One Good Year Down, More Opportunities Ahead
The third year of President Jerry Greiner’s leadership might well be described as one of gaining ground. In 2006-07 the University broke ground on a new academic building, designed a ground-breaking new undergraduate curriculum, cleared ground for a new campus entrance, and laid the groundwork for future success. Read more in the 2006-07 Annual Report.
When Greiner took office in July 2004, he immediately began the next step in the University’s planning process, building upon the hopes and dreams expressed by the campus community in its Ten Year Plan. Five Strategic Directions emerged as the blueprint for the University to follow.
As President Greiner heads into his fourth year of leadership of Arcadia University, he sees this process as a collective one. “Few universities in the country can boast the kind of collaboration found among Arcadia’s faculty and staff, who continue to work together to shape and refine the overall direction for the University,” says Greiner. “Our goal: To find ways to set Arcadia apart as a distinctive – if not unique – University, a world leader in preparing our students to live and work in a rapidly changing global society.”
Expanding Strategic Planning Efforts Across Campus Community
Building upon this momentum, Greiner has selected a variety of senior staff and faculty to continue to work on developing strategic action items as part of the overall planning process in order to generate more ideas and input from the campus community as a whole. Recommendations from these idea forums will be shared with Planning Council and the campus community in May 2008.
Read more about faculty and staff who will be heading these idea/planning groups.
Public Safety Communications Include New Tool
Members of the University Emergency Response Team sent letters last week to all students, faculty and staff with an important message about public safety communications. Arcadia is implementing an Emergency Notification System that provides users who have signed up for the service with text notices in the event of a life-threatening emergency. The service is optional and requires those who want to get text messages and/or e-mails to non-Arcadia accounts to register through MyArcadia. All Arcadia students, faculty and staff will get alerts at their Arcadia e-mail addresses. Read FAQs about the New Emergency Notification System.
Sen. Casey, Congressmen Announce Math and Science Grant
Sen. Robert Casey (D, Pa.) announced a $527,000 grant for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education on Jan. 9 in support of the SEPCHE Institute for Mathematics and Science. Congress members Patrick Murphy (D, Pa., 8th) and Jim Gerlach (R, Pa., 6th) also attended a news conference to announce the grant, along with college presidents and officials. Arcadia University is a member of SEPCHE, along with Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Neumann College, and Rosemont College.
The SEPCHE Institute for Mathematics and Science prepares the next generation of leaders in two critical fields of world competitiveness. Through this federal funding, SEPCHE colleges are able to offer summer graduate workshops for K-12 teachers in the Delaware Valley to help enhance the quality of math and science curriculum and teaching resources.
Teach-in Will Focus the Nation on Global Warming
On Jan. 31, Arcadia will join more than 1,300 other educational institutions in a project called Focus the Nation. Through teach-ins, the goal is to present information regarding global warming and other environmental crises, as well as offering suggestions for ways of reducing negative impact on the environment. “Arcadia’s teach-in will occur in The Chat Performance Area from noon to 4 p.m. with several presenters,” notes Dr. Jeffrey Shultz, Assistant Provost for Special Projects and Professor of Education. Molly Tsongas, the Pennsylvania State Director for SmartPower, will make a presentation on global warming using Al Gore’s power point from An Inconvenient Truth. Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director of the Lower Merion Conservancy and an instructor in Arcadia’s Science Education program, will discuss environmental challenges. Read more.
MLK: A Day on, Not Just a Day Off
Join volunteers nationwide on Monday, Jan. 21, as they serve their communities in remembrance of the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All Arcadia community members are invited to join in this Day of Service. Transportation and sites within the Philadelphia area have been arranged. Please let us know if you are interested in participating by signing up during the Activities Fair on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. in The CHAT or by filling out the form at www.arcadia.edu/communityservice no later then Friday, Jan. 18.
“Community Service is still looking for a second staff/faculty member to travel to Tijuana with me for this year’s Alternative Spring Break,” notes Community Service Coordinator Cindy Rubino. “If they are willing to build houses, the trip is covered.” The information for the trip is at www.arcadia.edu/communityservice, and anyone interested can contact Rubino at 215-572-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parkhurst Introduces HemisFlavors!
Beginning this semester, Parkhurst Dining will launch its HemisFlavors program, a concept featuring more than 250 fresh global cuisine recipes. “Each week we will select one of the seven featured countries, Brazil, Greece, India, Mexico, Morocco, Thailand, and Vietnam, to focus on,” says Sara Goodwin, Director of Catering with Parkhurst Dining Services. The daily menu will then highlight three recipes per day. These recipes are prepared using authentic ingredients that incorporate more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy proteins, as well as reducing the sodium content in the food. The first country featured here at Arcadia will be Brazil. For more information on HemisFlavors, visit www.parkhurstdining.com/release_07.htm.
Campus Tour Guides Needed
“Are you enthusiastic, outgoing, and friendly? Do you love being an Arcadia University student? Would you like to share your enthusiasm and knowledge about Arcadia with prospective students and their families?” asks Katie Markey, Enrollment Management Counselor. “Become an Arcadia University tour guide! In this paid position, you can represent Arcadia University by giving campus tours both weekly and at special events. This is a highly-respected position that is both enjoyable and rewarding.” The Office of Enrollment Management is accepting new guides for the Spring 2008 semester. For more information, contact Dan Yannuzzi, Jory Reinhart or Markey at 215-572-2839. Attend an information session on Monday, Jan. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Castle Mirror Room.
Student Hosts Needed for Day on Campus
The Office of Enrollment Management is asking Arcadia University students to volunteer as hosts for Day on Campus for prospective students beginning Feb. 4 through April 10. There will be a host meeting for Day on Campus on Jan. 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Castle Rose Room. Students interested in hosting who have not yet filled out the forms are able to attend and fill the forms during the meeting. For more information, contact Enrollment Management Counselor Jory Reinhart at 215-572-2836 or email@example.com. Read more.
Resident Assistant Applications due Feb. 1
What do Wesley Snipes, Sheryl Crow, and Hillary Clinton have in common? All three were Resident Assistants in college! Applications are now available for this outstanding leadership opportunity. “If hired, you could earn 40 percent off the cost of housing, earn a monthly stipend, and gain viable skills that will give you an edge in any career,” says Catherine Mattingly, Assistant Director of Residence Life for Training and Development.
Candidates must have a cumulative G.P.A. of a 2.5 or higher, be in good academic standing, and have lived in campus housing for at least two semesters (this includes study abroad time). For more information and to download an application, check out the Residence Life Blackboard organization and click on Employment Opportunities. Interested students also may contact their Area Coordinator or Mattingly at 267-620-4117. Applications are due on Feb. 1.
Banished! A Compelling Case for Reparations, Jan. 22
Director/producer Marco Williams’ film Banished! is about a shameful incident in America’s history between the end of the Civil War and the Great Depression when Black folks were butchered and ethnically cleansed from three entire communities—Forsyth County, Ga., Pierce City, Mo., and Harrison, Ark. All three of these townships remain white to this day.
Marco Williams, an African American himself, goes to each county and meets with mayors, historians, residents and even the Klu Klux Klan to chronicle this legacy of racial bigotry and injustice that still exists to this day. The result is a fascinating and compelling case for reparations, which without national indignation will probably never happen. This film, a good first step in that direction, is free and open to the public at 7:30 p.m., in Stiteler Auditorium. The film sponsored by the Office of International Services, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, and Independent Television Service.
Forensic Science Department Information Seminar, Jan. 22
The Forensic Science Department and the Office of Enrollment Management would like to invite Arcadia students to an Undergraduate Pre-Forensic Science Information Seminar session on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in Brubaker 201. Pizza and drinks, plus a drawing for a free iPOD.
Forensic Science: Where Science Meets Justice, Jan. 23
Larry Presley, Assistant Professor and Director of Arcadia’s Forensic Science program, will examine how justice and science have intersected throughout history, from the 1800s to the present and how science began to play a larger role in judicial proceedings as part of the University Colloquium Series on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in the Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms, starting at 7 p.m. with a coffee reception, followed by the presentation at 7:30 p.m., with a question and answer session from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Many of the historical science and justice issues were framed in religious terms, notes Presley. Galileo was imprisoned by the church for heliocentrism in the 1600s, and the Scopes trial in the 1920s debated the teaching of evolution versus Biblical interpretations. By the late 20th century, science began its greatest influence on the judicial system. Forensic DNA technology has created a national database, forensic files, and the solution for countless crimes. Justice has gained a tool that has resulted in the post-conviction exonerations of individuals convicted of serious crimes.
King’s Dream Concert, Jan. 23
Key Arts Productions will present "King's Dream: A Live Concert Multimedia Presentation Dedicated to an American Legend" on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in The Chat. The performance is an inspiring tribute to the life and teachings of the eminent civil rights leader. The performance features music and songs that tell the story of drama, pain, and perseverance of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It also includes a live narrative and powerful film footage that reveals the historical roots and social implications that led to an era of social unrest in America during the turbulent ’60s. The event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Black Awareness Society.
Christopher Patton, Poet and Author, Jan. 29
Christopher Patton, poet, author and writer, comes to Arcadia University as part of the University’s Visiting Writers Series on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the Rose Room of Grey Towers Castle. The event is free and open to the public and no advance reservations or tickets are needed. Refreshments will be served at 7 p.m., followed by the reading at 7:30 p.m. Patton will read from his first book of poems, Ox, which was published in 2007 by Signal Editions (Montreal).
A story in verse for children titled Jack Pine appeared in the same year from Groundwood Books (Toronto). His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, FIELD, The Antioch Review, The Western Humanities Review, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, and other journals and were recently anthologized in The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry. In 2000, Patton was awarded The Paris Review’s long poem prize, and he has received creative writing grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and had been a fellow at MacDowell and Yaddo. He taught creative writing between 2000 and 2002 at Arcadia University. Patton now divides his time between Salt Lake City, Utah, where he is a doctoral student in English, and at Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, where he writes and tends to his apple trees. More about the Visiting Writers Series.
Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.
Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments
Miserandino Presents Wonderful World of Wikis
Dr. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology, presented on “WWW: The Wonderful World of Wikis” at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology on Jan. 5 in Florida. Her presentation summarized the pros and cons of wikis, presented examples of wikis in psychology, described how instructors can create a wiki of their own, demonstrated how instructors can contribute to existing wikis, and discussed the huge potential of this technology for the instructors of psychology. Miserandino is the creator and moderator of Personality Pedagogy, a wiki for the teaching of personality psychology.
Robert H. Kieserman, Visiting Assistant Professor and Adviser for the Health Administration program, was recently named a columnist for The Bottom Line: Managing Library Finances, an international journal published by Emerald Group Publishing, Ltd. The name of the column is People Matters, and it deals with issues in library human resources management. His first article appeared recently in Volume 20, No. 4 and dealt with conflict management between colleagues and between staff and administration in libraries.
Carlin Named Head Soccer Coach at Villanova
Tom Carlin, Arcadia alum and former men’s soccer coach, has been named Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Villanova University. Prior to serving as Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach at Northwestern University, Carlin coached the Arcadia Knights for six seasons from 2000-05.
“Tom is our second alumnus to be named a Head Coach at a Division I program,” says AU Athletics Director Shirley Liddle. “He is the first male alumni; the other is Barbara Longstreth, who coached field hockey/lacrosse at Stanford."
“Tom’s leadership ability and soccer acumen emerged early at Arcadia, first as a player and then as a coach,” said Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs. In his first year as head coach at Arcadia, Carlin led the men’s soccer team to the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference championship game in 2000. His teams won the PAC Championship in 2001, 2002 and 2004, made the PAC playoffs in 2003 and 2005, and earned three NCAA Division III Championship berths. Carlin was named PAC Coach of the Year four times, with an overall record of 99-23-9. The Arcadia Knights were ranked in the top 25 nationally by the NSCAA for four years. (Arcadia now competes in the Middle Atlantic Conference.) As a player at Arcadia, Carlin was team captain of the Knights for three years and was named All-PAC three times. Carlin earned a B.A. in History with a minor in Secondary Education and a Master’s in Counseling from Arcadia.
In the News
Faculty in the News
Linda Beckman, a writer on healthcare and an Adjunct Professor of English Literature at Arcadia University, was a panelist at a conference hosted by Progressives for Pennsylvania on Jan 12 in Lancaster, Pa., about Statewide Single-Payer Universal Healthcare. Dr. Walter Tsou, who was appointed Health Commissioner of Philadelphia in April 2000, led discussions about Single-Payer Universal Healthcare with in-depth discussions concerning The Pennsylvania Family and Business Healthcare Security Act (House Bill 1660 and Senate Bill 300), as noted in information distributed by Philadelphia Independent Media Center.
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