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Ford and Mitchell Publish Book on Royalty in Films

Dr. Elizabeth Ford
Dr. Deborah Mitchell

Westminster College English faculty Dr. Elizabeth Ford, professor emerita, and Dr. Deborah Mitchell, associate professor, co-authored Royal Portraits in Hollywood: Filming the Lives of Queens, recently published by The University Press of Kentucky.

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English Professor's Play Published

Scene from the play at GCSU
Poster for the GCSU production
Dr. Andrew Ade

A Question of Taste, a one-act play written by Dr. Andrew Ade, Westminster College associate professor of English, was published in the spring 2010 issue of Arts & Letters: Journal of Contemporary Culture.

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International Film Series to Conclude Semester with Argentinean Movie

The Jake Erhardt International Film Series will show the Argentinean film El secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes) Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of Westminster College's McKelvey Campus Center.

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College to Host "Bridges" Workshop for American-Israeli Academic Collaboration

Westminster College will host "Bridges," the third annual workshop forging American-Israeli academic collaboration between faculties from Westminster and Western Galilee College in Akko, Israel, Sept. 19-23.

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College to Host Guest Artist for Workshop and Public Lecture

A portion of Pena's Letters to the Ocean

Artist John Peña will present a student workshop and public lecture at Westminster College Tuesday-Thursday, April 17-19.

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Westminster College Associate Professor Co-Authors Article

Dr. Timothy Cuff, associate professor of history

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Timothy Cuff, Westminster College associate professor of history, recently co-authored an article that was published in the journal  Economics and Human Biology.

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Westminster College Fraternity to Hold Relay for Life Informational Meeting

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Alpha Nu chapter of national fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi will host an informational/interest meeting for Relay for Life at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 in Westminster College's Berlin Lounge, located at the McKelvey Campus Center.  The meeting is open to the public.

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Westminster College Hosts Speaker on Autism

Dr. James Gregory of Family Medicine Associates of New Wilmington, Inc., will speak Thursday, Nov. 18, at 8:30 p.m. in the Hoyt Science Resources Center room 152.

 Gregory's presentation "Autism: the perspective from parent and physician" is sponsored by the Westminster College Psychology Club. 

 The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Jackie Meade, director of the Westminster College Career Center, at (724) 946-7343 or e-mail

Author and Religious Historian to Speak at Westminster College

Dr. Elaine Pagels, the Harrington Spear Paine professor of religion at Princeton University, will discuss "Gnosticism, Early Christianity, and the Secret Gospels" at Westminster College Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

 "Growing up in a family of scientists, Elaine Pagels was taught that scientific discovery had made religion obsolete and irrelevant," said Dr. Bryan Rennie, associate professor and Vira L. Heinz Chair of Religion at Westminster College.  "Despite this early training, or perhaps because of it, Pagels is now one of the country's leading scholars of religion."

 Pagels gained international acclaim for her best-selling book, 'The Gnostic Gospels,' an analysis of 52 ancient manuscripts unearthed in Egypt in 1945.  The manuscripts, known collectively as the Nag Hammadi Library, include many gospels and other writings previously unknown, and demonstrate that the early Christian movement was far more diverse than previously thought.  This work earned her the National Book Critics Circle Award and the National Book Award.

 Pagels' latest book, "Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas," focuses on religious claims to possessing the ultimate "truth."  She contends that as Christianity became increasingly institutionalized, it became more politicized and less pluralistic.

 In addition to receiving the Mac Arthur fellowship, Pagels has written numerous articles of scholarship and book reviews.  She has been profiled in such national publications as: "The Atlantic Monthly," "Time," "Vogue," "Mirabella," "The New York Times Magazine," and "The New Yorker."  She was named one of the 25 Most Influential Working Mothers by "Working Mothers" magazine, and was a featured commentator on the ABC special program, "Jesus, Mary and Da Vinci."

 "The Heinz Lecture Series of events focuses on the nature of study of religion in our world of plural religious traditions," Rennie said.  "Our intention is to host both cultural representatives of the world's religious traditions and the academic and theological scholars who study them."
This event is free and open to the public; a book signing will follow the talk. Contact Rennie at (724) 946-7151 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Elaine Pagels

Ten Students Attend SIFE Competition

Ten Westminster College students recently attended a Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) competition.

The team reported on their accomplishments of the past school year, which included: holding a credit card seminar for first-year students; creating a 'Truth or Myth' financial concepts video and presentation; working with the local Ronald McDonald Children's Charities organization; teaching price and value concepts to children at the annual Mardi Gras festival; producing and recording an anti-piracy video that was submitted for competitive judging by the Motion Picture Association of America; and helping high school students to understand the ethical side of business decisions.

"Overall the team had a very successful year, made good friends, and enjoyed their opportunities to help their community," said David Smith, assistant professor of accounting at Westminster and adviser to SIFE.  "At the same time, they were able to earn one credit for their transcripts and build a place on their resumes for that extra difference-making experience that is so valuable to potential employers as they leave school."

SIFE is a club designed to provide students an opportunity to develop leadership, teamwork, and communication skills through learning and practicing principles of free enterprise.  Market economics, business operation, and the attitudes and ethics required for success in the global market are topics of exploration.  Membership is open to all students of all majors.

Contact Smith at (724) 946-7161 or e-mail for more information.

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