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Drinko Center Sponsors Westminster Cares Day, Honors Volunteers

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning cosponsored the second annual Westminster Cares Day April 16 and honored student volunteers at a community service banquet April 19.

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Economics Professor to Speak on Sorting Equilibrium at Faires Faculty Forum

Dr. Rotua Lumbantobing

Dr. Rotua Lumbantobing, Westminster College assistant professor of economics, will speak on "Revealed Preferences Using Sorting Equilibrium: Research and Pedagogical Applications" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Westminster College Business Students Place in Top 100 in Global Business Strategy Game

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Students in the Westminster College "Strategic Management" capstone course recently placed in the Top 100 in their game-to-date performance in a global simulation known as the Business Strategy Game.

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Area Students Added to Westminster College Dean's List

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Two students have been added to the Spring 2013 Dean's List at Westminster College. One student has been added to both the Fall and Spring Dean's List.

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Planetarium Announces Fall Programs

One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure
Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

The Westminster College Planetarium will host screenings of three shows in October and November.

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Westminster College Student and Professor Make Presentations at National Conference

Valerie Kokai, a junior chemistry major from Wexford, and Dr. Helen Boylan, assistant professor of chemistry, recently presented their research at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia.

 Kokai presented a poster, "Exploring Athermal Effects of Microwaves on Enzymes" at the undergraduate poster session.  She had worked with Dr. Boylan during the spring and summer doing research on this topic.

 "We did an investigation comparing a conventionally heated enzyme using a water bath to a microwave heated enzyme," Boylan said. "This research was inspired by the controversial effects of wireless communication devices which emit frequencies in the microwave region.  Results from our study on the enzyme system catalase suggested that there was no difference between heating methods, however, other studies have demonstrated a differential heating effect."

 Boylan also gave a presentation, "Realizing the Potential of Microwaves in the Academic Lab," for the Division of Chemical Education. 
 "I presented four possible lab experiments that can be done in organic chemistry, typically sophomore level laboratory," Boylan said.  "The use of microwaves for synthetic chemistry is growing in industry and students should be exposed to this technique."

 Boylan, who has been with Westminster College since 2001, earned her undergraduate degree from Westminster College, and her Ph.D. from Duquesne University.

 For more information, contact (724) 946-6293 or e-mail

Four Westminster Students Inducted into International Honor Society

Westminster College students Jennie Bechtel, Chad Carlson, Elizabeth Dressing, and Amy Rentz were recently inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, an international honor society in sociology.

"The ceremony was attended by sociology faculty, current Alpha Kappa Delta members, parents of the new initiates, and Westminster staff who are lifetime members," said Dr. Kristin Park, associate professor of sociology and adviser to the group.  "It was followed by a banquet and a lecture by Dr. Rita Akin [assistant professor of economics] who discussed the theme of cultural diversity as illuminated by her personal experiences growing up in Hungary, Turkey, and Malaysia, and now living in the United States."

Alpha Kappa Delta requires its members to be sociology majors, have junior or senior status, and have a grade point average of at least a 3.25 and be part of the top 35 percent of their class.  "The group exists to promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and other social and intellectual activities that will lead to the improvement of the human condition," Park said.

Contact Park at (724) 946-7251 or e-mail for more information.

Westminster to Host Spring Fling March 5

Westminster College will host a spring fling for fall 2006 accepted students Sunday, March 5.

 "All accepted students are invited to one of two Spring Flings held in the McKelvey Campus Center," said Doug Swartz, dean of admissions and enrollment management at Westminster.  "Our second one is scheduled March 26.  We typically get about 100 students and their parents at each one.

 "This is a catered event with a chocolate fountain that is a huge hit with our visitors.  The program begins with a Power Point presentation that captures campus life and the various activities at Westminster.  After that, visitors have the opportunity to mingle informally with over 50 faculty members and administrators that are in attendance."

 Contact Swartz at (724) 946-7107 or e-mail for more information.

"An Afternoon of Chamber Music" Planned at Westminster College

"An Afternoon of Chamber Music" is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

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Westminster College Campus Radio Station Among National Leaders in Technology

Written by Bobby Fisher, a broadcast communications and public relations major from Moon Township, and Randy Leasure, a public relations major from New Castle.

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