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Residence Halls to Participate in Energy Conservation Competition

Leanna Stitt, Amy Whitling and Jim Bryan composting at the Field Station
Julia Barker and Sirena Coon preparing materials for recycled paper
Veronica Geretz preparing recycled paper
Julia Barker with recycled paper

Westminster College will kick off the "Do it in the Dark" energy conservation competition the week of Jan. 27-Feb.1.

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Admissions Staff Visits High Schools

Westminster College admissions staff will be visiting local high schools the week of Oct. 6.

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Students, Faculty, and Alumni Attended MidSouth Philosophy Conference; Presented Papers

(l-r) Christie Nelson, Ben Nelson, Michael Gorman, Rory Kennedy, Zoe Anthony, Dr. Goldberg, Jessica Saeler, John Allison, Veronica Geretz, Anthony Colwell

Six Westminster College students and their adviser attended the annual MidSouth Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis (Tenn.) April 17-18.

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Peace Studies Coffeehouse to Host Speaker from Western Galilee College

Dr. Ronit Fisher

Westminster College's Peace Studies Coffeehouse will host Jewish history scholar Dr. Ronit Fisher for "The Artistic Fight against Holocaust Denial" Wednesday, March 10, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center. The presentation and dessert reception are free and open to the public.

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Todd Hervey '94 Earns Westminster AV Media Support Services Award

(L-r) Camryn, Todd, and Cole Hervey

Todd Hervey, a 1994 Westminster College graduate and award-winning special projects director/editor at Fuel Creative, Inc., earned Westminster's 2010 Outstanding and Dedicated Audio Visual Media Support Services Award.

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Notes from the Field Station: Teachers' Academy Developed Partnerships with Nature

Dr. Patrick Krantz (standing, right) and Summer Zickefoose (standing, left) welcome Teachers' Academy participants
Dr. Helen Boylan (third from left) explains solar panels on the roof and the inverter inside the shed
Dr. Boylan (top right) describes how the sun's energy becomes electrical energy
Art piece fashioned from natural objects by an academy participant
Solar energy kits used by participants

Twenty-six teachers from Western Pennsylvania walked or drove out to the Field Station for two of the four mornings of the in-service Teachers' Academy held the last week of June at Westminster College.  The Academy is sponsored annually by the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning with support from the Grable Foundation.

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Early Childhood Education Majors Participated in African American Read-In in Farrell

Carolyn Swarlis and students

Twenty-one Westminster College early childhood education/special education majors participated in the 23rd National African American Read-In Feb. 15 at Farrell Elementary School.

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Westminster College Psychology Professor to Present Henderson Lecture Oct. 2

Dr. Kirk Lunnen, associate professor of psychology

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Kirk Lunnen, Westminster College associate professor of psychology, will present the 2013-2014 Henderson Lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Nine Westminster Science Teams Compete in "Geek Week"

Nine teams representing six sciences at Westminster College recently competed in the second annual "Geek Week."

 The teams included: The Most Awesome Physics Ever; the Lab Gnomes/Titrating Titans team represented both biology and chemistry; The Really Super Ultra Microtones and the Greek Geeks both represented biology; the Denominators, the Primes, and Heavy Duty were three teams that represented math and computer science; and Slow Reaction represented chemistry.

 "Monday night was the chemistry event," said Aaron Bruck, a junior chemistry major from Grove City and one of the coordinators of the event.  "It was an around-the-world style of game that tested contestant's knowledge of basic chemistry.  Slow Reaction won that game."

 Tuesday's game of psychology jeopardy featured questions based on psychology and neuroscience ideas.  The Greek Geeks won that competition.

 "Wednesday night was the math/computer science event," continued Bruck.  "The teams took part in a scavenger hunt throughout Hoyt Science Resources Center.  They were looking for people with questions to give them the next clue.  The fastest team through the set of questions was the Denominators."

 "Thursday was the physics event.  It was an egg drop with a twist.  The teams had to first take a quiz on the basics of physics that determined which materials they received to make their contraption," Bruck said.  "If the contraption made it to the ground without breaking the egg, the team received the full amount of points.  The Most Awesome Physics Ever won that event.

 The last event was held Friday with a biology hunt.

 "In this event, teams were given a compass with a set of directions.  With the directions, they were to find a person who was hiding.  This person had a question for the team to answer that gave them the clue to win the game.  The fastest team was Lab Gnomes," Bruck said.

 Following the competition, contestants were treated to pizza and drinks.  The top two teams with the most points were The Most Awesome Physics Ever and Lab Gnomes/Titrating Titans.  The students also voted Dr. Helen Boyan, assistant professor of chemistry at Westminster College, the "Geek Professor of the Year."

 For more information, contact Boylan at (724) 946-6293 or e-mail

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