Arcadia University Chronicles
A Monthly Publication Serving Arcadia University Alumni  |  July 2011

Reunion 2011 Recap

Class of 1961

A beautiful June 4th weekend welcomed over 250 alumni and guests who returned to campus to celebrate their Reunions with classmates. Sue Decker Fenimore ’61 came from as a far away as Washington State and Anita Elefant Renaud ’71 coming from Switzerland!

The 50-year Class of 1961 gathered early on Friday with an excursion to the Morris Arboretum that set the stage for a full weekend of laughter and reminiscing that could be heard across the campus into the night and through Sunday morning. The Class of 1971 arrived in full force on Saturday morning, winning the Cornell Cup for the Class with the largest attendance at Reunion. Read more. (Photo Gallery)

Oxholms Begin Presidency With Alumni Visits While Expanding Legacy in California

Oxholms Begin Presidency With Alumni Visits While Expanding Legacy in CaliforniaPresident Carl “Tobey” Oxholm III has not wasted a moment getting to know Arcadia University, even as he was expanding the mark he has left on Sacramento and the campus that he founded there—Drexel’s Center for Graduate Studies, which he opened in January 2009. In his first official act as Arcadia’s President-elect after attending both commencement ceremonies on campus, Tobey and his wife Kim visited Rosemary and Walter Blankley at their home in California. Read more.

Looking for Alumni to Host Dinners for Visiting Chinese High School Students

Host Chinese High School Students for DinnerThe Office of International Affairs runs a program introducing high school students from China to historical Philadelphia and the American higher education system. The visiting students will spend a week on campus with current Arcadia students, learning English, forming friendships that transcend borders, and going on day trips.

Alumni are invited to join the exchange by hosting three students for dinner—one Arcadia student and two Chinese students—on either Wednesday, July 20, or Thursday, July 28. Students must be picked up on campus at 6:30 p.m. and returned to campus no later than 9:30 p.m.

If you would be willing to host, please contact Nancy Woehrle at or 215-572-2160.

Happy 90th Birthday to Dr. Norman Johnston

Happy 90th Birthday to Dr. Norman JohnstonA grand celebration was held in Grey Towers Castle on June 3 to honor Dr. Norman Johnston, Professor Emeritus of Sociology. Johnston came to Arcadia in 1962, anticipating a one-year appointment. Thirty years later, he retired in 1992, and this year the University honored him by celebrating his 90th birthday, which actually occurs in August. Read more. (Photo Gallery)

Elwork to Read in Rose Room, July 8

Elwork to Read in Rose Room, July 8On Friday, July 8, Paul Elwork ’04M will read from his book The Girl Who Would Speak For the Dead, which was published in March by Amy Einhorn Books (Penguin Group). The event is open to the public and begins at 7 p.m. in the Grey Towers Castle Castle Rose Room. A question-and-answer session follows.

Elwork began The Girl Who Would Speak For the Dead as part of his culminating project while he was a student in Arcadia's Master of Arts in English program.

Garvey Work Featured in PAFA Student Exhibition

Elwork to Read in Rose Room, July 8Lauren Garvey ’09 was one of the students featured at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 110th Annual Student Exhibition (ASE) in the Galleries of the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building in Philadelphia.

The exhibition featured works by B.F.A. students, third-year and fourth-year Certificate Program students and Master of Fine Arts candidates that “showcase a diversity of styles that combine traditional skill and contemporary vision,” according to the website.” Read more.

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