December 2, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
December 2, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Mumbai, India—Send Your Thoughts

Arcadia students at the Taj MahalLast spring, nine Arcadia students ventured to India to learn about “visual culture” in a class taught by Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Associate Professor and Director of the Communications program. During their nine-day cross-cultural journey, “We visited the proverbially great Taj Mahal, the epic and erotically sculptured temples of Khajuraho, the intensely busy streets of Mumbai, the industrious slums of Dharavi, and the tribal artists of the Warli Village,” says Lauren "Ren" Manley '09, in the most recent issue of Arcadia magazine.

Now, days after the terrorist attack on Mumbai that left nearly 200 dead, the group photo they took inside the Taj Majal Hotel provides a stark contrast between the city they visited and the burning landmark they saw on the news. While the students did visit the legendary Taj Mahal, the mausoleum often referred to as “the jewel of Muslim art in India,” they found the rest of the country far more interesting. The Taj turned out to be just a building. The real treasure turned out to be the people and culture of India.

Join these students in sharing your thoughts and messages with some of those people they met in India at or write a note on the paper next to the visual display of their experience in The Chat, outside the game room.

Provost Candidate Visits Start This Week

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. If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact Mike Coveney or me.” Read more.

What Are Students Doing Over Spring Break? 

Alternative Spring Break
2007 Alternate Spring Break trip to Boothsville, Louisiana.

The Community Service Office currently is accepting applications for the Alternative Spring Break. “This year, we will be demolishing and rebuilding homes in the Bayou region of Louisiana with a day off in New Orleans. Students, faculty and staff are all eligible to apply,” says Cindy Rubino, Community Service Coordinator. “The tentative cost for this service opportunity will be approximately $375 with fundraising opportunities. Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications and a deposit of $100 are due by Dec. 16. If you are interested in this year’s service trip, click on the link below.” Fill out the interest form and application and then e-mail it to Cindy Rubino.

Swimmer Raises Awareness on Wednesday; E-Waste Collection Saturday

Swimmer and activist Chris Swain

Chris Swain, who swims in polluted rivers and lakes to raise awareness and improve the health of our waterways, will be at Arcadia on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium in Murphy Hall. This spring he will be starting to swim the Atlantic coastline from Massachusetts to Washington, D.C., as part of a campaign to clean up oceans and ethically recycle used electronics. The ocean swim is part of Swain’s TOXTOUR™ project, a campaign to collect and recycle, ethically, 1 billion pounds of used electronics: the used computers, TVs, telephones, etc., commonly known as “e-waste.” Arcadia’s Biology Club and the Environmental Network are co-hosting the free event, in collaboration with the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership.

An e-waste drive is planned for Saturday, Dec. 6, (rain or shine) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cedarbrook Middle School, 300 Longfellow Road, Wyncote, Pa. The fee for this “ethical recycling” is $1 per pound. (See flier.) Net proceeds from this event will benefit the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership’s ongoing work with Cheltenham District Schools. For more information, contact Sarah RobbGrieco at, 215-208-1613.

Weekly Green Tip: Shorten Your Shower TimeRecycle logo

"Global warming is damaging our quality of life, destroying our economy, and injuring our health," says Stephanie Clymer '11. "You've all heard about polar bears running out of ice to sit on, but there's more to global warming and it affects us." For details about the state of global warming, visit the Union of Concerned Scientists at

Pennsylvania houses less than 0.2 percent of the world's population, but produces 1 percent of the pollution, and only 2 percent of the energy used is clean and renewable. Check out for more about Pennsylvania's energy use.

What can we do?

Find ways to use less energy, less stuff, and less gasoline. "Instead of adding the latest electronic gadget to your holiday wish list, ask for some reusable Tupperware or a train pass," says Clymer. Contact with questions or ideas.

Landman Library: Nosh at Nine, Study Room Reservations

Go to Nosh at NineNosh at Nine: Need to take a break from studying? Stop by the Library for some refreshment and rejuvenation. Landman Library will host its Nosh at Nine every night at 9 p.m. from Tuesday, Dec. 9, to Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Library lobby. Coffee, cookies, soda and other study sustenance will be available.

Study Room Reservations: Due to high use during finals, the study rooms in Landman Library will require reservations from Dec. 6 to Dec. 16. Groups of three or more are encouraged to sign up for a room. In order to accommodate everyone, groups can stay in the rooms up to four hours. When signing up for the rooms, the Library asks that students have their Arcadia ID on hand. To make a reservation, please stop by the Circulation desk or call 215-572-2975.

Sell Textbooks Back for Cash

Get cash for used textbooks at the Bookstore Buy Back Days: Tuesday. Dec. 9, to Thursday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

National Flu Vaccine Week—Vaccine Available on Campus

Dec. 8-14 is National Influenza Vaccination Week—and influenza vaccine for the 2008-09 influenza season is still available at the Student Health Service. “The supply is robust,” adds Director Claire A. Washington. “We are continuing influenza vaccination efforts through the holiday season and into the spring months of 2009.” For abundant information about influenza vaccination, visit the National Influenza Vaccine Summit or the Center for Disease Control.

2008 United Way Campaign Kicks Off

The 2008 United Way Campaign is now under way. Faculty and staff will receive their campaign packets via campus mail. Pledges will be accepted through Dec. 12. A pledge of any size is appreciated and can be made with a payroll deduction or as a one-time contribution. Contact Katie Kelly at 215-572-2173 or for a pledge form or more information. "Thank you for your continued support of the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania," adds Kelly.

Residence Life Celebrates 'Up Cycling' on Dec. 7

Arcadia University's Residence Life student staff members are going "green" and "up cycling" this year to celebrate both the holiday season and their successful semester. This year's celebrating event is on Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. Staff Morale Committee Chair and Area Coordinator Breann Donnelly made a commitment to make the holiday party "green."

Donnelly says that the highlight of the celebration will be the gift exchange. "Everyone has been asked to 'up cycle' a gift which is to take something and transform it into something of greater use and value and bring it to the white elephant gift draw. One of the staff members is creating yarn out of plastic bags and knitting a coin purse as her gift. Another member took a glass iced-tea bottle and added different colors of tissue paper to it to create a pretty stained-glass vase," says Donnelly. "And for those students who struggle with the creative end of things, we have organized a 'brainstorming session.'" Read more.

Phi Kappa Phi Grant Competitions

Study Abroad: Students who have earned at least 30 credits by the end of this semester and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, may be eligible to apply for a Phi Kappa Phi grant to study abroad. Fifty grants of $1,000 will be awarded nationally. For further rules and information, visit or click here for a flier. Contact Anna Wagner in Undergraduate Studies, Taylor Hall 105 or for more information.

Graduate Fellowship: Phi Kappa Phi members (invitations will go out in the spring to students with GPA's higher than 3.65) may apply for this competitive fellowship for full-time graduate or professional study following graduation. Sixty fellowships of $5,000 and 40 awards of $2,000 are offered nationally. Review criteria at or click here for a flier. Contact Wagner, Taylor Hall 105 or for more information.

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

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

Dr. Christensen Appointed to UN Commission

Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen

Dr. Nicolette DeVille Christensen, Vice President of Arcadia University and Executive Director of the Arcadia University Center for Education Abroad, was recently appointed to the United Nations Commission on Disarmament Education, Conflict Resolution, and Peace. The Commission was founded in 1990 by the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP) in conjunction with the United Nations Department of Disarmament Affairs. The IAUP/UN Commission’s overall mission is to promote peace and disarmament in society through education.

The Commission encourages, assists, and participates in the coordination and development of educational programs in disarmament education, conflict resolution, and peace. Members come from around the globe, primarily from institutions of higher education. Christensen has been invited to deliver a keynote speech at the Commission's bi-annual meeting, scheduled to take place at the United Nations on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Petersen's Play Staged by People’s Light & Theatre Company

Kathryn Petersen

Kathryn Petersen, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, wrote a panto—a populist take on a traditional fairy tale or story—based on Cinderella, which is currently playing at People’s Light & Theatre Company of Malvern, as reported in the Nov. 19 Main Line Life  (Ardmore, Pa.).

The panto developed in Britain in 1800s, but its origins can be traced back to the Restoration period of the 1600s. Typically, pantos take familiar stories and adorn them with outrageous jokes, songs, dances, and social commentary. “Pantos are all about anarchy,” said Petersen. “It’s about how we can surprise you, shock you.”

Petersen’s Cinderella is a murder mystery that asks, “Who killed Cinderella’s mother?” And her animal friends are also little detectives. “In other words, we turn the original fairy tale on its ear—which is what actors have been doing in this style of theatre for hundreds of years. It was originally a way to communicate with audiences in a manner that would leave the King and other royals in the dark about what they were really saying,” explains Petersen.

Cinderella runs through Jan. 4, at The Main Stage of People’s Light & Theatre Company.

Interior Design Senior Makes Top 10

Kristin Mann

On Thursday, Nov. 6, Interior Design major Kristin Mann '09 received an award as one of 10 finalists selected in the 7th Annual Student Design Competition. The award ceremony was held at the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia.

Arcadia and five other colleges—the Art Institute, Drexel, Harcum, Moore and Philadelphia University—were invited to enter a maximum of 10 students each to compete. The following seniors and juniors from Arcadia also participated: Morgan Hasson '09, Angela Kent '09, Lauren Zeak '09, Kristin Conrad '09, Katy Pellegrino '09, Jessica Delgado '10, Jennifer Napieralski '09, Anna Sarzynska '10.

The competition, sponsored by KlingStubbins Interiors, was held on Oct. 25 at KlingStubbins’ Philadelphia office. “During an intense seven-hour time period, the entrants completed the design and presentation drawings for the interior of DPI Design, a hypothetical animation studio,” says Kathy Dethier, Visiting Assistant Professor of Interior Design.

Mangione Talks on Hip Fracture at University of Nebraska

Dr. Kathleen Mangione, Professor 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.

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.

Concert Choir, Dec. 3 in the Castle

Arcadia’s Concert Ensemble celebrates the season with a holiday concert on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 7:30 to 8:10 p.m. in the Castle Rose Room. Come join in the festivities as members of Concert Ensemble, accompanied by pianist and Adjunct Professor Steve Tippett, sing a selection of spirituals, contemporary and holiday pieces, sure to get listeners in a festive spirit. Performances start at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. For more information, contact

The Wind in the Willows, Dec. 4, 5, 6, 7

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.

Holiday Open House at Student Health Services, Dec. 4

Students are invited to come to Student Health Services for a holiday open house. Students are encouraged to get information on a variety of health issues and conditions and fabulous giveaways. “Meet our new staff, have some fruit, tour our facility, and have your blood pressure or weight checked,” says Claire Washington, Director of Student Health Services. The Open House runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4. “We look forward to seeing you then.”

Black Awareness Society Celebrates Kwanzaa, Dec. 4

Join the Black Awareness Society (BAS) as members celebrate Kwanzaa, the African American holiday created to give the African American community the opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history. On Thursday, Dec. 4, this free event will celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa,  Nia, Kuumba, and Imani in the Kuch Center, Room 204-206. The celebration begins at 8 p.m.

Dark Knight Comes to Arcadia, Dec. 4

Looking for something to do Thursday night? Skip the video store and join the Student Programming Board in their campus screening of the Dark Knight in Stiteler Auditorium at 9 p.m. on Dec. 4. See Heath Ledger in his final performance as the menacing Joker on the big screen in Stiteler Auditorium and enjoy popcorn courtesy of SPB.

Frost Fest Will Warm Up Campus on Dec. 5

This year’s Frost Fest features the unique sounds of the up and coming Nikhil Karula Band. The band is what you get when you throw a budding opera singer into University Housing with a couple of jazz musicians. By blending the sounds of calypso, rock, reggae, funk, African and Latin music together, the band creates a sound that has fans dancing in the aisles. On Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. the Student Programming Board (SPB) is bringing them to Arcadia’s Chat to perform free of charge to students.

Exalted Movements’ Black and White Semi-Formal, Dec. 5

Tickets will be on sale outside the Dining Hall during lunch and dinner hours for Exalted Movements’ 3rd Annual Black and White Semi-Formal Affair. Join Exalted Movements as they throw this black tie affair in the Grand Hall of the Castle Friday, Dec. 5, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $5 for Arcadia Students with ID (individuals) and $8 for couples. For more information, contact

Words of Mass Destruction, Dec. 6

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.

Check the online Events Calendar at

Campus Happenings

Arcadia Hosts Quidditch Tournament

Quidditch Tournament
View photos from the Quidditch Tournament.

“Muggler” teams from Arcadia and other universities descended on Kuch Field on Saturday, Nov. 22, for a Harry Potter-style Quidditch Tournament sponsored by the Commuter Students and the Office of Community Service.

As Quidditch originally was created to be a magical sport, rules were altered for “Muggle” style playing. Instead of flying on broomsticks, players ran across the field with brooms held firmly between their legs. The chasers used a painted volleyball as a quaffle to score goals worth 10 points each while keepers guarded their goal hoops.

First-Years Experience ‘Shock of the ’60s’

Shock of the 60's Party
View photos from the '60s party.

About 65 students did the twist and danced to the beat of the ’60s  music for the “Shock of the ’60s” party organized by the First-Year Seminar taught by Dr. JoAnn Weiner, Professor and Chair of English, with substantial assistance provided by Ashley Friedman, Assistant Dean of Students for First- and Second-Year Programs. Two students, Nick Vient and Claire VanStaveren, won lava lamps for best ’60s costumes. A lavish spread of chocolate fondue, pigs in the blanket and Swedish meatballs and Tang served as “comfort food” from the period. View photos.

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 Improves to 3-3 with Victory over Moravian College   

(3-3) The Arcadia Knights came away with another "W" Monday night with a 75-59 win over the Moravian College Greyhounds in non-conference play.  The Knights, who improve to 3-3, held their lead for almost the entire game and withstood an late second half push by the Greyhounds. Read more.

Women's Basketball Tops Penn State Berks, 73-60

(1-2) Arcadia University Women's Basketball turned a three-point halftime lead into a 13-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.

In the News

Arcadia In the News

Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof's artblog featured A Closer Look 7 at Arcadia. “Usually sensory experiences are things I think of as juicy. And I can sense there's something sensory going on in the work of all the artists in A Closer Look 7 at Arcadia. But juicy is not the operative word here. There's a coolness, a conceptual reflection on the nature of things.” Read why Rosof’s writes, “Hands down, my favorite piece in the exhibit is Linda Yun's deadpan piece, Incident…”

Alumni in the News

Michael Walls, who earned a degree in Physical Therapy in 1990, is the new clinic director at Woodstown Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab, as noted in the Nov. 16 Today’s Sunbeam (Salem, N.J.).

Beth Jiorle  '05M, who earned a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling, is a health educator at Weller Health Education, as reported in the Nov. 21 The Morning Call  (Allentown, Pa.). She will be part of the team developing and presenting health and wellness programs to enhance school curricula in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Paul Elwork '04M, who earned a Master of Arts in Humanities, has received an offer from Penquin on his novel Tea House. “The editor loves the book but would like me to expand the family back story, adding back the 100 pages in my draft when it was submitted and picked up by Casperian,” says Elwork. “I can’t just hack those 100 pages in, but I can harvest them for the best stuff and reconfigure in light of where the novel went…. It’s all a circle, isn’t it.”

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