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Westminster College Chemistry Majors Present at Watershed Group Meeting

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Twenty-one Westminster College chemistry and biochemistry majors presented the results of a service-learning project at a meeting of the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition (SRWC) Oct. 11 at the Jennings Environmental Education Center.

The students are from an advanced laboratory class taught by Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster associate professor of chemistry.  They collaborated with the SRWC to test the passive water treatment system for treating abandoned mine drainage at the DeSale Restoration Area Phase I and Phase II sites in Butler County. 

Westminster College Faculty Host High School Programming Contest

Wednesday, October 31, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College faculty and students from the Mathematics and Computer Science Department hosted a high school programming contest on Oct. 8.

Dr. John Bonomo, associate professor of computer science, designed and ran the contest. Bonomo, who has been with Westminster since 1998, earned a joint master's and undergraduate degree from Catholic University and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Westminster College Foster Art Gallery to Host Opening Nov. 5

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Department of Communication Studies, Theatre and Art will host a gallery opening Monday, Nov. 5, from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Foster Art Gallery in Patterson Hall. The event is free to the public.

This exhibition will feature sculptural paintings by artist Danica Oudeans. The opening will include a gallery talk by the artist at 5 p.m.

Westminster College to Host Presentation Examining Cigarette Cravings Nov. 8

Monday, October 29, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Psychology will host Dr. Michael Sayette for a presentation on cigarette cravings Thursday, Nov. 8, at 12:40 p.m. in the Phillips Lecture Hall in the Hoyt Science Building.  The event is free to the public.
Sayette is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Sayette's presentation, "Self-Regulation Failure and Smoking: A Multimodal Analysis of Cigarette Cravings," will review research and studies indicating how robust manipulations of cigarette cravings alter the way that we process information pertaining to smoking a cigarette. He will also discuss diverse research examining "positive" anticipatory cravings, and consider data suggesting that smokers when in a neutral state have little insight into the power of their future craving states.

Sayette has been a member of several professional society committees, including the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco.  He has received 14 grants during his career including seven that dealt specifically with cigarette cravings/addiction. In addition to these areas Sayette's research interests include psychological theories of alcohol use and abuse; and cognitive, affective, and social processes in addiction, alcohol and stress.

Westminster College to Honor America's Heroes Nov. 9

Monday, October 29, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Office of Faith and Spirituality will host a special worship service honoring America's veterans Friday, Nov. 9, at 11:40 a.m. in Orr Auditorium. The service is open to the community.

The service will feature guest speaker Iraq veteran Sergeant First Class (SFC) Raymond Corvino. He is the Senior Enlisted Logistical Advisor to the Battalion Commander and Administrative Officer of the 1st Battalion 107th Field Artillery Regiment of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

Theatre Westminster to Present The Drowsy Chaperone Oct. 31 – Nov 4

Friday, October 26, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Theatre Westminster will present The Drowsy Chaperone Oct. 31-Nov 4 in Beeghly Theater.

The multi-Tony Award winning musical premiered on Broadway in 2006. The story begins when a die-hard musical-theatre fan plays his favorite cast album on his turntable, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love.

Westminster College to Host Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture Nov. 2

Thursday, October 25, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Chemistry will host Dr. Charles Taylor for the fifth annual Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Phillips Lecture Hall of the Hoyt Science Building.  The event is free to the public.
Taylor is the director of the Chemistry and Surface Science Division of the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Taylor's presentation, "NETL: Where Energy Challenges Converge and Energy Solutions Emerge," will review how the NETL uniquely meets DOE's mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States.

Taylor served as the 2009 Chair of the American Chemical Society's Division of Fuel Chemistry, Secretary of the Division of Fuel Chemistry, and President and Secretary of the Pittsburgh-Cleveland Catalysis Society. He has over 70 publications, six U.S. patents and has made hundreds of presentations. Taylor earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and master's and Ph.D. from Duquesne University.  He has been employed at NETL since 1985.

Westminster College Psychology Professor Published in The Korea Fulbright Infusio

Thursday, October 25, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Sandra Webster, professor of psychology, recently had her research published in The Korea Fulbright Infusion (Volume 5).

"Pursuing Han" discusses two Korean emotions and how those emotions are expressed through art. "Han" is a painful experience not expressed outwardly through facial expressions or through conversation; but through poetry, songs, drama and visual arts. Webster also connects "jeong," a strong feeling of "we"-ness, to the resolution of  "han" and discusses the expression of that emotion through the arts.

Titan Terror Project Winners Announced at Westminster College

Thursday, October 25, 2012
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College sophomore broadcast communication major Chelsea Haybarger and team Sunshine's entry took the grand prize in the Titan Terror Project showcase Oct. 18 in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

"Cannibals of the Lake" was recognized by the judges for creativity and story. Prizes valued a $465 included a Single-Cup Keurig Machine, a Pittsburgh Penguins towel, a Kindle Reader, a gift certificate to the Crane Room, and more.


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:

Athletic Department Lifeguard - (724) 946-7320
Audio-Visual Student Assistant - (724) 946-7188, Apply here
Communication Services Sports Information Assistant - Nathan LaRiccia, (724) 946-6357
Information Systems Student Technician - (724) 946-6352
Print Shop Work Study - (724) 946-7399
Preschool Lab Student Aide - (724) 946-7356


321Blink (Aspinwall) - Apply here
County of Armstrong Internship (Kittanning) - Apply here
Dominion Business Analyst Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
Mr. Smalls Theatre Video Development Intern (Millvale) - Apply here
Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission Intern (Harrisburg) - Apply here
Public Allies Apprenticeship (Pittsburgh) - Email
Rise Magazine Writers/Journalists (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
TextMD, Inc Programmer Intern for Spring Semester (New Castle) - Email


American Eagle Outfitters Part-Time Sales and Stock Associates (Grove City) - (724) 748-4744
Giant Eage Night Stock Clerk (New Castle) - 1700 New Butler Rd.
MedExpress Part-Time Customer Service (Neshannock) - (724) 656-4320
Seven Springs Part-time and Summer Employment - Pick up an application in the Career Center

Titan Tidbits


Scholarships/Extra Cash Available:

  • Looking for a way to earn money or gain course credit while you acquire excellent experience working with young children?  Consider applying for a position at the Preschool Lab. The Westminster College Psychology Preschool Lab is recruiting student aides for the 2013 spring semester and the two-week January break.  These positions are paid or may be eligible for course credit with advisor approval.  The student aide positions require availability either M/W/F or T/Th mornings from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.  Experience with young children is preferred.  If interested, please contact the psychology department secretary at 724-946-7356Interviews will be held through November 2.
  • The Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship Program for the Winter/Spring 2013 semester includes two (2) $10,000 scholarships and four (4) $5,000 scholarships, to be awarded to undergraduate and graduate students with a declared major of biology, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related life-science field. To qualify for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be enrolled in an accredited college for university for the Winter/Spring 2013 semester. Students may apply for the scholarship through the Thermo Scientific Pierce Scholarship website. Applications will be accepted until 11:59:59 p.m. CT on December 14, 2012.  All questions regarding the scholarship may be directed to Ariel Rangel at ariel.rangel@thermofisher.com.
  • Scholarship money is available through the Learning Fund. This scholarship is to assist students from Butler, New Castle, or Kittanning who are pursuing a post-secondary education in psychology or social work. For more information click here.

Upcoming alumni events:
  • Thursday, November 8 - Pittsburgh-area alumni networking luncheon; Hyatt Place Pittsburgh-North Shore; 12-1:30 p.m.; $15 per person lunch buffet; reservations due November 2
  • Sunday, December 2 - Christmas Vespers Reception and Dinner; 4:15-6 p.m., $16 per adult, $14 Westminster Student and $9 children under 11 years buffet dinner; John S. Witherspoon Room, McKelvey Campus Center. This is open to the entire Westminster community.
  • Saturday, December 8 - Alumni Kraynak's Holiday Display special tour; 8 a.m.; no long lines, beat the crowds, special Westminster goodie bags for children; Kraynak's in Hermitage, PA
For additional information, contact Cindy Dafler '03, assistant director of alumni relations, (724) 946-7373 or email.

Upcoming chapel events:
  • The Office of Faith and Spirituality will be holding auditions for "Godspell" Nov. 12 from 5-7p.m. and Nov. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Contact the Office of Faith and Spirituality at (724) 946-7117 for additional information.

Upcoming miscelleneous events:
  • The editors of SCRAWL are hosting a release party for its first Halloween SCRAWL Wednesday, from 12-12:30 p.m., in the Berlin Lounge, on the second floor of the McKelvey Campus Center. Several student writers will be reading their prose and poetry from the publication, which is a special edition this year. The journal features prose, poetry, photography, and artwork focusing on the fall season, produced by students, staff and others on campus. Free copies of the journal will be available after the reading, as well as donuts and cider. The event is open to the campus community.
  • Don't forget to see the "Phantom Speaker" Thursday at 5 p.m. in Hoyt's Phillips Lecture Hall. There will be a costume contest and awards for the most creative student costume and for the most creative faculty or staff costume. A costume is not required to attend. The fraternity or sorority with the most members in attendance will receive a pizza party. TRICK OR TREAT PROVIDED. The event is open to all students , faculty and staff. For more information go to www.westminster.edu/givewestminster.
  • Westminster joins colleges and universities around the nation in honoring adult learners during National Non-Traditional Student Week, Nov. 5-9. At Westminster, our "non-trads" are adult undergraduate students studying in the Lifelong Learning Program (LLP). We will be celebrating LLP students during the week with coffee and treats from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. each day in the Adult & Graduate Studies Office in the McKelvey Campus Center. There will be bookstore discounts, and a Westminster hoodie giveaway for LLP students. Drawing for the hoodie will be held at noon on Friday, Nov. 9. Call (724) 946-7353 for more information.
  • Capture your attitude and gratitude for the College's generous alumni by creating a video to say thanks for their time, talent and financial resources. The entry deadline is Feb. 1. Go to www.westminster.edu/givewestminster for more info, to see last year's videos and to upload your video.

Upcoming Theatre/Music events:
  •  The Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will perform Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.
  •  The Wind Ensemble will perform Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

For Sale:

Bargain Golf Clubs - Price Drop!
  • Turner LPT (TaylorMade Rocketballz RBZ clone) 13-degree 3+-wood, FGS Plus stiff-flex graphite shaft, white Karma grip -- $45
  • Turner True Speed II rescue 4-hybrid, 21-degree, DTG stiff-flex steel shaft, DTG grip (clone of TM Burner Superfast 2.0 hybrid) -- $39
  • Gigagolf P3 irons (5-PW), 1-degree upright lie, .75 over standard length, firm flex True Temper featherlight steel shafts, similar to Ping G-series irons, black & white Karma grips -- $69 for set of six irons
To see photographs click here

Long Putters
          1. Inazone BL-2 48" long putter -- $20
          2. Odyssey DFX 2-ball 48" long putter -- $49

I'll offer discounts for bundle deals. Contact Mark at 724-946-7191.


Leftover Halloween Candy Cookies
from Betty Crocker


1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted, cooled
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Assorted candies, broken in half or cut into 1/2- to 3/4-inch pieces, if desired


1. Heat oven to 350°F.
2. In medium bowl, stir butter, chocolate and powdered sugar with spoon. Stir in egg. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt. Cover and refrigerate dough at least 15 minutes but no longer than 30 minutes.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until almost no indentation remains when touched lightly in center. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Immediately top with candie (candies will melt slightly).


A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering angel, so nothing can harm you.

~Irish blessing as quoted from 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).

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