April 14, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
April 14, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Spring Fling poster Blitz poster Woodstock

See the complete listing of events at www.arcadia.edu/springfling.

Spring Fling 2009—The Fun Starts Thursday

The sun bursts out of the clouds on Thursday—just in time for Spring Fling. Sun glasses will be needed; socks and shoes optional.

What is Spring Fling? It’s five days packed with fun and excitement. Spring Fling events start Thursday, April 16, and run through Monday, April 20. The Spring Fling weekend is an Arcadia tradition produced by Arcadia students for Arcadia students. See the complete listing of events—and special interviews with comedian Daniel Tosh and the bands playing at Woodstock—at www.arcadia.edu/springfling.

Jell-O Tug-of-War at Blitz 2008
Jell-O Tug-of-War at Blitz 2008

What is Blitz? An Arcadia Spring Fling tradition since 1989, the Blitz carnival is from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Watch as Kuch field turns into a coliseum with an inflatable obstacle course, Jell-O tug-of-war, volleyball, a wrecking ball inflatable game, a live deejay and more.

Who is Daniel Tosh? Daniel Tosh, one of Comedy Central’s hottest stars, will perform at Arcadia on Friday, April 16. What can Arcadia students expect from his performance? “[Material from] my next new hour special,” Tosh tells the Bulletin in a one-on-one interview. “So hopefully everything is relatively new. Definitely 100% new from stuff that was seen last on Comedy Central.” Read the interview.

Woodstock Bands
Woodstock features five bands jamming on Kuch field.

Who's at Woodstock? Arcadia University’s Woodstock originated in the ’70s, not long after the real Woodstock, and features a day’s worth of music on Kuch field from 12 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, followed by a "drive-in" movie—Paul Blart: Mall Cop—at 9 p.m. The Bulletin interviewed the five bands that will be playing this year. Read (and listen to) the interviews: Upper Echelon, Nobody Yet, Kite Party, The Sophomore Attempt and Valencia.

What happens Sunday and Monday? Knight Club, volleyball, Rockapella, leadership recognition, Phillies, and more.

40th Annual Presentation of Capstone Projects Begins April 21

Capstone Projects ScheduleMembers of the Arcadia Community are invited to witness the hard work of graduating seniors through the 40th Annual Presentation of Capstone Projects. The presentation begins Tuesday, April 21, and runs until Tuesday, May 12. Each student’s Capstone Project includes substantial written or creative work and the challenge of analyzing and integrating what has been learned in his or her major field of study. View the schedule of presentations.

IPCR Offers Human Rights Law Symposium in East Africa

Human Rights LawA three-week (4-credit) graduate summer symposium course (IP 581) examines human rights and their practical application in East Africa. Co-developed by the International Peace and Conflict Resolution master’s program at Arcadia University and the African Foundation for International Law, this course examines the role of regional organizations in the interpretation and realization of human rights and international law. The course is July 20 to Aug. 7 at Arcadia’s campus in Arusha, Tanzania. Read more at www.arcadia.edu/humanrightslaw.

Praised by Critics, Höfer Exhibition Closes April 19

Candida Hofer - Philadelphia
Masonic Temple Philadelphia I, 2007, C-print 72 7/8 x 97 1/4 inches (185 x 247 cm)

Candida Höfer—Philadelphia is on display at Arcadia University Art Gallery until Sunday, April 19. The exhibitiona selection of four, wall-sized, color photographs portraying interiors of local historic landmark buildingsis getting rave reviews from critics.

Philadelphia Inquirer Art Critic By Edward Sozanski wrote on March 29: “Candida Höfer's scintillating exhibition at Arcadia University of four large color photographs—that's correct, just four—presents a Philadelphia-themed peek into a considerably more expansive and endlessly debatable subject, the status of photography in contemporary art…. To contemplate these striking images is to realize that you would never see these rooms with such clarity and presence if you were standing in them, and yet to also understand that these pictures are theatrical in a positive way, like human emotions exposed nakedly on the stage.” Read full review.

Philadelphia Weekly’s Roberta Fallon wrote on March 31: “Matthew Osborn’s “My Bones–Your Skin” at Pageant Gallery and Candida Hofer’s “Philadelphia” at Arcadia University are two local shows that take you to the limits of 2-D art. Osborn’s drawings and Hofer’s color photographs represent some of the best of what’s being done here—from hip musings in ink on paper by a young local talent to majestic architectural photographs by an internationally acclaimed artist at the top of her game.” Read full review.

‘Great Participation Rate’ on Knowledge, Assessment Survey

“Thank you to all undergraduate students who completed the recent Knowledge and Assessment Consortium Survey,” says Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs. “We had a wonderful response of over 50 percent. The 10 students who were randomly selected to receive Wawa Gift Cards have been notified. The information from the survey, which had four parts, will be used to help improve programs and services for all students. In addition to general questions that provide a profile of our students, the specialized categories this year focused on Student Activities and Involvement, Campus Safety and Student Conduct, and Diversity/Multiculturalism/Inclusivity. Watch this space for information on the results and strategies that will be used to address issues raised in the survey. Thanks again to everyone for such a great participation rate.”

ED Students Join in Week of the Young Child

Arcadia Early Childhood Education students will be participating April 19-25 in Week of the Young Child 2009 activities. Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association. The purpose is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs. It was first established in 1971 and this year’s theme is Bring Communities Together for Children—Children Bring Communities Together.

This week, students in ED 211 Assessment and Intervention in Infancy and Toddlerhood, taught by Dr. Cindy Reedy, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Arcadia’s Early Childhood Education program, are hanging and displaying a variety of artwork they collected from numerous early childcare centers around the area. Students in ED 212 Child and Youth Development, taught by Instructor Kathy Trainor, are displaying posters with parenting information.


  • Faculty, Emeriti and Administrators—Register for Commencement!
  • Volunteers Needed to Help with Commencement
  • Enroll in Weight Watchers at Work by April 17
  • Summer Courses? Special Discounts Offered
  • Interested in Grad School? Open House April 15
  • Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day, April 22

Read complete announcements.

Study Abroad—Foreign Correspondence

Where in the World Were AU Students Over Break?

Scotland Preview Alternative Spring Break Spain Preview
Photos from Scotland
by Jared Greene and Jenny Clay.
Photos from Louisiana
by Jennifer Kaminski.
Photos from Spain
by Jonathan Porcasi
and Jessica Smith.

From Spain to Louisiana, Arcadia students were engaged in the world over spring break. “Take a look at some of their experiences below, and share your photos and recollections at www.arcadia.edu/studyabroadmemories,” says Bulletin editor Lori Bauer.

Spring Break Destinations

Italy Preview
Photos from Italy
by Dan Brophy.
London Preview
Photos from London
by Steph Deane and Matthew Wolf.

Italy Preview,a 2-credit course for new full-time transfer students.

Spain Preview, a 2-credit course for first-year students: “My recent travels through central Spain have opened my horizons to a new culture, a culture that is so rich in history and so influential to the world today. I observed many things about Spanish society and how the Spaniards interact with one another,” says Jonathan Porcasi '12. “For one thing, Spanish people are very affectionate. They are not afraid to promote public displays of affection, something that is somewhat of a taboo here in the United States. One of my favorite memories from the trip was in Segovia, at the Roman Aqueduct. As Jerry, the tour guide, gave us a play-by-play on the history of the Aqueduct, I noticed at the corner of my eye a couple kissing under the monument.”
Scotland Preview, a 2-credit course for first-year students: “Our weather was outstanding. It rained once, and it was just a light mist, nothing to get in the way of our mountain biking and kayaking,” says Jared I. Greene '12, but the history lessons at the castle at St. Andrews were tangible. Read Greene's story.

London Preview, a program for first-year students.

Alternative Spring Break 2009, a service learning project in Jean Lafitte, La.: “This year’s spring break could have been spent lounging at home playing video games, recovering from midterms, making an extra buck working, or just catching up on sleep. And although all of those things would have been nice, I, along with about 40 other Arcadia undergrads and alumni were lucky enough to come along on an alternative spring break trip to rebuild after the hurricane damage in Jean Lafitte, La.,” says Rae McCue. “It was a long week of hard work, but it was worth it with experiencing a new culture, bonding with each other, and helping those who can not help themselves after these tragedies.” Read more about a small Jefferson Parish town named after the famous pirate and shattered by Hurricane Katrina.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Gallagher Thesis on William Welsh Harrison Published

“Please join me in congratulating Marie Gallagher '95, one of the University’s more illustrious alumna, on the recent publication of her undergraduate thesis, In Search of William Welsh Harrison and His Legacy,” in the Old York Road Historical Society Bulletin (Vol. LVIII, 1999). The 1999 date is correct. Apparently the Society is a bit behind in publishing its Bulletins,” notes Dr. Michael Berger, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Prior to Marie’s research, much had been written about the architect and architecture of Grey Towers, but little was known about William Welsh Harrison, the man who commissioned the building of the Castle, and about his family. Marie’s thesis is a study of the extended Harrison family, their ancestors, and of the sugar company they owned, managed and from which they made a fortune. It revolves around the sons of George Leib Harrison, explores how they managed their wealth, and attempted to become accepted into the ‘high society’ of Philadelphia. The primary focus, though, is on William Welsh and his family life, including his well-known peccadilloes. In the same issue of the Bulletin is an article titled ‘Frazier’s Hill: A Place History,’ which, interestingly, provides information on William West Frazier, who was Harrison’s brother-in-law, having married his older sister Harriet.”

Atkins Profiles Blackhawk Down Author for Magazine

Larry Atkins, an Adjunct Professor in the English, Communications, and Theatre Arts Department, interviewed Blackhawk Down author Mark Bowden in an article that he wrote for the current issue of The Writer Magazine. He also wrote articles for Philadelphia Weekly about the future of sports reporting in light of the decline of newspapers and how university journalism programs are teaching students in light of the changing media environment.

Shandell Publishes Essay in Theatre Topics

Jonathan Shandell, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, published an essay, “The Wisdom of ‘Worldliness’: Bringing African American Theatre and Drama into Existing Course Syllabi,” in Theatre Topics, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, as part of its March 2009 special issue on “Teaching African American Theatre.” Shandell’s essay explores how theatre educators can make more sustained efforts at incorporating the study of plays by African American writers and the work of African American theatre artists within existing courses not exclusively dedicated to African American drama, and it outlines strategies for doing so based on his own teaching practice. The essay utilizes Edward Said's paradigm of “wordliness” (a critical approach that seeks points of connection among literary texts of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, rather than specialization and compartmentalization of cultural traditions) as a key toward developing more diverse and inclusive course syllabi.

Upcoming Events

Let's Go

Act Now for Darfur, April 15

On Wednesday, April 15, “Act Now for Darfur” will help promote awareness about Darfur and give students the tools needed to make a difference. The event will be held in Brubaker 102 at 7 p.m and includes guest speakers and a film screening of Voices from Darfur. For more information, contact Selina Coleman at scoleman@arcadia.edu

Peculiar Plushie Silent Auction, April 16

Peculiar Plushies

Students are invited to “come and bid on your favorite Peculiar Plushie! A whole family of strange and twisted, but always lovable creations to take home with you!” Arcadia’s Theatre Costume Shop and Politically Incorrect are preparing for the Second Annual Peculiar Plushie Silent Auction on Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in The Chat. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the A.B. Day School’s Art Department. For more information, cotanct Alisa Kleckner at klecknera@arcadia.edu.

Walking to Cure MS—One Step at a Time, April 16

The Arcadia community is invited to join in the Annual Walk for Wellness on Thursday, April 16. Sign in begins at 11:30 a.m. on the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride, with warm-up at 11:45 a.m. on Kuch Field and the walk at noon. 

A registration fee of $5 for students and $10 for faculty and staff will include a T-shirt for the walk (while supplies last) designed by Stephen Scherer ’08 and donated by Citizens Bank. The registration fee also includes a raffle ticket for a drawing just for participants! Raffle prizes for walk participants include an Apple Ipod Nano 8GB. Walkers should pre-register with Lorraine Yearicks, Senior Human Resources Administrator.

The goal of the walk is to bring the University and the surrounding Montgomery County communities together to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Delaware Valley chapter. “We chose the Multiple Sclerosis Society because it is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to educate and support those with MS as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy, and service,” says Claire A. Washington, Director of Student Health Services. “Students from the Public Health and Health Education programs suggested this year’s organization.” For more information on MS, visit www.nationalmssociety.org.

Info and Prizes at Spring Health Fair, April 16

The Spring Health Fair, held Thursday, April 16, in conjunction with the Walk for Wellness, includes vendors, information, blood pressure screenings, raffles and door prizes. Admission to the Health Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride is free.

Participants include Aqueus Massage, Arcadia University Counseling Center, Arcadia University Public Safety, Arcadia University Student Health Services, Bally Fitness, Circle of Care Family Planning, Independence Blue Cross, EASE, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Jenkintown Aquatic & Fitness, National MS Society, Parkhurst Dining Services, Pierre & Carlo Spa, Salus University, Teva Neuroscience, Women’s Center of Montgomery Co., and the WON Institute.

Thank you to the following sponsors and friends for their donations of time and gifts: Armstrong, Doyle & Carroll, Cabot Cheese, Citizens Bank, College Bookstores of America, LIT, Parkhurst Dining Services, Student Affairs, Human Resources, University Advancement, Fran Pollock, and Nick Luchko.

EN 272 Page and Stage Presents: Poemoscopy, April 16

On Thursday, April 16, come to the fourth annual Page and Stage show. Poemoscopy, an explosion of spoken word, will take place in the Grey Towers Castle Rose Room at 5:30 p.m. The show promises to bring you performance poetry inspired by such greats as Allen Ginsberg, Ntosake Shange, Saul Williams, and even Dr. Seuss. Come see Cyd Chmielewski, Marie Conti, Kailee Day, Becki Del Pizzo, Greg Denny, Thom Ferguson, Brooke Harris, Sandile Jwili, Britni Lambert, Peter Medeiros, Nina Meister, Kelly Parmiter, Carrie Ryan, and Kristin Shima riff on everything from love to rap music to the cosmos itself. Refreshments will be served.

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 theatre selection. The recital is under the direction of Elizabeth Murphy, Adjunct Professor of Music. The performance is open to the public.

Environmental Network Celebrates the Earth, April 18-25

Participate in the Arcadia Environmental Network’s initiative to help protect and beautify the earth, one task at a time. Throughout April, the organization will sponsor a series of events and trips to help accomplish this goal.

  • Stream-side Clean-up, April 18
    Help restore a stream by removing invasive vines and shrubs to prepare for the planting. Meet at Taylor at 10:30 a.m. to walk to Glenside Elementary School, where the cleanup will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
  • Earth Day Expo, April 22
    On Wednesday, April 22, take part in the Earth Day Expo, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Alumni Fund Walk of Pride. Enjoy crafts and information from local organizations. Volunteers are welcome. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Kuch Hospitality Suite.
  • Your Environmental Road Trip (YERT) Speaker, April 22
    After viewing Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Mark Dixon decided to travel throughout the United States and identify how global climate changes are affecting the lives of all Americans. Join him in the Calhoun Amphitheater in Boyer Hall for a discussion on Wednesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.yert.com.
  • Cheltenham Earth Day Festival, April 25
    The festival includes a Trash Art contest. The festival runs from noon to 3 p.m. Meet at Taylor Hall at noon to carpool to the event.

For more information, contact Shayna Devlin at sdevlin@arcadia.edu or 513-833-7174.

English Students Plan Egg Hunt to Fight Hunger, April 19

A small group of students from an English 102 class taught by Helene Klein is having an egg hunt on Sunday, April 19, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Grand Hall, Rose Room and Landing. For students who want to participate, the cost is $1 and donations are sought to go to Heifer International to fight world hunger and poverty. The eggs will contain candy or raffle tickets for prizes.

“Our class has to do a portfolio assignment for our final, and one of our options was to do some sort of community service that relates to our culture. Some of the community service ideas that we thought of were going to a nursing home, a bake sale, visiting a group home, and an egg hunt. Four students, myself included, really wanted to do the egg hunt because it would benefit the Arcadian community by creating an event where students can come together and help support others,” says Angelica Santos. “We will donate the proceeds to Heifer. We split up the tasks, so one person is in charge of getting permission, one person is in charge of fliers and public relations, another is in charge of getting the eggs and candy, and the fourth person is in charge of getting donations."

Poli-Sci Major Produces Documentary for Earth Day, April 22

Living the Promise logoKelley Glenn '10, a Political Science major, has created and produced a documentary on Can We Live in a Green World? It will premiere on Earth Day, April 22, starting at 7 p.m. in The Chat as part of the Earth Day Conference. Hosted by Politically Incorrect and the Student Government Organization (SGO), the conference also will include a dance from Knight Club and live music from alumni.

Glenn’s documentary explores the successes and unresolved issues that surround making the world greener. To illustrate this message she ventured to the United Nations in Washington, D.C., over spring break. There, she interviewed Amy Fraenkel, Director of the UN Environmental Programme of the Regional Office of North America. After returning to campus, Glenn also interviewed Arcadia staff, faculty and students.

Off Campus: First Friday Features Design Awards, May 1

Design Awards logoAdjunct Professor of Art and Design Dave Copestakes '01, '02, is on the board of the AIGA Philadelphia, which is putting on its inaugural Philadelphia Design Awards (PDA) exhibition recognizing local creative talent. Arcadia staff, students and alums are invited to the show’s First Friday awards ceremony and reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at AXD (Always by Design) Gallery, 265 S. 10th St. in Philadelphia's Washington Square West neighborhood. The display runs May 1-30. Pre-register online.

Campus Happenings

20 Seniors Nominated for Golden Disc

Golden Disc reception
Goldern Disc nominees were honored for their leadership in campus activities.

The Office of Alumni Relations hosted a reception on Monday evening, April 13, at the President's House to honor the Senior Golden Disc Nominees. President Jerry Greiner, Terry Greiner, members of the Alumni Association Awards and Honors Committee, and Arcadia staff and faculty congratulated the students on their accomplishments. These seniors were nominated by their classmates, faculty and staff members for their exemplary standards of leadership in activities that enhance the quality of student life and promote the present and future welfare of the University.

The Senior Golden Disc award goes to a senior who demonstrates a lasting commitment and dedication to Arcadia University and inspires the respect and admiration of his/her classmates. The Alumni Association Awards and Honors Committee selects the winner, who will be announced at the Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 15. “In our view,” notes Alumni Relations Director Georgene Pilling, “the following are all winners.”

The 2009 Senior Golden Disc Award nominees are Jaime Bee, Caitlin Bjellquist, Jamie Bradford, Matt Benner, Andrew Brooks, Anthony Champi, Kaitlin Conway, Daniel Dotse, Bryan Durfee, Corey Farris, TaChalla Ferris, Jessica Grazel, Barry Hendler, Michele Kane, Courtney LeCompte, Naida Montes, Elishia Peterson, Hilda Rivera, Maya Stewart and Alison Yoos.

Sports Update

Mullholland, Sparks to Receive Senior Scholar Athlete Award

Senior Bobby Mulholland and graduate student Caitlin Sparks will be honored Sunday, April 19, at Arcadia University's Student Leadership Recognition Night at Stitler Auditorium. The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. Mullholland and Sparks were chosen by the Department of Athletics as the 2009 Senior Scholar Athlete award winners and will receive their awards along with other award winners from Student Affairs during the ceremony. Read more.

Baseball Snaps Losing Skid in Twinbill Split with Widener

(4-23) Arcadia Baseball registered a 5-3 victory over Widener University in the second game of a Commonwealth doubleheader. Senior hurler Zach Spece worked for the game two win, which snaps a 10-game losing streak for Arcadia and provides the team with its first ever win in the Commonwealth Conference. Read more.

Softball Remains Hot, Wins Two at Eastern

(23-5) Arcadia Softball picked up wins number 22 and 23 this season with a pair of non-conference wins at Eastern University. The Knights improve to 23-5 with 8-2 and 4-1 wins.

Swarthmore’s Attack Proves Too Much for Women's Lacrosse

(2-8) Arcadia University's women's lacrosse team was overmatched in a non-conference match-up between Swarthmore College, settling for a 18-3 defeat at Swarthmore’s home field. Arcadia received a pair of scores from first-year Stephanie Holguin and another tally from Jenni Groves but was unable to overcome Swarthmore's offensive attack. Read more.

In the News

Alumni in the News

The following students were mentioned in their hometown newspapers as earning Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees at a Feb. 7 ceremony: Stephanie Sparco '09D.P.T., April 2, Kent County News (Chestertown, Md.); Robert Horn '09D.P.T., April 1, East Penn Press (Allentown, Pa.); and Joshua Smith '09D.P.T., March 31, The Times Herald (Olean, N.Y.).

Ariel Brumbaugh '08 wrote a column for the March 25 New Bay Times (Deale, Md.) on “What to Do with My Life: Weighing motherly advice.” The article dealt with her mother asking her about what she intends to do after receiving her B.A. degree in Theatre Arts and English in 2008.

Arcadia in the News

The current exhibit at Arcadia University’s Art Gallery, Candida Höfer – Philadelphia, was listed in the April 10 Courier Times/The Intelligencer in the art section for galleries and exhibits to visit.

Faculty in the News

Dr. Philip McClure, and Dr. Angela Tate were listed in a study “A Clinical Method for Identifying Scapular Dyskinesis, Part 1: Reliability,” in the April 9 Apria Healthcare (Lake Forest, Calif.).

Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, was quoted April 10 in The Philadelphia Inquirer article “Big sticks, speaking softly: Artist Patrick Dougherty works twig gigs, weaving massive, transient sculptures from natural bounty at hand.” His work is now on display at Morris Arboretum. “Patrick, for me, is about the form and using the same materials over and over,” Loeffler says. “What’s really nice is that sometimes large things can be foreboding or too monumental to enjoy, but his are whimsical and fun and easy to interact.” Read more.

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Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics, Purnell Cropper, University Relations, Michelle Tooker '07, University Relations, Simone Oliver '09, Rick Tetreault '10, and Derek Tracey '11. Photos: Joshua Blustein. Web Producer: Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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