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Widener Student Whose Internship Studied Snow Monkeys Serves as President for a Day

April 7, 2014

pres for a dayBy Maria Klecko ’15

Readers will remember Rachel Yenko-Martinka’s experience engaging with Japanese snow macaques as featured in the fall 2013 issue of Widener Magazine and her humorous poem poking fun at misperceptions about monkeys.

Yenko-Martinka recently traded places with Widener President James T. Harris III for the university’s 12th annual President for a Day program. For her platform of depression awareness and prevention, the senior biology/pre-veterinary major met with Chester Mayor John Linder and various groups such as We’re All Widener and crisis management and counseling. She also presented her cause to Widener’s Executive Team.

Meanwhile, President Harris fulfilled Yenko-Martinka’s role as a student. He attended her classes and vocal lesson, ate lunch with her friends, made liquid nitrogen ice cream with the professional chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma, and even sprayed part of his hair blue to match the tips of hers.

Yenko-Martinka’s final act as President for a Day was holding a sushi reception in the University Center Atrium.

For more about her experience, read a first-person account on Blue & Gold, Widener’s student media website.

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40 Years Ago: Springsteen Rocks Widener

April 4, 2014

077_The_Boss_at_WidenerForty years ago a skinny kid from Jersey hopped on stage in Widener’s MacMorland Center wearing a straw fedora and electrified the crowd with songs like “Blinded by the Light” and “Rosalita.” A month later music critic Jon Landau wrote of the young artist, “I saw the future of rock and roll, and his name is Bruce Springsteen.”

The April 5, 1974, concert was the first of three that Springsteen played at Widener in less than a 12-month period in 1974 and 1975 before his Born to Run album launched him to rock and roll superstardom.

Joe Quinn from The Dome interviewed Springsteen and he said he “hoped that someday he would make it big enough to pay his band decently and not worry about making ends meet.”

Mission accomplished.

Dan Hanson ’97, Widener’s director of public relations, wrote a story about Springsteen’s concerts at Widener for the spring 2013 issue of Widener Magazine that won a silver CUPPIE award in the best article category from CUPRAP: The Association of Communicators in Education.  Hanson’s article revealed a long-standing mystery about bootleg video footage from one of the 1975 concerts.

Editor Sam Starnes won a gold CUPPIE award in the creative headlines category for the article’s headline “The Boss and the Booleg: Widener Concert Video the ‘Holy Grail’ for Springsteen Fans” and the magazine cover that combined images of Springsteen with President Eisenhower under the headline “Ike and the Boss” won a bronze CUPPIE award.

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Spring Widener Magazine Covers Clinics

April 3, 2014

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The spring issue of Widener Magazine is off the press and on the way to alumni. This issue features an in-depth piece about Widener clinics that provide medical, physical therapy, and mental health services to the community while giving students hands-on experience.

Maria Klecko, a junior majoring in English and communication studies, wrote a profile of Fred Maahs ’83, a Comcast executive and chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities who spoke at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Other features include a story about changing careers and another about the Widener Money Club, a student investment fund. Look for your copy in the mail or on campus, or go online to read it now.

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New Widener Residence Hall To Open in 2015

March 28, 2014
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The new residence hall will be on the former site of Theatre Widener

By Maria Klecko ’15

Some Widener students soon will be living in new digs.

The university announced Friday that it will begin construction this summer on a 200-bed, $21 million-dollar residence hall on the Main Campus that is slated for completion by fall the 2015.  The residence hall will be located at 15th and Potter Streets, the former location of Theatre Widener, and will feature food service on the first floor and classrooms for Widener’s Living Learning Communities.

With increased enrollment and student retention, the university is responding to the need for new on-campus housing.  After construction of the new residence hall is finished, Widener Courts, located behind the site at 15th and Walnut Streets, will be demolished.

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Widener Magazine Contributor Selected to Give University’s Inaugural Invited Student Lecture

March 28, 2014

Janelle Rouse, a junior from Washington D.C. who wrote about her study abroad experience in Honduras for the fall 2013 issue of Widener Magazine, has been selected to deliver Widener’s Inaugural Invited Student Lecture. 

The lecture will be held in the Webb Room in University Center at 12 p.m. on Monday and is free and open to the public. Rouse was chosen for the lecture based on an essay she wrote about her grandmother. It was selected as the winner of a contest where students were asked to submit pieces about strong, silent women in their lives.

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Janelle Rouse’s study abroad experience in Honduras in March 2013 included teaching sixth graders.

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Food Network to Focus on Bakery Near Campus

March 25, 2014

Phatso's storefront tight editA bakery less than a mile from Widener’s campus is prepping for its national television debut. Phatso’s Bakery, famous for donuts that sell out early each day, will be featured on this week’s episode of “Save My Bakery” on the Food Network at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.

The bakery has been a longtime client of Widener’s Small Business Development Center. For more about Phatso’s, read a profile by Widener sophomore Brittany Kade on the Blue & Gold, Widener’s student media website.

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Entrepreneurial Widener Alumnus to Speak

March 17, 2014

By Maria Klecko ’15

An alumnus and entrepreneur featured in the fall 2012 issue of Widener Magazine will deliver the address at the university’s Honors Convocation.

Chris Hahn ‘99, who holds a Widener bachelor’s degree in computer science, predicted in the article that advancements in cloud computing, which makes data available on an Internet “cloud” accessible on multiple systems, will allow the analysis of large amounts of data at once to indicate trends in health care, weather patterns, economies, and more.

In 2007, Hahn co-founded Appature, a Seattle-based technology company that offers cloud-based marketing services for health care industries. The company continues to grow. Last year IMS Health—a leading provider of health care data—purchased Appature, allowing what had originally been a startup company to establish a global presence.

Honors Week is an annual tradition started in 1992. It celebrates students’ academic achievements, recognizes members of honor societies, and engages the Widener community in various events including student presentations, observatory viewings, concerts, and special lectures.  (The convocation where Hahn will speak is by invitation only.)

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Chris Hahn ’99 in his Seattle office in 2012.

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