September 13, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Motor Home Arrives in Baton Rouge

Associate Professor Deborah Pomeroy and instructors Ruthanne Rust and Pat Potocny delivered a motor home filled with donations from Arcadia faculty, staff and students to Baton Rouge over the weekend, and the items were immediately put to use.

The following is excerpted from their journal, which is available in full by clicking here.

“…As we continued south, we were passed by lines of houses on trailers and some private vehicles that said ‘hurricane relief.’ We had the (Arcadia University) signs in the side and back window and got lots of ‘thumbs up’ and waves from 18 wheelers to private cars.… Saturday morning, after a quick bite to eat, we headed south, from Jackson to Baton Rouge! Trees and signs blown down along the side of the road were a constant reminder of the impact that Katrina had. We called ahead to Carol at Catholic Services to warn her we were getting close, and as we pulled into the Catholic Service Complex gave her one last call. ‘I can see you, I can see you,” she cried into the phone. ‘I'll be right out and be the one jumping up and down!’ True to her word, she was. We were greeted with tears and hugs, enough to bring back to everyone in PA. They are already planning how to use the motor home, and there was an immediate need for the 40 air mattresses, 21 cots and the wheelchair.

“Tommy, my former student, was also there and it was good to see him safe and sound. He came back about an hour later to take me to Mass. As we drove over, he warned me about the number of displaced folks who would be there…. At the beginning of the service, the priest asked that all those who were NOT from the parish, but there because of the storm, stand and introduce themselves to their neighbor. Practically the whole congregation stood. The couple next to me were from New Orleans, and their house was flooded. The couple behind me with two beautiful twins were from Kenner (outside New Orleans), and the family in front of us was from the same block as Tommy and had several inches of water in their home. I was totally overwhelmed.”

Constitution, Citizenship Celebrated Sept. 22

Hot dogs, apple pie and some good old-fashioned debate are planned for Arcadia’s celebration of Constitution Day on Sept. 22. A new federal law, drafted by Sen. Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, requires educational institutions receiving federal funds to observe U.S. Constitution Day in September.

While the observance is required, the format is flexible. Arcadia faculty, staff and students pitched in with ideas, and the following program emerged.

  • Freedom Lunch in the Dining Hall (America’s favorites—hotdogs, baked beans, and more). 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wide-ranging Brown Bag Discussion, State of Emergency: Hurricane Katrina, Supreme Court, Religion in Higher Education, Citizenship Rights & Responsibilities. Education Professor Steven Goldberg, a former civil rights lawyer, will moderate this discussion in the Chat. Noon-1 p.m.
  • Constitution Game in the Chat. Open to anyone! Test your historical knowledge! Win fabulous prizes! 5-6 p.m.

“We hope faculty, staff and students will bring their lunch to The Chat and talk about some timely topics,” said Nicholas Smith, Assistant Director of Student Activities, who is coordinating the events. Panelists for the discussion will include Joan Thompson, Alex Otieno, Jeff Shultz, Nina Goldsmith, and Mike Buckalew.

Other programming throughout the day will include a visual display of historical documents (U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, Gettysburg Address) outside the Dining Hall and some educational footage playing in The Chat. All programs are free and open to anyone.

Voting: Your Rights and Obligation

By Alex Otieno

Editor’s Note: Alex Otieno is a Sociology/Anthropology Instructor at Arcadia and a new U.S. citizen who will soon have his first opportunity to vote in America.

As individuals who explore written papers on social issues (I argue that all human engagements have a social component), it behooves us to move beyond academia and make a contribution to democracy and civic engagement. Whereas involvement with not-for-profit organizations or activist groups dedicated to human rights issues are important ways of contributing to social change individually and collectively, voting is perhaps one of the best ways to invigorate democracy. One’s constitutional right to vote is a fundamental component of building a vibrant society irrespective of party politics and the mechanisms of electioneering. I therefore urge all those who have come of age to promptly register to vote. It is your obligation and your contribution to democracy.

Although the United States does not punish those who fail to vote like Australia does, I contend that failing to vote stultifies democracy. Remember that it is through your vote that you contribute to the discourse on the future of local, state and federal government. Seize the moment and be part of the democratic process. Finally, we should note that history teaches us that many individuals were imprisoned and some lost their lives to make the right to vote a possibility for all. Rise to the occasion and build a vibrant democracy.

Arcadia students, many of whom are just becoming eligible to vote, can click here for information on how to register to vote. The last day to register before the Nov. 8 Municipal Election is Oct. 11, 2005.

Arcadia to Host Apira College Fair Sept. 23

About 400 Latino students in the Aspira program will visit Arcadia next week for workshops on the admissions and financial aid processes and to become familiar with the Arcadia campus and staff. Arcadia will be hosting Aspira Inc. of PA’s 34th annual college conference. Around 400 students and 30 to 50 institutions of higher education are expected on campus on Friday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The conference is designed to expose Puerto Rican/Latino and other underrepresented students to various post-secondary educational programs, financial aid resources and other student services available to them. Learn more about Aspira at

New ESL Specialist Certificate Offered

The demand for qualified teachers who can teach linguistically diverse students continues to increase in the state, and Arcadia has recently been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a training program provider for the ESL Program Specialist Certificate.

Those who are already PA Instructional I or II certified teachers or are in the process of becoming certified are eligible to complete courses toward the ESL Program Specialist Certificate. Students who are getting certified in Elementary Education, Reading or Secondary English Education can still sign up for ESL courses for the Fall 2005 semester. Undergraduate Education majors who are juniors or seniors are eligible to take these graduate courses with special permission.

The program consists of the following four courses:

  • ED 622: ESL: Teaching Multilingual and Multicultural Literacies
  • ED 623: ESL: Multilingual and Multicultural Assessments
  • ED 624: ESL: Understanding Language Learning
  • ED 625: ESL: Language, Diversity and Schooling

For more information on the ESL Program Specialist Certificate and for application information please contact the Office of Enrollment Management at or 215-572-2910.

Break Zone at Boyer to Open Sept. 15

Aramark is opening a new convenience store in Boyer Hall on Thursday, Sept. 15, called the Break Zone at Boyer. It will be located on the 2nd floor of Boyer at the top of the center steps in the space currently occupied by a conference table and chairs. This convenience store will sell grab and go items such as bagged snacks, pre-made sandwiches, bottled soda, coffee and ice cream. It will serve as another place on campus where resident students can purchase items using the points from their meal plans and commuter students, faculty and staff can grab a bite to eat as they come and go from class. The Break Zone is scheduled to open Thursday, Sept. 15.

Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements.


Campus Events

Faculty Appreciation Reception Today

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.

University Colloquium Features Alumni Author Gigi Anders

Gigi Anders ’79, author and special correspondent for The Washington Post, returns to her alma mater on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle as part of the University Colloquium and Writers Return to Campus Series. The University Colloquium lectures are free and open to the public.

Anders will discuss her memoir Jubana!: The Awkwardly True and Dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cuban Goddess (2005, HarperCollins), which captures the distinctiveness of both her Jewish and Cuban heritages.

‘Very Early Pictures’ in Gallery

The Arcadia University Art Gallery presents “Very Early Pictures,” an exhibition of drawings and works made by contemporary artists when they were children. The exhibition runs through Oct. 30, featuring works by nearly 50 artists, including Charles Burns, Deborah Kass, David Reed and Elizabeth Bryant.

In addition, Arcadia will host the lecture, Gifts of Seeing: Thoughts on Art and Childhood, by Dr. Jonathan Fineberg on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall. Dr. Fineberg, an acclaimed art historian and writer, will discuss his ongoing study of childhood works by significant artists from the sixteenth century to the late twentieth century.

Career Service to Host Senior Preview, Campus-Wide Block Party

  • Senior Year Preview. Wednesday Sept. 21, 4 – 5:30 p.m., The Chat. Here’s an opportunity for all seniors to hear what to expect this year: registration for graduation and commencement, ordering class rings, year-book pictures, preparing for graduate study, life after college, financial planning, Senior Class Challenge, Arcadia’s online community and more.
  • Career Services Campus Block Party. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4:30 – 7 p.m., Knight Hall. Come one, come all! Enjoy food, games, DJ; consult the palm reader and have a career caricature drawn! (Rain date Sept. 28)

Staff Council Plans Night of Dancing

Join the Staff Council for a Night of Dancing and learn how to dance the Two-Step on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting Mall in Plymouth Meeting.

The night begins at 7:15 p.m. with beginner dance lessons. At 8:15 p.m. lessons continue at the intermediate level, and then there’s a free dance for all from 9-11:30 p.m. The cost is $10 at the door, includes dancing lessons and refreshments! Wear dressy/comfortable clothing, no jeans or sneakers. E-mail Andrew Johnson or call Ed Johnson, Public Safety, 215-572-2800 with questions.

View Events Calendars on and MyArcadia for information on scheduled events.


Sports Update

Men's Soccer Explodes Past Rutgers-Camden

Arcadia earned its third championship of the Cialella Soccer Classic in the four years the Scarlet Knights have participated in the event, beating Rutgers-Camden 4-0. The Scarlet Knights (2-1-1) took a 1-0 halftime lead and tacked on three more goals in the second half. Arcadia broke a scoreless tie on an amazing shot by senior back Scott Wimsey, who volleyed a shot from the left side of the box into the far right corner. Dan McGarry, sophomore midfielder Pete Sokolski and junior midfielder Chris Brunetti '07 also scored. Ralph Giangiulio had seven saves for Arcadia to earn the Scarlet Knights’ second shutout of the tournament. They also blanked Philadelphia Biblical University, 2-0, in the opener Friday night, with Giangiulio and sophomore Ben Roller combining on the shutout. Matt Abate '07 converted the penalty kick for the Knights’ first goal of the season, and Matt Benner '09 scored after running onto a through ball in the box by Brunetti.

Upcoming games: Sept. 14 at Kean, 4:30 p.m.; Sept. 17 home vs. Marywood, 1 p.m. More info.

Field Hockey Prevails Over Marywood

Arcadia defeated conference foe Marywood 4-3 at Blankley Field on Saturday. The Knights, who are struggling with injuries and playing some inexperienced players, are 1-4 overall and 1-0 in the PAC. In a 5-0 loss at Kean, goalKeeper Maggie LoCasale '08 held Kean off the scoreboard for a while, with 13 saves in the first half. In a 5-2 loss to Philadelphia Biblical, the Knights got goals from Jill Hersh '09 and Christy Miller '09.

Upcoming game: Sept. 15 at Wesley, 4 p.m. More info.

Rutgers-Camden Edges Knights in Women’s Soccer

Marie DeGeorge '06 started the scoring in the first half last Tuesday, but Rutgers-Camden answered with 2. The Knights put the pressure on late in the second half and appeared to score the tying goal with five minutes left, but Emily Underwood '08 was called for a handball, nullifying the goal.

Upcoming games: Sept. 15 at Philadelphia Biblical, 4 p.m.; Sept. 17 at Marywood, 1 p.m. More info.

Knights Fall to Eastern in PAC Opener

The Arcadia University women’s tennis team fell in its PAC opener to Eastern by a score of 8-1. Julia Green '07 managed to pull out the lone match in a 6-2, 6-3 win. Sarah Palmer '09 also played a close match but came up just short, 6-7 (8-6), 6-2.

Upcoming matches: Sept. 14 at Bryn Mawr, 4 p.m.; Sept. 17 at Immaculata, 1 p.m. More info.

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


arcadia in the news


Deborah Pomeroy and Ruthanne Rust were interviewed by KYW News Radio and WPHL-TV Ch. 17 on Sept. 8 as they prepared for their journey. They also called in live to the nationally syndicated radio show, The House Mechanic. Host Blaine Illingworth’s son, Charles, is a senior theatre major at Arcadia and serves as his dad’s call screener. Pomeroy and Rust appeared on KYW News Radio again on Sept. 12, and their story ran on the Associated Press wire and on TV stations in Louisiana, including KLFY “Arcadiana's Local News Leader.”

Dr. Elaine F. Jones, Assistant Professor of Psychology, published with Dr. Nicole Renick Thomson, an article titled “Children’s, Adolescents,’ and Young Adults’ Reward Allocations to Hypothetical Siblings and Fairness Judgments: Effects of Actor Gender, Character Type, and Allocation Pattern,” in the July 2005 issue of The Journal of Psychology.


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.