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Symphony Orchestra to Present Winter Concert Feb. 19

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present its winter concert Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will include: Schubert's "Overture to Des Teufels Lustschloss" and "Serenade No. 1" by Brahms.

Diversity Services Office Announces Black History Month Activities

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Westminster College's Office of Diversity Services has announced its schedule of events in observance of Black History Month.  All programs are free and open to the public.

Open Mic Night is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, from 8-10 p.m. in the Berlin Student Lounge of McKelvey Campus Center.  Westminster alumna Joselyn Parker, spoken word poet and national recording artist, will be featured. 

Planetarium Schedule for Spring Shows Announced

Friday, February 3, 2012
Westminster College's planetarium will offer five full-dome shows and two special lectures for the spring semester.

"Two Small Pieces of Glass" is a full-dome movie that explores the 400-year history of the telescope from Galileo's spyglass to giant modern observatories.  The program includes a live introduction and indoor star show.

College to Host Annual Chamber of Commerce Business Expo March 10

Friday, February 3, 2012
Westminster College will host the 10th annual New Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Memorial Field House.

Area businesses, including those that are home-based, are encouraged to participate.  In addition to a nominal registration fee, each participating vendor is required to furnish a door prize.

Economics Professor Presented at Conference in Washington, D.C.

Friday, February 3, 2012
Dr. David Cushman, Westminster College professor and chair of the Department of Economics and Business, presented "Mankiw vs. DeLong and Krugman on the CEA's Real GDP Forecasts in Early 2009: What Might a Times Series Statistician Have Said Based on ARIMA Techniques?" at the Southern Economic Association annual conference Nov. 19-21 in Washington, D.C.

According to Cushman, in early 2009 three prominent economics bloggers sharply disagreed on whether the incoming Obama administration's optimistic forecast for economic growth was likely to come true.

Economics Professor to Speak on Sorting Equilibrium at Faires Faculty Forum

Friday, February 3, 2012
Dr. Rotua Lumbantobing, Westminster College assistant professor of economics, will speak on "Revealed Preferences Using Sorting Equilibrium: Research and Pedagogical Applications" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

Lumbantobing's research interests are in economic development and applied microeconomics with a current focus on application of sorting equilibrium on how water access affects where people choose to live.  The presentation will tie this concept to a teaching technique developed during her graduate studies. 

History Majors Defended Honors Theses, Presented at Florida Conference

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Westminster College senior history majors Jessie Foertsch and Amanda Leonard are the first two students to defend their Honors theses in Westminster's new four-year All-College Honors Program.  They also presented papers with senior history majors Jennifer Edder and Luke Franchuk at the Phi Alpha Theta (national history honor society) biennial conference Jan. 3-7 in Orlando, Fla.

Foertsch's thesis, "A Glimpse into the Mind of a Late-18th-Century American Traveler: Travel Literature Illustrates a National History and Identity," was advised by Dr. Timothy Cuff, Westminster associate professor of history.

"Get Real!" Series Opens Spring Semester with Session on Relationships

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Westminster College's "Get Real!" life preparation series will open the spring semester with "How Will I Know? Partnering for Life and Love" Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 12:45 p.m. in the Witherspoon Lakeview Room of McKelvey Campus Center.

Presented by Babs Quincy, Westminster director of counseling services, the session will focus on the elements of a good, lasting, and loving relationship that may potentially last a lifetime.  The lunchtime program is limited to the first 25 Westminster students to register.

College to Host Speaker on Disabilities Feb. 6

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Westminster College will host guest speaker Dr. Susan Burch for a program Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of McKelvey Campus Center.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

Burch's presentation is "Finding Junius Wilson: Why Disability Studies Matters."  She will share the story of Wilson, a deaf African American man who spent 76 years at a state psychiatric institution in North Carolina, including six years in the criminal ward, although he was never declared insane by a medical professional nor found guilty of any criminal charges.

College to Host Children's Book Author Feb. 7

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Westminster College will host children's book author Karen Lynn Williams for a presentation and book signing Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.  The program is free and open to the public.

Williams, originally from the Pittsburgh area, has authored more than 20 children's books that reflect on her varied global and culturally rich experiences.  She has lived and traveled extensively throughout Africa and Haiti and currently lives on a Navajo reservation in Arizona.

French Film Festival Continues Feb. 14

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Le fils de l'épicier (The Grocer's Son), the third film in Westminster College's Tournées Film Festival, will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

The contemporary film will be subtitled in English.  A discussion will follow the screening.

Music Department to Host Jazz Vocalist for Masterclass and Concert

Thursday, February 2, 2012
Westminster College's Department of Music will host jazz vocalist Kathy Kosins for a masterclass and concert Friday, Feb. 10.

The 7:30 p.m. concert will be held in the Berlin Student Lounge of McKelvey Campus Center.  It is free and open to the public.  In addition to Kosins, the program will include performances by the Westminster Faculty Jazz Quartet - adjunct music faculty Mark Antonich (guitar), Jeff Bremer (bass), Perry Gatch (drums), and Jeff Wachter (piano) - and the Westminster Jazz Ensemble under the direction of adjunct music faculty Robert Matchett and Kevin McManus.

Student Philanthropy Program to Host G.I.V.E. Day

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Westminster College Student Philanthropy Program will host G.I.V.E. Day Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 2-5 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of McKelvey Campus Center.

What students and their families pay to attend Westminster covers about 70% of the actual cost.  A significant portion of the balance is covered by contributions to The Westminster Fund from generous alumni and friends.

Psychology Professor Presented on "Performing Peace" Cluster

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Dr. Sherri Pataki, Westminster College assistant professor of psychology, presented at the Institute for Academic Feminist Psychologists Jan. 26-27 in San Antonio.

The institute was a professional development workshop for faculty sponsored by the Society for the Psychology of Women, a division of the American Psychological Association.

Music Faculty Selected to Perform at International Symposium

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Two Westminster College music faculty were selected to perform at the 35th International Saxophone Symposium Jan. 21 at George Mason University in Washington, D.C.

Adjunct faculty Jim Flowers, who teaches saxophone, and pianist Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, associate professor of music, performed "Fuzzy Bird Sonata" by Takashi Yoshimatsu and "Cantabile et Presto" by Georges Ensesco, arranged for saxophone by Flowers.


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.

Internship/Summer Job Fair will be Thursday, Feb. 23, from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of McKelvey Campus Center.  Meet employers, get information, play games, and win prizes.  Call Kati Edmiston at ext. 7339 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.
• Disney Professional Internships - website, email, blog
• Watson Institute summer jobs (Sewickley) - website, (412) 749-6430 (fax)
   o Direct care worker
   o Assistant direct care worker
   o Special education teacher
   o Aide

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!  

FACT: Westminster students are philanthropic by nature.  Their commitment to charitable causes and community service is exemplary.  In order for Westminster to remain competitive and viable in the future - in order for their personal investment to be protected - and as they transition to the ranks of alumni, the College must remain a philanthropic priority throughout their lifetime.  Click here for more information.

Titan Trivia:
The plaque in the Tower Room of Old Main reads: "We have all been warmed by fires we did not build and drunk from wells we did not dig." We hope students and alumni will celebrate G.I.V.E. Day on Feb. 14.

Which dormitory was built with $185,000 donated by the citizens of New Castle?

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.

AV Adventures
• Image of the Month contest is open to photographers from the campus and community.  Click here to see the most recent winning entry by Brad Weaver, who won a check donated by Marti's Memories.  To submit an image, fill out the form.  Submissions for the current contest are due by 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
• Battery recycling bins are available in all academic and residential buildings on campus.  Recycling keeps zinc, lead, nickel, mercury, and other hazardous compounds out of the water, soil, and air.  Call AV Services at ext. 7188 or email for more information.

Chapel Chatter (Contact the Chapel Office at 724-946-7117 or email for details)
• Women's Bible studies:
    o "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.
    o "Why Do I Do the Things I Do?" will be held Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 9.  The group will meet in the Remick House reception area with Carey Anne LaSor leading.  Contact Carey Anne at ext. 7365 with questions or to indicate your interest.
• Walker House after-school program is in search of tutors who can give one day a week (Monday-Friday from 3:35-6 p.m.).  Transportation is provided Monday-Thursday.  Email Caitlyn Engelhardt with questions or for more information.

Titan Traverse Topics
• Join the trip to an indoor mountain bike park
in Cleveland Friday-Saturday, Feb. 10-11.  Included in the $20 fee is transportation, lodging, food, and day pass for biking; bike rental is not included.  Stop by the Titan Traverse office (McKelvey Campus Center 252) to sign up and pay the fee today.
• Climb-a-thon will be Friday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. in Memorial Field House.  All ages are welcome, however, those under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.  Cost is $10 per person, $25 for a family.  All proceeds benefit Titan Traverse and Hope House, an orphanage in Honduras.

Phi Mu will take orders for cake pops and chocolate lollipops ($1 each) in the TUB this week.  Lollipops will be delivered to mailboxes Feb. 14.

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.

New Castle Lyric Opera will sponsor an evening of operatic entertainment and ballroom dancing Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle.  Contact Anne Bentz at (724) 614-0448 or visit New Castle Lyric Opera for more information.

Celebrate spring and save lives through participation in the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days.  Order forms are available from department secretaries and must be returned with payment no later than Wed., Feb. 15, for delivery Wednesday, March 21.

The New Wilmington United Methodist Church will hold a soup lunch Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  A variety of homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts will be available for $7.


Baked Pepperoni Pizza Spread
   from kraftfoods.com

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 package (8 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese
½ cup finely chopped pepperoni
¼ cup finely chopped green pepper

Heat oven to 350°F.

Mix cream cheese and mozzarella until well blended; stir in pepperoni and peppers.

Spread into a 9-inch pie plate.

Bake 25-30 minutes or until top is puffy and lightly browned.  Serve warm with crackers, pita chips, or toasted baguette slices. 

Makes 16 (2 tablespoons each) servings

"Without Valentine's Day, February would be... well, January." 
~ Jim Gaffigan, as quoted on quotegarden.com

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Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

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