October 13, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
October 13, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Students recreated themselves as superheroes for a Studio Art Foundations project.

Art Students: Superheroes by Design

On Oct. 6, students in Studio Art Foundations courses taught by Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor Fine Arts and Coordinator of Foundations, and Matthew Borgen, Adjunct Professor of Art, critiqued their first projects of the semester. Each student had to recreate himself or herself as a superhero. Not only did they have to come to class in costume, they also paraded around campus to Kuch Field and Grey Towers Castle. Borgen’s superheroes also journeyed to Blankley Field on Oct. 7 for free hot dogs and hot chocolate and cheered on the women’s field hockey team.

In other Art and Design news, the student art club (DADA) hosted a screening of one of the episodes from ART21 Season 5 on Oct. 8 on the University Theater MainStage. The agenda for the evening was to screen the episode Compassion and have DADA run a discussion session followed by a reception. “We plan on having another film screening of the movie Who Does She Think She Is about women artists, and DADA is working furiously on the Empty Bowl Dinner event,” says Loeffler. The Student Gallery in Landman Library opens Oct. 20.

Empty Bowl Dinner Fights Hunger, Homelessness, Nov. 16

Empty Bowl Dinner Fights Hunger, Homelessness, Nov. 16
Students make bowls for Empty Bowl Dinner.

Arcadia University holds its annual Empty Bowl Dinner to fight hunger and homelessness on Monday, Nov. 16, in Grey Towers Castle. The community is invited to participate in this service event. Seating is by ticket only, with the first seating from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the second seating from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Since 1993, Arcadia University has been holding the Empty Bowl Dinner to help fight hunger and homelessness in U.S. cities as well as in other countries. Everyone who attends will get to select a handcrafted bowl made by Arcadia students and local artists in and the around the community. They can then fill their bowls, choosing from an assortment of mouth-watering soups, amazing breads, and desserts—all donated by restaurants and individuals in and around the campus. Read more.

First-Year Students Go Beyond Broadway

First-Year Students Go Beyond Broadway
Students in the first-year seminar Beyond the Broadway Blockbuster: Exploring Thoughtful Theatre saw a performance at at the Philadelphia Live-Arts festival.

By Michael Feeney '10

Assistant Professor of Theater Arts Jonathan Shandell is currently teaching the first-year seminar, Beyond the Broadway Blockbuster: Exploring Thoughtful Theater, with a primary goal in mind. “My goal is to engage students with live theater that might not be familiar to them: in other words, something other than Broadway-style musicals,” he says.

The class recently saw a performance at the Philadelphia Live-Arts festival titled The Last Cargo Cult by performance artist Mike Daisey.

Shandell knew that students would find the show to be different. “The performance was highly unconventional for those students only familiar with Broadway theater,” he says. “One man sat behind a desk on a bare stage and told stories for almost two hours. The stories were tales from his own life, centered on his visit to a remote South Pacific Island where the native peoples do not use money. The performance posed serious and difficult questions about the role of money in American society and in our everyday lives.” Read more.

How Many Hot Dogs Will Be Grilled on Wednesday?

How Many Hot Dogs Will Be Grilled on Wednesday?
Quincy Jones of the English Department took cooking classes with Professor X. His grilling skills will be on display at today's women's soccer game against Albright.

Celebrity Grillers on Wednesday, Oct. 14, hope to set a new record for free hot dogs grilled at Knight athletic events. Firing up the grill at the women's soccer game against Albright at 4 p.m. will be Josh Blustein, Sandi Hordis, Quincy Jones, Mimi Bassetti and Mark Curchack. In a move to rev up their crowd, they are offering a veggie option in addition to the menu of hot dogs and hot chocolate. Thanks go to sponsors Aramark and Parkhurst Dining Services.

Last week's Celebrity Grillers—Jerry Greiner, Dick Wertime and Tom Macchi—grilled 400 hot dogs on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Arcadia Knights' field hockey game at Blankley Field, where the Knights thrilled the crowd with an upset 3-2 win over Swarthmore. The tennis match slated for that day had to be postponed due to high winds, but hundreds of students, faculty and staff come up the hill to cheer on the women's field hockey players despite the gray sky and whipping winds. Sponsors included Facilities, University Relations, Parkhurst, and the Athletics Department.

Find out who really cooks Chef Boyardee—and try to figure out which Celebrity Griller played soccer on his national team. Read more.

Late Knights: Harry Potter (Oct. 16) and Slam Poets The Dynamic Duo (Oct. 17)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: In Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry finds a book marked mysteriously, "This book is the property of the Half Blood Prince," which helps him excel at Potions class and teaches him a few dark and dangerous ones along the way. Meanwhile, Harry is taking private lessons with Professor Dumbledore in order to find out about Voldemort's past so they can discover his only weakness. When and where: Friday, Oct. 16, at 9 p.m. in The Chat.

The Dynamic Duo: Fighting Crime across The United Sates for the better part of the past two years The Dynamic Duo are poetry’s favorite crime fighting pair. Heralded for their high energy live performances involving complex dual voice work, comedy, and emotionally raw poetry Panama Soweto and Ken Arkind have brought their show to both coasts and all points in between.  From The Nuyorican Poets Café and The Bowery Poetry Club in New York City to Da Poetry Lounge in Los Angeles, World Famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Yale, Rutgers and numerous universities, slam venues and high schools across the country. When and where: Saturday, Oct. 17, at 11 p.m. in The Chat.

Faculty and Staff Campaigns Set New Giving Records

Faculty and Staff Campaigns Set New Giving RecordsSince July 1, 2007, faculty and staff have raised more than $480,000 toward At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University while also seeking to fund seven named endowments in honor of students, colleagues and friends of the University. This marks a new record for giving for the faculty and staff—the highest amount raised in any campaign to date.

“The Faculty and Staff Campaigns build on the success of our trustees, who already are inspiring our alumni as their Campaign begins this fall. It’s an exciting time for the University,” says Margaret Wright Steele '80, Campaign Co-Chair. Read more.

Nodine and Siegel Talk About Talking

By Heather C. Mick '11

Nodine and Siegel Talk About Talking

How can students explore interdisciplinary topics in a hands-on atmosphere? Where can professors and students collaborate and make crucial connections between textbook facts and real-world experience? Arcadia University’s University Seminars are the place to go if you are seeking a unique experience while attaining course credit.

Dr. Barbara Nodine, Professor of Psychology at Arcadia University, is teaching the Look Who’s Talking: Early Language in Toddlers, Monkeys, Bilinguals and Feral Children seminar, which examines the nature and meaning of early language development. Read more.

Smith, Students Conduct Summer Research on Gene Expression

Smith, Students Conduct Summer Research on Gene Expression

Most call it the fruit fly, but thanks to summer research, the students in Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Sheryl Smith’s lab know this common household pest as Drosophila melanogaster, and they’ve learned it has real scientific value. Smith’s lab includes several students in the Biology program: Will Schindel '11, Russell Schneider '11, Allison Ulrich '10, Ansu Jacob '11, and Morgan Wrzeszcz '10, all of whom worked closely with her this summer on research projects.

With the supervision of Smith and a visiting scientist from the Wistar Institute, Neepa Christian, the students spent the summer using the fruit fly as a model system to better understand how certain DNA sequences have evolved over the last 30 million years and how changes in these sequences affect the expression of genes. Read more.

Arcadia Mourns Loss of Student Studying Abroad in Italy

Arcadia Mourns Loss of Student Studying Abroad in Italy

The communities of Arcadia University and Hollins University have expressed their deep sadness at the death of Shalynda Toney, a student from Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., who was studying through The Arcadia University College of Global Studies at Accademia Italiana in Rome. Read Hollins University information, President Jerry Greiner’s message sent to the Arcadia University community around the world, and the Roanoke Times report on her compassionate life.

Math Researcher from Germany to Address 90-Year-Old Problem

The campus community is invited to a public seminar in Computer Science and Mathematics on Friday, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Landman Library University Room. Dr. Robert Rettinger from Hagen University in Germany will address “Blochs Constant is Computable—An Application of Computer Science to Classical Mathematics.” Rettinger graduated from Bonn University and got his Ph.D. and Habilitation degrees from Hagen University and now is a Privatdozent at the Department of Computer Science of Hagen University.

“Dr. Rettinger is a leading scholar in CCA (Computability and Complexity in Analysis),” says Dr. Xizhong Zheng, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics. “His main research interest is to bridge computer science and mathematics. Recently he made remarkable progress in solving a 90-year-old open mathematical problem (Blochs constant problem) by means of techniques developed in computer science. In this talk, he will tell us some interesting stories about this research.”

Want to Spend a Semester in LA, North Carolina, New York?

The deadline for applying for a Domestic Exchange semester in the spring is Nov. 1. A semester at Whittier College in California, Elon University in North Carolina, or Wagner College in New York fulfills the Global Connections Experience element of the Undergraduate Curriculum. Read more about the Study Away Student Exchange Program. For more information, contact Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Professor of Education, TESOL Programs Coordinator and Director of Global Connections.

Faculty and Staff Can Rate Arcadia as Employer

Arcadia University is participating in the 2010 Philadelphia Top Workplaces program. This program identifies the top workplaces in the Delaware Valley based on the opinions of employees. Arcadia fauclty and staff have received an e-mail with a link to a short survey to rate Arcadia as an employer. This short survey can be completed in five minutes. The survey must be competed by Friday, Oct. 23. The research for this list is being carried out by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent research company. Responses to the survey will remain completely confidential.

Arcadia Gets Grant to Increase Math and Science Teacher Qualifications

Arcadia University has been awarded $1.6 million grant for a Certification Initiative in Mathematics and Science (CIMS) project to implement and evaluate an innovative program designed to increase the number of regular and special education teachers who become "highly qualified" teachers of secondary mathematics or science in Pennsylvania school districts. The grant was announced this month by the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Eligible Partnerships in Post Secondary Education Program.

The partner schools in the program are the School District of Lancaster, the Allentown School District, the School District of Philadelphia, and the Reading School District. The program includes the following elements. Read more.

American Eagle is Playing Arcadia’s Songs

American Eagle Outfitters is playing Arcadia’s songs—starting Oct. 21 and running for a month—thanks to student Melissa Leon. “Over the summer, I saw college radio clubs' playlists being played in American Eagle Outfitter stores on their TV screens.” Leon ended up contacting another college and sending a certified letter to the corporate headquarters of American Eagle. “Two days after they received it, Meghan Lueck from American Eagle called and said we won! They loved our playlist and our enthusiasm. They are going to play the songs that we selected in their stores for a month. They will have a little subtype at the bottom of the screens in the stores saying the song title along with ‘Arcadia University's College Radio Playlist.’ This is amazing publicity for Arcadia, as it will play across the country in their major stores.”

Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics Announced

Seasonal flu vaccination clinics will be held in Student Health Services. Note that this vaccination is for the seasonal flu, not the H1N1 (swine) flu. Vaccinations are available on Thursday, Oct. 15, only for high-risk individuals—those with asthma, diabetes, epilepsy or other medical illness. All others will be first-come, first-served on Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. More info.

Frank’s Presentation Inspires a School

“Eight minutes into Danielle Frank's presentation, the lights went out. It hardly mattered because her message alone was powerful enough to illuminate the room. The 19-year-old Arcadia University sophomore's brilliant talk with students at Inglewood Elementary School in Lansdale on Friday morning was one of acceptance, understanding and appreciation of those who look different,” wrote Phil Gianficaro in the Intelligencer. “Like little people. Like her. And Inglewood kindergarten student Giovanni Leight.“ Read more.

Register for Weight Watchers at Work

Want to learn how to lose weight, manage cravings and eat healthy during the holidays? Join the Weight Watchers at Work Program. Meetings will take place every Wednesday, beginning Oct. 28, from noon to 1 p.m., for 10 sessions. The dates include Oct. 28, Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Jan. 6 and Jan. 13.

The cost of the meetings and program materials for non-members will be $135, paid in full prior to the first meeting. Weight Watchers members currently attending meetings and Lifetime members not at goal will pay $130. Payment must be submitted by Friday, Oct. 16, to Human Resources. Checks are made payable to “Weight Watchers”. Checks will be deposited after Oct. 28.

Participants may be eligible for reimbursement for the cost of Weight Watchers under the Independence Blue Cross Healthy Lifestyles Program up to $200 per calendar year. For complete Healthy Lifestyles information, visit www.ibxpress.com or call Blue Cross at 1-800-ASK-BLUE.

Enrollment Management Hosts Fall Open Houses

The Office of Enrollment Management will host three more Open Houses this fall. Prospective students and their families will be joining us on campus for a taste of the Arcadia experience on Oct. 18, Nov. 7, and Dec. 6. Each Open House will feature campus tours and a variety of information sessions.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Curchack Book: Other Duties as Assigned

Curchack Book: Other Duties as Assigned
Dr. Mark P. Curchack has written Other Duties as Assigned, the first monograph-length study of the role of presidential assistants (PAs) in higher education.

Dr. Mark P. Curchack has written Other Duties as Assigned, the first monograph-length study of the role of presidential assistants (PAs) in higher education. The role is relatively new in the academy, and is by its very nature almost impossible to define, since flexibility and individual presidential circumstances are central to its makeup. Nevertheless, the volume tries to cover the great variety found among America’s PAs. Curchack is Arcadia’s Associate Vice President for Planning and Assessment, Executive Director of the President's Office, and Secretary to the Board.

The book is a compilation of essays by 12 current or former PAs exploring many of the facets of the job. Another 25 or more PAs had hands in reviewing chapters. The volume rests on a nation-wide survey with more than 700 respondents. Chapters include studies of career paths to and beyond the position, the role of gender, essential PA qualities, handling complaints, running the office, running the president, speechwriting, fundraising, acting as a senior administrator, having a career as a PA, and the very special minutia encountered by PAs everywhere.

Work began on this project when Curchack was the president of the National Association of Presidential Assistants in Higher Education. It was published by Rowman and Littlefield Education as part of the American Council on Education series on Higher Education.

Kay WalkingStick Exhibits in Colorado

Kay WalkingStick '59 earned a B.F.A. from Arcadia and an M.F.A. from the Pratt Institute. Since then she's become an award-winning artist. She is one of three artists whose work is featured in Personal Paradise: Contemporary Perspectives on Landscape Painting, an exhibition at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 30 West Dale Street, Colorado Springs, Colo. The exhibit runs through Dec. 6. WalkingStick gave a lecture titled "Living in the City/ Painting in the Wild" on Oct. 8 at the Denver Art Museum. For more information, visit www.douglassociety.org.

Murphy Performs in Le Pescatrici at Rutgers

Murphy Performs in Le Pescatrici at Rutgers

Elizabeth Murphy, Adjunct Professor of Music, will perform the role of Nerina in Haydn's Le Pescatrici at Rutgers University on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at 732- 932-7511. The play will be performed in Italian with English supertitles and is a U.S. premiere. Murphy, a third-year doctoral candidate at Rutgers, also will perform the role of Mrs. McLean in Floyd's Susannah in February. She recently performed in Opera Fort Collins' production of Tosca in Colorado.

RN on Transplant Team Finds Success with ‘Dark Shadows’

RN on Transplant Team Finds Success with ‘Dark Shadows’Liz Kerr’s story “The Summer of Dark Shadows” is published in Philly Fiction 2. “The story was developed when I took a class at Arcadia with instructor Robin Black,” she says. “My first class at Arcadia was Screenwriting, and I was just notified that a screenplay I developed is a finalist in the prestigious Slamdance Screenplay competition. I’m hopeful that the class I am currently taking at Arcadia, Writing for Children, will lead to publication.”

The Philly Fiction II Web site notes that Liz Kerr “a Philadelphia native, holds dual Irish and American citizenship. She is a registered nurse on the Heart Transplant Team at a Philadelphia hospital and is pursuing a master's degree in English. She is a cofounder of Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund, a non-profit dedicated to building public skateboard parks in Philadelphia, and is an officer in the Ancient Order of Hibernians. She lives with her family in Jenkintown.” She gave a reading of her work in September at the Moonstone Arts Center.

Oatis’ Book on Kinesiology Translated into Korean

Dr. Carol Oatis, Professor of Physical Therapy, had her book Kinesiology: Mechanics and Pathomechanics of Human Movement (2nd Ed. Lippincott-Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2009) translated into Korean.

Upcoming Events

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

Art Gallery: Fictions + Facture: Recent Work by Dennis Kuronen, through Oct. 25
Fictions + Facture: Recent Work by Dennis Kuronen enters its final two weeks on display at the Arcadia University Art Gallery.

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.

Race Matters: Conceptions in East Africa, Oct. 14

The October Race Matters, a campus-wide discussion on race, features Dr. Jennifer Riggan, Assistant Professor of International Studies, on “Conceptions of Race in East Africa” on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in the Grey Towers Castle Nostrand Conference Room. Race Matters is open to the campus community from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., with lunch provided, and is sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice; the Office of International Services; the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences; and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, call Dr. John Noakes, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, at 215-572-2897 or noakesj@arcadia.edu.

Faculty Forum: Genetic Testing and Identity, Oct. 15

Faculty Forum: Genetic Testing and Identity, Oct. 15

Kathleen Valverde, Director of the Genetic Counseling program, will speak on “Genetic Testing and Identity: The Unexpected Implications of Being ‘Negative’” on Thursday, Oct. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Kuch Hospitality Center. Faculty and staff are invited to this Faculty Forum.

One of the most powerful diagnostic medical tools each of us possesses is a critical analysis of our own family histories. Families with significant breast and ovarian cancer are termed inherited cancer families. Testing for presymptomatic breast and ovarian cancer by BRCA testing has been available for the past 15 years. Obtaining BRCA test results is a life changing experience for all family members. This faculty forum presentation will explore the complexities of BRCA testing and its impact on family dynamics.

Hair Spraying and Braiding for Breast Cancer Awareness, Oct. 16

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Arcadia’s For the Women club kicks off a yearlong breast cancer awareness effort on Friday, Oct. 16, with its first fundraising event—Hair Spraying and Braiding for Breast Cancer Awareness—outside the Dining Hall between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. “For a $10 donation, a temporary pink spray will be used on your hair, or for a $5 donation, a volunteer will stylishly braid a pink ribbon into your hair,” says Grace Wainwright '10. “On the following Wednesday night, Oct. 21, from 8 to 11 p.m, on the third floor of Grey Towers Castle, there will be Hair Streaking, where for a $10 donation you can get a semi-permanent strip of pink dyed into your hair.” Read more.

Counseling Psychology Workshop: Supervision Issues, Oct. 16

Arcadia University’s Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology Workshop Series presents “Clinical and Ethical Issues in Supervision: An Integrative Approach” on Friday, Oct., 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. in Arcadia’s Landman Library, University Room.

Dr. Allan Goldberg, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice, will lead the workshop. Goldberg has been in clinical practice for 25 years specializing in supervision, LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) issues, men and intimacy, and adult development. Read more.

Alumna Kristina Moriconi—Poet and Author, Oct. 16

Alumna Kristina Moriconi—Poet and Author, Oct. 16

Kristina Moriconi '88, '05M.A., poet and author, returns to her alma mater on Friday, Oct. 16, as part of Arcadia's Writers Return to Campus series at 7:30 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle. Moriconi will read from her collection of poems and published pieces. Following the lecture there will be a question-and-answer session. The lecture is free an open to the public.

Moriconi's published work includes a short fiction piece in Opium, a literary magazine, and a poem as part of the anthology What Happened to Us These Last Couple of Years? An Anthology of the Bush Years, 2000-2008. She also has published both fiction and nonfiction works online at Big Ugly Review, Flash Me Magazine, Verbsap, Lost Magazine and several other publications. Moriconi is enrolled in the Rainer Writing Workshop M.F.A. program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., where she is working on a collection of lyric essays.

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 careerhelp@arcadia.edu, 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.

Study Away Info Sessions, Oct. 20

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 Nov. 3 and Nov. 11 at noon in The Chat Meeting Room. And for 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.

Internship and Career Fair, Oct. 20

“Does your major require an internship for academic credit? Do you want to explore career options and gain relevant experience? Are you currently seeking employment? If an internship or job is in your future, mark your calendar for Career Development’s Internship and Career Fair on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 3 to 6 p.m. in The Chat Performance Area,” says Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development. “Whether you are a first-year student or senior, the fair offers a chance to network with a range of employers seeking Arcadia students for a wide variety of positions. Plan on attending? Bring several copies of your resume, a professional and enthusiastic attitude, and dress in business casual attire.” For more information contact Career Development at 215-572-2939, careerhelp@arcadia.edu or stop by Knight Hall, room 133. Employers registered for this fair will be listed on the Career Development Web site.

Info Meeting on Spring Guatemala Course, Oct. 20

Info Meeting on Spring Guatemala Course, Oct. 20
Find out about service-learning in Guatemala at the Oct. 20 Information Meeting.

“Are you Interested in taking the spring semester course on Guatemala and joining us in traveling to Guatemala over spring break,” asks Terry Greiner, who is teaching a course on Guatemala with Dr. Erica Davila, Assistant Professor of Education. An Information Meeting for students is Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m. in Brubaker 301. “At that time you'll find out the specifics of the class, including costs, as well as hear about activities you will engage in while in Guatemala and meet students who took the course in previous years. Any student can register for the course, but Spanish speakers, Education majors and students interested in any branch of medicine are especially encouraged,” adds Greiner.

Arcadia University Theater: Home, Oct. 22 - 31

Theater Season Opens with the Tony Nominated Play HomeArcadia University Theater opens its 2009-10 season with Home a Tony Award nominated play by Samm-Art Williams and directed by Mark Wade, Assistant Professor and Director of Theater Arts at Arcadia, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. on Arcadia’s MainStage.

Home, by playwright Samm-Art Williams, is the story of Cephus Miles, a young farmer in fictitious Cross Roads, North Carolina, who is content to work the land until his life is turned upside down by his girlfriend's sudden departure. The play, which is directed Mark Wade, explores the true meaning of "home" and wrestles with the notion that it may be far more challenging to cut ourselves free from our roots than we realize.

  • Oct. 22-24, 29-31 at 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.

For more information and ticket reservations, call 215-572-2112 or e-mail arcadiatheatre@arcadia.edu.

Arcadia, Neighbors Invited to Transition Cheltenham, Oct. 22

Members of the Arcadia University community and the neighboring communities of Abington, Springfield and Philadelphia are invited to a Community Building Symposium called “Transition Cheltenham: wakening the Genius of Our Community to Build Our Resilient and Self-Reliant Future” on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium.

“Come join us as we look to catalyze our local economy, food, clean transport, artisans, health, energy conservation and solar,” says Bill Mettler of Quiet Riot. The event is produced by TC Initiating Team and Arcadia’s master’s program in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. “Bring a treat or snack to share. Wear comfortable clothes and bring your re-useable cup. This is a zero-waste event,” adds Mettler.

Guest Speaker: Darwin and Theology, Oct. 28

Guest Speaker: Darwin and Theology, Oct. 28
van Huyssteen

J. Wentzel van Huyssteen, the James I. McCord, Professor of Theology and Science at Princeton Theological Seminary, will talk about “Darwin and Theology: Why Hominid Evolution Holds the Key to Personhood” on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Brubaker Hall 101. The community is invited to this free public lecture, which is hosted by the Arcadia University Department of Philosophy and Religion and sponsored by a grant from the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Arcadia Alumna and Oklahoma Secretary of State, Nov. 15

Save the date for a lecture with Arcadia alumna and Oklahoma Secretary of State M. Susan Savage '74. Savage will present “Civility in Public Spaces: The Rules of Engagement” at 6 p.m. in the University Room in Landman Library on Sunday, Nov. 15. Refreshments will be served.

Campus Happenings

Mentalist and and Ghost Hunter Bookend a Fun-filled Weekend

Illusionist and and Ghosthunter Bookend a Fun-filled Weekend
Illusionist/mentalist Wayne Hoffman performed in Stiteler Auditorium on Friday Night during Fall Fest. (Photos)

By Leandra Cameron '10

SPB hosted illusionist/ mentalist Wayne Hoffman this past Friday night during Fall Fest. Hoffman impressed nearly 300 attendants with his astonishing talent. “The audience seemed extremely impressed with his performance, especially his last trick, in which he refilled and resealed an empty can of Pepsi in front of the whole audience,” said Christa Greagori '10. Students and families came to see Hoffman display his art of illusion and reading minds. Hoffman delivered as a master manipulator of perception.

Casino Mania, sponsored by Student Activities, was a fun-filled event this past Saturday night. About 350 people packed the Castle for a night of casino games and Bingo. The roulette and Beat the Deal tables were completely surrounded for two hours. Other popular tables included Craps, Texas Hold ‘Em, and Black Jack. Bingo was a fun alternative to the casino tables. Thirteen prize packs—including two Residence Hall Council Cotillion tickets, AU t-shirts and other accessories, and a $35 donation to the winner’s charity of choice—were distrubuted over the course of the evening. Read more.

Sports Update

Knights of the Week

Brittany Drosdak '12 Joe Clementi '11 Jeff Kratohwill '10 Brittany Rasmussen '10
Brittany Drosdak '12 (Women's Soccer)
Joe Clementi '11
(Men's Soccer)
Jeff Kratohwill '10
(Men's Soccer)
Rasmussen '10
(Field Hockey)

Men’s Soccer Silences Lions, Win Fourth Straight

(10-4-1) Arcadia Men's Soccer held a 1-0 lead for nearly 66 minutes before a late second-half scoring surge saw the Knights net three goals in a 15-minute span to silence the Lions of Albright College 4-0 in Commonwealth play Tuesday afternoon on Kuch Field. The win is the fourth straight for Arcadia, which improves to 10-4-1 and sport a flawless 3-0 mark in the league standings. Read more.

Womens Soccer improves to 9th in Region

(10-0-3) Arcadia Women's Soccer jumped up a spot in today's NSCAA/Adidas Mid-Atlantic weekly rankings, taking a stronghold on the 9th spot in the region following a pair of wins last week. Read more.

Women’s Tennis Dominates PS-Harrisburg, Win 7-2

(8-6) The Knights were in top form on a cool, fall day, dropping just two matches this afternoon in non-conference action. Arcadia took two of three from the Lions in doubles actions and a near sweep in singles play, for a 7-2 victory. Read more.

Clementi, Kratowhill Sweep Player of the Week Honors

Junior Joe Clementi and senior Jeff Kratohwill have been selected as the Player of the Week and Goalie of the Week respectively for Commonwealth Conference Men's Soccer. Read more.

Field Hockey Falls to Alvernia 1-0

(3-8) Alvernia scored mid-way through the first half and that proved to be the winning goal as the Crusaders of Alvernia shut-out the Knights 1-0 this afternoon at Blankley Field in Commonwealth Conference field hockey action. Read more.

Volleyball Holds off Mighty Macs 3-0

(9-9) Arcadia University Volleyball picked up their second straight victory, holding off the Mighty Macs of Immaculata University 3-0 Saturday afternoon in non-conference action.  Arcadia improves to 9-9 overall and returns to Commonwealth play Wednesday at Alvernia University. Read more.

In the News

Arcadia In the News

The Intelligencer posted the article "Arcadia University’s Empty Bowl Dinner fights hunger, homelessness, Nov. 16" on Saturday, Oct. 10, noting: “Arcadia University holds its annual Empty Bowl Dinner to fight hunger and homelessness on Nov. 16, in Grey Towers Castle. The community is invited to participate in this service event. Seating is by ticket only, with the first seating from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the second seating from 6:30 to 8 p.m.” Read more.

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