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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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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.
NEWS
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!"
BUSINESS
July 15, 2014
Jeffrey Helphrey was named to the board of the Montgomery County Estate Planning Council . He is a manager at Wouch, Maloney & Co. L.L.P., Horsham. Anthony M. Padula , medical director at Independence Blue Cross, has been elected the 153d president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society . Riddle HealthCare Foundation elected the following members: Natalie D. Ramsey , partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads L.L.P., Philadelphia; William H. Clinger , retired president of William H. Clinger Corp.; and Chris Smith , vice president, commercial banking group, Bryn Mawr Trust Co. Widener University named Sophia Wisniewska , regional chancellor for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and former chancellor of Pennsylvania State University's Brandywine campus, and Daniel Hartney , a senior business-management major from Scotia, N.Y., to its board of trustees.
NEWS
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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July 15, 2014
Jeffrey Helphrey was named to the board of the Montgomery County Estate Planning Council . He is a manager at Wouch, Maloney & Co. L.L.P., Horsham. Anthony M. Padula , medical director at Independence Blue Cross, has been elected the 153d president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society . Riddle HealthCare Foundation elected the following members: Natalie D. Ramsey , partner at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads L.L.P., Philadelphia; William H. Clinger , retired president of William H. Clinger Corp.; and Chris Smith , vice president, commercial banking group, Bryn Mawr Trust Co. Widener University named Sophia Wisniewska , regional chancellor for the University of South Florida St. Petersburg and former chancellor of Pennsylvania State University's Brandywine campus, and Daniel Hartney , a senior business-management major from Scotia, N.Y., to its board of trustees.
NEWS
June 6, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
With one daughter headed to college and another to high school - and, she hopes, someday, college - Angela Dawson didn't know how she was going to pay all the tuition bills. On Wednesday, she found out she wouldn't have to. Widener University announced that it would award $100,000 scholarships to every eighth-grade student who graduates from Widener Partnership Charter School in Chester. Educational experts say such incentive programs are becoming more popular around the country.
SPORTS
May 20, 2014
IN HIS LAST HOME game at Ss. Neumann-Goretti, senior lefthander Charlie Jerla went out with a bang. The 6-2, 180-pounder was dominant Saturday in the Saints' 1-0 victory against visiting La Salle in the Catholic League playoffs losers bracket. Jerla, who is headed to Marist next season, allowed four hits and struck out five in just the 10th 1-0 game in CL history, according to TedSilary.com. His counterpart, lefty John Scheffey, was nearly as good for the Explorers, scattering six hits and striking out three.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2014 | By Lini S. Kadaba, For The Inquirer
Dinner at the Rosen Schwartz household is no rushed, throw-a-slice-of-a-pizza-on-a-paper-plate affair. OK, it is on occasion - the hazard of 21st-century married-with-kids life. But often enough, and certainly on this school night, the family of four sit down to a properly set table for dinner - emphasis on properly set. "On a regular basis, I insist on this scaled-down formality, that there are essential items that belong in a table setting that go on our table," Lynn Rosen, 52, says from her Elkins Park house.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the hospice nurse called police in the assisted-suicide case of Barbara Mancini, David Casarett knew he had work to do. He feared that the actions of one hospice nurse could discourage Americans from using that model of palliative care for the terminally ill, or inhibit dying people in pain from taking morphine. So Casarett, a University of Pennsylvania physician and chief medical officer of Penn-Wissahickon Hospice, teamed with law professor Thaddeus Pope, formerly of Widener University and an expert in end-of-life law, to develop ethical guidelines for hospice workers nationwide on when to report suspicions of assisted suicide.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Players don't usually lose a foot when they kick a soccer ball. So Lee Thomas, a senior at Widener University and a graduate of Haddon Heights High School, had some unintentional fun with his coach the first time he played team soccer in elementary school. No one told the coach that Thomas had a prosthetic right foot. "So he was completely oblivious," Thomas said. A pack of kids chased the ball around the field, kicking it one way and then the other. Then Thomas stepped up and gave the ball a boot.
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!"
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR & DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writers farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A WIDENER University student who was shot on the school's Chester campus Monday night knew his attacker, according to a city official. The victim, whose identity has not been released, remained in critical but stable condition yesterday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The student was ambushed about 8:40 p.m. as he sat in a car near the Schwartz Athletic Center, authorities said. After the shooting, campus officials urged students to "seek shelter and remain indoors" until 6 a.m. yesterday, when the alert was lifted.
NEWS
January 22, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police are looking for the gunman who shot and critically wounded a Widener University student near an athletic facility on the school's campus in Chester. After the shooting Monday night, students were asked to remain in their dorms until 6 a.m. Tuesday, although police said they believed the assailant had fled. The university reported on its website that the student, whose age was not released, was shot about 8:45 p.m. "in the vicinity" of the Schwartz Athletic Center on the eastern end of the campus.
NEWS
December 27, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Through the wide opening in a rooftop dome on the engineering building at Widener University, the most prominent feature of the view is a brilliantly lit Days Inn billboard. Focus a bit more, and you'll notice a cellphone tower, a patchwork of illuminated city buildings, and an airplane blinking across a grayish night sky. Harry Augensen has made it his mission to show residents of Chester that there are stars there, too. On many Monday and Friday evenings, he invites community members of all ages to the roof of Kirkbride Hall, where he runs Widener's observatory.
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