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      Value Colleges recognizes Widener MBA program

      Widener University has been named to the list of Top 50 Best Value Master's in Taxation Degrees for 2017. The list, published by Value Colleges, puts Widener at number 30 out of 50 schools. Value Colleges determined its rankings using a formula that looked at graduates' returns on their investments of time and money, through programs that balance affordability, quality and job marketability. Value Colleges noted almost all schools that made the list are engineered to be flexible, convenient and speedy for working professionals.


      Dedication Bench

      Zackowski Family with members of the Iota Chapter of Alpha Tau Omega

      Students, faculty, and staff celebrated the life of John S. Zackowski, who passed away last December, with a bench dedication ceremony on April 21. President Julie E. Wollman gave remarks along with staff from the Office of Student Life and fraternity members. "This bench has a special place on our campus, because John has a special place in our hearts," President Wollman said. The bench is located behind Wolfgram Library, in between Freedom Hall and Alumni Auditorium.


      Walk a Mile

      Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

      On April 13, students at Widener participated in the second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® to raise awareness of sexual assault and gender violence. The walk was the last event of a weeklong campaign to "Strengthen Our Pride," as part of WU Says No More. Other events throughout the week included a panel discussion on the best practices for preventing and reporting instances of sexual assault and domestic violence, a candlelight vigil for Take Back the Night, and daily workshops.


      Michael Dimino

      Michael Dimino recognized as Fulbright Scholar

      Commonwealth Law Professor Michael Dimino has been recognized as a Fulbright Scholar. Dimino will spend spring 2018 in Italy, teaching at the University of Rome Tre, sharing his expertise on international relations and American foreign policy.


      Chrissy Harmon

      Chrissy Harmon wins Best Undergraduate Paper Award

      Chrissy Harmon, a senior history major, won the Best Undergraduate Paper Award at the National History Honors Society (Phi Alpha Theta) Eastern PA regional conference. This is the second time a Widener history major has won this award.
      Her winning paper, "'I Cried Out': Recovering the Lost Voices of Freedwomen in Reconstruction Race Riots," focused on the Memphis Riots of 1866. The study uncovers how black women experienced gendered violence following the Civil War and how they actively engaged in the struggle to save black lives during outbursts of racial violence. Harmon developed her topic in senior seminar under the direction of Dr. Sarah Roth, associate professor.
      Harmon was one of 70 undergraduate and graduate students from 18 universities who presented their research at the annual Phi Alpha Theta conference held at Rowan University in April 2017. A wide variety of historical research was presented: from medieval to military history, and popular culture to pirates. History professors Roth and Rachel Batch also participated as chairs of panels.


      Jill Family

      Jill Family to receive the Light of Liberty Award

      Commonwealth Professor of Law and Government Jill Family will receive the Light of Liberty Award from Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center. The award is given to recognize volunteers who have provided support to vulnerable immigrants.


      President's Lecture Featuring Dr. Daniel Robinson

      Dr. Daniel A. Robinson gives President's Lecture

      Dr. Daniel A. Robinson, the Homer C. Nearing Jr. Distinguished Professor of English, gave the President's Lecture, "What Is a Romantic Poet Anyway? Editing the Romantics," in Lathem Hall on April 17. Robinson, this year's winner of the university's Outstanding Researcher Award, spent a great deal of the lecture focusing on author Mary Shelley's different edited versions of "Frankenstein." Shelley was married to Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, who edited an early version of her work. Later versions changed substantially. "I feel like the original "Frankenstein" is like the creature itself. It's ugly and stitched together and monstrous," Robinson said. "In 1831 she tried to iron it all out."


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