The Westminster College Department of Economics and Business hosted its semiannual professional networking symposium Sept. 20.
Dr. Clarence Harms, Westminster College professor of biology Emeritus, will present a Biology Department Seminar Thursday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. in Phillips Lecture Hall located in the Hoyt Science Resources Center.
"My illustrated lecture will explore the requirements for both the temperate rainforest of the Tongass National Forest in Alaska and the tropical rainforest of Amazonia in Ecuador," Harms said. "What we know about them and how we act to preserve them will change the future of these havens of biodiversity. Rainforests of the world, without doubt, affect the quality of life in all the rest of our planet. Every breath of air we take has some molecules of oxygen that came to us from these rainforests!"
"Tropical rainforests, often called jungles, occupy six to seven percent of the earth's surface but support more than half of the earth's plant and animal species. By estimate, 90 percent of the animal species in the rainforest are insects, and most of them are still, most likely, unknown to science," continued Harms. "In 1900 there were 7.1 billion acres of tropical rainforest in the world. By 2000 that number was cut in half. Worldwide, rainforest land the size of a football field disappears each second."
Harms was a Fulbright scholar in Pakistan, and has received several awards as an outstanding faculty member at Westminster College for his ability to motivate students. He has led numerous travel classes in marine biology, and during his distinguished career at Westminster, he has been department chair as well as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college. He was elected to three national honorary fraternities...Phi Beta Kappa for scholarship; Sigma Xi for science; and Phi Sigma for biological sciences. Harms has earned a number of National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health fellowships for research and advance study.
Harms earned his undergraduate degree from Tabor College, his masters from the University of Kansas, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
For more information, contact Dr. Ann Throckmorton, chair and associate professor of biology at Westminster College, at (724) 946-7209 or e-mail email@example.com.
Twenty-six Westminster College students were recently inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an international education honor society.
Kappa Delta Pi membership is restricted to the top 20 percent of those students seeking teacher certification. Eligibility includes that the student must be at least a second-semester sophomore who is in a program leading to teacher certification and has evidence of service to children and the profession.
Contact Dr. Linda Domanski, assistant professor of education and adviser to the group, at (724) 946-7182 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The fourth annual New Wilmington Area Business Expo will be held Saturday, March 18, at the Westminster College Memorial Field House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Last year's Business Expo featured booths from more than 100 area businesses and over 1,000 visitors packed the Westminster Field House. This year the Business Expo will expand to the main and auxiliary gyms and the lobby to provide additional room for business booths and patrons.
"We hope that local businesses will take advantage of this great opportunity and participate," said event co-chair Betty Jones. "This type of event is a great way to introduce yourself and your business to potential customers and other businesses. We are excited about the quality of the door prizes that will be given away, and expect this year's Business Expo to showcase some of the great things available in our community."
Jones added that "home-based" businesses and food vendors are welcome to participate.
The event is organized by the New Wilmington Area Chamber of Commerce and is intended to provide local businesses with one-on-one contacts and marketing opportunities. Patrons of the event will have the opportunity to win one of many valuable door prizes being donated by participating businesses. Admission to the event is free.
All area businesses are invited to participate. A registration fee is required in addition to providing a door prize. Each participating business will be given space to display their products. New Wilmington Area Chamber members receive a discount off the registration fee
Contact co-chair Anne Bruening at (724) 946-3300 for more information, or visit www.newwilmington.biz for the latest Chamber news.
"Waking Ned Devine," a 1998 British/French comedy, will be shown Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center Theater.
Dr. Scott W. Sunquist, the W. Don McClure associate professor of world missions and evangelism, will speak on "History's Lessons for Church Growth" at Westminster College Tuesday, March 13, from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Russell Hall.
Dr. Bryan Rennie, associate professor of religion and philosophy at Westminster College, will deliver the Henderson Lecture, Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.
Dr. Mandy Medvin, Westminster professor of psychology and Gibson-Drinko Distinguished Chair of Psychology, recently presented "Influence of Rejection Sensitivity on Friendship Satisfaction and Quality" at the 114th annual American Psychological Association (APA) convention in New Orleans.
Westminster College will hold a faculty recital titled "Two Sonatas and Some Candy" Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. at Orr Auditorium.
Darryl Audia of Audia Real Estate Services in New Castle will present "TriBeCa/SoHo: 2BR/2BA," the fourth in Westminster College's "Get Real!" life preparation series, Thursday, Dec. 6.
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