November 22, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

President Greiner Invites Discussion of University's Shared Vision for the Future

Through impressive collaboration, the Arcadia campus community has made great strides in moving forward the goals it identified to meet the University’s Strategic Directions. To continue this momentum, President Greiner is hosting a series of open meetings for faculty and staff to discuss the University's next steps in meeting its goals. Also discussed will be the overall state of the University and the developing “Arcadia Promise," a document that defines the University's distinctively global, practical and personal learning experience.

For meeting dates and times or to learn more about Arcadia's Strategic Planning process, click on MyArcadia.

Arcadia Dining Services Hours During Thanksgiving Break

Hours for Dining Services locations on campus will be reduced due to the Thanksgiving Break beginning Wednesday, Nov. 23. On Wednesday, The Chat is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Dining Hall, Java City Faculty and Staff Dining Room, and Break Zone at Boyer are closed. All locations are closed Thursday, Nov. 24, through Saturday, Nov. 26. On Sunday, Nov. 27, Dining Hall is open from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and The Chat, 5 p.m. to midnight. Normal operating hours resume on Monday for all locations.

Picasso Meets Einstein in The Chat

Arcadia is proud to present Steve Martin’s hilarious and fun-filled play, Picasso at the Lapine Agile. Set in turn-of-the-century Paris, the play tells the story of a fantasy meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein when both are on the verge of creating their landmark works: Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Throw in a guy named Schmendiman, who has his own quirky theories about how to make an impact on the 20th century, and a few other denizens of turn-of-the-century Paris, and it’s a formula for fun. Directed by Neill Hartley, Picasso at the Lapine Agile is sure to delight and entertain audiences. Picasso at the Lapine Agile is playing from Dec. 2-4 at 8 p.m. in the Chat Performance Area, located in the lower level of the Dining Complex. Tickets are $10 general admission, $5 for students, seniors and alumni, and free to all Arcadia students. For tickets and more information, call 215-572-2112 or visit

Student Phonathoners Introduce Knight Society to Alumni

Pictured are, back row: senior students Maura Kennedy, Melissa Clark, Meghaan Figgs, Amanda Bator, and Jessica Hoos; front row: freshmen students Jana Bailey, Angela Benion, Faith Holden, Ashley Delowery, and Leana Palmer.

Student phonathoners are calling alumni, parents and friends of Arcadia as part of the Annual Fund 2006 drive. The students share their enthusiasm about Arcadia and introduce the new Knight Society, which recognizes loyal alumni giving. Arcadia has one of the highest rates of alumni giving in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and the student phonathoners are helping the University sustain this ranking. The Office of University Advancement has a team of 16 student phonathoners and is recruiting more.

The Knight Society recognizes Arcadia’s most loyal alumni – those who give to the Annual Fund every year. Any alumna/us who makes a gift to the Annual Fund 2006 automatically becomes an inaugural member of the Knight Society of loyal giving this year. Those who continue to make a gift of any size to the Annual Fund each year will remain members of the Knight Society. Charter Members are those alumni who have given a gift to the University every year since 1985 (the year the University began electronic record-keeping) or every year since graduation, for those who graduated in 1985 and thereafter.

New Trustees Bring Expertise to Board

Several new Trustees have recently joined the Arcadia Board of Trustees. Please welcome Ann Greene, Madeline Stein, and Andrew Graham.

Ann N. Greene, a resident of Philadelphia, represents the Class of 2009. She earned her B.A. in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in 1954 and did graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University. Greene worked in Admissions at the University of Pennsylvania and also has a career of community service. She served for almost 10 years on the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, is currently a member of the board of the Bureau of Historic Preservation, oversees the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, and is a member of the Cliveden of the National Trust.

Madeline Stein earned her bachelor’s degree in history from Arcadia in 1968 and her M.A. from Stanford University. She chairs the Stanford University School of Education Advisory Board and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Haas Center for Public Service and the Palo Alto Community Fund. She served as a Board member for organizations such as The Tech, YMCA of the Mid-Peninsula and Palo Alto Centennial. Stein and her husband, Isaac, reside in Palo Alto, Calif. In 2004 they were both the recipients of the 2004 John W. Gardner Visionary Award from Pathways Hospice for their work in healthcare. She also received the Palo Alto Tall Tree award for Outstanding Citizen.

Andrew Graham, a resident of Quakertown, is an alumni trustee. He earned his B.A. in biology in 1995 and his Masters of Education with a concentration in secondary biology education from Arcadia in 2003. Graham currently teaches Environmental Science and coaches ninth grade boys soccer at Upper Dublin High School. At Arcadia, Graham was inducted into the Phi Epsilon Lambda National Graduate Honor Society, received the Dean of Students Leadership Award, and was named to the Dean’s Distinguished Honor’s List and the Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Honor’s List. He was captain of the Knights’ soccer team for two years and was recognized as a Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete.

‘How the Well Are You?’ Survey

A “How the Well Are You” survey arrived in the Arcadia e-mail boxes of full-time undergraduate students last week. Students are encouraged to 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 at 215-572-2791.

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.

Storytellers Sought for Multicultural Dialogues

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is looking for students interested in taking part in the Storytellers program. Storytellers facilitate cross-cultural dialogue on the issue of diversity and its relation to power and privilege. Aiming to provide a safe and supportive environment for students active in anti-oppressive work, Storytellers provide dialogues on race, gender, sexual orientation and spirituality in order to help inform and educate others about these issues. For more information about becoming a Storyteller, contact Multicultural Affairs at 215-572-4088 or John Stafford at Applications are available in the Office of Student Affairs, Knight Hall, and are due Friday, Dec. 16.

Storytellers Available for Classes, Meetings

Over the past two years, Storytellers Dialogues have addressed issues such as race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion and spirituality. Future dialogues will include cultural/racial immigrant issues, identity development and disability. Storytellers are available to come to a class or meeting to facilitate a dialogue on the following topics:

  • How Society Views Prisoners
  • How Socio-Economic Class Affects Success in College
  • The Ideas of Beauty and the Intersection of Race and Culture
  • Is the Growing Visibility of the GLBT Community and Other Minorities Positive? Who is Left Out?
  • Fear as a Mechanism of Control: Maintaining the Status Quo/ Mainstreaming Does Not Equal Equality
  • Katrina vs. Tsunami: Class and Race Interactions and What it Means to be an American.

For more information about inviting a Storyteller to a class or meeting, contact Multicultural Affairs at 215-572-4088 or John Stafford at

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Free, Anonymous HIV Testing Available Nov. 28

Free and Anonymous HIV testing will be provided on Monday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Counseling Center on the ground floor of Heinz Hall. The confidential testing will be done by appointment or on a walk-in basis. For questions about HIV testing, contact Student Health Services at 215-572-2966.

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

Louis Herbst '06 History and the International Studies Program will host a screening of Peacekeepers, a powerful new documentary chronicling the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The screening 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.

Sophocles’ Electra at 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 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 through 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

Video Conference on Middle East Politics is Dec. 5

A video conference dialogue between Arcadia University students and students at the American University in Cairo (AUC) in Egypt is open to the public on Monday, Dec. 5, at 12:15 p.m. in Brubaker 201. The conference on “The Role of Islam in U.S.-Middle East Politics” is planned by Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Assistant Professor of International Studies.

ACES Plans Gift Wrap Fund Raiser, Collecting Throws for Senior Citizens Dec. 7

The Association of Continuing Education Students (ACES) will hold a Holiday Gift Wrapping Fund Raiser on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in front of the bookstore, which will be having its appreciation day, from noon to 7 p.m. Packages can be wrapped for $3 each.

ACES also will collect new fleece and quilted throws to be given to senior citizens for Christmas. For more information, contact club members at or call club President Dorine Sanders at 215-237-1930.

Information Session for MBA Program Dec. 7

As the first cohort in Arcadia’s innovative M.B.A. with an International Perspective program makes plans to study in Ireland in April, a second cohort will begin their studies this spring. This M.B.A. program is designed for working professionals interested in improving their knowledge of technology, globalization and leadership at an accelerated pace. Every cohort has two international immersion experiences that include on-site study abroad so students can apply their skills in both a developed and a developing country. The Office of Enrollment Management will hold an information session about the program on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 6-7 p.m. in the Beaver College Room of the Landman Library. Students can register for the information session by calling the Office of Enrollment Management at 1-877-ARCADIA or online at

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Empty Bowl Raises $8,400, Vanload of Food Donations

The Office of Community Service would like to thank all the organizations and individuals who participated in making the 12th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner a success. More than $8,400 was raised, along with a vanload full of boxes of food. The dinner, on Nov. 14, was planned in honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week. Local schools, artists, and Arcadia students made bowls and donated them to be used at the dinner. Local restaurants, bakeries, markets, and arcadia faculty and staff donated soups, breads, and desserts. For a list of donors and photos of the events, click here.

All proceeds benefited Heifer Project International, a global organization that supplies livestock and resources to communities and teaches self-sustaining practices, as well as Philadelphia Interfaith Network, a local organization that provides temporary shelter, job search counseling, and parenting classes to help families out of homelessness. The non-perishable food items were donated to a local food bank, Aid For Friends.

Panel Discusses Ethics of Human Research

Members of COPRS presented a panel discussion on “The Ethics of Teaching and Research” on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The Forum was an open discussion of the ethical issues of using human subjects and the role of an institutional review board (IRB) in a small liberal arts college. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology and former chair of the IRB, opened the session with a tongue-in-cheek look at the myths and realities behind the IRB in a “Fact or Fiction?” quiz.

Jon Church, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, led a discussion of five true case studies in research ethics to make participants think about how the federal government defines research and what IRB regulation may involve. Peggy Hickman, Assistant Professor of Education, summarized the discussion and applied the issues to researchers here at Arcadia. The current chair of the IRB, Marty Eastlack, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy and Chair of COPRS, rounded out the presentation by explaining the workings of the Arcadia University IRB and provided handouts summarizing key issues. More information about the IRB can be found at the COPRS Web page found under the “Research” tab on MyArcadia.

Sports Update

Men’s Basketball Positioning for PAC Playoffs

Excitement, anticipation, and potential are a few words that come to mind when discussing the Knights this preseason, says men’s basketball Coach Pat Dorney. Arcadia has 13 players returning from last season’s roster and has added five new members to the team.

Returning letter winners include seniors Stu Slattery and Derek Cornish. The two seniors will be counted on for leadership this season. The junior class has five student-athletes who will be valuable members of the 2005-2006 quest. Dave Boettcher (studying in Australia until December) has started since he was a freshman for the Knights. Andrew Martin, Andrew Hauber, and Chris Feggans contributed valuable minutes during their sophomore season, and Chris Troutman emerged as the back-up point guard.

The sophomore class is a talented bunch that was asked to provide meaningful minutes the day they walked onto campus. Kevin Brown took over as the starting point guard the second half of last season, and Eugene Moore and Eric Elliott averaged better than 15 minutes a game as freshman. The Knights have added two promising sophomores to the class of 2008. Sterling Green, transfer from Hartwick and TJ Stellar from Farleigh-Dickinson have really strengthened the sophomore class. Matt Crane and Jon Solomon, both walk-ons last season, again will provide depth for the Knights.

The freshman class of Bobby Mulholland, Terell Varnado, and Glenn Farley will challenge for minutes and make practices very competitive.

The Knights played very competitive basketball last season. The effort and hard work did not amount to as many wins as the program would have liked, but with only one senior on last season’s roster, the team played good basketball the second half of the season and continued to improve each game. In the final two weeks of the season Arcadia defeated two PAC playoff teams, including #21 in the country Gywnedd-Mercy in their gym. That was the only league loss for Gywnedd-Mercy.

With almost the entire roster back plus the addition of five new players, the Knights’ goal is a berth in the PAC playoffs. The league will be very balanced and very competitive this season. Each night is going to be a “war,” says Dorney. The Knights are playing a difficult non-league schedule to start the season in the hopes of preparing for the battles of league play. With seven of the first eight games on the road, the Knights feel they will be battle tested early and will be ready to take on all comers in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. “On Saturday Feb. 18, we expect to be playing a playoff basketball game to earn a right to compete in the PAC semi-finals,” Dorney says. The Arcadia Knights will play 25 basketball games leading up to the playoffs, each one very important, each one a part of the turn around and growth of the men’s basketball program.

Martin Makes All-Tournament Team in Men's Basketball


Kevin Brown '08 led the way with 15 points in the first men’s basketball game on Nov. 20. Arcadia was defeated by host Lebanon Valley 55-49 in the first game of the Lebanon Valley Tournament. Andrew Martin '07 had 10 points and 4 rebounds with 1 steal and 1 blocked shot. In the second game, Averett defeated Arcadia 78-54. Eric Elliott '08 scored 18 points in the defeat. Martin had 6 points and 2 rebounds with 3 blocked shots. Martin earned a spot on the all-tournament team for his efforts.

Upcoming games: Nov. 22 at Muhlenberg, 8 p.m.; Nov. 27 at Lycoming, 3 p.m. More info.

Sparks Makes All-Tournament Team in Women’s Basketball


On Nov. 19 Caitlin Sparks '08 scored 16 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in the first game against host Lebanon Valley as the Knights were defeated 89-65. Becky Soda '05 added 14 points with 10 rebounds. In the second game, Sparks led the way again for the Knights with 14 points as they were defeated by Roanoke College 63-41. Sparks earned a spot on the all-tournament team for her efforts.

Upcoming games: Nov. 29 at Baptist Bible, 6 p.m. More info.

Men's & Women's Swimming Defeat FDU-Florham

Arcadia’s men’s and women’s swimming teams defeated FDU-Florham on Nov. 14. The men’s team score was Arcadia 124 points to FDU-Florham’s 33. The women’s team score was Arcadia 95, FDU-Florham 86.

On Nov. 20 the men’s team added two more wins. Arcadia defeated PSU-Altoona by a score of 51-40 and Galludet by a score of 52-43. The women’s team lost two: Arcadia 29, PSU 58 and Arcadia 37, Galludet 59. More info.

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


arcadia in the news

An articled in the Oct. 18 edition of the Metro, “Halloween Hits Local Campuses,” featured both the Mr. Beaver contest and Ghost Hunt, featuring John Zaffis, among the fun events to get people in the spirit of Halloween.

The Glenside News recently ran an article about a Nov. 2 meeting in the Grey Tower’s Mirror Room to formulate a design for the public outdoor art sculpture for the Glenside Commercial District. Grants from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the five-County Arts Fund of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance will fund the sculpture. Bonnie Hayes, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, facilitated the visioning process with renowned Glenside sculptor Zenos Frudakis, who will create the work.


John Noakes, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, co-authored an article,
“Whose Streets? Police and Protester Struggles Over Space in Washington, D.C., September 29-30, 2001” (2005) in Policing and Society 15 (3): 235-254. The article examines the police response to three protests in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 29-30, 2001—the first major protests against the U.S. military response to 9/11. He also edited, with Hank Johnston, Frames of Protest: Social Movements and the Framing Perspective, Rowman & Littlefield Press (2005). The edited book collects important empirical research and theoretical essay from sociologists, political scientists and the framing perspective in social movement research. Noakes authored one of the articles for the book, “Official Frames in Social Movement Theory: The FBI, HUAC, and the Communist Threat in Hollywood.”

Alex Otieno, Adjunct Professor of Sociology and International Peace and Conflict Resolution, published an article, “Developing Global Health Strategies: Integrating Health Education and Action,” in the United Nations Chronicle, Volume XLII Number 2, 2005, page 9. He also published “Advancing Global Ethics Through Research and Education: The Case of the United Nations” in The Journal of International Communication 11:2, 2005, pp. 59-74.

Staff in the News

Michelle Reale, Library Circulation Manager, wrote a book review of Minaret in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Nov. 17. “Leila Aboulela’s new novel speaks to the decadence of both monetary and political power in a world where transcending the class into which you were born is an impossibility,” she writes.

Alumni in the News

According to her website, “Ruthellen S. Rubin ’72 works with nonprofit executive directors, development directors, fundraising staff and board members to address short term fundraising challenges and/or to design long-term strategies to build your development program.” She graduated from Arcadia in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Rubin was profiled on on Oct. 5 in an article, “Helping Non-Profits Flirt with Big Business: Ruthellen Rubin.”

Pamela Ann Martin ’03 is a dedicated export consultant who works with a diverse roster of clients exporting products to Cuba, according to an article in the Norristown Times Herald on Oct. 20. She started her export company several years ago when President Bush partially lifted the export ban on food products and medical supplies. Her company, Molimar Exports Consultants Inc., helps clients export apples, potato chips and tortilla chips into Cuba from the United States. She earned her masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at Arcadia in May 2003. She speaks fluent Spanish and lives with her husband in Upper Dublin, Pa.

Daniel R. Reidl ’05 was recently employed as a physician assistant at Houston Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine in Warner Robins, Ga., according to an Oct. 2 article in the News Journal in Mansfield, Ohio, where he attended high school. He earned his master’s degree in physician assistant studies in May 2005 at Arcadia University.

Students in the News

Kristella Pifkowski, a sophomore theatre major, participated in the Miss Pennsylvania USA Pageant Nov. 18-20 in Pittsburgh.

The University of Ulster (Ireland) is bragging about Grace Cousins and her year of study abroad at Arcadia. “Grace Cousins, who is now in a final year as a BSc Communication, Advertising and Marketing student at UU’s Jordanstown campus, was invited to become a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honours Fraternity due to her outstanding academic performance during her year at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania and her involvement in a range of campus initiatives,” says the UU news release. To read more, click here.


Publication Information

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

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