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College Groups to Host Events for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Westminster College will host events throughout April to raise awareness of sexual assault.  All events are free and open to the public.

The Clothesline Project will take place during lunch in the TUB Tuesday, April 10.  The program, started on Cape Cod in 1990, provides an opportunity for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt that is hung on a clothesline to be seen by others.  Residence halls on campus will be contributing shirts that represent their stance against sexual assault and violence.
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Alumnus to Give 25th Annual Christy Lecture April 15

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Craig Schweiger, a 1990 Westminster College graduate, will give the 25th annual Wayne H. Christy Lecture during Vespers Sunday, April 15, at 7 p.m. in Westminster's Wallace Memorial Chapel.  The service is free and open to the public.

Schweiger will speak on "Who Are You, Where Are You Going, How Are You Going to Get There?"
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Exoplanets Detected from Westminster College Observatory

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
The Westminster College Observatory has detected five exoplanets (planets orbiting stars other than our sun).  These are not new discoveries, but the detections are significant because they demonstrate Westminster's capability to join the search for new exoplanets.

The observations occurred during the last two weeks of March and were conducted by Dr. Thomas Oberst, Westminster assistant professor of physics, and senior physics majors Will Armentrout and Daniel Giles.
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Theatre Westminster to Present Shakespearean Comedy April 12-15

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Theatre Westminster will present As You Like It, one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, April 12-15 in Beeghly Theater.

The play tells the story of Rosalind, daughter of the exiled duke, who must flee the duchy.  Disguising herself as a boy and accompanied by her cousin Celia and the jester Touchstone, Rosalind seeks refuge in the Forest of Arden, where her father and some of his attendants have made a home.  Orlando, who loves and is loved by Rosalind, is also banished and finds his way to the forest.  After a series of confused and comic encounters between Rosalind, Orlando, Touchstone, and the denizens of the forest, true identities are revealed and love and justice prevail.
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Language in Motion to Host Foreign Language Intercultural Day April 13

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Westminster College's Language in Motion program will host 113 high school students from Wilmington Area School District and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School for the sixth annual Foreign Language Intercultural Day Friday, April 13.

This year's focus is on the legacies from French, Roman, and Spanish cultures in our own culture.  Latin, Spanish, and French students will participate in a full day of activities led by Westminster students. 
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Student Alumni Association to Offer "Networking 101"

Monday, April 2, 2012
"Networking 101," an alumni panel discussion focusing on proper networking techniques, will be offered to Westminster College students Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

"Now, more than ever, networking is an important way to build connections leading to internships, employee opportunities, and career resources," said Mary James, Westminster's director of alumni relations and a 1984 Westminster graduate.  "This event, hosted by the Student Alumni Association, is an opportunity for students to learn about successful networking and to begin building their network through connections to alumni."
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Tate Slaven Receives Newman Civic Fellow Award

Monday, April 2, 2012
Westminster College sophomore communication studies major Tate Slaven was among 162 students from 32 states honored as Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact. 

The award recognizes college student leaders who demonstrate an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.
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History Professor to Speak on "Chasing Walter Flowers" at Faires Faculty Forum

Monday, April 2, 2012
Dr. Michael Bowen, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of history, will present "Chasing Walter Flowers: The Art of Research in Action" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, April 11, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

Bowen will discuss the broad outline of his next research project focused on Walter Flowers, an Alabama Democrat who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1969-1979 and was a member of the House Judiciary Committee that voted to refer articles of impeachment against President Richard M. Nixon to the full House.  Bowen will cover the exciting finds and frustrating obstacles encountered by historians researching political topics.
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College and Lawrence County Community Action Partnership Sponsored Annual Poverty Simulation

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Westminster College's Drinko Center for Experiential Learning and the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership (LCCAP) sponsored the sixth annual poverty simulation March 22 in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

The first session ran from 3:30-5 p.m. and the second session ran from 5-6:30 p.m.  Both sessions were identical.  It is estimated that over 150 Westminster students participated.
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Chemistry Professor, Seniors, and Alumni Participated in Florida Conference

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster College associate professor of chemistry, and five Westminster seniors participated in the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) March 11-15 in Orlando.

Pittcon is one of the largest analytical chemistry conferences in the world with more than 15,000 attendees, hundreds of technical presentations, and nearly 1,000 exhibitors.
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Orchestra Director Presented at National Conference

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Dr. Melinda Crawford Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music, presented at the American String Teachers Association national conference March 22-24 in Atlanta.

Crawford Perttu presented a research poster, "A Manual for the Learning of Traditional Scottish Fiddling: Design, Development, and Effectiveness," and two educational sessions: "Deep Musicianship: How Fiddle Traditions Foster the Skills and Attitudes of the Complete Musician" with Swedish fiddler Andrea Hoag and Cajun fiddler David Greely; and "Scottish Ornaments: How to Make Scottish Airs Sound Scottish."
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Opera Westminster to Present "Infamous Infatuations" April 14

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Opera Westminster will present "Infamous Infatuations" Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The program is free and open to the public.

Westminster students will perform scenes from The Tales of Hoffmann, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi fan tutte, La Traviata, La Boheme, and The Barber of Seville.
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Fraternity to Host Annual Relay for Life

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
The Alpha Nu chapter of national fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi will host the annual Westminster College Relay for Life Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Burry Stadium.

Held in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, the goal of this year's fundraiser is $27,000, according to overall chair Cody Donaldson
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Announcements


On-campus student employment:
• 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.

Staff Sergeant Harry Mugrage, A U.S. Army representative, will be in the TUB Wednesday, April 11, from 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. to distribute information and answer 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.

Titan Tidbits



Get Your G.I.V.E. on…
GIVE - Financially.  Make Westminster a philanthropic priority throughout your lifetime.
INVOLVE - Yourself.  Share your time and talent.
VALUE - Your degree.  Protect your personal investment.
ENGAGE - With students and fellow alumni.

Westminster students appreciate, cherish, and rely on your support!  For more information on G.I.V.E. Day, click here.

Every gift of every size contributes to student success.  G.I.V.E. TODAY!  Make your gift online or call (724) 946-7532.

Titan Trivia:
The Titan baseball team is off to a strong start (5-0 in PAC, 14-7 overall) and could challenge Westminster's single-season mark for wins.

Name the Titan who led the 1982 baseball team to a school-record 27 wins and a national Top 10 ranking while breaking the school record for hits in a season (65) and leading the nation in hitting with a .503 batting average.

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
• The spring Alumni Council meeting serves as the annual Westminster Alumni Association meeting
, scheduled for Saturday, April 14, at 10:30 a.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center's Witherspoon Rooms.  Lunch will be provided following the meeting.

Several agenda items are of special interest:
   o President Dorman and Gloria Cagigas, vice president for institutional advancement, will provide current campus news
   o Presentation of the 2012-2017 Alumni Council strategic and operational plan, which will guide Councils' efforts to grow alumni engagement
   o Jonathan Smith '02, web services coordinator, will give a tour of online Westminster resources including the Westminster website, social networks, and the online alumni directory to be launched this summer

Please contact Linda Wilson, secretary for alumni relations, at (724) 946-7364 (email) by Wednesday, April 11, to confirm your attendance.
• 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.

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.
• Image of the Month contest is open to photographers from the campus and community.  Click here to see the most recent winning entry by Heather Cline, who won a check donated by the Environmental Science Department.  To submit an image, fill out the form.  Submissions for the current contest are due by 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21.
• 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)
• Stations of the Cross will be today at 11:40 a.m. with Dr. Dwight Castro.

If your club, organization, or department is planning an Earth Week event, please email the details - date, time, location, brief description, and sponsoring group - to Environmental Programs today.

Campus-wide writing workshop will be held Thursday, April 12, from 12:45-1:45 p.m. in Thompson-Clark Hall room 210.  Laura Seiple, an English major and Learning Center teaching assistant, will cover thesis statements, paragraph structure, introductions and conclusions, and source integration.  Pizza lunch will be provided.

Westminster Cares Day will be Saturday, April 14.  Students may sign up for volunteer activities outside the Drinko Center (McKevey Campus Center 223) by Thursday, April 12. 

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).

The Learning Fund Scholarship of The Pittsburgh Foundation was created to assist sophomore students who are residents of western Pennsylvania who have graduated from a high school in Butler, New Castle, or Kittanning and have a declared major in psychology or social work.  For more information and an application, please stop by the Financial Aid Office or visit The Pittsburgh Foundation website.  Completed applications are to be returned by April 15, 2012.

Children's literature group will meet Tuesday, April 17, at 4:30 p.m. at Mugsies to discuss the 2012 Newbery Medal-winning Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos.  All are welcome.

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.

If you owe a library fine, avoid the rush and pay it now at the McGill Library circulation desk.  Fines may be paid in cash (correct change appreciated) or by check.  Grades, transcripts, and diplomas will be held until your fines are cleared.

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's website or the Financial Aid office for additional information.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK


Easter Pie
   from Giada De Laurentiis at foodnetwork.com

¾ cup powdered sugar, plus extra for garnish
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 (15-ounce) container whole milk ricotta cheese
½ cup cooked short-grained rice
⅓ cup toasted pine nuts
6 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375°F. 

Blend ¾ cup powdered sugar, eggs, vanilla, orange zest, and ricotta in a food processor until smooth.  Stir in the rice and pine nuts.  Set mixture aside.

Lightly butter a 9-inch glass pie dish.  Lay 1 phyllo sheet over the bottom and up the sides of the dish, allowing the dough to hang over the sides.  Brush with melted butter.  Top with a second sheet of phyllo, laying it at right angles to the first sheet.  Continue layering the remaining sheets, buttering each layer and alternating directions of the sheets.  Spoon the ricotta mixture onto the phyllo.  Fold the overhanging dough over the top of the filling to enclose it.  Brush with melted butter.

Bake until the phyllo is golden brown and the filling is set, about 35 minutes.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and cool completely.  Sift powdered sugar over the top and serve.

Makes 8-10 servings

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life." 
~ S.D. Gordon, as quoted on quotegarden.com

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