Archive for January, 2013


Remembering Widener Professor Robert Melzi

January 31, 2013

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Dr. Robert C. Melzi, a professor emeritus of romance languages, died on March 5, 2012, at the age of 96.  Rosemary Cappello ’83, editor of the literary journal Philadelphia Poets, offered this remembrance.

By Rosemary Cappello ‘83

I first met Bob in 1979, when I started college at Widener and studied Italian with him. We had an instant rapport, for I was struck by his similarity to my father, John Petracca, who also was an Italian immigrant. But mainly I appreciated Bob’s integration of Italian culture, notably its literature and music, with the study of the language. Also of note were Bob’s eager demeanor, his ready smile, and effervescent sense of humor, all of which can be summed up as a zest for life.

It took me a while, after graduation from Widener, to refer to him as Bob, so great was my respect for him. After all, his career in Widener’s Romance Language Department spanned 30 years and the briefest conversation with him left one feeling that here was an outstanding scholar, erudite on many subjects. He retired in 1990, having also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph’s University, Villanova University, and Bryn Mawr College.

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Widener Lions in Winter

January 28, 2013

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I snapped this shot of snow falling on the Widener Pride statue in front of Founders Hall about 4:15 p.m. Friday afternoon.  The statue, created by artists Carl McCleskey and Betsy Scott of Wildlife Bronze in Cloudland, Georgia, was unveiled in the fall— Sam Starnes, Editor


PMC Grad Pens Article on Aviation Security

January 24, 2013

A 1962 Pennsylvania Military College graduate has written an article, “Preventing airport security from going to the birds,” that is being widely published. Glen Winn, a former Secret Service agent, is president of Condor-AvSec Inc., a consulting firm.  His article is being featured in Government Security News, and will run in Aviation Week and TSA Security News.


Widener To Celebrate MLK in Creative Way

January 17, 2013

6708778525_73c5bb6061_bBy Maria Klecko ’15

Widener offers numerous opportunities for students to become civically engaged, but few are as vibrant as Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

On Monday, January 21, Widener will commemorate King’s birthday by joining the Chester community in designing customized T-shirts relative to the holiday at the Yes We Can Achievement and Cultural Center (YWCACC). Both communities will also partake in the Pieces of Peace Mural Project sponsored by the Community Arts Center of Wallingford. This project involves participants creating quilt patches that illustrate themes such as peace and nonviolence. The patches will then be constructed into a mural.

Members of the Widener community will honor King’s memory with other events such as a separate T-shirt designing event in the University Center’s Atrium to signify King’s dedication to social justice, a book drive at the YWCACC for incarcerated veterans in Graterford Prison, an open house at the Widener Nursing Clinic for health concerns, and an annual tribute of King sponsored by the Widener Black Student Union in Alumni Auditorium.

On Friday, January 18, the Institute for Physical Therapy Education and the Widener Physical Therapy Clinic will offer free assessments of assistive devices such as wheel chairs and walkers at 12 different sites in Chester

There will also be activities later in the week to honor King. On January 25, Dr. Arthur Schwartz, director of the Oskin Leadership Institute, will give a talk to analyze King’s strengths and how they formed his leadership style. Widener will hold a children’s workshop on January 26 in Alumni Auditorium focusing on issues impacting urban youth.

For more information about Widener’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, visit the complete agenda.


Widener Alumna Pursues a Sweeter Science

January 11, 2013

A photo of owner, artist Kristin Weldon PeriKristin Weldon Peri, a 1998 Widener management alumna who graduated from Widener Law in 2001, will appear on the third season of the Food Network’s pastry chef competition show Sweet Genius.

The Delaware County Daily Times reported that Peri spent several years as a trial attorney before she opted for a career in cake design, starting the company Divine Cakes.

“When I decided to do this, there were some people who couldn’t understand moving from practicing law to this business, but my family and friends didn’t blink an eye,” she told the newspaper.  The show featuring Peri starts at 10 p.m. EST Thursday, January 17.


A Pretty Perch Atop the Widener Dome

January 4, 2013


Walking across a very quiet Widener University campus on Friday afternoon, I noticed a red-tailed hawk perched atop the antenna extending from the dome on Old Main.

I snapped these shots before it flew away.

– Sam Starnes, Editor