|April 8, 2008|
|April 8, 2008||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Appelbaum Cited as Math-Maker and Sexy Snape Commentator
Dr. Peter Appelbaum continues making news around the world during his sabbatical. In Germany, he was featured on the Year of Mathematics Web site as math-maker of the week (Mathemacher der Woche). And he also was featured in the Times of London Education Supplement article titled “Sexy Snape is a role model.” “The ideal teacher is complex, darkly sexy and willing to be undermined by pupils. He is also quite handy with magic potions. This is the lesson of the Harry Potter books, according to Peter Appelbaum, of Arcadia University in Pennsylvania, who has studied the morally ambiguous role played by Severus Snape, the potions master,” begins the Times article. Appelbaum, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Mathematics Education and Curriculum Studies Programs and Director-at-Large of General Education at Arcadia, is on sabbatical this year at the Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany. Read more about his publications on mathematics education, and his French horn gigs.
Visual Culture in India Presentations, April 18
The Taj Mahal turned out to be just a building—the rest of India is far more exciting, according to the students in spring course Visual Culture in India. Nine students studied the various aspects of visual culture in India over spring break. On April 18 in the Spruance Fine Arts Center Little Theater from 3 to 5 p.m., they will discuss their fieldwork in India The community is invited to this panel discussion, says Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Director of the Communications program.
“Nine Arcadia have just completed a nine-day journey to India! An Arcadia First!” notes Lauren Manley. “We visited the proverbially great Taj Mahal, the epic and erotically sculptured temples of Khajuraho, the intensely busy streets of Mumbai, industrious slums of Dharavi and the tribal artist of the Warli Village. We developed an insatiable appetite for Naan, enjoyed the thrills on a man powered ferris-wheel, tasted deliciously diverse food each day and met surprise each minute for all of the senses. We studied visual culture in India, distinct and distinguished in itself but enriched all our senses for a life-time. We left with curiosity and returned with bountiful of knowledge and lasting friendships.”
While they were in India, the students gave presentations and reflections about their experiences at The National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India. Participating students are Kelly Callahan, Danielle Crone, Dashiell Davis, JoLynne Holloman, Marc Lombardo, Lauren Manley, Alicia Mercado, James Musselman, and Cynthia Spitko. More information about Visual Culture in India is available online.
Faculty and Students Awarded at Honors Convocation
During Honors Convocation on Saturday, March 29, students named to the Distinguished Dean’s List, the Graduate Distinguished Dean’s List and the Dean’s List were recognized for their academic excellence, along with student award winners and students and faculty named to honor societies. The ceremony featured a keynote address by Jared Collett, a student in the Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant Class of 2008. Read the speech. View photos of the award winners.
Photos from Honors Convocation are available to view and purchase.
Gustavson Receives Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching
Dr. Leif Gustavson, Associate Professor of Education, was awarded the 2008 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from Arcadia University at Honors Convocation on March 29. The Lindback Award is the most prestigious award that Arcadia bestows to a full-time faculty member.
President Jerry Greiner presented the award to Gustavson, who was selected by the Lindback Award Committee on the basis of student reports of his diverse and stimulating classroom activities, his enthusiasm for the material and skills that he teaches, and the dedication he brings to the teaching/learning process. He is coordinator of Secondary English Education and Middle School Education programs and teaches literacy education, designing learning environments and ethnography for educational practitioners. His research explores the creative practices of youth (zine writing, graffiti, and turntablism among other forms) and how the ways in which youth learn in the everyday can inform and influence pedagogy. Dr. Gustavson holds a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in Reading, Writing and Literacy.
Klein Named Adjunct Faculty of the Year
Adjunct Professor of English Helene Klein was awarded the 2008 Arcadia University Adjunct Faculty Award at Honors Convocation on March 29. Provost Dr. Michael L. Berger presented the award to Klein, who was nominated by students and faculty members.
Among the outstanding qualities mentioned in her nomination were her ability to motivate students to do their best work, her enthusiasm for the material and skills that she teaches, her congenial and professional demeanor and her sincere interest in the students as individuals. Klein holds a J.D. from Widener University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education with a concentration in Secondary Education/English from Arcadia University. Read more.
Honors Students Speak at SEPCHE Honors Conference
Seven students from Arcadia University’s Honors Program presented their academic work at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) Conference, on Saturday, March 29, at Chestnut Hill College. The Conference was a day-long event that showcased 108 academic papers, 28 works of art and seven musical performances by students who represented the eight institutions that constitute SEPCHE (Arcadia University, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Neumann College, and Rosemont College). Read more.
Personal Finance 101: Don’t Leave College Without It
“My college education prepared me for my career quite well . . . but I had no clue how to manage my personal finances!” This comment is commonly echoed by recent college graduates across the nation, but it doesn’t have to apply to Arcadia students. On Saturday, April 12, the Office of Career Development is sponsoring “Personal Finance 101” from 10 a.m. to noon in Brubaker 203. This two-hour workshop features Nicole McInerney, President of Dollars & Sense Education, and is for students seeking a better understanding of how to manage their personal finances. Topics range from paying off student loan debt to the basics of investing and day-to-day money management techniques.
Advance registration through the Office of Career Development is required. There is a $40 registration fee; however, the first 20 student to register pay a reduced fee of $10. (Cash or check only.) To register, stop by Career Development in Knight Hall, Room 133. For more information, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939.
Offices Open Early for Priority Registration
Priority Registration for the Fall and Summer 2008 terms ends Friday, April 11. To provide additional services to students during Priority Registration, the Student Service Center, the Financial Aid Office, the Registrar's Office, and the Business Office will open at 8 a.m. on both Thursday, April 10, and Friday, April 11.
Volunteers Needed to Help with Commencement
Volunteers are needed to help with the May Commencement ceremonies. The Graduate Commencement will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, while the Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 16. Interested staff members should e-mail Donna Whitlock in University Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 5 to volunteer. Interested student volunteers should contact Diana Bonner in Student Affairs at email@example.com or call 215-572-2933.
Donate Books to the New Orleans Public Library
Help rebuild the New Orleans Public Library! The EEC is sponsoring a book drive through Better World Books. Proceeds from the sale benefit the New Orleans Public Library Foundation. Look for collection bins in the following locations:
Deadline for Faculty Commencement Rentals is Friday, April 11
Faculty, emeriti and administrators who need to rent academic attire can do so by going to the University Relations Office no later than April 11 to guarantee delivery in time for the ceremonies. All rental orders must be placed at University Relations and must be prepaid. Checks only, no credit cards. Orders cannot be taken by e-mail or telephone. For more information, call Donna Whitlock at 215-572-2969.
The Graduate Commencement is Thursday, May 15, at 5 p.m. The Undergraduate Commencement is Friday, May 16, at 10:15 a.m. All faculty, emeriti and administrators are asked to use the Online Commencement Response Form to let University Relations know whether they plan to attend one or both of the ceremonies. This information is needed for seating arrangements.
Nominate a Staff Member for the Martha Washington Award
Nominate a colleague for the 10th Annual Martha Washington Award, presented to an Arcadia University staff employee for consistent excellence, exceptional performance and service to the Arcadia University community. All staff employees who completed one full year of service as of Dec. 31, 2007, are eligible for nomination.
Nominations may be made by any member of the Arcadia University community, except those serving on the Award Selection Committee. Three letters of support from other members of the Arcadia community must be attached to the Nomination Form. Nomination forms should not be submitted to Human Resources without the letters of support.
Deadline for nomination is Friday, April 18. All nomination packets received after that date, or nomination packets that are missing the letters of support, will be returned.
The recipient of this award will be presented with a plaque and a cash award at the annual recognition luncheon in May. View the nomination packet.
Seniors vs. Faculty/Staff Softball—Sign up Now!
On Tuesday, May 13, at 3 p.m. the fifth annual Faculty/Staff vs. Seniors softball game will take place on the upper softball field. This is a great way to interact with the Class of 2008 before graduation. All faculty and staff members who are interested in playing should contact Nick Luchko, Area Coordinator for Apartment Style Housing, or Dr. Norah Shultz, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education, by Friday, May 2. Members of the Class of 2008 who want to play should contact Jade Mostyn, Class President, or Baron Ferguson.
Faculty, Staff Needed for Late Night Breakfast
It’s time for Late Night Breakfast on Tuesday, April 29, from 10 to 11:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Staff and faculty who would like to participate should be there by 9:30 p.m. Faculty and staff have the option of serving, hosting, or cleaning up. Those interested should respond via e-mail to Bre Donnelly, Area Coordinator for Castle, Kistler and Thomas halls or Laura Bickert, Area Coordinator for Dilworth, Heinz and Knight halls. “Thank you in advance for your support!” adds Donnelly.
Community Service Volunteer Applications Due April 18
“If you are an active community service volunteer, you may be eligible to receive a monetary academic award! You can earn $1,250 for completing 450 hours of community service within Aug. 22, 2008, to Aug. 21, 2009,” says Cindy Rubino, Community Service Coordinator. Applications for this opportunity must be completed and in by Friday, April 18, to the Community Service Office. Find more information and applications online at www.arcadia.edu/communityservice. For more information, contact Rubino in the Community Service Office in Knight Hall (Office 132B) or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 April 9 and April 23. There is also a session Tuesday, April 15, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Faculty/Staff Dining Room.
Transfer Students Study in Italy over Break
Transfer students took advantage of the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most distinctive countries over spring break, studying where history, culture and cuisine combine for an unforgettable experience! A total of 57 students viewed famous art, visited historic sites, discovered unique neighborhoods and outdoor markets, and sampled Italy’s famous dessert, gelato, as part of a two-credit course that includes the week in Italy. Topics covered during the trip included culture and language, art, literature and history.
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.
Arcadia University’s Visiting International Professor Lecture Series presents Dr. Anton Koslov, Visiting International Professor at Arcadia this year and Associate Professor at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Arcadia’s affiliated campus in Paris, on Thursday, April 10, at 4 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. The Visiting International Professorship is sponsored by Arcadia Trustees Marie-Louise Jackson and Marilyn Cranin ’54.
Dr. Koslov will speak on “The Crisis of Modernity: Asymmetry, Uncertainty and the Emerging Political Culture.” In the past fifteen years, basic concepts of international relations associated with the Yalta agreement have been challenged. The end of bi-polar world, humanitarian interventions and the war on terror all point to the emergence of a new system of international relations. The main features of this system are asymmetry and uncertainty. Dr. Koslov will address these issues as well as their larger implications for global peace and security. Read more.
The Friends of Landman Library will host a show of works by Lloyd Abernethy, Professor Emeritus of History at Arcadia University, from April 10 to 25. Attend the opening reception on Thursday, April 10, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Landman Library, Shenker Grand Reading Room.
Abernethy focused on becoming a professional artist upon retiring from Arcadia. He has been a member of the Montgomery County Guild of Professional Artists, where he exhibits regularly. Abernethy uses a variety of media in his paintings, which range from abstract to realistic.
Arcadia University hosts the 2008 Celebration of the Montgomery County Poet Laureateship Program on Friday, April 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. The program is free and open to the public. This year's Poet Laureate Award will be presented to Cheltenham resident Elizabeth Rivers.
This year’s competition was judged by celebrated poet Marie Howe, whose work is described as being intimate and intense and explores themes like attachment, relationships and loss. Howe will present the laureate award to this year’s winner and also will give a reading of her own work. Read more.
There will be games, obstacle courses and plenty of food on hand on the soccer field and the Walk of Pride from 4 to 7 p.m. This is a family-friendly event. Julie Grillo, Campus Activities Programmer in the Student Activities Office, can be contacted for more information. The rain location is Kuch Center.
Watch Nicholas Cage and Co. in the action-packed sequel to the first film National Treasure flick at 9 p.m. on the soccer field (or in Kuch Gym). sponsored by the Student Government Organization.
Woodstock is a day filled with music, food and games on the soccer field from noon to 6 p.m. (Kuch Gym is the rain location). The four bands set to perform include Head Automatica, Nikhil Korula Band, Philadelphia Slick and Quick Step John. Don’t forget to invite your friends and to wear your best superhero costume! Contact Andrew Santagata, SPB Special Events Chair, at email@example.com for more information. The event is sponsored by the Student Programming Board.
The Association for Women in Psychology Philadelphia Chapter (AWP) will hold its third lecture series “Therapy After Postmodernism,” on Friday, April 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Boyer Hall, Room 114 on the campus of Arcadia University. The guest lecturer will be Dr. Mary Gergen, Professor Emerita at Pennsylvania State University’s Brandywine Campus, where she teaches Feminist Theory and has been a member of the Psychology and Women’s Studies Department since 1984.
The lecture will focus on terms related to the social constructionist position, increase participant’s ability to contrast and compare given intellectual positions, question their orientations and engage in alternative possibilities for working, become more familiar with various forms of postmodern therapies, and understand the potentials and limitations of the postmodern perspective.
Registration for the lecturer begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information on registration, please contact Carol Lyman, at 215-572-4693 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Latino Association is hosting the hottest-ever "Latin Expo: Acercate" (Acercate means "come closer" in Spanish) on Saturday, April 12, from 7 to 10 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. The purpose of this event is to spread Hispanic Awareness through good food and great entertainment such as dancing, singing and much more. Everyone is welcome—friends and family as well. The Association will charge $3 a plate for AU students and $5 for guests. For more information, e-mail Tanya Cruz-Cooke, Vice President of the Latino Association.
On Sunday, April 13, a free concert will be held at 7 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle Mirror Room. Members of the student-run a cappella singing organization Rockapella will perform selections of A Little Knight Music and Damsels in Distress. Other selections will include My Immortal originally by Evanescence and Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid. The concert is open to the public and free, but donations, which will go to various charities, will be accepted.
The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) will present a workshop titled “Sharing Observations with Parents and Peers” on Monday, April 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Castle Rose Room. All Education majors and minors are invited to attend, and participants will receive Professional Development hours, which are great for the resume. For more information, contact Dr. Cindy Kennedy Reedy, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education Program.
Members of the Arcadia Community and Dissertation Committees are invited to the Final Defense of Dissertation for Kathy Trainor, candidate for the Doctor of Education in Special Education, on Wednesday, April 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 310A, Taylor Hall. All faculty members and students of the University are cordially invited to attend the final defense hearing of this doctoral dissertation. The title of her dissertation is “Professional Collaboration in an Inclusive Preschool Environment: A View Through Connected Lenses.”
Tami Yeager's A Dream in Doubt shows how America's first post-9/11 hate crime murder punctuated a growing wave of violence in retaliation for the terror attacks. Told through the eyes of the victim's brother. A Dream in Doubt travels to Phoenix to tell a personal story of national tragedy, murder, community and the American dream. The screening takes place Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Boyer Hall, Calhoun Amphitheater.
The Arcadia Concert Choir will have its Spring Concert on Wednesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. For more information, contact Steve Tippett, Choir Director, at 610-277-7961 or email@example.com.
The English Honor Society is hosting a campus-wide Shakespearean Renaissance Faire from noon to 5 p.m. Booths set up along the Walk of Pride will feature games, crafts, books, food and drinks. English Professors Dr. Hugh Grady, Dr. Sandra Hordis and Dr. Jennifer Matisoff will give relaxed but informative talks about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Era. Readings of Shakespeare and stage combat scenes will be held. The event is free to the public. For more information contact Daniel Schall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.
Last week, the Forum on Education Abroad bestowed its Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award on David Larsen, Ph.D., who is the outgoing director of the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad. The award recognizes a professional who has been exceptionally effective in influencing educational institutions to understand and support education abroad, including standards of good practice, data collection and research, curricular development and academic design and assessment. The award spotlights a career based on the lifelong belief that global education has a profound potential to transform individual lives, communities, institutions, and our world. The distinction also comes as a result of Larsen’s key role in helping to make Arcadia a truly international university. Several hundred U.S. and foreign colleges and universities committed to international education are members of the Forum on Education Abroad. Read more about Larsen.
Dr. Norman Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, was quoted in the Dec. 11, 2007, BBC News Magazine in the article “What should prisons look like?” The article deals with the redesign of prisons that will have all the biometric scanners and other gadgetry, optimal sight lines resulting in better staff utilization and delivery. Yet there are arguments about which designs work best, and it depends on the occupants and the purpose. It seems that America becomes the influence in the redesign of prisons using the triangular units. “These triangular designs worked well,” says U.S. criminologist Johnston told the BBC. “They forced the staff to have face-to-face contact. That has a positive effect.”
Johnston who is the author of Forms of Constraint: A History of Prison Architecture (University of Illinois Press, 2000) also was quoted in the Jan. 18, 2008, New York Times story “Prison Makes Way for Future, But Preserves the Past.” In commenting on preserving a dungeon believed to be the original San Quentin prison, Johnston said, “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’ San Quentin’s dungeon, was developed as a more effective means of rehabilitation.”
(10-13-1) On Monday Baseball moved into sole possession of first place in the Freedom Conference standings with its sixth straight win in a series sweep against FDU. The Knights outscored FDU 24-4 during the three-game series and are now 6-3 in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC).
The team will be able to rest its pitching staff this week before the weekend Conference series against the Valiant of Manhattanville College.
Steve Chobert, Tim E. Smith and Jared Knable all pitched shutout wins on the week, while Andy Bella and Mike Ramsden picked up their second and third wins respectively.
John Curreri made 10 hits, scoring nine times and adding three doubles and three RBIs on the week. Arcadia displayed a balanced line-up of offensive contributors, including Eric Console, Austin Ley, Nick Goetz and Ken Spangenberg.
(7-11) Softball pitched a 1-3 week but remains in contention for a playoff berth. The doubleheader split with Delaware Valley College Monday keeps both squads tied for fourth place with four more games to play in the Freedom Conference schedule.
Jessica DeFluri hurled her way to her second win of the year in the game two win over Delaware Valley. The Knights have five players batting at least .300, with Diana Rufo and Danielle Discher leading the way.
The team has two non-conference doubleheaders at home this week. Tuesday the Knights face Cabrini, and Thursday they play Rutgers-Camden. The team travels to Manhattanville College on Saturday for back-to-back Freedom Conference games.
(4-5) Following a 14-8 loss to Moravian and a 24-3 loss to MAC opponent Elizabethtown, Lacrosse willed its way to a 19-17 victory on Saturday against local rival Chestnut Hill.
Arcadia's leading scorers, senior Jamie Stevenson and junior Shannon Bustin, combined for 15 of Arcadia’s 26 points on the day, including the tying, go-ahead and insurance goals. With the victory, Arcadia snaps a three-game winless streak, improving to 4-5 overall.
Four players have 16 or more points, including Jill Hersh, Jakki Timony and Erin Cunningham. Senior keeper Michelle Leone evened her record to 3-3.
The Knights will play at non-conference foe Gwynedd-Mercy on Tuesday before closing out the season with five straight Middle Atlantic Conference match-ups.
(1-5) Men’s Tennis dropped three straight games, including a 6-3 loss to non-conference opponent Alvernia College Monday night. The Knights fell to Manhattanville, 6-3, and Wilkes defeated, 8-1, in Freedom Conference play. The team stands at 1-5 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
Highlighting the week, Tim Fitzgerald pushed his consecutive win streak to 15. The team will play three matches this week: at home against Neumann College on Wednesday, away at Lebanon Valley away on Friday and away at King’s College on Saturday.
The team will likely miss out on the Conference team championship tournament but look for members of the team to represent Arcadia at the Individual Championships April 26 and 27.
(0-3) First-year Kevin Gallagher’s 82 led Men’s Golf at Swarthmore College and qualified for the Middle Atlantic Conference Golf Championship. Arcadia beat Gwynedd-Mercy College by 44 strokes to take third place behind the Garnett of Swarthmore and Widener University.
For the most up-to-date athletics information, visit www.arcadia.edu/athletics.
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