November 4, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
November 4, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Knight Madness Will Rock Campus on Thursday

Don’t miss the fourth annual Knight Madness this Thursday, Nov. 6, at 10 p.m. in the Kuch Alumni Gymnasium. This event, sponsored by Residence Hall Council, will rock Arcadia’s campus with the recognition of all the athletic teams, including the midnight kickoff of the Men’s and Women’s Basketball seasons. The Madness will feature more than $2,000 in prizes, performances, contests and the Factulty/Staff vs. Students basketball challenge. Someone will walk away with grand prize of $500 at the end of the night. Read more.

32 Education Majors Honored during Induction Ceremony

On Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m., in the Castle, the Education Department honored 32 Education majors at their annual induction ceremony. The event celebrated and honored those students who have passed their PRAXIS I and have demonstrated professional dispositions throughout their field experiences and coursework. Those students honored applied in their sophomore year and on their acceptance had a GPA of 3.0.

Students received a certificate stating that they have been formally inducted into the Education Department of Arcadia University and are now officially designated Pre-service Teachers. Students honored were: Nicole Adler, Jessica L. Stremmel, Marissa D. Cylinder, Jessica A. DeFluri, Kimberly N. Goerlach, Danielle Lilly, Danielle Melcher, Christine Elizabeth Moser, Nicole F. Pasquale, Briana Riccio, Cassandra D. Smith, Adam Anderson, Donna Bucknor, Kathleen Dickerson, Andrew Hatton, Rebecca Miller, Stephanie Minarcik, Sara Rudolph, Susan Urbanski, Kristine Laudenslager, Liam Davis, Christie Shaub, Gina Zummo, James Malamut, Jaclyn Lewis, Michelle Comella-Lynn, Christina Hoffman, Lauren English, Sharon Young, Margaret Hogan, Michelle Witte and Rachel Seligsohn. Read more. View photos.

Live!@Arcadia Podcast: Actor and Director Delanté Keys

Delante Keys
Delanté Keys '07 directs The Stonewater Rapture in The Chat Performance Area. Listen to him speak about the production and life after AU.

Acting major Delanté Keys '07 is back on campus. This time in a new role: that of director. Keys talks to University Relations intern and Tower department editor Simone Oliver '11 about life after college and directing Doug Wright’s award-winning play The Stonewater Rapture, which will be staged in The Chat, Nov. 7 to 9. Listen to the podcast. Get play show times.

Since graduating, Keys has worked as both an actor and a drama teacher. He has taught at People’s Light and Theatre Company, Arcadia’s Camp Shakespeare, and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. In addition, he has appeared in Little Bunny Voodoo’s Late Night at the Tiki Bar; Six Degrees of Separation at Allen’s Lane Theater; Curio Theatre Company’s The Nutcracker and What the Butler Saw; Black Gold with Interact Theatre Company; Kid Simple with Azuka Theatre Company, and Living News at the National Constitution Center.

Trayless Tuesday: A Way to Make Arcadia Greener

Students in Dining Center during "Trayless Tuesday"
From left: Alyson Brann '12, Ruslan Hsia '12, and Emmalee Holland '12

In an effort to cut-down on food waste and energy costs, Parkhurst, Arcadia’s dining services provider, has implemented “Trayless Tuesdays.” While patrons can pick up a tray upon request, many people are partaking in this effort, which is one component of Parkhurst’s green initiative.

“It’s not a big deal,” Ruslan Hsia '12 says of the missing trays. “I hear we save a lot of water.”

“It’s a wonderful effort to conserve water and I’m all for it,” says Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Joshua Blustein. “Plus, you expend more calories if you want more food because you have to keep walking up to get it.”

Not everyone is thrilled with the effort, however. “It’s not convenient for carrying food—it requires multiple trips,” says Kate Witte, a first-year graduate student. Witte thinks it may be counteractive to conservation efforts because people may end up using more dishes. Read more.

PT Student Wins APTA Award

Andrew Strittmatter wins APTA award
From left: Andrew Strittmatter '08, Dr. Angela Tate, and Dr. Philip McClure

Andrew Strittmatter '08, now a first-year student in Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program, recently won the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Research Award for Best Submission at this year’s Pennsylvania Physical Therapy Association (PPTA) meeting. Strittmatter’s abstract was entitled, “Relationships Between Pectoralis Minor Muscle Length, Shoulder Dominance, and Subacromial Impingement Syndrome in Overhead Athletes.”

“I was very surprised and excited when I found out our abstract won this award. I have been working on this research for almost two years with Dr. McClure and Dr. Tate,” says Strittmatter.

Dr. Philip McClure, Professor of Physical Therapy, and Dr. Angela Tate, Adjunct Professor of Physical Therapy, both offered their personal assistance in order to help Strittmatter conduct an effective research project. All three collaborated and are authors of the final paper that resulted from their research. Read more.

Weekly Green Tip: The Facts about Reusable Bags

Recycle LogoHave you ever really thought about plastic shopping bags? According to, the average American uses between 300 and 700 plastic bags per year. Some plastic bags are reused or recycled, but many end up blowing around or floating in the ocean. In fact, the world’s largest landfill can be found floating between Hawaii and San Francisco. Wind and sea currents carry marine debris from all over the world to what is now known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This “landfill” is estimated to be twice the size of Texas and contains thousands of pounds of our discarded trash, mostly plastics. Each year hundreds of thousands of sea birds and marine life, including sea turtles, die from digested plastics mistaken for food. What can you do to help? Find or buy a sturdy cloth bag (or one of those $1 bags sold in many stores) and start using it!

Watch Your E-mail for the Upcoming ACHA Survey

Wellness Services is conducting the American College Health Association (ACHA) Survey for all full-time undergraduate students from Nov. 9 until Dec. 3. Students will receive this survey attached to an e-mail that is sent by an off-campus organization. Wellness Services is looking for a good response to help it to understand the needs of Arcadia University students in order to better plan and implement services on campus. Wellness Services has permission from the Internal Review Board (IRB) to perform this survey every three years and last held it in Fall 2002 and Fall 2005. Please do not hesitate to contact Fran Pollock at 215-572-4091 or Claire Washington at 215-572-2844 with any questions.

Save a Child Foundation to Host Gala, Nov. 6

Arcadia University’s student-run Save a Child Foundation seeks financial support to establish a community library in Akatsi, a small village in the Volta Region of Ghana. Without assistance from the Foundation, many Akatsi students will not have access to books for school or leisure reading.

“The ultimate aims of the Foundation are to cultivate a culture of reading, provide a productive environment for after-school studies, as well as provide scholarships to the needy in order to bridge the gap between poverty and better education in developing countries,” says Daniel Dotse '09, President and Founder of the organization. Read more.

Try a University Seminar for Something New

The new University Seminars program now provides a distinctive, evolving set of courses every semester where Arcadia professors explore their passions and help students to make vital intellectual connections. Designed to make connections among disciplines and between scholarly ideas and the world beyond the classroom, University Seminars are a showcase of integrative learning at Arcadia.

University Seminars are open to all students; first-year students must have completed their First-Year Seminars. Students who entered Arcadia before August 2008 may take University Seminars as electives and may, when appropriate, petition the Undergraduate Studies Office to request that a University Seminar count toward a General Education requirement.

How the New Undergraduate Curriculum Works

If you’re a new first-year or transfer student this fall, information and guides to the new Undergraduate Curriculum are available at Details and FAQs are available under each of the areas. Consult your academic adviser on planning your schedule for Spring 2009. Details on each academic program also are available at Curriculum codes are included in the course schedule, and you can search for courses that fulfill requirements at

If you entered Arcadia University before Fall 2008, your undergraduate General Education requirements are listed in the catalog for the year you entered, also available at Note that you can participate in the new University Seminars.

Bestsellers for Just $1 at Bookstore

Come to the bookstore to check out the BUCK-A-BOOK Sale! A variety of bestsellers are $1 until supplies last, says Lydia Whitelaw, Templeton Bookstore Textbook Manager.

Campus Happenings

Talking Sustainability with Dr. Debra Rowe

Distinguished Speaker Dr. Debra Rowe
Dr. Debra Rowe

by Michael Feeney

On Oct. 29, Dr. Debra Rowe, President for the U.S. Partnership of Education, came to Arcadia University’s Stiteler Auditorium to discuss the topic of sustainability in the current higher educational system with her speech “A Sustainable Future: Going Green in a Global World.” According to Rowe, the definition of sustainability is, “Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” To be sustainable, nature’s resources must be used at a rate at which they can be replenished naturally. Read more.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Loury Addresses ‘Reclaiming Black Male Image’

Dr. Doreen Loury presented a session on “Reclaiming the Black Male Image: From Sambo to Superspade to Tupac and Beyond” on Oct. 25 at the African American Male Academic Success Conference in Philadelphia. Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of Act 101, addressed the “historical relevance of black male imagery through the various genres of media and how we can help our youth overcome the psychological assaults that are trying to exploit who they are and what they are trying to become.” Among the questions she asks are the following: “What historic debates about the media images of black males continue today and with what effect? What are the effects of popular culture and hip hop—both positive and negative—on black male imagery? What are emerging understandings of the links and disconnections between the contrived media images of black males and the real life images of black males?

Gustavson, Pierce Join Brain Development Project

A new SouthEastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) project includes two Arcadia University faculty members, Dr. Leif Gustavson, Assistant Professor of Education, and Sue Pierce, Adjunct Professor of English. The project will explore how research on student brain development might impact the way faculty teach. Funded by the Teagle Foundation, the Collegium project includes 16 faculty members who will be working with a nationally known brain research specialist. Gustavson is the Coordinator of Secondary English Education and Middle School Education programs at Arcadia University, where he teaches literacy education, designing learning environments, and ethnography for educational practitioners. His research explores the creative practices of youth (zine writing, graffiti, and turntablism among other forms) and how the ways in which youth learn in the everyday can inform and influence pedagogy.

Deaitra Smith, Dissertation on ‘Co-Teaching’ Model, Nov. 14

The campus community is invited to the final defense hearing for Deaitra Bradley Smith, a candidate for the Doctor of Education in Special Education, on Friday, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. in Taylor Hall, Room 316. The title of her dissertation is “An Examination of a Co-Teaching Service Delivery Model and a Non Co-Teaching Model for the Provision of Reading Instruction for Students with Disabilities.”

Johnston to Interviewed about the Architecture of Imprisonment

Dr. Norman Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, participated in an interview series organized by the Socio Design Foundation of Denver, Colo. about the sociology and architecture of imprisonment. Read the interview transcript.

upcoming events

Let's Go: Find out what's happening at Arcadia University

Study Abroad Info Sessions, Nov. 5

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 Nov. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Oak Summit B41, and Nov. 11, from 5 to 6 p.m., in The Chat Meeting Room. 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.
  • Program 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.

Grant Writing Workshop for Faculty and Staff, Nov. 6 and 7

Faculty and staff are invited to attend an information-sharing workshop on grant writing to external funding agencies on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. Dr. John Hoffman, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Barbara Sheehan, Director of Sponsored Research and Programs, will lead this workshop. Refreshments will be served.

Due to popular demand, an additional workshop has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 7, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. Lunch will be served.

Learn about colleague collaboration, appropriate sources of grants, policies and procedures for submitting grant proposals, and support systems that will be available to you as a member of Arcadia’s faculty or staff. A monthly schedule of grant-writing support groups will be set up for those who have identified a funding source for their research projects or outreach programs.

R.S.V.P. to Cathy Gemmell at or call 215-572-4111 by Oct. 30, 2008.

SAA Coffeehouse, Nov. 7

Student Alumni Ambassadors (SAA) are presenting a Coffeehouse on Nov. 7 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Castle Mirror and Rose Rooms. SAA is looking for performers, which can include but are not limited to singing, dancing, poetry, and playing an instrument. If you are interested please e-mail

Author and Illustrator Floyd Cooper, Nov. 10

Floyd Cooper Illustrator
"AMEER & RA" from the book The Most Precious Gift, written and illustrated by Floyd Cooper

Award winning children’s author and illustrator Floyd Cooper gives an informal talk on children’s book illustration on Monday, Nov. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in the Mirror Room in the Castle. Cooper has published more than 60 children’s books and has illustrated 2,000-plus book cover illustrations. On being a children’s author, Cooper says, “Giving kids a positive alternative to counteract the negative impact of what is conveyed in today’s media is a huge opportunity.”

Following his talk there will be a question and answer session. There will also be available books for purchase.

Mathematics Pedagogy in K-12 Classrooms, Nov. 11

Arcadia University’s 2008-09 University Colloquium Series present Dr. Jacqueline Leonard on “Dilemmas of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy” in teaching mathematics to students in K-12 classrooms on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. For more information visit

Leonard, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education at Temple University, examines how two high school teachers enacted culturally relevant practices and how these practices influenced diverse students’ opportunities to learn mathematics. Leonard concludes her presentation with a discussion and suggestions on how to make mathematics lessons more relevant to the lives of diverse students and how to motivate them to learn mathematics by making connections to social justice.

Race Matters: Jewish Identity, Nov. 12

Race Matters, a Campus-Wide Discussion on Race, presents “Jewish Identity” on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in the University Gallery Room in Landman Library. The campus community is invited, and lunch is provided. Race Matters is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, contact John Noakes, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, 215-572-2897.

The Civility in Action Leadership Discussion Series: Angela McIver, Nov. 12

Angela McIver, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Rights Center, speaks about promoting civility throughout communities on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in Kuch Hospitality Suite. She has more than 16 years of human services experience and specializes in developing institutional and organizational networking, community partnerships, and coalitions affecting adults and youths (including the provision of counseling, related support networks, performance analysis, and training). For more information, contact Dr. Judy Dalton in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, x4088.

Students Invited to Career Networking Luncheon, Nov. 14

Career Development and Alumni Relations are hosting their annual Career Networking Luncheon on Friday, Nov. 14, from noon to 2 p.m. Student are invited to meet with successful alumni and make important connections. To register, contact the Career Development Office by calling 215-572-2939, e-mailing, or stopping by 133 Knight Hall. Please provide your name, phone number, e-mail address, major and intended career field.

Empty Bowl Dinner, Nov. 17

Students enjoying Empty BowlArcadia University holds its annual Empty Bowl Dinner to fight hunger and homelessness on Monday, Nov. 17, in Grey Towers Castle. The community is invited to participate in this service event. Seating is by ticket only, with the first seating from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the second seating from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Since 1993, Arcadia University has been holding the Empty Bowl Dinner to help fight hunger and homelessness in U.S. cities as well as in other countries. Everyone who attends will get to select a handcrafted bowl made by Arcadia students and local artists in and the around the community. They can then fill their bowls, choosing from an assortment of mouth-watering soups, amazing breads, and desserts—all donated by restaurants and individuals in and around the campus. Read more.

International Education Week, Nov. 17- 20

International Education Week logoInternational Education Week is a national initiative that aims to promote intercultural exchange. This year, Arcadia promises a week full of fun!

Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner: Arcadia University staff and students share a simple meal of soup and bread at the Empty Bowl Benefit Dinner on Monday, Nov. 17, to raise awareness of hunger and poverty across borders. The Northwest Interfaith Hospitality Network of Philadelphia and Heifer Project International are the beneficiaries. Order tickets, $12 for students and $15 for non-students, at

Study Away Fair: The lunchtime Study Away Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 18, highlights opportunities for short-term, semester and year-long programs across the globe. Talk with faculty who will offer short-term programs, students who have traveled the globe, and professionals from Arcadia’s Center for Education Abroad and the Office of International Services. Don’t miss the Scholarship Corner.

Movie Nights: Two movie nights will highlight intercultural themes. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:15 p.m. in The Chat, I.O.U.S.A. will delve into the topic of the United States’ national debt crisis and how it affects everyone. I’m Not Scared is the story of an Italian boy who realizes that his small town is not what it seems. It will be shown Monday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Brubaker 102 and is R-rated and subtitled.

The week will wrap up with Celebrating Cultures on Thursday, Nov. 20. This annual event will highlight Arcadia’s Global Connections via personal stories, food, and fashion of Arcadia community members. The night always proves to be entertaining for students, staff, and faculty alike!

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

Janelle Jablonski 11 of Womens Soccer Named Knight of the Week and Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week

Janelle Jablonski '11

(9-7-2) On Saturday afternoon at Albright sophomore all-conference forward Janelle Jablonski '11 ensured a Knights win when the team needed it most.

Jablonski scored the opening goal in the 72-minute of the match, drawing her defender down the line before powering into the box and beating Albright's Keeley Peltz for her fourth goal of the season. And then, during the 86th minute, Jablonski crossed a ball to first-year Ashley Knueppel, who scored her first collegiate goal.

The Knights held on for the 2-0 win and earned the fourth seed over Lycoming by virtue of the tie-breaker rule. They move on to face first seed Messiah for the second time in eight days at Wednesday’s conference semi-finals in Grantham, Pa.

At Widener, earlier in the week, Jablonski set up the game tying goal after winning a scramble for the ball off a corner and poking it through to Katie O'Malley '11 for the score. Jablonski's performance in a critical week of conference play for the Knights earned her Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week accolades.

Mens Soccer Loses 1-0 Decision at Albright

Albright's Adam Toroniewski's goal 15 minutes into Saturday's Commonwealth Conference men's soccer regular season closer against Arcadia University was enough to secure the victory. Read more.

Field Hockey Closes Out Regular Season with Loss

Arcadia University Field Hockey closed out the 2008 season against #7 Lebanon Valley College and was held without a shot as the #7 Flying Dutchmen were victorious with a 8-0 win over the Knights in Commonwealth Conference to clinch the #2 seed for conference playoffs.  Arcadia ends their second straight five-win season going 5-14 overall. Read more.

Lycoming Wins Five-Game Barnburner over Arcadia Volleyball

(10-14) Arcadia University battled back from one game down, trading wins with Lycoming until the Warriors secured a 15-7 game five decision to pull out a 3-2 win over the Knights in the Commonwealth Conference regular season finale. The Knights finish the regular season with an overall record of 10-14 and 1-5 against Commonwealth opponents.  Lycoming improves to 14-18, earning their first league win of the season (1-5). Read more.

Two Riders Qualify for Hunt Seat Regionals

During the Drexel Hunt at Briarwood in Flemington, N.J., Jackie Siebel and Katherine Kelley of Arcadia University's Equestrian Team qualified to compete at hunt seat regionals for 2b adv. walk/trot/canter.

Complete Results

  • Carley Morgan: jump - 3rd, flat - no place
  • Carrie Fillebrown: jump - 4th, flat - no place
  • Chelsea Crozier: jump - no place, flat - no place
  • Jackie Siebel: novice flat - no place
  • Molly Casey: 2B - 5th
  • Christy Keller: 2B - 1st
  • Kacie Usalvich: 2B - 1st
  • Catherine Sparan: 2B - 5th
  • Suzy Kelly: 2B - 6th
  • Kim Borbone: 2A - 4th
  • Sarah Bellomo: 1 - 4th

In the News

Arcadia in the News

Arcadia University’s Distinguished Speakers Series hosted Dr. Debra Rowe on Oct.29. Rowe spoke on “A Sustainable Future: Going Green in a Global World,” as reported in the Oct. 15 Glenside News, Times Chronicle and Montgomery Life newspapers.

The Empty Bowl Dinner, an annual event at Arcadia University to fight hunger and homelessness, was mentioned in the Oct. 15 Leader (Philadelphia, Pa.).

Alumni in the News

Pedro Rivera, who received his superintendent’s letter of eligibility in 2005, is one of two keynote speakers at the Lancaster (Pa.) branch of NAACP Annual Freedom Banquet on Nov. 8, as noted in the Oct. 19 Sunday News (Lancaster, Pa.). Rivera has spent his entire career in urban education, serving as Executive Director of Employee Entry for the School District of Philadelphia before going to Lancaster.

Rosemary Deniken Blankley '57 was mentioned in the Oct. 28 edition of her hometown newspaper, Naples Daily News (Naples, Fl.), as an inaugural inductee into the Arcadia University Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 10. Blankley was one of 10 Arcadia alumni to receive the honor.

Gabriel Akok '08, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, spoke at the Evelyn Graves Ministries Church in Delaware County, as noted in the Oct. 28 Delaware County Daily Times. Akok described the brutality by the government the thousands of children who were left orphaned or separated from their families, he among them. “It was horrible,” said Akok, who lost his oldest brother in the fighting. “There were days without food and water. People died of starvation, sickness, diarrhea and dehydration.” Akok also received his U.S. citizenship at a ceremony in May.

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Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics, Purnell Cropper, University Relations, Michelle Tooker '07, University Relations, Simone Oliver '09, and Michael Feeney. 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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