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Over two hundred attended the Widener School of Engineering 150th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, November 3 at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute to celebrate the long history and mark the beginning of a new engineering scholarship fund. 

The gala, an elegant reception and dinner, also marked the launch of the Anniversary Scholarship Fund, a fund that when fully endowed will provide financial assistance to Widener engineering students well past the next milestone anniversary.   

The evening began with the President’s Reception in the Franklin Institute’s exhibit halls of Electricity and the Giant Heart where many gathered to rekindle old relationships and generate new friendships. Dinner followed in the rotunda at tables surrounding The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, a 20-foot marble sculpture of one of the world’s best known and Philadelphia’s best loved inventor and engineer.  Following dinner, Professor Ray Jefferis, Widener’s longest tenured faculty member, was honored for his 47 years of commitment to teaching excellence and community service.  

Also honored was Sandra L. (Fay) Morgan, the first woman to enroll in the School of Engineering of what was then Penn Morton College, a predecessor to Widener. As pioneer in her field, Mrs. Morgan was introduced by Chalmer Kirkbride and presented with the 150th Anniversary Medal by the Biomedical Department Chairman Dr. Zhongping Huang and student Sarah Colon.

The evening closed with remarks from both the President of the University and the Dean of the School of Engineering, commemorating Widener’s long history and expressing plans for the future.

Although this historical event has come and gone, your generosity and support will last for many generations to come. For more information to support the scholarship fund, click here, call Rudy Treichel at 610-499-1294 or email at rjtreichel@widener.edu.

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