January 22, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
January 22, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia Begins Celebration of Study Abroad

1948 Bike Tour

Sixty years ago, Arcadia helped found the modern concept of study abroad, and throughout 2008 Arcadia celebrates its commitment to internationalization and the impact of global perspectives in the classroom and through study abroad. In 1948, a group of young women and an economics professor bicycled across post-World War II Europe to study the effects of the war. By 1949, the “Beaver College Field Trip” to Europe filled two buses, and the entourage became a sight to behold.

“The people over there had never seen anything like it before,” says Ginny Haist ’51, who was on the 1949 trip. “There were two buses and 60 girls, and when we would stop to get off the bus, they would stand outside and watch us….What we saw in 1949 were the remnants of war. In England, they had taken out all of the stained glass windows from all the cathedrals and stored them. When we went through the Netherlands, Rotterdam was flattened.” Watch an interview with Haist.

Tell your story, too! Students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to share their stories, photos and videos at www.arcadia.edu/studyabroadmemories. “Use this link to get your study abroad video on Arcadia’s YouTube channel or your photo in The Chat,” says Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

Emergency Communications: ‘It's Your Call’

Emergency Notification SystemArcadia 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—"It's your call!"—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.

Civility Flag Lowered Over Incident

Civility LogoOn Jan. 21, there was an act of incivility discovered in the Oak Summit Apartments. Two swastikas were scratched into the wall of a hallway in Building A. The Civility Flag, located between the Dining Complex and the Landman Library, will be lowered for five days. This is the third incident reported this year. The individual(s) who committed this act of incivility and vandalism have not been identified at this time. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Associate Dean of Students Josh Stern at 215-572-2933.

When an act of incivility occurs at Arcadia University or at University-sponsored events, there is a thorough inquiry of the situation. If the persons responsible are identified, the actions will be adjudicated through the University disciplinary process. In addition, it is the institution’s priority to support and respond to the needs of those directly affected and to communicate with and educate both the immediate community and the larger University community as appropriate. If you or anyone you know is aware of information about this incident or any other act of incivility, please contact Stern as soon as possible.

Counseling Center Sponsors Anxiety Workshop

All Arcadia students are invited to attend free workshops on anxiety sponsored by the Arcadia University Counseling Center. The workshops are intended to help students cope with any anxiety-related issue they may be facing, such as stress, phobias or shyness. Students will learn relaxation and coping techniques and have an opportunity to share ideas and get support. The workshops will be led by John Cook, a certified phobia counselor, who is an intern at the Counseling Center this year. Students may attend any one or all three workshops, which will be held on Monday, Feb. 11, 18, 25 in the lobby of Heinz Hall from 3 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, students can contact the Counseling Center at 215-572-2966.

Who’s Who? Nominations due by Feb. 1

Academic achievement combined with leadership, participation and service are important for the success of Arcadia University’s students. Therefore, Arcadia University is participating in the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges program, which annually honors outstanding campus leaders for their scholastic and community achievements. Students who completed their graduation requirements in the Summer 2007, Fall 2007 or Spring 2008 are eligible for nomination. A campus committee will review all applications and select students based on the following criteria: academic achievement, leadership experience, campus involvement and participation, contributions made in the area of diversity, and service to the University and surrounding community. All applications must be submitted with cover letters to Student Activities, Dilworth Hall, no later than Feb. 1. Notification of recipients will be made in April. For more information, contact Michelle Leftwich in Student Activities at 215-572-4082.

Flu Shots Available for Faculty, Staff, Students

It’s not too late to get a flu shot through Student Health Services. The flu shot is available to faculty, staff and students. “If you are interested in this service, please come to Student Health Services, Monday through Friday, 9 to 4:30 p.m.,” notes Clair Washington, Director of Student Health Services. For more information, contact Student Health Services at 215-572-2966.

Student Hosts Needed for Day on Campus

Student HostsThe 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 complete the forms during the meeting. For more information, contact Enrollment Management Counselor Jory Reinhart at 215-572-2836 or dayoncampus@arcadia.edu. 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.

upcoming events

Let's Go: Find out what's happening at Arcadia University

Banished! A Compelling Case for Reparations, Jan. 22

BanishedDirector/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

DNA StrandLarry 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.

Careers in Library and Information Science, Jan. 29

A workshop on Career Opportunities in Library and Information Science will be presented on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the University Gallery Room in Landman Library. This workshop is open to students from all undergraduate majors and includes advice on graduate study as well as an overview of the library and information science profession. Panelists include Larissa Gordon, Reference Librarian and Liaison to Business, Psychology, Modern Language, Philosophy, and Religion; Calvin Wang, Reference Librarian and Subject Liaison to the Sciences; Michelle Reale, Manager of Circulation Services; and Bob Kieserman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Business, Healthcare Administration and Economics and a library management consultant. Students will learn about career opportunities available in public libraries, academic libraries, and special libraries. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Kieserman at 215-572-4056.

Caribbean Luncheon, Jan. 29

Enjoy a Caribbean Luncheon in the Dining Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In addition to serving students who are on a meal plan, the Dining Hall is open to all faculty, staff and students. The cost of lunch is $5.75 per person.

Christopher Patton, Poet and Author, Jan. 29

Christopher PattonChristopher 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 was 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.

Teach-in Will Focus the Nation on Global Warming, Jan. 31

Global WarmingOn 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.

Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments


Otieno Publishes U.N. Article on Racial Discrimination

Alex OtienoAlex Otieno, Instructor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, published an article in the UN Chronicle (No. 3, 2007). In his article, “Eliminating Racial Discrimination: The Challenges of Prevention and Enforcement of Prohibition,” Otieno argues that the international community must take heed of the complexity of the politics of race and how it fuels human rights abuses, such as those witnessed in Darfur and the slavery in Mauritania. He notes that while there is ample evidence of the consequences of racial discrimination in opportunity structures, including political and cultural products, health outcomes, well-being and dignity, concrete actions to address 'hidden abuses' remain inadequate,” notes Academic Vice President and Provost Michael L. Berger.

Vomachka Co-Authors Work on Mammary Gland

Archie VomachkaDr. Archie Vomachka published “Mammary gland homeostasis employs serotonergic regulation of epithelial tight junctions,” an article he co-authored with colleagues from the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. The article appeared in the October 16, 2007, issue of PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (Vol. 104, No. 42). Homeostatic control of volume within the alveolar space of the mammary gland has been proposed to involve a feedback system mediated by serotonin signaling. In this article, notes Academic Vice President and Provost Michael L. Berger, the authors describe some of the mechanisms underlying this feedback based on studies of a human normal mammary epithelial cell line and mouse mammary epithelium.

sports update

Swimming Wins Combined Meet

Michelle McCandless Bryan Alexander

(Men's 2-7/Women's 3-7) The Swimming Team picked up its first combined win since Nov. 11 (when the team defeated FDU-Florham at home) with the dual win over Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) opponent King’s, 128-99 (women), 108-106 (men). While the margin of victory was narrow, eight Arcadia swimmers earned Middle Atlantic Conference qualifying times. LJ Morgan earned two on the day (100, 200 Back). Other qualifiers included Michelle McCandless (1000 Free), Danielle DiSanto (200 Fly) and Gina Rupert (100 Fly). Jason Sharpe qualified in the 200 Free, Bryan Alexander in the 100 Breaststroke, Brendan Peters in the 200 Fly, and John Konieczny in the 200 Breaststroke. 

First-year swimmer Danielle DiSanto broke the Lenox Pool record for the 400 Individual Medley and the Arcadia Women's Swimming team record in the same event at the teams’ MAC meet with Lycoming College on Jan. 12. For her efforts, she has been awarded the Knight of the Week honor for Arcadia Athletics.

DiSanto, whose time in the 400 IM (5:34.23) qualified her for the MAC Championships in the same event, set her first MAC qualifying time earlier in the season in the 100 Butterfly (1:08.86).

The previous Lenox Pool record in the 400 IM was held since 2000 by Juniata College (5:38.33) with the Arcadia Women's team record held by Arielle Martone (5:46.69) set in 2004. DiSanto's new record time shed 12 seconds off the team record and four from the pool record. 

Arcadia will visit Lebanon Valley College on Jan. 22 for a 7 p.m. start in its final regular season MAC match-up. The team travels to Goucher (1/26) and then to Cabrini (1/27) before the conference championship at the CYC in Wilkes-Barre, Feb. 8-10.

Senior Sparks Carries Women's Basketball to a Clutch Victory

Caitlin Sparks Anne Feindt

(4-10) Women’s Basketball split two conference games in a 1-1 week. The team began the week with a 71-51 loss at Delaware Valley before claiming a 62-47 victory over visiting Wilkes University. Senior Caitlin Sparks averaged a double-double on the week (17.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg). In Saturday’s win over Wilkes, the 5-11 senior poured in 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, both team highs.

Other players providing meaningful minutes for the Knights included sophomore Kim Milligan, first-year Anna Feindt and senior point guard Stephanie Bates. Milligan continued to enjoy success on the home floor, adding 14 points against Wilkes, averaging 10.0 ppg for the week. Feindt averaged 31.5 minutes this week (8.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg), while Bates provided an all-around game (7.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 9 assists).

Arcadia, now with a 4-10 overall and 2-2 conference mark, will take a week off before traveling to MAC Conference opponent King's on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. at the Martz Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Men's Basketball Scores Two Wins

Eric Elliott Terrell Varnado

(6-8) Men’s Basketball began the week with two wins but added a loss to close a 2-1 week on the hardwood. After upending FDU-Florham (64-61) on Monday, the Knights handed Delaware Valley the (83-74) set-back in Doylestown on Wednesday but allowed the game to slip away against visiting Wilkes on Saturday (62-57) to drop to 2-2 in MAC Conference play, 6-8 overall. 

Junior Bobby Mulholland posted 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the Knights win over Delaware Valley. Aside from Mulholland, five other Knights ended with double-figures—senior Eric Elliott posted 13 points and four assists, senior Sterling Green tallied 11 points and four assists, junior Terrell Varnado scored 10 points and senior Kevin Brown came away with 10 points and six rebounds. Sophomore Glen Gagnon added 10 points and went 6-6 from the charity stripe.

Mulholland ended the week averaging a team-high 16.0 ppg with 4.3 rpg on 48%FG and 75%FT shooting in 33.3 minutes. Elliott provided 14.3 ppg along with 4.3 rpg in 35 minutes a game for AU while Brown added 12.3 ppg behind a team-high 5.7 rpg with seven assists and six steals in 32 minutes each outing. Green (34 minutes) and Gagnon (28 minutes) provided more offense for Arcadia with 9.3 ppg and 7.7 ppg respectively in the 2-1 week.

The Knights will host PSU Hazleton today at 7:30 p.m. in non-conference play before traveling to King’s College on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the MAC Conference women’s/men’s double header at Martz Gymnasium, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

In the News

Faculty in the News

Professor Emeritus of Sociology Dr. Norman Johnston was quoted in the Jan. 18 New York Times in the story “Prison Makes Way for Future, but Preserves the Past.” He commented on preserving a dungeon believed to be the original San Quentin prison. “Although few survive intact, dungeons were a fixture of 19th century prisons. The concept of solitary confinement, pioneered at the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia in 1828 and then repeated later in the 'dark cells' of San Quentin’s dungeon, was developed as a more effective means of rehabilitation," Johnston told the Times.

Students in the News

Becki Del Pizzo, a first-year student majoring in Psychology and a member of Arcadia's Equestrian Team, was profiled in the Jan. 3 Valley Item (Royersford, Pa.). Del Pizzo rode competitively throughout high school and wanted to attend a college where she could continue pursuing her passion for equestrian. “I got to actually meet one of the [Arcadia University] captains because she was an orientation leader, which was cool. I got to find out a little bit about [the team] before I actually joined," Del Pizzo said.

Alumni In the News

Susan Wilder '98, a Theatre Arts and English major, is performing in M. Butterfly at the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s new home, the Susanne Roberts Theatre at Broad and Lombard streets, as reported in the Jan. 16 Ticket Montgomery Newspapers. The play runs until Feb. 24. After graduating from Arcadia, Wilder received her master’s degree in classical acting at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. In M. Butterfly, she plays Helga, the wife of the diplomat who eventually leaves her after falling in love with Butterfly. “This is a wonderfully complicated play. There are so many issues in the play because it’s not just about being straight or gay, Eastern or Western, male or female. It becomes a fascinating study of humans as a whole,” said Wilder.

Tamara King '03, a Business Administration major with a minor in Sociology, was profiled in the Jan. 1 TriCounty Record  (Morgantown, Pa.). She is the owner of My Sous Chef, a food preparation shop specializing in healthy food. Prior to her new venture she worked on environmental issues including storm water and perc testing. Now she is preparing a menu that includes 12 to 15 different options including chicken, pork, beef and seafood as well as vegetarian choices. Her menus change on a monthly basis. You can visit her Web site at www.mysouschef.net.

Publication Information

Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, and Joy Zazzera, Athletics. Photos: Joshua Blustein and Lori Bauer. Videos: Janet Gala, University Relations. Web Producers: Sue Gettlin and Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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