Archive for October, 2012


Bon Appétit: Widener Hospitality With A Smile

October 23, 2012

Widener’s School of Hospitality Management offers a stocked menu of lunch and dinner opportunities for alumni, faculty, students, parents, and others to enjoy a fine restaurant-quality meal on campus.

The next event will be the Eighth Annual Outback Dinner from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 25.  Widener alumni Jason Fried ’03 and Steve Grosshardt ’86 have partnered with the hospitality dining series by bringing Outback Steakhouse menu items to the Marriott Dining Room on the first floor of Academic Center North.

Contact Joy Dickerson at or at 610-499-1116 to purchase tickets or make reservations. Tickets cost $18. Donations of canned food items will be gathered at this event to give to a community organization in need.

The popular dinner series, hosted by hospitality management students, is held on select Wednesday nights from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Marriott Dining Room. The dinners are reservation only and sell out quickly; call 610-499-1127 to reserve a table. Prices range from $16 to $23.

Every Tuesday between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., students serve lunch in the Marriott Dining Room. All are welcome to attend, and a reservation is not required.


Music & Magic at Widener’s FreshBaked Theatre

October 18, 2012

By Autumn Heisler ’15

Take a journey to the ancient land of the Incas with FreshBaked Theatre Co., Widener’s theater for young adults, in their upcoming production of The Lake at the End of the World. The all-student cast and crew have been working hard as a team to put together the choreography for the musical depicting the bravery of one young girl as she searches for the magic lake holding water that will cure the son of the Inca King and free her brother from prison. “It is truly a group effort,” said director Lisa Cocchiarale.

Showings for students on campus and other guests will be on Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. Both shows start at 2 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium and will last approximately 45 minutes. A $2 donation is requested. All benefits go to the Bernardine Center Food Pantry on 9th Street in Chester.

Matinees of the show will be held at 1 p.m. November 8 and 10 a.m. November 9. These are reservation only for local elementary and middle schools.  For more information, visit the FreshBaked Theatre Co.’s blog.


Louisiana-Born Writer to Read at Widener

October 11, 2012

By Autumn Heisler ’15

A captivating line from Elise Blackwell’s first novel Hunger, “Like the smell of rain before drops hit the skin, the coming war told me to spend, to have whatever I could now, before it could no longer be had,” pulled me directly into the heart of the story.

I have been reading her novel published in 2003 for my Topics in Creative Writing class, learning about the struggle of hunger and survival during the German siege of Leningrad. This tale takes readers on a journey into the darker times of our world’s history.

I’m looking forward to Blackwell’s visit to Widener this semester as part of the Distinguished Writers Series. On Thursday, October 25, Blackwell will be reading from her work at 4 p.m. in the Webb Room in University Center.  The reading is free and open to the public. She also will be talking to English and creative writing classes on October 25 and 26.

Blackwell, author of four novels, has written works that have made “best of the year” lists in the Los Angeles Times, Sydney Morning Herald, and Kirkus, among others.  She writes intricately detailed pieces ranging from satirical to survival and hardship. Her most recent novel, An Unfinished Score, deals with the themes of art, love, loss, and blackmail.

Autumn Heisler is a sophomore from Allentown, Pa., majoring in creative writing and English.


A Busy Agenda for Homecoming 2012

October 5, 2012

There are many new sites to see and activities to participate in at this year’s homecoming. The PMC Museum in Alumni Auditorium will debut We Were Rooks Once, an exhibit that focuses on cadet life at Pennsylvania Military College. The new exhibit features photo and oral histories presented by PMC alumni.  The museum will be open from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday.

If you haven’t been on campus since last year, you’ll see the transformed area behind Old Main now known as the Bown Dome Sculpture Garden. The garden and the tent set up there (pictured above at 11 a.m. Friday) will be the site of several events, including the All Alumni Reunion Bash that starts at 6 p.m.  Saturday. Cost is $35 per person and registration is recommended.

Also, the Widener Pride Tailgate at Quick Stadium will have the famous Philly cheesesteak maker Jim’s Steaks for your dining delight, and there will be family games and giveaways. There will also be a Golf Cart Parade, Color Guard Presentation, Halftime Broom Drill, and the Crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen.

There are many more events, and you can find the complete schedule online.


Pope to Widener: Bernard Pinder Sings For All

October 3, 2012

By Autumn Heisler ’15

Widener Safety Officer Bernard Pinder can be found in the booth next to Old Main as he directs cars and informs visitors about Widener. But what you may not know is that he is also a world-traveled gospel singer.

Pinder has been singing since junior high. He has participated in numerous singing groups, and recorded dozens of gospel songs, leading many choirs with his booming voice. From Japan – one of Pinder’s favorite stops – to Spain, Italy, and all over Europe, Pinder has treated many with a tune.

Pinder, who was profiled in The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2007, has sung from small church settings to the Vatican.  When Pope John Paul II entered the room, Pinder said,  “The energy just rose. It was awesome.”

Pinder continues to sing as a hobby, and was recently asked by Widener Trustee Tom Bown ’67 to sing at the President’s Council Dinner on September 29.  He sang “Amazing Grace” and the “Star Bangled Banner.”

“It was exciting, first class all the way,” Pinder said.  “It reminded me of jazz festivals I’ve sung for.”

Autumn Heisler is a sophomore from Allentown, Pa., majoring in creative writing and English.