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Westminster College Language in Motion Serves 1,300 Area Students

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Language in Motion (LIM) program reached more than 1,300 area students during its seventh year.
Language in Motion is an innova...

Westminster College Preschool Lab to Host Summer Arts Camp

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Preschool Lab and the Drinko Center for Experiential Learning will host its ninth annual summer arts camp for kids June 10-14.  The hands...

Westminster College Mathematics Student Gets Research Paper Published in Mathematics Journal

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Connor MacKenzie, a Westminster College junior mathematics major, was recently notified that one of his mathematics research papers was accepted for publication ...

Westminster College Mathematics Majors Presented Capstone Projects

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Seven Westminster College senior mathematics majors presented their capstone research posters April 29 in the Carlson Atrium of the McKelvey Campus Center.
Bethany Ekimoff presented "Checkerboard Surfaces on Knots," advised by Dr. Jeffrey Boerner, assistant professor of mathematics.
Ekimoff studied properties of knots and their orientability. Specifically focusing on whether a checkerboard surface of a knot is orientable or nonorientable in a minimal diagram. She examined the twist knot family and identified patterns in the use of a Cromwell translation to change a projection's orientability. She defined the o-excess and n-excess of a knot to describe the minimal number of crossings in an orientable and nonorientable projection. Using
this property she concluded that some knots do not have projections with a minimal number of crossings an orientable checkerboard surface and that for every knot has a finite n-excess.

Ekimoff is a daughter of David Ekimoff of Webster, N.Y., and a graduate of Webster Schroeder High School.
Christina Erceg
presented "Backgammon End Game Doubling Strategies in Money Play and Match Play," advised by Dr. David Offner, assistant professor of mathematics. 
Erceg studied end game situations and doubling strategy in Backgammon. Doubling is a key strategy in the game since it determines the worth of the game and is a key factor for determining a winner. The paper began with an overview of how to play Backgammon. Next, she determined the expected values for when to double and accept a double in money play, based on what point in time she was in the game. Then, she looked at doubling from a match play
perspective. Overall, she compared doubling decisions for end game situations in money play to match play.
Erceg is a daughter of Eli and Mary Jo Erceg of Hermitage and a graduate of Hickory High School.
Lisa Kaylor presented "Matrices over Z (mod p) with Eigenvalues in the Same Field," advised by Offner.

Westminster College Mathematics Students Inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon Honor Society

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Five Westminster College mathematics majors were inducted into the Kappa Mu Epsilon (KME) mathematics honor society May 1.
The students inducted were:

Westminster College Employees Honored for Years of Service

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College honored 49 employees for 1,020 years of combined service at a luncheon May 8 in the McKelvey Campus Center's Witherspoon Roomsmore

Westminster College Chemistry Professor, Students, and Alumni Participated in Pittcon

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Eight Westminster students, Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster College associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Timothy Sherwood, associate professor of chemistry and department chair, participated in the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy (Pittcon) in March in Philadelphia.
Pittcon is one of the largest analytical chemistry conferences in the world with more than 18,000 attendees, hundreds of technical presentations, and nearly 1,000 exhibitors.
Senior chemistry major Scott Braden presented "Capsaicin and Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) Quantification of Peppers Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography." The research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Kennedy, assistant professor of chemistry.
The goal of this study was to examine a variety of peppers and analyze the amount of capsaicin (an alkanoid that causes the strong flavor in peppers) in each type using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC).   The conversion of the concentration of capsaicin to SHU is a linear relationship.  The results from the HPLC were used to quantify the concentration of the capsaicin in each variety of pepper.  Based on the concentration of capsaicin of each pepper, the SHU values were determined.

Braden is a son of David and Rhonda Braden of Camp Hill and a graduate of Cedar Cliff High School.
Junior Chemistry major Haley Gabor presented "Field and Laboratory Analysis of Abandoned Mine Drainage through a Passive Treatment System." The research was advised by Boylan.
Abandoned mines create environmental pollutants that contaminate water resources in mining regions throughout the world. Treatment methods are either "active" or "passive." In "passive treatment," there is a strong reliance on biological, geochemical, and gravitational processes. The purpose of this study was to analyze samples for iron and hot acidity from various locations in the passive treatment system, DeSale Restoration Area - Phase I, to ensure the system was working properly and the water leaving the system was safe. Samples from six sites in the system were taken and field tests were performed at each location.

Westminster College Associate Professor of Religion Published by The Living Pulpit

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Kang-Yup Na, Westminster associate professor of religion, recently had his article "Hospitality from Genesis to Revelation" published in the...

Westminster College Sociology/Criminal Justice Students Inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Six Westminster College sociology and sociology/criminal justice majors and minors were inducted into the International Sociology Honorary Society Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) on Apri...


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:
The Titan Employment Bulletin will now be accessible 24/7 with on-campus job postings daily!
Go to http://www.westminster.edu/resources/career/career_employment_bulletin.cfm.

Richard Whittaker (author) looking for intern to assist with book promotion - Email Katy DeMedal at the Career Center: demedakk@westminster.edu
Gussie M. Walker Community Outreach Children's Program Intern (New Castle) - Email
MLP Steel Marketing Intern (Scottdale) - Email
Citizens Financial Group Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
Pace Development/Marketing Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
Highmark Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here

Part-Time Employment/Summer Employment:
American Eagle Outfitters Sales and Stock Associates (Grove City) - (724) 748-4744
Chipotle Crew Member (Hermitage) - Apply here
First Alliance Church Worship Leader (New Castle) - Email
Huntington Bank Summer Clerical Position (New Castle) - Email
Brightside Academy Assistant and Lead Teachers (Pittsburgh) - Apply here

Titan Tidbits



Lawrence-Mercer-Clarion and Pittsburgh Young Alumni Events, Classes 1997-2012

  • Monday, June 3, 6-8 p.m. - Rachel's Roadhouse, Mercer
  • Saturday, June 8, 3:30-5:30 p.m. - Olive or Twist, Pittsburgh; hosted by Jeff Prunzik `91 (owner)

Email invitation only. Reservations not necessary, but helpful in planning. To make your reservations online click here. Contact Cindy Dafler '03, assistant director of alumni relations, at (724) 946-7373 or email for additional information.

  • May 18 - Baccalaureate begins at 10:30 a.m. in Orr Auditorium; Commencement begins at 2:30 p.m. on Old Main Senior Terrace (weather permitting); Berlin Village and residence halls close for graduating seniors at 6 p.m.
  • May 24 - Summer housing opens
  • May 27 - College is closed in honor of Memorial Day


Grad Cupcakes
from allrecipes.com

1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix
1 cup water
3 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
12 graham crackers
1 (16 ounce) container white buttercream frosting
1 drop food coloring in school colors, or as desired
6 chewy lemon candy squares (such as Starburst®), or as needed
24 candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M's®) in school colors

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Line 24 muffin cups with paper cupcake liners in school colors.
3. Place white cake mix into a large mixing bowl and beat in water, eggs, and vegetable oil with an electric mixer on low speed just until moistened. Turn mixer speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes.
4. Pour batter into prepared muffin cups, filling them about 2/3 full.
5. Bake cupcakes in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18 to 22 minutes.
6. Cool cupcakes thoroughly. Place cupcakes on a platter with the bottom sides facing up.
7. To decorate the cupcakes, break graham crackers in half to make 24 2 1/2-inch squares. Place a dab of frosting centered on bottom of each cupcake and stick a square to the frosting to form mortarboard part of a graduation cap.
8. Place the opened container of frosting into a microwave oven and heat until the frosting is warmed, soft, and workable, about 10 seconds. Frosting should be smooth but not runny. Color the frosting to your desired shade with food coloring.
9. Frost the top and sides of the graham cracker squares.
10. Unwrap lemon candies and place 2 candies onto a piece of waxed paper. Microwave the candies until warm and soft, 5 seconds or as needed.
11. Roll out the candies on waxed paper to make thin squares of candy. Using a sharp knife or small scissors, cut small tassel shapes from each square. When the tassels are made, set them aside and microwave 2 more candies; repeat steps until you have made 24 small candy tassels.
12. Place a tassel in the center of each graham cracker square. The tassel should hang slightly over the edge of the square.
13. Dip marked side of a candy-coated chocolate piece into frosting and place the piece onto the center of the graham cracker square, frosted side up, to cover the end of the candy tassel string.
14. Refrigerate decorated cupcakes to set the frosting. Store covered.


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  ~Tom Brokaw as quoted from brainyquote.com.

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Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

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