May 15, 2007
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 15, 2007 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

East African Deputy Secretary General to Honor IPCR Graduates

Cheluget visits Arcadia  
Dr. Cheluget (second from right) and IPCR faculty and students during a previous visit to Arcadia.

Leigh Griggs and several other students in Arcadia’s International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s program spent part of this academic year in Arusha, Tanzania, helping to set up the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research, a joint effort of the East African Community and Arcadia University. On Thursday, May 17, Dr. Kipyego Cheluget, Deputy Secretary General of Projects and Programmes for the East African Community, will attend Arcadia’s Commencement to help honor Griggs and the other master’s degree recipients.

As Cheluget says thank you to the graduating students, his visit also sets the stage for a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Nyerere Centre for Peace Research planned for July 13 in Arusha with Arcadia University President Jerry Greiner. The official opening of the Centre this summer will herald a steady stream of both graduate and undergraduate students who will have the opportunity to study abroad in Tanzania. Read more.

Traffic Congestion Expected at Record Commencements

Record numbers of students will be graduating at Arcadia’s two ceremonies this week: Graduate Commencement on Thursday, May 17, at 5 p.m. and Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 18, at 10:15 a.m. Attendees, faculty and staff are reminded that traffic flow in and around campus will become very congested.

Public Safety staff and Cheltenham Police will be positioned at various traffic posts around campus several hours prior to the beginning of each ceremony. On Thursday, faculty and staff will be permitted to park on campus. On Friday, all faculty and staff need to park off campus. Remote parking will be available in the Cheltenham High School parking lot with shuttle service to and from campus. The shuttle service runs from 5:30 a.m. through 7 p.m. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., the pick up and drop off for the shuttle will be in front of Taylor Hall. 

Forensic Science Students Get Lesson of the Heart

“It’s the last day of class and the students have relaxed a bit,” writes Arcadia University Forensic Science Adjunct Professor Arthur Young at the Crime Lab Project blog. Young oversees the internal internship for Forensic Science master’s students, their last step before graduating. The internship, conducted at the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation, is a simulated case where the students analyze evidence in a real crime lab, write lab reports several inches thick with details about their analysis and DNA extraction, and then explain those findings in a court testimony exercise.

On Friday, May 4, writes Young, a forensic biologist at NMS Labs, “The last case has been solved, and with their last testimony exercise over, there are no surprises left. No surprises, save one: Television crews and reporters have arrived to interview the young forensic scientists...”

What the students think has been a simulated case has actually been the recreation of an actual case that Young helped solve in his role as a Forensic Biologist at NMS Labs. Rape/murder victim 15-year-old Deanna Wright-McIntosh was just 15 when she disappeared. It was Christmas Eve 2004 when Young got the DNA results that showed that the burned remains found in a 55-gallon drum were a match for Wright-McIntosh. He recalled the heavy emotional burden of being the first to know that not far from his lab, “there were Christmas presents under a tree that would never be opened.” Read more.

Walbert Testifies on Campus Safety at House Committee

Jan WalbertVice President for Student Affairs Jan Walbert, testified in her role as President of NASPA at a U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor hearing, "Best Practices for Making College Campuses Safe," on Tuesday, May 15. At the hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., Walbert focused on the following points:

  • Student affairs professionals are meaningfully engaged in the lives and well-being of college and university students.
  • Effective systems exist on most campuses and address a large majority of situations.
  • There are documented increases in the number of mental health issues among students, and these challenges are addressed successfully in most cases.
  • Current laws exist to protect and support students’ privacy as well as to protect the community.
  • We can always learn more, and we must continue to work on improving systems.

An archived webcast of the hearing is available at Walbert’s written testimony is posted on the NASPA Web site.

Arcadia University Landscape Master Plan Receives Honor Award

Castle Entrance
The landscape master plan re-focuses the campus visitor’s attention on the iconic Grey Towers Castle, which is symbolic of the University’s academic excellence.

The Arcadia University Landscape Master Plan received the Honor Award from the Pennsylvania / Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) at a ceremony on Saturday, May 12, at the Eden Resort in Lancaster, Pa. The ASLA awards program recognizes excellence in landscape architecture and dramatizes to the public the value that landscape architects bring to communities. Simone Collins Landscape Architecture of Berwyn, Pa., prepared the landscape master plan.

The 60-plus-acre Arcadia University campus took its original form from the William Welsh Harrison Estate when the college relocated to Glenside in the 1920s. Renowned architect Horace Trumbauer designed the estate’s distinctive architecture, which has been retained and preserved by Arcadia. These buildings include the magnificent Grey Towers Castle, constructed in 1893, which is a National Historic Landmark. The Arcadia University campus is a major green space resource in the community, and the landscape master plan recommends significant improvements to strengthen this resource while celebrating Trumbauer’s original design. Read more.

Business Team Takes Third Overall in International Competition

Arcadia Business Competition team  
The Arcadia team displays their award with Professor William Biggs (left).

An Arcadia University team of four students operating a company they named "Everest" received a third place trophy for their overall performance at the 43rd Annual International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition. The final phase of this business contest, held in San Diego in April 2007, included teams from Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. While the students arrived in San Diego a day early to see the town, it was all business once the competition started—with split-second decision-making as they ran their simulated business. The team consisted of seniors Olivia Amspacher, Jeff Kelly, Holly Koval and John Krause.

In the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition (ICBSC), student teams use a computer simulation model to manage a firm in competition with the other firms in their industry. “This competition is clearly international in scope,” says Dr. William Biggs, Professor of Business Administration. “The teams are divided into worlds of direct competitors, and this year our direct competitors were Al Ain Women’s College (Al Ain, United Arab Emirates), Dubai Women’s College (Dubai, United Arab Emirates), Loyola Marymount University (California), University of Portland (Oregon), and Okanagan University College (British Columbia, Canada).”

Faculty, Staff Awards Luncheon, May 22

Faculty and staff members of the Arcadia University community are invited to a celebration luncheon on Tuesday, May 22, where the winner of the Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service will be named. The luncheon is from noon to 2 p.m. in the Dining Hall (upper level). Please RSVP to Katie Kelly, Office of Human Resources, 215-572-2173, by May 15.

The Martha Washington Award nominees are:

  • Jeff Ewing, Student Affairs
  • Lorna Stern Laniak, Center for Education Abroad
  • Michelle Reale, Landman Library
  • Gwen Taylor, English/Communication/Theatre Arts
  • Dick Torchia, Art Gallery
  • Vijay Vasu, Information Technology
  • Anna Wagner, Undergraduate Studies

The luncheon also honors retiring faculty and staff members. Read more about luncheon honorees.

Upcoming Events

Let's Go!

Let's Go!

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

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.


Hill Harper Headlines Black Male Development Symposium

Hill Harper  
Hill Harper and young attendee

Arcadia University and Village Builders Inc. hosted the fourth annual Black Male Development Symposium on Arcadia’s campus Saturday, May 12, with CSI: New York actor and author Hill Harper as a featured speaker. The theme of the symposium was: “A New Vision Forward...As If Your LIFE Depended Upon It.”

Workshops were held on 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.

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.

Other special speakers included: Mister Mann Frisby, Solomon Jones, Patrick Oliver, Lacy Clark, Salome Thomas El, Thabiti Boone, Sheron Umi Smith, and Nasser Jones. The day also included an Author’s Literary Pavilion, a Health Fair, and college prep and community resources. View photos from the day.

Pongonis Named Campus Life Member of Year

Linda Pongonis and Josh Stern  
Award winner Linda Pongonis with Josh Stern

The Campus Life Staff Member of the Year Award was created to honor the most outstanding member of the Campus Life Staff for his/her dedication to the position and to the University community. At an end-of-the-year brunch on May 9, the 2007 award went to Linda Pongonis, Senior Resident Assistant. This award is peer-nominated and was presented by Josh Stern, Associate Dean and Director of residence Life.

The Campus Life Staff Member of the Year nominees are: Linda Pongonis, Alison Petro, Danielle Blouch, Kaitlin Conway, Jessi Roppoli, Caitlin Rooney, Jennifer Thomas and Alyssa Trytek.

Publication Information

Contributors: Bridget Curtis '08 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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