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CHESTER, PA (01/30/2020)-- Widener University congratulates its students who received leadership certificates in ceremonies held on the campus in Chester, Pa.

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Students earned the certificates through the university's Oskin Leadership Institute, which works to inspire and prepare them to become strategic thinkers and responsible citizens.

Thirty students received a Widener leadership certificate at the close of the fall 2019 semester. They included:

Erin Callahan of Bridgeton, NJ, 08302. Callahan is majoring in Nursing.

Jordyne Chernitsky of Mullica Hill, NJ, 08062. Chernitsky is majoring in Nursing.

Alexis Cianci of Sewell, NJ, 08080. Cianci is majoring in Nursing.

Gianna Curtis of West Berlin, NJ, 08091. Curtis is majoring in Nursing.

Madeline Dutterer of Gibbsboro, NJ, 08026. Dutterer is majoring in Biology/Pre-Physical Therapy.

Jessica Iannucci of Williamstown, NJ, 08094. Iannucci is majoring in Nursing.

Sarah Infante of Moorestown, NJ, 08057. Infante is majoring in Nursing.

Giancarlo Parisi of Burlington, NJ, 08016. Parisi is majoring in Finance.

Danielle Powers of Audubon, NJ, 08106. Powers is majoring in Nursing.

Ethan Rockey of Pitman, NJ, 08071. Rockey is majoring in Nursing.

Camryn Samuel of Shamon, NJ, 08088. Samuel is majoring in Nursing.

Fancesca Saam of Magnolia, NJ, 08049. Saam is majoring in Accounting.

Patrick Schooley of Swedesboro, NJ, 08085. Schooley is majoring in Electrical Engineering.

Alexis Slusher of Pennsville, NJ, 08070. Slusher is majoring in Nursing.

All recipients presented their personal leadership philosophies and the motivational stories behind them at the certificate ceremonies, which were held in December before final exams.

To earn a certificate, students had to complete a series of 18 workshops. Twelve workshops focused on leading self, others and change. Six workshops focused on students' individual leadership styles and personalities. The experiences lead them to each produce a personal leadership development plan, which they can take with them when they graduate. The entire process mirrored an executive coaching engagement that is common in the business world.

The Oskin Leadership Institute facilitates leadership development on campus, in the local tri-state area, and internationally through the Global Leadership Program. It engages students to become strategic leaders and responsible citizens who possess the character, courage and competencies to affect positive change. It provides executive coaching and organizational consulting to corporate partners. The institute, in partnership with Widener's unique PsyD/MBA joint degree program, also trains the trainers who develop organizational leaders across the globe.

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,