Archive for December, 2010


Lunar Eclipse, and Widener Stargazing Nights

December 21, 2010

Here’s a shot near the end of the lunar eclipse taken about 4:15 a.m. from my deck in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.  What does looking heavenward have to do with Widener University?  Widener offers public Monday twilight and Friday evening telescope viewing sessions to identify and observe prominent objects in the night sky. Each session is supervised by a Widener University astronomer, assisted by a student.  Click here for more information and times and dates in the upcoming new year.  –Sam Starnes, Editor



Digitizing The Dome: All Issues Now Online

December 8, 2010

Every issue of The Dome, Widener’s student newspaper, went online this week.   University archivists Jill Borin and Jan Alexander and junior Bob Forsythe, an accounting major from Philadelphia,  as well as two other  students worked for a year and a half on the project to scan all 1,053 issues of the newspaper produced from 1947 through 2008.  Each issue is available in a PDF and can be searched with keywords. Click here to explore the back issues of The Dome.

You also can find the newest issue of The Dome on the web.   Now published once a semester, it made its debut this month as an online magazine.  In addition to The Dome, you can read frequent updates on PrideWire, Widener University’s student-run news outlet that covers the happenings on and around the Chester campus.


Widener Alumna and Educator Leading National Association for Continuing Higher Education

December 2, 2010

Dr. Tish Szymurski, a 1992 graduate of Widener’s Master of Education program in Adult Education, recently began serving as president of a national association devoted to furthering continuing higher education efforts.   Szymurski, dean of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies at Neumann University, was elected president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) in 2008 and was recently inducted to lead the 1,550 member association  representing more than 200 institutions.

Prior to joining Neumann in 1992, she worked for Penn State, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation education.  In addition to her degree from Widener, she graduated from the University of Delaware in Educational Leadership: Administration and Policy.  In 2009 Szymurski won the Outstanding Alumni Award from Penn State for outstanding contributions to higher education and commitment to community, and a 2008 Ryland Fellowship with EDUCAUSE.   She has experience in various aspects of adult and executive education at the University of Delaware, the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and Drexel University.