The cherry blossoms outside Widener’s Wolfgram Memorial Library look resplendent in the afternoon sun, signaling that the end of the semester is near. Commencement, scheduled for May 18, will soon be here.
Archive for April, 2013
By Maria Klecko ’15
Nate Ball, an inventor who hosts the PBS Kids show Design Squad, visited Widener on April 18 as part of the KEEN Innovators Lecture Series. He spoke to engineering students about his endeavors as an engineer and entrepreneur, informing them of the necessary skill set to become both. Ball, co-founder and chief technical officer for Atlas Devices, is the youngest winner of the Lemelson Student Prize at MIT.
Widener’s membership in KEEN – short for the Kern Entrepreneurship Educational Network – was featured in the spring 2012 issue of Widener Magazine.
WU Brew, a Widener-branded coffee, will be introduced at a coffee tasting on Earth Day, April 22. Why Earth Day? Because the coffee is earth friendly, grown without herbicides or pesticides and under trees, a shade-grown method that preserves forests. It’s a project that brings together students, faculty, and alumni involvement. If you are on campus, please stop by our table in University Center from noon – 2 p.m. Monday. If not, please visit the WU Brew page for more information and the opportunity to buy a bag online.
By Maria Klecko ’15
Kevin Shaddock made a self-discovery while volunteering in a kindergarten class at Columbus Elementary in Chester. The experience opened his eyes to a cultural context that he hadn’t known growing up in a middle-to-upper class area.
“I found a desire to give back to the community,” said Shaddock, a sophomore psychology pre-physical therapy major. “Performing community service changed my life.”
Shaddock participated in this service learning project for his Multicultural Psychology class during the fall 2012 semester. He and two other students, Michael Corcoran, a senior psychology major, and April Gucene, a sophomore psychology pre-physical therapy major, said various class activities taught them more information than can be found in a textbook.
Dr. Lori Simons, an associate professor of psychology, teaches the Multicultural Psychology course. “The goals of the class are to teach multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills,” Simons said.
The spring Widener Magazine features an article on the new Widener Ink literary journal, formerly known as the Pioneer Review, as well as a poem by senior communication studies major Ashley Connor.
At 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, you can be part of the celebration and pick up your own free copy of the new journal in Room A of University Center. Students will be reading their work from the new issue in an open mic session.
The spring issue of Widener Magazine is off the press and in the mail to alumni and friends of the university. The cover features the unlikely pairing of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was honored on campus by Pennsylvania Military College in 1963, and Bruce Springsteen, who played three memorable shows at Widener College in the mid-seventies. This issue also includes four stories written by three Widener students.
When Rachel Yenko-Martinka began her internship at Minnesota Zoo Foundation, she soon discovered that her job of analyzing and engaging with snow monkeys consisted of more than monkeying around with macaques.
“It started off as an internship, but it ended up as my favorite way to spend my days,” said Yenko-Martinka, a junior biology/pre-veterinary major from the Bronx.
Yenko-Martinka shared her experience studying behavioral patterns of Japanese snow macaques — also known as snow monkeys — with an attentive audience gathered for her presentation “Monkey Business” during Honors Week in March.
She said she examined ordinary activities such as grooming, playing, and resting of 20 macaques over 12 weeks. The purpose of the behavioral study was to determine if familial relations and grooming affect dominance. She also focused on the monkeys’ patterns of aggression and demonstrations of social hierarchy.
Yenko-Martinka said that most macaques were born at the zoo, but four wild macaques were imported from Japan. These new members disrupted the way of life for the other monkeys, so they reacted in a combative manner. The newly transported macaques became the lowest in the hierarchy.
“Watching the macaques interact was like watching humans half the time,” Yenko-Martinka said. “They feel jealousy, anger, friendship, and responsibility just like the rest of us.”
She noticed that the Japanese Snow Macaques were a matriarchal group, and explained that hierarchy is due to lineage. Older monkeys respected the newborn macaque because it was part of the alpha line.