A Tale of Two Seasons at the Taylor Arboretum

November 4, 2016


One road passing through a yellow wood (with apologies to Robert Frost)…

This photo was taken Nov. 2 in the Taylor Arboretum on a path resplendent in the yellows of the southern oak grove section.

You can view a slide show of photos taken Nov. 2 and May 31 to compare the dramatic seasonal changes in the plant life, as well as learn a little bit more about what Professor Steve Madigosky called “a beautiful piece of property with unlimited research potential.”

Widener assumed management of the arboretum in May. The 30-acre property is only a mile from Widener’s campus and offers a verdant, peaceful diversion. It is free to visit and open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. You can read more about it in the new issue of Widener Magazine.

–Sam Starnes, Widener Magazine editor


A Widener Focus on Sustainability

October 26, 2016

The cover story on the fall issue of the Widener Magazine focuses on the university’s multifaceted sustainability efforts, including the addition of the Taylor Arboretum. Other stories highlighted include university-wide efforts to support Youth Court, a program that helps to stem the school-to-prison pipeline, and a focus on the need for nursing educators and the Widener School of Nursing’s 50th anniversary.

The Youth Court story has accompanying video that features 2014 alumna Christina Delva testifying about the program before the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Policy Committee. You can view that video by following this link.



Widener Magazine Addresses Poverty

April 26, 2016

The spring edition of the Widener Magazine is out. The featured cover story, “Confronting the Pervasive Problem of Poverty,” takes a look at this issue and how Widener faculty and students are working together to combat it.  Other articles include a Q&A with new President Julie E. Wollman, a story about the Boundaries and Bridges program, and a look at the lack of civility in political arenas and elsewhere.



Widener Magazine: Brain Injuries, Paris, & Polo

October 8, 2015


The fall of issue of Widener Magazine takes on a variety of stories, including groundbreaking research into brain injuries, a study of parks in Paris and green spaces today, and the history of polo on campus. Magazines are in the mail to alumni and friends, and the full issue can be found online.

For those interested for more information about the story “A Polo Powerhouse of the Past,” you can find links to videos and information in the Digital Collection of the Widener University Archives here.

As always, we welcome your comments online. You can post a Letter to the Editor here.


Literary Reading Series Celebrates Local Writers

September 9, 2015
reading series post

Author Nicole Monaghan, a 1996 Widener graduate, and Louis Greenstein, author of the novel Mr. Boardwalk, read in May.

By Kelsey Styles ’17

The love of literature that Widener University creative writing professors Dr. Michael Cocchiarale and Jayne Thompson share couldn’t be contained on campus alone. It flourished within the walls of Widener and spilled over into the nearby town of Media where a reading series they organized is entering its sophomore year.

The State Street Reading Series, co-sponsored by Widener and the Media Arts Council, begins its second season this month and continues on the third Thursday of every other month.

“We’d like people to know that there’s something literary going on in Media,” Cocchiarale said. His hope is that more people are aware of its presence as an ongoing program “even if they can’t make it to every event.” At 7 p.m. on Sept. 17, Cocchiarale will read alongside Philadelphia author Asali Solomon.

Each event runs two hours, but each writer only reads for about twenty minutes. Authors who present are encouraged to bring copies of their book for purchase. The reading series, held at the Media Arts Center Gallery at 609 W. State St., is free to attend and reservations are not required.

Cocchiarale has been pleased with the attendance and overall outcome of readings in the first year. “We like where it’s going,” he said.

Several faculty members read last year, including Dr. Ken Pobo who shared selections from his poetry. Thompson read from the book she edited, Letters to my Younger Self: An Anthology of Writing by Incarcerated Men at S.C.I. Graterford and a Writing Workbook, which will also be this year’s common reading experience for Widener freshman. Local authors have included Nicole (Scarpato) Monaghan, an author and 1996 Widener English graduate, and Louis Greenstein, author of the novel Mr. Boardwalk. Novelist Alan Drew and poet Nathalie Anderson have been chosen as readers for November.

 “There are lots of talented people in this area,” Cocchiarale said. “We like the fact that we have solidified this as something that Widener does, but it’s also a great way to network. We wanted to build bridges with the community. Any time you can raise the profile of writers in the area, I think that’s a good thing.”

For more information, see the press release.


Printmaking Exhibit to Open in Widener Gallery

August 25, 2015

By Khalil Williams ’16

What happens when you blend a textured material — paper and glass, among others — with a creative mindset? You get printmaking.  A new exhibit on campus will be dedicated to it.

The Widener University Art Gallery will host the Cheltenham Printmakers Guild–Explorations in Printmaking, an exhibition featuring the work of 27 printmakers. The show will open September 1 and run to October 24.

Exhibition Chairperson Lois Yampolsky said visitors should expect to see the Printmakers Guild’s work demonstrate an array of printmaking techniques, including monoprints, dry point, digital and collagraphs — a type of printmaking where the artist uses various textured materials on a “printing plate” made of cardboard before paper is pressed to the surface and put through a press to produce a print. Pictured above is an untitled monotype by printmaker Stephen Kennedy.

You can meet some of the artists, including Yampolsky, at a reception the university will host on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 1 – 3 p.m. General admission is free to the public. Attendees can visit the art gallery Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The art gallery will be closed Sept. 5 and 26.

For more information on the exhibition and the Cheltenham Printmakers Guild, read the news release.


Widener’s New Residence Hall Readying to Open

July 30, 2015

Harris Hall

Story and photos by Khalil Williams ‘16

While students are away this summer, a new residence hall is nearing completion with plans for it being ready just in time for the big move-in day.

Harris Hall–named after former Widener President James T. Harris III–should be completed by late August, according to Widener’s Director of Physical Plant Jerry Pasquariello. “We are pushing for the building to be occupied this coming fall semester,” Pasquariello said.

The building, pictured above, is on the site of the former Theatre Widener at the intersection of Providence Avenue and 15th Street. It will house 212 people, of which 204 will be students, seven residential assistants, and one residential director.

At launch, there will be two restaurants that will open in the building: Moe’s Southwestern Grill, an Atlanta-based restaurant that taps itself as creating “honestly awesome” Southwest-style food; and Einstein Bros. Bagels, which boasts of  “quick, tasty lunches” such as salads, soups, and sandwiches, in addition to their bagels.

The construction of Harris Hall doesn’t come without its casualties, though. Widener Courts, the adjacent undergraduate residential facilities which housed upperclassmen for years, were demolished Thursday as a result of the new building’s construction.

Widener Court North