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Direct response pioneer honored at entrepreneur symposium

Monday, March 22, 2021

Rick Cesari, a 1978 Westminster College alumnus, was named the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year at the virtual 2021 Westminster Entrepreneurship Center (WEC) Symposium on March 6.

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Football: Titans Open Season with Convincing Win Over Bethany

Saturday, March 20, 2021

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College football team opened their 2020-21 season with a dominant 42-21 win at home against Bethany College in a non-conference contest.
 
Westminster (1-0) impressively scored a touchdown on its first six drives. Sophomore Ryan Gomes (Tampa, FL / Walter L. Sickles) got the scoring started for the Titans with a two-yard touchdown run, capping off a 6-play, 33-yard drive in which the Titans took advantage of Bethany fumbling on the first play of the game. Junior quarterback Cole Konieczka (Coraopolis, PA / Moon Area) found first-year Tylon Eilam (Sharon, PA / Sharon Area) for a 40-yard touchdown pass on Westminster's second possession, followed by back-to-back short runs by senior Frank Antuono (New Castle, PA / Neshannock) and Westminster led 28-0 after one quarter of play.
 
Konieczka extended Westminster's lead in the second with another touchdown throw, this time to sophomore Chevy Dawson (Port St. Lucie, FL / Centennial), a linebacker-converted-tight end, from 22 yards out. A two-yard touchdown run by junior Isiah Canton (Pittsburgh, PA / Carlynton) made it six-straight Westminster possessions with a touchdown and the Titans led 42-0 with still eight minutes left in the first half.
 
Bethany (0-1) got on the scoreboard with four minutes to go in the first half with a 9-yard run by Colton Stoneman. The Titans led 42-7 at halftime. The Bison would score twice more in the second half.
 
Konieczka finished 8-of-9 with 136 yards and a pair of touchdown throws. Titan first-year Joshua Butcher (Beaver Falls, PA / Blackhawk) made an impression in his first collegiate action with 82 yards on the ground (6.3 avg.) in the second half. Gomes, who started the game, went 65 yards including his touchdown.
 
Titan first-year Tylon Eilam (Sharon, PA / Sharon Area) also shined in his collegiate debut with team-highs four catches and 79 yards – including his touchdown grab. Westminster's defense had seven sacks, led by sophomore Jarred Kohl (York, Pa / York Catholic) with 2.5. Also earning a sack were senior Dylan Magill (Apollo, PA / Kiski Area), junior Branden Millward (Cranberry Twp, PA / Seneca Valley), sophomore Nicholas Treloar (New Castle, PA / New Castle), and first-year Anthony Kamenski (Chicora, PA / Karns City Area).
 
For the game, Westminster outgained Bethany, 455-201, including 280-38 on the ground. The Titans averaged 6.0 yards per play compared to Bethany's 2.7.
 
The Titans are back in action Friday, March 26 at Geneva for their first Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) "North Division" contest with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

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Men’s Basketball: Titans Bring Back Home PAC Title

Saturday, March 20, 2021

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Westminster College men's basketball team dethroned the reigning conference champions Grove City College with a 73-62 win in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championship game at home Saturday afternoon, claiming their second PAC Title in school history.
 
No. 1 seed Westminster (11-1) had four players score in double-digits, led by senior Isaac Stamatiades (Elkridge, MD / Avalon) with a game-high 16 points – including a team-best 3-for-3 from long range. Stamatiades also earned his 11th double-double of the season, finishing with 30 for his distinguished career.
 
Also scoring in double-digits were seniors Josh Hutcherson (Uniontown, OH / Uniontown Lake) with 14 points and Daniel Ritter (North Lima, OH / South Range) and first-year Reese Leone (Beloit, OH / West Branch) with 12 points apiece. Leone also dished out a team-high three assists. Junior Tyler James (Youngstown, OH / Warren JFK) added nine points, while first-year Andrew Clark (New Middletown, OH / Springfield Local) scored six. Clark also tied with Stamatiades for a team-high two blocks. Rounding out the Titan scorers was sophomore Austin O'Hara (Girard, OH / Girard) with four points, who also pocketed a team-high two steals.
 
For the game, Westminster outshot Grove City, 46.8% (22-47) to 34.8% (23-66).
 
Grove City was led by Isaac Thrasher who scored a team-high 15 points, while Joe Meola led the Wolverines on the glass with eight rebounds.
 
Down 7-6 early in the first half, the Titans answered with a 15-5 run, capped off with James making a fast break layup while getting fouled and converting on the free throw. The No. 4 seed Grove City (8-4) got within one point of the Titans' lead twice, with the latest at 26-25 with 3:20 to play in the frame. Westminster led 28-25 at halftime.
 
The Titans came out in the second half with urgency, outscoring the Wolverines 16-1 in the first six minutes to take a commanding 44-26 lead (their largest of the contest). Grove City cut Westminster's lead to single-digits several times, with the latest at 61-53 with four minutes to play, but Westminster did not let them get any closer on its way winning its first PAC Championship since the 2003-04 season.

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Westminster students to hold BLM march in New Wilmington

Friday, March 19, 2021

A group of Westminster College students will hold a peaceful Black Lives Matter march through the Borough of New Wilmington on Sunday, March 21.

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PRSA honors public relations alumnus

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Westminster College alumnus Matthew McDonald was recently recognized by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

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Alumni entrepreneurs share start-up’s origin story

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Westminster College alumni AJ Bove ’19 (accounting) and Marcus Gurgiolo ’16 (economics)—entrepreneurs and developers of the start-up Odorex Athletix—recently spoke to The Business Journal in Youngstown and shared their story of building their brand with SCORE, Service Corps of Retired Executives. Read more

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English professor discusses novel writing process

Monday, March 15, 2021

Dr. Trisha Cowen, assistant professor of English at Westminster College, will present “Balancing Imagination, Historical Research, and Identity Politics: Writing a Novel about a WWII Japanese Sex Slave” at the Faires Faculty Forum at 11:40 a.m. Wednesday, March 17, via Zoom.

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Westminster College hosts series of events for Diversity Week 2021

Friday, March 12, 2021

Westminster College’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host Diversity Week 2021 from March 15-19 with a series of in-person and virtual events designed to spark conversations and inspire change.

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Westminster earns financially healthy report from Forbes

Friday, March 12, 2021

In a time when many colleges and universities are experiencing unprecedented financial stress, Westminster College is being recognized by Forbes magazine for improving its fiscal well being.

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