June 30, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
June 30, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

PNC Bank to Provide Personal Banking Services to Students, Employees

PNC CardArcadia University and PNC Bank, N.A., have announced a new five-year contract with an emphasis on money management and financial responsibility for Arcadia's nearly 5,000 students, faculty and staff. The alliance school agreement will include financial education workshops hosted by PNC on the Arcadia campus, covering basic banking, credit management and identity protection.

Faculty, staff and students who have existing PNC accounts or who open new accounts will be able to get a newly designed Arcadia-branded Visa check card featuring Arcadia's Grey Towers Castle. These affinity cards will be available in August. Students and employees also will have the option of linking their ID cards to their PNC accounts.

"Through this relationship with PNC, which is highly regarded as the nation's fifth largest bank, we are able to offer our campus community convenient money management solutions, including the education necessary to develop good financial habits," says Dr. Jan Walbert, Arcadia's Vice President for Student Affairs. Read more. Read the brochure.

Faculty/Staff: Learn More about PNC Banking and Enter Raffle

PNC representatives will be on campus Wednesday, July 8, and Thursday, July 9, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the entrance to the Dining Hall to discuss PNC banking with faculty and staff. Stop at the table to enter a raffle for a $100 gift card.

New Knight ID Cards Being Issued to Students, Faculty, Staff

Knight Card

To enable ID card linking through its new relationship with PNC Bank, Arcadia University begins issuing new identification cards to students, faculty and staff on July 1. The new ID card—called the Knight card—has all the functionality of the old card, but with the added capability to be linked to a person's PNC bank account and used as a debit card.

New ID cards have been produced for faculty, staff and returning students. Cards will be distributed and issued in the following manner:

  • Returning students can obtain their Knight ID cards in the One-Stop Shop in Taylor Hall beginning Wednesday, July 1.
  • Faculty and staff cards will be distributed to departments within a week, along with a brochure that explains workplace banking benefits for Arcadia faculty and staff.
  • New undergraduate students will receive their Knight cards during New Student Orientation in August.
  • Other new students can get a photo taken and an ID card made in the Office of Public Safety in Dilworth Hall.

If there are any errors in the name or department on your card, visit Public Safety to get a new one issued.

Read more.

Knight Card: Part of a Senior Capstone, Internship

By Michael Feeney '10

Dan Sypolt with Knight
Dan Sypolt and the Arcadia Knight.

Besides getting some real-life experience as an illustrator, Dan Sypolt '09 had another reason for wanting to work on the Arcadia Knight project. "I wanted to leave my mark, and more importantly a lasting mark, on Arcadia University to try to repay everything I have gained," he says.

"What I hope happens is that the knight continues to gain popularity with the student body and community and becomes a real asset to the University. The real goal would be to have anyone viewing the Knight mascot logo to instantly recognize it as being from Arcadia," he says.

Sypolt's work on the Arcadia Knight began in the Spring 2008 semester, when the Department of Athletics and Recreations and the Office of University Relations, in cooperation with Art and Design faculty member Sarah Andres, challenged students in an upper-level design class to design a Knight logo that could be used on athletics spirit wear, Web site and publications. Read more.

New Online Payment Options for Arcadia Students

Tuition, Housing and General Fees Payments

Deposits and Miscellaneous Charges

  • Pay online using credit card or electronic check. This online portal accepts MasterCard, American Express, Discover and VISA credit cards as well as electronic checks for deposits and miscellaneous charges totaling less than $1,500. This link should be used for undergraduate deposits, graduate deposits, Preview, study abroad deposits and miscellaneous charges.

Important News about Credit Card Payments

Effective July 1, 2009. As part of our efforts to reduce expenses so that we can keep tuition as low as possible, the University will no longer subsidize the usage fee charged by credit card companies for those who pay tuition and housing costs. All credit card payments for tuition and student housing will be processed through our online payment gateway hosted by Sallie Mae. Sallie Mae will accept MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards. Payments by these credit cards will incur a 2.65% convenience fee. Please note that due to a VISA convenience fee policy established in 2006, Sallie Mae is not able to accept VISA credit cards. Sallie Mae also will accept payments via electronic check. Payments made by electronic check will not incur a convenience fee. 

If you have questions, please call the One-Stop Shop at 215-572-2339.

From Page to Stage: Student’s Play to be Performed at Arcadia’s Theater

By Beth Pasquale ’11

When Acting major Paige Hoke '10 wrote a play for her screenwriting class she never expected it to make it to the stage. Now, Arcadia’s Theater Department is including The Princess Rescuers in the fall 2009 theater lineup.

“It is a huge honor to have my piece performed at Arcadia,” says Hoke. “I am extremely excited for this opportunity.”

Hoke wrote The Princess Rescuers in TH 350 Play and Screenwriting, a class taught by Adjunct Professor of English, Communications and Theater Arts Larry Loebell. The play is about three children who enter a painting of a castle at their babysitter’s house and embark on a journey to save the kingdom’s princess. Throughout the quest the three learn the importance of working together as they fight battles and confront obstacles.

“I wanted to write something that would be fun, magical, and exciting for children,” Hoke says on why she chose to write a children’s play. “I was lucky enough to see a good amount of theater as a child, and the stories and experiences I had at these performances have always stayed with me.”

Introducing Arcadia’s Business Alumni Association

Ed Welch

Arcadia’s Business Alumni Association (ABAA), founded by Ed Welch '08M.B.A., provides a venue for undergraduate and graduate business students to network, stay connected and share resources. ABAA fosters connections between students, graduates and the community by hosting and organizing networking and charitable events, and informational lectures. “The benefit of ABAA is a community that you have an affinity to that becomes a tremendous resource after graduation,” says Welch.

He wanted to create this community after his experiences serving as an active board member on the Temple Fox School of Business Alumni Board and the Young Alumni Board. “That positive experience prompted me to believe we could add the same value at Arcadia.” Read more in the M.B.A. Newsletter.

Writing Center Open for Summer II Session

The Writing Center in Taylor 206 remains open (by appointment only) for Summer II. To make an appointment, students can call 215-572-4051 or e-mail arcadiawc@gmail.com. “We are staffed this summer by two graduate students—Stephanie Kushman and Marcus Fowler—who, in addition to their wealth of experience working with students on their writing, have also received extensive training working with ESOL students,” says Tyler Doherty, Writing Center Director.

Sen. Washington Establishes Commonwealth Scholars Program

Ten students were selected during the past year as the first Commonwealth Scholars in a new state-funded scholarship program established by State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington.

Under the program's guidelines, students must be deserving academically, live in Montgomery or Philadelphia counties, and be the first in their families to attend college.

"I recognize the importance of a college education and how challenging it is for many families to provide the funds needed," the Senator stated in making the announcement. "Through the Commonwealth Scholars program, talented and deserving students will be able to access the quality education provided by Arcadia University."

Through her leadership in the Pennsylvania Senate, Washington has served on committees benefi ting children, families and seniors and is recognized for her advocacy for women and families.

The following students were recognized as Commonwealth Scholars: Victoria Angelucci, Ben-Zion Datika, Lotfy Elgayar, Ashley Gripper, Stephen Hesson, Ariel Ianovale, Breana Jaretsky, Nickodemo Pavoni, Francis Ryan, and Eric Wainwright. Read more in the newsletter At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Wolff, Pomeroy Publish Article on Virtual Tutoring

Dr. Ned Wolff, Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Deborah Pomeroy, Professor Emeritus of Science Education, published an article on “Virtual Tutoring Pilot Program: Questions and Considerations for the Future” in the current issue of MERLOT: Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (Vol. 5, No. 2, June 2009, pp 325-335). In this case study, Wolff, Pomeroy and two co-authors describe a Virtual Tutoring (VT) pilot project funded through a National Science Foundation (NSF) Math Science Partnership (MSP) sub-award grant. The project investigated the efficacy of using internet and Smart Board technology to link university and secondary school students. The unique attribute of this project is that in addition to traditional goals of tutoring, in this case supporting high school students struggling in mathematics, further goals were to generate interest in the teaching profession among university student tutors and to stimulate high school teachers’ thinking about the use of technology in teaching and learning. The project faced and overcame many obstacles, including the following: changes in school district personnel, difficulty in finding times when both tutors and tutees were available, a shortage of secondary students seeking tutoring, and many technical challenges. As documented by the project’s ethnographer, this pilot project was generally deemed valuable by all involved, including tutors, tutees, teachers, and administrators. This study also pointed to the importance of better understanding the types of learning communities that can best be supported through online linkages between high school students and college students. The technical solutions and other lessons learned should be of considerable use to future projects of this type.

Upcoming Events

Quiet Riot Holds Transition Training at Arcadia, July 17-18

On Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, Quite Riot will conduct Transition Training for 50 self-selected Philadelphia area citizen leaders and activists at Arcadia University. Quiet Riot will use performance, Transition Training materials and exercises from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Today there are over 900 communities worldwide in the process of Transition—each community using its collective genius to build local resilience, reduce carbon and create a more abundant, connected and healthier future. Arcadia faculty members are invited tuition-free, with a $25 fee for lunches and snacks by Cosmic Catering—locally grown and organic. To register or get more information about Transition Training, call Quiet Riot at 215 885-8825.

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