Archive for July, 2010


Behind the Names of Widener’s Residence Halls

July 29, 2010

Have you ever walked across the Main Campus in Chester and wondered where the names for the residence halls originated?  If so, John Martins, Widener’s web content specialist,  has written the page for you.   In “So who were these guys anyway?” he has compiled biographical sketches of Joseph Emery Boettner, George Turner Cann, Fitz Eugene Dixon Jr., Caesar Augustin Grasselli II, John R. Hanna, Edwin A. Howell, Clarence Russell Moll, Lawrence P. Sharples (pictured), Clarence H. Thayer and James Elmer Turrell.

It’s a fascinating snapshot of key figures in Widener’s history.  And it is suprising sometimes, too,  such as the story of Sharples, chairman of the Board of Trustees from 1962-1972, who had a lifelong interest in aviation.  “As a pilot, Sharples won the Doherty Cup air race in Florida in 1934, competed in international balloon races, and was the recipient of the Collier Award for prestigious achievement in airplane racing. At the age of 71, Sharples completed his first parachuting jump.”

For more, be sure to visit the page.


Dirt Turning, Bricks Moving: Follow Progress on Widener University’s New Academic Building

July 21, 2010

Work is underway on the new academic building that will house the School of Nursing and the Oskin Leadership Institute in the heart of Widener’s campus.  To monitor the building’s progress, you can check out a live web camera.  You can read more about the 35,000 square foot building slated to be in use by 2012 at, and view a video walk-through of the building.

Pictured below, workers on Wednesday afternoon removed a brick walkway running alongside the construction site in preparation of forthcoming heavy construction vehicles.


Challenge Met — 501 Widener University Alumni Donors Respond to Call from Trustees

July 6, 2010

Thanks to 501 alumni who gave to the Widener Fund, the university’s Board of Trustees will give an additional $25,000 gift.  The Trustees in May pledged that if 500 additional alumni made a gift to Widener by June 30, that they would give the additional gift to the Widener Fund.

Thank you very much to those of you who gave before the deadline and helped us surpass our goal.  If you would like to learn more about making a gift, visit or call 610-499-1160.


PMC Alumnus & Vietnam Veteran Receiving Consideration for Congressional Medal of Honor

July 1, 2010

Larry Liss, a 1963 Pennsylvania Military College alumnus, flew 650 helicopter combat missions in Vietnam more than 40 years ago.  He earned many medals, including three Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor.   A documentary, “Helicopter Wars,” that has aired internationally and will run on the Smithsonian Channel in the states in November, features Liss prominently.  A movement is growing, and has the support of several Congressmen, to award Liss the Congressional Medal of Honor, the “highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed” upon a member of the U.S. military.  For more on his story, see a feature article and video about him from the Daily Local News of Chester County, or watch footage of his interviews for the documentary on YouTube.