June 2, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
June 2, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Class of ’59 Takes the Bowl at Reunion

Alumni Association Awards
Watch video of the Alumni Awards at www.arcadia.edu/alumniawards09.

This past weekend, Arcadia University hosted 2009 Reunion, featuring class years ending in 9 and 4. On Friday evening, recipients of Alumni Association Awards and Annual Fund Reunion Class Awards were honored during a presentation and reception in the Castle Dining Room.

The 50th Reunion Class Gift was presented by the Class of 1959. In honor of their generosity, a Smart Classroom was dedicated in Easton Hall. (Watch video of the Alumni Awards.)

The Ethlyn Selner Mack Bowl, given in honor of Ethlyn's service to the Alumni Association, is given each year to the class with the highest level of participation in The Alumni Fund. This year's recipient was the Class of 1959.

The Bette E. Landman Plate is awarded each year at Reunion to the class that gives the largest five-year combined gift to the Alumni Fund. This year, the award was given to the Class of 1934, with a total five-year gift of $2,101,060.16. Read more.

Arcadia to Host Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from East Africa

Arcadia University has been approved for a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence and will host a visiting faculty member from an East African nation in Spring 2010.

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence will teach two courses—Development in East Africa (undergraduate) and Capacity Building and Human Rights (graduate)—through Arcadia's International Peace and Conflict Resolution master's program, which sponsored the grant application, and the History and International Studies undergraduate programs.

Arcadia's ties with East Africa include the founding of the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research in Arusha, Tanzania, in 2007. Arcadia operates the Centre in partnership with the East African Community, the regional intergovernmental organization of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. Read more.

Dr. Doreen Loury Given Cultural Ally Award

Doreen Loury

At the annual Faculty and Staff Service Awards Luncheon on May 19, President Jerry Greiner proudly presented the 2009 Cultural Ally Award to Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of Act 101. Established in 2005 by Arcadia students, the Cultural Ally Recognition project recognizes members of the Arcadia staff who validate the experiences of African American, Asian, Latino, and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered students.

Students “have selected you as one among Arcadia University’s faculty and staff whom they believe validates their experiences and around whom students feel they can be themselves,” Greiner said.

“Dr. Loury was selected to receive the award because of her long history—18 years as an Arcadia Professor and Director of the Act 101 program—of supporting students in varying ways. She's approachable, encouraging, generous, and demonstrates a real concern for the success of Arcadia students,” says Judith Dalton, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs. “Also, she received the most nominations from among the student groups than any other nominee.” Read more.

Summer Orientation: Sign up Now

Summer Orientation Brochure

Arcadia is gearing up for the new class of first-year and transfer students in Fall 2009, and Summer Orientation is a big part of that process. "There's a lot for new students to do, starting with signing up for a Summer Orientation day if they have not already done so," says Dean of Students Jeff Ewing.

Students can sign up for Summer Orientation, complete necessary forms, and submit their First-Year Seminar (freshmen only) preferences online through Arcadia's online portal, called MyArcadia. Each new student is sent a username in his or her welcome packet. New students with questions about Orientation or completing the forms should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 215-572-2933 or success@arcadia.edu.

See www.arcadia.edu/orientation for the Summer Orientation schedule and available dates. "At the Summer Orientation day, Orientation Leaders provide mentorship during the day with the new students, and parents participate in workshops that will help in establishing an understanding of the resources, programs and opportunities that are available for all students," says Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Jan Walbert.

New Student Summer Reading: Three Cups of Tea

Three Cups of Tea"Orientation to the University consists of many facets, not the least of which is an Orientation to academic life," notes Dr. Norah Shultz, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education. "As a way of helping you to become an active member of our academic community, it is our tradition to ask new students to read a book during the summer, with the expectation that you will be part of a small discussion group during Fall Orientation in August."

This year's new student reading is Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. "Our group discussions will be just like many of your classroom experiences at Arcadia. For first-year students, this also will be the first time that you will meet with the members of your Learning Community. Transfer students also will meet in small groups with other transfer students."

More about this Summer Reading Program is provided during Summer Orientation or at www.arcadia.edu/newstudent. New students should purchase this book and read it prior to New Student Orientation in August.

Murphy Hall, Eastern State Penitentiary Win Preservation Award

Norman Johnston and the Preservation Alliance
Dr. Norman Johnston represented Arcadia University at the Preservation Alliance Awards luncheon.

Arcadia University Professor Emertius Dr. Norman Johnston attended the 16th Annual Preservation Achievement Awards luncheon on May 11, sponsored by the Preservation Alliance for greater Philadelphia. Mayor Michael Nutter, who served as honorary luncheon co-chairman congratulated the awardees. The Alliance recognizes people and organizations whose extraordinary accomplishments in preservation contribute to the region’s unique character and sense of place.

Arcadia University’s Murphy Hall received the 2009 Grand Jury Award for the restoration of an architecturally distinctive tower by Russell Roofing, who was also honored. Johnston accepted the award on behalf of Arcadia University.

The Board of Directors Award for exceptional stewardship of historic properties went to Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc., of which Johnston is the board secretary. He was one of the founders of the prison as an historic site. Visit www.planphilly.com/node/8855 for more information on the award.

Summer Orientation: Modern Languages Inventories Now Online

The Summer Orientation schedule for new students is a little less hectic for students this year because the Modern Languages Placement Inventories are now taken online before students arrive for their orientation session. "Having students take the Modern Languages inventory online frees up time during Summer Orientation for other activities," says Dr. Norah Shultz, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education.

The first Summer Orientation date for transfer students is on Friday, June 12. The first session for first-year students is Friday, June 19. Find out what three academic tasks students must complete before Summer Orientation day.

‘Swim at Your Own Risk’—Social Media Top 10 Tips

“There should be a sign on our computers that reads ‘Swim at your own risk. No lifeguard on duty,’” says Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations. Recent news stories have detailed famous people getting into trouble over information posted on Facebook pages and are a reminder that “private” information may not be private. Check out the Top 10 Things You Need to Know about use and monitoring of social media.

  1. All those idioms your parents and teachers used to say still apply. Choose your friends carefully. Just because everybody else is doing it doesn’t mean you won’t get in trouble. Don't talk to strangers. Not everything you read is true. Do unto others ...
  2. You are responsible for your own privacy. Choose your privacy settings carefully.
  3. Remember that photos and information that you post can be "shared" in other places that you can’t control.
  4. You can monitor the Web for information about yourself by searching for your name or photograph, setting up Google "alerts," etc.
  5. Be aware that employers and others likely will search the Web for mention of you before hiring you.
  6. Be aware that information posted on the Web can contain evidence of wrongdoing or lead to an investigation (such as Michael Phelps' experience).
  7. Arcadia staff members don't systematically monitor individual Facebook and other pages for information about students, but they view pages if they are made aware of or view pages and become aware of inappropriate information/activities. (See the University Regulations and Policies in the Student Handbook www.arcadia.edu/studenthandbook for more information about the student Code of Conduct and other policies.)
  8. Arcadia University maintains various social media pages. Pages not maintained by Arcadia may contain inaccurate information. If you have any questions, please check an official Arcadia Web source or contact admiss@arcadia.edu.
  9. More and more people join social media groups each day, and Facebook and others are not just for students. Faculty, grandparents, employers and businesses are joining—by the thousands each day.
  10. Remember that Google (and other search engines) catalogs and finds everything, and information on the Web is relational. Don't assume that making something private means nobody will see it—or link to it.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

90 PA Students Attend National Conference in San Diego

Ninety students from the Physician Assistant program Class of 2010 attended the annual conference of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in San Diego, Calif., May 29 through June 2. They attended medical education lectures, contributed to the Host City Project, and participated in the Medical Challenge Bowl with a team made up of students from both the Christiana (Del.) and Glenside campuses. “We were the first and still one of the few programs in the country to bring their entire class to this annual conference, and were likely the largest cohort attending,” notes Chris Sim, Assistant Professor in the Physician Assistant program at Arcadia’s Christiana Campus in Delaware.

Sim, Zaweski Inducted into PA Honor Society

Chris Sim and Joe Zaweski, Academic Coordinator of the Christiana Campus, were honored by their alma mater, Drexel University, with induction into Pi Alpha at the 37th annual American Academy of Physician Assistants’ conference. Pi Alpha is the national PA honor society organized for the promotion and recognition of both PA students and graduates. Membership signifies the inductees’ significant academic achievement and honors them for their leadership, research, community/professional service, and other related activities. The society also encourages a high standard of character and conduct among students and graduates.

Paulk Finds Audience Keys into Abuse Topic

David Paulk

Also at the annual American Academy of Physician Assistants’ conference in San Diego, Dr. David Paulk delivered a talk on “Effective Public Speaking with Leaving Your Seat and Surviving Child Abuse, A Professional’s Experience.” Notes Paulk, “I had access to an audience response system during my child abuse talk, and interestingly enough, 50 percent of those in attendance reported a history of abuse, with 63 percent of participants stating that emotional abuse had affected their lives in adverse ways. Not surprising, but wow, that many!” Donna Agnew and Paulk delivered a talk on “Difficult Patient Communication and Communicating with the Difficult Patient.” Paulk also has been invited to Mozambique to teach parenting skills to mothers in that region.

Upcoming Events

Reception in Castle for Jeff Ewing, June 22

Jeff Ewing

The Arcadia community is invited to a reception to honor Jeff Ewing, Dean of Students, and his many contributions to the University community over the past 19 years. Ewing will be leaving Arcadia July 2. The reception will be in the Castle Dining Room on Monday, June 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. “Please R.S.V.P. to Diana Bonner (bonnerd@arcadia.edu or 215-572-2933) so we can assure refreshments for all,” says Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs. “There will be no formal program, so please stop by anytime to wish Jeff well.”

Library Management Institute Summer Conference, June 29-30

Devoted exclusively to the current issues in library management and administration, the conference will feature three keynote addresses and more than 25 workshops presented by nationally recognized library managers. The conference is open to anyone directly involved in or having interest in library management. Topics include marketing and outreach, library human resources management, organizational dynamics, budgeting and financial management, and user dynamics. View brochure and registration information.

In the News

Arcadia In the News

Arcadia University’s first Physician Assistant graduates from its new campus in Christiana, Del., was mentioned in the May 29 Wilmington (DE) News Journal.

Students in the News

Alex Keene, a sophomore studying in secondary education, was quoted in a story in the May 25 Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, Pa.). Keene, who is an Eagle Scout, commented on his scoutmaster, Jim Wenger, who was celebrating 40 years as a scoutmaster. “He is full of energy,” says Keene. “His enthusiasm is impressive, and I like the way he approaches things. He is upbeat no mater what is going on. Being part of Troop 99 and Mr. Wenger’s leadership gave me an opportunity to find out my own natural abilities, and I was able to figure out what to do with my life. It’s a really great program.”

Alumni in the News

Phyllis Taylor, who earned a degree in Sociology from Arcadia University in 1963, was mentioned in the story “Mt. Airy Couple’s lifetime of activism,” published  in the May 21 Chestnut Hill Local (Philadelphia, Pa.). Read more.

Derek Cornish, a 2006 graduate of Arcadia with a degree in History, was mentioned in a May 30 article in The Phoenix on his participation in the Valley Forge Christian College Summer League, a premier men’s league among hoop circuits.

Amy L. Schmidt '09D.P.T. was mentioned in the May 24 Eagle (Reading, Pa.) on being awarded the A. Richard Polis Graduate Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from Arcadia University. Schmidt received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in February 2009.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Scott Stackhouse, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, was profiled in the May 14 Springfield Sun (Fort Washington, Pa.) on receiving the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. He was quoted as saying, “I love having the opportunity to teach the next generation of practitioners what I feel is the latest and greatest things to do based on evidence. From my teaching I try to look at what is the evidence and not rely on just what’s already been done. That’s the only way we truly advance practice.” When Stackhouse was asked about receiving the award which is based on student nominations, he said, “It feels really nice."

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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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