College to Showcase Student Research and Creative Accomplishments, Honor Academic Excellence

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Experiential Learning will host the Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration Wednesday, April 25.  The day-long celebration includes the annual Honors Convocation at 3:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  All events are free and open to the public.

This showcase for student creative and research efforts will feature the work of more than 200 Westminster students, who will present posters, oral presentations, documentaries, art projects, and performances.

"An important goal of Westminster College is to create a culture in which intellectual activities such as research and creativity are valued," said Dr. Terri Lenox, Westminster associate professor of computer science and coordinator of the event.  "The Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration allows students to showcase their work and allows the community to celebrate their work."

Westminster President Dr. Richard Dorman will open the celebration with an address at 8:45 a.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center.

Posters will be on display in the Witherspoon Rooms of McKelvey in three sessions: 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-noon, and 1-2 p.m.

Presentations and performances are scheduled from 9:25-11:20 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. in Hoyt Science Resources Center, McKelvey, Old Main, and Thompson-Clark Hall.

The Drinko Center for Experiential Learning was created to enrich undergraduate education at Westminster through advancing world-class teaching as well as by participating in collaborations that address community and regional needs including strengthening K-12 education.  Visit the Drinko website to learn more about the Drinko Center.

Contact the Drinko Center at (724) 946-6097 or click here for additional information and a detailed/searchable schedule. 

The Honors Convocation program will include music by Kathryn Davison Miller, College organist; invocation and benediction by the Rev. James Mohr, College chaplain; and a welcome from President Dorman.  Faculty marshals are Dorita Bolger, professor and librarian, and Dr. Richard Sprow, professor of English.

Dr. Jesse Mann, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, will recognize Dean's List scholars and scholarship recipients.  Mann will assist Dr. Kang Na, associate professor of religion and Honors Program coordinator, in recognizing students who have completed the All-College Honors program.

Rich Ligo, a senior mathematics major from Mercer and president of Pi Sigma Pi, will lead the tapping ceremony for induction of new members into the honor society.  Members of the honor societies Lambda Sigma, Mortar Board, and Omicron Delta Kappa will be recognized for their accomplishments.

Department chairs will award scholarships in their various disciplines.  Dr. Neal Edman, vice president for student affairs, will present the McQuiston Outstanding Service Awards, given to rising senior men and women for unselfish service to the Westminster community during their college careers, and the Allen P. Splete Leadership and Service Award, given to a student who has provided sound leadership and selfless volunteerism to the curricular and co-curricular life on the Westminster campus.

Dr. Darwin Huey, professor of education and faculty athletics representative, will recognize those who have earned scholar-athlete awards.

Dr. Ross Wastvedt, associate professor of English and First-Year Program coordinator, will present first-year student research prizes.

Dr. Patrick Krantz, associate professor of education and Drinko Center director, will recognize the Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration.

Anne Rematt, a senior music performance major from Northern Cambria, will lead the singing of the Alma Mater. 

Contact Gabriella Budai, executive assistant to the dean, at (724) 946-7122 or email for more information about Honors Convocation.

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.

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