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A Monthly Publication Serving Arcadia Alumni
November 2008

Alumni Homecoming at Fall Fest

Office of Alumni Relations StaffThe Arcadia community — alumni, students, families, faculty and staff members — enjoyed a glorious fall day on campus over Fall Fest weekend with a plethora of activities that appealed to every age and interest. The weekend began on a high note with a reception honoring 10 alumni who were inducted into Arcadia's inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday evening. More. View photos.

Grad Directs Arcadia Production

Delante KeysActing major Delanté Keys '07 was back on campus recently. This time in a new role: that of director. Keys talks to University Relations intern and Tower department editor Simone Oliver '11 about life after college and about directing Doug Wright's award-winning play The Stonewater Rapture, which was staged in The Chat Performance Area, Nov. 7 to 9. Listen to the interview. For more information about arts and cultural events at Arcadia University, visit www.arcadia.edu/arts.

Upcoming Events

President's Tour: Boston
June Mamana '69 hosts a cocktail and dinner event for Arcadia University alumni, parents and friends to welcome President Jerry Greiner and Terry Greiner to Boston, Mass.
Friday, Nov. 14, at 5:30 p.m. at Saint Botolph Club, 199 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Ma.

Alumni Association Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 22, in Grey Towers Castle:

  • Coffee—10 a.m.
  • Meeting—10:30 a.m.
  • Luncheon—Noon
  • Reunion 2009 Workshop—1 p.m.

Read the meeting agenda.

ABAA Happy Hour
Arcadia Business Alumni Association (ABAA) and MBA Grads andjoy Happy Hour at the Kitchen Bar, located at 1482 Old York Road, Abington, Pa. Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 

Arcadian Adventure:
The Wind in the Willows

As the curtain rises, this delightful children's classic comes to life on stage at Arcadia University. Let the charming adventures and endearing misadventures of impulsive Mr. Toad entertain you as he learns the value of friendship with the help of the practical Rat, the emotional Mole and the stodgy Badger. After the show, children are invited to meet the characters, ask questions about the production, and go on stage to explore the set design and discover the magic behind the special effects. All are invited to a reception after the show in the Theatre lobby. President's Circle members, please inquire about your free tickets. Contact the Alumni Office for information and tickets. Saturday, Dec. 6, in Murphy Hall, Stitler Auditorium.

Arcadian Adventure: Craft a Holiday Centerpiece 
Registration is $35. Sunday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Rose Room.

Arcadian Adventure: The Glorious Sounds of Christmas
Tickets cost $35. Friday, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, Pa.

More Alumni Events

Ribbon-Cutting at Easton Hall

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Easton Hall President Jerry Greiner and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Michael Berger officially cut the red ribbon on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the new building currently named Easton Hall in front of the new waterfall and pond. Greiner thanked Tom Macchi, Associate Vice President for Facilities and Capital Planning, for his attention to detail in bringing the new building online—even down to arranging the rocks in the waterfall for the best sound and splash. More.

Snapshot: Hall of Fame
Induction Ceremony
Hallf of Fame InducteesTen alumni were inducted into the new Arcadia University Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 10, in an inaugural ceremony that marked a new tradition at Arcadia—the recognition of the contributions of generations of student-athletes and their individual leadership and accomplishments. The 2008 inductees are Vicki Dougherty Bannon '93, Rosemary Deniken Blankley '57, Barbara Cooper Dotson '86, Michael Giuliani '90, Barbara Heylmun Longstreth '58, Elenore Pepper '46, Dorothy Germain Porter '46, Brian Thompson '89, Elizabeth Holton Weiss '60, and Jean Lenox West '57. More.

Alumna Heads Online Genetics Project Counseling Services

Elissa Levin"I remember being in graduate school as the Internet was coming into its own and imagining the vast potential that such a tool could afford the field of genetic counseling... global access to information, tools to help people learn about inherited diseases and decision-making strategies, and an outlet for sharing experiences," writes Elissa Levin, CGC, who earned her M.S. in Genetic Counseling from Arcadia University in 2000. More.

MBA On Campus or Online Wind in the Willows

Alumni Homecoming at Fall Fest (cont'd)

On Saturday, more than 250 alumni took advantage of a variety of events. Some brushed up on interview follow-up skills with Mike Hertel, Director of Career Development, while others toured the Art Gallery exhibit with Richard Torchia, Gallery Director, or received college prep information from Dana Davies, Vice President for Enrollment Management.

Many alumni and their children meandered up and down the Alumni Walk of Pride decorating pumpkins or their own faces, making bracelets and chatting with current students to learn about various activities and clubs on campus. Sports fans spread their blankets on the Castle lawns to watch men and women's soccer, sat in the bleachers to cheer on the women's tennis and field hockey teams, and rooted for the volleyball team competing in Kuch Center.

A new and exciting event that took place in the late afternoon at Blankley Alumni House was the GOLD Homecoming Luau with Caribbean Steel Band and Hawaiian dinner fare. And just across the way, more than 150 alumni were feted at two extraordinary events in Landman Librarythe Friends of Landman Library and the "Knight Out" Society receptionsboth of which were accompanied by fine music and animated conversation. The day ended with a finale of fireworks that lit up the Knight Sky over Landman Library celebrating the community that is Arcadia University. View photos.

Ribbon-Cutting at Easton Hall (cont'd)

Greiner also thanked Berger, who managed the rearrangement of various departments and faculty offices. The residents of the new Easton Hall are Modern Languages, Political Science, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. The building also houses a café featuring freshly made sandwiches and salads and serving Starbucks coffee. The 18,000-square-foot addition, which opened in August, cost about $5 million and was financed through bonds. View photos of the Easton Hall and the pond.

Alumni Inducted into Hall of Fame (cont'd)

The Arcadia University Athletic Hall of Fame's purpose is to identify, recognize and honor outstanding contributors to the Arcadia University athletic program, athletic endeavors and institutional image; to honor accomplishments of teams; to foster relationships with alumni and employees (current and former); and to recognize alumni and employees of distinction in athletic endeavors and related accomplishments.

"Special thanks to the Selection Committee and the Operations Planning Committee for making the Athletic Hall of Fame and this inaugural induction possible," says Dr. Jan Walbert, Vice President for Student Affairs.

Alumna Heads Online Genetics Project Counseling Services (cont'd)

"Above all, I saw what an amazing opportunity it would be for genetic counselors to reach more people. I even toyed with the idea of investigating such a service as my thesis project, but the consensus seemed to be, 'You just can’t do that. We need to see people face-to-face.'" More recently, Levin has been a leader in developing "virtual" genetic counseling and now is Director of the Genetic Counseling Program at Navigenics. Read more about her career path and how the field of genetic counseling is evolving in her article "Thinking Outside the Box and Inside Genome Screening," recently published in Perspectives in Genetic Counseling, vol. 30, no. 3.

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Arcadia Chronicles is a monthly e-newsletter published by the Offices of Alumni Relations
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Writing: Georgene Pilling, Donna Whitlock, Purnell Cropper
Design: Matthew Wolf, Purnell Cropper  Photography: Joshua Blustein

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