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Senior Received Drinko Grant for Interdisciplinary Research

Natasha Kassim

Natasha Kassim, a Westminster College senior biochemistry and political science major, received an Undergraduate Research Grant from Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

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Nine Students Receive Drinko Research Grants

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning recently awarded Undergraduate Research Grants to nine students.

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Language Majors Presented Capstones

Seven Westminster College language majors recently presented their capstone projects.

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Juniors Attended, Presented at Mathematics Conference for Women

Jenna Huston (l) and Lisa Kaylor

Westminster College juniors Jenna Huston and Lisa Kaylor participated in the Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics Jan. 27-29 in Lincoln, Neb.

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Westminster College Admissions Staff to Visit Local High Schools

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College admissions staff will be visiting local high schools Oct. 22-31.

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Westminster College Hosted New Student Prep Days, Summer Preview Days

Students and parents enjoy lunch at Westminster College during a New Student Prep Day.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College Admissions hosted hundreds of students and parents at New Student Prep Days July 1, 12 and 13.

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Fraternity to Eliminate Debt with Homecoming Donation

The Zeta Lambda Chapter of Theta Chi fraternity at Westminster College received a donation of over $18,000 during Homecoming festivities Oct. 10-12.

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Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Hosting Education Seminars

The Westminster College Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host a series of education clinics.  "Ethics and Accountability for School Administrators" is scheduled Tuesday, Oct. 12, from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. with lunch to follow in the Lakeview Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

 Featured speakers include Dr. Blair Kucinski, former superintendent at Leechburg, and Dr. Glenn Smartchan, former superintendent at Mt. Lebanon.  Both educators are consultants to the Study Council, specializing in accountability issues related to improving teaching and learning.

 The program will focus on a presentation and discussion of the changing role and expectations of school leaders in an age of accountability for student learning and the resulting ethical issues that are pressing upon schools and threatening the moral compass of educators to do the right things for students and parents.  Both speakers are highly experienced former veteran superintendents who have researched and written thoughtfully on ethics and its implications for school leaders.
 Several other programs are scheduled in the coming months.  They include: Developing a High Performance School or School System dinner Nov. 23; Science Literacy lunch, Jan. 20; School Law Update lunch, March 17; and Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum dinner, April 7.

 The event is sponsored by the Tri-State Area School Study Council Department of Administrative Policy Studies at the School of Education of the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Westminster College.

 All clinics offer Act 48 hours, and are open all interested parties.  For registration, contact Carol Fiumara at the Tri-State Area School Study Council at (412) 648-7185 or e-mail  Applications can also be mailed to: 4H01 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA  15260. 

 For more information, contact Dr. Chet Kent at (412) 648-7169 or e-mail

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was developed to advance world-class teaching at Westminster and enrich K-12 education through outreach programs for area educators.

Two Westminster College Seniors to Perform Recital May 3

Benjamin Sands, a senior music major, and Cassandra Walker, a senior elementary education and music major, will perform a joint recital Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

Performing on the trumpet, Sands will play Hummel's "Concerto in Eb Major" and Arutunian's "Concerto for Trumpet in Bb."  He will be accompanied by pianist Kathryn Miller, an adjunct music professor at Westminster. 

Sands, a son of Jeffrey and Deborah Sands, Rogersville, is a graduate of West Green High School, Rogersville.  During his time at Westminster College, Sands has held principal trumpet in the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Brass Quintet.  He was also the trumpet section leader for the marching band and a member of the orchestra.  Sands has performed for the musicals "Crazy for You" and "Kiss Me Kate," and the opera workshop productions of "Hansel and Gretel" and "When the Lights Go Down."  He has attended three Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band festivals.

Walker will perform her recital on the French horn and will be accompanied by pianist Brian Knarr.  Her program includes Bakaleinikoff's "Canzona," Koechlin's "Sonate, op.70," and Hindemith's "Sonata for Horn in F."

Walker, a daughter of Lewis and June Walker, McDonald, is a graduate of West Allegheny High School.  While at Westminster, she has performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Woodwind Quintet, Horn Ensemble, and Brass Ensemble.  She was president of the Titan Marching Band and is currently president of the Symphonic Band.  Walker has performed for the musicals "Crazy for You" and "Kiss Me Kate," and played for the opera workshop production of "Hansel and Gretel."  She also attended the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival.

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

Two Teams Enter Computer Programming Contest

Two Westminster College teams competed in the 17th annual Denison Spring Computer Programming Competition.

 Thirteen teams were given a set of six problems and four hours to solve as many as they could.  Teams are graded according to how many problems they solve correctly, how fast they solve them, and how many incorrect solutions they submit before getting a correct solution.

 The Westminster team of Jeremy Alberth, Ryan Moore, and Jake Romigh placed third by solving five of the six problems correctly, while the team of Colin Dean, Peter Lukich, Nicole Panza, and Andrew Slane placed seventh out of the 13 teams competing.

 The students were trained and taken to the contest by Dr. David Shaffer, assistant professor of computer science, and Dr. John Bonomo, associate professor of computer science and creator of a problem set used in the competition.

 Contact Bonomo at (724) 946-7287 or e-mail for more information.

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