December 5, 2006
Arcadia University Bulletin
December 5, 2006 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Tree-Moving Makes Campus Greener

Spruce tree on the move to new homeIf there were a partridge in a pear tree, Tom Macchi might have saved that, too. But he had to settle for:

  • Three beautiful Japanese maples—“very nice specimens”
  • Two long-needled pine trees
  • Two birch trees
  • Two spruce trees
  • Four dogwood trees

Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Capital Planning, included the tree relocations as part of several campus construction projects. “The majority of these trees were relocated from the building site near the tennis courts to the Castle front lawn as well as the new Lot 5 parking area. Two trees were relocated from an off-campus property to the President’s house.” How hard is it to extract a mature tree? Read how they did it.

In addition to saving existing trees, the construction projects included adding a lot of new trees.

New trees near Castle“As you can see, the Lot 5 project has resulted in the extensive planting of the area, all designed by Simone Collins Landscape Architecture. We have, to date, installed 19 large caliper shade trees of varying species, 20 smaller caliper trees, scores of shrubs and hundreds upon hundreds of individual ground cover plants. In addition to this initial effort, we have installed 12 additional large caliper maple trees, which were used to repopulate the Castle drive with the same species that was found there when Mr. Harrison (original owner) was prowling grounds. An additional five tree transplants were added into the mix to provide additional landscape screening for the Lot 5 parking area. Alongside the drive by the bridge (where we had huge bare spots), we planted several hundred liriope, as these ground-cover plants can survive in this otherwise hostile environment. They add a nice touch of green along this parkway!” What more “green” is planned?

Godspell Rocks Mainstage Theatre, through Dec. 10

The Arcadia University Theatre presents a hip re-telling of the Gospel of St. Matthew, featuring a variety of musical styles, including pop, folk-rock, gospel and vaudeville, on the Mainstage through Dec. 10. Godspell was one of the longest running off-Broadway musicals before moving to Broadway in 1976.

NEW! Buy your tickets for GODSPELL here! Show times are Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Arcadia’s production of Godspell, (music and new lyrics by Steven Scwartz, conceived and originally directed by John–Michael Tabelak) is directed by Janet Pilla, with Assistant Directors Kathryn Hummer and Jeremy Ryan White. The cast includes: Matt Ross (Jesus), Peter Roccaforte (John the Baptist/Judas), Stephen Langley, Amanda Greco, Shannon McMullen, Ernie Miles, Cynthia Spitko, Nicole Brousseau, Lauren Otis and Danielle Pennisi.

Faculty, Staff Named for Previews

Forty faculty and staff mentors have been selected to accompany more than 370 first-year students to London, Scotland and Spain, as well as transfer students to Italy, in Arcadia’s distinctive spring Preview programs. Click here for the just-released list of faculty and staff mentors.

PreviewLondon/Scotland/Spain Preview is a spring break adventure for first-year students at Arcadia University. Begun in 1994, the Preview programs have grown in popularity. This will be the second year that students will participate in Spain Preview. All students contribute $245 for a week-long visit to a major European capital. This includes air and ground transportation, accommodation and programmed activities. The trip is designed to be fun and educational. Students get to visit the theatre, historic sites, cathedrals, museums, neighborhoods, and more. Students who participate in Scotland or Spain Preview will earn two credits for course work completed before, during and after spring break. More than sixty transfer students have registered for Italy Preview.

Why does Arcadia offer such an incredible opportunity to its first year students? Arcadia wants each student to get psyched about study abroad—whether in London, Scotland, Spain or elsewhere. That's why Preview participants get the chance to meet students in London, Scotland, Spain and Italy who are studying abroad. They also meet with the staff of Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad, which sponsors and organizes study abroad programs in the UK, Spain and Italy for more than 1500 students annually from 350 US colleges. Arcadia University will send more than 120 students to study around the world next semester. 

Act of Incivility Occurs in Residence Hall

Civility logoDuring the evening of Nov. 28, there was an act of incivility in a residence hall. The door of a residence hall room was defaced with homophobic remarks. This is the fourth incident reported this year. The residence life staff has responded to the residents of the affected room as well as the affected hall. The individual(s) who wrote the remarks have not been identified at this time. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Associate Dean and Director of Residence Life Joshua Stern at 215-572-2933.

When an act of incivility occurs at Arcadia University or at University-sponsored events, there is a thorough inquiry of the situation. If the persons responsible are identified, the actions will be adjudicated through the University disciplinary process. In addition, it is University priority to support and respond to the needs of those directly affected and to communicate with and educate both the immediate community and the larger University community as appropriate. If you or anyone you know is aware of information about this incident or any other act of incivility, please contact the Dean of Students as soon as possible. The Civility Flag, located between the Dining Complex and the Landman Library, will be lowered for five days.

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!”

The Enthymion Yearbook needs your pictures! 

During Late Night Breakfast on Dec. 12, the Enthymion Yearbook will have laptops ready to download pictures for the 2006-07 Yearbook. Bring digital photos and members of the yearbook will use them for this year’s book. If you cannot make it that night or would like to order a yearbook, please e-mail pictures and your request for a book to

150-Year History of Arcadia UniversityBookstore Customer Appreciation Day

It's Customer Appreciation Day at the Bookstore on Thursday, Dec. 7. Clothing and gifts will be 25% off regular prices (already reduced items not included). Don't miss this Holiday Special: Arcadia's 150-year anniversary book is specially-priced at $24.99 through Dec. 24.

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.”

Volunteers Needed for MLK Service Day, Jan. 15

Been thinking about a way to connect at Arcadia? Volunteer for a day of service on Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 15. In this annual event, Arcadia students go to food banks, the Salvation Army, Friends Neighborhood to paint and clean-up, and Fairy Godmothers to sorting prom dresses. “We hope that you will take advantage of this great opportunity to meet some members of the Arcadia community, while serving others,” says Cindy Rubino, Coordinator of Community Services. Sign-up forms will be available at Midnight Breakfast and in student mailboxes.

Holiday Card Fund Donations Help Community

Holiday Cheer“Since 1980, the members of Arcadia University community have contributed a total of $32,806 to local charities through our Holiday Card Fund,” says Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Berger. “The Fund works this way: In place of sending holiday cards to other members of the Arcadia community, you are invited to donate the money that would have been spent on cards and stamps to a special Holiday Card Fund. This saves time and effort both for you and for the post office and enriches local charitable organizations at this special time of year.”

The names of all donors to the Fund will be placed on a beautiful group card created by Scott Rawlins, Associate Professor and Chair of the Fine Arts Department. The card will be displayed at the Faculty-Staff Holiday Party on Dec. 21. To donate, complete the form below and send it with a donation to the Provost’s Office by Thursday, Dec. 14. Checks should be made payable to Arcadia University. This year, donors may direct contributions to one or more of the following worthy causes (check their web sites):

  • Special Olympics of Montgomery County is a grass roots movement that provides year-round sports training and athletic competitions to children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
  • Philabundance works to end hunger and malnutrition in the Delaware Valley by rescuing surplus food and distributing it to local organizations serving people in need.
  • Bethesda Project creates a community where “homeless” men and women find sanctuary and have their basic needs met in a compassionate environment.

Click here to download Holiday Card Fund form.

Dining Services Hosts Mitten Tree for Children

Holiday CheerDining 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.

Operation Holiday Wish Helps Guard Families

Holiday CheerOperation 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 Pennsylvania National Guard. Many have deployed family members and have suffered financially, having left their civilian jobs to be deployed around the world. Please bring all gifts to the Community Service Office by Dec. 15.

Check the Closet for Coats to Donate

Holiday CheerArcadia’s campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity will run a coat drive on campus until Friday, Dec. 8. 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. “Please 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!”

Upcoming Events

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.

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.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.

campus happenings

Arcadia Promise
Ken Heil Sr. and Ken Heil Jr.
Ken Heil Sr. and son, Ken Heil Jr.

‘This is My Dad. He’s a Freshman Here’

By Bridget Curtis ’08

Unlike his son, Ken Heil Sr. is not a typical first-year student. Sure, he’s got a lot of homework to catch up on and he can’t leave home without his cell phone, but he’s not getting calls to find out what’s up for the weekend. At 41, Heil’s got a career that keeps him on call 24 hours a day, even when he’s hitting the books.

In addition to being a part-time undergraduate, Heil is a Superintendent in the Department of Public Property, for the City of Philadelphia. Responsible for repairs, renovations and maintenance for police and fire facilities, Heil’s got a lot on his plate, and that doesn’t include his algebra homework. “Currently there are over 750 jobs on my backlog and around 50 people to get them done,” he says. “But that doesn’t include the ‘priority’ and ‘emergency’ jobs that pop up everyday.”

Beginning his career right out of high school, Heil had not attended college. At the encouragement of his commissioner, Heil decided to pursue his undergraduate degree, figuring that it would only benefit him in the long run. “In deciding my major, I looked at everything,” Heil says. A degree in Business Administration seemed to be the best fit. “I figured it would help with the management portion of my job.”

Beginning his coursework last summer, Heil benefited from the small classes. “The best thing I did was start with a summer class,” he said. “In the summer, the campus wasn’t as filled, but now that the fall’s here, it’s a whole different environment.” Though other adult students might be intimidated by their younger classmates, Heil doesn’t have that problem. “The students are awesome,” he says. “Everyone’s been real nice.” Read more about the Heils.

Learn how other Arcadia students are living the Arcadia Promise at

Trustees Pick up the Phone for Arcadia

Trustees at Phonethon
Arcadia trustees Mike Korolishin, Jean Salwen and Mike Mullin take to the phones at this year’s annual Trustee Phonathon held on Nov. 20.

Members of Arcadia’s Board of Trustees took turns as phonathoners in November, calling alumni, parents and friends—Castle Benefactors and above, of Arcadia as part of the Annual Fund 2007 drive. The trustees share their enthusiasm about Arcadia and reminded 2006 alumni donors that a gift in the 2007 drive will renew their membership in the new Knight Society, which recognizes loyal alumni giving, says Shana McGlinchey, Assistant Director of the Annual Fund.

Arcadia has one of the highest rates of alumni giving in the nation, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. The Office of University Advancement also has a team of student phonathoners as part of the 2007 drive. Read more about the Knight Society and the 2006 Annual Fund Awards presented at the Alumni Association meeting on Nov. 18.

Back to Basics or Full Speed Ahead for Math Ed?

Applebaum“For the second time in a generation, education officials are rethinking the teaching of math in American schools,” said a New York Times story on Nov. 14. The article examined “mathematicians’ warnings that more than a decade of so-called reform math—critics call it fuzzy math—has crippled students with its de-emphasizing of basic drills and memorization” as well as the push for a return to those basics.  

For an Arcadia perspective on the status of math education, Dr. Peter Applebaum, Associate Professor of Education at Arcadia, provided a few insights as to how math is currently taught and how students benefit. “The idea that there may be people who ‘can’t get past algebra,’” he says, “is based on a vision of mathematics curriculum that has students drilling on arithmetic until the end of middle school or the beginning of high school, and then suddenly being asked to think in very different ways in algebra. Reform-based mathematics education has students thinking algebraically at all times, so that algebra might no longer really even be a necessary subject.”

Says Applebaum: “We should keep in mind that many of the standard algorithms, for example, such as long division and two-column arithmetic, were developed during Medieval times, when there were guilds who trained masters in the secret arts of bookkeeping, etc. Of course these techniques are hard to understand, that’s what made them guild secrets.” Read more about how today’s educators unlock those secrets.

Four Business Students Inducted into Honor Society

Arcadia University’s top Business Administration students were inducted to membership in Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration on Monday, Nov. 27.

Student business majors who rank in the top 20 percent of the junior, senior or master’s classes at colleges with chapters of Delta Mu Delta are eligible for invitation to membership in the Society. The Arcadia University Department of Business/Health Administration and Economics congratulates the four students who have pursued excellence in their academic preparation for careers in business and have earned invitations to Delta Mu Delta in 2006. The Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Delta Mu Delta at Arcadia University installed the following students, faculty and administrators:

  • Jennifer Marie Compton, Class of 2007
  • Meghan Lee Makar, Class of 2007
  • David Polgar, Class of 2006
  • Cristopher Andrew Sefransky, Class of 2007
  • Dr. Michael L. Berger, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. Norah P. Shultz, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Dr. Annette L. Halpin, Chair of Business/Health Administration and Economics
  • Dr. Sassan Hejazi, Assistant Professor of Business Administration
  • Thomas M. Brinker, Professor of Business Administration
  • Dr. Wayne A. Morra, Associate Professor of Business Administration

This Week's Fab Five from Dining Services

Parkhurst Fab Five1. National Gazpacho Day is Wednesday, Dec. 6. The Dining Hall and Faculty Dining Room will be serving homemade gazpacho as one of the soup options.

2. 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!

3. Brubaker’s Café has Starbucks Holiday Gift Packages. Pick up a gift package for someone special, AND try a Peppermint Stick Latte or Chocolate Nog Latte.

4. 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).

5. Winter Break Dining Hours available under MyArcadia Campus Announcements.

sports update

Lynch and Burns Propel Women Past Eastern

Burns Lynch Milligan Werner

Women’s Basketball (1-4, 1-0 PAC)—The Knights drew a 1-1 week with a 95-60 home loss to non-conference New Jersey Athletic Conference powerhouse Kean University before earning their first PAC win of the year on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Eastern, 78-69. First-year Kelli Burns is averaging 14.5 points a game to go along with 4.5 rebounds. Senior Katie Lynch is posting 11.4 points per game with 10.6 rebounds, while first-year Kim Milligan is contributing 11.2 points and 4.2 boards as a starter. Burns notched a game-high and career-best 22 points in the win over Eastern while first-year Nicole Werner hit for 15, her career best. The inside play of Lynch and the slashing scoring of Burns proved to be too much as the Knights connected on 11 of 16 foul shots in the second half in the nine-point conference win at Eastern.

Boettcher Earns Knight of Week for Points, Boards

Green Boettcher

Men’s Basketball (1-5, 0-2 PAC)—The men’s team finished the week with a 1-2 record, including two losses in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. The Knights opened the week on a high note, winning their home opener over Penn State–DelCo on Tuesday, Nov. 28. Junior guard Sterling Green netted a game-high 17 points and brought down 8 boards to help lift the Knights to the four-point victory in a packed Kuch Center gymnasium. The Lions nearly stunned the Knights in their home opener until AU battled back to tie the game with a minute remaining in regulation. AU then out-shot the Lions 6-2 from the line in the closing minutes of play. On Thursday, Nov. 30, a last-second 16-foot jumper by Immaculata sent AU home with the team’s first conference loss of the season, 46-44, despite a double-double effort by Dave Boettcher (20 points, 16 rebounds). Kevin Brown added 17 and 9 boards. Boettcher rang in with his second double-double in as many games (15 points, 11 boards) in the team’s 68-47 loss at Eastern on Saturday. He was selected as the Knight of the Week for his efforts. Boettcher is averaging 13.2 points and 9.8 boards a game, while Brown paced the Knights with 12 per contest.

Swimming Takes Six First-Place Finishes

Arcadia swimmerMen’s and Women’s Swimming (0-4, 0-4)—William Paterson University of New Jersey earned two wins on Saturday, Dec. 2, with their men's team defeating the Knights by a score of 96-61, while the women ended the meet with the 102-77 advantage over AU. With the loss, each team falls to 0-4 on the season. 

Despite the loss, the AU women earned four first-place finishes on Saturday: Christine Dell in the 200 backstroke (2:36.82), Michelle McCandless in the 500 Free (5:45.34), Bethany Hanlon in the 200 Breaststroke (3:19.47) and Tamar Paltin, Stephanie Twers, Dana Rambo and Christine Matthews in the 400 Free Relay (5:33.93).

On the men's side for Arcadia, John Konieczny placed first in the 200 Breaststroke (2:48.51) and Brent Sargent, Patrick Gleeson, Chris Nappi and Antonio Marrone earned the combined win in the 400 Free Relay (5:01.34).

The Knights will look for their first win at Ursinus on Dec. 9.

Find the lastest scores and more at

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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