January 23, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
January 23, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

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Living the Promise: Physical Therapy Students

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE. “It was humbling to help so many children in Peru,” says Alexandra González Rivera ’07. With other Doctor of Physical Therapy students, she spent two weeks providing pro bono pediatric physical therapy services to disabled children and their families. “I am thankful to have been blessed with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Meet the Class of 2010 Tonight

The Class of 2010 is invited to a First-Year Celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Castle. There will be lots of food, fun and music. Students will have a chance to meet the Class Officers and see themselves and others in the Orientation Slide Show. Students are welcome to come when their schedule permits, but to help coordinate connections among the Learning Communities, we encourage Biology, English, Psychology and Fine Arts Learning Communities to attend between 6 and 7:15 p.m. All other Learning Communities should attend between 7:15 and 8:30 p.m. This event is hosted by the 2010 Class Officers, SGO, Learning Communities, Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs.

New International Students Visit Liberty Bell

International students at Liberty Bell
International students at the Liberty Bell (from left): Bhavin Gajera, Zhuoning Li, Li Chen, Supinda Sirihekaphong (Assistant Director of International Services), Hongxin Xue, Tian Luan, Nirma Khatri, Suresh Yalamanchi

Eleven new international students begin their U.S. education at Arcadia this semester. International students help to fulfill part of the Arcadia Promise of providing a distinctively global experience. With the arrival of the new students, Arcadia’s total international student population is up to 51 students. These new international students and their I-PALs (International Peer Associates League) participated in a specially designed orientation that included a weekend visit to some of Philadelphia’s historic landmarks, including the Reading Terminal Market, the National Constitution Center and the Liberty Bell. Please welcome the newest international members of the Arcadia community!

New international undergraduate students: Li Chen (China, Business Administration), Zhuoning Li (China, Biology), Maame Dankwa (Ghana, Biology), Rupesh KC (Nepal, Computer Science), Hongxin Xue (China, Accounting), Xiaopei Zhao (China, Psychology) and Zheng Zhang (China, Business Administration).

New international graduate students: Bhavinkumar Gajera (India, Public Health), Ruth Mitchell (Scotland, Education), Disha Shah (India, Public Health) and Suresh Yalamanchi (India, Public Health).

Forensic Science Program Joins Elite List

FEPACThe Forensic Science Education Program Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) has awarded full accreditation to the Master of Science in Forensic Science program at Arcadia University. “We are one of only five graduate programs in the United States to be recognized and fully accredited by FEPAC,” says Lawrence Presley, Assistant Professor and Director of Forensic Science. On Jan. 7, 2007, the Commission awarded the program full accreditation for a term of five years.

Arcadia’s Forensic Science program offers a unique exposure to forensic casework. Graduates of the program are sought after by state and federal agencies. Personal attention from professional practitioners and academicians—combined with research, internships, and other firsthand forensic science activities—integrates scholarly inquiry and professional competency.

The Master of Science in Forensic Science is offered in partnership with the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation and in collaboration with NMS Labs, one of the nation’s premier forensic science laboratories. This alliance provides a source of adjunct instructors, a forensic library, and invaluable links to the forensic science community, as well as state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and facilities. For undergraduate students, Arcadia offers a 4+2 Pre-Forensic Science program.

Webinar on the New E-mail Spam Control Features

IT will be holding two webinars to demonstrate the features and functionality of the new Barracuda Spam Firewall. The first session is Wednesday, Jan. 31, from 11 a.m. to noon, and the second session is Thursday, Feb. 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the powerful features of the Barracuda Spam Firewall and the User Level Spam Control features. “You can attend these sessions from anywhere; all you need is access to a PC with an Internet connection and a phone,” says Param Bedi, Vice President for Technology and CIO.  Please register for these sessions by clicking the online registration form

New Library Reference ‘Rooms’ Will Help Students

In 2003, Arcadia unveiled a new Library. In 2007, it unveils a new and improved Library Web site. This new site will be very user-friendly, giving students and faculty easy access to research material.

The Library’s new online research “rooms” put Arcadia at the forefront of Library technology integration. Faculty in each department have been working to furnish their own “rooms,” complete with access to discipline-specific indices, references and links. Biology students, for example, who need to find information will click on the Biology room for access to the databases and materials they need by clicking on direct links that faculty provide in their Blackboard course materials. Highlights of the Library site include:

  • Single Search (Federated Search)—Want to learn all about mitosis? No need to click on the links to each of the eight different databases. Simply visit the Biology room, use the search box on the top of the page, and get results from all eight Biology databases and the Library catalog at once.
  • Subject Rooms—Researching a Psychology paper? Visit the Psychology room and find reference books, databases, and related Web sites, all available with the click of a mouse.
  • Quick Reference Help—Need some help doing research? Every room has an “Ask a Librarian” link. Quickly IM a reference librarian—without logging in or even installing IM software.
  • Renew Books Online—Need to renew books that are checked out? Manage a library account online with a few simple clicks. (Students only)

“Arcadia’s enhanced online library services were presented last week at the January 2007 Educause regional conference, where we highlighted and presented all of these latest research tools,” says Param Bedi, Vice President for Technology and CIO.

Sign-up Now for Teacher Job Fair

Sign up now for The Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair, hosted by the Delaware Valley Education Consortium, on Tuesday March 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wachovia Center. Arcadia University students and alumni can purchase discounted tickets in the Office of Career Development between Feb. 5 and March 6 for $3, cash or checks only. Tickets are $10 cash at the door for all on-site registrants. The Office of Career Development hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and Tuesday evenings until 7 p.m. Beginning Feb. 5, tickets can be ordered by contacting 215-572-2939 or careerservices@arcadia.edu. Those who have purchased tickets from the Office of Career Development will be admitted to the fair at 9 a.m. (If tickets are purchased at the door, admittance is 9:30 a.m.) For more detailed information, please go to www.dvec.net.

Practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, Feb. 10 

Kaplan Testing will hold practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT tests Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up with the Office of Career Development by stopping in Knight Hall, Room 133, phone 215-572-2939, or e-mail careerservices@arcadia.edu. Review and feedback session will be Tuesday, Feb. 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

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

Can You Sing? Try Out for AU Knight Star!

AU Knight StarRemember how much fun you had last spring at Arcadia Idol? Well the singing competition is back this semester with a new name—AU Knight Star—and a new charity. Sign up this week for AU Knight Star and the chance to show Arcadia that you’ve got talent! Taking place on Friday, April 13, all proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks.

Sign up is Monday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Feb. 2. If you think you have what it takes to be Arcadia’s new Knight Star, stop by the table outside the Dining Hall Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. to sign up for an audition. Last year, $2,300 was raised for the Oncology Ward of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as the Arcadia community came out to see Rebecca Adams, Area Coordinator, be crowned Arcadia’s first Idol with her show-stopping rendition of SheDaisy’s This Woman Needs.

Autism Awareness: Each year, 1 in 166 children are diagnosed with autism. Stop by the table outside the Dining Hall this week to sponsor a puzzle piece and support autism awareness. All students, staff and faculty are invited to come and make donations. Contact Kate Conway (215-572-3079 or kconway@arcadia.edu) or Holly Neibauer, Adjunct Professor of English, to make a donation or for more information.

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.

Psychology Graduate Open House, Jan. 24

The Psychology Graduate Open House, for students considering graduate school, is Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Boyer Room 104. The following schools are featured: Arcadia, Bryn Mawr College, LaSalle University, PCOM, Temple University, University of the Sciences, and Drexel University. Read more information about Arcadia’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, including four specialization tracks: Child/Family Therapy; Community Counseling Psychology; School Counseling (Elementary and Secondary); and Trauma: Clinical Bases of Treatment and Recovery. For more information, call the Psychology Department, 215-572-2988.

Smiley CookieDining Services Grand Opening Celebration, Jan. 25

Dining Services is having a Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, January 25, from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in all Dining locations. Come check out the ACTIVITIES FAIR in The Chat, too! There will be prizes every 15 minutes and drawings every hour. Giveaways, Fun Food, popcorn, funnel cake, samples, Red Bull, Pepsi, Snapple and more... and a visit by Smiley Cookie!

‘Dual Diagnosis:’ Psychiatric and Substance Abuse, Jan. 30

When drug/alcohol addiction is compounded by serious and persistent psychiatric problems, the person’s path is often marked by episodic setbacks, an erosion of hope, a withering of social supports, and multiple relapses (psychiatric and substance abuse). This presentation, “Dual Diagnosis: Readiness for Combined Recovery,” is co-led by a psychiatrist and a person who is dually diagnosed. They explore these challenges in the contexts of recovery, failures as “teachable moments,” social network theory, and treatment. Effective strategies are highlighted for the person who is ready, as well as for the person who is not yet ready—a frequent dilemma for families and professionals alike. This colloquium is led by Loren Crabtree, M.D., medical director and co-founder of Project Transition, and Jack Coulter, peer support specialist.

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: Excited into Apathy, Lulled into Violence, Feb. 13

Sign Up for Red Cross Blood Drive

Staff Council is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on Monday, Feb. 19. To volunteer or sign up to donate blood, stop by the Student Service Center on the ground floor of Knight Hall. For information, contact Celina Gonzalez, 215-572-2336, gonzalezc1@arcadia.edu.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.

campus happenings

Arcadia Promise
Alexandra Gonzalez Rivera

PT Alumni, Students Help
Children in Peru

“I am thankful to have been blessed by God for such a humbling experience to help so many children and their families. It honestly was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one I will never forget.”
Alexandra Gonzalez Rivera ’07, D.P.T., an international student from Puerto Rico

By Jodee Fortner ’97, ’99 MSPT

In August of 2006, a team of 15 physical therapists, students, helpers and translators traveled to Arequipa, Peru, to deliver wheelchairs and treat disabled children. The project was lead through Medical Ministry International in conjunction with Reach Out and Care (ROC). The team included three Arcadia alumni and three current physical therapy students.

In Arequipa, the physical therapists held a clinic and instructed parents how to do exercises with their children according to their disability. We also gave out foot braces, walkers and other equipment in addition to wheelchairs. This was the first wheelchair distribution through ROC in Arequipa, and the team distributed more than 100 wheelchairs and adaptive strollers to disabled children and adults. The access to wheelchairs, in particular pediatric wheelchairs, in Arequipa and surrounding areas is limited. Children are often placed in ill-fitting adult-sized chairs, carried in their parents’ arms or backs, or left in bed all day. It was a blessing to see children come in carried by their parents and leave sitting upright for the first time or pushing themselves independently for the first time.

Read more about PT alumni and students in Peru.

Learn how other Arcadia students are living the Arcadia Promise at www.arcadia.edu/arcadiapromise.

sports update

Swimmers Earn First Combined Win Over King's

Derr Hanlon Pye
Rachel Derr
Bethany Hanlon
Katie Pye

Swimming: Men (1-7) Women (2-6) The swim team earned its first combined win of the season, defeating King’s College on Saturday on senior day. The men notched their first team win of the season, defeating King’s 106-93, while the women earned their second win of the year with the convincing 148-62 defeat. 

Seniors include: Patrick Gleeson, Rachel Derr, Bethany Hanlon, and Katie Pye

Hanlon set two personal bests on the day: 1:23.03 in the 100 breast and 3:05.79 in the 200 breast. 

First-place finishes for the men in the Medley Relay included LJ Morgan, John Konieczny, Brendan Peters, Steven Neafsey with a time of 2:00.37

Individual top finishers on the men’s side included Peters (56.09) in the 100 Free, Morgan (2:21.84) in the 200 Back, and Konieczny in the 500 Free and 200 Individual Medley.

First-place finishers for the women included the Medley Relay (2:15.10), with individual top finishers in the 200 Free, Michelle McCandless (2:13.69), 100 Breast, Hanlon, the 200 Fly, Christine Dell (2:38.94), 100 Free, McCandless (1:01.41), 200 Back, Dell (2:28.03), the 200 Breast, Hanlon, 500 Free, Dell (6:20.28), and the 200 Free Relay (2:20. 50) Becca Wenner, Kiersten Hughes, Hanlon, and Derr.

The Knights host Lebanon Valley College on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the team’s final home meet of the season at 7 p.m. 

Men's, Women's Hoops Continue in Hunt for PAC Playoffs

Boettcher Martin Green
Dave Boettcher
Andrew Martin
Sterling Green

Men’s Basketball (6-10 Overall, 4-5 PAC) The Knights split the week in conference play, defeating Marywood at home on Thursday 65-54 before dropping a 66-60 contest at Alvernia on Saturday.

Senior Dave Boettcher’s double-double effort of 10 points, 13 boards led the way for the victors while junior Eric Elliot and senior Andrew Martin contributed 14 and 11 points respectively. The Knights weren’t so lucky on Saturday, dropping their second game to Alvernia in 9 days, 66-60.  Boettcher notched 16 to lead the Knights with Elliot and junior Sterling Green netting 13 apiece in the losing effort.

Looking ahead, the men have two tough road games on slate for this week, traveling to Neumann (8-7, 5-3 PAC) Thursday and PAC leader Gwynedd-Mercy (9-6, 7-1 PAC) on Saturday. The Knights are currently holding onto eighth place in the conference standings and return home on Jan. 29 to host College Misericordia.

Lynch Leads Way in Women's Victories

Lynch Sparks Burns Milligan
Katie Lynch
Caitlin Sparks
Kelli Burns
Kim Milligan

Women’s Basketball (5-12 Overall, 3-6 PAC) Women’s hoops are coming off a four-game stand in seven days, going 2-2 in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference action. 

The Knights started the week on a hot streak, handing visiting Cedar Crest the convincing 59-39 loss on Tuesday and sending Marywood packing with a 3-point loss on Thursday, 75-73. 

The win over Cedar Crest saw three Knights in double figures, including senior Katie Lynch’s double-double of 12 points and 11 boards, junior Caitlin Sparks with 16 point and 7 rebounds, and first-year Kelli Burns with a dozen of her own. First-year Kim Milligan lit up the scoreboard for a career-high 25 points, and Lynch netted 14 in the thrilling win over visiting Marywood on Thursday. 

The Knights continued their hot streak well into Saturday’s road game at Alvernia, holding the lead until the final minute of play, but it was the hot shooting of the Crusaders from the charity strip that lifted the home team over the Knights 70-65 in the closing seconds. Lynch led the way for AU with 16 points, 11 boards while Sparks rang in with 14. 

AU closed out the four-game stand with a surprising 63-45 loss at Rosemont Monday evening. Lynch notched her third double-double in four games, netting 14 points and pulling down 12 caroms with Milligan contributing 11.

The women will host non-conference Penn State Berks on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. before returning to conference play Saturday, Jan. 27, at first-place Gwynedd-Mercy (13-2, 7-0) at 2 p.m.

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

in the news

Arcadia Represented at EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Conference

The EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2007 was held Jan. 17-19 in Baltimore, Md. EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Param Bedi, Vice President for Technology and CIO, was a member of the program committee that worked on the content of the conference, and he also led a discussion on Web Systems and Services. Eric McCloy, Associate Director of Library Systems and Technology, and Anne Ziegler, Associate Director of Library Services, also represented Arcadia University with a presentation titled, E Pluribus Unum—From Many Databases One: Creating Rooms and Federated Search Using a Sirsi Upgrade. Erik Nelson, Assistant Dean of Distance Learning, presented a talk on Perception of Online Problem-Based Learning for Technology Integration.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Naomi Phillips, Assistant Professor of Biology, is organizing a symposium at a national scientific meeting. The symposium on Borrowed Chloroplasts: Secondary Endosymbiosis and the Chromalveolates will be held July 7 to 11 at the Botany and Plant Biology 2007 Joint Congress in Chicago (www.2007.botanyconference.org) with her colleagues Ed  Braun (University of Florida) and Debashish Bhattacharya (University of Iowa). She also co-authored: Cumulative Effects of Spontaneous Mutations for Fitness in Caenorhabditis: Role of Genotype, Environment and Stress, Baer, C.F., Phillips, N., Ostrow, D., Avalos, A. Blanton, D., Boggs, A., Keller, T, Levy, L, Mezerhane, E. Genetics 174: 1387-1395 (2006).

Robert H. Kieserman, Visiting Assistant Professor and Adviser in Healthcare Administration, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Library Association and will be part of the group that is responsible for planning and editing all of the scholarly publications of this organization. Established in 1890, NJLA is the oldest and largest library organization in New Jersey. It advocates for the advancement of library services for the residents of New Jersey, provides continuing education and networking opportunities for librarians, and supports the principles of intellectual freedom and promotes access to library materials for all. It is based in Trenton, N.J., and serves 1,700 members.


In recounting the number of visits and fairs attended by Enrollment Management counselors in last week’s Bulletin, we neglected to mention that Arcadia has an area rep in New England as well.

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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