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Psychology Preschool Lab to Celebrate National Week of the Young Child

The Westminster College Psychology Preschool Lab will celebrate Week of the Young Child April 19-25 with a variety of activities to honor young children and those who make a difference in children's lives.

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Office of Diversity Services Schedules Black History Month Activities

Westminster College's Office of Diversity Services will host activities in observance of Black History Month.

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Music Instructor Published in Journal

Perry Gatch

Perry Gatch, Westminster College adjunct music faculty, was recently published in the PMEA Journal, a publication of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

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Preschool Lab to Host Summer Arts Camp

The Westminster College Preschool Lab will host its seventh annual summer arts camp for kids June 13-17.  The hands-on camp program encourages children to learn about the arts through visiting with guest artisans, experimenting with different media, and creatively expressing themselves through art.

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Music Professor's Latest Compositions Premiered

Dr. Daniel Perttu

Two recent compositions by Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music theory and composition, were premiered this month.

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Jesse Ligo, Jr. '82 Earns Westminster Audio Visual Service and Support Award

Jesse Ligo, Jr., professor of accounting

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Jesse Ligo, Jr., professor of accounting and a 1982 Westminster College graduate, earned Westminster College's 2012 Audio Visual (AV) Service and Support Award.  The award celebrates outstanding service and/or support by a Westminster alumnus.

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Westminster College Students Earn Undergraduate and Master's Degrees

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Seven Westminster College students earned undergraduate degrees and three earned master of education degrees over the summer.

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Heinz Lecture Series to Present the Indian Temple Dance

Shobhitha Ravi
Shobhitha Ravi

Monday, Nov. 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Beeghly Theater, the Heinz Lecture Series at Westminster College will present the "Indian Temple Dance."

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Westminster History Professor Contributes to Encyclopedia

Dr. Timothy Cuff, assistant professor of history at Westminster College, has contributed to an on-line encyclopedia run by the Economic History Association.

 "The article, 'Historical Anthropometrics,' is a shortened, simplified version of the second chapter of my dissertation, created for a more general audience," Cuff said. 

"Historical Anthropometrics is the study of patterns in human body size and their correlates over time"¦.Adult stature is a cumulative indicator of net nutritional status over the growth years, and reflects command over food and access to healthful surroundings," writes Cuff.

To review the complete article, go to this website:
 Cuff, who has been with Westminster College since 2000, earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster College, his masters' from Bowling Green State University and the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

 For more information, contact Cuff at (724) 946-6152 or e-mail

Dr. Timothy Cuff

Westminster College Biology Major Presents Research

Matthew Myers, a senior biology major at Westminster College, recently presented his research, "Ciliate Infection in Zebra Mussels," at the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition Student Symposium.

"The zebra mussel is an invasive mollusk species that has plagued U.S. waters and clogged intake pipes since its introduction to the Great Lakes in 1985," Myers writes.  "Because of their efficient filter feeding capacity, zebra mussels are prone to parasitic infections from ciliates.  This study analyzed the infection of zebra mussels using two ciliate species, Paramecium and Blepharisma, to determine a correlation between mussel length and infection intensity."

Myers is a son of Larry and Diane Myers, Greensburg, and a graduate of Hempfield Area High School.  Myers worked with Dr. Joseph Balczon, associate professor of biology, on the research.

Felicie Reid, a senior environmental science major at Westminster College, was the symposium moderator.  She is a daughter of Keith and Catherine, North Lima, Ohio, and a graduate of South Range High School.

 The Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition Symposium was designed to create a forum for providing an opportunity for community groups and students to present activities and findings to their peers, the public, and environmental professions. 

Students from Carnegie Mellon University, Grove City College, Slippery Rock University, Thiel College, and Westminster College presented their research, projects and discoveries relating to water quality, biology, environmental education, soil science, and ecosystem recovery.

Contact Dr. Ann Throckmorton, associate professor of biology and chair of the department, at (724) 946-7209 or e-mail for more information.

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