Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Feast

Widener University students prepare meal for Chester residents on Nov. 22

Chester, Pa. – Students in the Widener University Center for Hospitality Management want to make sure Chester families have access to a delicious Thanksgiving meal. To do that, the students are preparing and serving a feast on Wednesday, Nov. 22 for as many as 200 people at the Salvation Army in Chester.

The meal has been an annual tradition for hospitality management students for over a decade. This year, approximately 30 students – a mix of seniors in the co-op program and first-year students in the “Introduction to Hospitality Management” class – are fundraising to purchase food, planning the full menu, calculating ingredients and preparing the meal in advance.

“The students are preparing everything you can think of from stuffing and yams to turkey, pies and homemade apple sauce,” said Dr. Joy Dickerson, an associate professor in the Center for Hospitality Management in the Widener School of Business Administration. “But it’s so much more than just serving a meal – it’s an unforgettable experience that is transformational for the students.”

WHO              Widener University Hospitality Management Students

WHAT           Thanksgiving Feast for the Salvation Army

WHERE         Salvation Army, 151 W 15th Street, Chester, PA

WHEN           Wednesday, Nov. 22; 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

WHY              Widener students will experience first-hand the importance of “giving” by    preparing a hearty Thanksgiving meal for Chester families at the Salvation Army.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Chester Charter School for the Arts is kicking off varsity basketball

PAPREPLIVE Photo: Coach Donny Dodds, Read his story here

Chester Charter School for the Arts (Chester, PA) is kicking off its varsity basketball season with our First Annual Service Scrimmage vs. Strath Haven High School on Friday night December 1, 2017.  The Voice of Delaware County & Pennsylvania Sports Dave Burman will be Public Address Announcer.

This fundraising event's focus is to raise money for Hurricane Maria relief on the island of Puerto Rico. CCSA High School's community service club is hosting the event and are seeking from the community monetary donations which will go directly to the people who need the most help on the island.

Doors will open at 6:00pm and the game will begin at 6:45pm. If you would like to help CCSA’s efforts in supporting hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, a link to the GoFundMe campaign can be found below.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Widener students to host ‘Strut Your Mutt’ Dog Costume Contest

Chester, Pa. – With Halloween just days away, Widener University students are hosting a “Strut Your Mutt” dog costume contest on Oct. 27 to raise money for the Providence Animal Center and gain first-hand experience in event planning.
The dog costume contest is being organized by a group of students in Associate Professor Dr. Angie Corbo’s event planning and public relations course. The event, which is open to the Widener community, is an opportunity for the students to learn how to plan an awareness campaign and community outing that is both fun and raises money for a worthy cause.
Participants will pay a $5 entry fee that will go directly to the animal shelter in Media, Pennsylvania. In 2016, Providence Animal Center helped families adopt a record 3,765 cats and dogs.
Widener University President Dr. Julie E. Wollman and Provost Dale Scalise-Smith are expected to attend the event with their canines.
What: “Strut Your Mutt” Dog Costume Contest
When: Friday, Oct. 27; Contest at 4 p.m.
Who: Alumni, students, faculty and staff will attend the event.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lone Brick Theater Debuts Every Day, APOCALYPSE!

Lone Brick Theatre Company Tackles Artistic Armageddon in Every Day, APOCALYPSE!

Returning to the FringeArts Festival for the third year running, Widener University’s Lone Brick Theatre Company presents Every Day, APOCALYPSE!, a new comedy written by company director, R.A. Reutter. The show premiers in the Festival on Friday, September 22 at 8:00pm with an additional performance on Saturday, September 23 at 8:00pm. Performances will be held at The Collective in Port Richmond.

Meet the members of the floundering Angry Goose Theatre Company whose rehearsal is interrupted when Jesus stops by. Perturbed by their lukewarm reception, the irate son of God condemns the members of the company to experience a new apocalyptic scenario every day, for eternity. Can the members of the company learn enough about themselves, each other, and Armageddon to save the world, not to mention the world’s worst production of Hamlet.

A comic fusion of performance traditions, Every Day, APOCALYPSE! incorporates elements of dance, circus arts, and puppetry to question the role of art in the apocalyptic landscape. Positing the end of the world in its many incarnations as metaphor for the ever mounting challenges to artistic expression in the twenty first century, the show explores the impulse to create and where the responsibility of the artist lies.

A departure from the immersive nature of Lone Brick’s previous, darker Fringe entry, Dissever My Soul (2015), Every Day, APOCALYPSE! maintains the generative process that is vital to the company’s work. Though penned by Reutter, the show is a collaboration in which the actors participate in evolving the script through a series of summer workshops designed around movement, improvisation, and character study.

Every Day, APOCALYPSE! stars Widener University undergraduate students Nathan Mirando, Rebecca Gomezrueda, Alexander Ross, Brookelynne Mahon, Jimmy Coia, Taylor Blum, McKailey Gordon, Brynne Maddrey, Robert Termini, and Jared Zimmerman; graduate students, Carolyn Lodge and Luis Aguilar; and alumna, Cosette Termini.

What: Every Day, APOCALYPSE!
When: Friday, September 22 & Saturday, September 23 at 8:00pm
Tickets: $15 General Admission; $10 Student, purchase through the FringeArts Box Office

A limited number of half-price tickets will be available through Funsavers beginning September 14.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dr. Juan Baughn formally appointed New Superintendent of Schools

Congratulations to Dr. Juan Baughn who was formally appointed the new Superintendent of Schools for the Chester Upland School District effective July 20, 2017. Dr. Baughn had been serving as Acting Superintendent since January of this year. He will be contracted through July 20, 2021. Read more HERE