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College Receives Grant from Colcom Foundation

Read the full news release. Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Westminster College received a grant for expansion of its Lawrence and Mercer County Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) program from Pittsburgh-based Colcom Foundation, whose mission is "to foster a sustainable environment to ensure quality of life for all Americans."

Employees Honored for Years of Service

Westminster College honored 50 employees for 937 years of combined service at a campus luncheon in May.

Environmental Science Major Received Ferguson Scholarship

Westminster College senior environmental science major Mara Sawdy received the Helen R. Ferguson Scholarship for excellence in environmental science

            The award was presented by the Bartramian Audubon Society at its award ceremony May 12 at Jennings Environmental Education Center. Professors who attended the ceremony with Sawdy included Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Douglas Armstead, assistant professor of physics.

            The scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in environmental science who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of environmental science and education.

            Sawdy is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and Model United Nations. She also volunteers with the youth group at New Wilmington Presbyterian Church and works for the Regional Trail Corporation as informational staff for the Youghiogheny River Trail.  In recognition of her work on a Peace Studies minor, she has also recently been awarded the Barbara Ostrowski Scholarship.

            After graduation, Sawdy hopes to work with the conservation of endangered animals or with water quality and purification.

College Awarded Grant from Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh

The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) recently awarded Westminster College with a nearly $5,000 grant to purchase an integrating sphere and accessories for a Lambda 35 UV-Vis spectrometer used by Westminster's chemistry department.

​Westminster College Chemistry Professor, Students, and Alumni Participated in Pittcon

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Thirteen Westminster students and Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster College associate professor of chemistry, participated in the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) in March in Chicago.

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