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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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New York Times Bestselling Author Dr. Arlie Russell Hochschild to Speak at Westminster College

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:05:00 EST

(image) Dr. Arlie Russelll Hochschild, professor emerita of sociology from UC- Berkeley and one of the most respected sociologists working today, will speak about her most recent book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel at Westminster College. The event is free and open to the public, and there will be a book signing following the lecture. 

A National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestseller, Hochschild's book tries to scale an "empathy wall" by immersing herself in the lives of Louisiana Tea Party supporters. She attempts to understand the "Great Paradox" by which individuals who have seen their physical environments and health seriously damaged by petrochemical and oil pollution nevertheless strongly resist government regulation. Hochschild finds that people's political convictions arise from strong feelings of a loss of honor and of alienation within American society. Westminster College will award Hochschild the Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, during the lecture. 

This lecture is sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies programs, Alpha Kappa Delta and SCION. Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right is available for purchase at the Westminster College Bookstore. 

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

Humans of Westminster: Meet Liz '18

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:50:00 EST

(image) "More than a College"

Westminster has been so much more than a college to me. It is where I have been presented with the best opportunities, friends and memories. I have learned how to not only navigate through my career, but also through life. I have had the chance to go on many trips, meet incredible, influential people and bloom in the areas I am most passionate about. Continuing my dance career through college has been amazing, especially with the dancers I have gotten to share this experience with. Sharing my love for dance as a choreographer in Dance Theatre and as a choreographer of Wilmington High School’s musical has been so inspiring and energizing.

My term as the service chair of SGA opened my eyes to recognize all of the selfless people I am surrounded with at Westminster. Everyone here is so willing to help out with anything; it has been so refreshing. As a service- oriented college, the kindness that radiates from everyone is so fulfilling. The unity at this campus has made me feel at home for the past four years. Whether I am inside or outside of my comfort zone, I have always felt like I was supported by my peers and professors, and that is so important. The school of business has prepared me for whatever lies ahead of me, and I am eager to continue my busy lifestyle so I can make the most out of every moment. Westminster College has given me so much more than a marketing degree. I can’t wait to see where I end up after graduation, and I cannot thank Westminster enough for giving me more than I could ever imagine.

Liz Smith is a senior marketing major. 

School of Business Hosts PICPA Accounting Internship Seminar

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:31:00 EST

(image) Westminster's Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) campus representative Sarah M. Smith '18 organized a panel of senior accounting majors to discuss accounting career paths; the value of internships; graduating with 150 credits in four years and preparing for the CPA exam. The panel discussion was held on March 13, and provided an opportunity for students to learn more about their field. Panelists included seniors Joan J. Richardson ’18, Nataleigh R. Kerr ’18, Megan E. Peluso ’18 and Nickolas A. Dickson ’18. Associate Advisor at JFS Wealth Advisors and 2016 graduate Sean Gibbon, CPA, was a special guest panelist, and stressed the importance of networking, perseverance, communication and passing the CPA exam. 

Though passing the CPA exam may seem like a lofty feat, professor and chair of the School of Business Jesse Ligo, CPA/MBA, stated accounting majors benefit from working closely with their academic advisors/professors who are all licensed CPAs.

"Westminster’s accounting professors help students develop and execute their plans for obtaining internships; graduating in four years with 150 credit hours; and building strong foundations to pass the Uniform CPA Exam," added Ligo. 

All of the students panelists involved in the dicussion completed interships and expect to graduate from Westminster in four years with the 150 credit hours required for licensure. Also, all but one have already accepted job offers before returning to campus for their final Spring semester. 

The PICPA mission is to advance professional competence as well as be an advocate for its CPA members. It also provides students with resources for the CPA exam, scholarships for students, classroom resources for instructors and professional speakers. The PICPA Student Ambassador Program was created to promote these services. The student ambassador is expected to organize a membership drive each semester, promote PICPA scholarships, host a guest speaker on campus, and more.

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

Westminster Student Speakers Earn National Championships

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:45:00 EST

(image) Two members of the recently formed Westminster Speech & Debate Society competed in the Novice National Forensics Tournament, March 9-11 at Suffolk University in Boston. Sophomore English Julie Yesko and senior communication studies major Christian Na represented Westminster in a field of 25 colleges and universities from across the country.

The Novice National Forensics Tournament provides a competition venue for students in their first year of intercollegiate speech activity. After three days of grueling competition, the Titan two brought home four national championships and a total of seven national awards! Their combined efforts earned Westminster the National Championship in President’s Division III, which compares teams with similar-sized tournament entries.

The pair teamed together for the national championship in Dramatic Duo Interpretation, performing an excerpt from a new play by Duncan Macmillan entitled “Lungs.” In single events, Christian earned the national championship in Slam Poetry with an original work called “Into Elysium,” a poem dedicated to his grandfather. He placed second in Prose Interpretation reading a short story by David James Poissant, “100% Cotton.” He finished fourth in After-Dinner Speaking with a speech about “Amerihate,”- our nation’s international image crisis. Christian’s incredible work earned him honors as the tournament’s top speaker, the national champion in Pentathlon!

When compared with the overall field of 25, Westminster’s “team of two” placed eighth- finishing just behind Bowling Green State University, Minnesota State University and the University of Indianapolis, and ahead of such powers as the University of Florida, Butler University, Rutgers University and Emerson College. A complete listing of the tournament’s top 10 follows.

1. Berry College                                            President’s Division III (top 5)

2. College of Dupage                                      1. Westminster College

3. Carson Newman University                        2. University of Florida

4. Lafayette College                                        3. Fullerton College (CA)

5. University of Indianapolis                            4. Tulane University

6. Minnesota State University                         5. Grove City College

7. Bowling Green State University

8. Westminster College

9. University of Florida

10. University of West Florida

Written by Dr. Randy Richardson

Westminster College Band Students Perform with Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Honors Band

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:54:00 EST

(image) Last month, a group of Westminster College Band students performed in the 71st Annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Honors Band at Mansfield University under one of the top composers in the country Professor Mark Camphouse. The Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Honors Band is the longest continuing honors band of its type in the entire country, and this year's band represented 25 colleges and universities throughout the commonwealth.

Following the specific chair auditions that occur at the beginning of the festival, Westminster musicians again received top honors including principal and first chairs for senior music education majors Timothy Savage and Sean Evanick.

"I am always extremely pleased with how our WC musicians do in their auditions in comparison with the other participants", said professor of music and director of bands Dr. R. Tad Greig. "As one of the smallest participating colleges in the festival, the quality of our musicians continually shines through".

WC Band members selected for the honors band this year were: Vanessa Sivie - Clarinet; Timothy Savage - Alto Saxophone; Angela Renninger - Alto Saxophone; Sean Evanick - Trumpet; Robert Sutton - Horn; Helen Kanaitis - Horn and Jeanne Barbour - Trombone.

Students Attend Midwestern Early Childhood Council Conference

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 10:50:00 EST

(image) Sophomore child and family studies majors Alyssa Peters and Samantha Dubetz attended the Midwestern Early Childhood Council’s early childhood conference on Feb. 23 at Grove City College to further their understandings of their prospective field.

Led by professional development specialist Jenna Sekerak, the conference taught attendees how to build students’ ages 3-7 critical language, literacy, creative expression and engineering skills used in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

“While I was there, I learned the importance of growth mindset,” Dubetz said. “As educators, we should be praising students on how they achieved something rather then what they achieved.”

As college students, learning outside of the classroom is a must through practicum and internship experiences. The conference helped Dubetz and Peters reiterate what they already know and build on it with advice from practiced professionals.

“We always need to be keeping up and staying knowledgeable so as to be the best we can at all times for each student,” Peters said.

The students were, therefore, able to refine their skills in teaching STEAM skills and building home and school connections while also learning from other teachers as they shared experiences. 

“I learned something new with each person I interacted with based on what they have experienced as teachers,” Dubetz said. “I was also able to share what I learned in my own coursework and practicum experiences with them.”

In addition to attending the conference with a variety of teachers, college faculty and undergraduate students from the tri-state area, Dubetz and Peters also volunteered to help at the registration table. Both will continue pursuing their interests in child and family studies as they broaden their skillsets during their time at Westminster.

Written by Megan Simpson

Education Majors Volunteer at Wilmington Elementary

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:55:00 EST


A group of Westminster College early childhood/special and secondary education majors participated in the Governor's Institute Extravaganza event at Wilmington Elementary School this past February. The event was held for local preschool and kindergarten children and their families. The Westminster students facilitated activities that focused on social-emotional development, literacy, math and health.

For sophomore early childhood education/special education major Daliswa Kumalo, visiting Wilmington Elementary was a marvelous experience.

“I feel so fortunate that I had the opportunity to go to Wilmington and help promote growth for the students and their families,” shared Kumalo. “Social-emotional development is remarkably underrated; however, it plays such a significant role in the advancement of a child.”

Using math demonstrations, puppet shows, book readings and movement, the students were able to show the families in attendance how to support the development of their children. Presenting this idea in a fun way was sophomore Emily Russell’s favorite part.

“It was great to interact with the students and their parents and talk to them about the positive benefits of focusing on social-emotional development,” shared Russell.

The extravaganza was organized as part of the Governor’s Institute of PA’s initiative to foster collaboration between community and local school district early childhood programs. The Lawrence county chapter, including lecturer of education Diana Reed, coordinated the event.

For more information, contact Reed at

Shauna Braun Zukowski ’92 to Give 31st Annual Christy Lecture, March 18

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:11:00 EST

(image) Eight-time All-American swimmer and secondary school administrator Dr. Shauna Braun Zukowski '92 will return to Westminster College as the guest speaker for the 31st annual Wayne H. Christy Memorial Lecture. On Sunday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel, Zukowski will speak on her experiences as an educator, administrator, wife, mother and survivor of a ruptured brain aneurysm. 

Zukowski began her career teaching math and coaching swimming in Virginia and at Kiski Area High School. After earning her masters from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her principal’s papers from Saint Francis University, she returned to Westminster College to earn her superintendent’s papers. Following, she was the administrator at Burrell High School, Highlands Middle School and Armstrong School District. Zukowski earned her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University in Instruction Management and Leadership. 

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

The event is free and open to the public. A reception, sponsored by the Office of Faith and Spirituality, will be held after the lecture.

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

Westminster College Hosts First 'Woodwind Day,' March 17

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:54:00 EST

(image) Westminster College is hosting the first annual "Woodwind Day" on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and perform with top level professional woodwind pedagogues and performers. There is no registration fee, and lunch is provided. To register, visit and follow the link on the music homepage, or contact Dr. Tim Winfield at 724-946-7274 or Woodwind players at all levels are welcome to attend.

The guest artists for this year’s woodwind day are Dr. Wildy Zumwalt (saxophone) and Allyson Edington (clarinet). Dr. Zumwalt is professor of saxophone at SUNY Fredonia and has extensive performing experience across the USA and Europe. Edington is a freelance clarinetist in Pittsburgh, PA, and is the executive director of the new-music ensemble, NAT 28.

Master-classes and rehearsals will be conducted by guest artists and Westminster woodwind faculty, Zoe Sorrell (flute), Kim Winfield (oboe), Dan Heasley (clarinet), Dr. Dan Perttu (bassoon) and Dr. Jim Flowers (saxophone).

All high school students who want to perform in masterclasses, should contact Dr. Winfield at 724-946-7274 or

Colleges Against Cancer at Westminster College to Host Relay for Life Event, April 7

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 13:30:00 EST

(image) Colleges Against Cancer at Westminster College is gearing up for their annual Relay for Life event. The Relay takes place April 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Burry Stadium (rain location is the Marge Walker Center/Old 77). At 10:40 a.m., there will be a "Survivor's Ceremony" to celebrate those who have fought the battle against cancer and won. The opening ceremony and "Survivor's Lap" (a lap specifically for survivors) will follow.

Throughout the day, there will be a variety of performances, face painting, ribbons and fun activities for everyone until the Luminaria Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The Luminaria Ceremony is a special service honoring those who have passed from cancer; those still fighting; and those who have survived. 

Anyone interested in donating to Westminster's Relay are encouraged to do so by visiting the Relay for Life of Westminster College page. All proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society for providing detection and treatment options, patient services and educational programs. 

Also, all those who are or know a survivor that would like to participate in the Survivor's Ceremony, please contact CAC president Emily Russell via email at before March 31, 2018.

For more information, contact Russell at

Changing Paths: Hannah Paczkowski Miller '13

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:41:00 EST

Waterloo, Iowa is a long way from the quaint, homey town of New Wilmington— approximately 11ish hours matter of fact. For alumna Hannah Miller ’13 (Paczkowski), going to college outside of Iowa was very important to her. She didn’t quite know at the moment just how far her collegiate pursuits would take her from home. However, all it took was one college visit to assure her Westminster was where she was meant to be. “All throughout high school, I was dead-set on going to St. Thomas University in St. Paul, MN,” shared Miller. “I even had a check ready to go for enrollment.” Check-in-hand and mind-made-up, Miller was certain St. Thomas was the path for her until an unexpected turn of events. Her father, who was the senior pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Waterloo at the time, came across a letter about the Young Presbyterian Scholars program at Westminster. He decided to nominate Miller for the scholarship, and encouraged her to apply.  “We honestly thought I wouldn’t get the scholarship,” she admitted. “It was just a “wait and see what happens” kind of thing.” She wouldn’t have to wait much longer. Soon after, Miller received her acceptance letter to Westminster and also learned she earned the YPS scholarship. She tore up that deposit check to St. Thomas and committed to Westminster. At Westminster, Miller studied broadcast communications under the mentorship of Brad Weaver. With aspirations of becoming a morning news anchor, she quickly became involved with clubs and organizations that would sharpen her skill set. She pledged Zeta Tau Alpha; joined Student Government Association and Student Alumni Association; became a campus tour guide and eventually worked her way up to being Editor-In-Chief of the Holcad.  Using the valuable, real-world applicable experience she collected throughout her extracurricular activities, Miller graduated with a job as a reporter for KLKN-TV in Lincoln, NE. Though she would eventually be promoted to her dream job as a morning news anchor, Miller quickly learned that she didn’t have the passion for the industry anymore. “My dream all through high school and college was to be the person people had their morning coffee with,” shared Miller. “I was totally psyched when that day came! The first few months were amazing, but as time went on, the honeymoon wore off. I found I didn’t really love what I was doing.” At the same time, Miller’s life was full of changes. As a reporter, she met her soon-to-be husband who lived about an hour away. The couple eventually moved in together, which extended her morning commute and meant she had to leave for work by 2 a.m. Between long commutes and longer work hours, Miller started feeling the wear and tear of the news industry. She felt herself changing into a person she no longer recognized. Yearning for change, Miller decided to take a leap into a whole new field for her—the non profit sector. She landed a job as a communications/recruitment specialist with a local mentoring organization called TeamMates, and began trekking her new career path.  Now that she’s settled into her new role, Miller admits changing professions has been her biggest challenge thus far. Broadcast news is fast-paced with tight deadlines. Now she works in a more laid-back environment with lengthier deadlines. As a news reporter and morning anchor, her job focused more on negative stories or finding the ‘scoop’. Her current role is all about spreading positivity and telling the stories about the inspirational work TeamMates does matching young students with m[...]

Westminster Students & Administrators Participate in African American Read-In at Farrell Elementary

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:27:00 EST

Participating in the annual African American Read-In at Farrell Elementary is a staple during Black History Month for students at Westminster College. Every year, a group of early childhood education majors and Black Student Union members head to Farrell Elementary to read books written by African American authors to groups of young scholars. Other readers in attendance included Westminster’s vice president for student affairs Carllos Lassiter; superintendent of Farrell area school district Dr. Lora Adams-King; and Mercer county district judge Mary A. Odem amongst other prominent local community members. Thanks to a collaborative effort between professor of literacy education Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, director of diversity and inclusion Jeannette Hubbard and Farrell Elementary principal Japraunika Wright, this year’s read was a huge success. “We are extremely grateful for the wonderful opportunity to share our talents with Farrell Elementary students and the smiles on their faces let us know that they are appreciative of us as well,” shared Hubbard. “Our BSU members eagerly look forward to reading books by African-American authors and talking to the 6th grade class about the importance of setting goals for the future.” Going back to her old elementary school brought back so many memories for sophomore sociology major Jay’Kayla Samuels. Samuels said participating in the Read-In made her reflect on all who helped her to become successful. “I hope that the elementary students gained some motivation from the Read-In, and that it does not matter if you are from a small town or school, you can make your way out and be great,” shared Samuels. “I also hoped that they gained an interest to move forward with their education or passion no matter what obstacles may be in their way.” For many of the early education majors, participating in the Read-In gave them insight into African American culture. Inspired by a recent performance by Grammy-award winning, South African bassist Bakithi Kumalo's, Endrizzi said she and her students chose book that showcased African American jazz musicians like Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane.   “We easily overlook the power of music to bring people together,” said Endrizzi. “Children's books featuring musical heroes like Ella Fitzgerald and John Coltrane became a generative pathway for Westminster's preservice teachers to gain respect for and build bridges of understanding with diverse children."   According to, the “African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature.” Established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Read-In was created to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative includes over 6 million participants around the world. For more information, contact Tom Fields at or 724-946-7190. [...]

Max Ungerman '18

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:01:00 EST

(image) Senior criminal justice major Max Ungerman '18 recieved a travel grant from the Drinko Center to attend the Academy of Criminal Justice conference in New Orleans. Under the mentorship of Dr. Kristenne Robison, Max presented his reaserch entitled "Discovering the Learning Perspective of the Incarcerated Female Student: A Qualitative Diary Study," which analyzed the experiences of incarcerated women. 

"Attending this conference has allowed me to network and gain insight into pressing concerns and innovative research in the criminal justice field. Additionally, traveling this far for the first time has given me more social skills and real world application of responsibility which are useful for my career.

As of now, my career interests and goals are in the fields of law and criminal justice. I plan on attending law school and becoming a criminal defense attorney which can involve working closely with the incarcerated and the criminal justice system. "

Westminster to Welcome New Head Baseball Coach at Meet and Greet Event

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 16:02:00 EST


As the season for spring sports approaches, Westminster College awaits the debut of new head baseball coach Kelly Swiney. On March 16 at Brew 32 (located 1474 PA-208, Pulaski, PA 16143) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Swiney will share his new vision for the baseball team at a free meet and greet event open to the public.

Swiney, director of athletics Jim Dafler and vice president for institutional advancement Matt Stinson will speak on the upcoming season and the future of Westminster College baseball.

"I'm looking forward to meeting and working with the current team and incoming freshmen," Swiney said in an interview with the athletic department. "I expect to build a program that will consistently compete for PAC championships and rise to be one of the best in the region and nation. My players will work hard in the classroom, on the field, and in the community to positively represent Westminster College."

Before coming to Westminster, Swiney was the head baseball coach at Allegheny College for nine seasons. Swiney led his team a trip to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in 2013 and earned his 200th career win at Allegheny. He became the fourth coach in 130 years to reach the milestone.

Attendees are asked to register by March 9 and can do so here. Hors d’oeurves will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

For more information, please contact Kara Montgomery at

Alpha Phi Omega Invites Westminster Community to Participate in Operation Gratitude

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:38:00 EST

(image) The national service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega invites the Westminster community to extend its appreciation to new recruits, veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, caregivers and individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas in tandem with an organization called Operation Gratitude. During the lunch hours on March 1 and 2, Alpha Phi Omega will host a thank-you card drive in Berlin Lounge. Supplies will be provided. 

"If you'd like to show our troops and vets that we are #WCThankful, just walk in during lunch on the Thursday or Friday before spring break and write a thank-you card," encourages Alpha Phi Omega member Christian Na. "We hope to see you there!"

Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our active duty and veteran communities, and to provide volunteer opportunities for all U.S. citizens to express their appreciation to members of our military. To learn more about Operation Gratitude, visit

For more infomation, contact Christian Na at

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Lisa Raidel Devlin ’02 Shares Worldly View with High School Students

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:47:00 EST

(image) Even though Westminster College is tucked in small, rural New Wilmington, PA, graduates leave with a sense of worldliness after study abroad experiences or classes that challenge them to think on a global scale. Alumna Lisa Raidel Devlin '02 is one of the many faces to leave Westminster with that feeling.

Devlin, a French and theatre major during her years at Westminster, is now teaching French to high-school students in Youngstown, OH, and directs several plays and musicals throughout the year.

“Each day, I have the pleasure of teaching over 100 9-12th graders to speak and appreciate the French language,” she said. “I use my time with them to open their eyes to the world around them, hoping to inspire future international business people, diplomats, photographers or interpreters.”

Over the summer, Devlin spends time working with students at Broadway Kids camp, a program created for kids ages 3-13 to learn songs, create sets and costumes and perform choreographed works in a performance at the end of the camp. Every other summer, she also leads a group of students on trips abroad.

“I have been lucky to travel the world, both with my students and my family,” she said. “I take the group I created, the Global Rovers, to Europe every other year, and other locations in the off year to explore new cultures and expand their cultural understanding.”

Westminster opened Devlin to a world of opportunities and friendships through band, theatre, Greek life and the semester she spent abroad. She uses the abilities she gained on campus and abroad every day to solve problems in the classroom and adapt to her ever-changing environment.

“Westminster wants each student to have a success story,” Devlin said. “The professors and programs always expect the best, which prepares students for the expectations of real life, and causes you to expect nothing less from yourself.”

Written by Megan Simpson

Concert Pianist and Music Professor Produces Solo Album Featuring Westminster Faculty Composers

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:39:00 EST

Music professor and concert pianist Dr. Nancy DeSalvo produced a solo CD with recorded works by faculty composers Dr. Daniel Perttu and Dr. Jason Howard. The process required years of practicing the composers’ sonatas before the recording date and multiple stages of editing. However, after working on the CD for over three years, DeSalvo finally released it on Feb. 9.  DeSalvo sat down with junior public relations major Megan Simpson for a Q&A session about her new album and career. MS: Can you please tell me a little bit about the contents of the album? ND: Jason Howard wrote his sonata for me. The sonata is a collection of "Short Shorts." There are nine short contrasting pieces.  A couple of them are less than a minute in length. The last one is called "Not so Short Short" because it is composed of a sampling of all the motives of the previous eight. Some of these are lyrical, some are like dances (tango), some are collections of sounds. Dan Perttu's sonata is a three-movement work. The first movement is fast, the second movement is slow, and the third movement is fast. This sonata is considerably longer that Jason's sonata and much more complex. Dan likes to write pieces that have many levels of melodic lines. The texture of his music can described as thick and orchestral sounding. MS: I was told that some pieces are inspired by Stonehenge. How were you able to channel that into your playing of the pieces? ND: Only Dan Perttu's sonata was inspired by Stonehenge. The music has lots of big, loud gestures that help with the interpretation. Dan's style of composition is very precise, so I just had to follow his directions to achieve the sound he was after. MS: What's your favorite thing about playing the piano? ND: Playing the piano is my outlet for expressing what I feel. Some people sing; some dance. I play the piano. It's what makes me feel free. In addition to playing solo pieces, I can also accompany other musicians and share the music. Playing chamber music is the best. MS: What's your favorite piece on the album? ND: That's a difficult question. I actually have two favorites. I felt a particular connection to the third "Short Short" by Jason Howard, and I liked playing the third movement of the Perttu Sonata. The third movement of the Perttu Sonata is a perpetual motion piece. Once you begin, you are flying until you finish at the double bar. It's so exciting. MS: If you were to pick a musical instrument to represent you as a person, which would you pick and why? ND: PIANO. The instrument is versatile. You can play melodies and accompaniments at the same time. You can make it expressive because you can control the dynamic level. It can sound like an orchestra, full and rich or it can sound simple and sweet. The range is awesome. DeSalvo’s CD is available for download on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Parma Recordings, Naxos.  Written by Megan Simpson [...]

Senior Broadcast and Digital Communications Major's Documentary to Air on WQED-TV (PBS) in Pgh

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:19:00 EST

(image) WQED-TV’s “Filmmakers Corner” will feature a documentary by senior broadcast and digital communications major Emiley Westfall ’18 on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. The documentary "Tutu, Pink Shoes, & Baby Blues" tells the story about international adoption based on one local family's experience. The Pittsburgh PBS station program showcases short digital projects by local filmmakers.

“When I got news that my film would be aired, I was ecstatic,” said Westfall. “I've never had anything of mine aired on television other than the WCN 24/7 news that I produce.”

“Tutu, Pink Shoes, and Baby Blues” is a documentary about the Michelson family and their choice to adopt twins from Africa. The mother, Holly Michelson, is the main focus of the film. Westfall captures Michelson’s life as a mother and wife through the adoption process, which she describes as a “call of God.”

The documentary chronicles the Michelson’s transition from a family of three to a family of five through the adoption of twins. As the story unfolds, the Michelsons learn of an opportunity to adopt a second set of twins and begin the process of becoming a family of seven.

Westfall created the film for Westminster’s documentary production course. The course spans two semesters, moving students from the research and concept launches of their documentaries into production and post-production. “Tutu, Pink Shoes, and Baby Blues” premiered in Mueller Theater during the Student Documentary Showcase in November 2017.

“The experience of making this documentary has prepared me to always keep working hard and keep pushing forward,” said Westfall. “You never know where life may take you, but if you put your mind to it, anything can happen. I made this documentary not thinking this would even happen, but in the end my hard work and dedication on this film landed me in a position where it will be aired on television.”

Watch the trailer for "Tutu Pink Shoes, and Baby Blues" on WCN 24/7.

For more information about Filmmaker’s Corner, visit  

Symphony Orchestra Prepares Winter Concert, Feb. 22

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:36:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will host a winter concert on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Along with student and community performers, the concert will feature associate professor of physics Dr. Robert Knop on the viola and adjunct music faculty Justin Bendel on the bass.

The symphony orchestra will play Serenade No. 1 by composer Johannes Brahms.

Serenade No. 1 celebrates Brahms’s love of nature. The serenade was originally written as a three-movement octet. Great violist and Brahm's good friends Joseph Joachim conducted the premiere, which was a big success. The final version was premiered upon the command of King George of Hanover, again under Joachim’s baton.

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

Dr. Deanne Buffalari Publishes Book Chapter Examining the Neuroscience of Cocaine

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:39:00 EST

(image) Assistant professor and chair of the neuroscience program Dr. Deanne Buffalari recently published a book chapter in an edited volume entitled The Neuroscience of Cocaine: Mechanisms and Treatment. Her chapter, "Nicotine and cocaine interactions: focus on dopamine pharmacology, neuroadaptations, and behavior relevant to addiction," focuses on how nicotine and cocaine might interact at the cellular and behavioral level to promote drug use, escalation to addiction and the risk of relapse.

"There is a great deal of overlap in the population that smokes cigarettes and uses cocaine," explains Buffalari. "That drives our interest in how these drugs affect the brain and influence behavior."

Buffalari recently published research examining how nicotine alters rewarding and aversive stimulus control of behavior. Her current work on nicotine focuses specifically on looking at processes that are relevant to how nicotine might increase the risk of drug relapse after abstinence.

As Buffalari explores the interactions between nicotine and cocaine, undergraduates are also working hard to learn more about the two drugs. Alumna and current medical school student Ashlyn Brown and junior neuroscience major Anna Lish are working on a manuscript detailing their research alongside Buffalari and are aiming to submit for publication in the next few months. Junior neuroscience major Ashley Barker also hopes to continue some of this work for her neuroscience capstone project.

Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros (Westminster College Alumni Event)

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:20:00 EST

(image) Join Westminster College alumni and friends at Progressive Field on Sunday, May 27, and watch the Cleveland Indians take on the Houston Astros! Your $25 ticket includes a $10 food voucher and seating on the Family Deck with fellow Westminster College Titans!

Reservations due by Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Click here to register!

Special thanks to the Cleveland Regional Alumni Committee for their efforts in planning the Cleveland Indians Game event: Courtney Behm, Whitney Bohan, Michael Burnett, Ginny Frazer, Al Hart, John Libert, Lynn Ulatowski, Kathy Venema, and Julie Weagraff.

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

Students Take 1st Place in Music Video Category at BEA's Festival of Media Arts

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:45:00 EST

With less than a $100 budget to make a high-end music video, two Westminster students and a recent graduate won 1st place in the Music Video Category at the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Festival of Media Arts. In collaboration with broadcast communications major Stephen Wells and class of 2017 graduate Doltyn Snedden, senior business major Katie Nicholson (known as Katie Joy in the music industry) produced a music video for her song, "Machine from the West", and entered it into the competition.  “I knew I wanted to do something big for "Machine from the West" since the song is so big,” Nicholson said. “On my way home from work one day last summer, I zoned out and the whole thing just came to me.” The 2018 winners were selected from a pool of over 1,500 entries, representing 175 colleges and universities in categories such as audio, documentary, film and video, interactive multimedia, news, scriptwriting and sports. The trio produced the music video with limited resources and used students from the college as extras for various scenes. The group ran into their share of challenges being an independent group and trying to find people willing to dedicate enough time to film group shots, but the video came together after extensive hours of planning, shooting and cutting. “You have to tell a story without being able to use any dialogue or sound easily,” Wells said. “Especially in a concept video like this, you have to be sure that the video adds to the story that the song is telling.”  Katie Joy has been co-producing since her sophomore year of college with Dan Swank and Daniel Blake. She has already produced two albums and is a registered artist on Spotify. "Machine from the West" is on her most recent album, Collective Canvas.  “This video has been a nice way to get my name out there,” she said. “It shows what I’m capable of lyrically, musically, and as an executive producer. It’s cool to be more than just a ‘singer.’” The BEA’s Festival of Media Arts is a competitive festival open to BEA faculty and student members. The BEA is an international academic media organization that drives insight and excellence in the media-production industry for educators, students and professionals. “Especially on a project like this with no budget, it’s amazing to see positive reactions and a final product that the crew can be proud of because the success or failure of the project is based completely on the hard work and creativity of those involved,” Wells said. Watch the official "Machine from the West" music video here. Written by Megan Simpson [...]

Senior Capstone Students Prepare Art Exhibition

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:45:00 EST

(image) Four Westminster College senior art students are presenting select work from their portfolios beginning Feb. 13 and lasting through March 24 in Patterson Hall's Foster Art Gallery. An open reception will be held Feb. 20 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. At the reception, each artist will speak about their work and open the floor for additional questions.

The Senior Capstone Exhibition features the works of both fine art and media art students. In addition to work created during their first three years of studies, students also have opportunities to showcase a project created in their senior capstone. The capstone is a senior-level course within the major designed to provide an opportunity for students to work independently with Westminster fine art and media art faculty to assess their cumulative body of work and make appropriate adjustments to prepare a professional art or media art portfolio.

Art comes in all shapes and sizes, and this gallery show represents all the hard work the students have put in through their time at Westminster.

Linzy Borowicz, media art & design major

Stephanie Dorsch, fine art major

Laura Page, media art & design major

Marcella Sinclair, fine art major

For more information, contact gallery director and lecturer of art Summer Zickefoose at 724-946-7267 or adjunct faculty for media art + design Kandice Hartner at 724-946-7237.

Jazz Ensemble Presents Winter Concert with Guest Artist Scott Belck

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 10:13:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Jazz Ensemble will perform their annual winter concert on Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. in Berlin Lounge. The ensemble will be joined by guest trumpeter, Dr. Scott Belck. Belck will be featured on several charts including Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" and Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine." 

Belck currently serves at the director of jazz studies, the division head of ensembles and conducting and professor of music at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) where he directs the CCM Jazz Orchestra and teaches applied jazz trumpet.

He is a founding member of critically acclaimed Tromba Mundi contemporary trumpet ensemble and has recently toured as a member of Grammy Award winning funk legend Bootsy Collins’ Funk Unity Band as lead trumpet. He has served as trumpet and cornet soloist with the Air Force Band of Flight in Dayton, Ohio where he also held the post of musical director for the Air Force Night Flight Jazz Ensemble. He is the founding artistic director emeritus of the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra. On Monday nights in Cincinnati, he serves as lead trumpet and musical director for the new Flying Circus Big Band featuring drummer “Baron” John Von Ohlen.

(image) His playing credits include recordings lead trumpet/guest soloist with the Cincinnati Pops featuring the Manhattan Transfer and John Pizzarelli, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the Van Dells, and jazz soloist with the University of North Texas One O'clock Lab Band with whom he recorded four CDs as jazz soloist and section trumpet. Belck is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Belck will lead a masterclass for anyone interested on Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. in the Patterson Hall Mezzanine (Balcony of Orr Auditorium).

For more information, contact Dr. Timothy Winfield at

'Music with Friends' Concert Series Opens Second Season

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:22:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Symphonic Band will open the second season of “Music with Friends” concerts on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Will W. Orr Auditorium at Westminster College. Joined by special guests, alumnus Matthew Newman ’01 and the Beaver Local High School Band, the two dynamic groups will perform music from composers Gustav Holst, Malcolm Arnold, Alfred Reed and more.

The concert is free and open for all.

The Music with Friends concert series was created by Dr. R. Tad Greig with intentions of providing a shared performance space with colleagues in regional high schools. Stay tuned for future Music with Friends concerts.

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

IQ:STEM Noyce Scholars Program Prepares for New Cohort of Students

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:57:00 EST

(image) One of the main goals of the IQ:STEM Noyce Scholars program at Westminster is recruiting individuals with strong STEM backgrounds who might not have otherwise considered a career in teaching. Current STEM majors interested in education are invited to come learn more about the scholarship program during an information session on Feb. 12 at 11:40 a.m. in Hoyt 150.

Due to its flexible short term commitment, a highlight of IQ:STEM is that the rest of each scholar’s career path is completely in their hands. Some scholars continue making a positive impact in the lives of students in areas of high need, while others move on to different school districts or pursue different careers altogether. However, for sophomore biology major Maggie Manolis joining IQ:STEM will come full circle for her as future educator.

“I come from a high needs school district and I want to encourage students that they too can pursue a successful career in science no matter where they came from,” said Manolis. “IQ:STEM program will help me to pursue this goal.”

Junior mathematics major Jacob Stoyer said joining IQ:STEM is helping him become both the teacher and mentor he aspires to be.

“I joined the IQ:STEM Program in hopes of becoming a more well-rounded teacher and person,” Stoyer said.  “Through my experiences and the opportunities the program has provided, I have learned ways to connect to people from all different backgrounds different than mine.”

Noyce Scholars receive stipends to attend/present at both Noyce Scholar conferences and conferences in their respective disciplines. In addition, each scholar is awarded a $15,000 grant for tuition, room and board during their junior and senior year. Stipends are also awarded to help offset certification tests and teacher workshop expenses. In return, each Noyce Scholars commit to two years of teaching in an area of high need for each year of support received.

To all current student interested in becoming a Noyce Scholar, applications are due Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. Completed applications may be emailed to: or hand delivered/mailed to:

Noyce Scholarship Committee, c/o Karen Resendes
Box 128
Westminster College
New Wilmington, PA 16172

Prospective Noyce Scholars must complete an application with (a) three recommendations, (b) an essay, and (c) transcripts indicating minimum GPA of 3.0. Strong applicants will be invited to interview with the selection committee.

To learn more about the IQ:STEM Noyce Scholars Program, watch this video or visit

For more information, contact Dr. Karen Resendes at

Westminster College Nominates Student for Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 17:35:00 EST


Junior biochemistry major and Honors Scholar Sarah Harris has been nominated for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship based on her academic excellence and promising undergraduate research. For over 30 years, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation has awarded thousands of undergraduates pursuing careers in STEM research. Harris currently works with assistant professor of chemistry Dr. Patrick Lackey researching the molecular-level processes that occur when a cell is dividing.

Harris was recruited and nominated by 1994 Goldwater scholar Dr. Craig Caylor, associate professor of physics at Westminster. Caylor serves as Westminster’s campus representative and aids nominees throughout the application process. As Harris completes the application process, she believes the rigorous process will be very rewarding in the end.

“While I feel very honored to have the opportunity to apply for this scholarship, I am also so grateful for the faculty at Westminster to have supported and guided me through this endeavor,” says Harris. “Without the help of Dr. Caylor, Dr. Patrick Lackey, Dr. Helen Boylan and Dr. Pete Smith, this process would have been much more difficult.”

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

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

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

National Signing Day with Westminster College Sports Management

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:34:00 EST

Wednesday, Feb. 7 is known as National Signing Day in the United States. According to, "National Signing Day (usually the first Wednesday of February) is the first day an athlete can sign a letter of intent to his or her future school." As students begin their spring semester, the first anticipated graduating class of the Sports Management program at Westminster College is joining in the festivities by paying homage to the day through "signing" letters of intent to their future career pursuits.  Kylie Cook, signing a letter of intent for her first membership with the WBCA, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and WISE, Women in Sports & Events (the Pittsburgh chapter), to pursue interests in her hometown as well as the intercollegiate coaching ranks. Kornel Foremski, signing his letter of intent to attend the Cleveland Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair in nearby Cleveland, Ohio, to hone his professional opportunities in this sector of sports business. Raymond Shalvoy, also signing his letter of intent to attend the Cleveland Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair in nearby Cleveland, Ohio, to enhance his professional opportunities in this sector of sports business. Melissa Thomas, signing a letter of intent for her first membership with NACMA, National Association of College Marketing Administrator, to advance her pursuit of a career in collegiate sports marketing. Zachary Walters, signing a letter of intent for his first membership with United Soccer Coaches, formerly NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America), to pursue a path into coaching in the intercollegiate ranks. According to sports management program coordinator and associate professor Dr. Robert Zullo, the five seniors have served as excellent leaders for their underclassmen peers to emulate in future years. "The first class of sports management majors have truly honed in on their career pursuits," Zullo said. "[This group of students] is excited to take their passion to the industry and their “signings” on National Signing Day reflect such."  Though the sports management major is a new one on campus, the program is quickly growing in popularity due to the College’s dedicated approach to off-campus learning as well as the business-emphasis of the curriculum, the experiential learning opportunities and the career readiness emphasis. A greater majority of the students within the program pursue a double major in either sports management and business administration or sports management and marketing to further enhance their career preparation. Those interested in attending Westminster College and studying sports management should reach out to Dr. Robert Zullo at to learn more about the competitive advantage a Westminster College education affords.  [...]

Dr. Helen Boylan Spends Winter Break Mentoring HS Students Across the Region

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:54:00 EST


Some professors go above and beyond their duties to demonstrate their passion for teaching and cultivating the minds of the next generation of scholars. In addition to their commitment to their students, some professors expand their reach beyond their classrooms and into the lives of the young people who make up surrounding communities. Professor of chemistry Dr. Helen Boylan is one of those professors. Boylan spent her Winter break sharing her talents and mentoring students across the area by participating in two different outreach opportunities.  

In December, Boylan served as one of 14 female presenters at “A GEM Affair: Girls Engaging Mentors” hosted by the Butler County Community College at Lawrence Crossings. GEM is a program coordinated by the Lawrence County School to Work Program with a mission to inspire young girls to pursue careers in STEM fields or other non-traditional pathways. Approximately 140 9th grade girls from Lawrence County participated in the event, with small groups rotating around the various mentor presentations.

“This was a great opportunity for female students to be exposed to a wide variety of careers and to meet women who can serve as role models," said Boylan. The panel consisted of women with careers as a software engineer, metallurgist, detective, judge, and pilot to name a few.

(image) In addition to participating in GEM, Boylan also coordinated visits to the classroom of Sharpsville Area High School chemistry teacher and alumna Merrissa Nguyen '12. Boylan and Nguyen collaborated once more for the American Chemical Society (ACS) ambassadors program. Through the ambassador program, Boylan serves as a “science coach” and works with Nguyen to plan activities and connect classroom learning to the real world. Additionally, Nguyen’s school receives a $500 donation from ACS to support science education.

"The goal of the visit was to give the students an opportunity to perform a college-level lab and to address any concerns students had about applying to and/or going to college," added Boylan. 

During her visits with Nguyen’s chemistry classes, Boylan guided the high school students in a hands-on laboratory exercise on the separation of food dyes using column chromatography. Boylan and Nguyen are currently planning to bring the high school students to Westminster later this Spring to perform additional hands-on experiments using the equipment and facilities at the College.

For more information about her outreach efforts, contact Boylan at or 724-946-6293.

Westminster Community Says Thank You to Donors with G.I.V.E. Day Celebration

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 14:06:00 EST

(image) G.I.V.E. Day, Westminster’s tuition freedom day, marks the time of the year when tuition dollars are expended and gifts from donors fund the rest of the year. G.I.V.E. Day celebrates the importance of giving by expressing gratitude to the College’s donors. The day provides opportunities for the entire campus community to thank Westminster College’s donors.

This year’s G.I.V.E. Day celebration is on Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center. Students are encouraged to write handwritten postcards to mail, as well as create thank you videos and photos to share with donors via social media.

“Just about every aspect of Westminster is touched by the generosity of our donors,” says Amber Scalfari, director of the annual fund. “Our donors make it possible for current and prospective students to receive an affordable education at Westminster.”

In addition to decorating the McKelvey Campus Center, there will also be multiple photo areas, music by Titan Radio and several competitions running throughout the event. There will be a “Thank You” postcard writing competition in which the student organization with the most mail-able postcards written will win a pizza party. Every participant who writes a “Thank You” postcard will be awarded a raffle ticket per each completed and approved postcard and entered into a drawing to win a prize. There will also be a new “Donor Plaque Challenge.” Participants are encouraged to find donor plaques around campus, take a picture of/with the plaque and post it to social media. (Tag @westminsterpa or #GIVEDay2018, #MotherFairCares or #TitansLoveDonors).

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

Senior Managing Producer at ESPN to Shares Insight with Student Leaders

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 11:30:00 EST

Senior managing producer at ESPN Features Group and Westminster graduate Denny M. Wolfe will be this year's guest speaker at the Student Alumni Association (SAA) annual leadership dinner. Every year, SAA invites student leaders on campus to a dinner with remarks given by an influential alumni. With over 20 years experience working for ESPN, Wolfe will share some tidbits from his personal and professional journey.  Wolfe earned a BA in broadcast communications and a minor in speech communications from Westminster College in 1997. He grew up in Leechburg, Pa., and graduated from Leechburg High School in 1993. As a student, Wolfe engaged regularly with the Westminster College community. He served as WWNW-89FM’s sports director, DJ, and play-by-play/color announcer for Titans football games for three seasons, including the 1994 National Championship game in Portland, Ore. On the TV side, he worked as the station’s sports director, served as sports anchor, performed play-by-play and analyst roles for high school football games, hosted “Coach’s Corner,” and worked on the Titan TV Crew for remote broadcasts. With a background in journalism, Wolfe also contributed regularly to The Holcad as a sports writer. For three years, he also worked part-time on-campus for the A-V Services department, led by Gary Swanson. Wolfe served as an executive for several organizations. He was elected to the positions of president of Theta Chi fraternity, executive committee member of the Inter-fraternal Council, vice president of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, and vice president of the Ice Hockey Club. Along with serving in the Student Senate, he served as public relations chair to the Student Government Association. He was also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa’s leadership society. Upon graduation, Wolfe landed his first job with the Valley News Dispatch (now a part of Trib Total Media) in Tarentum, Pa., as a part-time staff sports writer covering high school football, youth sports, and pro football. He left the newspaper in November 1997 to work for ESPN in Bristol, Conn. Hired on Nov. 24, 1997, Wolfe took a job as a temporary production assistant (PA) and worked on various jobs for ESPN’s flagship show, “SportsCenter,” including nightly highlights of games. After being promoted from temporary to full-time PA in June 1998, he earned staff positions on “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “NFL Primetime,” “Baseball Tonight,” and “NHL2Night.” While covering hockey, Wolfe discovered his passion for telling feature stories on athletes, just as he did in the newspaper business. These opportunities led to promotions to associate producer and feature producer at the network. In 2011, Wolfe became senior managing producer in the ESPN Features group, a position he still holds today. Since joining the network, Wolfe has won four National Sports Emmy Awards and received more than two dozen nominations. He resides in Bristol, Conn., with his wife, Janet, and their three children, Avery, Brayden, and Carter. The leadership dinner takes place on Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms located in the McKe[...]

Westminster College Preschool to Open Registration for 2018-2019 School Year, Feb. 5

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 10:09:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Preschool Lab will open enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year on Monday, Feb. 5 to Friday, Feb 9. Registration must be completed online. All children ages 3-4 are eligible to attend. 

“The Westminster College Preschool Lab provides a warm and nurturing environment that encourages children to freely explore, discover and create,” head teacher Debi Roud said. “Our curriculum is appropriate for each child’s developmental needs and offers a variety of activities that focus on social emotional, cognitive, physical and language development.”

The Westminster College Preschool Lab is committed to providing an excellent learning experience for the area’s children. The program is enhanced by the use of an innovative curriculum, well-trained staff, developmentally appropriate equipment and individual attention. College students also gain experience with young children through observation, volunteer opportunities, and as members of the teaching team. The program is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

To obtain further information please contact the psychology program office at 724-946-7284, or visit the preschool registration site.

My Story: Anna Daniels '18

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 15:24:00 EST


All Settled In

“At Westminster, I have gained skills that I would not have gotten at a larger school—like working with other people outside of class group projects. By working with many different types of people, I feel like I am much more prepared to join the work force. 

I've never been someone who has 100% known what I've wanted to do with my life, so going to a specialized school wasn't an option for me. Westminster gave me a great scholarship and I knew that they had great programs in a wide variety of fields. Coming here made me a completely different person. I have gained confidence in myself and my abilities, which helped me come out of my shell. I hope that every other student here can feel the same amount of growth that I have.” 

Anna always knew she had interests in studying both business and psychology but still chose to come to Westminster as an exploratory major. After joining a few organizations and settling into her coursework, she eventually found niche as a business administration major and prominent leader on campus.

Humans of Westminster: Meet Gabrielle

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:24:00 EST


The Makings of a Future Nurse

The world of nursing has so many opportunities and options for women. I want a career that will allow me to help others and to give back, so my ultimate goal is to become a nurse anesthetist. I’m most looking forward to the hands-on experience I will get during our clinicals at the hospital.

Westminster College is preparing me for my future by providing me opportunities to learn, lead and grow not only as a student, but also as a person. Westminster has given me student-life balance. In addition to my academics, I am a student athlete on the women’s soccer team and a Zeta Tau Alpha sorority sister. All of these experiences are contributing to the strong and confident person that I am becoming so I will be ready for the next step in my journey—becoming a nurse. 

Gabrielle Diamond is a sophomore pre-nursing major.

Westminster’s Early College Launched for High School Students

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:46:00 EST

(image) Academically-prepared high school students will be able to earn college credits through Westminster’s Early College (EC) starting in the summer of 2018. The launch of the program will allow EC Scholars to earn up to a year of college credits before finishing high school.

High school students can apply for the program beginning in their sophomore year. If accepted into the program, EC Scholars will come to Westminster to complete courses  during the school year and/or special two-course sequences over the summers leading into their junior and senior years. 

“We know from educational research that students do better in college after they have had preparatory experiences on a college campus,” Dean of the college and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jeffrey Coker said. “They make better grades and graduate at higher rates.”

EC Scholars may complete up to 32 college credits by the time they graduate from high school, which saves thousands of dollars in college tuition. EC Scholars who enroll at Westminster College are eligible for a refund for up to 32 credits. 

“The Westminster Early College is a tremendous opportunity for high school students in the region to experience real college courses, get ahead and save money,” Coker said.

Regardless of the classes EC Scholars take, credits from courses such as communications, business, biology, art, computer science and more can transfer to other colleges and universities to fulfill requirements for a variety of majors. 

“There are a range of ways that high school students can earn credits for college, but the Early College is a higher quality option for students who want a more authentic taste of the college experience,” said Coker.

For more information on fees and specific classes offered, visit or contact the Admissions Office at 724-946-7100 or

Written by Megan Simpson

Grammy Award Winning Musician Headlines Westminster College’s Spiritual Emphasis Series

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:12:00 EST

Grammy award winning musician and “empowerment facilitator” Bakithi Kumalo will spend a week at Westminster College sharing his message “Take Chances, Have Courage.” Kumalo’s appearance will kick off the spring sector of the Spiritual Emphasis Westminster speaker series sponsored by the college’s Office of Faith and Spirituality. “Take Chances, Have Courage” captures Kumalo’s upbringing in South Africa during Apartheid, a system of institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination that existed in South Africa between 1948 and 1991. Born and raised in Soweto, the famous Johannesburg township that was also home to Nelson Mandela, Kumalo will talk about Mandela’s influences as an anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist and share the changes he witnessed first-hand upon the abolishment of the Apartheid regime. Kumalo will also talk about the history and evolution of Paul Simon’s landmark album Graceland, in which he played a major role. Accompanied by The South African All Star Band, Kumalo and his colleagues will give multiple presentations and performances throughout the week of Feb. 12- Feb. 19. The featured guests will play traditional South African classics that include earthy rhythms, rich melodies and songs sung in Zulu, one of South Africa’s official languages. They will also visit various African-American history and music courses while on campus. On Monday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel, there will be a movie presentation of Under African Skies. The movie chronicles the story behind the incredible journey, history and evolution of Paul Simon’s album Graceland and an exploration of the cultural and political climate of South Africa 25 years ago. With the compelling perceptions of anti-apartheid activists and music legends, this film is a profound rumination on the role of the artist in society. On Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel, Mr. Kumalo will be the guest speaker during the evening service. Music will be provided by Kumalo and The South African-All Star Band. Kumalo and The South African All Stars Band will give a full concert on Monday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. General admission cost is a $10 donation that will go to support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Westminster College students are free. All SEW events are open to the public. To learn more about Bakithi Kumalo, visit For more information about the SEW series, Diane Gabriel at or 724-946-7117. [...]

Foster Art Gallery Hosts “Confluence: An Exhibition of Sculpture and Painting”

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:14:00 EST

(image) Westminster College’s Foster Art Gallery will host “Confluence: An Exhibition of Sculpture and Painting,” an art exhibition featuring sculptures and paintings by Tony Armeni, Dan Newman and Tracy Segreti of Youngstown, Ohio. The exhibit runs from Jan. 15-Feb. 9. Armeni and Segreti will present artist lectures in the gallery Tuesday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.

Artist Bios:

Tony Armeni’s work is primarily welded steel or ceramic. Some pieces explore the balance and boundaries between man and nature. Others might tell time (sun dials), give birds a place to bathe and drink (bird baths) or provide a place to park a bicycle (sculptural bike racks). His academic background in formal design enables him to create works both large and small. Over the span of his artistic career, Tony developed two main bodies of work. The first includes smaller, more precious objects that incorporate elements of nature and the man-made. The second is a series of works at human scale. Most of his pieces are abstract, steel and rusty brown—an homage to his rust belt town. 

Mythology, anxiety and personal experience are common starting points for the work of sculptor Dan Newman. Working with a range of scale and medium, Dan uses esoteric symbolism to express his ideas and emotions. Dan earned his BFA at Youngstown State University and is currently the sculpture shop technician at Bucknell University.

After graduating from Youngstown State University with a BFA in graphic design and printmaking, Tracy Segreti continued to make art and fully immersed herself in the Youngstown art community. She was instrumental in starting the group “Artists of the Mahoning Commons” in the Ward Bakery Building. This group hosts semi-annual open studio shows that bring a large audience from near and far. These shows have become popular and continue to grow each year, contributing to the economy of the local art community. In addition, she participates in the Summer Festival of the Arts on the YSU campus and was recently a part of a two-person exhibition at the SOAP Gallery in Youngstown, OH.

The Foster Art Gallery is located in Patterson Hall and is open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Senior Mathematics Major Presents Research at Conference in CA

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:45:00 EST

(image) Senior mathematics major Trevor Arrigoni presented his research at the AMS/MAA Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego, CA, on January 10-13. The conference is the largest meeting of mathematicians in the world, with over 6,300 attendees this year. 

Arrigoni conducted this research as a part of the NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Texas at Tyler during the summer of 2017. He and his research group presented their findings to professors from different universities during a poster session.

“Seeing other people come up to our poster, enthusiastic about listening to our research, was an amazing thing,” Arrigoni said. “The fact that other people think our research is interesting and useful is amazing.”

The group looked at Inverse Semi-Group Theory, which is used to understand certain fields within physics. Even though he only presented once at the conference, Arrigoni used his additional time to attend other presentations.

“Even listening to a talk where I had no prior background knowledge of the specific field was interesting,” he said. “As with any subject, there is always a lot to learn and it showed me just how much there is out there in the field of mathematics.”

Upon graduating in the spring, Arrigoni hopes to attend graduate school before pursing his Ph.D. in mathematics. 

Written by Megan Simpson

Westminster College Music Faculty Present Trumpet and Piano Recital

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:35:00 EST

(image) Dr. Timothy Winfield and Dr. Nancy DeSalvo will present their trumpet and piano recital, “Musical Shorts and Landscapes,” on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel at Westminster College. The recital is free and open to the public.

During the recital, Winfield and DeSalvo will premiere the latest compositions by Dr. Jason Howard and award-winning composer Joshua Hobbs. The recital will also feature music written by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Walter Hartley, John Williams and Herbert L. Clarke.

Winfield is an assistant professor of music at Westminster where he directs the Westminster College jazz ensemble. He teaches private trumpet, trumpet ensemble, brass chamber music, brass pedagogy, general music methods, introduction to classic jazz, introduction to western music and band practicum. Winfield completed his Doctorate of Musical Arts in trumpet performance from the University of Southern California.

DeSalvo is currently an associate professor and chair of the Department of Music at Westminster. She teaches applied piano, vocal and instrumental accompanying/coaching, piano techniques courses, coaching students, capstone and music history. Dr. DeSalvo completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music/ Case Western Reserve University in Collaborative Piano, where she was a student of Anne Epperson. Recently her recording of two new piano sonatas by Daniel Perttu and Jason Howard has been accepted for expected commercial release in February, 2018.

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

Shauna Braun Zukowski ’92 to give 31st Annual Christy Lecture, Feb 11

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:47:00 EST

(image) Westminster College will host the 31st annual Wayne H. Christy Memorial Lecture on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel. Eight-time All American swimmer and secondary school administrator Shauna Braun Zukowski '92 will speak on her experiences as an educator, administrator, wife, mother and survivor of a ruptured brain aneurysm. 

Zukowski began her career teaching math and coaching swimming in Virginia and at Kiski Area High School. After earning her Masters from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and her principal’s papers from Saint Francis University, she returned to Westminster College to earn her superintendent’s papers. Following, she was the administrator at Burrell High School, Highlands Middle School and Armstrong School District. 

Zukowski again continued her education and earned her Ph.D. from Robert Morris University in Instruction Management and Leadership. Amidst her educational initiatives, Zukowski married and mothered two children.

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

The event is free and open to the public. A reception, sponsored by the Office of Faith and Spirituality, will be held after the lecture.

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

Westminster College Students Travel to Ecuador for Field Experience

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:14:00 EST

(image) While some of us were bundling up in these frigid temperatures, Dr. Marosh Furimsky and Dr. Joseph Balczon led a group of 30 Westminster students in traveling throughout Ecuador as part of a two-week academic field experience. Westminster's biology program offers both domestic and international travel experiences as part of the curriculum for students. While in Ecuador, the group observed and identified many different species of native and endemic animals and plants including the famous Darwin's finches, giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies.

This particular trip was part a field experience offered by Balczon and Furimsky.

The group visited different sites including the city of Quito, Cotopaxi National Park, Otavalo, the Cuyabeno River in Amazonia and the various Galapagos Islands. Throughout the trip, the students were fully immersed in the different cultures of Ecuador. They climbed the side of a snow covered volcano at over 4500 m (15,000 feet), hiked through the Amazon rainforest and even snorkeled the reefs of the Galapagos! 

Westminster College Student-Athletes Honor MLK by Volunteering at Local Organizations

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:51:00 EST

(image) Not only does Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrate the famous activist’s legacy, MLK Day is usually celebrated with various acts of service conducted by organizations across the nation. Being that service is one of Westminster’s core values, it is no surprise that approximately 150 student-athletes and faculty/staff came together to volunteer at local organizations to honor Dr. King.

Westminster’s Day of Service was coordinated thanks to a joint effort between the Office of Faith and Spirituality, Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the athletics department. The day began with an honorary breakfast featuring guest speaker Rev. Dr. James Henderson Harris, Sr., pastor of the St. James AMEC in Pittsburgh. Soon after, the volunteers left for their assignments.

Campus ministry fellow Stephanie Lehman was responsible for coordinating the “Day of Service” and building relationships with local organizations. Lehman was able to send volunteers to 17 different organizations in Western PA and North-Eastern Ohio including the Salvation Army (Sharon & Grove City), the Rescue Mission, Crisis Shelter of Law. Co. and Children’s Advocacy Center to name a few.

“As the service learning and civic engagement coordinator on campus, it made sense for me to be the person reaching out and building relationships with our local organizations and agencies,” said Lehman. “I hope our student volunteers were challenged and enlightened by their experiences on MLK day.”

The volunteers spent the day completing different tasks ranging from delivering meals to painting classrooms to sorting donated goods. While some of the work was may have menial, leaders of the different organizations reported that the work completed by the volunteers was incredibly helpful.

Now that the Day of Service is complete, the next step for the chapel office is to evaluate the effectiveness of the overall experience for students and the local organizations. The goal is to build lasting relationships with the organizations to increase the likelihood of future partnerships.

“I certainly hope that the [Day of Service] is something we continue to do in the future,” added Lehman. “Learning about and supporting organizations and agencies in our local area is imperative in creating a strong community where everyone has the opportunity to be successful.”

Westminster College Sports Management Program Partners with Cleveland Cavaliers

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:09:00 EST

While Westminster sports management students will not be tasked with guarding all-star LeBron James, they will have to find ways to market his team and sell tickets to an upcoming home game. Dr. Robert Zullo, program coordinator for Westminster’s new sports management major, has implemented a partnership where students in his “Sports Event Planning & Management” course are actively engaged in the sales process through an experiential learning project. “We are excited to partner with a championship organization and one of the greatest players to ever step on the court as we hone our sales skills,” noted Dr. Zullo. “Many schools simply read about sales, but we want the Westminster students to engage in the process through product knowledge, prospecting, needs assessment, closing and customer satisfaction.”  Zullo has previously partnered with the Pittsburgh Pirates to teach ticket sales and compares the assignment to a true training camp that better serves the students’ development. Mark Mazzagatti, senior group events specialist with the Cavs remarked, “the Cleveland Cavaliers are excited to work with Dr. Zullo's Sports Event Planning & Management class as it will provide the Westminster College students an in-depth collaborative sales partnership. This opportunity will only better prepare those in his class for the sports business industry and offer a real-life experience they are sure to remember." The tickets are for the Thursday, April 5th home game against the Washington Wizards, led by their all-star guard John Wall, with an 8 p.m. tip. For more information on how you can order tickets, contact Dr. Zullo at and he will connect you with the student sales ambassadors in the course. Orders can be placed no later than Tuesday, February 27th. Though the sports management major is a new one on campus it is quickly growing in popularity due to the College’s dedicated approach to off-campus learning as well as the business-emphasis of the curriculum, the experiential learning opportunities and the career readiness emphasis. Those interested in attending Westminster College and studying sports management should reach out to Dr. Robert Zullo to learn more about the competitive advantage a Westminster College education affords. For more information, contact Zullo at or visit our sports management webpage. [...]

CALL and Jake Erhardt International Film Series Present Sixth Annual Tournées Film Festival

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:18:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Division of Communications, Arts, Languages and Literature (CALL) and the Jake Erhardt International Film Series will present its sixth Tournées Film Festival beginning Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. in Mueller Theater (located in the McKelvey Campus Center). Over the next six weeks, five contemporary and one classic French films will be displayed every Tuesday evening.

Each film will be introduced by a Westminster College faculty member or student and will be followed by a discussion. These events are free and open to the public. All films will be in French with English subtitles. The films will be shown in the following order:

Jan. 23: L'avenir (Things to Come)

Jan. 30: Ma vie de courgette (My Life as a Zucchini)

Feb. 6: Frantz

Feb. 13: Fatima

Feb. 20: Les dernières nouvelles du cosmos (Latest News from the Cosmos)

Feb. 27: La noire de (Black Girl)

Tournées is made possible through a grant awarded by the French-American Cultural Exchange and sponsors Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US, Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée, Franco-American Cultural Fund, Florence Gould Foundation, and Highbrow Entertainment.

For more information, contact associate professor of French and Spanish Dr. Ann Murphy at or 724-946-3046.

Online Graduate Education Programs at Westminster College Recognized by U.S. News & World Report

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 09:58:00 EST

(image) Westminster College was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for having one of the “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” in the country. Programs were ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence, including student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.

Westminster College’s no. 197 spot in U.S. News’ national ranking of best online graduate education programs marks the success of the Graduate School’s decision in 2015 to create online versions of its well-respected educational offerings. This national recognition confirms that Westminster’s graduate students are receiving the same quality education that on-campus students have received for over 70 years.

The graduate program in education at Westminster offers online degree and certification-only tracks, including master’s degrees in education, school counseling, dual special education/reading specialist, school principal, school superintendent and the newly-added master of art degree in clinical mental health counseling.

The M.A. in clinical mental health counseling is a 60 credit-hour cohort program aimed at developing a professional counseling identity. The program features tracks in adult, youth and school counseling, with specialty study options in trauma and rural/distance counseling.

The Graduate School at Westminster offers rolling admissions, which means that students can enter the program during any of the following months: January, March, May, July, August or October. New courses start every eight weeks. This year Westminster will also offer more online classes for undergraduate students during this year’s summer session, which begins on June 4, 2018. 

For more information, contact The Graduate School at Westminster College at or 888-378-2779.

Tough as a Titan: Carrie Whisel '14

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:47:00 EST

Imagine being flown to an undisclosed location with nothing but a backpack and piercing anticipation of what’s to come. Feel your heartbeat banging on the walls of your chest and the butterflies running marathons in your stomach knowing that you were chosen for the adventure of a lifetime. Now imagine how alumna Carrie Whisel ’14 must’ve felt when she learned she was chosen as one of two finalists to test Columbia Sportswear gear during a seven-day outdoor excursion in some of the most extreme conditions. As part of Dick Sporting Goods’ (DSG) Team of Toughness, Carrie discovered how tough she truly can be. After graduating from Westminster in 2014 with a degree in psychology and minor in human resources, Carrie embarked upon a career with DSG as part of the University Relations team. Within two years of working for DSG, she was promoted to campus recruiter. Although traveling to different college campuses to meet students can be quite the adventure, applying to be part of DSG’s Team of Toughness proved to be the most thrilling adventure she’s had with the company thus far. DSG’s Team of Toughness is a marketing campaign that was created in collaboration with Columbia Sportswear’s “Directors of Toughness,” a program led by Mark Chase and Faith Briggs who test gear for Columbia. Mark and Faith have faced some of nature’s many rushing waters, highest points and most extreme conditions. Two lucky finalists would be given the opportunity to accompany them during their next expedition.  DSG employees from all over the country were encourage to apply by submitting a one-minute clip detailing why they are “tough.”  “I had waited until the last minute to submit an application, because I honestly didn’t think I would get chosen,” admitted Carrie. “I created my video haphazardly on my iPhone and hoped for the best!” Much to Carrie’s surprise, she was contacted a few days later informing her she was one of 10 associates chosen to interview out of 100+ video submissions. Soon after, she was flown to Boulder, Colo., for an interview that was no ordinary interview. Her day started with a 5 a.m. wakeup call and hike up the scenic, breathtaking Realization Point Trailhead. After completing the arduous climb, Carrie immediately sat down for an intense round of questioning that further tested her grit. Leaving her best efforts at the top of Realization Point, Carrie headed back home to Pittsburgh. A few days later, she was surprised with confetti and a letter notifying her that she had been selected as one of the “toughest.” Before she knew it, her ticket to Portland was booked, and she was on her way to meet with Columbia’s marketing team and the Directors of Toughness, Mark and Faith.[...]

Westminster College Hosts Community Breakfast and Day of Service in honor of MLK Jr. Day, Jan. 15

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:52:00 EST

(image) Westminster College Office of Faith and Spirituality and Office of Diversity and Inclusion are hosting a "Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast" on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:30 AM in the Witherspoon Rooms in the McKelvey Campus Center at Westminster College. The campus and community are invited to attend the celebration of Dr. King's legacy. Admission is $5.00 and payable at the door.

Guest speaker for the breakfast is Pittsburgh native Rev. Dr. James Henderson Harris, Sr., pastor of the St. James AMEC, Pittsburgh PA. Rev. Harris has had a long productive career serving the AME Church for 43 years, beginning his ministry at the age of 17. He received his BA from Wilberforce University in 1989; his MDiv from Payne Theological Seminary in 1992; and his DMin from United Theological Seminary in 1995.

Following the breakfast approximately 150 Westminster College student athletes are participating in a "Day of Service," volunteering at various community organizations across the area. Throughout the day, the group of students will serve the Salvation Army (Sharon & Grove City), City Rescue Mission, Crisis Shelter of Law. Co., Children’s Advocacy Center, Habitat for Humanity, Making Kids Count, Mobile Meals Trumbull, Camp Crestfield, St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Store, Oh Wow! Kids, Pine Valley Bible Camp, WC Field Station, Children’s Aid Society of Mercer County and Aware Inc.

Coordinators of the MLK Breakfast are Rev. Jim Mohr, chaplain and director of church relations; Rev. Jeannette Hubbard, director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion; and Stephanie Lehman, campus ministry fellow in the Office of Faith and Spirituality.

For further information or questions, contact Ms. Lehman at 724-946-7405.

Valuable Experiences: Megan Douds '18

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:30:00 EST

(image) Not only is senior psychology major Megan Douds a familiar face around campus, she also epitomizes the essence of what Westminster offers students—a quality education and holistic personal and professional development.

“Westminster has definitely shaped me into the person I am,” says Megan. “I’ve learned a lot about myself and being independent while at Westminster.”

Although Megan admits it took her a few major changes before she settled into her discipline, Westminster’s rich liberal arts tradition allowed her to explore all of her interests and even pick up a minor in communications. And now that she’s finished with her psychology capstone project, Megan says she feel very well-rounded and prepared after going through the program.

“My favorite part of the psychology department is the wide range of specialties that the faculty have,” she shared. “All of the professors truly care about the students and go above and beyond for us. My peers are so supportive and involved—it’s a family.” 

In between juggling a full course load and serving as captain of the swimming and diving team, Megan is also president of her sorority, a student philanthropy ambassador, and a member of Titan Guides and the Student Alumni Association. She also gives community swim lessons on the side.

“All of my experiences here have shaped me to be driven and compassionate. I’ve been able to be myself while at Westminster, and I’m so thankful for my time here and all of the people I’ve met.” 

While the Westminster experience is unique for each Titan, one thing students and alumni share is the tight-knit WC community that remains “home” for years to come. Westminster fosters many opportunities for collaboration with peers, faculty and alumni. Our academic curriculum provides plenty of chances for experiential learning through invigorating classroom instruction, undergraduate research and practical internships. A Westminster education sets the foundation for a successful future.

“Westminster has given me so much real-world experience. From conducting my own research and different internships to just learning skills that will help me as I interview and apply for jobs, I couldn’t have asked for a better undergraduate experience.”

Dr. R. Tad Greig Spreading Music Throughout the Region

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 10:50:00 EST

(image) Dr. R. Tad Greig, director of instrumental activities and professor of music at Westminster College, is busy making music throughout the area during the first couple weeks of January. On Thursday, Jan. 4, Dr. Greig is guest conducting the Lawrence County All-Star Band, a collection of the top instrumentalists from the 8 area high schools, at Westminster at 7:00 p.m. This is a one-day event, featuring both a junior high honors band and a senior high honors band.

"I have done this one in the past and really enjoy the opportunity to work with my area colleagues and their fine students," said Greig. 

The following week, Greig travels to Warren, PA to be the guest conductor for the PMEA, District 2, High School Honors Band. This band is comprised of students from Crawford, Erie, Warren, McKean, Potter, Elk, and Cameron Counties.

"This festival is very special to me personally as I started my teaching career 34 years ago in Warren County," Greig added.

Greig has been a guest conductor, clinician and guest lecturer throughout the Eastern United States. As a guest conductor, he has worked with junior high, senior high and collegiate bands throughout his career.

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

Humans of Westminster: Meet Danielle

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 10:04:00 EST


Sister, Sister

Choosing to attend Westminster was a difficult choice for me. My sister was already in her freshman year here when I was doing my college search, and although she and I are really close, I didn’t want people to think I was only coming here to be “just like her” or that I’m not my own person. However, after visiting her one weekend that year and spending the night, I woke up feeling like I could continue to stay, and it would feel completely natural.

From that morning, even though I didn’t admit it right away, I knew I would end up here. Now, I’m so happy that I did. Though I’m only a sophomore, I’ve already made lasting relationships here and received multiple opportunities that have helped me grow not only in my major and minor, but also just as a person in general. I truly feel like I was meant to end up here at Westminster, and it’s not just because my sister goes here, too.

Danielle Grady is a sophomore public relations major and marketing minor.