The newest edition of the Widener Magazine has rolled off the press and is on the way to alumni and other members of the university community. Feature stories focus on Widener’s strategic plans, cancer-fighting research by an engineering faculty member and a student, an anthology of writing by inmates edited by an English Department faculty member and a student, as well as a Q&A with three new deans on campus. Look for yours in print or check it out online.
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With almost 40 separate events, Widener’s 2014 Homecoming/Family Weekend — with most activities taking place from Friday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 19 — has something to appeal to all alumni, students, parents, faculty, and staff.
Activities range from receptions at the individual schools, breakfasts, barbecues, parties, as well as an alumni softball and roller hockey games, a stargazing night in the Widener observatory, a hypnotist, a stand-up comedian, and of course, the annual football game.
Check out the full schedule to see the event, time, and place for you. We hope to see you on campus next month!
By Khalil Williams ’16
Calling all Widener-PMC alumni! Time is running out to make nominations for the 2015 Alumni Awards.
Hosted by the Widener-PMC Alumni Association every spring, the awards include the Outstanding Alumnus award, the Alumni Volunteer Service Award, two John L. Geoghegan Alumni Citizenship Awards – going to an alumnus and a current undergraduate student who have excelled in academics, leadership and community service – and the R. Kelso Carter Award for non-alumni service to the University.
If you want to make a nomination, submit your entry by August 31. All award nominations must briefly summarize the person’s academic achievements, demonstrated leadership on and/or off campus, and community service. Nominations can be made online and on paper. For more information, visit Widener’s Alumni Awards page.
By Khalil Williams ’16
The most recent issue of Widener Magazine features the story of alumnus Fred Maahs, director of national partnerships-community investment for the Comcast Corporation and chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities. He earned his associate’s degree at the Brandywine College campus in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1984.
He is one of more than 3,000 alumni to graduate from Brandywine College in its twenty-five year history. The school was opened in 1966 as Brandywine Junior College. Widener entered a merger with Brandywine in 1976. Brandywine graduated its final class in 1991 on the campus that is home to Widener Law’s Delaware Campus.
Now all alumni have the opportunity to view information specific to Brandywine College in the Digital Collections of the Widener University Archives.
The exhibit, created by Jill Borin, an assistant archivist of the Wolfgram Memorial Library, features an abundance of documents from 1965 to 1991 including photographs, student handbooks, and The Valley yearbook.
Two Brandywine yearbooks – the 1985 and 1989 issues of The Valley – are unavailable at the time of this post. If anyone has a copy of either issue, they are asked to contact Borin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Widener and Pennsylvania Military College yearbooks have been online in the Digital Collections since 2011.
In the most recent issue of Widener Magazine, I wrote about the long-running tradition of class notes in this institution’s publications. The earliest class note the Widener University Archives have on record is from an 1865 edition of the P.M.A. Daily Expositor, as the Pennsylvania Military Academy publication was known. Since then, thousands of class notes have been published in Widener Magazine, the PMC News, and other publications.
If you want to be a part of this collective story and send a class note for our fall 2014 issue, the deadline is Monday, June 23. You can submit your class notes and photos three ways:
1. Enter on the Widener Pride Network at alumni.widener.edu.
2. E-mail Patty Votta at email@example.com
3. Mail to the Office of Alumni Engagement, Widener University, One University Place, Chester, PA 19013.
Whether you are class of 1934 or 2014, we’d like to hear from you.
And if you want to search for old class notes, visit the Wolfgram Memorial Library Digital Collections at digitalwolfgram.widener.edu/cdm. There is a wealth of history there.
–Sam Starnes, Editor
Heavy downpours pushed Widener’s first ever graduate commencement ceremony indoors on Friday (above), but undergraduates walked under clear blue skies on Saturday (below).
For more news and pictures, visit the following:
And on social media, be sure to check out and contribute to the hashtag #Widener2014.
By Maria Klecko ’15
Widener 2014 graduates and their families and friends, as well as Widener faculty and alumni, can share their pride on social media.
Using the hashtag #Widener2014, members of the university’s community can show support when posting thoughts, well wishes, memories, and commencement-related photos and videos on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites.
Widener also has a variety of graphics for graduates, parents, and other members of the university to use on Facebook and other social media to celebrate this year’s grads. The images on the commencement web page are available to download for personal use on social networks.
Throughout the month of May, Widener will share videos daily of members of the class of 2014 recalling their favorite “Widener Moments” to count down to commencement. These videos will be available on the university’s YouTube channel and its Facebook and Twitter pages. The first video featuring senior Jackie Korang, a biology major from Delran, N.J. went online today.