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      Susan Costello, Administrative Secretary to the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Student Services, School of Nursing

      Sue Costello

      Sue Costello loves helping students in the School of Nursing and has found one of the ways she can do so is by going paperless.

      Costello, an administrative secretary, has been on the forefront of the school’s initiative to make all undergraduate nursing student records electronic. The effort by her and others paid off when the final class still using paper recordkeeping graduated this year.

      “All the paper was driving me crazy,” Costello said. “Now, we are paperless for undergraduates in the School of Nursing.”

      In her role, Costello works closely with the Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Student Services Linda O'Kane to track hundreds of nursing students and build class and clinical schedules. She is currently working on contracts for the school’s adjunct professors and streamlining the registration process for nursing students.

      “We are always on the forefront of that kind of stuff, and I love that,” Costello said.

      Before coming to Widener, Costello worked for the Penn-Delco School District. When a position at Widener was available 11 years ago, the Brookhaven resident knew the university would be a great fit – both for her and her two children.

      Since then, Costello’s daughter, Julia, graduated from Widener’s doctoral program in the Institute for Physical Therapy Education. Her son, Mikey, is working as a Chester police officer after earning his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

      “That was one of the reasons I came here – to try and help get my kids their education,” she said. “But the reason I stayed was because everything we do here in nursing is geared directly toward the students.”

      Costello finds each day in Founders Hall to be exciting and loves the people she works beside, especially since many of them are nurses.

      But, once a year, she is reminded of exactly what makes working at Widener University and the School of Nursing special.

      “The nursing school graduations,” she said, “they give me goosebumps every year. It is so wonderful to watch the incoming freshman move all the way through to graduation.”

      Off campus, Costello enjoys going to the beach. She and her husband, Mike, can be found in Wildwood, New Jersey most weekends in the summer. During the rest of the year, she loves Sunday dinners and other family get-togethers with her “big Italian family.”

       “Family is foremost in importance,” she explained.


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