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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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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

Wed, 07 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 service will be broadcast on Titan Digital Radio 88.9FM and will be available online 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 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,

"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. 

Student Donates Sodexo’s National Prize Sweepstakes to City Rescue Mission

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:42:00 EST

(image) Regino Flores, a student at Westminster College, was recently selected as one of four lucky winners in Sodexo’s Take a Bite Out of Hunger National Prize Sweepstakes and will have a $2,500 donation made in his name to the food-related charity of his choice. Sodexo and Flores will be presenting a check to Kevin Green from the City Rescue Mission on campus on Thursday, Nov. 17.

In addition, Flores will receive a Sodexo Mindful Box Subscription Package which includes four boxes throughout the academic year. NeighborFood is part of an ongoing resident dining promotion series sponsored by Sodexo, the dining services company at Westminster College.

Featured at more than 600 college and university campuses managed by Sodexo nationwide, NeighborFood was a unique promotion that provided the perfect platform to showcase the quality and wholesomeness of their dining program through a selection of delicious dishes, featuring fresh, locally grown ingredients plus a variety of customer-engaging events.

In addition to a variety of on-site activities, the Take a Bite Out of Hunger National Sweepstakes encouraged students to take a submit a 6-second video nomination explaining why their food-related charity should be the recipient of a randomly selected $2,500 donation made in the student's name.

For more information, contact Mona Moufid at or 724-946-7703.

Westminster Seekers Take Part in Operation Christmas Child

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 14:49:00 EST

(image) Westminster College Christian fellowship group, Seekers, recently took part in a project alongside Operation Christmas Child (OCC) to send shoe boxes full of gifts to children in over 100 different countries in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America.

 “OCC is a mission project run by an international non-profit called Samaritan's Purse,” said Rachel Lemke, a senior Christian education major from Harborcreek. “Children from all over the world receive these wrapped shoeboxes that contain toys, hygiene products, articles of clothing...and along with each box, the children take some courses that teach them about God and the love of Jesus Christ.”

The Seekers have taken part in this project for the past four years. This year, they collected enough donations to send 13 boxes to children in need. Lemke has “talked with people who have seen firsthand how much the small shoebox Christmas gift has helped children change their lives.”  She says her “only prayer is that God's will be done through our time and offering and the love put into these shoeboxes.” 

Contact Lemke at for more information.

Westminster College and UPMC School of Nursing Announce New Partnership

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:46:00 EST

The Westminster College School of Nursing will launch its inaugural program in Fall Semester 2017 in a collaborative agreement with UPMC Jameson’s School of Nursing in New Castle, leading to both a nursing diploma and a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree in the new four-year program. First-year students will take pre-nursing and liberal arts courses at Westminster and matriculate to UPMC Jameson’s School of Nursing. For years two and three, students will follow the UPMC Jameson program while earning credits at Westminster toward the BSN degree. At the completion of the UPMC Jameson program, students will test for licensing for registered nurse (RN) licensure. During the fourth year students will complete higher level nursing courses at Westminster to earn the BSN. “The bachelor’s degree in nursing is now considered the gold standard for entry into nursing practice within healthcare,” said Tricia Ryan, newly appointed School of Nursing director at Westminster. “With the collaboration between Westminster College and UPMC Jameson’s School of Nursing our students will experience the ‘best of both worlds’ in nursing education with this brilliant combination of nursing and the liberal arts.” “The healthcare needs of the communities in and surrounding New Wilmington and New Castle are diverse and unique in many ways and provide rich opportunities for these future nurses to develop specialized skills to serve patients in rural areas,” said Linda Kmetz, Ph.D., executive director of UPMC Schools of Nursing and director of UPMC Shadyside School of Nursing. “During their time at UPMC Jameson School of Nursing, students will have rare opportunities to study and gain practical experience in telemedicine, behavioral health, obstetrics, pediatrics and Amish health customs and practices, in addition to rural medicine.” Other highlights of the partnership include opportunities for students to study Spanish medical language; a nursing licensure exam pass rate of current UPMC Jameson students that is consistently above the national average; a strong pipeline to nursing positions in home care, primary care offices, in case management and in traditional settings at UPMC’s community hospitals including Horizon, Hamot and Jameson; and opportunities to experience global health through Westminster’s mission programs in the Dominican Republic. About UPMC A world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. It provides nearly $900 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 60,000 employees, more than 20 hospitals, more than 500 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical and behavioral health services insurer in western Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranks No. 12 in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals. UPMC Enterprises functions as the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC while UPMC International provides hands-on health care and management services with partners in 12 countries on four continents. For more information, go to Contact Ryan at 724-946-7470 or email for additional information. [...]

Westminster College Chemistry Majors Present Research

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:33:00 EST

(image) Nine Westminster College chemistry and biochemistry majors presented the results of a service-learning project during a meeting of the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition (SRWC) on Oct. 13, at the Jennings Environmental Education Center.

The students worked with SRWC at the McIntire site in Butler County to test the passive water treatment system for treating abandoned mine drainage.

The students collected water samples from the site to be tested in the laboratory. After analysis, the students determined that the treatment system is effectively improving the water quality.

"This collaboration is in its tenth year," said Helen Boylan, professor of chemistry and faculty mentor on the project. "We were able to test for more metals this year because of the new instrumentation Westminster College obtained through a National Science Foundation grant."

Boylan, a Westminster graduate, earned her Ph.D. from Duquesne University and has been a member of the teaching staff at Westminster since 2001.

Contact Boylan at 724-946-6293 or email for additional information.

Westminster College Celebrity Series to Present Sandi Patty in Concert

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:08:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Celebrity Series will welcome Sandi Patty back for the third and last time to appear on the Orr stage to celebrate “Christmas Blessings” as part of her “Forever Grateful: The Farewell Tour” Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Giant Eagle.

The most awarded female vocalist in gospel music history, “The Voice” has been honored with 40 Dove Awards, 5 Grammys, four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records and five gold records. Her latest album, Forever Grateful, was released this year.

Accompanied by members of her family and a full live band, Sandi will delight the audience with a full evening of music, including her rendition of “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Jingle Bells a la Sandra” and her moving arrangement of “O Holy Night.”

Contact Georgene Gib, box office manager, at 724-946-7354, email or visit for additional information or to purchase tickets.

Westminster College Announces Appointment of Nursing School Director

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 12:42:00 EST

(image) Westminster College has named Tricia Ryan director of its School of Nursing, the result of a collaborative agreement with UPMC Jameson School of Nursing.

Westminster’s School of Nursing will launch its inaugural program in Fall Semester 2017, leading to both a nursing diploma and a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree in the new four-year program.

“I felt very drawn to Westminster to develop a unique nursing program that is much needed in our community,” Ryan added. “I am fortunate to be able to collaborate with UPMC Jameson to provide the education and support needed for our nursing students to be successful in today’s healthcare environments.”

Ryan comes to Westminster from Sharon Regional Health System, where she held various nursing and administrative positions, most recently as the program administrator and director in the School of Nursing.

She earned a nursing diploma (RN) from Sharon Regional Health System’s School of Nursing, a bachelor of science degree (BS) with a major in nursing from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) education from Robert Morris University, where she is pursuing a doctorate in instructional management and leadership (Ph.D. IML). She is a certified nurse educator (CNE); is licensed as a registered nurse (RN) in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York; and holds CPR instructor certification (BLS), CPR certification – healthcare provider and advanced cardiac life support certification (ACLS).

Contact Ryan at 724-946-7470 or email for additional information.

Westminster All-College Honors Program Dines with President Richardson

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 13:57:00 EST

(image) Westminster All-College Honors Program students and Dr. Bethany Hicok, honors program director, enjoyed dinner with President Kathy Richardson and her husband on Nov. 6.

“Dining with the President of Westminster College as a first-year student was truly a memory I will treasure forever,” said first-year honors student, Sammi Winter. “I sincerely enjoyed both the food and the company at the President’s house, and I hope we have more events like this in the future.”

42 students in the honors program attended the dinner at President Richardson’s home. Those students agreed that they are excited to see the positive impact the new president will have on the college in the future.

“Both president Richardson and her husband were very personable and a joy to interact with,” said Brittany Slupe, senior honors student. “I am very excited that I had the chance to spend time with President Richardson, but also sad that this will be the last honors program dinner that I will be able to experience with her.”

For more information, contact Hicok at or 724-946-6349.

Westminster College Presents Upcoming Bleasby Colloquium

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:47:00 EST

(image) Dr. Kristianne Kalata, associate professor of English, will speak at the Bleasby Colloquium on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Mueller Theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Kalata’s presentation is titled “Emotion and Memory in Literary Best Sellers.” Kalata plans to examine the interaction of perspective, emotion, and memory in bestselling literary fiction of the 19th and 21st centuries.

“My research aims to deepen our understanding of how a novel’s form works with or against concepts of memory and emotion in both characters and readers,” said Kalata. “As an undergraduate at Westminster, I was an English major who minored in psychology and secondary education. This project gives me the opportunity to combine my longstanding interests in psychology with my work as an English professor.”

Work on this project has allowed Kalata to develop several new English courses in the past three years. Inspiration also came from a Cluster Course that she co-taught with Dr. Mandy Medvin in psychology.

For more information, contact Kalata at 724-946-7350 or 

Westminster College to Host Annual Christmas Vespers and Dinner

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:04:00 EST

(image) Westminster College will host its annual Christmas Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 11, in Orr Auditorium. The service is free and open to the public.

Coordinated by Westminster’s Office of Faith and Spirituality, the afternoon will begin with carols and special musical arrangements at 3:30 p.m. followed by Vespers at 4 p.m. The service, led by the Rev. James Mohr, chaplain, and students will feature Scripture readings, a message, and music provided by Westminster’s vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Following the service, a tree-side holiday feast will be available in the Witherspoon Room of McKelvey Campus Center. Registration for the buffet dinner will be $20 per adult and $11 for children aged 11 and younger. Reservations are required by Thursday, Dec. 1, and may be made online at or by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 724-946-7364.

Contact Nicole Hunter, assistant director of alumni relations, at 724-946-7373 or for additional information.

Westminster College Education Professor Published

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:48:00 EST

(image) Dr. Alison DuBois, assistant professor of education and counseling, published articles in two different professional journals this month.

Her first article, “Four Steps to Help with the Hurt that You Feel,” was published in the fall issue of New Teacher Advocate. This article outlines steps young teachers can take to protect themselves or to reduce the effects of secondary trauma.

The second article, “Curriculum Weaving: Developing Creative Curricular Opportunities for Pre-Service Teachers and Elementary Students Through Project-Based Learning,” was published in the November issue of The Journal of Curriculum and Teaching. This article describes a year-long project-based learning activity that early childhood and special education students engaged in last year.

Contact DuBois at 724-946-6039 or 

Westminster College Hosts Bright Futures Alumni Networking Dinner

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:05:00 EST

(image) Westminster College partnered with the Marion G. Resch Bright Futures Program to host over 20 Campbell High School students for an alumni networking dinner on Nov. 3.

Dr. Amy Camardese, professor of education, and Dr. Alison DuBois, assistant professor of education and counseling, co-directors of the Bright Futures Grant, hosted the networking event.

Since 2005, the Resch Bright Futures Program has successfully provided school-year mentoring and summer camp programs to the Campbell School District. This initiative partners Westminster College with high school students to better prepare them for higher education.

Drs. Tim and Carolyn Cuff ‘78, Professor Brian Petrus ’10, Josh Schroeder ’13 and Alex Taylor Schroeder ’14 attended the dinner as Westminster College alumni.

“It was exciting to hear the career plans and dreams of the Bright Futures students,” said Dr. Timothy Cuff. “As a Westminster alumnus and a current Westminster faculty member, it was interesting to consider and share with the students how the excellent liberal arts education I received at Westminster provided the grounding for my career.”

Students had the opportunity to ask questions about various aspects of college life and future careers.

“The students explained how our discussions help them not only to think about their future college plans but to set specific goals to help them achieve those college plans,” said Dr. Carolyn Cuff. “In turn, the students listened to our advice on how to continue to work in high school to prepare them for college. It was a great evening.”

Contact DuBois at 724-946-6039 or for more information.

Westminster College Hosts PICPA Accounting Career Day

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:56:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College School of Business hosted the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) Accounting Career Day for 120 students from five local high schools on Oct. 25.

Four teams of panelists provided students with information about career paths in accounting and Westminster’s role in preparing its graduates for success.

Panelists included Carl Sizer, CPA and Kevin McCarty ’13 from Arnett Carbis Toothman LLP, Alicia Seitz ’11, CPA from Hill Barth & King LLC, Sean Gibbon ’16 from JFS Wealth Advisors, Professor Jesse Ligo, Jr. ’82, CPA MBA, and senior accounting students, Mariah Turiano, Nathan McMaster, John-Scott Somora, and Matthew Slagle.

“The PICPA Accounting Career Day is a wonderful event to help high school students become aware of what opportunities an accounting degree can give them in the future,” said Mariah Turiano. “Being part of the student panel allowed me to give valuable insight on why accounting is a great career to pursue.”

For more information, contact Ligo at 724-946-7167 or

Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 14:02:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in Berlin Lounge. The concert is free and open to the public.

The group will be performing classic and modern works under the direction of Dr. Timothy Winfield, assistant professor of music. Pieces by Nat Adderly, Count Basie, Alan Baylock, Duke Ellington, Mercer Ellington, Gordon Goodwin, Hank Levy, and Ray Wetzel will be performed.

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

Religion Professor Published Online

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:56:00 EST

(image) Dr. Kang-Yup Na, Westminster College associate professor of religion, has authored “State and Church, and the State of the Church” on Princeton Theological Seminary’s Institute for Youth Ministry webpage.

The article is part of the “Engage//Faith & Politics” section that provides short, insightful articles and resources for youth or Bible study groups to start the conversation about issues that circulate through the news media, often presenting questions about how Christians should think and live.

Regarding the upcoming presidential election, Na’s article states: “For Christians, the civic duty to vote must be accompanied by the prayerful duty to discern providence. Yet among Christians, just as among Americans in general, we have deep divisions in the house. Divisions among churchgoers are so grave that partisan zeal for political victory obscures our praxis of Jesus’ commandment for us to love one another.”

The article concludes with the admonition “If we think any candidate will rescue us from what ails the universe, then a review of history or a simple glance at Augustine’s City of God might suggest a more sobering wisdom. At the least, we might learn humility.”

Contact Na at 724-946-7155 or email for additional information. Visit to read the article.

Westminster College Philosophy Professor Organized Society Conference

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:48:00 EST

(image) Dr. David Goldberg, professor of philosophy, organized and hosted the fall meeting of the West Virginia Philosophical Society (WVPS) on Oct. 15, at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Goldberg serves as president of the West Virginia Philosophical Society and is responsible for planning the conference, reading paper submissions, and deciding on a keynote speaker. He has been president since 2010.

Goldberg’s paper, The Gesture, focused on how a simple gesture can identify an individual as a member of a group. His inspiration stemmed from the Cluster Course he teaches with Emeritus Professor Alan Gittis.

The keynote speaker of this meeting was Patrick Miller, associate professor of philosophy, from Duquesne University. Miller’s paper discussed how Plato would have professors teach philosophy today.

The WVPS has been in existence since 1947. Members meet twice a year, each meeting with open topics to allow for a variety of paper submissions. This meeting included papers on music, philosophy of literature, critical thinking, Kant and more.

Since the fall of 2006, the organization has hosted meetings at several Pennsylvania schools. Westminster College will host the spring WVPS meeting.

Contact Goldberg at 724-946-7153 or for more information. 

Westminster College to Host Ninth Annual Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:32:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Department of Chemistry will host Dr. Kasey Kovalcik for the ninth annual Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 10, in the Lakeview Room located in McKelvey Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Kovalcik’s lecture is titled, “Analytical Challenges of Measuring Public Exposure Through Multimedia: Air, Water, Plants.”

During his lecture, Kovalcik will present the sampling and analysis challenges in doing exposure studies involving wildfire smoke, near-road sources, nano-materials, and epiphytic moss.

Kovalcik is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chemist with a background in academia, methods development in a clinical lab, and almost 10 years of research experience at EPA.

The lecture series is funded by Dr. Ken Long, Westminster emeritus professor of chemistry, and his wife, Nancy, to invite chemists to speak with students on campus.

For more information, contact Sharon Muraca at or 724-946-7206

Office of Faith and Spirituality to Host “The Prodigal Sons”

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:51:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s Office of Faith and Spirituality will host a special presentation of The Prodigal Sons Sunday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel as part of the weekly Open Door Worship and is open to the public.

With music by Christian composer Jeannie Allen and based on the Biblical story, the script is an updated version about two sons on a dairy farm in 1980s Oregon. The eight-member cast features Allen’s son, the Rev. David Allen, and daughter, Kathryn Rickenback. Musical accompaniment is provided by Jeanette Allen on piano and Skip Cooper on guitar.

Contact Diane Gabriel at 724-946-7117 or email for additional information. Visit for details on the production. 

Westminster College Computer Science Major Presents Interdisciplinary Work

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:22:00 EST

(image) Westminster College junior computer science major, Rachael Huff, presented her work, “User Friendly Enhancements to a Citizen Science, Water Monitoring Website,” at the Ohio River Consortium for Research and Education conference at Youngstown State University.

Huff worked over the summer in collaboration with Dr. Helen Boylan, professor of chemistry and environmental science, to improve the Lawrence and Mercer Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) website.

On the ALLARM website, anyone can access and upload information about local water quality as well as photos and videos and other educational material about water safety. To make the site more accessible, Huff created a dashboard to easily view information from monitored streams and developed an app to be able to allow other students to easily upload water quality information from a smartphone.

Huff faced many challenges including problems trying to be creative within the limitations of the website editor. However, she was able to work with other students to come up with solutions to the problems that arose.

Huff found that she enjoyed working with students and professors from a different discipline, and that it opened her up to different ways of looking at situations and showed her solutions to problems that she would not thought of on her own. Huff believes that this opportunity was extremely beneficial to her educational experience.

"Previous student participants on the ALLARM team have been chemistry and environmental majors,” Boylan said. “Rachael's background as a computer science major allowed us to evaluate our website from a new perspective. Her modifications have made the information available on our website easier for non-scientists to understand.”

“It reminded and encouraged me to think from many perspectives to be able to fully understand a concept,” said Huff. “This experience showed me that there are many ways to do one thing. That if the first idea fails, to try again since there is always another way to do it.”

Huff is a daughter of Jeffery and Laurel Huff of New Wilmington and a graduate of Wilmington Area High School.

Contact Boylan at 724-946-6293 or email for additional information. 

Assistant Director of Westminster College’s Graduate School Honored as Emerging Leader

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:04:00 EST

(image) Eric Perry, assistant director of the Westminster College Graduate School and coordinator of counselor education, was honored as an “Emerging Leader” by the North American Regional Association for Counselor Education Supervision (NARACES).

The award recognizes early professionals in counselor education who show initiative; demonstrate commitment to the profession of counselor education and supervision, leadership experience and potential; and participate in local, state, regional and national organizations and conferences.

In addition, Perry was offered one of nine spots available on the executive council for the national Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). As social media coordinator and web content manager, Perry will attend and participate in national council meetings that determine the operation and direction of the national organization.

Perry, who has been with Westminster since 2015, earned an undergraduate degree from Ashford University, a master’s degree from Slippery Rock University and is pursuing a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision at Duquesne University.

Westminster’s Graduate School offers master’s degrees in education and school superintendent, as well as graduate certifications in special education and reading specialist K-12, school counselor (elementary and secondary) and school principal K-12.

All graduate school classes are taught in blended format (classroom and online) in evening and summer sessions to accommodate the schedules of busy working adults. Programs are also offered as cohorts that meet off campus.

Contact Perry at 724-946-7874, email or visit for additional information.

Westminster College Graduate School Fall Symposium

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:57:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Graduate Program will host the Kappa Delta Pi and Graduate Fall Symposium from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10, on the third floor of Old Main. The event is free and open to the public.

Adjunct graduate faculty and graduate students will share their research through presentations and posters. The event provides an opportunity to learn more about emerging areas in the field of education.

Presenters include, Beth Jachimiak, Cathy Maloney, Jennifer Toney, Terry Oberst, Vicki Underwood, Kate Tomko, Alexandra Taylor Schroeder, and Benjamin Hornfeck.

For more information, contact Eric Perry, assistant director of the graduate school, at 724-946-7874 or

Political Science Department to Host Election Return Watch Party

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 09:27:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Political Science Department will host an election watch party from 6-11:30 p.m. Nov. 8, in the Witherspoon Rooms. The event is open to all of campus.

“Students, faculty and staff are all invited to come cast a mock vote in Westminster's Mock Election,” said Dr. Shannon Smithey, associate professor of political science. “We will watch as the election returns roll in. There will be fun games and the opportunity to comment as America decides.”

The party will feature the national election returns live, as well as, games, trivia contests, and discussion of the election.

Contact Smithey at 724-946-6247 or

Westminster College Symphony Orchestra to Present Christmas Pops! Concert

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:25:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present its Christmas Pops! concert Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, assistant professor of music, the orchestra’s selections will include: “Christmas on Broadway,” arranged by Higgins; Rebikov’s “Christmas Tree Waltz;” Bavel’s arrangement of “Hanukkah Rhapsody;” “Christmas Bells,” arranged by Krogstad; “Mad Russian’s Christmas,” arranged by Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Phillips; and Sheldon’s “A Most Wonderful Christmas.”

Students in the orchestra will be joined by Westminster faculty Dr. Robert Knop, associate professor of physics, playing viola and music adjunct Corey Palmer playing bass, as well as musicians from the community.

Contact Crawford Perttu at 724-946-7271 or email for additional information. 

Chamber Singers and Concert Choir Fall Choral Concert

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:13:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College School of Music will present the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers fall choral concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at Wallace Memorial Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature Freedom Trilogy by Paul Halley, Hallelujah Chorus from Beethoven’s “Christ on the Mount of Olives” and more.

The choirs will be under the direction of Dr. Samuel Barbara, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. Irina Trenga will be featured on the piano and Paula Kubik will be featured on the organ.

Contact Barbara at 724-946-7278 or

Men's and Women's Choir Fall Choral Concert

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:09:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College School of Music presents the Men’s and Women’s Choir fall choral concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in Wallace Memorial Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

The choirs will sing selections from “Gospel Mass” by Robert Ray and compositions by Antonio Vivaldi, Veljo Tormis and other composers.

The choir will be under the conduction of Dr. Samuel Barbara, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities and Edgar Groves, adjunct music faculty. Irina Trenga and Jeff Wachter will be featured on the piano.

“The choirs have worked very hard and are excited to share their music with the campus and community,” said Barbara.

Contact Barbara at 724-946-7278 or

Humans of Westminster: Meet Katie

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 08:00:00 EST

(image) Working with Students

My job is almost as public as you can get, although not many people know that it’s me. I’m the person who gets to spread stories of Westminster throughout the internet with one click of a button. My team of students and I travel together through the world of social media every day. In fact, that’s my favorite part – we work together to accomplish a very important task. And, I get to watch the students grow, use their Westminster education, and make the most of every experience - and I witness them loving it. It’s a pleasure to be part of their lives and I look forward to seeing their bright future.

Katie Bittner is the web and social media content developer.

Westminster College Brass Extravaganza

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 13:52:00 EST

(image) Westminster College will host Brass Extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. This event is free and open to any brass players.

Participants will have a chance to work with trumpet player Frank Campos and trombonist Jim Masters along with Westminster brass faculty.

Campos has been featured in concert halls across the country and can be heard on NPR’s “Performance Today.” He will be giving a masterclass and performing a recital with bassist Nicholas Walker.

A brass repair technician will also be in attendance giving lectures and repairing instruments.

Individuals that are interested in attending only the guest artist recital are welcome to join the Brass Extravaganza at 4 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

For more information or to register, contact Dr. Timothy Winfield, assistant professor of music, at 724-946-7274 or email

Westminster College Celebrity Series to Present “The Piano Guys” in Concert

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:19:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s Celebrity Series will present “The Piano Guys” in concert Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The show is sponsored by UPMC Jameson.

The Guys’ website ( states: “What do you get when you mix up a marketing genius that does video, a studio engineer that writes music, a pianist that had a successful solo career, and a cellist that does pretty much everything? The Piano Guys: a miraculous meeting of ‘guys’ with the same intrinsic purpose – to make a positive impact in the lives of people all over the world through music videos.”

Hailing from Utah, The Piano Guys are four dads who became an Internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They’ve made over 50 since early 2011, including their hit video, an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song “Let It Go” from Disney’s Frozen.

The original blend of classical and pop instrumental music is provided by pianist/songwriter Jon Schmidt and cellist/songwriter Steven Sharp Nelson. Completing the group are producer/videographer Paul Anderson and music producer/songwriter Al van der Beek.

 “We thank God, our families, and the people who have supported us by sharing our videos, purchasing our music, and encouraging us through comments and messages. Our mission will always be to produce music videos that inspire, uplift, and make the world a better place. If we can make a positive impact in even one person’s life it has all been worth it to us.”

Contact Georgene Gib, box office manager, at 724-946-7354, email or visit for additional information or to purchase tickets.

Dr. Robert Zorn Publishes Article on Changes in Graduate Students

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:48:00 EST

(image) Dr. Robert Zorn, Westminster College’s director of graduate school and coordinator for educational leadership programs, is the author of “Coming in 2017: A New Generation of Graduate Students- The Z Generation,” an article that will be published in the winter quarterly issue of College and University.

College and University is “an educational policy and research journal focusing on emerging concerns, new techniques, and technology in education.”

Zorn’s article explains who the Z generation is and addresses some of the challenges that teaching this new generation of students will bring to graduate programs. The article also highlights differences between millennial and generation Z graduate students.

“The Z generation refers to those 23 million students born after 1995,” Zorn said. “The technology abilities and experiences of the Z generation are far beyond their predecessors of the Y generation students who are just graduating.”

Zorn has been at Westminster since 1986. He earned his bachelor’s in education from Kent State University, a master's in education from Westminster, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  

Contact Eric Perry at 724-946-7874 or email for more information.

Westminster College to Host New Art Gallery Exhibit

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:13:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s Foster Art Gallery will host Drawn, an art exhibition of contemporary mixed media drawing by Nancy Raen-Mendez from Oct. 24-Dec. 9. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

The Foster Art Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Raen-Mendez is an interdisciplinary artist based in Evansville, Indiana where she teaches at the University of Southern Indiana. Raen-Mendez uses a range of materials and processes, from charcoal, graphite and ink to stitching and cutting into the paper.

“The gallery acts as a reference for students in the fine art courses who are learning about composition, technique and how to communicate visually,” said Summer Zickefoose, professor of art.

Contact Zickefoose at 724-946-7267 or for more information. 

Opera Westminster to Present “Scenic Views” Concert

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:32:00 EST

(image) Opera Westminster will present “Scenic Views,” a collection of international selections, Saturday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, Westminster associate professor of music, the program will feature selections from Die Hochzeit des Figaros, L’elisir d’amore, Carmen and Fidelio (Spain); Boccaccio (Italy); Countess Mariza (Romania); Csardasfürstin (Hungary); Faust (Germany); and Manon, Werther and La Traviata (France).

Accompaniment will be provided by Westminster College Orchestra students and guest musicians with adjunct music faculty Mihai Valcu conducting and Marie Libal-Smith, pianist.

Contact Bentz at 724-946-6045 or email for additional information.

Westminster College Honors Program Sits Down with Geraldine Brooks

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:52:00 EST

(image) The Westminster All-College Honors Program had the opportunity to sit and talk with the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Geraldine Brooks, on Sept. 28, at President Kathy Brittain Richardson’s house.

“As a first-year, I was ecstatic to meet a world-famous author and engage in intellectual conversation about what it means to be human,” said Sammi Winter. “I love that Westminster’s All-College Honors Program enables me to sit down with some of my best friends and incredibly intelligent experts, such as Ms. Brooks, and be reminded that despite all of our differences, we are all unified by our shared humanity.”

The group discussed Brooks’ novel People of the Book, as well as politics and humanity.

For more information, contact Dr. Bethany Hicok at or 724-946-6349.

Westminster College Crowns Homecoming King and Queen

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:07:00 EST

(image) Carl Carpenter and Abigail Arrigo were crowned Westminster College Homecoming king and queen during halftime on Oct. 8.

Carpenter, a junior business administration and financial economics major, is a son of Walter and Judy Carpenter of Sharon and a graduate of Sharon High School. Campus activities for the Sigma Phi Epsilon representative include finance chair for Student Government Association, Student Alumni Association, and ENACTUS.

Arrigo, a junior biology major, is a daughter of Brian and Valerie Arrigo of Delmont and a graduate of Franklin Regional High School. Campus activities for the Sigma Kappa candidate include dance line, Dance Theatre, dance team, Pre-Vet Society, Tri-Beta, SWAT, All College Honors Program, and she is a teaching assistant in the learning center.

Winning the top spot in the “’90s TV Show” Homecoming parade was Sigma Kappa with their Magic School Bus themed float.

Contact Kara Montgomery at 724-946-7363 or email for more Homecoming information.

Westminster College Inquiry Classes Partner with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:50:00 EST

(image) Westminster College students in Dr. Sherri Pataki’s Inquiry classes partnered with the Apple Castle in New Wilmington and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to pick produce for distribution to families in the Pittsburgh area.

The project was part of the food bank’s gleaning program that involves community farmers donating produce that volunteers harvest and load for delivery to the food bank. The students helped pick 1,725 pounds of corn and 2,520 pounds of squash and pumpkins.

The Apple Castle, which has been producing quality fruits and vegetables for over 150 years, is owned and operated by Westminster alumni Lyle ’74 and Sandy ’75 Johnston.

(image) Inquiry (Introduction to a Liberal Arts Education) introduces students to the philosophy and practice of a liberal arts education by investigating classic and emerging questions that arise from current social and intellectual concerns.

Contact Pataki, associate professor of psychology, at 724-946-7361 or email for additional information.

Westminster College Debuts Improved Honors Curriculum

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:19:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s improved Honors Program debuted this semester with 21 Honors scholars enrolled in the first course of the new Honors course sequence, Ancient Greek Justice.

Under the guidance of Westminster faculty Dr. Bethany Hicok, professor of English and Honors Program director, and Dr. David Goldberg, associate professor of philosophy, students enrolled in this course explore how the definition of justice has evolved throughout famous texts such as The Iliad, The Odyssey and Plato’s Republic.

After completion of the classroom portion of the course, the students will travel to Greece early next summer to explore the locations they studied.

In addition to offering exposure to another culture, the new Honors sequence replaces Inquiry, Writing and Speech for first-year students enrolled in the program. During their first and second years, Honors scholars will take four additional Honors-designated classes that fulfill many of Westminster’s general education requirements. In their junior and senior years they will complete an advanced Honors capstone project.

“I am so excited to explore all the opportunities the Honors Program offers and to broaden my knowledge with its unique curriculum,” said Ashley Smialek, a first-year molecular biology major from Chicago.

Westminster’s Honors Program provides challenging learning opportunities for selected students with excellent academic records, superior abilities, intellectual promise and demonstrated initiative. The most outstanding students in the incoming first-year class or rising sophomore class are eligible and selection is competitive.

Contact Hicok at 724-946-6349, email or visit for additional information.

Westminster College International Film Series to Show Ang Lee Film

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:11:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s Jake Erhardt International Film Series will show Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater.  The program is free and open to the public. describes director Ang Lee’s 2000 film, based on the book by Du Lu Wang, as set in China at a time when miracles were credible and spirits and gods were present in man’s world. Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to a nobleman’s impetuous adolescent daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

The film earned four Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film, and was nominated for six more.

The final film this semester is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15.

The International Film Series is named in honor of its founder, Dr. Jacob Erhardt, professor of German emeritus at Westminster College.  Erhardt, who taught at Westminster from 1968 until his retirement in 2004, served as chair of his department from 1970-1986, was named the Language Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Modern Languages Association, translated into English Robert Reitzel’s Adventures of a Greenhorn, and was recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities as an outstanding member.

Contact Dr. Deborah Mitchell at 724-946-7030 or email for more information.

Westminster College English Professor to Deliver Bleasby Colloquium

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:17:00 EST

(image) As part of the Bleasby Colloquia Series, the Westminster College Department of English and Public Relations will feature Dr. Bethany Hicok, Professor of English and Honors Program Director, at 7 p.m. on Oct. 27, in Mueller Theater located in McKelvey Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Hicok will present her latest book, Elizabeth Bishop’s Brazil, published by the University of Virginia Press in April 2016. Hicok traveled 6,000 miles to and throughout Brazil to gather information and recreate Bishop’s travels.

“Elizabeth Bishop’s Brazil represents the poet’s long, long conversation with the country of Brazil through her poetry and prose writing: its language, culture, people, politics, poverty, wealth, architecture, and its incredible natural beauty,” said Hicok.

Elizabeth Bishop is a Pulitzer prize-winning North American poet who spent nearly two decades in Brazil after she fell in love with a Brazilian aristocrat.

The George Bleasby Colloquia Series features public presentations by the faculty of the department, featured speakers and majors on individual scholarship, interests, and creative projects.

For more information, contact Hicok at or 724-946-6349.

Westminster College to Host Haunted Bio Trail

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 14:08:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s SCION and Phi Kappa Tau will host the Haunted Bio Trail at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, at the Westminster Bio Trail. Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the event.

A bonfire to roast hot dogs and s’mores will be open to everyone at the end of the trail. The price of hot dogs and hot chocolate is $1 and s’mores will be $2.

A shuttle will be available to transport participants between the trail, fire and parking lot located behind Burry Stadium.

“Both SCION and Phi Kappa Tau have big plans for our organizations,” said Hayley Thewes, SCION president. “We decided to team up for a fundraiser so we can both tackle our organization’s goals this year.”

For more information, contact Thewes at

Westminster College to Celebrate the Arts with School of Music Concert

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:09:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s School of Music ensembles will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Will W. Orr Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The following ensembles will be performing:

·       Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. R. Tad Greig

·       Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Samuel Barbara

·       Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Timothy Winfield

·       Opera Westminster, directed by Dr. Anne Bentz

·       Ceol na Teud, a Scottish fiddling group, led by Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu

·       Saxophone Quartet, coached by Dr. James Flowers

·       Orchestra, conducted by Dr. Crawford Perttu

Nearly 100 Westminster students, including music majors, music minors and students from other disciplines, are participating in this event. The concert is designed to celebrate Westminster’s arts during We in Westminster, a week-long celebration in honor of Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson’s inauguration on Friday, Oct. 28.

For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Perttu, associate professor and Chair of the School of Music, at or 724-946-7024.

Humans of Westminster: Meet Robert

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:13:00 EST

(image) From Students to Alumni

I am not an alumnus of Westminster College, but I have spent the past three decades of my career coaching and witnessing young men and women grow and transform through opportunities they’ve had during their time at Westminster.
As a swim coach, I’ve heard countless stories about residence halls and about the layers of paint that has glazed “the rock.” I’ve heard about challenging professors, classes, and coaches; and I’ve witnessed Greek Week victories. I’ve seen students memorizing Sing and Swing routines, and I’ve heard those stories about when students meet their roommate for the first time – and how they become best friends even before Fresh Start ends.
Now that I’m on the flip-side of my career, working in the institutional advancement division of Westminster, I have the opportunity to spend a considerable amount of time visiting with alumni. I am amazed by the countless hours of stories they tell of very similar memories that current students experience – and that those very aspects are what made it special so many years ago.

Westminster College Band Director Selected Conductor of North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:18:00 EST

(image) Dr. R. Tad Greig, Westminster College professor of music and director of bands, was selected conductor and musical director of the North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band (NPSB) by the band’s board of directors and musicians.

The 85-member ensemble, formerly the North Suburban Symphonic Band, was formed in 1992 by Warren Mercer, band director at North Hills High School. It includes Pittsburgh area music educators and community members who share a love of music.

“I have been aware of this fine ensemble since Mr. Mercer started it,” Greig said. “They perform at a very high level and program high-quality music that includes standards from the wind band repertoire as well as music from movies, shows and more. They provide the Pittsburgh area with wonderful concert opportunities throughout the year.”

The NPSB’s first concert of the season will be Sunday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Greater Masonic Hall on Cemetery Lane, Pittsburgh. Tickets are available online at or at the door.

Greig, who has been with Westminster since 1995, directs Westminster’s “Titan” Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and award-winning Wind Ensemble.

Contact Greig at 724-946-7279 or email for additional information.