May 16, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 16, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

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Living the Promise: Lisa King '07

I was thrown into an unknown culture. I had to make the best of everything. But everything made the best of me, says Lisa King '07 of rebuilding hurricane-damaged homes in Mexico. Learn more about Lisa and living the Arcadia promise at

Class of 2006 Takes Center Stage

graduationAlmost 900 students—398 undergraduates and 472 graduate students—become Arcadia University alumni this week as members of the Class of 2006. Two distinct ceremonies will be held. The Graduate Commencement is Thursday, May 18, at 5 p.m.  The Undergraduate Commencement is Friday, May 19, at 10:15 a.m. The ceremonies will be held on the soccer field, or in Kuch Center in case of inclement weather. The Commencement ceremonies also will be Web cast in real time. A link for viewing is available at Also, the ceremonies will be archived and available for viewing after the ceremonies have ended. Need to give friends and relatives directions to Arcadia? Follow this easy link:

Undergraduate Commencement begins promptly at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2006. Graduating undergraduate students should be in the Dining Hall for line up by 9:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Dining Complex. ONLY graduating students participating in the ceremony should be in the Dining Complex on Commencement morning. Please direct family and friends to seating areas. Family members and guests should arrive at the soccer/lacrosse field outside the Kuch Center beginning at 9:15 a.m. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be held on the field.

Graduate Commencement begins promptly at 5 p.m. Graduates are to line up at 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Dining Complex. ONLY graduates should be in the Dining Complex before Commencement. Please direct family and friends to seating areas. Family members and guests should arrive at the soccer/lacrosse field outside the Kuch Center beginning at 3:30 p.m. Weather permitting, the ceremony will be held on the field. In case of severe weather, the ceremony will be held in the Kuch Center Alumni Gymnasium.

In case of severe weather, the ceremonies will be held in the Kuch Center Alumni Gymnasium. The decision regarding location may be made as late as 1 p.m. for the graduate ceremony and 7 a.m. for the undergraduate on the days of the ceremonies. Information on change of location can be obtained on the home page of the Arcadia University Web site ( and by calling the switchboard at 215-572-2900.

One-way traffic patterns will be enforced to accommodate the large number of cars on campus. Traffic will enter from Church Road or Easton Road and will move counterclockwise until reaching the parking areas. Guests with disabilities can be dropped off between Boyer Hall and Kuch Center. For the Undergraduate Commencement on Friday: if Arcadia’s parking lots are full, graduates and visitors will be directed to park at Cheltenham High; shuttles to and from campus will be available on Friday.

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.

Travel Note: Route 309 Construction May Cause Delays

Intermittent lane closures for demolition of bridge abutments on Route 309 near the Pennsylvania Turnpike Interchange are scheduled beginning Monday, May 15, through Friday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. In addition, intermittent 15-minute traffic stoppages in that area will occur Wednesday, May 17, through Friday, May 19, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Please allow extra time for travel. For more information, visit the project Web site at  or call the 309 Information Line at 215-358-3093. 

Biology DepartmentSpotlight on ... Who knows how our brains really work? Who helps organize Special Olympic volleyball for area youth? Who raises cacti and sunflowers atop Boyer Hall and can tell you who your brown algae is related to? Who is a DNA expert on rattlesnakes? Who helps keep monkeys off the dinner table in Africa? Learn more about this department.

A Study of Her Mom, Her Generation

"Harmony" (portrait of Arline Ravitch) by Deborah Caiola

(Editor’s Note: Portrait of a Generation: Giving Voice to Silence, by Sharon M. Ravitch and Deborah Caiola, tells the stories of 10 American women from diverse backgrounds born between 1933 and 1943, the last generation to come of age before feminism brought more choices with respect to career and family. The book tells the women’s stories in both narratives and portraits. The vivid detail became more intimate when the researchers interviewed their own mothers. In addition, "Unexpected Transitions: From Wearing Girdles to Burning Bras" is a painting and drawing exhibition that incorporates sound and video media to create a portrait of these women. The exhibition runs through May 27 at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia.)

By Dr. Sharon Ravitch, Assistant Professor of Education

For the project we chose 10 participants to interview. From individual and group interviews, memoirs and photos, we created a multidimensional portrait of each woman developed through a combination of written and visual portraiture. We decided to engage in this work out of a respect and admiration for our mothers and their generation of women as well as out of a desire to work on a meaningful text which is both empowering and inspiring for women of all ages. Our primary goal is to give voice and visibility to the experiences of so many women who, like our mothers, feel that society has in many ways delegitimized their life choices and trajectories. This project is important and meaningful to us because we have watched our mothers and their contemporaries struggle at times in their lives in large part due to the ways in which the limiting social scripts for women of their generation have shaped their life choices, inhibiting them from achieving goals that women of our generation, or even the generation just after theirs, are able to make freely because of the strides made by the feminist, gay rights and civil rights movements. These women’s ability to adapt and create opportunities where there were once only barriers is both moving and inspirational.

Read more on Ravitch's project at

Reedy Has Advice for Mothers on Learning Channel

ReedySurviving Motherhood, a new series on The Learning Channel (TLC), began May 15, and the premier episode featured Arcadia’s Cynthia Reedy, Adjunct Professor of Education. The show features groups of mothers discussing general challenges, accompanied by expert advice from a cadre of child development experts. Reedy will be featured on five of the shows, the first having to do with “Terrible Twos: Rakia’s Story.” The premier episode will be rerun on the TLC (on cable and satellite) on Tuesday, May 23, at 10:30 a.m. The interesting part, Reedy says, is that she doesn’t get to interact with the parents or children. “I watch tapes and respond to an individuals’ story and challenge.” Reedy’s second appearance will be about a mother trying to decide whether to go back to work on Wednesday, May 24, at 3 p.m. and again on Tuesday, May 30, at 10:30 a.m. Read more about this new series at The Learning Channel ( )

Student Service Center Announces Summer Hours

The Student Service Center's hours are changing for the summer. As of Monday, May 22, the SSC will be open: Monday - Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Wednesday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. This schedule runs through Friday, August 11.

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.

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.

Julie Bodie, Graduate Office Retiree

The campus community was saddened to learn of the death of Julie Bodie, retiree, on Friday, May 12. She was with Arcadia from 1968 until she retired from her duties as Secretary in the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies in March 1992. A memorial service will be held Friday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at Christ Ascension Lutheran Church, 8300 Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia.

Campus Events

Seniors vs. Faculty/Staff in Softball Cancelled

The Seniors vs. Faculty/Staff softball game scheduled for Tuesday, May 16 has been cancelled.

Faculty, Staff Invited to Senior Farewell, May 18

Each year Arcadia holds a very special celebration for the Arcadia University graduating seniors. All faculty and staff are invited to help wish the students success in the future. The Senior Farewell Celebration will be held in Grey Towers Castle on Thursday, May 18, the evening prior to Undergraduate Commencement, from 9 p.m. until midnight. With the Castle as the setting, the Farewell Celebration is a special tradition bringing together graduating students, their families, friends, and members of the faculty and staff of the University. For more information about the Farewell Celebration, please contact the Student Affairs Office at 215-572-2933. 

B2EST Activity Day, May 24

Volunteers are needed to help with the B2EST Program’s Activity Day and Chess Tournament on Wednesday, May 24. Members of the Arcadia community, especially students, are invited to participate. The volunteers will be working with young schoolchildren 8 to 13 years old. The Activity Day runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arcadia and will involve students from seven classroom programs in the B2EST Program. Visit site to learn more. To volunteer, call 215-572-8545 or e-mail Keesha Dixon, B2EST Secretary.

Artwork Auction to Fund Congo Effort, May 31

Congo photo by Louis HerbstLouis Herbst ’06, is proof that you don’t need millions of dollars and an Academy Award to help a beleaguered African nation. All you really need is passion, drive and a group of enthusiastic eighth graders from Wissahickon Middle School.

Herbst is hosting an art show to benefit the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country wracked by civil war and human rights violations yet on the verge of its first democratic elections since gaining independence in 1960. Letters from Fidel, based on Herbst’s year-long efforts with activists in the Congo, will be on exhibit in the Arcadia University Art Gallery from May 31 to June 7. An opening reception and silent auction will be held on Wednesday, May 31, from 7 to 10 p.m. Proceeds will fund election education materials for the people of Goma in the DRC.

More about Herbst's exhibition at

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

Psychology Majors Present Projects at Annual Conference

Psychology majors at conference

Jennifer Hoetzel, Associate Professor Marianne Miserandino and Cassie Yaccobacci at conference.

Seven students of the Psychology Department presented their research at the 77th Annual Eastern Psychological Association Conference held in Baltimore, Md. this past April. All students in the Psychology Department are required to conduct independent research projects in the sophomore and junior year under the mentorship of a faculty member. Three poster presentations were given by psychology majors this year.  The research included: The Effect of Inter-Swim Interval on the Development of Adaptation to Stress-Induced Analgesia presented by Jessica Hoss and Leslie TippetThe Effects of Film Clips on Mood and Thermal Sensitivity presented by Michael Fox, Nicole Benedetti, and Melissa Yuhas. Implicit Attitudes of Gay and Straight People towards Homosexuality presented by Cassie Yaccobacci and Jennifer Hoetzel. These three student projects were supervised by Dr. Josh Blustein, Dr. Marianne Miserandino, Dr. Steven Robbins and Les Sdorow. In addition to the student presentations, Miserandino presented Love Beliefs: Myths, Realities and Social Psychological Research as part of a symposium on undergraduate research. 

Tanzanian Official Visits Arcadia

Cheluget (second from right)
with IPCR faculty and students.

Poised to start a new Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Tanzania, students and faculty in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program received a special visit on Monday, May 8, from a high-ranking Tanzanian official. Kipyego Cheluget, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary General of Projects and Programmes for the East African Community (EAC) in Arusha, Tanzania, visited Arcadia as part of a trip to the region. He met with IPCR Director Dr. Warren Haffar, Instructor Alex Otieno, IPCR Administrative Coordinator Sherry Levin, and several students. Haffar and Levin will be working in Arusha this summer to establish partnerships for the new center.

‘If I Can Make One Person More Aware…’

By Sharma Shilpa ’07

This is the story of an 18-year-old girl who was brought up in a small town, Jaipur, in India. All her life she had lived in the security of her parents’ home, never knowing that there existed a world outside of her own. For her, all the joy and all the sorrow were right there, in the box that she had built around herself. In August 2003, she had a chance to step out of this box into a new world. She took this opportunity and left behind everything that she had set her eyes on ever since she was born. This is my story. I, Shilpa Sharma, am currently a junior majoring in Biology/Pre-Med at Arcadia University.

After trying to adjust in a new environment and learning about different people in my first year, I began to learn about myself. I knew that I was aware about many aspects of diversity and that I could help make others more aware. I became a Resident Assistant in my second year to work closely with fellow students. I believe that even if I can make one person more aware and more accepting toward people with different backgrounds, I have made a difference. I also became a diversity mentor to work with other minority students on a one-on-one level in an attempt to bridge the gap that existed between a lot of minority students and other students in the University. I realized that not only the students but a lot of the leaders themselves needed to be more aware of the fact that someone’s entire college experience can be ruined just because of others’ lack of knowledge. I decided to use my position in a way that I could reach out to people and make them more aware. My dedication to the position was recognized, and I am currently the Senior Resident Assistant (SRA). At Arcadia, not only have I gained more experience and learned more as a person and a student leader, but have been able to contribute toward the diversity of my community in ways that I couldn’t have before. Arcadia helped me discover my own potential.

Arcadia in the News

The Philadelphia Inquirer previewed Arcadia’s Black Male Symposium on Wednesday, May 10, with an interview with actor and author Hill Harper. “Harper stars on TV's highly rated CSI: NY; he has multiple stage and screen credits to his name; People Magazine picked him among its "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2004. And if all that ever fails, he has degrees from Brown University and Harvard Law School to fall back on,” the Inquirer reported. “Harper conceived his book as a way of doling out advice to young men, especially African American and Latino youth, who face daunting statistics that show a crisis. Letters, as well as the symposium, is part of the rash of responses to what many experts are calling the worsening plight of many young African American men.”  Symposium co-chair Dr. Doreen E. Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of Act 101, told the Inquirer, "He's doing something that, long after the movies are gone, will last. We need more people putting out information like this."


Lisa Heuckeroth, Thomas Kaczmarczyk, Jessica Kovach, Alli Lannutti and Michelle Rubiano were some of the students who created the giant spider web and other artwork on campus last week.

Publication Information

Contributors to this issue of the Bulletin: student Bridget Curtis '08. Photos by Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.

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