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College to Host Sustainability in Motion Workshop

(L-r) Cassie Treshok, Zach Smith, Nicole George

The first Sustainability in Motion workshop will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m.-noon at the Westminster College Field Station, 937 Fayette-New Wilmington Road.

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Students Take Service-Learning into Community

Global Youth Service Day at Lawrence County Career and Technical Center

Westminster College students in a "Juvenile Delinquency" class taught by Dr. Kristenne Robison, assistant professor of sociology, completed service-learning in the community as a course requirement.

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Music Department to Host U.S. Air Force Brass Ensemble in Concert

Wright Brass

The Westminster College Department of Music will host Wright Brass of the U.S. Air Force Band of Flight in concert Thursday, March 15, at 2 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The program is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College to Host Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture Nov. 2

Dr. Charles Taylor, director of the Chemistry and Surface Science Division of NETL

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Department of Chemistry will host Dr. Charles Taylor for the fifth annual Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture Friday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Phillips Lecture Hall of the Hoyt Science Building.  The event is free to the public.

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Westminster College Associate English Professor Connects Poetry and Fine Art at Museum in Florida

Dr. Bethany Hicok, associate professor of English

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Bethany Hicok, Westminster associate professor of English, recently presented research on Pulitzer prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop at Rollins College's Cornell Fine Arts Museum in Winter Park, Florida.

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International Film Series to Show Australian Film, Animal Kingdom

Westminster College's Jake Erhardt International Film Series will show Animal Kingdom Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater. The program is free and open to the public.

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"Crazy for You" Coming to Westminster College Celebrity Series

"Crazy for You," a musical by George and Ira Gershwin, will appear at Westminster College Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. in the newly-refurbished Orr Auditorium.

 "This large-scale production is crammed with popular standards like, 'I've Got Rhythm,' 'Embraceable You,' 'They Can't Take That Away From Me,' and 'Someone to Watch Over Me,'" said Gene DeCaprio, director of the Celebrity Series.  "This is the Broadway musical at its best."

 This Tony Award winning classic is a story of a stage-struck playboy starting a theater in a mining town.  It features a host of hilarious mistaken identities, exciting dance numbers, great sets, and time-period costumes.

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

A limited amount of seating is still available.  For tickets, contact Judy Behm, acting box office assistant of the Westminster College Celebrity Series at (724) 946-7354 or e-mail

Crazy for You

Westminster Public Relations Professor Presents Paper

Delores Natale, a lecturer of public relations at Westminster College, recently presented "From Typist to Tyrant: Film's Portrayal of Women in Journalism" at the 17th annual Far West Popular Culture Conference in Las Vegas.

 "I used excerpts from four different films produced between 1940 and 1994 to illustrate both stereotypical and balanced portrayals of women in journalism, Natale said.  "Implicit in the research is the influence the writers and actors had on either contributing to or debunking stereotypes."

 Natale, who has been with Westminster College since 2001, earned her undergraduate degree from Westminster College.

Contact Natale at (724) 946-7348 or e-mail for more information.

Delores Natale

Westminster Wind Ensemble to Give Spring Concert

The Westminster College Wind Ensemble will present "Music Through the Ages," Friday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., in Orr Auditorium.

 "As we commonly do, the ensemble will perform a diverse program including Ron Nelson's Homage to Perotin, which was written to celebrate the contributions of the three early music masters: Leonin, Perotin, and Machaut," said Dr. Tad Greig, director of bands at Westminster College.  "This particular movement is a wonderful opening, featuring fanfares in the brass and running lines throughout the woodwinds, punctuated by percussive accents."

 The second number, Sol Solitar, was composed by Timothy Mahr, director of wind studies at St. Olaf University.  It was dedicated to Anne Steiner, a friend whose life was tragically cut short.  This piece has interesting additions including piano, rain sticks, bowed vibraphone, and vocals by an ensemble.

 Four Dances from "West Side Story" features the Westminster College Dance Theater, directed by Gina Sharbaugh, who choreographed a dance to this work.  "I am excited by the melding of the arts in this collaborative experience," Greig said.

 "We will conclude with an epoch work, Carmina Burana," Greig said.  "This masterwork has challenged the ensemble because of its magnitude and its duration.  William Ambert and Dr. Anne Hagen-Bentz, vocal faculty at Westminster, will perform two of the solo arias.  While slightly shorter in duration than the original work scored for a full chorus, vocal soloists, and full orchestra, this work is still full of pomp, pageantry, subtle beauty, humor, and anger."

 The evening is free and open to the public, although a free-will donation will be taken before and after the concert to help defray the cost of the tour to Spain planned for the fall.

 Contact Greig at (724) 946-7279 or e-mail for more information.

Westminster Alumnus Writes Book of Childhood Memories

Valentine Brkich, a 1997 Westminster College graduate, recently wrote "Cageball, Poker, and the Atomic Wedgie: A Tale of Catholic School Mischief," a book about his childhood school memories.

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