June 20, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
June 20, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Team Arcadia: Loved Dragon Boating on the Schuylkill

Team Arcadia

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

New ConstructionAn 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

HoffmanDr. 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

AGSIRD 2007 graduates

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.

Nassif Hitti and Eileen Servidio-Delabre  
H.E. Nassif Hitti and Eileen Servidio-Delabre, President of the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy  

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?

David Larsen

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

Arcadia Conference attendees  
Arcadia attendees at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders with Jan Walbert (center).

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:

  • Upload your files for printing
  • Preview your job before your submit
  • Choose from all available print options

Visit www.digitalstorefront.co.nz/dsf to get started. Contact Marcus Williams, Mail and Print Services Site Manager, for more information at x2109.

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 haringj@arcadia.edu.

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
2. Driver's license
3. Vehicle registration form (this contains the license plate number of your vehicle) 
4. Completed Faculty/Staff Parking Registration Form

For more information, contact the Public Safety Office at 2125-572-2800.

Campus Happenings

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:

  • Professor: Christina Ager, Education; Kathleen Mangione, Physical Therapy; and Judith Taylor, Fine Arts
  • Professor Emeritus: Deborah Pomeroy, Science Education
  • Associate Professor: Leif Gustavson, Education; Lisa Holderman, Communications; John Noakes, Sociology; and David Paulk, Medical Science
  • Faculty on full-year sabbaticals: Christina Ager, Education; Peter Appelbaum, Education; and Tom Hemmeter, English
  • Faculty on Fall 2007 Sabbatical: Bob Mauro, Fine Arts and Dina Pinsky, Sociology
  • Faculty on Spring 2008 Sabbatical: Tom Brinker, Accounting and Carlos Ortiz, Computer Science and Mathematics

sports update

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

MartinAndrew 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

FencikLaura 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
and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All Area Team Nod

ComptonSoftball player Jennifer Compton ’07 was chosen as the 2007 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. The award is voted on by the athletic directors and sports information directors from each PAC member school. In addition, Compton was selected as a member of the 11-member 2007 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All Area Team. The team, voted on by the membership of the local sports information director association, Philly-SIDA, is made up of student-athletes from area Division I, II, and III schools. Compton held the highest GPA among the honorees. 

Compton, who finished her academic career at Arcadia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting, was the recipient of the 2007 Ira R. Kraybill Award for Full-Time Study, given to the full-time undergraduate student with the highest academic achievement in at least three years of full-time study at Arcadia University. Compton also was recognized as a member of Phi Kappa Phi, a national honor society for the promotion of academic excellence in all disciplines. 

These are just the latest of awards doned on the former Arcadia softball standout.  In addition to PAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Year, Compton earned PAC Player of the Year, All PAC First Team honors, All PAC Academic Team, PAC Pitcher of the Week, Knight of the Week, Arcadia Senior Scholar Athlete, Arcadia NCAA Woman of the Year and NFCA Regional First Team All American honors in her final year on the diamond.

98 Student-Athletes on PAC All Academic Team

A total of 98 Arcadia University student-athletes were named in 2006-07 to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference All Academic Team for their outstanding academic success while participating in their sport, each of them earning a GPA of 3.2 or higher. Congratulations!

Click here to view the 52 winter and spring sport student-athletes named to Spring PAC All Academic Team.

Coach Dorney Offers Basketball Camp in July

Men’s Basketball Coach Pat Dorney is running his annual basketball camp July 23-27 in the Kuch Gymnasium. The camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the campers. The ages for the camp will be children entering third grade through those entering 11th grade.

Dorney has just completed his fourth season as the Head Coach at Arcadia. In his third season, Dorney was voted Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Coach of the Year. Before moving to the college ranks, he spent eight seasons coaching high school basketball in New Jersey. For more information, contact Coach Dorney at 215-572-2976. View brochure.

Carlin Hired As Villanova Men’s Assistant Soccer Coach

Villanova University head Men’s Soccer Coach Larry Sullivan recently announced the hiring of Tom Carlin as an Assistant Coach for the Division I Wildcats. Carlin returns to Pennsylvania following a year-long stint as Associate Head Coach at Northwestern University. During his stay at Northwestern, Carlin’s duties included coordinating training sessions, overseeing the recruiting process, scouting and administrative duties. He also helped Northwestern to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to Northwestern, Carlin was the head Men’s Soccer Coach at Arcadia University from 2000-06. He tallied a 99-23-9 record at Arcadia and led his teams to three Pennsylvania Athletic Conference titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances. Carlin earned a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Arcadia University. As a player at Arcadia, he was a three-time first team All PAC team member from 1996-98, in addition to being a three-year captain.

Arcadia in the News

Arcadia’s Graduate Commencement on May 17 was mentioned in a story in the May 23 News Gleaner, which was written by guest columnist, Jordan Blum, who currently attends Rider University and whose sister, Erica Blum, received her master’s degree in Counseling. Blum’s article mentioned how much effort Arcadia University puts into the ceremony with seating arrangements well done, music carefully selected and various displays from banners and balloons making it feel like a real celebration. He ended his column writing that attending this graduation has had “a great deal more impact on me than your average attendee because I viewed it not only as a brother watching his sister move one step further in life, but as a student seeing what life has in store for him. It was an eye opening experience that has motivated me to keep going in the right direction.”

Trustee in the News

Arcadia University Trustee Mike Schluth, President of Alstin Communications Inc., was featured in a column by Daniel Rubin that ran in the Philadelphia Inquirer on May 31. The story behind the story is that Alstin notified the media about an Alstin designed and produced Comcast microsite that won a grand prize on April 23 in New Orleans at the Staffing and Employment Expo. Columnist Rubin took Alstin’s virtual office tour via Schluth’s personal message on Alstin's home page and ended up writing about AlstinPark and the consummate "Philly-type guy" Schluth.

Faculty in the News

Lawrence A. Presley, Director and Assistant Professor of the Forensic Science master’s program, presented a paper on “Competence in the Forensic Sciences” at the May annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Sciences in Washington, D.C. Arcadia University is one of only five FEPAC-accredited graduate forensic programs in the United States. A solid forensic education is a critical part of the competence of forensic professionals. Click here to view the National Institute of Justice publication “Addressing Shortfalls in Forensic Science Education.”

Angela R. Tate, an adjunct faculty in the Department of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Phil McClure, Professor of Physical Therapy, presented their group’s findings at the annual Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in February in Boston, as reported in the April 1 Bio Mechanics (Minneapolis, Minn.).  Their findings showed that manually repositioning the scapula significantly increased strength and decreased pain on impingement tests in a subgroup of the overhead athletes they analyzed. “Athletes whose strength improves with repositioning should benefit from an intervention aimed at changing scapular position,” according to McClure. In other physical therapy news, McClure was quoted in the May 7 Los Angeles Times, May 14 in the Record Searchlight (Redding, Calif.), the Staten Island Advance (Staten Island, N.Y.), and the Reading Eagle (Reading, Pa.), on a study presented at the annual Experimental Biology meeting in April by the author, Jamie Stark, director of research and development for Illinois-based ATI Physical Therapy and the author of a study on physical therapy after rotator cuff surgery. According to McClure, “A typical therapy program begins with passive motion exercises—the therapist or pulleys raise the arm, but the muscle attached to the torn tendon isn’t actively engaged. That’s followed by having the patient raise the arm, first with no resistance, then with some resistance and gradually more resistance is added, using weights or elastic bands to increase tension in the muscles. The final stage includes building muscle endurance and adding functional exercises.”

David B. Wohlsifer, Ph.D., LCSW, an instructor in the Physician Assistant master’s program, wrote a chapter in the book Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, 4th edition, published in January 2007 by Guilford and edited by Sandra Leiblum. His chapter, “Sexuality and Culture,” was co-written with Monica McGoldrick and Robin Loonan. More.

Staff in the news

Arcadia University first-year coach Kevin Woodbridge was named Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) coach of the year as reported in The Express-Times (Easton, Pa.). Woodbridge led the Knights to a 24-12 overall record and the PAC regular-season title with a 17-4 mark. Also mentioned in the article was senior first baseman John Connell of Bethlehem who was selected to the PAC first time.

Alumni in the News

Michael Buck, who graduated in 1990 with an M.S.P.T. and who is currently a clinical associate professor at Ithaca College, is a candidate for the Horseheads school board, according to the May 10 Star-Gazette,(Elmira, N.Y.). Buck also is working toward a doctorate from Touro University International.

New graduates Deanna M. Blouch, who earned a B.A. in Early Childhood/Elementary Education magna cum laude with departmental honors, and her twin sister, Danielle M. Blouch, who earned a B.F.A. in Fine Arts/Interior Design, were mentioned in a story in the April 2007 Glenside Life and Huntingdon Valley Life. Danielle stood in for Deanna at Honors Convocation on March 24. Deanna received the Evelyn Smith Monteith Graduate Award but was studying abroad in Canterbury, England, this spring.

Publication Information

Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein. Videos: Janet Gala, University Relations. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

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