|October 14, 2008|
|October 14, 2008||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Trustees Make History: Leadership Exceeds Challenge and Sets Record Giving Level
History is being made with At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University… and Arcadia University's Trustees are setting the pace.
Leading the way is Board Chair, Lois Haber '71, who announced a $5 million gift at the October 2007 Board meeting, during which Trustees voted unanimously to launch the Campaign. This gift, from Lois and Michael Haber, is the largest in the University's history and includes a $2 million Challenge to Trustees. Haber's announcement inspired a standing ovation from fellow Trustees. In just seven months, their response has been remarkable: nearly $2.5 million in Trustee gifts, soaring well beyond the Challenge goal.
"This is an exciting time in the University's history when all of us who care about Arcadia can help shape its future," the philanthropist and Board Chair said. "I'm thrilled with the Trustees' response because every gift to Arcadia can now have such a great impact in key areas—from renewing student life on campus with the new University Commons to encouraging greater scholarship through endowments for student aid and named faculty positions." Read more.
Where in the World Is Mr. Beaver?
Find out Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Mr. Beaver Pageant. Mr. Beaver is Arcadia's own beauty pageant with a male-only talent and swimsuit competition. “The theme is derived from Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? but it can also reflect Arcadia's study abroad diversity throughout the world,” says SPB Vice President Gina German '09.
Contestants are students who have been nominated by a club, organization, team, or hall to compete in the hopes of obtaining the Mr. Beaver crown. Attendees at the pageant will participate in a raffle for a chance to win big prizes, and everyone can enjoy the comedy of this year’s guest emcee, Baron Vaughn, who was recently a featured comedian in the 2006 HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colo. Following the pageant, students can join the newly appointed Mr. Beaver for the Mr. Beaver Dance at 10 p.m. in the Mirror Room of Grey Towers Castle. The Mr. Beaver pageant and dance are free events sponsored by SPB.
Greiner Uses Student Input to Drive Change
Last spring, President Jerry Greiner sent an e-mail to all full-time undergraduate students, asking for their opinions through the Arcadia Annual Survey of Student Satisfaction. More than 500 students responded, and the concerns prioritized by students in the survey also have been prioritized by Greiner and the administration—with many actions taken already.
“I am very interested in ensuring that Arcadia lives out its Promise, and in order to accomplish this I needed to hear your opinions. I promised that we would use the results of the survey to make changes that you would be able to see. And I’d like to report on some of our actions so far, and some yet to come. In our quest to make Arcadia better, I will continue to seek student input.”
Campus housing: Over the summer, three new student lounges and a new fitness center were added at the University-owned Oak Summit Apartments—part of more than 50 building and renovation projects completed over break. New flat screen TVs in student lounges and additional channels also were added in the other residence halls. A new paint and carpet scheme for Heinz Hall, along with renovations, reflects the classic living feel that is being created. Read more.
Athletic Hall of Fame Names Inaugural Inductees
Ten alumni were inducted into the new Arcadia University Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 10, in an inaugural ceremony that marked a new tradition at Arcadia—the recognition of the contributions of generations of student-athletes and their individual leadership and accomplishments.
The 2008 inductees are Vicki Dougherty Bannon '93, Rosemary Deniken Blankley '57, Barbara Cooper Dotson '86, Michael Giuliani '90, Barbara Heylmun Longstreth '58, Elenore Pepper '46, Dorothy Germain Porter '46, Brian Thompson '89, Elizabeth Holton Weiss '60, and Jean Lenox West '57.
The Arcadia University Athletic Hall of Fame’s purpose is to identify, recognize and honor outstanding contributors to the Arcadia University athletic program, athletic endeavors and institutional image; to honor accomplishments of teams; to foster relationships with alumni and employees (current and former); and to recognize alumni and employees of distinction in athletic endeavors and related accomplishments.
“Special thanks to the Selection Committee and the Operations Planning Committee for making the Athletic Hall of Fame and this inaugural induction possible,” says Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs.
Donations from M.B.A. Program Advance Green Effort in Costa Rica
In a continued effort to promote environmental initiatives, Arcadia’s M.B.A. program donated money to Kids Saving the Rainforest (KSTR), a non-profit organization in Costa Rica co-founded by two 9-year-olds in 1999. KSTR has used donations to purchase land for wildlife preserves and to create monkey corridors. The organization has planted more than 5,000 trees, as well.
“Arcadia M.B.A. students recognize the importance of making a difference in the world. Helping save the rainforests in Costa Rica brings to life the global perspective of our Arcadia Promise and furthers the mission of our University,” says Dr. Tony Muscia, Executive Director of M.B.A. and Distributed Business Programs and Associate Professor of Business. Members of Arcadia’s M.B.A. program made monetary contributions in April and September of 2008 that will effectively erase the carbon footprint that was made during international experiences this past year in Costa Rica.
‘A Sustainable Future: Going Green in a Global World,’ Oct. 29
Arcadia University’s Distinguished Speaker Series presents Dr. Debra Rowe on “A Sustainable Future: Going Green in a Global World” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m., in Murphy Hall, Stiteler Auditorium. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.
Rowe is the President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development. The U.S. Partnership convenes members of the business, education, community, government, and faith sectors and catalyzes sustainability initiatives. Rowe is also Senior Fellow at the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future, National Co-coordinator of the Higher Education Associations Sustainability Consortium, Founder of the Disciplinary Associations’ Network for Sustainability, and Senior Adviser to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. She helps higher education associations and institutions integrate sustainability into mission, curricula, research, student life, purchasing and investments, facilities and operations, and community partnerships. Read more.
Green Tip: Kick the Styrofoam Habit
Avoid using styrofoam containers from the Chat and Dining Hall, because styrofoam can't be recycled and it doesn't decompose. Try eating in the Dining Hall or bringing your own tupperware to the Chat. Want to get involved? Contact email@example.com.
Financial Aid Corner: 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 Nov. 3 for consideration for the Spring 2009 semester. Click here for an application.
Flu Vaccines Available for Students, Faculty, 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 final date is Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Student Health Services.
Emergency Response Meetings
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:
R.S.V.P. to Diana Bonner at Bonnerd@arcadia.edu.
John Sheble, Arcadia Trustee Emeritus
John W. "Jack" Sheble, who served as a member of the Board of Trustees from 1990 until he retired in 2000, when he was awarded Emeritus status, passed away on Oct. 6, 2008, at his residence in Lafayette Hill, Pa. He also had a residence in Belgrade Lakes, Maine.
Sheble was president of Delaware Valley-York from 1970 until 1995. During his time as a Trustee at Arcadia, he served as Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, working closely with Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs. He also worked on the Buildings and Grounds Committee bringing his expertise as a mechanical engineer to the group.
Sheble earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Princeton University. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and 11 grandchildren, and his brother.
Alum Helps Lead Online Genetic Counseling Services
“I remember being in graduate school as the Internet was coming into its own and imagining the vast potential that such a tool could afford the field of genetic counseling… global access to information, tools to help people learn about inherited diseases and decision-making strategies, and an outlet for sharing experiences,” writes Elissa Levin, CGC, who earned her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University in 2000. “Above all, I saw what an amazing opportunity it would be for genetic counselors to reach more people. I even toyed with the idea of investigating such a service as my thesis project, but the consensus seemed to be, 'You just can’t do that. We need to see people face-to-face.'" More recently, Levin has been a leader in developing “virtual” genetic counseling and now is Director of the Genetic Counseling Program at Navigenics. Read more about her career path and how the field of genetic counseling is evolving in her article “Thinking Outside the Box and Inside Genome Screening,” recently published in Perspectives in Genetic Counseling, vol. 30, no. 3.
Valverde Testifies at State Hearing on Genetic Counseling
Kathleen Valverde, Director of Arcadia’s master’s program in Genetic Counseling, testified at the Pennsylvania House of Representatives Professional Licensure Committee hearing on July 23, commenting on House Bills 2137 and 2138 regarding licensure of genetic counselors. The bills deal with whether Pennsylvania should license genetic counselors, which would allow for their hours to be billed directly. Arcadia’s Genetic Counseling program is one of only two master’s programs in the state of Pennsylvania.
“Genetic counselors are healthcare professionals. We all have specialized graduate degrees and training in medical genetics and counseling. When we train, I sort of talk about having a three-prong approach. We learn about counseling, medical genetics and we do a research project. So all of us are trained in that way. We are part of a healthcare team. We provide medical genetics information and support to families who have genetic conditions and who are at risk to develop genetic conditions. Genetic counselors research the condition present in the family, interpret information about the disorder, analyze inheritance patterns, provide recurrence risk information and review available options for both the family and the care providers.” Read more.
Presley, Genetic Counselors Present at Symposium
Arcadia University Genetic Counseling students and faculty attended “Mendel in the 21st Century Symposium: The Scientific, Social and Ethical Impact of Genetics in our World” at Villanova University on Sept. 22 and 23. The symposium explored the history of genetics, biodiversity, genomics, genomics, agricultural sustainability, and social and ethical aspects of genetics. Two of the Genetic Counseling master’s thesis projects were presented by Arcadia graduates from the Class of 2008.
“Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing: Genetic Counselors’ Attitudes and Practices,” was prepared by Carolyn Heuer '08M, Elissa Levin, Curtis Coughlin II, and Laura Conway, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator at Arcadia. Conway made the presentation.
“Prenatal genetic counseling referral perceptions in English and Spanish speaking patients” was prepared by Amanda Dewys '08M, Christina Armeli, Gabriela Segal, and Adjunct Professor Kathryn Spitzer Kim. Dewys made this presentation.
Larry Presley, Assistant Professor and Director of Arcadia’s master’s program in Forensic Science, presented a paper on “The Evolution, Status and Future of Forensic DNA Technology in the United States.”
Loury Addresses Black Male Imagery in Popular Culture
Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of Act 101, presents “Reclaiming the Black Male Image: From Sambo to Supersede to Tupac and Beyond” on Oct. 25 at the African-American Male Academic Success Conference in Philadelphia.
Loury will discuss the historical relevance of black male imagery through various genres of media to help youth overcome the psychological assaults that are trying to exploit who they are trying to become.
Other topics of discussion include: 1) the ways in which historic debates about the media images of black males continue today, 2) the effects of popular culture and hip-hop—both positive and negative—on black male imagery, and 3) emerging understandings of the links and disconnections between the contrived media images of black males and the real life images of black males.
PRIDE: Coming Out Week, through Oct. 17
PRIDE and the Office of Multicultural Affairs host several events during Coming Out Week.
‘Insider’ From Angolan Peace Process, Oct. 14
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.
Off Campus: Rising Star Talent Search, Oct. 15
Want a chance to win $2,500? Drop by Sadiki’s restaurant on 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.
Faculty Invited to Discuss Curriculum Implementation, Oct. 15
The Arcadia University Curriculum Steering Committee invites faculty and staff to join them to talk about any aspect of the curriculum and issues related to implementation. “Given that this is the first semester of the curriculum, we know there are questions you may want to address,” says Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs. “As you think about course development and questions students may have, this is a way to share ideas and get some answers to the most pressing questions.”
“During the next few weeks, a member or two of the Committee will be available to answer questions over coffee (or tea) on us in the Easton Café on the following dates. Please stop by to discuss any important issues or to develop ideas for courses and get answers to your questions.” Committee members will be available from 9 to 10 a.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, Oct. 15; Wednesday, Oct. 22; Thursday, Oct. 30; and Friday, Nov. 7.
The Rocky Horror Show, Oct. 16-26
Arcadia University’s Theatre Department brings The Rocky Horror Show, Richard O'Brien's cult no-holds-barred show, to the MainStage Theatre beginning Oct. 16 and running through Oct. 26.
The Rocky Horror Show was a long-running London musical that opened on June 19, 1973. It was conceived by O’Brien, in collaboration with Australian theater director Jim Sharman. Recently rated in a BBC Radio listener’s poll, The Rocky Horror Show was voted the eighth of England’s Most Essential Musicals.
Arcadia’s production is being directed by Kevin Glaccum the Producing Artistic Director for the Azuka Theatre in Philadelphia. Musical direction is by Matt Schlatter. Arcadia University’s MainStage Theatre is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa.
Show times are: 8 p.m. on Oct. 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 with matinee performances on Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 2 p.m. For ticket reservations and more information visit www.arcadia.edu/arcadiatheatre.
Friday Night Live: Harry Potter and Scene It? ®, Oct. 17
This Friday, Oct. 17, come to Friday Night Live and test your wizardry skills playing Scene It? ® featuring Harry Potter and 2nd Edition Scene It? ®. Whether you’re a wizard or a muggle, come and get in the game while enjoying all the usual food and music of Friday Night Live. This is a free for all Arcadia students. Student Activities sponsors this event.
Philadelphia AIDS Walk, Oct. 19
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.
Ally Pinning Cermony and Training, Oct. 20
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. A pinning ceremony honoring new allies and will take place Monday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Chat Performance Area. Erin Cross, who works at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at University of Pennsylvania, will facilitate the activities. For more information, contact Judy Dalton, at 215-572-4088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study Abroad Info Sessions, Oct. 21
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. 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:
Career Development: Internship and Job Fair, Oct. 21