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Music Performance Major to Present Recital May 6

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Alexandra Patterson, a Westminster College music performance major, will present her junior voice recital Sunday, May 6, at 1 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The program includes selections by Puccini, Handel, and Mozart.  Westminster adjunct music faculty Marie Libal-Smith will provide piano accompaniment.
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Language in Motion Program Community Outreach

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Westminster College Language in Motion program reached nearly 1,500 area students during its sixth year.

Language in Motion is an innovative outreach program that gives study-abroad returnees, international students, and upper-level language students the opportunity to create language and cultural activities for presentation in K-12 language, social studies, and other classes where culture can be studied.
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Economics Professor Co-Authored Article on Exchange Rate Regimes

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Dr. David Cushman, professor and chair of Westminster College's Department of Economics and Business, is co-author of "Exchange Rate Regimes and FDI Flows to Developing Countries" recently published in the Review of International Economics.

Co-written with Andrew Abbott of the University of Hull (England) and Glauco De Vita of Oxford Brookes University (England), the paper presents evidence that developing countries that adopt a fixed exchange rate attract more investment from other countries than do developing countries with a flexible exchange rate.  Consequently, they may grow faster.  The work was the result of Cushman's non-resident visiting position at Oxford Brookes University.
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Celebrity Series to Present Family Show May 9

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Westminster College Celebrity Series will welcome The Golden Dragon Acrobats for a family show Wednesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

The show from Hebei, China, is recognized as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company today.  Their commitment to the highest production values and attention to artistic details is unparalleled in the art form.
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First Cohort of All-College Honors Program Successfully Defended Theses

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Ten students in Westminster's College's All-College Honors Program have successfully defended their theses and will graduate Saturday, May 19.

Led by Dr. Kang-Yup Na, associate professor of religion and Honors Program coordinator, students are selected through a competitive process prior to the beginning of their first year or during the spring semester of their first year and continue in the program to graduation.
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Business Majors Placed in Top 100 in International Competition

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Westminster College business majors Joshua Bradley, Jennifer Louth, and Meghan Zaczkiewicz ranked 36th out of 2,927 teams worldwide by achieving a 43.9% return on equity in The Business Strategy Game for the week ending April 29.

Working together as "Team Bana Cana," they are students in a class taught by Dr. Jacque King, Westminster assistant professor of business.  In addition to Bana Cana, nine other teams in two of King's classes are entered in the semester-long competition.
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Mathematics Solution of Faculty Is Published

Monday, April 30, 2012
Westminster College faculty Dr. John Bonomo, associate professor of computer science, and Dr. David Offner, assistant professor of mathematics, co-authored a solution published in the April issue of Mathematics Magazine, a publication of the Mathematics Association of America.

The problem Bonomo and Offner solved, "Tiling a Square with Dominoes," was proposed by Dr. Donald Knuth of Stanford University.
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Mathematics and Computer Science Department Hosted Workshop for Local Girl Scouts

Friday, April 27, 2012
The Westminster College Department of Mathematics and Computer Science hosted a Scratch computer programming workshop April 14 for Mercer Area Girl Scouts.

Scratch, developed at MIT, is a programming language that allows users to create interactive stories, animation, games, music, and art and share them on the web.  Scouts at the workshop used Scratch to create an animated aquarium and a target game.
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Mathematics and Computer Science Department Hosted Alumni Speakers

Friday, April 27, 2012
Westminster College's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science hosted alumni speakers Bradley Patton and Aaron Zavora for a job panel colloquium April 18.

Patton and Zavora, who were dual mathematics and computer science majors at Westminster, described their job-related experiences since graduation and answered questions related to career opportunities.
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Mathematics Faculty and Majors Participated in Association's Section Meeting

Friday, April 27, 2012
Four faculty from Westminster College's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and three mathematics majors participated in the annual meeting of the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) April 13-14 at West Virginia University.

Sophomore Gregory Clark presented "Famous Sequences and Euclidean Algorithm Step Sizes," the results of an independent research project guided by Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz, associate professor.  Clark is a son of Jeffrey and Shari Clark of Cranberry Township and a graduate of Seneca Valley High School.
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College Hosted Annual Model United Nations Conference for High School Students

Friday, April 27, 2012
Westminster College hosted more than 250 students from 20 area high schools, the largest delegation ever at Westminster, for the fourth annual Model United Nations Conference April 23.

Students participated in simulations of four United Nations committees: General Assembly First Committee, General Assembly Third Committee, Economic and Social Council, and the Security Council.  They discussed a variety of issues that included nuclear proliferation, labor rights, the delivery of humanitarian assistance in post-conflict zones, and the on-going crisis in Syria.
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Bands to Present "A Senior Celebration" May 4

Friday, April 27, 2012
The Westminster College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present "A Senior Celebration" Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The Wind Ensemble will perform "Punchinello" by Alfred Reed, "Sanctuary" by Frank Ticheli, and "Music for a Festival" by Philip Sparke.
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Spanish Lecturer Presented at National and International Conferences

Friday, April 27, 2012
Brenda Swart, Westminster College Spanish lecturer, presented at two conferences in March.

Swart presented "Transnational Activities as Precursors of a (Re)Affirmation of a National Identity in Santitos" at the XVII Congreso de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea March 1-3 at the University of Texas at El Paso.  The paper examined how the reaffirmation of a national identity of the protagonist was presented in Santitos (Little Saints) by the author of the novel and in the film by the director.
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Seniors Earned First and Second Place at Behrend Conference

Friday, April 27, 2012
Westminster College senior computer science majors Dylan Karas and Timothy Matyas earned first and second place, respectively, at the Penn State Behrend Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference April 14.

The conference included participants from 12 colleges and universities in western Pennsylvania for 72 oral presentations and 92 posters on a variety of fields.  Karas and Matyas presented in the Computer Science, Engineering, and Physics session. 
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Sociology Faculty and Students Participated in Regional Conference

Friday, April 27, 2012
Two Westminster College faculty and four seniors participated in the North Central Sociological Association annual conference April 13 in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Kristin Park, professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies, presented a workshop on "Peer Review of Teaching," drawing on her insights and experiences in addition to the American Sociological Association's newly-published book on the subject.
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Psychology Professor Selected for APA Office

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Dr. Jamie McMinn, Westminster College associate professor of psychology, was selected to serve as the American Psychological Association (APA) program director for Division 2: The Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

As program director, McMinn will be responsible for coordinating poster sessions and symposia for Division 2 members at the annual APA convention, focusing on the scholarship of teaching psychology.  His term will run from 2013-2016 with conventions in Honolulu, Washington, D.C., Toronto, and Denver.
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English Professor Edited Book, Gave BBC Interview on Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Dr. Bethany Hicok, Westminster College associate professor of English, co-edited and contributed an essay to Elizabeth Bishop in the Twenty-First Century: Reading the New Editions published recently by the University of Virginia Press.

Hicok authored "Elizabeth Bishop's Brazilian Politics," one of the essays in the volume co-edited with Dr. Angus Cleghorn of Seneca College and Dr. Thomas Travisano of Hartwick College.
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Senior Selected for Clinton Global Initiative Grant

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Westminster College senior political science major Katelyn Moga received a grant to attend the fifth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) March 30-April 1 at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Established by former President Bill Clinton, CGI U challenges college students to address global issues with practical, innovative solutions.  Members take concrete steps to solve problems by building relationships, creating action plans, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects.  This year's CGI U encompassed students from 300 colleges and universities in 30 countries and all 50 states.
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Computer Science Major and Adviser Participated in Robot Competition

Thursday, April 26, 2012
Westminster College senior computer science major Timothy Matyas and Dr. David Shaffer, associate professor of computer science, participated in the Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot contest March 31-April 1 in Hartford, Conn.

The annual competition drew more than 120 teams, including several from China, Israel, and Indonesia, to compete in one of five divisions: junior, walking, high school, senior, and expert.  The challenge was to build a fully autonomous robot to navigate a maze and locate and extinguish a burning candle in the shortest amount of time.
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Announcements


On-campus student employment:
• Field Station technician
is needed to work eight hours a week during the fall semester.  Preference will be given to sophomore, junior, and senior science majors.  Contact Dr. Clarence Harms at (724) 946-6001 for more information or to apply.
• Audio Visual Services is looking for an AV assistant to begin in the fall.  The position is exempt from work-study and hour restrictions.  Visit the AV Services website (click on "Apply Here Now").  Contact Gary Swanson at ext. 7188 or email for more information.
• The Bookstore has openings for two student workers beginning in the fall semester.  Applicants for the position (5-8 hours per week) must be able to lift heavy boxes.  Contact Kay Galanski at ext. 7217 for more information or to apply.  

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.
• Mercer County Historical Society summer or fall internships - (724) 662-3490
• Allegheny Conference on Community Development market research intern - email
• Bayer advocacy and sustainability summer internship (Pittsburgh) - website
• Kroff Lab Services, Inc. research internship (Ambridge) - website, email, (412) 224-6008
• IBM Communications/Social Media summer internships (Armonk, N.Y, and Somers, N.Y.) - website
• Pittsburgh Film Makers production services interns - email
• Pittsburgh Center for the Arts teacher assistant internship - email
• Bair Foundation marketing assistant (New Wilmington) - website
• Fastenal Industrial & Construction Supplies (Charleroi, Uniontown, Washington) - website (click on CAREERS), email, (507) 453.8880 ext. 2083
• Nanny for local family (New Wilmington) - email, (724) 674-7211
• Petco (Hermitage) - website
• Good Samaritan Hospice volunteer - (800) 720-2557

Titan Tidbits




Attention Young Alumni Classes!

Ready…set… GIVE!

The Race to 300 has begun! 
Recent graduating classes have been broken into teams - Classes 1996-2000, Classes 2001-2005, & Classes 2006-2010.  For the first team to cross the finish line with 300 new gifts (a.k.a. 2% alumni participation rate increase), a generous challenge gift of $3,000 in support of student scholarships will be made by Westminster College Trustee William W. Rankin '60. The impact of your gift can multiply!

Every gift of every size contributes to student success.  Giving is easy. To make your gift and follow your team's progress online click here.

Titan Trivia:
May Day used to be a significant Westminster spring festival. Two-part question: In what year was the first May pole dance held on the Hillside Lawn? In what year did the crowning of the queen and winding the May pole end?


This will be the final Titan Trivia until the start of the Fall semester. Good luck on your finals and be sure to support Relay for Life. Westminster's annual Relay for Life, organized by Alpha Sigma Phi to benefit the American Cancer Society, will be Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Visit the Relay for Life website for more information.

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 - Save the dates for these events and watch for your invitation:
   • Saturday, June 2 - Pittsburgh Young Alumni Event for classes 1996-2012 at Houlihan's in Cranberry Township
   • Sunday, June 3 - Akron-Canton-Cleveland alumni event at Greater Cleveland Aquarium
   • Saturday, June 9 - Lawrence-Mercer-Clarion brunch in McKelvey Campus Center's Witherspoon Lakeview Room
   • Saturday, June 16 - Columbus alumni gathering at Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Upper Arlington, Ohio
   • Saturday, Aug. 11 - Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game with "Skyblast 2012"

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 Denise Guthery.  To submit an image, fill out the form.  Submissions for the current contest are due by 6 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
• Is this the year you dare to enter Titan Terror III?  Visit the Titan Terror website to submit an entry.  Sponsored by AV Services, Titan Radio, and WCN.
• 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.

"Thank you!"
• To all who supported and attended the Undergraduate Research and Arts Celebration
• To all who supported the PR capstone project and sent a Mother's Day card - more than 250 cards were sent

Good weather means canoes are available.  Weather permitting, the schedule is Monday-Friday, 4-7:30 p.m.; Saturday 2-7:30 p.m.; and Sunday 2-6 p.m.  Be sure to have your Titan card and be willing to sign a release.

The ARGO is looking for pictures of campus events, off-campus study, and any Westminster-related activities to include in the 2012 yearbook.  If you have some to share, click hereEmail Ali Pabrinkis with questions or for additional information.

Titan Traverse has placed collection boxes in each residence hall lobby and McKelvey Campus Center for items you may no longer want as you pack up to leave campus.  If the item does not fit in the box, call (724) 946-7214.  All items will be sold at a garage sale Tuesday-Thursday, May 8-10, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. each day at 120 Prospect (across from Berlin Village).  All proceeds will benefit Royal Family Kids' Camp.

A test anxiety workshop will be today from 4:15-4:45 p.m. in Thompson Clark 210.  Learn some tried and true techniques to help you stay calm during an exam.

Westminster's Counseling Center is partnering with the Lawrence County Humane Society for "Pause for Paws" Friday, May 4, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Berlin Student Lounge.  Take the opportunity to de-stress with some cute little pets.

Westminster's annual Relay for Life, organized by Alpha Sigma Phi to benefit the American Cancer Society, will be Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.  Organize a team, support a walker, cheer for the survivors' lap, buy luminaria in honor or memory of a loved one, come out and enjoy the day with friends in a common cause.  The day will conclude with the release of sky lanterns.  Register online or email Cody Donaldson.

Music Library sale is on the ground floor of Patterson Hall through 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.

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.

RECIPE OF THE WEEK


Mexican Fiesta Green Chile Cornbread
   from food.com

1 tablespoon light olive oil
1½ cups yellow cornmeal
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup creamed corn
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chiles, drained
2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons melted butter

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Heat the oil in a 9-10-inch cast iron skillet or baking pan in the oven.

In a large bowl, sift cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt.  Add remaining ingredients to the bowl; stir together.

Remove the hot pan from the oven; pour in batter.

Bake 25 minutes or until the cornbread is golden brown and the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Cool 5 minutes before cutting.

Makes 8 servings

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don't believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." 
~ George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893, as quoted on quotegarden.com

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Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

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

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