Archive for July, 2012


When the Eagles Perched at Widener

July 26, 2012

By Erin Sylvester ’13

Forty years ago, a student of what was then called Widener College wrote an article for the school newspaper, The Dome, announcing the exciting news that the rumors about the Philadelphia Eagles making the move to Widener for their summer training camp were true.

This past weekend marked the beginning of this year’s training camp for the Eagles as they headed back to Lehigh University for the 17th summer. From 1973 to 1979, the Birds trained at Widener.

Though the team didn’t experience much success during that period, Mike McCormack, the Eagles’ head coach at the time, said that “Everything about [Widener was] first rate,” and Jim Gallagher, the Eagles’ former director of communications, recalled that the people “were so nice and pleasant and glad to have us there. They made us feel comfortable and welcome.”

For more information about this period in the histories of Widener University and the Philadelphia Eagles, please see the article in Widener Magazine’s Spring ’07 issue and the recent press coverage in the Delaware County Times.

If you happen to have access to any photos of the Eagles during their time at Widener, please post them as a comment, or send them to Erin Sylvester at



Widener Professor Making Mark in Armenia

July 19, 2012

According to The Armenia Weekly news site, Dr. Mitchell Rothman, a Widener professor and chair of the Anthropology Department,  is playing a key role in an excavation of an historic site in Armenia.  The site is known as the Shengavit Historical and Archaeological Culture Preserve in Yerevan.

The news site reported that Rothman “is conducting excavations at Shengavit together with Armenian colleagues. He plans on writing a book on the history and archaeology of Shengavit. This was, he explained, an area of dynamic social development. Though there are many gaps in our understanding of the process, study of the Shengavit community will hopefully shed much light on the development of societies in the region.”

Rothman also was featured on Armenian TV, and you can view the clip here.


Widener Grad Elected to Board of Trustees

July 12, 2012

Widener alumnus Barbara Chamberlain of Williamstown, N.J., one of the university’s new trustees, epitomizes the line Widener Leadership Works.

Chamberlain, who earned her PhD in nursing from Widener in 2007, has served in leadership roles as president of the New Jersey State Nurses Association; program manager for Transforming Care at Bedside; director of research, development, and clinical education for an acute care health system; and an officer in the U.S. Air Force. She has held positions as an academic and clinical faculty member, a clinical nurse specialist, and a staff nurse.

She was elected to the Board of Trustees along with three others in May. She also serves on Widener’s School of Nursing Advisory Board, the Widener Leadership Council, and the Widener University Nurses Alumni Association.

Please see the press release for more information.


A July 4 Tribute from Widener and PMC’s Past

July 3, 2012

Celebration of the meaning of Independence Day has long been on the minds of students at Widener University and its predecessor institution, Pennsylvania Military College. An unidentified PMC student in 1893 wrote about American independence in The Reveille, the student newspaper.

“The success of American ideas of government through the more than completed century has compelled tributes of praise even from unwilling lips,” the article said. “[As] the triumph of democracy is becoming more and more assured, why should not every true American rejoice in the fact?”

Issues of The Reveille and much more information about PMC and other periods of Widener’s long history are available in the Wolfgram Memorial Library Digital Collections of the Widener University Archives.