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Celebrity Series to Close Season with "Bye Bye Birdie"

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The Westminster College Celebrity Series will close its 2008-2009 season with Bye Bye Birdie Saturday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Senior Psychology Major Received Drinko Grant to Present Research

Dr. Mandy Medvin and Miranda Gruber

Westminster College psychology major Miranda Gruber presented her senior capstone research March 5 at the 81st annual Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) Conference in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Theatre Westminster to Present "A Little Night Music"

Theatre Westminster will present A Little Night Music Nov. 11-14 in Beeghly Theater.

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Drinko Center Names New PACC-VISTA

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning named recent Westminster graduate Katie Gray as its newest Pennsylvania Campus Compact-Volunteer in Service to America (PACC-VISTA).

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Chemistry Professor, Seniors, and Alumni Participated in Florida Conference

(L-r) Merrissa Malcolm, Caleb Smathers, Ashley Blystone, Justin Jones, Zach Smith, Dr. Helen Boylan

Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster College associate professor of chemistry, and five Westminster seniors participated in the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) March 11-15 in Orlando.

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Westminster College Students Hold Mock Bond Rating Competition

Winners of mock bond rating competition: (l-r) Harry Bittle, Amber Ferrari, Rebecca Stitt, and Jeffrey Miller.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Twelve Westminster College financial economics students competed in a mock bond rating competition Nov. 9. The students were from a class taught by Dr. Daniel Fischmar, Westminster professor of economics and business.

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Westminster College to Present Alumni Choir Concert in Memory of Professor

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - More than 100 alumni from 16 states will return to Westminster College to perform with the Alumni Choir at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in Orr Auditorium. The performance is in memory of Dr. Clarence "Clancy" Martin, professor of music emeritus who taught at the College for more than 40 years starting in the 1950s. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

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Announcing Spring Planetarium Shows

The Westminster College Planetarium will host four shows this spring. The programs are free and open to the public. Due to limited seating, reservations should be made online at or by calling (724) 946-STAR (7827) Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Westminster College Planetarium Presents "Just Imagine"

The Westminster College Planetarium presents "Just Imagine" Nov. 4, 6, 12, and 13 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 3 p.m.

 Imagination is the key to this cosmic journey.  The show begins by exploring the most common constellations, especially those of the fall and winter.  Past cultures have looked up at the sky and used their imaginations to see different patterns in the stars. 

 This show asks the audience to imagine what our world would be like with outthe moon?  What if our star was different, like a red giant or a hot blue star?  What might the last days of the universe be like? 

 Weather permitting, the audience of the evening shows will be invited to the rooftop observatory to look at the current sights in the sky.

 The show is free and open to the public.  Due to limited seating, reservations are required.  Call (724) 946-7200 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to make reservations.

 For more information, contact Dr. Samuel Lightner, professor and chair of physics at Westminster College, at (724) 946-7204 or e-mail

Westminster Education Professor Discusses Changing Work Ethics in Japan

Dr. Amy Camardese, assistant professor of education at Westminster College, was one of 10 teachers from universities, high schools, and elementary schools in the United States and Canada who took part in an examination of the changing work ethics of Japanese youth with their Japanese counterparts and businesspeople in Tokyo.

 The theme of this 12-day exchange program was "Fostering a Work Ethic in Young People: Perspectives of North American Educators," which focused on a growing tendency of young Japanese to switch jobs quickly.  The phenomenon of "freeters," is a word coined to refer to Japanese youths who drift from one part-time job to another.  Many in Japan feel that "freeters" pose a threat to the nation's economic potential at a time when Japan faces a shrinking labor force brought about by shifting demographics.

 Camardese told the forum that many young workers in the United States do not share the work ethics of the baby boomers who will soon reach retirement age.

 "Management experts predict that many companies will have a difficult time retaining young workers as the baby boomers retire," Camardese told the forum.  "The traditional corporate policies and management style in the United States conflict with the lifestyle of the young workers.

 "Workers up to the age of 40 in America don't think twice about changing jobs if they find something better.  It's not unusual for many of these generations to change jobs 10 or 12 times."

 Citing a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher, Camardese said that in the U.S., young workers' values about work commitment differ from their parents'  particularly over what they will put up with in their organizations and businesses, and with their superiors.

 "So we have a very similar problem with Japan," Camardese added.

 Camardese cited research by another human resources consultant that suggests that younger workers want more immediate recognition and rewards than their parents did.

 "They want more autonomy when it comes to job choices.  They want fewer rules that stifle their individuality of expression.  They are also concerned about lifestyle issues: It's no longer necessary for them to work overtime because both the husband and the wife are employed,"  Camardese said.  "These younger workers are not inclined to accept authority, often question why they are being asked to do what they are asked to do."

 Part of the problem both in the U.S. and Japan may be the changing corporate structure. 

 "Many American firms are beginning to eliminate middle-management jobs, and they're hiring more part-time workers to increase profitability.  It is possible to put the changes in the right direction, but we have to figure out what that right direction might be," Camardese concluded.

 Camardese, who has been with Westminster College since 2001, earned her undergraduate degree from Ohio University, her master's from the University of Pittsburgh, and her Ph.D. from Kent State University.

 Contact Camardese at (724) 946-7183 or e-mail

Dr. Amy Camardese

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