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February 25, 1993 | For The Inquirer / BARBARA JOHNSTON
Teams from area high schools vied for prizes in the "Mousetrap Target Practice" last Thursday at Widener University in Chester. The goal: to see which could catapult an eraser the farthest into a target using only a standard mousetrap spring for power. The team from Upper Darby - Hong Ten, Sumin Pak and BettyAnn Atkinson - won first prize, $100.
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November 5, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A PHILLY GIRL is heading closer to home to take charge of Widener University. Julie Wollman announced yesterday that she's leaving her current position as president of Erie County's Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for the top job at Widener. "I am looking forward to strengthening the manner in which Widener can serve the needs of the metropolitan area in meaningful and mutually rewarding ways," Wollman, a Germantown native, said in a statement yesterday. She replaces interim president Stephen Wilhite, who took over after longtime president James Harris left the Chester school in August to assume the presidency at the University of San Diego.
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March 5, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Robert C. Melzi, 96, of Bala Cynwyd, professor emeritus of Romance languages at Widener University, died Thursday, March 1, at home. Dr. Melzi was on the Widener faculty for 30 years and chaired the Romance language department in the 1970s. He also taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania, St. Joseph's University, Villanova University, and Bryn Mawr College. In 1967, Dr. Melzi, an expert on Dante, wrote Castelvetro's Annotations to the 'Inferno': A New Perspective in Sixteenth Century Criticism . After 11 years of work, in 1973 he published the Bantam New College Italian-English Dictionary . "Up until now," he told the Philadelphia Daily News, "the bilingual dictionary for the most part reflected the tastes, culture, and language of Great Britain.
NEWS
September 14, 1999 | By Anne Barnard, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A sometime firefighter, teacher and mayor of Marcus Hook, Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.) is borrowing another title this fall: professor. Last week at Widener University, he led his first class of a three-hour seminar, "Issues in American National Security," that he is teaching with Martin E. Goldstein, a government professor. Weldon has focused on relations with Russia and China during his 12 years in Congress. He said he planned to draw on that experience in the course, which will focus on a different topic in global security each week.
NEWS
April 16, 2009 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jay Bechtel's first decision as president of Widener University was a doozy. He could pluck from the waiting list and admit the hopeful high school senior whose grades and SATs were mediocre at best. Or, despite that student's improving attendance record and ambitious course load, he could send him packing. "I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt," Bechtel said. "I hope he doesn't prove me wrong. " "Sounds good, Mr. President," responded Ed Wright, Widener director of admissions.
NEWS
May 13, 2001 | By Dan Hardy INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
As Widener University president Robert Bruce prepares to retire next month, he can justly say that he has achieved virtually everything he set out to do when he took the school's helm 20 years ago. Bruce, 63, has guided Widener from an uncertain infancy to its current status as a well-established and respected regional educational institution. During his tenure, the university has invested more than $100 million in improvements to its three campuses and more than tripled the size of its annual operating budget.
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January 31, 2000 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The dye-stained fingers and sticky palms of 68 fifth graders were enough to convince science teacher Dorothy Waninger that the chemistry experiment at Widener University was a success. The students had discovered the science behind Silly Putty, while the teachers had observed how encouraging students to "get their hands dirty" increased interest in the lesson. Such sharing of educational techniques, Waninger said, was one of the goals of the Professional Development School contract established this school year between Lakeview Elementary School and Widener.
NEWS
July 11, 1997 | By Ralph Vigoda, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Finish college and get your law degree - in just six years! That is the promise held out to students at Pennsylvania's 14 state-run universities, under a new partnership between the public State System of Higher Education and Widener University, a private institution. The 3+3 Early Admission Program, announced yesterday, gives qualified students the option to leave undergraduate studies after three years to enter the Widener School of Law in Harrisburg. The first year of law school would also satisfy credit requirements for a bachelor's degree.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Stanford Frank, 92, of Bala Cynwyd, the last president of Frank's Beverages, a Philadelphia bottling company known for its black cherry wishniak soda, died Thursday, Jan. 30, of age-related illness at his home. Mr. Frank was the grandson of Jacob Frank, who founded the beverage company in 1895 in South Philadelphia. In its heyday, the last half of the 20th century, Frank's was the largest privately owned beverage bottling company in the Philadelphia area. It prospered under the advertising slogan "If it's Frank's, thanks!"
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December 25, 2011 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
For more than a decade, James W. Ray was trapped in a fog of drugs and mental illness. In and out of hospitals and emergency rooms, he sometimes landed in halfway houses or jail, one step from the streets. He told anyone who would listen that he was a rich man. That his family once had a 110-room mansion with masterpieces by Rembrandt and Renoir, and ancestral portraits by John Singer Sargent. That his great-granddad owned a racetrack in Miami. Nurses and caseworkers nodded politely while jotting down observations like "delusions of grandeur" and "inflated self-worth" in his records.
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December 29, 2015 | By Rick O'Brien, Staff Writer
The 11th annual Pete and Jameer Nelson Classic is set for Tuesday and Wednesday at Widener University and Chestnut Hill College. A total of 17 games are on tap at the two sites. On Tuesday at Widener, Imhotep will clash with Chester at 7 p.m. The Panthers' Daron Russell and Jaekwon Carlyle, a Hampton recruit, make up one of the area's top backcourts. The Clippers are powered by 6-foot-8 center Maurice Henry (Delaware State) and 6-7 wing Marquis Collins. Next, at 8:45 p.m., Plymouth Whitemarsh, led by 6-3 wing and Rider signee Xzavier Malone, will battle Friends' Central, fueled by 6-7 forward De'Andre Hunter, a Virginia signee, and guard Chuck Champion, who is bound for Loyola (Md.)
NEWS
November 7, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
I once spent a day with Widener University basketball coach C. Alan Rowe, which meant going to class. Even at age 63, Rowe was teaching five Widener math courses a semester. He seemed to know all the names of his students without a seating chart. His first words to one calculus class: "Your hats, gentlemen. " This was 1994. This man was delightfully old school. Rowe never complimented his players - like ever, even his favorites. He simply drilled them in the principles that he held dear.
NEWS
November 5, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A PHILLY GIRL is heading closer to home to take charge of Widener University. Julie Wollman announced yesterday that she's leaving her current position as president of Erie County's Edinboro University of Pennsylvania for the top job at Widener. "I am looking forward to strengthening the manner in which Widener can serve the needs of the metropolitan area in meaningful and mutually rewarding ways," Wollman, a Germantown native, said in a statement yesterday. She replaces interim president Stephen Wilhite, who took over after longtime president James Harris left the Chester school in August to assume the presidency at the University of San Diego.
NEWS
November 5, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julie Wollman, named Tuesday as president of Widener University, is focused on the student experience. She teaches a freshman seminar - "College: What, Why, How" - at Edinboro University in northwestern Pennsylvania, where she has been president since 2012. And she's taken a class herself, a beginner's course in bagpiping, rooted in Edinboro's Scottish heritage. (Edinboro was founded in 1857 as the Edinboro Academy by Scottish descendants who named it after Edinburgh, Scotland.)
NEWS
May 20, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple University is starting a Confucius Institute - the first in Philadelphia - focusing on the teaching of Chinese language and culture, officials announced Monday. The school will partner with China's Zhejiang Normal University, which will send two Chinese language professors here to teach in the institute, said Temple provost Hai-Lung Dai. Each university will contribute in-kind services and personnel worth $150,000 to run the institute, which will start in July, Dai said.
NEWS
February 15, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
William J. Coopersmith, 88, of Glen Mills and Jupiter, Fla., a retired executive, civic leader, and sportsman, died of cancer Saturday, Feb. 7, at Taylor Hospice Residence in Ridley Park. A Philadelphia native, he graduated from Villanova College in 1950 and spent a year studying at Georgetown Law School. The world of commerce beckoned, though, so he joined his father, becoming general manager of Great Leopard Super Markets. He operated one of the nation's first supermarkets in the refitted shell of a textile mill in Chester.
NEWS
February 9, 2015
HER SAFE WORD is "Oprah. " Which seems perfect for Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry, who may or may not have been joking when she revealed that tidbit during a "50 Shades of Grey" discussion on TLC's late-night talk show "All About Sex" (11 p.m. Saturdays). "It shuts everything down," she said. Not that Davis Henry - who answers to "Dr. Tiff" - is looking to shut anyone or anything down. If she's the voice of reason on a panel that includes actresses and comedians Margaret Cho, Heather McDonald and Marissa Jaret Winokur, it's because the former co-host of ABC's "The Revolution," has done her homework.
SPORTS
January 1, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
You can call it the "Derrick Jones effect. " No, not just the audible astonishment the 6-foot-6 senior's aerial displays elicit from the Archbishop Carroll faithful. Apparently, Jones' exploits also change the energy of his teammates. "It definitely gives us a spark every time he gets a dunk," Patriots guard Samir Taylor said. "I feel like that helps us change the game around. " Jones and Co. jumped on Haverford School, 69-49, in front of a near-capacity crowd Tuesday night at Widener University in the Pete and Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic.
SPORTS
December 31, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer
YOU CAN call it the "Derrick Jones effect. " No, not just the audible astonishment the 6-6 senior's aerial displays elicit from the Archbishop Carroll faithful. Apparently, Jones' exploits also change the energy of his teammates. "It definitely gives us a spark every time he gets a dunk," said Patriots guard Samir Taylor. "I feel like that helps us change the game around. " Last night at Widener University, Jones and Co. jumped on Haverford School, 69-49, in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Pete and Jameer Nelson Holiday Classic.
NEWS
November 29, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester High School freshman Jameisha Johnson is the first to admit that school was not working for her. She struggled academically, had serious behavioral issues, and was placed in an alternative-school program. Then two Widener University professors and their cadre of student tutors stepped in with a pilot program aimed at increasing literacy for at-risk students, simultaneously providing hands-on experiences for their education majors. "My grades went up. My behavior improved.
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