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Students Earn Master's Degrees at Westminster College

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Four Westminster College students were awarded master of education degrees at Commencement exercises May 19.
The Graduate Program at Westminster College is designed f...

Neshannock High School Visits the Field Station

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Four years ago a tradition began that continued on May 17 when a dozen advanced placement (AP) biology students from Neshannock High School spent the day at the Westminster College Field Station studying the Little Neshannock Creek.  The teacher of AP biology is Nancy Blank `89, who believes that the best laboratory for studying the chemistry and biology of water is outdoors.

The yellow bus, so familiar to school children, delivered the class to the Field Station, but from there the rest of the day was spent walking.  A quick hike around the Field Station acquainted the students with projects that ranged from growing a historic forest to translating solar energy into electricity.  Then the march to the creek with equipment for stream analysis began. 

Westminster College's AV Services Holds Most Successful E-Recycling Drive to Date

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Audio Visual (AV) Services hosted an electronics recycling drive April 20 that netted more than 13,000 pounds of recycled electronics, slightly besting their previous record drive in the spring of 2012, and bringing the total weight of recycled e-waste from the bi-annual drives to more than 70,000 pounds.
AV collaborated with A Greenspan, a Pittsburgh-based recycler that only uses e-steward  contractors to make it possible for the Westminster community and surrounding areas to responsibly recycle their used electronics. These materials may include appliances, computers, and televisions that could end up in local landfills or in third world countries without proper oversight. A Greenspan certifies that these electronics are being recycled or disposed of within proper guidelines that are beneficial to the community, the ecosystem, and the economy.
Most items are collected and recycled at no cost to consumers, though there can be a small cost for businesses to ensure that items are safely disposed of, all of which goes entirely to the recyclers. AV and Westminster serve to promote and provide both labor and location, but make no money off of these drives.
"The Westminster AV crew that works these drives is fantastic," said Terry Boring, vice president and general manager of operations for A Greenspan. "They are extremely professional and seem to have an endless amount of energy."
"It's wonderful that they provide a service like this to the community," said Tom Pryts, a retired educator from Hermitage who brought some materials to the drive. "Most people want to do the right thing, but have no idea what else to do with their stuff."

As of January 1, 2013, it became illegal for Pennsylvania residents to place e-waste on the curb along with other trash for roadside pickup. By recycling through e-recycling drives like Westminster College's, patrons are not only being responsible and eco-friendly, but are also keeping in accordance with the new state law.
AV also has collaborated with Westminster's Physical Plant, Information Systems, the Chemical Hygiene office and the Sustainability committee to aid campus collection of tech trash so that the school can be compliant with the new state law.

Westminster College Announces Audio Visual Award Winner

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Katie Farley, a senior biochemistry major, received the Westminster College 2013 AudioVisual (AV) Award.
Farley is a daughter of Robert Farley and Stephanie Farley, Belvidere, N.J., and a graduate of Bangor Area High School.
Gary Swanson, Westminster College director of Audio Visual Services, said, "The award was created in 1999 to provide public recognition of the exceptional work provided to the campus through AV's work-study students.  A ballot of nine nominees who had received multiple nominations was reviewed by a panel of current faculty, staff, administrators and alumni. Katie's work was selected as most outstanding."
Farley began her work in AV as an AV support technician in August of 2009, and was promoted to equipment circulation manager in 2011 after serving as the assistant to that role. 
Farley completed in-depth trials and reviews of five national resource scheduling systems to determine what best met Westminster's needs, and then, working closely with the College's web developer, led a team effort to build and implement an in-house system that met the department's varied needs better than anything currently offered commercially. Farley also has dedicated a great deal of volunteer time to numerous recycling and Green AV initiatives, and was part of a team that earned the best non-science poster presentation award at the 2010 Student Symposium on the Environment.
According to Swanson, "Few presentation events occur on Westminster's campus without Katie's involvement. She has been consistently recognized by faculty, staff, and her peers for her professional courtesy, cheer, thorough research and the broad knowledge base that she brings to her work. Nominations consistently recognized her as an excellent educator who is inventive, patient, technically-savvy, and inspiring, particularly in a collaborative environment."

Swanson continued, "Her academic successes are even more impressive. She has been on the Dean's list every semester. She has a lengthy list of remarkable public presentations, twice at national conferences. She has been published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society for research completed while at the Center for Chemical Evolution regarding the self-assembly of small molecules in water, which could lead to determining how life began on the prebiotic Earth. She will be continuing her education at Yale in the bio physics, bio chemistry, and structural biology program later this year."

First Book-Westminster Raised Funds, Distributed Free Books

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - First Book-Westminster will distribute 900 new, free books to three literacy programs that serve children in need in Lawrence and Mercer counties.

Westminster College Relay for Life Raised More Than $19,000

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's annual Relay for Life raised more than $19,000 at the May 4 event.
Westminster's Relay is organized each year by the Alpha Nu c...

Westminster College Early Childhood Education Majors Participated in African American Read-In in Farrell

Monday, May 20, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Eighteen Westminster College early childhood education/special education majors participated in February in the 24th National African- American Read-In ...

Westminster College Confers Degrees on More than 300 Graduates

Saturday, May 18, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - More than 300 students earned diplomas during the 159th annual Westminster College commencement ceremonies Saturday.
Undergraduate degrees were conferred on 330 stude...


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.

Keystone Blind Association Marketing/Business Intern (Sharon) - Email
Sage Data Service Research Intern (Youngstown, Ohio) - Email
IPEG, Inc. HR Intern (Franklin) - Email
Sherwin Williams Business Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
Seneca Resources Corporation Communications/Public Affairs Inern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
Family House Development and Event Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here

Part-Time Employment/Summer Employment:
Lake Erie Nature and Science Center Education Information & Program Specialist - Email
Seven Springs Summer Employment - Pick up an application in the Career Center
The Loft Store Associate - (Robinson Mall) - Apply here
Babysitter (New Castle) - Call Danielle Garmsky at (724) 944-6378
Westminster College Summer Lifeguard - Call Tammy Swearingen at (724) 946-7320
Cedar Point Park Ambassadors - Apply here
The Conneaut Hotel Summer Employment - Email
Watson Institute Summer Jobs - Apply here
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 24: Summer housing opens
  • May 27: College is closed in honor of Memorial Day
  • June 10 - July 22: Summer Session
  • Aug. 21: New Faculty Orientation
  • Aug. 22: Faculty Workshop, Faculty photos from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Please call Communication Services at 724-946-7190 to let us know you would like to have your photo taken.)
  • Aug. 23 - 26: First-Year Orientation for students
  • Aug. 27: Fall classes begin


Memorial Day Cream Cheese Dipped Strawberries
from kidscooking.about.com

3 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2-4 Tbsp. milk
red, white and blue sprinkles

1. Wash strawberries and dry with a paper towel. Leave stems on.
2. With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Beat in milk, one tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached. It should be thin enough to dip, but also thick enough to set on the strawberries.
3. Pour sprinkles into a small bowl.
4. Holding the stem, dip each strawberry into the sweetened cream cheese mixture. Make sure the berries are well-coated with the cream cheese mixture, but leave about 1/4 of the berry tops showing.
5. Gently roll berries in sprinkles to coat on all sides.
5. Place on a serving plate or in a plastic container. Refrigerate until ready to serve.


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Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

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