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Westminster Psychology Professor and Student Present Research

Dr. Kirk Lunnen, assistant professor of psychology at Westminster College, recently presented "A Multi-Perspective Examination of Therapist Self-Disclosure" at the Psychotherapy Research meeting in Utah.

 "The real story is that this presentation was a collaborative project with senior psychology major Brooke Arens," Lunnen said.  "We found that therapists tend to underestimate how much clients/patients want to know about them (the therapists) and underestimate the impact of personal information on the therapeutic process itself."

 "I am excited that my capstone research was accepted as a panel presentation at this meeting," Arens said.  "Dr. Lunnen is my research advisor for capstone."

  The final component of Liberal Studies at Westminster is a senior capstone course, which is at least a four-semester-hour course within the major designed to provide an opportunity for students to evaluate and assess the strengths and limitations of their major field.

 Arens is a daughter of Brent and Beverly Maguire, Erie, and a graduate of Meadville Area High School.

 Lunnen, who has been with Westminster since 2002, earned his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and his master's and Ph.D. from Ohio University.

 For more information, contact Lunnen at (724) 946-7203 or e-mail

Economics Professors Present Research

Dr. Rita Akin, assistant professor of economics, and Dr. Daniel Fischmar, professor of economics and business, presented their research, "Shock and Causation Across Asset Classes" at the Midwest Economics Association Conference in Chicago.

"The paper examined whether futures and spot markets for foreign exchange interact in a predictable fashion," Fischmar said.  "Though both the futures and spot markets follow a random walk, we found that they have a common, predictable trend component."

Akin, who has been with Westminster College since 2003, earned her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Fischmar, who has been with Westminster College since 1975, earned his undergraduate degree and master's from Roosevelt University and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University.

Contact Akin at (724) 946-7163 or e-mail or Fischmar at (724) 946-7162 or e-mail for more information.

Westminster College Concert Choir Plans "A Celebration of Song"

The Westminster College Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers will perform a fall concert Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

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Four Westminster College Students Receive Literary Awards

Four Westminster College students received honorable mention in the East Central Colleges (ECC) Ninth Annual Student Literary Competition.

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Students Enjoy "Reading is Fun" Night at Westminster College

Local elementary students from kindergarten to second grade recently enjoyed "Reading is Fun" night sponsored by the Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society.

During the night of reading, students were invited to celebrate the theme, "Spring Fling, It's a Family Thing," by playing a game to get to know each other, drawing a mural, and reading books.  The mural can be found on the third floor of Old Main.

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Westminster College to Celebrate "Geek Week"

Westminster College will celebrate "Geek Week" Monday-Friday, Nov. 13-17 at 7 p.m. each night in the Hoyt Science Center.

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Westminster College Welcomes New Publications Director

Elizabeth Hildebrand

Westminster College recently hired Elizabeth Hildebrand to serve as Publications Director.

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Chamber Orchestra to Present Concert

Westminster College Chamber Orchestra

The Westminster College Chamber Orchestra will present the second concert in its Classical Series Sunday, March 2, at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

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Admissions Staff Visits High Schools

Westminster College admissions staff will be visiting local high schools the week of Nov. 10.

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Field Station Hits the Road Again

Poster presentation at Chippewa Wal-Mart
Free samples of bagged Westminster compost
Wal-Mart associates discuss composting with a customer

The address of the Field Station is 937 Fayette-New Wilmington Road and most activities do take place at this 50+ acre plot. But from time to time we take a road trip in behalf of the interests and activities that concern us. That happened on Friday, June 19, when the composting project of the Field Station hit the road and, at a distance of 40 miles, was the focus of a display in center aisle of the Chippewa Wal-Mart store! This event was part of a larger "expo" put on by more than 20 Wal-Marts of the Pittsburgh District. Called "The First Annual Personal Sustainability Projects Fair," the extravaganza was devoted to sustainability, a worthwhile topic that has become a commitment for the nation's largest retailer.

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