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Professor has Review Published

Dr. Bryan Rennie

Dr. Bryan Rennie, Westminster College Vira I. Heinz professor of religion, had a review of The Study of Religion in a New Key: Theoretical and Philosophical Soundings in the Comparative and General Study of Religion by Jeppe Sinding Jensen published in the journal Religion, vol. 38, #3.

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Director of Bands to Have Multiple Responsibilities at State Conference

Dr. R. Tad Greig
Westminster College Wind Ensemble

Dr. R. Tad Greig, Westminster College assistant professor of music and director of bands, will participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) state conference April 22-25 in Valley Forge.

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Wind Ensemble to Present Mid-Winter Concert

Wind Ensemble
Faculty Brass Quintet (l-r) Terry Gale, Andrew Erb, Robert Antonucci, Robert Matchett, Rob Cole

The Westminster College Wind Ensemble will present a Mid-Winter Concert Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Admissions Staff Plan Visits to Local High Schools

Westminster College admissions staff will visit local high schools the weeks of Oct. 18 and 25.

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Employees Honored for Years of Service

Westminster College honored 46 employees for 806 years of combined service at a luncheon May 11 in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Senior Business Majors Placed in Top 100 in International Competition

Westminster College seniors Joshua Masters and Nathan Silvis ranked 74th out of 3,726 teams worldwide by achieving a 33.2% return on equity in The Business Strategy Game for the week ending Feb. 19.

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Westminster College Associate Professor Presents at American Psychological Association Convention

Dr. Jamie G. McMinn, associate professor of psychology, presents reasearch at the American Psychological Association convention.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Jamie G. McMinn, Westminster College associate professor of psychology and interim director of Adult & Graduate Studies, gave two presentations at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association July 31-Aug 4 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Department of Economics and Business hosted the second annual Summer Analyst Program

Six student intern analysts successfully defended an analysis of a publicly-traded manufacturing firm before a panel of expert judges. The program is an experiential learning event designed to replicate an internship on Wall Street. Student intern analysts review more than 1,000 pages of publicly-available financial documents and use real-world methods to prepare a full analysis of a publicly-traded firm under the supervision of a professional financial analyst. The program is open to students of all majors.

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Westminster College Purchases "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography"

Westminster College has received a copy of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, a 60-volume reference work.

 "This is a work which makes superlatives superfluous," writes a columnist for the New York Times.  "Running 11 feet along the shelf and weighing in at a healthy defensive end's 280 pounds, the D.N.B.'s 60 volumes contain 60,000 pages and some 60 million words.  More than 10,000 contributors have written a total of 54,922 essays on the worthies (as well as the worthless) who make up the fabric of British history."

 "I am pleased to report that Westminster's copy of this work was delivered and will be appearing on the shelves in the reference room of McGill Library shortly," said Molly Spinney, head librarian at Westminster College.

 For more information, contact Spinney at (724) 946-7323 or e-mail

Westminster Professor Presents Two Papers at Conference

Dr. Andrea Grove, assistant professor of political science at Westminster College, recently presented two papers at the International Studies Association conference in Honolulu.

Her first presentation was "Simulating Global Politics, Stimulating Students: Pretending to Make Introductory IR Courses More Real."

"Employing simulation in the international relations classroom is an excellent method for engaging students in more active learning than often permitted by more passive approaches," Grove said.  "This technique, when carefully designed and executed, is especially useful for communicating to students the multidimensional and complex nature of diplomatic, military, economic, political and cultural relations among states.  My paper presents an argument for using a particular four-day simulation as a capstone to an introductory IR course, which I have used eight times in four years.  While the experiences of the students during active learning approaches are often a topic of discussion, teacher-scholars also need to spend time discussing appropriate methods for getting students to tie in the role-playing with themes from the preceding fourteen weeks of the course."

The second paper was titled, "Searching for Bellwethers: Examining Representations of Northern Irish, Palestinian, and Israeli Leaders."

"In this paper, I look at two protracted conflicts, Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland, and show that the ways in which leaders of each community in both Northern Ireland and the Middle East had clear impacts on behavior initiated by the other side, but little impact on the behavior of their own side.  In this paper, there is a search for bellwethers , individuals or groups whose variations in verbal representations seem to be key to the path of conflict."

Grove, who has been with Westminster College since 2000, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, her master's from Lancaster University, and her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Contact Grove at (724) 946-7254 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Andrea Grove

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