September 22, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
September 22, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Dilliplane Helps Haertsch with Research for Novel

By Michelle Tooker ’07

Dilliplane Helps Haertsch with Research for Novel
Dilliplane and Haertsch

Living the Promise logoFew college seniors can say they’ve worked on a novel, but for Dana Dilliplane '10 that is exactly how she spent her summer.

An English major with a Secondary Education concentration, Dilliplane helped Adjunct Professor of English Gretchen Haertsch to conduct research for her young adult novel, which focuses on the 1918 influenza epidemic and is set in Bucks County and Philadelphia. Haertsch needed help fact checking and adding authenticity to her work. She knew Dilliplane was right for the project.

“Dana was a student in my EN102 class, and I knew she was smart, a careful researcher, and an all-around great person,” says Haertsch. “She switched from being a history major to English, so I just knew she'd be perfect for this project. And she was!” Read more.

Mother and Daughter Attend Arcadia Together

Mother and Daughter Attend Arcadia Together
Sonia '10M, Angelica '13 and Bianca Adams.

Both Angelica Adams '13 and her mom, Sonia '10M, are attending Arcadia with the same goal—to become teachers.

“I chose Arcadia because I found that it has one of the best—if not the best—curriculums to prepare teachers for real life situations,” says Sonia, who is working toward a master’s in Elementary Education. “Teachers are prepared to face the real challenges encountered in the classroom.”

Sonia currently teaches first grade at Hon. Luis Munoz Marin Elementary School in Philadelphia. She switched careers after spending 17 years working for Philadelphia’s Department of Public Welfare, both as a caseworker and supervisor. She decided she wanted to help students to become well-rounded and receive a quality education. After taking just one education course at Arcadia, she knew she was on the right path. Read more.

Late Knights: Pool Party, Wii Sports Night, and More

On Friday, Sept. 25, SPB is hosting a pool party in the Lennox Pool in Kuch Center. Since this is Arcadia Late Knights, there is an addition to this pool party. Smoothies will be provided. So come on and take a dip and create a moment of relaxation on an imaginary beach complete with a cool drink. The event will start at 8 p.m.  and end at midnight. This event is great for those who want to take a quick swim, or simply chat amongst friends while sipping smoothies.

SPB will host Arcadia’s version of the well-known game show Family Feud at 10 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium. This event serves as a drier alternative to pool play. The Arcadia version of the game show will feature the same idea: a set of trivia questions and wacky responses. This event should make for quite an interesting opportunity for interaction for the entire campus. "Even if you decide not to be active in the game, simply watching will without a doubt be very entertaining," says Cailtin Rooney of Student Activities.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, SPB will host a Wii Sports Night. This is a must-attend event for Wii players interested in defending their title as top-notch players or become new champions. The event is in the game room of The Chat from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Join the festivities.

First-Year Seminar Plans Mock Book Burning, More

Students from the first-year seminar You Can't Say That! Banned Books, Censorship and the Limits of Self-Expression in Society are recognizing Banned Books Week, starting Sept. 26, with a variety of on-campus activities.

“Displays will be up in the Library all week,” says Michelle Reale, Course Instructor and Circulation Manager. “Activities include a mock debate on government censorship and the War on Terror in The Chat from 11 a.m. to noon on Sept. 29, a silent demonstration in front of Kuch Center on Sept. 30 from 7 to 8:15 p.m., a mock campfire on Oct. 1 that will demonstrate the absurdity of burning books and more.”

The first-year seminar is co-taught by Reale and Reference Librarian Larissa Gordon. Students in the course examine current and historical instances of censorship worldwide. They also study the conditions in which censorship thrives, its affect on society, and determine whether or not censorship is ever justifiable.

Arcadia Welcomes, Promotes Staff, Faculty

Please welcome the following members to the Arcadia University community:

Helen Black joins the Behavioral Research Institute as a Senior Research Associate.

Jennifer Mitchell is the Secretary in the Office of Graduate Studies. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at Arcadia. She gained experience while working at Greenwood Financial Services as an Administrative Assistant and a Client Services Manager.

Courtney Schultz is a Law Clerk for University Counsel, Mike Korolishin. She recently graduated and finished first in her class at Widener University, School of Law. Courtney took the bar exam over the summer. Read more.

Patti DeBow ’02: From Internship to First Job

Patti DeBow ’02: From Internship to First Job

Living the Promise logoMath major Patti DeBow '02 wasn’t required to do an internship, but she took the advice of her professors and did one anyway. It was a wise decision as it led to her first full-time job out of college—a position she kept for four years and one that led her to pursue an M.B.A.

“I decided to look for an internship for a few reasons,” she says. “I wanted to get some experience in a professional work environment, to build my résumé and to help me to figure out what kind of work I wanted to pursue after graduation.”

She obtained a position as a Catastrophe Model Intern at Towers Perrin Reinsurance, thanks to a recommendation from Dr. Louis Friedler, Professor of Mathematics. Read more.

Focus Groups Begin for Academic Strategic Planning

Dr. Ana Maria Garcia Dr. Steve O. Michael

An Academic Affairs Strategic Planning Committee has embarked upon a semester-long planning process and begins a series of open forums for students, faculty and staff, announced the committee co-chairs, Dr. Ana Maria Garcia, Faculty Council Chair and Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, and Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Michael notes that academic planning is one of the University's highest priorities for fall 2009. "We have an aggressive timeline from President Greiner to complete the plan by the end of this semester," he notes. "Therefore, we will have a very busy schedule for fall as we solicit input from the campus constituents on new directions and agenda for Academic Affairs. Six focus groups—three for faculty, two for students and one for staff—have been scheduled. I encourage all members of the campus community to participate in these forums. Faculty and staff will have access to the discussion points from the focus groups via a new tab on MyArcadia, and we want to use the discussion threads there to solicit more feedback from those who are unable to attend the focus groups or who want to provide additional comments and ideas in a written format."

See the new Academic Planning tab on MyArcadia and post your comments to the Focus Group discussion threads. View schedule.

Sign Up for Senior Photos

Seniors may sign up for an appointment at the Student Affairs Office. Photos will be taken on the following dates:

Informal Senior Photos

  • Monday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Formal Senior Photos

  • Monday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 11, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Flash Fiction Workshop: A Few Words of Prose for School Students

Arcadia University's Qui Vive! Writing Workshop will explore the writing genre "flash fiction" with a writing workshop for middle and high school students, on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 19 through Nov. 19, from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. at Cliveden of the National Trust, located at 6401 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.

Tyler Doherty, Adjunct Professor and Director of Arcadia's Writing Center and a published poet, will lead the workshop. "Students will explore the precise and often absurd world of an emerging literary genre, short short or ‘flash fiction,'” Doherty says."Usually limited to the small space of between 150 and 400 words, flash fiction is an ideal vehicle for middle and high school students looking to hone their prose-writing skills. 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 International Services at 215-572-2867 or visit Taylor Hall, Room 110.

Grad School Practice Tests, Oct. 17

Free practice GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT tests will be conducted by Princeton Review on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register with Career Development by Wednesday, Oct. 14, at, provide your first and last names, phone number, e-mail address, year of graduation and major. Or stop by the office in Knight Hall, Room 133.

Register for the Body Workshop by Sept. 25

The Body Workshop is open to the campus community on a first come, first serve basis, since space is limited. The Body Workshop is $65 for eight sessions. It will take place in the The Chat Meeting Room, located in the lower level Dilworth Hall, on Wednesday evenings from 5:20 to 6:20 p.m., beginning Oct. 7. Deliver payment to Katie Kelly (215-572-2173) in the Human Resources Office by Friday, Sept. 25. Registration details.

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

Success in Prague: Davies Brings Back Six Medals


Dana Davies, Vice President for Enrollment Management, added to her repertoire of global experiences earlier this month in Prague, Czech Republic. Davies competes in a sport called “dragon boating” with the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association. This month, she also competed with Team USA in the International Dragon Boat Federation 9th World Championship.

Davies, who participated in the grand masters mixed and women’s divisions, brought back six medals, 4 silver and 2 bronze. Davies and her husband often spend early mornings on the Schuylkill River, paddling in unison with their dragon boat teams. To earn a spot in the boat, they participated in time trials, and training for the world event included warm-up races in Montreal and Ithaca, N.Y. “This was my fifth Worlds in different divisions with Team USA,” notes Davies. “I’ve competed with them in Australia, China, Germany, Poland as well as Czech Republic.”

Competitors included the following 25 IDBF Members: Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Hungary, China, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Macau, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovak Republic, South Africa, Sweden, Ukraine, and the United States.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Howard, Moore Publish on Interdisciplinary Course

Dr. Lauren Howard Gregg Moore

Dr. Lauren F. Howard, Assistant Professor of Biology, and Gregg Moore, Associate Professor of Art and Design, published an article in Diversity & Democracy, the publication of the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). The article, “Envisioning Interdisciplinarity: The Art and Science of Environmental Sustainability,” is about their experiences designing and co-teaching a University Seminar (US 285.10) on Envisioning Sustainability: Contemporary Art and Environmental Science. Offered in Spring 2009, their interdisciplinary course emerged from discussions that two began in July 2007 as part of Arcadia’s team on the AAC&U's Shared Futures project. Read more.

British Scholar Talks to London Internship Students about Terrorism

British Scholar Talks to London Internship Students about Terrorism

Dr. Anthony Grayling, a Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London, delivered a lecture titled Freedom, Safety, Terror to Arcadia University London Internship students on Sept. 15. The lecture focused on how governmental attempts to combat widespread threats pose a great risk to civil liberties. Terrorism was specifically addressed through a discussion on the technology-driven culture of surveillance. Grayling's presentation widened student perspectives on questions of ethics and morality, and led to a lively debate. The London Internship is a program of The College of Global Studies. Read more.

Upcoming Events

Art Gallery: Fictions + Facture: Recent Work by Dennis Kuronen, through Oct. 25

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

For the last 40 years, Kuronen, a resident of Glenside, Pa., has combined dual careers in the fine arts and design. He began his studies as a painting and sculpture major at the University of South Dakota before earning his M.F.A. at the University of Nebraska. He moved to Philadelphia in 1979 to teach at Arcadia University, eventually serving as Chair of the Art Department between 1988 and 1993. He then became founding director of a new program in graphic design at Philadelphia University, where he eventually served as the interim dean of the institution’s newly formed School of Design and Media. Read more.

College Day on the Parkway, Sept. 26

College Day on the Parkway is right around the corner on Saturday, Sept. 26. This all-day event, which starts at 10 a.m., is hosted by Campus Philly and takes place along South Street and throughout the Art Museum District. It is free to attend and includes free admission (with student ID) to participating museums. Arcadia will be providing transportation to and from the event. Shuttle times.

Glenside Street Fair, Sept. 26

Glenside Street Fair, Sept. 26
View the full-size flier.

The Arcadia community is invited to participate in the ninth annual Glenside Street Fair on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. along Easton Road at Glenside Avenue. Activities include artists and crafters, a farmer’s market, street performers, a food court, sidewalk sales, a children’s corner, and live music. For more information, visit the Cheltenham Township Main Street site at The rain date is Saturday, Oct. 3.

Flea Market on Campus, Sept. 27

Reserve your space now for Arcadia University’s Fall Flea Market on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 11 to 3 p.m. “Located in parking lot 12 off of Church Road, the flea market is a convenient stop whether you are looking to clean out your closet or for a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon,” says Cindy Rubino, Community Service Officer. “Come browse through the market, spend or make a little cash, and enjoy some refreshments.” Space rental is $15. Tables are free for members of the AU community. Register online to request a space. For more information, visit or call 215-572-4000.

Grad School: Explained, Sept. 30

Considering graduate school? Attend Grad School: Explained! on Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Landman Library University Gallery Room. “We will go through the application process and help you get answers to your questions,” says Kate McGlinchey of the Office of Career Development. “If grad school is a possibility for you—don’t miss this!”

Join Archie Bunker’s Neighborhood, Oct. 1

Arcadia students are invited to join—and participate in—two First-Year Seminar classes in Archie Bunker's Neighborhood on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Landman Library  University Room. The two seminars involved are In Pursuit of Happiness after Hurricane Katrina (FY103.11), taught by Adjunct Professor Rochelle Peterson, and WMD: Words Of Mass Destruction (FY103.25), taught by Dr. Doreen Loury, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of Act 101.

Fireworks and Family Weekend at Fall Fest, Oct. 9-11

“Parents. Grandparents. Guardians. Siblings. They dropped you off or said goodbye just a few weeks ago as you headed to Arcadia for the fall semester,” says Dian Taylor-Alleyne, Assistant Dean of Campus Involvement. “Now it’s time to invite them to campus for Family Weekend at Fall Fest. You can arrange for your family to attend class with you, or just watch fireworks and then head to the Castle for Casino Mania. Your family can tour historic Philadelphia, watch Dreamworks’ Up, or cheer for Arcadia’s sports teams.” Fall Fest combines Family Weekend and Alumni Homecoming, and the result is fireworks! See complete list of activities for Oct. 9-11 register online at

Campus Happenings

Late Knights: Movies, Gift Cards, and Glow-in-the-Dark Games

By Leandra Cameron ’10

Late Knights logoOn Friday Sept. 18, SPB held a viewing of the movie Away We Go in The Chat as part of Late Knights programming. The movie tells the story of a couple starting a family. As they’re expecting their first child, they are eager to settle down. The film shows the couple's ups and downs as they wind their way across the country searching for the perfect place to raise a family. On their travels they encounter several of their relatives who aid in this process. Read more.

Sports Update

Janelle Jablonski shields the ball from a Ramapo College defender. The Women's Soccer team is undefeated this season.

Women’s Tennis Drops First Match of the Year at Elizabethtown

(6-1) Arcadia Women's Tennis lost its first match of the 2009 season, also the team's first Commonwealth Conference match of the year, 8-1, to the Blue Jays of Elizabethtown College Saturday afternoon. Junior Irina Samson earned the Knights sole win of the afternoon in a barnburner three game set at #5 singles. Read more.

Welch’s Second-Half Goal Lifts Women’s Soccer Past Cabrini

(6-0-2) Arcadia University Women's Soccer improved to 6-0-2 on the year with a second half goal to break a scoreless game giving the Knights a 1-0 win over Cabrini College Saturday night in non-conference play. Sophomore Stephanie Welch's goal in the 57th minute on a corner kick broke the scoreless game with junior Katie O'Malley earning the assist. Read more.

Field Hockey Loses 2-1 in Home Opener

(2-3) Keystone senior Kellina Yarrish scored six minutes into overtime to give the Giants the win, spoiling the home opener for the Knights. The Knights lone goal on the afternoon came off the stick of junior Ashley McCarthy on a penalty stroke in the first half of play. Read more.

Clementi Scores Twice as Men’s Soccer Earns Home Win

(4-3-1) Arcadia University junior Joe Clementi scored his first two goals of the year, also the teams first goals scored at home in 2009, to help the Knights to a 4-1 win over non-conference Goucher College onSaturday afternoon on Kuch Field. Read more.

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