Wednesday, October 30, 2013

ROTC to Lead Veterans Day Remembrance at Widener University

Widener University’s Dauntless Battalion will honor our nation’s soldiers with a Veterans Day ceremony Friday, November 8 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will feature the Cadet Firing Party and the placing of a wreath by the Veterans Memorial at Widener’s Old Main building, which remembers alumni of Widener – and its predecessor institution Pennsylvania Military College – who lost their lives in combat.

Brig. Gen. Wilbur E. Wolf III, assistant division commander- Maneuver, 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard, will deliver the keynote address.

What:              Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony

When:             Friday, November 8, 2013
                        11 a.m.

Where:           Veterans Memorial at Widener’s Old Main Building*
                        14th and Melrose Ave.
                        Chester, Pa.

Details: Widener is the host institution for ROTC activity at the Abington and Brandywine campuses of Pennsylvania State University, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Immaculata University, Neumann University, Villanova University and West Chester University of Pennsylvania. These partnerships help make Widener’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program one of the largest in the region, with 128 active cadets this academic year.

*Rain location is Alumni Auditorium

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Widener’s Lone Brick Theatre Company Presents Lisa Loomer’s "Distracted"

The cast of “Distracted” gets into character. Pictured in front are Jared Bernatowicz and Joann Klein. Pictured in the back from left to right are Kimberly Miller, Bridgette Saverine, Erika Sprague and Brittany Hughes.

Widener University’s new Lone Brick Theatre Company presents the first show of its inaugural season on Nov. 8, 2013 with the production “Distracted,” a comedy by playwright and screenwriter Lisa Loomer.

“Distracted” centers on the story of Jesse, a 9-year-old boy who may or may not have attention deficit disorder, and his mother who is on a quest for answers. The play presents a hilarious, provocative and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma: Are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we've tuned out what really matters?

Robert Reutter, company director and senior lecturer of English at Widener, is excited to see theatre return to Widener University after a year-long absence. “This is a fantastic show to reinvent theatre at Widener,” Reutter said. “Loomer’s chaotic vision of distraction matches Lone Brick’s mission to find theatre in uncommon spaces, which is why we chose to present the show as site specific theatre.”

In site specific theatre, a production is adapted based on the nontraditional setting selected for the performance. All performances of “Distracted” take place in what is traditionally a classroom setting in Room 1 of Kapelski Learning Center on Widener’s Main Campus in Chester, Pa. Therefore, classroom features like the chalkboard and the projector are incorporated into the performance. 

“Distracted” stars freshmen Joann Klein of Broomall, Pa., as Mama and Jared Bernatowicz, also of Broomall, as Dad. They play Jesse’s distraught and distracted parents. Rounding out the cast are Widener students Patrick Hitschler of Philadelphia, Brittany Hughes of Chester, Tiffany Johnson of Bridgeport, Pa., Kimberly Miller of Sayville, N.Y.,  Bridgette Saverine of Bridgeton, N.J., and Erika Sprague of West Deptford, N.J. 

“Distracted” is Loomer’s most recent play. She is best known for “The Waiting Room,” which premiered in 1994 and features three women from different time periods who meet in a modern doctor’s waiting room. They suffer from the effects of their respective society’s cosmetic body modification practices. Loomer also co-wrote the screenplay for the film “Girl Interrupted.” 

Performances of “Distracted” run November 8, 9, 14 and 16 at 8 p.m., and November 10 and 17 at 7 p.m. 

Purchase tickets online through Lone Brick’s events page at or cash only at the door. Ticket prices are $8 for general admission; $5 for Widener University alumni, faculty and staff, as well as non-Widener University students; and $2 for current Widener University students. Proper ID is required for discounted tickets.

For more information, visit the Lone Brick Theatre Company on Facebook at hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an epidemic dilemma: Are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we've tuned out what really matters?

Lone Brick Theatre is Widener University’s resident theatre company dedicated to producing non-traditional theatre through innovative scripts, staging, directing and performance. Drawing from the talent and ingenuity of Widener’s students, faculty and staff alike, the company also seeks to give a creative voice to the rich diversity of the campus community while broadening the traditional role of theatre as a humanities discipline by actively seeking venues for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

The Rotary Club of Chester Honors two Chester High School Students

Teacher and Advisor Farela Howie, September Student of the Month Dasia Glenn, Chester High School Principal Constance McAlister, and October Student of the Month Taushi Burrell
The Rotary Club of Chester honored two Chester High School students at its monthly luncheon in the Cove Restaurant at Harrah’s on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. Dasia Glenn was selected Student of the Month for September. Taushi Burrell was selected Student of the Month for October. Dasia and Taushi were recognized for their academic achievements and accomplishments. Students are actively involved in school and their community. 

Congratulations to Dasia and Taushi for being selected by the Rotary Club of Chester for Student of the Month.