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School of Business Administration

SBA Faculty Publish Journal Article

Faculty members from the School of Business Administration have had an article published in the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants’ Journal of Accountancy.

Professor Joseph Hargadon, associate professor Irfan Safdar, instructor Stephanie Wendling, and assistant professor Katie Whang co-authored an article titled “Tax Advice for Clients who Day-Trade Stocks.”

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Students at the Stetser Elementary School end of year garden harvest
College of Arts & Sciences

Widener Faculty and Students Join in Stetser Elementary Garden Harvest

Widener students and faculty visited Stetser Elementary School to participate in their annual end-of-the-year garden harvest. The gardening program, developed by professor Bruce Grant, is a place-based program which aims to improve the academic performance of Stetser students in science and promote social engagement in their school community.

The program has engaged Widener students as part of Grant’s academic service learning enhanced courses with the goal of providing students with meaningful work and sustainable community development opportunities.

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Jeffrey C. Lolli
School of Business Administration

Business Professor Wins Faculty Collegiality Award

Jeff Lolli, professor in the School of Business Administration, has been named the 2022 recipient of the Faculty Collegiality Award from the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (ICHRIE).

This award is presented to one faculty ICHRIE member who has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to fostering collegiality among their peers through a high level of team building and collaborative and constructive support of peers in their teaching, scholarship, and service both on and off campus.

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Catherine Safran and other conference attendees
College of Arts & Sciences

Faculty Presents Workshop on Peer Learning at Annual Conference

Assistant Teaching Professor Catherine Safran was invited to present a workshop at the Human Anatomy & Physiology Society’s Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Safran presented her experience working with Peer-Learning Assistants at Widener in anatomy and physiology lectures and labs.

This annual conference is attended by anatomy and physiology instructors from around the world.

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Fred Dohrmann (left) and Denise DeRosa (right)
Widener University

Two Employees Honored with Annual Eckard Award for Distinguished Service

Widener University President Julie E. Wollman presented the William David Eckard Jr. Award for Distinguished Service to Denise DeRosa, Circulation/reserves assistant at Wolfgram Memorial Library, and Fred Dohrmann, director of physical education and Widener women’s softball coach.

Denise DeRosa has been a dedicated member of the library staff for 12 years and plays an integral role in ensuring that everyone at Widener has a positive learning experience.

Fred Dohrmann is known for his involvement well beyond the classroom and the playing field and will always step in to help wherever he can with campus activities.

The annual William David Eckard Jr. Award recognized two longstanding employees for their above and beyond commitment and outstanding service to the Widener community. The award was established by former president William David Eckard III to honor his father.

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School of Nursing

Widener Community Nursing Clinic Earns Gold Rating for Quality Care

The Widener Community Nursing Clinic earned a Gold Rating from the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) Quality Standards Program. This is the third consecutive year that the clinic has received this national recognition for its continued delivery of high-quality and reliable pro bono health care. 

Congratulations to Ellen Boyda, clinic director, and the nursing student and alumni volunteers whose commitment to providing essential services help to maintain both individual and community health.  

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College of Health & Human Services

Widener Shows Support at Black Doctors Consortium Walk-a-Thon

Members of the Widener community participated in this year's Next Step: From Freedom to Equity Walk-A-Thon and Health Fair hosted by the Black Doctors Consortium and the Dr. Ala Stanford Center for Health Equity. The event drew supporters to the two-mile march up Broad Street in North Philadelphia to bring awareness to local racial health disparities. Rhonda Hazell, associate professor and coordinator of clinical anatomy, organized the Widener team and was joined by Katie Hershede, vice president for strategic initiatives and chief of staff, Anali Falcon '23, Lori Felker, director of the Institute for Physician Assistant Education, Ijjae Hill '25, Jill Black, associate dean of College of Health & Human Services and director of Institute for Physical Therapy, and Colleen Chancler, assistant professor. 

(Photo left to right: Katie Hershede, Anali Falcon, Rhonda Hazell, Lori Felker, Ijjae Hill, Jill Black, and Colleen Chancler.)

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Widener Administration

Vice President for Enrollment Serves on National Advisory Board

Vice President for Enrollment Joseph Howard has been announced as a member of the undergraduate enrollment advisory board for RNL (Ruffalo Noel Levitz). Howard’s contributions are helping the firm better understand and address the greatest enrollment challenges facing colleges and universities today. He is one of 15 nationally recognized thought leaders and university officials tapped to share insights in areas such as student search and engagement, financial aid management, student retention and completion and strategic enrollment planning. 

RNL is the leading provider of higher education enrollment, student success, and fundraising solutions, serving more than 1,900 colleges and universities.

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College of Health & Human Services

Widener’s Undergraduate Elementary Mathematics Education Received A+ from NCTQ

Widener University’s undergraduate elementary education program as received an A+ rating in elementary mathematics from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). The report analyzed over 1,100 teaching programs and recognized 79 as A+ programs.

The data examined the performance of teacher preparation programs across the country in preparing future teachers to teach elementary mathematics. The analysis evaluates programs for their coverage of both the key mathematics content that elementary teachers need, as well as how to teach those concepts.

Widener met 100 percent of recommended instructional hours across all the mathematics content topics and pedagogy that were part of the analysis to achieve the A+ rating.

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Jeremy Hancher, EMAP program manager
Small Business Development Center

Environmental Management Assistance Program Wins Excellence Award

The Environmental Management Assistance Program (EMAP), in collaboration with Widener’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), has been chosen to receive the 2022 Program Excellence Award from the National Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP). 

This award is given to a program or individual who showcases exemplary performance in the areas of compliance assistance, sustainability, advocacy, and collaboration particularly with creating resources, promoting policy advancements, and establishing new partnerships. 

EMAP, overseen by Jeremy Hancher, was nominated by this award by their partners at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection for their work providing free, confidential assistance on environmental issues to small businesses. 

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Four ROTC students commissioned as Army officers standing outdoors with Old Main behind them.
College of Arts & Sciences

ROTC Dauntless Battalion Commissions New Officers

Widener University’s ROTC program celebrated its 2022 Commissioning Ceremony in Alumni Auditorium on Wednesday, May 18 with 22 cadets taking the oath of office as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

Four Widener students were among the cadets commissioned. The group of 22 hailed from three area universities and all trained through the Dauntless Battalion unit at Widener, where they engaged in the hands-on, intense military training that has prepared them for successful careers. Family members pinned the new rank to their dress uniforms, and each officer shared a silver dollar with the individual they selected to give them their first salute – a military tradition.

The four officers who earned their undergraduate degrees from Widener last week, and the military careers for which they prepared, included:

  • Arlie Cesarone, nurse corps officer.
  • Noah Davis, armor officer.
  • Memphis Martin, nurse corps officer. She was commissioned as a distinguished military graduate and also received the commissioning saber – a point of honor that recognized her leadership.
  • Bryanna Ortiz, military intelligence officer.

The program speaker was Major General Patrick J. Donahoe, commanding general of the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Georgia. He advised the new officers to maintain their physical fitness, increase their professional knowledge and broaden their horizons intellectually. And, he acknowledged their decisions to focus on serving the country at a challenging time when much of the nation is focused on self.

“Thank you for taking the challenge to lead,” he said. “Lead well. You are well prepared to do so.”

Photo shows from left, Army Second Lieutenants Memphis Martin, Bryanna Ortiz, Arlie Cesarone, and Noah Davis.

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Center for Civic and Global Engagement

Center for Civic and Global Engagement Executive Director Named to SAI Academic Advisory Board

Lombuso S. Khoza, executive director of the Center for Civic and Global Engagement, has been named to SAI’s Academic Advisory Board. The mission of the California-based SAI study abroad provider partner is to provide students and faculty with academic and cultural learning experiences abroad, with the goal of promoting global awareness, professional development, and social responsibility.
SAI’s Academic Advisory Board members are experienced international education professionals who offer insights and guidance to help the organization meet the academic needs of students. 

The Center for Civic and Global Engagement can be contacted at for travel abroad inquiries (study abroad, faculty-led, and study away).

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Brenda G. Kucirka
School of Nursing

Nursing Professor Receives Excellence in Nursing Award from Main Line Today

Brenda Kucirka, associate professor of nursing, was named a top nurse in the region by Main Line Today. Kucirka was named in the publication's 2022 Excellence in Nursing Awards, an annual recognition that asks nurses in the main line and western suburbs to cast votes for their peers in a variety of specialties. A 2013 graduate of Widener's doctoral nursing science program, Kucirka was honored for her excellence in nursing education. 

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College of Arts & Sciences

Biology Professor Published in Genetics Journal

Catherine Safran, assistant teaching professor of biology, and her collaborators have had their article, "Osteocytic Pericellilar Matrix (PCM): Accelerated Degradation under In Vivo Loading and Unloading Conditions Using a Novel Imaging Approach," published in Genes, a peer-reviewed journal covering genetics and genomics. 

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Colleen Chancler
College of Health & Human Services

Physical Therapy Professor Honored with a Service Award

Colleen Chancler, assistant professor in the Institute for Physical Therapy Education, is the recipient of the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), a professional organization representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy. This award honors Chancler for her exceptional contributions to APTA.

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Center for Human Sexuality Studies

Human Sexuality Professor Named as IARR Fellow

Pamela Lannutti, professor and director of the Center for Human Sexuality Studies, has been named an International Association for Relationship Research (IARR) Fellow. 

Fellow status is awarded to IARR members who have made sustained, outstanding contributions to the field of scientific research into relationships in the areas of research, teaching, service, and application. Candidates must have completed at least ten years of postdoctoral contribution to be considered. 

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Wolfgram Library
Wolfgram Memorial Library

Faculty Awarded PA Global Library Licensed Materials Grant

Assistant Librarian Adam Mizelle, Widener University's campus-representative for Affordable Learning PA, was awarded a PA Global Library Licensed Materials grant in collaboration with Jenifer Norton, Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, and Donald Dyson for their adoption of library licensed materials for use in their classes. 

Affordable Learning PA is a community of practice among academic libraries and higher education partners in the Pennsylvania region to advance textbook affordability. 

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Wolfgram Library
Wolfgram Memorial Library

Library Faculty Receive Award from Nursing Honor Society

Jill Borin, librarian and head of the archives and distinctive collections, and Kristina Dorsett, affiliate librarian, were chosen to receive the Friend of the School of Nursing Award given through Widener's Eta Beta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. The Friend of Nursing Award is conferred by local chapters and recognizes an individual or organization that is not eligible for regular membership but has impacted the chapter, the local nursing or health care community, and/or the health of people in a significant way.  

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Michelle Storrod
College of Arts & Sciences

Criminal Justice Professor Publishes Findings on Impact of Phone Removal Among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Michelle Lyttle Storrod, assistant professor of criminal justice, published a paper in the International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy demonstrating that removing access to phones for young females in the juvenile justice system can cause a rupture of girls’ digital ecology. The research, generated from an ethnographic study, showed that phones act as a positive and protective force supporting girls through feelings of safety, helping them cope with challenging events at home and on the street. 

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Robert Wellmon
College of Health & Human Services

Physical Therapy Professor Publishes on Influence of Clinical Instructor Experience on Assessing DPT Student Clinical Performance

Robert Wellmon, distinguished university professor in the Institute for Physical Therapy Education, is a co-author on this mix-methods study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Education. The purposes of this study were to examine whether novice and experienced clinical instructors' assessment practice differ and explore the reasons for these differences. Findings showed a low number of statistically significant differences between novice and experienced clinical instructors awarding Clinical Performance Instrument ratings which suggests that there were few true quantitative disparities between the assessors.

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