September 12, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 12, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

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Living the Promise: Scott J. Will ’06M

“Seeing the poverty and vast need strengthened my desire to help others,” says Scott J. Will ’06M, the Physician Assistant 2006 Humanitarian of the Year. His clinical rotation in Uganda inspired “a life-time career of influencing global social/medical change.” Learn more about Scott and living the Arcadia promise at

PA Begins Recruiting for New Delaware Campus

Delaware CampusArcadia University’s top-ranked Physician Assistant master’s degree program will open a new campus in Christiana, Del., in May 2007, initiating that state’s first Physician Assistant program. With demand for the program running 12 times the number of available slots each year, a new campus in Delaware meets the University’s need to serve more students and the state’s need for more medical services providers.

An Information Night is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. in Christiana. Those interested are invited to reserve their place by calling Arcadia University at 1-877-ARCADIA or by visiting the Web site at Read more about the new PA program in Delaware.  

Enrollment Management VP Search Accelerates

The Vice President for Enrollment Management Search Committee met for the second time on Sept. 6 with Dr. Ted Lewis from Academic Search Inc. After approving the institutional profile, which will be sent to all candidates, the committee discussed a sample application and further clarified the characteristics that ought to be possessed by the most promising candidates for the position.

The committee then discussed the existing applicant pool and, given the number of high quality candidates, the committee explored the possibility of accelerating the search process in order not to lose the best candidates to other searches. The members agreed that that was a good idea, that it could be done without undermining the traditional search process, and that a goal of bringing finalists to campus in early October was realistic.

Department spotlightSpotlight on ... Who is making breakfast while you’re still in bed? Who slices fresh vegetables and fruit every day? Who uses the whole chicken and makes soup stock from scratch? Who decides what special “comfort foods” are on the menu? Learn more about this department.

Dish Washing Gets ‘Greener’

Old water heater new water heater
Old boilers
New hot water unit

How much hot water does it take to wash all the dishes in the Dining Hall? Not as much as it used to. For 10 years, two boilers in the basement of the Dining Complex used about 1.2 million BTUs of energy a day making steam to wash the dishes. Now, one energy-efficient hot water unit fits under the counter where dishes are washed and produces just what is needed, saving the University thousands of dollars in natural gas heating costs, says Associate Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning Tom Macchi. "We've replaced dinosaurs with a high-tech solution that will pay for itself very quickly in our energy savings. This is one of many projects we are undertaking that will help make us a more environmentally friendly campus."

Ultimate Frisbee—Everybody’s Invited to Play

By Bridget Curtis ’08

frisbeeIt’s the beginning of the school year and chances are that getting back to the daily grind of school work has put your brain in a fog. Looking for a fun, exciting way to clear your head and have a good time in the process? Well, put down those books, grab a friend and head on down to the soccer field for a fun-filled and intense game of Ultimate Frisbee. Similar to American football, Ultimate Frisbee, or just “Ultimate,” is a competitive, non-contact sport that has taken college campuses by storm. “It’s one of the best games played by anyone who wants to on this campus,” Brian Nerney ’07 says enthusiastically. “It doesn’t matter how old or fast or talented you are, male or female, every one gets to play.”

Dating back to the late 1960s, Ultimate was created by Jared Kass and a group of his friends from Amherst College. Though first created by Kass, it was a student of his at a summer day camp that initiated the first official Frisbee team. Adapting the idea from his counselor, Joel Silver initiated the game as an after-school activity, eventually leading to the creation of a Frisbee team at his high school, Columbia High in Maplewood, New Jersey. Calling it the “ultimate sports experience,” Silver went on to form the first collegiate Ultimate Club at Lafayette College, paving the way for the future of the sport. Today, Ultimate is a national and international phenomenon, with teams across the country and the United Kingdom. The Ultimate Players Association was established in 1979 and 1980 and consists of Open, Women’s, Masters’, Junior and Mixed Divisions. A popular college activity, there are over 600 college Ultimate leagues in North America, including one at Arcadia. More about Ultimate Frisbee.

Upcoming Events

Spirit of Single Photograph Conjures Exhibit

Mystic River Show
Stephen Shore, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California, August 13, 1979.

The Arcadia University Art Gallery opens the 2006-07 season with Mystic River, a multi-faceted exhibit inspired by a single photograph, an ecstatic riverbank landscape by acclaimed American photographer Stephen Shore. The exhibit runs through Oct. 22.

In 2005, Noah Sheldon and Roger White interviewed Shore for The Brooklyn Rail. Their conversation led Sheldon to imagine an exhibition based on the spirit of Shore's photographs, in particular, Merced River, Yosemite National Park, California, Aug. 13, 1979. Depicting a group of people camped out on a riverbank, the image becomes the touchstone for a group exhibition of drawings, sculptural installations, paintings, quilted fabric, and works on paper loosely united by their link to Shore's vision of the everyday, ecstatic landscape. Mystic River is curated by Sheldon. Show information and photos available at

Japanese Professor to Speak on Math Ed

A mathematics professor from Japan is observing innovative secondary school math programs led by Dr. Deborah Pomeroy, Associate Professor of Education, and Dr. Ned Wolff, Associate Professor of Mathematics. and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Professor Yutaka Suburi, from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Fukai, will visit some of those programs in nearby districts. He is observing in the area schools until Sept. 15.

Professor Suburi will speak at the first University Colloquium on Tuesday, Sept. 12, discussing historical events that have shaped the philosophy of current math education in Japan. The College of Graduate Studies’ colloquia series is open to students, educators, health care providers and community members. Some school districts offer Act 48 credit for colloquia attendance.

Reception for Corinne Green, Sept. 15

After four years at Arcadia, Corinne Green, Assistant Director of Residence Life, is leaving to become the Director of Residence Life at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr. A farewell gathering for her will be Friday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. 

Students Help in Cystic Fibrosis Run, Sept. 17

On Sunday, Sept. 17, Resident Assistant Katy Dudiak and her resident students will travel to Farleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J., to take part in a Cystic Fibrosis Charity Walk. The walk is given in conjunction with Great Strides: Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis, a fund-raising campaign that sponsors charity walks across America to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis. Students will participate in a three-hour 5K walk/run, beginning at 1 p.m. The bus will leave from Arcadia at 10 a.m. to give enough time for registration, which begins at noon, and students should expect to be back on campus around 6 p.m. Though students are asked to raise money for the cause, it is not mandatory. For more information about participating, contact Dudiak at

Let's Rumba! Learn Latin Dance, Sept. 20

A Latin Dance demonstration and lessons will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. For more information, call the Student Activities Office at 215-572-4082.

Fall FestInvite Parents, Family for Fall Fest 2006

Mark your calendars for Oct. 6 to 8. All alumni, parents and families of students are invited to Fall Fest 2006—an extravaganza weekend of fun and festivities! Don't miss the concert and fireworks on Saturday night! Fall Fest combines the first-ever Alumni Homecoming with the traditional Family Weekend activities. The result will be a great celebration of the Arcadia family, complete with a concert, picnics, soccer games, carnival of activities, and fireworks.

Alumni, parents and families received information in the mail. A Fall Fest Web site also provides all the details of the weekend. Families of Arcadia students are invited to arrive early on Friday and attend class with their students. Parent Council has a breakfast where parents can ask questions of administrators and other parents. Then it's on to the fun—a picnic, a carnival and movie for younger family members, and a “casino” for all ages in the Castle.

Reception for Bobbie Thomas, Oct. 12

Roberta “Bobbie” Thomas announced her retirement on June 30 as Alumni Director after 15 years of service to the University and Arcadia alumni. During her decade and a half with the University, more connections were made with alumni and more new programs were launched for alumni than at any time in Arcadia’s history. To celebrate these accomplishments and to commemorate her service, a special reception has been planned for alumni, faculty and staff to wish her well in her retirement and to offer special thanks.

The reception will be held in the Rose and Mirror Rooms of Grey Towers Castle from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, and all members of the campus community are cordially invited to attend. At the reception, a keepsake registry will be available for everyone to sign and write a personal note to Thomas. Those who are unable to attend but want to write a note to her can send it to University Advancement. To assist in the planning for the reception, please call Felicia Lundrigan at 215-572-2091 to respond to this invitation.

The Heidi Chronicles Opens Oct. 20

The cast is set and preparations are under way for the first Arcadia Theatre Mainstage production of the 2006-07 season. The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein will run from Oct. 20 to 29.

Follow Heidi Holland from a young high school student in the 1960s to her job as a successful art historian more than 20 years later. The play, which won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1989 Tony Award for Best Play, deals with the challenging roles of women during the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. For ticket information, visit

campus happenings

Arcadia Clubs—Something for Everyone!

Student Activities Fair Student Activities Fair Student Activities fair

Get involved! Hundreds of students, especially first-years, took advantage of the opportunity to check out the many ways to get involved with clubs and activities at Arcadia's annual Activities Fair on Thursday, Aug. 31, along the Walk of Pride. “The activities fair allows clubs and organizations to advertise what they do during the academic year and attain new members as well!” says Julie Grillo, Campus Activities Programmer. “We had about forty clubs and organizations participate, and various offices on campus—such as Career Development, Community Service, the Student Service Center, the Library and Student Activities—came to promote their resources and availability to students on campus.” Students who missed this opportunity or want more information on a club that interested them can visit the Student Activities Web site, or stop by the office in Dilworth Hall.

Be Ready for Change, New Students Hear

Class of 2010

“Statistically speaking,” Professor Tom Brinker told students at New Student Convocation, “Your perception of college is not reality…. I’m an accountant. There are three certainties in life—death, taxes and change…. What you’re thinking is going to happen here may not happen. It may be better than you anticipated. Education is your ticket to opportunity.”

Tom Brinker 2010 Paver
Professor Brinker
at Convocation
Class leaders receiving paver
from President Greiner.

Arcadia’s largest incoming class braved the rain and thunder to pack Stiteler Auditorium on Aug. 29 for the traditional Convocation. The multi-media review of their five-day Orientation included lots of photos of their community service efforts on Aug. 28. Community Service Coordinator Cindy Rubino reported that 562 students and staff participated at 17 sites, generating 2,972 hours of service to the community in just one day. Over the past 16 years, students have given 24,180 hours of service during Orientation, a legacy of service that most students continue throughout their time at Arcadia.

The Class of 2010 leaders also received their class paver, which will be installed on the Alumni Walk of Pride.

Orientation Leaders Named

Patrick Gleason Dennis Balyeat
Patrick Gleason (left) and Dennis Balyeat (right)
receive awards from Jeff Ewing, Dean of Students.

Patrick Gleason, '07, was named the Maude Farran Orientation Leader of the Year at New Student Convocation. The award is named for the late Maude Farran, who entertained and educated many students as a speaker at past convocations.

Dennis Balyeat, '07, received the Jami Rodriguez Service to Orientation Award for his ongoing dedication and extraordinary service to New Student Orientation. The award is named for the late Jami Rodriguez, who brought new ideas and energy to the program.

sports update


Women’s Tennis Opens Season with 2 Wins

Women’s tennis opened the season on a high note, defeating Eastern College 6-4 on Sept. 6 in PAC play and then handing the University of the Sciences a 5-4 defeat the following day. The team was shutout on Sept. 9 by PAC opponent Gwynedd-Mercy, 9-0 to end the week 2-1. Katelyn Brammer led her teammates with a 4-1 record for the week at #3/#2 Doubles and #5 Singles, her only loss coming in singles vs. Gwynedd-Mercy. More Women's Tennis results and schedules.

Volleyball Starts with Victory Over Immaculata

Women’s volleyball rolled to a 3-0 victory against PAC opponent Immaculata on Sept. 5 then went 2-2 at the Hersa Hospitality Invitational at Valley Forge Christian College over the weekend. The Knights defeated the host school and Lancaster Bible, 3-0 in both matches while picking up losses against Mt. Aloysius (3-0) and Ohio Christian (3-2). More Volleyball results and schedules.

Men’s Soccer 1-1 in First Week

Askin Kratohwill Plunkett

Men’s soccer went 1-1 in the first week of competition. Opening play on Sept. 3 at the Drew Tournament, the Knights lost to The College of New Jersey by a lone goal that came with 30 seconds remaining in regulation. Following their 1-0 loss to TCNJ, the Knights came out strong against Swarthmore on Sept. 6, handing the Garnett a 2-0 shutout loss on their home field. Zach Askin and Andrew Plunkett scored for AU while first-year keeper Jeff Kratohwill earned the shutout for AU. More Men's Soccer results and schedules.


Women’s Soccer PAC Opener Sept. 12

Women’s soccer heads into the PAC opener with Marywood on Sept. 12 at 4 p.m., coming off a 6-0 loss to York College at the Drew Fall Festival on Sept. 10. The team currently stands at 1-4, with their sole victory coming against Philadelphia Bible on Sept. 7 (1-0). Junior defender Kat Kraemer scored the lone goal for Arcadia in that contest. More Women's Soccer results and schedules.

Field Hockey vs. WidenerField Hockey PAC Opener Sept. 12

Playing without either of their two senior goal keepers, the field hockey team lost 8-2 on Sept. 9 in the home opener against Widener University. Senior Kristin Law and first-year Luminita Hamilton picked up tallies for AU. The team will open PAC play Sept. 12 when they host Wesley at 3:30 p.m.More Field Hockey results and schedules.

Arcadia in the News

Arcadia is included in the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce “Best of the Burbs’ special supplement. On Sept. 20, Montgomery Newspapers will publish their Best of the Burbs tabloid.

Faculty in the News

During the summer, Larry Atkins, an Adjunct Professor in the English, Communications, and Theatre Department wrote an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer (World Cup Soccer) and three op-eds for the Philadelphia Daily News (Canadian border security; Temple University football; the continuing threat of Osama bin Laden). He also wrote an article on law and technology for the September issue of Michigan SuperLawyers Magazine.

Publication Information

Contributors: student Bridget Curtis '08 and Joy Zazzera, Sports Information Director. Photos: Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.

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