September 1, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 1, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

New Students Perform 1,790 Hours of Community Service

New Students Perform 1,790 Hours of Community Service
Students perform community service at High School Park.

“Thanks to the students for all their hard work on Community Service Day,” says Heather Sterner, Assistant Director of Student Activities for Campus Programming. “Getting involved in service work in the local community is a key part of becoming a member of the Arcadia community.”

A total of 506 students (first-year students, transfer students and Orientation Team members) performed 1,790 person hours of community service at 17 different locations on Monday, Aug. 31. They packed 283 boxes of food for Philabundance and prepared more than 700 meals at Manna, chopping 30 lbs. of onions in the process. Read more.

Arcadia Graduate #1 on Forensic Science Assessment Test

Arcadia University Forensic Science graduate Amy Casselberry, who graduated in May 2009 with distinction, took first place on the 2009 Forensic Science Assessment Test (FSAT). Zach Messenger also had one of the top five scores on the test after just one year in Arcadia’s Forensic Science master’s program, and 2009 graduate Jessica Scholl ranked fourth.

“To have three students place in the top five represents the academic rigor of our Forensic Science program and our partnership with NMS Labs,” says Larry Presley, Assistant Professor and Director of Arcadia’s Forensic Science master's degree program. “Our students are taught by renowned American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) and American Board of Forensic Toxicology (ABFT) certified faculty in state-of-the-art laboratories.” Read more.

Arcadia Welcomes 14 New International Students

Arcadia Welcomes 14 New International Students
President Jerry Greiner and his wife, Terry, greet new international students. View more photos.

The University welcomes 14 new international students for the fall semester—10 undergraduate students and four graduate students. They hail from Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Northern Ireland, Jamaica, Japan (2), South Korea (2), Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Egypt.

In an Arcadia tradition, the new international students gathered on Monday, Aug. 24, at the home of President Jerry Greiner and his wife, Terry, for a welcome reception with faculty, administrators and their I-PALs. Read more.

Late Knights Start Now!

Late Night Programming Starts Now!
Landon Austin kicks off Late Knights programming with a performance Friday, Sept. 4,at 8 p.m. in The Chat.

“Are you thinking about what you will be doing on weekends this semester? Look no further than Late Knights at AU!," says Caitlin Rooney of Student Activities. “The Student Activities Office, in addition to programming from the Student Programming Board and other clubs and organizations, is hosting a variety of events on campus every Friday and Saturday night. These ‘late knight’ events will provide awesome entertainment until midnight, and often later, to fill up your weekend nights. You can look forward to Pool Parties with Smoothies, Sports Nights in the Game Room, Scary Movie Marathons, Laser Tag and BINGO with prizes every month! Before you make plans for the weekend, check the MyArcadia Events Calendar to see what is going! Most events are free and open events, Arcadia students can bring off-campus guests and friends, too! If you have suggestions for a program or event that you would like to see at Arcadia, or if you would like to be involved with planning events on campus, contact the Student Activities Office or the Student Programming Board.“ View the Welcome Week Schedule, which includes Late Knights events.

Move-in Day: Heroic, Incredible Volunteers Make It Happen

Move-in Day: Heroic, Incredible Volunteers Make it Happen
View more photos from Move-In Day.

“Thank you so much for your fabulous efforts last week—heroic due to the rain, spirited in spite of the rain, and extremely appreciated by the parents and students,” said Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs to members of the 2009 Welcome Team—faculty, staff and student volunteers who carried everything from teddy bears to refrigerators up flights of stairs in a massive movement of new students and their belongings into the residence halls.

“I could not count the number of times someone mentioned how much they appreciated the willingness of everyone to answer a question, give a direction, carry the heavy load, or simply smile,” Walbert added. Read more.

Study Away Info Sessions Begin Sept. 9

Study Away Info Sessions Begin Sept. 9
Photo by Kacie Mischler '11

Meet with Arcadia students who have studied abroad, learn about costs and financial aid, discuss program options for individual majors, and discover academic policies and program deadlines during a Study Away Information Session.

Information Sessions are scheduled for Sept. 9, Sept. 29, Oct. 7, Nov. 3, and Nov. 11 at noon in The Chat Meeting Room. And for Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Oct. 20, and Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. in the University Room, Landman Library. For more information contact the Office of Internation Services at 215-572-2867 or visit Taylor Hall, Room 110.

Art Gallery: Fictions + Facture: Recent Work by Dennis Kuronen

Dennis Kuronen, from the Obscura series (detail),  2009, 44 12 x 39"

The Arcadia University Art Gallery is pleased to present Fictions + Facture: Recent Work by Dennis Kuronen from Sept. 8 to Oct. 25. Kuronen, a resident of Glenside, taught at Arcadia and chaired the Art Department from 1988-93.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m., the Arcadia University Art Gallery will host a conversation between Kuronen and Royce Howes, Director of Photography at Robert Miller Gallery (New York), in the Arcadia University Theater. Howes, a longtime friend of Kuronen, was trained as an artist and earned his M.F.A. in painting from Tyler School of Art (Elkins Park, Pa.) in 1977.

A reception will be held in the gallery immediately following the conversation. This event is free and open to the public. Read more.

Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunity for Women

The Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Program for Women in Global Leadership is an exciting leadership development opportunity for women that includes funding to support a summer study abroad experience. The program has recently been expanded from a simple study abroad opportunity to a one-of-a-kind leadership training track with an emphasis on global awareness. The Vira I. Heinz program has announced that three $5,000 scholarships for summer 2010 study abroad will be awarded to eligible Arcadia University women.

To be eligible, students must have sophomore status by Fall 2009, must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must return to Arcadia University for the full 2010-11 academic year.  The deadline for applications is Nov. 6, 2009. Interested students can download the application and read about the program at

Information sessions are Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Faculty Chat Meeting Room and Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Library University Room.

Women’s Basketball: Informational Meeting, Sept. 9

An informational meeting for anyone interested in playing Women’s Basketball is Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. in Kuch Center. For more information, contact Coach Crystal Gibson, at or 215-572-2978.

Behind the Scenes in Res Halls: Conserving Energy

Myth Busted: Comingling Ups Campus Recycling “If we ourselves, now, expend just a bit more mental energy, pay a little more attention, be curious about everything we do and how can we truly do it better, then couple this thoughtful approach and behavior with results-driven physical work, we can significantly conserve our natural resources, protect our environment and ultimately leave this world in better shape for those who come after us,” notes Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning. “For those who do come after us, they will not remember us as individuals, but they will collectively benefit from the fruits of our labor, our caring and our heartfelt concern for them.” Read more.

Provost Begins Academic Planning Process, Seeks Input

Provost Begins Academic Planning Process, Seeks Input
Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, presenting to Arcadia faculty.

"A great university starts with a vision that is translated into a plan,” notes Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, in his blog this week. "It might be possible to be a great university without formal planning, but the journey is shorter, the route clearer, and resources more strategically deployed with a good plan." Michael has begun a campus-wide exercise to develop an Academic Affairs Strategic Plan (AASP), and the process will include a Planning committee, focus groups and public comments. Read the blog.

Students: Get Your New ID Card

Knight CardReturning students should pick up their new ID cards at the One-Stop Shop. New students received their Knight ID cards at New Student Orientation. In a change returning students can appreciate, Arcadia will no longer issue “validation stickers.” Instead, payment systems in Templeton Bookstore and Dining Services are electronically linked, and students with accounts in good financial standing will be able to use their Knight ID card to charge various items on campus. Read more.

Fall Fest: Volunteers Needed for Casino Night

Fall Fest: Volunteers Needed for Casino Night
Take part in Casino Night. To view the entire Fall Fest schedule, visit

Fall Fest—which incorporates Family Weekend, Alumni Homecoming and fireworks over Landman Library—is the weekend of Oct. 9-11. Students can remind their families to “save the date” for this special visit to campus, and faculty and staff can volunteer to add to the festivities at Casino Night.

“There are many opportunities for the campus community to interact with students and their families as well as our alumni and their families,” says Caitlin Rooney, Campus Activities Programmer. “Casino Night on Saturday, Oct. 10, is one of those opportunities!” A variety of games are set up for family and alumni to test their luck and skill. Beat the Dealer, Roulette, Blackjack, and Texas Hold’em are a few favorites.

“This year there also will be the opportunity for our campus guests to play bingo for chips toward prizes. No previous experience is necessary in order to help out! Volunteers can choose to work at a gaming table, be a bingo caller, or help out as chip runners,” Rooney adds. For more information or to volunteer at the event, contact Rooney in Student Activities, or 215-572-2852. To view the entire Fall Fest schedule, visit

Parking Validation Stickers Now Available

The new parking validation stickers for the 2009-10 academic year are available at the Public Safety Office. Stickers may be obtained Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. “You will need to bring your current hang tag and your vehicle registration to the Public Safety Office for renewal. A form will be outside the office for you to complete,” notes Barbara Kleckner of the Public Safety Office.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Presley Publishes on Academic Assessment in Forensic Science

Larry Presley, Assistant Professor and Director of Forensic Science, published the article “The Forensic Science Assessment Test (FSAT): A Potential Tool for the Academic Assessment of Forensic Science Programs” in Forensic Science Policy & Management, an international journal. With co-authors Michael Haas and Lawrence Quarino, Presley wrote, “Forensic science college and university education, like college education in general, needs assessment tools to ensure the accountability and continued improvement of academic programs. Both forensic science educators and practitioners have vested interests in the successful student outcomes of forensic science programs and the need for rigorous high quality academic programs. The Forensic Science Assessment Test (FSAT) may provide a viable and robust component of assessing the relative academic strengths and weaknesses of forensic science graduate and undergraduate programs and student outcomes. The FSAT potentially meets a specific component of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Standard 3.2 Planning and Evaluation. The FSAT if used appropriately will help to gauge and improve academic collegiate curricula in the forensic sciences.” Read more.

Upcoming Events

Welcome Week Kicks Off Late Knight Series

Hasan Minhaj
Comedian Hasan Minhaj will perform Thursday, Sept. 3, in The Chat.

Are you thinking about what you will be doing on weekends this semester? Look no further than Late Knights at AU. "The Student Activities Office, in addition to programming from the Student Programming Board and other clubs and organizations, is hosting a variety of events on campus every Friday and Saturday night. These events will provide awesome entertainment until midnight, and often later, to fill up your weekend nights," says Caitlin Rooney '07, Campus Activities Programmer. Events include everything from pool parties with smoothies to laser tag. Welcome Week events schedule.

Poetry: In Celebration of Women, Sept. 15

Tamara Oakman

The Light of Unity Association is once again bridging cultural, racial and regional backgrounds to bring In Celebration of Women to the Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia, Pa., notes Tamara G. Oakman, Light of Unity Director and a graduate student in Arcadia’s Master of English program. This free event, scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., showcases arts ranging from poets, spoken word artists and fiction writers to essayists to promote social and cultural unity in the city of Philadelphia and beyond.

The Light of Unity Artist’s and Writer’s Series 2009 has been running since May 5, 2009, at The Free Library of Philadelphia and has had many distinguished guests. This performance will include the notable performers Yellow Rage, Eileen D' Angelo, Nzadi Keita, Mecca Jamillah Sullivan, Tarannum Laila, Deborah Derrickson Kossmann '82, Joanne Leva, Stephanie Durann, Octavia McBride-Ahebee, and Geraldine Drakes. For more information, please contact Oakman at or visit

Graduate Counseling Lecture Series, Sept. 18


On Friday, Sept. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Landman Library University Room, Arcadia’s Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology Lecture Series presents Clinical Work with African American Clients: Cultural and Societal Considerations and How To Effectively Address Them In Treatment. Dr. Cheryll Rothery-Jackson, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training for the Chestnut Hill College Doctoral Program in Psychology is the guest lecturer. Register here.

For more information contact Dr. Eleonora Bartoli, Assistant Professor and Director of the master's program in Counseling Psychology, at, or Carol Lyman, MA, Clinical Coordinator, at

Campus Happenings

Nearly 100 Students Turn Out for Magazine Cover Shoot

Close to 100 Arcadia students gathered on the Walk of Pride on Wednesday, Sept. 2, to take part in a cover shoot for Arcadia magazine with the Provost and College Deans. Balancing on a ladder Dr. Josh Blustein, Associate Professor of Psychology and University Photographer, waved students and administrators into position to accomplish the shot. “Thanks to all the students who came to the photo shoot and showed their Arcadia pride. It’s always great to see students pulling together to make great things happen on campus,” says Matthew Wolf, Graphic Design Manager in University Relations, who organized the event. Adrienne Levantovsky '12 and Anuj Patel '13, who won the Class of 2013 Knight Photo Contest, received $100 Visa Gift Cards in a drawing that took place at the end of the shoot.

Sports Update

The Arcadia community gathers around Kuch field as the Knights and visiting Rutgers-Camden Scarlet Raptors conclude their pre-game warm ups.

Men’s Soccer Drops Season Opener

An indirect kick just outside of the goal box for Rutgers Camden in the 22nd minute was enough to lift the Scarlet Raptors over the Knights in both teams' season opening contest. Read more.

Field Hockey Opens season with 5-0 victory over Rosemont

The Arcadia Field Hockey team opened up the 2009 season with a 5-0 win against Rosemont University, earning first-year Head Coach Erin Livingston her first carreer win. Junior Caroline Champi scored three goals, while classmate Ashley Griffith contributed a goal and an assist. Read more.

Women’s Soccer Opens Season with 8-0 Victory

Juniors Jessica Leathem and Dana Falks scored two goals apeice in the Knights 8-0 blanking of Cedar Crest College Tuesday afternoon. Sophomores Jacquelyn Eckert and Ashley Knueppel each scored a goal for the Knights, while junior Janelle Jablonski and first-year Lauryn Miller also scored in the Knights season opener. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Blanks Philadelphia Bible 9-0

Arcadia Women's Tennis swept both doubles and singles play in Tuesday afternoon's season opener to non-conference opponent Philadelphia Biblical University. Read more.

Volleyball Falls in Three Straight to Misericordia

Arcadia Women's Volleyball opens the 2009 season with a 3-0 loss to non-conference opponent Misericordia University Tuesday evening in Dallas, Pa. Game scores were 25-23, 25-18, 25-17. Read more.

In the News

Arcadia in the News

TV media paid a visit to Arcadia University on Friday, Aug. 28, during Move-In Day. Arcadia University was on KYW-CBS Ch. 3 Eyewitness News at noon and 4 p.m. for the Class of 2013. WPVI-ABC Channel 6 Action News also reported the Move-In Day during their Noon news broadcast on Aug. 28 and again on Aug. 29 during their early morning broadcast at 6 a.m.

Students in the News

Theater Major Plays in Sweeney Todd

Kara Boland, a junior Theater Arts acting major, played the part of the strong-willed Mrs. Lovett in the Schwartz Center for the Arts performance of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” on Aug. 29 and 30, as reported in the Aug. 25 Dover (Del.) Post. “It’s intriguing because [Mrs. Lovett will] do absolutely anything to get what she wants,” Boland told the Post. “I’ve never played anyone who would put someone in a meat pie.” The play is so dark that Boland said her mom wasn’t sure if she would want to see it, but now after watching part of the movie, she is more receptive. See photos and video.

M.B.A. Student Elected to Schwenksville Council

Nate Dysard, a student in the M.B.A. program, was appointed to Schwenksville Borough Council on Aug. 13 during their meeting, as reported in the Aug. 26 Montgomery News. He is employed by Lower Providence Township, where he is a member of the management team. “While a member of Council I hope to advance commercial and residential development along the Main Street corridor,” Dysard told the paper. He is a 2006 graduate of Ursinus College with a BA degree in Business and Economics with a minor in Politics. Read more.

Alumni in the News

Two Alumni Promoted at Sounderton School District

Two Arcadia University alumni are on their way up ladder in the Souderton School District, as reported Aug. 29 in The Reporter (North Penn, Pa.). Dona Italiano, who earned an M.A. in 1992, and Patricia Mathues, who earned an M.Ed. in 1980, both have been promoted to language arts supervisory positions.

According to the report, Italiano has taught English at Souderton Area High Scool since 1985, has been a secondary language arts coordinator for the district since 1996, and worked as a literacy coach since 2007. She also taught as an adjunct professor for Drexel University in 1999 and 2000. Mathues taught fourth grade in Lower Salford Elementary School from 1977 to 1990, second grade at Oak Ridge Elementary School from 1990 to 94, and has worked as a communication arts resource specialist at Oak Ridge since 1994 while also serving as a head teacher at Oak Ridge and an elementary language arts coordinator since 1995. She taught as an associate professor at Drexel University in 1999 and worked briefly as an educational consultant for the Pennview and Quakertown Christian Schools in 2006.

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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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