Environmental Science Program to Host Community Information Meeting

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Westminster College's Environmental Science Program will host "Fracking in Our Community: What You Need to Know," an informational meeting for the community, Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

Speakers will address the many complex issues surrounding slick water natural gas fracking.

Westminster College senior biology major Caleb Smathers will share some of his research on water produced from natural gas drilling.  His project is conducted under the supervision of Dr. Joe Balczon, Westminster associate professor of bioogy.

Smathers is a son of William and Elizabeth Smathers of Punxsutawney and a graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.

Contact Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster associate professor of chemistry and environmental studies program coordinator, at (724) 946-6293 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, 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 www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.