Westminster Weekly Archive

In the News

Printer Friendly Version

Westminster College to Welcome Class of 2016 with Opening Convocation Aug. 24

Monday, August 13, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College will welcome the class of 2016 with the traditional Opening Convocation on Friday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

This year's 331 first-year students will be greeted at 8 a.m. by nearly 90 Fresh Start upperclassmen, wearing tie-dye shirts. The Residence Life staff, Fresh Start volunteers and members of the football team will help the new students and their parents unload belongings into the residence halls. An additional 20 transfer students are expected to arrive Aug. 25 for orientation.

Westminster College Alumnus Published in Journal of Student Research

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Devon Struthers, a psychology major who graduated from Westminster College in May, published his senior thesis project in the Journal of Student Research.

"The Effects of Thunder, Stereotyping, and Cognitive Load on Impression Formation" examined the effect of stereotypes and the stolen thunder tool on impressions of a person who committed a crime. The stolen thunder tool, often used by defense attorneys, can be summarized as a tool that reveals negative information about one's self or one's client before the opposing party does - stealing their thunder.

Westminster College Hosts Field Trip for Fifth-Grade Hermitage Students

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College faculty, staff and students hosted a field trip for fifth-grade science students from Hermitage Elementary in May at the Hoyt Science Center. Students attended four different activities during the trip, each having to do with a different science field.

Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor of chemistry, taught "Sustainability in Motion." It included a series of hands-on activities related to alternative energy: a nature scavenger hunt, building solar toy cars, and touring the solar array at the Westminster College Field Station.

Area Students Added to Westminster College Dean's List

Thursday, August 2, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Seven Westminster College students have been added to the Spring 2012 Dean's List at Westminster College.

The Dean's List recognizes students who attain a grade point ...

Westminster College Alumnus Published in Journal of Student Research

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Aaron Walters, a neuroscience major who graduated from Westminster College in May, published his senior thesis project in the Journal of Student Research.

"Exploration of the Hemispheric Differences in Number Processing of the Brain" examined how reaction time and accuracy differed in the left and right visual fields by altering various dot clusters in both number and organization. The findings indicated that different numerical judgment abilities do exist within hemispheres. Walters was advised by Dr. Sandra Webster, professor of psychology, and Dr. Alan Gittis, professor of neuroscience emeritus.

Westminster College Assistant Professor Presents Research at Policy History Conference

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Michael Bowen, Westminster College assistant professor of history, presented research at the Policy History Conference June 5-9 in Richmond, Va.

Bowen presented "Eisenhower's Pay-Off Man: Harold Stassen and the Tangled Web of Republican Politics, 1952" and "The Bloody Tsunami: The Watergate Babies and Gerald Ford's Veto Strategy."

Westminster College Adds Six New Full-Time Faculty

Wednesday, August 1, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College recently added six new full-time faculty.

Dr. Kristin Butterworth, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Geneva College and master's and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She has experience as a teaching assistant and graduate researcher at the University at Buffalo. She participated in a research program in solid state chemistry and materials at University at Binghamton and was an organic chemistry student laboratory assistant at Geneva College. She can be reached at (724) 946-6299 or email.

Staff Changes at the Westminster College Psychology Preschool Lab

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster recently restructured the Psychology Preschool Lab.

Debi Roud was promoted to head teacher. She has been a teacher at the school for 22 years and has worked in the field of early childhood education since 1984. Roud earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Westminster College and is certified in early childhood education.

Westminster College Faculty Present Research at Bridges International Faculty Workshop in Akko, Israel

Monday, July 30, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Eight Westminster College faculty presented at the fourth Bridges International Faculty Workshop at Western Galilee College in Akko, Israel June 3-7.  Seven different higher education institutions participated in this workshop focused on forging American-Israeli academic collaborations. 

Dr. Sherri Pataki, associate professor of psychology and coordinator of Westminster's Peace Studies Program, presented "Gender Roles and Empowering Women" at the conference with her research partners Dr. Randa Abbas from Western Galilee College and Dr. Carey Ryan from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Their research focused on recent changes in women's gender roles in traditional Arab societies as well as perceptions of the "other" between American and Israeli students.

Westminster College Students Attend Zeta Tau Alpha Convention, Local Chapter Receives Awards

Friday, July 27, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Two Westminster College students attended the Zeta Tau Alpha's 51st National and 40th International Convention and accepted awards on the college's behalf June 27-July 1 in Louisville, Ky.

Hannah Grace Bonzo and Kristen Basista represented Westminster's Delta Omega Chapter and joined over 800 collegiate and alumnae members and national officers at the biennial convention. This included the legislative body, which consisted of delegates from 159 collegiate chapters and more than 235 alumnae organizations. Members attended programs on chapter management, membership recruitment, and held elections for the 2012-2014 national council. They also launched the new foundation website, where women can sign up for email reminders for monthly self-breast exams.

Westminster College Lecturer Attends Conference

Friday, July 27, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Milagros Swerdlow, Westminster College lecturer in Spanish and Language in Motion coordinator, attended the "Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning" June 1-3 in Bethesda, Md.

The theme for this year's conference was "Brain-Based Learning and Teaching." Sub-themes for the conference included: active learning, teaching responsibly with technology, preparing future faculty, and creating communities of learners.
Swerdlow said she found several of the interactive sessions to be quite valuable, including "Strengths-Educators in Action: Strength-Based Teaching and Leadership in the Classroom." It focused on research that showed students often benefit when educators apply their unique strengths and talents to teaching in the classroom, as well as recognizing their strengths, and how to apply them.

Lecturer Attends Technologies in Education Conference

Thursday, July 26, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - James Anthony, Westminster College lecturer of mathematics, attended the Technologies in Education Conference May 16-18 at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y.

Topics covered at the conference included: future trends in technology; student response systems in the mathematics classroom; how to increase student learning through the appropriate use of calculators, data acquisition, and other technologies in science and math classes; and assistive technology for reading, writing and math.

Westminster College Assistant Professor Co-authors Article on Green Chemistry

Thursday, July 26, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Sarah Kennedy, Westminster College assistant professor of chemistry, co-authored an article in the Water Conditioning and Purification Magazine.

"Going Green: Basics and Benefits of Green Chemistry" outlined the principles of green chemistry and how companies have used green chemistry to their benefit. The article was co-authored with Dr. Henry Nowicki, president and senior scientist for Professional Analytical and Consulting Services (PACS).

Westminster College Librarians Attend American Library Association Annual Conference

Thursday, July 26, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Three Westminster College librarians attended the American Library Association Annual Conference June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif.

Dorita Bolger, reference librarian and professor, attended the SAGE Reference Review Board Meeting. SAGE is one of the premiere publishers of books and journals in the social sciences. In 2001 Rolf Janke, SAGE Vice President and Westminster alumnus, created the advisory board, which advises the publisher on subject matter to be covered, platforms in which they should be provided, pricing structure, format and more.

Associate Professor Presents Research at Midwest Political Science Association Conference

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Shannon Smithey, Westminster College associate professor of political science, presented a research paper at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference April 12-14 in Chicago.

Smithey presented "Crime and Public Support for Democracy in Latin America and Africa." She used survey data from the Latin American Public Opinion Project and the Afrobarometer to analyze the impact of criminal victimization and fear of crime on attitudes toward democracy and willingness to participate in democratic processes. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Mary Malone of the University of New Hampshire.

Associate Professor Presents Paper at American Literature Association Conference

Monday, July 23, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Bethany Hicok, Westminster College associate professor of English, presented her paper "Teaching Bishop from North to South" at the American Literature Association Conference in May in San Francisco.

Hicok's paper focused on teaching the work of the American poet Elizabeth Bishop in an upper level seminar in Westminster's English program. She demonstrated how she brought together a number of documents in the classroom in order to provide a rich context for multilayered readings of Bishop's Florida poems. The documents included: Bishop's letters and notebooks and Bishop's poetry, prose and drafts. She also included information on Florida, and particularly Key West where the writer lived off and on for nearly a decade and wrote a number of poems.

Assistant Professor Attends Faculty Seminar in Italy

Monday, July 23, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Michael Aleprete, Westminster College assistant professor of political science, attended the seminar "Food from a Glocal Perspective: Italy, the Mediterranean and the Globe" in Italy as part of a CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar.

CIEE is a company that offers study abroad opportunities for college students, faculty and administration. The seminar that Aleprete attended focused on food and its impact on culture, economics and politics and took place June 5-15. The seminar was hosted in Pollenzo by the University of Gastronomic Sciences and in Naples by the Orientale University of Naples.

Westminster College Professor Attends Felting Workshop

Monday, July 23, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Peggy Cox, Westminster College professor of art, attended Felting Workshops June 2-6 at the Pittsburgh Society for Contemporary Craft.

Cox learned how to use wet felt techniques for creating scarves and covers for handmade books with visiting artist Chad Alice Hagen from Asheville, N.C.  In a workshop with textile artist Briony Jean Foy of Wisconsin, Cox also learned how to use needle felting that allows for more variety in surface design.

Assistant Professor Presents Research at 2nd Annual American Economic Association Education Conference

Friday, July 20, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Rotua Lumbantobing, Westminster College assistant professor of economics, presented research at the 2nd Annual American Economic Association Education Conference May 30-June 1 in Boston.

Lumbantobing presented "Using Poker Chips to Maximize Class Participation and Facilitate Discussion." Her research included the pedagogical benefits of using poker chips to maximize class participation and analysis on the effectiveness of the strategy based on students' responses collected during the 2011-2012 academic year.


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:
Sodexo Dining Services Catering Server - Robert Riggs
Print Shop Work Study - David Schultz, (724)-946-7399
Environmental Programs Work Study - Helen Boylan, (724) 946-6293
TV Technical Assistant (Audio Visual) - Andrew Borts , (724) 946-7178
Art Gallery Assistant - Summer Zickefoose, (724) 946-7267)
Field Station Technician (Biology Field Station) - Clarence Harms, (724) 946-6001
AV Assistant (Audio/Visual Services) - Apply here,
(724) 946-7188

Kroff Research Internship (Ambridge) - Apply here, 412-224-6008
WFIL 660am/WNTP 990am Radio Internship (Lafayette Hill) - Apply here for wfil or Apply here for wntp, jobsa@wfil.com, 610-941-9560
Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County Hunger Study Coordinator Intern - Email
Mercer County Historical Society Internships -724-662-3490, 119 South Pitt Street, Mercer, PA  16137
Erie Insurance Information Technology Intern (Erie) - Apply here
American Diabetes Association Special Events Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
American Eagle Outfitters Human Resources Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
B-Three Solutions Software Development Internship (Pittsburgh) - Apply here or email
City of Pittsburgh Historic Preservation Intern, City Planner - Apply here
City Theatre Internship (Pittsburgh) - Email 
eiNetwork Corp Information Technology/Software (Pittsburgh/Oakland) - Email
Foster Grandparent Program Assistant/Marketing Internship (Pittsburgh) - Email
Macy's Store Management Internship (Pittsburgh) - Apply here     
National Energy Technology Laboratory Internship (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
Pittsburgh Film Makers Production Services Internship - Email
Root Sports Marketing Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply Here    
Treat Space Communications Writing Internship (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
UPMC Finance and Human Resources Internships (Pittsburgh) - Apply here for Finance position or  Apply here for HR
World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh Intern - Email, (412) 281-7970

Family Services Corps Member (Butler) - 724-284-4894                                             
Newlonsburg Presbyterian Church Part-Time Interim Music Director/Organist (Murrysville) - Email
Den-Vend Part-Time Web Designer (New Castle) - Apply here, 724-654-1811
Community Resource for Independents Personal Care Attendant (New Castle) - 877-347-4121
New Castle School of Trades Part-Time Office Assistant - 724-964-8811, fax: 724-202-6147
Fastenal Sales Leaders (Uniontown or Washington) - Email, 507-453-8880 x2083

Titan Tidbits


The new academic year is set to begin. Classes start Aug. 28.

Textbooks will be available at the Westminster bookstore starting Aug. 20.

Westminster College will welcome the class of 2016 with the New Student Orientation Aug. 24 - Sept. 2. Highlights include: an ice cream social, campus ministries orientation, information on Greek Life, a reggae dance, and volunteer expo.

Westminster College Aquatics is offering swimming lessons Sept. 10-20 at the Natatorium. All participants must be at least 5 years of age. The Cost is $60 per person. Registration will take place Sept. 9 from 6-7 p.m. in the lobby of the Memorial Field House. For more information call 724-946-7321.

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

Return to campus Sept. 28-30 for homecoming and reunion activities.  Weekend highlights include: rededication of Patterson Hall, distinguished 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


Fruit Pizza
from allrecipes.com


2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup cold butter
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups halved fresh strawberries
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup fresh blueberries

½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice
1 teaspoon lemon juice


1. In a large bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press onto an ungreased 12-inch pizza pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes or until very lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.
2. In a small mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Spread over crust. Arrange the strawberries, oranges and blueberries on top.
3. For glaze, in a small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch. Stir in pineapple juice and lemon juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool slightly. Drizzle over fruit. Refrigerate until chilled.


"Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it."

~ Russell Baker 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.