|February 19, 2008|
|February 19, 2008||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Theatre Alum Anna Deavere Smith Opens One-Woman Show
One of Arcadia’s world class alums, Anna Deavere Smith, is center stage again, this time with another one-person show she wrote and performs. New York Times theatre reviewer Charles Isherwood calls Let Me Down Easy “ambitious and consistently engaging.” Like some of Smith’s other works, Let Me Down Easy is a monologue written from interviews she conducted, with Smith donning several dozen voices and various costumes as she explores the resiliency and vulnerability of the human body. Read the review.
The world premier of Let Me Down Easy is played on the Mainstage at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Conn., through Feb. 3. “Channeling the dramatically different corporeal experiences of her many interview subjects, from survivors of the Rwandan genocide to the head coach of the national champion University of Texas football team, Smith captures a kind of grace on stage, a grace that will tell us about the resourcefulness of the human spirit,” according to the theatre’s description of the play. Read more.
Emergency Notification: Are You Ready?
In the event of a campus emergency, will you be among the first to get an emergency notification? If you have a cell phone with text message capability, you can be among the first to learn what to do in the event of a life-threatening emergency on campus.
But the first step is yours—Only those who have signed up for Arcadia’s Emergency Notification System will get a text message test this week. All campus e-mails also will receive the notification. Sign up today! Go to the Emergency Notification System module on MyArcadia. Read FAQs about the New Emergency Notification System. And thank you to those of you who have already registered!
Business Degree Completion Will Help Philadelphia Meet Mayor's Challenge
Arcadia University announces a new Accelerated Business Degree Completion program that will help address Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s goal of doubling the number of Philadelphians attaining college degrees.
In his inaugural address, the Mayor identified 73,000 Philadelphians who started college but didn’t finish and asked the business and education community to partner with him “to make college completion a priority.” Arcadia is positioned to respond with a new Business Degree Completion program designed specifically for working professionals.
For Philadelphia to attain Mayor Nutter’s goal of doubling the number of bachelor’s degree-holders over the next decade, online and accelerated learning will take center stage in helping working professionals to complete their degrees. “Arcadia University supports Mayor Nutter’s initiative to increase opportunities for Philadelphia residents who want to complete a college degree,” says Dr. Annette Halpin, Chair of Arcadia’s Department of Business/Health Administration and Economics. Read more.
Clubs Needed for Activities Fair at Countdown
The Office of Enrollment Management is looking for campus clubs and organizations to participate in the Clubs and Activities Fair during the Countdown for new students on April 5. This fair will promote the clubs to prospective students, giving them an idea of what types of activities they can be involved in at Arcadia. The fair will be held on Saturday in Grey Towers Castle from 1:45 to 3 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded to the club/organization with the best display. For more information, contact Jory Reinhart, Enrollment Management Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more.
Yearbook Club Donates Portion of Fall Sales
Arcadia’s Enthymion Yearbook Organization raised $350 for Give Kids The World, donating $5 for every 2008 yearbook order placed before the end of the fall semester. Give Kids The World Village is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that provides free, week-long fantasy vacations to the families of children with life-threatening illnesses. With the help of generous individuals, corporations and wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 85,000 families from all 50 states and over 60 countries.
Copies of the 2008 Enthymion yearbook can be ordered online at www.jostensyearbooks.com. Yearbooks can be personalized with names and personal icons on the cover. The 2008 Enthymion yearbook starts at $60 and will be delivered in August. For more information, e-mail the Enthymion Yearbook Organization at email@example.com or call 215-572-2171.
Arcadia's Center for Education Abroad VP Candidates Visit Campus
Recently, the committee charged with managing the search for the next Vice President and Executive Director of Arcadia's Center for Education Abroad conducted phone interviews with a number of semi-finalists for that position. The Search Committee subsequently met and selected four of those people as finalists and invited them for on-campus interviews. All four of the finalists will be at Arcadia next week. As part of the interviewing process, an open meeting has been scheduled for each of the finalists, to which all members of the University community are invited. The dates for those meetings are Monday, Feb. 25, Tuesday, Feb. 26, Thursday, Feb. 28, and Friday, Feb. 29. The open meetings will be held on each of those days from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in the University Room on the lower level of Landman Library and will include a brief presentation by the finalist followed by an opportunity for a lengthy question-and-answer period. The names of the candidates, biographical sketches, and additional information regarding the interviewing process will be circulated via campus e-mail later this week.
Nominate Staff for Peer Recognition Award
Staff Council wants the Arcadia community to recognize staff members for their amazing efforts! “Have you noticed someone who does an extraordinary level of work? Do they consistently go above and beyond? Do they make your life easier by going out of their way to lend a hand?” asks Jennifer Kaminski of the Student Service Center. “If so, nominate them for a Peer Recognition award!” All nominees receive a Peer Recognition certificate and a personalized letter. To nominate someone, send an e-mail to PeerRecognition@arcadia.edu.
Reward An Outstanding Professor
Do you have a favorite professor—someone who is an especially effective classroom teacher? Return the favor for all that great instruction by nominating him or her for the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Fill out this form and return it to the Provost’s Office (Taylor 103) by Feb. 29.
Arcadia Online Offers Learning Luncheons
For faculty interested in exploring options for delivering course in an online, blended or accelerated format, Arcadia Online is offering weekly learning luncheons to help them accomplish this objective. Sessions will address the following topics: Using Wikis for Collaboration; Assessment Strategies for Online Learning; Strategies for Using Wimba; Streaming Video and Screen Capture; Web 2.0 Tools; and Gmail Tools and Merlot.
Lunch will be provided, and all learning luncheon sessions will be held in the Arcadia Online Conference Room, Taylor Hall 112. Enroll by completing the enrollment form. Space is limited, so please considering enrolling as soon as possible.
Scholarships Available for Summer Study Abroad in France
Special scholarships are available for summer study abroad in France, thanks to the generosity of Marie-Louise Vermeiren Jackson, a member of Arcadia University's Board of Trustees. Arcadia's Center for Education Abroad announced the availability of scholarship funds specifically directed toward undergraduate students participating in a new summer program at Arcadia's affiliated campus in Paris. The four-week Paris experience offers qualified students unique interdisciplinary curriculum through which they will study French language (at a level appropriate for them) as well as European and French international relations, politics, and government. This opportunity is based at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris. Get information on the program in Paris or find out more about Arcadia’s diverse summer offerings. Generous financial assistance is available for the summer-in-Paris program. If you are interested in applying for this aid, please contact Sue Richardson, France Program Coordinator, at Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad at 215-572-2901.
Summer Program in Tanzania Begins June 2008
Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad offers students a unique summer study abroad opportunity at Arcadia’s peace education center in Arusha, Tanzania. This academic experience focuses on the study of human rights at the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research. Arcadia established this innovative program in partnership with the East African Community. EAC is the regional intergovernmental organization of the Republics of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. The EAC aims at widening and deepening cooperation among the partner states in political, economic and social fields for their mutual benefit. Read more.
Get a Job with Conference Services
The Conference Services Department is looking for student workers for their summer positions. Positions will begin with training on May 20 and end in August between Aug. 10 and Aug. 17. They are looking for individuals who:
Those who have worked for Conference Services in the summer and want to return also must reapply. Stop by the Conference Services Office in the lower level of Dilworth Hall to pick up an application or grab one here. Applications are due by Feb. 29. Interviews will take place during the week of March 3.
Want to Tell Some Arcadia Secrets?
The Fine Arts Learning Community is inviting the campus community to share a secret as part of the Learning Community Celebration through its “Secret Postcards” project. “Create a postcard that shows, explains, illustrates, or narrates a secret you have,” says Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor Fine Arts. “Let it go! Share it with others. See how many others share the same feelings and experiences. Get as creative as you can!” The Secret Postcard Project is for anyone in the Arcadia community...not just students! The post cards will be on exhibit during the celebration Feb. 26. The postcard must be 4x6 inches and anonymous. Students are asked to create interesting postcards that show a secret they would like to let go. The project is modeled after www.postsecret.blogspot.com. The anonymous drop off location is on the counter in the mail room in the box marked "secret postcards." Read more about the rules.
Register Now for Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair
The sale is on for tickets to the Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair! Arcadia University students and alumni can register with the Office of Career Development until Feb. 26 for $5, cash or checks only. Tickets are $10 cash at the door for all on-site registrants. The Office of Career Development hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and Tuesday evenings until 7 p.m. Tickets can be ordered by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 215-572-2939. The fair is Tuesday, March 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at West Chester University. Go to www.dvec.net, click on “Candidates” for information about participating employers, parking and directions.
Attend a Study Abroad Information Session
Meet 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:
Study Abroad Info Sessions are Wednesdays in the Oak Summit Social Room, Building C, from 7 to 8 p.m., on 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 Feb. 26, April 1, and April 15.
Don’t Have a Ride? Help Bring PhillyCarShare to Campus
Help to bring a vehicle from PhillyCarShare to campus by signing up for a membership. Simply fill out the application form. Consider the “Basic Freedom” plan, which has no monthly fees. Become eligible for a discount by checking the student box and typing Arcadia University in the school name field. All Arcadia University community members are eligible for a $20 credit by typing "Arcadia20" in the promotional code field.
Arcadians Perform Vagina Monologues
Arcadia University celebrated its fourth year as a V-Day College Campaign participant with three performances of The Vagina Monologues in February. The performances in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall featured students and faculty. This production was entirely student-run, and many of the cast members are not in any way involved in theater otherwise. Involvement was dependant upon dedication and enthusiasm, rather than previous acting experience. That being said, the actors brought with them their own unique and fantastic style of performance. See photos of the show.
(5-5) Men’s Basketball scored a perfect week, going 2-0. The team will have to win its two remaining games in order to secure the fourth and final playoff spot.
After knocking off FDU (83-77) and Wilkes (66-55) this past week, the Knights look to defeat conference leader DeSales (9-2) and second-place Manhattanville (8-3) for a chance at post-season play.
Senior Eric Elliott and junior Bobby Mulholland led Arcadia, averaging 21.5 and 19.5 points per game respectively. The duo also combined for 18 rebounds, 12 assists, eight steals and nine three-pointers.
In its final regular season games, Arcadia must limit its mistakes. While the Knights top the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) in three-pointers made (7.24 per game), they are last in controlling the defensive glass. Reducing opponents’ second chances could prove to be the key to the Knights’ quest for a playoff berth.
Tuesday is senior night at Alumni Gymnasium. Elliott, one of the team’s three seniors, is within two points of the 1,000-point milestone and has a chance to reach it in front of the home crowd. Sterling Green and Jon Solomon hope to make another run at a Conference Championship during their last year of collegiate basketball. The team takes to the road on Saturday, traveling to Purchase, N.Y., to play Manhattanville.
Game recaps available at www.arcadia.edu/athletics/default.aspx?id=10304.
(7-15) Optimism has quickly turned to urgency for Women’s Basketball after two consecutive Freedom Conference losses. The Knights lost to FDU on Monday, 63-33, and were outplayed by last-place Wilkes on Saturday, losing 68-63.
The two remaining Conference games are must-wins. But even that might not be enough, as the Knights will need help from the trio of 6-4 teams vying for second place (FDU, Delaware Valley and King’s) in order to make the playoffs.
The Knights will need increased production from all five starters and bench and will look to seniors Caitlin Sparks and Stephanie Bates to lead the way. The duo paced Arcadia in their pair of losses, with Sparks averaging 14.5 ppg. and 8.5 rpg. and Bates adding 12.0 ppg., six assists and five steals. The Knights struggled from the floor, shooting just 29% on the week.
DeSales will bring two of the league’s top scoring threats in juniors Leigh Ann Burke (19.1 ppg.) and Kim Rarick (14.2). Arcadia will look to counter with Sparks, who is gunning for 1,000 career points (needing only 23 to reach the mark).
The Knights will travel to Purchase, N.Y., to face Manhattanville College in their regular season Conference closer, before heading to PSU Berks on Thursday for its final non-conference game.
Game recaps available at www.arcadia.edu/athletics/default.aspx?id=10310.
(1-2) Arcadia Baseball opened the 2008 campaign this weekend in Newport News, Va., playing a series of games hosted by Christopher Newport University.
On Saturday Arcadia squared off against the host school, splitting the doubleheader with the Captains of CNU. In game one, the Knights erupted for an eight-run second inning, and carried an 8-2 lead into the 7th and final inning, before the Captains pushed six runs across home plate to steal the game, 9-8. In game two, CNU struck first, taking a 4-0 lead into the top of the fourth, before the Knights answered with four runs. One run in the fifth and three more from the Arcadia bats in the 7th gave the Knights the 8-4 comeback win.
On Sunday Arcadia took a 3-2 lead against Virginia Wesleyan University into the bottom of the ninth, but allowed VWU the tying and go-ahead run. The Knights lost 4-3.
The games featured a handful of promising performances at the plate. Seniors Ken Spangenberg, Andy Bella and Eric Console had the hot bats for Arcadia. Spangenberg went 6-for-13 with four runs scored and one batted in; Bella, hitting 3-for-9 with three runs, scored a triple and four RBIs; and Console notched four hits in 10 at-bats with two runs and three RBIs. Junior Anthony Champi contributed 3-for-4 hitting with three RBIs, while first-year Austin Ley impressed, batting 3-for-7 with two runs scored and four runs batted in.
Mike Ramsden led the Knights pitching staff in the team’s lone win over CNU Saturday. The senior threw the complete game, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out three.
Larry Presley, Assistant Professor and Director of the Forensic Science program, was quoted in the Feb. 15 Philadelphia Inquirer story “Presidential hair goes on display.” Presley was quoted as saying, “It is said Napoleon was poisoned, and the Academy hair could have something like arsenic in it, which can be detected. Also, if any president was abusing drugs such as cocaine, his hair would bust him.” Read the full story.
David Martin '99 and his wife, Brooke Rickert Martin '00, were mentioned in an article in the Feb. 15 Philadelphia Inquirer story “Married to game and each other.” Brooke is the head coach of Pennridge High School girls varsity basketball, and her husband, Dave, is the assistant coach. They met while both were students at Arcadia University. At Arcadia, Brooke played both basketball and softball. Dave was a soccer player. Read the full story.
Sally Tokarz, who earned a Master of Science in Forensic Science in 2007, will be the keynote speaker at the 2008 Youth Leader of Tomorrow Awards Banquet, as was reported in the Feb. 15 Wellsboro Gazette (Wellsbor, Pa.). Tokarz is currently employed at NMS Labs in Willow Grove, Pa., as a forensic chemist.
Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics, Jenny Drake '08 and Kathleen Leatherdale '08. Photos: Joshua Blustein and Lori Bauer. Web Producers: Sue Gettlin and Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.
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