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Westminster College Students Take Course in Italy

Tuesday, July 17, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Seventeen Westminster College students and their professor traveled throughout Italy from May 23-31 as part of the "Italy in Literature and Film" course.

They first studied in the classroom by reading literature and watching films set in Italy, then traveled to Venice, Bologna, Florence, Assisi and Rome. Along the way they discussed why American and English authors and filmmakers often choose Italy as a backdrop for their stories, and how poets such as John Keats, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron were influenced by their travels throughout the country.

Westminster College Assistant Professor Co-authors Paper

Monday, July 16, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Veronica Porterfield, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of biology, co-authored an article for the August issue of Behavioral Brain Research.

"Fear Conditioning Can Contribute to Behavioral Changes in a Repeated Stress Model" was also authored by Rob Camp, Jennifer Remus, Sahana Kalburgi and John Johnson.

Westminster College to Host Annual Mission Conference July 21-27

Monday, July 16, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The 107th New Wilmington Mission Conference (NWMC) will be held at Westminster College July 21-27.

The week-long conference will include Bible studies, events to promote spiritual enrichment, lectures by spiritual leaders, and Christian fellowship.  The purpose of the conference is to strengthen Christians in their commitment to mission work. Missionaries and leaders from the global church will share their mission experiences and challenge participants to join in the mission calling.

Westminster College Broadcast Communications Students Network with Area Professionals

Friday, July 13, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - When Eight Westminster College students signed up for the "Broadcast Journalism II" course they were challenged to grow as broadcast journalists with intense hands-on projects and opportunities to network with area journalism professionals.

The course was offered during the spring semester and students studied online journalism as it related to television news, including practical, ethical and legal considerations involved in news gathering, writing, shooting, editing and reporting. Students also generated story ideas, made contacts with sources, conducted interviews, shot, wrote and edited local news stories for the Westminster Cable Network (WCN), Titan Radio and the WCN website (wcn247.com).

Westminster College Faculty Spend Residency in Israel at Western Galilee College

Thursday, July 12, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College faculty members Dr. Carolyn K. Cuff, professor of mathematics, and Dr. Timothy Cuff, associate professor of history, recently returned from Akko, Israel and a one-month residency at Western Galilee College, as part of Westminster College's on-going efforts to build academic connections with Western Galilee College. 

The Cuffs spent May in residence strengthening ties with Western Galilee's faculty and staff, gaining a better understanding of Western Galilee's academic program, and exploring potential collaborations between students and faculty at the two colleges.

Alyssa Ludwiczak Joins Westminster College as Communication Specialist

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Alyssa Ludwiczak has joined Westminster College as Communication Specialist. She replaces Sandra Chandler, who retired after serving Westminster since 1998 in the Communication Services office.

The Communication Specialist shares the many accomplishments of Westminster students, faculty and staff by writing new releases and updating the websites and social media.

Westminster College Faculty and Students Present to the Council on Undergraduate Research; Earn Councilor Positions

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Eight Westminster College faculty, a Westminster student and two recent graduates presented at the Conference on Undergraduate Research (CUR) June 23-26 at the College of New Jersey. In addition, three faculty members were elected to serve as councilors on CUR committees.

Dr. Sandra K. Webster, a professor of psychology at Westminster, was re-elected for her third term to serve as the CUR councilor for the psychology division. Webster, who has been with Westminster since 1983, earned her undergraduate and master's degrees and a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  She specializes in research and design and is the author of the textbook Hand in Hand: Research Design and Statistics for Behavioral Sciences.

Westminster College Faculty Read for Advanced Placement Exams

Monday, July 9, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Seven Westminster College professors participated in the annual reading of the College Board's advanced placement (AP) exams this summer. The professors were a part of a larger group of college professors and teachers from across the nation that gathered to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams.

"Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue - skills that prepare them for college and beyond," according to the College Board. "Research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students."

Preschool Lab Hosts Summer Science Camp

Friday, July 6, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Preschool Lab hosted its eighth annual Summer Camp for Kids June 18-22. The program provided children, ages 4-6, exciting opportunities to learn basic science concepts through investigation, data collection, sensory exploration and guest speakers.

During the five days of science fun 40 preschoolers learned about air, chemistry, physics and biology through demonstrations and experiments coordinated by Westminster faculty. Activities included air-plane construction, outside wind experiments, creating mystery painting and homemade silly putty, egg drop experiments, squeeze bottle rockets, and whacky wheel racing.

Westminster College Associate Professor Coordinates Workshop in Spain

Thursday, July 5, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Edward S. Cohen, Westminster College associate professor of political science, recently served as coordinator of a workshop at the Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law June 7-8 in Spain.

"The purpose of the workshop was to bring together scholars of different status and backgrounds to advance a research project on the ways in which international commercial law intersects with dynamics of political power in the governing of the global economy," said Cohen.

Audio Visual Services Staff Attended International Roundtable

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Two Westminster College Audio Visual Services staff members, Andy Borts and Nicole Jodikinos, attended the InfoComm International roundtable May 23 in Pittsburgh.

InfoComm International is the leading nonprofit association serving the professional AV communications industry worldwide.  The seminar focused on the future of the industry and included discussion of issues that impact colleges, universities, and businesses daily.  Topics included manufacturing training sessions on digital projection and audio; LED technology; audio video bridging (AVB); and maximizing an organization's performance through operation strategies.


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.

On Campus:

Resident Assistant - (724) 946-7128 
Environmental Programs Work Study - email, (724) 946-6293
TV Technical Assistant (Audio Visual Services ) - email , (724) 946-7178
Student Office Worker (Advancement/Development) - email, (724) 946-6995
Media Art Lab Proctor - (724) 946-7237
Art Gallery Assistant - email, (724) 946-7267)
Field Station Technician (Biology Field Station) - email, (724) 946-6001
AV Assistant (Audio Visual Services) - website, Phone: (724) 946-7188
Mailroom Assistant - email, (724) 946-7231
Studio Assistant - (Art Department) - email, (724) 946-7266


Treatspace Communications Writing Internship (Pittsburgh) - Apply here 
Obama Campaign Volunteer (Westmoreland County) - website
Innovation Works Internships (Pittsburgh) -  Click here to apply
Root Sports Marketing Intern (Pittsburgh) - Login to apply    
Compunetix Internship (Monroeville) - Apply here
Mercer County Historical Society Internships - 724-662-3490; 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA  16137
Allegheny Conference on Community Development Market Research Intern - email
Bayer Advocacy and Sustainability Summer Internship (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
Pittsburgh Film Makers Production Services Internship - email
Westfield Presbyterian Church Internship Program (New Castle) - email, (724)747-9144
eiNetwork Corp Information Technology/Software (Pittsburgh/Oakland) - email
Erie Insurance Sales and Marketing Intern (Warrendale) - website, (412) 508 - 2501
Glade Run Lutheran Services Direct Care Internship (Zelienople) - email
B-Three Solutions Software Development Internship (Pittsburgh) - website,
American Eagle Outfitters Human Resources Intern (Pittsburgh) - To create profile and apply
NewsRadio 1020 KDKA Internship   (Pittsburgh) - email, (412) 575-2345
Macy's Store Management Internship (Pittsburgh) - Click here to apply   
Glade Run Lutheran Services Adventures Internship (Zelienople) - email
Walt Disney Company Lab Research & Development Internship - (Pittsburgh) - Click here to learn more
Foster Grandparent Program Assistant/Marketing Internship (Pittsburgh) - email
Three Rivers Community Foundation Internships (Pittsburgh) - email
Pittsburg Zoo & PPG Aquarium Internship (Pittsburgh) - website
City Theatre Internship (Pittsburgh) -  email  
National Energy Technology Laboratory Internship (Pittsburgh) - website


Babysitter (Hermitage) -  email, 724-946-7114                                              
Diversified Family Services Part-Time Weekend Direct Care Workers and Substitute Staff (Hermitage)
website; 5454 East State Street, Hermitage, PA. 
Home Instead Senior Care Providers/Companions (Lawrence and Mercer Counties) - website, 724-535-6101. 
Associates in Counseling & Child Guidance Therapeutic Staff Support Worker (Mercer, Lawrence and Crawford Counties) - email; 724-983-1131; 272 East Connelly Boulevard, Sharon, PA 16146. 
Watson Institute Summer Job (Sewickley) - website; 301 Camp Meeting Road
Sewickley, PA 15143-8773

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.
• Community Food Warehouse marketing internship (Mercer County) - website, (724) 981-0353
• Innovation Works, Inc. sales associate internships (Pittsburgh) - website 
• Skybacher Ministries, Inc. youth coordinator/leader intern (New Brighton) - website
• Bravo Group communications/public relations internship (Pittsburgh) - website
• American Beverage Corporation marketing intern (Verona) - email
• 2012 Obama campaign volunteer (Westmoreland County) - website
• Merrill Lynch investment management intern - website
• Fleck Consulting, Inc. political finance internship (Allentown) - website
• Coldwell Banker real estate team marketing intern (Cranberry Township) - website
• Allegheny Conference on Community Development talent outreach intern - email
• Dog sitter/house sitter - (724) 944-7966, (724) 946-2353
• Adult day care community support staff (New Castle) - Adult Day Care, PO box 985, New Castle, PA  16103
• Caregiver (New Castle) - Career Opportunities, PO Box 985, New Castle, PA  16103
• Right at Home homemaker/companion (Zelienople) - website
• UPS part-time package handler (Pittsburgh) - website

Titan Tidbits


Are you a bookworm? Attend the book sale 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. July 23-26 at the McGill Library. Hardbacks are only $2 and paperbacks are only $1. Sets will be available price as marked.

Sigma Nu is having a golf outing at 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Deer Creek Golf Course in Hubbard, Ohio. Call 724-504-3056 for more information.

The Audio Visual department is collecting batteries for recycling. Collection bins are located in all academic buildings on Westminster's campus.


Golf Clubs (I'd take $30 for all three golf clubs)
TaylorMade Burner 2.0 6-iron, stock regular-flex steel shaft --  excellent condition -- $15
ZR1 (Pinemeadow Ping G10 clone) 50-degree gap wedge, stock steel stiff-flex shaft -- excellent condition -- $15
Lovett 60-degree wedge, stock steel stiff-flex shaft --  great condition -- $15

Contact Mark at 724-946-7191 or email for more information.

Return to campus Sept. 28-30 for homecoming and reunion activities.  Weekend highlights include: rededication of Patterson Hall, accomplished alumni dinner, annual homecoming parade, decade tents on the quad, and the Titans take on the Grove City Wolverines.

Reunion Celebrations:
• 5th Cluster Reunion: Classes of 2006, 2007, and 2008 - Reunion luncheon in the Berlin Student Lounge of the McKelvey Campus Center
• 20th Cluster Reunion: Classes of 1991, 1992, and 1993 - Reunion dinner at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex
• 25th Reunion: Class of 1987 - Reunion dinner at Oak Tree Country Club in West Middlesex
• 40th Cluster Reunion: Classes of 1971, 1972, and 1973 - Reunion dinner at Park Inn by Radisson in West Middlesex
• 50th Reunion: Class of 1962 - Reunion dinner at the New Castle Country Club
• 55th Reunion: Class of 1957 - Reunion dinner in the Witherspoon Lakeview Room of the McKelvey Campus Center
• 60th Reunion: Class of 1952 - Reunion open house hosted by John Peterson '52


Lazy Daisies
from pillsbury.com

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 egg
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
21 small pastel-colored gumdrops or spice drops (about 2 1/2 oz), cut in half

In large bowl, beat sugar and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Beat in lemon peel, lemon juice and egg. With spoon, stir in flour, baking powder and salt until dough forms. Remove dough from bowl; place on large sheet of plastic wrap. Flatten dough into 6-inch round; wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 30 minutes for easier handling.

Heat oven to 350°F. Work with half of dough at a time; refrigerate remaining dough until needed. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. With floured scissors and starting at top of each ball, snip each in half, without cutting through bottom. Snip each half into thirds. Gently open cookie balls to form 6 petals. Place gumdrop half in center of each.

Bake 8 to 11 minutes or until edges of cookies are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets.

"A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken." 
~ James Dent, 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.