‘Together We Are Making History with the Opening of the Commons’

By Purnell T. Cropper | January 24, 2012

Arcadia University’s student class officers, Faculty and Staff council representatives, alumni leaders and Campaign co-chairs joined President Carl (Tobey) Oxholm III in cutting the ribbon at the Commons dedication on Monday, Jan. 23. (Watch the ribbon cutting.)

Co-Chairs for At Home & In the World—The Campaign for Arcadia University included Rosemary Deniken Blankley ’57, ’06H, Life Trustee; Thomas J. Reilly Jr., Emeritus Trustee; and Margaret Wright Steele ’80, Chair, Board of Trustees.

Carol Ibbotson Makikin ’65 of the Steering Committee represented the Alumni Association. Dr. Wayne Morra and Sue Gettlin represented the Faculty and Staff Councils respectively.

Chris Praetzel, Senior Class President; Claire Wolfinger, President of the Class of 2013; Hai Trieu, Vice President of the Class of 2014; and Taylor Paquette, President of 2015, represented their classes and executive council accordingly. They were joined by Jessica Chowns ’08, Master of Science, Genetic Counseling, Class of 2013; and Bryan Durfee ’09, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Class of 2012.

“On behalf of a grateful University, I am thrilled to be joined by representatives of our campus community for this official ribbon cutting for the Commons. I am especially grateful to our three of Campaign Co-Chairs who came from Florida, Ambler, and the great City of Philadelphia not only to participate in today’s ceremony, but also for raising the funds to make this building a reality. You have inspired us with your leadership,” said President Oxholm.

“The Commons represents a gathering place where connections are made, ideas are exchanged, and a community comes together. It is fitting that we have the Class Presidents of the great Classes of 2012 to 2015, as well as representatives of our master’s and doctorate programs. This building not only serves students, but extends a warm welcome to our alumni, faculty, and staff who are represented today.

“To our alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, corporate donors and other friends whose gifts funded the construction of this impressive facility, we are especially grateful. Together, we are making history with the official of opening the Commons.” Watch the ceremony at www.ustream.tv/channel/arcadia-commons-dedication.