April 29, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
April 29, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia University Ranked #2 in Nation in Study Abroad

LondonArcadia University now ranks as the #2 master’s university in the nation for the percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad in the 2007 Open Doors report, produced by the Institute of International Education.

Arcadia’s 96.2 percent participation rate trailed the top spot among master’s institutions by just a few points, but Arcadia sailed past the nearest other comprehensive institutions by a double-digit margin of 17 percentage points. The nearest other master’s university in the tri-state region of Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey was Villanova University, with 35.6 percent undergraduate participation in study abroad. No area doctoral/research or baccalaureate institutions neared Arcadia’s study abroad rate.

President Jerry Greiner, seeing Arcadia’s unique leadership position in study abroad upon his arrival four years ago, has built upon an institution commitment to providing global perspectives for all students, helping to shape not just the future of the University, but also the futures of its graduates. Read more.

Phillies Outing a Hit with Arcadia

Phillies GameOn Tuesday, April 15, more than 130 Arcadia students watched the Phillies come from behind to beat the Houston Astros 4-3 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The event was sponsored by Residence Hall Council. View photos from the event.

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.

Don’t Miss Out on up to $4,000—File FAFSA by May 1

FAFSAUndergraduate 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 ssc@arcadia.edu.”

Got Tips for Making Arcadia University Green?

Going GreenWhat can students, faculty and staff do to help save energy at Arcadia? Tips have been pouring in since Scott Grabus, Assistant Director of Systems Integration, started asking for suggestions. To add more suggestions to the list, e-mail grabuss@arcadia.edu. To see what’s already there—and find out if it saves money to turn off room lights for short periods of time and where to get fluorescent bulbs—visit www.arcadia.edu/green.

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.

Join Arcadia University on Facebook!

Facebook LogoSpread 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.

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.

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.

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 whitlock@arcadia.edu by May 5 to volunteer. Interested student volunteers should contact Diana Bonner in Student Affairs at mbonnerd@arcadia.edu or call 215-572-2933.

Seniors vs. Faculty/Staff Softball—Sign up Now!

SoftballOn 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).

Campus happenings

Communications Students Appear on NBC’s 10!

Students at NBC Studios
Communications students pose with clown noses.

Christine Mullin, Adjunct Professor of Communications took students from her CM101 class to a live taping of the 10! show at NBC studios on City Line Avenue on April 1. The guests that day included Chris Coste from the Phillies, the ringmaster and clowns from the Barnum & Bailey Circus and a singer named Jan Klose. All students appeared on the air and received prizes—a CD, tickets to the circus and a DVD.

Students Let Their Creativity Loose During Campus Arts Festival

Poetry Wall
A student contributes to the poetry wall.

Studio Sketch Productions, a student-run performance organization, held its first annual Artists Unite Festival on April 4, celebrating the lively campus art scene. The event kicked off with a silent auction of Peculiar Plushie dolls made by students using a mishmash of materials provided by Alisa Kleckner, Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts and Costume Shop Supervisor. The silent auction raised $1,007 to be donated in the name of Carisa Leary to the Art Department of Keystone Hospice, a hospice in Chestnut Hill for the terminally ill. Although it was cloudy day, outdoor festivities continued around the Little Theatre. Students could be found making sock puppets, drawing with sidewalk chalk, playing their guitars and singing their own songs, building a kinetic wood sculpture and hanging up their writing on the poetry wall.

Unity The Prevailing Theme at the Annual Blackout Conference

Blackout Conference
From left to right: Elishia Peterson, Barbara Huggins, Amanda Leftwich, Dionna Williams, Alycia Costagliola, Tamara Potts-Covan, Natalie Harris, Jasmine Kingslee, Dr. Doreen Loury and Hilda Rivera

On April 19 the Black Awareness Society held the annual Blackout Conference in The Chat Performance Area. This year the theme was “Unite Not Divide.” The day began with a workshop called “Unity Not Division on Arcadia’s Campus and Beyond.” Dr. Erica Davila, Assistant Professor of Education, and Rochelle Peterson, Adjunct Professor of Education, led the group—which included members of the Black Awareness Society, Latino Association, Student Activist Club, Exalted Movements, Arcadia Christian Fellowship and The Tower—through a workshop on identity and cross-cultural communication. The workshop ended with a recitation of the Maya Angelou poem “Human Family.” Next was a lunch and chat with students from the Department of Human Services Girls Track Program. Arcadia students answered questions about the University and college life. Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Doreen Loury conducted the second workshop, “What’s your Purpose,” which included a discussion and survey about leadership styles and time for the participating student organizations to collaborate and plan events for the next academic year.

The Works of Abstract Painter Lloyd Abernethy

Lloyd Abernethy
Abernethy poses next to a painting.

The Friends of Landman Library hosted a show of works by Lloyd Abernethy, Professor Emeritus of History at Arcadia University, from April 10 to 25. 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. View photos from the reception.

Foreign Correspondence

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.

upcoming events

Let's Go: Find out what's happening at Arcadia University

Nosh@Nine in the Library, April 29 to May 1

From Tuesday, April 29, until Thursday, May 1, Landman Library will hold its annual “Nosh@Nine” on the main floor of the Library. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be available for students burning the midnight oil during exam week!

‘Global Philadelphia’ Students’ Final Presentations, May 1

Students from two sections of ID 108: Study Abroad and Global Philadelphia will make final presentations, open to the public, on Thursday, May 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. in The Chat. The courses are taught by Jan Finn, Director of International Services, and William Meiers, Associate Director of the Honors Program. The students are all First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) students from Fall 2007, and they are presenting their final projects on the global issues of the availability of clean water, food (corn, etc.), oil, carbon, and the media.

A Cappela Fest, May 2

Move over American Idol! Arcadia University’s Damsels in Distress and A Little Knight Music will perform at Jenkintown High School’s A Cappela Fest May 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Jenkintown High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5. The event will benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

First Person, May 8

First Person PosterWatch a screening of documentary First Person, winner of the Best Documentary and Best First-Time Film Director awards at the 2008 Philadelphia Film Festival, on Thursday, May 8, at 7:00 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. Six students in the Philadelphia public school system were each given a video camera as part of an independent film project. That simple premise expanded radically over the next two years resulting in this profound and vital documentary covering the difficulties these applicants faced preparing for college while dealing with the daily trials and tribulations inherent in being a student in schools with a 50% or worse drop-out rate. Director Benjamin Herold will be on hand, along with some of the students who appeared in the film. The screening is a part of the Black Male Development Symposium presented by Arcadia Univeristy and Village Builders Concepts, Inc.

Apprentice Winner Headlines Black Male Development Symposium, May 10


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 Trips: Philadelphia Soul and Phillies, May 22 and June 3

Phillies Logo
Philadelphia Soul Logo

Staff CounsilStaff 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 luchkon@arcadia.edu 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.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Blustein, Robbins, Students Present at EPA Conference

Poster 01 Poster 02
From left to right: Kim Shallcross, Katelyn McDonough and Lauren Rahilly From left to right: Michelle Zaknich-Keating and Ashley and Jennifer Eisennagel

Dr. Josh Blustein and Dr. Steven Robbins of the Psychology Department, along with six students, traveled to Boston this spring to attend the 79th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association. Eight students and one alum’s research was presented at the conference this year. The first poster, titled “The Role of Attractiveness and Gender in Resume Evaluations: Evidence for Implicit Beauty and the Geek Stereotypes,” was presented by Ashley N. Eisennagel, Jennifer L. Eisennagel, Susanna Daily, Michelle Zaknich-Keating and Robbins. This poster received the prestigious Psi Chi Regional Research Award, which included a cash prize. The second poster, titled “The Effect of Food Preference on Optimal Foraging in Rats,” was presented by Kim A. Shallcross, Katelyn McDonough, Lauren Rahilly and Robbins. The third poster, titled “Ketamine Conditioned Analgesia Overcomes the Contextual Control of Tolerance to Ketamine,” was presented by alumna Mario Zichella and Blustein.

Four Biology Students Present at Sigma XI Meeting

Dr. Naomi Phillips and Katherine Kelly
Dr. Naomi Phillips and Katherine Kelly

Dr. R. Wesley Rose, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Dr. Naomi Phillips, Assistant Professor of Biology, took four students to present results of their research at a Sigma XI meeting at St. Joseph’s University on April 18.

"Arcadia certainly had a great showing at SJU this year! Naomi, Lauren (Howard), and I were quite proud, and hope to expand Arcadia’s presence at next year’s symposium,” notes Rose. Three of the juniors have on-going research projects in Phillips’ lab. Sam Calhoun and Teresa Coaxum are working on creating EST libraries for Brown algae (“Phylogenomic discoveries in Brown Algae”), while Katherine Kelly is working on a microsatellite project with Bioko primates (“Before It Is Too Late: Bioko Island Monkey Population Characterization Utilizing Microsatellites”). Senior Anna Vorobyeva, who is working with Rose, presented her senior thesis project, “Modified kinetics of STAT1 activation in IFN gamma-treated CNS neurons suggests an alteration in the negative feedback mechanism.” View more photos.

Brinker, Dalson Write on Economic Citizenship in the Caribbean

Thomas M. Brinker Jr., Professor of Accounting, and Adrell Dalson ’09, an Accounting major, published the article “Obtaining Economic Citizenship in the Caribbean: Can ‘Home’ Be Bought?” in the April-May 2008 issue of the Journal of Practical Estate Planning. In the article, Brinker and Dalson discuss economic citizenship programs in certain Caribbean jurisdictions. Brinker also presents this topic in St. Thomas (USVI) on May 10.

Trustee Heisman Named to Philanthropy Center

National Philanthropic Trust announced the appointment of Eileen R. Heisman, President & CEO, to the Advisory Board of the George H. Heyman Jr. Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University. Heisman, who is a member of the Arcadia University Board of Trustees, joins an elite list of professionals who have been gathered together to assist the Center in its development. Heisman is a nationally recognized expert on philanthropy and planned giving and frequently is engaged as a keynote speaker and panelist at major philanthropic and estate planning conferences. Heisman was among the first fundraising professionals nationally to earn the distinguished ACFRE certification and currently serves on the Boards of several charitable organizations. "I am honored to be able to contribute to the Heyman Center's work in training and educating professionals who are interested in philanthropy and fundraising careers," she said in a news release.

sports update

Baseball Enters Freedom Championships as Third Seed

Arcadia Baseball

Arcadia University Baseball captured the third seed for the 2008 MAC Freedom Conference Baseball Championship which is being held Friday, May 2, through Sunday, May 4, at Memorial Park Stadium in Quakertown, Pa. The Knights will be part of the four-team slate along with first seed Manhattanville College, second seed and tournament host DeSales University and fourth seed Delaware Valley College. The Conference winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Arcadia will square off against the Bulldogs of DeSales on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Fitzgerald Snares #1 Singles Tennis Crown


Arcadia University’s Tim Fitzgerald captured the #1 Singles crown at the Middle Atlantic Conference Men’s Tennis Individual Championships. Fitzgerald, the 2008 Freedom Conference Player of the Year, faced Commonwealth Player of the Year Nate Ipsen of Messiah in the championship finals at top singles, winning 6-1, 6-3, for his third career #1 Singles Conference win. (Fitsgerald won the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference #1 title in 2005 and 2007.)

Golf’s Gallagher Nabs Sixth-Place

Arcadia University’s Kevin Gallagher finished in sixth in a field of 32 at the MAC Freedom Conference Golf Championships at Hershey Country Club East Course. The Par-71 course stretches 6,363 yards.

Gallagher finished Saturday’s first round action in a three-way tie for 12th place, carding an 85 (+15). He came out strong on Sunday and bettered his previous score by five strokes, finishing with an 81 on the day and a 167 (+25) for the tournament to capture Freedom Conference Second Team All-Conference honors.

Valiants Down the Knights in Lacrosse Action

Stevenson Leone

Arcadia senior keeper Michelle Leone put up a superb effort against the Valiants of Manhattanville College, making a career-high 24 stops in goal on 54 Valiant shots in a 20-12 season-ending loss for Arcadia. Senior Jamie Stevenson led the Knights in with four goals. Shannon Bustin finished with two goals and two assists, while Janelle Jablonski and Jenni Groves each added a pair of goals. Melanie Mark added a goal and an assist.

Softball Will Miss Playoffs After a Pair of Conference Losses

The Bulldogs of DeSales University handed Arcadia Softball two losses Saturday afternoon—6-0 in game one and 8-7 (8 innings) in game two—as the Knights close out MAC Freedom Conference play with a 3-9 mark, missing out on post-season play.

Game one was scoreless until the Bulldogs pushed one run across the plate in the bottom of the fourth. They went on to add four more runs in the bottom of the fifth and another in the bottom of six to take the win. Kritsen Burns and Amanda Celentano both doubled for the Knights. Kiersten Hughes settled for the loss, pitching through five innings.

In game two, DeSales took a 5-2 lead after two innings, scoring three in the first and two in the second.  Arcadia fought back to tie the game at five before a DeSales homerun in the fifth gave the Bulldogs a 6-5 lead.  The lead however was short-lived, as the Knights rallied for two runs in the sixth to go on top, 7-6.
Another Bulldog homer knotted the game at 7. DSU won the game in the eighth inning when a runner on second scored after a throwing error by the Knight third baseman with two outs to end the game.

Celentano led Arcadia on the afternoon, going a combined 4-7 with a double and home run.  In the nightcap, Danielle Discher hit 3-4 and notched her 200th career hit. Jaime Bee hit 2-4 with one run, one RBI and a double, and Ashley McCarthy hit 2-4. Brittni Holland went 1-3 with a pair of runs, one RBI and a stolen base.  Jessica DeFluri took the loss.

For the most up-to-date athletics information, visit www.arcadia.edu/athletics.

In the news

Alumni in the News

Laura Haggart-Pierce ’95, who received a B.A. in Art with minors in Psychology and Pre-Art Therapy, was profiled in the April 3 Mountain View Telegraph (Albuquerque, N.M.) on her pottery business Aspects of Clay, a community pottery studio in Cedar Crest. She said, “Aspects of Clay started with a few pottery wheels in 2006 and has grown quite a bit. Customers can pay to use the wheels, kilns and go to classes by the hour, weekly, month or even half-year.”

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