|September 23, 2008|
|September 23, 2008||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Whose Thumbprints Were Left Behind in Gallery?
On opening night of Extra Medium, artist Daniel Eatock’s first U.S. exhibition, some first-year students left their mark on the artist’s work.
Students from the First-Year Seminar Scandalous Pictures: Controversial Images in Art, created thumbprint self-portraits before Eatock’s arrival. The idea for this project came from Eatock’s Web site. He asked each participant to write a short bio (300 to 500 words), make a thumbprint and enlarge it, and then handwrite the text from the bio along the contour lines of the thumbprint. “You should have a combination of your own words, in your handwriting, in the pattern of your fingerprint forming a personal self portrait,” Eatock writes. The seminar is led by Assistant Professor and Director of the First-Year Seminar Program Bonnie Hayes.
The students’ thumbprint portraits were placed alongside Extra Medium and will remain there for the duration of the exhibit. Also on opening night, Eatock and Gallery Director, Richard Torchia, chose a first-place portrait. The winner was Jenny Samson '12. Read more.
Expiration Date: Oct. 26, 2008—Got Some?
You may start to notice students, faculty and staff turning soda cans upside down or scrutinizing the labels on Tastykakes. No, the University community is not going crazy, nor are folks extra-conscious about eating something stale. Instead, they are on a mission to find products with an expiration date of Oct. 26, 2008. Why? Because Daniel Eatock—whose Extra Medium exhibit is on display in the Art Gallery—is collecting products with “best before” dates of Oct. 26, 2008.
Since Eatock’s work will be on display until Oct. 26, he wants to mark this “expiration date” by displaying a collection of seemingly random products that are unified by a shared “best before” date. The goods will be placed in the Art Gallery near his current exhibition space.
In exchange for any items donated, contributors will receive two signed photographs of the collection, one taken the day of expiration, the second taken the day after expiration. All participants will be credited by name. Submissions must be received before Oct. 25. Goods that are collected for the project will be donated to local food pantries, including Philabundance and St. John’s Hospice. For more information visit: http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/gallery/08-09/eatock.htm.
New Easton Hall Provides Classrooms, Faculty Offices
President Jerry Greiner and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Michael Berger officially cut the red ribbon on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Easton Hall in front of the new waterfall and pond at the first Faculty and Staff Oasis of the academic year. Greiner thanked Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning, for his attention to detail in bringing the new building online—even down to arranging the rocks in the waterfall for the best sound and splash.
Greiner also thanked Berger, who managed the rearrangement of various departments and faculty offices. The residents of the new Easton Hall are Modern Languages, Political Science, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. The building also houses a café featuring freshly made sandwiches and salads and serving Starbucks coffee. The 18,000-square-foot addition, which opened in August, cost about $5 million and was financed through bonds. View photos of the site during the yearlong construction.
Loury Takes Students to Panel on First Person
Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology, serves as a panelist at MLK high school on Thursday, Sept. 25, as part of a citywide showing and discussion the documentary film, First Person. All of the local events start at 6:30 p.m., with the film at 7:30 p.m., followed by the panel-led discussions. Loury is taking students from two of her classes—her First-Year Seminar WMD: Words of Mass Destruction and Racism.
The documentary film First Person profiles six Philadelphia high school students in their struggle to graduate and get into college. WHYY is broadcasting First Person on Thursday, Sept. 25., at 7:30 p.m. There are also six simultaneous showings of the film in locations around the city. Each site will have a resource fair and panel discussion accompanying the film. Loury and her students are attending the Northwest Philadelphia showing at Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Ave.
Arcadia’s new water feature (located behind Easton Hall) has attracted some new inhabitants—ducks. These ducks aren’t the quacking type, but the plastic type. It started with the appearance of a mallard decoy that later was joined by a suave rubber one wearing sunglasses. One floated gracefully along the water, while the other stood guard from atop a rock. Considering the new water feature sits on the same spot where there once was a duck pond, the emergence of these ducks is rather symbolic.
The previous pond (see photo) was eliminated many years ago during the construction of Route 309. The new water feature was built to enhance the beauty of campus and may remind many alumni of the original pond. Read next week’s Bulletin to find out which administrator has a massive collection of rubber ducks.
Fall Fest—Put it on Parents’ Calendar!
All alumni, parents and families of students are invited to Fall Fest, Oct. 10-12, 2008, an extravaganza weekend of fun and festivities. Fall Fest combines the traditions of Alumni Homecoming and Family Weekend in a celebration of the Arcadia family, complete with a concert, picnics, soccer games, carnival of activities, and fireworks. Invitations have been mailed to alumni and parents.
For Parents and families: Families of Arcadia students are invited to arrive early on Friday and attend classes with their students. They can attend the Parents' Network Meeting, tour Grey Towers Castle, check out the Career Workshop and Student and Faculty Features. Then it's on to the fun—a picnic, a carnival and movie for younger family members, and a casino” for all ages in the Castle. To RSVP and find out more, visit www.arcadia.edu/fallfest.
Faculty, Staff Needed to Help with ‘Casino’ Night
Faculty and Staff volunteers are needed for Fall Fest’s Casino Night 2008 on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 to 10 p.m. “Fall Fest is a great opportunity for family members and alumni to visit campus and experience the current campus community,” says Cate Rooney, Campus Activities Programmer. “You can help by assisting at the gaming tables. Approximately 20 people are needed to serve as dealers. If you’re not familiar with casino games, don’t worry! No experience or knowledge of any of the games are necessary—all dealers will be trained just before the start of the event. All that is required is the willingness to interact with alumni, students and their families—and to have fun! If you are interested, please complete the form below and return it to the Student Activities Office by Sept. 29, 2008. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 215-572-4082. Thank you for your consideration and I hope that you will join us during Fall Fest!"
Donate!: Philadelphia Public Schools Need Supplies
Ashley Brindisi '09 and the Community Service Office run a campus-wide collection of school supplies for Philadelphia public schools. Brindisi says, “I have recently been in contact with several teachers from Philadelphia schools who have requested our help to provide them with school supplies for their students.” Basic items such as pencils, folders, rulers, and notebooks are welcome. The drive ends Oct. 15. Collection boxes are located in faculty hallways and by RA doors. For more information, contact Ashley Brindisi.
New Scholarship: Pay it Forward—Get it Back!
The Office of Enrollment Management is offering a new scholarship opportunity for Arcadia students. It gives current full-time undergraduate students an opportunity to compete for several $1,000 study abroad awards. To enter, students write an essay describing/nominating a high school guidance counselor who had a significant impact on their lives. The students with the winning essays will receive $1,000 scholarships to be used toward future study abroad experience through Arcadia University. The counselors named in the winning essays will have the opportunity to travel to London in Summer 2009 with Arcadia University for a one-week study abroad experience.
“For example, perhaps your high school guidance counselor inspired you to study abroad, to study at Arcadia, to pursue a specific major, or even to stay in school,” says Susan Jacobs, Associate Director of Enrollment Management. The deadline for essay submission is Oct. 15, 2008. To compete, send your essay (1-2 pages) to Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Winning counselors must currently be employed at a high school in college guidance or the guidance office and must be available to travel abroad with the group next summer.
Tune in Friday to See if ‘Millionaire’ Brother Needs Arcadia Lifeline
Does Patrick Pugh of Laurel, Md., need his brother, Arcadia baseball coach Brian Pugh, as a lifeline? Tune in to the ABC game show "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire" on Friday, Sept. 28, to find out. Hot off the presses in the Laurel Star: “Brian, head baseball coach at Arcadia University…was waiting for Patrick's call in the Laurel home of his and Patrick's parents, Karen and Charles Pugh. With him were about 20 people, Patrick says; ‘We were just hoping that if I called, somebody would know the answer.’ …Pugh, who graduated from Laurel High School and Washington College, Chestertown, Md., decided to try to get on Millionaire to earn money to pay off his college loans. He has been accepted into the Peace Corps and is waiting for an invitation from a country to serve there.”
Used Textbook Association Scholarships Support Textbook Affordability
Dr. Matthew Wexler, Education Instructor, was one of eight professors winning bookstore scholarships from the Used Textbook Association in recognition of faculty efforts to provide affordable textbooks for students. The Faculty Recognition Textbook Scholarship Contest focused on the importance of the faculty members in the textbook process. Each winning faculty member received a textbook scholarship of $500 from the UTA to award to students. The scholarship fund awarded to Wexler on behalf of the Arcadia Bookstore resulted in each of the following students receiving $125 gift certificate for textbook purchases: Ashley Brindisi, Susan Urbanski, Bernice Crawford and Helen Dwyer.
“The students were very excited. It was quite nice to be able to surprise people with a big gift like that,” says Wexler. He was nominated by UTA member Lydia Whitelaw, Textbook Manager at Arcadia’s Templeton Bookstore. Entries were evaluated on faculty members' efforts and impact to help students. Ways that faculty help to make books more affordable: selecting older editions of textbooks so that current students can sell books for more money, and new students can save by purchasing used textbooks; diligently submitting adoption information before the deadline so that textbooks are identified as needed for the upcoming class session and more can be purchased from current students; and even adjusting a class syllabus to accommodate a less expensive used textbook edition.
Emergency Response Meetings
The Emergency Response Planning Team will hold several 45-minute meetings to review the various strategies for response in the event of serious campus emergencies.
Sessions are scheduled as follows:
RSVP to Diana Bonner at Bonnerd@arcadia.edu.
Custom Regalia Sale for Faculty
Oak Hall Cap and Gown hosts a regalia sale on Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Rose Room. Order custom academic regalia and receive 10 percent off the price.
Owning regalia provides several advantages:
For pictures of regalia visit www.oakhalli.com. A wide array of fabrics are available, and all robes come with embroidered initials and a garment bag for storage at no extra charge.
What Does the Campaign Mean for Students?
Among the new banners along the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride is one that says “Building the Long-Awaited University Commons.” The wait is down to about seven months, with construction slated to begin in early summer 2009 on an impressive facility for student life. “The campus community has long recognized the need for a modern center where students and faculty can gather to form the kind of intellectual and cultural bonds that last a lifetime,” President Jerry Greiner said when the Board of Trustees authorized the project in May.
The priorities for At Home & In the World: The Campaign for Arcadia University (www.arcadia.edu/campaign) fall into three main categories:
Staff Campaign Poised to Set New Record for Giving
Photo by Kacie Mischler '11. View more at www.arcadia.edu/studyabroadmemories.
Meet with an adviser and Arcadia students who have studied abroad to learn more about international options during a Study Abroad Information Session.
Information Sessions are scheduled for Oct. 8, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Oak Summit B410; Sept. 30 and Nov. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., in The Chat Meeting Room; and Oct. 21, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the CEA Conference Room, 1601 Church Road. For more information, contact the Office of International Services at 215-572-2867. Discussion topics include:
Mixing animation with archival footage, Director Brett Morgan explores the build-up to and unraveling the 1968 Chicago Conspiracy Trial. Chicago 10 is a parable of hope, courage and challenge as it portrays the struggle of young Americans speaking out and taking a stand in the face of an oppressive and armed government. The screening takes place Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 7:15 p.m. in The Chat.
Community Cinema is a monthly film screening showcasing the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Arcadia University cordially invites community members to attend monthly free screenings and to participate in post-screening discussions about the independent documentary films that highlight timely and important social issues. Visit www.arcadia.edu/cinema for more information.
Keswick Theatre is offering discounted tickets ($19.50 instead of $25) to Arcadia students to see Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley perform on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. Lewis is touring in support of her new LP Acid Tongue. The promotion is limited to 200 students. To take advantage of the offer, follow this link to the online order form and enter “ARCADIA” where it says “Where did you hear about this show?” Concertgoers must show student ID when purchasing tickets at the box office. The Keswick Theatre is located at Easton Road and Keswick Avenue, Glenside.
The Keswick Theatre has been listed by Pollstar as one of the top 50 theatres worldwide among theatres seating fewer than 5,000. The theatre seats 1,350 and is also available for rent for performances, business meetings and seminars, benefit concerts and events, dance and music recitals, and more.
Project Twenty1 Film Festival features independent films that are less than 21 minutes in length. It provides creative filmmakers a unique opportunity to share projects and critique the work of their peers. All screenings take place at the recently renovated International House Theater, 3701 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. For more information about Project Twenty1, visit www.projecttwenty1.com.
Learn how to join Arcadia’s community of Allies who are committed to the treatment of all people with dignity and respect. Allies help to create a safe space for everyone and are leaders for human rights, civil liberties, and the ability of all people to live freely and happily, regardless
of sexual orientation. An Ally Training Information and Recruitment Session is Thursday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Dining Chat Meeting Room (Faculty/Chat Dining Room). “An Ally is a person who is a member of the ‘dominant’ or ‘majority’ group who works to end oppression in his or her personal and professional life through support of, and as an advocate with and for, the oppressed population,” says Judith I. Dalton, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs. The training is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Arcadia University’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) program hosts Paul Hare, former U.S. special representative for the Angolan peace process, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Brubaker 102 from 4 to 5 p.m. The IPCR lecture is free and open to the public and includes a question-and-answer session.
Hare was the U.S. special representation for the Angolan peace process from 1993-1998. He will discuss his book Angola’s Last Best Chance for Peace: An Insider’s Account of the Peace Process.
Since independence Angola has witnessed twenty-plus years of civil war and a string of broken peace agreements. “It is not difficult to be a cynic about Angola,” notes Ambassador Paul Hare. Yet Hare and other dedicated diplomats have preserved in their quest for a lasting solution to the conflict. Read more.
Arcadia University is forming a team for the Philadelphia AIDS Walk. On Oct. 19, participants will gather at the Philadelphia Art Museum to raise awareness and money for HIV/AIDS research and organizations in the Delaware Valley area. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; the walk starts at 9 a.m. Before the walk, students can check out the AIDS Quilt on display in front of the Art Museum. Walkers receive free lunch. Contact Alison Yoos at email@example.com for more information or to sign up.
Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.
John McNeil installs banner along the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride.
As Maintenance Supervisors John McNeil and John Hagerty raised the “cherry picker” and began hanging new banners along the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride this week, a student stopped to ask what they represent. “I answered her in terms of what At Home & In the World: The Campaign for Arcadia University is going to do for students,” says Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations. “We expect to break ground for an exciting new University Commons in about seven months, and funds are being raised for student scholarships and much more. She responded with a ‘sounds great!’”
“I realized later the poignancy of talking about the commitment that generations of alumni will be making to current and future students while standing on the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride,” Bauer adds. The Alumni Fund Walk of Pride begins at the Grey Towers Castle, winds past the Wishing Well and ends at Blankley Alumni House. Located at the very center of Arcadia's campus and created to complement the surroundings and grounds, the walkway offers a unique opportunity to recognize Arcadia University's loyal alumni. Now, and for decades to come, alumni become a visible part of the daily life on campus by inscribing their names on one of the walkway's pavers as part of their Alumni Fund giving.
New international flag banners—representing both the many countries where Arcadia students study abroad as well as the home countries of Arcadia’s international students—will soon encircle the campus. “As Arcadia’s commitment to global perspectives continues to expand, we no longer have room solely in the center of campus to represent all the different nations. When we had to expand to the outer campus ring last semester (next to Knight Hall), we realized that having the international flags circling campus provided a stunning display of who we are to a wider world, including the local community, so soon our campus will be enveloped in the many colors of the world, like a comfortable quilt that we keep adding onto to represent our growing international ties," says Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.
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.
(6-7) Senior Sam Schad and first-year Hailey Barger combined for a .433 hitting percentage to help lead Arcadia University Women's Volleyball to its first Commonwealth Conference victory Tuesday night with a 3-1 win at Albright College. Read more.
(4-4) Sophomore Janelle Jablonski cut across the box, settled the ball with her left foot, and drilled the game's only goal past Alvernia keeper Kirsten Kelley 34:50 into regulation, giving the Knights the 1-0 win over Alvernia College Tuesday afternoon in non-conference play. Sophomore Jenni Groves made six stops for the Knights to earn the shutout as Arcadia picks up its fourth straight win, improving to 4-4. Read more.
(8-1) Arcadia University Women's Tennis improved to 7-1 overall, easily defeating former conference rival Immaculata University, 8-1. The win keeps Arcadia's non-conference record at a perfect 7-0 with the only loss coming to Commonwealth Conference opponent Messiah. Read more.
(3-5) Arcadia University Men's Soccer picked up a much needed 2-0 win at FDU-Florham to improve to 3-5 overall. The win snaps a three-game winless streak, which saw the Knights get outscored by their opponents, 6-0. Matt Nowicki and Matt Benner scored for Arcadia. Read more.
Christine Stepenaski Besack '85 '98M.Ed., who earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Computer and an M.Ed. in Arts Education from Arcadia, will become the President of the Pennsylvania Art Education Association when its convention convenes on Oct. 23 in Hershey, Pa.
Besack currently serves as the President Elect. She was instrumental in organizing the annual PAEA conference, which was held in August at Arcadia University.
Kathleen Lynagh House '83, who earned her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Arcadia, is the creative designer for Kathleen Lynagh Jewelry Design, founded in 1995. Based in the Southern California area, her company creates and produces limited edition chokers, pendants, earrings, bracelets and rings, which are noted for their fine craftsmanship and unusual design.
House worked as a graphic designer with the architectural firm Hillier Group, where she was promoted to Senior Graphic Designer and Associate. She studied identity, color theory, sculpture, typography and photography in Switzerland through a program sponsored by the Yale School of Design.
After working in graphic design and architectural graphics, House took a sabbatical and traveled to Florence, Italy. It was there, surrounded by Florentine art, that she began her jewelry training. In the fall of 1990 she attended the Studio Art Center International (SACI) in Florence. She continued her studies at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and in the summer of 1991 and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she began to design and sell high-end custom made jewelry for Pave, a Bay area jewelry studio.
Her designs are inspired by history, architecture, and the simple forms found in nature. Her jewelry collections can be found in galleries and boutiques across the country. “All through the ages jewelry has been an ever-resent element in our lives. It is a timeless art form that is worn to adorn and commemorate life. It is my pleasure to create beautiful designs that will become part of people’s live s and continue these traditions,” explains House on her Web site, www.kathleenlynagh.com.
Joey Madia '90 announced the re-launch of www.newmystics.com. Madia founded New Mystics in 2002 as a way to promote the work of cutting-edge artists active in the small and independent press. Over the past six years the site has grown to include several recurring artists and a section devoted to the New Mystic Theatre Company Inc., where Madia is Artistic Director and Resident Playwright.
Alisa Sickora Kleckner, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts and co-founder of Little Bunny Voodoo theatre company, and cartoonist Jamar Nicholas were mentioned in the Sept. 3 Times Chronicle in a story about the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Read the story. (PDF used with permission from theTimes Chronicle.)
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