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Westminster College Professor Attends Amish Conference

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Kristin Park, Westminster College professor of sociology and chair of the department, attended the conference "Amish America: Plain Technology in a Cyber Wor...

Westminster College to Celebrate Independence Day with Concert and Fireworks July 3

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College will host an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration with a free concert and fireworks Wednesday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Brittain Lake.

The 23rd annual concert features the River City Brass Band playing a variety of selections, with an emphasis on patriotic music. The evening will be capped by a fireworks display provided by Pyrotecnico.
The celebration is free to the public, but a free will offering will be taken.
Attendance in recent years has reached 10,000, so early arrival is suggested for this family-oriented event. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating, as well as picnic baskets and refreshments. Food vendors will be on site.

Area Students Added to Westminster College's List of Accomplishments

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Eleven students have been added to the Spring semester's lists of accomplishments at Westminster College.
Westminster grants three undergraduate degrees ? Bachelor of...

Westminster College Lowers Tuition Rate for Graduate Program by 18.4 Percent

Tuesday, June 11, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Board of Trustees recently decided to lower the tuition rate for the Graduate Program by more than 18 percent starting in the fall 2013-2014 semester.

Westminster College Announces Spring Dean's List

Thursday, June 6, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Nearly 400 Westminster College students earned Dean's List recognition for the 2013 spring semester.
The Dean's List recognizes students who attain a grade point aver...

Ten Westminster College Business Students Place in Top 100 in Global Business Strategy Game

Thursday, June 6, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Ten students in the Westminster College "Strategic Management" capstone course recently placed in the Top 100 for their performance during the week of April 29-M...

Westminster College Environmental Science Major Received Ferguson Scholarship

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College junior environmental science major Erin Sullivan received the Helen R. Ferguson Scholarship for excellence in environmental science.
The award was presented by the Bartramian Audubon Society at its award ceremony May 13 at Jennings Environmental Education Center. Dr. Kerri Duerr, Westminster College assistant professor of biology, introduced Sullivan as part of the award ceremony.
The scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in environmental science who has demonstrated excellence in the areas of environmental science and education.

Sullivan is actively engaged in environmental issues on campus through her involvement in Westminster's Sustainability Committee and as a member of the campus's Green AV team.  She spearheaded an initiative to get double-sided printing as the default print mode on campus and helped organize new recycling initiatives on campus. Sullivan is also the assistant equipment circulation manager at Audio Visual Services, and a member of the cross country and track teams.

Westminster College Professor of Computer Science and Alumnus Participated in Robot Competition

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. David Shaffer, Westminster College associate professor of computer science, served as adviser to Mercer Area High School students during the Trinity College Firefighting Home Robot competition April 6-7 in Hartford, Conn.

Student participants were Ryan Hamilton, Adam Hoge, Benjamin Shaffer, and Rebecca Shaffer. The group programmed their robot, Mildred, to autonomously navigate through a mock home, find a candle, extinguish it and return to her starting location.  Their robot was the top U.S. robot in the high school "unique robot" division, placing second among high school team robots from schools in the U.S., China, Portugal, Israel, and Indonesia. 

Westminster College Students Presented Research at Regional Psychological Conference

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Six Westminster College seniors presented their research at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association May 2-4 in Chicago.
Margaret Box presented "Effects of Hyperarousal on Perseverative Errors in Obsessive Compulsive Individuals." A 2x2 quasi-experimental design was used to examine the effects of hyperarousal on perseveration on executive functioning tasks in obsessive-compulsive (OC) symptomatic individuals.  The findings suggest hyperarousal has a significant effect on executive functioning performance, but not in OC symptomatic individuals, providing a more complicated understanding of the etiology of OC disorder, and knowledge about the effectiveness of executive functioning tasks to measure perseveration. Dr. Kirk Lunnen, associate professor of psychology, advised the research.

Box is a daughter of Daniel and Dianne Box of Corning, N.Y., and a graduate of Corning Painted-Post East High School.
Anthony D'Antonio presented "Executive Function as a Predictor of Pain Tolerance." The purpose of this study was to see what executive functions (cognitive flexibility measured by the Wisconsin Card Sort Task, cognitive inhibition measured by the Stroop Color Word test, and cognitive mapping measured by the Trail Making Task) had the strongest predictive value for pain tolerance.  Lunnen was his adviser.

Dr. Kirk Lunnen Earns 2013-2014 Henderson Lectureship Award

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Kirk Lunnen, Westminster College associate professor of psychology, has earned the 2013-2014 Henderson Lectureship Award.


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.

Goodyear Communications Intern (Akron, Ohio) - Apply here
Cleveland Sight Center Human Resources Intern - Apply here
L.B. Foster Company Human Resources Intern - Apply here
National Aviary's Avian Hospital Internship - Email
Canton Charge Marketing/Communications or Basketball Operations Internships - Apply here
College Magazine Video/Editorial/PR and Social Media/Marketing or Campus Representative Internships (University of Maryland) - Email
American Diabetes Association Special Events Internship (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
Westminster College Summer Lifeguard - Call Tammy Swearingen at (724) 946-7320
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
Southwestern Pennsylvania Goodwill (Various locations) - Apply here
Lutheran Senior Life Clinic Assistant (Butler) - Email
Thomas & Betts Photographer (Mercer) - (724) 662-6344
River's Casino (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
LOFT Store Associates and Sales Lead (Mall at Robinson) - Apply here
Wesley Woods Program Director & Summer Food Service Director (Sewickley) - Apply here
Community Human Services Summer Camp Coordinator/Lead Counselor (Pittsburgh) - Apply here

Titan Tidbits


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


Father's Day Mancake Pancakes
from allrecipes.com

8 slices bacon
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vegetable oil, or as needed
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
10 fluid ounces dad's favorite beer, or more if needed
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place a wire rack on top of baking sheet; place bacon strips on wire rack.
2. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes; remove from oven and sprinkle tops of bacon strips with half the brown sugar. Return to oven and bake 10 more minutes. Remove from oven and flip bacon to other side; sprinkle with remaining brown sugar and bake until bacon is crisp and brown sugar is golden brown, 10 to 15 more minutes. Remove bacon, let cool, and crumble into small pieces.
3. Lightly grease a skillet with vegetable oil and place over medium-high heat.
4. Whisk flour, white sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl; in a separate bowl, whisk beer, melted butter, salt, and vanilla extract. Lightly stir the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture to make a smooth batter. Stir candied bacon pieces into the batter.
5. Pour batter into the hot skillet 1/2 cup at a time and cook until edges are browned, about 2 minutes; flip pancake and cook until golden brown and the center is set, 3 to 5 more minutes.


"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."

~ As quoted by Billy Graham on christianity.about.com

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Editor: Alyssa Ludwiczak

Westminster College's weekly newsletter is published online by the Office of Communication Services (724-946-7190).

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