Archive for April, 2014


Two Commencement Ceremonies for Widener

April 25, 2014
Commencement photo for Tom Bown lower resolution 4-7-14

Widener’s commencement in 2013

By Maria Klecko ’15

For the first time, Widener University will split its Main Campus commencement into two ceremonies—one for undergraduates and another for graduate students.

Due to growing enrollment and increased retention, the university has decided to hold separate ceremonies. More than 500 graduate students will receive master’s and doctoral degrees on Friday, May 16, while approximately 800 undergraduate students will receive associate’s and bachelor’s degrees on Saturday, May 17. Both ceremonies will take place in the Bown Dome Sculpture Garden behind Old Main.

Widener alumnus and President and CEO of Philadelphia Avenue of the Arts, Inc. Paul Beideman will deliver the commencement address to the graduate students. He earned a master’s in finance from the university in 1979 and is a member of the Widener Board of Trustees.  He and his wife, Caroline, gave a gift of $500,000 in 2011 to establish the Beideman Visiting Scholar program as part of the Oskin Leadership Institute.

Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi will deliver the address at the undergraduate ceremony. He is a lifelong resident of Chester, who since 2002 has served Pennsylvania’s ninth district, including areas in Delaware and Chester counties. Pileggi has been the senate majority leader since 2006.

Students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff can participate in the university’s social media campaign leading up to commencement using the hashtag #widener2014.

Visit the commencement page for more information.


Widener-PMC Association to Honor Alumni

April 17, 2014

alumni awards 2014By Maria Klecko ’15

It’s not too late to register for this spring’s Alumni Volunteer & Excellence Weekend set for April 24-26.

The events will honor past and future Widener alumni, staff, family, and friends who have donated their time and spirit to the university.  The annual Spring Celebration Alumni Awards Ceremony will be held at Spring Haven Country Club in Wallingford, Pa., at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The 2014 awards from the Widener-PMC Alumni Association will recognize three alumni, a student, and an administrator.

Other events include a Student Project Day, a Volunteer “Thank You” reception, and a Health Care Management Annual Business Meeting where students and alumni have the opportunity to network with those in the field.

Visit the Alumni Engagement Office page to register for these events and to see the weekend’s schedule.


Widener Student Whose Internship Studied Snow Monkeys Serves as President for a Day

April 7, 2014

pres for a dayBy Maria Klecko ’15

Readers will remember Rachel Yenko-Martinka’s experience engaging with Japanese snow macaques as featured in the fall 2013 issue of Widener Magazine and her humorous poem poking fun at misperceptions about monkeys.

Yenko-Martinka recently traded places with Widener President James T. Harris III for the university’s 12th annual President for a Day program. For her platform of depression awareness and prevention, the senior biology/pre-veterinary major met with Chester Mayor John Linder and various groups such as We’re All Widener and crisis management and counseling. She also presented her cause to Widener’s Executive Team.

Meanwhile, President Harris fulfilled Yenko-Martinka’s role as a student. He attended her classes and vocal lesson, ate lunch with her friends, made liquid nitrogen ice cream with the professional chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma, and even sprayed part of his hair blue to match the tips of hers.

Yenko-Martinka’s final act as President for a Day was holding a sushi reception in the University Center Atrium.

For more about her experience, read a first-person account on Blue & Gold, Widener’s student media website.


40 Years Ago: Springsteen Rocks Widener

April 4, 2014

077_The_Boss_at_WidenerForty years ago a skinny kid from Jersey hopped on stage in Widener’s MacMorland Center wearing a straw fedora and electrified the crowd with songs like “Blinded by the Light” and “Rosalita.” A month later music critic Jon Landau wrote of the young artist, “I saw the future of rock and roll, and his name is Bruce Springsteen.”

The April 5, 1974, concert was the first of three that Springsteen played at Widener in less than a 12-month period in 1974 and 1975 before his Born to Run album launched him to rock and roll superstardom.

Joe Quinn from The Dome interviewed Springsteen and he said he “hoped that someday he would make it big enough to pay his band decently and not worry about making ends meet.”

Mission accomplished.

Dan Hanson ’97, Widener’s director of public relations, wrote a story about Springsteen’s concerts at Widener for the spring 2013 issue of Widener Magazine that won a silver CUPPIE award in the best article category from CUPRAP: The Association of Communicators in Education.  Hanson’s article revealed a long-standing mystery about bootleg video footage from one of the 1975 concerts.

Editor Sam Starnes won a gold CUPPIE award in the creative headlines category for the article’s headline “The Boss and the Booleg: Widener Concert Video the ‘Holy Grail’ for Springsteen Fans” and the magazine cover that combined images of Springsteen with President Eisenhower under the headline “Ike and the Boss” won a bronze CUPPIE award.


Spring Widener Magazine Covers Clinics

April 3, 2014


The spring issue of Widener Magazine is off the press and on the way to alumni. This issue features an in-depth piece about Widener clinics that provide medical, physical therapy, and mental health services to the community while giving students hands-on experience.

Maria Klecko, a junior majoring in English and communication studies, wrote a profile of Fred Maahs ’83, a Comcast executive and chair of the American Association of People with Disabilities who spoke at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Other features include a story about changing careers and another about the Widener Money Club, a student investment fund. Look for your copy in the mail or on campus, or go online to read it now.