|A Monthly Publication Serving Arcadia Alumni||September 2006|
Attention Alumni! Mark your calendars, make your arrangements and get ready for Fall Fest 2006! For the first time ever, Arcadia’s annual Family Weekend will include an Alumni Homecoming, a chance for alumni to reconnect with their fellow classmates and see what their alma mater has been up to. Bringing together the entire Arcadia community—alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff—Fall Fest 2006 will give a taste of the energy and academic richness that current Arcadia students experience everyday. From faculty presentations to sports games, flag football to the fireworks, Fall Fest has something for everyone, no matter what year you graduated.
With a variety of festivities and an assortment of wonderful activities, Fall Fest 2006 should be a weekend not soon forgotten. So please join in the excitement as Arcadia extends Family Weekend to the alumni, finally including the entire Arcadia family in one fun-filled celebration.
Visit www.arcadia.edu/fallfest for more details on all the activities and to register for Fall Fest 2006!
The Heidi Chronicles
“Seeing the poverty and vast need strengthened my desire to help others,” says Scott J. Will '06M, Physician Assistant 2006 Humanitarian of the Year. His clinical rotation in Uganda inspired “a life-time career of influencing global social/medical change.”
Scott J. Will is living the Arcadia Promise.
Is Ginko biloba memory aid? Undergraduate Biology students’ senior projects added to the body of scientific knowledge and gave them firsthand experience integrating their classroom learning with laboratory-based research. The resulting paper, co-authored by professors and students, appears in the prestigious journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior.
Arcadia Biology Students are living the Arcadia Promise.
“The educators here at Arcadia are very invested in your growth and helping you to succeed,” says acting major Delante Keys ’07. On Arcadia’s stage, he played every role—actor, set and costume builder, assistant director—with a little help from faculty such as Alisa Kleckner.
Delante Keys is living the Arcadia Promise.
Read more about the Promise at: www.arcadia.edu/arcadiapromise
On Friday, June 2, an award presentation was held in the Great Hall. The following awards were given:
Golden Disc Award
Oklahoma Secretary of State, M. Susan Savage ’74, was awarded the 2006 Golden Disc Award in recognition of significant service and tremendous achievement in her profession. Savage, earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Arcadia University in 2000.
Elected mayor of Tulsa in 1992 and re-elected for two four-year terms, Savage is the most tenured and only woman mayor in Tulsa’s history. During her tenure, the Reason Public Policy Institute of Los Angeles ranked Tulsa third among 44 U.S. cities for how well it delivered government services. Named one of Newsweek magazine's 25 “mayors to watch” in 1996, Savage transformed the city with a list of mayoral accomplishments that included infrastructure and transportation upgrades, job creation and economic redevelopment. As Secretary of State, she has introduced SOONERAccess, which gives Oklahomans online access to state services. Savage was the 2002 National Conference for Community and Justice Honoree for leadership and was the recipient of the Oklahoma Human Rights award.
The Golden Disc award is the highest award given to an alumnus. The award is presented annually to an alumna or alumnus for significant service that enhances the prestige of the University.
Golden Disc Award for Meritorious Service
In recognition of outstanding service to the University, exceeding all expectations of a loyal alumna/us. Presented annually to an alumna/us who has distinguished herself/himself through outstanding service to the University. The recipient contributes to the welfare of the University, the welfare of the Alumni Association and a consistent contributor to the Alumni Fund.
Golden Disc Award for Distinguished Achievement
GOLD Special Achievement Award
In recognition of significant service, achievement, or accomplishments in business or the professions which enhance the prestige of Arcadia University.
Mary Louise Armstrong Wolf Award
In recognition of consistent dedication and superior service to Arcadia University through the Alumni Association, clubs, special events, or other specialized support work.
Class Officer Award
In recognition of consistent dedication and superior service to Arcadia University through unusual commitment and efforts on behalf of her/his Arcadia University class.
Senior Golden Disc Award
The recipient exemplifies the highest standards of leadership in activities that enhance the quality of student life and demonstrates a lasting commitment to the welfare of the University.
Bringing together alumni from a variety of classes, this year’s Reunion proved that even after 10, 20 or even 65 years, it’s never too late to make new memories at Arcadia. The 2006 Reunion: Celebrating Our Heritage was held this year on June 2, 3, and 4. Though the weather may not have cooperated, alumni who graduated in years ending in one and six still came out for a weekend of fun, excitement and plenty of catching up.
Kicking off the celebration on Friday, June 2, alumni were treated to a fun-filled day “Celebrating Nation’s Heritage.” After a colonial breakfast during which alumni listened to the lecture “Exploring Franklin’s World,” alums had the choice of either taking a bus tour to Philadelphia to visit the National Constitution Center, Franklin Institute or Franklin Court or take a trip to Morris Arboretum to learn about herbs and remedies used in colonial times. The day finished out with dinner and an awards presentation as well as a spirited game of Texas Hold’em.
Alumni woke bright and early on Saturday, June 3, for a Reunion breakfast with Arcadia President Jerry Greiner. After breakfast, Larry Presley, director of Forensic Science, demonstrated the complex world of forensic science in his presentation Forensic Science and Sherlock Holmes. After the presentation, alumni headed to their class meetings where group photos of each class were taken. Alumni were then lined up for the Parade of Classes led by the Philadelphia Mummers. Next up was the special event “AU Loves the '80s … and the '80’s Love Chocolate!” Tom and Loren (Shuman) Sciascia, both alumni from the class of 1986 and creators of The Painted Truffle, a sophisticated chocolate enterprise, shared their expertise in creating some delectable chocolate treasures, as well as led their fellow alums on a delicious truffle tasting. Story-teller, comedienne and musician Dave Binder then took the stage, performing his vast repertoire of pop music. During the concert, the Class of 1956 met for a special reception in the Library to celebrate their 50th Reunion. After cocktails, the classes came back together at an elegant dinner complete with live piano entertainment. Alumni were then able to learn to line-dance. After a perfect day, alumni were able to relax in the Mirror Room to the piano music of Mark Sobel.
On Sunday morning, alumni got ready to say goodbye at the Farewell Brunch. During the brunch, David Larsen, Vice President and Director of Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad (CEA), gave a presentation on Arcadia’s global perspective and international programs, giving alumni an inside look at how far their alma mater has come in the world of study abroad.
Though the rain may have rerouted their Reunion, the classes that came together on June 2-4 had an experience that they won’t soon forget.
Save the Date: Reunion 2007, June 1 to 3
Read More Alumni News at: www.arcadia.edu/alumninews
Congratulations Class of 1956!
Back in Glenside for their 50th Reunion, the Class of 1956 were treated to a special cocktail reception with President Greiner on Saturday, June 2, after winning the Reunion2Sum. Awarded to the class with the highest number of alumni attending Reunion plus the highest number of alumni making a gift, the Reunion2Sum is Arcadia’s new initiative to increase Reunion giving and participation. The Class of 1956 won with 28 registered Reunion attendees and 65 donors. The Class of 1956 also was awarded the Ethlyn Selner Mack Bowl for the class with the highest 5-year percentage of participation in the Alumni Fund. Based on 5 years of combined giving (unrestricted, restricted, capital and planned gifts), the Class pf 1956 won with a 50-year participation percentage of 77.21%. Congratulations!
Congratulations Class of 1941!
The ladies from the Class of ’41 weren’t just celebrating their 65th Reunion this year. The class was also the recipient of the Bette E. Landman Plate. This award is given to the Reunion Class with the largest 5 year (combined unrestricted, restricted, capital and planned) gift. The Class of 1941 won with a total five-year gift of $4,394,004. The Class of ’41 requested that their Annual Fund gifts from this year be dedicated to the memory of Edna Purvis Nelson ’41.
Read more Giving Matters news at: www.arcadia.edu/givingnews
Arcadia’s Class of 2006 is the largest graduating class in recent history, with students earning 47 doctoral degrees, 435 master’s degrees, and 392 bachelor’s degrees. That’s a total of 877 degrees this year.
“While at Arcadia, you have been challenged to achieve your full potential and recognize your ability and responsibility to make choices that affect the future of your world. Through interactions with faculty, staff and peers representing a diversity of cultural backgrounds, you have gained self-confidence and respect for others, learned by using the latest technologies, and acquired essential skills and knowledge that have prepared you for a rich and meaningful life,” said Lois Haber '71, Chair of Arcadia’s Board of Trustees, in welcoming the graduates to two ceremonies, one for master’s candidates on May 18 and one for bachelor’s candidates on May 19.
She noted that one-third of the bachelor’s recipients have studied abroad in one of 18 countries, including Australia, Italy, China and Greece. Master’s candidates have studied in countries such as Tanzania, Northern Ireland, the Czech Republic and Spain. “This is not surprising as Arcadia is recognized as having one of the most successful and innovative international study programs in the nation,” she said.
Dr. Naomi Phillips, Assistant Professor of Biology, received the Ellington Beavers Faculty Award for Intellectual Inquiry award at Commencement on May 18. Phillips was chosen to receive this award based on her research related to an understanding of the evolution and taxonomy of brown algae, one of the largest and most important groups of primary producers in marine environments.
Justin R. Losh received the A. Richard Polis Graduate Scholarship Award at Commencement on May 18. Losh graduated with distinction from the Master of Arts program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution and with a distinguished record of scholarship and service, particularly in the nation of Tanzania, where he helped establish a new IPCR center.
Dr. William D. Biggs, Professor of Business Administration, was named Arcadia University's Professor of the Year for 2006 at Commencement on May 19. “In bestowing this honor on Professor Biggs, we recognize Bill’s impressive teaching ability, the national reputation of his scholarly contributions, and the numerous service contributions he has made to his department, the University, and national professional associations,” said Academic Vice President and Provost Dr. Michael Berger.
Amber LaJeunesse received the Senior Golden Disc Award at Commencement on May 19. The award which exemplifies the highest standards of leadership in activities that enhance the quality of student life and demonstrates a lasting commitment to the welfare of the University.
Kate E. Barbetto received the Ira R. Kraybill Award for Full-Time Study at Commencement on May 19. The award goes to the student with the highest academic achievement in at least three years of full-time study at Arcadia University.
McKean Armitt Sinkler received the Ira R. Kraybill Award for Part-Time Study at Commencement on May 19. The award goes to the student with the highest academic achievement while completing at least half his or her coursework at Arcadia University.
Honorary Degrees Awarded
Arcadia University recognized four outstanding individuals with honorary doctorate degrees at its Commencement ceremonies on May 18 and 19.
The recipients are:
Lorene Cary, author of novels including Black Ice and The Price of a Child and founder of the Art Sanctuary in Philadelphia, received the Doctor of Literature.
Joseph L. Castle II (posthumous), former Chair of the Arcadia University Board of Trustees and founder of Castle Energy Corp., was awarded the Doctor of Laws posthumously. His wife, Sally Castle, accepted the award.
Alfred Uhry, author of Driving Miss Daisy and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, an Oscar and two Tony Awards, received the Doctor of Letters.
Rosemary Deniken Blankley ’57, an Arcadia Trustee and long-time alumni volunteer and supporter who also received the 2006 national CASE volunteer award, received the Doctor of Humanities.
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