May 8, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 8, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Take the Promise Survey Today!

The Arcadia PromisePlease take a few minutes to complete a short survey on the Arcadia Promise. Click on this link, Promise Survey, and share your feedback on the Arcadia Promise with President Jerry Greiner, who will use the results of this survey to help determine how to improve Arcadia. Students who participate will be eligible to win a $100 gift certificate.

Arcadia to Award Three Honorary Degrees

Arcadia University will award three honorary degrees at its two Commencement ceremonies this month. About 400 graduating students will attend each of the two ceremonies, one for the awarding of baccalaureate degrees on May 18 and the other for the awarding of master's and doctoral degrees on May 17. The honorary degree recipients are:

  • FulbrightHarriet Mayor Fulbright, Doctor of Humane Letters. Fulbright is President of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, a non-profit organization that serves to advance the work of her late husband, Sen. J. William Fulbright, and to continue her own lifework. The Fulbright Center promotes world peace and nonviolent means of resolving conflicts through international collaborations and education programs.
  • PollakThe Honorable Louis Pollak, Doctor of Laws. Pollak has been a "public force" for civil rights, liberties and racial diversity, including serving as a consultant to Thurgood Marshall in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. Pollak also served as Dean of the Yale Law School and on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
  • HellendallWalter Hellendall, Doctor of Humane Letters. Hellendall is a retired local businessman and philanthropist who graduated from Arcadia in 1977 at the age 65, becoming one of the University's first male graduates. For 47 years, he owned and operated a Pepperidge Farm Products distributorship in Abington, Pa. In addition to his extensive service to Arcadia, he has served on the boards of many area non-profit organizations. 

Parking, Shuttle Service for Commencement

With a record number of graduates for Arcadia’s two Commencement ceremonies—Graduate Commencement on May 17 and Undergraduate Commencement on May 18—special parking and traffic patterns will be in effect.

One-way traffic patterns will be enforced to accommodate the large number of cars on campus on both days. Traffic will enter from Church Road and will move counterclockwise until reaching the parking areas. Guests with disabilities can be dropped off between Boyer Hall and Kuch Center.

For the Undergraduate Commencement on May 18, additional parking and shuttle service will be available at Cheltenham High School, beginning at 5:30 a.m. Pick up and drop off will be in the area behind Knight/Heinz and Taylor. Faculty and staff must park at the high school and use the shuttle.

Small Epiphany: ‘Both American and Black’ in London

As an African American female studying abroad, “I often worried how my race would affect my presence while in Britain,” writes Idroma Montgomery ’06, in an article published in the current issue of Diversity Digest. A recent Arcadia graduate, Montgomery spent a semester abroad in London. “The English do not automatically associate blackness with America,” she writes. Blackness in London encompasses Afro-Caribbean, Nigerian, biracial English, and more. “I found that when confronted with a host of nationalities with such a strong remembrance of their own histories, ‘African American’ as an identity became problematic. For possibly the first time I recognized what it meant to have a country, to be both American and black. From that small epiphany I started to view race relations in a completely different manner.” Read more of Montgomery’s article.

Montgomery initially wrote the piece for a course for Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Associate Professor of Education, and parts of the article were used in a paper Montgomery co-authored with Assistant Provost Jeffrey Shultz for an AAC&U meeting presentation last fall. Says Shultz, “Idroma’s article is one of the best accounts of study abroad and its relationship to life back home that I’ve ever read.”

Breakfast, Lunch in The Chat, Starting May 9

Dining ServicesBeginning Wednesday, May 9, Dining Services will serve breakfast and lunch at The Chat from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday-Friday. One pass through the line for Breakfast (eggs any style, one type of breakfast meat, breakfast potatoes, and a fountain juice or coffee) is $4. Lunch will be served a la carte. The Dining Hall will be closed from Wednesday, May 9, to Friday, July 6. The Faculty Dining Hall and Brubaker Café will close Wednesday, May 9, and reopen at the start of the fall semester.

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.

Upcoming Events

Let's Go!

Let's Go!

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

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.

Senior Farewell Celebration, May 17 

All members of the University community (students, faculty and staff) are invited to attend the 2007 Senior Farewell Celebration on Thursday, May 17, from 9 p.m. until midnight in the Castle.

Spring Staff Assembly Meeting, June 6

Staff Council EventStaff Council will host a Spring Staff Assembly meeting on Wednesday, June 6, in the Castle Rose Room from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Hear campus updates from President Jerry Greiner, Vice President of Enrollment Management Dana Davies, and fellow Arcadia staff. For those in attendance, there will be a “Philly breakfast” provided and a chance to win a gift card to The Cheesecake Factory worth $100! “With so many reasons to attend, we hope to see you there!” says Andrew Johnson, Staff Council Chair. Contact him at with any questions. 

It’s Phillies Time with Arcadia Staff, June 15

Staff Council EventStaff and their families are invited to Citizens Bank Park on Friday, June 15, at 7:05 p.m. to see the Phillies take on the Detroit Tigers. Tickets are $23 each. Contact Jenn Haring at or Celina Gonzalez at as soon as possible to reserve tickets. Payment will be needed by June 1.

More events can be found on the Events Calendar.


Students Turn Out for Komen on the Go!

Komen on the Go at Arcadia

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure National Education Tour’s pit stop at Arcadia was a great success. On Monday, April 30, the Komen on the Go pink caravan was greeted by 123 students, staff and faculty who were able to interact with the Komen on the Go staff, sit at the kiosks and learn about breast cancer, self-breast exams and share information about loved ones affected by the disease.

Event coordinator Kimberly Kirchhoff noted of the Arcadia community: “The students were so responsive to the information we were providing. Many of the students shared stories with us about loved ones who had been affected by breast cancer as well as students sharing their own stories of discovering lumps—it just goes to show that breast cancer does affect everyone. Thank you for making our stop at Arcadia such a success!”

Senior Thesis Art Show Opening

Senior Thesis Art Opening

Crowds packed the Arcadia University Art Gallery, Spruance Fine Arts Center and Murphy Hall on Friday evening, April 27, to celebrate the opening of Senior Thesis 2007, an exhibiton of works by graduating Fine Arts majors that runs through Friday, May 18. View photos. Show info.

65 Participate in Walk for Wellness

The Walk for Wellness 2007 was a phenomenal success. The totals are in, and this year’s event raised $687. More than 65 individuals participated in the walk, and a total of 100 shirts were sold.

The following winners have been acknowledged:

  • Kelly Parimeter, fastest student—Starbucks certificate and an Arcadia mug, courtesy of Enrollment Management and the Templeton Bookstore, respectively.
  • Ginny Blaisdell, coordinator with the largest membership—Starbucks certificate courtesy of Enrollment Management.
  • Julie Rosner, team coordinator raising the most money—Starbucks certificate and Arcadia mug; team gets Rita’s Water Ice certificates.
  • Joy Zazzera, individual raising the most money (honorable mention to WJ)—Starbucks certificate and Arcadia mug.

Student volunteers included the following:

  • Kelly Frederick, Arcadia For a Better Community student representative who assisted with student sign ups—movie tickets for two and an Arcadia mug.
  • Brittany Watterson-Tyler, student who assisted with student sign ups and day of events coordination—movie tickets for two and an Arcadia mug.

Workout DVDs were given by Student Health Services to the following student organizations:

  • Department of Medical Science and Community Health (Physician Assistant) for providing blood pressure screenings and information.
  • Cheerleaders and Exalted Movements for cheering walkers.   

Thank you to the following Walk for Wellness 2007 sponsors: Athletics Department for shirts and warm-up; Arcadia for a Better Community for student registration and support; Alumni Relations for two Starbucks certificates; Templeton Bookstore for five mugs; Counseling Department for staff registration; Education Department for staff registration; Enrollment Management/Financial Aid for two Starbucks gift cards and two sets of movie tickets; Exalted Movements for the cheering squad; Nick Luckho and Cat Mattingly for music and announcements; Parkhurst for water and fruit; PA student volunteers for blood pressures; Julie Rosner’s Team staff registration and support; Student Activities for iTunes; Student Health Center for prizes, giveaways, shirts and event coordination; Treasurer’s Office for staff registration and support; and University Relations for campus posters and publicity.

Sports Update

Baseball Places Four on All PAC, Coach of the Year

Baseball 2007

Arcadia placed two players on the First Team All PAC, two on the Second Team All PAC and one on the Push the Rock Sportsmanship Team. In his first year as the head coach for Arcadia Baseball, Kevin Woodbridge, of Bangor, Pa., was selected by his peers as the 2007 PAC Coach of the Year. Woodbridge's Knights built up an impressive 24-12 record and finished atop the conference regular season standings at 17-4 before being eliminated by eventual PAC Champion Gwynedd-Mercy in the elimination game of the tournament on Saturday, 6-5. 

Voted to the First Team were seniors Tyler Pennepacker and John Connell. Junior Ken Spangenberg and senior Dave Morris took home Second Team All PAC.  Morris was also placed on the Push the Rock All Sportsmanship Team.  

Connell is leaving his mark on the Arcadia record books.  He will leave AU as the third best hitter (581 at bats with 216 hits and 13 home runs) and the school leader in doubles with 51, RBIs with 160 and a career batting average of .371.

Pennepacker registered perhaps his most impressive season on the mound for Arcadia as he set his personal best in hits (42), runs (28) and walks (27) allowed while striking out 73 opponents, up from the 51 he posted during his junior year. He leaves with a career ERA of 4.08 (2nd all time), 203 strikeouts (3rd all time), through 37 games started (2nd all time) in 222.5 innings pitched (2nd all time) with a school record of 23 wins. 

In the PAC championship over the weekend, Wesley upended Arcadia 5-2 on Friday to force the Knights into Saturday’s elimination game against Gwynedd-Mercy College.  Arcadia battled back from a 5-run deficit to cut the Griffins lead to 6-4 in the ninth. With two on and two out, the Griffins caught potential-winning run Connell swinging to end the game. The Knights (24-12) must wait until Monday, May 14, to find out if they have been selected to participate in the NCAA Regional Tournament.

Softball Places 6 on All PAC , Player and Coach of the Year

Softball 2007

As the Arcadia Softball team hosted its first and last PAC Championship tournament this past weekend, the #1 seeded Knights were surprisingly ousted from the tournament by eventual champion Misericordia. 

Head Coach Linda Detra was honored by her peers with Coach of the Year honors as her Knights finished the year 31-10 and 20-2 in conference play.

Senior Jenn Compton ended her collegiate softball career with All PAC Player of the Year honors as well as First Team honors for both pitching and as an infielder. Senior Laura Fencik received First Team nod as the Knight’s Designated Player while junior Danielle Discher was honored as a member of the First Team as an outfielder. 

The Knights also placed three players on the Second Team All PAC: first-year Danielle Abrams, senior Jenn Jackson and senior Kristin Law. Sophomore Kiersten Hughes, AU’s only returning pitcher, picked up honorable mention while senior Dana Shay was named to the Push the Rock All Sportsmanship team.

Both Compton and Fencik have built up impressive resumes, and will likely by adding more accolades as Regional awards are announced this week. At the plate, Compton, batting .388 for her career, registered 158 runs off 203 hits to include 42 doubles, 8 triples, 54 walks, 36 homeruns and 173 RBIs with 13 stolen bases. From the hill, she notched a school record 56 wins with just 13 losses in 69 games started (53 complete games). She hurled 16 shutouts in 447.3 innings pitched. Compton also owns the school strikeout record with 338 and allowed 91 earned runs out of 164 for an impressive 1.42 ERA. In each of her four years, Compton was honored with First Team All Pennsylvania Athletic Conference, All PAC Academic Team, Regional All American and Academic All American. She also received PAC Rookie of the Year honors as well as the Arcadia Senior Scholar Athlete award and the school’s NCAA Woman of Year award.

Fencik, known for her powerful bat, averaged .397 from the plate for her career, collected 194 hits, 111 runs scored, 34 doubles, 4 triples, 53 walks, a school record 51 homeruns (2nd all time in NCAA Division III) and 172 RBIs. Fencik also received Arcadia’s Senior Scholar Athlete award and has been a very dynamic member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee at the school and conference level. In each of her four years, Fencik was selected to the All Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Team. She was selected to the Regional All American team for three years and in her sophomore year led the country in four categories for Division III (homeruns, homeruns per game, total bases and RBIs). 

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in the news

SEPTA busAs seen in Mount Airy: Arcadia is advertising its Summer Special for Teachers courses on area SEPTA bus routes. Be on the lookout for Center City taxis digitally advertising the MBA program.

Arcadia University was mentioned as one of 140 schools attending the first annual College and Post-Secondary Education Fair at Daniel Hand High School, Madison, Conn., at reported in the April 19 Source (Madison, Conn.)

Arcadia University’s honorary degree recipients were listed among those appearing at area college graduations in the May 3 Philadelphia Inquirer.

Students in the News

Angela DiCarne has been named the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year by the Montgomery County Counseling Association. Set to graduate this May with a Master of Arts in Counseling, DiCarne works at Lenape Valley Foundation in Doylestown, Pa., as a therapist for the Program of Assertive Community Treatment (PACT). According to DiCarne, “PACT is a service-delivery model that provides comprehensive, locally based treatment to people with serious and persistent mental illnesses.” DiCarne was chosen as outstanding graduate of the year due to her compassion and trustworthiness when dealing with people.

Joshua Baker, a junior majoring in International Studies, was mentioned in an article in the April 12 Gouverneur Tribune-Press, (Gouverneur, N.Y.) on his participation in the Harvard World Model United Nations seminar in Geneva, Switzerland. Baker’s assignment was as a representative of Ireland to the World Health Organization with the topic of discussion being Afghanistan and combating communicable diseases in a post-conflict country, children and HIV/AIDS. The goal of the students at the end of the week was to produce a United Nations-style resolution that addressed the issues discussed over the length of the seminar.

Faculty in the News

Drs. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Ana Maria Garcia, Norah Shultz and Jeff Shultz, members of Arcadia’s Shared Futures team, will have an article published in the next edition of Diversity Digest. The Digest is being transformed into a new publication that will focus on domestic diversity, global connections and civic engagement. The article, which focuses on the new General Education curriculum, will be in the first issue of the reformed digest.

Dr. Phil McClure, Professor of Physical Therapy, was mentioned in an article in the May 7 Los Angeles Times, “Get tough with shoulder injuries.” Read more.

Dr. Hayat Alvi-Azia, Assistant Professor and Director of International Studies, gave a lecture at the Glenside Free Library on April 22 on “The Role of Women in the Arab World,” as reported in the April 18 Ambler Gazette (Fort Washington, Pa.). Her lecture was on the human rights of women in the Arab world historically and today. The article quoted Hayat-Alvi-Aziz as saying, “These oil rich countries are not necessarily good for women’s status and human development, including their freedoms and rights.”

Dr. Marlene Archie, Adjunct Professor of English, had an article published in the Journal of Black Studies. The article, “An Afrocentric Critique or the Locating of Dislocation: An Example from Contemporary Practice,” focuses on Joyce A. Joyce’s Black Studies as Human Studies, a contemporary literary work identified as an African American Studies text. Archie argues that the drive to humanize suggested in the title of Joyce’s work is maneuvered not by the “particular cultural voice of the composite African,” but rather is guided conceptually by Eurocentric constructs.

Staff in the news

Bill Elnick’s appointment as Arcadia’s Registrar was reported in the May 6 School Notes section of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The 10! Show The Student Affairs staff recently attended a taping of the NBC 10! Show on Thursday, May 3. Starting out as the staff’s annual retreat, the trip quickly turned into something much more. Thanks to a connection with one of the producers, the Student Affairs staff was acknowledged, dressed in their new matching blue polo shirts, and, after hearing of Vice President for Student Affairs Jan Walbert’s appointment as President of the national organization NASPA, the producers made a segment with Walbert discussing issues for parents who are about to send students to college.

Alumni in the News

Barbara Burke, who earned an M.Ed. in 1974, was named the Philadelphia School District’s teacher of the year on May 3 as reported in the article “Lesson complete with inspiration,” May 4 in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Burke was one of 12 finalists from among 11,000 teachers. In 1975 she left teaching to stay at home and raise her two children. In 2000 she went back to teaching at the Austin Meehan Middle School. Read more.

Marion K. Rosenbaum, who earned a B.A. in Chemistry in 1968, is the archivist at Gwynedd-Mercy College and spoke at the Fort Washington Historical Society on April 17, as mentioned in the April 2007 Upper Dublin East Enterprise (Ardsley, Pa.). Rosenbaum’s talk was on the story of Gwynedd-Mercy College, which began in 1831 with the founding of the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland by Catherine McAuley.

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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