2012 News Archive

  • Friday 21 Dec, 2012

    Widener University Alumnus Establishes Memorial Scholarships to Honor Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting

    Through a generous donation by magicJack from one of their alumni Dan Borislow, Widener University has established three full memorial scholarships to honor victims of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The siblings of those lost in the tragedy and dependents of the adults who lost their lives will be eligible for the scholarships, which will cover all costs over four years should they be accepted to Widener University.

  • Tuesday 6 Nov, 2012

    Widener Partners with Sussex Technical School District

    Widener University and Sussex Technical School District, a public Career and Technical Education school district in Georgetown, Del., announced on Friday that they've entered into a partnership that will bring new higher education course offerings to high school students in Sussex County and central Delaware.

  • Wednesday 31 Oct, 2012

    Widener to Honor Boeing President/CEO at Voices of Leadership Event

    Widener University will honor Dennis Muilenburg, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space & Security, at the Oskin Leadership Institute's Voices of Leadership event on Thursday, November 1. The Voices of Leadership event celebrates the Oskin Leadership Institute's mission to perpetuate and strengthen Widener's long and noble tradition of inspiring students to be strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage and competencies to affect positive change throughout the world.

  • Friday 26 Oct, 2012

    Visions of Tranquility at Widener Art Gallery

    Two area artists' personal visions of tranquility will highlight the November and December calendar at the Widener University Art Gallery. The exhibition will run from November 7 through December 15.

  • Tuesday 23 Oct, 2012

    High School Leadership Awards Winners to Learn to Lead with Purpose

    Widener University is currently seeking nominations for the 2013 High School Leadership Awards, but the recipients of last year's awards continue to reap the benefits of their selection with a day-long leadership development conference at Widener on Oct. 27.

  • Monday 22 Oct, 2012

    Sixteen Undergraduate Students Chosen for Select Leadership Program

    Widener University has chosen 16 undergraduate students to participate in the highly selective Oskin Leaders Program. Students in the program receive leadership training and one-on-one coaching that guides them through identifying and developing a project that has the potential to change the world. The program is administered by the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener.

  • Thursday 18 Oct, 2012

    FreshBaked Theatre 2012

    Widener University's FreshBaked Theatre Company will present The Lake at the End of the World, a musical for young audiences, on Saturday, Nov. 3 and Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. in Widener's Alumni Auditorium on Main Campus in Chester, Pa. The musical is for ages 5 and up and has a running time of 45 minutes.

  • Friday 12 Oct, 2012

    A Jump into the Deep End

    David Schott's bio reads more like an extreme sports bucket list than a résumé. It includes "shooting aerials from planes and airships, trekking through the swamp, ice diving, and diving in extreme environments for the perfect shot."

  • Friday 12 Oct, 2012

    New Majors Introduced to Prepare Students for the Future of Technology

    As a teen in Richboro, Pa., Chris Hahn worked on a farm to save the money he earned for a much-desired purchase: his own computer. A few years later when Hahn started at Widener in 1996, he was among the minority of students who brought a computer into his dorm room.

  • Friday 12 Oct, 2012

    Rula Al-Saffar's Journey in Search of Justice in Bahrain

    At night she heard the screams. Her hands cuffed tightly behind her back, Rula Al-Saffar waited in a Bahraini jail cell as the guards tortured her colleagues. She agonized not only for her fellow medical professionals--locked up for providing medical aid to Arab Spring protestors in Manama, the capital city of Bahrain--but in fear of her own safety.

  • Friday 12 Oct, 2012

    Widener to Celebrate Food Day

    Widener University has planned a series of educational events to celebrate Food Day--the nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable and sustainable food and a better food system.

  • Wednesday 10 Oct, 2012

    Basketball Pioneer Grentz to Speak About Women's Leadership Style at Widener

    Women's Basketball Hall of Fame member Theresa Grentz, a Glenolden, Pa. native and member of the three-time national champion Immaculata College teams of the early 1970s, will talk about how female coaches lead differently than male coaches on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Lathem Hall at Widener University.

  • Tuesday 9 Oct, 2012

    Human Sexuality Studies Enrolls Two Fulbright Scholars

    This semester, Widener welcomed two Fulbright Scholars to campus: Onika Henry and Lorena Olvera. Both Henry and Olvera ranked Widener at the top of their list once accepted into the competitive international exchange program. They had done their research and both concluded that the premiere place to study human sexuality was Widener's Center for Human Sexuality Studies.

  • Friday 5 Oct, 2012

    Widener Partnership Charter School Unveils New Wing

    The Widener Partnership Charter School, the state's first university-based charter, on Thursday unveiled the new $4.6 million wing of the school at 1450 Edgmont Ave. The 28,000-sq-ft. addition includes a Science Learning Center, an extension of the library, a gymnasium, eight classrooms and eight offices.

  • Tuesday 2 Oct, 2012

    Widener University Celebrates Opening of Bown Garden

    About 15 years ago, Thomas H. Bown II of Gwynedd Valley, a 1962 graduate of Norristown High School, wrote the words, "To honor Bonnie Bown: my girlfriend, fiancée and wife through Pennsylvania Military College, Widener and life; Becky and Catherine's mom."

  • Friday 28 Sep, 2012

    5th Annual Careers in Sexuality Conference

    As home to one of the world's premiere academic programs for the study of human sexuality, Widener University will host the 5th Annual Careers in Sexuality Conference Friday, Oct. 12.

  • Monday 17 Sep, 2012

    Widener Opens Nominations for the 2nd Annual High School Leadership Awards

    Widener University, recognized as one of the nation's premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, today opened the nomination period for the second annual High School Leadership Awards. In partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, this program identifies the region's high school students who embody the university's commitment to develop and inspire leaders who affect positive change.

  • Monday 17 Sep, 2012

    Widener University Again Named "Military Friendly" School

    For the third year, Victory Media, Inc. has selected Widener University as a "Military Friendly School," placing it in the top 15 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

  • Wednesday 12 Sep, 2012

    Widener Launches Pioneering Interactive Website for High School Students to Track Their Community and Civic Involvement

    Widener University, one of the nation's premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, is proud to launch the first-of-its-kind site that encourages high school students to track and share their activities, community service and leadership actions at leadershipworks.widener.edu from September 5 through December 15, 2012.

  • Wednesday 5 Sep, 2012

    SBA Senior Stands Out at KPMG Co-op

    Widener senior Tom Hunter saw firsthand how natural disasters have impacted New Orleans communities. Hunter earned a trip to the city through his spring co-op site, KPMG, one of the largest accounting firms internationally.

  • Thursday 30 Aug, 2012

    Free Public Stargazing Sessions Resume

    The Widener University Observatory resumes its public stargazing sessions in September.

  • Wednesday 29 Aug, 2012

    Dr. Joy Dickerson receives the 2012 Lindback Award

    Dr. Joy Dickerson, associate professor and director of the Cooperation Education program in the School of Hospitality Management at Widener University, was named the 2012 Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching recipient.

  • Thursday 16 Aug, 2012

    Undergrads Choose Advocacy Over Apathy

    In the spring, rising senior Katrina Kelly and rising sophomore Leelabati Biswas traveled to New York City to present a letter they had drafted to Sen. Patrick Toomey on the hazards of hydraulic fracturing.

  • Thursday 16 Aug, 2012

    Widener Receives 14 AmeriCorps Educational Awards for Students to Provide Community Service

    Widener University was recently awarded 14 education awards from AmeriCorps and PennSERVE, the Governor's Office on Citizen Service, that will help students provide vital service to the community and receive funding to help pay for college.

  • Wednesday 15 Aug, 2012

    Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University to Host Professional Conference

    The Sexuality and Aging Consortium at Widener University is hosting its second annual conference on Friday, Sept. 14 for professionals who work with older adults.

  • Tuesday 14 Aug, 2012

    Widener Trustees Extend Contract of President James Harris

    The trustees of Widener University will extend the contract of President James T. Harris III for another five years beyond its current expiration date. The contract extension was announced by Board of Trustees Chairman Nicholas Trainer today and will extend Dr. Harris's role as president through June 30, 2017.

  • Friday 10 Aug, 2012

    Widener Names Chan Director of International Admissions

    Candice Chan of Philadelphia, Pa. has been named director of international admissions at Widener University. The new position is part of the university's efforts to enhance campus internationalization and prepare all students to live and work in a global and multicultural society.

  • Monday 6 Aug, 2012

    Exhibition of Historic Japanese Prints Opens at Widener University Art Gallery

    The Widener University Art Gallery will present a new exhibition, Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige's 53 Stations of the Tokaido, from August 21 through October 20, 2012. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

  • Monday 30 Jul, 2012

    Dr. Esther Brown appointed Academic Program Director at Widener University

    Dr. Esther Brown of Coatesville, Pa., assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Widener University, was appointed academic program director for the RN/BSN & RN/MSN Programs.

  • Tuesday 17 Jul, 2012

    Widener Dean Named Chairman of the Pennsylvania Hospitality Foundation Board of Directors

    Dr. Nicholas Hadgis, founding dean of the School of Hospitality Management at Widener University, was named chairman of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Hospitality Foundation.

  • Monday 16 Jul, 2012

    Widener Names First Beideman Visiting Scholar

    Dr. Mary C. Gentile, a pioneer in the field of values-driven leadership, has been appointed the first Beideman Visiting Scholar for the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University.

  • Thursday 5 Jul, 2012

    Four Named to Widener Board of Trustees

    The Widener University Board of Trustees recently appointed four new members to its ranks including two leading medical professionals in the region, a senior vice president for DuPont and an undergraduate student leader.

  • Monday 2 Jul, 2012

    W. W. Smith Awards Widener $79,000 for Scholarships

    The university will award the Smith Scholars Program scholarships - ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 - to full-time undergraduate students in good academic standing.

  • Tuesday 19 Jun, 2012

    Widener University's School of Nursing Receives Highest Level of Accreditation

    The School of Nursing at Widener University was awarded the fullest measure of success by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

  • Tuesday 19 Jun, 2012

    Campus Restructuring in Effect as of July 1

    Widener University underwent reorganization on July 1, 2012 combining the Center for Education with University College to form the new School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies.

  • Tuesday 19 Jun, 2012

    Sowing the Seeds of Electricity

    Engineering students provide solar-powered electricity to a Panamanian village.

  • Thursday 7 Jun, 2012

    Defining Leadership

    An interview with Dr. Arthur Schwartz, founding executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

  • Wednesday 6 Jun, 2012

    Widener Dean Selected for National Leadership Program

    School of Nursing Dean Deborah Garrison is one of 26 people nationwide selected for the National Leadership Academy.

  • Wednesday 6 Jun, 2012

    A Big Battle at the Smallest Levels

    A Widener biomedical engineering professor is fighting the nation's second largest killer--breast cancer--with a tiny weapon: nanoparticles.

  • Wednesday 23 May, 2012

    See Venus Pass In Front of the Sun on June 5 at the Widener Observatory

    The Widener University Observatory invites the public to attend a free open house on Tuesday, June 5 from 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. to view the planet Venus as it transits across the face of the sun.

  • Friday 18 May, 2012

    Poslusny Assumes Expanded Role Overseeing the Common Student Experience

    Dr. Matthew Poslusny of Garnet Valley, Pa., has expanded his current role at Widener University as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences to now include formal responsibilities for the development and implementation of common learning experiences for all undergraduate students. His new title is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Common Student Experience.

  • Thursday 17 May, 2012

    Widener Receives Heritage Commission Award

    The Heritage Commission of Delaware County and Delaware County Council recently presented the Leedom B. Morrison Award to Widener University and the Chester Higher Education Council for their efforts to readapt a 19th century home in Chester for use as the College Access Center of Delaware County.

  • Thursday 17 May, 2012

    Two Employees Honored for Distinguished Service at Widener University

    Dennis O'Shea, grounds foreman at Widener University, and Paula Garrison, assistant to Widener University School of Law Dean Linda L. Ammons, were awarded the William David Eckard Jr. Awards for Distinguished Service in recognition of their hard work and longtime commitment to the university.

  • Saturday 12 May, 2012

    Widener University Awards Diplomas to Nearly 900 Graduates

    Widener University President James T. Harris III urged nearly 900 students graduating from Widener on Saturday to take a different view of the "top one percent" of wage earners who have been the target of national protests in recent months.

  • Thursday 10 May, 2012

    Chester NAACP Honors Widener Librarians for Preserving Civil Rights History

    The Chester Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honored two Widener University librarians for their work to preserve the history of the NAACP and the civil rights movement in the city of Chester.

  • Tuesday 8 May, 2012

    Yoon Named Associate Provost for Experiential Learning and Global Engagement

    Dr. Suk-Chung Yoon, a William R. Bailey Endowed professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Widener University, has been appointed to a new position at Widener as associate provost for experiential learning and global engagement.

  • Tuesday 8 May, 2012

    Widener ROTC to Commission 14 Cadets From Four Area Universities May 10

    Widener University's Freedom Battalion will commission 14 cadets as second lieutenants of the U.S. Army on Thursday, May 10 at 1:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Old Main building.

  • Friday 4 May, 2012

    Widener University Honors Faculty for Teaching Innovation, Research and Civic Engagement

    Widener University on Thursday honored the top faculty in the areas of teaching innovation, research, and civic engagement at its annual Faculty Awards Banquet.

  • Wednesday 2 May, 2012

    Widener U. Honors Nursing Graduates with Nightingale Ceremony

    The Nightingale Ceremony is a traditional pinning ceremony for graduating nursing students, reflecting the values and traditions of the profession.

  • Wednesday 25 Apr, 2012

    Widener Selected for Engaging Evidence Consortium

    Widener University is one of only 40 colleges and universities nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the Engaging Evidence Consortium, an initiative that provides institutions with resources and an expanded professional network to conduct a campus project that uses assessment data to strengthen student learning.

  • Tuesday 24 Apr, 2012

    Widener University, PECO and Exelon Foundation Partner on Innovative Science and Math Education Program

    PECO and the Exelon Foundation have announced a grant of $1 million to Widener University to expand educational opportunities for students at the Widener Partnership Charter School in Chester.

  • Friday 20 Apr, 2012

    Widener-PMC Alumni Association Announces Awards

    The Widener University-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association presented its 2012 awards during Alumni Volunteer and Excellence Weekend on April 14.

  • Friday 20 Apr, 2012

    Widener Partners with Study Group for International Study Center

    Widener University and Study Group announced today they are partnering to establish an on-campus International Study Center, which will receive its first cohort of students for the fall 2012 semester.

  • Wednesday 18 Apr, 2012

    Undergrads Rewarded for Advocacy Efforts on Behalf of the FRAC Act

    Widener University undergraduates Leelabati Biswas, a freshman biology major, and Katrina Kelly, a junior political science and international relations major, recently traveled to New York City to present a letter they had drafted to Sen. Patrick Toomey on the hazards of hydraulic fracturing.

  • Wednesday 18 Apr, 2012

    Widener Announces New Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering

    The Widener University School of Engineering, which is celebrating its 150th year of engineering education, is proud to announce a new master's degree in biomedical engineering.

  • Wednesday 11 Apr, 2012

    Dr. John Poulin appointed Director and Associate Dean at Widener University

    Dr. John E. Poulin has accepted the position of director of the Center for Social Work Education and associate dean of the School of Human Service Professions at Widener University.

  • Tuesday 10 Apr, 2012

    Student Sara McManus Named Newman Civic Fellow

    Campus Compact has honored 162 students from 32 states as 2012 Newman Civic Fellows. Among the honorees is Widener University junior Sara E. McManus.

  • Monday 2 Apr, 2012

    Widener Professor Stephen Kauffman Named Teagle Scholar

    Dr. Stephen Kauffman, associate professor in the Center for Social Work Education at Widener University, has been selected to serve as a Teagle Assessment Scholar with the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts.

  • Monday 2 Apr, 2012

    President Clinton Highlights 2012-13 Season of Philadelphia Speakers Series

    Widener University's Philadelphia Speakers Series will feature another impressive lineup of activists, authors and world leaders for its eighth season, 2012-2013.

  • Monday 2 Apr, 2012

    President Harris Named AICUP Board Chair

    Widener University President James T. Harris III has been appointed chair of the Board of Directors for the Association of Independent Colleges and University of Pennsylvania for 2012-2013.

  • Thursday 22 Mar, 2012

    Widener Receives $200,000 for Soccer for Success Program

    The U.S. Soccer Foundation selected Widener University to receive a $200,000 grant over two years to operate Soccer for Success, the Foundation's after-school youth development program, for low-income students in the Chester Upland School District.

  • Tuesday 13 Mar, 2012

    Widener on President's Community Service Honor Roll for Sixth Consecutive Year

    Widener University has been named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

  • Wednesday 7 Mar, 2012

    Emerging Issues within the Aging Service System: Two International Perspectives

    The Center for Social Work Education presents a lecture on the emerging issues regarding older adults and aging service systems in the United States and Thailand.

  • Tuesday 6 Mar, 2012

    Hospitality Management students host their own version of Cake Boss

    In honor of the famed baker, students involved in the National Association of Catering Executives and the Society of Food and Wine have joined together to host the school's first annual Cake Boss contest.

  • Monday 20 Feb, 2012

    Paula Silver Named Dean of School of Human Service Professions

    Widener University announces the appointment of Paula T. Silver of Radnor, Pa. as dean of the School of Human Service Professions.

  • Friday 10 Feb, 2012

    Widener Professor Honored as a Distinguished Professional Psychologist

    The National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) honored the late Dr. Patricia Bricklin as a Distinguished Professional Psychologist in January.

  • Friday 20 Jan, 2012

    Charter School Receives $629,363 Grant from PA Department of Education

    The Pennsylvania Department of Education has selected the Widener Partnership Charter School (WPCS) among 57 schools and organizations statewide to receive a total of $64.4 million as part of the 21st Century Community Learning Challenge Grant.

  • Tuesday 17 Jan, 2012

    Elizabeth Housholder Named Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement

    Elizabeth Housholder joined the Widener University staff in November 2011 taking on the brand new role as assistant dean of civic engagement.

  • Thursday 12 Jan, 2012

    Widener Announces Winners of High School Leadership Awards

    Widener University, one of the nation's premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, today announced the winners of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards.