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Faculty Forum Continues at Westminster College

Dr. Carol Bove, professor of French at Westminster College, will present "Numbers and Narratives" at Faculty Forum Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

"I will be talking about how my research and translations have helped shape my teaching," Bove said.  "My work, for example, on Claude Richard's 'American Letters' is helping me to prepare the cluster course I will be teaching in the Spring semester with Barbara Faires (professor of mathematics) on literary and mathematical language."

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.

Bove, who has been with Westminster College since 1984, earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and master's and Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Binghamton.

For more information, contact Bove at (724) 946-7303 or e-mail

Dr. Carol Bove

Westminster Plants More Than 80 Trees to Celebrate Arbor Day

More than 80 trees were planted last weekend at Westminster College Offutt Microforest to celebrate Arbor Day.

"Seventeen campus people planted 37 trees Friday, and 21 alumni and family members showed up in the drizzle and rain Saturday to plant 45 trees," said Dr. Clarence Harms, director of the Westminster College Field Station and professor of biology emeritus.  "Since 1997, we've planted over 850 trees."

Each tree planted gets an identification number that is recorded with the name of the person who planted it and a GPS location, so it can be located in the future.  The seedlings planted this year include: white oak, black oak, red maple, American chestnut, white ash, black gum, and hemlock.

"The lands we now call Lawrence and Mercer Counties were among those given to Revolutionary War veterans in lieu of salary," Harms said. "These so called Donation Lands were surveyed in a system call Metes and Bounds,' where property was marked and measured from adjoining property using natural landmarks.  Those landmarks were mainly trees that today we call Witness Trees.

"Those trees are gone now, but their record remains.  By looking at the survey records and plots of the late 1700s and noting which Witness Trees were mentioned, we get a reasonable picture of species diversity in pre-settlement forests.  We are using this data to configure a Microforest, a five-acre former pasture at the Field Station where we are planting only those species that could have been in our region."

Each year Westminster invites not only the Westminster community, but scouts, elementary school children, and preschool children from the area to participate in tree plantings.  Holes are pre-dug and seedlings, yellow mesh cylinder tree guards, fertilizer pellets, compost, and marking supplies are provided, as well as planting instructions.

'This reforestation project (of reconstructing a pre-settlement forest) is a scientific project," Harms said.  "As far as I can tell, none other like it in Pennsylvania.  We are documenting the forest in great detail."

Contact Harms at (724) 946-8520 or e-mail for more information. 

Carla Robertson (wife of John), John Robertson (assistant professor of biology at Westminster College) and Benyl Robertson (daughter).

Professor Named "Counselor Educator of the Year"

Dr. William Evans, associate professor of education at Westminster College, was named "Counselor Educator of the Year" by the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association (PSCA).

 "Dr. Evans has made a difference in the schools, colleges, and within the counseling profession," said Sharon Longo, 2006 PSCA Conference chairperson.  "Desiring to make a difference in the profession and in the lives of their students, award recipients demonstrate a passion to learn and courage to take risks.  They have set the bar for the next generation of counselors and we applaud them for their actions."

 "He is a gifted educator, an innovative counseling practitioner and supervisor who has consistently pursued opportunities to grow as a professional counselor and counselor educator," said Dr. Linda Domanski, chair and assistant professor of education at Westminster College.

 While at the conference, Evans also made a scholarly presentation, "Dream a Little Dream: Making Sense of Dreams."  This presentation focused on dreams, dreaming, and dream interpretation in counseling.

 PSCA, which has approximately 2,200 members, has a competitive award selection process.  Each year one award is given to a post-secondary level counselor, one to elementary, one to a junior high/middle school counselor, one to a high school educator, and one to a multi-level educator. 

 Evans, who has been with Westminster since 2001, earned his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University, his master's from Youngstown State University, and his Ph.D. from Kent State University.  He also has board certification as a Nationally Certified Counselor and was granted the professional counselor license by the state of Pennsylvania.  Evans has been published in several refereed journals.

 The Counselor Education program at Westminster College is a comprehensive sequence of courses and field experiences that is designed to prepare school counselors to provide professional counseling services in the school setting. Through the master's degree program and a post-master's course of study, students acquire a practical knowledge of school counseling theory and develop effective skills in the practice of counseling. The master's degree program is 30 semester hours of coursework. Students desiring certification in Pennsylvania as a School Counselor complete a six-semester hour post-master's internship. This 300-hour internship is conducted in the school under the supervision by an experienced, certified school counselor. Students wanting the School Counselor license in Ohio complete an eighteen-semester hour post-master's course of study. This consists of coursework and an additional six semester hours of internship. More information about the program and curriculum may be found at the graduate program website.

 Contact Evans at (724) 946-7184 or e-mail for more information

Dr. William Evans

Westminster Music Education Major to Give Organ Recital

Jennifer Braden, a Westminster College senior education major, will give an organ recital Sunday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. at Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster College to Host Nine Area Schools in Business Competition

Westminster College will host nine area high schools in this year's competition of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Regional Leadership Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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Westminster College's Marching Band Performs

Westminster College's Marching Band premiered an intricate drill and music performance during half time of the first home football game Saturday.

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Henderson Lecture Investigates Role Artists Play in a Broken Society

Dr. Bethany Hicok

Dr. Bethany Hicok, Westminster assistant professor of English, will deliver the Henderson Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Chemistry Majors and Faculty Present Research at National Conference

(L-R) Joelle Wells, Val Kokai, Kyle Schulyer, Amy Wirtz, and Andy Starosta.

Five Westminster College senior chemistry majors and three faculty members recently attended the American Chemical Society conference in Chicago.

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Honor Society Inducts New Members

The Westminster Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa initiated 36 new members in a Dec. 2 ceremony in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

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Peace Studies Coffeehouse to Feature Malawi

Fletcher Nyirenda

Westminster College's Peace Studies Coffeehouse will host Fletcher Nyirenda Monday, Sept. 22, at 4:15 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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