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      Dr. Akins

      Dr. Jonathan Akins and Chester High students

      Dr. Jonathan Akins, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, has led efforts this past semester to begin a FIRST Tech Challenge program at Chester Upland High School. The FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics competition that introduces students in grades 7 to 12 to practical engineering principles and assists in the development of STEM skills. The Chester team will begin competing next year with the robot they designed over the past few months. Assisting Akins with the program this semester from Widener were Gretchen Mielke, assistant dean for civic engagement, and Dr. Suk-Chung Yoon, associate provost for research and sponsored programs. Students involved included David Bennett, a junior computer science major; Amanda Bompadre, a junior biomedical and mechanical engineering major; Angel Herb, a freshman electrical engineering major; Bridget Leonard, a junior biomedical engineering major; Tobi Odesanya, a junior mechanical engineering major; Tulsi Patel, a junior biomedical engineering and computer science major; Nicole Stark, a junior biomedical and mechanical engineering major; and Paige Taylor, a senior mechanical engineering major.

      Student-led health fair

      Student-Led Health Fair

      Center for Education students led by Dr. Nadine McHenry and School of Nursing students led by Dr. Normajean Colby recently collaborated with fifth-grade students at Stetser Elementary school to present an interactive Student-Led Health Fair. At the fair, the Stetser students presented research they collected throughout the semester on various health-related topics with help from the Widener students. The fair is the culminating activity of the students’ experience with the “Healthy Me” curriculum sponsored by Main Line Health. Former Stetser students also attended the fair to host a book-signing event for a book published by Community Leveraged Learning. The book features the students’ research as a result of their partnership with Widener education and nursing students and involvement with the “Healthy Me” curriculum.

      Jill Family

      Jill Family

      Jill Family, professor and director of the Law and Government Institute at Commonwealth Law, recently presented on a panel at the American Bar Association Administrative Law Conference titled “Your Agency Is Not That Special: The Decline of Administrative Law Exceptionalism.”

      Dr. Kate Goodrich

      Dr. Kate Goodrich

      Dr. Kate Goodrich, associate professor of biology, co-authored the paper “Unusual Twig ‘Twistiness’ in Pawpaw Provides Biomechanical Protection for Distal Foliage in High Winds” with alumnus Luis Ortiz, ’13, and Dr. David Coughlin, professor of biology. The paper was recently accepted for publication in the November 2016 issue of the American Journal of Botany. The article was selected as a highlighted piece of research and was featured with a special write-up in the beginning of the November issue. It was also featured on the homepage of the journal for advanced access and Tweeted by the journal.

      Anywhere PA Program

      Anywhere, PA Program participants

      International Student Serviceslaunched a new program this past semester titled “Anywhere, PA.” Through this program, small groups of international students visited the houses of faculty and staff members to learn about the communities in which they reside and share lunch together. For many students, this was their first time in an American home. The first “Anywhere, PA” visit was to Ardmore, Pa., with Dr. Dana Reisboard, associate professor of education. Next, a group learned about the history of Chester, Pa., with Rev. James Ley, a local community advocate. In October, students joined Dr. Thomas Benedetti, associate professor of Italian and Spanish, in Bucks County, where they climbed Bowman’s Tower and saw Washington’s Crossing. Finally, students had a quintessential South Philly experience with Dr.Tim Cairy, director of student success and retention. The group visited South Street and the Italian Market, ate cannolis, saw cheesesteak rivals Pat’s and Geno’s, drove through Passyunk Avenue, peeked at the sports stadiums and enjoyed cheesesteaks at Chickie’s and Pete’s. ISS already has destinations lined up for next semester, but organizers are continuously looking for staff or faculty members to participate in this new program. If interested, please contact Melody Reichoff at  

      Alumna Maria Marcelin, a 2016 MSW and MEd in human sexuality graduate, won first place from the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work (PSCW) for her paper Application of Narrative Therapy with a Survivor of Sexual Abuse.” Alumna Katelyn Regan, also a 2016 MSW and MEd in human sexuality graduate, won third place for her paper “Using Gestalt and Narrative Modalities in Working with Transgender Youth.”  The alumnae were honored at PSCW’s annual awards dinner on Nov. 11.

      Briana McKnight, a senior in the School of Business Administration and a member of Beta Alpha Psi, was selected by the West Chester chapter of the IMA (The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business) and Brinker Capital to attend the IMA Student Conference held Nov. 10-12 in Detroit. The West Chester IMA and Brinker Capital provided McKnight with a scholarship to cover all conference expenses.

      Juliet Moringiello

      Juliet Moringiello

      Juliet Moringiello, professor of business law and director of the Business Advising Program at Commonwealth Law, contributed a chapter in the book “Law Between Buildings: Emergent Global Perspectives in Urban Law.” The chapter is titled “Building a Language of Municipal Bankruptcy and Insolvency on an Urban Law Foundation.” Moringiello also published the 7th edition of her book “Bankruptcy Overview: Issues, Law and Policy.”

      Eric Palmiero

      Eric Palmiero, Hospitality Management, '18 (center)

      Eric Palmiero, a junior hospitality management major, was recently awarded a scholarship by the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. He was one of only four students to earn a scholarship.

      Dr. Michael Rosko

      Dr. Michael Rosko

      Dr. Michael Rosko, professor of health care management, joined John Goddard of Bangor University, Wales, United Kingdom; Mona Al-Amin of Suffolk University in Boston; and Manouche Tavakoli of University of St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom; on the paper “Sources of Variation in U.S. Hospital Profitability" and a corresponding presentation at the 82nd International Atlantic Economic Conference held in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 15. Also at this conference, Rosko chaired the session “Health Theory, Policy, & Behavior”  and served as discussant for the paper “Work Limiting Health and Divorce Behavior: A Retrospective Analysis with SIPP Data.”

      Derek Harzinski

      Derek Harzinski, Civil Engineering, '17

      A Widener University School of Engineering alumnus and student have each earned national recognition from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Kevin Brown, Jr., EIT, was awarded the 2016 ASCE Outstanding Practitioner Advisor Award. Brown was chosen for his outstanding work and dedication as a Practitioner Advisor to Widener University and Temple University ASCE student chapters. Brown graduated from Widener in 2009 and 2014 with a bachelor’s and then a master’s degree in civil engineering. Derek Harzinski, a student member of the ASCE, was selected by ASCE’s Committee on Student Members to receive the 2016 ASCE Student Leadership Award. Harzinski was selected for his leadership and dedication to the student chapter. He is one of only three award winners in this category. Harzinksi is a senior civil engineering major at Widener.

      Project C.U.R.E.

      Project C.U.R.E.

      Widener University’s Student Nurses Association (WUSNA) volunteered their time Dec. 3-4 to work with Project C.U.R.E, the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. During the course of the weekend, a team of six WUSNA members partnered with volunteers and Chester, Pa.’s Rotary Club to move hospital beds and other medical equipment from Crozer-Keystone Medical Center to a warehouse in West Grove, Pa., where the supplies will be inventoried and shipped to Third World countries at a later date.


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