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Westminster College to Host Independence Day Celebration

Westminster College will host an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration with a free concert and fireworks Sunday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Brittain Lake.

This 16th annual Independence Day celebration will feature the River City Brass Band playing a mix of patriotic, religious, folk, and popular Broadway and Hollywood sounds.  Over 9,000 people attended last year's event.

Opening this year's celebration is the Veterans Memorial Pipers Band, bagpipers from Meadville.  Returning is the Battery D 229th Field Artillery of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, who will supply howitzer fire during the 1812 Overture, and the Eintracht Maennerchor Singing Society.  The evening will conclude at dusk with a glorious display of fireworks by Pyrotecnico.

The event is free and open to the public, but early arrival is suggested as a large crowd is expected for this family-oriented evening.  The audience is advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating, and picnic baskets and refreshments are permitted.  Food vendors will also be on site.

The concert is co-sponsored by Jameson Health Systems, Caroline Knox Memorial Trust Fund, King's Jewelry, and Westminster College.

Contact Connie McGinnis, assistant director of the Westminster College Celebrity Series at (724) 946-7354 or e-mail for more information.

Sophomore Leadership Society Inducts 36 at Westminster

Thirty-six Westminster College students will be inducted into Lambda Sigma during an April 20 banquet in the McKelvey Campus Center Witherspoon room.

Lambda Sigma is an honor society with the purpose of fostering leadership, scholarship, fellowship and the spirit of service among the men and women of the sophomore class.  Requirements include a quality point average of at least 3.0, and previous leadership experience.  Each year Lambda Sigma inducts no more than 10 percent of the class.

 Contact Ashley Ray, sophomore political science major from Leechburg and president of Lambda Sigma, at for more information or visit the Website:

Westminster Biology Student Spent Summer "Monkeying Around"

Devayani Wintrode, a senior neuroscience major at Westminster College, spent her summer studying primates at the Ometepe Biological Field Station in Nicaragua.

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Westminster College Students Shadow Alumni Careers

Several Westminster College students will shadow the careers of alumni Jan. 15-19.

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Westminster Student Appointed Region Coordinator of PA Collegiate Music Educators Association

Sean Taylor, a junior music education major at Westminster College, was recently appointed region coordinator of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association (PCMEA).

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Westminster College Sponsoring Diversity Symposium Oct. 11

The Westminster College Office of Diversity Services is sponsoring "Who Am I and What Is It to You" Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6-8 p.m. in the Berlin Student Lounge located in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Professor Part of Discussion on Issues of Morality in Melville's "Billy Budd"

Dr. Matthew Sivils

Dr. Matthew Sivils, Westminster College assistant professor of English, is part of a three-person panel that will discuss the moral issues posed by Herman Melville's "Billy Budd" Monday, April 30, at 5 p.m. at the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, 437 Grant St., Pittsburgh.

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Student Receives Grant for Undergraduate Research Presentation

The Westminster College Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning awarded a travel/presentation grant to Ryan Schafer, a Westminster senior biochemistry major, to present "Synthesis of a New N2S3 Pentadentate Ligand, and its Corresponding Co(III) Complex, as a Model of the Nitrile Hydratase Active Site" at the American Chemical Society national meeting in New Orleans in April.

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Education Professor Has Book Published

Dr. Eileen Morelli

Dr. Eileen Morelli, Westminster College associate professor of education, has published Developmental Reading, Achievement and Persistence of African American Community College Students.

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Students Presented Capstone Projects at Research Conference

Peter Lukich
Andrew Slane

Westminster College students Peter Lukich and Andrew Slane presented the results of their capstone projects at the 2009 Penn State-Behrend Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference April 18.

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