Arcadia Chronicles
A Monthly Publication Serving Arcadia Alumni
February 2007

Arcadia Alum, Mom and Poet

levaAfter moving her daughter, Julie ’10, into her residence hall in January, Joanne Leva ’84 shared her thoughts in verse. Leva is the creator, and executive director of the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program, which she has produced for the past nine years. Continued

Ready for the Big Apple?

By Bridget Curtis ’08
So you’ve got your teaching degree but don’t know what to do with it. Or maybe, you’re doing the work you love but need a change of scenery. Those alumni looking to put that Arcadia teaching degree to good use should look no further than the wonderful opportunities available in the Big Apple. Continued

Three Sisters to Grace Mainstage

Three_SistersReserve your tickets today to see the play considered by many as the best drama of the 20th century, Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Three Sisters tells the story of the Prozorov sisters, Olga, Masha and Irina, and their brother, Andrei, and their hope for a better life. Performances will take place on Arcadia’s
Mainstage Theatre from Feb. 22 to March 4. Buy tickets online or call the Box Office at 215-572-2112.

Upcoming Events

Florida Reunions
Join President Greiner and Fellow alumni to reconnect and learn about exciting programs on campus.

Philadelphia Museum of Art: The School of Paris and Beyond
A guided tour of the great masterpieces of Chagall, Modigliani, Lipchitz and Soutine.

Arcadia Art Gallery: Always Thinking of You Philadelphia-based artist Gerald Nichols provides a comprehensive look at his reverence for a distressed American landscape.

Help “Paver” The Walk

paverWhether you want to remember a fellow Arcadia graduate in a unique way, or just engrave your own name on the University, purchasing a paver on The Alumni Fund Walk of Pride is a perfect way to leave your mark on the Arcadia campus. Continued

Alum Hosts PBS Special

smithArcadia Alum Anna Deavere Smith ’71 hosted a documentary The Mystery of Love that aired on PBS in December. The two-hour special examines the many faces of love through in-depth stories of marriage, family, friendship, divine love, altruistic love, brotherly love, the love between parents and children, and love of community. Stacy Briggs of the Intelligencer writes that Smith makes this piece both powerful and captivating. Continued

Art Show a One-Day Treat

It may be the best little art show around. It was only one day, but the 2006 Holiday Art Show lives on in a virtual photo tour. Click here to see some of the amazing work done by Arcadia Fine Arts students in photography, ceramics, metals and jewelry, graphic design, scientific illustration, digital media and foundations. Plan to see more student work at the Annual Senior Thesis Exhibition from April 27 through May 18 in the Arcadia University Art Gallery.



The Arcadia Promise
Find out how others are living the Arcadia Promise.
global perspective
rivera“I was thrown into an unknown culture. I had to make the best of everything. But everything made the best of me,” says Lisa King ’07 of rebuilding hurricane-damaged homes in Mexico. “The dancing girl in my photo embodies the spirit of the people we helped.” Read More
Integrative learning
greenhouseWe’re a product of our environment. In Dr. Naomi Phillips’ biology class, Tina Pan and Mike Spoganetz, both Class of ’08, have learned how plants also can be influenced by their surroundings. How will the planet fare over the next decade? Stay tuned. Plant biologists are researching this question around the globe. Read More
Personal attention
langleyStephen Langley ’07 was stumped. Reference librarian Anne Ziegler was there to help. Having trouble researching a topic? Arcadia Alumni can come into the Landman Library and utilize the reference resources. The Library reference staff also is available to assist Alumni with research. Read More

Arcadia Alum, Mom and Poet (Cont'd)

The Poet Laureate competition, its related readings, and poetry event that features a celebrity poet with a national reputation, comes to its successful fruition in April, National Poetry Month, at a special event at Arcadia on Friday, April 13.

In 1984 Joanne received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Arcadia and has been an active poet, writing and performing her original poetry since 1991. Her commitment to regional poets and their work extends far beyond the Poet Laureate program. She has organized poetry readings at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Headhouse Square for Earth Day, the Seven Arts Fest on South Street, and the Theater of Living Arts (TLA). In the Fall of 1999 Leva performed in the Philadelphia Fringe, highlighting cuts from her CD A Journal of True Confessions. One of her poems, The Makeover, featured on the CD appeared in the American Poetry Review–Philly Edition, 1999.

More Information: VISIT the Web Site detailing Leva’s work and the Montgomery County Poet Laureate Program.

I guess the washer will stand in silence
once again
and the portable laundry
locker that holds her cloths
will not block the backdoor anymore

The empty water
bottles and glasses left
on the floor of her room
will not pile up

And the aroma
of her perfume wafting
when she departs
will remain for days

Joanne Leva


Thoughts on going back
to my alma mater
with my daughter
first year
second semester

I turn right
off of Church Road
onto campus
my daughter sitting
in the car
beside me
luggage, laundry, and leftovers
fill the space
we do not occupy

The road twists and turns
around historic buildings and parking lots
a gazebo
over a small bridge
and past the castle

We approach
an intersection
and go left
towards her dorm
pull in to the first
space available

We exit
the car with high
she smells
the fragrance of freedom
I taste
the bitter punch
of abandon

Joanne Leva

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Help “Paver” the Walk (Cont’d)

Winding its way through campus from the Castle down past the Wishing Well, The Walk has more than 1,200 inscribed pavers installed on it, and your paver could be added, too! March 1, 2007, is the deadline for ordering and purchasing a paver to be installed on The Walk prior to Reunion weekend (June 1-3, 2007). Once you have made a gift to the 2007 Arcadia Annual Fund, you will receive a brochure with a paver order form. Don’t miss this special opportunity to show your commitment and pride in your alma mater.

More Information: Contact the Annual Fund Office at 215-572-2124 or to order your paver today!

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Ready for the Big Apple? (Cont’d)

As a New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) public school teacher, you will be part of the largest, most culturally diverse public school system in the world. Rich with both personal and professional opportunities, a job with NYCDOE comes with so much more than just living in one of the most exciting cities in the world. As a teacher you will receive:

  • A salary range of $44,849 to $69,000
  • Outstanding benefits
  • Excellent pension and optional tax-deferred annuity plans
  • Eligibility for participation in scholarship and/or incentive programs

Though the NYC skyline may seem like a far cry from Grey Towers Castle, don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore new possibilities.

More Information: Those interested are invited to attend the University of Delaware’s Project Search: Careers for Teachers on Wednesday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. NYCDOE Recruiters will be on hand for open information sessions and interviews. All interested candidates must be pre-registered. To sign up and register, please call 302-831-8570 or e-mail

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Alum Hosts PBS Special (Cont’d)

Anna Deavere Smith earned her B.A. in English in 1971 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Arcadia in 1993.

She has worn many hats, throughout her extensive and successful career including actress, playwright, professor, and activist.

Hailed by Newsweek as “the most exciting individual in American theater,” she uses her singular brand of theatre to explore issues of race, community and character in America. She was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “genius” Fellowship for creating “a new form of theatre — a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism and intimate reverie.” Some of Smith’s theatre, film and television performances include National Security Advisor Nancy McNally on The West Wing and roles in Philadelphia, The Human Stain, Dave, The American President and Rent. Her best known theatrical works include the one-woman plays Fires in the Mirror, which dealt with the 1991 Crown Heights riot, and Twilight: Los Angeles 1992, which looked at the 1992 Los Angeles riots and earned her Obie awards.

As an author, Smith has written several books including Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts — For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind. and Talk to Me: Travels in Media & Politics, which documents the creative process behind her play, House Arrest.

Smith’s commitment to inspiring passion in students is evidenced through the Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue, which she founded. The Institute, which began at Harvard and is currently located at New York University, explores the role of the arts in relation to vital social issues. Smith is currently a tenured professor at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is affiliated with the NYU School of Law.

More Information: Visit the Mystery of Love Web site.

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Arcadia Chronicles is a monthly e-newsletter published by the Offices of Alumni Relations
and University Relations and distributed to Arcadia alumni.

Writing: Georgene Pilling, Bridget Curtis '08, Lori Bauer, Matthew Wolf
Design: Matthew Wolf, Sue Gettlin Photography: Joshua Blustein

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