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Widener-PMC Class Notes: What’s Your Opinion?

November 20, 2013

A page from 1877 — click to enlarge.

Since the earliest days of this institution, publications emanating from the offices of Old Main have included blurbs like this one: “R. McStead, of ’67, is married, and settled as County Engineer in some part of Michigan.”

The ’67 in that less-than-specific sentence is 1867, when Widener was known as Pennsylvania Military Academy.  The note appeared in The Reveille, a monthly publication edited by students, under the headline “Personals.”  Other such items included notes about Truxton Beale of the class of 1874 becoming a minister in Austria and Myron Pardee of the class of 1869 going into the lumber business in Oswego, New York.

Now known as Class Notes, these items have proven to be the most closely read pages of Widener Magazine. I’m working on a feature story for the spring 2014 magazine tentatively titled “Class Notes Confidential” that will try to get at the heart of this popular feature.

I hope to hear from alumni on your thoughts and stories about your engagement with class notes. Why do you submit and read class notes? Have you connected and reconnected through class notes? Have there been other benefits from submitting a class note? How long have you been reading class notes? Do you recall a very memorable class note?

Please e-mail me at or put a note in the comments field. You also can send letters to Sam Starnes, Magazine Editor, Widener University, One University Place, Chester, PA, 19013.


Recalling Landmark Visits to Widener-PMC

December 7, 2011

What do Cecil B. DeMille, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Bob Hope, Bruce Springsteen, and Barack Obama have in common? All have appeared on the Main Campus of Pennsylvania Military College or Widener.

Those are some of the ones we know about.  Help us find others. Please send us your memories of notables visiting campus – be they politicians, military leaders, artists, entertainers, writers, scientists, or others of influence. You can send a note via the comments field of this blog post, on Facebook, or in an e-mail to (And make sure you tell us the year of their visit. )

There is more information on the visits by DeMille, Eisenhower (pictured in 1963 with PMC cadet John Lance Geoghegan), Goldwater, and Springsteen in the Connections Timeline in the Digital Collections of the Wolfgram Memorial Library’s Widener University Archives.


Widener Sources Needed on Breast Cancer

December 5, 2011

We are planning a story for the spring issue of Widener Magazine focusing on biomedical research into new methods of fighting breast cancer being conducted by a faculty member.   Dr. Bin Wang, an assistant professor  in the School of Engineering, is working to develop therapies for patients who resist chemotherapy.

In addition to Dr. Wang and medical doctors being interviewed, we want to hear the stories of alumni, their families, and others in the Widener community who have battled breast cancer.  If you would like to discuss your story, please contact Jennifer Dublisky at or 610-499-1329.


Coming This Fall: Widener Athletics Issue

May 26, 2011

I’ve been working on a package of stories about the long history of athletics at Widener for the fall magazine, so it was exciting and timely to see the news earlier this week about longtime coach Bill Manlove’s election to College Football Hall of Fame.   Manlove, pictured above after Widener won the 1977 Divison III National Championship, will be the third from Widener to be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame (players Billy “White Shoes” Johnson and Tom Deery are the other two). Manlove, who coached Widener from 1969-91 and won a second national championship in 1981, was interviewed Wednesday by KYW Newsradio 1060.

The forthcoming athletics package in the magazine will include a photo essay dating back to the late 1800s through the present (baseball was the first sport played on campus, starting in 1866).  In conjunction with the release of the magazine in October, archivists in the Wolfgram Memorial Library will put together an online exhibit about athletics that will feature many more images than I can fit into print.  If you have photographs of PMC and Widener sporting events past that you’d like to share, please send them our way.  We would like to see them and include them in the university collection.  Please contact me by phone at 610-499-4246 or e-mail at

–Sam Starnes, Editor



Widener-PMC Entertainment Connections

June 10, 2010

I’m working on a story for the fall Widener Magazine about our many connections to the entertainment industry, starting with Cecil B. DeMille’s time as a student at Pennsylvania Military College in 1896-98 all the way up to Mia Farrow’s recent visit to the Widener Speakers Series.  If you know of alumni in Widener-PMC’s long history who should be included, or if you remember any on-campus performances or visits by nationally known entertainers (such as Bruce Springsteen’s concerts here in the seventies), please post a comment here or email me at  The list I have is growing quite long, but I want to make sure I don’t miss anyone.    — Sam Starnes, Editor

DeMille Returns to PMC 1931


Send Your Letters to the Editor and Post Comments Online About New Widener Magazine

April 23, 2010

We hope to hear from readers of Widener Magazine.  Please post a comment or a longer thought here about our spring 2010 issue, or take up another subject that you’d like to discuss with the magazine editors and audience.   If anyone would prefer to e-mail me a letter to the editor at, please do so and I will post it on the blog.

–Sam Starnes, Editor


Calling All Widener Alumni in the Military

October 29, 2009

I’m planning a story for the spring issue about alumni serving in the military, especially those in Iraq or Afghanistan and other far-flung spots on the globe. If you or someone you know has an interesting story to tell about current military service, please e-mail me at or call 610-499-4246.   I look forward to hearing from you!rotc1  — Sam Starnes, Editor