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Westminster College Professor Co-authors Article on the King of Pop

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. James C. Rhoads, professor of political science, recently co-authored "The King of Pop: Attitudes Toward Michael Jackson in the Aftermath of His Untimely Death" in The Journal of Human Subjectivity.
Rhoads co-authored the article with Dennis F. Kinsey of Syracuse University. They looked at the subjectivity surrounding the pop superstar in the wake of his death and utilized Q methodology to probe that subjectivity.  Q methodology is a means by which the human subjectivity can be systematically studied - from poetry and public opinion to public administration and strategic planning.
"Recognizing that Jackson had been in the public's eye for nearly 40 years and occupied a special place in the public's consciousness, even in this media-saturated, celebrity-driven culture, we constructed a sample of statements made about Jackson in the days after his death.  Students at three institutions sorted the statements, and we factor-analyzed the results," Rhoads said.

At Westminster, four factors emerged: one saw Jackson in a sympathetic and respectful light; one simply didn't "get" the Jackson phenomenon; one was conflicted, as they wished to honor his musical contributions but suspected he was guilty of child molestation; and one focused on the media coverage of Jackson's life and death.

Westminster College Director of Library Services Elected as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of Library Association Board

Monday, August 19, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Erin Smith, director of library services at Westminster College's McGill Library, was elected vice-chair/chair-elect of the College Libraries Section (CLS) of th...

Notes from the Field Station: North Country Trail Association Visits the Field Station

Monday, August 19, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -Trails are made for walking.  A dozen representatives of the North Country Trail Association (NCTA) proved this on Wednesday, August 14.  Their trek at the Field Station was just one of the field excursions linked with the annual meetings held this year at Slippery Rock University.  Hikers hailed from Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania.  They came, they saw, they hiked! 

The North Country Trail Association, headquartered in Lowell, Michigan, is a membership-driven, volunteer-based organization that unites the efforts of local chapters and partner organizations of seven states with the National Park Service.  Their goals are to build, maintain, protect and promote local and regional trails and further the cause of the North Country National Scenic Trail, a 4,600 mile footpath through the northern tier of the United States, a regional equivalent of the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails.

Westminster College Professor Presents at American Psychological Association Convention

Monday, August 19, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Sandra Webster, professor of psychology, gave two presentations at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association July 31-Aug 4 in Honolulu,...


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/student_emp/student_emp_overview.cfm.

To see local full-time positions go to https://www.westminster.edu/resources/career/career_employment_bulletin.cfm.

Crisis Shelter of Lawrence County Prevention Education Intern (New Castle) - 724-856-4320 ext. 120
New Wilmington United Methodist Church Sunday School Teacher - Email
The American Red Cross Youth Volunteer Management Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
The American Red Cross Disaster Services Training Program Development Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
Cross IT Intern (Greenville) - Email
Hampton Holistic Center Marketing/Writing Intern (Allison Park) - Call 412-486-1829
Innovation Works, Inc. Social Media, Customer Support, and Sales Associates Internships (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
Vibrant Pittsburgh Special Projects Intern - Email
Environment America Internship (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
WTAE Sales and Marketing Internship (Pittsburgh) - Email
American Diabetes Association Special Events Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
IPEG, Inc. HR Intern (Franklin) - Email
Family House Development and Event Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
Citizen's Financial Group Intern (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
All Clear Translations Sales/Marketing Internship (Hermitage) - Email

Part-Time Employment:
Aeropostale Role Model/Sales Associate (Grove City) - Apply here
Lawrence County Community Action Partnership IT Department (New Castle) - (724) 658-7258 ext. 1501
Macy's Retail Commissioned Sales Associate (Hermitage) - Apply here
Great Lakes Behavioral Research Institute PT Clerical (Cranberry Twp.) - Email
Chipotle Crew Members/Line Crew/Grill (Hermitage) - Apply here

Titan Tidbits


The following are the move-in dates and times for the 2013 Fall Semester:

  • Residence Halls and Commuter Check In Open for New Students: Aug. 23; 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Berlin Village: Aug. 24; move-in begins at 8:30 a.m. (Keys available at the information desk)
  • Residence Halls: Aug. 25; Residence Halls open at noon for upperclassmen
  • Residence Halls: Aug. 26; Residence Halls open all day for upperclassmen
  • Residence Halls: Aug. 27; Residence Halls open all day for upperclassmen


The Westminster College Campus community is invited to attend the Opening Chapel Service Thursday, August 22 at 8 a.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel. Communion will be served. Contact the Office of Faith and Spirituality at 724-946-7117 for more information on the service or upcoming Chapel events.


Professional headshots for faculty will be taken Thursday, Aug. 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. outside Witherspoon in McKelvey Campus Center. To reserve a specific time email Alyssa Ludwiczak. Walk-ups welcomed as well. These photos will be used for press releases and other communications.


The Westminster College  Opening Convocation is Friday, Aug. 23 at 1 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. President Dorman, Dean Wood, the Student Government Association president, and members of the faculty and administration will extend greetings to the matriculating Class of 2017. Families are encouraged to join with the entire college community. All first-year students will sit as a class in the first few rows on the left and right sections near the stage. Click here for more information.

Reminder to faculty: Please assemble by 12:30 p.m. in Beeghly lobby to prepare for the processional.


Shindig on the Quad (Sponsored by Campus Ministry and Chapel Staff):Tuesday, Aug. 27; 6:30 p.m
Enjoy food, games, and fellowship.

Volunteer Expo (The Quad):Thursday, Aug. 29; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Learn more about volunteer opportunities for service in our surrounding community.

Activities Fair (The Quad): Thursday, Aug. 29; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Come learn about our many student organizations.

Movie in Mueller (Mueller Theater):
Friday, Aug. 30
7:30 p.m. - "Hangover 3"
10:30 p.m. - "After Earth

Saturday, Aug. 31 
3 p.m. - "Hangover 3"
7:30 p.m. - "After Earth"
10:30 p.m. - "Hangover 3


Homecoming and Reunion Weekend 2013 is Oct. 11-13. Click here to find out about the weekend's festivities!


The following Westminster Colllege staff members and friends participated in "yarn bombing" the Andy Warhol Bridge in Pittsburgh: Barb Carr, Suzy Carter Barner, Connie Davis, Dee Drabick, June Pierce and Sharon Kelly.

The installation will be on view until September 6. The blankets will then be washed and distributed to homeless shelters, nursing homes and animal shelters.

Panel PNL00513 bridge location:
(Down-River, Outer Panels, from Downtown to North Side)
  • Best viewed from the Clemente (6th Street) Bridge
  • On the down-river side of the bridge (the side facing 6th street and PNC Park)
  • 28 percent of the way across the bridge (starting from the Downtown end)
  • Closest landmark: Below an Andy Warhol hanging banner

For more information on the yarn bombing visit http://knitthebridge.wordpress.com/.

The Westminster group gets together regularly to knit items for special projects. Meetings will resume in September. Email June Pierce for more information.

Avocado and Black Bean Salsa
from myrecipes.com

  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup frozen whole-kernal corn, thawed, or fresh corn kernels (1 ear)
  • 1 (14.4-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil or light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced canned chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • Tortilla Chips

  • Combine first 10 ingredients, stirring until well blended.
  • Fold in avocado, and serve with tortilla chips.


"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." 

~Attributed to both Ludwig Wittgenstein and Robert Byrne by quotegarden.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).

Please send information through e-mail to Alyssa Ludwiczak.