December 6, 2005
A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

‘Indian Summer’ Didn’t Last Long – A brief return to temperatures in the 70s after Thanksgiving brought students back outside. Above, Tom Hemmeter, Associate Professor of English, holds his class in front of Boyer Hall. Other students found spots to study outside the Library before December reality returned. According to the Library of Congress Web site, “The name ‘winter’ comes from a Germanic term meaning ‘time of water’ and refers to the seasonal precipitation. The winter solstice—the moment when the sun's apparent path is farthest south from the Equator—is used to officially mark winter's beginning. In the Northern Hemisphere, winter begins on the ‘shortest day’ of the year, Dec. 21….” Hmmm, that means that for students studying abroad in Australia or other parts of the Southern Hemisphere, it’s almost summertime!

Online Payment Now Available for Student Accounts

Tuition fees, deposits, and other miscellaneous fee payments now can be credited to student accounts faster. Online payments can be made using credit cards, debit cards, or checking or savings accounts. To make a payment, go to: and follow the instructions. For assistance, please contact the Business Office by e-mail at or by phone at 215-572-2981.

Easy Access to Closing Information is Online

For students and staff who wake up, look outside, see snow and wonder if the campus is open, there’s no need to turn on the radio and listen to hours of reports. Closing and delay announcements are posted before 6 a.m. on the home page and on MyArcadia's Login page. Administrators and staff members are up at 4:30 a.m. making closing decisions and getting the Web site updated – if needed. The bottom line is: Don’t count your snow days until they’re announced.

Open Meetings Planned With Career Development Candidates

An open meeting will be held on campus with each of three candidates for the position of Director of Career Development as part of the selection process. The meetings are open to everyone who is interested. Please note that each candidate will attend one open meeting:

  • Thursday, Dec. 8, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the University Gallery (Library)
  • Friday, Dec. 9, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Castle Conference Room
  • Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Castle Conference Room

Copies of the candidates’ résumés as well as the job description will be available at each interview. If anyone would like this information beforehand, they should contact Jeff Ewing, Dean of Students, at or stop by the Student Affairs Office in Knight Hall.

Pluralism Course Challenges Students to Explore Civility;
Revolú Performances are Dec. 9

Students in this fall’s Pluralism in the United States course were challenged to address issues of “incivility” on campus. Their Revolú performances, which are open to the campus community, will be held Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall.

The Pluralism course is required as part of Arcadia’s general education curriculum. In their Revolú performances, students were instructed to “make sense out of the disorder that we have created by opening up questions and ideas about the ‘isms.’ Your task, in this performance, is to imagine what new world, what social changes can be created out of this disorder, this chaos, this Revolú.”

Students also did in-class Advocacy Theatre. Directions for this semester’s Advocacy Theatre project were to “explore the issue of acts of incivility on the Arcadia campus. These acts of incivility may be real acts of which you are aware or acts you imagine might take place on a University campus.” Students were directed to develop multiple perspectives. “For example, you might want to consider how acts of incivility are supported by social institutions or perpetuated by language. Think about the various perspectives on acts of civility. That is, assuming that all acts are symbolic, what are the thoughts and motivations of people who perpetrate acts of incivility? What are the perspectives of the victims of such acts? What are the different perspectives of the various members of the University community (other students, faculty, staff, administration, parents, etc.)?”

Each course section created its own performance, on a type of incivility. The Pink Team’s performance centered around a campus tour and how different families would “see” the same events that happened during the tour. The Purple Team featured a news report about an incident in a residence hall about a sign on someone’s door, a male student wanting to be on the field hockey team and a party scene. The Blue Team followed a student who was perceived to be a lesbian, as she dealt with negative comments and vandalism of her room. The Crimson team started with a party in a residence hall where some students left and wrote an anti-gay message on a bulletin board; they then showed how this incident was reported across campus, through rumor. Lastly, the Grey Team showed a PRIDE poster set on fire in front of a student’s door and how the wrong student was accused of committing the act.

Dr. Rieders, Helped Found Master in Forensic Science

Dr. Fredric Rieders, one of the most respected names in Forensic Science and an advocate for Arcadia’s Master of Science Program, passed away on Nov. 26. Dr. Rieders founded National Medical Services (NMS), one of the top forensic science labs in the country, as well as the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation, a program designed to give high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds the chance to engage in original forensic science work. Rieders helped Arcadia create the Master of Science Program in Forensic Science.

Arcadia’s program is one of only 10 universities in the nation to be certified by the field’s national accrediting board and has earned the respect of many in the profession. With access to the NMS labs, students are able to complete their internships utilizing the lab’s specialized technology and instruments. The program is run by Dr. Rieders’ son, Dr. Michael Rieders ’80 Chemistry.

Fredric Rieders served for several years as a Professor of Pharmacology/Toxicology at Jefferson Medical College, where he earned a doctoral degree. He has written more than 100 publications and won several prestigious awards, including the A.O. Gettler Award of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the Thomas Jefferson University College of Graduate Studies Distinguished Alumnus Award. Rieders was awarded an Honorary Degree from Arcadia University in 2005 for his work in Forensic Science.

Emergency and Municipal Services Tax

Effective Feb. 18, 2005, Cheltenham Township imposed an Emergency and Municipal Services Tax (EMST) on all persons employed within the Township. The EMST is an annual flat tax of $52 per employee that was made possible due to a change in the Pennsylvania State Law and must be used by Cheltenham Township for police and fire emergency services, road construction or maintenance, or for the reduction of property taxes. All employers in the Township are required to withhold this tax from their employees.

Arcadia will withhold the $52 tax for the calendar year 2006 in the following manner:

  • Employees on the bi-weekly payroll—the payroll deductions are scheduled for Jan. 13, 2006.
  • Employees on the monthly payroll—the payroll deductions are scheduled for Jan. 20, 2006.

For employees who are not scheduled for a January paycheck, Arcadia will withhold EMST from the February paycheck.

Employees who are certain that their total salary and wages for calendar year 2006 will be less than $3,000 should inquire with the Office of Human Resources about exemptions. Click here to learn more about this tax.

Library Offers Late-Night Snacks for Studiers

Evenings from Dec. 11 to 15, Landman Library will present Nosh at Nine in the Library lobby, with hot coffee and tea, fresh fruit and cookies for those who are burning the midnight oil in the library. The snacks and hot drinks will be available from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. to help students through that last lap of studying!

Faculty, Staff Servers Needed for Late Night Breakfast

’Tis the season to be serving… Late Night Breakfast for Arcadia students will be on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 10 p.m. in the Dining Hall. It is tradition for the faculty and staff to serve the students. To help with this special evening, please send an e-mail to Residence Life Area Coordinator Nick Luchko at or call 267-620-4126.

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

Habitat for Humanity Selling Gingerbread Houses

Habitat for Humanity is selling Gingerbread House Kits for $5 each. Order requests can be sent to Holly Koval at or by calling 570-407-2838. Orders must be placed by Friday, Dec. 9, and will be delivered on Monday, Dec. 12. Proceeds will go to the Montgomery County Habitat for Humanity. When placing your order, please indicate WHERE you would like your order to be delivered on campus (office, classroom, etc.). Checks or cash payments can be sent to Holly Koval’s student mailbox through campus mail. Checks should be made payable to Arcadia University Habitat for Humanity.

Make a Gift to Holiday Card Fund in Lieu of Sending Cards

Since 1980, in an effort to help those less fortunate, members of the Arcadia University community have contributed to various charities through the Holiday Card Fund. Over the past 24 years, the campus community has contributed more than $30,000. “Again, this year, we are asking for your help through donations to the Holiday Card Fund. A small contribution from every faculty, staff and administrator could make our 25th anniversary year the best ever,” says Michael Berger, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The Fund works this way: In place of sending holiday cards to other members of the Arcadia community, faculty, staff and students are invited to donate the money that would have been spent on cards and stamps to a special Holiday Card Fund. This saves time and effort and enriches local charitable organizations at this special time of year.

Last year the Holiday Card Fund drive yielded $2,200. Of this total, $1,200 was contributed to Project H.O.M.E., $500 to Safe Harbor, and $500 to Special Olympics of Montgomery County. This year, contributors may direct their contributions to one or more of the following worthy causes:

  • Safe Harbor at Abington Memorial Hospital ( provides free, ongoing grief support groups for children, teens and their parents or caregivers.
  • Special Olympics of Montgomery County ( is a grass roots movement that provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Philabundance ( works to end hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley by rescuing surplus food and distributing it to local organizations serving people in need.

The names of all donors to the Fund will be placed on a beautiful group card created by Scott Rawlins of the Fine Arts Department, which will be displayed at the Faculty-Staff Holiday Party on Dec. 21. Send donations to the Provost’s Office by Friday, Dec. 14. Checks should be made payable to Arcadia University. Click here for the form.

Operation Holiday Helps Families in Need

Arcadia students, staff and faculty can adopt a family through this year’s Operation Holiday, which will help families and individuals from the NAS Willow Grove Joint Reserve Base, Interfaith Hospitality Network and Lakeside Mothercare. Local agencies have identified families in need of assistance this holiday season. Family information, as well as wish lists, are posted on the door of the Community Service Office in Knight Hall. Gifts are needed by Wednesday, Dec. 7. “If you would like to brighten others’ holidays, come and leave your name and number next to a family’s information on the sign-up form. You can choose to shop yourself or donate funds and we will do the shopping for you,” says Cindy Rubino, Arcadia’s Coordinator of Community Service. For more information, contact her at or 215-572-4000.

Commuter Students Hold Winter Clothing Drive

Commuter students are sponsoring a Winter Warmth Clothing Drive through Friday, Dec. 16. They will be collecting new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves, hats, mittens and blankets. Men’s sizes are especially needed. All donations will benefit the homeless in the Kensington area of Philadelphia. Drop off points are located in the lobbies of Heinz, Kistler, Dilworth and the Castle, as well as the Community Services Office and the Commuter Lounge. For more information, e-mail

Mail Services On Holiday, Too

Mail and Print Services will operate on a limited schedule between Dec. 26 and Dec. 30, 2005. Click here for Mail and Print Services schedule.

Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements.



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 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

Immaculate Conception Mass Planned for Dec. 8

A holy day of obligation Mass, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Library University Room. The Mass is sponsored by the Neumann Organization. All members of the University community are invited to attend. The service will last about 45 minutes. In addition, transportation to St. Luke's evening Mass will be provided by members of the Neumann Organization, leaving from Knight Hall at 6:45 p.m. for the 7 p.m. service. For more information or to help with the services, contact Catherine Mattingly, Area Coordinator of local university apartments at

A Renaissance Noel Planned in Castle Dec. 9

An Italian Renaissance Noel, will be performed on Friday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Castle. All tickets are $25. The Vox Renaissance Consort returns to Arcadia, dressed in period costume, to perform A Renaissance Noel from the Castle steps and balconies—a dramatic visual spectacle. Everyone joins together to sing traditional carols and holiday favorites. The concert takes place in the Castle Grand Hall. A reception follows in the Rose Room. To make a reservation, call the Alumni Office at 215-572-2160.

Career Services Hosts Holiday Party Dec. 12

The Career Services Office is having its annual Holiday Party on Monday, Dec. 12, from noon to 2 p.m. in Knight Hall, room 133. All faculty and staff are invited. For more information, contact Kate McGlinchey in Career Services at 215-572-2939.

View the University Events Calendars
on and MyArcadia.


Campus Happenings

34 Initiated into Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society

Thirty-four members of the Arcadia community were recently initiated into the Zeta Nu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education founded in 1911. The purpose of this society is to promote excellence in and recognize outstanding contributions to education. Membership is awarded to qualified undergraduate students studying education. Also, eight officers of the Zeta Nu chapter and their counselor, Kathy Trainor, Adjunct Professor of Education, presented a workshop at the KDP 45th Convocation in Orlando, Fla. The workshop was on the use of games as curriculum materials in the classroom. The members who presented included: Amy Gottesman, Lisa Dunkelburger, Amanda Holroyd, Staci Spagnola, Christine Miller, Sara Pileggi, Erin Fullen and Sarah Holmstrom.

The new members of KDP are: Jennifer Arbuckle, Natalie Baxter, Deanna Blouch, Amanda Bramble, Felicia Capiraso, Cherry Chrzanowski, Jillian Coyne, Katie Duncan, Ashley Falconi, Jacqueline Gordon, Angela Greco, Kristin Gribbin, Lauren Hartman, Louis Herbst, Amy Jacobsen, Alyssa Jeral, Valerie LaRock, Kelly Morgan, Jenna McGlynn, Michelle McLoughlin, Kathleen Quindlen, Michelle Quinn, Allison Sawicki, Christina Schroeder, Nadia Sellechia, Katie Sherman, Jaclyn Sobeck, Maria Villella, Shera Wack, Lori Whetstone, Nicole White, Ronda Wilkins, Jennifer Yeager, and Brett Zaba.


Sports Update

Women’s Basketball Beats Baptist Bible College


Lauren Bateman ’07, Becky Soda ’05 and Caitlin Sparks ’08 each scored 15 points in the Knight’s women’s basketball team’s 69-60 win over Baptist Bible College. Soda had 10 rebounds, and Sparks grabbed 9 boards in the game. With the victory, Head Coach Shannon Howley earned her first collegiate victory with the Knights.

On Saturday, the Knights faced Immaculata, which came into the game 3-1. Despite three lead changes in the first half, the Knights’ women’s basketball team came up short against Immaculata, losing the PAC game 69-56. Senior guard Amanda Holroyd led the Scarlet Knights (0-1, 1-3) with 18 points.

According to the Daily Local in its Dec. 4 report, “The Mighty Macs prevailed by taking Arcadia’s two big players—senior forward Becky Soda and sophomore forward Caitlin Sparks—out of the game. Soda scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds, and Sparks finished with six points and a game-high 13 rebounds. But neither was a force in the contest. Sparks, who entered the game averaging 15 points a game, turned the ball over seven times. Soda ranked second among Arcadia scorers at 12.7.”

Upcoming games: Dec. 8 at Philadelphia Bible, 6 p.m.; Dec. 17 home vs. Keystone, 2 p.m.; Dec. 20 home vs. Wilkes, 6 p.m.; off till Jan. 5. More info.

Men’s Basketball Defeats Immaculata; Brown leads Knights with 15 points

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Dec. 4: Arcadia 66, Immaculata 57 - Kevin Brown recorded a triple-double (15 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) to lead the Knights (1-4, 1-0) past the Macs (0-6, 0-3) in a Pennsylvania Athletic Conference game in Immaculata, Chester County.

Upcoming games: Dec. 10 at Delaware Valley, time TBA; Dec. 20 home vs. Chesnut Hilll, 8 p.m.; off till Jan. 7. More info.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming

Upcoming meets: Dec. 10 home vs. Ursinus, 1 p.m.; Dec. 17 home vs. Ocean City, 1 p.m.; off till Jan. 14. More info.

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


arcadia in the news

Philadelphia Inquirer Art Critic Edward J. Sozanski reviewed Moscow Plastic Arts on Nov. 27, writing, “Mueller’s photographs, which are tinted a disturbing shade of violet tinged with green and blue, project a melancholy aura of a tapped-out society. Whether intentionally or not, the color perfectly evokes the oppressive atmosphere of the Soviet Union just before it imploded.”

Arcadia’s study abroad program was mentioned in recent publications of the Washington (DC) Times Insider, The Washington Times and Industry Watch-YellowBrix (Alexandria, VA). The articles centered on the recent riots in Paris, France where three Arcadia students are currently studying.

The Kansas City Star on Dec. 3 reported on the debate over an elementary school’s mascot, noting Beaver College changed its name to Arcadia University. While parents there have banded together to replace the Beaver, a radio personality who “once was a Beaver, too” in high school launched a “Save the Beaver” campaign.

Faculty in the News

Dr. James Paradis, Adjunct Professor of History, gave a lecture, African-American’s Role in the Civil War, at the Jenkintown Library. The lecture outlined the contributions made by African Americans who were trained at Camp William Penn during the Civil War. Dr. Paradis’ lecture was mentioned in both the Jenkintown Life and Glenside Life newspapers.

Administrators in the News

Dr. Mark P. Curchack, Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, was elected as the first Chair of the Board of PACE, the Philadelphia Area Consortium for Education. PACE is a 27-institution consortium of colleges and cultural institutions, banded together to raise substantial grants to fund projects that will assist the Philadelphia School District.

Alumni in the News

“Since she started ultrarunning in 1999, Kimball has never been beaten in a trail ultra,” says Running Times in its November cover story on Nikki Kimball ’98 who attended Arcadia’s master’s in physical therapy program. In July 2005, she moved to Bozeman, Montana, where mountain running trails are abundant. “Last year she won the Montrail Cup—a series of trail races from 50K to 100 miles.” She was also the national snowshoe racing champ in 2001, 2004, and 2005. Kimball jokes about her carnivorous diet, adding, “I’ve gotten to the point where I really like my body. It’s strong, and it works. I’m rarely injured.”

Susan Barbara Apollon, ’66, makes her case for angels in the self-published book, Touched by the Extraordinary: An Intuitive Psychologist Shares Insights, Lessons and True Stories of Spirit and Love to Transform and Heal the Soul (Matters of the Soul, $19.95), according to the Montvale, N.J., XML-Journal Web site on Nov. 13.


Petition letters on behalf of the Congolese can be dropped in the envelope outside Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz’ door Taylor 216.

Publication Information

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

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 or call Lori Bauer, University Relations, 215-572-2970.