources assistant. She resides in Kennett Square, Pa.
Arcadia Taps Melissa King for Women’s Tennis
Melissa King ’04M has been named Head Coach for Women’s Tennis, announced Shirley Liddle, Director of Athletics and Recreation. King takes over the reigns of Arcadia’s Women’s Tennis program after head coach Lax Sphabmixay stepped down to concentrate on the men’s program.
“Melissa has an extensive tennis background as a player and is very knowledgeable with trends in the sport of women’s tennis,” Liddle says. “She is going to be a fine addition to our staff, and I know the student-athletes are looking forward to beginning the Fall 2007 season with her at the helm.”
King has been employed as an Information Security Analyst for GMAC Residential in Horsham since 2000 and serves as a project manager consultant for Intelligent Security & Stenstrom Scientific in Camden, N.J.
The Danville, Virginia native began her tennis career at the age of 10, worked her way up to earn the #1 singles position at George Washington High School, and played for Averett University, Danville, Va., as a #1 player. King had been chosen to serve as Assistant Head Coach at Averett but was obligated to enter the United States Navy for four active years of duty. During that time, King traveled to Florida, California, Australia, New Zealand and Virginia as a Radioman Information Technology 3rd Class. While serving in Australia, King was one of seven women worldwide chosen to try out for the All Navy Women’s Tennis Team in Florida where she gained experience playing against top women players in the United States.
King earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1998 from St. Joseph’s University and graduated from Arcadia University in 2004 with a M.A. in English.
She has been a member of the Alumni Board of Directors at Arcadia since 2006 and recently was selected to chair the Alumni Project Committee in April 2007. She is an active member of the United States Tennis Association and participates in numerous local tournaments.
FACULTY IN THE NEWS
Thomas Brinker, Professor of Accounting was the invited speaker at the National Tax Institute on June 23 and 24 at the Atlantis Resort on Paradis Island, Bahamas, and also on July 30 and 31 at the Sanctuary Resort on Kiawah Island, S.C. His topic of discussions were 2007 Federal Income Tax Update and Selected Topics in Business Taxation. Brinker also authored “New Ruling Expands Definition of “North American Area” for Attendance at Foreign Conventions,” for the Aug. 2007 issue of The Tax Adviser.
During the summer, Larry Atkins, Adjunct Professor in the English, Communications, and Theatre Arts Department, wrote op-eds, essays and articles for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News, Christian Science Monitor, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Daily News, Counterpunch.org, and Z Magazine. He was interviewed on KYW 1060 AM regarding the Philadelphia Writers Conference, of which he is a board member and publicity director. Read his article “Hungry for younger readers, newspapers should embrace their voices,” in the July 26 The Christian Science Monitor.
STUDENTS IN THE NEWS
Hilda Rivera, a Biology major, was the student speaker at the fourth annual scholarship breakfast hosted by the Alliance Leadership Alliance of the Lehigh Valley on June 8, as reported in the June 27 Bethlehem Press (Bethlehem, Pa.). In speaking to scholarship winners, their families, partner colleges, Alliance members and sponsors, Rivera, who is the first in her family to graduate high school and attend a four-year college, said that hard work, good planning and some outside help can take a person wherever he or she want to go in life. “This program allowed me opportunities I never would have had without it,” she said.
Rodolfo Vidal ’07, an Arcadia student who studied abroad at the Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, is profiled in the Griffith University Study Abroad Brochure.
Anna Sadbeck, a 26-year-old history student, wrote an opinion column in the July 1 Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Pa.). In her article, “Tick, tick, tick: Time along does not a wise man make,” Sadbeck writes that in her experience, age alone has not been the marker of wisdom, and with confidence she says that she has met people with immense open-mindedness, wisdom, and understanding in many different age categories, adding, “I have learned that every age carries with it a silent wisdom to be respected.”
Drew Nesbitt, an incoming Physical Therapy graduate student, participated in the FreshBurst Listerine Five-Miler, as reported in the July 19 Lititz Record Express. Out of a field of 400 total finishers, Nesbitt was runner-up with a time of 25:33 (48 seconds behind the first-place winner’s time of 24:45). Nesbitt ran the race in support of his employer, Hartz Physical Therapy. Brian Hartz is “showing me the ropes, and I’m willing to help him out anyway I can because he’s a great guy,” Nesbitt said.
Jean Minto, who earned an M.A. in Education in 1999, has been named the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Philadelphia Biblical University in Langhorne, Pa., as reported in the Sunday, Aug. 19, School Notes, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Minto has been a Professor of Humanities at Philadelphia Biblical since joining the faculty in 1991.
Jeremy R. White ’07, a Theatre Arts and English major, plans to pursue his master’s degree at the University of Scranton, as reported in the July 29 Sunday Times.
Ryan L. Dansak, who earned an M.A. in Education in 2003, graduated from Duquesne University School of Law with a degree of Juris Doctor on June 3, as reported in the July 11 Daily News (McKeesport, Pa.). While studying for his master’s degree, he was an Adjunct Professor of English and directed the University’s writing center. During his studies at Duquesne, he co-authored a reference book for legal professionals, which was published by Duquesne University.
Ellen Budman, who completed her Superintendent’s Certification in 2007, was named the Bristol Township School District’s superintendent, as reported in the July 9 Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Pa.). Budman, who was the principal at James Buchanan Elementary School, had been approached by members of the school board in 2006 and asked if she would serve as acting assistant superintendent.
Barbara Hillier ’76 was profiled June 22 in the online Princeton Packet for being selected design principal for a new two-level gallery wing for the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa. Hillier is a principal in the architectural and design firm RMJM Hiller (formerly known Hillier). In 1994, Hillier’s firm designed the renovation of Arcadia’s Health Sciences Center. For Hillier the renovation was a defining experience for her that combined nostalgia with vision. “We took advantage of the building’s bucolic hillside location and were able to construct some bright, open classrooms,” said Hillier. “It was extremely gratifying.” Read More
Molly Caffrey ’03, who earned her B.F.A. in Ceramics, has a collection of her pottery on display at the Cumberland County Library, as reported in the July 18 Bridgeton News (Cumberland County, N.J.) and the Millville News. McCaffrey works at the Morris Goodwin School, the Clay College and the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts. Her work also was displayed at Gallery 50 in July.
Sunshine Werbock O’Donnell ’99, who earned a B.A. degree with a double major in English and in Theatre Arts, published her first novel, Open Me, a novel set in historically authentic but previously uncharted territory: the world of the paid mourners. O’Donnell was profiled in the Aug. 12 Philadelphia Inquirer and in the June 21 Northeast Times (Philadelphia, Pa). Both profiles detail her desire to put her energy into her writing. She knew what she wanted to do with her life at the young age of 5, telling her mother she want to be a writer—which led her to become a journalist for the Northeast Times, from 1994 to 1999. Besides her work as a journalist, she also is an award-winning poet and essayist and founded the Coffeehouse Project, an educational writing, arts and science program for under-privileged children in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Her book is available at Barnes & Noble stores in the Discover Great Writers section this month. Besides the debut of her first novel, she also became a mother with the birth of her first child, Kieran. “This is a very lucky year,” said O’Donnell, who lives in Mount Airy. “I wanted to be an author and a mom, and both happened in the same year.” She will read from Open Me on Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Big Blue Marble Bookstore, at 551 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, Pa, and will be returning to Arcadia University on Wednesday, Oct. 3, as part of Arcadia’s Writers Return to Campus Series.
Steven M. Schiavone, who earned a B.S. in computer science in 1994, has been named Executive Director of Aid for Friends by the charity’s Board of Directors, as reported in the June 27 Far Northeast Citizen-Sentinel (Feasterville, Pa.) and the Telegraph (Horsham, Pa.). Aid for Friends, based in Northeast Philadelphia, provides free, home-cooked dinners, delivered by compassionate volunteers to 2,194 shut-ins, primarily the frail elderly, in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. The organization has more than 16,000 active volunteers.
Dorothy Anderson ’65, a Trenton Country Club member and a resident of Yardley, Pa., had a two stroke the lead in the annual Women’s Trenton District Golf Association three-day championship, as reported in the July 19 The Times (Trenton, N.J.). Anderson is ready for her first win in the WTDGA’s premier event. She went on to take first in the three day amateur championship event. Anderson didn’t start playing golf until the age of 45. “I played tennis, lacrosse and filed hockey at Beaver College and captained the teams,” she said.
Sue Lincoln, who earned a B.A. in History in 1965, has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Madison Chamber of Commerce, Madison, N.J., as reported in the June 28 The Madison Eagle. The award is the most prestigious honor to be presented to a Chamber member. Lincoln was recognized for her 22 years with the Chamber and its Board of Directors. In1985, Lincoln founded Classic Travel as owner and operator. In 2000, the business became the Classic Travel Group, and she served as president when it merged with Scully Travel in 2004. As a volunteer, Lincoln served a two-year term as president of the Beaver College Alumnae Association of Morris; a 12-year assistant at the information desk of Morristown Memorial Hospital; a four-term president of the Madison/Florham Park Women’s Club; a 31-year member of the Thursday Morning Club in Madison; a deacon of the Presbyterian Church of Madison; a member of the Madison Republican Committee, and a 12-year representative on the borough’s Downtown Development Commission from 1991-06.
Jennifer Whitener ’01 is the new Director of Marketing with Davis Buckley Architects & Planners, whose firm is known for its work with museums and memorials in and aroundWashington, D.C.
Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein. Videos: Janet Gala, University Relations. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, Web Communications Manager and Assistant Director of University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.
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