November 18, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
November 18, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia University Ranked #1 in Nation in Study Abroad

Arcadia students study abroad in India
Arcadia has the highest percentage of undergraduate study abroad participation among all U.S. colleges for the academic year 2006-07.

Arcadia University ranks #1 in the nation for the percentage of undergraduate students studying abroad in the 2008 Open Doors report, the authoritative annual census conducted by the Institute of International Education. Arcadia has the highest percentage of undergraduate study abroad participation among all U.S. colleges and universities for the academic year 2006-07.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders,” says Arcadia University President Jerry Greiner. “And tomorrow, every leader will need a global perspective. Study abroad is no longer perceived as just for the privileged. It’s part of a complete education that includes multicultural interaction.”

Arcadia’s vision is that students—including many who are the first generation in their families to attend college—should have firsthand knowledge of other countries and their cultures. Read more.

Arts@Arcadia Podcast: A Closer Look 7

Kocot & Hatton James Johnson, "Promise"
Kocot & Hatton's Night/Time
James Johnson's House

A Closer Look 7 opened on Thursday, Nov. 13, to a warm reception from an eclectic crowd of campus and community art enthusiasts. The evening began with a panel discussion, followed by a reception in the Art Gallery, where History major Andrew Hatton '10 caught up with the six exhibited artists, who spoke to him about their projects, aesthetics, the stages of sleep, and more.

Next Week: Lucy Pullen, Linda Yun, and Philip Adams

Faculty Spotlight: Plummer on How Children Learn Astronomy

Dr. Julia Plummer

The Arcadia University Faculty Spotlight series presents Dr. Julia Plummer, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Science Education, on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. Plummer, whose research is about children’s understanding of the sun, moon and stars, will discuss "Elementary Students Explaining Astronomical Observations: The Development of a Learning Progression." The campus community is invited. Refreshments are at 4 p.m.

Faculty, Staff Mentors Named for Previews

Faculty and staff mentors have been selected to accompany first-year students to London, Scotland and Spain, as well as transfer students to Italy, in Arcadia’s distinctive spring Preview programs. Click here for the just-released list of faculty and staff mentors.

London/Scotland/Spain Preview is a spring break adventure for first-year students at Arcadia University. Italy Preview is for transfer students.

Arcadia Hosts Quidditch Tournament on Saturday

“Muggler” teams from Arcadia and other universities will descend on Kuch Field on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a Harry Potter-style Quidditch Tournament. The actual games will kick off at about 11 a.m. The Quidditch Tournament is sponsored by the Commuter Students and the Office of Community Service.

As Quidditch originally was created to be a magical sport, rules have been altered for “Muggle” style playing. Instead of flying on broomsticks, players run across the field with brooms held firmly between their legs. The chasers use a painted volleyball as a quaffle to score goals worth 10 points each while keepers guard their goal hoops. The violent bludgers that were used to knock players to the ground have become dodge balls that beaters throw at other players, causing them to drop whatever ball they're holding and return to their goal zone before returning to play. The seeker catches the snitch and earns his/her team an extra 50 points and ends the game. Finally, the Snitch—the elusive gold ball with wings—is replaced by a cross-country runner who darts around campus with a tennis ball hanging from his or her shorts.

Thanksgiving—The Arcadia Top 7

By Simone Oliver '09

It’s that time of year…. Here are the top seven reasons why students might be thankful at Arcadia:

7. Caramel Macchiatos between classes that can be charged to your student account and explained to your parents as “food expenses.” Hey, you have to eat!

6. Your adviser thinks it would be beneficial for you to study abroad. You’re not sure why he’s so anxious to get rid of you, but you don’t argue.

5. There are eight days until Thanksgiving break and then just 16 days until Winter Break after that. Read more.

Faculty and Staff: Change in Bookstore Policy

Due to changes in Bookstore software plus communications from the Business Office, the Bookstore can no longer look up or give out the departmental account numbers for faculty and staff who want to charge Bookstore purchases to an Arcadia account. In an effort to ensure that you receive friendly and efficient service as well as your faculty/staff discount, we ask that you assist us by planning ahead when making purchases at the Bookstore. Read more.

Weight Management Challenge: Lunch, Speakers and Prizes

It happens every year about this time. The weather gets chilly, the days get shorter—and clothes get tighter. But let the feasting begin! That seemingly endless time of temptation that begins with Halloween candy, then continues with Thanksgiving stuffing and pies, merry-making holiday gatherings, and New Year's toasts.

“If you could use some support in keeping your weight under control this holiday season, why not take the Blue Cross Maintain, Don’t Gain! Weight Management Challenge? This is not a weight loss program. All Arcadia community members—faculty, staff and students—are welcome, and it’s absolutely free,” says Lorraine M. Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Representative. “There are no weekly weigh-ins. You’ll weigh in before Thanksgiving on Monday, Nov. 24, and weigh out after the New Year on Monday, Jan. 5. Maintain your weight—or stay within 2 pounds—and on Jan. 5 you’ll qualify for raffle prizes!” Read more.

Student Programming Board Looking for New Members

Three Executive Board members of the Student Programming Board attended the Mid-Atlantic National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) Conference in Lancaster, Pa., from Oct. 23-26. During the conference, Jeffery Whyte-Capone, Emily Bolton and Claudia Tang attended training, lecture and spotlight showcases as well as educational sessions. During the showcases, the students watched artists, comedians, lecturers, bands, and more perform and then attended sessions to book those individuals or groups to perform at Arcadia next semester!

“Does this sound like something you would be interested in? Join the Student Programming Board and have your opinions heard!” says Andrew Santagata, S.P.B. President. “If you would like to run for an Executive Board position, pick up an application outside of the Student Activities Office, and sign up for an interview time. Any questions? Contact the Student Programming Board at

Bookstore Customer Appreciation Days, Nov. 19, 20

Arcadia University’s Templeton Bookstore is having Customer Appreciation Days on Wednesday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 20, with 20 percent off clothing and gifts. Already reduced items and previous purchases are excluded.

Weekly Green Tip: Shorten Your Shower Time

Recycle logo"No one wants to be the smelly kid in class, so we aren't telling you to conserve water by showering once a week. But, cutting shower time in half could help save thousands of gallons of water," says Stephanie Clymer '11. "Are you one of those people who lets the water run for a few minutes before you hop in? Just imagine how much more water you're wasting. So this week, try to skim a few minutes from your shower. The planet thanks you!"

Doctorate of Physical Therapy Application Deadline Approaching

All Arcadia undergraduates who are candidates for assured admission to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program must submit their applications for admission, recommendations, GRE scores, and official transcripts (including transcripts with courses taken at any other institutions) to the Office of Enrollment Management by the end of the day on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008.

If you have questions about the admissions process, please contact Julie Ellis in Enrollment Management at 215-572-2912 or via e-mail at For more information about the D.P.T. program, contact Dr. Scott Stackhouse in the Physical Therapy Department at 215-572-8527 or via e-mail at

Staff and Faculty Invited to Volunteer for Late Night Breakfast

The Late Night Breakfast is fast approaching. Staff and faculty members are needed as volunteers to serve breakfast to hungry students in the Dining Hall as a way to help break the stress of finals week. The breakfast will be held from 10 to 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 9. If you are willing to help, contact Breann Donnelly,, or Laura Bickert,

Wellness Services Looking for Student Input

Students, faculty and staff: 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 them to understand the needs of Arcadia University students in order to better plan and implement services on campus. They have permission from the Internal Review Board (IRB) to perform this survey every three years. It was last held 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.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Grady Gives Hamlet Keynote in Mainz, Germany

Dr. Hugh Grady, Professor of English, is delivering the keynote address at a conference on Hamlet sponsored by the German Shakespeare Society in Mainz, Germany, this week. His paper is “Fragmented Allegories in Hamlet: Reading Shakespeare with Walter Benjamin.”

Mangione Presents Hip Fracture Research

Dr. Kathleen Mangione, Professor of Physical Therapy, presented an allied health seminar on "After the Fall: Rehabilitation and Management of Hip Fracture" on Nov. 14 at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in the Sorrell Center for Health Science Education.

Fries Presents Research at Society for Neuroscience Meeting

Heidi Fries D.P.T. '09 presented the poster “Differences in behavioral recovery and compensatory strategy in rats completing a texture-discrimination task following unilateral barrel cortex ischemia” at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience on Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C. Fries applied the clinical training from the Physical Therapy program to describe the quality of movements in rates recovering from a stroke injury. She collaborated on this project with Dr. Rebecca Craik, Professor and Chair of Physical Therapy and Dr. John Hoffman, Dean of Graduate Studies.

Shultz Speaks at American Council on Education Meeting

Dr. Norah Shultz, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Education, was invited to speak at the ACE Internationalization Collaborative Regional Meeting last week at the Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe, Ariz. The regional meeting was sponsored by Maricopa Community Colleges, the American Council on Education and the Maricopa Center for Learning and Instruction. Shultz was on Plenary #1 and discussed “Internationalizing the Curriculum: Supportive Policies and Practices.” She also served as a breakout group leader for one session.

Arcadia has been a member of the collaborative from its start, and Arcadia participants will attend the main meeting in January in Washington, D.C.

upcoming events

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

Moving Meditations, Relax and Enjoy, Wednesdays and Thursdays

Every Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon, students are encouraged to join the Won Institute and the Wellness Center for Moving Meditation. Enjoy the relaxing, rejuvenating effects of yoga, stretching, sitting meditation and standing meditation. Moving Meditation can be found in the Lobby of Heinz Hall Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at noon.

I.O.U.S.A. and Discussion of National Debt, Nov. 19

I.O.U.S.A. posterEnjoy a free screening of the independent film I.O.U.S.A, courtesy of Arcadia University Community Cinema, on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 7:15 p.m. in The Chat. The film examines the growing national debt and the effects this crisis will have on the United States and its citizens. Following the showing of this film, attendees are encouraged to stay and participate in a panel discussion, which coincides with the movie. Contact Kate Bryant for more information at

Women of NOLA: Voices of Resilience, Nov. 20

“Women of NOLA: Voices of Resilience Before, During, and After Katrina” is Thursday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Brubaker 102. The Women of NOLA (New Orleans, La.) is a project created by Dr. Nadine Bean of West Chester University. Bean is a co-founder of an organization in the Lower Ninth Ward district of New Orleans ( While Bean was in New Orleans doing volunteer work, she created this powerful multi-media program for women survivors of Hurricane Katrina to tell of their own experiences. This event is sponsored by Ashley Friedman, Assistant Dean of Students for First- and Second-Year Programs, the First-Year Seminar “American Catastrophe,” Dr. Doreen Loury and the GATEWAY program, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Black Awareness Society. For more information, contact Maya Stewart, President of the Black Awareness Society and the Class of 2009.

The Wind in the Willows, Nov. 20

Arcadia University Theatre: The Wind in the WillowsArcadia Theatre brings Kenneth Grahame’s 1908 classic children’s tale The Wind in the Willows to life Nov. 20 through Dec. 7. Watch it unfold on the MainStage of Spruance Arts Center and remember the mysticism as the conceited Mr. Toad learns a lesson about friendship with the help of Mole, Rat and Badger. It's sure to be a delight for audiences of all ages. View Photos.

* Family-friendly show times.

  • Thursdays, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4 at 8 p.m.
  • Fridays, Nov. 21 and Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.*
  • Saturday mornings, Nov. 22 and Dec. 6 at 10 a.m.*
  • Saturday/Sunday afternoons, Nov. 22, 23
    and Dec. 6, 7 at 2 p.m.*
  • Saturday/Sunday evenings, Nov. 22, 23
    and Dec. 6, 7 at 5 p.m.*

International Education Week: Celebrating Cultures, Nov. 20

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

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!

Behind the Scenes in Business: Battista Communications, Nov. 20

The Behind the Scenes Business Lecture Series continues as the Business Alumni Association presents the Executive Vice President and CEO of DiCicco Battista Communications, Richard Battista. This is a free event sponsored by Arcadia's Global Small Business Institute and the Arcadia Business Alumni Association on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. in Brubaker Hall. For more information, contact Lisa Scholly at

Da Vinci Drawings: Storytelling and Science Education, Nov. 20

Arcadia University’s Colloquium Series presents a lecture by Caryn Babian '93M.Ed., a biology instructor and artist at Bucks County Community College, on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Grey Towers Castle Mirror Room. For more information visit

Babian’s discussion, “Da Vinci Teaches Anatomy: Blackboard Storytelling and Science Education,” will show how the simple technology of the chalkboard, coupled with drawings skills, can create a storytelling experience in the classroom that fosters whole-brain thinking and a sense of connection to the world around us.

Arcadia University Colloquium Series events are open to undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and interested members of the community. Attendance provides one hour of Act 48 professional development credit. Forms are available at the colloquium.

Knight Club in the Spotlight, Nov. 21 and 23

Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. come support Arcadia’s Dance Team, Knight Club, as these students showcase the moves they’ve been working on all semester. Performances include tap, jazz, modern, ballet and more. Tickets are $3 for students, children and senior citizens, and $5 for adults. Tickets can be purchased outside the Dining Hall during lunch and dinner hours. The show takes place in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall. For more information, contact Knight Club at

Exalted Movements Gospel Choir in Stiteler, Nov. 22

Exalted Movements will be holding a Gospel Concert in Stiteler Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 general admission, and $5 for students who show their Arcadia IDs. For more information, contact

Check the online Events Calendar at

Campus Happenings

Exonerated Death Row Inmate Curtis McCarty Speaks at Arcadia

Curtis McCarty

On Thursday, Nov. 13, exonerated death row inmate Curtis McCarty spoke in The Chat from 1 to 2 p.m. The event was free and open to the public. McCarty’s appearance on campus was coordinated by Dr. John Noakes' First-Year Seminar on “Contested Convictions” and was co-sponsored by Witness to Innocence. Read more about Curtis McCarty's story.

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

Palantino Named Commonwealth Player of the Week for Men's Basketball

On Saturday in the Knights season opening contest against a strong Rowan University squad, junior guard Damien Palantino made his first collegiate start and rang in with a career and team high of 29 points and five assists to help Arcadia open the season with a 94-90 triple overtime victory. For his efforts, Palentino was named the Commonwealth Conference Player of the Week.

Jablonski, O’Malley, and Drosdak Named to All-Commonwealth Second Team

Sophomore midfielders Janelle Jablonski and Katie O'Malley and first-year defensive back Brittany Drosdak have been selected to represent Arcadia University Women's Soccer on the Commonwealth All Conference team for 2008. Read more.

Benner Receives Second Team All Commonwealth Selection

Senior forward Matt Benner will graduate in May following four straight seasons having been recognized as an All Conference student-athlete for Men's Soccer. As it was announced by the conference office this morning, Benner secured a spot on the 2008 Second Team All Commonwealth team. Read more.

Men's Basketball Nabs Season Opener in Triple Overtime

It wasn't an easy victory but Arcadia Men's Basketball escaped with a 94-90 win after three overtime periods were needed to decide the non-conference season opener between the Knights and the Profs of Rowan University Saturday afternoon in Glenside. Read more.

Wilkes Holds on to 80-72 Win over Women's Basketball

Arcadia University Women's Basketball made the Colonels of Wilkes University work for Saturday's non-conference season opening 80-72 victory. With four players scoring in double figures and hard work under the glass, the Knights erased a 19-point Wilkes lead, trailing by only five with under a minute remaining. Read more.

In the News

Arcadia News

Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Students Affairs, was quoted in a story Nov. 12 for Business Week titled “Some students face higher prices for meal plans, and colleges are focusing on cutting the cost of food service.” As reported in Business Week:

"For instance, at Glenside (Pa.)−based Arcadia University, students are sticking with the meal plans, says Jan Walbert, vice-president for student affairs. She said that while meal plan costs have already been set for the year, prices at the on−campus snack bar continue to rise, and fuel to travel to a grocery store is another expense students must consider. 'We're not in a town per se,' says Walbert, 'so while there's grocery stores
within a mile or a half, they're not in the midst of where they live.'

Still, Arcadia senior and senior class president Maya Stewart, 21, chose to forgo a meal plan for the first time this year and says that thanks to diligent coupon−clipping, careful selections, and creative cooking, she's seen substantial savings over the roughly $1,000−a−semester meal plan cost.

And that's not the only benefit. Stewart says she's paying more attention to what's going into her food as well: 'It's definitely a lot healthier.'

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 13, WHYY’s Creative Campus series visited the Arcadia University Art Gallery. A film crew and producer filmed the installation of A Closer Look 7, as well as the panel discussion with curator Sheryl Conkelton and the artists, Phillip Adams, Linda Yun, James Johnson and Lucy Pullen. A Closer Look 7 is currently on exhibit at the Arcadia University Art Gallery and will run through Dec. 21.

Creative Campus is scheduled to run on WHYY’s digital channel in May through June 2009.

Alumni in the News

Paula Marie Raimondo '06M.Ed. was named the 2008 Bucks County Poet Laureate, as reported in the Nov. 8 Bucks Country Courier Times. Raimondo was chosen out of 70 applicants who each submitted 10 poems, Bucks County Community College officials announced

Raimondo competed in what is known as the longest-running poet laureate competition in Pennsylvania. “I believe that poetry is the place to play with language—to practice and pleasure in it," said Raimondo.

On Nov. 16, at 2 p.m., Raimondo gave her inaugural reading in the Orangery building on the campus of Bucks County Community College. Read more.

Kim Richardson '08M.Ed was quoted in the Nov. 11 Philadelphia Inquirer story “Applicants say teacher hiring process in Philadelphia is too slow.” Richardson says she was confident that the hiring process would go smoothly. Richardson applied for a job teaching middle or high school students, and received prompt, positive feedback, she said. “They reach out to you,” says Richardson. “They’ve been very helpful."

Annette Eskind '49, who currently resides in Belle Meade, Tenn., is one of three volunteers who will be honored by the United Way at an awards luncheon fundraiser on Nov. 20, as noted in the Nov. 11 Tennessean (Nashville, TN). Eskind will be one of three recipients of the Spirit of Giving Award, given each year at the Women United in Giving Come to the Table event.

Eskind earned a master’s degree from Boston University School of Social Work in 1951 and for 25 years worked as a caseworker and caseworker supervisor at Jewish Family Service in Nashville before becoming a full-time volunteer. A professional volunteer for most of her adult life, Eskind liked being a “catalyst” for change and found herself in the position because, she says, “sometimes I talked too much.” The award recognizes leadership in women’s philanthropic and education issues. “Their volunteer and philanthropic work truly embodies what the Spirit of Giving Award sees to recognize,” says Mary Ruth Shell, Women United in Giving advisory chairwoman.

Dorothy Germain Porter '46 of Cinnaminson was mentioned in her hometown newspaper Courier-Post Oct. 30 for being inducted into inaugural Arcadia University Athletic Hall of Fame at Arcadia on Oct. 11. Porter also received inductee honors on Nov. 13 when she was inducted into  the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame as was mentioned in the Nov. 13 Philadelphia Inquirer. She won the 1949 U.S. Women’s Amateur golf championship. She was also on the 1950 Curtis Cup championship team and captained the team to a win in 1966. She went on to win four U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur titles.

Deborah Derrickson Kossmann '82 was mentioned in the Oct. 30 Springfield Sun (Fort Washington, Pa.) in conjunction with her appearance at Arcadia University on Nov. 14 as part of Writers Return to Campus Series. Kossmann’s essay, “Why We Needed a Prenup with Our Contractor,” won the Short Memoir Competition at the 2007 First Person Arts Festival in Philadelphia and was published as a “Modern Love” column in the New York Times.

Carrie Stuart, who earned a bachelor of science degree, is the new president of the Gettysburg Adams Chamber of Commerce effective Jan. 1, as was announced in the Nov. 14 Public Opinion (Chambersburg, Pa.). Stuart has been employed for the past 10 years by the Chamber and has served on most of the Chamber’s committees and currently serves as the membership director, where she is responsible for the oversight of all membership, marketing and event initiatives.

students in the news

Cory Andrews, a first-year student from York, Pa. was mentioned in the Nov. 5 York Daily Record. Brita Krempasky of Honesdale, Pa., was mentioned in her hometown newspaper  Times-Tribune on Nov. 4 as one of 23 first-year students who left their thumbprints on London-based artist Daniel Eatock’s “Extra Medium” exhibit when it appeared at the Arcadia University Art Gallery in Sept.

Corey Stevens of Collingswood, N.J. was mentioned in his hometown newspaper Retrospect (Collingswood, N.J.), as was Hannah Riotto of Tamaqua, Pa. and her hometown newspaper Sunday Republican & Herald (Pottsville, Pa.) as one of 57 freshmen currently participating in Arcadia University’s First-Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE). Stevens and Riotto are both studying in Stirling, Scotland.

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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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