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Westminster Professor Judges International Computer Science Contest

Dr. John Bonomo, associate professor of computer science at Westminster College, recently returned from Shanghai where he judged the 29th annual ACM ICPC World Finals sponsored by IBM.

The contest was hosted by Shanghai Jio Tong University at the DuDong Shangri-La Hotel.  Seventy-five teams competed from nearly 1,500 universities in over 70 countries, who fielded over 3,800 teams at over 130 sites during regional competitions.

Bonomo also had a problem accepted for this competition.  "The problem of mine turned out to be the third-hardest problem, being solved by only three or four teams," Bonomo said.  "Once you get a problem selected, you are actually assigned a different problem to judge during the contest.  The problem I judged turn out to be the one with the most submissions from the teams, so I was busy from the start to the end of the contest."

Bonomo was a regional judge for the five years.  He has been an international judge four times -- in Hawaii, Los Angeles and last year at Prague, Czech Republic. 

Bonomo, who has been with Westminster College since 1998, earned his undergraduate and master's degree from Catholic University, and a master's and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Contact Bonomo at (724) 946-7287 or e-mail bonomojp@westminster.edu for more information.

Dr. John Bonomo


Planetarium Presents "Journey to the Stars"

Westminster College Planetarium presents "Journey to the Stars" Thursday-Saturday, March 30-April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Hoyt Science Resources Center room 116.

 This program takes visitors on incredible journeys of discovery.  One journey will start with dark interstellar gas drifting in the cold vacuum of space and end with seething whirlpools of gas surrounding a black hole.  Another will examine amazing astronomical phenomena close to home and extend to fantastic galaxies, billions of light years away.  A final journey will take us from great explorations of the past to endless possibilities for the future. 

Along the way, the program will explore how we use the electromagnetic spectrum to learn about space, the birth and death of stars, the planets, distant receding galaxies, and discoveries from the Hubble Space telescope. Come to the planetarium and take a journey to the stars. The show will conclude with a survey of the current night sky.

 The shows are free and open to the public, but because of limited seating, reservations are required.  Contact the Westminster College Department of Physics at (724) 946-7200 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for reservations or more information.


Westminster College Spanish Professor Published

Dr. Camilia Dari de Lopez, associate professor of Spanish at Westminster College, recently had an article published in the Latin American Literature in the Year 2000: Balance, Perspectives and Prospectives.

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Mardi Gras Coming to Westminster College

Mardi Gras is coming to Westminster College, Friday, Feb. 16, from 6-8:30 p.m. in Orr Lobby. Following the carnival, the Clarks with special guest, Grapevine, will perform in Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster and the West Wing Connection

Jackie Meade, director of the Westminster College Career Center, put the word out that television's popular series West Wing would need Westminster's help, and nearly 20 faculty, staff, students, and alumni responded.

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Adjunct Music Professor Tours Europe with Cleveland Orchestra

Jody Guinn

Jody Guinn, Westminster College adjunct music professor, recently returned from a three-week European tour with the Cleveland Orchestra, which played concerts in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Italy.

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Heinz Lecture Series Presents Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele

Faith Adiele, the first black Buddhist nun in Thailand, will speak Tuesday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center as part of the Heinz Lecture Series.

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Westminster College to Host Egyptology Expert

Pesed, Dr. Farmerie, Dr. Elias

Dr. Jonathan Elias, director of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium, will speak at Westminster College Friday, Feb. 8, at 12:35 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater in McKelvey Campus Center.

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All That Stuff

Planting an elderberry along McClure Run using compost
Compost loaded for use on campus
AARP members planting a red maple in the microforest

"What do you DO with all that stuff?" is the predictable question when newcomers to the Field Station see the five long rows of compost and hear that we handle over 200 tons of compostables each year.

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Sierra Student Coalition to Sponsor Earth Day 5K Race

Westminster College's Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) will sponsor its second annual Earth Day 5K run and walk Saturday, April 18, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Field House.

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