|September 29, 2009|
|September 29, 2009||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Provasnik: Cultural Lessons Learned Apply in Baghdad, Business
Not only did his professors help him to secure an internship, says Mike Provasnik '97, but they also gave him the confidence and cultural awareness needed to succeed in his career—and a global awareness that stayed with him, including on a hot, dusty road taking fire in Baghdad.
Provasnik, who graduated in ’97 with a degree in Sociology specializing in Human Services, credits Dr. Norman Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of Act 101, and Dr. Norah Shultz, Founding Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education, with assisting him during his time at Arcadia.
“Dr. Loury’s class on race was insightful, thought-provoking and led to great discussion,” he says. “She helped me gain a different perspective on race relations in America, and I can't thank her enough for it.” Both courses he took with Johnston and Loury expanded his cultural awareness, he adds. Read more.
Open House Sets New September Record
Despite the rain this past Sunday, high school students set a record for a September Open House, with 421 prospective students and their families visiting Arcadia and submitting a total of 252 applications for admission. “Thank you all for hosting our visiting prospective students and their families this weekend,” says Dana R. Davies, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Faculty showcased our academic offerings. Student ambassadors guided dozens of tours. Staff helped to roll out the welcome mat. Facilities readied the campus, and Dining Services fed hundreds of families.”
Arcadia Joins Creative Campus Celebration, First Friday
It’s First Friday—and Arcadia will be there. This Friday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. Arcadia University is exhibiting at the free Creative Campus Celebration at WHYY in Center City Philadelphia, 150 North Sixth St. This event also coincides with Old City’s First Friday. WHYY will be running a continuous shuttle to Old City all evening to make it easy for visitors to attend this event as well as Old City's First Friday gallery open houses.
At the Creative Campus Celebration, Arcadia will be promoting Arts@Arcadia cultural events. Representing Arcadia are Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor of Art and Design; Juliet Hoffman '09, an Arcadia Art Gallery assistant who also will be representing Arcadia University Theater; and Donna Whitlock, Media Communications Manager. Read more.
By Richard Torchia, Director of the Arcadia University Art Gallery
I'd like to take this chance to encourage students, faculty, and staff to submit examples of their work to this year's Works on Paper. All are eligible. The entry fee, which I believe is affordable, has not increased in two decades and goes toward the worthy cause of advancing this popular exhibition. I can assure you that the process will be competitive.
In 2006, the last time we presented the exhibition, Museum of Modern Art drawing curator Connie Butler selected 40 works from a total of 883 brought to the Gallery. At only 30 years of age, our juror this year, João Ribas, is a maverick and was just hired as curator of the MIT List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, Mass.) after only two years of curating critically acclaimed shows at The Drawing Center (New York). Read more.
Late Knights: Coffeehouse Series (Oct. 2)
Student Activities hosted a pool party at the Lenox Pool in Kuch Center last Friday, Sept. 25. Smoothies were provided, and there was a great turn out of about 100 people. People enjoyed relaxing and hanging out with friends while sipping on a cool drink.
That same night Student Activities hosted Arcadia’s version of the well-known game show Family Feud in Stiteler Auditorium. “The campus feud event was rather entertaining as we attempted to answer questions that were seemingly surveyed in another universe. You had to think silly to get a lot of the answers, as logic didn't win out the day. Third North's team won with over 400 points to take home a $100 prize,” says Damian VanHart. About 50 people were in attendance. Read more. (Photos)
The Office of University Advancement is pleased to introduce Diana Frazier as the Assistant Vice President for University Advancement. Initially, Frazier’s focus is on the events associated with the official kickoff of At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University. She also is responsible for increasing support for both the Annual Fund and the Campaign funds.
“The Campaign itself is an exciting step forward for the University,” she says. “I hope it will lay the foundation for increased support for growth of the academic program and student recruitment efforts for years to come.” Read more.
The American Graduate School in Paris (AGS)—formed out of the partnership of two institutions, the AGSIRD, founded in 1994, and ECAIS, founded in 1999—launches Oct. 1. AGS therefore benefits from the combined experience of both and now operates two schools: the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy and the American Graduate School of Business and Economics. By specializing in these two sets of disciplines, AGS seeks to promote synergies between them and develop complementary new programs. Arcadia’s Master of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy program is offered through a partnership between Arcadia University and the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy in Paris, France. Read more.
Christopher Reday, a senior History major with a concentration in Secondary Education, was awarded a Gilman Scholarship for study abroad in Maynooth, Ireland, for Fall 2009. Reday is one of more than 800 students who were awarded the National Gilman Scholarship.
"It is a way to experience and to study through the Irish perspective and to give me the opportunity to see firsthand that the American way is not the only way,” says Reday. "I can see how they teach and how they learn….I can take what I learn and apply it to my future classroom when I do become a history teacher. Study abroad is a necessity in today’s global society. Not only will I benefit from studying in such a diverse place, but I can also pass on that passion and ideology to my students." Read more.
Mention the word Starbucks and what happens? Arcadia University student Courtney Knowlton’s name has appeared more than 700 times on the Web in the past week as an Associated Press story quoting her continues to prompt the question: What do people talk about at Starbucks?
For Knowlton, a senior Education major, the story began in the class Writing In, On, and Through Public Spaces, taught by Dr. Leif Gustavson, Associate Professor of Education. Students debated the question, “Is a Barnes and Noble Café a public space?” To prepare for the debate, Knowlton read a chapter in Temple University history professor Bryant Simon’s book Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks, on public spaces, which discussed the feeling of community that Starbucks markets. Read more.
“AUTV is going to be an ambitious club that offers an opportunity to participate in the creation of our very own film,” says Michael Stackhouse. “We will have the liberty to create our own project and go wherever we want to with it. There are many different positions to be filled.”
The AUTV club, open to all students, is looking for writers (Anyone with ideas and interest/skills in writing. You can go places with a good script); camera operators (Anyone with a visual sense and interest in seeing things. If you want to learn and/or camera, this is the time for you!); editors (Anyone who wants to put things together…or control them. If you love taking on a challenge, here it is!); actors (All of you actors—hidden actors and Theater majors—this is your chance to work your magic!) “The direction this club takes will depend on wherever you want it to go,” add Stackhouse. “Come join us!” Contact Stackhouse at email@example.com.
“Parkhurst Dining Services would like to feature your family’s favorite recipe at dinner on Saturday Night at Fall Fest,” says Sara Goodwin, General Manager of Parkhurst Dining Services. “We are in search of some classic recipes that can be served buffet style in the Dining Hall. You submit the recipe, and Executive Chef Gene Boyle and his culinary staff will create it here in the Arcadia University Dining Hall.” Recipes recreated for dinner on Saturday night, Oct. 10, in the Dining Hall will be credited to the family as well as the Arcadia student who submitted them. Students whose family recipes are chosen also will receive $10.00 each in points added to their accounts. Read more.
“Did you know that sneezes leave your mouth at over 100 mph?” says Christopher Macchi, who teamed up with his brother Tom, and his dad to illustrate how germs are spread in droplets during a sneeze. Elmo has been telling children to sneeze into their arms, notes father Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning. The Macchis kick off the Bulletin’s contest for creative public service announcements. Send your videos and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and see then in the Bulletin and on AUTV.
Safe sex. Nutrition. The flu. Stress. Smoking. Health care is a hot topic. “Want to tell us what you think? We are recruiting students—graduate or undergraduate—for a Student Wellness Advisory Group that will meet monthly to guide our initiatives,” says Fran Pollock, Director of Wellness Services. If interested, contact Pollock at pollockf@arcadia or 215-572-4091.
Arcadia University is hosting a writing gallery to honor the National Day on Writing on Oct. 20. This project has been created by the National Council of Teachers of English to publicize the importance of writing for individuals and communities. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit a piece of writing. It can be writing from outside school or a class. Work form a variety of writing forms and genres will be used in the National Day on Writing gallery, which will be unveiled on Oct. 20. “Arcadia will be participating in this celebration of writing alongside many other local and national organizations. For more information, contact Dr. Jennifer Matisoff or Dr. Elizabeth Vogel.
Here are the basic instructions to submit writing to the gallery:
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, Oct. 2. Registration details.
The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), an international society of 5,200 higher education planning professionals, announced Sept. 1 that Dr. Mark P. Curchack, Arcadia’s Associate Vice President for Planning and Assessment, will serve on the 2009-10 Board of Directors as one of five regional representatives. Curchack will represent the Mid-Atlantic Region. SCUP provides knowledge and resources on integrated planning for higher education, with a particular focus on academic, fiscal, resource, facilities and infrastructural planning.
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.
For the last 40 years, Kuronen, a resident of Glenside, Pa., has combined dual careers in the fine arts and design. He began his studies as a painting and sculpture major at the University of South Dakota before earning his M.F.A. at the University of Nebraska. He moved to Philadelphia in 1979 to teach at Arcadia University, eventually serving as Chair of the Art Department between 1988 and 1993. He then became founding director of a new program in graphic design at Philadelphia University, where he eventually served as the interim dean of the institution’s newly formed School of Design and Media. Read more.
Considering graduate school? Attend Grad School: Explained! on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Landman Library University Gallery Room. “We will go through the application process and help you get answers to your questions,” says Kate McGlinchey of the Office of Career Development. “If grad school is a possibility for you—don’t miss this!”
Thanks to a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Arcadia University is pleased to be working with Fox Chase Cancer Center in offering a free, interactive and educational program on skin cancer. Faculty and staff are invited to join representatives from Fox Chase on Thursday, Oct. 1, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. “They will discuss the importance of protection against ultraviolet rays, the results of excess exposure, and how to protect yourself and your family from skin cancer,” says Lorraine Yearicks of Human Resources. “They also will discuss the signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, as well as the important roles of skin self-exams.” To sign up, contact Yearicks at 215-572-4488 or email@example.com.
Arcadia students are invited to join—and participate in—two First-Year Seminar classes in Archie Bunker's Neighborhood on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Landman Library University Room. The two seminars involved are In Pursuit of Happiness after Hurricane Katrina (FY103.11), taught by Adjunct Professor Rochelle Peterson, and WMD: Words Of Mass Destruction (FY103.25), taught by Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of Act 101.
Reserve your space now—Arcadia University’s Fall Flea Market has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, from 11 to 3 p.m., thanks to rain last weekend. “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 Saturday 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.
Arcadia University presents the F. William and Martha Lee Sunderman Chamber Music Concert featuring the Wister Quartet on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. at the Elkins Estate (1750 Ashbourne Road, Elkins Park, Pa.). The concert is free and open to the public, with a reception immediately following concert. For more information, contact Katey Casella at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-572-2094.
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 Arcadia community is invited to Men II Boys (www.mentoboys.com), a film and lecture tour, on Friday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 W. Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia. Admission is free. This community event is presented by the Arcadia’s Black Male Development Symposium, Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, IYAGO Entertainment Group and Village Builders Inc. For more information, contact Dr. Doreen Loury, 215-572-4087 or email@example.com.
“Parents. Grandparents. Guardians. Siblings. They dropped you off or said goodbye just a few weeks ago as you headed to Arcadia for the fall semester,” says Dian Taylor-Alleyne, Assistant Dean of Campus Involvement. “Now it’s time to invite them to campus for Family Weekend at Fall Fest. You can arrange for your family to attend class with you, or just watch fireworks and then head to the Castle for Casino Mania. Your family can tour historic Philadelphia, watch Dreamworks’ Up, or cheer for Arcadia’s sports teams.” Fall Fest combines Family Weekend and Alumni Homecoming, and the result is fireworks! See complete list of activities for Oct. 9-11 register online at www.arcadia.edu/fallfest.
Arcadia University’s Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology Workshop Series presents “Clinical and Ethical Issues in Supervision: An Integrative Approach” on Friday, Oct., 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Arcadia’s Landman Library, University Room.
Dr. Allan Goldberg, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice, will lead the workshop. Goldberg has been in clinical practice for 25 years specializing in supervision, LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) issues, men and intimacy, and adult development. Read more.
Kristina Moriconi '88, '05M.A., poet and author, returns to her alma mater on Friday, Oct. 16, as part of Arcadia's Writers Return to Campus series at 7:30 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. Moriconi will read from her collection of poems and published pieces. Following the lecture there will be a question-and-answer session. The lecture is free an open to the public.
Moriconi's published work includes a short fiction piece in Opium, a literary magazine, and a poem as part of the anthology What Happened to Us These Last Couple of Years? An Anthology of the Bush Years, 2000-2008. She also has published both fiction and nonfiction works online at Big Ugly Review, Flash Me Magazine, Verbsap, Lost Magazine and several other publications. Moriconi is enrolled in the Rainer Writing Workshop M.F.A. program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where she is working on a collection of lyric essays.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Members of the Arcadia University community and the neighboring communities of Abington, Springfield and Philadelphia are invited to “Transition Cheltenham: wakening the Genius of Our Community to Build Our Resilient and Self-Reliant Future” on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium.
“Come join us as we look to catalyze our local economy, food, clean transport, artisans, health, energy conservation and solar,” says Bill Mettler of Quiet Riot. The event is produced by TC Initiating Team and Arcadia’s master’s program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. “Bring a treat or snack to share. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your re-useable cup. This is a zero-waste event,” adds Mettler.
“There can be no vibrant democracy without effective involvement in community, government and the political institutions of a nation,” said Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, introducing Pennsylvania's First Lady, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, at a Town Hall meeting at Arcadia University on Tuesday, Sept. 22. “We are grateful to you for choosing Arcadia as the only university on this (civics education) bus tour across Pennsylvania. At Arcadia, we pride ourselves in preparing future leaders—individuals who are not only aware of their rights but their responsibilities to our great nation and to the rest of the world.”
“Teach every child that they have it within them to affect change…Everything that happens in this country matters to each of us,” Rendell told the Stiteler Auditorium crowd of more than 150 students and schoolteachers. “We can do more. We can do better. Let’s make citizenship rule.” Read more at the Provost's blog. (Photos)
(2-6) Arcadia allowed an early goal and then a second to begin the final half of play falling to DeSales University this afternoon 2-1. Junior Caroline Champi scored the Knights lone goal off an assist from classmate Ashley McCarthy. Read more.
(6-4) Arcadia and Gwynedd-Mercy College were just entering singles play in hopes of the rain holding off, however, the sky opened up and caused the match to be cancelled. The teams will look to reschedule the match on a date to be announced later.
(6-3-1) Arcadia University Men's Soccer snuck onto Eastern University's field today in St. David's and waited until the 88th minute to break open a scoreless game and left quietly with a 1-0 non-conference win over the former conference rival. Sophomore Anthony Procopio got the game winner off a pass from first-year Zach Todd at 88:40 giving the Knights their third straight victory. Read more.
(7-6) Arcadia University Volleyball cruised to 3-0 in a non-conference match over host Rosemont College to improve to 7-6 overall. The loss drops the Ravens to 3-5 overall. Game scores were 25-22, 25-15, 25-9 in favor of the Knights. Read more.
Foti Covers Rendells Visit to Cheltenham, Arcadia
Kaitlyn Foti, an '08 graduate of Arcadia now a staff writer for Montgomery Newspapers, covered a visit by Pennsylvania’s First Lady Marjorie Rendell to Cheltenham High School and Arcadia University on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Rendell began the day—part of her statewide bus tour promoting civics education—at a student leadership conference at the high school. “Following her two stops at Cheltenham schools,” wrote Foti, “Rendell spoke at a luncheon at Arcadia University to discuss how to better integrate civic education into curriculum across the grades and throughout the disciplines. ‘We have a democracy, and a democracy requires participation. You can’t have people interested in the process without being informed and engaged from a young age,’ Rendell said…The federal judge’s itinerary for the day was capped off by a dinner at Arcadia. At the dinner, Cheltenham students, teachers and local college students met at Arcadia to become involved in a presentation on how to build student voice and engagement.” Read more.
Carolyn Lech, PA-C, is on staff in the emergency room at Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville, Pa., featured in the Fall 2009 issue of Health Line. She is board certified with NCCPA and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She earned a Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant) from Arcadia “and has experience working in four- and eight-week rotations in orthopedics, oncology, emergency medicine, pediatrics, geriatrics, and surgery.”
Kalyn Hope '06, who earned her degree in Scientific Illustration, will be the guest speaker on Oct. 1 at the Bald Eagle Art League, as was announced in the Sept. 21 Sun Gazette (Williamsport, Pa.). Her talk will be on what you should and shouldn’t do when designing a Web site. She also will explain how to market on the Internet and describe the industry standards. She is the Webmaster for Old Lycoming Volunteer Fire Company, Station 14; New Beginnings for Healthcare for Women; and The Bald Eagle Art League. After graduating she became a graphic artist at Gregory Welteroth Advertising Agency in Montoursville. Her works include fine and commercial art, drawings in graphite and pastels, logo design, advertisements, promotions and Web design.
Bronwyn Frazier '00, who earned degrees in both Art and Theater and who is a mask maker, will be exhibiting her work at the Earnshaw Gallery as part of the Dietrich’s Seventh Annual Fall Film Festival, as was noted in the Sept. 16 Abington Journal (Clarks Summit, Pa.). An exhibit reception was held on Sunday, Sept. 27. Frazier’s work also can be seen at www.eyefeather.com.
Jessica Madoll, Coordinator of Institutional Relations for The College of Global Studies, was quoted in a article in the Baruch College Ticker on Sept. 20 about a study abroad fair. Madoll “explained some of the requirements for study abroad opportunities at the global studies college. ‘We typically accept any year students with a 3.0 GPA attending an undergraduate college, and we work with the study abroad office at the student’s college,’ said Madoll. ‘It is important that students realize that when they do work towards the study abroad program, they need both an academic and study abroad advisor.’”
The current Art Gallery exhibit Fictions +Facture was listed in both the Sept. 10 Springfield Sun (Fort Washington, Pa.) and The Colonial (Fort Washington, Pa.). Fiction and Fracture: Recent Work by Dennis Kuronen, current on exhibit now through Oct. 25. For more information, visit www.arcadia.edu/gallery.
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