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      SmartCEO Brava Award

      Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman has been selected as a recipient of a SmartCEO Philadelphia Brava award. The award program presented by Smart CEO magazine honors top female CEOs as high-impact business leaders. Winners are people who combine an irrepressible entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for giving back to the community, and are exemplary leaders of their companies and communities. President Wollman will receive the award at a gala in July and will also be profiled in Smart CEO magazine and at


      Jill Family

      Commonwealth Professor of Law & Government Jill Family has been named the Light of Liberty Award winner by the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. The award, which is given annually, recognizes volunteers, attorneys, a law firm, and financial supporters who have gone above and beyond to support the organization's mission.


      Dr. Cato T. Laurencin

      The School of Engineering welcomed Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, the University Professor at the University of Connecticut, as the speaker for the 2017 Distinguished Lecture Series on April 4.

      During his lecture, Laurencin shared insight on “regenerative engineering” – the convergence of advanced materials science, stem cell science, physics, developmental biology, and clinical transition. His research in nanotechnology has identified that through convergence of such technologies grand challenges are possible. His work on ligament reconstruction has been recognized by National Geographic as one of the top 100 discoveries that changed the world in 2012.


      Sam Smith

      Last month a buzzer beating three-point basket by Sam Smith, a junior civil engineering student and member of the men’s basketball team, was named the 2017 GEICO Play of the Year. The Widener University community helped vote, and the winner was announced during a national CBS college basketball broadcast.The clip that was entered was announced and edited by Communication Studies students Matthew Nissenfield and Andrew Proctor. The winning play was shown on the CBS national television broadcast.


      Guinean Alliance for Education and Development (GAED)

      Stephanie Schechner, professor of French, was elected to the board of directors of the Guinean Alliance for Education and Development (GAED), a non-profit based in the United States that raises money for scholarships and other projects related to education in Guinea (located in West Africa). Mamadou Keita, ’13, an alumnus of the French and international relations program and current master of public administration student, was elected president of the Board of Directors in November 2016. In her role, Schechner will focus on the education of girls and young women. The French Club at Widener has already hosted two fundraising events for GAED.

      Jessica Champion

      Jessica Champion

      Jessica Champion, ’08, an alumna of the French department, returned to Main Campus to address students, faculty and staff on April 6 with her lecture – “You Are More Than Your Major: Why Your Major Is Just One Piece of the Puzzle.” Champion shared how she strategically used her language major as she has continually advanced in her career in the banking and marketing industries. Now a marketing entrepreneur who founded 25 Hours Consulting, Champion attributes her success to the communications, research, and project management skills she learned while studying French and Italian at Widener.

      Strengthen Our Pride

      Strengthen Our Pride

      This week mark’s the university’s second annual “NO MORE” week, which includes a week of activities themed around “Strengthening our Pride” in support of making domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention a priority. There have been a number of lectures and workshops on campus, including a panel discussion on best practices for preventing and reporting instances of sexual assault and domestic violence with Deputy District Attorney Michael Galantino from Delaware County Special Victims Unit and representatives from Widener University’s Campus Safety Department and the Title IX Office. The week continues today with a speak out and keynote speaker for Take Back the Night and it will conclude with Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on Thursday.

      Cake Boss

      Cake Boss

      The 2017 Cake Boss was named by the Center of Hospitality Management on March 30. Student members of the National Association of Catering Executives and the American Hotel and Lodging Association hosted their annual Cake Boss competition, in which Severina Kluizenaar, a member of the community was named the 2017 Cake Boss. Lola Fanelli (pictured), who won for best appearance, gave a demonstration on decorating cupcakes. 


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