Westminster College Hosted Children's Book Author April 16

Thursday, April 18, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College hosted children's book author Charles R. Smith, Jr. for a presentation Tuesday, April 16, in McKelvey Campus Center.
Smith, a Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, has written more than 30 books with subjects ranging from basketball, Negro League baseball, American diversity and Greek Mythology. According to his biography, Smith has also received reluctant reader awards, "proving that kids that don't like to read, do like to read his books." Smith also writes poetry and is a photographer.

The presentation was sponsored by Westminster's chapter of Kappa Delta Pi international education honor society, Westminster's Drinko Center for Experiental Learning, and Diversity Services.

Senior elementary education majors, who serve as Kappa Delta Pi officers and helped organize the program are:

  • President Emma Kohley is a daughter of John and Lita Kohley of Gibsonia and a graduate of Pine-Richland High School.
  • Community Outreach Coordinator Ashley Thiebaud is a daughter of Susan Thiebaud and John Thiebaud of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Butler Area Sr High School. 

Kappa Delta Pi members raised $1000 to buy books for the K-2 children in the Laurel School District, where Smith also made a presentation.

Contact Dr. Alison DuBois, Westminster assistant professor of education and Kappa Delta Pi adviser, at (724) 946-6039 or email for additional 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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Charles R. Smith, Jr.


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(l-r) Emma Kohley, Dr. Alison DuBois, Charles R. Smith, and Ashley Thiebaud