Homecoming Schedule of Events

Featured Events

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Homecoming Tailgate Village

Saturday, October 16, 2021
11am – 2pm | Pride Recreation Center Parking Lot

The biggest football game of the year deserves a great pre-game tailgate! From PMC to Pioneer to Pride - all are welcome and we hope you'll join us! 

Our Homecoming Tailgate Village will include: A beer garden, food trucks, kids activities, live music, and your Pride community! It is FREE to attend! Find your school, college, student group, department and more at our tailgate – everyone will be there! 

This is open to the entire Widener Community so come out, show your Pride, and let’s make this the most spirited tailgate yet!  It is FREE to attend; pre-registration is encouraged. Food and beverage will be available for purchase on site.

Check out our Tailgate Village Map to see all that is in store!

 

Homecoming Village Tailgate
11am – 2pm | Pride Recreation Center Parking Lot
Cost: Free to Attend 

Highlights include: 

  • Food provided by great food trucks from the area: 
  • Zac’s Burgers, Philly EATS, Philly Fry, and Curbside Creamery
  • Live music provided by Widener alumni musicians: 
  • Alumni Band – The Debut of “The Shade”
  • Alumni DJ – DJ Kiko
  • Open-air beer garden experience with lawn games and cold drinks.
  • Bookstore present to purchase Widener swag!
  • Kids activities and meet the mascots
  • PMC Patio exclusively for our PMC alumni as well as area for the 1981 Championship Football team.
  • Fun, engaging activities provided by Widener’s schools, colleges, departments, student groups, and more - everyone will be there! 
    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • Graduate Admissions and Enrollment
    • Institute for Physical Therapy Education
    • Office of Development and Alumni Engagement
    • PMC Merchandise
    • School of Business Administration
    • School of Engineering
    • School of Nursing 
    • Social Work
    • Widener University Campus Store
    • Phi Sigma Pi
    • Alpha Tau Omega
    • Phi Sigma Sigma
    • National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)
    • Widener Dance Company (WDC)
    • Widener Volleyball

Check out our Tailgate Village Map to see all that is in store!

Parking Information

Widener is excited to welcome our alumni and guests back to campus in person this year for our Homecoming celebration. In preparation for your arrival on campus, please refer our Transportation and Parking map outlining our parking options and shuttle route. Regular shuttle service will be available from our parking lots to provide you with convenient access to our Homecoming Tailgate Village and Quick Stadium.

Please note that the grass field in the sports complex next to the baseball fields where our guests have traditionally parked during Homecoming is no longer available. The university is investing in this open green space to create additional fields for our student intramural, club, and recreational athletic teams to practice and compete. Thank you for your understanding.

Health & Safety 

The health and safety of our Widener community is our top priority. 

  • In-person Homecoming events will be held outdoors. 
  • All guests must follow the University’s mask and visitor policies. Masks are not required outdoors; however, if you are unvaccinated, it is prudent to wear a mask at all Homecoming events for your safety, and the safety of others. Any guests who feel more comfortable wearing a mask, even if vaccinated, are encouraged to do so. When indoors, all guests are required to wear a mask.  
  • Masks are required when using our complimentary shuttle service.  
  • Hand sanitizing stations and disposable masks will be available for guests.
  • Restrooms will be available outside near the tailgate experience.
  • Alcohol (beer, wine and seltzers) will be available for purchase, and may only be consumed within the beer garden area for the safety of our guests.
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School of Business Career Day

Alumni, faculty and students are invited to the School of Business Administration's newest program titled SBA Career Day. The half-day conference will include sessions on work and industry trends, a dynamic keynote speaker, and opportunities for all attendees to network and connect with one another. 

 

School of Business Career Day
Friday, October 15, 2021 | 8:30am – 12:30pm | Memorial Field, Behind Old Main
Cost: Free to attend 
Hosted by: School of Business Administration

Program details:

• Keynote address titled "The Corporate World and Cancel Culture" by Rod Smolla, Dean and Professor of Law at the Delaware Law School. 
• Panels and breakout sessions on industry topics and trends featuring Widener alumni industry experts:

  • Reiner Mauer '86, '00L - COO, Global Indemnity Unlimited Co.
  • Sabrina Brooks '95, '99MBA - Workforce Development, Sr. Manager, PECO
  • Marian Baldini '97MBA - President/CEO, KenCrest
  • Christy Neill '04 - Financial Advisor - Ameriprise Financial, Inc.
  • Marcia O'Connor '90 - CEO, The O'Connor Group 
  • Terry Halvorsen '80 - General Manager, Client and Solutions Development, IBM  
  • Steve Heilenman '89 - President, NextGen Innovation Advisors
  • Domenic Colasante '10 - CEO, 2X 
  • Steve Silverman '86 - Senior Vice President, Distribution, NFI Industries
  • Mathias F. Kirchmer PhD. - Co-CEO and Co-Founder, BPM-D

• Opportunity to meet and connect with Dean Tony Wheeler, Dean of the School of Business
• Networking opportunities 

Breakout sessions:

Session 1 – 9:00am - 9:50am
1)    The Start-Up: Lessons learned in starting up a new business (Moderator: Sam Kranyak)

  • Lenin Agudo (Widener SBDC)
  • Jill Alspach (Spock Logistics)
  • Ryan Raiker (Digital Marketing Director, Abbyy)

2)    The use of data in the sports and event management industries (Moderator: Jeff Lolli)

  • Brian Larson (Professor, Widener University)
  • Dan Taylor (Research Strategy Group)
  • Josh Barbieri (Philadelphia Phillies)

3)    Emerging trends in cryptocurrency and blockchain (Moderator Afrooz Moatari-Kazerouni))

  • Marius Mihai (Professor, Widener University)
  • Terry Halvorsen (General Manager IBM Federal)
  • Andrew Boutros (Product Group Manager, TD Bank)

4)    How industries have adapted to digitalization (Moderator Donna McCloskey)

  • Mathias Kirchmer (Co-founder, BPM-D)
  • Dominic Colasante (CEO, 2X B2B marketing)
  • Steve Heilenman (President, NextGen Innovation Advisors)

 
Session 2 – 10:00
1)    The future of work post-pandemic (Moderator Tony Wheeler)

  • Sabrina Brooks (Workforce Development, Sr. Manager, PECO)
  • Marcia O’Connor (CEO, The O'Connor Group - HR Consulting)
  • Steve Silverman (Senior Vice President, Distribution, NFI)

2)    How healthcare management responded to the pandemic crisis (Moderator Jose Proenca)

  • Claudia Young (Professor, Widener University)
  • Marian Baldini (Pres/CEO KenCrest - Human Services)
  • Rosemary Kennedy (CIO, Connect America)

3)    The future of FinTech across the industry (Moderator Monty Mansur)

  • Tunde Odusami (Professor, Widener University)
  • Christy Neill (Financial Advisor – Ameriprise)
  • Reiner Mauer (COO, Global Indemnity)

4)    Accounting in the 4th Industrial Revolution (Moderator Joe Hargadon)

  • Irfan Safdar (Professor, Widener University)
  • Brandon Campbell (PwC)


Biography of Keynote Speaker
Rod Smolla, Dean and Professor of Law at Delaware Law School

Rodney Smolla is Dean and Professor of Law at the Delaware Law School of Widener University, in Wilmington, Delaware. As an educator he has been a strong advocate for experiential learning, the development of professional competencies, and civic engagement.

Smolla is a nationally known scholar on matters relating to constitutional law, civil rights, freedom of speech, and mass media, particularly matters relating to libel and privacy. 

Smolla has published over 100 articles in law reviews and other publications. Smolla has served as Chairman of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Defamation and Privacy Law, as Chairman of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Mass Communications Law, as a member of the American Bar Association Advisory Committee to the Forum on Mass Communications Law, and as a member of the First Amendment Advisory Board to the Media Institute I was the Director of the Annenberg Washington Program Libel Reform Project, and author of the Annenberg Libel Reform Report that emerged from the blue ribbon task force on that project. He is a frequent advocate on a wide variety of legal issues and has presented oral argument in state and federal courts across the country, including the Supreme Court of the United States.
 

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Broom Drill

All Pennsylvania Military College alumni are invited to march in the annual Broom Drill. The Broom Drill is a beloved, historic Homecoming tradition and honors the cadets of the past who drilled with brooms. Register Today.

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Career Pivot Week

Are you hearing a lot about the “mass resignation” in the news? Are there people in your own life who are considering major or minor changes in mid-career?  If you are thinking about a possible career pivot, Widener’s own Career Design and Development team is here to support you. 

FULL SCHEDULE


Tuesday, October 12

Career Pivot Week | Workshop: Aligning Career with Personal Values
5:00pm - 6:00pm | Zoom
Hosted by: Career Design and Development
Join us on Tuesday, October 12 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for a virtual workshop, Aligning Career with Personal Values. Then sign up for a personal 30-minute consult with one of our career counselors on Wednesday or Thursday. Whether you would like a resume review or to start a deeper conversation about career choices, we are here for you! 

Gift Planning Session  
6pm – 7pm | Zoom
Hosted by: Office of Development - POSTPONED
Join Widener Development staff and financial professionals as we discuss recent changes to tax laws, end-of-career and end-of-life financial planning, and using thoughtful estate plans to help protect your assets, support your friends and family, and enhance your ability to invest in charitable giving.  Experts in financial management and estate planning will be available to answer your questions.


Wednesday, October 13

Career Pivot Week: Personal 30-minute sessions with Career Design & Development     
Noon – 3pm | ZOOM 
Hosted by: Career Design and Development 
Professional development is for life at Widener. Speak one on one with our experts from Career Design and Development. Sign-up for your appointment and you will receive a Zoom link to confirm your meeting. You owe it to yourself! Sessions are 30 minutes each. If you have questions, please contact careers@widener.edu. 

PT virtual event: The Latest from the Chester Community Clinic
4pm – 5pm | ZOOM
Hosted by: Institute for Physical Therapy Education, College of Health and Human Services
Current student leaders will provide an update on the growth and interprofessional advancements of the Chester Community Clinic both locally and nationally. Come and hear how the student leaders shifted the Clinic services to telehealth and the national conference to virtual.  Hear about how they have restarted on campus this Fall with physical therapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, social work and now speech language pathology services. 

Center for Education: Virtual Networking Event
6:30pm – 7:30pm | ZOOM
Hosted by: Center for Education 

During this Zoom event, you will be able to connect with your fellow alumni or current classmates, learn about life after graduation from alumni, get help with job opportunities, and talk with the Center for Education about our graduate programs! 


Thursday, October 14

College Search 101
Noon – 1pm | ZOOM 
Hosted by: Undergraduate Admissions Office
As a proud Widener alum, you may be interested in supporting a family member or friend in their own college search process. Learn about the college search in general and financial aid process from Widener’s Admissions and Financial Aid staff. This information can help guide you along the exciting process! 

Career Pivot Week: Personal 30-minute sessions with Career Design & Development     
2pm – 5pm | ZOOM 
Hosted by: Career Design and Development 
Professional development is for life at Widener. Speak one on one with our experts from Career Design and Development. Sign-up for your appointment and you will receive a Zoom link to confirm your meeting. You owe it to yourself! Sessions are 30 minutes each. If you have questions, please contact careers@widener.edu. 

Nursing Virtual Speaker Event: 'Evidence-based Practice' 
5:30pm - 7pm | ZOOM 
Hosted by: School of Nursing 
Featuring Lynn Gallagher-Ford, PhD, RN, NE-BC, DPFNAP, FAAN, Chief Operating Officer and Clinical Core Director, The Ohio State University, College of Nursing, Widener Alumni, PhD 2016 

Now more than ever, nursing needs to be based on a culture of evidence-based practice (EBP) to ensure optimal health outcomes . Nurses need to be prepared to lead the way by promoting this culture through the identification and application of the evidence in their clinical practice. We welcome a cutting-edge perspective from an internationally known expert on EBP, an alumnus of the Ph.D. nursing program, Dr. Lynn Gallagher-Ford. 
 


Friday, October 15

School of Business Career Day
8:30am – 12:30pm | Memorial Field
Hosted by: School of Business Administration
Alumni, faculty and students are invited to the School of Business Administration's newest program titled SBA Career Day. The half-day conference will include sessions on work and industry trends, a dynamic keynote speaker, and opportunities for all attendees to network and connect with one another. 

Widener Parents Gathering   
4:00pm – 5:00pm | Memorial Field
Hosted by: The Parents Network
Parents and families of Widener Students are invited to engage with one another as well as faculty and staff while enjoying some refreshments before the Pep Rally!  Hear from Dr. Richard Cooper, our Convocation speaker, as he highlights what it means to be part of our learning community on and off campus.  Please join us for this networking opportunity and a chance to meet with our staff.  Following our reception is the Homecoming Pep Rally, please consider staying with us for these engaging and exciting events!  For more information, please contact Catherine Feminella at cafeminella@widener.edu. 

Social Work Virtual Happy Hour   
7:00pm | ZOOM
Hosted by: College of Health and Human Services, Center for Social Work Education
Celebrating 30 years!! What are you doing now and Where have you been? We miss you! Drop in, network and celebrate Widener Homecoming with our Social Work Family! Catchup with former classmates and faculty, meet new faculty and new friends! Registration coming soon. For more information, please contact Jennifer Cullen at jacullen@widener.edu. 

Stargazing at Widener with Dr. Augensen  
7:30pm | ZOOM
Hosted by: College of Arts & Sciences, Sciences Division
Join Dr. Harry Augensen, Professor and Director of Widener Observatory, and John Conte ’09 for a night of virtual stargazing! Alumni, students, and friends will find out what's up in the night sky this month, learn fascinating facts about the Moon, planets, and stars, and see images of celestial bodies taken through our 16-inch Cassegrain telescope. This event will be held rain or shine.

Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame has been postponed. We look forward to hosting this event in 2022. More details will be shared in the coming months. 


Saturday, October 16

Phi Delta Theta Chapter Meeting, Special Announcement and Bench Dedication
9am | Phi Delta Theta House - 511 E. 13th St.
9am –10:30am: Phi Delta Theta meeting 
10:30am –10:45am: Special Announcement and Bench dedication

Tour of Taylor Arboretum 
9:00am – 10:30am | Taylor Arboretum 
Hosted by: College of Arts & Sciences 
Alumni, parents and families, current students and friends welcome to enjoy a tour of Widener University-owned Taylor Arboretum, a unique 30 acre wooded sanctuary just minutes from campus that contains an abundance of natural resources and a rich history. During this tour, we will discuss aspects of the unique flora that exists in Taylor Arboretum and its value (both monetary and environmental) to the community. We will explore both native and exotic species and discuss their ecological significance. Participants should have a good pair of shoes or hiking boots for the tour. There is a possibility that some areas may be moist so prepare accordingly. We will be walking very slowly but will travel at least one-half mile on the tour. Limited to 15 guests. First-come, first-served. For more information, please contact Stephen Madigosky at srmadigosky@widener.edu.  

Delta Phi Epsilon Alumni Tour
10am – Noon | The Castle
Hosted by: Delta Phi Epsilon

Alumni Softball Game
10am | Softball Field at Widener University - 215 Bullens Ln. Woodlyn, PA
For more information, please contact Head Softball Coach, Fred Dohrmann, at fwdohrmann@widener.edu. 

Homecoming Village Tailgate
11am – 2pm | Pride Recreation Center Parking Lot
The biggest football game of the year deserves a great pre-game tailgate! Hosted by the  Alumni Association, this celebration will take place prior to the Homecoming football game against Wilkes featuring a beer garden, food trucks, kids activities, live music, and your Pride! It is FREE to attend; pre-registration is encouraged. Food and beverage available on site for purchase. 

Women’s Alumni Volleyball Game
11am | Schwartz Athletic Center – Basketball Gym
For more information, please contact Head Volleyball Coach, Donovan Anglin, at dranglin@widener.edu. 

Broom Drill
Pregame - 12:30pm | Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium
All Pennsylvania Military College alumni are invited to march in the annual Broom Drill. The Broom Drill is a beloved, historic Homecoming tradition and honors the cadets of the past who drilled with brooms. 

Homecoming Football Game: Widener v. Wilkes
1:00pm | Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium
Tickets for the game can be purchased on-site at the box office.
Adults $5, Children/Senior Citizen $4, Non-Widener Student (with ID) $2 and Widener Students (with ID) Free.
 

French Homecoming Dinner
5pm – 7pm | Location: Covered Breezeway of Freedom Hall 
Hosted by: College of Arts and Sciences 
Cost: $10pp
This event welcomes all former students of French at Widener (or anyone who just really loves French!). This year's event will be a family-friendly, casual meal in the outdoor, covered breezeway of Freedom Hall.  Bundle up if it's chilly, and we'll be able to warm up/mask up inside Freedom Hall before and after the meal. 

Men’s Soccer Game: Widener v. Hood College 
6pm | Leslie C. Quick Jr. Stadium
For more information, contact Head Soccer Coach, Ross Liberati, at rliberati@widener.edu. 

Homecoming Open Mic
7pm – 8:30pm | ZOOM
Hosted by: College of Arts & Sciences, English and Creative Writing Department
Alumni, current students, staff, and faculty are all invited to this year's Homecoming Open Mic. Come and read your creative work (5 min. limit per reader). You can sign up to read at the event itself. 

Looking For Student Events?

The events below are hosted by the Office of Student Engagement and the Pride Activities Council (PAC) and are exclusive to current undergraduate students.

  • Monday, October 11 - Homecoming Block Party - Noon
  • Tuesday, October 12 - Magical Madness with Josh McVicar - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 13 - Homecoming Bingo Blowout - 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 14 - "Widener's Got Talent" - Talent Show ft. Nelly's Echo - 8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 15 - 
    • Student Pep Rally - 5:00 PM - Memorial Field
    • Homecoming Movie Night - 8:00pm - Freedom 122
  • Saturday, October 16 -
    • MSA & MSA Student Presidents' Council Homecoming Block Party!
      When: Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 4:00 - 5:30pm 
      Where: Freshman Quad (area outside of Cann, Turrell, and Howell Hall) 
      Partnering Student Organizations: BSU, BMU, AKA, DST and NCNW