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      Widener President Dr. Julie E. Wollman was named a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal, which recognized its 2017 honorees as "Revolutionary Women" who are bringing innovation and change to their industries. She was one of 30 selected to receive the honor on Nov. 16, out of more than 150 nominees.


      Under the direction of Professor Dr. Yvonne Antonucci and Associate Professor Dr. Babatunde Odusami, the Widener University School of Business Administration hosted an ERPsim Inter-collegiate Competition on Nov. 10 in the Finance Lab. The game helps students learn enterprise systems and business analytics. Four Widener teams competed against nearby universities, including Penn State, Delaware State and University of Delaware. One Widener team took second place.


      Senior mechanical engineering major Jesus Anthony Bernal recently competed in Kansas City, Missouri for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Nissan Design Competition. Over the span of four days, Bernal and two other students from Western Michigan University and the University of South Carolina worked together to design a new or enhance a current comfort feature in an automobile to be evaluated by a panel of judges. Bernal's team placed second overall against seven teams, and he received three job interview opportunities with Nissan, General Motors, and John Deere.


      The Widener University Chemistry Club participated in Family Science Day on Nov. 4 at the Independence School in Newark, Delaware. Hundreds of children and their parents participated in an afternoon of hands-on activities based on the theme "Chemistry Rocks," followed by a chemistry demonstration. Widener students, faculty and one alumnus engaged students in a periodic table display with samples of many elements and minerals. They also demonstrated the use of liquid nitrogen to shrink balloons and to freeze bananas.


      Allison Davis, a sophomore, and Jamie Weisberg, a senior, both hospitality management majors, were honored at the Philadelphia and Vicinity Club Managers Association on Nov. 6. Davis won the Intern of the Year scholarship, while Weisberg won the Widener Scholarship.


      Widener's Eta Beta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of nursing, received the Chapter Key Award at the Biennial Convention in Indianapolis in October. Eta Beta is a seven time recipient of the award. Also, at the conference, School of Nursing Assistant Professors Dr. Lorraine Igo, Dr. Jihane Hajj and Dr. Brenda Kucirka and Associate Professor Dr. Mary Baumberger-Henry presented. Assistant Professor Dr. Stephanie Jeffers completed the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy and was elected to the Leadership Succession Committee for Sigma Theta Tau International.


      Widener University recently announced the 2017-2018 scholarship recipients of the Faculty Award, a tuition scholarship supported by donations from university faculty. Each of the schools nominated exemplary student candidates in their junior year. The recipients are Jared Becker (finance), Kerry Farrell (nursing), Megan Haehnel (nursing), Julie Heydeman (social work and psychology), Madeline Mayes (civil engineering), Daniel Miller (electrical engineering), Heather Moore (education), Tulsi Patel (computer science and biomedical engineering), Haley Poluchuck (English), Erik Smeltz (chemical engineering and chemistry), Gabrielle Steich (nursing), and Kathleen Wendling (accounting).


      International Student Services, in collaboration with numerous campus offices and clubs, hosted a week full of activities for International Education Week in November. The activities ranged from a photo contest and "Where in the World" interactive map to restaurant trips and a film screening. On Nov. 9, Aman Ali, a Muslim-American storyteller who visited 30 mosques in 30 days during Ramadan 2011, spoke to students and faculty, offering a counter-narrative to the media's image of monolithic Islam. The next day, the university community participated in the "We're All Widener" Multicultural Fair in University Center. Photos from the Multicultural Fair are available here.


      Chief Diversity Officer Iva Ferrell gave the keynote address at a diversity and inclusion conference presented by Delaware Technical & Community College on Nov. 17. Ferrell, who is also an associate professor of legal methods at Delaware Law School, gave remarks titled "Diversity for the Win: Inspiring a Culture of Inclusion" to an audience of roughly 250 people. The speech was followed by an interview-style, sit-down question and answer period with Ferrell as the focus. The event was held at the DelOne Conference Center on the college's campus in Dover, Delaware and was designed to inspire participants to build a culture of inclusion.


      Dr. Robin Goldberg-Glen, co-president of the sexuality and aging consortium, accompanied 53 Widener University students to the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer's on Nov. 11 in Philadelphia. The outing was organized by the Center for Social Work Education's Student Association for Services for the Aging and drew students from Goldberg-Glen's SW107: Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare class, as well as students in several sororities and fraternity members, the Pride program, nursing, and athletic teams.


      School of Business Administration Assistant Dean Jessica Hoopes secured a $10,000 grant from the UPS Foundation. The award will be used to support the School of Business Administration's four-day Summer Business Camp and two-day Academic Workshop for Young Women. The summer camp introduces high school students to the theoretical and practical aspects of business by providing them with an introduction into how businesses operate, generate information about customers, and market their products and services. The academic workshop encourages girls to learn about career opportunities, meet and question Widener business faculty members and students, and hear directly from accomplished working professionals.


      Cathy Stubin, a doctor of philosophy nursing student and National League for Nursing – Jonas Scholar, as well as Professor Dr. Barbara Patterson and Associate Professor Dr. Mary Baumberger-Henry attended the 2017 National League for Nursing Education Summit held Sept. 14 – 16 in San Diego, California. The Jonas Scholars Program promotes evidence-based nursing education and the scholarship of teaching.

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      Twenty-seven students from the Widener University Student Nurses' Association attended the Student Nurses' Association of Pennsylvania Convention in November. The university had the largest delegation of any school. WUSNA received the community award for its "Donate Your Passion" drive for hurricane relief victims and the chapter excellence award. Sophomore nursing student Isaiah Washington also was elected Greater Philadelphia regional coordinator on the Student Nurses of Pennsylvania Board. Sophomores Keith Hanley, Kyle Minder, Will Butler and junior Taylor Knerr presented the resolution "in support of increased awareness of the ongoing concern of safe staffing," which was approved by the delegation. They will now present at the National Student Nurses Association meeting in April. On top of all that, the students prepared pro statements for several other resolutions including one supporting disaster training for students.


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