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      Widener University Ranks Nationally

      Widener University has made a significant move upward in national rankings established by the Wall Street Journal. The newspaper began publishing a U.S. College Rankings report last fall that narrowed the nation's more than 4,700 schools down to 500 best, based on criteria that point to how well a college prepares students for life after graduation. Widener debuted at 252 last year and this year elevated 19 spots to 233.


      Widener Ranks for Salary Potential

      Widener University has ranked 28th on the list of Best Colleges in Pennsylvania by Salary Potential. This ranking puts Widener in the top third of the more than 100 ranked colleges for salaries earned, both for people with bachelor’s degrees and all alumni. It also notes 61 percent of all alumni say their work makes the world a better place, a response that puts Widener among the top schools for meaningful employment.

      Mary Allen

      Mary Allen

      Mary Allen, director of communications in the University Relations Office, received the Rising Star Award from the Delaware American Council on Education Women’s Network (DAWN) at the organization’s annual awards dinner this month. The award is presented to women in higher education who have demonstrated potential for high achievement. Allen worked for the law school before assuming her new role on main campus. She lives in Delaware.

      Ambrose Hall

      Meg Ambrose Hall, RN, MSN

      Meg Ambrose Hall, RN, MSN, a doctoral student currently working on her dissertation on the topic of end-of-life care in the critical care unit, has received a $5,000 scholarship from the Eva Miller Scholarship Fund. The scholarship, awarded by the Crozer-Keystone Community Foundation, will support expenses associated with Hall’s research into critical care nurses’ understanding of end-of-life issues. Her years of experience in nursing inspired Hall to pursue nursing education so she may assist in preparing student nurses for their careers. Hall currently works as a critical care registered nurse at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery and as an adjunct professor at Villanova University.

      Virginia Brabender

      Dr. Virginia Brabender

      Dr.Virginia Brabender, a professor in the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University, co-wrote The Impact of Parenthood on the Therapeutic Relationship: Awaiting the Therapist's Baby, a resource dedicated to exploring a range of reactions patients and clients have to the circumstance of a child entering the therapist's family. Released on Aug. 11, the book demonstrates how these varying reactions can be used to advance therapeutic development.

      Nursing Marathon

      Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon

      Dr. Cathleen Evans, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, took students from her disaster nursing class to the Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon in Philadelphia on Sunday, Sept. 17. The students provided nursing care in the main medical tent at the race.

      Ken Pobo

      Dr. Kenneth Pobo

      Dr. Kenneth Pobo, professor and co-chair of the creative writing program, recently gave a reading of poems from his new book Loplop in a Red City. He read selections of ekphrastic poetry—accompanied by a slide show of the works of art that inspired his writing. The event was held at the Widener University Art Collection & Gallery.


      “Intersections - Sexuality and University Archives Together”

      For the month of October, OCLC, a global library cooperative, is featuring online Widener University’s archive collection called “Intersections - Sexuality and University Archives Together.” The Sexuality Archives of Widener was founded in 2009 by Librarian Molly Wolf. The collection celebrates the intersections of the digital collections of both the Widener University Archives and the Sexuality Archives around the issues of gender, sexuality, feminism, and LGBTQ rights, among others.

      Harry Augunsen

      Dr. Scott Van Bramer and Dr. Harry Augensen

      The College of Arts & Sciences recently recognized five faculty members with awards for reaching milestone years of service. Dr. Scott Van Bramer, interim dean of the college, presented Dr. Harry Augensen, professor of physics and astronomy, with a glass plaque and a clock for 35 years of service. He also presented glass plaques for 30 years of service to Kevin J. Boyer, senior lecturer of biology; Dr. Kathleen L. Hornberger, associate professor of science; Dr. Bob Neveln, associate professor of computer science and mathematics; and Dr. Kenneth G. Pobo, professor of English and creative writing.

      Pew Lecture

      Jane Golden

      The College of Arts and Sciences hosted Jane Golden, executive director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, for the Pew Memorial lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Her talk focused on “Public Art and Social Change.”

      High School Leadership

      High School Leadership Awards

      High School Leadership Award winners attended a “Taking the Lead” conference Saturday, Sept. 30 at Lathem Hall. The daylong event provided leadership training and an on-campus experience for high school students who were recognized in the spring during Widener’s High School Leadership Awards breakfast at the National Constitution Center. Dr. Arthur J. Schwartz, director of the Oskin Leadership Institute, facilitated the conference for 37 attendees with help from Widener students.


      Oskin Leadership Institute

      The Oskin Leadership Institute hosted a group of 12 professionals from Chongquing, China this month for a three-week residential training program. Nearly all the participants were from the box plant division of Pacific Millennium Corp., whose president is Widener University Trustee Richard Tan. The group also included a representative of Stone Tan China Acquisition Corp., a subsidiary of Pacific Millennium Corp. The company has sent a contingent to Widener twice a year for five years.


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