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Faculty Presented at National Math Meetings

Dr. Carolyn Cuff
Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz
Dr. Pamela Richardson
Dr. David Offner

Four Westminster College mathematics faculty attended the annual Joint Mathematics Meetings of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) and the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Jan. 13-16 in San Francisco.

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Celebrity Series Amy Grant Concert is a Sellout

Amy Grant

The Westminster College Celebrity Series will welcome award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Grant for a sold-out performance Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The show is sponsored by First National Bank.

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Katelyn Moga Receives Newman Civic Fellow Award

Katelyn Moga

Westminster College junior political science major Katelyn Moga was among 135 students from 30 states honored as Newman Civic Fellows by Campus Compact. 

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Planetarium Schedule for Spring Shows Announced

Westminster College's planetarium will offer five full-dome shows and two special lectures for the spring semester.

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Westminster College Freshmen Harvest Corn for Food Bank

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College freshmen spent an afternoon in September harvesting corn at Apple Castle as part of an "Inquiry" course and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank's gleaning program.

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Westminster College Director of Graduate School Published in UCEA Review

Dr. Robert Zorn `64, director of graduate program

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Robert Zorn `64, director of Westminster College's Graduate School, had an article published in the summer edition of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Review.

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Symphony Orchestra to Present Concert Oct. 17

The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present a concert Friday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College to Focus on Christian/Muslim Relations

Westminster College will focus on Christian/Muslim relations next week.

 The first event features The Right Rev. Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali, the 106th Bishop of Rochester.  He will deliver the 18th annual Wayne H. Christy Memorial Lecture, Sunday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel. 

Nazir-Ali, who was born and raised in Pakistan and currently holds citizenship in his native country and the United Kingdom, will speak on "The Role of Religion in the Current International Situation."  He was the youngest Anglican bishop in the world, and the first Asian religious leader to sit in the House of Lords.

He is the author of a number of books on Christian mission and on inter-faith issues, particularly on Islam.  He was the chair of the group which wrote The Search for Faith published in 1996, which examined some of the barriers to people believing in Christ today.  He is a regular contributor to national, international and local newspapers, the Church Press, radio and television.

 Two members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Interfaith Listening Team from India will attend The Christy Lecture, and remain on campus until Tuesday evening.

 In addition to lecturing in several classrooms all three days, the team, Dr. Andreas D'Souza, a Christian, and Dr. Ismat Mehdi, a Muslim, will lead several events that are open to the public.  Monday at 12:30 p.m. they will lead is a discussion at Westminster's McKelvey Campus Center; Monday, at 6:30 p.m. a public forum is planned at the McGill Center in New Castle; and Tuesday at 7 p.m. another public forum is planned at the Westminster's Wallace Memorial Chapel. 

 The Interfaith Listening Project was designed to bring Christians and Muslims together for listening and conversation around the world.  Each team includes a Christian and a Muslim who share their experiences of the realities and challenges of Christian-Muslim relationships.

"Our hope is that through this dialogue, we will explore the complexities of living in our multi-religious world," said Dr. Robert VanDale, professor of religion emeritus and director of Westminster's Peace and Resolution Center.  "We may find ways to accept God's call to work together for the well-being of our communities and for justice, peace, and the healing of creation."

 D'Souza is the director of the Henry Martyn Institute, an international center for Research, Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation, located in Hyderabad, India. 

 Mehdi has taught classical Arabic literature, Arab history and culture, and modern literature for over 20 years.  She was the first secretary for culture and director of the Indian Culture Center at the Embassy of India in Cairo from 1991-1995.

 Both events are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dr. Andrea K. Grove, assistant professor of political science, at (724) 946-7254 or e-mail

Westminster Psychology Club Attends Eastern Psychological Association Meeting

Eleven members of the Psychology Club at Westminster College and their faculty adviser attended the Eastern Psychological Association meeting in Boston.

"I chaired a session including five presentations on various cognitive neuropsychology topics including the relationships between processing speed, reaction time, and long-term memory; masked cross-modal repetition priming using even related potentials; neural correlates of indirect semantic priming using event-related potentials; electrophysiological evidence for plausibility effects in sentence comprehension; and anaphor resolution using event-related potentials," said Dr. Kirk Lunnen, adviser to the club and assistant professor of psychology.  "As the chair, I served as the moderator for discussion of each topic."

Two of the club members, Brooke Arens and David Eberle, presented their research papers at the meeting.

"A Multiperspective Evaluation of Desirability, Importance and Frequency of Theapist Self-Disclosure" was presented by Arens, a senior psychology major from Erie.  Her research showed that therapists tend to undervalue the importance of the information they reveal about themselves and that psychotherapy clients themselves value therapist self-disclosure.

"A Comparison of Ocular Activity between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Symptomatic and Non-Symptomatic Subjects in Response to Disgusting Visual Stimuli" was presented by Eberle, a senior psychology major from Moon Township.  His research found that OCD symptomatic subjects exhibit fewer horizontal and vertical eye movements than non-symptomatic control subjects when exposed to a disgusting picture.

Contact Lunnen at (724) 947-7203 or e-mail for more information.

Students Attend Regional Conference

Eight Westminster College students attended the eighth annual regional Student Paper Meeting hosted by the Ohio XI Chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon at Youngstown State University Feb. 18. 

The students were accompanied by Drs. Natacha Fontes-Merz, assistant professor of mathematics, and Barbara Faires, professor of mathematics.
 The purpose of the meeting was to allow undergraduate students from the region to present the results of their projects and research.

"The overall experience was a great opportunity to share the research that I've done," said Lauren Beichner, a senior mathematics major from Knox.  "It was also very encouraging to see such interest in my subject from so many other students and even faculty." 

Students were encouraged to attend the presentations of their peers to choose topics of interest.  The 15-minute talks could be on any mathematical topic to be combined with different areas of study.
 Westminster students who gave speeches and presented their topics were:

New Castle, PA
 Brian Fadden is a son of Robert and Sharon Fadden.  Fadden, a senior mathematics major, is a graduate of Mohawk Area High School.  Fadden presented his topic, "Major League Baseball's Rookies of the Year and the Sophomore Slump."

Knox, PA
 Lauren Beichner is a daughter of Daniel and Esther Beichner.  Beichner, a senior mathematics major, is a graduate of Keystone High School. Beichner presented her topic, "Pyramid Yahtze."

Poland, OH
 Christie Grewe is a daughter of James and Tracey L. Grewe.  Grewe, a senior mathematics major, is a graduate of Poland Seminary High School. Grewe presented her topic, "Best American Movie of All Time."

Glenshaw, PA
 Nicole Panza is a daughter of Nancy and Louis Panza, Eighty Four.  Panza, a junior mathematics major, is a graduate of Shaler Area High School. Panza spoke on her team's work on designing the most effecient way to supply wheel chair access at airports, which was part of the International Modeling Contest.

Other Westminster students who attended the conference were:

Gibsonia, PA
 Bryan Bischof is a son of Steve and Diana Salvatora.  Bischof, a sophomore physics major, is a graduate of Valley High School.

Pittsburgh, PA
 Courtney Gilmore is a daughter of Robert and Marsha Gilmore.  Gilmore, a junior mathematics major, is a graduate of Brentwood High School.

Kane, PA
 Allison Rook is a daughter of John and Marianne T. Rook.  Rook, a junior mathematics major, is a graduate of Kane Area High School.

Abingdon, MD
 Andrew Polack is a son of Samuel and Barbara Polack.  Polack, a junior computer science and mathematics major, is a graduate of Edgewood High School.

 Contact Faires at (724) 946-7293 or e-mail her at for more information.

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