August 30, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia Says Goodbye to an 'Extraordinary' Leader and Friend

The late Joseph L. Castle II, chair of the Arcadia Board of Trustees, left, congratulates President Greiner at his Inauguration ceremony in December 2004.

Joseph L. Castle II, chair of Arcadia's Board of Trustees, passed away on Aug. 15 while visiting family in Idaho. He leaves behind a legacy of good works at Arcadia and beyond, as well as many fond memories.

Many remember him from Commencement ceremonies and other events he attended on campus, always bringing his sense of humor and a ready smile to the occasion. Others were touched by his leadership on Arcadia 's behalf.

“He was an incredible person of unusual talent, energy and good humor,” said Arcadia President Jerry M. Greiner. “His volunteer work touched the lives of so many, both here at Arcadia as well as throughout the area. We will miss his friendship, his leadership and his good counsel.”

Castle joined the Board in 1997, working on the Academic Affairs and Finance committees. He was named to the Executive Committee of the Board in 2000 and chair in 2002. He was invaluable in helping to develop the vision for Arcadia's future. The Ten-Year Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in 2003, continues to be a blueprint for the University and is the impetus behind the Campus Master Plan.

“Joe Castle left his mark on Arcadia and all associated with it,” said Jay Vogel, Arcadia's Vice President for University Advancement. “He was an extraordinary leader who had no connection to the University except to understand, appreciate and value our mission in higher education. Mr. Castle will be remembered and missed by all of us who were touched by his presence and his generosities.” 

Castle was the founder, chairman and CEO of Castle Energy Corp., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. He also served as a managing partner of Joseph L. Castle Associates, a financial consultant business. He served on many corporate and charitable boards, including Comcast Corp., the Franklin Institute and Chestnut Hill Academy, which he attended. After earning his bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University, he served in the U.S. Army and the Pennsylvania National Guard as a missile battalion commander. He also studied at Tuck Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management at Dartmouth College. Before founding Castle Energy, he worked in investment banking. He is survived by his wife, Sally; three children, Sallie, Joseph and Kathryn, and six grandchildren.

Arcadia Stays on Top in Rankings

Arcadia University again ranks among the top universities in the North, receiving high ratings in August from U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

With study abroad an integral component of its students' educational experience, Arcadia University was recognized by U.S. News & World Report on Aug. 19 as one of the top 22 study abroad programs in the nation. Arcadia also ranks 27th in the magazine's top tier of Best Master's Universities in the North.

“Arcadia's study abroad experience is transformative for our students,” says Arcadia President Jerry M. Greiner. “Nearly two-thirds of our freshmen have an international experience in their first year. We believe study abroad transforms students' problem-solving and critical thinking skills, which helps them achieve their full measure as citizens of the world. We're also pleased that Arcadia continues to be ranked among the top master's universities in our region. We are honored that our peers, other elite universities, think so highly of our programs.”

The Princeton Review, naming Arcadia one of the select universities in the Northeast, notes that “study abroad is a very big thing at Arcadia.” The Princeton Review College Guide, The Best Northeastern Colleges – 2006 Edition, published in August, notes Arcadia's unique First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) and London and Scotland Preview spring break programs. It also cites ‘‘incredible” professors who “interact with students constantly.”

Campus Closed for Labor Day Holiday

All University offices will be closed and no classes are scheduled on Monday, Sept. 5, for the Labor Day holiday. Landman Library will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 3, and Sunday, Sept. 4, reopening at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 5. Click here for more information on fall Library hours.

Business Program Receives Accreditation

Arcadia's undergraduate business program was recently awarded initial accreditation from The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Douglas G. Viehland, Executive Director of the ACBSP, said, “Arcadia University has shown its commitment to teaching excellence by participating in the accreditation process, achieving accreditation, and then continuing the process of quality improvement. This initial accreditation is evidence of Arcadia 's commitment to quality business programs.” The accreditation covers a 10-year period during which time the University must reaffirm its quality through periodic reports.

Students: Discover Your Path to Study Abroad

Arcadia has taken the guess work out of study abroad with its new Pathways program, which helps students of all majors determine where and when they should travel overseas to complement and enhance their course work. To learn more, visit Links to Pathways information also can be found on individual undergraduate program pages.

Student Service Center Extends Hours

The Student Service Center (SSC) will have extended hours during the first two weeks of class. From Aug. 31 to Sept. 9, the SSC's hours will be: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. The SSC staff assists students with issues relating to billing, financial aid and registration. The SSC is located on the ground floor of Knight Hall. No appointment is necessary. Staff can be reached at 215-517-2339 or

Public Safety Offers Late Hours

Starting Aug. 31 through Sept. 9, Public Safety will be available in Taylor Hall, Room 106, Monday – Thursday from 5 – 7 p.m., to issue parking permits and ID cards. Please bring proper identification.

Mail, Print and Fax Service Available

Jay Gratzinger, Lanier Professional Services site manager, and members of his staff are available to assist all students and staff with mail and print needs. The Campus Post Office is located on the ground floor of the Dining Complex next to the Chat. Students can purchase stamps, mail packages and send/receive faxes during the window hours—weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students have a choice to pay for these services using cash or by charging to their student ID. Student ID charges must have a minimum $5 purchase. Fax charges are determined per page for both incoming and outgoing faxes ($.50 domestic; $1 international.) The number to receive faxes is 215-572-8542. For more information call Mail Services at 215-572-2164.

Counseling Center Offers Free Services

The Counseling Center, located in Heinz Hall, Ground Floor, offers free and confidential counseling services to students. To make an appointment, call the Counseling Center at 215-572-4091, or call Student Health Services at 215-572-2966.

Java City and Break Zone Open

Java City is a popular spot for specialty gourmet coffee drinks, fruit smoothies, pastries, sandwiches and salads. Located in the lounge on the second floor of Brubaker Hall, Java City is open from 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Fridays. Meal plan points can be used at Java City, or students can charge to their accounts. This fall a new location opens in Boyer Hall. The new kiosk, called the Break Zone, will offer exciting options for a quick snack between classes, including grab-and-go salads, sandwiches, pastries, Java City coffee and other beverages.

Student Affairs Staff Changes

  • Former Campus Activities Programmer Rebecca Adams has moved to her new position as Area Coordinator of Kistler Hall, Thomas Hall and the Castle. Julie Kirshner will be the new Campus Activities Programmer.
  • Shannon Howley is the new head Women's Basketball Coach and Assistant Director of Sports Information.

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Campus Events

Student Work Study Training

New and returning students who received a Campus Work Study allocation as part of their financial aid package should attend one of the two training sessions on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m., in Stiteler Auditorium. Students working on campus for the first time must stop by the financial aid table outside the Dining Hall and complete a W-4 Form, an I-9 Federal Form and a Cheltenham Emergency Tax Affidavit in order to receive a paycheck. Times to do so will be posted at the Aug. 30 sessions. Students should bring their driver's license and social security card or another proof of citizenship (passport or birth certificate) to the Dining Hall table. Any questions about these forms or the Work Study Sessions can be directed to 215-572-2336.

Student employees can have their paychecks deposited directly into their bank accounts. Information has been distributed with the work study mailing and also will be available at the Aug. 30 sessions. For more information about direct deposit, call the Treasurer's Office at 215-572-2942.

New Student Convocation

A busy week of orientation reaches a crescendo tonight with the New Student Convocation at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, in Stiteler Auditorium. Arcadia President Jerry M. Greiner, student leaders and faculty representative Alex Otieno will welcome students. Classes begin on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Local Businesses Display Services

All students, faculty and staff are invited to the Off-Campus Vendor Fair, Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Area businesses represented by the Greater Glenside Chamber of Commerce will be lining the Alumni Walk of Pride (inside The Chat if it rains), providing information, samples of their products or services, and other giveaways. The businesses include restaurants, banks, health and wellness centers, non-profits, insurance and financial planning firms, retail shops and more. This is a great opportunity for everyone on campus to get to know the local businesses.

Welcome Week Events

Sponsored by the Student Activities Office.

  • All-Campus Twister Tournament. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., Castle Lawn. Enjoy the summer weather! Challenge peers in this ultimate Twister game tournament. Be the next Twister Champion!
  • Personacards. Thursday, Sept. 1, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Chat. The "Card Man" is back! Get personalized greeting cards.
  • Activities Fair. Thursday, Sept. 1, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., Alumni Walk of Pride (if rain, The Chat). Students can sign up to join clubs, meet friendly student leaders, socialize with peers, and find out student organization meeting times.
  • Real World Presents: Freshman Experience Speech. Thursday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m., Stiteler Auditorium. Interact with Brad Fiorenza and Cameran Eubanks from the Real World Cast as they discuss the ups and downs of being a first-year student.
  • Welcome Back Video Dance Party. Friday, Sept. 2, 9 p.m. - 1 a.m., Kuch Gym. Dance and watch favorite videos on a big screen.
  • Welcome Back Carnival. Saturday, Sept. 3, noon - 6 p.m., Castle Lawn. Novelties, inflatables, and good old-fashioned fun. Sponsored by the Residence Hall Council.
  • Kick-Off Coffeehouse: The Disarmed. Saturday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m., The Chat. Welcome week wraps up with The Disarmed! Band member Nat Candor from England is an Arcadia alumnus! For more info view Web site at
  • Plug and Play: Atari through Xbox Gaming Lounge. Thursday, Sept. 8, 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. A highly interactive gaming lounge featuring games from Atari to Xbox. Every kind of gamer is welcome from the serious Halo and Madden player to the Duck Hunt or Mario champions! Sponsored by the Student Activities Office and Arcadia Game Room.


Sports Update

Kuch Center Fall Hours

Fall hours for the Kuch Recreation and Athletics Center are as follows:

Recreational Facilities

  • Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 - 10 p.m.


  • Tuesday and Thursday: 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.
  • Monday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. and 3 - 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
For Arcadia athletics schedules, scores, and team information, go to:


arcadia in the news

Arcadia was mentioned in a front-page article in The New York Times on Aug. 11. The article “To Woo Students, Colleges Choose Names that Sell,” points out the doubling of applications Arcadia has received and the 60-point rise in SAT scores in the four years since the name change. Juli Roebuck, Associate Vice President for University Relations and Executive Assistant to the President, was quoted.

Arcadia was mentioned in the article “College Renaming a Trend” in the Daytona Beach News Journal.

Josh Stern, Dean of Students for Residential Life, was quoted in the article “Higher Degree in Dorm Décor” for the Philadelphia Inquirer on Aug. 19.

TV channels WPVI 6, WCAU 10 and WPTK 17 sent camera crews to cover first-time students moving into residence halls and attending the Welcome session at Kuch Center on Friday, Aug. 26.


Dr. Angela R. Gillem, Associate Professor of Psychology, received a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for her work as a lead coordinator of the National Multicultural Summit.

Dr. Joan Hulse Thompson, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Political Science, contributed to the textbook Women in Politics: Outsiders or Insiders? published by Prentice Hall. Her chapter, “Working Women and Their Families: The Family and Medical Leave Act Versus the Family Time Flexibility Act,” appears in the section on public policy.

Former faculty member Dr. Sylvia Sholar, Ph.D., was featured in the article “CA U Professor focuses on Cultural Comparisons” for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. The article centered on Dr. Sholar's ongoing research of public relations in society, primarily in China.


Publication Information

The Arcadia University Bulletin is distributed to students, faculty and staff weekly on Tuesdays during the academic year. Campus members are encouraged to submit information to be included in the Bulletin. The deadline for submission will be the Friday before each edition. E-mail information to or send your news to the attention of Lori Bauer, University Relations, 215-572-2970.