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Computer Science Professor Served as Judge for International Competition

Dr. John Bonomo, Westminster College associate professor of computer science, was a judge at the world finals for the Association for Computing Machinery's International Collegiate Programming Contest Feb. 1-5 at Harbin Engineering University in Harbin, China.

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First Book-Westminster to Host Children at Musical Oct. 19

First Book-Westminster will host over 250 elementary school students for dinner and a performance of Strega Nona the Musical Tuesday, Oct. 19.

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Notes from the Field Station: Local Second-Graders Have Field Day

Buses deliver second-graders to Field Station
Students prepare for a scavenger hunt
Students and adults gather at the Sandy Edmiston Labyrinth
Students learn how to measure a tall tree in the microforest

Spring rains translate as pent up energy just waiting to be released in the outdoors.  That is what happened when 100 second-grade students from Wilmington Elementary School descended in three yellow buses on the Field Station for a field day May 20.

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English Majors Presented at Creative Writing Conference

(L-r) Samantha Killmeyer, Kara Knickerbocker, Marissa Burdett, Rose Selby, Ashley Kress

Five Westminster College senior English majors presented papers at the Susquehanna University Undergraduate Research and Creative Writing Conference Feb. 19-20.

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Westminster College Foster Art Gallery to Host Opening Nov. 5

Backbone, 2011

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Art will host a gallery opening Monday, Nov. 5, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Foster Art Gallery in Patterson Hall. The event is free to the public.

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Westminster College Director of Library Services Elected as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of Library Association Board

Erin Smith, director of library services

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Erin Smith, director of library services at Westminster College's McGill Library, was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the College Libraries Section (CLS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

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Professors Presented at Philosophical Society

Dr. Bryan Rennie
Dr. David Goldberg

Westminster College faculty Dr. Bryan Rennie, professor of religion, and Dr. David Goldberg, associate professor of philosophy, presented papers at the fall meeting of the West Virginia Philosophical Society (WVPS) Oct. 24-25 at the Altoona campus of The Pennsylvania State University (PSU).

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Westminster Gospel Choir Releases First CD

The Westminster College Gospel Choir recently released its first CD.

 "The concert was recorded on campus in Wallace Memorial Chapel," said The Westminster College Gospel Choir recently released its first CD.

 "The concert was recorded on campus in Wallace Memorial Chapel," said Elaine Blevins, a junior psychology major from Chesapeake, Va., and chaplain of the choir.  "It was an awesome concert."

 Under the direction of Gordon and Leslie Austin, the 23-member choir, accompanied by a five-piece band, recorded "Stir Up the Gift," "My Hope is Built," "Lover of My Soul," "Praise Medley," "You Are Awesome Lord," "Psalm 117," "Joy Like a River," "Excellent," and "I Will Bless the Lord."

 For more information, call Blevins at (757) 334-2581.  To purchase a CD, send a check for $13 made to Westminster College to Campus Box 1375, New Wilmington, PA  16172.
, a junior psychology major from Chesapeake, Va., and chaplain of the choir.  "It was an awesome concert."

 Under the direction of Gordon and Leslie Austin, the 23-member choir, accompanied by a five-piece band, recorded "Stir Up the Gift," "My Hope is Built," "Lover of My Soul," "Praise Medley," "You Are Awesome Lord," "Psalm 117," "Joy Like a River," "Excellent," and "I Will Bless the Lord."

 For more information, call Blevins at (757) 334-2581.  To purchase a CD, send a check for $13 made to Westminster College to Campus Box 1375, New Wilmington, PA  16172.

Gospel Choir CD Cover


Westminster Professor & Disability Director Present Research

Dr. Amy Camardese, assistant professor of education, and Bonnie Van Bruggen, director of disability support services, recently presented their research at the Council for Exceptional Children national conference in Baltimore.

"My presentation, Working with Asperger's Syndrome at a Small College,' addressed the need to learn more about students with Asperger's Syndrome and how they are supported in college," Camardese said.  "The demonstration session profiled Rob's first visit to the campus, his fixation on fantasy, social difficulties, academic concerns, and the awareness of his disability.  In addition, issues that support services needed to organize and coordinate, such as tutors, job coaches, and education of the faculty was shared."

"In the past ten years the number of students with Asperger's Syndrome has increased 370 percent. Students with Asperger's Syndrome are often very intelligent, but have difficulty with social skills and the ability to interact with others," Camardese wrote.  "The second year I worked with Rob, I decided to try an independent study that required my supervision.  Each week Rob had to read a journal article related to Asperser's Syndrome and summarize the article in a one-page paper.  The independent study resulted in an awareness and acceptance of his disability."

"I spoke on the subject of discriminating when students with these disabilities are most likely to succeed at college, what kinds of programs or accommodations would most likely be offered or not offered, alternatives to college, or when more remediation or transitional treatment or preparations would be recommended before the student begins college," Van Bruggen said.

Camardese, who has been with Westminster College since 2001, earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio University, her master's from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Ph.D. from Kent State University.

Van Bruggen, who started at Westminster in 2004, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and her master's from the University of Iowa.

Contact Camardese at (724) 9467183 or e-mail camardah@westminster.edu or Van Bruggen at (724) 946-7192 or e-mail vanbruya@westminster.edu for more information.

Dr. Amy Camardese & Bonnie Van Bruggen


Westminster Features Italian Film about Friendship

The Jake Erhardt International Film Series continues with Cinema Paridiso Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater
located in the McKelvey Campus Center.

 "This 1989 film, set in post World War II Italy, is one of my personal favorites," said Dr. Deborah Mitchell, associate professor of English and public relations and series coordinator.  "The story explores the friendship between a young boy who loves movies and the cranky old projectionist who works in the town theater.  This film has absolutely wonderful performances and screenplay.  It won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film."

The International Film Series is 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 a ten-film series, is free and open to the public

Contact Mitchell at (724) 946-7030 or e-mail dmitchel@westminster.edu for more information


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