November 25, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
November 25, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arts@Arcadia Podcast: A Closer Look 7

A portrait by Phillip Adams Linda Yun, "Incident" Lucy Pullen, "Being and Event"
A portrait by Phillip Adams
Linda Yun's "Incident"
Lucy Pullen's "Being and Event"

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.

Provost Candidates to Visit Campus in December

The Provost Search Committee has selected three candidates to visit campus. Students, faculty and staff will be invited to participate in open meetings with each of the candidates and to provide feedback to the Committee. The meetings are being scheduled during the first two weeks of December.

“We are very excited about each of the candidates and hope that you will agree,” notes Dr. Rebecca Craik, Co-Chair of the Committee. “Candidates will be coming to campus between Dec. 3 and 12. We know that this timing coincides with final exams and other end-of-the-semester activities, but we appreciate your involvement. There will be two open sessions for each candidate, and schedules will be circulated soon. If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact Mike Coveney or me.” Materials about the candidates will be available at the information sessions.

Empty Bowl Dinner Warms Hearts, Helps Homeless

Empty Bowl Dinner
Proceeds from the Empty Bowl Dinner went to Heifer Project International and the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network.

Students, faculty, staff and community members enjoyed the 15th Annual Empty Bowl Dinner on Nov. 17. Proceeds from the event went to Heifer Project International and the Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network.

“That there are 4,000 homeless people a night in Philadelphia is shocking,” says Allison Yoos '09. “I learned that children make up to one third of the shelter population in Philadelphia,” adds Dara Cote '09.

It was the first Empty Bowl dinner for Tess Swiggett '09, but the third time for Jessica Andersen '09, who has saved her bowl from each year. Picking a handmade bowl is one of the highlights of the event, and TaChalla Ferris '09 said she knew she only had two minutes to look at the bowls, so she made a quick decision.

The iron-rich dal spinach soup was a favorite of many. Kristina Thomson '10 tried the spinach and the escarole soups, adding that the desserts were “very good.” Mushroom and rice, chicken and noodles and chili also were favorites. Read more. View photos.

Faculty Spotlight: Plummer on How Children Learn Astronomy

Faculty Spotlight posterThe Arcadia University Faculty Spotlight series presents Dr. Julia Plummer, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Science Education, on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 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.

Junior Scores $500 on Half-Court Shot

Each year at Knight Madness, students are offered a chance to make a basket from half court. Selected by raffle ticket, two students at a time compete to make the $500 prize-winning shot. They each have one minute, and if neither wins, new participants are selected until someone finally makes a basket.

This year’s winner, Matt Senese '10, says the sounds of a conch shell helped him win. Apparently, a friend of Senese’s in the audience kept blowing through a conch shell as a means of cheering. This helped him make the winning basket that made the crowd go wild. His buddies then rushed down from their seats to lift him up and celebrate.

“It was an awesome feeling to make the shot, especially having a few friends come rush the court,” says Senese. “My new nickname is William McKinley since he was on the $500 bill at one point.”

What will he do with the $500? “The plans for the money include making ‘super dinners,’ or at least buying the food and letting the roommates cook it,” he says.

Words of Mass Destruction to Take Stage

The First-Year Seminar Course, WMD: Words of Mass Destruction, is hosting a semester-end event on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. Entitled Glass Jaw, the event will feature open-mic performances and will showcase the spoken word. Those interested in performing should sign up by Dec. 1 by contacting Jenny Clay at, or Wally Oyelola at

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 Maya Stewart '09. "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!"

Thanksgiving Week Dining Hall Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 26:

  • Easton Hall Cafe closes at noon.
  • Dining Hall and The Chat close at 2 p.m.

All areas closed Nov. 27, 28, and 29

Sunday, Nov. 30:

  • Residence Halls reopen at noon.
  • Dining Hall reopens at 4 p.m. for Dinner.
  • The Chat opens at normal time, 5 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1:

  • Easton Hall Cafe opens, normal schedule.

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

Chauhan Invited to Transnational Literature Advisory Board

Dr. Pradyumna Chauhan, Professor of English has been invited to sit on the Advisory Board of Transnational Literature, a journal published by the School of Humanities, Flinders University, South Australia, as announced by Dr. Gillian Dooley, Honorary Research Fellow, English and Editor, Transnational Literature.

In inviting Dr. Chauhan to sit on advisory board Dr. Dooley explained the origin of this journal stating, “This journal was first printed as the CRNLE Reviews Journal, and then the CRNLE Journal, published by the Centre for Research in the New Literatures in English at Flinders. Recently it has been published as Quodlibet the Australian Journal of Transnational Literature. The first issue under the new title Translational Literature appeared online in October 2008 and subsequently it will be published twice a year.”

Reale Nominated for Pushcart Prize

Michelle Reale, '96, '99M, Manager of Circulation Services in Landman Library was notified that her short story “And She Flew” that was first published in Blood Orange Review was nominated, by its editors, for a Pushcart Prize. The Pushcart Prize represents innovative writing in short stories, essays and poetry and is the best of the Small Presses series, which has published since 1976 honoring writers of short stories, poetry and essays in the pages of their annual collections.

Reale will finish her degree in Master's of Science in Library Science in December. “I have been writing for a long time, mostly short stories which focus on the difficulty human beings have living in the world and most have an Italian-American theme, says Reale. For more information about the Pushcart Prize, visit,

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 and standing meditation. Moving Meditation can be found in the Lobby of Heinz Hall Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Thursdays at noon.

The Wind in the Willows, Dec. 4

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. 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.

  • Thursday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.*
  • Saturday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m.*
  • Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 5 p.m.*

* Family-friendly show times.

Check the online Events Calendar at

Campus Happenings

Psychology Students Inducted into National Honor Society

Psi Chi inductees
Back row (from left): Jessica Bocchinfuso '09, Megan Elizabeth Petrilli '09, Jill Hersh '09 Middle row: Jessica Renee Davis '10, Maryann Elizabeth Dougherty '09, Jessica M. Jones '09 Front row: Ken Heil, Jr. '10, Alexys Jolie Grim '09, Shannon Scurlock '10, Justin Lance DeRosa '10

On Nov. 23, nine undergraduate and three graduate students were inducted into Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology. The ceremony was held in Grey Towers Castle. This also was the inaugural induction of the first graduate students.

Psi Chi was founded on Sept. 4, 1929, during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology held at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The Society’s purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. Psi Chi is one of the largest honor societies in the world.

Since 1929, Psi Chi has installed more than 1,050 chapters and inducted more than 500,000 members at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. These chapters not only recognize academic achievement by granting membership in the Society, but also sponsor programs that augment the regular curriculum, offer service to the campus and the community at large, develop leadership skills, and provide fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. View list of inductees.

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

Men's Basketball Mounts Comeback over Penn State-Harrisburg

(2-2) Arcadia Men's Basketball turned a 15-point first half deficit into a 12-point victory Saturday evening against Penn State-Harrisburg in the consolation game of the Franklin & Marshall Rotary Tip-Off Tournament. The Knights, led by All Tournament Team selection Bobby Mulholland's 19 point outing, snap a two-game losing streak and to improve to 2-2 overall. Read more.

Sparks, Murphy Lead Women's Basketball to Victory

(1-2) Arcadia University Women's Basketball turned a three point halftime lead into a thirteen point road victory as fifth year forward Caitlin Sparks and senior Chanel Murphy combined for 46 points to lead the Knights to their first win of the year, 73-60, over host Penn State Berks in women's non-conference action. The win is the first for first year head coach Crystal Gibson as the Knights improve to 1-2 overall. Read more.

Men's and Women's Swimming Suffer Loss to Goucher

(Men's 1-3; Women's 0-3-1) Plagued by a dwindled lineup, Arcadia Men's and Women's Swimming suffered their second straight loss to Landmark Conference member Goucher College, 125-54 in the women's events and 119-37 in the men's events. While the short-staffed Knights drop to 1-3 (men) and 0-3-1 (women), Arcadia's younger team members got a chance to perform in today's non-conference collegiate action. Read more.

In the News

Arcadia News

Arcadia University’s ranking as #1 in Study Abroad in the annual Open Doors report issued by the Institute of International Education was covered in the Nov. 18 Philadelphia Inquirer and in the Times Chronicle (Glenside, Pa.).

The Nov. 21 The Intelligencer Arts and Entertainment Section published the Arcadia University Theatre schedule for the theatre production of The Wind in the Willows.

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