The Journey of Jonsen from Johnson & Johnson

Accounting professor Rick Jonsen believes that it is “God’s timing” that brought him to Eastern from the huge multinational company Johnson & Johnson, where he worked from 1997 until 2009.

Recently, Jonsen and his wife transferred from California to New Jersey for his post as the Director of Talent Acquisition for Pharmaceutical Businesses.
“We recruited scientists, physicians, … sales people and executives for Johnson & Johnson,” Jonsen said.

Unlike many professors here, Jonsen is completely new to Eastern.
He went to undergraduate school at San Francisco State University and majored in geography, recreation and humanity. Following his graduation, he worked for a state park until he found himself in a different field.

“I went west to California and worked in retail and became the store manager at Eddie Bauer,” Jonsen said. 

He explained that this was when he discovered that he enjoyed the relational aspect of the position and went to the University of San Francisco to earn a master’s degree in human resources and organizational development.

At this point, Jonsen was considering taking a break and earning his PhD. He was looking for nearby universities when he came across Eastern’s Web site which had a vacancy posted for an accounting professor.

Without wasting any time, he applied for the position. His past experience made him the perfect candidate for the job and he was hired in the spring semester.

Since Jonsen will be teaching here this fall, he decided to put his dream of pursuing his PhD on hold until another year.

“Being able to join Eastern and teaching here has been a fulfillment of a long time aspiration,” Jonsen said. “I have always wanted to teach.”

Campolos oppose in homosexuality debate

The Warner Library atrium was filled to capacity when Dr. Tony Campolo and his wife Peggy came to debate the controversial topic of homosexuality. The event was sponsored by Refuge, Eastern’s gay-straight alliance.

The room buzzed with anticipation as junior Elise Yarnell and Abby De Silva, co-presidents of Refuge, introduced the couple.

Tony Campolo, the first to speak, took a stance against homosexual behavior but not against homosexuals. His argument was similar to that of his opposition, Peggy Campolo. Both agreed that homosexuality was not a choice, but a biological predisposition.

They also agreed that the church must be more welcoming of the gay community, which brought up the question, “Why is the church such a weak force in straying the hatred toward the gay community?”

Overall, the debate lacked a central focus, and at times it seemed as if both Campolos were saying the same thing.

In spite of this oversight, the general feeling in the room was positive and the event was seen as a success for both Refuge and the Eastern community at large.

Emily Pfizenmayer, 2007 graduate and former president of Refuge, said, “Refuge has grown and it is a testament to the student body, administration, and faculty.”

In Eastern’s early days, being a homosexual on campus was difficult. 2007 graduate Peter Macari, an openly gay student, felt that the discussion was an important one that had not existed during his time here.

“The people who were ‘out’ at Eastern were outcasts,” Macari said. “But I’m proud to say I’m an Eastern alum after this.”

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.



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.”


Security Report

Sunday, August 23.
5:46 a.m. Walton.
Campus security received a hang-up call. They heard a child but no one was speaking. Realized it was child playing with phone.

Wednesday, August 26.

4:10 a.m. Sparrowk.
Security found a half full, open beer can in the parking lot.   

Wednesday, August 26.

4:00 p.m. Gough.
Student reported cash ($165)  taken from unlocked room.

Tuesday, September 1.
12:30 a.m. Sparrowk.
An ambulance was summoned for a student but the student refused treatment from the EMTs.

Tuesday, September 1.

2:51 p.m. McInnis.
Student struck multiple parked vehicles while parking. Information was exchanged.

Wednesday, September 2.

9:00 a.m. McInnis.
Vehicle rolled out of parking space striking parked vehicle. No damage found.

Eastern in the City closed

“After three years of serving students and shaping leaders who will surely change communities and lives, the Eastern in the City one-year undergraduate program will be closing,” according to the letter that was distributed to the administration, faculty and staff of Eastern in February.

EIC was a program under the umbrella of the School for Social Change located in center-city Philadelphia. The School for Social Change also encompassed such programs as Community Education, Master of Arts in Urban Studies, and Cross Boundaries. All of those programs are being maintained in some capacity except EIC. The aforementioned programs will be moved to their new location at the Falls Center on Henry Avenue, which is also the site of Eastern’s new Charter Academy.

Former Director of Eastern in the City Amy Pérez expressed disappointment about the closing of EIC,  but also recognized the reality of the situation. “One major reason (for the closing) was the internal duplication of EU programs in Philadelphia,” Pérez said. Other programs in the area like the Esperanza College and People for People Institute “attracted many of the same population.” This diminished the enrollment at EIC, which, on average, serviced 55 students a semester throughout its three years of operation.
On the other hand, Jerome Scott a former EIC student, said of the program, “EIC was a very beneficial experience for the two years that I attended, however, I always had a feeling that it was somehow being mismanaged behind the scenes.” He attributes the closure of the program to poor communication between EIC and Eastern’s main campus.

According to Pérez, when administrators first re-envisioned the future of EIC, they did not plan for closure. The first draft of plans included “some changes,” but the decision to close was reached in January by Pérez, EIC’s dean Vivian Nix-Early and other administration. 

Throughout its three-year run, somewhere between 20 and 25 faculty were involved with Eastern in the City. “The programs at the School for Social Change shared full-time faculty, so that part of their load was teaching a course or two with EIC,” Pérez said.
The change is unlikely to affect the faculty in any great capacity, but those who were planning to attend EIC will have to make other arrangements.

The requirements for admission into the EIC program were a bit more extensive than those of traditional undergraduate admission. “Admission was based on a review of high school transcripts, letters of recommendation, two written essays, and a personal interview,” Pérez said. Students who enrolled did so under the precepts of EIC’s mission statement, part of which said, “To equip aspiring agents of social change by providing them with a rigorous, affordable faith-integrated education.”

Irv Homer dies on McInnis stage

While addressing an audience of about 300 in McInnis auditorium, legendary Philadelphia radio broadcaster Irv Homer suddenly collapsed.

On June 24, Homer was scheduled to introduce author G. Edward Griffin for a program by The Big Talker 1210 AM when he suffered a massive heart attack.

Standing at the podium, Homer appeared to be in good health. With the loud and strong voice of a radio personality, he easily commanded the attention of the crowd.

After opening with a joke, he began to recount his service in the Air Force during World War II.

As he described an air show that he did at the end of the war, his breathing became labored. One of The Big Talker’s staff members brought Homer water, arriving just in time to catch him as he collapsed.

Over the gasps and the shrieks of the audience, the staff member demanded that someone call 911. Someone else cried out, “Is there a doctor in the house?”

A woman responded by immediately running to the stage and checking for a pulse. After discovering that Homer did not have a pulse, she began performing CPR and requesting that someone get a defibrillator. The radio station’s staff frantically searched McInnis for the device, but was unable to find one.

After about a minute and a half of CPR, campus security arrived at the scene and escorted one of the staff members to the security office where the defibrillator was held.

Another minute passed before the staff member returned in full sprint to the stage.

It took the paramedics another five minutes to arrive. Homer had yet to be revived by the staff, even with the help of the defibrillator.

Entering from the back of the stage, the paramedics quickly took control of the situation. They placed Homer on a gurney and wheeled him out of the auditorium, doing CPR along the way.

Homer was taken to Bryn Mawr Hospital.

Although the paramedics were able to revive him briefly, Homer was later pronounced dead at the age of 85.

[Editor’s note: Bryon Calawa works with the Instructional Technology Support  Center and was in the auditorium when Homer passed away this summer. This is his first-person account.]