|March 4, 2008|
|March 4, 2008||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Alum is Now Globetrotting with a Basketball
Why is Dave Boettcher, a Biology major who graduated from Arcadia last year, playing basketball at the Liacouras Center at Temple University at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 8? He used up his college eligibility at Arcadia, but not his desire to experience the world. Actually, Temple is his “homecoming” stop on a worldwide tour with the Washington Generals—the sidekicks who play with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Boettcher, who studied abroad multiple times while earning kudos on the court at Arcadia, began his pro career in October with a tour of military bases in seven countries. After they finish an East Coast schedule in April, the Generals are off to Europe. Read more.
Where Are Arcadia Students Going on Spring Break?
Previews: Boarding planes for Europe this weekend will be 329 students taking advantage of one of Arcadia’s favorite features—spring break Preview programs to London, Scotland, Italy and Spain. The Preview programs cost just $245 and show why most of Arcadia's students use their passports during their first year of college. The University pioneered the Preview programs to introduce students to study abroad. Italy Preview, reserved for transfer students, is $550. “Preview represents a fulfillment of the Arcadia Promise in its personal attention from leaders, an integrative approach to learning and, of course, the international component,” says Jan Finn, Director of International Services. Learn more about the Preview programs at www.arcadia.edu/preview and www.arcadia.edu/italypreview. Read more.
First-Year Student Heads to Clinton Global Initiative
Deborah Pabon, a first-year Political Science major with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in International Studies and Arabic, will attend the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) on March 15 and 16 in New Orleans. While students from across the nation are attending the global initiative, Pabon will arrive in New Orleans having just returned from Arcadia’s spring break Preview in Spain.
Pabon lands in Newark on March 14 and will be back on a plane heading for New Orleans. On March 15, she will attend two CGUI working sessions, which will be led by President Bill Clinton. The first session will be on the subject of Human Rights and Peace, the second on global health. On March 16, she will perform community service work in the heart of New Orleans, rebuilding schools and houses under the leadership of actor Brad Pitt. Read more.
Appelbaum Makes Headlines over Castle in Germany
Dr. Peter Appelbaum may be missing the presidential politics while he’s on sabbatical in Germany this year, but he’s found some local politics to get involved in—from a mathematical standpoint, of course. Potsdam TV captured Appelbaum “taking mathematics and democracy to the people” in an action celebrating Germany’s Year of Mathematics. He even had an on-air debate with the local Oberbürgermeister about “a mathematical result that any elementary school child could understand” and delayed the official ground-breaking for a castle.
The issues in question: Should Potsdam rebuild a Schloß (castle) and what effect will it have on local traffic? According to Appelbaum’s look at the math, “the vote for the rebuilding of the palace was rigged. The design of the vote was a mathematical manipulation to get the ‘right outcome.’” And the traffic pattern calculations were in error. Watch Appelbaum on German TV news, or read more about the issues in English. “My German’s goofy, but I am proud that I was able to speak with the guy in front of TV cameras on the spot under all that pressure as he was trying to change the topic away from us. We kept the cameras on this topic for a full seven minutes, delaying the groundbreaking despite the efforts of the Oberbürgermeister to ignore us. It was mathematical street politics at its best.
Student Biennial Winners Announced
The 2008 Student Biennial Art Exhibit came to a close last week, highlighted by the announcement of four winners: Tim Fitzgerald ‘08 for his series of photos titled “Night Studies,” Jess Grazel ‘09 for her oil painting of “Bound Feet,” Dan Sypolt ’09 for his panoramic photo composition “Alleyway” and Krista Profitt ‘11 for “Cookie Cutter.” The showcase consisted of 52 student works that were selected from 194 entries by outside juror Elyse Gonzales, Assistant Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. View photos of the artwork.
Art Gallery Needs Student Help over Break
The Art Gallery is in need of student help over spring break to staff the next exhibition, “Air Kissing.” The Art Office is looking for responsible students who can work over break and also during the weekend. For more information, contact Jamar Nicholas at 215-572-2133 or at email@example.com.
Knight Star to Raise Money for Fox Chase Cancer Research
Save the date: The third annual Knight Star Competition is Friday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Come watch Arcadia students sing their way through the competition and support a favorite contestant! Who will be this year’s Knight Star? Tickets go on sale Monday, March 17, $7 for students and $10 for faculty, staff and guests. Raffles and refreshments will be available for a small donation, which can be charged to student accounts.
“Support Knight Star as we raise money for breast cancer research through the Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund at Fox Chase Cancer Center!” says Cate Rooney. “This year, the Knight Star Planning Committee also will host our first Knight Star Reception on Monday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m. in the Castle. The entire Arcadia community is invited to attend.” Admission is free, with light refreshments, raffles and opportunities to donate. Read more.
Students to Study Visual Culture in India
Students in the Visual Culture in India course will travel to India over spring break, studying Visual Culture topics from Bollywood (film and cinema) to The Taj Mahal. “Visual Culture in India” is a project of Arcadia University’s Communications program. The project has two broad aims: to discover, identify and study the specific visual idiom of Indian culture in various forms and to acquire from that experience a broader world view about visual culture, social conditions and practical insights about the people across cultures sharing the same space in the world.
The first step in this project includes the course in Visual Culture in India where students travel to India in spring 2008. Nine students and a faculty member will be studying and traveling various aspects of visual culture in India as part of the course. Their work will be exhibited on a Web site later this spring, says Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Director of the Communications program. While they are in India, the students will give presentations and reflections about their experiences at The National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India. Read more about the students and their presentations.
Highlights of the visit to India include:
Other highlights of their study in India will include visits to the Taj Mahal, the Khajuraho Temples, and a series of activities in Mumbai arranged by the Mohile Parikh Center for the Visual Arts, Arcadia’s collaborative partner in the project. Watch www.arcadia.edu/visualcultureindia for daily updates from India, starting March 8.
Fall Registration, Housing Deposits, Forms Due March 21
Registration for Fall 2008 undergraduate classes begins on Monday, March 31. All undergraduate students who want to register for classes next fall must pay a $100 registration deposit, due by Friday, March 21. Students with delinquent accounts or students who fail to pay the registration deposit will not be permitted to register without approval from the Business Office.
All full-time students planning to reside in University housing must submit a $200 housing deposit along with the $100 registration deposit noted above for a total deposit of $300. The total $300 deposit must be submitted by Friday, March 21, in order for students to be eligible for the 2008-09 housing selection process. Students who submit a deposit after the deadline will not be able to participate in the housing selection process. They will also forfeit the opportunity to select their room or their roommate(s), and will be placed on the housing wait list. Complete information about Fall Registration and Housing Deposits is available under Campus Announcements on MyArcadia. Read more.
Special Dining Services Hours during Spring Break
Dining Services hours for Spring Break are as follows:
Slovenian Critic, Director Lead Communications ‘Global Focus’
Arcadia University’s Global Focus Program in Communications will host director Jan Cvitkovič and film historian and critic Denis Valič until March 7. While on campus, Cvitkovič and Valič will meet with students and faculty for a number of discussions and events, culminating with a screening of two films by Cvitkovič at the International House in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. (A bus will leave Murphy Hall at 6 p.m. on March 5 to take students to the International House. The event is open to all Arcadia students—first-come, first-served. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Cvitkovič is an award-winning filmmaker who has played a significant role in the renewed popularity of Slovenian cinema. Valič, who co-authored a recent major study of contemporary Slovenian cinema, is a member of the editorial board of Ekran, a top Slovenian film journal, and has served on juries at several international film festivals. Read more.
Moving Meditation to Resume March 18
Moving Meditation for this coming Thursday is canceled. Student Health Services wishes students a good spring break. Moving Mediation will resume upon students' return to campus:
Relax with stretching, refresh with yoga, and purify with meditation. More fun with One Circle Living Meditation! Feel free to join the class.
Freedom Credit Union Offers Scholarships
Freedom Credit Union will award four $1,000 scholarships to qualified students to be applied toward any portion of an accredited college or university's comprehensive fee. Applicants must complete a 500 word essay, be a member in good standing of Freedom Credit Union, and be a graduating high school senior or undergraduate college student taking at least nine credits per semester for the 2007-08 academic year. Completed applications and all related documents must be postmarked no later than March 14, 2008. For more information, visit www.freedomcu.org. Winners will be notified by March 28.
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 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 April 1 and April 15.
World Model United Nations 2008: Puebla Mexico
By Brittany McCall ’08, Co-Head Delegate
From March 22 to 31, 2008, Dr. Robert Thompson, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of the Political Science Department, and 18 Arcadia students will be in Puebla, Mexico, participating in Harvard’s Annual International World Model United Nations Conference.
Harvard’s Conference is one of the largest and most esteemed international U.N. conferences. Arcadia has been participating since 1998. Most recent conferences include Edinburgh, Scotland in 2005, Beijing, China in 2006, and Geneva Switzerland in 2007.
This is a class at Arcadia, and students receive 2 credits. The course, offered in the spring of every year to upperclassmen, prepares students for the conference. During the conference, “Dr. Bob” can be seen visiting every committee an Arcadia student is in and evaluating their performances. A journal is required to be kept and turned in at the end of the trip for grading purposes. Read more.
Share Your Study Abroad 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.
Old man winter finally painted a white beard on Arcadia in February. Several inches of snow made getting to classes a little more interesting on Feb. 22, but it was the freezing rain that followed that finally led to a cancellation of afternoon classes. Arcadia’s extra coat of paint melted away a few days later.
William Frabizio and Brian Grossman '08
The Class of 2008 celebrated the fact that they only had 87 Days till Commencement on Feb. 19. The event was sponsored by the Arcadia University Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Ambassadors. Seniors invited their favorite faculty members and administrators to share in the senior class celebration held in Grey Towers Castle. View photos of the event.
On Saturday, March 1, the Ethnography in Education Forum at the University of Pennsylvania honored a group of ground-breaking ethnographic researchers who call themselves the Shleppers. In the 1970s, using reel-to-reel video recorders, these researchers, at the time based at Harvard, Rockefeller University, and the University of California at San Diego, would “shlepp” their 33-pound.“lightweight” (in those days) videotape decks from conference to conference and city to city to make presentations. They also would meet in one of their hotel rooms to watch and analyze together segments of videotape. They were among the first researchers to use emerging video technology to analyze interaction in classrooms to uncover how learning and failure to learn occur as participants carry out their everyday activities. This research helped lead the effort to legitimize qualitative research in education.
The group also developed an acronym for the nickname Shlepper: the Society for the Hermeneutic Location of Everyday Practices Particularly in Educational Research Settings. The Forum attendees included founding members Frederick Erickson, from UCLA, Hugh Mehan, from UCSD, and Dr. Jeffrey Shultz, Professor of Education and Arcadia’s Assistant Provost for Special Projects. The fourth founding member, Ray McDermott from Stanford, was not able to attend.
Shultz also was honored for his contributions to the Forum. Along with a colleague, he developed a new kind of event at the conference called Data Analysis Sessions. At these sessions, beginning researchers, for the most part either doctoral candidates or young faculty members, bring some data they are working on and share it with an group assembled that includes at least two experienced researchers. The group offers suggestions for how the data might be analyzed. From the inception of the session in 1982 until last year, Shultz was responsible for reviewing proposals and selecting the participants for these sessions.
The Knights struggled during the 2007 season, going 1-13, but the team returns nine starters for their first season of competition in the Middle Atlantic Conference.
A core of three seniors will lead the young team: Jamie Stevenson, Jakki Timony and goalkeeper Michelle Leone. Juniors Melanie Mark, Shannon Bustin, Jill Hersh and Erin Cunningham will look to increase shot attempts and goal scoring, which the Knights lacked in 2007.
Stevenson, who netted 41 goals in 2007, returns as the leading goal scorer for the Knights. Bustin notched 21 goals and a team-high 23 assists for the Knights last year. Mark used her speed to connect for 16 goals, while Hersh added ten tallies. Cunningham scored six goals and added five assists for 11 points last season. Read more.
Now in his fourth season as coach, Lak Sphabmixay '99 will lead Arcadia Men's Tennis team into its first season in the Mid-Atlantic Conference Freedom Conference. The Knights’ 2008 schedule is filled with new battles and challenges. "There are many high level competitors in the conference, and I am looking forward to see how our players produce against these teams,” says Sphabmixay. The addition of several new players has strengthened the lineup significantly.
Senior captain Tim Fitzgerald, who won the #1 singles crown and was selected as the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Player of the Year for Men's Tennis, will be the top returnee. Fitzgerald compiled an undefeated record, going 10-0, while finishing 9-3 at #1 Doubles and earning #1 Doubles runner-up at the PAC Championships. Fitzgerald also captured PAC Rookie of the Year honors in 2005.
Junior Danny Ly and graduate student Mike Catalano are also returning to help lead the team in 2008. In 2007, Ly played between #2 and #4 Singles and compiled a 4-4 record at #2 Doubles. Catalano returns for his final year of eligibility and will provide significant leadership. First-year players Adrell Dalsan, Bart Blankenship and James Liu will compete for a position in the Knight's lineup.
Philadelphia University visits Glenside for the team's home opener on March 5.
The Knights return 24 players from a team that went 24-12 last season. Players are extremely excited about the new challenges and opponents they will face in the Freedom Conference, where four teams posted ten or more league wins in 2007. Last year, Wilkes University (10-8) defeated DeSales University (13-5) for the 2007 Freedom Championship.
Arcadia has been selected to finish fourth by the Freedom Conference coaches in the 2008 pre-season poll, with DeSales, Wilkes and King's slotted for the top three spots respectively. Read the Freedom Conference Pre-Season Poll.
The baseball team travels to cross-town opponent Haverford College Tuesday, March 4, before its home opener at Enry Field against Stan Exeter’s Swarthmore College Garnet on Thursday, March 6, at 3:30 PM. During the Knights’ upcoming Spring Break trip to Tampa Bay, Fla., TEAMLINE will provide live play-by-play action for all seven games. Arcadia will play a seven-game schedule in Florida. Visit the team’s Web site to access its Spring Break schedule, live play-by-play action and a complete season preview.
For the most up-to-date athletics information, visit www.arcadia.edu/athletics.
Cynthia Harris '59 was profiled in the Jan. 31 Monroe Courier (Monroe, Conn.) about writing a biography on former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenwood Press, 2007). She retired in 2003 as acquisitions editor from Greenwood Press after 27 years, where she had started out as a proofreader. She approached her editors, who were very receptive to her idea of pursuing writing after retirement. So she began writing a biography on Eleanor Roosevelt. Harris was quoted as saying that “starting in 2003 she began to read anything she could get her hands on about the former first lady, anything written by Roosevelt herself. … I always wanted to be a writer.” Harris is now in the process of researching and writing her second biography on former Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
WPVI (6 ABC ) has begun a segment called U Voice, visiting local colleges and universities to talk to college students about the political scene and the presidential race. On Monday, March 3, four Arcadia University seniors—Ben Brennan, Jade Mostyn, Charles Glass and Jason Ford—spoke with morning news anchor Matt O’Donnell, answering questions about the political scene and the upcoming presidential race. The segment will be up for YouTube viewing this Thursday. For more information go to 6abc.com.
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