April 17, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
April 17, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

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Living the Promise: Bridge Collapse Solved

INTEGRATIVE LEARNING: When Brian Grossman ’08 and Nick Fabian ’07 began their senior thesis, they thought their analysis of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse would be a straightforward case of differential equations. Instead they had to reconstruct others’ work to uncover errors. That meant applying the mathematical knowledge they learned in the classroom from Dr. Carlos Ortiz to the physical description of the forces involved in the doomed suspension bridge.

Lt. Gov.: New Delaware Campus Good for State

Physician Assistant Program in Delaware Grand Opening  
Department Chairman Mike Dryer, President Jerry Greiner, Board of Trustees Chairperson Lois Haber, Delaware Lt. Gov. John Carney and New Castle County Director of Redevelopment Karl Karlbacher cutting the ribbon.  

“We need healthcare practitioners here in our state,” said Delaware Lt. Gov. John Carney at the grand opening Friday of Arcadia’s new campus in Christiana, Del. “This particular program is very important to our state and to me personally as chair of the Delaware Health.Care Commission.” The first program to be offered at the new campus is the master’s degree in Physician Assistant. The commission is working on issues such as the uninsured and access to healthcare. “In my view, physician assistants are a great way of extending the primary care network.” He added that the state is extending a loan repayment program to include physician assistants in the hope to attract students to study and practice in Delaware.

Karl Karlbacher, New Castle County Director of Redevelopment, said there is “tremendous need for medical practitioners in New Castle County, primarily because our population is aging significantly.” He said the need for healthcare workers is expected to top 17,000 new professionals in New Castle County alone. “This is a great day for New Castle County as much as it is for Arcadia University.” Read more about the grand opening.

Students Meet Prince Charles at Tower of London

Kate and the Prince Prince Charles  

A group of lucky London Preview students had a real “royal encounter” on this year’s Preview. While touring the Tower of London, first-year students Kate Hendel, Katie Baker, Melissa Moy, Jessica Erb, Cassandra Drake, Katie Farragher, Rachel Warner and Dustin Krautter were approached by royal guards who asked them to please stand aside because the Prince was coming. “We were so shocked that we asked the guard if he meant the real prince!” says Hendel. As it turns out, Prince Charles himself was also touring the Tower that day as part of British Tourism Week. As the Prince made his way past the students, he smiled and waved in their direction. “We thought that would be all, but he actually came toward us!” adds Hendel. “He shook our hands and began a conversation with us. He had a sincere interest in our travels, where we were staying and where we were from.” The students were so excited that they even attracted a reporter who interviewed one of them. As Hendel sums up, “We were star-struck!”

‘Dear Veteran’—WWII, Vietnam, Iraq

Arcadia magazineThe Spring 2007 issue of Arcadia magazine examines a senior’s quest to learn more about her father by writing to other Vietnam veterans, an Arcadia student whose graduation was delayed a year by service in Iraq, and a former professor who spent time in a German POW camp. Two faculty members also provide perspective on the history and economics of peace. Watch for the magazine soon in your mailbox, or read it online. Also check online for some expanded stories:

Gillem Honored for Mentoring at National Conference

GillemDr. Angela Gillem, Professor of Psychology, was selected to receive the third annual Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award, presented by the Association for Women in Psychology (AWP). Gillem was nominated by students, former students, and colleagues for this national honor, which was presented to her at the AWP’s recent conference in San Francisco. She was recognized for “the valuable mentoring she had provided, and for the sensitive concern she has shown for the next generation of psychologists.” AWP is a non-profit scientific and educational organization committed to encouraging feminist psychological research, theory and activism.

SGO Leadership Recognition Awards Given

The Student Government Organization (SGO) Leadership Recognition Night was Sunday, April 15, in Stiteler Auditorium.

The 2007 Campus Leader of the Year award went to Jeffery Murphy. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the Arcadia University Community through his or her involvement in campus life during the academic year.

Program of the Year awards are presented in honor of student-implemented programs that have made an impact on the Arcadia University community.

  • Education Program—Fight Apathy Tour sponsored by Peers
  • Social Program—Cotillion “A Ball at the Ball Park” sponsored by Residence Hall Council at Citizens Bank Park

Residence Hall Council and the ARC (Arcadia Radio Club) were selected as the Student Organizations of the year for enriching the quality of student life at Arcadia. The dedication and hard work of the leaders and members of RHC and the ARC are models for others to follow. Read more about SGO Leadership award winners.

You need virus protectionIs your PC Vulnerable to Unwanted Guests?

April is Security Awareness Month at Arcadia. “Why do you need a firewall?” asks Jose Dieudonne, Director of Network and Information Security Services. "Because a personal computer connected to the Internet without a firewall can be hijacked and added to an Internet outlaw's botnet in just a few minutes." Read this week’s Security Tip on Firewalls.

Visit the IT Security and Privacy module under the MyArcadia Technology tab
to make sure you aren’t a security risk.

End of Year Cleaning—Donate Unwanted Items

In the annual End of the Year Collection, all residence halls will have designated drop off spots in the lobbies where students can deposit unwanted items for charitable causes. Oak Summit’s drop off location will be the building B lobby, and Manor’s will be the entrance vestibule; 1600s residents should contact the Community Services Office at 215-572-4000 for more information.

Deadline for Faculty Commencement Rentals is Friday

Faculty, emeriti and administrators who need to rent academic attire can do so by going to the Arcadia Bookstore no later than April 20 to guarantee delivery in time for the ceremonies. All rental orders must be placed at the Bookstore and must be prepaid. Orders cannot be taken by e-mail or telephone. For more information, call the Bookstore at 215-572-2971.

The Graduate Commencement is Thursday, May 17, at 5 p.m. The Undergraduate Commencement is Friday, May 18, at 10:15 a.m. All faculty, emeriti and administrators are asked to use the Online Commencement Response form at www.arcadia.edu/comresponse to let University Relations know whether they plan to attend one or both of the ceremonies. This information is needed for seating arrangements. (Note: If you have trouble opening this link, please copy and past the link URL into a new browser window.)

Faculty, Staff Needed for Late Night Breakfast

Late Night Breakfast for Arcadia students is Tuesday, May 1, at 10 p.m. in the Dining Hall. It is tradition for the faculty and staff to serve the students, so the Student Affairs Office is looking for potential candidates to help serve. To volunteer, contact Nick Luchko, Area Coordinator for Heinz, Knight, Manor and 1600 at luchkon@arcadia.edu or call 267-620-4126.

Volunteers Needed to Help with Commencement

Volunteers are needed to help with the May Commencement ceremonies. The Graduate Commencement will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, and the Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 18. Interested staff members should e-mail Donna Whitlock in University Relations at whitlock@arcadia.edu by May 4 to volunteer. Interested student volunteers should contact Diana Bonner in Student Affairs at bonnerd@arcadia.edu or call 215-572-2933.

Last Oasis of Semester for Faculty, Staff, April 19

The final faculty/staff Oasis of the spring semester will take place this Thursday, April 19, in the Plate Restaurant at Trilogy (formerly Cedarbrook Apartments), from 4 to 6 p.m. The restaurant is located at 8460 Limekiln Pike, just a mile from campus. Please call Marie Gallagher at ext. 2924 for directions. All Arcadia faculty and staff members are invited to attend. 

Upcoming Events

Let's Go!

Let's Go!

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

Immigration and Employment Workshop, April 18

Arcadia University is hosting an Immigration and Employment Workshop facilitated by Wendy Hess of Goldblum & Hess and Peter Baumann of Baumann, Deseve & Landau. The workshop is Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the Beaver College Room in Landman Library. All Arcadia international students, faculty and staff are invited, and the meeting is open to the general public. The facilitators will discuss how foreign nationals can work in the United States. To attend, RSVP by e-mail to Supinda Sirihekaphong, Arcadia’s Assistant Director of Office of International Services, at siriheks@arcadia.edu. Include the total number of participants by Monday, April 16.

Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness, April 18

Komen for the CureThe Student Health Services’ annual Walk for Wellness Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure is Wednesday, April 18, at noon. Members of the campus community are invited to check in and register as early as 11:30 a.m. that day at the Kuch Center on the field side (if it rains, inside). “Come ready to walk/run/jog or wheel your way around campus and you can expect some fun surprises along the way,” says Claire Washington, Student Health Services Director. “You also can make donations at the Registration Table or drop them by Student Health Services in Heinz Hall, ground floor, ahead of time.” All paid registered individuals receive a t-shirt. Stretching will be coordinated in the middle of the field beginning 11:45 a.m. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories, including most money raised by an individual and most money raised by a group. “We are looking forward to a fun-filled event that will benefit the Philadelphia affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation... and your heart will thank you also!”

Volunteers Needed: In addition to the Walk for Wellness, the Komen On the Go™ comes to Arcadia University on Monday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour has visited numerous college campuses and universities and thousands upon thousands of young women and men have participated in this innovative, educational and interactive experience. Look for an eye-catching, customized pink trailer outfitted with computer stations, at which students are invited to learn how to perform a breast self-exam, learn about breast health and become advocates for the breast cancer movement. Volunteers are a crucial part in the success of the tour. To sign-up to volunteer, contact Kelly Frederick.

TaiChi Expert on Stress Relief, April 19

Stress Relief Thursdays continue, and this week the Moving Meditation will have a special guest. Master Rev. Song will come to Arcadia to demonstrate traditional TaiChi and teach TaiChi practice. This Master has practiced Tai Chi since 1989. He received silver medals in international TaiQi tournaments in China and has also mastered black belt grade in Ikido and Taegwundo. This demonstration is on Thursday, April 19, on the lawn near the Wishing Well/Gazebo outside The Chat at 1 p.m. (weather permitting, if rain in the Heinz Hall lobby). Wear comfortable clothing and bring an open mind. To read more about Moving Meditation, visit the Won Institute Web site.

Jello Tug of War Will Show ‘Strongest’ Class, April 20

On Friday, April 20, during Blitz, Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) will be sponsoring a Jello tug-of-war tournament to see which class is the strongest. Teams must consist of six people. The winning team will win $500 for the class. It's a great way to promote class identity! There will be sign-ups outside the Dining Hall on Wednesday, April 18, or groups can register by e-mail. For more information, contact Barry Hendler ’09 (hendlb60@arcadia), President of SAA. (Oh, and remember, the tug-of-war matches will be taking place in Jello!)

Rights of Women in Middle East, April 22

Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Director and Assistant Professor of International Studies, will speak at the Glenside Public Library on April 22. Alvi-Aziz, also a Fulbright scholar, author and business consultant, will present a program on the Rights of Women in the Middle East. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Glenside Library and is free and open to all. Click here for more information. She also spoke April 13 about “Myths and Facts in Islam: The Need for Intellectual Jihad” at Eastern University as part of the “Windows on the World” program.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.


Senior Represents Marine Scholarship Recipients

Kirby Coughlin  
From left, R. Bradford Mills, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Board Member, Kirby Coughlin, Capt. Will Wennberg, and Maj. Patrick C. Sullivan  

Senior Kirby Coughlin was one of two students awarded scholarships by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation on Friday, April 13, in Philadelphia. Her father, the late Patrick Coughlin, was a Vietnam veteran. Coughlin has received the scholarship every year she has been at Arcadia and was chosen to represent the 977 recipients who were awarded scholarships in 2006 at the Foundation’s Philadelphia Fundraising Gala. After graduating in May with her B.A. in English, she plans to pursue state certification in Secondary Education. Inspired by her many summers working with underprivileged, inner-city youth as a counselor at the Golden Slipper Charity Club camp in Stroudsburg, Pa., she intends to use her education to teach inner-city children. Her work with Vietnam veterans is featured on the Spring 2007 issue of Arcadia magazine.

Arcadia Students Honored at SEPCHE Conference

On Saturday, April 7, the ninth annual SEPCHE Honors Conference was held at Immaculata University. Arcadia University’s a cappella group “A Little Knight Music” opened the conference program by entertaining the audience with two selections. Members of that group include Gillian Brooks, Bryan Cohen (Director), Colleen Crowley, Alexys Grim, Julianna Hawes, Sarah Homan (soloist), Kiersten Hughes, Thomas Kaczmarczyk, Caitlin Lacey, Corinne Landt, Antonio Marrone, Tamar Paltin, Ariel Ramirez, Christina Rynearson, Katie Scheidt and Megan Thrash. Artistic presentations were given by Lauren Garvey (Incomplete, oil painting), Stephanie Minarcik (Whirls of Wire, wire sculpture) and Ryan Bross (Game Man, wire sculpture). Academic, oral presentations were given by Liesl Reimann (Arcadia Legends Project) and Lisa Robinson (The Journey of the Vampire in Literature).

Four Students Win for Filing FAFSA

The following students filed their 2007-08 FAFSA form before the April 1, 2007, priority deadline, and their names were randomly drawn to win one of four gift certificates. If any students did not file their FAFSA yet for next year, then they are still encouraged to do so on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Undergraduate students who are Pennsylvania residents and want to be considered for the PHEAA State Grant must file by May 1, 2007. The winners are:

  • Jahaan Ameen—$50 American Express Card
  • William Green—$50 Best Buy Gift Card
  • Drew Weston-Ball—$50 VISA Card
  • Annalise Settefrati—$50 Target Gift Card

TV Producer from India Visits Communications Classes

Anjoo DaswaniAnjoo Daswani, a freelance television producer from Mumbai, India, will be visiting the Communications program this week, April 16-20. She will meet with students and speak to various classes as part of the Global Focus program. A part of the global learning initiative, this program allows students to study media environments in two countries, one in a developed world and one in the developing world. This year, the focus is on India and Australia.

A Theatre Arts and Mass Communications graduate, Anjoo Daswani taught film and television production for more than a decade at the Xavier Institute of Communications in Bombay. She has several non-fiction features and television series to her credit—notably, Apne Aap on DD National, Mere Ghar Aana Zindagi on ZEE TV and more than 50 video features for video magazines Business Plus and People plus in the early ’90s. Trained with SITE (Satellite Instructional Television Experiment, the first-time satellite transmission project in India in collaboration with NASA in 1975), she continues to produce science enrichment programs for the ambitious future venture, JIGYASA, a science channel to be launched by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization).

Sports Update

Compton, Boettcher and Fencik Tabbed Most Valuable Senior Athletes

Boettcher Compton Fencik

Seniors Dave Boettcher (Men's Basketball), Jennifer Compton and Laura Fencik (Softball) were honored Sunday evening at Arcadia's Student Leadership Recognition Night with Most Valuable Senior Athletes awards. The three outstanding seniors received their awards along with praise for their outstanding athletics contributions and leadership from Director of Athletics Shirley Liddle, with Pat Dorney (head coach, Men's Basketball), Linda Detra (head coach, Softball) and others.

Jackson and Compton Sweep Softball PAC Weekly Honors; Knights on Ten Game Run


Arcadia's Jenn Jackson and Jenn Compton have been tabbed PAC Player and Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 15. 

Jackson, Softball Player of the Week, hit a team leading .600 (14 for 24) in an 8-0 PAC week for the Knights, knocking out 3 long balls (1 solo home run and two grand slams), ten RBIs and ten runs scored.

Compton, Softball Pitcher of the Week, notched a 4-0 record from the hill with 26 strikeouts with only 4 runs allowed. At the plate, compton recorded eight hits, three homeruns, one double, seven runs, three walks and eleven RBIs.

On a ten game win streak, the Knights swept through conference play last week, tacking 8 wins onto their 11-1 record in the PAC with doubleheader sweeps of Cedar Crest, Immaculata, Gwynedd-Mercy and Alvernia. The Knights host Rosemont today at 3 pm with Cabrini, Misericordia, and Marywood to follow before conference playoffs begin on May 3rd.

Fitzgerald named to PAC Weekly Honor Roll for Men's Tennis

Tim Fitzgerald has been named to the PAC Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending April 15. Fitzgerald was undefeated at #1 singles (1-0) and #1 doubles (2-0) for the Knights in a 1-1 week in conference play.

The Knights have one more conference match to play before the official seedings are announce for this weekend's PAC Championships at the West End Racquet Club in Allentown.

Connell Selected as Co-Knight of the Week


John Connell has been selected as the co-Knight of the Week for the week ending April 15. Connell, who recently moved to the top of AU's career doubles category with 50, notched his name at the top of Arcadia's career RBIs category this week with 145 runs batted in. Both times, Connell surpassed the old marks set by Arcadia alumni Justin Loomis

The team finished a 5-2 week scoring 50 total runs to remain in contention for first place in the conference when PAC playoffs begin on May 4th. The Knights are left to face Neuman (2-11) and Marywood (8-4) with a handful of non-conference games in the mix. The team will play at PSU Berks on Wednesday before hosting Neumann College Friday afternoon at 3 pm.

Lacrosse Struggles for Offense


(2-6) Arcadia Lacrosse suffered two straight Pennsylvania Athletic Conference losses in as many days, 14-5 at Neumann on Friday and 21-1 at Eastern on Saturday.

Arcadia allowed Neumann to break away from a small 7-4 halftime advantage, outscoring AU 7-1 in the second half to go onto the 14-5 win.

The Knights turned around less than 24 hours later with a disappointing 21-1 showing against Eastern University. Eastern netted an early goal that was timely answered by Arcadia. Junior Jamie Stevenson was awarded a free position attempt, smoking the ball past the Eagles for the tying goal at 1-1. Eastern stepped up the intensity from that point on, controlling much of the remaining first half, with the Knights best chance coming again from Stevenson who rifled the ball off the facemask of the Eagle net minder in the closing minutes of the half. 

The Knights current record of 2-6 in the conference will force them to be on the outside looking in when PAC playoffs begin on May 2nd, but the team should contend for a few more wins on the year with Immaculata, Bridgewater College (VA), Bryn Mawr and Lancaster Bible remaining on their schedule.

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

in the news

The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. announced on April 17 through their Campus Bulletin that students on their campus will have three other study abroad options for semester off-campus study. One of those options is The Alliance is a non-profit partnership of Arcadia University's Center for Education Abroad and the Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University. This program provides students the opportunity to study language and cultural studies in either Shanghai or Beijing, or international business at Shanghai’s University of Finance and Economics.

Faculty in the News

Bill McRight, who teaches printmaking at Arcadia, was mentioned in an artblog on Friday, April 13. Read more.

Administrators in the News

Richard Torchia, Director of Arcadia University’s Art Gallery, will curate the M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design Graduate Fine Arts program. Read more.

Alumni in the News

Craig Scangarella, a former Arcadia soccer player who earned a B.A. in Elementary Education in 2003, was named to West Chester University’s women’s soccer coaching staff as announced by Head Coach Gerry Lucey on West Chester University’s Web site this past week. On the site, Scangarella said, “I am excited to begin working with Coach Lucey and the West Chester players…. I look forward to helping the Golden Rams continue their success and in moving the program forward, both within the PSAC and on the national level.” During his collegiate career, Scangarella was a four-year starter at Arcadia University and an NSCAA top 25 program in both 2002 and 2003. He led Arcadia to the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 in 2002 and 2003, respectively. Scangarella also was an all-academic honoree in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference during his collegiate playing days. Read more.

Sylvannya C. Walters-Dantzler, who earned her Master of Education in 1998 and her principal certification in 2003, has been named the new principal at Walton Farm Elementary School, as reported in the April 11 North Penn Life.

Publication Information

Contributors: Bridget Curtis '08, International Student Alice Quigley, and Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology and Janet Gala, University Relations Publications Manager. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

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