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Senior Broadcast and Digital Communications Major's Documentary to Air on WQED-TV (PBS) in Pgh

Thursday, February 22, 2018

WQED-TV’s “Filmmakers Corner” will feature a documentary by senior broadcast and digital communications major Emiley Westfall ’18 on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10 p.m. The documentary "Tutu, Pink Shoes, & Baby Blues" tells the story about international adoption based on one local family's experience. The Pittsburgh PBS station program showcases short digital projects by local filmmakers.

“When I got news that my film would be aired, I was ecstatic,” said Westfall. “I've never had anything of mine aired on television other than the WCN 24/7 news that I produce.”

“Tutu, Pink Shoes, and Baby Blues” is a documentary about the Michelson family and their choice to adopt twins from Africa. The mother, Holly Michelson, is the main focus of the film. Westfall captures Michelson’s life as a mother and wife through the adoption process, which she describes as a “call of God.”

The documentary chronicles the Michelson’s transition from a family of three to a family of five through the adoption of twins. As the story unfolds, the Michelsons learn of an opportunity to adopt a second set of twins and begin the process of becoming a family of seven.

Westfall created the film for Westminster’s documentary production course. The course spans two semesters, moving students from the research and concept launches of their documentaries into production and post-production. “Tutu, Pink Shoes, and Baby Blues” premiered in Mueller Theater during the Student Documentary Showcase in November 2017.

“The experience of making this documentary has prepared me to always keep working hard and keep pushing forward,” said Westfall. “You never know where life may take you, but if you put your mind to it, anything can happen. I made this documentary not thinking this would even happen, but in the end my hard work and dedication on this film landed me in a position where it will be aired on television.”

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Symphony Orchestra Prepares Winter Concert, Feb. 22

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will host a winter concert on Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

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Dr. Deanne Buffalari Publishes Book Chapter Examining the Neuroscience of Cocaine

Monday, February 19, 2018

Assistant professor and chair of the neuroscience program Dr. Deanne Buffalari recently published a book chapter in an edited volume entitled The Neuroscience of Cocaine: Mechanisms and Treatment. Her chapter, "Nicotine and cocaine interactions: focus on dopamine pharmacology, neuroadaptations, and behavior relevant to addiction," focuses on how nicotine and cocaine might interact at the cellular and behavioral level to promote drug use, escalation to addiction and the risk of relapse.

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Cleveland Indians vs. Houston Astros (Westminster College Alumni Event)

Monday, February 19, 2018

Join Westminster College alumni and friends at Progressive Field on Sunday, May 27, and watch the Cleveland Indians take on the Houston Astros! Your $25 ticket includes a $10 food voucher and seating on the Family Deck with fellow Westminster College Titans!

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Students Take 1st Place in Music Video Category at BEA's Festival of Media Arts

Monday, February 19, 2018

With less than a $100 budget to make a high-end music video, two Westminster students and a recent graduate won 1st place in the Music Video Category at the Broadcast Education Association’s (BEA) Festival of Media Arts.

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Senior Capstone Students Prepare Art Exhibition

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Four Westminster College senior art students are presenting select work from their portfolios beginning Feb. 13 and lasting through March 24 in Patterson Hall's Foster Art Gallery. An open reception will be held Feb. 20 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. At the reception, each artist will speak about their work and open the floor for additional questions.

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Jazz Ensemble Presents Winter Concert with Guest Artist Scott Belck

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Westminster College Jazz Ensemble will perform their annual winter concert on Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. in Berlin Lounge. The ensemble will be joined by guest trumpeter, Dr. Scott Belck. Belck will be featured on several charts including Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" and Cole Porter's "Begin the Beguine." 

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"Music with Friends" Concert Series Opens Second Season

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Westminster College Symphonic Band will open the second season of “Music with Friends” concerts on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Will W. Orr Auditorium at Westminster College. Joined by special guests, alumnus Matthew Newman ’01 and the Beaver Local High School Band, the two dynamic groups will perform music from composers Gustav Holst, Malcolm Arnold, Alfred Reed and more.

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IQ:STEM Noyce Scholars Program Prepares for New Cohort of Students

Friday, February 9, 2018

One of the main goals of the IQ:STEM Noyce Scholars program at Westminster is recruiting individuals with strong STEM backgrounds who might not have otherwise considered a career in teaching. Current STEM majors interested in education are invited to come learn more about the scholarship program during an information session on Feb. 12 at 11:40 a.m. in Hoyt 150.

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