Archive for March, 2013


Works By 99 Artists to Be Displayed at Widener

March 27, 2013

art gallery

Abstract paintings of all sizes and various mediums, realistic and impressionistic landscapes, still lifes, photography, sculpture, prints, and collage will be included in an upcoming show at the Widener University Art Gallery. The Philadelphia/Tri State Artists Equity Association 64th Anniversary Members Juried Exhibition will open on Wednesday, April 3 and runs until June 22.  “From contemporary to traditional styles, there is a little bit of something to appeal to everyone,” said Molly Light, anniversary exhibition chair. The show reflects the great variety of professional artists who comprise the membership of Artists Equity.

The gallery will host a reception for the exhibition from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, including a curatorial talk by Ellen Priest, the juror for this show, and an awards presentation. The Widener University Art Gallery is free and open to the public on Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Widener Writers Series Welcomes Poet

March 22, 2013

kallet5By Autumn Heisler ‘15

Renowned poet Marilyn Kallet will read at Widener on Tuesday, March 26 as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Writers Series.

Her most recent collection of poems, The Love That Moves Me, was released earlier this month. The poems were inspired by Dante’s Inferno and by the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. The characters of Beatrice and Dante are placed in new settings, France, Indiana, and East Tennessee, and find themselves in a world unified by love and NASCAR.

She was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up in New York.  She has published fifteen books ranging from collections of poetry, to children’s books, to translations and critical essays, to anthologies on women’s literature. Kallet has won numerous awards for her work in poetry, including the Lindsay Young Professor Award from the University of Tennessee—where she works as a professor in English and the director of Creative Writing—the Chancellor’s Research and Creative Achievement Award, a Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship in Poetry, and she has been inducted into the East Tennessee Literary Hall of Fame.

She will be reading from her poetry at 4 p.m. in the Webb Room in University Center and will answer questions. The session is free and open to the public. Kallet will also be visiting select creative writing and English classes to further discuss some of her works.


Snowy Start to Spring at Widener

March 21, 2013

freedom's pride in show

I snapped this shot in front of Old Main on the way in this morning amidst a brisk snow flurry on the second day of spring. The snow on Freedom’s Pride, a bronze sculpture of an eagle from the Japanese Meiji period (1868-1912), was much lighter than in January a year ago.  Believe it or not, commencement, set for May 18, is less than two months away.  –Sam Starnes, Editor


Widener Magazine Wins Four CUPPIE Awards

March 18, 2013
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From left, Hanson, Dublisky, and Starnes at CUPRAP Conference

Widener Magazine won four awards last week at the annual conference held by CUPRAP, The Association of Communicators in Education. The 2013 CUPPIE awards recognize excellence in communications among more than 260 entries received from schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, and Maryland.

Dan Hanson ’97, director of public relations, won a gold award in the feature article category for “A Nursing Leader’s Nightmare” about Bahrainian nurse Rula Al-Saffar that ran in the fall 2012 issue.  Al-Saffar will be Widener’s commencement speaker on May 18 and will be awarded an honorary doctorate in public service.

Jennifer Dublisky ’11, assistant director of public relations, won a bronze award for the story “A Big Battle at the Smallest Levels” from the spring 2012 issue. The magazine won a silver award in the overall magazine category.  The cover of fall 2012 issue, designed by Greatest Creative Factor (GCF), also won a silver award in the cover category.

The four awards this year equal the number of CUPPIEs the magazine won last year.

— Sam Starnes, Editor


Honors Week Showcases Students and Alumni

March 11, 2013
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Hugh Allen ’95, ’05

By Maria Klecko ’15

An annual event celebrating various academic achievements of Widener students begins on Sunday, March 17.

Honors Week 2013 ends on Friday, March 22 with an Honors Convocation that will feature an address from alumnus, Hugh Allen ’95, ’05, who will discuss how the university helped build his future.  Allen, currently director of commonwealth relations at the University of Pennsylvania, holds a bachelor’s degree in government and politics and a master’s degree in public administration from Widener.

An array of events will occur during Honors Week that will include student presentations and honor society inductions. There will also be cultural events such as student and faculty recitals, open-mic night, an observatory viewing, and a faculty jazz concert featuring John Vanore and Abstract Truth.

Vanore ’69 is director of music at the university and will perform a free jazz concert with his group at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 21 in Alumni Auditorium.

Honors Week began in 1992 with 14 honor societies, but it has since expanded with a current total of 34 honor societies and programs. This year’s festivities will comprise 38 student presentations and performances.