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Westminster College: leading liberal arts college, New Wilmington, PA

Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also ranked as the num

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Todd Cole Shares Teaching Tips with Emerging Educators

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:53:00 EST

(image) Todd Cole ‘83, fourth grade English and Language Arts teacher at Laurel Elementary in New Castle, PA, came to Westminster to share some insight into the ever-changing field of education with a group education majors. Cole completed his undergraduate degree at Westminster and graduated from the Reading Specialist M.Ed. program in 1991.

Dressed in a George Washington costume, a homage to his favorite president, Cole started his workshop greeting the group of Westminster students at the door much like he does his students at Laurel. He led a president’s day theme writing assignment and had the group create their own truffala trees from Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax,” which he suggested to use as an earth day activity in their own classrooms one day.

Cole comes to Westminster at least once a year to share teaching tips, offer advice and best practices with the group of emerging educators. Most importantly, he brings his collection of children’s books that are perfect for just about any occasion. Whether it’s “First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg and Judy Love or “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio, Cole’s collection of books all share positive messages for young readers and challenge students to think critically.

Cole has been featured on WFMJ TODAY as an education expert.  “It’s a great outlet to get my message out there,” adds Cole. He advises every parent to read with their children every day. “Reading with them is the best medicine you give them and it creates lasting memories”.

As a reoccurring guest on WFMJ, he discusses educational issues creating challenges for local schools. He also provides tips for parents regarding children’s literature, preparing for the first day of school and summer activities to help children retain the skills they learned throughout the school year.

Cole ended his workshop at Westminster with an exclusive reading of his new children’s book, “You Are a Masterpiece,” a motivational piece that inspires children to have positive self-esteem and “celebrate the masterpiece in us all”.

Cole has been an educator at Laurel Elementary for 34 years. He spent 25 years as a first-grade teacher and the past nine years teaching fourth grade. In previous years, Cole was named Teacher of the Year by the Laurel Community Foundation, Lawrence County's Educator of the Year, and was named one of the top three early educators for Disney Teacher of the Year.

In July, Cole will begin his adjunct teaching career at Westminster by teaching a graduate class featuring children’s books.

To learn more about Westminster graduate programs, visit Or email and call 888-378-2779.

For more information, contact Tom Fields at or 724-946-7190.

Westminster College’s Concert Choir Performs Duruflé Requiem

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:24:00 EST


The Westminster College Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Samuel Barbara, presents the Duruflé Requiem with organist Paula Kubik and professional chamber orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Concert Choir will perform at the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church located at 229 S Market St, New Wilmington, PA 16142 on Saturday, March 4 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m., the Concert Choir will perform at the First Presbyterian Church of Sharon located at 600 E State St # 1, Sharon, PA 16146.

For more information, contact Samuel Barbara at or 724-946-7278.

Westminster College’s Foster Art Gallery hosts “Visages” by Rob Millard-Mendez

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:56:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s Foster Art Gallery will host “Visages”, an art exhibition of wood and mixed media sculptures by Rob Millard-Mendez. The exhibition will run February 20 to March 23. There will be a gallery reception on Thursday, March 23rd from 5 to 6 p.m., with an artist talk at 5:15 p.m. The Foster Art Gallery is located in Patterson Hall on Westminster College’s campus. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Rob Millard-Mendez's conceptual sculptures are crafted out of common materials such wooden measuring sticks, mousetraps, matches and oven mitts. His masks and figurative sculptures are inspired by mythology, science, history, and American Folk Art (among others) and pull from an education in art history, existentialist philosophy and post-structuralist theory.

Rob Millard-Mendez is an artist based in Evansville, Indiana where he teaches at the University of Southern Indiana.  A native of Lowell, MA, he holds an MFA in Sculpture from UMass Dartmouth. He has exhibited in over 425 exhibitions, including shows in all 50 states and over 15 solo exhibitions.

The Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  The Foster Art Gallery hosts four-six exhibits annually, including work by Westminster students and faculty. Regional, national and international artists are also brought to campus for exhibits and lectures.

For more information, contact Summer Zickefoose at or 724-946-7267.

Westminster College Combined Choirs and Brass Ensemble Present Special Choral Vespers Service

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:01:00 EST

(image) Join the Westminster College School of Music for a special Choral Vespers Service on Sunday, February 19 at 7 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel. Fashioned after the traditional Anglican Choral Evensong, performances will feature the Titan Brass Quintet, Combined Choirs and Professor Paula Kubik on the organ.

“We hope you will join us for this uplifting evening of music and reflection,” says Dr. Samuel Barbara, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Westminster College. Barbara will serve as conductor.

The vespers service is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Samuel Barbara at or 724-946-7278.

Westminster College Planetarium Presents “The Girl Who Walked Upside Down' and 'Bizarre Moons'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:00:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Planetarium will host three public shows on Saturday, February 25 beginning at 5 p.m with a final show starting at 8 p.m. Each event lasts one hour and all shows begin with a tour of the night sky using the planetarium. The event is free and open to all.

The first feature of the night is "The Girl Who Walked Upside Down," which recounts the story of a young girl with a curious imagination and love for the Moon and stars. The show is appropriate for audiences of all ages.

The presentation of “Bizarre Moons” begins at 6:30 p.m. Often overshadowed by the planets, “Bizarre Moons” highlights the functionality and many aspects of these “minor members” of the solar system. The show is appropriate for audiences ages 8 and up.

The final presentation ends at 8 p.m. with an encore showing of “The Girl Who Walked Upside Down”. After the 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. shows, there will be rooftop stargazing if the weather permits.

Visit the Westminster College Planetarium online and to make your reservations for the shows.

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Knop, Associate Professor of Physics at Westminster College, at or 724-946-7201.

Applications Open for Drinko Center Summer Research Fellowships

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:47:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research invites Westminster student and faculty pairs from all academic disciplines to apply for one of four competitive Drinko Summer Research Fellowships. Any pairs wishing to engage in scholarly research or creative projects during the summer of 2017 are encourage to submit their applications by April 7, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The fellowship includes stipends for both the undergraduate researcher and faculty mentor. Partial support for on-campus housing will be provided to recipients to help with residential costs during their four-week research period.

Dr. Karen Resendes, Associate Professor of Biology, and Dr. Pam Richardson, Associate Professor of Mathematics, are co-directors of the Drinko Center. Resendes and Richardson are excited about launching the first round of summer fellowships and are optimistic about future years.

 “This is our first attempt at a summer research program and we are really excited about the opportunity for our students and the possibility of expanding this program in future years,” says Resendes.

Student and Faculty teams who wish to apply should complete the application found online. The student must be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student and in good academic standing at the time of the fellowship application. Students graduating in May 2017 are NOT eligible for this program.

More details about eligibility and conditions can be found online and on the application form.

The 2017 Fellows will be announced at Honors Convocation on April 26, 2017.

Please contact the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research at for more information. 

“Music with Friends

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:24:00 EST

(image) Dr. R. Tad Greig, Professor of Music at Westminster College, will launch a new concert series, “Music with Friends,” featuring the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. The inaugural concert is on Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Will W. Orr Auditorium. Chamber music provided by the saxophone quartet, coached by Dr. James Flowers, begins at 6:45 p.m. in Orr Lobby. The concert is free and open for all.

The “Music with Friends” Concert series will feature an ensemble from an area/regional high school band. “I feel that it is a great way to share music, audiences and our students,” says Greig.

The inaugural concert will feature the Westminster Symphonic Band and the Beaver Area High School Concert Band, under the direction of Mr. J. P. Scanga ’09, Westminster graduate. The Beaver Area High School Concert Band will perform works by Saucedo, J. S. Bach, Van der Roost and more.

“I’ve had the pleasure of watching Mr. Scanga work and have heard his wonderful ensemble on numerous occasions,” added Greig. “We are all in for a musical treat!”

The Westminster Symphonic Band will perform “A Celebration for a New Era”, by Foster in dedication to the newly inaugurated Westminster College President, Dr. Kathy Richardson. The band will also play “Symphonic Dance #3” Fiesta by Clifton Williams; “Vesuvius” by Ticheli; “Emblem of Unity” by J. J. Richards; and the hauntingly beautiful Symphonic Prelude on “Black is the Color of My True Loves Hair” by Alfred Reed.

Coming Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. is a “Music with Friends” concert featuring the Wind Ensemble joined by the Wilmington Area High School Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Nickel.

For more information, contact Dr. R. Tad Greig at or 724-946-7279.

Troy Jackson ’17 Covers Pittsburgh 48 Hour Project in TV Special

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:52:00 EST

(image) Troy Jackson ’17, senior Film Studies & Media Production major, created and hosted his own television special providing insight into the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Project. The television special showcases Jackson’s short film as well as other entries from Westminster College students.

The 48 Hour Film Project, the original and oldest timed filmmaking competition, features the works of people from all over the world. Competitors have only 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a movie based on a randomly selected genre.

After participating in the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Project in 2015 as part of assignment for a video production course, Jackson decided to enter again and cover the event for an independent study course led by Brad Weaver, Broadcast Communication Faculty at Westminster College.

Jackson spent the semester producing his entry while creating his television special about the competition. He provides an in-depth overview of the competition and incorporates interviews to tell the stories behind the entries of other Westminster students. Jackson also provides genuine reflection and understanding of what he learned as a participant in the competition and how the experience benefits a young filmmaker.

Students enrolled in the single-camera video production course were required to compete in the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Horror Project (48HHP) last October as a class assignment. The students entered the competition as teams and worked through the production process together. Jackson worked separately with his own crew and budget.

“My goals for this assignment teaches students how to work in a production team, apply good storytelling, and engage in best practices for video production,” says Weaver. “This assignment is meant to immerse [my students] in an experience focused on the importance of meeting or beating deadlines”. 

Judges in the 48HHP honored Jackson’s Oct. 2016 entry, ‘Fever,’ with awards for best cinematography and best acting.

Jackson’s behind-the- scenes documentary is available on Vimeo as INSIDE the Pittsburgh 48 Hour Horror Project- A WCN Special

For more information, contact Brad Weaver at or 724-316-9618

Westminster College Symphony Orchestra Presents Winter Concert

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:58:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will host a winter concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24 in Orr Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Along with student and community performers, the concert will feature Dr. Robert Knop, Associate Professor Physics, on the viola and adjunct music faculty Robin M. Hasenpflug on the cello.

The concert will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” and American composer Aaron Copeland’sFanfare for the Common Man”.

 “I'm terrifically excited to have the Westminster Symphony Orchestra present these two pillars of orchestral literature,” says Dr. Melinda Perttu, Assistant Professor of Music at Westminster College. “The students are performing at a very high level of musicianship. From the power of Copeland's "Fanfare to the Common Man" to the sweetness found in Beethoven's Sixth, it's going to be an exhilarating concert!”

For more information, contact Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu at or 724-946-7271.

Office of Diversity Services Celebrates Black History Month

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:31:00 EST

(image) Join the Office of Diversity Service in celebrating Black History Month with a variety of events, workshops and displays throughout the month of February. All events are free and open to the public.

Kicking off the celebration is Diversity & Inclusion 101 hosted by guest Mark Weir, founder of LEADS and Jeannette Hubbard, director of Diversity Services. The workshop takes place on Thursday, February 9 at 6 p.m. in the Berlin Lounge. Weir and Hubbard’s interactive workshop covers the meaning of diversity and inclusion and how these terms apply within the Westminster community.

On Wednesday morning, February 15, students from Black Student Union (BSU) will share books written by African-American authors with students at Farrell Elementary.

Other events this month to celebrate the history of African-American contributions and culture include: “Sports, Media, and the Color Line,” presented by CALL Speaker Series guest Dr. Brian Carroll from Berry College; showings of Selma in Muller Theater; and a Karamu dinner party with a concert by local rap artist Kilo Watson.

In addition to the events, there will be free blood pressure screenings in the Student Health Center every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will also be a Black History Month book display on the first floor of McGill Library featuring the works African-American

For more information, contact Kimberly Winfield at or 724-946-6178.

Westminster College Sports Medicine Hosts My School Color Run in April

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:42:00 EST

(image) Westminster College Sports Medicine welcomes the entire Westminster and surrounding communities to come run, walk and jog at the My School Color Run on April, 30 2017. Check-in starts at 1 p.m. at the Anderson Amphitheater and the fun run/walk will start at 2 p.m.  Registration is available now, and registration received by April 14 guarantees a race bib, color packet and t-shirt!

The My School Color Run is an untimed fun run/walk in which participants run through color splash zones before ending with a final color toss celebration. The course will begin and end at the Anderson Amphitheater, taking participants around Brittain Lake and the soccer fields.

“Money raised at the color run will benefit the health and welfare of our student-athletes,” says Misty Motter, Assistant Athletic Trainer in Athletics at Westminster College.  “We want to engage the entire Westminster College community in a fitness initiative that aims to encourage a life-long healthy way of living”. 

Registration for the run is available at or by completing a paper registration form from an athletic trainer in Memorial Field House at Westminster. Early registers can pick up their race bib, color packet and t-shirt at the registration table the day of the event.

Visit Westminster College Sports Medicine on Facebook and follow @Titan_SportsMed on Twitter for additional updates. Also, use #MySchoolRun and #WesminsterMSCR when sharing pictures before and after the event.

For more information, contact Misty Motter at or 724-946-6610.

Westminster College Celebrates G.I.V.E. Day

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:35:00 EST

(image) Westminster College will celebrate G.I.V.E. Day 2017 on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center. Students are encouraged to write handwritten postcards to mail, as well as create thank you videos and photos to share with donors via social media.

G.I.V.E. Day celebrates the importance of giving by expressing our gratitude to the College’s donors. “Just about every aspect of Westminster is touched by the generosity of our donors,” says Amber Scalfari, Assistant Director of Donor Relations. “Our donors make it possible for current and prospective students to receive an affordable education at Westminster.”

G.I.V.E. Day (Give. Involve. Value. Engage.) is the day of the year when tuition coverage ends and giving from Westminster alumni and friends covers the remainder of the cost.  Students are encouraged to:

• Give financially and make Westminster a philanthropic priority throughout their life.

• Involve their time and talent.

• Value their degrees and protect their personal investments.

• Engage with students, fellow alumni, and Westminster students.

Madison Ordonez ‘17, Westminster Fund Phonathon Ambassador and student supervisor, is excited that Westminster has a day dedicated to thanking donors for their continued support.

“Although we thank our donors a lot when we speak over the phones at phonathon,” says Ordonez, “it’s nice to have a day when students can express how grateful we truly are. We get to witness their generosity first-hand and G.I.V.E. Day is our opportunity to express our gratitude.”

In addition to decorating the McKelvey Campus Center, there will also be multiple photo areas, music by Titan Radio and light refreshments.

For more information, contact Amber Scalfari at or 724-946-6997.

Westminster College 2017 Internship Fair

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:00:00 EST

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Westminster hosts Dr. Rob Wittenmyer for Robert M. Woods Memorial Lecture

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:54:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s Department of Physics will host Dr. Rob Wittenmyer for a Robert M. Woods Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on February 15 in Phillips Lecture Hall, Hoyt Science Resources Center. Wittenmyer’s lecture, "The Great Unveiling: A New Golden Age of Exoplanetary Science," is free and open to the public.

Wittenmyer will describe the tremendous challenges and opportunities of exoplanetary science to arise over the next decade. He says that the “The next revolution will be one of understanding - a ‘great unveiling’ as we learn the detailed properties of the planetary systems in the Solar neighborhood”.

Currently an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Queensland near Brisbane (USQ), near Brisbane Wittenmyer leads the MINERVA-Australis exoplanet observatory. “He is a world leader in the use of the radial velocity method to discover and study planets,” said Dr. Thomas Oberst, Westminster College Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Westminster Planetarium and Observatory. This is contrary to the transit method that Oberst and his students have used to co-discover planets at Westminster.

“We are extremely excited for Rob’s visit to Westminster,” added Oberst.

Wittenmyer and Oberst collaborate through the KELT planet search project, and Wittenmyer will host Westminster students in Australia in 2018 for summer research in astronomy as part of the $250,000 NSF IRES grant recently co-awarded to Westminster College. Read more here:

Wittenmyer earned his undergraduate degree from Williams College, a master's degree in biology from Boston University and a master's degree in astronomy from San Diego State University. After teaching in central California and spending a year at the Antarctic Research Centre, he earned a PhD from the University of Texas-Austin. Wittenmyer’s postdoctoral research at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia led to a Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship, followed by a tenured Senior Lecturer position.

The Woods Memorial Lecture honors Dr. Robert M. Woods, professor of physics at Westminster College from 1947-1972.  It is made possible by a gift from the Woods family that has been supplemented over the years by gifts from friends and alumni.

For more information, contact Doreen Matune at or 724-946-7284.

Registration Opens for Summer Science Splash Camp

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:19:00 EST

(image) Westminster College is teaming up with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the II-VI Foundation this July to host the Summer Science Splash Camp, a residential camp for middle-school students starting 7th, 8th and 9th grades this fall. Two sessions will be available to choose from, July 9-14 or July 16-21. Registration for both sessions is available now at

Campers will spend their days fully immersed in scientific observations and experiments while exploring innovative technologies and the natural world in sessions led by Westminster faculty and assisted by Westminster students. In the evenings, campers can enjoy activities such as games, sports, arts, hanging out with new friends and MORE SCIENCE!

Campers do not need to have an advanced understanding of science to attend, but they are highly encouraged to be excited and motivated to learn.

Cost per camper is $350 and includes a week of science instruction, lodging, meals, snacks, supervised activities, camp shirts and a variety of other prizes. (Total value of camp is in excess of $1,050!)

“As scientists, we delight in the discovery, observation, and understanding of technology and the natural world,” says Dr. Craig Caylor, Westminster College Associate Professor of Physics and camp director at Westminster College. “We are so grateful for this opportunity to partner with the II-VI Foundation and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation to share our passion for science with these young campers.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation works to encourage physical well-being, inspire teamwork, emphasize the value of education and provide essential life skills to young people in the community.

The II-VI Foundation’s mission is “to encourage and enable students to pursue a career in engineering, science and mathematics while maintaining a standard of excellence in that pursuit.”

Contact Sharon Muraca, academic administrative assistant for the division of biological, chemical, and environmental sciences, at 724-946-7206 or

Dr. Brian Carroll (Berry College) Kicks Off CALL Lecture Series at Westminster College

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:45:00 EST

(image) The Division of Communications, Arts, Languages and Literature (CALL) Speaker Series presents the lecture "Sports, Media and the Color Line" given by Dr. Brian Carroll, Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication at Berry College. Dr. Carroll will speak February 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Berlin Lounge at Westminster College.

Carroll’s lecture will examine Negro League history while drawing on insightful narratives from the players, team management and the journalists who covered them. Since 2003, Carroll has taught courses in media law, digital storytelling, visual rhetoric, sports communication, and sports journalism. His research interests include baseball and the black press, digital media, communication law and Shakespeare.

A former reporter, editor, and photographer, Carroll is also author of “When to Stop the Cheering? The Black Press, the Black Community, and the Integration of Professional Baseball” (Routledge, 2007); “A Devil’s Bargain: The Black Press and Black Baseball, 1915-1960” (Routledge, 2015); and “Writing and Editing for Digital Media” (Routledge, 2017).

“I have heard Dr. Carroll speak about the Negro League on several occasions,” says Dr. Randy Richardson, Visiting Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Westminster College. “Because of his expertise as a journalist and a media scholar, Carroll brings a unique perspective to the game. I am quite sure that his talk will be insightful, entertaining, even inspiring.”

CALL is using Dr. Carroll’s lecture as a way to kick off a CALL Speaker Series, where scholars and interesting voices from their divisional areas of study will be brought to campus.

To learn more about Carroll visit:

For more information, contact Dr. Randy Richardson at or 724-946-7348.

Neuroscience Professor Deanne Buffalari and Alumnus Anthony Sloan '15 Publish Research

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:33:00 EST

(image) Dr. Deanne Buffalari, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, and Anthony Sloan ‘15 were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. Their research paper, "Effects of concomitant methylphenidate and ethanol administration on working and reference memory in rats," details how drugs can interact to affect memory.

Stemming from the results of Sloan’s neuroscience senior capstone project, under the direction of Buffalari, Sloan examined how exposure to varied combinations of ethanol and methylphenidate affect the reference and working memory in rats. Sloane tested what effect Ritalin has on different types of memory, what effect alcohol has, and what effect they have when combined.

“Increasing numbers of college students, a population that tends to abuse alcohol, are also using Ritalin recreationally,” says Buffalari. “Yet, we have a limited understanding of how those two drugs, when combined, affect cognitive functions such as memory. This study tries to fill a gap in that knowledge.”

Buffalari served as Sloan’s advisor and former Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, Robin McGovern, was also a co-author on the project.

Sloan is currently working as a laboratory technician in a neuroscience laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh, while applying to graduate programs in neuroscience.

A link to the journal article is available here:

For more information, contact Dr. Deanne Buffalari at 724-946-7358 or

Dr. Pam Richardson Publishes Chapter for Association for Women in Mathematics Book Series

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:10:00 EST

(image) Dr. Pamela Richardson, Associate Professor of Mathematics, published a chapter entitled "SMP: Building a Community of Women in Mathematics" in the book Mathematics Education: A Spectrum of Work in Mathematical Sciences Departments. The book featuring Richardson’s work is part of the Association for Women in Mathematics book series with Springer International Publishing. 

Richardson's chapter details her involvement in the Carleton Summer Mathematics Program (SMP), a national program to encourage women to persist in mathematics graduate school and mathematical careers. For nearly 20 years, Richardson has been very involved in SMP; first as a student and now as a teacher and mentor to female mathematics majors.

Richardson says, “[SMP] is a very successful program that helps prepare women for graduate school and mathematical careers and provides its members with a supportive network of women in mathematics”.

Richardson earned her BS in Mathematics from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in Mathematics from The University of Virginia. Her research interests include nonassociative algebra, Jordan algebras and superalgebras. She is also an active member of the Mathematical Association of America, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the American Mathematical Society, Project NExT and the Council on Undergraduate Research.

More information on the book can be found at

For more information, contact Richardson at 724-946-7286 or

Sean Swarner ’97 to Speak at 30th Annual Christy Memorial Lecture Feb. 12 at Westminster College

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 13:34:00 EST

(image) Westminster College will host the 30th Annual Wayne H. Christy Memorial Lecture Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM in Wallace Memorial Chapel with guest speaker, Sean Swarner '97. The event is free and open to the public.

Swarner is the first known cancer survivor to climb to the top of Mt. Everest. Diagnosed in the fourth and final stage of Hodgkin's disease at the age of 13 and then again with Askin's sarcoma at 16, Swarner has survived both diseases and triumphantly climbed Mt. Everest with only partial use of his lungs just a decade later.

Swarner is the founder of The CancerClimber Association (CCA), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those impacted by cancer by focusing on living an active and healthy lifestyle. He is the author of the book Keep Climbing and a motivational speaker to corporations, universities, and other organizations around the globe. Swarner has been called the “most powerful speaker ever” by such companies as IBM, Roche, Amgen, and countless organizations and universities.

In a previous interview, Swarner states that his story is not just about his illness and the heartache and pain it caused; his story is about something greater. Swarner says, “[My story] is about hope; it’s about helping others and never quitting. It’s about personal battles with the elements and coming out on top of the world, literally."

Since climbing Mt. Everest, Swarner has topped the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, Antarctica, and North America, and has trekked the South Pole. After recently completing the Ironman World Championship, Swarner's next adventure is completing the "Explorers Grand Slam" in April. The Explorers Grand Slam is an adventurers challenge to reach the North Pole, the South Pole and all of the Seven Summits.

As part of the Wayne H. Christy Memorial Lecture series, Swarner comes to Westminster to share his message of healing, hope, and triumph and to empower people to climb their own “Everest” in both life and in business.

The Wayne H. Christy Memorial Lecture series honors the late Dr. Christy, who was a long-time faculty member and chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Westminster College. As Dr. Christy dedicated his life to relating the heritage of faith to the emerging issues of a changing culture, the lecture series seeks out men and women who distinguish themselves by relating Christian faith to issues of contemporary life.

For more information, contact Diane Gabriel at 724-946-7117 or

Dr. Aleprete Publishes Article on Russian Intervention in the Ukraine Crisis

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:03:00 EST

(image) Dr. Michael Aleprete, associate professor at Westminster College, recently published his article "Minimizing Loss: Explaining Russian Policy Choices during the Ukrainian Crisis" in the Soviet & Post Soviet Review. His article was published as part of a special issue focused on the Ukraine Crisis.

Aleprete’s research examined realist and liberal scholars of international relations differing interpretations of Russia’s decision to militarily intervene in Ukraine. After applying insights from the foreign policy decision making literature and a close examination of events from late 2013 through the Russian military interventions in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, Aleprete reveals the weaknesses in both the realist and liberal explanations of the crisis.

A link to the journal issue is available here:

Dr. Aleprete completed his undergraduate degree at Duquesne University and earned his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. Trained in the areas of international conflict, international relations theory, and the comparative politics of the former Soviet Union, his research interests include, third party interventions in war, the political geography of border areas, U.S. and Russian foreign policy, nationalism and peacekeeping.

For more information, contact Aleprete at 724-946-7254 or

Cuff to Chair SSHA's Presidential Book Award Selection Committee in Montreal, Quebec Canada

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:51:00 EST

(image) Dr. Timothy Cuff, professor of history and chair of the division of social sciences and humanities, has been chosen by the Social Science History Association's (SSHA) publication committee to chair the SSHA’s Presidential Book Award Selection Committee in 2017.  This is Cuff’s second time to hold this position in the organization. 

The award given to an early-career scholar is awarded based on a book's scholarly significance, interdisciplinary reach and methodological innovativeness within the broad category of monographs analyzing past structures and events and change over time.

Cuff will announce the winner and award her/him the $1000 prize at the 2017 Annual Conference in Montreal, Quebec Canada, on November 4, 2017.

For more information, contact Cuff at or 724-946-6152.

Music Education Major Wins Philip H. Inman Excellence in Choral Conducting Arts Scholarship Award

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:58:00 EST

(image) Rachel Read, a senior music education major, was awarded the “Philip H. Inman Excellence in Choral Conducting Arts Scholarship Award” in December, 2016 at the annual Beaver Valley Choral Society concert at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Beaver Falls, PA.

"Rachel was recommended by the Music Faculty at Westminster to the Beaver Valley Choral Society,” says Dr. Daniel Perttu, associate professor of music and chair of the School of Music. “I am thrilled that she was selected.  She is an exemplary student here and certainly represents the values embodied by the award.  She truly deserves the honor." Read is a daughter of Robert and Ruth Read and a graduate of Penn-Trafford High School.

The Philip H. Inman Excellence in Choral Conducting Arts Scholarship Award is presented annually to an exceptionally qualified junior, senior, or post-graduate music student enrolled in one of five colleges in western Pennsylvania; Carnegie Mellon University; Duquesne University; Geneva College; Grove City College; and Westminster College.

According to the Beaver Valley Choral Society, the “Philip H. Inman Excellence in Choral Conducting Arts Scholarship” was created to honor Mr. Inman’s lifelong dedication to the study and performance of fine choral music.

For more information, contact Kristen M. Kuzma, academic administrative assistant in the school of music, at 724-946-7270 or

Resendes and Westminster Students Publish Cancer Biology Research in Apoptosis

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:37:00 EST

(image) Dr. Karen K. Resendes, associate professor of biology and coordinator of the molecular biology program, and a team of eight past and present Westminster College biology and molecular biology majors have published their cancer biology research entitled “5-Flurouracil disrupts nuclear export and nuclear pore permeability in a calcium dependent manner" in the journal Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death.

Each of the eight student authors: Kelly J. Higby ‘16, Melissa M. Bischak ‘16, Christina A. Campbell ’15, Rebecca G. Anderson ‘15, Sarah A. Broskin ’14, Lauren E. Foltz ‘13, Jarrett A. Koper ’17 and Audrey C. Nickle ’18, contributed new data to the paper that they collected as part of experiments associated with various capstone studies, honors research thesis and independent study projects.  The overarching theme of their undergraduate research projects was to understand some aspect of the mechanism of action for various chemotherapeutic drugs, specifically as it related to the regulation of transport in and out of the cell nucleus during the process of cell death.

According Resendes, their results revealed a new mechanism of action for the chemotherapeutic 5-flurouracil (5-FU) in combination with other drugs during apoptosis. “These results open the door to other potential combination chemotherapies that employ 5-FU, which will prove to be another exciting area of research for my laboratory that we are excited to pursue further,” says Resendes. “It is always gratifying to be able to bring together the efforts of several student researchers into a cohesive story that is accepted for publication by my peers in the field of cell biology.”

Sarah Broskin ’14, first year graduate student in the Molecular and Cell Biology & Genetics (MCBG) PhD program at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM), says the undergraduate research she completed while at Westminster helped her secure a clinical laboratory position within her field immediately following graduation.

“My undergraduate research set me apart from many other applicants and aided in my acceptance to numerous graduate programs,” says Broskin. “Most importantly, the opportunity to complete undergraduate research enhanced my passion and appreciation for science as a whole.”

All of the students attached to the research project have started their careers in the biotechnology industry, are in graduate programs or have plans to attend graduate or medical school.

The entire article is available online here: or view the entire journal:

For more information, contact Dr. Karen Resendes at 724-946-7211 or

R. Tad Greig to Provide Professional Development Session in the Butler Area School District

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:08:00 EST

(image) Dr. R. Tad Greig, professor and director of instrumental activities, will be presenting a session on effective conducting techniques to the music faculty in the Butler Area School District entitled "The Practical Art of Conducting". The professional development session will take place on January 23 at 2 PM at Butler Area High School.

Greig plans to discuss how to develop a non-verbal vocabulary in ensemble members and how to communicate efficiently yet expressively.

For more information, contact Greig at or 724-946-7279.

Westminster College Foster Art Gallery to Host Exhibition of Figurative Sculpture

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s Foster Art Gallery will host In the Image and Likeness, an art exhibition of figurative sculpture by Elaina Michalski. The exhibition will run Jan 17 – Feb 10 in the Foster Art Gallery located in Patterson Hall. There will be a gallery reception on Tuesday, Feb 7 from 5-6 PM, with an artist talk at 5:15 PM. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Westminster College art lecturer, Summer Zickefoose says Michalski will be on campus February 7 and 9 to work with students in the hand-building ceramics course and to give an artist lecture at the gallery reception. “I particularly encourage students to attend the gallery reception, as it is a unique opportunity to hear directly from the artist and ask questions about their work," says Zickefoose.

Elaina Michalski is an artist based in Kansas City, Missouri where she teaches in the art department at Metropolitan Community College.  A native of Kansas City, she holds a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in Multimedia Art, Ceramics, and Sculpture from the University of Florida. Her sculptures have been featured in Lark Books’ 500 Figures in Clay Volume 2 and The Figure in Clay and some of her awards include an Urban Culture Project Studio Residency through the Charlotte Street Foundation and an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant.

Michalski creates figurative sculptures ranging from small fired works for the home to life-size unfired figures in unique environments. Clay is Michalski’s material of choice for the figure because of the qualities it embodies in wet, dry, and fired states, which can represent the vulnerable and malleable stages in human life.

The Foster Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM.  The gallery hosts four to six exhibits annually, including work by Westminster students and faculty. Regional, national, and international artists are also brought to campus for exhibits and lectures.

For more information, contact Summer Zickefoose at 724-946-7267 or

Westminster Faculty Presents Trumpet and Piano Recital

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:27:00 EST

(image) Dr. Timothy Winfield, Assistant Professor of Music/Heritage Professor for Humanities, and Dr. Nancy DeSalvo, Associate Professor of Music, will present a recital of music for trumpet and piano. The recital will take place on Wednesday, January 25th at 7:30pm in Wallace Memorial Chapel. The recital is free and open to the public.

Adjunct Instructor of Trombone, Kevin McManus, will be joining them on one piece. This recital will feature the world premiere of Dr. Daniel Perttu's "Torngat," a sonata for trumpet and piano. Other pieces on the recital include Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto in B-flat: RV548," Erik Morales' "Rhapsody," Joseph Turrin's "Fandango," Joshua Oxford's "Beethoven in the House" for trumpet and electronics, and Jean-Baptiste Arban's "Fantaisie Brillante."

For more information, contact Timothy Winfield at 724-946-7274 or

Chemistry Alumna and Professor Join Forces as part of ACS Chemistry Ambassadors Program

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 08:26:00 EST

(image) Chemistry alumna and Sharpsville Area High School teacher Merrissa (Malcolm) Nguyen '12 and Helen Boylan, Professor of Chemistry, have joined forces this year as part of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Ambassadors Program. Through this program, Boylan serves as a “Science Coach,” working with Nguyen to plan activities and connect classroom learning to the real world. Additionally, Nguyen’s school receives a $500 donation from the ACS to support science education.

Boylan visited Nguyen’s two chemistry classes in December. During her visit, the students completed a hand-on experiment on the chemistry of Alka Seltzer. Boylan also shared advice about choosing a major and led class discussion about the benefits and challenges of being a science major in college.

Boylan compliments Nguyen’s teaching style. “Mrs. Nguyen is an engaging teacher. The students connect well with her, and she is fun to work with.”

Nguyen and Boylan are planning a follow-up activity this spring where the students visit Westminster’s chemistry labs and have the opportunity to use advanced instrumentation to perform a chemical analysis.

Photo caption: Nguyen (left) and Boylan (right) in front of the “chemistree” in Sharpsville’s chemistry lab.

For more information, contact Helen Boylan at or 724-946-6293.

President Richardson Hits the Road for Spring 2017 Tour

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:24:00 EST


President Dr. Kathy Richardson will hit the road for the President on the Road: Spring 2017 tour. President Richardson plans to meet with various Westminster alumni along the east coast for a hors d’ oeuvres reception featuring formal remarks. There is no fee for attending the events. However, reservations are required. Reservations can be made online here:

The first leg of the tour kicks off in Sarasota, Florida with alumni hosts, Trustee Steve ’80 and Amanda ‘80 McConnell, and others welcoming Dr. Richardson to the Sarasota area on Tuesday, Feb 21 at 6 PM at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar located at 2001 Siesta Drive, Sarasota, FL 34239. Reservations are due by Monday, February 13, 2017.

Fellow Florida alumni are gathering Thursday, Feb 23 at 6 PM to welcome Dr. Richardson to the Orlando area at The B Resort & Spa located at 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830. Reservations are due by Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

President Richardson looks forward to meeting Westminster alumni on the road. "I am excited about the opportunity to visit with our alumni in the Sunshine State, hear their Westminster stories, and to share updates about the college," said President Richardson.  

Alumni hosts, John ‘59 and Alicia ‘60 Blamphin & Jack ‘59 and Carol ‘58 Mansfield are slated to welcome Dr. Richardson to The Villages on Friday, Feb 24 at 5 PM at The Waterfront Inn at Lake Sumter Landing located at 1105 Lake Shore Drive, The Villages, FL 32162. A tour option may also be available for those who show interest in touring The Villages. Reservations are due by Thursday, February 16, 2017.

Remaining tour dates include: Tuesday, March 28 Charlotte, NC; Wednesday, March 29 Raleigh, NC; Monday, May 15 – Harrisburg, PA; Wednesday, May 17 – Philadelphia, PA; and Thursday, May 18 – NYC. Both the Harrisburg and Philadelphia stops will be scheduled alongside the Westminster College Choir’s performances happening the same days in the respective areas.  The New York City event will occur the night prior to the choir’s performance. As details become finalized and specific locations are selected for the remaining tour stops, more information will be released at a later date.

Dress for the evenings will be business attire, and a cash bar will be available during most events. Alumni, parents and friends of the college are encouraged to attend.  

For more information, contact Kara Montgomery at or 724.946.7364

Westminster College Hosts 5th Annual Tournées French Film Festival

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:29:00 EST

Westminster College will host the 5th annual Tournées French Film Festival this year every Tuesday evening at 7 PM between January 31 and March 7 in Mueller Theater located in the McKelvey Campus Center. The festival will feature five contemporary and one classic French films. Opening the festival on Jan 31 is the film Dans la cour (In the Courtyard). In the Courtyard depicts the life of a French man, Antoine, who gives up his career as a rock singer to take a job as the live-in custodian of a modest Parisian apartment building that seems to be a magnet for residents who share his emotional fragility. La cour de Babel (School of Babel) will show Feb 7. School of Babel follows a year in a Paris schoolroom for children who have recently immigrated to France. In an age of resurgent uneasiness with all that is foreign, this documentary is a powerful antidote to fear and suspicion and an inspiring source of hope for France and the world. Showing on Feb 14 is the contemporary French film, Saint Laurent. Saint Laurent is a lushly executed, unorthodox biopic of superstar fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The film reveals the nuances of a legendarily remote character all while capturing the electricity of his subject’s milieu with astute blue chip casting, moody scoring, and sensual camera movement. Mustang is a Turkish-French film, will play on the Feb 21. Mustang begins when five orphaned sisters are locked inside their house in Turkey after their grandmother and uncle learn they have been seen splashing around in the sea with boys. The rebellion of the youngest sister, her long-planned escape from oppression, and the sisters’ unbreakable bonds and explosive liveliness are counterbalances to an account of a state of affairs that holds true for millions of young women the world over. Qu’Allah Bénisse la France (May Allah Bless France) will show on Feb 28. May Allah Bless France is a coming-of-age story and redemption tale based on the rapper and writer-director’s own youth in the beleaguered projects of Strasbourg. In these challenging times for France, and particularly for French Muslims, the film breaks with the pessimism of the “growing up in a slum” genre to propose an intelligent and accessible potential way forward. Closing the film festival this year on Mar 7 is the Jean-Luc Godard’s classic Pierrot le Fou. Pierrot le Fou recounts the romance between wealthy Ferdinand (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his babysitter Marianne (Anna Karina), followed by their escape to the south of France with gangsters on their trail. Each film will be introduced by a Westminster student or faculty member, and a discussion will follow. The film festival is free and open to all. For more information, contact Dr. Ann Murphy at or 724-946-7265 [...]

Westminster Alumnae Honored at Regional 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day Celebration

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:49:00 EST

(image) Dorothy Pollock '46 and Sarah O'Malley '15 were honored at the 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day celebration hosted by the Mahoning-Shenango Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Pollock was named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser for her 30 years of dedication and volunteerism at Westminster College. Since retiring as a research scientist in 1981, Pollock has served Westminster as volunteer for the Alumni Council Fundraising Committee and in other various capacities. As an Alumni Council volunteer, she raised more than $300,000 for the scholarship program.

O'Malley accepted the award for Outstanding Young Philanthropist for her work with the Kindness Kampaign. The Kindness Kampaign, created by a group of Greenville High School students, aims to spread more kindness in the world through various measures, including Pay It Forward challenges and raising money for those in need.

Westminster President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson and various employees, faculty, and friends of Westminster joined Pollock and O’Malley in celebrating their special night.

Watch a recap of the 26th Annual National Philantropy Day here:

Westminster College Makes 2016 College Honor Roll

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 09:53:00 EST

(image) Out of 1,400 US colleges and universities, Westminster College was included as one of 301 schools to make ScholarMatch’s College Honor Roll. Every year ScholarMatch analyzes college data to determine which schools are offering excellent opportunities for low-income and first-generation students, and Westminster made the list of schools making a difference in these students lives.

By using public data from the US Federal Government and other public college data collection sites, ScholarMatch evaluated 1,400 schools in four main areas: financial aid, academic strength, student support services and post-graduate success – with specific consideration given to low-income students’ needs.

Only schools with strong scores made the College Honor Roll, and Westminster received a 3.3/4.0 overall rating. Noted for its strong academics, excellent faculty and individualized attention, Westminster scored high in categories for academics and post-grad affordability.

Westminster strives to provide a superior liberal arts education for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Cheryl Gerber, director of financial aid at Westminster College, says it is important for the college to understand the financial concerns of students and their families during the college search process.

“Westminster College creates financial aid award packages for students on an individual basis,” says Gerber. “It is important to us to find all the ways we can meet a student’s needs to ensure their success here at Westminster. It’s an honor to be recognized for doing so.”

As part of the Honor Roll, Westminster is listed as an institution that has been carefully screened and graded specifically to help low-income and first generation students find a school with a supportive environment and excellent post graduate outcomes.

The full list is available at:

ScholarMatch is a San Francisco nonprofit organization founded by author Dave Eggers that makes college possible for low-income youth by providing free college counseling services.

For more information, contact Tom Fields at 724-946-7190 or

Broadcasting Students Create Promotional Video for Campus Outdoor Labs

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 10:16:00 EST

(image) Corporate web video produced by Westminster students, Justin Shaw ‘17, Laura Page ‘18, Terrell Cleckley ‘19, David Austin ’18 and Jackie Schultz ‘17, has been accepted by Dr. Patrick Krantz to promote the campus outdoor labs to undergrads, faculty, staff and visitors. The video is entitled, “Explore, Experience & Experiment at WC's Outdoor Labs” and can be found across the college’s digital media channels.

The students created the video as part of their corporate video promotion project in BC 251/Single Camera Video Production during the Fall 2016 semester. The project ran the entire semester.

After an initial meeting with Krantz, Shaw, Page, Cleckley, Austin and Shultz worked together as producers, directors, writers, videographers, on-camera extras, editors and client liaisons to create the promotional video. Upon approval from Krantz, the students completed a rough cut and received feedback before concluding the project with a formal presentation of the finished video at the end of the semester.

Brad Weaver, broadcast communications lecturer at Westminster College, says this project was meant to take the students through the entire video production process. His goal was to teach the students how to think critically about their own productions and start seeing how the media landscape around them is produced.

“The students immersed themselves in the video production process by tackling every aspect of the job,” says Weaver.  “They quickly discovered how to learn from mistakes and that video production takes a lot of time and hard work.”

The video production project helped the students to advance their skills with cameras, lighting, technique, best practices, audio and editing. They worked together to as a production team and learned to manage time, equipment and problems all while creating a project to be included in their portfolios and demo reel.

The video is scheduled to go out on the college’s official social media and website. Watch the video now here:

For more information, Contact Brad Weaver at 724-946-7238 or

Westminster College Students Place in Global Top 100 in Online Business Strategy Game

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:27:00 EST

(image) Of over 46,000 undergraduate students spanning 37 countries, eight Westminster College students placed in the global top 100 in the online Business Strategy Game (BSG) in the Strategic Management capstone course.

The BSG is a worldwide online simulation in which students operate a simulative athletic footwear company and compete against other students in North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Of 17,131 companies worldwide, the co-managers of “Apparition Shoes,” Sam Angelo and Elijah Hall, earned 25th place for their 41.8% average return on equity (ROE) and 56th place for their stock price of $334.19; the company “Finesse Footwear,” managed by John Arcuri and Ben Stevenson, placed 7th for their 50.6% ROE, 22nd for their stock price of $441.90, and 42nd for their earnings per share (EPS) of $21.55; the company “Go Active Footwear,” managed by Julia Hinson and Emily Somerhalder, placed 34th for their 39.3% ROE, and the co-managers of “HigherUp Footwear,” Matthew Slagle and Cameron Pozsgai, tied in 60th place for their 35.3% average ROE.

Teams are responsible for making decisions about production standards, plant capacity, pricing strategies, employee compensation and Six Sigma practices, marketing strategies, distribution and logistics decisions, and other financial and stock related decisions.

“The BSG allows our students to experience the high level of strategy and decision making it requires to manage a successful international operation,” said Brian Petrus, instructor and program coordinator for marketing.

Each week of class simulates one year in the organization. In generating the global top 100 ranking, the BSG measures teams on four performance variables: overall score, earnings per share, return on investment and stock price.

“All aspects of the BSG parallel the functioning of the real-world athletic footwear market, thus allowing you and your co-managers to think rationally and logically in deciding what to do and get valuable practice in making a variety of different business decisions under circumstances that mirror real-world competitive conditions,” according to the BSG website.

Contact Brian Petrus at 724-946-6833 or email for more information.

Westminster College Holds Traditional Christmas Vespers Service

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 14:53:00 EST

(image) Westminster College celebrated one of its most beloved traditions with the presentation of “All I Want for Christmas” at Christmas Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The event was open to the public.

Coordinated by Westminster’s Office of Faith and Spirituality, the annual worship service began with carols and special musical arrangements at 3:30 p.m. Vocal and instrumental ensembles performed familiar Christmas music as students recited scripture readings and prayers.

Several faculty and staff members joined the joyous occasion and performed alongside students. Westminster College Chaplain, the Rev. James R. Mohr II, closed the evening with a riveting message entitled “All I Want for Christmas is My…”.

Although weather conditions prevented many people from attending this year’s Christmas vespers, Rev. Mohr is reminded of the reason why many people come out to fellowship. “When I think of vespers, I think of people coming across the area to gather during the advent season,” says Mohr. “Through scripture readings and music of the season, we began to get excited about the birth of the Christ Child”.

Campus groups Habitat for Humanity and Experience Alaska served as ushers during the event and collected an offering to support the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge spring break work trip to Georgetown, S.C. and the Experience Alaska work trip.

The Westminster’s Campus Ministries Staff hosted a fellowship reception in Orr Lobby immediately following the service and provided luminaries that lit up the campus walkways.

The service appeared live online at, and is available for on-demand viewing at

Contact Westminster’s Chapel Office at 724-946-7117 or for additional information.

Award Winners from Westminster College’s Environmental Symposium Announced

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:05:00 EST

(image) Nearly 200 attendees gathered at Westminster College’s 9th Environmental Symposium on Dec. 1 in McKelvey Campus Center. The symposium highlighted the research, projects, service work and environmental themed artwork of students from five regional colleges and universities (Westminster College, Geneva College, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Slippery Rock University and Youngstown State University) and Wilmington Area High School.

The symposium presentations were split into three categories: Environmental Project, Research Poster and Oral Presentation. Westminster College and the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition, co-organizers of the event, came together to announce the award winners of this year’s Environmental Symposium.

Forty-three students presented at this year’s symposium. Cash prizes, sponsored by Stream Restoration Inc., were awarded to the top student work in each category. All awardees received a certificate.  

Senior environmental science major, Erin Hassett, earned top prize in the Environmental Project presentation category. Hassett interned with the Missouri Department of Conservation and presented her research on fish response to flow alteration.

This is Hassett’s third year participating in the Environmental Symposium and every year she is excited to showcase the research she has been dedicated to for months. “The symposium gives me, and other participants, the valuable opportunity to interact with and receive feedback from students and faculty in a professional setting,” said Hassett.

Brooke Mancuso, senior biology major, received Best in Research Poster category for her poster reflecting her research on the associations among microhabitat characteristics and patterns of nest site occupancy in American Kestrels. Cameron Yard '17 earned Honorable Mention.

Jacob Booth ‘17, Adam Cheatham ‘17, Erin Hassett ‘17 and Natasha Pacifico '17 were awarded Honorable Mention for their presentation on the detriments of water quality of natural springs in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio.

Jackie Schultz ‘17, Laura Page ‘18, Justin Shaw ‘17, Terrell Cleckley ‘19 and David Austin '18 were awarded Feature Presentation for their interdisciplinary approach of a non-science perspective to an environmental project. The students produced broadcasting communications project entitled “Explore, Experience, Experiment” that featured Westminster’s Outdoor Laboratory.

For more information about the Environmental Symposium, contact Dr. Helen Boylan at or 724-946-6293

Westminster College Psychology and Neuroscience Capstone Presentations

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:55:00 EST

(image) Nineteen psychology and neuroscience majors, including three honors students, will present their senior capstone projects from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 in Hoyt Science Resource Center rooms 150, 152 and 166.

Capstone is a course that provides an opportunity for students to evaluate the strengths and limitations of their major field. After starting their capstone projects in the spring semester of their junior year, the psychology and neuroscience students will present their data on campus and possibly later at appropriate regional or national conferences.

Faculty advisors for the capstone projects are: Dr. Deanne Buffalari, assistant professor; Dr. Mandy Medvin, professor and coordinator of the program; Dr. Sherri Pataki, associate professor; Dr. Jessica Rhodes, assistant professor; and Dr. Sandra Webster, professor.

“I believe this opportunity to conduct undergraduate research with faculty is one of the greatest strengths of our program,” says Pataki. “This experience provides great preparation for graduate school and related careers, and our alumni often reflect back on how valuable this experience was to them following their graduation from Westminster.”

For more information, contact Pataki at or 724-946-7361.

Honors Students Experience the Rigors of Monastic Life

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:17:00 EST

(image) Westminster College honors students spent a weekend at a Monastery in Mohawk, New York this past November learning more about monastic life. The trip was part of an honors course that Dr. Russell Martin, Professor of History, is teaching this semester on Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

Junior political science major Don Lun says the trip was enlightening. “One thing I discovered is the rigor of discipline required to choose the monastic life,” says Lun. “It was interesting to see that although being a monk seems far out of reach, they were quite sociable, gregarious and excited to talk to us.”

In order to extend the experience of Martin’s course, the students spent time watching the daily routines of the monks and participating in informative lectures. For more information about the honors program, contact Dr. Bethany Hicok, Professor of English and director of the honors program, at 724-946-6349 or

Professor Elected Vice Chair for the Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:57:00 EST

(image) Associate professor of biology and co-director of the Westminster College Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research, Dr. Karen K. Resendes, was recently elected Vice Chair/Chair Elect for the Biology Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).

CUR is a national organization whose mission is “to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship.”

Resendes was first elected as a CUR councilor in 2012 and re-elected in 2015. During her tenure with the Biology Division, she has spent four years as division secretary and co-chaired the Biology Division Student Travel Awards Committee for the past two years.

“I'm honored to represent Westminster College at this national level and to use my enhanced involvement in CUR to help the college further strengthen our undergraduate research initiatives,” said Resendes.

In July of 2017, Resendes will transition from Vice Chair to Chair of the Biology Division, which also places her on the Executive Board of CUR for a three-year term.

For more information, contact Resendes at or 724-946-7211, or visit

Westminster College School of Music Oboe Studio Performance

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:41:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College School of Music Oboe Studio will perform at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Two Rivers Coffee Shop in New Castle. The event is free and open to the public.

Students and faculty in the Oboe Studio will be joined by members of the Westminster Guitar and String studios, and will perform both classical and popular pieces. The program will end with a set of Christmas carols and songs.

“Singing along will be encouraged,” said Kimberly Winfield, adjunct music faculty.

Two Rivers Coffee Shop is located at 11 S. Mill St., New Castle, PA 16101.

For more information, contact Winfield at or 724-946-7270.

Westminster College Senior Wins Award at Analytical Chemistry Conference

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:20:00 EST

(image) Senior chemistry major, Christopher Caroff, was one of four undergraduate students to be awarded the 2016 EAS Student Research Award at the Eastern Analytical Symposium (EAS) on Nov. 15 in Somerset, NJ.

Caroff was nominated by Dr. Helen Boylan, professor of chemistry, for his undergraduate research experience with spectroscopy, chemometrics, and nuclear chemistry. Caroff has conducted undergraduate research with Boylan on utilizing advanced statistical methods to analyze complex chemical data sets.

As an award winner at EAS, Caroff presented his research during the award poster session. His work, “Creation of a 113Sn/113mIn Generator System Utilizing Polymeric Solid Supports,” was research he completed with Dr. Jonathan Fitzsimmons and Ali Younes at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.

Caroff spent two summers at Brookhaven National Laboratory where he studied and did research on nuclear chemistry. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry following graduation.

“I’m very honored to have received this award and am extremely grateful for my education at Westminster as it has given me so many great opportunities such as this,” said Caroff.

Christopher is the son of George Caroff and Kimberlie Bolinger from Indiana, PA.

For more information, contact Boylan at or 724-946-6293.

Broadcasting and Production Major Capstone Presentations

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:06:00 EST


Westminster College broadcasting and production students will be presenting their capstone projects starting at 2 p.m., Dec. 3, in Mueller Theater. A question and answer session will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

A capstone project is a final project that all Westminster students must complete before graduation. The purpose of the project is for students to take what they have learned over their time at Westminster and complete a major-specific task. For broadcasting and media production students, the task is to create a full length documentary.

The documentaries that will be shown include:

  • “The Gift of Motherhood” by Kellen Gursky
  • “A Journey Down Academy Avenue” by Connor Hamilton
  • “Land of the Living Dead” by Zac Hynus
  • “What’s Behind the Trees?” by Doltyn Snedden
  • “Re-Stripped” by Dan Swank

In broadcasting, “The most valuable thing to have is the ability to adapt to multiple things being thrown at you at once,” said senior broadcasting and media production major, Zac Hynus.

“Fear of changing is your worst enemy in this class,” said senior broadcasting and media production major, Connor Hamilton.

Contact Bradley Weaver, lecturer of broadcast communications, at 724-946-7238 or email for more information.

Westminster College Ranked in Top Small College for Social Types

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:36:00 EST

(image) Westminster College was ranked 18th on Great College Deals’ list of “Best Deals: Small Colleges for Social Types.”

Great College Deals’ mission is “to provide high schoolers and other prospective college students with information about top-ranked universities.” The rankings on this list were determined by “the presence of diverse student-run social organizations, an active Greek life opportunity, lively ongoing campus festivities, generous financial aid packages, and any additional distinctions that add value to the highly social student.”

Westminster made the list because of the “family-like” fraternities and sororities, fundraising for charities, the on-campus radio and television stations, the student-run newspaper publications, and various other opportunities for students.

“To be included with higher education institutions both private and public, as well as institutions of significant size and research-based focus, speaks volumes about the quality of education being offered,” said Dr. Thomas Stein, vice president for enrollment and marketing.

Contact Rick Sherlock, senior director of marketing and communications, at 724-946-7191 or email for more information.

Westminster College Ranked in Top Quarter of Colleges by The Wall Street Journal/ Times Higher Education

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:00:00 EST

(image) Westminster College achieved 248th out of 1061 colleges and 96th out of 305 in the Northeast region on The Wall Street Journal/Times’ Higher Education College Rankings.  

Times Higher Education has provided insight to colleges for five decades and is one of the oldest ranking systems in the world.

“Our aim is to assess each university’s success in achieving their educational mission,” wrote Phil Baty, editor for Times Higher Education’s Rankings. Baty said that the key focus of Times Higher Education’s ranking scale is to analyze a “university’s ability to deliver valuable outcomes and education for its students.”

Times Higher Education ranks colleges based on four pillars: Resources, Engagement, Outcomes, and Environment.

Westminster’s strongest pillar was engagement, in which they achieved a ranking of 202, which is in the top 20% of schools ranked. This pillar was based on student engagement, student recommendations, student interaction, and subject breadth.   

“Part of the mission of Westminster is to provide the learning environment that will help make each student successful through the excellent curriculum rich in engagement, faculty interactions, and practical experiences,” said Dr. Thomas Stein, vice president for enrollment and marketing. “Students graduate prepared to be productive members of an ever changing world.”

Contact Rick Sherlock, senior director of marketing and communications, at 724-946-7191 or email for more information.

Westminster College Music Performance Major Places in Vocal Competition

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 13:49:00 EST

(image) Becca Bly, a Westminster College senior music performance major, placed third in the Classical Senior Vocal Women category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) voice competition at West Virginia University Nov. 15.

Bly, who studies with Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, is a daughter of Jeffrey and Amy Bly of Chicora and a graduate of Karns City Area High School.

In addition to Bly, Westminster students Matthew Benzenhoefer, Lauren Faber, Corey McNulty, Rachel Read, Joseph Spurio and Matthew Younger were among more than 128 vocalists from the Tri-State Chapter of NATS who competed in the vocal competition.

Contact Bentz, associate professor of music, at 724-946-6045 or for additional information.

Westminster College Christmas Vespers Scheduled for Dec. 11

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 15:13:00 EST

(image) Westminster College will continue a long-standing tradition with the presentation of “All I Want for Christmas” at Christmas Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The public is invited to attend.

The annual worship service includes Lessons and Carols with familiar Christmas music performed by a variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles; lighting of the Advent candles; Scripture readings; and “All I Want for Christmas is My…,” the message from Westminster College Chaplain, the Rev. James R. Mohr II. Senior students have the honor of sharing the readings and prayers during the service.

Additional faculty and staff participating are: Dr. Samuel Barbara, director of choral activities; Dr. R. Tad Greig, director of the Wind Ensemble; Paula Kubik, Westminster College organist; Father Michael Peck, rector of St. Camillus Church in New Castle; and Gina Vance, associate dean of student affairs and director of the hand bell choir.

Members of the spring break work teams, Westminster chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and Experience Alaska Group will serve as ushers.   

Offerings collected will be used to support the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge spring break work trip to Georgetown, S.C., and the Experience Alaska work trip.

The Westminster Cable Network (WCN) will telecast the Christmas Vespers service live on cable television over Armstrong (Ch. 72, New Wilmington; Ch. 204, Grove City) and Comcast (Ch. 183, New Castle) Cable systems. The service will also appear live online at, and will be archived for on-demand viewing at

Westminster’s Campus Ministries Staff will provide campus luminaries.

Following the service, the Chapel Staff will host a reception and time of fellowship in Orr Lobby.

Contact Westminster’s Chapel Office at 724-946-7117 or for additional information.

Westminster College School of Business Hosts Networking Day

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:41:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College School of Business Networking Day took place on Nov. 12, with the goal of helping Westminster students and recent alumni explore networking related topics.

“The Professional Networking Symposium serves as an important platform for our students to interact and engage with a variety of individuals who are looking to share their expertise and experiences to best enhance overall connectivity between students, faculty, administration, alumni, employers, and other professional affiliates,” said Brian Petrus ‘10, instructor of business administration. “Additionally, these networking sessions have culminated in multiple students landing jobs, internships, externships, and general lifelong connections.”

Participants had the opportunity to view different career options, develop networking contacts, and secure better internships or full-time jobs. The panel sessions included topics such as, networking 101, informational interviews, sales and marketing, personal finance, resume review, and finding a job/internship.

“Over the past several years, I have witnessed the symposium grow from a few dozen individual participants to hundreds of networkers,” said Petrus. “The most exciting part, in my opinion, is the story that each individual brings to the event.  You never know what you may learn, who you may meet, where the day may take you, and what may come as a result of having participated.”

For more information, contact Linda Travers at or 724-946-7160.

2016 Documentary Showcase

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 15:02:00 EST

(image) Five Westminster College students will premiere their short documentary projects at the 2016 Westminster Documentary Showcase beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, in Mueller Theater.

The projects explore a variety of topics, people, and places as the students engaged in research, interviews, and production. Students began research and pre-production last January. The documentary course spans two semesters.

Links to the trailers for each student’s digital film can be found below:

"The documentary project requires each student to take on the role of a full-time producer and director challenging them as young media professionals," said Bradley Weaver, broadcast and media production lecturer. "The process forces them manage, think critically, and use their vision to create a compelling story."

Each student will also submit their work to a festival or peer-reviewed competition.

For more information, contact Weaver at 724-946-7238 or

Community Invited to Learn Latest Student Research on Environment

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:15:00 EST

(image) Westminster College will host the 9th Annual Student Environmental Symposium from 5:30-9:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, in McKelvey Campus Center. Sponsored by Westminster’s Environmental Programs and the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition, the event is free and open to the public.

Nearly fifty student researchers from Westminster College, Allegheny College, Geneva College, Sharpsville Area High School, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Wilmington Area High School, and Youngstown State University will present their research posters from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms and will present oral presentations at 7-9 p.m. in Mueller Theater.

“The Symposium perfectly highlights student work in the region that relates to the environment,” said Dr. Helen Boylan, professor and program coordinator of Westminster’s environmental programs. “We have a wide variety of student projects being presented, from acid mine drainage and water quality to land use and habitat selection. I encourage those who are interested in the environment to come network with—and support—the student presenters.”

For additional information, contact Boylan at 724-946-6293 or or visit here:

Westminster College Students Attend Criminology Conference

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:57:00 EST

(image) Dr. Kristenne Robison, professor of criminal justice, and five senior criminal justice studies students traveled to New Orleans to present their senior capstone research at The American Society of Criminology Conference.

Student posters showcased research from Maija Belmar, Gabbie Fabish, Coty Gander, Britt Mavrich, and Hayley Thewes. Topics of posters included, mental disorders and support of the death penalty, sexual violence and substance abuse, juvenile solitary confinement, gender roles, and daily stress of defense attorneys.

“The ASC Conference is primarily a faculty and graduate student conference,” said Robison. “Those who engage with our students during their poster sessions are always surprised to learn that they are undergraduate students.”

Belmar, Gander, Mavrich, Thewes, and Robison were part of a student and faculty roundtable titled, “Stepping Inside-College Students’ and their Instructors Experiences with the Inside-Out Model.” Inside-Out courses involve 12 Westminster students going inside prisons walls to take a course alongside 12 students at Trumbull Correctional Institution in Leavittsburg, OH.

Dr. Robison also presented a poster titled, “‘Did They All Come Back’: A Longitudinal Study of Recidivism at a Medium Size Probation Office,” based on research collected with Dr. Shannon Smithey over the past four years.

From Nov. 16-19, students presented their own research, attended sessions of their favorite scholars, visited the book exhibit, and explored the local area.

For more information about criminal justice studies at Westminster, contact Robison at or 724-946-6033.

Westminster College Professor Published in Journal of College Science Teaching

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:13:00 EST

(image) Westminster College biology professor Dr. Katherine Robertson’s article, “An Authentic Research Experience on a Budget: Using Data from Simple Experiments to Develop Mini Research Proposals,” will be published in the November issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching

In this article, Robertson outlines the research format that she uses with her developmental biology students to help prepare them for their capstone project and research they will do after college as well as helping to give the students a deeper understanding of the topic.

“Students who first experience research in their senior year may feel overwhelmed and/or unmotivated because they perceive their capstone project as an unwelcome formality for graduation and fail to appreciate its relevance to their chosen careers,” wrote Robertson. “Introducing some research experiences early in the curriculum helps to alleviate these problems and improves retention.”

Robertson received her master’s degree in immunology and a Ph.D. in developmental biology from the University of London, UK, and has been with Westminster College since 2005.

Contact Robertson at 724-946-7213 or email for more information.