|April 7, 2009|
|April 7, 2009||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Members of the Arcadia University Class of 2013 Accepted Students Facebook group took the Arcadia Knight on all sorts of outings—from favorite hometown haunts such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio—and shared photos from their adventures. Many awesome photos were taken, but Anuj Patel's “Air Arcadia” really stood out and is the photo contest winner. Honorable mention goes to Rebecka Schafer, Christyn Cecille Aborde, and Steph Eb. These four top photographers will receive Arcadia University hoodies in the mail for their creativity.
Arcadia Knight Wins 76ers Mascot Race
Is the Arcadia Knight the fastest college mascot in town? On Saturday, April 4, the Arcadia Knight attended the 76ers celebration and birthday for Hip-Hop the team’s mascot. The Knight was on-hand with more than 15 other mascots to greet audience members, handout T-shirts and sing Happy Birthday to Hip-Hop. The mascots also participated in an obstacle course, which the Knight won.
“The crowd went wild when I dived over the finish line,” says alum C.J. Johnson '07 who was in the Knight costume. “Celebrating with 19 other mascots of different sizes and shapes was like no other experience I’ve had. It was exciting and the Knight was a big hit.”
D.J. Britton '09 served as Johnson’s assistant and photographer.
Spring Fling to Take Over Campus, April 16-20
From April 16 to 20, travel back in time to Ancient Rome for this year’s Spring Fling. Whether participating in the mini-marathon or enjoying some food and fun at the Blitz! carnival in the Collosseum—the soccer field—students will find lots of fun. Arcadia’s gladiators can try their hand at a variety of challenges from lip syncing their favorite song to taking a turn at the gauntlet, an obstacle course at SPB’s Woodstock. A weekend in Rome wouldn’t be complete without some entertainment, so comedian Daniel Tosh and the band Valencia will be making appearances. There also will be plenty of dancing courtesy of the Knight Club and $1 hot dogs at Sunday's Phillies game. Visit www.arcadia.edu/springfling for all the details.
Student, Faculty Achievements Honored at Convocation
More than 500 family and friends and 100 faculty and staff honored the academic accomplishments of more than 200 students at the 2009 Honors Convocation on Saturday, March 28, in Kuch Center. "Honors Convocation is the day we set aside to recognize excellence in the academy," said President Jerry Greiner. "Academics, scholarship and the life of the mind are the reasons for our existence as a university, so setting aside a day to honor those who are among our best at our core enterprise is particularly appropriate."
Arcadia's tradition of celebrating academic honors dates back to Scholarship Day in 1936, noted Dr. Michael Berger, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. "Today, we celebrate with our best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students for this 74th time at this Honors Convocation." Read more. View photos from the ceremony.
33 Students, 5 Faculty Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
Thirty-three undergraduate students and five faculty members were inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi in a ceremony on March 28 in the Rose Room. Those eligible are in the top 7.5 percent of the junior class or the top 10 percent of the senior class, and they fill many leadership and service roles on campus. Arcadia chapter President Bonnie Hayes led the inducted in repeating the Phi Kappa Phi motto, Philosophia Krateito Photon, "Let the love of wisdom rule humanity."
Student inductees: Kathryn J. Baker, Matthew S. Bauer, Jennifer M. Calafato, Staci L. Campbell, Lynette M. Caterina, Michelle M. Cornella-Lynn, Alyssa J. Devlin, Abdoulaye Diallo, Nicole C. DiNiglio, Stephanie M. Evans, Heather G. Gulsby-Steiner, Iris A. Hagans, Katherine D. Hendel, Nicole M. Henninger, Joanne Holden, Karen M. Jessup, Hiroki Kato, Melissa Kusheloff-Davignon, Matthew B. Lynn, Rebecca M. Miller, Amanda J. Mitnik, Kaitlyn R. Norden, Jessica A. Pedigo, Pamela M. Saunderson, Katelyn T. Schuck, Rediet W. Sebsebie, Robin E. Sosnow, Allison A. Stebulis, Xiaoquin Tang, Dawn M. Urbani, Katrina A. Wagner, Rachel E. Warner, and Devan S. Weiss.
Faculty Inductees: Dr. Emanuele Currotto, Dr. Naomi E. Phillips, Alan W. Powell, Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, and Richard Torchia.
Presley, Rieders and Forensics Students Complete Workshop
On Friday, April 3, 45 students from Chestnut Hill Academy and the Springside School in Philadelphia, Pa., visited NMS Labs in Willow Grove, Pa. NMS is one of the premier nationally certified forensic science laboratories which does consultative services specializing in bioanalytical toxicology, biopharmaceuticals and criminalistics. All of students who visited are taking a forensic science course at their school.
Dr. Fredric Rieders, Chairman, Laboratory Director and a Forensic Toxicologist at NMS, spoke to the students about the lab and gave them an overview of what they would be doing during their visit. The students also participated in a crime-solving demonstration with Larry Presley, Assistant Professor and Director of Arcadia University’s Forensic Science Master’s Program.
Arcadia forensic science students, Dana Ward '09, Christine Renson '09 and Season Bardwell '09, who currently are doing their graduate internships at NMS Labs, worked with the students in groups and had them conduct various exercises including analyzing various specimens from hair and blood, dusting for fingerprints and doing sample a color spot test on simulated drugs.
New Students Get Taste of Arcadia at Countdown
More than 1,000 students, parents and family members arrived on Saturday, April 4, for the annual Countdown to Arcadia—a day for admitted students filled with memories of a beautiful campus, intellectually stimulating faculty, and friendly students and staff.
Students and their families came from as far away as California, Kansas, Florida and Maine, and as nearby as Glenside. Athletes, artists, future health professionals, future educators, the next generation of achievers in business, the social sciences, and more found much to satisfy their interests and goals. The Arcadia community put its best and brightest out front for our guests and future alumni.
"I had the opportunity to sit in on part of the Art and Design session," notes Dana Davies, Vice President for Enrollment Management, "and it was incredibly impressive. Families were actively involved. Bob Mauro and many of the Art and Design faculty were present with a lot of current students—all the students attired in the same T-shirts." Read more.
Arcadia Community to Honor Life of Jill Sisenwine Berger
To raise money for the Jill Sisenwine Berger Physical Therapy Award students, alumni, staff, faculty and members of the community are invited to run in Jill’s honor in the 30th Annual Broad Street Run. The run takes place on Sunday, May 3, 2009, at 9 a.m. Anyone interested in running is encouraged to participate. Registration can be done online at www.broadstreetrun.com. Jill’s husband, Scott, also has established a fund-raising page for the event at www.firstgiving.com/scottberger.
“We think this run will be a fitting tribute to Jill and the inspiration that she has been in all of our lives,” he says. “I hope that in addition to honoring Jill's memory and raising money for a great cause, that this event will give us all a chance to celebrate Jill's life and have some fun along the way.” Read more.
Landman Library Celebrates National Library Week
Arcadia's Landman Library is celebrating National Library Week from April 12 until April 18. National Library Week is an annual event created by the American Library Association. This year’s theme is "Worlds Connect@You Library." The week will include an array of exciting events, including free morning coffee all week and free Rita’s water ice on the warmest day of the week (check the weather forecast).
On Monday, April 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. there will be an Open Mic Night. To participate, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.On Wednesday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. students are encouraged to participate in the READ Poster Contest. One lucky student who correctly identifies all ten Arcadia celebrity READ posters will win a pocket-sized video camera. There also will be an ongoing exhibit of Children’s Art: Impressions of War and a display on multiple sclerosis sponsored by the Wellness Center.
Faculty, Emeriti and Administrators—Register for Commencement!
The Graduate Commencement is Thursday, May 14, at 5 p.m. The Undergraduate Commencement is Friday, May 15, at 10:15 a.m. All faculty, emeriti and administrators are asked to use the Commencement Response form at www.arcadia.edu/commencement-form.htm to let University Relations know whether they plan to attend one or both of the ceremonies. Read more.
Volunteers Needed to Help with Commencement
Volunteers are needed to help with the May Commencement ceremonies. The Graduate Commencement will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, while the Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 15. Interested staff members and students should e-mail Donna Whitlock in University Relations at email@example.com by May 5 to volunteer.
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. Read more.
Interested in Grad School? Open House April 15
Students interested in graduate programs at Arcadia are invited to attend a Graduate Open House on April 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. Register Online or call toll-free 1-877-ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342) to reserve a space. Programs featured are Education, Counseling Psychology, English, Humanities, M.B.A., Public Health and Health Education. At the Open House, faculty and staff will answer questions one-on-one, and students can meet with financial aid counselors. Read more about the Open House.
Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, April 22
Recognize the outstanding work of the administrative professionals in your office with assorted tea cookies in a gift tin, vanilla or chocolate cake with butter cream icing, or assorted chocolate truffles in a gift tin. Items can be delivered throughout campus or picked up in the Dining Hall. E-mail orders to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 17. View order form.
Stackhouse Wins Lindback Foundation Award
Dr. Scott K. Stackhouse, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, received the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching at Honors Convocation. Stackhouse also is an Arcadia alum, having earned his M.S. in Physical Therapy here in 1997.
"When you hear what the students who wrote on behalf of his nomination have to say, I think you'll agree what a privilege it is to have Scott among us as a faculty member," said President Jerry Greiner. "Of course, the Lindback award is about teaching, and this is what his nominators stress." Student nominators' commendations included: "Dr. Stackhouse has a true passion for teaching others…. He is worthy of the award because of his ability to pass this passion on to others and impress upon them the seriousness yet great impact that we as young professionals can have." Read more.
DeLuca Wins Adjunct Faculty Award
Michael A. DeLuca, Adjunct Professor of Art and Design, was named the Adjunct Faculty Award winner at Honors Convocation. DeLuca is also a 1999 graduate of Arcadia, having earned his B.F.A. here. "This award is given to that part-time instructor whom students and faculty judge to be an exemplary teacher and outstanding contributor to the Arcadia community," noted Dr. Michael Berger, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Honors Convocation on March 28.
"Professor DeLuca has established himself as an outstanding classroom teacher at Arcadia whose enthusiasm for teaching and desire to motivate students to do their best work is patently obvious to all who enroll in his art courses." Read more.
Beyond Therapy on MainStage, through April 11
Arcadia University Theatre presents the Christopher Durang play Beyond Therapy at the MainStage Theatre in the Spruance Fine Arts Center from April 2 to 11. The dates and show times are the following:
Durang's play is set in 1982 New York City and focuses on the lives of Prudence, a young professional searching for the perfect man, and Bruce, who is confused about who he is looking for but knows he wants someone to love. The two meet by answering personal ads in the newspaper. The play follows Prudence and Bruce as they are counseled by their respective therapists, Drs. Stuart Framingham and Charlotte Wallace.
"As a product of the '80s I am pleased to be directing Beyond Therapy, a play written in the 1980s and to be set in the 1980s," says director Peter Reynolds. Reynold's decision to direct and have the performance reference the 1980s was based on a quote from Durang saying, "Of all the plays, this one has the most pop references that tie it to the period." See who's in the play and read more.
Taking Root: Story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Laureate, April 8
Arcadia University Community Cinema presents Taking Root on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:15 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area in the Dining Complex. Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.
Independent Lens is jointly curated by ITVS and PBS and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional funding provided by PBS and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsorship is provided by WHYY Philadelphia. Visit www.arcadia.edu/cinema for more information.
‘Why Photography Matters As Art As Never Before,’ April 11
Art critic and historian Michael Fried examines “Why Photography Matters As Art As Never Before” as part of the exhibition of four, wall-sized, color photographs portraying interiors of local historic landmark buildings by German-based artist Candida Höfer (b. 1944). The lecture is Saturday, April 11, at 4 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall. A public reception in the Arcadia University Art Gallery follows the lecture.
Selected from a larger group of images taken in 2007, Hofer’s photographs depict views within the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Masonic Temple (Corinthian Hall), Fisher Library (University of Pennsylvania), and Beth Sholom Synagogue (Elkins Park). Following her signature approach, Höfer photographed these interiors devoid of people but profuse with signs of human aspiration. The Höfer exhibit is getting rave reviews from critics. Read more.
National Poetry Month Means Open Mic Night, April 13
April is National Poetry Month, and Arcadia joins the celebration with Open “Mic” Night, sponsored by the English Department and Landman Library, on Monday, April 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the University Gallery (lower level of Landman Library). Writers, readers and performers of poetry are invited. Come to listen or to read. Please R.S.V.P to Tyler Doherty, Director of the Writing Center and Adjunct Professor, email@example.com or Quincy Jones, Adjunct Professor of English, firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Evening with Tobias Wolff, April 14
Arcadia University's Distinguished Speaker Series is honored to present award-winning author Tobias Wolff on Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Murphy Hall, Stiteler Auditorium.
The reading is free and open to the public. Arcadia University is located at 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, Pa. For more information about arts and cultural events at Arcadia University, visit www.arcadia.edu/arts.
Wolff's books include the memoirs This Boy's Life and In Pharaoh's Army: Memories of the Lost War, the short novel The Barracks Thief, the novel Old School, and four collections of short stories: In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, Back in the World, The Night in Question and, most recently, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. Read more.
Act Now for Darfur, April 15
On Wednesday, April 15, “Act Now for Darfur” will help promote awareness about Darfur and give students the tools needed to make a difference. The event will be held in Brubaker 102 at 7 p.m and includes guest speakers and a film screening of Voices from Darfur. For more information, contact Selina Coleman at email@example.com.
Walking to Cure MS—One Step at a Time, April 16
The Arcadia community is invited to join in the Annual Walk for Wellness on Thursday, April 16, at noon on the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride. The goal of the walk is to bring the University and the surrounding Montgomery County communities together to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Delaware Valley chapter. There will be vendors, information, raffles and prizes. To sign up to walk, contact Lorraine Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Administrator. Admission to the Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. is free.
“We chose the Multiple Sclerosis Society because it is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to educate and support those with MS as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy, and service,” says Claire A. Washington, Director of Student Health Services. “Students from the Public Health and Health Education programs suggested this year’s organization.”
The aim of the Society’s research program is to determine the causes of MS and to support efforts to prevent and cure the disease. For more information on MS, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.
Make your Own Peculiar Plushie, April 16
“Want to make your own peculiar plushie? Want to benefit a great cause? Then come to Build Day in the Little Theatre Costume Shop and get creative,” says Alisa Kleckner, Costume Shop Supervisor. To find the shop, come in the front door, through the vestibule, up the stairs to the right. Build Days are Wednesday, April 7, and Tuesday, April 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Students also are invited to “come and bid on your favorite Peculiar Plushie! A whole family of strange and twisted, but always lovable creations to take home with you!” Arcadia’s Theatre Costume Shop and Politically Incorrect are preparing for the Second Annual Peculiar Plushie Silent Auction on Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Chat. They and need help from students, faculty and staff to design plushies and donate them to the auction. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the A.B. Day School’s Art Department. For more information, cotanct Alisa Kleckner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voice Performance Recital, April 18
On Saturday, April 18 at 7:15 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle, 13 students in the music Voice Performance class will present a free music recital. The students will perform an Italian Art Song, an English Art Song and a musical theatre selection. The recital is under the direction of Elizabeth Murphy, Adjunct Professor of Music. The performance is open to the public.
Environmental Network Celebrates the Earth, April 18-25
Participate in the Arcadia Environmental Network’s initiative to help protect and beautify the earth, one task at a time. Throughout April, the organization will sponsor a series of events and trips to help accomplish this goal.
For more information, contact Shayna Devlin at email@example.com or 513-833-7174.
English Students Plan Egg Hunt to Fight Hunger, April 19
A small group of students from an English 102 class taught by Helene Klein is having an egg hunt on Sunday, April 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Grand Hall, Rose Room and Landing. For students who want to participate, the cost is $1 and donations are sought to go to Heifer International to fight world hunger and poverty. The eggs will contain candy or raffle tickets for prizes.
“Our class has to do a portfolio assignment for our final, and one of our options was to do some sort of community service that relates to our culture. Some of the community service ideas that we thought of were going to a nursing home, a bake sale, visiting a group home, and an egg hunt. Four students, myself included, really wanted to do the egg hunt because it would benefit the Arcadian community by creating an event where students can come together and help support others,” says Angelica Santos. “We will donate the proceeds to Heifer. We split up the tasks, so one person is in charge of getting permission, one person is in charge of fliers and public relations, another is in charge of getting the eggs and candy, and the fourth person is in charge of getting donations."
Students, Donors Honored at First Annual Scholarship Luncheon
Arcadia's Scholarship Awards Luncheon, sponsored by University Advancement in November, gave both students and donors the opportunity to interact and recognize academic pursuits.
“Students had an opportunity to thank donors and benefactors for their scholarships,” says Nick Costa, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations. “It was a rewarding event for all who attended.”
Randi Hendler '09, a Early Childhood Elementary Education major and recipient of the Adeline Wishengrad Gomberg Scholarship, was the representative student speaker at the event. She expressed her love for Arcadia and her gratitude to the donors. “I knew I wanted to attend this prestigious institution, but wasn’t sure how I would afford it,” she said. “I was able to afford it because of people like you.”
President Jerry Greiner also commended donors for the impact their generosity has had on Arcadia students. He also congratulated the students. About 20 student scholarship recipients attended the luncheon in addition to 25 donors. View photos.
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.
Gallagher Swings to First Place at Tom Ruggieri Invitational
(0-5) Sophomore Kevin Gallagher swung his way through less than ideal weather conditions and posted an 80 on the Par 70 course at the Springhaven Club in Wallingford, Pa., capturing his second collegiate individual first place finish at Widener University's Tom Ruggieri Invitational Tuesdsay afternoon. As a team, the Knights placed third behind first place Philadelphia Bible and second place Widener. Read more.
Messiah Mounts Pair of Comebacks to Sweep Men’s Basebell
(3-20) Arcadia University Baseball dropped the first two games of their three game series with Messiah College at home Saturday with Messiah victorious in 12-10 and 13-5 come from behind wins in Commonwealth Conference competition. Graduate student John Curreri generated all-conference numbers through seven trips to the plate on Saturday, going 6-7 overall with four runs scored and three batted in coming on four doubles, a triple and a walk. Senior Dan Morris followed suit ripping a trio of doubles, a walk and four RBIs on 3-7. Read more.
Messiah Blanks Men’s Tennis
(2-5) Messiah College used a sweep at doubles to gain the early edge and went through singles play without surrendering a match to defeat Arcadia University 9-0 in Commonwealth Men's Tennis play Saturday afternoon. Arcadia drops to 0-2 in league play and 2-5 overall. Read more.
Softball Splits with Pride to Remain in Playoff Contention
(18-4) Arcadia University Softball split Saturday’s Commonwealth Conference doubleheader against Widener University to improve to 4-4 in the league and take a hold of the fourth spot in the standings that would give them a playoff berth if maintained. Senior Kiersten Hughes, who was three outs away from a complete game five-hitter before being relieved by game one winner Jess DeFluri, launched her first collegiate home run on a two-out count in the bottom of the second to put the Knights in front, 3-0. Read more.
Lycoming Tops Women’s Lacrosse, 26-11
(2-7) Arcadia University Women's Lacrosse began the second half down by just five goals but the Warriors of Lycoming College used a 7-0 run late in the game to breeze past Arcadia 26-11 in Middle Atlantic Conference play Saturday afternoon. Melanie Mark and Jenni Groves led the Knights with three goals apeice. Read more.
In the News
Alumni in the News
Laura Herzberger of Stewartstown, Pa., was mentioned in her hometown paper, the Star, on April 2. She earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Arcadia in February.
Amy Schmidt '09 D.P.T. was mentioned in the March 29 Eagle (Reading, Pa.) as earning her D.P.T. degree from Arcadia University at a ceremony on Feb. 7.
Students in the News
Barbara Huggins '09, a Sociology major, was one of six outstanding women recognized by the United Way of Adams County, Pa., at the 2009 Callie Awards, as reported in the March 27 Gettysburg Times (Gettysburg, Pa.). The dinner and program was held on Monday, March 30.
Huggins was honored for her service in Health and Human Services. She is the first Adams County foster youth to receive a degree and is being honored as the Exceptional Young Women.
Kelly Stavrides '09, a Political Science major with a minor in Pre-Law, was mentioned in the Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa.) on March 23 as attending the Harvard World Model UN Conference in the Hague, Netherlands.
Andrew Scullin '09 was mentioned in the article “UCP loses funds for social services” in the Chestnut Hill Local (Philadelphia, Pa.) on April 2. The article profiles Andrew’s father, Joe Scullin, who helps families navigate the labyrinth of social programs available to children with disabilities.
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