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Westminster Hosting Education Seminar for Science Teachers

The Westminster College Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is hosting "Science Network-The Pittsburgh Partnership for Energizing K-8 Science: Investing in the Professional Development of Teachers" Thursday, April 27, from 4-7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

 The presenters include: Dr. Jen Cartier, assistant professor of science and elementary education at the University of Pittsburgh; Emily Chapman, a Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Physics and Astronomy, where she is currently doing research in the field of biological physics; Denis Krysinski, who earned his master's from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in elementary and early childhood education and is currently a middle school science teacher at Greenfield School; Cassie Majetic, Ph.D student in ecology and evolution program in the Department of Biological Science at the University of Pittsburgh and science teacher at Beechwood Elementary School; and Susan M. Simmers, who has been teaching K-3 science and mathematics for 19 years at Beechwood Elementary School.

 The program was conceived as an opportunity to improve science learning experiences for urban student in grades K-8, with a special emphasis on intermediate and middle schools.  At the core of the partnership is the belief that investing in the professional development of teachers is the most effective way to achieve lasting instructional improvements. 

 The presentation includes a description of the professional development context that frames the work of the fellows and partner teachers in the partnership and the tools created to support curriculum critique and planning.  This event will also address the role of the Pennsylvania Science Anchors in guiding curriculum implementation.  The fellow/partner teacher teams will share specific examples of how their classroom practices have developed as a result of their work within the partnership.  The participants will also have time to engage in a discussion about the sustainability of this collaborative model.

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was developed to advance world-class teaching at Westminster and enrich K-12 education through outreach programs for area educators

 The seminar offers three hours of CPE credit.  Contact Carol Fiumara at (412) 648-7185 or e-mail fiumara@pitt.edu for more information.  Registration requests can also be mailed to Fiumara at 4302 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA  15260.


Westminster College Students Study Organ in Germany

Shelley Culver and Jaimee Davis, two Westminster College sophomore music majors, spent 10 days in Germany taking advantage of the Westminster College International Historic Organ Program.

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Twenty Westminster College Students Study Off-Campus During Spring Semester

Twenty Westminster College students are studying in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Spain, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh during the spring semester.

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Westminster College Presents U.S. Army Field Band

The U.S. Army Field Band will present a summer outdoor concert at Westminster College's Brittain Lake Friday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.

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Orchestra to Perform Oct. 22

The Westminster College Orchestra will perform Sunday, Oct. 22, at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Combined Choruses to Perform Spring Concert

The Westminster College Men's and Women's Choruses will perform a combined concert Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

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Professor to Speak on Jewish Music

Dr. Robin Lind
Chamber SIngers

Dr. Robin Lind, Westminster associate professor of music and director of choral activities, will speak on "Music of the Jewish People" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 11:40 a.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Admissions Staff Visits High Schools

Westminster College admissions staff will be visiting local high schools the week of Oct. 13.

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Orchestra Concert to Feature Concerto and Aria Competition Winners

The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present its Classical Series Concert III Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Psychology Major Published Online

Matt Facciani

Westminster College junior psychology major Matthew Facciani wrote "The Clinical Neuropsychological Experience" published in the spring issue of Undergraduate Update, an online publication of the Association for Psychological Science.

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