July 1, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
July 1, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Rain Delays Biking; Participants Explore Culture in Marais District

Paris Trip, Students

Follow along on the blog: http://arcadiaparistrip.blogspot.com/.

Rain in Paris early this week delayed the re-enactment of Arcadia students’ historic study abroad trip 60 years ago, but in a city such as Paris, a history lesson is easy to find.

July 3: “Carlos Ortiz started out our walking tour of the Marais District by telling us that we would be leading the tour, not him,” writes Megan Thrash ’08 on the Paris Celebration blog. “Throughout Paris you see odd juxtapositions of ancient structures and modern architecture. It was nice walking through the Jewish Quarter and seeing a different culture. Carlos also pointed out through example the difference between French and English gardens (symmetry, geometry and the control of nature are very important to the French.) It was a nice, leisurely tour—we took lots of time looking and exploring. We saw a lot of the Marais, and the best part was that it felt like we did it ourselves.”

July 2: “Today we were supposed to do our daytime Paris bike ride,” writes Sue Gettlin, Web Communications Manager and Assistant Director of University Relations. “A forecast of rain beginning at midday made us switch and do Friday’s planned events instead. (The Day ride is rescheduled for Friday, notes Gettlin, who organized the celebration.) We broke up into two groups, students interspersed with faculty/staff, and headed off in the morning to either to a tour of the Musèe Picasso with Bonnie Hayes (Assistant Professor of Fine Arts) or a Left Bank Literary Walking Tour, led by Bill Meiers (Honors Program Associate Dean). After lunch, each group switched and did the other tour.”

Sight Seeing—and a Celebrity Sighting—in Paris

Sue Gettlin, Web Communications Manager and Assistant Director of University Relations, reported via e-mail: “On our tour of Left Bank yesterday afternoon, some of our group was standing at a corner about to turn onto another street. Out of a car parked right in front of me jumps Owen Wilson! White suit, blue shirt, crooked nose, beautiful blond hair and the eyes—less than 10 feet away! I am frozen, speechless, mouth open but no words coming out (rather pathetic). He runs past me and curses out a guy on a motorcycle who had been following him. Jumps back in car and zooms off. Kajette [Bloomfield], Maya [Stewart] and I start squealing. Scott [Richards] and Brittany [McCall] are excited. Jerry [Greiner], Terry [Greiner] and Bill [Meiers] go, ‘Who?!’"

Alumni Rally During Reunion Weekend

Class of 1973

From May 30 to June 1, Arcadia University alumni returned to campus for Alumni Weekend with the theme: “Arcadia Alumni–Here, There, Everywhere–Welcome Home!” Stay tuned for a wrap-up of the weekend's events. View photos.

Look Who's Coming to Arcadia

Some incoming first-year students are already making news. The June 20 issue of The Evening Sun reported the “Best and Brightest” Honorees recognized by the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce. One of the honorees was Ashley Trump, from New Oxford High School, who is planning to attend Arcadia. In high school, Trump was in the National Honor Society, Distinguished Honor Roll, and she received the American Field Service Merit Scholarship. In the same issue, The Evening Sun also reported another honoree, Megan Robinson, from South Western High School. Robinson was in the National Honor Society, South Western Academic Award, was on the Distinguished Honor Roll and was named to Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Robinson plans to attend Arcadia, majoring in communications.

The June 22 issue of the Eagle wrote that Governor Mifflin High School student Rich Schlamowitz, who is a third baseman/pitcher, hit a team-high .413 with eight doubles, one home run and 20 RBIs. He also compiled a 2-2 record with a 3.82 ERA. He plans to attend Arcadia. Read more.

Sunglasses Needed to Save Sight

Rivera Samson

Don’t throw those used sunglasses away! Instead, donate them to Guatemala Project: Sunglasses Drive. Hilda Rivera '09 and Irina Samson '10 are helping Guatemalans combat Pterygium—an eye condition caused by exposure to the sun—by collecting new or used sunglasses. Pterygium develops in many people who work outside or are constantly in the sun without proper eye protection. It can lead to blindness and/or blurred vision.

Rivera learned of pterygium while participating in this spring’s service learning trip to Zacapa, Guatemala. While in Guatemala, Rivera shadowed and translated for a physician and Arcadian Physician Assistant students. The group saw many patients with pterygium.

Rivera says very few people realize they are developing or have the disease. “If we can prevent this early on…by collecting sunglasses for children and adults, this condition can be reduced in Guatemala and people will have more knowledge about the condition and how to prevent it.”

If you would like to donate, please contact Hilda Rivera by email: hrivera@arcadia.edu. The drive is ongoing.

Take a Ramble through Ambler

Street SignLooking for a fun activity for the weekend? The town of Ambler, Pa., has tons to offer—not only shops, restaurants, an independent movie theater, and a playhouse, but also several employment opportunities that work with student schedules.

Check out Ambler on the first Thursday of every month and get a taste of Ambler and a movie! Buy a ticket at the Ambler Movie Theater from 5 to 7 p.m. for just $25, and then visit local restaurants for a taste portion of an appetizer, an entrée, and dessert. Afterwards, return to Ambler Movie Theater to watch the movie at 8 p.m.

The first Friday of every month now has something to offer, too. The shops stay open until 8 p.m., giving folks a chance to stroll through the streets and listen to live music from street musicians. When the shops close, the live music continues indoors.

The best way to explore Ambler is to take the R5 train in and just walk around—Ambler is a very “walkable” town. That saves on gas money and is a very “green” way to spend time! Visit www.amblermainstreet.org to find out more on all that Ambler has to offer.

Emergency Procedures Posted on Campus

Emergency Procedures DecalNew Emergency Procedure decals are being posted on the inside doors of rooms and offices across campus, including residence rooms and faculty and staff offices. The sticker (shown here) will be placed on the inside of every door above the door handle at about eye level by the Public Safety staff, says James J. Bonner Jr., Director of Public Safety.

Discuss the New Curriculum over Coffee or Lunch

It's not too late to participate in small group discussions about the new Undergraduate Curriculum. The Arcadia University Curriculum Committee invites faculty and staff to participate. Open-ended discussions will be very helpful for faculty, staff and administrators who have extensive contact with students. 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:

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

Summer Orientation Important for New Students

Orientation Logo

Summer Orientation is now underway 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 continuing on July 10 and 11. For transfer students, the dates are July 18 and Aug. 15. 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.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Help with 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.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments


Brinker Elected to EP Global Communications Board

Thomas M. Brinker Jr., Professor of Accounting, has been elected to the Board of Directors of EP Global Communications Inc., the parent company of Exceptional Parent magazine. Brinker was voted in on Monday, June 30, by the Board of Directors at its scheduled Board meeting. Brinker will join the company’s Audit Committee. Citing a need to augment the company’s audit committee to further enhance its scope and compliance with the requirements of Sarbanes Oxley, Joseph Valenzano, President and CEO, recommended the addition of Brinker to the Board. The Board unanimously approved Brinker, who now brings the number of members to seven. Brinker stated, “As this is a publicly held company that works nationally and internationally with special needs children, and also with my serving on Special Advisory Board of Easter Seals “Living with Autism study,” I will have the opportunity to work with some of our nation's premier decision makers!”

Larsen Awarded NAFSA Life Membership

In May NAFSA: Association of International Educators held its 60th annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Dr. David Larsen, Vice President and Executive Director of the Center for Education Abroad, one of three respondents to address the Conference Symposium on Leadership, was awarded NAFSA Life Membership, which is granted each year to “senior NAFSA members to recognize their achievements in advancing the goals of the association and of international education and exchange.”


International Peace and Conflict Resolution Students Present Research at Major Conferences

Jenna Mulhall-Brereton presented at conference in Paris on "Current Challenges and Future Trends in International Security."

Many International Peace and Conflict Resolution graduate students have been busy presenting during the spring 2008 semester. In June of 2008, International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) graduate student Jenna Mulhall-Brereton presented at the second Annual Graduate Student Conference on "Current Challenges and Future Trends in International Security." Mulhall-Brereton was the first Arcadia student awarded a prestigious scholarship that covers expenses and travel to the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD) in Paris, France, to present a paper at AGSIRD's graduate conference. Her presentation was "The International Community's 'Responsibility to Protect': Moving From Discourse to Action, and the Failure to Defend Human Security in Northern Uganda and Darfur." This scholarship represents just one of the many opportunities Arcadia University students have to collaborate with their peers at AGSIRD. View abstract.

Recent graduate Elcin Haskollar presented research at the second Global Nonviolence Student Conference, sponsored by the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Non Violence at James Madison University in April of 2008. The conference with the theme "Be The Change," gave students opportunities to present papers on security, cultural, and peace related issues. Haskollar’s paper "Non-Violence and Peace Building in Islam: Cross Cultural Perspectives" examines the role that Islam can play in non-violent conflict transformation. View abstract.

upcoming events

Farewell Reception for Dr. Lathardus Goggins II, July 17

Please join the campus community in wishing Dr. Lathardus Goggins II, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs, a fond farewell and good luck in his new position at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. The reception is in the newly refurbished Castle Dining Room on Thursday, July 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by July 7 to Diana Bonner at bonnerd@arcadia.edu or call 215-572-2933.

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

Men's Basketball to Sponsor Day Camp

Arcadia Men’s Basketball program will sponsor its annual Day Camp Aug. 4 through 8 on the University’s campus in Glenside. The day camp is designed for second graders on up to high school first-years who are interested in learning the basic skills of basketball or refining advanced skills.

Coach Pat Dorney will be accompanied by a highly qualified staff comprised of CYO, high school, and college coaches. NCAA players, including members of the Arcadia Knights basketball program, also will be on staff. 

The camp will run from Aug. 4 to 8 in the Kuch Center gymnasium. For more information download the camp brochure or e-mail Coach Dorney dorneyp@arcadia.edu. View brochure.

In the News

Arcadia in the News

Arcadia University was listed in the June 1 Youth Today magazine (Norcross, Ga.,) on its partnership with the Center for Afterschool Education and the upcoming Summer Institute: Teaching and Learning in Out-of-School Time, which will be held in August at Arcadia.

Arcadia University junior Business major Lynette Caterina received an Honorable Mention Scholarship from Delta Mu Delta, as announced on July 1 by the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society Executive Director, Rich Sosnowski. Delta Mu Delta promotes higher scholarship in training for business and recognizes high achievement in business subjects.

Alumni in the News

Elissa Levin

Elissa Levin '00M, who earned her Master of Science in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia and is certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling, is the Genetic Counseling Program Director of Navigenics, a genetic health and wellness company based in Silicon Valley. Prior to coming to Navigenics, Levin provided genetic counseling and education to families and staff in the cardiology division of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She worked at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center where she counseled clients of all ages about general and metabolic genetics and coordinated clinical trials for enzyme replacement therapy.

Most recently, Levin helped pioneer DNA Direct, one of the first direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies, providing testing, education and counseling services for specific medical conditions.

Tara Siegle Atchison '04, who earned her B.A. in Elementary Education, has joined the CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) to reach out to students at Temple University in her role as the Director of Campus Ministry, as announced by the CCO on June 26.

“I am choosing to work for the CCO because there are not many things more compelling to me than seeing God transform college students to transform the world. I am particularly excited to continue helping connect college students to the local church in order to provide greater community, support and context for the ministry during such pivotal years.”

Siegle Atchison also studied abroad in Great Britain in spring 2003.


In a Bulletin article that appeared last Aug. we stated that Jean Minto earned her M.A. in Education. She earned an M.A. in English in 1999.

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Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Purnell Cropper, University Relations, Michelle Tooker '07, University Relations, and Katie Aviles. Photos: Joshua Blustein and Lori Bauer. Web Producers: Sue Gettlin and Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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