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Seniors Presented Research at Regional Conference

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Six Westminster College seniors and Dr. Sandra Webster, Westminster professor of psychology, presented their research at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association March 1-3 in Pittsburgh.

Webster presented "Embodiment of the Data vs. Practice Calculations," a paper based on her sabbatical research and co-authored with Karina-Mikayla Barcus, a 2011 Westminster graduate who is currently a graduate student at Ohio University, and psychology major Devon Struthers.
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Mathematics and Computer Science Department Holds Annual Recognition and Awards Dinner

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Westminster College's Mathematics and Computer Science Department held its annual recognition and awards banquet March 20 in McKelvey Campus Center's Witherspoon Lakeview Room.

Opening comments were given by Dr. Terri Lenox, associate professor of computer science and chair of Westminster's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. 
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Trustee Honored with Robert P. Casey Medal for Commitment to Independent Higher Education

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
George Berlin, member and former chair of the Westminster College Board of Trustees, received the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania's (AICUP) Robert P. Casey Medal for Commitment to Independent Higher Education during the association's annual meeting March 26 in Hershey.

Berlin was elected to Westminster's Board of Trustees in 1996.  He served as chair from 2003-2006 and was re-elected in 2007 and 2011.  He is a member of the Board's executive, finance, governance, and investment committees.
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Elementary Education Majors and Adviser Presented Research at Literacy Conference

Monday, March 26, 2012
Westminster College senior elementary education majors Shanay Phillian and Jessie Szakacs and Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, Westminster professor of education, presented "From Strangers to Allies: Building Family-School Connections" at the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts conference March 9-10 in Worthington, Ohio.

The research study explores the relationships between families and schools and the impact families have on their children's education.  Phillian and Szakacs are incorporating what they learned from their project in their student teaching at Campbell (Ohio) Elementary School, with the goal of more family involvement to strengthen the relationship with teachers.
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Students Participated in "Spring Break with a Purpose" Work Trips

Friday, March 23, 2012
Nearly 60 Westminster College students participated in three "Spring Break with a Purpose" work trips March 10-17.  Westminster President Dr. Rick Dorman, three faculty members, staff, and alumni joined the students on the work crews.

Two groups from Westminster's chapter of Habitat for Humanity participated in Habitat's Collegiate Challenge.  All of the groups were sponsored by the Westminster Chapel Office's "Spring Break with a Purpose."
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Political Science Professor to Speak on Sabbatical Work at Faires Faculty Forum

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Dr. Shannon Smithey, Westminster College associate professor of political science, will present "Crime and Public Support for Democracy in Latin American and Africa" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, April 4, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

Based on her sabbatical inquiry, Smithey will discuss emerging democracies, where popular support for democratic government often hinges on the ability of the state to provide protection from criminal victimization, a crucial question of government capacity.
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Music Majors Participated in Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Six Westminster College music majors participated in the 65th annual Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band Festival March 9-11 at California University of Pennsylvania.

Students, who are nominated by their band directors, must submit a résumé of performance experience, solo repertoire performed, and participation in their current program.  A selection committee meets in late November or early December to make the final selections for the band that includes approximately 100 students from about 30 colleges and universities across the state.
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Psychology Department to Host Spring Colloquium

Thursday, March 22, 2012
The Westminster College Department of Psychology will host Jerome Flint for its spring colloquium Monday, April 2, at 5 p.m. in Hoyt Science Resources Center's Phillips Lecture Hall.  The program is free and open to the public.

Flint, senior training associate for JKM Safe Conflict Management, will present "Keeping People Safe: Crisis Intervention Research."  Included will be a recent collaboration with Dr. Sandra Webster, Westminster professor of psychology, that investigated 400 participants in a re-certification course and focused on trainers' abilities to detect intervention errors. Additional topics include current activities and future directions in child safety intervention research. 
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Dance Theatre to Present Annual Show March 29-31

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Westminster College's Dance Theatre will present its annual spring show Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31, in Orr Auditorium.  The performance, which involves nearly 65 students, is open to the public.

This year's theme, "Dance Like No One is Watching," will feature a variety of dance styles choreographed by current dance members.  The opening number will feature choreography by television's "So You Think You Can Dance" season six participant Peter Sabasino.
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Announcements


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.

Internship Workshop will be held Tuesday, April 3, at 12:45 p.m. in the Witherspoon Lakeview Room.  Learn how to find and register for an internship and how to make the most of the opportunity and succeed in it.  Contact Jackie Meade at ext. 7338 or email with questions.

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.
• Treasury Services undergraduate intern at BNY Mellon (Pittsburgh) - website (requisition number 1202276)

Titan Tidbits




Did you know that income from tuition covers only about 70% of a Westminster education? Funding secured through the Westminster Fund bridges the gap between what students and families pay and the actual cost of their education.

Help us bridge the gap. Every gift of every size contributes to student success.  Visit the G.I.V.E.Day website for more information.

G.I.V.E. TODAY!  Make your gift online or call (724) 946-7532.

Titan Trivia:
Congratulations to Caitlin Lehberger for setting two Westminster records at nationals and earning nine All-American honors during her stellar swimming career. She finished second in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke and sixth in the 200-yard individual medley at nationals.

Name the first Titan swimmer to earn NCAA Division II All-American honors.

Hint: He's a good guy in spite of being an Ohio State Buckeye football fan.


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 Jacksonville, Fla., area
are invited to a casual get-together at the home of Matt '07 and Stephanie Martin Kerns '07 Saturday, April 14, from 4-6 p.m.  Contact Matt or Stephanie at (570) 690-1996 (email) or Cindy Dafler '03, assistant director of alumni relations, at (724) 946-7373 (email) for more information.  Reservations are due by Wednesday, April 11.
• 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 for more information.

AV Adventures
• Titan Terror Project III T-shirt design contest
is open for submissions of original artwork.  Designs should comply with the contest theme of no gratuitous violence or gore.  Contact AV Services at ext. 7118 (email) for additional information.  Designs are due by noon Monday, April 9.
• 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)
• Holy Week services in Wallace Memorial Chapel include Palm Sunday vespers Sunday, April 1, at 7 p.m. and Stations of the Cross Wednesday, April 4, at 11:40 a.m.

Westminster History Interest Group book sale will be tomorrow from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Berlin Student Lounge.  A variety of subjects and genres are available.  Hardback books are $2 each; paperbacks are $1 each.

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.

Fine Arts Brass will present a free concert Sunday, April 15, at 3:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville.  The quintet includes Westminster music faculty Robert Antonucci (tuba), Andrew Erb (trumpet), Terry Gale (trumpet), and Dr. R. Tad Greig (trombone).

Westminster's chapter of Council for Exceptional Children is looking for volunteers to help with a Special Olympics event Friday, April 27, in Butler.  Email Katie Tomko or Kristen Fedon with questions or to volunteer.

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


Carrot-Ginger Cupcakes with Spiced Cream Cheese
   from kraftfoods.com

1 package (16 ounces) pound cake mix
¾ cup shredded carrots
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
½ cup walnut pieces, toasted
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups thawed whipped topping

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Prepare cake batter as directed on package; stir in carrots, ginger, ¾ teaspoon of the cinnamon, and the walnuts.

Spoon batter into 24 paper-lined medium muffin cups.  Bake 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Beat cream cheese in medium bowl with wire whisk until smooth.  Gently stir in whipped topping.  Spread over tops of cupcakes.  Sprinkle with reserved ¼ teaspoon cinnamon.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Makes 24 servings

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Real friends are those who, when you feel you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel you've done a permanent job." 
~ Author unknown, as quoted on quotegarden.com

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Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

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