December 4, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
December 4, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

‘Ubiquity’ Sculptures on Campus

Sculpture

Students in Adjunct Professor Andy Shaw's Fine Arts Ceramics III class prepared an outdoor art installation now on display around campus. The class of five students—Jennifer Heffner ’08, Interior Design; Shannon McCafferty ’08, Ceramics; Jennifer Matthews, Mathematics and Pre-Engineering; Jacki Cantor, a graduate student in the Master of Arts in Education program, and Amy Miller, who is pursuing her graduate degree in the Humanities Program—worked on the project, which they named Ubiquity. The project’s name and artwork, they said, is used to emphasize the format of multiples that are used to reinforce the concept of ubiquity. The students decided that incorporating the five senses into their ceramic pieces would be a great way to make people aware of the objects. These pieces of artwork also represent familiar objects seen on and around the campus.

Jobs Available for Students over Winter Break

Looking to make some money over winter break? There are a few on-campus positions available to students over the winter break. Pay is $7.50 per hour, and students can work up to 40 hours per week. Positions are available to all students even if they do not qualify for work study. For more information, contact Celina Gonzalez, Student Service Center Counselor, at gonzalezc1@arcadia.edu.

There’s Still Time to Get a Flu Shot on Campus

Last week was National Influenza Immunization week, and Student Health Services reminds all faculty, staff and students that it’s not too late to be immunized against the flu. The flu shot can be given before or during the flu season, and SHS has several dozen shots left. “While the best time to get a flu shot is October or November, a flu shot in December or later will still protect you against the flu,” says Claire Washington, Student Health Services Director. For a flu shot, visit SHS during work hours, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. daily in Heinz Hall, garden level. Call 215-572-2966 for more information.

Student Service Scholarships Are Now Available

Arcadia students who are active community service volunteers may be eligible to receive a monetary academic award. Earn $1,250 for completing 450 hours of community service within a 365-day year. Students who are interested in participating or want more information should contact Cindy Rubino in the Community Service Office in Knight Hall (Office 132B) or at rubino@arcadia.edu. Requirements: Students must submit an essay (outline for the essay can be obtained in the Community Service Office) and perform 450 hours of community service within a 12-month period. Work-study hours may qualify. Eight recipients will be chosen.

Hospitality Management Course Offered in Spring

A special topics course being offered for the first time in the spring, BA 285 International Hospitality Management will focus on the operation and management of hotels, food services and catering, tourism, and theme parks. Students in this overview course should have some business courses or corporate communications courses as prerequisites. The course is from 8:45 to 10:00 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and includes an overnight trip to Atlantic City where students will meet with executives of a casino, hotel and the tourism bureau. For more information, contact Robert H. Kieserman, M.B.A., M.L.I.S, Visiting Assistant Professor and Healthcare Administration Adviser.

United Way Campaign Forms Due Dec. 7

By now, most faculty and staff have received their United Way campaign packets in the mail. If you are interested in participating, please return your pledge forms by Dec. 7. For more information, contact Katie Kelly in the Office of Human Resources at 215-572-2173 or kellyk@arcadia.edu.

Winter Camp-in, Service Project for Sophomores

Helping HandsCalling all sophomores! Not sure what to do over Winter Break? Here’s a chance to spend an eventful week making a difference, helping agencies assist the hungry and homeless. “Do your part by helping to clean and paint houses in preparation for previously homeless residents, sort and pack food donations, and prepare and host a dinner for sheltered families,” says Cindy Rubino, Community Services Coordinator. Winter Break Service Week takes place Jan. 8 to 13. Housing and food are free for those participating in the Winter Camp-in. Arcadia will host a service group from Juniata College. This joint service experience will afford students from both institutions an opportunity to participate in meaningful service in the Philadelphia region. For more information, contact Rubino at 215-572-4000 or visit www.arcadia.edu/communityservice.

For sophomores who are trying to sort out their career interests, there is a second initiative: the Sophomore Career Exploration Program. Read more.

Shop Online—and Fund Community Service

CheerThe Office of Community Service is making its list and checking it twice. “Tops on the list during the holiday shopping season is our new online fundraising effort,” notes Coordinator Cindy Rubino. “We are registered as the designated recipient of a percentage of dollars spent at any of the over 680 online stores. So as people do their everyday and holiday shopping, money is raised for our groups to venture forth and lend a helping hand building houses.”

“Visit our online malls and www.igive.com (once you reach this site, search for Arcadia University) to shop at all of your favorite retailers. You will receive all special prices and discounts that would normally be given on each Web site, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Community Service Office,” notes Rubino.

Gifts Needed for Operation Holiday Families

CheerIn this year’s Operation Holiday, members of the Arcadia community will assist disadvantaged families from Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inn Dwelling and a Philadelphia youth service program. For faculty and staff participants, a copy of the list of families and their needs is available on the 'L' drive in an Excel file named “Operation Holiday Wish List 2007.” For students and community members, a list is available on the Community Service Office door, located in the first level of Knight Hall. Contact the Community Service Office at 215-572-4000 or rubino@arcadia.edu. Please bring all gifts to the Community Service Office by Dec. 15.

upcoming events

Let's Go: Find out what's happening at Arcadia University

Theatre: Carnival, through Dec.9

The musical Carnival is a magical show of circus performers and clowns and a reminder of the redemptive power of love, based on a book by Michael Stewart with music and lyrics by Bob Merrill. Lili finds herself the star attraction of the carnival when she becomes the close friend of an unlikely set of puppets. The cynical puppeteer Paul is secretly in love with Lili but unable to speak with her directly. The musical will be held at the Mainstage.

For ticket reservations, e-mail arcadiatheatre@arcadia.edu, call 215-572-2112 or use the online reservation system, TicketLeap. Tickets can be purchased online up until Thursday before weekend performances.

Holiday Concerts, Dec. 4 and 5

Welcome the holiday season with great music. There are three upcoming concerts featuring talented Arcadia faculty and students at Grey Towers Castle:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 4
    Holiday Concert featuring Arcadia’s Choir, directed by Steve Tippett. The performance runs from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Mirror Room.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5
    Arcadia’s Woodwind Quintet in Residence Concert featuring Arcadia faculty and students. The show begins at 7 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Mirror Room.

  • Monday, Dec. 10
    Big Band/Jazz Concert featuring Dr. Frabizio's Band (Dr. Frabizio is Chair of the Music Department). The music starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Grey Towers Castle Landing.

For additional information, contact Steve Tippett at tippetts@arcadia.edu.

Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, Dec. 5

Arcadia University will host a free film screening of the ITVS Community Cinema series with “Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita,” on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Murphy Hall, Stiteler Auditorium. The film by Maria Finitzo is a close-up look inside the life and laboratory of Dr. Jack Kessler, a renowned stem cell expert, and depicts the high stakes involved in the quest to harness the full potential of stem cell medicine. For more information on Arcadia University Community Cinema, visit www.arcadia.edu/cinema.

DJ Hi-Res: ‘This is Nowhere,’ Dec. 6

The GroveOn Thursday, Dec. 6, join DJ Hi-Res (a.k.a. Jesse Pires) at Arcadia University’s Art Gallery for the first in a series of live performances scheduled in conjunction with Sean Duffy’s The Grove. Pires is a devoted crate-digger (record collector) and hosts the weekly radio show “The Ghetto Blaster” on Princeton University’s WPRB 103.3 FM. The performance begins at 7 p.m.

Audio tracks from this performance and others in the series will be available for download via www.arcadia.edu/gallery where detailed information about the upcoming schedule for these live events will be posted.

Internship and Job Interviews with Pennsylvania Mentor, Dec. 7

Looking for an internship or job in the Human Services field? Pennsylvania Mentor will be on campus Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. conducting on-campus interviews for all undergraduate and graduate human service related majors (Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Criminal Justice, etc.). Resumes must be submitted in advance to Stephanie Kovatich (Stephanie.Kovatich@thementornetwork.com) to obtain an interview appointment. Available positions include mental health interns, therapeutic staff support (TSS), group TSS, and behavior specialist consultants/mobile therapists.  For more information on Pennsylvania Mentor and position descriptions, visit the Office of Career Development, 133 Knight Hall, or contact Lisa Endrikat at endrikal@arcadia.edu.

Puro Ritmo Perform at Sixers Game, Dec. 7

Come out and support Puro Ritmo, Arcadia’s Latin dance group, as they represent Arcadia at the Sixers’ half-time show on Friday, Dec. 7. The game starts at 7 p.m., and the Sixers will be playing the New York Knicks. Tickets are $15! To purchase a ticket, contact Celina Gonzalez, Puro Ritmo adviser, at gonzalezc1@arcadia.edu.

Late Night Breakfast, Dec. 11

Take a break from finals and enjoy late night breakfast served by the Arcadia University staff at the Late Night Breakfast on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Dining Hall. Admission is free! This event for students is sponsored by Student Affairs. For more information, contact Diana Bonner bonnerd@arcadia.edu, Administrative Assistant, at 215-572-2933.

Math Capstone Presentations, Dec. 11

The campus is invited to attend the Mathematics Capstone Presentations on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 1:30 to 3:50 p.m. in Brubaker 301. The following students are presenting:

  • Kevin Barbor, Lindsey Clydesdale and Colleen Sweeney, "M-step Competition Graphs" at 1:30 p.m.
  • Alex Baez, Charles Burnette and Eva Powell,"The maximum geodetic number of a graph" at 2 p.m.
  • Krista Heim, "Missing Data Techniques" at 2:30 p.m.
  • Anthony Champi and Celina Schrier, "Credit Scores, Race and Income" at 2:50 p.m.
  • Allison Maurer, "Single Case Studies" at 3:10 p.m.
  • Mike Evans, "Insurance Capital Structures: Stocks vs. Mutuals" at 3:30 p.m.

Thomas Devaney: ‘Sympathy for the Devil,’ Dec. 13

Thomas DevaneyPenn Senior Writing Fellow Thomas Devaney riffs on The Grove's fetishistic application of speakers and use of LPs as cultural conduits for personal experience. In a response to the installation titled "Sympathy for the Devil," he explores a pivotal moment from his Irish-Catholic adolescence in Northeast Philadelphia. The performance begins at 7 p.m. in Arcadia University’s Art Gallery.

The Grove remains on view through Dec. 20. Click here for more information.

Renaissance Noel in the Castle Grand Hall, Dec. 22

Experience a Renaissance Noel when the Vox Renaissance Consort returns to Arcadia at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22. Dressed in period costume, they will perform A Renaissance Noel from the Castle steps and balconies–a dramatic visual spectacle. Everyone joins together to sing traditional carols and holiday favorites in the Castle Grand Hall. A reception follows. The cost is $25. For tickets, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 215-572-2160 or alumni@arcadia.edu.

Mail and Print Services Holiday Schedule, Dec. 27

Mail and Print Services will be open during holiday break on Thursday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Dec. 31, from 8 a.m. to noon. All services offered at the Mail and Print Services window will be available at these times. Regular mail deliveries around campus will not be made on those days; however, faculty and staff who are on campus and would like their mail delivered should contact Mail and Print Services at ext. 2109 or ext. 2164. “You are also welcome to stop by the Mail Room to pick up mail and deliver or pick up print jobs,” notes Marcus Williams.

Rebuild Homes in Tijuana Over Spring Break

Experience the real Tijuana over spring break by working with Esperanza International, rebuilding homes and creating communities as part of an Arcadia Community Service project. More information about the trip and Esperanza International as well as Interest Forms and Applications are available on the Community Service Web pages at Alternative Spring Break.

Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.

campus happenings

“Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” Campaign

AIDS Quilt 1
Arcadia students participated in The Name Project as part of AIDs Awareness Week.

AIDS QuiltThe “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” campaign came to Arcadia University last week as a part of the annual World AIDS Awareness Week. Three panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt hung from the banisters in the Grand Hall of Grey Towers Castle. Speakers included Arcadia alum Robb Reichard '86, who is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia AIDS Fund. Reichard works with the foundation to support HIV/AIDS education, prevention and services in the Delaware Valley Region by raising money and increasing public awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on local communities.

Meiers Goes the ‘Iron Distance’ in Triathlon

Bill MeiersInstructor and Associate Dean of the Honors Program Bill Meiers recently participated in this year’s Great Floridian Triathlon, which is an “Iron Distance” triathlon that consists of a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, followed immediately by a 26.2 full marathon run. This is Meiers’ ninth Great Floridian Triathlon.

To prepare for it, Meiers trains everyday with two or three sports a day, consisting of a 10.5-hour workout: riding a bike 100 miles or more, taking a break at the 88 mile mark to swim 1-2 miles, followed by another run for an hour and a half. The Triathlon starts at 7:30 a.m. and runs continuously until the participant finishes. This year, it took Meiers 16 hours and 33 minutes to finish.

“The way you work through 16 hours of self-propelled motion is by understanding that as long as you keep putting one arm or foot in front of the other, sooner or later the finish line shows up!” exclaims Meiers. “Or, to put it another way, the race starts at 7:30 a.m., and I finish about midnight, and it takes what I call ‘adult patience’ and a clear understanding that midnight always comes inexorably at midnight, so it won’t arrive any faster or slower no matter what you do. If you keep moving, your reward is that finisher’s T-shirt and a medal!”

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Researchers Probe ‘Frail Men’s Perspectives on Food and Eating’

Sidney Moss, LCSW, Miriam Moss, M.A., and Dr. Janet Kilbride, Senior Research Associates in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice’s Behavioral Research Institute, published the article “Frail Men’s Perspectives on Food and Eating,” which they co-authored with Robert L. Rubinstein of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The article appears in the current issue (Vol. 21 [2007], pp. 314-324) of the Journal of Aging Studies. This article focuses on the rarely examined world of frail men who live in the community and on the meanings and themes that underlie their attitudes and behaviors in relation to food and eating. The research involved the analyses of face-to-face qualitative interviews with 15 men, ranging in age from 76 to 95 years old. The findings demonstrate how themes of masculinity in these men affect their narratives and perceptions about food and eating.

Psychology Majors Conduct Workshop on Research

Dr. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Psychology majors Luke Ayers '08, Lorraine Brutschea '08, and Sandra Tecosky '08 presented a workshop on Conducting Psychology Research to students at Gwynedd-Mercy College on Thursday, Nov. 29. They discussed why research is important in psychology, the steps involved in conducting research, and where students can present or publish the results of their research projects. The Arcadia students shared their experiences in psychology laboratory classes and with their own senior thesis research projects currently under way. They brought posters and reprints of journal articles showcasing student research work from psychology majors past and present. The goal of the workshop was to inspire psychology majors at Gwynedd-Mercy to get involved in doing and presenting original research in psychology.

sports update

Men’s Basketball Falls to 2-2

The speedy Ospreys of Richard Stockton College whizzed past Arcadia University Monday evening, 77-37, taking an early lead and never looking back. With the non-conference loss, the Knights dropped to 2-2 overall. The Ospreys improved to 4-1. Read more.

William Paterson Downs Men’s and Women’s Swimming

Arcadia Swimming lost a dual non-conference meet to William Paterson University Saturday afternoon but have a chance to bounce back against Ursinus College on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Lenox Pool. Read more.

In the News

ARCADIA IN THE NEWS

The current theatre production Carnival was mentioned in the Nov. 29 weekly Chestnut Hill Local (Philadelphia, Pa.). The production will run through Dec. 9.

Faculty in the News

Paul Meshejian, an adjunct professor in the Theatre Arts Department was profiled in the Arts and Culture section of the Armenian Reporter on Dec. 1. Meshejian, who will be directing the production of Waiting for Lefty in April 2008 for the Arcadia University Theatre, is also the founder and artistic director of the three-year-old PlayPenn which helps up and coming playwrights submit their complete plays, their work in progress plays and their ideas for plays. As Kevorkian writes, Meshejian describes PlayPenn as a “Play Development Conference.”

Meshhejian has also directed the Arcadia University Theatre play Buried Child in 2005 and Three Sisters in 2006. In addition to his teaching and directing at Arcadia, he has offered workshops in acting at Temple University, University of the Arts and Stockton State College in New Jersey. Because of his many activities in the theatre he has been nominated for a Barrymore—a local award named after the famous acting family the Barrymores who were a Philadelphia family.

Former Faculty In the News

Faculty Emertius Paula Winokur's “Geological Sites,” was reviewed by Leslie Kaufman in the December 2007 issue of Sculpture magazine (Pgs 77-78). In the review, Kaufman describes Winokur’s White Butte: Porcelain Landscape: "[She is interested] in presenting multiple views of the landscape using lines, arrows and geometric shapes representing the marks we’ve made on the earth—irrigation circles, roads, bridges, telephone lines, and fields—which become visible  from the air. Winokur combines this aerial perspective with a more intimate view from the ground and she presents a landscape defined by both man and nature, but it is the primal force of nature that dominates."

Alumni In the News

Paul LindenmaierAfter an extensive nationwide search the Board of Trustees of the Berkshire Country Day School have appointed Paul Lindenmaier '97 the new Head of School, as reported Dec. 3 in News from Berkshire Country Day School. Lindenmaier graduated with a Masters in Education Leadership with distinction. “I was honored to learn that I had been selected as the next Head of School at Berkshire Country Day School and am enthusiastic about the prospects of working with such talented and dedicated group of educators, trustees and parents,” said Lindenmaier. Read more at www.berkshirecountryday.org.

Publication Information

Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics and Alia White, Student Intern. Photos: Joshua Blustein and Lori Bauer. Videos: Janet Gala, University Relations. Web Producers: Sue Gettlin and Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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