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Professor to Speak about Religious Symbolism

Dr. Bryan Rennie

Dr. Bryan Rennie, Westminster College Vira I. Heinz professor of religion, will be the featured speaker at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Professor Emeritus Invited to Speak on Darwin's Life and Work

Dr. Clarence Harms

Dr. Clarence Harms, Westminster College professor of biology emeritus, will present "The Galapagos: Before, During, and After Darwin" Tuesday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in the Stabley Library at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The event is free and open to the public.

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Psychology Majors Present Senior Studies

A dozen Westminster College psychology majors presented their senior studies Dec. 17.

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Senior Conducted Capstone Research in Israel

Rachael Hoffman and Dr. Sherri Pataki
Dr. Ronit Fisher and Rachael Hoffman at Western Galilee College
Rachael Hoffman and students at Western Galilee College

Rachael Hoffman, a Westminster College senior psychology major, conducted research for her capstone project at Western Galilee College in Akko, Israel, over the summer.

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Alumnus to Present 2011 Woods Lecture

Westminster College's Department of Physics will host Dr. Brian Sullivan for the 24th annual Woods Memorial Lecture Wednesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in Phillips Lecture Hall of the Hoyt Science Resources Center.

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Music Faculty Selected to Perform at International Symposium

Jim Flowers and Dr. Nancy Zipay DeSalvo

Two Westminster College music faculty were selected to perform at the 35th International Saxophone Symposium Jan. 21 at George Mason University in Washington, D.C.

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Westminster College Admissions Staff to Visit Local High Schools

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College admissions staff will be visiting local high schools Oct. 9-19.

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Westminster College Professor of Computer Science and Alumnus Participated in Robot Competition

The Mercer Area High School team: (l-r) Ryan Hamilton, Adam Hoge, "Mildred" the robot, Benjamin Shaffer, and Rebecca Shaffer.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. David Shaffer, Westminster College associate professor of computer science, served as adviser to Mercer Area High School students during the Trinity College Firefighting Home Robot competition April 6-7 in Hartford, Conn.

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Admissions Staff to Visit Local High Schools

Westminster College admissions staff will be visiting local high schools Sept. 25-Oct.17.

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Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to Host Education Seminars

The Westminster College Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning will host a series of education clinics.  The 2004 Mathematics Coaches Clinic, which includes dinner, is scheduled Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 4-6 p.m. in the Lakeview Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

 This session will be lead by Tim LaVan, mathematics specialist for the Oil City School District, a member of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Math Advisory Committee that developed and reviewed the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests.  His program will focus on integrating the new PDE assessment anchors into district math curriculum/programs and training teachers to focus on implement and assess these essential content standards at grade level.

 Several other programs are scheduled in the coming months.  They include: Accountability and Ethics lunch, Oct. 12; Developing a High Performance School or School System dinner Nov. 23; Science Literacy lunch, Jan. 20; School Law Update lunch, March 17; and Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum dinner, April 7.

 The event is sponsored by the Tri-State Area School Study Council Department of Administrative Policy Studies at the School of Education of the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Westminster College.

 All clinics offer Act 48 hours, and are open all interested parties.  For registration, contact Carol Fiumara at the Tri-State Area School Study Council at (412) 648-7185 or e-mail  Applications can also be mailed to: 4H01 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA  15260. 

 For more information, contact Dr. Chet Kent at (412) 648-7169 or e-mail

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was developed to advance world-class teaching at Westminster and enrich K-12 education through outreach programs for area educators.

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