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College Confers Degrees on Nearly 300 Graduates

Saturday, May 19, 2012
Nearly 300 students earned diplomas during the 158th annual Westminster College commencement ceremonies Saturday.

Undergraduate degrees were conferred on 282 students with an additional 12 receiving master's degrees.

Senior Psychology Majors Presented Research at Regional Meeting

Friday, May 18, 2012
Six Westminster College senior psychology majors presented their research at the Midwestern Psychological Association conference May 2-5 in Chicago.

Sarah Lewis presented a poster on "The Effects of Optimism on EECP Treatment Outcome," advised by Dr. Kirk Lunnen, associate professor of psychology, who attended the conference.  The research investigated how the attitudes of patients engaged in enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) impact their relative compliance with treatment requirements.

Chemistry Students Presented at SRWC Meeting

Friday, May 18, 2012
Westminster College chemistry/biochemistry majors presented the results of a service-learning project at the May 10 meeting of the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition (SRWC) at Jennings Environmental Education Center.

The students are working on a project with Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor of chemistry, as part of their "Advanced Laboratory."  The project was completed in collaboration with the SRWC.

Fraternities and Sororities Raised Over $17,000 and Collected 51,000 Items During Greek Week

Friday, May 18, 2012
Westminster College's fraternities and sororities raised over $17,000 in money and Student Government Association (SGA) collected more than 51,000 food, clothing, toys, and other items during Greek Week 2012.

Penny Wars resulted in a $16,433 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Claire Hartner, daughter of Eric and Kelly Hartner, Westminster enterprise network manager.

Environmental Science Major Received Ferguson Scholarship

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Westminster College junior environmental science major Hilary Stenger received the Helen R. Ferguson Scholarship for excellence in environmental science.

The award was presented by the Bartramian Audubon Society at its monthly meeting May 14 at Jennings Environmental Education Center.

Music Professor Featured at New Music Festival

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Dr. Jason Howard, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of music, was a featured performer at the Dana School of Music's Dana New Music Festival May 2 in Youngstown, Ohio.

Howard, who has been principal cellist with the Dana New Music Festival Chamber Orchestra since 1994, soloed in the ensemble's performance of Robert Rollin's "By the Fireside," a composition commissioned by the Youngstown Commission for Jewish Education.  The piece is a setting of the folk song of the same name by Mark M. Warshawsky and features solo cello, solo string quartet, and chamber orchestra. 

STEM Departments Hosted "Girls Can Club"

Thursday, May 17, 2012
Westminster College's STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) departments hosted 16 high school girls for a visit May 3.  The event was coordinated through Westminster's Sustainability in Motion Program.

The Union Area High School (New Castle) students participate in the "Girls Can Club" that encourages pursuit of STEM-related study and careers for girls.  Westminster College ranks first in the nation as the "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)," according to Forbes.com.

Relay for Life Raised Nearly $25,000

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Westminster College's annual Relay for Life raised nearly $25,000 at the May 5 event.

Westminster's Relay is organized each year by the Alpha Nu chapter of national fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi, whose members volunteered over 1,000 hours coordinating a successful walk to benefit the American Cancer Society.

History Professor Published Book, Conducted Research in Russia

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Dr. Russell Martin, Westminster College professor of history, is the author of A Bride for the Tsar: Bride-Shows and Marriage Politics in Early Modern Russia that was published recently by Northern Illinois University Press.

The book is a study of the 16th- and 17th-century custom of picking a bride for the tsar by means of a parade of eligible young women gathered from across Russia.  Prior historians had thought of the custom as the quintessential expression of Russian autocratic, unlimited monarchy: the tsar was so powerful he could marry whomever he wanted, regardless of whether the bride was the daughter of a prince or a peasant.


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.
• Pittsburgh Penguins Radio internship - website
• Pennsylvania Game Commission summer interns - James Donatelli, Land Management Supervisor, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Box 31, Franklin, PA  16323
• DynaVox Mayer-Johnson software tester - website
• Pyrotecnico office help (New Castle) - email or (724) 652-1288 (fax)
• Manufacturing laborers (New Wilmington) - (866) 828-4499
• Perry's Ice Cream sales representative (New Castle/Sharon) - website

Titan Tidbits

Attention Young Alumni Classes:
It's not too late!

Help your team win the race to 300!  300 donors making a gift at any dollar amount increases the rate of participation by 2%.

On April 1, recent graduating classes were broken into teams: Classes 1996-2000, Classes 2001-2005, and Classes 2006-2010.  For the first team to cross the finish line with 300 new donors by June 30, 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.

As of May 22, Team 2001-2005 is still winning with 61 donors.

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.

Do you know a future student who would be a great fit at Westminster?  Share information about your future Titan here.

Kids Korner
• Westminster's Preschool Lab presents "Summer Science Camp for Kids"
Monday-Friday, June 18-22, at the preschool in the Hoyt Science Resources Center.  Parents may choose either the morning session (9-11:45 a.m.) or the afternoon session (1-3:45 p.m.) for children aged four to six.  Pick up a brochure at the preschool or visit the preschool's website to print a registration form.  Deadline to register is Friday, June 1.
• Titan Sports Experience Summer Camp for grades K-8 will be June 18-22 and will include instruction in a variety of age-appropriate skill-based and recreational games.  Applications are available here.  Contact Girish Thakar at (724) 946-7316 or Jan Reddinger at (724) 946-7319 with questions, for more information, or to request a printed copy of the application.


Berries and Cream Desserts
   from tasteofhome.com

1 loaf (10¾ ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup marshmallow crème
1 cup slice fresh strawberries
1 cup fresh blueberries

Cut the pound cake in half.  Cut one half into ½-inch cubes; save remaining cake for another use.  In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and marshmallow crème until smooth.

In four small serving dishes, layer the cake cubes and fruit.  Top with cream cheese mixture.  Chill until serving.

Makes 4 servings

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And I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me." 
~ Lee Greenwood, "God Bless the USA"

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Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

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