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Westminster College Associate Professor Published in Journal of College Science Teaching

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Katherine Robertson, Westminster College associate professor of biology, wrote an article that was featured in the August issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching.

"A Journal Club Workshop That Teaches Undergraduates a Systematic Method for Reading, Interpreting and Presenting Primary Literature," describes a journal club mini-workshop that Robertson developed that teaches science students a method for reading and critically analyzing scientific literature.

Three Westminster College Mathematics Majors Present Research at Annual MathFest

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Three Westminster College junior mathematics majors and their adviser attended the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) MathFest celebration  Aug. 2-4 in Madison, Wis.

Greg Clark presented "Famous Sequences and Euclidean Algorithm Step Sizes." The Euclidean Algorithm can be used to determine the greatest common divisor of two numbers and is accomplished in a certain number of steps. Clark's research was based on proving that the Fibonacci numbers and Lucas numbers (two famous math sequences) require the most steps using the algorithm.

Westminster College to Welcome Class of 2016 with Picnic

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College will welcome the class of 2016 with a picnic on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wiley Alumni House.

This year's 331 first-year students will be greeted at 5:15 p.m. by Student Alumni Association (SAA) members in the lobby of the dormitories and will be escorted to the Alumni House. They will join the Alumni Council and Institutional Advancement staff to enjoy wings and hot dogs, games and a chance to sign the class banner.

Westminster College Faculty Present Research at Chemical Education Conference

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Four Westminster College chemistry faculty participated in the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education (BCCE) July 29-Aug. 2 at Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor, and Dr. Larry Miller, assistant professor, presented "Engaging Students in Course Content and Chemical Literature with Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF-AT) Scratch Offs."  IF-AT is a multiple choice scratch-off sheet that is based on psychological principles related to learning and memory, and facilitates learning during an assessment and improves retention. The presentation reviewed results of a study that tested students' literacy skills before and after a semester of using IF-AT in Instrumental Analysis.

Westminster College Selected Among The Best 377 Colleges in Nation by The Princeton Review; Also Honored for Best College Radio Station

Monday, August 20, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College is one of the country's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review.  The education services company features Westminster in the new 2013 edition of its annual college guide, "The Best 377 Colleges."

Westminster's student radio station, WWNW 88.9FM, earned recognition (ranked 7th) as one of the "Best College Radio Stations" for the fifth straight year. Westminster was also included in the "Future Rotarians and Daughters of the American Revolution" and "Don't Inhale" categories based on political persuasion, popularity of student government, the prevalence of religion, low use of marijuana, and other social characteristics noted in student surveys.

Westminster College Students Attend Theta Chi Convention, Local Chapter Receives Highest Honor

Friday, August 17, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Two Westminster College students attended the Theta Chi 156th Anniversary Convention and School of Fraternity Practices July 4-8 in Palm Springs, Calif., where they accepted the Howard R. Alter Jr. Award for Chapter Excellence.

Nicholas Dalessio, chapter president, is a senior political science major, a son of David and Tammy Dalessio of Smicksburg and a graduate of Marion Center Area High School. Derek Pollice, recruitment chair, is a sophomore psychology major, a son of Anthony and Lisa Pollice of Cheswick and a graduate of Springdale High School.

Westminster College Professor Co-authors Article on Gaming

Thursday, August 16, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. James Rhoads, Westminster College professor of political science, co-authored an article in Operant Subjectivity: The International Journal of Q Methodology.

"Exploring the ‘Inner Game' of Video Game Enthusiasts" examines the meaning gamers give to their experiences while playing. The authors sample from gamers to explore the often controversial and polarizing discussion on the educational benefits of video gaming, its personal and social effects on college students who consider themselves "serious gamers," and the four distinct versions of the "inner game" as experienced by these students.

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