Faculty Celebrate at Jazz-Themed AAUP Party

By Purnell T. Cropper | May 12, 2011

At the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) party on May 6, faculty, staff and administrators celebrated the end of a successful semester. Dr. Kalenda Eaton, Assistant Professor of English, organized the jazz-themed event that included potluck meals and live music.

“We work hard. We are committed to making Arcadia the best University it can be for students, faculty, staff, and administration,” says Dr. Leif Gustavson, Assistant Professor of Education, who assisted Eaton with the event. “The sign of a vibrant and sustainable institution is one that celebrates together and enjoys one another’s company. That is what these parties are all about.”

Dr. William Frabizio, Chair and Associate Professor of Music, and his jazz combo provided live entertainment that wowed the crowd.

“The music was fabulous,” says Eaton. “I specifically wanted Arcadia’s music program to participate as a way to show our appreciation for the talent we have on the campus. That was part of my goal behind the ‘jazz theme’—to have a live band whose presence would encourage a festive atmosphere and overall good time.”

The potluck food was a hit and people especially enjoyed the Quinta de Fronteira Duoro from Portugal and the banana nut bread.

“We are working to have two AAUP parties a year—one at the end of fall semester and one at the end of spring,” adds Gustavson. “We want to continue to grow the sense of community here at Arcadia plus just have a good time together—faculty, staff, administration—celebrating our accomplishments over that last semester.”