|October 6, 2009|
|October 6, 2009||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Fireworks, Family, Alumni Homecoming: It’s Fall Fest
“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.
Free Hot Dogs, Celebrity Grillers, the Thrill of Victory…
This week’s Celebrity Grillers aren’t just any Tom, Dick and Jerry. Free hotdogs, grilled to almost-perfection by this week’s Celebrity Grillers—Jerry Greiner, Dick Wertime and Tom Macchi—will be served Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. to fans during the Arcadia Knights’ field hockey and women’s tennis matches. “Follow your nose over the bridge and through the woods—or just up the hill behind Kuch Center—and come cheer on the women’s field hockey and tennis teams,” says Joy Zazzera, Sports Information Director. The campus community is invited, and the free food is sponsored by University Relations, Facilities Development and Planning, and the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Can you match the Celebrity Grillers to their culinary specialty? Find the answers to these and more as the women Knights compete at Blankley Field/Weiss Courts (behind Kuch Center).
Homelessness Class: From Uncomfortable to Confident Contributing
By Michael Feeney ’10
When Biology student Alexis Kiesel '09 took the Homes, Housing and Homelessness course taught by Instructor of Sociology Alex Otieno, she did not know what to expect. Soon, however, she was “forced into situations in which I was neither comfortable nor confident, and I developed new skills as well as faith in myself.” Otieno calls this deepening one’s sociological imagination.
Kiesel and her classmates didn’t just examine urban homelessness and poverty from a historical perspective, the class also required volunteer tutoring in North Philadelphia. “Students completing the course gained an understanding of the key issues that contribute to as well as possible explanations for lack of affordable homes, urban homelessness and extreme impoverishment from a comparative historical perspective,” says Otieno. Read more.
Theater Season Opens with the Tony Nominated Play Home
Arcadia University Theater opens its 2009-2010 season with Home a Tony Award nominated play by Samm-Art Williams and directed by Mark Wade, Assistant Professor and Director of Theater Arts at Arcadia, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. on Arcadia’s MainStage.
Home, by playwright Samm-Art Williams, is the story of Cephus Miles, a young farmer in fictitious Cross Roads, North Carolina who is content to work the land until his life is turned upside down by his girlfriend's sudden departure. Home, directed Mark Wade, is an exploration of the true meaning of "home" and wrestles with the notion that it may be far more challenging to cut ourselves free from our roots than we realize.
For more information and ticket reservations, call 215-572-2112 or e-mail email@example.com.
Laura Polaski ’08: Designing a Future
Graphic Design major Laura Polaski '08 wanted experience before going out into the real world. She knew having experience would help her to attract potential employers. With that in mind, she found an internship in Arcadia’s Office of University Relations and her ambition paid off.
“My internship at UR helped me gain experience working in an in-house graphic design department,” says Polaski. “I was able to apply my creative skills and the talent that I had developed at Arcadia University.”
As an intern, Polaski designed and managed the "Let's Go" online Web ads, designed the student activities calendar for spring 2008 and formatted copy and designed ads for Arcadia magazine. Read more.
McGovern Gives Advice on Seasonal, H1N1 Flu
“The seasonal flu, which comes every year, and the H1N1 flu, known as the swine flu, have the same symptoms, and it’s very hard to tell the difference. The swine flu is called a pandemic because it spreads so easily spread from person to person,” says Kathy McGovern, Assistant Director of Student Health Services. “That’s why we’re asking you keep in mind the important principles that will help to keep you and our community healthier this season.” Students, staff and faculty can find ongoing Arcadia-specific information about the flu—including tips on staying healthy—at www.arcadia.edu/health-news.
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14 New International Students Include Fulbright Foreign Student
The Office of International Services also is pleased to welcome eight undergraduate students and four graduate students to our full-time degree programs. Undergraduate students include Chris Adebayo from Nigeria (Computer Science), Valentine Agbemenya from Ghana (Business Administration), Arunima Awale from Nepal (Pre-Engineering), Talal Butt from Pakistan (Mathematics), Wade Green from Jamaica (Psychology), Nao Koike from Japan (Communications), Bright Kumi from Ghana (Political Science), and Anja Meyer from Germany (Psychology).
Three graduate students joined the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, including Izumi Kurimoto from Japan, Carolina Greca from Brazil, and Noura Suam from Egypt. Suam is part of the prestigious Fulbright Foreign Student Program. Tamara Jaramillo from Colombia will be working toward her graduate degree in Humanities.
“We’re pleased to have such a great group of students,” said Kate Bryant, Assistant Director of International Services. “It’s a benefit to Arcadia to have different points of view in classes.” For the 2009-10 academic year, Arcadia has 44 international students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.
Arcadia Welcomes Exchange Students from Seoul, Belfast
This semester, Arcadia welcomes three exchange students who are studying abroad in the United States. Seong Eun Bae from Ewha Womans University in Seoul will spend the fall semester studying business. Soo In Kim, also from Ewha, will spend two semesters in Glenside advancing her public administration degree by taking political science classes. Kate McCusker, an exchange student coming from St. Mary’s University College in Belfast, will focus her studies at Arcadia on business.
Glimpse Looking for Study Abroad Correspondents
“Are you studying abroad in Spring 2010? Are you interested in writing or photography?” asks Kate Bryant, Assistant Director of International Services. “If so, you should apply to Glimpse Magazine’s Correspondent Program. Glimpse is searching for outstanding students who are willing to share their adventures. Correspondents receive a $600 stipend, a professional editor, career training in writing and photography, guaranteed publication on Glimpse.org, and potential publication in National Geographic platforms.” For more information, check out http://glimpse.org/correspondents. The online application is now open and is due Nov. 1.
From Managing Books to Writing Books
By Maria DiKun '10
Michelle Reale '96, '99M.A.E., Manager of Circulation Services in Landman Library, has always wanted to be a writer and has been publishing pieces since high school. Now, she is set to have her first compilation of stories, Natural Habitats, published by Burning River in March 2010. She will then bring her book on a reading tour to a variety of literary festivals.
When asked for the best way to describe her stories, Reale says, “They are about our place in the world, where we belong, who we are.” Her work turns “the traditional idea of belonging right on its head.” She does this by adding a touch of surrealism and magic realism to her writing. The inspiration for her stories comes in everyday life. Nearly everything inspires her, especially overheard conversations. Read more.
Banned Books: ‘Citizens’ vs. ‘Government’
By Leandra Cameron '10
On Tuesday, Sept. 29, students in the First Year Seminar course You Can’t Say That! Banned Books, Censorship and the Limits of Self Expression in Society (FY 103.29) decided to act out their in-class discussions. Members of the class held a mock trial debate of censorship titled The War on Terror: A mock trial debate on government censorship. Held outside The Chat, the event lasted for one and a half hours and was followed by an in-class post-discussion.
Two tables on either side of The Walk of Pride represented opposing points of view, namely citizens on one side and government on the other. The assignment for the course was to express where censorship is in the world. The choice of expressing censorship through a mock trial or, in this case, a protest, was the brainchild students Jonathan Roemer '13, Joseph Sidorski '13 and Will St. John '13. Read more.
Register for Weight Watchers at Work
Do you want to learn how to lose weight, manage cravings and eat healthy during the holidays? Join the Weight Watchers at Work Program. Meetings will take place every Wednesday, beginning Oct. 28, from noon to 1 p.m., for 10 sessions. The dates include Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Jan. 6 and Jan. 13.
The cost of the meetings and program materials for non-members will be $135, paid in full prior to the first meeting. Weight Watchers members currently attending meetings and Lifetime members not at goal will pay $130. Payment must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 16 to Human Resources. Checks are made payable to “Weight Watchers”. Checks will be deposited after Oct. 28.
Participants may be eligible for reimbursement for the cost of Weight Watchers under the Independence Blue Cross Healthy Lifestyles Program up to $200 per calendar year. For complete Healthy Lifestyles information, visit www.ibxpress.com or call Blue Cross at 1-800-ASK-BLUE.
We’ve Moved: Sponsored Research and Programs, SEPCHE, and COPRS
The Offices of Sponsored Research and Programs, SEPCHE, and COPRS have moved to rooms 36, 38 and 38A in Heinz Hall (across from the Wellness Center). These offices house Barbara Sheehan, Beth Moy and Cathy Gemmell, who invite you to stop by and see their new offices.
Enrollment Management Hosts Fall Open Houses
The Office of Enrollment Management will host three more Open Houses this fall. Prospective students and their families will be joining us on campus for a taste of the Arcadia experience on Oct. 18, Nov. 7, and Dec. 6. Each Open House will feature campus tours and a variety of information sessions.
Art Galley Seeks Submissions from Students, Staff, Faculty
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.
Submissions Wanted for National Day on Writing
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:
Art Gallery: Fictions + Facture: Recent Work by Dennis Kuronen, through Oct. 25
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.
Study Away Info Sessions, Oct. 7
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 Oct. 7, Nov. 3, and Nov. 11 at noon in The Chat Meeting Room. And for 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.
Men II Boys Film and Lecture, Oct. 9 at Enon Church
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentalist and Illusionist: Wayne Hoffman, Oct. 9
See mentalist and Illusionist Wayne Hoffman perform on the Stiteler Auditorium stage on Friday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. At a young age Wayne’s mother gave him a magic set and this sparked Wayne’s lifelong passion. Through extensive self studies in sociology, psychology, and human behavior Wayne was able to develop the foundation of his skills today. Wayne now travels the world performing and speaking for some of the most exclusive events and tops corporations in the world. Wayne regularly tours the world sharing his presentations involving body language, human behavior, and understanding the human mind. Recently Wayne was featured on NBC's hit TV show "Phenomenon" where he performed for millions of viewers on live television; he has also appeared on various other television networks including TLC, CNN, and the Discovery Channel. Wayne continues to be acknowledged as one of the top speakers in his field and was ranked as one of the top ten mentalists in the world. Check him out at www.hoffmanmagic.com. The event is free and sponsored by Student Activities.
Provost Wants to Hear What Students Have to Say, Oct. 12
Dr. Steve Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Chair of Faculty Council, want to hear from students. “The Academic Affairs Planning Committee is holding focus groups for students to talk together about what is our collective vision for Academic Affairs at Arcadia. We want to gather information, ideas and experiences from our students that address the four critical questions: Who are we? What kind of a place do we want to be? What gap exists between who we are and what we aspire to be? What do we do to overcome the gap?” says Michael. “We will use this information to develop a strategic plan to guide how we change and grow. Please join us on Monday, Oct. 12, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the University Room in Landman Library. We will have pizza, drinks and snacks. Come add your voice and perspective—We cannot be successful without students!”
Haunting in Connecticut: John Zaffis (Godfather of All Ghost Hunters), Oct. 12
John Zaffis has over thirty five years of experience studying and investigating the paranormal. He will present some of his findings on Monday, Oct. 12, at 9 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. The event is sponsored by Student Activities.
Zaffis has involvement with cases of possession and exorcism and working with prominent exorcists in this field…Roman Catholic priests, monks, Buddhists, rabbis and ministers. John has assisted and worked with well-known exorcists Bishop Robert McKenna, Malachi Martin, and the Rev Jun.
Zaffis has been featured in the Discovery Channel's documentaries A Haunting in Connecticut and Little Lost Souls. Zaffis has also appeared on Unsolved Mysteries, Fox News Live, and many other print and news media events. Zaffis is also in the books of Ed and Lorraine Warren Graveyards and In a Dark Place.
Counseling Psychology Workshop: Supervision Issues, Oct. 16
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.
Alumna Kristina Moriconi—Poet and Author, Oct. 16
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.
Grad School Practice Tests, Oct. 17
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.
Internship and Career Fair, Oct. 20
“Does your major require an internship for academic credit? Do you want to explore career options and gain relevant experience? Are you currently seeking employment? If an internship or job is in your future, mark your calendar for Career Development’s Internship and Career Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area,” says Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development. “Whether you are a first-year student or senior, the fair offers a chance to network with a range of employers seeking Arcadia students for a wide variety of positions. Plan on attending? Bring several copies of your resume, a professional and enthusiastic attitude, and dress in business casual attire.” For more information contact Career Development at 215-572-2939, firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Knight Hall, room 133. Employers registered for this fair will be listed on the Career Development Web site.
Arcadia, Neighbors Invited to Transition Cheltenham, Oct. 22
Members of the Arcadia University community and the neighboring communities of Abington, Springfield and Philadelphia are invited to a Community Building Symposium called “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.
Arcadia Alumna and Oklahoma Secretary of State, Nov. 15
Save the date for a lecture with Arcadia alumna and Oklahoma Secretary of State M. Susan Savage '74. Savage will present “Civility in Public Spaces: The Rules of Engagement” at 6 p.m. in the University Room in Landman Library on Sunday, Nov. 15. Refreshments will be served.
Late Knights Re-Cap: Coffeehouse and Video Game Frenzy
By Leandra Cameron '10
If you weren’t on campus this past weekend, you missed out! On Friday, Oct. 2 at The Chat, Student Activities and the Student Programming Board co-sponsored a double Coffeehouse session featuring music artists Dana Alexandra at 9 p.m. and Meg Allison at 10 p.m. “The people that were there loved it,” said Chelsey Van de Gohm '12. The reception was overall positive with an audience of about 40 students. Some students bought artists’ CDs, showing they enjoyed what they had heard.
Video Game Frenzy was hosted by Student Activities on Oct. 3 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at The Chat. Students enjoyed playing various amusements such as Guitar Hero, Rockband and Halo. As they played, they also were given pizza. There was a group of about 75 students who showed up and stayed long after the event was over.
Women’s Soccer Ranked Among Nations Best for Division III
For the third reporting week of the season, Arcadia University Women's Soccer finds itself in good company atop the NCAA Division III team and individual goal-against, save and shutout percentages. The 8-0-3 Knights have yet to find the loss column thanks to superb goalkeeping by first year Jacki Law, this week's Commonwealth Goalie of the Week and a near flawless defensive unit that has allowed just 59 opponent shots on goal. Arcadia has put forth 115 shots on goal and have outscored their opponents by a 27-2 margin. Read more.
Men’s Soccer Soares Past Ravens 2-0
(8-4-1) First year keeper Mike Soares made the two stops he needed to against the Ravens of Rosemont College helping his Arcadia Knights to a 2-0 non-conference victory at home Monday afternoon. It was the second win in three days for Arcadia who improves to 8-4-1 overall. Read more.
Gwynedd-Mercy Tops Women’s Tennis
(7-5) In a match continued from September 28th due to unplayable weather conditions Gwynedd-Mercy proved to be too tough for the Knights, winning in dominating fashion 8-1. Arcadia was able to pull out a tough victory in #3 singles play as sophomore Kate Wiseman defeated Jessica Scarpello 7-5, 4-6, (10-4). Read more.
Field Hockey Drops 4-1 Decision to Shenandoah University
(2-7) Arcadia University Field Hockey dropped a 4-1 decision Saturday afternoon to Commonwealth Conference opponent Shenandoah University to remain winless in Commonwealth play. Sophomore Staci Faye scored the game opening goal for the Knights in the 13th minute but Shenandoah would respond with three unanswered goals to improve to 1-1 in the league. Read more.
Volleyball Falls to DeSales in Three
(7-7) Arcadia Volleyball saw their record fall to an even 7-7 with this afternoon's 3-0 loss to non-conference opponent DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. Read more.
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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, Stephanie Deane '12, and Jared Greene '12. Web Producer: Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.
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