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Widener Honors 71 during Support and Administrative Staff Service Awards Ceremony

The year was 1975: John Mitchell, H.R. Haldeman, and John Ehrlichman were found guilty of the Watergate cover-up; Saturday Night Live debuted on NBC; the Flyers won the Stanley Cup, and Dr. Luke Cellini, of Health Service, began his career at Widener University. Cellini was among 71 employees recognized last week during the annual Support and Administrative Staff Service Awards ceremony.

 “A few of the words that you will hear over and over tonight are professional, dedicated, courteous, and caring,” Joe Baker said, as he prepared to announce the recipients of the 2015 awards. “These words only begin to touch on the service that these employees have provided first and foremost to our students and also to faculty and staff.”

 Cellini, who actually has over 40 years of service, is a student-centered physician who has been with the university health services department for almost half of his life. Cellini actually was working at the university on a part-time basis before being put on the official payroll. He provides his patients with a thorough, holistic approach to primary care and always takes the time to listen to the students, adding value to their experience at Health Services.

As longtime employee, Cellini is able to provide a strong understanding of Widener and PMC’s long history of service in meeting students’ healthcare needs. His co-workers in Health Services appreciate Cellini’s dedication to the students and the university, as well as his sense of humor.

Five university staff member celebrated 35 years of service to Widener. On the Delaware Campus Deborah Dantinne, secretary of Public Interest Resources; Mary Alice Peeling, head of outreach services for the Legal Information Center; and Nancy Ravert Ward, director of Alumni Engagement, all started in 1980. On the Main Campus Dennis O’Shea and Joseph Shiarra, both of the maintenance department were recognized.

Others honored during the ceremony include:


Robert Danford; Wolfgram Library

Nicholas Hadgis; School of Hospitality Management

Penny King; School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies

Dorothy Kmat; Instructional Staff, Delaware Campus

Savas Ozatalay: School of Business Administration

John Vanore; College of Arts and Science

Jacqueline Reel; Instructional Technology Services

35 Years of Service

Deborah Dantinne; Public Interest Resources, Delaware Campus

Dennis O’Shea; Maintenance

Mary Alice Peeling; Legal Information Center, Delaware Campus

Joseph Shiarra; Maintenance

Nancy Ravert Ward; Alumni Engagement, Delaware Campus

30 Years of Service

Vanessa Gosa; Instructional Staff, Delaware Campus

Delma Kearney; Wolgram Library

Denise Manelski; Legal Education Institute, Delaware Campus

Susan Murray; College of Arts and Science

25 Years of Service

Richard King; Maintenance

John Korchinski; Maintenance

Brendan Layton; University Systems

Margaret Marge; University Systems

Bruce Murray; Campus Safety, Delaware Campus

John Pachkowski; Legal Information Center, Delaware Campus

Kay Marie Platt; School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies

Deborah Tatum; Human Resources

20 Years of Service

Barbara Ayers; Admissions, Delaware Campus

Michael Blanche; Instructional Technology Services

Francis Capriotti; Maintenance

Elizabeth DeFrancisco; Provost Office

Patricia Fox; Legal Information Center; Harrisburg Campus

Eleanor Kelly; Financial Aid; Delaware Campus

Nora Kogut; School of Engineering

Michael Komisor; System Administration

Linda Peifer; Instructional Technology Services

Rebecca Winkowski; Legal Information Center, Delaware Campus

15 Years of Service

Kenneth Andrews; Maintenance, Delaware Campus

Geraldine Bloemker; Provost Office

Gerome Davis; Maintenance

Perry Drayfahl; Instructional Technology Services

Kristine Gianni; Campus Safety

Lathaniel Green; Maintenance

Eileen Grena; Continuing Legal Education, Delaware Campus

Jerry Hall; Campus Safety

Laura Hanson; University Systems

Susan Innamorato; Payroll

Tiffany Kator; Development

Eric Kniskern; Admissions, Harrisburg Campus

Lynn Lanciano; Counseling Center

Mary Lazar; Neuropsychology Assessment Center

Peter MacNeal; Instructional Technology Services

Mary McNeil; Wolgram Library

Charlie Rodriguez; Maintenance

Jack Shafer; Athletics

Ebram Sharobeem; Campus Safety

Edmun Sonnenberg; Legal Information Center; Harrisburg Campus

Christine Weist; School of Human Service Professions

10 Years of Service

Mary Allen; University Relations

Nicole Ballenger; Legal Education Institute; Delaware Campus

Debra Berry; Students Services; Delaware Campus

Megan Brady; Accounting

Monica Cliatt; Civil Law Clinic; Harrisburg Campus

Maryanna Connelly; Student Financial Services

Floyd Jackson; Campus Safety

Brent Johnson; Legal Information Center; Harrisburg Campus

Roberta Nolan; Admissions

Karen Pedano; Accounting

Thomas Porter; Campus Safety

Brigitte Valesey; Provost Office

Suzanne Watts; Development, Delaware Campus

Edwin Wright; Admissions

Amy Yarlett; Exploratory Studies 

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 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university’s website,