February 21, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
February 21, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Campus in winter
Sunset on campus after last Sunday's snowstorm. Photo by Jennifer Vessels '07.

36 Students Earn Doctor of Physical Therapy Degrees

Thirty-six students were awarded the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree on Friday, Feb. 17, in a special Commencement ceremony in Stiteler Auditorium. Their number would have been 37, but Staff Sgt. Gregg Jeblonski spent a year in Iraq with C-Company of the Army National Guard’s 103rd Engineering Division. “We’re pleased that he’s back safe and sound, and back on track to become Dr. Jeblonski next year,” said President Jerry Greiner as he introduced Jeblonski as the student speaker at the Commencement. See photos and read more about the D.P.T. ceremony at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0221b.htm.

Open Meeting for CAPS Center Founding Director Candidate

As part of the selection process, an open meeting is being held on campus for each of the finalists for the position of Founding Director of the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies (CAPS). The person selected will be the chief administrative officer and academic leader for programs that are delivered to adults by non-traditional means; e.g., online or in an accelerated mode. The open meeting for the third finalist for this position, Dr. Frederick Loomis, will be held this Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the University Room (lower-level) of the Landman Library. All members of the campus community are invited to attend. Copies of the candidate’s resume, as well as a full description of the position, will be available at the open meeting. If anyone would like this information beforehand, please contact Marie Gallagher at 215-572-2924 or gallagher@arcadia.edu.

Arcadia Online Events Calendar Gets a New Look

Events CalendarA significant software upgrade has given the campus Online Events Calendar on www.arcadia.edu (public) and MyArcadia (internal) new looks and great new features. The calendars now offer three viewing formats – by grid, by category, or by date and time. Users have the ability to add events to their Outlook Calendar, enter their e-mail addresses to receive event update notifications, or use the "e-mail a friend" function to e-mail a link to an event.

Departments can submit events by using the new online Events Calendar Form, located in the Campus Forms module under Campus on MyArcadia. Students should use the Event Calendar Submission Form located in the Student Activities module on MyArcadia. For questions about the calendar, please e-mail eventcalendar@arcadia.edu.

A link to the MyArcadia Events Calendar is located on MyArcadia's home page. To view the www.arcadia.edu calendar, go to https://calendar.arcadia.edu.

Nominations Needed for Distinguished Teaching Award

Know a teacher who should be honored? Every year, Arcadia University selects a winner of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. Every student is invited to submit a nomination. The award will be presented at Honors Convocation on Saturday, March 25. “This is your opportunity to tell us which teacher you believe is most deserving of the award,” says Provost Michael Berger. The Lindback Award can be received only once, so previous winners are not eligible. The nomination form includes a list of full-time faculty members who are eligible this year. “This is your opportunity to recognize and reward a faculty member who is an especially effective classroom teacher. We hope you will want to participate in the selection process by nominating someone who has significantly influenced your education at Arcadia,” says Dr. Berger. Nominations are due by March 1.

Students Eligible for Graduate Scholarships

Four Arcadia students attended the 20th annual Fattah Conference on Higher Education this weekend in Philadelphia. The students, who are now eligible for full scholarships for graduate school, are Alia White ’08, Natalie Harris ’08, Santosh Kc ’08, and Ernest Asare ’09. Kc and Asare are international students. U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah made the surprise announcement that all 700 students attending the conference, which included workshops for the predominantly African American and Latino students, would be eligible for full scholarships upon their acceptance for graduate school at any of the 17 participating state colleges and universities. “Philadelphia and the nation’s future depend on more minority students pursuing graduate degrees – particularly in science and technology,” said State Sen. Vincent Hughes. The scholarships are made possible by the State System of Higher Education and the Educational Advancement Alliance Inc.

More about the Fattah Conference at http://gargoyle.arcadia.edu/bulletin/06-0221a.htm.

Olympic Gold Medalist Studied English at Arcadia

Kristina Smigun, the 28-year-old woman from Estonia who won two of that country’s three Olympic gold medals in Turin, Italy, last week, studied English at the American Language Academy program at Arcadia several years ago. Smigun took the lead by the 7-kilometer mark in the interval start women's 10km Classical cross-country race on Thursday, Feb 16. She finished “a commanding 21.3 seconds ahead of silver medalist Marit Bjorgen of Norway,” earning her second gold just four days after winning the 15km Pursuit on Sunday, Feb. 12, the Associated Press reported.

Freedom Credit Union Offers Scholarships

Arcadia students are invited to apply for a Freedom Credit Union Scholarship. Freedom will award four $1,000 scholarships to qualified students who are members of Freedom Credit Union. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors or undergraduate students taking at least nine credit hours per semester for the 2006-07 academic year. The deadline for applications is March 15. For more information or an application, call Freedom Credit Union at 215-612-5900 or visit their Web site at www.freedomcu.org.

Check MyArcadia for the most recent campus announcements



Keely and Du to Debut Feb. 23

Keely and Du“Now you have no excuse not to see the show! Pay what you can... a dime, a quarter, a dollar, or charge it to your student account," says Interim Theatre Director Mark Wade, who announced that Sunday afternoon showings of Keely and Du in Arcadia’s MainStage will be pay-as-you-can. Arcadia’s Theatre Department presents Jane Martin’s Keely and Du, a dual-sided perspective on the right-to-life argument as seen through two sympathetic characters, at its Mainstage Theatre in the Spruance Fine Arts Center from Feb. 23 through March 5. Keely and Du tells the story of Keely, a young woman who has become pregnant as a result of a rape and is kidnapped by an anti-abortion organization, “Operation Retrieval.” Du, a registered nurse working for the organization, is assigned the task of watching after Keely for both medical and security purposes. Keely and Du is neither a pro-choice nor a right-to-life argument. Instead, the play forces the audience to view both sides of the debate through the eyes of sympathetic characters. The play is directed by Wade, Arcadia’s Interim Director and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre.

  • Dates: Feb. 23 - March 5
  • Times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Location: Arcadia Theatre, Arcadia University
  • Ticket prices: $6 Arcadia Students, $12 Alumni, Seniors and Students, $16 General Admission. Sunday shows are pay-as-you-can.

For tickets and more information, call 215-572-2112 or visit www.arcadia.edu/arcadiatheatre.

Get Smart About Fad Diets

Nutritional Smarts is a great way to get more in tune with the nutritional trends of the day! Registered dietician Wendy Biedmann-Simpson will talk about what college students need to know to stay healthy. Her first Nutritional Smarts topic is Fad Diets on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Faculty Chat.

Seniors – Talk About Transitions

Transitions: A Group Discussion on the Senior Experience. Come for a discussion of the transitions facing seniors on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Please RSVP to 215-572-2791, ext. 3.

Dining Vendors to Host Catered Events

Arcadia University has officially gone out to bid on the contract for dining services. The contract with Aramark expires in June, and five vendors have been invited to bid. They are: Aramark, Sodexho, Chartwells, Parkhurst Dining Services and AVI Food Systems. As part of the bid process, each of the five vendors will host a catered event on campus. “This has never been done before, and it is very exciting,” says Mimi Bassetti, Director of Administrative Services. “Additionally, each vendor will have a day to spend on campus. Part of their day will be to host a campuswide question/answer forum.” The first vendor to cater an event is Parkhurst on Feb. 22.

Oasis on Wednesday, Feb. 22: Don’t miss the next Faculty and Staff Oasis, hosted by President Jerry Greiner and Provost Mike Berger from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Art Gallery. Special guest catering is courtesy of Parkhurst Dining Services. All faculty and staff are invited to the Oasis and to provide feedback on Parkhurst’s catering performance. Comments can be sent to via voicemail or e-mail to Mimi Bassetti, 215-572-2941.

Question/Answer Forum: Parkhurst Dining Services also will host a question/answer forum on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend all or any part of this open forum where representatives from Parkhurst Dining Services will talk about their services, answer questions, and explain why they should be selected as the new dining services provider. Bring your questions and concerns. Contact Mimi Bassetti, 215-572-2941 for more information about the bid process or this event.

‘Jesus: Who Was He’ Symposium on Feb. 23

The Office of Undergraduate Studies, in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy and Religion, is sponsoring the symposium, “Jesus: Who was He?” on Thursday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Castle Rose Room of Grey Towers Castle. A follow-up to the fall 2005 symposium, “The Question of God,” a Jewish Rabbi and New Testament scholar will discuss whether Jesus was the Messiah predicted in the Old Testament as the New Testament claims. All campus community members are invited to bring their curiosity and questions to this heated and much debated discussion.

Questions About Grad School? Dean Shultz Has Answers

Have questions about graduate school? Get some answers in an informal discussion over lunch with Dr. Norah Shultz, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, on Monday, Feb. 27, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the University Gallery Room.

Practice Graduate School Tests: Kaplan will be on campus Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to offer free GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT tests and will offer results and feedback on March 2. To sign up for either event, visit the Career Services office in Knight Hall, Room 133, call 215-572-2939, or e-mail careerservices@arcadia.edu.

Alumna Talks About Creative Writing for Children

Chester County children’s author and Arcadia alumna Jen Bryant is coming to Arcadia to discuss “Writing for Children: or What I Learned from my Slinky” as part of the University Colloquium Series in association with the Writers Return to Campus Series on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose and Mirror rooms of Grey Towers Castle.

Bryant, who writes biographies, poetry and fiction for children and adults, has been published in American Literary Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Laurel Review, Clackamas Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Smartish Pace, Paterson Literary Review, and others. A recipient of the Milton Center Prize for Poetry, Bryant was a finalist for the Felix Pollak and Hollis Summers prizes. She serves as an Adjunct Professor at West Chester University and lives in Glenmoore, Pa. She earned her master’s in education from Arcadia in 2000.

Bryant will discuss the journey from idea to publication for several of her recent children’s books, focusing on the valuable process of creative writing. The Trial, a historical novel in poems about the 1935 Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial, was published by Knopf in 2004. A second novel, Pieces of Georgia, set in Chester County, Pennsylvania, is forthcoming from Knopf in April. Jen’s recent picture books, Georgia’s Bones, Music For the End of Time, and Call Me Marianne, are biographical stories about Georgia O’Keeffe, Olivier Messiaen, and Marianne Moore, respectively.

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 www.arcadia.edu/colloquium. For more information, call the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at 215-572-2877.

Arcadia Idol is Coming! Be a Star or Buy a Star

Mark those calendars now for April 6 – Arcadia Idol is coming! Arcadia Idol is the chance to see Arcadia students and faculty compete for top prizes by showcasing their vocal abilities while helping out a good cause. All proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Auditions for Arcadia Idol will be held Feb. 20-25, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Kistler lounge.

Not a singing star? Support CHOP by purchasing a star to be displayed outside the Dining Hall. Stars can be purchased for a minimum donation of $1 outside of the Dining Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Kate Conway at Kaitlin.conway@arcadia.edu.

Ash Wednesday Mass in Castle on March 1

The University community is invited to attend the Ash Wednesday Mass on Wednesday, March 1, at 11 a.m. in the Castle Mirror Room, sponsored by the Newman Organization. A priest from St. Luke's Parish in Glenside will preside. The service will last about 45 minutes. Any student who cannot attend is invited to join the Newman Organization at the evening Mass at St. Luke's Church at 5:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided; contact Catherine Mattingly at mattingly@arcadia.edu.

Eating Disorder Screenings This Week

Eating Disorder Screenings will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. in Heinz Hall, the Oasis Room.
  • Thursday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Heinz Hall, Room 29, and from 6 to 7 p.m. in Heinz Hall, Room 29.

For more information, call Alison Pulito, 215-572-2348.

Sexual Positions – And How to Handle Situations

The popular program, Sexual Positions, addresses situations in which students may find themselves. It will be held on Thursday, March 2, at 9 p.m. in The Chat. The program is sponsored by the Peer Educators. For more information, contact Beth Auger at augere88@arcadia.edu.

Race Matters Discussion: ‘Race and Crime’

“Race and Crime,” the third Race Matters discussion, is Wednesday, March 8, from noon to 1:15 p.m. in The Chat performance area. Dr. John Noakes, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, will facilitate the discussion. Race Matters is a campuswide discussion on race organized by Dr. Noakes and Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. All members of the Arcadia University community are encouraged to attend the open, free-flowing discussion. For more information, contact Dr. Noakes or Dr. Garcia.

‘Penny Wars’ Fights Poverty with Spare Change

The Day Student Club is sponsoring “Penny Wars,” an opportunity for students and faculty to fight poverty using their spare change. Donations can be made in the Commuter Lounge on the bottom floor of Heinz Hall until Saturday, March 25. For more information, contact Jessica Boyer.

Bowl-a-Thon Benefits Families with Ill Children

Register now for the Genetic Counseling program’s second annual Benefit Bowl-a-Thon on Saturday, April 22. “Come have fun bowling and help us raise money for the Kelly Ann Dolan Memorial Fund, which offers support for families with chronically ill children,” says Kathleen Valverde, Assistant Professor and Director of Arcadia’s Genetic Counseling program. The bowl-a-thon will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Thunderbird Lanes, 1130 N. York Road in Willow Grove. Participants are asked to register and RSVP as soon as possible to valverde@arcadia.edu. All bowlers are asked to make a $5 donation that will cover bowling, shoes and snacks. Prizes will be given away at the event. “Spread the word. Everyone is welcome,” adds Valverde. To make a donation directly to the fund, checks can be made payable to the Kelly Ann Dolan Memorial Fund and mailed to Valverde in the Department of Genetic Counseling.

Special Events Planned for Staff

Arcadia’s Staff Council is sponsoring several special events for Arcadia staff.

  • A personalized tour of the 2006 Student Biennial with Art Gallery Director Richard Torchia will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Arcadia Art Gallery. There is no charge.
  • A visit to the National Constitution Center and the world premier exhibit Ben Franklin – In Search of a Better World on Saturday, March 25, anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Admission to the center is $8; call Andrew Johnson at 215-572-2520 or e-mail johnsona@arcadia.edu to reserve tickets by Monday, March 13.
  • A night at Citizen’s Bank Park on Wednesday, June 14, when the Phillies take on the New York Mets at 7:05 p.m. The seats are in Section 103. Tickets are $23. Contact Chris Soda, 102A Taylor Hall, 215-572-2929, or e-mail sodac@arcadia.edu to reserve tickets by Wednesday, April 5.

View the University Events Calendars on arcadia.edu and MyArcadia


Campus happenings

Students, Faculty Perform Vagina Monologues

Vagina Monologues performanceStudents and faculty performed The Vagina Monologues, written by Eve Ensler, on Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11, for the second year as a part of VDAY, a global movement to stop local and global violence toward women and girls. Monologues were performed by both graduate and undergraduate students, as well as Vice President for Student Affairs Jan Walbert and Adjunct Theater Professor Alisa Sickora Kelckner. The proceeds from the show benefited Women in Transition, an organization that helps women who are in abusive relationships. The program was produced by Sarah Holt ’07 and directed by Sara Landis ’06. More information on these organizations is available at their Web sites: Women in Transition, www.womenintransitioninc.org, and VDAY, www.vday.org.

Latino Club Karaoke NightPresident Greiner Does Karaoke
with Latino Association

President Jerry Greiner and his wife, Terry, took part in Karaoke performances on Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Chat at the behest of many Arcadia students. The event was sponsored by the Latino Association.

Organs art exhibitOrgans: A Colorful Body of Work

It’s not too late to see the collection of oversized, colorful, sculpted, paper maché body parts on display in Murphy Hall, classroom 114. The display, called Organs, was produced by students and will be on view this week.

Solo Art Show Features Carole Loeffler

Carole LoefflerA solo show featuring Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, opened at the Howard Community College Art Gallery in Columbia, Md., on Feb. 15 and runs through March 16, with an artist’s reception on Saturday, Feb. 18. Loeffler’s show is called “Sensations and Wishes.” To see more of Loeffler’s work, visit www.howardcc.edu.

Loeffler’s work also will be featured at the Delaware Women's conference show March 3 to 25 at the Newark Arts Alliance (NAA) and from March 29 through May 7 at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover.

Seniors Kick Off Class Challenge

Senior Class Challenge Kick-OffSeventy-five seniors gathered in the Castle for the Senior Class Challenge Kick-off on Feb. 2 hosted by co-chairs Kyle Danielson and Meghaan Figgs. President Jerry Greiner and Vice President for Student Affairs Jan Walbert spoke to the seniors on their upcoming role as Arcadia alumni and the importance of staying connected to the University. Senior Jessica Hoos and alumna Donelle Brotz ’01 spoke on the importance of active young alumni and giving back. After the speeches, the students enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and beverages while listening to the musical stylings of Hadrien’s Wall. The Senior Class Challenge team will be calling all seniors and providing more information about the program. For more information, e-mailShana McGlinchey, Assistant Director of the Annual Fund.

Loury Named Co-Chair of CCLC Advisory Board

Doreen LouryDr. Doreen Loury was introduced as co-chair of Pennsylvania’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Advisory Board in the board’s February newsletter. CLCCs provide expanded academic enrichment opportunities for children attending low performing schools. Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology, is also the Director of the Gateway/ACT 101 Program at Arcadia University and was the former Director of the GEAR UP Program at Arcadia. “I have been working to assist in the collaboration and coordination of what I see as the K-16 partnership. Providing afterschool programs with the resources of a college campus is a great way to demystify the college experience for many of our 21st century students and families,” she says.

Before being named co-chair, Loury provided her expertise in many different areas including higher education brokering, curriculum and program planning, culturally relative pedagogy, college readiness, test taking and college survival techniques for parents and students. Loury also will speak at a conference on “The State of Black Men in America: The Changing Faces of Leadership and the Quest for Excellence” at Princeton University on Saturday, March 4.

Sports Update

Knights Advance to PAC Championship Second Round

Men's Basketball Playoff game on Feb. 18

The men’s basketball team shrugged off a slow start to pull away from Neumann College 67-60 in first round action of the PAC Championship tournament on Feb. 18. With the win, the Knights advance to the second round of the PAC Championship tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Wesley College. Game time is 7 p.m.

Neumann jumped out to an early 11-2 lead on Saturday before the Knights, the #3 seed, slowly began chipping away, largely on the shoulders of Kevin Brown '08 and Sterling Green '08. The two guards knocked down some jumpers as Arcadia closed to 21-17. The Knights would get their first lead late in the half at 28-26 and take a 30-28 lead into the locker room.

“It was a game to remember for the Knights,” writes Fred Lazzati ’06. “Only one game from the semi-finals, Arcadia had to get past their biggest challenge yet. It wasn’t until 14:40 in the first half when Stuart Slattery ’06 converted a three-point shot to help the Knights take the lead by one. Green’s successfully completing a foul shot and Eugene Moore’s (’08) three-point conversion helped put the Knights up by two late in the first half.”

The second half saw neither team able to pull away. “The second half was filled with many surprises, you never knew who was in the lead,” notes Lazzati. The Knights’ largest lead was 10 early in the half, and Neumann rallied for a five-point lead with 5 minutes remaining. “It wasn’t until 2:17 when several three-point shots by the Knights helped put Neumann’s defense on the run.” Arcadia would respond to tie the score with 2:56 left in the half on a basket by Green. The Knights would then pull away for the 67-60 win. The Knights were led by Green who finished with a game-high 15 points, and Brown who chipped in with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.

The men's basketball team concluded their regular season on Feb. 15 with a 15-10 overall record and a 13-5 record in the PAC. The team honored seniors Derek Cornish and Slattery with a 76-64 victory over Gwynedd Mercy. The Knights were paced by Eric Elliott '08, who finished with 17 points, and back court running mate Brown, who tallied 13.

Knights Send Seniors Off With Win

2005-06 Women's Basketball team

The women’s basketball team honored their seniors by winning their final collegiate game as they defeated visiting Cedar Crest 63-55 on Feb. 18. Becky Soda ’05 finished her career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,311 points.

In a game where the Knights had trouble scoring early, Cedar Crest was able to pull out to an early six-point lead. The Knights would answer and come back to take a 30-27 halftime lead as neither team was able to put any distance between the other.

Arcadia got off to a good start in the second half and pulled out to a 44-34 lead, the largest of the game, but the Falcons would answer to close the gap to 44-40. The Knights would get the next basket and were able to knock down free throws the rest of the way to ensure the win.

The Knights were led by Soda, who finished with 15 points and 5 rebounds, and Amanda Holroyd '05, who added 14 points and 9 rebounds, in their final college performances.

Redding Rides to Win at Regionals, Advances to Zone 3

Brandi Redding ’06 of Arcadia’s equestrian team competed on Sunday, Feb. 19, in the Regional Horse Show (Zone 3, Region 2) for Western, earning a top slot in the Regionals and qualifying to advance to Zone 3 competition. “I went to compete with the full support of my coach and captain there, and everything went smoothly. It was a cold day, but luckily my class was one of the first, so I was able to get up and ride without too much freezing around,” says Redding. “I'm very excited to share with you that I placed first or second at Regionals (the exact placement won’t be announced until the regional dinner on April 1). This means I will be continuing on to Zones (where I'll compete against all of Zone 3) on March 25 at Saddlebrook Stables, which is only about 15-30 minutes from Arcadia.”

Brownell Named Full-time Women’s Soccer/Golf Coach

Rick Brownell has been promoted to full-time Women’s Soccer and Golf Coach, Athletics Director Shirley Liddle announced this week. “Rick has been Arcadia’s part-time women’s soccer coach for the past three seasons, taking the team to the PAC Championship in 2005 and to the NCAA tournament, the team’s first NCAA appearance since 2001,” says Liddle. “Rick also has been very involved in club soccer and the personal fitness industry.”

"I'm thrilled to be a part of the growing atmosphere here at Arcadia, and I look forward to the future of consistently building highly competitive teams, a winning atmosphere here at Arcadia, and most importantly a rewarding experience for the players involved," says Brownell. The women's soccer future does look bright at Arcadia. After winning the championship last fall and losing only one senior to graduation, the team is poised to be a top contender for the PAC championship next year as well.

Brownell is a graduate of the College of New Jersey with a degree in Sports Fitness. He grew up in Cherry Hill and graduated from Cherry Hill West High School in 1981, playing soccer and baseball. At the College of New Jersey, he excelled in soccer and graduated with a B.S. in corporate fitness. While running a family auto parts business full-time, he earned full educational credits toward a master’s in exercise physiology from Temple University. After being a fitness director for eight years, he decided to begin the path toward coaching as a career.

He moved to Lower Bucks County in 1998, coached local club premier teams, and started his own company SportsFit Training Academy, where he began training individual and team athletes in soccer, speed and conditioning. He still operates the academy. In 2000, he took over a Bucks County Community College soccer team with 27 consecutive losses and turned the program around within three seasons, winning a state championship in 2002 while posting a 16-1 record and earning EPCC Coach of the Year honors. Brownell began at Arcadia in 2003 with a record of 8-9-2 the first season, but by his third season the team won the PAC Conference championship and earned an NCAA championship berth. He resides in Holland, Pa., with his wife, Colleen, and two children, Jacqueline, 11, and David, 6.

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


Elizabeth Rihl-Lewinsky, assistant VP for Enrollment Management was quoted in the article, “Special Accounts Can Help You Finance Your Grandkids’ College Education” for the January issue of the senior citizen magazine, Milestones. The article discussed the advantages seniors have opening 529 plans, a tool to help families save for college. A member of the Independent 529 plan, Arcadia is one of a number of private colleges that allow account holders to pre-pay tuition, protecting the account from tuition inflation. As Rihl-Lewinsky says, “The 529 can be a win-win for families.”

A Northeast Times article on Jan. 26, “Making the Grade," talked about the Philadelphia School District’s efforts to help high school students get ready for college and the application process. The article quotes Archbishop Ryan senior Morgan Long, who applied to three colleges but has decided to attend Arcadia University. The article notes that more and more of the state’s youth are headed to college. “In Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities, freshmen enrollment in 2003 jumped from 473,464 in 1994 to 534,215.”

The Grand Forks Herald (North Dakota) on Feb. 19 noted that Arcadia is one of five universities to earn the Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.

Does this sound familiar? Arcadia University’s name pops up in some unusual places on the Web. In one recent blog, Arcadia is the unusual place. “Morgraine Danielle Mckay was born and raised on the planet of Abydos in the city of Kheb,” the blogger writes in her Web application for “Senshi” membership. She’s a sophomore and a research assistant at Arcadia University. “The ancient world interested her greatly,” notes the blogger, “though the history of Earth she found of less interest. As it approached time for her to go to college, she had no choice but to go off world as Kheb had not yet been able to establish a university though they are working on it. Her parents agreed that Arcadia University would be the best as they had an old friend that was a professor of archeology there.” Watch out for Mckay; her most common attack mode is “fire storm.”

Faculty in the News

Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Assistant Professor of International Studies, moderated a panel discussion on “Women in Islam” on Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Wilma Theatre. Her participation was noted in the Feb. 4 Philadelphia Inquirer.

Dr. Leif Gustavson, Assistant Professor of Education, received kudos in a blog last month from a family he met years ago in a birthing class, then reconnected with at a Mt. Airy Schools Committee event. “For the past three years, Henry (Elementary School) has benefited from Arcadia education students contributing as student teachers, volunteers, and project-students in our classrooms,” the writer noted. “Our son participated in a creative project with Arcadia students last fall. He came home talking about the math and language challenges the Arcadia ‘teachers’ presented, and how great these teachers were…. When the project finished at the end of the fall semester, he brought home a journal filled with impressive illustrations and stories.” The education project was featured in the winter edition of Arcadia’s alumni magazine.

Alumni in the News

Dan Arkans, ’94, wrote the article, “A Crystal Ball for Max” for a recent edition of the Lansdale, Pa. Reporter. A former sports editor at Arcadia, Arkans mentioned the Senior Male Athlete of theYear award that he campaigned for and won from his alma mater. In edition to the Reporter, Arkans has also written stories for the Pocono Record.

Janet Stollman ’88 received the National Council of Jewish Women Emerging Leader Award at a meeting of the council’s Sarasota-Manatee (Fla.) Section. “Stollman’s concern and understanding of the need for more community education and awareness of domestic violence grew from her broad background, educationally and professionally,” noted the Sarasota Herald-Tribune on Dec. 30.


Publication Information

Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: students Bridget Curtis '08, Fred Lazzati '06, Michelle Leone '08, and Ashley Perovich '09. Photos by Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology and Jennifer Vessels '07.

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