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      Students Show Off Projects at High Impact Practices Fair

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      Student Kellyanne Ford talks with President Dr. Julie E. Wollman about her experience teaching a sexual education lesson to sixth graders.

      A multitude of student projects demonstrating Widener's commitment to high-impact educational practices were on display recently in Lathem Hall. Students stood alongside posters they created about projects and research they conducted this year, eager to discuss their work.

      "It gives a more personal touch," social work student Pauline Fulton-Hill said, standing by her poster about a project on clinical services for vulnerable adults. "We get to express how much it meant to us, and express the passion about what we've done."

      There were 37 projects on display at the fair, held May 3. They represented work done by main campus undergraduate and graduate students, and students from Commonwealth Law School and Delaware Law School. Widener students are 20 percent more likely to participate in high-impact educational practices, such as co-ops and internships, conducting research with faculty members and studying abroad.

      "It's a great opportunity, not only for us, but to see what the other schools are doing as well," said Sara Hufnagle, a hospitality management student who spent part of the spring semester studying international tourism from industry professionals on a trip to Italy. The trip meant a great deal to her. The fair gave her a chance to explain what she did, and what it meant.

      "It was a fantastic learning experience. It was a phenomenal, life-changing experience," she said.

      Projects reflected a diverse array of topics. There was an engineering project on a redesign of the Conshohocken Train Station, a social science project on the school-to-prison pipeline, and a physical therapy project on the integration of inter-professional services and educational experiences at the student-run Pro Bono Clinic. Freshman nursing student Isaiah Washington presented his project, "The Art of Nursing Through the Students' Eyes," and he welcomed the chance to talk with attendees about the connections he has made through Widener's nursing program.

      "When I was a senior in high school, I told myself when I get to college, I want to excel in every way possible and all the opportunities here – it's just amazing," he said, pointing to his poster and highlighting study groups, classes and a nursing student organization.

      Student Kellyanne Ford, who is pursuing her master of social work and master of education in human sexuality, presented her project, which involved co-facilitating sexual education lessons to sixth graders at the Widener Partnership Charter School. Ford had a personal audience with Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman, who listened as Ford explained the project and how it impacted her education. Afterward, Ford was thankful the fair had provided her that opportunity.

      "It was awesome to talk with her about this," Ford said.

      View event photos.


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