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Westminster College to Showcase Student Research and Creative Accomplishments

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host "The Best of Westminster" undergraduate research symposium Friday and Saturday, April 24-25.

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History Professor Attended Seminar at Harvard

Dr. Russell Martin

Dr. Russell Martin, Westminster College associate professor of history, attended the Early Slavic Studies seminar Feb. 19 at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

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Mathematics and Computer Science Department Hosted High School Programming Contest

First place team (l-r): Laura Prosser, Sravya Vishnubhatla, Neel Krishna, Skanda Koppula, Kostya Borisov, Dr. John Bonomo
Second place team (l-r): Laura Prosser, Dominic LaBella, Ricky Kotermanski, Mark Freithaler, Robert Whitmore, Dr. John Bonomo
Third place team (l-r): Laura Prosser, Will Dignazio, Shane Smith, Artem Talanov, Jonathan Timcheck, Dr. John Bonomo

Westminster College's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, in conjunction with Westminster's Admissions Office, hosted its annual high school programming contest Oct. 18.

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Chemistry Majors Presented Test Results at Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition Meeting

(L-r) Dr. Helen Boylan, Justin Jones, Robert Wehrle, Merissa Malcolm, Brandon Kennedy, Ashley Blystone, Matthew Perella, Zachary Smith, Ryan Konik, Lori Katrencik
Ashley Blystone, Brandon Kennedy, Robert Wehrle testing samples at the site

Nine Westminster College chemistry majors presented the results of a service-learning project at a meeting of the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition (SRWC) May 12 at the Jennings Environmental Education Center.

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College to Host Speakers on Regional Migrant Workers

Westminster College will host Stephanie Clark and Deke Showman for "The Harvest of Hope: Migrant Workers in Northwestern Pennsylvania" Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Witherspoon Maple Room.  The program is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College Assistant Professor and Alumna Present Research at Neuroscience Conference, Professor Published

Dr. Robin McGovern, assistant professor of behavioral neuroscience

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Robin McGovern, assistant professor of behavioral neuroscience, and Westminster College alumna Kristina Scanlan `12 presented research at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference Oct. 13-17 in New Orleans.

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Westminster College Ranks Fourth in Graduation Rate Performance

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College ranked fourth among top-tier National Liberal Arts Colleges in graduation rate performance, according to the 2014 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.

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Westminster College Student to Graduate 50 Years after Starting

Mark Fowler with Neal Edman, Dean of Student Affairs
Mark Representing His Westminster Spirit

Mark Fowler, a Westminster College Latin major, will complete the requirements for his degree later this month, more than 50 years after entering as a freshman.

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Westminster Political Science Professor Attends Peace Seminar

Dr. Andrea Grove, a Westminster College assistant professor of political science, recently attended "Creating a Culture of Peace: A Peace Studies Seminar" at the William Penn House in Washington D.C.

 "Attending a peace studies conference with those of the Quaker faith was an unexpectedly wonderful experience for me," Grove said

 The William Penn House is a meeting center and small lodging house on Capitol Hill.  Their mission states, "Promoting the Quaker vision of a peaceful and just society by providing education seminars, opportunities for dialogue, and simple, inexpensive lodging for those to come to the area to learn, lobby, or serve."

 "I am not a Quaker, but was invited to attend the seminar and received a scholarship because of my work in peace studies.  We heard from a range of peacemakers "" from those who spend their lives working with gang members in inner-city Washington D.C. to those who work to free slaves around the world," Grove said.  "The common thread was that as individual we can act to recognize the basic humanity of those around us, and in doing so contribute to the goal of security and conflict resolution."

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

 For more information, contact Grove at (724) 946-7254 or e-mail

Dr. Andrea Grove

Westminster's Science in Motion at Capitol Demo Day

Bernie Durkin,  director of the Westminster College Science in Motion program, and Stephanie Corrette-Bennett, biology mobile educator, went to Harrisburg to demonstrate some of the experiments they bring to area school students in support of Senate bill 414 and House bill 1512, which will provide funding during the 2005-2006 school year.

This year Westminster's Science in Motion team presented spring and fall workshops for all four science disciplines, including elementary, chemistry, physics, and biology.  They also visited 22 area school districts in Allegheny, Butler, Crawford, Lawrence, and Mercer counties impacting the education of 4,063 local students.

"Those numbers will probably increase, as we generally have a lot of requests right at the end of the public school year," Corrette-Bennett said.  "We also have summer workshops for chemistry, physics, and biology educators set for June 20-24.  Teachers can visit our website or call us directly for more information."

While in Harrisburg, Corrette-Bennett and Durkin presented Senators Bob Robbins and Gerald LaValle with certificates of appreciation for their continued support of this program. 

"Our primary goal was to promote awareness and support for our program and convey to our representatives how we are already serving and benefiting schools in their district," Corrette-Bennett said.  "We spoke with Representatives Rod Wilt, Sean Ramaley, and Michael Veon."

"The Science in Motion program links 200 school districts with 11 higher education institutions via professors traveling to different school districts and teaching scientific techniques such as gas chromatography and IR spectroscopy," said Dr. Lorraine Mufinger, director of the state-wide program.  "It's one of the best kept education secrets in our state."

Mufinger also commented that in 1957 the United States rallied to support science education due to the race to space, but now that race has been placed on the back burner even though industry is begging for a better trained workforce. 

"Pennsylvania Science and Technology Partnership has won national attention many times, most recently winning the 2003 Council of State Governments Innovation Award for being an effective and cost-efficient program," Mufinger said while requesting that the program's future be solidified, not cut altogether as Governor Rendell' 2005-06 budget has proposed.

Contact Durkin at (724) 946-6295 or e-mail for more information about Westminster's Science in Motion program.  Visit the website for details of the summer workshops.

Stephanie Corrett-Bennett, Senator Robert Robbins, and Bernie Durkin

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