Taking the Lead Campaign for Widener

 
A Letter from the President ~

Through Taking the Lead ~ The Campaign for Widener, we are shaping the future of our university. The most ambitious campaign this university has ever undertaken, Taking the Lead supports the programs and initiatives that will propel Widener to even greater heights and secure our place as a national leader in academic excellence, global awareness, leadership and civic engagement. 

This campaign will have an impact on the entire university by enhancing the financial aid that so many of our students rely on, by ensuring faculty excellence, and by supporting new and innovative programs that set Widener apart. The campaign also drives the completion of major capital projects that enhance the image and reputation of Widener while providing students with top-tier educational facilities and resources. The results of the campaign will be seen in every Widener graduate who not only succeeds in their chosen career, but also adds to the fabric of society by building on the lessons of social responsibility they learned at the university. 

When you support Taking the Lead ~ The Campaign for Widener, you are helping to educate tomorrow’s leaders, making the future brighter for each of them and for all whose lives they touch in the future. 

Thank you for your generosity and support.

James T. Harris
President
Widener University

Message from the Chairs

Campaign Priorities

Campaign Progress

Campaign Video

We Lead

We Inspire

We Contribute

We Engage

About the Campaign

Alumni Lead the Way

What's New

Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame
Initial fundraising efforts have begun for the creation of a Widener/PMC Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will shine the spotlight on some of the amazing students and coaches who have brought academic and athletic honor, recognition and distinction to our institution.   

Campaign Progress
Campaign Progress
Widener is entering a bold new era, and the support of alumni, parents, and friends is what moves the university forward. We have already passed $57 million of our $58 million goal.
Promising Futures Initiative
Promising Futures Initiative
Widener University has taken the lead in addressing the national problem of student debt and now designates all gifts to the Widener Fund to support financial aid. 
Meet the Class of 2013
Meet the Class of 2013
Click to see the video
Thanks to the support of alumni, friends, and family, the Class of 2013 is ready to take on the world. 
Communication, Informatics, and Computer Science Building
Communication, Informatics, and Computer Science Building
Construction is moving along at an amazing pace as the building takes shape before our eyes.  This new facility will establish Widener as a leader in these fast-growing areas of study.
Inaugural Class of Oskin Leaders Named
Inaugural Class of Oskin Leaders Named
Sixteen sophomores were selected for the inaugural class of Oskin Leaders.  The Oskin Leadership Institute was made possible through a gift from David '64 and JoEllen Oskin and their late son, David. 
Widener on the        Front Page of the Philadelphia Inquirer
Widener on the Front Page of the Philadelphia Inquirer
Widener's civic engagement partnerships with Chester made front page news in the Philadelphia Inquirer.  Read all about it!

Who Gives

Honor Roll of Donors
Honor Roll of Donors
Thank you to all our donors from FY2012!

READ THE LATEST HONOR ROLL OF DONORS HERE.
George '92 and Nancy Hassel
George '92 and Nancy Hassel
George Hassel '92, Associate Vice President for Compliance and Risk Management, and his wife Nancy are longtime givers to the university, but Taking the Lead ~ the Campaign for Widener inspired them to step up their giving and endow a scholarship in their name. 
Cynthia Sarnoski '74
Cynthia Sarnoski '74
Widener Board of Trustee member Cynthia H. Sarnoski '74 , endowed a science faculty fellowship which was recently awarded for the first time to Dr. Hemlata Mistry, who will use fruit flies to engage in research on spinal cord injuries. 
Jeanne Gelman, Professor Emerita
Jeanne Gelman, Professor Emerita
A faculty member in the nursing department for 24 years, Jeanne Gelman demonstrates her heart-felt commitment and respect for the mission of the university and its students by giving generously to Widener. 
Phil Martelli '76
Phil Martelli '76
head coach of the St. Joseph’s University basketball team, credits his Widener education with making him a better student, coach, community leader, and person.
Vito Verni '61
Vito Verni '61
Vito and his wife Marylou are members of the Moll League of the Widener’s Lifetime Giving Society.  Induction into the Moll League indicates cumulative lifetime gifts to the university of $100,000 to $249,000. 
Tim Speiss '83, '89
Tim Speiss '83, '89
has shown his support of the university and students in the School of Business in countless ways, one of the most significant is his creation of the Timothy P. Speiss Endowed Fund for the Promotion of Responsible Global Business Principles.
Dan Borislow '84
Dan Borislow '84
Alumnus Dan Borislow '84 established memorial scholarships to Widener in honor of victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
James Mack '85
James Mack '85
Jim Mack and his wife Debra Kurucz have given multiple gifts in support of the campaign.
Savas  and Liz Ozatalay
Savas and Liz Ozatalay
School of Business Dean Savas Ozatalay and his wife Liz made the generous decision to endow a scholarship.  Their gift will help remove a financial obstacle for a student in need.
Marye O'Reilly-Knapp
Marye O'Reilly-Knapp
earned her doctorate in nursing from Widener in ’91 and later returned to the university as a faculty member. 

Why Give

Widener Partnership Charter School
Widener Partnership Charter School
There is no more shining example of Widener University’s commitment to  the City of Chester and its residents.
Amir Farag '16
Amir Farag '16
When you give to the Widener Fund, you support the Promising Future of students like Amir Farag '16.  Amir grew up in Chester and is determined to use his education and experience to give back to his community. He majors in computer science and is inspired by the faculty and mentors he has met at Widener.
 
Samina Martin '13
Samina Martin '13
When you give to the Widener Fund, you support the Promising Future of students like Samina Martin '13.  Samina is vice-president of her sorority and active in the Pride Mentor Program, where she helps freshmen to get the most out their Widener experience.
Athletics
Athletics
are an integral part of the Widener experience. Sponsorships and contributions from former athletes, parents and friends of the university are instrumental in keeping our teams strong.
Spencer Ng '15
Spencer Ng '15
When you give to Widener, you invest in the Promising Future of students like Spencer. This biochemistry/pre-med student plans on a career as a primary care physician working with low-income patients.