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. In addition to Widener University, this year’s ceremony will feature cadets from the Abington Campus of Pennsylvania State University, Neumann University and West Chester University.

Widener is the host institution for ROTC activity at the Abington and Brandywine campuses of Pennsylvania State University, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Immaculata University, Neumann University, Villanova University and West Chester University of Pennsylvania. These partnerships help make Widener’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program one of the largest in the region, with 124 active cadets this academic year. 

Lt. Col. Donald J. McDannald, battalion commander and professor of military science, will preside over his first commissioning ceremony at Widener.

The 14 cadets to be commissioned include: Donald Bohn of Auburn, Pa., Widener University; Katlyn Culhane of Washingtonville, N.Y., Widener University; Jesse DeWan of Pottstown, Pa., Widener University; Alyssa Fellows of Sparks, Nev., West Chester University; Gerard Glenn of Havertown, Pa., Neumann University; Robert Hatcher of Philadelphia, PSU-Abington; Andrew Hopkins of Coatesville, Pa., West Chester University; Hannah Liesau of Boyertown, Pa., Widener University; Brandon McCabe of Zionsville, Pa., Widener University;Andrew Montgomery of Whitehall, Pa., Widener University; Nicholas Pisani of Folsom, Pa., Widener University; Stephen Scuderi of Mount Laurel, N.J., Widener University; John Vaders of Thornton, Pa., Widener University; and Robert Woolley of Lancaster, Pa., West Chester University.

In addition to these 14 cadets, five from Villanova University will be commissioned in a separate May 17 ceremony: Maria Barrett of San Diego, Laura Loechner of Bloomingdale, N.J., Christopher Moschella of New Vernon, N.J., Joseph Payne of Rapid City, Mich., and Ellaina Williams of Philadelphia. Five cadets were also commissioned in a winter ceremony: Jay Kaufmann of Philadelphia, Widener University; Michael Mowery of Doylestown, Pa., PSU-Abington; Hong P. Nguyen of Philadelphia, PSU-Abington; Jillian Snyder of Alloway, N.J., Widener University; and Brian Traband of Folsom, Pa., Villanova University. Paul McGeever of Philadelphia, a PSU-Abington student, will be commissioned later this summer, which will bring this year’s commissioned class to a grand total of 25 members.

Brigadier General (Promotable) Karen E. Dyson will deliver the keynote address at the May 10 commissioning ceremony. Brig. Gen. Dyson serves as Director of Business Operations for the Army Office of Business Transformation with responsibility to assist the Army’s transformation of business operations and process. She works to effectively and efficiently use the Army’s resources toward producing capable and ready forces at the best value for our nation. Her awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Parachutist Badge and the Presidential Support Badge.

The May 10 commissioning ceremony will also feature the sheathing of the saber, a tradition performed annually by the top cadet in the battalion. This year, the honor will go to Widener’s Jesse DeWan of Pottstown, Pa., based on his academic achievements, ROTC coursework and performance in the ROTC Leadership Development and Assessment Course among other things. 

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university’s campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve some 6,700 students. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.

 

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