May 9, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 9, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

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Living the Promise: Stephanie Spayd '05 M

“Dr. John DiGregorio’s teaching sparked my interest in pharmacology and research,” says Stephanie Spayd ‘05 M, a forensic scientist now working with Dr. DiGregorio at the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation. “He helped me discover my future in forensic science.”

If You’re Scared – Get Prepared!’ 

Now that Senior Thesis presentations are completed and the last set of finals is under way, the next focus for many seniors will be the job search. “If you’re scared, now is the time to get prepared,” says Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development. The Office of Career Services is set to assist seniors through their Job Search Boot Camp. “Boot Camp is designed to help students develop the skills and perspective necessary to approach their job search with confidence,” Hertel notes. This experience is appropriate for seniors who:

  1. have not yet started a job search
  2. have changed their plans regarding graduate/professional school
  3. are unsure how to start a job search or don’t know what jobs to pursue
  4. want to avoid moving back in with mom and dad
  5. have parents, friends, relatives hounding them about finding a job

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Gallery Room of the Landman Library. To enlist in the Job Search Boot Camp, stop by Career Services in Knight Hall, Room 133 or call 215-572-2939.

Capstone Projects On Display

Members of the Arcadia community, along with their familes and friends, are invited to the 37th Annual Presentation of Capstone Projects. Undergraduate and graduate projects will be presented until Thursday, May 11. For a complete list of presentation times for each discipline, visit

IT DepartmentSpotlight on ... Which department's staff includes a former high school teacher, a former aerobics instructor, and a former dolphin trainer? Which department's staff lives among our students? Which department's staff training includes climbing up and rappelling down a rock wall and navigating a zip line? Which department's staff gets called to mediate a roommate conflict at 2:30 a.m.? Learn more about this department.

Doctoral Student Finds Link in School Services

Fern L. Silverman, a doctoral student in Arcadia’s special education program who’s working as an occupational therapist while pursuing her degree, integrated her work experience into her doctoral research when she discovered an operational link between occupational therapy and learning support instruction. Her case study, “Physical Proximity of Occupational Therapy and Learning Support Instruction: How Room Sharing Can Promote Collaboration for Professionals and Success for Students,” co-authored with Rebecca Millspaugh, was published in TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, Vol. 2, Issue 4, March 2006.

Silverman’s case study emerged from a local elementary school where space limitations found the occupational therapist and the learning support teacher sharing a room, an atypical configuration. “The occupational therapy services were ‘pushed-in’ to the learning support environment,” their abstract notes. “Sharing physical space facilitated greater communication and accountability between the OT and the learning support teacher, which subsequently enhanced student learning and success in multiple settings. This article describes the joint effort and its positive effect on students and staff.” Read more at

As part of an assignment for the grant writing course being taught by Dr. Kimberly Dean, Assistant Professor of Special Education, Silverman put her new writing skills to work and applied for an inclusion grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education—and was awarded $5,000.

Help with Spring Cleaning and Service Projects

Donations are needed for a rummage sale to benefit service projects. The Community Service Office will be collecting donations from Tuesday, May 9, until Friday, May 12. The rummage sale will held in the Dining Hall on Friday, May 12, from 5 to 9 p.m. All donations and proceeds will go toward service projects such as this past year’s alternative spring break trip to Louisiana. Donations can be dropped off in residence hall lobbies and in the Community Service Office in Knight Hall. For more information, call the Community Service Office at 215-572-4000.

Interest Rates to Rise on Stafford Loans

Beginning July 1, 2006, Federal Stafford Loan interest rates will rise by 2.1 percent. This year’s in-school Stafford Loan interest rate was 4.7 percent (5.30 percent during repayment). Effective July 1, 2006, Federal Stafford Loan interest rates will move to a fixed rate of 6.8 percent. 

Additionally, the option to consolidate one’s federal loans while in school will no longer be allowed effective July 1, 2006. For those who have ever borrowed a federal student loan (Stafford Loan and/or Perkins Loan), are in repayment or will be in repayment in the future, and have never consolidated before, now is a good time to consider consolidating federal loans to lock into a lower rate, prior to the July 1 rate change. 

Consolidation may not be beneficial for everyone depending on prior federal loans borrowed.  For more information on how to consolidate federal student loans before July 1, or whether it is the best option, individuals should contact their loan servicer or lender (bank) directly. Anyone considering consolidation who has borrowed through AES/PHEAA should call 1-800-692-7392 or go to (go to Apply for a Loan and choose Apply for a Consolidation Loan) to get more information or to actually consolidate their federal loans on-line.

Apply Now for ‘Campus Achievement’ Scholarship

Are you a current full-time undergraduate student involved in the campus community? Have you demonstrated service and leadership on campus or in the surrounding community? Do you have a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or better, or do you anticipate having this GPA after the spring 2006 semester? Do you have financial need? If so, you may want to consider applying for the Campus Achievement Award for Returning Student. This award, which ranges from approximately $200 to $3,000 annually, is renewable each year, provided a student recipient remains full-time on the undergraduate level and in good academic standing. The application deadline for the Fall 2006 semester is June 1. Applications are available on-line at and in the Office of Enrollment Management. Please note that no late applications will be considered. Contact the Financial Aid Office at 215-572-2980.

Commencement: Faculty Meet in Boyer 104, 105

All faculty, emeriti, administrators and trustees who will be participating in Commencement are asked to be in the following rooms for robing. For the Graduate Commencement on Thursday, May 18, robing begins at 4:30 p.m. in Boyer Hall, Rooms 104 and 105 for faculty and Room 114 for trustees and members of the platform party. The academic procession line-up begins at 4:45 p.m. with the ceremony starting at 5 p.m. Robing for the Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 19, begins at 9:30 a.m. in Boyer Hall, Rooms 104 and 105 for faculty and Room 114 for trustees and members of the platform party. The academic procession line-up begins at 10 a.m. with the ceremony starting at 10:15 a.m.

Thanks to Those Who Volunteered to Help!

Volunteers are still needed to help with Commencement ceremonies on Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19; e-mail Donna Whitlock, University Relations.

Thanks to those who already offered to help! Volunteers for the Graduate Commencement on Thursday, May 18, should report to the soccer/lacrosse field by 3 p.m. and ask for either Maryanne Bowers or Judy Severin for instructions. Volunteers for the Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 19, should report to the soccer/lacrosse field by 8 a.m. and ask for either Bowers or Severin for instructions. If either of the ceremonies moves indoors due to inclement weather, please report to the gymnasium and go to the staging area.

Transit Benefit Available Starting May 23

Employees can take advantage of a new Transit Benefit program that begins later this month. From May 23 to June 5, employees will be able to go online to FlexAmerica to order a regional rail trailpass or ten-strip ticket, or SEPTA transpass for the month of July.

“There's no Open Enrollment period for this benefit. You can take advantage of the tax savings of this program at any time during the year,” says Lorraine Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Representative. All employees who are scheduled to be paid at any time in the month prior to the ticket date (e.g. June payroll for July tickets) are eligible for this benefit. Adjunct Professors who want to take advantage of the benefit for the summer or fall semesters must contact Yearicks, 215-572-2788, before they place the order.

Campus Events

ALANA Recognition Ceremony, May 14

Mark the calendar for the 2nd Annual ALANA Recognition Ceremony on Sunday, May 14, at 3 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. 

Male Development Symposium Draws Crowd!

Arcadia’s Black Male Development Symposium, "Holla Back...But Listen First,” will provide an opportunity for youth, adults, educational institutions, community organizations and individuals to participate in a one-day symposium designed to address the life-threatening issues facing black male youth and adults on Saturday, May 13. About 1,000 people have registered. The line-up of speakers includes Hill Harper, the actor/writer from CSI: New York, K. Kofi Moyo, Nasser Jones, Kevin Powell, Salome Thomas-El, and Mister Mann Frisby.

“Harper says his role as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on CSI: New York is only a part of his life's work,” says Karin Phillips of KYW Newsradio. “As author of Letters to a Young Brother, Manifest Your Destiny, he says his celebrity helps him spread an important message: it's time to stop talking about the so-called young African American male problem, and begin some positive, easy solutions.”

Harper told Phillips: “When a young man comes up to me, I always make a point to tell them that they're magnificent or brilliant, and you should see the way their whole face changes; they flush, color comes into their face, and they change.”

Faculty, Staff Awards Luncheon, May 15

Faculty and staff members of the Arcadia University community are invited to a celebration luncheon on Monday, May 15. At the luncheon, the winners of the Cultural Ally Recognition Award and the Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service will be named.

The luncheon also honors the following retiring faculty and staff members: Mary Ann Roberts, Dr. Deborah Pomeroy, Harold Barnes, Phyllis NcNeff, and Chuck Lower

The following staff members will receive distinguished service awards: Linda Detra (35 years), Dr. Steven Gulkus (30 years), Dr. Chester Mikulski (30 years), Marie Gallagher (25 years), Dr. Bette Goldstone (25 years), Rosemary Hojnowski (25 years), Dr. Wayne Morra (25 years), Maureen Guim (20 years), Drs. Robert and Joan Hulse Thompson (20 years), and Jay Vogel (20 years). Read the list of additional faculty and staff to be recognized for 5, 10 and 15 years of service at

The luncheon will be held on Monday, May 15, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Please RSVP to Katie Kelly, Office of Human Resources, 215-572-2173, by Wednesday, May 10.

softball gloveSeniors vs. Faculty/Staff in Softball, May 16

The 4th Annual Seniors vs. Faculty/Staff softball game will take place on Tuesday, May 16, at 2 p.m. on the upper softball field. The game will be a great way to interact with the class of 2006 before Graduation. Any faculty or staff member who is interested in playing should contact Nick Luchko. Any senior who is interested in playing should contact Amber LaJeunesse.

See Colorful Birds, Big Cats at the Zoo, June 10

A day at the Philadelphia Zoo, including the special exhibit Birds of Australia is planned for Arcadia staff members on Saturday, June 10, for $11 per person, open to close. Bring friends and family to see the Birds of Australia exhibit where visitors walk around with a cup of nectar while the colorful birds come for a drink. Or be some of the first visitors to welcome the "big cats" back to the Philadelphia Zoo in their new exhibit, Big Cat Falls.  Please contact Andrew Johnson (x2520) by Friday, May 26, to reserve a ticket!


Campus happenings

Fling Gets Students in the Swing for Spring

Velcro guyStudents, friends and family members got loud—Tarzan-style—at Spring Fling 2006 events, April 20 to 23. Games and activities – from jousting contests to jungle slides – filled Kuch Center with the theme “Welcome to the Jungle.” Three nights of Knight Club dancing and performances filled Stiteler Auditorium each night. And Student Programing Board served up its version of Woodstock. Other activities included the Video Dance Party, Day of Percussion…and more. “Spring Fling provides awesome springtime fun! It's a deserved opportunity for Arcadia students to break from books and other obligations to join with their peers to acknowledge the end of a fantastic academic year. Many students worked very hard and merit recognition for the successful weekend.” says Nicholas Smith, Acting Assistant Dean of Students for Campus Involvement.

View Spring Fling photos at

Giant Spider Web, Watching Eyes Appear on Campus

Spider web

Some professors take their class outdoors for a lecture on a nice, sunny spring day. Assistant Professor Carol Loeffler turned her classroom inside out, using the whole campus as three-dimensional art student projects popped up all over campus.

View campus art projects at

foreign correspondence

‘I went with whether the sun was up’

By Bridget Curtis ’08

Lombard in Egypt Lombard
Katie Lomberk dressed in a traditional Egyptian outfit and in Western clothes.

During one of her four trips abroad this semester, Arcadia senior Katie Lomberk—who participated in FYSAE (First Year Study Abroad Experience) in London and studied for a semester in Ireland—was asked a simple question. “Why,” asked an Egyptian classmate, “do you travel so much?” Lomberk smiled and answered, “Why not?” For Lomberk, studying abroad is an opportunity that she just couldn’t let get away.

Traveling to Egypt in January, Lomberk spent a month studying the history, chemistry and uses of the Nile River at American University in Cairo. In the four-week course that included classroom work and a five-day cruise down the river, a number of different professors gave her multiple perspectives on the river and an in-depth look at one of Egypt’s most interesting and useful resources.

While in Egypt, Lomberk tried to immerse herself into the culture as much as possible, visiting landmarks such as the Great Pyramids and the mosque of Muhammad Ali as well as instructing new friends met in Egypt to only converse with her in Arabic. “I really wanted to learn Arabic, and I figured the best way to do that would only be if there was no English spoken at all! Most interesting, however, was Lomberk’s excursion into Cairo dressed head to toe in traditional Egyptian garb. “It was so interesting to view life in Egypt from their point of view. After being the blonde-haired, blue-eyed American girl, it felt so strange to become almost invisible. Not necessarily in a bad way, more in terms of feeling safe and secure. It was so cool to walk into a shop and be immediately spoken to in Arabic, as if I was a local. It was probably one of the best experiences I’ve had.”

Read about Lombard's additional travels this semester to Ireland, Mexico and China at


Sports Update

Baseball Goes Extra Innings in PAC Championships

Alvernia College drove home the winning run in the top of the 11th inning, beating top-seeded Arcadia University 6-5 on Saturday afternoon in the winners’ bracket final of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Baseball Championships. The Crusaders led off with two runs in the first. Arcadia responded with a run in the bottom of the first when John Connell’s RBI single scored John Curreri. John Bellis tied the game in the second, and Connell added two more RBIs to give the Knights a 4-2 lead. Alvernia tied the score in the fifth, but Bellis put Arcadia back on top with a solo home run. Senior Dan Fassl relieved Arcadia starter Matt Remchuk to start the seventh and sat down five straight batters until giving up a home run in the eighth to make it 5-5 and eventually sending the game into extra innings.

Softball PAC Chance Ends on Sacrifice Fly

Softball team

While second-seeded Arcadia put up a solid fight, Misericordia defeated the Knights 4-3 on Sunday in a Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Championship elimination game, according to the May 8 Times Leader. Neumann then defeated Misericordia 2-1 in the final game to win the PAC championship. Misericordia scored its first run in the third and added a run in both the fourth and fifth innings. After Arcadia scored three runs in the top of the sixth to tie the game, Misericordia scored on a sacrifice fly to right field to win the game.

Arcadia in the News

Faculty in the News

Adjunct Professor Ilene Goldis, who teaches Introduction to Management at Arcadia, was awarded the 2006 Librarian of the Year award from state Sen. Connie Williams (D-17th) in her school district of Radnor Township, where she is one of two high-school librarians at the Mary Carter Media Center at Radnor High School, according to the Suburban and Wayne (Pa.) Times on April 20.

For Dr. Sandra M. Hordis, Visiting Assistant Professor of English, her interest in the language of medieval comedy has led to the compilation of her book, Medieval English Comedy (2006), published by Brepols Books. Her areas of interest include Arthurian literature, Anglo Saxon rhetoric, Geoffrey Chaucer, linguistics and medieval women writers such as Christine de Pizan and Marie de France.  She currently coordinates Arcadia University's professional writing minor and teaches technical writing, Lewis and Tolkien, medieval literature, and composition.

Carol Loeffler, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, was invited to participate in an all-day workshop that will culminate in a year-long project called the Fabric of Philadelphia at Philadelphia University. Watch for more details in the Bulletin. She also is currently in an exhibition "Closeknit: History, Textile and Place" at the Coral Street Arts House in Philadelphia through the end of May. Loeffler will be participating in an invitational exhibition in Cincinnati, Ohio, this summer. And her work is part of juried exhibition at the Newark Art Alliance in Newark, Del., that traveled to the Biggs Art Museum in Wilmington, Del., this month to coincide with the Delaware Women's Conference.

Students in the News

“The CSI television shows often feature forensic facial reconstruction, but Suzanne Matlock's senior project at Arcadia University has led to something more,” says KYW Newsradio’s John Ostapkovich on May 8. “In addition to the model skulls on which she has learned, she now has the skull of a murder victim, found dead in Tioga County, Pa., whose face she's recreating -- by strengthening the skull, building it out to represent muscle and skin, and finally, using an anthropologist's guidance, creating the face. Holding the skull, she, like Hamlet, thinks of mortality: ‘It's pretty devastating to me, the effects that violence had upon him. And you know, it really brings home the impact of a gunshot wound, the end of a young life.’"

Alumni in the News

Jeanne Charlesworth, family and consumer science teacher at Hatboro-Horsham High School who earned her master’s degree in elementary education in 1981 at Arcadia, has been selected teacher of the year by the Pennsylvania Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. According to the May 7 Philadelphia Inquirer, she created Family Literacy Kits, which include books and other literacy-building materials for young children. “This project is about how to enhance the development of young children,” she told the Inquirer. "One of the most important things we can do for children is read to them and get them excited about books. We want to reach them while they are young."

Publication Information

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

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