April 24, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
April 24, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

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Living the Promise: 87% of Freshmen Used Their Passports

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE: Most of Arcadia's freshmen had a firsthand global experience this year, boarding planes for various cities in Europe. A total of 325 first-years got a Preview of study abroad in London, Scotland and Spain. Another 89 first-years spent a whole semester abroad--through Arcadia's unique First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE).

Sun Shines on Blitz Carnival and Woodstock


For the first time in recent memory, the sun shined and Spring Fling events—including Blitz Carnival on Friday and Woodstock on Saturday— were held on a warm and dry Kuch field.

There was a definite carnival atmosphere at Blitz, which took place April 20 on the Walk of Pride. The sun made a welcome appearance while students took advantage of the free snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and funnel cake. Arcadia’s clubs and societies set up stands offering everything from karate demonstrations to personalized street signs. For the more energetic students, there was a bravely contested and predictably messy Jello tug-of-war contest as well as a bouncy castle. View Blitz photos.

Woodstock, sponsored by Student Program Board, and made possible with the help of over 80 student volunteers, was held on the soccer field on April 21. Four bands—Big City Rock from Los Angeles, The Mile After from North Carolina, Waking Ashland from Tennessee, and Goodbye Glory from Canada provided the rock ‘n’ roll entertainment. Students also were treated to smoothies, Rita’s ice, pizza, pretzels, fantasy photos and the brilliantly bizarre human bowling. The raffle, which was drawn at intervals throughout the afternoon, included top prizes such as iPod shuffles and Target vouchers to some lucky students. Arcadians, armed with blankets to sit on and beach balls to play with, basked in the sunshine, ate some truly festival foods and successfully vanquished any thoughts of looming exams!

Arcadia Students Teach Earth Day Activities

Arcadia students teach Earth Day ActivitiesRather than just trying their individual best to conserve energy and water over the weekend, students in Dr. Julia Plummer’s ED 552 Issues and Methods in Elementary School Science class found a different way to celebrate Earth Day. Spending the day at the Wissahickon Charter School, an environmentally themed K-8 school in Philadelphia, 12 Arcadia students got the chance to teach environmental education activities to the community children as part of the school’s Earth Day Celebration.

“My students’ involvement in this was, I believe, a great success,” said Plummer, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Science Education. “Not only did the children who attended Earth Day learn about things like watersheds, renewable and non-renewable resources, and water conservation from the activities we presented, but my students gained real-world understanding of how to engage children in conversations about science. One of the most exciting things for me to see was that several times children would become so engaged in the activity presented by the Arcadia students that they wouldn't want to leave the station. In fact, some of the children stayed around to help the Arcadia students teach other children!”

The students in Plummer’s class are primarily working toward their certification in Elementary Education. View Earth Day activities photos.

Arcadia Dons Maroon and Orange for Hokies

Arcadia supports Virginia Tech

“We’re Hokies, too!” In an effort to pay respects to those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech last week, members of the Arcadia community outfitted themselves in Virginia Tech’s colors, maroon and orange, on Friday, April 20, as part of National Orange and Maroon Effect Day. The University’s Alumni Association asked the nation to wear orange and maroon on Friday. Arcadia was one of many universities where students, faculty and staff took a moment to come together in a show of support for the Hokies.

Walbert is NASPA President, Gets Pillar of Profession Award

Jan WalbertDr. Jan Walbert, Arcadia’s Vice President for Student Affairs, assumed presidential leadership April 3 of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), an 11,000 member organization serving campus administrators in Student Affairs in the United States and abroad. As President, she will provide leadership of the Association through March 2008. 

In addition, Walbert also was awarded the NASPA Foundation’s Pillar of the Profession Award, in recognition of her extraordinary service and distinction within student affairs and higher education. Read more on Walbert.

17 Nominated for Senior Golden Disc

Senior Golden Disc nominees  
President Greiner with some of the
Senior Golden Disc nominees.

Arcadia faculty, staff and senior class students nominated 17 of their peers to contend for the prestigious Senior Golden Disc, awarded annually by the Alumni Association. On Tuesday, April 17, the Alumni Association hosted a reception for the Senior Golden Disc Nominees at President Jerry Greiner’s house. Honoring the nominees at this reception were members of the Board of Trustees, members of the Alumni Association Awards and Honors Committee, Alumni Association President Ozzie Berger ’91, the Alumni Office staff, and President Greiner and his wife, Terry. The Senior Golden Disc winner will be announced at the undergraduate Commencement on May 18. “In our opinion, all 17 seniors are winners, and each one exemplifies the highest standards of leadership in activities that enhance the quality of student life and promote the present and future welfare of Arcadia University,” says Alumni Director Georgene Pilling. “Congratulations to each of you!” View Senior Golden Disc nominees.

Arcadia’s Top Business Students Inducted into Delta Mu Delta

Delta Mu Delta membersArcadia University’s top Business Administration students were inducted to membership in Delta Mu Delta, the international honor society in business administration.

Student Business majors who rank in the top 20 percent of the junior, senior or master’s classes at schools with chapters of Delta Mu Delta are eligible for invitation to membership in the society.  Arcadia’s Department of Business, Health Administration and Economics congratulates the eight students who have pursued excellence in their academic preparation for careers in business and have earned invitations to Delta Mu Delta in 2007. On Monday, April 9, the following students were inducted into the Kappa Upsilon Chapter of Delta Mu Delta at Arcadia University: Rae Aaronson ’07, Olivia Amspacher ’07, Bindu Ghimire ’08, Stephanie Greenwood ’08, Krystal Gula ’07, Jeffrey Kelly ’07, Melissa Maylott ’07, and Stephen Rems ’07.

Delta Mu Delta was founded on Nov. 18, 1913, by five professors from Harvard, Yale and New York University who believed that exceptional students in the field of business should be given recognition similar to that by Phi Beta Kappa in the field of liberal arts. Delta Mu Delta was incorporated in 1952 and in 1963 was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies. In 1992, the society established an affiliation with ADBSP whereby future chapter establishment occurs only at colleges and universities with business programs accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) at the baccalaureate/graduate level.

Capstone Project Presentations Begin April 24

The 38th annual presentation of capstone projects begin Tuesday, April 24. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about these projects by seniors and graduate students—written and creative works that represent the challenge of analyzing and integrating what has been learned in each students’ major field of study. Seniors are given an opportunity to share their project experience and outcomes with their peers, the University community, and family and friends each spring. Read more about Capstone projects and the schedule of presentations, which runs through Thursday, May 10.

Nosh at 9Nosh At Nine in the Library

Need to take a break from studying? Stop by the Library for some refreshment and rejuvenation. Landman Library will host its Nosh at Nine every night at 9 p.m., beginning Monday, April 30, through Thursday, May 3, in the Library lobby. Coffee, cookies, soda and other study sustenance will be available.

Library Study Rooms Can Be Reserved During Finals

Due to high use during finals, the study rooms in Landman Library will require reservations between April 30 and May 8. Groups of three or more are encouraged to sign up for a room. In order to accommodate everyone, groups can stay in the rooms up to four hours. When signing up for the rooms, the Library asks that students have their Arcadia ID on hand.  To make a reservation, please stop by the Circulation Desk or call 215-572-2975. 

Rieders Appointed to Wrongful Convictions Advisory Committee

RiedersIn February, the Pennsylvania Joint State Government Commission appointed Michael F. Rieders, Ph.D., as a member of the Commission’s Advisory Committee on Wrongful Convictions. Rieders is a Forensic Scientist and Licensed Laboratory Director at NMS Labs, Willow Grove, Pa., where he is also Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The Wrongful Convictions Committee was established to study the underlying causes of wrongful convictions and to make findings and recommendations to reduce the possibility that innocent persons will be wrongfully convicted in the future. Read more on Rieders.

Students Encouraged to Write Legislators on PHEAA Aid

The Pennsylvania Governor's budget proposal provides no increase in state dollars for PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) student grants. Many private and public low-income and moderate-income students are dependent upon student aid to assist in their education. Thirty-one percent of Arcadia’s undergraduate students receive PHEAA State Grant Aid.

PHEAA indicated recently in testimony before the House of Representatives' Appropriation Committee that without increased state support, 5,000 to 6,000 students could lose those grants or awards would need to be reduced. The purchasing power of the grant will also be diminished if additional dollars are not provided. The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) www.aicup.org urges students and others to write to the Governor and to their local legislators to express their concern about this situation and to ask for a 10 percent increase in the PHEAA grant.

Arcadia students who want to sign a letter to their Pennsylvania legislators can go to Arcadia’s Student Service Center, where sample letters and more information are available.

Cyber SafetyAre You Practicing Cyber Safety?

April is Security Awareness Month at Arcadia. “Are you safe online?” asks Jose Dieudonne, Director of Network and Information Security Services. Here are eight security practices to stay safe online.

Visit the IT Security and Privacy module under the MyArcadia Technology tab
to make sure you aren’t a security risk.

Spring 2007 Global Matters Published

In the Spring 2007 issue of Global Matters, five articles written by a variety of members of the Arcadia community cover the globe from India to Guatemala, from the United Kingdom to the United States. Read more about what is happening on Arcadia's campus related to matters of international and global concern at www.arcadia.edu/globalmatters.

End of Year Cleaning—Donate Unwanted Items

In the annual End of the Year Collection, all residence halls will have designated drop off spots in the lobbies where students can deposit unwanted items for charitable causes. Oak Summit’s drop off location will be the building B lobby, and Manor’s will be the entrance vestibule; 1600s residents should contact the Community Services Office at 215-572-4000 for more information.

Faculty Commencement RSVP

The Graduate Commencement is Thursday, May 17, at 5 p.m. The Undergraduate Commencement is Friday, May 18, at 10:15 a.m. All faculty, emeriti and administrators are asked to use the Online Commencement Response form at www.arcadia.edu/comresponse to let University Relations know whether they plan to attend one or both of the ceremonies. This information is needed for seating arrangements. (Note: If you have trouble opening this link, please copy and past the link URL into a new browser window.)

Faculty, Staff Needed for Late Night Breakfast

Late Night Breakfast for Arcadia students is Tuesday, May 1, at 10 p.m. in the Dining Hall. It is tradition for the faculty and staff to serve the students, so the Student Affairs Office is looking for potential candidates to help serve. To volunteer, contact Nick Luchko, Area Coordinator for Heinz, Knight, Manor and 1600 at luchkon@arcadia.edu or call 267-620-4126.

Volunteers Needed to Help with Commencement

Volunteers are needed to help with the May Commencement ceremonies. The Graduate Commencement will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, and the Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 18. Interested staff members should e-mail Donna Whitlock in University Relations by May 4 to volunteer. Interested student volunteers should contact Diana Bonner in Student Affairs at or call 215-572-2933.

Get Money for Your Textbooks!

The Bookstore Buy Back Days are Tuesday, May 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, May 2 and 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, May 4, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Monday, May 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday, May 8, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Let's Go!

Let's Go!

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

Take Back the Night, April 26

The annual Take Back the Night on Thursday, April 26, at 10 p.m. in the Castle Rose Room seeks to promote awareness and support for survivors of sexual assault. Sponsored by Peers and the Campus Life Staff, This symbolic evening is designed to take the power away from those who have victimized others and give it back to the survivors, encouraging them to share their survival stories.

In the evening of poetry and song, survivors of sexual assault are especially invited to share their personal stories. Off-campus guests are welcome. Donations will be collected at the door to benefit a local shelter. To participate with a piece of poetry, a song, or by telling a survival story, contact Emily Finch at finche93@arcadia.edu.

Komen On the Go™ Brings Breast Health Information, April 30

Komen On The GoArcadia University is the next stop on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure National Education Tour, with the Komen on the Go™ caravan making its way to campus on Monday, April 30. A nationwide initiative to deliver life-saving breast health information to all generations of women, Komen on the Go™ is stopping at more than 150 locations across the country to heighten awareness and educate women about this life-threatening disease.

At 9 a.m. Monday, the Komen on the Go™ pink trailer will park on the Arcadia campus, converting itself into an interactive learning center featuring computer kiosks, breast cancer educational materials, breast self-examination (BSE) guides, information on how to volunteer locally, registration cards for the Komen Philadelphia Race for the Cure, tips on supporting loved ones facing breast cancer and an eight-foot “graffiti wall” for students to share a memory or pledge their personal support in the cause to end breast cancer. The trailer will be on campus until 3 p.m.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists in the world and the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer, was established in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker as a promise to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. Since its establishment, the organization has raised nearly $1 billion through events such as the Komen Race for the Cure. For more information, visit www.komen.org or call 1-800 I’M AWARE.

Volunteers Needed: Volunteers are a crucial part of the tour, providing a more meaningful, fun and inviting environment for participants. Working in two-hour shifts, volunteers can expect to greet guests, pass out information around campus, or help inside the trailer with the computer stations or at the “graffiti wall.” (The shifts are: 9 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m.) Help also is needed to promote the event around campus and in the community. To sign-up, contact Kelly Frederick at or Claire Washington in Student Health Services.

Arabian Nights Class Performance, April 30

"The Arabian Nights" performance will take place on Monday, April 30, at 2 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium. It is free and open to everyone. This final project performance is by students in the interdisciplinary course TH/IS 155 The Storytelling Tradition: The Arabian Nights. Dr. Hayat Alvi-Aziz, Assistant Professor and Director of International Studies, and Michael Whistler, Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, are teaching the new course, which is an exploration of the storytelling tradition of the Arabic culture, with students using the masterpiece Middle Eastern epic to design their own theatrical event. The performance will feature selected stories from the 1,001 Nights (also called Arabian Night), for which the students, a blend of theatre and international studies majors, wrote the scripts and designed the performance. The performance will be a book-in-hand reading of a text for the stories developed by the cast. Watch for the shadow-puppet character as well as Alvi-Aziz and Whistler on the stage!

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.


Montgomery County Poet Laureate Named at Arcadia

Poet Laureate
David Simpson receiving Poet Laureate Award from Carolyn Forch

David Simpson, a Glenside native, was named Poet Laureate at the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Awards Ceremony hosted at Arcadia University on Friday, April 13, where renowned poet Carolyn Forche performed a reading of her work.

Simpson’s poetry has appeared in numerous journals including Alaska Quarterly Review, River Styx, The Cortland Review, Verse Daily, and La Petite Zine. In 2005, he was first runner-up in the Fraser Poetry Competition. In 2006 he received honorable mention in the Passager poetry contest and a Pushcart nomination from the Schuylkill Valley Journal. Read more about Simpson.

200 Experience Culture at Latin Expo

“The Second Annual Latin Expo was a huge success!” said Celina Gonzalez, Student Service Center Counselor. “With over 200 people in attendance, we could not have asked for a better educational and cultural event. We had current students, as well as some returning alumni and even a prospective student and his family who stayed after Countdown to see the Expo. We also had families and friends of the current Latino Association/Puro Ritmo.”

The Latin Expo exposed attendees to Latin culture through the use of student and cultural “exposures” (where students introduced themselves and expressed what their culture meant to them), various Latin foods and refreshments, and a slide show full of information about Latin countries and the history of Latin music and dance. The Latino Association/Puro Ritmo would like to send out special thanks to the following performers: Casa de Venezuela, Stony Brook University, Temple University, LaSalle University, and Kenney Sanchez. Thanks also go to the restaurants and donators, without whom this event would not have been possible: Mad 4 Mex Restaurant, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Zocalo Restaurant, Pathmark Inc., Black Awareness Society, Dr. Lathardus Goggins (Multicultural Affairs), Dr. Doreen Loury (Act 101), Dr. Rodolfo Schweizer (Modern Languages), Jan Finn (International Services), Joshua Stern (Residence Life), Parkhurst Dining Services, and Student Programming Board. 

“We would also like to send out a huge ‘congratulations!’ to all the Latino Association/Puro Ritmo members for a job well done!” said advisers Maya Castillo, Enrollment Management Assistant Director, and Gonzalez. “We all look forward to future Expos!”

Rotarians from India Visit Arcadia

Visiting Rotarians with alum Kerry Costello Null (center)  

Representatives from the Indian Rotarians visited campus yesterday. This group, hosted by Glenside Rotary member and Arcadia alum Kerry Costello Null ’92, ’95M, will spend the next 30 days in Pennsylvania, staying at host family residences and learning about the U.S. economy, education, arts, culture and much more.

This representative group was selected after an extensive interview and screening process from a pool of applicants numbering more than 75. The professions of these visitors ranges from an architect, who enjoyed the Castle tour led by President Jerry Greiner, an ENT (ear, nose and throat surgeon) who enjoyed hearing about Arcadia's Community and Public Health range of programs, a criminal lawyer who found communications programs led by Dr. Shekhar Deshpande exciting, as well as Dr. Warren Haffar's discussion about Arcadia's International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, a computer/IT business owner who enjoyed hearing from Vice President for Technology and CIO Param Bedi about his work on campus, and a horticultural engineer. Jay Vogel, Vice President of Advancement led the group to the Dining Hall, where they joined in student life and sampled the array of food choices. Their day ended with some pictures by the Castle. Glenside Rotary President Barbara Nye also helped host the visit.

Lip Sync Raises $500 for Virginia Tech RHC

On Thursday, April 19, more than 180 students came out to Stiteler Auditorium for Residence Hall Council’s Lip Sync ’07. The annual event is the kickoff to Spring Fling weekend, and this year all of the money raised will be donated to Virginia Tech’s Residence Hall Council to help with the recent tragedy. Over $500 was collected and Residence Hall Council thanks all who came out and supported this great event!

This year’s event was very successful, with Naughty by Nineties taking home the crown with a variety of ’80s and ’90s dance tunes. Knight Club placed second with a rendition of Footloose and a group led by Junior Natalie Harris came in third. There was also an exhibition act of first-year students doing their best to reprise the Spice Girls. Seniors Patrick Gleeson and Michael Fox kept the crowd entertained throughout the night as hosts. Their wacky and crazy antics had the crowd laughing the entire night.

Spring Day Brings Students Out for Some Sun

Kuch Field became a gathering spot of sorts once the sun finally emerged from its late-winter snooze this spring. Check out some photos of Arcadia students catching some rays, having a picnic, and enjoying the day on Monday.

Sports Update

Softball Team, Ranked 7th in East, Gears up for Playoffs

The NCAA Division III Softball Committee released its weekly poll on Thursday, April 19, recognizing the top eight teams by region, with overall in-region records through Sunday, April 22. The Arcadia Knights are 7th in the East region (20-5/18-3 PAC).

Senior Jenn Compton picked up PAC Pitcher of the Week honors for the second straight week. The senior hurler, playing through an injury to her pitching hand, notched a 4-0 record in conference play with 26 strikeouts and four runs for the Knights. Behind the plate, Compton recorded eight hits, three homeruns, one double, seven runs, three walks and 11 RBIs.

This week the softball team increased its winning streak to 17-0, playing Rosemont, Eastern, and Cabrini College before splitting with College Misericordia on Sunday, April, 22. The Knights remain tied for #1 seed with College Misericordia nearing the PAC Playoffs with an overall record of 28-6 and a PAC record of 18-2.

Connell and Pennepacker Sweep PAC Weekly Honors; Baseball Ranked 5th in Region

The Pennsylvania Athletic Conference recognized seniors John Connell and Tyler Pennepacker as this week's PAC Player and Pitcher of the Week. Connell and Pennepacker helped the Knights to a 3-0 week in the conference and a 6-0 week overall.

Pennepacker threw eight innings with 14 strikeouts to lead Arcadia past PAC foe Neumann College, breaking Arcadia's record for season wins with the team’s 21st win. Connell batted .545 (12 for 22) with 10 runs, three home runs, one double and eight RBIs. 

Arcadia, currently ranked 5th in the Mid-Atlantic Region, finished off the week 6-0 with a 4-1 victory over Elizabethtown on Sunday afternoon. Mike Ramsden picked up his second victory of the season, going 6 innings without allowing a run. Rich Ryan threw the final 3 frames as the Knights picked up their 21st win of the season. John Curreri had the big blow, a two-run triple that gave the Knights a four-run cushion, and they never looked back.

Arcadia's bats continued to stay hot with a double header sweep of conference opponent Neumann on Saturday, April 21. Steve Chobert and Steve Vassolotti picked up the wins for the Knights. In game one the Knights jumped out to a 4-0 lead only to have several miscues lead to Neumann taking a short-lived 5-4 lead going into the 5th. Then Arcadia unleashed the whole offensive arsenal in tallying 15 runs and turning a 5-4 deficit into a 19-5 drubbing. 

Player of the Year Fitzgerald Takes Home #1 Singles Crown

Junior Tim Fitzgerald was selected as the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Player of the Year for Men's Tennis on Friday, April 20, and by Saturday had the conference championship title at #1 Singles to go along with it.

Arcadia's #1 ace and top returner for next season needed three sets to get past Alvernia first-year Zachary Lockwood, but sandwiched two set wins around his second set loss, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to claim the crown.

Fitzgerald nearly took home the #1 Doubles title on Friday as he paired with senior Brett Zaba in the finals versus Marywood top guns, #1 Kyle McGee/ Joe Listanski, losing a close 8-6 set.

After beating Marywood's Jeremy Geadrities 6-0, 6-0 on Friday, first-year Kevin Langner found himself battling for the title at #2 Singles, with Cabrini's #1 Mike Digen eventually pulling out the 6-4, 6-4 win.

The #1 Singles Crown is Fitzgerlad's first. His Player of the Year nod this season accompanies his Rookie of the Year award from 2005.

For the most up-to-date news including Men’s Golf and Women’s Lacrosse, visit www.arcadia.edu/athletics.

Find the lastest scores and more at www.arcadia.edu/athletics.

Publication Information

Contributors: Bridget Curtis '08, International student Alice Quigley and Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations Administrative Assistant. Photos: Joshua Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology and Janet Gala, University Relations Publications Manager. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

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