May 5, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 5, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Capstone Projects

Capstone Presentation

The Capstone project is a culminating experience shared by students in all of Arcadia’s programs, both undergraduate and graduate, and this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Capstone as a real-world, integrative learning experience for Arcadia students.

Capstone projects—which are viewed and shared by the entire Arcadia community each spring—are a visible expression of the Arcadia Promise of a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares you to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. Among the first displays of Capstone projects was the annual exhibit of senior art students’ work. In 1989, a grant from the Knight Foundation helped all departments to develop the concept. Now, the Senior Capstone Experience is one of four curricular experiences in the newly designed Undergraduate Curriculum. Read more about the Senior Capstone Project—and view 2007 and 2008 Capstone Reports listing each student’s topic.

Oak Summit Project Will Increase Parking by 46 Percent

Oak Summit Parking Deck and Surface Lot rendering
Rendering of the Oak Summit Apartments Parking Deck on Limekiln Pike.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a groundbreaking for a new parking deck and surface lot at Oak Summit Apartments, which would add 154 spaces, a 46 percent increase in the parking capacity.

The ceremony is at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 8, at the Limekiln Pike Entrance to Oak Summit Apartments and recognizes State Senator LeAnna M. Washington for fostering this state, community and university partnership. Please R.S.V.P. to Katey Casella in University Advancement, or 215-572-2094.

Funding for the $2.27 million project includes a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. RACP is a Commonwealth grant program administered by Gov. Edward G. Rendell’s Office of the Budget for the acquisition and construction of regional economic, cultural, civic, and historical improvement projects. More than 45 jobs are estimated to be created by the parking project, with more than $6.2 million in benefits. Read more.

Are Faculty, Students Ready for Paperless Class?

“The first cost-saving suggestion we received is a good one,” says President Jerry Greiner, who has set up a feedback form where the campus community can send ideas for cost-cutting or revenue-enhancing suggestions. “A faculty member suggests that we could save money—and be more environmentally friendly—by minimizing the use of paper in her class. This is a good suggestion because we already have all the tools you need, and it reminds us that our individual savings do contribute to overall conservation efforts.”

“Most students are ready for a paperless class, and we have state-of-the-art tools to make it happen,” says José Dieudonné, Chief Information Officer of Library and Information Technology. “As it stands now, faculty can do everything online, and our students are using MyArcadia and our Blackboard classroom modules very effectively.” Faculty can find information under the Technology Tab in the Instructional Technology Module on MyArcadia. The Web-based instructional tools include Blackboard, Wimba, and TaskStream. Read more.

Find 2009 Commencement Information on the Web

Undergraduate Commencement will take place on Friday, May 15, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Graduate Commencement will take place on Thursday, May 14, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Visit for important information about the ceremonies, parking, seating, tickets, and caps and gowns.

Curious Finds from the Depths of Grey Towers

Society of Castle Restoration
From left, Christine Klepper '09, Melanie McDonald '10, Shayna Devlin '11

Arcadia’s Society for Castle Restoration (SCR) has been busy the past two semesters with the uncovering of a variety of objects from the ashes in the old incinerator rooms down in the basement of Grey Towers Castle. A selection of these items is on display in the Landman Library in May.

Among the “found” objects are newspaper clippings in various languages, dating to 1917, a woman’s corset, personal letters with envelopes and return addresses, pieces of china and items that belonged to former students. The collection will be permanently stored in the Landman Library archives.

The SCR has about 30 members, with Christine Klepper '09 as outgoing president. The group has met every Thursday evening during the academic year and has finished its digs with surprising results, including cataloging each individual item. Read more.

READ Posters Feature Arcadia ‘Celebrities'

READ Posters

As part of the National Library Week celebration in April, Landman Library recruited Arcadia faculty and administration "celebrities" to pose with their favorite books. Their READ posters were displayed in the Library, with students participating in a contest to identify them. Alex Timmons, a senior Psychology major, correctly identified all 10 Arcadia celebrity READ posters and won a pocket-sized video camera, reports Dr. Jeanne Buckley, Director of Library Services and Instructional Technology.

In this week's Bulletin, the READ celebrities tell a little more about their favorite books with which they posed. View READ posters.

Faculty, Staff to be Honored at Service Awards Luncheon, May 19

Members of the Arcadia University Community are invited to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Michael Berger, Linda Diamond, Maureen Guim, and Jay Vogel, as well as the years of service of faculty and staff at the Service Awards Luncheon in the Dining Hall (upper level) onTuesday, May 19, from noon to 2 p.m. R.S.V.P. by Friday, May 8, using this online form.

"We will honor Dr. Finbarr O'Connor for 40 years of service, Virginia Blaisdell for 35 years of service, Bonnie Hayes and Dr. JoAnn Weiner for 30 years of service, Dr. Annette Halpin and Mark Lapreziosa for 25 years of service and Dr. Joshua Blustein, Dr. Peter Campbell, Dr. Sassan Hejazi, Michael Coveney and Dr. Janet Walbert for 20 years of service to Arcadia University," says Katie Kelly. "We also will recognize staff and faculty who have achieved 5, 10, and 15 years of service at Arcadia University." View list of honorees.

The Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service will be presented to a deserving colleague, as well. Congratulations to the eight nominees for the Martha Washington Award: Lorraine Brandenburger in the M.B.A. Program, Tyshina Jones in Public Safety, Carol Lyman in Psychology, Tom Macchi in Facilities, Kate McGlinchey in Career Development, Mary Kate McNulty in Graduate Studies, Donna Whitlock in University Relations, and Nicole Zucker in the Registrar's Office.

Arcadia Recognized by Philadelphia School District

Imagine 2014, the Philadelphia School District’s five-year plan geared toward increasing student success, has recognized Arcadia University’s support in its initiative. Arcadia is assisting through the B2EST Program, which is one of two primary training providers for the School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (SW-PBS) Initiative. SW-PBS is a major component of the Imagine 2014 plan and will be implemented in all 267 schools over the next five to seven years..

“These are very exciting times,” says Dr. Christina Ager, Professor of Special Education and Executive Director of the B2EST Program. “This will be the largest PBS urban school initiative in the country.”

PBS is practiced in nearly 8,000 schools nationwide. It is a proactive approach to school discipline and already has decreased office disciplinary referrals by as much as 60 percent. Strategies of the initiative include focusing on preventing the development and occurrence of problem behavior, teaching appropriate social behavior and skills, acknowledging appropriate behavior, gathering and using behavioral data to guide behavior support decisions and investing in systems that support adults in their implementation of effective practices.

What’s Cooking This Summer?

Summer Dining Hall hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A la carte pricing is available. The Chat will be closed until mid-August, and the Easton Hall Café will be closed until late August. The Faculty Patio Room will be open for seating only beginning May 7; all purchases must be made at the Dining Hall Register.

New Bargains at the Bookstore

A new shipment of bargain-priced books arrived in the bookstore. Pick up books for summer reading for $3.99 or $5.99 while supplies last.

Dr. Domenic Matteo, Adjunct Professor of Education

Dr. Domenic Matteo
Matteo received the Adjunct Faculty Award in 2006.

Our thoughts are with Dr. Matteo’s family during this sorrowful time. Dr. Domenic Matteo, Adjunct Professor of Education and Supervisor of Student Teachers, passed away on Tuesday, April 28. Matteo had taught Educational Leadership for Arcadia since 1995 and received the Adjunct Faculty Award at Honors Convocation in 2006. The family requests donations in his memory may be sent to Upper Dublin Athletic Association, P.O. Box 267, Dresher, Pa. 19025.

When Matteo received the Adjunct Faculty Award in 2006, Dr. Mark Curchack, then Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies, noted in presenting the award, “His students tell us that it is not only his teaching that's special. To quote a student who nominated him, ‘Dr. Matteo has been a blessing to Arcadia and in my life. He gives you materials you can use for a lifetime…he makes everyone in class feel like family…and makes us…feel like family. I established more relationships in Dr. Matteo's class than I did at my place of employment.’” Read more.

International Relations, Peace and More This Summer

Summer Course Listings Brochure cover“There is no question that we live in a world of conflict. Everyday we are bombarded with the images of war, destruction, and humanitarian crises. But do you know that it is possible to break this cycle? Would you like to learn how it is done? Want to pick up some extra credits over the summer? Prepare for graduate programs in the social sciences? Or perhaps just learn more about the world?” asks Sandra Jones, Adjunct Professor of Political Science. She suggests enrolling in Summer Session 1 (May 18-June 24). International Relations (PS241) surveys the development and major characteristics of the state system and also focuses on theoretical frameworks, regional and international actors, foreign policy, and specific global issues. Introduction to International Peace and Conflict Resolution (IP501) gives students a comprehensive overview of the various strategies employed by the international community in responding to crises and conflict, including preventive action, conflict management, and post-conflict peace building. “We will also study the competing theoretical explanations for the causes of conflict, the nature of the conflict cycle, and the role that organizations and international law play in mitigating conflict.” Find out more at


  • Information for Faculty, Emeriti and Administrators Participating in May Commencement Ceremonies
  • Volunteers Needed to Help with Commencement
  • Summer Shape-Up Aerobics for Faculty and Staff
  • Summer Courses? Special Discounts Offered

Read complete announcements.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Ryan's Strawberry PB&J Half Wins Art Competition

Strawberry PB&J Half
Abbey Ryan's Strawberry PB & J Half

A piece from Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts Abbey Ryan's A Painting a Day series was a winner in the 2008-09 RayMar Third Annual Fine Art Competition. Her award-winning work, titled Strawberry PB & J Half, was the June 2008 finalist. She won a cash prize of $1,000. Ryan is also an Arcadia alum, Class of 2003. Read more.

Howard Awarded Grant to Research West Virginia Pines

Lauren Howard

Dr. Lauren Howard, Assistant Professor of Biology, was awarded a $4,500 grant for researching "Conservation Status and Fire Dynamics of High Elevation Pitch Pine Summits of Eastern W. Virginia." Lauren received the grant from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

According to the project abstract: "Rare high elevation pitch pine summit communities in West Virginia support numerous state-rare species of plants and animals, but remain critically understudied while becoming increasingly threatened and degraded by residential and commercial development. My research will fill the knowledge gap by sampling 20 high elevation pitch pine sites spread across summits and ridges along the North Fork Mountain ecosystem in the Ridge and Valley Province, as well as sites on the Allegheny Front and Plateau. Vegetation data from the study will be provided to the West Virginia Natural Heritage Program, and analyzed to determine successional trends and the importance of fire in determining the structure and long-term persistence of these area communities. Deliverables will include a full-length report shared with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the West Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. Forest Service…. Results from this study will be applicable for use by conservation planners, land managers, and policymakers alike."

Appelbaum Receives Award for Curriculum Theory Book

Children's Books for Grown-Up Teachers: Reading and Writing Curriculum Theory

Dr. Peter Appelbaum, Professor of Education and Coordinator of Mathematics Education and Curriculum Studies programs, received the American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award for Children's Books for Grown-Up Teachers: Reading and Writing Curriculum Theory (NY: Routledge, 2008).

"The award is probably the greatest honor I could ever hope to achieve in my profession," says Appelbaum. "AERA is the largest and most prestigious research association in education in the world, so I am really thrilled." Appelbaum says he received the award "because my book opens up a new field of curriculum studies where teachers and scholars together read children's books as a way of reflecting on teaching and learning, and generating new discourses that they can use to make meaning out of their experiences. In other words, my book celebrates the very act of reading! The book moves from reading children's books to reading the texts of our world to reading everyday life as the texts through which we can transform our ways of living and working." Read more.

Paulk, Agnew Produce Physician Assistant Review Guide

Physician Assistant Review Guide

Dr. David Paulk, Associate Professor and Physician Assistant Academic Coordinator, spoke at the National Race to Stop the Silence in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, April 19. Stop the Silence is a non-profit organization working toward the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse.

Paulk also will be speaking May 24 and 25 at the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) national conference in San Diego, Calif., on the following topics: 1) Effective Medical Speaking, 2) Difficult Patient Communication (with Donna Agnew, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Physician Assistant program in Glenside) and 3) Surviving a Lifetime of Abuse.

Agnew and Paulk have just had their Physician Assistant Review Guide produced by Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Physician Assistant Review Guide is a comprehensive overview for physician assistants preparing for the Physician Assistant National Certifying or Re-certifying exam. This guide extensively covers every topic PAs need to know, including cardiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, infectious diseases, neurology, oncology, pediatrics, women's health, and more. It also features a straightforward question format with questions designed for both new graduates and practicing clinicians, as well as test-taking strategies, detailed illustrations and photographs, explanations to the answers with accompanying artwork, and clear connections between the best evidence-based clinical practice and subject matter testing.

Biology Students Present at Sigma Xi Symposium

From left, Alyshia Newhart, Elizabeth McCormick, Dr. Sheryl Smith, and Colleen Clarke

On April 17, four Biology faculty members and 12 students presented posters at St. Joseph University’s Sigma Xi Research Symposium, held at St. Joseph’s University. The scientific research society’s symposium was open to both undergraduate and graduate students engaged in research in the areas of Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, the Natural and the Social Sciences. View poster information.

Upcoming Events

Let's Go

ALANA and International Student Recognition Celebration, May 8

The 2009 ALANA and International Student Recognition Ceremony and Celebration will be Friday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m., in Stiteler Auditorium. Reception to follow at Easton Hall Café and Patio.

Explore Arcadia’s Graduate Programs, May 20

Attend the Graduate Open House on Wednesday, May 20, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle to learn about Arcadia’s nationally renowned healthcare programs in Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant and Genetic Counseling. Arcadia also has one of the few FEPAC-accredited graduate programs in Forensic Science and is known for its global perspectives in programs in International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Public Health and Health Education.

Registration begins at 4 p.m., with campus tours and refreshments. Participants will be able to meet with financial aid staff. At academic break-out sessions from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., faculty and staff will be available to answer questions one-on-one. Register Online or call toll-free 1-877-ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342) to reserve a space. For more information, call the toll-free number or e-mail

Campus Happenings

Rachel Yoder Wins Knight Star 2009

By Megan Mullaney ’10

Knight Star 2009
Knight Star contestants performed on stage ain Stiteler Auditorium.

The Arcadia community chose a new Knight Star this year as performers put on a show in Stiteler Auditorium on March 27. This year’s show benefited Cradles to Crayons, an organization that donates money and items needed by families around the local area. Knight Star was organized by the Knight Star Committee and aided by the Honors class, Arcadia Gives Back.

This year’s hosts were Michele Kane '09 and Michael Sardarian '09. In addition to the eight student contestants, guest faculty judges Richard Arras, Helene Klein and Bill Meiers put on a show as well. Meiers, Associate Dean of the Honors Program, once again dressed up as Paula Abdul of American Idol fame. View photos from Knight Star. Read more.

Sports Update

Burns Leads Six Knights on Softball All Conference Teams

With a team-leading 41 RBIs and her most productive season at the plate, Arcadia junior catcher Kristen Burns was named First Team All Commonwealth in her first season as the starting catcher for the Knights. Burns lead a class of six Knights named All Conference, which also includes seniors Diana Rufo and Kiersten Hughes, sophomore Virginia Buechel and first years Lindsay Henchinski and Jennifer Sevitski. Read more.

Doubles Duo Remains Alive at MAC Tennis Championships

(4-8) The second doubles duo of sophomore Bart Blankenship and junior Kevin Langner rolled through the first and quarterfinal rounds of play at the MAC Men's Tennis Individual Championships at Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre to remain alive in the tournament, which will conclude with Sunday's final rounds of play. Blankenship and Langner defeated Blake Bonser and David Kaluzavich of Kings, 8-5, in the toughest of their two matches, before handing DeSales' duo of Dan Bullen and Joe Sulpizio an 8-3 loss. The Knights lost all five singles matches and dropped their pairings at number one and three doubles. Read more.

Widener Eliminates Softball from Postseason

(27-15) Widener University held the Knights to just three runs, ending the Knights' season with a 9-3 victory and the right to play for the championship. Widener will face Lebanon Valley with the winner to play Messiah for the Commonwealth Championship. Senior Jaime Bee registered a pair of hits, one RBI and one run scored to lead the Knights. Read more.

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