January 20, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
January 20, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Walbert Meets with Obama Education Transition Team

Jan Walbert

Dr. Jan Walbert, Arcadia’s Vice President for Student Affairs, was part of a small group who met in December with President-Elect Barack Obama’s Transition Team to discuss higher education and student success. “We could have talked for hours, and the one hour we had went faster than most other one-hour meetings I have attended. Nonetheless, we had a great discussion about everything from access, affordability, alcohol, and alliances with secondary education to the diversity of our students, our institutions, and the many who have increasing expectations for higher education,” Walbert says.

“Our need to enhance the aging infrastructures of many campuses who are serving large numbers of first-generation students and students with incredibly diverse preparation, talents, backgrounds and needs, was among other topics raised. We shared ideas about service initiatives for students, recognition of the strength higher education in the U.S. has in its own diversity, concerns about support for the mental health of our students, and critical elements to simplify financial aid application materials.” Read more.

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

Arcadia students gather in The Chat to watch the Inauguration.

Not all the inauguration hoopla is taking place in Washington, D.C. Dr. Jennifer Riggan, Assistant Professor of International Studies, is marching in the Inaugural Parade for President-Elect Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20, as part of a Peace Corps delegation. And Marketing and Development Writer Michelle Tooker '07 is reporting from the celebration via Twitter and Youtube (video 1; video 2). 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.

  • 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.

Contest: Where’s the Knight?

Arcadia Knight
"I'll be back."

Last week's Bulletin featured a peek into the Arcadia Knight's photo album, revealing a few stops from his tour de Glenside. E-mails from students trying to identify the various locations piled up, but only two contestants came close. Amanda Grell '09 and JoLynne Holloman '10 identified four out of five locations correctly and will receive $25 gift certificates to the campus bookstore. Check back next week for another chance to play.

Here are the five locations: 1) a window in Grey Towers Castle overlooking Brubaker Hall 2) the door of the Mac Lab in Murphy Hall 3) the copier on the second floor of the library 4) the Peace Poll in the library courtyard and 5) the circular window outside of the Photography Studio in Murphy Hall.

Apply Now for Campus Leadership Positions: OL, CA, RA

Campus Leadership positions are available, and it’s time to apply. “Develop new skills and hone current ones,” says Assistant Director of Residence Life Cat Mattingly. “Make long-lasting friendships while you discover new talents you never knew you had!”

  • Orientation Leader applications are due Feb. 5. Go to Student Affairs in Knight Hall or Student Activities in Dilworth Hall to pick up an application.
  • Commuter Assistant applications are due Feb. 20. Commuter Assistants receive a small stipend. Contact Dean of Students Jeff Ewing at ewingj@arcadia.edu.
  • Resident Assistant applications are due Feb. 20. Resident Assistants receive 40 percent off the room rate and a monthly stipend. Check out Residence Life Employment Opportunities on MyArcadia (Blackboard) and fill out the online application. Contact Mattingly with any questions at mattingly@arcadia.edu.

Weight Watchers at Work Forming Now

A Monday lunchtime Weight Watchers program from noon to 1 p.m. for faculty and staff could begin as early as Feb. 2. If interested in participating, make a check payable to “Weight Watchers” in the amount of $135, which will cover the cost of all program materials for the 10 weeks, and send to Lorraine M. Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Representative. “If you are already a lifetime member, or are currently enrolled in a neighborhood program and want to switch to the at-work program for the 10 weeks, the cost will be $130,” adds Yearicks. “So that we can get moving quickly, I am requesting all participants to send their checks to me by this Friday, Jan. 23. Remember, you can get reimbursed for your participation if you have medical coverage through Keystone or Personal Choice, either through Arcadia or any other employer.”

Arcadia Community Mourns Two Deaths

The Arcadia community was saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Charles E. Moulton Sr., Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Mathematics, on Jan. 18. He came to Arcadia in 1966 and retired in 1992. Relatives and friends are invited to the memorial service on Friday, Jan. 23, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Ambler, 4 S. Ridge Ave., Ambler, Pa. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be sent to University Advancement.

The Arcadia community also was saddened to learn of the passing of Thelma Stewart, former Secretary in Enrollment Management and student at Arcadia. She passed away on Dec. 29. Stewart worked at Arcadia until last August, leaving so that she could continue her studies here at Arcadia on a full-time basis. She was looking forward to completing her Accounting degree this year. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to Student Affairs.

Civility Flag Was Lowered Last Week

Civility LogoOn Jan. 13, a student discovered a swastika drawn in the dust on her car. This is the third incident of incivility reported this academic year. The Civility Flag, located between the Dining Complex and the Landman Library, was lowered for five days last week. The student reported this incident to Public Safety and the Dean of Students, and the swastika has been removed. The individual(s) who drew this symbol of hate have not been identified at this time. Anyone with information about this incident should contact either the Director of Public Safety (215-572-2187) or the Dean of Students (215-572-2932). 

When an act of incivility occurs at Arcadia University or at Arcadia University-sponsored events, there is a thorough inquiry of the situation. If the persons responsible are identified, the actions will be adjudicated through the University disciplinary process. In addition, it is the University’s priority to support and respond to the needs of those directly affected and to communicate with and educate both the immediate community and the larger University community as appropriate.  If you or anyone you know is aware of information about this incident or any other act of incivility, please contact the Dean of Students as soon as possible. See more about reporting on MyArcadia in the Civility module.

Weekly Green Tip: Use Less Energy

Recycle LogoThis week, focus on using less energy. An easy way to do this is to turn off electronic equipment that is not in use. "You really don't need your lights, radio, and TV on in your room while you're down the hall or in class," says Stephanie Clymer. "While you're at it, unplug phone chargers, TVs, computers, microwaves, etc. These things use electricity when they're plugged in, even if not in use. Try putting everything on a power strip so you just have one switch to turn off. Get your friends involved, and remind each other to turn off and unplug."

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.

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

Ortiz Work Helps Hedge Mortgage-Servicing Portfolios

Carlos Ortiz

Dr. Carlos Ortiz, Associate Professor of Mathematics, published the article “Delta hedging of mortgage-servicing portfolios under gamma constraints,” which appeared in a recent issue of The Journal of Risk Finance (Vol. 9, No. 4, 2008, pp. 379-390). Ortiz co-authored this article with professors from Brooklyn College and Citytech, both components of the City University of New York (CUNY). In this timely work, the authors note that: “A number of financial institutions have significant amounts of mortgage-servicing rights (MSR) which need to be delta (dynamic) hedged. Because MSR have a positive duration when prepayment effect is stronger than discount effect, it is possible to delta hedge a portfolio of MSR with other fixed-income securities such that the value of the portfolio is not affected by increases or decreases in market rates.” The purpose of their paper is to address this issue.

Rayner Assists in Education Abroad Field Survey

Elise Rayner

Elise Rayner, Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad Assistant Director for the Mountain Region, was part of a three-person team who coordinated the development and analyzed the results of the Forum for Education Abroad 2008 State of the Field Survey. The State of the Field Survey provides information about the funding, cost and value of study abroad and is intended to serve as a resource for advisers and administrators in advancing quality education abroad programming. View the survey results, at www.forumea.org/research-data.cfm. Arcadia University was one of the founding members of the Forum for Education Abroad and continues to be involved in supporting its mission to improve education abroad programs to benefit the students that participate in them.

Upcoming Events

Arcadia University Colloquium: The Power of Hunger, 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. The lecture is free and open to the public. Read more.

Get in Line: Contradance in the Castle, Jan. 23

This is no ordinary school dance. Student Activities and the Arcadia International Folk-Dancing Club will be hosting contradance on Friday, Jan. 23, at 8:30 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. In contradance, people dance in couples, making a series of moves and figures with each other, and switching partners for a short time. Learn several folk dance styles from an instructor (“the caller”) who will make sure to teach the moves slowly and clearly as live music plays. Yoana Koleva '10, President of the Folk Dancing Club, encourages all students to come and try learning the art of contradance. “I believe that the event will be a lot of fun for anyone who comes, no matter whether they are familiar or not with this type of dancing,” says Koleva. For more information about contradance and other forms of folk-dancing contact the Folk Dancing Club at folkdancingclub@arcadia.edu.

Pool Party—Now With Volleyball Games, Jan. 24

The Co-Ed Volleyball Team hosts the first Pool Party of the semester, and this time, there will be volleyball games as well. Come play on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 8 p.m. until midnight in the Kuch Center at the Lennox Pool. During the party, students can enjoy poolside smoothies as they mingle. Caitlin Rooney, Campus Activities Programmer says, “The two Pool Parties last semester were really enjoyed by the students who attended, and Student Activities is hoping to attract more students with the opportunity to play Volleyball in the gym as well.” Admission to the Pool Party is free to all Arcadia students.

Falafel Making and Hillel Meeting, Jan. 25

Hillel invites students to its first meeting of the semester on Sunday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Discuss the group’s upcoming events, enjoy falafel, and learn how the traditional middle eastern desert falafel is made. “Hillel serves to unite Jewish students at Arcadia but we open our events and meetings to anyone on campus who is interested in learning about Judaism,” says Hillel’s Vice President Dana Blechman '11. The falafel making will be taking place in the lounge on the second floor of Knight Hall.

‘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.

SPB Presents: The Express, Feb. 6

On Friday, Feb. 6, enjoy a film viewing of The Express, courtesy of SPB, in The Chat at 9 p.m. This event is free and outlines the astonishing true story of college football star Erinie Davis and his rise to become the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. Despite Davis never being able to play professionally due to a health tragedy, this inspirational tale outlines that with a dream and dedication, anything is possible.  Contact Kate Bryant for more information at bryantk@arcadia.edu.

Double Feature: Lakeview Terrace and The Express, Feb. 8

Courtesy of SPB, a double screening of Lakeview Terrace and The Express will be shown on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. in Oak Summit C119. Lakeview Terrace synopsis: For Chris and Lisa, their dream life together was just beginning when they moved into their plush Southern California home on the idyllic Lakeview Terrace.  However, once news of their interracial marriage hits new next-door neighbor and LAPD officer Abel Turner (Samuel L. Jackson), things start to take a turn for the worse. Throwing away any notions of being neighborly, a war begins between the families when Chris and Lisa decide that it's time to fight back; a war located in their own backyards.

BAS Sponsored: Baltimore Road Trip, Feb. 7

On Saturday, Feb. 7, join Arcadia’s Black Awareness Society for a trip to the “Blacks in Wax” museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Afterward, spend the remainder of the day shopping and eating in Baltimore Harbor. Buses leave at 10 a.m. and are set to return by 9 p.m. Space is limited. Register at the Student Activates Office in Dilworth Hall.

SPB CoffeeHouse Presents: Natalie Stovall, Feb. 12 

Join SPB on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 9 p.m. for a free concert featuring the musical creations of Natalie Stovall. Stovall has been a lover both of music and performing for years. Her mix of the country genre with aspects of rock, pop, and soul have captivated audiences across the nation.  For more information on Natalie, log onto www.nataliestovallartist.com.

Campus Happenings

Men's Lacrosse Club Goes to Overtime

View photos from the match.

The Arcadia University Men’s Lacrosse Club lost a hard-fought overtime pre-season decision versus Philadelphia University, 4-3, on Nov. 22. Arcadia was leading 3-1 in the fourth quarter when Martin Witmer, who had scored two goals and helped maintain control of the ball, went down with a severe knee injury. Missing their outstanding player and down to just two substitutes, the Arcadia men wore down against the superior manpower of Philadelphia and relinquished two goals. (Best wishes to Witmer in his recovery!)

In overtime, a Philadelphia attack man beat Arcadia’s stalwart goalie Jason Winkler '10 on an unstoppable shot from in close. Winkler had kept Arcadia in the game by making one outstanding save after another, at times using the shaft of his stick and at other times relying on kick saves that he learned to do as a hockey goalie. Alex Sumitro '10 added the third goal for Arcadia on an incredible left-handed, top-corner shot to the goalie’s stick side from distance. Read more.

Study Abroad—Foreign Correspondence

Study Abroad in India

Students in the Alliance for Global Education’s new study abroad program in India arrived last week and headed to a rustic, secluded orientation site in the hills between Mumbai and Pune. See blogs and photos about study abroad in China and India through The Alliance for Global Education, a partnership of the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad and the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University. Read more.

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

Mulholland Named Commonwealth Player of the Week 

Arcadia senior guard Bobby Mulholland has been voted this week's Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week for helping his Knights improve to 2-1 in the league and 7-8 overall. Mulholland provided a 15-point performance against Lycoming on Saturday, a 61-56 win for the Knights, propelling them into a three-way tie for first with Widener (11-4) and Albright (11-5). Read more.

Trawick, Knights Rally for 61-56 Win over Lycoming

(7-8) First-year forward Khalief Trawick poured in a team-high 16 points and five rebounds to help guide Arcadia Men's Basketball to a big Commonwealth Conference 61-56 win over visiting Lycoming College Saturday afternoon. With the win, Arcadia improves to 7-8 and 2-1 in Commonwealth play. Read more.

Lycoming Down Knights in Women's Basketball

(2-12/0-3) The Lady Warriors of Lycoming College improved to 2-2 in conference play, using a deep bench to help hold off Arcadia University, 52-41, in Commonwealth women's basketball action Saturday afternoon. Arcadia got top performances from fifth-year player Caitlin Sparks, who finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds, and from sophomore Corrine Geiger, who notched eight points, three blocks and a career-high 15 boards. Junior Kim Milligan iced 12 points and brought down five boards to help the Knights' efforts. Read more.

Swimmers Fall in Dual Loss to King’s

(M: 1-7/1-2, W: 0-8-1/0-2-1) King's College Men's and Women's Swimming visited Glenside Saturday afternoon and returned to Wilkes-Barre with a dual meet sweep over the Knights of Arcadia University. King's women topped the Knights 164-80, while the King's men posted a 128-93 win over Arcadia. Read more.

In the News

Students in the News

Graduate Humanities student Alexis Jeffcoat, is one of two Philadelphia women who launched a local chapter of Swirl Inc. in Philadelphia this month. According to a news release, Jeffcoat “previously managed volunteers at Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and just finished developing a volunteer program for Dress for Success Philadelphia. She has also worked on the planning committee for the Walk for Paws, a major fundraiser for the Chester County SPCA.” Read more.

Alumni in the News

South Dakota State University reports that Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal member Lanniko Lee '72, who graduated from Arcadia with a BA in Sociology, will talk about medicinal and nutritional plants collected and used by Native Americans at the South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. as part of the Ag Museum’s hosting of the Smithsonian exhibition, “Between Fences.” A news release says her talk on Medicine, Mosaics and Other Matters “describes how to locate and harvest native plants. Lee practices using native plants in a number of ways according to what she learned from her relatives. She gives a historical look at plant trade in the upper Midwest recounting the practice of people intimately connected to the land, part of which drastically changed after the building of Missouri River dams. Lee was born and raised along the Missouri River in what was formerly Armstrong, now Dewey, County and received her bachelor’s degree from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania and a master’s from the Bread Loaf School of English in Vermont. As a published author, she has written for a variety of publications and lectured throughout the country.”

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