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Religion Professor Participated in International Seminar

Dr. Kang-Yup Na

Dr. Kang-Yup Na, Westminster College associate professor of religion, participated in an international faculty development seminar conducted by the Council on International Educational Exchange in June.

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AV Services Holds Most Successful E-Recycling Drive to Date

Westminster College's Audio Visual Services hosted an electronics recycling drive May 7 that collected over 10,000 pounds of expired or unused technology, making it the most successful of the four drives held and bringing the total collection to more than 21,000 pounds.

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Computer Science Professor to Share Robotics Research at Faires Faculty Forum

Dr. David Shaffer

Dr. David Shaffer, Westminster College associate professor of computer science, will present "Student Research in Machine Learning and Robotics" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 11:40 a.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

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Westminster College's Office of Faith and Spirituality to Host Shroud Encounter

Russ Breault will present Shroud Encounter Nov. 7.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Office of Faith and Spirituality will host Shroud Encounter Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Wallace Memorial Chapel. Admission is free to the public.

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Westminster College Selected Among The Best 378 Colleges in Nation by The Princeton Review; Also Honored for Best College Radio Station and Great Town-Gown Relations

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.  The education services company features Westminster in the new 2014 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 378 Colleges."

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Lecturer Combines Mathematics and Art

James Anthony, Westminster College mathematics lecturer, combines mathematics and art through flame fractals.

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Ceramic Art of Westminster Professor Purchased by Museum

Kathy Koop, professor of art at Westminster College, recently had five porcelain cactus jars purchased by the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pamona, Cal.

 "It's the only museum in the country devoted solely to the collection, preservation, and display of works in clay," Koop said.  "Of course I'm thrilled to have them in such an important museum."

"The five porcelain cactus jars collected by the museum represent the culmination of a series that I focused on for the last 10 years.  My interest in the cacti motif was inspired by raising cacti for 30 years and many camping trips to desert regions.  These plants are fascinating due to the contradictions present in their vast varieties of fleshy forms, protective spines, and glorious blooms.  My personal rewards occurred during the long process of small discoveries and the challenge of visual problem solving along the way."

Koop, who has been with Westminster College since 1973, earned her undergraduate and master's degrees from Indiana University.  Koop's work has been featured in galleries in Texas, New York, and California, as well as the local shows such at the Three Rivers Art Festival and the Hoyt Institute of Fine Art.  She has lectured in numerous locations, including the Florida Everglades National Park Visitor Center, the Mara Institute of Technology in Shah Alam, Malaysia, and the International Workshop of Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan.

For more information, contact Koop at (724) 946-7267 or e-mail

Kathy Koop & Cactus Jar Art
Cactus Jar

Westminster Professor & Student Give Joint Talk on Research

Dr. Jamie McMinn, assistant professor of psychology, and Lisa Santoriella, a senior psychology major at Westminster College, will present their joint research at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in Chicago May 5-7.

"Lisa and I will present a multimedia presentation of The Dynamic Relationship Between Entitativity and Social Identification in Ingroups and Outgroups,'" McMinn said.  "We will present data from my dissertation that was followed up by Lisa in her senior Capstone project.  We focused on how members' perceptions of their own group's groupiness' or realness differs in natural groups across time.  Our results suggest that how socially identified sorority members are with their own groups, the more real or groupy they come to see their groups later on.  Also, people tend to see their own groups as more real than groups to which they do not belong."

McMinn, who been with Westminster College since 2003, earned his undergraduate degree from Emory & Henry College, and his master's and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Santoriella is a daughter of Michael and Better Santoriella, South Euclid, Ohio, and a graduate of Beaumont School for Girls.

Contact McMinn at (724) 946-7121 or e-mail for more information.

Westminster Students Offer Public Relations Seminar

The Westminster College chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) presents "Passion for PR: Carving Your Niche in the Industry" Saturday, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

 The event features six Westminster alumni speakers: Debora Swatsworth Foster , a 1974 Westminster graduate and current vice president of corporate communications for H.J. Heinz Co. and member of the Westminster College Board of Trustees; Jennifer Shifler Gross, a 1999 Westminster graduate and current director of marketing at Steelcoast Creative; Sara Ialongo, a 2004 Westminster graduate and assistant account director at Blattner Brunner; Burt Lauten, a 1999 Westminster graduate and current Pittsburgh Steelers public relations/media manager; David Nobs, a 1980 Westminster graduate and current marketing director at Ruder Finn Los Angeles; and Rebecca Zeitler, a 1998 Westminster graduate and account supervisor at HealthStar PR.

 The seminar includes breakfast and lunch with a resume workshop scheduled at 1:05 p.m. and is open to PRSSA students from area colleges and universities.

 Contact Kristan Kohley, junior public relations major from Saxonburg, at for more information.

Westminster Political Science Professor Attends South African Seminar

Dr. Andrea Grove, assistant professor of political science at Westminster College, recently attended a faculty development seminar in South Africa.

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