Arcadia University News

May 4, 2021

Bleiweiss ’21 Explores History of Grey Towers Castle

Art History major Kat Bleiweiss ’21 has worked to uncover the history behind the original purchase of Arcadia University’s Grey Towers Castle and the surrounding property. Her fascination with the Castle’s history began as a first-year student and grew with her first visit to the archives...

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March 18, 2019

Theater Hosts Hedda Gabler in Grey Towers Castle

If all the world’s a stage, then the Arcadia University Theater is taking every opportunity to perform in creative spaces around campus– including Grey Towers Castle. For Hedda Gabler, which will run from March 28 to 31, they’re transforming the lobby, Dining Room, and Rose and Mirror rooms into...

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November 19, 2015

Grey Towers Castle Highlighted on Mental Floss,

Grey Towers Castle was named on a list of 11 American Castles You Can Visit by Mental Floss (re-published on ). Arcadia’s Grey Towers Castle, which recently celebrated its 30th year as a National Historic Landmark, stands alongside other historic and majestic castles such as Lyndhurst...

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November 11, 2015

McKeehen ’13 Wins World Series of Poker Main Event

The poker world has a new champion. Joe McKeehen '13 won the 2015 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, which concluded on Nov. 11. He bested a field of 6,420 players to take home the top prize of $7.6 million and the coveted WSOP bracelet during the ESPN-televised event. In the final hand,...

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November 10, 2015

Business Students Get Look at Theme Park Operations, Hear from Former NFL Player

Students in the School of Global Business got a behind-the-scenes look at the theme park industry and heard from COO of Lyons Companies during two recent SGB events. On Friday, Oct. 30, students in the School of Global Business traveled to Sesame Place in Langhorne, Pa. Nearly 40 business students...

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November 9, 2015

Heading into Second Night of WSOP Final Table, McKeehen ’13 Extends Chip Lead

When the first day of the World Series of Poker’s final table ended, Joe McKeehen ’13 was exactly where he was when it began: leading in chips. Last night’s action, which began with nine players, saw three players knocked out. As the WSOP resumes this evening (Nov. 9), McKeehen holds more than 91...


November 3, 2015

Arcadia Creative Writing Program to Work with Mighty Writers

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, Arcadia’s undergraduate creative writing students will work with Philadelphia’s Mighty Writers program for a day on campus event. The event begins with a meet-and-greet at noon in the Castle Dining Room, with open mic readings set for 2-4 p.m. in the Stein Fireplace Lounge. The...

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August 17, 2015

Dr. Belcher’s Son Marries at Castle; Wedding Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer

As part of its weekly spotlight on area weddings, The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted a ceremony at Grey Towers Castle between Allison Watman and Eric Belcher, son of former Professor of History Dr. Gerald L. Belcher , who passed away in 1991. A graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey...

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December 4, 2014

Art and Design Professors Turn Awbury Arboretum into Living Art Gallery

Two art and design professors are turning Philadelphia’s Awbury Arboretum into a living art gallery. Associate Professor of Art and Design Carole Loeffler and Adjunct Professor of Art and Design Maryann Worrell will create and install eight site-specific sculptures throughout the Arboretum. The...

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December 3, 2014

The College of Global Studies Appoints Andrew Law as Academic Dean

Dr. Andrew Law has been appointed as the next academic dean of The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University. Dr. Law will begin his position at The College of Global Studies at Arcadia in January 2015. Dr. Law serves as director of Off-Campus Study at Denison University in Granville, Ohio...

December 3, 2014

Jordan Cameron ’17: ‘How to Plan for Study Abroad’

When it comes to planning one of the most transformative experiences college has to offer, it’s never too early. During her First-year Study Abroad Experience in London, Jordan Cameron ’ 17 decided to also spend her entire junior year abroad and returned to Glenside focused and ready to work toward...

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August 28, 2013

BuzzFeed: Arcadia Featured on List of ‘Campuses That Make You Feel Like You’re At Hogwarts’

Arcadia University students have been saying it for a while, but Arielle Calderon of BuzzFeed recently pointed out the similarities between Grey Towers Castle and Harry Potter’s alma mater in “21 College Campuses That Make You Feel Like You’re At Hogwarts.” ( Go to the article at .)...

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April 2, 2013

Arcadia Named One of 10 Campuses You Have to See to Believe

Arcadia University’s Grey Towers Castle is featured in “10 Colleges Campuses with Architecture You Have to See to Believe,” a story on distinctive buildings and facilities on college and university campuses. From Arcadia University was founded in as a liberal...

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December 17, 2012

AARP: Grey Towers Listed Among ‘10 Must-See American Castles’

AARP recently listed Arcadia University's Grey Towers Castle among the “10 Must-See American Castles”: Sugar magnate William Welsh Harrison modeled his 40-room castle after England's famous Alnwick Castle. Built in 1898 of multicolored stone in medieval and French Renaissance styles, it has gilded...

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August 15, 2012

Media: Grey Towers Tops List of '12 Awe-inspiring American Castles'

Fox News featured Arcadia University's Grey Towers Castle in "12 Awe-inspiring American Castles," an article that explores the most impressive turrets, passageways and moats in the nation and the fascinating stories behind them. Most colleges contend to be fortresses of learning, but Arcadia...

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April 24, 2012

Arcadia Launches Global Workshop Series with 20 Philadelphia Faculty in Cuba

Arcadia University launches its Global Faculty Development Workshop series in June at the University of Havana in Cuba. The global series aims to spur faculty leadership in campus internationalization across the nation. Twenty faculty from Philadelphia area universities will join Arcadia University...

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April 1, 2011

Polishing the Past: Grey Towers Castle

By Sarah R. Schwartz ’10 Two weeks into a grueling and labor intensive process, Michael McCarron of Mike’s Furniture Refinishing , is all smiles. It is not everyday that he gets to work in a castle. Under the direction of Tom Macchi , Associate Vice President of Facilities and Capital Planning,...

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March 1, 2011

How Well Do You Know Arcadia? Find Out with Weekly Trivia

Philadelphia has developed a lively pub culture, which helped popularize Quizzo, a pub quiz game, in the United States. Drawing on this same spirit of cheer and trivia, Archives & Artifacts has started a weekly online trivia series focusing on details (varying in obscurity) from Arcadia's...


January 29, 2010

Old Artwork Uncovered in Castle Restroom

While renovating the first floor women’s restroom in Grey Towers Castle, Dave Dillon, a painter from Guilden Painting, discovered a long-obscured painting above the door transom. A pair of lions had been standing guard in the mural hidden from view for many years beneath several layers of paint. “...

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