Archive for May, 2011


PMC-Widener: In Memory of Those Lost in Battle

May 27, 2011

With Memorial Day weekend fast approaching, I wanted to remember the alumni from Pennsylvania Military College and Widener University who lost their lives in service of their country.  Below are the plaques from the PMC Class of 1963 memorial beside Alumni Auditorium that commemorate John “Jack” Lance Geoghegan and William “Buddy” James Stephenson.  You can enlarge the images by clicking on them.  To view the plaques from the memorial in front of Old Main that list of all 68 names of those from PMC and Widener who lost their lives in service of their country, click here.


Coming This Fall: Widener Athletics Issue

May 26, 2011

I’ve been working on a package of stories about the long history of athletics at Widener for the fall magazine, so it was exciting and timely to see the news earlier this week about longtime coach Bill Manlove’s election to College Football Hall of Fame.   Manlove, pictured above after Widener won the 1977 Divison III National Championship, will be the third from Widener to be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame (players Billy “White Shoes” Johnson and Tom Deery are the other two). Manlove, who coached Widener from 1969-91 and won a second national championship in 1981, was interviewed Wednesday by KYW Newsradio 1060.

The forthcoming athletics package in the magazine will include a photo essay dating back to the late 1800s through the present (baseball was the first sport played on campus, starting in 1866).  In conjunction with the release of the magazine in October, archivists in the Wolfgram Memorial Library will put together an online exhibit about athletics that will feature many more images than I can fit into print.  If you have photographs of PMC and Widener sporting events past that you’d like to share, please send them our way.  We would like to see them and include them in the university collection.  Please contact me by phone at 610-499-4246 or e-mail at

–Sam Starnes, Editor



Widener Alumnus Shares Experience of Working as Mental Health Coordinator in Kurdish Iraq

May 19, 2011

Patel in the Kurdish city of Dohuk

In the fall 2009 issue of Widener Magazine, we  profiled alumnus Nishant Patel ’09, a doctoral graduate of Widener’s  Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology who was then bound for a one-year assignment working as a mental health program coordinator in the Kurdish section of Northern Iraq.  He provided an update on his work in March of 2010, and recently wrote more about his experience in Iraq working with internally displaced persons. He returned from Iraq earlier this month, and will now be working as a mental health coordinator in Jersey City, N.J.

By Nishant Patel, PsyD

“When will the school be finished being built?” A reasonable question, if we were indeed building a school rather than a tent within which to carry out psychosocial activities.

Since May of 2010, I have visited a nearby internally displaced persons (IDP) camp 15 times. The IDP issue in Iraq is a well-documented problem, with over 1.4 million IDPs in the country, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The camp which I have worked with was established in 2006 by Arabs who fled central Iraq due to sectarian violence and war. At its height, there were more than 200 families living in the camp. There are currently 65 families in the camp, while as many have returned to their original neighborhoods. Yet there are also new families that are now settling in the camp from central Iraq.

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Widener’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2011 Named “Teacher as Hero” by National Liberty Museum

May 18, 2011

David M. Hall. EdD ’06, winner of the university’s 2011 Outstanding Alumnus Award in April, is profiled in The Philadelphia Inquirer today “Now in his 13th year of teaching, Hall, 37, recently received a ‘Teacher as Hero’ award from the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the latest in a long string of teaching laurels,” the article by Inquirer staff writer Adrienne Lu says.  “The Liberty Museum cited Hall’s field trips to courtrooms and prisons in Philadelphia and his work as an adviser for the school Gay-Straight Alliance. ”

Earlier this year, Hall, a social studies teacher at North Penn High School, was featured  in the spring issue of Widener Magazine for his efforts in preventing bullying in schools.


Widener Graduates: Send in Your Class Notes

May 17, 2011

Another successful commencement is in the books, and many photos from last week’s ceremonies are now online on the university’s Flickr page.  Be sure to check back as more photos will be posted over the next two weeks.

For those of you who are new graduates (as well as those of you who have been out for many years), I encourage you to send in your class notes for the next issue of Widener Magazine due out in October.   Please tell us about new jobs, marriages, new children or grandchildren, and any other noteworthy items.   And don’t forget to e-mail photos (please send larger, higher resolution images — they reprint better that way).

The deadline for submitting these to make the fall issue is June 15.

You can submit your class notes and photos three ways:

1. Join or log onto the Widener Pride Net.
2. E-mail Patty Votta at
3. Mail to the Office of Alumni Engagement, Widener University, One University Place, Chester, PA 19013

For examples of previous Class Notes, here are links to this spring and fall 2010.


Fallen PMC Class of ’63 Graduates Remembered at Widener University ROTC Commissioning

May 13, 2011

Widener’s ROTC commissioning ceremony evoked the memory of two 1963 Pennsylvania Military College graduates killed in Vietnam.  Carol DeBunda, widow of Lt. William J. “Buddy” Stephenson, opened the ceremony Thursday by singing the National Anthem.  Stephenson died from wounds after his helicopter was shot down in February 1966.

David McNulty, a member of the PMC class of 1963, presented the saber awarded to the top cadet in the battalion to Widener’s Scott McInerney of Bristol, Pa.  In his remarks, McNulty remembered his classmate Lt. John “Jack” Lance Geoghegan, a highly decorated student who was presented with the saber in 1963 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the PMC Commencement.  Geoghegan died two years later in Vietnam in 1965 while trying to aid one of his men who had been wounded.  “Jack’s death was like his life – virtuous and noble,” McNulty said.

Lt. Col Jon J. Peterson, ROTC battalion commander and professor of military science, who is retiring this year, presented McNulty with a saber replica in recognition of his participation in the ceremony for many years.

For more on Thursday’s ceremony, read the press release, and for more about the ROTC program, see the article in the spring 2010 issue of Widener Magazine.



Watch Widener Graduation Ceremonies Online

May 12, 2011

The next best thing to being here is watching the commencement and other graduation ceremonies live and online.  Visit our commencement webcast page to watch the events listed below at the following times.

ROTC Commissioning May 12 1:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial Circle
Nightingale Ceremony May 13 11:00 a.m. Alumni Auditorium
Academic Awards May 13 3:30 p.m. Alumni Auditorium
Commencement May 14 9:45 a.m. Memorial Field