May 6, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 6, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Senior Recognized for Study Abroad Achievements

Phi Beta Delta Inductees
Phi Beta Delta inductees on the Grand Hall staircase in Grey Towers Castle. Senior award winner Megan Thrash stands in the upper right corner of the photo.

Megan Thrash ’08, a senior International Studies major, was awarded the first annual David C. Larsen Award for International Studies on Friday, April 25, at the induction ceremony for Phi Beta Delta, the International Honor Society. Geoff Haywood, Chair of the History and International Studies Department, presented the award, which recognizes academic excellence.

Thrash participated in the First Year Study Abroad Experience, studying in London in the fall of 2004. She also studied for a semester in Paris and participated in Model UN experiences in Geneva, Switzerland, and Puebla, Mexico. She accepted the award in the presence of more than 40 students, faculty and staff who were inducted into the Honor Society. Although Dr. Larsen, Vice President and Director of the Center for Education Abroad since 1988, was overseas during the ceremony, he wrote about “Arcadia’s movement toward inspiring Arcadia students to learn about the peoples and the cultures with whom we all share this planet.” The award honors Larsen’s contributions to international education at Arcadia University.

Arcadia University’s Epsilon Kappa Chapter was chartered in 2002 and recognizes the scholarly achievements of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities. Since its inception, more than 300 individuals have been inducted into Arcadia’s chapter.  

You’re an Alum, Now What?

CommencementYou’ve finally reached the day you’ve been working toward—graduation. Commencement is just that—the beginning of the rest of your life, and while you may be excited at the prospect of starting your post-college plans, you may also be wondering how you’re going to stay in touch with your classmates and stay connected to your alma mater. Luckily, Arcadia University offers many ways to stay connected. There are plenty of alumni activities and events you can attend that will give you a chance to stay close with your classmates, and they also offer many career networking opportunities. Read more.

President Greiner Wants to Hear from Students

In an e-mail sent to full-time undergraduate students, President Jerry Greiner is asking for students’ opinions through a new Student Satisfaction Survey. “I am very interested in ensuring that Arcadia lives out its promise, and in order to accomplish this I need to hear your opinions. Our ability to make Arcadia stronger depends on your willingness to give us honest feedback about your satisfaction. All of your opinions matter, and I promise that we will use the results of the survey to make changes that you will be able to see. We will analyze the results and let you know what we have heard and then put together a plan to improve those areas of greatest need.” Greiner sent an e-mail titled Student Satisfaction Survey that contains a link to the survey.

Faculty, Staff Emergency Info Sessions Planned for Fall

To help ensure that faculty and staff are informed about emergency procedures at the University, Arcadia’s University Emergency Response Team is distributing important information that discusses the University’s emergency protocols, procedures for fire and other types of emergencies, and how faculty and staff can communicate or report incidents. In the Fall 2008 semester, the team will offer a series of information sessions for members of the community on the necessary steps to address possible situations that may occur on campus. Any department or group that would like to have a separate meeting or discussion on any aspect of emergency planning is encouraged to contact a member of the Emergency Response Team. Faculty and staff are encouraged to read the attached flier to familiarize themselves with the University’s response and communication protocols. View Emergency Response Flyer.

McCloskey Students Come to Class at Arcadia

McCloskey Students
Dr. Jan Tecklin, a McCloskey Elementary School alum, strikes a pose with current students.

About 40 students from McCloskey Elementary School were on campus Wednesday, April 23, to celebrate the joint project that Arcadia and McCloskey cooperate in as members of the Professional Development Schools Project. Activities included art class, physical therapy activities, library tour and story hour with Ann Zeigler, Lynn Rosenthal and Joe Heron, and a tour of the Castle with Mark Curchack. The event was coordinated by Dr. Jane Duffy, Director of Student Teaching, and Joe Heron, Coordinator of School Collaboration in Arcadia’s Education Department. Dr. Jan Tecklin, Professor of Physical Therapy, is a McCloskey alum. “I graduated from there in 1958, so for my 50th anniversary it seemed a bit of a giveback to the school to help with the project,” he said. The McCloskey Professional Development Project is funded by a grant by the Philadelphia Education Project.

Foundations Inc. Partners with Arcadia in Afterschool Education

Foundations’ Center for Afterschool Education and Arcadia University are partnering to launch a new 15-credit online Graduate Certificate in Afterschool Education. The Certificate equips out-of-school-time leaders with the skills to develop and manage programming for afterschool and summer learning that enhances the academic, social, and emotional needs of children and youth. The certificate program begins with a three-day Institute followed by three online courses and an applied learning project. The Institute will be held at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., Aug. 15-17, 2008. To register or for more information, click here or call 1-888-977-KIDS (5437).

Parking, Shuttle Service for Commencement

Special parking and traffic patterns will be in effect for Arcadia’s two Commencement ceremonies, Graduate Commencement on May 15 and Undergraduate Commencement on May 16.

One-way traffic patterns will be enforced to accommodate the large number of cars on campus. All traffic will move counterclockwise until reaching the parking areas. When graduates and guests arrive on campus, they will be directed to a parking area immediately. Once parked, attendees will not be permitted to drive on campus or exit until the ceremony is under way. Guests with disabilities can be dropped off between Boyer Hall and Kuch Center. Enter campus from Church Road. If Arcadia’s parking lots are full, participants will be directed to park at Cheltenham High School. Shuttles to and from campus will be available. Read more.

Got Tips for Making Arcadia University Green?

Going GreenWhat can students, faculty and staff do to help save energy at Arcadia? Tips have been pouring in since Scott Grabus, Assistant Director of Systems Integration, started asking for suggestions. To add more suggestions to the list, e-mail To see what’s already there—and find out if it saves money to turn off room lights for short periods of time and where to get fluorescent bulbs—visit

Summer Dining Hall Hours

Dining Hall hours have changed. Continental Breakfast is available from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Lunch runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Items will be available for a la carte purchases. The Chat, Faculty Dining Room and Brubaker Café will be closed all summer beginning Wednesday, May 7.

Campus Achievement Award

Full-time undergraduate students who are involved on campus are encouraged to apply for the Campus Achievement Awards. Students must demonstrate service and leadership on Arcadia’s campus or in the local community, have financial need and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. The deadline to apply is June 1 for consideration for the Fall 2008 semester. Award amounts will range from $200 to $3,000 a year. Click here for an application.

Join Arcadia University on Facebook!

Facebook LogoSpread the word. The Office of University Relations has started a group on Facebook for Arcadia University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Stay in the know with Arcadia news, photos, videos, emergency communications and other online resources. Click here to sign up.

Pre-Register Online for Graduation Photography

In an effort to inform graduates about photos at the upcoming Commencement ceremonies, Chappell Photography has developed a new pre-registration system for graduates and/or their family members. Graduates can pre-register their e-mail, as well as friends and family e-mail addresses, and Graduation Images will send an e-mail alert as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. For more information about Arcadia’s Graduate Commencement on May 15 and Undergraduate Commencement on May 16, visit

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 15, while the Undergraduate Commencement will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 16. Interested staff members should e-mail Donna Whitlock in University Relations at to volunteer. Interested student volunteers should contact Diana Bonner in Student Affairs at or call 215-572-2933.

GATE Loans Deadline: Apply by June 10

“If you have been a past recipient of the GATE loan (Guaranteed Access to Education Loan), you should know that the application deadline to receive the loan for the 2008-09 academic year is June 10, 2008,” notes Holly Kirkpatrick, Director of Financial Aid. “Seeing it listed on your financial aid package doesn’t mean you’re done. You still need to apply by June 10”. Click here to initiate the application process. “If you haven’t received your financial aid package yet, check the financial aid portal to review any paperwork you might be missing. If the financial aid office has received your paperwork, you can review your awards online via the portal as well.”

The GATE loan is an institutional loan awarded to full-time undergraduates who qualify and have demonstrated financial need (on the FAFSA form). Students must be awarded the GATE loan in order to apply. Loan amounts range from $1,000 to $3,000 per year, and repayment is deferred until six months following graduation. A minimal credit check is required, and students have 20 years to repay the loan.

Campus happenings

Students Danced with the Fishes at Bubbly Ball

It's a celebration!

About 380 Arcadia students and guests “danced with the fishes” this spring at the 2008 Cotillion with the theme “A Bubbly Ball.” The dance was held March 1 at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J. The students enjoyed a magical night under the stars with the Philadelphia skyline as their backdrop. Coach buses took students to and from the event, which included visiting the aquarium exhibits. This event was sponsored by Residence Hall Council. View more photos.

Foreign Correspondence

Share Your Study Abroad Experience!

University Relations is looking for study abroad experiences from current Arcadia students and alumni. Let us know—through writings, photos, videos or audio clips—what you learned and how it has impacted your life. Experiences will be posted as part of Arcadia's celebration of 60 years of studying abroad and may be used in other University publications. Visit for guidelines and submission forms.

upcoming events

Let's Go: Find out what's happening at Arcadia University

First Person, May 8

First Person PosterWatch a screening of documentary First Person, winner of the Best Documentary and Best First-Time Film Director awards at the 2008 Philadelphia Film Festival, on Thursday, May 8, at 7 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. Six students in the Philadelphia public school system were each given a video camera as part of an independent film project. That simple premise expanded radically over the next two years resulting in this profound and vital documentary covering the difficulties these applicants faced preparing for college while dealing with the daily trials and tribulations inherent in being a student in schools with a 50% or worse drop-out rate. Director Benjamin Herold will be on hand, along with some of the students who appeared in the film. The screening is a part of the Black Male Development Symposium presented by Arcadia Univeristy and Village Builders Concepts, Inc.

ALANA Graduation Celebration, May 8

The 2008 ALANA Graduation Celebration will be Thursday, May 8, from 6 to 9 p.m., in The Chat Performance Area.

Apprentice Winner Headlines Black Male Development Symposium, May 10


Arcadia University and Village Builders Concepts Inc. host the fifth annual Black Male Development Symposium on Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The title of this year's symposium is Stand Up, Speak Up, Speak Out: Conversations with Real Men.

Season four Apprentice winner Dr. Randal Pinkett headlines the event as the luncheon keynote speaker. Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion dollar management, technology and policy consulting firm based in Newark, N.J. Like most Arcadia students Pinkett studied abroad. A Rhodes Scholar, he earned a master’s degree in Computer Science from Oxford University, England.

More than 4,000 young men, families and professionals have attended the Black Male Development Symposium over the last four years. 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. Read more.

Staff Council Trips: Philadelphia Soul and Phillies, May 22 and June 3

Phillies Logo
Philadelphia Soul Logo

Staff CounsilStaff Council is proud to present two exciting trips for staff members and their families. Staff Council is offering tickets for the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football vs the Kansas City Brigade On Thursday, May 22. The game is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Staff Council is offering tickets to see the Philadelphia Phillies play the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, June 3. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person—it is also “Dollar Dog Night!” For tickets, e-mail Nick Luchko, Area Coordinator for Apartment Style Housing, at or Michele Leftwich, Student Activities, at by Friday, April 25. “Once all the orders are in, we will let you know when you can pay and pick up your tickets,” adds Luchko.

Check the online Events Calendar at

sports update

Baseball’s Quest for a Freedom Championship Halted by Top Seed Manhattanville

Arcadia Baseball

Arcadia Baseball was handed a tough 4-3 loss by top seed Manhattanville College Saturday evening, bowing out of the double elimination MAC Freedom Conference tournament with two losses. Arcadia held an early 1-0 lead, but the Valiants answered back, taking a 4-1 edge into the ninth inning. The Knights put two runs on the board in their final appearance at the plate to make it a 4-3 contest. But they simply ran out of time. The Valiants out-hit Arcadia by a slim 6-5 margin as senior pitcher Andy Bella put up a solid performance through eight innings in his final start.

The Knights made their way to Saturday’s game five match-up against the Valiants following a 5-4 loss against second seed DeSales on Friday and a 7-4 win over fourth seed Delaware Valley Saturday afternoon, eliminating the Aggies from the tournament.

The senior pitching duo of Mike Ramsden and Tim E. Smith, who helped the Knights to a 7-4 win over Delaware Valley College, were selected as this week’s Knights of the Week.

Senior Ken Spangenberg led the resilient Arcadia batters with six hits and three RBIs while being walked twice and adding two stolen bases. He assisted on eight outs at third base and scored one run. Seniors Eric Console, Steve Chobert and John Curreri gave gutsy performances in the Knights’ quest for a bid to the NCAA’s, while junior Anthony Champi and sophomores Matt Pempkowski and Nick Goetz were also key contributors during the post-season.

Arcadia closes the 2008 season with a 17-22-1 mark.

Women’s Athletics Awarded Sportsmanship Award

Sportsmanship Award
Amanda Celentano and Michelle Leone accept the 2008 Sportsmanship Award.

Arcadia University women's athletics programs have been honored with the 2008 Sportsmanship Award for the Freedom Conference. The award, presented by the MAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was created to reward outstanding overall sportsmanship at MAC institutions. The award is voted on by each team at the end of the its season and presented to a male and female athletic program in the Freedom and Commonwealth Conferences. Seniors Amanda Celentano and Michelle Leone accepted the award on behalf of the women’s program. The women's programs at Messiah College were honored in Commonwealth Conference.

Fitzgerald Named Top Scholar Athlete for Men’s Tennis

Tim Fitzgerald
Tim Fitzgerald is the Men's Tennis team's top scholar.

Arcadia senior Tim Fitzgerald has been named 2008 MAC Scholar Athlete for Men’s Tennis. Fitzgerald accepted this honor at the 8th Annual MAC Awards Luncheon Monday at King’s College. In his final season, Fitzgerald concluded his collegiate playing career with a 22-match unbeaten streak at first singles, captured the Freedom Conference Player of the Year title and won the first singles crown at the conference championships. Earlier this semester, he was one of three Knights to receive Arcadia’s Senior Scholar Athlete Award. The 2008 recipient of the Ruth C. Grant Distinguished Achievement Award, Fitzgerald has earned Dean’s Distinguished List honors for all eight semesters of his undergraduate career.

Celentano Tabbed First Team All Freedom, Discher and Bee Named to Second Team


Senior catcher Amanda Celentano was named First Team All Freedom Conference for Softball by the conference office this morning. This is Celentano's first career post-season honor for softball. Senior outfielder Danielle Discher and junior first baseman Jaime Bee were both honored with Second Team All-Freedom selections.

Field Hockey, Women’s Basketball to Sponsor Summer Camps

Arcadia University Women's Basketball will host Above the Rim Girl's Basketball Camp from June 24 to June 27 and the Knight's Field Hockey program will run a Day Camp for girls, July 14 to July 18. Both camps will be run on the University's campus in Glenside. Basketball Camp Brochure. Field Hockey Camp Brochure.

For the most up-to-date athletics information, visit

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