Archive for May, 2010


Remembering PMC-Widener’s 68 Fallen Alumni

May 28, 2010

Three plaques in front of Old Main at Widener University commemorate the names of the 68 Pennsylvania Military College and Widener alumni who “laid down their lives in service of their country.”  The plaques are pictured below, and can be enlarged by clicking on each image.  As President James T. Harris III wrote in his message in the spring 2010 magazine, the plaques are “a constant reminder to me that this institution, through all of its changes, is a place where graduates have always answered the call of duty for the nation.”



Letter Praises Spring 2010 Widener Magazine

May 28, 2010

The following is an excerpt from a letter from class of 1962 Pennsylvania Military College alumnus Kevin Reddington to Widener University Senior Vice President of Advancement Linda Durant.

I am writing to commend you and all of the other people involved with Widener Magazine for the sterling result of the production of the spring 2010 issue.  In the 57 years of my experience with Widener and its predecessor institutions it is, in my opinion, the finest piece of internally produced literature of which I am aware.  From cover-to-cover, this issue of Widener Magazine is exceptionally well written.

I was and I am particularly moved by the bittersweet love story of Casey and Nate Raudenbush.  Nate served our great nation with particular courage and, unfortunately, made the ultimate sacrifice of his life while providing service not only to our country but also to the citizens of Iraq.  His lovely wife, Casey, is no less courageous and both of them are a credit to themselves, each other, their parents and all of us who are privileged to be members of the Widener/PMC family.  I was very happy to learn that the university has extended a scholarship to Nate and Casey’s son, Jackson.  I join with Casey in the hopes that, when Jackson reaches college age, he follows in the footsteps of his parents and matriculates to Widener.


Kevin M. Reddington ’62

Thank you very much, Mr. Reddington!   — Sam Starnes, Editor


Every Picture Tells a Story: Images Available from Widener University 2010 Graduation Week

May 18, 2010

Great weather graced a resplendent commencement Saturday, capping the academic year and a week of graduation ceremonies.  More than 800 images are now available on Widener’s commencement photo pages.  New sets of photos that are available include: Commencement;  the School of Nursing Nightingale Ceremony, the ROTC Commissioning, and the Academic Awards.   You can scroll through the photos, or choose to view a slide show.  For more graduation information, visit Widener’s commencement page.



Widener University: Ready, Set…Graduate

May 14, 2010

Chairs fill the lawn behind Old Main in preparation for the graduation ceremony starting at 9:45 a.m. Saturday.  The forecast looked promising as of 1 p.m. Friday.  Check out the comprehensive commencement page for more details, including instructions for inclement weather if necessary and the written messages from Valedictorian Michelle E. Danner and Salutatorian Jennifer A. Williams.

Danner writes in her conclusion:  “Our time here at Widener University is over. These years are already becoming memory. Don’t let them. Don’t let the things you’ve learned, the advice you’ve heard, your struggles and accomplishments here fade, as memories often do. The world we are entering is going through extraordinary times. We are about to encounter twists and turns, rises and falls, unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. But if we remember, as we travel to the corners of the state, the country, and the world, the opportunities offered and seized here—if we remember, if we use, the advice of our mentors, the support of our friends, and the tenacity that brought us here—there is nothing we cannot do.”

Click here for bios and the full text of the valedictorian and salutatorian messages.


Widener Legacy Society Inducts New Members

May 11, 2010
The Widener Legacy Society recognizes Widener University alumni and friends who who have provided for Widener in their estate plans through a planned gift or bequest. New members are inducted into the Widener Legacy Society each year at the recognition reception.  During Alumni Weekend in April, the Society inducted Board of Trustees members Thomas H. Bown II ’67, Cynthia H. Sarnoski, PhD ’74, and Nicholas P. Trainer ’64, chair of the board. By making these very important and meaningful gifts, members of the Widener Legacy Society have created their own legacy while also bolstering the future of Widener University and its students.

From left, Tom and Bonnie Bown, President James T. Harris III, Nicholas P. Trainer, and Cynthia H. Sarnoski

If you have made arrangements for Widener to be part of your will or estate plan and are not a member of the Widener Legacy Society, please contact Catherine DeHart, associate director of development and gift planning at 610-499-1158.  You also can visit and fill out the member profile form so that we may thank you for your thoughtfulness and generosity and include you as a member in The Widener Legacy Society, one of Widener’s most prestigious giving societies.



A New Widener University Foundation, and a Platform for the Upcoming Graduation

May 6, 2010

Widener President James T. Harris III, with the help of two trustees, the mayor of Chester, the dean of the School of Nursing, and a graduating senior, laid the ceremonial cornerstone on Thursday for the new academic building.  Pictured below Harris, right,  Nicholas P. Trainer, chair of the trustees, and graduating senior Joseph A. Keifer watch former trustees chair David W. Oskin apply mortar.  Nursing Dean Deborah Garrison and Chester Mayor Wendell N. Butler Jr. also lended a hand to complete the foundation ceremony.  Construction on the building that will house the School of Nursing and the Oskin Leadership Institute starts this summer, and is anticipated to finish in 2011.  It will be the first academic building on campus to be a completely green building with LEED certification.  The building will stand on the site of the old Victory and Loveland halls.

Meanwhile on the lawn behind Old Main, workers were setting up the platform for commencement, scheduled for 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 15. Please see the commencement page for more details and other events.


Widener Alumna Named CFO of Philadelphia Engineering and Design Consulting Firm

May 5, 2010

Stacey M. McPeak, CPA, ’85, ’98, has been named CFO for Pennoni Associates.  McPeak of Newtown Square majored in accounting as an undergrad and later earned a master’s of science in taxation from the Widener School of Business Administration.  Pennoni Associates employs more than 800 professional, technical, and administrative personnel in 21 offices throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New England, Maryland, and New York. For more detail, read the press release.