January 29, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
January 29, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Civility Flag Lowered an Additional Five Days

Civility LogoOn January 26 an act of incivility was discovered in Knight Hall. A swastika was drawn on a stairway wall. This is the fifth incident reported this year involving a swastika. 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.

“Our campus community thrives on the free expression of ideas within a safe climate where all people can pursue their academic goals,” said President Jerry Greiner. “When someone or something threatens the ability of any member of our community to feel safe, we are all affected—and all responsible for addressing the issue. In the last 10 days, there have been five separate incidents in which swastikas have been drawn on or scratched into surfaces in campus buildings, most of them in Knight Hall. This is unacceptable in a community such as ours, and I am reaching out to all members of the Arcadia community to ask that you help end this behavior.”

When an act of incivility occurs at Arcadia University or at Arcadia 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 our 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 the Dean of Students as soon as possible.

Teach-in Will Focus on Global Warming and Conservancy

Going GreenOn Thursday, 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. on Thursday Jan. 31. Coordinator Dr. Jeffrey Shultz, Assistant Provost for Special Projects and Professor of Education, notes that the presenters include senior Jeff Murphy, who has spearheaded a number of conservation leadership efforts at Arcadia, as well as Molly Tsongas, the Pennsylvania State Director for SmartPower, and Mike Weilbacher, Executive Director of the Lower Merion Conservancy and an instructor in Arcadia’s Science Education program. View schedule. Read more.

Attend a Study Abroad Information Session

Study AbroadMeet with a study abroad adviser and other Arcadia students who have studied abroad to learn more about study abroad options at a Study Abroad Information Session. Arcadia has Pathways to Study Abroad for every major. For more information contact the Office of International Services at 215-572-2867. Discussion topics include:

  • Costs—Arcadia students study abroad on affiliated programs for the same tuition and housing fees as if they were spending the semester on the Glenside campus.
  • Scholarships and financial aid—All financial aid and merit scholarships, with the exception of work study, apply to a semester abroad.
  • Programs options—Arcadia offers more than 100 programs in 13 countries, with Pathways to Study Abroad for every major. New Majors Abroad Programs require an entire year of study abroad.
  • Information about academic policies and program deadlines.

Study Abroad Info Sessions are Wednesdays in the Oak Summit Social Room, Building C, from 7 to 8 p.m., on Feb. 6, Feb. 20, March 19, March 26, April 9, April 23. Sessions also are Tuesdays in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room from 5 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 29, Feb. 26, April 1, April and 15.

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.

Have a Fantastic Time Studying Abroad? Share Your Experience!

University Relations is looking for study abroad experiences from current Arcadia students and alumni. Let us know—through writings, photos, videos or audio clips—what you learned and how it has impacted your life. Experiences will be posted as part of Arcadia's celebration of 60 years of studying abroad and may be used in other University publications. Visit www.arcadia.edu/studyabroadmemories for guidelines and submission forms.

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.

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.

Have a Family Member With Alzheimer’s? Share Your Story

Amanda Sekerke '08, a senior Graphic Design major, is creating an artistic book for her thesis with stories from families affected by Alzheimer’s disease. If you have experiences and observations to share, contact her at sekera88@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. (Find out more about being an RA or AA on the new video broadcasting on AUTV/Channel 9.)

Candidates must have a cumulative GPA 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

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.

Arcadia Intramural Winter Soccer League, Feb. 3

Breakout the shin guards, tassels and flats and round up a team for another season of indoor soccer. The games are six-versus-six, with each team fielding three male and three female players. Register a squad by 4 p.m. on Jan. 30 at Rick Brownwell’s Office (Kuch Gym 103). Matches begin Feb. 3 at 8 p.m.

2008 Student Biennial Art Exhibit, Feb. 5

The Arcadia University Art Gallery presents the 2008 Student Biennial Art Exhibit, Feb. 5-24. The showcase consists of  52 student works that were selected from 194 entries by outside juror Elyse Gonzales, Assistant Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. The opening reception is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m. View participants.

The Vagina Monologues, Feb. 8

Vagina MonologuesArcadia University celebrates its fourth year as a V-Day College Campaign participant with three performances of The Vagina Monologues, featuring students and faculty. The show runs Feb. 8, 9 and 10 in Stiteler Auditorium. On Friday and Saturday doors open at 7 with a 7:30 p.m. curtain. On Sunday doors open at 1:30 with a 2 p.m. curtain. Tickets are $7 for Arcadia students with ID and $12 for general admission. Tickets will be sold at the door and in front of the Dining Hall during lunch hours the week preceding the show. Read more.

Kaplan Practice Tests, Feb. 9

Kaplan will be on campus to offer practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT tests on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register at the Career Development Office (Knight Hall, Room 133) or register by phone at 215-572-2939 or by email careerservices@arcadia.edu (provide first and last name, which test you are registering for, e-mail address, phone number and graduation year). Register by Thursday, Feb. 8. There will be a review and feedback session on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 4 to 6 p.m. in Brubaker 302.

Counseling Center Sponsors Anxiety Workshop, Feb. 11

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.

PLP: Professional Life Preview, Feb. 13

PLP outlines effective strategies for beating stress while transitioning from college into the working world. Career Development staff and outside speakers will address a variety of topics, including finding an ideal job (search techniques and effective self-promotion), understanding job offers (benefits, perks and retirement accounts) and personal finance (managing student loans, budgeting, saving and investing). The event will takes place in the Landman Library, University Gallery Room, from 4 to 7 p.m.

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

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments


Murphy Will Take the Stage in Opera

Elizabeth MurphyElizabeth Murphy, Adjunct Professor of Music and first-year doctoral student at Rutgers University, will perform the role of Antonia in the opera Les Contes d'Hoffmann on Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. and on Friday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center, Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, in New Brunswick, N.J.

Siskind Publishes Paper on Racial and Environmental Liberalism

Peter Siskind, Assistant Professor of History, had a paper published in a special issue of the Journal of Urban History (Vol., No. 2, pp. 243-265) devoted to Politics and the American City, 1940-1990. The paper, titled “Shades of Black and Green: The Making of Racial and Environmental Liberalism in Nelson Rockefeller’s New York,” focuses on the dramatic shifts in the nature and public perception of racial and environmental crises in American metropolitan areas during the '60s and early '70s. Siskind notes: “The complex storm of 1960s era activism and the Rockefeller administration’s attempts to adapt to the times revealed important contours of postwar American liberalism—its internal tensions and evolutions and its potential and limitations.”

sports update

Women's Basketball Faces Uphill Battle after Two Losses

Catilin Sparks Kim Milligan

(4-12) After two losses, Women’s Basketball sits in fifth place in Freedom Conference action. A week after their win over Wilkes on January 19, the Knights nearly pulled off an upset at Scandlon Gymnasium against host King’s College this past Saturday, but fell just short.

Arcadia came out hot, shooting 59.3 percent from the floor in the first half, and took a 36-33 lead into the break, thanks to 10 points from Caitlin Sparks on 5-for-5 shooting and another 10-spot from Cynthia Rivera on 5-for-7 shooting. The two teams traded scores often during the opening 10 minutes of the second half, until the momentum swung King’s way. King’s opened up a decisive eight-point lead with 7:17 minutes left in the game, powered by strong three-point shooting.

On Monday, the Knights looked to build on their 4-2 record at home against non-conference Rutgers-Camden. Kim Milligan and Stephanie Bates did all they could to keep the Knights in the game, but time ran out on an Arcadia comeback and the team was forced to settle for the 56-50 loss. Milligan netted a game-high 20 points on 5-for-10 from three-point land, while Bates shot 4-for-7 from the floor, grabbed four rebounds, nabbed six steals and dished out a game-high eight assists.

The team returns to Freedom play Wednesday, Jan. 30, at DeSales University. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.

After 1-2 Week Men’s Basketball Looks to Rebound Against DeSales

Kevin Brown Blaise Pepitone

(7-10) Last week Men's Basketball posted a 1-2 record, with their sole win coming in non-conference action over PSU-Hazleton, 77-50.  An overtime loss at Valley Forge Christian College (94-91) came with only one day to prepare for conference foe King’s, a game the Knights would lose, 93-79.

Over the three games, the Knights got great point production from several players. Kevin Brown scored a game-high 20 points against VFCC, with Terrell Varnado (11), Sterling Green (16), Eric Elliott (14) and Glen Gagnon (11) also hitting the double-digit mark. Brown led the way against PSU-Hazleton, with 15 points. Bobby Mulholland, Blaise Pepitone and Damien Palantino each tallied 13 points. In Saturday’s conference loss at King’s, Mulholland poured in 18 to lead the Knights with Elliott and Green adding 15 and 14 respectively. 

The Knights will face a tough DeSales squad (15-2/5-0 Freedom) Wednesday, Jan. 30, followed by a home game against non-conference opponent PSU-Delco on Saturday, Feb. 2.

Men's and Women's Swimming Ends Season 2-3

Brendan Peters Nicole Henninger

(Men’s 2-3/Women’s 2-3) Swimming completed its regular season this past weekend and is gearing up for next weekend’s MAC Championships.

The team completed their five-meet Middle Atlantic Conference schedule with a dual loss at Lebanon Valley College last Tuesday evening. LVC's men's squad handed the Knights a 97-72 loss, while LVC's women defeated Arcadia, 108-77. 

Brendan Peters pulled out the only two outright wins, placing first in the 50 Free (25.92) and in the 100 Fly (1:04.34). With LVC swimming as exhibition, three other Knights earned first place times. LJ Morgan swam the 100 Backstroke in 1:09.04; Jason Sharpe finished the 400 Freestyle in 5:07.11; and Chris Nappi completed the 100 Breaststroke in 1:29.82. The team of Morgan, Nappi, Hiroki Kato and Peters posted a first-place time in the 400 Free Relay 4:26.82.

On the women's side, two Arcadia swimmers earned first-place points with LVC swimming as exhibition. Gina Ruppert swam the 400 Freestyle in 5:33.41, and Nicole Henninger swam the 100 Breaststroke in 1:51.18. Lauren Myers, Jennifer Alfano, Danielle DiSanto and Michelle McCandless teamed up to win the 400 Freestyle Relay in 4:51.52. Read more.

In the News

Arcadia in the news

Arcadia University and the Hatboro-Horsham School District are working together to offer professional development courses to area teachers who want to work toward higher posts such as coaches, department heads or school administrators, as reported Jan. 23 in The Intelligencer. The courses, which start Jan. 30, will be held at a Hatboro-Horsham school or online.

Arcadia University along with members of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education, which includes Cabrini, Chestnut Hill, Gwynedd-Mercy, Immaculata, Holy Family, Neumann and Rosemont colleges, will receive a federally funded $527,000 grant. The announcement was made at a press conference by Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., as reported in the Jan. 10 Daily Times (Primos, Pa.). The grant will be used to support the SEPCHE Institute of Mathematics and Science, which educates teachers of grades K-12 and develops instructional materials for distribution in classrooms. SEPCHE colleges together are the largest provider of master’s degrees in education in the state and the third largest provider of teaching credentials in the Delaware Valley. Congressman Jim Gerlach, R-6 of Chester County, and Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-8 of Bucks County, also assisted in securing the grant funds.

Arcadia University was one of a group of schools mentioned in an article “More Students Head Overseas in Freshman Year,” Jan. 22 in The Wall Street Journal. David Larsen, Vice President and Executive Director of Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad, and Barry Hendler, a junior at Arcadia, were both quoted.

Alumni In the News

Brian Haley, who earned his master’s degree in Secondary Education in 2002, was featured in the Jan. 28 Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Student Spotlight.” Haley teaches social studies at North Penn High School in Lansdale. To get his students involved in the upcoming presidential elections, Haley was the faculty adviser for a mock Republican Convention simulation in which nearly 1,200 juniors and seniors from the school participated as delegates from the 50 states and U.S. territories. The story said Haley “allows students the opportunity to experience the political process firsthand.” Read more.

Andrew Graham, ’96 and ’04M, was profiled in the Jan. 17 Hearthstone Town and Country (Redhill, Pa.). Graham is the new biology teacher at Upper Perk High School. After receiving his master’s degree, he taught Environmental Science at Upper Dublin. As a challenge to himself, he made the move to teaching high school biology. In 1996 he earned his BA degree from Arcadia in Biology. “The more advanced it is, the more the content interests me,” said Graham of his motivation for teaching at the high school level. Graham also was on the Arcadia University Board of Trustees from 2005-07.

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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