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Alumna's Research Published

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Rachael Hoffman, a 2011 Westminster College graduate, was the lead author of an article published in a recent issue of the Consortium of College and University Media Centers' (CCUMC) College and University Media Review. 

"WikiKlips: Using Vodcasts on Wikis for Student Team Lab Reports" presented research Hoffman completed as an undergraduate and focused on the crossover between media, technology, and learning.

Band Director Invited to Speak at Annual Dinner

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Dr. R. Tad Greig, Westminster College associate professor and director of bands, was the guest speaker at the Neshannock Marching Band's annual banquet March 2 in New Castle.

Greig's presentation to students, parents, and educators covered the significance of music in the schools; the relationship of academic excellence and music skills development; and the significance of community relationship and pride fostered through school marching bands.

Mathematics Majors and Faculty Participated in Regional Conference

Monday, March 5, 2012
Seven Westminster College mathematics majors and their faculty advisers participated in the 14th annual regional Student Paper Meeting Feb. 25 at Youngstown (Ohio) State University.

The conference, hosted by the Ohio XI Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society, gave undergraduate students the opportunity to present results of their projects and research and listen to presentations of interesting topics by other undergraduates from across the region.

Students, Faculty, and Alumnus Attended MidSouth Philosophy Conference; Presented Paper

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Six Westminster College students and their adviser attended the annual MidSouth Philosophy Conference at Rhodes College in Memphis Feb. 24-26.

Dr. David Goldberg, Westminster associate professor of philosophy, presented "What Is It That Returns: Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence." 

English Majors Presented at Creative Writing Conference

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Five Westminster College senior English majors presented papers at the Susquehanna University Undergraduate Research and Creative Writing Conference Feb. 19-20.

Marissa Burdett presented "The Modern Austen: How Contemporary Audiences Still Connect with Jane Austen's Texts as Demonstrated Through Adaptation," a segment of her capstone paper that illustrated how Austen connects to the 21st-century woman.  According to Burdett's paper, the modern woman finds solace in Austen's simple 19th-century world where relationships were clearly defined, social standards were strictly followed, and there was a deep reverence for privacy, something that is nearly impossible in today's world of Facebook and Twitter.  The paper also covered the modern woman's need for both "freedom and fairytales:" self-sufficiency and reliance on others.

"Get Real!" Series Presents Session on World Events

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Westminster College's "Get Real!" life preparation series will present "World Events and You" Tuesday, March 13, at 12:45 p.m. in the Witherspoon Lakeview Room of McKelvey Campus Center.

Presented by Dr. Neal Edman, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, and Dr. David Twining, professor of history, the session will present some "front-burner" issues and how they directly affect students now and after graduation.  Topics include: gay marriage, the European debt crisis, social media and the case of Susan B. Komen, class warfare, Citizens United, the Arab Spring, and more.  The lunchtime program is limited to the first 25 Westminster students to register.

Wind Ensemble to Present Concert March 16

Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Westminster College Wind Ensemble will present a concert Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The program is free and open to the public.

Selections on the program include: "Armenian Dances II" by Alfred Reed; "George Washington Bridge" by William Schuman; "Children's March" by Percy Grainger; and "Cloudburst" by Eric Whitacre.

College to Host New Wilmington Chamber's Annual Business Expo March 10

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Westminster College will host the tenth annual New Wilmington Chamber of Commerce Business Expo Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Memorial Field House.  The public is invited to attend.

Organized by the Chamber, sponsors of the Expo are Callahan Supply Inc., First National Bank, The Springfield Restaurant Group, and Westminster College.

Titan Tidbits

Become a Westminster Fund Sustainer.
Your support each and every year is critical in order for Westminster to continue to offer scholarships as well as maintain its extraordinary programming, faculty, and facilities.

Participation at any dollar amount is key.  It takes 150 gifts to increase the alumni rate of participation by just one percentage point.  The current rate of participation is 17.85%. Westminster's goal is to reach 30% by June 30.

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.

Did you know that many employers will match gifts to higher education given by employees and spouses, even if they are retired?  Matching dollars are applied to the designation of your initial gift…DOUBLING YOUR IMPACT.  Inquire with your human resources department today.

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 Alyssa Hanna, 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. Saturday, March 24.
• 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)
• Passover Seder will be celebrated Tuesday, April 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room with Rabbi Daniel Roberts of Temple Beth Israel in Sharon.  Attendance is limited to the first 75 to make reservations with the Chapel Office.  There is no charge, but if you make a reservation and do not attend or cancel by March 27, an $18 fee will apply.
• 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.

Sports Spot
• Swimming lessons
for the spring semester will begin Tuesday, March 27.  The program includes eight lessons taught by Westminster students under the supervision of Aquatics Director Rob Klamut.  Levels I and II will meet from 5:30-6:15 p.m.; Levels III-VI will meet from 6:30-7:15 p.m.  All participants must be at least five years old.  Registration will be Monday, March 26, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the lobby of Memorial Field House, when the cost will be $60 per person.  After that date, registration will be $65.  Contact Coach Klamut at (724) 946-7315 for additional information.

SGA is working with the Maitland Lane Free Methodist Church to collect prom dresses, jewelry, and shoes for area high school girls.  If you have items to donate, email Leah Hunter by Wednesday, March 14.

Kick-off meeting for Relay for Life will be Wednesday, March 14, at 4:30 p.m. in the Club Room of Berlin Lounge.  Sign up for teams, make donations, and learn more about this annual event - Saturday, May 5, this year - sponsored by Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity and Colleges Against Cancer. 

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.

"Bowl for Kid's Sake," sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters in New Castle, is looking for teams for the March 31 event at Colonial Lanes.  Teams get food, music, T-shirts, and the chance to win prizes, trophies, and gift cards while helping raise money to support the program.  Email Steve Landman or call (724) 657-3680 for more information or to register a team.

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.

The Addison Gibson Foundation is seeking applicants for low-interest education loans to qualifying graduate and undergraduate students for the 2012-2013 academic year.  Criteria for eligibility include: family home located in western Pennsylvania (long-term); full-time students; one or more years completed in current degree program/university; cumulative and current GPA of 2.8 or better; and student's existing debt must fall within the Foundation's established parameters.  Visit the website or the Financial Aid office for additional information.


Warm Reuben Spread
   from kraftfoods.com

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
½ cup Thousand Island dressing
¼ lb. sliced deli corned beef, chopped (about 1 cup)
¾ cup well-drained sauerkraut
8 ounces Swiss cheese slices, chopped

Heat oven to 350°F. 

Mix cream cheese and dressing in medium bowl; stir in all remaining ingredients.

Spread onto bottom of 9-inch pie plate or shallow baking dish.

Bake 20 minutes or until heated through.  Serve warm with party rye bread slices, pita crisps, or assorted crackers.

Makes 2½ cups spread

"God grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can, and the wisdom to know it's me." 
~ Variation of "The Serenity Prayer" by Reinhold Neibuhr, as quoted on quotegarden.com

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Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

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