May 26, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 26, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

18 Students, 24 Latrines, 5 Flat Tires, and a Dance Recital

Building a latrine in Honduras
While in Honduras, the Arcadia contingent built 24 latrines consisting of three block walls, a roof and door, installed toilets and hooked each up to a septic system in four days.

Living the Promise logo"We were 40 miles from a paved road (five flat tires), 5,000 feet up in a village of 68 families," says Alan Powell of the 18 students, two alumni and four leaders in the ID381/581 Honduras Experience course he teaches with Adjunct Professor Connie Coleman. "The families had no electricity or indoor plumbing. Our Arcadia students started the day at 5:30 a.m. At night we had lectures and discussions about poverty, public health, concepts of development and immigration." Both graduate and undergraduate students participated in the course, including graduate students in Arcadia's Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy and Master of Public Health programs. "We had a very successful week." View photos from Honduras and read more.

Art Gallery Gets Pew Grant for Ai Weiwei Exhibit

A Pew Grant will bring the exhibition Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn to Arcadia University.

When the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI), a project of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, announced grants totaling $1,006,440 in May, Arcadia University was awarded a grant of $89,500 for Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn, a solo exhibition of ceramic works by internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

The upcoming exhibit at the Arcadia University Art Gallery will feature his iconoclastic use of Neolithic vessels, blue-and white Qing and Yuan dynasty replicas, and a new work consisting of a ton of "sunflower seeds" crafted from porcelain. Scheduled to coincide with the spring 2010 conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Philadelphia, the show will contribute a critical polemic to the discourse about clay in the region. Read more.

Reunion Hits Arcadia This Weekend

Reunion Schedule cover

Alumni Reunion is this weekend, May 29, 30 and 31. Each day is packed full of exciting events and things to do while giving participants plenty of opportunities to catch up with classmates.

Reunion starts on Friday, May 29, with check-in at Grey Towers Castle. Some of Friday’s highlights include an excursion to Morris Arboretum, a Welcome Reception and Dinner for Alumni and Friends in the Castle. After the dinner, there will be an Alumni Awards Presentation followed by dessert and entertainment featuring Sounds of Sinatra with Johnny Mac (Physical Plant’s John McNeil). A Faculty Art Exhibit will be on display in the Arcadia University Art Gallery throughout Reunion.

On Saturday, early birds can enjoy a Reunion breakfast before checking out the rest of the day’s events. Highlights include the Parade of Classes along the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride (a bagpiper will lead the march), the Alumni Softball Game, and the Grilled GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) picnic. Read more.

Faculty and Staff Honored at Annual Luncheon

On Tuesday, May 19, Arcadia faculty and staff were honored and recognized at the annual Service Awards luncheon hosted by Human Resources. The luncheon celebrated the retirement of Dr. Michael Berger, Linda Diamond, Maureen Guim, and Jay Vogel and the years of service completed by faculty and staff.

President Jerry Greiner recognized each retiree, noting his or her exceptional service and accomplishments. Read more.

Nicole Zucker Wins 2009 Martha Washington Award

Nicole Zucker, Associate Registrar, was awarded the 2009 Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service at Arcadia University on Tuesday, May 19. The award is given annually to an Arcadia University staff employee who exemplifies the ideals of consistent excellence, exceptional performance, and service to the Arcadia University community.

“Every nominator marveled at Nicole’s ability to take on ever-increasing tasks with grace and enthusiasm,” said President Jerry Greiner. “She has maintained a commitment to excellence, exceptional performance, and widespread contribution to the University community.” Read more.

800 Hands, 800 Feet—a Measure of Passion

From the President's blog: The halls of academe are no longer drafty and cold, but graduates still don the traditional black robes as they carry on the legacy of so many before who have undertaken the pursuit of knowledge. At Arcadia, we believe that knowledge isn’t just something to be acquired, but something to be put to good use in the world. As administrators, faculty and staff, we plan programs and design courses to inspire in our students the passion for contributing to and prospering in the world. But how does one measure that passion? Read more.

Attend a Nutrition Counseling Seminar, May 29

The Human Resources Office invites the campus community to a seminar about Nutrition and Wellness Counseling on Friday, May 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. All are welcome to attend. Feel free to bring lunch to the seminar. R.S.V.P. to Katie Kelly, as space is limited. The registered dietician, Roseanna Anderson, of Free 2B Me Nutrition Services, Inc., will speak about what a registered dietician is as opposed to nutritionist. Anderson also will discuss the benefits of seeing a registered dietician. There will be time for questions, and handouts will be provided.

“Remember, if you have your medical plan through Keystone Health Plan East or Personal Choice, you are eligible for up to six visits annually with a participating registered dietician or physician at no cost to you,” says Kelly. View list of participating registered dieticians.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Paradis to Speak at Screening of Film on Black Soldiers

“The African American Museum in Philadelphia, (formerly called the African American Cultural and Historical Museum) will be reopening in June. The new documentary film, Black Soldiers in Blue, that I gave some help to, will be part of the grand reopening program and part of the Juneteenth Celebration,” says Dr. James Paradis, Adjunct Professor of History. The world premiere of the film is Saturday, June 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the museum. The film is a documentary on Camp William Penn, the first Federal training ground for black troops during the Civil War. The film is directed by Warren Bass and produced by Zilan Munas. Black Soldiers in Blue tells the story of the recruitment of black volunteers, their training, their hardships, their heroism and their enormous contribution to Union victory. The filmmakers will be present along with Civil War historian Paradis and members of the U.S.C.T. 3rd Regiment Re-enactors. Read more.

Brinker’s Article on Double Deductions Published in Journal

"The Disallowance of Double Deductions: Are Tax-Deduction Options Available?" by Thomas M. Brinker Jr., Professor of Business Administration, and Christopher M. Harvey was published in the April 2009 Journal of Financial Service Professionals. Brinker also spoke on "Understanding the Medical Expense Deduction for Families of Children with Special Needs" at the Financial Planning Association's 22nd Annual Spring Symposium on May 19 at Villanova University.

Upcoming Events

"Poission" by Robert Mauro
Robert Mauro, Poission, Digital Inkjet Print Size, 18" x 12"

Faculty Art Exhibit at Reunion 2009, May 29 - 31

Arcadia faculty will be featured at Reunion 2009 with a special exhibit in the Arcadia University Art Gallery. Presenting a selection of new fiber sculpture by Carole Loeffler, digital collages by Robert Mauro, a display of ceramic implements by Gregg Moore, and scientific illustrations by Scott Rawlins, this exhibition demonstrates the diversity of artistic concerns of four full-time fine arts faculty. Pieces will be on view in the Arcadia University Art Gallery Friday, May 29, noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 31, noon to 4 p.m. View exhibit flier.

Campus Happenings

Graduate students who studied abroad gather by the Landman library
These Arcadia graduate students studied abroad while pursuing their degrees.

Commencement: Joy, Relief and Gratitude in 222 Photos

On Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17, the friends and family of 436 graduate students and 420 undergraduates gathered on campus to see their loved ones receive degrees. University Photographer Josh Blustein was on hand for the Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies to capture all the special moments and emotions. His photography is available online to view and to purchase.

Sports Update

Softball Alumni Game to be Played May 30

The Arcadia University/Beaver College Alumni Softball game will take place at Blankley Field Saturday, May 30, at 3 p.m. All alumni are invited to participate. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the Kuch Center. Athletics apparel will be available for sale. For more information, contact Linda Detra at 215-572-2996.

In the News

Arcadia In the News

State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington's announcement that Arcadia University will receive $1 million in state grant funds from the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program for the creation of a new parking deck was noted in the May 8 ScoopU.S.A.

Students in the News

Arcadia University Class of 2009 graduates contributed to one final community service project as noted in the May 13 Glenside News, Globe, and Times Chronicle. A group of 50 volunteers, along with the Glenside Merchants Association, began planting flower baskets as part of the Cheltenham Streetscape Project.

"It's part of our final week here, to get us bonding and take part in the community. It was a nice day and a nice activity," Nina Johnson '09, an International Studies major, was quoted as saying.

The student's community service project also was seen on the local ABC News station WPVI-TV on May 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Alumni in the News

Nicole Brousseau '08, a Theatre Arts/English major, has written two one-act plays, one with laughs and the other which may make you cry, Othello Ver. 2.0 and Sundowning Woman. Both plays were performed at the Insomniak Theater Company in Lehigh Valley from April 30 through May 2.

"Inspiration for Othello Ver. 2.0 came from my own experiences auditioning for community theater," says Brousseau, who works as a production assistant at the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Performing Arts in Bethlehem, Pa., and as a theater drama director at Northampton Area High School. "I asked myself," said Brousseau in the Bethlehem Press, "'What if I incorporated Shakespeare?' I took courses in Shakespeare at Arcadia and also performed in some plays as well."

Brousseau's second play, Sundowning Woman, is an emotional story about a woman living in a nursing home and was inspired by her experiences growing up and having her grandmother pass away in a nursing home when she was only 5 years old. "Sundowning Woman's protagonist finds strength to conquer what she feels is her life's plan—or—fate using memories of her childhood and young adult years," says Brousseau in the paper.

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Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics, Purnell Cropper, University Relations, and Michelle Tooker '07, University Relations. Photos: Joshua Blustein. Web Producer: Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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