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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Dr. Sandra Webster, Westminster College professor of psychology, and Jerome Flint, senior training associate for JKM Crisis Management, presented research at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association March 1-3 in Pittsburgh.
The research for "Safe Crisis Management: Investigating Trainers' Violence Detection Errors" involved 400 youth and child service providers, including teachers and juvenile system workers, as part of a crisis management re-certification course. Participants watched video re-enactments of crisis management techniques and indicated which of five types of errors were present.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Westminster College senior history major Luke Franchuk was honored for the best paper presented on his panel at the Western Pennsylvania Regional Phi Alpha Theta (national history honor society) conference March 17 at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.
Franchuk's paper, "Thank Allah for Oil: Saudi Arabia, Royal Succession, and Religious Tradition," was written for a course on monarchs and dynasties taught by Dr. Russell Martin, Westminster professor of history.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Westminster College's Department of Education will host children's book author Rebecca Macri Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Lakeview Room. The program is free and open to the public.
Macri's book Pip: A Very Special Little Caterpillar, a Pinnacle Achievement Award winner in children's inspirational books, tells the story of the smallest of six caterpillars as he struggles with physical challenges and learns some of life's greatest lessons from his family.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Seven Westminster College English majors and Dr. Andrew Ade, Westminster associate professor of English, participated in the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention Feb. 29-March 3 in New Orleans.
Senior Casey Kennedy presented "Falling Down Stairs," an original work. He is a son of Thomas and Lynn Kennedy of Indiana and a graduate of Indiana Area High School.
Monday, March 19, 2012
Twenty-one Westminster College early childhood education/special education majors participated in the 23rd National African American Read-In Feb. 15 at Farrell Elementary School.
The students are enrolled in a literacy methods class taught by Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, Westminster professor of education.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is now the Drinko Center for Experiential Learning.
The Drinko Center was established in 2004 by a gift from John and Elizabeth "Libby" Gibson Drinko '44 to enrich undergraduate education at Westminster through advancing world-class teaching as well as by participating in collaborations that address community and regional needs including strengthening K-12 education.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Peggy Cox, Westminster College professor of art, and Dr. Ann Throckmorton, Westminster professor of biology, will present "A Cluster to Dye For" Wednesday, March 28, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.
In the fall semester, Cox and Throckmorton taught "Art and Nature," a cluster course that allowed students to discover aspects of nature that could be measured, analyzed, and depicted or manipulated artistically.
Westminster College's "Get Real!" life preparation series will wrap up the semester with "First Year on the Job" Tuesday, March 27, at 12:45 p.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Witherspoon Lakeview Room.
A panel of three recent Westminster alumnae will share tips on topics that include: what to expect, how to meet expectations, how to determine one's role, and who to ask for help. Panelists are:
• Katie Bittner '08, assistant director of Westminster's Audio Visual Services
• Erin Cameron '08, graphics assistant with PeterDavid Communications
• Jamie Guffey '09, customer service representative with Huntington Bank
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Dr. James Rhoads, Westminster College professor of political science, has earned the 2012-2013 Henderson Lectureship Award.
Rhoads will describe his two-step research strategy designed to reveal insights into how ordinary citizens - self-described partisans of various ideological stripes - construct their political attitudes.
Westminster College will host Stephanie Clark and Deke Showman for "The Harvest of Hope: Migrant Workers in Northwestern Pennsylvania" Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Witherspoon Maple Room. The program is free and open to the public.
Clark and Showman are with the Northwest Tri-County Intermediate Unit 5's Migrant Education Program in Edinboro that offers education to the children of agricultural workers, along with translation services and other forms of advocacy and community support. Their presentation will highlight the living conditions and needs of workers in our region's dairy and vegetable farms, nurseries, and vineyards.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Westminster College with a place on the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Westminster has earned Honor Roll recognition every year since the program was launched in 2006. More than 1,200 Westminster students volunteered nearly 30,000 hours last academic year (2010-2011) through academic service-learning or other community service.
On-campus student employment:
• 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 through March 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.
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. Call the Career Center at ext. 7338 to make arrangements for transportation.
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.
• Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife management internships - (814) 432-3187
• Ocean Mammal Institute humpback whale research intern (Maui, Hawaii) - website or email
• IBM strategic outsourcing sales specialist intern - website
• Local family needs tutor for third-grade math - ext. 7702 or (724) 657-4334
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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 18.27%. 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.
Westminster College is pleased to bring top entertainers to the region through Celebrity Series and showcase our talented students and faculty in numerous concerts, recitals, and Theatre Westminster productions. Many of the Music Department concerts are free and open to the public. Visit www.westminster.edu/culture to find a listing of upcoming performances.
In which building was Westminster's original "Little Theatre" housed and what is currently in that location?
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 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.
• 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.
• 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.
New Wilmington Presbyterian Church will host authors and social activists Staughton and Alice Lynd Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. for a discussion of wealth inequality. The program is open to the public.
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
1 package (18¼ ounces) chocolate cake mix
Water, eggs, oil to make the cake
1½ cups vanilla frosting
Orange paste food coloring
4 pieces black shoestring licorice
Prepare cake batter according to package directions. Pour into a greased and floured 2½-quart ovenproof bowl.
Bake at 350°F for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from bowl to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a small bowl, combine frosting and food coloring. Place cake on a serving plate. Spread with frosting. Gently press a meat mallet into frosting so texture resembles a basketball. For seams, gently press licorice into frosting.
Makes 12-16 servings
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring."
~ Bern Williams, as quoted on quotegarden.com
About The Westminster Weekly
Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak
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