Archive for the ‘Student News’ Category


Widener Students Shine a Light in Panama

May 9, 2013

Sowing the Seeds of Electricity,” a feature article in the spring 2012 Widener Magazine, focused on a project started five years ago by the university’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders to bring power to a rural Panamanian village. This March they completed that mission – flipping a switch to see electric light in the jungle village of Ella Drua for the first time. For the full update, read the press release.

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Students Share Multicultural Psychology Lessons

April 15, 2013

By Maria Klecko ’15

Kevin Shaddock made a self-discovery while volunteering in a kindergarten class at Columbus Elementary in Chester. The experience opened his eyes to a cultural context that he hadn’t known growing up in a middle-to-upper class area.

“I found a desire to give back to the community,” said Shaddock, a sophomore psychology pre-physical therapy major. “Performing community service changed my life.”

Shaddock participated in this service learning project for his Multicultural Psychology class during the fall 2012 semester. He and two other students, Michael Corcoran, a senior psychology major, and April Gucene, a sophomore psychology pre-physical therapy major, said various class activities taught them more information than can be found in a textbook.

Dr. Lori Simons, an associate professor of psychology, teaches the Multicultural Psychology course. “The goals of the class are to teach multicultural awareness, knowledge, and skills,” Simons said.

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Students in a Widener University Multicultural Psychology said a yarn exercise showed how everybody is connected.

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Basketball Star Named Academic All-America

February 21, 2012

One year ago on this date Widener sophomore Kate Dellinger kept a log of her very busy day on campus that included four classes, practicing for a basketball playoff game, and intense studying. In October, she was featured on the cover of Widener Magazine and we published her one-day journal.

Today,  it was announced that Dellinger has earned the honor of being named Capital One CoSIDA second team Academic All-America for women’s basketball.  It’s good to see that her hard work paid off.

Congratulations, Kate!

Kate has also had another stellar season on the basketball court, and will be in action in the MAC playoffs tomorrow night when Widener travels to Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., for a first round game.  Good luck, Widener!

–Sam Starnes, Editor


Happy Holidays from Widener University

December 22, 2011

It has been a fruitful holiday season at Widener: the Presidential Service Corps collected a record-number of toys for the Salvation Army and CityTeam Ministries; University College organized its annual giving tree; and the library staff donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, adopted a family through the Salvation Army, and contributed to the Chester Senior Center Holiday Gifts for the Homebound Program.

The Delaware Campus also adopted five families in need, providing them with food, clothing, and toys. These are just a few of the many ways the university has aimed to give back and spread cheer.

In the video below, sophomores Michelle Callaghan and Robin Lavery, both members of Widener Chorale, perform for their fellow resident assistants at a staff dinner on Dec. 9., 2010.   Best wishes for the holiday season!


Fallen PMC Class of ’63 Graduates Remembered at Widener University ROTC Commissioning

May 13, 2011

Widener’s ROTC commissioning ceremony evoked the memory of two 1963 Pennsylvania Military College graduates killed in Vietnam.  Carol DeBunda, widow of Lt. William J. “Buddy” Stephenson, opened the ceremony Thursday by singing the National Anthem.  Stephenson died from wounds after his helicopter was shot down in February 1966.

David McNulty, a member of the PMC class of 1963, presented the saber awarded to the top cadet in the battalion to Widener’s Scott McInerney of Bristol, Pa.  In his remarks, McNulty remembered his classmate Lt. John “Jack” Lance Geoghegan, a highly decorated student who was presented with the saber in 1963 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the PMC Commencement.  Geoghegan died two years later in Vietnam in 1965 while trying to aid one of his men who had been wounded.  “Jack’s death was like his life – virtuous and noble,” McNulty said.

Lt. Col Jon J. Peterson, ROTC battalion commander and professor of military science, who is retiring this year, presented McNulty with a saber replica in recognition of his participation in the ceremony for many years.

For more on Thursday’s ceremony, read the press release, and for more about the ROTC program, see the article in the spring 2010 issue of Widener Magazine.



Watch Widener Graduation Ceremonies Online

May 12, 2011

The next best thing to being here is watching the commencement and other graduation ceremonies live and online.  Visit our commencement webcast page to watch the events listed below at the following times.

ROTC Commissioning May 12 1:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial Circle
Nightingale Ceremony May 13 11:00 a.m. Alumni Auditorium
Academic Awards May 13 3:30 p.m. Alumni Auditorium
Commencement May 14 9:45 a.m. Memorial Field



Counting Down to Widener Commencement

May 11, 2011

Only three days until the Main Campus commencement ceremony at Widener on Saturday.   Chairs went into place on Memorial Field on Wednesday, and formal events begin 1:30 p.m. Thursday with the ROTC commissioning ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in front of Old Main.  For the full schedule and much more information regarding graduation, visit the university’s commencement information page.

If you are visiting campus, be sure to check out progress the new academic building, pictured in the background here, left of the Alumni Auditorium.