Archive for April, 2011


Graduation Ceremonies Marching Widener’s Way

April 29, 2011

Today marked the first day of final exams for the spring semester, meaning that in only two weeks commencement and other year-ending events will take place.   Be sure to visit the university’s commencement information page for a guide to the events.  The page is a detailed source of graduation information.

Here is a schedule of events:

ROTC Commissioning  May 12  1:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial
Nightingale Ceremony  May 13  11:00 a.m. Alumni Auditorium
Graduate Student Awards  May 13  2:00 p.m. Kapelski
Academic Awards  May 13  3:30 p.m. Alumni Auditorium
Graduates’ Reception  May 13  4:45 p.m. Univ. Center Atrium
Commencement Ball  May 13  7:00 p.m. Harrah’s Chester
Commencement  May 14  9:45 a.m. Main Campus


Widener-PMC Alumni Award Winners for 2011

April 26, 2011

The recipients of 2011 awards from the Widener University-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association, pictured from left to right, are Dr. David M. Hall, Jonathon Krisko, Lindsey Boran (accepting on behalf of 1st Lt. Nicole Siemer), Dr. John Mahoney, and Michael Brady.

For more details, see the university press release.

Hall and Mahoney were included in articles in the new issue of Widener Magazine, and Siemer, who is now in Afghanistan, was featured in the spring 2010 issue.


Graduating Senior on Softball Team Relied on Widener Support During Family Tragedies

April 25, 2011

Both of Kelly Vogelsgang’s parents died in her first two years at Widener — her father during her freshman year, and her mother during her sophomore year.  Despite these losses, she stayed in school and on the Widener softball team and will graduate next month.

“We have three other seniors on this team, and without them I would have never made it through,” she told KYW Newsradio’s Matt Leon.  “Without (head coach) Fred (Dohrmann), without the people at Widener giving me such a great scholarship, without my friends and family. . .  I can’t say enough good things.  Without them I wouldn’t be able to be here today, and it’s almost surreal knowing that this is coming to an end.”

To read more and listen to her interview, visit the CBS web site.


Education the Focus of New Widener Magazine

April 20, 2011

The spring issue of Widener Magazine has rolled off the presses and is on the way to readers.  The centerpiece article is a question-and-answer session with seven Widener professors from our Center for Education discussing the critical issues facing students, teachers and parents for K-12 schools.  For the complete story lineup, be sure to look for your copy or visit the magazine online.

I also hope to hear from readers.  Please post your comments or letters to the editor on this blog.

Sam Starnes, Editor


Still Racing After All These Years: PMC Alumnus Weygandt in 45th Consecutive Boston Marathon

April 18, 2011

Neil Weygandt ran his first Boston Marathon when he was a junior at Penn Morton College, one of the predecessors to Widener, in 1967.

Forty-four years later, the 1968 graduate still hasn’t failed to finish the annual race, and today most likely will be no exception.  He is entered today in his 45th consecutive Boston Marathon, a record.   He is in Wave Three, scheduled to start at 10:40 a.m. You can follow his progress on the Boston Marathon web site — he is wearing bib no. 21602 — at

UPDATE:  Weygandt finished the race, keeping his streak alive.  Congratulations, Neil!


Progress on Widener’s New Academic Building

April 14, 2011

The side of the new academic building that includes the entrance to the Oskin Leadership Institute is beginning to look more like the finished product.  Compare the photo above with artist’s rendering below that was published in Widener Magazine last fall.

If you can make it to campus this Friday and/or Saturday for the Alumni Weekend events, be sure to check it out.  Also, note that due to a forecast for rain, the location for the kick-off rally for Taking the Lead — The Campaign for Widener has changed to the gymnasium in the Schwartz Athletic Center.


Online PMC Archives Demonstration This Friday

April 12, 2011

I’ve blogged before about the history of Pennsylvania Military College and Widener that is accessible online via the Wolfgram Memorial Library’s Digital Collections. If you haven’t checked it out, you are missing a free treasure trove of stories and photos.

This Friday at 2 p.m. in the library, university archivists Jill Borin and Jan Alexander will lead a demonstration of the PMC materials that can be found with only a few keystrokes.  They will show you how to explore online exhibits of yearbooks, issues of The Dome, and photographs of campus.  You can print out and save your favorites while here, and learn how to search and print more when you get home.  (Computer experience helpful but not necessary)

“There will be lots of time for hands on searching for references to you and your classmates in yearbooks, newspapers, and for searching on any other topic of interest to you,” Alexander said.  “You will leave with detailed handouts to guide you through the searching process once home.”

The 2 p.m. session follows the PMC Alumni Chapter Kickoff in the PMC Museum at noon.   To register for these events and any of the other alumni festivities this weekend — including the kick off rally for Taking the Lead – The Campaign for Widener — visit the Alumni Weekend registration page by clicking here.

–Sam Starnes, Editor


Alumna Profiled in Spring 2010 Winner of Widener-PMC Geoghegan Citizenship Award

April 7, 2011

1st Lt. Nicole M. Siemer ’06 will be the recipient of the university’s John L. Geoghegan Alumni Citizenship Award at the Widener-PMC Alumni Awards dinner on Saturday, April 16.    Widener Magazine in spring 2010 featured her in the article “Hospitality in War Time — Widener Grad Puts Degree to Use in Iraq” focusing on  her service with the Army Civil Affairs Division. Siemer (formerly Perkins) will not be able to attend the dinner because she recently has been deployed to Afghanistan.

Other winners of the 2011 Widener-PMC Alumni Association Awards are:  David M. Hall, Ed.D. ‘06 for Outstanding Alumnus Award; Associate Professor John F. Mahoney, Ph.D. for the  R. Kelso Carter Award; Michael S. Brady, CFP ’97, ‘00 for the Alumni Service Award; and Jonathon L. Krisko ‘11 for the John L. Geoghegan Student Citizenship Award. For more information on the awards, click here.

To attend the dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 16 in Lathem Hall on the Widener University Main Campus, register on the Alumni Weekend registration page or by calling 610-499-1154.  For the full alumni weekend schedule, click here.


Register Now for Widener-PMC Alumni Weekend

April 5, 2011

The Widener-PMC annual spring alumni weekend is only 10 days away.  This year includes the Campaign for Widener Kick-Off Rally from noon – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 16 on Memorial Field.  Children are welcome, and can take part in activities like face painting. Widener student groups and schools will host presentations and displays, and guest speakers will include Phil Martelli ’76, head coach of the St. Joseph’s University men’s basketball team. Your meal and ice cream at the casual barbecue/picnic is free, but you are encouraged to register on the Alumni Weekend registration page or by calling 610-499-1154.

There are many other events on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16.

  • On Saturday, the lineup consists of a student resident advisers car wash to raise funds for charity; the Campaign for Widener Kick-Off Rally; the Alumni Council spring meeting; and the Alumni Awards Celebration.

For details on these events, visit the online schedule by clicking here, and to register, visit this page. You can also call 610-499-1154 for more information.


Alumni Focus: What Did You Learn at Widener?

April 4, 2011

Widener University’s Office of Alumni Relations wants to hear from our graduates about how what you learned in your years here has benefitted you in the working world.

Our first alumnus to be featured in this question-and-answer format is Carlo Toscano, a 1985 accounting graduate.  He is tax managing director in KPMG’s Philadelphia Business Unit in charge of the financial institution’s tax practice in Pennsylvania, and a past president and member of the board of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Financial Manager’s Society.

How did studies in your field make a difference for you?

Toscano:  The courses in my major – accounting – were right on point. Much of the material that was discussed in the classroom was actually used in real life settings, which made me well prepared for the working world.

What did you learn that contributed value to your work? Was there a particular course or experience?


Toscano: Most of the intermediate and advance accounting courses had content that was applicable to my work almost immediately. In addition, I was part of the co-op program, which allowed for me to use some of the classroom knowledge in the workplace before graduating, which then allowed for the remainder of the classroom curriculum to be absorbed much easier.

What is so great about your degree?


Toscano: The degree credentializes all the years of learning and experiences at Widener. It’s something that signifies accomplishment and indicates knowledge from a select program.

What about your Widener experience makes you different when compared to work colleagues who graduated from other institutions?


Toscano: Many of my work colleagues have attended other fine institutions. The small classroom environment and one-to-one teaching aspect at Widener really allowed for a personal experience unlike those at larger programs.


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