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

Campus News

United Way Giving at Arcadia up 38.5 Percent

United WayThanks to all those who participated in the United Way drive this fall, Arcadia University recorded a campaign total of $7,519, which is a 38.5 percent increase over last year. “Our thanks go to Katie Kelly for the marvelous job she did leading the successful United Way campaign here at Arcadia,” says President Jerry Greiner. Look for the ad in the Dec. 19 Philadelphia Inquirer that recognizes Arcadia’s participation in United Way. “A special thanks to all the faculty and staff who participated this year,” Kelly says. “The money donated to the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania stays within our communities to enhance the services that these wonderful organizations provide.”   

Graduate Education Course Times Changing to 4:30 p.m.

To better accommodate education students, Arcadia is moving graduate education courses that previously started at 4 p.m. to a 4:30 p.m. start time for the spring semester. “Most of our graduate students are working teachers, and giving them an extra half hour to get from their school to our classroom should make their lives a little easier,” says Steve Gulkus, Associate Professor and Chair of the Education Department. New parking lots completed in 2006 and the soon-to-be-completed interchange of Route 309 and Easton Road will further ease part-time students’ commute.

Arcadia Provides Special Ed Training for Philadelphia Teachers

Elaine Scarpino, Director of Educational Outreach, and Dr. Steve Gulkus, Chair of the Education Department, were awarded a grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to fund a project called ACE-01 (Accelerated Certification for Emergency 01). With this funding, Arcadia will implement an accelerated certificate program that will enable teachers from the School District of Philadelphia to become “highly qualified” teachers of secondary special education in high-need schools. In addition, participants may receive a Pennsylvania Intern Certificate or a Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate and may participate in a mentoring and coaching program during their intern teaching experience. The grant will run for a period of three years. Arcadia’s Education faculty are prominent experts in Special Education and a driving force for inclusion as Pennsylvania schools plan how to integrate children with disabilities into general classrooms.

Physician Assistant Profession on the Rise

The American Medical Association’s Health Professions December e-Letter proclaimed that the physician assistant profession is growing to meet patient needs. “Physician assistants (PAs) continue to work closely with physicians in virtually all health care settings to increase patient access to quality medical care,” the newsletter noted. “New data from the American Academy of Physician Assistants show that 57 percent of clinically practicing PAs are employed by physician practices. The survey also notes that the average total annual income for full-time PAs is $84,396, up from $81,129 in 2005 and $78,257 in 2004.”

Yum-O! Don't miss Late Night Breakfast Tonight

Late night breakfastThis year's Late Night Breakfast will be held tonight, Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 to 11:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. The meal will be served to students by Arcadia’s faculty and staff. The menu includes scrambled eggs, bacon, turkey sausage, French toast, fried potatoes, two hot cereals, fresh fruit, and a waffle station.

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

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.

Upcoming Events

Holiday Art Show Exhibition and Party, Dec. 12

Don’t miss the student work on display at the Holiday Art Show Exhibition and Party at Murphy Hall and Spruance Hall art studios on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. Murphy Hall exhibits include photography, ceramics, metals and jewelry, graphic design, scientific illustration, digital media and foundations. Spruance Hall displays include painting, printmaking and interiors.

Register for Weight Watchers, Jan. 10

Weight Watchers is coming to Arcadia. “We finally have a Weight Watchers leader, and we can begin the program for employees; however, we won't start until January, so eat and be merry for the holidays and then we can all concentrate on our New Year resolutions to fit into our bikinis next summer (hahaha),” says Gloria Taylor, Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Treasurer. Registration will be Jan. 10, and the meetings will be held for the following 10 weeks on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Library University Gallery Room. “I hope that everyone who expressed interest in this program can participate. If you will not be on campus on Jan. 10, you can mail your payment in to me, but after that week registration is closed. Please remember, this is a prepaid program so you will need $135 at registration ($130 if you are currently a member). Please let me know if you are planning to register.” Contact Taylor at 215-572-2942—“and here's to seeing less of all of us in 2007!”

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, Jr. 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.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.

campus happenings

Student ‘Voices’ Chosen for Traveling Show

By Erica Gregory ’07

Wear Your VoiceSeventeen Arcadia Graphic Design students put their “voices” on display in the Wear Your Voice exhibition at the Icebox Gallery in Philadelphia. From the 315 t-shirts on display, 50 were selected for a traveling show, including three seniors from Arcadia: Becky Klimowicz, Dawn Minchin, and Chris Ponnwitz.

"Graphic designers have the ability and responsibility to speak to the masses,” says Alyssa Krill, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts. “Our goal is to raise consciousness, whether that be for a product, event, or in this case, a social cause.” Wear Your Voice was a competition for students to raise awareness to a social cause, organization, or issue, using a T-shirt as the medium. “This competition was a great opportunity for Arcadia students to design a piece for a cause they are passionate about, and to learn about other organizations and issues that need attention. It's easy for designers to focus on the commercial aspect of our craft, and this project and gallery show are great examples of how the graphic designer's role can be so much more influential than merely selling objects. Transforming ideas and conceptions is how real change happens."

Ice Box GalleryThe "Wear Your Voice" exhibition was on display at the Icebox Gallery in the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia from Nov. 10 through Dec. 1. The show included 315 T-shirts from students attending 16 colleges: Arcadia University, Art Institute, Bucks County Community College, Cabrini College, Hussian School of Art, Kutztown University, Millersville University, Moore College of Art & Design, Penn State, Philadelphia University, Rutgers University, Tyler School of Art, University of Delaware, University of Pennsylvania, West Chester University, and William Patterson University. For more information about the competition and photos from the exhibition, visit

Parkhurst Fab FiveThis Week's Fab Five from Dining Services

1. Winter dining hours are posted on MyArcadia. Note that during finals, Dec. 12 to Dec. 18, The Chat is open till midnight and the Brubaker Café has extended hours till 11 p.m.

2. “Have you tried our No Frills Catering yet? Surprise your friends, throw a party. You can even charge it to your student account, or used your meals!” says Parkhurst Catering Director Sara Goodwin.  For more information, call her at 215-572-2911 or e-mail

3. Order Study Packs or Energy Packs now for finals.

4. Please donate new or homemade mittens, hats or scarves to the Mitten Tree in the Dining Hall. All donations will go to St. Mary’s Villa for Children. All collected items will be delivered on Dec. 19. 

5. Dining Services is having a Grand Opening in January. Watch for lots of fun things to eat and see and giveaways at all dining locations! 

sports update

Sparks, Milligan Drive Women’s Scoring

Sparks Burns Milligan

Women’s Basketball (2-5 Overall, 1-1 PAC) The Knights played through a 1-1 week leaving just one final contest to be played before the winter break.  On Monday, Dec. 4, the Knights hosted PAC opponent Neumann College, losing to the visitors 67-58. Junior Caitlin Sparks netted 17 and grabbed 8 rebounds for Arcadia, while first-year Kelli Burns added 12 points and 5 boards. Freshman Kim Milligan contributed 10 Arcadia points and 8 caroms.

AU picked up the 63-46 non-conference win on Saturday, Dec. 9. at Penn State Delaware County. The team put together a solid outing on both ends of the court, shooting 53.7 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the free throw line while holding Penn State to 42 percent field goal shooting on the game. Sparks and Milligan combined for 36 of Arcadia's 63 points, as AU improved to 2-5 overall on the year. Milligan notched a double-double on the game, pulling down 10 boards to go along with her 15 points. Sparks pulled down 6 rebounds along with her 21-point effort.

Boettcher Sets Pace for Men in Close Games

Boettcher Green Brown

Men’s Basketball (1-8 Overall, 0-3 PAC) The Knights held their opponents close behind the solid effort of senior forward and PAC Weekly Honor Roll player Dave Boettcher, but the team lost three straight, by only 7 points or less on each outing. 

On Monday, Dec. 4, the team dropped a one-point half-time lead to the sharp-shooting Neumann Knights, losing the hard-fought conference battle by five, 67-62. Boettcher's 22 points, 8 boards and 5 assists led the Knights, while junior Sterling Green ended the game with 13 points and 6 helpers and junior Kevin Brown added 8 points and 5 boards.

Lebanon Valley held Arcadia University to 32.3 percent shooting as the Flying Dutchmen defeated AU 56-49 in non-conference action Thursday, Dec. 7, at the LVC Gymnasium.  The Knights were led by Boettcher, who poured in 20 points while tying a gym record with 17 rebounds. After racing out to a 31-18 halftime lead, the Dutchmen enjoyed a 39-27 advantage with 12 minutes remaining, when Arcadia went on an 8-2 run. Boettcher hit a pair of free throws with 6:25 left to pull the Knights to within six (41-35). Arcadia reduced the deficit to four on three different occasions, the last coming on a Boettcher jumper with 1:51 on the clock. However, LVC came through with a fade away jumper from the left baseline with 1:15 left, making it 53-47. After the Knights missed a pair of shots, Arcadia was forced to foul with 36 seconds remaining. Arcadia drew to within five (54-49) with 25 ticks showing when Green nailed a jumper from the left elbow with his foot on the three-point line. But LVC sank two free throw shots sandwiched around an Arcadia turnover as the Dutchmen held on for the win. Brown added 12 points and four assists for Arcadia while senior forward Dave Martin pulled down 10 rebounds.

The team hosted Delaware Valley College on Saturday, Dec. 9, and managed to cut DVC's 14 point second half lead down to 2 with 14 seconds remaining in the game, but the Knights came up short as they were forced to foul in the closing seconds for the 59-55 loss. Boettcher posted another double-double effort with 15 points and 13 boards while classmate Andrew Martin notched 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocked shots to help lead the Knights. Sophomore guard Bobby Mulholland posted four points in a critical stretch. 

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in the news


Assistant Professor of Communications Alan Powell’s Creative Media video students, along with Arcadia alum Leslie Birch, were featured in an article in the Nov. 15 Leader on their production company, Classified Media. Classified Media will produce a video for a non-profit organization and will work in association with the Greater Philadelphia Film Office as part of the Tripod Initiative program.

Tom Brinker, Professor of Accounting and Executive Director, and Jose Marrero, Assistant Professor and Managing Director for International Experiences of the M.B.A. program, co-authored “Are Accounting Standards Uniform? Recognizing Cultural Differences Underlying Global Accounting Standards,” for the January 2007 issue Journal of Financial Service Professionals. Brinker also published part one of “Capitalizing on Tax Benefits for Parents of Children with Special Needs” in the November 2006 issue of Exceptional Parent. He co-authored this article with W. Richard Sherman. Part two will appear in the December issue of the same magazine. 

Dr. Arthur Breyer, Professor Emeriti of Chemistry and Physics, spoke on Nov. 10 at his grandchild’s elementary school in Herndon, Va., in remembrance of Veteran’s Day. Breyer is a World War II veteran. He also was joined by a Marine captain who had just return from 11 months serving in Iraq who gave a short inspirational talk. After the talk, Breyer turned his attention to his expertise in chemistry and physics, giving a 90-minute interactive science demonstration to fifth- through eighth-grade students. Breyer has written about his World War II experiences in an article “Young American Patriot: The World War II Experiences of a High School Graduate.” Click here to read Breyer's article.

Professor Emerita of Fine Arts Paula Winokur’s exhibit “Paula Winokur: Geological Sites,” a survey of work in porcelain was listed in the Nov. 10 and 11 issue of the Philadelphia Daily News. Winokur’s exhibit will be on display at Arcadia’s Art Gallery through Dec. 17.


Cecelia Coyne, who received her master’s degree in Special Education in 1977, recently retired from Bishop McDevitt High School in Wyncote, as reported Dec. 10 in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s School Notes. Coyne spent her entire 39-year teaching career as a biology teacher and was also a girls' soccer coach and girls' athletic director at McDevitt. She was honored by school president Salvatore DiNenna after the Thanksgiving Liturgy on Nov. 22.

Center for education abroad

Kevin D. McCarthy of Ho-Ho-Kus, a student at Hamilton College, completed studies abroad as reported Dec. 10 in the education section of The Record and Herald News (Northern New Jersey). McCarthy studied with Arcadia University's Center for Education Abroad program in New Zealand.


Christopher Handschuch a senior B.F.A. Acting major, was spotlighted in the Nov. 9 West Essex Tribune (Livingston, N.J.) for his role in the Vietnam war drama Medal of Honor Rag, which played at The Chat stage Nov. 10  to 12. Handschuch’s previous Chat performance was as the title character in Women and Wallace two years ago. He had a semester abroad studying theatre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

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 and Erica Gregory '07. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

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