September 8, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 8, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Help Save Energy on Thursday, 2-3 p.m.

"Students, faculty and staff can help Arcadia save 600 Kw of electricity between 2 and 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, as part of a PECO energy-saving program. "Individuals can help by turning off unnecessary lights and not using microwaves, coffee makers, CD players, and other electronic equipment between 2 and 3 p.m.," says Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning.

"The controlled power shedding event (not a power shutdown) will take place throughout campus on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. Classes, residence halls, critical equipment, events, computers, and phones should not be adversely affected. "As a participant to the PECO Energy Power load shedding program (the program that saved the University $46,000), we are required to test our response once a year," says Macchi. Read more.

Ly and Dickerson Win Orientation Leadership Awards

Ly and Dickerson Win Orientation Leadership Awards
Left: Danny Ly '10 struts to the podium. Right: Katie Dickerson '10 accepts her plaque from Dian Taylor-Alleyne, Assistant Dean for Campus Involvement.

At New Student Orientation on Tuesday, Sept. 8, Orientation Leaders Danny Ly '10 and Katie Dickerson '10 each received a leadership award recognizing their commitment to welcoming new students to the Arcadia community.

Ly was chosen by his peers to receive the Maude Farran Orientation Leader Award, which recognizes a student for his or her outstanding leadership as an OL and is given to someone whose enthusiasm and service to the University energizes others and strengthens the Arcadia community.

“At Arcadia there’s a lovely atmosphere of being part of a family—I like welcoming new students to that family,” says Ly, who has been an OL for three years. Read more.

Late Knights: Laser Tag (Sept. 11) and Salsa Night with Mayda Del Valle (Sept. 12)

Late Knights: Laser Tag (Sept. 11) and Salsa Night with Mayda Del Valle (Sept. 12)
Mayda Del Valle has performed for the President and First Lady. She brings her poetry to The Chat on Sept. 12.

This weekend features two awesome Late Knights events. On Friday, Sept. 11, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., join friends for laser tag at the Kuch Center. On Saturday, Sept. 12, enjoy an evening of dancing and poetry at Salsa Night, which begins at 9 p.m. The event includes a performance by slam poet Mayda del Valle, who performed at the White House in May for an audience that included the President and First Lady.

Last weekend's Late Knights events included the '80s Dance (photos) and a performance by singer-songwriter Landon Austin (photos).

View the Late Knights schedule for the fall semester.

Myth Busted: Comingling Ups Campus Recycling

Mike Saloma, Grounds Manager, drops a bag of recycling into one of the dumpsters behind Oak Summit.

What really happens when an aluminum can and a draft of a term paper end up in the same recycling bin? A student asked President Jerry Greiner, using his Suggestions & Ideas form, “I was just wondering, because I have heard that the campus does not really recycle and that the bins that are placed through out campus are just for show, and everything just gets mixed together in the end.”

“Not true!” says Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning. “We recycle more goods now than we did a year ago as our new comingle program—where paper, plastic and aluminum waste goes in the same trash bag—has allowed us to handle and process recycled goods in a highly efficient manner. We are rolling out an enhanced recycling program this year, so I fully expect to increase the yield to even greater tonnage as we divert our waste stream away from the landfill and into recycling processing.” Read more.

FYSAE Students Headed for London, Stirling

FYSAE Students Headed for London, Stirling

From Maine and Minnesota to London and Scotland, 26 Arcadia University first-year students are going from high school to study abroad. The students departed campus on Monday, Aug. 31, boarding planes as part of Arcadia's unique First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE). The students will be studying in two locations, London, England, and Stirling, Scotland.

Eighteen freshmen will travel to London, England, and study at the City University of London. Arcadia students experience multicultural, contemporary and global London as their campus. Students enroll in Arcadia's London Now program and take a combination of courses taught through Arcadia University and City University of London. Students are housed with other American students studying abroad through Arcadia in one of two Arcadia-run facilities. Co-curricular explorations include a homestay with a British family and an Adventure Weekend with all the FYSAE students. Read more.

PRAXIS II Preparation Seminars Begin Sept. 26

Arcadia University is offering a Praxis Preparation Seminar series, starting Sept. 26, covering the content in the Elementary Education Subject Area Assessment test (TEST #10011: Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment). Space is limited and will be offered to current Arcadia students and alumni and non-Arcadia students. The seminar takes place in Brubaker Hall, Room 102. The registration fee is $75 for Arcadia students and alumni and $125 for non-Arcadia students $125. Materials cost $37 for all participants. To register and view the schedule of events, visit For more information, contact Elaine Scarpino at 215-572-2926 or

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 International 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.

Physician Assistant Students Organize Blood Drive, Sept. 15, 16

For the third year in a row the Physician Assistant program is organizing a campus blood drive. The blood drive takes place Sept. 15 and 16, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in The Chat Meeting Room. To sign up, visit and enter sponsor code 2459. The blood drive is being sponsored by the new CW Network TV show The Vampire Diaries. Everyone who donates will receive promotional items from the TV show.

Toilet Talk: Good Advice About Stress, Transitions, Flu

Toilet Talk is back! In the latest issue, which is also available online, read about “Changes, Transitions and New Friends,” and find out how to de-stress. Find out why folks should be on the “move” the week of Sept. 21-27, and how to “unplug” for a while. Read the truth—not to be confused with anxious media reporting—about “swine” flu and some ways to protect yourself from the virus:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough.
  • Wash your hands frequently after coughing and sneezing especially.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you have flu like symptoms, stay home or in your room for 42 hours or until your fever breaks.

“Make sure to keep a look out in the news or online at or for more updates and take every precaution necessary to keep you in tip top healthy condition,” Toilet Talk reports.

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.

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

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Brinker Publishes in Financial Services Journal

Thomas M. Brinker Jr., Professor of Accounting, co-authored with Christopher M. Harvey, J.D., LLM, CPA “Choosing the Optimal Initial Income Tax Year End for Estates: Comparing the Calendar and Fiscal Year Option,” as reported in the Sept. 1, Journal of Financial Service Professionals magazine (Chester, Pa.).

Upcoming Events

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

New Students Perform 1,790 Hours of Community Service

New Students Perform 1,790 Hours of Community Service
Arcadia students work at the Fishtown Rec Center.

“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.

Sports Update

Todd Lifts Men’s Soccer to 3-2 Win Over Washington College

(2-1-1) First-year forward Zachary Todd's 76th-minute goal was enough to break a 2-2 stalemate and give Arcadia University Men's Soccer its second win, a 3-2 non-conference victory over host Washington College, on Tuesday evening in Chestertown, Md. Read more.

Volleyball Evens Record with 3-1 Win Over Crimson Eagles

(3-3) Arcadia University Women's Volleyball pulled out a 3-1 come from behind victory over non-conference opponent Philadelphia Bible in the Knights' 2009 home season opener, pulling their early season record to an even 3-3 overall. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Remains Undefeated with 6-3 Win Over Cedar Crest

(4-0) Arcadia University Women's Tennis saw their early season record grow to 4-0 with a 6-3 victory Tuesday afternoon over non-conference opponent Cedar Crest College. Read more.

Kratohwill, Osipowitz Named Commonwealth Goalie and Player of the Week

Senior starting keeper Jeff Kratohwill (Men's Soccer) and sophomore first-year player Beth Osipowitz (Women's Tennis) have been named Commonwealth Goalie and Player of the Week respectively for the opening week of competition. The duo were also named Knights of the Week, along with first-year starting keeper Jacki Law (Women's Soccer).

Welch, Schafer Lift Women's Soccer to 2-1 Victory Over Wilkes

(2-1-1) Sophomore Stephanie Welch's game-tying goal and first year Rebeka Schafer's go-ahead in the 65th minute was enough to lift the Knights (2-1-1) to a 2-1 victory over Wilkes University at the Haverford College Tournament Sunday afternoon. Read more.

In the News

Alumni in the News

Craig Bracy '90M.Ed. became a licensed minister on Aug. 16 as reported in the Aug. 27 Springfield Sun (Fort Washington, Pa.). Bracy’s interest in Christian ministry started as a junior in college, and to prepare for the ministry, Bracy underwent many years of training, service and education including earning his Master of Education degree from Arcadia. As a member of the Philadelphia Church of the Brethren, Bracy has projects including the Hobby Club and the Millennia Game, programs that run at both the Philadelphia First Church of the Brethren and the First Presbyterian Korean Church of Blue Bell. The Millennia Game, which Bracy invented, draws many of its themes from a book trilogy he is writing titled Journey to Millennia, a detailed speculative description about the 1,000-year reign of Christ as described in the Book of Revelation. Bracy is working as a substitute teacher in Philadelphia and Montgomery County and as an academic tutor. He hopes to find a position at a church.

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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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