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Faculty Forum Features Pilot Program

Dr. Aleprete, Dr. Smith, Dr. Richardson, Dr. Clark, Dr. Postema, Dr. Webster, Dr. Perttu, Dr. Akin, Dr. Mistry

Westminster College faculty serving on the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) Early Action Team (NEAT) will present the program at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, April 8, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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College Offers Spring Continuing Education Classes

Westminster College announces a variety of personal fitness, enrichment, and leisure courses for community residents. Continuing Education classes and seminars are non-credit and are open to all interested individuals. Formal admission to Westminster College is not required.

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Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence to Participate in Skype Presentation

Dr. Yehuda Peled

Dr. Yehuda Peled, Westminster College Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, will be one of four panelists presenting via Skype at the 52nd annual national Mountain Plains Management Conference Friday, Oct. 8.

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President Elected to Board of Presbyterian College Association

Dr. Richard H. Dorman

Westminster College President Dr. Richard H. Dorman was elected to a three-year term on the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU) Board of Directors at the association's recent annual meeting.

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Biology Professors to Share Assessment Strategies at Faires Faculty Forum

Dr. Joseph Balczon
Dr. Joshua Corrette-Bennett
Dr. John Robertson

Dr. Joseph Balczon, Dr. Joshua Corrette-Bennett, and Dr. John Robertson, Westminster College associate professors of biology, will present "CSI Miami: Curricular Strategies and Inculcation (of Assessment-Driven Revision) in South Beach" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 11:40 a.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

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Westminster College Associate Professor to Discuss Paddlefish at Faculty Forum

Dr. John Robertson, associate professor of biology

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. John Robertson, Westminster associate professor of biology, will present "The Scoop on the Spoonbill: Structure, Function and Morphogenesis" at the Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Westminster College Spanish Lecturer Presented at Conference in Mexico

Brenda Swart, Spanish lecturer
Brenda Swart at the Templo Mayor in Teotihuacán.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Brenda Swart, Westminster College Spanish lecturer, presented at the III Congreso Internacional de Investigaciones Literarias June 18-21 at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.

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History Professor's Books Earns Prize

Dr. Russell Martin, Westminster College professor of history, was honored with the 2014 W. Bruce Lincoln Book Prize for A Bride for the Tsar: Bride-Shows and Marriage Politics in Early Modern Russia (2012, Northern Illinois University Press).

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Faculty Forum Continues at Westminster College

Dr. Scott Mackenzie, assistant professor of theatre at Westminster College, will present "Liberal Arts in the Performing Arts: Multiple Perspectives on The Baker from Madrigal Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater located in the McKelvey Campus Center.

 "The production, translation, and adaptation of the Spanish play Traidor inconfeso y martir into the English The Baker from Madrigal exemplified the liberal arts education philosophy," Mackenzie said.  "Faculty members from four departments took primary roles on the production staff.  I directed; Michael Slane, also from the theatre, designed an aesthetically pleasing and very actable set.  Dr. Jeffrey Bersett (assistant professor of Spanish) translated and adapted the play, while Dr. Andrew Ade from the English Department, worked as a dramaturge.   "Dr. Sandra Webster, chair of the Psychology Department, designed our costumes.  Though she's not a professional designer, she knew how to apply the research skills she developed as a psychologist to costuming the show.  She then conducted workshops to teach our costumers, some of who had never sewn a stitch, how to build the intricate renaissance clothing."

 "During the forum, we will discuss the project and the various ways we can build on its successes in the future," Mackenzie concluded.

Faculty forum, established in 1990, serves as a venue for the exchange of ideas and information among Westminster College faculty.  Speakers present their research, teaching ideas, lectures, performances, special programs, and uses of technology to keep faculty informed about the work of colleagues from many disciplines. 

 Mackenzie, who has been with Westminster College since 2001, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Dallas, his master's from Michigan State, and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University.

 For more information, contact Mackenzie at (724) 946-6238 or e-mail

Dr. Scott Mackenzie

Westminster Senior to Give Voice Recital April 30

Rachel Varine, a senior music performance major, will give a voice recital Saturday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

The program includes Handel's "Care Selve," and "Piangero la sorte mia," Duparc's "Chnason triste," Faure's "Fleur jetee," Puccini's "Un bel di," Head's "The Singer," Strauss' "Foxgloves," Schubert's "Gretchen am Spinnrade," Honigsberg's "Maria durch ein Donwald ging," Hundley's "My Master Hath a Garden," and Gershwin's "Summertime."  Varine will also sing "The Flower Duet" with Katherine Duncan, a senior music and English major from Indiana.  The singers will be accompanied by Jeff Wachter, an adjunct member of the piano faculty.

Varine, a daughter of John and Gail Varine, Vandergrift, is a graduate of Leechburg Area High School.  She is a member of the Westminster College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.  While at Westminster, Varine has performed in four musicals and three operas, playing the role of Suzanne in "Suzanne's Secret," Gretel in "Hansel and Gretel," and Carmen in "The Legend of Carmen." 

The event is free and open to the public.  Contact the Westminster College Department of Music at (724) 946-7270 for more information.

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