October 27, 2009
Arcadia University Bulletin
October 27, 2009 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Everything & Nothing Shows ‘A Fractaled World’

Everything & Nothing Shows ‘A Fractaled World’
Everything & Nothing students with their first exhibit, "A Gallery of Nothing."

Students in the University Seminar Everything & Nothing are hosting another gallery in the Dining Hall lobby, with the official opening on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will remain open through Wednesday, Nov. 4. This exhibit—“A Fractaled World"—is a collection of design themes and spatial/architectural proposals based on recursive functions.

“Exhibited projects are responses to our recent study of African Fractals and the challenges of cross-cultural border crossings,” says Dr. Peter Appelbaum, Professor of Mathematics Education and Director-at-Large of the Undergraduate Curriculum. “Orientation statements explaining the work will again be available in a binder near the entrance to the gallery, and comments are again encouraged in our visitors’ log.” Read more. (Photos)

Laurie Haggart Pierce ’95: Making Clay a Career

By Erin DuBois ’10

Laurie Haggart Pierce ’95: Making Clay a Career
To view
Haggart's work, visit www.aspectsofclay.com.

Clay is a passion for Laurie Haggart Pierce '95, but her studies at Arcadia inspired her to believe that it could be a career as well. Attracted by the Art Therapy program, she studied art and minored in Psychology.

“I learned how to work with people, and Paula Winokur (former Adjunct Professor of Art and Design at Arcadia) taught me everything I know about clay,” Haggart says. “In ceramic classes, I learned that clay could be a career some day.”

The seed of an idea to open her own studio sprouted, but Haggart’s dream lay dormant for several years after graduation. Meanwhile, steady commissions for her custom ceramic murals began to burst the seams of her garage workshop.

Despite her success, something was lacking. Read more.

Christina Dixon ’10: Hits, Hip-Hop and Interning

By Leandra Cameron ’10

Christina Dixon ’10: Beyond the Glitz and Glam

The time will be upon us in just months. The Class of 2010 students will be leaving their home of Arcadia and will go out into the world as the next generation of workers in their various respective fields. One way in which students can get a head start is through interning. As senior Christina Dixon '10 will tell you, an internship is a rewarding experience.

“I am currently an intern at Wired 96.5 Philly’s Hits and Hip-Hop radio station for Beasley Broadcasting,” she says. “This internship has plenty to do with my major as well as my future career goals. Since I am a Corporate Communications major, I am definitely in the right field. I am thinking about a career in sales. They have a sales department at the station, so next month I will be networking with that department.”

Dixon is gaining hands-on experience and exposure in her field, which she enjoys. She has learned how to work with programs such as Vox Pro, Adobe Audition and Archive Player. Read more.

M.B.A. Students Go to Paris to Study Euro Disney

M.B.A. students engaged Euro Disney executives during a trip to Paris in September.

Many M.B.A. students study Euro Disney (Disneyland Resort Paris) as a case study in international business practices, but Arcadia University M.B.A. students did their casework on the ground, not in a book, in Paris in September.

A cohort of 22 students had a full itinerary of business meetings, cultural excursions and opportunities to explore the city on their own and conduct primary research in their areas of study. As part of Arcadia’s M.B.A. program, students are required to complete two international study experiences. Each cohort travels to a developed economy and visits an emerging economy to compare and contrast business strategies and practices globally.

The international business experience in France provided students the opportunity to meet with many companies and government agencies, such as Invest in France Agency (IFA), Banque de France, Air Liquide, Xerox SAS Europe, European Commission, Kraft Foods and Euro Disney. Read more.

American Eagle is Playing Arcadia’s Songs

American Eagle is Playing Arcadia’s Songs
ARC Executive Board, from left: Matthew Dalrymple, Melissa Leon, Alisa Hathaway, and TJ O'Neill.

American Eagle Outfitters is playing Arcadia’s songs in 954 stores across the nation—starting Oct. 21 and running for a month—thanks to ARC (Arcadia Radio Club) President Melissa Leon. “Millions will see this on their video screen in the stores. I think it is great publicity for Arcadia as it is being shown to potential future students. We share the screen with Boston University. In the past, they showed play lists from Berkley, UCLA, and the University of Notre Dame. I think we are in very good company,” says 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.”

Looking for an Arts-based Local Global Connections Experience?

Looking for an Arts-based Local Global Connections Experience?

Charlotte Castle, from BuildaBridge, will be on campus to talk about opportunities to engage in arts-based (fine arts, music, dance) local Global Connections Experiences. The Information Session—BuildaBridge: Transforming Lives through the Creative Arts—is Thursday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. in the Spruance Fine Arts Center Seminar Room.

For more information, contact Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester at sylveste@arcadia.edu or contact Charlotte Castle at volunteer@buildabridge.org or 215-842-0428 x15.

BuildaBridge is a non-profit arts education and intervention organization that engages the transformative power of the arts to bring hope and healing to children, families, and communities in the tough places of the world. BuildaBridge motivates, enlists, trains, and connects those with artistic gifts with those in greatest need. Volunteer artist teachers develop relationships with homeless children (and their moms) in Philadelphia at difficult times in their lives by providing meaningful art lessons and activities that teach about life and provide positive relationships. Around the world, artists engage in direct service and building capacity for local organizations serving children and youth. Read more about BuildaBridge.

Late Knights Events, Oct. 30 and 31

Late Knights logoScary Movie Fest: On Friday, Oct. 30, Student Activities hosts a Scary Movie Fest at The Chat from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The films are sure to bring chills, as it comes right in time for Halloween. The Orphan and The Unborn will be shown. Both movies feature demonic children and spooky story lines. Enjoy being scared, as you get your Halloween fix. (If you miss out on Friday’s Scary Movie Fest, you have another opportunity to enjoy The Orphan and The Unborn on Saturday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in Stiteler Auditorium.)

The Masquerade Ball will be held at Grey Towers Castle from 9 p.m. to midnight. The Black Awareness Society hosts this annual event, which features an individual costume contest and a group costume contest. Come out and put your best scary face on. You can dance the night away, and maybe win a handsome prize.

Haunted Castle: Want to go to a haunted castle for Halloween? On Saturday, Oct. 31, The Society for Castle Restoration and Student Activities hosts Haunted Castle 2009: Grey Towers Asylum. This event will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight at Grey Towers Castle. The cost is $3 for Arcadia students and children and $5 for adults and guests.

Knight Madness, Nov. 5

Get pumped for the winter sport season at Knight Madness on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 10 p.m. in the Kuch Center, as all the athletics teams are introduced to the Arcadia crowd. Knight Club and Exalted Movements will take the floor for performances. There also will be a faculty and staff basketball game and a game of "knock out" between class officers. Throughout the night, special prizes will be given away to students, including an iPod touch, gift cards, t-shirts and rally towels. Faculty and staff interested in signing up to play in the basketball game should contact Stacey Scherer, Area Coordinator for Apartment Style Housing, at scherers@arcadia.edu.

Global Connections Experience Deadline Nov. 1

“Explore a new part of the country. Enhance your résumé. Expand your horizons. Study a new subject, work with exceptional faculty, experience a different geography, secure the perfect internship, engage in community service and meet students from another part of the country or world,” says Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Director of Global Connections at Arcadia. “There are many ways to fulfill your Global Connections Experience, including the Student Exchange program through the New American Colleges & Universities.”

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 Arcadia’s Study Away Student Exchange Program. For more information, contact Dr. Ellen Skilton-Sylvester, Professor of Education, TESOL Programs Coordinator and Director of Global Connections.

Sophomore Career Exploration Plunge Applications Due Nov. 2

Applications for the Sophomore Career Exploration Plunge (SCEP) are due Nov. 2. The Sophomore Career Exploration Plunge (SCEP) allows students to shadow professionals in their area of interest the week of Jan. 11.

“Often, the best way to know if you will really like a specific job or career is to observe it firsthand,” says Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development. “The SCEP provides students that opportunity. Additionally, this ‘career preview’ is an excellent opportunity for students to make professional connections and to examine potential internship opportunities.”

Sophomores interested in the SCEP must submit applications to Career Development in 133 Knight Hall, by Nov. 2. For more information on the Sophomore Career Exploration Plunge, contact Career Development at 215-572-2939, careerhelp@arcadia.edu or Knight Hall Room 133.

Scholarship Opportunity: Pay It Forward—Get It Back?

The Office of Enrollment Management is offering a scholarship opportunity, called Pay It Forward—Get It Back, where current full-time Arcadia undergraduates compete for several $1,000 study abroad awards. To enter, students write an essay describing/nominating a high school guidance counselor who had a significant impact on their lives. The students with the winning essays will receive $1,000 scholarships to be used toward future study abroad experiences through Arcadia University.

“For example, perhaps your high school guidance counselor inspired you to study abroad, to study at Arcadia, to pursue a specific major, or even to stay in school,” says Michael Nuccio, Financial Aid Counselor coordinating the event. "Now you can recognize your counselor's dedication and hard work."

The counselors named in the winning essays will have the opportunity to travel to London in Summer 2010 with Arcadia University for a one-week study abroad experience. The deadline for essay submission is Nov. 11, 2009. To compete, send an essay (1-2 pages) to nucciom@arcadia.edu. Winning counselors must currently be employed at a high school in college guidance or the guidance office and must be available to travel abroad with the group next summer.

Pay It Forward: Kimport Studies in Italy

Pay It Forward: Kimport Studies in Italy

Elizabeth Kimport, a Psychology/Art Therapy student, was one of four essay winners in last year’s Pay It Forward scholarship contest. “I would certainly recommend that students take this opportunity,” says Kimport. “Currently I am in Sicily. Mainland Italy, while still a vastly different culture, is much more modern and, in a way, more westernized than Sicily. Sicily has made me appreciate cultures that are completely different from American culture, while I now have a very new appreciation for the American culture.

“As a Psychology major,” she adds, “I am able to see through my study abroad experiences how strongly one’s culture and environment affects their personality and mindset.” Kimport says that she has been able to tell a distinct difference in the people she has met from different societies. “I am becoming immersed into a culture completely unlike that of any I have ever experienced.”

She also studied previously in London and adds, “I had a wonderful opportunity to attend a British university and live with British students and London’s history and bustling streets were fascinating and very exciting.”

Beyond Bugs: History Major’s New Take on Science

By Heather C. Mick ’11

Insects and Human Society, a University Seminar run by Dr. Chad Hoefler, Assistant Professor of Biology, explores the significance of insects in the lives of humans. The course has drawn a diverse range of students and even changed one student’s perspective of science.

History major Steve Currall ’12 originally took the course just to satisfy curriculum requirements. However, his non-science view of the natural world was changed after only a few weeks. “I can honestly admit that I am thrilled that I chose this course,” Currall says. “It has been years since I have taken a science course that really forces me to witness my role in society in a more tangible and physical way.” Read more.

Academic Regalia Can Be Purchased at Discount, Nov. 3

Faculty and administrators interested in owning academic regalia can place orders with a representative from Oak Hall Cap and Gown on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Rose Room Turret of Grey Towers Castle. This will be the only time that the representative will be on campus. Samples of various gowns will be available. “As an incentive to owning your attire, there will be a one-time only special offer that day for doctoral attire priced at $120,” says Donna Whitlock of University Relations. “This price includes a robe, hood and tam. This offer is only good on Nov. 3 the day of the visit. The fabric of the gown is polyester, and the doctor tam is synthetic velvet. Master attire also is available for a cost of $75. This is a one-day special attire offer, and all orders are payable by check only. No credit cards are accepted." Read more.

First-Year Class Officers Announced

Class of 2013 officer election results are in, and the new officers are President Cassie Paulk, Vice President Nick Bongarzone, Secretary Antuan Johnson, and Treasurer Alicia Colletti. Thanks to all first-year students who participated in the election process.

Campus Achievement Award: Apply by Nov. 2

Full-time undergraduate students who are involved on campus are encouraged to apply for the Campus Achievement Award. Students must demonstrate service and leadership on Arcadia’s campus or in the local community and have financial need and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. The deadline to apply is Nov. 2 for consideration for the spring 2010 semester. Click here for an application.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Curotto Publishes Book on Quantum Methods

Curotto Publishes Book on Quantum MethodsDr. Emanuele "Manny" Curotto, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics, has written a book Stochastic Simulations of Clusters: Quantum Methods in Flat and Curved Spaces (CRC press Taylor & Francis group ISBN 9781420082258), which was published in September. The summary from the back cover describes the book as one that "Unravels complex problems through Quantum Monte Carlo Methods. Clusters hold the key to our understanding of intermolecular forces and how these affect the physical properties of bulk condensed matter. They can be found in a multitude of important applications, including novel fuel materials, atmospheric chemistry, semiconductors, nanotechnology, and computational biology. Focusing on the class of weakly bound substances known as van derWaals clusters or complexes, Stochastic Simulations of Clusters: Quantum Methods in Flat and Curved Spaces presents advanced quantum simulation techniques for condensed matter." Read more.

People’s Light Presents Petersen’s Snow White

People’s Light Presents Petersen’s Snow White

People's Light & Theatre Company presents Snow White, a Panto written by Kathryn Petersen, Assistant Professor of Theater at Arcadia, with music and lyrics written by Michael Ogborn, from Nov. 18 to Jan. 3. The Panto—part "fractured fairy tale" and part variety show—is an English holiday tradition, reports Broadwayworld.com. “Snow White incorporates traditional Panto elements, including audience participation (in the form of cheering the heroes and booing the villains), candy tossed out to audience members, and ‘silly songs’ shared in an audience sing-along.” Read more.

Johnston Letter Corrects Misinformation on Prisons

Johnston Letter Corrects Misinformation on Prisons

In the Letters section of the Oct. 25 Philadelphia Inquirer, Dr. Norman Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and author of The Human Cage: A Brief History of Prison Architecture (Walker & Co., New York), wrote a letter stating the inaccurate information in a story “The Memory Stream,” (Currents, Oct. 11) on Moyamensing Prison. Johnston wrote that the story might have mentioned that the small, Egyptian-style prison next to it was used for women prisoners. Johnston also wrote that the article incorrectly says it was a “separate wing” and that it was built for debtors but never used for them. He also comments that Eastern State Penitentiary was not “the nation’s first prison,” as there were earlier prisons in Georgia, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Before Eastern State was opened in 1829, Johnston wrote, prisons at Pittsburgh opened in 1827, and in Philadelphia, prisons opened in 1695 and 1718. The world-famous Walnut Street Jail opened in 1797.

Brinker Addresses Special Needs Tax Benefits at Symposium

Professor of Accounting Thomas Brinker gave a presentation on “Capitalizing on Tax Benefits for the Parents of Dependents with Special Needs Families” at a MetDESK Special Needs Planning Symposium workshop held in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30.

Upcoming Events

Arcadia University Theater: Home, through Nov. 1

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 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 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.

FADE at the Student Art Gallery, through Nov. 17

Student Art Gallery Opens in Landman Library

Art and Design students now have a new place to display and share their work with the Arcadia community—a new Student Art Gallery in Landman Library. The Student Art Gallery is located on the lower level of the library in the former microfiche room.

The Art and Design Department opened the gallery with FADE, a freshman exhibition, on Oct. 20. There are 19 works in the show, including 14 two-dimensional works made with a variety of materials including conte pencil, charcoal, sharpie, ink and pencil. There are five superhero costumes made with a variety of materials including fabric, copper, embroidery thread, fake leaves, rocks and bells. “The 2D work ranges in size from 8.5"x11" to 18"x36" and the 3D work is life-size since they are costumes the students wore for critique,” says Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor of Art and Design and Coordinator of Foundations.

“The Landman Library Student Gallery exists to showcase work made and installed by students. It is important for our students to learn the professional practice of installing an exhibition and to begin to understand the effect of their work on an audience,” adds Loeffler. The jurors for FADE were Art and Design faculty members Karen Misher and Maryann Worrell, and the student juror was Lydia Jacobs '10.

Study Away Info Sessions, Oct. 28

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. 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.

Parkhurst Dining Services Presents Traveling Chefs, Oct. 28

A team of chefs from the Parkhurst Family of accounts brings the finest and freshest in world cuisine to the Dining Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "You won’t want to miss this special event as our talented chefs prepare tantalizing cuisine with an international flair right before your eyes," says Sara Goodwin, General Manager of Parkhurst Dining Services.  The menu features bombay shrimp, chicken with mushrooms and butternut squash coulis, pasta with tomatoes, basil and arugula, and Venezuelan masa arepas.

Guest Speaker: Darwin and Theology, Oct. 28

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.).

Film: American Violet, Oct. 28

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. there will be a screening of the film American Violet in The Chat. The film depicts the story of a single African-American mother struggling to clear her name after being wrongly accused and arrested for dealing drugs. The screening is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Student Activities, the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, the ACT101 Program, and the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice.

View the Stars from Boyer Hall Observatory, Oct. 29

View the Stars from Boyer Hall Observatory, Oct. 29

The Night Skies of Pennsylvania, a First-Year Seminar taught by Dr. Julia Plummer, Assistant Professor of Education, presents an opportunity for the campus community to hear a lecture on astronomy and then uses Arcadia’s telescope in the Boyer Hall Observatory.

Dr. Michael Jarvis, University of Pennsylvania astronomers, will discuss “The New Invisible Universe: How We Study the Parts of the Universe We Cannot See” on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. in Brubaker 102, followed by telescope observations on the roof of Boyer. All guests will receive star charts. Jarvis’ lecture will address understanding that the content of the universe has undergone a significant change over the past couple decades. Scientists now believe that 95 percent of the universe is made of matter and energy that is completely invisible at all wavelengths. He will discuss some of the remarkable experiments that have precipitated this paradigm shift, as well as some upcoming experiments, which may help us learn more about the so-called "dark matter" and "dark energy."

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Workshop, Oct. 30

Arcadia’s Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology Workshop Series presents “Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask” on Friday, Oct. 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the University Room in Landman Library. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. The instructor, Dr. Susan Schack, is in private practice in New York City and Philadelphia, where she works with individuals and couples with a variety of presenting problems, including depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders and personality disorders. She also runs DBT groups at The Center for Motivation and Change, a treatment center for addiction, in New York City. Read more about how to register and the fee.

Haunted Castle Tours on Halloween Night, Oct. 31

The Society for Castle Restoration (SRC) hosts “The Haunted Castle” in Grey Towers Castle on Halloween night, Saturday, Oct. 31. The Haunted Castle is open to campus and local community members form 7 to 10 p.m. and is open to the campus community until midnight. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and students with ID. The event is open to everyone and features a child-safe tour as well as a tour for older students and adults. For more information about the event, contact SRC at src@arcadia.edu or Student Activities at 215-572-4082.

Free HIV Tests on Campus, Nov. 3

9|30 logo“Getting tested for HIV takes just 20 minutes—and it’s free,” says Tracy Pointon, a Master of Public Health student who is working on a class project—called 9|30 based on statistics of the number of people infected with HIV in the United States—with Keeley Creasey and Kelly Sykes to measure awareness and use of HIV Rapid Testing among Arcadia undergraduate and graduate students. “Now you have no excuse not to know. Come receive a confidential HIV test and counseling for free on campus Nov. 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Student Health Center (Heinz Hall) Just a swab of your mouth, and results in 20 minutes.” This testing is sponsored by the 9|30 project and conducted by Care/Family Planning Council.

Games at Knight, Nov. 5

Don’t miss Games at Knight, on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. in 142 Knight Hall. It’s hosted by the Learning Resource Network (LRN), and it’s free. “Games, prizes, music, pizza, snacks, and a special Arcadia raffle—come join the fun,” says Debra Golaszewski, Advising and Tutoring Coordinator.

Author of LOVE Park Jim Zervanos Comes to Arcadia Nov. 6

Author of LOVE Park Jim Zervanos Comes to Arcadia Nov. 6

Arcadia’s Visiting Writers Series presents Jim Zervanos, novelist and short story author, on Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room of Grey Towers Castle. Zervanos will read from his recent novel LOVE Park, which has received rave reviews for his portrayal of a colorful Greek family living in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. A question-and-answer session follows the lecture, which is free and open to the public.

Zervanos’s fiction has appeared, most recently, in the Cimarron Review, Green Mountains Review, and Philly Fiction, a collection of short stories featuring Philadelphia writers. His fiction also has appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, Hawaii Review, Cream City Review, Failbetter.com, and Folio, which recognized his short story “Church Camp” as the journal’s best of 1999. Born in Lancaster, Pa., he earned his B.A. and M.A. from Bucknell University, where he was an Academic All America baseball player and, upon graduation in 1992, won the William Bucknell Prize for English.

Since 1995 Zervanos has taught English at Penncrest High School in Media, Pennsylvania. He a has been a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. He spent a year living in Athens, Greece, where he finished writing LOVE Park. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife.

Bulgarian Folk Dance, Nov. 8

Arcadia University will host a Bulgarian folk music and dance party in the Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms on Sunday, Nov. 8, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy “Lyuti Chuski,” which translates in English as “Hot Peppers.” This combination of professional musicians from Bulgaria and American musicians from Washington, D.C., will perform toe-tapping music played on traditional instruments from Bulgaria.

Come and enjoy the sounds, culture, music and dances of Bulgaria along with delicious traditional Balkan food and refreshments. This event is being hosted by the International Folk Dancing Club and co-sponsored by the International Club, Student Program Board, Office of International Services, Multicultural Affairs, and the Folk Dance Council of the Delaware Valley.

Tickets for the event will be sold in front of the Dining Hall during the week of Nov. 2. The price is $3 for Arcadia students, $5 for Arcadia faculty and staff members and non-Arcadia students, and $15 for general admission. Tickets also can be purchased at the door on the day of the event. For more information, contact Yoana Koleva at 202-834-0021 or e-mail ykoleva@arcadia.edu.

Marketing Director for St. Mary Medical Center, Nov. 11

The Arcadia University Healthcare Administration Student Society will host Patrick Donohue, Director of Marketing and Communications for St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pa., on Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Brubaker 301. “St. Mary Medical Center has been recognized nationally for its dynamic advertising and marketing efforts, making it one of the premier medical centers in the region. Come hear the story behind this very successful campaign,” says Robert H. Kieserman, Adjunct Professor and Adviser for Health Administration. All students and faculty are invited to attend.

Are You Smarter Than a Fourth Grader? Nov. 12

The University Colloquium Series presents “Are You Smarter Than a Fourth Grader? Understanding Culture and Learning in the Classroom” on Thursday, Nov. 12 in the Rose and Mirror Rooms of Grey Towers Castle. This event is free and open to the public and pre-registration is not required. A coffee reception begins at 7 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Yuma I. Tomes, Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology master’s program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, will offer an overview of current research on cultural diversity. It will address the teacher’s ability to interpret the cultural actions of a student and modify a classroom curriculum or techniques to match the student’s cognitive style. Read more.

Phillips Gives Lecture on Algae Evolution, Nov. 13

Dr. Naomi Phillips, Assistant Professor of Biology, delivers the Stacy Anne Vitetta Memorial Lecture in the Castle Dining Room on Friday, Nov. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is open to the entire community and includes a reception. Phillips will discuss “From Microscopic Algae to Giant Seaweeds: What We Can Learn From Brown Algae Evolution.” Her lecture is part of the Faculty Speaker Series. The Stacy Anne Vitetta Professorship is awarded every two years, and Phillips is the 2007-09 recipient.

Lectures in Song: Frank Sinatra, Nov. 15

Arcadia University presents “Lectures in Song: Frank Sinatra,” a musical and anecdotal overview of the great American entertainer’s life and career presented by singer/pianist Fred Miller on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Stiteler Auditorium, Murphy Hall.

Admission to this Landman Concert event is $15 admission, and participants should register in advance online.

For more information, contact Katey Casella at casellak@arcadia.edu or 215-572-2094.

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.

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.

Sports Update

Knights of the Week

Kratohwill O'Malley

Women’s Soccer Unable to Weather Falcons

(13-1-3) Locked for first place overall in the Commonwealth Conference standings, Arcadia University and #1 Messiah met in a make up of their originally scheduled women's soccer showdown on Oct. 17, postponed due to heavy rains ten days back. And despite the steady presence of rain that soaked Shoemaker Field, the two teams, entering the game with identical 5-0 league marks, battled for sole posession with the defending league and Division III champs earning bragging rights with a 4-0 win on their home field. Read more.

Men’s Soccer Enter NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Top 10

(11-5-2) For the first time this season, Arcadia Men's Soccer has been selected as one of the Mid-Atlantic region's top 10 teams by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The NCSAA/Adidas poll voted the Knights in following a 1-0-1 week in Commonwealth play that saw the team play Widener to a scoreless double-OT draw before handing #24 Elizabethtown just its second loss of the year, a 1-0 victory for the Knights on Saturday. Read more.

Doubles Pair and Three Singles Players Advance at MAC’s

(9-7) Arcadia Women's Tennis sent their #2 doubles pair into the semi finals while three individual players advanced out of Saturday's first round action at the 2009 MAC Women's Tennis Individual Championships in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Read more.

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Alumni in the News

Pacheco Returns to Philadelphia in Interact Play

Pacheco Returns to Philadelphia in Interact Play“I saw the latest production at the Interact Theatre this weekend and it is excellent, but more impressive is that the lead in the play has a B.F.A. in Acting from Arcadia —Juan Pacheco, who carries the entire play,” reports Dr. Peter Appelbaum, Professor of Education. Interact Theatre Company’s Philadelphia premier of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, a play set in the world of professional wrestling that deals with fears of terrorism and globalism, runs through Nov. 22. According to the Interact Web site, “Upon graduating from Arcadia University, with a B.F.A. in Acting, Juan relocated to Los Angeles where he began working in television and film. A proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, he recently appeared in the independent film The Take alongside John Leguizamo, Tyrese, and Rosie Perez. He has also appeared in over a dozen national commercials.” Read more.

NYTimes Magazine Features Anna Deavere Smith

Anna Deavere Smith ’71 was featured in the Oct. 4 New York Times Magazine in an article “Can Anna Deavere Smith’s one-woman play about health care bring other voices to the debate?” Deavere, whose solo show Let Me Down Easy opened on Oct. 7 at the Second State Theater and runs through Nov. 8, was reviewed in The New York Times Theater Section on Oct. 8. Read more.

Empty Bowl Dinner Covered in Local Papers

Arcadia University’s upcoming Empty Bowl Dinner, which will be held on Nov. 16, was featured in the Oct. 14 Glenside News. The North Penn Life Oct. 9 also mentioned Arcadia’s Empty Bowl Dinner in an article on The Mudshack, a local pottery and glass art center in North Wales, Pa., that is offering discounts for painting bowls and running workshops for making 200 bowls in support of the Empty Bowl Dinner.

Page Running for Judicial Post

“During an unprecedented election contest, Montgomery County voters will select seven new Common Pleas Court judges when they go to the polls Nov. 3,” reports the Oct. 25 Times Herald. Among the candidates: “Garrett D. Page, 53, of Abington, the current elected county treasurer, cited his extensive legal and business background as qualifications for a judicial post….Page, who was selected by his peers to serve as the president of the Pennsylvania Treasurers Association, also serves on the board of directors of Arcadia University and is the president of the Abington Township Library Board.” Read more.

Ruch Running for School Board

The Mercury (Pottstown, Pa.) reports that Betsy Ruch is one of five people “vying for four available seats on the Phoenixville Area School Board in November…. Ruch has been a resident for 39 years and has seen her four children go through Phoenixville schools and become successful adults, and now has grandchildren who will also be going through the school system.” Ruch earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Arcadia. Read more.

Faculty in the News

Grady at Fairleigh Dickenson

Dr. Hugh Grady, Professor of English and author of Shakespeare and Impure Aesthetics (Cambridge University Press), spoke at the 17th annual Shakespearean Colloquium on Saturday, Oct. 24, at Fairleigh Dickinson University, according to the Oct. 4 Madison (NJ) Eagle. Grady, along with speakers Eric Johnson-Debaufre. Paul Kottman of the New School in New York, and Andrew Majeske of John Jay College in New York City, discussed the ways in which material objects empower new ways of thinking about Shakespeare, the importance of the art of lying in Shakespeare, whether and why people are moved by Shakespearean tragedy, and how German philosophers made a masterpiece of Hamlet.

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