Archive for January, 2014


Widener Alumna Named to Philadelphia List of African American Leaders Under 40 to Watch

January 30, 2014

Goddett1By Maria Klecko ’15

Not only has Davida Godett fought and won a battle against life-threatening strokes, the Widener graduate has used her experience to help others. Her perseverance has been recognized by the Philadelphia Tribune which named her to its list of “Ten People to Watch Under 40” in its magazine focusing on the most influential African American women in Philadelphia.

Godett, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Widener in 1999, is a three-time stroke survivor who founded Healthy Thoughts, a nonprofit organization that spreads stroke awareness in the community and offers support to stroke survivors and their families. She also established and serves as president of the Caterpillar to Butterfly LLC.

Godett has been featured in USA Today, and also has appeared on various news outlets such as ABC, Comcast Network, and HLN.


Widener Student Art on Display

January 29, 2014

By Maria Klecko ’15

The Widener Art Gallery is currently showcasing students’ creative talents with its Juried Student Art Exhibition. The exhibit will run until March 1. The categories of art include painting, sculpture, photography, works on paper, and mixed media. There are 61 pieces on display from 33 students.

An open house will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, at the gallery located in University Center. First, second, and third prizes for the artworks will be awarded during this event.

The gallery is free and open to the public on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pictured below is a painting entitled Florence, Italy by Caitlin M. Grobaker, a psychology/physical therapy major. For other paintings by Widener students, please see the online slideshow.

Florence, Italy by Caitlin M. Grobaker


Widener Alumnus on New Jersey Supreme Court

January 23, 2014
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Fernandez-Vina in 1973

By Maria Klecko ’15

A former Widener football player nicknamed “Fuzzy” was recently sworn in as an associate justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina — known in his days at Widener as Fuzzy Fernandez — earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1974. While at the university, he displayed his leadership skills on the football field. He was a starting offensive guard and co-captain of the team that included Billy “White Shoes” Johnson.

A native of Cuba, he attended high school in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, and graduated from Rutgers School of Law-Camden in 1978.  He was a partner at Kelley, Wardell, & Craig, a law firm in Haddonfield, New Jersey, in 2004 when he was nominated to the Superior Court.

vinaFernandez-Vina decided two important cases last year while a Superior Court judge, according to a story in the Courier-Post newspaper. In March, he permitted Camden County to take over Camden police department, and in April he sided with Camden when the city attempted to place a curfew on businesses.

The article also explains that his lifelong nickname, which Governor Chris Christie joked about during the swearing-in ceremony, was inspired during midget football league play when he was compared to Fuzzy Thurston, a star for the Green Bay Packers.


Widener to Commemorate MLK Through Service

January 17, 2014
Crozer Old Main

Widener’s Old Main is not the only Old Main in Chester. Monday’s wreath-laying in honor of MLK will take place at the Old Main building on the Crozer-Chester Medical Center campus.

By Maria Klecko ’15

A full schedule of events on Monday will include members of the Widener and Chester communities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. where King began his ministry education.

A wreath-laying ceremony will take place in Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s Old Main building at 1 p.m. to memorialize Dr. King’s time studying in the Crozer Theological Seminary. Another event will be held on the Crozer campus at 2 p.m. in Clark Auditorium featuring a presentation by Reverend Clifford Johnson of Shiloh Baptist Church and his church choir from Wilmington, Delaware. Both of these events are open to the public.

The Widener community will celebrate King with a full slate of other service-oriented events: a mural arts project and various activities including health clinics provided by students from Widener’s Institute of Physical Therapy Education at the Boys & Girls Club of Chester; sorting clothes at the Better Living Center; reorganizing the library at Stetser Elementary School; treating needy residents at a health clinic run by the School of Nursing and the Widener Community Nursing Clinic at Cityteam; painting areas and updating bulletin boards at the STEM Academy at Showalter High School; designing puzzle pieces as part of a “We’re All Widener” activity in the University Center Atrium; and holding an annual commemoration of King’s life sponsored by the Black Student Union in Alumni Auditorium.

For more information about Widener’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, please visit the complete agenda.


Widener University’s Observatory In the News

January 2, 2014

Dome_and_MoonThis blog in the past has featured stories about the Widener University Observatory, but the free stargazing nights have been receiving great coverage elsewhere of late, including a story last week in the Philadelphia Inquirer and in November in the Blue & Gold, Widener’s new student media site.

The next public stargazing session is January 27. You can see the complete schedule for Monday and Friday nights for public viewings for the powerful telescope sitting atop Kirkbride Hall.