Archive for October, 2013


Widener Students Take the Stage in Two Plays

October 30, 2013

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By Maria Klecko ’15

Two Widener student theatre companies — one old and one new — are staging productions in November.

FreshBaked Theatre Company will present The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (rehearsals pictured above) on Nov. 3 and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in Alumni Auditorium.

Lone Brick Theatre Company is presenting the play Distracted in Room 1 of Kapelski Learning Center on Nov. 8, 9, 14, and 16 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10 and 17 at 7 p.m.

This production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow features Kathryn Schultz Miller’s adaption of Washington Irving’s ghost tale bearing in mind young audiences. Families and children ages 6 and up are permitted to attend the 50-minute performance.

Distracted, by playwright and screenwriter Lisa Loomer, is a comedy that tells the story of Jesse, a 9-year-old boy who possibly has attention deficit disorder, and his mother who is searching for answers. The play raises the pertinent question of whether our information-obsessed world has made us oblivious to what actually matters. This is the new company’s first production.

“This is a fantastic show to reinvent theatre at Widener,” said Robert Reutter, director of the Lone Brick Theatre Company and a senior lecturer of English. Read the rest of this entry ?


A Widener Space to Welcome all Faiths

October 24, 2013


Widener has a new space for worship and meditation: The Interfaith Sacred Space has opened to welcome to all students and alumni who are seeking an area for quiet reflection.

The facility behind the quiet lounge in the lower level of University Center has two rooms designed to accommodate various faiths, religions, and beliefs and become a safe haven for students practicing their faith.

The first room (pictured here) is decorated with acoustic wall panels, energy-efficient LED lights, wood paneling, and beautifully recycled stained glass windows from the old Theatre Widener for prayer, worship, and meditation. The second room is a storage room and locker space prepared with a sink and foot washing station. Along the back wall, there are lockers designated for personal belongings, religious garments, paraphernalia, and statues.


Capping off Widener-PMC Homecoming

October 22, 2013

A new pair was deemed royalty during Widener’s Homecoming weekend: Georgia Spano, a psychology/pre-physical therapy major from Bethlehem, Pa., and Nathan Nodolski, an electrical engineering and physics double major from Pottstown, Pa., were crowned homecoming king and queen. All who participated in last weekend’s events had a fun time. Click here to see a slideshow of homecoming festivities.

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Cheers! Widener-PMC Homecoming is Here

October 17, 2013


Get your spirits up! The Widener-PMC Homecoming begins Friday, and continues through Sunday. Keep your fingers crossed that the sun shines on the many events we have in store. For the full schedule and much more information regarding Homecoming, visit Widener’s Office of Alumni Engagement.  Be sure to check out our new Freedom Hall building, which will be hosting an open House from 6-8 p.m.


Widener Alumnus To Bring Energy to Campus

October 14, 2013

Jim Smith Jr  Mr EnergyA Widener alumnus and former football team captain known as “Mr. Energy” will speak on the Main Campus this Thursday evening.

Jim Smith Jr. ’83 has conducted workshops, training, keynote speeches, and coaching for many organizations. His most recent book, The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You, offers ways for people to generate meaningful outcomes by taking responsibility.

His appearance is part of the university’s Service with a Purpose Speakers Series,  and is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday, October 17, in Lathem Hall.



Tour the New Technologies of Freedom Hall

October 8, 2013
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Come see the new parallel processing computer in Freedom Hall. Pictured with Associate Professor of Computer Science Jeffrey Rufinus.

By Rosemarie Walker ’15

Looking to experience Widener University’s new Freedom Hall? Look no further, on Wednesday students will be giving tours of the 28,500 square-foot building.

Following a dedication ceremony, students will lead tours of the new three-story building that is home to the programs of communication studies, informatics, and computer science. Tours will visit the amphitheater with surround sound, editing suites, focus group rooms, audio production rooms, a Mac computer lab, conference facilities, student study suites, and a fully equipped TV studio that offers many professional features such as a green screen, control room, and various sets.

Visitors will also have the chance to tour computer science labs, faculty offices, forensics lab, and see the “parallel processing” computer with 408 cores (CPUs) plus 4992 graphics processors for teaching and research functions.

The dedication ceremony  is free and open to the public and will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday in front of Freedom Hall. Speakers for the ceremony include President James T. Harris III; Board of Trustees Chairman Nicholas Trainer ’64; Chester Mayor John Linder; architects and builders, and current broadcasting student Courtney Pio ’14, a communication studies major from Pittsgrove, N.J.  Tours of the building will follow the remarks and ribbon cutting.


New Chester Grocery Watering ‘Food Desert’

October 2, 2013

aisle_photo_Fare__Square1By Maria Klecko ’15

An award-winning story in the spring 2011 Widener Magazine reported the efforts of a Center for Social Work Education program to create maps documenting the lack of food options in Chester — deemed a “food desert” by the USDA — and develop ways to fill those needs.

For a dozen years, residents of the city had been without a grocery store and had few options for fresh and healthy food. That void was filled on Saturday when Philabundance opened the Fare and Square, a nonprofit grocery.

Construction on the store began last year in the vacant section of the building housing Family Dollar on the 3100 block of West 9th Street. As a nonprofit grocery store operated by a food aid group, it is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.

A second grocery store, this one commercial, is slated to open in Chester in 2014. Bottom Dollar will be located at 15th Street and Edgmont Avenue, near Widener University.

Establishing Fare and Square in Chester was a project set forth by Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2), a national initiative created by the Obama administration in July 2011, and supported, in part, by Widener. The initiative’s goal is to aid distressed cities like Chester by “strengthening local capacity and sparking economic growth in local communities.”

“There is no significant quality of life without proper food and nourishment,” said Arto Woodley, one of Chester’s two SC2 fellows who works out of an office in Old Main on the Widener campus. “The market helps elevate the quality of life. It’s a huge win for this region.”