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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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Dr. Pete Smith Elected Councilor in American Chemical Society

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:19:00 EST

(image) The American Chemical Society (ACS) is the largest scientific professional organization, consisting of over 160,000 researchers, professors and engineers. Westminster professor of chemistry Dr. Peter Smith was elected as a councilor for the society in the industrial and engineering chemistry division. 

Starting in 2018, Smith will be one of four councilors to act as a voice for the division and vote on other board members and regulations that govern the society. He will serve a three-year term and attend bi-annual meetings with other leading chemists and engineers. 

“I’m the only person in this organization from a private, liberal arts college—a primarily undergraduate institution,” Smith said. “The other members of this group are in major industries or at major research institutions that have graduate programs. I am the only one from a school like Westminster. I’m proud to be that person.”

Smith has been actively involved with the organization for over 10 years and has held multiple positions.  Before being elected as a councilor, Smith was program chair for the region and planned professional symposia at national meetings for thousands of chemists and engineers to attend. The society functions to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of the Earth and its people.

“I’m not trying to discover new science,” Smith said.  “I’m trying to take well-known applications and apply those to help solve problems that we’re currently facing. Chemists are going to come up with the solutions to those issues, and then engineers are going to deploy those solutions and make it work.  It’s putting the science into practice.”

Nonetheless, the ACS is not just a way for Smith to add to his educational research and professional repertoire. The society gives his students a wide network of renowned engineers and chemists.

“[ACS] allows me to speak with the experts in the field about what’s currently going on,” Smith said.  “It gives my students at Westminster a worldwide network of chemists. My network becomes my students network.”

Having been a part of the organization for so long, Smith has established this broad network of chemistry professionals and is able to keep up-to-date with industry trends and research. In turn, he keeps his upper-level classes current and applicable by drawing on the research that he learns at ACS conferences. 

“It always gives me ideas for what I can do here with the students,” Smith said. “It allows me to tell what I’m doing with the students more broadly.” 

As an influential member of such an organization from a small liberal arts college, Smith enables Westminster’s voice to be heard on a national level.

For more informaton, contact Smith at or 724-946-7299.

Written by Megan Simpson

Humans of Westminster: Meet Annaliese

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:36:00 EST

(image) Changing Over Time

One of my favorite parts of Westminster, especially as the orientation student coordinator, is watching the first year class grow and change over that first year. I remember so clearly how much I grew, so watching the first year class do it themselves is absolutely incredible. From joining clubs to discovering your passions, the first year of college is truly different from every other year and it’s necessary to experience every part of it! I hope that every student takes advantage of the amazing opportunities Westminster offers so they can grow as much as I did.

Annaliese Daniels is a senior business adminstration major. She is currently the student coordinator of orientation and vice president of SGA.

Westminster Alumni and Students Partner for Success

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:48:00 EST

(image) More than 200 alumni and friends and 300 students gathered on Saturday, Sept. 16, for Westminster College’s seventh Professional Networking Symposium (PNS), an annual event that encourages relationships between Westminster students and working professionals.

Founded by Dr. Daniel Fischmar, retired Westminster professor of economics emeritus, and alumni Dr. Christie Grewe Nelson '06 and Ben Nelson ’06, the symposium offers panels and presentations on topics such as career development, entrepreneurship, consulting and internships.

Grewe Nelson is currently a postdoctoral research fellow with CCICADA/Rutgers University, and Nelson is vice president of Moody's Corporation in New York City.

"The Professional Networking Symposium gives alumni and professionals a chance to visit campus and network with old and new friends, while helping students navigate towards finding a job,” said Grewe Nelson. “Students and alumni of all class years now realize that if they relocate near or far, the Westminster community is far-reaching and always welcoming. It has been such a pleasure to watch the event evolve and grow over the past seven years. But no matter the attendance size, the friendly environment is always present."

Alumni from BNY Mellon, Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, Crowe Horwath LLP, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gilbert’s Risk Solutions, Synergy Comp Insurance Company, JFS Wealth Advisor, Matthews International Corporation, Moody’s Corporation, PNC Bank, Sparq Design, UPMC and many others attended.  More than 90 companies where represented throughout the day.

Recent Westminster graduate Paul Carswell ’16, manager of a Sherwin Williams store in Centerville, Virginia, received his current job through networking. He encourages undergraduates to keep in contact with the people they meet at events like PNS because those interactions often lead to jobs.

"A lot of people I hold close to me have gotten their jobs through our alumni because we have such a small tight-knit family community here at Westminster,” Carswell said. “With all of the love and knowledge we acquire here, there is always someone willing to help you."

For more information, contact Rick Sherlock at or 724-946-7191

Fine Art Faculty Summer Zickefoose Shows Work in Three Exhibitions this Fall

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:32:00 EST

(image) Summer Zickefoose, fine art faculty member at Westminster College, has work showing in three exhibitions this Fall. Zickefoose has a sculpture in the 'Both Artist and Mother' exhbit at the Loft Gallery at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge Montana; a sculpture in the 11th Annual HWD juried sculpture exhibition at the Rosewood Gallery in Kettering, Ohio—for which Zickefoose won the juror's choice award; and she is part of a four-person show, 'Remains', at the Philadelphia Art Alliance in Downtown Philadelphia.

Zickefoose joined the Westminster College art faculty in the fall of 2010. She is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans sculpture, ceramics, installation, and performance art. Her artwork is influenced by Midwestern and rural American culture and landscape. 

After receiving degrees in both Art History and Studio Art from the University of Iowa in 2000, Zickefoose earned her MFA in Multimedia Art and Ceramics from the University of Florida in 2004. 

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

Aligned with Opportunity: Carl Carpenter ‘18

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 09:48:00 EST

(image) In the words of author Ester Hicks, “Just find your alignment; and those who are also in alignment will recognize you.” This sentiment could not be any truer for senior business administration major Carl Carpenter. Not only does Carl graduate this coming Spring, but he graduates with a secured position with Team Scotti, a Major League Baseball’s (MLB) insurance broker in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Carl met his future boss, Westminster alumnus Richard Humphrey, at a Student Alumni Association networking event at the College.  After talking with Humphrey for almost two hours, Richard asked Carl to interview for an intern position with Team Scotti. After enduring the lengthy process, Carl learned he earned the internship and would soon get a taste of his soon-to-be career. Two summer internships later, Team Scotti offered him a position post-graduation.

During his internships, Carl worked with the MLB, the MLB Office of the Commissioner and front office personnel to provide group health insurance and disability insurance to the teams.     

“I love working with the teams and the front office personnel along with my team at Team Scotti,” Carl said. “I just really enjoy what I do. Working with baseball sports has always been a passion of mine.” 

However, the road to his dream job was not as simple as it sounds. Carl switched majors twice before finally ending up in the business department and has been involved in multiple extracurricular activities throughout his four years. 

“When I first came to Westminster, I was a math major,” Carl laughed. “Then I was a political science major, and then I finally went to business. [Being a business major] got me set up and aligned with the right mentors.” 

Carl’s mentors and classes helped him learn skills that he used daily in his internship and continues to build on as he goes into the workforce.  While talking with CEOs and presidents of companies, Carl is able to draw on his knowledge from classes and advice from professors to communicate effectively. 

Carl attributes his vocational success to keeping himself busy on campus and not limiting himself within his major. 

“Be a well-rounded person,” he said.  “[Employers] are not looking for someone who has a 4.0. They’re looking for someone with good grades who can talk to someone, communicate and have the skills and abilities to make a difference.”

Written by Megan Simpson

International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity Elects Dr. Jim C. Rhoads as President

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 09:54:00 EST

(image) The 33rd consecutive International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity meeting proved to quite eventful for Dr. James C. Rhoads, professor of political science. At the meeting held Sept. 7-9 in Glasgow, Scotland at Glasgow Caledonian University, Rhoads presented two papers with his co-authors and was elected president of the Society.

The first paper Rhoads and his co-authors presented was entitled "Rationality vs. Rationale Among Trump Voters in 2016: What Were They Thinking?".  The paper was co-authored by Dan B. Thomas, professor emeritus at Wartburg College and Bruce McKeown of Camano Island, WA. The paper identified four different segments of attitudes that motivated Trump voters to select the New York businessman: Traditional Republicans, those who wished to upset the status quo, those who were drawn to Trump because of his perceived business acumen, and a final group who were motivated by anti-Clinton and cultural issues.

The second paper, "An Abductory Examination of Abduction,” was co-authored by Steven R. Brown of Kent State University and Amanda Wolf of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. This paper makes the connection between abductory thinking, as advanced by Charles Peirce and the design steps in a Q methodological study, particularly in the factor rotation stage.

In addition to presenting, Rhoads was elected president of the Society at their annual meeting and will serve a three-year term. He previously held the post during academic year of 2004-05. Next year's meeting will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina and will be hosted by North Carolina State University.

The International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity is dedicated to advancing the ideas of Dr. William Stephenson, inventor of Q Methodology. 

“Q Methodology provides both the tools and the philosophy for a scientific study of subjectivity,” explained Rhoads. “The annual meeting regularly attracts Q methodologists from around the globe.” 

Rhoads, who joined the Westminster faculty in 1992, earned an undergraduate degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. from Kent State University.

For more information, contact Dr. Rhoads at or 724-946-7255.

Honors Students Pay Respects at Flight 93 Memorial

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:45:00 EST

(image) On Sept. 10, students in The Battle for Public Memory, a class in the Honors Program sequence taught by Dr. Shannon Smithey and Dr. Angela Lahr, took a day trip to the Flight 93 memorial located in Stoystown, PA. The class focuses on society’s memory of the past and its descriptions of history, and how these descriptions and the collective memory shapes society’s future.

At the memorial, the students spent a few hours visiting each aspect while considering the design, form, authorship, symbolism, and narratives conveyed. For many, it was a very moving and informative experience.

“I’m really glad I had a chance to visit the Flight 93 memorial," said Alison Tinker, a sophomore political science major and fine art minor. “I learned a lot about an event that I know is important to American history, but one that I was too young to remember. I was only three years old at the time of the attack, so visiting the memorial taught me a lot about what happened and allowed me to reflect on a terrible tragedy that many people will never forget, but one that I personally was not part of."

For more information, contact Dr. Bethany Hicok, professor of English and director of the Honors Program, at

The Power of Networking: Jennifer Gandolfi ’17, staff auditor at Crowe Horwath LLP

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:44:00 EST

(image) If you were to ask alumna Jennifer Gandolfi how she landed her current job before graduating in the Spring of 2017, she would attribute her success to what she calls the “Westminster network.” In October, Jennifer begins her journey as a staff auditor for Crowe Horwath LLP, an accounting firm that provides a range of services to financial institution and other clients in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Thanks to the support of a committed professor and a helping hand from a recent alum, Jennifer is a direct outcome of the extensive network she believes makes Westminster unique.

“Westminster truly prepares you for post-grad life and its network consists of genuine people who share a drive and work ethic that precipitates success,” said Jennifer. “I owe my current job to the Westminster network.”

As an undergraduate, Jennifer was forwarded an email from alumnus Dan Bishop ’15 about opportunities at Crowe Horwath. Through connecting with Dan, she learned all about the firm and was able to use him as a reference when she applied. After landing a phone interview, Crowe Horwath offered her an opportunity to attend a leadership conference in Chicago where she met with a partner from the firm. The following week, she received a phone call offering her a full-time position post-graduation. Through the power of networking, Jennifer accomplished what many, if not all, college seniors dream of— a job lined up after graduation.

Jennifer credits Professor Ligo and his wife, Amy, for preparing and inspiring her journey at Westminster.

“Professor Ligo and Amy genuinely care about and are proud of the success of all of his students. He's a great teacher, and I honestly can say that I felt best prepared from his courses when I was studying for the CPA exam. His classes went further than just teaching us the course material, but we learned about real-life application.”

U.S. News Ranks Westminster College in the Top 150 Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:57:00 EST

(image) U.S. News & World Report included Westminster College once again as one of the 150 best national liberal arts colleges according to its “Best Colleges” rankings released Sept. 12.

 “We are proud that Westminster is once again recognized among the nation’s best liberal arts colleges,” said Dr. Jeffery S. Coker, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.  “Our collaborative and experiential environment continues to lead students to success as shown by outstanding retention and graduation rates, job placement, graduate school admission, and much more.”

For the last 33 years, U.S. News has gathered data from nearly 1,400 colleges and universities across the nation to generate its annual “Best Colleges” rankings. U.S. News categorize each school as a national university, national liberal arts college, regional university, or regional college as part of its methodology. Within each category, scores for each of the following seven key measures of quality are weighted to determine an overall score: graduation and retention rates; assessment of excellence; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance; and alumni giving.

U.S. News suggests the results of this ranking—in combination with college visits, interviews and personal intuition— can be used by prospective students and their parents as an aid when determining the best school for each student.

“It is an exciting time to be a Titan because Westminster was also recently ranked as the #1 ‘best value for the money’ in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic Region by USA Today/College Factual and the #21 ‘Top College Doing the Most for the American Dream’ by The New York Times,” added Dean Coker.

For more information, contact Rick Sherlock at or 724-946-7191.

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:16:00 EST


#WCCares, Campus Organizations Respond to Hurricane Destruction

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:56:00 EST

(image) Hurricane Harvey left the people of Southern Texas and Louisiana with 27 trillion gallons of rain, $90 billion worth of damage and 30,000 people without a home, according to CNN and Forbes. As Hurricane Irma continues to slash through Florida, The Guardian reports the storm already caused the relocation of over 160,000 people.

Even though Westminster College safely rests hundreds of miles away from the epicenter of the storms, senior Christian Na and the Student Government Association (SGA) brought a full-functioning service drive together in less than a week to aid hurricane victims. 

“When people recognize the need, people will get together and do it,” senior SGA Service Chair Liz Smith said. “Westminster is a tight-knit group and a service-oriented campus, so if people are asked to help they will. People in the world need help now.  When people need help, you do it, not just when it's convenient for you.” 

During the month of September, SGA and the sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha are collecting monetary donations, gently used clothes, unperishable food items, toiletries, diapers, and other provisions to send to the Texas Diaper Bank, Houston Food Bank, Abundant Life Christian Center, The Hive Society and other areas affected by the storms. 

“These hurricane victims are our family,” Na said.  “And I believe in humans’ purpose of taking care of each other.  So Liz [Smith] and I got together and started this project!”

Items can be donated to bins located at Student Affairs, the residence halls or townhouse 23 until September 31. A handful of local churches are serving as collection locations, as well, so that the greater New Wilmington community can aid in the efforts. Donors are encouraged to take pictures of their donations and to use the hashtag “#WCCares.” 

“It doesn’t take that much effort from the community,” Smith said. “If you don’t need it, just donate it. We’ll take gently used clothes and anything you don’t really need. You don’t have to go out and buy a lot.”

Hurricane victims need help now, and Westminster joined together in light of busy schedules and the bustle of the beginning of the new semester to turn a disaster into a sense of hope. 

“If you give a cold woman a jacket, you've made a difference,” Na said.  “When you're part of a community that's learning to give, you're moving mountains.”

As humans, we are called to aid those in need. No matter how small of a community, it is always possible to make a difference because Westminster students care and react when it’s necessary. 

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

Written by Megan Simpson

“The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band to Perform at Westminster College

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:54:00 EST

(image) As part of its 2017 national concert tour, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will perform on October, 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium at Westminster College. The concert is free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the Westminster College Celebrity Series.

In the style of the band’s 17th Director John Philip Sousa, who initiated the concert tour tradition in 1891, Marine Band Director Col. Jason K. Fettig has chosen an assortment of musical selections from traditional band repertoire and Sousa marches to instrumental solos and a salute to the Armed Forces.

“We always try to highlight music on our programs that celebrates the region we are visiting, whether it be marches that provide a connection or folk music that might be associated with certain areas of the country,” said Marine Band Director Col. Jason K. Fettig. “We have tremendously appreciative patrons who come to Marine Band concerts for all types of different experiences, so our programs are designed to include a great variety of music that mirrors the wonderful diversity in our national musical heritage.”

By the end of the tour, the Marine Band will have traveled 2,551 miles throughout the northeast, performing 28 concerts in 10 states, with stops in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Delaware.

The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every U.S. President since John Adams. Known as “The President’s Own” since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the Marine Band’s primary mission is to provide music for the President of the United States and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Free tickets are available (limit four per request) by visiting; calling 724-946-7354; or visiting the Celebrity Series box office located in Patterson Hall at Westminster College. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket holders must be seated by 7:15 p.m. Non-ticket holders will be admitted thereafter.

For more information, contact Georgene Gibs at or 724-946-7354.

Humans of Westminster: Meet Dr. Pam Richardson & Twilight

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:54:00 EST

(image) "Pup"-town Girl

Usually, whenever students see Twilight they get really excited.  A lot of the students have dogs at home, so if they can get a few minutes of dog time in it’s usually a good thing. I think it’s therapeutic to have a dog in your life so I never mind when people want to borrow mine. I think it makes you happier. 

I like to watch her chase the squirrels on campus. She rarely gets to do that, so it’s a fairly safe space for her to do that. It’s also fun to see her interact with the students. She loves people but she doesn’t get to see them all that often. It’s an exciting day for her when a student says “hi.” 

Something people might be interested to know about Twilight is that we do a lot of training. We’ve taken 13 training classes; she knows all kind of tricks. She can track human beings—sort of search and rescue kind of training. Our latest class was a canine parkour class, so essentially what that means is that whatever you come in contact with—benches, tables, bike racks—you interact with.

Dr. Richardson is an Associate Professor of Mathematics and Co-Director of the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research. Twilight is a campus favorite for Westminster's "Cutest Pup."

Washington Monthly Names Westminster One of the Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the Nation

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:31:00 EST

(image) Washington Monthly 2017 College Rankings placed Westminster College in the top 50 best liberal arts colleges in the nation. Westminster was also identified as a “best bang for the buck” college in the Northeast region of the United States.

For 12 years, Washington Monthly has been working to move away from rankings based on wealth-driven metrics and exclusivity. They claim to provide a more accurate measure of a college’s value by basing rankings on social mobility, research and service.

“The metrics Washington Monthly use to determine the nation’s best liberal arts colleges provide a holistic approach of the educational opportunities Westminster students experience,” said Dr. Thomas Stein, vice president for enrollment.

As a “best bang for the buck” college, Westminster is included in an exclusive list of schools that help students from low socioeconomic backgrounds attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Washington Monthly establishes these rankings from data obtained from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. Some of the methodology includes information on earnings, student loan repayment rates and the percentage of first-generation students.

For more information, contact Rick Sherlock at or 724-946-7191.

A Westminster Welcome: Meet Dr. René Píco II

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:37:00 EST

(image) We have few new faculty members joining us this year, and it's only right to give them a Westminster Welcome! Over the following weeks, a new faculty member will be spotlighted. Meet Dr. René Píco II, Associate Professor of Science and English Language Learner methods for the School of Education.

Dr. Píco earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, M. Ed. , and B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Picó worked at Carlow University as a STEM educator in the Education Department of the College of Learning and Innovation.  He also worked at the University of Puerto Rico as an educator in the Teacher Preparation Program at the Mayaguez Campus.  During his tenure at the Central Administration of the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan, he served as Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator for the Scope, Sequence & Coordination Project (NSTA) and the Statewide Systemic Initiative (NSF) under Dr. Manuel Gómez.  His specialties and research interests are STEM/STEAM curriculum design; pre-conceptions of pre-servicer teachers about major scientific ideas, in-service teacher professional development; and the integration of instructional technologies and applications in education.  

What are you looking forward to the most here at Westminster? 

Love for learning!

If you could have dinner with someone in the field of study, dead or alive, who would it be and why?  

Dr. Richard Dawkins. He is one of my favorite authors and I would love to chat with him about evolutionary theory.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?  

Learn to love, to live, and to let go. In that order or any order.   

Volleyball: Yoho Earns 1,000th Kill, Titans Win Pair of PAC Matches

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:17:00 EST

(image) Senior Lexie Yoho (Pittsburgh, PA / Our Lady of the Sacred Heart) became just the ninth Titan in school history to achieve 1,000 career kills on September 9 during the Westminster College volleyball team's tri-match.
Yoho totaled 16 kills on Saturday, surpassing Janie Cebula (1993-96) for eighth-best with 1,002 career kills in Titan history. Yoho is the first Titan to reach the 1,000-kill milestone since Sam Botzum (2006-09).
On Saturday, Westminster won, 3-1 (25-23, 25-23, 24-26, 25-19), over Chatham University (5-1, 1-0 PAC) in its Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) opener. Titan sophomore Reilly DeGeorge (Ashtabula, OH / Saint John) led the Titan offense with 13 kills, followed by Kendell Dickson (Cochranton, PA / Cochranton) with 12 and Yoho with 11. DeGeorge also had a team-high two service aces. Additionally, Yoho tied a career-high with a match-high eight blocks. First-year Hannah Santom (Grove City, PA / Grove City) led the Titans with a career-high 27 assists. Dickson also tied a match-high with 17 digs, followed by DeGeorge (16) and junior Rachel Moore (Greensburg, PA / Greensburg Central Catholic) (13).
In their second match, the Titans swept Saint Vincent College, 3-0 (25-8, 25-12, 25-19), guided by a season-best hitting percentage of .360. The Bearcats fell to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the PAC. Titan junior Delaney Saxton (Cortland, OH / Brookfield) earned a match-best 15 kills, followed by DeGeorge (9) and Dickson (7). Junior Shanna Daniels (Hermitage, PA / Billy C. Ryan) dished out a match-best 20 assists and tied with DeGeorge for a match-high 10 digs. Moore added nine digs. DeGeorge and Santom registered a match-best two aces, while Yoho again had a match-high seven blocks. Saxton had five blocks.
Westminster (6-1, 2-0 PAC) will next play at La Roche College on Wednesday, September 13 at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Nathan LaRiccia at

Pregame Tailgate: Westminster Titans vs. St. Vincent Bearcats

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 09:14:00 EST

(image) Prepare to cheer on your Westminster Titans as we take on the St. Vincent Bearcats at the Chuck Noll Field (located at 300 Fraser Purchase Rd, Latrobe, PA 15650) on Saturday, October 7! Join us for a casual pre-game tailgate beginning at 11 a.m. Cost is $6 per adult/Westminster student and $4 per child. Price includes wings from Dino's, chips, cookies, and a beverage. Feel free to bring your own food too if you wish. Registration is available online at

Look for the blue and white flags upon your arrival in order to locate our tailgate area. Parking is free, and the stadium is a short walking distance from our tailgate area. Don't forget to wear your blue and white! Kickoff is 1:00 p.m.

Reservations are due by Friday, September 29, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Rob Klamut at or 724-976-7018.

Westminster College Planetarium Fall Season Opens Sept. 30

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 08:36:00 EST


The Westminster College Planetarium Fall 2017 season opens September 30, 2017. Details of upcoming shows and ticket reservations are available online at or by calling 724-946-STAR (7827). Reservations are required only because seating is limited. All shows are free, open to the public and lasts approximately an hour.

The season opener, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure,” plays September 30 at 5:30 p.m. Come explore the night sky with Big Bird, Elmo and their friend from China, Hu Hu Zhu, as they take you on a journey of discovery to learn about the Big Dipper, the North Star, the Sun and the Moon. Ideal for ages 3-6.

Later in the evening, “Dawn of the Space Age” shows at 7:00 p.m. Prepare to be immersed and overwhelmed in the most accurate historic reconstruction of Man's first steps into space. From the launch of the first artificial satellite to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights, come witness the drive, passion and perseverance of the men and women who took part in these death defying endeavors. Recommended for all ages.

There will be outdoor stargazing following the “Dawn of the Space Age,” weather permitting.

The rest of the season includes showings of “Black Holes” and “Ooky Spooky” on Saturday, October 28; and “Let it Snow: Holiday Music Magic” and “Mystery of the Christmas Star” on Saturday, December 2. There will be encore showings of “Let it Snow” and “Mystery of the Christmas Star” on Saturday, December 9. More details are available online.

The planetarium is located in room 116 of the Hoyt Science Resources Center, at the intersection of Maple St. and Westminster Dr. (next to the traffic circle), on the College’s campus in New Wilmington, PA. Parking is available along Westminster Dr. and in the small lot on Maple St. next to the traffic circle.

For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Oberst, Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Planetarium & Observatory, at

Women's Soccer: Trozzi & Page Earn PAC Weekly Honors

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:30:00 EST

(image) Written by Nathan LaRiccia

Westminster College sophomore Kayla Trozzi (Monroeville, PA / Gateway) and senior Laura Page (Bethel Park, PA / Bethel Park) both earned Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) weekly honors. 

Trozzi, who earned PAC Offensive Player of the Week, scored three goals to help the Titans go 2-0 at last weekend's Hiram Classic. Trozzi tallied a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner in the 104th minute, of Saturday's double-overtime victory over Franciscan. She also scored in the 87th minute of Sunday's 2-0 shutout of host Hiram.
Page, who earned PAC Defensive Player of the Week honors, totaled 11 saves and surrendered just one goal in 193 minutes, 47 seconds last weekend to help the Titans go 2-0 over the weekend. After posting eight saves in Saturday's 2-1 double-overtime victory over Franciscan, Page stopped three shots in Sunday's 2-0 shutout victory.
The Titans' next match will be their home-opener against Penn State Altoona on Wednesday, September 6 at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact LaRiccia at

Senior Environmental Science Major Participates in Summer Research in Costa Rica

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:03:00 EST

(image) Over the summer, senior environmental science major Tia Kowalo received a research grant from the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research to assist Dr. Diana Ortiz with a research pilot study in Costa Rica. Kowalo and Ortiz spent time collecting, identifying, and conducting host DNA analysis of blood-fed mosquitoes at the Lomas Barbudal Biological Preserve, located near the city of Bagaces in northern Costa Rica, to determine the mosquitoes host feeding preferences.

Kowalo believes that her research experience provided her with important skills that she will use in her future career in environmental science. She also enjoyed getting to do research in a setting that was less structured than a classroom.

"I found it more tiring but less challenging," said Kowalo. "I am more of a visual, and hands on person, so it definitely helped me to learn the processes in the field. I enjoyed working in the field more than learning in a classroom."

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

Dr. Michael Aleprete's Edited Volume Re-issued by Lexington Press

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:38:00 EST

(image) Dr. Michael Aleprete's edited volume, International Dimensions of Authoritarian Persistence: Lessons from Post-Soviet States, has just been re-issued in paperback by Lexington Press. The volume co-edited by Aleprete and Rachel Vanderhill, professor of government at Wofford College, was originally published in 2012.

“This edited collection focuses on a significant and timely, yet largely neglected, topic—the role of international factors in explaining authoritarian persistence," writes Dr. Nicole J. Jackson, associate professor with the School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University. "While focusing on former Soviet states, it is a “must read” for students and experts seeking to understand the relationship between authoritarianism and globalization.” 

The volume offers readers a collection of essays that cover a variety of countries in the region with special attention being paid to the Russian Federation since it is both a member of the region and an external actor influencing the political development of its neighbors. Each selection in this volume explores how international factors interact with domestic conditions to explain the persistence of authoritarian regimes.

Click here for additional information.

Aleprete, who joined the Westminster faculty in 2007, earned an undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

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

Westminster College presents author Gene Barr for Lecture and Book Signing

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 16:31:00 EST

(image) The history program at Westminster College will welcome author Gene Barr to campus to lecture and sign copies of his book, A Civil War Captain and His Lady: A True Story of Love, Courtship, and Combat.

The lecture is open to the public and will be held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21 in the Lakeview room of the McKelvey Campus Center. A book signing will immediately follow. Copies of A Civil War Captain and his Lady are available in the Westminster College Bookstore.

The book focuses on one-time Westminster College student, Irish immigrant Josiah Moore, who later became a Union Soldier. More than 150 years ago, 27-year-old Josiah met and fell in love with 19-year-old Jennie Lindsay, a member of one of Peoria, Illinois’s most prominent families. The Civil War had just begun, Josiah was the captain of the 17th Illinois Infantry, and his war would be long and bloody. Their courtship and romance, which came to light in a rare and unpublished series of letters, form the basis of the book.

Josiah’s and Jennie’s letters shed significant light on the important role played by a soldier’s sweetheart on the home front, and a warrior’s observations from the war front. Josiah’s letters offer a deeply personal glimpse into army life, how he dealt with the loss of many close to him, and the effects of war on a man’s physical, spiritual, and moral well-being. Jennie’s letters show a young woman mature beyond her age, dealing with the difficulties at home while her brother and her new love struggle through the travails of war. Her encouragement to keep his faith in God strong and remain morally upright gave Josiah the strength to lead his men through the horrors of the Civil War.

In addition to the deeply moving and often riveting correspondence between Josiah and Jennie, Barr includes additional previously unreleased material on the 17th Illinois and the war’s Western Theater, including Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, and the lesser known Meridian Campaign – actions that have historically received much less attention than similar battles in the Eastern Theater. The result is a rich, complete, and satisfying story of love, danger, politics, and warfare, and it is one you won’t soon forget.

About the Author: A native of the Philadelphia area, Mr. Barr is the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, the state’s largest broad-based business advocacy association. Gene Barr has had a longstanding interest in American history, particularly the Civil War period, sparked by his first visit to Gettysburg as a youth. He was active in living history for more than a quarter century and participated as an ‘extra’ in four films depicting the Civil War period, including “Glory” and “Gettysburg.” This is his first book.

For more information, contact Timothy Cuff, Professor of History, at

A Westminster Welcome: Meet Dr. David Brauer

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:50:00 EST

(image) We have few new faculty members joining us this year, and it's only right to give them a Westminster Welcome! Over the following weeks, a new faculty member will be spotlighted. First up is, Dr. David Brauer, Visiting Assistant Professor in Financial Economics.

David earned his Doctorate in Business Administration at Durham University Business School (#49 Global Business School Rank). His thesis is about consumer choice in an industry with many competitors. The study will help organizations understand the role of authenticity and its relationship to competitive advantages and niche width through the viewpoint of consumer behavior theory. David has a unique ability to disseminate very complex topics to a mixed audience allowing them all to understand and be able to contribute. He is known for envisioning new creative methods to handle issues.

What are you looking forward to the most here at Westminster? 

I am looking forward to helping the students create their own viable companies through the Westminster Entrepreneurial Incubator Lab. My vision is that upon graduation students who have the drive, ambition, and dream to own their own company will graduate into their own viable and running businesses with a Westminster degree in hand and all of the academic interdisciplinary support of our institution. Westminster is a very special place with unique and unbeatable resources. 

If you could have dinner with someone in field of study, dead or alive, who would it be and why? 

If I could have dinner with anyone in my field of study (decision-sciences) it would be Dr. Thomas Saaty. He was a pioneer in decision sciences and laid the foundation for the future direction of Artificial Intelligence and Decision Science. I was fortunate enough to have had Dr. Saaty as my mentor and to be able to call him friend. He was an amazing person and helped to overt nuclear proliferation during the cold war. He is an unsung hero to the United States. 

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you?

The best piece of advise I ever received was from my dad. “Always, do your best, no matter what!”

Tiny House Update: By Lexie Yoho '18

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 10:28:00 EST

(image) By Lexie Yoho '18

The Westminster College Tiny House Project began as an idea on paper that has grown into a 160 sq. ft. physical representation of the hard work of students, faculty, professionals, and community members. The project was started almost two years ago by Chemistry and Environmental Science professor Dr. Helen Boylan and a team of Westminster Students. We met weekly to discuss ideas, plans, and how to start this seemingly “huge” tiny project. After a year of planning, and almost a year of construction, the house is finally almost complete.

Over the summer, community members, students, and faculty members participated in two community builds. We had a great turn out at both builds and we accomplished a lot, while gaining valuable hands on experiences. The exterior coat of paint is almost complete and the whitewashed ceiling has been completed. Once the house is complete, a student on the tiny house team will take over the college snapchat and the tiny house social media accounts to show the completed house and what it is like to stay in it for a few days. We are looking to have a few more community builds to get the house to the move-in-ready stage for students in the fall semester. 

(image) This fall semester, student enrolled in an Applied Social Media course will have the opportunity to live in the tiny house and use social media to share their experiences of tiny living. On September 1st, we will have our first “open house” for the tiny house at the New Wilmington First Friday. Members of the team will be there to answer questions and show people around the tiny house. The official dedication of the tiny house will be during Homecoming weekend on Friday October 13, 2017 at 4:30 PM. There will be an open house before the football game on October 14.

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

Westminster Students to Receive 'Award of Excellence' for Entry in BEA Creative Competition

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:10:00 EST

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A group of Westminster students entered the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) On-Location Creative Competition, and were awarded an "Award of Excellence" for their entry “Explore, Experience and Experiment at Westminster’s Outdoor Labs.” Laura Page, Terrell Cleckley, Jackie Schultz, Justin Shaw, and David Austin will be recognized for their work at the BEA On-Location 2017 Super-Regional Conference at Point Park University in September.

The students created their video entry as part of a corporate video promotion project in BC 251/Single Camera Video Production during the Fall 2016 semester.  “The BEA's student media festivals and peer review platforms are rigorous and competitive,” says Bradley Weaver, Westminster College broadcast communication lecturer. “Judges review our students' work against productions from many large, prominent universities. This recognition raises the profile of our student projects. It also informs my teaching and serves as direct assessment for the program and the College” 

Weaver is attending the BEA conference in September. He will present on service learning projects, and plans to attend other workshops along with the award screenings.

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

College Factual Rankings Boast Westminster College as the “Best College for the Money” in PA

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 16:55:00 EST

(image) USA Today reports that Westminster College ranked #1 in the Middle Atlantic and Pennsylvania offering the “Best Colleges for the Money,” according to College Factual.

College Factual is a leading education technology company that provides rankings, free college match-making tools and major matching tools with the aim of helping students make the best decision possible when choosing a college. In order to establish its rankings, College Factual partners with USA Today, and uses 11 metrics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education and

(image) Westminster College was recognized with 32 badges for excellence in rankings based on value and quality academic programs. Westminster’s English literature and history ranked in the top 1 percent nationwide. Biology, accounting, communication & media studies, psychology and social science placed in the top 5 percent.

Westminster’s education and social science programs were acknowledged in top 10 percent and business, management and marketing were nationally recognized in the upper 15 percent of “best value” and “most focused” nationwide. In addition, Westminster’s women softball ranked 50 out of 351 total schools for their division 3 women’s softball program.

“We are gratified that USA Today and College Factual have recognized the outstanding value Westminster offers its students,” said Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson, Westminster College president. “The success of our students on campus and in their careers demonstrates the strength of our academic and student life programs. We take particular pride in the four-year graduation rate of our students. Our faculty and staff are deeply committed to mentoring and supporting student growth and achievement.”

In the overall national ranking, Westminster was positively recognized for its high on-time graduation rates, high first year retention rates, low student loan defaults, low crime rates, and high educational value.

For more information about Westminster’s most recent ranking, contact Rick Sherlock at, 724-946-7191, or visit

Join us for Westminster Day at Irons Mill Farm!

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:30:00 EST

(image) Meet us around the fire during Westminster Day at Irons Mill Farmstead on September 24! Come enjoy a casual night mingling with Westminster College families and friends over light snacks and enjoying the thrills or Irons Mill— hayrides, slides, a 10-acre corn maze, and 30+ family-fun attractions for kids ages 2 to 92.

Tickets are $8 per person or child (over 2 years old) and $3 for Westminster students. Register online.

Reservations are due by Friday, September 15, 2017.

Already an Irons Mill Season Pass Holder? Please signify that by registering as a “Westminster Student” for a discounted rate of $3 per ticket.

Your ticket includes 1 – 4 p.m. access to farm amenities (including 30+ attractions), face painting, donuts, cider and s’mores on us, parking, and a cozy fireside location for you to reconnect with Westminster College alumni & friends. Children under 2 years of age are free. You may mark the number of children under the age of 2.

A special thanks to the Lawrence, Mercer, Clarion, Youngstown regional committee for sponsoring the event:

Sara Surgenor Arblaster, Kathy Banks, Barbara Jamieson Brown, Sara Kimbell Campbell, Todd S. Cole, Karen Campman Emmett, Laura Ceraolo Kubyako, Roberta Laird, Kimberly Reash MacBeth, Kristen Forsberg Phillips, Judith Wiles Rorabaugh, Alex Taylor Schroder, Josh Schroder, Peter M. Slonaker, and Marjorie Fechtmann Slonaker.

For additional information, please contact Nicole Hunter at or 724-946-7373.

Junior Public Relations Major Earns Grant to Attend PRSSA Leadership Rally

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 09:00:00 EST

(image) Junior public relations major, Vanessa Restifo, received a research grant from Westminster College’s Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research to attend the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Leadership Rally over the summer. The rally was held in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"The guest speakers were professionals in the field of public relations and their topics motivated me to strive for excellence in the field to achieve my future career goals,” said Restifo.

At the rally, Restifo says she picked tips and ideas for a running a successful PRSSA chapter— which she plans to employ during her term as Vice President for Westminster’s chapter.

“The leadership skills I acquired [from the rally] will translate not just to PRSSA, but to other student-run clubs and organizations at WC as well. I intend to teach other student leaders how to have successful organizations too."

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

Students Return from Summer Research in Italy

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:47:00 EST

(image) Westminster students Tyler Heintz ’18 and Ava Hoag '18 recently returned from a summer research program in Italy. For 10 weeks, they studied and researched gravitational microlensing at the University of Salerno, near Italy’s famed Amalfi coast. Microlensing, a prediction of Einstein’s theory of relativity, is the deflection of light by the gravity of a star or planet, and is currently being used to discover small Earth-like exoplanets.

In Salerno, Heintz and Hoag worked under the world-renowned microlensing expert Dr. Valerio Bozza to improve the main computer code used to fit observational data, and thus to discover and characterize new planets. They sped up the code by 10 percent and made it more stable for certain cases. They will present their results at the upcoming meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Washington, D.C.

Heintz and Hoag used their downtime to travel and explore, visiting Rome, Florence, Venice, and beyond – including Luxembourg and England.

Their research was funded by a $250,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant co-awarded to Dr. Thomas Oberst, Associate Professor of Physics at Westminster College, which aims to keep the US competitive in international research by training students with scientific experts abroad. Oberst is currently seeking students for research at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia, in summer 2018.

Photo caption: Dr. Thomas Oberst, Tyler Heintz '18, and Ava Hoag '18 at an overlook in Ravello, Italy, in July 2017.

For more information, contact Oberst at or 724-946-7204.

Robert Twomey’s Digital Media Installation at Westminster College’s Foster Art Gallery

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:28:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s Foster Art Gallery will host A Machine For Living In, a digital media art installation by Robert Twomey. The exhibition will run Aug 28 – Oct 13. There will be a gallery reception on Tuesday, Sept 12 from 4:30-6 p.m., with an artist talk at 5:15 p.m. The Foster Art Gallery is located in Patterson Hall on Westminster College’s campus. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

A Machine For Living In is a digital media installation using smart technologies to explore the home as a site of intimate life. Incorporating video, sound, and sculpture, the project showcases machine observers and memories of their experience installed in the artist’s home. Inspired by speculative science fiction and smart home technologies, this installation explores narratives of human-machine cohabitation. What emerges is a contemporary portrait of the everyday. 

This project seamlessly moves between disciplines, incorporating themes and methods of art, computer science, and communication studies among others. The technology used to create the installation, wireless sensors, cameras, microphones and computer vision and listening techniques all used to document daily life, highlights the amount of technology present and used in our own daily lives. 

Robert Twomey is an artist exploring human consequences of emerging technologies. Trained as a painter and engineer, he integrates traditional forms with new technologies to examine questions of empathy, desire, and the limits of human-computer interaction. Twomey has presented his work at SIGGRAPH, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Seattle Art Museum, and has been featured by Microsoft and Amazon. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Youngstown State University.

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

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

The Four Phantoms Bring Broadway Magic to Westminster College, Sept 30

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:10:00 EST

(image) The Four Phantoms in Concert will open the Westminster College Celebrity Series 50th anniversary season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 30, in Orr Auditorium. The performance is sponsored by First National Bank.

The originally scheduled September 16 opening show by Ben Vereen has been cancelled due to the entertainer’s back surgery.

“We are thrilled to announce that we have lined up a glorious new show celebrating the iconic work of the many composers and artists who have made Broadway an American art form.  I can’t think of a bigger or better way to open this celebratory season than with The Four Phantoms! Our audience is going to love them!” exclaims Connie McGinnis, director of Celebrity Series.  

The Four Phantoms are comprised of four of Broadway’s iconic leading men who have received accolades worldwide for their stirring performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway phenomenon The Phantom of the Opera and have graced stages including London, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Germany, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.   

Under the music supervision of two-time Grammy winner composer David Caddick with choreography by three-time US National Ice Dance Champion Renee Roca, Phantoms Brent Barrett, Ciarán Sheehan, Franc D’Ambrosio, and Marcus Lovett hold audiences spellbound as they revisit the passion of the masked man and honor the musical legacy of Broadway. The performance will also feature special guest artist Celia Hottenstein who recently completed a run as Christine in the 25th anniversary tour of The Phantom of the Opera directed by Laurence Connor.

You do not want to miss this mesmerizing experience at Westminster College. Tickets start at $39.

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

Westminster Astronomers Observe Total Solar Eclipse

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:53:00 EST

(image) The total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 was the first to cross America in 99 years, and Westminster’s astronomers were not going to miss it. Dr. Thomas Oberst and Dr. Robert Knop, Associate Professors of Physics, traveled to Hopkinsville and Princeton, Ky., respectively, to stand briefly in the 70-mile-diameter umbral shadow of the Moon as it swept by at 1500 miles per hour. For two minutes and 40 seconds, they witnessed one of the rarest of spectacles: the brilliant “diamond ring” of the sun’s last rays peeking through a lunar valley, followed by the ghostly ring of the corona.

It was a first for both astronomers, and did not disappoint. “All that I had read, heard, and watched did not prepare me for the awesomeness of totality first-hand,” recalled Oberst. “I was frozen, awe-struck. Everything I had planned for in those two minutes – taking in the reaction of the crowd, finding constellations in the daytime sky, feeling the winds and the temperature drop, listening for the birds and crickets, looking for a glow around the horizon – went out the window. I could not take my eyes off the corona. It is every bit as magnificent as they say. Pictures do not do it justice.”

As viewed from Western Pennsylvania, the sun was only 80 % eclipsed and lacked the diamond ring and corona phenomena. Nevertheless, it was watched and enjoyed by many in the Westminster community and beyond.

The experience has Oberst and Knop already itching to catch another. As fortune has it, another total solar eclipse will cross the US from Texas to Maine on April 8, 2024, and the southern edge of the path of totality will pass within just 15 miles of Westminster’s campus. (The US will not see another until 2044.) While lake-effect clouds could threaten the view, Oberst is optimistic. “This warrants a special course on eclipses at Westminster, including a trip into the path of totality to observe it,” he said.

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

Photo caption: Oberst (right) and Gabe Shaughnessy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison observing the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse from Hopkinsville, Ky.


Knop (center) and Alessandro Cavallaro of the Large Binocular Telescope observing the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse from Princeton, Ky.


Photographs of the August 21, 2017, total solar eclipse from Hopkinsville, Ky. Credit: Gabe Shaughnessy.

Westminster College Announces Fall 2017 Fitness Classes

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 14:15:00 EST

(image) Community members can get fit this fall by participating in yoga and cardio fitness classes offered by Westminster College.

The Fall Fitness Classes will be held in three four-week sessions between Aug. 29 and Nov. 16 in the Old 77 Dance Studio and cost $25 for four classes or $7 per individual class.

Hatha Yoga classes, taught by instructor Lori Allen, will be held on Tuesdays from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. The first four-week session class will be held Aug. 29 to Sept. 19. The second session will run from Sept. 26 to Oct. 17, and the third session will be held from Oct. 24 to Nov. 14.

Instructor Michael Gordon will teach Cardio Strength Blast classes on Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. The first four-week session class will be held from Aug. 31 to Sept. 21. The second session will run from Sept. 28 to Oct. 19, and the third session will be held from Oct. 26 to Nov. 16.

Gordon, who also works as the Health and Fitness Coordinator at Challenges, Options in Aging in New Castle, said he looks forward to returning to Westminster each fall to teach the Cardio Strength Blast class.

“It’s a combination of cardio and strength training workouts that allows the participants to try something new and get a variety of exercises in,” Gordon said. “I’m excited to get classes started.”

No pre-registration is required. Participants can pay for the classes by cash or check.

For more information, contact Jessica Shelenberger at (724) 946-7353 or

Neuroscience Professor Receives Equipment Loan to Continue Research on Learning Behavior

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:29:00 EST


Dr. Deanne Buffalari, assistant professor and chair of the Neuroscience program, was awarded an equipment loan grant administered by the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience and sponsored by San Diego Instruments.  The grant will support work on her proposal entitled, "Reinforcement enhancement properties of nicotine during reinstatement of cocaine conditioned place preference driven by stressful and cocaine-paired stimuli.”

"We are using animal models of addiction to try to study how nicotine and cocaine might interact,” explains Buffalari. “Individuals who use drugs, such as cocaine, are often smokers.  When they try to quit cocaine, we are interested in whether smoking might increase or decrease their ability to remain abstinent from cocaine— that's the next step that I'm working on over the next two years.” 

Buffalari used the grant to loan a place conditioning set up, equipment used to measure learning related behaviors. She’s particularly interested in how rats learn to associate places with drugs.  

“That's how I use it to model addiction. I want to know if smoking (we give the rats nicotine injections) changes the way that places associated with cocaine can control behavior and increase risk of relapse.”

This study will be used in a couple of Buffalari’s upcoming courses, “Learning” and “Behavioral Neuroscience.” Although the equipment loan was granted to drive her research, Buffalari encourages students to use it for their Neuroscience capstone and several undergraduate students will be involved in conducting research with her over the next two years.

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

Westminster College Welcomes Newly Established Chapter of Criminal Justice Studies Honorary Society

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:45:00 EST

(image) Last semester, Westminster College inducted its first class of nine students into its newly established chapter of the criminal justice honorary society, Alpha Phi Sigma. Dr. Kristenne Robison and Dr. Shannon Smithey will serve as their advisors. 

"Since moving criminal justice studies to its own major and out of sociology, it was decided criminal justice majors should have their own honorary society," said Robison.

As the group prepares for another academic year, their plans include bringing guest speakers to campus, completing volunteer work, and traveling to an annual conference held in tandem with The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference every winter/spring.

Pictured above are members of the inaugural class:

Front row: Caity Kreider (Vice President), Max Ungerman (President)

Second row: Hayley Thewes, Maija Belmar, Gabby Fabish, Dr. Shannon Smithey (advisor)

Third Row: Garrett Behringer, Coty Gander, Dr. Kristenne Robison (advisor)

To learn more about Alpha Phi Sigma, visit their website

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

Westminster Admission Counselors Attending Fall College Fairs

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:34:00 EST

Westminster College admission team members may be traveling to a college fair near you this fall.  We want to encourage you, of the opportunity, to meet and discuss your questions about the college process and to share information about Westminster.  “The most rewarding part about travel is being able to meet students from far distances that may not know much about Westminster initially,” said Kendall Hunter, Admissions Counselor at Westminster. “Seeing them schedule an interview, take a tour, and meet with a professor in their field later in the year is always exciting.” Find Westminster at the following College Fairs: September 5, 2017: Hershey PACAC Fall Fair Where: Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey PA 17033 Time: 7-9PM September 12, 2017: Cambria County Fair College Fair Where: Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St., Johnstown, PA 15901 Time: 8:30-11AM September 13, 2017: Valley, Burrell, Highlands College Fair Where: Quality Inn of Kensington, 300 Tarentum Bridge, Rd., New Kensington, PA 15068 Time: 6-8PM September 17, 2017: Boston Massachusetts NACAC Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210 Time: 1-4PM Booth: 433 September 18, 2017: Daemen College Fall College Fair Where: Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, NY 14226 Time: 6:30-8PM September 19, 2017: Hilbert College Fall College Fair Where: Hilbert College, 5200 South Park Ave., Hamburg, NY 14075 Time: 7-8:30PM September 24, 2017: Columbus Suburban College Fair Where: Otterbein University, Clements Recreation Center, 180 Center St., Westerville, OH 43081 Time: 1-3:30PM September 25, 2017: Passaic County College Fair Where: William Paterson University Recreational Center, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, NJ 07470 Time: 6-8:30PM September 26, 2017: Elk & Cameron College Fair Where: Community Education Center, 4 Erie Ave. #200, St. Marys, PA 15857 Time: 9-11AM September 27, 2017: Westmoreland County College Fair Where: Westmoreland County Community College, 145 Pavilion Ln., Youngwood, PA 15697 Time: 6-8PM September 27, 2017: Beaver County College Fair Where: Penn State Beaver Gymnasium, 100 University Dr., Monaca, PA 15061 Time: 6:30-8PM September 27, 2017: Monroe County PACAC Where: Northampton Community College (Monroe Campus), 2411 Pa-715, Tannersville, PA 18372 Time: 6:30-8PM September 28, 2017: Delaware County PACAC Where: Penn State Brandywine, 25 Yearsket Mill Rd., Media, PA 19063 Time: 6:30-8PM September 29, 2017: Lawrence County College Fair Where: Westminster College, 319 S. Market Str., New Wilmington, PA 16172 Time: 9-10:30AM October 2, 2017: Cleveland West Suburban College Fair Where: Baldwin Wallace University, Lou Higgins Recreation Center, 136 E. Bagley Rd., Berea, OH 44017 Time: 6:30-8 October 3, 2017: Indiana County College Fair Where: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1090 S. Dr., Indiana, PA 15705 Time: 9-11:30AM October 3, 2017: Lehigh County PACAC Where: Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Educa[...]

Music Professor's Composition Aired on Public Radio

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 15:18:00 EST

(image) Dr. Daniel Perttu's recent composition, "To Spring - An Overture," was aired on WCNY, the public radio station based in Syracuse, Utica, and Watertown, NY. Perttu is an associate professor of music, and currently serves as chair of the Westminster's School of Music. 

"I was thrilled to hear that my piece was selected to be aired on WCNY," said Perttu. "WCNY is a central New York's public broadcasting station, and I am honored that they chose my music to be featured."

Perttu's composition was aired on a program entitled "Fresh from the Wrapper," hosted by Diane Jones, which features new releases. "To Spring" was recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra with Petr Vronsky conducting on the PARMA Recordings label. The album will be formally released in September, 2017, but it has been pre-released to targeted entities.

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

Westminster College Announces Second Annual Lakeside Craft Fair

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:52:00 EST

(image) Westminster College will host its second annual Lakeside Craft Fair on September 16 at the Anderson Amphitheater near Brittain Lake. The craft fair is open to the community, and proceeds will benefit the Lawrence County’s ‘Empty Bowls’ program. Hosted by the College’s student government and dining services, the fair will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.

Community members are invited to purchase handmade crafts, participate in a raffle auction and listen to live music by local artists Natalie Paoletta and Katie Nicholson. Children’s activities and concessions will also be available.

“The craft fair will be a fun-filled, community event with vendors selling everything from all-natural soaps to handmade candy,” said Elizabeth Smith, a student government leader charged with planning the event. “We are looking forward to welcoming vendors and community members to our campus all for the benefit of Lawrence County ‘Empty Bowls.’

All proceeds from the event, including vendor registration fees and concessions revenue, will help support Lawrence County’s ‘Empty Bowls’ program. Empty Bowls’ mission is to raise awareness about food insecurity in the county, as well as provide free meals and activities for local children in need during the summer months.

“Last year, over 45 crafts and local business participated in the "STOP HUNGER" fundraiser, and we raised $975 for the New Wilmington PB&J Backpack program,” recalled Mona Moufid, marketing specialist for Sodexo Dining Services at Westminster. “This year, we hope to exceed the number of vendors and the donated amount in order to support the Empty Bowls program.”

Vendor table fees are $5 for students and $15 for community members. Local college and high school students are also welcome to participate. Vendor applications will be accepted until September 1. For more information about the event or to obtain a vendor registration form, please contact Mona Moufid via email at

For additional information, contact Elizabeth Smith at or Matt McDonald at

Podcast: Experts Tackle ‘Fake News’ with Westminster College Students

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 09:52:00 EST

(image) By Brad Weaver, Broadcast Communication Faculty

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.– Is fake news threatening the truth? Undermining the First Amendment and the Fourth Estate? How do we cope with the issue? Is greater news literacy the solution? WCN 24/7 invited a group of experts to their studios in April where they confronted the issue.

The panel of experts included Westminster College President, Dr. Kathy B. Richardson, who has researched, published, and taught journalism; Dr. Randy Richardson, Professor of Communication Studies at Westminster College; WPXI Journalist Amy Marcinkiewicz; and WPXI News Director Susan Nadell

Each expert offered their experience and insights as journalists, newsroom leaders, scholars, and researchers. The panelists called for citizens and journalists to embrace media literacy; know how good journalism works; and engage in critical thinking. The experts agreed citizens must be critical thinkers and work to become news savvy. These are important to living in a world with fake news.

This podcast was recorded with a live audience at the broadcast studios of WCN. This podcast is the second in a series addressing ‘fake news.’ Click here for part 1. 

View part 2 and a full transcription here.

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

Westminster College's Student Alumni Association Hosts 1st Titan Tie Dye Run, Sept 30

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:59:00 EST

(image) The Student Alumni Association (SAA) will sponsor its first "Titan Tie Dye Run", a one-mile run around the College’s beautiful campus. The run takes place on Saturday, September 30th, starting at the Memorial Field House

Check-in and same day registration will begin at 9:45 a.m. and the run will take off at 10:30 a.m. Registration is $5 per runner/walker. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Student Emergency Fund on behalf of each participant.

Throughout the route, runners will be “powdered” with washable dye and should choose running attire with that in mind. The event is appropriate for children and adults of all ages. In additon to first, second and third place winners, an award for “Best Dressed” will be distributed as well.

Registration is available online and payment can be made the day of the event or sent to the Wiley Alumni House, 319 South Market Street, New Wilmington, PA 16172. Checks should be made payable to Westminster College.

Reservations due by Friday, September 22, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Kelsey Phillips, SAA President and Run Coordinator, at

Biology Professor and Student Travel to Costa Rica to Launch Research Pilot Study

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:07:00 EST

(image) Over the summer, Dr. Diana Ortiz, Assistant Professor of Biology, and junior environmental science major Tia Kowalo traveled to Costa Rica to conduct a research pilot study. Ortiz and Kowalo collaborated with with Dr. Laura Sirot from The College of Wooster (Ohio) and Dr. Adriana Troyo from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) in San Jose to complete the study.

Ortiz says the overall purpose of the study was to determine the host feeding preferences of mosquito species collected at the Lomas Barbudal Biological Preserve. According to Ortiz, several mosquito-borne pathogens occur in Costa Rica, including dengue, Zika, and chikungunya viruses. 

"Very little information exists on the ecological interactions between mosquitoes, pathogens, and their hosts," reported Ortiz. "The data generated in this pilot study can help to establish a baseline for future studies on the ecological dynamics of mosquito-borne disease transmission."

The research team spent their first few days at UCR, where they were invited by Dr. Troyo and colleagues to give seminars on their research project. The rest of their time was spent collecting, identifying, and conducting host DNA analysis of blood-fed mosquitoes at the Preserve, located near the city of Bagaces in northern Costa Rica. Part of the project and travel funds were provided to Dr. Ortiz and Tia by the Van Vranken Summer Research Experience Award, sponsored by College's Biology Program.

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

Happiness is.. Liz Buechele: Changing the world through promoting kindness

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:29:00 EST

“Moving to New York City was a total mistake,” says no one ever— except Westminster alumna, Elizabeth “Liz” Buechele ‘15. Although she misses the quaint, country views of Western Pennsylvania, she’s settling quite happily into her life as an “adopted New Yorker.” “I love being here. I’ve made incredible friends, been challenged in new ways through work, and experienced all the ups and downs that come from taking on a colossal thing like the Big Apple,” said Liz. If you were to ask Liz how she ended up in NYC, she would tell you it was an accident —just like many of the profound things in her life that start that way. Thanks to her “say yes to everything” and “make the most of it” mentality, somehow things just work themselves out for Liz. “And by somehow, I mean with a lot of hustle and sleepless nights,” she added candidly. When she graduated in December of 2015, Liz had an internship lined up in Europe with a travel company. Although she was excited to travel and see Europe, she felt uneasy about her new role and quickly realized that she wasn’t in the right place. “At that moment, I kind of realized that I didn’t have to make the Europe internship work for 90 days if I wasn’t going to be happy with every moment. That’s not to say I wanted perfection – or even expected it – but I quickly realized I had other options.” While still in orientation, she received an interview for an internship with, “a global movement for good” that helps millions of young people make positive change, both on and offline. This wouldn’t be Liz’s first opportunity with Under her term as Service Chair for SGA, Liz led Westminster in placing 3rd in DoSomething’s “Close the Loop” clothing drive. Westminster was also recognized with the spirit award that year. Having dreamt of working for since she was 15, she found herself on a plane to NYC for two reasons: 1) that’s where was located but 2) it was the cheapest way to get back to America. With no job, no back-up plan, no idea of where she’ll live, Liz suddenly found herself on a wildly freeing, yet slightly terrifying journey. She had four internship interviews lined up at and one for another nonprofit, The Riverside Church. After interviewing with the four DoSomething managers, one by one they all said, “no”. “That’s when I panicked a little,” admitted Liz. “I had a job in Europe. I quit THAT job to fly to this crazy, messy, expensive city.” Luckily, Riverside Church offered her a position in their Stewardship & Development office. However, the position was only part time. As she sat desperately trying to make her small b[...]

Westminster Wind Ensemble Earns Distinction from Collegiate Band Directors National Association

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:16:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. R. Tad Greig, earned another distinction with the Collegiate Band Directors National Association. After their submission was peer-reviewed by the leadership of the Eastern Region, the Westminster College Wind Ensemble was selected as a top small college ensemble in the East. As a result, Greig will travel to Yale University for the CBDNA Conference and present a session related to the beginnning of the emsemble and its many successes over the years.

"I could not be more proud of the Wind Ensemble and how it has continued to achieve such amazing accolades", said Greig, Director of Instrumental Activities and Professor of Music. "We are fortunate to have three very active bands, jazz ensemble and chamber music at Westminster College." 

Since its beginnings (formed in 1997 by Greig), the Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators All-State Conference on three occasions, and has received special mention from the National Association of Schools of Music in their two accreditation visits to Westminster. This past Spring, the Wind Ensemble was a part of the Scottish Rite Cathedral concert series, another first for the Westminster College School of Music. Along with numerous concerts and the new "Music with Friends Concert Series," the ensemble has performed for the last two Westminster College presidential inaugurations.

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

TIME MONEY Magazine Ranks Westminster as one of the 'Best Colleges for Your Money'

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 10:45:00 EST

(image) Westminster College has been ranked among the “Best Colleges for Your Money” by TIME MONEY Magazine. In order to determine this list of the "best performing colleges," MONEY assembled a team of the nation’s top experts on education quality, financing, and value.

“College is now the second-largest financial expenditure for many families, exceeded only by the purchase of a home,” writes Kim Clark, veteran financial journalist for MONEY Magazine. “So it isn’t surprising that parents and students are taking a hard look at the costs and payoffs of any college they consider.”

MONEY ranked the colleges based on 27 measures of educational quality, affordability and alumni success— which are all critical conditions students evaluate before selecting a college. Nearly 1,400 Westminster undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty and choose from 41 majors, 10 pre-professional programs, and 5 graduate programs. Almost every student at Westminster receive some form of financial aid, albeit merit or need based. Also, 98% of Westminster graduates are employed or attend graduate school within a year. 

View the full ranking here:

Have you downloaded Titan Radio?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:16:00 EST

(image) Titan Radio, 88.9 WWNW, is a commercial-free radio station owned by Westminster College and professionally operated by the students in the college’s Broadcasting and Media Production department that broadcasts 24/7. Serving all of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania and parts of neighboring Mercer County, the station broadcasts adult hit music, area High School and Westminster College sports, plus local and campus news and weather, all without commercials.

The award-winning station has been recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the "Best College Radio Stations" in North America, and radio industry leaders have recognized their facilities and training as “world class,” providing “a much-needed jump-start for the radio leaders of tomorrow. "The radio station is very active on social media, coordinating with WCN (Westminster Cable Network,) TV to provide comprehensive entertainment and information across the two-county area.Learn more about Westminster’s Broadcasting and Media Production offerings and many other fine programs by visiting

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Titan Athletics: Three Westminster Men's Basketball Players Named to NABC Honors Court

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 10:51:00 EST

(image) KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced the 2016-17 NABC Honors Court. Men's collegiate basketball student-athletes were recognized for excelling in academics during the past season. The NABC Honors Court recognizes the talents and gifts that these men possess off the court and the hard work they exhibit in the classroom.

Senior Coty Gander (Stoneboro, PA / Lakeview), senior Jason Pilarski (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood), and junior Jarret Vrabel (Canfield, OH / Canfield) represented Westminster College on the list.

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:

1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.

2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.

3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.

4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

Click here to see the full list of 2016-17 NABC Honors Court members.

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

Dr. Robert Zorn Published in Two National Journals

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:25:00 EST

(image) Dr. Robert Zorn, director of Westminster College's Graduate School, recently published articles in two national education-related journals.

Zorn authored "Coming in 2017: A New Generation of Graduate Students -- The Z Generation," which was published in the March 2017 issue of College and University. The article describes Generation Z—those born between 1995 and 2012— and how graduate schools are meeting these students' unique needs, particularly their dependence upon technology.

In June, Zorn's article "Getting the Best Principals for Your School District" was published in the American School Board Journal. After highlighting Westminster's Graduate School School Principal K-12 degree in an overview of common principal preparation program, Zorn provides practical tips for identifying strong leadership traits in principal candidates.

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.

For more information, contact Jessica Shelenberger at or 724-946-7353.

The Seeds of Scholarship: Students are reaping benefits of Lemmon Family Scholarship

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:05:00 EST

The Seeds of Scholarship By Elizabeth Fontaine Hildebrand '92 In the hit Broadway musical Hamilton, “legacy” is defined as “planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” The seeds that Helen Louise Lemmon and her sister Margaret Lemmon Janisse planted are coming into bloom today, just four years after the creation of the Lemmon Family Scholarship. If they could see their legacy, they would be impressed with its yield, its variety, and its impact on the lives of some of Westminster’s brightest. “Knowing that someone I never met before has donated on behalf of my scholarship makes me feel incredibly blessed,” said Katelynn Morrell, a junior neuroscience major and member of an elite group of student beneficiaries of the Lemmon Family Scholarship. The endowed scholarship for students seeking careers in the sciences was born after Lemmon provided the College with a $7 million bequest, which included a charitable remainder unitrust for the benefit of her older sister. The sisters both attended Westminster in the 1930s, but neither graduated. Janisse passed away in 2010, while Lemmon—who, in her youth, dreamed of becoming a doctor—died in 2011.  While Lemmon’s dream may have been unfulfilled, the scholarship she established ensures that the similar dreams of today’s promising students can be realized. “I am a first-generation college student,” said George Huncik, a rising sophomore who is contemplating a career in medical physics. “My father is a mechanic and my mother is an office manager. Without the Lemmon Family Scholarship, I would absolutely not be able to attend Westminster.”  With his freshman year now behind him, Huncik found the physics and mathematics programs challenging and rewarding, with professors who encourage his individual and intellectual growth. And although he is still on his path of discovery, he is confident his experience at Westminster College will give him an edge. “I expect that no matter where I go after this—be it medical school, a Ph.D. program, or somewhere else entirely—that I will be well prepared because of the quality of education I’m getting here,” he said. At Westminster, students work with faculty mentors and conduct cutting-edge research and present findings at national conferences. The sciences are Westminster’s fastest-growing majors, and the curriculum emphasizes experiential learning and preparation for success in their chosen fields.  Ashlyn Brown’s four years at Westminster were spent focused on her rigorous coursework and student activities such as serving as president of the Student Alumni Association and the Neuros[...]

New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC) to Hold 112th Annual Conference, July 22-29

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:26:00 EST

(image) The New Wilmington Mission Conference will host its 112th annual conference from July 22-29 at Westminster College.

All ages are welcome to participate in the conference.

The purpose of the conference is to deepen the missionary spirit by gathering missionaries and leaders from the global church. With over 800 attendees from more than 30 states and 20 countries, the conference provides an opportunity to strengthen relationships with peers and with God.

All are invited to hear the speakers, who come from a plethora of backgrounds. The speaker for the morning meetings this year is Dr. Rodger Nishioka, director of adult education ministries at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS. He will speak each morning, Monday-Friday, at 11:00 a.m. in Anderson Auditorium. The evening meetings begin at 6:45 p.m. each night in Anderson Auditorium, featuring various speakers, who are listed on the NWMC website.

This year, the NWMC celebrates 57 years of sponsoring the Summer Service team of young adults, who are sent out to do international service. 8 college students and their leader served this year in the Dominican Republic. The Summer Service team will be speaking on their experience on Friday, July 28, at 6:45 p.m.

The theme verse for this year’s conference is Jeremiah 29:7, “Work for the well-being of the city where I have sent you to and pray to the Lord for this. For if it is well with the city you live in, it will be well with you.”

Other speakers include Rev. Dr. Jim Singleton, professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; Ellen Sherby, the coordinator of the Equipping for Mission Involvement office in Presbyterian World Mission; Rev. Ginny Teitt, the Director of the New Wilmington Mission Conference; and Dr. Kathy Richardson, President of Westminster College.

Members of the community are invited to come and participate in the Morning and Evening meetings at no charge. For more information regarding the speakers, the schedule, registration, fees, and more, visit Morning and evening meetings will also be available for live streaming, with podcasts to follow.

Broadcast Communications Alumnus Recounts His Journey from Westminster to ESPN

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:07:00 EST

(image) Several Westminster College alumni have landed their dream jobs at ESPN including alumni Denny Wolfe '97, ESPN features unit manager; Bob Bräunlich '76, vice president of remote production operations at ESPN; and now ESPN’s newest soccer correspondent, 2003 graduate Sebastian Salazar. In a candid interview, WC undergraduates Aaron Becker and Peter Andrade retrace the beginning of Salazar’s journey from WCN to ESPN in a podcast available online at

Becker and Andrade wrote and produced the podcast for the Alumni Spotlight Project, an ongoing audio or video assignment in broadcast communication and digital journalism courses designed to connect current students with alumni. While the project promotes networking for current students, it fosters and advances interviewing, writing, producing and reporting skills. The projects also feed student portfolios and demo reels.

In the podcast, Salazar speaks about similar instruction and experiences he recieved in some of his courses at Westminster. Long before covering major league soccer with ESPN, Salazar was a star on the men’s soccer team. He also worked at Titan Radio and Westminster Cable covering Westminster and high school games as Titan Town Sports

For the rest of Salazar's journey to ESPN, listen to podcast below:

Part 1

Part 2