|April 22, 2008|
|April 22, 2008||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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First-Years Win $500 for Class Budget in Jell-O Tug-of-War
Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) hosted the third annual Jell-O tug-of-war at Spring Fling. The team of First Years added $500 to the class budget for its victory and demonstration of class affinity. Thanks goes to Parkhurst Dining Services for making five large vats of multicolored Jell-O, to Physical Plant for setting up the "ring," and to all of our adventurous participants.
Don’t Miss Out on up to $4,000—File FAFSA by May 1
Undergraduate students who are Pennsylvania residents, both dependent and independent, may be eligible for PHEAA State Grants up to $4,000 for next year, but the deadline to apply is approaching quickly. To be considered for this aid, a student must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form for next year (2008-09) no later than the May 1 deadline. PHEAA does not honor late applications.
“We encourage you to complete the FAFSA form as soon as possible so that you can be considered for PHEAA grants as well as additional campus-based aid funds administered by Arcadia University, which includes the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), the Perkins Loan, and the Federal Campus Work Study Grant,” notes Dana Davies, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Please note that the FAFSA must be received (not postmarked) at Federal Student Aid no later than May 1.”
To access and file the FAFSA online, log onto www.fafsa.ed.gov. “If you need assistance completing the form, you may visit the Student Service Center during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday,” adds Judith Dalton, Director of the Student Service Center. “You may also contact us at 215-517-2339 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.”
GATE Loans Deadline: Apply by June 10
“If you have been a past recipient of the GATE loan (Guaranteed Access to Education Loan), you should know that the application deadline to receive the loan for the 2008-09 academic year is June 10, 2008,” notes Holly Kirkpatrick, Director of Financial Aid. “Seeing it listed on your financial aid package doesn’t mean you’re done. You still need to apply by June 10”. Click here to initiate the application process. “If you haven’t received your financial aid package yet, check the financial aid portal to review any paperwork you might be missing. If the financial aid office has received your paperwork, you can review your awards online via the portal as well.”
The GATE loan is an institutional loan awarded to full-time undergraduates who qualify and have demonstrated financial need (on the FAFSA form). Students must be awarded the GATE loan in order to apply. Loan amounts range from $1,000 to $3,000 per year, and repayment is deferred until six months following graduation. A minimal credit check is required, and students have 20 years to repay the loan.
Campus Achievement Award
Full-time undergraduate students who are involved on campus are encouraged to apply for the Campus Achievement Awards. Students must demonstrate service and leadership on Arcadia’s campus or in the local community, have financial need and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. The deadline to apply is June 1 for consideration for the Fall 2008 semester. Award amounts will range from $200 to $3,000 a year. Click here for an application.
Which Senior Will Win the Gold Disc?
The Alumni Association Awards and Honors Committee hosted a reception for the 15 Senior Gold Disc nominees at the President's House on Wednesday, April 16. The winner of Senior Golden Disc Award will be announced at Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 16. The Senior Golden Disc award is presented to a member of the senior class who, in the opinion of his/her classmates, faculty, administration and Selection Committee, exemplifies the highest standards of leadership in activities that enhance the quality of student life and promotes the present and future welfare of the University. The recipient demonstrates a lasting commitment and dedication to Arcadia University and inspires the respect and admiration of his/her classmates. Members of the senior class are encouraged to stay connected to Arcadia and their classmates through active participation in the Alumni Association. The 2008 Senior Golden Disc Award nominees are Madeline Brener, Michele Boardman, Gabriel Akok Deng, Katie Dudiak, Emily Finch, Natalie Harris, Corinne Landt, Michelle Leone, Lawrence Morgan, Jeff Murphy, Tammi Palagruto, Tina Pan, Caitlin Rooney, Alyssa Trytek and Michelle White. View more photos.
How Much Does Arcadia Care About the Environment?
Keeping a campus green is no easy task. But Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning, finds creative ways to improve the campus, protect the environment, and save money. It’s no accident that some facilities staff are traversing campus on golf carts instead of automobiles, for example, or that high-efficiency attic fans have been installed at the Castle to provide for induction cooling of the building. “These fans have reduced the Castle attic temperature by 20 degrees in the summer, and the cooling effects are noticeable throughout the building as there is a constant gentle air flow across the skin,” he notes. To find out hundreds of other hidden gems about how Arcadia is saving energy, saving the environment, and even saving money, read more about the “Arcadia Cares” program. 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.
Say Thanks to Arcadia’s Administrative Professionals
Administrative Professionals Week is April 21-25. Administrative Professionals Day is Wednesday, April 23. This is a special time set aside each year to recognize the administrative professionals who work with the campus community, to let them know how much they are valued and appreciated for their hard work, their efforts and their support. An extra special “thank you” to all administrative professional staff this week!
Pre-Register Online for Graduation Photography
In an effort to inform graduates about photos at the upcoming Commencement ceremonies, Chappell Photography has developed a new pre-registration system for graduates and/or their family members. Graduates can pre-register their e-mail, as well as friends and family e-mail addresses, and Graduation Images will send an e-mail alert as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. For more information about Arcadia’s Graduate Commencement on May 15 and Undergraduate Commencement on May 16, visit www.arcadia.edu/commencement.
Do Students Need Local Shuttle Bus Service?
Cheltenham Township, in cooperation with Arcadia University, is exploring the feasibility of a shuttle bus service that would serve both residents and students in meeting their travel desires to and from campus and within the area. To respond to the specific requirements of students, the project team wants to learn directly from students regarding the trips students now make, how convenient it is to make these trips, and what are the desirable attributes of a shuttle bus service. Students can stop by at a convenient time to share their views. Members of the project team will be at the following locations on Thursday, April 24:
Get Money for Your Textbooks!
Bookstore Buy Back Days are Tuesday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, April 30 and May 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, May 2, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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 in the Landman Library, Boyer Hall, The Chat, Oak Summit (Main Lobby), Brubaker, Kuch Center outside the Bookstore and Elsie's Restaurant at the Glenside Train Station.
“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.
Campus Life Staff Recognition Week
Congratulations to the Campus Life Staff! Please join the campus community in acknowledging the accomplishments of Resident Assistants, Apartment Assistants and Commuter Assistants during Campus Life Staff Recognition Week! Through various social and educational programming, as well as personal contact with students, the Campus Life Staff creates environments dedicated to the academic success and personal growth of each individual student. These student leaders act as a resource, friend, community builder and policy enforcer in the residence halls, suites, apartments and Commuter Lounge. “We applaud their hard work and commitment to their positions, and we honor and recognize their dedication to the Arcadia University community,” says Rose Romett, Interim Assistant Director of Residence Life for Training and Development.
‘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.
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 email@example.com by May 5 to volunteer. Interested student volunteers should contact Diana Bonner in Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-572-2933.
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, 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).
Walk for Wellness Nears $1,000 for Cancer Society
The Walk for Wellness, sponsored by Wellness Services on April 9 as part of Spring Fling weekend, raised $918 to benefit the Pennsylvania Division of the American Cancer Society. “Student Health Services would like to thank everyone who was involved–our sponsors, doners, volunteers, and walkers–in making this year’s walk so successful. We are still collecting monetary donations and have some of the event t-shirts for sale,” says Claire Washington, Director of Student Health Services. “Only $82 is needed to round out the donation to $1,000.” For more information, contact Student Health Services at 215-572-2966.
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 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.
Staff Council is proud to present two exciting trips for staff members and their families. Staff Council is offering tickets for the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football vs the Kansas City Brigade On Thursday, May 22. The game is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Staff Council is offering tickets to see the Philadelphia Phillies play the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, June 3. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person—it is also “Dollar Dog Night!” For tickets, e-mail Nick Luchko, Area Coordinator for Apartment Style Housing, at email@example.com or Michele Leftwich, Student Activities, at LeftwicM@arcadia.edu by Friday, April 25. “Once all the orders are in, we will let you know when you can pay and pick up your tickets,” adds Luchko.
Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.
A scientific illustration by Scott Rawlins, Associate Professor and Chair of the Fine Arts Department, was included in Neil Shubin’s Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5 Billion-Year History of the Human Body, published recently by Pantheon Books, an imprint of the Knopf Publishing Group, and favorably reviewed in the New York Times Book Review. As the dust cover notes: “Shubin, a leading paleontologist and Professor of Anatomy [at the University of Chicago], who discovered Tiktaalik—the ‘missing link’ that made headlines around the world in April 2006, tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria.” Rawlins’ contribution is a stipple diagram of what Shubin calls “our tantalizing fin,” of which the author found only an isolated specimen. In the Acknowledgments section, Shubin praises Rawlins’ diagram as “an elegant rendering of Sauripterus” and notes that it was one of the few illustrations solicited from outside artists.
Dr. Eleonora Bartoli, Assistant Professor and Director of the Counseling program, and Dr. Angela Gillem, Professor of Psychology, published their article, “Continuing to depolarize the debate on sexual orientation and religion: Identity and the therapeutic process,” which appears in the April issue of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice (Vol. 39, No. 2., pp. 202-209). In this article, Bartoli and Gillem examine potential identity conflicts arising at the intersection of sexual and religious orientations. Using case examples, a therapeutic process that explores clients’ intersecting identities, belief structures, and life experiences is described. This therapeutic approach is aimed at giving personal meaning to the conflict between sexual orientation and religion, allowing clients to seek identity resolutions that are flexible and do not compromise well-being. Multicultural counseling, psychology of religion, symbolic interactionism and identity development theories provide frameworks for an analysis of the nature of the conflict and its potential resolutions. Countertransference issues arising from ethical and social justice considerations are also discussed.
Three senior Psychology students presented a poster of their research at the Delaware Valley Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference held this year at Widener University on April 12. Jillian Brangs, Lucretia Forte, and Jessica Griffiths’ research poster, “Influence of a confederate’s perceived educational status on responses to a word frequency task,” demonstrated that conformity could be influenced by the level of experience of a confederate. Dr. Les Sdorow, Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department, served as their faculty adviser.
(13-18-1 overall, 8-7 Freedom) Baseball split a pair of non-conference games to open its 2-3 week, which began with a 15-3 loss to Gwynedd-Mercy. The Knights easily dispatched of Moravian College, 13-3. But by week’s end, they had dropped out of first place into a tie for third in the Freedom standings, losing two games in a three-game series with DeSales University.
DeSales won the first game, 9-8, in Center Valley on Friday before the Knights came from behind to take the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader, 4-3, with sophomore pitcher Jared Knable shuttomg the door on a Bulldogs’ comeback. However, the Bulldogs won the rubber match, putting up three runs in the final two innings to take the come-from-behind win.
Along with Knable’s complete game win, senior Andy Bella tossed a two-hitter through five in the team’s 13-3 win over Landmark Conference member Moravian. Both pitchers are now 3-2 overall on the hill.
Ken Spangenberg rattled off a team-leading 10 hits on the week, batting in five and adding a double and a triple. Nick Goetz added four hits and four RBIs with a pair of doubles while John Curreri added six hits, four RBIs and a double. Brian Maul helped out with three hits, two RBIs and had the Knight’s lone home run of the week.
(4-9 overall, 0-6 MAC) Lacrosse dropped its only game of the week, a Middle Atlantic Conference match-up at Widener, 18-5, and remains winless against MAC opponents. After jumping out to a 3-4 overall mark in the month of March, the team’s best start in four years, and notching 85 goals in seven games, the squad has struggled throughout the month of April, scoring just 42 goals in its last six games and posting a 1-5 mark.
Two games remain in the 2008 campaign before the Knights say goodbye to three seniors: attacker Jamie Stevenson, midfielder Jakki Timony and goalie Michelle Leone. Stevenson notched her 30th goal this week, her third 30-goal season in four years. She has netted 126 goals, 23 assists and added 146 ground balls since joining the team her freshman year. Timony will close out her senior year after leading the squad in both ground balls and caused turnovers for the last two seasons. In just three seasons, she has collected 133 ground balls, caused 39 opponent turnovers, scored 16 goals and added 18 assists. Leone will close out her collegiate career with her best season to date. In 12 games this season, her Goals Against Average stands at 13.95 while her Save Percentage stands at .497, both career bests. During 49 career games, she has picked up 25 ground balls and added seven caused turnovers.
(1-10 overall, 1-4 Freedom) Winning just one Freedom Conference match, the Men's Tennis will conclude its season this week. The team faced two non-conference opponents last week—The University of the Sciences and Penn State Harrisburg—dropping both by identical 6-3 scores.
Senior Tim Fitzgerald added his 19th straight victory by week’s end, winning his two singles matches; he also went 1-1 in doubles play with partner Bart Blankenship. Danny Ly went 1-1 in singles and 1-1 in doubles, pairing up with Adrell Dalsan at #2 doubles for the win against Penn State. First-year Guanying Liu battled to win his first collegiate victory at #6 singles against the Sciences.
Although the Knights did not qualify for the Freedom Conference Team Championships, look for Arcadia to battle against its conference foes at this weekend’s Freedom Conference Individual Championships in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
(13-18-1, 3-7 Freedom) Softball went 3-5 on the week, splitting doubleheaders with Gwynedd-Mercy, Widener and Conference foe King’s before dropping two straight to Freedom Conference opponent FDU-Florham on Saturday.
Senior Danielle Dishcer led the Knights with 11 hits, five runs, two RBIs and a triple on the week. First-year Virginia Buechel knocked in three runs off of 10 hits. Senior Amanda Celentano added five RBIs and two runs scored off of eight hits with a pair of doubles and her fourth home run of the season. Junior Jaime Bee cracked eight hits for a team-high six RBI on the week with a pair of runs and doubles.
Celentano reached the 40-hit mark on the season to lead the team. She also leads the squad in doubles (12) and is tied with first-year Virginia Buechel for team-high in RBIs with 23. Buechel’s five home runs is tops for Arcadia.
From the hill, Kellie Reese picked up two wins this week to improve to 5-5 overall. Reese threw the complete game in the Knight’s 4-3 win after picking up a 5-4 win over Gwynedd-Mercy earlier in the week through four innings, yielding just one run off of six hits. Junior hurler Kiersten Hughes, whose 3.69 ERA leads the team, picked up her sixth win of the season in the team’s 3-2 win over Widener. The complete game four-hitter improved her season record to 6-9 overall.
The Golf team finished 2nd and 3rd overall on the week, showing signs of improvement.
First-year Kevin Gallagher’s 79 at Warminster’s Five Ponds Golf Club and his 90 at LuLu led the squad on the week, as three players hit season-high marks. Andrew Plunkett scored an 87 and 97 while Russell Schneider’s 98 and 97 were the top Arcadia scores. Schneider has since shaved 36 points off his season opening mark.
The Freedom Conference will host its championships this weekend at Hershey Country Club.
For the most up-to-date athletics information, visit www.arcadia.edu/athletics.
Pedro Rivera, who earned his Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility in 2005, is the School District of Lancaster choice for as the new Superintendent of Lancaster (Pa.) School District, as reported in the April 12 Intelligencer Journal Online. “Rivera has experience with curriculum, budgeting, building services, personnel and legislative issues,” said Patrick Snyder, the School District of Lancaster Board President.
Anna Deavere Smith ’71 is one of six new members to the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees, as announced in The Earth Times, April 18, 2008. She is teaching in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and for the Drama Department at Stanford University.
John Collier ’ 07M and Tricia Todd ’05 were profiled April 18 in The Intelligencer (Bucks and Montgomery counties) on the planning of their upcoming environmental wedding, and they are very serious when it comes to the environment. “We thought, how we can make it a minimal impact event,” said Collier. They met while both were studying at Arcadia University. Collier graduated in 2007 with a Master of Education in Environmental Education. Read the story.
Vanais Harrigan, a senior English major, and Tyler Peckman, a junior political science and print communications major, are part of the Philadelphia Inquirer College Board for the Commentary section. In the Friday, April 18, issue, they gave their views on the upcoming presidential race.
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