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Political Science Professor to Speak on Sabbatical Work at Faires Faculty Forum

Dr. Shannon Smithey

Dr. Shannon Smithey, Westminster College associate professor of political science, will present "Crime and Public Support for Democracy in Latin American and Africa" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, April 4, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

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Westminster College Assistant Professor Co-authors Article on Green Chemistry

Dr. Sarah Kennedy, assistant professor of chemistry

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Sarah Kennedy, Westminster College assistant professor of chemistry, co-authored an article in the Water Conditioning & Purification Magazine.

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Westminster College Professor Emeritus of English Publishes Poems

Dr. James Perkins, professor emeritus of English

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. James Perkins, Westminster College professor emeritus of English, will have a book of poems published in October.

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Lecturer and Colleagues Presented at International Conference

(L-r) Yvonne El Ashmawi (New Mexico), Angela Redondo (Arizona), Tina Keller (Westminster College), Anthony Martinez (Colorado)

Tina Keller, Westminster College education lecturer, and three colleagues presented "(Un)covering Bias and Pushing Boundaries in Children's Literature" at the international conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) in Tucson in November.

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Westminster College Hosts High School Computer Programming Contest

Westminster College recently hosted an area high school computer programming contest.

 Competing in the contest were four teams from Blackhawk High School with coach Nancy Mahosky, two teams from Mohawk High School with coach Ruth Ann Voland, one team from Greenville High School with coach Jenn Thompson; and one team from Ellwood City High School with coach Jonica Walters.

 Dr. John Bonomo, associate professor of computer science at Westminster College, designed and ran the contest.  Bonomo, who was recently selected as a judge for the fourth time for the International Programming Contest scheduled in March 2005 in Shanghai,  also had his problems accepted twice at this international competition.

 The competition included teams of three or four high school students, who worked for three hours on six computer programming problems.  Judging, which was done electronically, was based on the time it took to complete the problem and the number of incorrect submissions.

 Blackhawk team one included: Don Lambert, Dan Seery, and Chris Seltzer.
 Blackhawk team two included: Joe Synowka, Jeremy Hupp, and Andrew Spahr.
 Blackhawk team three included Eric Saut, Kevin Shanahan, and Brad Vukich.
 Blackhawk team four included: Steve Livingston, Phillip Pucci, and Ben Dodsworth.
 Mohawk team one included Sam Arent, Richard Crawford, Tyler King, and Tyler White
 Mohawk team two included Chris Carr, Sara Aull, Brittany Harry, and Rey Colon.

 Greenville team included Joel Grover and Nekody Lenkner.

 Ellwood City team included Robert Hollencamp, Adam DiFrischia, and Robert Gearhart.

 The Ellwood City team took first place; Blackhawk team three took second place; and Blackhawk team one took third place.

 For more information, contact Bonomo at (724) 946-7287 or e-mail

Westminster Philosophy Professor Presents Paper in Tokyo

Dr. David Goldberg, assistant professor of philosophy at Westminster College, recently presented a paper at the International Association of the History of Religion (IAHR) in Tokyo, Japan.

 His paper, "Neuroanatomy and the Religious Experience: Scientific Demystificati0n of Religion?" dealt with a recent trend in which neuro-anatomy is used to examine religious mystical experiences.

 "In particular I was concerned with the methodology that is used by Andrew Newberg and Eugene D'Aquili expressed in their books, 'The Mystical Mind' and 'Why God Won't Go Away,'" Goldberg said.  "In each they argue that there is a 'similarity in kind' between mystical experiences that can be substantiated with their neuro-anatomical model.  My contention is that they blindly turn away from fundamental differences that surface within the hermeneutical dimension that must infect these experiences, and that within their own neuro-anatomical model we can find a ground for substantiating difference in kind between mystical experiences, in particular the ontogenetic plasticity of mind."

 Goldberg, who has been with Westminster College since 2002, earned his undergraduate degree and master's from Pennsylvania State University, and his Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

 Contact Goldberg at (724) 946-7153 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. David Goldberg

Westminster College Faculty Brass Quintet Concert April 11

The Westminster College Faculty Brass Quintet will perform in concert Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

 "Along with a variety of quintet music, the quintet will perform two of the pinnacle, and most challenging, works written for this genre; Malcom Arnold's "Quintet" and the "Somete" composed by Eugene Bozza," said Dr. Tad Greig, director of bands at Westminster College and member of this group.  "The quintet will also perform the classic "Scherzo" from John Cheetham and Authur Frackenpohl's "Quintet No. 5."

 The quintet includes: Mark Antonich, tuba instructor and director of bands at Lowellville (OH) High School on the tuba; Robert Cole, horn, music technology, instrument repair instructor, on the horn; Andrew Erb, trumpet instructor, on the trumpet; Greig on the trombone; and Nicholas Oleako, director of bands at Poland (OH) High School, on the trumpet.

 The concert is free and open to the public.  Contact the Westminster College Department of Music at (724) 946-7270 for more information.

Westminster College Announces Summer Hires

Westminster College filled two positions this summer.

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Three Westminster College Students Receive Sharonsteel Foundation Scholarships

Three Westminster College Students have received the Sharonsteel Foundation Scholar Awards.

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Ulmer Elected President of Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs

Mary Ellen Ulmer, music librarian at Westminster College, was elected to a two-year term as president of the Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs (PFMC) at the 79th annual convention held in Monroeville.

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