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Widener University students experience Alternative Spring Break

CHESTER, PA (04/11/2018)-- Nearly 60 Widener University students took part in the national Alternative Spring Break program this semester on university-sponsored service trips to five locations around the United States.

Though their destinations varied, the students were all driven to help others and expand their worldviews. Widener has been participating in the national Alternative Spring Break program for nearly two decades, partnering with Habitat for Humanity to serve underdeveloped or low-income areas, or places affected by natural disaster.

Students who participated in the program, and the areas where they traveled, included:

Caitlin Bell of Palmyra, New Jersey, 08065. Bell traveled to Sacramento, California.

Felicia Bisirri of West Deptford, New Jersey, 08086. Bisirri traveled to Longmont, Colorado.

Taylor Borgstrom of Columbus, New Jersey, 08022. Borgstrom traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Shannon Connolly of Malaga, New Jersey, 08328. Connolly traveled to Longmont, Colorado.

Jenna Fareri of Audubon, New Jersey, 08106. Fareri traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Jacklyn Guht of mullica hill, New Jersey, 08062. Guht traveled to Sacramento, California.

Aimee Homan of Bridgeton, New Jersey, 08302. Homan traveled to Richmond, Kentucky.

Ryan Matsumoto of Sewell, New Jersey, 08080. Matsumoto traveled to Sacramento, California.

Bianca Rodovalho of Delran, New Jersey, 08075. Rodovalho traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Elena Rowatti of Hainesport, New Jersey, 08036. Rowatti traveled to Sacramento, California.

Kaitlyn Schneider of Riverside, New Jersey, 08075. Schneider traveled to Longmont, Colorado.

Amberlyn Sheridan of Sewell, New Jersey, 08080. Sheridan traveled to Durham, North Carolina.

Ryley Walsh of Deptford, New Jersey, 08096. Walsh traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In addition to the national program, Widener also facilitated travel for students who visited Costa Rica, Honduras, and Trinidad and Tobago for service-oriented experiences during spring break.

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/


Taylor Limone of Burlington Inducted Into the Biology Honor Society at Scranton

SCRANTON, PA (04/10/2018)-- Taylor Limone of Burlington was among the 54 University of Scranton students inducted into Beta Beta Beta, the national honor society for biology. For induction into the honor society, students must have completed at least three biology courses, maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average in biology, and be in good academic standing at the University. The honor society encourages undergraduate biological research through presentations at conventions, publication in the journal BIOS, and research/travel grants. The University's chapter of the honor society was established in 1994.

Limone is a sophomore majoring in biochemistry at the Jesuit university.

Sydney McNally of Mount Laurel Inducted Into the Economics Honor Society at Scranton

SCRANTON, PA (04/10/2018)-- Sydney McNally of Mount Laurel was among The University of Scranton students inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honor society in economics. The University's chapter of the honor society was established in 1969.

McNally is a senior majoring in finance at the Jesuit university.

Christopher Rothman's artwork featured in "Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition 2018"

ONEONTA, NY (04/10/2018)-- Artwork by Christopher Rothman, of Bridgeton, NJ, will be on display in SUNY Oneonta's Martin-Mullen Art Gallery for the "Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition 2018" in the Fine Arts Center from April 5 to May 12.

A reception for the artists along with live music and food is planned for Thursday, April 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Featured art works were chosen from an open jury process and works entered by the art faculty. Painting, drawing, sculpture, digital print, digital video, and an assortment of mixed media make up this year's offerings. All are invited to attend the reception and the exhibition.

Rothman is studying Computer Art at SUNY Oneonta.

Local students named to Winter 2018 Dean's List at Palmer College of Chiropractic

[MAIN CAMPUS] DAVENPORT, IA (04/12/2018)-- Local students were named to the Winter 2018 Dean's List at Palmer College of Chiropractic's Florida campus in Port Orange, Fla.

Conner Bor of Voorhees, NJ

Anson Hadley of Beesleys Pt, NJ

To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 in all studies for the respective term. The highest possible GPA is a 4.00.

Palmer College of Chiropractic is the founding college of the chiropractic profession, and is known as The Trusted Leader in Chiropractic Education. It was founded in 1897 in Davenport, Iowa, by D.D. Palmer, the discoverer of chiropractic. More than 2,100 students attend Palmer College campuses in Davenport, Iowa; Port Orange, Fla.; and San Jose, Calif. Palmer's nearly 30,000 practicing alumni comprise almost half of the doctors of chiropractic in the United States.

Local Residents Inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

BATON ROUGE, LA (04/12/2018)-- The following local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Catherine Ruddy of Turnersville (08012) was initiated at Duquesne University.

Kiah Walton of Burlington (08016) was initiated at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

More About Phi Kappa Phi

Since its founding, 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization's notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist John Grisham and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Each biennium, Phi Kappa Phi awards $1.4 million to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information about Phi Kappa Phi, visit www.phikappaphi.org.

5 Takes on Drew's N.Y. Theatre Semester

MADISON, NJ (04/12/2018)-- It was an intense six months for the 16 Drew University students who participated in the inaugural Semester on New York Theatre in which they wrote, produced and staged an original production, 4320p: Immersion. The play was performed on campus in March after a three-day run at the American Theatre of Actors on West 54th Street in Manhattan.

From the onset, the students worked with mentors from Tectonic Theater Project-a pioneer in the "devised theatre" technique in which productions are created with writers, actors, producers and technical crew working together from the outset as opposed to the traditional layered approach where others come in later to animate a written script.

Immersion is set 15 years into the future as a media conglomerate gobbles up platforms on the Internet and contestants in a virtual reality show called compete for access those platforms, often becoming desensitized along the way. The students who created the play said they wanted to grapple with themes of identity and social media that preoccupy their generation. Here are five takes on the experience.

Madeleine Blossom C'18 [Fullerton, Calif.]


Favorite moment: "Collaborating together on an intense level. We were all working together to serve the play."

What a mentor taught you: To step back and look at the bigger picture.

Biggest takeaway: "Hard work and dedication really pay off. None of us knew what we were in for when we signed up for the inaugural (theatre) semester in New York. There were so many moving parts."

Emily Dzioba C'18 [Edison, N.J.]


Favorite moment: "I liked wearing all the hats required of a dramaturg."

What a mentor taught you: A sense of professionalism borne of experience

Biggest takeaway: "Working and developing this show has shown me the power that theatre has in working out our anxieties and hopes . . . it's really cathartic."

Alize Martinez C'18 [Valley Stream, N.Y.]

Actor ("Soledad"), Hair/Makeup

Favorite moment: "Coming together as a company before each show and taking the moment to remind each other how far we've come. We're all so supportive of each other and it's great to have that relationship with the people you interact with on stage and off."

What a mentor taught you: "We all had professors Lisa Brenner and Chris Ceraso, Scott Barrow and Barbara Pitts McAdams. The biggest tip they all gave us was to have fun and to believe in ourselves. For me personally, Barb taught me to trust myself and to accept that there will always be improvement in our work even if we feel comfortable."

Biggest takeaway: "Take risks. It's important to trust yourself and when taking risks, the outcome may be exactly what you thought or not at all-and that's the coolest thing ever."

John McGowan C'19 [Pawtuckett, R.I.]

Actor ("Jay Holiday")

Favorite moment: "I found moment work to be very enlightening. The text was not the driving force, it was all about the people in the room."

What a mentor taught you: "To be big and large and go full force."

Biggest takeaway: "This process allowed me to be open to a lot of things . . . and flexible."

Aaron Sartorio C'18 [Egg Harbor City, N.J.]

Writer, Chorus Member

Favorite Moment: "When it was 16 of us working together creating moments. . . . We pushed each other to be our best no matter what."

What a mentor taught you: The value of collaboration.

Students credited Drew Theatre Professors Lisa Brenner and Chris Ceraso with hands-on help through the accelerated process of creating Immersion, which included building sets and winter-break draft writing.

In addition, Drew theatre connections in New York proved a boon to participants. For example, Blossom at one point visited the set of Come From Away on Broadway and while there, she met an alumnus who was working on the show. The students also found the immersive nature of the semester invaluable. As Dzioba put it, "It was all consuming but very rewarding."

Post Immersion, Blossom feels well prepared as she heads off after graduation to a summer job as a stage manager in Colorado. "I've had such a wide range of experience at Drew," she said.

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College confers BA degrees in more than 30 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute (DSSI), the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as New York City semesters focusing on Wall Street, the United Nations, Contemporary Art, Theatre, Social Entrepreneurship and Communications and Media and several international semester programs. Drew also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country's leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.