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					                                                                                               Vol. 3, Issue 10
                                                                                               January 15, 2009

                   What’s Up @ Widener
                                             New College Access Center will Serve
Inside this issue:
                                                 Delaware County Residents
                                    Six Delaware County colleges and
Honor Dr. Martin Luther King 2
Jr. with a Day of Service           universities are joining forces to address the
Free Services in Honor of      3
                                    educational needs of county residents. Their
Dr. King                            first major initiative, the College Access
                                    Center of Delaware County, will hold an
The Chemistry Club Prepares 3
for its Close Up                    open house January 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
                                        The College Access Center, an initiative
Faces of Widener               4
                                    of the Chester Higher Education Council,
Points of Pride                4    will be located in a building owned by           The College Access Center at 400 East
Spotlight on Sports            5    Widener University at 400 East 21st Street in 21st Street in Chester.
                                    Chester. The center will provide free services
Delaware Campus Alumnus      5
Gives Distinguished Lecturer        to students beginning in sixth grade and continuing through their senior year of
                                    high school, and to adults wishing to pursue or complete a college degree.
Philadelphia Artists Explore   6
the African-American
                                    Services will range from college and career awareness and study skills
Journey at Art Gallery              development to tutoring, mentoring, and assisting high school seniors and their
Noteworthy                     7
                                    parents with the college financial aid process, according to Widener President
                                    James T. Harris III, chairperson of the Chester Higher Education Council.
Take Part in the 2009          7
Presidential Inauguration               The Chester Higher Education Council is a nonprofit organization formed by
                                    the presidents of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Delaware County
Two-Week Peek                  8
                                    Community College, Neumann College, Penn State Brandywine, Swarthmore
                                    College, and Widener University.
                                        “All of the member institutions have been very active in their own right in
                                    supporting education initiatives in Chester and throughout Delaware County,”
                                    Harris said. “However, working together and coordinating our resources we can
                                    accomplish a great deal more. Operating as the council also enables members to
                                    act as one entity in pursuing private and public funding.”
                                       The United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania will be integral partners in the
       Story Idea?                  center. The organization will provide $100,000 in funding for the first year of
   •   Send story ideas and items   operation of the center.
       for the Noteworthy section       According to Cynthia Jetter, director of Community Partnerships and
       to Allyson Roberts,        Planning for the Lang Center at Swarthmore College, the Chester Higher
                                    Education Council anticipates that the center will serve 1,000 youths and adults in
                                    its first year through school-based programs, center-based community
                                    workshops and at neighborhood sites.
                                        The center will open on Monday, February 2. Operating hours will be from 10
                                    a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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           Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a Day of Service
The Widener University community is invited to participate in the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Day of Service on Monday, January 19 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. The university invites you
to participate in one or all of the following events, which provide you with an opportunity to pause and
reflect on Dr. King’s contributions:

   • MURAL: Help create a colorful mural through the Chester Mural Arts Project to celebrate Dr. King.
   The artwork, which has been in the designing stages since August, will be dedicated to the Calvary
   Baptist Church where Dr. King preached as a seminary student from 1948-1951. All volunteers are
   encouraged to register for one hour shifts on CampusCruiser under the volunteer opportunities link.

                             8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
                             Lathem Hall

   • MARCH: March with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Committee of Chester and
   Vicinity from the Chester Salvation Army at 151 West 15th Street to the site of the Old Crozer
   Seminary to place a wreath in memory of Dr. King. The group will then proceed to the James E. Clark
   Auditorium at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center where Reverend Dr. Bayard Taylor, pastor of
   Calvary Baptist Church, will deliver the keynote address.

                             12:45 p.m.—Bus Departs from University Center to the Salvation Army
                             1:30 p.m.—Keynote address at the James E. Clark Auditorium

   • MUSIC and REFLECTION: Attend the annual commemoration of Dr. King’s life, where you can
   literally sing his praise. Sponsored by Widener’s Black Student Union, the event will feature the
   Widener University and Chester High School Gospel Choirs. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit
   Award will also be presented at this time.

                             7 p.m.
                             Alumni Auditorium

For more information on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service events, contact the Office for
Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives at 610-499-4549 or visit CampusCruiser.

                                                                        Pictured below, a rendering of the mural
                                                                        design, which will be constructed during
                                                                        this year’s annual MLK Jr. Day of
                                                                        Service with help from President Harris,
                                                                        the Presidential Service Corps, and
                                                                        hopefully hundreds more Widener
                                                                        students, staff, and faculty volunteers.
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                          Free Services in Honor of Dr. King
While Widener invites the entire campus community to participate in its university-wide initiatives
marking the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service., many groups and organizations also take it upon
themselves to carry out their services free-of-charge on or around the holiday.
   All first and third-year students in the Institute for Physical Therapy Education will work with Widener
PT faculty and alumni to conduct blood pressure screenings for Chester residents while also checking
devices such as wheelchairs and walkers to make sure they are clean and in good working order. The
group will work on January 16, 18 and 19, and volunteers will visit various senior centers, churches, and
other organizations to blanket the Chester community, helping as many people as possible.
   Also in honor of Dr. King, the Widener University Small Business Development Center will waive
fees for its "First Step" seminar, designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs jumpstart their business plan. The
SBDC will offer the seminar at three separate times and locations to help all interested participants take
advantage of the opportunity. The seminar will run in both the morning and the evening on Monday,
January 19 and again on the evening of Monday, January 26. See the Two-Week Peek on Page 8 for more
details, or visit the SBDC website.

                The Chemistry Club Prepares for its Close Up
Lights, Camera, Action!

With loud explosions and bubbling brews, the Chemistry
Club provided plenty of action while demonstrating a
series of experiments to be used in educational films
produced by Fabian-Baber Communication. To prepare
for their close ups, the students volunteered their time to
research, select, and practice experiments, which will be
edited to supplement video lectures on five chemistry-
related topics.
   “The students worked over a weekend to prepare for
the filming, dedicating so much of their time and effort to
make sure their experiments were a success,” said Dr.
Louise Liable-Sands, assistant professor of chemistry. “I
was blown away by their dedication and professionalism.” Senior Karen Voelker and Assistant Professor of Chemistry
In addition to carrying out the experiments, the students    Dr. Louise Liable-Sands assist Support Scientist Martin
had to write up the materials used, procedures, safety       Schultz with setting up a shot for the Fabian-Baber
precautions, disposal recommendations, and expected
observations to help producers create a narrative for each of the 13 reactions they demonstrated.
   When completed, the films will be used in high school and community college classrooms and possibly
internationally. The camera crew will return again soon for additional footage to complete a total of five
films on topics ranging from atoms, molecules, and compounds to the periodic table. Each film will feature
Widener University labs and the following students turned movie stars: Kaitlyn Gerhart, a senior chemistry
major; Paul Gorman, a freshman chemistry and secondary education major; Brittney Offenbacker, a
chemistry major; Miguel Rodriquez, a biology/pre-med major with a minor in biochemistry; and Karen
Voelker, a senior chemistry major.
   In addition to the student participants and Dr. Liable-Sands, Dr. Andrea Martin, assistant professor of
chemistry; Martin Schultz, support scientist; and Michelle Donnelly-Kelleher, the chemistry lab stockroom
coordinator; were instrumental in making the first shoot a success.
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                          Faces of Widener: John G. Culhane
Busy doesn’t even begin to describe the schedule kept by Widener
Law Professor John G. Culhane, who also serves as director of the
top-10 ranked Health Law Institute on the Delaware Campus. In
addition to his teaching responsibilities at Widener, Culhane lectures
every other fall semester at Yale University’s School of Public Health,
traveling by train to Connecticut once a week.
   Outside of the classroom, Culhane oversees the student
organization “Outlaws,” formerly the “Gay Straight Student Alliance.”
He also continues to study and discuss law-related issues that pique
his attention, including public health and policy, compensating
victims of disaster, and the rights of same-sex partners. To explore
such topics, he recently began a blog, which can be accessed at
   NPR recently honed in on Culhane’s expertise regarding the rights
                                                                                      John G. Culhane,
of same sex partners, airing an hour-long interview with him on              Professor of law and Director of the
Proposition 8, California’s statewide ballot proposition banning same-              Health Law Institute,
sex marriage. His articles on victim compensation paved the way for                   Delaware Campus
his role in the documentary film America Betrayed, which examines
ways the U.S. government contributes to, and profits from, disasters at home and abroad. Recently picked
up by a distributor, the film will soon make its way to the big screen in a limited release and possibly on
national television at a later date.
   Culhane is the recipient of two student-conferred and one alumni-conferred outstanding faculty awards.
One of Culhane’s fondest Widener memories, however, occurred when he approached the previous School
of Law Dean Douglas E. Ray about getting benefits, equal to those granted to his married cohorts, for his
partner. “It was truly remarkable how fast my request was granted,” Culhane said. “Dean Ray pushed the
issue and helped the changes take place quickly.”
   Culhane’s partner, David Girasole, also has ties to Widener as a recent graduate (summa cum laude, no
less) from the Center for Education. Girasole wrapped up student teaching last semester and is currently
looking for a full-time position teaching English.
   Culhane and Girasole reside in Philadelphia with their four-year-old twin girls, Courtnee and Alexa,
who they adopted in May 2007. “They are at the age now where they are beginning to become more
involved in what’s going on,” Culhane said of his daughters. “I recently celebrated a birthday, and this was
the first year they got into the festivities, helping to make dinner, cupcakes, and a birthday card.”
   With the curious tots at home, Culhane is guaranteed to have a personal life that is equally – if not more
– exciting than his professional one.
Points of Pride…
Philadelphia sports fans have Eagles fever with the team’s recent run in
the playoffs. Widener once played host to frenzied Eagles fans as the site
of the team’s summer training camps between 1973 and 1979. The land
behind Old Main became a practice field for many legends of the
Philadelphia Eagles and National Football League: Harold Carmichael,
John Bunting, Roman Gabriel, Bill Bergey, Frank LeMaster, Ron
Jawarski, and Wilber Montgomery. It was also where Delaware County
native Vince Papale proved himself to become a walk on member of the
team, which later became the plot for the blockbuster film Invincible.
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                      Spotlight on Sports: Meghan Fitzsimmons
Widener senior Meghan Fitzsimmons, who enjoyed a phenomenal career both on and
off the court, was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Volleyball Scholar-Athlete
of the year.
    Fitzsimmons put forth another solid campaign in which she was fourth on the team
with 2.52 digs per set, ending sixth in school history with 1,136 career digs, and third
with 32 aces. Her efforts helped Widener (26-10) reach the postseason for the first
time in school history, defeating the City College of New York at home in the Eastern
College Athletic Conference South Tournament, and make the Commonwealth
Conference Tournament a second straight year.
    A standout student-athlete, Fitzsimmons sports a 3.88 grade point average in
Elementary/Early Childhood Education and is a three-time member of the MAC
                                                                                         Meghan Fitzsimmons,
Academic Honor Roll. The tri-captain notched a 4.0 grade point average in the spring Athletic and Academic
2006 semester and was named to inaugural MAC Fall Sportsmanship Teams in 2007.                All Star
    Fitzsimmons has assisted in her hometown of Lancaster, NY, at the Recreation
Volleyball Camp, and was also a part of the Widener University team that hosted the Special Olympics
and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
    Fitzsimmons will receive her award at the annual MAC Administration Luncheon on May 5.

                               Delaware Campus Alumnus Gives
The Corporate Council Technology Institute at Widener University School of Law presented its annual
distinguished lecturer award to Wilmington attorney Kevin F. Brady.
   Brady, a partner in the business law group at Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP, is a 1982 magna
cum laude graduate of Widener Law’s Delaware Campus. He received the honor on January 8
before delivering the keynote address during a two-day, intensive course on Technology and the Law at
the school.
   Wilmington attorney Richard K. Herrmann presented Brady with an engraved crystal obelisk and
                                                                honorarium. Herrmann is a visiting professor and co-
                                                                chair of the Technology Law Practice Technology
                                                                Center at Widener. He also directs the Corporate
                                                                Council Technology Institute, which was established
                                                                to become the major legal technology resource for
                                                                the corporate law community.
                                                                    “Kevin has shown himself to be an outstanding
                                                                member of the Delaware bar in his efforts to further
                                                                education on legal issues related to technology
                                                                locally, nationally, and internationally,” Herrmann
                                                                said. “We value his contributions and felt he richly
                                                                deserved this recognition.”
                                                                   Brady regularly guest lectures at the law school on
                                                                the topic of electronic discovery. He frequently
Richard K. Herrmann, right, presents Kevin Brady (’82) with the writes on electronic discovery issues and has guest
annual distinguished lecturer award from the Corporate Council  lectured in China on litigation procedures.
Technology Institute at the School of Law.
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              Philadelphia Artists Explore the African-American
                       Journey at Widener Art Gallery

From the freedom they were born to on the African continent to the freedom
they escaped to on the Underground Railroad, a new exhibition at the Widener
University Art Gallery explores the journey of African-Americans through the
camera lens and collagraph creations of two Philadelphia-based artists—
Marlene Grolnic and William Earle Williams.
   The exhibition opened on January 13 and runs through Saturday, February
28. A reception to meet the artists will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday,
January 24. The exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
   Grolnic, who was an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia for more
than 30 years, retired in 1999, and has spent her time exploring her cultural
heritage by researching the different African tribes creating African masks
using collagraph printmaking and mixed media. Grolnic’s contribution to the
exhibition, titled “African Spirits,” includes 27 prints.
   “I try to include a characteristic of the traditional mask with my own
personal style,” Grolnic said. “To create my work, I collage on cardboard
                                               with various materials. Once
                                               sealed, I ink the surface and watch            Marlene Grolnic
                                               with anticipation the colors and               African Spirits
                                                                                         Nafana Couple, collagraph
                                               textures appear on the black paper
                                               as I turn the press.”
                                                   Williams, a professor of fine arts and curator of photography
                                               at Haverford College, has been focusing his camera lens on the
                                               locations and remnants of the Underground Railroad since 1986.
                                               Williams began him artistic journey on the “freedom train” at
                                               Gettysburg, PA. Along the way, he has photographed sites from
                                               Louisiana to New York. Williams’ journey will be represented
                                               by 43 photographs in the exhibition.
                                                   Working strictly in black and white, Williams’ images
                                               capture many of the sites as if they were frozen in time, while
                                               others are encroached upon by elements of modern times. In all
              William Earle Williams
                                                of his work, however, there is a brilliant sense of light and
         Uncovering the Path to Freedom:        geometry that elevate the images to their rightful place of
     Photographs of the Underground Railroad    historic importance.
Levi Coffin Barn, Fountain City, ID, silver gelatin print

Vist the Widener University Art Gallery
The Widener Art Gallery is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery will be closed on Saturday, January 17. For more information about the
exhibition or the Art Gallery, contact Rebecca M. Warda at 610-499-1189, e-mail,
or visit
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Dr. Virginia Brabender, associate dean and director of the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, has
been elected president of Section IX (Assessment Psychology) of the Society of Clinical Psychology
(American Psychological Association Division 12) for 2010.

Dr. Nadine McHenry, associate professor of education, recently presented “Do Teaching Practices Really
Change as a Result of Professional Development Activities?” at the 3rd Annual Conference on Research in
STEM Education held in West Chester, PA, and sponsored by The Math Science Partnership of Greater

Dr. Susan McNiff, assistant professor of education, recently presented “School Counseling in the 21st
Century: Challenges and Opportunities for School Counselors” at the annual meeting of the Delaware
County School Counselors Association.

Dr. Justin Sitron, a clinical assistant professor in the Center for Education, co-authored “Sexological
Worldview Development: A New Construct for Framing Affective Training in Sexology” with Dr. Don
Dyson, assistant professor in the Center for Education. The duo recently presented the paper at the annual
meeting of the Society for Scientific Study of Sexology held in Puerto Rico.

Dr. Jeffrey Sparagana (’07), an alumnus of the Center for Education’s School Leadership Doctoral
Program, and Dr. Ning Wang, associate professor in the Center for Education, recently co-authored the
book Kindergarten Transition: The Effect of a Half-Day Prekindergarten Program on Readiness in
Kindergarten, published by VDM Verlag Dr. Muller in Germany. Sparagana’s dissertation served as the
basis for the book.

             Take Part in the 2009 Presidential Inauguration
                                                       Widener will offer students, staff, and faculty the
                                                       chance to take part in Inauguration Day 2009 with
                                                       plenty of places to view the historic event.
                                                          The Cultural Program Planning Committee,
                                                       Political Engagement Committee, and Student
                                                       Government Association will sponsor the Main
                                                       Campus viewings of the inauguration of President
                                                       Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
                                                          The viewings will begin at 11:30 a.m. on
                                                       Tuesday, January 20 in University Center Rooms A
                                                       and C, the Webb Room, the Dining Center and
                                                       Lathem Hall. Students from the Widener
                                                       Partnership Charter School and Stetser Elementary
School may also attend the viewing in Lathem Hall. All Widener students, faculty, and staff are invited to
watch at any of the locations.
   Law School students, staff, and faculty may also gather to watch Widener’s own Joe Biden take the
oath as Vice President. The Delaware Campus will show Inauguration Day festivities in the Ruby R. Vale
Moot Courtroom following a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance event at 10 a.m. The Harrisburg
Campus community should stay tuned for further details regarding time and location for its watch party.
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                                                 TWO-WEEK PEEK
                                     A Look at the Next Two Weeks in Widener Events
Thursday, January 15                                                                        Tuesday, January 20 (Cont.)

7 p.m. Are You Smarter than a            Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service          11:30 a.m. Harrisburg Campus
Sigma? Fundraising Event;                            Monday, January 19                     Inauguration Watch Party; TBD
Alumni Auditorium
                                       As a civil rights                                    6 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs.
                                       leader, Dr. Martin                                   Arcadia University; Home
Friday, January 16
                                       Luther King Jr. used                                 8 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs. Arcadia
11 a.m.—1 p.m. Involvement Fair;       the power of service                                 University; Home
University Center Atrium               to help bring
                                       communities                                          Saturday, January 24
Saturday, January 17                   together to achieve
11 a.m. & 1 p.m. People to People
                                       common goals.                                        Fraternity and Sorority
                                          In 1994, Congress                                 Recruitment Begins
Ambassador Program Presentations
                                       initiated the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of
for students in grades 5-12;                                                                1 p.m. Men’s and Women’s
Alumni Auditorium                      Service to transform the federal holiday
                                                                                            Swimming vs. Elizabethtown
                                       honoring Dr. King’s life into a national day of
                                                                                            College; Home
                                       community service to remember his teachings
Monday, January 19
                                       of nonviolence and social justice.                   1—3 p.m. “Meet the Artists”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
                                          Widener provides a wide range of                  Reception; Widener University
Day of Service                         opportunities for all members of the university      Art Gallery
                                       to participate in this day of service and help our
                                       community come together to improve the lives         1 p.m. Women’s Basketball vs.
8 a.m.—2:30 p.m. MLK Mural
                                                                                            Messiah College; Home
Project; Lathem Hall (Sign up on       of others and build bridges with our neighbors.
Campus Cruiser to volunteer)
                                                                                            3 p.m. Men’s Basketball vs.
8:30—11:30 a.m. SBDC First Step                                                             Messiah College; Home
Seminar; Widener SBDC (Free)
                                                                                            7—8 p.m. Poetry Night;
12:45 p.m. Transportation                                                                   Mac Street Lounge
provided from University Center to
                                                                                            Monday, January 26
Chester’s Salvation Army for the
annual march to the Old Crozer
                                                                                            3 p.m. Supreme Court Justice Randy
Seminary’s commemorative MLK
                                                                                            J. Holland swears in Delaware Civic
                                                                                            Clinic students to the limited
6—9 p.m. SBDC First Step Seminar;                                                           practice of law in Delaware courts;
                                                                                            Delaware Campus; Room 126, Main
Christ Community Lutheran Church;
                                                                                            Law Building
Upper Darby, PA (Free)

7 p.m. Black Student Union’s                      Inauguration Day 2009                     6—7 p.m. Public Viewing of the
Annual Commemoration of Dr.                          Tuesday, January 20                    Night Sky; Widener Observatory
King’s Life; Alumni Auditorium
                                       Watch Inauguration Day 2009 with other               6—9 p.m. SBDC First Step
                                       students, staff, and faculty on three Widener        Seminar; Norristown Public Library
Tuesday, January 20                    campuses. The swearing-in ceremony is                (Free)
                                       scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. on
Inauguration Day 2009
                                       Tuesday, January 20.                                 Tuesday, January 27
10 a.m. Delaware Campus                   Stop by any of the following locations on the
Inauguration Watch Party and MLK       Main Campus to catch the action: University          11 a.m.—6 p.m. College Access
Celebration; Ruby R. Vale              Center Rooms A and C, the Webb Room, the             Center Open House; 400 E. 21st St.,
Moot Courtroom                         Dining Center, and Lathem Hall.                      Chester, Pa.
                                          On the Delaware Campus, stop by the Ruby
11:30 a.m. Main Campus                 R. Vale Moot Courtroom. The location for the         Wednesday, January 28
Inauguration Viewings; University      Harrisburg Campus viewing is yet to be
Center Rooms A and C, the Webb
                                       determined.                                          6 p.m. Men’s and Women’s
Room, the Dining Center, and                                                                Swimming vs. University of
Lathem Hall                                                                                 Delaware; Home

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