November 8 , 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Faculty, Staff Named for London/Scotland Preview

Twenty-seven faculty and staff mentors have been selected to accompany more than 275 freshmen on London and Scotland Preview programs in the spring. Click here for the just-released list of faculty and staff mentors.

London/Scotland Preview is a spring break adventure for first-year students at Arcadia University. Begun in 1994, the program has grown in popularity. This year about 180 students will participate in London Preview, 80 will experience the Scotland Preview, and 15 students will initiate the first Preview to Spain. London/Scotland Preview offers students an opportunity to visit a major world capital for only $245. This includes air and ground transportation, hostel accommodation and programmed activities. The trip is designed to be fun and educational. Students get to visit the theatre, historic sites, cathedrals, museums, neighborhoods, and more.

Why does Arcadia offer such an incredible opportunity? Arcadia wants each student to get psyched about study abroad—whether in London, Scotland or elsewhere. That's why Preview participants get the chance to meet students in London and Scotland who are studying abroad. They also meet with the London/Scotland staff of Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad (CEA), which sponsors and organizes study abroad programs for more than 800 Arcadia students annually, along with 2,750 students from more than 300 other colleges and universities.

Enthusiastic Campus Collaboration is Shaping Arcadia's Distinctive Future

Over the past few years, all members of the campus community have had the opportunity to share their thoughts and dreams for the University and identify ways to set Arcadia apart as a distinctive, if not unique, University, a world leader in preparing our students to live and work in a rapidly changing global society.

The result of this collaboration was Arcadia's Ten-Year Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in 2003. When President Jerry Greiner took office in 2004, he immediately began working with the campus community to identify Five Strategic Directions to help the University accomplish the goals of the Ten-Year Plan. Today, through campus summits and the strengths of individual University faculty and staff, Arcadia is defining its vision for the future.

More about this impressive planning process can be found via the Strategic Planning Initative module on MyArcadia's home page.

Annual Fund 2006 Kicks Off With New Programs

The Office of University Advancement kicked off the Annual Fund 2006 with new recognition programs designed to say “thank you” to the alumni, faculty, staff, trustees, parents and friends who support Arcadia. From prestigious annual giving clubs to lifetime and loyal giving societies, the new structures recognize those who help make the Arcadia University Promise a reality.

The new programs will be introduced to donors in many ways, including a new Annual Fund 2006 brochure and a student phonathon. The President’s Circle will recognize donors making gifts of $1,000 or more. Another special designation introduced this year is Castle Benefactors, which recognizes those giving from $250 to $999. As always, Arcadia is grateful to those at the Contributor level, for their gifts up to $249. For more information about Annual Fund 2006, click here.

For the first time in Arcadia University’s history, new recognition societies will honor individuals for their lifetime giving. These new societies are named after former University presidents. The Kistler Society recognizes lifetime giving of $1 million or more. This society is named in honor of the Rev. Dr. Raymon M. Kistler, University President from 1940-60. The Gates Society recognizes lifetime giving of $500,000 to $999,999. This society is named in honor of Dr. Edward D. Gates, University President from 1960-82. The Landman Society recognizes lifetime giving of $100,000 to $499,999. This society is named in honor of Dr. Bette E. Landman, University President from 1985-2004.

Arcadia’s alumni giving rate is among the highest in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, because of each individual who makes a decision to give. The new Knight Society recognizes Arcadia’s most loyal alumni – those who give to the Annual Fund every year.

‘Homecoming’ Teams Compete for Hurricane Relief

Arcadia With two losses on the road in the past two weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles might appreciate a little “Homecoming” celebration at Arcadia next Monday night, Nov. 14. But the people who will benefit the most from the Homecoming festivities are the victims of the recent hurricanes.

As Arcadia students attend the Homecoming Dance on Friday, Nov. 11, for example, they will be donating school supplies along with competing in the Touchdown Dance-Off. The students will compete in teams, with opportunities to earn points throughout the weekend’s events by collecting donations and performing community service hours. At the culmination of the weekend – the Eagles’ Monday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys on screen in The Chat – the team with the most points will win prizes. Halftime also will feature presentation of the first Homecoming Champions trophy, based on Saturday’s flag football game. To find out more about these fun and service-based activities, click here (PDF format).

Dr. Cameron’s Work Ends With Journey to New Orleans

“The homeowners had to wear hazmat masks to enter the building. I did not have a mask, but I poked my head in anyhow, thinking I might help. As I breathed the air in, the mold seared my nostrils. I took only one breath and got out, but the smell of the mold remained in my nose for the rest of the day,” says Dr. Samuel M. Cameron, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, who accompanied Hurricane Katrina victims back into New Orleans for their first look at their homes. Cameron spent three weeks in Louisiana with the Red Cross, providing counseling and other psychological services to survivors of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Click here for his full report, filed on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Student Nominations for Senior Golden Disc Award

Students recently received a Nomination Form for the Senior Golden Disc Award. This most prestigious award is presented to an outstanding student leader at Commencement. The President of the Alumni Association will read the citation to all who gather for Arcadia's Commencement in 2006. The final date to nominate an outstanding student for this award is November 19, when all nominations must be received in the Alumni Office.

Students, don't miss this opportunity to have a voice in deciding the classmate who will receive this great honor. If you have lost your form, please contact the Alumni Office at or 215-572-2160.

Break Zone Celebrates Grand Opening in Boyer Hall

The New Break Zone at Boyer Hall celebrated its grand opening on Monday, Nov. 7, with balloons and banners. Operated by Aramark Dining Services, the convenient new food stop offers various “grab and go” food items and beverages, as well as coffee. It plans to be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Creative Video Explores ‘Scopophilia’ in Murphy Hall

Students in the Creative Video course have produced an installation called “It’s All About Sex, Right?” on display in the foyer of Murphy Hall through Thursday. The installation is a visual interpretation of scopophilia, the fascination with the act of looking, and its erotic value.

“As you enter the foyer space, you will see big walls with staggered peeping holes. Inside each hole, you can watch a video clip. The installation is about the ethics of the act of watching, which is voyeuristic and thus always sexual,” says Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Associate Professor and Director of the Communications Program.

Assistant Professor Alan Powell, who guided students through this project, says, “Essentially, the installation expresses the element of sexuality and eroticism involved with voyeurism, which occurs each time a film is viewed, whether the viewer is aware of it or not. The installations’ staggered ‘peep holes’ reflect the metaphoric keyhole through which film is viewed, and entice the viewer to gaze upon the six different streaming video clips. The individual video clips display seemingly normal (or perhaps bizarre) actions and objects that become sexualized in the context of the installation's structure, therefore suggesting that eroticism is not only in the eye of the beholder, but that any image can be sexualized when placed in a voyeuristic situation.” View installation photos.

Also coming to Murphy this week is a five-channel version of the Wizard of Oz playing on nine video monitors. It will be constructed as an avant garde shadow play and opera. After Thanksgiving, students will do a piece called “Body Politic,” which consists of about 20 full-size cut outs of the students’ bodies with text and images applied to the figures.

Student Designs Arcadia Postcard for President

Meg Hine '06, senior design student, gets the credit for producing this year’s presidential holiday card in a whole new format. The oversize postcard harks back to postcards of bygone days, with images of Glenside and sites from around the world where Arcadia students study. Hine’s artwork was selected from among a design student competition. President Greiner’s handwritten greeting begins, “Warmest wishes for a happy holiday season with your loved ones — from the entire Arcadia University community throughout the world.…”

Professor’s Short Story Wins Faulkner Competition

Adjunct Professor of English Robin Black won first place in the Pirates Alley Faulkner/Wisdom Competition, short story category, which includes works of fiction up to 15,000 words. Her short story, The History of the World, chronicles a trip that begins with a man and woman who are twins and have gone to Italy to celebrate their 60th birthday together, while also, inevitably, sorting through their pasts. The award includes $1,500 and publication in The Double Dealer, a journal put out by Faulkner House.

The Faulkner Words and Music Festival and awards ceremony, based in New Orleans, is tentatively planned for March, “but a lot depends on whether their faculty and guests can make it then, and obviously depends on the conditions in New Orleans, too,” notes Black. “Two of the judges were displaced by Katrina. It's actually pretty amazing I think that the folks of Faulkner House have gone on with this through all the upheaval and worse. But my sense is that ‘soldiering on’ and reasserting that New Orleans is a vital and artistic community really matters to them.”

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Panel to Discuss Ethics of Human Research on Nov. 8

Members of COPRS will present a panel discussion on “The Ethics of Teaching and Research” on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. The discussion will be an open discussion of the ethical issues of using human subjects and the role of an institutional review board in a small liberal arts college. Speakers will include Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology, Jon Church, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Peggy Hickman, Assistant Professor of Education, and Marty Eastlack, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy. All faculty and staff are welcome. Refreshments will begin at 3:45 p.m.

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 DPT Commencement Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 17, 2006.

‘Planted Evidence: Forensic Botany’ Nov. 8

From drug identifications to homicide investigations, the field of Forensic Botany is an interesting and valuable way to help resolve many real world criminal cases. Larry A. Presley, Director of Arcadia’s Forensic Science Program, will speak about the usefulness and importance of Forensic Botany on Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose and Mirror rooms of the Grey Towers Castle.

His presentation, “Planted Evidence: Forensic Botany” is part of the University Colloquium Series. Presley will discuss Forensic Botany applied from ancient Greece to modern America and its use today in criminal cases to analyze plant materials associated with a crime. Whether using plant DNA or wood identification, forensic botany has been used to help solve cases ranging from poisons to rape cases.

The 2005-06 University Colloquium Series is free and open to the public. A coffee reception begins at 7 p.m. The lecture, at 7:30 p.m., is followed by a question-and-answer session. 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 For more information, call the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at 215-572-2877.

Muellner Opens Moscow Plastic Arts in Gallery Nov. 10

The Arcadia University Art Gallery will present Moscow Plastic Arts, an exhibition of new photographs by Ithaca-based artist Nick Muellner, from Nov. 10 through Dec. 18. The twenty ink-jet prints that comprise the exhibition depict views of construction sites in and around Moscow taken during the artist's visits there in 2003 and 2005. As a group, they evoke both the Soviet celebration of labor imagery and the austerity of American Minimalist sculpture, specifically the work of Barry Le Va, Richard Serra, and Robert Smithson. To view images and read more about the exhibit, visit

The exhibition begins with a lecture by Muellner, “The Photograph Commands Indifference,” on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Mirror Room of Grey Towers Castle. A reception will be held after the lecture in the art gallery. Muellner is a photo-based artist, writer, and curator who lives and works in Brooklyn and Ithaca, New York. His work has been exhibited recently at ClampArt and Stark Galleries in New York and Locks Gallery and Project Room in Philadelphia. Muellner received a B.A. in comparative literature from Yale University and an M.F.A. in photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He teaches Photography and Critical Studies at the Park School of Communications, Ithaca College.

The Arcadia University Art Gallery is located in the Spruance Fine Arts Center. The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public. Arcadia University Art Gallery hours are:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: noon – 4 p.m. and by appointment

Arcadia Gives Celebration an International Flavor, Starting Nov. 13

Arcadia University will celebrate Education Week 2005 with the theme Intercultural Interactions, starting Sunday, Nov. 13. Films, special foods in the Dining Hall, a United Nations simulation, and a study abroad fair are just a few of the international events to sample. Click here for complete schedule.

12th Annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner is Nov. 14

The Empty Bowl dinner celebrates its twelfth year next week. The Community Service Center will be hosting the annual dinner on Monday, Nov. 14, from 4:30-8:30 p.m. The dinner is a time for everyone in the community to come together and fight the hunger and homelessness that exist in our community and around the world. This community-wide event is planned by the Community Service Office in honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week. Local schools, artists, and Arcadia students make bowls and donate them to be used at the dinner. Local restaurants, bakeries, markets, and arcadia faculty/staff donate soups, breads, and desserts.

Students or employees who would like to cook or who have restaurant and bakery connections should contact the Community Service Office at 215-572-4000. Look for Ticket Sales outside The Chat during lunch and outside the Dining Hall during dinner Nov. 7-9. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for non-students, plus a non-perishable food item brought to the dinner.

View Arcadia students making bowls for the dinner.

Fall Staff Assembly on Nov. 15

The annual Fall Staff Assembly meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. Speakers include President Greiner.

The Animators Bring Debut Album Performance to The Chat

The Animators will entertain students, faculty and staff over lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in The Chat. This concert is sponsored by the Student Activities Office, Student Programming Board, and International Club.

Born out of a cross-country collaboration between songwriters Devon Copley and Alex Wong, the Animators have come a long way in just a few years. Their self-released debut album, Home By Now, garnered rave reviews and quickly sold out its first pressing. Their songs have been featured in MTV's The Real World, Miramax's Comic Book: The Movie, and on independent radio stations nationwide. Their savvy, insightful songs are both sophisticated and accessible, both intelligent and full of heart. Their inventive arrangements extend the pop palette to include such unusual textures as accordion, glockenspiel and cajon. Their confident sound evokes Coldplay and Simon & Garfunkel, the Postal Service and the Police. But for all their eclecticism and depth, the Animators never fail to deliver big choruses, undeniable melodies, and sticky hooks.

Storytellers Present Dialogue on Islam Nov. 15

As part of International Education Week, Storytellers is holding a dialogue called “Islam: Is it just a Middle East Religion?” This dialogue is an opportunity for students to examine how Western societies perceive the Islamic faith. How do these perceptions influence the treatment of Muslim people? Do Westerners impose their values upon others? Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Assistant Professor of International Studies, will be a guest speaker. The program will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the Landman Library University Gallery Room. For more information about the program or Storytellers, contact the Multicultural Affairs office at 215-572-4088.

Sophocles’ Electra Comes to the Arcadia Theater

Arcadia is proud to present Sophocles’ Electra, the classic Greek tragedy of justice and retribution, at its Mainstage Theatre in the Spruance Fine Arts Center from Nov. 17 through Dec. 4.

Directed by Rosemary Hay, the play tells the story of Electra, a woman troubled by grief and betrayal. Electra’s sister Iphigenia was sacrificed to the gods at the hand of her father, Agamemnon. He, in turn, was betrayed and brutally murdered by his wife, Clytemnestra. The passing years have been hard on Electra, but she will have her revenge. The arrival of her brother, Orestes, provides the opportunity.

Arcadia students cast in Electra include: Cynthia Spitko of Maple Glen, Pa., as Electra; Jason Graboski of York, Pa., as Orestes; Tierney Olthoff of Selden, NY, as Chrysothemis; Sara Landis of York, Pa., as Clytemnestra; Sergil Adams as Aegisthus; Danielle Pennisi of Cedar Grove, NJ, as a Servant; Sara Accardi of Levittown, Pa., in the Chorus; Maura Fox of Philadelphia in the Chorus; and Mellitta McKethan of Philadelphia in the Chorus.

Electra will run from Nov. 17-Dec. 4. Show times are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be no shows the week of Thanksgiving. Tickets are $6 for Arcadia students, $16 general admission and $12 for students, seniors and alumni. For tickets and more information, call 215-572-2112 or visit

Soprano to Perform Music from the Jane Austen Songbook

This year’s Bette E. Landman concert features Julianne Baird singing Music from the Jane Austen Songbook. The concert is Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Castle at 3 p.m. Baird is a world-renowned soprano who has made Baroque music her specialty. She will be accompanied by a pianist and a narrator as they sing, play and recite the words of Jane Austen and music of the time. The concert is free to students and $15 at the door for all others. For more information, call the Community Scholars at 215-572-2914.

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Sukkot Festival Celebrated

Students gathered on Tuesday, Oct. 25, to build a sukkah (structure in background) and wave a lulav (green branch) and etrog (lemon-like fruit) in celebration of the ancient Jewish festival of Sukkot.

Tower Thanks Those with Sweet Tooth for Help in Fund Raiser

On Sunday, Oct. 23, the Greiner kitchen became a hurricane relief center for 12 hours as staff from the Tower baked 132 cupcakes, 29 dozen cookies, 66 brownies, 42 giant Rice Krispie treats, 38 tea breads, and 13 cakes. The proceeds of $653 will be donated to the North Shore Animal League America’s Hurricane Katrina animal rescue efforts.

The bakers want to thank all those who ordered baked goods. They also extend special thanks to President and Mrs. Greiner for donating the use of their kitchen and helping with the baking. The President not only came up with the recipe for the Rice Krispie treats, says Tower Editor Kristen Riley, he also made them all himself. Thanks also go to Community Service Coordinator Cindy Rubino, Linda Pongonis, the staff at North Shore Animal, and the staff of the Tower.

Sports Update

Women Knights Down Misericordia for PAC Championship, Advance to NCAA Tournament on Wednesday

The #3 seeded Arcadia women’s soccer team defeated the #1 seeded Misericordia Cougars 4-2 to bring home the PAC Championship on Saturday, Nov. 5. The Cougars struck first, but the Knights responded quickly with a goal by Amanda Pote ’09 assisted by Erin Metz ’09. The Knights tallied two more goals, one by Samantha Calhoun ’09 and another by Pote, in the first half. Maria DeGeorge ’06 assisted on both goals for the Knights.

The game went into half-time with Arcadia leading 3-2 after Misericordia scored a second goal with less than two minutes left in the half. Calhoun added some insurance for the Knights by netting her second goal just over a minute into the second half. The score remained 4-2 for the duration of the half, resulting in a victory for the Knights and the first women’s soccer championship for Arcadia since 2000. Because of her outstanding offensive contributions, Calhoun was named MVP of the game. With the win, the Knights will advance to the NCAA Tournament and will travel to Haverford for the first round on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m.

DeGeorge, Calhoun and Adams Earn All-Pac Honors

The 2005 All-PAC Women's Soccer Team was announced on Nov. 7, with several Arcadia players earning honors. Congratulations to Maria DeGeorge '06, who was named to the first team, and Samantha Calhoun '09 and Kaitlyn Adams '08, who were named to the second team. Amanda Pote '09 was honorable mention All-PAC. Also announced today was the All-PAC Women's Soccer Sportsmanship Team, which included Arcadia's Christine Snow '08.

Men's Final Comes Down to Penalty Shots

It doesn’t get any closer than this! The Arcadia Men's soccer team ended their season on Saturday, the game coming down to penalty shots after overtime failed to produce a winner. When the teams lined up for the penalty shots, the game was still 0-0. The loss to Eastern in the PAC semifinal puts the Knights second in the conference and brought their amazing season to an end. The results of the penalty shots had the Knights coming up short in a 5-4 score.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming

Upcoming matches: Nov. 12 home vs. FDU-Florham, 1 p.m.

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


arcadia in the news


A columnist for the Wichita Eagle quoted Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology, on Nov. 2: “A 2003 article in the Christian Science Monitor gave me a hint. ‘Rosa Parks' legacy is in danger,’ said Loury, a professor of African-American studies at Arcadia University in Philadelphia, in the (Christian Science) Monitor. ‘Not because of its mention in popular movies and song, but because so few Americans who can recognize the great lady's face on a poster have any idea what legal, political, and personal struggles put her there.’"

Dr. Jim Paradis, Adjunct Professor of History, will be speaking at a meeting of the Old York Road Historical Society on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. Dr. Paradis will be discussing Camp William Penn, a training camp for black troops in the American Civil War. The meeting will be held at the Jenkintown Library.

In the summer of 1863 a new organization in Philadelphia, the Union League, worked to recruit black soldiers into the Union army. A training camp was established in Cheltenham, Pa., not far from Arcadia's present campus. The camp ajoined the property of Lucretia Mott, the Quaker abolitionist and women's rights advocate. Eleven regiments with more than 10,000 African Americans formed and trained at Camp William Penn. Three of the soldiers from these regiments received the Medal of Honor for their bravery. These units fought in a number of significant battles as far away as Olustee, Fla. They played a major role in the capture of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Willmington, North Carolina. They were among the first troops to march into these cities when they fell. They also pursued the army of Robert E. Lee to Appomattox and were present for the final surrender. After the war ended, the site of Camp William Penn became an integrated community that today is called Lamott, after Lucretial Mott.


Publication Information

Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: students Michelle Leone '08, Bridget Curtis '08 and Fred Lazzati '06. Photos by Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.

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