August 18, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
August 18, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Mayor’s Education Officer Visits Forensic Science Program

Forensic Science Students Mentor high School Students
Tucker and students in the Forensic Mentors Institute at the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation in Willow Grove.

On Aug. 11, Sharon Tucker, Deputy Education Officer from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter's Office, observed students in the Forensic Mentors Institute at the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation in Willow Grove, Pa. The summer program allows Arcadia graduate Forensic Science students to mentor and collaborate with a select group of Philadelphia-area high school students.

Tucker observed each individual group, asking each about their research experiences. "You will have hands-on experience that virtually no one has when they enter college," Tucker told the students. "Let your interests guide you." Read more.

Forensic Science Students Mentor High School Students

Forensic Science Students Mentor High School Students
Philadelphia high school students work in the lab.

What are eight Philadelphia high school students doing spending their summer working with dried blood stains, investigating various marijuana metabolites, and serum extracts and analyzing a hallucinogenic compound—under the mentorship of Arcadia University Forensic Science graduate students?

The high school students—and their Arcadia mentors—are attending an eight-week summer Forensic Research program as part of the Forensic Mentors Institute at the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation headquarters in Willow Grove, Pa. The eight-week program allowed both sets of students to obtain hands-on lab experience while utilizing their classroom knowledge of forensic science. Read more.

Study Abroad Students Help Out in South Africa

Study Abroad Students Help Out in South Africa
Arcadia study abroad students at SHAWCO.
Photo by Robbie Christian

An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Aug. 10 highlighted Arcadia University's participation with SHAWCO, an organization that formerly delivered basic services during the anti-apartheid resistance and now operates as a social enterprise "by connecting people with the resources and services they need," according to the article. SHAWCO depends on students from the University of Cape Town, "but while the university is on its winter break, visiting international students step in and keep SHAWCO's programs running."

For students in the study abroad program in South Africa, SHAWCO's winter break translates to a "summer" service-learning experience that includes "tutoring young students, as well as training adults to use computers at this center deep inside this poor township," according to the Chronicle article. In The College of Global Studies' five-week program in Cape Town, students earn credit while participating in community development and take a core course taught by lecturers from the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town. Read more in the Chronicle.

White House Announces Alumna for Presidential Teaching Award

Dr. Kimberly Mueller '94, '98M.Ed. is one of 100 elementary school teachers selected as national winners of the 2008 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), according to a news release from the White House. The awards program, established in 1983 by the White House and administered by the National Science Foundation (NSF) is the U.S. government’s most prestigious public award for teachers of mathematics and science. Recipients will be honored in the Fall.

Mueller is a mathematics teacher at Florence L. Walther School in Lumberton (Burlington County), N.J. Her innovative methods of teaching mathematics to young children have been recognized by the New Jersey Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and have been cited by the Department of Education as a “Best Practice.” Read more.

Ai Weiwei Says He Was Detained in Hotel During Activist’s Trial

On Aug. 13 reported that Ai Weiwei, the Chinese artist and activist who helped design the Bird’s Nest Olympic Stadium in Beijing, said that he was assaulted and detained by police in western China prior to the trial of civil rights advocate Tan Zuoren. Both Ai and Tan have demanded that officials investigate the school collapses that took place during the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. Read more.

When the Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative (PEI), a project of the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, announced grants totaling $1,006,440 in May, Arcadia University was awarded a grant of $89,500 for Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn, a solo exhibition of ceramic works by the internationally acclaimed artist. The upcoming exhibit at the Arcadia University Art Gallery will feature his iconoclastic use of Neolithic vessels, blue-and white Qing and Yuan dynasty replicas, and a new work consisting of a ton of “sunflower seeds” crafted from porcelain. Scheduled to coincide with the spring 2010 conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Philadelphia, the show will contribute a critical polemic to the discourse about clay in the region.

Wang Wins Biggest Loser, Donates to BundiNutrition

Wang Wins Biggest Loser, Donates to BundiNutrition

Calvin Wang, Science Reference Librarian, won the “Biggest LIT Loser” competition held by the Library and Information Technology (LIT) Department during the summer. “We had 13 participants who lost 71 pounds all together!” reports Natalie Devlin, Associate Director of Web Services. “Calvin won the contest and donated all the funds to World Harvest Mission’s BundiNutrition. They can buy a goat for a family for $130.”

“My sister worked with World Harvest Mission in Bundibugio (Western Uganda) for 12 years and is currently working with them in Mundri (Southern Sudan),” notes Eric McCloy, Executive Director of LIT. “She is a specialist in infant nutrition and started a supplemental nutrition program for children. The BundiNutrition project is described as ‘focused on malnourished and at-risk children such as those with chronic illness, motherless or whose mothers have HIV.’ Buying, transporting and supporting a district goat veterinarian costs about $130 per goat, which was how much Calvin won in our contest and decided to donate,” notes McCloy. “The nutrition program is now overseen by Ugandans living in Bundibugio.”

Alum: Work Your Tail Off for Opportunities

by Scott Hornung '88

Editor's note: Part of an occasional series about internships and alumni careers.

Scott Hornung
Hornung '88

I am an '88 graduate, B.S. in Computer Science. In my senior year, Digital Equipment Corporation, then the #2 computer company in the world, was calling around looking for co-ops. I took the call on the hall phone of my dorm, 1st North Heinz, and spoke to the company HR person. I said "Yes, absolutely, I'm interested, are you kidding?" I went in for a day of interviews—I think four or five in all, and was given a position.

The co-op was a six-month term, and I earned $19K—at the time good money, especially for a college kid. I was elated to say the least. This was February, and I'd already been into the classes for the spring semester, so I rearranged a couple classes to accommodate the co-op, which was a full-time, 40-hour, regular job. I moved one day class to the summer and finished my degree that summer (1987) and graduated the following year. I worked at Digital's Cherry Hill, N.J., office as a programmer/analyst. Read more.

‘Prime Locations’ Available for Faculty, Staff on Move-In Day

“A few more prime locations during move in are available for your friendly smile. Please join your faculty and staff colleagues in welcoming new students on Friday, Aug. 28, from 8 to 11 a.m.,” says Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs. “Assignments to help unload cars, direct families to offices and residence hall rooms, answer questions and simply be available to be part of the Welcome Team are all available. Please sign up by Monday, Aug. 24!” Use this online form to sign up.

Parking Validation Stickers Now Available

The new parking validation stickers for the 2009-10 academic year are available at the Public Safety Office. Stickers may be obtained Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. “You will need to bring your current hang tag and your vehicle registration to the Public Safety Office for renewal. A form will be outside the office for you to complete,” notes Barbara Kleckner of the Public Safety Office.

Greiner Interviewed in Keystone Edge

“A billboard that greets thousands of eyes every day next to 30th Street Station, near the heart of the University City section of Philadelphia, announces Arcadia University, located 12 miles away in the suburb of Glenside, as the nation's preeminent study abroad school,” writes Joe Petrucci in the July 29 Keystone Edge. “It's a title held proudly by students and school officials and one that Arcadia president Jerry Greiner has cemented since coming to campus in 2004. With the recent organization of three colleges around the school's strengths, Arcadia is positioning itself as a global power worthy of its own attention in Philadelphia's crowded higher education marketplace.” Read the Q&A interview with Greiner.

One-Stop Shop Stays Open Weekend Before Classes

The One-Stop Shop will be open on Saturday, Aug. 29, and Sunday, Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. "We are available to help students who need to pick up their new Knight ID cards, submit their request form for refunds, make payments to their accounts, and more," says Dennis Darvas, Director of the One-Stop Shop.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Nelson Publishes on ‘Copyright and Distance Education'

Nelson Publishes on 'Copyright and Distance Education'

Dr. Erik T. Nelson, Dean of Continuing Education, had an article on "Copyright and Distance Education: The Impact of the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act" published in in the latest edition of AACEJ—International Forum on Information Technology in Education. Read more.

According to his abstract, "Copyright in the United States can be traced back to the U.S. Constitution in 1787. To encourage authorship of creative works, Congress created a limited monopoly in §106 of the Copyright Act of 1790. In order to balance this monopoly, Congress drafted §107 which provides public access to creative works through fair use. Revisions were necessary due to new information technologies. However, these revisions created an imbalance between traditional and distance education classrooms. In 2002, this imbalance was addressed through the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH). In an effort to make copyright law friendlier towards Internet-based distance education, Congress modified §110(2), performances and displays, and §112(f), digitization of analog materials. Discussion of the TEACH Act and compliance recommendations for first-time online instructors are addressed."

Kleckner Designs for World Premiere of Haunted Poe

Brat Productions announced that it will unleash a unique, theatrical take on a Halloween tradition—the haunted house—in the world premiere of Haunted Poe. “Coinciding with the 200th anniversary year of Edgar Allan Poe's birth, Haunted Poe offers an immersive, multisensory experience devoted to Poe's peculiar genius,” according to a news release. “Costumes, masks and puppets are produced by Alisa Sickora Kleckner. She has worked throughout the Northeast and teaches courses, as an adjunct faculty and resident designer at Arcadia University, in costume design and construction, puppet theater and stage make-up and runs the University's costume shop.”

Atkins: Will Newspapers Charge for Online News?

"Warning, online news junkies: The free ride is about to end," writes Larry Atkins, Adjunct Professor of Journalism, in a Philadelphia Weekly article on "Can Succeed with a Paying Audience" on July 2. "Newspapers across the country—including Philadelphia, where the Inquirer and Daily News are in bankruptcy court—are struggling to figure out how to deal with declining circulation and the resulting loss of advertising revenue. In recent months, a possible solution has emerged in secret meetings among the nation's leading newspaper execs: Start charging audiences for the online news they're now getting free of charge. And Philly may lead the way." Read more.

Foreign Correspondence

IPCR Alum Pursues Second Degree at Campus in Paris

IPCR Alum Pursues Second Degree at Campus in Paris

Timothy McGowan, an alum of Arcadia's International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, is now a student at American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD), Arcadia's affiliated campus in Paris, France. McGowan completed an internship at UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in Paris this spring.

McGowan interned in the Secretariat of the Executive Board of UNESCO, and his responsibilities related to the 181st session of the Executive Board. He attended the meetings of the board and prepared reports on the sessions. "The reports could simply state an outcome, be as complex as a discussion of political dynamics and tensions, or identify key issues that would generate a larger debate," McGowan says of the experience.

After spending a semester at AGSIRD as part of his two-year IPCR master's program, McGowan decided to pursue a second master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy. The internship was part of his coursework at AGSIRD.

Students in Paris Talk to UNESCO Ambassador

Students in Paris Talk to UNESCO Ambassador
AGSIRD students with H.E. Samira Hanna-El Daher, Representative of Lebanon to the Executive Board of UNESCO.

Undergraduate students in Arcadia's Intensive French and Politics in Paris Summer Program at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD) took advantage of the opportunity for a discussion with H.E. Samira Hanna-El Daher, 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 United States, China, Australia, Great Britain, the Philippines, Switzerland, and Cyprus. AGSIRD is Arcadia's affiliated campus in Paris, France. Read the transcript of the Q&A classroom session.

Study Abroad Students: Glimpse Sponsors Photo Contest

Glimpse magazine is having a photo contest, and students could win a $250 travel voucher from STA Travel if they enter before Aug. 31, reports Kate Bryant, Assistant Director of the Office of International Services. “Here are the rules: Submit your best photo of a cultural explorer. They are specifically looking for photos of people working or volunteering abroad, interacting with locals, and/or participating in a cultural practice. In your caption, describe what we see in the photo and tell the story behind the photo. Be sure to explain how the person featured is engaging with his or her host culture. Put some thought into your caption, as it counts for a quarter of your total score.” Entries will be judged as follows, with each category worth 25 percent:

  • Extent to which photo captures the essence of theme
  • Composition
  • Clarity and technical quality
  • Story behind the photo, as relayed in the caption

To enter, or to check out some great student photos, go to: “Make sure you submit your photos to Arcadia, too! Upload them at Please send us your image(s) at highest resolution possible, preferably in JPEG format,” notes Bryant.

Upcoming Events

Celebrate Arcadia Events, Nov. 12 to 19

Celebrate Arcadia EventsArcadia is hosting a weeklong celebration to launch At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University and to honor the people who make it possible for our faculty and students to contribute to the world in notable ways. View the full schedule of events at

In the News

Arcadia in the News

The July 17 Intelligencer reported on Arcadia's announcement of three colleges emphasizing "Arcadia's strengths in study abroad, campus internationalization, and real-world learning experiences."

Arcadia was listed as the "Best University/College" in the July 25 Norristown (Pa.) Times Herald.

Arcadia University's three new colleges were mentioned in the Philadelphia Business Journal in the Aug. 13 News Briefs. Arcadia also was 19th in the Business School ranking (ranked by 2008-09 total undergraduate business school enrollment).

The College of Global Studies was mentioned in The Clinton (S.C.) Chronicle on July 22 under Education News as Amber Rice, a freshman at Alabama A&M University, was accepted into Arcadia's study abroad program at University of Westminster in Great Britain for 2009.

Alumni in the News

Lisa Reichenbach, who earned a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Arcadia University, has joined First Choice Rehabilitation Specialists in Newport, Pa., reports the Aug. 13 Perry County Times. "She will evaluate and treat patients with back or neck pain, joint pain or movement restrictions, athletic injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation," the paper reported. "While an athlete at Greenwood High School, Reichenbach was injured and came to First Choice Rehab for treatment. During her successful treatment, she developed an interest in the field of physical therapy and continued on to get her advanced degree."

Nationally known artist Diane Kidd '61, who earned her B.F.A. studying under Benton Spruance and John Hathaway, is exhibiting a collection of new watercolors From Here to There at the Hancock Library in Hancock, N.H., as noted in the July 30 Mondanock Ledger (Peterborough, N.H.). The exhibit runs through Sept. 15.

Faculty in the News

The Vineyard Gazette quotes Dr. Finbar O'Conner, Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Religion, in reporting on a discussion at the Grange Hall on Sunday, Aug. 16, featuring Obama “pay czar” Kenneth Feinberg. The Gazette writes, “Though Mr. Feinberg voiced his disapproval of the authoritarian undertones in the ‘pay czar’ moniker often used to describe his post, he warmed to the description offered by Finbarr O’Connor, Arcadia University philosophy professor, at the talk. ‘The conventional thing is to commiserate with you, but I think your task is an absolutely enviable one,’ said Mr. O’Connor, to gestures of encouragement from the special master, ‘I would give my left arm to do it. Your position is close to perfect justice . . . You’re, more or less, Plato’s philosopher king.’”

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