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Westminster School of Music presents concert and sing-along

Friday, December 8, 2023

Students and faculty musicians from the Westminster College School of Music will present a concert of Christmas favorites at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, in Berlin Lounge of the McKelvey Campus Center on the College’s campus.

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Westminster professor presents lecture on Amish culture

Friday, December 8, 2023

Dr. Kristin Park, professor of sociology at Westminster College, offered a lecture on Amish culture and customs during the Sharon Historical Society’s annual meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Sharon Municipal Building in Sharon, Pa.

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Capstone posters to reflect research of history, political science, sociology and criminal justice studies majors

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Senior students majoring in criminal justice studies, history, political science, and sociology will present their capstone research from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Westminster College student presents research at Sports Leadership Summit

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Westminster College senior Riley Lewis presented her research, “The Hidden Arms Race: Women in FBS Football Recruiting and Operations,” at Liberty University’s Sports Leadership Summit (SLS) in Lynchburg, Va., in October.

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Elizabeth Buechele '15

Monday, December 4, 2023

Alumna Elizabeth Buechele ’15 had a simple, happy thought 4,409 days ago. This year, as founder and executive director of The Smile Project, Liz celebrated 12 full years of “Happiness is” posts as part of the non-profit organization she created after posting that one simple, happy and life-changing thought in 2011. 

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IN THE NEWS: Cyndi Mancini '06 takes part in Thanksgiving Day tradition

Friday, December 1, 2023

Cyndi Mancini '06 took part in a holiday tradition: marching in the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Read more about Mancini's experience in this New Castle News story.

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Westminster student earns Drinko grant for production of short film

Friday, December 1, 2023

Westminster College student Bethany Edwards earned an individual Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research grant to produce a short film “Another World.”

Edwards,  a senior double majoring in creative media production and strategic communication and social media from Carnegie, Pa., used the grant to fund on-set production, character costumes and set design pieces for the film.

“‘Another World’ is about the importance of storytelling and how it affects people’s lives,” said Edwards. During high school Edwards decided she wanted to explore a career in film and had the idea for a script about a woman meeting her favorite fictional characters. Through the Drinko grant, her idea was brought to life and produced at Moraine State Park, Buhl Mansion in Sharon, Pa., and other Pittsburgh area locations.

“Film production is something I have been passionate about for a long time. There are so many different aspects to it, such as set design, lighting, etc., and these pieces all work cohesively to amplify a story,” said Edwards. “Filmmaking is such a good way to share ideas because pictures are universal.”

Guiding Edwards through the process of the grant was her research mentor, Kandice Hartner, a lecturer in Westminster’s School of Communication.

Westminster’s Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research financially supports undergraduate research through various grants aimed at either the undertaking of research and creative projects at Westminster College or the external presentation and dissemination of research and creative works at conferences.

For more information on the Drinko Center for Undergraduate Research, contact director Dr. Patrick Lackey at

For more information about the School of Communication, visit

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Westminster students travel to Budapest for seminar

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Six Westminster College students had an opportunity to travel overseas to Budapest, Hungary, for a seminar on comparative conceptions of charity and philanthropy prior to the start of the fall semester.

Hosted by the University of Jewish Studies in Budapest, the weeklong seminar welcomed students from the host school, Westminster and Western Galilee College in Israel.

Westminster students attending included seniors Victoria Harden, an individual interdisciplinary major and secondary education minor from Greensburg, Pa., and Ashley Tarter, a political science and English double major from Alliance, Ohio; juniors Christina Loewe, an international studies and political science double major and criminal justice minor from Austin, Texas, and Ellis Moore, a political science and psychology double major from Millington, Mich.; and sophomores Erin DaRe, a history major and interfaith studies minor from Mars, Pa., and Quinnlyn Reaver, a political science major and environmental studies minor from West Middlesex, Pa.

Dr. Michael Aleprete, professor of political science and director of Westminster’s Office of Global Engagement, served as program adviser to the Westminster students and accompanied them on the trip.

In the mornings, students participated in tours of local religious charities including the Hungarian Jewish Charity Hospital and a homeless shelter run by the Order of Malta’s Hungarian Charity Service. Afternoons were spent in class, where students learned about the traditions of charity and philanthropy in major religious traditions.

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Westminster students partner with Apple Castle to benefit Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Roughly 50 first-year students from Westminster College spent a fall morning in a pumpkin patch taking part in a gleaning event for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

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Westminster launches Give Like a Titan campaign for Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, November 28, 2023

The “Give Like a Titan, Care Like a Community” crowdfunding campaign launches on Giving Tuesday at Westminster College this week, giving students, alumni, friends and the entire campus community an opportunity to donate to their choice of Westminster fundraising campaigns.

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