Widener University

12/19/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/19/2017 16:36

Students earn leadership certificates

Student Amber Deshields-Burks receives her certificate from Oskin Leadership Institute Director Arthur Schwartz.

Widener University congratulates its undergraduate students who recently received leadership certificates in ceremonies held on the campus in Chester, Pa.

Students earned the certificates through coursework at the university's Oskin Leadership Institute, which works to inspire and prepare them to become strategic thinkers and responsible citizens. The institute, which opened in 2011 through a generous gift from David Oskin, former chairman of Widener's Board of Trustees, provides opportunities that encourage Widener students to lead outside of their comfort zones.

Forty nine students received their Widener leadership certificate this semester, bringing the total number of certificates awarded by the institute to 260 since it first began bestowing them in the spring of 2014.

All recipients presented their personal leadership philosophies and the motivational stories behind them at the certificate ceremonies, which were held during the week of Dec. 4.

The certificate signifies the extra study and training each student puts into preparing for leadership - all done in addition to the regular coursework associated with their majors.

The fall 2017 recipients included, from the School of Business Administration:

Gary Bennett

Annamarie Burns

Amber Deshields-Burks

Brandon Sweder

Aidan Gibbons

Michael Goldstein

Dameon Hefner

Ilias Kaltsidis

Jessica Kowalski

David McCann

Alexis Meals

Andrew Poplawski

Elizabeth Rockenbach

Mac Schailey

John (J.T.) Seeds

Quentin Sowers

Nariah Williams

Michael Wood

School of Engineering:

Carley Atkisson

Dustin Bachman

Casey Gladwell

Crystal Hershey

Douglas Keller

Jackson Lucido

Madeline Mayes

David Monk

Andrew Saylor

Benjamin Sibilla

Hunter Ulrich

School of Nursing:

Brittany Chiari

Gianna Derenzi

Kayla Hons

Kayla McCourt

Savannah Myers

Julianne Oswald

Shea Scannell

Ashley Smith

Samantha Zarankin

Jadelyn Rivera

John Ho

College of Arts & Sciences:

Kristina Taguwa

Albert (Sonny) Fimple

Rebecca Love

Anthony Marano

Anjelica Nicolas

Alexander Wacey

Megha Patel

Theresa Tran

Derrick Le

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener comprises seven schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences, professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Visit the university website, http://www.widener.edu/