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Westminster College seniors Joshua Masters and Nathan Silvis ranked 74th out of 3,726 teams worldwide by achieving a 33.2% return on equity in The Business Strategy Game for the week ending Feb. 19.
Working together as "The Classic Shoe Company," they are students in a class taught by Dr. Jacque King, Westminster assistant professor of business. In addition to Masters and Silvis, nine other teams in two of King's classes are entered in the semester-long competition.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Two recent compositions by Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music theory and composition, were premiered this month.
"Three Draconian Dames," a song cycle based on poems written by Perttu, was performed by baritone Shawn Roy and pianist Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo, Westminster associate professor of music, at the University of Alabama at Hunstville's new music festival Feb. 9.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Westminster College's Department of Music will host the Pittsburgh Trombone Project in concert Friday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.
The quartet will feature the music of Jay and Kai (J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding) and Michael Davis. The first half of the program includes Winding's arrangements of "This Could be the Start of Something Big," "Side by Side," "Georgia on My Mind," and the theme from "Picnic"; Johnson's arrangements of "Trixie" and "Blue Monk"; and McManus' translations of "Israel" and "It's All Right with Me." The second half of the program will feature Davis favorites "Sebone Shuffle," "Stomper," "Pacific Daylight," "Outside Looking In," "Life Lived," "San Jose," and "Green on Blue."
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Dr. David Shaffer, Westminster College associate professor of computer science, will present "Student Research in Machine Learning and Robotics" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 11:40 a.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.
Shaffer has worked with students the last six years to study biologically-motivated computer algorithms for enabling robots to learn to be more effective in their environments. The work focuses on self-organization of groups of robots through application of the Genetic Algorithm. Shaffer will discuss students' results and plans for future experiments.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Entre les murs (The Class), the fifth and final film in Westminster College's Tournées Film Festival, will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 28, 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.
On-campus student employment:
• Westminster Fund is interviewing for Phonathon Ambassadors Feb. 27-March 2 and March 12-16. Application forms and more information are available from Amber Scalfari at ext. 6997 or email.
• Two Field Station technicians (one novice, one experienced) are needed for summer employment. The full-time positions (up to 40 hours per week) are available for up to 13 weeks, beginning late May through mid-August. Most of the outdoor work is physically demanding. Applications are available in the biology department and must be returned no later than April 11.
Internship/Summer Job Fair will be tomorrow, 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.
• WTAE-TV sales and marketing department intern (Pittsburgh) - Intern Coordinator, Dan Henninger, Director of Human Resources, WTAE-TV, 400 Ardmore Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15221 (mail only) and email
• Kennywood/Sandcastle team members (West Mifflin) - apply in person (beginning March 10) Monday-Friday 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 4800 Kennywood Blvd., West Mifflin, PA 15122; (412) 461-0500 ext. 1106
• Wisconsin Badger Camp summer jobs (Platteville, WI) - website, email, or (608) 348-9689
• Summer babysitter for family in Hermitage - (330) 442-3933 by March 31
Keep Westminster in Your Heart!
Did you know there was a time when Westminster College was recognized among the national leaders in alumni giving participation? However, over the past few years, our rates have declined. At its peak the College received support from 42% of the alumni base. Currently, our alumni giving participation is 16%, but our goal is to return alumni giving participation to its rightful place as one of the nation's best.
When making a gift as an alumni couple, we can count two more alumni toward Westminster's participation rate. Double your impact for Westminster and make your gift twice as nice!
If you have not made a gift to the Westminster Fund in the current fiscal year (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012), please do so today. Giving is easy. Call (724) 946-7532 to make your gift or click here to make your gift online today.
Westminster College students haven't always worn sweats and hoodies to class.
When was the dress code for students abolished?
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.
• 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)
• Two Ash Wednesday services will be offered today. From 11:40 a.m.-12:10 p.m., the Rev. Jim Mohr distribute ashes. At 7:30 p.m., an ecumenical worship and distribution of ashes will include the Rev. Mohr with Fr. Tom Lewandowski preaching. All are welcome.
• 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
• 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.
Campus-wide writing workshop will be held tomorrow, Feb. 23, from 12:40-1:40 p.m. in Thompson-Clark Hall room 210. Bob Craven and Katy Merolla, English majors and Learning Center teaching assistants, will cover grammar, mechanics, word choice, and sentence structure to improve clarity and conciseness. Pizza lunch will be provided.
Last chance to reserve a 2011-2012 ARGO will be during lunch in the TUB through Friday.
Students in Free Enterprise, in conjunction with the Lawrence County Builders Association, are collecting non-perishable food items through Friday. Donations will be on display at the association's Home and Lifestyle Show March 30-31 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in New Castle.
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.
Kappa Delta is collecting purses for the second annual Go Confidently Handbag Drive through March 31. Bags for women and girls of all ages will be donated to the Lawrence County Crisis Shelter. Collection boxes are located in all women's residence halls and locations in town.
Early Childhood Education block is collecting items to package for U.S. Marines serving in Afghanistan. Suggested items include beef jerky, ramen noodles, trail mix, snack foods (breakfast bars, cookies, non-chocolate candy, Pringles), baby wipes, white tube socks, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, magazines, books, and card games. Items will be collected throughout the semester and shipped in May.
New Castle Lyric Opera recently hosted its first opera ball. Executive director Dr. Anne Hagan Bentz, adjunct music faculty Jason Howard, and Westminster alumnae Kimberly Hasara, Susan Shafer, and Stephanie Witzorreck are involved in the company. Click here for more information.
Preseason golf sale: Prices reduced on many items. Contact Mark (email or call 724-946-7191) for more information.
• Bag: TaylorMade R7 staff bag - The TaylorMade R7 staff bag (9" top) is a great bag and includes a rain cover. It has plenty of room for storage, but is much more trunk and cart friendly than the 10.5" staff bags. - excellent condition -- $50
• Fairway Wood: TaylorMade R9, 17-degree 4-wood, Fujikura Motore 75-gram stiff-flex shaft - great condition - reduced to $75
• Iron Set: Ping G2 irons (4-PW, SW), green dot (2-degree upright lie), stock stiff-flex steel shafts (5-PW have matching serial numbers, 4HL is blue dot (1-degree), SW is green dot) - These may stay in my bag since I think they're the best irons Ping has ever made. - reduced to $210 (will throw in the Ping G10 clone gap wedge)
• Wedge: ZR1 (Pinemeadow Ping G10 clone) 50-degree gap wedge, stock steel stiff-flex shaft - excellent condition -- $15
• Putter: Black Magic Tour Fit putter (35"), diamond-milled face -- $5
1. Callaway Great Big Bertha Tungsten Titanium 3-iron, stock firm-flex graphite shaft - good condition -- $10
2. TaylorMade Burner 2.0 6-iron, stock regular-flex steel shaft - excellent condition - reduced to $15 (find out if you like the irons before spending $700 on a set)
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Loaded Potato Chip Spirals
½ of a 17.3-ounce package Pepperidge Farm® puff pastry sheets (1 sheet), thawed
¼ cup Cheddar cheese spread, softened
¾ cup crushed kettle cooked potato chips
2 green onions, minced (about ¼ cup)
3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
Heat oven to 375°F.
Unfold the pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface and roll lightly to remove the fold marks. Spread the cheese on the pastry sheet to within ½ inch of the edge. Sprinkle with the crushed chips, green onions, and bacon. Starting at a short side, roll up like a jelly roll. Place the pastry, seam-side down, onto a baking sheet. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until the pastry is firm.
Cut the pastry crosswise into 20 (½-inch) slices. Place slices, cut-side down, onto 2 parchment-covered baking sheets.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastries are golden brown. Let cool on baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes.
Makes 20 servings
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit."
~ Albert Schweitzer, as quoted on quotegarden.com
About The Westminster Weekly
Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak
Westminster College's weekly newsletter is published online by the Office of Communication Services (724-946-7190).
Please send information through e-mail to Alyssa Ludwiczak.