July 14, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
July 14, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia Welcomes New Provost: Dr. Michael

Dr. Steve O. Michael

Arcadia University welcomes its new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Steve O. Michael, on July 1. “Steve's energy and enthusiasm and his experience with both internationalization and diversity will help to advance Arcadia University's leadership in global education, and his knowledge about university organization and management will allow the University to move forward with deliberate speed,” says President Jerry Greiner.

Dr. Michael has served as Vice Provost at Kent State University for the past seven years. His primary area of research is in the application of business strategies to institutional management, and he becomes known nationally for his work on institutional diversity, and published widely on higher education finance, strategic planning, marketing, accreditation, internationalization and academic entrepreneurship. He has studied in Nigeria, England, and obtained his doctorate at the University of Alberta, Canada. He has taught in several countries and he is the co-founder of the Association of the Black Sea Higher Education Leaders. Dr. Michael is a recipient of a Honorary Doctorate Degree from Danubius University, Romania. Read more about Arcadia’s interesting new Provost.

Provost: ‘New Agenda Starts with Restructuring’

By Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Since President Greiner announced my appointment as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in January 2009, I have had opportunities to meet many members of the Arcadia family. I have been moved by your warm reception, touched by your generosity, and encouraged by your pledge of support.

When people ask, “Why Arcadia?,” I have been quick in my response. From the distance where I stood, Arcadia’s commitment to internationalization and desire for inclusion, coupled with its hardworking faculty, studious students, dedicated staff, and generous stakeholders, are among the attractions for me. Arcadia’s clarity of mission, strong commitment to excellence and growing national leadership ought to be a source of pride to every member of the community. I look forward to working with students, staff, faculty, and supporters as we build a new agenda to further our collective progress on these critical concepts. Read more.

What Do New Colleges Mean for Students?

After last week’s announcement that Arcadia is organizing its academic unit into three colleges, a student posed the questions, “I just got done reading the article about Arcadia announcing three new colleges…. What does this mean to the students? What is the difference between Arcadia and the three new colleges? Are they more like departments?”

“You can think of the new colleges as groups of departments,” says Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Academic Vice President. “As our University has grown, we needed an academic structure organized around academic synergies that is able to respond quickly to needs and opportunities. Our changing environment compels us to change, and our nature as an academic and intellectual community makes us anticipate and embrace change. In the new structure, department chairs now report to deans, who will make decisions and take actions, on my behalf as the Provost, to enhance their colleges in line with the overall University interest.” He added that the reorganization gives new responsibilities to current administrators and that the restructuring has been cost-neutral thus far.

Is There Really a ‘Leadership Void’ in Wake of Retiring Boomers?

By President Jerry Greiner

President Jerry Greiner

In a column recently in the Washington Post, Chris Myers Asch suggests that the nation needs a national college for civilian leadership to fill the coming leadership void left by retiring Baby Boomers. He argues for "a demanding curriculum that would require service-learning, study abroad, and public service internships." He points to the Harvard Kennedy School as a graduate example cited by naysayers, but he argues vehemently for an "undergraduate leadership development campus" and challenges readers to find an undergraduate example.

I take issue with several of Mr. Asch's assumptions, starting with the notion that there is a "leadership void" in the wake of the Baby Boomers. Looking only from the narcissistic perspective of one's own generational viewpoint is an intellectual misstep that ignores the basic tenant, supported by years of cultural evolution, that each generation, even while building upon the work of parents and grandparents, nonetheless creates new and forward-thinking paradigms that propel society forward. Read more.

M.B.A. Students Visit Business Leaders in Shanghai, Beijing

By Tony Muscia, Executive Director of M.B.A. with an International Perspective

M.B.A. Students Visit Business Leaders in Shanghai, Beijing

Often the benefits of an encounter can have far-reaching effects that ripple well into the future. Such is the case brought about by a recent trip to China with 32 local business executives who are students in the Arcadia University M.B.A. program. During the experience arranged by the World Trade Center and coordinated through the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce offices in Shanghai, the Arcadia contingency visited with business leaders of Chinese companies in both Beijing and Shanghai.

In addition to the benefits of creating brand awareness and exporting educational programs, we received assistance in recruiting students and in developing a partnership with a prestigious Chinese University. 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.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Deshpande Presents on Emerging Cinema Form in Europe

Shekhar Deshpande

Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Associate Professor and Director of the Communications program, presented the paper “Anthology of Identity: Emerging Imaginary in European Cinema” last week at a conference of European Cinema Research Forum held in State University of New York, Binghamton. "This paper is on a new form of cinema emerging in Europe as the continent struggles to find a new identity—both as European Union and as a community. Cinema in Europe is shaping that identity through anthology film, which is produced collaboratively by several directors, each contributing a short film and constructing an image of themselves as a community," says Deshpande. Deshpande also will be attending the Sarajevo Film Festival in August.

Tang Receives Delta Mu Delta Scholarship

Xiaoqin "Sunny" Tang, a junior Accounting major, has been named a recipient of a 2009 Delta Mu Delta Scholarship Honorable Mention, presented to outstanding students in business. Tang transferred to Arcadia in Fall 2007 from Hohai University, People’s Republic of China. The purpose of Delta Mu Delta is to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects.

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 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's announcement of three new colleges organized around strengths in study abroad and a global classroom was noted in the following publications on July 9, 2009—Business Wire (CA), Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer, Forbes, Yahoo! Finance (Sunnyvale, CA), Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Greensburg, PA), and  Digital50.com (Annapolis, MD).

Arcadia University is mentioned in "Undergraduate research growing in popularity," which appeared in the July 14 Philadelphia (PA) Inquirer. The Inquirer reports that undergraduate research is being done by an English major [Dana Dilliplane] who is verifying and supplementing the research done by an author of a young adult historical novel set in Bucks County and Philadelphia during the influenza epidemic of 1918.

Arcadia University was mentioned in story published in the July 9 Zionsville (IN) Times Sentinel. The story notes that Maritza Katherine Webb, who graduated from Denison University Class of 2009 with a psychology and theater double major, studied abroad at the Royal Holloway in the United Kingdom through Arcadia University's Center for Education Abroad (now known as The College of Global Studies).

faculty in the news

Larry Atkins, who teaches journalism at Arcadia, wrote an article for the on July 9 Knight Digital Media Center's The Online Journalism Review called "Don't dismiss journalism schools just because newspapers are in trouble." He addresses emerging trends in teaching global journalism and mentions Arcadia's Visual Culture in India Project, where communications students travel to India and then create multimedia projects that are posted on a Web site.

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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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