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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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Education Professor and Students Travel to Dominican Republic with Steel City Mission Group

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:54:00 EST

(image) Senior early childhood education majors Melissa Egan and Denver Baker, along with Dr. Sararose Lynch, recently traveled to Samaná, Dominican Republic as part of the Steel City Mission Group. Egan, Baker and Dr. Lynch teamed up with a group of students and Dr. Jeremy Lynch, associate professor of special education, from Slippery Rock University (SRU) to teach math and science to school aged children and families. The mission group visited 6 schools: Robales, Honduras, Arroyo Seco, El Valle, Maria Louisa and Los Coronas.

Additionally, Dr. Lynch, Egan and Baker conducted research regarding the recent changes to the education system in the Dominican Republic. Their findings will be shared during URAC on April 26, 2017 at Westminster College.

This is the first year a team from Westminster collaborated with a team from SRU to provide academic services with the mission group. Through a joint effort, the team shared the water filtration program which taught the Dominican students the need for using clean water. The Dominican students used biological microscopes to view samples of their water and water from other locations.

Volunteers from the mission group also taught the Dominican students and teachers mathematics games that can be used in all grades and provided the game materials to be used as part of their weekly routines.

The Steel City Mission Group is a non-profit group serving individuals from the Dominican Republic and Haiti by providing medical, construction, water filtration, and youth bible school services. The group is based out of Western Pennsylvania with members throughout the United States. Through generous donations of supplies, volunteerism and monetary donations, the Steel City Mission Group is able to provide crucial services while sharing their Christian faith. To learn more about the Steel City Mission Group, visit

For more information, contact Dr. Sararose Lynch at

Westminster College Wind Ensemble to Perform at Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:13:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. R. Tad Greig will perform at the famed Scottish Rite Cathedral located at 110 East Lincoln Avenue New Castle, PA 16101 on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 7:30 PM. The ensemble will be assisted by the Shenango Valley Chorale and faculty artist Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo. The concert will present an amazing array of the finest music for winds in one of the region’s most beautiful performance halls. The concert will be free to all with a free-will donation being accepted.

The Wind Ensemble at Westminster College has earned performances at the Pennsylvania State Music Educators Conference on numerous occasions and has been acknowledged by the National Association of Schools of Music in their multiple visits to Westminster. Westminster Colleges Band musicians have achieved honors at both the state and national collegiate levels.

There are no formal tickets for this show. However, preregistering helps gauge reception attendance and food needs. Registration is available at:

The concert will be followed by an open post-reception in the lobby featuring one of the college's famed chamber ensembles. Westminster College President Dr. Kathy Brittain Richardson will also attend the post-reception.

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

Early Childhood Majors Co-Host Union Elementary Math Night

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:45:00 EST

(image) More than 15 Westminster College early childhood/special education majors participated in a "Math Night" at Union Elementary School in New Castle during the spring Semester. The night included a carnival theme coordinated by pre-service teachers (Westminster students in Early Childhood Practicum), student-teachers at Union Elementary and Dani Brown 12’, a Westminster alumna with a BA in Early Childhood Education. Brown teaches 5th grade at Union Elementary School.

During Math Night, the pre-service teachers from Westminster facilitated games, STEAM activities and technology applications that the families could use to practice mathematics topics at school and home. Dr. Sararose Lynch, assistant professor of mathematics education at Westminster College, believes that Math Night is a beneficial opportunity for all involved.

"The elementary students and families are engaged in activities that that can be used at home to practice mathematics in a fun way, while the pre-service teachers get to learn in an authentic manner while providing a service to our local community," said Lynch.

For more information, contact Dr. Sararose Lynch at

Humans of Westminster: Meet Jordyn

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:34:00 EST

(image) Breaking Out of My Shell

I was afraid at first that I wasn’t going to fit in and not make any friends here. Since high school, I just played in the marching band and went home after school. I decided that in college I was going to join a lot of clubs and get out and meet people. Now after my 4 years here, I’ve held multiple leadership positions in clubs such as Gospel Choir, Kappa Delta and ALLIES. I’m a sweetheart to my favorite fraternity, played in the Marching Band and ran track for a season. If it wasn’t for Westminster I wouldn’t have met my wonderful boyfriend and all my lifelong friends. I wouldn’t have experienced all the opportunities this school has blessed me with. I believe Westminster has changed me for the better and has made me more confident and ready to take on the world. 

Jordyn Kee is a senior Fine Arts major. 

Westminster Seniors Present Research at Pittsburgh Conference of Analytical Chemistry

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 11:10:00 EST

(image) Westminster College seniors Stephanie Homitz, Michael McClain, Brendan Messner, Daniel Owoc, Brittany Slupe, Samantha Tower, Mathilda Willoughby and Cameron Worthing recently attended the Pittsburgh Conference of Analytical Chemistry on March 3-8, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Under the mentorship of Dr. Helen Boylan, professor and program coordinator of chemistry at Westminster, the students received a group travel grant from the Drinko Center and presented their research at the conference.

Stephanie Homitz, chemistry major, is a daughter of Jack and Susan Homitz and a graduate of New Brighton Area Senior High School.

Michael McClain, biochemistry major, is a son of Lethia Seitz and a graduate of Clarion Area Senior High School.

Brendan Messner, chemistry major, is a son of James and Kristen Messner and a graduate of Webster Schroeder High School.

Daniel Owoc, biology major, is a son of Roy and Diane Owoc and a graduate of Penn-Trafford High School.

Brittany Slupe, chemistry major, is a daughter of Kristine L. Slupe and a graduate of Butler Area Senior High School.

Samantha Tower, chemistry major, is a daughter of Christopher and Jane Tower and a graduate of Franklin Regional Senior High School. 

Mathilda Willoughby, biochemistry major, is a daughter of Ross and Mary Willoughby and a graduate of Fox Chapel Area High School.

Cameron Worthing, chemistry major, is a son of David and Diana Worthing and a graduate of Bellwood-Antis High School.

Westminster College Celebrates Fall 2016 Deans List Recipients

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:29:00 EST

(image) Westminster College would like to congratulate students who earned Dean’s List recognition for the 2016 fall semester.

The Dean’s List recognizes students who attain a grade point average of at least 3.6 out of a possible 4.0 with a minimum of 12 course semester hours.

For more information, contact Colleen Hannon, associate registrar, at 724-946-7137 or

View the list of recipients here.

Group from Westminster College Spends Spring Break on a Work Trip in Georgetown, SC

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:31:00 EST

(image) A group of 28 Westminster College students along with Rev. Jim Mohr, Stephanie Lehman and Joyce Laughlin traveled to Georgetown, South Carolina for this year’s Westminster College Spring Break with a Purpose trip. The team worked on two houses and collected items for the HFH ReStore with Habitat for Humanity in Georgetown, teaching children from two Charleston elementary schools to read as part of the Reading Partners program.    

The team spent time with former pastor of Mother Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston Dr. Betty Clark. Dr. Clark is now a pastor in Georgetown who shared with the group what it was like to be the pastor following the church shooting last year.

Before returning from Charleston, the team met with 4 alumni and their family members at Mellow Mushroom, an art-filled chain pizzeria. In attendance were Eric ‘13 and Marlee Tonks Dennis '12, Brooke Emmonds and Heather Aeppli '95 with her daughter Kate.

“This has been an outstanding trip with our students representing WC in amazing ways,” says Rev. Mohr. The team returned to New Wilmington on Saturday evening.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 250,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit

For more information, contact Rev. Mohr at or 724-946-7116.

Westminster College Hosts West Virginia Philosophical Society Spring Conference

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 08:51:00 EST

(image) The West Virginia Philosophical Society held its spring meeting at Westminster College on March 17 and 18. The West Virginia Philosophical Society has been in existence since 1947 and meets twice a year. 

This year's keynote speaker was Dr. Nicholas Rescher, Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. Rescher has authored nearly 150 books. His talk was entitled "Culpable Ignorance" and focused on the criteria for deciding the moral worth of an action.

Ten other presenters from a variety of institutions, including Dr. David Goldberg, Professor of Philosophy at Westminster College, presented their work as well. Goldberg, 2017-2018 Henderson Lectureship Award winner, presented his research on Nietzsche's understanding of history.

For more information, contact Goldberg at 724-946-7153 or

Westminster College Used Book Sale Starts April 3 in McGill Library

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 11:04:00 EST


Westminster College is having a used book sale starting April 3 until April 7 during regular library hours. The sale will be located on the first floor of McGill Library across from the Library and Information Services (LIS) Help desk.

Paperbacks are $1 and hardcover books are $2. For special deals throughtout the week, follow us on Facebook @WestminsterCollegeLibrary and Twitter @Chill_McGill.

For additional information, please contact Alex Julio at or 724-946-7330.

Charles Borges Previews Capstone Documentary “A Chance to Play”

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 10:45:00 EST

(image) Charles Borges ’18, Broadcast and Media Production major, recently shared his vision for his capstone documentary project about the Miracle League of Southwestern PA (MLSWPA).  His project, "A Chance to Play," goes into production this summer.

Affiliated with the National Miracle League Baseball organization, the MLSWPA is dedicated to providing opportunities for children and adults with physical and mental disabilities to play organized baseball ever since its opening on May 16, 2009. The MLSWPA is committed to expanding its offerings and support to special needs children and adults in Western Pennsylvania.

Borges hopes to interview parents, coaches, players, and volunteers to gain insight into the inner-workings of the Miracle League and why volunteers dedicate their time for such a noble cause.  

“I want this documentary to promote awareness for Miracle League itself, have it be a comfortable topic in mainstream media and to show everyone how much fun these kids can have,” says Borges. “If watching [this documentary] can help coax a few people into volunteering, I think I did a good job.”

Borges is one of five students in the documentary production course. The course spans two semesters moving students from the research and concept launches of their documentaries into production and post-production. The experience end in the world premiere of their final projects during the November 2017 Student Documentary Showcase on campus alongside classmates Brad Kolesar, Justin Wilson, Troy Jackson, and Emiley Westfall.

To learn more about the MLSWPA visit

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

Westminster College Hosts Professional Networking Symposium for Over 300 Students, Alumni & Friends

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 09:03:00 EST


Westminster College will host a Professional Networking Symposium for current students, alumni and friends of the college on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. in Patterson Hall followed by a career fair in Orr Lobby. There is no cost to attend the event; however, reservations are required. Register online at

The Professional Networking Symposium is designed to help students and young alumni better understand potential paths after graduation, including career and graduate school options. There are also many opportunities for students, alumni and friends of the college to meet and network with others in their field, as over 300 attendees are expected to attend the event.

“Although this program originated in the Business Department, it has really been adopted by the entire College community now,” says Kara Montgomery, Director of Alumni Relations.  “It’s very exciting to see alumni so passionate about wanting to return to campus to help our current students and offer them advice.  It lets us know that they are still connected not just to mother fair, but to their fellow student—they genuinely want to see our future graduates succeed.”

Co-chairing the event are Dr. Dan Fishmar, Economics Professor, Ben Nelson ‘06, Vice President – Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s and Dr. Christie (Grewe) Nelson ’06, Assistant Research Professor at Rutgers University. “Bringing industry professionals onto college campuses to connect with students is more important than ever. Networking is critical for students who want to obtain better jobs and understand all the opportunities that are out there,” says Dr. Christie (Grewe) Nelson.

The Symposium includes a career fair, over 30 breakout sessions with a variety of specially designed tracks, a networking luncheon and an off-site thank-you reception for participating alumni and friends. Sessions are designed to address specific topics and interests, include participants with directly relevant experience and are moderated by experienced professionals. The topics themselves are generated by a collaborative effort between a variety of parties, including the Career Center, Alumni Office, Academic Affairs Office, alumni stakeholders and faculty representatives from each of the College’s Divisions and Schools.

Students, alumni and guests, registration is available online at Please note that not all fields will apply to all attendees.

Students can also contact Terry Sammons at or 724-946-7338 to register for the symposium through the Career Center or visit the Career Center on the 3rd floor of the McKelvey Campus Center.

For more information, contact Kara Montgomery at or 724-946-7363.

Take a quick look at what you can expect at the Professional Networking Symposium!

Early Childhood/Special Education and Child and Family Studies Majors Visit DC

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:53:00 EST

Eight Early Childhood/Special Education and Child and Family Studies majors visited Washington D.C. over spring break. The group of students visited early childhood programs at Aidan Montessori and American University Lab Schools. The directors of both schools met with the students to discuss program philosophy and offered extensive tours. The school visits ended with Q&A sessions with other staff members.

The study group, under the guidance of Mrs. Diana Reed, also visited several sights in D.C. including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and Arlington National Cemetery.

For more information, contact Diana Reed at or 724-946-3207.

Westminster College Choral Department Hosts 'Brothers, Sing On Men's Choral Festival'

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 15:50:00 EST

(image) Please join the choral department for an afternoon of uplifting music featuring performances by the Westminster College Men’s Chorus, Upper St. Clair High School Men’s Ensemble and a festival chorus of 125 singer including high school men from around the region. The concert is Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium at Westminster College. Free and open to the public.

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

Westminster College Announces Spring Fitness Classes

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 09:07:00 EST

(image) Westminster College announces upcoming spring fitness classes. All classes are open to the public. Classes are $25 for 4 classes or $7 per individual class.

Hatha Yoga, instructed by Lori Allen, will be held from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 21 and 28; April 4 and 11.

Cardio/Strength Blast, instructed by Michael Gordon, will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays, March 23 and 30; April 6 and 20.

All classes will be held in Old 77 Dance Studio at Westminster College. There's no need to pre-register. Classes can be paid by cash or check. For more information, contact Karen Weichman at 724-946-7353 or

Softball: Titans Sweep Season-Opening Florida Games

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:17:00 EST

(image) KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Westminster College softball team swept its 2017 season-opening Florida games, the start of its 10-game Rebel Spring Games Florida trip, on Friday. The Titans won, 3-1, against Muskingum in game one and won, 6-5, against Bluffton in game two.
Against Muskingum (2-7), the Titans scored two runs in the first inning. Both teams scored a run in the fifth. The Muskies outhit the Titans 8-4. In the first, sophomore Kailey Liverman (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley) singled in senior Emily Lindsey (Freeport, PA / Freeport) for the first run of the game. Junior Addie Dieterich (Purcellville, VA / Loudoun Valley) scored senior Checka Nardone (Ellwood City, PA / Lincoln) off a single for the second run of the game. Westminster added insurance when junior Courtney Cohen (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) brought Lindsey home with a single in the fifth. Titan junior pitcher Jazmyn Rohrer (Purcellville, VA / Woodgrove) (1-0) gave up one run in five innings on five hits. She registered five strike outs and had six walks. Junior Emiley Westfall (Jefferson, OH / Perry) earned the save after pitching a scoreless seventh.
Against Bluffton (6-3), the Beavers took an early 1-0 lead after an RBI-walk in the first inning. Dieterich tied the game with an RBI-triple in the fourth, scoring Liverman. Westfall put the Titans in front, 2-1, after bringing Liverman home with a ground out. Bluffton regained the lead, 3-2, after a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. Dieterich tied the game at three with an RBI-double in the sixth, scoring sophomore Emily Secrist (Chambersburg, PA / Chambersburg Area). Later in the inning, Dieterich scored on a throwing error and the Titans led 4-3. Bluffton's Josie McElroy connected on a two-run double in the sixth, to put the Beavers ahead 5-4. In the seventh inning, Liverman delivered a two-out-two-run-double, scoring Lindsey and Dieterich, putting Westminster back in front, 6-5. In its last at-bat, Bluffton had the bases loaded with one out, however, Titan first-year pitcher Kayla Troxil (Canfield, OH / Canfield) sealed the win after forcing a fly out and a ground out. Troxil (1-0) earned the win after coming in for relief. She pitched six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits. Troxil struck out one and walked three. For the game, Westminster outhit Bluffton, 12-9.
Westminster (2-0) continues its Florida trip on Saturday, March 11. The Titans play Wheaton (Mass.) at 1:30 p.m., followed by New Jersey at 3:45 p.m.  

Dr. David W. Goldberg Earns 2017-18 Henderson Lectureship Award

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:59:00 EST


Dr. David W. Goldberg, Westminster College Associate Professor of Philosophy, has earned the 2017-2018 Henderson Lectureship Award. Goldberg joined the Westminster faculty in 2002. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from Pennsylvania State University in Philosophy and was awarded a Philosophy from Duquesne University.

Goldberg will present his lecture on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Witherspoon Maple Room. His lecture focuses on the integration of Nietzche’s three historical perspectives (monumental, antiquarian and critical) and how they can be exemplified in Shorin ryu, an Okinawan system of Karate.

“Vibrant and lively martial art systems survive on this integration of the monumental, antiquarian and perspectives,” says Goldberg. “My contention is that without such integration, a ryu will stagnate, for life for Nietzsche is, as Heraclitus suggested so long ago, always in flux.”

Goldberg’s research in this area has led to publications and presentations that he plans to continue.

“This is an ongoing project, integrating two aspects of my own life that are passions for me,” says Goldberg. “I seek to share [my research] with my colleagues in the hope they will critique my position, which can only help me clarify and expand the project”.

The Henderson Lecture was founded by the late Dr. Joseph R. Henderson and his wife, Elizabeth, to encourage and recognize original and continuing research and scholarship among Westminster College faculty, and to afford the opportunity for faculty to share their learning with the academic community.  Dr. Henderson was a professor of education emeritus at Westminster, having served as chair of the Department of Education and as director of the Graduate Program.

Each year, Westminster faculty members may nominate themselves or others to receive the lectureship, which includes a stipend to support a specific research project.  A faculty committee chooses the winner.

For more information, contact Gabriella Budai at or 724-946-7122.

Dr. James C. Rhoads and Colleagues Present Research at Southwestern Popular Culture Association

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:51:00 EST


Dr. James C. Rhoads, Professor of Political Science at Westminster College, presented his research "Exploring the Intersection of Popular Culture and Political Polarization: A Q-Methodological Investigation of Hochschild's 'Strangers in Their Own Land" with his co-authors Dr. Dan B. Thomas and Dr. Bruce McKeown

Thomas and McKeown are also Q-methodologists (a particular methodology used to scientifically study the subjective) and political scientists interested in popular culture.

“I have been interested in the intersection between popular culture and American politics for many years, but it has increasing relevance for understanding what is happening in our politics,” says Rhoads.

Rhoads, Thomas and McKeown presented their research paper in a panel at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Popular Culture Association held in Albuquerque, New Mexico during February 15-18, 2017. The paper examines Strangers in Their Own Land by UC-Berkeley sociologist Arlie Hochschild, in which Hochschild examines the unseemly electoral allegiance by Southern conservatives to the Republican party.

“Our panel was well-attended and interest was high not only in the information about what motivated Trump voters, but in the use of the methodology," adds Rhoads.

Rhoads and his co-authors focused on the subjectivity at the intersection of popular culture and partisan polarization. Specifically, the researchers examined the election of Donald Trump, President of the United States and former reality television/pop culture icon. They also analyzed reasons Trump voters provide for their electoral choice.

The authors plan to submit their research for publication. They will present a continuation of their research at a conference in the fall.

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

Neshannock Elementary Celebrates Read Across America

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:45:00 EST


On March 2, 2017, students at Neshannock Memorial Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday during Read Across America (RAA).  The celebration was organized by Westminster Alumna Kristi Joseph Perrotta ’97/’00.  Read Across America is a national reading celebration focused on Dr. Seuss's birthday.  For more information visit:

This year’s RAA kick-off program took place in the classrooms while watching a YouTube video created by student teachers.  Student teachers from Westminster College (Mandy Magnotti ‘17, Caity Kourokos ’17 and Amber Laitinen ’17) created a video for Neshannock children and families to introduce the week-long festivities.

The RAA has been celebrated several different ways over the past few years at Neshannock Memorial Elementary School.   There have been school-wide kick-off assemblies, flash mobs, guest readers such as the "Cat in the Hat,” and school-wide Read-A-Thons with prizes such as Mini I-pads and Barnes and Noble gift cards.  There have been specially named lunches, buddy-reading, and most importantly a K-4 family reading and math night.

“Read Across America is a very positive and motivating experience for the students and staff,” says Kristi Perrotta, 2nd grade teacher at Neshannock Elementary. “Last year's celebration was our biggest to date!”

Perrotta was inspired to bring the school-wide Read Across America celebration to Neshannock because she was on the RAA planning committee in the Hermitage School District. Over the past few years, Perrotta has met with the RAA committee and student teachers to help plan the RAA celebration.

After graduating from Westminster College in 1997 with her BA in Elementary Education, Perrotta later earned her M.Ed. from the Reading Specialist program in 2000. “I am proud to be a graduate of Westminster College,” adds Perrotta. “I love knowing that professors I had 20 years ago still remember me by name and are genuinely interested in the paths I have taken in my life.

Perrotta has been teaching for 18 years.  She was a Title I Reading Specialist for 17 years. After spending the first 9 years of her career in the Hermitage School District, Perrotta has spent the past 9 years at Neshannock.   This is her first year as a second-grade classroom teacher.  Her advice to future educators is to teach their students with respect, challenge them to do their best, and always try to differentiate when possible.

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

Joey Bandi ‘17 and Dr. Nancy DeSalvo Perform Work of Faculty Composer

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 13:19:00 EST

(image) On March 4, 2017, Joey Bandi '17 and Dr. Nancy DeSalvo performed “A Triptych of Fugues” for four-handed piano at the Society of Composers' Region VIII Conference at Washington State University's School of Music in Pullman, Washington. The music piece was composed by Dr. Daniel Perttu, Chair of the School of Music at Westminster College.

Dr. DeSalvo is an Associate Professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania where she teaches applied piano, vocal and instrumental accompanying, piano techniques courses and music history. Joey Bandi, a senior music education and music performance major, is a son of Joseph and Debbie Bandi and a graduate of West Allegheny Senior High School.

"Joey and Dr. DeSalvo’s performance was absolutely brilliant,” says Perttu. “I was so proud that they represented my music so well. Dr. DeSalvo is a wonderful performer, and I was extremely impressed with the work of Joey Bandi who played so very well.  I am very much indebted to them!" 

The SCI Region VIII conference is a professional conference for composers that selects works to be programmed in a competitive, peer-review process. Only a small proportion of compositions are selected.

For more information, contact Dr. Daniel Perttu at or 724-946-7024.

Duff Student Restaurant Hosts First Round of Comic Cuisine Chefs Fare

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:40:00 EST


Westminster Dining will host the first round of the Comic Cuisine themed Chefs Fare on March 22 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Duff Student Restaurant. It is a friendly culinary competition with Juniata College, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and Westminster College.

Music will be provided by DJ Andy Borts and a superhero and super-villain comic costume contest will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The winner will receive a $25 esteem VISA gift card.

Chef Jason Felitsky and Pat Bohinski will travel to Juniata College on March 29 for the second round of the fare. On Wednesday, April 5, Felitsky and Bohinski will head to UPJ to finish off this year’s Comic Cuisine adventure.

Westminster Education Majors and BSU Members Attend African American Read In at Farrell Elem.

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:21:00 EST

(image) In February 2017, nineteen Westminster College students conducted the 8th annual African American Read In (AARI) at Farrell Elementary School in Farrell, PA. Thirteen Early Childhood Education majors in Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi’s literacy course (ECE 341) shared African American children’s literature with Kindergarten through fourth grade classes.  Six Black Student Union students working with Jeannette Hubbard, Director of Diveristy Services at Westminster College, met with fifth and sixth grade classes to discuss career goals and attending college.

Dr. Klassen Endrizzi coordinated the event with Farrell Elementary principal Ms. Japraunika Wright and Ms. Nichole Columbus, Farrell Curriculum Coordinator. Wright grauated from Westminster in 2005 with a M.Ed. in Educational Adminstration. Columbus graduated from Westminster in 1998 with a BA in Education and later in 2005 with a M.Ed. in Educational Administration. 

The AARI is an annual literacy celebration established by the National Council of Teachers of English.  Its purpose is to ensure that children of color see themselves, and their life experiences reflected in books.  One preservice teacher, Megan Lowry, noted the importance of sharing multicultural books with all children in this way.  “The children were so amazed to see themselves, and their family, in the book we shared.  One girl shouted out during the reading, "Her grandma looks like my grandma!” You could see the excitement on the children’s faces when we were sharing the story.”

Another preservice teacher, Samantha Maslyk, noted the value of making reading a deeper social and psychological experience in the following way. “Providing interaction along with a rich text is important to enable student’s creativity, to help them express themselves, connect with others, and relate to real world situations,” explained Maslyk.

To learn more about African American Read Ins, see

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

Westminster Admission Counselors Attending Spring College Fairs

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 10:39:00 EST

Westminster College admission team members may be traveling to a college fair near you this spring.  We want to encourage you, of the opportunity, to meet and discuss your questions about the college process and to share information about Westminster.  “We try to attend as many fairs as possible to show prospective students what Westminster has to offer,” says Savanna Adams, Admission Counselor at Westminster. “This is the counselors’ time to connect with potential students and share the opportunities available here on our campus.” Find Westminster at the following College Fairs: March 8th: Allentown, PA: Cedar Crest College (9:30 AM—11:30 AM & 6:30 PM—8:00 PM) 100 College Drive Allentown, PA March 14th: St. Bonaventure, NY: Penn York College Night (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM) 3261 West State Road St. Bonaventure, NY March 14th: North Canton, OH: Stark County Spring College Fair (6:00 PM – 7:30 PM) 6000 Frank Avenue NW North Canton, OH March 15th – 16th: Buffalo, NY: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, booth 92 (March 15: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, March 16: (9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) Convention Center Plaza Buffalo, NY March 15th: Lancaster, PA: Millersville University (8:30 AM—11:00 AM) 1 S George Street Millersville, PA April 5th-6th: Montgomery, MD: Montgomery County Agricultural Center, booth 121 (April 5: 9:45 AM – 12:45 PM & 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: April 6: 9:45 AM – 12:45 PM) 501 Perry Parkway Gaithersburg, MD April 6th-7th: Hyattsville, MD: Prince George County, MD, Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, booth 317 (April 6: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, April 7: 9:45 AM – 12:00 PM) 8001 Sheriff Road Hyattsville, MD April 24th: Wormleysburg, PA: Harrisburg Academy College Night 10 Erford Road Wormleysburg, PA April 26th-April 27th: Secaucus NJ: New Jersey National College Fair, Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows, booth 438 (April 26: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, April 27: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM) 355 Plaza Drive Secaucus, NJ May 1st: Wilkes-Barre, PA: Northeast PACAC, Kings College (8:30 AM – 11:30 AM & 6:00 PM— 8:00 PM) 133 N River Street Wilkes-Barre, PA May 9th: Erie, PA: Northwest Pennsylvania, Gannon University (6:30 PM— 8:00 PM) 109 University Square Erie, PA May 15th: Villanova, PA: Mainline, Villanova University (6:30 PM—9:00 PM) 800 Lancaster Avenue Villanova, PA For more information, contact Brad Tokar, Director of Admission at or 724-946-7109. [...]

Emiley Westfall Presents “Tutus, Pink Shoes & Baby Blues”

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 16:24:00 EST

(image) Emiley Westfall ’18, Broadcast and Digital Communications major, is producing a documentary entitled “Tutus, Pink Shoes & Baby Blues” about the adoption process the Michelson family went through in order to adopt  5-year old twin girls from Africa.

During the adoption process, the Michelsons received notice they were eligible to adopt an additional two children. While the adoption process can be costly, the Michelson family was able to raise $25,000 within three days through online funding accounts. They have been over in Africa since the beginning of December. Their return date is still unknown and is all based on when the courts process their second adoption. The run time for this documentary will run anytime between 10-15 minutes.

For the documentary, Westfall will interview the Michelsons and, if it makes sense, a few close family members and friends. Westfall also plans to contact the adoption agency the family is going through and possibly someone who has been adopted.

“The purpose of this documentary is to show and teach the audience the process of adopting children and the effect it had on the people who go through it,” says Westfall. “It will create a lot of emotion for the audience by capturing it in a first-person voice of a 5-year-old. Also, the footage of the family in Africa will give the audience a first look of the living conditions these children lived in.”

Westfall is one of five students in the documentary production course. The course spans two semesters moving students from the research and concept launches of their documentaries into production and post-production. The experience end in the world premiere of their final projects during the November 2017 Student Documentary Showcase on campus alongside classmates Brad Kolesar, Justin Wilson, Troy Jackson, and Charles Borges.

Justin Wilson Presents 'Tiny Living: The College Experiment'

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 15:23:00 EST

(image) Justin Wilson ’18, Broadcast and Digital Communications major, is producing a documentary called “Tiny Living: The College Experiment". The documentary will follow the journeys of people living in the Tiny House at Westminster College once it is completed. 

Wilson plans to produce the documentary like a reality TV show. “I want to focus on things [people living in the Tiny House] go through, psychologically and physically,” says Wilson. “Is Tiny House living the way to go, the way of the future?”

“The Tiny House project is a big group of interesting people,” adds Wilson. “No one’s really the same major. Everyone’s just collaborating and you can tell they’ve been really trying hard to get this off the ground”.

Wilson recently joined the Tiny House project, a group of Westminster students under the direction of Dr. Helen Boylan and in collaboration with New Castle School of Trades. Tiny Houses, which have piqued social and environmental interest across the globe, are loosely categorized as homes that are between 100 and 400 square feet. These houses require less energy and economic consumption, and support the ideas of simplification and sustainability.

Wilson is one of five students in the documentary production course this year. The course spans two semesters moving students from the research and concept launches of their documentaries into production and post-production. The experience ends with the world premiere of the final projects during the November 2017 Student Documentary Showcase on campus alongside classmates Emiley Westfall, Brad Kolesar, Troy Jackson, and Charles Borges.

The full trailer for "Tiny Living: The College Experiment" is available for streaming on Vimeo.

Steve Mosley Presents “The Chosen Garment” at Westminster College

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:07:00 EST

(image) The Office of Faith and Spirituality at Westminster College presents “The Chosen Garment” with Steven Mosley on Sunday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to all.

In “The Chosen Garment,” Steven Mosley performs the whole bible in a one act play. Described as “an inspiring, never-to-be forgotten worship experience,” Mosley presentation takes the audience on a “whirlwind tour of the Bible that is both humorous and deeply moving”.

“I believe the story of the Bible contains the biggest, most redemptive dose of grace humankind has ever, and will ever, experience,” says Mosley in his biography on “I work hard to shape my “Whole Bible in One Act” presentations so that this priceless grace of God shines brightly as the climax of the story in various ways.”

Mosley is a Christian speaker, producer and author of twelve Christian books, including Secrets of the Mustard Seed, Secrets of Jesus’ Touch and Great Stories and How to Tell Them. He grew up in Latin America and was discipled by Campus Crusade for Christ. Mosley has made films in Japan, produced drama segments for scores of television shows, and spoke at churches and conferences all across America.

Learn more about Steven Mosley by visiting his website:

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

Brad Kolesar '18 Presents Trailer 'Hitting the Redline'

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:39:00 EST

(image) Brad Kolesar '18, Broadcast & Digital Communications major and Social Media/Film Studies minor, presents the trailer for his capstone documentary project entitled "Hitting the Redline." The documentary focuses on the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, a a ten-day celebration that pays tribute to the world of vintage cars and vintage motorsports racing. Kolesar chose to document this event because of his previous involvement. 

"I have been involved with the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix for over six years, four of the years being one of the racecar drivers in the event," said Kolesar. "I believe I can show in depth behind the scenes of the Grand Prix and put a spotlight on this unique Pittsburgh event."

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix includes various car parades and shows, driving tours, receptions, and vintage car racing and has raised over 4.3 million dollars over the past 30 years.

"Even though the event revolves around vintage cars, there is a bigger picture here at the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix," adds Kolesar. "All of the proceeds from the event provide funding for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School, which helps kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Pittsburgh region."

Kolesar is a member of the Titan swim team, a director and producer at Westminster Cable, and one of five students in the documentary production course. The course spans two semesters moving students from the research and concept launches of their documentaries into production and post-production. The experiences culminates in the world premiere of the projects during the November 2017 Student Documentary Showcase on campus alongside classmates Emiley Westfall, Justin Wilson, Troy Jackson, and Charles Borges.

The full trailer for "Hitting the Red Line" is available for streaming on Vimeo.

Troy Jackson Releases Video Concept Statement for 'Ghost Witch'

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:09:00 EST

(image) Troy Jackson '17, Film Studies and Media Production major, released his video concept statement for his project, "Ghost Witch."

"Ghost Witch" captures the folklore surrounding a Lawrence County myth, the ghost of Mary Black. Generations of Lawrence County residents have passed down the tale that claims a local woman was a witch and her ghost continues to haunt the community.

"I want to explore to find out who Mary Black really was, and to find the reasons behind people claiming she was a witch," says Jackson.

Jackson and other documentary production students will present trailers for their projects during this year's Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration event. The final full-length documentaries will premiere this fall at the 2017 WC Documentary Showcase.

Jackson's trailer for "Ghost Witch" is available for streaming on Vimeo.

The History Club Visits the Frick Center and Speaks with a Westminster Alumna

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:41:00 EST

(image) On Saturday, February 25, the Westminster History Interest Group (WHIG) sponsored a trip to the Frick Art and Historical Center. Students toured Clayton, the restored Pittsburgh home of Henry Clay Frick, and spoke with Westminster alumna Lynn Rice '10 about her public history work as Systems and Data Manager.

Students Alexandria Quigley, Dominic Boston, Andrew Henley, and Nicolle Clayton attended the trip to historical center.

The Frick Art and Historical Center is located in Pittsburgh's historic East End. Guests are welcomed to visit the preserved Gilded Age mansion of Henry Clay Frick and his family to view masterpieces of European art, different art exhibitions and the collection of historic cars and carriages.

To learn more about the Frick Art and Historical Center, visit:

For more information, contact Dr. Angela Lahr at or 724-946-6246.

Men’s Basketball: Titans Finish 2016-17 Season in ECAC Semifinals

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:34:00 EST

(image) The Westminster College men’s basketball team lost, 82-76, at Penn State Behrend in the 2017 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament Semifinals presented by Visit Myrtle Beach on Saturday.

Four Titans scored in double-digits, led by juniors Deontay Scott (Youngstown, OH / East) and Jarret Vrabel (Canfield, OH / Canfield) who each scored 17 points. Scott grabbed down a game-high nine rebounds. Sophomore Austin Armwood (Columbus, OH / Westerville North) netted 14 points, while classmate Marco Delorenzo (Canfield, OH / Canfield) scored a career-high 10 points. Senior Jason Pilarski (Pittsburgh, PA / Brentwood), senior Cameron Pozsgai (Windham, OH / Windham), and freshman Preston Stitt (Boardman, OH / South Range) each had five points. Pozsgai and Delorenzo each had six boards, a career-best for Delorenzo. Delorenzo also had a game- and career-high two blocks. Junior Brandon Domenick (New Castle, PA / New Castle) dished-out a team-high four assists and pocketed a team-best two steals.

The Lions outshot the Titans 51.7% (30-58) to 47.5% (28-59). Westminster held a 34-31 advantage in rebounds. 

Tied 7-7 in the beginning of the game, Westminster (17-12) went on a 7-2 run to take a 14-9 lead with 15:17 on the clock. Penn State (21-7) answered with a 7-0 run and led 16-14 with 12:54 on the clock. The Titans countered with an 11-2 run, capped off with a layup by Delorenzo, and went in front 25-18 with 8:15 to go. The Lions, however, outscored the Titans 22-5 for the remainder of the half and led 40-30 at intermission. Westminster opened the second half with an 11-2 run, capped off with a three by Pilarski, to cut the Lions’ lead to 42-41 with 16:57 remaining. The Titans regained the lead, 47-45, after Vrabel made a pair of free throws with 15:05 left. 10 lead changes followed with the tenth occurring when Deloreanzo made a layup putting the Titans’ ahead 69-67 with 4:20 remaining. Penn State, however, made it 11 lead changes as it went on a 9-0 run and led 76-69 with 51 seconds left. The Titans got within four points of the Lions’ lead, 80-76, after Armwood made a three-pointer with 18 seconds left, but that would be the closest Westminster would get.

Dr. Jeffrey Scott Coker Selected as Westminster College’s New Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of College

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 09:16:00 EST

Dr. Jeffrey Scott Coker has been selected to serve as the next Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Westminster College following a national search. Coker will begin his appointment at Westminster in June 2017. “We are delighted to have Dr. Coker joining us at Westminster this summer,” said President Kathy Brittain Richardson. “His accomplishments as a science educator and liberal arts administrator prepare him well for academic leadership here. He is deeply committed to fostering excellence in liberal arts education and to the importance of experiential education for all students.” “Westminster is a gem in the higher education landscape, with a long history of transforming lives,” said Coker.  “I have been deeply impressed by the talent and sincerity of its students, the commitment of its faculty and staff, the strength of its senior leadership, and the dedication of its alumni.  The future of Westminster looks very bright, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.” Coker currently serves as director of the Elon Core Curriculum and associate professor of biology at Elon University in Elon, NC.  As director, Coker provides oversight for more than 120 faculty who teach Core Curriculum courses each year. He led the revision of First-Year Foundations courses for the university, implemented an interdisciplinary capstone project requirement for all students, doubled the experiential learning requirement for all students, and created new advising materials. He also led the common reading program, developed intellectual events for all first-year students, and helped to create a new summer orientation program for incoming students. Coker recently received the 2016 “Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education Award” from the National Society of Experiential Education. He has presented numerous teaching-related workshops for other universities and associations, and published widely on experiential learning and high-impact educational practices.  Coker is the author of two books/manuals and more than 60 scholarly articles, posters and other publications. As a biologist, Coker led in the establishment of the Elon University Forest, a campus preserve for teaching and research. He has taught a field biology course in Peru and developed a novel course called “Reinventing Life” for general student populations.  Along with teaching responsibilities in biology, Coker has also taught several interdisciplinary courses at Elon University and helped to develop dozens of others. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Davidson College, Coker received a master of education degree in science education and a doctorate in plant biology from North Carolina State University where his dissertation was recognized with the Pollock Award. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa. As an undergraduate of Davidson, an outstanding small liberal arts college, Coker said he looks forward to bringing his deep commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education, student success and high-impact educational practices to Westminster College. In his free time, Coker enjoys the arts, hiking, house restoration, sports, and scuba diving.&nbs[...]

Music with Friends Concert Featuring the Westminster College Wind Ensemble

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:30:00 EST

(image) Join the award-winning Westminster College Wind Ensemble for the last Music with Friends concert of the season this Friday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Will W. Orr Auditorium at Westminster College. There will be chamber music from the student Woodwind Quartet at 6:50 p.m. until 7:10 p.m. in Orr Lobby. The concert is free and open for all.

Special guests for the evening include the Wilmington Area High School Symphonic Band under the direction of Mr. Jonathan Nickel, 2009 Westminster graduate.

“I am extremely proud of Jonathan Nickel and what he has accomplished since graduating,” says Greig. “My students have enjoyed the opportunity of working with him.  I am also very proud of the others who have graduated and are doing such fine work.”

The Westminster College Wind Ensemble will perform “Cityscapes “by Scott Boerma; “Symphonies of Gaia” by Jayce John Ogren; “March” from the Moorside Suite by Gustav Holst; “Lord Tullamore” by Carl Wittrock; and “Grace” by Brian Balmages (conducted by Mr. Nickel).

The past two Music with Friends concerts led up to the major concert of the season, the Wind Ensemble performance at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle, PA on Friday, March 31 beginning at 7:30 pm. “We are so happy that the Wind Ensemble has been included on the Scottish Rite Concert Calendar,” added Greig. The concert will be free and open for all.

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

Sherrie Flick Speaks at Upcoming Bleasby Colloquium

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:05:00 EST

(image) As part of the Bleasby Colloquia Series, the Westminster College Department of English and Public Relations presents fiction writer Sherrie Flick. Flick will read excerpts from her latest collection Whiskey, Etc. on Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m. in Mueller Theater, located in McKelvey Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Sherrie published her debut novel Reconsidering Happiness with Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press as part of their Flyover Fiction series in 2009. It was a semi-finalist for the VCU First Novelist Award. Chuck Kinder, American novelist, called it “A big beautiful Buick of a book.” She is also author of the award-winning flash fiction chapbook I Call This Flirting (Flume, 2004). John McNally warned, “These are late-night stories, told after midnight, a femme fatale whispering sad and unraveled and lusty tales into your ear.”

Her stories are included in many anthologies, including: Winesburg, Indiana (Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2015) edited by Michael Martone and Bryan Furuness; Flashed: Sudden Stories in Prose and Comics (Pressgang, Butler University, Indianapolis, 2015). Her essay “Flash in a Pan” appears in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction, 2009, edited by Tara Masih.

To learn more about Sherrie Flick, visit her website:

This colloquium is part of the George Bleasby Colloquia series of literary events in honor of the late Dr. Bleasby, who chaired the Westminster College Department of English from 1954-1975.  These programs are presentations by department faculty, featured speakers, and majors on individual scholarship, interests and creative projects.

For more information, contact Dr. David Swerdlow at or 724-946-7345.

Todd Cole Shares Teaching Tips with Emerging Educators

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:53:00 EST

Todd Cole ‘83, fourth grade English and Language Arts teacher at Laurel Elementary in New Castle, PA, came to Westminster to share some insight into the ever-changing field of education with a group education majors. Cole completed his undergraduate degree at Westminster and graduated from the Reading Specialist M.Ed. program in 1991. Dressed in a George Washington costume, a homage to his favorite president, Cole started his workshop greeting the group of Westminster students at the door much like he does his students at Laurel. He led a president’s day theme writing assignment and had the group create their own truffala trees from Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax,” which he suggested to use as an earth day activity in their own classrooms one day. Cole comes to Westminster at least once a year to share teaching tips, offer advice and best practices with the group of emerging educators. Most importantly, he brings his collection of children’s books that are perfect for just about any occasion. Whether it’s “First Day Jitters” by Julie Danneberg and Judy Love or “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio, Cole’s collection of books all share positive messages for young readers and challenge students to think critically. Cole has been featured on WFMJ TODAY as an education expert.  “It’s a great outlet to get my message out there,” adds Cole. He advises every parent to read with their children every day. “Reading with them is the best medicine you give them and it creates lasting memories”. As a reoccurring guest on WFMJ, he discusses educational issues creating challenges for local schools. He also provides tips for parents regarding children’s literature, preparing for the first day of school and summer activities to help children retain the skills they learned throughout the school year. Cole ended his workshop at Westminster with an exclusive reading of his new children’s book, “You Are a Masterpiece,” a motivational piece that inspires children to have positive self-esteem and “celebrate the masterpiece in us all”. Cole has been an educator at Laurel Elementary for 34 years. He spent 25 years as a first-grade teacher and the past nine years teaching fourth grade. In previous years, Cole was named Teacher of the Year by the Laurel Community Foundation, Lawrence County's Educator of the Year, and was named one of the top three early educators for Disney Teacher of the Year. In July, Cole will begin his adjunct teaching career at Westminster by teaching a graduate class featuring children’s books. To learn more about Westminster graduate programs, visit Or email and call 888-378-2779. For more information, contact Tom Fields at or 724-946-7190. [...]

Westminster College’s Concert Choir Performs Duruflé Requiem

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:24:00 EST


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

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

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

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

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:56:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:01:00 EST

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

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

The vespers service is free and open to the public.

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

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

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:00:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applications Open for Drinko Center Summer Research Fellowships

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:47:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Music with Friends

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:24:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:52:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westminster College Symphony Orchestra Presents Winter Concert

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:58:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

Office of Diversity Services Celebrates Black History Month

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 13:31:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westminster College Sports Medicine Hosts My School Color Run in April

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:42:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 15:35:00 EST

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

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

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

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

• Involve their time and talent.

• Value their degrees and protect their personal investments.

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

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

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

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

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

Westminster College 2017 Internship Fair

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:00:00 EST

Cedar Farm Inn, New Wilmington, PA Marketing/PR, Social Media, Print Media Intern Dairy Farmers of America, New Wilmington, PA Quality Assurance/Lab Technician Intern                   Disability Options Network/DON Services, New Castle, PA Director/Assistant Director/Group Supervisor/Assistant Group Supervisor/Aide All full-time positions Enterprise Rent a Car, Pittsburgh, PA Manager Trainee Intern and Full-time Farmers Insurance and Remax, Zelienople, PA Marketing, Communications, PR Intern George Jr. Republic, Grove City, PA Various Interns (Criminal Justice, Social Work, Marketing, Psychology) Possible full-time opportunities IBM Watson, Pittsburgh, PA Developer Intern Lawrence County Adult Probation and Parole Department, New Castle, PA Criminal Justice, Social Work, and Psychology Intern LIVE New Wilmington Community Development Intern PR, Communications, Business Administration, English Majors Marshalls, Pittsburgh, PA Retail Management Intern Full-time opportunities New Castle Community YMCA, New Castle, PA Need interns to help in Marketing, Finance, Childcare/education, and Sports Management Northwestern Mutual, Pittsburgh, PA Financial Representative Intern Financial Representative (Full- time) Penn Ohio Rehabilitation, New Wilmington, PA Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy Shadowing Opportunities Marketing Intern Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Mercer, PA Criminal Justice, Psychology, Sociology Intern Possible Full-time opportunities Pennsylvania State Police Trooper (Full-time) Pittsburgh Fellows, Pittsburgh, PA 1 year Fellowship (Full-time) Business, Economics, Marketing, Communications Pittsburgh North Regional Chamber Possible Full-time and Internships Psychology Software Tools, Sharpsburg, PA Technical Consultant Intern  Technical Consultant (Full-time) Psychology, Sociology, Computer Science Southerncare Hospice, New Castle, PA Summer Intern – Psychology or Sociology                   Sisters of the Humility of Mary/Villa Maria Farm, Villa Maria, PA Land Management Intern Environmental Science, Biology, and Sustainable Agriculture The Village Network, Youngstown, OH Sociology, Psychology, and Criminal Justice - Interns and Full-time Treloar & Heisel, New Castle, PA Wealth Management Intern – Business, Finance, Accounting, HR, Marketing, Management, and IT Weber Catering & Events, LLC, New Wilmington, PA Event Coordinator and Company Operations – all semesters [...]

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

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:54:00 EST

Westminster College’s Department of Physics will host Dr. Rob Wittenmyer for a Robert M. Woods Memorial Lecture at 7 p.m. on February 15 in Phillips Lecture Hall, Hoyt Science Resources Center. Wittenmyer’s lecture, "The Great Unveiling: A New Golden Age of Exoplanetary Science," is free and open to the public. Wittenmyer will describe the tremendous challenges and opportunities of exoplanetary science to arise over the next decade. He says that the “The next revolution will be one of understanding - a ‘great unveiling’ as we learn the detailed properties of the planetary systems in the Solar neighborhood”. Currently an Associate Professor at the University of Southern Queensland near Brisbane (USQ), near Brisbane Wittenmyer leads the MINERVA-Australis exoplanet observatory. “He is a world leader in the use of the radial velocity method to discover and study planets,” said Dr. Thomas Oberst, Westminster College Associate Professor of Physics and Director of the Westminster Planetarium and Observatory. This is contrary to the transit method that Oberst and his students have used to co-discover planets at Westminster. “We are extremely excited for Rob’s visit to Westminster,” added Oberst. Wittenmyer and Oberst collaborate through the KELT planet search project, and Wittenmyer will host Westminster students in Australia in 2018 for summer research in astronomy as part of the $250,000 NSF IRES grant recently co-awarded to Westminster College. Read more here: Wittenmyer earned his undergraduate degree from Williams College, a master's degree in biology from Boston University and a master's degree in astronomy from San Diego State University. After teaching in central California and spending a year at the Antarctic Research Centre, he earned a PhD from the University of Texas-Austin. Wittenmyer’s postdoctoral research at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia led to a Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship, followed by a tenured Senior Lecturer position. The Woods Memorial Lecture honors Dr. Robert M. Woods, professor of physics at Westminster College from 1947-1972.  It is made possible by a gift from the Woods family that has been supplemented over the years by gifts from friends and alumni. For more information, contact Doreen Matune at or 724-946-7284. [...]

Registration Opens for Summer Science Splash Camp

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:19:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:45:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

To learn more about Carroll visit:

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

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

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:33:00 EST

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

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

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

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

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

A link to the journal article is available here:

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

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

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:10:00 EST

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

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

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

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

More information on the book can be found at

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