|June 20, 2007|
|June 20, 2007||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Team Arcadia: Loved Dragon Boating on the Schuylkill
Team Arcadia—consisting of faculty, staff and administrators—stayed afloat and had great fun in the 1st Annual Independence Dragon Boat Regatta on Saturday, June 9. “There is no sorry in dragon boating,” said Coach Dana Davies, Arcadia’s Vice President for Enrollment Management. No sorry when you accidentally smack the person in front of you in the head with your paddle. No sorry when you finish last in the first heat.
The first rule of dragon boating, she adds: “Never stop paddling.” Davies started paddling six years ago, and now she is part of Team USA that will represent the United States in the 2007 World Championship Dragon Boat Races this fall in Sydney, Australia. Davies and her teammates test in time-trials over the next two months for “seats in the boat at Worlds.” The novice race on Saturday was a fund-raiser for Team USA. (Read more about the sport of dragon boating at www.phillydragonboat.com.)
Team Arcadia started paddling about three weeks ago. While there were many “old hands” (average age had to be about 40) at canoeing in the boat, the novice dragon boaters ended the day looking forward to 2008 and hoping to generate more interest among students next year. Read more, view photos and video.
Construction Starts on Brubaker Addition
An addition to Brubaker Hall now under construction will provide more classroom and office space for Arcadia students and faculty. Construction started on June 11, and the 18,000-square-foot addition will take about a year to complete. View photos of the site.
As part of the project, several mature trees (including two Japanese maples) were relocated to other sites on campus this week. Traffic also has been rerouted, with the road in front of Brubaker now closed and traffic routed up the hill past Murphy Hall and through the parking lots. Traffic also has begun flowing on the newly built Easton Road. Watch the Bulletin for more updates on construction this summer.
The following five academic departments and programs are scheduled to move into the new building: Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice; History (including International Studies); International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR); Modern Languages; Political Science, as well as some additional offices. A portion of the lower level will be devoted to a café.
Hoffman Named New Associate Dean
Dr. John Hoffman, Professor of Biology, has been named to the newly created position of Associate Dean for Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities. In his new role, Hoffman will be responsible for facilitating and supporting the professional, scholarly, and creative activities of the faculty members and students.
“John will facilitate collaborations between faculty members, administer the Faculty Development Fund, and serve as a liaison for obtaining extramural funding,” said Dr. Michael Berger, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. “In addition, he will coordinate resources to promote the involvement of graduate and undergraduate students in joint projects with faculty.” Hoffman also will work with the Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS) Center to provide courses and programs to healthcare providers and related corporations.
Continuing as University Safety and Compliance Officer, he is responsible for implementing the campus-wide safety plan and training University faculty, staff, and students to minimize risks associated with the use of chemicals, equipment, hazards or biohazards in course and research laboratories, physical plant activities, and housekeeping. He also will continue to teach on a limited basis in the Department of Biology.
“With this new position, we are combining a number of related, but currently independent, tasks and services into a single entity for greater effectiveness and efficiency,” Berger said. “Based on his scholarly background and administrative experience, I am confidant that John Hoffman will do an excellent job in that respect.”
New Business Office Web Site for Students
Business Office information for students can now be found on the University Web site under Current Students and Parents. The site includes information and policies on deposits, payments, billing, refunds, student forms, office hours and contacts. The Business Office's home page features a prominent link to make online payments to the University. Business Office information and forms for faculty and staff remain on MyArcadia, under the Campus tab. Special thanks to Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer, for her assistance in building the site. Visit the new Business Office Web site for students at www.arcadia.edu/BusOffice.
16 Earn Arcadia Master’s Degrees at Paris Campus
Arcadia’s affiliated campus in France—the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD)—held its annual graduation ceremony June 4 at the French Senate in Paris. Sixteen students were awarded the degree of Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy and received Arcadia University diplomas.
This year’s graduating students come from many nations: the United States, Iceland, Turkey, Malaysia, Madagascar, Canada, and France.
Says Sumiko Linda Tanaka (United States), who graduated cum laude: “I had a truly memorable experience here. The professors and staff are amazing, and we were all so lucky to get such personal attention.” Her thesis about “The Failure of Integration: A Comparative of European Immigration Integration Models,” passed with distinction. After undertaking the dual program offered by AGSIRD through a partnership with the French University of Paris XI, Tanaka was granted two degrees: an American M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy and a French master’s degree in Diplomatie et Négociations Stratégiques (Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiations). Four other graduating students have opted for this dual degree this year.
In his Commencement speech, H.E. Nassif Hitti, the Arab League Ambassador to UNESCO, offered encouragement to AGSIRD graduates about the future prospects of their choice, emphasizing how diplomatic skills serve many domains and many international careers far beyond that of professional diplomacy alone. AGSIRD graduates often pursue careers in diplomacy, international organizations, governmental agencies, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), international business, journalism, academics and research. More about AGSIRD.
1 million U.S. students studying abroad each year?
The U.S. House of Representatives voted June 7 to pass the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act, which would boost the number of students who study abroad to 1 million annually within the next decade. The bill (HR 1469), which received bipartisan support, is now in a Senate committee.
Vice President and Executive Director of Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad David Larsen participated in helping to lay the groundwork for the bill. “During the public hearing phase of the Lincoln Commission’s work, I appeared at four one-day events (in Philadelphia, Knoxville, Denver and Minneapolis). On each occasion, I spoke for the proposal as a study abroad practitioner, showing in my remarks how it is a logical next step after the Fulbright Act and other programs. I also pointed out that this proposal is this generation’s opportunity to move international educational exchange forward in a world where mutual understanding is more needed than ever before.” Read a Q&A with Larsen about the impact of this legislation.
Women Student Leaders Attend National Conference
Five Arcadia students, sponsored by Student Affairs, attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders at American University June 7-9. The conference was hosted by the American Association of University Women and also sponsored by NASPA. “We had an awesome time and have brought back several ideas and things to implement on Arcadia's campus,” notes Maya Stewart, Class of 2009 President and a Resident Assistant in Heinz Hall. In addition to Stewart, the students attending were Naida Montes, Cate Rooney, Monifa McCoy and Natalie Harris.
“The main focus of the program was to teach college women of all walks to be better activists and leaders,’ says Stewart. “Something we all took away from it is that we should all learn to ‘lead from where you are.’ Many of us aren't presidents or chairs of clubs/organizations, but we learned that this doesn't mean we aren't leaders in our own right. We listened to two speakers, Zainab Salbi, the founder of Women to Women International, which is a program that reaches out to women who are survivors or involved in war, and Courtney Lynch, a former marine who has co-founded an organization called LeadStar that provides leadership training (an idea she and her co-author believe in because of their Marine teachings).”
NASPA President and Arcadia Vice President Jan Walbert joined the students at the conference. Along with AAUW President Ruth Sweetser she presented the Title IX Trailblazer award to Sheila Johnson, President of the Mystics—Washington’s women’s basketball team. The award is on behalf of the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders and in honor of the 35th anniversary of Title IX.
Student Receives Scholarship for Study in Spain
Rachel Warner, an Arcadia student from Mifflintown, Pa., has been selected to receive the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for her upcoming study abroad in Spain in Fall 2007. She will attend the Fundación José Ortega y Gasset in Toledo through Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad. Arcadia’s study abroad programs are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this congressionally funded scholarship program is administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). “Congratulations on being selected as a recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. We wish you the very best as you embark on your experience abroad,” said Paetra-kei Hauck, IIE Senior Manager of the Gilman International Scholarship Program. Read more about the scholarship at www.iie.org/gilman.
New Advertising for Arcadia M.B.A., Summer Programs
Cab tops, bus ends, transit stations, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, local radio stations… just a few of the places Arcadia University’s Office of Enrollment Management has advertised this spring. View some of the new ads produced by Enrollment Management and University Relations—including animated “flash” images on cab tops in Center City Philadelphia.
The new ads tout the fact that 87 percent of Arcadia’s first-year students used their passports in 2006-07, Arcadia’s M.B.A. with firsthand experience in the global marketplace, summer programs for teachers, and more.
New Online Printing/Copy Service
Arcadia Mail and Print Services is offering a new online document ordering and printing service. Digital StoreFront (DSF) brings a full service print shop to the desktop. Arcadia faculty, staff and student organizations now are able to submit and proof print orders through a single Web interface.
With Digital StoreFront you can:
Give Blood and Save a Life
The American Red Cross will be having a blood drive on Tuesday, July 3, in the Castle from 1p.m. to 7p.m. Signup online at www.pleasegiveblood.org/donate and enter the sponsor code 5X56. The blood drive is being sponsored by the Physician Assistant and Public Health programs and everyone is strongly urged to donate, especially all graduate students within the health fields. For more information, contact Jenn Haring at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty/Staff Parking Tags Available
Faculty/Staff parking tags for 2007-08 are available in the Public Safety Office in Dilworth Hall. Please bring the following items:
1. Current hang tag
For more information, contact the Public Safety Office at 2125-572-2800.
Faculty Promotions, Sabbaticals Announced
Arcadia distinguished faculty members provide the solid foundation upon which Arcadia is built. Among both full-time faculty and adjuncts, nine in ten hold a doctorate or the terminal degree in their fields. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, Arcadia’s classes are taught by faculty, not teaching assistants. In the words of Provost Mike Berger, "This is an exceptional group of teachers-scholars who have made significant contributions to academic life at Arcadia." Congratulations to the following Arcadia faculty on their recent promotions and upcoming sabbaticals:
Melissa King New Head Coach for Women’s Tennis
Arcadia University Director of Athletics and Recreation Shirley Liddle announced the appointment of Melissa King as Head Coach for Women’s Tennis. King takes over the reigns of Arcadia’s Women’s Tennis program after head coach Lax Sphabmixay stepped aside to concentrate on the men’s program.
“Melissa has an extensive tennis background as a player and is very knowledgeable with trends in the sport of women’s tennis,” Liddle says. “She is going to be a fine addition to our staff, and I know the student-athletes are looking forward to beginning the 2007 Fall season with her at the helm.”
King, an Arcadia alum, has been employed as an Information Security Analyst for GMAC Residential in Horsham since 2000 and also serves as a project manager consultant for Intelligent Security & Stenstrom Scientific in Camden, N.J. The Danville, Va., native began her tennis career at the age of 10 and worked her way up to earn the #1 singles position at George Washington High School and went onto to play for Averett University, Danville, Va., as a #1 player. King was chosen to serve as Assistant Head Coach at Averett but was obligated to enter the United States Navy for four active years of duty. During that time, she traveled to Florida, California, Australia, New Zealand and Virginia as a Radioman Information Technology 3rd Class. While serving in Australia, King was one of seven women worldwide chosen to try out for the All Navy Women’s Tennis Team in Florida, where she gained experience playing against top women players in the United States.
King earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 1998 from St. Joseph’s University and an M.A. in English from Arcadia in 2004. She has been a member of the Alumni Board of Directors at Arcadia since 2006 and was recently selected to chair the Alumni Project Committee, April 2007. She is an active member of the United States Tennis Association and participates in numerous local tournaments.
Martin Named to Arthur Ashe Sports Scholars Team
Andrew Martin ’07 was selected to the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars Second Team for men’s basketball. This annual award, established by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, honors undergraduate students of color who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination. A color photo of Martin appeared in the April 5, 2007, edition of Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
In addition to their athletic ability, Ashe Scholars must exhibit academic excellence and community activism. Martin has maintained academic excellence throughout his four years as an undergraduate at Arcadia, where he was a four-year member of the men's basketball team. The Philadelphia native is very active in his community and church. Martin recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Arcadia, finishing his collegiate basketball career netting 536 points and pulling down 352 rebounds.
Fencik Tabbed NFCA Third Team All American
Laura Fencik ’07 capped off her milestone-filled softball career with one final National All American nod as it was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association that she was named to the 2007 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III Third Team All American as a Designated Player. Fencik, also a member of the NFCA First Team East Regional All American Team in 2007, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Administration from Arcadia University in May. Other accolades she collected this season include First Team All PAC, All PAC Academic Team, Arcadia Senior Scholar Athlete, PAC Player of the Week, and Knight of the Week honors. Fencik also was a member of Arcadia's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and served as a conference SAAC representative.
Compton Honored with PAC Female Scholar Athlete
of the Year