October 4, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia Chosen for Global Learning Project

Arcadia has been chosen as one of 16 institutions to participate in Shared Futures: General Education for Global Learning, a national project that will combine the best theory and practice of general education reform organized around global content.

Shared Futures: Global Learning and Social Responsibility is a multi-project, national initiative of the Association of American Colleges and Universities' Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives. Sixteen colleges and universities have been chosen to work together to use global issues as an organizing framework for creating coherent, integrated, general education programs. The project is supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

“Being chosen to participate in this collaboration is a recognition of Arcadia’s commitment to making global issues an integral component throughout our curriculum,” said Arcadia President Jerry M. Greiner. “It’s also an opportunity for us to collaborate with other universities to explore general education from a global perspective, building upon our experiences with the Justice and Pluralism core courses. While early discussions have begun on the potential for revising Arcadia’s general education curriculum as part of the examination of the first-year student experience, a full faculty review of the need for changes is still pending. Hopefully, our participation in Shared Futures will better inform that review.”

The 16 institutions participating in the Shared Futures program are: Arcadia University, Butler University (IN), California State University-Long Beach (CA), Chandler-Gilbert Community College (AZ), Dickinson College (PA), Drury University (MO), Hawaii Pacific University (HI), Marquette University (WI), Mesa Community College (AZ), Otterbein College (OH), Stephens College (MO), United States Military Academy (NY), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (NC), University of Wyoming (WY), Wheaton College (MA), and Whittier College (CA). Click here for more information about Shared Futures.

Ally Training Open to All Faculty, Staff and Students

Get trained to be an Ally and become a member of the Arcadia University Ally Program. Training will be held in October, with a Pinning Ceremony on Oct. 22. An Ally is a person who believes that all people, regardless of sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.

The featured trainer will be Erin Cross, Associate Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Click here for more information about the Center. Participants can choose one of two training dates: Monday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Suite, or
Saturday, Oct. 22, noon – 2 p.m. in Kuch 204/206. All Allies can participate in the Pinning Ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 2 - 3 p.m., in Kuch 204/206.

Choose a training date and contact Holly in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, at
215-572-4024 or partah32@arcadia.edu. Please RSVP by Oct. 12, 2005.

Next Step: Including Special Education Students in General Classrooms; Panel to Discuss Gaskin Settlement’s Impact

A father and an attorney in the just-resolved class action suit on behalf of students with disabilities, the director of special education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and a special education expert from Arcadia University will discuss implementation of the Gaskin Settlement Agreement on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Stiteler Auditorium.

The Gaskin Settlement Agreement was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Sept. 16, 2005. The statewide class action, Gaskin vs. Pennsylvania Department of Education, was filed in 1994 on behalf of “all school-age students with disabilities in Pennsylvania who have been denied a free appropriate education in regular education classrooms with individualized supportive services, or have been placed in regular education classrooms without the supportive services, individualized instruction, and accommodations they need to succeed in the regular education classroom.” The agreement will require that special education students be educated in regular classrooms with appropriate support services and aids, issues to be addressed by an advisory group to the Department of Education.

The panel discussion, part of the University Colloquium Series, will be on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. with facilitator Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Masters and Certificate Programs in Special Education at Arcadia University, and panelists Joseph Gaskin, father of one of the plaintiffs; Judith Gran, lead attorney for the plaintiffs, and Linda Rhen, Director of Special Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The 2005-06 Colloquium Series is free and open to the public. A coffee reception begins at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer session follows the lecture. Teachers can earn one hour of ACT48 Professional Development credit; forms are available at the colloquium. A complete list of colloquium lectures can be found at www.arcadia.edu/colloquium. For more information, call the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at 215-572-2877.

Worms, Viruses and Spys! Oh My!

Pop-ups, spyware, wireless security and passwords are today’s hottest computer topics. With technology becoming more and more present in the classroom, the need for computer protection is becoming even more crucial. Arcadia’s Information Technology Department understands the need for technology and is dedicated to educating its students on the many steps they can take to protect their computers from harm. For information about those nagging pop-up ads, invasive spyware, security in a wireless environment, and more, visit http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/it/tips.htm.

Remember to Register to Vote by Oct. 11

The deadline for registration for the Municipal Elections is Monday, Oct. 11. The elections will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005. For more information about registering to vote, visit www.arcadia.edu/registrar and click on the Voter Registration link.

Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements.


Campus Events

Employee Benefits Fair is Oct. 4

Arcadia’s annual Benefits Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the Chat Performance Area. Experts from companies such as Independence Blue Cross, FlexAmerica, Aetna and United Concordia will be on hand to answer all your questions.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Today in the Dining Hall

Arcadia will be hosting a number of free events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2005, “The Role of Inspiring Hispanics in the United States,” through Oct. 20. Contact the Student Activities Office at studentactivities@arcadia.edu or 215-572-4082 for more information. Upcoming events include:

  • 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

PFLAG Panel on Supporting Gay, Lesbian Youth on Oct. 6

A panel from Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) will discuss how to create safe and supportive educational environments for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning children and youth on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the University Gallery Room in Landman Library. The discussion, which is open to the public, is sponsored by Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Masters and Certificate Programs in Special Education at Arcadia University. Education students are particularly encouraged to attend. For more on PFLAG, visit www.pflag.org.

Mr. Beaver’s Coming to Arcadia—Contestants Needed by Oct. 8

It’s that time again! The annual Mr. Beaver mock male beauty pageant will be coming to Arcadia on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Kuch Gymnasium. All students, faculty and staff are invited to join in the fun and excitement as the new Mr. Beaver is crowned. Immediately following the pageant will be a dance for the students, set to begin about 10 p.m. in the upper Dining Hall. For more information, contact the Student Programming Board at SPB@arcadia.edu or 215-572-2684.

Contestants are still needed for the Mr. Beaver Pageant. Any current male student is eligible to enter along with one female escort and no more than 15 other women to compete in the talent part of the competition. Interested students can contact any RA, AA and CA to pick up an entry form. All forms are due to the Student Activities Office the week of Oct. 2-8. Entry forms also will be available at a table outside the Dining Hall on Oct. 4 and 5, where the video from last year’s pageant will be on display. So pick a theme, grab a team and try to win the crown!

Flu Shots Available Starting Oct. 10

Flu shots will be available starting Oct. 10 for students, faculty and staff in the Student Health Services Office in the ground floor of Heinz Hall. Shots are free for students and $10 for faculty and staff. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 215-572-2966.

Video Conference Connects Students in Jordon, Glenside

Arcadia students are invited to participate in a video conference with students in Jordan on Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in The Chat. The conference will connect Arcadia students with students in Jordan to discuss strategies for improving relations between the West and Islam. Also included in the conference is a presentation by Dr. Hayat Alvi-Alziz, Assistant Professor of International Studies. This is a first-time event for Arcadia, and all are welcome to participate in this unique and exciting opportunity. The program will be initiated by one speaker who will give a 3-5 minute presentation. After this the students, from the audience, will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers from the students from Jordan.

The video conference will be hosted by Louis Herbst, an undergraduate history student. The event is being co-hosted by Americans for an Informed Democracy (AID) and the Student Action Network.

‘It’s Not All Harry Potter,’ Literacy Expert on Oct. 11

Dr. Jack McGovern, director of the Children’s Literacy Program for the Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Doylestown, Pa., will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Grey Towers Castle as part of Arcadia University’s Colloquium Series.

McGovern’s topic will be “Around the World of Children’s Literacy: It’s not all Harry Potter; The state of international literacy programs and literacy leadership.”

The 2005-06 Colloquium Series is free and open to the public. A coffee reception begins at 7 p.m., and a question-and-answer session follows the lecture. Teachers can earn one hour of ACT48 Professional Development credit; forms are available at the colloquium. A complete list of colloquium lectures can be found at www.arcadia.edu/colloquium. For more information, call the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at 215-572-2877.

Physician Assistant Students Plan Community Service

Physician Assistant Students are inviting Arcadia students, faculty and staff to join them for community service on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Aid for Friends’ Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. At Aid for Friends, students will be cooking and packaging food for the elderly. To help with the community service, contact Aisha Ghias at Aisha.ghias@arcadia.edu by Oct. 4. The community service activity kicks off a month of activities in celebration of Physician Assistant Week, Oct. 6-13, and Primary Care Week, Oct. 17-23. The campus community is invited to the following events:

  • “‘Health for All’ in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities of Linking Policy and Action,” a seminar by Alex Otieno, Sociology Instructor, from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10, in Brubaker 101.
  • “Human Embryonic and Adult Stem Cells: Therapeutic Promise and Ethical Problems,” a seminar by Dr. Michael Atchison, University of Pennsylvania, on Monday, Oct. 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in Brubaker 101.

Family Weekend Oct. 14-16
Savor the Adventure; Enjoy Each Moment

The Student Activities Office invites the Arcadia community to attend Family Weekend 2005. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the Arcadia Family. Students, faculty members, staff members, and family members – all are welcome!

Exciting events scheduled for the weekend include Encore Encore presented by the Theatre Department and Aches and Pains presented Physical Therapy, along with entertaining programs such as the Magic & Illusion Show, the Activities Fair and Picnic lunch featuring the Student Organization’s Carnival, and the movie Madagascar. Casino Mania in the Castle features casino-style games and plenty of prizes. Show the KNIGHT SPIRIT by cheering on Arcadia’s Volleyball and Tennis athletes in their home matches at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14. For more information about Family Weekend, contact the Student Activities Office 215-572-4044 or visit www.arcadia.edu/familyweekend.

Faculty and staff members interested in being dealers at Casino Night (training provided) should contact the Student Activities Office at 215-572-4044 or e-mail Student.Activities@Arcadia.edu.

Very Early Pictures Looks at How Well-known Philadelphia Artists
Got Their Start – As Children

Detail from Charles Burns' Knights-1.

Philadelphia artist Charles Burns has international recognition and a list of impressive credits several pages long. But to see his simple artistic beginning, visitors can come to Very Early Pictures, an exhibition of childhood drawings by contemporary artists now on view at the Arcadia University Art Gallery through Oct. 30. Burns’ drawing—the very work that he calls “the moment that had a lot to with my becoming an artist”—is a pencil sketch of knights in armor that he did at age 5. Don’t miss the detailed model showing the interior and exterior of TV’s Addams Family house built by Los Angeles artist Jeffrey Vallance, one of many early art projects lovingly saved by parents of children who grew up to become famous artists. For more about Very Early Pictures, visit www.arcadia.edu/gallery.

Health and Resource Fair is Oct. 25

The Health and Resource Fair is scheduled for Oct. 25 from 1-4 p.m. in The Chat and on the Alumni Walk of Pride. The fair will include health information, yoga demonstrations and much more. Healthy snacks also will be provided. For more information, call 215-572-2966.

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


Sports Update

Welcome to the newest coaches in the Athletics and Recreation Department:

  • Catrina Cuevas, Assistant Volleyball Coach
  • Jane Singh, Assistant Field Hockey Coach
  • Carol Schnepp, Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
  • Carrie Hydro, Assistant Volleyball Coach
  • Kassie Keenan Patterson, Head Men's and Women's Swimming Coach

Women’s Tennis Gets First Win; Green’s Winning Streak at Six


Saturday at home, the Knights earned their first win of the year as they topped Wesley 7-2. The Knights were lead by Julia Green '07 who won her sixth consecutive PAC match. Other singles winners were Tonya Chupka '06, Sarah Palmer '09, Amanda Sekerke '08 and Shanel Santucci '09. Green and Palmer teamed up to win at #2 doubles, and the #3 doubles team of Jaclyn Zukowski '08 and Santucci also won. In their previous game, the Knights battled but fell just short in a 5-4 loss to Neumann College with wins from Green, Chupka, Sekerke, and Santucci.

Upcoming matches: Oct. 5 at Alvernia, 3:30 p.m.; Oct. 8 home vs. Cabrini, 1 p.m. More info.

Women’s Volleyball Victorious Over Rutgers-Camden

The Arcadia University volleyball team beat Rutgers-Camden 30-28, 30-20, 30-11 on Thursday to even their overall record at 9-9. The Knights were led on offense by Bridget Hunsinger '08 with 9 kills. Erin Keefe '09 and Alex Caan '08 each added 7 kills in the win. Masi Mascal '08 contributed 25 assists. At Scranton last week, Marywood topped the Knights 30-26, 30-32, 31-29, 30-24. The Knights were led Bridget Hunsinger '08 and Erin Keefe '09 who each had 15 kills. Mascal contributed 38 assists on the night while Keefe added 29 digs.

Upcoming games: Oct. 4 home vs. College Misericordia, 7 p.m.; Oct. 6 at Wesley, 7 p.m.; Oct. 8 at Rosemont, 1 p.m.; Oct. 10 home vs. Chestnut Hill, 7 p.m. More info.

Women’s Soccer Topples Alvernia, Immaculata


The Arcadia University Women's Soccer team played a solid game on Saturday, controlling play to beat Alvernia 3-1. The Knights scored first when Stephanie Bates '08 converted a cross from Kaitlyn Adams '08. Maria DeGeorge '06 took a pass from Rachel Beaushesne '08 and beat goalkeeper Katie Einsel to give the Knights a 2-0 halftime lead. Amanda Pote '09 tallied the third goal for the Knights. Alvernia converted on a penalty kick to give the Crusaders their lone goal.

The Knights also dominated Immaculata last week, 7-0. Samantha Calhoun '09 scored the first of her two goals ten seconds into the game. The Knights added four more goals to take a commanding 5-0 lead into halftime. Maria DeGeorge '06 contributed two goals and two assists to lead the offensive attack that produced 30 shots on goal. Danielle Discher '08 and Jamie Bradford also tallied goals to complete the scoring. Michelle Leone '08 and Auralia Kubat '09 combined in goal for the shutout.

Upcoming games: Oct. 5 home vs. College Misericordia, 4 p.m. More info.

Offense Comes Alive in Field Hockey Win Over Rosemont

The Arcadia University women's field hockey team registered 46 shots in their 6-0 victory over Rosemont College on Wednesday. Megan Leadbeater '06 netted a second half hat-trick to lead the way. Jill Hersh '09, Angela Kent '09 and Morgan Hasson '09 each added a goal to complete the scoring. On Saturday, the Knights scored first in the second half only to see Eastern answer with two goals to win the 2-1. Christy Miller '09 scored the lone goal for the Knights.

Upcoming games: Oct. 5 home vs. Cabrini, 4 p.m.; Oct. 11 at Gwynedd-Mercy, 4 p.m. More info.

Men’s Soccer Improves to 5-0 in the PAC


Scott Wimsey '06 scored the game-winning goal Saturday on a penalty kick in the second half as the Knights defeated Neumann College 2-0. Arcadia also topped Wesley last week as Dan McGarry '07 scored two goals to lead the Knights to a 2-1 victory.

Upcoming games: Oct. 8 at Stockton, 3 p.m.; Oct. 12 at Johns Hopkins, 4 p.m. More info.

For Arcadia athletics schedules, scores, and team information, go to: www.arcadia.edu/athletics


arcadia in the news

Gigi Anders, author of Jubana! The Awkwardly True and Dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cuban Goddess, and Arcadia University were mentioned in the Sept. 15 Newsmakers column of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The article mentioned Anders’ discussion of her memoir as part of Arcadia’s University Colloquium and Writers Return to Campus Series.


Deborah Pomeroy, Associate Professor of Education, and Ruthanne Rust, Adjunct Professor of Education, and their generous donation of a motor home to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina were recognized in the Sept. 10 edition of The Intelligencer.

Physical Therapy investigators from Arcadia were mentioned in a recent publication of Bio Mechanics. The article, “Studies of hip fracture outcomes inch toward clinical significance,” discusses whether improvements in physical therapy in hip fracture patients are producing clinically significant gains. Kerstin M. Palombaro, Physical Therapy instructor, was quoted from her June presentation of the group’s findings at the American Physical Therapy Association’s meeting.


Lisa Kessel ’05, now a graduate student in the Master of Art in Education Program, was selected to present at the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure in Salina, Kansas, as part of an annual Primatology Conference in affiliation with the Jane Goodall Institute. Kessel had given a presentation on primates as a requirement for her undergraduate degree at Arcadia. Through her research, Kessel befriended many researchers, anthropologists and foundation executives, which eventually led to her invitation to be a presenter at the conference. Deciding to focus on Arcadia’s Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program (BBPP) headed by Dr. Gail Hearn and Dr. Wayne Morra, Kessel conducted research and interviews to produce her presentation, “Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program: Protecting the Island of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.” Along with her presentation on Oct. 24, Kessel’s research paper on the subject will be published and distributed to a number of primate libraries around the world, including Japan and Scotland as well as in the United States.


Cory J. Keller’ 00, was mentioned in the Reading Eagle for earning his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Keller is currently serving an internship at Reading Hospital.

Oklahoma Secretary of State and former Mayor of Tulsa Susan Savage ’74 was selected as a 2005 inductee into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame for City and Town Officials. Savage has a long and noteworthy career of progressive advancement in municipal government, including serving as a pre-trial representative for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas and serving as the first woman mayor of Tulsa, for which she held the longest mayoral tenure, 10 years. As mayor, Savage was closely identified with efforts to promote gender and racial diversity in government. Her work on efforts such as highway funding, airline service and historic preservation have been formally recognized by the Oklahoma Legislation, and she continues to make significant contributions to Oklahoma through her positive spirit of public service.


Publication Information

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