Archive for September, 2011


A Sneak Peek at the Fall Widener Magazine

September 30, 2011

This afternoon I received 200 advance copies of the fall Widener Magazine that will begin mailing and be available on campus next week.  If you are attending Homecoming/Family Weekend on Saturday, please stop by the PMC Museum in Alumni Auditorium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a sneak peek and a copy while they last.  I’ll be on hand — and other contributors to the magazine and Postscript will be dropping by to answer questions, listen to suggestions for stories, and take your class notes submissions.  You also can pick up copies of past magazines and update your address if you haven’t been receiving the magazine.

The new cover features Kate Dellinger, a junior from Wrightsville, Pa., who maintains a 3.996 grade point average and is the leading scorer on the women’s basketball team.

–Sam Starnes, Magazine Editor


New Poetry From Widener Professor Ken Pobo

September 29, 2011

Ken Pobo, a Widener faculty member since 1987, has been prolific in 2011, publishing four chapbooks in just one year.  The books are Ice and Gaywings, winner of the qarrtsiluni 2011 chapbook contestCloser Walks, published by Thunderclap Press;  Tiny Torn Maps, a collection of “tweet fiction” published by Deadly Chaps; and Contralto Crows, from Green Fuse Press.

You can read a poem from Contralto Crows titled “Thoreau” on the website ForPoetry, and view the video below created from his poem, “Tom Kessler, Stockton Island, 1887,” a selection from Ice and Gaywings (the video features Pobo reading the poem).  You also may remember that two years ago Widener Magazine published his poem “Frank and Trina Bowl”  from his 2009 collection, Trina and the Sky, and that he was featured in the spring 2010 issue of the magazine.


Taking Pride in Widener Football

September 26, 2011

By Nathalie Carril-King ’12

As a Widener senior, I have experienced a few lackluster football seasons. But this year, the team is off to a 3-1 start and I am enjoying a drastic change in the student body’s participation. Students and families are packing the stands at every home game. It is wonderful to see how enthusiastic this year’s students are in supporting the team.

There also is much new life on the team. There are 70 freshmen on the roster this year and they have created quite a buzz.  Freshman Anthony Davis of Upland, Pa., astonished many with his phenomenal execution during the Pride’s season opener.  Davis returned not one but two punts for touchdowns to help the Pride beat Moravian College 44-6.

This year’s homecoming starts Friday and runs through Saturday night. Widener football will be hosting King’s at 1 p.m. Saturday.  For more information and a list of events, see the schedule here. Come support the team and be a part of the spirit. We hope to see you here!

Nathalie Carril-King is a senior from New York City majoring in international business and marketing management.


Homecoming: Widener Magazine Meet and Greet

September 22, 2011

A section of the PMC Museum in Widener's Alumni Auditorium

If you haven’t put the Widener – PMC homecoming on your calendar yet,  we hope you will.  Events begin on Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, features a full day of festivities.  See the alumni web page for the full schedule.

When you are on campus, please stop by the PMC Museum in Alumni Auditorium on Saturday before the game to meet the staff that puts together the Widener Magazine and Postscript, the alumni newsletter.  I’ll be on hand — and other contributors will be dropping by — from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions about the magazine, listen to suggestions for stories, and take your class notes submissions.  You also can pick up copies of past magazines, take a sneak peak at the magazine due out in October, and update your address if you haven’t been receiving the magazine.

And, of course, the PMC Museum will be open for browsing.

–Sam Starnes, Editor


At Widener University, Leadership Works

September 19, 2011

Did you know that more than one thousand Widener alumni hold the title of CEO or president?  Or that Newsweek magazine ranked Widener among the most service-minded colleges in the nation?  And that 89 percent of Widener’s class of 2010 were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation?

A marketing campaign titled Widener Leadership Works kicks off today to share these and many more university success stories through television, radio and print advertisements.  For more on the campaign, visit the Widener Leadership Works page, and watch the television commercial below that was filmed in the university’s new academic building.


Homecoming 2011: Widener Spirit is in the Air

September 14, 2011

By Nathalie Carril-King ’12

From Pioneers to Pride, the Widener community is preparing to welcome the festivities of homecoming. From past traditions to revamping new ones, this year is bound to have spirit in the air.  In addition to the traditional broom drill and PMC reunions on campus, Widener students have created unique ways to demonstrate their school spirit.

Marking a new tradition, the freshman class of 2014 was the first to sing the Pride “Fight Song,” which is now the song sung after every football victory as well as during convocation for incoming students. Another tradition established in recent years is the homecoming cart parade. This parade allows students to express their creative side while displaying what their clubs and organizations mean to them.

This year’s homecoming is Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.   We hope to see you here.  For more information and a list of events, see the schedule here.

Nathalie Carril-King is a senior from New York City majoring in international business and marketing management.


Widener Football Visits Shanksville Memorial

September 12, 2011

Widener University’s football team trip to Western Pennsylvania this past weekend consisted of much more than a game.

The team on Friday, Sept. 9, visited the 9/11 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.   Players and coaches placed a wreath at the site, and also left written messages for the families of the victims.

On Saturday, Widener beat Thiel College in Greenville, Pa., 44-14 to raise the young season’s record to 2-0.  Click here for more on the story and additional photos.

Coach Isaac Collins and players study messages at the memorial.


An Online View of Campus During World War II

September 8, 2011

Pennsylvania Military College, as Widener was known, served a very significant role during World War II.  PMC created an accelerated course of study that allowed cadets to finish their coursework early in order to serve in the war, and later the campus hosted a site for the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) that prepared outstanding students from colleges across the country to be Army officers.

An online exhibit, PMC During World War II, is now available via the Digital Collections of the Widener University Archives and features a variety of photographs, correspondence and other documentation.  Recently completed by Jill Borin, an assistant archivist in the Wolfgram Library, and Widener junior Charlotte Kirby, the exhibit also includes a scrapbook titled “Cadets in Active Duty” that tracks the experience of many PMC alumni in the war.  Many PMC alumni served in Europe and the Pacific, and 39 died in the cause.

If you want to learn more about the Widener University Archives, you are invited to attend the presentation, “PMC Goes Electronic — Exploring the Digital Archives” by Jan Alexander, an archivist in the Wolfgram Library, at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 on Homecoming weekend.  For details of more Homecoming/Family Weekend events, see the schedule on the alumni page.


Widener-PMC Alumni Who Played in the NFL

September 2, 2011

With college football starting this weekend, (Widener plays Moravian College at 1 p.m. Saturday in Chester), I thought I’d give readers of this blog a look at some of the many sporting images I came across while putting together the upcoming issue of magazine that features a package of stories on athletics.

Thanks to Dan Hanson, our sports card-collecting director of public relations, we have the cards (or matchbook covers) for five of the six Pennsylvania Military College or Widener alumni who saw action in the NFL:  Eddie Kawal ’33William “Reds” Pollock ’35;  Jack Klotz ’56;  Joe Fields ’75; and Billy “White Shoes” Johnson ’75.

Click here to see a slide show of both the front and backs of these cards (Kawal’s and Pollock’s are actually matchbooks, popular in the days long before smoking bans).  The one not pictured here is Jim Magner, who played for the 1931 Frankford Yellow Jackets, and whose photograph did not make it onto a matchbook or card.

One note to point out:  Although Kawal’s matchbook cover indicates he graduated from the University of Illinois in 1932, I confirmed his membership in the 1933 PMC senior class through that year’s Sabre and Sash.  Interestingly enough, his NFL statistics show that he played for the Chicago Bears for one season in 1931, and then returned to the team in 1934.  Also fascinating is Pollock’s page in the 1935 yearbook which begins his description by calling him “God’s Gift to Women.”  (If you haven’t checked out the online yearbooks in the Widener University Archives Digital Collections, you are missing a treasure trove of history.)

For more about Widener-PMC football, check out the team’s media guide that also includes on page 25 a list of players who were drafted into the NFL but never played.

The fall Widener Magazine that is almost ready for the printer — it will be out in mid-October — features a photo essay and story attempting to hit the highlights of 145 years of athletics at Pennsylvania Military College and Widener.

–Sam Starnes, Editor


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