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Celebrity Series to Welcome The Texas Tenors March 24

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Westminster College Celebrity Series will welcome "America's Got Talent" finalists The Texas Tenors in concert Saturday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

The trio of classically trained tenors brings their unique blend of gospel, country, classical, and Broadway songs to the stage with humor and charm.  Their debut CD, Country Roots/Classical Sound, is the only album to reach the top of both the country and classical charts, as tracked by CD Baby, the world's largest distributor of independent music.  Visit The Texas Tenors for additional information about the group.
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French Professor's Article Published in The French Review

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
An article by Dr. Leslie Kealhofer, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of French, was published in the February issue of The French Review.

The French Review is the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of French and has the largest circulation of any scholarly journal of French and Francophone studies in the world.
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Broadcast Communications Major Received Drinko Research Grant

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Westminster College junior broadcast communications major Adam Carswell received an undergraduate research grant from Westminster's Drinko Center for Experiential Learning.

Carswell will apply the grant to the production of his capstone documentary, "The Quest of Champions."  The digital video project follows the Westminster men's track and field team in its pursuit of the Presidents' Athletic Conference championship.
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Psychology and Education Professors to Present at Faires Faculty Forum

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Dr. Mandy Medvin, Westminster College professor of psychology, and Dr. SoYoung Kang, adjunct education faculty, will present "Stress and Coping: American and South Korean Preschoolers" Wednesday, March 21, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

Very little is known about how young children cope with potentially stressful situations.  In their study, Medvin and Kang presented children from the U.S. and South Korea with four normally-occurring scenarios and asked the children how they would respond in each.
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Music Department Hosted Assessment Festival

Friday, March 9, 2012
The Westminster College Department of Music hosted an assessment festival March 7 for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

During the daylong event, bands and orchestras from area school districts were critiqued to provide input for their future growth and an assessment of their performance.  In addition to the prepared music, each ensemble was required to sight-read a piece of music for an evaluation of the students' ability to understand the many elements of music.
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Education Majors Led Family Math Night

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Twenty-one Westminster College early childhood education majors led math activities at Family Math Night Feb. 28 in collaboration with third-grade teacher Loraine Rice at Union Elementary School in New Castle.

The "Math Panda-Monium" theme was presented for students and their parents.  Some of the math activities included Patterns with Unifix Cubes, Skittles Math, Tanagrams, Coin Riddles, and Fraction Estimation.
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Bleasby Colloquium to Host Guest Speaker

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Westminster College's Bleasby Colloquium will host Dr. Jean Jones for "Rigoberta Menchú: Finding Your Voice" Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.  The program is free and open to the public.

Jones, who is professor of rhetoric and communication and director of the Honors Program at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, will discuss her recent travels to Guatemala and the work of Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchú.
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Announcements


On-campus student employment:
• Westminster Fund
is interviewing for Phonathon Ambassadors through Friday.  Application forms and more information are available from Amber Scalfari at ext. 6997 or email.
• The Westminster College Psychology Preschool Lab is recruiting student aides for the 2012 fall semester.  These positions are paid or may be eligible for course credit with adviser approval and require availability either M/W/F or T/Th mornings from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Experience with young children is preferred.  If interested, please contact Darlene McCoy at ext. 7356.  Interviews will be held March 19-29.
• 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.

Unique Careers in Education Expo will be tomorrow from 4-6:30 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is open to all majors and features 21 representatives from agencies and programs who will discuss internships and summer and career opportunities.

Pennsylvania Education Recruiting Consortium Job Fair will be Wednesday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Monroeville Convention Center.  Open to teaching candidates who have a degree or certification or will receive it by August, the $25 registration fee (cash only) and a valid student ID or copy of your transcript are required for admission.  Contact the Career Center (ext. 6338) for additional information.

WestPACS Job Fair will be Wednesday, March 28, at the Monroeville Convention Center.  Pre-register by March 26 for free registration ($10 walk-in registration) and to view a list of participating employers. 

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.
• Sharon Regional Health System's Behavioral Health Services patient attendant - website, email, or (724) 983-5440

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.

Titan Trivia:
Welcome back to campus. Hope your batteries are recharged to enjoy the final two months of the semester.

Westminster College, led by the nation's leading scorer Wes Bennett, played in the first college basketball doubleheader in Madison Square Garden in 1934. Who did Westminster play and what was the final score of the game?

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.

Alumni Activities
• Alumni in the Tampa Bay-St. Petersburg area
are invited to join host Keith McCauley '68 for a dinner cruise Sunday, April 15, from 6-9 p.m.  The cruise departs from Clearwater Beach Marina and includes a buffet meal, live entertainment, and dancing.  Contact Keith at (727) 733-6075 (email) or Cindy Dafler '03, assistant director of alumni relations, at (724) 946-7373 (email) for more information.

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 today.

Kick-off meeting for Relay for Life will be today 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. 

Voting for "Cutest Pet" will be held during lunch in the TUB through Friday.  Each vote is 25¢ and voters can cast as many votes as they want to buy.  Proceeds benefit a local animal shelter.  Winners will be announced at the Pre-Vet Society's annual carnival Saturday. 

Open Mic Night, sponsored by Allies and the Disabilities Awareness Club, will be Monday, March 19, from 8:30-10:30 p.m. in Berlin Lounge.  Tickets are $2 during lunch in the TUB through Friday, $3 at the door; performers are admitted free.  Proceeds benefit The Trevor Project and the Association of People with Disabilities.  Email Karalee Mellott if interested in performing (singers, comedy acts, instrumentalists, poetry readers, skits).

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.

Email Dr. Clarence Harms at least 24 hours in advance to request authorization and receive instructions before building a fire in the College Field Station fire pit.  Walking the trail is permitted at any time.  Fires are not.

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 Foundation website or the Financial Aid office for additional information.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK


Homemade Irish Cream (non-alcoholic)
   from tasteofhome.com

1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
½ cup 2% milk
¼ cup sugar
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract

Combine all ingredients in a blender; cover and process until smooth.  Store in the refrigerator.

For each serving, pour ½ cup brewed coffee into a mug.  Stir in ⅓ cup Irish cream.  Heat in a microwave if desired.

Makes 3⅓ cups Irish cream

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you." 
~ Irish blessing, as quoted on quotegarden.com

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Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

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