|April 28, 2009|
|April 28, 2009||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Oak Summit Project Will Increase Parking by 46 Percent
Faculty, staff and students are invited to a groundbreaking for a new parking deck and surface lot at Oak Summit Apartments, which would add 154 spaces, a 46 percent increase in the parking capacity.
The ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Limekiln Pike Entrance to Oak Summit Apartments and recognizes State Senator LeAnna M. Washington for fostering this state, community and university partnership. Please R.S.V.P. to Katey Casella in University Advancement, email@example.com or 215-572-2094.
Funding for the $2.27 million project includes a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by Gov. Edward G. Rendell’s Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, and historical improvement projects. More than 45 jobs are estimated to be created by the parking project, with more than $6.2 million in benefits. Read more.
Spring Open House Sets Record as Largest
The weather was hot at the Open House on Sunday, April 26, and so was the interest in Arcadia. “It was our largest Spring Open House on record. We hosted 610 students and their families and collected hundreds of admission applications for the Class of 2014,” says Dana Davies, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Some Class of 2013 students also were able to join us, and we look forward to seeing them again for Fall 2009."
Davies thanked all those who helped make the event successful, especially the Facilities staff who moved seamlessly from Capstone presentations on Friday, the President’s Circle Reception on Saturday, to the Open House and Community Scholars Concert on Sunday. “It is no small feat to roll out the carpet to prospective students and first-time visitors at such a busy time of year, and the campus looked amazing. The Castle was perfect—thanks to the very late night ministrations of Patrick Butler and the other staff members after the Reception last evening. We had a lot of walk-ins, and the tours were popular. All the sessions seemed well attended.”
“Let me add my thanks to all who helped make this an amazing weekend for our students and guests,” added President Jerry Greiner. “Thanks to you all!”
Arcadia’s Physical Therapy Program Ranks 7th in Nation
U.S. News & World Report continues to rank Arcadia University’s Physical Therapy program 7th in the nation among the more than 200 graduate PT programs in its April 23 issue.
“Consistent with the mission of Arcadia University, our curriculum emphasizes clinical principles using international and multicultural clinical education experiences,” says Dr. Rebecca L. Craik, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy. “Through 2008, 133 students have studied abroad under the watchful eye of faculty members in the program. Our integrated curriculum, including the global pro bono physical therapy experiences, has attracted incredible students who inspire us to reach for the next star.” Read more.
Arcadia’s Patrick Butler Places Third in Wachovia Bike Race
By Katie Aviles and Megan Mullaney ’10
Patrick Butler, a custodian in the Castle, has an unlikely hobby—he is an avid, nationally recognized mountain biker. He recently placed third overall in the Wachovia Race held at Stone Mountain in Georgia. Butler remained in second place for most of the race until he inadvertently bumped a rival team’s player. This cost him 3/10ths of a second, but he still placed third out of 112 racers. The race was 72 miles long, and he finished with a time of two hours and 42 minutes.
Butler participates in about 16 races and competitions per year and has been racing for more than 10 years. He has placed in the top 20 in eight races, is currently ranked sixth in the country, and has won a number of cash prizes. Read more.
Feedback Sought from Undergraduates via Satisfaction Survey
President Jerry Greiner released the Student Satisfaction Survey to undergraduate students via e-mail last week, and already three winners have been identified to receive Target gift cards. “I am very interested in ensuring that Arcadia lives out its Promise. In order to accomplish this, I need to hear your opinions. Please take a few minutes to fill out this year’s Student Satisfaction Survey. I am very interested in hearing from all students. Our ability to make Arcadia stronger depends on your willingness to give us honest feedback about your satisfaction. All of your opinions matter, and I promise that we will use the results of the survey to make changes that you will be able to see,” Greiner said in his e-mail, adding, “This year we will again analyze the results and let you know what we have heard and then put together a plan to improve those areas of greatest need. Communication about the results will be through the Bulletin in the Fall.
“As an incentive to fill this out, we will be offering a $100 gift card to Target Stores for every 200 students who fill out the survey. In order for you to be a potential winner of the lottery, you will need to include some sort of contact information. I promise that we will not allow any association of your responses to be connected to your name, unless you ask for us to contact you about some area of the university.” Undergraduate students should check their Arcadia e-mail for the link to the survey.
Arcadia University Offers Criminal Justice Courses Online
Arcadia University offers fully online courses in Criminal Justice beginning in September 2009. “With an introductory-level Criminal Justice course and a 200-level course on Rehabilitative Practices and Policies, our online offerings are ideal for a range of professionals interested in expanding their understanding of criminal justice issues or seeking to earn credits toward Arcadia’s degree in Criminal Justice,” says Dr. John Noakes, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice. Read more.
Swine Influenza Information Available on Web
Related to recent reports of swine influenza in the United States, Arcadia University is providing general information about staying healthy as well as specific information on this type of influenza on its Web site. University officials will continue to monitor this situation in the United States and in all countries where Arcadia University students are studying abroad.
Students Wanted for Second Life Island
Arcadia University is building an “island” in the online world of Second Life and is looking for students to work on developing the University’s presence in SL. Experience with coding and scripting, Adobe Photo Shop and interior design are a plus. The ideal student also will be a self-starter and be capable of working both independently and as part of a team. Hours worked will be “in world” in second life, so interested students could work from home during the summer if they will not be on campus. For more information, contact Dan Yannuzzi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Tip: 4 Steps to Being Green
By Stephanie Clymer
1. Simplify. Look around and notice how much clutter you're surrounded by. Before going shopping, check out your closet and decide if you really need another TV or pair of shoes. Remember that half the people in the world live on less than US $2 each day (www.miniature-earth.com).
2. Localize. Get to know your town and choose to support small family-owned businesses. When you need a break from exams, take a walk down Easton Road to check out the shops in downtown Glenside.
3. Build community. Hang out with other people who live near you. Maybe you can get people in your neighborhood to clean up a local park together.
4. Look at the big picture. Be aware of where things come from and where they go. Read the labels of products you buy to see what country they were made in. Pay attention to how much you throw away, and think about where all your trash goes. Trash can still be useful: Visit www.terracycle.net to see what products can be made from your trash.
Members 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 photos of students' presentations. View schedule.
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.
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.
Dump Textbooks and Make Room for Cash
Students can dump textbooks and make room for cash. The Arcadia Templeton Bookstore’s 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.
Slesaransky-Poe Helps Introduce Anti-Bullying Guide for Schools
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, announced the release of “An Introduction to Welcoming Schools,” a guide aimed at equipping school administrators, classroom teachers, and all other school personnel with knowledge and skills to address bias-based bullying, and to create environments where all students feel safe and affirmed. The announcement, which quoted Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Arcadia Assistant Professor of Education and a member of the Welcoming Schools Advisory Board, comes as the nation grapples with the suicides of two 11-year-old children, both of whom were frequent targets of anti-gay bullying.
Hoefler Explores Female Condition in Wolf Spider Mating
Dr. Chad Hoefler, Assistant Professor of Biology, published the article “The Interaction of Female Condition and Mating Status on Male-Male Aggression in a Wolf Spider” in Ethology (Vol. 115, Issue 4, March 2009, pp. 331-338). Along with his co-authors from Miami University (Ohio) and Susquehanna University, Hoefler observes that “fighting behavior has been studied extensively with strong emphases on factors that independently determine winners and losers as well as how much effort an individual should invest in a given contest for a resource. Much less attention has been paid to how interacting qualities of disputed resources modulate aggression.
“In a laboratory study, we examined the interactive effects of female condition and mating status on dyadic male aggression in the wolf spider Pardosa milvina. We discovered that males exhibited significantly more aggressive behaviors when in the presence of virgin females in good condition and displayed lower and statistically similar levels of aggression when placed with virgin, poor condition females; mated, good condition females; mated, poor condition females; and no females. Because previous studies have suggested that virgin females alone should be highly prized because of putative first-mate sperm priority patterns, this study contributes to this body of literature by suggesting that diet history and body condition mitigate the reproductive advantages of mating with virgin females as indicated by levels of male-male aggression, but further investigation is needed.”
Off Campus: First Friday Features Design Awards, May 1
Adjunct 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.
ALANA and International Student Recognition Celebration, May 8
The 2009 ALANA and International Student Recognition Ceremony and Celebration will be Friday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m., in Stiteler Auditorium. Reception to follow at Easton Hall Café and Patio.
Explore Arcadia’s Graduate Programs, May 20
Attend the Graduate Open House on Wednesday, May 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle to learn about Arcadia’s nationally renowned healthcare programs in Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Genetic Counseling. Arcadia also has one of the few FEPAC-accredited graduate programs in Forensic Science and is known for its global perspectives in programs in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Public Health and Health Education.
Registration begins at 4 p.m., with campus tours and refreshments. Participants will be able to meet with financial aid staff. At academic break-out sessions from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., faculty and staff will be available to answer questions one-on-one. Register Online or call toll-free 1-877-ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342) to reserve a space. For more information, call the toll-free number or e-mail email@example.com.
Spring Fling Weekend: Great Weather, Lots of Fun
By Beth Pasquale '11
As Spring Fling kicked off on April 17, you could tell Arcadia students were in for a great weekend. The Blitz carnival, a great Knight Club performance and comedian Daniel Tosh on Friday and Woodstock and the drive-in movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop on Saturday were just some of the events that made this past weekend the best of the spring semester.
The weather could not have been better and the activities and music were enough to get most of Arcadia’s students out to the festivities at some point. The Student Programming Board (SPB) estimated around 700 people at each day’s main events. “I love how active the campus was,” says junior Caitlin McGee, “It was so much fun sitting out on the field with everyone, enjoying the sunshine and all the music and food.” View photos from Spring Fling. Read more.
Montgomery County Poet Laureate Reception Held at Arcadia
The 11th Annual Montgomery County Poet Laureate Reception was held in the Castle on Friday, April 24. The event recognized Dr. Doris Ferleger, the 2009 Montgomery County Poet Laureate. Poet Tony Hoagland served as this year’s celebrity judge and introduced Ferleger.
"These poems are at once Biblical, intimate and humorous. Here is an active mind, a love of culture, and a compassionate, roving heart,” Hoagland said of Ferleger’s work. “Behind the stories of family and general human woe, the poems convincingly persuade us to see how, even after the violence of life, we must repeatedly return to a condition of joy and communion.” Read more.
Poet Tony Hoagland Leads Writing Workshop
On Friday, April 24, Arcadia graduate and undergraduate students gathered in the Castle Conference Room to participate in a workshop with renowned poet Tony Hoagland. Hoagland was at Arcadia to serve as celebrity judge for the 11th Annual Montgomery County Poet Laureate Reception. He currently teaches at the University of Houston and has published seven books of poetry.
The workshop consisted of 10 students all of whom submitted two pages of poetry to Hoagland and the group before Friday’s session. During the workshop, Hoagland reviewed a few of the students’ poems noting the strongest and weakest areas of the pieces. He also had participants do spur-of-the-moment writing prompts, which led to interesting phrases and discussion. The session allowed all of the student poets a chance to cultivate their talents while learning from an expert. With his remarkable sense of humor and teaching ability, the workshop was beneficial for all.
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.
83 Inducted into International Honor Society
This year 83 individuals were inducted at the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society ceremony for Arcadia's Epsilon Kappa Chapter on April 24. This was the largest number since Arcadia's chapter was established in 2003.
The honor society recognizes international achievements of those students who study abroad for a minimum of six weeks, with requisite GPA of 3.2 for undergraduates and 3.5 for graduate students. It also recognizes the contributions of faculty and staff who contribute to the University's mission of internationalization via sustained global experiences, primarily teaching or research. The Society's motto—Scientia Mutua Mundi (World's Shared Knowledge)—is inscribed at the base of the crest. Read more.
Men's Tennis: The Knights fell 5-0 victims to the #1 seed Elizabethtown College Blue Jays Saturday afternoon in the Commonwealth Conference Team Championship semi-final round match. Results.
Women's Tennis: The Knights fell 5-0 victims to the #1 seed Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen Saturday afternoon in the Commonwealth Conference Team Championship semi-final round match. Results.
Men's Golf: Kevin Gallagher shed six strokes off Sunday's back nine score of 46 with five pars to jumped from 22nd overall to a tie for 17th in the final standings, leading Arcadia into their 7th place overall team finish. The Blue Jays of Elizabethtown College earned the NCAA automatic bid with first place overall and the conference championship title. Website. Results.
Softball: Captured the #4 seed for the Commonwealth Conference championships. The #4 Knights are set to play #1 Messiah on Friday, May 1, at 11 a.m. in Grantham, Pa. More info.
Dr. Norman Johnston, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, along with Professor John Donohue, Yale University’s Leighton Surbeck Professor of Law, spoke to a group of Yale Law School alumni in Philadelphia on April 26. The group from several states had just toured the Eastern State Penitentiary, a National Historic Site and candidate for UNESCO World Heritage site.
Lauren Schrift '12, an honors program biology major who is studying abroad at the University of Stirling, in Stirling, Scotland, was mentioned in an article on April 27 in the York Daily Record (Pa.). The article was also carried on TradingMarkets.com (Los Angeles, Ca.), and Individual.com (Washington, D.C.). Schrift’s fiancée, Nate Neely, who also is studying abroad in Stirling, got the chance to play on Stirling’s basketball team and helped the team win its league title. Read more.
Danielle Perini '09D.P.T., of Yardley, Pa., and Katie Matonis '09D.P.T., of Bensalem, Pa., were listed in the April 20 Bucks County Courier Times on being awarded their Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at ceremonies held on Feb. 7.
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