June 23, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
June 23, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

ATMs Change with New PNC Bank Relationship

PNC logoA new PNC cash-dispensing ATM will be installed in Kuch Recreation and Athletic Center on Friday, June 26, as Arcadia University begins to implement a new relationship with PNC Bank, N.A. The Freedom Credit Union ATMs were removed on Wednesday, June 24. A second PNC ATM will be installed in The Chat in August. ATM users with non-PNC bank accounts should note that ATM fees could apply to their transactions.

Watch next week’s Bulletin for details about the five-year PNC Bank alliance with an emphasis on money management and financial responsibility for Arcadia’s nearly 5,000 students, faculty and staff. While the PNC agreement provides additional options for the community, Arcadia retains its association with Freedom Credit Union.

Coming next week: Information on new campus ID cards, new PNC bank options, and a new E-Refund system for students.

Montes Inspires 8th Graders with Graduation Keynote Speech

Naida Montes
Montes

Living the Promise logo"My diploma was not just that piece of paper that said I graduated. It was the pass to go out and change lives one day at a time," said Naida Montes '09, reflecting on her keynote speech to 80 students at the Julia de Burgos Elementary/Middle School eigth grade graduation on Friday, June 19.

"I was looking forward to speaking at Julia de Burgos," says Montes. "The school is located in North Philadelphia, where I am from. It is an area prone to crime, teen pregnancy, and a lack of education. I felt that if I could talk to the students before they got to high school and to their parents, the students would have more chances of being successful. The problem I see it is that often people are not motivated because they do not see opportunity." Read more.

Arcadia Names Erin Livingston Head Coach of Field Hockey

Erin Livingston
Livingston

Arcadia University named Erin Livingston, of Philadelphia, as head coach of field hockey. Livingston brings a wealth of both playing and coaching experience at the Division II and III levels, most recently serving as the graduate assistant at Kean University from 2006-09, says Arcadia Athletic Director Shirley Liddle in making the announcement.

While at Kean, Livingston helped to guide the Cougars to a 36-18 overall mark, including a record-breaking 17-win season in 2008. That season was capped by winning the ECAC Mid-Atlantic DIII Field Hockey Championship with a 3-2 overtime victory over Catholic University. Livingston also filled two one-season assistant coaching positions for Kean's softball and women's lacrosse programs and was Philadelphia University's assistant softball coach during the 2005 season. Read more.

New 360-Degree Tour Goes Inside Kistler Hall

New 360-Degree Tour Goes Inside Kistler HallProspective and new students can take a tour of a typical residence hall room on Arcadia’s new 360-degree interactive tour site at www.arcadia.edu/tour. Five different views are available: the central campus, a room in Kistler, the hallway, the lounge, and the laundry room. Using arrows and zoom buttons on the tour site, viewers can move up, down and all around the room.

Rose Helps to Raise Funds for ALS at Phillies Phestival

Wes Rose
Dr. Wesley Rose shed light on Lou Gehrig's Disease during interviews with KYW CBS 3 and other media outlets at fundraiser.

Dr. Wesley Rose III, Assistant Professor of Biology, was on center stage again this year at the annual Phillies Phestival on June 22, an event designed to raise both awareness and funds to help strike out ALS. Rose was interviewed by KYW CBS 3, Good Day Philadelphia (WTXF-FOX), and the Philadelphia Daily News. ALS is known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease after the legendary baseball player. Rose, diagnosed with ALS four years ago, is an advocate and a volunteer for ALS awareness and a board member of the ALS Association’s Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

The Daily News reports that this year's Phestival raised a record $867,670, and quoted Rose, "This money goes to help people right here in the Delaware Valley. ALS is something that we really don't know that much about. Right now, there is only one FDA-approved drug out there. We don't understand why it takes just one year to progress in some people but 10 years in another person." Dr. Ray Rose, former Biology professor, also attended the event. Read more in the Daily News.

St. George Scholars Study in England

St. George Scholars Study in England
Dr. David Larsen, left, and Arlene
Snyder, right, from the Arcadia
University Center for Education
Abroad join James Marvin, center,
President of the Philadelphia
Chapter of the Society of the Sons
of St. George.

An international organization established in 1772 is giving students today the opportunity to study in England with scholarship funding provided through Arcadia University's Center for Education Abroad.

The Society of the Sons of St. George and its Foundation were established to provide assistance to Englishmen in distress. "We not only have an emergency fund to meet this goal, but we also provide educational grants to men and women to learn about England. Sons of St. George chapters now exist in Philadelphia and New York, as well as Australia, Panama, Africa and elsewhere around the globe," points out James Marvin, President of the Philadelphia Chapter. Read more in the newsletter for At Home & In the World: The Campaign for Arcadia University.

M.B.A. Students Explore New International Sites

MBA Students Explore New International SitesCommitted to giving students a global learning experience, the M.B.A. program is strengthening its international presence by establishing five new sites. All students in the program spend one week in an emerging economy and one week in a developed economy. The sites for 2009-10 are China (Beijing and Shanghai), Spain (Barcelona), Ireland (Dublin), France (Paris), and Costa Rica (San Jose and Manuel Antonio). Read more in the M.B.A. Newsletter.

Distinguished Teacher Has 3 Arcadia Master’s Degrees

John Kalicki, who has three master’s degrees from Arcadia, was named this year’s Distinguished Teacher from George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science in the May 11 Philadelphia Inquirer, which wrote, “John Kalicki has taught mathematics and computer science for 23 years and his enthusiasm and energy has never waned. He exhibits excellent people skills and regardless of the challenges, he is patient, calm and positive. He is reliable, fair and flexible and is always willing to assist students and colleagues long after the final bell has rung.” Kalicki earned an M.Ed. in Computer Education, an M.Ed in Library Science with certification, and an M.A. in Mathematics from Arcadia.

Mathematics Education: CIEAEM Meeting as Close as Montréal

The International Commission for the Study and Improvement of Mathematics Education is holding its meeting in North America this year, July 26-31. Since its foundation in 1950, the Commission for the Study and Improvement of Mathematics Teaching (CIEAEM) intended to investigate the actual conditions and the possibilities for the development of mathematics education in order to improve the quality of teaching mathematics. The annual conferences which are the essential means for realizing this goal are characterized by exchange and discussion of the research work and its realization in practice and by the dialogue between researchers and educators in all domains of practice. Read more in the Mathematics Education Newsletter.

Apply for a Fall Campus Work Study Job by July 1

Apply for Fall Work Study 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.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Morra's Article on Bioko Island's Bushmeat Market Published

Wayne Morra
Morra

Dr. Wayne Morra, Associate Professor of Economics, published an article on “The Market for Bushmeat: Colobus Satanas on Bioko Island,” which will appear in a forthcoming issue of Ecological Economics and is currently available online. Morra and his co-authors note that species conservation is an important issue worldwide. In the article, the market for monkeys consumed as food on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea, is modeled as a bargaining game. The bargaining set-up leads to the conclusion that black colobus are being over-hunted. Using daily data, an empirical density is fit to the price-quantity pairs resulting from exchange between buyers and retailers. The density provides support for the bargaining model. Quantile regressions are also fit to the data. The median quantile indicates buyers have greater bargaining power than retailers. Knowing who has bargaining power aids in the design of policy to reduce bushmeat hunting. Strategic elasticities are constructed from the quantiles. Given the harvest rate of monkeys and the elasticity estimates, the monkeys of Bioko Island are under considerable pressure, the authors conclude.

Education Professors Write about ‘Building Inclusive Schools’

Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Professor of Education, and Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Assistant Professor of Education, published an article on “More Than a Least Restrictive Environment: Living Up to the Civil Covenant in Building Inclusive Schools,” in the spring 2009 issue of Perspectives on Urban Education, (Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 32-37). This article describes and analyzes data from the first annual Inclusion Institute held during the 2006-07 academic year at Arcadia, and it raises questions about the essential processes needed to create inclusive schools. In particular, their analy­sis focuses on the need to redirect attention from the individual needs of particu­lar students and toward the social and civil rights of all students, including those with disabilities. The innovative, team-based professional development model used in this project asks school-based teams of teachers, administrators and parents to create action plans, meet regularly, implement changes, and reflect on their practices to create inclu­sionary learning environments for all children. Skilton-Sylvester and Slesaransky-Poe have found that a limited definition of who gets included in the meaning of “all” students, as well as an exclusive emphasis on legal mandates and the learning needs of particular students, have obscured the need to think holistically and systematically about the ways that schools may need to fundamentally change in order to live up to the civil covenant of the United States.

Upcoming Events

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

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.

Minnesota Outstanding Big Sister Helps 10-Year-Old: “Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota named recent Elk River High School graduate Shannon Goerke the 2009 Outstanding High School Big Sister,” according to a news story in the June 19 Minnesota Star News. “The title was awarded for the 17-year-old’s dedication to Jordan Dauphinais, her 10-year-old ‘Little’ getting ready to start the sixth grade in fall 2009.” Goerke plans to participate in Arcadia’s First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) in Scotland this fall. Read more about how Goerke, who wants to be special education teacher, made a big impact on an elementary student diagnosed with high-functioning autism.

A June 19 Vineland, N.J., Daily Journal article on commencement noted, “Herminio Quinones, bound for Arcadia University, had big bright green glasses for the ceremony. It was the little token he chose to help him celebrate all the accomplishments. ‘We’re finally graduating,’ he said. ‘All the hard work paid off today.’”

Arcadia in the News

Arcadia University was mentioned in a photo caption in State Rep. Lawrence H. Curry’s newsletter “Report to the People of the 154 Legislative District.” Curry is pictured accepting a plaque from Erin Connolly Shaffer, director of the Montgomery County Child Care Consortium. The Montgomery County Child Care Consortium (MC4) hosted a celebration luncheon on Thursday, May 21, at Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms to recognize Montgomery County Community Champions for Early Childhood Education. MC4 and Arcadia University’s Education Department and the office of Educational Outreach have partnered to develop an innovative and accelerated version of Arcadia’s Early Childhood Education program. 

The June 14 Sunday Tribune (Philadelphia, Pa.) article “Parkway Peace and Social Justice High School” mentioned the school’s partnership with Arcadia University. The school opened in 2005 as Philadelphia’s first college preparatory public school committed to the principles of peace, social justice and conflict resolution.

The Reporteronline.com June 20 had a story on Robyn Smith and Laura Keppley, who earned science awards. The article mentions an Arcadia mentor, who it turns out is Dr. Julia Plummer, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Science Education. Plummer commented on the article and said, “Roby is my advisee. We’ve been working together for two years now; this is her second science fair with me. My former research adviser at the University of Michigan (Mario Mateo) gave us the idea of investigating the Holmberg Effect.”

Alumni in the News

Teresa McCulley DiCesare, who earned at Master of Education degree with a concentration in Early Childhood Education in 1994 was profiled in a story June 11 in the Chestnut Hill Local (Philadelphia, Pa.). Concerned about her daughter and other families in need of daycare, DiCesare began a daycare center in a Civil War-era Germantown home. House at Pooh Corner is now celebrating its 30-year anniversary. With the help of Facebook, DiCesare and her staff have located former students who will reunite at a reunion on June 20.

The June 14 Sunday News (Lancaster, Pa.) noted that Ashley Elizabeth Charles graduated (May 15) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Administration and also that she was named to the dean’s distinguished list for the spring semester.

The West Seneca Bee (Buffalo, N.Y.) note in the June 4 “On the Campus” section that Leanne Hedges of West Seneca graduated from Arcadia University with a Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant) degree. It was also noted that Hedges was inducted into Pi Alpha Honor Society for Physician Assistants.

Arcadia Students in the News

Gemma M. DiCasimirro, a first-year Communications major, was listed in the June 14 Sunday Republican & Herald (Pottsville, Pa.) under the column “Dean’s List” for having made the Spring semester dean’s list at Arcadia University.

The June 17 Wayne Independent (Honesdale, Pa.) listed Brita Krempasky, a Fine Arts student, as one of the artists whose work was on display at the fourth annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music Arts Festival on Saturday, June 20.

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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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