August 8, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
August 8, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Open Meeting on Enrollment Management VP Search

Dr. Edward Lewis, from Academic Search Consultants, will be on campus Tuesday, Aug. 8, to discuss the search for the new Vice President for Enrollment Management with representatives from various campus constituencies. An open meeting for University faculty and staff members will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. in the University Room on the lower level of Landman Library. All are invited to attend and share their views on this very important search, says Dr. Michael L. Berger, Search Committee Chair and Academic Vice President.

New Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s Swimming

Patricia Flynn of Philadelphia has been appointed as Head Coach for Men’s and Women’s Swimming at Arcadia University. Flynn brings a strong background in swimming as both a student-athlete and a coach.

As a Division I collegiate swimmer for 2 1/2 years at Lasalle University, Flynn was the United States Masters Swimming long course champion. She has coaching experience at both the high school and collegiate levels, as an assistant swim coach at Swarthmore College and as head coach of the Shipley School on the Mainline. Flynn provided individual swim instruction to competitive swimmers at the Pennypack Aquatic and Fitness Center and taught swim lessons at the Northeast Racquet and Fitness Center.

The first-year head coach received her undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Temple University and is pursing a Master’s of Education. She taught elementary school in the School District of Philadelphia from 2002 to 2004 and middle school at St. Cecilia School in Fox Chase from 2004 to 2006. Flynn is a certified personal fitness trainer and is affiliated with numerous professionals associations, including the American Swimming Coaches.

New Dining Services Web Site Launched

Dining ServicesParkhurst Dining Services announces the launch of its Dining Services Web site. The site features Catering menus and options, weekly menus, special events and days calendar, and more to come in the next few months. An online PDF form for ordering Catering Services is available in the Catering section. The site is accessible from the Administrative and Campus Web Links module under the Campus tab on MyArcadia. Special thanks to Web Designer Sue Gettlin in University Relations for her assistance with the Web site.

The new Catering Director is Sara Goodwin, and she can be contacted at 215-517-2311 or at “If you scheduled an event with the previous dining provider, please call or e-mail us with your event information so that we can make sure you receive the best service possible,” says General Manager Hanna Schein. “At Parkhurst, we pride ourselves in building personal relationships through exceptional culinary experiences.”

New Roles for CEA Staff

Institutional Relations: Lorna Stern Laniak is now the Director of Institutional Relations for Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad. In this role, she will work with the Director on strategic planning as well as managing the Institutional Relations staff, including the team of regional assistant directors who work closely with staff, administration and faculty at the more than 300 home institutions that send students on Center programs. Her years of experience in a variety of roles at Arcadia, including Director of Student Services and Special Adviser (with a particular focus on the National Advisory Board), give her a unique perspective on the Center for Education Abroad. She completed her B.A. in International Relations with an emphasis on African Affairs from Wells College and went on to study at the University of Capetown, South Africa, where she focused on Comparative African Government and Law. Prior to coming to Arcadia, Laniak served as Director of Cornell’s International Living Center. She also holds an MALD from the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and serves on the Board of Directors of Overseas Council International and Language Corps.

Student Services: David Rudd, a long-time employee of the Center for Education Abroad, has accepted the position of Director of Student Services. He joined Arcadia several years ago as a Coordinator Assistant for Australia programs and has served as Program Coordinator, Associate Director for Student Services, and Acting Director of Student Services. He graduated cum laude from Susquehanna University with a degree in Political Science and Research Methodology.

Scotland: Arcadia increased staffing for Scotland programs in Glenside and Edinburgh. In June, Traci Chupik joined the Center staff as coordinator for programs in Scotland and England. She earned her B.B.A. in Management from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her M.S.Ed. in Intercultural Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She studied in London as an undergraduate and has taught English in Japan and done volunteer work in Armenia. Liam Cavanagh has joined the staff of Arcadia University in Scotland.

Spain and Greece Search: A search for a Program Coordinator for the Spain and Greece programs is under way. The position is based in Glenside, with occasional travel within the United States and overseas. Please visit for more details.

Women Needed for Bone Density Study

Participants are needed for a research study at Arcadia University. This study is examining balance, strength and walking in women with and without low bone mineral density. Participants must be female, between 50 to 65 years of age, three to 10 years post-menopause, and must have had a bone density scan within the past two years. Testing will take one hour, and subjects will be given a pedometer/radio for participation in this study. Women who are interested in participating should contact Kerstin Palombaro, PT, MS, at 215-817-6430 or Palombaro is an adjunct faculty in the Physical Therapy program who is pursuing her Ph.D. at Temple and conducting her dissertation study at Arcadia. Her study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board.

Upcoming Events

Career Workshops Help Adults Explore Change

For adults who are considering career changes or would like to explore other professional areas, Arcadia University’s Center for Continuing and Professional Studies offers Career Assessment Workshops. “This free assessment is valuable for anyone interested in career advancement or change,” says Dr. Fred Loomis, Arcadia’s Dean and Founding Director of the Center for Continuing and Professional Studies. “Career Assessment Workshops are an opportunity to assess your strengths and explore career changes. We’ll talk about how you can best develop your skills to prepare for future career paths.” The workshops, co-sponsored by Arcadia’s Career Development Office, include financial aid information and will be held in the Castle on

  • Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

To register, call 215-572-2910 or visit Participants also can register at the door the day of the event. Arcadia University’s new Center for Continuing and Professional Studies serves adult learners – people who may want to advance in their careers, keep up to date in their professional field, or pursue degrees and transition to a new career path in business, education, government, health care and other fields. Arcadia offers classes in the evenings or online, so adults can learn at their own pace.

New Student Orientation Begins on Aug. 25

New Student Orientation LogoAfter holding six Summer Orientation Days for new students this summer (with another one coming on Aug. 18), the Orientation Planning Executive Committee is gearing up for the Fall Orientation program, which begins Friday, Aug. 25. As always, opening day promises to bring excitement onto campus as new resident students move into the residence halls with the help of athletes, orientation staff, campus life staff and volunteers from the Arcadia community. Meanwhile, commuter students will be settling into the Commuter Lounge and spending time with the commuter life staff. Programs for all new students begin at 11:30 a.m. with a welcome in the Kuch Center. More information will be sent to the University community regarding opening day and what everyone can do to help make it as smooth as possible.

fireworksMark Your Calendar for Fall Fest

A Dinner Buffet in the Castle for Students and Parents, the Alumni and Faculty Tailgate Party inside and around Blankley Hall, a Carnival along the Walk of Pride, the GOLD Alumni Flag Football and Tailgate, and Fireworks in the Knight Sky—Fall Fest will be an extravaganza for everyone – so mark your calendars for Oct. 6 and 7.

Campus happenings

Arcadia Hosts International Educators

NAFSA meetingFrom July 20-22, Arcadia hosted the national education abroad leadership team from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Team members met at Arcadia to plan their action agenda for the next several years. The group considered the “Millennial” generation of students, including what factors will be competing for their attention as well as their expectations and demands. The team considered how to better serve non-traditional students, particularly those of color, of limited economic means, from community colleges or with disabilities. In addition the group discussed study abroad safety issues. “We feel the market for study abroad will be strong through the next 10 years,” noted David Larsen, Arcadia’s VP and Executive Director of the Center for Education Abroad. “Millennial students are on the one hand technology-savvy and on the other hand more likely to admire their grandparents than their parents. They demand structure as well as information access, and this impacts their expectations both in and out of the classroom.”

The NAFSA representatives included:

  • Nancy Erickson – Trinity University in San Antonio
  • Stephen Ferst – Rutgers University
  • Carl Herrin – Academy for Educational Development in Washington, D.C.
  • David Larsen – Arcadia University
  • Sue Mennicke – Southwestern University
  • John Pearson – Stanford University
  • Janis Perkins – University of Iowa
  • Stacia Zukroff – Babson University in Massachusetts
  • Bob Stableski and Sandy Tennes – NAFSA staff in Washington, D.C.

Professors Teach Ethics in Science for Teachers

Dr. John Hoffman, Professor of Biology, and Dr. Peggy Hickman, Assistant Professor of Education, taught a SEPCHE (SouthEastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education) course on Ethics in Science in July. The course was aimed at secondary science teachers, who ranged from teachers of physical sciences to biology teachers to those who teach high school ethics. Participants learned about and discussed basic principles of examining ethical viewpoints, particularly in relation to ethics in human and animal research. They role played case studies regarding compliance with research safeguards.

“They discussed the history of compliance regulations and the historical events that have led to today's increased safeguards regarding research conducted with human and animal ‘subjects’—for humans, we call them participants,” says Peggy Hickman. “We did have many lively discussions.” Students worked in small groups and designed Power Point presentations on various aspects of ethics and/or scientific research. “They all walked away with a wealth of ready-made presentations.” On the final day, they chose topics of interest and created entire lesson plans to share. Units included the ethics involved on both sides in drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), euthanasia, the spread of disease by insects vs. pesticide use, and the ethics of genetic selection.

Personal Attention Gets Student Back on Track

By Bridget Curtis ’08

Arcadia PromiseSometimes, when a student begins to slip, it’s hard to get back on track. When Jeremy White ’07 began to slip during his first semester at Arcadia, he sat down with a few teachers who drastically changed his outlook on education, demonstrating that losing your balance can actually make you stronger in the end.
A transfer student from Lackawanna College and Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, White had entered college as a Theatre major determined to make his way to success. That determination did not come without struggle. “Growing up was not the easiest for me. I did not have the most supportive family in the field I was going into, so paying for and succeeding in college was all me.” Unable to manage the stress of being away from home and having to finance his own education, White’s grades began to slip. Unhappy and confused, White sat down with Director of Theatre Arts Mark Wade in order to get his head on straight again. “Everything that Mr. Wade said really inspired me,” says White. “His words and experience guided me into wanting to do better for myself.”

After his conversation with Assistant Professor Wade, White was inspired to challenge himself more. This past spring semester, White took an Honors English class with Adjunct Professor Bill Meiers. “I was amongst some of the brightest people I have ever encountered,” he says. “I took the class to challenge myself, and a challenge is what I got.” But it wasn’t just his classmates that inspired him. Adds White, “I learned so much from Dr. Meiers about life and viewing life from an aesthetic point of view. He taught me to be bold in my writing, and bold I was.”

Rounding out the trio of teachers that inspired him was Dr. Lisa Jo Epstein, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre. White says that it was Epstein who opened his eyes to a different aspect of the theatre, the world of theatre history and directing. “Dr. Epstein really made me succeed,” White says. “She was really tough on me because I questioned so much about the way she instructed her material.” A self-described chronic over-thinker, White was instructed by Dr. Epstein to not think so much and “just do,” a piece of advice that White didn’t apply just to his acting.

“I am ‘just doing,’” he says. “I am determined to do well and determined to graduate this upcoming spring semester. If it wasn’t for the guidance of Professor Wade, Professor Meiers and Dr. Epstein, I’m afraid that I would still be lost. I went to college to prove to others from my community that I could do it on my own, but these three teachers showed me that I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. I’d rather prove to myself that all my hard work and determination has paid off.”

With the personal attention that White received during his time at Arcadia, White says that he has become a better person. “I think that the reason Arcadia is so beautiful and attracts its students is because it has professors who care about the success you make not only inside but outside the classroom.”

Arcadia in the News

Alumni in the News

Arcadia Softball Star Gets a Swing at Baseball

LukomskiFormer Arcadia softball star, Cindi Lukomski ’05 has gone from obsessing over the film A League of Their Own to participating in a league of her own. Lukomski is a member of the Philadelphia Women’s Baseball League, a three-team league founded in 2004. The former star student-athlete joins the ranks of an estimated 35 women from Pennsylvania and New Jersey who gather each weekend over the summer on baseball fields in and around Philadelphia. They also compete in tournaments against other women’s baseball teams from other Northeastern states. 

Lukomski, a native of Holland, Pa., and a graduate of Council Rock High School, spent four stellar years at Arcadia racking up the honors both on and off the field. Drawn to Arcadia due to its Division III mentality of being a student first and athlete second, Lukomski excelled in the classroom, graduating magna cum laude with a 3.86 grade point average as an elementary education major with a German minor. As center fielder for the Knights, Lukomski earned first-team, all-Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) honors all four years, including Rookie of the Year honors in 2002, and started every game. She broke the Arcadia record with 222 hits, notching a career batting average of .442 during her college career. Lukomski led the team in hitting three of her four years, coming in second only once with a .463 batting average her junior team. Her senior year she led the team in hits (67), runs (48), doubles (16) and triples (3), with 37 RBI.

After graduation, Lukomski kept up her love of the game, working as a junior varsity softball coach at CR-North where she was also working as a substitute teaching. After spotting an ad for the PWBL on the Web last spring, she signed up immediately. Now a player on the Rocks, Lukomski has nothing but praise for her team. She told the Bucks County Courier Times, “It’s like this whole new world. Who knew there were all these women playing baseball? And all the women that I play with are so different and interesting.”

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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