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Westminster History Professor Earns Research Grant

Dr. Timothy Cuff, assistant professor of history at Westminster College, recently received a research grant from the Economic History Association.

 This $1,500 Arthur H. Cole grant is awarded annually to scholars at an early point in their careers after a competitive application process.

 "This year I was one of four recipients," Cuff said.  "The money I received is being used to pay keypunchers to digitize 8,000 Pennsylvania National Guard enlistment records that I previously gathered at the Pennsylvania Archives while serving as a Scholar in Residence.  I hope to analyze this data over the next year.  This work will expand the chronological coverage of my research on human stature change in Pennsylvania into the last decades of the nineteenth century and serve as one of the few large scale anthropometric samples for the United States for this time period."

 Cuff, who has been with Westminster College since 2000, earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster College, his masters' from Bowling Green State University and the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

 For more information, contact Cuff at (724) 946-6152 or e-mail

Dr. Timothy Cuff

Westminster's Relay for Life Raised $22,000 for Cancer Research

The brothers of Alpha Sigma Phi at Westminster College raised over $22,000 for the American Cancer Society inits eighth annual "Relay for Life."

The top two teams were repeats from last year: 1) Winck Trucking and 2) New Wilmington Kiwanis.

"Westminster student and three-year survivor of leukemia  Sara Belsito [a sophomore broadcast communications major from East Pittsburgh] cut the ribbon to start the opening lap," said Quay Rosengarth, a sophomore public relations major from New Wilmington and Alpha Sigma Phi philanthropy chair.  "Each Relay event and every cent raised we become closer to reaching the ultimate goal, which is to find a cure for cancer."

This year's sponsors included Giant Eagle, UPMC, The Apple Castle, The Tavern, Pizza Joes, Alices Pizza, The Wright Place Salone, McDonalds, Borland's Golf Course, the New Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department, Titan Radio, Alpha Sigma Phi, and Westminster College.

The concept behind Relay for Life involves teams of 8-15 people taking turns walking or running around the track, relay-style, for 12 straight hours.  Each team member is asked to raise donations to support the American Cancer Society's services, programs, and research.

Contact Rosengarth at (724) 946-7054 or e-mail for more information.

Information Systems Hires New Assistant Coordinator for Administrative Systems

Westminster College Information Systems Department has hired David Peluso as the assistant coordinator for administrative systems.

 "Dave has an extensive background in working with and training users in Microsoft Office applications and should be a big help in that area," said Thomas McMahon, coordinator of administrative systems.

 Peluso comes to Westminster from DCI Career Institute where he was a computer instructor and corporate training coordinator since 2004.  He also ran his own business where he provided private computer application training and support services for businesses and individuals, designed and supported database and spreadsheet applications, and offered on-site and phone technical support.

 Peluso earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and a certificate in business applications programming from Computer Tech.

 Peluso resides in Beaver Falls with his wife, Susan, and two daughters, Emily and Megan.  He can be contacted at (724) 946-7277 or e-mail

Westminster to Dedicate Marge Walker Recreation Center

The Marge Walker Recreation Center at Westminster College will be dedicated Friday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in Old 77.

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Amber Survivor Watch -- Week 5

Amber Brkich, a 2000 Westminster College graduate from Beaver, Pa., is attempting to outwit, outplay and outlast 15 others for survival and a million dollar prize on the CBS show Survivor II: The Australian Outback. Amber earned in a degree in public relations with a minor in speech communications at Westminster last May, and was vice president of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Survivor airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Westminster College to Hold Fashion Show Benefit

The Westminster College chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International is holding a fall fashion show Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in Russell Dining Hall.

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Forensic Director to Speak About Antiquity

L-R: Pesad, Dr. Samuel Farmerie, & Dr. Jonathan Elias

Dr. Jonathan Elias, director of programs and exhibits at the Whitaler Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, will discuss career opportunities for students in the field of antiquity Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 12:45 p.m. in the Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Opera Westminster to Perform April 14

Opera Westminster will perform Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Orr Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

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Professor Presents at American Physical Society Meeting

Dr. Lightner in Orlando Classroom

Dr. Samuel Lightner, Westminster College professor and chair of the Department of Physics, presented two workshops for high school teachers at the American Physical Society - Division of Plasma Physics (APS-DPP) meeting Nov. 12-16 in Orlando, Fla.

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Professor to Speak on Civil Rights Tour

Dr. Phyliis Kitzerow

Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow, Westminster College professor of sociology, will present "Going to Alabama with Julian Bond" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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