Posts Tagged ‘Widener Magazine’


A Widener Magazine about Chester

December 18, 2014

In addition to my duties as editor of Widener Magazine, I often teach courses for the university. Last spring I taught five very talented students in a Magazine Journalism course who produced content for the inaugural issue of a magazine about Widener’s home city. Three more students assisted in copy editing and design over the summer and into the fall, and last month the first issue of Chester magazine was published.

One of the students from the class, Khalil Williams ’16, a communication studies student from Chester, was honored for his contributions by Chester Mayor John Linder (a 1976 Widener alumnus) with the Mayor’s Recognition Award at a recent City Council meeting.

Although print copies are limited, the magazine can be found online. You also can read more about it in a feature on Widener’s web site that allows you to watch three of the students and me in an appearance on the “Live from the Newsroom” show hosted by Delaware County Times Daily News Editor Phil Herron.

— Sam Starnes, Editor



Widener Magazine: Fresh Like Morning Coffee

September 25, 2013

The newest Widener Magazine is hot off the press and on the way to readers. This issue’s cover story is about WU Brew, the university’s sustainable coffee project that blends student, faculty, and alumni involvement.  The cover art uses unroasted cofee beans on top of roasted coffee beans to spell out the headline “How Does Your Java Grow?”

Look for your copy in the mail soon or on campus, or find it here online.



An Unlikely Pair on Widener Spring Magazine

April 8, 2013

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The spring issue of Widener Magazine is off the press and in the mail to alumni and friends of the university. The cover features the unlikely pairing of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was honored on campus by Pennsylvania Military College in 1963, and Bruce Springsteen, who played three memorable shows at Widener College in the mid-seventies. This issue also includes four stories written by three Widener students.


An Underwater World in Widener Magazine

September 26, 2012

Of all the stories that have appeared in Widener Magazine over the years, none have had as exotic a selection of photographs as “A Jump Into the Deep End” in the fall 2012 issue.  The images were provided by David Schott, a 2007 MBA graduate, and his wife Becky who took the pictures.  If you liked what you saw in print, check out the numerous images and videos on their company’s website Liquid Productions LLC.


Widener Magazine and the Arab Spring

September 20, 2012

The cover story in the newly printed fall issue of the Widener Magazine focuses on two alumni who are leaders in the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011 in Bahrain and Libya. Other feature stories include a profile of Chester Mayor John Linder, a 1976 alumnus; a look at the future of technology through the eyes of Widener students, faculty, and alumni; and a beautifully illustrated story about an alumnus who started an underwater photography business.

We welcome your feedback on this blog in the Letters to the Editor section.

Sam Starnes, Editor


Widener Magazine’s Special Campaign Issue

February 1, 2011

A special winter issue of the Widener Magazine is on the way to readers.  This 20-page issue covers Taking the Lead — The Campaign for Widener with stories focusing on Widener students, faculty, and alumni who exemplify the campaign’s four pillars:  academic excellence, civic engagement, global awareness, and leadership.

The center spread consists of an aerial photograph which details the growth on the Main Campus over the past decade (click on the image below to enlarge the photograph).  The picture was taken in early October — long before this winter’s snow and ice.

For more on the campaign, you also can watch a six-minute video online and visit the campaign’s web site at



A Memento of Recording History on Permanent View at Widener University’s Wolfgram Library

October 26, 2010

The next time you take the front stairwell in Widener’s Wolfgram Library, pause to look straight up over your head.  There you’ll see The Little Nipper Window installed in 1971.   As noted in the entertainment timeline feature in the new Widener Magazine, “The 14-foot window is one of the four original stained-glass windows depicting Nipper, the mascot of the Victor Talking Machine Company (later RCA) removed in 1967 from the RCA Tower in Camden.” 

There’s more to the story than the magazine could hold.  According to an article on The Gloucester County Times web site,, “The window was one of four executed in 1915 by Nicola D’Ascenzo, one of the most important stained-glass artists of his day. His works include the chapel windows at West Point Chapel, St. John the Divine Church in New York and, closer to home, the mosaic frieze on Camden’s Cooper Library — now the Walt Whitman Arts Center.

“All four windows were removed to make way for a more modern logo; one went to the Smithsonian Institution, another to Penn State University and a third to Widener University. The fourth Nipper window, built in nine sections, was packed into three crates and stored in a Cherry Hill warehouse.”

Readers of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Weekend Section on Friday noticed the Little Nipper image gracing a cover story about CamdenThat picture shows a replica of the original windows, now hanging in the refurbished RCA Building 17.  For more on the building renovation, read this excellent story by Hoag Levins on