Art and Biology Professors to Share Cluster Course Experience at Faires Faculty Forum

Friday, March 16, 2012

Peggy Cox, Westminster College professor of art, and Dr. Ann Throckmorton, Westminster professor of biology, will present "A Cluster to Dye For" Wednesday, March 28, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

In the fall semester, Cox and Throckmorton taught "Art and Nature," a cluster course that allowed students to discover aspects of nature that could be measured, analyzed, and depicted or manipulated artistically. 

The two will share how students explored the color potential of their local environment, created natural dyes, and used their dyed fibers to create simple weaving and fabric samplers.  The final biology project included proposing and setting up a scientific experiment around a specific color and completing it with a poster presentation.

Cox, who has been with Westminster since 1985, earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville and master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Throckmorton, who joined the faculty in 1990, earned undergraduate degrees from Hastings College, master's degree from Fort Hays State University, and Ph.D. from Florida State University.

Contact Cox at (724) 946-7226 (email) or Throckmorton at (724) 946-7209 (email) for additional information. 

Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

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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 Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, 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 376 Colleges" 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 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Peggy Cox


Dr. Ann Throckmorton