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Chemistry Major Received Drinko Research Grant

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Westminster College sophomore chemistry major Krista Ulisse received an undergraduate research grant from Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Ulisse's project, "Analysis of Abnormal Metal Concentrations in Children of Smokers by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS)," is conducted under the supervision of Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster associate professor of chemistry.
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College Offers Continuing Education Classes for the Spring Semester

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Westminster College announces several personal enrichment and leisure courses for community residents, covering interests ranging from beginning knitting and glass painting to personal strengths and religion in America.

Continuing Education classes and seminars are non-credit and are open to all interested individuals.  Formal admission to Westminster College is not required.
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Biology Professor Co-Authored Journal Article

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Dr. Veronica Porterfield, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of biology, co-authored an article for the December issue of American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

"Time-dependent mediators of HPA axis activation following live Escherichia coli" was also authored by Z.R. Zimomra, R.M. Camp, and J.D. Johnson of Kent State University's Department of Biological Sciences.
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Mathematics Faculty Participated in Joint Mathematics Meetings

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Four current faculty and one emerita member of Westminster College's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science participated in the Joint Mathematics Meetings Jan. 4-7 in Boston.

The annual conference brought together members of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the two largest mathematics professional organizations in the country.  This year's conference drew a record attendance of over 7,200 mathematicians.
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Philosophy Professor to Speak on Nietzsche's "Eternal Recurrence" at Faires Faculty Forum

Monday, January 23, 2012
Dr. David Goldberg, Westminster College associate professor of philosophy, will present "Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence: What Is It That Returns?" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

Nietzsche referred to the philosophical concept of Eternal Recurrence as his "most abysmal thought" and left very few textual references from which scholars could construct an understanding.  Based on his sabbatical research, Goldberg will offer an alternative interpretation that coincides better with Nietzsche's philosophic body of writings.
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French Professor's Article Published

Friday, January 20, 2012
An article written by Dr. Leslie Kealhofer, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of French, was published in a recent issue of Studies in French Cinema.

Kealhofer's article, "Veiled Voices in the Films of Yamina Benguigui," examines the treatment of Islam and the Islamic headscarf in films by Benguigui, a contemporary French filmmaker of Algerian descent.
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Music Professor Performed in Washington, D.C.

Friday, January 20, 2012
Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, Westminster College associate professor of music, performed Jan. 12-13 as part of the Friday Morning Music Club (FMMC) in Washington, D.C.

The recitals featured selections by Kurt Weil, Reynaldo Hahn, Erik Satie, Jean Paul Martini, and Stephen Foster.  Bentz, a soprano, was accompanied by pianist David Chapman.
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Students Study Off Campus for Spring Semester

Friday, January 20, 2012
Ten Westminster College students will study at off-campus locations including Argentina, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Pittsburgh, Scotland, and Spain for the spring 2012 semester.

The study-abroad program has been a strong part of Westminster for decades. Westminster is part of a student exchange program with over 100 schools, allowing Westminster students to travel all over the world and receive the same rates and financial aid as if they remained at Westminster.
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College to Host French Film Festival

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Westminster College's Departments of Modern Languages and English will host The Tournées Film Festival, a series of French films shown on consecutive Tuesdays, Jan. 31-Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The events are free and open to the public.

Five contemporary films will be subtitled in English with each screening followed by a discussion.
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Music Professor Was Guest Conductor for Beaver County Festival

Thursday, January 19, 2012
Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music, was guest conductor of the string orchestra at the Beaver County Chorus and String Festival Jan. 12-13 at Western Beaver High School in Industry.

The string ensemble included students from grades eight-12 who play violin, viola, cello, or bass.  They represented Beaver High School, Blackhawk School District, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, and Beaver County Christian School.
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Announcements


"Let's Do Lunch" with UPMC Summer Associates Program (website)  today at 11:45 a.m. in the Witherspoon Lakeview Room of McKelvey Campus Center.  Learn about paid summer internship opportunities in quality improvement, marketing and communications, and human resources.  Following lunch, an information table will be set up from 1-3 p.m. in the TUB.  Additional information is available from the Career Center. 

Westminster's Preschool Lab has several openings available for student volunteers, who may volunteer one day a week from 8:50-9:20 a.m. or 9:40-10:50 a.m.  Training will be provided by the preschool staff.  Contact Diana Reed, preschool head teacher, after noon at ext. 7174 or email  and include the day and time that works best for your schedule.  Positions fill quickly and are assigned in order of when requests are received.

Camp Fair will be Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Berlin Lounge of the McKelvey Campus Center.  Information on summer jobs and internships will be available, along with live animals and free snacks.

PIAA/WPIAL Sports Officials Recruitment Fair will be Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 6-9 p.m. in Hamer Hall Gymnasium at California University of Pennsylvania.  There is no cost to attend.  Email Norman Hasbrouck or call (800) 382-1392 for additional information.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car will conduct on-campus interviews for management trainee interns Tuesday, April 24.  Résumés from interested candidates are due to Katy DeMedal in the Career Center no later than Friday, April 13.

The following list of internship opportunities, employers, and contact information is provided for your convenience.  Please contact the Career Center at (724) 946-7339 for additional information.
• Family Service Corps member (Butler) - (724) 284-4894
• Lawrence County Community Action Partnership part-time case managers (New Castle) - Mail résumé and cover letter to: Part-Time Case Manager, c/o Human Resources, PO Box 189, New Castle, PA  16103
• Erie Insurance enterprise risk management intern - website
• First Presbyterian Church summer intern program (Allentown) - website, email, (610) 395-3781
• Bethelwoods Camp and Conference Center summer staff (York, S.C.) - website

Titan Tidbits




G.I.V.E. Day - Feb. 14
Celebrate G.I.V.E. Day Feb. 14 from 2-5 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.  G.I.V.E. Day (Give. Involve. Value. Engage.) - aka "Tuition Freedom Day" - is the day of the year when tuition ends and giving kicks in!  What students pay to attend Westminster covers only about 70% of the actual cost.  A significant portion of the balance is covered by private contributions made to The Westminster Fund from generous, faithful alumni of the College. Visit the G.I.V.E. Day website for more information.

Titan Trivia:
Welcome back to Westminster. We've missed you. Westminster College celebrated its 160th birthday on Saturday. Westminster was founded on Jan. 21, 1852, as the Westminster Collegiate Institute in New Wilmington.

Why was New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, selected as Westminster's home?

Visit Westminster's Facebook page each Tuesday and challenge your Westminster friends or submit your own Westminster trivia question. The correct answer will be posted at Westminster's Facebook page on Thursday morning.

Do you know a future student who would be a great fit at Westminster?  Share information about your future Titan here.

Chapel Chatter (Contact the Chapel Office at 724-946-7117 or email for details)
• Women's Bible study, "Understanding the Yearnings of Your Heart," will be held Monday evenings in Feb. from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Remick House reception area.  The group will be led by Amy Ligo, a 1984 alumna.  Contact the Chapel to sign up or for more information.

Knit one, purl two. Single or double crochet.  If you know what these terms mean, feel free to join the Wednesday Afternoon Knitters from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Drinko Center.  Share your latest projects, get help from others, relax and knit or crochet.  Faculty, students, and staff are welcome.  Contact June Pierce at ext. 7135 for more information.

AV Services' Image of the Month contest is open to photographers from the campus and community.  Click here to see the most recent winning entry by Phillip Howells, who won a check donated by The Crane Room Grille.  To submit an image, fill out the form.  Submissions for the current contest are due by 6 p.m. today.

The New Wilmington United Methodist Church will hold a soup lunch Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  A variety of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts will be available for $7.

Mail-in registration forms for Westminster's Preschool Lab are available from Darlene McCoy at (724) 946-7356 or online  Forms must be completed and received by U.S. Mail Feb. 6-10.  All children aged three or four are eligible to attend, and enrollment will be determined by random drawing.  The Preschool Lab is accredited by the National Association for the Education of the Young Child.

Westminster's Field Station will host its annual Christmas tree chipping party Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m.-noon.  Many hands are needed to feed used live trees into an industrial chipper to re-purpose them for use as mulch and compost.  Volunteers should dress for the weather, including gloves, as the event will not be cancelled.  The Field Station is located one mile east of campus at 937 Fayette-New Wilmington Road.  Since 1998, over 1,500 trees have been rescued from landfills and returned to the earth from which they came.

Cornhole Tournament to benefit Royal Family Kids Camp will be held Sunday, Feb. 12, from noon-4 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.  Register in the TUB during lunch and dinner hours through Feb. 1 or visit the Drinko Center office.

For Sale:  Lawrence County Historical Society calendars, featuring black and white photos of old Cascade Park, are available for $10 each.  Call Dwight Copper at ext. 7328 or email for more information or to purchase one.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK


Great-Start Breakfast Cookies
   from pillsbury.com

½ cup chopped pecans
1 package Pillsbury® Big Deluxe refrigerated oatmeal raisin cookies
1 cup finely shredded carrots
2½ cups toasted whole wheat flake cereal, crushed to 1 cup
½ cup flaked coconut
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
½ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1½ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Heat oven to 350°F.  To toast pecans, spread nuts in 15x10-inch pan with sides.  Bake 6-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until brown. 

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl, break up cookie dough.  Add carrots, cereal, toasted pecans, coconut, orange peel, salt, and cinnamon.  Mix with wooden spoon or knead with hands until well blended.  Divide dough into 12 equal portions (rounded ¼ cup each).  Place 6 portions on each cookie sheet and flatten each to a 2¾-inch round.

Bake 14-17 minutes or until edges are set and bottoms are golden brown.  Cool on cookie sheets 3 minutes.  Remove to cooling racks and cool completely, about 15 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar and orange juice; blend well.  Spoon glaze over cookies.

Store in tightly covered container. 

Makes 12 cookies

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"One kind word can warm three winter months." 
~ Japanese proverb, as quoted on quotegarden.com

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Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

Westminster College's weekly newsletter is published online by the Office of Communication Services (724-946-7190).

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