Archive for November, 2013


Celebrate the Holidays with Widener Alumni

November 26, 2013

Longwood Gardens

By Rosemarie Walker ’15

It’s time to get in the festive spirit as Widener’s Alumni Engagement Office plans to host two holiday celebrations.

This is the perfect time of year to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.  On December 15 at 5 p.m., Widener will host the Fifth Annual Holiday Lights and Dessert Reception. The breathtaking view of lights (pictured above), music, and a fountain show will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Register by December 1.

On January 3, at 6:45 p.m. the Greater Philadelphia Region Alumni Chapter will attend the Cirque de la Symphonie at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia and enjoy a reception. The program features aerialists, contortionists, dancers, high-wire acts, and special surprises. This acrobatic performance is a great way to bring in the New Year and also a great holiday gift for loved ones! Register for this event by December 18.


Widener-PMC Class Notes: What’s Your Opinion?

November 20, 2013

A page from 1877 — click to enlarge.

Since the earliest days of this institution, publications emanating from the offices of Old Main have included blurbs like this one: “R. McStead, of ’67, is married, and settled as County Engineer in some part of Michigan.”

The ’67 in that less-than-specific sentence is 1867, when Widener was known as Pennsylvania Military Academy.  The note appeared in The Reveille, a monthly publication edited by students, under the headline “Personals.”  Other such items included notes about Truxton Beale of the class of 1874 becoming a minister in Austria and Myron Pardee of the class of 1869 going into the lumber business in Oswego, New York.

Now known as Class Notes, these items have proven to be the most closely read pages of Widener Magazine. I’m working on a feature story for the spring 2014 magazine tentatively titled “Class Notes Confidential” that will try to get at the heart of this popular feature.

I hope to hear from alumni on your thoughts and stories about your engagement with class notes. Why do you submit and read class notes? Have you connected and reconnected through class notes? Have there been other benefits from submitting a class note? How long have you been reading class notes? Do you recall a very memorable class note?

Please e-mail me at or put a note in the comments field. You also can send letters to Sam Starnes, Magazine Editor, Widener University, One University Place, Chester, PA, 19013.


Widener Alumna/Faculty Member Wins Award

November 12, 2013

LittlefieldA Widener alumna and faculty member has won the 2013 Alexander Charters Outstanding Continuing Educator Award from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association Mid-Atlantic Region. Dr. Cathy M. Littlefield of West Chester, Pa., holds both a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate from Widener, as well as an MBA from West Chester University. She won the award that recognizes scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the continuing education profession by an individual who entered the profession less than 10 years ago. 

Littlefield was profiled in the November 2012 issue of GroW, the newsletter for the Continuing Studies Division. Here is the text of that story by Sam Starnes:

When Hurricane Andrew decimated the small town of Homestead, Florida, twenty years ago, Cathy Littlefield was working as a housekeeping training manager for a beachfront resort hotel 77 miles to the north in luxurious Boca Raton.

Instead of staying put at the comfy resort unhit by the storm, she organized a contingent of hotel employees to travel down to the damaged neighborhoods and help victims of the hurricane. “The people were so grateful just to have a plate of rice and beans,” said Littlefield, now an adjunct faculty member in Widener’s School of Education, Innovation, and Continuing Studies.

The act of helping those in need—one form of civic engagement—made an impact that has stuck with her for two decades now. “It changed me forever,” she said.

Today, Littlefield teaches the benefits and importance of civic engagement to Continuing Studies students in her course Becoming a Civically Engaged Professional. The course, which she taught for the first time in spring 2012, focuses on promoting learning through active participation in service experiences. (The class will be offered again in spring 2014.)

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Two Photography Exhibitions Open at Widener

November 8, 2013
Two Callas, photo by Imogen Cunningham, 1929. Courtesy of the Syracuse University Art Collection.

Two Callas, photo by Imogen Cunningham, 1929. Courtesy of the Syracuse University Art Collection.

By Autumn Heisler ‘15

Saturday will mark the opening of two photography exhibitions at the Widener University Art Gallery.

Picture Man: Photography by Milton Rogovin is a collection of photographs of working people from places as diverse as Appalachia, Chile, Cuba, and Zimbabwe.

Art in Detail: Twentieth Century Masters of Photography showcases images of emerging and established photographers from the early 1900s to today.

An open house will be held from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 21, and the exhibits will be on display through Dec. 14. The Widener University Art Gallery is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The Widener Bird’s Eye View of Philadelphia

November 6, 2013

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How far is Widener’s Main Campus in Chester from Philadelphia? It’s not farther than the eye can see — as this recent aerial image shows. For the record, the shortest driving route between the Dome on top of Old Main, the highest point on the Widener campus in the bottom right hand corner of this image, and the Comcast Center, the highest building of the city skyscrapers, is 15.8 miles. But it would be shorter as the crow — or in this case, the helicopter — flies.  (Click on the image above to enlarge it.)