July 7, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
July 7, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia University Announces Three Colleges

Arcadia University Announces Three Colleges
The formation of three new colleges is organized around Arcadia's strengths in study abroad, curriculum internationalization, and real-world learning experiences.

Arcadia University, recognized as a leader in study abroad and international education for more than 60 years, announces the formation of three new colleges organized around Arcadia's strengths in study abroad, curriculum internationalization, and real-world learning experiences.

The following colleges were formed on July 1, 2009, by Arcadia University:

  • The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences—a college with nationally recognized faculty that combines traditional liberal arts studies with real-world, integrative learning experiences through immersion with other cultures, internships, fieldwork, research with faculty, applied learning opportunities, creative endeavors, and Capstone projects. Founding Dean: Dr. Norah Shultz, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences. Read more.
  • The College of Business, Health & Sciences—a college with nationally recognized healthcare, science and business programs that makes the world a laboratory by providing real-world, integrative learning experiences through study abroad, internships, experiential fieldwork, evidence-based research, problem-based learning, simulations and Capstone projects. Founding Dean: Dr. John R. Hoffman, Dean of Graduate Studies and Dean of the College of Business, Health & Sciences. Read more.
  • The College of Global Studies (formerly Arcadia's Center for Education Abroad)—a college known internationally for academically sound and experientially rich study abroad programs and a wide range of academic programs, including study at top universities and in Arcadia study and research centers around the world, academic certificate programs, a co-curricular learning program and certificate, international internships, faculty and student exchanges, research programs, and service learning projects—with more than 100 programs in 14 countries. Founding Dean: Dr. Dennis Dutschke, Dean of Studies of The College of Global Studies. Read more.

In addition, Dr. Erik Nelson has been named Founding Dean of Continuing Studies and charged with working with faculty and University leadership to develop a proposal to establish an organizational structure for Arcadia University’s Continuing Studies programs. Arcadia is developing leading-edge online learning programs that create a virtual learning environment that is as friendly and engaging as Arcadia’s on-campus programs and incorporates its hallmark global perspectives. Read more.

Obama Taps Alum for Employment Post

Jane Oates '83 M.ED was nominated by President Obama and confirmed on June 12 by the U.S. Senate to head President Barack Obama's Employment and Training Administration, as announced on Allgov.com on Thursday, June 18.

Oates was a middle school special education teacher who worked in the Philadelphia and Boston school systems. She later worked at Temple University as director of field services in the areas of human services and education. She also worked on Capitol Hill from 1997 to 2006, first for Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP).  She was the senior policy adviser on higher education, national service, adult literacy, education research and workforce issues. In this capacity, Oates was the chief of staff to the Democratic members of the HELP committee on two reauthorizations of the Higher Education Act, the reauthorization of the Office of Educational Research, the creation and implementation of the Workforce Investment Act, and the Carl Perkins Vocational Education Act.

In March 2006, she left Washington, D.C., to become a senior policy adviser on higher education for Gov. Jon Corzine (D-N.J.). She also became Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.

Embassy Official Describes Careers in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps

Embassy Official Describes Careers in the U.S. Diplomatic Corps
From left to right: Sara Angella, Inga Tapias, Robert Avakian, Suzana Carp, Emma Head, Lucia Del Puppo, Amanda Knorr, Joslyn Jackson, Elise Greene, U.S. Embassy GSO officer Adham Loutfi, Rebecca Gibbon, AGSIRD professor Douglas Yates.

"I have been a professional diplomat for five years, after working 12 years as a study abroad director, so I am very supportive of education abroad," said Adham Loutfi, Assistant General Services Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Paris on June 18 as he welcomed a group of students studying in Paris this summer through Arcadia University and explained about careers in the U.S. diplomatic corps.

"If you are interested in having an exciting lifestyle, living abroad, and working in different kinds of jobs, then this is the job for you," Loutfi said, while also detailing the demanding entrance requirements and the challenges of changing jobs and locations every few years.

The six-week summer program on Intensive French and Politics: Economics, Diplomacy, and the European Union is offered through Arcadia's College of Global Studies and is based at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD, Arcadia's affliated campus in Paris) and the Alliance Française. Students study French language and European politics in one of the world's most enchanting cities. The visit to the U.S. Embassy to learn about the diplomatic service was part of the unique interdisciplinary curriculum of Dr. Douglas Yates, Associate Professor at AGSIRD. Read more.

Arcadia Appoints New Resident Director in Barcelona

Jaume Gelabert

The Arcadia University College of Global Studies is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Jaume Gelabert as Resident Director of the Arcadia University Barcelona Center for Catalan, Spanish and Mediterranean Studies. A native of Mallorca, Spain, Gelabert served as Assistant Professor of Spanish and Applied Linguistics and Director of the Spanish Language program at Loyola University Chicago prior to coming to Arcadia. At Loyola he was nominated for various teaching awards including the Sujack award for teaching excellence. Gelabert's main area of research focuses on the interface between language and politics, as well as languages in contact, principally “Spanglish” in the United States. Gelabert’s wealth of experience in developing and leading study abroad programs as well as his success as an accomplished scholar and educator will lead Arcadia in new and exciting directions in Barcelona. Read more.

Arcadia Preps for New Student Move-in

Arcadia Preps for New Student Move-in
President Greiner helps a student move into a residence hall.

The plans for Fall Opening Week are well underway. The New Student Orientation Team has been preparing for all of the details, and many new students have been on campus this summer, with more to come. "We are all excited and getting ready for the entering class of Fall 2009," Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs.

Over the past few years, one of the most impressive aspects of Opening Week has been the faculty and staff participation in move-in. Everyone is invited to join the team to help move new students in on Friday, Aug. 28, from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The major effort that is necessary to facilitate the arrival process is unloading students’ vehicles and helping get their belongings to their rooms.

Sign up online to participate: http://www.arcadia.edu/move-volunteer-form.htm. Contact Diana Bonner or Jan Walbert for more information. Assignments and T-shirts will be distributed at a brief organizational meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 11:00 a.m. More details will follow for those who sign up. Read more.

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.

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 began 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. (Become a fan of the Arcadia Knight on Facebook.) 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.

Upcoming Events

Dissertation Defense for Nakia Williams, July 15

Members of the Arcadia Community and Dissertation Committees are invited to the Final Defense of Dissertation for Nakia Williams, candidate for the Doctor of Education in Special Education, on Wednesday, July 15, at 3 p.m. in Room 306, Taylor Hall. All faculty members and students of the University are cordially invited to attend the final defense hearing of this doctoral dissertation. The title of her dissertation is “Perceptions, Attitudes & Beliefs: Accessing the General Curriculum A Case Analysis.”

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

On Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18, Quite Riot will conduct Transition Training at Arcadia University for 50 self-selected Philadelphia area citizen leaders and activists. 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 from Cosmic Catering—locally grown and organic. To register or get more information about Transition Training, call Quiet Riot at 215-885-8825.

In the News

Look Who’s Coming to Arcadia University

The News Record (Linden) Rahway, N.J. reported that Kanan Bharat Udeshi, who graduated from The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, an independent co-educational college-preparatory school in Edison, N.J., will be attending Arcadia University in the fall.

The Sound (Branford, Conn.) listed Arcadia University among the colleges that graduates from Branford High School will be attending in the fall.

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.

Arcadia in the News

Arcadia University received Honorable Mention in this year's Georgia State—Marquette Challenge  raising at least $3,000 as was noted in the July 1 Physical Therapy journal (Alexandria, Va.). Physical therapist students and physical therapist assistant students from 63 schools raised $200,050 for the Foundation.

James Cochran a resident of Homer, N.Y., was mentioned in the June 27 College News section of Ithacajournal.com for earning an Arcadia University Achievement Award for $1,000. Cochran was one of three winners of the Essay Contest at Arcadia's undergraduate Open House.

Alumni in the news

Actress, playwright and performer Anna Deveare Smith '71 was interviewed on All Things Considered (NPR) May 26, 2009. She talked about her new work, centering on healthcare, and her new position as artist-in-residence at the Center for American Progress. She was quoted as saying that she will use that perch for her next work about change in Washington. Listen to her interview.

Carl W. Notter '08M.ED. was profiled in City Paper (Philadelphia, Pa.) on July 1. Notter was a Master Sergeant (Retired) Army National Guard who was deployed to Afghanistan in the winters of 2003 and of 2007. In the profile Notter discussed how people serving abroad try to stay connected to how they lived back home in the states. “Some people try to mimic the life that they have back home,” he says. “Phone, satellite TV, Internet.”  He felt this was completely wrong. “The key is to totally disengage from what's happening stateside and get your head in the game in theater—exercise, study, disassemble/assemble your weapon—constantly train so that you are gainfully employed, so that your mind is not idle.”

Army Reserve Sgt. Neil A. Hunkins '08 is returning to the United States after a deployment to the Iraqi Theater of Operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as reported in the June 25 edition of Military Matters. Hunkins missed his Commencement Ceremony at Arcadia, deploying just days after his senior finals.

Ellen Allard '82 M.ED along with her husband Peter Allard was profiled in the June 24 Nantucket (Mass.) Independent. Both Allard and her husband accomplished musicians are known for their interactive children's music events. Their recent performance took place during the registration to launch the Starship Adventure reading program.

Mary Lueben '09 who earned a Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant) at the Christiana, Del., campus was listed in the Gazette.com (Gaithersburg, Md.) July 1. Luben also was one of 12 students inducted into the Pi Alpha Honor Society for Physician Assistants. She will be working in emergency medicine at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore.

Justin Stauffer '09 was listed in the June 10 Salisbury Press as graduated from Arcadia's Physician Assistant program. Stauffer also noted as the recipient of a Clinical Coordinator's Award for exemplifying the highest standards of the program and profession in the clinical year.

Bryan John Durfee '09 was profiled in the June 24 Daily Record (Vineland, NJ) for being the recipient of the Senior Golden Disc Award at Arcadia's Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on May 15.

LaVonne Sheffield, who earned her Superintendents’s Letter of Eligibility in 2007, recently began her tenure as Rockford school superintendent as reported in the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star on June 29. The School Board offered a July 31 deadline for Sheffield to earn her Illinois certification, as outlined in her contract. Sheffield, 57, was hired April 21 from the Recovery School District in Louisiana. She has a four-year contract.

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