Harrisburg campus celebrates new pathway
Public Relations - Published: September 6, 2012

Fast facts about the pathway:
400 feet long
Contains approximately 11,300 bricks
20 tons of decorative river gravel fill in the light fixture area along the curb
Base has 300 tons of gravel and 40 tons of sand

Fast facts about the landscaping:
12 ornamental shrubs
280 flowering shrubs
175 perennials
2000 bulbs

The class of 2012 had “Pathway to Success” chiseled into the stone marker for its class gift this spring. Last week, members of the Harrisburg campus community gathered to dedicate the pathway and celebrate all that it represents.

“This is a momentous occasion for us on the Harrisburg campus. It represents our history, tradition, philanthropy and our community,” Law Dean Linda L. Ammons said. “And it represents the idea that we’ve only just begun. I think it’s absolutely beautiful.”

The pathway, installed over the summer and fall of 2011 features engraved pavers offered through the Office of Development and Alumni Relations and the school’s “Taking the Lead ~ The Campaign for Widener.” Money raised by the engraved pavers supports the Widener Law Fund and school scholarship efforts. To date, the law school has raised $9.7 million toward its $12 million campaign goal.

“This pathway, I hope, someday will be just chuck full of names, and act as a marker of the thousands of lives we’ve touched,” Ammons said.

She stood alongside Student Bar Association President Kristin Potter and Association Treasurer Mark Calore as the three clutched oversized scissors and snipped a Widener-blue ribbon to officially open the pathway.

The pathway features a Widener Law marker and nearly 20 bricks that have already been engraved. It runs nearly half the length of the main school parking lot. Before the pathway there was no dedicated walkway between the administration and main classroom buildings – an area frequently traversed by students, faculty and staff. Significant enhancements were also made to the landscaping along the pathway. The dean, an avid gardener, approved of the new look.

“I wanted an ever-blooming landscape,” she said of the project. “Because that’s the way I think about Widener, particularly the Harrisburg campus.”

Learn more about the engraved paver program. Engraving orders are done in groups and the next deadline is Sept. 14.