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Changing Paths: Hannah Paczkowski Miller '13

Monday, March 5, 2018

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.

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

Thursday, March 1, 2018

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.

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Max Ungerman '18

Thursday, March 1, 2018

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. 

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Alpha Phi Omega Invites Westminster Community to Participate in Operation Gratitude

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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. 

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

Monday, February 26, 2018

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.

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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. 

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

Thursday, February 22, 2018

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.”

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Symphony Orchestra Prepares Winter Concert, Feb. 22

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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.

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

Monday, February 19, 2018

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.

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