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

Campus News

Knight Club Riffs on Beatles Song in Fall Dance Performance

Knight Club

Knight Club, a student-run dance group, staged its Beatles-inspired show “All You Need is Dance” in Stiteler Auditorium on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. A keyed up crowd witnessed routines covering a variety of styles, including jazz, tap, pointe and hip-hop. Every element of the show—from choreography to costume design—was managed by students, with help from adviser and Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts Janet Pilla. Catch Knight Club during one of its upcoming community service projects, spring concert or performance at the 76ers’ game on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Wachovia Center. View more photos.

Arcadia Staff: One Spot Open for Spring Break Trip to Tijuana

There is an opening for an Arcadia staff member to join students on the alternative spring break trip to Tijuana, Mexico. The group will work with Esperanza International to help build homes as part of an Arcadia Community Service project. For an application and additional information about the trip, visit Alternative Spring Break.

New Majors, Study Abroad Opportunities Available

“Get your passport ready!” notes Dana Davies, Vice President for Enrollment Management. Arcadia has added a host of new majors that require a year of study abroad. Read more about these seven new Majors Abroad Programs:

For more information on these new programs, contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies at 215-572-4009 to meet with an advisor.

Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad is expanding its study abroad portfolio as well. Students can choose from among 100 study abroad programs around the world, including new programs in China, South Africa, and France. For information about study abroad, contact the Office of International Services, 215-572-2867 or e-mail

Student Hosts Needed for Day On Campus

With the fall semester coming to a close, the Office of Enrollment Management is gearing up for its annual Day On Campus program. “In order to keep this program successful, we would like your help,” notes Kyle Danielson ’06, Enrollment Management Counselor. The Office of Enrollment Management is asking Arcadia University students to volunteer as hosts beginning Feb. 4 through April 10.

“As a Day On Campus host, you will escort a prospective student through your regularly scheduled classes, lunch, library, club meetings, work study and whatever else your day might include. These experiences will help students in deciding if Arcadia University is the right choice for them,” Danielson notes. “Prospective students also are invited to stay overnight in the residence halls or apartments, thus we are in need of overnight hosts as well. This program is designed to let prospective students experience a typical day at Arcadia University and will not interrupt your daily routine. You can earn up to $25 for each student you host!”

Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to be a Day On Campus host. “If you can recommend any other current students to serve as hosts, please let us know A.S.A.P. This program is extremely popular with prospective students, and we need all the help that we can get to keep it that way!” Forms for students can be picked up at the Office of Enrollment Management in Grey Towers Castle. For more information, contact Jory Reinhart at 215-572-2836 or

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 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.

Mourning the Loss of Windyanne Khristy

The University community is saddened to learn of the death of Windyanne Khristy, a first-year graduate student from Indonesia in the Physician Assistant program. Windyanne was pursuing her master’s degree in Medical Science. She was found in her off-campus apartment Saturday afternoon. It has been indicated that there was no foul play. Her death is a shock to all who knew her and represents a loss to the University community. Please keep Windyanne and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Please direct any questions regarding extensions of sympathy to Student Affairs, 215-572-2933. The Counseling Center staff is available to assist anyone in the University community needing counseling or support at this time.

upcoming events

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

Renaissance Noel in the Castle Grand Hall, Dec. 22

Experience a Renaissance Noel when the Vox Renaissance Consort returns to Arcadia at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22. Dressed in period costume, they will perform A Renaissance Noel from the Castle steps and balconies–a dramatic visual spectacle. Everyone joins together to sing traditional carols and holiday favorites in the Castle Grand Hall. A reception follows. The cost is $25. For tickets, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 215-572-2160 or

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.

Check the online Events Calendar at

campus happenings

Grad Students Receive Disaster Response Training

Disaster TrainingOn Monday, Dec. 3, the Department of Psychology sponsored a disaster response training session, offered by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SEPA VOAD). The training was attended by several graduate students in the Counseling Psychology program, many of whom are pursuing a concentration in the assessment and treatment of trauma.

SEPA VOAD is a collaboration of diverse citizens trained to meet community needs in the event of large-scale natural or man-made disasters. Disaster-response training harnesses the power of every individual through education and volunteer service to make communities safer and better prepared to respond to threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds. Active volunteers have the opportunity to respond to local disasters and possess the ability to help teach their families and communities about the importance of preparedness.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments


Department of Physical Therapy Presents in San Francisco

Dept of Physical Therapy
Dr. Kathleen Mangione, Deanna Kloss '08 D.P.T., Carolyn Cotlov '08 D.P.T. and Matthew Konersman '07 D.P.T.

Department of Physical Therapy faculty and graduate students presented posters and platforms at the Gerontological Society of America’s 60th Annual Scientific Meeting “Era of Global Aging: Challenges and Opportunities,” which took place Nov. 16-20 in San Francisco. Read more.

Biology Professor and Student Publish Research Paper

Dr. R. Wesley Rose, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Anna Vorobyeva, a senior Biology major, published a research paper in the December issue of the Journal of Neuroimmunology titled “Altered levels of STAT1 and STAT3 influence the neuronal response to interferon gamma.” The authors “investigated the biochemical response of cultured neurons to interferon gamma, a key mediator in the immune response that combats viral infections of the brain and spinal cord.” The project was undertaken in collaboration with Dr. Glenn Rall of the Fox Chase Cancer Center and was partially supported by funds from the Thomas P. Dougherty Award and from the Ellington Beavers Student Award.

sports update

Elliott and Green Pace Men’s Basketball at Randolph-Macon Tournament

Mulholland Elliott
Mulholland Elliott

(3-5) Five Knights averaged double figures for the week as the Knights settled for fourth place at the Randolph-Macon College Briggs-Elliott December Classic in Ashland, Va. The Knights concluded the semester with a 3-5 record but are looking forward to two games in January when they travel to Widener (1-5) and host Lebanon Valley (1-10).

Twenty lead changes highlighted Sunday’s opening game against host school Randolph-Macon College, with the Yellow Jackets squeezing out the win, 81-76. Read more.

Rivera, Sparks Fuel Women’s Hoops Win over Drew

Sparks Rivera
Sparks Rivera

(2-6) Arcadia’s Women's Basketball team will head into the winter break with a two-game win streak a 74-66 non-conference win over Drew University in Glenside.

First-year Cynthia Rivera and senior Caitlin Sparks notched 14 points apiece for the Knights, with Sparks pulling down a team-high eight rebounds and five steals. 

Fifteen lead changes and a multitude of turnovers highlighted much of the first half until the Knights were able to extend their lead to 13 at halftime, 36-23. Arcadia shot an impressive 15-22 from the field in the first half, while Drew struggled, making only 9-25.

The Knights’ offense ignited with a 7-0 run midway through the second half to build a comfortable 19-point lead, but Drew was able to chip away and force the Knights to the free-throw line 15 times in the final three minutes (the Knights only shot 52 percent from the stripe), pulling to within six points with 11 seconds remaining before the clock ran out on their hopes.

Arcadia is back in action at the Gettysburg Tournament, Jan. 2-3. 

Swimming Keeps it Close against Cabrini

Koniesczny Peters
Koniesczny Peters

(Men 1-5/Women 1-6) Arcadia University Swimming settled for a team dual loss against former PAC rival Cabrini College, 102-91 (women) and 91-82 (men). The Arcadia men kept their side close, but the Caveliers came out the victors in many close finishes.

Cabrini’s Men’s 200 Medley Relay team finished .09 seconds ahead of Arcadia (LJ Morgan, Brendan Peters, Will Ruocco and John Konieczny) 1:49.85 to 1:49.94. Gina Ruppert earned a tight win in the Women’s 1000 Free, touching for first in 12:53.78, just ahead of Cabrini’s Catherine McGeeney (12:53.80).

John Konieczny captured first in the Men’s 200 Freestyle (2:03.43) to pull the Knights within one point of Cabrini, 25-24, and Michelle McCandless earned first in the Women’s 50 Freestyle (27.62), a MAC qualifying time, pulling the women within reach of Cabrini at 46-27. Brendan Peters missed first in the Men’s 50 Free by just .04 seconds behind Cabrini’s Kyle Teliszewski.

In the News

Faculty in the News

Thomas M. Brinker Jr., Professor of Accounting, presented Nov. 15 and 16 at The American College’s 2007 “Knowledge Summit” in Orlando, Fla. He also had a chapter appear in the second edition of “Financial Planning: Process and Environment,” (October 2007).

Samuel Heifetz, Adjunct Professor of Music, was profiled in the Dec. 11 Montgomery Newspapers Ticket in conjunction with “Holiday Show at the Swing Club,” a World War II-era show now taking place through Dec. 31 at the Centre Theater, in Norristown, Pa. Heifetz is arranging songs and playing piano in the jazz swing band for this show.

Students In the News

Hilda Teresa Rivera a Biology/pre-med major was one of more than 50 Latino students who was recognized for her exemplary academic success at the second Pennsylvania Summit on Educational Excellence for Latino Students as reported on Dec. 11 by PRNewswire-USNewswire. “This summit allows education and community leaders to discuss how to open up more doors for our Latino students so that they have the support necessary to achieve academically and succeed in life,” Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak said.

Alumni In The News

Beatrice Carpenter Blackman ’57 was mentioned in the Thursday, Nov. 15, issue of the Main Line Times after being honored by the Harcum College Alumni Association for her service to alumni. The article also mentions that Blackman earned an M.A. in biochemistry and was a biomedical researcher. She serves as a consultant medical writer.

Pat Squire ’62 was profiled in an article in the Dec. 13 Atlanticville as a public speaker specializing in two-minute book reviews. The article describes her presentations, which “blend personal observations and a few jokes with succinct summaries of 24 current books on a variety of topics chosen specially for the group. Genres include fiction, biography, memoirs, cookbooks, philosophy and history, with an occasional children’s book thrown in if it is also likely to appeal to adults.”

“I give a very fast look at all these books with the goal that by the finish you will find something you want to read,” she said. Prior to this new career, Squire taught third grade in suburban Philadelphia.

Publication Information

Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics, and Purnell, University Relations. 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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