Archive for January, 2011


It’s Good! Widener Makes ESPN’s Top 10 Plays

January 31, 2011

From  Junior B.J. Smith (Baltimore, MD) saw his 65-foot shot against Lebanon Valley voted third in ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.  Smith banked in his shot at the buzzer January 15 in the Pride’s 71-70 victory.  This came one year after Smith hit a game-winning 3-pointer against the Dutchmen.

Here is video of the miracle shot from YouTube.


Snow-Covered Half Day at Widener University

January 27, 2011

Despite 13.7 inches of snow overnight in Chester, school goes on at Widener today with a delayed start — classes begin at 12:30 p.m. on the main campus.  Click here for information on all campus delays and closings.


Widener University Physical Therapy Students Aid Chester Residents with Free Mobility Clinics

January 21, 2011

Members of the Chester community benefited from the outreach of 78 Widener graduate students from the Institute for Physical Therapy Education.

As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the contingent of students and eight faculty supervisors split up into teams and over two days visited 11 community sites, including the Chester Senior Center, Community Hospital, and the YWCA.   The teams provided blood pressure screenings and assisted 44 people with use of  scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes.

In addition to cleaning and servicing the mobility devices, students replaced worn walker and cane tips.  In some cases, they provided a replacement walker or cane.  By the end of the project, 231 community members received the free services offered on Jan. 14 and Jan. 17.

Pictured are doctoral students Melinda Agarwal, Scott Cheney,  Pari Armat, Emily Asher and Lauren Anderson with Ms. Johnson, a Chester resident who benefited from a free wheelchair cleaning.


Widener University’s President Harris Honored

January 20, 2011

Widener Magazine — which learned earlier this month that we won a Council for Advancement of Scholarship and Education District II award in the best article category — will be in very good company at the organization’s annual conference next month.

President James T. Harris III will receive the Chief Executive Leadership Award for CASE District II on Feb. 7 in Baltimore, Widener has announced.

“We have worked very hard at Widener for the past eight years to make the university one of the nation’s premiere civic engagement institutions,” Harris said. “It has truly been a university-wide effort involving administrators, faculty, alumni, donors and students. So, while my name may be on the award from CASE, this recognition is really about the work my colleagues, our community partners and I have done together to advance our mission.”

For more information, see the press release.  Congratulations, Dr. Harris!


Springsteen at Widener — Tickets $6

January 19, 2011

Sorry, folks, but those tickets sold out 36 years ago.

Dan Hanson, Widener’s director of public relations and a ’97 alumnus of the university’s graduate liberal studies program, recently found this reproduction of a concert poster promoting Springsteen’s 1975 performance at Widener, his second on campus in as many years.

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Widener Serves & Honors Martin Luther King Jr.

January 13, 2011

In 1948, Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Chester to study in the Crozer Theological Seminary.  Sixty-one years later, members of the Widener community are honoring his legacy by participating in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service activities in Chester.  A commemorative service on campus will cap off the day on Monday.  (Pictured is King’s 1948 admissions photo from the Wolfgram Library Digital Collection, courtesy of the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.)

Events include:

— Widener’s Institute for Physical Therapy Education will offer free mobility clinics in Chester on Friday, Jan. 14 and Monday, Jan. 17. At each clinic site, students and faculty will screen and clean scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches and canes to ensure that the devices are in optimal condition. In addition, each site will offer blood pressure screenings.  Click here for more information.

— Members of the Widener community are invited to participate in a day of activities sponsored by the United Way of Southeast Delaware County and the Chester YWCA entitled “Pieces of Peace.” From 10 a.m. to noon, volunteers will engage in hands-on projects that support families in the Chester community.  There is no pre-registration required for the on-site activities, but check-in begins at 9 a.m. at the Chester YWCA located at 7th and Sproul Streets. Lunch prepared by the faculty in Widener’s School of Hospitality Management will be provided for all volunteers beginning at noon at the Chester YWCA.

— Volunteers are invited to the annual MLK commemorative program sponsored by Crozer Hospital beginning at 1:15 p.m. in the Crozer Auditorium.  Dr. Alonso Cavin, associate professor emeritus of the Center for Education,  is delivering the address.  Click here for a blog post Dr. Cavin wrote about King’s time in Chester.

— At 6:30 p.m. in the Alumni Auditorium on Widener’s Main Campus, the Black Student Union is sponsoring a service that will feature the Widener Gospel Choir and reflections from members of the Widener community about the significance of Dr. King.  All are welcome.

— At 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, Widener’s NAACP college chapter will host a viewing of “The Promised Land” documentary and a discussion on Dr. King and the Poor People’s Movement in Room A in University Center. Dr. Sara Roth, associate professor of history and coordinator of the African and African American Studies Program, and Dr. Stuart Eimer, associate professor of sociology, will lead the discussion.

For inquiries regarding the MLK Day of Service, please contact Widener’s Office for Community Engagement at 610-499-4549.


Snow on the Lawn, Widener Classes Go On

January 12, 2011

I never get tired of photographing Old Main in the snow — about five inches fell on campus overnight, but classes were delayed only an hour this morning.    Freedom’s Pride,  a bronze sculpture of an eagle from the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912), also picked up a good bit of powder. — Sam Starnes, Editor