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Westminster Senior Music Education Major to Give Flute Recital

Michelle Long, a senior music education major at Westminster College, will give a flute recital Sunday, Oct. 10, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

 Long's program includes Sonata VI, BWV 1035, in E major by J.S. Bach, Nocturne et Allegro scherzando by Philippe Gaubert, selections from Six Tango Etudes pour flute seule by Astor Piazzola, Sonatina for Flute and Piano by Eldin Burton, and Andante and Rondo for Two Flutes and Piano by Franz Doppler.  Kathryn Miller, adjunct professor of piano, and David Tessmer, professor of flute, will accompany Long's performance.

 Long is a daughter of William and Margaret Long, Imperial, and a graduate of West Allegheny High School.  She is currently principal flutist in Westminster's Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Symphonic Band, as well as flute section leader in the Marching Band.  She is also coordinator of Westminster's Woodwind Quintet, and president of the Flute Choir.  She is a member and former secretary of Westminster's chapter of Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association, and is also involved in Omicron Delta Kappa, an academic honor society, and Kappa Delta Pi, an educational honor society.

 Long has also participated in the pit orchestras of Westminster's opera workshops and chapel dramas.  She has been featured soloist with Westminster's Horn Choir and Concert Choir.  She has served as flutist for the past four years at mass on campus.  Long was selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band for the past two years, and was selected as one of 42 Westminster students for induction into Who's Who Among Students at American Colleges and Universities.  She has been cantor and flutist at St. Columbkille Church in Imperial for the past eight years.  Long, through the Intern Teaching Program, gives private flute lessons at Westminster and volunteers as a music instructor at the Westminster College preschool this semester.

 The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Westminster College Department of Music at 724) 946-7270.

Michelle Long

Westminster College Announces Summer Teaching Academy

Westminster College and the Grable Foundation of Pittsburgh are sponsoring the third annual Summer Teaching Academy, June 21-24 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning located on the second floor of the McKelvey Campus Center.

Educators can choose from one of three programs in the area of history/social studies, mathematics/computer science, and environmental education. 

Taking a Stand in History is taught by Dr. David Twining, associate professor of history at Westminster College.  This workshop focuses on the History Day 2006 theme, Taking a Stand in History.  "We will use traditional historical accounts, primary documents, film, and literature to explore this theme," Twining said.  "We will focus on 20th century heroes such as Churchill, Roosevelt, Gandhi, Mandela, and King, attempting to understand the roles that these individuals played in changing the course of history in the recent past."

Wild and Wet Environmental Education is taught by Dr. Patrick Krantz, assistant professor of education at Westminster College, and facilitators from the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Conservation and Natural Resources.  Project WILD and Project WET, two nationally recognized-environmental education programs, are the focus of this workshop.  "Project WILD uses wildlife issues to explore a broad range of conservation and natural resources topics, and Project WET focuses on water quality and watershed management issues," Krantz said.  "Both curricula include resources and activities that may be incorporated into all subjects areas from grades K-12," Krantz said.  "We will also explore recycling at Westminster's Outdoor Laboratory, and visit an acid mine remediation site."

Discrete Mathematics is taught by Westminster College faculty Dr. Warren Hickman, professor of mathematics, and Dr. John Bonomo, associate professor of computer science.  This workshop will focus on selected discrete mathematics topics suitable for high school and possibly middle school instruction. The material covered will be mostly applied in nature, but more abstract mathematical concepts will be considered as well. Potential topics include modeling systems with recurrent relations, basic combinatorics and probability, modeling with graphs and trees, Boolean algebra and basic circuit design, analysis of algorithms, and basic proof techniques. The exact topics covered will depend upon the interests of both the instructors and workshop participants.

Registrations are due by Monday, May 30, and the $100 fee is payable by June 13.  Contact Dr. Samuel Farmerie, professor of education emeritus, at (724) 946-7053 or e-mail for more information.

Ten Tenors Return to Westminster College

Westminster College Celebrity Series features The Ten Tenors Friday, March 31, at 8 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

 "The world-famous Ten Tenors are back by popular demand," said Gene DeCaprio, director of the Celebrity Series.  "Last year we were bowled over by the great vocal sound these ten voices generate.  They are fun, hip, witty, and armed with their great voices and boundless enthusiasm; they are a terrifically entertaining ensemble."

This powerful and entertaining vocal group from Australia have amazed and delighted over 77 million people in sold-out concerts across four continents.  The music from this classically-trained group jumps from Broadway to the Bee Gees and arias to ABBA.  Visit for more information.

Westminster's Orr Auditorium was recently remodeled to include air conditioning, stage elevator, new carpeting, and re-upholstered seats, along with stage lighting and shell improvements.

Contact Connie McGinnis, assistant director of the Westminster College Celebrity Series, at (724) 946-7354 or e-mail for tickets.  Visit for series information

The Ten Tenors

Westminster College Assistant Librarian Published

Erin Smith, assistant librarian at Westminster College, was recently published in the September issue of College & Research Libraries.

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Musical Diversity Makes Its Way to Westminster College

Armor & Sturtevant, a husband and wife due from Erie, will be holding musical court with a balloon, bottle caps, pieces of rake tine, scraps of plastic plumbing pipe, and a 1964 Nash Rambler hubcap Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Walton-Mayne Union Building at Westminster College.

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Westminster College Among National Leaders in Graduation Rate Performance

Westminster College is among the nation's best in enhancing the educational achievement of its students, according to a national study that was just released.

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Five Malawians to Speak at Westminster College

Five Malawians will speak at Westminster College Monday, Sept. 25.

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Woodwind Quintet Performing April 17

The Westminster College Faculty Woodwind Quintet will perform Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Berlin Lounge of the McKelvey Campus Center. The concert is free and open to the public.

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History Major Receives Scholarship

Jeffrey Skubick, a Westminster College junior history major, recently received the Mervin Feldman Memorial Scholarship.

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Student Groups Win Video Awards

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Two groups of Westminster College students produced documentaries that won awards in The Christophers' 21st Annual Video Contest for College Students.

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