College to Showcase Student Research and Creative Accomplishments, Honor Academic Excellence

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host the Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration Wednesday, April 27.  The day-long celebration includes the annual Honors Convocation at 3:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  All events are free and open to the public.

This showcase for student creative and research efforts will feature the work of 221 Westminster students, who will present posters, oral presentations, documentaries, art projects, and performances.

"An important goal of Westminster College is to create a culture in which intellectual activities such as research and creativity are valued," said Dr. Terri Lenox, Westminster associate professor of computer science and coordinator of the event.  "The Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration allows students to showcase their work and allows the community to celebrate their work."

Posters will be on display in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center in three sessions: 9-10 a.m., 10:15-11:15 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Presentations and performances are scheduled from 9-10:55 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center, Old Main, and Thompson-Clark Hall.

Keynote speaker Dr. Joseph Gardella of the State University of New York will speak on "How Academic Science Can Be Transformed into Public Service and Learning for College Students" at 1:30 p.m. in Beeghly Theater.

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was created to enrich undergraduate education at Westminster through advancing world-class teaching as well as by participating in collaborations that address community and regional needs including strengthening K-12 education.  Visit www.westminster.edu/drinko to learn more about the Drinko Center.

Contact the Drinko Center at (724) 946-6097 or e-mail lenoxtl@westminster.edu for additional information or a detailed schedule. 

The Honors Convocation program will include music by Kathryn Davison Miller, College organist; invocation and benediction by the Rev. James R. Mohr II, College chaplain; and a welcome from College President Dr. Richard H. Dorman.  Faculty marshals are Dorita Bolger, professor and librarian, and Dr. Richard Sprow, professor of English.

Dr. Jesse Mann, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, will recognize Dean's List scholars and scholarship recipients.  Mann will assist Dr. C. David Shaffer, associate professor of computer science, in recognizing students who have completed the College Honors program.

Alison Paden, a senior music education major from Brookville and president of Pi Sigma Pi, will lead the tapping ceremony for induction of new members into the honor society.  Members of the honor societies Lambda Sigma, Mortar Board, and Omicron Delta Kappa will be recognized for their accomplishments.

Department chairs will award scholarships in their various disciplines.  Dr. Neal Edman, vice president for student affairs, will present the McQuiston Outstanding Service Awards, given to rising senior men and women for unselfish service to the Westminster community during their college careers, and the Allen P. Splete Leadership and Service Award, given to a student who has provided sound leadership and selfless volunteerism to the curricular and co-curricular life on the Westminster campus.

Dr. Darwin Huey, professor of education and faculty athletics representative, will recognize those who have earned scholar-athlete awards.

Dr. Patrick Krantz, associate professor of education and Drinko Center director, will recognize the Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration and introduce Dr. Timothy Cuff, associate professor of history and First-Year Program coordinator, who will present first-year student research prizes. 

Nicholas Popovich, a senior music education major from Canfield, Ohio, will lead the singing of the Alma Mater

Contact Gabriella Budai, executive assistant to the dean, at (724) 946-7122 or e-mail budaig@westminster.edu for more information about Honors Convocation.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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