September 5, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 5, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Meet the Class of 2011

Class of 2011
The Class of 2011. Click here for a larger view.

The incoming class of 2011 is the second largest incoming class of students, and their academic credentials are impressive. Of the approximately 630 deposited students, more than 490 are first-year students and many are transfer students. The incoming first-year students had an average rank in the top 24 percent of their high school class, and their SAT average is 1105 (old SAT) or 1661 including the new writing section. These students were drawn from the University’s highest-ever applicant pool, with full-time undergraduate applications topping 4,300.

“As you would expect, the stronger incoming class resulted in a larger Honors Program again this year,” notes Academic Vice President and Provost Michael Berger. The 62 new first-year students in the Honors Program had an average high school rank in the top 7 percent of their class. Eleven transfer students also join the Honors Program this fall.

FYSAE Goes to Ireland

FYSAE students preparing to departA total of 57 first-year students are spending the fall semester abroad as part of the First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE). In addition to London, England, and Stirling, Scotland, the University this year has added a new site in Limerick, Ireland. The University of Limerick is located on the banks of the River Shannon in the bustling town of Limerick.

The University’s fifth year of FYSAE students left for England’s Gatwick airport on Monday, Aug. 27. “The group was accompanied by Daniel Cassidy, Kay Kalenga and Dennis Gallagher,” says Jan Finn, Director of International Services. “They’re off to a great start!” In Spring 2008, 30 more first-year will participate in FYSAE, spending the second semester of their first year in London or Stirling.

Arcadia staff members based in England, Scotland and Ireland, including FYSAE Program Officer Daniel Cassidy, are in regular contact with all FYSAE students to monitor academic progress, facilitate cultural adjustment and ensure an ongoing personal connection. In addition, faculty and staff from the Glenside campus will visit students during the fall semester. The goals of the program include immediate immersion in an overseas Arcadia University program, expanding cultural awareness and developing each student’s ability to learn independently. View photos of departure.

Wireless, Web Tools Aid High-Tech Learning

Arcadia Campus Wi-FiWhat can students do with the new technology tools added this semester? With “everywhere” access to the Internet and new learning tools, Arcadia students can do a lot more than just access the Web, they can access their own world. Arcadia provides students and faculty with Web-based tools that let them

  • Have voice over IP (VOIP) discussions with classmates and faculty.
  • Create e-portfolios.
  • Social network with classmates who are studying abroad.
  • Collaborate with classmates and faculty on group projects in different countries.
  • Use synchronous tools (video, audio, desktop sharing) with students and faculty around the world using Wimba's Live Classroom.
  • Research their subjects in virtual "Research Rooms" on the Library Web site.
  • Access the campus portal (MyArcadia) for courses, online discussions and student activities.

Combined with a host of new Web-based teaching and learning tools, students can use Arcadia’s wireless campus as a key platform for their coursework and their extracurricular learning. With more than 100 programs around the world, Arcadia will increasingly rely on Web-based tools and access to connect students and faculty—wherever they are.

 “Our new Wi-Fi network and Web-based tools are designed to support students’ exploration of the world,” says President Jerry Greiner. “This summer, I tested the Live Classroom tool when I was in Arusha, Tanzania, for the opening of our new Nyerere Centre for Peace Research. Several faculty and staff used the video and data link to discuss how students at our campus in Pennsylvania could participate in research projects with students on-site in Rwanda and other East African countries.”

Accelerated Degree Offered for Working Professionals

The Accelerated Degree Completion program in Business Administration is aimed at working professionals who desire to upgrade their skills or progress in their careers. This program is designed for students who have completed most or all of the equivalent of the first two years of college. The accelerated courses in this program include the upper-level business requirements for a general business degree.

Seven-Week Online and Hybrid Courses: This degree completion program is offered in an accelerated format—each course spanning just seven weeks—and is taught using a hybrid delivery format of both face-to-face meetings and online course components. Classes meet once a week for seven weeks from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Each course has an additional 13 hours of Internet assignments during the seven weeks.

Community College Agreements: Arcadia has core-to-core agreements with Bucks County Community College, Burlington County College, and Montgomery County Community College. Enrollment Management advisers will assist students in determining how their existing credits will transfer. Call at 1-877-ARCADIA (877-272-2342) or e-mail the transfer coordinator for more information.

Rose Sees Scientific Process From Patient Side

Dr. Wesley RoseDr. Wesley Rose, Assistant Professor of Biology, might prefer to study a problem rather than being a part of the study. Rose, who was diagnosed with ALS several years ago, participated in a study for a trial drug that University of Pennsylvania researchers now say was designed to treat a different disease. He was featured in a front-page article about Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in the Philadelphia Inquirer on Tuesday, Sept. 4. But even though the trial drug didn’t help Rose or other ALS patients, “I think that’s just part of the scientific process,” he told the Inquirer.

Rose came to Arcadia in Fall 2006, joining his father, Dr. Raymond Rose, in the Biology Department for a year before Rose Sr. retired last month. Wes Rose, whose post-doctoral training was conducted at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in viral pathogenesis and immunology, continues to research infections of the central nervous system. And he continues to raise awareness about ALS. In May, he spoke to the Phillies baseball team and helped kick off the 18th Annual Phillies Phestival to raise money for the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association. Of the trial drug he took for six months with no benefit, he said, “It was either don't study ALS or use what we have. All that work was not for naught.”

Faculty Promotions Announced

“I am pleased to inform you that the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees approved tenure status for Dr. Leif Gustavson, Dr. Warren Haffar, and Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe; the promotion of Dr. Christina Ager, Dr. Kathleen Mangione and Judy Taylor to full professor; and Dr. Leif Gustavson, Dr. Lisa Holderman, Dr. John Noakes, and David Paulk to associate professor,” Academic Vice President and Provost Michael Berger told faculty last week. “Our congratulations to all!”

There are two changes in the academic department chairs for the 2007-08 year. Dr. Barbara Nodine, after a long term as Chair of the Psychology Department, is stepping down. and Dr. Les Sdorow will be replacing her. Dr. Lauri Bushar will take over the reins as Chair of the Biology Department.

Flag Lowered Over Act of Incivility

Civility on CampusOn Aug. 31, there was an act of incivility discovered in the Oak Summit Apartments. A swastika was scratched into the wall of a hallway in building A. This is the first incident reported this year. The individual(s) who committed this act of incivility and vandalism have not been identified at this time. Anyone with information about this incident should contact Associate Dean of Students Josh Stern at 215-572-2933.

The Civility Flag, located between the Dining Complex and the Landman Library, will be lowered for five days. When an act of incivility occurs at Arcadia University or at Arcadia 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 our 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. Visit the Civility module on MyArcadia for more information.

upcoming events

Let's Go: Find out what's happening at Arcadia University

Study Abroad Information Session, Sept. 5

Meet with a study abroad adviser and other Arcadia students who have studied abroad to learn more about study abroad options at a Study Abroad Information Session on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. at 777 Limekiln Pike, The Manor Apartments student housing. Future Information Sessions also are planned for Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 2 and Oct. 30 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Faculty/Staff Dining Room; Sept. 5, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 from 7-8 p.m. at The Manor Apartments; Sept. 19, Oct. 24 and Nov. 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Oak Summit Social Room, Building C-first floor. For more information contact the Office of International Services at 215-572-2867. Discussion topics include:

  • Costs—Arcadia students study abroad on affiliated programs for the same tuition and housing fees as if they were spending the semester on the Glenside campus.
  • Scholarships and financial aid—All financial aid and merit scholarships, with the exception of work study, apply to a semester abroad.
  • Programs options—Arcadia offers more than 100 programs in 13 countries. Arcadia offers Pathways to Study Abroad for every major. New Majors Abroad Programs require an entire year of study abroad.
  • Information about academic policies and program deadlines.

Arcadia Hosts Community Cinema, Sept. 12

Arcadia University Community CinemaArcadia University is pleased to announce the inauguration of its Community Cinema film series in partnership ITVS. Community Cinema is a monthly film screening showcasing the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens.

Arcadia University cordially invites community members to attend our monthly free screenings and to participate in post-screening discussions about the independent documentary films that highlight timely and important social issues.

All films are free and open to the public. Screenings are followed by a panel discussion featuring guest speakers and/or Arcadia faculty, staff and/or students. Community Cinema will be held on Arcadia University’s campus at Murphy Hall in the Stiteler Auditorium from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The schedule of films for the fall includes:

  • Wednesday, September 12, Please Vote for Me
  • Wednesday, October 17, Miss Navajo
  • Thursday, November 8, Mapping Stem Research: Terra Incognita
  • Wednesday, December 5, An Unreasonable Man

For more information about the film series, visit

Men’s Lacrosse Looking for New Players, Sept. 13

Ever wanted to play lacrosse? Arcadia’s Men’s Lacrosse Club is looking for both new and experienced players. Led by Coach Lester Sdorow (also known as the Chair of the  Psychology Department), this year’s team is looking forward to a great season, and more students are invited to become a part of it. Practices for the 2007-08 season begin in the fall and continue throughout the winter, with competitive play beginning in the spring. Members need to provide their own equipment to participate. All those interested are invited to attend the team’s fall meeting on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 9 p.m. in the Dilworth/Thomas lounge. For more information, contact Team President Stephen Choromanski at

Art Gallery's Other Islands Opens Sept. 13

The Arcadia University Art Gallery opens the 2007-08 season with Other Islands on Sept. 13. The recent video works by Sharon Hayes and Danielle Mericle explore political moments in history—the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago and colonial conquest. “The pairing of Hayes’ and Mericle’s video projects strives to open a unique space of reflection regarding our ability to experience, interpret, and respond to political history,” says Gallery Director Richard Torchia.

Other Islands: recent video works by Sharon Hayes and Danielle Mericle is on exhibit from Sept. 13 to Oct. 28. These two projects explore the relationship between history, memory, and representation. The exhibit is guest-curated by Nicholas Muellner. On Tuesday, Sept. 25, Arcadia presents a Conversation among Sharon Hayes, Danielle Mericle, and Nicholas Muellner 6:30 p.m. in the Spruance Fine Arts Center, Arcadia University Theatre. An opening reception follows immediately in the Gallery.

Sharon Hayes’ 10 Minutes of Collective Activity (2003) documents an audience of 22 people watching footage from the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention. Audible but not visible is the television news coverage of Sen. Abraham Ribicoff's dramatic nominating speech for anti-war candidate George McGovern—and the ire it created in the convention audience—on a day when the National Guard and Chicago police clashed with protestors outside the convention hall. “Filmed in the month that U.S. forces invaded Iraq, Hayes’ piece employs the frame of history to provoke questions about our own political moment,” says Gallery Director Richard Torchia.

Danielle Mericle’s two-channel video from her 2006 project History Sighs presents fixed-frame landscape views from original, antipodal landing sites of colonial conquest. The sun sets over the Arabian Sea (filmed from Gujarat, where the British first made contact with Indian soil) and rises over the Atlantic Ocean from Salt River Bay, St. Croix (a Columbus landing site and setting of the first-known violent confrontation between Europeans and American natives). “Mericle’s exploration of these two locations prompts speculation about history’s ability to manifest its theoretical and material legacy within the physical landscape,” Torchia says.

Faculty/Staff Talent Show

Student Programming Board will be sponsoring a Faculty/Staff Talent Show on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each, with all proceeds benefiting the winning act’s charity of choice. Each act must be approved by the Executive Board and must be between five and eight minutes long. Faculty and staff who would like to participate can fill out a Faculty/Staff Talent Show submission form and e-mail it to Fundraising Chair Megan Mullaney at Or leave a message for her with the necessary information at 215-572-4684. Responses will be accepted until Friday, Sept. 14.

HIV counseling and testing, Sept. 20

Student Health Services is offering HIV counseling and testing the first Tuesday and third Thursday of each month. The next test date is Thursday, Sept. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Claire A. Washington, Director of Student Health Services, 215-572-2844.

Rome Opportunity for Faculty, Staff

Alumni travel Program to RomeFaculty and staff are invited to join Arcadia alumni and friends in 2008 for an eight-day winter getaway to Rome. Part of the Arcadia University Alumni Travel Program, the trip offers a great deal and flexible sightseeing options. “You can pick what you want to do, either with the group, or on your own,” says Alumni Director Georgene Pilling ’04M. The Rome 8-Day Winter Getaway is Dec. 30, 2007, to Jan. 6, 2008, and costs $1,599 for double occupancy. Deposits are due by Sept. 21.

Lecture Series on Inspirational Feminist Psychologists

The Association for Women in Psychology, Philadelphia Chapter and the Arcadia University Department of Psychology present their 2007-08 lecture series. Dr. Sara J. Corse, Clinical Director at the Council for Relationships, will discuss Healing Relationships: Three Generations of Loss and Discovery, on Friday, Sept. 28. All lectures are held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Landman Library University Gallery Room on the campus of Arcadia University.

Corse will address the Multigenerational aspects of the mother-daughter relationship during care-giving and grieving at the end of life. The potential for women in the “sandwich generation” to transform their relationships with their mothers and offer important lessons to the next generation will be discussed. Three paradoxes of family relationships will be explored: 1) liberating constraints: how we are freed by the bonds that connect us; 2) embracing impossibility: how we can activate new possibilities for relating to one another when we are emotionally present in the face of our inadequacies; and 3) spiraling into centeredness: how the loss of control can lead to a deeper sense of being grounded.

For more information on registration contact Carol Lyman at 215-572-4693.

Campus Happenings

Welcome New International Students!

New International Students  
New International Students at President Jerry Greiner’s home (from top to bottom and left to right):Yifei (China), Enya (China), Na Eun (South Korea), Haoshu (China), Jinhee (South Korea), Vicky (China), Danielle (Northern Ireland), Dhanushi (I-PAL, Sri Lanka), Alex (Canada), Cristina (Colombia), James (China), Tian (I-PAL, China), Eshaaq (Afghanistan) and Bwer (DR Congo)  

Arcadia University is the new home for 18 international students who begin their studies at Arcadia this semester. The undergraduates arrived from Afghanistan, Canada, China, DR Congo, India, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Poland, and South Korea. New graduate students come from Bermuda, Colombia and Indonesia.

The rain in August did not stop the students from enjoying an orientation that included an indoor picnic at President Jerry Greiner’s home, a trip to the King of Prussia Mall, bowling and a short tour of historic Philadelphia. Arcadia faculty and staff participated in several information sessions for the students to familiarize them with the new academic system and services on campus. Also assisting in this effort are the Arcadia I-PALS (peer mentors) who will work with this group throughout their first semester. 

The new international students as well as the returning international students play an important part in Arcadia’s globalization efforts. Please join the Office of International Services in welcoming all the new international students.

New Students Give Day of Community Service

  Students at Cradles to Crayons  
  Students volunteering at Cradles to
Crayons in Horsham, Pa.

On Monday, Aug. 27, as part of New Student Orientation, students took part in Community Service Day, volunteering with various agencies in the greater Philadelphia area. This year, 476 students and staff participated, donating 1,733 hours. Since the program began in 1991, Arcadia students have done 25,915 hours of service for children’s homes, helped senior citizens in nursing homes, built and rehabilitated housing, worked in foods banks, and cleaned up community parks. Among the many sites students worked as this year were Willow Grove Community Development Corp, Norristown Variety Club, Fishtown Recreation Center, Hatboro Impact Thrift Store, Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, Cradles to Crayons in Horsham, Elkins Park High School Park, St. Mary’s Villa for Children in Ambler, and Briarwood Nature Center in Abington.

Pony visits campusHave You Seen This Pony?

Someone on campus finally got their birthday wish—a pony! (Well, at least a visit from one.) Please e-mail if you can identify the luck birthday girl and others in this photo.

sports update

Field Hockey Wins 7-1 in Opener

Field Hockey opened the season posting a big 7-1 win at Cedar Crest College Saturday afternoon in non-conference play. Following 70 minutes of textbook hockey, the Knights saw contributions up and down the roster with both veterans and first years credited with goals. “Everyone contributed in this game. It was really exciting to watch with pretty connections all game long,” boasts first-year head coach Colleen Carney. Senior Devin Long, sophomore Luminita Hamilton, junior Beth Harris, and first-years Chelsea St. Onge-May and Abby Frymire scored goals for the Knights. Sophomores Brittany Rassmussen and Rachel Palis were hardly contested while splitting time in the cage. Long scored a natural hat trick to give her team the 3-0 lead early on in the second half. The Knights (1-0) on Wednesday, Sept. 5, host familiar rival Gwynedd-Mercy College (coached by former AU coach and field hockey standout, Laura-Ann Lane and assisted by Kristin Law '07).

Volleyball Goes 2-2 in Invitational

The Women's Volleyball team earned the first two wins of the season Saturday at the Haverford College Invitational, before dropping two on Sunday to open the season 2-2 overall. The Knights rolled past Rutgers-Camden 3-0 (30-15, 30-13, 30-7) before outlasting St. Anselm in four games, 3-1 (31-29, 23-30, 32-30, 30-27). On Sunday, Arcadia dropped a hard fought 3-0 match to Villa Julie (19-30, 28-30, 28-30) before losing 3-0 to Neumann College (18-30, 13-30, 21-30). First-year outside hitter Natasha Wetten was named to the All Tournament team. Wetten led the Knights with 42 kills and 37 digs while fellow first year Kimberly Lomas tallied 10 solo blocks as middle hitter in the Knights’ debut.

Women’s Soccer Third in Invitational

Women’s Soccer posted 3 second half goals to hold off Montclair State on Sunday in the consolation game of the 2007 Haverford College Kickoff Tournament, finishing the weekend 1-1. The Knights finished third in the four team invitational. Junior transfer Cassandra McLaughlin, senior Danielle Discher, and first-year Janelle Jablonski all posted scores for Arcadia. Senior keeper Michelle Leone’s solid play in the pipes allowed her to make nine saves to keep Montclair State at bay in the 3-2 win. The Knights fell 2-0 to host school Haverford on Saturday. The Knights (1-1) are off until the weekend when they travel to Drew University. They will play first round opponent Richard Stockton College on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Drew.

Men’s Soccer Takes on Franklin & Marshall

Men's Soccer opened the 2007 campaign 0-2 following tough weekend losses at the Dickinson College Invitational in Carlisle. The Knights dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in the opening game against Franklin & Marshall College. On Sunday, the Knights battled host Dickinson College, where they failed to post a goal, allowing two Dickinson goals in both the first and second halves for the 4-0 loss. The Knights were outshot 24-10 on the weekend, with four shots on goal coming from senior co-captain Andrew Plunkett. Sophomore keeper Jeff Kratohwill played 155:46 minutes in goal, allowing four goals while making 18 stops. First-year keeper Kevin Gallagher debuted with 24:14 minutes in goal, allowing one past with one save.

Women’s Tennis Hosts University of Sciences Thursday

Women's Tennis vs. Gwynedd-Mercy

Women's Tennis dropped a tough season opening match to Gwynedd-Mercy College, 9-0 on Friday in Glenside. While the Knights were unable to win a point on the day, the lineup featured a mix of returnees and first-year players who experienced their first competition as team this season. The Knights (0-1 overall) on Thursday, Sept. 6, host the University of the Sciences at 4 p.m. at the Weiss Tennis Courts in Glenside.

Athletics news and schedules are available at

Publication Information

Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein. Videos: Janet Gala, University Relations. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, Web Communications Manager and Assistant Director of University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

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