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      President's Message

      A Message From Widener President Julie E. Wollman

      Widener University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman

      President Wollman speaks to the 2017 graduates.

      What a weekend!

      It was a joyful time celebrating the accomplishments and successes of all of our Widener graduates. As I said at our commencement ceremonies, the class of 2017 is a remarkable group with some of the most talented student leaders I’ve ever known. Their Widener experience was truly transformative and it is with great pride that we watch them begin the next chapters of their lives.

      Their success stories are Widener’s success stories. For our faculty and staff, they are your success stories.

      Take, for example, the computer science trio of Kaitlyn Hitchcock, Hana Mears and Michael Brant, who used the project management skills they acquired in separate co-ops with Lockheed Martin to develop their senior project. They combined those skills with their computer science knowledge to create a virtual reality tool that can educate young people on the effects of intoxication in a way that is innovative and impactful. Kaitlyn, Hana and Michael are all headed back to Lockheed Martin – to begin their careers.

      Or, new alumna Briana McKnight, who finished her business administration studies in December and walked in Saturday morning’s ceremony. Briana is now working as a financial analyst with JPMorgan Chase & Co. She had a summer internship with the investment bank and financial services company during her time at Widener. It helped lead to her full-time position. 

      Or, consider doctor of physical therapy graduate Maggie Karmeris, who worked with classmates Melinda Berean and Nolan Converse on successfully expanding Widener’s physical therapy pro bono network annual conference to the West Coast. Now Widener’s model of a student-led, pro bono community physical therapy clinic is reaching interested students on both sides of the United States. Maggie is off to a job at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

      Or, celebrate the success of biomedical engineering undergraduates Samantha Eigenbrot and Aubrey Volpe. Samantha presented at Honors Week on research and data collection she did with Dr. Jonathan Akins at a national conference for amputees. Aubrey helped him secure grant funding to do data collection and develop a device for amputees that was presented at the American Society of Biomechanics. She was his senior projects team leader this year. Both Samantha and Aubrey have chosen Widener’s four-plus-one accelerated master’s degree program in engineering.

      To them, and all the students who will be back with us next year, I hope you use this summer to put your passion to work. Make the most of opportunities to exhibit your determination and persistence, whether it be with summer employers, Widener faculty you are assisting with research, or people you engage with in the community. Demonstrate Widener’s impact on your intellect and character. Show them how you shine.

      With pride,

      Dr. Julie E. Wollman


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