Archive for June, 2012


Having a Blast at Engineering Summer Camp

June 28, 2012

It is, in fact, rocket science. High school students on campus this week for the first session of the Widener Engineering Summer Camp react to the launch of a rocket made from a plastic soda bottle on Memorial Field behind Old Main. For more photos, see the slide show on flickr.


Widener 150th Engineering Anniversary Online

June 20, 2012

If you enjoyed the spotlight on Widener’s School of Engineering in the latest edition of Widener Magazine, you should check out the School of Engineering’s web page devoted to documenting and celebrating 150 years of engineering excellence on campus. This page features interesting stories and photos celebrating the history of the school as well as its students, professors, and alumni.

You can also find information there about the upcoming gala, which will take place in November at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, as well as the nifty video below.


Alumna in Bahrain Freed, Colleagues Convicted

June 14, 2012

A court in Bahrain has overturned the 15-year-prison sentence of Rula Al-Saffar, a 2000 master’s graduate of the Widener School of Nursing who was jailed for providing medical aid to protestors in her home country, but the court convicted a number of her colleagues.  “This is a black day for doctors and medical professionals,” Al-Safar told The Associated Press. (AP reported nine were convicted, while the organization Human Rights First reported there were 11 convicted.)

A video of Al-Saffar commenting on the verdicts is available online, and more video coverage of the case is available on the ITV News page.  She will be featured in the fall issue of Widener Magazine to be published in September.


Widener Nursing Graduate Facing Bahrain Prison Sentence Pens Op-Ed in Philadelphia Inquirer

June 12, 2012

Rula Al-Saffar, a 2000 master’s graduate of the Widener School of Nursing who is facing a 15-year prison term for providing medical aid to protestors in her home country of Bahrain, wrote an opinion piece published in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer that tells her amazing story. She recently conducted a lengthy, online interview for Widener Magazine for an upcoming feature in the fall issue due out in September.


Preserving the Past, Serving the Community

June 5, 2012

By Erin Sylvester ’13

If you drive down Providence Avenue in Chester, you can’t help but notice the stately Colonial Georgian building that sits on the northeast corner of East 21st Street. This classic stone structure built in the late 1800s now houses the College Access Center of Delaware County, but it wasn’t always that way.

The home was in the family of Robert Wetherill, a Chester banker and industrialist who served in official capacity for a number of local organizations. After partnering with his brother Richard in 1872 to form Robert Wetherill and Company, a successful foundry and engine building facility, he gained global recognition for his company’s achievements in the iron and steel industries.

In 2009, the Wetherills’ house was transformed into the College Access Center as the first initiative of the Chester Higher Education Council—a nonprofit organization established by the presidents of Cheyney University, Delaware County Community College, Neumann University, Penn State Brandywine, Swarthmore College, and Widener University. “Widener was very fortunate to have such a beautiful, historic building on campus and to be able to renovate that building for a purpose that serves the people of Chester and Delaware County,” Widener President James T. Harris III said.

In recognition of the restoration of the house, The Delaware County Heritage Commission honored the Chester Higher Education Council in May with the 16th annual Leedom D. Morrison Heritage Award. This is the second time that Widener has received this  award, the first time in 2010 for the digital archiving of the George Raymond Papers. That project also recently won an award from the Chester chapter of the NAACP.

For more information, see the press release.

Erin Sylvester is a senior from Brunswick, Maine, majoring in English.