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Widener Archives Features Brandywine College

July 15, 2014
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Brandywine College’s 1984 Yearbook

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

All Widener and Pennsylvania Military College yearbooks have been online in the Digital Collections since 2011.


Join the Tradition of Widener-PMC Class Notes

June 16, 2014

expositor1In 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
2. E-mail Patty Votta at
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 There is a wealth of history there.

–Sam Starnes, Editor


A Tale of Two Commencement Ceremonies

May 19, 2014


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. 

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Share Widener Commencement Pride Online

May 1, 2014

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.




Widener-PMC Association to Honor Alumni

April 17, 2014

alumni awards 2014By Maria Klecko ’15

It’s not too late to register for this spring’s Alumni Volunteer & Excellence Weekend set for April 24-26.

The events will honor past and future Widener alumni, staff, family, and friends who have donated their time and spirit to the university.  The annual Spring Celebration Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held at Spring Haven Country Club in Wallingford, Pa., at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The 2014 awards from the Widener-PMC Alumni Association will recognize three alumni, a student, and an administrator.

Other events include a Student Project Day, a Volunteer “Thank You” reception, and a Health Care Management Annual Business Meeting where students and alumni have the opportunity to network with those in the field.

Visit the Alumni Engagement Office page to register for these events and to see the weekend’s schedule.


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.


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.


Visiting Scholar To Explore Student Leadership

February 25, 2014

Komives bookBy Maria Klecko ’15

An expert on student leadership selected as the 2013-2014 Beideman Visiting Scholar will give a public lecture on Widener’s Main Campus on Wednesday.

Dr. Susan R. Komives will speak at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Lathem Hall. Her speech will consider how the leadership lessons conveyed in the posters she hung on the walls of her college residence hall as a freshman have inspired her writing, research, and leadership practice.

Author of more than a dozen books and monographs on student leadership, Komives is professor emerita in the Student Affairs Program at the University of Maryland. Some of her accomplishments include serving as president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). She also received the ACPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and the 2013 Leadership and Service Award from the Association of Leadership Educators.

Paul Beideman, who received a master’s degree in finance from Widener in 1979, and his wife, Caroline, established the Beideman Visiting Scholar program within the Oskin Leadership Institute in 2011.



Hey Batter, Batter! Widener-PMC Alumni to Swing into Spring with the Phillies in Florida

February 14, 2014

Bright House Field in Clearwater

By Autumn Heisler ’15

Although we are still in the icy grip of winter, that does not mean we can’t dream of warmer times. And what better way is there to welcome the springtime than spring training with the Phillies?

Widener’s 6th annual Phillies Spring Training Alumni Event will take place the third weekend of March in Clearwater. A sunset happy hour gathering is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and the pre-game gathering begins at noon Sunday, March 23, at Bright House Field before the Phillies play the Minnesota Twins.

Visit the Alumni Engagement Office page for more information and to register for your time to relax and work on your tan while watching the Phillies.


Widener Alumna Named to Philadelphia List of African American Leaders Under 40 to Watch

January 30, 2014

Goddett1By Maria Klecko ’15

Not only has Davida Godett fought and won a battle against life-threatening strokes, the Widener graduate has used her experience to help others. Her perseverance has been recognized by the Philadelphia Tribune which named her to its list of “Ten People to Watch Under 40″ in its magazine focusing on the most influential African American women in Philadelphia.

Godett, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Widener in 1999, is a three-time stroke survivor who founded Healthy Thoughts, a nonprofit organization that spreads stroke awareness in the community and offers support to stroke survivors and their families. She also established and serves as president of the Caterpillar to Butterfly LLC.

Godett has been featured in USA Today, and also has appeared on various news outlets such as ABC, Comcast Network, and HLN.


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