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Walbert Advances Her Career in Development
After 21 years as Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Janet Walbert leaves the Student Affairs Office and joins University Advancement as Vice President for Development, focusing on major gifts and planned giving. For more than two decades, Jan has welcomed each new student and family to campus and smiled proudly as each student walked across the stage at Commencement. Walbert's institutional history and personal connections provide a strong link to students, alumni, faculty, staff and parents. Read more.
Make A World of Difference
Do you ever wonder if your gift really makes a difference? Just ask any of the 98 percent of our full-time undergraduate students who receive need-based and/or merit-based grants and scholarships through Arcadia. See Jenn Cardinale (pictured) describing the impact of her scholarship on the educational experiences she has received as an Arcadia student. Through the Annual Fund and At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University, you can make a difference. Please support the 2010 Annual Fund with your gift today and consider making an additional three-year pledge to the Campaign to help fund one of our named and endowed scholarships. Give back.
Daughter Follows Mother’s Path to Arcadia
Mary Stillman Sundra '83 chose Arcadia University because of the small class sizes and personalized attention. These are the same reasons her daughter, Katie Sundra '12, decided to transfer to Arcadia. Now, mother and daughter share a love for Arcadia. Majoring in Art with a Printmaking concentration with a minor in Studio Art, focusing on metals and jewelry, Mary Sundra distinguished herself from her peers by earning a bachelor's in Fine Arts and graduating with honors. "I almost went to a much larger university that was further from home," she says. "In the long run, I was glad to be at a smaller school with more personalized attention." Read more.
WalkingStick Solo Exhibition in N.Y.C.
Kay WalkingStick '59, having just been featured in a six-page spread in Western Art Insights, has a solo exhibition in New York City in May. A painting by WalkingStick, Nez Perce Crossing (40×80″ 2008), is hanging at the offices of the National Association of Women Artists in New York City from May 7 through June 8 as part of a solo exhibition. Nez Perce Crossing is the last painting she made about Chief Joseph and the long journey of the Nez Perce across the northwest in 1877. She also is showing several related works on paper in a variety of media in an exhibition titled “Living in the City, Painting in the Wild.”
Commons Construction: A Tale of Tunnels and Bridges
Imagine: Digging 96 geothermal wells 400 feet deep. Building a pedestrian bridge from the Castle walkway to the new University Commons. Cutting through the underground tunnel that runs from the Castle to Murphy and Spruance—for now. And creating new pedestrian shortcuts around the construction site that use the bridge from the Health Sciences Building to Brubaker, and even the loading dock at Boyer. Many alumni will remember furtive adventures in the underground tunnel system designed to carry heat and electricity from the estate’s power plant (now Spruance Fine Arts Center) to the Castle and the stables (now Murphy Hall). Read more.
Join an Alumni Facebook Group
Are you on Facebook? Have you considered creating a group page to promote your upcoming Reunion? Arcadia University group pages are already established for the Class of 1989, Class of 1990, Class of 1991, Class of 1996, Class of 2000, and Class of 2008. If you have a Facebook account, be sure to join your class group page or contact the Alumni Office for help in creating create your own group if none exists. Being a part of a group is a great way to facilitate Reunion discussions and encourage classmates to return to campus. Read more.
Walbert has a customized Pennsylvania Arcadia license plate: AU 247. She notes that these can be ordered through Arcadia's Office of Alumni Relations at 215-572-2160.
"I am excited about the opportunity to be directly and actively engaged in fundraising for the place I love and have called ‘home' for the past 21 years. This is a truly special opportunity for me. I am looking forward to engaging with alumni, parents and other donors, and especially reconnecting with the alumni I have known as students, and the many alumni I have met around the country at special events."
“I look forward to seeing many alumni at Reunion this June and in the future at other events,” Walbert says, adding that she welcomes hearing from alumni via e-mail and enjoys hearing treasured campus memories or favorite Jan Walbert stories (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University has reached an exciting point in time, already including 25 new scholarships; yet more than $5 million still needs to be raised to accomplish the remaining goals of the $23.5 million Campaign. Additional alumni and parent support is essential for success and to achieve the goals for the University, including the new University Commons, soon to be a focal point for students, faculty and staff, providing much-needed gathering space and a location for campus celebrations and daily activities.
"Jan's extensive experience and her knowledge of our alumni, parents and current students will enhance connections and help to build a continued lasting legacy for Arcadia University," says Nick Costa, Vice President for University Advancement. "We are very pleased that she is joining the Advancement team after Commencement in May. As a member of the Advancement team, she will work with staff and the President's Task Force on Alumni Relations to build on the success of the Alumni Association and to encourage more alumni involvement and engagement."
Josh Stern, current Dean of Students, has been named Associate Vice President and Dean of Students and will become Arcadia's senior student affairs officer.
The footprint of the new Commons and infrastructure necessitates removing a small portion of the tunnel, but President Jerry Greiner notes that most of the tunnel system remains passable (though locked) and that future plans include dealing with some of the safety issues in the tunnels, which remain one of Arcadia’s greatest sources of mystery and ghost tales.
When construction on the new University Common starts Monday, May 24, it means fencing off the entire campus inner quad for more than a year. The shortest route around the southern end of campus will be a temporary walkway that hugs the back of the Castle and uses the pedestrian bridge through the Health Science Building into Brubaker Hall. With new construction along the field side of Kuch and side facing Boyer Hall, the shortest route around the north side of the inner quad will be through Boyer and out the loading dock entrance. Watch for more news about this exciting project.
International Experience courses introduce students to learning about the people and customs of a specific culture.
This course in particular offers students who are considering degrees in Physical Therapy, Physicians Assistant and Education to have hands-on experience volunteering in medical centers, dental clinics, schools, orphanages and nutrition centers. The Alumni Association Travel Committee was pleased to offer alumni and grad students this unique opportunity to share their professional life experiences with current students and give back at the same time.
Monica Klaman '92 M.S.P.T. reflects, "We had wanted to participate in a service trip for years and getting that postcard in the mail from the Alumni Office helped us see this dream come true. My husband, John, is a PA-C practicing at a Level I trauma hospital for an orthopedic surgeon's group and I am practicing in an orthopedic out-patient office as a PT/CHT specializing in upper quarter conditions. I have been very fortunate to reap the benefits from my Arcadia MSPT degree and felt it was time to give back. We spent the week working alongside a fine group of compassionate and energetic Arcadia students. Their joy and enthusiasm was infectious!"
Throughout the week, alumni and students worked at clinics translating for the doctors, learning to diagnose illnesses, playing with the children while they waited in line, and sorting pills and medicines in makeshift pharmacies. Education students visited schools and day care centers to deliver school supplies and help the teachers. There was also opportunity to volunteer in nutrition centers, play with children in orphanages, and do various construction jobs.
Melissa Shukdinas '09 writes, "The first time I went to Guatemala as an undergraduate, I didn't know what to expect, but the experiences were truly life-changing. This inspired me to return as a graduate student. The poverty and need is startling. The magnitude of physical disability in need of intervention is overwhelming. As a PT student, I had the opportunity to fabricate a splint for a man who had suffered a machete injury which rendered his left arm useless. The splint hopefully will allow him to return to the fields and work with much less effort until he sees the orthopedic surgeons who come to Guatemala in October. I can't convey the feelings he and I experienced when he realized he could use his hand again."
"It was a week of immersion into Guatemalan culture," writes Georgene Pilling, Director of Alumni Relations. "Students and alumni met families and saw their homes, understanding the effects of poverty and malnutrition on their lives, and gaining a better understanding of the educational system. As is always the case, alumni and students returned home inspired by the people they met and they were changed by their encounters."
If you would like to start a group page, please contact the Alumni Office at 215-572-4032 or email@example.com. We would be happy to help you get started by providing nostalgic photos from your years at Arcadia to post on your Facebook page. It would be most helpful to have consistency in the naming of these group pages. We suggest "Arcadia University Class of 19xx" for classes up to the Class of 2000 and "Arcadia University Class of 20xx" for the Class of 2001 and forward. Also, be sure to notify the Alumni Office of those who are administrators of your group so that we know who to contact to advertise alumni events.
Arcadia Chronicles is a monthly e-newsletter published by the Offices of Alumni Relations
Writing: Georgene Pilling '04M, Donna Whitlock '05, Purnell Cropper, Lori Bauer, Michelle Tooker '07