February 27, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
February 27, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

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Living the Promise: Physician Assistant Students

INTEGRATIVE LEARNING. Practice initiating intravenous therapy. Practice caring for patients during 48 weeks of clinical rotations in settings such as Christiana Hospital and the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. A rigorous program and support by faculty such as Donna Agnew, M.S.P.A.S., PA-C, led Arcadia’s Physician Assistant students to a 100 percent pass rate on the National Commission on the Certification of PAs board examinations. Perfect!

Seniors Count Down 87 Days To Graduation

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Students from the Class of 2007 gathered with faculty and staff in the Castle for a reception marking 87 days until Commencement on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The atmosphere was upbeat and celebratory as students reminisced with their professors about term papers, exams and memorable campus events. Click here to view photos from event.

Intramural Sports Get Plenty of Play

Spring intramural sports have turned out to be a popular pastime this spring. Soccer intramurals continue on Wednesday nights (Feb. 28 and March 7 playoffs) from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Ten teams with nearly 100 participants have already formed. “The gym gets packed, and it’s exciting to see a mix of student-athletes and non-student-athletes enjoying themselves,” says Joy Zazzera, Sports Information Director.

Basketball Intramurals will start after spring break. Stay turned for sign-ups. Dates will be Wednesday nights (March 21 and 28), with a “Final Four” on Sunday, April 1. Details to follow!

Special Workshop Covers Performing Arts Management

Robert H. Kieserman, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Business/Healthcare Administration and Economics, is offering a non-credit workshop on Introduction to Performing Arts Management. This workshop is open to any currently enrolled Arcadia student. Each of the four sessions will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Brubaker Hall, Room 303. The course material will be relevant to any major and will focus on management career opportunities and business practices in the performing arts. It will be relevant to any student considering a career in the performing arts. The topics and dates are as follows:

  •  March 6: The Music Business
  •  March 20: The Theatre Business
  •  March 27: The Film Business
  •  March 29: The Broadcasting Business

To register for the four-part workshop or any of the individual sessions, or for more information, e-mail kieserman@arcadia.edu. Registration must be received by e-mail by Friday, March 2.

Djerba Shows Jewish-Muslim Harmony is Possible

“The Tunisian island of Djerba has a lesson for us all,” wrote Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Assistant Professor and Director of International Studies, in a commentary for the Feb. 14 Middle East Times. “It offers one of the best examples of interfaith harmony and coexistence. Recently, in one of my classes, I showed a brief video documentary on Djerba's Jews and Muslims who have lived peacefully together for generations. Later, one student's reaction was particularly telling, ‘So, there is hope.’

“The Djerba model is such an important step: it provides a clear example of healthy Jewish-Muslim relations that needs more publicity and replication throughout the region,” wrote Alvi-Aziz. “Israelis, Arabs, Iranians, and Muslims worldwide can all learn from Djerba's example. And it wouldn't hurt to acquaint themselves with (Maulana Abul Kalam) Azad's nonviolent activism in India, either…. The lessons of Azad and Djerba are also the strongest weapons against extremism. There is hope, yes, but only if people are willing to embrace the basic principles of acceptance and tolerance.” Alzi-Aziz’ book, Regional Integration in the Middle East, is coming out in May 2007.

Young Writers: 36 Ways to Tell a Story

Horror. Comedy. Flashback. Zoological. Gustatory. Subjective. Mathematical. The Young Writers’ spring project will ask high school students to find 36 different ways to tell the same story. The workshop will go well beyond narrative, letting students explore multiple techniques and perspectives.  

The Young Writers Project is led by Arcadia’s Dr. Leif Gustavson, Assistant Professor of Education, and Tyler Doherty, Director of the Writing Center and Adjunct Professor of English. The workshop will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, from March 19 through April 19 in the carriage house of Cliveden of the National Trust, at 6401 Germantown Ave., (on the corner of Cliveden and Morton streets) in Philadelphia, from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. The cost is $25. 

The Young Writers Project is open to high school students and to any student who has participated in the Young Writers Project in the past. Students will get published in a professional-bound anthology. For more information and to register, visit www.arcadia.edu/youngwriters.

Women Needed for Bone Density Study

Participants with normal bone density are needed for a research study at Arcadia University. This study is examining balance, strength and walking in women with and without low bone mineral density. Participants must be female, between 50 to 65 years of age and 3 to 10 years post-menopause and must have had a bone density scan within the past two years. Testing will take one hour, and subjects will be given a pedometer/radio for participation in this study. To participate, contact Kerstin Palombaro, PT, M.S., at 215-817-6430 or palombak@arcadia.edu.

Adjunct Faculty Award Nominations

Students and faculty have the opportunity to recognize and reward an outstanding part-time faculty member who is an especially effective classroom teacher. The Adjunct Faculty Award will be given at Honors Convocation on Saturday, March 24. Click here to download a list of eligible adjunct faculty and the nomination form. A link to this information also is available on MyArcadia's homepage under Campus Announcements. Submit nomination forms to either the College of Graduate Studies or the Registrar's Office by Friday, March 2.

RHC Cotillion Tickets On Sale Week of Feb. 26

The Residence Hall Council Cotillion is Saturday, March 24, from 8 p.m. to midnight at Citizens Bank Arena in the Diamond Club (home of the Philadelphia Phillies). The cost is $25 for one person or $45 for a couple and includes hors d'oeuvres, dessert, and soda bar. Students must take bus transportation provided by Arcadia to and from this event.

Tickets will be on sale at the following times during the week of Feb. 26:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27: noon to 1 p.m., outside Dining Hall; 5 to 6 p.m., outside Dining Hall; 8 to 9 p.m., in Heinz Lobby.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28, Thursday, March 1, and Friday, March 2: noon to 1 p.m., outside Dining Hall; 5 to 6 p.m., outside Dining Hall.

For more information, contact Alyssa Jeral, President of RHC, at jerala96@arcadia.edu. Hurry! Tickets will sell out fast.

Registration and Housing Deposit Reminder

Registration for Fall 2007 classes will begin on Monday, April 2. All undergraduate students who plan to register for fall classes must pay a $100 registration deposit. This deposit is due by Friday, March 23.

All full-time students planning to reside in University housing must submit an additional $200 housing deposit. The total $300 deposit must be received by March 23 to be eligible for the 2007-08 housing selection procession and the fall class registration. 

Students who submit a housing deposit after the deadline will not be eligible to participate in the housing selection process and will forfeit the opportunity to select their room or their roommate(s), and will be placed on the housing wait list.

The Deposit Form is available under Campus Announcements on MyArcadia. Students can pay the deposit online by credit card, debit card, checking or savings accounts. To pay your deposit online, please visit www.arcadia.edu/paynow. Under “Apply Payment Toward,” select, “Deposit-Resident,” or “Deposit-Commuter.” 

Dining Services Needs Student Workers

Dining Services is looking for students who need a little extra money to help with its catering services. The schedule is flexible around classes, and they hire non-work study. For more information, contact Sara Goodwin, Director of Catering, Parkhurst Dining Services, 215-517-2311.

Summer Positions Open in Conference Services

The Conference Services Department is looking for workers for summer positions. These positions will begin with training on May 23 and end between Aug. 10 and Aug. 17. Please stop by the Conference Services Department in the lower level of Dilworth Hall to pick up an application. Applications are due by Feb. 28. Interviews will take place shortly after spring break. For more information, contact Michele D. Leftwich in Conference Services, 215-572-4082, Leftwicm@arcadia.edu.

Is April 1 a Lucky Day for FAFSA Filers?

All Arcadia students that file their 2007-08 FAFSA before the April 1, priority deadline will be automatically entered into a drawing to win one of four $50 gift certificates! Students are encouraged to file online at www.fafsa.ed.gov  Please Note: Undergraduate students who are Pennsylvania residents and wish to be considered for the PHEAA State Grant must file the FAFSA by May 1.

Apply Now for Freedom Credit Union Scholarships

Freedom Credit Union is now accepting applications for the 2007 Freedom Scholarships. Freedom will award four $1,000 scholarships to qualified students to be applied toward any portion of an accredited college or university's comprehensive fee. Additional information and applications are available at www.freedomcu.org. Completed applications and all related documents must be post-marked no later than March 15.  Winners will be notified by March 30. “Last year an Arcadia University student was one of the winners! Let's keep the tradition going," says Lorraine M. Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Representative.

Exit Interview Sessions for Graduating Students

Students who borrowed money through the Federal Stafford Loan Program while studying at Arcadia are required to attend an Exit Interview Session before graduating to fulfill federal regulations. Exit Interviews will be held on Tuesday, March 6, in Kuch Center Hospitality Suite, and Wednesday, March 7, in the Mirror Room, Grey Towers Castle. Click here for more information and interview times. For more information, contact Mayra Castillo at the Office of Enrollment Management at 215-572-2883.

Faculty Honors Convocation Responses Due

Just a reminder to faculty who have not done so already, use the online form at http://www.arcadia.edu/honorsreply2 to submit your response about attending Honors Convocation on March 24. (Note: Click to open link. If you encounter trouble opening link, copy and paste or retype URL in new browser window). For more information, contact Donna Whitlock, University Relations.

Upcoming Events

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Let's Go!

For a complete listing of student events, visit the Online Events Calendar.

Three Sisters at the Arcadia Theatre Through March 4

Three Sisters at the Arcadia TheatreThe Arcadia Theatre’s Mainstage production of Anton Chekov’s The Three Sisters will continues its run through Sunday, March 4. Considered by many as the best drama of the 20th century, The Three Sisters tells the story of sisters Olga, Masha and Irina and their brother Andrei and their hope for a better life. The production will run through Sunday, March 4. Show times are as follows: Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Student admission is free, with a suggest admission donation of $5. Admission for seniors and alumni is $12 and general admission is $15. For additional information, visit www.arcadia.edu/arcadiatheatre.  

Black History Jeopardy, March 2

Arcadia University's celebration of African American History Month concludes with Black History Jeopardy, March 2 from 3 to  6 p.m. in The Chat. An educational multi-media game based on the Jeopardy TV game show format, the event features teams of three. Sign-up at the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Knight Hall.

Learning Communities Poster Displays, Feb. 27

The 2006-07 Learning Communities will celebrate the year with Poster Displays and Presentations in The Chat on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. Presentation topics will include “Also Behind the Walls: Notes on the Identity of a Correctional Officer,” “Personal Identity in Mass Media,” and "Putting the Pieces Together: Our First Year at Arcadia University.”

Wearable Sculpture Fashion Show, Feb. 27

The Fine Arts Department Learning Community is holding a "Wearable Sculpture Fashion Show" on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in the Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. More than 50 pieces that the students have created in 3D class will be displayed. For more information, contact Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor Fine Arts, 215-572-8622.

Writers Return to Campus Series Continues on March 1

VelezArcadia will continue its “Writers Return to Campus” series with a visit from Dr. Lili Fox Velez ’86 on Thursday, March 1, in the Rose and Mirror Rooms of Grey Towers Castle. A reception begins at 7 p.m. Velez will host a workshop beginning at 7:30 p.m. Founder of the Biomedical Writing program at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, the first degree-granting program for medical writers, Velez has taught writing and research methods for technical environments as well as worked as a publication analyst, medical writer, and consultant for a variety of agencies. Since her graduation from Arcadia, Velez has dedicated her professional life to building bridges between writing, research, and technical fields, earning both an M.A. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. She has taught at Philadelphia University, Robert Morris College and the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and is a faculty member at Towson University in Maryland. More about Dr. Velez.

Dance Marathon, March 3Dance Marathon

Arcadia students will host a 13-hour Dance Marathon in an effort to help raise money for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. The event will feature DJs from local radio stations Wired 96.5 and 92.5 XTU. Red Bull also will be there to keep the crowd energized and to give out prizes all night. Only registered dancers are able to participate. The marathon is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Rose and Mirror Rooms of Grey Towers Castle. For more information contact Lauren Trager (TrageL95@arcadia.edu) or Chadd Balbi (Balbic11@arcadia.edu).

Student Health Center Open House, March 6

Save the date for an Open House at the Student Health Center on Tuesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Meet the new staff, use free weights, get a blood pressure screening, sign up for the Walk for Wellness, and join in drawings for goodies. The Student Health Center is on the ground floor of Heinz Hall. 

Memory, Fiction and Form, March 6.

MitgutschLike her, Dr. Anna Mitgutsch's characters, whether Jewish or gentile, cross cultural and national boundaries but are always tied to their place through their memory. Dr. Mitgutsch, an Austrian novelist, read and admired on both sides of the Atlantic, will explain, with the help of readings from three of her eight novels, how memory functions in fiction, shaping the narrative and controlling its form.

The University Colloquium Series, featuring lectures from education to science, is free and open to the public. For each colloquium, 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.

Other upcoming colloquia include: Democratizing Education Through Curriculum Reform on March 22.

Check Out New Library Web Site, March 7

On Wednesday, March 7, from 2 to 4 p.m., the staff of Landman Library will hold a reception in the Library lobby to present the new Landman Library Web site. The new Library homepage is a user-friendly gateway to all of the Library’s resources, 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 furnished their own “rooms,” complete with access to discipline-specific indices, references and links. Highlights of the new 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)

Human Rights Poet Leads Workshop, April 13

As part of the Montgomery County Poet Laureateship program, human rights poet and celebrated reader Carolyn Forche will conduct a poetry workshop on Friday, April 13, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Nostrand Conference Room in Grey Towers Castle.

Following the workshop, the 2007 Montgomery Poet Laureate will be named at 7 p.m. in the Castle Mirror Room.

To participate in this workshop, participants should e-mail two of their own poems to Dr. Sandra Hordis, Assistant Professor of English and Interim Director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureateship, at hordis@arcadia.edu by March 9. Workshop seats are limited, so apply soon.

Forche released her first collection of poetry, Gathering the Tribes, in 1976, evoking her childhood, her Slovak ancestry and her reflections on sexuality, family and race. From 1978 to 1980 she was a journalist in El Salvador, where in addition to her involvement in Amnesty International as a human rights advocate, she translated works by Salvadoran poets. Her work on behalf of human rights became a major focus of her poetry, much of which depicts the terrible cruelties that were inflicted on children victimized by the war. In 1994 she wrote a five-part book-length poem, The Angel of History, a compelling distillation of her intensely moral sensibility. Forche has edited several books, including Against Forgetting: Twentieth-Century Poetry of Witness (1993), and translated the poetry of Claribel Algeria.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.


Students, Faculty Perform Vagina Monologues

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Students and faculty performed The Vagina Monologues on Saturday, Feb. 24, and Sunday, Feb. 25, for a third year as a part of VDAY, a global movement to stop local and global violence toward women and girls. Monologues were performed by undergraduate students, as well as Arcadia faculty members. The proceeds from the show benefited Women's Center of Montgomery County, SAFER, and Jewish Family and Children's Services of Greater Philadelphia's Sukkat Shalom program. The program was produced by Maddy Brener and co-directed by Brener, Amanda Greco and Kat (Eamon) Harbord. The show was sponsored by PRIDE, and Hillel aided in the fund-raising. Click here for more photos.

Elementary School Students Visit Arcadia

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, 33 students, in grades 1-6 from McCloskey Elementary School visited Arcadia University as part of a  Professional Development School Grant that was written and awarded to Dr. Jane Duffy, Arcadia’s Director of Student Teaching. The grant was developed through extensive collaboration with McCloskey School Principal John Underwood as well as faculty and staff from the McCloskey school. It supports professional development, ongoing collaboration, inquiry and dialogue that benefit the students and faculty of both institutions.
Last summer, the students were chosen based on their participation in a poster contest, which will help advertise their spring clean-up. The students toured the Landman Library, listened to stories read by education majors Wendy Rhode and Nine Salvadore. The students were then given a lesson on photography and tour of the dark room by Art major volunteers Jessica Kovach, Sarah Ingram and Nicole Pilkus. The visited ended with students doing a reflection activity provide by their teachers. 

The Arabian Nights: Students Learn Storytelling Tradition

alvi-Aziz publicationsWhen Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz began Arcadia’s new International Studies major last year, she found there were no applicable materials, so she produced An Introduction to International Studies: Exploring Frontiers, a reader released by Linus Publications. Exploring Frontiers takes an interdisciplinary look at relations among states, peoples, non-state actors and organizations, with a focus on famous travelers, explorers and scientists—an eclectic group including Ibn Battuta, VS Naipul, Mungo Park, Sir Richard Burton, Gertrude Bell, Jacques Cousteau and Dian Fossey—in a framework of political, economic, military and ecological systems.

Also hot off the press is The Arabian Nights Reader, which Alvi-Aziz, Assistant Professor and Director of International Studies, and Michael Whistler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, are using for a new course: The Storytelling Tradition: The Arabian Nights. “The Arabian Nights Reader is very timely, because it touches on an epic literature that describes cultures and parts of the world that we in the West know little about but find very intriguing,” she says.

The Arabian Nights class isn’t just a literature review, it’s an exploration of the storytelling tradition of the Arabic culture, with students using the masterpiece Middle Eastern epic to design their own theatrical event. “This course isn’t about theatrical ‘talent,’ however,” adds Alvi-Aziz. “We believe the only ‘talent’ an artist has is his or her curiosity, willingness to explore, and courage to share.” So after students have examined King Shahryar, Kalandar’s Tale and Aladdin, they will be going “public” with their text dramatizations.

sports update

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Boettcher Named to First Team All-PAC

The Pennsylvania Athletic Conference this week announced its regular season award winners and all-conference honorees for men's basketball. Named to the First Team ALL-PAC was senior forward Deve Boettcher. Fellow senior Andrew Martin was named to the Push the Rock Sportsmanship Team.

Men’s Baseball Reaches for the Title Again

The men’s baseball team gets ready for the spring season with a wealth of talent returning from last year’s regular season PAC championship squad, and this year’s expectations are for a repeat. The seniors on this year’s team won the PAC as freshmen and would like nothing more than to go out on top once again in Arcadia’s final season as a member of the PAC before the University moves to the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). Read more about three-time All-PAC selection senior John Connell and his teammates on the diamond.

Seniors Plan Another Outstanding Year for Softball

The softball recruiting Class of 2007 has been the most successful in the history of the program, winning 96 games in the team’s first three years of collegiate competition. They have broken the Arcadia University team record for wins in each of their first three seasons, finishing at 34-9 in 2006, and their winning percentage over three years is an outstanding .750 (96W-32L). The talented duo of Jenn Compton and Laura Fencik have led the conference, the East Region, and the country in several NCAA offensive categories including home runs, RBI’s, and batting average. Read more about where these seniors plan to lead the team this year.

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

in the news

The January-February 2007 issue of the Philadelphia Business Journal published both an article and advertisement on Arcadia University’s M.B.A. with an International Perspective. The article described a January 2007 trip by several dozen students to the Island of Dominica, where student’s studied the nation’s developing economy.

Arcadia University was listed in an article in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Thursday, Feb. 22, on school fund-raising in the fiscal year 2006.

Faculty in the News

Adjunct Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution Barbara Simmons spoke on behalf of the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers to deliver their urgent plea for world peace in a lecture at Lehigh University on Feb. 15, as reported in The Brown and White on Feb. 20. Click here to read more.

Former Arcadia English Professor Dr. Elaine Maimon, currently the Chancellor at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, begins her duties as the new President of Governors State University, University Park, Ill., in July, as reported in the Feb. 20 Chicago Tribune. Maimon was instrumental in developing Arcadia’s nationally recognized Writing Across the Curriculum program. Her publications, co-authored with Arcadia faculty members, include Writing in the Arts and Sciences, Reading in the Arts and Sciences and Thinking, Reasoning and Writing. In 1994 Arcadia held a Founder’s Day program at which the inauguration of the Elaine P. Maimon Prize for Excellence in Freshman Writing was announced.

Publication Information

Contributors: Bridget Curtis '08, International student Alice Quigley, Joy Zazzera, Sports Information Director, and Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology and Alice Quigley. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

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