|October 7, 2008|
|October 7, 2008||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Don’t Miss Fireworks Over Landman Library on Saturday
The Knight Sky will be filled with a dazzling display of fireworks on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Gather around the Kuch Field and Castle lawns for the fireworks, followed by a show by comedian David Binder in The Chat. Fall Fest '08 combines Alumni Homecoming with traditional Family Weekend activities on Oct. 10-12. Students, their families and alumni are invited. For more information, visit www.arcadia.edu/fallfest.
Faculty Development Fund Helps Sculpt Outdoors
With the assistance of the Faculty Development Fund, Maryann Worrell, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, recently completed an outdoor sculpture project along with her sculpture partner, Doug Mott. The two created the sculptures utilizing only recycled industrial materials.
Worrell used the grant to purchase a TIG welder, which tremendously helped the sculpting process. “I am now able to work on large-scale sculptures, which has always been a career pursuit for me,” she says.
The works were commissioned by Marion and David Moskowitz for the Phoenixville Education Center at Franklin Commons. The Commons, located at 475 Grant Street in Phoenixville, Pa., is a large education facility that houses two daycare centers, branches of Neumann College and Lansdale School of Business, the Renaissance Academy and more. Read more.
Doane Academy Builds Ties with Arcadia
Last week Adjunct Professor of History Dr. James Paradis accompanied 19 seniors from Doane Academy in Burlington, N.J., to Harper's Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia for a service project. They built a 250-foot section of "Virginia worm fence" along School House Road and the South Battlefield. They also picked up 15 bags of litter along the Potomac River at the Lower Armory Grounds.
Paradis asked the seniors who are applying to Arcadia University to pose for a picture at the fence. “Last year two of our (Doane) alumni graduated from Arcadia, Tiffany Simms and Greg Kowal, who has returned to Arcadia this year in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. The year before that, two of our 2002 alumni, Coral Bak and Kelly Fieni, graduated from Arcadia. This is particularly noteworthy because their graduating class included only eight. This means that 25 percent of our graduation class came to Arcadia. This must be a record,” Paradis adds.
There are also two Doane graduates in Arcadia's sophomore class, Samantha Nocito and Krystin Garcia, and one first-year, Denise Guerriere. I should mention another Arcadia connection with our school. Our Upper School art teacher, Jackie Ashmore Bak, is a graduate of Arcadia. Her daughter, Coral Bak, graduated from Arcadia in 2006.”
Students Explore Humanities Outside the Classroom
Each fall, the Master’s of Arts in Humanities program offers the course The Philadelphia Seminar. Led by Dr. Richard Wertime, Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in English and the Humanities, this course is a requirement for all M.A.H. students and an elective for students in the Master’s of Arts in English program. In lieu of in-class lectures, students visit various places in the Philadelphia area to gain an understanding of humanities’ many facets.
Keeping consistent with Arcadia’s hallmark of integrative, personal learning, students in the course collaborate to create their own excursion. Wertime says the student-organized trip always surprises and exceeds the expectations of the class.
This year’s student-organized trip has yet to be selected, but the students are doing and seeing a number of interesting things in the meantime. These include a historic Philadelphia walking tour, listening to a poetry reading by David Keplinger and touring Eastern State Penitentiary. Read more.
Math Lab Offers Help at All Levels
Math Lab tutors are ready to assist you.
If you’re struggling to keep up in math and want a little extra help, then drop by the Math Lab in Boyer 116. “Anyone who is currently enrolled in a math class can bring his or her textbooks and sit down with one of the specially trained tutors who have the skills, knowledge and patience to assist you in any math level class,” says Renée Starr, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Director of Developmental Math and the Math Lab. “The hardest thing is to come the first time…then it gets easier, and we always have candy!”
Tutors are available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., but students should consult a tutoring schedule to determine which area of study is being tutored at which time. Schedules can be obtained outside Boyer 116, from your professor, online (on MyArcadia under the Academic Tab) and in the Learning Resource Network (LRN) located in Knight Hall.
Mandee Metzger '09, who majors in Health Administration, is featured on CareerTV in a video about Generation Y and social-networking. She talks about the role Facebook plays in her life and about why she chose to attend Arcadia. The video goes on to address other concerns of Generation, such as work-life balance, privacy, and the influence of parents in career and life decisions. There are some great shots of Arcadia's campus, as well. Watch Mandee's clip or the entire segment.
Arcadia University holds its annual Empty Bowl Dinner to fight hunger and homelessness on Monday, Nov. 17, in Grey Towers Castle. The community is invited to participate in this service event. Seating is by ticket only, with the first seating from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the second seating from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Since 1993, Arcadia University has been holding the Empty Bowl Dinner to help fight hunger and homelessness in U.S. cities as well as in other countries. Everyone who attends will get to select a handcrafted bowl made by Arcadia students and local artists in and the around the community. They can then fill their bowls, choosing from an assortment of mouth-watering soups, amazing breads, and desserts—all donated by restaurants and individuals in and around the campus. Read more.
“We’re bird-watchers,” says Mark Curchack, Associate VP for Planning and Assessment and Executive Director of the Office of the President. “But the ducks all began as a gag gift.” That was 30 years and 1,450 rubber ducks ago. His wife, Peggy, put a duck in a big box to help disguise his real birthday present. Not long after that, the Curchacks were attending a Broadway show and rubber ducks were being handed out in the lobby. Peggy got ahold of one, and the collection was begun.
The Curchacks now possess what is probably the second-biggest collection of ducks in the United States. They have collected ducks all over the world—Holland, Great Britain, France, Japan, Italy, Tailand, Indonesia, Turkey, and Mali. Interestingly, they weren’t able to find one in Hong Kong, where many of the ducks are made. They also get ducks from friends, and a room in their house is known as “the duck room.” The ducks have presented opportunities for fun and satire, including a spoof on the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976 that included a “We the Ducks 200” exhibit, complete with wind-up duck races and a plastic duckie pool for floaters. “Friends came from far and wide,” Curchack adds. Since then ducks have become, “a big idiotic business,” he adds. Ducks with famous faces are among the evolutions of the simple rubber duckie, which is really made of plastic these days. “Someone tell me why society needs to churn out so much petrochemically based junk? Seems the perfect commentary on the consumer society,” says Curchack, an anthropologist. “But mainly it’s for fun.”
Did you know that you can recycle all of your old batteries here on campus? Just take them to the Physical Plant Office (basement of Dilworth next to Public Safety) or the Grounds Shop (directly behind Spruance). They take any size and type.
The Morris K. Udall Foundation has a scholarship program for matriculated sophomore- or junior-level students committed to careers related to the understanding and shaping of environmental issues. Applicants should have a solid record in the last two years of campus activities, research activities, or community activities showing a commitment to the environment. All applicants must be nominated by Arcadia University, so interested students are encouraged to speak with Dr. John Hoffman, Dean of Graduate Studies, as soon as possible. The scholarship provides up to $5,000 for tuition, room and board, or other educational expenses. The application deadline is March 3, 2009.
Students with sophomore or junior class standing who are interested in careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering are invited to apply to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. All applicants must be nominated by Arcadia University, so interested students are encouraged to speak with Dr. John Hoffman, Dean of Graduate Studies, as soon as possible. The scholarship award covers educational expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Junior scholarship recipients can expect to receive a maximum of two years of support, while senior scholarship recipients are eligible for a maximum of one year of support. The deadline for submission of the application is Jan. 30, 2009.
This month’s Campus Life Staff members of the month are Ben Luhrs, Barry Hendler, and Gina Ferrara. Staff members are nominated by their peers and chosen on a monthly basis by the Staff Morale Committee. “Ben, Barry, and Gina have done an incredible job this month making their residents feel like they are a part of the Arcadia community,” says Bre Donnelly, Area Coordinator for Grey Towers Castle, Kistler and Thomas. “They also have worked hard to be a support system for their fellow RA/AAs and done an amazing job managing the challenges of the position! We’re so glad to have them on staff!”
Student Health Services is offering influenza vaccination again this year. This vaccine inoculates against the various types of influenza the Centers for Disease Control expects to emerge this year. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. The dates for the vaccines are as follows:
The Emergency Response Planning Team is holding several meetings to review the various strategies for response in the event of serious campus emergencies.
Space still is available in the following sessions:
RSVP to Diana Bonner at Bonnerd@arcadia.edu.
Come check out our ongoing Moving Meditation, a combination of stretching, Tai Chi, yoga, Sitting Meditation and Qigong. To join, simply bring an open mind and comfortable clothes, and we’ll supply the mats. Deoksang, of the Glenside Won Institute, will assist you in learning more about this popular exercise.” Moving Meditations meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Heinz lobby. The series is free and open to all. “We look forward to seeing you there,” adds Washington. “You also can stop by Student Health Services for a free Wisdom Magazine that includes information on various types of yoga.”
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; 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:
The Psychology Department hosts "What’s Next? Wednesday" every week until Nov. 19, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., in the Boyer Hall lobby. The sessions target seniors who are interested in graduate programs in psychology, criminal justice, social work, sociology, and physical therapy. Representatives from local colleges and universities will talk to students about graduate programs.
Oct. 8: University of the Sciences: M.S. in Health Psychology, M.S. in Biomedical Writing, M.S. in Health Policy and M.O.T. in Occupational Therapy.
The Fall Health Fair is Thursday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride and in The Chat Performance Area of the Dining Complex. Join more than 30 local organizations, including Arcadia’s PEERS and PRIDE organizations along with Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy students. These organizations will provide blood pressure screenings, Rapid HIV counseling and testing, fitness training, and other great health information. Handled with Care will provide free back massages. This event is open to the entire University community and is sponsored by Student Health Services. For more information, contact Mary Alice DiFilippo in Student Health Services at 215-572-2966.
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.
PRIDE and the Office of Multicultural Affairs host several events during Coming Out Week.
Career Development is scheduling a daily “Resume Riot” in the Chat Performance Area. Career Development staff will be available to provide comments and critiques of resumes, cover letters and application materials in the Chat from noon to 2 p.m. beginning Monday, Oct. 13, and ending Friday, Oct. 17. In addition there will be a night session Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Chat. If you would like input on your job search materials, just bring your documents and stop by the Resume Riot table—no appointment necessary.
For more information, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939 or stop by Knight Hall, room 133.
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, involved with the Angolan peace process from 1993-98, will discuss his book Angola’s Last Best Chance for Peace: An Insider’s Account of the Peace Process.
Since gaining its independence, Angola has witnessed 20-plus years of civil war and a string of broken peace agreements. “It is not difficult to be a cynic about Angola,” notes Hare. Yet Hare and other dedicated diplomats have persevered in their quest for a lasting solution to the conflict. In his book, Hare gives a behind-the-scenes account of the negotiations and implementation of the 1994 Lusaka Protocol, describing how representatives of the United Nations and “the Troika” (the United States, Russia, and Portugal) launched negotiations with the rebel forces of UNITA, led by Jonas Savimbi, and the Dos Santos government. Hare’s distinguished foreign service career included posts as Director of Southern African Affairs and U.S. Ambassador to Zambia. A Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace from 1996-97, he is now Executive Director of the United-States-Angola Chamber of Commerce.
Want a chance to win $2,500? Drop by Sadki’s restaurant in West Oak Lane and take part in the “Rising Star Talent Search,” a competition designed to give amateur musicians and singers from the Greater Philadelphia area a chance to showcase their skills. Contestants can compete in one of three categories: R&B, Blues, and Jazz. Winners will perform at the 2009 West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival, and will receive a $2,500 cash reward. A preliminary audition takes place Wednesday, Oct. 15. The Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC) sponsors this event. For more information, contact Sadiki’s at 215-276-0170 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Does your major require an internship for academic credit? Do you want to explore career options and gain relevant experience? Are you currently seeking employment? If an internship or job is in your future, mark your calendar for Career Development’s Internship and Job Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Chat Performance Area. Whether you are a first-year student or senior, the fair offers a chance to network with a range of employers seeking Arcadia students for a wide variety of positions.
Plan on attending? Bring several copies of your resume, a professional and enthusiastic attitude, and dress in business casual attire. For more information contact Career Development at 215-572-2939, or stop by Knight Hall, room 133.
Faculty and staff are invited to attend an information-sharing workshop on grant writing to external funding agencies on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. Dr. John Hoffman, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Barbara Sheehan, Director of Sponsored Research and Programs, will lead this workshop. Refreshments will be served.
Learn about colleague collaboration, appropriate sources of grants, policies and procedures for submitting grant proposals, and support systems that will be available to you as a member of Arcadia’s faculty or staff. A monthly schedule of grant-writing support groups will be set up for those who have identified a funding source for their research projects or outreach programs.
R.S.V.P. to Cathy Gemmell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215-572-4111 by October 30, 2008.
Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.
Puro Ritmo represented Arcadia University by performing a new Salsa routine Sept. 28 in the Philadelphia Puerto Rican Day Parade. The Arcadians demonstrated Latino and Arcadia pride in the parade on the Ben Franklin Parkway.
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.
(6-4-2) Senior forward Sam Calhoun scored off the rebound of a shot off the crossbar with 14:37 remaining in regulation to lift the Arcadia University women’s soccer team over Rutgers University-Camden, 1-0, in a non-conference game Tuesday night at Rutgers-Camden Community Park. Read more.
(4-8) DeSales University Field Hockey built upon a 2-0 halftime lead with an insurance goal in the second half to earn a 3-0 win over Arcadia University in local NCAA Division III Field Hockey action. The Knights drop to 4-8 with today's loss, opening up Commonwealth Conference play this Saturday, hosting Elizabethtown College at 1 p.m. Read more.
(9-3) Arcadia University Women's Tennis lost just two points as the Knights earned their first Commonwealth Conference victory of the season, defeating host Albright College, 7-2. The Knights improve to 9-3 overall and 1-2 in league play with the win. Read more.
(5-7) Arcadia University Men's Soccer played its first match as members of the Commonwealth Conference coming off Wednesday's 1-0 win over DeSales University, only to manage a pair of shots on goal against the Warriors of Lycoming College, who scored four times to earn the 4-0 win in Saturday's Commonealth opener. The Warriors improve to 7-3-1 while the Knights fall to 5-7 overall. Read more.
(7-10) Arcadia University Volleyball ran past Kean University Friday evening at the DeSales Tournament with game scores of 25-19, 25-10, 25-17 to improve to 7-8 overall. The Knights lost two matches on Saturday by identical 3-0 margins to DeSales (25-13, 25-16, 25-14) and Cabrini (25-18, 25-7, 25-20), falling to 7-10 overall. Read more.
Desirea D. Caucci '99, '02D.P.T. was named one of the top three physical therapists in the nation by Advance magazine. Caucci was selected by the judges, who evaluated nominees according to patient satisfaction, improving the workplace, adjusting to change, maintaining healthy patient relationships, and an overall willingness to go above and beyond in serving patients. She owns Conshohocken Physical Therapy in Montgomery County, Pa., with her husband Bob Caucci '99, who graduated from Arcadia with a B.A. in Health Administration.
Edward A. Welch III '08M.B.A., President of the Arcadia Business Alumni Association, was interviewed in the Oct. 2 Philadelphia Business Journal about why he chose the Arcadia Accelerated M.B.A. program. “After reviewing many local and notable programs this was the most intriguing, interesting, flexible and convenient,” Welch says. Commenting on what makes the Arcadia M.B.A. different, Welch says, “An international perspective is woven into each and every topic. This is extremely relevant and of great importance in our increasingly global economy.” Welch is currently President, Broker of Record and Appraiser at Higgins & Welch in Erdenheim, Pa.
Abbey Ryan '03, who earned a B.A. in Scientific Illustration with a minor in painting, was profiled in a blog. Read the story.
Molly Crispell, who is currently enrolled in the Physician Assistant program, was named a finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year by her alma mater, Penn State. The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors senior-student athletes who distinguished themselves through their college careers through academic achievement, athletics excellence, service, and leadership. Cripsell, a Penn State swimming and diving alumni, was a two-time team captain, a four-time scorer at Big Ten Championships, and a two-time qualifier for NCAA Championships. She is one of 10 honorees from Division I.
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