|March 3, 2009|
|March 3, 2009||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Graduates: ‘Start Your Job Search’
While the headlines continue to sound the drumbeat of recession, students in the Class of 2009 are still getting job offers and finding opportunities. “Don’t be put off by the news. It’s time to start your job search,” says Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development
Career Development has several events remaining on the schedule for this semester designed to give Arcadia students a jump on their internship, job search or graduate school applications.
For more information on any of the following events, contact Career Development in Knight Hall or call 215-572-2939.
Resumé Riot: Having a strong resume is key for new job seekers when searching for employment, especially during tough economic times. “Get your resumé prepared for the Internship & Job Fair or for your job search by meeting with a Career Development representative,” says Hertel. Drop in for on on-the-spot critique, no appointment necessary, on Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27, from noon to 2 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. An additional session is Wednesday, March 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. Read more.
Newsweek Contributing Editor Speaks on Campus March 11
Robert J. Samuelson, contributing editor of Newsweek and The Washington Post, speaks on campus Wednesday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. in Brubaker Hall Room 201 as part of the Behind the Scenes Business Lecture Series
Samuelson's articles also appear in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and other influential newspapers. He began his career in journalism as a reporter on the business desk of The Washington Post 1969. He left the paper to become a freelancer in 1973. His work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The New Republic and The Columbia Journalism Review. He joined the National Journal in 1976, where he wrote the "Economic Focus" column. He was a contributing editor there from 1981 to 1984, until he left to write for Newsweek.
Samuelson was born in New York City. He received his bachelor's degree in 1967 from Harvard University, where he majored in government. One of his recurring topics is Social Security and the unwillingness of the politicians to deal with problems he and others believe it will have in the future. He has written three books.Samuelson also does not vote in any elections (be they national, state or local) as he believes that voting interferes with his impartiality as a journalist.
Student Headed to D.C. to Interview UN Environmental Adviser
Kelley Glenn '10, a Political Science major, is planning a unique Earth Day observance for Arcadia. She will be headed to Washington, D.C, over spring break to videotape interviews with the United Nations Environmental Program's senior adviser, William H. Mansfield III, and his top officer in the UNEP, Amy Fraenkel. On Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in The Chat, the Arcadia community will view her environmental documentary exploring the environmental successes, exploring the unresolved stagnant issues, and asking the question: “Can we live a comfortable life while being eco-friendly?” Stay tuned on Glenn’s blog.
Applications due March 6 for Summer Jobs in Conference Services
The Conference Services Department is looking for workers for their summer positions. Stop by the Conference Services office located on the lower level of Dilworth Hall to pick up an application. Applications are due by Friday, March 6, by noon. The position will begin with training on May 20 and end on Aug. 14. They are looking for individuals who have the ability to work varied hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. with an on-call duty rotation in the evenings, plus varied hours on weekends; have the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of guests (e.g., summer campus, adult education conference attendees as well as campus constituents); can perform entry-level office work (e.g., filing, making copies, answering phones, etc.); is flexible and able to handle minor set-ups and other duties as assigned; is willing to live in campus housing for the summer with other students. Those who have worked for Conference Services in the summer and want to return must reapply.
Sophomore Shadows Two Local PR Professionals
Jamie Snyder, a Communications major at Arcadia University, recently took part in a shadowing program that connects public relations and communications students with professionals in the local chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Snyder recapped her experience in the recent IABC newsletter, writing the following:
“My name is Jamie Snyder, and I am the future of public relations. Today, however, I am merely a public relations communications major at Arcadia University…. In other words, I am currently beginning the lifelong process of learning and honing my professional skills. The seemingly distant future, however, is hardly as far off as it may appear... Read more.
Alumni Headed Back to Louisiana to Help Poor
Nikunj Rajesh Shah '08 was quoted in the article “Spring breakers skip Cancus for volunteer work” on CNN.com. While a student at Arcadia University, Shah participated in Alternative Spring Break, volunteering in the United States and Mexico.
This year Shah will be traveling to Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, a city that has been largely ignored by disaster relief efforts in the wake of hurricanes Katrina, Wilma and Rita. Also accompanying Shah will be Allison Lafferty '08, Danielle Lockhard '08 and Emily Finch '08. This will be their second return trip to Jean Lafitte. They will be working with Southern Mutual Help, an organization that for over 30 years has worked in helping the rural poor.
“This group of dedicated alumni will travel to Jean Lafitte on their own, paying their own expenses and will meet up with students from Arcadia’s Alternative Spring Break,” says Cindy Rubino, Director of Community Service.
“I’ve always had an interest in helping people. I’ve always been really involved in community service,” Shah said.” “So I saw this as an opportunity to go places I haven’t been before, to get a feel for different cultures and to help people there that truly need help.” Read more.
Travel Alert Issued for Mexico
Those students who may be planning to travel to Mexico for Spring Break should be aware that the U.S. State Department has issued a travel alert due to an increase in crime and violence near the U.S. border. The full alert is available at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html.
Education Grad Brings Oz to Life at High School
Eddie Hall '07, who earned his degree in secondary education at Arcadia, is bringing drama to hundreds of students at Annapolis High School in Maryland. HometownAnnapolis.com reported Feb. 23 that the first-year director of the drama program is getting about 65 students involved in the production of The Wizard of Oz, either on stage or back stage, and nearly 100 more in the drama company. “All those hands are needed to pull off the show's elaborate staging and special effects. The twister scene alone involves leap-frogging actors, copious amounts of fog, and a mix of computer technology and professional theater effects,” says the site. Read more.
Book-a-Book Sale at the Book Store
Come to the bookstore to check out the Buck-a-Book sale, which features a variety of bestsellers for $1, starting March 2 while supplies last.
Contest: Got a Great Crib?
Think 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions will be reviewed and judged by online by Bulletin readers. So what are you waiting for?" Entries must be received by Monday, April 6, to be eligible for the contest.
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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.
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.
Green Tip: Re-use
This week, think of ways to re-use instead of buying and trashing. There are lots of things you can do. "Wash a mug instead of throwing out a Styrofoam cup. Don't buy and throw out plastic water bottles. Use both sides of paper. Donate your gently-used clothing to thrift shops or charities," says Stephanie Clymer. "If you do get plastic grocery bags, use them next time you go shopping, or use them as trash bags. Go online and look for craft ideas that re-use everyday items."
If you have any great ideas or need help getting started, e-mail the EnvironmentalNetwork@arcadia.edu.
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.
Thinking about Summer Courses? Special Discounts Offered
Summer 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 27
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 27, 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 email@example.com by Monday, March 23, 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.
Patricia ‘Trish’ Creegan, Special Education
The Arcadia community was saddened to learn of the passing of Patricia "Trish" Creegan, Adjunct Professor of Special Education, on Feb. 20 after fearlessly battling cancer. “Trish was a tireless inclusion and family advocate and was instrumental in forming the Pennsylvania Education for All Coalition,” says Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Assistant Professor and Special Education Coordinator. A funeral Mass was held on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Saint Francis Xavier Church, The Oratory, 24th and Greene streets, and the interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to PA Education for All Coalition, 1314 Walnut St., Suite 403, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Donations also may be sent to the National Lung Cancer Partnership.
Loeffler Work on Exhibit in Connecticut, Florida
Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor Fine Arts and Coordinator of Foundations, had a solo exhibition at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, Conn., from Jan. 20 to March 3. It was the first exhibition in the newly renovated gallery space.
Her work also is included in an upcoming exhibition from April 3 to 24 in Tallahassee, Fla., at the 621 Gallery. The Metamorphosis exhibition reveals the metaphorical context of images and objects through psychological reactions and association. Loeffler’s art pushes the boundaries of ordinary materials in order to create experiences, personalities, and environments imbued with themes of passion and sensuality.
Chauhan Elected SALA President, Will Lead MLA Divisional Panel
Dr. Pradyumna S. Chauhan, Professor of English, was unanimously re-elected the National President of the South Asian Literary Association (SALA) for a new two-year term at the 2008 annual conference of association in San Francisco in December. At the conference, he chaired a panel on "Crossing Class and Gender Boundaries." Chauhan also served as President of the Divisional Panel on "Diasporic Voices in English Literature" at the Modern Language Association meeting, also in San Francisco, and he participated in the Business Meeting of MLA's Division 33 Executive Meeting, where he was selected to serve as President of the 2009 MLA Divisional Panel on "Vernaculars in Modern English Fiction."
Coveney on NASPA Panel, ‘Managing the Fiscal Relationship’
Michael Coveney, Arcadia’s Vice President of Finance and Treasurer, was one of four members on a NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education session on “Managing the Fiscal Relationship: Senior Student Affairs Officers and Chief Financial Officers” on Friday, Feb. 27. The session was moderated by Dean Bresciani, Texas A&M University, and also included Maurice W. Scherrens, Senior Vice President at George Mason University, and Dennis R. Klaus, Vice President of Business Services and Salt Lake City Community College.
Washington Internship Program, March 5
Interested in completing an internship in Washington, D.C.? With a student body that comes from more than 100 countries and 1,000 colleges, the Washington Internship Program guarantees undergraduate and graduate students placement in an internship appropriate to their talents and goals .Come to the University Gallery Room in Landman Library this Thursday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. to learn about this program and the many opportunities that exist in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.washingtoninternship.com or contact Career Development at 215-572-2939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Guest Speaker: Principal of Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, March 11
This semester, Dr. Elaine F. Jones and the students of University Seminar, Education Stories: Films About Successful Schools and What They Teach Us are sponsoring a guest speaker series. The Arcadia community is invited to hear the speakers. Sister Meg, Principal of Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, will speak on Wednesday, March 11, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Brubaker Hall Room 302. Sister Meg will discuss the history of the school and its ties to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the student population, and the educational programs offered at the school.
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.
Internship and Job Fair, March 31
“Does your major require an internship, or do you want to explore career options and gain relevant experience? Are you currently seeking employment? If an internship or job is in your future, mark your calendar for Career Development’s Internship and Job Fair on Tuesday, March 31 from 4-6 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area,” says Lisa Endrikat, Assistant Director of Career Development. “Whether you are a first-year student or senior, the fair offers a chance to network with a range of employers seeking Arcadia students for a wide variety of positions.”
Plan on attending? A resume is the first thing most employers will ask for, so it is highly encouraged to bring several copies, along with a professional and enthusiastic attitude, and dress in business casual attire. Not sure how to write a resume? Stop by Resume Riot, March 23-27 in the Chat Performance Area. For more information, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939 or firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Knight Hall, Room 133.
Theatre Production of The Women Draws to a Close
Arcadia University Theatre brought 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 cast and crew included the following students:
View photos from The Women.
No Snow Days for Landman Library!
“I am very proud to say that while Monday campus was shut down and classes were cancelled, Landman Library, staffed totally by students, opened up at 11 a.m. and stayed open until 10 p.m., providing valuable space and services to students,” reports Michelle Reale, Manager of Circulation Services. “And the place was packed! I am really proud of my student staff who help us provide the total service we’re committed to.”
International Studies Major Has Perspective on Cairo
In her blog, Kayla Grzech talks about the effect of the recent Khan Al-Khalili Bombing in Cairo, where she is studying this semester at the American University in Cairo (AUC). 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. Students at AUC are safe, she writes, but the city became a real lesson in Middle East life. “I think it is important to look at this even in terms of its context in the Middle East. I know that in America, the idea of a bombing like this is so rare that it becomes a life-disrupting ordeal. As far as I have seen, this is not the case here. I am not saying that it is common, because it is not, but more that it has happened before. This is not an indication of war, or some kind of internal outbreak of violence: We are not in Iraq. We are taking precautions, but are trying not to blow it out of proportion. Our plan as of right now is just to avoid tourist areas and cancel any trips to places like Dahab, Luxor, Aswan, etc., in case more attacks are planned, because these places have been targets for terrorist attacks in the past. We live in on an island that is not a tourist area, and our campus is located way out in the desert development of New Cairo. We’re actually in some of the safest places in Cairo.”
Study Abroad Bill Introduced in Congress
As reported in Inside Higher Education http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/02/26/qt on Feb. 26: “The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act has new life in a new Congress. On Tuesday, U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) introduced the bill, which would authorize $80 million in grants for study abroad, to be administered by a new foundation. An earlier version of the legislation fell short of passage in the 110th Congress after clearing the House of Representatives. The bill is based on recommendations from the Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program, which set an oft-cited goal of upping the number of Americans studying abroad to one million.”
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.
Softball Travels to Open Season at Virginia Beach
Arcadia University Softball will open the 2009 season Friday and Saturday with four games at Viginia Wesleyan College's Beach Blast. The Knights will play Emory & Henry and Baruch on Friday and Staten Island and John Jay on Saturday. Visit tournament Web site.
Sparks Named to Second Team All Commonwealth
The Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation conference office has announced the women's basketball All-Conference teams. Graduate student and all-time Arcadia scoring leader Caitlin Sparks was selected to the All-Commonwealth second team. Read more.
Baseball Swept by Keystone in Doubleheader
(1-4) Arcadia Baseball dropped a pair of non-conference games at home on Saturday to the Giants of Keystone College. The Giants took game one by a score of 11-3 and used a 10-run fifth inning in the second game to take the lead over the Knights, going on to win 13-3 before the game was called due to darkness after the bottom of the sixth. Arcadia drops to 1-4 overall. Read more.
In the News
Arcadia in the news
In the March 2 Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.), Marissa Guijarro, a guidance counselor at Suffern High School, was mentioned as being selected for Arcadia University’s annual London Preview Experience.
The appointment of Dr. Steve O. Michael as the new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs was noted by the following media outlets: Daily Kent Stater (Kent State University), Record-Courier, (Ravenna, Ohio), Inside Higher Ed (Web site), Reuters (U.S. Edition, Web site), Yahoo! Finance (Sunnyvale, Calif.), Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia, Pa.), and Business Wire (San Francisco, Calif.).
Alumni in the News
Aaron Heisey Thrush '09 D.P.T was awarded the Jill Sisenwine Berger Physical Therapy Award, as mentioned in the Feb. 19, Morning Times, (Sayre, Pa.) and the Feb. 25 Daily Review (Towanda, Pa.).
Faculty in the News
A quote can go pretty far, as is the case of the recent story on the Pearl S. Buck manuscript. Dr. Pradyumna Chauhan, Professor of English, was interviewed by Jeff Gammage of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The original story ran in the Inquirer on Feb. 24 and has now been reprinted in the following publications: Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.), San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune (Obispo, Calif.), Modesto Bee (Modesto, Calif.), Pop Matters (Chicago, Ill.), Belleville News-Democrat (Belleville, Ill.), The Macon Telegraph (Macon, Ga.), Herald Leader (Lexington, Ky.), Times (Fort Mill, S.C.), Post Star (Glens Falls, N.Y.), Journal World (Lawrence, Kan.), and the Post Bulletin (Rochester, Minn.).
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