November 28, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
November 28, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

FYSAE Students Give Thanks in London

Thoresby House, London
Thoresby House, London

Students in Arcadia’s First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) in the “Old World” had a special Thanksgiving dinner far away from where the Pilgrims first gave thanks for their survival in the “New World.”

The Thanksgiving dinner at their residence hall, Thoresby House, in London was paid for by Arcadia and its Center for Education Abroad. About 45 of the 49 London students attended, along with visiting parents, siblings and friends. “We ended up with about 75 people total,” says William Meiers, Adjunct Professor of English. “Everyone was required to ‘volunteer’ in one of four ways: shopping, cooking, set-up, or clean-up. The Tuesday before, about 11 of us, including one student's mother and grandmother, bought supplies from the ‘pound store’ (the equivalent of a dollar store), an outdoor vegetable and fruit market, and a large grocery store, Sainsbury's, nearby. A group of guys even went on a ‘commando’ bread run on Thanksgiving morning. They wore camouflage and dark glasses and made it into quite an adventure. Thankfully, they came back with more than enough bread of various types for everyone!”

To feed this group, the shoppers bought five large turkeys. On Thanksgiving morning, the cooking committee and the same mother and grandmother prepared and stuffed the turkeys and started working on a whole variety of foods, some traditional and others not so. There are four kitchens in the buildings and eight ovens, so they cooked throughout the building. They used the classroom as the buffet room, with a drinks station in the hallway for “fizzy drinks” (soda). “We had a wonderful time, and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Though Thanksgiving is obviously not a holiday here, it was great to have such a warm, joyful celebration and bonding experience for the FYSAE group in London!” adds Meiers.

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Faculty, Staff Needed for Late Night Breakfast

Late night breakfastIt’s once again time for Late Night Breakfast! This year, the event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 to 11:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Staff and faculty who would like to participate should be there by 9:30 p.m. Faculty and staff have the option of cooking, serving or cleaning up. “Please let me know which one you would like to do in your follow-up e-mail,” asks Nick Luchko, Area Coordinator for Heinz. “As always, please pass this along to other members of your department or the Arcadia community. Thank you for your support and have a happy holiday!”

Nerbecki Teaches Yoga to Young Runners

Chandra Nerbecki, Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts, participated in the fourth annual Verizon Fun Run, a short-distance, non-competitive run for children ages 4-12, on Saturday, Nov. 18. Nerbecki, who teaches Yoga I and II, taught kids-only yoga classes to the run participants. The children learned yoga poses through storytelling to stretch before and after their run. Their yoga adventure took them to the jungle where they learned poses such as snake, tree and lion. The run was held on Eakins Oval in Philadelphia in conjunction with the Philadelphia Marathon.

Nerbecki also served as a yoga consultant for the PBS Kids Sprout network’s The New Good Night Show. She helped reorganize the yoga script and create poses to fit with the themes of all 30 episodes. The show airs on Monday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. PBS Kids SproutSM is the first and only 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for kids ages 2 to 5. Since its debut in April 2005, PBS Kids Sprout has become the #1 Kids on Demand service.

Alvi-Aziz Addresses Democracy in the Middle East

Alvi-AzizDr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Assistant Professor and Director of International Studies, presented a paper on a panel at the Middle East Studies Association conference on “Repression & Dissent in the Middle East” on Nov. 20 in Boston. Her panel discussion on “Multiple views of repression and dissent in the Middle East” included panel members from Ohio State University, American University in Cairo, and Mount Holyoke College.

“Karl Marx famously theorized that Asia is incapable of democratizing, due to ‘Asiatic despotism.’ He has since been proven wrong,” Alvi-Aziz wrote in her paper, Democracy and Repression in Traditional Societies: The Indian Model. “The world’s largest democracy, India, is in Asia. This does not mean that repression does not exist in India, but this paper proposes that poverty and illiteracy, are forms of repression. Hence, India qualifies as a ‘repressive democracy.’” Read more about Alvi-Aziz presentation.

Crivelli-Kovach Focuses on Public Health Education

Dr. Andrea Crivelli-Kovach, Associate Professor and Director of Community Health, participated in the Consensus Conference on Undergraduate Public Health Education funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation on Nov. 7 and 8 in Boston. This historic conference brought together leaders in public health, arts and sciences, and health professions education. The conference developed plans to fulfill the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation that “all undergraduates should have access to education in public health.” Crivelli-Kovach’s participation was linked with a grant she received last spring to develop and implement an introduction to public health course for undergraduates at Arcadia. Read more.

Check the Closet for Coats to Donate

Habitat for HumanityBeginning Monday, Nov. 27, and running until Friday, Dec. 8, Arcadia’s campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity will run a coat drive on campus. Collection bins will be placed in the following locations: in The Chat, outside the Bookstore, in the lobby of the Castle, and in the Community Service Office in Knight Hall. “We are asking that over Thanksgiving Break, you look for any winter apparel, including coats, scarves, hats and gloves, to donate for a local shelter,” says Jessica Miller, a student with Habitat. “Check your own house and ask family and friends. Thank you!”

Bookstore Customer Appreciation Day and Holiday Hours

It's Customer Appreciation Day at the Bookstore on Thursday, Nov. 30. Clothing and gifts will be 25% off regular prices (already reduced items not included). Watch for another Customer Appreciation Day in December.

United Way Pledge Forms Due Thursday

The United Way campaign for faculty and staff continues through Thursday, Nov. 30. Anyone who would like to participate this year should return the pledge form by Thursday. Thanks to all who have already submitted their pledge forms.

Women’s Team Collecting Toys, Selling 76ers Tickets

Like to help others? Want to make Christmas special for a local family? Then be a part of the Women’s Basketball Toy Drive! The women’s basketball team will be collecting new toys to give to Samuel Dalembert’s Toy Drive at the Philadelphia 76ers home game on Dec. 3 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Boxes for collection will be located outside the Dining Hall, on the first floor of Boyer, in Knight Hall and on the second floor of Brubaker. All toys collected will be donated to Toys for Tots in partnership with the U.S. Marines. Attend the game with friends and get a chance to meet 76er Samuel Dalembert after the game. The women’s basketball team is selling tickets to the game to raise money for their team. To purchase tickets, contact women’s team members or send an e-mail to: Tickets range in price from $14 to $63.

mitten treeDining Services Hosts Mitten Tree for Children

Dining Services will be hosting a Mitten Tree. Donate any new or handmade mittens, hats, gloves or scarves to help “decorate” the tree. All donations will be delivered to St. Mary’s Villa for Children on Dec. 20.

Faculty, Staff Needed for Alternative Spring Break

The Community Service Office needs faculty and staff volunteers for this year’s Alternative Spring Break trip, when students will be returning to the Gulf Coast region of Louisiana to assist Southern Mutual Help ( in their efforts to reclaim hurricane damaged homes for effected rural residents of the bayou region. The trip runs from March 11 to 17 in New Iberia, La. The Community Service Web site  ( will be updated regularly with information about the trip. For more information about participating, contact Cindy Rubino, Community Service Coordinator, 215-572-4000.   

“Last year the group had a great time, worked on seven houses, visited New Orleans and learned much about the Cajun culture,” Rubino says. “This year much still needs to be done. In a community of 900 homes, only 30 were not affected by the hurricanes. A year and a half later, some homes still have more than six feet of mud in them.”

Operation Holiday Wish Helps Guard Families

Operation Holiday Wish lists for families in need are available at the Community Service Office. Stop by to choose a family, or e-mail Cindy Rubino, Community Service Coordinator, for the list. This year’s families are from the Willow Grove 111th Fighter Wing of the U.S. National Guard. Many have deployed family members and have suffered financially.

Upcoming Events

Colloquium: CSI Effect on Nov. 28

Larry A. Presley, Assistant Professor and Director of Arcadia’s Forensic Science program will present The CSI Effect on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The emergence of forensic evidence TV programs and movies has emphasized the use of forensic evidence in criminal cases. So are the depictions on TV and in movies even remotely real? Do these depictions actually have an effect on juries in real trials? Do these depictions send the right message about the use of science in the courtroom? 

The 2006-07 University Colloquium Series is free and open to the public. A coffee reception begins at 7 p.m. The lecture, at 7:30 p.m., is followed by a question-and-answer session. A complete list of colloquium lectures can be found at For more information, call the College of Graduate Studies at 215-572-2877.

Fight HIV/AIDS Apathy Tour, Nov. 29

Accompany five renowned slam poets and musicians as they Fight Apathy against HIV and AIDS. The Fight Apathy Tour, which comes to Arcadia on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 8 to 11 p.m. in The Chat, is a music and poetry production aimed at igniting a social consciousness surrounding issues of race, gender and sexuality through the lens of HIV/AIDS. Learn more about this event.

Faculty Workshop on Multiple Intelligences, Nov. 30

A workshop for faculty on Multiple Intelligences in the Classroom is Thursday, Nov. 30, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Castle Conference Room. Sponsored by the Task Force for a Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment, the workshop will be presented by Educational Enhancement Center Director Linda Pizzi. Faculty members are invited to participate in this interactive workshop. Light fare will be provided. Contact Anna Wagner at 215-572-4009 to RSVP. For more information, contact Pizzi or Associate Dean Dennis Gallagher.

Philadelphia Phantoms Game with Staff, Dec. 1

Staff Council EventJoin fellow staff members and the Staff Council for a fun night on ice on Friday, Dec. 1. “We're looking forward to seeing you at the Wachovia Spectrum for a Philadelphia Phantoms Hockey game,” says Celina Gonzalez, Co-Coordinator for Social Events and Community Service. “Hope to see you all there!” Tickets are $10 per person. Contact to purchase tickets. Parking at the Wachovia Center is $10 and is not included in the ticket price.

Renowned Radio Producer Meets Students, Dec. 4

Steve RowlandSteve Rowland, one of the nation’s premier radio producers, will speak to Communications students on Monday, Dec. 4, at 7:15 p.m. in Murphy Hall, Room 108. Rowland has produced radio documentaries on Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Santana, John Coltrane and others. His current project, Radio Shakespeare: His Work, His World, & Our World, will be a series of 14 programs documenting the place of Shakespeare in our culture—popular, high and in-between. Rowland will speak on writing for radio, developing skills in listening, and interviewing. This is what Columbia University's oral history Web site says about him: “Steve Rowland is a Peabody Award winning radio documentary producer/director. He is president and founder of CultureWorks, Ltd. a non-profit documentary production company. He has been working in radio for 25 years, using music as a window to explore issues in American history, society, race relations, human creativity, spirituality, aesthetic beauty, the nature of ‘change’ and human possibility.”

“Steve is a class unto himself, one of the best in the country, and a terrific mentor who has nurtured a whole generation of radio producers," says Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Assistant Professor and Director of Communications. "He has made several presentations on campus and is looking forward to this one as well. If you are interested in attending, e-mail”

Coffeehouse and Open Mic, Dec. 6

coffee houseThe English Department is sponsoring a Coffeehouse and Open Mic on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Chat. A Coffeehouse-style performance of poetry, prose and collaborative writing by Honors English students is followed by an Open Mic open to all Arcadia students. Refreshments will be provided. “Sign up in the Chat if you are interested in performing your work!,” says Tyler Doherty, Director of the Writing Center. For more information, contact Doherty, 215-572-8525.

Newman Club Immaculate Conception Mass, Dec. 8

The Newman Club is sponsoring a Holy Day of Obligation Mass on Friday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Castle Mirror Room. All are welcome to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception! Members of the Glenside community are also welcome. Masses typically last 45 minutes. For more information, contact Catherine Mattingly, Area Coordinator for Oak Summit, at 215-572-8621.

Race Matters: Media as Intercultural Exchange, Dec. 6

Race Matters, A Campus-Wide Discussion on Race, presents “Media as Intercultural Exchange” on Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. The facilitator is Lathardus Goggins II, Associate Dean of Multicultural Affairs. Lunch is provided. Race Matters is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. For more information, contact John Noakes, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, 215-572-2897.

Kick Off Finals With Midnight Breakfast, Dec. 12

Hungry for some entertainment? Midnight Breakfast will be served to students by Arcadia’s faculty and staff. It’s a great way to kick off finals week! Midnight Breakfast is served in the Dining Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. The menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, turkey sausage, French toast, fried potatoes, two hot cereals, fresh fruit, and a waffle station.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.

campus happenings

Arcadia Promise
Heidi and Lisa Neuhauser
Heidi and Lisa Neuhauser

Graduates of the Caribbean

By Bridget Curtis ’08

This January, pirates won’t be the only people visiting the Caribbean. The island nation of Dominica—similar to what Christopher Columbus might have discovered, with rivers and waterfalls, tropical oceanic rainforests and towering mountains—is a well-kept secret on the cusp of becoming an eco-tourism haven, top travel destination, and a leading offshore financial center.

The island where Disney’s Pirates movies were filmed is also a perfect learning environment for Arcadia’s business students. “It’s a beautiful environment and it’ll be so interesting to get a business perspective on it,” says Heidi Neuhauser, a student in Arcadia’s innovative M.B.A. with an International Perspective. Having already traveled to Dublin, Ireland, to research a developed country, Neuhauser and her classmates are on their way to study the developing economy of Dominica.

“One of the main reasons I chose to attend the Arcadia M.B.A. program is because of the global aspect,” Neuhauser says. “By going to Dominica I hope to develop a better sense of understanding of how business occurs in a developing country.” While in Dominica, students will visit a Palmolive manufacturing site and a cable wireless company.

Neuhauser gets to spend an extra week in Dominica helping Professor Tom Brinker, Director of the M.B.A. program, with an undergraduate International Experience class in which her sister, Lisa Neuhauser, is enrolled. “I am actually going to be a chaperone for my sister’s undergraduate group for the first few days,” she says. “It’ll be interesting because we’re both traveling to the same place at the same time, yet we’re going to experience two totally different aspects of the island.”

The undergraduates will study the history, politics, and artistic heritage of the island with the former Attorney General Bernard Wiltshire, who traveled to Arcadia in October to talk about his nations’ environment and economy with business students. In addition to guided hiking tours, rain forest walks and whale sighting expeditions, he will lecture on Dominica’s history, ecological concerns and legal system.

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This Week's Fab Five from Dining Services

Parkhurst Fab Five1. Holiday Coffee Blends available at Brubaker Cafe. Flavors include Cinnamon, Gingerbread, Peppermint, Christmas Blend, Hazelnut. Gift Packages are also available for the Holiday Season.

2. Win Sixers tickets! Come into the Dining Hall a donate $1 for a chance to win! ALL proceeds go to the Caring for Kids program. (Retail ticket value $96 each).

3. Order Study Packs or Energy Packs nowfinals are almost here!

4. Late Night Breakfast on Dec. 12, 10-11:30 p.m. Start off finals by having the Arcadia faculty and staff serve breakfast to students. Some will even be cooking. Scrambled eggs, bacon, pancakes, waffles, sausage and much more!

5. On this date: Nov. 27, 1924. The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It was originally called a Christmas Parade.

Kappa Delta Pi Initiates New Members

Kappa Delta Pi

The Zeta Nu Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, initiated new members on Sunday, Nov. 20. Family members and friends attended the ceremony in Stiteler Auditorium. The newest members of Kappa Delta Pi include:

Alicia Amato, Linda Blair, Ashley Bonifer, Megan Cabot, JoAnn Churchill, Michelle Clarke, Kristen Conroy, Kirby Coughlin, Christine Danowsky, Laura Fornwald, Thomas Fries, Barbara Ingel, Andrew Johnsen, Tara Juckniewitz, Anne Marie Kozakowski, Corinne Landt, Allison Laverty, Bethany Lytle, David Morris, Kevin Oldewurtel, Jessica Roppoli, Nina Salvadore, Susan Scullin, and Jonathan Solomon.

sports update

Men’s Soccer: Abate, Plunkett and Benner Receive D3Kicks Honors

Abate Plunkett Benner

Senior midfielder Matt Abate and junior defender Andrew Plunkett received first-team selections, and sophomore midfielder Matt Benner earned third-team honors in the D3Kicks All Regional Team for the Mid-Atlantic Region. The Arcadia men’s soccer team finished the 2006 season third in the Mid-Atlantic rankings and 28th in the nation. 

Abate, Plunkett and Benner started every game of the 2006 campaign, with Plunkett on the field for every minute of play, notching five goals and four assists as a defender. Abate ends his career atop the Arcadia all-time assist leader with 29, as he tallied 8 goals and 13 assists for a team-leading 29 points on the season. Benner netted nine goals and added seven helpers this season.

Women’s Basketball Drops Home Opener

Lynch Milligan Heakins

Philadelphia Bible's Rebekah Kulp netted 17 first-half points to help her Crimson Eagles steal the Knights’ home opener 68-55 in non-conference action Nov. 21. With the loss, the Knights drop to 0-3 on the season. While the Knights contained Kulp in the second half, Beth Smith took over the offense for the Crimson Eagles, finishing the game with 16 points.

AU held stayed close to the Crimson Eagles, getting within five points with just under nine minutes remaining, but they wouldn't get any closer despite a solid double-double performance by senior Katie Lynch (17 points, 12 rebounds). First-year Kim Milligan added 10 points and four assists for the Knights, while fellow first-year Ashley Heakins dropped in nine points to go along with her six rebounds.

Men’s Basketball Battles Swarthmore

Brown Martin Boettcher Vernado Mulholland

Swarthmore downed Arcadia 75-66 in non-conference men’s basketball action Nov. 21. Swarthmore moved the ball well at the start, hitting their first five shots and building a 11-6 lead. The Knights stayed close largely due to the efforts of junior guard Kevin Brown, who finished the opening half with 15 points on 7-10 shooting from the field.

Seniors Andrew Martin and Dave Boettcher (seven points each) combined for 22 of Arcadia's 32 points in the first period. A five-point spurt early in the second half cut the Swarthmore edge to 46-41, but after a pair of jumpers and a trey by Swarthmore, the lead was back to 12. But Arcadia's next run was not so easily stopped. Swarthmore made just one of nine from the field while the Knights pulled even. Terrell Vernado nailed a pair from beyond the arc, and a Bobby Mulholland jumper tied the score at 55 with 10:46 remaining. Once again, Swarthmore responded as their lead would never again fall below three.

A Brown lay-up made it a one-possession game at 67-64 with 2:02 to play, but Swarthmore came right back with a good jumper. Martin made a pair of free throws with 44 seconds left to pull the Knights with three once again at 69-66, but those were the final Arcadia points. Meanwhile, Swarthmore made all six of its foul shots in the final minute to seal the win.

Brown wound up with 22 points in 10-14 shooting, and Martin (12) and Boettcher (11) also scored in double figures for Arcadia.

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arcadia in the news

Arcadia University is one of 14 of academic institutions from around the United States that is implementing the Blackboard Transaction System, as reported in the Oct. 1 issue of Vending Times. The Transaction System is at the heart of the Blackboard Commerce Suite, which manages the administration, processing and reporting functions for a variety of campus services providing greater services, efficiencies and conveniences for their campus population.

Dr. Mike Dryer, Assistant Professor and Chair of  the Department of Medical Science and Community Health, was quoted in the Nov. 27 News Journal (Wilmington, Del.) on Arcadia University’s new campus in Christiana that will offer Delaware’s only accredited degree program for physician assistants. Officials chose the 8,000 square-foot location, which includes lab space, because Delaware is one of a handful of states that does not have a Physician Assistant degree program. “There is no program between Baltimore and Philadelphia,” said Dryer, who lives in Newark. “So Delaware was kind of a natural fit.”

Students in the News

The men’s basketball team was mentioned in a review of local college basketball teams in the Nov. 17 Philadelphia Inquirer. The article noted that eleven letter winners are returning, including Kevin Brown, who averaged nearly 10 points per game in 2005-06.

Alumni in the News

Jennifer Whitener, a 2001 Communications/Print graduate, has joined the Design-Build Institute of America, as noted in their Oct. 1 monthly magazine, as the new Director of Information and Editor of Design-Build DATELINE, the monthly journal of the Design-Build Institute of America, a trade association promoting design-build and integrated project delivery in the design and construction industry. Whitener resides in Washington, D.C.

SciasciaChocolatier Tom Sciascia ’86 was part of a feature story on charities in the Nov. 22 Food Section of the Philadelphia Inquirer. His business, the Painted Truffle, produces handmade chocolate delights. Sciascia is part of a group of individuals and organizations in the food business who donate all or a portion of their profits to charity year-round. Two of his creations being donated through a program he calls “For A Change” are Lemonade Stand, a fresh-squeezed lemon-infused truffle in memory of Alex Scott, and A Walk in the Rainforest, which aids sustainable cocoa farmers in Ecuador.

Publication Information

Contributors: Bridget Curtis '08, Ryan Brown '07, Joy Zazzera, Sports Information Director and Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

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