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Music Professor's Composition Published

Dr. Daniel Perttu

Rhapsody, a composition for violin, clarinet, and piano written by Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music, was recently published by BRS Music, Inc., in Indianapolis.

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Religion Class Visited Hindu Temple

Westminster College students in an "Understanding Religious Experience and Expression" class recently visited the Sri Venkateshwara Hindu Temple in Penn Hills.

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Music Education Major to Present Capstone Recital Oct. 31

Sarah Ortz

Sarah Ortz, a Westminster College senior music education major, will present her capstone horn recital Sunday, Oct. 31, at noon in Orr Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

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College to Host Annual Mission Conference July 23-29

The 106th New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC) will be held at Westminster College July 23-29.

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Drinko Center Name and Logo Updated

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is now the Drinko Center for Experiential Learning.

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Westminster College Broadcast Communications Students Cover Election Day

Students Kendall Hunter and Jarred Treshok cover the election at the St. Lutheran Church precinct in New Castle.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Eleven Westminster College "Broadcast and Digital Journalism" students worked on election day as digital video journalism stringers for the online version of the New Castle News.

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Westminster College Offers Fall Continuing Education Classes

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College announces several personal enrichment and leisure courses for community residents, covering interests ranging from understanding football to glass painting to knitting.

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Students Invited to the American Society of Cell Biology National Meeting

Becca Anderson and Christy Campbell
The Biology Group
Nathaniel Schramm
Becca Anderson

Westminster College biology students and their professor were invited to Philadelphia, Pa. to present their work at the American Society of Cell Biology (ASCB) National Meeting, some receiving awards for their travel to the event. 

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Westminster English Professor Published in Miamian Magazine

Dr. James Perkins, professor of English at Westminster College, recently had a short story published in the "Miamian," the magazine of his alma mater, Miami University.

 "The Discovery of Electricity" is a story about Perkin's childhood experience surrounding plugging in his dad's console radio, and the resulting jolt that sent him "flying backwards across the living room."  This story is one of many from Perkin's book "Snakes, Butterbeans, and the Discovery of Electricity" published in 2003 by the Mercer University Press.

 "I loved the picture of the young boy tuning the old radio that they found to accompany the story," Perkins said.  "I was pleased with the fact that my appearance in the "Miamian" sparked a noticeable increase in book sales."

 Perkins book explores the innocence of Four-eyes, a Kentucky boy who grew up in the 1940s.  Through a series of stories about his family, his childhood pranks, and his vivid imagination, this nostalgic and funny book goes down the forgotten paths and pitfalls of childhood.  In the fashion of the truest Southern storytellers, Perkins invites the reader to come in, stay awhile, and listen.

 Perkins who has been with Westminster College, since 1973, is also the chair of the Department of English and Public relations.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Centre College, his master's from Miami University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee.  During the fall term of 1998, he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Seoul National University in Korea.  He has also been honored as a Henderson Lecturer and McCandless Fellow.  His publications also include three chapbooks of poetry, "For the Record: A Robert Drake Reader (a collection edited with Randy Hendricks), and collections of short stories, and "Southern Writers at Centuries End," (a collection of essays co-edited with Jeffrey Folks).

 For more information, contact Perkins at (724) 946-7347 or e-mail

Dr. James Perkins

Westminster College Students Study Organ in Germany

Two Westminster College music majors, Shelley Culver and Craig Dressler, spent 15 days in Germany and the Netherlands taking advantage of the Westminster College International Historic Organ Program.

 "Å“The purpose of this visit was to hear and experience North German organs from the 16th to the 21st centuries,"? said Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, assistant professor of music, Westminster College organist, and founder of this program.  "Å“We also visited the Ahrend Organ Workshop, one of the most prestigious organ workshops in the world."?

 "Å“Playing the great organs of the Netherlands and Germany helped me to develop better articulation and understanding of phrasing when playing my organ repertory,"? Dressler said.  "Å“The people of these countries are very proud of their instruments and work hard to preserve them, and the organ is highly respected and used in almost all worship."?

 "Å“During a lesson on campus, we talk about articulation and fingering, but sometimes it"â„¢s hard to hear the difference,"? Culver said.  "Å“When you play an organ that the music was written for, it"â„¢s so easy to hear the difference and improve almost immediately."?

 While in Germany, the students were part of the Marktmusik concert series, where they  performed on the Arp-Schnitger organ.  The series takes place on Saturdays, when the open market is occurring across the street from the church.  People were free to enter and leave, but many stayed for the entire concert.

"Å“There"â„¢s a growing trend toward the historical style of playing, and playing original pipe organs made by Arp Schnitger, one of the most influential organ builders in the world, gives our students a unique opportunity to learn this,"? said Harrison.

"Å“The pipe organs in Germany and the Netherlands are very sensitive to the organist"â„¢s touch because there is a direct connection between the key, which the organists depresses and releases, and the pipes being opened for air to enter, causing them to speak,"? Dressler said.  "Å“This allows the organist to truly control all aspects of the music he or she performs."?

"Å“Dr. Harrison is an incredible teacher,"? Culver said.  "Å“She knows so much about these organs and the music of the time.  This trip was really a great experience."?

Culver, a senior sacred music and music education major, is a daughter of Rickey and Susan Culver, Frewsburg, N.Y.  She is a graduate of Frewsburg Central School.

Dressler, a sophomore music performance major, is a son of Douglas and Diane Dressler, Erie.  He is a graduate of McDowell High School.

 Contact Harrison at (724) 946-7024 or e-mail for more information.

Shelley Culver
Craig Dressler

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