November 7, 2015 |
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.
November 5, 2015 |
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.
November 5, 2015 |
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.)
May 20, 2015 |
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.
February 15, 2015 |
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.
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.
January 1, 2015 |
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.
December 31, 2014 |
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.
November 29, 2014 |
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.
November 13, 2014
BJ. HOGAN has been named the new varsity football coach at Cardinal O'Hara High. Hogan, a 2001 O'Hara grad, was a member of the Lions' Catholic League championship team his senior year. Hogan is currently in his sixth season as the defensive backs coach at the University of Tennessse at Chattanooga. Before that, the Widener University grad spent three seasons as a special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown. A 4-year starter at Widener, Hogan was thrice named the team's top defensive back.