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Accounting Professor to Discuss Game Strategy at Faculty Forum

David Smith

David Smith, Westminster College assistant professor of accounting, will discuss the use of games to develop academic skills at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Artist Talk Scheduled for Oct. 7 is Canceled

The gallery talk by fabric artist Martha Ressler scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. is canceled. It will be re-scheduled in November.

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Student Teachers Presented at National Conference

(L-r) Maile Kirkpatrick, Dr. Eileen Morelli, Leah Badolato, Cassey Hogue, Alissa Little, Sarah Nee, Tom Holoman, Mallory Ference, Dr. Amy Camardese

Six Westminster College student teachers, a graduate student, and two education faculty presented "The Kindle Project" at the National Student Teaching and Supervision conference April 28 at Slippery Rock University.

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French Film Festival to Show Movie Based on True Story

Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men), the fourth film in Westminster College's Tournées Film Festival, will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College Audio Visual Services' First Annual Chili-Cook-off Turns Up Heat on Cystic Fibrosis

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College Audio Visual Services (AV) held its first annual Chili Cook-off during homecoming festivities Sept. 29 and raised more than $300 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Westminster College Faculty Attend the Council on Undergraduate Research Meeting

Dr. Terri L. Lenox, professor of computer science and chair of the mathematics and computer science department
Dr. Karen K. Resendes, assistant professor of biology
Dr. Sandra K. Webster, professor of psychology

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Three Westminster College faculty attended the Conference on Undergraduate Research (CUR) annual business meeting as CUR councilors June 20-22 at Chapman University in Orange County, Calif.

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Associate Admissions Director to Visit Schools

Dawn Chapman, Westminster College associate director of admissions, will visit high schools in western Pennsylvania and New York Oct. 13-20.

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Westminster Political Science Professor Investigates the Globalization of Power

Dr. Edward Cohen, associate professor of political science at Westminster College, will deliver the Henderson Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

 "The idea that the use of power could be subjected to the law has ancient roots in Western philosophical and cultural traditions," Cohen said.  "Emerging in a number of forms, it embodies the hope that power could be put to use to secure the common good of the community, rather than being a tool used arbitrarily by tyrants according to their private and personal whims. In recent centuries, the ideal of 'the rule of law' incorporates constitutional government, the protection of fundamental rights, and public and impartial legal process has become the basis of global movements for human rights and for democracy."

 Cohen's research, however, has shown that this "common good" theory is beginning to erode, and the ability of law to discipline the use of power is under threat.

 "Many fear that some of the main features of economic and political globalization, such as the global influence of private corporations, the growth of international institutions, the increasing speed of communications and social change, and the emergence of unpredictable and violent criminal and political networks, make it more difficult to use law to control all forms of social and political power," Cohen said.  "In this lecture, I draw on my research on the role of law in shaping globalization to argue that these treats are real.  It's a problem we are just beginning to understand."

The Henderson Lecture was founded by 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 is a professor emeritus of education at Westminster, and served as chair of the Department of Education and 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 special faculty committee chooses from the nominees.

Cohen, who has been with Westminster College since 1996, is the author of The Politics of Globalization in the United States.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College, and his master's and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Cohen at (724) 946-7304 or e-mail

Dr. Edward Cohen

Westminster College United Nations Team Attend Conference

Five members of the Westminster College United Nations team recently attended a conference at the University of Pittsburgh. 

"Other schools participating included Mercyhurst College, Slippery Rock University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Seton Hill University, Duquesne University, and the University of Pittsburgh," said Dr. Andrea Grove, assistant professor of political science at Westminster College.  "We participated in three different forums, so the students worked independently."

Jessica Altman represented Demark in the Security Council working on the Darfur crisis in Sudan and the Chechnya conflict in Russia.  Altman, a senior elementary education major, is a daughter of John and Joan Altman, New Wilmington, and a graduate of Wilmington Area High School.

Kylie Gallagher represented South Korea and Colby King represented Brazil on the United Nations Reform committee.  This group simulated the San Francisco rounds that created the actual United Nations.  They were asked to create a new body like the UN that reflects the global situation in 2005.  Gallagher, a sophomore intercultural studies and international politics major, is a daughter of Patrick and Sharlene Gallagher, Gibsonia, and a graduate of Mars Area High School.  King, a junior political science and individual interdisciplinary major, is a son of William and Belinda King, Slippery Rock, and a graduate of Slippery Rock High School.

Heather Kydd represented Syria and Nawal Rajeh represented Lebanon on the Extraordinary Council on the Middle East Peace Process.  This group dealt with Syrian-Lebanese relations and its implications on the region, and the new direction for Israel and Palestine.  Kydd, a junior political science major, is a daughter of Greg and Tammy Wyatt, Las Vegas, Nev., and a graduate of Silverado High School.   Rajeh, a junior political science major, is a daughter of Ghassan and Soumaya Rejeh, Youngstown, Ohio, and a graduate of Austintown-Fitch High School.

"A model UN is a way for students to learn about the United Nations, contemporary international issues, multilateral diplomacy, how to see problems from various perspectives, and how to engage in role playing," Grove said

Contact Grove at (724) 946-7254 or e-mail for more information.

Westminster Presents Evening of Chamber Music

Westminster College presents "An Evening of Chamber Music" Tuesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

 The program includes Beethoven's "Piano Trio Op. 1 No. 1 in Eb Major," Brahms' "Piano Quartet Op. 60 in C minor," and Schoenfield's "Café Music." 

 The event is free and open to the public.  Contact the Westminster College Department of Music at (724) 946-7270 for more information.

 The chamber quartet includes:

 Jonathan Moser, visiting lecturer of music at Westminster College, serves as adjunct faculty for Grove City College and is the Director of Music at Providence Presbyterian Church. Moser holds a master's of music in performance degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor's of music in performance degree from Shenandoah University, with prior studies at University of the Pacific and Harid Conservatory.  An active performer, Moser has toured extensively with Sandip Burman – an internationally renowned tabla artist, is a member of the Erie Philharmonic, plays with the Wheeling Symphony, and gives several recitals each year. He has served as concertmaster for Musica Nova (Scottsdale, AZ), Arizona State University's Symphony, and Chamber Orchestras, Shenandoah University's Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and the Philadelphia Settlement School of Music Chamber Orchestra. Moser was winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Solo Competition, the Philadelphia College of Bible Solo Competition (2 years), the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association Solo Competition, and was a finalist in the National Symphony Orchestra's Young Soloists Competition. He was a founding member of the Arizona State University, Katherine K. Herberger Graduate String Quartet as first violin, 2002-03.

 Rodrigo Ojeda, piano, was born in Caracas, Venezuela in 1975. He began his piano studies at the age of ten and obtained his bachelor's degree at the Institute of Musical Studies in 1997 under Arnaldo Pizzolante. In 1999 he began his studies with Enrique Graf at Carnegie Mellon University, first receiving a graduate assistantship and then an artist diploma in 2003. Ojeda has performed for master classes with Kasimierz Giesrod (director of the Chopin School of Music in Warsaw), Marek Jablonsky, Georgy Sandor, Marta Gulyas, and Earl Wild.  He has performed numerous times as soloist in Venezuela, Ecuador, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C.  Some of his recent concerto performances include Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Gershwin, Grieg, Schumann, Mozart, Liszt's Totentanz, C. Franck and Prokofiev.  Ojeda is also a frequent performer of chamber music. He has appeared in many chamber recitals with strings, woodwinds and brass. He was also a member of the Contemporary Ensemble at CMU under the direction of Efrain Amaya and Eduardo Alonso Crespo. Last summer, Ojeda performed Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 in Caracas, Venezuela with the Orquesta Municipal which was broadcast live on radio and television. Upcoming performances include Brahms's 2nd Piano Concerto in July 2006 in Caracas, Venezuela, as well as solo recitals in Caracas, Maracaibo, and Valencia.  Ojeda currently is a member of the School of Music staff at Carnegie Mellon University and resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Giuseppina, and son, Sebastian.

A native of Warwick, R.I., cellist Elisa Kohanski is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., where she studied with Pamela Frame.  Elisa received her master's of music from Carnegie Mellon University as a student of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Anne Martindale Williams and David Premo.  Kohanski is principal cellist in the Wheeling Symphony and performs with several other orchestras, including the Erie Philharmonic, Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra, and the Columbus and Youngstown Symphonies. She serves as adjunct faculty at Grove City College and at Seton Hill University teaching students ages five to 60.  Kohanski is an avid chamber musician and concertizes often with her contemporary ensemble in Pittsburgh, IonSound.  Kohanski resides in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood, but travels extensively, having performed in an array of local and international venues, including the Schlossfestspiele in Heidelberg, Germany; the AIMS Opera Festival in Graz, Austria; Royal Albert Hall in London, England; Carnegie Hall in New York City; and locally at Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh Playhouse and Hazlett Theatre.  She has performed with artists including Phil Keaggy, Robert Shaw, Garrison Keillor, John Tesh and Olivia Newton John and has toured America's heartland with the Montovani Orchestra. 

Violinist Kathryn Hatmaker recently completed her master's in violin performance at Carnegie Mellon University, where she served as the graduate assistant to Concertmaster Andres Cardenes.  Kathryn is a contracted member of various orchestras in the Pittsburgh area, including the Wheeling, Youngstown, and Canton symphony orchestras.  She performs frequently with the Pittsburgh Symphony and the San Diego Symphony, as well as the Pittsburgh Opera and Benedum Center orchestras.  She currently serves as associate concertmaster for the newly-formed Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra and can often be heard at various musical theaters around town, as she is quite active in genres outside of classical music as well. Hatmaker supplements her performance schedule with both teaching and participation in summer music festivals.  Her last few summers have consisted of performances with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colo., where she performed Ravel's "Tzigane" with the orchestra, and l'Academie Internationale de Musique in Montpellier, France.  She completed her undergraduate training at both the University of Iowa and the Sorbonne University in Paris, France, graduating with high honors and degrees in both Political Science and French.

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