January 16, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
January 16, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

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Living the Promise: Physical Therapy Students

PERSONAL ATTENTION. “Physical Therapy is a hands-on profession,” says Dr. Karen Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy. “We work one-on-one with our patients, and our classroom and clinical experiences have to prepare students for that interaction. The wheelchair lab is one place where our students learn both therapy and empathy.”

‘They Had a Dream Too’ 

They Had a Dream Too

Doreen Loury was 8, but she dove right in, despite the chants. All the white children got out of the pool.

Along with NAACP Chairman Julian Bond and others, Loury is part of a film produced to “challenge and inspire students and help build future leaders.” They had a Dream Too: Young Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, features biographies and a short film “highlighting the achievement of a few of the thousands of young people who made a difference in the 1950s and 1960s when the struggle for civil rights reached its peak in the United States. The film includes interviews with people who as young adults helped change their world.” Watch (http://www.theyhadadreamtoo.org/home.html) They Had a Dream Too, produced by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, for more about Dr. Loury’s dive into the Civil Rights Movement.

Now Assistant Professor of African American studies and Director of Arcadia’s ACT 101 program, Loury experienced the effects of segregation in the 1950s firsthand in her home town of Columbus, Ohio. “As young children, Dr. Loury and her brother entered an all-white pool on a hot summer day while the crowd chanted, ‘We don't want you in our pool,’” her biography says. “Although her brother wanted to get out, Dr. Loury encouraged him to stay because they had a right to be there, and it was hot. Dr. Loury also experienced racism in the South each summer when her mother took her and her brother to visit family. Dr. Loury remembers her mother lecturing her and her brother on the ways they would need to act differently in the South. These experiences bring a richness to the stories and message she shares.”

Department SpotlightSpotlight on ... Where do student tuition bills come from? Who helps students with financial issues? Where do working students go for an ERPA form? Where can you go for petty cash? Who generates student refunds? Who collects student payments? What does the controller control? Who counts every penny? Learn more about this department.

Staff Council Raises Funds for Service Trips

Staff Council thanks all who participated in Eagle's Spirit Day and/or donated money toward Arcadia's spring break service trips.   

More than $130 was donated on Friday, Jan. 12, by staff, many of them donning Eagles spirit wear! “The money will help fund Arcadia service trips over spring break,” says Andrew Johnson, Chair of Staff Council.

Two Alternative Spring Break service trips are planned for students and staff this year. These trips give students a chance to lend a helping hand in needy areas and learn about the culture of other regions as well as networking with other University students. The Continued Gulf Coast Relief trip is March 11 to 17 to New Iberia, La., a town in the southern region of the bayou that was devastated by Hurricane Rita. Hearts in Motion is a trip to Guatemala from March 10 to 18. For more information, visit the Community Service Web page, or call Cindy Rubino, Coordinator of Community Service, 215-572-4000.

FYSAE Adds First Spring Semester

The popularity of Arcadia’s First Year Study Abroad Experience has led to expansion of the unique program, with the first cohort of students to do FYSAE in the spring semester. Twelve first-year students left for London on Sunday, and eight more travel to Stirling, Scotland, to start their semester on Feb. 4. The fall FYSAE students are now beginning their first semester on the Glenside campus, with 49 returning from London and 20 back from Stirling. Welcome back!

Arcadia Magazine Takes Retro Look at Promise

Arcadia magazineThe Winter 2007 issue of Arcadia magazine—which contains the University’s Annual Report—takes a retroactive look at “Promises Kept,” using members of the Class of 1957 to illustrate how their college experiences were global, integrative and personal. The cover story features Dr. Peter Appelbaum and his combined First-Year Seminar course and First-Year Learning Community, part of Arcadia’s efforts to enhance the first-year student experience. The Annual Report section also, for the first time, contains a financial report section showing trends, expenses, revenues and how giving is a crucial element of Arcadia’s continued financial health.

Enrollment Recruiters Visit 15 States, 261 Fairs

Enrollment Management counselors and directors, as well as Arcadia’s three area reps in New York, Long Island and Pittsburgh, visited 15 states plus Bogota, Colombia, in the Fall 2006 recruiting season. A total of 1,006 high schools and community colleges were visited, and 261 college fairs, transfer fairs, and graduate fairs were attended. In a Nov. 15 article, The New York Times noted, “Fairs are an effective marketing tool because … students remember the grinning face and handshake, and … the personal touch found at a college fair is reassuring.”

College Actors Play Roles Created by Elementary Students

Philadelphia Young PlaywrightsTwo plays by Philadelphia Young Playwrights will be brought to life by Arcadia Theatre students in staged readings on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 11 a.m. in the Little Theatre at Arcadia. The plays are

  • The Missing Man, by Haley Gordon, Wyncote Elementary School
  • The Ghost of the Farm on Fifth Street, by Brenden Morgan, Cheltenham Elementary School

Gordon and Morgan wrote their original plays last year when their schools participated in Philadelphia Young Playwrights, a classroom-based arts education program that supports and guides students’ self-expression through playwrighting.

Prior to the readings that morning, the Arcadia theatre students will facilitate a 45-minute workshop at 10 a.m. for about 15 to 20 young playwrights from the four area elementary schools currently participating in Young Playwrights: Meyers, Glenside, Wyncote and Cheltenham. The two playwrights (now fifth-graders at Elkins Park Middle School) whose work will be read at 11 a.m. will participate in the workshop.

The readings, free and open to the public and performed and directed by Arcadia students, will begin at 11 a.m. If time allows, the student directors will conduct a talkback with the student playwrights and cast. “Arcadia faculty Mark Wade and Mike Whistler have wholeheartedly embraced showcasing these remarkable young voices,” says Dr. Amy Hodgdon, Education Director of Philadelphia Young Playwrights. “Young Playwrights is thrilled that both Wade and Whistler and their dedicated Theatre students are committed to continuing this exciting partnership, which began last year. All involved would be delighted to have members of the Arcadia community attend these readings.”

Online Learning Forums for Faculty, Jan. 25, 26

Arcadia OnlineInterested in teaching an online course here at Arcadia, but not sure exactly what online learning looks like? Reserve a spot at one of two online learning forums that are being held on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The forums will provide an opportunity to ask questions about how to transform a traditional course to an online format. Arcadia faculty members who have taught online will be present to share their experiences. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to address concerns about how pedagogy changes online. Possible areas for discussion include:

  • Interaction with students in the online environment
  • Facilitating group work online
  • Assessment at a distance
  • Redesign of course content
  • Copyright issues in a digital course

The forums will be informal, and lunch will be provided for those in attendance. “We hope that you will be able to attend one of the two opportunities,” says Erik T. Nelson, Assistant Dean for Distributed Learning and Director of Arcadia Online. The Jan. 25 forum will be in the Kuch Hospitality Suite, the Jan. 26 forum in the University Room. To attend, please reserve a spot by Monday, Jan. 22, by completing the online enrollment form.

E-mail Users Can Control Spam Settings

Arcadia e-mail users now can manage their own spam control settings, says Dave Jaeger, Network Manager. With this new feature, e-mail users will be able to:

  • Add/remove addresses from “allowed” and “blocked” senders lists.
  • Increase or decrease the spam scoring, or fine-tune the scrutiny for spam.
  • Fully monitor and manage their own spam control.

Users will receive a daily spam summary report each morning that will contain a Web link to access their personal Quarantine area. “From the Quarantine area, you can allow or block quarantined messages, deliver mis-quarantined messages, set spam scoring levels, enable or disable spam scanning. This enhancement put more spam control in the hands of the end user and greatly increases our overall spam security,” he adds. Detailed usage instructions are available on the Technology Tab of MyArcadia under IT Email Services, or contact the Helpdesk at 215-572-2898 or helpdesk@arcadia.edu.

Staff Peer Mentors Needed

“Calling All Staff: Would you be interested in being a Peer Mentor to help newly hired staff members acclimate to Arcadia University?” asks Katie Kelly, Staff Council's Peer Mentor Coordinator. Contact her at 215-572-2173 or kellyk@arcadia.edu for more information.

Upcoming Events

‘Translating Humor’ Colloquium, Jan. 18

“Translating Humor: Equivalence, Compensation and Discourse” serves as a general introduction to translation studies, but assumes no previous knowledge of that field or of foreign languages. The concepts are illustrated by specific translations of literary texts from Italian to English. It also raises some ethical and political issues. This colloquium is led by Lawrence Venuti, Ph.D., Professor of English at Temple University.

The University Colloquium Series is free and open to the public. A coffee reception begins at 7 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. The lecture, at 7:30 p.m., is followed by a question-and-answer session. Teachers can earn one hour of ACT48 Professional Development credit; forms are available at the colloquium. A complete list of colloquium lectures can be found at www.arcadia.edu/colloquium. For more information, call the College of Graduate Studies at 215-572-2877.

Other upcoming colloquia include:

  • ‘Dual Diagnosis:’ Psychiatric and Substance Abuse, Jan. 30
  • Excited into Apathy, Lulled into Violence, Feb. 13

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 24

“Celebrating the Life and Legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” is planned for Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. in The Chat. The tribute to King, a women’s spiritual journey through the gift of oratory, features K. Rose Samuel-Evans, minister, orator and child welfare advocate. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.

campus happenings

Doctorate Program Helps Teacher with Autism Students

By Vanais Harrigan ’08

She always knew she wanted to be a teacher, and she’s been fulfilling that desire for more than 10 years. Teaching in different schools in the Central Bucks School District, Suzanne Panettieri has been making a difference in the lives of children with autism. She works at Kutz Elementary School in Doylestown, Pa., where she is an autistic support teacher for children in kindergarten through second grade. There, her job is to teach and encourage the progress of children who, because of their disability, learn at different paces. That has been her role for ten years, from the time when she first began learning about and became fascinated with autism.

Since September, Panettieri’s fascination has had the opportunity to grow in different directions as she has entered into Arcadia University’s Doctor of Education in Special Education program, a program which she cannot praise enough. “The education I’m getting is excellent,” she says. “It’s geared toward the professional who works all day and I really appreciate that the professors know that we’ve worked all day, but yet they expect us to doctorate level work.”

The program is helping Panettieri to pursue her ultimate goal of becoming a professor, a position which she believes holds endless possibilities. “I would like to make a difference in what teachers learn. I found that some student teachers didn’t have a good base of knowledge about autism, and I thought, ‘Nobody’s teaching about how to teach children with autism.’” Gaining the knowledge and doctorate needed to make better educators is her next step in making people aware of autism. She explains, “I enjoy helping people understand autism and what makes children with autism tick. I just see unlimited possibilities, some which I’m not even aware of yet.”

In her first year at Arcadia, Panettieri feels the program is already making a difference in the way she views autism and education. “I’m finding it very helpful,” she says. “One of the way’s it’s changed me is to be more open-minded. It’s given me a different perspective, and it’s making me think of my students more. I’ve been asking, ‘What is causing this behavior in him or her? And what could I be doing that will help him better?’ That’s what going to school right now has been doing for me.”

Arcadia Hosts Elected Officials Breakfast

In December, Arcadia hosted a group of elected officials for a breakfast briefing in order to bring these constituent groups up to date with current and future plans, many of which involve government at the local, county and state levels. This gathering also served as a forum for President Jerry Greiner to identify continued ways in which it can best serve the needs of the local and larger statewide community. “We look forward to continuing to keep these lines of communication open and extend sincerest thanks to Trustee and State Senator LeAnna Washington for her participation in the planning of this event, as well as her continued support of Arcadia,” Greiner adds.

Dining Services Fab FiveThis Week's Fab Five

1. New Year Traditions Around the World

  • Spain—Eat 12 grapes at midnight to secure 12 happy months in the upcoming year.
  • Netherlands—Bonfires of Christmas trees purge the old and welcome the new.
  • Greece—New Year's Day is also the Festival of St. Basil, one of the founders of the Greek Orthodox Church. One of the traditional foods served is Vassilopitta, or St Basil's cake. A silver or gold coin is baked inside the cake. Whoever finds the coin in their piece of cake will be especially lucky during the coming year.
  • Oshogatsu (Japan)—The new year is the most important holiday in Japan and is a symbol of renewal. Misunderstandings and grudges are forgiven, and houses are scrubbed.

2. Dining Services Grand Opening is Jan. 25 in all dining locations! Popcorn, cotton candy, giveaways and much more!

3. Recipes from Home! Send some favorite menus and Dining Services will prepare them “just the way you like it!” Send them to: scheinh@arcadia.edu or drop them off at Dining Services

4. Come in and see the new look in The Chat!

5. Help Wanted! Hours are flexible. Students interested in full- or part-time work in Dining Services should contact Hanna at scheinh@arcadia.edu.

sports update

Cheer on Basketball in Home Games This Week! 

Lynch Bates

Women’s Basketball (3-10 overall/1-4 PAC) The Knights, currently ranked fifth in the PAC-North Division, are set to begin a three-game conference home-stand this week with Cedar Crest (0-5 PAC) on Monday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., Marywood (2-4 PAC) on Thursday, Jan.18, at 6 p.m. and undefeated Alvernia (6-0) on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. 

The Knights top performers of the week included senior Katie Lynch who averaged 12.5 points and 9 rebounds, and junior Stephanie Bates who dropped in 20 points, made 5 steals and dished out 6 assists for the week. The Knights finished an 0-2 week on the road with losses to Alvernia (66-57) and College Misericordia (60-46). 

Boettcher Ties Rebound Record in Upset Over Eastern

Boettcher takes a shot.

Men’s Basketball (5-9 overall / 3-4 PAC) The Knights upset Eastern University, 64-59 in a home game on Saturday, Jan. 13. Senior Dave Boettcher notched a game-high 21 points and 18 rebounds in Saturday’s upset win over Eastern. His 18 rebounds, 10 coming in the first half, tied the school record set in 1998 by Daryl Hilliard. 

The victory ended a 1-1 week in the PAC that included a road loss at Alvernia on Monday (66-56). On the week, the team was led by senior Andrew Martin, who averaged 14.5 points and 5 rebounds, junior Kevin Brown’s 9 points per game and 6 rebounds per game. 

Junior guard Eric Elliot was named to the PAC Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending Jan. 8.

On tap for the Knights this week: two conference games at home with Marywood (2-4 PAC) visiting Glenside on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. and undefeated Alvernia (4-0 PAC) coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 4 p.m. 

Swimming Hosts King’s College on Saturday

Men’s Swimming (0-7) Women’s Swimming (1-6) The swim teams hosted College Misericordia on Saturday, Jan. 13, in the team’s first home meet of the new year but ended the day with losses on both ends, with the men falling 104-69 and the women 133-47. Up next for the Knights will be King’s College visiting Glenside on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. 

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

in the news

Alumni in the News

Anna Deavere Smith ’71, actress, playwright, author and professor who earned a B.A. in English at Arcadia, was the host of a two-hour PBS special The Mystery of Love, on channels 12 and 39 at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13, reports Stacy Briggs in the Dec. 12 Intelligencer. Briggs writes that Smith makes this piece both powerful and captivating.

His article also details Smith’s movie credits including her roles in Dave, The American President and Philadelphia, as well in TV’s The West Wing as the national security adviser. Smith is best known as the creator of the one-woman plays Fires in the Mirror, which dealt with the 1991 Crown Heights riot, and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, which looked at the 1992 Los Angeles riots and earned her Obie awards. In 1993 Newsweek declared her “the most exciting individual in American theater.” In 1996 she received a MacArthur Foundation Fellows Award.

Student in the News

Jessica Boyer, a senior who just finished her internship at The Ticket, won compliments from Editor Frank D. Quattrone in the Dec. 7 Public Spirit (Fort Washington). “Even though the internship is finished she still writes for The Ticket as a correspondent and she has the poise of a TV news anchor, without the arrogance or wind-blown fakery we’ve come to know and dislike,” writes Quattrone.

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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