Arcadia Forges New Thinking on Special Education
For today’s schoolteachers, it’s not business as usual when it comes to the traditional delineation between general and special education classrooms. Arcadia faculty and students are challenging the norm—and finding they can raise the bar for everybody. Educators, now being measured on student outcomes, are finding that challenging long-held notions on classroom structure can have surprising results—both for individual students and for whole schools at a time.
Read about how Arcadia faculty and area schools are Rethinking Education, and see videos from Arcadia’s norm-shattering Inclusion Institute, where teams of educators from schools across the Delaware Valley come together to explore new paradigms in both general and special education. Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Graduate Special Education program, is a driving force in inclusive educational practices in Pennsylvania. In collaboration with Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Associate Professor of Education, Coordinator of English as a Second Language programs and Director of Global Connections, Slesaransky-Poe founded Arcadia’s Annual Inclusion Institute (AAII), now in its second year, with funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Hot Topics in Special Education Policy, Oct. 24
Find out more about Pennsylvania's Special Education Regulations from Dr. Linda Rhen, Special Assistant to the Secretary in the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as she discusses “Hot Topics in Special Education Policy” on Wednesday, Oct. 24. She will review special education issues and their implications for students and schools as part of the University Colloquium Series, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms, with a reception at 7 p.m. and lecture at 7:30 p.m. The state is revising its regulations, and public input is an important part of that process. Stakeholders, including schools, parents and organizations are all participating in the discussion on issues that include positive behavior supports, identifying students with learning disabilities, and staff training requirements. Questions and discussion will follow Rhen’s presentation, which is free and open to the public. Act 48 credit is available.
Neural Stem Cells: a Cure-all for Neurological Conditions?
Vitetta Memorial Lecture, Oct. 25
Scott Stackhouse, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy at Arcadia
University, will address “Neural Stem Cells: a Cure-all for
Neurological Conditions?” as he delivers the Stacy Anne Vitetta
Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stiteler Auditorium
in Murphy Hall.
In recent years, the use of stem cells to treat and cure the debilitating
effects of chronic neurological conditions such as spinal cord injury,
stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease has been debated
widely. In the Vitteta Memorial Lecture, Stackhouse will discuss the
origin of neural stem cells, examine the successes and failures of treatments
in animal models of spinal cord injury and report on his own experiences
using these unique cells to attempt to improve the ability to grasp objects
by rats after incomplete spinal cord injury. Read more.
Reference Librarians Ready to Help
Landman Library now has six full-time reference staff available to assist students with their research questions. This group, consisting of librarians and experienced library staff, mans the reference desk during the day, evening and weekend hours at the library. “We know students sometimes start their work after dinner, so we have a librarian available until 10 p.m. four days a week,” says Calvin Wang, Sciences Librarian. “Even when there isn’t a librarian at the reference desk, you can e-mail, call or Instant Message us with any of your questions. So if you have a question about your research or can’t find a book or article, feel free to come to the Reference Desk, located near the entrance of the Library.” Meet the reference staff.
Greening the Campus
By Jeff Murphy ’08
Recycling: The biggest thing that Facilities accomplished this summer with regards to the environment is the expansion of the recycling program to the classrooms, the residence halls, many of the academic hallways and all of the 175 off-campus apartments in Oak Summit and Manor. This effort to expand the recycling program has resulted in a previously unprecedented amount of recycled material. We now recycle more paper, glass, aluminum and plastic than the University has ever before. This summer we laid the foundation for Arcadia’s entrance into national recycling competitions such as RecycleMania (the largest of the national competitions). In addition we are also looking into the creation of an intra-campus recycling competition that would pit one residence hall against another to see who can produce the most recycling.
PhilAbundance: Another notable environmental initiative that took place over the summer was the groundwork for a partnership between Parkhurst Dining Services and PhilAbundance, a local food rescue organization. This partnership will allow PhilAbundance to put to use the food that would otherwise be discarded, helping to feed the hungry and undernourished of Philadelphia. Read more.
Campus Achievement Award
Full-time undergraduate students who are involved on campus are encouraged
to apply for the Campus Achievement Awards. Students must demonstrate
service and leadership on Arcadia’s campus or in the local community,
have financial need and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above.
The deadline to apply is Nov. 1 for consideration for the Spring 2008
here for an application.
New Campus Group Focuses on Peace
Kelley Glenn, a Political Science major, attended the Student
Peace Alliance National Conference 2007, “Our Generation
Calls for Peace,” Oct. 19 to 21 in Waltham, Mass. “Over the
summer, I joined the Roosevelt Institution Student Think Tank and started
the first chapter at Arcadia University, which we call RICA (the Roosevelt
Institution of Arcadia University),” Glenn notes. “Students
associated with the Roosevelt Institution from another campus have
created this National Conference.” The conference speakers included
Betty Williams, Arun Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi's grandson), Trish Jones
and Will Spencer.
“I am going because it is necessary for students to care. So often
people complain without any intention of creating solutions. This conference
will allow student attendees to attend a series of speeches about nonviolence,
create some form of solution for current affairs and address the issue
of the HR 808 Bill (the House bill to establish a U.S. Department of
The Love of the Nightingale, through Oct. 28
The Love of the Nightingale, written by Timberlake Wertenbaker, is an explosive drama about the power of words and the price of using violence to enforce silence. The show is based on the legend of Philomele and Procne, two royal sisters from ancient Greece who are taken to barbaric Thrace by King Tereus. This story has inspired Sophocles, Ovid and Shakespeare, and continues to fascinate today. Read more about who is in the play and Jonathan Shandell's discussion of "What is a myth?"
Location: Arcadia University Theatre, Mainstage, Spruance Fine Arts Center
Performances: October 19-28; Thur., Fri., & Sat., 8 p.m. • Sat. & Sun. 2 p.m.
Tickets: Call 215-572-2112 or order
Internship and Job Fair, Oct. 23
“Does your major require an internship for academic credit? Do
you want to explore career options and gain relevant experience? Are you
currently seeking employment? If an internship or job is in your future,
mark your calendar for Career Development’s Internship and Job Fair,”
says Mike Hertel, Director of Career
Development. The Internship and Job Fair is Tuesday, Oct. 23, from
4 to 6 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. “Whether you are a first-year
student or senior, the fair offers a chance to network with a range of
employers seeking Arcadia students for a wide variety of positions.”
Plan on attending? “Bring several copies of your resume, a professional
and enthusiastic attitude, and dress in business casual attire,”
adds Hertel. Click
here for a complete listing of companies, positions and preferred
majors. For more information, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939,
or stop by Knight Hall, Room 133.
Bookstore Closes for Inventory, Oct. 22 to 23
The Arcadia University Bookstore will be closed Oct. 22 and 23 for inventory.
The bookstore will reopen on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 9 a.m., notes Store
Manager Meg Lavan.
What’s Up on Wednesdays, Oct. 24
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. in the first floor lobby of Boyer Hall, Arcadia’s departments of Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice will host “What’s Up On Wednesdays,” an information session for all undergraduate students who are looking to expand and explore graduate study. This information session includes information from the University of the Sciences on its M.S. in Health Policy, M.S. in Biomedical Writing, M.S. in Health Psychology and M.O.T. Occupational Therapy. For more information, contact Dottie Ettinger, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspirational Women in Psychology Lecture, Oct. 26
The Association for Women in Psychology’s Philadelphia Chapter
and the Arcadia University Department of Psychology present a lecture
on Friday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. in the Landman Library University Gallery
Room on the campus of Arcadia University. The lecture is part of the Inspirational Women in Psycholody Lecture Series.
Dr. Linda Knauss, Associate Professor and Director of Internship Training
at Widener University will discuss “Feminist Perspectives on Ethics.” The
learning objectives of this lecture are to have participants learn a
relational-emotional approach to ethical decision making; enhance skills
in evaluating boundary issues; expand perspectives on cultural diversity
and discuss feminist perspectives on cultural diversity. Click
more information on registration or contact Adjunct Professor Carol
Celebrity Masquerade Ball, Oct. 26
Residence Hall Council and the Black Awareness Society present a Celebrity
Masquerade Ball, “A Night on the Red Carpet,” on Friday,
Oct. 26, from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Grey Towers Castle. Tickets are on
sale Oct. 15, 16 and 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to
6:30 p.m. in front of the Dining Hall. Each student can purchase two
tickets. Students must have ID to purchase tickets and must bring their ID to
the ball, and all guests must have one form of ID. Tickets are non-refundable.
For more information, e-mail ResidenceHallCouncil@arcadia.edu.
New Date for Kaplan Practice Tests, Oct. 27
The Kaplan Practice Tests (GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT) that had been scheduled
for last weekend have been rescheduled. They are being made available
Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign-up is with the Office
of Career Development, Knight Hall, Room 133, or by calling 215-572-2939.
Or e-mail the following information to email@example.com:
first and last names, e-mail address, phone number. The deadline to sign
up is Wednesday, Oct. 24.
This Year’s Haunted Castle, Oct. 27
Society for Castle Restoration (SRC) will host again The Haunted Castle
in Grey Towers Castle on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are
$5 for adults and $3 for children and students with I.D. The event is
open to everyone and features a kid safe tour and an older tour for students
as well as adults. This year’s theme is “The Girl
of Grey Towers,” a tale of a little girl's journey through
her favorite children’s tales. For more information about the event, contact SRC at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Student Activities at 215-572-4082.
Want to Play in Clay? Bowl Painting Oct. 29
Come paint a bowl to donate for use at the annual Empty
Bowl Dinner benefit.
Students are welcome! Bowl painting is Monday, Oct. 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. Session will
held in the Oak Summit C Building Social Room. Spaces are limited; e-mail
Community Service at email@example.com or
Knight Madness Returns, Nov. 1
The third annual Knight Madness will be happening on Thursday, Nov.
1, at 10 p.m. in the Kuch Gymnasium. This event, sponsored by Residence
Hall Council, once again will rock Arcadia’s campus with the announcement
and recognition of all the athletic teams and will be highlighted at
midnight with the introduction of the men’s and women’s basketball
“During the past two years, more than 1,500 students, faculty,
staff and alumni have attended Knight Madness, and if you asked anyone
they will tell you it’s a great night to be a KNIGHT!” notes Nick
Luchko, Area Coordinator. “Over $2,000 worth of prizes
will be handed out throughout the night as well as different giveaways
as you enter the gym.” Clubs, organizations, residence halls and
commuters are encouraged to show how much spirit they have by creating
banners to decorate the gym. Knight Club, Exaulted Movements and the
Cheerleaders will all take the floor throughout the night. There will
be class relay races to add money to their budgets, and the faculty and
staff will try to avoid going 0-3 in the Faculty/Staff vs. Students basketball
game. Also, someone will walk away with $500 in cash at the end of the
night. The first 100 students will receive a free ticket to Opening Night
for the 76ers on Nov. 3. The best part about this event is that it’s
FREE! For more information about this great event contact Residence Hall
Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Career Networking Luncheon, Sign Up by Nov. 2
The Career Networking Luncheon is Friday, Nov. 9, from noon to 2 p.m. In this annual event, seniors and juniors come together with alumni over luncheon, giving students an opportunity to make connections with people who are successfully employed in their area of study. Sign up by Friday, Nov. 2, with the Career Development Office in Knight Hall, Room 133, phone 215-572-2939, or e-mail email@example.com. Please leave your name, phone number, e-mail address, major and intended career field.
SAA Coffeehouse, Nov. 2
Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) will be hosting their annual coffeehouse
Friday, Nov. 2 from 8 to 11 p.m. in The CHAT performance area. SAA coffeehouses
are known for their diverse performers, from singing to poetry, and dancers
to bands. If you or anyone you know is interested in performing, contact Barry
Hendler at extension 2430 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is event is free and open to the public.
Sing, Read or Dance at SAA Coffeehouse, Nov. 2
Do you want to read your poetry? Sing a song? Perform a dance? Tell some jokes? Student Alumni Ambassadors is looking for performers for its annual Coffeehouse on Friday, Nov. 2, from 8 to 11 p.m. in The CHAT. “If you don’t perform, stop by and grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some snacks and good entertainment!” says SAA President Barry Hendler. For more information or to register yourself or a group, contact Hendler at email@example.com.
Ralph Nader: ‘An Unreasonable Man,’ Nov. 6
The ITVS Community Cinema film series is taking off in its first year at Arcadia, a new host site for the monthly film screenings showcasing the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Last week more than 50 people viewed Miss Navaho, co-sponsored by the Southeastern Cherokee Confederacy and Arcadia’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Office of International Services, President’s Office and University Relations. Each screening is followed by a discussion about the timely and important social issues highlighted in the film. A guest speaker from the Southeastern Cherokee Confederacy, Chief Buffy Red Feather Brown, led the October discussion, with panelists Dr. Jonathan Church, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, and Phoenix Qayyum, Public Relations Officer with the Southeastern Cherokee Confederacy. Click here to view screening schedule.
All films are free and open to the public. The next showing is An Unreasonable Man by Stephen Skrovan and Henriette Mandel. This film takes an unsparing look at Ralph Nader, one of the most important and controversial political figures of our time, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall. Representatives from the Political Science Department and the student-run club Politically Incorrect are panelists for November’s post-screening discussion.
Civility in Action Leadership Discussion, Nov. 7
A Civility in Action Leadership Discussion with Daniel Dotse and Sadik Antwi will be held Nov. 7 in the Library Gallery Room from 7 to 9 p.m. Civility in Action is an initiative to encourage Arcadia University's campus to move from a civility statement to actions. Discussions feature young people who have taken leadership to advocate for or otherwide engage their community to champion a social justice issue. This free event is presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
14th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner, Nov. 12
This year, the Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner will be held Monday, Nov.
12, in Grey Towers Castle. Two sittings will be
hosted, 4:30 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Empty Bowl Dinner is designed
for everyone in the community to come together and fight hunger and homelessness.
Those who join in the Empty Bowl Dinner choose a handcrafted bowl, made
by Arcadia students and local artists when they arrive. Faculty, students and staff can participate
by donating soups, desserts and bread for the dinner and/or buy a ticket
and attend the benefit dinner.
The proceeds from the dinner are shared between two organizations:
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Philadelphia, a local agency that
provides temporary shelter and food to homeless families, and the Heifer
Project International, which provides animals and training to those in
the United States and around the world to help promote self sufficiency and a
better quality of life. Tickets will be on sale Nov. 6 to 8
during lunch in The Chat and outside the Dining Hall at dinner. Tickets
are $12 for students and $15 for non-students. Each person is asked to
bring a non-perishable item, which will be donated to a local food bank.
Volunteers who would like to cook or who have any restaurant or bakery
connections, contact Cindy
Rubino in the Office of Community Service at 215-572-4000.
International Education Week, Nov. 12-16
Celebrate other cultures and make global connections during the upcoming International Week activities. The week is sponsored by Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad, Community Services, International Club, International Programs and Initiatives, International Services, Modern Languages, Multicultural Affairs, Parkhurst Dining Services and Student Activities. Click here to view schedule.
For more information see the Online Events Calendar on MyArcadia.
Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.
Fireworks, Flag Football and Lots of Fun at Fall Fest
The Knight Sky was filled with color and sound as a dazzling display of fireworks lit up the campus on Saturday, Oct. 6, for Fall Fest. Alumni returned to campus for Alumni Homecoming, and families visited students for Family Weekend, and everybody gathered under on Kuch Field for fireworks in one of Fall Fest’s most popular events. The night concluded with casino-like games in the Castle and a concert in The Chat. Afternoon activities included a picnic, carnival, men’s and women’s intercollegiate sporting events, and a flag football game with Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD). Fall Fest is an annual event. For more information, visit www.arcadia.edu/fallfest.
Look Who’s Talking
Find out What's Happening! in the Communications Department’s source for events, topics, people and discussions on the industry. Dr. Shekhar Deshpande updates it on a regular basis. Brittany McCall, Matt Benner and Shannon McMullen are telling prospective students what their lives are like at Arcadia. If you’re interested in blogging for Enrollment Management, e-mail Collene Pernicello.
Arcadia Alumni Baseball Tournament Renews Ties
On Saturday, Oct. 13, food, fun and renewing friendship ruled as Arcadia baseball alumni from 2000 through 2007 and the squad of current baseball players played a four team softball tournament. The 2000-03 players were the victors. Thanks go out to the parents of the current players who put together an amazing spread of food. “Most of the alumni players are still close to this day, and it’s not just the getting together, but the chance for all of us to be in one place and have some fun with an athletic program that allowed us all to become close friends,” said coach Kevin Woodbridge.
Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities
2007 Region II Leadership Award to Valverde
Kathleen Valverde, Assistant Professor and Director of Genetic Counseling, was awarded the Region II Leadership Award from the National Society of Genetic Counselors. She has worked in Region II since her graduation from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to her clinical experience at several locations in the New York area, Valverde has been involved in the training of hundreds of genetic counselors as Fieldwork Placement Facilitator at Sarah Lawrence and more recently as Director of the Arcadia’s Genetic Counseling program.
Throughout her career, Valverde has been active in many of professional organizations, including NSGC, ABGC, Philadelphia Genetics Group and the Genetics Network of the Empire State. She served on NSGC Board of Directors as regional representative from 1996 to 1998 and chaired the Region II conference in 1998. She served as an ethics subcommittee member from 1999 to 2002. For ABGC, she has served as a site visitor for accredited training sites and as a member of the nominating committee. She is currently in the midst of a six-year term on the Board for Jane Engleberg Memorial Fellowship and is serving as treasurer.
Valverde also has been very involved in the cystic fibrosis community, working on the abstract review committee for the CF foundation annual conference, the CF DNA steering committee for the Genetic Network of the Empire State and as the chair of the NSGC Cystic Fibrosis Ad Hoc Committee in the early 1990s. She has contributed to the Journal of Genetic Counseling and Perspectives many times, including recently a personal account of BRCA family history.
Dr. Sandra Hordis, Assistant Professor of English, and Paul Hardwick have compiled and edited a new book of essays, Medieval English Comedy: Profane Arts of the Middle Ages (Brepols Publishers), which explores the elusive and somewhat puzzling subject of comedy as it is represented in the cultural artifacts of the English Middle. The book will be available Nov. 30.
Thomas M. Brinker, professor of accounting, presented “Understanding Tax Benefits and Traps in Planning for Families (with a Special Focus on Parents of Children with Special Needs)” on Oct. 4 at Penn State Abington’s Continuing and Professional Education program and was also a presenter at the Financial Service Forum 2007 on Friday, Sept. 28, in Montreal, Canada, on “Choosing a Business Entity: A Focus on Tax Conduits and Asset Protection Issues.”
Dr. Archie Vomachka, Professor of Biology, published “Mammary gland homeostasis employs serotonergic regulation of epithelial tight junctions,” an article he co-authored with colleagues from the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University (OH). The article appeared in the October 16, 2007, issue of PNAS: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (Vol. 104, No.42). Homeostatic control of volume within the alveolar space of the mammary gland has been proposed to involve a feedback system mediated by serotonin signaling. In this article, the authors describe some of the mechanisms underlying this feedback based on studies of a human normal mammary epithelial cell line and mouse mammary epithelium.
Deborah Pomeroy, Associate Professor/Director for Science
Education Research, will be featured as one of the presenters at the
Conference on Research in Mathematics and Science Education:
Building a Culture of Evidence for Effective Practice. The conference
takes place Saturday, Oct. 27, from 8 to 3 p.m. in the M. Carey Thomas
Library at Bryn Mawr College. Topics presented during the conference
include “Teacher Quality, Quantity and Diversity,” “Measuring
Student Achievement,” “The Role of School Leaders in Math
Reform,” and “Modeling in Science.” The conference
is open to the public at no charge.
The Math Science Partnership of Greater Philadelphia (MSPGP) is a nation
of Science Foundation funded research project at La Salle University
involving 46 school districts, 125 schools, and 13 college partners in
the Greater Philadelphia Region. MSPGP works with education policy makers,
administrators, and college faculty to design and implement comprehensive
research based strategies to improve learning for secondary and post-secondary students. To learn more about MSPGP, visit www.mspgp.org.
Plunkett, Benner Pace Men’s Soccer in 1-1 Week
Men’s Soccer found the win column against their former PAC conference foes Gwynedd-Mercy in a 3-1 win but closed the week with a tough 4-2 Freedom conference loss to King’s College.
The Knights stand at 2-12-2 overall and sixth place in the Freedom standings with a 1-3 record. With two games on tap to round out the regular season schedule, Arcadia is in a tough position for a playoff berth in the Freedom Conference Championships, which begin on Oct. 31.
The team will host FDU-Florham (1-1-2 Freedom) at home Oct. 25 and travel to Wilkes University (3-1) on Oct. 27 in the two most important games of the season.
The veteran duo of senior Andrew Plunkett and junior Matt Benner, who have erupted for 8 of the teams last 10 goals, will look to provide continued leadership as the team makes a push for a hopeful playoff berth.
At Gwynedd-Mercy, Benner scored twice and Plunkett added a late penalty shot to help the Knights hold off the Griffins, 3-1. In the team’s sole conference match-up of the week against King’s College, Plunkett opened up the first half scoring, only for the Monarchs to answer two minutes later to knot the game at 1-1. The tightly contested match saw the Knights out-shoot their opponents 16-8, but the Monarchs tacked on three unanswered scores prior to Plunkett’s penalty kick to cut Kings’ lead to 4-2 before the Knights ran out of time.
Plunkett was honored prior to the start of Saturday’s game. To date, the senior captain has totaled 14 goals, including four game winners, and seven assists for 35 points. He has missed just five games, playing 75 with 73 starts. His single season high came last year with 14 points, including the assist on the game winner with under a minute in regulation helping the Knights to their fourth PAC championship in a 1-0 win over Alvernia.
Volleyball Seeks Playoff Berth
While the Knights suffered a 0-3 week in non-conference play, they return to conference action this week against Wilkes and Manhattanville hoping to clinch a playoff berth.
The team began the week with a 3-0 loss at former PAC rival Gwynedd-Mercy College before dropping two matches at Sunday’s tri-match against another former conference rival Misericordia (3-0) and William Patterson (3-0).
At 9-13 on the season (2-2 Freedom), the Knights is looking to sure up some inconsistencies on offense and reduce the number of errors at the net before Wilkes comes to town on Wednesday. They will get an opportunity when non-conference Penn State Berks visits on Monday evening.
In the meantime, the team will continue to look to their entire lineup for a balanced attack.
Sam Schad put up 28 kills on the week with only six errors and 31 digs. Kim Lomas tallied 30 kills and 7 blocks while Natasha Wetten added 29 kills, four aces and 24 digs. Christina DiMichelle dug 54 balls while Rachel Glass and Maci Mascall dished out 54 and 37 assists, respectively.
Paula Leads Women’s Tennis at MASCAC Individual Tournament
Sophomore Kristen Paula notched Arcadia's best performance at this weekend’s MASCAC Individual Championship, advancing to Sunday’s Final Four round at #6 singles. On Saturday, the feisty #6 player won both her quarter-final and semi-final matches to advance to Sunday's final four matchup.
Paula squeaked out her quarter-final first set against Albright's Gaby Toda 7-6 before cruising to the 6-1 second set win for the straight set victory that moved her into the semi-finals.
Upon defeating Manhattanville's Julia Romano, 6-0, 6-3, Paula moved on to face Katie Buckley of Wilkes University. After dropping the first set 6-1, she put forth a valiant effort in game two, coming back to knot the score at 5-all, before Buckley won points 6 and 7 to seal the 7-5 win and the match.
Other strong performances from the Knights included Irina Samson, Danielle Klim, Cory Mazen, Sara Lapp and Brittany McCall. Although they did not advance to singles play on Sunday, they displayed toughness, not backing down against hard-hitting Freedom and Commonwealth opponents.
Irina Samson put up a tough fight in the semi-finals of first singles against Lycoming's Rebecca Reynolds, going to the third set tie breaker, which ended in Reynold's favor, 7-5, 4-6, 6-0. Danielle Klim dropped her quarter-final match at first singles to Kristen Hunter of King's, keeping Hunter on her toes for both sets in the eventual 6-3, 6-4 loss. Cory Mazen, playing at #3 singles due to injury, was defeated by Manhattanville's Ariane Lewis 6-3, 6-0 in her quarter-final match.
Four singles featured Sara Lapp matched against King's Amanda Marchina in the quarter-finals, where Lapp went down in two, 6-2, 6-4. Five singles featured senior captain Brittany McCall paired against King's Lizzy Walpole in the quarter-finals with Walpole winning 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles action also provided solid performances from the Knights, as Danielle Klim and Cory Mazen were sent away with a 8-4 loss against King's Amanda Marchica and Jillian Tallarico. At three singles, Brittany McCall paired with Kristin Paula and nearly pulled off the win against Christy Rossowski and Maria Cometa from King's, eventually succumbing to the Monarchs in an 8-6 battle.
The Knights’ exit from the tournament concludes their season under first-year head coach Melissa King. Arcadia’s first season in the Freedom Conference was highlighted by a huge 5-4 win over FDU-Florham, the team’s sole conference win on the year. Other season highlights included a 7-2 win over Rosemont, a 6-3 win against former PAC rival Immaculata and a 9-0 blanking of Philadelphia Bible. The team played with tremendous heart all season and will sadly miss the leadership of seniors Brittany McCall, Amanda Sekerke and Jaclyn Zukowski next season.
Two Shutouts and Goals Highlight 2-0 Week for Women’s Soccer
The Knights posted a dozen goals while holding their two opponents scoreless, as the team improved to 12-3-2 overall and 2-1-1 in Freedom play. After having their 11-game unbeaten streak snapped by Manhattanville on Oct. 13, the Knights struck for seven unanswered goals against cross-town rival Chestnut Hill, and then showed their dominance against Freedom opponent King’s College in a 5-0 victory on senior day.
On the week, juniors Sam Calhoun and Cassandra McLoughlin led the Knights with seven and six points respectively, with McLoughlin posting a team-high three goals in the 2-0 week. First-year Janelle Jablonski added five points, while classmate Dana Faulks added a pair of goals. Junior Jamie Bradford and first-year Katie O’Malley chipped in with a goal and an assist apiece, while senior Stephanie Bates scored a goal. Seniors Patty Robb and Kaitlyn Adams each added an assist.
Senior keeper Michelle Leone picked up her sixth shutout of the season, one away from the single-season mark of seven set by Latoya Jackson in 2000. The netminder sports a goals-against average of 1.03 and a .769 save percentage.
The playoff-bound Knights have two conference match-ups remaining to determine the team’s final placement in the conference standings. (1-3) FDU-Florham visits Glenside on Oct. 24 before the team travels up the turnpike to play at (4-0) Wilkes University on Oct. 27.
The Knights will lose seven seniors when the 2007 season concludes: Stephanie Bates, Katelyn Adams, Kaitlyn Adams, Patty Robb, Danielle Discher, Michelle Leone and Kat Kraemer. The seven seniors all have been impact players during the last four years, highlighted by the program’s fourth PAC Championship title, the first under coach Brownell, and a trip to the NCAA Playoffs that same year, where they suffered a heartbreaking 3-2 loss on penalty kicks to Haverford College. This group has been a part of four impressive unbeaten streaks: six games in 2004; 10 games in 2005; seven games in 2006 and 11 games during the 2007 campaign.
Field Hockey Concludes Season
Following an 0-3 week, the field hockey team says goodbye to three seniors while looking forward to what should be a very hopeful year in 2008. The team dropped a 3-0 contest to FDU on Wednesday and a 4-2 game at Wilkes on Thursday before ending the year with a disappointing 5-0 loss at Delaware Valley College on Sunday.
This week's highlight was the performance of sophomore keeper Brittany Rasmussen, last week’s Knight of the Week. Rasmussen faced a flurry of shots all week, 58 to be exact, and stopped all but 12. Her game high came in the team’s season-ending contest against the Aggies on Sunday, where she put on a clinic with 23 saves, a single-game career high for the netminder.
Senior Devin Long closed out her Knight career with a goal at Wilkes, with Morgan Hasson scoring the other in a 4-2 loss. Along with Long, Amy Frymire and Hannah Kahn conclude their collegiate playing careers. The Knights certainly will miss their leadership in 2008.
Junior Beth Harris topped all scorers for Arcadia, posting 20 points (8G, 4A), followed by Long with 16 points (8G), and first-year Chelsea St. Onge-May with 11 points (5G, 1A). Sophomore keeper Rachel Palis finished the year 3-6 with one shutout (.423 GAA/.700 Save %) while Rasmussen finished 2-6 (.424 GAA, .797 Save %).
The Knights' defense should be commended for their efforts in the backfield. While the Knights failed to post a conference win, the defense did an admirable job blocking passes and denying scoring opportunities.
Athletics news and schedules are available at www.arcadia.edu/athletics.
In the news
Faculty in the News
Professors and poets Tyler Dougherty and Leif
Gustavson are the hosts of a five-week after
school writing workshop known as “Quí Vive! The 4:00 Experiment,”
as mentioned in the Thursday Oct. 11 issue of the Chestnut Hill
Local. The program began Oct. 15, and runs every Monday and Wednesday
at 4 p.m. The program is open to students in 8th through 12th
and allows its participants to create their own work to share at a
public reading in the final workshop session on Wednesday, Nov.
14. Students’ writing will also be incorporated into a professionally
bound anthology, published in the winter. Quí Vive!, formally
known as the Young Writer’s Project, offers after school classes
and workshops and a summer poetry workshop. For more information on
Quí Vive! and the fall writing workshop, contact Leif Gustavson
or Tyler Dougherty at (215) 572-2118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in the News
Bridget Cowher, a first-year study abroad student at
Arcadia, had a photo posted in the Oct. 10 The Patriot-News (Harrisburg,
Pa.) standing in front of A.K. Davidson Hall, University of Stirling,
in Stirling, Scotland.
Alumni in the News
Richard McLaughlin, who in 1986 earned a B.A. in Psychology
and a Certification in Special Education, is Solebury School’s
newest Learning Skills teacher, as posted Oct. 10 in the BucksLocalNews.Com. He also holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from
Temple University (1996) and in 2006 passed the Praxis in Environmental
Melissa Woodley ’07, who earned a B.A. with a concentration
in Print Communications, is now an assistant editor of the Tri-County
Record (Pottstown, Pa.), as reported by the new editor,
in their online edition Oct. 23. While at Arcadia, Woodley wrote
for The Towerand did an internship abroad
in London last summer at The Pass, a travel magazine. She also interned at Philadelphia Style magazine.
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