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Thirty-Eight Students Receive Widener Leadership Certificate Through Oskin Leadership Institute

The Oskin Leadership Institute recently recognized 38 undergraduate students who earned their Widener Leadership Certificate during the spring semester.

The institute presented the following students with their certificates during ceremonies held during the week of April 20-27:    

  • John Andel, a senior anthropology major from Logan Township, N.J.
  • Jared Becker, a freshman finance and operations management major from Jamison, Pa.
  • Derek Brandt, a sophomore international business major from Lansdale, Pa.
  • Brandon Burns, a freshman civil engineering major from West Chester, Pa.
  • Candice Celestine, a junior social work major from Chester, Pa.
  • Taylor Church, a junior business informatics major from Glen Mills, Pa.
  • William Dahm, a sophomore psychology major from Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Aaron Cook, a sophomore business management major from York, Pa.
  • Ashley DiRienzo, a sophomore English major from Mullica Hill, N.J.
  • Sammy Eang, a freshman mechanical engineering major from Parkside, Pa.
  • Panagiotis Ekatos, a sophomore mathematics major from Upper Chichester, Pa.
  • Andrew Farahat, a sophomore, biology major from Chester Pa.
  • Kelsey Gray, a sophomore nursing major from Downingtown, Pa.
  • Lake Green, a sophomore psychology major from East Fallowfield, Pa.
  • Stephen Hawrylko, a sophomore accounting major from Delran, N.J.
  • Zachary Hill, a sophomore civil engineering major from North Plainfield, Pa.
  • Carly Histing, a freshman social work major from Sicklerville, N.J.
  • Justin Jackson, a sophomore political science major from Philadelphia, Pa,
  • Rebecca Keppler, a junior nursing major from Springfield, N.J.
  • Joann Klein, a sophomore communication studies major from Broomall, Pa.
  • Bryan Lavelle, a junior electrical engineering major from Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Monica Lesinski, a freshman nursing major from Williamstown, N.J.
  • Sophia Mitchell, a junior criminal justice and psychology major from Paulsboro, N.J.
  • Gabriela Mongelos, a sophomore nursing major from Blue Bell, Pa.
  • William Morgan, a junior business major from Ridley, Pa.
  • Jessica Niwore, a senior mechanical engineering major from Franklinville, N.J.
  • Kelly Ongsueng, a senior psychology major from Springfield, Pa.
  • Eric Palmiero, a freshman hospitality management major from Turnersville, N.J.
  • Madelyn Price, a sophomore civil engineering major from Jarrettsville, Md.
  • Audrey Rucker, a freshman nursing major from Coatesville, Pa.
  • Sean Slusar, a sophomore criminal justice major from Carneys Point, N.J.
  • Jill Stansbury, a junior nursing major from West Deptford, N.J.
  • Sarah Townsend, a sophomore biomedical engineering major from Collegeville, Pa.
  • Mammen Varghese, a senior biology major from Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Tamiya Wilfong, a junior accounting major from Toms River, N.J.
  • Colleen Wortz, a sophomore business management major from Wallingford, Pa.
  • Emily Wright, a sophomore business major from Woodlyn, Pa.
  • Lizzy Yenser, a sophomore civil engineering major from Downingtown, Pa.

To earn the Widener Leadership Certificate, students must complete 18 one-hour workshops through the Oskin Leadership Institute on a variety of leadership-related topics including ethical fitness, personal courage, leadership myths and stereotypes, leading groups, decision making, and peer leadership, among others.

Students must then develop their own leadership philosophy that addresses the competencies and challenges of leading self, leading others or leading change. Students present and explain their leadership philosophy at a ceremony and receive their Leadership Certificate.

"Our students have a strong desire for leadership training and experiences that will inspire them to be leaders in their professions and in their communities,” said Arthur Schwartz, executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

The Widener Leadership Certificate program was designed to be completed in two years. Since the certificate program was launched in fall 2013, more than 1,000 undergraduate students have participated in at least one of the 380 workshops offered by the institute.

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 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, 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 more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university’s website,