Arcadia Update 2009 Dedicated to Global Leadership March Issue
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Dr. Hans de Wit Visits Arcadia

The Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad was honored to welcome Dr. Hans de Wit, one of the leading scholars in international higher education research, to campus this month. Dr. de Wit delivered a lecture entitled “Changing Dynamics in International Education and the Need for a Research Agenda”. Dr. de Wit was one of the founding members of the European Association of International Educators (EAIE), and is Co-editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education.

Research and Assessment

Dutschke Article Published in College and University

Arcadia Center for Education Abroad Dean of Studies, Prof. Dennis Dutschke recently published an article entitled, “Campus Internationalization Strategies and Study Abroad” for the AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars) Journal College and University, which highlights study abroad as a key component to internationalization. To read the article, click here.

Briganti is Awarded Major Research Grant

Dr. Chiari Briganti
Academic Director for the Arcadia programs in Great Britain, was awarded a C$55,000 grant by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Students Meet New Zealand Prime Minister

Kate Casey Assistant Director of Arcadia in New Zealand
While on an excursion to the Auckland Pasifika Festival, Arcadia program students and Assistant Director for New Zealand, Kate Casey had the distinct pleasure of bumping into none other than New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, who was participating in the festivities! Prime Minister Key graciously offered to have his picture taken with Andrea Simnick from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Pasifika Festival is a one-day cultural festival of the South Pacific featuring all-day entertainment and 10 cultural villages spread throughout the park - each featuring traditional foods and crafts.

Arcadia welcomes Vera Bacash

We are delighted to welcome Vera Bacash as program manager for Australia. A native of Victoria, Australia, Vera comes to Arcadia with a wealth of experience working in higher education, most recently at the Melbourne Business School and the University of Melbourne. Vera will begin work in May and can be reached at

Students Plan Reunion in Athens

Arcadia in Greece program alumni from Fall 2004 are organizing a five-year reunion in Athens, Greece this September. Billy Ramos, Southwestern University, is working with Resident Director, Jan Motyka Sanders, to flesh out the final details. Events will include receptions with former teachers and staff, a guided tour of the Acropolis, and a visit to a nearby island. Ramos is expecting 10 fellow alumni to attend!

This month's background highlights Ireland in the Spring.

April 2009 news

See you in los angeles!

Arcadians, including many of our overseas resident staff, will be out in force at the Annual NAFSA Conference in Los Angeles next month! Members of Arcadia’s senior staff, our regional assistant directors, and program managers will join Jane Gunn-Lewis (New Zealand), Cameron Southey and Marion Finlay (Australia) and Andrea Patrick (South Africa). We invite you to attend one or more of our country-specific informational sessions (please see schedule below). If you would like to set up individual meetings with any of our staff members, please contact Jessica Madoll at

Info Sessions will be held at:

  • Holiday Inn
    1020 S. Figuero Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    (213) 748-1291

Tuesday, May 26:

10:00 – 11:30 AM South Africa: Co-Curricular Learning and Global Leadership–- Arcadia Team and Andrea Patrick

2:00 – 3:30 PM Australia: Co-Curricular Learning and Global Leadership -- Arcadia Team, Cameron Southey, Marion Finlay.

Wednesday, May 27:

10:00 – 11:30 AM New Zealand: Co-Curricular Learning and Global Leadership – Arcadia Team and Jane Gunn-Lewis

2:00 -- 3:30 PM Australia: Co-Curricular Learning and Global Leadership in Australia -- Arcadia Team and Cameron Southey, Marion Finlay.

Thursday, May 28:

10:00 to 11:30 AM New Zealand: Co-Curricular Learning and Global Leadership – Arcadia Team and Jane Gunn-Lewis

2:00 – 3:30 PM South Africa: Co-Curricular Programming and Global Leadership – Arcadia Team and Andrea Patrick

Arcadia Partners with HTH Worldwide

Arcadia University is pleased to announce a new partnership with HTH Worldwide for health and accident insurance.  As always, this coverage is offered to students as part of their program fee (there are no additional fees) and the change will take effect beginning with Summer 2009 students.  The HTH Worldwide plan offers many enhanced tools and features which will greatly benefit students such as:

  • Full coverage for pre-existing conditions

  • Cashless insurance access arranged for HTH-contracted providers upon notification of incident.

  • Access to HTH-Contracted physicians 24/7 via mobile phone in case of emergency or email / text for non-emergencies.

  • Personalized information and support for students about health care and prescription medication through “Well Prepared," at They also can access policy benefits, claims, global assistance services, and travel security information on the site; this information is also available to parents at

We are in the process of notifying students and their families, but wanted you to be aware of this change as well.  Please feel free to contact Arlene Snyder, Director of Health and Safety, if you have any questions or if you require a more detailed description for your office or the risk manager on your campus.

Note: This information applies to all students except those attending programs in New Zealand, where we will continue to provide them with the New Zealand government’s mandated insurance plan. Please contact Arlene Snyder for more information.

New Course at NUI Maynooth: Community Engagement and Learning

Beginning in the Fall Semester 2009, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth will be offering a new course in Community Engagement and Learning, which may be of particular interest to education majors. This course offers visiting students the opportunity to engage directly with Irish life through a combination of classroom and field experience. Students will choose from among a wide range of community-based projects: from local sports clubs and theatre groups, to advocacy groups working with the homeless, addiction, and literacy. Students will be paired with an Irish student, and will work together with a community group as participants and reflective observers.

Students will engage in critical and reflective processes and assemble a descriptive and reflective learning portfolio, through lectures, readings, and field experience. Students will earn 5 semester hours of credit. Please contact Amanda Zimmerman at

Arcadia in Tanzania

The Arcadia programs in Arusha, Tanzania, offer students the opportunity to focus on human rights education and East African culture while considering the links between East and West, theory and practice, and diplomacy and development. Central to the program is a core course: ARUS SMCI 310, Tanzania in the Midst of Peace and Conflict: Contemporary Issues in East Africa. This four-credit course covers current events and issues in Tanzania and the region as well as exploring practical approaches to various human-rights issues. Students are required to take a course in the Kiswahili language and may choose two additional courses in political science and sociology, culture, and development. All courses are taught by expert faculty in the field of peace and international conflict studies.

Students will interact with collaborating partners, including the East African Law Society, as well as with numerous guest speakers from major African governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the East African Community (EAC), the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN ICTR), and the African Union Court of Human and People's Rights.

The Tanzania program calendar is compatible with the calendars of most U.S. universities and applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the program is filled.