Archive for February, 2010


Widener Senior a Team Player for the Philadelphia Union Soccer Franchise

February 25, 2010

The Philadelphia Union‘s inaugural season kicks off in March.  After playing opening home games at Lincoln Financial Field, the team on June 27 will move into its newly named home in Chester, PPL Park, only three miles from Widener’s campus.  Casey LeRoy, a senior business major in sports management who was captain of the women’s soccer team, is working as intern for the team this semester.  Here she talks about her role in the new Major League Soccer franchise.


Acclaimed Short Story Writer to Read at Widener University on Wednesday, Feb. 24

February 17, 2010

Kevin Wilson, author of the 2009 short story collection, Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, will read from his work in the The Webb Room in Widener’s University Center at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.   The New York Times described his work as offering “fabulous twists and somersaults of the imagination.”  I heard him read at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference a few years ago, and vividly remember a brilliant and hilarious story written in a style mocking a PowerPoint presentation.  If you like well-written short stories, don’t miss this talented writer.  It’s free and open to the public. –Sam Starnes, Editor


Internet Expression and the Law Symposium Set for Widener Harrisburg Campus

February 16, 2010

A symposium next week at Widener Law in Harrisburg will explore legal issues pertaining to the Internet.   The Widener Law Journal will present Internet Expression in the 21st Century: Where Technology & Law Collide  in Room A180 on the Harrisburg Campus 8:35 a.m. –  5:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22.  For further information and to register, please call 717-541-3965.  Continental breakfast and lunch included; $100 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) registration fee; $75 Widener Law alumni, government and public interest attorneys, and non-CLE.


Back to School at Widener

February 12, 2010

Although parts of the Chester campus resemble the Swiss Alps, Widener University is back in session after a two-day break in which historic snow records were set in the Philadelphia region.  All classes and most events are resuming as scheduled on all four campuses.  For future weather updates, check or call the Widener University Information Line at 610-499-4600.  (Please note that the Haiti panel discussion has been moved back one week, to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, Kapelski Learning Center, Lecture Hall 1, on Widener’s main campus in Chester.)


Haiti Panel Discussion, Benefit Luncheon Among Upcoming Widener University Events

February 5, 2010

U.S. soldiers unload bottled water in Haiti.

A survivor of the Port-au-Prince earthquake will join three Widener professors on a panel discussion “Making Sense of the Haitian Earthquake” at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.  Akim Gabriel, a French instructor at Temple University who survived the earthquake, will speak with Widener faculty members Dr. Steve Madigosky, professor of science education and environmental science; Dr. Sarah Roth, associate professor of history; and Dr. Stephanie Schechner, associate professor of French and director of Widener’s master of arts in liberal studiesThe discussion is open to the public and will take place in the Kapelski Learning Center, Lecture Hall 1, on Widener’s main campus in Chester.  It is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences Diversity Committee, The Academic Service Learning Faculty Development Program, and the Office of Community Engagement.

The following week, On Thursday, Feb. 18, Widener will host an Empty Bowls Luncheon from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. in Lathem Hall on 13th and Potter Streets in Chester. Members of the community are invited to attend.  For a minimum $10 donation, attendees will receive a ceramic bowl made by Widener students during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 18.  ARAMARK, the university’s food service provider, has donated food and will serve a hot soup lunch including a choice of two soups, bread, fruit and beverages. Participants will be able to keep the ceramic bowls.  Click here for additional on-campus efforts to aid Haitians.



Widener Football: A Brand New Coach for a Very Old Tradition

February 2, 2010

Widener, playing football since 1879 when it was known as Pennsylvania Military Academy, named Isaac Collins as the team’s 22nd football coach.

Collins, 36, played at the University of Rochester, and previously served as defensive coordinator at The Citadel.  Read more about Collins on