|October 30, 2007|
|October 30, 2007||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Arcadia University Board Launches ‘Quiet Phase’ of Campaign
In a unanimous vote on Friday, the Board of Trustees of Arcadia University approved the start of a campaign to raise funds for a new University Commons for students and faculty, improvements to the campus including a water feature and grand entrance at Church Road, as well as new endowments for scholarships, named faculty positions and “opportunity grants” to help students and faculty take advantage of educational opportunities around the world. Campaign contributors also are being invited to support the Annual Fund, which helps to provide the education and opportunity for all Arcadia students to become global citizens and leaders.
The Campaign, now in the “quiet phase,” will test raising $23.5 million, which is more than twice the amount raised in any previous campaign. Named to lead the effort are trustees Rosemary Blankley ’57, Margaret Wright Steele ’80, and Madeline Johnson Stein ’68. The Co-Chairs are charged with recruiting a Campaign Committee, establishing policies for the campaign, and soliciting the funds needed.
Lois Haber ’71, Chair of Arcadia’s Board of Trustees, announced her pledge of $5 million to the campaign, designating it for the new University Commons. In making the gift, Haber marked $2 million for a challenge grant to the University’s Trustees. She described the campaign as “a turning point for the University” and stated that gifts would impact literally thousands of students.
Haber is a business entrepreneur and co-founder and former CEO of Delaware Valley Financial Services, a business she later sold. DVFS was instrumental in establishing national administrative standards for annuity processing and received the industry’s most prestigious awards for quality services.
The gift is the largest in the University’s history by an alumna. Haber is also the first alumna to be elected Chair of the University’s Board.
The first leadership gift to the campaign was given by Rosemary Blankley ’57, who contributed $1 million.
Get Ready for Spring 2008 Course Registration
It’s time to talk to advisers, pour over the course listings, and plan what to take for the Spring 2008 semester. New this year: Registration materials and instructions are available on the Web instead of being mailed to undergraduate students.
Course listings are available online at www.arcadia.edu/courses. Printed course listings are available at various locations on campus, including Brubaker, Boyer, Taylor (Registrar’s Office), Kuch Center, Landman Library, the Commuter Lounge, Oak Summit, Murphy and other locations. Course listings will be mailed to part-time agraduate students.
Each student can access his or her individual degree progress and Academic Plan via IQ Web (click on Student Information on MyArcadia). Registration instructions for graduate and undergraduate students are available at www.arcadia.edu/register.
Priority registration for Spring 2008 begins Nov. 5 and continues until Nov. 16. Priority registration is the earliest date students can register. After Priority Registration ends, Open Registration continues until classes begin on Jan. 14.
Empty Bowl Dinner Fights Hunger, Homelessness
Arcadia University will hold its annual Empty Bowl Dinner to fight hunger and homelessness on Monday, Nov. 12, in Grey Towers Castle. Arcadia faculty and staff and community members are invited. Seating is by ticket only with the first seating from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and the second seating from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Since 1993, Arcadia University has been holding the Empty Bowl Dinner to help fight hunger and homelessness in U.S. cities as well as other countries. Everyone who attends will get to select a handcrafted bowl made by Arcadia students and local artists in and the around the community. They can then fill their bowls, choosing from an assortment of mouth-watering soups, amazing breads, and desserts—all donated by restaurants and individuals in and around the campus. “Participants take their bowls home to serve as a reminder of the many people in the world who live with an empty bowl every day,” says Cindy Rubino, Arcadia’s Community Service Coordinator.
For information on purchasing tickets, visit www.arcadia.edu/communityservice (click on the Empty Bowl link) or call Arcadia University’s Community Service Office at 215-572-4000. Tickets also will be available for purchase on campus starting Nov. 6 to 8, from 11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. in The Chat and from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. outside the Dining Hall. Tickets are $12 for students with ID and $15 for non-students. “We also ask that each person bring a non-perishable item to the dinner, which will be donated to local food banks,” says Rubino.
Share Thanksgiving with an International Student
Thanksgiving is a truly American tradition, and the Arcadia community is invited to help share this tradition with international students. Faculty, staff and students are invited to open up their homes and host an international student during Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, Nov. 21, to Sunday, Nov. 25. “This experience is a great way for both host families and international students to learn about each other’s cultures,” says Supinda Sirihekaphong, Assistant Director of International Services. “If you are interested in being a host family, please contact the Office of International Services at 215-572-8557 or e-mail email@example.com by Nov. 6.
Campus Achievement Award
Full-time undergraduate students who are involved on campus are encouraged to apply for the Campus Achievement Awards. Students must demonstrate service and leadership on Arcadia’s campus or in the local community, have financial need and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1 for consideration for the Spring 2008 semester. Click here for an application.
What the Bleep? Town Meeting Discussion, Oct. 30
Students, staff and faculty are invited to a Town Meeting Discussion following a showing of the film What The Bleep Do We Know on Tuesday, Oct. 30, in The Chat Performance Area. View the film at 5 p.m. and then join the discussion at 7:30 p.m. Discussion panelists include Dr. Emmanuel Currotto, Chemistry; Dr. John Hoffman, Biology; Dr. John Luetzow, Religion; Dr. Barbara Nodine, Psychology; and Mark Wade, Theatre Arts. The Town Meeting Discussion is sponsored by the Philosophy and Religion Department at Arcadia University and funded by Arcadia University and a grant from the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. For more information, contact Luetzow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Knight Madness Returns, Nov. 1
The third annual Knight Madness is Thursday, Nov. 1, at 10 p.m. in the Kuch Gymnasium. This event, sponsored by Residence Hall Council, once again will rock Arcadia’s campus with the announcement and recognition of all the athletic teams and will be highlighted at midnight with the introduction of the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
“During the past two years, more than 1,500 students, faculty, staff and alumni have attended Knight Madness, and if you asked anyone they will tell you it’s a great night to be a KNIGHT!” notes Nick Luchko, Area Coordinator. “Over $2,000 worth of prizes will be handed out throughout the night as well as different giveaways as you enter the gym.” Clubs, organizations, residence halls and commuters are encouraged to show how much spirit they have by creating banners to decorate the gym. Knight Club, Exaulted Movements and the Cheerleaders will all take the floor throughout the night. There will be class relay races to add money to their budgets, and the faculty and staff will try to avoid going 0-3 in the Faculty/Staff vs. Students basketball game. Also, someone will walk away with $500 in cash at the end of the night. The first 100 students will receive a free ticket to Opening Night for the 76ers on Nov. 3. The best part about this event is that it’s FREE! For more information about this great event contact Residence Hall Council at email@example.com.
Career Networking Luncheon, Sign Up by Nov. 2
The Career Networking Luncheon is Friday, Nov. 9, from noon to 2 p.m. In this annual event, seniors and juniors come together with alumni over luncheon, giving students an opportunity to make connections with people who are successfully employed in their area of study. Sign up by Friday, Nov. 2, with the Career Development Office in Knight Hall, Room 133, phone 215-572-2939, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave your name, phone number, e-mail address, major and intended career field.
Guided Tours of Castle for Faculty, Staff, Nov. 2
Staff Council cordially invites faculty and staff to an in-depth tour of Grey Towers Castle guided by Dr. Mark Curchack, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies and Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, on Friday, Nov. 2, from 10 to 11 a.m. Curchack worked in the Castle for 15 years and developed a keen interest in its history and the work of the late Dr. Kenneth Matthews, the expert on Grey Towers Castle. Marie Gallagher, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, whose senior thesis chronicled the biography of William Welsh Harrison, original owner of the Castle, also contributed to his knowledge of the Castle. If you are interested in attending a Castle Tour, please respond by Thursday, Nov. 1, to email@example.com.
Sing, Read or Dance at SAA Coffeehouse, Nov. 2
Do you want to read your poetry? Sing a song? Perform a dance? Tell some jokes? Student Alumni Ambassadors is looking for performers for its annual Coffeehouse on Friday, Nov. 2, from 8 to 11 p.m. in The Chat. SAA coffeehouses are known for their diverse performers, from singing to poetry, and dancers to bands. “If you don’t perform, stop by and grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some snacks and good entertainment!” says SAA President Barry Hendler. For more information or to register yourself or a group, contact Hendler at extension 2430 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.This is event is free and open to the public.
Bus for RENT Leaves at 7:30 a.m., Nov. 3
On Saturday, Nov. 3, the Student Activities Office is sponsoring a trip to New York City to see the Broadway hit RENT. Students who already have purchased tickets should arrive at the Taylor parking lot on or before 7:30 a.m. For those who have not purchased a ticket and are still interested in going to see RENT, available seats will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Plan to arrive at the Taylor parking lot around 7:30 a.m. and bring $35 cash to board the bus, student charges will not be permitted at the time of departure. For more information regarding this trip or any other Student Activities sponsored event, contact the Student Activities Office at 215-572-4082 or email@example.com.
Nader: An Unreasonable Man, Nov. 6
Arcadia’s ITVS Community Cinema will feature An Unreasonable Man, a film about one of American’s most controversial political figures, Ralph Nader. Watch the film and join in the post-screening discussion on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Murphy Hall’s Stiteler Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. The post-screening discussion will be lead by Dr. Joan Thompson, Co-Chair of the Political Science Department, and students from the student-run organization Politically Incorrect. Arcadia’s Community Cinema program is sponsored by the Office of International Services, the President’s Office and University Relations. For more information, please visit www.arcadia.edu/cinema.
Civility in Action Leadership Discussion, Nov. 7
A Civility in Action Leadership Discussion with Daniel Dotse and Sadik Antwi will be held Nov. 7 in the Library Gallery Room from 7 to 9 p.m. Civility in Action is an initiative to encourage Arcadia University's campus to move from a civility statement to actions. Discussions feature young people who have taken leadership to advocate for or otherwide engage their community to champion a social justice issue. This free event is presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Art Gallery's The Grove Opening and Lecture, Nov. 8
The Arcadia University Art Gallery presents The Grove from Nov. 8 through Dec. 20. An installation by Los Angeles-based artist Sean Duffy, The Grove engages visitors in a unique participatory experience. The project is composed of 18 turntables, each linked to 20 speakers suspended from the ceiling on hand-made supports that resemble picnic tables. A selection of albums by instrumental and vocal performers at each turntable allows participants to change the sound environment interactively. With close to 400 speakers, The Grove creates a canopy of sound from a collective-community orchestration of ever-evolving musical compositions. There will be a lecture by Sean Duffy and an opening reception on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. Click here for more information.
Informal Festive Shindig Extravaganza Blowout 2007, Nov. 9
The Fall Informal Festive Shindig Extravaganza Blowout 2007 is sponsored by the First-Year Learning Communities on Nov. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. It is open to the whole campus and events are free, with special events designed as donation opportunities for charities such as ALS. View schedule.
International Education Week, Nov. 12-16
Celebrate other cultures and make global connections during the upcoming International Week activities. The week is sponsored by Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad, Community Services, International Club, International Programs and Initiatives, International Services, Modern Languages, Multicultural Affairs, Parkhurst Dining Services and Student Activities. Click here to view schedule.
Brother Poets Kick off Writers Series, Nov. 16
Brothers David and Daniel Simpson will appear at Arcadia University for the first presentation in the 2007-08 Writers Series on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Landman Library’s University Gallery Room. David Simpson was awarded the 2007 Montgomery County Poet Laureateship, and Daniel Simpson received the Poet Laureate of Lansdowne in Delaware County. Both poets are legally blind. This event is free and open to the public. A CD of the Simpsons reading their poetry will be on sale at the reading. A reception is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Richard Wertime, 215-572-2963.
David Simpson earned his master’s degree in Creative Writing from New York University. His poetry has appeared in several journals, including the Verse Daily and Alaska Quarterly Review. In 2005, Simpson was the first runner up in the Fraser Poetry Competition and was accepted into a four-week seminar in manuscript preparation led by fellow poet Stephen Dunn at the 2007 Nebraska Summer Writers Conference. David Simpson has recently retired from Verizon Inc. and now works part-time as a Braille music and assistive technology specialist for blind musicians.
Daniel Simpson studied poetry while earning an M.A. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. Some of his work has appeared in the Cortland Review and the Atlanta Review. In 2003, he received a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the arts. A former church musician and high school English teacher, he currently works as the Access Technology Consultant for the Free Library of Philadelphia.
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Students Look for Internships, Jobs at Fair
Lots of Arcadia students took advantage of the Internship and Job Fair last week to explore career and internship options. Students, dressed for job seeking, brought copies of their resumes as they took advantage of the opportunity to meet potential employers on campus. For more information about internships and resume assistance, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939, firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by Knight Hall, Room 133.
IPCR Faculty, Students Present at Conference
Faculty and graduate students in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s degree program are participating in the 2007 International Studies Northeast/Northeastern Political Science Association joint annual meeting, Nov. 15-17 in Philadelphia. “We are really proud to have three people from IPCR participating in this conference!” notes Dr. Angela Kachuyevski, Assistant Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program. “I will be chairing and serving as discussant for the panel on ‘United Nations: Future Issues.’” Two graduate students will present their research.
Safeer Bhatti, a graduate student in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s program, will participate in the International Studies Northeast/ Northeastern Political Science Association, presenting a paper titled “Is the UN a Capable Third Party Mediator?” Bhatti is participating in two other conferences this year. In September, he presented a paper on “Operation Mediation Kashmir” at the Peace and Justice Association Conference. He also will attend the World International Studies Conference in Slovenia in July, presenting a paper on “How has the conflict of Darfur impacted notions of Sovereignty?” Read his abstracts.
Caroline Carr, a graduate student in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s program, will present a paper on the panel “Gender, War and Conflict.” Her paper is titled “Can National, Regional and Non-governmental Organizations Effectively Build Social Capital amongst Women in Post-Conflict Societies?” Read her abstract.
Madsen Awarded Family Practice PA Scholarship
Nate Madsen ’09, a second-year graduate student pursuing dual degrees in Public Health and Physician Assistant (M.S.P.H./M.M.S.), received a $1,000 scholarship from the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants. The scholarship was awarded to just five students nationally based on an essay showing their dedication to the family practice field.
Faculty Scholarly, Creative Works Recognized
The first published anthology of faculty and students’ Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments recognizes the research, scholarly, and creative achievements made by members of the Arcadia University community in 2006. “The strength of our faculty and staff is represented by the quality and quantity of creative and scholarly works. Simple numbers of invited presentations, books, referred publications, grants, and juried exhibitions are not sufficient in highlighting these accomplishments,” notes President Jerry Greiner. “Members of our community are active in premier journals and international professional organizations. The breadth of our community is demonstrated by the wide range of scholarly and creative activities occurring on campus.
“The presence of accomplished scholars on campus provides our students with the opportunity to learn from and in many cases work with renowned experts in fields of expertise,” Greiner adds. “This exposure exemplifies the integrative and personal learning experience found within the Arcadia Promise. The Annual Presentation of Capstone Projects provides an opportunity for our graduating students to demonstrate their personal achievements within their subject major. This development of ideas is fostered by many hours of hard work in the collaboration between the student and their faculty mentor. It is a further indication of the importance of our faculty-student experiences that many students go beyond their presentation to the campus community and take their work to professional conferences, exhibitions, or are co-authors of formal publications.”
Women’s Soccer Hosts Freedom Conference Semifinals
Arcadia’s women’s soccer team (14-3-2), the no. 2 seed, hosts third-seed Wilkes University in a Freedom Semifinals match on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 2:30 p.m. on Kuch Field.
(Courtesy of Wilkes Sports Information) First-year Janelle Jablonski scored an unassisted goal at the 101:55 mark of the second overtime period to lift Arcadia University to a 2-1 win over Wilkes University in a Freedom Conference women’s soccer match on Sunday afternoon at Ralston Field. Jablonski's game winner spun toward the back post as the wind and help from Wilkes keeper Liz Pauly’s glove flicked the ball into the net to give Arcadia its first overtime win of the season. The loss dropped Wilkes to the number-three seed for the conference playoffs that will begin on Tuesday when Wilkes travels to second-seeded Arcadia for a semi-final match. The Knights will head into the tilt with an overall record of 14-3-2, and finished with a 4-1-1 record in conference play. Arcadia entered today's match having shutout its opponents over the last 270:00 minutes. Game time for Tuesday's match will be announced on Monday. Read more about the Knights road to the playoffs.
Volleyball Team’s Freedom Semifinals Match is Wednesday
Arcadia’s volleyball team (#3) travels to Farleigh-Dickinson-Florham (#2) for the Freedom Conference Semifinals match in Madison, N.J., on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m. In the final match of the regular season, Arcadia’s volleyball team needed only three games to clinch the #3 seed for post-season play by defeating the Valiants of Manhattanville College, 30-15, 30-26, 30-19. The Knights were led by Samantha Schad, who had 15 kills and hit a stifling .500, and Kim Lomas, who had 10 kills. Rachel Glass also played an integral role, registering 38 assists. The Knights clinch a playoff berth with a win at Wilkes last Wednesday. Read more about the volleyball team’s playoff path.
Plunkett Ends Career with Two Goals in Final Men's Soccer Game
Senior back Andrew Plunkett ended his collegiate soccer career as the 2007 squad’s leading scorer with two tallies in Arcadia’s devastating 3-2 season-ending loss at Wilkes on Sunday. He finishes the season with 16 points (7 G, 2 A).
The Knights needed to win their final two Freedom matches, and get help from other teams, to enter the post season. But Thursday’s 2-1 loss to FDU-Florham sealed their fate. The team stepped up the tempo during the final ten minutes of play, but an insurance marker by FDU and a goal post prevented the Knights from forcing extra time.
After a strike from first-year Matt Nowicki hit the right goal post, he pounced on a rebound from a Matt Benner shot on goal, sending the ball back into the twine to put the Knights on the board at 85:38, bringing them within one.
A controversial whistle came on an Arcadia scoring chance with under a minute remaining and numbers in favor of the Knights. FDU recovered the ball and held possession for the remainder of the period to escape with a 2-1 win. Sophomore goalkeeper Jeff Kratohwill made 2 saves in the affair.
On Sunday, Arcadia concluded the year with a loss at Wilkes, an overall record of 2-14-2 and a conference record of 1-5.
Plunkett made one last statement in the final game of his collegiate career as he lifted the Knights to a 2-0 lead. The senior put the Knights on top at 21:15 when he scored off a Joe Clementi assist. He knocked home a second goal for Arcadia at 56:15 in the second half off a Matt Nowicki assist to make it 2-0.
Wilkes began their comeback with 19:53 remaining. Sean Vona converted a penalty kick following an Arcadia foul in the box.
The Colonels forced overtime when Andy Curry struck net off an assist from Sean Vona with just 3:13 left in regulation. The game-winning goal came at the 96:10 mark of overtime when Jonathan Kushner took a pass from Curry and delivered a shot into the back of the net.
Athletics news and schedules are available at www.arcadia.edu/athletics.
Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics and Alia White, Student Intern. Photos: Joshua Blustein. Videos: Janet Gala, University Relations. Web Producers: Sue Gettlin and Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.
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