|September 15, 2009|
|September 15, 2009||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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University Cuts Energy Use in Half During PECO Test
It was only a test, but Arcadia proved just how much energy it can save when everyone pitches in for an hour. "Thank you to the Arcadia University Campus Community for supporting Thursday's test of our participation in the PECO Energy power-shedding program," says Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning. "In one hour's time, Arcadia University successfully shed over 700 kilowatts of power to surpass PECO's goal of 600 kilowatts we cut our energy consumption by half compared with our mid-day high of 1,365 kilowatts."
The power of individual effort is evident in the math. PECO asked Arcadia to lower its energy usage by 600 kilowatts over an hour on Thursday, Sept. 10. Arcadia's big systems—major air conditioning systems and other things controlled centrally—amounted to a little more than 500 kilowatts. The remaining 200 kilowatts were the result of many individuals turning off lights and electronics, and every little bit added up to big savings. Arcadia saves money by participating in the PECO load-shedding program.
An Academic Affairs Strategic Planning Committee has embarked upon a semester-long planning process and begins a series of open forums for students, faculty and staff, announced the committee co-chairs, Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Faculty Council Chair and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, and Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Michael notes that academic planning is one of the University's highest priorities for fall 2009. "We have an aggressive timeline from President Greiner to complete the plan by the end of this semester," he notes. "Therefore, we will have a very busy schedule for fall as we solicit input from the campus constituents on new directions and agenda for Academic Affairs. Six focus groups—three for faculty, two for students and one for staff—have been scheduled. I encourage all members of the campus community to participate in these forums. Faculty and staff will have access to the discussion points from the focus groups via a new tab on MyArcadia, and we want to use the discussion threads there to solicit more feedback from those who are unable to attend the focus groups or who want to provide additional comments and ideas in a written format."
See the new Academic Planning tab on MyArcadia and post your comments to the Focus Group discussion threads. View schedule.
By Michael A. Zeock, Whitemarsh Township Community Service Coordinator
August brought heavy rains and flooding to Whitemarsh Township, but it also brought a crew of strong and enthusiastic students from Arcadia University to help a local senior citizen whose property had been heavily damaged by flood waters—and the appreciation of Township officials.
Cindy Rubino, Coordinator of Community Services for Arcadia University, was on-site to direct the efforts of 14 students, most in their first year of college, as part of the First Year Day of Service program. "It helps to raise awareness of the communities they are now part of," says Rubino. Read more.
As European educators meet in Madrid, Spain, this week to talk about attracting more international students, Arcadia University offers a new major that actually requires a year of study abroad in Spain. The Spanish Cultural Studies major is one of eight in the Majors Abroad Program (MAP) requiring two semesters of study abroad.
"Having a major that requires a year of study abroad with partner institutions in Spain allows our students to have an intense, focused international experience that prepares them for graduate school or careers that will require a global perspective," says President Jerry Greiner. "Having a major that requires a year of study abroad with partner institutions in Spain allows our students to have an intense, focused international experience that prepares them for graduate school or careers that will require a global perspective," says President Jerry Greiner. Read more.
Pennsylvania's First Lady, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, is holding a Town Hall meeting at Arcadia University on Tuesday, Sept. 22. The visit is part of a statewide Constitution Week bus tour of the Commonwealth titled "First Lady Civics First" to promote civic education, and the value of service learning by the youth of Pennsylvania. Arcadia is the only university on her tour.
Rendell brings her message to Arcadia's Stiteler Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22. As part of the Constitution Day program, the Arcadia community is invited to participate in the Town Hall meeting to engage in democratic deliberation regarding the Internet and First Amendment protection. Rendell also will include a call for engagement, whether it be on this issue or through participation in the various service projects and organizations on campus and in the community. Information about service opportunities will be available at the presentation. In an afternoon session hosted by Arcadia, the First Lady also will be meeting informally with faculty members and area administrators to discuss the integration of civic education into today's curriculum. Read more.
Free practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT tests will be conducted by Princeton Review on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register with Career Development by Wednesday, Oct. 14, at email@example.com, provide your first and last names, phone number, e-mail address, year of graduation and major. Or stop by the office in Knight Hall, Room 133.
The Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to present Fictions + Facture: Recent Work by Dennis Kuronen from Sept. 8 to Oct. 25. Kuronen, a resident of Glenside, taught at Arcadia and chaired the Art Department from 1988-93.
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Arcadia University Art Gallery will host a conversation between Kuronen and Royce Howes, Director of Photography at Robert Miller Gallery (New York), in the Arcadia University Theater. Howes, a longtime friend of Kuronen, was trained as an artist and earned his M.F.A. in painting from Tyler School of Art (Elkins Park, Pa.) in 1977.
A reception will be held in the gallery immediately following the conversation. This event is free and open to the public. Read more.
Taiwan. Spain. Germany. These are just a few of the places Business Administration major Steve Bross '08 has traveled to since graduating. His overseas journeys are part of his work as a solar industry sales specialist for ENLOG LLC, a position he obtained before graduating thanks to the international and internship experience he gained at Arcadia.
It all started in Italy during the spring of his junior year. Bross spent the semester studying in Umbria, and it was there that he decided to add a minor in Italian to his degree. This decision was instrumental in helping him to obtain his current position since ENLOG requires employees to be multilingual. Read more.
Arcadia University is offering a Praxis Preparation Seminar series, starting Sept. 26, covering the content in the Elementary Education Subject Area Assessment test (TEST #10011: Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment). Space is limited and will be offered to current Arcadia students and alumni and non-Arcadia students. The seminar takes place in Brubaker Hall, Room 102. The registration fee is $75 for Arcadia students and alumni and $125 for non-Arcadia students $125. Materials cost $37 for all participants. To register and view the schedule of events, visit www.arcadia.edu/praxis-seminar. For more information, contact Elaine Scarpino at 215-572-2926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet with Arcadia students who have studied abroad, learn about costs and financial aid, discuss program options for individual majors, and discover academic policies and program deadlines during a Study Away Information Session.
Information Sessions are scheduled for Sept. 9, Sept. 29, Oct. 7, Nov. 3, and Nov. 11 at noon in The Chat Meeting Room. And for Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Oct. 20, and Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. in the University Room, Landman Library. For more information contact the Office of International Services at 215-572-2867 or visit Taylor Hall, Room 110.
The Body Workshop is open to the campus community on a first come, first serve basis, since space is limited. The Body Workshop is $65 for eight sessions. It will take place in the The Chat Meeting Room, located in the lower level Dilworth Hall, on Wednesday evenings from 5:20 to 6:20 p.m., beginning Oct. 7. Deliver payment to Katie Kelly (215-572-2173) in the Human Resources Office by Friday, Sept. 25. Registration details.
Maryann Worrell, Adjunct Professor of Art and Design who teaches metals and jewelry, and her husband, Dave, have their newest exhibit, Home, at the Phoenix Village Art Center in Phoenixville until Sept. 30. The exhibit was featured in the Sept. 12 Phoenixville News. The exhibit explores the ways in which the various concept of the word “home” can be defined. Worrell and her husband met two years ago while working on the Franklin Commons Project, where they created sculptures using scrap metal. Read more. View photos from the exhibit.
Robert Mauro, Professor and Chair of the Art and Design Department, designed a catalog of artwork and biographic information on Arcadia faculty titled Department of Art & Design Faculty Catalog. The book is available for purchase at Blurb.com. Twenty-three faculty members, both full-time and adjunct, are featured in the Department’s first publication of faculty creative work. It documents the department’s full range of concentrations. Richard Torchia, Director of the Arcadia University Art Gallery, in the book’s introduction notes that "the scope and diversity of the daily obligations of Art and Design instructors often overshadow the fact that their individual contributions to the Department are contingent on their identities as active artists and designers…. By making the creative work of each department instructor more easily available, this publication offers a glimpse into research and scholarship that might not otherwise enter the awareness of Art and Design students in such a direct and reliable way," notes Torchia, adding that students, colleagues and others beyond campus "might use these pages to activate more precise and consequential discussion not only about each other’s work and but its place in our lives independent of our status as students or teachers."
Dr. Jaume Gelabert, Resident Director in Barcelona in The College of Global Studies, wrote a paper—“Simetría y asimetría en las formas de tratamiento en el Parlamento español: un análisis pragmatic” (Symmetry and Asymmetry in Forms of Address in the Spanish Parliament: A Pragmatic Analysis)—published in Circulo de Linguistica Aplicada a la Comunicación (CLAC, Circle of Linguistics Applied to Communication) in September. CLAC is one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed journals in Spain. It is an online journal refereed by a European and American board and published by the Universidad Complutense of Madrid.
Robin Black, an Adjunct Professor of English who taught fiction-writing at Arcadia, has been award the Sirenland Fellowship for 2009 which is given to a writer who is in the process of completing a project but has not published a book before March 2009.
Black’s stories and essays have appeared in numerous publications, most recently One Story, Colorado Reivew, The Southern Review and The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. I (Norton, 2007). She is a three time recipient of Special Mention from the Pushcart Prize and First Prize winner of the 2005 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner/Wisdom Writing Competition (Short Story Category). Black resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband, three children and their Tibetan Terrier. Her first story collection Yesterday’s News and a still untitled novel are both forthcoming from Random House and will also be published in six other countries—including Italy.
On Friday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Landman Library University Room, Arcadia’s Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology Lecture Series presents Clinical Work with African American Clients: Cultural and Societal Considerations and How To Effectively Address Them In Treatment. Dr. Cheryll Rothery-Jackson, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training for the Chestnut Hill College Doctoral Program in Psychology is the guest lecturer. Register here.
For more information contact Dr. Eleonora Bartoli, Assistant Professor and Director of the master's program in Counseling Psychology, at email@example.com, or Carol Lyman, MA, Clinical Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, meet in the Game Room in the Chat at 11 p.m. to pick up equipment for Ultimate Glow Sports, and then head out to Kuch Field to decide what sport to play and break up into teams. Play glow Frisbee or glow kickball. Extra glow-in-the-dark necklaces and bracelets will be available for those who want to play glow tag or glow manhunt.
Last weekend’s Late Knights events included games, dancing and poetry. “Friday laser tag was awesome!” says Cait McGee. “We had a good time. Once we got inside and started playing, it was much better than we expected. My friends and I really enjoyed playing.” In between turns at laser tag, students enjoyed manhunt, too. Read more.
Reserve your space now for Arcadia University’s Fall Flea Market on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 11 to 3 p.m. “Located in parking lot 12 off of Church Road, the flea market is a convenient stop whether you are looking to clean out your closet or for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon,” says Cindy Rubino, Community Service Officer. “Come browse through the market, spend or make a little cash, and enjoy some refreshments.” Space rental is $15. Tables are free for members of the AU community. Register online to request a space. For more information, visit www.arcadia.edu/communityservice or call 215-572-4000.
Fifty-one student clubs and organizations, offices, and vendors set up tables along the Walk of Pride for the 2009 Fall Activities Fair. Hundreds of students came out to take advantage of the opportunity to talk to current members of clubs that they were interested in getting involved with. DTI Mail and Print Services handed out free soft pretzels to all Activities Fair attendees, and the Student Activities Office advertised the new Late Knights program for late night events on Friday and Saturday evenings and the free transportation to College Day on the Parkway on Saturday, Sept. 26. Read more.
(5-0) The Knights made quick work of the Lions this week, defeating them 9-0 while not dropping a set. The win improves Arcadia's record to 5-0. In impressive fashion, it was hard for Penn State Abington even to take a game. In six of the nine matches, the Knights lost one or fewer games. Read more.
(6-4) The Knights improved to 6-4 overall Saturday. In the opening match Arcadia defeated the host Penn State Berks Lions in dominating fashion, earning a 3-0 victory. In the second match the Knights took on Washington College, which proved too tough, with Arcadia dropping the match in three sets. In the rubber match of the day, the Knights outlasted Delaware Valley earning a five-set come-from-behind victory. Read more.
(4-0-2) The Knights of Arcadia and the Osprey of Richard Stockton battled to a 0-0 regulation finish, and the score remained the same after two overtime periods as the game ended scoreless. The Knights returned to the field Sunday to take on Alvernia University, winning 3-0 behind two Stephanie Welch goals and Janelle Jablonski assists. Read more.
(3-2-1) The Knights withstood several tests this weekend battling NJAC schools. After losing the opener to host Richard Stockton, the Knights defeated College of New Jersey. With the win, the Knights handed the Lions their first defeat on the season. Sophomore Ethan Armstrong and first-year Zachary Todd were named to the Stockton Seashore Classic All-Tournament team. Read more.
(2-1) Sophomore Staci Faye opened the scoring with her first goal of the year, and junior Ashley Griffith scored a goal and earned an assist to guide the Knights to a 2-0 non-conference win over the Falcons of Cedar Crest in Allentown. Senior keeper Brittany Rasmussen earned the shutout win with three saves. Read more.
Jim Bergwall, represented Arcadia University at the 10th annual Jenkintown Jazz and Brewfest on Sunday, Sept. 13. Featuring Denise King and Richie Cole, the block event was held in the Jenkintown Town Square. Arcadia was one of dozens of area businesses and organizations with a display table at the event. Bergwall is an Adjunct Professor and Administrative Assistant in Theater Arts.
Universities across the world boast a myriad of eclectic and futuristic architecture, but one blogger lists Arcadia University’s Grey Towers Castle as one of “15 incredible campus building designs may just inspire a whole new generation of innovative architects.” Read more.
Peterson Writes about West Philadelphia Street Festival
“It was a day that had been filled with smiles, songs and summer, from one corner to the next. For one day, a neighborhood was able to come together and not necessarily sing Kumbaya, but come to the realization that we don’t have to be divided, but we can be joined by something as small and simple as a smile, a song, and a bright September day,” wrote Elishia Peterson '09 in Campus Philly. Peterson wrote about the West Philadelphia Coalition of Neighborhood and Businesses’ 20th Annual Neighborhood to Neighborhood Street Festival on Sept. 5.
Cronin Follows in Brother's Footsteps
Meghan Cronin, a first-year student majoring in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, chose Arcadia University, a place she recalled “always loving” because of Grey Towers Castle. It’s the first separation from her twin, Caitlin, who is attending Rider University. Meghan became familiar with the campus when her brother, Drew Cronin, attended Arcadia and graduated in 2006 with a BA in Biology. Drew told the Ocean Star (Point Pleasant, N.J.) that he wants his sister will to follow in his footsteps and take advantage of the study abroad program that the school offers. Drew studied both in Equatorial Guinea and New Zealand and is now in a Ph.D. program at Drexel. The Cronin family was profiled in a story in the Aug. 28 Ocean Star.
Kerr has Short Story Published in Philly Fiction 2
Elizabeth Kerr, a graduate student enrolled in Arcadia’s M.A.E. program, has had one of her short stories published in Philly Fiction 2. Kerr developed her writing style under adjunct professor Robin Black, who taught a fiction-writing class at Arcadia. Kerr will be doing a reading at the Moonstone Arts Center (formerly Robin’s Bookstore) in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m. Read more.
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