Following up on the post earlier today about the Widener University High School Leadership Awards, here is a video featuring Arthur Schwartz, executive director of the Oskin Leadership Institute.
Archive for February, 2012
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia hosted a breakfast celebration this morning for 69 high school students honored in the inaugural Widener University High School Leadership Awards.
The juniors from high schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey — pictured above with university President James T. Harris III — will each receive a $20,000 scholarship over four years if they decide to attend Widener.
Brian Klick, a 2001 Widener graduate who earned a master’s of education from the university in 2005, is raising funds and awareness for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as a candidate in its annual Man of the Year campaign.
A two-time Academic All-American in cross country and track and field, Brian joined the Widener staff as an assistant coach in 2002. His family has a long history with Widener: his father, Fran, is a 1974 graduate, his sister Shannon a 2006 graduate, and his brother Kevin a 2008 graduate.
In the fall of 2004, Brian learned first hand what it means to battle blood cancer – he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Ultimately, he made a full recovery and has been in remission for seven years. He is planning to run the Boston Marathon – marking his tenth marathon – in April.
One year ago on this date Widener sophomore Kate Dellinger kept a log of her very busy day on campus that included four classes, practicing for a basketball playoff game, and intense studying. In October, she was featured on the cover of Widener Magazine and we published her one-day journal.
Today, it was announced that Dellinger has earned the honor of being named Capital One CoSIDA second team Academic All-America for women’s basketball. It’s good to see that her hard work paid off.
Kate has also had another stellar season on the basketball court, and will be in action in the MAC playoffs tomorrow night when Widener travels to Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., for a first round game. Good luck, Widener!
–Sam Starnes, Editor
One hundred and thirty years ago today, a fire started in the chemistry lab on the fourth floor of Old Main that consumed the landmark edifice.
“A Smoldering Ruin” read the headline in the Chester Times. A New York Times story with a Chester dateline began this way: “The large and handsome building that stood on a prominence just back of and overlooking this city, known as the Pennsylvania Military Academy, was destroyed by fire this evening between 5 and 9 o’clock.”
The Times story reported that the 143 cadets who represented “nearly every state in the union” were outside doing drills when the fire began. They formed a “bucket gang” to pass water to the flames, but their efforts were futile as the fire spread. Fire engines were delayed by the bad condition of the streets, and a horse drawn wagon from The Hanley Hose Co. became stuck in the mud while trying to fight the blaze. “At 9 o’clock nothing remained but the blackened walls,” the Times reported, adding that most cadets were able to save their “most valuable personal effects.” There were no serious injuries, and losses were estimated at $200,000, part of which was covered by insurance.
Cadets were summoned and given money for their trips home by Col. Theodore Hyatt, PMA’s president. Hyatt soon sought temporary quarters for the school in Ridley Park Hotel, leasing the hotel two miles away that was ready for occupancy on March 8, 1882. The rebuilt “Main Building” was finished by September 1882, just in time for the cadets to move in for the beginning of the 1882-1883 academic year, only seven months after the fire.
Author Thomas Kennedy, a native of New York who has lived in Copenhagen since the seventies, will read from his work in Widener’s Distinguished Writers Series at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. The reading is free and open to the public and will be held in the Webb Room in University Center.
Washington Post reviewer Jonathan Yardley wrote that Kennedy’s most recent novel Falling Sideways “is that rarest of commodities in American literary fiction, a novel about men and women at work; it is part-satire and part-drama, and it is very smart.”
The late Dr. Patricia Bricklin, a professor for more than 20 years in Widener’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, has been posthumously honored by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) as a Distinguished Professional Psychologist. She was the first woman to receive the reward. For more about Bricklin, who died in December 2010, read the press release and her obituary in the spring 2011 Widener Magazine.
Exciting news for Widener Magazine this afternoon when we learned we won four awards from CUPRAP – the Association of Communicators in Education.
CUPPIES, as the awards are known, included a Gold CUPPIE for the overall magazine category, and a Silver Cuppie for creative headlines. John Martins won a Silver CUPPIE for the spring 2011 feature article “Empty Shelves,” and Allyson Roberts won a Bronze CUPPIE for the fall 2010 article “Knowing Y: From Flip Flops to Facebook.”
Dan Hanson, Widener’s director of public relations and a frequent contributor to Widener Magazine, also won a Silver CUPPIE for an article that appeared in the CURRENTS magazine published by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for an article entitled, “Sour Notes: When Fight Songs and Alma Maters Spark Controversy.”
–Sam Starnes, Editor
Sara Ferguson, a 1984 Widener graduate who has taught in Chester Upland schools for more than 20 years, has been a guest with a national profile lately. The Columbus Elementary math and literacy teacher sat with First Lady Michelle Obama during the President’s State of the Union Address last week, and will appear tomorrow with the First Lady on the Ellen Degeneres Show. She also wrote an editorial, “My View: An education crisis that never should have happened” on Schools of Thought, a CNN blog.
Ferguson, as the White House web site described her, “is a third generation educator in Chester Upland, and a proud product of that district. When the Chester Upland School District faced bankruptcy earlier this year in light of severe state budget cuts, Ms. Ferguson vowed to continue teaching even without being paid, saying ‘we are adults; we will make a way. The students don’t have any contingency plan. They need to be educated, so we intend to be on the job.’”
Widener on Friday hosted a Pennsylvania House Appropriations Committee hearing to discuss the crisis in Chester Upland schools, and you can read more about that in this story from the Delaware County Daily Times.