September 2, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 2, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Community Service Day Participants Volunteer 3,093 Hours

Incoming students participated in Community Service Day
Incoming students bonded while working at the Philadelphia Zoo on Community Service Day.

On Monday, Aug. 28, incoming students took part in Community Service Day as part of New Student Orientation. A total of 645 students and staff participated, visiting 21 sites in the Philadelphia area and donating 3,093 hours of their time.

Since the program began in 1991, members of the University have completed 29,008 hours of community service. This year, students and staff helped out at many places, including Philabundance, the Philadelphia Zoo, MANNA, Elmwood Zoo, Cliveden House, Cradle to Crayons, Build a Bridge, and others.

From helping senior citizens in nursing homes and working in food banks to beautifying the grounds at various locations and working with children, Arcadians have joined together to contribute to the community around them. View photos.

Arcadia Students Bring Puppetry to Live Arts/Philly Fringe

Little Bunny Voodoo
Meredith Boring '09: Little Bunny Voodoo puppeteer

For the second year in a row, Arcadia University theatre students will bring their act to the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, a popular showcase of performance artists with a penchant for experimentation. The Arcadia contingent, dubbed Little Bunny Voodoo, collaborated with cartoonist Jamar Nicholas to create its latest production, an adult-themed puppet show that explores voyeurism and other piquant topics with humor and verve. Little Bunny Voodoo will take its edgy urban act to The Institute Bar, 549 N. 12th Street, Sept. 4 to 6.

The company is led by Adjunct Professor of Theatre Arts Alisa Sickora Kleckner, an expert in costume design and construction, puppet theatre, stage make-up and costume practicum. During a recent interview for WHYY, Kleckner recalled her first time witnessing a puppet show geared toward an adult audience eight years ago at the Jim Henson Puppet Festival. The experience sparked her interest in puppet making and inspired the creation of Little Bunny Voodoo. Read more. View show times.

Students Recognized for Orientation Leadership

Caitlin Bjellquist
Caitlin Bjellquist '09 accepts award from Jeff Ewing.

“Leave no question unasked or mental stone unturned,” Caitlin Bjellquist '09 advises new students. “College is so much more than class, and by engaging in extracurricular activities you will create an experience worth every penny…and probably find yourself in the process.”

It is with that spirit that Bjellquist has served as a member and Student Coordinator of the Orientation Planning Executive Committee (OPEC) for the last two years. Prior to that, she was an Orientation Leader (OL). Members of OPEC are responsible for planning OL trainings and organizing all the aspects of Fall Orientation including check-in and Community Service Day. OLs volunteer their time to help new students transition to college life and undergo extensive training. Read more.

Arcadia University’s Genetic Counseling Program Reaccredited

Kathleen Valverde, Director of Genetic Counseling
Kathleen Valverde, Director of Genetic Counseling

The American Board of Genetic Counselors (ABGC) has approved Arcadia University’s graduate program in Genetic Counseling for reaccreditation, granting Arcadia an eight-year renewal, which is the maximum a program can receive.

Arcadia’s Genetic Counseling program is one of only 33 accredited graduate programs in North America. Established in 1995, the program has graduated more than 100 students and is the second largest program in the country. Accepting 13 students annually, Arcadia provides personal attention and access to clinical opportunities at some of the nation’s premier healthcare facilities.

"The achievement of reaccreditation affirms the fact that our program has grown and developed into a nationally recognized program with high standards," says Kathleen Valverde, M.S., CGC, Director of the Genetic Counseling Program. "I anticipate continued growth and development over the next eight years and look forward to expanding the program as new challenges arise in the delivery of genetic services." Read more.

Calling All Ambassadors for Training This Fall

The Office of Enrollment Management is recruiting Arcadia Ambassadors to go through training during the fall semester. Students selected for this fun and exciting position play a key role in the University’s recruitment efforts by conducting campus tours, attending receptions and events with prospective students, and conducting outreach by making phone calls, sending e-mails, and writing hand-written notes. Anyone who is interested in applying for this highest paying Work Study position on campus can complete an application with Dan Yannuzzi ( in the One-Stop Shop in Taylor Hall or Paul Rubin ( in the Office of Enrollment Management in Grey Towers Castle. Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 19, and applicants must have completed at leaset one semester as a student at Arcadia before applying.

Three Things to Know Before a Pandemic

September is National Preparedness Month. Arcadia’s Student Health Center encourages individuals to take responsibility to be prepared for an emergency such as a pandemic. The Center suggests reviewing the following three tips, prepared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control:

  • Stock Up: Having extra food and supplies will make it easier to stay at home for extended periods of time and will help if supplies are limited in local stores.
  • Improve Health Habits: Frequent hand washing, and coughing and sneezing into your sleeve or a tissue are still the best ways to stay healthy and to prevent the spread of germs.
  • Plan Ahead: Plan for what you will do if your children are dismissed from school, if public transportation is interrupted, or if a family member becomes sick and needs care.

For more information and tools about pandemic preparedness, visit

Interactive Web Site Answers Questions about Arcadia

Student Guide LogoStudent Affairs’ Student Handbook has morphed from a static online PDF into an interactive Web site. University Relations’s Sue Gettlin and student intern Danielle Leonard '10 built the site last spring. Users can find information several different ways: by sections such as Student Services and Facilities, alphabetically by topic, or via departmental Frequently Asked Questions. Information that is specifically for graduate students—such as academic policies—appears separately from undergraduate content. Each informative page lists persons/offices to contact and links to further information on the University Web site. Browse the site at Links to the site can be found in the Student Guide to Anything Arcadia module on MyArcadia’s home page, and on the Current Student, New Student and Student Affairs home pages on

All Campus Recycle Bins Accept Glass, Paper and Plastic

Recycle LogoOver the summer, Arcadia switched to a new recycling management company. It is now acceptable to place glass bottles, metal cans, code 1 and 2 plastics, paper and cardboard in any recycling bin. Signage will be posted by recycling bins to remind the community about the change in policy. For more information, contact Stephanie Clymer '11 at

upcoming events

Cheltenham Shuttle Focus Group Meeting, Sept. 9

Cheltenham Township, in cooperation with Arcadia University, is exploring the feasibility of a shuttle bus service that would serve both township residents and the Arcadia University community in meeting their travel desires on campus and within the area. To respond to the specific requirements of the University community, the project team wants to learn directly from students, faculty and staff regarding the desirable attributes of a shuttle bus service. Students had an opportunity to give their feedback last spring. Members of the project team will conduct a focus group meeting with faculty, staff and employees of campus vendors on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the University Gallery, Landman Library. To participate in the focus group, RSVP to Diana Bonner at ext. 2933 or by email at by Friday, Sept. 5.

Check the online Events Calendar at

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.

Sports Update

Benner, Nowicki Lift Men's Soccer over Wilkes

Men's Soccer

Senior Matt Benner and sophomore Matt Nowicki scored a goal apeice to help the Knights to a 2-0 win at Wilkes University on Saturday, Aug. 30. Both goals came in the first half, behind a shutout performance from sophomore keeper Jeff Kratohwill. With the win, the Knights even their record at 1-1.

Benner opened the scoring at the 17:18 mark, unassisted, giving the Knights an early one-goal cushion. Arcadia's one goal became a two goal lead just three minutes later when Nowicki's unassisted shot made it's way past Wilkes keeper TJ Baloga for a 2-0 Knights lead that stood through regulation. Read more.

Women's Soccer Drops 2-1 Decision in Double OT

The Knights dropped to 0-2 following Sunday afternoon's 2-1 loss in double overtime against Montclair State at the Haverford College Invitational consolation match. Sophomore Katie O'Malley scored her first goal of the season, also Arcadia's first goal of the year. Read more.

Field Hockey Stymied by Haverford

The Knights dropped a two-goal cushion midway through the second half as Haverford posted three straight tallies, including the game winner to steal a 3-2 win Sunday night at the Stevens Tech Tournament. First-year Ashley Griffith notched the first score of her collegiate career, also Arcadia's first of the season. Senior Morgan Hasson also scored for the Knights, now 0-2. Read more.

Women's Tennis Sweeps Lancaster Bible 9-0

Th Knights opened the season with a 9-0 shutout over visiting Lancaster Bible in both teams' season opening match. Read more.

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Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics, Purnell Cropper, University Relations, Michelle Tooker '07, University Relations, and Katie Aviles. Photos: Joshua Blustein and Lori Bauer. Web Producers: Sue Gettlin and Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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