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

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Living the Promise: Milk, Honey, "Okready"

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE. Researching traditional symbols of peace in East Africa, International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s student Leigh Griggs found many symbols of peace—large shade trees, grass, milk and honey—in the Maasai community. She learned that in a conflict between two men, the reconciliation ends with each wearing an “okready,” a ring-type accessory made of cowhide.

Some Preview Participants Get Unexpected Days in London

Big BenLast Friday’s winter storm along the East Coast stranded thousands of travelers—including a planeload of 90 Arcadia freshmen, faculty and staff who got to spend several extra days in London as part of Arcadia’s London Preview. They are expected to arrive back on campus in the Taylor Hall parking lot at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20.

Josh Stern has done an exceptional job of keeping faculty, staff and students together, upbeat and cooperative through this whole experience,” notes Dr. David Larsen, Vice President and Director of Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad. “He has help from the London staff, but the majority of the responsibility has fallen to him and to the other group leaders, and they have carried it off extremely well.” President Jerry Greiner also stayed with the stranded students and staff, helping them to make calls home and facilitating additional sightseeing opportunities in London.

On Saturday after learning that the flight was cancelled, Arcadia provided dinner for the group, and they settled in at the Hilton Hotel in Gatwick, courtesy of Continental Airlines. Each student and staff member received a food allowances and transport passes. “Lots of museum visits, gallery trips and other sightseeing,” notes Larsen. “On Monday, they got an Arcadia-led tour of Greenwich—the observatory and the University—in the afternoon.” Thanks go to Stern, Assistant Dean for Residence Life, and Duncan de Silva, Resident Director of England and Wales, and many others for helping with the arrangements.

“I'm very proud of the way that the Arcadia team has pulled together to rise to the 'opportunities' of these past few days,” Larsen notes, adding that this was the first real Preview challenge in 14 years. The group was part of a total of 387 students, faculty and staff who took advantage of one of Arcadia’s favorite features—spring break Preview programs to London, Scotland, Italy and Spain. The majority of Preview participants returned this weekend. Those who were able to leave London on time returned just after midnight on Saturday to find their cars covered with several inches of ice and snow. Arcadia Public Safety Officers were there, however, with scrapers and shovels to help dig out the cars.

Another note: The Arcadia Baseball team made it home—36 hours late. Click here to watch a video report of their ordeal.

March 27 Oasis Hosted by Personal Attention Focus Team

All faculty and staff are invited to join the Personal Attention Focus Team for the March Oasis on Tuesday, March 27, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the Art Gallery. Take this opportunity to enjoy the Faculty Exhibition. This Oasis is hosted by the members of the Personal Attention Focus Team, which has been meeting for the past year to consider the definition of “personal attention” at Arcadia University and strategies to enhance the personal attention in the campus community. There will be several special raffles throughout the event…be sure to stop by!

Personal Attention Focus Team
Spotlight on ... Who’s helping to enhance and define personal attention at Arcadia? It’s the Personal Attention Focus Team. Learn more about their mission.

Special Workshop Covers Performing Arts Management

Robert H. Kieserman, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Business/Healthcare Administration and Economics, is offering a non-credit workshop on Introduction to Performing Arts Management. This workshop is open to any currently enrolled Arcadia student. Each of the four sessions will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Brubaker Hall, Room 304. The course material will be relevant to any major and will focus on management career opportunities and business practices in the performing arts. It will be relevant to any student considering a career in the performing arts. The topics and dates are as follows:

  •  March 20: The Theatre Business: How a Broadway Show is Produced
  •  March 27: The Film Business : How a Motion Picture is Produced
  •  March 29: The Broadcasting Business: Behind the Scenes in Television, Radio, Cable

Registration, Housing Deposits Due March 23

Registration and housing deposit forms for students returning for the 2007-08 academic year are due by Friday, March 23. Students who do not place their housing deposit on time will not be able to participate in housing selection. For information about deposits, contact the Business Office at 215-572-2981. For questions about housing, contact the Residence Life Office at 215-572-2892. Deposits can be made online at Registration and deposit forms are available on MyArcadia.

Double Vision at Honors Convocation on Saturday?

How can Deanna M. Blouch be in two places at once—studying teaching in Canterbury, England, this semester and receiving the Evelyn Smith Monteith Graduate Award at Honors Convocation in Glenside? Identical twin Danielle Blouch will stand in as the “double” for Deanna at the Honors ceremony on Saturday, March 24. The entire campus community is invited to attend Honors Convocation, which honors both undergraduate and graduate students on the deans’ honor lists. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. in Kuch Center.

Commencement Information Available on Web

Commencement ceremony information for both undergraduate and graduate students is available at Undergraduate Commencement is Friday, May 18, from 10:15 a.m. to12:30 p.m. Graduate Commencement is Thursday, May 17, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Accommodations for graduating undergraduate students with disabilities can be arranged by contacting Diana Bonner in Student Affairs at 215-572-2933 by March 26; Graduate students should contact MaryKate McNulty in the Office of Graduate Studies at 215-572-2877. Graduation announcement order forms are available in the University Bookstore.

Faculty Exhibition Opens

Gregg Moore's The Miner's Canary ProjectWorks of art by Arcadia University Fine Arts faculty members will be on display March 22 through April 20 at the Arcadia University Art Gallery. The Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, March 22, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Gallery. At left, a detail from Professor Gregg Moore's The Miner's Canary Project. Click here for more information about the show.

Rock the Cause Tickets March 26

Tickets and “Rock the Cause” concert T-shirts go on sale the week of March 26. Tickets are $8 for Arcadia students, $12 for non-AU attendees. Students can charge these costs. Rock the Cause is Saturday, March 31, from 4:30 p.m. to midnight in Stiteler Auditorium (Murphy Hall). The Commuter Student Association is hosting the all-night rock concert to fight poverty in America and Darfur. The concert will feature nine bands and performers. Domino's Pizza, soda, fair trade chocolate, bottled water, concert T-shirts, soft pretzels, and more will be sold at the event to benefit the cause. A donation table will be there for those who are interested in giving more. An Arcadia ID is needed; guests must have two forms of ID (at least one with photo).

Students were inspired to hold the live benefit concert as a result of the Live 8 concert in July 2005. Last year’s Rock the Cause at Arcadia raised $2,000 for charity. All money raised this year again will go toward fighting global poverty. Rock the Cause features local bands, including LeBaron, The Call to Arms, Nomad Fool, Hi Society, Korava, Pat Gleeson and Maura Fox (solo artists), and the Mighty Paradocs.

Ager Addresses Violence in City Schools

Dr. Christina Ager, Associate Professor of Education and Executive Director of the B2est program, wrote a commentary, “Schools don’t need more of the same,” which was published in the March 14 Philadelphia Inquirer. Ager’s commentary was in reference to recent school violence in the Philadelphia school system.

Arcadia Book Drive Helps Alumna in Africa

The Community Service Office is collecting books this spring to help alumna Kate Zanoni in her literacy work in Botswana, Africa, where she is establishing a library in a clinic. The book drive also will help Book through Bars, Books for Africa, Books for Newborns, and other organizations. Campus groups are encouraged to join in the book drive, which will run through May 11. Look for collection bins in Landman Library and the Community Service Office in Knight Hall, as well as Taylor Hall, Brubaker Hall, Boyer Hall and Kuch Center. Donations can include children’s books and textbooks in good condition. For more information, contact Naida Elena Montes, student coordinator for the book drive, or Cindy Rubino, Community Service Coordinator.

Become a DJ for The ARC; Training Offered

Training for those interested in deejaying on Arcadia's radio station, the ARC, will take place this weekend. E-mail Dave Craig at to schedule a training.

Can’t commit to the same time-slot every week? Sign up to be a DJ For A Day! “We’ll provide someone to make sure the technical aspects of your show run smoothly while you do the talking and music selection. The structure and format of the show is entirely up to you and your friends and family from around the world can listen live online,” notes Adam Ochonicki. “If you’d rather do behind the scenes work, we’ve got plenty for you to get involved with there, too! Promotions assistants, production help and audio technicians are needed to keep the station moving forward. We are always open to new ideas and suggestions so if you have any other ideas, let us know!”

For more information on how to get involved, e-mail or visit

Volunteers Needed for Walk for Wellness, April 18

Komen for the Cure logoStudent Health Services is holding a Walk for Wellness at noon on Wednesday, April 18. This year’s event will raise money to benefit persons with breast cancer through the Komen for the Cure. Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

Volunteers are needed to walk and to help during the event. “You can participate in this worthy endeavor by obtaining monetary pledges and walking, running, wheeling or strolling the Arcadia University campus on Wednesday April 18, meeting outside the Kuch Center at noon,” says Claire Washington, Director of Student Health Services. “We need volunteers to assist in the following: sign up participants at a table outside The Chat, assist with hanging flyers around campus, assist with creating registration packets, to name a few.” Contact her at 215-572-2966 or

Peer Mentors Needed

Calling All Staff: “Would you be interested in being a Peer Mentor to help newly hired staff members acclimate to Arcadia University?” asks Katie Kelly, Staff Council's Peer Mentor Coordinator. Contact her at 215-572-2173 or for more information. If you volunteer to become a Peer Mentor by April 1, your name will be placed in a drawing for a raffle prize at the Spring Staff Assembly.

Upcoming Events

Let's Go!

Let's Go!

For a complete listing of student events, visit the Online Events Calendar.

Everyone Invited to ‘Stress Relief Thursdays’

The Wellness Center (Counseling Services and Student Health Services) is pleased to invite the University community to de-stress with “Stress Relief Thursdays.” They’re bringing stress relief back!

  • Moving Meditation, Thursdays 1 to 2 p.m.,  Heinz Lobby (Practice includes Tai Chi and Yoga with Won Institute and Student Health Services.)
  • Stress Relief Circle, Thursdays, 4 to 5 p.m., Heinz Lobby (From Chaos to Calm, a roundtable book discussion with Counseling Services)

Poetry Workshop Applications Due March 23

Noted poet Carolyn Forche comes to Arcadia University on Friday, April 13, in conjunction with the Montgomery County Poet Laureateship. In addition, she will conduct a hands-on poetry workshop for faculty, staff, and students from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on April 13 in the Nostrand Conference Room in Grey Towers Castle. “If you'd like to be considered for a seat in this exciting workshop, submit two poems for consideration with your name and e-mail address indicated at the top of each page,” says Dr. Sandra Hordis, Assistant Professor of English and Interim Director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureateship. Please submit poems by March 23. Space is limited; decisions on the awarding of space in the workshop will be announced on Friday, March 30.

“Resumé Riot” Week Begins March 26

“If you’ve recently tried to schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Development, you may have been surprised by the amount of time you needed to wait to actually get in to see someone. This is our busiest time of year,” explains Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development. “Students are looking for help with their job searches, they’re applying for internships, or they’re looking for summer jobs more relevant to their future career goals.”

In an effort to meet these demands, Career Development is scheduling a daily “Resumé Riot” in The Chat Performance Area. Career Development staff will be available to provide comments and critiques of resumés, cover letters and application materials in The Chat from noon to 2 p.m. beginning on Monday, March 26, and ending on March 30. “If you would like input on your job search materials, just bring your documents and stop by the Resumé Riot table–no appointment necessary!” Hertel notes. For more information, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939 or stop by Knight Hall, Room 133.

Noted Writer Sonia Sanchez, March 28

SanchesThe Distinguished Speakers Series continuies with Sonia Sanchez, noted author, poet and playwright, will present “Pushups for Peace” on Wednesday, March 28, in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall, at 7:30 p.m.

Sanchez is a prolific writer in several genres who played an influential role in the Black Arts Movement. Although best known for her poetry, she also has published plays, children's books and literary anthologies. In each, she creatively presents and analyzes the historical and contemporary social issues that have impacted both the African American experience and American society in general. She has lectured at more than 500 universities and colleges in the United States and has traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

Women Making a Difference Workshop, March 30

Daphne McKissick, Staff Accountant at Arcadia, helps kick off Women’s History Month in her role on the Steering Committee for the 9th Annual Women Making a Difference Award Luncheon and Personal Development Workshop. The workshop, “Audacious Possibilities: The Gumption to Achieve the Impossible,” is March 30 and features keynote speaker Dr. Robin L. Smith. The organization is spearheaded by Philadelphia City Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown. Women Making a Difference Inc. provides women with information, tools, and strategies designed to empower them and foster greater economic development opportunities and professional growth. For more information, visit or call McKissick at 215-572-2190.

Pride Prom in the Castle, March 31

Pride is holding a Prom on Saturday, March 31, from 9 p.m. to midnight in Grey Towers Castle. “People do not need to sign up in advance; they can just come to the Castle the night of Prom,” says Freida Nellis, Secretary of Pride. The cost is $5 per person; an Arcadia ID is needed. Guests must have two forms of ID. This event is open to the campus. For more information, e-mail the club or Nellis

Find an Internship at Fair on April 5

Does your major or academic department require you to complete an internship? Are you looking for companies and organizations that have internships ready to offer Arcadia students?

If an internship is in your future, plan to attend the First Annual Career Development Internship Fair on Thursday, April 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. The combination of employers planning to attend this event offers students an array of internship opportunities appealing to a variety of academic majors. Whether you are a first-year student or are quickly approaching graduation, if you are looking to add “real world experience” to your resume, you should plan to attend this event!

A sampling of some intern positions, with preferred area of study, includes:

  • Background Investigator for Criminal Justice majors
  • Graphic Design/Production Intern for students in the Graphic Design program
  • Financial Advisor Junior Associate for those majoring in Business, Finance, Marketing and/or Management
  • Software Developer Intern for Computer Science, Information Technology, Mathematics majors

Come to the Chat with your resume, enthusiasm and energy, and speak with visiting employers about your future. A complete listing of companies, positions, preferred majors and additional information will be available through the Office of Career Development Web site by March 23. For more information, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939 or stop by Knight Hall, Room 133.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.


Dance Marathon Raises $1,600 for Hospital

“Wow” was Lauren Trager’s comment on the success of the 13-hour dance marathon March 3 that raised more than $1,600, with proceeds going to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital. Trager and Chadd Balbi , senior communications majors, were co-coordinators of the marathon, which was part of their senior thesis project, planning and staging an event. “We had about 120 people come out to dance, and at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday there were still five people left on the dance floor,” Trager said. “It took a dance-off at 8 a.m. to chose the winner—Toya Johnson.”

80 Attend Student Health Services Open House

The Student Health Services Open House was a huge success with a total of 80 students, staff and faculty coming to the Heinz ground floor facility to meet the new staff. Blood pressures were taken by Physician Assistant student volunteers Maggie Laufenberg, Chris Leahy, Abby Godfrey, Kate Fazio, Scott Mihalik, Laura Chenevert, and Sara Stanford. Visitors were greeted by student volunteers Brittany Watterson-Tyler and others. There were also three mini-demonstrations of Moving Meditation by Won Institute graduate students who will be having an ongoing one-hour class open for all on Thursdays beginning March 22 in the Heinz lobby.

Raffle winners include:

  • Gwen Olton – movie tickets for 4 and popcorn
  • Linda McGinley - $20 bookstore certicficate
  • Andrew Brooks - $20 Wawa certificate
  • Fran Magri - $20 Starbucks certificate
  • Brett Thompson – cold care package

sports update

Pennepacker Throws Two-Hitter vs. Ripon

Baseball (3-2 overall) Arcadia baseball saw the first action of the season in St. Petersburg, Fla., over spring break, posting a 3-2 record before being stranded by the harsh travel conditions in the Northeast on Friday. The team waited nearly 36 hours for a return flight to Philadelphia.

The Knights opened up the week with two impressive wins over nationally ranked Ripon College. Senior Tyler Pennepacker all but shut down Ripon’s offense when he threw a two-hitter against them in his first start of the season to earn the 3-0 win. The team defeated Ripon 10-6 in game two of the double header that featured senior John Curreri’s first home run of the year. 

The team dropped an 8-5 decision to Mt. St. Joseph’s before splitting a 7-4 loss and 8-4 win in a doubleheader with Gettysburg College. 

The team’s first conference games have been postponed due to field conditions, with play set for Friday, March 23, at Alvernia. Arcadia hosts the Crusaders on Saturday in a double header beginning at noon at Enry Field.

Softball Voted Pre-Season PAC Favorite

Fencik Compton Law

(9-3 overall) Arcadia Softball built on their 2-1 record when they competed in Myrtle Beach, S.C., over spring break. The team posted an impressive 7-1 record in four days. It was a milestone week for the Knights as the senior class collected its 100th through 106th wins, and the team was announced as the pre-season favorite in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference coaches’ poll for the first time in team history.

Senior Laura Fencik ended the week with a bang as the All-American led her team to two victories on the final day of action, hitting 6 for 7 to include three home runs (two two-run home runs and a three-run seventh-inning, game-winning home run) and eight RBIs. Her .577 batting average for the week led her team with a total of seven runs scored, 15 hits, four home with 10 RBIs.

Seniors Jenn Compton and Kristin Law displayed top notch performances from the mound. Compton ended the week 3-1 and helped the AU offense by hitting .429 with nine hits, one home run and eight RBIs. Law avenged last season’s non-conference loss to Utica in a 7-5 come-from-behind win to close out a 3-0 week on the mound. Her 1.53 ERA led her team for the week as she allowed just 15 hits off of 71 at bats, with five runs (four earned), four walks, and 11 strike outs. Law’s bat was on target, too, with 10 hits, three doubles and three RBIs.

Also this week, Fencik was named PAC Player of the Week for softball and Law received Honorable Mention, also for softball. The team plays Immaculata on the road Friday, March 23, to open conference play. 

Lacrosse Team Shares Game with N.C. Youth

(0-0) While the women’s lacrosse team has yet to play a game, 10 members of the team traveled to North Carolina for spring break. The Knights were unable to play a game with only 10 players as the members of the freshman class attended London Preview. However, the team took advantage of the warm weather, practicing in the early afternoon on most days and instructing local youngsters in basic lacrosse skills in the early evenings. Mid-week found the team traveling to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to cheer on the softball team in their wins over Sweet Briar and Villa Julie before both teams spent the day together on the beach.

The team’s first conference game against Neumann has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. They will try for Thursday, March 22, when they are set to host local rival Chestnut Hill College at 4 p.m. 

Men's Tennis Team Selected Third in PAC Poll

(0-0) While the men’s tennis squad has yet to play a match, it has been selected third in the PAC pre-season coaches’ poll. Last year’s squad posted an 8-4 overall record and went 5-3 in the PAC and will look to the leadership of  co-captains Tim Fitzgerald ‘08 and Cliff Krausz ’07 when the season starts on Tuesday, March 20, at Neumann.

Find the lastest scores and more at

in the news

In an article in the Feb. 21 Maryland Gazatte (Glen Burnie, Md.) “Seniors look forward to colleges of their choice,” Kelly Niner was interviewed about her  $12,000 scholarship to Arcadia University in the Fall for being an outstanding scholar, and her reason for choosing Arcadia was “they have a really cool study abroad program,” she was quoted. “You can go almost anywhere, I really want to go to Italy. It’s cool because all the places you can go have a lot of art history.”

Back on February 14 a snow storm stranded thousand of travelers along Interstate 78 a heavily traveled route in the Allentown area. Hanna Schein, general manager for Parkhurst, the food providers for Arcadia University, was one of those stranded drivers, as reported Feb. 25 in the Sunday Edition of Morning Call. The article “Interstate 78 Debacle: Stranded Tales from the highway,” detailed a group of stranded drivers.

Faculty in the news

Dr. Warren Haffar, Director and Associate Professor of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Director and Assistant Professor of International Studies, presented a poster presentation of their jointly-written paper, “Mediation and Conflict Resolution Principles and the War in Iraq: A Congruence Analysis of Bush’s New Iraq Strategy,” at the International Studies Association conference in Chicago in March. Alvi-Aziz also had a poster presentation on “Hard and Soft Jihad in International Relations.” Alvi-Aziz says, “Michelle Sims and Marilyn Hudzina of IT did an outstanding job helping us prepare the two posters. We got a lot of praise for them.”

Dr. Joan Thompson, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Political Science, was quoted in the March 5 The Intelligencer article, “Few Area Women Answer the Call,” as saying, “There have never been very many political role models or mentors here. Young girls growing up here did not have many women in office to look up to.”

Dr. Philip McClure, Professor of Physical Therapy, co-authored two articles, the first with A.R. Tate, S. Kareha, ’06 and D. Irwin, ’06 on “Effect of the Scapula Resposition Test on Impingement Symptoms and Elevation Strength in Overhead Athletes.” The second article “Validity of A New Test for Scapular Dyskinesia,” was co-written with Tate, Irwin, Kareha and E. Stuckey and was printed in the January 2007 monthly JOSPT (La Crosse, Wis.).

Adjunct Professor of Genetic Counseling Vivian Weinblatt addressed Oheb Shalom Congregation in South Orange, N.J., on the myth that Tay Sachs disease, which manifests itself in an enlarged liver and spleen and significantly early onset arthritis, is the most common Jewish genetic disease, as reported in the Feb. 4 New Jersey Jewish News as part of a discussion of Hot Topics in Genetics: Fact and Fiction. To read more go to

Gretchen Haertsch, Adjunct Professor of English, co-wrote with Susan Consalvo a Guest Opinion, “Run down: The horse racing industry’s dirty little secret,” in the Feb. 18 Bucks County Courier Times (Levittown, Pa.). Haertsch writes how the racing industry damages young horses like Barbaro, and it seems past time to relay the facts on this industry.

Students in the News

Andrew Gilmore, a sophomore, was featured in an article on Feb. 15 in the Chestnut Hill Local “Local DJ revives antiques of the airwaves,” in which Gilmore, a Theatre major and Chestnut Hill native, showcases on the student-run radio station, the ARC, otherwise-forgotten songs and monologues from the 1890s to the 1950s. Gilmore was quoted, “This is stuff you wouldn’t hear on other stations, which is why I’m here.”  To check out Gilmore’s show, visit

Publication Information

Contributors: Bridget Curtis '08, Joy Zazzera, Sports Information Director, and Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

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