September 25, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 25, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Students: ‘We Have the Power to Make a Change’

Arcadia Black Awareness Society Rally for Jena 6

While thousands of people were filling the streets of the small town of Jena, La., last week protesting what they considered overly harsh charges again six black teens accused of beating a white classmate, students at Arcadia made their own voices heard. They began with a symbolic group portrait under a tree, followed by a rally.

At Jena High School, it was known as “the white tree” until a group of black students took their turn in its shade. The aftermath included nooses hung from the tree the next day, suspension of several white students, a fight, and charges against several black students. Arcadia’s Black Awareness Society held a rally on Sept. 20 in support of the "Jena 6." Wearing black and standing beneath a tree, the students symbolized their support, said Maya D. Stewart, Vice President of the Black Awareness Society.

Adds Brittany Mitchell ’10, “I feel as though the tree was important because it made us realize that we should have an understanding about what’s happening in the world. I realize that if we want to change things, we need to group together.”

“If we come together, we have the power to make a change, and by us having the rally, it proves that we can bond as a people and work together as a community,” says Natalie Harris ’08.

“We’re going to be the means to help spread the word, and hopefully justice will prevail,” concludes Renneth Gray ’08.

Get Ready for Homecoming, Family Weekend

Fall FestFall Fest ’07 combines Alumni Homecoming with traditional Family Weekend activities on Oct. 5-7. This celebration of the Arcadia family includes a concert, picnics, soccer games, and a carnival of activities. Invitations have been mailed to alumni and parents, and students are encouraged to attend the many events—including the annual fireworks over Landman Library.

Family Weekend: Families of Arcadia students are invited to arrive early on Friday and attend class with their students. They also can attend the Parents’ Network Meeting, tour Grey Towers Castle, check out the Career Workshop, and enjoy Student and Faculty Features. Then it's on to the fun—a picnic, a carnival and movie for younger family members, and a “casino” for all ages in the Castle. Click here for more information.

Alumni Homecoming: Special events celebrated during Fall Fest will include a Career Workshop, Student and Faculty Features, Fall Fest Carnival and picnic lunch, flag football game with Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD), and fireworks. Children, families and alumni of all ages are welcome! Click here for more information.

Route 309 constructionEaston Road, Route 309 Ramps Open

Newly rebuilt ramps reopened Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the interchange of the Route 309 Expressway and Easton Road near Arcadia University. After rebuilding this section of Route 309, PennDOT reopened the Route 309 South ramp to Easton Road as well as Easton Road ramps to Route 309 South and North. The fourth ramp at the interchange, northbound onto Route 309 to Easton Road, remains open to traffic. More information about Route 309 construction is available at:

Endrikat Joins Career Development Team

Lisa EndrikatStop by 133 Knight Hall to meet the newest addition to the Office of Career Development (and to fuel up with coffee and treats). Lisa Endrikat rejoins the Arcadia staff in her new role as Assistant Director of Career Development after graduating in May with an M.S. in Higher Education Counseling from West Chester University. She previously worked in Arcadia’s Office of Enrollment Management as an Enrollment Management Counselor from 2004-05. During her time away from Arcadia, Endrikat completed an internship at Penn State Delaware County in Advising and Career Services and held positions of Graduate Assistant and Graduate Hall Director for West Chester’s Office of Residence Life and Housing.

As the Assistant Director, Endrikat will have primary responsibility for employer relations in addition to general career counseling and development. “I am very excited to be back on campus and assisting Arcadia students and alumni in my new role. Career Development has always been a passion for me, and I am lucky enough to do what I love every day,” says Endrikat. “My dedicated role in working with employers will help secure much-needed connections for our students in regard to internship and job prospects. It is my hope that students and alumni will take advantage of this and the many resources in Career Development!”

upcoming events

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

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!

Inspirational Women in Psychology Lecture Series, Sept. 28

The Association for Women in Psychology, Philadelphia Chapter and the Arcadia University Department of Psychology present their 2007-08 Inspirational Women in Psychology 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.

College Day on the Parkway, Sept. 29

All area students are invited to College Day on the Parkway on Saturday, Sept 29. Arcadia students can take advantage of a shuttle service throughout the day, starting at 10 a.m. and picking up every two hours from the Taylor Hall parking lot. Buses will be dropping off at the Art Museum and South Street. Buses are FREE of charge to all students. The last shuttle leaves Arcadia at 8 p.m. for the city, and the last shuttle out of the city is at 9:15 p.m. at South Street. Music this year includes Talib Kweil, the Ataris and Against Me!

Dance Group in Puerto Rican Day Parade, Sept. 30

On Sunday, Sept. 30, the Latino Association’s Puro Ritmo dance group will be performing at the Puerto Rican Day parade in Philadelphia. The parade begins at 11:45 a.m. and will take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Come out and enjoy the parade, says Latino Association President Hilda Rivera.

HIV Counseling and Testing, Oct. 2

Student Health Services is offering HIV counseling and testing each month. The next test dates are Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon and Oct.18 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, contact Claire A. Washington, Director of Student Health Services, 215-572-2844.

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.

Fall Fest Football with GOLDFall Fest Football Challenge, Oct. 6

With the fall season comes Football! Come play, watch, eat and cheer as the GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) alumni come to campus for the second annual Flag Football game and Picnic. Challenge them at Fall Fest, Saturday, Oct. 6, 5 to 7 p.m. on the Blankley Field Hockey Field. Show the young alumni that they are not as young as they think!  Contact Shana McGlinchey at 215-572-2098.

Team Presents Dinner with Phil Martelli, Oct. 8

The Arcadia University Women’s Basketball team hosts a dinner to benefit the Literacy Program of Philadelphia and the basketball team at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, at Grey Towers Castle on Arcadia’s campus. The keynote speaker is Phil Martelli, men’s basketball coach at St. Joseph’s University whose first book was released in September.

The cost is $50 per ticket. To purchase tickets, call Women’s Basketball Coach Shannon Howley at 215-572-2978, Those in attendance could win a free youth clinic with the Arcadia Women’s Basketball team. A silent auction will be held with numerous items available. The wait staff will be composed of the AU basketball team.

In Martelli’s book, Don't Call Me Coach: A Lesson Plan for Life, co-written with Harold Gullan, he recounts what he has learned from more than 30 years of coaching at the high school and college levels. One of America’s most colorful, outspoken, and successful coaches, Martelli compresses his three decades of experience into a 10-point “lesson plan for life,” a message addressed to teachers, parents, educators, and business executives—anyone who plays the role of coach in daily life.

Gallery Opens Season with Video Works

Other Islands at the Arcdia University Art Gallery
Still from television footage, photograph by Sharon Hayes (at left). Baroda Picture Gallery, 19th-Century European Room (A Mix of Originals and Copies), photograph by Danielle Mericle (right).

The Arcadia University Art Gallery opens the 2007-08 season with Other Islands, recent video works by Sharon Hayes and Danielle Mericle that 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. Visit for more information.

Fall Health Fair, Oct. 11

The Fall Health Fair is Thursday, Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Walk of Pride, outside the Dining Complex. Join more than 15 local organizations, including Arcadia’s Physician Assistant and Physical Therapy students, providing blood pressure screenings, hearing and vision testing, HIV counseling and testing, and other great health information. The Won Institute will provide a Tai Chi demonstration from noon to 1 p.m. by Rev. Song, and members from the Acupuncture program will provide information. This Wellness event is open to the entire University community and sponsored by Student Health Services.

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.

Soccer Duo Earns Freedom Conference Honors

Stephanie Bates Michelle Leone  

Arcadia sports photos are available on ShutterflySenior forward Stephanie Bates and senior keeper Michelle Leone have been selected as Freedom Conference Player of the Week and Freedom Conference Goalie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 23. The women’s soccer players are the first Arcadia student-athletes to receive this distinction since the University joined the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation in August.

Bates tallied two goals in a 3-0 week for Arcadia. She capitalized on a goalie mistake and scored the game-tying goal against Widener on Saturday in Arcadia’s 2-1 come-from-behind win; added an insurance marker at Gwynedd-Mercy to secure Arcadia’s 2-0 win on Thursday; and tallied two shots on goal while providing many touches that led to shots on goal against Philadelphia Bible, where the Knights won 1-0 in the final three minutes of regulation. The goals were her third and fourth of the season. She is tied for second on the team in points with 9.

Leone posted a 0.33 GAA, .917 save percentage and two shutouts in a 3-0 week for the Knights, who improved to 6-2-1 on the year. She ended a near flawless week in the pipes in a 2-1 win over a tough Widener squad that sent in eight shots on goal, allowing only one past in the 75th minute before the Knights scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the final 10 minutes of play to give Leone her sixth win of the year. Widener gave up two goals in the final 10 minutes and had its seven-game unbeaten streak halted while the Knights are on a five-game unbeaten streak of their own.

Field Hockey: St. Onge-May Scores Twice in Cliffhanger

Beth Harris Joanna Born Morgan Hasson  

Arcadia sports photos are available on ShutterflyThe Field Hockey team survived a tough week with two losses at home and its first Freedom Conference loss of the year. The Knights, of Neumann College, handed Arcadia’s Knights a 3-1 loss to begin the week, and the Valiants of Mahattanville College sent Arcadia packing with a 4-0 loss, but it was their mid-week game that had fans on the edge of their seats.

First year Chelsea St. Onge-May scored twice, and junior Beth Harris once, but the Knights couldn’t quite catch visiting Philadelphia Bible as the Crimson Eagles held onto to a narrow 4-3 win in Glenside on Thursday. The Crimson Eagles took an early 1-0 lead six minutes into the game before Harris answered in the 11th minute to tie the score at 1-1. The Crimson Eagles scored near back-to-back goals in the 18th and 19th minutes of the first half to give the visitors a 3-1 halftime lead.

Arcadia needed only two minutes into the second half of play to bring the score within one as sophomore Joanna Born funneled a pass to first-year St. Onge-May for her first of two on the day. The Crimson Eagles retook their two goal lead in the 51st minute to make the score 4-2, but the Knights kept the offensive pressure on, and in the 60th minute junior Morgan Hasson threaded a pass to St. Onge-May, who knocked in her second of the day, to put her team within one, but no closer as the final stood 4-3.

Men’s Soccer Sets Sights on Conference Play

Jeremie Sumpman Jeff Kratohwill  

Arcadia sports photos are available on ShutterflyThe men’s soccer team kicks off Freedom Conference play on Saturday, Oct. 6, (Fall Fest weekend) with DeSales University visiting Glenside. In the meantime, the Knights were outscored a combined 8-1 against #11 Stevens Tech and Villa Julie in week four. Now standing at 0-6-2, second year coach Derrick Ayer’s youth-filled squad has the opportunity for three more non-conference match-ups with quality competition, which means more time for cohesion.

First-year Jeremie Sumpman netted Arcadia’s only goal in the 0-2 week in Saturday’s match-up at Villa Julie. That goal stood for the halftime advantage only to be answered twice by Villa Julie, 2-1.

Starting keeper Jeff Kratohwill has racked up 703 minutes in goal for the Knights and has held Arcadia within respective reach on many occasions. He is anxiously awaiting the chance to give his team its first victory.

Volleyball Improves to 8-7

Natasha Wetten Christina DiMichelle  

The Knights split two home matches and two away matches as a 2-2 week improved their overall record to 8-7. Arcadia fell to 1-1 in Freedom Conference play when DeSales University used strategy to defeat Arcadia 3-0 on Tuesday. Thursday found the Knights cruising past Valley Forge Christian College in three straight. First-year Natasha Wetten paced the Knights with 10 kills and 16 digs, while Christina DiMichelle notched 13 digs for AU.

Sam Schad Jenn Ihle  

The weekend saw Arcadia easily defeat Lehman College 3-0. Junior Sam Schad led the Knights with a stellar hitting percentage of .714, which included 11 kills and 5 digs, while Wetten added 9 kills and 9 digs.

William Patterson University posted a 3-0 win over Arcadia (27-30, 27-30, 24-30) in the nightcap. Wetten posted 12 kills and 18 digs, Jenn Ihle 20 digs, and DiMichelle had a team high 22 digs in the loss. Arcadia travels to Freedom Conference opponent King's College Wednesday, Sept. 26, for a 7 p.m. match-up.

First Win for Women’s Tennis

Arcadia sports photos are available on ShutterflyThe Knights welcomed former PAC rival Rosemont College to campus Sept. 18, and the Ramblers never outwore their welcome. Aside from two battles of the number ones, the Knights took advantage of a slim Rambler lineup to post the 7-2 decision in their first win of the 2007 season. Rosemont's #1 Priyanka Reddy, the 2006 PAC Rookie of the Year, stunned Arcadia's #1 Cory Mazen 1-6, 0-6 in singles play after Reddy teamed with Kristi Bannon at #1 doubles defeating Arcadia's Irina Smason and Sarah Lapp 4-8.

Later in the week, the team used a 9-0 loss at Freedom Conference opponent King’s College on Thursday to fuel a 6-3 win at former PAC rival Immaculata on Saturday. King’s held the Knights to no points on Thursday as Arcadia dropped to 0-2 in conference play.

On Saturday, Arcadia took 2 of 3 from doubles and won #3 through #6 singles, posting a 6-3 non-conference victory over Immaculata University. Irina Samson and Sarah Lapp won at #2 Doubles, 8-2, while Brittany McCall and Jennifer Cardinale cruised to the 8-1 win at #3 Doubles. Corey Mazen dropped a tight #1 singles match, 6-7(4-7), 5-7, and Danielle Klim fell at #2 singles, 4-6, 0-6, but the Knights earned wins at #3 singles (Samson) 6-0, 6-2, #4 singles (Lapp) 6-0, 6-1, #5 singles (McCall) 6-3, 6-4, and at #6 singles (Kristen Paula) 6-2, 6-3. The 2-4 Knights host Freedom Conference opponent FDU-Florham Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m.

Athletics news and schedules are available at

In the News

Alumni in the News

Robert Clothier ’77 was featured in the Aug. 25 Bucks Country Courier Times in the “Getting to Know” column. Clothier is president of The Playmasters theater in Neshaminy State Park and oversees the community theater. He was quoted as saying that the “best thing about community theater involvement at Playmasters is making people laugh. We only do comedies. In today’s environment, that’s important.” His wife, Joanne Clothier, is also a 1977 graduate with an M.A.Ed.

Linda Marie Pongonis ’07, who earned her B.S. in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology is teaching English in Tokyo, Japan, at Toyoma Japan Schools, as reported in the Aug. 22 Leader-Enterprise, (Coudersport, Pa.). Pongonis also studied abroad in England in 2006 and traveled to Merida, Mexico, for the World Model UN in March 2006.

Jennifer Brittingham ’04, now a master’s student in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, has been selected as a graduate student leader for the Pennsylvania Counseling Association for 2007-08. The Association only selects five students from all of the counselor education programs in Pennsylvania. The criteria for the award is that a student is entering into the final year of his or her counselor education training, has leadership potential as recognized by the faculty in the department, and demonstrates a commitment to the counseling program.

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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