May 22, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 22, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Graduate Ceremony
Arcadia's newest alumni are all smiles after the Graduate Commencement ceremony.

Arcadia's Commencement ceremonies took place on Thursday, May 17, and Friday, May 18. Look for complete coverage of Commencement in next week's Bulletin. Click here for scenes from the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.

Vasu Wins 2007 Martha Washington Award for Service

Vijay Vasu, a systems manager in Information Technology, was awarded the Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service at Arcadia University on Tuesday, May 22. “Vijay is always conscientious and takes great pride in her work,” said President Jerry Greiner at the annual faculty and staff Awards Luncheon.

“Vijay has been instrumental in implementing, maintaining and upgrading the campus database system. From day one Vijay was thrust into the midst of a very busy and ever-changing critical role in IT. When customized systems were needed, Vijay worked with the vendors, campus community and the software to build a solution. She has a real command of the data, its usage, and the systems involved.

“In the past year, Vijay has really gone above and beyond normal expectations, working numerous hours toward the modification and complete rewrite of many processes performed in Enrollment Management and Financial Aid. She is very skilled at report writing and has helped us develop new approaches to reports through use of SQL. With Vijay’s extraordinary computer and personal skills, she is a valuable member of the Arcadia team.”

Murder on the Arcadia Express’ at Reunion 2007

Reunion 2007Back by popular demand: Larry Presley as Hercule Poirot at Reunion 2007. The theme of this year’s Reunion June 1-3 is Welcome Home, and it features a weekend of international festivities. Presley, in his role as the fictional Belgian detective, is just one event in a weekend that includes a Saturday evening dinner called International Indulgence. In his day job, Presley is Assistant Professor and Director of Arcadia’s highly acclaimed master’s program in Forensic Science. At Reunion, Presley demonstrates the principles of forensic science through the Hercule Poirot story, "Murder on the Arcadia Express."

‘Coach’ Davies Looking for More Dragon Boat Paddlers

Dragon Boat RacingNo experience is necessary to be part of Arcadia’s novice dragon boat team, which will enter the first annual Independence Dragon Boat Regatta on Saturday, June 9, says Coach Dana Davies, Arcadia’s Vice President for Enrollment Management. “You’ll learn the basics of the sport, make some new friends, get a good workout—and have a great time! You also don’t have to feel particularly athletic to participate,” she adds.

Men, women and students are invited to be part of the first-ever Arcadia Knights dragon boat team. More paddlers are needed so that Arcadia can field two boats. The regatta is a fund-raiser for Team USA and is hosted by the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association.

Dragon boating originated in China several thousand years ago and came to Philadelphia more recently. Davies has been dragon boating for seven years. It’s a sprint sport, and paddlers only have to “swing” the 600-to 900-pound boat—which really has a dragon face on the front—for about 2½ minutes.

“You may have heard me talk about my dragon boating passion—how we go out on the Schuylkill at 5:45 a.m. to practice,” says Davies. Her team has won national and international championships and goes to Sydney, Australia this fall, as part of Team USA in the 2007 World Championship Dragon Boat Races. Davies and several members of the U.S. National Championship team will conduct three practices with the Arcadia team—at 7 p.m. on May 24, May 29 and June 5. To become a paddler or a support team member, e-mail Coach Davies. “If you prefer to help with organization and other support for our team paddlers, that is great, too. We need you!”  

Compass and mapNeed a Map of Campus?

Need to give a map to a friend or colleague? Want to e-mail it or print it? University Relations has posted seven new maps, in color and black and white, on MyArcadia. Some show various parking locations. Find the maps on MyArcadia > Campus tab > Administrative Web Links > University Relations > Logo and Maps.

Upcoming Events

B2EST Answer to School Violence: Chess

The B2EST answer to school violence is a friendly game of chess. On Wednesday, May 23, about 50 behaviorally challenged schoolchildren from six Philadelphia area schools will come to the Arcadia University B2EST Activity Day for a chess competition.

While schools that outlaw tag make the news, these schools are using chess to teach some important life lessons, among them how to win and lose. Chess also provides a gameboard for strategizing and planning ahead in a situation where actions have consequences.

The chess players are students from special classrooms run by Arcadia University’s B2EST program. At the B2EST Activity Day, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 23, the winners of each round of chess advance until the championship round. The ultimate winner gets the grand prize—a bicycle. Other activities include a picnic lunch and sports events. Accompanying the children are 20 parents and 24 teachers and educators.

The B2EST Program of Arcadia University specializes in developing positive and effective approaches to deal with challenging behaviors. Goals include improving classroom management, effective behavior management, and developing positive behavioral supports for parents, teachers, and schools. Using research-based strategies, the program helps adults to support children and adolescents with problem behaviors, to reduce discipline referrals and school violence, and to increase academic performance.

Schools with B2EST run classrooms participating in the Activity Day are: Edmunds Elementary; Roosevelt Middle, Pennypacker Elementary, Harding Middle, Leeds Middle and Austin Meehan Middle.

Spring Staff Assembly Meeting, June 6

Staff Council EventStaff Council will host a Spring Staff Assembly meeting on Wednesday, June 6, in the Castle Rose Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Hear campus updates from President Jerry Greiner, Vice President for Enrollment Management Dana Davies, and fellow Arcadia staff. For those in attendance, there will be a “Philly breakfast” provided and a chance to win a gift card to The Cheesecake Factory worth $100! “With so many reasons to attend, we hope to see you there!” says Andrew Johnson, Staff Council Chair. Contact him at johnsona@arcadia.edu with any questions. 

It’s Phillies Time with Arcadia Staff, June 15

Staff Council EventStaff and their families are invited to Citizens Bank Park on Friday, June 15, at 7:05 p.m. to see the Phillies take on the Detroit Tigers. Tickets are $23 each. Contact Jenn Haring at haringj@arcadia.edu or Celina Gonzalez at gonzalezc1@arcadia.edu as soon as possible to reserve tickets. Payment will be needed by June 1.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.

CAMPUS HAPPENINGS

Reynolds Receives Credit Union Scholarship

For the second year in a row, an Arcadia student is the recipient of Freedom Credit Union’s 2007 Scholarship Program. Maggie Tuesday Reynolds will receive $1,000 toward her tuition.

Reynolds entered the Freedom Credit Union scholarship contest in February with her essay on this topic: “When asked what they want to accomplish after graduation, many college graduates say they hope to use what they have learned to make a difference in the world. How would you define ‘Making a Difference’ and how do you see yourself carrying out this mission in your professional and/or personal life?”

in the news

 Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs and President of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor on “Best Practices for Making College Campuses Safe,” as reported on PR-inside.com  May 16.

On Thursday, May 3, Jan Walbert was interviewed live on WCAU affiliate NBC Show: 10! on “five things you can do to help your teenager make the tough transition from high school to college.”

Arcadia University’s graduation was mentioned during KYW affiliate CBS’s Eyewitness News at  5, 5:30 and 6 a.m. May 18 on travel gridlock on 309, and Route 73 because of Commencement exercises.

Arcadia University’s Black Male Development Symposium 2007 was mentioned in the April 15 Philadelphia Sunday Sun.

Cindy Rubino, coordinator of Arcadia’s community service office was part of a front page story in The Intelligencer on Friday, May 18, on “Right Way to Be Left.” The article deals with college students who are packing up to leave for the summer or are graduating and about the stuff they didn’t want or couldn’t fit in their cars. For over 12 years, Rubino has been developing a collection and distribution program. “My first year here, when I walked out and saw what was left over, it was disturbing to say the least,” Rubino told the Intelligencer. Rubino has coordinated to have things donated to a wide array of groups in the Bucks-Mont. area.

Alumni in the News

Cristopher Sefransky ’07 a Bachelor of Science graduate in the Honors Program, Accounting, co-wrote with Thomas Brinker, Professor of Accounting, an article “The Expanding Definition of S Corporation Ownership: An Overview of the Basics,” in the May 2007 issue of Journal of Financial Service Professionals.

Emily Capella ’77 has been promoted to superintendent of the Lenape Regional High School district as reported in the April 27 Philadelphia Inquirer. Capella began her career as a social studies teacher at Cherokee in 1977. She earned her master’s degree in secondary school administration from Rowan University. Read more.

Gerald A. Miller Jr., who earned his M.A.Ed. in 1987 and who teaches social studies at LaSalle College High School in Wyndmoor, was in the May 13 “Student Spotlight” in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Miller, a Vietnam veteran, teaches the history of Vietnam, including a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. “The course covers Vietnam from the Trung Sisters through present-day Vietnam,” Miller said. “We look at the military, social and political forces that make Vietnam history a valid way of look at the past.” As reported, he also participated in the 25th anniversary celebration of the Vietnam Wall on March 26 and was part of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Vietnam Education center, which will be constructed adjacent to the Wall. The center is designed to teach America’s youth about the Vietnam war.

Kathy Mosley, ’06 who earned her master’s in Educational Leadership and is currently residing in the Quakertown school district, will run for one of two open seats in Region 3 for the board of school directors as reported in the April 12 Free Press (Quakertown). “I feel that my education background can lend a lot in terms of reviewing curriculum and programs and understanding some of the standards that need to be met by students,” said Mosley.

Krystal N. Gula, ’07 who received her BA in International Business and Culture, was listed in the May 2 Beaver County Times (Beaver, Pa.) on her induction into the Kappa Upsilon chater of Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society in business administration at Arcadia. Gula graduated cum laude with departmental honors.

Publication Information

Contributors: 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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