June 16, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
June 16, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

17 Earn M.A. in International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris 

AGSIRD Graduation
AGSIRD graduates with President Greiner.

Seventeen students from the United States, Canada, Haiti and Liberia were awarded the Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy on June 4 at Arcadia’s affiliated campus in Paris, the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy. The ceremony was held in the French Senate. Students in the double-degree program also obtained a European Master in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiation from Université Paris-Sud XI.

Arcadia University President Jerry Greiner and AGSIRD President Dr. Eileen Servidio each addressed the graduating students. The commencement speech was delivered by H.E. Samira Hanna-El Daher, Ambassador, Representative of Lebanon to the Executive Board of UNESCO. Ambassador El Daher is a career diplomat who was the first woman in Lebanon to be named Ambassador and the first woman worldwide to be an Ambassador in Japan. She also served as Lebanese Ambassador to the USA, China, Australia, Great Britain, the Philippines, Switzerland, and Cyprus.

Paris Grad Meets Obama on Rope Line at Embassy

President Obama holds Eloise Seelinger
President Barack Obama holds Eloise Seelinger, daughter of Alan Seelinger '09M.A. Photo courtesy www.agsird.edu

Just days after the graduation ceremony, Alan Seelinger '09M.A., along with his wife, Beth, his daughter, Eloise, and his parents, met President Barack Obama at the U.S. Ambassador's Residence in Paris on June 6 as part of the President’s D-Day anniversary visit. While greeting several young children on the rope line, the President took Eloise in his arms, and upon learning her name, said "I remember that book, Eloise in Paris—that's what you are!"

“It was truly an unforgettable experience!” Seelinger told the AGSIRD staff. “We plan on requesting the President's autograph—on Eloise's behalf, of course!”

The United States and France: From the Battle of Minds to the Marriage of Minds

By Dr. Paul Vallet

Dr. Paul Vallet teaches European foreign policy and history at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (Arcadia's affiliated campus in Paris) and at Sciences Po Paris.

On June 6, 2009, France and the United States, indulging in an oft-repeated exercise of forgetfulness of the other Allied nations involved, celebrated the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the Normandy coast. That this event has been usually viewed, in both countries, as an essentially Franco-American affair, is not new. Two days before the cross-Channel assault, the Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight Eisenhower, met with General Charles de Gaulle, the leader of the Free French (the Allies did not yet recognize the newly constituted "Provisional Government of the French Republic" presided by de Gaulle and formed out of the groups and parties making up the French Resistance). Read more.

Funds Will Be Lasting Tributes to Berger, Vogel

Berger and VogelThis year, two distinguished members of the Arcadia community are retiring. Together, Dr. Michael L. Berger, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (pictured left), and Jay Vogel, Vice President for University Advancement (pictured right), have served Arcadia for more than 40 years.

To honor their outstanding leadership and commitment to educational excellence, Arcadia has established lasting tributes for both of them.

The Michael L. Berger Faculty Scholars and Artists Fund provides annual support for faculty research and scholarly and creative activities. "The Faculty Scholars and Artists Fund grew out of discussions with a focus group of faculty during the planning stages of At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University," says Dr. John Hoffman, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Co-Chair of the Faculty Campaign. "As the faculty portion of the Campaign began, Dr. Berger assisted with the planning to ensure that the fund was available to all faculty members regardless of academic discipline. Naming the fund after him is a way to honor his dedication and commitment to the faculty." Read more in the Campaign Newsletter.

The Arcadia Knight Greets First Grade Visitors

First graders from First Philadelphia Charter School for Literacy hang out with the Knight in Kuch Center.

When asked whether they’d like to visit the zoo or Arcadia, first grade students from First Philadelphia Charter School for Literacy chose Arcadia. The group of 56 students arrived eagerly on Thursday, June 11, ready to tour campus and meet the Arcadia Knight.

“Is that the real knight?” one student asked, when Arcadia’s mascot arrived. The Knight nodded, greeted the entire group, and followed the students to Kuch Recreation and Athletics Center. There, students heard from Arcadia Student Ambassadors and Kappa Delta Pi members about Flat Stanley and Arcadia’s version—the Flat Knight. For the remainder of the day, the students toured Arcadia’s campus, ate in the Dining Hall and participated in a variety of activities, including coloring pictures of the Castle.

Arcadia student helpers included Barry Hendler, Randi Hendler, Kamia Carter, Kim Edelman, Trevor Squires, Ray Reinhardt, Michele Carney, Allison Powell and Amanda Ogden. View photos.

Apply for a Fall Campus Work Study Job by July 1

Apply for a Work Study Job by July 1Positions are available for campus work study. Students who received a Work Study allocation in their financial aid award letters are eligible to fill the positions. Placement is based on receipt of application, and students should keep in mind that jobs are not guaranteed. Experience, requirements, hours and responsibilities vary. Students must attend an employee orientation, and new and returning students must fill out an application. View flier.

Apply by July 1: 1. Login to MyArcadia. 2. Click on the Campus tab. 3. Go to the One-Stop Shop/Business Office Information for Students module. 4. Click on Student Employment Application.

Arcadia Yellow Ribbon Participation Assists Veterans with Tuition

Arcadia University announced this week that it is participating at full tuition level in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Arcadia’s participation means that eligible veterans will be able to attend undergraduate and most graduate programs—including online programs—with all, or a significant portion of their tuition, covered for education pursued on or after Aug. 1, 2009.

"We are pleased to be able to offer these scholarships to our nation’s service men and women in partnership with the Veterans Administration," says President Jerry Greiner. "Our nation has called upon these veterans for extraordinary service since 9/11, and their multitude of experiences combined with the global perspectives and integrated learning they will get in our degree programs will help to prepare them for their new roles in a global society." Read more.

Special Seminar this Fall: Take Back the Mathematics Curriculum

ED 534 will be taught this fall by Josh Craven, who had much success with his class last fall on the teaching of Calculus. This fall he is taking on the Special Topics in Mathematics Curriculum Development course, which focuses on different issues and themes each time it is offered. In fall 2009, ED 534 will be examining mathematics curricula from the teacher's and student's perspective, including decision making processes for how school mathematics curricula should be created and improved, how they can be linked to current standards, and how math teachers can align them vertically and horizontally within schools. The course promises to be somewhat individualized based on the goals and experiences of those students who register. Mainly, though, the course is designed to create teacher leaders with insight into how their students can best have a cohesive math experience in their school system. ED 534 is scheduled Wednesdays from 7:20-10 p.m. Read the Mathematics Education Newsletter.

Alumnus Named Philadelphia Teacher of the Year

Brian Malloy, who earned a master's degree in Education in secondary math education in 1987 at Arcadia, was named Philadelphia Teacher of the Year during the school district's 25th annual Celebration of Excellence in Education held at The Franklin, as reported in the June 5 Philadelphia Inquirer. "When Brian Malloy talks about being a math teacher his eyes widen, his hands start moving and he starts using words like passion," reported the Philadelphia Daily News on June 5.

"There's no better feeling than when you have a really terrific lesson and everything's clicking and kids are asking good questions. It just feels like you are getting a lot accomplished," Malloy was quoted as saying. Read more about Malloy's outlook on teaching.

IPCR and M.B.A. Collaborate to Offer New Concentration

Beginning this fall, Arcadia will offer an M.B.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR). This new concentration allows students to combine peace studies with an examination of the global business environment. It goes well beyond the concepts of peace studies and human rights by incorporating fieldwork and problem-based learning focused on conflict resolution and sustainable development. Read more in the M.B.A. Newsletter.

Walter Hellendall ’77, Alumnus and Friend of Arcadia

Walter Hellendall

Walter Hellendall, who in 1974 at the age of 66 enrolled as a full-time student at Arcadia University, was one of the first male graduates of Arcadia University, earning a B.A. in Political Science in 1977. He passed away on June 13, 2009, at the age of 97.

Born in Muenchen-Gladbach, Germany, in 1911, Hellendall graduated from Gymnasia (equivalent to an American Junior College) in his hometown. He left Germany in 1938 during Hitler’s uprising to come to the United States. In 1941, he was drafted by the U.S. Army to serve in the European Theater as an interpreter for Army Intelligence, where he served with distinction and earned the Bronze Star. After the war, Hellendall returned to the United States and soon purchased a Pepperidge Farm Distributorship in Abington, Pa., which he owned and operated for 46 years until he sold the business. Read more.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

McClure Elected American Physical Therapy Association Fellow

Phil McClure

In recognition for his accomplishments in the classroom, as a researcher, and in clinical practice, Dr. Philip McClure, Professor of Physical Therapy and Director of the Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy program, has received the highest honor an American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) member can receive. On June 8, he was elected a Catherine Worthingham Fellow, an honor that recognizes “those persons whose work has resulted in lasting and significant advances in the science, education and practice of the profession of physical therapy.”

“This is a wonderful honor,” says McClure. “It has caused me to reflect back over my career and consider how fortunate I’ve been to work with some really great people who have helped me to be successful—everyone from early professors and clinical mentors to academic colleagues and many, many students. It’s both humbling and gratifying to look back and consider all the people who have helped to shape my career and make my professional life so rich and rewarding.” His acknowledgements include Dr. Rebecca Craik and his colleagues at Arcadia University “who have provided a wonderful environment in which to grow and be challenged and stimulated” as well as “countless students who have worked hard to implement ideas, challenge and sharpen my thinking, and keep the whole process fun.” Read more.

SEPCHE Course: Engage in Math that Doesn’t Make Sense

Peter Appelbaum

Dr. Peter Appelbaum, Professor of Education and Coordinator of Mathematics Education and Curriculum Studies programs, and David Scott Allen, M.Ed., are teaching Integrating Quantitative Reasoning throughout the Curriculum July 20-24 in the SEPCHE Institute for Mathematics and Science. The course for middle and secondary school mathematics and science teachers will incorporate student-generated topics into middle and secondary mathematics curricula as a means to achieving state and district standards and learning outcomes. Teachers will explore ways to integrate mathematics across a full spectrum of the curriculum, including the fine arts and vocational/technical arts. A key facet will be facilitating student engagement by experimenting with the aspects of mathematics that do not make sense to the student, the professors note.

Davila Gets Award from Lindback Foundation

Dr. Erica Davila, Assistant Professor of Education, received a Minority Junior Faculty Award of $14,844 from the Christian R. & Mary F. Lindback Foundation. The award is designed to underwrite her research on a project titled “Urban Educators and Effective Curriculum Development and Implementation.” The aim of this research study is to investigate effective curriculum models developed and implemented in the Philadelphia Public Schools. Educators who are involved with curriculum development will be interviewed regarding the ways in which curriculum is designed and delivered in their schools. The interviewees will include teachers, principals, and curriculum specialists who have undertaken curriculum reform in the last five years and have seen related growth in student academic performance.

Biggs, Halpin Present at Business Simulation Conference

Dr. William Biggs, Professor Emeritus of Business Administration, presented a paper, “Using Portfolio Theory in a General Management Simulation Environment,” at the 36th Annual Association for Business Simulation and Experiential Learning Conference, March 19 in Seattle, Wash. The paper was published in the conference proceedings in the Bernie Keys Library. He also was an invited presenter for an all-day workshop held March 21 to inform faculty about evaluating, selecting and using computerized business simulations.   

Dr. Annette Halpin, Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Business/Health Administration and Economics, presented a paper, co-authored with Biggs, on “Evaluating Business Plans in a Simulation Environment,” at the conference. The paper also was published in the conference proceedings in the Bernie Keys Library. Halpin is also the Executive Director of ABSEL.

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 on 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.

Sports Update

Fall and Winter Athletic Schedules Announced

Schedules for the 2009-10 fall and winter sports teams have been posted on each team's respective Web site. Four of the five fall teams will begin the 2009 season on Sept 1: Women's Tennis travels to Philadelphia Bible (3:30 p.m.), Volleyball travels to Misericordia (7 p.m.), and Women's Soccer will play at Cedar Crest (4 p.m.), while Men's Soccer will host Rutgers-Camden on the Kuch Center field at 4 p.m. Field Hockey travels to Rosemont for its season opener on Sept 2 (4 p.m.). Men's and Women's Swimming open the season at home on Nov. 4 against FDU-Florham, Men's Basketball tips off the 2009-10 season at Rowan on Nov. 17 (8 p.m.), and Women's Basketball opens their season at Haverford College on Nov. 18. 

Athletic Training Pre-Participation Forms Available Online

A reminder to incoming first year and returning fall student-athletes, pre-participation forms must be completed and received by the athletic training staff prior to your participation in the fall preseason. The forms can be printed out be clicking here. Please contact Dene McKeee, Head Athletic Trainer, with any questions at 215-572-2848. Start dates for the preseason will be announced soon.

25 Knights Tabbed to Spring All Academic Honor Roll

The Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation announced its tri-annual Academic Honor Roll with 25 Knights being named to the list of 315 conference honorees. The Honor Roll is composed of student-athletes of sophomore class standing or higher who participated in a varsity-level sport who register a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher and have completed the playing season in good standing. Read more.

In the News

Look Who’s Coming to Arcadia University

Are you a new first-year or transfer student headed to Arcadia this fall? Send your note and photo for the Bulletin to feedthebull@arcadia.edu.

Rebecka Schafer

The Sun Courier reports on June 16 that Rebecka Schafer, the Cuyahoga Heights High School Class of 2009 salutatorian, is headed to Arcadia to study health administration and sport psychology.

According to the paper, “Rebecka was the place kicker on the varsity football team and made Northeast Ohio Lakes District All-Star Division V second team and the Cuyahoga Valley Conference first team. In soccer, she made the Cuyahoga Valley Conference first team and was an all-academic. She also made the Cuyahoga Valley Conference all-academic and Wendy's High School Heisman National Nominee in bowling.” Read the story.

The Blairsville (Pa.) Dispatch on June 12 profiled Natalie Rolf, who was named Homer-Center High School's female Student of the Year nominee and is coming to Arcadia University this fall to study “English or psychology, with a concentration in pre-medicine. She was accepted into the school's Honors Program and plans to study abroad,” the paper reported. “Eventually, she wants to attend medical school to pursue her aspirations of becoming a psychiatrist specializing in substance abuse.” At Homer-Center, the paper said, “She earned three letters in track and field, was a member of Student Council, Health Careers Club and the Quiz Bowl team and was involved in the senior class play. Her honors include being named a Summa Scholar and a member of the National Honors Society, and participation in a National History Day event. Her time outside of school was spent as a part-time sales associate at Kmart and working as a mathematics tutor. Last summer, she attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Health Care at the University of Pittsburgh. Rolf stayed involved in the community, as well, participating in the Love Basket fundraiser for her school and teaching computer classes at Aging Services, Inc. sites, an assignment she found very satisfying.”

The Salem News Online (Salem, Mass.) on June 4 announced that Grace Bennett of Salem will be attending Arcadia University in the Fall 2009.

The Elk River (Minn.) Star reported on May 22 that A Best Buy @ 15 Scholarship has been awarded to Shannon Goerke, a student at Elk River High School who plans to attend Arcadia University in Pennsylvania.

The Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times of June 5 reports that Penncrest High School student of Class of 2009 Marbin Homman will be attending Arcadia University in the fall.

The Dover Post (Del.) May 27 People in the News reported that Kristin Leigh Faulhaber will be attending Arcadia University to pursue a Master’s of Medical Science degree in the Physician Assistant program. Faulhaber is a 2005 graduate of Dover High School.

Arcadia in the News

Arcadia University was listed among the 2009 Reader's Choices Awards in the May 29 The Reporter (Special Section the 2009 Best of Awards) as a Best College (4 year). See list at http://cdn.travidia.com/ss-page/767051.

The May 20 Glenside News reported on the groundbreaking ceremony for a new parking deck and surface at Oak Summit Apartments. The article was also in the May 21 Times Chronicle and The Globe.

Student in the News

Dawn M. Urbani '09 was listed in the May 29 College Notes section of the Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa.) on receiving the Ira R. Kraybill Award for Part-time Study at the May 15 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. The award is given to a part-time undergraduate student with the highest academic achievement while completing at least half of her coursework at Arcadia University.

Faculty in the News

Larry Atkins, Adjunct Professor of Journalism and a member of the Philadelphia Writers' Conference Board, was mentioned in a story in the June 6 Montgomery News Ticket on the upcoming Philadelphia Writers Conference held June 12 at the Holiday Inn in Philadelphia. The theme of this year's conference was "Write Place—Write Time—Write Now." Atkins was quoted as saying, "Maybe people have put off writing because they think, ‘I'm too busy, I've procrastinated on other things in my life, and my family's life,' but you've always want to be a writer and express yourself in writing. It's a really great time to focus and to start writing."

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