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Snow Happens!

Dr. Robert Travis (l) is congratulated by Pres. Richard Dorman
Pres. Dorman helps pitch pine branches into the chipper
Volunteers wrestle pine branches for chipping from a snow-covered pile

The Field Station's sixth annual Winter Chipping Party rolled Saturday, Feb. 6, despite the weather. Former Christmas trees and trimmed branches of pine trees were moved along their paths to becoming soil.

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College to Celebrate AV Week Oct. 17-23

Westminster College will celebrate International Audio Visual Week, Oct. 17-23, with a series of campus events that are free and open to the public.

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Council for Exceptional Children Assisted with Special Olympics

Council for Exceptional Children members

Students from the Westminster College chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children assisted with Special Olympics April 29 at Western Beaver High School stadium.

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Alumnus Returns to Present 2012 Woods Lecture

Jim Adams

Westminster College's Department of Physics will host Jim Adams '79 for the 25th annual Woods Memorial Lecture Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Phillips Lecture Hall of the Hoyt Science Resources Center.  The talk is free and open to the public.

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Theatre Westminster to Present The Drowsy Chaperone Oct. 31 – Nov 4

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Theatre Westminster will present The Drowsy Chaperone Oct. 31-Nov 4 in Beeghly Theater.

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Westminster College to Welcome Class of 2017 with Opening Convocation Aug. 23

Move-in day August 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College will welcome the class of 2017 with the traditional Opening Convocation on Friday, Aug. 23, at 1 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster Men's and Women's Choirs to Present a Fall Concert

The Westminster College Men's and Women's Choirs will present their annual fall concert entitled "Shout for Joy" on Friday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

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International Film Series Continues at Westminster College

The Jake Erhardt International Film Series presents
"The Wedding Banquet" Tuesday, Oct.19, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater located in the McKelvey Campus Center.

  "This funny, film is about Wei-Tung, a gay Taiwanese-American happily living in New York with his partner, Simon," said Dr. Deborah Mitchell, associate professor of English and public relations at Westminster College.  "But when Wei-Tung's parents, who know nothing of their son's sexual orientation, keep pressuring him to marry, Simon suggests a marriage of convenience to a young Chinese girl looking for a green card.  The results are mayhem."

"It's a great example of Ang Lee's stunning visual style, who also directed 'Crouching Tiger,' 'Hidden Dragon' and 'Sense and Sensibility,'" Mitchell added.

The International Film Series was recently named in honor of its founder, Dr. Jacob Erhardt, professor emeritus of German at Westminster College.  Erhardt, who taught at Westminster from 1968 until his retirement in 2004, served as chair of his department from 1970-1986, was named the Language Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania State Modern Languages Association, translated into English Robert Reitzel's Adventures of a Greenhorn, and was recognized by the National Endowment for the Humanities as an outstanding member.

The event, which is part of an eight-film series, is free and open to the public

For more information, contact Mitchell at (724) 946-7030 or e-mail

Westminster Offers Secondary Educators Computer Science Workshop

Westminster College is offering a Computer Science Workshop June 22-24 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Hoyt Science Resources Center Room G-35.

"The workshop included two tracks: Java programming and VisualBasic.Net programming," said Dr. David Shaffer, assistant professor of computer science.  "The level of the material will be tailored to the attendees' needs, but we will also provide introductory to advanced training in both of these technologies.  Advanced topics could include graphical user interface in Java, network programming, and data structures and algorithms.

"Of course, all topics will be appropriate for improving mastery of the language and useful as potential projects for your students.  This workshop will be hands-on and focused on activities that enhance mastery of these languages."

Workshop leaders include Shaffer and Dr. Terri Lenox, assistant professor of computer science at Westminster College. 

All educational materials, including breakfast and lunch, are included in this workshop at no cost, but registration is limited to 18 individuals and will be accepted at a first-come, first-served basis through June 14.

This free workshop is sponsored by the Westminster College Department of Mathematics and Computer Science through the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.  Support for this program is provided by Westminster College and the Grable Foundation of Pittsburgh.

Contact Shaffer at (724) 946-7292 or e-mail for more information.

Professor to Discuss Harem Life, Solomon, & David

Dr. Beverly Cushman, assistant professor of religion and Christian education at Westminster College, will present "Harem Politics and the Case of Bat-Sheba" at Faculty Forum Wednesday, March 29, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater located in the McKelvey Campus Center.

 "I will be discussing how information about harem life in the Ottoman Empire gives insight into Bat-Sheba's role in getting her son Solomon on the throne of David," Cushman said. 

 Cushman, who has been with Westminster College since 2004, earned her undergraduate degree from Stetson University, and a master's and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.

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.

 The event is free and open to the public.  Contact Cushman at (724) 946-7127 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Beverly Cushman

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