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Westminster College Student and Professor Present at Latin Conference

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College senior Kelsey Steele, a Latin and music education major, and Dr. Dwight Castro, professor of classics, presented research at...

Westminster College Associate Professor of Political Science Published

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Edward Cohen, Westminster College associate professor of political science, recently published an article in the Finnish Yearbook of International Lawmore

Westminster College Education Students Attend National Autism Conference

Thursday, August 29, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Five senior Westminster College early childhood/special education majors and their instructors attended the National Autism Conference July 29-Aug. 1 at the Pennsylvania State University Conference Center.

The students were able to attend presentations by nationally recognized experts on autism who spoke on a range of topics, including: applied behavior analysis, the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders V (DSM-5) definition of autism, early intervention programs for autism, the use of technology in the autistic support classroom, and mandatory training.
"Attending the National Autism Conference provided in-depth information about individuals with an autism diagnosis.  The students who attended the conference have expressed an interest in working with students who have an autism diagnosis. Four of the students are student teaching in the fall and found the information gained will benefit them in their student teaching and assist them in finding a job," said Dr. Amy Camardese, associate professor of education and chair of the department. She attended the conference with the students.
Camardese, who joined the faculty in 2001, earned an undergraduate degree from Ohio University, master's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. from Kent State University.
Student Sheryl Wright said, "Attending this conference was a wonderful experience in which I feel that I grew as a teacher.  I was able to learn many teaching, management, and organization strategies from teachers who have had experience in the field of autistic support.  I learned many strategies to keep an autistic support classroom organized and running effectively." 
Wright continued, "As a pre-service teacher, the most important take-away I gained from this conference was confidence.  Each of the sessions taught me more techniques that helped me realize that I can take a job as a teacher in an autistic support classroom after this year and keep the room effective and efficient.  I am very grateful for the education department for allowing me to attend this conference." 
Wright is a daughter of Mark and Becky Ann Wright and a graduate of Ford City High School.
Amanda Turi said, "With autism being an umbrella term for a wide range of different disorders it is hard to cover them and all the other disorders during class. Attending this conference allowed me to learn a great deal more about autism. When I am student teaching I will have students with this disorder, so I wanted to learn more about it so I can make the most out of my student teaching experience. I gathered information, resources, and helpful strategies on how to teach signs, sign language, and social sexual safety; and how to set up an autistic support classroom."
Turi continued, "The Westminster education program has prepared me for life beyond college with all the classroom experience, extra-curricular educational opportunities, and support from the professors who push us students to excel to our highest potential. With these three major components I believe that upon graduation we will be able to have our own classrooms and our students will excel in our classrooms."

Titan Tidbits


Westminster students commemorated the 50th anniversary of "The March on Washington" and Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. To show Westminster's support for equality for all, Westminster participated in a nationwide bell-ringing ceremony that took place Aug. 25, fifty years after Dr. King ended his call for racial and economic justice with the words "let freedom ring."


Thursday, September 5
6 p.m. - Habitat for Humanity Chapter Meeting (First Meeting) - McKelvey, Mueller Theater
7 p.m. - Gospel Choir Rehearsal - Wallace Memorial Chapel
8:30 p.m. Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) -  McKelvey, Witherspoon Rm.

Friday, September 6
11:40 a.m. - Open Door Reflection - Speaker: Jessica Cook (Lake Lynn) Psychology - Wallace Memorial Chapel

Saturday, September 7
7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Habitat for Humanity Work Day (limited to 15, must sign-up) - Youngstown, Ohio
7 p.m. - Mass - Fr. Tom Lewandowski from St. Camillus Church  - Wallace Memorial Chapel

Sunday, September 8
7 p.m. - Open Door Worship - Rev. Jim Mohr,College Chaplain, Sermon: "Every Day is Sacred" - Wallace Memorial Chapel

Monday, September 9
11:40 a.m. - Open Door Reflection - Speaker: Kristen Basista (Mineral Ridge, Ohio) Neuroscience - Wallace Memorial Chapel

Friday, September 13
11:40 a.m. - Open Door Reflection - Speaker: Tricia Johnston (Tionesta, PA)  Sociology/Criminal Justice - Wallace Memorial Chapel

Contact the Office of Faith and Spirituality at 724-946-7117 for more information on services or upcoming Chapel events.


Student organizations are starting to have their first meetings (Open to students):
Wednesday, Sept. 4

6 p.m. International Cultures Club - Thompson Clark, 4th floor
6:15 p.m. - Art Club - Art Studios
8 p.m. - Newman Club - McKelvey, Witherspoon Rm.
Thursday, Sept. 5
4 p.m. - Sierra Student Coalition - Hoyt, Rm. 166
5:15 p.m. - College Republicans - Patterson Hall, Rm. 208
5:30 p.m. - Allies - Patterson Hall, Rm. 210
8 p.m. - Dance Theatre Informational Meeting - Old 77
8 p.m. - Green Party Meeting - McKelvey, Rm. 327
8:30 p.m. - Fellowship of Christian Athletes - McKelvey, Witherspoon Rm.

Gallery Artist Talk (Open to the public)
Thursday, Sept. 5

5:15 p.m. - Patterson Hall, Foster Art Gallery
Artist Matthew Guest will discuss his zines

For more information click here.

Habitat for Humanity Chapter Meeting (Open to campus community)
Thursday, Sept. 5

6 p.m - McKelvey, Mueller Theater

Movies in Mueller (Open to campus community):
Friday, Sept. 6
7:30 p.m. - "The Bling Ring"
10:30 p.m. - "The Purge"
Saturday, Sept. 7
3 p.m. - "The Bling Ring"
7:30 p.m. - "The Purge"
10:30 p.m. - "The Bling Ring"

Faires Faculty Forum (Open to the public)
Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 11:45 a.m. - McKelvey, Mueller Theater

Speakers: Sandra Webster, professor of psychology; Terri Lenox, professor of
computer science; and Karen Resendes, assistant professor of biology
Presentation: "Westminster COEUR: The Heart of Engaged Teaching and Learning"
For more information click here.

Children's Literature Group (Open to campus community)
Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 4:40 p.m. - Mugsies Coffee House

Get together to discuss books aimed for children and young adults.
Meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month.
This month's book is: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Celebrity Series Presents: Air Supply (Open to the public)
Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

Celebrity Series Presents: The Tenors (Open to the public)
Wednesday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information and purchase tickets click here.

For more information on upcoming activities view the calendar here.


The Titan Marching Band will perform this Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. during the "Wilmington Days Parade," in celebration of New Wilmington's 150th birthday!

Others chances to see and support the band include:
Wednesday, Sept. 18
Lawrence County Marching Band Festival

Saturday, Sept. 28
Mt. Lebanon Marching Band Festival

Saturday, Oct. 5
Chartiers-Houston Marching Band Festival

Saturday, Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Westminster Homecoming Parade


Registration for fall swim lessons is Monday, Sept. 9, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Memorial Field House lobby. The lessons are for ages 5 and older, and run from Sept. 10-13 and 16-19. Cost is $60. The lessons are available to the public.


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

In honor of the start of football season.....
Oreo Football Cookies
from kraftrecipes.com

6 oz. (3/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg.  (15.25 oz.) OREO Chocolate Creme Cookies, finely crushed
4 pkgs. (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted
1 Tbsp.  white decorating icing

1. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended.
2. Shape into 40 (1-inch) football shapes. Freeze 10 min. Dip in melted chocolate; place in single layer in shallow waxed paper-lined pan. Use icing to draw laces on footballs.
3. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.


"Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority."

~Vince Lombardi

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