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      Dr. Julie E. Wollman

      Widener University President Julie E. Wollman was recently a guest on Executive Leaders Radio, a talk program broadcast through Radio America on 32 stations across the country, from Anchorage, Alaska to State College, Pa. The show focuses on interviews of prominent CEOs, CFOs and presidents and is designed to probe questions that help the audience learn what it takes to succeed. In it, she talks about her love of education and learning, and Widener's commitment to building strong leaders who succeed in the workplace. Listen to the interview.


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      Trustee Tonie Leatherberry

      Widener University Trustee Antoinette "Tonie" Leatherberry has been named to the Black Enterprise list of Most Powerful Women in Business. The feature is an exclusive listing of the highest-ranking, most influential African American female executives. Coverage will appear in the January/February issue and online at BlackEnterprise.com. Leatherberry joined the Board of Trustees in May 2015 and sits on the Trusteeship Committee and the Civic Engagement Committee. She works as a principal of Deloitte Consulting LLP and the president of the Deloitte Foundation, based in Philadelphia.


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      Dr. Marina Barnett

      Dr. Marina Barnett, associate professor of social work, gave the President's Lecture on Feb. 27. Barnett presented on what it means to be a 'civically engaged' university to full audience in Lathem Hall. The interactive discussion explored ways Widener University can enhance efforts to create life-long engaged citizens. Barnett surveyed the audience throughout the discussion and encouraged conversations about what it means to be a community, how civic engagement is and should be measured, and what can be done to take civic engagement to the next level.


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      Elise Falkowski, left, and Michele Madera, right, present on the implications of the new executive order on immigration.


      International Student Services at Widener recently presented an informational talk on President Trump's executive order on immigration. Attorneys Elise Falkowski and Michele Madera of Klasko Immigration Law Partners LLP spoke to about 30 people in the Quick Center for more than two hours on Feb. 10. They answered questions, gave detailed information about the executive order, its effect on immigrants and foreign visitors from multiple nations, legal challenges to the order and how it has impacted people charged with enforcing it, right down to airline ticket takers around the world, who have found themselves questioning whether to let people board airplanes to the United States. The program was coordinated by Kandy Turner, director of International Student Services and Programs.


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      Students met with industry leaders at the Center for Hospitality Management's annual career day.

      The Center for Hospitality Management hosted its annual career day to help those interested in the hospitality profession launch a successful career on Feb. 15. Angela Val, chief administration officer of the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, who served on the Philadelphia 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee as executive director, gave the keynote address. Students had the opportunity to visit with a number of professionals in the field from Red Lobster to Wegmans. Students also participated in a roundtable session, where they were able to network with hospitality professionals in hotels, events, restaurants, clubs, sales and finance. View photos from the day.


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      Dr. David Coughlin

      Dr. David Coughlin, professor of biology, collaborated with a group of biomedical researchers from Drexel University’s School of Medicine and LifeSplice Pharma on a research paper that was published Feb. 7 in PLOS One. The article, “AMPA GluA1-Flip Targeted Oligonucleotide Therapy Reduces Neonatal Seizures and Hyperexcitability,” which can be found here, explored how altering the activity of glutamate receptors in the brain can improve outcomes for individuals with seizure disorders such as epilepsy. PLOS One is the world’s first multidisciplinary open access journal, and accepts scientifically rigorous research.


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