September 16, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 16, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

What Are the New Banners Along the Walk of Pride?

John McNeil installs banner along the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride.

As Maintenance Supervisors John McNeil and John Hagerty raised the “cherry picker” and began hanging new banners along the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride this week, a student stopped to ask what they represent. “I answered her in terms of what At Home & In the World: The Campaign for Arcadia University is going to do for students,” says Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations. “We expect to break ground for an exciting new University Commons in about seven months, and funds are being raised for student scholarships and much more. She responded with a ‘sounds great!’”

“I realized later the poignancy of talking about the commitment that generations of alumni will be making to current and future students while standing on the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride,” Bauer adds. The Alumni Fund Walk of Pride begins at the Grey Towers Castle, winds past the Wishing Well and ends at Blankley Alumni House. Located at the very center of Arcadia's campus and created to complement the surroundings and grounds, the walkway offers a unique opportunity to recognize Arcadia University's loyal alumni. Now, and for decades to come, alumni become a visible part of the daily life on campus by inscribing their names on one of the walkway's pavers as part of their Alumni Fund giving.

Will There Be More International Flags?

Flag of SpainNew international flag banners—representing both the many countries where Arcadia students study abroad as well as the home countries of Arcadia’s international students—will soon encircle the campus. “As Arcadia’s commitment to global perspectives continues to expand, we no longer have room solely in the center of campus to represent all the different nations. When we had to expand to the outer campus ring last semester (next to Knight Hall), we realized that having the international flags circling campus provided a stunning display of who we are to a wider world, including the local community, so soon our campus will be enveloped in the many colors of the world, like a comfortable quilt that we keep adding onto to represent our growing international ties," says Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations.

What Does the Campaign Mean for Students?

Unuiversity CommonsAmong the new banners along the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride is one that says “Building the Long-Awaited University Commons.” The wait is down to about seven months, with construction slated to begin in early summer 2009 on an impressive facility for student life. “The campus community has long recognized the need for a modern center where students and faculty can gather to form the kind of intellectual and cultural bonds that last a lifetime,” President Jerry Greiner said when the Board of Trustees authorized the project in May.

The priorities for At Home & In the World: The Campaign for Arcadia University ( fall into three main categories:

  • Enriching Student Learning and Life: The University Commons will be built as an addition to the front of Kuch Recreation and Athletic Center and will face the campus green. Designed to be a vital hub for student life, the immpressive facility will consist of 62,000 square feet of new construction as well as Kuch Center renovations. Construction is expected to start in May 2009. Take a virtual tour!
  • Ensuring Future Opportunities for Students: “We are determined that Arcadia University will have the financial resources required to offer our most promising students the scholarship support they need. Faculty, staff, alumni and trustees share this common goal, ” says Margaret "Peggy" Wright Steele ’80, Campaign Co-Chair. More.
  • Renewing the Beauty and Elegance of Our Campus: The original dining room of Grey Towers Castle, a National Historic Landmark, has been restored. In addition to new campus lighting, signage and landscaping, work will soon begin on a new grand entrance to the campus at Limekiln Pike and Church Road. More.

Campaign Supports Faculty Scholars, Artists through New Fund

Student smiles during Undergraduate CommencementInspired by the generosity and leadership of the University’s Board of Trustees to At Home & In the World: The Campaign for Arcadia University, the Faculty Campaign kicked off at the Sept. 10 Faculty Meeting. The Faculty Campaign supports the priorities described above plus creates a new Faculty Scholars and Artists Fund. The Staff Campaign kicks off next week at the Staff Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in Grey Towers Castle at 10 a.m. Early response is truly impressive.

“Trustee giving is helping set the pace for the Faculty Campaign. We are seeking to build on this leadership support,” says Dr. John Hoffman, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Co-Chair of the Faculty Campaign. “Our Faculty and Staff Campaigns are really about helping more students to reach their best potential.” Read more.

Physical Therapy Students, Alumni and Professors Provide Education in Peru

PT alum in Peru
Arcadia alumni trained physical therapists in Peru.
View photos from the trip

At the end of August, Jodee Fortner '97, '99M.S.P.T. led a service-learning trip to Arequipa, Peru. Accompanied by D.P.T. students Francesca Magri '09 and Theresa Speziale '09, alumna Heather Sherwood '01,'04D.P.T., Adjunct Professor Jane Styer-Acevedo, translators and other physical therapists, Fortner and the group provided local PTs with physical therapy education.

Through a four-day course on Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Styer-Acevedo taught 44 local PTs about typical and atypical development in children. It is similar to a course someone entering pediatrics in the United States would take. During lab time, participants practiced facilitation techniques used to strengthen various parts of the body for functional activities. This type of course is not yet available in Arequipa, and Styer-Acevedo offered it at a fraction of the cost. Any money collected from the participants covered supplies and equipment. At the conclusion of the course, students received an official certificate. Read more.

Don’t Wait—Share Your Thoughts on Self Study

Don’t miss this chance to comment on the University’s Ten-Year Self Study, prepared as part of the Middle States Accreditation process. Faculty, staff and students are invited to take a minute to log in to Blackboard and check out the new red tab for “Middle States” that appears at the top of the page. “By clicking on the new 'Middle States' tab, you will have available to you all of the material within the Self Study,” notes Professor Jan Tecklin, who along with Professor Barbara Nodine co-chairs the Middle States Accreditation Steering Committee. “Use the anonymous Community Feedback survey to share your thoughts. You need not respond to the entire document at one sitting,” notes Tecklin. “You can go back into Survey Monkey to respond to different parts of the document at a later date—up to Oct. 1.” Read the e-mail from Nodine and Tecklin to the campus community.

New Scholarship: Pay it Forward—Get it Back!

The Office of Enrollment Management is offering a new scholarship opportunity for Arcadia students. It gives current full-time undergraduate students an opportunity to compete for several $1,000 study abroad awards. To enter, students write an essay describing/nominating a high school guidance counselor who had a significant impact on their lives. The students with the winning essays will receive $1,000 scholarships to be used toward future study abroad experience through Arcadia University. The counselors named in the winning essays will have the opportunity to travel to London in Summer 2009 with Arcadia University for a one-week study abroad experience.

“For example, perhaps your high school guidance counselor inspired you to study abroad, to study at Arcadia, to pursue a specific major, or even to stay in school,” says Susan Jacobs, Associate Director of Enrollment Management. The deadline for essay submission is Oct. 15, 2008. To compete, send your essay (1-2 pages) to Jacobs at Winning counselors must currently be employed at a high school in college guidance or the guidance office and must be available to travel abroad with the group next summer.

Bookstore Chops Prices of Bestsellers

A sale is taking place at the Arcadia University Bookstore. Bestsellers and bargain books are 25 percent off. Some books are priced as low as $2.99 after discount. Also, find greeting cards marked down 50 percent.

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.

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.

upcoming events

De-stress, Stretch and Free the Mind, Wednesdays

“Did you know that September is National Yoga Month?” asks Claire A. Washington, Director of Student Health Services. “Yoga Month is an event designed to promote yoga and healthy living. Come check out our ongoing Moving Meditation, a combination of stretching, Tai Chi, yoga, Sitting Meditation and Qigong. To join, simply bring an open mind and comfortable clothes, and we’ll supply the mats. Deoksang, of the Glenside Won Institute, will assist you in learning more about this popular exercise.” Moving Meditations meets Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Heinz lobby. The series is free and open to all. “We look forward to seeing you there,” adds Washington. “You also can stop by Student Health Services for a free Wisdom Magazine that includes information on various types of yoga.” For more information about National Yoga Month, visit

Daniel Eatock: Extra Medium, Sept. 18 – Oct. 26

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.

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.

There’s No Excuse for a Dirty Car: PA Car Wash, Sept. 20

The Physician Assistant students are having a car wash on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Superfresh in Chestnut Hill. Look for them at 7700 Crittendan St., Philadelphia, PA 19118.

Want to Help the Knight Star Shine This Year? Sept. 22

The Knight Star Executive Committee, which plans the annual Knight Star event on campus, is starting weekly planning meetings on Monday, Sept. 22, at 10 p.m. in the Knight Conference Room. For more information about how to get involved, contact Kate Conway, Knight Star Planning Executive Committee member.

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 in the event of inclement 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 yourself 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.

Study Abroad Info Sessions, Sept. 30

Photo by Kacie Mischler '11. View more at

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

Information Sessions are scheduled for Oct. 8, Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Oak Summit B410; 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 and 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.

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

Second Half Scoring Gives Women's Soccer Second Straight Win

(2-4) Three unanswered goals in seven minutes sparked Arcadia University Women's Soccer to a 3-0 blanking of cross town rival Gwynedd-Mercy College on Wednesday afternoon in non-conference play, giving the Knights their second straight win as the team improves to 2-4 overall. Read more.

Volleyball Drops Commonwealth Opener to Widener

(4-4) Arcadia University Volleyball hosted the Pride of Widener University in both team's Commonwealth Conference opening match, with the Pride walking away with a 3-0 victory to improve 12-3 overall. The Knights drop to 4-4 and travel to York College for this weekend's quad match. Read more.

Crystal Gibson to Head Women’s Basketball Program

Arcadia University Director of Athletics Shirley Liddle has formally announced the hiring of Crystal Gibson of Frostburg, Md., as the Head Coach for the University’s Women’s Basketball program. Gibson, a two-year assistant coach at Frostburg State University (Md.) and former assistant and player at Lebanon Valley College, will begin her duties as Head Coach and Assistant Sports Information Director on Oct. 1. Read more.

Women's Tennis Pull Out 8-1 Victory as Streak Reaches Six

(6-0) Arcadia University Women's Tennis remained unbeaten Tuesday afternoon as the Knights topped Division II rival Chestnut Hill College, 8-1, in non-conference action. The win gives Arcadia its sixth straight and gives coach Kristyna Dratch a victory over her former Griffin squad. Arcadia will look to go 2-0 in Commonwealth competition this Saturday. The team travels to Messiah in Grantham, Pa. for a 1 p.m. match. Read more.

Men's Soccer Drops Third Straight

(2-5) Arcadia University Men's Soccer had plenty of chances Tuesday afternoon against non-conference opponent Philadelphia Biblical University, but the only ball to find the goal came off the foot of Jake Miller of PBU in the 53rd minute, giving the Crimson Eagles the 1-0 win over Arcadia. Arcadia outshot the Crimson Eagles 17-7 and moves on looking for win three of the season this Saturday at FDU-Florham, a non-conference game. Read more.

Field Hockey Struggles in Third Straight Loss

(2-5) Arcadia University Field Hockey did all it could to contain Wilkes University in the first half, but the Colonels built on a 1-0 advantage at the half with four second-half scores to hand the Knights their third straight loss. Arcadia (2-5 overall) will look to snap its winless streak this Saturday at Immaculata University at noon. Read more.

In the News

Arcadia In the News

The official newspaper of the University of Missouri—Columbia, TheManeater, published an article on the university’s 11th annual study abroad fair, showcasing programs such as Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad. "We've set up contacts with many schools in many different nations, so numerous schools here work with us to offer their students even more options for studying abroad," Arcadia University’s Todd Karr said. "Among the universities in the U.S. we work with, Mizzou is where one of our largest groups of students usually comes from." Read the story.

Arcadia University soccer players Samantha Calhoun and Jamie Bradford were photographed by Regina Rahill for the Aug. 27 Times Chronicle. Along with staff and other students, they helped to move in the largest incoming class at Arcadia on Friday, Aug. 22.

The Aug. 21 issue of The Berkshire Eagle Online reviewed works by the printmaker Benton Spruance (1904-1967) on display at Williams College Museum of Art. The exhibit runs through Oct. 5 and features 26 prints. The work in the show spans about 30 years of Spruance’s career, beginning with Depression-era images of Philadelphia neighborhoods and urban life done in the American Scene Painting style popular at that time, and progressing toward, but never completely embracing, abstraction. The display was organized by the museum’s deputy director, John Stomberg. Spruance was a Professor of Fine Arts at Arcadia starting in 1926 and chair the department until his death in 1967.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Joan Thompson, Associate Professor and Co-Chair of Political Science, was quoted in the Bucks County Courier on Sept. 11 in an article regarding the terrorist attack seven years ago. The article asked if terrorism and national security are important factors in the presidential race or if the economy is playing a major part as the deciding factor. “McCain has the military image and you can’t blame him for wanting to show it,” said Thompson. “One way to look at it—Republicans were in charge at the time and they didn’t protect us. How do we know McCain can?” Conversely, the question Sept. 11 and terrorism poses is, “Can [Obama], through debate, show that he is at least the equal of McCain and could be trusted in a national emergency?” said Thompson. Read the story.

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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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