November 13, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
November 13, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Stalking: Recognize It, Prevent It

Women and Violence ForumOn Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 5 to 6:30 p.m, attend Stalking: Signs, Response, and Prevention, the final event of the Women and Violence forum, in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. Find out what constitutes stalking and what can be done about it from Deanna Linn, Director of Volunteers at the Montgomery County Women’s Center. Whether harassment occurs on campus, or in cyberspace, the result is often the same: Victims feel powerless, afraid, and aren’t aware of the resources available to help them. The workshop is open to the public. Refreshments and pizza will be provided.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, the Black Male Development Symposium and the Office of Student Affairs. It began this morning with a panel discussion in the Castle Mirror Room, followed by "Narratives of Micro-Aggression," presented by seven Arcadia students—Kim Burton, Jessica Charette, Jessica DeLeo, Katie Dickerson, Rachel Fiorot, Megan Lamothe, and Jade Mostyn. View schedule.

Faculty, Staff Mentors Named for Previews

London PreviewForty faculty and staff mentors have been selected to accompany first-year students to London, Scotland and Spain, as well as transfer students to Italy, in Arcadia’s distinctive spring Preview programs. Click here for the just-released list of faculty and staff mentors.

London/Scotland/Spain Preview is a spring break adventure for first-year students at Arcadia University. Italy Preview is for transfer students. Begun in 1994, the Preview programs have grown in popularity. First-year students contribute $245 for a week-long visit to a major European capital. This includes air and ground transportation, accommodation and programmed activities. The trip is designed to be fun and educational. Students get to visit the theatre, historic sites, cathedrals, museums, neighborhoods and more. Students who participate in Scotland or Spain Preview will earn two credits for course work completed before, during and after spring break. Transfer students pay $550 for the Italy Preview and earn two credits.

Posting Policy Applies to Fliers on Campus

As interest in the next Presidential election begins to build, it is a good time to remind the University community about the policy for the posting of fliers on campus, notes Dean of Students Jeff Ewing. The posting policy is intended to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to share events important to them without negatively affecting the ability of others to do the same. Student organizations and University offices are able to post items on campus as long as they are clearly marked as coming from that office or organization. Anyone else posting notices on campus is limited to just 10 copies of an item, and these must be stamped by either the Conference Services Office or the Student Affairs Office. These notices can be posted for only two weeks. Items posted on campus must be placed on bulletin boards (except for those designated for a department) or tack strips and cannot be posted on glass or surfaces where damage could occur. People posting notices may not remove, move or alter the postings already in place. The posting policy is available in the Student Affairs office, and any concerns or violations may be reported to Student Affairs. “Thank you for your cooperation,” Ewing notes.

Faculty, Staff Needed for Late Night Breakfast

BreakfastStaff and faculty are needed to help cook, serve and clean for Late Night Breakfast, planned for Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 10 to 11:30 p.m. in the Dining Hall. Staff and faculty who would like to help with cooking, serving, or cleaning should be there by 9:30 p.m. To participate, please e-mail Bre Donnelly, Area Coordinator for the Castle, Kistler, and Thomas Halls, or Laura Bickert, Area Coordinator for Dilworth, Heinz, and Knight Halls. “Please encourage other members of your staff or department to participate as well,” says Donnelly. “Thank you for your support and have a happy holiday!”

Thanksgiving Pie Sale

Order fresh-baked Thanksgiving pies—pumpkin, apple and pecan—from Arcadia Dining's own Pastry Chef Dan Marcombe. For every pie sold, 50 cents will be donated to Arcadia Student Government Organization—as if you needed an incentive to indulge. All orders must be placed by Tuesday, Nov, 13. Pay by cash, check, or credit card. Pick up pies in the Dining Hall on Monday, Nov. 20, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Contact Sara Goodwin with questions at or at 215-572-2311.

Custom Regalia/Academic Attire Sale

John D’Orta from Oak Hall Cap and Gown will be on campus Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 1:30 to 4 p.m., in the Castle Rose Room. Receive a 10 percent discount on custom-made regalia if you place your order by Nov. 30. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase academic regalia at a discounted price. Photos of regalia can be viewed at A wide array of fabrics are available, and all robes come with embroidered initials and a garment bag for storage at no extra charge.

Get Ready for Spring 2008 Course Registration

Spring Registration IconIt’s time to talk to advisers, pour over the course listings and plan what to take for the Spring 2008 semester. New this year: Registration materials and instructions are available on the Web instead of being mailed to undergraduate students.

Course listings are available online at Printed course listings are available at various locations on campus, including Brubaker, Boyer, Taylor (Registrar’s Office), Kuch Center, Landman Library, the Commuter Lounge, Oak Summit, Murphy and other locations. Course listings will be mailed to part-time graduate students.

Each student can access his or her individual degree progress and Academic Plan via IQ Web (click on Student Information on MyArcadia). Registration instructions for graduate and undergraduate students are available at

Priority registration for Spring 2008 runs until Nov. 16. Priority registration is the earliest date students can register. After Priority Registration ends, Open Registration continues until classes begin on Jan. 14.

Share Thanksgiving with an International Student

Thanksgiving is a truly American tradition, and the Arcadia community is invited to help share this tradition with international students. Faculty, staff and students are invited to open up their homes and host an international student during Thanksgiving break from Wednesday, Nov. 21, to Sunday, Nov. 25. “This experience is a great way for both host families and international students to learn about each other’s cultures,” says Supinda Sirihekaphong, Assistant Director of International Services. “If you are interested in being a host family, please contact the Office of International Services at 215-572-8557 or e-mail by Nov. 6.

upcoming events

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

Sean Duffy: The Grove, through Dec. 20

The GroveThe Arcadia University Art Gallery presents The Grove from now until Dec. 20. An installation by Los Angeles-based artist Sean Duffy, The Grove engages visitors in a unique participatory experience. The project is composed of 18 turntables, each linked to 20 speakers suspended from the ceiling on hand-made supports that resemble picnic tables. A selection of albums by instrumental and vocal performers at each turntable allows participants to change the sound environment interactively. With close to 400 speakers, The Grove creates a canopy of sound from a collective-community orchestration of ever-evolving musical compositions. Click here for more information.

International Education Week, Nov. 12-16

International WeekCelebrate 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.

Brother Poets Kick Off Writers Series, Nov. 16

Simpson BrothersBrothers David and Daniel Simpson will appear at Arcadia University for the first presentation in the 2007-08 Writers Series on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the Rose Room, Grey Towers Castle. David Simpson was awarded the 2007 Montgomery County Poet Laureateship, and Daniel Simpson received the Poet Laureate of Lansdowne in Delaware County. Both poets are legally blind. This event is free and open to the public. A CD of the Simpsons reading their poetry will be on sale at the reading. A reception is at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Richard Wertime, 215-572-2963. Read more.

Bookstore Customer Appreciation Days, Nov. 27-28

Bookstore Customer Appreciation Days will be Tuesday, Nov. 27, and Wednesday, Nov. 28. Customers will receive 20 percent off clothing and gifts; already-reduced items and Vera Bradley items will not be included in the sale.

All Staff Invited to Assembly, Nov. 28

All staff are invited to attend the Staff Assembly on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Castle Rose/Mirror Rooms. The agenda includes updates from President Jerry Greiner as well as Facilities, Information Technology and the Middle States accreditation review. “Philly-style” refreshments will be available courtesy of the President’s Office, with opportunities to win valuable door prizes. The Aids Quilt will be on display in the Grand Hall, as well.

Theatre: Carnival, Nov.29-Dec.9

CarnivalThe musical Carnival is a magical show of circus performers and clowns and a reminder of the redemptive power of love, based on a book by Michael Stewart with music and lyrics by Bob Merrill. Lili finds herself the star attraction of the carnival when she becomes the close friend of an unlikely set of puppets. The cynical puppeteer Paul is secretly in love with Lili but unable to speak with her directly. The musical will be held at the Mainstage.

For ticket reservations, e-mail, call 215-572-2112 or use the online reservation system, TicketLeap. Tickets can be purchased online up until Thursday before weekend performances.

Staff Council Helps at Philabundance Food Bank, Dec. 1

Staff Council is sponsoring a trip to the Philabundance Food Bank on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon. To participate, please e-mail Nick Luchko at or Michele Leftwich at Spots are limited, and family members are encouraged to help out! For more information, visit Philabundance.

3rd Annual Benefit Bowl-a-Thon, Dec. 2

Roll for a good cause with Genetic Counseling students at Thunderbird Bowling Centers in Willow Grove. The Bowl-a-Thon runs from 1 to 4 p.m. and benefits the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund, which helps families caring for seriously ill children with their uninsured expenses. A $20 donation includes use of equipment and rental shoes. (If you cannot make it, sponsor a bowler.) For more information contact Kathy Valverde, Director of Arcadia University Counseling Program, at or 215-572-4058.

Check the online Events Calendar at

campus happenings

Students, Alumni Network at Career Luncheon

By Alia White ’08

Networking Luncheon 1Students and alumni gathered to talk about careers and future plans at the Career Networking Luncheon on Nov. 9 in Grey Towers Castle. The luncheon was designed to give students the opportunity to network with successful alumni. With graduating years ranging from 1965 to 2005, career mentors discussed fields including psychology/counseling, business, sociology, communications and education.

The Career Networking Luncheon is a wonderful opportunity for Arcadia students. Kamia Carter ’09, who is majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, knows the importance of networking. “Career networking is great because you get to meet people in your field who are pursuing the careers we aspire to do. Meeting these people personally gives me the reassurance that finding a job is possible.” After graduation, Carter plans to continue her education at Arcadia, pursuing a master’s in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling. “My life’s goal is to help children.” Read more.

Empty Bowls Overflow with Generosity

Empty BowlHundreds of campus and community members joined the fight against hunger and homelessness on Monday, Nov. 12, at the annual Empty Bowl Dinner in Grey Towers Castle. Since 1993, Arcadia University has been holding the Empty Bowl Dinner to help fight hunger and homelessness in U.S. cities as well as other countries. This year’s proceeds went to Heifer Project International and the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Everyone who attended selected a handcrafted bowl made by Arcadia students and local artists in and the around the community. An assortment of mouth-watering soups, amazing breads, and desserts were donated by local restaurants including the following: 211 York, All Ways Café, Anne’s Kitchen, Athena Restaurant, Austrian Village, Baker Street Bakery, Bredenbeck’s Bakery, Brittingham’s, Carrabba’s, Cin Cin, Elcy’s Café, Flourtown Bakery, Joe’s Market, Night Kitchen Bakery, O’Neil’s Food Market, Phil’s, Rizzo’s, Tortillas, Weinrich’s Bakery, Whole Foods in Jenkintown, Zake’s Cakes. Special thanks go to Parkhurst Dining Services and Eastern Montgomery County Vo Tech. View video and list of contributers. Click here for photos from event.

Knight Madness Rocks Kuch;
Faculty, Staff Battle Students in Friendly Game

Knight MadnessKnight Madness—If you didn’t catch it this year, you’ll have to wait till next year, or check out these photos. The third annual Knight Madness on Nov. 1 rocked the Kuch Gymnasium. The spirited event, sponsored by Residence Hall Council, was an opportunity to recognize the Arcadia’s student-athletes and kick off the winter sports season. The introduction of the men’s and women’s basketball teams was prefaced with another rendition of faculty/staff vs. students. While the student team is not supposed to have any Arcadia team members on it, the rules must not have mentioned former team members, as in alumni. Who was dunking those shots? (Hint—not the faculty and staff players.) View photos.



Miserandino: Wiki Covers Personality Pedagogy

Dr. Marianne MiserandinoWhat if Sigmund Freud had an internet connection—and he e-mailed and shared files with B.F. Skinner and Carl Jung? Dr. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology, created a Wiki—Personality Pedagogy—that provides teachers of the psychology of personality with virtual personal access to information that she has amassed in her research, everything from the latest Harvard research on affective neuroscience to biographies of Anna Freud, one of Sigmund’s six children.

The result is a rich pool of information, from lecture notes to research links, which can be accessed by professors around the world. Because Personality Pedagogy is a Wiki, users are able to directly edit selected pages allowing for dialog among users. For example, visitors can submit their own materials for inclusion, or they can add their own examples to topics (e.g. Erik Erikson, Karen Horney). Visitors also can add comments, sharing their strategies for how to present the material in various classes and discussing issues related to teaching. With so much functionality, Personality Pedagogy has become a repository of materials as well as a community of active teacher-scholars. Visit Personality Pedagogy or read more about Miserandino’s project in the 2006 Anthology of Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments.

Haertsch: "Chocolate Flavors America’s Past"

Gretchen Haertsch, Adjunct Professor of English, recently published an article in Early American Life magazine, pgs. 4-16. In her article, titled “Chocolate Flavors America’s Past,” she tells about the history of chocolate in America.

Arcadia In the News


Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of the Act 101 program, was quoted in the Sunday, Nov. 11, Washington Post  in an article titled “Reduced to the Small Screen: Incident, Reaction, Forget, Repeat: Formulaic Entertainment Replaces Serious Discussion on Race.” Loury, who teaches a course called African American Images in the Media, was quoted as saying, “While the media provides context for events and a frame of reference by which people understand each other and the broader culture, they also perpetuate stereotypes and fuel sensationalism in the race debate. I think it [media] needs to do what it was charged to do,” and it was charged to look at a situation and report…with some accuracy, not to look at racism as the flavor of the month. Objectivity is the key, and I know not every white person in Jena is a racist, but most of us think that now. The media objectivity isn’t there. It’s all about getting the story and not about getting the angle of the story to enhance the dialogue. Racism is a rough thing and it’s real,” she says. “I’m tired of people treating it as entertainment.”


Michele Rifkin, who earned a Master of Science in Health Education in 2002 and is the owner of Health Through Action, was listed among the top 2007 Fundraisers in the Philadelphia Business Journal for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Greater Delaware Valley Chapter. Also listed was Alison Sussman, who earned a Master of Education degree from Arcadia.

Publication Information

Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics and Alia White, Student Intern. Photos: Joshua Blustein and Lori Bauer. Videos: Janet Gala, University Relations. Web Producers: Sue Gettlin and Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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