Thursday, March 26, 2015

5K Color Run to Benefit the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic

Chester, Pa. – Students from Widener University’s Institute for Physical Therapy Education have organized a 5K color run on Friday, April 10 at 4 p.m.
to benefit the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic. The student-run clinic aims to improve healthcare access to physical therapy services by providing pro bono care to underserved and uninsured individuals in Chester and surrounding communities.

Pre-race festivities begin at 3 p.m. on Widener’s Memorial Field behind Old Main with lawn games, music and a warm-up led by the Widener Wellness Center staff. Participants are encouraged to register at this time prior to the 4 p.m. race start. All who register will receive a t-shirt, sunglasses and a beverage voucher for use at Maggie May’s Campus Pub after the race.

To pre-register online, visit Individual registration is $25, and individuals who register as part of a team with eight or more members pay $15 a person.

To learn more about the Chester Community Physical Therapy Clinic, visit .

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WAWA Teams up with Youth Court

For the second year the WAWA legal staff in Wawa, Pennsylvania has teamed up with the Chester High School Youth Court to share their legal expertise. Last year, the Street Law Cooperation helped bring this partnership together. WAWA legal staff came out to the high school and taught two great legal lessons. Students followed up in a day long career workshop at WAWA University on Monday, March 23rd. WAWA combined interesting activities with legal lessons for a fun and educational day.

Widener University to name a “Cake Boss”

Chester, Pa. -- These days everyone has heard of Buddy Valastro – TLC’s “Cake Boss.” School of Hospitality Management students count themselves among Valastro’s biggest fans. In honor of the famed baker, students involved in the National Association of Catering Executives and the Society of Food and Wine have joined together to host the school’s fourth annual Cake Boss competition.

What: Cake Boss, hosted by the School of Hospitality Management at Widener University

When: Thursday, March 26, 2014
           7 – 9 p.m. (Judging to take place around 8:45 p.m.)

Where: Marriot Dining Room, Academic Center North, Widener University
Why: Similar to the TLC program, contestants will submit entries that will be judged on both appearance and taste. This year there are three categories in which contestants can compete in: Grandmom’s Favorite, Most Unique Flavor, and Best Appearance. There will be great visuals of the decorate cakes.

There will be a winner in each category, which will be chosen by professional judges, and then the Fourth Annual Cake Boss will be named according to the popularity vote. The grand-prize winner will receive a cash prize and will be named the official ‘Widener Cake Boss,’ along with an embroidered chef coat emblazoned with this title. 

This year the students’ welcome a special guest; Master Chef Joseph K. Poon, known for his Asian Fusion Cuisine, will be on hand performing sculpt out artwork from food items, which has become his trademark. Chef will be doing a fruit carving at Widener. He has also appeared on TV's Food Network as well as the “The Tonight Show” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Monday, March 23, 2015

Widener to Offer Free Education Course to Help Graduating and Rising High School Seniors

CHESTER, Pa. – Widener University will offer a free introductory course in education to help all interested rising and graduating high school seniors test the waters of the teaching profession. The ED 101 course begins July 21 and runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. through Aug. 11. The class gives participants the opportunity to experience a college class with full-time Widener faculty, as well as to meet other education students.

Tuition is free for all students. All students are responsible for the textbook along with portfolio software, if applicable. Students who complete the course will receive three undergraduate credits that can be used at Widener or transferred to other universities depending on the institution.

As part of the class requirements, students must complete 15 hours of field experience and five hours of off-campus activities. Therefore, all students must apply for PA Criminal Record Clearances, PA Child Abuse Clearances and FBI Fingerprinting prior to class.

Students who want to participate in the course or have additional questions should contact Director of Certification & Student Teaching Marcia M. Bolton at 610-499-4630 or

Friday, March 13, 2015

R&B Sensation Avery Sunshine to Perform at Boys & Girls Club of Chester Benefit March 19

Chester, Pa. – The Boys & Girls Club of Chester will host a benefit concert featuring renowned R&B artist Avery Sunshine to celebrate their 85th Anniversary on March 19 at 7 p.m. at Harrah’s Philadelphia Racetrack & Casino.

Avery Sunshine, a Chester native, is looking forward to returning to the city for such an important cause. While growing up in Chester, Avery Sunshine lived blocks from the Boys & Girls Club and realized the value in having a space for children to go where they can feel safe and learn in a supportive environment.
The members of the Boys & Girls Club hope the community comes together to support the organization’s mission to offer activities for Chester’s youth, as a majority of the proceeds will go directly toward Boys & Girls Club programming.

“It is vital that the youth of our community have a venue such as the Boys & Girls Club of Chester to develop as young people,” Janet Riley-Ford, executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of Chester, said. “We are grateful for the support from our sponsors and Avery Sunshine for collaborating on what will be an unforgettable night.”

Avery Sunshine will perform her songs from her recent hit album the SunRoom in the new event facility at Harrah’s Casino. The pricing for this special event is $50 for general admission and $85 for VIP admission, which includes a meet and greet with Avery Sunshine at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at or by calling (610) 874-1237.

Event sponsors include: City of Chester, Earl Foster Funereal Home, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Local 413 Laborers Union, Monroe Energy, and The Chester Spirit.