September 20, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Hurricane Evacuee Attends London Semester Program

Emily Kind-Ruben and her parents, Valerie and Andy, had just moved her clothes into her freshman room when the RA came down the hall with an announcement that there would be a meeting with Tulane’s President in an hour. Within the half hour, the evacuation order was given.

They grabbed Emily’s laptop but left most of her clothes. They managed to get a flight to Houston before heading home to Doylestown. Then came the flood, and the news that Tulane wouldn’t be opening this semester. Emily considered her options: find another university, do an internship, or get a job. But “she wanted to start her freshman experience with other students,” Valerie said. Fortunately, they had easy access to advice from their neighbor, Dennis Nostrand, Arcadia’s Vice President for Enrollment Management. And the ideal option emerged: Emily would follow in her dad’s footsteps – to London for a semester.

Andy participated in the Center for Education Abroad’s London Semester program several decades ago. Now, Emily is there seeing if all her dad’s advice and recollections are still accurate. ”She’s still hoping to return to Tulane in the spring, but she’ll take advantage of all the opportunities London has to offer this fall,” Valerie added.

Emily and another Tulane student, from Connecticut, left Sept. 11 for a weeklong orientation to the London Semester program. “They thought our study abroad option was an excellent choice because it doesn’t tie them to another institution, and they can go back to their home school next semester,” said Nostrand.

Faculty Members Receive Training for Hurricane Relief

On Sept. 13, Dr. Judith Marsh, Director of Graduate Programs in Psychology, and Dr. Angela Gillem, Professor of Psychology, attended a full day of training at the Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania for licensed clinicians (psychologists, social workers, doctors, and nurses) who will be deployed to one of the regions hit by Hurricane Katrina. Both Gillem and Marsh are hoping to provide mental health services to refugees who are coming to Philadelphia as well as to professionals who have volunteered to go to Mississippi and Louisiana and who are now returning to Philadelphia from those Hurricane ravaged regions. These “helpers” may themselves be in need of support and debriefing upon their return.

As a part of the training they received, March and Gillem were certified in a number of crisis and trauma related skills, including CPR, First Aid, and Defibrillator training. They are planning on being deployed to one of the regions hit by the hurricane during Thanksgiving or Christmas break. Their work providing mental health services to refugee families who have been relocated to the Philadelphia region will be done in conjunction with the United Way.

Justice Students to Visit Constitution Center

Some 100 Arcadia students will be visiting the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia over the next few days as part of their Global Justice course. The students will take part in lectures and special activities in conjunction with the Constitution Day celebrations this month.

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.
  • The League of Women Voters will be in The Chat to register Pennsylvania residents to vote. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Wide-ranging Brown Bag Discussion, State of Emergency: Hurricane Katrina, Supreme Court, Religion in Higher Education, Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities. Jeff Schultz, 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 Schultz, Joan Thompson, Alex Otieno, Doreen Loury, 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.

New M.B.A. Program Has Successful Launch

Arcadia’s innovative new program, the M.B.A. in Management with an International Perspective, had a successful launch this past week. Designed to allow the working professional to gain a degree in as little as 20 months, this executive program is Philadelphia’s only accelerated, part-time M.B.A. with two, one-week business abroad immersion courses. The first cohort consists of 18 students with an average of eight years professional work experience. Both faculty and students are looking forward to a great program, and the first international experience is set for April 2006 in Dublin, Ireland.

‘Very Early Pictures’ Traces Artists’ Development

Detail from Charles Burn's Fishing Day

Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to present "Very Early Pictures," an exhibition of works by contemporary artists when they were children, through Oct. 30. Each of the works was completed between the early 1940s and mid-1980s by youngsters ages 2 to 16, all of whom developed into practicing, adult artists. Curated by Gallery Director Richard Torchia, the exhibition originated at the Luckman Gallery (California State University, Los Angeles) in May. It includes Philadelphia-based talent along with internationally recognized artists. Installed clockwise around the space according to the age of the artist at the time each work was made, the exhibition provides an unusual opportunity to witness the year-by-year evolution of childhood creativity.

Dr. Jonathan Fineberg will discuss "Gifts of Seeing: Thoughts on Art and Childhood," prior to the opening reception at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. He is regarded as one of the foremost authorities on the subject of children's work by recognized artists. In addition to The Innocent Eye: Children's Art and the Modern Artist (1997) and the forthcoming When We Were Young: the Art of the Child, he is the author of Art after 1940: Strategies of Being (1995/2000, Prentice Hall), a survey textbook now headed for its third printing. Fineberg is the Gutgsell Professor of Art History, University of Illinois, School of Art and Design.

Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Weekends noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call 215-572-2131. To view a selection of images, visit

The exhibition is organized in conjunction with D-magazine, which will publish a selection of these childhood works and accompanying statements in its winter 2005 issue. (For more information visit

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Campus Events

Career Services Hosts 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)

American Red Cross Blood Drive at Arcadia University

Arcadia will host a blood drive on Sept. 27 and 28 in the Rose and Mirror rooms of Grey Towers Castle. Though walk-ins are accepted, appointments are greatly preferred. The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 27, 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, contact: Residence Hall Council (RHC) at 215-572-4683 or Nick Luchko at x4126.

To sign-up online: The sponsor code is 5X56.

TIAA Retirement Plan Representative on Campus

Kevin Christian, the TIAA Retirement Plan Representative, will be on campus on Thursday, Oct. 13, in the University Gallery Room in Landman Library to meet one-on-one with employees. Christian can help employees develop long-term retirement strategies, select TIAA-CREF options, find the right allocation mix, understand basic types of investment choices available, or learn about TIAA-CREF retirement income flexibility. To schedule an appointment, please sign up online at or call 1-800-842-2010.

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


Sports Update

Swim Team Names New Coach

Kasie Keenan Patterson has been named the new interim head coach for the Arcadia swim team. Patterson, a former member of the team, will take over from the former coach, Josh Collins.

Women’s Soccer Tops Marywood in PAC Opener

The Knights used a balanced attack on Saturday, with four players scoring in their 4-0 PAC opener over Marywood. Stephanie Bates ’08 started the scoring when she knocked in a cross from Emily Underwood ’07. Maria DeGeorge ’06 tallied the second goal. Samantha Calhoun ’09 put in a rebound off a shot from Katelyn Adams ’08. And Amanda Pote ’09 rounded out the scoring, converting off a pass from Kat Kraemer '08. Goalkeepers Michelle Leone ’08 and Auralia Kubat ’09 combined for the shutout.

On Sept. 12, the women's soccer team split in a tournament at Drew University, losing to Virginia Wesleyan in the opener by a score of 2-0. In the consolation game, the Knights won 3-0 over Manhattanville College. Adams started the scoring off a rebound shot by DeGeorge. DeGeorge (assist from Calhoun) and Kaitlyn Adams (assist from Bates) also scored.

Upcoming games: Sept. 21 at Gwynedd-Mercy, 4 p.m.; Sept. 24 home vs. Eastern, 1 p.m. More info.

Men’s Soccer win season opener against Marywood

Arcadia men’s soccer lost 2-1 to Kean last Wednesday in a game that finished with a flurry of scoring. Arcadia scored first—in the 55th minute of the second half. One minute later, Kean scored to tie the game 1-1. The Knights had a few tremendous scoring opportunities, including a penalty kick, but could not find the back of the net. With 5 minutes left, Kean dropped a harmless ball in the goal area and knocked home the game-winning goal off the rebound. The Knights won their season opener 9-1 Saturday against Marywood University, bringing their record to 3-2-1 in the PAC.

Upcoming games: Sept. 20 at York, 4 p.m.; Sept. 24 at Gwynedd-Mercy, 4 p.m. More info.

Wesley Top Knights in Field Hockey

Wesley scored first and never looked back on Thursday, topping the Knights field hockey team 4-0. With the loss, the Knights fall to 1-5 overall and 1-1 in the PAC.

Upcoming games: Sept. 20 at Cedar Crest, 4 p.m.; Sept. 24 home vs. Neumann, 1 p.m.; Sept. 26 at Delaware Valley, 4 p.m. More info.

Knights’ go 1-2 in Albright Volleyball Tournament

The Knights lost their first two matches at the Albright Tournament on Saturday before rallying to finish 1-2. In match one, the Knights fell to Albright, 3-1. Erin Keefe ’09 had 12 kills and 15 digs, and Rachel Glass ’09 led the offensive attack with 35 assists. The Knights then dropped a hard fought match to Florsham, 3-1. Again, it was Keefe leading the way with 18 kills. Maci Mascal ’08 added 13 kills. In the final match of the day, the Knights bounced back and beat Immaculata, 3-0. Keefe had 9 kills and 9 digs. Also contributing to the offense were Bridget Hunsinger ’08 and Alex Caan ’08, with six kills each.

Upcoming games: Sept. 21 PAC season home opener vs. Immaculata, 7 p.m.; Sept. 23 at Gwynedd-Mercy, 7 p.m.; Sept. 26 at Marywood, 7 p.m. More info.

Knights Green Leads in Tennis

The Knights fell to Immaculata 7-2 on Saturday and dropped their overall record to 0-5, 0-2 in the PAC. They were led by Julia Green ’07, who won her third straight match at No. 4 singles by a score of 6-3, 6-1 and then teamed up with Sarah Palmer ’09 to take the No. 2 doubles match by a score of 8-4.

Upcoming matches: Sept. 21 home vs. Marywood, 4 p.m.; Sept. 25 at King’s, 1 p.m. More info.

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arcadia in the news


Joan Hulse Thompson, Associate Professor and Co-chair of Political Science, lent her views on the 8th Congressional District in a recent article, “Dems Line Up for Primary Run,” in the Aug. 28 issue of the Intelligencer and the Aug. 30 issue of the Bucks County Courier Times.


Barbara Huggins ’09 was featured in the Hanover (PA) Evening Sun as she prepared to depart for Scotland as part of the First Year Study Abroad Experience.


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