September 26, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 26, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

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Living the Promise: Kate Whitlock ’07

Kate Whitlock conquered Rome—Coliseum and all—in a day. “From translating the entry form, to sending money orders, I couldn’t have asked for more accommodating people. Arcadia’s director in Rome even let me stay with her family the weekend of the marathon.” Learn more about Arcadia students living the Arcadia promise at

kick-offCollege-to-Career Kickoff Tonight

How can Arcadia University students connect their classroom learning to a satisfying job or career after graduation? What makes the difference between simply getting a degree and getting an education? The first annual “College-to-Career Kickoff,” sponsored by the Office of Career Development, is designed to help all students answer these questions.

The Kickoff, a Super Bowl Party on Sept. 26, will bring the University community together in a fun, relaxed atmosphere to outline strategies for making the most of an Arcadia University education. All students are invited to attend this event, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, in The Chat Performance Area from 5 to 7 p.m. Pizza, wings and other refreshments will be served.

The featured speaker for the Kickoff is Joe Valerio, a Senior Vice President for Willis, a global risk management consulting firm. When his six-year career with the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs came to an end, Valerio found it challenging to make the transition into the “real world.” The valuable lessons he learned throughout this transition and his career will be shared beginning at 6 p.m. For more information about the College-to-Career Kickoff, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939.

Invite Parents, Family for Fall Fest 2006

Fall festOn Oct. 6 to 8, Fall Fest combines the first-ever Alumni Homecoming with Arcadia’s 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. All alumni, parents and families of students are invited to Fall Fest 2006—an extravaganza weekend of fun and festivities! The Fall Fest Web site provides all the details of the weekend. Families of Arcadia students are invited to arrive early on Friday and attend class with their students. On Saturday, Parents 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.

Student Health ServicesSpotlight on ... Whose phone number can you find in every bathroom stall on campus? Where can you reveal very personal medical information and be guaranteed confidentiality? Where can you get a splinter removed, STD testing, a meningitis vaccination and birth control pills, all in one visit? Learn more about this department.

Register to Vote!

register to voteA voter registration drive will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, outside the Dining Hall. The effort is organized by the League of Women Voters.

You may register on campus if:

  • You are going to be 18 years old before Nov. 7, 2006, and have never registered before.
  • You have registered in Pennsylvania before and have changed your name or your address, or you want to change your political party.
  • You have moved permanently to Pennsylvania from another state.

Additional information about registering to vote can be found on the University Registrar’s Web page at

Volunteers Needed for Empty Bowl Preparations

Volunteers are needed to help with making and washing bowls for Arcadia’s annual Empty Bowl Dinner, which will be held on Monday, Nov. 13. Volunteers are needed for making bowls on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 9:30 p.m. in the Ceramics Studio and on Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Oak Summit Social Room. Volunteers also are needed for painting bowls on Monday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Oak Summit Social Room. Arcadia hosts the annual Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner to benefit the hungry and homeless. To volunteer, contact Cindy Rubino, Coordinator of Community Service, at 215-572-4000..

Teri Yago Ryan Named Executive Assistant to President

Yago RyanArcadia University President Jerry Greiner announced the appointment of Teri Yago Ryan as Executive Assistant to the President, effective Monday, Sept. 25. Ryan will serve in various trustee relations, communications, strategic planning, and other executive capacities as set by the President.

Ryan has more than 20 years of management experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors, with specialization in communications, marketing, management and corporate consulting. Ryan moved to the Philadelphia area last year with her husband, Steve, who holds a faculty post in the College of Education at Temple University. Previously, Ryan served as Director of the East Lansing Children’s Film Festival in Michigan and as President of Saratoga Woods Consulting, serving the greater Louisville, Ky., corporate and non-profit organizations.

Ryan also held management posts in Los Angeles, serving as Vice President of Crossroads V Communications, a multi-media and corporate consulting company, and as Director of Business and Legal Affairs for Hemdale Film Corp. (known for Terminator, Hoosiers, Platoon and Last Emperor). She was Manager of Marketing and Communications for The National Parenting Center ( and provided account management, media and business development services for international clientele at Hakuhodo Advertising America, an advertising and branding agency.

Ryan earned her B.A. in Communications from California State University, Northridge, with a shared specialization in Marketing from the School of Business. Ryan and her husband, Steve, and their two young sons reside in Wyncote, Pa.

Param Bedi Promoted to Vice President

BediParam Bedi, Associate Vice President for Technology and CIO, has been promoted to Vice President for Information Technology and CIO by President Jerry Greiner, effective immediately. Bedi served as Information Systems Manager at Arcadia from 1992 to 1996. He served as Arcadia’s Chief Information Officer since 2000 and was promoted to Associate Vice President in 2005. His technology responsibilities include the campus portal, ERP systems, network and information security services, Web development, user support services and instructional technology for the Glenside campus as well as for Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad operations overseas. He also oversees the Landman Library on the Glenside campus. “For over a year now, Param Bedi has provided leadership on the Executive Council and throughout the campus community. He has proven himself over and over as a key leader on campus, ensuring that we have top rate IT services as well as a well-functioning library,” Greiner says.

OMNI Provides Diversity Training for Enrollment Management

Rochelle Peterson, former Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs, and her business partners at OMNI Leadership Alliance will provide an intensive diversity training to help Enrollment Management in recruitment and retention efforts of ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) and other underrepresented students. “We have three full days of training on topics such as Understanding Privilege and Bias, Cultural Perspectives and the Intersection of Race and Class, and practical underrepresented student recruitment and admissions review skills,” says Mayra Castillo, Assistant Director of Enrollment Management. “The entire Office of Enrollment Management, including Admissions, Financial Aid and the Student Service Center, will be attending these training sessions. It’s important because from administrative assistants to counselors and directors, we each deal in one way or another with prospective and current students.”

The first training took place on Sept. 7, with additional sessions on Dec. 14 and Feb. 7. “Before the training, all staff submitted an OMNI Leadership survey on what they thought diversity at Arcadia is all about, and OMNI also conducted person-to-person interviews with some of our office staff to tailor the training for our office,” Castillo adds. OMNI also will provide recommendations to the Enrollment Management staff about recruitment and retention of underrepresented students. OMNI Leadership Alliance ( is an educational consulting firm.

Nominate a Peer for Extraordinary Recognition

“Have you noticed a staff member that does an extraordinary level of work? Do they consistently go above and beyond? Have they overcome obstacles? Do they deserve recognition?” asks Valerie Ashton, Staff Council Peer Recognition Coordinator. “If so, nominate them for a Peer Recognition award!” All nominees receive a Peer Recognition certificate and a personalized letter. To nominate someone, e-mail Ashton at

Upcoming Events

American Red Cross Blood Drive, Sept. 26, 27

Arcadia will host a blood drive in the Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 2 p.m. to 8 a.m. Though walk-ins are accepted, appointments are greatly preferred. Click here to sign up online. To schedule an appointment, contact the Residence Hall Council at 215-572-4683.

Hispanic Heritage: Motorcycle Diaries, Sept. 28

The Arcadia University Latino Association, Puro Ritmo and the Modern Languages Department are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a movie night. The Motorcycle Diaries (directed by Walter Salles, released September 2004) starts at 8 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 28, in The Chat Performance Area. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided. The Motorcycle Diaries is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he, and his best friend Alberto Granado, had while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s. He and his friend, seeking fun and adventure before graduation, decide to travel across Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela in order to do their medical residency at a leper colony.

Community Power! Conference on Energy, Sept. 30

Community PowerA Community Power! Conference will be Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. For more information and to register, visit “We are standing at a moral crossroads with regard to our energy design and use. The path we choose today will decide whether our children will live in a fearful, war-impoverished, polluted and failing economy or in a community and nation that strives to be clean, globally respectful, healthy and flourishing,” says Bill Mettler, Community Power! Conference Coordinator. “The choice will be made by our generation, but it will affect life on earth for all generations to come. Our choice begins in our community.” Contact Dr. Warren Haffar, Director of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, for a special $15 price for Arcadia students and faculty.

The conference explores three big ideas:

  • Community-Produced Solar Energy
  • Locally Produced Organic Food
  • Town Planning with Clean Diverse Transportation

Family Weekend Dinner Entertainment, Oct. 6

rustMark Rust, a multi-talented singer and musician from Woodstock, N.Y., will perform dinner entertainment for the Family Weekend at Fall Fest on Friday, Oct. 6, in Grey Towers Castle. Families and students must register for the dinner. To register for the dinner, families should return the Registration Form included in their Family Weekend at Fall Fest invitation, visit, or call Student Affairs at 215-572-2933.

Rust is one of the Northeast’s premier hammered dulcimer players. In addition, he will include a fun collection of original songs about common growing up experiences. His performance showcases an impressive array of instruments, including guitar, banjo, fiddle, piano, and mountain dulcimer, as well as his beautifully hypnotic pieces for hammered dulcimer. His show will be entertaining for students, parents, and families alike.

Rust has been a guest on the Phil Donahue Show, has appeared in People Magazine, starred in the Broadway Musical Hit Pump Boys & Dinettes, and has several recordings. His CD, Home Fries, features Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary) and Jay Ungar (PBS Civil War series). His latest CD, Legacy, features songs of family and growing up. He was nominated for a Campus Entertainer of the Year Award by the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA).

Mother of Matthew Shepard Opens Dialogue

ShepardJudy Shepard, whose son Matthew was brutally attacked because he was gay, opens the University’s Distinguished Speakers Series with “The Legacy of Matthew Shepard” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.18, in the Kuch Center. In 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard were awakened in the middle of the night by a telephone call no parent should ever have to receive. What they heard changed their lives forever. Their eldest son, Matthew, was in a coma after having been brutally attacked in Laramie, Wyo., because he was gay. Four days later, Matthew passed away. Fighting for social justice was central to who Matthew Shepard was. Judy and Dennis Shepard started the Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on Matthew's legacy by embracing the just causes their son had championed, working for gay and lesbian equality and helping to prevent hate crimes.

Upcoming events associated with Judy Shepard's visit:

  • LGBT 101: What I Always Wanted to Know About Sexual Identities and Gender Identities, on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the University Gallery Room of Landman Library. Hosted by The Bryson Institute, this dialogue is free and open to Arcadia and the local community.
  • Blue Jeans Day, sponsored by PRIDE Gay & Straight Alliance, is Monday, Oct. 9. Wear jeans all day in support of LGBT persons!

Conversation with Acclaimed Photographer Continues, Oct. 10

In 2005, Noah Sheldon and Roger White interviewed acclaimed American photographer Stephen 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, an ecstatic riverbank landscape taken in Yosemite National Park in 1979. That exhibit, Mystic River, became a reality and is now in the Arcadia University Art Gallery through Oct. 22. Arcadia is pleased to present a special conversation with Shore on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall, followed by a reception in the Gallery. Shore will discuss his work and the exhibition it inspired with Sheldon and White. This event is free and open to the public. Show information and photos available at

United Nations Videoconference, Oct. 12

The public is invited to join Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Director and Assistant Professor of International Studies, and students in International Studies 160 for a United Nations videoconference on “Post-Conflict Peace Building,” on Thursday, Oct. 12, with Fairleigh Dickinson, Roger Williams University, Lockhaven, Michigan, and the United Nations from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the University Gallery Room in Landman Library.

State Senator on Innocence Commission, Oct. 12

State Senator Stewart Greenleaf, Chair of the Pennsylvania Senate Judiciary Committee, will address “Why Pennsylvania Needs an Innocence Commission,” on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 4 to 5 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. The talk is open to the public. Greenleaf is one of the sponsors of a bill to create an Innocence Commission to review contested convictions in Pennsylvania. A one-hour forum featuring Arcadia faculty follows at 5 p.m. Greenleaf’s appearance is a Learning Community Event for Criminal Justice 160, taught by Dr. John Noakes, Assistant Assistant Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of Criminal Justice.

Reception for Bobbie Thomas, Oct. 12

On June 30, Roberta “Bobbie” Thomas announced her retirement 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 as well as new programs 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 Heidi ChroniclesThe 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

ForEIgn Correspondence

Arcadia Promise
Kate Whitlock
Kate Whitlock ’07

Painting Major Conquers Rome in Five Hours

By Bridget Curtis ’08

When studying overseas, it’s no small task trying to cram in as much sight-seeing as possible in between class work. Kate Whitlock ’07 took care of that battle her own way, conquering an entire city in one day. With the help of the staff at Accademia Italiana, Whitlock found herself running her way through Rome as part of the 2006 Maratona di Roma, an experience that added measurably to her semester abroad experience.

A painting major, Whitlock loved every second of her stay in Florence, Italy, last spring. “Italy is the most traditionally beautiful place I have ever been to in my life. I loved the history behind every building, monument and statue,” Whitlock says, “It was exhilarating to know that I walked down the same streets that Michelangelo, Dante, and even Leonardo da Vinci set foot upon centuries ago.”

Though the sights and sounds of Italy were one thing to enjoy, the Maratona di Roma was another type of experience. An annual event held each spring, the Maratona di Roma is an important tourist attraction. Beginning near the Coliseum, and proceeding in a loop formation, the 26.2-mile course passes many of Rome’s most beautiful places, including the Vatican, Piazza Navona and the Roman Forum. “I participated in the 2006 Maratona di Roma for no one other than myself,” says Whitlock. “It’s been a goal for me to complete a marathon for quite some time now, and accomplishing it while I was abroad just added to my amazing experience in Italy.”

According to Whitlock, her experience would not have been possible without the help of the Arcadia staff in Italy. “When I first told the staff at Accademia Italiana that I wanted to participate in the Maratona di Roma, they immediately helped me with every problem I would face,” she says. “From translating the entry form, to sending money orders, to even finding me a place to stay, I couldn’t have asked for more accommodating people.” Those accommodations got personal when Whitlock needed a place to stay while in Rome. “Tina Rocchio, the Resident Director of the Arcadia programs in Italy, let me stay with her and her family in Rome for the weekend of the marathon,” she says. “It was nice to experience living with an Italian American family in Italy and observing cultural differences.”

Finishing the marathon in just over five hours, Whitlock crossed the finish line with the support of the Arcadia staff behind her the entire way. Taking advantage of the help available to her overseas, Whitlock got the chance to tackle both a goal and a city all in one day.

Learn how other Arcadia students are living the Arcadia Promise at

sports update

Keeper Kubat Posts Third Shutout of Season

Women's SoccerArcadia Women’s Soccer ended the week 1-0-1 with their one-goal victory over Albright on Monday, Sept. 18, and a 3-3 draw with PAC opponent Alvernia on Saturday, Sept. 23. Sophomore defender Sam Calhoun scored the game's only goal to give the Knights the 1-0 victory over visiting Lady Lions of Albright College. Knight keeper Aurial Kubat turned away 8 shots to hold onto her third shutout of the season. 

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Arcadia rebounded from Alvernia's two early goals and dominated the second half of play to finish a physically played game with a 3-3. Arcadia generated momentum late in the half on its first corner kick opportunity of the day, with sophomore Amanda Pote cutting the Alvernia’s lead in half, 2-1, on a headed ball. With just over two minutes gone in the second half, Arcadia junior Kat Kraemer collected the ball 30 yards out and put a shot into the upper right corner that tied the score at 2 all. Pote gave the Knights a 3-2 lead with an unassisted goal in the 57th minute of play as the Knights controlled much of the second half before Alvernia came back to send the game into overtime. Kubat kept her composure in the overtime, making two critical saves to keep the game at a stalemate.

Plunkett Adds 2 in Men’s Soccer Victory Over Neumann

Men's Soccer

Men’s Soccer finished the week 1-0-1 following a 1-1 draw with Wesley College on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and a 4-0 win over Neumann at home on Saturday, Sept. 23. At Wesley, Arcadia broke a scoreless game open with the first goal in the 29th minute of play off the foot of PAC Player of the Week, Zach Askin, to go up 1-0. After Wesley went scoreless the rest of the first half, the Wolverines tied the game in the 52nd minute. Arcadia out-shot Wesley 3-1 in the overtime periods and 21-14 in the game, as both teams had 5 corners in the extended match.

On Saturday, junior Andrew Plunkett led the Knights with two goals, with seniors Chris Brunetti and Stefan Szygiel each adding a goal in the team’s 4-0 rout over Neumann College in PAC play. AU controlled the offense for much of the game, out-shooting the Knights of Neumann 26-10, while holding the advantage on corners 8-3.

Field Hockey Goes on Offense with 11-0 Victory

Crowe Law Conrad Born

Arcadia Field Hockey finished the week 1-1 in the PAC following a 2-0 loss to Neumann College on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and an 11-0 rout of Rosemont College on Saturday, Sept. 23. Saturday’s offensive barrage was led by seniors Christine Crowe and Kristin Law, sophomore Kristin Conrad and first-year Joanna Born, each with 2 goals. Sophomore Beth Harris added a tally while junior Devin Long and sophomore Morgan Hasson each added a goal and an assist. Senior keeper Maggie LoCasale and first-year Brittany Rasmussen and Rachel Palis shared net-minding duties; however, the Rosemont attack couldn't manage a shot on goal in 70 minutes of play. 

Women’s Tennis Defeats Chestnut Hill

Palmer Brammer

Women’s Tennis improved their overall record to 4-3 by defeating Chestnut Hill College 9-0, in non-conference play. Even though Arcadia swept the three points in the doubles, CHC put up a fight in the #1 position between AU's Sarah Palmer and Katelyn Brammer and Chestnut Hill's Rachel Steinberg and Colleen Reasoner. Palmer and Brammer won 9-8 (7-2). First-year Jennifer Cardinale won her exhibition match 8-1.

Volleyball Comes Back from Two Games Down

VolleyballVolleyball finished the week 1-1 following a five-game, non-conference win over Delaware Valley and a 3-1 PAC loss to Marywood. The Knights came back from two games down to pull of a five game win over visiting Delaware Valley College on Monday, Sept. 18. The Aggies came away with an early two-game advantage, winning 32-30 and 30-25 before AU evened the score, winning games 3 and 4 (30-28 and 30-27) to force a fifth and deciding game. Scoring game five's first eight points, Arcadia allowed the Aggies 6 before a strong finish gave the Knights their first home victory of the season.

Arcadia University fell to the Pacers of Marywood University on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in a PAC battle in four games, 3-1. Arcadia jumped to an early lead winning the first game by a score of 30-14. Marywood roared back, taking the next three sets. The Knights, although dropping three straight games after the initial victory, never gave up and kept pressure on the Pacers the whole match. They were led by Junior Bridget Hunsinger with 16 kills, and Junior Captain Alex Cann with 11 kills. Arcadia University is 4-5 overall, 1-1 in the PAC.

Arcadia in the News

Faculty in the News

The Aug. 7 Mercury, Pottstown, Pa., reported that Dr. Rebecca L. Craik, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy, was awarded the Chattanooga Research Award honoring her for the best clinical research article published, along with her co-authors, Dr. Kathleen Mangione, Dr. Susan Tomlinson and Kerstin Palombaro in Physical Therapy, a monthly journal.

Thomas M. Brinker, Jr., Professor and Director of the M.B.A. program wrote an article,  “Dateline Dominica: Paradise Lost? Investing in Dominica,” for the Sept. 2006 Journal of International Taxation.

Alumni in the News

Rudd Anderson, who earned his M.Ed. in 2006, is now a grade four teacher at the Weston Intermediate School, in Weston, Conn., as reported in the Aug. 31 Weston Forum.

Patricia DeBow, who graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, has received a $2,000 Award of Excellence from Phi Kappa Phi to pursue a master's degree in business administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as reported in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Montgomery County Neighbors, Sunday, Sept. 24. Phi Kappa Phi presents 40 Awards of Excellence each year. At Arcadia Debow was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and received the Sigma Zeta Award in Mathematics at the University’s Honors Convocation in 2002. The award wis given to a senior for excellence in mathematics.

Publication Information

Contributors: Bridget Curtis '08, Joy Zazzera, Sports Information Director and Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology.

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