|March 27, 2007|
|March 27, 2007||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Honors Student: The Road from Ballet to Biology
“If you drive in the middle of the road for too long, you are going to get smooshed,” said Jennifer Zellers, who gave the student address at Honors Convocation on Saturday, March 24. After high school, she began a career in classical ballet, but “it was time for a decision. I chose school.”
“Jen Zellers has all of the qualities that one expects of an exemplary student – high grade point average, acceptance into a prestigious graduate program at Columbia University, and honors program participant. Jen, however, brings a bit more to the table,” said Dr. Norah Shultz, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Faculty Development. “What is most interesting about Jen is that while she excels academically, that was not her primary driving force – as you’ll hear from her in a moment. What got her started on this path was her desire to explore – and we had a program that fit that desire. Jen was a member of our First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) – a member of the first group who studied in London before spending a semester on the Glenside campus. This decision to take a chance in many ways changed the path she was on and led her to where she is today.”
“Sometimes the only way to learn something new is to try something different,” Zeller said. Zellers is a senior, undergraduate Biology major. In addition to FYSAE in London, she has studied in Greece with the Honors Program. Zellers has been recognized on the Dean’s Distinguished Honor list and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Delta. Additionally, she was a recipient of the Bristol Meyers, Squibb Research Fellowship at Fox Chase Cancer Center for her research in ovarian cancer. A graduate of Lenape High School in Medford, N.J., Zellers deferred for a year to pursue a career in classical ballet before starting college. Following graduation from Arcadia University, she will be attending Columbia University’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program.
“Pushups for Peace” on March 28
The Distinguished Speakers Series continuies with Sonia Sanchez, noted author, poet and playwright, will present “Pushups for Peace” on Wednesday, March 28, in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall, at 7:30 p.m.
Sanchez is a prolific writer in several genres who played an influential role in the Black Arts Movement. Although best known for her poetry, she also has published plays, children's books and literary anthologies. In each, she creatively presents and analyzes the historical and contemporary social issues that have impacted both the African American experience and American society in general. She has lectured at more than 500 universities and colleges in the United States and has traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.
Fine Arts Faculty Presentations
As part of the Faculty Exhibiton 2007, at the Arcadia University Art Gallery through April 20, Fine Arts faculty members will make presentations about their work. The presentations will be held in Spruance Seminar Room directly across from the Art Gallery and run from 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Students Attend Model UN in Geneva, Switzerland
Twenty Arcadia students are in Geneva, Switzerland, this week with Harvard University’s World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) www.worldmun.org, representing the countries of Mexico and the Republic of Ireland. Eighteen departed from Arcadia; two are studying abroad this semester, in Northern Ireland and Spain.
During the five-day Model UN, March 24 to April 2, participants simulate many different UN branches. Arcadia students will meet as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the world's central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the nuclear field, as well as several other UN committees.
“My committee is looking at women in prison and the elimination of all forms of religious discrimination,” says Victoria Candido, of Wyndmoor, Pa., a senior Political Science major. “We’re hoping to have a lot of fun. Students from all different major are coming on the trip.”
For Candido, the trip is also part of her senior project. She will be visiting the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Museum, researching humanitarian efforts and the protection of both soldiers and civilians in war zones as well as peace efforts during wartime. She also will visit the United Nations building in Geneva for her research on international humanitarian law.
Arcadia students will meet in the following committees:
Reading Specialists Now Helping K-12 Students
Graduate Education students in the Reading Specialist program now have expanded practicum experiences ranging from grades kindergarten through high school in the newly named Arcadia Community Learning Center.
One requirement for obtaining Reading Specialist Certification in the state of Pennsylvania includes a practicum experience. Arcadia graduate students had fulfilled this requirement by working with elementary and secondary (grades 1-7) students from the neighboring community on Saturday mornings during the fall and spring semesters and during the month of July in Summer Session II. “This has been a long-standing program for children seeking additional support in language arts, and one which has experienced much success,” says Dr. Peggy Hickman, Assistant Professor of Education and ACLC Coordinator. email@example.com.
Now the practicum program is being expanded to include children in kindergarten through 12th grades, aligning with reading specialist certification levels. The name of the program will officially change this semester from the Arcadia Reading/Language Arts Center to the Arcadia Community Learning Center. “It is our hope that this name change will be the beginning of new and broader outreach efforts to the community by the Education Department, merging Arcadia student practicum experiences with community enrichment programs in a variety of areas,” Hickman says. Area parents who want reading help for their children can find more information at www.arcadia.edu/aclc or call Dr. Kathy Wirth at 215-572-2176.
Gustavson Writes Book on Creative Youth Learning
Dr. Leif Gustavson, Assistant Professor of Education, authored the book Youth Learning on Their Own Terms: Creative Practices and Classroom Teaching, which has just been published by Routledge, a division of the Taylor & Francis Group. His ethnological study shows how developing a respect and understanding of the youth-initiated creative practices that occur outside schools can offer educators the opportunity to directly influence their teaching in schools by making classroom spaces personally more meaningful and rigorous for both students and teachers.
Nominations Sought for Martha Washington Award
Nominations are being sought for the ninth annual Martha Washington Award. This award will be presented to an Arcadia University staff employee for consistent excellence, exceptional performance, and service to the University community.
All staff employees who have completed one full year of service as of Dec. 31, 2006, are eligible for nomination. Nominations may be made by any member of the Arcadia University community, except those serving on the Award Selection Committee. Three letters of support from other members of the Arcadia community must be attached to the nomination form. The deadline for nomination is Friday, April 13. The recipient of this award will be presented with a plaque and a cash award at the annual recognition luncheon in May. Click here for the nomination packet from Human Resources.
Thanks to Staff Who Helped in London
Special thanks go to the faculty and staff group leaders, says Josh Stern, who helped out first-year students who had to spend several extra days in London last week. “There were nine other group leaders with me who were instrumental in keeping students calm, informed, and organized during some hectic times,” he says. Kudos to Kim Banks, Lori Bogish, Jen Haring, Yanxia Jia, Dan Moscovici, Michelle Reale, Steve Robbins, Donna Smith, and Donielle Wright. “All of these people needed to put aside their personal concerns about missing work and time with family to stay positive and upbeat for the students. They did so without complaint.” Preview is made possible each year by faculty and staff group leaders—thanks to all who helped introduce first-year students to the concept of study abroad.
10 Students Win Prizes for Completing Survey
Student Affairs would like to thank those students who participated in the on-line Student Satisfaction Inventory in the fall. “We were quite pleased with a response rate of 38 percent of all full-time undergraduate students,” says Diana Bonner, Administrative Assistant. “The responses received from the survey will help campus leadership understand student opinions and determine what is working and what could be working better.” In appreciation for completion of the survey, 10 participants were randomly selected as prize winners. Congratulations to the following students: Lauren Bateman, Danielle Blouch, Tania Doverspike, Larissa Forte, Pamela Fox, Elizabeth Harlan, Joanne Kinch, Irina Samson, Amanda Shronk, and Tamika Thompson.
Tecklin Lectures in Greece, London, Mexico
Jan Tecklin was one of two keynote speakers at the First Annual Cystic Fibrosis Day in Athens, Greece, in November, 2006. The event was attended by almost 300 patients, parents, and health care workers from around the country of Greece. In addition there were several members of the Greek parliament in attendance.
He also spoke at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, England, on Feb. 22. His topic was "High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation for Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis," and the lecture and dinner were attended by physicians, nurses, and physical therapists from the major adult and pediatric pulmonary centers in and around London. Tecklin also will be a discussant at a special meeting of the American Association of Respiratory Care in Cancun, Mexico, in April. The topic of the meeting is Airway Clearance.
It’s Campus Life Staff Recognition Week
The 2007 Campus Life Staff Recognition Week is March 26 to April 1, in recognition of the hard work and dedication of Campus Life Staff’s Resident Assistants, Apartment Assistants and Commuter Assistants. Campus Life Staff members act as resource, friend, community builder, and policy enforcer in their residence halls, suites, apartments, and the Commuter Lounge. They are responsible for creating an environment conducive to academic success and personal growth. This responsibility is carried out through various social and educational programming as well as individual and personalized contact with each of their constituents.
New Gargoyle Coffeehouse Sponsors Poetry Contest
The Gargoyle Coffeehouse is the freshest place to visit on the Web! Sponsored by Gargoyle Art & Literary Magazine, this new site provides an interactive space for Arcadia’s most creative voices. The Web site showcases Arcadia’s talent in poetry, photography, spoken word, art, and short stories. It includes students’ and professors’ tips for improving the craft, never-before-seen submissions, and magazine archives.
Gargoyle Coffeehouse is also sponsoring a Photo and Poem of the Month contest, the winners of which will be displayed on the site’s main page on April 25. The deadline is Friday, April 13, and more details are online. Check it out at http://student.arcadia.edu/gargoylemag!
Student Leadership Recognition Awards Due April 6
Nominations for Leadership Recognition awards are due Friday, April 6, at noon in the Student Activities Office. Stop by the Student Activities Office in Dilworth Hall to obtain a nomination form for Social Program of the Year or Educational Program of the Year. This award is open to programs developed by officially recognized student organizations as well as programs offered by Apartment Assistants, Commuter Assistants and/or residence hall groups. Students also can submit a nomination form for Campus Leader of the Year, an award open to all current students who are actively involved in campus life, which includes student activities, residence life, commuter life and other campus areas. For more information, contact Michele D. Leftwich, Office Assistant in Conference Services and Student Activities, 215-572-4082, .
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 304. 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. Please note that both topics will be presented on March 29.
Rock the Cause Tickets Now on Sale
Tickets and “Rock the Cause” concert T-shirts are on sale the week of March 26. Tickets are $8 for Arcadia students, $12 for non-AU attendees. Students can charge these costs. Rock the Cause is Saturday, March 31, from 4:30 p.m. to midnight in Stiteler Auditorium (Murphy Hall). The Commuter Student Association is hosting the all-night rock concert to fight poverty in America and Darfur. The concert will feature nine bands and performers. Domino's Pizza, soda, fair trade chocolate, bottled water, concert T-shirts, soft pretzels, and more will be sold at the event to benefit the cause. A donation table will be there for those who are interested in giving more. An Arcadia ID is needed; guests must have two forms of ID (at least one with photo).
Students were inspired to hold the live benefit concert as a result of the Live 8 concert in July 2005. Last year’s Rock the Cause at Arcadia raised $2,000 for charity. All money raised this year again will go toward fighting global poverty. Rock the Cause features local bands, including LeBaron, The Call to Arms, Nomad Fool, Hi Society, Korava, Pat Gleeson and Maura Fox (solo artists), and the Mighty Paradocs.
Arcadia Book Drive Helps Alumna in Africa
The Community Service Office is 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, Cindy Rubino, Community Service Coordinator, or visit www.betterworldbooks.com.
Volunteers Needed for Walk for Wellness, April 18
Student Health Services is holding a Walk for Wellness at noon on Wednesday, April 18. This year’s event will raise money to benefit persons with breast cancer through the Komen for the Cure. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
Volunteers are needed to walk and to help during the event. “You can participate in this worthy endeavor by obtaining monetary pledges and walking, running, wheeling or strolling the Arcadia University campus on Wednesday April 18, meeting outside the Kuch Center at noon,” says Claire Washington, Director of Student Health Services. “We need volunteers to assist in the following: sign up participants at a table outside The Chat, assist with hanging flyers around campus, assist with creating registration packets, to name a few.” Contact her at 215-572-2966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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.
Anton in Show Business, March 30-April 1
Don’t miss Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin at The Chat, March 30 to April 1. Anton in Show Business is a play within a play about a small theatre company putting on Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters and realizing that the world of the theatre is growing further and further away from the art of telling stories. Show times are Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 2 and 8 p.m. Buy tickets from TicketLeap!
Everyone Invited to ‘Stress Relief Thursdays’
The Wellness Center (Counseling Services and Student Health Services) is pleased to invite the University community to de-stress with “Stress Relief Thursdays.” They’re bringing stress relief back!
“Resumé Riot” Week This Week in The Chat
“If you’ve recently tried to schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Development, you may have been surprised by the amount of time you needed to wait to actually get in to see someone. This is our busiest time of year,” explains Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development. “Students are looking for help with their job searches, they’re applying for internships, or they’re looking for summer jobs more relevant to their future career goals.”
In an effort to meet these demands, Career Development is scheduling a daily “Resumé Riot” in The Chat Performance Area. Career Development staff will be available to provide comments and critiques of resumés, cover letters and application materials in The Chat from noon to 2 p.m. beginning on Monday, March 26, and ending on March 30. “If you would like input on your job search materials, just bring your documents and stop by the Resumé Riot table–no appointment necessary!” Hertel notes. For more information, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939 or stop by Knight Hall, Room 133.
Staff Council Dancing Lessons, March 28
Staff Council is hosting Latin Dance Lessons on Wednesday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. Lessons will be provided by Arcadia’s student group Puro Ritmo, and lessons are open to all Arcadia staff. For more information, contact Celina Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jennifer Haring at email@example.com.
Pride Prom in the Castle, March 31
Pride is holding 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.
Special Athletes Sportfest, March 31
The Arcadia Special Athletes Association (ASAA) is hosting the sixth annual Rotary Special Athletes Sportsfest in Kuch Center on Saturday, March 31, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Special athletes will participate in volleyball, basketball, and swimming activities. Arcadia student-athletes also help with this event for area youth.
ASAA is a group of Arcadia students who work with the Special Olympics and Rotary Special Athletes volleyball program of Eastern Montgomery County. “Each week, our students play volleyball with the athletes and also sponsor events here on campus for them,” says Dr. Raymond Rose, Associate Professor of Biology and ASAA Adviser. “We annually hold a Halloween Dance, Holiday Dinner and Dance, and Valentine's Day dance, all in the Castle.”
Tickets for Knight Star Go on Sale April 2
On Friday, April 13, ten Arcadia undergrads will be battling it out on stage in Stiteler Auditorium to become the first AU Knight Star! This event is the sequel to last Spring's Arcadia Idol, which raised more than $2,300 for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Oncology Ward. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 2; they are $7 for Arcadia Students and $10 for other members of the Arcadia Community as well as for outside guests. Tickets will be sold during meal times outside of the Dining Hall until the afternoon of April 13.
This year student organizers have set a goal of $10,000 that they hope to be able to donate to Autism Speaks after the competition. So far, through many generous donations, they have raised more than $3,000! If any faculty or staff members would like to reserve tickets or otherwise make a donation, please contact Cate Rooney, Vice President of the Class of 2009, (215-517-3059) or Adjunct Professor Holly C. Neibauer of the English Department.
Find an Internship at Fair on April 5
Does your major or academic department require you to complete an internship? Are you looking for companies and organizations that have internships ready to offer Arcadia students?
If an internship is in your future, plan to attend the First Annual Career Development Internship Fair on Thursday, April 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. The combination of employers planning to attend this event offers students an array of internship opportunities appealing to a variety of academic majors. Whether you are a first-year student or are quickly approaching graduation, if you are looking to add “real world experience” to your resume, you should plan to attend this event!
Come to the Chat with your resume, enthusiasm and energy, and speak with visiting employers about your future. A complete listing of companies, positions, preferred majors and additional information is available at www.arcadia.edu/careerservices (Click on Internship Fair link). For more information, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939 or stop by Knight Hall, Room 133.
Exonerated Death Row Inmate, April 10
Harold Wilson spent 16 years on Pennsylvania’s death row, convicted of three murders that DNA evidence later proved he did not commit. Hear his story on Tuesday, April 10, at 2:10 p.m. in Kuch Hospitality Suite. This event, open to the entire Arcadia community, is co-sponsored by Witness to Innocence, the Office of the Provost, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. For more information, contact John Noakes, 215-572-2897. Read more about Harold Wilson.
Steele Guest Faculty Lecture, April 11
Chestnut Hill Academy and Peggy Steele '80, a member of the Arcadia Board of Trustees, present the 2007 Franklin A. and Margaret W. Steele Guest Faculty Lecture, featuring Malachy McCourt, author, actor, playwright, entertainer, radio talk show host, laborer, longshoreman, truck loader, dishwasher, and most recently, Green Party candidate in New York State's gubernatorial race. "Says I to Myself" includes reflections on an Irish life on Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Chestnut Hill Academy’s Epiphany Chapel, 500 Willow Grove Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118. The public is welcome; reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Cardona at 215-247-4700, ext. 1123.
More events can be found on the Events Calendar.
McNair Scholars Get Ready for Graduate School
Alia White ’08, Jahaan Ameen ’08, Natalie Harris ’08 and Charles Burnette ’08 are well into their research as McNair Scholars, along with the previous cohort, Michael Aviles ‘ 07, Cynthia Irizarry ’07, Julian Robles ‘07. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the McNair Scholars program is named after engineer, scientist and Challenger Astronaut Ronald E. McNair. Though born into a poor, African American family, McNair persevered through poverty and discrimination, successfully completing his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude in Physics from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The national McNair program focuses on preparing eligible students for graduate and doctoral studies through research and scholarly training. The aim of the program is to identify qualified students as undergraduates and provide them with mentors, research stipends and the opportunity to publish and present their work at research conferences.
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Philadelphia Journalists Hold Media Roundtable
On Monday evening, March 26, in the Library Gallery, Adjunct Professors Lou Grossman and Jim Bruno, who teach Public Relations, and Larry Atkins, who teaches Journalism, held a joint class featuring five Philadelphia-area journalists. In the media roundtable, the journalists talked about their jobs and also how they interact with public relations professionals. Students from all three classes then had a chance to ask questions.
The journalists in the roundtable were: Tom Belden and Tim Panaccio from the Philadelphia Inquirer; Bruce Gordon from FOX-29, Jen Boyett from CN8 and Andrew Fraser from the Associated Press.
Grossman has been holding these roundtables for four years. He teamed up this year with newly appointed Adjunct Professor Jim Bruno, who invited some of his own media contacts. He then thought it would be a good idea for some journalism students to benefit from this roundtable. So, he asked Professor Larry Atkins and his class to join in the event.
Faculty in the News
Linda Hunt Beckman, Adjunct Professor of English, wrote an article, “The single-payer solution,” for the March 20 Philadelphia Inquirer. It was also posted on the “Philadelphia NOW” blogspot. Click here to read more.
Alumni in the News
Louis Herbst, who earned his B.A. in 2006 and is now in his first year of teaching middle school at United Friends, a private Quaker School, was mentioned in an article in the March 19 Intelligencer, “Students seek solutions to Iraq war.” In the article, Herbst details the students’ assignment that challenges them to take a position on the four-year-old war by trying to solve at least one of the major issues America faces there. Students are writing letters, detailing their plans. It is an important assignment because it helps instill the sense that they should be engaged citizens, plus students will have to use persuasive writing skills they’ve been learning, he said. “It’s a meaningful assignment, and it’s our duty to be informed citizens, and every teacher should be trying to communicate that.”
Contributors: Bridget Curtis '08 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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