September 9, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 9, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Renaissance Women: Breaking the Woman Barrier

Arcadia magazine coverEach year, a new class of students enters Arcadia with unlimited dreams of what they will become. That hasn’t always been the case. It wasn’t until the early 1960s that women were able to dream without limit. Students in the Class of 1968 entered Arcadia amidst a societal evolution and were soon draped with the moniker “The Renaissance Class.” For them, the full range of careers in arts and sciences was open as never before. When they gathered at Reunion 2008 in June to celebrate their 40th anniversary, they talked about their many accomplishments.

The fall issue of Arcadia magazine takes a look at the Class of ‘68 and some of their individual journeys. “One of the unique things about the Class of '68 was that at the time of our graduation, corporations were seeking qualified women to train and fill positions that had been offered to men up until that time,” notes Anne Pilert '68. “Miniskirts not withstanding, women's lib did begin to open many doors for women college graduates. I chose to follow a more traditionally female career path and became an elementary teacher, while several of my friends went to work for large corporations, banks and businesses on the move."

Arcadia University Ranks in 3 U.S. News Categories

US News & World Report badgeU.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University in three categories: among the top 25 Best Master’s Universities in the North, among the best Programs to Look for in Study Abroad, and on the Great Schools, Great Prices list.

Among the Top 25 Master’s Universities in the North: Arcadia University continues to enjoy a reputation among the top 25 Best Master’s Universities in the North. The U.S. News ranking is based on several academic quality indicators, including assessment by peer institutions, student retention, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. Master’s universities offer a comprehensive array of bachelor’s, master’s and some doctoral degrees. Read more.

London-Based Artist's Individual Debut is at Arcadia

Vandalised Tree Reoriented
Vandalised Tree Reoriented

Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to present the first individual exhibition in the United States for London-based artist Daniel Eatock (born 1975). Entitled Extra Medium, the show introduces a practice shaped by discovery, invention, and an alert sensitivity to coincidence and contradiction. Projects such as a set of dances to accompany car alarms, an open call for snapshots depicting camera straps that resemble photo accidents, and a wiki that invites participants to add the lengths of their favorite vertical structures to a mile-long website scroll, all employ wry humor and reductive, serial logic to reorient our methods for making sense of the world.

Opening Event: Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m., at the Arcadia University Theatre, Spruance Fine Arts Center. Eatock interviews exhibition curator Richard Torchia about the work in the exhibition. An opening reception will follow immediately afterward in the gallery. Read more.

First-Years Explore Human Body in Baltimore

Students excavating dinosaur bones at the Maryland Science Center
Johanna Lopez '12 and Kristin Bush '12 excavating dinosaur bones at the Maryland Science Center.

On Aug. 30, 2008, four First-Year Seminar groups ventured to Baltimore to see the Body Worlds exhibit at the Maryland Science Center. Body Worlds is an international phenomenon that features donated cadavers which have undergone plastination (a preservation technique), revealing the inner workings of the human body.

“They were incredibly surreal…to the point where I didn't even think of them as being real human bodies,” says Kristin Bush '12 of the exhibit.

“I always knew the human body was a complex thing,” says Anthony Cella '12 “but walking around the museum seeing the bodies broken up…gave me a new view.” Read more. View photos.

Pre-Law Students Describe Importance of Internships

Samantha Shad Andrew Zax

Dr. Joan Thompson, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science, organized a Pre-Law discussion for interested students on Wednesday, Sept. 3. Participants learned more about Arcadia’s Pre-Law minor, including which courses to take and when and what their career options are. The discussion included two presentations from seniors Samantha Schad '08 and Andrew Zax '09.

Schad, who will graduate in December with a Political Science degree and with minors in Pre-Law and Business, interned at LexisNexis in the spring. She researched current litigation and wrote news stories on her findings. Some of her work was published, which she says was exciting. This fall, Schad is interning at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Read more.

Red Cross Blood Drive, Sign-up Now

Red Cross logoThe American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 2 to 8 p.m. in the Rose and Mirror Rooms at Grey Towers Castle. Schedule an appointment online (Sponsor Code: 2459). Or e-mail Christina Harris, a dual-major graduate student in the Physician Assistant and Public Health master’s programs, at Less than five percent of the American population donates blood, yet 95 percent of all Americans will need blood at least once in their lifetime. “Please show your support and schedule your donation today," adds Harris. “Thanks in advance for your support!”

Campus happenings

APTA President Speaks to Physical Therapy Students about Luck

Dr. R. Scott Ward, President of the APTA
Dr. R. Scott Ward delivered the Charles Magistro Lecture Series address at Arcadia University.

R. Scott Ward, Ph.D., PT, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Utah and President of the American Physical Therapy Association, spoke to the incoming Physical Therapy Class of 2011 who began their program on Aug. 29, and also to members of the Class of 2009, who just returned from a 12-week clinical education rotation.

Giving the Charles Magistro Lecture Series address, now in its fifth year, Ward gave a lecture on “Make some of your own luck,” dealing with how luck plays into the profession of being a physical therapist. He noted that physical therapy is a “lucky profession in which you make it that way.” He told the students that there are many ways in which luck is used in everyday life. “It really depends on how you use and interpret the meaning of what luck is,” says Ward. Read more.

Scholarly and Creative accomplishments

Schweizer Publishes Book on Argentine Lit and National Identity

Dr. Rodolfo Schweizer, Chair and Associate Professor of Modern Languages, wrote the book Literatura y (de) Formación Nacional, which was published last month in Córdoba, Argentina by Alción. This monograph investigates the connection between literature and the formation of national identify in Argentina during the 19th and 20th centuries. Schweizer's thesis is that the use of literature to promote a determined model of national development in the end undermines the concept of nationhood. Four writers from the national canon are used to demonstrate that point, one of whom, Domingo Sarmiento, President of Argentina between 1868 and 1874, was intimately connected to the United States through Horace Mann and his wife and imported to Argentina the type of American educational system that Mann advocated.

upcoming events

Study Abroad Info Sessions, Sept. 10

Photo by Kacie Mischler '11. View more at

Meet with a study abroad adviser and other Arcadia students who have studied abroad to learn more about study abroad options during a Study Abroad Information Session.

Information Sessions are scheduled for Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Oak Summit B410; Sept. 15, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Nov. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., in The Chat Meeting Room; and Oct. 21, from 5 to 6 p.m., at the CEA Conference Room, 1601 Church Road. For more information, contact the Office of International Services at 215-572-2867. Discussion topics include:

  • Costs—Arcadia students study abroad on affiliated programs for the same tuition and housing fees as if they were spending the semester on the Glenside campus.
  • Scholarships and financial aid—All financial aid and merit scholarships, with the exception of work study, apply to a semester abroad.
  • Programs options—Arcadia offers more than 100 programs around the world. Arcadia offers Pathways to Study Abroad for every major. New Majors Abroad Programs require an entire year of study abroad.
  • Information about academic policies and program deadlines.

Leadership at Arcadia Seminar, Sept. 11

Every week, student activities sponsors a Leadership at Arcadia Seminar, open to all students, especially those looking to improve their leadership skills. This week’s Leadership at Arcadia program is about creative advertising. In this interactive workshop, participants learn the secrets of creative advertising. “Make and take several pieces of creative advertising to take back to your club or organization,” says Heather Sterner, Assistant Director of Student Activities. The seminar takes place Thursday, Sept. 11, from 8 to 9 p.m. in the University Room, Landman Library.

Jenkintown Jazz and Brew Fest, Sept. 14

The ninth annual Jenkintown Jazz and Brew Fest will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Jenkintown Town Square on Greenwood and Leedom Streets off of Old York Road. The Jazz Fest is free and open to the public, while the Brew Fest is a ticketed event ($30 at the gatea). The Brew Fest entry fee includes admittance, wristband, sampling cup, and beer samples. Only adults 21 years and older with photo ID admitted. Designated Driver tickets are only $15.

Go ‘Behind the Scenes’ with KYW1060 Radio, Sept. 15

Arcadia University’s “Behind the Scenes” Business Lecture Series kicks off on Monday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. with Steve Butler, Director of Programming and Operations at KYW1060, followed by Roy Snyder and Judith Herbst from the Keswick on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m., and Bernard Havard, President and Producing Artistic Director of the Walnut Street Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 4 p.m.

The “Behind the Scenes” Business Lecture Series is sponsored by Arcadia’s Global Small Business Institute and the Arcadia Business Alumni Association (ABAA). The 10-lecture series is free and open to the public. All lectures are held in Brubaker Hall on the Third Floor. Read more.

Register to Vote, Sept. 16

Tuesday, Nov. 4, is Election Day. Are you registered to vote? Stop outside the Dining Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 16, for Voter Registration. The League of Women Voters will be there from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with registration forms for anyone who has not yet registered to vote in this election. You must be registered to vote at least 30 days before the day of an election to participate. Dr. Joan Thompson, Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science, encourages all qualified un-registered students to participate in this event. “All US citizens who are 18 or older should take this opportunity to learn about the issues, candidates and controversies and cast their ballot on Election Day,” Thompson says.

Bingo Night, Sept. 19

On Friday, Sept. 19, Bingo Night will take place in The Chat. Bingo Night is fun and free, and students can win fabulous prizes. Last year’s prizes included gift cards, digital frames, and iPod shuffles. Student Activities sponsors this event.

Journey Back to the Civil War in Jenkintown, Sept. 20

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Manor College is hosting its second annual “Gettysburg Comes to Manor.” Manor, which is located in nearby Jenkintown, encourages members of the community to come out for this unique Civil War experience.

Journey back to one of the most fascinating times in American history to learn about some of the key players in the Civil War. Meet Harriet Tubman, General Hancock, General George Thomas and others during first-person period presentations. Listen to a discussion from Arcadia Adjunct Professor of History James Paradis on “African Americans in the Gettysburg Campaign.” See what General Meade’s and General Longstreet’s headquarters looked like and hear tales about the “Ghosts of Gettysburg.” Also enjoy music, food, trivia, and more.

The event runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will be held rain or shine. Admission is free and parking is $5. For more information, visit or call 215-884-2218. Manor College is located at: 700 Fox Chase Road in Jenkintown, Pa.

Career Development Block Party, Sept. 23

Block PartyDon’t miss the Career Development Block Party Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. behind Knight Hall (or in the Dining Hall if the weather is foul weather). “All students are invited to have dinner at this cookout, dance to music provided by DJ Nick Luchko, and consult a psychic or caricaturist for a vision of your future!” says Kate McGlinchey, Secretary in Career Development. “Interested in a career in Student Affairs or Higher Education Administration? Stop by the ‘Mentor is In’ Booth! Talk with professionals in Student Affairs about strategies to get into a meaningful career. Pick up materials about graduate programs and professional organizations. Here’s an event that provides a fun opportunity to take a look at some serious issues- without any pressure or anxiety! Eat, educate and be entertained!”

Staff Assembly, Sept. 24

Save the date for the Staff Assembly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Grey Towers Castle at 10 a.m.

Staff Council Feed Your Mind: Budgeting Strategies, Sept. 25

Staff Council EventStaff Council’s Feed Your Mind Series kicks off this year’s season with “Too Much Month, Not Enough Money,” an on-campus lunch-and-learn session on budgeting strategies and stretching your dollars, presented by Vantage Point Bank and Financial Services. The session takes place on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and includes a delicious free lunch provided by La Prima Catering. The event is open to the first 20 staff members who sign-up through Arcadia’s online Events Calendar.

For more information or to sign-up, go to the Arcadia Events Calendar module on MyArcadia’s home page and click on the “See Calendar” link. Select the Feed Your Mind link on Sept. 25 and then click on the "register" icon. Questions? Contact Sue Gettlin or Margaret Poteet.

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

Volleyball Tallies Second Win of the Season

Arcadia University Volleyball picked up its second win of the year Tuesday evening in its home opener against Rosemont College. The 3-0 victory pulls the team's record even at 2-2, ahead of Saturday's Quad-Match at Penn State Berks. Read more.

Samson Provides Spark in the Dark to Keep Tennis Undefeated

As the sky grew dark and with the match tied at four apeice, Arcadia junior Irina Samson, playing #6 singles, defeated Cedar Crest's Mackenzie Lee in an eight-game pro set, 8-3. , to bring the Knights their third-straight victory. The 5-4 win gives the Knights a 3-0 record as they move on to face Philadelphia Bible. Read more.

Men's Soccer Earns Double-Overtime Victory Against Alvernia

First-year Ethan Armstrong sent home the dagger in this afternoon's double-overtime match against Alvernia College, to give Arcadia University Men's Soccer the 2-1 victory in the consolation match at the Cialella Soccer Classic at Rutgers-Camden University.  Sophomore Joe Clementi also scored for the Knights, who even their record at 2-2. Read more.

Mt. Holyoke Defeats Women's Soccer at Drew Fall Fest

Mt. Holyoke College topped Arcadia University Women's Soccer by a 2-1 margin in Sunday's consolation match at the Drew Fall Fest in Madison, N.J. The Knights drop to 0-4 with the loss and will look for their first win of the 2008 season when they host Cabrini College Saturday at noon. Read more.

Field Hockey's Win Streak Haulted by King's

Arcadia University Field Hockey was held scoreless in non-conference action against King's College, seeing their two-game win streak snapped with Sunday afternoon's 4-0 loss at Ralston Field. Arcadia (2-3) was held out of the offensive zone for much of the contest, credited with 2 shots through regulation to the Lady Monarch's 36. King's improves to 3-0. 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 Simone Oliver '09. 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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