Archive for March, 2014


New Widener Residence Hall To Open in 2015

March 28, 2014
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The new residence hall will be on the former site of Theatre Widener

By Maria Klecko ’15

Some Widener students soon will be living in new digs.

The university announced Friday that it will begin construction this summer on a 200-bed, $21 million-dollar residence hall on the Main Campus that is slated for completion by fall the 2015.  The residence hall will be located at 15th and Potter Streets, the former location of Theatre Widener, and will feature food service on the first floor and classrooms for Widener’s Living Learning Communities.

With increased enrollment and student retention, the university is responding to the need for new on-campus housing.  After construction of the new residence hall is finished, Widener Courts, located behind the site at 15th and Walnut Streets, will be demolished.


Widener Magazine Contributor Selected to Give University’s Inaugural Invited Student Lecture

March 28, 2014

Janelle Rouse, a junior from Washington D.C. who wrote about her study abroad experience in Honduras for the fall 2013 issue of Widener Magazine, has been selected to deliver Widener’s Inaugural Invited Student Lecture. 

The lecture will be held in the Webb Room in University Center at 12 p.m. on Monday and is free and open to the public. Rouse was chosen for the lecture based on an essay she wrote about her grandmother. It was selected as the winner of a contest where students were asked to submit pieces about strong, silent women in their lives.

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Janelle Rouse’s study abroad experience in Honduras in March 2013 included teaching sixth graders.


Food Network to Focus on Bakery Near Campus

March 25, 2014

Phatso's storefront tight editA bakery less than a mile from Widener’s campus is prepping for its national television debut. Phatso’s Bakery, famous for donuts that sell out early each day, will be featured on this week’s episode of “Save My Bakery” on the Food Network at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.

The bakery has been a longtime client of Widener’s Small Business Development Center. For more about Phatso’s, read a profile by Widener sophomore Brittany Kade on the Blue & Gold, Widener’s student media website.


Entrepreneurial Widener Alumnus to Speak

March 17, 2014

By Maria Klecko ’15

An alumnus and entrepreneur featured in the fall 2012 issue of Widener Magazine will deliver the address at the university’s Honors Convocation.

Chris Hahn ‘99, who holds a Widener bachelor’s degree in computer science, predicted in the article that advancements in cloud computing, which makes data available on an Internet “cloud” accessible on multiple systems, will allow the analysis of large amounts of data at once to indicate trends in health care, weather patterns, economies, and more.

In 2007, Hahn co-founded Appature, a Seattle-based technology company that offers cloud-based marketing services for health care industries. The company continues to grow. Last year IMS Health—a leading provider of health care data—purchased Appature, allowing what had originally been a startup company to establish a global presence.

Honors Week is an annual tradition started in 1992. It celebrates students’ academic achievements, recognizes members of honor societies, and engages the Widener community in various events including student presentations, observatory viewings, concerts, and special lectures.  (The convocation where Hahn will speak is by invitation only.)

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Chris Hahn ’99 in his Seattle office in 2012.


Widener Art Gallery to Feature Watercolors

March 13, 2014
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Bath Iron Works by Kass Morin Freeman

By Maria Klecko ’15

The Widener Art Gallery will present the Philadelphia Water Color Society 2014 Members Exhibition of Works on Paper beginning Tuesday, March 18.

The exhibit will feature 74 pieces, including one by the show’s juror, Kass Morin Freeman, who has worked for more than 30 years in the industry as a teacher, juror, and workshop instructor with several groups and art institutions. Her work has appeared in various books and art publications, and she’s won more than 120 awards.

There will be an awards reception at the gallery located in University Center from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. The show will hang until May 17.

Founded in 1900, the Philadelphia Water Color Society holds yearly exhibitions and has more than 500 international artists as members.

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.


Honors Week to Kick Off with Student Play

March 12, 2014

Widener students Carolyn Lodge, left, and Morgan Wieziolowski in rehearsals.

By Maria Klecko ’15

Widener’s Honors Week is known for showcasing students’ academic prowess, but it also provides an opportunity for them to display their creativity.

The week will begin with FreshBaked Theatre Company’s performance of Goodbye, Marianne at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in Alumni Auditorium. The play depicts the story of an 11-year-old Jewish girl living in Nazi Germany. As part of FreshBaked’s mission, the cast fosters civic engagement through its passion for theatre.

Admission to the performance is by free will cash donation with all funds supporting community aid organizations in Chester. FreshBaked will present another showing of the play on Sunday, March 23.

Other events during Honors Week will include student presentations, honor society inductions, observatory viewings, an open mic, a faculty jazz concert, and a faculty recital. The week will conclude with Honors Convocation on Friday, March 21, featuring an address by Chris Hahn ’99, CEO of Appature, a Seattle technology company he co-founded.

For more information about this year’s festivities, visit the complete agenda.


Award-Winning Writer to Read at Widener

March 6, 2014

collective1Don Lee, a novelist whose most recent novel, The Collective, was described as “Heartbreaking, sexy, and frequently funny” by Entertainment Weekly, will read as part of Widener’s Distinguished Writers Series.

His appearance is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Kapelski Learning Center, Room 1. The reading is free and open to the public.

The author of three novels and a collection of stories, Lee served from 1988 to 2007 as the principal editor of the literary journal PloughsharesSince 2009, he has taught creative writing at Temple University.