November 20, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
November 20, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Celebrating Cultures—Arcadia Style

Celebrating Cultures FestivalArcadia’s celebration last week of the annual International Education Week featured events from the Empty Bowl Dinner to International Jeopardy. The Empty Bowl Dinner, the annual event that raises money to help fight hunger and homelessness, also featured a discussion to learn about the global issues of hunger. A main attraction of the week was International Club’s annual Celebrating Cultures Festival, which took place Thursday, Nov. 15, in The Chat Performance Area. Celebrating Cultures featured food from around the world, including dishes from Nigeria, Mexico, and India. The Latino Dance group Puro Ritmo performed, as well as Exalted Movements’ step team Anointed. A fashion show featured clothing from various countries and cultures, including fashion from Ghana, Pakistan, India, Nepal, and American attire as well. Watch video from the Empty Bowl Dinner and view photos from the Celebrating Cultures Festival.

Sophomore Initiatives Unveiled

Sophomores will have more options available to them during the winter break than they’ve had in the past as two new initiatives are instituted in January. “In meeting with students during this semester, we’ve noticed that many sophomores are seeking opportunities to clarify their future goals,” says Dr. Jan Walbert, Arcadia’s Vice President for Student Affairs. “We’re confident that these two initiatives will allow students to do just that.”

The two new initiatives, the Sophomore Career Exploration Program and the Sophomore Community Service Experience, will take place in January before classes begin. Residence halls and dining facilities will be open for students participating in these programs. Sophomores interested in extra programs must register by Dec. 2. Read more.

“Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” Campaign

The “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” campaign comes to Arcadia University’s campus Monday, Nov. 26, through Friday, Nov. 30, as a part of the annual World AIDS Awareness Week. The week-long campaign will feature events sponsored by the Student Activities Office and Wellness Services in conjunction with students in Sociology Instructor Alex Otieno’s class The Sociology of AIDS and HIV. Three panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display from 4 to 9 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. Students in The Chat area of the Dining Complex will be handing out red ribbons, AIDS-related literature as well as items for sale with all proceeds benefiting the Philadelphia AIDS fund.

The aim of World AIDS Awareness Week is to raise consciousness in the community about HIV/AIDS issues, including the need for support and understanding for people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as education and prevention initiatives. Click here for the events schedule.

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!”

upcoming events

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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

Staff Council EventAll 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 EventStaff 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.

Third 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.

Holiday Concerts, Dec. 3-5

Welcome the holiday season with great music. There are three upcoming concerts featuring talented Arcadia faculty and students.

  • Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.
    Big Band/Jazz Concert featuring Dr. Frabizio's Band (Dr. Frabizio is Chair of the Music Department) at Grey Towers Castle Landing

  • Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7:30-8:15 p.m.
    Holiday Concert featuring Arcadia’s Choir directed by Steve Tippett at Grey Towers Castle Mirror Room

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.
    Arcadia’s Woodwind Quintet in Residence Concert featuring Arcadia faculty and students at Grey Towers Castle Mirror Room

For additional information contact Steve Tippett at

Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita, Dec. 5

Arcadia University will host a free film screening of the ITVS Community Cinema series with “Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita,” on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m., in Murphy Hall, Stiteler Auditorium. The film by Maria Finitzo is a close-up look inside the life and laboratory of Dr. Jack Kessler, a renowned stem cell expert, and depicts the high stakes involved in the quest to harness the full potential of stem cell medicine. For more information on Arcadia University Community Cinema visit

DJ Hi-Res: This is Nowhere, Dec. 6

The GroveOn Thursday, Dec. 6, join DJ Hi-Res (a.k.a. Jesse Pires) at Arcadia University’s Art Gallery for the first in a series of live performances scheduled in conjunction with Sean Duffy’s The Grove. The performance begins at 7 p.m.

Pires is a devoted crate-digger (record collector) and hosts the weekly radio show “The Ghetto Blaster” on Princeton University’s WPRB 103.3 FM. Pires has produced several short videos in collaboration with poet and musician Zach Barocas and currently curates film and music programs for International House, a non-profit arts organization in West Philadelphia. For his response to The Grove, Pires will incorporate selections from his extensive vinyl collection in addition to other unexpected source material.

Audio tracks from this performance and others in the series will be available for download via where detailed information about the upcoming schedule for these live events will be posted.

The Grove remains on view through Dec. 20, 2007. Click here for more information.

Check the online Events Calendar at

campus happenings

Mourning the Loss of Carisa Leary

The University community is saddened to learn of the death of Carisa Leary, a senior majoring in art therapy. Carisa, a resident of Knight Hall, had been at home with family and was taken to the hospital over the weekend. Carisa was looking forward to attending graduate school in art therapy. At Arcadia, her fine arts concentration was ceramics, and she was a very creative artist. She also had a love for animals, including her chinchilla, Harry, and the rabbits at the Rabbit Habit rescue in Glenside.

Her family has planned her funeral for Saturday, Nov. 24, at St. Joachim’s Parish, located at Church and Griscom streets in the Frankford section of Philadelphia. Viewing is from 8:30 to 11 a.m., with a Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, her family has asked that donations in her name be made to the Ronald McDonald House. Please direct any questions regarding extensions of sympathy to Student Affairs, x2933. The Counseling Center staff is available to assist anyone in the University community needing counseling or support at this time.

sports update

Six First Place Medals for Swimming in Dual Loss to Albright

Swimming Team

(1-2) On Saturday, Nov. 17, Arcadia University's swimming teams took away six first place finishes, but Albright College swept the dual MAC meet 112-73 (women) and 104-67 (men). With the losses Arcadia’s men’s and women’s teams fell to 1-2 on the year.

Danielle Leonard and Stephanie Bartolotta earned the sole first place times in individual events for the Arcadia women, with Leonard taking the 1000 Free (14:27.72) and Bartolotta the 100 Breast (1:19.40). The women's 200 Free Relay team of Jennifer Alfano, Gabrielle Evangelista, Gina Ruppert and Katie Jamiolkowski placed first in 2:04.75.

Gold medalists for the Arcadia men included Bryan Alexander in the 1000 Free (14:40.37), Brendan Peters in the 100 Fly (58.28) and Will Ruocco in the 100 Beast (1:09.98). Read more. Read more.

A New Tradition and New Rivalries for Men’s Basketball

Tradition. Change. New Rivalries. Excitement. These are some of the words that begin to describe the 2007-08 season for Arcadia University Men’s Basketball. The Knights will begin play in the Freedom Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation (MASCAC), where they were picked in pre-season polling to finish sixth out of seven teams. In the last decade or so, the conference has produced a National Champion (Lebanon Valley College ’95), National Runner-Up (Elizabethtown ’01) and numerous teams that have made it deep into the NCAA Tournament. With this schedule, the Knights will engage in new battles and face new challenges. “I am looking forward to preparing to play a very high level of competition every night we take the floor,” said Coach Pat Dorney. Read more.

Women’s Basketball Tips Off the 2007-08 Season on the Road

As Shannon Howley embarks on her third season as head coach for Arcadia women’s basketball, she will look to the leadership of several key returnees in the program’s first season of competition in the Freedom Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation. The program narrowly missed the post-season in 2006-07, finishing 9-16 overall and 7-9 in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. The current team features a strong squad with balance on the court in key returnees and first-year players. 

Senior captains Stephanie Bates and Caitlin Sparks will head the squad as the Knights look to make an immediate impact in the Conference. Last year, point guard Bates led the team in assists (58), steals (47) and minutes played, while center Sparks averaged 9.04 ppg, shot over 45 percent from the field and led the team in blocked shots (9). Sophomores Rachel Dauscher, newly appointed team tri-captain, and Kim Milligan, the team’s leading scorer (11.3 ppg) last year, will see plenty of action at the guard positions. As first-year starters last season, Dausher dished out 50 assists, and Milligan sank 43 3-pointers. Read more.

Arcadia In the News


Mary Lou Jennings ’50  received the Helms Award for life time volunteering, as reported in the Oct. 10 News of Delaware County (Boroughs Edition). A Lansdowne native, Jennings was quoted as saying, “Give the world the best you have the best will come back to you.” She also served as the president of the Delaware County Alumni.

Holly Partamian who earned an M.Ed in Special Education in 2006 is now teaching in the Haverford school district as noted in the Wednesday, Sept. 19 Haverford Press (Newtown Square, Pa.).

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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