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Senior Receives Grant for Undergraduate Chemistry Research

Brandi Weigand, a Westminster College senior chemistry major, received an undergraduate research grant from Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

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Music Major to Present Senior Recital

Kimberly Hasara

Westminster College music performance major Kimberly Hasara will present her senior capstone recital Sunday, May 3, at 1 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Holcad Writers Win Keystone Press Awards

Dee Natale (l) and Shannon Richter
(L-r) Stephanie Chaffee, David Lynch, Shannon Richter

Three Westminster College seniors on the staff of the Holcad student newspaper are among the winners of the 2010 Collegiate Keystone Press Awards sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

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Students Participated in Programming Contest

Team 1 (l-r): Joshua Glasser, Amanda Gentzel, Aaron Zavora
Team 2 (l-r): Dylan Karas, Timothy Matyas, Anthony Caratelli

Two teams of Westminster College students participated in the 2010 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) East Central North America Programming Contest Oct. 23-24 at Youngstown State University.

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College Selected Among "The Best 376 Colleges" in Nation by The Princeton Review; Also Honored for "Great Town-Gown Relations," "Future Rotarians" and "Best College Radio Station"

Westminster College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.  The education services company features Westminster in the new 2012 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 376 Colleges."

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Dance Theatre to Present Annual Show March 29-31

Westminster College's Dance Theatre will present its annual spring show Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31, in Orr Auditorium.  The performance, which involves nearly 65 students, is open to the public.

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Westminster College International Film Series Announces Fall Semester Schedule

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Jake Erhardt International Film Series will kick off the fall semester with the 2011 French film The Intouchables at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of McKelvey Campus Center.

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Westminster College to Host Martin Luther King Day Events

The Westminster College Office of Diversity Services and the Office of Faith and Spirituality will co-host a series of events in celebration of Martin Luther King Day, "50 Years…Still in Search of Justice," the week of January 19.

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Westminster College to Host Christian Music Concert Nov. 4

A Christian music concert, sponsored by the Westminster College Campus Ministry Programs, is scheduled Thursday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

 The concert features Brother Frank, and his music that centers completely around the transforming power of Jesus Christ and the lives of those who believe in Him.  Brought up in the faith, he was exposed to the powerful music of the church early in life.  His own musical career began at the age of six with piano lessons, and as he grew older he added guitar, hammered dulcimer and others.  His ministry of music combined with Screen Door Ministries uses the arts to reach the inner city and at-risk populations. 

 Opening acts for this concert include Dan Getkin, an Allegheny College student, singer, and song writer, and Shaded Gray, a group of 25 Geneva College student instrumentalists.

 The event is free and open to the public, however donations will be taken and proceeds will go the New Castle City Rescue Mission to help with Thanksgiving food baskets.

 For more information, contact the Rev. James Mohr, chaplain at Westminster College, at (724) 946-7116 or e-mail

Westminster English Professor Attends Literature Conference

Dr. Bethany Hicok, assistant professor of English at Westminster College, recently attended the American Literature Association conference in Boston.

 Hicok organized a panel, "Women Poets in Cultural Context: Dickinson, Moore, and Plath."

 "The panel featured three papers, all of which re-contextualized the work of three American poets , Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, and Sylvia Plath , by re-establishing the historical and cultural context of their poetic production," Hicok said.  "Drawing on new archival research, each paper discussed the poetic development of one of these three poets as an outgrowth of, and in dialogue with, the social and political forces that shaped their particular historical moment.

 Some of the work Hicok did was in collaboration with Lindsay Onufer, a 2004 Westminster graduate from Mars.

 "Lindsay accompanied me to the Lilly Library, so this particular paper and book chapter, represents significant ways the integration that I try to achieve between scholarship and teaching," Hicok said.  "When my students practice their profession , that is when they do literary criticism , I tell them that they are joining a conversation with other scholars.  My conference contributions and my ongoing conversation with a network of scholars in my field, are ways that I practice what I preach."

 At the conference, Hicok was asked by the Elizabeth Bishop Society to write about the panel, "Elizabeth Bishop: Correspondences," for the "Elizabeth Bishop Society Newsletter," which is published quarterly.

 Hicok, who has been with Westminster College since 2001, earned her undergraduate degree from Russell Sage College, and her masters' and Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

 Contact Hicok at (724) 946-6349 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Bethany Hicok

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