November 27, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
November 27, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Learning Communities Battle It Out

Fall Shindig

Jousting contests, sword fighting and sumo wrestling were just a few of the activities students and faculty engaged in during the Fall Informal Festive Shindig Extravaganza Blowout, held Friday, Nov. 9. Sponsored by the First-Year Learning Communities, the campus-wide event also raised funds for charities such as ALS. Click here to view photos.

Winter Camp-in, Service Project for Sophomores

Helping HandsCalling all sophomores! Not sure what to do over Winter Break? Here’s a chance to spend an eventful week making a difference, helping agencies assist the hungry and homeless. “Do your part by helping to clean and paint houses in preparation for previously homeless residents, sort and pack food donations, and prepare and host a dinner for sheltered families,” says Cindy Rubino, Community Services Coordinator. Winter Break Service Week takes place Jan. 8 to 13. Housing and food are free for those participating in the Winter Camp-in. Arcadia will host a service group from Juniata College. This joint service experience will afford students from both institutions an opportunity to participate in meaningful service in the Philadelphia region. For more information, contact Rubino at 215-572-4000 or visit

For sophomores who are trying to sort out their career interests, there is a second initiative: the Sophomore Career Exploration Program. Read more.

Who’s Studying Arcadia—We Are

It’s time for introspection at Arcadia. As part of the reaccreditation process that occurs every 10 years, the University has embarked upon an institutional self-study as a first step to its review by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. “Actually all of us—everyone on campus—will have an opportunity to study our campus history over the last 10 years through to our present,” notes Teri Ryan, Executive Assistant to the President. “All campus faculty, staff and students will have opportunities to engage in this process in one way or another—whether you are currently participating in a workgroup, or whether you will be part of the campus-wide review of the final report, you have an opportunity to offer your feedback and comments.”

Middle States Steering Committee Co-Chairs, Jan Tecklin, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Barbara Nodine, Professor of Psychology, have been serving in leadership roles, providing guidance and feedback to all of the work groups and their respective work group chairs. Tecklin notes, “This is an exciting time for Arcadia. All the work groups have met and are currently putting together their progress reports, which we are looking forward to reading through during the early part of December.”

Co-chair Nodine adds, “Some of us are veterans of this process. Some are new to the University. Some faculty are on sabbatical or service sabbatical. Because this process goes on for two years, everyone has been included in the self-study process as their contributions are extremely valuable. Jan and I truly appreciate the effort that is already going into this very important work.” Read more about Middle States review.

Shop Online—and Fund Community Service

CheerThe Office of Community Service is making its list and checking it twice. “Tops on the list during the holiday shopping season is our new online fundraising effort,” notes Coordinator Cindy Rubino. “We are registered as the designated recipient of a percentage of dollars spent at any of the over 680 online stores. So as people do their everyday and holiday shopping, money is raised for our groups to venture forth and lend a helping hand building houses.”

“Visit our online malls at and (once you reach this site, search for Arcadia University) to shop at all of your favorite retailers. You will receive all special prices and discounts that would normally be given on each Web site, and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Community Service Office,” notes Rubino.

Gifts Needed for Operation Holiday Families

CheerIn this year’s Operation Holiday, members of the Arcadia community will assist disadvantaged families from Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inn Dwelling and a Philadelphia youth service program. For faculty and staff participants, a copy of the list of families and their needs is available on the 'L' drive in an Excel file named “Operation Holiday Wish List 2007.” For students and community members, a list is available on the Community Service Office door, located in the first level of Knight Hall. Contact the Community Service Office at 215-572-4000 or Please bring all gifts to the Community Service Office by Dec. 15.

"Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise" Campaign

The “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” campaign continues on Arcadia University’s campus 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 on 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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Latinos in Education, Nov. 27

Today at 7 p.m. in the Castle Conference Room, there will be a faculty panel discussion about Latino culture and education, sponsored by the Latino Association. Panelists include Dr. Erica Davila, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Urban Education; Mayra Castillo, Assistant Director of Student Financial Services at LaSalle University (and former Arcadia staff member); Celina Gonzalez, Student Service Center Counselor; and Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Assistant Professor of Sociology. They will explore the topic of “Latinos in Education” from various angles, from a personal account of immigrating to the United States and growing up in Philadelphia to research about the experiences of Puerto Rican students in Chicago Public Schools.

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 Arcadia’s Staff Assembly on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Grey Towers Castle, Rose and Mirror Rooms. The Assembly is a time to meet new members of the campus community, hear a campus update from President Jerry Greiner, learn about Arcadia’s upcoming Middle States Review, get wired with an update from IT, learn what’s new in Facilities, find out about upcoming Staff Council events, and enjoy a Philadelphia breakfast courtesy of the President’s Office. All attendees will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Bookstore gift certificate!

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.

Dissertation Hearing for Kristin Nash, Nov. 30

Members of the Arcadia community are invited to the Final Defense of Dissertation for Kristin Nash, candidate for Doctor of Education in Special Education, on Friday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. in Room 306, Taylor Hall. All faculty members and students of the University are cordially invited to attend the final defense hearing of this doctoral dissertation. The title of the dissertation is: “Rett Syndrome in the General Education Classroom.”

Alumni Office Has Tickets to Vienna Choir Boys, Dec. 1

On Saturday, Dec. 1, ring in the holidays with The Vienna Choir Boys. Tickets are $37; contact the Alumni Relations Office for tickets at 215-572-2160. The world-famous Vienna Choir Boys, founded by Hapsburg Emperor Maximilian I in 1498, celebrates its 500th birthday this year with a North American tour of 43 cities. Enjoy the rich tradition of Vienna’s musical culture as the Choir sings seasonal classics, oratorios, traditional Viennese waltzes and folk songs from around the world. Meet at the Kimmel Center, located at Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia. The show is at 3 p.m.

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.

Internship and Job Interviews with Pennsylvania Mentor, Dec. 7

Looking for an internship or job in the Human Services field? Pennsylvania Mentor will be on campus Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. conducting on-campus interviews for all undergraduate and graduate human service related majors (Counseling Psychology, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Criminal Justice, etc.). Resumes must be submitted in advance to Stephanie Kovatich ( to obtain an interview appointment. Available positions include mental health interns, therapeutic staff support (TSS), group TSS, and behavior specialist consultants/mobile therapists.  For more information on Pennsylvania Mentor and position descriptions, visit the Office of Career Development, 133 Knight Hall, or contact Lisa Endrikat at

Puro Ritmo Perform at Sixers Game, Dec. 7

Come out and support Puro Ritmo, Arcadia’s Latin dance group, as they represent Arcadia at the Sixers’ half-time show on Friday, Dec. 7. The game starts at 7 p.m., and the Sixers will be playing the New York Knicks. Tickets are $15! To purchase a ticket, contact Celina Gonzalez, Puro Ritmo adviser, at

Mail and Print Services Holiday Schedule, Dec. 27

Mail and Print Services will be open during holiday break on Thursday, Dec. 27, and Monday, Dec. 31, from 8 a.m. to noon. All services offered at the Mail and Print Services window will be available at these times. Regular mail deliveries around campus will not be made on those days; however, faculty and staff who are on campus and would like their mail delivered should contact Mail and Print Services at ext. 2109 or ext. 2164. “You are also welcome to stop by the Mail Room to pick up mail and deliver or pick up print jobs,” notes Marcus Williams.

Rebuild Homes in Tijuana Over Spring Break

Experience the real Tijuana over spring break by working with Esperanza International, rebuilding homes and creating communities as part of an Arcadia Community Service project. More information about the trip and Esperanza International as well as Interest Forms and Applications are available on the Community Service Web pages at Alternative Spring Break.

Check the online Events Calendar at

campus happenings

Empty Bowl Raises $8,300 in Donations

Thank you to the entire Arcadia community for their continued support of the Empty Bowl Dinner. The 14th Annual Benefit Dinner raised $8,300, which will be donated to Interfaith Hospitality Network and Heifer International. Congratulations to all the raffle winners as well.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Appelbaum Joins International Commission, Publishes Book

Appelbaum BookDr. Peter Appelbaum, Associate Professor of Education at Arcadia and Coordinator of Mathematics Education and Curriculum Studies, was invited to join the International Commission on the Study and Improvement of Mathematics Education (CIEAEM - Commission Internationale pour l'Étude et l'Amélioration de l'Enseignement des Mathématiques) this past summer. Since its founding in 1950, the Commission has investigated actual conditions and possibilities for the development of mathematics education in order to improve the quality of teaching mathematics worldwide. The Commission hosts annual conferences characterized by exchange and discussion of research work among researchers, policymakers and practicing teachers. Commission meetings result in state-of-the-art recommendations with ideas for their realization in practice. CIEAEM conferences are often accompanied by a “Quality Class” for new teachers, a 10-day seminar with delegates from countries around the world. Arcadia students often attend the “Quality Class.” For information about next year’s class, contact Appelbaum by e-mail at

Appelbaum's book Children’s Books for Grown-Up Teachers: Reading and Writing Curriculum Theory was released today. Read what experts are saying about it.

Presley Discusses Crime Scene, Evidence Collection,
Writes About Forensic Science Competency

Larry PresleyLawrence A. Presley, Assistant Professor and Director of Arcadia’s Forensic Science program, presented a paper at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 2007 on “Certification and Competence in Forensic Science.” (Read his abstract.) He also provided training in forensic biology and crime scene investigation, evidence collection and preservation of biological evidence to the Philadelphia PD Crime Scene Unit at the Montgomery County Fire Academy in October 2007. In November 2007, Presley also participated in the Annual Career Fair at Council Rock South High School in Richboro, Pa., sharing the exciting experience of a career in forensic science with students and parents.

Presley recently co-authored the following article: Taylor, R.B., Goldkamp, J.S, Weiland, D., Breen, C., Garcia, R.M., Presley, L.A., and Wyant, B.R. (2007) Revise Policies Mandating Offender DNA Collection, Criminology and Public Policy, Vol. 6, No.4, November 2007, pp 851-862.

sports update

MASCAC Fall Academic Honor Roll Announced

The Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation fall Academic Honor Roll, which notes academic excellence by student-athletes, contains 387 honorees as announced by Executive Director Ken Andrews. The Honor Roll comprises those student-athletes of sophomore class standing or higher who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 (4.00 scale) or higher and completed the playing season in good standing. Twenty-two Arcadia student-athletes have been recognized for their academic excellence while participating in a fall sport. View a complete list of the honorees.

Women's Basketball Drops Two at Thanksgiving Tournament

(0-4) Women’s Basketball dropped to 0-4 following two road losses this past weekend at the Red Hawk/Pioneer Thanksgiving Classic at Montclair State University. On Saturday, the Knights fell to host Montclair State 66-44, followed by a 70-41 loss to William Paterson University on Sunday.

Senior guard Stephanie Bates was named to the Classic’s All-Tournament Team. Bates averaged seven points, five rebounds and five steals while shooting a perfect 4-4 from the line. Senior center Caitlin Sparks averaged 10 points and 12.5 rebounds on the week and leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. 

Last week, Sparks dropped 23 points to go along with six boards, two assists, three steals and three blocks against fifth-ranked Bowdoin College in the team's season opening loss at Rochester University's Chuck Resler Invitational. She followed that performance up with eight points, 10 rebounds and two steals the following afternoon against Mt. Saint Vincent's College in the consolation game. She was named to the All Tournament team and for her efforts, and was named last week’s Knight of the Week. 

Arcadia plays its home opener this Thursday against Lebanon Valley College at 6 p.m. in Alumni Gymnasium.

Raining Threes: Men's Basketball Nets Overtime Win

(1-0) Men's Basketball rebounded from a 12-point first-half deficit with pressure defense. Sterling Green's three-point bomb with seconds remaining in the game forced the game into overtime, where the Knights held on for their first win of the season, 87-84, over the Garnet of Swarthmore College on Nov. 20.

Eric Elliot swished a three pointer that erupted a packed Kuch Center as the Knights pulled ahead by two 86-84 with only 23 seconds remaining in the extra period.  Elliot added a free throw shot and as time ticked down, the Garnet threw the ball away on their last attempt and the Knights won the hard-fought non-conference battle 87-84 to open the season 1-0.

Green's team high 24 points was combined with five rebounds and three steals on 4-9 from three-point range and 6-8 from the line. Senior Kevin Brown added 19 points, three helpers and three steals, while Elliot's 18 was combined with eight rebounds and four assists on 3-6 from three-point range. Junior Bobby Mulholland contributed 14 points.

Green was honored for his single game performance by being named to the MASCAC Honor Roll and is also this week’s Knight of the Week.

The Knights will look to remain unbeaten when they travel to non-conference rival Rowan University this evening for an 8 p.m. tip-off.

Swimming Rests Up Before Out-of-Conference Meets

Swimming had the week off and returns to the pool this week. On Tuesday, the women will travel to non-conference opponent Bryn Mawr College for a 6 p.m. meet. The team will host non-conference William Paterson University in a dual-meet this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Lenox Pool.

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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