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College to Host Annual Chemistry Lecture

Janet Bryant

Westminster College's Department of Chemistry will host Janet Bryant for the seventh annual Ken and Nancy Long Chemistry Lecture Friday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The program is free and open to the public.

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Faculty Forum Continues at Westminster College; Information Technology and the Small College Professor

Dr. Bryan Rennie, associate professor of religion at Westminster College, will present "Information Technology, Research, Publication and the Small College Professor" Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater located in the McKelvey Campus Center.

 "I will be talking about the way the information technology has served me and helped me with my publications," Rennie said.  "I will simply be using the connecting thread of information technology to talk about all that I have been doing."

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.

 Rennie, who has been with Westminster College, earned his undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

 For more information, contact Rennie, at (724) 946-7151 or e-mail

Dr. Bryan Rennie

Two Westminster Professors and Student Present Research at

Two Westminster College education professors and their student recently presented their joint research, "Re-Thinking the Dark Side of the Moon: Confronting Misconceptions and the Development of an Instrument," at the National Science Teachers' Association conference in Dallas.

Laurajane LaVerde, a senior elementary major, Dr. Patrick Krantz, assistant professor of education, and Dr. Eileen Morelli, associate professor of education, conducted this joint research project.

"Dr. Morelli initiated this  research as an inquiry-based project in her junior block class," Krantz said.  "After the class, Laurajane still had questions, so I enrolled her in an independent study and the three of us continued the research."

"This experience has influenced my views on education in a tremendous way, and I owe much of my growth to the opportunity Dr. Krantz and Dr. Morelli afforded me," LaVerde said.

 LaVerde is a daughter of Charlotte LaVerde and the late Philip LaVerde.  She is a graduate of Oil City Area High School.  LaVerde is active in the Westminster College Chapel Staff, a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Seekers, and vice president of Kappa Delta Pi.

"This project was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how faculty and student research projects can be developed," Krantz said.  "LaVerde did not do this as a requirement, she pursued this because she had questions.  If you ask her, I think she'll say that she learned a lot."

For more information, contact Krantz at (724) 946-7181 or e-mail; or Morelli at (724) 946-6035 or e-mail

Dr. Patrick Krantz, Laurajane LaVerde, and Dr. Eileen Morelli

Siblings of Westminster Students to Spend Weekend at College

Westminster College is hosting its 16th annual "Lil' Sibs Weekend" Friday-Sunday, March 3-5.  The event allows Westminster students to share their college experience with younger siblings, cousins, or friends.

Registration, photo buttons, games, and face painting kick off the "Hollywood Stars" weekend on Friday from 4-8 p.m. in the Club Room of the McKelvey Campus Center. Students and siblings then have the opportunity to attend Westminster's Dance Theatre production in Orr Auditorium or Theatre Westminster's production of "And Then There Were None."  The early evening movie, "The Chronicles of Narnia" begins at 8 p.m. and "Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire" begins at 10:30 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater.  Students and siblings will be able to attend Titan's Tavern in the McKelvey Campus Club Room, where they will enjoy free refreshments and entertainment that includes J.S. Eicher opening for Rebecca Bailey, followed by The Valley Below.

Saturday activities begin at 10 a.m. with a men's tennis match, followed by the Alpha Phi Omega Story Hour at 11 a.m.  After lunch, participants can get Hollywood-style antique photos and play the games of Inflatable Twister and Moonbounce.   Lil' Sibs can also take part in a scavenger hunt at 1 p.m., a swim party at 2 p.m., or darts, pool, and board games from 2-4 p.m. in the McKelvey Campus student lounge.  The evening offers an Alpha Phi Omega Retro dance and karaoke, night owl bowling, or a chance to view a movie or play that was missed on Friday.

Sunday offers another opportunity to attend a movie or play and a vesper service at 7 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

The event is sponsored by the Campus Programming Committee (CPC) of Westminster College.  For more information contact Megan Swank, Lil' Sibs coordinator, at (724) 946-7408 or the CPC office at (724) 946-7057.

Westminster Student and Faculty Member to Give Presentations

Jessica Henninger, a senior elementary education major, and Dr. Charlene Klassen Endrizzi, associate professor of education at Westminster College, will give presentations at the Lawrence County Reading Council Saturday, Oct. 25, at 9 a.m. at the New Castle Country Club.

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"Magical" Describes the Arthurian Travel Course at Westminster College

"Magical" was the one word that crept up in everyone's conversation about the Arthurian Travel Course at Westminster College.

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Three Westminster Professors Help Evaluate Advanced Placement Exams

Dr. Martha Joseph
Dr. Carolyn Cuff
Dr. Sandra Webster

 Three Westminster College professors participated in the annual reading and scoring of the College Board's advanced placement (AP) examinations this summer.

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Announcement of New Employees and Title Changes

Westminster College recently added three new employees and four staff members have changed titles and responsibilities.

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Planetarium Presents "The Explorers of Mauna Kea"

The Westminster College Planetarium will present "The Explorers of Mauna Kea" Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14, at 7 p.m. each night and a 3 p.m. show on Saturday, in the Planetarium located in room 116 of the Hoyt Science Resources Center.

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Student and Professor Receive Grants for Oxford Research Presentation

Westminster College senior Diana Conzett and Dr. Bethany Hicok presented their research at the Sylvia Plath 75th Year Symposium in Oxford, England, Oct. 25-28.

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