Sunday, September 11, 2016

Chester High School Hall of Fame 2016



Stacey Hall
Walter Hartshon

Friday, September 9, 2016

Fringe Festival to Make Chester Debut

Hi  - I wanted to let you know that due to some kinks that could not be worked out in time, the show mentioned below has been canceled.
Thank you, Allyson L Roberts, Public Relations, Widener University 

A Bridge Apart Debuts at Widener Sept. 16 as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival

CHESTER, Pa. — The city of Chester is experiencing a Culture and Arts Renaissance, which a collaborative theater group will showcase at this year’s Philadelphia Fringe Festival through the performance piece A Bridge Apart. This marks the first time the Philadelphia Fringe Festival will extend its territory to feature performances in Chester.

Widener University’s Lone Brick Theater Ensemble has partnered with The Artist Warehouse in Chester to produce A Bridge Apart, which candidly explores university-community or “town-gown” relations. Performances take place in Widener’s Alumni Auditorium Friday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m. Tickets are free, but they must be reserved on the Philadelphia Fringe Festival website,

Devon Walls, artist and proprietor of The Artist Warehouse and an artist in residence at Widener, spearheaded efforts to develop this piece. Walls facilitated walking tours of the Widener University campus and city of Chester with Widener staff, faculty and students and Chester residents, business owners and city officials. Along the way, he interviewed participants about both real and perceived boundaries separating the campus and the Chester community. The narratives from those tours have been combined with spoken word, photography, actor interviews and improvisations, in addition to musical performances of Chester-based artists on the theme “boundaries and bridges,” to create A Bridge Apart.

“The performance itself acts as a new bridge between university and community as it brings Widener student actors together with youth and adult actors in the Chester community to enact stories, spoken word, music and other artistic reflections on the boundaries that hinder mutual respect and collaboration between the university and the city and on what it takes to bridge stronger partnerships,” said Sharon Meagher, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Widener University.

Both Meagher and Walls are primary investigators on a larger collaborative project titled Boundaries and Bridges that utilizes creative placemaking workshops and activities to strengthen connection to community and place in the city of Chester. Funded by a 2015 Catalyst Fund from the Barra Foundation, the Boundaries and Bridges initiative is led by a team of Widener University and city of Chester leaders to strengthen and support arts collaboration in Chester and realize the planned Culture and Arts Corridor from Widener’s campus to Chester’s City Hall. The concept of this Culture and Arts Corridor first developed through the Chester Made initiative led by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

To learn more about the performances, contact Sharon M. Meagher, dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, 610-499-1260 or 570-905-5234.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Public Stargazing Sessions

Widener University Observatory offers free public telescope viewings

CHESTER, Pa.-The Widener University Observatory resumes its public stargazing sessions this month. All are invited to see the stars, planets and other celestial wonders using the observatory’s 12- and 16-inch computerized reflecting telescopes. Widener astronomy professors, with assistance from undergraduate students, will be on hand to offer assistance.

Upcoming stargazing sessions include Monday twilight viewings on Sept. 12, 19 and 26 from 8-9 p.m.; Oct. 3, 10 and 17 from 7-8 p.m.; Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 6-7 p.m.; and Dec. 5 and 12 from 6-7 p.m. Friday evening sessions are also held the first Fridays of every month from 8-9 p.m.
For the complete schedule and to register, visit or call 610-499-4003. Because space is limited, participants are encouraged to register in advance.
The Widener University Observatory will consider requests for group viewing sessions. Call 610-499-4003
The Widener University Observatory is located on the 5th floor of Kirkbride Hall on 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester, Pa.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Widener and DCCC to Offer Culinary Course Together

Widener University’s Center of Hospitality Management Partners with
Delaware County Community College to Offer Culinary Courses

Chester, PA. -- Widener University’s Center for Hospitality Management has partnered with Delaware County Community College (DCCC) to offer students culinary courses on Main Campus.

The partnership welcomes Peter Gilmore, a world-renowned chef and program manager of the culinary arts at DCCC, to teach his intro to culinary course at Widener. Chef Gilmore has studied and worked in France and is most known for his contributions and service to Le Bec Fin, a former restaurant in Philadelphia. There will be one course this fall, with two courses in the spring of 2017.

The partnership will allow for a seamless transition for students into the Widener four-year program, after completing a two-year degree at DCCC. Widener students who have an interest in culinary arts will also be able to enroll in the culinary courses for elective credit

“It’s a great opportunity for two institutions to collaborate in various ways, from recruitment initiatives to new programming,” Dr. Joy Dickerson, associate dean of the Center for Hospitality Management, said. “We hope to provide a great experience for the DCCC students. It's also wonderful for the Widener students to have the opportunity to take a course under Chef Gilmore.”

Dickerson also hopes the partnership integrates the two student bodies for organizational activities to continue to strengthen the Center for Hospitality Management’s student clubs.

To learn more about the partnership, watch this video: