August 4, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
August 4, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

13 Barrymore Nominations for Petersen’s Panto

Kathryn Petersen

A panto co-written by Kathryn Petersen, Assistant Professor of Theater Arts, was nominated as a best musical production and in 12 additional categories as the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theater nominations were announced Aug. 2. “Two world premieres—a musical rethinking of Cinderella, and Something Intangible, a play about two stressed-out Hollywood movie-making brothers—received 13 nominations apiece in various categories for this year's Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, the region's professional theater honors. The top nominations for two new shows underscore Philadelphia's continuing growth as a birthplace for stage work,” wrote Howard Shapiro in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Petersen’s panto Cinderella, which she  wrote with Michael Ogborn for the People's Light and Theatre Company’s annual family holiday show in December, received 13 Barrymore Award nominations in various categories including writing. The nominations were announced at the University of the Arts by the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia.

Heavy Equipment Rolls on Shovel-Ready Project

Heavy Equipment Rolls on Shovel-Ready Project
Digger Dan at work at the site of the new student parking facility.

Digger Dan and other heavy equipment began work last week on phase one of a project to add more student parking spaces at Oak Summit Apartments. Arcadia’s shovel-ready project is funded in part by a $1 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. At the groundbreaking ceremony on May 8, the University recognized State Senator LeAnna M. Washington for fostering this state, community and university partnership.

During phase one, a new surface lot will add 83 spaces for Arcadia student residents where the outdoor pool used to be. Construction is planned to end before classes start. The second phase, slated for summer 2010, entails construction of a structured parking deck, adding 71 more parking spaces for student residents. Delran Builders is the project contractor and Brubacher Excavating is the excavator.

Funding for the $2.27 million project includes the $1 million grant. 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. The remainder of the funding is provided through a 2006 bond designated for capital projects at Arcadia. No University operating funds will be used for this project. Read more.

Arcadia Welcomes Transfer Students to Campus

Arcadia Welcomes Transfer Students to Campus
Transfer students at Orientation.

Incoming Fall 2010 transfer students have been making their way to campus this summer for Arcadia University’s Transfer Orientation Days. In addition to meeting and mingling with fellow transfers—and potential Arcadia roommates—these incoming students were able to consult with academic advisers, discuss their transcripts and select their courses for the fall. The Transfer Orientation Day is one of the many efforts Arcadia makes to welcome this population of students and ease their transition to our campus.

This summer’s final Transfer Orientation Day will be held on Friday, Aug. 14. If you are a deposited transfer student who has not yet attended an Orientation, be sure to contact Student Affairs at 215-572-2933 to R.S.V.P.

Students Write, Perform The Peculiar City of Wholmin Lunk

Students Write, perform The Peculiar City of Wholmin Lunk
The cast and crew of The Peculiar City of Wholmin Lunk.

Arcadia University undergraduate and graduate students in the Disaster, Death and Madness course performed The Peculiar City of Wholmin Lunk, an original student play by Susan Annette Holeman '10, on Wednesday, July 29, in the Grey Towers Castle Rose Room.

The performance marked the culmination of work done by students in the EN 344/444 course, taught by Dr. Richard Wertime, Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies in English and the Humanities. The 10 students studied public disasters and each wrote a play centered on a disaster. The class voted anonymously on a single piece to perform.

"The production of the class play has become the high point in the course: its central challenge, its central source of excitement and learning, and—shall we say—of tribal coalescence among the students who have enrolled," says Wertime. "More than just a course, it is hoped that Disaster, Death and Madness has become a journey!"

Holeman's The Peculiar City of Wholmin Lunk explores issues of deception and human relationships in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing. The play follows Wholmin and her friend, Caroline, as they build a city and, over the next 13 years, deal with issues of coping and destruction. View photos from the performance.

Blogger Deems Wholman Lunk a ‘Diamond in the Rough’

 “I know you’re not supposed to formally review a play your friend’s class put on for a single performance at the end of a semester. But given all the blogging that goes, I feel I should point to something worthwhile. And The Peculiar City of Wholman Lunk is an excellent play from a rising talent…. The real reason for this review is the strength of her dialogue and my uncensored pleasure of seeing something so wonderful the only time it will be performed.” Read more in Steve Mazzeo’s blog entry Fan Boy Says: The Peculiar City of Wholman Lunk is a diamond in the rough.

2009 Student Newsletter Now Posted Online

by Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs

It has been an extremely busy summer, and we are already looking forward to the start of the new academic year at Arcadia University. Preparations are underway for the return of all students. Activities for New Student Orientation begin August 28th and classes begin on Wednesday, September 2. We are excited to share some of the highlights of the summer and some of the changes on campus. As always, we are focused on enhancing the experience for all students, and this includes upgrading facilities and making various campus improvements. We hope you will take advantage of the details included in this newsletter. Read more in the Student Affairs Newsletter.

Arcadia Announces Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate

Arcadia University announces a 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis, a fully online program that prepares students for the role of behavior specialist or to take the national Behavior Analyst Certification Board exam (

Applied behavior analysis provides the most evidenced-based intervention within all of psychology and education. ABA has helped to support youth and adults with autism, conduct disorders, oppositional defiant disorders, and depression, as well as couples needing therapy. It has served as the basis for educational procedures such as direct instruction and assessment procedures such as curriculum-based measurement. It is essential for professionals functioning within a Response to Intervention Model. Read more.

Grad Student and Adjunct Professor Perform at Light of Unity

Graduate Students Perform at Light of Unity Event

The Aug. 4 August Light of Unity Event featured an Arcadia graduate student and an adjunct professor in an evening poetry and music at Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia. Tamara Oakman, director of Light of Unity, has won awards in poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama. She has been published by Many Mountains Moving, Philadelphia Stories, Mad Poets Review, and other journals; reads poetry and fiction everywhere in Philadelphia and the tri-state area; and is completing her Master's of English at Arcadia University. Jeff Ingram, a poet and Adjunct Professor of English at Arcadia University, is a farmer, fly-fisherman and adventurer. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Wisconsin Review, Lake Effect: A Journal of the Literary Arts, Bucks County Writer, Drexel Online Journal, Paumanok Review, and Salt Lake City Weekly.

Watch Oakman, Dan Schall, Adam Meora, and Adjunct Professor of English Quincy Scott Jones perform "Poverty Horror Purified":

DTI Now Managing Mail and Print Services

Document Technologies Inc. (DTI), is Arcadia’s new manager of Mail and Print Services, effective Aug. 3. “DTI clearly matched Arcadia’s goals to bring the highest levels of service to our community while better managing costs,” said Mimi Bassetti, Director of Administrative Services. “DTI is a proven provider of facilities management whose founding partners have been instrumental in the growth of the facilities management industry over the past 15 years. DTI serves a number of large and small organizations in the mid-Atlantic region and nationally. They are truly excited about partnering with Arcadia University.”

Please welcome on-site DTI staff members Gino Richardson, Luis Centeno, Phoumixay “Sai” Soulivong, Victor Stewart, and LaTiya Griffin and back-up staff members Deanna Pharr and Lisa Sisay.

IT Help Desk Goes 24-7 with Presidium Learning Co.

Presidium Learning Co. now provides the Arcadia University community with IT Help Desk resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to report technical concerns or get immediate assistance with various issues, such as password resets and Blackboard issues, announced José Dieudonné, Chief Information Officer, Library and Information Technology. Presidium Learning Company is a help desk service provider that works with many colleges and universities to supply live help desk phone coverage.

“For several months, Presidium Learning has successfully provided Arcadia with after-hours and weekend support to complement the already established hours that the on-campus Help Desk is open. We are now ready to have Presidium Learning supply live Help Desk phone support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” says Dieudonné. “This expanded service began Aug. 3. “Our current Arcadia University Help Desk team (Sam Lodise, Ted Basiura, Matt Pelligrini, and the Help Desk student apprentices) will continue to staff our existing campus Help Desk just as they have in the past. Presidium Learning will provide additional support by answering phone calls and resolving the more basic and common issues that surface each day. Issues that Presidium cannot resolve will be escalated to the Arcadia Help Desk team immediately so we can begin addressing them.” The Help Desk can be reached by phone at 215-572-2898, by e-mail at, or via a Help Desk ticket from the Technology Tab of MyArcadia.

Librarian Ponders: Mother Goose or Star Wars—or Both?

Calvin Wang, Landman Library Sciences Librarian, ponders in his blog whether Star Wars has replaced Mother Goose in today’s culture. Reflecting upon books he has read recently, he writes, “I myself realized that I had little reason to refer to Little Jack Horner or the Four and Twenty Blackbirds in conversations with my 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son….Though as the Sciences Librarian, I can easily be taking library research questions that look at Mother Goose and the place of nursery rhymes and fairy tales. The job of a librarian is to help bridge the gap between users' experiences and what they need to know. Will all young students learn about those characters and themes? No, but those that choose to learn, I'll be around to help.” Read i-candy (intellectual candy) at Wang’s blog.

E-Refund Begins With Fall Semester

E-Refund Begins with Fall SemesterTo help give students quicker access to their refunds, Arcadia University introduces Arcadia E-Refund, powered by PNC Payment Portal, beginning with the Fall 2009 semester. "Beginning Aug. 21, all refunds will be issued by direct deposit or check mailed to a student's primary address by PNC," says Dennis Darvas, Director of Arcadia's One-Stop Shop. "Students will be able to get school disbursements faster online through Arcadia E-Refund, the convenient new online tool that automates student refund payments, at"

If a student has a credit balance due to student loans, scholarships or overpayment, it is still necessary to complete a Refund Request Form on the One-Stop Shop Web page.

Student instructions for activating E-Refund: During the last week in July, you'll receive an activation letter from Arcadia/PNC Payment Portal. Once you get it, just go to, enter your activation code and follow the instructions to set up your preferences. Activate as soon as you get your letter so that any Fall Semester refunds you may be owed can be processed directly. In the meantime, if you have any questions call 1-800-745-7577 or visit Read more about Arcadia's student refund policies.

Upcoming Events

Open House for Prospective Graduate Students, Aug. 13

Arcadia University holds a Graduate Open House on Thursday, Aug. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. The Open House features the following programs: Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling, Forensic Science, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, Public Health and Health Education.

Prospective students can come early for a campus tour at 4 p.m. and to meet with financial aid staff. Academic program breakout sessions are held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., where faculty and staff answer questions one-on-one. Register Online or call toll-free 1-877-ARCADIA (1-877-272-2342) to reserve your space. For more information, call our toll-free number or e-mail

Celebrate Arcadia Events, Nov. 12-19

Celebrate Arcadia EventsArcadia is hosting a weeklong celebration to launch At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University and to honor the people who make it possible for our faculty and students to contribute to the world in notable ways. View the full schedule of events at

In the News

Arcadia in the News

CR80News, Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security, reported on Aug. 3 that “PNC Bank, Pittsburgh, has announced three alliance school relationships that emphasize money management and financial education for the college community. The three contracts–one new, two renewals–are at Arcadia University, Glenside, Penn., Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., and Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh.” Read more.

Faculty in the News

“Will Suburban Newspapers Survive?” asks Larry Atkins, Adjunct Professor of Journalism, in an July 26 article in Philadelphia Weekly. “It’s not just the major metropolitan dailies across the country that have concerns about their future. Your local community newspaper is also struggling with its survival. The Northeast News Gleaner, Olney Times, Germantown Courier, and Mount Airy Times Express were closed in February by their corporate owner, the Journal Register Company. At one time, the Journal Register owned 325 weekly papers, but that number is down to approximately 151.” Read more of his article in Philadelphia Weekly.

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