Harrisburg Students Give Thanks to Widener Law Donors
Harrisburg Correspondent - Published: April 13, 2011
The Harrisburg campus celebrated “Thanksgiving Day” for a second time this year on Monday, April 11th. The Office of Alumni Relations and Development had a table in the pit from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to let students sign a “thank you” poster for donors or to have their picture taken with a "thank you" sign. The Student-Overseers Reception capped off the day between 5 and 6 p.m. by giving students a unique opportunity to talk with those who are responsible for advising the Dean and who lend their expertise and vision to the law school.

Over thirty signatures were made on the donor board by the end of the day. The board is currently being displayed in the Administration building but it will also be displayed at the Widener Law golf outing on April 30, 2011.

Ashley Barton, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Development, said, “Widener Law’s Thanksgiving Day gave the Harrisburg campus community a chance to highlight the wonderful things our donors do for us. It was a good opportunity to express our gratitude for the ways in which they give so selflessly to support the law school.”

In addition to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development efforts, the Side Bar Café also participated in the celebration by selling hot turkey sandwiches with gravy. This was the inaugural year for this event but the Office of Alumni Relations and Development intends on making it an annual tradition.

The Student-Overseers Reception took place in the reception area of the administration building. Overseers in attendance included Scott Blissman, Esq. ’97 (Partner, Reed Smith), Douglas Wolfberg, Esq. ’96 (Partner, Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC) and Dr. Jacqueline Goodwin (President of Capital Communications). In addition to the Overseers in attendance, Dean Linda L. Ammons, Vice Dean Robyn L. Meadows, and Dean of Students Keith E. Sealing also attended the event.

This was the third year the Dean and Board of Overseers have hosted the event. The students in attendance gave positive feedback.

Student Devyn Zachary said, “Meeting with the Board of Overseers provided a valuable opportunity for us as students. We were able to share our comments and concerns about Widener University School of Law and also meet with prominent members of the legal community. By meeting with these influential Board members, we were able to provide suggestions, through the appropriate channels, to hopefully make real changes here at the law school.”

Other local members of the Board of Overseers include C. Grainger Bowman, Esq. (of Counsel at K&L Gates, LLP), Bret Keisling, Esq. ’05 (Senior Vice President and General Counsel at PAC Industries), Kathryn Peifer, Esq. ’02 (Executive Director of PA Lawyers Fund for Client Security) and the Honorable Thomas G. Saylor (Justice for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and Widener Law’s Jurist in Residence).