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Westminster Religion Professor's Research Published in Encyclopedia and a Variety of Edited Volumes

Dr. Bryan Rennie, Vira I. Heinz professor of religion at Westminster College, recently had his research, "Eliade (Further Considerations,)" added to the second edition of the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Religion.

 "I consider this a particularly significant achievement since the Macmillan Encyclopedia is the standard reference work in the field and is almost universally consulted," Rennie said.  "The first edition was edited by Eliade himself, and I consider it a mark of the respect with which my work is regarded that I was invited to contribute this entry.  The second edition has already been advertised as forthcoming this year, and my entry is listed in the table of contents."

 Rennie completed an article "Heterophenomenology and Self-Knowledge" which will be included in the anthology, Rethinking Religion 101: Praxis, Pedagogy and the Future of Religious Studies, which will be published by the Cambridge University Press.  He also completed the manuscript for an edited volume titled, The International Eliade, forthcoming from the State University of New York Press.  This volume contains essays from scholars of religion all over the world assessing the work of the Romanian-American historian of religion, Mircea Eliade.

 In July, he presented a paper, "Collaborative Research Communities: The Case of Zoroastrian Studies," to the second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in Prato, near Florence, Italy.

 "I have continued to work with my fellow editor, Philip Tite, currently at Cambridge University, United Kingdom, on the anthology Underlying Terror: Religious Studies Perspectives on the War on Terrorism," Rennie said.  "I am also organizing a panel in response to this volume at the 19th International Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions to be held in Tokyo in March, 2005.  At the same conference I am also organizing and presenting on a panel of international scholars on the potential contribution of the philosophy of science to the study of religion."

 "However, my main research at the moment concentrates on Mircea Eliade: A Critical Reader," Rennie continues.  "It is extensive, and, I believe, an important project that will concentrate on all of the issues surrounding the life and work of Mircea Eliade in a single volume."

 Rennie, who has been with Westminster College since 1994, earned his undergraduate, master's and Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

 For more information, contact Rennie at (724) 946-7151 or e-mail

Dr. Bryan Rennie

Westminster Director of Bands Published in Journal

Dr. Tad Greig, director of bands and assistant professor of music at Westminster College, recently had an article, "Getting Started," published in the May issue of the "Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Journal."

"This article discusses both practical and philosophical issues that new instrumental music educators should be prepared for," Greig said.  "It also addresses the philosophical balance between the performance and educational aspects within the common music education position.  This article was generated by what I actually teach in my instrumental methods course."

Greig, who has been with Westminster College since 1995, earned his undergraduate degree from Grove City College, his master's from Youngstown State University, and his Ph.D. from Kent State University.  He is an active guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator throughout the Eastern United States.  In addition to conducting, he is in constant demand as a marching band drill designer.  He has also given lectures and presentations on ensemble rehearsal techniques, literature selection and various topics regarding music education.

Greig is the past president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Bandmasters Association and a member of the Collegiate Band Directors National Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, International Trombonists Association, National Brass Society, Music Educators National Conference and the Pennsylvania Music Education Association.  He was also nominated and accepted into the "Who's Who in American Education," and was awarded the "Citation of Excellence" award in music education presented by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

As a trombonist, Greig currently performs with the Youngstown Fine Arts Brass (Quintet) and the Westminster College Faculty Brass, as well as being a free lance musician throughout the Youngstown and Pittsburgh areas.

Contact Greig at (724) 946-7279 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Tad Greig

Woods Lecture Focuses on History of Photography

Dr. Thomas B. Greenslade, Jr., Kenyon College professor emeritus, will deliver the Westminster College Woods Memorial Lecture Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Phillips Lecture Hall located in the Hoyt Science Resources Center.

 "Dr. Greenslade will speak on the 'History of Photography' starting with a discussion of the first photographic process, the Daguerrotype, following by discussions of later developments," said Dr. Samuel Lightner, professor of physics at Westminster.  "Examples of photographs using the early techniques will be on display before and after the talk."

He will also have a presentation on Westminster Physics Department historical equipment in Hoyt 116 at 4:30 p.m. March 28.

 Greenslade graduated from Amherst College in 1959, received his doctorate in physics from Rutgers in 1965 and started teaching at Kenyon College in 1964. He retired for the first time in May 2002, was awarded a D. Sc. from Kenyon, and then went back to teaching electronics in the spring for the next three years. After 41 years he is now retired.

The author of over 200 articles, Greenslade writes on the history of physics, as well as lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments developed at Kenyon. He is the past chair of the Committee on the History and Philosophy of Physics of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and has served three terms on the editorial board of The Physics Teacher.

Greenslade has a website ( Historical Physics Apparatus that went on line in 2000 and currently has images of about 1,850 pieces of apparatus, including some from Westminster College. In 2005 he added a museum room to his house which holds some of the 400+ pieces of early apparatus donated to him by individuals, schools, and colleges.

The Woods Memorial Lecture honors Dr. Robert M. Woods, professor of physics at Westminster College from 1947-1972.  It is made possible by a gift from the Woods' family that has been supplemented over the years by gifts from friends and alumni.

The event is free and open to the public.  Contact Lightner at (724) 946-7204 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Thomas Greenslade, Jr.

Theta Chi Fraternity Organizes "Greek Sweep" for New Wilmington

Theta Chi fraternity is sponsoring a "Greek Sweep" for the borough of New Wilmington Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 10 a.m.

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Westminster College Students Find Creative Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

By Sara Bozich, senior interdisciplinary major from Lewisberry, Pa.

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Six Westminster College Students Attend Labor/Management Meeting

Six Westminster College students attended the second annual luncheon meeting on Labor-Management Relations in Pittsburgh.

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Professors' Research Results in Gender Equality Task Force

Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow
Dr. Virginia tomlinson

Westminster College sociology professors Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow and Dr. Virginia Tomlinson's joint research, "The Legal Profession: A Study of the ACBA Membership 2005", has prompted the formation of the Gender Equality Task Force by the Allegheny County Bar Association.

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Music Education Professor to Present Lecture at State Conference

Dr. R. Tad Greig

Dr. R. Tad Greig, Westminster College music education assistant professor and director of instrumental activities, will present a lecture at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association State Conference Friday, April 20, in Hershey.

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Student Receives Grant for Undergraduate Research Presentation

The Westminster College Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning awarded a travel/presentation grant to Bryan Bischof, a Westminster senior mathematics major, to present "Framed Link Vector Space of Chord Diagrams" at the Young Mathematician's Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

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Westminster College to Host Band Festival

Westminster College will host the 13th annual Mercer Mustang Band Show Saturday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at Burry Stadium.

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