Arcadia Magazine Spring/Summer 2017

In the Spring/Summer 2017 Issue

A strong, independent, unconventional Beaver alumna reflects on her path.

Q&A: M. Susan Savage

Find out what graduates of the Class of 2017 have planned after Commencement. 

2017 Grads Share Plans

Recent news from Arcadia classmates.

Class Notes

Alumni Profile: Shawn Brennan ’16

As a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster survivor assistance specialist, Brennan is on the front line of responders, aiding survivors in their recovery.

Top Rankings in 2017

First in Study Abroad Participation

For the seventh straight year, Arcadia was ranked first in the U.S. in study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report.

Best in the Northeast

For the second year in a row, The Princeton Review named Arcadia among the best northeastern colleges and universities.

Top Regional University

U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best Colleges review ranked Arcadia 42 out of 181 institutions in the North Regional category and sixth among Pennsylvania universities in this category.

News + Notes

Contest Winner: Graphic design major Zach Bondurant ’20 took this photo of the Cliffs of Moher on Galway Preview. The image won grandprize in the “Preview Through Your Eyes” category of the Preview Photo Contest.

Easton Field Renamed Jean Lenox West Field

Renamed in honor of Jean Lenox West '57, '95H, who excelled as a student-athlete. More.

Dr. Louis Friedler and Jan Tecklin Named Professors Emeriti

Together, the retiring professors have more than 60 years combined teaching at Arcadia. More.

Arcadia Students Earn Fulbright Scholarships

Zahra Ahmadi and Clifford Long, Class of 2017, are first Arcadia undergraduate students to earn Fulbright U.S. Student Awards. More.

Alumni Remember, Relive, and Reunite

Alumni from Beaver College and Arcadia University celebrated with friends, food, and festivities during Alumni Weekend 2017 on May 5 and 6. Highlights included a tour of The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, a beer and chocolate tasting, and the Golden Reunion Dinner for the Class of 1967 and prior. 

Class of 2020

By the Numbers


Set of triplets


Valedictorians & salutatorians


Ranked in top 10% of their high school class

A Look Back

Young women playing badminton at Beaver College

Beaver College Inspires a Literary Legend  

In the late 1880s, Rudyard Kipling became a frequent guest of former Beaver College President Dr. Riley T. Taylor and his daughter, Edmonia, whom he met at a dinner party in India. Biographers speculate that Edmonia, a graduate and faculty member of Beaver College, was Kipling’s unrequited love interest, as he often sent her romantic letters and drafts of his writings. 

Beaver, Pennsylvania, served as inspiration for Kipling as well. He documented “the infinite peace of the tiny township” in From Sea to Sea and Other Sketches: Letters of Travel, published in 1900. As a guest of the Taylors, Kipling wrote “The Man Who Would Be King,” using John Dravo—a major benefactor of Beaver College and president of the College’s Board of Trustees—as his muse for the character Daniel Dravot. 

While staying in a Beaver College dormitory during the summer of 1889, Kipling is also reputed to have introduced badminton to students on campus.