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Westminster College Biology Major Presents Research

Matthew Myers, a senior biology major at Westminster College, recently presented his research, "Ciliate Infection in Zebra Mussels," at the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition Student Symposium.

"The zebra mussel is an invasive mollusk species that has plagued U.S. waters and clogged intake pipes since its introduction to the Great Lakes in 1985," Myers writes.  "Because of their efficient filter feeding capacity, zebra mussels are prone to parasitic infections from ciliates.  This study analyzed the infection of zebra mussels using two ciliate species, Paramecium and Blepharisma, to determine a correlation between mussel length and infection intensity."

Myers is a son of Larry and Diane Myers, Greensburg, and a graduate of Hempfield Area High School.  Myers worked with Dr. Joseph Balczon, associate professor of biology, on the research.

Felicie Reid, a senior environmental science major at Westminster College, was the symposium moderator.  She is a daughter of Keith and Catherine, North Lima, Ohio, and a graduate of South Range High School.

 The Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition Symposium was designed to create a forum for providing an opportunity for community groups and students to present activities and findings to their peers, the public, and environmental professions. 

Students from Carnegie Mellon University, Grove City College, Slippery Rock University, Thiel College, and Westminster College presented their research, projects and discoveries relating to water quality, biology, environmental education, soil science, and ecosystem recovery.

Contact Dr. Ann Throckmorton, associate professor of biology and chair of the department, at (724) 946-7209 or e-mail for more information.

Students Attend Philosophy Conference

Eight Westminster College students recently attended the 30th annual Midsouth Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis.

 "We all attended "The Body as the Source of Myth: Using Merleau-Ponty to Recover Carl Jung's Collective Unconscious" a presentation of alumna Ashley Williams who graduated from Westminster last year and is now working on a Ph.D. at Duquesne University," said Dr. David Goldberg, assistant professor of philosophy at Westminster College.  "We also heard Eric Duffy, an adjunct professor at Westminster, deliver "Monadic Continuum and Petite Perceptions: The Sparring of Hegel and Leibniz."

 Contact Goldberg at (724) 946-7153 or e-mail for more information.

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Westminster College Forms Exchange Agreement with South Korean University

Westminster College and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, have entered into a student exchange agreement.

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Cheer on Westminster's Survivor ... Amber Brkich '00

Thursday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m.
The Down Under (non-alcoholic pub in Eichenauer Hall basement)

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Westminster College Prepares for Fall Family Day

Westminster College will host Fall Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 28.

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Westminster Hosting Databased Decision Making Program for Educators

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is hosting "Databased Decision Making" Thursday, Oct. 5, from 4-6 p.m. in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Faculty to Give Saxophone Recital April 18

Westminster College faculty member, James Flowers, will give a saxophone recital Wednesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster College's First Dual Certification Education Majors to Begin Student Teaching

L-r: Dr. Camardese, Molly Johnston, Carly Graham, Mallory Waid, Kait Etzel-Hardman, Megan Mancini, Kaitlyn Kaus, Lindsey Thomas, Anna Will, Danielle Hogue, Jessica Wiedmann, Missy Opalanko, Christy Brink, Kelly Altemose, Dr. Domanski

Westminster College's first group of dual certification education majors will be student teaching during the spring semester to complete requirements for graduation next May.

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Professor has Review Published

Dr. Bryan Rennie

Dr. Bryan Rennie, Westminster College Vira I. Heinz professor of religion, had a review of The Study of Religion in a New Key: Theoretical and Philosophical Soundings in the Comparative and General Study of Religion by Jeppe Sinding Jensen published in the journal Religion, vol. 38, #3.

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Director of Bands to Have Multiple Responsibilities at State Conference

Dr. R. Tad Greig
Westminster College Wind Ensemble

Dr. R. Tad Greig, Westminster College assistant professor of music and director of bands, will participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) state conference April 22-25 in Valley Forge.

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