First woman to serve as Chair of Board of Trustees

Dr. Stacey Sauchuk was chosen to serve as the first female chairperson of the Eastern Board of Trustees.  Previously, Sauchuk served for several years on the Board of Trustees as Chairperson of the Academic Affairs Committee. She now oversees all the committees that make up the board. 

Sauchuk graduated from Eastern in 1981.  When the Board of Trustees was looking for new members, “Derek Ritchie reached out to me as an alum,” Sauchuk said. 

“I had a great experience (at Eastern) and I thought this was a great way to give back,” she said, explaining why she decided to join.

Sauchuk anticipates a rewarding experience as chairperson: “(Dr. Black) is always trying to come up with innovative ideas, and the (other) board members are just great,” she said.

The board voted Sauchuk into the position of chairperson in May, and she will be leading her first meeting of the Board of Trustees in October.  “I’m very excited about the opportunity to serve in this capacity,” she said.

Dr. Sauchuk works for the Education Management Corporation, where she is Senior Vice President of Academic Programs and Student Affairs. This corporation owns 90 college or university campuses around the country.  Dr. Sauchuk works to ensure that students on various campuses are having positive academic experiences.  EMC is based in Pittsburgh, but Dr. Sauchuk lives and works mainly in the Philadelphia area.

Security Report

 Sunday, Sept. 27. 2:15 a.m. Eagle.

Received a call for a sick student. Intoxicated student transported to Bryn Mawr Hospital in an ambulance.

 

Monday, Sept. 28. 9:20 a.m. Walton.

Sodexo employee fell in kitchen. Transported to Bryn Mawr Hospital in ambulance.

 

Monday, Sept. 28. 11:58 a.m. Hainer.

Elevator problem due to storm. Two trapped students released.

 

Tuesday, Sept. 29. 10:04 a.m. Eagle Road.

Radnor police took report of vehicle striking EU wall at King of Prussia Road and Eagle Road.

 

Thursday, Oct. 1. 3:05 p.m. Gym lot.

Student on bike struck by golf cart. Under investigation. Bike damaged and student has pain in wrist.

 

Wednesday, Oct. 7. 8:40 p.m. Walton.

Student seen jumping through window in dining commons. To be investigated.

Email server issue still unresolved

After more than four weeks of troubleshooting, administrative computing is baffled by the ongoing e-mail server issues.

The same goes for Communigate software and Hewlett-Packard hardware technicians.

“We’ve run (the server) for four years without incident,” Mike Sanker of Academic Computing said. “This is the first major repair problem we’ve had.

“We took the issue to (Communigate’s) lead development team and they can’t figure out what’s going on.”  

A professional from HP came last week to work on the hardware and said he never had this particular system go bad.

The server began acting up during Labor Day weekend, shutting down for about six hours at one point.

Since then, Sanker said administrative computing has followed every reccomendation offered and is continuing to test or replace every function of the system.

In some cases, Sanker said they have “literally done too much and made it worse.”
While the solution to the problem is still unknown, Sanker said there is another school having a similar problem.

Sanker believes that no e-mails have been lost due to the server problems, just delayed or never properly sent.

In addition, viruses are not the cause, but they do delay the process of fixing the server.
“We know it’s a problem,” Sanker said. “I’m really sorry. We’re doing everything we can. There is no magical cure.

“I’ve gotten at least 10 pages a day for the past four weeks,” he said holding his pager. “When the day comes that this thing stops buzzing, I’ll believe it’s fixed.”

Students deprived of Federal Work Study

Students who received Federal Work Study in previous years, but have been denied this semester, are puzzled by the change, but the Financial Aid Office said the available funds have not decreased.

Senior Dan Ison received FWS to work in Sodexo during his first year and to work as a hall monitor in Workman Hall during his sophomore and junior years.  Because he did not receive FWS this year, he is no longer eligible for this position.

“I don’t even know (if I’m on a waiting list),” Ison said. “I just gave up on it.”

Sophomore Kaitlyn Drasher, currently on a waiting list to receive FWS, was the manager of the field hockey team and on the stat crew for men’s and women’s basketball during her first year of college. Positions in the athletics department require FWS.

“I’m taping (the field hockey games) when I have time, but since I’m not getting paid I can’t completely commit to it,” Drasher said.
 

“I hope I have (work study) in time for basketball,” she said.

According to Eastern’s Web site, FWS is “designed to give part-time employment to students to help meet the cost of their attendance.”

FWS is not being distributed any differently this semester than before, said Lisa Holland, associate director of financial aid.

“No one’s being cut from work study,” Holland said. “If anything, we’ve awarded it to more students this year than last.”

According to Andrea Ruth, student employment coordinator and financial aid technician, each college or university receives a specific amount of FWS funds every year. 

“It’s never enough to award to all students qualified for it,” Ruth said.  For this reason, students like Ison or Drasher may not receive approval for work study.

Ison, who qualifies for work study but did not receive it, does not understand why he was excluded: “How do you have a single parent paying for you to go to college and not get work study?”

Holland and Ruth gave two basic reasons that upperclassmen students may not receive work study.

If the salary of a student’s parent fluctuates, it could affect the student’s eligibility to receive work study, Ruth said. 

Holland emphasized the importance of timeliness. “Returning students might not get it because they don’t file FAFSA by the priority deadline (April 1),” Holland said. “Those people will not get work study.”

According to Drasher, she filed her FAFSA “way before April 1.

“I’m an organized person,” she said.  Ison also filed his paperwork by the deadline.

Drasher often stops by the financial aid office to check her status on the waiting list.  She requested to be added to the waiting list in July, being placed at number 31.  Her position has remained at 21 for the past few weeks, she said. 

If students decide not to use their work study money, or if they drop out of the program, the work study can be given to other eligible students.  In reference to awarding FWS to students on the waiting list, Holland said, “We do if we can, but it doesn’t always happen.”
 

Protecting Yourself from Flu Viruses

With the first student case of H1N1 confirmed on campus last week, professor of nursing Dr. Chris Jackson offers advice on how to stay healthy.


The H1N1 case was originally diagnosed as Influenza A, but, after being sent for further research, tested positive for the H1N1 virus. The student overcame the virus before the tests were completed and no current cases of the virus have been detected.

 

So far, H1N1 has not been a particularly deadly virus, and most who have had it have recovered fully. In fact, the rates of hospitalizations and death have been lower than those of typical seasonal flu viruses.  There is no guarantee that the vaccine will prevent illness.

Historically, seasonal flu vaccines are hit or miss at best, because manufacturers must guess what strains of viruses will be predominant each season.

It is apparent that for most types of illness, those who are not “susceptible hosts” will not become ill, even if they are exposed to the virus or bacteria. Have you ever wondered why a group of people can be exposed to an illness, but only some will become ill? We can take actions to keep our immune systems functioning at optimal levels. Even those with compromised (weakened) immunity can take actions that will boost their innate healing abilities.

A non-inflammatory diet that is rich in fiber and nutrients from vegetables and fruits, adequate high-quality protein, plenty of quality filtered water (tap water run through a Brita or Pur filter), and Omega-3 fish oils is a good foundation. Getting enough Vitamin C and Vitamin D is also a good idea. Adequate sleep and daily walking and movement of your body are required for optimal immune function.

Hand hygiene is essential. Washing hands properly and frequently throughout the day will help. Do not use antibacterial soaps – simply use regular soap and a lot of friction.

Many viruses are spread through the air via droplets. Coughing, sneezing, or laughing sends these droplets spewing out into the air.  We then inhale them and they land on our nasopharynx–the very back of our nose and throat. Simply rinsing daily with saline (salt water) can reduce the number of microorganisms that may have accumulated. Buy nasal saline that has no preservatives or chemical additives. Inhale it deeply through each nostril 2 or 3 times throughout the day and allow it to wash down the back of your throat.

Stay away from symptomatic people and keep away if you are symptomatic. Practice these habits and you will enhance your ability to avoid the flu and other illnesses. You may also be a healthier person throughout your entire life as a result of changing a few personal habits now.
 

 

For more information, visit www.H1N1inPa.com.

Undergraduate nursing off to good start

Toward the end of the 2009 spring semester, news spread throughout campus that two new majors would be available for students: nursing and engineering.

So far, these plans are only partially underway: While students can easily sign up for and take nursing classes, there are no engineering classes available on Eastern’s campus.

Mathematics department chair Walter Huddell explained that Eastern does not offer a course of study for engineering, but rather a dual enrollment program with Villanova University.

“We simply provide the mathematics and science background, along with the liberal arts core, all within a faith-based framework,” Huddell said. “All of the engineering work occurs at Villanova.”

There are currently no students enrolled in the engineering program.

The new nursing program is led by department chair Mary Anne Peters. According to Peters, nursing was a welcome addition with 18 first-years expressing interest in the pre-licensure program. These same students are currently enrolled in her INST150 class.
“I was not originally coming for nursing,” first-year Kyle Engelbart said. His original intention was to study physical therapy, but then he found out about the nursing program.

After learning more about the program and realizing that the two were very similar, Engelbart prayed about it and made the decision to study nursing.

Like Engelbart, first-year Tristyn Roe did not come with the intention of studying nursing. However, after being informed about the program, she found that she really loves the idea. “I would declare right now,” she said, right after the INST150 class let out.

During their senior year, nursing students will have the chance to encounter real-world nursing experiences through mission opportunities.

Peters believes that nursing is a perfect fit for the curriculum. “I believe that nursing is completely congruent with the vision and mission of Eastern University,” she said. “Nurses serve in so many ways.”
 

Students upset with security transportation service

Irate students have been complaining about how security is not much of a help these days. There has been talk that security assistance is unavailable when required.

When sophomore Robert Willingham heard that campus security will no longer be offering dorm-to-dorm transportation, he reacted like most of the students on campus.

“They got stricter this year and that’s not cool,” he said. “They should not do that.”

A lot of students think that security has changed rules regarding transportation, but Jim Magee, Director of Campus Security has denied the claim.

According to Magee, there was never a rule that required security officers to transport students from dorm to dorm.

“Our officers were nice enough to pick up and drop off students from dorm to dorm until now, but now the requests for those have overwhelmed the officers,” Magee said. “So now they will just do what is required of them.”

Campus security will transport students to and from the Valley Forge parking lot, St. Davids and Wayne train station after 5:30 p.m. until midnight. They will bring students to campus from these locations after midnight,  but they will not drive students to these spots past midnight. Students should also know that after 5:30 p.m., if students need to walk from one dorm to another, security will be willing to walk with them.

Students have been expressing the importance of security transportation, especially when they have luggage to carry.

“I had a bunch of friends who were trying to go from Doane to Eagle and they had a lot of bags to carry, and because security didn’t help them, they had to walk all the way with these huge bags,” sophomore Kayla Woodford said.

Junior Crystal Yetter has developed a good relationship with security but expressed her frustration for the handicapped on campus.

“It is not fair that they are not going to transfer people on crutches or people who are handicapped,” she said.

Magee believes he and his team are doing the best they can. “We have received a couple of callers who were not happy, but they just had to be explained to,” he said.
 

Security Report

Monday, Sept. 7.
11:15 p.m. Sparrowk.
The fire alarm in Sparrowk was activated by fog machine. Building was evacuated.

Wednesday, Sept. 9.
5:40 p.m. Walton.
Student reported lost wallet. Wallet recovered and returned to Student.

Thursday, Sept. 10.

4:15 p.m. Doane.
A student was feeling weak  in the gym, so was picked up and taken to the Health Center and then to then Dinning Commons.

Saturday, September 12.
4:15 p.m. Gym lot.
A parked vehicle was struck. The other vehicle was located. Information was exchanged and Radnor Township Police Department was notified.

Sunday, Sept. 13.
5:35 a.m. Kea-Guffin.
Students reported that an intoxicated student was causing disturbance. Student turned over to RD.

Thursday, Sept. 17.

8:00 p.m. V. F. parking lot.

Parked vehicle was reported missing. Later discovered that the student forgot where she parked her car. Car was parked next to the football field in Valley Forge.

Letter to the Editor

 Dear Friends at the Waltonian,
 
I would like you to print a correction in relationship to your article by Rebecca Coppola regarding the debate carried on by my wife and me. I felt that there were several inaccuracies. First of all, my argument was not similar to my wife’s. She affirms same-sex marriages, I do not. I made the point that my position was on an interpretation of Scripture that I believe is in harmony with church tradition, and specifically with that which the church fathers in the early church made very clear. My wife disagrees with me on this and upholds gay marriage. 
 
Secondly, I made it very clear that nobody knows what creates a homosexual orientation. In the article, it was cited that we both believed that this was a biological predisposition. Neither of us said that. The implications of this statement that was in the Waltonian had far-reaching consequences.
 
As a public figure, I am regularly under attack for my views, and it is very important that my views be stated accurately in publications. Already, critics are using what you said that I said against me. I don’t mind being criticized when criticisms are justified based on accurate statements. Please make the corrections for my sake.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Tony Campolo

Class projects simplified thanks to library

AP Images

Eastern students and faculty now have access to 5 million copyright-free images on the AP Images database.  The images on this database will not have distracting watermarks and can be enlarged without looking grainy.  Specific searches by color, subject and other categories are possible, and the images can enhance projects such as PowerPoint presentations.  A link for AP Images can be located by clicking “Databases” on the left-hand side of the library homepage.

According to Joy Dlugosz, Reader Services Librarian, the library will be coordinating 15-minute informal sessions instructing students on the use of the AP Images database.  Signs will be posted indicating when and where the sessions will be held.
 

 

LibGuides

Students and faculty can now use LibGuides to search for information within class subjects, such as Anthropology or Communications Studies, when researching for a project or paper.  It will display search results from trusted sources.  On the library homepage, there is a button labeled “Our Resources” that connects to a page where a link for LibGuides can be found.

More subjects are still in the process of being added to the online resource, but it is open and available for use.
 

 

Rapid Inter-Library Loan

When searching for journal articles on a database, some articles may indicate that the full text is not available.  Now, students have the option to request the full article through the Rapid Inter-Library Loan, and it should arrive in the student’s e-mail within 48 hours.  It is important that the article is not already available in Warner Library, either in print or on a database, or the loan request will not work.  This should be a simple process, but if there is any confusion, Joy Dlugosz, Reader Services Librarian, encourages students to ask any librarian at the Reference Desk.  To use Rapid ILL, follow the “Services” link on the library homepage.

 

 

Citation Guides

The purpose of this tool is to help students develop a works cited page or to correctly use in-text citation within research papers.  Every style, such as MLA or APA, is available under the citation guide.  A link can be found on the library homepage under “Our Resources.”