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College to Host North American Undergraduate Conference

Mark Oppenheimer
Rosemary Hicks

Westminster College will host the North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy March 26-28. The theme of this year's conference is "The Legitimacy of Religious Traditions."

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Mathematics Professor Conducted Webinar

Dr. Carolyn Cuff

Dr. Carolyn Cuff, Westminster College professor of mathematics, conducted an activity webinar Sept. 28 for the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE).

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College to Host International Exhibition Sept. 5-16

Westminster College's Media Art program in the Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Art will host TYPOGRAPHY 32, an international exhibition of excellence in typography and communications, Sept. 5-16.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Student Alumni Association to Offer "Networking 101"

"Networking 101," an alumni panel discussion focusing on proper networking techniques, will be offered to Westminster College students Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Westminster College Assistant Professor Published in American Journal of Business Research

Dr. Rotua Lumbantobing, assistant professor of economics

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Rotua Lumbantobing, Westminster College assistant professor of economics, was recently published in the American Journal of Business Research and presented research at the Southern Economic Association 82nd Annual Meeting Nov. 16-18 in New Orleans, LA.

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Westminster College Associate Professor to Discuss Author Elizabeth Bishop at Bleasby Colloquium

Dr. Bethany Hicok, associate professor of English

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of English and Public Relations will feature a presentation on author Elizabeth Bishop by Dr. Bethany Hicok, associate professor of English, at the Bleasby Colloquium at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the McKelvey Campus Center's Mueller Theater. The program is open and free to the public.

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Westminster's Men's and Women's Choirs to Perform Concert

The Westminster College Men's and Women's Choirs will perform a concert Friday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

 Under the direction of Dr. Robin Lind, the men will sing Francis Poulenc's "La belle si nous etions," and "Clic, clac, dansez sabots;" Felix Mendelssohn's "Beati Mortui;" and Osamu Shimizu's "Whale Festival," "Pirka Pirka," and "Bear Festival."  They will also sing "Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime, Peter Bagley's spiritual "Live-a-Humble," and "Swing Down Chariot," a barbershop song.

 Under the direction of Kris Harper, the women will sing Zanielli's "Alleluia;" Franck's "Panis Angelicus;" Telemann's "Ich will den Herrn loben;" Strauss' "Leichtes Blut;" Rutter's "Candlelight Carol;" Eaton and Grant's "Breath of Heaven;" Hine and Quint's "How Great Thou Art;" and Douroux and Beery's "Like a Tree," which features a solo by Nikky Douglas, a sophomore Spanish major from Youngstown, Ohio.

 The choirs will combine to sing Randall Thompson's "Alleluia" and Smith's "Worthy to be Praised." 

 The men's choir will be accompanied by Katie Schultz, a junior music major from Sharpsville, and the women's choir will be accompanied by Matt McLaughlin, a senior music education major from Randolph, N.Y.

 The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Lind at (724) 946-7278 or e-mail or Harper at (724) 946-7276 or e-mail

Westminster College Senior Research Presented at Conference

Lisa Santoriella, a 2005 Westminster College graduate, presented her senior capstone research to the Midwest Psychological Association meeting in Chicago.

 "This is an excellent example of the faculty/student collaborative research process," said Dr. Sandra Webster, professor of psychology at Westminster College.

 "Lisa's research was on how groups are perceived as real or not.   For example a family group is more real than a group waiting for a bus," said Dr. Jamie McMinn, assistant professor of psychology, faculty advisor of the research, and co-author of the presentation.  "Since she was a sorority member, Lisa chose to research sororities because it was easier to get permission and collect data."

 Santoriella asked three questions each of the three times she surveyed the sororities.  She wanted to know how each sorority evaluated their own social integration and the integration of other sororities, and if these perceptions were associated with social identification with their sororities.

 "We worked together on her capstone meeting together to discuss articles related to perceptions of groups.  We also discussed her project during these meetings," McMinn said.  "She found that as the months progressed, the groups thought themselves less integrated and less identified with their own group."

 Contact McMinn at (724) 946-7121 or e-mail for more information.

Pi Sigma Pi Selects 83 Westminster Students

Westminster College will tap 83 students to become members of Pi Sigma Pi at Spring Honors Convocation on Saturday, April 29, at 11 a.m. in Orr Auditorium.

 Pi Sigma Pi is a locally chartered honor society for superior students who have completed 80 semester credit hours with a grade point average of at least 3.6.

 Contact Dr. Jesse Mann, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College and advisor to Pi Sigma Pi, (724) 946-7123 or e-mail for more information

Westminster College Celebrity Series Announces New Season

Tony Danza debuts the Westminster Celebrity season Sept. 27 with his song and dance show straight from Las Vegas and New York clubs. One of America's most popular performers, Danza has starred in long-running televisions series "Who's the Boss" and "Taxi," and most recently on the dramatic series "Family Law."

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