Archive for June, 2010


Widener University Alumni Take Note: Time Running Out to “Take the $25,000 Challenge”

June 24, 2010

Last month our Board of Trustees gave us an exciting challenge.  They pledged that if 500 additional alumni made a gift to Widener by June 30th of this year, that they would give an additional $25,000 to the Widener Fund. With only a few days left, we need fewer than 120 alumni to make a gift to the Widener Fund or another area of importance to them by June 30th! If you have given, thank you!  If you haven’t, we would be thrilled to get your support to help us meet this challenge.  To make a gift, visit anytime or call 610-499-1160.   And if you haven’t seen our video, click here to watch.


Widener University Engineering Alumnus Named One of Philadelphia’s Top Leaders Under 40

June 22, 2010

Shawn L. Pressley ’00, an engineer who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Widener’s School of Engineering, ranks as one of the top 40 industry and community leaders under the age of 40, the Philadelphia Business Journal announced in May. You can read more about Pressley and other engineering news in the inaugural issue of e-Pride, the electronic newsletter of Widener engineering.


A Lifetime Backing Athletic Excellence: Widener’s Blue & Gold Club Membership Offer

June 17, 2010

The Blue & Gold Club in the past two years has raised funds enabling upgrades to weight-room equipment and the purchase of banners that hang in the Schwartz gymnasium honoring our conference and NCAA championships.  A special offer to join for life remains in effect for only a short time.  The lifetime membership rate is available at the captain level of giving for $250 for all current and prospective members through June 30, the end of the 2009-2010 year.  Beginning July 1, lifetime membership will be exclusive to the champion level, requiring a gift of $1,000 or more.   To join online, click here, or for more information on the athletics program and the Blue & Gold club, visit

Contact: Michael J. Talarico, assistant director of university development,, phone 610-499-4118.

Pictured:  Blue & Gold Club President Peter Rohana ’66, former captain of the PMC football team, in the Schwartz gymnasium where banners hang recognizing Widener University and PMC championships.



Widener-PMC Entertainment Connections

June 10, 2010

I’m working on a story for the fall Widener Magazine about our many connections to the entertainment industry, starting with Cecil B. DeMille’s time as a student at Pennsylvania Military College in 1896-98 all the way up to Mia Farrow’s recent visit to the Widener Speakers Series.  If you know of alumni in Widener-PMC’s long history who should be included, or if you remember any on-campus performances or visits by nationally known entertainers (such as Bruce Springsteen’s concerts here in the seventies), please post a comment here or email me at  The list I have is growing quite long, but I want to make sure I don’t miss anyone.    — Sam Starnes, Editor

DeMille Returns to PMC 1931


Looking for the Widener 500: Less Than A Month Left for Alumni to “Take the Challenge”

June 2, 2010

The Trustees of Widener University have issued a time sensitive challenge to alumni.  If 500 individual alums will give any amount to the university before June 30, members of the Board of Trustees will give $25,000 to the Widener Fund.   In order for the Board of Trustees to make this gift, all you have to do is visit or call 610-499-1160.  If you want more information, check out the video below.  To qualify for the challenge, your gift must be received by June 30.