June 9, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
June 9, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Smart Classroom Dedicated to the Class of 1959

Smart Classroom dedication

During Reunion Weekend in May, the Class of 1959 had a Smart Classroom in Easton Hall dedicated in its honor. The classroom features the latest technology, including touch-screen PowerPoint presentations and DVD playback, and helps educators with distance learning and online classes. It also helps them to develop new teaching methods and integrate Internet features such as video clips from YouTube into their lessons.

“I want to thank you for this gift to the University,” President Jerry Greiner said at the dedication. “In today’s world so much technology is being used in the teaching process that the value of this Smart Classroom is immeasurable.” He noted that the Class of 1959 raised more than $346,000 over the past five years.

“This gift is outstanding because this is a phenomenal Smart Classroom,” said Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Joshua Blustein, who was on hand to take the group’s photo, and also explained how the technology works. “Smart Classrooms feature the benefit of having technology readily available in the classroom. They make learning for students a lot more exciting.” He also noted that since the Smart Classroom technology can be updated, it would remain current as other technological advancements are made.

Arcadia Offers PA Director Credential for Child Care Directors

Arcadia University will begin offering the Pennsylvania Director Credential, a three-course, graduate-level program that is a requirement of the Keystone STARS program under the Pennsylvania Early Learning Department. Courses start in Fall 2009 and are offered on campus and at convenient locations in Montgomery County. Scholarships are available through T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® PENNSYLVANIA Scholarship Program.

Keystone STARS is an initiative to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. This comprehensive professional development system, including career pathways with credentials, is for practitioners in settings including center- and home-based child care, school-age programs, Head Start, early intervention programs, and school-based programs. In order for Early Childhood Programs to reach Keystone STARS Level 3, directors must be credentialed. See coverage in the Intelligencer and read more about Arcadia’s PA Director Credential program.

New Students: Sign up Now for Orientation

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.

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.

Study ‘Nature Island of the Caribbean’ in ID181/381 Course

Brinker with students in Dominica
Brinker explores Dominica with students.

Students can study in Dominica, known as the nature island of the Caribbean, through ID181/381: International Experience Dominica/Infrastructure. Coursework begins on Oct. 7, with travel to Dominica for one week during winter break, returning by or before Jan. 13, 2010. A fee of $1,995 includes all air, accommodations, meals, and excursions. Coursework, including debriefing sessions and presentations, concludes in Spring 2010. For more information, contact Thomas Brinker Jr., brinker@arcadia.edu, or Dan Moscovici, moscovid@arcadia.edu, Director of Liberal Studies and Adjunct Professor of History and International Studies.

Dominica, the "Nature Island of the Caribbean," is often confused with the Dominican Republic. However, Dominica is located between the two French islands of Martinique in the south and Guadeloupe in the north. It is south of Puerto Rico and north of Barbados. English is the official language of Dominica. Dominicans believe that the island is closest to what the Caribbean was like before Columbus's voyage. Dominica is a rugged agglomeration of towering mountains that run through the island's center. The island has defied the ravages of commercial exploitation and deforestation from the time of Columbus to today. Over 60 percent of the island is still covered by lush tropical Oceanic Rain forest and other vegetation. Water is one of the island's most abundant resources, with numerous rivers gushing out of the mountains to create spectacular waterfalls and gorges. Read more as Professor Brinker answers questions about the course.

Halpin on Computer-Based Business Simulations on CNN.com

Halpin
Halpin

Dr. Annette Halpin, Assistant Professor and Chair of Business/Health Administration and Economics, was quoted on CNN.com (London, England CNN) on June 5. Halpin, who also is the Executive Director of ABSEL of the US-based Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning, was quoted as saying that computer-based business simulations are now widely used on M.B.A. courses. “Simulations are becoming increasing important in business education because they create a reality for students that can’t be taught be textbooks,” she told CNN.

In responding to the CNN article, Halpin says, “There is increasing interst in the use of simulations at business schools in both the US and abroad. At ABSEL we are seeing more faculty from AACSB-accredited institutions coming to our annual conference to find out about the use of this teaching method. While we are accredited through ACBSP, with a teaching-oriented focus, it is good to know that research-oriented institutions are moving in this direction.” Read more.

U.S. House Passes Simon Study Abroad Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Simon Study Abroad Act on Wednesday, June 10, as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization bill (H.R. 2410) by a vote of 235-187. The bill, now on its way to the Senate, incorporates the work of the congressionally and federally appointed Commission on the Abraham Lincoln Study Abroad Fellowship Program and sets the goal of having 1 million U.S. students studying abroad annually within 10 years. By establishing a structure to achieve that goal, the program will enable students from all backgrounds to have a quality study abroad experience and expand study abroad opportunities to non-traditional but critical destinations, with a specific emphasis on developing countries. See President Greiner’s blog for his perspective on this legislation.

State Sen. Washington Receives Honorary Doctor of Divinity

Washington
Washington

“Wow. Wow. Who would have ever thought it possible that a welfare recipient, high school dropout and teenage parent would be standing here today like this? It is through God’s grace and God’s grace alone that it is happening,” said Pennsylvania Sen. LeAnna M. Washington as she received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) during the school’s recent 145th commencement exercises in the city’s East Mt. Airy section. Washington has served on the Board of Trustees at Arcadia University. In her address, Washington traced a troubled early life that included being a victim of domestic violence. Admitting that she once thought God was not a part of her life, she said she eventually prayed daily for “direction on where to go,” admitting to herself and God that the “paths I had chosen for myself were not good ones and led nowhere.” Read more about her address.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Accounting Student Wins PICPA Outstanding Senior Award

Adedunmomi A. Aderemi of Philadelphia was named an Outstanding Senior by the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) and Arcadia University in May. Aderemi was recommended for the award by Thomas M. Brinker Jr., Professor of Accounting at Arcadia, for her success in the classroom and potential for a promising career in accounting. The award is given to one senior accounting major at each of the 80 participating Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Recipients are given a certificate and medal and have their names engraved on a plaque displayed at their alma mater.

A degree in accounting is the first step toward receiving a CPA license. To earn the CPA license in Pennsylvania, accounting graduates must pass a rigorous exam and complete one to two years of auditing experience, depending upon graduate or undergraduate course completion. CPA licenses are administered by the State Board of Accountancy. CPAs are required to adhere to a professional code of conduct and are expected to complete continuing education courses to maintain an active license.

McClure, Tate Publish in Journal of Athletic Training

Dr. Philip McClure, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Angela R. Tate, Adjunct Professor of Physical Therapy, published an article titled “A Clinical Method for Identifying Scapular Dyskinesis, Part 1: Reliability,” in the April 2009 issue of the Journal of Athletic Training (Vol. 44, No. 22, pp. 160-164.) They were the lead authors for a five-person research team that conducted this study, which was funded by a grant from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation. Taken collectively, their findings suggest that abnormal scapular movement patterns in young, athletically active adults can be visually recognized and distinguished from normal patterns with satisfactory reliability by trained athletic trainers and physically therapists using the Scapular Dyskinesis Test (SDT). The test represents a reliable and feasible method for clinical examination of overhead athletes, and the reliability was better than that for a previously described visual classification system. A second, related article by Tate, McClure, and their team, “ A Clinical Method for Identifying Scapular Dyskinesis, Part 2: Validity,” exploring the validity of the SDT, appears in the same issue of the Journal of Athletic Training on pp. 165-173.

Upcoming Events

Reception in Castle for Jeff Ewing, June 22

Jeff Ewing
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 was mentioned in a June 8 Greek News Online article “Diversity of Hellenism Celebrated at the First Greek Honor Society Installation,” on the Pan American Federation’s First Induction Ceremony of the Modern Greek Honor Society. Arcadia’s connection to the Pan American Federation started in 2001, when Beaver College changed its name to Arcadia University after the picturesque ancient Arcadia land known for its peacefulness, simplicity and strong academic and intellectual contributions throughout history.

Demetrios Filios, President of The Pan Arcadian Federation of America, and other members of the Federation were invited to the name changing ceremony and after learning about the University’s outstanding faculty and programs, they established the Arcadia University Committee.

"The Committee is dedicated to aid Arcadia University in the growth of its undergraduate and doctorate exchange programs. The formation of this committee as stated in the article reflects one of the most important goals of the Federation, that of continuing the tradition of academic excellence that existed in ancient Arcadia," reports the Greek News. Read the entire story.

Alumni in the News

Emily Bergson-Shilcock '04M.Ed was profiled in the June 10 Philadelphia Inquirer (Style & Soul Section) in the story “Homeschool: The next generation.” Bergson-Shilcock, who was homeschooled along with her two sisters and brother, applied to Arcadia with a portfolio instead of the traditional transcript and no SAT scores because she refused to take the test. “I felt like I had such an advantage over traditionally schooled people because I was used to owning my own education and managing my time,” says Bergson-Shilcock. Bergson-Shilcock earned a B.A. in Psychology cum laude with departmental honors in 2000 and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership with distinction in 2004. She also was an enrollment management counselor in the Office of Enrollment Management prior to leaving to become a full-time mom. Read more.

Faculty in the News

Larry Atkins, who teaches journalism, was interviewed on www.ourblook.com on the subject of citizen journalism. Read the interview.

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