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

Campus News

Spring Opportunities: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Tanzania

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Costa Rica. Guatemala. Tanzania. Arcadia students have some special opportunities to learn more about the challenges faced by people living in other countries through these unique interdisciplinary courses offered in the spring semester. Each courses includes a weeklong experience, which gives faculty and students firsthand knowledge of another country.

Women in Tanzania, Prevention of Trauma through Advocacy and Empowerment (ID 381.7), is taught by Dr. Sharon Flicker, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and travel to Tanzania from May 22-31. Costa Rica: Sustainable Development and Indigenous Human Rights (ID 381.6) is taught by Dr. Warren Haffar, Associate Dean of Internationalization and Director of International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Dr. Jennifer Riggan, Assistant Professor of International Studies. Travel to Costa Rica is May 22-31. Guatemala (ID 181.4), is taught by Dr. Erica Davila, Assistant Professor of Education, and Terry Greiner. The class includes the history and culture of Guatemala and some Spanish vocabulary and readings. Class members will travel to Guatemala from March 13-21 (Spring break), to work in medical clinics in remote areas and to help in schools. The course needs Spanish speakers, Education majors, pre-PT, pre-PA and pre-med students or anyone else willing to give of themselves. While fluency in Spanish is beneficial, it is not necessary, the professors note.

Powell’s Electron Movers: Video Mix Pioneers Began in 1970s

Powell and friends in Electron Movers

Video mix—the video art form developed and practiced by Alan Powell, Associate Professor of Communications, and Connie Coleman, Adjunct Professor of Communications, was on display in a 13-screen Gallery Z exhibit, curated by Professor Philip Palombo of Rhode Island College, in November. The exhibit in New England surveyed the development of video art over the last 35 years .

The stage for the work was set by Powell in the 1970s at the Rhode Island School of Design and continues today in the Powell and Coleman studio in Philadelphia, take a look at the equipment (and the hairstyles) from the early 1970s. Read how the concepts of Quaker decision-making and agrarian living—along with “video's capacity to layer moving images and sounds through real time manipulation”—not only formed “a strong combination of spiritual, social and intellectual issues (that) helped to establish my personal code” but also spawned a new video social movement/art form, as practiced by Powell and friends through the group Electron Movers. Read more.

PA Auditor General Talks to Arcadia Business Alumni

PA Auditor General Talks to Arcadia Business Alumni
Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner and President Jerry Greiner

The Arcadia Business Alumni Association (ABAA) hosted a reception and guest lecture on Nov. 18 featuring Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner. Wagner spoke to the Arcadia business community on “Improving the Economy of Pennsylvania: A Partnership between Education and Business.” The event was held in Grey Towers Castle. As Auditor General, Wagner said his goal is “to protect how your tax dollars are spent and ensure that government operates efficiently and effectively.” Wagner cited audits of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) as one example of how his office worked to make sure PHEAA spent fewer tax dollars on employee bonuses and more on needy students. In response to a question, he also noted that the Auditor General’s Web site includes monitoring how Pennsylvania’s stimulus dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 are being spent.

Alternative Spring Break: Tijuana, Mexico

Alternative Spring Break 2010 will once again offer the chance for students to travel to Tijuana, Mexico. ”We will be working alongside the Esperanza International program rebuilding homes and communities,” says Cindy Rubino, Community Service Officer. Applications are due by Dec. 15. For more information and online applications, visit or stop by the Community Service Office in Dilworth Hall and pick one up today.

A Performance from Knight Club Kicks Off a Weekend of Fun

Late Knights LogoAre you ready for a grand performance? After months of practicing routines, Knight Club will finally perform for the Arcadia stage. Knight Club hosts its annual fall concert on Friday, Dec. 4, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Murphy Hall, Stiteler Auditorium. Several types of dance will be showcased, including jazz, tap, and hip hop.

If you’re not up for a concert on Friday, a movie might be an alternative. Student Activities hosts a viewing of the movie The Time Traveler’s Wife from 9 to 11 p.m. in The Chat. The film features the story of Chicago librarian Henry (Eric Bana) who, when under extreme stress, travels through time. Such time traveling disrupts his relationship with Clare (Rachel McAdams). The film, which is based on the book by Audrey Niffenegger, is one of drama and fantasy and will without a doubt serve as a great means of entertainment. There will be another opportunity to see The Time Traveler’s Wife on Sunday, Dec. 6, hosted by Student Activities. The movie will be shown at The Chat at 9 p.m. Read more.

Pam Martin-Molina ’73,’03M: Talking about Cuba in D.C.

By Erin DuBois ’10

Pam Martin-Molina ’73,’03M: Talking about Cuba in D.C.
Pam Martin-Molina ’73, ’03M, met the former President of Cuba Fidel Castro in December during a dinner for U.S. businesspeople.

The first time Pam Martin-Molina ’73, ’03M, called Congress members, she was told that they weren’t interested in talking about Cuba. Now 10 years and 45 trips to Cuba later, they ask her when she can come to Washington.

Molina took her first trip to Cuba with Philadelphia’s White Dog Café in November 1999. The trip, through Global Exchange to White Dog’s sister restaurant, El Bambu, explored the Cuban food system from farm to table as an illustration of the ravages of war—and the U.S. embargo—on Cuba.

Havana’s devastation during the Special Period, the time following the Soviet Union’s withdrawal, haunted her. During this period, residents dwelt in darkness, with no electricity. They ate whatever they could find, including cats or their shoes. Read more.

New York-based Painter Roy Kinzer Talks Shop at Arcadia

Painter Roy Kinzer Talks Shop at Arcadia
Painter Roy Kinzer demonstrated the uses of various mediums, acrylic paints, and gels for students and faculty.

The Department of Art and Design welcomed a talented and experenced painter to campus on Friday, Nov. 6. New York-based artist Roy Kinzer was invited by Adjunct Professor Abbey Ryan to give a lecture at the painting studio in Spruance. Kinzer’s credentials include an M.F.A. from Vermont College and a Certificate of Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He also received a Pollock-Krasner Award in 2004. Kinzer spoke and gave demonstrations about the uses of various mediums, acrylic paints, and gels. Speaking to an audience of about 20 students and faculty members, Kinzer showed how to extend paint with gels and how to create textural designs. He also showed how to create surfaces for mediums such as watercolor, pastel, charcoal, pencil and graphite. Kinzer’s recent works include aerial landscape paintings.

The Princess Rescuers: Class Assignment Goes Onstage

The Princess Rescuers: Class Assignment Goes OnstageWhen Acting major Paige Hoke '10 wrote The Princess Rescuers she never expected it to go onstage. With the guidance of her professors and peers, however, her play was added to Arcadia’s 2009 fall theater lineup. The show begins on Thursday, Dec. 3, and runs until Sunday, Dec. 13.

Hoke wrote The Princess Rescuers in TH 350 Play and Screenwriting, a class taught by Adjunct Professor of English, Communications and Theater Arts Larry Loebell. The play is about three children who enter a painting of a castle at their babysitter’s house and embark on a journey to save a princess. Throughout the quest, they learn the importance of working together. Read more.

Alumni Association, College Plan Family Day at The Princess Rescuers

The College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Family Day at the Arcadia University Theater includes a “magical reception”—hosted by the Alumni Office and the Arcadia Alumni Association—where faculty, staff and family members can meet the characters of The Princess Rescuers. Faculty and staff families will join alumni and their families at the theater production of The Princess Rescuers on Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. The College will be providing tickets free of charge for the families of our faculty and staff. Please contact Anna Wagner (215-572-4009) for reservations.

Off to Broadway: First-Year Seminars Analyze The Lion King

By Leandra Cameron ’10

On Saturday, Nov. 7, first-year students from three seminars headed to Broadway to see The Lion King, sharing part of their First-Year Experience in New York. The three seminars were  Media in a Global Society, led by Adjunct Professor of Communications Chris Mullin, The Wonderful World of Disney: Disney and Our Cultural Values, taught by Adjunct Professor Mary Bradley, and Romantic Comedy in Film, taught by Dr. Shekhar Deshpande, Associate Professor and Director of the Communications program. Read more.

Now on Exhibit in Landman Library Student Gallery: Focus

How do felt, wax, string, and prosthetic leg make an artist statement titled “A Sense of Said Moment?” Find out more about Tina Maczis’ artwork, along silver gelatin prints by Jackie Higgins, ceramics by Jennifer Kohler and much more.

Focus, a display of junior, senior and graduate student artwork, is on display in the Landman Library Student Gallery. The show will be on view until Dec. 10. Read more about the students and artwork on display. One more exhibition opens in the Student Gallery this semester, with the opening reception for Cube on Dec. 17 from 4:30 until 6:30 P.M.

The Landman Library Student Gallery is a “white cube” space ideally suited for student-curated group shows and class projects. For more information, contact Carole Loeffler, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Coordinator of Foundations. Read more.

Faculty, Staff Needed for Late-Night Breakfast

Late-Night Breakfast is Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 10 to 11:30 p.m., and staff and faculty members are needed to serve breakfast to hungry students in the Dining Hall as a way to help break the stress of finals week. “We count on the support of volunteer faculty and staff members to help with serving, tidying up and hosting our students,” says Breann M. Donnelly, Residence Life Area Coordinator. “If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please let us know via e-mail [ or] or voicemail [x4127 or x4126] by Monday, Dec. 7. Laura Bickert and I greatly appreciate any support that you are able to give us for this event!”

ARC Collects Tunes 4 the Troops

ARC Collects Tunes 4 the Troops
ARC Executive Board, from left: Matthew Dalrymple, Melissa Leon, Alisa Hathaway, and TJ O'Neill.

“The ARC (Arcadia Radio Club) is collecting for Tunes 4 the Troops in its annual drive to send CDs, DVDs and books on CD to the men and women who serve our country all around the world,” says Melissa Leon, ARC President. “Everyone has old CDs or DVDs they no longer want. Please check your CD collection at home and ask your friends and family to help support this great cause. Giving our service people a little reminder of home during the holidays will lift their spirits immensely.”

Please leave CDs in the red box found in the Community Service Office, outside the ARC studio by the Dining Hall, or give them to an ARC deejay by Dec. 14. “We hope to collect 100 CDs,” adds Leon. Note that the donations must be original CDs, DVDs or; no burned copies will be accepted.

Make a Pledge to the United Way Campaign by Dec. 4

Every year Arcadia University has the chance to demonstrate its community spirit by taking part in the United Way Campaign. "If you have been a contributor in the past we thank you and ask that you consider doing so again this year," says Katie Kelly of Human Resources. "Last year, participants helped raise $3,025.92 in pledges. This year we look forward to continued success." New to the campaign this year: For every 10 pledge forms that are returned, a prize will be raffled off. "Sandy Devine in Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice won our first raffle prize of the campaign," adds Kelly.

All pledge forms should be returned to the Office of Human Resources no later than Dec. 4. "If you would like to participate in the campaign and did not receive a pledge form," says Kelly, "please contact me at 215-572-2173 or"

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Craik Editorial: Put ‘Health Policy in Perspective’


Physical Therapists have “A Responsibility to Put ‘Health Policy in Perspective,’” writes Dr. Rebecca L. Craik, Professor and Chair of Arcadia University’s Physical Therapy Department, in an editorial in Physical Therapy Journal, of which she is editor in chief (Vol. 89, No. 11, November 2009, pp. 1114-1115). “Our profession has matured. We now have physical therapist scholars—not just physical therapists with opinions—to assist in translating evidence into health care policy. Physical therapists can influence the ‘big picture’ with more than anecdotal information. It’s time for PTJ to serve as a scholarly venue to share relevant healthy policy issues (and related ethical considerations) and provide commentary about physical therapists’ role in helping to promote, implement, refine—or defy—health policy. This month PTJ launches ‘Health Policy in Perspective’…. This quarterly segment should compel each of us to participate in formulating and ‘living’ health policies that will improve quality of care—and quality of life—for patients, consumers, and society as a whole.” Read more.

Couch Awarded 2009 Popescu Prize for Poetry Translation

Adjunct Professor of English Randall Couch,  who teaches the course Advanced Poetry Workshop, traveled to London, England, as one of the nominees for the 2009 Popescu Prize for Poetry Translation for his book Madwomen. Couch, who had received Faculty Development Fund support to make the trip to England, was named the winner of the 2009 Popescu Prize for Poetry Translation, sponsored by the Poetry Society (UK) and the Ratiu Family Foundation.

The biennial prize honors the best book of poetry translated into English from any European language (including Russian, Irish, etc.) in the prior two-year period. Publishers in 24 countries submitted 85 books to this year's competition, and the field was very strong, including translations by John Ashbery, Marilyn Hacker, Avi Sharon, Trevor Joyce, Elena Shvarts, James O'Connor, and many other distinguished practitioners. The judges were Elaine Feinstein, a noted translator of Akhmatova and Tsetaeva, and Stephen Romer, a highly regarded anthologist and French translator as well as a fine poet who’s most recent book, Yellow Studio, has been short-listed this year for two major British poetry awards (T. S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prize).

“I'd like to thank Arcadia for making it possible for me to attend the prize ceremony," said Couch. “It was a great honor and pleasure to meet so many leading members of the British poetry community (and the cultural attaché to the Chilean embassy in London), and to represent Mistral, Arcadia, and American poetry at the reading.”

A Tangle of Misleading Information

by Dr. Norman Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Sociology

A Tangle of Misleading Information

Editor's Note: When reporters want to know what makes an Illinois prison that might house Al Qaeda suspects "state of the art," they asked Dr. Johnston, the world's foremost author on prison architecture.

In my experience reporters and their subsequent stories range from impressive for their ability to grasp and assemble complicated topics to incompetent for failing to understand and write a story about the information which they had received. The story “What makes a prison state of the art,” which appeared in the Washington Post’s online Slate magazine, is an example of the latter.

The sub-heading to the question posed by the title was “It’s triangular.” In the telephone interview I tried to generalize on the architectural characteristics of past prisons as well as new ones. I said many of those new prisons have a layout consisting of small triangular units of cells, usually connected by a secure corridor to other units. The Slate story described the modern prison as a large single triangle, something that would be absurd. In addition, the prison in Illinois being considered as a repository for Guantanamo detainees did not have the layout described so inaccurately in the Slate story. Read more.

PT Students: Measuring Physical Performance of Older African Americans

Alyson McCormick and Heather Blevins, two students who earned their undergraduate degrees at Arcadia in 2007 and are slated to graduate from Arcadia’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program in February 2010, presented their research at the Gerontological Society of America in Atlanta on Nov. 20. The Minority Aging Topics booklet highlights their research on Meaningful Change in Physical Performance Measures of Older African Americans, co-authored with Dr. Kathleen Kline Mangione and Dr. Rebecca L. Craik, Professors at Arcadia University, and E. Sullivan-Marx of the University of Pennsylvania. “The purpose of this research study is to determine the reliability and standard error of the measurement (SEM)—a distribution-based method for estimating small but meaningful individual-level change for the short physical performance battery(SPPB), gait speed, 6 minute walk distance, and timed up and go (TUG) speed in a sample of frail, older African Americans. Fifty two older African Americans were tested a minimum of two times over a week period…. These data show the typical variability seen in older, frail African Americans and can be uded by clinicians and researchers when using tests of physical performance.”

Upcoming Events

Luncheon Supports Breast Cancer Awareness, Dec. 7

For the Women presents a Breast Cancer Awareness Faculty and Staff Luncheon on Monday, Dec., 7, between noon and 3 p.m. in Grey Towers Castle Rose and Mirror Rooms. For a $25 donation to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Patient Support , the buffet lunch features pasta primavera, marinated zesty chicken breast, salad, desserts and more provided by Delectable Dishes Catering. There also will be raffles, readings and live music. For more information, R.S.V.P by Dec. 1 to Grace Wainwright or Sarah Rudolph via e-mail.

Stressbuster Week, Dec. 8-11

The Wellness Center is sponsoring several days of activities aimed at keeping students (relatively) stress free as the semester winds down. Enjoy the Reduce Your Stress Table on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside of the Dining Hall. On Wednesday, massages are being offered from 3 to 5 p.m. on the second floor of the Dining Hall. Sign up for a massage by Dec. 8 in Student Health or online at Lean time management skills and sip free hot chocolate on Thursday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Kuch Hospitality Suite. On Friday, de-stress with pets from 3 to 4:30 p.m. behind Knight and Heinz Halls.

Decorate a Miniature Tree with Alumni Designer, Dec. 12

Arcadia community members are invited to join alumni and create their own miniature tabletop trees made with long-lasting, fresh boxwood greens on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m., in the Castle Rose Room. “Decorate your tree with your choice of lights, bows, garland and flowers under the guidance of floral designer and alumna Cheryl Wilks Scherbner HTR '78,” says Georgene Pilling, Director of Alumni Relations. “It will look beautiful through the New Year.” The cost is $38. Space is limited! Contact the Alumni Office to register at 215-572-2160.

Voice Students Present Songs from Around Globe, Dec. 14

Join Arcadia music students for an evening of songs from around the globe. Voice Performance Study students will present a recital with songs from Spain, Germany, Italy, France, England, and America on Monday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Castle Rose Room. This concert will feature students studying with Elizabeth Murphy, Adjunct Professor of Music, and will also include musical theater selections. This event is free and open to the public.

Sports Update

Women’s Basketball Cruise to Third Straight Victory

Women’s Basketball Cruise to Third Straight Victory(3-1) Arcadia University Women's Basketball hosted Penn State Berks in non-conference action Monday evening, and gradually built a comfortable lead they never relinquished, cruising to a 70-60 victory.  The win is the team's third straight as they improve to 3-1 with their Commonwealth Conference opener looming on Wednesday at Widener.  Four players landed in double-figures for the Knights. Read more.

Men’s Basketball Holds Off Swarthmore for First Home Win

Men’s Basketball Holds Off Swarthmore for First Home Win(2-2) Arcadia Men's Basketball held off a strong second-half charge from the Garnet of Swarthmore College for a 62-56 win in the home opener for the Knights. Arcadia had three players reach double figures as junior Chris Pearson led the Knights with 17 points, sophomore Jason Thompson chipped in 11 and senior Glen Gagnon added 10 points, 11 rebounds. Leading by 14 at the break, Swarthmore rallied and came as close as three points in the final seconds but clutch free throw shooting by the Knights, put the game away. Read more.

Goucher Swimming Betters Knights in Non-Conference Dual

(M: 0-5 W: 1-4) Goucher College dominated both men's and women's events in today's non-conference dual meet with Arcadia University, claiming first place in every event except the women's 400 Free Relay, where Lindsay Mills, Gina Ruppert, Caitlin Culhane and Rebecca Wenner pulled off a thrilling win by a mere .16 seconds. Read more.

Press Room

Students Volunteer at Electronics Recycling Drive

Students Volunteer at Electronics Recycling DriveOver the weekend of  Nov. 21, Arcadia students came out to help in the ethical electronics recyling drive held at Cheltenham High School. Over the course of the weekend, more than 150 families brought old electronics by the carload and paid $1 per pound to have them recycled ethically. From left to right in the front of the truck photo is Kendra Neff and Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso. Stacey Robinson and Iris Hagans are in the back. Read more.

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