Arcadia University News


March 21, 2018

Dr. Ajay Nair Named 22nd President of Arcadia University

GLENSIDE, Pa. (December 7, 2017)– After a national search, Arcadia University is proud to announce that Ajay Nair, Ph.D., has been named the institution’s 22nd president. A nationally recognized expert in student affairs issues and an accomplished social justice, race, and ethnicity scholar, Dr...

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February 1, 2018

Arcadia Celebrates Its Inaugural 40 Under 40

Arcadia University honored its inaugural 40 Under 40 at a special reception on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Lowes Philadelphia Hotel. More than 135 Arcadia alumni, families, and friends were in attendance to celebrate some of the University’s most promising, accomplished, entrepreneurial, creative,...

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January 18, 2018

An Art Historian on Leonardo da Vinci

In November, Salvator Mundi , a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, was sold at Christie’s auction house for $450 million, the most money ever paid for a work of art. Six years prior, Dr. Jill Pederson , associate professor of Art History, was among a small group of scholars called to London...

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January 18, 2018

Nicole Maines Discusses LGBTQ Activism at First-Year Common Read Lecture

Nicole Maines, subject of Arcadia’s First-Year Common Read selection Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family , visited campus on Oct. 5 to discuss her courageous efforts to embrace life, expand her family’s understanding of gender identity, and secure transgender rights...

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January 18, 2018

From the Interim President

To the Arcadia University Community: Since I began my role as interim president in July, I have seen the great loyalty of our alumni, the dedication of our faculty and staff members, and the commitment from our trustees to provide the necessary leadership to guide this University. These sentiments...

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January 18, 2018

Opening a Cold Case

On August 12, 1995, six-year-old Rosie Tapia was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, Utah. The next day, her body was found in the nearby Jordan River. In the fall 2017 semester, Arcadia students in Dr. Allan Branson’s criminal justice course investigated the case, which has been labeled “...

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December 8, 2017

Arcadia Community Unites to “Break the Silence” on Racism

Students, faculty, staff, and trustees joined together on Dec. 8 to “break the silence” about racism. The Day of Silence was hosted by Melanin in Action (MIA) and POWER, with additional collaboration by Pan-African Studies; Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Department; Office of the...

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December 5, 2017

MIA Leads Relief Efforts for Puerto Rico, Victims of Hurricane Maria

By Sarah Adeniran ’18 On Nov. 12, the Arcadia University Pan-African student organization Melanin in Action (MIA) held a relief drive to collect items for victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, securing nearly 30 boxes filled with desperately needed items such as toothpaste, feminine products,...

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November 16, 2017

Township Honors Students, Faculty for LED Mural

Cheltenham Township Commissioners presented the students in the Spring 2017 Entrepreneurship/Gallery Apprenticeship class and renowned muralist David Guinn with a resolution during the Nov. 15 township meeting. The Commissioners cited the students’ “creative skills” and role in the mural process,...

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November 8, 2017

Genetic Counseling Gathers for Breast Cancer Awareness

Genetic Counseling students and faculty gathered at Talen Energy Stadium on Oct. 22 in support of breast cancer awareness. The event, during a Philadelphia Union soccer game, benefited Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), whose mission is to raise awareness of hereditary breast and ovarian...

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October 31, 2017

Nov. 13: Empty Bowl Raises Funds for Philadelphia Hunger and Hurricane Relief

Join the fight against hunger and enjoy a delicious meal when Arcadia University hosts the 24th annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner on Nov. 13. Seatings will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Grey Towers Castle. This year, all proceeds will be split between the Philadelphia Interfaith...

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October 31, 2017

Martin ’15 ‘Enchanted to Meet’ Taylor Swift

Alumna Melanie Martin ’15 got the chance to meet her idol, and she hasn’t been able to shake it off. The creative force behind the Taylor Swift fan blog Swiftly Obsessive , Martin has been a loyal “Swiftie” since the singer released her debut album in 2006. Her site caught Swift’s attention,...

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October 29, 2017

Genetic Counseling Students Volunteer for rideATAXIA

Genetic Counseling students and Program Director Dr. Kathleen Valverde volunteered at the 9th annual rideATAXIA Philly on Oct. 15 in support of the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), which funds research for Friedreich’s Ataxia in hopes of finding a cure. Students staffed the...

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September 21, 2017

Interim President Brown Leads Students Through Art and History at U.S. Capitol

While many students visit the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., few receive a guided tour of the Capitol’s art and history by a former U.S. Senator. On Sept. 15, Arcadia University’s Interim President Hank Brown led Art and Design students through a tour of the Capitol’s art, which include diverse...

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September 6, 2017

CCEC Hosts Smoothie Fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey

By Felicia Hall ’19 The Arcadia University community came together for victims of Hurricane Harvey through donations to a smoothie fundraiser held by the Community and Civic Engagement Center (CCEC) on Aug. 31. Students, faculty, and staff filled the University Commons to purchase a fruit smoothie...

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August 31, 2017

Dr. Slesaransky-Poe Named Champion of Social Justice

Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe , professor in the School of Education, is the recipient of the 2017 Champion of Social Justice Award by the Parent Education and Advocacy Leadership (PEAL) Center. Dr. Slesaransky-Poe was recognized for "her work in creating welcoming, inclusive, and safe schools and...

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