May 12, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 12, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Facilities Department prepares Kuch Field for Arcadia's two Commencement ceremonies.

AU To Award 5 Honorary, 436 Graduate, 420 Bachelor’s Degrees

Arcadia University awards five honorary doctorate degrees at its two Commencement ceremonies this week. Traffic around campus will be congested during the Graduate Commencement at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, and Undergraduate Commencement at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 15. On Friday, off-site parking is available at Cheltenham High School, with shuttle service for employees and guests.

Both Commencement ceremonies will be webcast in real time. A link for viewing will appear on the University’s home page at, where additional commencement information is available.

The honorary degree awardees include Brian Lamb, the founder and CEO of C-SPAN; Zachary Stalberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia’s Committee of Seventy; Marie-Louise Vermeiren Jackson, a philanthropist, former faculty member and Trustee of Arcadia; Joseph M. Torsella, Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Education; and Barry Sheerman, who recently celebrated his 30th anniversary as the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield, England. Read more and view degree recipients' bios.

Seniors Plant Flowers in Glenside, Evergreens on Campus

Seniors plant flowers in Glenside, evergreens on campus
Arcadia University seniors planted 84 flower baskets that will be hung on Easton Road and Wesley Avenue in Glenside, Pa.

Class of 2009 students took to the streets for their senior week community service project. Together with Cheltenham Township and the Glenside Merchants Association, the students planted 84 flower baskets that will be hung along Easton Road and Wesley Avenue. Students also worked with Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning, and Grounds Manager Mike Soloma to plant 150 evergreen seedlings along the hill along Route 309.

Kaitlyn Foti, an ’08 graduate of Arcadia, chronicled the seniors’ work on Cheltenham’s Streetscape Project in the May 13 Glenside News. She quoted Cheltenham Commissioner Drew Sharkey, who helped coordinate the effort, as saying, “We’ve been reaching out to Arcadia. We want the students there to be part of the community and feel involved in what’s going on.” View more photos. Read more.

Arcadia Launches Redesigned Web Site with New Navigation

Arcadia Launches Redesigned Website
The revamped Web site features a new subject-based menu structure.

Arcadia rolled out a new look and feel to Beneath the new design users will find a new architecture that should make it easier to find things. And along with the new subject-based menu structure comes much better performance (greatly reduced page load time).

The most important change involves moving from a “persona”-based top menu to a “subject”-based menu. Where before there was a red bar menu at the top with Prospective Students, Current Students, etc., now users will find logical categories such as “Admissions” and “Academics.” Read more.

Officials Break Ground on Oak Summit Parking Project

Officials Break Ground on Oak Summit Parking Project
From left, Trustee Garrett Page, State Sen. LeAnna Washington, Commissioner Paul Greenwald and President Jerry Greiner.

Arcadia broke ground on a new parking project at Oak Summit Apartments on May 8, with President Jerry Greiner, State Sen. LeAnna Washington, Arcadia Trustee Garrett Page, and Cheltenham Township Commissioner Paul Greenwald turning over the first shovels full of soil.

At the ceremony, Greiner recognized Sen. Washington for fostering this state, community and university partnership and noted that the additional parking spaces would not only help students by providing much-needed on-site parking but also would help the local community by reducing traffic in the surrounding neighborhood. He noted, in particular, that the entry to the additional spaces will be from Easton Road.

“It’s an honor for me to be able to bring $1 million to the University for this project,” said Sen. Washington, adding that it was the second time in a week that she was able to break ground on a new project in her district. “I’m happy to be a part of the team that is working to improve things here in Cheltenham." Read more.

Arcadia on Display at 30th Street Station

Arcadia on Display at 30th Street Station
An Arcadia banner advertises discounted summer courses.

Arcadia is getting a lot of visibility this month at Amtrak's 30th Street Station, the city’s key transportation hub and a historical landmark in Philadelphia that hosts 20,000 commuters daily. One banner advertises graduate, undergraduate and online summer programs, including special course discounts that have already helped many students be able to afford to continue their educations this summer.

The other banner heralds Arcadia’s M.B.A. with an International Perspective, a popular program that is beginning an entirely online cohort in addition to the on-campus program. Students in both course delivery modes—online and on campus—will travel together for the two one-week international experiences that give Arcadia students a unique perspective on the global marketplace.

Consortium to Honor Early Childhood Education Advocates

The Montgomery County Child Care Consortium (MC4) will host a celebration luncheon on Thursday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to  2 p.m. at Arcadia University's Grey Towers Castle in the Rose and Mirror Rooms to recognize Montgomery County Community Champions for Early Childhood Education.

MC4 is an early childhood education community engagement group whose purpose is to educate the public about the benefits and importance of high-quality early education and an advocate for all young families in having access to high quality early learning experiences, and engage the community in Pennsylvania's Promise for Children campaign. The group is funded by Pennsylvania's Office of Child Development and Early Learning Centers. Read more.

Arcadia Recognized for ‘Study Abroad Plus’

Inside Higher Education, in a May 11 story, described Arcadia’s new Undergraduate Curriculum as “Study Abroad Plus,” noting that Arcadia and several others “have added requirements that could be described as study abroad-plus, to be fulfilled either through study abroad or another form of experiential, off-campus learning.”

Reporter Elizabeth Redden wrote, “Arcadia University, which is known for its study abroad programs, is requiring a Global Connections Experience and Reflection as part of its revamped core curriculum, also launched this academic year. Students can fulfill the requirement through studying abroad, studying away domestically, or taking a course at the Pennsylvania campus designated as offering a ‘sustained cross-cultural experience.’ A course called ‘Hispanic Experience in Philadelphia,’ for instance, requires students to spend two hours a week tutoring elderly residents in English.” The article quoted Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Global Connections at Arcadia, about study away domestic options.

President Jerry Greiner was quoted, "We really were quite intentional when we created multiple ways for students to do this. We are working very hard to integrate what we are doing in terms of global/international with what we are considering global/local."

Arcadia Students Compete in International Film Competition

Arcadia Students Compete in International Film Competition
From left, Danielle Crone, Maggie Sturgis, Matt Valluzzi, JoLynne Holloman and Seth Travaline

Living the Promise logoThree weeks ago, several Arcadia students competed with 48 other teams in Philadelphia as part of the 48 Hour Film Project, the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world. This year's competition will tour more than 60 cities worldwide with over 30,000 filmmakers expected to participate. The Philadelphia portion of the competition took place from May 1-3.

Arcadia's Team Inspire had their film Big Apple screened this past Monday at the International House in Philadelphia. Big Apple is a "mockumentary" that follows a serial killer as he scouts out his next victim. It was written, shot, and edited within a 48-hour time period, using only three given elements that were chosen during the kick-off event on May 1. Elements chosen this year included using the line "Do you even know what that means?" and a character named Dan. Team Inspire was entirely responsible for the script and all creative aspects of the film. Read more.

Attend a Nutrition Counseling Seminar, May 29

The Human Resources Office invites the campus community to a seminar about Nutrition and Wellness Counseling on Friday, May 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Suite. All are welcome to attend. Feel free to bring lunch to the seminar. R.S.V.P. to Katie Kelly by May 20, as space is limited. The registered dietician, Roseanna Anderson, of Free 2B Me Nutrition Services, Inc., will speak about what a registered dietitian is as opposed to nutritionist. Roseanna will also discuss the benefits of seeing a registered dietitian. There will also be time for questions and handouts will be provided.

“Remember, if you have your medical plan through Keystone Health Plan East or Personal Choice, you are eligible for up to six visits annually with a participating registered dietitian or physician at no cost to you,” says Kelly. View list of participating registered dietitians.

Texas Governor Appoints PT Alum to Examiners Board

This week Gov. Rick Perry appointed an Arcadia graduate as one of three new members of the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. The board licenses and regulates the profession of physical therapy in Texas.

Kevin Lindsey of Mission, Texas, received a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University and a master’s of business administration from the University of Texas Pan American. He is a program director for RehabCare Group Inc. at Mission Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center. He is a member of the American and Texas Physical Therapy associations and a past member of VAMOS. He is also past chair of Hands of Hope, a leader and past missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and an EMT for Volunteer Medical Services Corp. His appointment is subject to Texas Senate confirmation. Read more.

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) on Tuesday, May 19, from noon to 2 p.m. R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, May 13, 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.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Concern for Son Inspires Safe Climate in School District


Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Assistant Professor of Education, not only serves on the national Welcoming Schools Advisory Board, she has firsthand experience as both a parent and a teacher. She also is Director of Arcadia’s Annual Inclusion Institute, which offers support to school districts in developing or enhancing effective inclusive educational practices to support the learning and achievement of all students. In the article “Partnering with Schools to Support Children with Gender Variant Behaviors and Interests” on the Welcoming Schools Web site, she writes about how her efforts to ensure a safe environment for her son inspired a district-wide effort.

“Five years ago, when my son turned 3, he put his ‘blankie’ on his head pretending it was long hair and declared that he was a girl. We have gone a long way since then; he no longer thinks he is a girl, but he is not a typical boy, either. He is what we call a boy with gender variant behaviors and interests. Boys like my son, prefer to play with girls, are interested in girls’ toys (such as Barbies, fairies, and princess dresses) rather than in cars, trucks, and sports. So, a year before he started first grade, I decided to find out if his future school was going to be the right school for him, and for us. I did not know where to begin, so I asked the school counselor for advice on how and with whom we should approach this subject.” Read more.

English Professor Named Finalist for 2009 PEN Award

Adjunct Professor of English Randall Couch was named one of two finalists for the 2009 PEN Award for Outstanding Book of Poetry in Translation for his translation of Gabriela Mistral’s Madwomen. The awards citation says: “Randall Couch has performed a remarkable task of editorial spadework, gathering a coherent set of Gabriela Mistral’s last poems from various sources and creating an informed context that enables an appreciative reading. He has thus renewed the afterlife of a modern Chilean poet who, despite her status as a Nobel Laureate, remains on the fringes of the canon of Spanish poetries in English. It is Couch’s sensitive translations, however, that play the most decisive role in this renewal: he has transformed the challenging Spanish texts into English poems characterized by resonant diction and forceful rhythms, effectively recreating Mistral’s impassioned imagery and complex metrics.”

Upcoming Events

Let's Go

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. During 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

Sports Update

Basketball Day Camp Returns to Arcadia

Arcadia University Men's Basketball head coach Pat Dorney will again host an annual day camp for students in grades 2 through 9. This year the day camp runs from July 27 to July 31 at Kuch Center. Read more.

Curreri, Pempkowski Earn All Conference Honors

Graduate student John Curreri and junior Matt Pempkowski have been awarded All Commonwealth selections for their efforts on the diamond. Curreri, a student in Arcadia’s Physical Therapy graduate program, receives his second straight First Team selection after making First Team in the Freedom Conference in 2008. Pempkowski, a Business Administration major, was named Second Team All Commonwealth. Read more.

In the News

Alumni in the News

Where did she learn this lesson? Julie Pron, a teacher who earned an M.Ed. in Elementary Education at Arcadia in 1998, stands firm with her two young boys in the classic parental battle: TV or no TV. She writes about how she battled the youngsters’ sit-in and hunger strike in her post Hippies and Activists They're Not. Pron is a prodigious blogger on many topics.

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