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Drinko Center to Sponsor Service-Learning Institute

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will sponsor "Service-Learning Institute: Cultivating Community Partnerships" Thursday, April 30, from 1-4:30 p.m. in the Witherspoon Lakeview Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Choral Director and Students Participated in State Festival

(L-r) Kelsey Weightman, Victoria Walker, Dr. Robin Lind, Jessica Mriso, Anthony Pezzelle, Paul Salamunovich, Andrew McMurray, Ali Pabrinkis, Marlee Tonks

Dr. Robin Lind, Westminster College associate professor and director of choral activities, and seven students participated in the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Festival Feb. 4-6 at Clarion University.

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"Titan Terror Project" to Showcase Top 11 Mini-Movies

The Top 11 entries in Westminster College's Titan Terror Project will be showcased Wednesday, Oct. 20, at noon in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center. The program is free and open to the public.

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Spanish Professor Presented at International Conference

Dr. Camila Bari de Lopez

Dr. Camila Bari de López, Westminster College associate professor of Spanish, presented at the Symposium on History and Gender in the Independence of Latin American April 27-29 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Wind Ensemble to Present Concert March 16

Westminster College Wind Ensemble

The Westminster College Wind Ensemble will present a concert Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The program is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College to Host Presentation Examining Cigarette Cravings Nov. 8

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Psychology will host Dr. Michael Sayette for a presentation on cigarette cravings Thursday, Nov. 8, at 12:40 p.m. in the Phillips Lecture Hall in the Hoyt Science Building.  The event is free to the public.

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Westminster College Professor Presents at American Psychological Association Convention

Dr. Sandra Webster, professor of psychology

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Sandra Webster, professor of psychology, gave two presentations at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association July 31-Aug 4 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Orchestra to Present "Holiday Pops!"

The Westminster College Orchestra

The Westminster College student orchestra will present "Holiday Pops!" concert Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. in Will W. Orr Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Westminster Religion Professor's Research Published in Encyclopedia and a Variety of Edited Volumes

Dr. Bryan Rennie, Vira I. Heinz professor of religion at Westminster College, recently had his research, "Eliade (Further Considerations,)" added to the second edition of the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Religion.

 "I consider this a particularly significant achievement since the Macmillan Encyclopedia is the standard reference work in the field and is almost universally consulted," Rennie said.  "The first edition was edited by Eliade himself, and I consider it a mark of the respect with which my work is regarded that I was invited to contribute this entry.  The second edition has already been advertised as forthcoming this year, and my entry is listed in the table of contents."

 Rennie completed an article "Heterophenomenology and Self-Knowledge" which will be included in the anthology, Rethinking Religion 101: Praxis, Pedagogy and the Future of Religious Studies, which will be published by the Cambridge University Press.  He also completed the manuscript for an edited volume titled, The International Eliade, forthcoming from the State University of New York Press.  This volume contains essays from scholars of religion all over the world assessing the work of the Romanian-American historian of religion, Mircea Eliade.

 In July, he presented a paper, "Collaborative Research Communities: The Case of Zoroastrian Studies," to the second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in Prato, near Florence, Italy.

 "I have continued to work with my fellow editor, Philip Tite, currently at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, on the anthology Underlying Terror: Religious Studies Perspectives on the War on Terrorism," Rennie said.  "I am also organizing a panel in response to this volume at the 19th International Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions to be held in Tokyo in March, 2005.  At the same conference I am also organizing and presenting on a panel of international scholars on the potential contribution of the philosophy of science to the study of religion."

 "However, my main research at the moment concentrates on Mircea Eliade: A Critical Reader," Rennie continues.  "It is extensive, and, I believe, an important project that will concentrate on all of the issues surrounding the life and work of Mircea Eliade in a single volume."

 Rennie, who has been with Westminster College since 1994, earned his undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

 For more information, contact Rennie at (724) 946-7151 or e-mail brennie@westminster.edu.

Dr. Bryan Rennie


Westminster Director of Bands Published in Journal

Dr. Tad Greig, director of bands and assistant professor of music at Westminster College, recently had an article, "Getting Started," published in the May issue of the "Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Journal."

"This article discusses both practical and philosophical issues that new instrumental music educators should be prepared for," Greig said.  "It also addresses the philosophical balance between the performance and educational aspects within the common music education position.  This article was generated by what I actually teach in my instrumental methods course."

Greig, who has been with Westminster College since 1995, earned his undergraduate degree from Grove City College, his master's from Youngstown State University, and his Ph.D. from Kent State University.  He is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the Eastern United States.  In addition to conducting, he is in constant demand as a marching band drill designer.  He has also given lectures and presentations on ensemble rehearsal techniques, literature selection and various topics regarding music education.

Greig is the past president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association and a member of the Collegiate Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, International Trombonists Association, National Brass Society, Music Educators National Conference and the Pennsylvania Music Education Association.  He was also nominated and accepted into the "Who's Who in American Education," and was awarded the "Citation of Excellence" award in music education presented by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

As a trombonist, Greig currently performs with the Youngstown Fine Arts Brass (Quintet) and the Westminster College Faculty Brass, as well as being a free lance musician throughout the Youngstown and Pittsburgh areas.

Contact Greig at (724) 946-7279 or e-mail greigrt@westminster.edu for more information.

Dr. Tad Greig


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