Archive for February, 2014


Visiting Scholar To Explore Student Leadership

February 25, 2014

Komives bookBy Maria Klecko ’15

An expert on student leadership selected as the 2013-2014 Beideman Visiting Scholar will give a public lecture on Widener’s Main Campus on Wednesday.

Dr. Susan R. Komives will speak at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Lathem Hall. Her speech will consider how the leadership lessons conveyed in the posters she hung on the walls of her college residence hall as a freshman have inspired her writing, research, and leadership practice.

Author of more than a dozen books and monographs on student leadership, Komives is professor emerita in the Student Affairs Program at the University of Maryland. Some of her accomplishments include serving as president of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education and the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). She also received the ACPA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and the 2013 Leadership and Service Award from the Association of Leadership Educators.

Paul Beideman, who received a master’s degree in finance from Widener in 1979, and his wife, Caroline, established the Beideman Visiting Scholar program within the Oskin Leadership Institute in 2011.



Poets Aplenty at Widener This Month

February 17, 2014

National Poetry Month does not take place until April, but with two poetry events and the new release of a poetry chapbook by a prolific faculty member, this month at Widener could qualify as a poetry month all our own.

Scott Edward Anderson headshot


Poet Scott Edward Anderson will read in Room C of University Center at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 18.  He is the author of a collection, Fallow Field, published in 2013. He has been a Concordia Fellow at the Millay Colony for the Arts, and received both the Nebraska Review Award and the Aldrich Emerging Poets Award. The reading is free and open to the public.

Billy Collins


Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will speak at 1 p.m. Monday, February 24, in Lathem Hall at 13th and Potter Streets in Chester. Collins, who will be appearing on Monday night at the Kimmel Center as part of the Philadelphia Speakers Series that is sponsored by Widener, has seen his last three collections break poetry sales records. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve seating, call 610-499-4112 or e-mail



And while he is not scheduled for a reading on campus this month, Widener Professor Ken Pobo, a faculty member since 1987 who has authored four poetry collections and sixteen chapbooks, has added another chapbook to his extensive body of work. Placemats, published by Eastern Point Lit House & Press, was recently released. Visit the publisher’s web site to order a copy and read two poems from the collection, “Venturing Forth” and “Whitman in McDonalds.”


Hey Batter, Batter! Widener-PMC Alumni to Swing into Spring with the Phillies in Florida

February 14, 2014

Bright House Field in Clearwater

By Autumn Heisler ’15

Although we are still in the icy grip of winter, that does not mean we can’t dream of warmer times. And what better way is there to welcome the springtime than spring training with the Phillies?

Widener’s 6th annual Phillies Spring Training Alumni Event will take place the third weekend of March in Clearwater. A sunset happy hour gathering is set for 6 p.m. Saturday, March 22, and the pre-game gathering begins at noon Sunday, March 23, at Bright House Field before the Phillies play the Minnesota Twins.

Visit the Alumni Engagement Office page for more information and to register for your time to relax and work on your tan while watching the Phillies.


Widener Chamber Ensemble to Perform Sunday

February 6, 2014

By Maria Klecko ’15

Dr. Mara Parker believes music is crucial to a student’s education.

“So many people regard music and the arts as just a frill or as a form of entertainment. It’s most definitely not,” said Parker, professor of musicology and string performance at Widener. “For our students who participate in the program, my goal is that they learn that music is a form of communication, one that will provide them with ways of thinking and skills that will transfer to many situations.”

Members of the Widener chamber music program will perform solos in the recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 9, in the lobby of Alumni Auditorium. The recital, which focuses on what the musicians have been working on with studio instructors, is free and open to the public.

Thirteen students from various majors including engineering, sociology, and creative writing will perform pieces by composers such as Bach, Marcello, Schubert, and Tchaikovsky.  Fine arts adjunct faculty member Chris Emata will accompany seven of the student performances.

Parker said that the students work closely and intensely with a small group of people to understand a composition.

 “In essence, music is more than just a series of notes and rhythmic patterns,” Parker said.  “It’s a way of thinking. For some, it’s a way of living.”


Dr. Parker, right, performing with students in 2011.