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      Widener Gear

      Check out widenergear.com!

      Widener University recently launched a new online store. The site offers a variety of items from apparel to totes, jewelry, tailgate essentials, and even pet supplies. The site allows shoppers to customize jackets, sweatshirts, t-shirts, and more with the Widener logo, department names, athletic teams, and family relationships.


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      Widener University Careers and Communication Studies Professional Panel

      Associate Professor Angie Corbo’s event planning class hosted the Widener University Careers and Communication Studies Professional Panel on Dec. 5. The panel included Alex Harm, a marketing specialist at Rowan University; Rebecca Nembhard, a marketing specialist at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union; Patton Vo, alumni and parent engagement specialist at Swarthmore College; Dan Armenti, video production technician at Dow Chemical; Kelsey Styles, media technologist at Wilmington University; and Hunter McGinnis, graphic designer at Sound of Tristate.


      Doy Toy Making Fundraiser

      Event Planning Students Fundraiser

      Students in Associate Professor Angie Corbo’s event planning course held a dog toy making fundraiser on Nov. 28 in the University Center Atrium. Participants braided t-shirt strips into dog toys at the event. The toys, as well as other donations, were dropped off at the Providence Animal Center in Media, Pennsylvania on Dec. 8.


      School of Nursing

      School of Nursing Faculty Members Published in Leading Academic Journals

      Three research studies conducted by faculty members from the School of Nursing were published in leading academic journals last month. Professor Shirlee Drayton-Brooks, Clinical Assistant Professor Paula Gray and Assistant Director of Advanced Clinical Practice Nichole Turner authored “Building Clinical Education Training Capacity in Nurse Practitioner Programs” published in the Journal of Professional Nursing. Assistant Professor Brenda Kucirka’s study, “Navigating the Faculty–Student Relationship: Interacting with Nursing Students with Mental Health Issues,” was published in the Journal of American Psychiatric Nurses Association. The Journal of Nursing Education also published findings led by Associate Professor Darrell Spurlock, Jr. titled “The Purpose and Power of Reporting Effect Sizes in Nursing Education Research.”


      Michelle Meekins-Davis, director of Multicultural Student Affairs, was honored by the Widener University chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) at a dinner and awards ceremony on Dec. 8, 2017. Meekins-Davis was invited as a speaker for the dinner, but was then surprised to also be awarded the Excellence in Service to Students Award, given to someone who exemplifies excellent service to students in a way that supports the society’s mission of building leaders who make a better world.


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      Nursing Online Teaching Mentor Program

      The School of Nursing partnered with Thomas Jefferson University to participate in an online teaching mentor program made possible through a grant awarded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund through Jefferson. The grant provides graduate and post-doctoral students in the biological sciences an opportunity to participate in an immersive online teaching mentorship to prepare them as future educators in the field of online learning. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor Rose Schwartz, along with Associate Professor Nancy LaPlante, served as online teaching faculty mentors.


      STEM Day

      CETE Students Join Stetser Elementary for STEM Day

      Widener University students in the Community Engaged Teacher Education learned about inquiry based teaching throughout the fall semester and designed a unit plan that is culturally responsive and based on the 5Emodel of inquiry. They then taught these science units in their classrooms at Stetser Elementary School and showed off the final projects at STEM Day on Dec. 7.


      A total of 147 gifts were donated by Widener faculty and staff at the university holiday open house hosted by President Julie E. Wollman in Lathem Hall on Dec. 7. Sixty-one gifts were sent to support children at the Widener Partnership Charter School, and an additional 86 gifts were went to support local families through Cityteam.


      Blue Route

      New Online Creative Writing Journal Published

      A new issue of The Blue Route, Widener’s international online journal for undergraduate writing, published online in December. The journal has been published since 2009, but recently underwent changes to the platform that make it look and feel more like a literary journal. The current issue features stories and poems from undergraduate writers around the country, plus intriguing art work from Widener students.


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