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Theatre Westminster Presents "Kiss Me, Kate"

Theater Westminster presents "Kiss Me, Kate" Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 10-14.  Performances at Beeghly will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

 "'Kiss Me, Kate' is a bright and brassy Cole Porter musical based on Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shew,'" said Scott Mackenzie, director and assistant professor of theatre at Westminster College.  "The backstage feuding hides a love for the ages - one as great as Kate and Petruchio's, the characters they portray on stage."

 "Kiss Me, Kate" features Fred and Lilly, a divorced pair of actors who are brought together while performing in "The Taming of the Shrew."   The couple seems to act a great deal like the Shakespeare characters they portray.  A fight on the opening night threatens the production, as well as two thugs who have the mistaken idea that Fred owes their boss money and insist on staying next to him all night.

 The show features R. Tad Greig, director of bands at Westminster College, as the orchestra director; Gina Sharbaugh, assistant director of admissions, as the choreographer; Anne Bentz, assistant professor of music, and Chris Harper, part-time music faculty, as music directors; and Michael Slane, instructor of theatre, as scenic designer and technical director.

 To reserve tickets, contact the Beeghly Box Office at (724) 946-7241 after Nov. 1.  General public tickets are $8, while student and senior tickets are $6.  Each Westminster College student can reserve a free ticket, and Westminster employees can reserve two free tickets.

 For more information, contact Mackenzie at (724) 946-6238 or e-mail

Westminster College to Honor Academic Achievers

Westminster College will recognize its academic achievers at the Spring Honors Convocation Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. in Orr Auditorium.

The program will begin with music by Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, college organist, an invocation by the Rev. James Mohr II, college chaplain, and a welcome from Westminster College President R. Thomas WilliamsonDr. Jesse Mann, vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college, will recognize the Dean's List Scholars, recipients of scholarships, prizes and awards, and students who have completed the College Honors Program.

Recognitions will continue with the tapping of Pi Sigma Pi members, and recognition of Lambda Sigma, Mortar Board, and Omicron Delta Kappa members, all honor societies for superior students at various levels of their academic accomplishments.

Dr. Neal Edman, dean of student affairs, will also present the McQuiston College Service Awards, given to the rising senior man and woman for unselfish service to the Westminster community during their college careers, and the Allen P. Splete Leadership and Service Award, given to a student who has provided sound leadership and selfless volunteerism to the curricular and co-curricular life on the Westminster campus. 

The service will conclude with the Alma Mater led by Douglas Spiri, a junior music education major from Pittsburgh.  A reception will follow in Orr Lobby.

Students to Give Saxophone Recital April 8

Four Westminster College students will give a saxophone recital Saturday, April 8, at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

 The program includes Maurice's "Tableux de Provence" featuring Allison Henley; Tull's "Sarabande and Gigue" featuring Amanda Allwang; Delvincourt's "Croqembouches" played by Anna Long; Ibert's "Histories" played by Kevin Shields; and Dvorak's "Lento" and "Vivace ma non troppo," which will be played by the quartet.

Uniontown, PA
 Anna Long is a daughter of Michael and Maryann J. Long.   Long, a senior music education major, is a graduate of Youngsville High School.

Grove City, PA
 Allison Henley is a daughter of Donald and Nancy Henley.    Henley, a senior music education major, is a graduate of Grove City Area High School.

Eldred, PA
 Kevin Shields is a son of Dana and Teresa Shields.   Shields, a freshman business administration and music major, is a graduate of Otto-Eldred High School.

Huntingtown, MD
 Amanda Allwang is a daughter of William and Belinda Allwang.    Allwang, a sophomore music education major, is a graduate of Northern High School.

 Contact the Westminster College Department of Music at (724) 946-7270 for more information.

Westminster College Hires Six New Full-time Faculty

Dr. Andrew W. Ade
Dr. Rita Madarassy-Akin
Dr. Jamie G. McMinn
Dr. Shahroukh Mistry
Dr. Shannon I. Smithey

Six new full-time faculty members have been hired at Westminster College. They are:

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Westminster College Has Secret Santa Support Staff

The Westminster College Support Staff Organization, comprised of all hourly employees, will be the secret Santa for 62 kids from the Children's Aid Society of Mercer County.

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Westminster College Art Gallery Offers Variety

The Westminster College Art Gallery, currently featuring the alumni art show, offers a variety of art styles today through June 29. The gallery, located in Patterson Hall, is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

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Dorothy the Dinosaur's Dance Party Coming to Westminster

Dorothy the Dinosaur's Dance Party, featuring the Wiggles' best friends, will perform Thursday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium at Westminster College.

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Economics Professor Presents Paper on Shocks to GDP

Dr. David Cushman

Dr. David Cushman, Westminster College professor of economics, recently presented a paper, "The Unlikely Unit Root in U.S. Real GDP," at the Eastern Economic Association Conference in New York.

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History Professor is Published in Journal

Dr. Russell Martin

The Winter 2008 issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies includes the article "Gifts for the Bride: Dowries, Diplomacy, and Marriage Politics in Muscovy" written by Dr. Russell Martin, Westminster College associate professor of history.

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Assistant Professor to Speak at Faculty Forum

Dr. Suzanne Prestien

Dr. Suzanne Prestien, Westminster College assistant professor of English and public relations, will speak on "Homer and Hesiod: The Greek Classics in the Modern College Classroom" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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