June 10, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
June 10, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Soccer Duo Trade in Scarlet and Grey for Red, White and Blue

Brenner Kratohwill

On Aug. 8, sports enthusiasts will have their chance to cheer on the United States' most elite athletes as they compete in the their team USA uniforms at the XXIX Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. But this week, two members of Arcadia University’s Men’s Soccer program have their own chance to don the red white and blue, not as Olympiads in Beijing, but as distinguished members of the USA Athletes International team competing in Barbados June 7-13.

Senior Matthew Benner, a two-time All Conference forward and captain, and junior starting goal keeper Jeff Kratohwill, also an All Conference player, have been invited to represent their country as members of the 2008 USA Athletes International men’s soccer squad.

The Barbados Football Association has selected USA Athletes International (USAAI) as the sponsoring organization to represent the United States in the 2008 Barbados versus USA Challenge from June 7 through June 13. Established in 1991, USA Athletes International is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving amateur athletes an opportunity to foster international goodwill and friendship among nations, while also promoting the game. Read more.

Does Arcadia Appear in Shyamalan’s The Happening?

Did Arcadia’s bit role escape the director’s cutting floor? When M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening opens this weekend, be sure to keep an eye out for Arcadia brochures and “Promise” posters on the walls at the high school where actor Mark Wahlberg teaches. Since the movie is set in Philadelphia, the location team invited local colleges to send posters and other items for the high school set. To report extraordinary sighting of Arcadia material in the movie, e-mail UR@arcadia.edu.

Community Scholars Honor Volunteers, Outstanding Educator

Community Scholars
From left to right: Dr. Mark Curchack, Linda Diamond, Sheldon Seligsohn, Dr. Erik Nelson

On June 4, Arcadia’s Community Scholars program held its annual Volunteer Thank You Party. The event commended the hard work and dedication of all the program’s volunteers. “They keep the program going,” noted Linda Diamond, Director of Community Scholars.

Echoing her words, Dr. Mark Curchack described the Community Scholars volunteers and students as the soul of the University. “They have an insatiable desire to learn things,” said Curchack who formerly served as Dean of Graduate Studies and is now the Associate VP for Institutional Effectiveness.

The event’s honoree was corporate attorney Sheldon Seligsohn, who has served as a Community Scholars professor for 10 years and received the Outstanding Educator Award. The award is given to those who are excellent teachers, are loved by the students, and have been active in the program for at least a decade. Seligsohn is only the fourth recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award. Read more.

Arcadia Hosts Regional Reception for New APTA CEO

PT Faculty
From left to right:Dr. Sue Smith, Associate Professor and Director, Drexel University; Dr. Emily Keshner, Chair, Temple University; John Barnes, CEO, APTA; Dr. Rebecca L. Craik, Chair, Arcadia University; Dr. Stuart Binder-Macleod, FAPTA, Chair, University of Delaware; Dr. Maria Nardone, Associate Professor, Department of Developmental and Rehabilitative Sciences, Program Director, University Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey .

Arcadia’s Physical Therapy Department hosted a regional reception on Monday, May 5, for John Barnes, the new CEO of the American Physical Therapy Association. As the CEO of APTA, Barnes leads a national organization that comprises 70,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students, said Dr. Rebecca Craik, Arcadia’s Chair and Professor of Physical Therapy. APTA has a staff of more than 175 personnel at the APTA headquarters in Virginia.

The reception was attended by faculty and staff from several regional institutions, including Arcadia University, University of Delaware, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, APTA, Widener University, Jefferson University, Temple University, Drexel University, Rutgers University and Shriners Hospital.

Barnes succeeds the retiring CEO, Francis J. Mallon. Barnes has founded a permanent coalition of 12 specialty medical societies, the Alliance of Specialty Medicine. He is a member of the American Association of Medical Society Executives and the American Society of Association Executives.

Top Business Students Inducted into Honor Society

Delta Mu Delta
Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Delta Mu Delta at Arcadia University inductees.

On Monday, April 14, 10 students were inducted into the Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Delta Mu Delta at Arcadia University. Delta Mu Delta promotes higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects. Student business majors who rank in the top 20 percent of the junior, senior or master’s classes at schools with chapters of Delta Mu Delta are eligible for invitation to membership in the Society. The Department of Business/Health Administration and Economics congratulates the 10 students who have pursued excellence in their academic preparation for careers in business and have earned invitations to Delta Mu Delta in 2008: Lorraine Brandenburger ’08, Barry Bryan’09, Jacqueline Franko ’08, Beverly Gaines ’08, Anna Gary ’08, Casey Giddy ’08, Lauren Gormley ’09, Sarah Hess ’08, James Richards ’09 and Annalise Settefrati ’08.

Arcadia Preps 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. 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.”

To sign up to lend a hand, e-mail Diana Bonner at bonnerd@arcadia.edu.

Discuss the New Curriculum over Coffee or Lunch

The Arcadia University Curriculum Committee invites faculty and staff to participate in small group discussions about the new curriculum. The discussions will be open-ended and should help all involved contribute to understanding the curriculum. The committee will cover the cost of lunch or coffee as noted below.

Sessions will be held in the Dining Hall—look for a group of tables near windows with a sign. At least one of the faculty members on the committee will attend to discuss key issues. In order to ensure reasonably sized groups, RSVP to Diana Bonner at 215-572-2933.

Sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 2, at noon – Lunch available
  • Thursday, July 17, at 9 a.m. – Coffee available
  • Monday, July 21, at noon – Lunch available
  • Thursday, July 31, at 9 a.m. – Coffee available

Fun on the Waterfront at Penn’s Landing

Penn's Landing performance
Sounds of R&B is one of several concert serieses held at Penn's Landing.

New to Philadelphia or just looking for something to do? Check out Penn’s Landing! Penn’s Landing is Philadelphia’s Waterfront district, running along Columbus Boulevard from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street. It hosts more than 50 festivals, concerts, and events at the Great Plaza, which is located along the Delaware River on Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street.

Penn’s Landing Corporation is a non-profit organization that funds and produces public programming at Penn’s Landing and offers year-round activities that are available to citizens of the Greater Philadelphia region and visitors to the region.

Most events are free to the public, and Penn’s Landing offers a wide variety of events, including:

  • Music with activities like Jam on the River, Gospel Series, R&B Series, Smooth Jazz Series, and Festival Pier Concerts.
  • Cultural events such as the PECO Multicultural Series, an 11 festival series showcasing Portuguese, Islamic, Irish, Asian, Hispanic, Southeastern Cherokee, Russian, Indian, Caribbean, African American and Mexican cultures.
  • Family events such as Screening Under the Stars, Fourth of July Weekend Ice Cream Festival, Fam Jams! Children’s Concert series and the Labor Day Parade & Festival.

This summer, Penn’s Landing offers a ton of things to do, featuring free events every weekend in June through September—including free concerts, 12 different multicultural festivals, large screen outdoor movies, fireworks, signature family programming and marquee talent. Go to Penn’s Landing just to look around and enjoy the honored sailing vessels and ships of the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard that visit the waterfront. For something fun to do or for more information on the great activities and events Philadelphia offers, visit www.pennslandingcorp.com.

ED Professor Nominated for Using Used Textbooks

Matthew Wexler, Adjunct Professor of Education, continually proves to be aware of student costs when it comes to their textbooks, notes Lydia Whitelaw, textbook manager for Arcadia’s Bookstore. That’s why she nominated him in the Used Textbook Association’s Faculty Recognition Textbook Scholarship Contest. “He works with me to come up with ways to help students save money. For example, sticking with an older edition textbook so we can buy all used, or asking me ahead of time if I can acquire all used copies of a certain title. If he knows he will only use a chapter or two in a certain book, he will ask me to have a course pack designed so students do not have to buy an entire book. It is a pleasure to work with him and I know students appreciate his efforts.”

Summer Orientation Important for New Students

Orientation Logo

Summer Orientation is fast approaching for incoming first-year and transfer students. Orientation is an important first step in the Arcadia experience. New students will make course selections and meet fellow classmates for the upcoming year.

The Summer Orientation component of the Arcadia University New Student Orientation program is the time that new students complete academic inventories that will help them place into appropriate classes. Inventories are given for writing, modern languages, mathematics and, for some students, physical science. Students will then select possible courses for the Fall semester.

Different days have been designated for first-year and transfer students. This summer, Orientation days for first-year students are June 19, June 27, July 10, and July 11. For transfer students, the dates are June 13, July 18, and Aug. 15. There will be a two-day program June 20-21 for students participating in the Fall 2008 First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) program and their families. New full-time students are required to attend one of the days and should use the response card they received in the mail or use the online form on MyArcadia to indicate their preferred day. For more information, contact Student Affairs at success@arcadia.edu.

Parents and families are encouraged to attend Summer Orientation. Programs are designed to answer questions concerning campus services, academic resources, residence and commuter life, financial aid, and many other topics. Read more.

Campus Happenings

Knight Club Dances to Another SRO Crowd

Knight Club 01 Knight Club 02

One of Arcadia’s most popular groups, the Knight Club capped an amazing year of dance activities with a standing-room only Spring Performance on Sunday, April 20, in Stiteler Auditorium. University Photographer Josh Blustein captured much of the excitement in still photography. (View photos here.) Formed just a few years ago, Knight Club has quickly become a huge draw, packing Stiteler Auditorium for performances each semester. Thanks go to the following student leaders, whose dreams and energy make it all happen: President Katie Dudiak ’08, Vice President Stephanie Taylor ’08, Sectretary Amanda Todd ’10, Treasurer Amy Stewart ’10, and Performance Directors Angela Pistorio ’10, Amanda Knapp ’09 and Aubrey Bucksner ’09.

upcoming events

American Red Cross Blood Drive, July 1

An American Red Cross blood drive will take place July 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror rooms. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. Pick a time to donate at www.membersforlife.org or by contacting Christina Harris at charris@arcadia.edu. Donors are eligible to enter a drawing for a $50 gas card.

Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.

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.

Sports Update

Brian Pugh Tabbed to Lead Arcadia Baseball Program


Arcadia University appointed Wesley College Assistant Coach Brian Pugh of Middletown, Del. as the new head coach for the Knight’s baseball program. Pugh, who also will serve as the assistant facility and event management coordinator for the University’s athletic department, began serving his new role full-time on June 11.

During his one-year stint as a member of the Wolverine’s coaching personnel, Pugh was responsible for developing both the throwing and conditioning routines of the Wesley pitching staff while assisting in areas of recruiting and scouting. During the 2008 campaign, Pugh guided his top two starters to ERAs under 3.00, and impressive combined win-loss totals of 14-2 and 172 strikeouts, while helping the Wolverines to a 27-15 overall mark and a 10-8 showing in their first year as members of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). Arcadia and Wesley competed against each other in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC). In 2008 Wesley made appearances in both the CAC and ECAC South Championships. Read more.

Twenty-Five Knights Honored for Academic Success 

The Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation (MAC) has named 25 Arcadia student-athletes to the Spring 2008 Academic Honor Roll. Baseball and Women's Lacrosse led the way with eight and seven student-athletes named respectively. Read more.

Five Named to Conference Sportsmanship Team

The following Arcadia University student-athletes were named to the Spring 2008 MAC Sportsmanship Team: Anthony Champi '09 (Baseball), Christine Snow '08 (Softball), Jakki Timony '08 (Women's Lacrosse), Adrell Dalsan '10 (Men's Tennis), Andrew Plunkett '08 (Men's Golf).

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