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Alex Scull Joins Westminster College as Major Gifts Officer

Alex Scull, major gifts officer

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Alex Scull has joined Westminster College as a major gifts officer to support the ongoing Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College.

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Westminster College to Host Scottish Fiddling Camp

Westminster College will host The Strathgheny School of Scottish Fiddling, a week-long fiddling camp, June 21 - 27. Registration is open to the public.

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Westminster Senior to Perform Violin Recital

Jennifer Helms, a senior music education major from Beaver, will give her senior violin recital Saturday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

 The program includes works by Kreisler, Massanet, and J.S. Bach, and will be accompanied by Dr. Nancy DeSalvo, chair and assistant professor of music at Westminster College.

 Helms has studied violin for 13 years.  She is currently concertmaster of the Westminster College Orchestra and first violinist of the Westminster College String Quartet. 

 Helms is a daughter of Mike and Linda Helms, Beaver, and a graduate of Sewickley Academy.

 The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Westminster College Department of Music at (724) 946-7270.

Westminster's Faculty Development Officer Has Busy Summer

Dr. Sandra Webster, professor of psychology and faculty development officer at Westminster College, had a busy summer.

 In July, Webster presented "Teaching on Three Continents: Lessons Learned from Research Methods Students," to the 30th annual Improving University Teaching Conference in Pittsburgh.

 "This paper describes teaching and learning strategies that worked in three different countries for the same course," Webster said.  "Most teaching strategies worked equally well in the U.S.A., Nigeria, and South Korea.  The paper concludes with a list of twelve specific strategies that worked in these three places."

 In August, Webster presented her poster, "Ways to Ease the Pain: Korean and American Men and Women," at the annual American Psychological Association in Washington, D.C. 

 "The paper was well received by a small audience of interested psychologists," Webster said.  "My suspicion that Han is not a Chinese relevant concept was confirmed by the Chinese psychologists who didn't know the concert nor the Chinese character for Han that I placed on the poster.  In sharp contrast, the Korean psychologists who passed by the poster were immediately drawn to the character and began reading and discussing the research."

 Webster, who has been with Westminster since 1983, is a Fullbright Scholar and a McCandless Scholar.  She earned her undergraduate degree, master's and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.

 Contact Webster at (724) 946-7359 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Sandra Webster

Political Science Professor Presents Paper at International Meeting

Dr. Andrea Grove, assistant professor of political science at Westminster College, recently presented "A Different World: Teaching Strategies for North-South Courses" at the International Studies Association annual meeting in San Diego.

"The massive and widening gap in living standards and way of life between the wealthy North and Global South poses urgent problems for policymakers, scholars, and students – those who will shape the response of the future world – to comprehend," Grove said.  "The paper that Christopher Scholl and I have written, discusses pedagogical and values-based questions that arise in teaching about the Global South."

While at the meeting, Grove also served on the discussion panel for "The Processes of Peace and Reconciliation in Divided Societies," and was secretary for the Active Leaarning in International Affairs business meeting.

Grove, who has been with Westminster College since 2000, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, master's from Lancaster University, and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University.

Contact Grove at (724) 946-7254 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Andrea Grove

Westminster College Bookstore Reopens in New Student Center

The Westminster College Bookstore has reopened in the Andrew J. McKelvey Campus Center, a $14 million center which opened in May.

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Westminster College English Professor Receives Poetry Award

Dr. David G. Swerdlow, associate professor of English at Westminster College, recently received the Rose Lefcowitz Prize for Poetry for his poem, "Living on Angel Ridge," which recognizes the best poem published in Poet Lore during 1999.

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Students Earn Master of Education Degrees at Westminster College

Twenty-two students were awarded master of education degrees at Westminster College during commencement exercises Saturday, May 17

They are as follows:

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Theatre Westminster Swinging into "Guys and Dolls

Theatre Westminster presents the musical "Guys and Dolls" Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 8-11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2:30 p.m. in Beeghly Theater.

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Westminster to Present Student Documentary Showcase

Twenty-eight students of the Westminster College Mass Communications/Sociology cluster course will present a student documentary showcase, "Addressing Stereotypes, Media, and the Majority and Minority," in the Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center. The screenings are free and open to the public.

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