Arcadia Updates June 2010 Issue
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update on spain visa requirements

Spanish visa requirements have been amended as of June 2010. Spanish Consulates will now accept only the FBI Background Check for students in Spain for longer than 6 months; the local police report will no longer be accepted.

If, however, students have already submitted a local police report when applying for a visa at their respective consulates, they shouldn't need to submit an FBI Background Check in addition to the local report.

Please visit our website for news about the changing requirements for Spanish visas.


arcadia in tanzania program featured in east african community magazine

The Arcadia in Tanzania programs were featured in the most recent edition of The Community, a publication of The East African Community.

The article traced the history of the Nyerere Centre, where the programs are based, and highlighted Arcadia University's academic offerings at the Centre, under the supervision of Academic Director Mr. Roland Adjovi. It also featured an interview with an East African Community student and program participant, George Stanley Njoroge. The full article can be viewed in the April 2010 issue of The Community, available here.


director of health, safety and security featured in chronicle article

Arlene Snyder, The College of Global Studies' Director of Health, Safety and Security, was quoted in a June 2, 2010 article that appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Arlene was part of a seminar on Mental Health Issues in Study Abroad at the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference.

As one of the panel participants, Arlene spoke about the need for institutions to adopt procedures related to effective management of mental health issues for students overseas. Read the full article here.


london academic officer to present at butex conference

Arcadia African Studies Certificate

Emily Spandikow, Academic Officer at the Arcadia London Center, will be presenting at the British Universities’ Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX) 9th annual conference from 5-7 July at the University of the Arts, London.

Emily’s presentation will be part of the Study Abroad 101: What I Wish I'd Known at the Beginning of my Study Abroad Career workshop.

This workshop will provide an overview of the field and specific tips and guidance on the successful day-to-day management of a study abroad program.


arcadia welcomes program manager for internships

The College of Global Studies is pleased to welcome Lindy Black-Margida as Program Manager for Internships effective July 14, 2010. Lindy previously worked for DukeEngage at Duke University, where she served as a Program Coordinator.

Lindy has also held posts at IAESTE United States and Rutgers University. She attended the University of Georgia and The Ohio State University. Lindy will be coordinating all of our internship programs in Australia, the UK, Ireland, and South Africa.


arcadia welcomes program assistant in tanzania

The College of Global Studies is pleased to welcome Frida Tomito as the Program Assistant for the Arcadia Center for East African Studies.

She is responsible for coordinating in-country logistics for Arcadia program participants, with whom she greatly enjoys working.

Prior to her post at Arcadia, she worked at the IBM Citizen Development Corps as a Program Manager, and for the School for International Training as an administrative assistant.

Frida holds a degree in Hotel Management from Concordia College, and has completed graduate coursework in Sustainable Development at the School for International Training.


alliance for global education appoints xi'an resident director

Darren Wright will assume the position of Xi’an Resident Director for the Alliance for Global Education, effective August 10, 2010, undertaking administrative duties for the Alliance's academic program Globalization Then and Now: X'ian and the Silk Road.

Darren received his B.A. in Chinese Studies from Brigham Young University in 2004. He also holds masters' degrees in Chinese Literature and Chinese Religion from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

He has served as a Chinese linguist, language instructor, and an English teacher in China, as well as a bilingual cruise host in Sichuan and Hubei.

He looks forward to settling in Xi’an and working with our students. For more information, please visit the Alliance website.


This month's background photo depicts the Church of St. Lucia alla Badia in Syracuse, Sicily, where Arcadia students study at the Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences (MCAS).

june 2010 news


A Letter from Lorna Stern

Dear Friends:

Institutional Relations is growing!! We are delighted to welcome back John Wells as Director of Enrollment Management. John worked for Arcadia University for six years and then as Director of International Programs at Wells College for four years before re-joining The College on May 1st.

John will lead the team of regional Arcadia representatives and will be primarily responsible for all aspects of our relationships with institutions. John brings a profound knowledge of the institutional experience of study abroad and considerable skills in data management.

I have become the Director of Strategic Development and will be working across the College of Global Studies but also very closely with John and his team. My focus will be on unique program development for sending institutions including first-year programming, cohort programs, joint initiatives, faculty driven programs and international partnerships. I will also be working with the National Advisory Board among other on-going initiatives.

Together, Enrollment Management, Strategic Development and the Marketing and Communications team will form the arm of The College specifically targeted towards Institutional Relations. Our mission continues to be the provision of superior study abroad opportunities for your students. You may contact either John or me and we can be reached at either or


Lorna Stern
Director, Strategic Development


A postcard from cape town

from Alan Jansen
Arcadia Resident Director, South Africa

The rain has receded a bit and we are standing in line to go through the turnstiles at the majestic Cape Town Stadium to watch Portugal vs. North Korea. The stadium seems to be perched on the edge of the ocean and at the same time, hanging off the bottom of Table Mountain. I’m in awe.

But the beauty of the surroundings is quickly overtaken by the sense of national pride that wells up within me as I glance over the crowds of people from all walks of life waving flags to the din of the ever-present vuvuzelas, which seem to have become one of our national emblems since the World Cup commenced. Soon we were in the stadium along with 65,000 other fans cheering and singing as the game kicked off.

I recalled an ad that is being flighted on local TV which says something like ‘we are privileged because we are part of football history’ and suddenly the truth of that dawns very deeply on me as we watched the net bulging 7 times as Portugal stars we had previously only seen on television routed North Korea 7-0. We had watched one of our heroes, Ronaldo, play the game of his life right before our very eyes … that has to be a soccer lover’s heaven!

When the final whistle rang and with the sound of the vuvuzelas piercing the cold winter’s evening, it heralded the end of a convincing victory for Portugal but for me, the real victory was that a country that just 16 years ago was on the brink of civil war was standing proud, showing off our beautiful nation to the world but also displaying who we truly are: people of hope, joy and indomitable spirits. Viva South Africa!


Arcadia staff presents at NAFSA 2010

Director of Marketing, Laura Baldwin, with Resident Director for Ireland, Dr. Colin Ireland, in front of Laura's poster on the effect of journaling the study abroad experience.

Staff from The College of Global Studies attended the annual conference of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, held from May 30-June 4, 2010 in Kansas City.

The College was pleased to host special receptions with Dr. Colin Ireland, Arcadia Resident Director for Ireland, and Duncan deSilva, Arcadia Resident Director for Great Britain.

In addition, a number of Arcadia staff collaborated with colleagues worldwide on workshops, posters, seminars and sessions.

Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen,Vice President of The College of Global Studies, co-presented a seminar on The SIO Multiple Personality Syndrome.

Arlene Snyder, Director of Health, Safety and Security, served as Lead Trainer for a workshop and conducted a number of sessions on Health and Safety in Study Abroad.

Dru Simmons, Assistant Director - Midwest Region, served as Dean for a pre-conference workshop on Education Abroad Advising for new professionals.

David Rudd, Director of Research and Assessment, discussed the relevance of grade point averages for overseas study. Program Managers Margaret Walter and Andrew Downs presented posters, along with Laura Baldwin, Director of Marketing.


green arcadia

Renewable Energy and Sustainability

Arcadia University, Northwestern University’s Study Abroad Office and the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy, and the University of Bonn will be welcoming 15 students to the University of Bonn July 1st for a unique 5-week program in sustainability.

Students will be interacting with leading, scholars, researchers, government officials and practitioners drawn from such organizations as: the Institute for Energy Research, Systems Analysis and Technology Evaluation, The Department for Climate Protection and Energy, the City of Bonn, and The International Energy Policy/ Transatlantic Climate Bridge, the German Federal Foreign Office.

Dr. William (Bill) Anthony, Director, Study Abroad Office, Northwestern University will be the on-site representative for Arcadia and Northwestern University, working in close collaboration with counterparts at the University of Bonn. We expect exciting developments to come from this program and are already looking forward to the presentation of the final projects. Learn more about this new initiative, and view the complete program booklet.

Environmental Studies in Granada, Spain

This fall, Arcadia University will be offering an exclusive program of courses at the University of Granada in Environmental Studies. Dr. Lucas Alados Arboledas, Head of Department and Professor (catedraticó) of Applied Physics at the University of Granada, will be teaching a course in Renewable Energy: Wind, Sun, Wave.

We will also be offering two elective courses Sustainability in the Mediterranean and Mediterranean Ecosystems. They will also be taught by full-time research professors of University of Granada’s Depart of Urban and Regional Planning and the Department of Ecology.

Students may study beginning Spanish all the way through to superior Advanced as well as take courses through the Centro de Lenguas Modernas at the University. Students will have an intensive month of language classes prior to the semester from beginning to advanced level so that they can function meaningfully in Granada and continue their Spanish studies through the semester. The rest of the course work, due to the subject matter, will be presented in English. Learn more about this unique program.


The college of global studies receives design honors


The College of Global Studies has been honored with two Communicator Awards, which are awarded by The International Academy of the Visual Arts for creative excellence in communications.

The Silver Awards of Distinction The College received are in the categories of Catalog Design and Catalog Cover Design.

The winning publications were produced by The College's design and editorial team under the direction of Laura Baldwin, Director of Marketing. View The College's award-winning publications here.


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