Arcadia Chronicles
A Monthly Publication Serving Arcadia Alumni
April 2007

Murder on the Arcadia Express

poirotFind out "who done it" at Reunion 2007—and why Arcadia’s Forensic Science program is one of the few with full accreditation. Forensic Science Director Larry Presley demonstrates the scientific principles that make CSI so popular through a twist on the Hercule Poirot story, “Murder on the Arcadia Express.” Attend Reunion and help solve the mystery!

Support a Global Perspective

blankleyBy Rosemary Blankley ’57
As my class nears our 50th Reunion celebration, I find myself thinking a lot about our lives as undergraduates back in the ‘50s.  We had wonderful experiences, but international travel was just beginning and most of us could not have dreamt of the opportunities that today’s students are offered.  Continued

Summer Special for Teachers

summerSummer Education courses and a 33 percent discount for students not enrolled at Arcadia within the past 12 months add up to a summer special for teachers. Be ready to talk about the stars when NASA launches Orion. Get easy Forensic Science classroom lessons to use in math and science. Get the latest on special education inclusion. Continued

Upcoming Events

Arcadian Adventure: Aid for Friends - Roll up your sleeves and volunteer to stack shelves and distribute food at the Aid for Friends Center.

Alumni Association Meeting Join President Greiner to hear all the latest campus news followed by a delicious luncheon.

Montgomery County Poet Laureate - Arcadia is home to the annual presentation of the Montgomery County Poet Laureateship.

Connect with a Career Mentor

careerAre you looking for ways to advance in your chosen profession? Are you considering a career change? Arthur “Ozzie” Berger ’91, President of Arcadia’s Alumni Association, has been a career mentor since the program's inception in 2005. The Alumni Office has over 120 Alumni Volunteer Career Mentors currently registered in our database. Continued

Alum Extends Reach to Africa

africaBy Bridget Curtis ’08
Traveling to Botswana, Africa, in December, Kate Zanoni ’06 had one thing on her mind: books. Co-founder of Books for Botswana, an organization that gathers and distributes books for children affected by HIV/AIDS, Zanoni has extended her literacy work to establishing a library within the clinic. Continued

Alumni snapshot

Seniors at 87 CelebrationEd Hummers, left, President Jerry Greiner and hostess Marcia May Hummers '58 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Washington D.C. for the Presidential Tour, March 25.
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The Arcadia Promise
Find out how others are living the Arcadia Promise.
global perspective
Alexandra Gonzalez RiveraInterning with two beauty magazines in London last summer, Marie Morasco ’07 was there for the launch of DKNY Red Delicious and the Pout Cosmetics party. “I wanted to do something that would give me an edge in my career and take me out of my comfort zone. London gave me both,” she says of the internship. Read More
Integrative learning
Matt StapletonSay it. Design it. Make it. Hang it. Graphic design seniors turned their social causes into T-shirts with a voice.  From violence to urban sprawl, the causes they designed were on exhibit last November with other university students at the Icebox Gallery in Philadelphia as part of the Wear Your Voice competition. Read More
Personal attention
langley“Physical Therapy is a hands-on profession,” says Dr. Karen Sawyer, Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy. “We work one-on-one with our patients, and our classroom and clinical experiences have to prepare students for that interaction. The wheelchair lab is one place where our students learn both therapy and empathy.” Read More

Connect with a Career Mentor (Cont'd)

Ozzie graduated with a degree in Psychobiology and is employed by Glaxo Smith Klein.  He has participated in a variety of mentoring programs working with current students as well as alumni.  “I enjoy the opportunity to share my experiences with others in a way that can help them in the process of starting out in their career or during the process of a career change.”

More Information: Contact the Alumni Office to find out about Alumni Career mentors in a variety of fields.  Access to the list of Career Mentors is also available through the Arcadia University Alumni Online Community.   Not a registered member?  Call or email the Alumni Office at 215-572-2160 or for your one time personal access code and sign on to take advantage of many of the benefits available to you through the Alumni Association. 

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Support a Global Perspective (Cont'd)

Many first-year students have recently returned from their Preview trips in England, Scotland, Italy and Spain and will, no doubt, continue their learning experiences both here and abroad in the next few years. As alumni, we can help provide today’s students with these and other educational opportunities by supporting the 2007 Alumni Fund.  This year’s goal is $720,000 and we are over halfway there.  The Fund drive closes on June 30, and it is my hope that you will lend your support—just as those alumni did who came before you. 

Many thanks!

Rosemary Deniken Blankley ‘57
National Chair, 2007 Arcadia Annual Fund
Chair, 2007 Alumni Fund

More Information: VISIT the Annual Fund website to find out how to make your donation.

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Alum Extends Reach to Africa (Cont'd)

Thinking that reading therapy could be used in the psychological treatment of these children, Zanoni began working in the clinic in December. As she told the Dec. Philadelphia Inquirer about her work, “It’s another form of distraction therapy, similar to art and music therapy.  Reading therapy uses the art of storytelling—much in the way art therapy uses imagery and music therapy uses song—to help patients identify with one another, increase self-awareness and cope with their illnesses. The pleasure of storytelling is universal and stretches across all cultures, breaking down boundaries and uniting patients.”   

Looking to extend the project a little more, Zanoni began working on a project called Outreach, which involves sending doctors to different hospitals and clinics throughout Botswana to teach health care to local physicians. Zanoni began traveling with the doctors, delivering children’s books to the patients in Botswana’s remote villages. 

Once in Africa, Zanoni realized that a small library/reading area was needed in the clinic. She quickly began work on fixing that problem, extending her stay two months in the process until mid-April. “I’ve already experienced an African Christmas, and will now experience an African Easter…complete with Cadbury eggs, I hope!” In addition to the reading program, Zanoni has also spent much of her time writing. “I spent two weeks researching and writing a book on HIV for adolescents,” she says. She is also working on a series of children’s books for the clinic. “Each book addresses a particular issue that many patients have difficulty dealing with such as adherence and stigma while using characters that the kids will enjoy.”

While in Africa, Zanoni has also devoted much of her time to extending her volunteer work. “Once a month I participate in Teen Club, which mentors the clinic’s adolescents and holds fun activities for them,” she says. “It gives them a chance to experience a ‘normal’ life that they most likely wouldn’t otherwise.” Recent Teen Club activities include pottery making in the village of Gabane and a trip to Mokolodi Game Reserve. 

Aside from working, Zanoni has found other ways to pass her time. “I’ve done quite a bit of traveling,” she says. “I spent a long weekend in the Central Kalahari in Khutse and recently returned from a week-long trip to Victoria Falls in both Zambia and Zimbabwe and Chobe in Northern Botswana.”

Get Involved: Arcadia is joining in on the action, with the Community Service office organizing a book drive to collect books for Zanoni’s project. The drive will also help Books through Bars, Books for Africa, Books for Newborns and other organizations. Alumni, students and faculty can drop off books in the collection bins in Landman Library and the Community Service Office in Knight Hall, as well as Taylor Hall, Brubaker Hall, Boyer Hall and the Kuch Center. Donations can include children’s books and textbooks in good condition. For more information contact Naida Elena Montes, student coordinator for the book drive, or Cindy Rubino, Community Service Coordinator, 215-572-4000.

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Summer Special for Teachers (Cont'd)

Arcadia’s summer Education courses can be taken for Act 48 credit, toward certification, or for a master’s degree. Educators can begin taking courses without formal application to a degree program. Take advantage of a special 33 percent discount* this summer!
Register at
*discount only applies to students not enrolled at Arcadia within last 12 months

Courses for Summer 2007  

Science Education
NASA’s going to the moon…how about you?
Be ready to talk about the stars when NASA launches Orion. Get easy Forensic Science lessons to use in math and science. Get grounded in Environmental Studies.

Can you translate success?
Start your certification in ESL. Test the best sound system for language learning. Separate language and learning issues.

Leadership is needed…can you make a change?
Get ready to manage change, negotiate disputes and resolve issues. Chart your own roadmap through institutional expectations.

Special Education
Inclusion is coming...are you ready?
Learn how to address special needs and get better outcomes for all your students. Get ready to lead in your schools’ efforts.


Reading is the key…can you unlock the door?
Learn new research–based strategies for teaching literacy, from elementary to high school. Assess literacy in content areas.

Elementary Education
What are the best practices?
Learn the problem-based approach. Get an introduction to special education inclusion. Find your most effective teaching strategies.

Can math add up for your career?
Get the best strategies for manipulatives and calculators. Put problem-based math into action. Start on middle school math certification.

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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, Eva Korolishin, Lori Bauer, Matthew Wolf, Bridget Curtis '08
Design: Matthew Wolf, Sue Gettlin Photography: Joshua Blustein

Office of Alumni Relations • 215-572-2160 •
Georgene Pilling, Director • Eva Korolishin, Assistant Director • Nancy Woehrle, Secretary