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"Advantage: Westminster" Wins Bronze Medal in National Competition

"Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020 won a bronze medal in the nation's largest educational advertising awards competition.

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Senior to Present Lecture Recital Nov. 7

Alayna Carroll

Alayna Carroll, a Westminster College individual interdisciplinary major, will present her senior lecture recital Sunday, Nov. 7, at 1 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel. The program is free and open to the public.

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Notes from the Field Station: "A Guide for Summer's Glare" or "New Sunscreen Rules"

Student employees Jared Mutschler and Tamber Schaef apply SPF 15 sunscreen before working outside at the Field Station
UV and total solar energy sensors (left of rain gauge) at the Travis Weather Station
Graph of typical summer day's generation of UV with peaks between noon and 2 p.m.

The beautiful sunshine of summer also carries with it some baggage that isn't so nice.  Ultraviolet light radiation is a potential culprit that can turn good to bad:  sunburn, wrinkles and, worst of all, skin cancer.  Ultraviolet radiation is monitored and reported as the UV Index from the Travis Weather Station.

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Art and Biology Professors to Share Cluster Course Experience at Faires Faculty Forum

Peggy Cox
Dr. Ann Throckmorton

Peggy Cox, Westminster College professor of art, and Dr. Ann Throckmorton, Westminster professor of biology, will present "A Cluster to Dye For" Wednesday, March 28, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

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Westminster College to Host Global Gift Market Nov. 28

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Young Presbyterian Scholars Program (YPS) will sponsor its ninth annual Global Gift Market Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center. The event is open to the public.

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Westminster College Celebrity Series to Present The Tenors October 9

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Celebrity Series will present The Tenors Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster College Environmental Symposium Announces Award Winners

Westminster College students won numerous awards in December at the Student Symposium on the Environment.  The event was hosted by Westminster Environmental Programs and co-sponsored by the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition.  Awards were sponsored by Stream Restoration, Inc.

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Westminster Professor Discusses Cluster Courses at American Sociological Meeting

Dr. Kristin Park, associate professor of sociology at Westminster College, recently discussed cluster courses at the American Sociological Association annual meeting.

 "At the meeting, 'Weaving the Tapestry: Teaching with Other Disciplines,' I discussed my experiences with Westminster's inquiry and cluster classes," Park said.

 Inquiry is taken during a student's first year at Westminster College.  This semester-long course is designed to confront and engage students, and is taken in addition to writing and oral communication to make skill and content instruction mutually reinforcing.  Cluster courses are taken during the sophomore or junior years at Westminster, and consist of two linked courses taught by at least two faculty from different disciplines to the same group of students.

 Park's journal article, "Stigma Management Among the Voluntarily Childless," will be reprinted in the fifth edition of Patricia and Peter Adler's reader, "Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context and Interaction," a widely adopted textbook in sociology of deviance classes.

 Park, who has been with Westminster College since 1993, earned her undergraduate degree from Colgate University, and her master's and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 For more information, contact Park at (724) 946-7251 or e-mail

Dr. Kristin Park

Westminster College Offers Summer Fitness Programs

Westminster College is offering a series of summer fitness programs that are open to the public. 

 The program is broken into three sessions: Session one runs June 13-July 8; session two runs July 11-Aug. 5; and session three runs Aug. 8-Sept. 2.

 Beginner Yoga is offered Mondays.  This class is an introduction to basic yoga postures to strengthen lower back, abdominal muscles, legs, and upper body.

 Power Yoga is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays.  This brisk, energetic class provides an excellent workout with strong poses to enhance strength, stamina, and total body/mind harmony.

 Pilates is offered Wednesdays.  With an emphasis on breathing, core conditioning and body awareness, Pilates is a safe and highly effective way to stretch, strengthen, and streamline the body without building bulk or stressing joints.

The instructor for all classes is Kathy Birkholz.  All classes are held in the Down Under, located in the basement of Eichenhauer Hall.

Contact Lori Scheidemantle for more information at (724) 946-7353 or e-mail

Bleasby Colloquium Continues with Poetry Reading

Poet Jeredith Merrin will read and discuss her poetry at the Bleasby Colloquium Thursday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the Sabastian Mueller Theater located in the McKelvey Campus Center.

 Merrin is the author of two collections of poetry, "Shift," released in 1996, and "Bat Ode" released in 2001, from the University of Chicago Press Phoenix Poets Series.  She has also published a book of criticism, "Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop and the Uses of Tradition," and a number of essays and reviews appear in publications such as "The Southern Review."  She is currently writing two more books "Mon Age," a new collection of poetry, and "Of Two Minds," a collection of essays on poets and poetry.

 Merrin earned her master's from San Jose State University and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.  Visit for more information.

 This colloquium is the fifth in a series of events scheduled for the George Bleasby Colloquia, a series of literary events in honor of Dr. Bleasby, who chaired the Department of English at Westminster from 1954-75.

 Contact Dr. Bethany Hicok, assistant professor of English at Westminster and coordinator of this event, at (724) 946-6349 or e-mail for more information.

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