|December 8, 2009|
|December 8, 2009||A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events|
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Rossetti, Kinch Design Holiday Cards for President, Alumni
A design by Arcadia University senior Keri Rossetti, a graphic design major, was chosen for this year’s holiday card for the President’s Office, and senior graphic design major Joanne Kinch’s design was chosen for the Office of Alumni Relations holiday card. President Jerry Greiner and Director of Alumni Relations Georgene Pilling chose the winning card designs from more than two dozen pieces submitted by students in Assistant Professor of Graphic Design David Copestakes' Graphic Design IV class.
“The holiday card project has become a tradition at Arcadia that dates back over 30 years. The senior graphic design students are given the assignment in their Visual Communications course,” says Copestakes '02. In mid-October, Copestakes introduced the assignment to his senior class in order to get the cards to the printer before Thanksgiving. Read more.
Faculty Endorse Academic Affairs Strategic Plan Unanimously
At the Faculty Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 1, the Academic Affairs Strategic Plan was endorsed unanimously by the faculty. Find the plan posted under on MyArcadia under the Academic Planning tab.
“At the Faculty Meeting, we engaged in a very good process of open discussion and a very impressive and visionary plan was unanimously endorsed by the faculty and staff present at this standing-room only meeting,” says Faculty Chair Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. “An important outcome is the coming together of folks from across the campus with the dedication to stick to a process that was long and challenging. This collaboration and community spirit has strengthened Arcadia and will carry us forward. There is a saying in Spain that ‘one makes the road by walking,’ and I am so glad that we are walking together guided by the values we developed and the forces of equity and excellence.” Read more.
Live Music and Coldstone Ice Cream at SPB’s Frost Fest, Dec. 11
Welcome the winter with a blast of fun at SPB's Frost Fest. The festivities take place Friday, Dec. 11, from 8 to 10 p.m. in The Chat. The evening includes a performance by Sleepwalk, a Robot, a duo that blends clever and thoughtful songwriting with catchy pop sensibility and chemistry. The band is capable of fusing acoustic songwriting, pop-rock hooks, electronic beats, and sing-along melodies seamlessly to create a commercial-ready sound that stays true to its indie roots. Space Capone will also perform. One word of advice: Don't wave your hands in the air like you don't care while holding a cup of free ice cream from Coldstone Creamery. For more information, contact the Student Programming Board at 215-572-4684 or at SPB@arcadia.edu.
Empty Bowl Brings Campus, Community Together
Matthias Hausman, a sixth-grader from Abington Friends School, didn’t see his bowl on display when he got his chance to enter the Empty Bowl selection room, but he sat close to the door and watched the waves of bowls pass by. Meanwhile, his bowl definitely had caught the attention of Jane Wexler, and Hausman took the opportunity to meet the woman who chose his bowl. “This one called out to me. I love it,” she said, adding to Hausman, “You’re a very good artist.”
Hausman was glad to see his bowl in good hands. “I was thinking of what I could do, and I decided that leaves would be a nice design,” he explained. His bowl was done in a shape common to ancient Rome, which he is studying in class, combining work in art and social studies. Read more. (Photos: Set 1 Set 2)
What Does 3-inch Thick Health Care Bill Say About Value of Art?
Arcadia's Works on Paper has been a tradition since 1972, giving local artists opportunities to submit different types of art, akin only in that they are on paper and that they are juried by a guest curator. The 2009 juror, João Ribas, Curator of Exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass., chose 22 works for the 2009 exhibit at the Arcadia University Art Gallery.
Among the selections, notes Philadelphia's ArtBlog review, is a 3-inch thick printout called Health Care Bill. Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof write, "The prestigious Works on Paper show at Arcadia raises worthy questions about the value of art objects in the year 2009." The reviewers continued, the works "raise disturbing questions about the value of all art at a time when works on paper have never been more highly valued….In that same front room, Gabriel Boyce and Preston Link offer on a pedestal another conceptual work—Health Care Bill, three inches of Congressional bureaucratese downloaded from the internet and stacked on a pedestal, the work representing value beyond the ability of most of us to calculate. I found it especially amusing that the gallery needed a young woman to stand guard over this particular piece, to make sure no one commandeered a piece of paper from the bill, a piece of paper of questionable value without the context!" Read more.
Three Awarded Gilman Scholarships for Study Abroad
Three Arcadia University undergraduates have been awarded Gilman scholarships for their spring semester study abroad experiences. Shannon Emery, a sophomore Education major in the Honors Program, will study at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. Crescentia Hinkle, a junior Sociology major in the Honors program, will study at University of New South Wales in Australia. Maria Jimenez, a junior International Studies major, will study at Swansea University in Wales.
The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, a national competition for undergraduate study abroad awards, was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000 and is administered by the Institute of International Education. Students who apply to the Gilman Scholarship program are required to do a service project when they return to the United States. In some cases, they work with prospective study abroad students or high school students. Read more.
12 Counselors Headed to London; Students Win ‘Pay It Forward’
More than 170 high school guidance counselors attended Arcadia’s annual Counselor Workshop and Luncheon on Dec. 4, and 12 excited attendees are going to London next summer to learn about Arcadia’s study abroad opportunities, three of them as a result of Arcadia’s Pay It Forward—Get It Back scholarship program for students.
In addition to attending professional development workshops provided by the Office of Enrollment Management, the attendees participated in a drawing to participate in London Preview for Guidance Counselors in the summer of 2010. As the names were announced, the winners came down the aisle of Stiteler Auditorium with the same enthusiasm as if they had been chosen to play the game show The Price is Right, their fellow counselors cheering them. Read more.
NACU Interviews New Provosts, Finds Common Challenges
The New American Colleges and Universities welcomed “a most dynamic group of eight new provosts and chief academic officers this fall. Who are they? Why did they decide to become provosts? What are their biggest challenges?” asked the NACU e-newsletter. The provosts cited common themes of the challenges of enhancing challenging academic environments while adopting entrepreneurial approaches in today’s economy. Arcadia University’s new provost, Dr. Steve O. Michael, was quoted as saying that he was drawn to Arcadia when he detected a “palpable energy throughout the campus to take the university to its next level of excellence.” Arcadia is a member of the New American Colleges and Universities. Visit the Provost's blog.
Campus Scheduling Software Update
Faculty and staff who have completed room requests using the online form but are yet to receive approval should contact Debbie Blackstock, Director of Conference Services. "Thank you for continuing to use the online reservation form for your room requests and resources. We are still having some difficulty with the new scheduling software. The vendor is working on this," says Blackstock.
"If you have placed a request for an event and have not yet received an approval for the space, please contact me (Blackstock@arcadia.edu) so that I can look at each event individually and take care of it. If you have already received confirmation for your event, there is no need to double check.
"Again we apologize for any inconvenience this is causing you. Thank you for your patience and we hope that this situation will be resolved shortly. We will communicate with you as soon as we get a resolve from the vendor."
University Seminar Helps Six Students in Gambia School
Students in the University Seminar “Education Stories: Films About Successful Schools and What They Teach Us” raised funds to sponsor six students for one year of study in Gambia, through the “Launching Education In Gambia” raffle. Three winners were named in the drawing.
“We thank all who purchased raffle tickets and made a donation to sponsor students at the Imani School in Lamin, Gambia,” said Dr. Elaine F. Jones, Assistant Professor of Psychology. The three winners in the drawing are Maryte Petruskenciere, Harriet Summers, and Andrew Keenan.
Brownell Named NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year
Arcadia University head Women’s Soccer Coach Rick Brownell has been named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Brownell, who completed his seventh season at the helm of the Knights’ soccer program in 2009, led the Arcadia University women to a 6-1 record against Commonwealth Conference opponents as they secured the #2 seed for just their second Commonwealth tournament since joining the league in 2008. Although the team finished as the runners-up to defending league and NCAA Division III champions, Messiah College, Brownell’s team compiled a 15-2-3 overall mark that included a 16-game undefeated streak with 14 shutouts. Read more.
Michael Pogach ’05M, ’09M: Arcadia Faculty Inspired Me to Teach
By Erin DuBois ’10
Leaping comes more easily than looking for Michael Pogach ’05M, ’09M, who recently accepted a tenure-track position at Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa.
While he worked toward his Master’s of Humanities at Arcadia, Pogach took two education courses without feeling particularly drawn toward teaching. “I didn’t have any idea what I wanted to do or what I would be good at,” Pogach says. He decided to take the risk when Montgomery County Community College in Bluebell offered him an adjunct position one week before the Fall 2005 semester began. That semester marked the beginning of three years of teaching composition and introductory literature courses. Pogach looked to Arcadia faculty as he found his stride as a teacher.
“Everything I did in my first year, and probably now, I stole from someone else,” Pogach said with a laugh. He notes that aspects from Professor of English Dr. Pradyumna Chauhan's History and Teaching of Rhetoric class still feature prominently in his teaching. Read more.
Baseball and Ethnicity on Display for Seminar Final
The final project for the University Seminar “Baseball and Béisbol: Race and Ethnicity” is a poster show and Whiffle ball game in the Kuch Center Alumni Gymnasium on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. Each student has chosen a major league player to research and will produce a poster with pertinent information about the player. These posters will be hung chronologically in a timeline that will show major turning points in the evolution of race and ethnicity in major league baseball. The seminar is taught by Dr. Jeff Shultz, Assistant Provost for Special Projects. The students also will engage in a Whiffle ball game, wearing a T-shirt with their player’s numbers. Read more.
Operation Holiday: Arcadians Can Help Families in Need
During Operation Holiday each year, Arcadia students, clubs, faculty, and staff help to make holiday wishes come true for families in need by purchasing and donating gifts. This year’s Operation Holiday drive is assisting families from the Inner Faith Hospitality Network and the Church of New Hope & Faith Inc. For more information on what is needed, see lists and information:
Those interested in helping with this year’s drive can contact the Community Service Office at 215-572-4000 or email@example.com. Please bring all gifts to the Community Service Office by Dec. 18, 2009.
Student Government Officers Announced
Student Government Organization officer positions were announced last week by Josh Stern, Dean of Students. The newly elected officers, who will be sworn in next semester, are: President, Melissa Leon; Chancellor, Trevor White; Secretary, Danielle Frank; and Treasurer, Antuan Johnson. Congratulations to the new officers!
Spring Opportunities: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Tanzania
Costa Rica. Guatemala. Tanzania. Arcadia students have some special opportunities to learn more about the challenges faced by people living in other countries through these unique interdisciplinary courses offered in the spring semester. Each courses includes a weeklong experience, which gives faculty and students firsthand knowledge of another country.
Women in Tanzania, Prevention of Trauma through Advocacy and Empowerment (ID 381.7), is taught by Dr. Sharon Flicker, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and students will travel to Tanzania from May 22-31. Costa Rica: Sustainable Development and Indigenous Human Rights (ID 381.6) is taught by Dr. Warren Haffar, Associate Dean of Internationalization and Director of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Dr. Jennifer Riggan, Assistant Professor of International Studies. Travel to Costa Rica is May 22-31. Guatemala (ID 181.4), is taught by Dr. Erica Davila, Assistant Professor of Education, and Terry Greiner. The class includes the history and culture of Guatemala and some Spanish vocabulary and readings. Class members will travel to Guatemala from March 13-21 (spring break), to work in medical clinics in remote areas and to help in schools. The course needs Spanish speakers, Education majors, pre-PT, pre-PA and pre-med students or anyone else willing to give of themselves. While fluency in Spanish is beneficial, it is not necessary, the professors note.
Alternative Spring Break: Tijuana, Mexico
Alternative Spring Break 2010 will once again offer the chance for students to travel to Tijuana, Mexico. ”We will be working alongside the Esperanza International program rebuilding homes and communities,” says Cindy Rubino, Community Service Officer. Applications are due by Dec. 15. For more information and online applications, visit www.arcadia.edu/communityservice or stop by the Community Service Office in Dilworth Hall and pick one up today.
Mathematics Senior Capstone Presentations, Dec. 15
Twelve Mathematics students make their Senior Capstone Presentations on Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 9:30 to noon in Brubaker 304.
Now on Exhibit in Landman Library Student Gallery: Focus
How do felt, wax, string, and a prosthetic leg make an artist statement titled “A Sense of Said Moment?” Find out more about Tina Maczis’ artwork, along silver gelatin prints by Jackie Higgins, ceramics by Jennifer Kohler and much more.
Focus, a display of junior, senior and graduate student artwork, is on display in the Landman Library Student Gallery. The show will be on view until Dec. 10. Read more about the students and artwork on display. One more exhibition opens in the Student Gallery this semester, with the opening reception for Cube on Dec. 17 from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
The Landman Library Student Gallery is a “white cube” space ideally suited for student-curated group shows and class projects. For more information, contact Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Coordinator of Foundations. Read more.
Faculty, Staff Needed for Late-Night Breakfast
Late-Night Breakfast is Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 10 to 11:30 p.m., and staff and faculty members are needed to serve breakfast to hungry students in the Dining Hall as a way to help break the stress of finals week. “We count on the support of volunteer faculty and staff members to help with serving, tidying up and hosting our students,” says Breann M. Donnelly, Residence Life Area Coordinator. “If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please let us know via e-mail [firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com] or voicemail [x4127 or x4126] by Monday, Dec. 7. Laura Bickert and I greatly appreciate any support that you are able to give us for this event!”
Nelson Article: Using Problem-Based Learning Online
Dr. Erik Nelson, Dean of Continuing Studies and Director of Arcadia Online, published on article on “Elements of Problem-Based Learning: Suggestions for Implementation in the Asynchronous Environment” in the International Journal on E-Learning (2010) 9 (1), 99-114. According to the abstract, “Problem-based learning, or PBL, is a student-centered instructional approach that is derived from constructivist epistemology. It is based upon ill-structured real-world problems with the goal of strengthening and developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in learners. Initially utilized in medical schools to strengthen diagnostic skills, the approach spread to disciplines such as education, business, architecture, and engineering. As the practice of PBL spread, adaptations of the process began to appear. Nonetheless, throughout these adaptations, integral components emerge as congruent: student-centered, ill-structured problems, multi-disciplinary focus, self-regulation, collaboration, reflection, and evaluation. In this environment, the role of the instructor shifts from didactic to a facilitator or tutor. This article will explore utilizing integral PBL concepts in the asynchronous online environment.” Read more.
Reale Nominated for Pushcart Prize
Michelle Reale, '96, '99M, Manager of Circulation Services in Landman Library, was notified that her short story “Snow Blind” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. “Snow Blind” first appeared in the Emprise Review and was nominated by the journal’s editors Patrick McAllaster and Roxane Gay. The Pushcart Prize represents innovative writing in short stories, essays and poetry.
“I was thrilled to be nominated for a Pushcart Prize!” says Reale. “Writers shouldn’t need recognition, but we work hard so it is nice when it comes our way! But really, my focus is always just on the writing—as cliché as it sounds, and I know that it does, in the end, the writing itself, the work and the craft, are all that really matter.”
The Princess Rescuers, through Dec. 13
The Princess Rescuers by Paige Hoke '10 weaves an exciting adventure tale for second- through fifth-graders. Rose loves imagining adventures with her younger brother, Elijah, despite the jibes of their older sister, Celia, who's beyond such childish things. Things become magically and amazingly unchildish when Rose touches an intriguing oil painting hanging on old Mrs. Margaret's wall. Mary McCool directs this delightful premiere.
See The Princess Rescuers at the MainStage Theater in Spruance Fine Arts Center: Dec. 10 at 8 p.m., Dec.12 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Dec. 13 at 2 and 5 p.m.
Stressbuster Week, Dec. 8-11
The Wellness Center is sponsoring several days of activities aimed at keeping students (relatively) stress free as the semester winds down. Enjoy the Reduce Your Stress Table on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of the Dining Hall. On Wednesday, massages are being offered from 3 to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Dining Hall. Sign up for a massage by Dec. 8 in Student Health or online at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn time-management skills and sip free hot chocolate on Thursday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Kuch Hospitality Suite. On Friday, de-stress with pets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. behind Knight and Heinz Halls.
Decorate a Miniature Tree with Alumni Designer, Dec. 12
Arcadia community members are invited to join alumni and create their own miniature tabletop trees made with long-lasting, fresh boxwood greens on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m., in the Castle Rose Room. “Decorate your tree with your choice of lights, bows, garland and flowers under the guidance of floral designer and alumna Cheryl Wilks Scherbner HTR '78,” says Georgene Pilling, Director of Alumni Relations. “It will look beautiful through the New Year.” The cost is $38. Space is limited! Contact the Alumni Office to register at 215-572-2160.
Voice Students Present Songs from Around Globe, Dec. 14
Join Arcadia music students for an evening of songs from around the globe. Voice Performance Study students will present a recital with songs from Spain, Germany, Italy, France, England, and America on Monday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Castle Rose Room. This concert will feature students studying with Elizabeth Murphy, Adjunct Professor of Music, and will also include musical theater selections. This event is free and open to the public.
Volunteers Needed for MLK Recycling Event, Jan. 18
The Office of Community Service will hold a recycling event in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18. The “Shredding Event and One-Stop Drop” will be in the parking area of Murphy Hall on Arcadia’s campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Make sure to sign up before leaving for holiday break. Volunteers can choose one or more shifts, which run from 9 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 1 to 3 p.m. Please e-mail email@example.com or apply online at www.arcadia.edu/communityservice.
HIV Presentations for Men, Women, Jan. 28
An HIV presentation and Q&A for men only will be presented by Student Health Services and Circle of Care on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4-6 p.m. in Brubaker 202. An HIV presentation and Q&A for women only will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4-6 p.m. in Brubaker 203. Free HIV testing is available in Student Health Services on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 1-4 p.m.
Aggies Prevail Over Men’s Basketball in Overtime
Despite 23 points from Chris Pearson '11, Arcadia Men's Basketball dropped its third straight with a tough 3-point overtime loss to the Aggies of Delaware Valley College, 73-70 in local non-conference men's hoops action. Read more.
Dutchmen Hand Women’s Hoops 68-43 Loss
Lebanon Valley College held Arcadia University to just 9 first half points and 28 percent shooting from the field as the Dutchmen improve to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the league with today's 68-43 win over the Knights in Commonwealth Conference action. Arcadia drops to 3-3 overall and 0-2 against Commonwealth opponents. Beth Murray '13 led the Knights with 11 points while Jackie Law '13 scored 10 and pulled in 8 rebounds. Read more.
Penecale ’09M: Ed Major Releases New Album
“For Amanda Penecale, the impulse to create has always been such an intrinsic one that the path to her career as both a visual artist and a singer-songwriter seems impossible to delineate,” writes the Bucks County Courier Times in a No. 17 article headlined “Warminster singer born with artistic soul.” Penecale is in her first year teaching at William Tennent High School and is expected to graduate with a master’s degree in Education from Arcadia this month.
Penecale, who released her second EP, Chalkboard, in 2009, told the Courier Times, “I don’t separate what I do. I write songs. I make art. I make art about my songs. I make songs about my art, and, really, all that is about my life—so it’s all one big fluid thing.” Read more in the Courier Times. Visit Penecale’s Web site.
Communications Alum Promotes Wildwood’s Allure
“Have you visited the Wildwoods lately?” asked the Cape May County Herald in a Nov. 23 article headlined “Former Wildwood Resident Promotes Island’s Allure.” The Herald wrote, “If the answer is no, it is Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt's job to reintroduce the Wildwoods as the premier family destination at the Jersey Shore. After completing her education at Wildwood High School, she earned her M.B.A. degree at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and holds a dual B.A. degree in Communications and English from Arcadia University.” Adelizzi-Schmidt '88, president of Suasion Communications Group, in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., was described as “a hometown girl” whose “passion is unbelievable.” Read more.
Alum Joins HR Staff at United Bank in Massachusetts
The Nov. 25 Pennysaver (West Springfield, Mass.) reported that Andrea Comstock-Tague ’88 “of West Hartford has joined the staff of United Bank as human resources officer, according to an announcement today by Richard B. Collins, president and CEO.
Mark Weldon Gaines: ‘Distinctive Pieces Under Fire’
Local artist Mark Weldon Gaines, who studied painting and ceramics at Arcadia, was part of a mixed media show “Two Artists…One Show,” as was noted in a Nov. 24 Philadelphia Tribune headlined Local artist creates distinctive pieces under fire. Patricia Clifford writes: “Weldon has studied ceramics since 1989. At his studio, Fine Art Clayworks, he has been able to apply his years of study to the vibrant and textured Japanese Raku fired pieces. ‘By using glazes, I can achieve special, one of a kind characteristics for each of my creations,’ Weldon said. ‘I am inspired by nature, the colors that represent the change of seasons and African-American history,’ he added….His distinctive work can be found in the homes of many Philadelphians. Fine Art Clayworks, located in Bucks County, is where the artist creates fine art ceramic pottery. Using the Raku, pit, gas and wood firing techniques of ancient and contemporary cultures allows each piece to be a unique creative expression. Raku firing is an ancient Japanese, low temperature firing process that he uses. This show marked Weldon’s expansion to mixed-media art.
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