May 1, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 1, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

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Living the Promise: Kirby Coughlin '07

INTEGRATIVE LEARNING: More than 40 years since America's involvement in Vietnam and four years into the Iraq War, Kirby Coughlin is on a mission to help a new generation of veterans by finding out more about the last generation. Her senior thesis is also a personal journey where she hopes to learn more about her father, who served in Vietnam. "My dad, uncle and grandpop were all veterans."

They Did the Promise Survey—You Can, Too!

PY 311 Class  
Psychology 331 students with Drs. Marianne Miserandino and Les Sdorow  

Students in Psychology 331 designed this spring’s survey about the Arcadia Promise. Asked to produce a survey for President Jerry Greiner that would gather information that could be used to improve Arcadia, the students drafted open-ended questions, pilot tested them with Arcadia community members, and then used that input to craft the final survey language.

“As we bring the semester to a conclusion, I would like to ask students, faculty, staff and trustees to take just a few minutes to complete this short survey on the Arcadia Promise,” Greiner said. “And I would like to thank students in Psychology 331 who designed this survey as their class project. I am very pleased with the work they did testing the survey to ensure that it will provide meaningful results.”

Please click on this link: Promise Survey, and share your feedback on the Arcadia Promise.

A student will be selected at random from the first 100 who return the survey and will receive a $100 gift certificate! Another student will be selected from the second 100 responders and will receive a $100 gift certificate. And then a third student will be selected from the remaining responders before May 11 to receive a third $100 gift certificate.

Arcadia University’s Black Male Development Symposium 2007

Black Male Development SymposiumArcadia University and Village Builders Inc. host the fourth annual Black Male Development Symposium on Arcadia’s campus Saturday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Black Male Development Symposium provides an opportunity for youth, adults, educational institutions, community organizations and individuals to participate in a one-day symposium designed to address the life-threatening issues facing black male youth and adults.

Special speakers include: Hill Harper (author and actor from CSI: New York), Mister Mann Frisby, Solomon Jones, Patrick Oliver, Lacy Clark, Salome Thomas El, Thabiti Boone, Sheron Umi Smith, and Nasser Jones. The day also includes an Author’s Literary Pavilion, a Health Fair, and college prep and community resources. 

Symposium workshops include: Reclaiming the Black Male Image, Educate to Elevate, Family and Relationships, Health, Wellness and Spirituality, and Strategies and Techniques in Service Delivery to African American Males. Register online at by Friday, May 4. For more information, call the symposium hotline at 215-572-8510. 

Half of Arcadia’s Seniors Earn Study Abroad Credit

Study AbroadOne half of Arcadia University’s seniors graduating on Friday, May 18, have earned credits studying abroad toward the completion of their degree requirements, up from about a third last year.

Of the 420 graduating seniors, 204 earned credits abroad, spending a semester or more overseas or participating in summer or short-term experiences involving international travel.

“With more than 90 programs around the world—and faculty committed to bringing global perspectives into all facets of the curriculum, Arcadia turns the world into a classroom for all our students,” says Arcadia President Jerry Greiner. Through Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad, Arcadia provides students in every major the opportunity to spend a semester overseas in programs in 13 countries. The University's Pathways to Study Abroad Web site details study abroad options for each major.

“Arcadia’s commitment to internationalization is as visible as the flags that line the central quad representing each country where students are studying abroad and the home countries of international students—and the colored sashes worn by graduating seniors representing credits earned abroad,” Greiner adds. “Permeating the curriculum with the educational experience of studying in a foreign land is at the core of Arcadia’s efforts. While a decade ago few students traveled abroad, now half of Arcadia University undergraduates spend a semester or more abroad, and I expect to see that percentage continue to climb as prospective students recognize our commitment to global education and come to Arcadia specifically for that reason. More than 87% of the freshman class that entered in Fall 2006 used their passports in their first year.”

The Class of 2007 includes the first group of students to participate in Arcadia’s First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE). They spent their first college semester in London in the Fall of 2003.

Shultz Appointed as Assistant Provost for Special Projects; Haffar Named Associate Dean for Internationalization

Provost and Academic Vice President Michael Berger has announced two new appointments in the Academic Affairs unit. Dr. Jeffrey Shultz, who has served as Associate Dean for Internationalization since 2001, will become Assistant Provost for Special Projects. In making the announcement of Shultz’s new appointment, Berger thanked him for his many contributions as Associate Dean in the areas of internationalization over the past six years. In his new role as Assistant Provost, Shultz will continue to be part of the AAC&U Shared Futures project team and to oversee Arcadia’s participation in the ACE Internationalization Laboratory. In addition, he will be the point person for grants pertaining to internationalization and globalization and will collaborate with his successor, Dr. Warren Haffar (see below), on other initiatives in those areas. Shultz also will undertake activities connected with the implementation of that portion of the recently approved new General Education Program that requires experiences abroad or in a different culture. Finally, he will work with Provost Berger on other special projects and assignments designed to enhance the effectiveness of, and satisfaction regarding, the Arcadia academic experience for both students and faculty. Shultz will continue to teach courses during the academic year.

At the same time, Provost Berger appointed Dr. Haffar as Associate Dean for Internationalization. Among the duties that Haffar will perform in his new role are to: (1) Oversee the development and maintenance of a long-range, strategic plan for non-CEA international programs and initiatives at Arcadia University; (2) Promote, guide, develop, support, and evaluate Arcadia’s international programs, initiatives, and services in conjunction with department chairs, program directors, and their respective faculty members; (3) Educate students and faculty members about the potential importance of study abroad for their academic interests; (4) Work closely with faculty to internationalize the University’s academic offerings in Glenside, including bringing foreign scholars and guests to campus and assisting with the recruitment of international students; and (5) Establish and maintain bilateral partnerships with universities, organizations, and agencies in other countries so as to enhance student and faculty exchange programs, short-term study abroad programs, and the development of online or traditional programs with partner institutions abroad. In addition, Haffar will continue to function as Director of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) master’s degree program and teach in that program as well.

Do French Presidential Elections Hold Lessons for U.S.?

Douglas Andrew Yates

The departure of Jacques Chirac, President of the French Republic for many years, paved the way for a hotly contested 12-candidate presidential election last week, with a two-candidate runoff vote on May 6. Dr. Douglas Andrew Yates, a political scientist at Arcadia’s affiliated campus in Paris, provides commentary on the French political scene for the Bulletin. Will France beat the United States to the punch with its first woman president? Read Yates’ commentary.

Yates teaches comparative politics and research methodology at the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD) in Paris, which became an affiliated campus of Arcadia more than a year ago. Students earning a Master of Arts degree in International Relations and Diplomacy receive special Arcadia University diplomas. The International Relations and Diplomacy degree is a natural complement to Arcadia’s global perspective at the master’s level and a likely progression for Arcadia students in many undergraduate majors, such as International Studies and Political Science. Read more about Arcadia’s new campus in Paris.

Enter to Win $100 or Risk Throwing Away $4,500?!

Don’t miss out—today, May 1, is the last day for Pennsylvania undergraduates to file the 2007-08 FAFSA in order to receive consideration for PHEAA State Grant aid next year (a potential of up to $4,500 per year!). Students can file the FAFSA on-line at before midnight tonight. For assistance filing the FAFSA today, visit the Student Service Center on the ground floor of Knight Hall before 6:30 p.m. Those Pennsylvania undergraduates who stop in to file their 2007-08 FAFSA today will receive something to satisfy their sweet tooth and will be entered into a drawing to win one of three $100 Visa gifts card to be used at the store of their choice. Bring 2006 federal tax returns, bank statements and investment information to simplify the process. If you don’t have all this information handy, still come by to at least get assistance in submitting the form before it’s too late—corrections can be submitted later. Don’t miss out on the potential to get up to $4,500 in PHEAA grant money for next year, something sweet and a chance to win a $100 prize!

Summer Employment Positions Available

Students who are interested in on-campus summer employment should stop by the Student Service Center to fill out an application. Placements will be made after May 1 on a first-come, first-served basis, and students will be notified via e-mail of their placement. Students can begin working at their placement on Wednesday, May 9. In order to work on campus over the summer, students do not need to have campus work study on their financial aid packages. The Student Service Center is located on the ground floor of Knight Hall. Contact the Student Service Center at 215-517-2339 or

Staff Council Recognizes Student for Recycling Leadership

Jeff Murphy is a student who is a notable pioneer in Arcadia University’s conservation and recycling efforts. Most offices and classrooms have received recycling bins across campus thanks to Murphy, Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Capital Planning, and the Facilities Department. Macchi said of Murphy’s efforts, “Jeff has walked every building, talked to countless people and placed hundreds of the bins throughout our campus.” The Facilities Department is working on outfitting classrooms with new recycling bins to ensure that each classroom will have three bins: one for garbage, one for paper, and another for glass/plastic/aluminum. The next step in this process is to outfit the residence halls with these same receptacles. Staff Council recognizes the dedication of Jeff Murphy, Tom Macchi, and the Facilities Department and thanks them for making a difference on campus.

Rawlins, Senior to Exhibit Scientific Illustrations

Illustration by Ben Smith

Senior Ben Smith and Fine Arts Department Chair Scott Rawlins have been selected by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators' jury to exhibit at the GNSI annual meeting in Montana this summer at the Lower Gallery of Cheever Hall, Montana State University campus in Bozeman.

Smith will be exhibiting a drawing of a dragonfly he completed last fall in Rawlins’ Scientific Illustration I class. It was generated using a medium known as "plastic pencil" (a mixture of vinyl and graphite) on a piece of film—in other words, plastic on plastic. Rawlins’ piece is of a yellow trillium (Trillium luteum) done in colored pencil for the Philadelphia Flower Show in 2004.

Smith’s recent capstone project, grew from an internship at the Academy of Natural Sciences and involves research on a new species of catfish, notes Rawlins. “In addition, Ben has been interacting with Kyle Luckenbill, a recent Arcadia graduate who works full-time in the Ichthyology Department at the Academy.”

"Over the past ten years ichthyologists from around the world have been trawling rivers, hiking through jungles and scaling remote waterfalls in an effort to catalogue thousands of undiscovered catfish species as part of the All Catfish Species Inventory project,” Smith notes. “An estimated 2,000 undiscovered species live in the waterways of Central and South America, many of which remain to be described simply because of the natural and logistical obstacles associated with navigating these areas. The Ichthyology Department at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia has been working on this project for years and is credited with finding several new and intriguing species.” Smith’s work showed two new species: Lacantunia enigmatica and one that has no scientific name yet but belongs to the genus Pimelodella.

“The majority of the work on these images was done on the computer, which has proved to be a very helpful tool for scientific illustration,” Smith adds. “Due to the fact that an illustrator’s work is almost always viewed as a reproduction in some periodical, working digitally enables one to finish work quickly and distribute the final product efficiently."

17 Nominated for Senior Golden Disc

Arcadia faculty, staff and senior class students nominated 17 of their peers to contend for the prestigious Senior Golden Disc, awarded annually at Commencement by the Alumni Association. Several names were inadvertently omitted from the list. Please see the complete list of Senior Golden Disc nominees.

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 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.)

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.

Free Ice Cream at Food and Water Forum, May 2

“How much do you really know about what you’re putting in your body? Come join us to learn more about global food and water issues that affect us all,” say FYSAE students who went abroad in Fall 2006. They are doing their final presentations on Wednesday, May 2, at 4:30 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. They’ve been investigating food and water issues from a global perspective and are hosting the Food and Water Forum as part of their final for ID 108 Study Abroad and Global Philadelphia.

Sign Up for Faculty/Staff vs. Seniors Softball Game

On Tuesday, May 15, at 1 p.m., the fourth annual Faculty/Staff vs. Seniors softball game will take place on the upper softball field. This is a great way to interact with the Class of 2007 before graduation. All faculty and staff members who are interested in playing should contact Nick Luchko, Student Affairs Area Coordinator, or Norah Shultz, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, by Friday, May 11. Students in the Class of 2007 should contact Kevin Hughes.

ALANA Students Get Heritage Stoles, May 11

The ALANA Recognition Ceremony for graduating students of African, Latino, Asian and Native American (ALANA) descent and their families is Friday, May 11, at 3:30 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. The students are recognized at this ceremony for their unique journey to graduation. Students are presented a graduation heritage stole by a person significant to their success. The event is open to all in the Arcadia community.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.


Students Demonstrate Excellence at Capstone

Capstone ProjectsCapstone is a special time at Arcadia, a chance for graduating students not only to present their work, but also to get recognized by their peers, faculty, family and friends. On Friday, April 27, hundreds packed into Murphy Hall, the Spruance Fine Arts Center, Kuch Center, and even more locations as many departments held their presentations. Click here for highlights. For a schedule of the remaining Capstone events, visit

Jenn Ihle Wins Knight Star

IhleAU Knight Star 2007 went off without a hitch on Friday, April 13! Stiteler Auditorium was full of family, friends and students cheering on the 10 Knight Star contestants! After a very competitive first round, Christina Rynearson, Sara Accardi and Jenn Ihle went on to the finals to battle it out with one more song sung by each. Ihle was crowned Arcadia University's Knight Star winner with her show-stopping renditions of Anytime and I Can't Make You Love Me. Please contact Cate Rooney if you would like to order a DVD of the show. “Thank you to everyone who donated and supported AU Knight Star,” says Rooney. “We are presenting Autism Speaks with a check for $8,300! Keep an eye out for AU Knight Star next year, when it will benefit breast cancer awareness with the Susan G. Komen Foundation receiving all donations! Thank you for your continued support!”

Sports Update

Baseball, Softball Both Finish as No. 1 Seeds

With the final days of the 2006-07 academic year winding down and Arcadia’s 15-year history as a member of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference drawing to a close, the Knights continue to find themselves at the forefront of conference championship play.

Over the weekend, Arcadia baseball and softball put an exclamation point on top of two spectacular seasons by securing the #1 seed for the conference championships and the right to host each tournament. Baer Stadium in Boyertown serves as the PAC Baseball Championship site Friday through Sunday, while the PAC Softball Championship takes place at the Blankley Softball Field on campus on Saturday and Sunday.

Baseball rounded out regular season play going 3-2 on the week, including a three-game series sweep of Marywood over the weekend to help secure the #1 seed for the playoffs. Softball played a 3-2 week, with non-conference losses coming at DeSales and Haverford. Senior pitcher Jenn Compton notched her 17th win on the mound, her 200th hit and PAC Pitcher of the Week honors for the third straight week, all while playing through an injury to her pitching hand.

The most up-to-date bracket information on these tournaments will be posted at, including directions to both facilities.

Tennis, Golf Also Host Championships

Arcadia played host to two other conference championship this spring. The Knights hosted the Men’s Tennis Championships in Allentown, where junior Tim Fitzgerald won the #1 singles title and conference player of the year accolades. The men’s golf team, taking seventh place out of a nine-team field, hosted the conference championships this past weekend at the Center Valley Club, Center Valley, Pa., where junior Jay Willis was recognized with All Conference Sportsmanship honors. 

Lacrosse Ends Season on High Note

Lacrosse 2007

Earlier in the week, Arcadia Lacrosse concluded the season with an impressive 17-1 victory over Lancaster Bible College. Twelve different Arcadia players found the twine, including senior co-captain and defender Michelle McLoughlin, who notched her first collegiate goal in her final game as a Knight. The team will graduate two seniors, McLoughlin and her defensive counterpart Stacy Spezzano. 

Find the lastest scores and more at

in the news

The concert “Rock the Cause” to benefit the global war on poverty was mentioned in the March 21 Ambler Gazette and the March 22 Springfield Sun (Fort Washington, Pa.). Jessica Boyer ’07, one of the concert’s co-promoters, was quoted as saying, “Last year’s focus was on Africa, and so we wanted to change that focus because we believe it’s important for people to recognize that poverty is a global issue affecting so many, and that it does exits right here at home.”

Faculty in the News

Paula Winokur, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts, and her exhibit Geological Sites, which was exhibited in November and December 2006 at the Arcadia University Art Gallery, was reviewed in the April 2007 Inside Magazine (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Linda Hunt Beckman, Adjunct Professor of English, wrote an article in the April 19 Philadelphia Daily News, “Single-payer is the way to go,” on Pennsylvania’s health care, noting that statistics show that this approach provides better care.

Alumni in the News

Jennifer Bryant ’00, who earned her M.A. in English and who returned to campus in 2006 as a Visiting Writer to talk about her critically acclaimed verse novel The Trial, was featured March 25 in the Daily Local News (West Chester, Pa.). In the article “The Writing Life,” Bryant shares her process of how she has written 15 books for small children and young adults. “Good writing,” she said, “comes from the senses and memory.” Most of her ideas come from memories of her own childhood and tales told to her by family members. “The writing life is not as much fun as it looks, and I certainly don’t believe in writer’s block. What I believe in is hard, hard work. That’s what makes a success.”

Students in the News

John Connell, a senior on Arcadia’s baseball team, was featured in an April 25 article in The Express-Times (Easton, Pa.). Connell plays first base and is considered one of Arcadia’s all-time best players, batting .381 and establishing school records for doubles and RBIs. “My career’s gone by fast, too fast. I couldn’t have asked for anything better baseball-wise. It’s the best four years I’ve ever had in baseball.”

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 Matt Wolf , University Relations Publications Assistant. Web Producer: Sue Gettlin, University Relations Web Designer. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

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