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Widener-PMC Alumni Association Presents Awards

The annual Alumni Awards Celebration highlighted Alumni Volunteer and Excellence Weekend.

The Widener University-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association recognized three alumni, a student and a staff member at the annual awards ceremony April 26 during Alumni Volunteer and Excellence Weekend.

Edward Baxter of Bryn Mawr, Pa., a member of the class of 1968, is the recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus Award, presented annually to an alumnus or alumna who has brought honor, recognition and distinction to the university through service to the community, their profession or by honors received.

A member at the Philadelphia law firm Cozen O'Connor, Baxter has served on the Board of Overseers for the Widener School of Law, and was active in the Widener 2000 Campaign. He serves his community by providing lectures to the CPA and Bar Association groups and is a member of the Parish Board of St. John Vianney Church in Gladwyne, Pa.

Amy Yarlett of Media, Pa., director of the Exploratory Studies Program at Widener, received the R. Kelso Carter Award, presented annually to a non-Widener graduate who has brought honor to the university through their acts or accomplishments.

Yarlett has served Widener for the past nine years as director of the Exploratory Studies program and a senior liaison to the International Study Center. She also contributes her time as an academic advisor to students in the Exploratory Studies program and as an adjunct professor.

2014 Alumni AwardsSharon Carothers of Santa Monica, Calif., a member of the class of 1992, received the Alumni Service Award, presented for volunteer service to the university.

Carothers has been chair for the California Regional Alumni Chapter of the Widener-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association since 2009. In the past four years as chair, she has fostered the chapter and successfully hosted nearly 20 events. Since 2011, she has served on the Alumni Council Executive Committee. She is a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm.

First Lieutenant Jonathan Krisko of Evans Mills, N.Y., a 2011 graduate of Widener, received the John L. Geoghegan Alumni Citizenship Award, which is given annually in memory of Geoghegan, a member of the class of 1963, to an alumnus or alumna who has brought honor to the university through leadership and community service.

Krisko was commissioned into the United States Army as an armor officer, graduated from the Armor Basic Course in May 2012, and went on to graduate from three of the top Army schools. In 2013, he was deployed to Afghanistan and served as platoon leader. He is currently the executive officer for the rear detachment of the 1-89 Cavalry Squadron, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division stationed in upstate New York.

Rebecca Slimbock of Mount Royal, N.J., a senior in the School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies, received the John L. Geoghegan Student Citizenship Award which is given annually in memory Geoghegan, a member of the class of 1963, to a student who has brought honor to the university through academic achievement, leadership and community service.

Slimbock has served the Widener community as a resident assistant, WU ambassador, tutor for Widener Reads, member of the Presidential Service Corps/Bonner Leaders Program, AmeriCorps Community Fellow, Orientation Committee Responsible for Enhancing Widener (CREW) member, a Big Brother/Big Sister, and a member of ELEVATE – Enhancing Leadership Experience Via Activities Training and Engagement.

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 comprises eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, 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 some 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free university. Visit the university website,


Photo Caption:  Widener University President James T. Harris III (center) poses with award winners (left to right) First Lieutenant Jonathan Krisko '11, Sharon Carothers '92, Edward Baxter '68, Amy Yarlett, and Rebecca Slimbock '14.