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Area Students Added to Westminster College Dean's List

Monday, November 11, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Two students have been added to the Spring 2013 Dean's List at Westminster College.

James Ferrick, a senior biology major, is a son of Linda Ferrick and a graduate of Canfield High School.

Westminster College Fraternity to Hold Relay for Life Informational Meeting

Monday, November 11, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Alpha Nu chapter of national fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi will host an informational/interest meeting for Relay for Life at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 in Westminster College's Berlin Lounge, located at the McKelvey Campus Center.  The meeting is open to the public.

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event raises money to fund research in the fight against cancer and to support patients and their families with such programs as Road to Recovery, which provides patients with transportation to and from their doctor appointments; Look Good Feel Better, which provides beauty tips to women to improve their appearance and self-image during treatments; and Hope Lodge Facilities, free and comfortable shelter for patients and their caregivers to stay while they travel for treatment.

Westminster College Broadcast Communications Students and Television Station Receive Awards

Monday, November 11, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College broadcast and digital communications students, Westminster's Cable Network (WCN), and Titan Radio received several awards from College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) for projects featured on WCN.
Joe Ligo's project, "Think Before You Post: Cyberbullying," was awarded first place for Best TV Public Service Announcement.
"Like any great production, this was a team effort.  I'm so thankful for crew members' hard work and the actors' great performances," said Ligo.
Ligo also thanked three Westminster professors for their contributions: Dr. Terri Lenox, professor of computer science and chair of the department; Dr. Jamie McMinn, associate professor of psychology and coordinator of the psychology-human resources program; and Brad Weaver; communication studies lecturer.
Ligo was named runner up in this category in 2012 for "Get Out." That year "Titan Radio Never Stops" was named Best TV Promo. Ligo, the program director for the Westminster's student-run Titan Radio, came up with the concept and produced the video.
"It's great to bring home another CBI award to Westminster," Ligo said.

 Ligo, a senior broadcast communications major, is a son of Jess and Amy Ligo and a graduate of Mercer Area High School.
Connor Kobis's project, "Fourth and a Miracle," was named Best Documentary. The program documents the journey shared by Scott and Sarah Coy, two people, who through much adversity, have made it through life sticking by each other's side.
"To receive this recognition from professionals in the field is really an amazing accomplishment for me," Kobis said. "I never in a million years would have expected to win this award. I'm so happy and proud that the story of Scott and Sarah Coy hit home with audiences across the nation."
Kobis continued, "I look forward to doing more digital media work in the future and would love to move to Hollywood someday to pursue a career in filmmaking."
Kobis graduated from Westminster over the summer with a degree in broadcast communications. He is a son of Michael and Kathleen Kobis of Elma, N.Y. and a graduate of Bishop Timon-Saint Jude High School.
"The CBI awards confirm that Westminster students are reaching and defining the benchmarks for digital media best practices," Weaver said. "Competing and winning on the national stage against heavy competition from major universities says so much about the quality of education Westminster students receive.  I'm incredibly proud of Connor and Joe.  They're gifted, skilled, creative leaders who will help shape the digital media landscape."
Westminster College also received national finalist awards for work produced by Titan Radio. WCN and its website were named national finalists for Best Audio Podcast for "Dirty Secrets and Broken News: Checkbook Journalism, Interview Poaching and Bigfoot Journalism." Producers and contributors include the following students:

Westminster College Biology Alumna Gets Her Capstone Research Published in BIOS

Monday, November 11, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Kaylynn Coates, a Westminster College alumna who received her degree in biology in May,  recently published the results of her capstone research in BIOS...


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:

Academic Affairs - Contact Gabe Budai at 724-946-7122
Information Systems (Various Positions) - Contact Kailen Fiedler at 724-946-6352
Athletics Department Work Study - Contact Tammy Swearingen at 724-946-7320
Theatre (Various Positions) - Contact Paula Ferguson at 724-946-7236

View the Titan Bulletin to see local full-time positions. Click here.


ParenteBeard Audit/Tax Internship (Pittsburgh) - Apply here
FD Campbell Memorial Library Public Relations Intern (Bessemer) - Send resume and cover letter to: FD Campbell Memorial Library, 17 South Main St., Bessemer, PA  16112
Pittsburgh Penguins Media Relations Internship - Apply here
GEO Group, Inc. Offender Re-Entry Program Internship (Ebensburg) - Apply here
Pittsburgh Film Office Internships - Email
Church of Genesis Internship (New Castle) - Call 724-654-0889
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (Washington, D.C.) - Apply here
Boeing Business/Finance/Supply Chain Internships (Various Locations) - Apply Here

Part-Time Employment:

Nine West Outlet Store Sales Associate (Grove City) - Apply in person
New Wilmington United Methodist Church Christian Education Director - Email
The North Face Sales Associate (Grove City) - Apply here
Arrow Electric, Inc. Accounts Payable Clerk (Greenville) - Contact Justine Parcher at 724-646-1903
Aeropostale Sales Associate (Grove City) - 724-748-4952
Word of Life Family Church Sunday Youth Program - 724-654-9652
The Tavern on the Square (New Wilmington) - 724-946-2020
Old Navy (Grove City) - 724-748-5726
American Eagle Outfitters Sales and Stock Associate - 724-748-4744

Titan Tidbits


The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended the Charitable IRA Rollover as an important giving option for donors 70.5 years or older.  Qualified charitable distributions may be made from traditional or Roth individual retirement accounts without paying taxes on distributions - but the provision is scheduled to expire on Dec. 31, 2013.The donor must be 70.5 years or older at the time of the contribution. 

  • The gift may be any amount up to $100,000. 
  • The gift must be completed by Dec. 31, 2013 to qualify as a 2013 donation. 
  • The charitable distribution IRA rollover gift counts towards your minimum required distribution for the year. 
  • IRA rollover gifts can be made to the designation of your choice.

Consult your IRA custodian to transfer your desired gift amount to Westminster.  The transfer generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction.  As always, we encourage you to consult with your tax adviser if you are contemplating a gift under this provision.


Friday, Nov. 15
11:40 a.m. - Open Door Reflection - Erin Gerst (Bethel Park, PA) Early Childhood/Special Education - Wallace Memorial Chapel

Monday, Nov. 18
11:40 a.m. - Open Door Reflection - Robert Brooks (Amityville, NY) Accounting - Wallace Memorial Chapel

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


Bugs and Bunnies: A Print Installation (Open and free to the public)
Today through Friday, Dec. 13
Foster Art Gallery, Patterson Hall


A public meeting on the Lawrence and Mercer Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring (ALLARM) program will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in Patterson Hall, room 207. The event is free and open to the public.
The meeting is being organized by Dr. Helen Boylan, associate professor of chemistry and chair of environmental science; and students Tyler Umstead and Lance Jubic. The agenda will include updates on the water quality monitoring program, how to preserve steam quality in the region, and the potential impacts shale gas drilling may have on our waters.

Contact Boylan at 724-946-6293 for additional information. 


Wear your Titan gear and colors with pride Jan. 21 in honor of the founding of Westminster College in 1852.

Alumni, friends and students can receive a 20 percent discount on clothing in-store during the following dates/times:

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2
10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 9 and Friday, Dec. 13
8:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.,Moonlight Sale, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 20 percent discount on all purchases excluding textbooks


TODAY - Erie-area alumni happy hour gathering at Firebirds, 680 Millcreek Mall, Erie, Pa., 16565; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; hosted by the Erie Regional Alumni Committee; cash bar.

Sunday, Dec. 8 - Lawrence-Mercer-Clarion and Youngstown-area alumni and families of current Westminster students Christmas Vespers Luncheon; 1 p.m., $19 per adult, $16 Westminster students and $10 children under 12 years buffet dinner; John S. Witherspoon Room, McKelvey Campus Center; Christmas Vespers; 3 p.m.; Orr Auditorium  

Saturday, Dec. 14 - Lawrence-Mercer-Clarion-area alumni Kraynak's Holiday Display special tour; 8 a.m.; no long lines, beat the crowds, special Westminster goodie bags for children; Kraynak's in Hermitage, Pa.

For additional information contact Cindy Dafler '03, assistant director of alumni relations, at 724-946-7373 or email.


Sodexo Foundation is accepting applications for the Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarship program through Dec. 5. Through scholarship awards, Sodexo Foundation recognizes and rewards students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models and solutions to eliminate hunger across the country. Scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education and a matching $5,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of their choice.
Additionally, Sodexo Foundation offers $500 Youth Grants for youth-led service projects that bring together young people, families, Sodexo employees and other community members to address childhood hunger during Global Youth Service Day April 11-13, 2014. The application period closes Jan. 31, 2014.
Please visit www.SodexoFoundation.org for official rules and the application.


Cake Batter White Hot Chocolate
From www.thesmartcookiecook.com

Yield - 2 servings


1 cup milk (preferably whole milk, but almond milk works fine too)
¼ cup dry vanilla cake mix, any brand
4-oz. white chocolate, broken into chunks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Rainbow sprinkles


1. Bring milk to simmering in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in cake mix until completely dissolved. Add the chocolate  and stir continuously until melted. Make sure you keep stirring so it doesn't burn.
2. Turn off heat and stir in vanilla. Transfer to two mugs and top with sprinkles. Enjoy.


"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many-not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."

~Charles Dickens

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