September 18, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 18, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Grad Students Research Classic Question: Pat’s or Geno’s?

Geno's Steaks in South PhiladelphiaBy Bridget Curtis ’08

“Is that wit or witout?” That’s the question Dr. David Wohlsifer’s students asked this summer as they attempted to settle that classic Philadelphia question, “which is better, Pat’s or Geno’s?” Pumping some Philly flavor into their coursework, students in his public health class took on a meal of a research project with cheese steaks.

With a classroom full of new graduate students who had just come to Arcadia from all over the country, Wohlsifer knew his students were adjusting not only to a new school but also to a new city. While eager to begin coursework, the students also were curious about their new surroundings. Wohlsifer decided to help the students kill two birds with one stone by introducing them to one of the city’s most famous institutions…the cheese steak. “Since they needed to learn how to set up a research design, we thought this may combine both goals,” he says. “It would be a full research project including review of literature, administering of surveys and drawing conclusions.” Read more.

Grants Workshops Designed for Faculty, Staff

Dr. John R. Hoffman, Associate Dean for Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities, and Barbara Sheehan, Grants Officer, will share information about how to prepare grant proposals and seek external support for faculty research or program ideas at two grants workshops for faculty and staff in September. Learn about colleague collaboration, appropriate sources of grants, policies and procedures for submitting grant proposals, and support systems available to Arcadia’s faculty or staff. Choose from one of two sessions:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the University Gallery (includes refreshments).
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the University Gallery (includes lunch).

RSVP to Cathy Gemmell by Sept. 21.

Faculty Focus on Global Learning in Math, Science

Arcadia faculty at Sonoma State meeting
From left, Norah Shultz, Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Peter Appelbaum, Gregg Moore, Julia Plummer, Lauren Howard, and Louis Friedler. Photo by Jeff Shultz.

 “Team Arcadia (as I came to call us) spent five days this summer at Sonoma State University, working both within our team and also with faculty and administrators of 15 other colleges and universities on ways of infusing global learning into science and math courses,” reports Dr. Jeff Shultz, Assistant Provost for Special Projects. The team consisted of Dr. Peter Appelbaum (Science Education), Dr. Louis Friedler (Mathematics), Dr. Lauren Howard (Biology), Gregg Moore (Ceramics, Fine Arts), Dr. Julia Plummer (Science Education), Shultz (Education/Provost's Office), Dr. Norah Shultz (Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education), and Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester (Education and Director of Global Connections). “At our team meetings, we focused on developing ideas for university seminars, ways of linking courses and curriculum across a student's four years at Arcadia, and how to assess students' reflections regarding study away.”

Career Development Block Party, Sept. 25

Block PartyDon ’t miss the Career Development Block Party on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. behind Knight Hall (or in the Dining Hall in case of foul weather).

All students are invited to have dinner at this cookout, dance to music provided by our DJ Nick Luchko, and shoot hoops with the Sixers. Students can get some entertaining perspectives of their career potential—through the eyes of a Tarot card reader or a caricature artist. For those interested in a career in Student Affairs or Higher Education Administration, a more serious conversation can be found at the “Mentor is In” booth. Talk with professionals in Student Affairs about strategies to get into a meaningful career. Pick up materials about graduate programs and professional organizations at this event that provides a fun opportunity to take a look at some serious issues—without any pressure or anxiety! Eat, Educate and be Entertained!

Wanted: Arcadia Ambassadors

“Are you looking for a way to be more involved on campus that works according to your schedule?” asks Dan Yannuzzi. The Office of Enrollment Management is looking for current Arcadia students who would like to assist in recruiting new students. Arcadia Ambassadors is a volunteer organization whose members are featured in online profiles that prospective students can view and contact through e-mail. “This gives you the chance to share your knowledge of what it’s really like to be an Arcadia University student with people who are considering attending the University,” Yannuzzi adds. Ambassadors also have the option to participate in several open houses and online chats each semester, both of which come with a “thank you” reward. To become an Ambassador or for more information, contact Yannuzzi in the Office of Enrollment Management at

upcoming events

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

Blood Drive, Sept. 19

One hour of a donor’s time at the blood drive could mean a lifetime for a hospital patient. The Physician Assistant Student Society is hosting a Blood Drive at Grey Towers Castle on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click here to view available times and to schedule a donation appointment.

Moving Meditation, Tuesdays and Thursdays This Fall

The Won Institute joins with the Wellness Services (Student Health Services and Counseling Services) to provide Moving Meditation again this semester, starting the week of Sept. 18 in the Library Gallery. Moving Mediation will be Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This one-hour, bi-weekly program includes yoga and stretching, sitting meditation and moving meditation. The benefits of this free class include the following:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Relax tension in the mind and body
  • Achieve deep breathing through moving postures
  • Promote improvement in mental, physical and emotional well-being
  • Enhance balance in mind and body
  • Increase moment-to-moment awareness

For more information, contact Claire A. Washington, MSN, CRNP, Director of Student Health Services, 215-572-2844.

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.

Grad School: Explained! Oct. 3

Considering graduate school? Go through the application process and get answers to questions on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the University Gallery Room in Landman Library. This session is sponsored by the Office of Career Development.

Writers Return: Sunshine O’Donnell and Open Me, Oct. 3

Author Sunshine O'DonnellAuthor Sunshine O’Donnell returns to Arcadia University on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Brubaker Hall, Room 204, as part of Arcadia’s Alumni Writers Return to Campus Series. Her first novel, Open Me, was recently selected for the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” series. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Open Me will be on sale, and a book signing follows the reading.

O’Donnell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and Theatre Arts from Arcadia University in 1999. Open Me has received national acclaim. Publisher’s Weekly: “O’ Donnell’s prose is deft and accomplished” Knoxville Voice: “Feverishly beautiful and achingly sad…clean and smooth as a quiet stream, with images that linger long after the book is closed.” Open Me also was featured in Poets & Writers Magazine, Advance Magazine, Martha Stewart’s Body & Soul Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle,,, and The Norton Anthology of Best Creative Nonfiction has published her essay, “Consumption.”

At the age of 5, O’Donnell knew that she wanted to be a writer. She was a journalist for the Northeast Times from 1994-99. Besides her work as a journalist, she is an award-winning poet and essayist and founded The Coffeehouse Project, an educational writing, arts and science program for under privileged children in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

Practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT Tests, Oct. 13

Kaplan Testing will be on campus Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to offer practice tests for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT. The give back date is Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Brubaker 201. Please register with Career Development by Wednesday, Oct. 10, by calling 215-572-2939, stopping by the office in Knight Hall, Room 133 or e-mailing the following information to first and last name, e-mail address, phone number and campus mailing address.

Check the online Events Calendar at

sports update

Arcadia Athletics Photos Now on Shutterfly

University Relations has established an account with Shutterfly, an online photo sharing Web site, to provide easy access to sports photos. Through Shutterfly, you can view photo albums of games as well as purchase reprints of individual photos. The cost per photo is the minimum allowed by Shutterfly. Click on a Shutterfly icon to view team photo albums.

Volleyball Nets Historic First Freedom Conference Win for Arcadia

Volleyball added three wins and a single loss to the 2007 campaign as the team’s record improved to 6-5 overall. The week began with a 3-0 shutout at Delaware Valley College. This win marks not only the team’s historic first win as Freedom Conference members, but the school’s first conference win since joining the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation this August.

On Saturday, the Knights took in another weekend tournament where they sandwiched two wins with a loss 3-0 loss to Washington College (MD). In their first win of the day, Arcadia outlasted host school Penn State Berks 3-0 (30-19, 30-10, 30-25) and topped Delaware Valley College for the second time in three days, this time, Delaware Valley going the distance as Arcadia needed 5 games to seal the 3-2 win, 27-30, 30-18, 30-28, 28-30, 15-7.

The Knights will look for conference win number two when they host DeSales University, Tuesday at 7 PM. Non-conference Valley Forge Christian College will visit Glenside on Thursday for a 7 PM match.

Eight Knights Light Up for Goals in Women’s Soccer

Janelle Jablonski  
First-year Janelle Jablonksi keeps her eye on the ball.  

Arcadia sports photos are available on ShutterflyWomen’s Soccer improved to 3-2-1 on the season with after ending last week 1-0-1. In Wednesday’s home opener against Rutgers University-Camden, the Knights saw a two-goal lead slip away in the second half and were unable to take advantage of two overtime periods, settling for the 2-2 tie.

It was a chance for an exciting group of first-year players to display their soccer abilities in front of the home crowd. First-year Katie O'Malley aced a direct kick that spun off the goalkeeper's hands and in for the 1-0 Arcadia advantage in the 22nd minute of play. In the second half, Arcadia came out sharp shooting, and all but a goal post kept first-year Janelle Jablonksi from upping the score in the opening minutes. Arcadia would find another post in the 65th minute, this time after junior forward Sam Calhoun danced around her defender at the top of the circle and sent the ball off the post and in for the definite 2-0 lead before Rutgers-Camden came back to tie.

On Saturday, the Knights exploded for nine goals at former conference rival Cedar Crest College. Three Arcadia players tallied two goals apiece in the non-conference win. Jamie Bradford, Stephanie Bates and Jablonski each had two goals for the Knights, while Patty Rob, first-years Dana Faulks, and Stephanie Edson scored one goal apiece. Senior Michelle Leone stopped four of five Falcon shots to pick up her third win of the season.

Plunkett Shines on Both Defense and Offense

  Jeff Kratohwill
  Jeff Kratohwill leaps for a save.

Arcadia sports photos are available on ShutterflyMen’s Soccer continues to experience some early season growing pains, ending last week 0-1-1. Still in search for their first win of the season, the Knights did solve the drought on offense with a pair of goals at home against Neumann College on Saturday.

The Knights began the week at #1 ranked York College (PA), where they fell 4-0 in a game that featured two quality defensive performances from senior back Andrew Plunkett and sophomore keeper Jeff Kratohwill. Plunkett virtually erased York’s top offensive threat Andrew Wheeler, while the sophomore keeper thwarted off the majority of York’s shots on goal.

On Saturday, the Knights fell behind Saturday afternoon to former PAC rival Neumann College, eventually settling for a 2-2 draw after two overtime periods failed to yield a winner. Neumann went on the board 38:50 into the game when a through ball was played and shot past Kratohwill to the corner. The Knights answered with a goal of their own at 50:09 when Plunkett headed a corner attempt home to knot the game at 1-1.

Neumann went up a goal at 53:14 as Jesse Urguhorf made good on a goal kick 18 yards out that beat Kratohwill to the opposite corner before two first-years connected for Arcadia with under four minutes to play to send the game into overtime. Arcadia’s George Andriko sent a cross into the goal mouth that found the head of Matt Nowicki, who tied the game at two apiece.

Arcadia now stands at 0-4-2 and will travel to Steven’s Technical Institute on Thursday, Sept. 20, for an 8 p.m. match under the lights.

Doubles Victories Highlight Freedom Inauguration Match

Women’s Tennis dropped the first Freedom Conference match to the Valiant's of Manhattanville College on Saturday afternoon. The Valiants won five of six singles points, after the Knights took two of three in doubles play to open the match.

Cory Mazen paired with Danielle Klim at #2 and Jennifer Cardinale paired with Brittany McCall at #3, both winning by identical 8-6 scores. Cardinale won Arcadia's sole singles match, defeating the Valiant’s Julia Romano 6-4, 6-2.

Arcadia sports photos are available on ShutterflyThe Knights have another Freedom Conference match at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Athletics news and schedules are available at

In the News

Students in the News

Karen Whyte, who is enrolled in the Superintendent’s Certificate program at Arcadia University, has been hired by the Tredyffrin Township as the new principal at New Eagle Elementary School in Wayne, Pa.

Dr. Barbara W. Burke-Stevenson, who earned a Superintendent Letter of Eligibility in 1997, has been hired as the acting superintendent for the Methacton School District, effective Aug. 13, as reported in the Aug. 9 The Times Herald (Norristown, Pa.).

Rachel Morgan-Wall, a graduate student majoring in Education, was mentioned in a story in the Aug. 8 Trend (Abington and Jenkintown, Pa.) on her involvement with the Willow Grove Day Camp where she directs the camp’s Repertory Theatre program. The story reports that Morgan-Wall makes sure that all campers get to have a moment in the spotlight in whatever production they are part of, setting Willow Grove apart from other camps. This year’s productions include The Jungle Book Kids for campers between the ages of 7 and 9 and Seussical Junior for campers between the ages of 10 and 14.

Richard Haydt ’85, who earned an M.S. in Physical Therapy, has been appointed an assistant professor in physical therapy at Misericordia University, as reported in their online campus news bulletin. Haydt holds a doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Augustine.

Anna Stauffer ’27 is celebrating her 100th birthday on Aug. 6, as reported in the Aug. 1 East Penn Press (Allentown, Pa.). Stauffer is the grandmother of 18 and the great-grandmother of 36.

Faculty in the News

Thomas M. Brinker, Professor of Accounting, and W. Richard Sherman pf St. Joseph’s University co-wrote the article “You Can’t Take It With You: The Required Minimum Distribution Rules” in the September 2007 Journal of Financial Service Professionals.

Dr. Kathleen Mangione, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy, and her students recently completed a balance screening at a local continuing care community, testing more than 80 elders who were incredibly fit and mentally and socially engaged, as reported in the July 2007 PT Magazine in the article “Physical Fitness for Special Populations: Geriatrics.” Mangione said, “When talking with them about their activity levels, the large majority walked almost daily, worked out in the gym with strength training equipment three times per week, and were busy with social activities the other times.”

Dr. Cindy Reedy Kennedy, Adjunct Professor of Education, was quoted in the Aug. 1 Metro Kids Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.) in the article “Keys to Sibling Sitter Success.”  “Parents need to ease into sibling sitters, just as they ease in to any new stage of development with their children,” she said.

Alumni in the News

Amy Strauss ’07, a Print and Video Communications graduate, was pictured in the Aug. 23 Boyertown Area Times on her recent graduation from Arcadia. She is pursuing a career in journalism and continues to write for Philadelphia City Paper as a food columnist.

Josh L. Hitchens ’07, who earned his B.F.A. in Acting, directed the play Info-Boy! at the Cheltenham Art Center on Aug. 17, 18, 24 and 25, as reported in the Aug. 8 Glenside News and in the Aug. 9 Colonial and Globe (Fort Washington, Pa.). The playwright Albert Fried-Cassorla said of Hitichens, “The director, Josh L. Hitchens, sets a great tone…. He enjoys the script, which is essential for [the play] to succeed.” Also in the play were actors from Arcadia University.

Kathryn May ’06, who participated in several trips abroad while at Arcadia, recently earned her master’s degree and certification in Secondary Education in English through University of Pennsylvania, as reported in the Sept. 9 Lowell Sun (Lowell, Mass.).

Linda J. Chamberlin ’70, has been elected to the 15-member board of directors for the National Association of Elementary School principals, as reported in the August 2007 Harford Business Ledger (Aberdeen, Md.).The association serves 30,000 elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada and overseas. Chamberlin will serve a three-year term as director of a district representing elementary and middle school principals in Maryland., Delaware, the District of  Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia and Ohio.

Publication Information

Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant and Joy Zazzera, Athletics Sports Information Director. 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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