Archive for November, 2009


Widener’s Fall Magazine Cultivates Wellness

November 24, 2009


The fall Widener Magazine is off the press and online. Our cover story “Cultivating  Wellness” focuses on Dr. John Dorsey ’00 and Project Horseshoe Farm in Greensboro, Ala. Other features include the use of biofeedback in the Widener Partnership Charter School, and a profile of Neil Weygandt, Widener’s very own marathon man.  Kathleen Butler also wrote an excellent piece about students benefitting from the generosity of benefactors. We hope to hear from you on this new blog. Please post a comment or write a longer letter to the editor.


Widener Magazine Hopes to Hear from You

November 16, 2009

Our fall 2009 magazine is almost off the presses, and soon will arrive in your mailbox and online.  We hope to start a conversation with you about the magazine.  This blog is the place to post a letter to the editor, ask a question, or make a comment.

widener logo We also will be conducting an online survey very soon.  Not everyone will be called on to respond — our methodology calls on us to randomly query 25 percent of our readership for whom we have e-mail addresses.   The Council for the Support and Advancement of Education (CASE) created the survey, and it has been conducted by more than 120 schools nationwide.

One result from national survey thus far is that a total of 86 percent of readers want their university to continue printing, and not switch to simply an online publication.  There also are questions about what types of stories readers want. We expect this information to be a tremendous help in creating future issues of Widener Magazine and Postscript, our alumni newsletter, which will appeal to you.

If you receive our survey via e-mail, we hope you will fill it out and let us know what you think of the magazine.  If you don’t get the e-mail, you still have the opportunity to be heard on this blog.  And if you have something you don’t want to share online, I encourage you to e-mail me at or call me at 610-499-4246.  I eagerly await your input. — Sam Starnes, Editor


Charter School Tests High on the Charts

November 3, 2009

A feature story about the Widener Partnership Charter School graced the cover of the magazine in the fall of 2006 when the school opened.  Recent outstanding test scores demonstrate the  school’s success — third graders taking standardized tests for the first time scored high in math and reading.

You can look for a feature story about charter school students benefitting from biofeedback training conducted by the university’s Graduate Clinical Psychology’s Biofeedback Clinic & Certification center in the fall issue due out later this month.

If you liked the fall 2006 cover, you can see such local artwork at the upcoming Children’s Art Exhibition.  The Widener Art Gallery and Collection in University Center will display work from the students in the Child Development Center and the charter school from Dec. 8-12, including a  “Milk and Cookies” reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.

— Sam Starnes, Editor