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Westminster Math Professor Grades AP Statistics

Dr. Carolyn Cuff, professor of mathematics at Westminster College, recently participated in the grading of over 66,000 of the College Board's Advanced Placement Examinations.

 "During the course of one week, approximately 390,000 questions were scored by pairs of high school statistics teachers and college professors," Cuff said.  "In the evening we participated in faculty development activities including a lecture on experimental design and discussions of classroom activities."

 Cuff also helped to evaluate the mathematics program at Texas A&M, in Texarkana. 

 "I was invited by the faculty at Texas A&M to evaluate the current program that has been directed to grow downward," Cuff said.  "I looked at this program in respect to its growth, an upcoming reaccredidation by the State University system, and the anticipated increase in the number of the faculty in the department.  Then I gave my report to the dean."

 She also attended the Joint Statistical Meetings in Toronto, where she served on joint committees of the American Statistical Association and the Mathematical Association of America. 

 Cuff, who has been with Westminster College since 1989, earned her undergraduate degree from Westminster College, and her master's and Ph.D. from Case Western University.

 For more information, contact Cuff at (724) 946-7291 or e-mail

Dr. Carolyn Cuff

Westminster College Announces Spring Dean's List

More than 375 Westminster College students earned Dean's List recognition for the 2005 spring semester.


The Dean's List recognizes students who attain a grade point average of at least 3.6 out of a possible 4.0.

Preschool to Celebrate the "Week of the Young Child"

The Westminster College Preschool will celebrate the "Week of the Young Child," April 2-8, with speakers, readers, educators, and parties.

 "Early childhood experiences lay the foundation for later learning and work to make sure that children succeed in school and into adulthood," said Diana Reed, preschool teacher at Westminster's preschool.  "Quality early childhood programs prepare children to take full advantage of their educational opportunities and become effective citizens, capable workers, and loving parents of the next generation."

 The Westminster College Preschool Lab is celebrating the Week of the Young Child with the following special activities:

 Monday, April 3 – Guest speaker Beth Meyer of New Wilmington will show the children her heirloom dolls and talk about their history.

 Tuesday, April 4 – Guest speaker Kim Brennen of the New Castle Library will talk about reading books.

 Wednesday, April 5 – President R. Thomas Williamson of Westminster College will read a book to the children.

 Thursday, April 6 – Dr. Amy Camerdese, associate professor of education at Westminster College, will read "Kamishibai," a Japanese book.

 Tuesday, April 11 –  Space Night is Parents Night at the Preschool Lab.  Preschoolers and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy a planetarium event, hosted by Dr. Sam Lightner, professor of physics at Westminster College.  The parent committee is preparing games, art projects, and delicious snacks for an event that will be "out of this world."

 Contact Reed at (724) 946-7174 or e-mail for more information.

Westminster Biology Professor to Discuss "Fishy" Concerns

Dr. John Robertson, assistant professor of biology at Westminster College, will present "What About the Fish" Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in Phillips Lecture Hall located in the Hoyt Science Resources Center.

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Westminster College Announces New College Chaplain

The Rev. Steven Mark Allen has been called as the new Westminster College Chaplain, and will begin his duties in the summer.

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Westminster College Offers "Tips" for New Students & Parents

Confused about what to pack and what to leave home when coming to college for the first time? Westminster College's new website offers tips for new students and parents.

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Westminster College Bands Offer Weekend of Music

The Westminster College Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, and Jazz Ensemble will offer a weekend of music Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, at 7:30 p.m. The Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform at Orr Auditorium Friday, and the Jazz Ensemble will take the stage at Berlin Lounge in the McKelvey Campus Center Saturday.

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Westminster College Biology Professors Present at Conference

Dr. Marosh Furimsky
Dr. John Robertson

Dr. Marosh Furimsky, Westminster College assistant professor of biology, presented a poster at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology held Jan. 2-7 in San Antonio. Dr. John Robertson, associate professor of biology, was co-author of the work.

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Associate Professor to Speak at Faculty Forum

Dr. Timothy Sherwood

Dr. Timothy Sherwood, Westminster College associate professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry, will speak on "Moving Graveyards: Course, Textbook and Curriculum Reform" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Students Present Research at Symposium

Brittany Bivens and Keri Biedka

Westminster College students Keri Biedka and Brittany Bivens presented their research at the American Chemical Society Student Affiliation "In Miniature" Symposium 2009 April 20 at Duquesne University.

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