May 27, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 27, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Summer Orientation Important for New Students

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Summer Orientation is fast approaching for incoming first-year and transfer students. Orientation is an important first step in the Arcadia experience. New students will make course selections and meet fellow classmates for the upcoming year.

The Summer Orientation component of the Arcadia University New Student Orientation program is the time that new students complete academic inventories that will help them place into appropriate classes. Inventories are given for writing, modern languages, mathematics and, for some students, physical science. Students will then select possible courses for the Fall semester.

Different days have been designated for first-year and transfer students. This summer, Orientation days for first-year students are June 19, June 27, July 10, and July 11. For transfer students, the dates are June 13, July 18, and Aug. 15. There will be a two-day program June 20-21 for students participating in the Fall 2008 First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) program and their families. New full-time students are required to attend one of the days and should use the response card they received in the mail or use the online form on MyArcadia to indicate their preferred day. For more information, contact Student Affairs at

Parents and families are welcome to attend Summer Orientation. Programs are designed to answer questions concerning campus services, academic resources, residence and commuter life, financial aid, and many other topics. Read more.

Photos Capture Color and Drama of Commencement

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These Arcadia graduate students studied abroad while pursuing their degrees.

Study abroad sashes—representing countries where Arcadia students studied abroad—made a colorful display at the University's Commencement ceremonies 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 graduate ceremony also included hooding of eight Doctor of Education candidates and five Doctor of Physical Therapy candidates. University Photographer Josh Blustein was on hand for both events. Visit for links to about 400 photos on Shutterfly—and look for yourself!

Larsen Honored: Scholarship and Naming Planned

David Larsen

Faculty, staff from around the world, trustees, friends and family gathered in the newly renovated “Dining Room” in Grey Towers Castle on May 22 to honor Dr. David C. Larsen, Vice President and Executive Director of Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad who is retiring after 20 years of leadership in international education.

President Jerry Greiner topped the evening with a surprise announcement that trustees and friends had raised $430,000 so far toward a goal of $500,000 to make it possible to name the building at 1601 Church Road, current home to the Center, as Larsen Hall. “Please give a round of applause to the following Trustees and members of their families who are helping to make this recognition possible,” Greiner said, recognizing Hugh and Katie Moulton, Marie-Louise Jackson, Susan Tressider, Marilyn and Norman Cranin, Lois and Michael Haber, Peggy Steele, Ted and Schuy Wood, and Ann and Dave Greene. “I’m also deeply touched by the Center for Education Abroad staff who have stepped forward to give to honor David,” Greiner added. These include: Arlene Snyder, Lorna Stern, David Rudd and Dennis Dutschke.

A portion of the funds raised in tribute to Larsen, $250,000, will be used to establish the David C. Larsen Endowed Scholarship for International Education. Additional gifts to “At Home & in the World: The Campaign for Arcadia University,” totaling $250,000, will recognize Larsen by naming the building in his honor.

Harris Receives Senior Golden Disc Award


Natalie R. Harris ’08 received the Senior Golden Disc Award at Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 16. The Senior Golden Disc Award is presented annually by the Alumni Association to a member of the senior class who, in the opinion of classmates, faculty, administration and the Selection Committee, exemplifies the highest standards of leadership in activities that enhance the quality of student life and promotes the present and future welfare of the University.

Want to Tell a Senator What Study Abroad Means?

“If you came back from your study abroad experience wanting to tell someone the amazing things you learned, now’s the time. Tell your Senator what study abroad meant to you,” said Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations. The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act, which would help support 1 million U.S. students studying abroad annually, is currently being “held up” in the U.S. Senate, according to the NAFSA Web site, which adds, “This bill represents all that our field stands for: peace, understanding, and global literacy.” With the #2 OpenDoors national ranking in study abroad participation, Arcadia University has a leadership role in study abroad. Faculty and students are in a unique position to comment on this national agenda item. To send an e-mail to a Senator, visit the NAFSA Web site or NAFSA’s Facebook page.

Arcadia Well-Represented at International Educators Conference

Norah Shultz

NAFSA: Association of International Educators held its 60th annual meeting this week in Washington, D.C. Among the more than 9,000 participants from 110 countries were many from Arcadia, including eight who presented at the conference.

Dr. David Larsen, Vice President and Executive Director of the Center for Education Abroad, one of three respondents to address Conference Symposium on Leadership.

Dr. Norah Shultz, Associate Vice President of Undergraduate Education, presented “Study Abroad for All: Attracting Underrepresented Fields and Specialties.” She noted that “Arcadia’s new Undergraduate Curriculum requires a Global Connections Experience and Reflection—study abroad or study away domestically—of every student,” and Arcadia offers Pathways to Study Abroad for every major. She noted that Arcadia has pioneered unique programs such as study abroad Previews to London, Scotland, Spain and Italy as well as the First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE). Most recently, Arcadia has designed eight Major Abroad Programs (MAPs) that require a year of study abroad. Arcadia is increasing its short-term study abroad options, too.

“While it is always preferable to have a semester-long experience, a well-constructed short-term experience embedded in a major or cognate course is another way to increase participation across disciplines,” Shultz says. Even before the new Undergraduate Curriculum requirements take effect for new students this fall, she notes, “Arcadia University now ranks as the #2 master’s university in the nation for the percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad in the 2007 Open Doors report, produced by the Institute of International Education.” See who else presented.

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

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

Asman Wins Outstanding Student Librarian Award

Christina Asman, an Arcadia graduate student pursuing an M.Ed. with a Library Science concentration, received the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) Outstanding Student Librarian Award at this year’s conference May 1-3 in Hershey, Pa. Award recipients must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their major, display outstanding leadership qualities and have potential to be a future leader in PSLA, demonstrate an interest in professional action, and be dedicated to the school library field as a profession. The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association provides school librarians/media specialists with educational opportunities and current information through publications, workshops, seminars and conferences. Its members are advocates of high standards for librarianship and library media programs in the public, private and parochial schools in Pennsylvania. PSLA cooperates with state and national organizations to improve all aspects of education, and supports the inherent right of the individual to have access to ideas and information.

Library, IT Staff Present at ‘Faculty of Future’

Five Arcadia Office of Library and Instructional Technology staff will deliver presentations Friday, May 30, at a local conference titled “Faculty of the Future.” Conference attendees from about eight states will learn about successful teaching and learning initiatives through presentations, roundtables, and networking. “Helping Students Achieve Through a Faculty-Librarian Partnership” will be presented by Anne Ziegler Krakow, Associate Director of Library Services; Karen Kohn, Collection Development Manager and Reference Librarian, and Larissa Gordon, Reference Librarian. “Using TaskStream as a Powerful Electronic Portfolio Tool” will be presented by Dr. Jeanne Buckley, Director of Instructional Technology and Library Research Services, and Marilyn Hudzina, Instructional Technology Specialist.

Arcadia Students’ Artwork on Display in ‘5 into 1 + 1’ Exhibition

Now in its ninth year, the “5 into 1 + 1” student exhibition presented by Philadelphia Sculptors and the Moore College of Art and Design will feature sculptures by Arcadia University students Katie Popelak, Dan Galloway and Julie McConnell. The two-part exhibition presents work by seniors and graduate students from local colleges and will take place at FLUXspace Gallery and the Moore College of Art and Design, May 31 to June 15. For more information, visit

Foreign Correspondence

Faculty, Staff and Students Reflect on Service Trip to Guatemala

Two classes of students headed to Guatemala over spring break, one taught by Terry Greiner and a graduate Education class taught by Assistant Professor Dr. Erica Davila. ID 181.1 International Experience: Guatemala, taught by Greiner, is an example of a growing number of courses at Arcadia that include a short-term international experience. “This was my third trip down and the second time I've taken Arcadia students,” she says. “It was truly an amazing trip with a fantastic bunch of students!”

“The international experience in Guatemala from March 8-16 was a service trip in which we joined a group called Hearts in Motion out of Indiana,” says Greiner. “They center their efforts in the southeast part of Guatemala in the state of Zacapa, which is hot, dry and mountainous and generally ignored by other service organizations working in Guatemala.”

In addition to Greiner and Davila, the group was accompanied by Alumni Director Georgene Pilling and Visiting Assistant Professor of Physical  Therapy Kristin von Nieda. “Holding and feeding malnourished children was quite an experience,” Pilling says.

A total of 21 undergraduate students participated: Jen Mathews, Jen Alfano, Jen Thomas, Alyssa Jerdon, Daniel Dotse, Josh Ottey, Rachel Yoder, Val Numbers, Liza Spiegel, Melissa Shukdinas, Chelsey Herman, Kelsey Conrad, Bettina Rupp, Irina Samson, Brittany Barnes, Dionna Williams, Liz Mullin, Hilda Rivera, Tina Pan, Kasey Volpe and Katie Tolbert. Read more. View photos.

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

Reunion Brings Alumni Back to Campus This Weekend

Class of 2002Alumni Reunion is this weekend, May 30, 31 and June 1. Each day is packed full of events and things to do while giving participants plenty of opportunities to catch up with classmates.

Reunion starts on Friday, May 30, with check-in from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. The day’s events include either an excursion to Philadelphia or a Center for Education Celebration Bike Ride. In the evening, there is a Welcome Reception and Dinner for Alumni and Friends at 5:30 p.m. in the Castle, followed by an Alumni Awards Presentation at 7:30 and an Evening Dessert and Entertainment from 8 to 10 p.m. featuring Sounds of Sinatra with Johnny Mac (Physical Plant’s own John McNeil).

On Saturday, registration runs from 8:30 a.m. until noon. After a Reunion breakfast from 8 to 10 with University President Jerry Greiner, there are tons of events and programs going on, including Theatrical Costume and Design program, Class Meetings and Class Pictures, Lounge and Sports Bar, Marching Down the Walk of Pride, Reunion Luncheon, Carnival of Classes and Grilled GOLD Picnic, and a Jeff Schaller ’92 Art Exhibit. See for more information. The Reunion weekend ends on Sunday, June 1, with Farewell Brunch that celebrates Arcadia’s 60 years of study abroad, including a presentation by Dr. David Larsen, Vice President and Executive Director of Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad.

Staff Council Trip: Philadelphia Phillies, June 3

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Staff CounsilStaff Council is proud to present two exciting trips for staff members and their families. 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

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