Westminster College Student Alumni Association Hosts Leadership Dinner

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Student Alumni Association (SAA) hosted the fourth annual Student Organization Leadership Dinner in February.

The theme for this year's dinner was Leadership: Your Next Step in Your Journey Ever Higher. The theme was chosen by SAA to correspond with Ever Higher: The Campaign for Westminster College, the most successful fundraising campaign in the College's history, having already reached more than $40 million towards its $50-million goal.

Presidents of all student organizations and a rising leader from each were invited to dinner and a program that included an alumni keynote speaker and Westminster President Dr. Richard Dorman speaking on their views of leadership.

SAA President Alexandra Taylor, a senior early childhood/special education major, opened the evening with a welcome address.  Taylor is a daughter of Brian and Elaine Taylor and a graduate of Wilmington Area High School. She introduced President Dorman and keynote speaker Robin Willoughby Gooch `75.

Gooch of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, earned her undergraduate degree in political science from Westminster. She has enjoyed a distinguished career in the steel industry as a human resource executive. With her husband, David Gooch `75, owner and co-founder of Value Added Metals (VAM) Associates, Inc., she has served as chief administrative officer of the manufacturers' representative and distribution agency since its founding in 1991.

As a current member of the Westminster Board of Trustees, Gooch serves as the chair of the Institutional Advancement Committee. She has also served as president of the Alumni Council and remains active through the College's Habitat for Humanity.

Over 100 people attended the dinner, including all current SAA members, campus organization presidents and Westminster College staff.  Forty-seven campus organizations were represented.

Student activities are an essential part of the college experience. Westminster clubs and organizations include governmental organizations, fraternities and sororities, music organizations, honor societies, and student-produced communications including The Holcad newspaper. Additionally, Westminster has special interest organizations that range from the accounting club, the American Red Cross, the equestrian team, and more.

SAA is a selective organization comprised of 43 students and prerequisites to membership include an interview and selection process. Member attributes include: loyalty to Westminster, strong communication skills, working well with students and alumni, and interest in building professional skills.

Contact Cindy Dafler, Westminster assistant director of alumni relations, at (724) 946-7373 or email for more information. 

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 and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 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 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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Students, alumni, the College president and his cabinet attend the Student Organization Leadership Dinner: (l-r) SAA President Alex Taylor, Robin Willoughby Gooch '75, Dr. Jess Mann, President Rick Dorman, Ken Romig, Gloria Cagigas, Dr. Neal Edman, and SAA Vice President Emily Puruczky