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Three New Members Elected to Westminster College's Board of Trustees

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Board of Trustees added nine members to the class 2016, including three first-time trustees.

Robert Buehner '75, Robert Jackson '91, Barbara Braden Guffey '70 and Thomas Mansell '61 were elected to their second consecutive four-year terms. Stephen Hartle rejoined the Board. Thomas Tupitza '79 will serve as chairman of the board.

Westminster College Celebrity Series to Present The Midtown Men Sept. 13

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Celebrity Series will welcome The Midtown Men Thursday, Sept. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and J. Robert Spencer took Broadway by storm in one of the biggest hits of all time - Jersey Boys. Now they're together again, taking their sensational sound on the road. Audiences from coast-to-coast are raving about this one-of-a-kind concert experience celebrating the music of the 1960s with classic songs by The Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, The Four Seasons and more.

Westminster College Professor to Discuss Using Equations and Computer Algebra to Model the 1918 Pandemic

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Carolyn Cuff, Westminster professor of mathematics, will present "A SAGE Approach to Modeling the 1918 Pandemic" at the Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

At least 27 percent of the world was infected by the Spanish flu of 1918-1920.  Mathematical models help explain the rapid spread, why the epidemic was over before all were infected, and the reason some quarantines were unsuccessful in limiting the spread.  Based on her recent sabbatical exploration, Cuff will explain how she used differential equations and a computer algebra system called SAGE to create and examine the basic model. Details and limitations of these mathematical models will also be explained.

Westminster College Student and Professor Present Research at American Psychological Association Convention

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Devon Struthers, a psychology major who graduated from Westminster College in May, and Dr. Sandra Webster, professor of psychology, presented research at the American Psychological Convention Aug. 2-5 in Orlando, Fla.

They presented "The Dominance Dimension of Emotion: Agency Untangled from Outcome." They conducted research on the dimensions of emotion utilizing the E-Prime psychology software program. Undergraduate participants typed descriptions of a negative emotional situation that varied in agency (self vs. other) and object (self vs. other) and then rated their emotions in that situation with adjective ratings, global measures and forced choice implicit measures. Results found outcome, but not agency, played a major role in emotional response.

Westminster College Professor Presents Research at the Annual Meeting for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. James Rhoads, Westminster College professor of political science, presented research at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Aug. 8-12 in Chicago.

Rhoads presented "Immediate Reactions to a Film: The Structure of Subjectivity." It was part of a panel devoted to the analysis of visuality using Q Methodology and demonstrated the means by which audience reaction to a film can be shown to be measured and have structure.

Westminster College Students Awarded Scholarships from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Monday, August 27, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Nine Westminster College students recently received scholarships through The Pittsburgh Foundation.  All awards will be applied to the students' tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Freshman biology major Laura Johnston received a $5,000 award funded by the Nimick/Hansen Employee Scholarship Fund.  She is a daughter of William and Loretta Johnston of Blairsville and a graduate of Derry Area High School.

Westminster College Art Gallery to Host Opening August 29

Monday, August 27, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Art will host an opening Wednesday, Aug. 29, from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Art Gallery in Patterson Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

This inaugural exhibition in the new art gallery will feature artwork by Peggy Cox, professor of art; Kurt Roscoe, assistant professor of media art; and Summer Zickefoose, visiting assistant professor of art and gallery director.  The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, and sculpture. The artists will give brief talks about their work at 4:30 during the opening.

Westminster College Visiting Assistant French Professor Travels to Europe as Part of Research Project

Friday, August 24, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Leslie Kealhofer, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of French, traveled to Paris and London during the summer to expand her knowledge of the French language, culture and arts of French speaking countries.

Kealhofer spent two weeks in Paris in May visiting museums and other cultural sites. She also conducted research at France's national library, where she screened films not available in the United States as part of her current research project on the cinematic representations of North African women in France.

Westminster College Faculty Research Published

Thursday, August 23, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster faculty research was featured in Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education 2012.

"Five Years of Interactive Whiteboards in Schools: Is it worth It?" is the result of a yearlong project conducted by Dr. Linda Domanski, professor of education; Dr. Mandy Medvin, professor of psychology, department chair and director of Westminster's Preschool Laboratory; and Dr. Yehuda Peled from Western Galilee College in Akko, Israel.

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.

Titan Tidbits


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 Office of Faith and Spirituality will welcome guest speaker Jason Santos, associate pastor of New Wilmington Presbyterian Church, Wednesday Sept. 19 in the Berlin Lounge at 9:30 p.m. Santos is the author of A Community Called Taize: A Story of Prayer, Worship and Reconciliation. He has had his writing appear in many youth ministry journals. The event is free and open to the public.

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


Chai Butter Cookies
from allrecipes.com

1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup Chai Tea Mix
1 1/3 cups white sugar
2 eggs
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup white sugar for decoration

1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, 1 1/3 cups sugar, and chai tea mix until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; blend into the creamed mixture until all of the dry has been absorbed. Cover the dough, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll the cookie dough into walnut sized balls, and roll the balls in sugar. Place the cookies onto greased cookie sheets about 3 inches apart, and flatten slightly using the tines of a fork.

3. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes in the preheated oven, just until the edges begin to brown. Remove from cookie sheets to cool on wire racks.


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~Martin H. Fischer as quoted on quotegarden.com

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