Thursday, October 23, 2014

Camelot Chester Partners with Widener University, Diakon Services to Increase Literacy among At-Risk Youth

The tutoring program provides one-on-one learning assistance and real-world teaching experience for students.

Camelot Education’s Chester Upland School, Widener University and Diakon Lutheran Services have joined forces to institute a program that increases literacy among at-risk youth while providing real-world training for college students.

The pilot program matches students from Camelot Chester’s Transitional School, which accepts students on recommendation by Chester High School for serious disciplinary infractions, to be tutored one-on-one by a Widener University student two times per week for 45 minutes. Diakon identifies students and works with families participating in the program.

“We’re shooting to improve literacy in our students who have gotten into trouble and are taking advantage of a second chance, but we hope to see academic growth in all subjects from the students involved,” said Camelot Chester Executive Director Daniel Peticca.

The program, created by Widener Special Education Assistant Professor Mimi Staulters and Criminal Justice Professor Nancy Blank, centers upon mentors creating individualized tutoring plans for each Camelot student based upon his or her needs and interests, with the oversight of Widener faculty.

Dr. Staulters cited an example of this targeted approach.

“One student has demonstrated a strong ability to complete academic work, but is a bit hesitant in her interactions with her tutors and sometimes struggles to complete tasks in a timely manner,” said Staulters.  “The tutors agreed this youth benefits from humor and encouragement, and created a specific behavioral approach with reinforcers to facilitate motivation.”

The program, which began in late September, will run for ten weeks with the current group of students.  Both Peticca and Blank hope to grow the program in future semesters.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns to Speak at Widener University

Chester, Pa.—Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, renowned for his landmark public television series Baseball and The Civil War, will speak at Widener University at 1 p.m. Monday, November 10 in Kapelski Learning Center Lecture Hall #1. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. To reserve seating, call 610-499-4112 or e-mail

Since the Academy Award nomination of Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Burns has directed and produced some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. His films have won 13 Emmy Awards and two Oscar nominations. In 2008, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored Burns with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

His past projects include Prohibition, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, The War, Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Horatio’s Drive: America’s First Road Trip, Mark Twain, Jazz, Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Thomas Jefferson, The Shakers, Statue of Liberty, Huey Long, The Congress, Thomas Hart Benton, Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio, William Segal, The West, and The Central Park Five.

Burns was director, producer, co-writer, chief cinematographer, music director and executive producer of Baseball and The Civil War. Baseball became the most watched series in PBS history, attracting more than 45 million viewers, and received numerous awards, including an Emmy, the CINE Golden Eagle Award and the Clarion Award. The Civil War was the highest rated series in the history of American public television and attracted an audience of 40 million during its premiere in 1990. The series has been honored with more than 40 major film and television awards.

Widener University Art Gallery Hosts Third Annual CareLink Art Exhibition

Chester, Pa. – The Widener University Art Gallery will host the Third Annual CareLink Art Exhibition, highlighting the many gifted artists involved with CareLink programs, from October 25 to November 26.

CareLink has a long history of providing a range of arts programming to build communities through art and create an appreciation of the arts among people with mental illness. The programs are supported by generous funding from Pennsylvania Council on Arts.

CareLink was founded in 1959 in Landsowne, Pa. to provide people living with mental illness a progressive alternative to the revolving door of hospital care. CareLink’s philosophy is that people with disabilities can live, work and participate in the community with independence if they have caring support and help learning essential skills. The organization’s services embody the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation which promote achievable outcomes, community integration and highly individualized care. CareLink serves more than 800 adults in 28 community programs in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey.

The gallery will host a reception for the exhibition from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 29. 

The Widener University Art Gallery is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and.  The gallery will be closed Saturday, August 31 in recognition of Labor Day.

The gallery is located in University Center on the Chester Campus of Widener University, on 14th Street between Walnut Street and Melrose Avenue. For more information, contact the Widener University Art Gallery at 610-499-1189 or visit the gallery website at

Monday, October 20, 2014

Y Achievers Program

The Rocky Run Y provides a FREE college and career readiness program for students in 5th - 12th grades.  Middle school program is held at Chester City Hall Tuesday evenings at 5:30p and High school program occurs the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month at Villanova University - transportation is provided for the high school program with pick up and drop off sites at Chester High and the Community Hospital.

Please use the contact below with any questions.

Ashley J. Funk, MPH
Director of Youth Development
Rocky Run Branch
1299 West Baltimore Pike
Media, PA 19063
(P) 610-627-9622 (F) 610-627-0902

Widener MBA in Business Process Management Ranks #7 ranks Widener University’s MBA in Business Process Management (Business Process Innovation) seventh among competing MBA programs with a specialization in Management Information Systems

Chester, Pa.—Widener University’s online MBA in Business Process Management (also known as Business Process Innovation) ranked seventh in a recent list of the 20 best online MBA in Management Information Systems Degree Programs compiled by selected Widener’s program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths and reputation, which included reputation for online degree programs.

Widener’s MBA in Business Process Management includes 33 credit hours, which provide students with a comprehensive business management education with courses in managerial economics in an innovative environment, accounting, managing for results, leading organizations and people, and marketing. 

The program also equips students with information system skills. Widener’s School of Business Administration has a strong relationship with SAP, the world’s leading provider of business software solutions, as an active member of the SAP University Alliance.
The online MBA in Business Process Management degree specifically prepares students for the Certified Business Process Professional certification, governed by the Association of Business Process Management Professionals, and for managerial roles.

“The MBA in Business Process Management is highly relevant in today’s business environment,” said Dr. Penelope Sue Greenberg, associate provost for graduate studies and director of School of Business Administration Graduate Programs.  “Business process innovation centers on understanding the need to change the focus of organizations from functional silos to integrated end-to-end business processes to gain a competitive advantage. Students gain the cross-functional perspectives to manage today’s process-oriented organizations.”

To learn more about Widener’s MBA in Business Process Management, visit .

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