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Religion Major Received Grant to Make Presentation at Conference

Zoe Anthony, a Westminster College senior religion major, received a travel/presentation grant from Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to make a presentation at the Undergraduate Mid-South Philosophy conference April 16-19 in Memphis, Tenn.

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Symphony Orchestra in Concert March 4

The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present its winter concert Thursday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

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Wind Ensemble to Present Young Conductors Concert Oct. 29

(L-r) Emilie Stuart, Aaron McAfee, Natalie Bok
Wind Ensemble

The Westminster College Wind Ensemble will present its eighth annual Young Conductors Concert Friday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College Earns Presidential Honor Roll Recognition for Community Service

Westminster students volunteering for Habitat for Humanity during Spring Break

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Westminster College with a place on the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

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Broadcast Communications Major Received Drinko Research Grant

Westminster College junior broadcast communications major Adam Carswell received an undergraduate research grant from Westminster's Drinko Center for Experiential Learning.

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Westminster College Associate Professor to Teach Course Based on Israel Excavation

Dr. Beverly Cushman, associate professor of religion and Christian education

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Beverly Cushman, associate professor of religion and Christian education, spent a month in Nazareth, Israel, serving as Registrar of Artifacts for the new excavation of Shikhin.

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Westminster College Education Students Attend National Autism Conference

(L-R): Emily Scharf; Amanda Turi; Christine Guerrini, autistic support teacher; Shannon Grimm; Jane Dean, Westminster adjunct faculty; Kayla Oliver; Sheryl Wright; and Amy Camardese, Westminster associate professor of education.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Five senior Westminster College early childhood/special education majors and their instructors attended the National Autism Conference July 29-Aug. 1 at the Pennsylvania State University Conference Center.

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Westminster Opera Students to Present "The Legend of Carmen"

Westminster College Opera Workshop students faculty will present "The Legend of Carmen," Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

 The story centers around two men, Don Jose and Escamillo, who are both in love with a gypsy named Carmen.  Through imprisonment, carousing in taverns, bullfights, and smuggling adventures, the audience will follow the escapades of these characters, until a murder brings the story to a tragic and dramatic end. 

 The opera is directed by Dr. Anne Bentz, assistant professor of music, and the Westminster College Orchestra is directed by Mihai Valcu, adjunct music faculty member.  William Turney is Technical director.  The chorus consists of Westminster faculty and students, as well as students of the New Wilmington Middle School.

 The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Bentz, at (724) 946-6045 or e-mail

Westminster History Professor Joins Team of Translators for Russian Heiress

Dr. Russell Martin, associate professor of history at Westminster College, recently joined a team of translators who are creating an English-language version of the Web page for Her Imperial Highness, Grand Duchess Maria Vladmirova, the current legal heiress to the vacant throne of Russia.

"The website,, contains separate pages outlining the claims of the Grand Duchess to the throne; the laws of succession, and other documents such as press releases and official statements by the Heiress.  It also highlights the news items on the activities and travels of the members of the Imperial Family," Martin said.  "It's a very smart-looking Web page, but it is all in Russian.  I have already translated a large batch of legal texts on the laws of succession, and am moving on to other sections of the webpage."

This is not the first work Martin has done for the Royal Family of Russia.

"My service to them began more than a decade ago, when I gave expert testimony in a deposition in a legal case brought in Canada against someone who had published unhistorical and scurrilous charges against the rights of Grand Duchess Maria's now deceased father, Grand Duke Vladimir Kirillovich," Martin said.  "I have also published articles in encyclopedias on the Royal Family, where I outline the complexities in the Russian succession and make the case for Grand Duchess Maria's rights.  I have also been granted access to archival materials of the Russian Orthodox Church that shines a new light on the questions of the Russian monarchy.  I hope to convert this work into a book that I'll start to write next year.

"My work on the Web page was in many ways aided by Kristin Kronstain, a history student who is studying the Russian language with me as an independent study," Martin said.  "She studied Russian in Moscow last summer, and over the course of this year, her skills with Russian have improved to the point where I felt confident that I could ask her to tackle some of the translation work.  Her help was important to the project and useful, I think, to her since she got a chance to pull her head out of a textbook and actually apply the skills she is working on."

Martin appeared on 'A&E Biography' in a broadcast on Ivan the Terrible as an expert on the controversial ruler.  He is the co-founder of the Muscovite Biographical Database, a Russian-American computerized register based in Moscow of early modern Russian notables.  The Neville Island, Pa., native is not only fluent in Russian, but also reads Old Church Slavonic/Russian, French, German, Latin, and Polish.

Martin, who has been with Westminster College since 1996, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and his master's and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Kronstain, a junior history major, is a daughter of William and Lorraine Kronstain, Wexford, and a graduate of North Allegheny High School.

Contact at Martin at (724) 946-6254 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Russell Martin

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