October 11, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Delaware Valley Financial Services Co-Founder
Elected Chair of Board

Arcadia Alumna is Mentor to Women Business Leaders

Lois Haber

Lois Haber, co-founder and retired CEO and president of Delaware Valley Financial Services Inc. (DVFS) and a mentor to women business leaders, has been elected Chair of the Board of Trustees at top-ranked Arcadia University. Haber is the first graduate of Arcadia to serve as Chair. She replaces Joseph L. Castle II, founder, chairman and CEO of Castle Energy Corp., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company. Castle, a tireless advocate of the University, passed away in August.

“Lois’ in-depth knowledge of Arcadia’s past, her outstanding business sense, and her commitment to the University’s promise – to offer its students a distinctively global, practical and personal learning experience to help them contribute and prosper in a rapidly changing world – make her the perfect choice to lead the University,” said Arcadia President Jerry M. Greiner.

As CEO and president, Haber used customer service as a strategic marketing advantage for DVFS, a leading third-party administrator to the insurance industry, providing variable and fixed annuities and variable life insurance. The company negotiated client contracts with the nation’s largest life insurance companies and oversaw fiscal and human resource management, business recovery, and interactions with federal and state regulatory agencies.

Working with industry leaders, DVFS was instrumental in establishing national administrative standards for annuity processing and received the industry’s most prestigious awards for quality service. In 2003, DVFS was sold to Allianz Life Insurance of North America – at the time the fastest-growing provider of annuities in the country.

Post retirement, Haber continues her role as mentor to CEOs of early and mid-stage companies. She is currently on the board and has served as chair of the Center for Women’s Business Research, and she has been an invited speaker at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the Small Business Development Center and Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. Haber is also a member of Innovation Philadelphia's MAG (Mid-Atlantic Angel Group) Fund, created to leverage various public and private funding resources to provide equity capital to seed early-stage, technology-based high-growth companies.

A member of the Committee of 200, an international, professional organization of women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders, Haber has been honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners as Woman Business Owner of the Year, recognized by Women Making History, and selected for Pennsylvania’s Honor Roll of Women and as one of Pennsylvania’s Top 50 Women in Business. She also has been featured in several articles in national publications on the topic of entrepreneurship.

Haber earned a B.A. degree from Arcadia in 1971, and CLU and ChFC designations from The American College. Since being elected to Arcadia’s Board of Trustees in 1997, Haber has served as its vice chair and as a member of the Finance, Building and Grounds, Human Resources, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, University Advancement and International Programs committees.

IM a Librarian at Landman Library

The Arcadia University Landman Library is offering a new service. Students can now send an IM, or Instant Message, to a reference librarian to get help finding information or using the online catalog. Students can IM the reference librarian at the screen name AUReference from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. using America Online Instant Messenger (AIM).

This new feature helps not only students on campus, but also students who commute and may be researching a paper and having difficulty finding information.

Click here to download America Online Instant Messenger for free. To use AIM, open a new IM and enter the library’s Buddy Name, AUReference, in the “to” field.

Students can still call the reference librarian at 215-572-2138 or e-mail any one of the three reference librarians, Karen Kohn, Calvin Wang, and Anne Ziegler. The Reference Desk is located inside the main entrance of the library. The reference collection consists of a wide variety of dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, bibliographies, and standardized resources. Numerous periodical indexes also are available.

Open Enrollment Deadline for Employee Benefits is Oct. 13

The Open Enrollment deadline for employees is Thursday, Oct. 13. During Open Enrollment, employees can change medical or dental plans, add or delete dependents, or set up a Flexible Spending Account for the new plan year, which begins Nov. 1. Information packets on the medical and dental plan options are available in the Office of Human Resources.

FSAs Let Employees Use Pre-Tax Dollars for Medical Expenses

Flexible Spending Accounts are saving Arcadia employees hundreds of dollars a year. “This plan is for your benefit,” says Lorraine M. Yearicks, Senior HR Representative. “Take a few minutes and think about how much you spent this year for medical expenses, including over-the-counter drugs for yourself and your family. Your tax savings could have been as high as 30 percent if you had participated in an FSA!” Enrollment only happens once a year. Don't miss another year of savings. Check out the FlexAmerica brochure included in employees’ Open Enrollment packet. Or call Yearicks in Human Resources, 215-572-2788, for more information on how to save more money. The deadline for enrolling is Thursday, Oct. 13.

New Cultural Events Calendar Now on Web

A new Cultural Events Calendar Web page highlights the many cultural events available at Arcadia University. The page prominently features the Distinguished Speakers Series, as well as theatre, art and literary events and educational speakers in the University Colloquium Series. The page is available at www.arcadia.edu/culturalevents or from the "What's happening" page or the News & Events menu of the University Web site.

Faculty Can Purchase Academic Attire Nov. 8

Faculty interested in purchasing academic attire, which can be less expensive than renting it for the various academic ceremonies held each year at Arcadia, can consult a representative from Oak Hall Academic Attire on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in The Chat. Orders placed at that time will be available for faculty who will be participating in the Winter DPT Commencement Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006.

Dazzling Performance Launches ‘Writers Return to Campus’

Author Gigi Anders and
Dr. Richard Wertime

The University couldn’t have gotten off to a better start with its new program of visiting writers, “Writers Return to Campus,” launched in tandem with the first of this year’s University Colloquium presentations on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Former Arcadia undergraduate Gigi Anders—for many years a Washington Post staff writer—gave a reading from her recent wildly successful memoir, Jubana! The Awkwardly True and Dazzling Adventures of a Jewish Cuban Goddess!

The evening event packed the Mirror Room of Grey Towers Castle, and Anders did not disappoint! It was a bravura performance (Anders had auditioned at one point for the Yale School of Drama), complete with dazzling renditions of her mother’s hilarious Cuban-American patterns of speech. That same afternoon, Anders held a master class for 10 select students interested in writing memoirs—and gave them well more than their money’s worth in the way of a considered, detailed response to their individual works.

“Writers Return to Campus” invites back to Arcadia former students who have notable successes in their literary careers. This spring, the second such writer, celebrated children’s author and poet Jan Bryant, will give an evening reading from her work, preceded by an afternoon workshop, on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Her appearance also will be co-sponsored by the “Writers Return to Campus” program and the University Colloquium Series.

“Writers Return to Campus” was developed by English Professor Dr. Richard Wertime, with the intent to show students, first-hand, that “you can get there from here” in the literary world by bringing back those whose determination and commitment to their craft have enabled them to establish themselves as serious writers.

Career Services Block Party Draws a Crowd

Many students, alumni, faculty and staff turned out to enjoy the Career Services Block Party – an evening of socializing and activities on a warm fall evening outside Knight Hall on Sept. 27. Students gathered around tables set out on the lawn to enjoy the barbeque provided by Dining services and listen to a variety of music thanks to Arcadia’s very own deejay, Nick Luchko, Residence Hall Area Coordinator. A large group formed to dance to the Electric Slide and other favorites. Nearby, palm and tarot card readers and a caricature artist entertained others. Students also could learn more about Career Services by visiting the information booth or engaging in informational games and activities.

PA Students Make Soup, Pasta for Elderly

Physician’s Assistant (PA) students worked in teams to prepare meals for elderly and frail residents through their community service at Aid for Friends last weekend. They prepared 420 soups and 200 pasta dinners and delivered foods to six houses. The following Physican’s Assistant students helped out: Gayatri Salwan, Natalie Scheidt, Christen Pacillo, Matthew Light, Jeremiah Altman, Gregory Sandine, Hoang Dinh, Kimberly Carrigan, Patrick Tomafsky, and Shannon Baker.

“As a PA team, it was a lot of fun to make soup and pasta in a huge kitchen. We were very creative. We made chicken noodle soup with string beans, beef stock and vegetable, and pasta with tomato sauce. We took many pictures, and they will be posted on the PA Web page. Overall, we had fun serving our community and representing the PA profession,” said Aisha Ghias, who coordinated the event. “I would also like to thank the American Medical Student Association for providing us with funds to celebrate National Primary Care Week.”

This community service was dedicated to celebrating National Physician Assistant Week, Oct. 6-12, and National Primary Care Week, Oct. 17- 23. Upcoming events also include the lecture, “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.

Blood Drive is Arcadia’s Biggest Ever – Thanks to 147 Donors

A special thanks goes to everyone who donated blood at this year's Blood Drive on Sept. 27 and 28. This year was the biggest turnout for an Arcadia Blood Drive, with more than 147 students, faculty, staff and community members taking the time to donate, said Nicholas J. Luchko, Residence Life Area Coordinator. Special thanks to the members of Residence Hall Council and blood drive committee members Alyssa Jeral, Janell Hetro, Kelly Morgan, Megan Corcoran and Kevin Hughes, who demonstrated outstanding student leadership to make this year's drive successful!

Students Win Online Contest Gift Certificates

The following students won prizes in an online contest sponsored by the Counseling Center and the Alcohol and Other Drug Program. Students had to visit Web sites to answer questions about emotional wellness and substance abuse. The winners are: Erin Brandt, a $100 gift certificate to Target; Melissa Yunas, a $50 gift certificate to the Willow Grove Mall; Chrissy Bonaccorsi, a $25 gift certificate to Rizzo’s, and Bonnie Bears, a $10 gift certificate to Wawa.

Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements.


Campus Events

Sale of Baked Goods to Help Animal Victims of Katrina

The Tower is sponsoring a sale of baked goods to help the North Shore Animal League of America’s efforts in aiding pets and animals affected by Hurricane Katrina. Baked goods will be made to order and delivered to campus on Oct. 24. Order forms can be found online at www.arcadia.edu/communityservice and by clicking on the Calendar portion and finding "Sweet Relief." Orders and payment need to be turned in by Thursday, Oct. 20. All baked goods can be picked up in the Community Service office on Monday, Oct. 24. For more information, e-mail The Tower or call Kristen Riley at 215-572-8220.

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.

‘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.

‘Celebration of Life’ To Honor Professor Emeritus Carr

On Friday, Oct, 14, at 3 p.m. in Boyer 104, the Psychology Department will hold a "Celebration of Life" service for William Carr, Professor Emeritus, who passed away on Sept. 29. Dr. Carr was Professor of Psychology from January 1970 until his retirement in September 1991, then continued to teach and conduct animal research projects for several years as an adjunct professor. Students voted Carr Professor of the Year in 1987. He served in the Army during World War II. He is survived by his wife, Jean, two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. All members of the campus community are invited to the celebration.

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, Madagascar, and Casino Mania in the Castle. For more information about Family Weekend, contact the Student Activities Office 215-572-4044 or visit www.arcadia.edu/familyweekend.

Health and Resource Fair is Oct. 25

The Health and Resource Fair is scheduled for Tuesday, 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.

Tales of ‘Haunted Hotel’ on Oct. 29

Campus and community members are invited to a tour of this year’s “Haunted Hotel” at Grey Towers Castle on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 6-8 p.m. Come share the tales of its past, present and future. The cost of the tour is $5 for adults and $3 for children and students with college ID. The Haunted Castle Program is sponsored by the Society for Castle Restoration Student Organization. For more information, contact Liz at 267-620-8272 or Ashley at 267-620-8227, or e-mail scr@arcadia.edu.

Save the Date – Winter Commencement

Save the date for Arcadia’s first Winter Commencement, when Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees will be conferred on Friday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium. Faculty, emeriti and administrators will receive a memo and a reply card in early November. More information on the ceremony will be posted in upcoming Bulletins.

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


Sports Update

Men’s Soccer Gets Huge Win Over No. 22-ranked DeSales

The Arcadia Men’s soccer team came out pumped up last week to take on the 22nd ranked team in the nation, DeSales. The men dominated the first 20 minutes of the game, drawing a bigger and bigger crowd around the field as the scoreless game progressed. The action and intensity kept building after half-time, with Arcadia’s goalie, Ralph Giangiulio ’06, coming up with a huge diving save to keep the game tied. At the end of regulation the game was still 0-0, which meant sudden death overtime.

Scott Wimsey was named the PAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week.

The men’s soccer team seems to thrive in overtime, and this game was no different. After the first 10-minute overtime, the game remained scoreless. Moving further and further into the second overtime, the tension mounted, and then the Knights got their break. DeSales committed a foul in the box, giving the Knights a penalty kick. Scott Wimsey ’06 stepped up for the PK and nailed it into the back of the net for the 1-0 win. The excitement was overwhelming for both the fans and the athletes as the Knights ran out on the field and then, excitement showing on their faces, walked across the field to thank their fans. With this big win, the men’s team moved to 8-2-2 overall and 5-0 in the PAC.

Upcoming games: Oct. 12 at Johns Hopkins, 4 p.m.; Oct. 15 at Alvernia, 3 p.m. More info.

Leone Holds on 110 Minutes for Shutout

Arcadia University and Albright University battled for 110 minutes on Monday but could produce no winner as they tied 0-0. The Knights defense held Albright to nine shots on goal. Goalkeeper Michelle Leone '08 recorded the shutout.

Upcoming games: Oct. 13 at Philadelphia Bible, 4 p.m. More info.

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


arcadia in the news

In a review of the Arcadia Art Galleries’ Very Early Pictures exhibition on Friday, “Artists in their refrigerator days: What did they make for mom? Arcadia looks back,” Edward Sozanski called the children’s art exhibit “an intriguing genre” that “raises provocative questions about the roots of creativity. And some of the drawings will startle and delight you.” The review appeared in the Oct. 7 Weekend section of the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Publication Information

Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: students Michelle Leone, Bridget Curtis, and Jennifer Vessells, and Dr. Richard Wertime, Professor of English. Photos by Dr. Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Jennifer Vessells.

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 UR@arcadia.edu or call Lori Bauer, University Relations, 215-572-2970.