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Westminster College's Planetarium Announces December Programs

Mystery of Our Christmas Star
Let it Snow

The Westminster College Planetarium will host two shows this December.  

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Westminster's International Film Series Continues with "Babe"

The Westminster College Jake Erhardt International Film Series continues Tuesday, Oct.19, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater located in the McKelvey Campus Center with "Babe."

 This 1995 Oscar-winning film about a pig who won't accept the edict "The way things are is the way things are"is both hilarious and heartwarming.

The International Film Series was recently named in honor of its founder, Dr. Jacob Erhardt, professor emeritus of German at Westminster College.  Erhardt, who taught at Westminster from 1968 until his retirement in 2004, served as chair of his department from 1970-1986, was named the Language Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Modern Languages Association, translated into English Robert Reitzel's Adventures of a Greenhorn, and was recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities as an outstanding member.

The event, which is part of an eight-film series, is free and open to the public

For more information, contact Dr. Deborah Mitchell, associate professor of English and public relations and coordinator of this event, at (724) 946-7030 or e-mail

Westminster Broadcast Communication Professor Addresses Educators

Dr. David Barner, chair of the Department of Communication Studies, Theatre, and Art at Westminster College, recently presented his research to the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas.

"My research Audio Basics-Skills that Bridge the Disciplines: Professional Advice for the Digital World' involved personally interviewing media professionals in radio, television, and theatre fields for their advice on what should be taught in a beginning level audio production course," Barner said.  "I presented ideas on how to move teaching from traditional analog media, such as audio tape, to the newer digital, computer-based media.  I placed a special emphasis on skills that could benefit multiple disciplines."

Barner was also part of a larger panel on "For the Good of Students: Integrating Radio/Audio Production Skills Throughout the Entire Curriculum."

"Many radio/audio production courses have been designed mainly for students wanting to pursue careers in radio," Barner said.  "With the advent of audio recording software and other digital technologies, many of these skills, however, are applicable and useful to other areas such as TV, film, music, and theatre.  The panelists discussed various ways in which radio/audio production courses have been developed, revised, or broadened to serve and to benefit all students within their departments."

Barner, who has been with Westminster College since 1981, is also an associate professor of broadcast communications.  He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from Shippensburg and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact Barner at (724) 946-7239 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. David Barner

International Students Headline Diversity Symposium

Four international students attending Westminster College will speak at the Diversity Symposium, "Through Other's Eyes, Our International Students in America," Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Berlin Student Lounge located in the Westminster College McKelvey Campus Center.

 Student speakers include: Jelena Gerga, a sophomore international politics and political science major originally from Serbia, is a daughter of Gabriel and Aurelia Gerga, Lakewood, Ohio, and a graduate of Lakewood High School; Lawunmi "Lulu" Lawani, a junior economics major, is a daughter of Titilola and Olatunde Lawani, Nigeria, and a graduate of St. Pauls College High School; Thokozani "Thoko" Mbewe, a mathematics and accounting major, is a son of John Mbewe, Nigeria; and Patrick "Paddy" Donnelly, an exploratory major, is a son of Desmond Donnelly, Ireland.

 "They will talk about their experiences and perceptions of American life," said Dr. Neal Edman, dean of student affairs at Westminster.  "They will discuss their interpersonal and political adjustment to life in America.  They have fascinating perceptions."

 Edman and Dr. Kristin Park, associate professor of sociology, will facilitate the event. 

 "We will intersperse trivia about their native lands and will serve finger foods from their countries," Edman said.  "The audience will have time to participate in a question and answer session, too."

 Among the many facets of a Westminster College education is the exchange of different ideas and philosophies and the acquisition of diversity of knowledge, experiences, and values.  To this end, the Diversity Symposium provides a knowledge and appreciation of differences among people, human cultures, and the natural world.

 Contact Edman at (724) 946-7113 or e-mail for more information.

Area Students Added to Westminster College Dean's List

Several Westminster College students have been added to the 2003 Spring Dean's List.
They are as follows:

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Westminster College Senior to Give Piano Recital

Stanley H. Rothrock II, a senior music education major, will perform a piano recital at Westminster College Saturday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster College Hires Assistant Librarian

Erin Smith has been hired as an assistant librarian at Westminster College.

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Movie Review of "All the King's Men" 2006

Written by: Andrew Ade, Deborah Mitchell and James Perkins.  Andrew Ade, Deborah Mitchell and James Perkins are members of the English and Public Relations Department at Westminster College.  Ade and Mitchell teach in the film studies minor. Perkins is a past president of the Robert Penn Warren Circle.

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Student to Perform Senior Voice Recital

Kristal Pattinato, a senior music major at Westminster College, will give her soprano vocal recital Saturday, May 5, 5:15 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

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Vespers Service to Celebrate Life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Wendell G. Freeland

A Service of Remembrance and Celebration in honor of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be held Sunday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in Westminster College's Wallace Memorial Chapel. The worship service is open to the public.

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