Westminster College Student Alumni Association Hosts Leadership Dinner

Friday, February 21, 2014

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Student Alumni Association (SAA) hosted the fifth annual Student Organization Leadership Dinner Feb. 11. The theme for this year's dinner was Leadership: The Westminster Way.

Presidents of all student organizations and a rising leader from each were invited to dinner and a program that included leadership advice from Westminster President Dr. Richard Dorman.

SAA President Emily Puruczky, a junior communication studies major, opened the evening with a welcome address. Puruczky is a daughter of Dale and Ann Puruczky of Chesterland, Ohio, and a graduate of West Geauga High School. She introduced President Dorman and keynote speaker Ralph A. Dise `74.

Dise, of Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a member of the Westminster College Alumni Council. He is founder and president of Dise & Company, a human resource advisory firm with expertise in executive recruiting, corporate outplacement and leadership coaching. He earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster, and an MBA from Bowling Green State University.

More than 90 people attended the dinner, including all current SAA members, campus organization presidents and Westminster College staff.  Thirty 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 47 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 `03, 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 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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(L-R) Students Melissa Williams, Violet Shriver, and Olivia Hvizdos.


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(L-R) Members of SAA Stephen Crowe and Allyson Meighen.


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(L-R) Grady B. Jones, Ralph A. Dise `74, Katie Becherer, Christian Friday, Renee Cantrell, Emily Puruczky, Robin W. Gooch `75, President Dr. Richard H. Dorman, Alyssa Crawford, Cindy Dafler `03, and Ken Romig.