September 7, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Donations Needed for Hurricane Relief;
Professor Driving Motor Home to Baton Rouge

Dr. Deborah Pomeroy, Associate Professor of Education, and her partner, Instructor Ruthanne Rust, will set out on Thursday for Louisiana in their 32-foot motor home, which they will donate to Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge to serve as housing for Hurricane Katrina victims. They hope to pack the home with donated supplies.

“I urge you to contribute to this project, either with items as described below or with checks to help defray costs of this and other projects in the planning stage,” said President Jerry M. Greiner. “Many thanks go to Deborah and Ruthanne for their kindness that makes possible more tangible action on our part.”

“We have checked ‘on the ground' with people we know in Baton Rouge for a charity that is efficient in getting things to people,” Pomeroy said. “As a result, we are donating our 32-foot motor home, complete with a big generator, to the Catholic Charities of Baton Rouge to be used by them or donated to a family. The director there is absolutely thrilled – practically in tears. We would like to stock the motor home completely. Instructor Pat Potocny will help drive the home to Baton Rouge.

“Carol Spruell, project director of the agency in Baton Rouge, says that the highest priority should be something for people to sleep on,” said Pomeroy, “and the most basic of nutrition, so we are asking for air mattresses, cots, and dietary supplements such as Ensure.” Click here to view list of items still needed. Anyone planning to donate items should coordinate via e-mail with Cindy Rubino at All donations of goods should be brought to the motor home outside Blankley Hall on Thursday, Sept. 8, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Pomeroy and Rust already have donations to cover their flight expenses, but additional funds are needed to for gasoline on the 2,000-mile trip as well as for supplies to take to the hurricane victims. Money for supplies and gasoline can be donated (tax deductible). Make checks payable to “Arcadia University” and be sure to indicate “hurricane fund” on the check. Send donations to: Ms. Cindy Rubino, Community Service Office, Arcadia University, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038.

New Students Descend Upon Arcadia

More than 570 new students arrived at Arcadia University on Friday, Aug. 26, for New Student Orientation, many with parents and family members in tow. More than 440 of them were first-time students.

Bedecked with boxes, bags and books they moved into residence halls and University apartments. Faculty, staff and returning students were on hand to help carry everything from refrigerators to suitcases, shortening the process of unloading each car to just a few minutes.

Some freshmen will be telling tales of their new lives in residence rooms on the upper floors of the national historic landmark Grey Towers Castle. Many returning students moved into Oak Summit and other university apartment options.

Samantha Cline and Tara DeFalco, friends since first grade, will be roommates at Heinz Hall during their freshman year. Ivan Carter, ’05 Graphic Design, helps his sister, Kamia, move in for her first year at Arcadia. Lorraine Brandenburger, Graduate Studies, and her sons, Richard and Ron, move Ron's belongings into Thomas Hall.

FYSAE Students off to London, Scotland

Some Arcadia University first-year students weren't worried about how much the auto's boot would hold. They were jamming their jumpers and Wellies into suitcases and preparing to leave the land of frozen coffee drinks in plastic glasses for an island nation where beverages come in cups or mugs, no ice. About 50 Arcadia students, most starting their freshman year, are in Arcadia's unique First Year Study Abroad Experience. Thirty students will be in London, England, and 20 in Stirling, Scotland. They departed Arcadia for the airport on Monday, Aug. 29

FYSAE students pose before boarding the bus to airport. About 30 of these students are headed to London, 20 to Stirling, Scotland.

Nearly 2,000 Hours Volunteered

Nearly 450 students and staff volunteered 1,963 hours of community service at 19 area non-profit and educational facilities on Aug. 29 as part of New Student Orientation. Over the last 15 years, more than 21,000 hours have been donated by orientation students.

Orientation Leaders Honored

Jeff Ewing, new Dean of Students presents Darrah Mugrauer with her award.

Natalie O'Hara, '06, was named the Maude Farran Orientation Leader of the Year at New Student Convocation last week. The award is named for the late Maude Farran, who entertained and educated many students as a speaker at past convocations.

Darrah Mugrauer, '06, received the Jami Rodriguez Service to Orientation Award for her ongoing dedication and extraordinary service to New Student Orientation. The award is named for the late Jami Rodriguez, who brought new ideas and energy to the program.

Ewing Named Dean of Students

Arcadia's new Dean of Students, Jeff Ewing, may be best known for his role directing New Student Orientation each year, but he'll also be overseeing residence life, student activities, and the student judicial system. Ewing had been Associate Dean of Students until taking a post as Executive Assistant to the President in 2001. He joined Arcadia as Director of Student Activities in 1990. Ewing earned his Master of Education and his bachelor's in Asian Studies from the University of Virginia.

“Jeff will provide leadership for campus life initiatives vital to achieving our strategic directions, including residence and commuter life, student activities and involvement and student leadership,” said President Greiner. “Jeff's experience in student life at Arcadia, his overall expertise in the field and his commitment to our students and the University make him the perfect fit for this position.” Ewing will transition into the new role this fall.

Allen-Collins Named Affirmative Action Officer

Lynette Allen-Collins will assume the role of Affirmative Action Officer, formerly held by Jeff Ewing. “Her background and experience with handling often difficult interpersonal issues make her ideally suited for this role,” President Greiner said. The Affirmative Action Office phone number remains the same: 215-572-2947.

Other Staff Changes

  • Christine Soda leaves Enrollment Management to become Academic Adviser in the Officer of Undergraduate Studies.
  • Charles Murphy, a recent graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, joins the staff as an Enrollment Management Counselor.

New Professor Teaches Middle East Course

A timely new course on “The Modern Middle East” will be offered this fall, taught by Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz. The course, HS 211, covers the history, cultures, religions and politics of the Middle East region since the 15th century through the present. Highlighted will be events leading to the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan, and the war in Iraq. Dr. Alvi-Aziz is a new faculty member in the International Studies Program.

An expert in Middle East history, Dr. Alvi-Aziz published an article about women's rights, “The Human Rights of Women and Social Transformation in the Arab Middle East,” in the Middle East Review of International Affairs in June. She also was interviewed for a Brazilian newspaper about politics in Egypt. She had an article published in the April 2005 Jerusalem Post.

Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements.


Campus Events

Study Abroad Scholarship Meeting is Thursday

International Services will offer a meeting for students interested in studying abroad at 5 p.m. in the Chat, on Thursday, Sept. 8. Information about the Gilman Scholarship and other scholarships for study abroad students will be presented. For more information, contact Janice Finn, Director of International Services, at 215-572-2867.

Meet and Greet for Continuing Ed Students

All are welcome to the A.C.E.S. (Association of Continuing Education Students) Meet and Greet on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Complimentary muffins, bagels, fresh fruit, juice and hot coffee will be served at the Castle Conference Room. Meet A.C.E.S. members who will give a quick and fun overview of what this Arcadia University organization is about. A raffle will be held at the end of the meeting.

Student/Faculty/Staff Talent Show

On Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. the Student Program Board is sponsoring a Talent Show in the Chat. The performers will be Arcadia students, faculty and staff. All submissions are due on Sept. 12 by noon to the Student Program Board at or 215-572-4684. Performances should be no longer than five minutes. Subject matter and lyrics must be clean and unoffensive. Please let SPB know what type of technical support is needed for your performance.

Faculty Appreciation Reception

All faculty are invited to attend the Faculty Appreciation Reception sponsored by Enrollment Management and University Relations. This year's reception will be held in the Castle Rose Room on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m., prior to the 4 p.m. faculty meeting. As always, updated recruitment publications, including new departmental brochures and the new viewbook will be on display.

Arcadia Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Arcadia will be hosting a number of free events related to Hispanic Heritage Month 2005, The Role of Inspiring Hispanics in the United States, from Sept. 11 - Oct. 20.

  • Sunday, Sept. 11. Mexican Independence Day, noon, Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Free community event.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21. Opening Program: Lecture by Dr. Victor Vega, “The Role of Latino and Black Organizations in Colleges,” 7 p.m., The Chat
  • Sunday, Sept. 25. 43rd Regional Puerto Rican Day Parade 2005, noon, JFK Parkway Center City. Free community event.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4. Mexican Lunch, 11 a.m., Dining Hall
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12. Comedian Rich Ramirez, 8 p.m., The Chat
  • Thursday, Oct. 20. Closing Program: Open Mic Night! Hosted by the Latino Association, 8 p.m., The Chat

Contact the Student Activities Office at or 215-572-4082 for more information. 


Sports Update

Softball Player Named All-American

Sophomore Laura Fencik became the second Arcadia softball player to earn All-American honors. She led the nation and set a school record with 18 home runs, and ranked third with a slugging percentage of .962.

Volleyball Team Finishes Fourth in Tournament

The Women's Volleyball team finished fourth over the Labor Day weekend in the 2005 Haverford Tournament, bringing their record to 3-2. The Knights lost two tough matches Sunday after two wins on Saturday. The Knights beat Sweet Briar 3-0, with 9 kills from middle hitter Alex Cann '08 and 27 assists from setter Rachel Glass '09. The team topped Alfred University 3-1, with 16 kills from outside hitter Erin Keefe '09 and 50 assists from Rachel Glass. But on Sunday, Neumann beat Arcadia 3-1; Keefe had 13 kills, and Maci Mascal '08 recorded 21 digs. In a 3-1 loss to Susquehanna, Brittany Faulkner '08 had 10 Kills, with 7 blocks from Bridget Hunsinger '08 and 14 digs from Mascal. Cann and Keefe were named to the All-Tournament team.

Upcoming games: Muhlenberg Tournament Sept. 9-10. More info.

Men's Soccer is Pre-Season Favorite

The men's soccer team was selected as the pre-season favorite in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) coaches' poll and began the season ranked No. 17 nationally in the NCAA Division III poll. The Knights began the season with a 0-0 draw against Stevens Tech, followed by a 1-0 loss to Messiah. In the shutout, goalkeeper Ralph Giangiulio '06 made six saves, including one shot from six yards out.

Upcoming games: Rutgers-Camden Tournament, Sept. 9 vs. Philadelphia Biblical at 4:30 p.m., Sept. 10 vs. Rutgers-Camden at 7:30 p.m. More info.

Women's Tennis Drops Season Opener

The Arcadia University Women's Tennis dropped the season opener to Philadelphia University 9-0.

Upcoming Matches: Sept. 7 at Eastern, 4 p.m.; Sept. 10 home match vs. Gwynedd-Mercy at 1 p.m. More info.

Women's Soccer Wins in Overtime

The women's soccer team beat Montclair State University 2-1 in overtime in the consolation game of the Haverford Kick-Off Classic. Amanda Pote '09  had two goals, and goalkeeper Michelle Leone '09 made four saves on point blank shots. The Knights dropped the season opener at Haverford 5-3, with defenders Kat Kraemer '09, Kaitlyn Adams '09 and Rachel Beauchesne '08 stopping numerous attacks. Samantha Calhoun '09 scored 1, and Pote scored 2.

Upcoming games: The Knights start the Drew Tournament on Sept. 10 vs. Virginia Wesleyan at 2 p.m. More info.

Field Hockey Drops to 0-2

The Arcadia women's field hockey team dropped to 0-2 after a 6-0 loss at Kings last week. The Knights opened their season with a 5-2 loss to Richard Stockton. The Knights were lead by goals from senior Megan Leadbeater and freshman Angela Kent.

Upcoming games: Sept. 8 at Kean, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 10 home game vs. Marywood at 1 p.m. More info.

For Arcadia athletics schedules, scores, and team information, go to:


arcadia in the news

Dennis Nostrand, Vice President of Enrollment Management, was interviewed on KYW News Radio about Pennsylvania's new SAT scores.

David Larsen, Vice President and Director of the Center for Education Abroad, was interviewed by KYW News Radio about the University's efforts to find study abroad opportunities for student victims of Hurricane Katrina.


Dr. Warren Haffar, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of International Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies, was interviewed by the Ocala (FL) Star Banner on the recent relationship between the United States and the United Nations regarding Afghanistan.

An article by Dr. Kathleen K. Mangione, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, was excerpted in the American Physical Therapy Association magazine piece, “Recovering from Hip Fracture: Reducing Risk for Future Falls.”

Dr. Thomas M. Brinker, Professor of Accounting, published an article, “Expanding the Definition of Medical Expenses for Special Needs Individuals,” in the July/August issue of The Pennsylvania Accountant. He also wrote the Editor's View, “Does AMT Really Mean ‘Add More Tax'?” in the Sept. 1 edition of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals and “How Do We Define 'Costs?'” in the Sept. 2005 Journal of Financial Service Professionals.


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.