University Celebrates Alumni at Homecoming

Ben Beggs '20 communication studies
Seven individuals were honored at the 2019 Alumni Awards
(From left to right) Christian Nascimento, Ronald Romanowicz, Eric Guzy, Bill Campbell, Abigail Ferrie, Anthony Stanowski, Robert Hawley.

This year's homecoming weekend kicked off with the Alumni Awards event to recognize notable members of the Widener community. Seven awards were distributed to five alumni, one student and an ROTC administrator at the annual event on Friday, Oct. 11. 

The Outstanding Alumnus Award was presented to Ronald H. Romanowicz, '68. A member of the Widener/Pennsylvania Military Colle (PMC) Alumni Council and the PMC Class of 1968 Reunion Committee, Romanowicz received the award for his work to bring recognition and distinction to the university. Since 2014, Romanowicz has focused his attention and energy on preserving and sharing the distinguished legacy of PMC with the Widener/PMC community, especially its students. His outstanding accomplishments and extensive engagement within the field of education demonstrate his understanding of what it means to be a Widener/PMC alumnus. 

Bill Campbell, an active logistical technician and Senior Reserve Officer Training Program, was honored with the R. Kelso Carter Award. A 23-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Campbell’s work as a senior drill instructor, G3 airborne operations advisor and evaluator and course chief of a squad/platoon offensive tactics training range has brought honor to Widener University and to the entire nation. 

The Alumni Service Award was presented to Anthony C. Stanowski, '84, who earned his Master in Business Administration in health care administration and served as the first president of the Widener University Health Care Management Alumni Association. As president and CEO of the Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Management, Stanowski applies his expertise to improve healthcare and ensure that the next generation of healthcare leaders are well prepared when they attend graduate programs that meet high-quality standards. 

The Geoghegan Alumni Citizenship Award is given in memory of John L. Geoghegan, ’63, to an alumnus and a student who exhibit academic achievement, leadership capabilities and community service outreach.

This year's alumni recipients were Christian Nascimento, '97, and Robert J. Hawley, '62. Nascimento serves as the vice president of Product and Premise Services for Comcast. He served as the national president of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity from 2011 to 2013, where he created the fraternity’s National Day of Service. Hawley served as the senior advisor of science at Midwest Research Institute Global, and as chief of the Safety and Radiation Protection Division at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick in Maryland. 

The 2019 Geoghegan Student Citizenship Awards were given to Eric M. Guzy, '19 and Abigail R. Ferrie, '20.

Guzy earned a degree in political science and international relations and was part of Widener’s honors program. He took part in the university’s Presidential Service Corps/Bonner program, served as president of the Pre-Law Society, was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, and coached Stetser Elementary School children through the Soccer for Success program. He currently sits on the PMC Museum Committee and is a commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the United States Army. Ferrie has shown what it means to be a leader through her many university activities. She is a member of the Widener University Student Nurses Association, the National Society of Leadership and Success, the International Modern Languages Honor Society (Alpha Mu Gamma), and the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority. 

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