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Westminster College to Host Speaker from Northwestern University

Dr. Alice Dreger

The Next Chapter Speaker Series at Westminster College will host Dr. Alice Dreger, professor of clinical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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SIFE Team Wins Regional Competition

Seated: Sydney Serjak, Alicia Seitz, Mr. Smith, Amanda Conway, Ashley Carnahan. Standing: Matt Saines, Jordan Flaim, Jeff Downey, Nate Capello, Jake Hagmaier, Stephen LaRue

Westminster College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) successfully defended its divisional championship at the SIFE Regional Competition March 16 in Charlotte, N.C.

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Accounting Professor to Discuss Game Strategy at Faculty Forum

David Smith

David Smith, Westminster College assistant professor of accounting, will discuss the use of games to develop academic skills at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Artist Talk Scheduled for Oct. 7 is Canceled

The gallery talk by fabric artist Martha Ressler scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. is canceled. It will be re-scheduled in November.

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Student Teachers Presented at National Conference

(L-r) Maile Kirkpatrick, Dr. Eileen Morelli, Leah Badolato, Cassey Hogue, Alissa Little, Sarah Nee, Tom Holoman, Mallory Ference, Dr. Amy Camardese

Six Westminster College student teachers, a graduate student, and two education faculty presented "The Kindle Project" at the National Student Teaching and Supervision conference April 28 at Slippery Rock University.

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French Film Festival to Show Movie Based on True Story

Des hommes et des dieux (Of Gods and Men), the fourth film in Westminster College's Tournées Film Festival, will be shown Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College Audio Visual Services' First Annual Chili-Cook-off Turns Up Heat on Cystic Fibrosis

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College Audio Visual Services (AV) held its first annual Chili Cook-off during homecoming festivities Sept. 29 and raised more than $300 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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Westminster College Faculty Attend the Council on Undergraduate Research Meeting

Dr. Terri L. Lenox, professor of computer science and chair of the mathematics and computer science department
Dr. Karen K. Resendes, assistant professor of biology
Dr. Sandra K. Webster, professor of psychology

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Three Westminster College faculty attended the Conference on Undergraduate Research (CUR) annual business meeting as CUR councilors June 20-22 at Chapman University in Orange County, Calif.

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Associate Admissions Director to Visit Schools

Dawn Chapman, Westminster College associate director of admissions, will visit high schools in western Pennsylvania and New York Oct. 13-20.

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Westminster Political Science Professor Investigates the Globalization of Power

Dr. Edward Cohen, associate professor of political science at Westminster College, will deliver the Henderson Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

 "The idea that the use of power could be subjected to the law has ancient roots in Western philosophical and cultural traditions," Cohen said.  "Emerging in a number of forms, it embodies the hope that power could be put to use to secure the common good of the community, rather than being a tool used arbitrarily by tyrants according to their private and personal whims. In recent centuries, the ideal of 'the rule of law' incorporates constitutional government, the protection of fundamental rights, and public and impartial legal process has become the basis of global movements for human rights and for democracy."

 Cohen's research, however, has shown that this "common good" theory is beginning to erode, and the ability of law to discipline the use of power is under threat.

 "Many fear that some of the main features of economic and political globalization, such as the global influence of private corporations, the growth of international institutions, the increasing speed of communications and social change, and the emergence of unpredictable and violent criminal and political networks, make it more difficult to use law to control all forms of social and political power," Cohen said.  "In this lecture, I draw on my research on the role of law in shaping globalization to argue that these treats are real.  It's a problem we are just beginning to understand."

The Henderson Lecture was founded by Dr. Joseph R. Henderson and his wife, Elizabeth, to encourage and recognize original and continuing research and scholarship among Westminster College faculty, and to afford the opportunity for faculty to share their learning with the academic community.  Dr. Henderson is a professor emeritus of education at Westminster, and served as chair of the Department of Education and director of the Graduate Program.  Each year Westminster faculty members may nominate themselves or others to receive the lectureship, which includes a stipend to support a specific research project.  A special faculty committee chooses from the nominees.

Cohen, who has been with Westminster College since 1996, is the author of The Politics of Globalization in the United States.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College, and his master's and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Cohen at (724) 946-7304 or e-mail

Dr. Edward Cohen

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