November 15, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Students Examine Epic with Others in India via
Blackboard Course Site

Students in the Global Justice (ID 111.7) course are conducting an online conversation with students in Chennai and Mumbai, India, on the story of Ekalavya and human rights. In an Indian epic called Mahabharata, Ekalavya is a lower-caste laborer who desires to be a great warrior. Drona, the great teacher, turns down his request to be a pupil.

Disappointed but not discouraged, Ekalavya returns to the forest and teaches himself archery using the image of his teacher, Drona. When Drona learns of this, he realizes Ekalavya is a threat to his princely students the Pandavas and demands a fee which is due according to Indian ethics. Drona asks for Ekalavya’s right thumb, which he gladly offers, making himself entirely unable to hold a bow, let alone be an archer. Although the loss of the thumb disables Ekalavya, he is taken to be the ideal student, dedicated to the act of learning and to the teacher.

The discussion is moderated by Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Associate Professor, on the Blackboard course Web site. “This has added a new dimension to the course, and I hope we do more of this in other courses as well,” Deshpande says. His recent posting on Blackboard talks about an educational television channel that is called Ekalavya. “It presents lessons and videos on a number of technical, social and humanities issues. It is a ‘self-learning’ channel. So I talked to the producer of the television channel and had a long discussion with him at the Delhi airport… He said that his audiences (and everyone else he works with) understand what the channel means. They know that education, while it is free here, is not easily available to some because people are working (for this or that reason). They value learning anyway, and they find this channel very useful.

“Finally, I asked him (Mr. Chatterjee) in a lighthearted way if the TV channel would ask for the thumbs of the viewers because they were getting free education. He laughed out loud and said that is the least worrisome part of that story! I asked him pointedly, ‘Why is that?’ His answer: ‘Who cares about the thumb? It is the learning that counts!’”

Enthusiastic Campus Collaboration is Shaping
Arcadia's Distinctive Future

Through impressive collaboration, the Arcadia campus community has made great strides in moving forward the goals it identified to meet the University’s five Strategic Directions. Creation of the Student Service Center in Knight Hall, completion of study abroad “Pathways” allowing all majors to easily determine how they can study abroad, development of “Information Commons” in the Library for students to collaborate using the latest technology and multimedia, and submission of “big ideas” proposals to Faculty Council are just a few of the many projects moving ahead.

Based on the University’s Ten-Year Plan, the Strategic Directions highlight Arcadia’s traditional strengths and outline ways the University can expand and showcase those strengths through curricular and student life enhancements supported by new revenue sources. These efforts will set Arcadia apart from its competitors as a distinctively global, practical and personal learning environment essential to prepare today’s students to compete in a rapidly changing world.

To review all the goals outlined in the Strategic Directions and the progress being made toward them, go to the Strategic Planning Initative module on MyArcadia's home page.

Laptops Available for Use in Library

For the convenience of students, staff and faculty, seven laptops are available for checkout to use in the library. All of the laptops have a wireless connection and contain basic software such as Microsoft Office. These computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be checked out for five hours at a time with one renewal. As with all library materials, an Arcadia ID is needed for checkout.

‘How the Well Are You?’ Survey Coming this Week

A “How the Well Are You” survey will be arriving in the Arcadia e-mail boxes of full-time undergraduate students. Complete the survey and be entered to win great prizes such as CHAT points and Gift Certificates! Please note that individual responses will not be associated with specific e-mail addresses, and the confidential survey will not be seen by Arcadia staff or students. For more information, call Emily DePaul in Counseling Services.

Staff Peer Recognition Nominations Sought

“If you have noticed a Staff Member around you who does an extraordinary level of work, you can nominate him or her for a Peer Recognition Award,” says Katie Kelly, Staff Council's Peer Recognition Coordinator. All nominees receive a Peer Recognition certificate, a personalized letter, and their names added to the Staff Council web page on MyArcadia. To nominate someone, send an e-mail to Katie Kelly in Human Resources at

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 Nov. 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. For a form, please contact the Alumni Office at or 215-572-2160.

Moscow Plastic Arts in Gallery This Month

Detail from photograph in Moscow Plastic Arts.

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 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


Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements.



Arcadia Gives Celebration an International Flavor

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.

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.

Faculty, Staff, Administrators Invited to Oasis Nov. 16

Faculty, staff, and even administrators, are invited to the third Oasis of the fall semester, to be held this Wednesday, Nov. 16, beginning at 4 p.m., on the stage in the newly renovated Stiteler Auditorium. Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres and assorted beverages will be served.

Students Invited to Graduate Open House on Nov. 17

Arcadia’s annual Graduate Open House is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. Stop by to meet individually with faculty members to learn more about Arcadia’s Graduate Programs. Students can learn more about Arcadia’s nationally renowned health care programs in Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Genetic Counseling as well as apply and register for courses.

Two special sessions will be held throughout the evening including “Everything You Need to Know About the Teacher Certification Process” at 4:15, 5:15 and 6:15 p.m. and “Everything You Need to Know About Graduate Financial Aid” at 4:30 and 5:15 p.m.

Information also will be provided on Arcadia’s new and innovative M.B.A. with an International Perspective. Register by calling the Office of Enrollment Management at 1-877-ARCADIA.

Healthy Relationships Workshop Begins Nov. 17

A Healthy Relationships Workshop will be held Thursdays in the Counseling Center Conference Room on Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 18 from 4 to 5 p.m. Students are invited to come learn about keeping all the relationships in their lives healthy and how relationships affect each person. For more information, call Emily DePaul in Counseling Services.

Meditation Session Includes Bhakti Yoga on Nov. 18

Meditation: Listening to Your Spiritual Voice, a meditation session, will be held from noon-2 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 18, in Kuch 204/206. The session, which includes Bhakti Yoga, a presentation by Grace Song and Gayatri Salwan and refreshments, is sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and Wellness Services as part of Education Week. Click here for more events.

Sophocles’ Electra Comes to the Arcadia Theatre

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

‘Peacekeepers’ Documents U.N. Mission to Congo Nov. 29

Louis Herbst in conjunction with the International Studies Department, will be hosting a screening of “Peacekeepers,” a powerful new documentary chronicling the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The screening, co-sponsored by the International Studies Program, is a continuation of Herbst’s ED 411 project, in which he asked himself the question, “How can I save the world?” The screening will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall.

Staff Council Plans Dancing Lessons Nov. 30

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Staff Council is hosting an On-Campus Dancing Lesson at 5 p.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. Come learn the basics of Swing, the Cha Cha and the Waltz. Lessons and demonstrations are by Ginny Blaisdell and Sam Martin. No partners are necessary.

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.

Order Regalia by Dec. 2 for DPT Ceremony

Arcadia’s first DPT Commencement Ceremony will be held on Friday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall. Faculty, emeriti and administrators are invited to march in the academic procession.

Those who do not own academic attire can rent needed items from the Bookstore. Since this ceremony precedes the Honors Convocation Ceremony in March, an agreement has been made with Oak Hall Academic Apparel that allows rental attire to be kept by participants and used again for Honors Convocation on March 25. To take advantage of this opportunity‚ participants can place orders in person (no phone or e-mail orders) at the Bookstore no later than Dec. 2 to guarantee delivery in time for the DPT Ceremony.

View the University Events Calendars
on and MyArcadia.



Psi Chi Inducts New Members

Current Psi Chi members and new inductees are: back row, Alex Benjamin, Jacqueline LaPorta, Dane Eichert, and Amanda Black; middle row, Angela Sherlock, Lauren Young, Melissa Giampaolo, Erin Brandt, Samuel Segal, Carol Lyman; front row: Leslie Tippet, Courtney Jung, Marianne Miserandino, Bridget A. Nemeth and Melissa Yuhas. Missing from photo: Jennifer Christensen and Veronica Bowlan.

Nine members of the Arcadia community—seven students and two faculty members—were inducted into the University’s chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology. The new inductees are: Veronica Bowlan (Adjunct Professor of Psychology), Erin Brandt, Amanda Black, Jennifer Christensen, Dana E. Eichert, Carol Lyman (Administrator MA Counseling Psychology), Samuel Adam Segal, Angela Marie Sherlock and Melissa Ann Yuhas.

Psi Chi, a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and an affiliate of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society, was founded in 1929 during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology. The purpose of the society is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. Membership is awarded to qualified graduate and undergraduate men and women studying psychology.

Knight Madness Draws More Than 600 Students

Knight Madness was a huge success, with more than 600 students coming out to support the Arcadia athletic teams and show their school spirit. Residence Hall Council would like to thank everyone who helped with the event and all of the students who came out and participated. For a recap of the event and photos, click here.

Sports Update

Women's Soccer Ties Haverford, Haverford advances in PKs 3-2

After 110 minutes of play in the first round of the NCAA women’s soccer tournament on Nov. 11, the score was deadlocked at 1-1. In penalty kicks, Arcadia made the first shot and Haverford's first shot was brilliantly saved by Arcadia's keeper Michelle Leone '08. Arcadia then missed the second shot, and Haverford converted. Each team then made and missed a shot each in the next two shots. It came down to the fifth shooter, and Arcadia's shot was saved by Haverford's keeper. Haverford advanced to play #1 Messiah on Saturday by converting the final PK.

Arcadia opened up the scoring in the 53rd minute of regulation as Patty Robb '07 blasted a shot past the Haverford goalkeeper to put the Knights ahead 1-0. A minute and a half later, Haverford answered with a goal off a corner kick to tie the game at 1-1. Arcadia finished the season as 2005 PAC Champions and with a 13-6-2 overall record and a 7-3 PAC record.

Bottom Row Sitting: (Left to Right) Auralia Kubat, Erin Metz, Rachel Beauchesne, Maria DeGeorge, Stephanie Bates, Danielle Discher, Christine Snow, Michelle Leone. Middle Row Kneeling: (Left to Right) Ashley French, Petrina Pappas, Samantha Calhoun, Emily Underwood, AnnMarie McGarry, Amanda Pote, Katelyn Adams. Top Row Standing: (Left to Right) Coach Rick Brownell, Krystle Jackson, Kelli Ricco, Marie O’Neil, Kaitlyn Adams, Jamie Bradford, Patty Robb, Kat Kraemer

10 Men's Soccer Players Earn All-PAC

Ten Arcadia men’s soccer players made the All-PAC team. Ralph Giangiulio ’06, Kevin Lee '06, Dan McGarry '08, and Scott Wimsey '06 all earned First Team All-PAC honors for the 2005 season. Matt Abate '07, Matt Benner '09, Chris Brunetti '07, Aaron Foss '07, and Pete Sokolski '08 all earned Second Team All-PAC honors. Stefan Szygiel '07 earned a spot on the All-PAC Sportsmanship Team.

Leadbeater, Qualls Earn All-PAC in Field Hockey

The 2005 All-PAC Field Hockey Team was announced on Nov. 8, and Arcadia was represented by two players. Megan Leadbeater '06 and Nicole Qualls '06 were named to the first team. Qualls also was honored as a member of the All-PAC sportsmanship team.

Hunsinger Named All-PAC in Volleyball

Congratulations to outside hitter Bridget Hunsinger '08, who was named to the Second Team All-PAC on Nov. 11. Maci Mascal '08 was selected as an honorable mention. The 2005 All-PAC Volleyball Sportmanship Team includes Sam Schadd '09.

Graduate Students Lead the Way for Women’s Basketball

Season Outlook: The Knights return six letter winners from their 2004-05 team, including second team All-Pac performer Caitlin Sparks. The Knights’ roster also was bolstered by the return of Amanda Holroyd, Becky Soda and Stephanie Smolinsky, who did not play last season but are returning for their final year as graduate players.

Soda returns as the University’s all-time leading scorer and only 1,000 point scorer. Junior Julia Green is a transfer and should add depth to the post positions. Freshmen Becca Knight, Shannon Bustin, and Melissa Pendleton will be counted on to provide solid minutes in the rotation that also includes junior Katie Lynch, junior Lauren Bateman and Sophomore Stephanie Bates. Sophomore Krystle Jackson will be looked to provide a spark off the bench. First-year Coach Shannon Howley is optimistic that 2005-06 season will better their 04-05 record. The Knights will tip-off their season Friday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. when they play Lebanon Valley in the Rinso Marquette Women's Basketball Tournament.

Upcoming games: Nov. 18 at Lebanon Valley, 5 p.m.; Nov. 19 at Lebanon Valley, 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. (tournament games- Time TBD); and Nov. 29 at Baptist Bible, 6 p.m. More info.

Men’s Basketball

Upcoming games: Lebanon Valley Tournament: Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, times TBD; Nov. 22 at Muhlenberg, 8 p.m.; and Nov. 27 at Lycoming, 3 p.m. More info.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming

Upcoming meets: Nov. 20 vs. Gallaudet/PSU-Altoona away, 1 p.m.

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


arcadia in the news

Arcadia University’s Fall 2005 Distinguished Speaker, playwright Donald Margulies, was listed in the Oct. 19 Times Chronicle and Glenside News for his Oct. 25 lecture.


Dr. Thomas M. Brinker Jr., Professor of Accounting at Arcadia University, will speak on Thursday, Dec. 8, on year-end planning issues, including Hurricane Katrina tax relief, at The American College’s, 22nd annual Tax Planning Update for 2006. He is giving a presentation on "Individual Tax Developments for 2005," including the tax implications of recent legislation regarding the Hurricane Katrina relief provisions passed by Congress in September.

Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Associate Professor and Director of the English, Communications, and Theatre Arts Department, presented a lecture on Nov. 4 at the Prasad Academy of Film in Chennai Madras on "Image: A Creative Treatment of Actuality." Deshpande also was interviewed by journalist Cuckoo Susan for Indian Express in Chennai. The interview appeared in the Sunday, Nov. 13, edition. The topic was "Independent Filmmaking." John Wells, Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad Director of Enrollment Management, and Deshpande were interviewed on a radio station in Chennai (91.2 MOP FM) on study abroad and perceptions of India.

Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology, was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 10 in an article about the role of teens in the civil rights movement: “Dr. Loury teaches a course on racism. She says none of her students, black or white, knew anything about Barbara Johns when the course began. She shows them documentary footage of young civil-rights activists, including grade-school children being jailed for protesting. ‘These were babies,’ she says.”

A news release by Catholic Charities USA sent from Geneva, Switzerland, on Nov. 8 highlighted the donation of their motor home by Dr. Deborah Pomeroy, Associate Professor of Education, and Ruthanne Rust, Adjunct Professor of Education. The release noted that the Catholic Community Services of Baton Rouge is using the motor home as a temporary office to reach outlying areas.


Rochelle Renee Peterson, the founder and CEO of Perceptions Unlimited and Arcadia’s Assistant Dean of Multicultural Affairs, has been consulting, training, and coaching since 1992. She spoke as part of the Multicultural Lecture Series Unlocking Your Cultural Toolbox on Nov. 8 at Lebanon Valley College.


Sandy Hewitt’s article "Gwynedd Mercy Academy stages a lively 'Pajama Game'" ran in the Nov 9 - 15 edition of the The Montgomery News "Ticket" section. She has been invited to do more reviews for the Ticket. “The opportunity to get published is very exciting,” she notes, “and I am eternally grateful to Professor Lawrence Atkins and Professor Gretchen Haersch for their encouragement.”


Pamela Ann Martin, ’03 International Peace and Conflict Resolution graduate, was featured in a story in the Times Herald, Norristown edition, on Oct. 20. Her company, Molimar Export, helps firms do limited business with Cuba.


Publication Information

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

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