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Twelve Students Chosen for Selective Oskin Leaders Program

The Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University has chosen 12 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 leadership project. The program is administered by the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener.
Oskin Leaders Program
To be selected for the program, students need to demonstrate leadership potential, energy and passion, a commitment to learning and growing, the spirit of a trailblazer, and a commitment to the concept of a team.

"This program offers students the opportunity to be fueled by their passion while stepping out of their comfort zones where they can really develop the character, courage and competencies to be effective leaders," said Dr. Arthur Schwartz, executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

Each year, the Oskin Leadership Institute asks Widener faculty and staff to nominate freshmen students who they think fit the criteria for the program. The institute then invites the nominated students to an information session where they learn more about the Oskin Leaders Program. Interested students then apply to the program, and program participants are selected after an interview with the institute staff and participating Widener deans, faculty and staff.

The following students were selected this year:

• Alison Alkins, a biology major from Aston, Pa.
• Eric Bihlear, an international business major from Tabernacle, N.J.
• Cameron Connors, a civil engineering major from Harleysville, Pa.
• Nichole Dantoni, a chemical engineering major from Edgewater, Md.
• Dane DiPaolo, a hospitality management major from Sicklerville, N.J.
• Leo Harmon, a psychology/pre-physical therapy major from Charlton, Mass.
• Samantha Krupa, a psychology/pre-physical therapy major from Union, N.J.
• Sierra Offutt, a creative writing/psychology major from Fallston, Md.
• Tori Remodelli, a mechanical engineering major from Point Pleasant, N.J.
• Joe Santone, an accounting major from Blackwood, N.J.
• Bridgette Saverine, a biomedical engineering major from Bridgeton, N.J.
• Nikki Sutliff, a biomedical engineering major from Hunlock Creek, Pa.

The mission of the Oskin Leadership Institute is to perpetuate the university'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.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, 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 and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, Pa., and Wilmington, Del., serve approximately 6,500 students. Visit the university's website,, for more information.