January 13, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
January 13, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

IPCR Student Meets the President of Costa Rica

John Shimkus and the President of Costa Rica
John Shimkus (back row in brown shirt) and UN University for Peace students with the President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez

Meeting the president of a country is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity many people never have. For student John Shimkus, however, not only did he meet a president, but he also engaged in a personal conversation with him.

A second-year International Peace and Conflict Resolution student, Shimkus spent the fall semester studying at Costa Rica’s United Nations University for Peace. “I chose to go to the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica because they offer a number of classes geared toward sustainable development and natural resources,” he says.

During his studies, he experienced some unique educational differences including overnight field trips. “Since the country is relatively small, the classes often go on overnight field trips to research existing conflicts firsthand,” he says. “My class did a field study on a local agricultural conflict in which a pineapple plantation was accused of polluting local groundwater supplies.” Read more.

Yes We Can! Can Drive, Inaugural Ball and More!

President-Elect Barack ObamaNot all the inauguration hoopla is taking place in Washington, D.C. Dr. Jennifer Riggan, Assistant Professor of International Studies, will be marching in the Inaugural Parade for President-Elect Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20, as part of a Peace Corps delegation. But there’s lots more happening right here at Arcadia—including a Yes We Can! Can Drive, special viewings of the inaugural events, and an Inaugural Ball. Join the Inauguration Celebration on Tuesday and bring canned food items to donate to Philabundance.

  • 10 a.m. to noon, multimedia presentation on Civil Rights, Social Change and the Road to Obama in Stiteler Auditorium.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Special Parkhurst Luncheon featuring favorite foods of the Presidents
  • 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Viewing of the Inaugural address and parade in Stiteler Auditorium, The Chat Performance Space, and the Dining Hall
  • 2 p.m., Remarks by Senior Class President Maya Stewart and a performance by Exalted Movements, Arcadia’s gospel choir, in Stiteler Auditorium
  • 8 p.m., Arcadia Inaugural Ball (semi-formal) in Grey Towers Castle. Limited tickets available. Admission is a canned good or $1. Contact troutd74@arcadia.edu for info.

Study Abroad in India: New Pune Program Features Internships

New Study Abroad Program in IndiaFor students who want to study abroad in India, the Alliance for Global Education launches "Contemporary India: Development, Environment, Public Health" in January 2009. Pune, a bustling city of 3.5 million people is considered India’s academic center and features a wealth of cultural, academic and internship opportunities for ambitious, adventurous U.S. undergraduates.

“We’ll introduce our students to some of the most dynamic, exciting areas of Indian society, politics, economics, and culture today. Environmental issues, social justice, economic development and public health are areas in which India both faces unprecedented challenges and is on the global cutting edge of finding solutions,” says Alliance Director Dr. Andrea Custodi. “Home to many of India’s top academic institutions, Pune has a wealth of traditional culture and performing arts resources, hosts many of the country’s most forward-thinking NGOs, and was recently named in Forbes’ magazine as one of the world’s top three emerging global cities, with its unprecedented growth in the technology and international business sectors.” Read more.

Contest: Where’s the Knight?

Arcadia Knight
We can rebuild him. We have the technology.

While students and faculty were away during winter break, the Arcadia Knight was busy kicking around on campus, which has changed a lot since his last venture out of Grey Towers Castle. Feeling like a tourist in his own backyard, he brought his digital camera along (a gift from President Greiner) to capture his travels. Take a peek into the Knight's photo album and try to trace his travels. The first two students to correctly ID the five locations will receive a $25 gift certificates for the campus bookstore. To be considered for a prize, e-mail answers to cropperp@arcadia.edu with the subject line "Where's the Knight?" Be sure to answer as specifically as possible. The two winners will be announced—and the locations revealed—in next week's Bulletin.

This Week Only: ID Cards Available in One-Stop

During the first week of the spring semester, the One-Stop Shop and Public Safety have teamed up so that students can get IDs and parking tags at the One-Stop in Taylor Hall, Suite 100. At the One-Stop, students can get answers about billing or financial aid, get help with the FAFSA, make a payment, and more. The One-Stop is open Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday till 5 p.m. Check out the services offered at www.arcadia.edu/onestop.

MLK Day: Community Paper Shredding and Donated Items, Jan. 19

Arcadia University and the Office of Community Service will be making a difference in celebration of Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 19 by holding a “Shredding Event and One-Stop Drop” in the parking area of Murphy Hall on Arcadia’s campus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa. The event is free and open to the community. Read more.

Easton Hall Construction: Sustainability in Action

The recently completed Easton Hall isn’t just a beautiful building, it’s also a great example of ecological sustainability—protecting the underground river and aquifer, planting knockout roses that don’t need irrigation, using natural light from skylights, and sheltering much of the building’s foundation below ground level, and more.

“The first step was deciding to better utilize the existing natural space by attaching the new building to Brubaker Hall as opposed to the standalone building first proposed in the University Master Plan,” says Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning. “This change allowed for great savings through the piggy backing of building systems such as the elevator and fire alarm systems, as well as the introduction of a much-desired water feature to be enjoyed by many. The site changes also created a beautiful valley and did not overpower the existing historic bridge and its original setting.” Read more about the sustainable design of Easton Hall.

Who’s the Best Chili Maker of Them All?

“Think your chili is the best?” asks Sara Goodwin, General Manager of Parkhurst Dining Services. “Enter the Super Bowl Ultimate Chili Showdown in the Dining Hall at noon on Jan. 30. We are hoping to get three contestants to cook their chili recipes and have a head-to-head competition with our Chef Gene Boyle.” Contact Goodwin at goodwins@arcadia.edu for more information about becoming a contestant. “Samples of each chili will be available to try on Jan. 30, and all who come will be able to vote for their favorite on the 30th."

Positions Available as Arcadia Ambassadors

“Do you love Arcadia? Are you a people person looking to share that love with others? If so, then we are looking for you!” says Alison Venditti, Enrollment Management Counselor. The Office of Enrollment Management is now taking applications for students interested in joining the Arcadia Ambassador Program. Ambassadors give tours during the week and at all recruitment events on campus, reach out to prospective students through outreach activities, and assist at graduate student events. The Ambassador Program is a great opportunity for current students to connect with prospective students and pass on their love of Arcadia. This is a paid position. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please e-mail Venditti at venditta@arcadia.edu. Please note that students must have Work Study funds to be eligible.

Calling All Day on Campus Hosts

With the spring semester beginning, the Office of Enrollment Management is kicking off its Day on Campus program. “We are looking for students to serve as hosts to escort prospective students through a typical day on the Arcadia campus,” says Tiffany Still, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management. “Prospective students are also invited to stay overnight in the residence halls or apartments, so we are in need of overnight hosts as well. Look for more information on the program and a host application in your campus mailbox.” Hosts are compensated for their time. For more information about hosting a student, please contact Still at 215-572-8523 or e-mail dayoncampus@arcadia.edu.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

PT Students, Faculty Examine Muscle Weakness in Elders

Physical Therapy students present research in Baltimore
From left, Amy Love, Amanda Gerwer, Missy Lawrence, Marty Eastlack and Katie Mangione

Students Amy Love, Amanda Gerwer, Missy Lawrence—all graduating in February in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program—along with Dr. Marty Eastlack, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Coordinator of Admissions, and Dr. Kathleen Mangione, Professor of Physical Therapy, presented a poster at the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. The title of the work they presented was “Do Changes in Motor Drive Account for Muscle Weakness in Active Elders?”

Kachuyevski Weighs in on Putin and the Georgia-Russia Conflict

Dr. Angela Kachuyevski

Dr. Angela Kachuyevski, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s program, serves as a faculty expert for the media on topics including Russia. On Dec. 29, she was quoted in the Toronto (Ontario) Star article “Can discontent loosen Putin's grip on Russia?” Star reporter Olivia Ward examined whether plummeting oil prices, a falling ruble, and discontent among the people might shift Russia toward chaos and jeopardize President Vladimir Putin’s tight control. "If there's an uprising, it could be a nationalist one—not one against Putin," Kachuyevski told the Star. "The growing middle class would be badly harmed." Read the article.

Kachuyevski also had contributed to a ProfNet expert roundup in August on the Georgia-Russia conflict, saying: "Current media reports that focus on Russia's ongoing military operations in Georgia do so without the context needed to understand the dynamics of the conflict. By oversimplifying this as a Russian invasion, the reports ignore the important role played by both Georgia and the South Ossetians in sparking the current crisis and, therefore, fail to relay the complexity of the underlying conflict. Regional stability and security depend upon a solution that addresses all of the factors that have contributed to the current crisis. Current U.S. policy, which condemns Russia without explicitly acknowledging Georgia's role, is unhelpful in the search for a solution that all sides will find legitimate, especially in light of recent events in Kosovo."

Information Literacy Grants Awarded

Six grants were recently awarded to support collaborative efforts among faculty and faculty-librarians to promote information literacy across the Arcadia campus. These grants, which were sponsored by the Library and Instructional Technology department and the Faculty Development Awards Program, are designed to support award winners in the task of modifying a course to include a stronger and more integrated focus on teaching students information-seeking and research skills. A faculty-librarian will partner with each award winner over the next semester to plan outcomes and develop activities and assignments designed to teach and assess information literacy skills. Award winners were chosen from among 15 proposals submitted at the end of last year. The Library and Information Technology department hopes to be able to offer this grant again next year and perhaps expand the award to include support for efforts at integrating information literacy into a program or departmental curriculum.

Grant Award Winners

  • Dr. Brett Alyson Ange, Assistant Professor of Community Health, for PBH 110 Introduction to Public Health
  • Dr. Peter Applebaum, Professor of Educaion, for FY 103 Strangely Familiar Music Group
  • Dr. Eleonora Bartoli, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the master’s counseling degree program, for PY 570 Professional Issues in Counseling
  • Dr. Jodi Bornstein, Assistant Professor of Education, Coordinator of the Social Studies Education Program and Faculty Liaison for School Collaborations, for ED 319 Social Studies Methods
  • Dr. Peter Siskind, Assistant Professor of History and Director of the International Studies program and University Seminars, and Dr. Jennifer Riggan, Assistant Professor of International Studies, for HS 201/IS 201 History/IS Research Writing
  • Dr. Michelle Washington, Assistant Professor of Business, for BA 101 International Business and Culture

Campus Happenings

“The Road to Freedom,” Jan. 19

In recognition of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and those who came before him in the struggle for freedom, civil rights, and social justice, Key Arts Productions’ “The Road to Freedom” is a live multimedia experience which features informative and thought provoking live commentary that brings to life the story of the crusaders for civil rights and social equality. The contributions made by King, Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman and many others are described in this rousing musical performance, and captivating big screen video images make this powerful program an entertaining educational experience for all. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the event takes place on Monday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. in The Chat. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 215-572-4088 or daltonj@arcadia.edu. View flier.

Munch on the Presidents’ Favorite Foods, Jan. 20

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Dining Hall is dishing out a special lunch menu in celebration of the 56th Presidential Inauguration. The menu will feature favorite foods of past and present presidents, including chili (Barack Obama’s favorite), New England clam chowder (JFK), jellybeans (Reagan) and Mexican cuisine (George W. Bush). Stop by the Dining Hall between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. to join in the celebration and see what other favorites are served.

Arcadia University Colloquium: The Power of Hunger: You May Never Look at Food The Same Way Again, Jan. 22

Arcadia University’s Colloquium Series presents a lecture by Daniele Giovannucci, Senior Consultant to the World Bank Group and a research team leader for the United Nation’s International Trade Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m., in Grey Towers Castle Mirror Room. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside. The lecture is free and open to the public. Read more.

‘Behind the Scenes’ Business Lecture Series, Starting Jan. 26

Arcadia University's “Behind the Scenes” Business Lecture Series kicks off Spring 2009 on Monday, Jan. 26, at 7:15 p.m. with Antonio Ceballos, Director of the Philadelphia Office of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read more.

Foreign Correspondence

Christensen Visits Programs in Australia, New Zealand

Happy Holidays from New Zealand! Taking a moment beside a lovely seasonal tree during a recent visit to Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad programs in New Zealand are, pictured from left: Mark Busskohl, Regional Team Leader, Auckland International, the University of Auckland; Jane Gunn-Lewis, Arcadia New Zealand Resident Director; Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Executive Director of the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad; and Tim Barton, Director of Student Services, Arcadia Center for Education Abroad.
Christensen and Tremewan
Christensen and Tremewan

Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Vice President and Executive Director of the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad, met with staff and visited Arcadia’s programs in Australia and New Zealand last month. Among the educators she met with, shown here, was Christopher Tremewan, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of The University of Auckland. Arcadia has one of the oldest and largest campus-based study abroad operations in the country, serving more than 3,000 students a year from 350 other colleges and universities. Arcadia’s experienced staff is well-versed about the higher education systems in Australia and New Zealand, as well as the academic options and university structure of each Arcadia program. Read more about Arcadia’s staff in Australia and New Zealand.

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.

  • Check out Kayla Grzech’s blog as she spends the spring semester studying abroad at the American University in Cairo. An International Studies major with a concentration in Globalization, Development, and Human Rights, she’s taking Arabic and focusing most of her studies on the Middle East.
  • Follow along with Elizabeth Armstrong, a junior from the Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business Honors Program, as she studies with Arcadia University in London.

Sports Update

Women's Basketball Staves Off Lady Lions Comeback

(2-10) Arcadia University fifth-year player Caitlin Sparks sank the back of a one-and-one with four ticks remaining on the clock to help the Knights stave off a comeback by the Lady Lions of Penn State Harrisburg, 46-45, in non-conference women's basketball. Sparks poured in a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the year to lead the Knights to their second win of the season. Read more.

Men's Basketball Defeats Lebanon Valley in Conference Opener

Freshman forward Khalief Trawick's layup with 27 seconds remaining gave the Knights their first lead since the 16-minute mark of the opening stanza. The play set the stage for a trio of free throws by senior Terrell Varnado in the closing seconds, as Arcadia handed Lebanon Valley College a 76-72 loss in the Commonwealth Conference opener. Read more.

In the News

Alumni in the News

Joanne E. Glassoff is the new director of senior nutrition programs and adult/Jewish programming at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Monmouth (N.J.) County, according to the Atlanticville newspaper. A resident of Toms River, Glassoff earned a B.A. in Psychology and certification in special education. "It just feels right to make a difference in the Jewish community," Glassoff, who teaches at Temple Beth Shalom’s Hebrew High School in Manalapan, told the Atlanticville. "My mother volunteered her entire adult life to various Jewish organizations, and I realized I could make a difference both as a volunteer and a professional." Read more.

Paula Raimondo '06MAE, a Newtown resident who recently was named Bucks County Poet Laureate for 2008, received a proclamation from the Bucks County Commissioners recognizing the “esteemed accomplishment,” as reported in the Dec. 31 Bristol Pilot. Her inauguration as the 32nd Bucks County Poet Laureate took place in November. The poet laureate program is funded by Bucks County Community College and administered by Dr. Allen Hoey, the 2001 Bucks County Poet Laureate.

As stated in the proclamation, Raimondo “shares her gift for poetry as a teacher at Bucks County Community College.”

Carrie Stuart '98 is the new president of the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce, as announced in the Jan. 10 Gettysburg Times. Stuart started as a temp after college, hoping that the job would be a temporary position until she found a way to utilize her chemistry degree. “I did not really seek it, but I enjoyed what I was doing, so I really could not turn it down,” she said. “Initially, I was just looking for full-time; but as things moved on a little bit more, I knew I did not want to be a lab rat. I love people; I am such a people person. After I started here, I never thought I could go back to doing that; this is my niche.”

Arcadia in the News

A notice about Arcadia University’s Colloquium Series featuring Daniele Giovannucci, senior consultant to the World Bank Group and a research team leader for the United Nation’s International Trade Centre, appeared on the Intelligencer Web site on Friday, Jan. 9. Read more.

Arcadia Students in the News

Alexys Jolie Grimm, a senior psychology and pre-physical therapy major, was inducted into Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology, during a cermony on Nov. 23 at Arcadia University Grey Towers Castle, as reported in the Dec. 15 Gettysburg Times. Shannon Scurlock '12 was also inducted into Psi Chi, as reported in noted the Daily Journal (Vineland, N.J.).

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