Archive for November, 2012


A “Bazaar” Tale Told By Widener Alums

November 30, 2012

By Autumn Heisler ‘15

When you think of English and engineering majors, you usually don’t picture them together. But class of 1999 alums Patrick Manley, with a degree in English, and Brendan O’ Riordan, with an engineering degree, thought otherwise. This pair of Widener graduates collaborated to make and produce a documentary on a groundbreaking Delaware County mall known as the Bazaar of All Nations.

The Bazaar was one of the first models of today’s modern mall, predating the King of Prussia Mall among others. It opened November 8, 1960, on Baltimore Pike in Clifton Heights with the idea of bringing stores together. A community — one that some considered a family — grew out of the four-city-block-long center. Manley and O’ Riordan, along with cinematographer and director Melissa Whitely, decided to commemorate this “mother of all malls” by creating the documentary that debuted in 2010,  the 50th anniversary of the Bazaar’s opening.

The idea came to Manley about a decade ago when a basic search on Google turned up little information on the Bazaar. “It seemed odd to me, considering there are websites for even the most obscure things, that a place as fondly remembered had no presence on the Internet, or anywhere else for that matter,” Manley said. But it wasn’t until 2006, when Manley met Whitely and proposed the idea of putting together a documentary, that the idea truly blossomed. Manley asked his lifelong friend O’ Riordan to join them in their project.

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Heroic Arab Nurse to Visit Widener Campus

November 28, 2012

Only fifteen months ago, nurse Rula Al-Saffar remained locked in a prison in her native country of Bahrain. She was held and tortured for treating victims injured during the Arab Spring protests that fostered increased democracy across the Middle East.

Next week, the Bahraini nursing leader who graduated from Widener with a master’s degree in nursing 2000 will visit campus and tell her story in a public lecture. The lecture at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 6 in Founders Hall, Room 109, is free and open to the public. For more about her story, see the feature article “A Nursing Leader’s Nightmare” in the recent Widener Magazine.



Widener English Professors Launch New Album

November 19, 2012

By Autumn Heisler ’15

Who said nothing good ever comes out of writer’s block? You Must Contribute, Brain! — the title of a new album by Milton and the Devils Party, an indie rock band featuring Widener English professors Daniel Robinson and Mark Graybill — derives from a 1797 Robert Southey poem about the condition that has plagued writers for centuries.

Some of the songs on the band’s new album due out later this month, and on their previous two albums, have roots in poetry from the 1800s and beyond. “To Jane,” from the first album What Is All This Sweet Work Worth?, is a song inspired by a Percy Shelley poem.

Milton and the Devils Party will be playing at 9 p.m. Saturday, November 24, at Philadelphia’s North Star Bar to celebrate the band’s 10-year anniversary. Additional information can be found on either the band’s Facebook page or on their website. Tickets are $10, and you must be 21 or older to attend.


New Beams Rising on Widener Campus

November 15, 2012

I snapped this photo about 2:30 p.m. today of a corner of the rising framework for the new building that will house the computer science, communication studies, and informatics programs. Plans are for classes to begin in  the building on the corner of Memorial Field adjacent to the Wolfgram Memorial Library in fall 2013. For more about the building, see the story from the latest Widener Magazine.  —  Sam Starnes, Editor


Tranquil Visions in Widener Art Gallery

November 8, 2012

By Autumn Heisler ‘15

Paintings hanging in the Widener University Art Gallery show that mixtures of blues, reds, oranges, and greens are more than simple strokes of a paintbrush.

A new exhibit, 2 Visions of Tranquility, a collection of more than 40 works by Richard E. Goldberg and Barbara J. Zucker, opened this week and will be on display until December 15.

One distinct feature I noticed about Goldberg’s paintings is his use of sky. The majority of the works displayed in the gallery show a vast, open sky created with blues, pinks, greens, and yellows. The subjects of the pieces take shape on the lower portion of canvas, creating a world of tranquil peace and calm harmony. Goldberg’s “Her Hat” is a fantastic example of his use of sky as a symbol of peace as it blankets over the world.

Zucker, on the other hand, employs reds, oranges, and violets to create her world of tranquility. Where Goldberg utilized the sky, Zucker enhances the sea. Her works at the exhibit center around bodies of water, a small salt-water pond from Maine in particular, that stress the beauty and reflection in the world around us. Her piece entitled “Wonsqueak: Late Afternoon” is breathtaking. The vibrant oranges and reds mixed with the blues of the lake capture the vision of peace, as the sun sets and welcomes night. Her painting “Evening, Sea, and Clouds” from 2011 is pictured above.

Chaos and Tranquility,” a discussion of elements required for structural balance in both paintings and brains will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 10 in Room C in University Center.  A reception will follow in the Art Gallery from 2-4 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the works and talk to the artists about individual pieces.

The Widener Art Gallery is located on the main floor of University Center. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Remembering PMC’s Fallen Vietnam Veterans

November 7, 2012

Who were the alumni from PMC who were killed in Vietnam? With Widener’s Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in front of Old Main,  I thought it would be appropriate to pay tribute to the nine graduates of Pennsylvania Military College and one from Penn Morton College who did not return.

All ten are included on the web site of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF), the nonprofit organization authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1980 to build a national memorial dedicated to all who served with the U.S. armed forces in the Vietnam War.

Listed below are their names and the year they graduated.  Click on the name to see their listing on the VVMF page.  Seven of the alumni have photos on the VVMF site, but three do not.  I have included photos below of the alumni not pictured on the VVMF page —  for those without photos on this page, click on the name below to see their photos on the VVMF page.  Also, please note that I submitted the photos below to the VVMF site, and expect that they will be posted soon.  —  Sam Starnes, Editor

William Ahlum ’66

Robert Aldrich ’69 

Robert Chinquina ’69

John L. Geoghegan ’63

Dennis P. Isom ’66 

James Johnson Jr. ’69  (Penn Morton College) 

Daniel F. Monahan ’62

Joe Mossman  ’61

William J. “Buddy” Stephenson ’63 

David R. Wilson ’66 

Ahlum ’66

Monahan ’62

Stephenson ’63


Widener Triplet Named Homecoming Queen

November 2, 2012

The spring 2012 issue of Widener Magazine featured a story called “Triple Plays” about two sets of Widener triplets — the Conover triplets, class of 2013, and the Wenrich triplets, class of 2005.

Last month, Emily Conover, an elementary education major from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., added an individual distinction — homecoming queen.  Congratulations, Emily!

The 2011 homecoming queen, Kristin Yeager, puts the crown on the new queen, Emily Conover, as Widener President James T. Harris III looks on.