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Widener-PMC Alumni Association Presents Awards

Alumni Association President Jeffrey Flynn (left) and Widener Interim President Stephen C. Wilhite (right) congratulate Nat'e Parker-Guyton '98, '02 on receiving the John L. Geoghegan Alumni Citizenship Award.

The Widener University-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association recognized three alumni, a student and a staff member at the annual awards ceremony October 17 during Homecoming Weekend.

Oliver C. Armitage of Media, Pa., a member of the class of 1949, 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.

Armitage served as a member of the Pennsylvania Military College (PMC) Board of Trustees from 1965 to 1967 during which time he also served as president of the PMC Alumni Association. He was also a member of the committee that helped found the PMC Museum at Widener in 2000.

A pillar of the community, Armitage was a principal in the Oliver C. Armitage Real Estate Company in Media, Pa. for more than 50 years. He also served as president of the Chester Real Estate Board, co-founded the Association of Delaware County Real Estate Appraisers, and was named Pennsylvania Appraiser of the Year. A long-time member of Ironworkers Bank, he served as chairman of the bank’s board of trustees for 18 years.

Jessica F. Hoopes of West Chester, Pa., assistant dean of the School of Business Administration 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.

As assistant dean for the School of Business Administration, Hoopes plays a key role in the school’s signature events such as the Girls Camp, Financial Literacy Workshop, Entrepreneurship Workshop, and Business Summer Camp. In strengthening these events, she has harnessed participation from alumni, admissions and development. She has also established relationships with industry partners such as the Philadelphia Union, Wawa, UPS, and Aramark to facilitate internships, co-op positions and full-time jobs for Widener students.

2015 Alumni Awards RecipientsRonald H. Romanowicz of Katonah, N.Y., a member of the class of 1968, received the Alumni Service Award, presented for volunteer service to the university.

Romanowicz serves as chairman of the PMC Museum Committee through which he encourages and stimulates the support of the museum and its role in Widener’s inherited history. He has demonstrated as untiring and enthusiastic resolve to educate alumni by visiting with and speaking to various alumni groups to gain financial and material support for the museum. As chairman, he also serves on the Alumni Council.

Prior to his role as chairman of the PMC Museum committee, Romanowicz dedicated his time to preserving the history of the PMC through the creation of a website that shares the legacy of PMC by honoring his fellow PMC graduates and their fallen classmates.

Nat’e Parker-Guyton of Bear, Del., a 1998 and 2002 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.

Parker-Guyton is the clinical informatics officer for Mercy Health System and a leader in the acute healthcare setting. Over her career, she has served as chief nurse officer at Mercy Suburban Hospital, senior director of nursing operations at St. Francis Hospital in Delaware, and nurse manager for cardiac transplant and telemetry at Temple University Hospital.

In her role at Mercy Health System, Parker-Guyton has partnered executives throughout the system to lead the healthcare transformation by embracing technology that is interoperable, patient-centric, user friendly and focused on quality outcomes. As a Widener alumna, Parker-Guyton serves on the School of Nursing Advisory Council and Alumni Association.

Alexandra Hunter of Garnet Valley, Pa., a senior nursing major, 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.

A Dean’s List student, Hunter is an active member of the Widener University Students Nurses Association and is a member of the Senior Class Gift Committee. In addition, she has volunteered for the Widener Community Nursing Clinic in Chester, Relay for Life, the Elam Wellness Fair, and various blood drives.

At Stetzer Elementary, she helped organize a student effort to work with KPMG, one of the big four accounting firms, to improve children’s literacy by donating books and time to read to students as part of their First Book initiative.

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. are is proud to be a tobacco-free. Visit the university website, www.widener.edu.

 

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