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      Honors Week Celebrates Academic Excellence of Widener Students

      Honors Convocation

      The Honors Convocation address was given by Widener alumna Nancy Hesse, MSN, RN, president and CEO at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at the Eastern Regional Medical Center.

      Undergraduate students excelling in their academics shined during Widener University’s Honors Week in March.

      The weeklong series, held each spring semester, engages the campus community in a number of stimulating intellectual activities that include honor society inductions, student presentations, faculty recitals, and other special events.

      Honors Convocation

      The week concluded with the Honors Convocation which featured an address given by distinguished alumna Nancy Hesse, MSN, RN, who serves as president and CEO at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at the Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia.

      As a proud School of Nursing alumna, Hesse spoke about how her time at Widener helped steer her journey to achieve personal and professional success. She shared her appreciation and admiration of her Widener professors and mentors, and encouraged the students in the crowd to seek their own mentors.

      “At Widener, I learned a lesson that to this day serves me well in my work and it is one that I believe can work for any person at any level in an academic journey or on a career path: Always listen to those who are more experienced than you,” said Hesse. “Seek out the support of mentors because you need people who have been there and who are wiser than you.”

      Student Presenters

      In addition to being recognized for their academic performances, students also had the opportunity to present their areas of research to faculty, staff and peers throughout the week.

      Sam DeVecchis, a junior communications major, was one of the student presenters. His work entitled “The Truth about Instagram” investigated the misconceptions portrayed through social media and negative effects they may have on society. 

      “The biggest takeaway from my presentation is that all people should critically analyze all the content they consume because it’s all being framed from a certain perspective that they might not be aware of,” DeVecchis said.

      Husam Shabazz, a junior international relations major, also presented during Honors Week with his peers Lisa Gale, a sophomore political science and international relations major, and Elexis Kenny, a junior political science major. They spoke about the Common Ground Initiative, which has become a model for engaging in civil dialogue in a polarized world.

      “Hopefully, our presentation on the Common Ground Initiative can stimulate conversation and help people understand that you can agree to disagree,” Shabazz said.

      Kenny said learning to facilitate table talk discussions has helped her realize the importance of political discourse.

      “A lot of people are fearful when it comes to political topics, but this initiative really evolved from trying to get people over that fear and to get people really comfortable in talking about their political views,” Kenny said.


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