Archive for October, 2011


A New Coat of Paint on Old Main’s Flagpole

October 31, 2011

As I fixed my coffee early this morning and looked out the window of my new office on the second floor of Old Main, I witnessed the beginnings of a most treacherous paint job — a new coat of white on the 92.5 foot high flagpole. (The pole stands 88 feet and sits on a base 4.5 feet high.)

All of Widener’s divisions of University Advancement, along with several other departments, recently moved into the second and third floors of Old Main previously occupied by the School of Nursing.  Founders Hall, the new home of the School of Nursing and the Oskin Leadership Institute, will host an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday.

— Sam Starnes, Editor


A New Name for Widener’s Newest Building

October 27, 2011

The handsome edifice we have been referring to as “the new academic building” will soon be dedicated with a more memorable name: Founders Hall.

Constructed according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, the building is the university’s first “green” academic building.  The architecture of the home of the School of Nursing and the Oskin Leadership Institute compliments that of Old Main.

A dedication ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4 in the lobby of Founders Hall and the ceremony will be webcast live.





Widener Writers Series to Host Novelist Joseph

October 20, 2011

Anjali Joseph

The newest issue of Widener Magazine includes a story student Lindsay Pepino ’12 wrote about the talented authors who participate in the Widener Distinguished Writers Series.  If you enjoyed that article, you should be on campus at 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27 when Anjali Joseph, author of the novel Saraswati Park, will give a reading in the Webb Room in University Center as part of the continuing series.

Born in Bombay, Joseph has written for The Times of India and been a commissioning editor for ELLE  in India.  Earlier this year she won the Desmond Elliott Prize, awarded annually to the best first novel. “Joseph’s portrayal of modern-day India was selected for its enchanting narrative and assured style,” said the prize’s web site.

The reading is free and open to the public.


Widener Graduate Open House Set October 25

October 17, 2011
If you have questions about attending graduate school at Widener, please stop in for answers from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct 25.  Our fall graduate open house will show how a graduate degree from Widener can put your career on a leadership track. You also can use the opportunity to check out Widener’s new academic building and see our enhanced campus landscaping (Pictured here is the Kapelski Learning Center on the right, and the new academic building on the left.)  Visit the Graduate Admissions page for more information.

A Giant Sports Voice That Came From PMC

October 10, 2011

In the newest edition of Widener Magazine, be sure to check out the excellent profile of Bill Stern, a 1930 Pennsylvania Military College alumnus who helped pioneer sports broadcasting on radio and TV.  My favorite part of the story written by Dan Hanson is the quote from Joe Tercha, a 1949 PMC graduate who talked about one of Stern’s visits back to campus.  Tercha said, “(Stern) had you with the way his voice projected. We were hanging on every word. At the end of his talk, he said, ‘Fellows, I’d like to ask you to do one favor for me.’ We would have done anything he asked. He said, ‘Use Colgate Shave Cream.’”

To hear some of the passion that Stern used to promote Colgate Shave Cream — an enthusiasm that carried throughout all his broadcasts — click here to listen to an episode of the Bill Stern Colgate Sports News Reel from 1949. It’s complete with the accompaniment of a barbershop quartet and a frantic organist.  You just don’t hear radio broadcasts like this anymore.   –Sam Starnes, Editor




A Photo History of PMC-Widener Athletics

October 6, 2011

The new Widener Magazine that is arriving in mailboxes this week features the photo essay, “A Long History of Athletics on Campus.”  The hardest part about compiling this piece was choosing the photos because there were so many, many excellent shots in the Widener University Archives.  We had to cut quite a few great photos, such as the two images here: a 1960 Pennsylvania Military College football game, and a circa 1890 tennis match when the school was known as Pennsylvania Military Academy. (You can click on the photos to enlarge the images.)

Fortunately, however, you can peruse many of the photos I didn’t use, as well as historical documents, in the online exhibit 100 Years of Athletics: 1866 to 1966 in the Wolfgram Memorial Digital Collections.  Be sure to check it out. –-Sam Starnes, Editor.


Widener Soccer to Go for Goals in Pro Stadium

October 5, 2011

If you haven’t seen a Widener soccer game this year or visited PPL Park on the Chester waterfront where the Philadelphia Union play their Major League Soccer games, Friday night is your chance.

The Pride will face Lycoming with the women’s game starting at 6 p.m. and the men’s contest beginning at 8 .pm.  This is the second straight year that Widener has played on the big-time turf.

“Having a chance to compete in a professional stadium, let alone one of the best soccer specific venues in the country, is an experience that few student-athletes get to experience,” said Widener men’s soccer coach Brent Jacquette.  “The relationship between Widener University and the Philadelphia Union has truly created a once in a lifetime opportunity for our men’s and women’s soccer programs by playing in PPL Park.”

For more information and how to acquire the free tickets to attend, visit this link.