Archive for March, 2010


Young Widener Alumnus Co-Authors and Illustrates Book Addressing Universal Questions

March 30, 2010

In the upcoming spring issue of Widener Magazine that is due out very soon, we have a short profile of Jeff Blomquist ’06, as well as an excerpt and cartoons he drew from A User’s Guide to the Universe: Surviving the Perils of Black Holes, Time Paradoxes, and Quantum Uncertainty.

Blomquist collaborated with Drexel University Associate Professor Dave Goldberg on the book published by John Wiley and Sons earlier this month.  You’ll have to wait until the magazine arrives in April to read more — although, of course, you can buy the book now.   Here’s a video about Jeff and his experience at Widener and the origins of this work.  The clip also features some of his drawings.


In Search of Underage War Hero

March 24, 2010

DeSales A. Glover. Photo from 458th Bombardment Group (H)

In the spring issue of the Widener Magazine due out in mid-April, a package of stories will focus on Widener and its long and continuing relationship with the military in preparing soldiers and serving veterans.  One story, however, that I was unable to complete is a feature story about DeSales A. Glover, a former Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School cadet from Pittsburgh, Pa.

Before he attended the high school attached to Pennsylvania Military College (now Widener) in Chester, he enlisted in the Air Force at the age of 14.  From October 1942 through July 1944, he flew 31 missions, mostly over Germany, earning a Purple Heart and many other medals, before his age was discovered and he was discharged at the age of 16, the PMC News reported in October 1945.
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PsyD Alumnus Reports from Northern Iraq

March 19, 2010

In the fall issue of Widener Magazine, Jennifer Dublisky profiled alumnus Nishant Patel ’09, a doctoral graduate of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology who was then bound for a one-year assignment working as a mental health program coordinator in the Kurdish section of Northern Iraq.  He recently wrote into from Kurdistan to update us on his work.

The Cadence of “Culture” by Nishant Patel, PsyD

Over the course of my five-and-a-half month stay in Northern Iraq thus far, I have learned much. One lesson has been the utility, or lack of utility of several psychological theories and interventions in an international context. Thankfully, the Institute of Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener, in particular a couple of professors, had provided me with an introduction to the vast and rather nuanced field of cross-cultural psychology. While I was able to grasp some of the concepts intellectually through coursework, it has only been here in Iraq where I have begun to develop a more thorough understanding of psychology abroad, specifically in a non-Western culture. I hope to illustrate some of my initial and on-going challenges, as well as my diminutive triumphs by sharing some experiences with trainings that I have conducted here in Northern Iraq (Kurdistan) with a U.S.-based human rights and development non-governmental operation (NGO).
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Open Space For New Widener Building

March 17, 2010

Demolition of Victory and Loveland halls wrapped up late last week, clearing space for the new academic building that will house the School of Nursing and the Oskin Institute.  Construction is set to begin this summer, but for now there is a temporary side view of Old Main from the Kapelski Learning Center.

Below is a panoramic shot of that view taken from the lawn of the Kapelski lawn on Wednesday afternoon that shows, from left, Alumni Auditorium, Old Main, Muller Hall (admissions), Hyatt Hall and University Center.  You can click on the image to enlarge it, but please forgive any slight distortions as this image consists of three photographs digitally stitched together.

And here is a cropped image of the artist’s rendering of plans for the new academic building.  I tried to take the picture above from roughly the same vantage point as the drawing below, although the image below does not have the panoramic width.

— Sam Starnes, Editor


Widener Makes Way for New Academic Building

March 9, 2010

Demolition of Loveland Hall began Monday morning on the Widener University Main Campus.

By 9:30 a.m. Tuesday the building was half gone.  Victory Hall will soon follow, and in two-to-three weeks the demolition of the two structures will be complete.  All materials are being handled in accordance with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System specifications.

Beginning this summer, construction on the new academic building that will house the School of Nursing and the Oskin Institue will begin.  The new building is expected to be completed and in use by January 2012.



Baseballs are in the Air — Alumni Association Gathering Set for Spring Training in Clearwater

March 3, 2010

Baseball season has started, at least in Florida and Arizona, and that hopefully means the snow mounds on the Main Campus in Chester soon will melt away and springtime will be upon us.   The Phillies play their first exhibition game of the season tonight.  On Sunday, March 28, the Widener University-PMC Florida West Regional Alumni Chapter will host a noon tailgate before the Phillies-Pirates spring training game in Clearwater.  A block of 200 tickets are available, but alumni need to make reservations by no later than March 10. A sunset happy hour will be held at 4:30 the day before.  See the Alumni Events page for more information.