Widener Alumni Gift Guide

A 2021 gift guide for Widener's Alumni

It's holiday season! The weather is getting chilly, and it's a perfect time to curl up with a good book. 

Books make beautiful gifts, and they can even be life changing. Check out these books by Widener University alumni, covering everything from romance, adventure, and spine-tingling thrillers, to histories, biographies, and children's books, to self-help with topics ranging from retirement planning to finding love and meaning. Many are also available as audiobooks.


Book cover of Return to Cattail Marsh by Linda Bownik-Panasuk
Return to Cattail Marsh By Linda Bownik-Panasuk '82

Categories: romance, suspense, mystery, New Jersey Shore setting

Book cover of the novel His Kate by Sue Krawitz

His Kate By Sue Krawitz '94    

Categories: romance, love story, Philadelphia setting
Book cover of The Final Victim by Robert McLaughlin
The Final Victim By Robert McLaughlin '77

Categories: political thriller, action, adventure, international and Philadelphia settings

Check out his Amazon Author page for other books available, including ones on sports and politics.

Book cover of Roxie's Mirage by Rachel Slaughter
Roxie's Mirage: Featuring the Original Boys and Girls from the Hood By Rachel Slaughter '19 Categories: young adult, urban youth, Philadelphia setting



Book cover of The Fruitful Retirement by Jim DeGaetano
The Fruitful Retirement: A Financial Framework for Your Life's Greatest Chapter By Jim DeGaetano '02 Categories: retirement planning, finances, self-help
A book cover of Flashback Girl: Lessons on Resilience from a Burn Survivor By Lisa Deguire '90
Flashback Girl: Lessons on Resilience from a Burn Survivor By Lisa Deguire '90

Categories: memoire, special needs, burn survivor, resilience, women's issues

A book cover of Love and Meaning After 50 by By Barry Jacobs '91 and Julia Mayer '91
Love and Meaning After 50 By Barry Jacobs '91 and Julia Mayer '91

Categories: relationship issues, self-help, personal development

Check out their Amazon Author pages for other books available, including books on caregiving.

Book cover of the Protector by Mary Beth Wilkas Janke
The Protector: A Woman's Journey from the Secret Service to Guarding VIPs and Working in Some of the World's Most Dangerous Places By Mary Beth Wilkas Janke '13 Categories: memoire, criminal justice, politics, women's issues
Book cover of Admirals Under Fire: The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam War by
Admirals Under Fire: The U.S. Navy and the Vietnam War By Edward J. Marolda '67

Categories: history, war, military

Check out his Amazon Author page for other books available.

Book cover of About Lewes by Barry Jacobs and Julia Mayer
About Lewes By James VanSciver '72

Categories: picture book, poetic narrative, history and culture of Lewes, Delaware



A book cover of Larry the Bunny Saves His Money by Jim DeGaetano
Larry the Bunny Saves His Money By Jim DeGaetano '02 Categories: children's books, children's introduction to finances
Book cover of Rolling Through Life with Mommy by TaLisha Grzyb
Rolling Through Life with Mommy By TaLisha Grzyb '13

Categories: family, wheelchair, special needs and accessibility issues

Check out her Amazon Author page for other books available.

Book cover of Hi, I'm Elvis by James VanSciver
Hi, I'm Elvis By James VanSciver '72 Categories: dogs, animal and pet care


Help Us to Help Others through Amazon Smile

Did you know that you can help Widener provide quality education to our students and enable us to provide services to our local and global communities by choosing Widener University as your charity for your Amazon Smile account? There are no fees or costs to do this, and Widener will receive 0.5% of your Amazon Smile purchases. We especially appreciate your support in this challenging time! See instructions on how to set Widener as your charity

Want to gift something other than a book? Look at these fantastic gift options from our alumni entrepreneurs and business owners:

Four different types of coffee from Keep It Real Coffee

Gourmet Coffee from Keep It Real Coffee Company 
Patrick Lyon '10 and Ted Costa '13

Widener alumni Pat Lyon '10 & Ted Costa '13 Keep It Real with their organically grown, always small-batch roasted coffee from around the world. Their mission is to bring people the best coffee on Planet Earth the way it was meant to be—fun & delicious. The coffee at Keep It Real Coffee is meticulously procured from small, organically grown farms where the soil and growing conditions create the most flavorful and unique coffee available on the market. Their single origin beans vary in flavors and aromas. Each are roasted and made-to-order to be dependably delicious every brew.

Delco Line Dancing owners' Keith and Nicky Riess

Line Dancing and Partner Dancing Lessons from Delco Line Dancing
Keith Riess '16 and Nicky Perreca Riess '05, '06

Delco Line Dancing was established in September 2017 by Keith and Nicky Riess as a fun and healthy setting for dancers of all experience levels to gather as a community, enjoy each other’s company, and learn the latest pattern line and partner choreography taught and danced around the world. Delco Line Dancing provides instructional pattern line and couples lessons for all experience levels, beginner through intermediate. During a typical dance event, guests are taught three to four 20- to 30-minute lessons that introduce the basic dance steps for a wide genre of dance styles and music, including country, jazz, Latin, pop, soul, and swing. Lessons typically include one beginner lesson, one high beginner lesson, one partner lesson, and one intermediate lesson. Intermediate lessons are usually dependent upon the experience level of remaining attendees at the end of the event. When instructional lessons are not in session, they take music requests and have open dancing.

A package of Levante beer shipped directly to your front door.

Custom-Brewed Beer and Seltzer from Levante Brewing Company
Meghan (Christ) Radosh '00, '02, '13 and Paul Radosh

With two locations throughout Chester County, Levante Brewing creates a paramount experience for each guest that walks into their doors or encounters their products. Their beers, ciders, and seltzers, including core brands Cloudy & Cumbersome, Tickle Parts, and Birra di Levante, are brewed onsite at their West Chester Brewhouse. You can have your special gift delivered right to the recipient's door with their Mercury delivery service, which has expanded and grown during the pandemic under the direction of Meghan Radosh '00, '02, '13. No matter where you encounter Levante, they aim to serve elevated products that elevate life. Elevate the Craft.

The receptionist desk at Lindo Family Health and Wellness

Health and Spa Services from Primary Care and Telehealth to Aesthetics and Wellness Care at Lindo Family Health & Wellness Care
Jackie Joe Lindo '14

Lindo Family Health & Wellness Care offers diverse health, wellness, and aesthetic services in Wilmington, Delaware. Their team will design a personalized treatment plan tailored to an individual's unique needs and aesthetic goals. Expect a completely customized experience! Their mission is to help people to live longer healthier lifestyles through health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Jackie-Joe Lindo '14 is the founder and CEO. She is also a clinical professor for Widener's School of Nursing and is a mentor and preceptor for undergraduate and graduate nurse practitioners and advanced practice clinicians.

WidenerCONNECT Can Help You Meet Your Career Goals and Build Your Business

Are you an alumni entrepreneur and have a business to promote? Join WidenerCONNECT and include your business information in the business directory: https://connect.widener.edu/hub/widener-connect/resources/business-directory

WidenerCONNECT is not just a wonderful networking platform, it also provides career development resources, including workshops and special events, and employment opportunities through Handshake, Widener's career and job searching platform. Right now, there are more than 400 job postings!

In this season of gratitude and good tidings, we are grateful for our supportive community.

We celebrate the successes of our alumni, and we hope you've found this Widener Alumni Gift Guide valuable. If you have feedback or a suggestion for future gift guides, please contact jamcknight@widener.edu.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!

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