|March 6, 2007|
|March 6, 2007||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Where Are Arcadia Students Going on Spring Break?
Boarding planes for Europe this weekend will be 387 students taking advantage of one of Arcadia’s favorite features—spring break Preview programs to London, Scotland, Italy and Spain. The Preview programs cost just $245 and show why about 75 percent of Arcadia's students use their passports during their first year of college. The University pioneered the Preview programs to introduce students to study abroad. Italy Preview, reserved for transfer students, is $550.
“Preview represents a fulfillment of the Arcadia Promise in its personal attention from leaders, an integrative approach to learning and, of course, the international component,” says Jan Finn, Director of International Services.
“All Preview participants will get the opportunity to meet Arcadia undergrads studying abroad this semester in the respective countries, including our FYSAE (First Year Study Abroad Experience) students in London and Stirling (Scotland).”
Another 18 students are headed to Italy as part of ID 381 The Visual Artist in Italy, led by two associate professors of Fine Arts, Judith Taylor and Betsey Batchelor.
Community Service Trips to Louisiana, Guatemala
Community Service also ranks high with Arcadia students’ spring break plans. This year’s service trip to Louisiana from March 11 to 17 will include a total of 40 students, faculty and staff. “We will be assisting Southern Mutual Help in their rebuilding efforts working on homes in the Vermillion Parish region in the southwestern portion of the state,” says Cindy Rubino, Community Service Coordinator. “This area was affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”
Terry Greiner, wife of President Jerry Greiner,
is leading another group of 15 students to a Hearts in Motion program
in Guatemala. Members of the Guatemala trip include Physical Therapy students
and faculty headed by Dr. Karen Sawyer, Physician Assistant
students and faculty headed by Jen Smith, and undergraduate Spanish interpreters
and general helpers. “We will spend a week bringing medical clinics
to remote villages and helping at the prosthetic lab/physical therapy
facility or in the hospital in Zacapa,” Greiner says. “The
final weekend we will travel to Antigua City, which sits at the base of
a volcano (dormant, of course!).”
Arcadia Team Shares Global Learning Insights
Arcadia's Shared Futures team attended a meeting of the 16 institutions in the project held in conjunction with the Association of American Colleges and University (AAC&U) meeting on General Education and Assessment: “Engaging Critical Questions, Fostering Critical Learning” in Miami from March 1 to 3. Being chosen to participate in Shared Futures is recognition of Arcadia's curricular development and an opportunity to share the University's expertise.
The foci of the meeting were: 1) to share information about how the different institutions are infusing global learning into their general education curricula; 2) to discuss how each of the institutions plans to assess student outcomes related to the project, and 3) to plan for the group's summer institute to be held at Sonoma State University that will focus on infusing global learning into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) disciplines.
Sign up Now for Intramural Basketball Tourney
Arcadia’s Intramural Basketball Tournament begins Wednesday, March 21, from 8 to 10:30 p.m. in the Kuch Gymnasium. Co-ed teams of eight players will complete in 12-minute games in a 4v4 format. The competition continues on March 28, with a Final Four on Sunday, April 1, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. To sign up a team, contact Rick Brownell, Kuch Center, Office 103, by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 19.
Library Uses Latest Technology in ‘Rooms’
SirsiDynix, the global leader in strategic technology solutions for libraries, announced March 1 that Arcadia University’s Landman Library has begun using the the SirsiDynix Enterprise Portal Solution™ (EPS) and the SirsiDynix Rooms™ content management platform. 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.
EPS provides a single interface to all the high-quality information, resources and services offered by an institution in virtual Rooms, arranged according to popular subject areas, with relevant, current information and links in each room. The portal also features enhanced searching capabilities, which consolidate searching of the Library catalog, the Library’s vast databases and the Internet into one simple search.
Eric McCloy, Arcadia University’s Associate Director of Library Systems and Technology, says, “Our old Web site had evolved over many years, and access to our resources was inconsistent and cumbersome. Our goal in moving to Rooms is to provide clean, uncomplicated access to our resources for all of our users. The Rooms interface allows us to create a starting point for research in the variety of disciplines we offer our students. In a particular room, a student can find links to the database and resources relevant to his or her topic and a search box which is pre-configured to search simultaneously all the databases relative to the topic. While we have many resources for our students, implementing EPS and Rooms will give students even better access to these resources.” Read more about new Library technology.
Gallery: Nature Filtered and Abstract, Through March 11
Always Thinking of You, an installation of paintings and recent constructions by Gerald Nichols, is on view at the Arcadia University Art Gallery through March 11. Titled after a phrase from a Victorian carte de visite, this project offers a comprehensive look at Nichols’ reverence for a distressed American landscape. “Taking our compromised relationship to nature as his primary concern, Nichols filters cosmic and earthly wonders through idiosyncratic, associative systems that merge an interest in formal abstraction and art history with the urgency of vernacular signs,” says Gallery Director Richard Torchia. “The result is an installation tempered by a desire to codify nature while exploring how our understanding of its unruly phenomena has come to be dependent on such representations.” Read more about Torchia’s description of the exhibit.
Gallery hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: noon to 4 p.m. Visit www.arcadia.edu/gallery.
Celebrate Women, on Stage or in Writing
“Celebrate important women in your life and all the amazing things they do! Come and read a poem, sing a song, act out a scene, or just share an anecdote about a woman important to you,” says Allison Yoos, Apartment Assistant. “If you would like share your experiences, please submit your ideas to email@example.com by March 9 so that we can schedule the performances.” The date for the performances will be later in March but has not been set yet.
“If you would like to participate, but jumping onto the stage is not for you,” Yoos adds, “become eligible to win $500 credited to your student account by composing an essay that answers one of the following questions: How do you see the identity/understanding of women as it impacts Arcadia's campus or history? Who is the most influential woman past or present to you ... and why? What does it mean to be a feminist?” Special thanks to Multicultural Affairs and Undergraduate Studies for sponsoring the event and the essay award. Essays may be in any format or length. Essays will be judged on creativity, insightfulness, and completeness of thought and are due on the night of the program in March (TBA). For more information, please contact Kristi Shima at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paris Campus Invites Faculty, Students to Conference
Arcadia’s affiliated campus in Paris, France, invites Arcadia faculty, students and alumni to participate in an international conference this summer. The American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris hosts an International Political Science Association (IPSA) Conference July 11 to 13. This three-day conference, “Empires: cultural, political and economic,” is organized by IPSA Research Committee 49, which specializes on “Socialism, Capitalism, and Democracy.” Following Palestinian-American literary theorist and activist Edward Saïd’s claim that “we are at a point in our work when we can no longer ignore empires and the imperial context in our studies,” presenting scholars will explore both theoretical and empirical studies, critiques of such domination as well as strategies for resistance. More about the call for papers at www.ags.edu.
Science Teaching Award Names Plummer Best Dissertation
Dr. Julia Plummer, Assistant Professor of Education, won the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). She will receive the award at the annual meeting held this April. Her dissertation was titled "Students' Development of Astronomy Concepts Across Time." Plummer completed her Ph.D. in Astronomy and Education at the University of Michigan this past summer.
Check MyArcadia for Spring Break Hours
Check MyArcadia for spring break closings and hours for Dining Services, Landman Library and more. Note that the Student Service Center’s hours during the week of spring break March 12 to 16, will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
Arcadia Book Drive Helps Alumna in Africa
The Community Service Office will be collecting books this spring to help alumna Kate Zanoni in her literacy work in Botswana, Africa, where she is establishing a library in a clinic. The book drive also will help Book through Bars, Books for Africa, Books for Newborns, and other organizations. Campus groups are encouraged to join in the book drive, which will run through May 11.
Look for collection bins in Landman Library and the Community Service Office in Knight Hall, as well as Taylor Hall, Brubaker Hall, Boyer Hall and Kuch Center. Donations can include children’s books and textbooks in good condition. For more information, contact Naida Elena Montes, student coordinator for the book drive, or Cindy Rubino, Community Service Coordinator.
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 email@example.com.
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.
March 15 Deadline 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you volunteer to become a Peer Mentor by April 1, your name will be placed in a drawing for a raffle prize at the Spring Staff Assembly.
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.
Mitgutsch Ties Characters Through Memory, March 6
Dr. Anna Mitgutsch's characters, whether Jewish or gentile, cross cultural and national boundaries but are always tied to their place through their memory. On March 6, 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.
Mitgutsch’s fiction includes Three Daughters and Lover, Traitor, which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in 1997. Her most recent novel, House of Childhood, features Max Berman, a man who explores his roots in post-World War II Austria, discovering love, his family history, and in the process, himself. House of Childhood is indeed an intense and profoundly moving novel about the human spirit’s struggle for a sense of belonging.
Her March 6 lecture is part of the University Colloquium Series, featuring lectures from education to science that are 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: Democratizing Education Through Curriculum Reform on March 22.
Karaoke Night with President Greiner, March 6
Back by popular demand: "Karaoke Night with President Jerry Greiner." This event is sponsored by the Latino Association/Puro Ritmo and the President's Office on Tuesday, March 6, from 8 to 10 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. “Come sing to your favorite songs!” says Mayra Castillo, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management. “Bring your friends and roommates and invite your professors, too!” Latin finger foods and soft drinks will be provided. For more information e-mail email@example.com.
Dissertation Hearing for Cindy Reedy, March 19
All faculty members and students are cordially invited to attend the final defense hearing of the doctoral dissertation for Cindy Kennedy Reedy. The title of her dissertation is “A Child Enrolled is a Family Enrolled: Early Childcare Directors’ Conceptualizations of Parent Education and Actual Practices.” The hearing is Monday, March 19, at 1 p.m. in Room 206 Brubaker Hall.
Women Making a Difference Workshop, March 30
Daphne McKissick, Staff Accountant at Arcadia, helps kick off Women’s History Month in her role on the Steering Committee for the 9th Annual Women Making a Difference Award Luncheon and Personal Development Workshop. The workshop, “Audacious Possibilities: The Gumption to Achieve the Impossible,” is March 30 and features keynote speaker Dr. Robin L. Smith. The organization is spearheaded by Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. Women Making a Difference Inc. provides women with information, and tools, and strategies designed to empower them and foster greater economic development opportunities and professional growth. For more information, visit www.blondellonline.com or call McKissick at 215-572-2190.
Pride Prom in the Castle, March 31
Pride is having a Prom on Saturday, March 31, from 9 p.m. to midnight in Grey Towers Castle. “People do not need to sign up in advance; they can just come to the Castle the night of Prom,” says Freida Nellis, secretary of Pride. The cost is $5 per person; an Arcadia ID is needed. Guests must have two forms of ID. This event is open to the campus. For more information, e-mail the club firstname.lastname@example.org or Nellis email@example.com.
Poetry Workshop Applications Due March 23
Noted poet Carolyn Forche comes to Arcadia University on Friday, April 13, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Poet Laureateship. In addition, she will conduct a hands-on poetry workshop for faculty, staff, and students from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on April 13 in the Nostrand Conference Room in Grey Towers Castle. “If you'd like to be considered for a seat in this exciting workshop, submit two poems for consideration with your name and e-mail address indicated at the top of each page,” says Dr. Sandra Hordis, firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Professor of English and Interim Director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureateship. Please submit poems by March 23. Space is limited; decisions on the awarding of space in the workshop will be announced on Friday, March 30.
Following the workshop, the 2007 Montgomery Poet Laureate will be named at 7 p.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. 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. Click here for more information on Carolyn Forche. Her publications are available on Amazon.com.
More events can be found on the Events Calendar.
Wearable Fashion Show
On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Arcadia community had the chance to see what two Learning Communities have been up to all year with the “Wearable Sculpture Fashion Show.” Over 200 people came to see the more than more than 50 pieces that students created in 3D classes. From the music selection to the event’s promotion, nearly every aspect of the show was student-organized. While there were winners from each class, the grand prize, which was decided by audience participation, was awarded to the collaborative team of Jen Ihle ’10 and Keri Rosseti ’10 with “Moose”, modeled by Dan Sylpot '10. Due to the event’s success, plans are being made to make this an annual Arcadia event open to all students at Arcadia. Click here to view fashion photos.
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