December 16, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
December 16, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Students Design Holiday Cards for President

Holiday Card
View photos of Tetreault and Scherer posing with President Greiner.

The Arcadia Holiday Card project exposes senior graphic design students to the real-world limitations (or opportunities!) encountered when printing an actual piece. Two dozen students in Graphic Design IV, taught by Visiting Assistant Professor David Copestakes, designed cards that were presented to President Jerry Greiner for selection. Though it was a difficult choice, Greiner selected a card by Rick Tetreault '09 as this year's holiday card. Stephen M. Scherer '09 was given the award for the Alumni Relations holiday card. The students worked with University Relations to get the files ready for the printer, selected paper stock and approved the proofs.

In addition, the senior studio class, also taught by Copestakes, heard a lecture on the printing process by Matt Wolf, Graphic Design Manager in University Relations. Then the class visited Old York Road Printing Co. in Warminster, Pa., and toured the facility. While at the printer, the students were able to see the cards coming off the press.

Annual Report: Arcadia Takes Big, Bold Steps

Annual Report cover

“Arcadia marched into 2008 taking big, bold steps,” says President Jerry Greiner in the 2007-08 Annual Report. “We developed a visionary Undergraduate Curriculum. We expanded our worldwide footprint in South Africa, Tanzania, France and India. We developed robust online degree programs. We attracted more interest than ever from prospective students. We planned for a new Commons for students. We began the largest-ever Campaign in this University’s history and ended the first year of the quiet phase with more than $12 million in commitments and gifts toward a goal of $23.5 million. I want to take this opportunity to thank each member of the Arcadia community because it is our collective effort that enables us to accomplish so much more together.”

The Annual Report recognizes each donor to the University, including leadership for At Home & In the World: The Campaign for Arcadia University as well as Annual Fund, lifetime and planned giving donors.

In a special section, the Annual Report also takes a look at the measureable impact of Arcadia University changing its name eight years ago. Read more about this at

Financial Aid Corner: Advice from the Student Loan Manager

Kay Guerra

by Simone Oliver ’09

I sat down with Kay Guerra, Student Loan Manager in the One-Stop Shop, to find out a little more about her and how she can help Arcadia students.

When did you join the Arcadia University Financial Aid team?

In 1988 I came to Arcadia, but then left in 2004 to do the same type of a work at a University closer to home. I came back to Arcadia in 2007 because I missed Arcadia, the people, the students, and the atmosphere.

What is your job title and role?

Student Loan Manager; I process loans and refunds and put them on student accounts.

Was there a change in the procedure for refunds?

Yes. Under federal guidelines it is now necessary for students to authorize if they want their money to remain on their student account. Otherwise it will automatically be refunded to them in the form of a check. Up until now, students had to request a refund check.

What is your advice to students who are having trouble financing college?

Come in and look at loan options. We have payment plans and alternative loan programs we can refer students to.

Danny Award Honors Dan Aaron’s Life

Aaron Award
Alison Aaron, former Aaron Family Scholarship recipient Tony D'Alonzo, and Gerri Aaron

The Parkinson Council of Greater Philadelphia honored the late Comcast co-founder Dan Aaron at a tribute on Nov. 19 at the Union League in Philadelphia, presenting the first annual Danny Award. Dan Aaron’s life and accomplishments were an inspiration to friends, family and colleagues. Recipients of the fist Danny Award were Ralph J. Roberts and Julian A. Brodsky, who along with Dan Aaron 45 years ago started Comcast Corp. in Tupelo, Miss.

Shortly before his death, Aaron started the Dan Aaron Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, dedicated to easing the trauma of daily existence for people in the Delaware Valley. Aaron was a former member of the Arcadia Board of Trustees. His wife, Gerri, and daughter, Alison '85, serve as trustees of the Aaron Foundation that has supported the Dan Aaron Stay Fit Exercise Program at Arcadia and scholarships for Physical Therapy students who participate in clinical and research programs for Parkinson patients. Anthony D'Alonzo '06 D.P.T., who received the Aaron Scholarship in 2006 and worked in the Movement Disorders Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, attended the event in November.

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 Anne 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.

“As you know, the Holiday Card Fund is Arcadia’s way of helping those less fortunate than us. Since 1982 we have contributed generously to over 25 charitable organizations. So in the spirit of the holidays, if you haven’t already contributed and would like to do so, please fill out the form and drop off your donation in Taylor 112,” says Wiesenhutter. “I send my sincerest thanks to those who have already responded. Especially with this year’s financial struggles, your kindness and generosity will make the season, and the year, a lot brighter for others.”

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

Brinker Assists with Easter Seals’ Living with Autism Study

Tom Brinker

Thomas M. Brinker Jr., Professor and Accounting Program Coordinator at Arcadia, assisted in developing the Easter Seals' Living with Autism Study, made possible by MassMutual Financial Group. The national survey results were released in a news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at the National Press Club. “Just 18 percent of parents of children with autism believe their child will be a valuable member of the community,” researchers indicated, and “nearly 80 percent are extremely or very concerned about their child’s independence as an adult.” Some estimates place the number of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders at one in every 150 children, according to Easter Seals. Having a child with autism is very isolating for families, and Easter Seals now has solid data to support families to develop policies to address these needs. Brinker assisted in developing the questionnaire and worked over the summer on the survey. Brinker serves on the Advisory Panel for the Easter Seals Living with Autism study, bringing his experience in tax law, medical deductions as well as being a parent to the panel. Read more.

Adjunct Professor Randall Couch Featured in Roma Amor

Gershman Y Galleries is showcasing the creative collaborations of Randall Couch, poet and Arcadia Adjunct Professor of English, and Joel Katz through Roma Amor. The exhibit opened on December 11 in the Open Lens Gallery and included a poetry reading from Couch. Roma Amor runs until Dec. 31. View images from the exhibit.

Couch has been teaching advanced poetry writing and poetics since 2003. This spring, he is teaching Arcadia’s Poetry Writing Workshop course. The class equips students with the fundamental tools needed to write effective poetry. To learn more about him, visit

Ryan Posts Painting a Day on eBay

Gum Drops painting by Abbey Ryan
View more of Abbey Ryan's artwork.

“I have painted a small oil painting every day since 9/23/07,” says Adjunct Professor of Art Abbey Ryan about her Painting a Day Project, now in its second year. Her paintings are posted daily on eBay, but she also has her own Web site ( Ryan earned a B.A. in Scientific Illustration and a B.F.A. in Painting from Arcadia University in 2003. Later, Abbey moved to NYC where she attended Hunter College for her M.F.A. in Painting. She has painted with David Leffel at the Art Students League, and with Charles Sovek at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, Mass. Ryan, who teaches drawing at Arcadia, tells the blogger Diana: Muse: “After high school, I went to Arcadia University, where I had planned to major in physical therapy. It was there that I took my first oil painting classes with Betsey Batchelor. At the time, I was pursuing a degree in scientific illustration, so I stayed in school an additional year to also finish a degree in painting. One summer in college, I also studied at the Art Students League with David Leffel.” Read more of the interviews and find out how her mother and “working at a trade school and marine science lab in Pohnpei, Micronesia” helped influence her art.

Education Alum Named Board Certified Teacher

NBPTS logoThe National Board Certified Teacher class of 2008 was announced last week, and Kathleen A. DeLussey a Reading teacher at J. R. Lowell School in the Philadelphia School District and a graduate of Arcadia University, is now a Board Certified Teacher in the area of Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts. “It was really hard work!” says Delussey, who was supported by Dr. Cynthia Reedy, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, and others at Arcadia. “You all saw me, the housewife/mother as a future teacher. I am very grateful and excited about education and about my experience at Arcadia.” Read more.

Campus Happenings

Knight Club in the Spotlight

Knight Club November performance Knight Club November performance 02
View photos from the performances.

During two performances in November, Arcadia’s Dance Team, Knight Club, showcased the moves they’ve been working on all semester. Their routines included tap, jazz, modern, ballet and more. 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

Gwynedd-Mercy Top Men's Basketball, 89-82

Arcadia Men's Basketball dropped a wild 89-82 decision Monday evening at the Griffin Complex against local rival Gwynedd-Mercy College to fall to 3-4 overall. Despite a game-high 26 from senior Bobby Mulholland and three other Knights scoring in double-figures, a key three-point play in the final 36 seconds sent the Knights home with a loss. Read more.

Rowan Staves Off Women's Basketball, 62-43

(1-6) Sophomore forward Gina Cantanzariti poured in a game high of 18 points to help the Profs of Rowan University stave off the Knights of Arcadia University, 62-43, in non-conference women's basketball action. The Knights were led by senior Shannon Bustin's 12 points. Read more.

28 Knights Named to Fall MASCAC Academic Honor Roll

Twenty-eight student-athletes have been named to the MASCAC Fall 2008 Academic Honor Roll. Field Hockey earned the most selections with nine, followed by Men's Soccer with seven, and six apeice for Women's Soccer and Volleyball. Read more.

In the News

Alumni in the News

Marsha Ringer book coverComplete. Done. Finished. The joy of doing, the freedom when done. It might be what students feel after finals, but it’s also the title of a book now in its second printing by alum Marsha Ringer '69. “This book represents who I am and what I do,” she says at her Web site “Learn how to complete your actions, focus with your undivided attention and bring balance to your work. The First Steps First process goes back to basics and teaches you how to create an effective work flow, taking action as you go and finishing your undone work all the way through to completion…one step at a time.”

Louise Strauss of Lafayette Hill, Pa., was named to the Harcum College Board of Trustees, as reported in Main Line Life on Dec. 3. Strauss earned a master’s degree in Elementary Education from Arcadia. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center and is an active community member. The paper reported that she retired from the faculty of Miquon School. Harcum is Philadelphia’s oldest independent, two-year college.

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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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