Archive for September, 2010


PMC Alum and Author to Speak at Homecoming Event on Widener University Campus Friday

September 29, 2010

Henry Clay Robinett, the namesake of Widener ROTC’s Battery Robinett,  “experienced more challenges and obstacles than most do in a lifetime,” Bill Speer ’72 wrote in the opening chapter of From Broomsticks to Battlefield — After the Battle: The Story of Henry Clay Robinett.   Speer, author of the book from Deeds Publishing released earlier this year, was profiled in the January 2010 issue of Postscript.  He will be on campus to discuss his research at 2 p.m Friday in the Webb Room in University Center for the second annual PMC/ROTC homecoming gathering.  For more homecoming events, see the schedule here.



Ten Years After: Widener Hospitality Graduates Lead Way for Philadelphia Area Club Management

September 21, 2010

Rob Anen, CCM, ‘00 and Joe Mendez, CCM, ’00, started out more than a decade ago in the Academic Center North working together on projects in Widener’s Hospitality Management Program.  During this instrumental time, they both focused their attention on club management and were very involved in the student chapter of the Club Managers Association of America.  Before their graduation, the chapter was awarded Student Chapter of the Year, which energized their future in club management.

After graduation, Anen moved to New Jersey and Mendez worked locally at some of the area’s top clubs.  Ten years later, they are back together again — not in the classroom but in the board room, changing the future of club management. Anen, assistant general manager at The Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, is president of the Philadelphia and Vicinity Chapter of Club Managers Association, and Mendez, general manager of Radley Run in West Chester, is vice president.

(Left to right) Rob Anen, CCM; Widener Associate Professor Connie Holt; Kim Brady; Melissa Hostler; Joe Mendez, CCM; Kate Wilkens, manager Student Development for Club Managers Association of America.

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Autumn Moves into Widener on the Maple Trees

September 16, 2010

Every morning I walk down the hall from the University Relations office on the first floor of Old Main to the small room shared by the copy machine and coffee maker.  While my cup of coffee brews, I look out the window at one two maple trees on the edge of the Memorial Field.  This week I noticed the first signs of autumn in the treetop, a tinge of yellow and orange in the otherwise green leaves.  Over the next few weeks the leaves will transform into the brilliant hue you can see in the photo used for the masthead of this blog.  While the campus cherry blossoms of spring are resplendent, I like these two maples and their first hints of fall.  — Sam Starnes, Editor


Friday Night Lights, Chester Style — Widener Soccer Teams to Play on Philadelphia Union Field

September 10, 2010

Widener University men’s and women’s soccer teams will step onto professional turf at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, when both teams play games in PPL Park, home of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia UnionWidener Magazine’s forthcoming fall issue will feature an article about the partnership between Widener and the new soccer franchise that plays its home games in the new 18,500 seat stadium on the Chester waterfront, south of the Commodore Barry Bridge.  Admission to the Widener games on Sept. 17 is free, but you must pick up a ticket to attend.  Please visit for more information.

Widener players Caryinna Yenchak, left, and Rachel Kyprianou near the Widener banner in PPL Park.



Poetry Reading by Widener University Lifetime Learner and Supporter Set for Wolfgram Library

September 3, 2010

The spring issue of Widener Magazine featured a profile of Leah Greene, a Swarthmore resident who began attending the university after retiring in 1989 from a long and rewarding career as a social worker.  Classes with poet and professor Dr. Ken Pobo ultimately inspired her to write poetry, and eventually she and her husband (the late Dr. Sheldon Greene) endowed a poetry reading room in the Wolfgram Library in Pobo’s honor.

Greene, who continues to write and hone her poetry, soon will be moving to California, but before she goes will read from her poetry at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in the Drost Room in the Wolfgram Library.  The reading sponsored by Widener’s Creative Writing Department is free and open to the public.

“Leah will read for 20-30 minutes and then hang around to chat,” Pobo said. “It’s a chance to say goodbye and wish her well as she moves to California.  Widener is unimaginable without her!”

Leah Greene and Ken Pobo in the library's poetry reading room



“Go Pride!” — Widener Fight Songs Old and New

September 2, 2010

A new Widener fight song, “Hear the Roar!” debuted last week at convocation when the freshman class performed the first two verses.  Dr. Cedric L. Adderley, professor of music and assistant vice president for academic affairs at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina,  composed the song.   Adderley served as an American Council of Education (ACE) fellow on Widener’s campus in 2008-2009.

This video from Aug. 27 convocation below includes lyrics scrolling across the screen, or you can print them out and read more about the song on the Widener web site.

As for the old songs, PMC alumnus Bill Speer ’72, author of  From Broomsticks to Battlefields: After the Battle, The Story of Henry Clay Robinett in the Civil War, has posted lyrics from PMC alma maters past on his blog.