May 20, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 20, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia Graduates 910 During Two Commencement Ceremonies

Undergraduate CommencementArcadia's Commencement ceremonies took place on Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16. Campus was packed with the friends and family of 475 graduate students and 435 undergraduates who received degrees. Half of the undergraduates wore sashes representing their study abroad credits. The ceremony included a standing ovation for Carisa Anne Leary, who passed away earlier this academic year. (Look for photos from the ceremonies in next week's Bulletin.) The May 17 Intelligencer featured a cover story on the Undergraduate Commencement, available to read here with permission from the newspaper. Read the story. View ceremony webcasts.

Study Abroad is a Two-Way Door for Cultural Exchange

Guatemala 2008
Arcadia staff and students used their spring break to undertake a community service project in Guatemala.

The Institute of International Education reports this week that “foreign universities would welcome more students from the United States.” The IIE report comes as the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act, which supports increasing the number of American students studying abroad to 1 million annually within a decade, awaits approval in the U.S. Senate. The IIE report looks at whether host counties have the capacity to serve growing numbers of students who realize that tomorrow's leaders need a global perspective.

“At a time when the world's image of the United States is being debated, Congress has the opportunity to open the door to better foreign relations through today's college students,” notes President Jerry Greiner. “This report provides an opportunity for us to look at education more broadly—specifically the role that American study abroad students play in enhancing our relationships around the world.”

The May 19 Chronicle of Higher Education reports that U.S. “policymakers . . . say they hear regularly from industry that too many college graduates are ill prepared to work in a multinational environment.” Overseas study is broadly seen as a means for more students to gain this preparation. Read more.

Grab a Bike and Ride for the 60th

BikeReunion 2008 kicks off with a Celebration Bike Ride through Fairmount Park on Friday, May 30, commemorating the 60th anniversary of study abroad at Arcadia. “Arcadia faculty, staff and students are invited to join alumni in this celebration ride,” says Alumni Director Georgene Pilling. Riders should bring their own bikes and meet at Blankley Alumni House by 1 p.m. on May 30. Please RSVP to

In the summer of 1948, Jack Wallace, a newly hired economics instructor, and his wife, Betty Jean, set sail from New York with 17 Beaver College (now Arcadia University) students, hoping to study the economic effects of World War II and the post-war rebuilding efforts in Europe. They arrived in Southampton and purchased used Royal Air Force surplus bicycles. After traveling around England, they crossed the Channel and continued biking through Belgium and Paris, ending their eight-week sojourn in Paris. A small group of Arcadia students, alumni and faculty also will ride bikes in Paris, France, in July in commemoration of the 1948 study abroad adventure.

Alumni Reunion 2008—set for May 30, 31and June 1—brings alumni back to campus with the theme: “Arcadia Alumni–Here, There, Everywhere–Welcome Home!” More information is available at

Hoffman Named Dean of Graduate Studies


Dr. Michael Berger, Academic Vice President and Provost, this week announced the appointment of Dr. John Hoffman, Professor of Biology, as Dean of Graduate Studies, effective May 27. As Dean, Hoffman will coordinate existing graduate degree and certificate programs and provide leadership for the creation of new ones, as well as perform duties normally associated with the head of a graduate studies office. “In regard to the latter, he will work with Maureen Guim, as Associate Dean, and Mary Kate McNulty, in her role as Administrative Assistant,” Berger says. “In addition, to enhance the support services we offer to graduate students, a new secretarial position will be created for the office.”

Hoffman will serve as liaison to Arcadia’s affiliated campus, the American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGSIRD) in Paris, France, and to NMS Labs and the Fredric Rieders Family Renaissance Foundation in Willow Grove, Pa. The Foundation provides support for Arcadia’s M.S. in Forensic Science. Hoffman also will continue to perform those responsibilities previously associated with the positions of Associate Dean for Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activities and of University Environmental Health and Safety Officer.

Nelson Appointed Dean of Distributed Learning, Online Programs


Dr. Michael Berger, Academic Vice President and Provost, this week announced the appointment of Dr. Erik Nelson as Dean of Distributed Learning, effective immediately. As Dean, Nelson will continue to provide leadership for all programs delivered in non-traditional modes (online, hybrid and accelerated courses), including coordination of Arcadia Online initiatives. In addition, he will oversee the B2EST, Community Scholars, and Educational Outreach programs, a function previously performed by the Dean of Graduate Studies. “Hopefully, this will provide for a greater degree of synergism among those programs and the ones delivered in non-traditional modes,” Berger said. “Finally, Erik will take on responsibility for generating and organizing a more robust collection of summer offerings. In that regard, he has expressed an interest in beginning now to plan for summer 2009 programs.”

Rosemary Hojnowski Wins 2008 Martha Washington Award

Rosemary Hojnowski

Rosemary Hojnowski, Office Supervisor of Enrollment Management, was awarded the 2008 Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service at Arcadia University on Tuesday, May 20. The Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service is awarded annually to an Arcadia University staff employee who exemplifies the ideals of consistent excellence, exceptional performance and service to the Arcadia University community. President Jerry Greiner read excerpts from letters praising Hojnowski at the annual Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon.

One nominator said, “Working in the Enrollment Management Office can be extremely hectic and at times frustrating, yet despite this Rosemary is without a doubt a pillar of strength. No matter what the situation, she is always an extremely calming presence who never has a bad word to say about anyone.

“Whenever there is a situation in our office that needs extra attention, Rosemary is always quick to offer her help and guidance. She adapts to every situation with extreme ease and with no complaining. Just to give an example, when Rosemary started at Arcadia, all our records were kept on paper, no such thing as using a computer to keep records. She had no computer background at all, and yet she adapted, so much in fact that the upgrade to a new system last year did not even cause Rosemary to pause. She just accepted the change and looked at it as a new challenge. That is something that I find truly amazing about Rosemary, after all this time she still welcomes every new challenge that comes her way. Her attitude has always been ‘whatever it takes to get the job done.’ Ro always succeeds in getting the job done.”

Faculty, Staff Honored for Years of Service

Dr. Pradyumna Chauhan, Professor of English, noted upon receiving an award for 40 years of service, “These 40 years have been eventful, requiring adjustments from year to year.” The landscape has changed, the personnel have changed, the campus culture has changed, and new skills are required, says Chauhan, who now teaches online courses. “I’m supposed to be teaching students whom I cannot see, through a medium that I can’t understand.” After 55 years, he has come full circle, he says, as his first teaching role in India involved teaching Muslim women in traditional garb. “I couldn’t see their reactions to my teaching either,” he said. Chauhan said he has no plans for retirement. “When I begin to dotter, then let me know…but until then….”

Other faculty and staff honors:

Martha Washington Award

  • Rosemary Hojnowski, Enrollment Management

Cultural Ally Recognition Award

  • Celina Gonzalez, Student Service Center


  • Marie Gallagher, Provost's Office
  • Dr. William Biggs, Business/Health Administration/Economics
  • Dr. David Larsen, CEA
  • Marie Sanchez, Biology
  • Helga Wells, Modern Languages

30 years of service

  • Dr. Mark Curchack, Graduate and Professional Studies
  • Dr. H.Stephen Huber, Chemistry

25 Years of Service

  • Dr. Richard Arras, Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Dr. Rebecca Craik, Physical Therapy

20 Years of Service

  • Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, English/Communication/Theatre Arts
  • Dr. Archie Vomachka, Biology

View all of the honorees.

Provost Search Committee to Hold Information Sessions

The Provost Search Committee met last week and was charged by President Jerry Greiner to find the best candidate for the position. The committee agreed to work with a search firm and is in the process of identifying the qualities that will define the person it is seeking. The goal is to have a job description drafted and begin advertising by the end of August/beginning of September.

The committee would like to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to provide input, so there are three dates scheduled during the next two weeks. "Please come and share your opinions about qualifications for the next Provost. "If you know of an outstanding search firm, please provide the committee with that information as well," says Committee Co-Chair Dr. Rebecca Craik, Chair and Professor of Physical Therapy.

  • Monday, May 19, 2008
    11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
    Castle Rose Room with Coffee
    Facilitators: John Church, Erik Nelson, Josh Stern, Mark Wade
  • Thursday, May 22, 2008
    11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Facilitators: Lori Bauer, Mark Wade, Erik Nelson
  • Wednesday, May 28, 2008
    12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
    Facilitators: Erik Nelson, Steve Gulkus, Sandra Hordis, Mark Wade

"If you are unable to attend these sessions, please feel free to share your opinions with any of the members of the search committee," adds Craik. View the committee roster.

Faculty, Staff Defeat Seniors, Only One Casualty

Softball Game Nick Luchko
Seniors getting revved up before the game, unaware of the drubbing that lay ahead. Photo by Josh Blustein
Nick Luchko demonstrates Lenny Dykstra-esque intensity at the plate. Photo by Breann Donnelly

It was both the thrill of victory and the agony of victory as Arcadia faculty and staff posted a hard-earned win at the annual softball game against the seniors on May 13. Their 12-11 win came at the expense of Area Coordinator Nick Luchko, who notched the go-ahead run in the fourth inning but injured his leg on an unintentional slide into home. Luchko found out the next day that he had broken his leg and will spend eight weeks on crutches. “I’m going to look like Hulk Hogan before long,” he commented.

“Having never been on the winning end, it was good sportsmanship all around, but to be able to win as the faculty and staff felt good,” says Joy Zazzera, Sports Information Director. Zazzera hit the single that sent Luchko to the plate. “If I hadn’t hit the ball, he wouldn’t have broken his leg.” Zazzera credits the students, 2008 Class President Jade Mostyn, Mike Soloma and the Facilities staff with working for hours to get the wet field ready for play. “We wouldn’t have been able to play if it wasn’t for their efforts.”

Zazzera said the faculty and staff posted a lot of runs early and tried to stave off the students. “We had a lot of help in our dugout vocally and with the bats,” Zazzera says. “And some not so good fielding later in the game when the students made their ninth-inning, four-run comeback.”

“We had a great comeback and showed a lot of heart as a class, but couldn’t come out on top,” says Baron Ferguson '08. View photos.

Two Students Take Home Award for Full-Time Study

Musselman Strittmatter

The Ira R. Kraybill Award for Full-Time Study, which is given to a graduating senior who achieved outstanding academic success while pursuing a degree on a full-time basis, was awarded to two students this year during the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony: James Musselman '08 and Andrew Strittmatter '08.

Musselman, a Print Communications major, earned a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average during his four years of undergraduate study. As one of his professors notes, “Beneath James’s contemplative disposition, there is a brilliant, diligent and energetic student.”

Strittmatter, a Biology major, enters Arcadia’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program next fall. A nominator remarked that “Andrew is a student with a fine inquiring mind and excellent writing ability, who produced an outstanding senior thesis that assessed muscle length and flexibility in athletes.”

The award was established in honor of Dr. Ira Kraybill, who was principal of Cheltenham High School and a faculty member at this institution.

Thomas Wins Award for Part-Time Study


The Ira R. Kraybill Award for Part-Time Study goes to the graduating senior with the highest academic average while studying part-time at Arcadia University. Like the award for full-time study, it is meant to recognize the educational contributions of Dr. Ira Kraybill. This year, the award for part-time study went to Dawn Cheri Thomas '08, Corporate Communications major.

Faculty note that Dawn was a diligent student, an excellent collaborator in her group work, a generous coach to anyone who asked for help, and an engaging student in every respect. She achieved academic success while balancing the competing demands of a full-time job and the responsibilities of motherhood. And, according to one of our faculty, she did all this with a permanent smile on her face.

Kloss Earns A. Richard Polis Graduate Scholarship Award

The A. Richard Polis Graduate Scholarship Award is given each year to a student in a full-time program who is on the Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Honor List and whose service to the University and to his or her academic program distinguishes him or her from others in the cohort. The award is named in honor of A. Richard Polis who served with extreme distinction as graduate dean for 20 years. This year, the award went to Dr. Deanna M. Kloss '08 D.P.T.

Kloss received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree this past February with Distinction. She was extremely active as a member of her Physical Therapy class, in research, in outreach efforts, and in class affairs. With Department Chair Dr. Rebecca Craik and one other student, Deanna co-authored a paper on the walking performance of older women, presented at the Geriatric Society of America meeting. She has submitted a literature review to Orthopedic magazine based upon her research on the use of continuous anesthetic infusion pumps for the control of post-operative pain in knee replacement patients. She joined classmates doing pro-bono orthopedic work in Zacapa, Guatemala, and she worked on several fundraising projects during her time here. She was an officer in the PT Student Government Organization, reflecting the respect showed by her classmates.

New Law Means More Stafford Loan Funds

Dollar SignOn May 7 President Bush signed into law the "Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008." With recent turmoil in the credit markets, this act was passed to assist college students who meet the qualifications to receive federal student loans in funding their educations. What does this mean for Arcadia students? Beginning July 1, 2008:

  1. Dependent undergraduate students now can borrow an additional $2,000 Unsubsidized Stafford Loan for the year. This amount would be in addition to the base Stafford Loan amount they were previously permitted to borrow. Independent undergraduates also can borrow an additional $2,000 Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. To qualify for the increased amount, students must meet the requirements to receive federal Stafford Loan funding and must complete the 2008-09 Undergraduate Stafford Loan Acceptance Form at, even if they have previously submitted this form for the 2008-09 academic year.
  2. The bill would allow parents to choose to defer payments on a PLUS loan until six months after the date the student ceases to be enrolled at least halftime. Accruing interest could either be paid by the parent borrower monthly or quarterly or be capitalized quarterly.
  3. Students enrolled at least half-time, including eligible non-citizens, who are Pell Grant recipients now can be considered for Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) or SMART Grant funding if they meet the other qualifications to receive the grants.

Visit for more information on these types of aid. Questions regarding the above provisions of the new law can be directed to the Office of Enrollment Management Office at 215-572-2980 or via e-mail at

You're an Alum, Now What?

You'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.

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).

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Six Arcadia Students Present on Public Health

Public Health Students

At the Public Health Student Poster Presentation at the College of Physicians on May 6, six students from Arcadia University presented their posters. The students had to submit abstracts in order to be accepted at the presentation. Lauren Klein won a top honor for her poster on Organ Donation, marking the first time that Arcadia has been recognized with a top honor at the poster session. Only four posters out of approximately 38 received special honors. View photos.

Foreign Correspondence

My Life in London

Kathy Leatherdale
From left to right: Kathleen Leatherdale, Elisa Esposito and Sandra Tecosky in Venice.

By Kathleen Leatherdale '08

I studied in London in the spring of 2007 and I can honestly say that it changed my life. Though there was study abroad staff to hold my hand for the first week of my six-month stay I was eventually cut loose into the city. I lived in the outer-skirts of the city, where I was told the real Londoners lived, near Greenwich and Peckham. I attended Goldsmith's University where I attended each class (I took four courses) once a week. With the abundance of time I had on my hands I was able to explore the city and travel throughout Europe. One of my favorite activities was to go to Trafalgar Square or to walk along the Thames because it is like nothing in the states. Read more.

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.

In The News

Alumni in the News

Lorraine Brandenburger '08 and her daughter, Lori Brandenburger '08 were profiled Saturday, May 17, in The Intelligencer in a story “Ceremony was a family affair.” Both had earned Bachelor of Arts degrees at Arcadia University's Commencement on Friday, May 16. Also mentioned in the story was Gabriel Akok '08 who was awarded a degree in Political Science. Akok fled Sudan during the civil war and became known as one of the thousand “Lost Boys” of Sudan. He was also awarded with his citizenship at ceremonies held in March. A degree was also awarded posthumously to the parents of Carisa Leary.

As part of their creative project for their senior thesis, Corporate Communications students, Britt Demming '08, Aureole Cruz '08 and Dawn Cheri Thomas '08 designed The Media Awareness workshop titled MediaBytes, which they presented at the Lake-Lehman Junior/Senior high school, as was reported in the April 20 Post (Dallas, Pa.).

Their MediaBytes workshop was targeted to middle school students and their parents to educate them about the four elements concerning the presence of media in their lives, the potential dangers, the positive elements, the creative outlets and the practice of good media citizenship on sites like MySpace. Read the story. (Digital file provided by the Post.)

Michelle Mack '06 was to be crowned the 2008 Mary from Dungloe by the Phildelphia Donegal Society as was published in the online on April 25. On receiving the crown, Mack will travel to Dungloe, Ireland in August to compete in an international contest with contests of Irish decent. She currently works as the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Holy Family University.

Jean Dickinson '41 was mentioned in a blog published on May 11 at by her daughter in remembrance of Mother's Day. Read the blog entry.

Lawrence (Lee) Knier '76 who earned his degree in music education and is currently a faculty member and conductor of the Wind Ensemble at Salisbury University in Maryland, was mentioned in the May 3 Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) on his conducting the annual spring music festival on Sunday, May 5. Knier played alto trombone for the Choral, jazz trombone in the Jazz Brazz Big Band, conducted the concert band and played with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.

On Thursday of the concert series, Knier conducted the concert band as it explored the genius of Charlie Chaplin. Not many know of the Chaplin the musician; Knier and the band explored the famous clown's successful efforts to score some of the music that accompanied his silent movies including “The Terry Theme” from the film Limelight, “Park Avenue Waltz,” “Double Martini” and “Smile.”

Knier conducts the wind ensemble at Salisbury University and teaches courses in music and applied brass lessons.

Anna Deavere Smith '71 was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letter's degree at Haverford College's Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18 as reported in the May 20 Delaware County Times (Primos, Pa.). In 1993 Smith was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Arcadia. In her acceptance speech at Haverford, Smith told the graduates “Stay savvy,” she said. “Pay attention to how you move, with whom you move. Increase your circle, further diversify your circle. Keep grace alive.”

Arcadia in the News

Arcadia's Interior Design program was given First Place in North Penn Life (Fort Washington, Pa.) under Education as reported in the May 2 issue.

Students in the News

Arcadia University PT students who are fulfilling their clinical rotations were part of a cover story in Advance for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants in the May 19 issue. The cover featured second-year PT student Robinson Thankachan with a patient at the Mercy Physical Therapy Clinic for the Uninsured in Philadelphia and Pam Freed, doctoral-level student at Arcadia. Thankachan is in his third week at the clinic. “I did a four-month outpatient clinical before this so I feel secure here,” Thankachan said. “It was easy to get into the groove, and I never feel overwhelmed.”

“The patients understand why we are here,” shared Freed, who has completed an inpatient clinical and says that working in the clinic has been a good transition for her as she begins her outpatient orthopedic clinical.

Also pictured in the story was Arcadia student Stephen DiGiambattista, who was shown discussing patient cases with Michael Johnson, MS, PT, OCS, director of professional development for staff providing rehabilitation, fitness and wellness services at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.

upcoming events

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.

Spring Staff Assembly, May 29

Staff Council will host the Spring Staff Assembly on Thursday, May 29. from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Castle Rose Room. All staff are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided. Some of the presentations include: President’s Update, Jerry Greiner; Enrollment Management Update, Mark Lapreziosa; Arcadia University Campaign, Nick Costa and Wellness Programs with Independence Blue Cross, John Manion. All attendants will be eligible for a door prize raffle!

Check the online Events Calendar at

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