Arcadia Update 2009 Dedicated to Global Leadership March Issue
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Arcadia Open Late

In an effort to reach out and make ourselves more available to students and advisors, the student services staff (program managers) will be working rotating Wednesday evening shifts for the next few months. This will mean that students (or advisors) will be able to reach an Arcadia staff member right up until 8:30 PM on Wednesday nights.

Center for Education Abroad Headquarters Officially Named Larsen Hall

The building on the Arcadia University campus that houses the Center for Education Abroad officially became Larsen Hall in honor of Dr. David C. Larsen, who retired last June after more than 20 years as Executive Director of the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad. Arcadia University trustees, staff, and faculty members as well as many members of the international education community came together to raise $250,000 for an endowed scholarship for students to study abroad. An additional $250,000 to enable the University to name the building. Read more.

Summer Programs

We are now accepting applications for all our summer programs. Arcadia’s summer programs offer students unique learning opportunities and quality academic courses and often feature significant field study, visits to historical sites, and interaction with students from around the world. Whether students are following the Trail of Alexander the Great in Greece, doing intensive language study in Granada, Spain, volunteering in Cape Town, South Africa, studying archaeology, history, and art in our
3-city Mediterranean Myths and Monuments program, or doing an internship in London, they will develop skills that will be of value to them in both their personal and professional lives. Scholarships are available for all our summer programs, but there are additional funds available for the following programs:

Snyder Appointed to NAFSA'S Trainer Corps

We are delighted to announce that Arlene Snyder, Director of Health, Safety and Security was recently selected to be part of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps. NAFSA relies on Trainer Corps members to deliver more than 75 Foundations and Professional Practice Workshops, which together comprise the NAFSA Core Education Program (CEP) workshops. Trainer Corps Members serve as trainers and/or table moderators for CEP workshops, delivering standardized workshop curriculum at various training venues including the NAFSA Annual Conference and Regional Conferences.

Announcing Impact

The Inaugural edition of
IMPACT magazine, a biannual publication of the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad, is available online. IMPACT brings together stories from Arcadia students and staff from around the world as well as new ideas and directions in the field of study abroad. Please have a look and let us know what you think!

The Center for Education Abroad welcomes feedback on Impact, contributions from students, and ideas for future issues.

This month's background highlights Cape Town, South Africa in honor of our Global Leadership theme.

March 2009 news

Fees reduced for most arcadia programs

Program fees for the 2009-2010 academic year and summer are now available on our website. Affirming our continuous commitment to making study abroad affordable, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to reduce our program fees (in some cases by more than 18%) in many of our programs. In addition, we have increased our scholarship funding this year. Please encourage students to apply for scholarships, both from our general, need-based scholarship funds and our program-specific scholarships (Arcadia in Paris, Arcadia in Barcelona, Sydney Internship, London Now, University of Melbourne, etc). For full details, please visit the program fees page of our website.

New Procedures for Submitting

In order to facilitate the admissions process for students, we ask that study abroad advisors and other international education administrators who sign “A-forms” for students send their electronic A-forms to Please contact a program manager with any questions or concerns.

Students Explore Global Leadership in South Africa

In keeping with The Life of the Mind Series, Arcadia programs worldwide have been planning seminars, lectures and excursions around the theme of global leadership. South Africa and her citizens are exploring exactly what "Leadership on a Global Scale" means in 2009. With controversial national elections scheduled for April 2009 and the FIFA World Cup scheduled for 2010 the country is in the global spotlight once again – 15 years after the fall of the apartheid system. Andrea and Kevin Patrick, our resident staff in South Africa, planned a number of events and lectures allowing students to benefit from interacting with national leaders, and debating such topics as citizen activism in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the future of political leadership and policy in South Africa, as well as sport, society, and the 2010 World Cup. Read more here.

Opportunities for Students to Give Back

At our program sites around the world, Arcadia staff is committed to helping students find opportunities to be of meaningful service to the communities in which they are living. Whether that means tutoring low-income students in a township in the outskirts of Cape Town, working at the City Mission or planting trees on Motuihe Island in Auckland, or helping out at a soup kitchen in London, there are plenty of ways for students to get involved and give back to their host communities. See three examples of student service projects below.

Alma Zois, Athens, Greece

Arcadia in Greece program students (from left to right, back row: Michael Wood, Mackenzie Grimstad, Aleata Alstad-Calkins and Allison Miedema; front row: Allison Shaw and Francesca "Frankie" Becerra) volunteering in Athens with "Alma Zois," the Panhellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer. The students' involvement in Alma Zois is in support of Professor Eleni Calligas, an Arcadia faculty member who teaches modern Greek history and is also a breast and lung cancer survivor.

Pancake Day at Bond University, Australia

Shrove Tuesday at Bond UniversityOn Tuesday, February 24th, Arcadia students at Bond University served up pancakes to the Bond community to raise money for Uniting Care, a non-profit organization that provides assistance (in the form of housing, food, and counseling) and support for those most in need in Australia. The students involved were Ahmed Abu-Elmagd who attends The University of Pittsburgh, Laura Arscott who attends RIT (The Rochester Institute of Technology); and University of St. Thomas, Minnesota students: Nadine Brown, Alexandra Lewandowski and Lindsey Kapitz.

Celebrating Granada Spain as a Leader in Renewable Energy

Celebrating Granada Arcadia and the University of Granada are collaborating on several events to celebrate Semana Verde (Green Week) during the week of April 20-24, coinciding with Earth Day in the United States (April 22). Events include an Arcadia-sponsored event which will take Arcadia students along with Spanish students to visit a solar energy plant in Almería for a guided tour. Seventeen American students and eighteen Spanish students will attend. The Oficina Verde of the University of Granada will provide a workshop to all interested students on renewable energy during the week prior to the excursion.