March 10, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
March 10, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

YouTube: See How Knight Club Gets Ready to Perform

Check out the Knight Club as they get ready for their performance at the Philadelphia Wings, the city’s National Lacrosse League team, on Arcadia’s YouTube channel. Communications students JoLynne Holloman and Alex Timmons produced the video in their Video Production II class. It includes interviews with Knight Club President Amanda Knapp and Choreographer Tori Ragone. Knapp describes the club, which performs on campus and in the community, and the range of dances they do—tap, jazz, ballet, point, salsa and more. Ragone describes the process of choreographing the club’s Wings performance to 'N Sync’s "Pop."

Men’s Lacrosse Team Earns First Win

Men's Lacrosse Clube
Arcadia Men's Lacrosse defeated Albright College 5-4.

On Saturday afternoon, during the fourth period of the Arcadia Men’s Lacrosse Club game against Albright College before a raucous Arcadia home crowd, opportunistic midfielder Kyle McIntyre scooped up a loose ball in front of the crease and fired it passed the Albright goalie. This gave Arcadia a 5-4 lead, which the team never relinquished in earning the first win in its brief history. The club, formed by students, played its first scrimmage a year ago.

In the third period, attack man Mark Bauer temporarily had put Arcadia up 4-3 on an inside shot off an alert feed from behind the goal by attack man Josh Sawyer. But Bauer missed the remainder of the game after being hit hard from the blind side right after his goal by a frustrated Albright defender, who was penalized for the act. Read more. View photos from the game.

Students, Staff, Alumni to Volunteer over Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break
Arcadia students assisted storm recovery efforts in Louisiana in 2007.

For the sixth year in a row, Arcadia’s Community Service Office has organized an Alternative Spring Break trip for students and staff. This year the group will head to Jean Lafitte, La., to assist Southern Mutual Help with storm recovery efforts. This is the second time a group from Arcadia will visit this small town outside of New Orleans. Participants will spend the week demolishing and rebuilding homes in the Bayou region of Louisiana with a day off in New Orleans.

Cindy Rubino, Community Service Coordinator, and Jennifer Kaminski, Office Assistant in the One-Stop Shop, will accompany the students. Student participants are Alisa Ambrose, Ashley Brindisi, Dana Dilliplane, Lauren Fisher, Michael Frings, Gina Germann, Abigail Gray, Jes Grazel, Christa Greagori, Iris Hagans, JoLynne Holloman, Ryan Hughes, Rebecca Knight, Greg Kowal, Danny Ly, Amanda Malamut, Rachel McCue, Caitlin McGee, Peter Medeiros, Kendra Neff, Alyshia Newhart, Devra Nusbaum, William Ruocco, Irina Samson, Mia Scioscia, Hallie Spencer Harmon, Alex Sullivan, Claudia Tang, Turquoise Taylor, Danielle Trout, Heather Wade, Garey Wagner, Katrina Wagner, Tonya Walker, Jasmine Washington, Jason Winkler, and Jackson Woods.

Also, four Arcadia alumni from the Class of 2008 are planning to meet up with the group. They are Nikunj Shah, Alison Laverty, Danielle Lockard and Emily Finch.

Arcadia Receives Award for Murphy Hall Preservation

Clock Tower Under Construction
The Murphy Hall tower when it was under construction.

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia (PAGP) has just announced the recipients of its annual Preservation Achievement Awards. Arcadia University is linked to two of the 20 Grand Jury Awards and one of the five Special Recognition Awards.

Arcadia received a Grand Jury Award recognizing the restoration work done on the roof and tower of Murphy Hall. Another Grand Jury Award went to the conservation efforts on the synagogue at Eastern State Penitentiary. The drive to restore this structure was spearheaded by former student Cindy Wanerman. Finally, a special recognition award for exceptional stewardship of historic properties went to the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, where Dr. Norman Johnston, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Arcadia, serves as an officer on the Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site’s Board. He also is one of the people behind securing Eastern State Penitentiary as a national historic site.

Cheltenham Township also recently awarded Arcadia for the adaptive reuse and preservation of 16 Forsythe Ave., which is home to the to the Office of University Advancement.

Students ‘Fantastic’ at Psychological Conference

Eastern Psychological Association Conference
From left: Adam Levy, Richard Marsicano, Jill Hersh, Shawn Coller, and Holly Santanello

Living the PromiseFive Psychology students and three faculty members just returned from the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in Pittsburgh over the weekend. “Our students did a fantastic job in presenting their posters and answering the questions of visitors. They were blown away by how much more research experience they get here at Arcadia than their peers at other colleges and by posters that were not as pretty as ours and students who didn’t know as much about research as they did,” says Dr. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology. “All in all it was a good experience.” Faculty and students made the following presentations:

  • Shawn M. Coller (’09), Holly Santanello (’09), Adam Levy and Marianne Miserandino (2009). The relationship between impulsivity, craving, and reactivity to smoking cues across conditions.
  • Jill A. Hersh (’09), Liza Ostrow (’08), Adam Levy, and Marianne Miserandino (2009). Testing the validity and reliability of the personality quiz “Are you spontaneous enough?” from the 2007 Cosmopolitan magazine.
  • Marianne Miserandino (2009). The untapped potential of wikis for the teaching of psychology: What is a wiki and what does it have to do with me? Part of the Invited Symposium: Teaching with Technology.
  • Richard T. Marsicano (2009). Self-determination theory and perceived fairness.
  • Barbara Nodine (2009). Chaired a session on Infowise: Library collaboration with psychology faculty and students.

Students Study Other Cultures over Break

Alternative Sprin Break
Students in ID 181.1 travel to Guatemala and take part in service learning.

Many Arcadia students are taking their studies on the road this semester—to locations around the world. International Experience courses (ID 181 and ID 381 series) combine a semester of interdisciplinary study on campus and a short-term opportunity to study another culture in person. ID 181 courses introduce students to learning about the people and customs of a specific culture, the nature of cultural difference, and the process of acculturation. ID 381 courses are upper-level seminars with a focus on the history, politics, literature, and/or artistic heritage of a culture.

  • ID 181.1 Service learning in Guatemala is taught by Terry Greiner and Dr. Erica Davila, Assistant Professor of Education. While studying in Guatemala over spring break for service learning, the 31 students will take lunch, clothing and toys to families who live at the local dump and make a living scavenging for usable stuff in the trash. Some students will have the opportunity to work at clinics translating for the doctors, nurse practitioners and physician's assistants, or playing with the kids while their families wait in line. Others will go into the schools and day cares and help out. All students will have the chance to help out at a nutrition center where kids from birth to age 5 live for three weeks out of the month if their parents can't afford to feed them. There also will be opportunities for taking part in building projects. The week will end in Antigua where some brave souls will get to hike up an active volcano.

Read more ID 181 and ID 381 course descriptions.

Take the Knight, Too

Daniel in Paris
Post photos of you and the Knight on Arcadia's Facebook Fan page.

Having participated in the University’s celebration of 60 years of study abroad last summer in Paris, the Arcadia Knight may get a chance to accompany students to London, Scotland, Spain, and Italy—or other places where Arcadia undergraduate and graduate students are headed—next week over spring break. Or the Knight might check out local and area sites. Download a Knight, or get one from University Relations (on Church Road across from Knight Hall), and post photos on Arcadia’s Facebook “fan” page. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative photos.

What the Economy Means to Arcadia’s Soon-to-be Graduates

By Ronald V. Williams

When I started college at Arcadia in 2005, the economy was in fairly decent shape. There were some minor problems but nothing compared to what we’re currently experiencing and dealing with today. Personally, I was excited about the prospect of earning a Bachelors of Arts in English and pursuing a career as a writer for a newspaper or magazine. The current state of the economy and an ultracompetitive job market has jolted me into a different state of awareness, and I am beginning to rethink my career direction. You may be doing the same.

As an undergraduate or a graduate student at a predominantly liberal arts university, numerous questions may run through your mind: What are my options? Where can I turn for information, advice, and assistance? How can I make myself marketable to potential employers? Where do I look for job opportunities? These are all valid and important questions. But before seeking answers, it’s important to understand where we stand in today’s troubled economy. Read more.

Arcadia Offers Summer Institute for Afterschool Educators

The Foundations Inc. Center for Afterschool Education and Arcadia University are offering afterschool educators a special Teaching and Learning in Out-of-School Time Summer Institute July 24-26, 2009, at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa.

The Summer Institute is part of a 15-credit online Graduate Certificate in Afterschool Education offered by Arcadia University in partnership with the Center for Afterschool Education. The Graduate Certificate in Afterschool Education equips out-of-school-time practitioners and leaders with the skills needed to develop and manage programming for afterschool and summer learning that enhances the academic, social, and emotional needs of children and youth.

The graduate certificate program begins with the three-day Institute and is followed by three online courses and an applied learning project. To register or for more information, go to or call 1-888-977-KIDS (5437). Read more.

Fill Out Your FAFSA with Help from a Financial Aid Counselor

The One-Stop Shop financial aid counselors will be available to help students fill out their FAFSA for the 2009-10 academic year. Starting Monday, March 23, Wednesday, March 25, and Friday, March 27, financial aid counselors will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Chat and Tuesday, March 24, and Thursday, March 27, from 4 to 7 p.m., in The Chat. Students only need to bring their Arcadia ID, Student 2008 Tax Return, (if applicable), parent’s 2008 Tax Return, current savings account information, investment information, information on any untaxed income or benefits received.

Graduates: ‘Start Your Job Search’

Kate McGlinchey and Mike Hertel of Career Development

While the headlines continue to sound the drumbeat of recession, students in the Class of 2009 are still getting job offers and finding opportunities. “Don’t be put off by the news. It’s time to start your job search,” says Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development

Career Development has several events remaining on the schedule for this semester designed to give Arcadia students a jump on their internship, job search or graduate school applications.

For more information on any of the following events, contact Career Development in Knight Hall or call 215-572-2939.

Résumé Riot: Having a strong résumé is key for new job seekers when searching for employment, especially during tough economic times. “Get your résumé prepared for the Internship & Job Fair or for your job search by meeting with a Career Development representative,” says Hertel. Drop in for an on-the-spot critique, no appointment necessary, on Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27, from noon to 2 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. An additional session is Wednesday, March 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area. Read more.

Audition to be the Arcadia Knight or Town Crier on March 27

Knight Ad
Artwork and flier by Dan Sypolt '09 as part of his senior thesis.

Auditions for the roles of the silent and stoic Knight and the Town Crier, the Knight’s outgoing and animated sidekick, take place on Friday, March 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. in The Chat. Audition as an individual or as a duo. Contestants may take up to five minutes to bring the characters to life through a routine of their own devising. They should provide their own music or props. Costumes, however, will be provided. To secure an audition, send an e-mail to by Monday, March 23, with "Knight Life" in the subject line. Those selected will appear at campus events and athletic contests. More than one person will be selected for each position. The audition is co-sponsored by the Office of University Relations and the Athletics and Recreation Department. For more information, view flier for more information.

Contest: Got a Great Crib?

Cribs LogoThink you’ve got the sweetest residence hall room or apartment on campus? "If you want to show off your digs and win a $50 gift card to Target, here’s your chance," says Purnell Cropper, Web Content Editor. "All you have to do is make a video of yourself showcasing your Arcadia residence hall room, suite, or apartment and upload your clip to YouTube. (Commenting must be disabled.) Once you’ve uploaded your Arcadia “Cribs," e-mail the link to Submissions will be reviewed and judged by online by Bulletin readers. So what are you waiting for?" Entries must be received by Monday, April 6, to be eligible for the contest.

Arcadia University reserves the right to exclude submissions that contain offensive material. Links may be distributed by the University for marketing and communications purposes. Submissions may not include copyrighted material and must be the submitter's work.


Registrar’s Office Closes Early During Break

The Registrar’s Office will close one hour early, Monday through Thursday, during Spring Break. Hours will be Monday, March 16, to Thursday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. On Friday, March 20, the office is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fall 2009 Deposits Due March 13

For undergraduate students returning for the 2009-10 academic year, registration and deposit processes are right around the corner. Registration for Fall 2009 undergraduate classes begins Monday, March 30. Read more.

Seniors’ Commencement Attire Orders Due March 16

Class of 2009 members who will fulfill all requirements for graduation this year and plan to participate in the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15, must submit information to order commencement attire by March 16, notes Diana Bonner, Student Affairs Administrative Assistant. Read more.

Honors Convocation for Students, March 28

The campus community is invited to attend Honors Convocation, where parents and friends will celebrate the academic accomplishments of Arcadia’s high-achieving graduate and undergraduate students on Saturday, March 28, at 10:30 a.m. in Kuch Center. Read more.

Thinking about Summer Courses? Special Discounts Offered

Summer course registration—for undergraduate, graduate and online courses—is open now. For a complete listing of options, visit Read more.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Johnston Publishes Article on Imprisonment as Punishment

Norman Johnston

Dr. Norman Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, published the article “Evolving Function: Early Use of Imprisonment as Punishment,” in the March issue of The Prison Journal (Vol. 89, No. 1, Supplement), pp. 10S-34S. Johnston’s article explores the usages of imprisonment, both de facto and de jure, from its earliest recorded use 3,000 years ago down to recent times. He writes that early scattered use was followed by houses of correction for minor offenders and later, displacing capital punishment, for major crimes. Serious reform in England and Pennsylvania and the subsequent battle between two systems developed in Pennsylvania and New York and their ultimate demise are described. In addition, the origins of special prisons for women, youth, and other categories are traced, and early prison labor and schooling are discussed.

Sculptor’s Work Adorns Franklin Commons

Maryann Worrell
Photo courtesy

Maryann Worrell, a sculptor and metal and jewelry artist who teaches in the Art and Design Department and is a resident of Phoenixville, Pa., was mentioned in The Phoenix on March 7. The article discusses sculptures she and Doug Mott constructed at the request of the developers Marian and David Moskowitz in the entryway of Franklin Commons. The Franklin Commons is the home of the Phoenixville Educational Center, a cooperative venture of now eight educational institutions and programs, from pre-school curricula to postgraduate ones. View photos of Worrell's artwork, including the sculptures at the Franklin Commons, at

Curchack Elected Chair of University Planning Organization

Dr. Mark Curchack, Associate Vice President for Planning and Assessment, has just been elected as the Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Region of SCUP, the Society for College and University Planning. SCUP is the nation’s premier university planning organization, promoting best practices in strategic, academic, financial and facilities planning. It has more than 5,000 members from both higher education and the fields of architecture and construction management. SCUP’s Mid-Atlantic Region consists of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, plus most of Western and Central Europe, Turkey and Israel. As the Regional Chair, Curchack will oversee the Regional Council that plans and holds an annual conference, one-day symposia, and campus visits. He will also serve on the national SCUP Board. Curchack has been active in SCUP for 20 years, has served on national task forces, and most recently was the region’s Director of Professional Development in charge of planning the regional programs.

Shultz, Shultz Invited to Present Workshop at AACU

Dr. Norah Shultz, Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Studies, and Dr. Jeffrey Shultz, Assistant Provost for Special Projects, were invited to present a pre-conference workshop at the Association of American Colleges and Universities on Feb. 26 in Baltimore, Md. The topic was “Blurring and Crossing Boundaries: A Four-Year Curriculum Tailored to Students' Needs.” General Education has long been regulated to the first two years of college and often presented as a menu of disconnected courses. Higher education has begun to reconsider this approach, seeking a more intentional program of study to achieve essential learning outcomes. This workshop (General Education, Assessment and the Learning Student’s Need) examined an innovative approach—Arcadia's new Undergraduate Curriculum—to general education that connects learning to an integrative, personally designed four-year program of study and community engagement.

Norah Shultz also was invited to participate in a roundtable at the International Studies Association’s 50th Annual Convention on Feb. 16 in New York City. The topic was “Taking the Fear Out of Assessment and Evaluation: Lessons Learned."

Upcoming Events

Let's Go

Seniors vs. Faculty/Staff: Sign up Now!

On Tuesday, May 12, at 2:30 p.m. the sixth annual Faculty/Staff vs. Seniors softball game will take place on the upper softball field. “This is a great way to interact with the Class of 2009 before graduation,” says Nick Luchko, Area Coordinator for Apartment Style Housing and Residence Hall Council Adviser. All faculty and staff members who are interested in playing should contact Luchko ( by Friday, May 8. Members of the Class of 2009 who want to play should contact Class President Maya Stewart.

Newsweek Contributing Editor Speaks on Campus, March 11

Robert Samuelson
Photo courtesy

Robert J. Samuelson, contributing editor of Newsweek and The Washington Post, will speak on campus Wednesday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m. in Brubaker Hall Room 201 as part of the Behind the Scenes Business Lecture Series

Samuelson's articles also appear in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and other influential newspapers. He began his career in journalism as a reporter on the business desk of The Washington Post 1969. He left the paper to become a freelancer in 1973. His work has appeared in The Sunday Times, The New Republic and The Columbia Journalism Review. He joined the National Journal in 1976, where he wrote the "Economic Focus" column. He was a contributing editor there from 1981 to 1984, until he left to write for Newsweek.

Samuelson was born in New York City. He received his bachelor's degree in 1967 from Harvard University, where he majored in government. One of his recurring topics is Social Security and the unwillingness of the politicians to deal with problems he and others believe it will have in the future. He has written three books.Samuelson also does not vote in any elections (be they national, state or local) as he believes that voting interferes with his impartiality as a journalist.

Social Psychology Poster Show, March 11

The 2009 (and first ever) Social Psychology Poster Show will be in the Psychology hallway in Boyer Hall on Wednesday, March 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. There will be at least a dozen projects on display with the student researchers on hand to explain/represent their studies. The show is the work of students in PY 331 and 332 Psychology as a Social Science.

Guest Speaker: Principal of Saint Lucy Day School, March 11

This semester, Dr. Elaine F. Jones and the students of University Seminar, Education Stories: Films About Successful Schools and What They Teach Us are sponsoring a guest speaker series. The Arcadia community is invited to hear the speakers. Sister Meg, Principal of Saint Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments, will speak on Wednesday, March 11, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Brubaker Hall Room 302. Sister Meg will discuss the history of the school and its ties to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the student population, and the educational programs offered at the school.

Race Matters: Teaching and Segregation, March 11

The Race Matters session—and final one for 2008-09—is Wednesday, March 11, at 12:15 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Suite, featuring Jodi Bornstein from the Department of Education. She will initiate a discussion on “What Has Brown Done for Us? Teaching and Segregation in the 21st Century.”

Lunch will be provided, and the campus community is invited. Race Matters is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of International Services, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. For more information, contact Dr. John Noakes, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, at 215-572-2897 or

Special Lecture on Cézanne, March 23

The Large Bathers
The Large Bathers, 1906
Photo courtesy

Planning to go to the exhibit Cézanne and Beyond at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? The Office of Alumni Relations invites faculty, students and staff to attend a reception and slide lecture with Bonnie Hayes, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, on Thursday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Dining Room. “Please R.S.V.P. to the Alumni Office by Monday, March 23, if you will attend,” says Georgene Pilling, Alumni Director.

Often referred to as the father of modern art, Paul Cézanne had a tremendous impact on sculptors, painters, photographers and video artists throughout the 20th century and up to the present. His paintings, watercolors and drawings are displayed next to the work of major artists whose art reflects his legacy. Hayes will introduce Cézanne, place his work in historical context, and discuss his inspirational influence on the work of other modern masters like Picasso and Matisse.

Clinical Careers Fair, March 26

The Arcadia University Healthcare Administration Student Society (AUHASS) is hosting a Clinical Careers Fair on the third floor of Brubaker Hall on Thursday, March 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. Students from throughout the University are invited to attend. Scheduled to participate are representatives from the Arcadia University Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling, Public Health, Physician Assistant, and M.B.A. in Healthcare Practice Management programs. Also participating are the Occupational Therapy and Nursing programs of Thomas Jefferson University, the Optometry Professional programs of Salus University (formerly Pennsylvania College of Optometry), the Temple University School of Dentistry, and the Masters in Healthcare Law program of Widener University. The event includes information sessions on various clinical and healthcare administration careers scheduled for 5:15, 5:45, 6:15, and 6:45 p.m. For more information, contact Robert Kieserman, Visiting Assistant Professor and Adviser for Arcadia’s Health Administration program, at

Philadelphia Nonprofit Career Fair, March 26 and the Nonprofit Career Fair Consortium invite students to attend the Philadelphia Nonprofit Career Fair on Thursday, March 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Villanova University in the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse. Students should come to distribute their résumés, speak with representatives from more than 60 organizations about internships and paid full-time jobs, or attend information sessions about working for nonprofits. Log on to to register for the fair and view the schedule, directions, and list of participating organizations. (Go to the “Participate: Career Fairs” box on the right side of the Web page and click on the “Philadelphia” link.) For more information, contact Arcadia’s Office of Career Development at, 215-572-2939, Knight Hall Room 133.

Jones to Co-Host Light of Unity Festival, March 28

This semester Adjunct Professor of English Quincy Scott Jones is teaching writing, performance poetry, and a University Seminar on "Politics & Poetics (or What Hip-Hop Was Supposed to Be)." On March 28, he will be co-hosting this year's Light of Unity Festival, an afternoon of artistic expression celebrating cultural, political, and aesthetic diversity sponsored by Chapter & Verse, a biweekly poetry and fiction reading series in Philadelphia. Read more.

Internship and Job Fair, March 31

“Does your major require an internship, or do you want to explore career options and gain relevant experience? Are you currently seeking employment? If an internship or job is in your future, mark your calendar for Career Development’s Internship and Job Fair on Tuesday, March 31 from 4-6 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area,” says Lisa Endrikat, Assistant Director of Career Development. “Whether you are a first-year student or senior, the fair offers a chance to network with a range of employers seeking Arcadia students for a wide variety of positions.”

Plan on attending? A résumé is the first thing most employers will ask for, so it is highly encouraged to bring several copies, along with a professional and enthusiastic attitude, and dress in business casual attire. Not sure how to write a résumé? Stop by Résumé Riot, March 23-27 in The Chat Performance Area. For more information, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939 or or stop by Knight Hall, Room 133.

TriStyle Fashion Show, April 2

On Thursday, April 2, come out and take a trip down the runway for the 2nd annual TriStyle Fashion Show. The event, hosted by Exalted Movements and co-hosted by the Black Awareness Society and PRIDE, will begin at 8 p.m. in the Kuch Center. Admission: $3 for everyone. All proceeds from the show will be donated to charitable organizations.

Voice Performance Recital, April 18

On Saturday, April 18 at 7:15 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle, 13 students in the music Voice Performance class will present a free music recital. The students will perform an Italian Art Song, an English Art Song and a musical theater selection. The recital is under the direction of Elizabeth Murphy in the Music Department. The performance is open to the public.

Campus Happenings

Elementary and College Students See the Stars

Astronomy Night
A visitor observes the Orion Nebula, a place where new stars are being formed, on the roof of Boyer Hall.

Parents, elementary students and Arcadia students enjoyed Astronomy Night for Families on March 3. “The event went really well!” says Dr. Julia Plummer, Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Science Education. “We had 80 people attend the event, mostly parents and their elementary-aged children, but also some Arcadia undergraduate students. Because we advertised to local elementary schools, we had families from around the community attend the event.

“The graduate students in my Elementary Science Methods (ED 552) course designed and taught activities about the phases of the moon, craters on the moon, and the composition of comets,” says Plummer. “Former students from my First-Year Seminar (Night Skies of Pennsylvania) last semester—Sanket Patel, Emily Drovich, and Katie Pierce—ran the telescopes on the roof of Boyer Hall. Our visitors observed the moon, Venus, Saturn, and the Orion Nebula.”

A wonderful group of education majors and graduate students also volunteered their time to help manage the event. Education graduate students Vicky Bastidas, Liz Allebach, and Belal Handan helped to manage the event. Undergraduate Education majors Cory Mazen, Danny Ly, Beth Harlan, Lauren Charette, Jessica DeFluri, Jessica Stremmel, and Nicole DiNiglio helped to greet visitors, guide them between events, and give out constellation maps. View photos.

Knight Visits Alumni Association Board of Directors

Left: The Knight and Dan Sypolt '09. Right: The Knight poses with the Alumni Board of Directors.

The Arcadia Knight made a special appearance on Saturday, March 7, at a meeting of the Alumni Association Board. Senior Dan Sypolt accompanied the Knight, explaining that his senior thesis project involved illustrating the Knight and helping to bring it to life. The new mascot costume was handmade by Alisa Kleckner, Costume Shop Supervisor in Arcadia’s Theatre Department. “The Alumni Office is always looking for ways to connect students with alumni so that both constituencies feel they are part of a shared history in their alma mater,” says Georgene Pilling, Alumni Director. “Alumni enjoy seeing what AU students are up to, and they feel such a deep sense of pride when students share their accomplishments with them.”

Arcadia Students Perform The Vagina Monologues

Arcadia University students and faculty staged performances of The Vagina Monologueson Feb. 27 and 28 and March 1. The Vagina Monologues is a series of monologues written by women and performed by Arcadia students and faculty. Author Eve Ensler journeyed across the country and to different places worldwide interviewing women on topics such as gender, identity, sexuality, sexual assault, first love, and childbirth and compiled her favorite monologues into a performance. Profound, intense, and funny, The Vagina Monologues opens up the doors to discuss and view women in a totally new light. All proceeds from the event will be donated to local charities and women's shelters, as well as back to the VDday campaign to end violence against women.

The show included performances by the following students: Melissa Wainwright '10, Emily MacHenry '12, Chelsea-Lee Maiese '10, Christie Shaub '11, Christa Greagori '10, Alisa Ambrose '11, JoLynne Holloman '11, Danielle Frank '12, Dana Dilliplane '10, Dana Blechman '11, Abby Grosslein '11, Kelly Stavrides '10, Kara Rothschild '10, Kaitlyn Wright '11, Megan Andreuzzi '10, Kailee Day '11, Nicolette Jones '10, Monique Gaffney '12, Danielle Leonard '10, and Megan Beck '10. View photos.

Study Abroad—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.

  • Deborah Pabon has started to blog from Egypt.
  • Check out Kayla Grzech's blog as she spends the spring semester studying abroad at the American University in Cairo. An International Studies major with a concentration in Globalization, Development, and Human Rights, she’s taking Arabic and focusing most of her studies on the Middle East.
  • Follow along with Elizabeth Armstrong, a junior from the Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business Honors Program, as she studies with Arcadia University in London.

Sports Update

Baseball Drops Two at Home to Aggies

Arcadia University Baseball
First-year outfielder David Kutteroff makes a sprawling catch.

(1-6) Arcadia University Baseball dropped a pair of non-conference games to the undefeated Aggies of Delaware Valley College (4-0) Saturday afternoon at Enry Field, taking a 9-3 loss in the opening game and a 13-8 loss in the nightcap to fall to 1-6 overall on the year.

Senior pitcher Stephen Vassalotti got the game-one nod for Arcadia. Junior Matt Pempkowski picked up the first of two game-one walks and stolen bases to open Arcadia's offense and was brought home on graduate student John Curerri's ground out, giving the Knights the early 1-0 lead. Read more.

Knights Open with 6-3 Win over St. Mary’s

(1-0) Arcadia University Men's Tennis opened the 2009 season with a 6-3 victory over the visting Skyhawks from St. Mary's College (MD) Sunday afternoon in non-conference play. The Knights took two of three doubles matches before pulling out wins in four singles matches to earn the win. Read more.

Softball Opens Season with Four Straight Wins

(4-0) Arcadia University Softball returns to Glenside with a record of 4-0. The Knights outscored their competition 28-4 over four games played at Virginia Wesleyan University's Beach Blast in Virgina Beach, Va. The Knights registered 3-0 and 12-2 wins respectively over Emory & Henry and Baruch College on Friday before notching 5-1 and 9-1 wins over Staten Island and John Jay on Saturday.

In the News

Arcadia in the news

An article in the March 7 New York Post written by Katherine Ramsland, who teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University, quotes Dr. M. Fredric Rieders ’80, Chair, Laboratory Director and Forensic Toxicologist at NMS Labs in Willow Grove, Pa., and a faculty member in the Arcadia University Master of Forensic Science program. Read more.

The Arcadia University Colloquium “Famous Unsolved Cases: O.J. Simpson and JonBenet Ramsey,” which takes place on March 24, was mentioned in the March 9 The Reporter (Lansdale, Pa.) Column: Hop on board for a day trip.

Arcadia University’s Special Athletes Association’s Sportsfest, held on March 7, was listed in the Feb. 25 Glenside News.

Faculty in the News

James Paradis, adjunct professor of history spoke to an assembled group of members of the Citizens for Restoration of Historical La Mott at the Camp William Penn Museum on Feb. 22, as was reported in the Feb. 25 Times Chronicle. Paradis presented a preview of a new documentary on Camp William Penn titled Black Soldiers in Blue.

“I often think about these men,” says Paradis. “Did they die asking if anyone would remember them? Today, we can answer yes. Yes, we will remember them through this documentary.”

Students in the News

Rachel Diamond Bainbridge, a Theatre Arts major, was cast in the role of Annie in the Equity Theatre Production, “Over the Tavern,” as was noted in the Feb. 25 Elizabeth Mount Joy Merchandiser. The play ran through March 7 at the Montgomery Theatre in Souderton, Pa.

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