Westminster College Broadcast and Digital Communications Majors to Present Capstone Documentary Showcase Dec. 7

Monday, December 2, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College broadcast and digital communications majors will present a capstone documentary showcase on Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Sebastian Mueller Theater in McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

The documentaries will be shown in three sessions, starting at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. This year's showcase will feature eight projects with a theme that connects with Westminster's mission of service. All of the projects explore a variety of topics, people, and places as the students engaged in service-learning through research, interviews, and production. The documentaries include:

Session 1: Corey Benedict's "Courage: The John Challis Story," Kendall Hunter's "By Faith, Not Sight," and Jarred Treshok's "Moore Hope: The Inspiring True Story of Amelia Moore."

Session 2: Josh Dunn's "The Wright Way: A Titan Comeback Tale," Joe Ligo's "The Unfortunate History of the AMC Pacer," and Frank Maira's "One Swing Away From the Big Leagues."

Session 3: Chelsea Haybarger's "The Real Dance Mom" and Anthony Humes' "Apple Castle: Right to the Core."

At Westminster, the final component of liberal studies is a senior study, or capstone, course.  The capstone is a four-semester-hour (minimum) course within the major designed to provide an opportunity for students to evaluate and assess the strengths and limitations of their major field.

"The project challenged each student to extend his or her experiences and skills as young media professionals," said Brad Weaver, Westminster broadcast and digital communications lecturer and capstone adviser.  "Producing documentaries provides them the chance to present research, critical thinking, and service-learning to an audience.  Each student will also submit their work to a festival or peer-reviewed competition."

Contact Weaver at 724-946-7238 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 378 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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