Archive for August, 2012


New Sights to See at Widener’s Homecoming

August 30, 2012

With fall almost here, that means Homecoming — scheduled for Oct. 5-7 — is on the near horizon.  This year, there are many new sights to see on campus, including the Bown Dome Sculpture Garden, which will be the site for several key events, as well as the new Widener Pride sculpture in front of Founders Hall.

The Bown Dome Sculpture Garden, an expansive green space behind Old Main that features 36 Japanese Zelkova trees and is centered by a 56-foot-tall dome sculpture, was made possible by a $1.2 million gift from Widener University Trustee Tom Bown ’67 and his wife, Bonnie.  A welcome back reception, brunch, a post-game reception, and the Widener and PMC alumni dinner bash will be held in the garden during Homecoming. Click here for the complete schedule.

The new sculpture in front of Founders Hall is a bronze pride of lions including a  male, a female, and a lion cub.  The sculpture — created by artists Carl McCleskey and Betsy Scott of Wildlife Bronze in Cloudland, Ga. — was unveiled after the Freshman Convocation that was held in the Bown Dome Sculpture Garden (pictured above). Click here to see a slideshow that features both the new garden and the Widener Pride sculpture.


PMC Alumnus Tony Caia: “A Giant Among Men”

August 22, 2012

Editor’s Note:  Tony Caia, a 1950 graduate of Pennsylvania Military College and star of its football team who served as a medic in World War II, died on June 21.  (He’s pictured above, with ball, in 1948 in game against Swarthmore.) After graduating from PMC, Caia coached football for 55 years, and taught special education.

David W. McNulty, a 1963 PMC graduate who knew Caia, generously shared photographs of Caia with me (click here to see a slideshow of more images) and also wrote the tribute to Caia below. 

By David W. McNulty ‘63

Though only five feet, seven inches, Tony was a giant among men.  Local coaching legends and numerous schools and colleges throughout Delaware County and the East bid for his services as an exemplary man of character, intelligence, integrity, grace, grit, and gravitas.  He showed great humility on and off the field and was known as a man of deep spiritual faith and sensitivity.

To borrow Carl Sandburg’s description of the legacy of Abe Lincoln, “a tree is best measured when it is down,” we have learned how great Tony really was.  He was a giant in our midst. We did not appreciate the depth and magnitude of the man until he was down.

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Widener Exhibition Travels Along Japanese Road

August 21, 2012

A new exhibition in the Widener University Art Gallery transports visitors on a 310-mile journey across Japan in the year 1832.

Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige’s Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, arranged by the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pa., features Japanese woodblock prints created by Utagawa Hiroshige. In the prints, Hiroshige records the views he witnessed from the picturesque Tokaido Road, also known as the Eastern Sea Road, which formed the connection between Tokyo (then Edo) and Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. The prints are placed in geographic order, allowing the viewer to follow the journey’s progression chronologically.

In addition to Hiroshige’s prints, Japanese pieces from the same time period in the university’s Alfred O. Deshong Collection are on display. The exhibition will remain in place through Oct. 20. For more information on the exhibit and the gallery, including hours of operation, please visit the gallery’s web site.

This print, 26th Station: Kakegawa, shows adults and children crossing a bridge on the Tokaido Road, also known as the Eastern Sea Road.


Widener Building for the Future

August 13, 2012

By Erin Sylvester ’13

Construction has officially begun on the new building that will house Widener’s communication studies, computer science, and informatics programs.

This three-story, 18,000-square-foot building will be located on the corner of Memorial Field between Wolfgram Memorial Library and Academic Center North. It will feature a TV studio, editing equipment, and computer labs, and conference and research rooms. Construction is expected to be completed by August 2013 so that the building will be ready to welcome students and faculty when classes begin.

Please see the memo from the Public Relations Department to find out how the construction will affect campus life in the short-term. Also, look for stories in the upcoming fall Widener Magazine about the building and a feature article about the media informatics and business informatics majors, two programs that will prepare students for the future of technology.

Artist’s Rendering of New Building to Open August 2013