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      Homecoming/Family Weekend 2016

      Homecoming/Family Weekend 2016

      October 13 - 15, 2016
      Where: Main Campus
      RSVP: Register online for various events.

      Beginning on Thursday, Oct. 13, Homecoming/Family Weekend offers a range of events for the entire Widener community to enjoy on Main Campus. Highlights include the School of Nursing's 50th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday evening, the ROTC/PMC/Veterans Homecoming BBQ Friday afternoon, the Athletics Hall of Fame induction Friday evening and the football tailgate and game on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Stevenson University.

      Don't forget to follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and use the hashtag #HomeatWU. 

      A photo contest will run Oct. 13 through Oct. 15 until 10 p.m. Entries must use the hashtag #HomeatWU to tag a photo showing one or more people taking pride in Widener tradition. 

      See a full schedule and online registrations.

      Hospitality Dinner

      Hospitality Dinner

      Hospitality Lunch and Dinner Series

      Luncheons on Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Dinners on Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
      Where: Marriott Dining Room

      Students from the Center for Hospitality Management invite the Widener community to experience vibrant flavors from around the world in a casual, yet refined atmosphere as part of the 2016 Fall Dinner Series. Hospitality Management students will also offer nutritious and delicious lunch options at an affordable cost on Tuesdays as part of their popular Luncheon Series. For more information on dining in the Marriott Dining Room this fall, visit

      Ehud Barak

      Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel

      Philadelphia Speakers Series On-Campus Lecture

      October 17, 12:25 – 12:55 p.m.
      Where: University Center, Webb Room
      RSVP: RSVP is required. Contact Candi Caporale at (610) 499-4112, or e-mail

      Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel, will address members of the Widener community on Main Campus prior to his appearance at the Philadelphia Speakers Series. All Widener students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

      Barak was prime minister of Israel from 1999 to 2001. He entered politics following a 35-year career as a highly decorated officer in the Israel Defense Forces. He served as leader of the Labor Party until 2011, including posts as minister of defense and deputy prime minister in Benjamin Netanyahu's government from 2009 to 2013.

      Patricia Engel

      Patricia Engel

      Fiction Reading by Visiting Writer Patricia Engel

      October 19, 4 p.m.
      Where: KLC 1
      RSVP: For more information, contact Dr. Michael Cocchiarale at (610) 499-4601.

      The English and creative writing departments will welcome author Patricia Engel to campus on Wednesday, Oct. 19 as part of their Distinguished Writers Series. Engel will meet with and mentor students in addition to holding a public fiction reading at 4 p.m. Engel is the author of The Veins of the Ocean, a New York Times Editor's Choice. She is also the author of Vida and It's Not Love, It's Just Paris.

      OLLI Wednesday Speakers Series

      October 19 & 26, 12:00 p.m.
      Where: University Center, Room C

      The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Widener offers free lunchtime lectures on Wednesdays, which are open to the entire campus community and general public.

      On Oct. 19, join author and lecturer David Walter for a presentation on Camp Elder, the post-Gettysburg Union P.O.W. camp that was established in Westtown Township.

      On Oct. 26, join Rosemarie Pasdar and Jaan Troltenier as they present a slideshow of Paleolithic art found in Europe and discuss aspects of the technology used to create it, what meanings it may have had for its creators and how they lived. Pasdar has worked as a guide in one of the European caves with Paleolithic art, while Troltenier has been an art history docent for the past 15 years and currently teaches history and art history courses for OLLI.


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