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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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Westminster Student and Faculty Members Honored at Audubon Awards Ceremony

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:28:00 EST

(image) A Westminster College student and two faculty members received awards at the annual Bartramian Audubon Society Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 8, at the Jennings Environmental Education Center in Slippery Rock, PA.

Alexa Yoho, a junior environmental science major from Coraopolis, PA, recieved the Helen B. Ferguson Award. The Ferguson Award is an annual scholarship given to a Westminster College student studying environmental science or environmental studies. Dr. Helen Boylan, professor of chemistry, presented Yoho with the award, recognizing her leadership in several environmental organizations including the Tiny House Team, the ALLARM outreach program, the student Green Party, and the Sierra Student Coalition.

Dr. Kerri Duerr, assistant professor of biology, and Mr. Brad Weaver, broadcast communication faculty, received awards for “Sustainable Conservation by Individuals.” Mr. Jeffry Hall, president of the Bartramian Audubon Society, awarded Duerr and Weaver for their interdisciplinary approach to teaching "Ornithology" and "Essentials of Digital Media" in the cluster course "Tweetspeak". Hall praised Duerr and Weaver for their community service aspect to the course as the students successfully worked to establish the Westminster College campus as an Audubon Certified Wildlife Sanctuary.

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

Carllos Lassiter Selected as Westminster College’s New Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Sun, 21 May 2017 20:55:00 EST

Carllos Lassiter has been selected to serve as the next Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Westminster College following a national search. Lassiter will begin his appointment at Westminster in July 2017. “We are very pleased that Mr. Lassiter will be joining us at Westminster,” said President Kathy Brittain Richardson. “He brings broad experience in student affairs leadership, and he is deeply committed to supporting the growth and well being of students within a vibrant campus community.” “I am truly excited to be joining such an esteemed and outstanding liberal arts institution,” said Lassiter. “My team and I will work to ensure a holistic and transformative approach to student life that will augment students’ academic pursuits.  I am honored by my selection and look forward to working with the entire Westminster College campus in creating a student-centered learning community.” Lassiter currently serves as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Rust College, in Holly Springs, Miss.  As the chief student affairs officer, Lassiter directly oversees residence education; student health; religious life; greek life; student activities; student conduct; and campus security. He implemented a new crisis assessment, intervention and response plan and created partnerships with local colleges to develop a cross-institutional student leadership training program. He also developed mental health resource partnerships with local community and state-wide agencies, created rebranding of the student life experience at Rust College, and reorganized student housing, creating a model residential education program with emphasis on integrating learning, engagement and development in campus co-curricular programming. With more than 14 years of experience in student affairs, Lassiter has served at a variety of academic institutions, including Vanderbilt University, Tulane University, and the University of Chicago, where he developed and led initiatives that met the changing needs of diverse student populations and increased opportunities for student input and engagement. Lassiter has been committed to creating a campus culture and environment that is inclusive and one which enhances the growth of all students to reach their full potential. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Africana Studies from Vassar College, Lassiter received a master of arts degree in higher education administration from the University of Mississippi where he is completing his doctorate in higher education. He participated in the Executive Leadership Academy of The Council of Independent Colleges in 2015-2016. He has served on a number of committees and commissions of the American College Personnel Association and is affiliated with National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; Association of College and University Housing Officers—International; Association for Student Conduct Administration; Association of Governing Board of Universities and Colleges; and the White House HBCU All-Star Alumni Association Advisory Board. He has given numerous presentations focused on leadership development and matters related to higher education.   In his spare time, Lassiter enjoys attending sporting events, cooking, traveling and mentoring youth in the local community.   Lassiter succeeds Dr. Neal Edman, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, who is retiring after 29 years at Westminster College. The Vice President of Student Affairs (VPSA) exercises oversight of student and residential life, student conduct, Greek life, health, counseling and campus safety, as well as diversity, disability, and career services. Additionally, the VPSA serves as the Title IX coordinator. As chief student affairs officer and member of the president’s leadership team, the VPSA serves as an advocate for the students and division staff, maintains close communication with the president and fellow[...]

Westminster College Enactus Team Named Regional Champions

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:52:00 EST

(image) Twenty Westminster College students, accompanied by school of business faculty David Smith and Keith Bittel, were named regional champions after competing in the Enactus regional competition in Plano, TX this past April. Enactus is an international not-for-profit organization that brings together college students, academics and business leaders for the purpose of using entrepreneurial action to empower economically disadvantaged people around the globe in order to create a more sustainable world.

During the competition, teams of students present results from a service learning project completed during the academic year to a diverse panel of judges and other competing teams. The students are also required to defend their projects by fielding questions from the judges following the presentation.

Westminster's Enactus team presented results from two service projects started by previous teams; the Employment and College Planning Workshop and the Campus Community Connection. The team were able to educate more than 200 local high school students about resume writing, interviewing skills and applying to college through the Employment and College Planning Workshop. The goal of the Campus Community Connection was to increase communication and engagement between students and community members.

"The students also presented plans for future social entrepreneurship projects that Westminster Enactus hopes to undertake during the upcoming year," said Bittel, lecturer at Westminster College. "These plans include working with an economic development agency to promote a farmers market, partnering with a non-profit coffee shop operated by a local social service agency and conducting a professional clothing collection drive to aid another local social service agency that works with women in need."

Westminster's Enactus team was comprised of the following students: Carina Burns, Keely Flynn, Jarod Forsythe, Kevin Hart, Morgan Hartzfeld, Allison Iorio, Erin Keich, Nataleigh Kerr, Carey Kimball, Richard Klose, Caitlynn Kreider, Seth Magee, Matthew McDonald, Nolan Moffett, Taylor Moon, Megan Peluso, Elizabeth Smith, Sarah Snyder, Shelby Wood and Daniel Ziegler.

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

Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research Announces First Class of Summer Research Fellows

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:32:00 EST

(image) The Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research at Westminster College announced its first group of summer research fellows. Student and faculty pairs from all academic disciplines were encouraged to apply for one of the highly competitive research fellowships, and only six were accepted.

“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,” said Dr. Karen Resendes, associate professor of biology and co-director of the Drinko Center.

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

The group of researchers include:

Tessa Altman, a junior English major, paired with Dr. Kristianne Kalata. Altman and Kalata are researching Anne Bronte and her progression as a progressive through her writing.

Trevor Arrigoni, a junior mathematics major, paired with Dr. Natacha Fontez Merz. The two are collaborating on a project entitled “Generalizing the Pill Problem.”

 Alicia Clark-Williams, a senior sociology major, paired with Dr. Kristenne Robison. Clark-Williams and Robison will collect and analyze police-citizen interactions in an undisclosed city.

Bridget Herlihy, a junior neuroscience major, paired with Dr. Deanne Buffalari. Herlihy and Buffalari are testing the effects of ethanol and MPH on fear memory.

Christina Robb, a junior chemistry major, and Dr. Jessica Sarver are researching the curvature effects on membrane binding of a protein using spectroscopy.

 Tristan Toca, a senior biochemistry major, and Dr. Erin Wilson are observing how an eye protein’s function changes when exposed to UV light and how this affects the formation of cataracts.

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

Goldberg Chosen to Participate in Seminar on Ancient Greece

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:39:00 EST

(image) Westminster College is pleased to announce that Dr. David Goldberg, associate professor of religion, history, and philosophy, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Center for Hellenic Studies to participate in an Ancient Greece in the Modern Classroom seminar, “The Verbal Art of Plato.”

CIC and the Center for Hellenic Studies recently selected 21 faculty members out of 51 highly competitive nominations to participate in the seminar, which will take place July 24–30, 2017, at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies campus in Washington, DC. Gregory Nagy, Francis Jones, professor of classical Greek literature and professor of comparative literature at Harvard University, and Kenneth Scott Morrell, associate professor of Greek and Roman studies at Rhodes College, will lead the seminar. The program is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“Strengthening the teaching of the classics at colleges and universities is of critical importance. This seminar series addresses the challenge of keeping alive in undergraduate education classical texts that a generation ago were read and understood by every college graduate,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “We believe that Dr. Goldberg will contribute to the seminar in meaningful ways and learn much that will energize teaching when he returns home.”

“Dr. Goldberg is the perfect faculty member to participate in the CIC’s “The Verbal Art of Plato” seminar,” said Dr. Timothy Cuff, professor of history and chair of the division of social sciences and humanities at Westminster College. “Anyone who has spent time with David knows his love of philosophy and his artistic displays of philosophical argument.  I am sure that David will both add to the seminar and bring back valuable insights and techniques from which his students will benefit.”

Designed primarily for non-specialists, the seminar will explore Plato’s dialogues in which he “stages” encounters between Socrates, his mentor, and some of the most celebrated intellectuals in the second half of the fifth century BCE. The language of these conversations reflects Plato’s keen ear for the complex traditions of verbal art.

For more than ten years, CIC has collaborated with the Center for Hellenic Studies to provide seminars on teaching the classics for small and mid-sized independent colleges that have a limited number of faculty members or courses in the classics. The seminar is ideal for faculty members who have been trained in other disciplines and who seek opportunities to explore major classical texts and learn new ways to teach these texts to undergraduates.

For more information, visit the CIC website at

Contact Tom Fields at or 724-946-7190 with any additional questions. 

Employees Recognized for Combined 797 Years of Service to Westminster College

Fri, 12 May 2017 15:06:00 EST

Westminster College honored 46 employees with a combined total of 797 years of service during the annual employee recognition luncheon traditionally held every Spring. Current and retired employees gathered on May 10 in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center to honor the service milestones and retirements of those who have dedicated many years to the Westminster community. “Employees look forward to the recognition luncheon every year,” says Kim Christofferson, director of human resources at Westminster College. “We all enjoy time together before the summer break, and look forward to seeing many of our local retirees who come back for the event as well.” Retiring from Westminster College are: Ann M. Badger, advancement secretary; Cynthia S. Dafler, assistant director of alumni; Dr. Neal A. Edman, vice president for student affairs and dean of students; Dr. Daniel E. Fischmar, professor of economics; Elaine M. Gurtner, custodian; Dr. Darwin W. Huey, professor of education; and Barbara I. Quincy, counselor. Other honorees included: 35 years of service - Kimberlee K. Christofferson, director of human resources 30 years of service - Steven E. Connell, supervisor, grounds unit; Michael W. Cosgrove, supervisor, crafts unit; Shaun J. Toomey, head athletic trainer 25 years of service - Edward Galanski, college electrician; Dr. Mandy B. Medvin, professor of psychology; Dr. Deborah C. Mitchell, professor of English and film studies; Dr. James C. Rhoads, Jr., professor of political science 20 years of service – Dr. Joseph M. Balczon, associate professor of biology; Cheryl Gerber, director of financial aid; Kathy J. Metrocavige, custodian; Carol S. Morrow, academic administrative assistant; Brian Schultz, manager, print shop; Carmelina Shockey, supervisor, campus mailroom; Nancy M. Smith, accounts payable coordinator; Milagros Swerdlow, lecturer in Spanish; Diane L. Ubry, executive secretary, president’s office; Linda E. Wilson, secretary, office of alumni relations 15 years of service – Dr. Jeffrey T. Bersett, associate professor of Spanish; Dr. Colleen M. Merrick, associate professor of communication studies; Dawn M. Chapman, associate director of admissions; Stanton A. Fleming, director of user services; Lynn L. Foltz, statistician, admissions & financial aid; Dr. David W. Goldberg, associate professor of philosophy; Dr. Patrick D. Krantz, associate professor of environmental science/director of outdoor lab; Doreen M. Matune, academic administrative assistant; Erin T. Smith, associate dean for LIS/associate professor; Janet M. Smith, business manager; Dr. Peter M. Smith, professor of chemistry 10 years of service – Dr. Michael E. Aleprete Jr., associate professor of political science; Sandra Auchter, custodian; Andy Changoway, network & telecommunications engineer; Samuel A. DiVitto, equipment manager, department of athletics; Elizabeth F. Hildebrand, director of publications; Timothy Hohn, custodian; Jason T. Howard, lecturer, School of Music; Jody L. McCloskey, graphic designer/production assistant; Timothy McNeil, head track & field coach, head cross country coach; Angela S. Richards, student accounts coordinator. Contact Kim Christofferson at 724-946-7247 or e-mail for more information. [...]

Westminster College Honors Student Heads to National Collegiate Honors Conference in Atlanta, GA

Tue, 09 May 2017 10:09:00 EST

(image) Alina Clough, junior honors student at Westminster College, was accepted into the 2017 National Collegiate Honors Conference to be held in Atlanta, GA later this year. Clough will present her poster entitled “Philanthropic Cartography: Crowdmapping Rural Tanzania with OpenStreetMap (OSM).”

“I am very much looking forward to heading to Atlanta with Dr. Hicok and hope this project is able to shine a bit of light on the technological aspect of development," said Clough.

In her research project, Clough uses the Tanzania Development Trust as a case study to examine the effectiveness of crowd-sourced mapping technologies as a development tool. 

“The [Tanzania Development Trust] combines a global network of volunteer mappers with grassroots teams to work with communities in rural Tanzania,” explained Clough. “Using the maps, the Trust helps girls affected by child marriage and female genital mutilation find escape routes to safe homes where they are then provided with vocational training and family counseling.”

The theme of the conference is “Just Honors,” and will explore justice both as an academic focus and also the role honors can serve in addressing issues of access, equity, and technology in education according to

Clough says the emphasis on research is one of the main reasons she loves Westminster.

“All of the professors here have given me so much support to explore outside of my major through self-guided research,” added Clough.

Last year, Clough and her classmate Tyler Heintz attended the Northeast Regional Honors Council and presented their astronomy research. Clough and Heintz built a program to project sky maps over Cambridge, Massachusetts up to one million years into the future.

In the future, Clough hopes to take advantage of Westminster's Yonsei exchange semester to begin learning Korean, and would like to eventually pursue a master's in international political economy.

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

Westminster College Celebrates 163rd Baccalaureate and Commencement Ceremonies, May 13

Mon, 08 May 2017 15:10:00 EST

(image) Nearly 300 students are expected to earn degrees Saturday, May 13, at Westminster College’s 163rd commencement ceremonies.  A baccalaureate service will be held at 10­ a.m. in Orr Auditorium with Commencement at 1 p.m. on the Weisel Senior Terrace of Old Main.

“Commencement is such a joyful occasion on our campus as we celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students and wish them well as they move forward with their plans for successful and fulfilling lives,” said Westminster College President Dr. Kathy B. Richardson

The baccalaureate message will be given by Dr. and Rev. Gordon S. and Nancy Mikoski, parents of graduating senior Charissa Mikoski. Dr. Mikoski is an associate professor of Christian education at Princeton Theological Seminary and Rev. Mikoski serves at the Pennington Presbyterian Church.

Anthony Easley was selected by the 2017 senior class to give the senior address during commencement. A political science major, Easley is a son of Robert and Marissa Easley and a graduate of Karns City Area Senior High School.

During the ceremony, Dr. Robert S. Gardner ’57 will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa. An alumnus of the College, Dr. Gardner served for many years as a member of the Board of Trustees, including a term as chairman, and is a trustee emeritus.  Dr. Gardner has had a distinguished career as a physician specializing in cardiothoracic surgery, cardiology and cardiac angiology and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place in Orr Auditorium.

The ceremonies will be broadcasted live on, Armstrong (channel 72 in New Wilmington and channel 204 in Grove City), and Comcast (Channel 183 in New Castle). Stay connected on social media by using and searching #WCGRAD17.

Contact Gabriella Budai, executive secretary in the Office of Academic Affairs, at 724-946-7122 for more information.

Titan Athletics - Westminster Holds Dedication for New Bill Rankin Golf Center

Mon, 08 May 2017 11:58:00 EST

(image) NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Westminster College held a dedication for the new Bill Rankin Golf Center on Saturday, May 6th.
The Director of Athletics Jim Dafler, Head Women's Golf Coach Jeff Roud, Head Men's Golf Coach Matt Torrence '93, senior men's golf player Shane Wilson, senior women's golf player Kelsey Phillips, President Kathy Richardson, and Bill Rankin '60 all spoke about the new state-of-the-art facility. Alumni, donors, employees, students, and friends were among the attendees.
"There's a long list of folks to thank for making the golf center possible," said Rankin.  
The Bill Rankin Golf Center, which is located in the basement of Eichenhauer Hall, features two state-of-the-art golf simulators, a chipping/putting green, the Palmer conference room (named in honor of the late western Pennsylvania native Arnold Palmer), a players lounge, and locker rooms for both Titan men's and women's golf teams. The pair of Foresight GC2 simulators feature 10 different courses throughout the country and are the same ones used by the Golf Channel. The nearly 1,000 square foot Southwest chipping and putting greens are similar to the ones used by professionals.
On Saturday, demonstrations of the golf simulators and the putting/chipping greens were given by members of the Westminster men's and women's golf teams.
In addition to thanking the donors, Westminster staff members, alumni, and friends, Rankin spoke directly to the student-athletes. "To the men's and women's golf teams, thank you," he said. "It was your enthusiasm and your love for the game that was a great inspiration for me. When I come up and watch the men and women of the golf teams practicing here and the joy they get and the fun they have practicing, it's just so satisfying for me."
The project started with an approval in November 2015 and the primary features of the center were completed in April 2016. Not only is this a facility where the Westminster golf teams can compete year-round, but it also appeals to potential recruits. The Bill Rankin Golf Center, which has already been described as a Division I-type facility, has already helped recruit current first-year student-athletes.
"I've been very blessed in my life in so many ways and Westminster has been so great to me," Rankin said in closing. "I'm just pleased that I can give something back to Westminster."

For more information, Nathaniel LaRiccia at or 724-946-6357.

Victoria Volkay Wins 2017 Horn Capstone Award

Fri, 05 May 2017 11:51:00 EST

(image) Victoria Volkay, senior English major, won the 2017 Dr. Frederick Horn Capstone Award for her capstone project entitled “The Humanity in Holmes: A Character Study on the Personality and Relationships of Sherlock Holmes in Literature and Film.” Volkay’s capstone focuses on Sherlock Holmes’ personality and his relationships with various characters in the original stories, and how those relationships translated to several of the most famous film adaptations by Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch.

“I found that Holmes himself is intelligent and excitable, and that even though he would like everyone to believe that he is unemotional, this isn’t exactly the case,” says Volkay.

The creative portion of Volkay’s capstone was a one act murder mystery play she directed for her theater capstone this semester as well. She created the characters based on the Holmes archetypes she studied in her critical analysis.

Although Volkay admits capstone was definitely a lot of hard work, she says she always had people at her side reminding her that the situation really wasn’t as bad as she thought.

“Capstone is something you literally need to do every day (or near enough to it), especially if it ends up being a longer one like mine was (114 pages),” says Volkay. “It honestly feels amazing. It’s so wonderful to know that the hours I spent agonizing over even the most specific word choices paid off.”

Upon graduation, Volkay plans on getting both the critical and creative sections of her capstone published and working on some more of her own creative writing to have published. She aspires to be a fiction author.

The Horn Capstone Award was established in 2003 by Dr. Frederick Horn, professor of English emeritus. It recognizes the highest level of scholarship and imagination among senior English majors’ capstone projects. Professors supervising senior capstone select the recipient every year.

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

Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) Hosts Relay for Life to Raise Money for the American Cancer Society

Fri, 05 May 2017 11:25:00 EST

(image) There is still time to register for Westminster College’s Relay for Life on Saturday, May 6. The opening ceremony begins at 11 a.m. Registration and further instructions are available online. Due to bad weather conditions, the event will be held indoors at Old 77.

Although the Relay happens indoors this year, participators can still expect a day full of events and entertainment. The Survivor Lap starts at 11:15 a.m. followed by Zumba beginning at noon. Also, there will be performances from the Nasturtium Quartet at 3:30 and Adam Kaiser at 6 p.m. The luminaria/closing ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.

For the first time in Relay history at Westminster, the College’s chapter of Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) is leading the event after being involved in past years. Before taking over the event this year, the fundraising goal for this year was set at $14,300.

Nikki Savini, junior business administration major and president of CAC, thinks it would be amazing to reach that fundraising goal. However due to undisclosed occurrences and a late start, CAC has set a new goal of around $7000 and have currently raised over $6000.

With support from the brothers of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Sodexo, Tuscany Square and Alpha Phi Omega, Savini believes the impact that Westminster's Relay for Life has on the New Wilmington community is truly something special.

“Throughout this journey, I've had the opportunity to work with some of the most driven and generous individuals who are all fighting for the same cause-to best cancer,” says Savini. “In my opinion, everyone has been affected by cancer in one way or another, which is why this event is so significant. The American Cancer Society uses these donations to provide treatment and care for patients, research, and educational programming.”

Savini would like to like to thank CAC members for all the hard work they have done to ensure Relay's success and to those who have been such strong supporters.

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

School of Music Presents Oboe and Bassoon Studio Recital

Thu, 04 May 2017 08:44:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College School of Music is having an oboe and bassoon recital performed by students and faculty on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 12 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel. The recital features several interpretations of the pastoral, a style which presents a romanticized version of rural country life, and evokes images of shepherds and bagpipes. Admission is free.

For more information, contact Kimberly Winfield, adjunct music faculty, at or 724-946-7270.

Seven Westminster Students Inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honorary Society

Thu, 04 May 2017 08:25:00 EST

(image) Seven Westminster College Criminal Justice Studies, International Studies and Sociology majors were inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honorary Society, on April 19, 2017. The initiated students were Rebecca Buckham, Gabriella Fabish, Coty Gander, Kelly Klaas, Caitlynn Kreider, Brittany Mavrich and Maximalian Ungerman. Charissa Mikoski is the current President and Treasurer of AKD. To be eligible for membership the students demonstrated high academic performance in both their major and general college coursework.

The ceremony was followed by a dessert reception attended by initiates, parents and Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies faculty. In addition, Mr. Jeff Simmons and Ms. Wilma Oman presented a colloquium entitled "Immigration Justice: Reflections from the Borderlands." Simmons and Oman shared observations from their recent trip to the US-Mexican border, including the perils of the desert crossing, the activities of humanitarian and sanctuary programs and the impacts of the criminal justice system on immigrant families.

For more information, contact Kristin Park at or 724-510-4055.

Senior English Majors Present Capstones at Bleasby Colloquium

Wed, 03 May 2017 16:23:00 EST

(image) Senior English majors presented portions of their capstone at the final Bleasby Colloquium of the year in Mueller Theater on Thursday, April 20. Below are a list of presenters and the title of their projects:

Laurel Michalek, Creation and Character: Corruption's Foothold in Tolkien's Life and Works.

Francesca Nardone, "More than Gore: Stephen King Addressing Social Issues in Carrie and The Shining"

Katherine Schaefer-St.Pierre, "The Kosmic Traveler and The Jazz Poet: The Cultural Crossings of Walt Whitman and Langston Hughes"

Victoria Volkay, "The Humanity of Holmes: A Character Study of the Personality and Relationships of Sherlock Holmes"

Melissa Zhang, "Fakes and Phonies: Cognitive Dissonance in The Catcher in the Rye and Gone Girl" 

Rachael Murphy, "The Validity of "Travel-Chick-Lit"

Mariah Roberts, "Herakles Lives"

Aaron Wilson, "King Arthur: Now and Then and Back Again"

Softball: Titans Set for PAC Championship Tournament

Wed, 03 May 2017 15:51:00 EST

(image) CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Westminster College softball team has clinched a spot in the 2017 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Softball Championship Tournament.
The four-team, double-elimination tournament will take place Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.
Second-seeded Westminster (26-10, 14-4 PAC) will play third-seeded Saint Vincent College (18-14, 11-7 PAC) on Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m.
Top-seeded Thomas More (32-8, 18-0 PAC) and fourth-seeded Thiel College (16-18, 11-7 PAC) will match up in the second opening-round game at 12 p.m.
The losers of Friday's opening-round matchups will meet in elimination Game C at 2 p.m., followed by the winners of the two opening-round games facing off at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, the winner of Game C will meet the loser of Game D in an elimination game at 11 a.m. for the right to play for the conference title against the Game D winner at 1 p.m. If both teams have one loss at that point, the "if necessary" game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The 2017 PAC Championship Tournament winner will secure the league's automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.
The PAC Sports Network ( will broadcast all the games. Follow live stats here.
*The PAC contributed to this release.

For more information, contact Nathan LaRiccia at or 724-946-6357.

Watch the exclusive softball hype video here.

Humans of Westminster: Meet Jackie

Wed, 03 May 2017 15:41:00 EST

(image) Connecting the Dots

We are reminded endlessly here at Westminster that a liberal arts education is all about connections. No single discipline can survive on its own; we need a little bit of everything to put all of the parts of ourselves together. I am a Media Art & Design major, but thanks to Westminster, I am so much more than that. My freshman year I learned how to use power tools to build a theatre set thanks to Terry Jachimiak. I've traveled the world through fiction with Dr. Ade. I learned how two opposite disciplines like medicine and literature are intertwined. I've written 40 pages worth of screenplays. I worked on a wonderful team that wrote, filmed, and edited a film in 48 hours. I've read from Chaucer, to Thoreau, to John Green. I love my major, but thanks to Westminster I know that there is so much more to learning than choosing what's comfortable for you and running with it. Learning is about putting yourself outside of your comfort zone. It's about playing one big game of connect the dots between everything you're being asked to absorb, and at the end of that game, you find out a little bit more about yourself and about the world around you. 

Jackie Schultz is a senior media art & design major.

Honors Students Travel to Pittsburgh to Present Research

Wed, 03 May 2017 11:35:00 EST

(image) From April 6th to April 9th, five Westminster honors students had the opportunity to present research at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference. The conference brings together hundreds of honors students from around the region to share research and ideas. Appropriately, the theme for the conference was “Bridging the Divide,” inviting students to investigate ways in which metaphorical bridges can be constructed between various topics, cultures, and disciplines.

"The conference was a great opportunity for the students to network and engage in an academic environment," said Dr. Shannon Smithey.

Sophomore Vanessa Restifo presented her paper titled “Converging Cultures,” which focused on her observations of Peruvian culture. Restifo did an internship in Peru last summer. Juniors Audrey Nickle and Laura Page each presented separate posters entitled, “5-Fluorouracil Repairs a Bridge to the Nucleus for Tumor Suppressors in HeLa Cells” and “Bridging the Divide Between Producers and Consumers,” respectively.

Seniors Emily Broderick and Kaitlyn Kosarek each presented posters as well, titled, “The Power of the Spoken Word: Personality Trait Self-Perception in Hispanic and Anglo-American Bilinguals” and “Our Nomadic Thoughts: Affect and Temporal Focus Impact Attention through Mind Wandering”.

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

Two Westminster College Seniors Invited to Present Undergraduate Research at the State Capitol

Wed, 03 May 2017 09:08:00 EST

(image) Seniors Ashlyn Brown and Gabriella Fabish were selected by the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research to represent Westminster College at Undergraduate Research at the Capitol-Pennsylvania poster conference (URC-PA) on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. The students were accompanied by Dr. Deanne Buffalari, assistant professor of psychology and program coordinator/chair for neuroscience.

URC-PA is an educational event for undergraduate students enrolled in Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Students from all academic backgrounds are invited to spend the day at the Pennsylvania Capitol Building sharing their research, experiences and ideas with their peers and to state legislators.

Brown says presenting her research at the Capitol was a good test of her liberal arts education as she presented to an audience outside of her discipline.

“Presenting my research at the Capitol was a unique experience because it is not often that scientific research such as mine is presented to that type of audience,” says Brown. “It was rewarding to have a unique set of listeners and to gain a new perspective on my topic outside of the realm of my own discipline.”

Gabriella Fabish was awarded 3rd place in the arts division of the competition. Her presentation was entitled “Confronting the Overlook: Speaking Out and Uncovering the Relationships Between Sexual Violence and Substance Abuse.”

"It was an honor to advocate for and raise awareness on behalf of those who have experienced sexual violence and addiction on such an important platform as the Pennsylvania Capitol," said Fabish. 

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

Humans of Westminster: Meet Alicia

Tue, 02 May 2017 16:31:00 EST

(image) Making Connections

One of my favorite places on campus is the Diversity Services Office. I love the conversations I have with Mrs. Jeannette. After being president of the Black Student Union for the second year in a row, we always talk about ways to bring the campus together. One of my favorite memories will always be the time I went to the gallery crawl in Pittsburgh with Mrs. Jeannette and other members of BSU.
Another one of my favorite places on the campus is the Athletic Training Room. Shaun, Misty, and Kayla are always teaching me something new. They inspired me to want to become an athletic trainer. Westminster has helped me grow into the person I am today. I'm glad I chose this school.

Alicia Clark-Williams is a senior sociology major.

Students Receive Embedded Clinical Instruction at George Washington Intermediate School

Tue, 02 May 2017 09:09:00 EST

(image) Junior early childhood/special education majors taking “Testing and Assessment,” taught by Dr. Alison DuBois, assistant professor of early childhood education, special education and counseling at Westminster College, held classes on-site at George Washington Intermediate School in New Castle, PA this semester. In “Testing and Assessment,” the students learned the theory behind creating reliable and valid assessments and created assessments to use with young students to help increase reading and comprehension skills.

The Westminster students worked with fourth grade students in Ms. Alicia Cook and Mr. Jason Girman’s learning support classes at George Washington Intermediate. Each class began with an hour of direct instruction from either Dr. DuBois, the building principal, or one of the special education teachers. Afterwards, the Westminster students had an hour and a half clinical experience of working one on one with a student from one of the participating classes.

At the end of the weekly class, the Westminster students de-briefed the experience, highlighted what skills went well and identified improvements they can make in the following week's class session.

For more information, contact Dr. Alison DuBois at or 724-946-6039

Westminster College Announces Winner of David W. Edward Entrepreneurship Scholarship Competition

Mon, 01 May 2017 14:35:00 EST

(image) AJ Bove, sophomore accounting major at Westminster College, was named winner of the 2017 David W. Edward Entrepreneurship Scholarship competition. The competition conducted by Westminster’s School of Business with funding from the Edward Trust in Youngstown, Ohio, required students to prepare and present a business plan depicting the creation of a new or improved business, product, service, or combination of the three.

Bove’s business plan, “Odorex Gloves,” encompassed designing, manufacturing, and distributing athletic gloves made of a unique combination of InterDry fabric and INEX non slip (rubber) pads to prevent odorous buildup; a common problem within the sports industry with no current cost effective solution available.

“My plan was inspired by a real life problem that myself and many other athletes face” said Bove. “It’s a common practice for goalies and other glove-wearing athletes to toss their equipment in their gear bag after a practice or game. This only further compounds the stench issue.”

“While odor-tech is not unique, Mr. Bove is capitalizing on a market that appears to have a lot of growth potential because the market is still in the developmental stage” said Brian Petrus, instructor and program coordinator of marketing and the competition’s facilitator.

“When I first contemplated participating in this competition, I heavily researched all of my seemingly- brilliant, multi-million-dollar ideas that I thought might be winners. What I quickly found out, however, is that most of the ideas were already out there,” said Bove. “That’s when I began to narrow my focus down to a specific problem that I personally encounter. The development of my plan was a fun but in- depth process as it required thorough market research tied with financial implications.”

Bove is the son of Emil and Sandy Bove, and is a graduate of Hempfield Area High School in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

The competition judges included Westminster employees Ken Romig, Vice President for FMS, Brian Petrus, Instructor/Program Coordinator, and Dr. Gail Miller, Professor of Business Emeritus.

Contact Petrus at (724) 946-6863 or for additional information.

Laura Scotford ’86 Named Westminster College Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year

Mon, 01 May 2017 13:43:00 EST

Laura Scotford ’86 was named Westminster Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year during the School of Business annual entrepreneurial banquet on April 10, 2017. Scotford won the award for her outstanding success as an entrepreneur. Nominees were reviewed by School of Business faculty. Based on input from the faculty, Mr. Jesse R. Ligo, professor of accounting and chair, selects the award winner. Scotford, founder of Simply Sensible Ltd, graduated from Westminster in 1986 with a B.A. in Management Science (School of Business). “It was a pleasant surprise and a wonderful honor to be selected for this award,” said Scotford. “My time at Westminster built a foundation and gave me the confidence to pursue a career that I truly love.” Founded in 2005, Simply Sensible Ltd is an organization located in Poland, Ohio with a warehouse in Boardman, Ohio that is primarily a manufacturer and eCommerce retailer of Magic Bumpers Foam Child Bed Rails. Magic Bumpers, invented by Scotford, were the first alternative bed rail on the market to eliminate the risk of entrapment caused by traditional metal bed rails. Magic Bumpers are foam wedges designed to keep children from rolling out of bed and small enough to fit under a standard sheet. Its non-slip surface stays in place when set directly on a fabric mattress and can fit any size bed. Described as “cozy” and “comfortable” by consumers, Magic Bumpers have been praise for their convenience and reasonable costs when compared to bulkier bed rails for children. Before inventing Magic Bumpers, Scotford worked for Mobil Oil Corporation in Buffalo, New York and later returned to Youngstown, Ohio to work as a retail advertising sales representative for the Vindicator in 1989. After a brief stint with The Prodigal Media Company Advertising Agency, Scotford became a homeschool educator for grades K-4 in Poland, Ohio. She currently resides in Poland, OH with her husband John, twins Sam and Sydney, and youngest son Jim. Professor Jesse R. Ligo says all those who attended the banquet were encouraged and inspired by Scotford's presentation about how she grew an idea into a web-based company that meets and exceeds customers' expectations. “It is the intention of Westminster's School of Business that all our students, not just those who are in traditional entrepreneurial roles, strive to think entrepreneurially within their own sets of responsibilities and unique work situations,” added Ligo. The School of Business established the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2014 with Robert Jazwinski '75, JFS Wealth Advisors, as the first recipient. In 2015, Dave and Robin Gooch '75 '75, VAM Associates, Inc., were honored. David Robbins '82, a serial entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, received the award. To learn more about or to purchase Magic Bumpers, visit For more information, contact Tom Fields at or 724-946-7190.  [...]

Peter Rabbit Hops to Life at Westminster College

Mon, 01 May 2017 08:31:00 EST

(image) Westminster College Celebrity Series for Kids presents an Enchantment Theatre Company production of the beloved classic, “Peter Rabbit Tales.” Based on “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter and arranged by Frederick Warne & Co., come watch as the story of Peter Rabbit “hops” to life on Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium at Westminster College. The show is recommended for grades pre-K-4; ages 3-9. Tickets are $12.

The famous opening lines of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” have enchanted young audiences for over one hundred years with the exploits of a charming hero, who, going against his mother’s wishes, has adventures (and misadventures) in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Beatrix Potter created an instant classic with the little blue-coated rabbit who we recognize as both boy and rabbit, wild and civilized, and who has become an icon of childhood since he first hopped out of the pages of a story book and into children’s hearts.

In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre brings her captivating stories to life using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music, the magical, marvelous World of Beatrix PotterTM comes alive on stage.

This event is sponsored by Dr. Richard Ribarevski, Orthodontist; Pek C. Teh, M.D.  F.A.C.O.G. and PCT Network; Pizza Joes; Hoyt Arts & Education; New Wilmington Family Medicine Assoc., P.C., Anthony F. Uberti, M.D. F.A.A.F.P., Kary J. Schroyer D.O., Margaret Zachewicz PA-C, and Angela Nicastro PA-C.

For more information or to order tickets, contact Georgene Gib by calling 724-946-7354 or online at

Dr. Sherri Pataki Speaks at International Women's Day Conference in Haifa, Israel.

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 10:57:00 EST

(image) Dr. Sherri Pataki, associate professor of psychology at Westminster College, was invited to speak at the International Women's Day conference entitled “Education for Gender Equality in the Arab Sector as Leverage for Social Change” at the Arab Academic College in Haifa, Israel on March 13. During her visit, Pataki taught several classes of students working towards their master’s degree in education and met with students to discuss ongoing collaborative research projects between the Arab Academic College and Westminster.

Pataki and longtime colleague and collaborator Dr. Randa Abbas, dean of academic affairs at the Arab Academic College, presented research related to balancing work, family, and community roles among Arab women and stereotypes of the “other” between U.S. and Israeli Arab women. 

“Dr. Abbas and I have collaborated on research and teaching for many years, and we continue to teach at each other’s schools whenever we travel between the U.S. and Israel for a conference,” mentioned Pataki.

As a visiting scholar in residence at Westminster in the fall semester of 2013, Abbas co-taught "Psychology of Women" and "Educational Psychology" alongside Pataki and gave multiple talks and classroom presentations. Abbas returned to Westminster as a guest lecturer in "Psychology of Women" and "War and Peace" courses in March of 2017.

Over the years, Pataki has taken four psychology students from Westminster to Israel to collect cross-cultural data for their capstone research and create summer internship experiences for two other psychology majors. 

“I hope to be able to support more faculty and student exchange in Israel in the future,” added Pataki.

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

Division of Cognitive and Quantitative Sciences Holds Annual Spring Recognition Banquet

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 10:38:00 EST

The Division of Cognitive and Quantitative Sciences hosted their annual spring recognition and awards banquet on Tuesday, March 29, at 5:00 PM in the Witherspoon Lakeview and Maple Rooms. Dr. Terri Lenox, division chair, provided opening remarks. Following the dinner, program faculty recognized graduating seniors and program recognition awards, book awards, and scholarships were awarded to the student winners. CQS faculty members in attendance included Dr. John Bonomo, Dr. Carolyn Cuff, Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz, Dr. Craig Caylor, Dr. Thomas Oberst, Dr. Robert Knop, Dr. Sherri Pataki, Dr. Sandra Webster, Dr. Jessica Rhodes, Dr. Winifred Limmer, and Dr. Deanne Buffalari. Honored guests included: Barbara Faires, David and Kappy Sarver, Beverly Michael, David B. and Phyllis Gray, and Matthew Hosie. Recognition of Graduating Seniors  Computer Information Systems Majors: Garrett Ashbaugh, Rustin Casteel, Lauren Orzechowski, and Jacob Shodd Information Systems Minors: Andrew Henley and Laurel Michalek   Computer Science Majors: Bryan Gallo and Anthony Groves Mathematics Majors: Richard Beaudoin, Kia-Anne Howe, Keilah Ireland, Sumer Kassim, Danielle Poling, Christijana Vucenovic, and Chelsea Youngs Mathematics Minors: Christopher Caroff, Matthew Getsy, Stephanie Homitz, Isaiah Morgenstern, and Brittany Slupe Physics Majors: Isaiah Morgenstern   Psychology Majors: Neil Christopher, William Currie, Daniel Dailey, Rachel Durbin, Alexander Earp, Emily Frasier, Rebecca Haynik, Kaitlyn Kosarek, Amber Kovach, Eric Mills, Margaret Panagiotou, Abbigail Rinard, and Kaleigh Snider Psychology Minors: Jordan Barley, Zachary Harper, and Jason Pilarski Neuroscience Majors: Emily Broderick, Ashlyn Brown, Rachel Orzechowski, Austin Ruediger, and Ronan Stark Human Resource Management Minors: Julia Hinson, Kathryn Pricener, Sarah Snyder, Maria Synan, Mariah Turiano, and Christopher Wess Childhood Development Minors: Sierra Downing Recognition of Kappa Mu Epsilon Members: Christijana Vucenovic, Trevor Arrigoni, Ava Hoag, Rachael Huff, Richard Beaudoin, Nicholas Caiazza, Christopher Caroff, Bryan Gallo, Anthony Groves, Tyler Heintz, Kia-Anne Howe, Sumer Kassim, Isaiah Morgenstern, and Brittany Slupe Recognition of Sigma Pi Sigma Members: John Clark, Tyler Heintz, Ava Hoag, Isaiah Morgenstern, and Antonio Troese Recognition of Psi Chi Members: Gina Stephenson, Megan Maloney, Katherine Shaw, and Emily Broderick Mathematics Book Award: Alex Michels Computer Science Book Award: Daniel Jackson David Gray Social Action Award: Emily Broderick Brain Awareness Travel Award: Ashlyn Brown Dr. and Mrs. John G Albright Scholarship: Mitchell Donnick, Kendall Graham, Tyler Heintz, Ava Hoag, and Isaiah Morgenstern Dr. James A. Swindler and Jean (Swindler) Hosie Scholar Award: George Huncik The Marmora Maude Dunlap and Dr. Edward A. Dunlap Scholarship: Tyler Heintz National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship: Gabriel Roman Paul E. Brown Memorial Scholarship: Alex Michels Dr. Warren D. Hickman Scholarship: Jamie Thompson, Matthew Gurneal, and Aaron Signer Dr. Beverly K. Michael Math Education Scholarship: Jacob Stoyer Dr. Thomas R. Nealeigh Mathematics Scholarship: Samuel Hockenberry, and Skyler Hayes J. Miller Peck Computer Science Scholarship: Daniel Jackson Harriet Jackson Sarver Scholarship: Rachael Huff, Trevor Arrigoni, Tyler Heintz, and [...]

School of Music Alumnus Receives Teaching Award

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:02:00 EST

(image) Westminster College alumnus Cody Floyd '14 was awarded the 2017 Pennsylvania/Delaware String Teachers Association (PADESTA) Outstanding NEW String Teacher Award. He received the award at PADESTA's annual luncheon meeting at the Pennsylvania Music Education Association state conference in Erie, PA, on Thursday, April 20. PADESTA is the state chapter of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA).

Floyd graduated from Westminster in 2014 with a degree music education. He currently serves as the orchestra director at Elizabethtown Middle School and High School in Elizabethtown, PA. He was nominated for the award by his students, students' parents, and his Elizabethtown Area School District colleagues.

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

Women’s Lacrosse: Titans Win First Game in School History

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:07:00 EST

(image) NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College women's lacrosse team won its first game in school history after a 19-12 victory over Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC) foe Waynesburg University on Monday, April 24, 2017.
Senior Anne Tillie (Fallston, MD / Fallston) and first-year Bria Braddock (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk) led the Titan offense with seven points each. Tillie registered a team-high seven goals, while Braddock had six goals and an assist. Tillie's seven goals were a personal-best and tied a team-best for the season.
Westminster took a 2-0 lead after goals by first-year Romie Schweickert (Hiram, OH / Crestwood) (29:07) and Tillie (25:39). Waynesburg tied the game at 2 with two-straight goals. First-year Josie Banks (Winter Garden, FL / West Orange) put the Titans back in front, 3-2, with 24:18 on the clock. The game was tied three more times in the first half, with the latest coming with 57 seconds remaining (9-9); sophomore Emily D'Amico (Moon Township, PA / Moon Area) (15:35, 11:15), Tillie (18:43, 7:25), Schweickert (13:12), and Braddock (3:15) scored the Titan goals during that span. The game was tied, 9-9, at halftime. In the second half, the Titans scored three-straight goals and led 12-9 with 23:21 to play; Braddock (29:02) and Tillie (25:48, 23:21) netted the goals. Braddock scored the final Titan goal before the lightning delay, while the Yellow Jackets tallied two, and the Titans led 13-11.The Titans then outscored the Yellow Jackets, 6-1. Tillie (13:42), Braddock (11:25, 10:23, 4:10), and D'Amico (9:42) registered the first five goals. Waynesburg scored at the 3:55 mark and Tillie scored the final point with 22 seconds remaining.
For the game, Westminster had a 19-14 advantage in draw controls, while Waynesburg led 23-21 in ground balls. Titan senior goalkeeper Jesse Reichard (State College, PA / State College) collected nine saves in a complete-game effort. Reichard also tied a game-high with a team-high four ground balls.
The Titans will close out the regular season on Saturday, April 29 when they travel to Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. The ORLC contest will start at 12 p.m.

For more information, contact Nathaniel LaRiccia at or 724-946-6357.

Westminster School of Music to Perform Concert Celebrating of Graduating Seniors

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:33:00 EST

(image) Westminster College School of Music presents "A Celebration of Our Seniors," the final major concert of the season featuring performances from the Westminster College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. The concert is Friday, May 5 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Will W. Orr Auditorium.

"This concert has become a very special event for the school of music and especially the seniors," said Dr. R. Tad Greig, professor of music and director of instrumental activities. "A majority of these musicians started their college careers performing with one of the bands, and it is a fitting way to conclude their undergraduate careers performing one last time with the bands." 

Guest faculty soloists for the evening include Dr. Nancy DeSalvo on piano, performing Edward Gregson's  "Piano Concerto (Homages)"; Dr. Timothy Winfield on trumpet; and Mr. Kevin McManus on trombone in Joseph Turrin's "Fandango".

Under the direction of Dr. Greig, the bands will also perform works by Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Igor Stravinsky, John Williams and more. Admission is free and open to all. 

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

Humans of Westminster: Meet Abby

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:05:00 EST

(image) There's No Place Like Home

I never understood why people went to college and began calling that place ‘home’ until I came to Westminster. As soon as you leave, you always want to come right back. From the ringing bells, beautiful buildings, Brittain Lake and tailgating with friends, family and alumni on Saturday afternoons for football games, there is no place like Mother Fair. I believe there is a reason we have such great support from our alumni, and it is because we all have a common love for this small town community in Western Pennsylvania. I am thankful for the life-long friendships I have made with students, teammates and faculty members.  I am also very thankful that this will always be a ‘home’ for me to come back to.

Abby Rinard is a senior psychology major. 

Westminster Students and Faculty Present at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:13:00 EST

Eight Westminster students attended and presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) at the University of Memphis in Tennessee the weekend of April 6-8th. The students all received funding from the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research to attend the conference. In attendance were Ashlyn Brown, Sarah Pace, Patrick Gaughan, Lexie Quigly, Daniel Owoc, Andrew Henley, Kaleigh Snider and Rebecca Haynik. The students presented in either poster sessions or oral presentations, and spent the remaining time networking with their peers, researchers in different fields and graduate school representatives. “NCUR was a great platform to meet others from around the country and to hear what they have been researching at their college,” said Daniel Owoc, senior biology major. “Traveling to NCUR was something that I always wanted to do after talking to upper classmen when I was just starting out at Westminster.” Thanks to funding from the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research, students can apply for resources to conduct research projects and/or present at national (sometime international) conferences. Kaleigh Snider, senior psychology major, took advantage of her opportunities networking with others in the mental health field while senior history major Andrew Henley used his experience at NCUR to help narrow his research focus for his capstone project. “There were many posters/presentations for many fields, which allowed me to step out of my educational field and observe how other fields and schools complete research,” said Rebecca Haynik who presented her own research on the impact of affective content on memory. After attending NCUR, senior biology major Sarah Pace says attending URAC made her even more excited to pursue her goal to become an optometrist because she learned so much at the conference. “NCUR helped me realize the opportunities here at Westminster, and how the students here truly learn to take on the research as their own,” said Sarah. “Our faculty members are some of the best mentors, and NCUR truly showed me this.” Westminster College faculty members Dr. Karen Resendes and Dr. Timothy Cuff accompanied the students at NCUR and presented a Faculty Action Network (FAN) session entitled “Curricular Integration Through Incrementalism: The Slow Growth and Eventual Institutional Success of Westminster College’s Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration”. Resendes is an associate professor of biology and co-director of the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research and Cuff is a professor of history. For more information, contact Tom Fields at or 724-946-7190. [...]

The Doo Wop Project Brings Their Classic Sound to Westminster College

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:58:00 EST

(image) Sponsored by the Springfield Restaurant Group and Sharon Regional Hospital, Westminster College Celebrity Series presents The Doo Wop Project live in concert on Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Will W. Orr Auditorium at Westminster College. Single tickets start at $33.

The Doo Wop Project traces the evolution of Doo Wop from the classic sound of five guys singing tight harmonies on a street corner to the biggest hits on the radio today.  Backed up by a full band, the Doo Wop Project takes audiences on a journey from tunes of groups like the Crests, Belmonts, and Flamingos through influences of the sounds of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and The Four Seasons, all the way to Michael Jackson, Jason Mraz and Amy Winehouse.

Featuring current and former stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings unparalleled authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to recreate—and in some cases entirely reimagine—some of the best-loved music in American pop and rock history.

For more information or to order tickets, contact Georgene Gib by calling 724-946-7354 or online at

Inside-Out Students Present Program Ideas to Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Admin

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 15:43:00 EST

(image) Westminster College students participating in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program course at Trumbull Correctional Institution (TCI) had the opportunity to present program proposals to Mr. Todd Ishee, regional director of prisons in Northeast Ohio, Ms. Charmaine Bracy, warden of Trumbull Correctional Institution, and other Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) officials on April 11, 2017. Students proposed an arts program that would occur within the prison, an 8 week reentry course featuring job and interview skills, and a pilot work release program.

"The students were excited and somewhat competitive about the opportunity to create a program that might be implemented for those nearing reentry into society," said Dr. Kristenne Robison, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at Westminster College. "This was an opportunity for the students to feel that they are making a difference. On the flipside, this was a great opportunity for Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction administration to see a program (Inside-Out) that is creating change from reading, personal experience, and dialogue."

Seemingly impressed with the quality and optimistic about the future of the proposed programs, Mr. Ishee and the ODRC officials provided the students with feedback to help them refine their program proposals before submitting their final drafts.

"The proposals are realistic and support our mission to reduce recidivism. Each will become part of how we do business at TCI - changing our operations for the better and providing positive opportunities for those who follow," said Mr. Ishee.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program is an educational program that brings together campus-based college students with incarcerated students for a semester-long course held in a prison, jail or other correctional setting. Twelve students from Trumbull Correctional Institution and twelve students from Westminster College came together to discuss important social issues amongst other topics. Students have the option of pursuing summer internships at TCI to see their proposed programs through.

"This was an experience that the students and facilitators will not forget," added Robison.

Visit to learn more about the Inside-Out Prison Exchange program. 

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

History Majors Present at Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:55:00 EST

(image) History majors Lexie Quigley and David Waldschmidt presented their research at the 2017 Western Pennsylvania Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference and Undergraduate History Forum held at Thiel College on April 1.

Quigley won an award for "Best Paper in Panel" for her paper "Frosty Car Windows: A Micro History of the Effect of Cold War Culture on the Depiction of Young American Women, Specifically LuAnne Henderson". Her paper was based on her capstone research advised by Dr. Patricia G. Clark, associate professor of history. Quigley previously won the "Best Paper in Panel" award at the 2015 regional Phi Alpha Theta conference for her paper "Un-American: Arthur Miller's Influence on the House on Un-American Activities Committee During the Second Red Scare".

Waldschmidt presented "Incompetence Overpowers Intelligence?" based on his research on the Nuremberg Trials for the historical methods course taught by Dr. Russell E. Martin, professor of history.

Clark gave opening remarks at the conference as the national representative of the history honor society Phi Alpha Theta to the Western Pennsylvania region.

For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Clark at or 724-946-7248.

Westminster College Jazz Ensemble Presents Spring Music with Friends Concert

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:31:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Jazz Ensemble presents their Spring Music with Friends on Sunday, April 30th at 3pm, in Berlin Lounge located in the McKelvey Campus Center. The Jazz Ensemble will be joined by the Westminster College Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Samuel Barbara, and the Conneaut Area Blue Note Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Glenn Cameron.

The Westminster College Jazz Ensemble will perform music written by jazz artists Sammy Nestico, Alan Baylocl, Gordon Goodwin, Chick Corea, and others.

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

Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu Publishes Violinist’s Guide to Scottish Fiddling

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:23:00 EST

(image) Dr. Melinda H. Crawford Perttu, assistant professor of music and former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, recently published a book entitled "A Violinist's Guide to Scottish Fiddling," published by Mel Bay Publications.  Mel Bay is a leading publisher of music books that offer instruction in various instrumental musical genres. 

“It's very exciting to get this book published and available to the public because it is the first of its kind for Scottish fiddling,” says Crawford Perttu. “There's never been another pedagogical guide that has analyzed the traditional techniques that are used when playing in this style.”

Crawford Perttu’s book is designed for violinists who have never fiddled in the Scottish style or for anyone looking to refine their Scottish fiddling skills. In this guide, readers will find discussions about ornamentations and their applications, bowing styles, rhythmic issues and stylistic interpretations. It covers five basic types of tunes: airs, marches, jigs, reels and strathspeys, as well as Scottish fiddle history and regional styles.

Transcriptions of the tunes are included within the guide along with video clips demonstrating all of the techniques and tunes used in the guide.

“Many of the video clips are close-up shots that really show the details of how to perform the techniques. So now, classical violinists working with the guide and its accompanying videos should feel confident that what they will be learning will truly be authentic Scottish fiddling,” added Crawford Perttu.

A Violinist's Guide to Scottish Fiddling” is available through Mel Bay Publications at,, or neighborhood music stores.

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

Westminster College Presents “A Spring Music Concert: A Friends of Music Gala Concert”

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 11:19:00 EST

(image) Westminster College presents "A Spring Music Festival: A Friends of Music Gala Concert" on Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium at Westminster College. There will be performances from the Westminster College Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Singers and Westminster College Symphony Orchestra. The music festival is free and open to all.

Under the direction of Dr. Timothy Winfield, the Westminster College Jazz ensemble will perform two numbers; Baylock’s El Abrazo and Nestico’s Wind Machine. Accompanied by the Westminster College Chamber singers, the jazz ensemble will perform classic numbers such as Blue Moon featuring soloist Jace Armentrout and As Time Goes By featuring soloists Olivia Schmidt and Kaylee Krug.

The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Samuel Barbara, will perform a medley of I Love You and What A Wonderful World. Their second musical selection will be Unclouded Day by Fred Johnson.

Under the direction of Dr. Melinda H. Crawford Perttu, the Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will perform: Dvořák - Polka in B-flat; Sibelius – Finlandia; Shore/Whitney - Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring featuring Rhainnon Griffiths, soprano; Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 3 in c: Allegro con brio featuring Joseph Bandi, piano; Mozart - Vedrai carino from "Don Giovanni" featuring Lauren Faber, soprano.

Performing alongside the orchestra are Westminster College Concerto and Aria competition winners, Joseph Bandi and Lauren Faber. Bandi is a current senior working on a dual degree in Music Education and Piano Performance, studying in the studio of Dr. Nancy DeSalvo. Lauren Faber is currently a sophomore vocal performance and communications double major.

There will be a casual cookie and punch reception following the concert in Orr Lobby. 

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

Dr. Kristin Park Presents Research at North Central Sociological Association

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:41:00 EST

(image) Dr. Kristin Park, professor of sociology, presented a talk titled “Evaluating Culture and Discovering Boundaries: Non-Amish Perceptions of and Experiences with the Old Order Amish" on April 1, 2017 at the annual meeting of the North Central Sociological Association in Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Park’s presentation described findings from her ongoing qualitative research consisting of in-depth interviews with non-Amish individuals about their experiences with and perceptions of members of the regional Old Order Amish community.  Many participants positively evaluated the hard work, honesty and generosity of their Amish neighbors, as well as their living by Christian teachings.

“This research is the first stage of an ongoing project,” says Park. “In the second stage I plan to interview members of the Amish community about their non-Amish interactions and how they feel they are perceived by the “English,” as well as any other issues that my research participants would like to discuss.”

Some participants criticized racial and ethnic prejudice and the community's rejection of safety devices. Dr. Park’s findings were analyzed in terms of how criticisms of Amish practices align with or challenge a culturally relativist perspective.

For more information, contact Dr. Kristin Park at or 724-946-7251.

Westminster Honors Students Awarded Honorable Mention Status in Goldwater Scholarship Competition

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 15:22:00 EST

(image) The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has announced 240 new Goldwater Scholars and identified 307 students as Honorable Mentions. For 30 years, Goldwater Scholarships have been awarded to thousands of undergraduates pursuing careers in STEM research. Westminster College honors students Tyler Heintz ’18 and Audrey Nickle ’18 were granted Honorable Mention status in the 2017 Goldwater Scholarship competition.

Heintz and Nickle were recruited and nominated by 1994 Goldwater scholar Dr. Craig Caylor, associate professor of physics at Westminster. Dr. Caylor serves as Westminster’s campus representative and aids nominees throughout the application process. Each student was selected based on academic excellence and promising undergraduate research.

Tyler Heintz, a physics and mathematics major, is a son of Jeffrey and Jill Heintz and a graduate of Boardman High School. Heintz collaborated with Dr. Thomas Oberst, associate professor of physics, on their research involving the detection of exoplanets. He will be researching exoplanets further this summer at the University of Salerno, Italy, through Westminster’s NSF IRES grant program.

Audrey Nickle, a molecular biology major, is a daughter of John and Carol Nickle and a graduate of Carlisle High School. Nickle teamed with Dr. Karen Resendes, associate professor of biology to research the molecular mechanism behind the function of some chemotherapy drugs.

“I am both proud and honored by Audrey Nickle's selection for an Honorable Mention for the Goldwater Scholarship Program,” added Dr. Resendes. “Audrey is a standout student who excels not only in the classroom, but also as a research scientist, which is the emphasis of this award.”

In order to be nominated for the Goldwater Scholarship, each nominee must be a current sophomore or junior; have at least a 3.0 GPA and be in the top 25% of their class; must have US citizenship/permanent residency; and must have an interest in a career in mathematics, natural sciences, or engineering.

Each 4-year college/university can nominate up to four students to be considered for an award. Visit to learn more about the Goldwater Scholarship.

For more information, contact Dr. Craig Caylor at or 724-946-7202.

Senior Sociology Major Awarded at Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:56:00 EST

(image) Senior Sociology major and Religion minor Charissa Mikoski presented her capstone research at the Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium (NEOUSS) at the College of Wooster on April 8, 2017. Seventy-five undergraduates from over twenty-five colleges and universities presented their work in paper presentations and a research poster session.

“NEOUSS was a great experience! It was fun to share my work with other sociologists and to learn about what other people have spent time studying. Everyone was very encouraging and supportive of my research,” said Charissa.

Charissa’s research entitled “The Art of Balance: Influential Factors on Work-Life Balance Stress among Presbyterian Church (USA) Clergywomen” was awarded second prize in the research poster category. During her poster session, the most common question Charissa received was what drew her to this research topic.

 “Both of my parents are Presbyterian ministers,” said Charissa. “I’ve grown up in the church and it has always been of interest to me. In addition, when picking a topic for my capstone, I tried to incorporate my religion minor in some way.”

Charissa surveyed 255 Presbyterian Church (USA) clergywomen to look at the impacts of Myers-Briggs personality type, emotional exhaustion, work satisfaction, and spousal assistance on a clergywoman’s feeling of stress about balancing work demands and family responsibilities. She concluded that introverts experience more work-life balance stress than extraverts, clergy who are satisfied with their jobs experienced less work-life balance stress and clergy who were emotionally exhausted experienced more work-life balance stress.

After graduation, Charissa looks forward to continue starting graduate school at Purdue University in the fall to continue building her research skills and one day become a professional quantitative researcher.

For more information, contact Dr. Kristin Park at or 724-946-7251.

Education Professor and Colleague Presents Research at ACPA Conferences in CA and OH

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:25:00 EST

(image) Dr. Alison DuBois, assistant professor of early childhood education, special education, and counseling, and Dr. Molly Mistretta (of Slippery Rock University) presented at the American Counseling Association's National Conference in San Francisco, CA on March 17, 2017. Their 60 minute presentation, "When Caring Hurts: Identifying Signs of Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Education," discussed diagnostic criteria used to assess burnout and compassion fatigue, personal factors that contribute to secondary trauma, and recommendations on prevention and resiliency strategies for educators.

“[Dr. Mistretta] and I feel passionate about our subject matter because it affects all of the helping professions,” says Dr. DuBois. “Few people are looking at this phenomenon in the fields of education and student affairs. Providing young professionals with necessary tools for self-care early in their careers helps them to become more effective practitioners and gain more satisfaction in their work.”

The pair also presented at ACPA’s National Concerference (College Student Educators International) in Columbus, OH on March 26, 2017. Dr. DuBois and Dr. Mistretta’s presentation entitled "Caring and Coping: Burnout and Compassion Fatigue in Student Affairs” included their research findings from three recent studies they have conducted.

For more information, contact Dr. Alison Dubois at or 724-946-6039.

Titan Gift Shop's Annual Sidewalk Clearance Sale

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:58:00 EST


Mark your calendars for the Titan Gift Shop’s Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale. The Titan Gift Shop will hold a spring clearance sale on Thursday, April 20 from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM in front of the gift shop.

Come shop early for the best bargains on clothing and Westminster merchandise.

Contact Kay Galanski, bookstore supervisor, at or 724-946-7218 with questions.

Westminster College Combined Choirs Present Spring Concert

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 09:33:00 EST

(image) Please join the Westminster College choral department, under the direction of Dr. Samuel Barbara, for a spring concert of music spanning the Renaissance era to the 21st century. All four Westminster College choirs will be represented at the concert, which will also serve as a farewell to the graduating seniors. The concert is Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel at Westminster College; free and open to all.

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

Humans of Westminster: Meet Matthew

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 11:16:00 EST

(image) More than I've Ever Imagined

When I first stepped on Westminster's campus, I had no idea what to expect. Little did I know that within a year I'd join a fraternity, become a leader of several campus organizations, and make friends that will last a lifetime. Westminster has truly been more than I've ever imagined. That's why I love being a student worker in the admissions office. Every day, I get to encourage prospective students to make the decision that will change their life. What's better than that?

Matthew McDonald is a sophomore public relations major. 

Music Professor Guest Conducts PMEA District 1 Junior District Orchestra

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:31:00 EST


Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, assistant professor of music at Westminster College, guest conducted the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) District 1 Junior District Orchestra on March 31 and April 1, 2017. The event was hosted by Norwin High School in Irwin, PA

Nearly 140 participants, in grades 7-9, came from 59 different school districts in PMEA District 1 (the greater Pittsburgh area) attended and rehearsed music for full orchestra and string orchestra over the period of two days and performed on Saturday.

At Westminster, Dr. Crawford Perttu directs the symphony orchestra, teaches the string pedagogy sequence as well as private violin and viola lessons, and supervises the weekly string master class and string lab. She also performs as part of the Westminster Faculty Piano Trio and with the Greenville Symphony

Before receiving her Ph.D. in music education with an emphasis in string pedagogy from The Ohio State University, Dr. Crawford Perttu earned an M.A. in music education from The Ohio State University and a B.S. in music education from Duquesne University. She taught in the public schools of Calvert County, Maryland, and Fairfax County, Virginia before coming to Westminster.

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

Alumna Organizes Formal Dress Collection for Middle School Girls

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:01:00 EST

(image) Westminster College alumna Abby Buckholt ’14 organized a formal dress collection for 7th and 8th grade girls at Selma Middle School in Selma, North Carolina. Abby is currently a special education teacher at Selma Middle School.

“We hadn't been able to have a school dance here in several years for behavioral reasons that pertained to the whole school,” said Abby. “Our 8th graders at the time (from 2 years ago, May 2015) wrote a proposal to our principal at the time about the ideas they had and why they felt they should be able to have a school dance.”

After reviewing the proposal, the school administration granted the students’ request and plans for a dance began.

After several conversations with the 7th and 8th grade girls, Abby noticed both their excitement to attend the dance and their concerns about whether their families could afford to purchase a dress. Selma Middle School is located in a low-socioeconomic area of Selma. For many of the students, this dress collection may be the only way that they can obtain a formal dress for the dance.

“Many had gone home and talked with their parents/guardians and the girls were told that they couldn't afford to purchase a dress, so right then and there I told myself I was going to do whatever it took to make sure that the girls could still attend the dance no matter what and looking as pretty as ever,” added Abby.

Abby started reaching out to friends and colleagues in North Carolina, at Westminster College and back home to her high school religion teacher, Mrs. Kathy Wray at Seton- La Salle Catholic High School. She also had family and friends share a poster she created on Facebook to help drive donations and give her students an opportunity to shine along with their middle school classmates. 

This is Abby’s third year collecting dresses for students in need of formal gowns for the school dance, and she plans to continue the collection for as long as she can. To become a part of the formal dress collection, contact Abby Buckholt at

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

SAAC and CEC Collaborates with Lawrence County Special Olympics

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:25:00 EST

(image) Westminster College student athletes and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) collaborated with the Lawrence County Special Olympics to host the Lawrence County Basketball Special Olympics. The Olympic games took place in the Memorial Fieldhouse on Saturday, March 25, 2017. Olympians from Crawford, Beaver, Washington, Westmoreland, Allegheny and Butler counties competed this year.

“Saturday was a tremendous day,” says Jane Dean, adjunct education faculty at Westminster College. "It was a time for our Westminster students to connect with the Special Olympians and their families and friends.  They were able to see the Olympians desire to compete and their positive spirits.  It was a day filled with energy, excitement and caring."

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) reps Shane Wilson (men’s golf) and Gabriella Tissue (women’s soccer), coincidently education majors, were the primary Westminster organizers and the liaisons working with Lawrence County Special Olympics this year. Over past years, SAAC student-athletes along with some of their teammates volunteered to operate the tournament with the organizers of the Lawrence County Special Olympics.

“In recent years, Jane Dean and CEC members got involved and really helped take the tournament to a higher new level,” said Jim Dafler, director of athletics at Westminster College and SAAC adviser.

“The purpose of the partnership is to enhance the lives of Division III student-athletes and Special Olympics athletes through a mutual learning experience; provide a platform for recognition of Special Olympics athletes and Division III student-athletes within their communities; and raise awareness of Special Olympics, its programs and services,” added Dafler.

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

Graduate School Adjunct Faculty Share at Professional Networking Symposium

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:44:00 EST

(image) Well over 400 people gathered at Westminster College’s Professional Networking Symposium on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Alumni and friends of the college, across disciplines, were invited to share professional advice and network with current Westminster students. In panels led by alumni and friends of the college, members of the Westminster community engaged in various breakout sessions and other networking opportunities.

Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, professor of Education, coordinated a breakout session for Westminster preservice teachers led by adjunct faculty in the Reading Specialist graduate program and recent graduates of the Westminster College Graduate School.

Graduate adjunct faculty presenters included Karen Matis, Laura Nych and Diane O'Donovan, all graduates of Westminster College Graduate School. Recent graduates Alex Taylor Schroder and Katie Tomko Williams also joined the panel to share their graduate school journey at Westminster.  

Former Board of Trustees member Barbara Guffey, attorney Angelo Papa and Brian Wolfe, director of Resch Foundation, were in attendance and offered their insights to future teachers.

For more information, contact Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi at or 724-946-7189.

Westminster College Student Honored as 2017 Newman Civic Fellow

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:35:00 EST

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 273 students who will make up the organization’s 2017 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows, including Westminster College’s own Sarah Smith. Sarah Smith, a senior accounting major and human resource minor, is a daughter of Dale and Debra Smith and a graduate of Burgettstown Area High School. She is active on campus and in the local community by serving in different groups and activities. She is a Resident Assistant in a campus dormitory, volunteers on Chapel Staff and meets with the UKirk College ministry program at a local church. She has been a three-year member of ENACTUS, an accounting and business club, and has become a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance worker helping prepare taxes for low-income families in New Castle, PA. “In looking at the criteria for the Newman Civic Fellow program, [we] quickly thought of Sarah,” Rev. Jim Mohr, Westminster College Chaplain. “She is involved in a lot of areas on campus. She has a commitment to making life better for the community around her, which in our eyes made her the perfect nominee for Westminster College”. As a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow, Sarah will be a part of the first cohort to benefit from a completely re-designed fellowship. The Newman Civic Fellowship, named for Campus Compact co-founder Frank Newman, is a one-year experience emphasizing personal, professional, and civic growth. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with access to exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. “The cultivation of community-committed leaders has never been more crucial,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “We rebuilt the Newman Civic Fellowship experience because our country needs more people who know how to bring communities together for positive change. We are thrilled to welcome this group of 273 exemplary students as the first cohort to participate in this new model.” The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation. Campus Compact's Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The fellowship is named in honor of Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact's founders, and is supported by the KPMG Foundation and by the Newman's Own Foundation. For more information, contact Tom[...]

Biology Professor and Student Present Research at Ornithological Conference in Florida

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:38:00 EST

(image) Dr. Kerri Cornell Duerr and Rebecca Zdilla '17 recently attended the Wilson Ornithological Society conference at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL. Duerr and Zdilla coauthored and presented a poster presentation entitled “Habitat use by American Kestrels and European Starlings in west-central Pennsylvania”.

Duerr, assistant professor of biology at Westminster College, serves as the chair of the Jed Burtt Undergraduate Mentoring Award Committee for the Wilson Ornithological Society and she is Zdilla’s capstone research adviser.

Zdilla, a senior biology and biochemistry major, is a daughter of James and Kathryn Zdilla and a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School.

 “Attending the conference was a completely new experience for me,” says Zdilla. “It was interesting to listen to [other participants’] research projects that they are doing through a university or through various jobs.”

Zdilla was inspired to think of different job opportunities thanks to a museum curator and a researcher for Florida's game and wildlife commission. “Those are two types of jobs that I had never considered before, but have sparked my interest into exploring them more,” she added.

Duerr and Zdilla also spent time birding at Corkscrew Swamp Wildlife Sanctuary and participated in a bird banding session hosted by the North American Bird Banding Council.

For more information, contact Dr. Kerri Duerr at or 724-946-7210.

Senior Art Students Present Select Pieces from Their Capstones

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:58:00 EST

A group of senior art students are presenting select pieces from their capstone portfolios beginning April 3 and lasting through the first week of May in Patterson Hall's Foster Art Gallery. A reception will be held April 6 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. and is open and free to the public. The Senior Art Show features the works of both fine art and media art students. Capstone is a senior-level course within the major designed to provide an opportunity for students to work independently with Westminster fine art and media art faculty to assess their cumulative body of work and make appropriate adjustments to prepare a professional art or media art portfolio. “Art comes in all shapes and sizes, and this gallery show represents all the hard work the students have put in through their time at Westminster,” says Kandice Hartner, adjunct faculty for Media Art + Design. The showcase features David Austin, William Austin, Jacqui Holiday, Jordyn Kee, Stephanie Lesnak, Emiley Lindsey, Mark Salamon, Jackie Schultz and Doltyn Snedden. David Austin, a senior media art + design major, is a son of Cara Austin and a graduate of Farrell Area High School. William Austin, a senior media art + design major, is a son of Cara Austin and a graduate of Farrell Area High School. Jacqui Holiday, a senior media art + design and fine art major, is a daughter of Erin and Danielle Holiday and a graduate of Archbishop Spalding High School. Jordyn Kee, a senior fine art major, is a daughter of Shiela Kee and a graduate of Solon High School. Stephanie Lesnak, a senior fine art major, is a daughter of Jan and Cheryl Lesnak and a graduate of Campbell Memorial High School. Emily Lindsey, a senior media art + design major, is a daughter of Mark and Paula Lindsey and a graduate of Freeport Area Senior High School. Mark Salamon, a senior fine art major, is a son of John and Laura Salamon and a graduate of Cloverleaf Senior High School. Jackie Schultz, a senior media art + design major, is a daughter of John and Christal Schultz and a graduate of Northwest Pa Collegiate Acad. Doltyn Snedden, a senior media art + design major, is a son of Douglas and Barbara Snedden and a graduate of Forest Hills High School. For more information, contact Summer Zickefoose, Gallery Director and Lecturer of Art, at 724-946-7267 or Kandice Hartner at 724-946-7237. [...]