April 21, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
April 21, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Student Protests in France: ‘The Precarious Generation’

A group of protesters organized an "obstinate" that lasted 500 hours.
Photo by A O'Donnell courtesy www.rfi.fr

By Dr. Douglas A. Yates
Associate Professor, American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris

Editor's Note: While Arcadia's affiliated campus in Paris operates under the American system of education and is unaffected by the protests going on in France, students and faculty there have a prime view of academic and economic stress in that country. The Bulletin thanks Dr. Yates for contributing these observations.

Student protests in France are part of a larger historical trend of contestation which goes back to the French Revolution. The "Events of 1968" are perhaps the most common association people make when they see French students protesting in the streets of Paris. Protests today are a Rite of Spring for French youth. But in order to understand the recent wave of student protests in France, it is important to consider current realities. Insecurity—"précarité"—is what everyone is talking about. The student protest movement has no charismatic leader and no vision for society's future. Many of the demonstrators and strikers are not members of any political organization or party. Many of them have never demonstrated before. But educational reform, labor laws, and other initiatives by the government of Nicolas Sarkozy, has created a common front of dissent. Read more.

Dan Aaron Stay Fit Program Marks 5th Anniversary

Dan Aaron Stay Fit Program Reception
The Aaron family, from left to right: Erika, Allison, Jud (back), Gerri, and Ken.

This year marked the fifth anniversary of the Dan Aaron Stay Fit program. With funding provided by the Dan Aaron Family Foundation in memory of Dan Aaron, husband, father and a former member of the Board of Trustees, the program offers a fitness exercise program to persons with multiple sclerosis or Parkinson's disease. The program is run by Arcadia’s Physical Therapy Department under the direction of Dr. Carol Leiper, Professor Emerita of Physical Therapy and Director of the Stay Fit Program.

On April 16 in celebration of the program, Gerri Aaron and members of her family observed a Stay Fit class. What they saw were the smiles on the patients’ faces as they participated in various exercises and movements guided by the Arcadia students as part of their PT studies. The students’ enthusiasm, along with their professionalism, was very evident as they led the exercises and worked with patients. They are overwhelmingly positive about their assignment and commented on their new-found understanding of how individuals and family members cope with a chronic disease.

Following the Stay Fit class, an anniversary reception with class participants, students and invited guests was held in Grey Towers Castle.

40th Annual Presentation of Capstone Projects Begin April 21

Capstone Projects ScheduleMembers of the Arcadia Community are invited to witness the hard work of graduating seniors through the 40th Annual Presentation of Capstone Projects. The presentation begins Tuesday, April 21, and runs until Tuesday, May 12. Each student’s Capstone Project includes substantial written or creative work and the challenge of analyzing and integrating what has been learned in his or her major field of study. View the schedule of presentations.

Find 2009 Commencement Information on the Web

Undergraduate Commencement will take place on Friday, May 15, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Graduate Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Visit www.arcadia.edu/commencement for important information about the ceremonies, parking, seating, tickets, and caps and gowns.

Metro Interviews Greiner, Stern about Global Perspectives

The April 21 Metro newspaper highlights study abroad, including a feature article on “Gaining global perspective: Studying abroad provides you with experience as well as knowledge.” The article describes Arcadia University as “a major figure in international education….In fact, Arcadia has made international study a centerpiece of their educational philosophy.” The article quotes President Jerry Greiner, “Global education is essential for today’s graduate. Students need an awareness of and exposure to other cultures if they want to call themselves truly educated.”

Asked about study abroad in a tight economy, Greiner responded that the interrelationships in a global economy make global perspectives even more important and was quoted, “People need to understand that, and get comfortable with that, not just at an abstract level; they need to go out and experience other cultures. They need to study with, work with, interact with people from those cultures.” Read more.

Arcadia Students Learn Business Lessons in N.Y.C.

NASDAQ
The trip included a stop at the opening ceremony of the NASDAQ.

The Arcadia PromiseThe Society for the Advancement of Business Administration (SABA) sponsored a trip to New York City on Monday, April 6. Students majoring in everything from Accounting to Interior Design attended the trip. They witnessed the opening ceremony of the NASDAQ; visited the Corporate Research Office of Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom, LLP; met with Kipp Cheng, Senior Vice President of Public Relations at the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA); and visited the Business Council for the United Nations to meet with Executive Director Allison MacEachron.

Trip participants included Bob Kieserman, Anna McAleer, Amanda Metzger '09, Abdul Alanazi '10, Mark Noth '12, Cindy Thilesen ’09, Matt Restaino '11, Benjamin Becker '09, Abdoulaye Diallo '09, Ben Datika '12, Chris Ceccoli '10, Frank Dimarco '09, Rachel Teter '10, Ariel Ianovale, Katelyn Simoncic '12, Xiaoqin Tang '10, Andrew Santagata, Amy Brode '10, Amy Fairburn, Wei Wu '11, Mohammad Eshaaq Mohtasebzadah '11, David Eisen, Kasia Kraszewska '10, Steph Premich '11, Nicole Pellechia '11, Christina Rynearson, Ryan Zajac '10, and Alexis Fanelli '10.

Final Exam Schedule is Available on Web

Final exams are scheduled on Tuesday, April 28, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on  Wednesday, April 29, Thursday, April 30, Friday, May 1, Monday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exams are scheduled according to the hours of class meetings during the semester. The starting time for the exams and more information is listed on the Registrar’s Web pages. Click here for the final exam schedule.

FAFSA Frenzy Wii Winner Named

Congratulations to Kristen Burns, winner of the FAFSA Frenzy Nintendo Wii. She was selected randomly from all Arcadia undergraduate students who completed the 2009-2010 FAFSA by the Arcadia University Priority Deadline of April 1. Burns is a junior majoring in Psychology. She also is a member of the softball team. “If you have not already completed the 2009-2010 FAFSA, please do so before the PHEAA priority deadline of May 1, 2009,” adds Dennis Darvas, Director of the One-Stop Shop. The Wii was provided by the Financial Aid Office and One-Stop Shop.

Dump Textbooks and Make Room for Cash

“Dump your textbooks and make room for cash,” says Lydia Whitelaw, Textbook Manager. “Come to the Bookstore! The Buy Back days and times are Tuesday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday to Thursday, April 29 to 30, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, May 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 7p.m.; and Tuesday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.”

AnnouncementsAnnouncement

  • Faculty, Emeriti and Administrators—Register for Commencement!
  • Volunteers Needed to Help with Commencement
  • Enroll in Weight Watchers at Work by April 26
  • Register for Summer Aerobics Classes by May 8
  • Summer Courses? Special Discounts Offered
  • The Shock of the Sixties First Year Seminar Bake Sale Fundraiser, April 28

Read complete announcements.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Q&A with Painter Abbey Ryan

Abbey Ryan Paintings
Left: Todi, Italy, 3 x 6 in., oil on linen on panel Right: Creamer (Florence, Italy), 6 x 4 in., oil on linen on panel

Equipped with a handy cigar box easel, Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts Abbey Ryan '03 continued her A Painting a Day series during spring break in Italy. Ryan completed five small oil paintings as she traveled with Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Betsey Batchelor and the students of ID381: The Visual Artist in Italy. The group visited the cities of Florence, Siena, Perugia, Assisi, Todi and Spoleto, experiencing a new culture and observing the architecture and rolling landscapes. Upon returning stateside, Ryan briefly chatted with the Bulletin about air travel with paint supplies, adjusting to a new environment, and more. For a recent review of Ryan’s work, visit www.dailypainterreview.com.

Bulletin: How difficult was it to travel abroad with all your painting supplies?

Abbey Ryan: Traveling with painting supplies is always an adventure. I spent a great deal of time preparing how and in what form I would transport my painting things—tubes of paint, my cigar box easel, painting panels, a lightweight “wet painting” carrier that I fashioned myself, brushes, solvent containers, etc. I tried to make it all as streamlined as possible. Because it’s complicated to travel abroad with toxic/flammable substances, I bought my solvents the day we arrived in Florence at a great art shop called Zecchi. I purchased small containers so that it wouldn’t be too wasteful to leave the leftovers behind in Italy. Read more.

Slesaransky-Poe, García Publish on Gender-Variant Behaviors

Slesaransky-Poe Garcia
Slesaransky-Poe
García

Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Assistant Professor of Education, and Dr. Ana María García, Assistant Professor of Sociology, published the article, “Boys with gender variant behaviors and interests: From theory to practice,” which appears in the current issue of the journal Sex Education, Volume 9, Issue 2 (2009), pp. 77-86. As they note, “This article reflects our experiences of raising boys with gender-variant behaviors and interests. After a long personal and professional journey, living in a society that views children with gender-variant behavior and interests as aberrations that need to be examined, intervened with, or repackaged, we are moved to redirect our attention as academics, as women, and as mothers to the larger social processes that punish or reward particular forms of gender expression and gender identity. Using a feminist perspective, we offer a new conceptual lens with which to view these boys, not as an alternate or pathogenic form of masculinity, but rather as a healthy expression of a gender continuum.”

Presley Publishes on Forensic Science Assessment Tool

Presley
Presley

Larry Presley, Assistant Professor of Forensic Science and Director of the master’s degree program in Forensic Science, published the article “The Forensic Science Assessment Test (FSAT): A Potential Tool for the Academic Assessment of Forensic Science Programs,” which appears in Forensic Science Policy and Management: An International Journal (Vol. 1, Issue 2, May 2009, pp. 74-84). Along with his two co-authors, Presley writes that forensic science college and university education, like college education generally, needs assessment tools to ensure the accountability and continued improvement of academic programs. Both forensic science educators and practitioners have vested interests in the successful student outcomes of forensic science programs and the need for rigorous high quality academic programs. The Forensic Science Assessment Test (FSAT) may provide a viable and robust component of assessing the relative academic strengths and weaknesses of forensic science graduate and undergraduate programs and student outcomes. If used appropriately, it can not only assess, but improve, academic collegiate curricula in the forensic sciences.

Students Present Research on Dress, Attractiveness, Body Image

Three groups of Psychology students presented their research from PY331-PY332 at the Lehigh Valley Undergraduate Psychology Conference at LaSalle University in Center Valley, Pa., on Saturday, April 18, reports Dr. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology.

"The Effect of Dress on Compliance" was presented by Ashley Gilfillian, Courtney Elyse LeCompte, Maryann Dougherty, John Feller, Samantha Larsen, Garey Wagner, and Katie Romberger, with faculty sponsors Adam Levy and Miserandino. "Our study tested how style of dress, gender and type of request correlate to the tendency to comply. We wanted to see if the type of request, survey or command, had an effect on the individuals helping behavior. Participants were asked if they would like to take a survey (survey request), or told to pick up a piece of trash nearby (command). Style of clothing also was manipulated when asking these various requests. Our dependent variables were formal dress, which consisted of business clothing, and authoritative dress, which was styled after a security guard uniform and included a hat and ID badge. Our results showed significant effects to the .01 level for compliance to command conditions over survey conditions as well as for the effect of the researcher’s gender on compliance with a command. In addition we found a marginal .06 significance for male participants complying with female researchers." Read more.

Upcoming Events

Let's Go

Environmental Network Celebrates the Earth, through April 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.

  • Earth Day Expo, April 22
    On Wednesday, April 22, take part in the Earth Day Expo, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Kuch Hospitality Suite. Enjoy crafts and information from local organizations. Volunteers are welcome.
  • Your Environmental Road Trip (YERT) Speaker, April 22
    After viewing Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Mark Dixon decided to travel throughout the United States and identify how global climate changes are affecting the lives of all Americans. Join him in the Calhoun Amphitheater in Boyer Hall for a discussion on Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.yert.com.
  • Cheltenham Earth Day Festival, April 25
    The festival includes a Trash Art contest. The festival runs from noon to 3 p.m. Meet at Taylor Hall at noon to carpool to the event.

For more information, contact Shayna Devlin at sdevlin@arcadia.edu or 513-833-7174.

University Seminar Students Examine Education Films, April 22

Dr. Elaine Jones, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and the students of the University Seminar: Education Stories: Films about Successful Schools and What They Teach Us invite the Arcadia University community to a poster presentation, during which students will discuss their research topics. The event takes place Wednesday, April 22, in the first floor hallway of Boyer Hall. Posters will be on display from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Political Science Major Produces Documentary for Earth Day, April 22

Living the Promise logoKelley Glenn '10, a Political Science major, has created and produced a documentary on Can We Live in a Green World? It premieres on Earth Day, April 22, starting at 7 p.m. in The Chat as part of the Earth Day Conference. Hosted by Politically Incorrect and the Student Government Organization (SGO), the conference also will include a dance from Knight Club and live music from alumni.

Glenn’s documentary explores the successes and unresolved issues that surround making the world greener. To illustrate this message she ventured to the United Nations in Washington, D.C., over spring break. There, she interviewed Amy Fraenkel, Director of the UN Environmental Programme of the Regional Office of North America. After returning to campus, Glenn also interviewed Arcadia staff, faculty and students.

Students Map the World in University Seminar, April 23

Curious about wolf habitat or forest fires in Montana? Intrigued about Hawaii's endangered species and possible tsunamis? Ever wanted to make your own map? Come learn about these topics and many more as students from the “Mapping the World” University Seminar exhibit the maps they created using GIS technology. On Thursday, April 23, maps will be up all day on the sky-bridge between Easton/Brubaker's third floor and the Health Sciences Building. “Check them out at your leisure, or come talk to the students and enjoy delicious refreshments between 10:30 to noon,” says Dan Moscovici, Director of Liberal Studies and Adjunct Professor.

Montgomery County Poet Laureate Ceremony, April 24

Ferleger
Ferleger

On Friday, April 24, poetry will fill Grey Towers Castle. Tony Hoagland, renowned American poet and celebrity judge of the 2009 Montgomery County Poet Laureate competition, will present this year's award to Dr. Doris Ferleger and give a reading of his own work. The evening will include the inaugural celebration of the PoetryWITS winners of the 2009 Student Poetry Contests (K-12). The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Mirror Room. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.joanneleva.com.

Cherry Blossom Festival, April 24

Get a taste of Japanese culture with the Asia Club’s celebration of the 2009 Cherry Blossom Festival. Homemade stir-fry, rice balls, and assorted Japanese snacks and sodas will be served in the Heinz Hall lounge beginning at 8 p.m. All are welcome.

Off Campus: First Friday Features Design Awards, May 1

Design Awards logoAdjunct Professor of Art and Design Dave Copestakes '01, '02, is on the board of the AIGA Philadelphia, which is putting on its inaugural Philadelphia Design Awards (PDA) exhibition recognizing local creative talent. Arcadia staff, students and alums are invited to the show’s First Friday awards ceremony and reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at AXD (Always by Design) Gallery, 265 S. 10th St. in Philadelphia's Washington Square West neighborhood. The display runs May 1-30. Pre-register online.

Campus Happenings

BAS, Programming Board, Dozens of Students Recognized

Leadership Recognition Night

Dozens of students were honored on Sunday, April 19, at the annual SGO (Student Government Organization) Leadership Recognition Night in Stiteler Auditorium. View award winners. View photos from the event.

105 Walk for Wellness; Funds Help MS

Walk for Wellness
The Walk for Wellness raised more than $1,500 for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Delaware Valley chapter.

A total of 105 walkers circled the campus on April 16 in the Walk for Wellness, designed to bring the University and the surrounding Montgomery County communities together to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Delaware Valley chapter.

More than 125 donations also were received from students and staff for raffles and prizes, and more than $1,500 was raised. “Congrats to all for a job well done!” say organizers Lorraine Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Manager, and Claire Washington, Director of Student Health Services. “We must include a thank you to Exalted Movements and Black Awareness Society for providing the cheers of encouragement to the walkers, our community service volunteers, along with the Knight and lady Megan Mullaney.” Read more. View photos from the event.

ED Students Join in Week of the Young Child

ED Students Join in Week of the Young Child
Devra Nusbaum and Margo Percevault sort student artwork.

Arcadia Early Childhood Education students are participating in Week of the Young Child 2009 activities. Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association. The purpose is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. It was first established in 1971 and this year’s theme is Bring Communities Together for Children—Children Bring Communities Together.

Last week, students in ED 211 Assessment and Intervention in Infancy and Toddlerhood, taught by Dr. Cindy Reedy, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Arcadia’s Early Childhood Education program, displayed a variety of artwork they collected from numerous early childcare centers around the area. Students in ED 212 Child and Youth Development, taught by Instructor Kathy Trainor, also displayed posters with parenting information. View photos of the childrens' artwork.

Sports Update

Arcadia Men’s Golf Swing to First Place Finish at LuLu

(1-6) Arcadia University Men's Golf shot 36 strokes better than opponent Gwynedd-Mercy College in its first match win of the season, 360-396, over the Griffins at LuLu Country Club Tuesday afternoon. The Knights were paced by sophomore Kevin Gallagher, who finshed 3+ PAR on the PAR 71 course. Read more.

Widener Defeats Women’s Lacrosse

(2-10) After building a three-goal lead early on, Arcadia Women's Lacrosse went into the half tied with Widener University, 7-7, until the Pride erupted for seven unanswered goals late in the second half to hand the Knights their eigth Middle Atlantic Conference loss of the season. Read more.

Knights Drop Non-Conference Match to King’s

(4-7) Less then 24 hours after clinching the final Commonwealth playoff spot on Saturday, Arcadia's Men Tennis team faced King's College Sunday in Glenside, hoping for the same result. Unfortunately this time around, they fell short, losing to Kings in non-conference action, 8-1. Read more.

Baseball Earns Split with Dutchmen

The Arcadia Baseball team had a productive day at the plate Saturday afternoon, and came away with a split with Lebanon Valley College. The 10-9 win in the first game of the doubleheader was the Knights' second conference win of the year, and its second in three outings. The Dutchmen of Lebanon Valley entered the game second in the conference standings and earned the 16-14 win in the rubber game of the series. Read more.

Dutchmen Sweep Softball Doubleheader

(22-8) The Lebanon Valley pitching staff had Arcadia's batters numbers, not allowing a single hit in either contest, and only five runners to reach base, on the way to a pair of 2-0 and 1-0 wins over the Knights. Arcadia drops to 22-8 overall and 4-6 in conference play and still is looking to battle it out for the final play-off seed. Read more.

In the News

Arcadia in the News

The Arcadia University Art Gallery was listed in the April 3 The Times Herald (Norristown, Pa.) for the current exhibit “Candidia Höfer—Philadelphia.”

Students in the News

Anthony Champi
Champi

The April 21 Times Leader in Northeastern Pennsylvania reports that “senior co-captain Anthony Champi (Pittston area) is having a solid season for the Arcadia baseball team. Champi, an outfielder, is hitting .290 (20-for-69) with five doubles and a home run. He has scored 17 runs, eight RBI and stolen seven bases.”

The paper quotes Coach Brian Pugh: “Anthony has been great for us thus far. He really got things going in the fall and earned the starting job in right field back then….Anthony has been a constant for us hitting second and has been a rock for us from a leadership standpoint. But most of all, he is a great young man who has a tremendous amount of maturity which has been crucial with the abundance of youth on our roster.” Read the story.

Alumni In the News

Nancy Halloran Hutter '78, who earned a J.D. from Villanova University School of Law and an M.P.A. from KFK School of Government at Harvard University, was listed in the April 9 Chestnut Hill Local (Philadelphia, Pa.), as an independent candidate for the Chestnut Hill Community Association.

Jean Wallace '00M.A.Ed., who earned K-12 Principal Certification in 2008 from Arcadia, was quoted in the April 16 Green Right Now (KABC-TV Los Angeles, Calif.) on her involvement with the only public charter school in the country that is located inside a nature center—Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Philadelphia. “Working with hundreds of schools, I could see that principals and teachers just weren’t getting behind the news standards from a leadership perspective,” says Wallace. “I kept hearing, ‘I just don’t see the point of devoting instructional time to environmental study, or ‘I’m sure these standards aren’t here to stay.’” Read more.

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Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics, Purnell Cropper, University Relations, Michelle Tooker '07, University Relations, Simone Oliver '09, Rick Tetreault '10, and Derek Tracey '11. Photos: Joshua Blustein. Web Producer: Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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