Westminster Weekly Archive

In the News

Printer Friendly Version

College to Host Guest Artist for Workshop and Public Lecture

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Artist John Peña will present a student workshop and public lecture at Westminster College Tuesday-Thursday, April 17-19.

Peña will give a workshop to students in the "Environmental Studio" cluster course and the "Basic Studio Art: 3D" course.

Spring E-Recycling Drive Set for April 21

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Westminster College's Audio Visual Services will host its sixth biannual e-recycling drive Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Hoyt Science Resources Center loading dock.

Recent state legislation, the Covered Device Recycling Act, makes select items free to recycle for individuals.  Fees still apply to businesses and organizations and go directly to the recycler to help cover the costs of recycling.  Westminster provides the location and volunteer labor for the drive and does not retain any money from the fees. 

Neuroscience Majors Published in Undergraduate Journal

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Senior capstone research projects by Westminster College neuroscience majors Kristina Scanlan and Tiffany Wilkins were published in the Journal of Student Research, a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed electronic undergraduate journal.

"Our two-semester capstone program enables undergraduate students to conduct in-depth research on important issues in psychology," said Dr. Mandy Medvin, professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Psychology.  "The publications in this journal represent the kinds of work that students can complete when mentored by faculty within a programmatic framework.  These are excellent students and we are very proud of them."

Economics and Business Department Hosted Alumni Networking Event

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
The Westminster College Department of Economics and Business hosted an alumni networking event on campus March 24.

The event was organized by Dr. Daniel Fischmar, professor of economics and business, and alumni Mark Drabick '10, Ben Nelson '06, and Christie Grewe Nelson '06.

Biology and Molecular Biology Majors Participated, Placed at District Convention

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Four students from the Westminster College Department of Biology presented their research at the Beta Beta Beta district convention March 31 at St. Francis University.

Beta Beta Beta, also known as Tri-Beta, is a national biology honor society.  The district conventions provide undergraduate students an opportunity to present their work in an environment that promotes undergraduate research and enhances the exchange of ideas within the biological sciences.

Student Alumni Association Representatives Participated in District Conference

Monday, April 9, 2012
Two representatives of Westminster College's Student Alumni Association (SAA) participated in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education Affiliated Student Advancement Programs (CASE ASAP) District 2 conference March 2-3 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Senior English major Chelsi Cannon presented a break-out session on Westminster's SAA-sponsored leadership dinner, "Inspiring Leaders."  Presidents of all student organizations and a rising leader from each are invited to dinner and a program that includes an alumni keynote speaker, Westminster President Dr. Richard Dorman, and members of the president's cabinet speaking on their views of leadership.

Senior Language Majors Took Fifth-Graders on Virtual "World Tour"

Monday, April 9, 2012
Five seniors in Westminster College's Language in Motion program made presentations April 2-3 at the Wilmington Area Middle School that took more than 100 fifth-grade students on a virtual "Trip around the World."

International politics and Spanish major Stella Campbell compared the governments of Spain and the United States.  Campbell is a daughter of Daniel and Ana Campbell of Montgomery and a graduate of Montgomery Area High School.

Mathematics and Computer Science Faculty to Speak at Faires Faculty Forum

Monday, April 9, 2012
Four faculty from Westminster College's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will present "Enriching Experiences: Research with Undergraduates" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, April 18, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

The presentation will cover the rewards and risks of working with undergraduate students on research projects.  The speakers will outline several models of conducting research with undergraduates and describe some of the student projects.

Professor Published in French Journal

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Dr. Leslie Kealhofer, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of French, is the author of "The Voices of North African Women in France in Short Films: The Role of Objects" that was published in the French journal Migrance.

The issue focused on representations of North Africans in cinematic productions in France.  Kealhofer's article examined how the experiences of migrant women from North Africa in France are represented in a selection of short films produced in France, especially the key role that objects such as letters and food play in the narratives.

SIFE Team Earned Second Place in Charlotte Competition

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Westminster College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) participated in the SIFE Southeastern Regional Competition March 27 in Charlotte, N.C., earning a second-place finish.

For the second consecutive year, the Westminster group fell one place short of qualifying for national competition.

Religion Professor Published Article, Gave Guest Lectures

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Dr. Bryan Rennie, Westminster College Vira I. Heinz professor of religion, is the author of "The History (and Philosophy) of Religions" published recently in Studies in Religion.

"I am particularly pleased with this publication because it is the third paper in a series I have been working on for several years, focusing on the philosophy of religion and particularly the relevance of the philosophy of science for the philosophy of religion," Rennie said.

Faculty to Host Detective Workshop for Middle School Girls

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Westminster College faculty Dr. Deborah Mitchell, Dr. Helen Boylan, and Dr. Betsy Ford will conduct Empowering Detective Girls Everywhere (EDGE), a workshop for middle school girls, Friday, April 27, from 4-7 p.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center's Berlin Student Lounge.

The EDGE program was developed by Mitchell, professor of English and film studies, and Boylan, associate professor of chemistry, to promote science and reading to middle school girls.  It was modeled on their popular Westminster cluster course, "Tracking the Criminal through Science and Literature."

Graduate Faculty Has Article Published

Thursday, April 5, 2012
Dr. Robert Zorn, acting coordinator of the educational administration program in Westminster College's graduate school, is the author of "Another Reason Why Ohio's Public Schools are in Financial Trouble" published in the May issue of the Ohio School Boards Association Management Newsletter.

Zorn, superintendent of Poland (Ohio) schools, examines the amount of public funding for charter schools in Ohio, funding that is deducted from each public school's budget.  The article details total state financial support for each public school district in Mahoning County, Ohio, and the amount deducted for charter schools from each of those districts.

Regional History Day Winners Announced

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Students from area junior and senior high schools competed in the regional History Day competition at Westminster College March 29.

This year's theme, "Revolution, Reaction, Reform in History," was portrayed by students in one of nine categories: individual or group exhibits, individual or group performance, individual or group documentary, group or individual website design, or individual paper.


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 today.
• McGill Library has an opening for a summer library aide beginning May 21.  Duties include checking books in and out, assisting patrons, shelving books, moving books to new locations, and inventory.  Applicants must be detail oriented and be able to lift boxed books.  Contact Dee Drabick at ext. 7324 for additional information or to apply.

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

State Farm Insurance will conduct on-campus interviews for sales associates Thursday, April 19.  Marketing, public relations, and customer service background is desirable.  Résumés from interested candidates are due to Jennifer Hough in the Career Center no later than Friday, April 13.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car will conduct on-campus interviews for management trainee interns and full-time management trainees Tuesday, April 24.  Résumés from interested candidates are due to Katy DeMedal (internship) or Jennifer Hough (full-time trainee) in the Career Center no later than Friday, April 13.

Northwest Pennsylvania Elevator Pitch Competition will be April 28.  Applicants who are accepted will present a three-minute elevator pitch for a business idea to a panel of judges who are real-world investors.  First place earns $1,000.  Details are available here.

2012 Heinz Field Job Fair will be Saturday, May 5, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Hyundai Club West Lounge.  Event day positions for Steelers and Pitt Panthers games, concerts, and other events range from concessions and catering to elevator operators and traffic crew.

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.
• Merck disease research (in vivo/in vitro) internship (West Point) - website (requisition PHA001048)
• Johnson & Johnson quality control scientist intern (Lititz) - email or (717) 627-9818
• B-Three Solutions software development internship (Pittsburgh) - website or email
• GNC marketing intern (Pittsburgh) - website
• American Eagle Outfitters human resources intern (Pittsburgh) - website
• Sherwin Williams store internship program - website
• NewsRadio 1020 KDKA internship (Pittsburgh) - email or (412) 575-2845
• Macy's store management internship (Pittsburgh) - website (job number EXE00325)
• Glade Run Lutheran Services adventures internship (Zelienople) - email
• Walt Disney Company lab associate (research and development intern) (Pittsburgh) - website
• Stronghold Conference Center summer camp staff (Oregon, IL) - website

Titan Tidbits

Westminster students appreciate, cherish, and rely on your support!  Every gift of every size contributes to student success.  Make your gift online or call (724) 946-7532.

Titan Trivia:
Welcome back from Easter break.

The water fountain on the first floor of Old Main is dedicated in memory of ______.

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

Please contact Linda Wilson, secretary for alumni relations, at (724) 946-7364 (email) by today 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 today.

AV Adventures
• Spring e-recycling drive
will be Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Hoyt Science Resources Center loading dock.  Due to new state legislation, select items are now free for individuals to recycle (fees still apply for businesses and organizations).  Visit the Green AV website for more details.
• 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.

Campus-wide writing workshop will be held tomorrow 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 tomorrow. 

Titan Traverse is organizing a climbing trip to McConnell's Mill Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Transportation and gear are included for only $2.  Email or stop at the Titan Traverse office (McKelvey Campus Center 252) by Friday to sign up.

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.

Book sale in McGill Library (Drinko Room, first floor) Monday-Wednesday, April 16-18, beginning Monday at 9 a.m. through Wednesday at 4 p.m.  Paperback books are $1 each; hardbacks are $2.  Some titles are individually priced.

Music Library sale on the ground floor of Patterson Hall will be April 16-May 11, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. each day.  Single albums (33.3 rpm) are 50¢ each; double albums and sets (33.3 rpm) are $1 each; and 78 rpm records are 25¢ each.  Over 2,500 vinyl records from all genres are available.

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.

New Wilmington Rotary Club is taking orders for geraniums.  Flowers are available in red, salmon, or white for $3 per pot.  Orders must be placed by Saturday, April 28, by calling Jack Hanes at (724) 946-8166.  Pickup is Saturday, May 19, at the Jameson Health Place Garage on South Market Street.

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.


Dilly Asparagus Frittata
   from tasteofhome.com

2 tablespoons butter
8 eggs
1 cup cooked asparagus
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
½ teaspoon dill weed
½ teaspoon salt
? teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 425°F. 

In an 8-inch ovenproof skillet, melt butter.  In a large bowl, beat eggs.  Stir in the asparagus, ¾ cup cheese, dill, salt, and pepper.  Pour into skillet.  Cook, without stirring, over medium-low heat for 8 minutes.

Remove from heat; sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake for 6-8 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cut into wedges to serve.

Makes 4 servings

"It's easy to make a buck.  It's a lot tougher to make a difference." 
~ Tom Brokaw, as quoted on quotegarden.com

About The Westminster Weekly

Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

Westminster College's weekly newsletter is published online by the Office of Communication Services (724-946-7190).

Please send information through e-mail to Alyssa Ludwiczak.