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Professor Named "Counselor Educator of the Year"

Dr. William Evans, associate professor of education at Westminster College, was named "Counselor Educator of the Year" by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA).

 "Dr. Evans has made a difference in the schools, colleges, and within the counseling profession," said Sharon Longo, 2006 PSCA Conference chairperson.  "Desiring to make a difference in the profession and in the lives of their students, award recipients demonstrate a passion to learn and courage to take risks.  They have set the bar for the next generation of counselors and we applaud them for their actions."

 "He is a gifted educator, an innovative counseling practitioner and supervisor who has consistently pursued opportunities to grow as a professional counselor and counselor educator," said Dr. Linda Domanski, chair and assistant professor of education at Westminster College.

 While at the conference, Evans also made a scholarly presentation, "Dream a Little Dream: Making Sense of Dreams."  This presentation focused on dreams, dreaming, and dream interpretation in counseling.

 PSCA, which has approximately 2,200 members, has a competitive award selection process.  Each year one award is given to a post-secondary level counselor, one to elementary, one to a junior high/middle school counselor, one to a high school educator, and one to a multi-level educator. 

 Evans, who has been with Westminster since 2001, earned his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University, his master's from Youngstown State University, and his Ph.D. from Kent State University.  He also has board certification as a Nationally Certified Counselor and was granted the professional counselor license by the state of Pennsylvania.  Evans has been published in several refereed journals.

 The Counselor Education program at Westminster College is a comprehensive sequence of courses and field experiences that is designed to prepare school counselors to provide professional counseling services in the school setting. Through the master's degree program and a post-master's course of study, students acquire a practical knowledge of school counseling theory and develop effective skills in the practice of counseling. The master's degree program is 30 semester hours of coursework. Students desiring certification in Pennsylvania as a School Counselor complete a six-semester hour post-master's internship. This 300-hour internship is conducted in the school under the supervision by an experienced, certified school counselor. Students wanting the School Counselor license in Ohio complete an eighteen-semester hour post-master's course of study. This consists of coursework and an additional six semester hours of internship. More information about the program and curriculum may be found at the graduate program website.

 Contact Evans at (724) 946-7184 or e-mail evanswj@westminster.edu for more information

Dr. William Evans


Westminster Music Education Major to Give Organ Recital

Jennifer Braden, a Westminster College senior education major, will give an organ recital Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. at Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster College to Host Nine Area Schools in Business Competition

Westminster College will host nine area high schools in this year's competition of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Regional Leadership Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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Westminster College's Marching Band Performs

Westminster College's Marching Band premiered an intricate drill and music performance during half time of the first home football game Saturday.

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Henderson Lecture Investigates Role Artists Play in a Broken Society

Dr. Bethany Hicok

Dr. Bethany Hicok, Westminster assistant professor of English, will deliver the Henderson Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Chemistry Majors and Faculty Present Research at National Conference

(L-R) Joelle Wells, Val Kokai, Kyle Schulyer, Amy Wirtz, and Andy Starosta.

Five Westminster College senior chemistry majors and three faculty members recently attended the American Chemical Society conference in Chicago.

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Honor Society Inducts New Members

The Westminster Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa initiated 36 new members in a Dec. 2 ceremony in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

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Peace Studies Coffeehouse to Feature Malawi

Fletcher Nyirenda

Westminster College's Peace Studies Coffeehouse will host Fletcher Nyirenda Monday, Sept. 22, at 4:15 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Drinko Center to Sponsor Service-Learning Institute

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will sponsor "Service-Learning Institute: Cultivating Community Partnerships" Thursday, April 30, from 1-4:30 p.m. in the Witherspoon Lakeview Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Choral Director and Students Participated in State Festival

(L-r) Kelsey Weightman, Victoria Walker, Dr. Robin Lind, Jessica Mriso, Anthony Pezzelle, Paul Salamunovich, Andrew McMurray, Ali Pabrinkis, Marlee Tonks

Dr. Robin Lind, Westminster College associate professor and director of choral activities, and seven students participated in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival Feb. 4-6 at Clarion University.

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