February 24, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
February 24, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

20 Students Headed to Model UN in The Hague

Moden UN in the Hague
The Model UN will address Ethnic Barriers to Integration in Europe and Human Rights in Tibet.

Living the Promise logoA 20-student delegation from Arcadia is attending the Harvard World Model UN in The Hague, the third largest city in the Netherlands, from March 21 to 30. The conference itself runs from Sunday, March 22, to Friday, March 27. The Arcadia delegation is the following: Jessica Andersen, Robert Avakian, Estefanny Aybar, Alexis Berends, Joseph Carp, Stephen Choromanski, Mariead Comasky, Tara Cote, Daniel Dotse, Caitlin Ford, Jazmine Goodwin, Heather Hegeman, Shaina McAndrews, Dajah Park, Dhanushi Rupasinghe, Brett Sharpe, Robin Sosnow, Trevor Squires, Kelly Stavrides, and Cindy Thilesen. Brittany McCall '08, now  an Enrollment Management Counselor, participated in Model UN as a student and is assisting on the experience, and Dr. Robert R. Thompson, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Political Science, is the faculty leader. Read more.

Knight Makes Appearance at Women's Basketball Game

Arcadia Knight
Watch the Knight in action.

Donning a brand-new cape, the Arcadia Knight came out to support the Women's Basketball team on Tuesday, Feb. 17. As Arcadia battled Albright in the Commonwealth Conference Pink Zone game, the Knight cheered, handed out T-shirts to the audience and watched the game with members of the men's basketball team. "The Arcadia Knight was a great addition to the girl's basketball game," says Tiffany Carr '11. "I think the opportunity to show team and school spirit is important especially at a small school." After the game, the Knight showed off his own basketball skills as he helped some younger audience members shoot baskets and dribble around the court. He also posed for photos and, overall, raised Arcadia spirit. Watch a video of the Knight at the game.

What’s Not Taxing in the Stimulus Packages

Tom Brinker
Brinker

By Thomas M. Brinker, Jr., LL.M., CPA, Professor of Accounting

The volatility of our current economic and tax climate has many of us confused with the daily changes that we have all witnessed. However, opportunities will unfold as new legislation occurs!

As a reminder, on Feb. 13, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 providing tax rebate checks to individuals and some business incentives for 2008, including an increase in the expensing limitation and a revitalization of the “bonus” depreciation program from 2001. Both of these business incentives were scheduled to expire, but with President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, these provisions have been extended through 2009. Read more.

New Arcadia University Library Catalog Goes Live

Searching for "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," a very good book by Junot Diaz
Landman Library Catalog was developed in-house by Arcadia University.

Arcadia University’s new Landman Library Catalog has gone live thanks to LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries. Landman Library’s a collection of online resources, databases (proprietary and open content) and the library catalog are accessible to all Arcadia University faculty and students at http://search.arcadia.edu. The Landman Library Catalog search provides a fast, user-friendly search interface to the entire collection.

Landman Library Catalog was developed in-house by Arcadia University using Pazpar2, an open-source middleware technology created by LibLime's partner, Index Data. Access to subscription content is provided by OpenTranslators, a new Web service offered by LibLime that offers a simple gateway interface to more than 9,000 subscription databases. Read more.

Student Alumni Ambassadors Win Award at Conference

CASE ASAP Conference
Front row, from left: Barry Hendler, Samantha Dence, Christie Shaub, and Danielle Frank

Arcadia sent several students to the Annual CASE ASAP Conference earlier this month. Led by former Student Alumni Ambassador President Barry Hendler, the Arcadia contingent won the award for Best Student Presentation. The four students—Hendler, Samantha Dence, Christie Shaub, and Danielle Frank—discussed ice-breaker games that require students to demonstrate leadership skills.

CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, is the professional organization for advancement professionals at all levels who work in alumni relations, communications, fundraising, marketing and other areas. CASE Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP) support CASE member higher education institutions by fostering and enhancing student involvement in all areas of advancement. Additionally, CASE ASAP supports the advancement profession by making students and their advisers aware of advancement opportunities, resources and career paths.

Communications Senior Utilizes Event-Planning Skills

Jessica Minkus, Corporate Communications Major
Minkus

Living the Promise logo“I have always been an event planner, ever since I was a child,” says Elizabeth Minkus '09 a Corporate Communications major with an individualized concentration in Event Planning. “For my thesis topic, I had wanted to do a benefit happy-hour type of event for a couple years, but was not aware that the school would let me.” As soon as she got the OK, however, Minkus knew exactly what she wanted to do.

“My friend and boss, Sara Schwartz, had a sister who died of complications after receiving a new heart through the Gift of Life's Transplant Foundation,” she says. “After her death, her family set up a scholarship foundation in her name, the Jessica Beth Schwartz Scholarship Fund. It awards university-bound organ recipients with $1,000 each year toward their education. As soon as I found out about this Scholarship, I knew I wanted to be a part of it.” Read more.

Contest: Got a Great Crib?

Cribs LogoThink you’ve got the sweetest residence hall room or apartment on campus? "If you want to show off your digs and win a $50 gift card to Target, here’s your chance," says Purnell Cropper, Web Content Editor. "All you have to do is make a video of yourself showcasing your Arcadia residence hall room, suite, or apartment and upload your clip to YouTube. (Commenting must be disabled.) Once you’ve uploaded your Arcadia “Cribs," e-mail the link to cropperp@arcadia.edu. Submissions will be reviewed and judged by online by Bulletin readers. So what are you waiting for?" Entries must be received by Tuesday, March 2, to be eligible for the contest.

Arcadia University reserves the right to exclude submissions that contain offensive material. Links may be distributed by the University for marketing and communications purposes. Submissions may not include copyrighted material and must be the submitter's work.

Art Students on Exhibit at Chestnut Hill

Students from Associate Professor Betsey Batchelor’s painting class have been invited to exhibit their work at the Music and Arts Festival at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill (PCCH). This is the second time Arcadia students have been invited. The exhibit runs from Feb. 27 to March 1. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. For $5 participants will receive refreshments. The exhibit is located in Widener Hall at PCCH, 8855 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, Pa.

A total of 25 students are exhibiting work, including Cait Bjellquist, Lauren Garvey, Jana Bailey, Matthew King, Tonya Walker, Jes Grazel, Megan Austin, Jean Stanton, Rebecca Miller, Abby Gray, Amie Zimmerman, Alicia Finger, Jenn Titone, Max Malinowski, Maria Clarke, Ashlee Weaver, Kaitlin Rincon, Chelsea Bucsak, Jess Vincent, Krista Profitt, Lynn Sipsey, Rick Tetreault, Nicole Asay, Ariane Vozar, and Stephen Neafsey.

IPCR Student Spends Semester at Paris Affiliate

Living the Promise logoTimothy M. McGowan, a student in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s program, was profiled in the Fall 2008-09 Newsletter of the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy, Arcadia’s affiliated campus in Paris, France. Students in the IPCR program don't just read about peace and conflict studies, they travel to key sites of international conflict and research real-world solutions. McGowan’s studies include a semester studying with international experts in international relations, but he says he also learned a lot about himself in the process.

“A semester abroad forces you to experience what you can in too short a time. You can embrace the foreign culture and learn as much as you can about it—and about yourself—or you can let it pass you by. As I reflect over my time here, I know I have made the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says McGowan.

Read more about Arcadia’s affiliated Master of International Relations and Diplomacy program in Paris.

Nominate a Deserving Faculty Member or Librarian

Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and Adjunct Faculty Award: “Is there a full-time professor on campus that has had a particularly positive effect on your education and experience at Arcadia University? What about an adjunct faculty member? Has he or she proved to be an especially effective classroom teacher? If so, this is your opportunity to nominate a full-time professor for the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and an adjunct faculty member for the Adjunct Faculty Award,” notes Kristin Wiesenhutter, Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The faculty members receiving the awards this year will be recognized at the March 28 Honors Convocation. The nomination forms—due March 7—can be accessed using the following links: Lindback Award for full-time professors and the Adjunct Faculty Award.

Faculty Outstanding Service Award: The Award is presented every two years to a full-time faculty member or professional librarian who has distinguished her/himself through an exceptional record of service to Arcadia University. A willingness to provide service to the University is regarded as implicit in employment at Arcadia. However, some individuals go beyond normal expectations to truly distinguish themselves in this regard. They help to improve substantially one or more aspects of the academic environment, enrich and enliven campus life, or enhance the University’s image and reputation in the external community. Read more about how to nominate a faculty member or professional librarian by the March 27 deadline.

Students Can Talk to Legislators about PHEAA Grants

Due to the challenging economic times, Pennsylvania undergraduates who receive PHEAA State Grants potentially could see a decrease in their state grant awards for the 2009-10 academic year, unless state legislators determine that the PHEAA Grant Program needs an increase of 5 percent, or $20.4 million. “As an Arcadia student, you can make a real difference and meet face-to-face with state legislators to voice your concern about this potential cut in funding on March 24 during Student Lobby Day in Harrisburg, Pa.,” notes Liz Rihl-Lewinsky, Arcadia’s Executive Director of Federal Aid Programs.

During this event, organized by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), students and faculty will go to Harrisburg to lobby for issues that have an impact on thousands of students in higher education. “We are seeking Arcadia students to attend this worthwhile event and represent Arcadia’s student body alongside students from other Pennsylvania institutions. Transportation from campus to Harrisburg will be provided by the University. The day begins in the Commonwealth Keystone Building with registration and a continental breakfast and continues with meetings with legislative officials and staff members. Lunch will then be provided. It is an excellent educational experience and a great opportunity to make a difference about the issues that really impact Pennsylvania students like you,” adds Rihl-Lewinsky. To get more details on Student Lobby Day or to sign up to participate or to write letters, contact Dan Yannuzzi in the One-Stop Shop at 215-572-2351 or via e-mail at Yannuzzi@arcadia.edu by March 10.

Seniors’ Commencement Attire Orders Due March 16

Class of 2009 members who will fulfill all requirements for graduation this year and plan to participate in the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15, must submit information to order commencement attire by March 16, notes Diana Bonner, Student Affairs Administrative Assistant. There is no charge for commencement attire. Complete the online order form by clicking the following link (www.arcadia.edu/comattire) or through MyArcadia. Go to the Student Affairs module located under the Campus tab and click on the Forms and Guidelines and look for Commencement Attire Order Form and more information.

Inside/Outside, Domestic Exchange Deadline is March 30

In addition to international options for fulfilling the Global Connections Experience portion of Arcadia’s Undergraduate Curriculum (for students who entered in Fall 2008 or after), there are several exciting options both in the Philadelphia region and around the nation, notes Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Associate Professor and Coordinator of ESL Programs and Director of Global Connections.

Glenside-based options include the Inside/Outside criminal justice program, the Hispanic Experience in Philadelphia, and a Social Welfare and Community course. Domestic opportunities available during the Fall 2009 semester include semester programs studying Latino Culture in Southern California and the Chicago Term. The application deadline for Inside/Outside and the domestic exchanges is March 30. Read more.

Fall 2009 Deposits Due March 13

For undergraduate students returning for the 2009-10 academic year, registration and deposit processes are right around the corner. Registration for Fall 2009 undergraduate classes begins Monday, March 30. All undergraduate students who wish to register for fall classes must pay a $100 registration deposit by Friday, March 13. Students with delinquent accounts or students who fail to pay the registration deposit will not be permitted to register without approval from a counselor in the One-Stop Shop. Note that this is the Friday before Spring Break begins.

For full-time students planning to reside in University housing, a $200 housing deposit along with the $100 registration deposit (a total deposit of $300) also is due by Friday, March 13. Students who submit a deposit after the deadline will not be able to participate in the housing selection process, forfeit the opportunity to select their room or their roommate(s), and will be placed on the housing wait list. Every attempt will be made to place all students on the wait list in housing as space becomes available, but the University cannot guarantee to hold housing for any student who defaults on a payment agreement or who is delinquent on their student account after May 5, 2009. Students with a credit balance who want to apply that credit balance as a housing and/or registration deposit must contact the One-Stop Shop and request that by the deposit due date. Read more.

Student Information System Is Now Self-Service

LaptopThe upgrade of the new PowerCampus Student Information product, Self-Service, was completed successfully over the weekend. Scott Grabus, Assistant Director of Systems Integration, notes the following important changes:

  • What was known as Student Information is now called Self-Service, including the link in MyArcadia’s Tools menu.
  • One major benefit of this software is that there is no longer a need for a separate password. A user’s MyArcadia username and password will log him or her into Self-Service.
  • The first time users log in, they need to verify their information. Self-Service pre-populates validation information based on what Arcadia has on record. If any of the information is blank or incorrect, see the Registrar’s Office to update it.
  • The main navigation menu is composed of Tabs, a submenu under each tab and, if necessary, additional options on the left side of pages.
  • There is a context-sensitive Help menu. On any page, a user can select Help -> Help for this page and it will give details about everything available on that page.
  • Besides such things as viewing grades, registering for classes, and making tuition payments, users will be able to update personal and address information directly from Self-Service. The Registrar’s Office will then be able to approve the changes online.

Art, Environmental Science Collide in Murphy Turret, Feb. 26

Living the Promise logoA special exhibition by students in the University Seminar on Envisioning Sustainability: Contemporary Art and Environmental Science opens this Thursday, Feb. 26, at 5 p.m. in a new gallery space in Murphy Hall (courtesy of Facilities) on the second floor across from the Auxiliary Mac Lab. (Actually in the turret!) There will be refreshments as well, notes Jessica Grazel '09, a student in the class and a member of the Environmental Club. The exhibition is called "CORN BRED: Are we what we eat?"

“We have sent out some invitations in campus mail,” notes Grazel. “But these aren't like normal invitations. We collected food wrappers and some recyclables and labeled them with the information for our exhibition, so that we could save paper!” Read more.

Thinking about Summer Courses? Special Discounts Offered

Summer Course ListingsSummer course registration—for undergraduate, graduate and online courses—is open now. For a complete listing of options, visit www.arcadia.edu/summer. Many summer education and online courses feature special pricing and discounts, including courses in Professional Writing, Instructional Technology, Autism, Teaching Italian, Education, and International Peace and Conflict Resolution. Many courses are discounted 20 percent and some up to 60 percent. Graduate options include several workshops and institutes that combine an on-campus weekend followed by online instruction. Dozens of courses are available online. For more information, contact the Office of Distributed Learning at 215-517-2506.

Audition to be the Arcadia Knight or Town Crier on March 6

Knight Ad
Artwork and flier by Dan Sypolt '09 as part of his senior thesis.

Auditions for the roles of the silent and stoic Knight and the Town Crier, the Knight’s outgoing and animated sidekick, take place on Friday, March 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. in The Chat. Audition as an individual or as a duo. Contestants may take up to five minutes to bring the characters to life through a routine of their own devising. They should provide their own music or props. Costumes, however, will be provided. To secure an audition, send an e-mail to knight@arcadia.edu by Friday, Feb. 27, with "Knight Life" in the subject line. Those selected will appear at campus events and athletic contests. More than one person will be selected for each position. The audition is co-sponsored by the Office of University Relations and the Athletics and Recreation Department. (Sorry, Meiers. Students only.) For more information, view flier for more information.

Green Tip: Reduce Waste

Recycle LogoEach American throws out about four pounds of trash every day. "As a country, we throw out more than any other country.  One of the major components of our trash is food. Throwing out food is bad for several reasons: rotting food in landfills releases greenhouse gases which contribute to global climate change and it wastes money. Plus, not everyone on the planet has an excess of food," says Stephanie Clymer.

What can you do? "Buy less stuff and be sure you really need it before walking up to the cashier. When you’re in the dining hall, only take food that you’re going to eat. Pay attention to what’s in your trash can and think about where it goes," says Clymer. For more ways to be less wasteful, visit www.reduce.org.

Looking forward to Earth Day? Contact the EnvironmentalNetwork@arcadia.edu.

Bookstore Sale and Customer Appreciation Days

Come to the bookstore and check out bestsellers/bargain books, which are 50 percent off starting Feb. 16. Get a book for as low as $1.99 after discount. Also, pick up greeting cards for 50 percent off while supplies last.

Customer Appreciation Days: Feb. 24 and 25, 20% off clothing and insignia gifts. The offer is not valid on previous purchases.

Volunteers Needed to Help with Special Athletes on March 7

The Arcadia Special Athletes Association (ASAA) needs student and staff volunteers to help out at Sportsfest on Saturday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kuch Center. Volunteers are needed to help set up sport stations—including volleyball, soccer and basketball nets—throughout the day. Volunteers are needed to cheer on the athletes and serve as lifeguards for pool activities, as well. For more information, contact Samantha Luciano or Brittany Dutch.

Student Volunteers Needed for Dr. Seuss Day, March 1

Arcadia's annual Dr. Seuss Day will be held on Sunday, March 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. Children have been invited to campus to participate in the festivities. Student volunteers are needed for the following activities: jugglers, face-painters, buddies for the children, storytellers, cake bakers, button makers (materials provided), and set-up/clean-up team. Faculty and staff are invited to bring their children. To participate, contact the Office of Community Service by Feb. 20 at 215-572-4000 or rubino@arcadia.edu.

Faculty and Staff: Register for Honors Convocation

Full-time, adjunct faculty and emeriti faculty and administrators are invited to march in the academic procession for Honors Convocation on Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. in Kuch Center. Faculty should use the online response form or contact the University Relations Office at 215-572-2969 to indicate whether they plan attending. Students on the Graduate and Undergraduate Dean’s List and Distinguished Honors List will be notified by letter. The ceremony is open to the public.

Regalia Rental Orders Due by Feb. 27

Faculty and administrators who do not own academic attire can rent needed items for Honors Convocation from the University Relations Office no later than Feb. 27. All orders are to be placed in person at the University Relations Office located at 2005 Church Road. Payment is by check only made payable to Arcadia University. No orders can be accepted by e-mail or telephone. For questions concerning faculty attire rental, please contact University Relations at 215-572-2969.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Ericksons Sculptures on Exhibit from Michigan to Korea

Heather Mae Erickson in her studio
Erickson works in her studio.
Photo from www.designboom.com

Heather Mae Erickson, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts, will present an exhibition of work at Mott Community College’s Fine Arts Gallery in the Visual Arts and Design Center located in Flint, Michigan, from Feb. 23 to March 10, as reported in the Feb. 19 Davison Index.

Erickson also will be exhibiting her work at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas; the NCECA Clay National Biennial Exhibition, Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Arizona; and The 5th World Ceramic Biennial 2009 Korea International Competition, Icheon, Korea.

Erickson received a B.F.A. from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia; an M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; and a Fulbright Fellowship for research at the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland.

Starr Wins National Award for Developmental Teaching

Renée Starr, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics and Director of Developmental Math and the Math Lab, has been chosen to receive the National Association of Developmental Educators (NADE) Award for Outstanding Service to Developmental Students. She will receive a plaque and a $500 stipend at the NADE Awards Ceremony during the NADE Conference in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday, Feb. 26. Last year, Starr won the Pennsylvania Association of Developmental Educators (PADE) Award for Exemplary Teaching in Developmental Education for 2008 was nominated for the NADE Award, which she won this year. She has been teaching at Arcadia for 11 years and was previously awarded Arcadia’s Adjunct Faculty of the Year award.

Upcoming Events

Let's Go

Faculty Art Exhibition: The Artist and the Object, through March 1

The Artist and the Object
View photos from the exhibition's opening.

View recent work by Arcadia University Fine Arts faculty presented with objects from their studios. The exhibition runs through March 1 in the Arcadia University Art Gallery.

Participating artists are Betsey Batchelor, Matthew Borgen, David Campbell, David Copestakes, Michael DeLuca '99, Kathryn Dethier, Amanda Elizabeth, Heather Mae Erickson, Carole Loeffler, Robert Mauro, Karen Misher '88, Johanna Inman, Gregg Moore, Anna G. Norton, Mary C. Rhodomoyer, Scott Rawlins, Abigail Ryan '03, Justin Myer Staller, Judith Taylor and Maryann Worrell.

View photos from the exhibition's opening.

Salsa Dance Lessons Sponsored by the Latino Association

The Latino Association is sponsoring salsa dance lessons every Monday through March 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. See the online event calendar for the location each Monday. Comfortable clothes and leather sole shoes with heels are recommended.

Knight Star Auditions, Feb. 25 and 26

“Do you think you can sing like Carrie Underwood, Clay Aiken or even Kelly Clarkson? If you think you can, then sign up to audition for Knight Star, sponsored by the English Department!” says Katie Conway. Sign-ups for auditions will take place starting Feb. 9 outside the Dining Hall. Auditions will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. in Oak Summit A Lounge (1st Floor A Building). For more information, contact Kate Conway at KConway@arcadia.edu or Bryan Durfee at Bdurfee@arcadia.edu.

The Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair, Feb. 25

Interested in becoming a teacher? Head to the Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair presented by the Delaware Valley Education Consortium on Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Valley Forge Convention Center. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information about pre-registering for the event, contact the Office of Career Development at 215-572-2939 or e-mail careerhelp@arcadia.edu. For directions to the Valley Forge Convention Center and information about employer participation, visit www.dvec.net.

The Women, Feb. 26-28 and March 1

The WomenArcadia University Theatre brings Clare Boothe Luce’s 1936 satire The Women to the MainStage of the Spruance Fine Arts Center. The Women is a social satire on the role of women in 1930s society. More than a play about gossip, the play is about class differences and the struggle for women to secure their place in the world, and it explores maturity and friendship among the women.

The Women is about types,” says Director Rob Roznowski. “The types of women who existed in the 1930s—and some could argue today—and how these women must deal with each other, men and their role in society. This show has great acerbic humor, and the class discussions of the play are some of the most relevant and best parts of the play. It is easy to look at the play as a camp piece of nostalgia, yet I think it is more important to look at the play and see what these wealthy women were barely escaping at the time—the depression.”

Show times are the following:

  • Feb. 26, 27 and 28 at 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 28 and March 1 at 2 p.m.

For ticket reservations, e-mail arcadiatheatre@arcadia.edu, call 215-572-2112 or use the online ticket reservation system TicketLeap. Purchase tickets online up until Thursday before weekend performance. To sign up for notices about arts and cultural events at Arcadia University, visit www.arcadia.edu/arts.

Faculty Forum: Carole Loeffler, Feb. 26

The Faculty Forum series presents Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, discussing “Suspending Reality: Making Art That Doesn’t Sell” on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. Faculty and staff are invited to attend.

LRN Open House Features Food, Games, Feb. 26

Learning Resource Network
Back row from left, Director of LRN Linda Pizzi, Rediet Sebsebie, Kelly Dunham; front row, Cassey Smith, Angela Wellman

Join the Learning Resource Network (LRN) for food, music, games and prizes galore! The LRN hosts an Open House on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 3 to 7 p.m. in their new location in Knight Hall. The LRN, formerly the Education Enhancement Center (EEC), offers academic support services to students in all subject areas. They provide one-on-one, drop-in and by-appointment tutoring in addition to facilitating study groups. The LRN lab and lounge are friendly, comfortable places to read or study or just hang out.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to come and learn about what the LRN has to offer. Come for the food, for the games and for the extra special Arcadia raffle! For more information, contact Debbie Golaszewski, Advising and Tutoring Coordintor, at golaszed@arcadia.edu.

Visiting Writers Series: Jeffrey Ethan Lee, Feb. 27

Jeffrey Ethan Lee
Lee

Jeffrey Ethan Lee, who is the Senior Poetry Editor for Many Mountains Moving, Inc., and currently teaches creative writing at West Chester University, will be at Arcadia University on Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m., in the Rose Room of Grey Towers Castle, as part of the Visiting Writers Lecture series. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Lee's book of poems, identity papers (Ghost Road Press, 2006), was a 2007 Colorado Book Award finalist. His first full-length collection, invisible sister (Many Mountains Moving Press, 2004), was praised in American Book Review, American Review, and Rain Taxi Review. Along with winning the 2002 Sow's Ear Poetry Chapbook prize for The Sylf (2003), he created identity papers for Drimala Records, published Strangers in a Homeland (Ashland Poetry Press, 2001), and also has published hundreds of poems, stories and essays in Many Mountains Moving, North American Review, African American Review, American Poetry Review, Xconnect, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Crosscurrents, Green Mountain Review, Washington Square and Other Voices. Read more.

Diversity Enrichment Mini-Institute, Feb. 27

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a Diversity Enrichment Mini-Institute sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs on Friday, Feb. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to  4:30 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. This faculty and staff professional development opportunity has the theme “Understanding Inclusivity and Building our Capacity for Diversity.” The presenters are Brian C. Johnson, Founder of Manna Unlimited Motivations; J. Mason, Workshop Facilitator with the Bryson Institute of the Attic Youth Center; and Dr. Susan Shapiro of the University of Pennsylvania Student Disabilities Services. R.S.V.P. by Monday, Feb. 23, Judy Dalton, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs, at daltonj@arcadia.edu or 215-572-4088. Participants will explore, expand, and increase levels of knowledge and understanding about varying issues of diversity and inclusion.

Dollars & Sense Education, Feb. 28

Financial Planning 101 will be conducted by Dollars & Sense Education on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to pay off school loans, budget money and much more. Students who want to attend must register with Career Development at careerhelp@arcadia.edu, 215-572-2939 or Knight Hall Room 133. The first 20 students to register will get a $30 discount, late-comers will pay $40, so don’t delay!

Arcadia University Hands-On Astronomy Night for Kids March 3

Arcadia University is celebrating The Year of Astronomy with a special Astronomy Night for Kids on Tuesday, March 3, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., in Boyer Hall, Rooms 309, 310, and 311. The event is free and open to kids of all ages.

“Learn about the moon through hands-on science activities,” says Dr. Julia Plummer, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Science Education. “Science methods students are designing educational activities targeted towards elementary kids for the event. You also can come and just look through the telescope at the moon if the skies are clear.” For more information, contact Plummer at plummerj@arcadia.edu or at 267-620-4113.

The Other Mommy War: Working Mothers and Stress, March 5

The Psychology Department is sponsoring continuing education for psychologists—and an interesting discourse on “The Other Mommy War: Working Mothers and the Feminization of Stress” on Thursday, March, 5, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. Dr. Dana Becker, Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College, will speak on the chameleon-like ability of stress to be represented as a physiological, psychological, emotional, and/or environmental condition, which gives it great cultural versatility. Today, the discourse of stress creates a social context of constraint for women—particularly for working mothers. The feminization of stress has reinforced an age-old separation of the occupational and domestic spheres and obscures the sociopolitical origins of the tensions in the lives of many women. This University Colloquia presentation is co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Women in Psychology. Arcadia University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Arcadia is also approved to sponsor Act 48 professional development credits for educators. For more information about free APA CE credits, please RSVP by February 26 to Carol Lyman, Clinical Coordinator of Psychology Graduate Programs, at lyman@arcadia.edu.

Jones to Co-Host Light of Unity Festival, March 28

This semester Adjunct Professor of English Quincy Scott Jones is teaching writing, performance poetry, and a University Seminar on "Politics & Poetics (or What Hip-Hop Was Supposed to Be)." On March 28, he will be co-hosting this year's Light of Unity Festival, an afternoon of artistic expression celebrating cultural, political, and aesthetic diversity sponsored by Chapter & Verse, a biweekly poetry and fiction reading series in Philadelphia. Read more.

Campus Happenings

Seniors, Faculty Celebrate 87 Days to Commencement

87 Celebration
View photos from 87.

The senior class celebrated the countdown of 87 Days to Commencement on Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. The event was sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office and hosted by the Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA). A total of 260 students, faculty and staff were in attendance. Those attending enjoyed refreshments with background piano music provided by Mark Sobol.

“Congratulations to the Class of 2009! We hope you find ways to continue to be connected to Arcadia University long after you depart our campus grounds,” says Nancy Woehrle, Assistant Director for Alumni Relations. View photos.

Singer Natalie Stovall: ‘This School is Awesome’

Natalie StovallArcadia University made an impressive impression on singer Natalie Stovall when she performed on Thursday, Feb. 12. Writes Stovall on her blog: “Let me just say, I am in love with this school. Not only is part of this campus a really awesome castle, but they have this newsletter they put in the bathrooms (on the stalls) called ‘Bathroom Talk.’ One of the subjects was about the health benefits of chocolate. It contains some of the same nutrients as dark veggies. As long as you eat it in moderation, (not over 3.5oz a day) it can be good for you. Done. This school is awesome.” Stovall even posted photos Student Program Board and the student organizers of her concert on her blog.

Study Abroad—Foreign Correspondence

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.

  • Deborah Pabon has started to blog from Egypt.
  • 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 Team Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

The Columbia Diva's basketball team from the Glenside Youth Athletic Club helped raise awareness.

On Feb. 17, 2009, the Women's Basketball team supported breast cancer awareness by participating in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Pink Zone. Created in 2007 and originally called Think Pink, Pink Zone encourages coaches to help raise breast cancer awareness on the court, on their campus, in their communities and beyond.

Arcadia created a Pink Zone at the game by encouraging fans to wear pink and hosting a raffle with all proceeds, as well as additional contributions, going to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. In addition, the first 100 fans that showed up in pink were entered into a giveaway co-sponsored by the Women's Basketball team and Arcadia's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Joining the Knights to raise awareness was the Glenside Youth Athletic Club (GYAC) Columbia Diva's basketball team. The team is comprised of fourth and fifth grade girls from the Glenside area. Sporting pink, the girls played during halftime. Read more.

Baseball Aspires for Commonwealth Playoff Berth in 2009

Arcadia University Baseball enters the 2009 season tied with Albright College for fourth in the Commonwealth Conference pre-season coaches poll, announced by the league office today. Arcadia, who received 16 votes, makes the jump from the MAC Freedom to the MAC Commonwealth for the 2009 season and beyond, while first year coach Brian Pugh takes the helm of a young team that includes ten freshmen looking to compete for playing time. Read more.

Softball Aims to Contend for Playoff Berth in 2009

Arcadia University Softball has been selected to finish fifth out of seven teams in the 2009 Commonwealth Conference pre-season coaches poll, announced today by the league office. The Knights went 11-22 overall and 10-8 while one-year members of the Freedom Conference in 2008, and earned 23 points for their 2009 fifth place rating ahead of Albright (6th) and Lycoming (7th). Read more.

In the News

Arcadia in the News

The Courier Times reported Feb. 20 on children’s activities planned at Arcadia in March. “The University will celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday March 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle with Dr. Seuss Day mini-carnival. Children in grades K-4 accompanied by an adult are invited to enjoy a fun-filled day of activities from bingo, face painting, juggling, story telling, button making, obstacle courses, memory, and freeze dancing,” the Courier Times reported. “There will be an astronomy night for children on March 3 from 7:30 to 9 p.m., in Boyer Hall, rooms 309, 310, and 311. The events are free and open to children of all ages.” The paper quoted Dr. Julia Plummer, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Science Education.

The Intelligencer reported Feb. 18 on two free lectures in March. Arcadia University offers free lectures in March at Arcadia: “The Other Mommy War: Working Mothers and The Feminization of Stress” with Dana Becker, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College, on Thursday, March 5, and “Leonardo in the 21st Century: Strategies for Educating Contemporary Art Students,” led by Scott Rawlins, Associate Professor of Fines Arts, on Thursday, March 12. 

On Feb. 20, the Intelligencer reported on “Poetry editor will be featured speaker,” a story about Jeffrey Ethan Lee, senior poetry editor at Many Mountains Moving, who will speak at Arcadia on Friday, Feb. 27.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Pradyumna Chauhan, Professor of English, was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Lexington Herald-Leader in an article about Pearl Buck, whose original manuscript of The Good Earth—which had to be recovered by the FBI—is going on display in Bucks County. The Inquirer reported, “The chance to see The Good Earth excites scholars such as Pradyumna Chauhan, an English professor at Arcadia University. 'It's like seeing the original, rather than the print, of a precious painting,' said Chauhan, adviser to a documentary on Buck. 'If you can see the brush strokes, you get more meaning out of it.'"

Paul Meshejian, Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts, will be Marquis in the People’s Light & Theatre production of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities March, March 11 to May 3, as reported Feb. 19 on www.broadwayworld.com.

Meshejian has been a company member with People’s Light since 1989 and has been seen on most of the major stages in Philadelphia. He is the founding Artistic Director of PlayPenn, a national new play development conference located in Philadelphia and now its fifth season. Read more.

Edith Stetser, Adjunct Professor in Modern Languages, was mentioned in an article “How fear and trembling led us to Amelie Nothomb,” in the Feb. 19 Chestnut Hill Local. Read more.

Students in the News

Chatrine Siswoyo, who graduated in December 2008 with an individualized major in International Relations, was featured on the Indonesian news site Suara Merdeka.

Melinda Messina '10 was noted in her hometown newspaper, the Altamont (N.Y.) Enterprise, on Feb. 12 for her appearance in the Arcadia University Theatre production of The Women, which opened last week. She also has appeared in Arcadia productions of The Love of the Nightingale and An Evening of Improv. The Women also was listed in the Feb. 20 Philadelphia Inquirer.

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