December 9, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
December 9, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Tips for Surviving Finals

Students Studying in Landman LibraryBy Simone Oliver ’09

What tips does a senior have for first-year students facing their first finals?

  1. Don’t panic. With classes over, you have all day to study for your finals—as long as you get out of bed before noon.
  2. You’re regretting using those notes from the beginning of the semester to spit your gum out, but don’t worry. Some professors put the notes on Blackboard in case of a disaster such as this.
  3. Your professor wants you to cite the textbook you never bought. No problem. Stand outside the bookstore and wait for a classmate looking to sell it back. Then make them a better offer.
  4. The library is packed and even louder than your residence hall. Get a study group together and reserve a study room. All you need is three people, and you have the VIP box in the library.
  5. It's 2 a.m. The library is closing. Don’t make a scene and insist that the library should be open 24 hours during finals. Go home and get some sleep. Seriously, get some sleep.
  6. Just keep telling yourself that after this there’s almost a full month to recover and a whole new schedule next semester. Good luck with finals!

Financial Aid Corner: Concerned About Holiday Spending?

Financial Aid CornerFor college students, cash is always at a premium, but students still want to purchase gifts for family and friends. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to give gifts to loved ones without emptying out the bank account.

Rewards Programs

There are a number of online rewards programs that offer incentives to college students. This includes shopping rewards—yes, students can receive money for college just by buying things!

Grad Gold

This free service lets students and graduates turn their online spending into savings to help pay off student loan debt. Featured merchants include favorites such as Barnes and Noble, Travelocity, Best Buy and eBay. Read more.

Meet Dennis Darvas, Director of Arcadia’s New One-Stop Shop

Dennis Darvas

Dennis Darvas, Director of Arcadia’s new One-Stop Shop, comes to the University after spending 11 years in Florida. There, Darvas ran a similar service for Nova Southeastern University, which has 30,000 plus students. "I felt it was time for me to return to a smaller university that would allow me to spend more time working with students," says Darvas. He also saw the creation of Arcadia’s One-Stop Shop as an exciting opportunity.

“I knew starting a One-Stop Shop here would be a challenge and I wanted to be part of the growth and success of the One-Stop Shop here at Arcadia,” says Darvas. “Everyone has been very welcoming and helpful as we grow the One-Stop from its infancy.” Read more.

Easton Café Open Till 9 p.m. During Finals

Easton Hall Café will be open until 9 p.m. during finals week. In addition, Parkhurst Dining Services will have “finals specials” available in The Chat and Easton Hall Café Dec. 9 to 16.

The Chat: Specials include energy and Wawa drinks all week, with daily specials available from 4 p.m. to midnight including chicken nuggets and mozzarella sticks on Wednesday, Dec. 10; pizza on Thursday, Dec. 11, and Monday, Dec. 15; and buffalo wings on Friday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 14.

Easton Hall Café: Specials include 12 oz Seattle’s Best Drip Coffee or Tazo Tea for 75 cents on Wednesday, Dec. 10, and Monday, Dec. 15; free popcorn on Thursday, Dec. 11; free hot cocoa on Friday, Dec. 12; free holiday cookies on Monday, Dec. 15.

Writing Center Schedule during Finals Week

Click here for the Writing Center schedule for Dec. 9 to Dec. 12. The Writing Center, in addition to regular hours in Taylor Hall, also has evening hours in the basement of the Landman Library from 7 to 10 p.m. The Writing Center will be closed for the semester after Dec. 12.

Contribute to the Holiday Card Fund

For the past 27 years, in lieu of sending individual holiday cards, the Arcadia community has given donations to various local charitable organizations. This year, the tradition continues through the Holiday Card Fund, which enables the community to donate to one or more of the following causes: the Bethesda Project, the Kelly Ann Dolan Memorial Fund, and Heifer International.

To participate, fill out this form and send it with a donation (checks should be made payable to Arcadia University) to Kristin Wiesenhutter in Taylor 112, by Monday, Dec. 15.

Need to Nosh? Check out Landman Library at 9 p.m.

All week long, Landman Library will be making sure hardworking students don’t go hungry with Nosh at Nine. Each night at 9 p.m. the library provides students with snacks and beverages on the first floor in front of the Circulation Desk. All Arcadia students are welcome to enjoy, but remember, after 9 p.m. you must have your Arcadia I.D. in order to be in the library.

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 Mahal 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 Wrap Up This Week

The Provost Search Committee has selected three candidates to visit campus. Students, faculty and staff are 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? 

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.

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.

2008 United Way Campaign Kicks Off

The 2008 United Way Campaign is under way. Faculty and staff received 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.

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.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Dr. Chauhan Receives Two International Appointments

Dr. Chauhan

English professor, Dr. Pradyumna Chauhan, recently was appointed to the Editorial Board of Transnational Literature, an Australian e-journal of literary theory and criticism. Published twice a year, the journal started off as a print publication and now is fully online. It is published by Flinders University’s School of Humanities.

Chauhan also recently was appointed to the International Advisory Committee for the International Conference on Contemporary Indian Writing in English, organized by Indira Gandhi National Open University. The conference takes place in Delhi, India from Feb. 9 to the 11.

Student Presents at Medieval Studies Conference

Sara Rudolph

Sarah Rudolph '10 presented "Motherhood in The Winter's Tale: Women Molded by Their Environment Fulfill Tragic and Comic Roles" on Dec. 6 at Moravian College's Third Undergraduate Conference on Medieval & Early Modern Studies.

The interdisciplinary conference included about 90 undergraduate papers and projects on Medieval and Early Modern studies, featuring scholarly presentations, calligraphy workshops, poetry readings (a la Chaucer), and musical concerts. Rudolph's participation was in conjunction with EN 320: Ancient and Medieval Texts, taught by Dr. Sandra Hordis, Assistant Professor of English. “The conference was fantastic. It was very open and inviting. I'm hoping that another group will be going next year. It was such a wonderful and uplifting experience!” says Hordis.

Education Student Publishes Children's Book

As Big as My Head book coverHeidi Mark, who teaches special education classes full-time while pursuing a master’s degree in education at Arcadia, published her first children’s book, As Big As My Head!, as reported in the Dec. 4 Montgomery Life. The book is based on a true story about her son, Eric, who at age 6 wanted to celebrate his birthday in grand style with his first grade classmates. “He tells his grandma, who was an expert baker that he wanted her to make cookies as big as his head to impress his classmates,” says Mark.

Kristen Polson's illustrations are based on photos that Mark sent her. “The illustrations are huge,” says Mark. “They’re as important as the story because a lot of kids aren’t reading yet.”

Inspired by Dr. Seuss, her favorite children's author, Mark adopted a rhyming style to tell the story. She learned while teaching preschool and kindergarten “that children respond to books that rhyme."

Mark will have a book signing on Sat., Dec. 13, at Wolfgang Books in Phoenixville, Pa. from 3 to 5 p.m. For a listing of her upcoming book signings, visit

Dr. Ager Airs on Philadelphia Focus on Sunday Morning

A 30-minute Philadelphia Focus interview with Dr. Christina Ager, Professor of Special Education and Executive Director of Arcadia’s B2EST Program, airs Sunday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 a.m. on 92.5 XTU and at 6 a.m. on 96.5 FM. The interview concentrates on using science to support positive behaviors. “I also talk about Arcadia’s education program, B2EST, and our citywide efforts with Devereux and PCCY (Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth) to bring positive behavior supports to Philadelphia schools,” she says.

Zheng Publishes Paper on Real Numbers

The journal Theory of Systems published “Classification of Computably Approximable Real Numbers” by Dr. Xizhong Zheng, Assistant Professor of Mathematics. “A real number is called computably approximable if it is the limit of a computable sequence of rational numbers. Therefore the complexity of these real numbers can be classified by considering the convergence speed of computable sequences. In this paper we introduce a natural way to measure the convergence speed by counting the number of jumps of given sizes that appear after certain stages. Bounding the number of such kind of big jumps by different bounding functions, we introduce various classes of real numbers with different levels of approximation quality. We discuss further their mathematical properties as well as computability theoretical properties,” writes Zheng.

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.

Late Night Breakfast, Dec. 9

Take a break on Reading Day from studying and come to Late Night Breakfast. From 10 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 9, Arcadia faculty and staff serve breakfast to hungry students, free of charge. Arcadia professors are known for dishing out the work; now they’ll be dishing out eggs, sausage, pancakes, and other breakfast delights. All students must show their I.D.

Check the online Events Calendar at

Campus Happenings

International Week Concludes with Celebrating Cultures

Celebrating CulturesThis year's International Education Week celebration wrapped up with Celebrating Cultures on Thursday, Nov. 20. This annual event highlights Arcadia’s Global Connections via personal stories, food, and fashion of Arcadia community members. The night was entertaining for students, staff, and faculty alike! 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

Cedar Crest Tops Women's Basketball, 71-62

(1-4) The Falcons of Cedar Crest College saw four players land in double-figures, led by Liz Sunderhaus, who earned 12 points and rebounds in 17 minutes on the floor, as the Falcons handed the Knights a 71-62 loss in women's non-conference basketball action.  The Knights, who drop to 1-4 overall, were led by fifth-year player Caitlin Sparks, who notched 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists and steals, and scored a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line. Read more.

Delaware Valley hands Men's Basketball Second Straight Loss

(3-5) Delaware Valley College sophomore James Jones poured in a game-high 24 points and was a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line to help the Aggies hand Arcadia University its second straight loss, a 70-66 setback in local non-conference men's basketball action.  Arcadia drops to 3-5 overall, while the Aggies (2-4/0-1 Freedom) take their second win of the season. Read more.

Bryn Mawr Evades Knights in Women's Swimming

(0-5-1/1-1) Bryn Mawr owned a 81-79 lead heading into the final event, the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, and surmounted Arcadia's lead through the first three legs when Bryn Mawr's Hannah Davis passed by Arcadia's Amanda Ricci in the final 100 yards to lift the Owls of Bryn Mawr to a narrow team victory over the Knights of Arcadia, 101-90, in local non-conference women's swimming action. Read more.

In the News

Students in the News

First-year Brittany Drosdak was named to the first team of the Commonwealth All-Conference squad in soccer, as noted in the Dec. 5 Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.).

Arcadia In the News

Roberta Fallon posts a compelling review of "A Closer Look 7" in the Arcadia University Gallery on her Philadelphia Weekly blog. She writes, “Beautiful conceptual art is a rarity. But in Arcadia University’s group show 'A Closer Look 7,' Linda Yun’s Incident—made from a fan, a light, mylar strips and other found materials—is both visually appealing and concept-driven. And the rest of the show is no different.” Read more.

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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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