Archive for February, 2013

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Putting the Past Online: Widener-PMC Annuals

February 22, 2013
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PMC’s 1961 yearbook

By Brittany Cassidy ’16

Tracking down a photograph from an old Widener or Pennsylvania Military College yearbook no longer requires finding your dusty copy in the attic or visiting campus.

Widener University’s archivists  have posted more than a century’s worth of yearbooks online in a digital format that is easily accessible and free to use.

Jill Borin, assistant archivist, said family members and friends often would contact the library asking if they had a yearbook that had a picture or information on their relatives or friends. Now, anyone seeking the information can find online by going to the Wolfgram Memorial Library’s Digital Collections and scrolling down to the yearbook collections.

The process of scanning thousands of pages took a year and a half to complete, Borin said. She added, “Putting the yearbooks online was a satisfying project.  There are high quality pictures that can be found online, and those who wish to search will find some impressive resources.”

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The 1973 yearbook

In addition to alumni, the project makes much information available about Pennsylvania Military College and Widener to historians and current students.  The early yearbooks contain humorous comments, nicknames for PMC cadets, and pictures of cadets that students drew themselves. All yearbooks are stored as PDF files so that they remain searchable for those who wish to seek information.

Also searchable in the Digital Collections are all of the issues of the Dome and PMC News, as well as biographies of notable alumni, old photographs and scrapbooks, course catalogs, and a digital version of the award-winning Connections Timeline.

Jan Alexander, university archivist, is excited by the sheer quantity of historical resources the archives has been able to put online, and reports that “increasing numbers of alumni, historians and genealogists are utilizing this information in their research.”

If you happen to find a picture that you would like to have in better quality, or you have more questions about finding information on a family member or friend who attended PMC or Widener, you can contact either Borin or Alexander via e-mail at archives@mail.widener.edu.

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Widener Visiting Scholar to Speak on Ethics

February 21, 2013

By Maria Klecko ’15

Dr. Mary Gentile, director of Giving Voice to Values, a revolutionary business ethics curriculum, will deliver a lecture to the Widener community at noon Wednesday, February 27. The lecture in Lathem Hall is free and open to the public.

The program she created was launched by the Aspen Institute and Yale School of Management, and is now supported by Babson College. Gentile’s book, Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right, published by Yale University Press, draws on her own business experiences and reiterates the concepts behind the program.

The curriculum is being piloted in more than 250 business schools and organizations internationally. It has also appeared in publications such as Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and BizEd.

Gentile, who taught business ethics at Harvard Business School, is Widener’s first Beideman Visiting Scholar, a program of the Oskin Leadership Institute. She also is an independent consultant who works with corporate, non-profit, and academic institutions including Columbia University Business School and Merrill Lynch. Together, Gentile and her clients focus on leadership development, social impact management, ethics, business education, and diversity.

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Women’s Pride Pounces into Playoffs

February 18, 2013

fall 2011 coverBy Maria Klecko ’15

The Widener Pride women’s basketball team will make history on Wednesday, February 20, when it hosts its first conference tournament home game since 1983.

The women’s team catapulted into the playoffs after its victory over Arcadia last Saturday.   The Pride has been flawless at home, 11-0, and has won nine consecutive games. The team has gone 21-4 this season, and has set the school record for most overall wins and most conference wins in a season. It is ranked fifth in the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region standings.

The squad’s success can be partially attributed to senior guard Kate Dellinger, who was featured in the fall 2011 issue of Widener Magazine. Dellinger, a psychology/pre-physical therapy major from Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, has earned numerous honors for her athletic ability such as Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year and Philadelphia Inquirer Women’s Basketball Performer of the Year. Dellinger works equally as hard in the classroom as she’s been named an Academic All-American, the 45th in Widener’s history.

Wednesday’s game will begin at 6 p.m. at the Schwartz Center. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for non-Widener students, and free for Widener students and those under age six.

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Widener Alumna to Speak About Liberia

February 14, 2013

SimmonsBy Maria Klecko ’15

When Williametta Simmons was a Widener sophomore twelve years ago, the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about her difficult journey from her native Liberia to the United States.  On February 25, Simmons – who now holds doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Widener – will speak on the Chester campus about an effort to aid her home country in West Africa.

As part of Widener’s Black History/Women’s History month, Simmons will give a lecture from noon- 1 p.m. in the Webb Room in University Center about a medical mission trip to Liberia she is participating in this March.  The purpose will be to provide medical and mental health services for Liberians; Simmons is also running a baby bottle drive.

Her presentation will include a brief history of Liberia that involves noting its connection with freed U.S. slaves and spotlighting influential Liberian women. Simmons survived the country’s civil war.

Simmons immigrated to the U.S. when she was 12. She graduated with a bachelor’s from Widener in 2004, and went on earn a doctorate in clinical psychology and a master’s in business administration. She is currently a clinical psychologist at Temple University Hospital-Episcopal Campus and works as an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Medicine.

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Widener Students To Perform Chamber Music

February 7, 2013

By Maria Klecko ’15

Widener has featured various popular music concerts, but the university’s community will soon have the opportunity to hear a classical selection of songs.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, February 10, members of the Widener chamber music program will perform in the Alumni Auditorium lobby.  Students will play solo pieces from such composers as Beethoven, Bach, Chopin, and Copland that they’ve rehearsed with private instructors. Student performers will include pianists, violists, a violinist, and a guitarist.

The program typically has two recitals each year, one in December and another in April. Students routinely take private lessons and practice with their chamber ensembles each week. Those who participate are from an array of academic disciplines such as engineering, creative writing, and communication studies. The majority enter as freshmen and remain for the entire four years.

“The nice thing is that students have a chance to meet and work with others who are outside of their major in an intense, but very supportive atmosphere,” said Dr. Mara Parker, director of string performance. “They get to know each other very well, and learn not only how to create a cohesive music performance, but also how to listen to each other and communicate using non-verbal cues.”

In the video below from the spring 2011 recital, Catherine Umberger ’14, Sora Choi ’11, and Dr. Mara Parker perform two selections from Joseph Haydn’s Trio in D, Hob. 15, No. 24.