Wi­dener moves com­mence­ment cer­e­monies to the Mann Cen­ter

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CH­ESTER » Start­ing in May 2019, com­mence­ment ex­er­cises for Wi­dener Univer­sity will be at the Mann Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Art in Philadel­phia’s Fair­mount Park.

The new lo­ca­tion pro­vides cov­ered seat­ing for ap­prox­i­mately 5,000 peo­ple, fixed lawn seat­ing for an­other 2,000, and breath­tak­ing views of the Philadel­phia sky­line. The cen­ter will be ren­o­vated this win­ter and fea­tures large video screens to en­hance event view­ing. Wi­dener has also ar­ranged for the fa­cil­ity’s am­ple park­ing to be free for the event.

Wi­dener of­fi­cials made the de­ci­sion to hold com­mence­ment at The Mann af­ter lis­ten­ing to con­cerns from stu­dents, fam­i­lies, fac­ulty and staff about the chal­lenges of hold­ing a rain-or-shine out­door cel­e­bra­tion at the univer­sity, with no suit­able in­door space for backup. The univer­sity ex­plored mul­ti­ple lo­cal op­tions and de­ter­mined The Mann would be an ex­cel­lent part­ner to pro­vide fa­cil­i­ties for Wi­dener’s most im­por­tant an­nual event. The venue com­bines com­fort­able, cov­ered seat­ing and mod­ern stag­ing tech­nolo­gies in a set­ting be­fit­ting a com­mence­ment cer­e­mony.

“I am cer­tain the Mann is the right venue to host our Wi­dener com­mence­ment,” Pres­i­dent Julie E. Woll­man said. “The fa­cil­ity hosts world-class mu­si­cal events on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and wel­comes hun­dreds of thou­sands of vis­i­tors each year. It has the ca­pac­ity, ameni­ties, pro­fes­sional staff, and charm to cre­ate an un­for­get­table event for our grad­u­ates and their fam­i­lies. They de­serve an ex­cep­tional ex­pe­ri­ence and the Mann is equipped to pro­vide it.”

The move to the Mann does not im­pact com­mence­ment cer­e­monies planned for Wi­dener Univer­sity Delaware Law School and Com­mon­wealth Law School.

El­iz­a­beth­town Col­lege re­duces tu­ition rates for 2019-20

El­iz­a­beth­town Col­lege has an­nounced plans to lower tu­ition 32 per­cent, to $32,000, for the 201920 aca­demic year. Tu­ition Trans­parency makes El­iz­a­beth­town the first col­lege in Cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia to take the bold step of ad­dress­ing the ris­ing cost of col­lege tu­ition.

To this point, most col­leges, El­iz­a­beth­town in­cluded, sub­scribed to a high tu­ition-high dis­count pric­ing model. This means that sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial aid is awarded to stu­dents as a means of off­set­ting the high cost of col­lege tu­ition. While some stu­dents and their fam­i­lies ap­pre­ci­ate large fi­nan­cial aid awards, many don’t know they are el­i­gi­ble for fi­nan­cial aid or don’t un­der­stand how fi­nan­cial aid struc­tur­ing works.

In the past year, El­iz­a­bethown Pres­i­dent Carl Strik­w­erda, the col­lege’s se­nior staff and its board of trustees eval­u­ated op­tions for mak­ing tu­ition eas­ier to un­der­stand. They cen­tered on Tu­ition Trans­parency be­cause it places easy-to-grasp numbers right up front, so stu­dents and their fam­i­lies can un­der­stand more clearly how much they will pay for col­lege.

“There is great mo­men­tum at the Col­lege,” he said. “Ad­dress­ing col­lege tu­ition is cen­tral to en­sur­ing that the mo­men­tum con­tin­ues.”

PIT forms ar­tic­u­la­tion agree­ment with Philadel­phia schools

ME­DIA » The Penn­syl­va­nia In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy has joined with The School Dis­trict of Philadel­phia (SDP) to cre­ate a trans­fer agree­ment that will al­low el­i­gi­ble for­mer and cur­rent high school stu­dents to trans­fer cred­its earned in ca­reer and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion pro­grams for col­lege credit. Stu­dents of SDP can have their high school tran­scripts eval­u­ated now for classes start­ing Oc­to­ber 8.

This agree­ment sup­ports stu­dents who at­tend high school within the SDP and wish to con­tinue learn­ing and earn a de­gree in their area of in­ter­est. PIT is grant­ing up to 21 cred­its to qual­i­fied SDP stu­dents in 11 ca­reer and tech­ni­cal pro­grams. Tech­ni­cal pro­grams in­clude child care, engi­neer­ing, com­puter net­work­ing and dig­i­tal foren­sics, ex­er­cise ther­apy and sports sci­ence, and more. This is the equiv­a­lent of two and a half full-time terms or the first year of col­lege. Stu­dents ben­e­fit by get­ting a jump start at PIT by re­ceiv­ing trans­fer credit and sav­ing them time and money, as well as earn­ing a head start on their ca­reer or for fur­ther higher ed­u­ca­tion plans.

“This out­stand­ing new part­ner­ship takes ad­van­tage of the ad­vanced tech­ni­cal skills the School Dis­trict of Philadel­phia teaches at the high school level and pro­vides par­tic­i­pants with the op­por­tu­nity to grad­u­ate from P.I.T. sooner and to earn sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings over our al­ready af­ford­able tu­ition,” said PIT Vice Pres­i­dent Jack Ba­con.

Diver­sity chief named at Wi­dener

CH­ESTER » Wi­dener Univer­sity Pres­i­dent Julie E. Woll­man has named Michelle Meekins-Davis of Wilmington, Del., to serve as the Wi­dener’s chief diver­sity of­fi­cer. Woll­man also ex­panded the post to a full-time po­si­tion, re­flect­ing its im­por­tance to the life of the univer­sity.

Meekins-Davis was the found­ing di­rec­tor of the univer­sity’s Mul­ti­cul­tural Stu­dent Af­fairs Of­fice, which she led for 10 years. As chief diver­sity of­fi­cer, she will be re­spon­si­ble for the univer­sity’s diver­sity ef­forts in­clud­ing all fac­ulty, staff and stu­dent diver­sity ini­tia­tives. She will as­sist the en­tire univer­sity com­mu­nity in reach­ing diver­sity and in­clu­sion goals es­poused in Wi­dener’s strate­gic plan, in­clud­ing fos­ter­ing a cam­pus cli­mate that val­ues mul­ti­ple per­spec­tives and ex­pe­ri­ences and pre­pares stu­dents for suc­cess in a di­verse and global so­ci­ety.

Meekins-Davis has more than 25 years of pro­gres­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in higher ed­u­ca­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion. Through her work with the univer­sity’s Mul­ti­cul­tural Stu­dent Af­fairs Of­fice, she has served as a pri­mary re­source and fa­cil­i­ta­tor for mul­ti­cul­tural, cul­tural com­pe­tence, so­cial jus­tice, eq­uity and diver­sity re­lated pro­grams and work­shops for stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff. She has also cre­ated two pro­grams to sup­port and re­tain fresh­men stu­dents.

Le­banon Val­ley reaches record-high new stu­dent numbers

Le­banon Val­ley Col­lege has again bro­ken its own record for the most new stu­dents en­rolled at its school. Eclips­ing last year’s numbers, the 201819 school year is start­ing with 518 new stu­dents, 473 of which are first year stu­dents. Lo­cal stu­dents in­clude Tyler Chabit­noy of Me­dia, Joshua Gouch of Drexel Hill, Har­ri­son Guy of Booth­wyn and Bryant Leschak of Haver­town.

Le­banon is home to 1,600 full-time un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents and 118 full­time fac­ulty.

Wi­dener hon­ored with ‘IN­SIGHT’ award into diver­sity

CH­ESTER » Wi­dener Univer­sity has been awarded a 2018 Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­cel­lence in Diver­sity Award from IN­SIGHT Into Diver­sity mag­a­zine, the old­est and largest diver­sity-fo­cused pub­li­ca­tion in higher ed­u­ca­tion.

The HEED award is a highly com­pet­i­tive na­tional honor rec­og­niz­ing U.S. col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties that demon­strate an out­stand­ing com­mit­ment to diver­sity and in­clu­sion. Wi­dener will be fea­tured in the mag­a­zine’s Novem­ber is­sue. This is the third con­sec­u­tive year the univer­sity has been hon­ored by the mag­a­zine and it is one of just 96 in­sti­tu­tions rec­og­nized out of sev­eral thou­sand across the coun­try.

Clark Univer­sity

El­iz­a­beth W. Lohr of Walling­ford has been named to first hon­ors on the Clark Univer­sity Dean’s List for out­stand­ing aca­demic achieve­ment dur­ing the Spring 2018 se­mes­ter. To be el­i­gi­ble for first hon­ors, stu­dents must have a grade point av­er­age of 3.8 or higher, of a max­i­mum of 4.3.

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