Saturday, September 22, 2018

Widener Partnership Charter School alumni now at Widener University


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 Widener University welcomes home first Widener Partnership Charter School alumni, as freshmen in class of 2022
Twelve students receive $100,000 scholarships
Widener University is pleased to welcome home 12 students who entered the university this fall as freshmen in the class of 2022, and whose primary education began at the Widener Partnership Charter School.
Widener launched the charter school with a kindergarten and first grade in 2006, in partnership with community leaders and residents of Chester. Five of the charter school students who are now Widener freshmen were in the inaugural first grade class and continued there as the school added grade levels through middle school. Others joined the school in grades two through four.
Together, they were among the 37 eighth grade students in the first class promoted to high school, in 2014. They were also the first class to receive a promise from Widener University: those who excelled in high school and met Widener’s admissions requirements would be eligible for $100,000 scholarships over four years to pursue their undergraduate degrees full time.
The university is fulfilling that financial promise to the 12 charter school alumni who have entered as freshmen.
“We are so excited and honored that these students have returned to Widener to pursue their undergraduate degrees,” said President Julie E. Wollman. “All of them have met our rigorous standards for admission and have earned their place in Widener’s class of 2022. I am proud of their accomplishments, and especially gratified because we nurtured them through their elementary and middle school years and watched as they headed off to high school. It truly feels like we have welcomed them home as they begin the next chapter of their academic lives.”
Freshman Destiny Barnes, an exploratory studies major, said she was happy to be back with former Widener schoolmates.
“We started together. We’re going to finish together,” Barnes said. “That’s what makes me happy. I’m proud of us.”
Biology major Jada Cottman, a Maguire College Scholar at Widener, said she is volunteering at the charter school, working with students on their sight words. The experience makes her feel like a role model, and teachers there encourage her to talk with the elementary children about her education. Cottman wants to be a pediatrician.
“They want them to know it’s possible. You can go to college,” she said.
Chester Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland added his support for the students.
“Anytime a young person commits themselves to higher education, it is a win for the future,” Kirkland said. “Even more so, when those young persons are products of our very own community, we know that commitment signifies a win for our city. As these students matriculate at Widener University, the power of partnerships is reaffirmed. We are proud of these students and salute all parties involved for helping to cultivate our next generation of leaders.” 
The Widener Partnership Charter School is Pennsylvania’s first university-based charter school. It takes a holistic approach to K-to-8 education, equipping the next generation with skills and resources to succeed. The school emphasizes a low student-to-teacher ratio, the social and emotional development of each student, a close partnership with parents and caregivers, and the inclusion of music, art, physical and health education and foreign language instruction as integral parts of the curriculum.
The university-charter school partnership also benefits the younger learners through use of Widener’s Wolfgram Memorial Library, and resources available through the Center for Education, Center for Social Work Education, and the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. Widener also encourages charter school students to use university facilities such as the Art Gallery and the Science Teaching Center.
Charter school alumni who are members of Widener’s class of 2022, and their majors, include:
Robert Harvey, criminal justice
Asia McDonald, nursing
Brea Simms, communications studies
Kennae Wood, biology
De-Avion Johnson, criminal justice
Destiny Barnes, exploratory studies
Jada Cottman, biology
Kenia Ramos, nursing
Cire Holmes, nursing
Aqeel Collins, business
Jaami’a Boyer, biology
Brandon Nichols, accounting

Chester Fest 2018


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Fall Bistro Dinner Series


Chester, Pa. – Reservations are being accepted for Widener’s popular Fall 2018 Bistro Dinner Series. The series kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 3 with a menu that includes a hearty tuscan-style soup, beef ragu bowl, classic margherita flatbread, and more – all prepared and served in a casual-dining setting by students from the Center for Hospitality Management in the School of Business Administration.

The dinners will be held on the following Wednesdays: Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, Nov. 14, Nov. 28, and Dec. 5. Menus are available online.

Guests will enjoy a two-course à la carte meal served in the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Dining Room on Widener’s campus. The restaurant is an opportunity for students to apply theoretical concepts learned in the classroom to a casual and relaxed dining setting. Student teams lead all aspects of the dinners from calculating food costs to managing their fellow students who are cooking and serving the meals.

Reservations are required for the Bistro Dinner Series. Seating times are from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings during the fall semester. For reservations, please call 610-499-1127 or e-mail sznoye@widener.edu. Reservations for parties of 6 or more must confirm the reservation the Friday before the date. Any unconfirmed reservations will be cancelled.  

The Marriott Dining Room is located in Academic Center North on the Main Campus of Widener University, 1 University Place, Chester, Pa., 19013.

Keepers of the Flame at André Café


Monday, August 27, 2018

Widener Partnership Charter School gets new principal


Widener Press Release
The Widener Partnership Charter School Board of Trustees has named Roy T. Wilson, EdD, chief executive officer and principal of the school. Wilson, of Sicklerville, New Jersey, began his new position in July.
As CEO and principal, Wilson oversees the day-to-day operations of the kindergarten through eighth grade school. Widener launched the school in 2006 in partnership with community leaders and residents of Chester. It is Pennsylvania’s first university-based charter school and it takes a holistic approach to K-to-8 education, equipping the next generation with skills and resources to succeed.
Wilson was selected after a national search, with input from a committee of representatives from the university and the charter school, members of the Chester community, and school parents. He has 20 years of experience in education and has served as a principal in the North Brunswick Public Schools and Newark Public Schools in New Jersey. He also served as an assistant superintendent in the Trenton Public Schools, where he began his career as a third-grade teacher.
Wilson received his doctorate in educational leadership from the College of St. Elizabeth, a master’s degree in educational leadership from The College of New Jersey, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grambling State University.
 “One of the many reasons I was attracted to the Widener Partnership Charter School was the ability to work at the intersection of the school, the university, and the community,” Wilson said. “I see many outstanding opportunities for WPCS students and for Widener students to engage and learn from each other.”
 “We are excited to welcome Dr. Wilson to the Widener Partnership Charter School,” said Robin Dole, dean of the School of Human Service Professions and chair of the Widener Partnership Charter School Board. “Widener is deeply committed to providing quality education at all levels to students in Chester, and to preparing our youngest students to be successful, lifelong learners. Dr. Wilson’s breadth of experience and his passion for education make him a great fit for this important leadership role.”
The Widener Partnership Charter School approach to education emphasizes a low student-to-teacher ratio, the social and emotional development of each student, a close partnership with parents and caregivers, and the inclusion of music, art, physical and health education and foreign language instruction as integral parts of the curriculum. In addition, Widener Partnership Charter School alumni who meet Widener University admission criteria during their high school years are eligible for grants of $100,000 over four years to pursue an undergraduate education full time at Widener.
The university-charter school partnership also benefits the younger learners through use of Widener’s Wolfgram Memorial Library, and resources available through the Center for Education, Center for Social Work Education, and the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. Widener also encourages charter school students to use university facilities such as the Art Gallery and the Science Teaching Center.
“Widener University is committed to enhancing education at all levels in our community,” Widener President Julie E. Wollman said. “Dr. Wilson has spent his first weeks not only getting to know the charter school, but the community surrounding it – by driving Chester streets and walking city sidewalks, all in addition to his time at the school. He has a deep respect for community-based education and I know the charter school students and their families will be positively impacted by his leadership.”