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Three Westminster Professors Presented Papers

Delores Natale, lecturer of public relations, Dr. Suzanne Prestien, assistant professor of English and public relations, and Dr. Richard Sprow, professor of English, recently attended the 17th annual meeting of the Far West Popular Culture Association in Las Vegas.

The "Images of Popular Culture in Film and Literature" panel was moderated by Sprow.  This panel heard Prestien present "It's Better to Burn Out Than It Is to Rust: Rock N' Roll Biopics and the Making of Modern Mythology," which examined several film versions of rock and roll singers' lives, examining the way in which film mythologizes real life. 

The panel also received a presentation, "From Typist to Tyrant: Film's Portrayal of Women in Journalism," from Natale.  This paper studied several film depictions of female journalists and examined the differences in the ways they were treated compared to male journalists.

Sprow presented "Louisville Sluggers, Tight Ends, and the Full Nelson: Images of Sports in John Irving."  This paper showed examples of sports imagery in several Irving novels and examined the importance of sports as a theme in his fiction.

Natale, who has been with Westminster College since 2001, earned her undergraduate degree from Westminster College. Contact Natale at (724) 946-7349 or e-mail for more information.

Prestien, who has been with Westminster College since 1997, earned her undergraduate degree from Kent State University, her master's from the University of Toledo, and her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.  Contact Prestien at (724) 946-7029 or e-mail for more information.

Sprow, who has been with Westminster College since 1976, earned his undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University, and his master's and Ph.D. from Purdue University.  Contact Sprow at (724) 946-7346 or e-mail for more information.

Westminster College to Host Science Olympiad April 7

Westminster College will host more than 900 students from more than 50 area schools at the Northwestern Regional Science Olympiad competition on Friday, April 7.

The competition runs from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and features middle school and high school students' science projects and experiments.  Disease Detective, Food Science, Sounds of Music and Can't Judge a Powder are just four of the highly-visual experiments that will be educational as well as fun for spectators.

The competitions balance students' knowledge of facts, concepts, processes and applications, as well as their skills.  The focus throughout the competition is on learning, participating, interacting, having fun, and developing team spirit.

Middle and junior high schools competing are: Brookville Area, Butler, Clarion, Cochranton, DuBois, Indiana Area, Kane Area, Laurel, New Castle Christian Academy, North East, Redbank Valley, Ridgway Area, Riverside, Rochester, Sewickly Academy, Shady Side Academy, St. Ursula, St. Vitus, Union, and West Allegheny.

High schools competing are: Ambridge, Bethel Park, Brookville Area, Clarion Area, Cochranton Area, DuBois, Franklin Area, Indiana Area, Kane Area, Keystone Oaks, Laurel, Maplewood, Montour, Neshannock, North Allegheny, North East, Oil City, Penns Manor, Quaker Valley, Redbank Valley, Ridgway Area, Saegertown, Seneca, Shady Side Academy, St. Mary's Area, Union, Warren Area, and West Allegheny.

The Science Olympiad is an international non-profit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both teachers and students.  The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare during the year.

For more information, contact Dr. Martha Joseph, associate professor of chemistry at Westminster College and director of the event, at (724) 946-7295 or e-mail or Doreen Matune at (724) 946-7121 or e-mail Or visit the website:

Science Olympiad 2002

Westminster Professor to Discuss "Green Chemistry"

Dr. Peter Smith, assistant professor of chemistry at Westminster College, will present "The Green Chemistry Initiative" at the Faculty Forum Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 11:30 a.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Westminster College Hosts Third Annual High School One-Act Festival

Theatre Westminster hosted the third annual high school One-Act Festival Monday, Jan. 29, at Beeghly Theater.

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Westminster College Announces First Annual J. Calvin Rose Memorial Lecture

Westminster College, in partnership with the Shenango Presbytery Leadership Development Team, will sponsor the first annual J. Calvin Rose Memorial Lecture, Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 6:30-9 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

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Math Professor Presents Paper in Spain

Dr. Pamela Richardson

Dr. Pamela Richardson, Westminster College assistant professor of mathematics, recently presented a paper at the International Congress of Mathematics (ICM) satellite conference on "Associative and Nonassociative Algebraic Structures" held in Oviedo, Spain.

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History Professor to Speak on Ohio Colleges in the 1960s

Dr. David Twining, Westminster College associate professor of history, will speak at the Faculty Forum, Wednesday, April 25, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Theatre Students Recommended for Acting Competition

Westminster College students Amber Scalfari and Ian Turner performed a scene from Chekov's The Bear at the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition held Jan. 2-6 in Pittsburgh.

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Preschool Playground to be Dedicated

New preschool playground
Spinner bowl

The Westminster College Preschool Lab will dedicate its new playground facility Monday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. in room 145 of the Hoyt Science Resources Center.

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Religion Professor to Make Faculty Forum Presentation

Dr. Kang-Yup Na

Dr. Kang-Yup Na, Westminster College associate professor of religion, will present "Biblical Criticism and Myopia: Three Brief Case Studies of Marginality" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, April 15, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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