|April 15, 2008|
|April 15, 2008||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Apprentice Winner Headlines Black Male Development Symposium
Arcadia University and Village Builders Concepts Inc. host the fifth annual Black Male Development Symposium on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The title of this year's symposium is Stand Up, Speak Up, Speak Out: Conversations with Real Men.
Season four Apprentice winner Dr. Randal Pinkett headlines the event as the luncheon keynote speaker. Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, N.J. Like most Arcadia students Pinkett studied abroad. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned a master’s degree in Computer Science from Oxford University, England.
More than 4,000 young men, families and professionals have attended the Black Male Development Symposium over the last four years. The Black Male Development Symposium provides an opportunity for youth, adults, educational institutions, community organizations and individuals to participate in a one-day symposium designed to address the life-threatening issues facing black male youth and adults. Read more.
Student Hopes Book Drive Leads to Library in Ghana
Daniel D. Dotse, an international student from Ghana, is collecting books in various locations around campus as part of a project to supply children in Akatsi, Ghana, with reading material for both leisure and academics—and a library. Children in Akatsi, a small and underprivileged rural community located in the Akatsi District, have little access to reading material and many do not pass the basic high school entrance exam. Watch for book bins on campus.
“I once traveled with my Dad to the Akatsi municipality and, while on my visit, I had the opportunity to visit some schools in the community and I was surprised at the number of students enrolled in school. The population of pupils was so small that one wondered where the other children of school-going age were. The answer was very simple; they are soliciting for funds on the street,” says Dotse.
After his visit, Dotse set up a scholarship fund, supplied by what he earns through work study, to help students who have passed the exam but could not afford the $5 fee. He quickly realized that more aid was needed. Dotse plans to raise funds to build a library in Akatsi, in collaboration with Terry Greiner; fellow Arcadia students Jason Winkler, Matt Bauer, Shannon Farley, David Davidson, Lauren Seibert and Andrea McManus; Dr. Lathardus Goggins III, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs; Librarian Michelle Reale, and the Deputy Minority Leader of the Parliament of Ghana, the Honorable Doe Adjaho. Read more.
Senior Presents Research Project in State Capitol
Anna Vorobyeva ’08, a Biology major, presented her senior thesis research at the "Undergraduate Research at the Capitol" program in Harrisburg on April 1. Vorobyeva conducted her research with Dr. R. Wesley Rose, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dr. Glenn Rall of Fox Chase Cancer Center. Portions of her research already have been published in the December 2007 issue of the Journal of Neuroimmunology. This project was supported in part by an Ellington Beavers Fund for Intellectual Inquiry student award to Vorobyeva and a Thomas Dougherty Endowed Faculty student research award to Rose.
Speaker of the House Dennis O'Brien (R-Philadelphia) welcomed students to the Capitol for the second semi-annual Undergraduate Research poster conference. O'Brien noted in his welcome that "nothing illustrates the importance of a college-education more powerfully than the innovative and significant research projects presented in this conference." This conference showcased outstanding research projects by undergrads providing an opportunity to bring together college students, faculty and Pennsylvania legislators and staff to share the experiences of students engaged in research. “The event has two goals: to demonstrate that participating in research is important to the educational development of students; and to show that undergrad students can produce important and valuable research results to enrich knowledge, cultural heritage and economic well-being of our communities, out state and our nation," O’Brien said.
‘I Think the President Just Carried My Kid’s Refrigerator’
Get Ready for New Student Move-in: The plans for Fall Opening Week are well under way. The New Student Orientation Team has been planning, and training for the staff has begun—everyone is getting ready for the entering class of Fall 2008. It is never too soon. Faculty and staff are invited to join the team to help move new students in on Friday, Aug. 22, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The more hands the merrier.
“For those who have participated before, this is just an earlier call for volunteers–for those who haven’t participated, you simply don’t know what you are missing,” says Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs. “The major effort that is necessary to facilitate the arrival process is unloading students’ vehicles and helping to get their belongings to their rooms. For those who are unable to carry objects or who have limited mobility or difficulty with stairs, we have several assignments such as offering directions and information, and frankly, there is something for everyone who wants to be involved. We welcome participation in other events as well; details will be available closer to those dates, but we wanted to announce the move-in information now so you can plan ahead.” Read more.
Join Arcadia University on Facebook!
Spread the word. The Office of University Relations has started a group on Facebook for Arcadia University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Stay in the know with Arcadia news, photos, videos, emergency communications and other online resources. Click here to sign up.
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.
Faculty, Emeriti and Administrators—Register for Commencement!
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. For more information, call Donna Whitlock at 215-572-2969.
Get Your Arcadia University Class Ring
A Herff Jones Representative will be outside of the Bookstore on the following days ready to take your order for an Arcadia University class ring on Thursday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, May 2, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Gold discounts are available when you order on Campus: $100 off 10Kt, $80 off 14Kt and $150 off 18Kt. Keep in mind that the Bookstore carries formal Announcements, Thank You cards and the book with DVD Interviewing’s Best Kept Secrets (a value of $29.95 on sale for $23.95).
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:
A Study Abroad Info Session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Oak Summit Social Room, Building C.
The Arcadia Community Turned Out for Spring Fling!
Campus is still recovering from Spring Fling, five jam-packed days of fun and excitement brought to the Arcadia Community by a number of student organizations.
Friday had enough adventure and excitement to keep any superhero busy! Things got started outside the dining hall from with Paul Kleba and his popular Personacards. Students got to personalize a variety of greeting cards to give to friends and family.
Later that evening, the Arcadia community was caught up in Blitz! Carnival games, obstacle courses and plenty of food was on hand for everyone to enjoy outside on the soccer field and along the Walk of Pride. The adventure continued with the Drive-In Movie “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” on the soccer field, sponsored by the Student Government Organization. Read more. View Blitz Carnival photos here.
Transfer Student Reflects on Italy Preview and London Semester
By Evan Williams ’08
Coming to Arcadia University as a transfer student has opened me up to many incredible opportunities. Shortly before earning my Associate’s Degree, I decided upon a core-to-core transfer agreement with Arcadia through Montgomery County Community College. This arrangement not only made the transfer of credits between the two schools much smoother, but it also fulfilled all of Arcadia’s requirements for their first two years of study. This allowed me to pursue classes solely in my major, and in turn I was able to spend the first part of my senior year abroad in London, England. Read more and view photos.
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.
At its annual meeting in Savannah last week, the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities elected Arcadia University President Jerry Greiner to be its Vice Chair/Chair-Elect for 2008-09. The term is for one year. He has served on the APCU Board of Directors since 2007. As Vice Chair, he will be involved in overseeing the work of the association and in helping to plan next year’s Presbyterian college presidents’ conference. APCU is a voluntary association of colleges and universities that have a historic relationship with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The association has 62 member colleges and universities in 32 states and Puerto Rico. It exists to promote these schools and to assist the presidents and their staffs in strengthening their institutions.
Dr. Carol Oatis, Professor of Physical Therapy, published the second edition of Kinesiology: The Mechanics & Pathomechanics of Human Movement, which was just issued by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. This definitive text covers all of the essentials of kinesiology. The specifics of muscle action and the biomechanical basis of those actions, kinetics, and kinematics for each region of the body are described and analyzed. The book is intended to serve as a reference for graduate student, physical therapy practitioners, rehabilitation specialists, and other individuals desiring knowledge of the biomechanical aspects of the human movement system. Among the features of the second edition are additional Clinical Reference boxes that provide examples of how a clinician can use the information in the text to understand a dysfunction or choose an intervention strategy, new and updated artwork and references, and an accompanying DVD. The latter contains approximately 150 video clips that provide illustrations of concepts discussed in the book and demonstrate movement disorders that can occur as a result of impairments.
(11-15-1 overall, 7-5 Freedom) Baseball had its seven-game win streak snapped, ending the week 2-2. But by picking up beating Freedom Conference rival Manhattanville Saturday, the team reclaimed sole possession of first place.
The highlight of the week came in the third game of the Manhattanville series. Leading the series 2-0, the Valiants showed no signs of letting up in closer and jumped out to a 5-1 lead after two innings. But Arcadia slammed the Valiants in the third inning, scoring 13 runs to go up 14-5. The Knights faced three different pitchers during the inning.
The onslaught began on an Eric Console two-run single that forced the first pitching change for Manhattanville. A three-run triple off the bat of Andy Bella followed and gave the Knights a 6-5 lead. A one-run double from Brian Maul made it 7-5, before Ken Spangberg notched an RBI single to make it 8-5, forcing the Valiants to their bullpen for the second time. Batting around the order, John Curreri stepped up for an RBI single, while Nick Goetz registered his second SAC run of the day to make it 10-5 Arcadia. With the bases loaded, Bella hit a Grand Slam to make it 14-5 Arcadia.
The Knights helped themselves to three more runs in the fourth to go up 17-5, before allowing the Valiants a lone run in the seventh, in a convincing 17-6 come from behind win.
(10-13-1 overall, 2-4 Freedom) Softball entered its Freedom series with Manhattanville on a five-game unbeaten streak but dropped two important conference games to the Valiants on Saturday to drop to last place in the standings.
The Knights have three remaining Freedom doubleheaders. They will face second-place King’s (4-2), fourth-place FDU-Florham (4-6) and first-place DeSales (7-1) to determine their playoff fate.
The Knights sport a balanced lineup, where anyone can step up when called upon. This week it was senior catcher Amanda Celentano. Celentano, batting .533 on the week, cracked 16 hits, drove in 13 runs, hit a pair of doubles and home runs, scored seven runs and threw down four of seven stolen base attempts to capture Knight of the Week honors. Kim Servello batted eighth and drove in 11 runs on eight hits, four walks and a home run, while scoring five times. Leadoff hitter Danielle Discher (.400) belted 12 hits, drove in five and scored six.
Kiersten Hughes hurled one shutout in a 2-2 week and improved to 5-6 on the season. She struck out eight on the week and sports the lowest ERA (.328) on the staff. Kellie Reese pitched two wins for the Knights to improve to 3-4 overall.
(1-8 overall, 0-4 Freedom) Tennis dropped all four of its matches on the week, including its final Freedom Conference match to King’s, missing a chance to attend the team championships next weekend.
Tim Fitzgerald's 6-2, 6-1 win over Nick Nojsack at first singles gave him his 17th straight victory. He remains a perfect 9-0 in the top slot on the season.
Bart Blankenship took David Kaluzavich to three sets before bowing 6-4, 3-6, 10-7. Mike Catalano went down in a tough fifth singles pairing, falling 6-4, 6-3 to David Boe. Adrell Dalsan lost at third singles, 6-3, 3-1 to Blake Bonser, and Danny Ly fell at second singles, 6-0, 6-4 to Joanthan Hand. Guanying Liu had the best match of his young career at sixth singles, settling for the 7-6, 7-5 loss.
King’s took all three doubles sets on the afternoon to hand Arcadia its sixth straight loss.
(4-8 overall, 0-5 MAC) Women’s Lacrosse settled for an 0-3 week, including losses in two important Middle Atlantic match-ups against Messiah and Wilkes. The Knights allowed opponents 13 unassisted goals and saw their overall scoring average drop to 6.67 on the week and 10.59 overall. The highlight of the week came at Wilkes on Saturday, a 11-13 loss.
The game featured seven ties, but Wilkes opened the second half with back to back scores to go up 9-8, before Jamie Stevenson tied things up at nine. The two teams traded scores, including Janelle Jablonski's free position score with 13:11 left in the game tying the score at 10, but Wilkes tacked on two more free position attempts, including the game winner at 6:20. Wilkes was able to hold one of the Knights’ top guns, Shannon Bustin, to just one shot on goal. She was held to just a pair of goals and three assists on the week.
Men's Golf swung its way to a third-place team score of 380 at Thursday’s Tom Ruggieri II Invitational, which took place at the par 70 Springhaven Club in Wallingford, Pa., hosted by Widener Univeristy. Neumann's Gregory Warrington’s 75 (+5 over) helped Neumann to a first-place team finish (327), while Widener took second (340) and Philadelphia University took third (401).
Arcadia’s Kevin Gallagher carded an 87 (+17) to finish tied for eighth-place overall. Andrew Plunkett scored a 93 (+23) through 18 to finish tied for 12th. Russell Schneider's 100 landed him in 14th place.
Jeff Whyte-Capone and Mike Hennessey shot a 106 and 110 respectively to finish 17th and 19th on the 6355 yard course.
On Monday, Gwynedd-Mercy hosted a tri-match with Arcadia and Eastern at Pinecrest Country Club. First-year Kevin Gallagher was right on the money, shooting an 81 to lead all scorers, but Eastern carded a 347 as a team for top honors. The Knights placed second as a team (384), while host Gwynedd-Mercy carded a 427 through 18. Senior Andrew Plunkett scored a 96.
Gallagher has already qualified for the Middle Atlantic Conference championships April 26 and 27 in Hershey. His 81 on Monday is his career best through four matches this season.
The team hosts Eastern University on 4-15 at Lulu Country Club.
For the most up-to-date athletics information, visit www.arcadia.edu/athletics.
Alumna Cyndi Butz '97 aired her views on the upcoming Pennsylvania Primary on “Your Morning” on Comcast on Monday, April 14. Butz joined four other women in a political roundtable to discuss their views. “I do not believe the popular vote counts toward anything with Delegates and Super Delegates making decisions for us—but this is a very historical year…so I am going to vote,” said Butz. After graduating in ’97, she has worked on numerous television shows, including Trading Spaces on TLC, and features films such as M. Knight Shyamalan’s The Village in 2004.
John Bellis '06, Head Coach of the Arcadia baseball team, was mentioned in the Northeast Times March 20 article “Playing like a Pro.” The article featured an All-Star Baseball Academy that teaches the fundamentals of baseball through coaching clinics, youth camps, private lessons and weight-training. Bellis attended the camp, which helped him in his baseball career while attending Arcadia. He earned All-Conference status four times and All-Region twice during his career as a catcher and infielder for the Knights. Besides coaching Arcadia’s baseball team, Bellis works as an assistant director at Warminster Academy.
James Schorsch '07DPT is one of four new members of the Burlington County College Alumni Association, as reported in the April 12 The Times (Trenton, N.J.). Schorsch was board certified in hand-rehabilitation in 2007 and is a member of the Board of Directors of Philadelphia’s Frankford Hospital. He is director of Delaware Valley Physical Therapy Associates in Lawrence.
The Arcadia University Art Gallery exhibit Air Kissing was reviewed in the April 9 issue of Philadelphia’s City Paper. The article was titled “Brown-Nose Business, When it comes to art, goodness has (almost) nothing to do with it.” Robin Rice wrote, “Most of the work in ‘Air Kissing: An Exhibition of Contemporary Art About the Art World’ is light as air, but its core is harsh: The art world is not a nurturing, fair or even rational environment. Rather, it is quixotic, cruel, riddled with prejudices and an uncertain way to make a living.” Read more.
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