May 19, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 19, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News


Dr. Pradyumna Chauhan leads the procession of graduate students during Commencement.

Commencement: It Takes a Campus

“Long before seniors and graduate students prepare for their last finals and write their last papers, the entire Arcadia community has begun preparations for their walk across the Commencement stage,” said Lori Bauer, Director of University Relations. “Every staff member in Student Affairs, Undergraduate Studies, Graduate Studies, the Registrar’s Office, University Relations, Facilities, International Services, Public Safety, the One-Stop Shop, Parkhurst and all of the academic departments plays an important role in tending to the details that make the ceremonies memorable and meaningful. When Mace Bearer and senior faculty member Dr. Pradyumna Chauhan leads the students onto Kuch Field, we are all proud of each student's accomplishments, and I am grateful for the community of staff and faculty who work so hard to make it all possible. Thank you.”

Watch and/or order video of the Commencement ceremonies at See next week's Bulletin for full photo coverage.

Physician Assistant Program Graduates First Class from Delaware

Arcadia University graduated 80 students from the Physician Assistant program with a Master of Medical Science. Included in this group are the first graduates from Arcadia's campus in Christiana, Del.

"This is our largest class and one of the largest programs in the country," noted Dr. Michael Dryer, Chair of the Department of Medical Science and Program Director. "It is particularly notable that this is the first ceremony in which we have students from our Christiana, Del., campus. Together, students from Glenside and Christiana saw more than 132,000 patients during their clinical rotations. It’s been an interesting, exciting and challenging year."

Of the 80 students who graduated in the Class of 2009, nine earned dual degrees in Public Health, 15 studied abroad, and 12 were inducted into the Pi Alpha Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Read more.

Guim Honored as Guiding Light for Many

Maureen Guim and Dick Polis
Dick Polis and Maureen Guim

The Arcadia community celebrated 28 years with Maureen Guim, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, on Saturday. "I finished my master's in 1980 and started working part-time for Dick Polis on education projects and partnerships. Then a full-time job came up in the grad office, and I applied in 1986." For nearly three decades, Guim's positive spirit has lifted many, many students.

"My favorite quote is 'Gratitude is a memory of the heart' by Jean Baptiste Mattau. After I expressed my gratitude to all the people in my life—my family and my children, I said to all of the people there, 'I am so grateful to all of you for the memories you've created in my heart,'" Guim said.

"I don't categorize my memories, but I have to admit that the number one is (former graduate dean) Dick Polis, who changed my life." Guim had the same effect on people around her. "Nicole (Zucker) said that to me, 'You changed my life and told me I could do it.'" Read more.

Senators Washington, Costa Hold Community Budget Briefing

Sens. Washington and Costa
State Sens. LeAnna M. Washington and Jay Costa

State Sen. LeAnna M. Washington (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) held a special budget briefing on President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Wednesday, May 13, at Arcadia University.

“I believe it is very important that our community have as much information as possible about the stimulus funds coming to Pennsylvania and how citizens can access them,” Washington said. “These stimulus funds will not only help our local economy, but will also create jobs and help those hardest hit by the economic downturn.”

The Democratic Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny), provided information about tax relief for working families, infrastructure investments, and additional funding for unemployment insurance. Read more.

Kelley Gets Highest Honor for Full-Time Students

Katherine Kelley

Biology major Katherine Marie Kelley was awarded the Ira R. Kraybill Award for Full-Time Study at the Undergraduate Commencement on May 15. This award, named for Dr. Ira Kraybill, who was principal of Cheltenham High School and a faculty member at Arcadia, goes to the graduating senior with the highest academic average who has spent at least three years at Arcadia University.

"Katherine is a very capable, intelligent young woman who has excelled as a Biology major and also pursued a minor in Spanish. She earned a 3.99 grade point average during her years at Arcadia, and studied abroad in Spain during the summer of 2007," said Dr. Michael Berger, Academic Vice President and Provost. "As part of her studies, Katherine undertook a very ambitious research project focusing on primates native to the Equatorial Guinean island of Bioko, and won praise from her faculty mentors for the resulting work." Read more.

Urbani Takes Highest Honor for Part-Time Students

Dawn Marie Urbani

Arcadia University awarded the Ira R. Kraybill Award for Part-Time Study to Dawn Marie Urbani, a Business Administration major, at the Undergraduate Commencement on May 15. The award, named for former Cheltenham High School Principal and Arcadia faculty member Dr. Ira Kraybill, goes to the graduating senior with the highest academic average while studying part-time at Arcadia University.

"Dawn is a dedicated and committed student who traveled the difficult path faced by so many adult learners before her," said Dr. Michael Berger, Academic Vice President and Provost. "With tenacity and good humor, she successfully managed her obligations at home, at work, and here at the University for 19 years." Read more.

Schmidt Gets Polis Graduate Scholarship Award

Dr. Amy Lynn Schmidt

Dr. Amy Lynn Schmidt '09 D.P.T. was awarded the A. Richard Polis Graduate Scholarship Award at the Graduate Commencement on May 14. The award is given each year to a student in a full-time program who is on the Graduate Dean's Distinguished Honor List and whose service to the University and to his or her academic program distinguishes him or her from others in the cohort. The award is named in honor of Dr. A. Richard Polis, who served with extreme distinction as graduate dean for 20 years.

"When Dick Polis retired in 2000, several of his closest associates, former students, friends, and family members raised funds to endow this award in Dick's name," said Dr. John Hoffman, Dean of Graduate Studies. "In his 20 years as dean, Dick personally led the tremendous growth in our graduate enrollments and launched new degree programs, averaging one every other year. Ten of the 14 types of degrees we award this evening were created during his deanship. It was his devotion to graduate students, especially those needing extra resources to pursue their education, that makes it so fitting to dedicate this award in his honor." Read more.

Durfee Receives Senior Golden Disc Award

Bryan John Durfee

Bryan John Durfee, a resident of Millville, N.J., received this year’s Senior Golden Disc Award. The award is given in recognition of a student who exemplifies the highest standards of leadership in activities that enhance the quality of student life and demonstrates a lasting commitment to the welfare of the University.

During his time at Arcadia, Durfee served as a member of the Campus Life Staff and encouraged students to attend events on campus and get involved in campus organizations. In addition to creating a cohesive and social atmosphere in residence halls, he also managed the responsibility of resolving roommate conflicts, personal issues and upholding campus policies and as a Resident Life Assistant. He was also a member of the Senior Class Challenge to encourage classmates to give back to Arcadia after they graduated by purchasing a paver for the Alumni Walk of Pride. Read more.

Alway Puts IPCR Lessons to Work in Northern Ireland Internship

By Michael Feeney '10

Amy Alway

Living the Promise logoFor graduate student Amy Alway '09M, the sash she wore at Commencement last week represented putting her passions into action. She believes in understanding conflict, loves the people in Ireland, wants to help women overcome stereotypes, and gets the job done.

On the way to earning her Master of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Alway completed an internship in Belfast, Northern Ireland, with the Women's Resource and Development Agency (WRDA). "WRDA is an established regional women's sector organization," says Alway. "It provides training, community development, policy work and service delivery to individual women and community-based organizations across Northern Ireland. The agency also acts as a development organization for women's groups across Northern Ireland, enabling the diverse needs of women to be recognized and addressed, particularly in areas of high social and economic disadvantage." Read more.

Study Abroad Legislation Introduced in U.S. House

In a move that brings life to a bill designed to spur more U.S. students to study abroad, the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad legislation was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (H.R. 2410) on May 14. The Movement for Study Abroad Facebook group indicates that the House is expected to act quickly to take up the legislation. Read more about the Simon bill at The House Foreign Affairs Committee is scheduled to take up the bill on Wednesday, May 20.

A Father Writes About His ‘Little Professor’

Hugh Gilmore's column in the Chestnut Hill Local on May 14, titled "The Little Professor Goes to College," tells a heart-warming tale of Andrew Paul Gilmore '09, born two months early, slow to make eye contact with his parents, "prodigious memory and incredible verbal skills" at the age of 4, "a tendency to frustrate easily," and the search for a "cure." It's also the story of two parents' love and support for a child who "knows every word of every Marx Brothers movie.

"The term 'Autism,' and the related disorder, 'Asperger's,' are common today, very widely acknowledged and discussed," Gilmore writes. "But 20 years ago, we all were groping in the dark for some glimmer of understanding. This Friday, after living on campus successfully for years, after creating an independent major combining literature, theater and communications, Andrew Paul Gilmore will graduate from Arcadia University with his bachelor's degree. For three years he hosted a radio show on campus, where he played old comedy and jazz music. He produced and directed and acted in two student workshops, one based on a comic sketch he wrote, and the other based on the Marx Brothers' 'Animal Crackers.' Two weeks ago he wrote, produced, and acted in a four-person comedy based on The Goon Show. He finished with a higher grade point average than either of his parents had." Read more of this inspirational story from Andrew Gilmore's proud father.

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.

Changes Made to Hope Tax Credit

Students and families should be aware of changes to the federal Hope Tax Credit. For the upcoming 2009 and 2010 tax years, changes to the Hope Tax Credit include the following:

  • The maximum amount of the Hope Credit increases to $2,500 per student. The credit is phased out (gradually reduced) if modified adjusted gross income (AGI) is between $80,000 and $90,000 ($160,000 and $180,000 if the filer files a joint return).
  • The Hope Credit can now be claimed for the first four years of post-secondary education. Previously, the credit could be claimed for only the first two years of post-secondary education.
  • Forty percent of the Hope Credit is now a refundable credit, which means that the filer can receive up to $1,000 even if he or she owes no taxes.
  • The term "qualified tuition and related expenses" has been expanded to include expenditures for "course materials." For this purpose, the term "course materials" means books, supplies, and equipment needed for a course of study whether or not the materials are purchased from the educational institution as a condition of enrollment or attendance.

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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.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Miserandino Named Professor of the Year

Dr. Miserandino

Dr. Marianne Miserandino, Associate Professor of Psychology, was named the Arcadia University Professor of the Year for 2009 at the Undergraduate Commencement on May 15. Arcadia University participates in the national Professors of the Year Program, jointly sponsored by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

"In bestowing this honor on Professor Miserandino, we recognize her dedication to undergraduate teaching and to her students; her contributions to the pedagogy of psychology; and her service to her profession and to Arcadia University," said Dr. Michael Berger, Associate Vice President and Provost. "Dr. Miserandino's success in the classroom is attested to in the voices of the students she teaches, who note that she 'is one of the warmest, most involved, and, more importantly, most knowledgeable professors' I have ever had, that 'she teaches with an engaging style that applies real-world experiences to textbook information,' and that 'her assignments taught us to push our own boundaries to see what theories and beliefs controlled our own behavior.'" Read more.

Outstanding Faculty Service Award Goes to Garcia

Dr. Ana Maria Garcia

Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, was named the seventh recipient of the Lloyd M. Abernethy Faculty Outstanding Service Award at the Graduate Commencement on May 14.

The Faculty Outstanding Service Award was created in 1997 to complement existing awards that recognized faculty members for their teaching excellence and for their research or creative arts achievements. When Professor of History Lloyd M. Abernethy was selected to be the second recipient in 1999, the faculty decided to name the award after him in recognition of his 42 years of service to Beaver College and Arcadia University.

"As her faculty colleagues note in their nomination letters, Dr. Garcia has consistently and graciously provided her expertise, energy and time to students, faculty, staff and administration throughout her 12 years at the University," said Dr. Michael Berger, Academic Vice President and Provost. "Unfailingly, Ana is available to anyone who needs help, be they students seeking tutoring or advising, departmental faculty needing her assistance with problem solving or just an opportunity to 'let off steam,' and/or professors wanting to lobby her regarding campus governance issues." Read more.

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

Campus Happenings

Students Receive Stoles During Recognition Ceremony

ALANA Recognition Celebration

After a ceremony in Stiteler Auditorium, honorees gathered at Easton Hall Café to celebrate with friends and family.

This year’s ALANA and International Student Recognition Ceremony was held on Friday, May 8 in Stiteler Auditorium. A new addition to the celebration was the honoring of international students; traditionally, the program was open exclusively to African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American students.

In her first year coordinating the program, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Affairs Judith Dalton chose to include international students in the ceremony. "This was an opportunity to recognize and celebrate students of color and international students,” said Dalton.

Prior to the end of the semester, all students of color and international students were sent an e-mail, offering them the opportunity to be recognized during the ceremony. Those who responded were included for recognition in the program and received a stole which represented their heritage or country of citizenship. The stoles were presented during the ceremony to 35 graduate and undergraduate students by loved ones they selected.

The program closed with remarks from Dalton as well as a welcome to the alumni family by Natalie Harris '08. It was followed by a reception at Easton Hall Café, which was open to the University community. The graduates had the opportunity to display their stoles once more during Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement on May 14 and 15. View photos from the event. View list of honorees.

Sports Update

Knights Selected to Sportsmanship Teams

The Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation announceed its first annual sportsmanship teams for spring 2009 conference sports. These teams include a player from each conference school who has demonstrated exceptional sportsmanship through their actions on and off the field during the season. The players are selected by the players and coaches from their respective schools. Tim Smith '09 (Baseball), Jaime Bee '09 (Softball), Jenni Groves '11 (Women's Lacrosse) and Bart Blankenship '11 (Men's Tennis) were named to their respective Spring All Sportsmanship Team for their sport.

In the News

Alumni in the News

B.F.A. Alum Exhibits Sterling Silver Jewelry

Sterling Silver Pitcher Plant Necklace
Sultana Aschim's Sterling Silver Pitcher Plant Necklace.

Sultana Aschim, who earned her B.F.A. in Metals and Jewelry from Arcadia University in December 2008, exhibits her work—including many items from her 2008 senior thesis show—on the Web and at the Arcadia Boutique in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Her May Web entry includes a Sterling Silver Pitcher Plant Necklace made entirely out of sterling silver. She notes, “I scribed the outside and inside of the pitcher plant to resemble the original design of a dried pitcher plant. The pitcher plant is a member of the Sarracenia Family and is related to the Callowlilly. It originally had a different chain to go with it that I handmade for my senior thesis show at Arcadia University, but I felt that the piece was stronger as a pendant on a more simplistic chain so I changed it after my May 2008 show.” See more of her work.

Alum Donates Marketing Services to Phoenix Pride

Heather Brown, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design at Arcadia, is the owner of Cultural Sponge, a marketing and graphic design company in Peoria, Ariz. Cultural Sponge recently served as the official marketing company for Phoenix Pride weekend in April, and Brown donated more than $15,000 in services such as art direction, graphic design and viral marketing. Brown formed Cultural Sponge 12 years ago, and before that she worked as a national marketing director for a well-known company. Phoenix Pride celebrates and promotes the history, courage, diversity and future prosperity of the Metropolitan Phoenix LGBT community. Brown said in a news release, “We take pride in improving our community. I would like to personally thank Pride for choosing Cultural Sponge as the official graphic design company for 2009. It has continued to be a wonderful experience working with such a positive team. Also, it has been an honor to work on a project that means so much to the community.”

Alum Puts Education to Work

A May 18 article in The Phoenix details the candidates running for the Phoenixville Area School Board, including candidate Betsy Ruch, who earned a Master's of Education degree from West Chester University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Arcadia University. Ruch told the reporter, "I know that there are many students who are lost in the shuffle, while the top or bottom achievers are targeted. I want to see each child be able to realize and be able to fulfill his/her potential. I intend to follow those programs closely. I am also interested in keeping the budget as reasonable, without jeopardizing the students' education or facility upkeep, as possible." She added, "I have taught and coached on both the college and junior high school levels, where I have also held positions of leadership and responsibility. Prior to my retirement, I worked for eleven years in Phoenixville Area High School. On the business end, I am co-founder and was co-owner of Schuylkill Valley Sporting Goods." Her blog site is

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Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics, Purnell Cropper, University Relations, and Michelle Tooker '07, University Relations. Photos: Joshua Blustein. Web Producer: Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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