Archive for June, 2014


Widener Gets Its Kicks Out of Soccer

June 19, 2014

Widener is a sponsor of the Philadelphia Union, the area’s major league soccer franchise based in Chester. The university’s men’s and women’s soccer teams occasionally play games at PPL Park.

By Khalil Williams ’16

Soccer is the talk of town as the World Cup takes place in Brazil. The U.S. soccer team made the country beam with excitement as they scored their first win against Ghana.

Widener University also holds similar levels of enthusiasm toward the sport, hosting a bevy of soccer-related programs, games, and events.

Widener teamed up with the Philadelphia Union Foundation and the U.S. Soccer Foundation to create the Chester Upland Soccer for Success initiative, designed to give children in the Chester and Upland communities opportunities to develop positive life skills, as well as learn how to play soccer.  The program “helps keep interest in school based on the correlation between field to classroom,”  according to an article by Widener graduate Nicolina Givin ’14 on the Blue & Gold.

The program will host a Soccer for Success World Cup Watch Party for the match between the U.S. and Portugal at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 22.

In addition, North Star Sports and Talluto’s on Campus – two outfits that were organized by Widener students – also sponsor the program.  The Blue & Gold’s Autumn Heisler wrote about the collaboration between Soccer for Success and Talluto’s.

To learn more about Widener’s varsity soccer programs, visit the Athletics Department page at



Join the Tradition of Widener-PMC Class Notes

June 16, 2014

expositor1In the most recent issue of Widener Magazine, I wrote about the long-running tradition of class notes in this institution’s publications. The earliest class note the Widener University Archives have on record is from an 1865 edition of the P.M.A. Daily Expositor, as the Pennsylvania Military Academy publication was known. Since then, thousands of class notes have been published in Widener Magazine, the PMC News, and other publications.

If you want to be a part of this collective story and send a class note for our fall 2014 issue, the deadline is Monday, June 23. You can submit your class notes and photos three ways:

1. Enter on the Widener Pride Network at
2. E-mail Patty Votta at
3. Mail to the Office of Alumni Engagement, Widener University, One University Place, Chester, PA 19013.

Whether you are class of 1934 or 2014, we’d like to hear from you.

And if you want to search for old class notes, visit the  Wolfgram Memorial Library Digital Collections at There is a wealth of history there.

–Sam Starnes, Editor


Widener Partnership Charter School Graduates to Receive Scholarships to Further Educations

June 10, 2014

Widener Magazine’s fall 2006 cover

By Khalil Williams ’16

It’s always exciting to witness the dewy eyes of joyous parents as they watch their children graduate to the next level of their education. However, as parents of the inaugural class of the Widener Partnership Charter School ­(WPCS) – Pennsylvania’s first university-based charter school ­– sat down to watch their children graduate from the eighth grade last week, many probably couldn’t help but wonder how they would be able to financially secure an academic future for them.

It was a worrisome thought that was soon put to rest after announcements were made by Widener University President James T. Harris III and Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) Executive Director Bill O’Brien: All WPCS graduates will receive $100,000 undergraduate scholarships if they attend Widener, and 25 of the students will receive full-ride scholarships to Philadelphia-area Catholic high schools.

The school’s history traces back to 2006. A story covering the school was featured on the cover of the Autumn 2006 issue of Widener Magazine, which further explains the school’s beginnings. The graduation also received extensive news coverage, including a front-page article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.


Widener Online Exhibit Features Sunken Ship

June 4, 2014

By Khalil Williams ’16

A little-known fact about the City of Chester is that a ship named in its honor sank in 1888 near San Francisco. The full story of the SS City of Chester can now be viewed in the Digital Collections of the Widener University Archives.

The ship sank following a collision with another passenger-cargo ship­ — the RMS Oceanic — in San Francisco Bay on August 22, 1888. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in April found the shipwreck of the SS City of Chester, a cargo ship made in the city by shipbuilders John Roach and Sons in 1875, under the Golden Gate Bridge.

The tragedy occurred at a time when there were severe racial tensions between U.S. citizens and Chinese immigrants, exacerbated by the Exclusion Act of 1888. It was initially thought that the Chinese crewmen of the Oceanic were negligent in helping the drowning passengers of the City of Chester, but later investigations concluded that they were in fact heroic and saved many passengers.

Posted by Wolfgram Memorial Library Assistant Archivist Jill Borin, the online exhibit features pictures of the ship, as well as the story of the collision and access to newspaper articles published from 1888-1894.

Khalil Williams ’16 is a communication studies major from Chester.