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Westminster College McGill Library to Offer Children's Story Time

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College McGill Library will be offering a new children's story time program beginning Monday, Sept. 17. The event will be held in the Williamson Community Room of the library every Monday at 11:15 a.m. and Tuesday at 7 p.m.  

Story Time @ Westminster College is being offered through the library with the help of Beth Brooks, retired Westminster employee and former teacher, and the Education Department. Preschool and elementary students from New Wilmington and the surrounding area - and all fans of children's literature - are invited to join Brooks as she brings familiar old stories to life and introduces new favorites.
               
Contact Erin Smith, director of library services, at (724) 946-7327 or email for more information.
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Westminster College Get Real! Series Opens with Budgeting and Managing Debt Session

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - David Smith, Westminster College associate professor of accounting, will present "Budgeting and Managing Debt" Tuesday, Sept. 18, as the fall semester's first session of the "Get Real!" life preparation series. 

Smith will present techniques students can use to survive after college in a world that encourages and pressures us to buy, even if we don't have the money. Students will learn how to avoid a crisis that will eventually follow when they have to pay and can't, and also learn about the dangers of debt.
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Westminster College Associate Professor to Discuss Author Elizabeth Bishop at Bleasby Colloquium

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of English and Public Relations will feature three scholars discussing author Elizabeth Bishop at the Bleasby Colloquium Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center's Mueller Theater. The program is free to the public.

Bethany Hicok, associate professor of English at Westminster; Thomas Travisano, professor of English at Hartwick College; and Angus Cleghorn, professor of English at Seneca College will discuss the book they co-edited: Elizabeth Bishop in the 21st Century: Reading the New Editions. The three Bishop scholars also contributed essays to the book.
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Westminster College Ranks Fourth in Graduation Rate Performance; Recognized by U.S. News as an A-Plus School

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College ranked tied for fourth among top-tier National Liberal Arts Colleges in graduation rate performance, according to the 2013 U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.

The Graduation Rate Performance category measures educational outcomes based on the difference between a school's actual graduation rate and the one predicted by U.S. News based on the students' test scores and institutional resources. 
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Westminster College Announces 2012 Homecoming Activities

Monday, September 10, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College will celebrate Homecoming with a variety of activities Sept. 28-30.

The annual Homecoming parade will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on Market Street.  This year's parade theme is "Get Animated."  Participants include the Westminster Titan Marching Band, the Wilmington Area High School marching band, local Scout troops, campus organizations' floats, Homecoming king and queen candidates, and local community groups and businesses.  Entries will be judged by the Westminster Class of 1962.
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Westminster College Office of Faith and Spirituality to Host Spiritual Emphasis Week

Monday, September 10, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Office of Faith and Spirituality will host Spiritual Emphasis Week Sept. 19-23 at various locations on the Westminster College campus. All events are free and open to the public.

The theme for the week is "Everybody Belongs Somewhere" and comes from the movie "Blue Like Jazz." The movie is based on the book by Donald Miller and includes reflections chronicling the author's growing understanding of the nature of God and Jesus, and the need and responsibility for an authentic personal response to that understanding.  The College will show the movie in Mueller Theatre on: Sept. 21 at 10:30 p.m., Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 23 at 3 p.m.
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Westminster College Students Golf Inside Library

Friday, September 7, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's McGill Library was transformed into a miniature golf course on Aug. 30 to help new students become familiar with the building and services offered.

"Our students have told us that the library can be an intimidating place because it is so big and there are so many items," said Erin Smith, director of library services and associate professor. "So Jamie Kohler, one of our librarians, suggested setting up a mini golf course throughout the library as a way for students to get acquainted with the building and the staff in a low-pressure, non-threatening way. When the time comes for them to do their first research assignment, they will know where to come for help."
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Westminster College Students and Assistant Professor Teach Course in Pennsylvania Prison

Friday, September 7, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster students Jennifer Cantella and Joseph Ritchie taught a Sociology of Families course alongside Dr. Kristenne Robison, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies, at an all-women's prison in Cambridge Springs.

To prepare to teach the course Robison enrolled in the week long Inside-Out Program. She enrolled based on the idea of taking 15 outside (Westminster) students to learn alongside 15 inside (incarcerated individuals). While the class at the Cambridge Springs Prison was not quite an Inside-Out course, Robison used many of the techniques she learned in the training during the class at Cambridge Springs. She plans to teach an Inside-Out class at Cambridge Springs next fall as well.
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Westminster College Students, Alumni and Professor Attend Conference for American Choral Directors

Thursday, September 6, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Two Westminster College alumni and two students attended the Summer Conference for the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania (ACDA-PA) July 28-31 on the campus of Pennsylvania State University.

Hannah Jaskiewicz, Anthony Pazzelle, Kevin Tomb ‘12 and Victoria Walker ‘12 sang in the Intergenerational Honor Choir conducted by Dr. Janet Galván, from Ithaca College.  They also served as student aids for the conference which gave them the benefit of attending sessions, meeting nationally-recognized choral conductors and educators, and making connections with fellow college students and faculty from other colleges and universities in Pennsylvania.
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Westminster College Assistant Professor's Composition Published

Thursday, September 6, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music theory and composition, composed a piece that was recently published by Dorn Publications. The company contains the world's largest selection of saxophone sheet music.

"Towers of Dalmatia: A Rhapsody for Saxophone and Piano" was written for and performed by pianist Dr. Nancy DeSalvo, Westminster associate professor, and saxophonist James Flowers, adjunct faculty. They premiered the piece at Westminster College and have performed it in Illinois, West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina.
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Westminster College Assistant Professor to Discuss Exoplanets at Faires Faculty Forum

Thursday, September 6, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Thomas Oberst, Westminster assistant professor of physics and director of the Westminster Planetarium, will present "Searching for Exoplanets" at the Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

An exoplanet is a planet that orbits other stars and is currently one of the hottest topics in astronomy. In the past few years, hundreds of exoplanets have been discovered, many of them drastically different from the planets of our own solar system. These discoveries are reshaping our understanding of how planets form and evolve. Oberst will talk specifically about the "transit" method of observing exoplanets, the known exoplanets he and his students have recently detected from the Westminster College observatory, and his plans to hunt for new exoplanets.
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