First-year Seminars

May 10, 2017 Jennifer Retter

First-Year Seminar Students Showcase Crime-Solving Skills at Science Fest

Arcadia University students in the First-Year Seminar course “Science, Sleuthing, and Sherlock” showcased their crime-solving skills at the 2017 Philadelphia Science Festival. During the Science in the National Park session on April 27, students demonstrated how to use forensic ecology to analyze...

Dec 8, 2016 Caitlin Burns

First-Year Students Explore ‘Selfie’-Portraiture as Fine Art in the Digital Age

Can selfies show artistic expression? The “Fine Art in the Digital Age” exhibition in the Judith Taylor Gallery (Landman Library) explores this question through student-produced “self-portraitures” that combine classic self-portraits with modern selfies. Running through Dec. 14, the exhibition...

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Feb 16, 2016 Christopher Sarachilli

Q&A: Alan Cumming

On Oct. 8, the Tony Award-winning, Emmy-nominated, New York Times-bestselling author Alan Cumming visited campus to meet with students and discuss his memoir, Not My Father’s Son, which was Arcadia’s First-Year Common Read selection. More than 1,200 students, alumni, and...

Head soccer coach Rob Nydick joins Manny Camacho-Lemus, Ryan Hammer & RJ White for the student exhibition "The Selfie Genre."

Jan 28, 2016 Christopher Sarachilli

First-Year Seminar Culminates in Exhibition on 'Selfie'-Portraits

In the fall 2015 semester, the First-Year Seminar "Selfie Genre: Self-Portraiture in the Digital Age" taught by Laura Baldwin, chief marketing officer at Arcadia, turned the camera around on our global society. From da Vinci to the Kardashians, the selfie course explored the power self-...

Helen Armstrong Oct 25, 2015 8:00 pm

Am I Really Interviewing Alan Cumming?

Luck is being in the right place at the right time. Fortunately for me, my lucky stars aligned, landing me in a chair across from actor and author Alan Cumming for a one-on-one interview. Yeah, that Alan Cumming—Floop from Spy Kids, as he’s best known to anyone from the ages of 15 to 25. But...

Sep 24, 2015 Christopher Sarachilli

Oct. 1: Journalist and Critic Molly Eichel to Present ‘Modern Families, Different Worlds’

On Thursday, Oct. 1, The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Molly Eichel will present “Modern Families, Different Worlds” at 10:20 a.m. in the Beaver College Room in Landman Library. Eichel will speak to the First-Year Seminar Modern Families, Different Worlds, where students learn and write about real...

Oct 14, 2014 Purnell Cropper

Author Kevin Powers Discusses War, Writing, and ‘The Yellow Birds’ at Arcadia

By SHANI CARRINGTON ’18 After returning from serving two tours in Iraq, Kevin Powers realized that people wanted to know what it was like “over there.” He decided he would show them through his novel The Yellow Birds, the Common Read selection for students in Arcadia University’s Class of 2018...

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Sep 30, 2014 Purnell Cropper

Kevin Powers, Author of Philadelphia’s One Book Selection, to Speak at Arcadia on Oct. 8

Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers, author of the best-selling war novel The Yellow Birds, will speak at Arcadia University on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will be in the Kuch Center Alumni Gymnasium and will include a book signing. Powers’ book The Yellow Birds ...

Oct 17, 2012 Purnell Cropper

An Interview with Wes Moore

By JEN RETTER ’16 Photography CINDY GRAUL Professors Bonnie Hayes and Bill Meiers chatted excitedly on the way to Philadelphia International Airport on Oct. 11. Their anticipation mounted as they awaited the arrival of the guest speaker who was expected to attract one of the largest crowds Arcadia...

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Jan 10, 2012 Sarah Schwartz

First-Years Explore Adult Truths Hidden in Fairy Tales

By Jenna Reim ’12M Adjunct Professor of English Lisa Gratz posed this question to students in her First-Year Seminar, Little Red Riding Hood or the Big Bad Wolf: Writing Yourself into Folk and Fairy Tales: “How do these antique [fairy tales] continue to thrive, grow, and fascinate as a basis for...

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Dec 16, 2011 Sarah Schwartz

First Year Seminar Examines Identity and Adaptation Through 'Billy Elliot'

Chris Mullin, Adjunct Professor of Communications, recently led a trip to the Pennsylvania Academy of Music to see Billy Elliot as part of her First Year Seminar, Exploring Cultural Identity Through Media. The course explores mass media from around the world and how it shapes cultural identity....

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Nov 29, 2011 Purnell Cropper

Criminal Justice Major Lands Prestigious Federal Internship

By Purnell T. Cropper Three years ago Ashley Gast ’12 arrived on campus with a plan: study biology and then pursue a master’s degree and career in forensic science. But she had a change of heart after taking Dr. John Noakes’ First-Year Seminar Contested Convictions: Exploring Claims of Actual...