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Westminster College's Environmental Programs to Present The Vanishing Bees Oct. 23

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College's Environmental Programs will present "The Vanishing Bees" Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Patterson Hall, Room 207. The event is open to the public.

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Westminster College Associate Professor Published in Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships

Dr. Sherri Pataki, associate professor of psychology

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Sherri Pataki, Westminster College associate professor of psychology, was recently published in Interpersona: An International Journal on Personal Relationships.

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Westminster Crowns Homecoming King and Queen

Blake Tyger and Liz Buechele
(L-r) Connor Young, Lizz Venanzi, Matt Baurle, Makenzie Logan, Mark Andino, Renee Cantrell, Abby Miles, Nolan Randall, Kelly Higby, Blake Tyger, Liz Buechele, Pano Constantine
Zeta Tau Alpha float

Blake Tyger and Liz Buechele were crowned Westminster College Homecoming king and queen during halftime festivities Oct. 11.

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Westminster History Professor Earns Research Grant

Dr. Timothy Cuff, assistant professor of history at Westminster College, recently received a research grant from the Economic History Association.

 This $1,500 Arthur H. Cole grant is awarded annually to scholars at an early point in their careers after a competitive application process.

 "This year I was one of four recipients," Cuff said.  "The money I received is being used to pay keypunchers to digitize 8,000 Pennsylvania National Guard enlistment records that I previously gathered at the Pennsylvania Archives while serving as a Scholar in Residence.  I hope to analyze this data over the next year.  This work will expand the chronological coverage of my research on human stature change in Pennsylvania into the last decades of the nineteenth century and serve as one of the few large scale anthropometric samples for the United States for this time period."

 Cuff, who has been with Westminster College since 2000, earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster College, his masters' from Bowling Green State University and the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

 For more information, contact Cuff at (724) 946-6152 or e-mail

Dr. Timothy Cuff

Westminster's Relay for Life Raised $22,000 for Cancer Research

The brothers of Alpha Sigma Phi at Westminster College raised over $22,000 for the American Cancer Society inits eighth annual "Relay for Life."

The top two teams were repeats from last year: 1) Winck Trucking and 2) New Wilmington Kiwanis.

"Westminster student and three-year survivor of leukemia  Sara Belsito [a sophomore broadcast communications major from East Pittsburgh] cut the ribbon to start the opening lap," said Quay Rosengarth, a sophomore public relations major from New Wilmington and Alpha Sigma Phi philanthropy chair.  "Each Relay event and every cent raised we become closer to reaching the ultimate goal, which is to find a cure for cancer."

This year's sponsors included Giant Eagle, UPMC, The Apple Castle, The Tavern, Pizza Joes, Alices Pizza, The Wright Place Salone, McDonalds, Borland's Golf Course, the New Wilmington Volunteer Fire Department, Titan Radio, Alpha Sigma Phi, and Westminster College.

The concept behind Relay for Life involves teams of 8-15 people taking turns walking or running around the track, relay-style, for 12 straight hours.  Each team member is asked to raise donations to support the American Cancer Society's services, programs, and research.

Contact Rosengarth at (724) 946-7054 or e-mail for more information.

Information Systems Hires New Assistant Coordinator for Administrative Systems

Westminster College Information Systems Department has hired David Peluso as the assistant coordinator for administrative systems.

 "Dave has an extensive background in working with and training users in Microsoft Office applications and should be a big help in that area," said Thomas McMahon, coordinator of administrative systems.

 Peluso comes to Westminster from DCI Career Institute where he was a computer instructor and corporate training coordinator since 2004.  He also ran his own business where he provided private computer application training and support services for businesses and individuals, designed and supported database and spreadsheet applications, and offered on-site and phone technical support.

 Peluso earned his undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and a certificate in business applications programming from Computer Tech.

 Peluso resides in Beaver Falls with his wife, Susan, and two daughters, Emily and Megan.  He can be contacted at (724) 946-7277 or e-mail

Westminster to Dedicate Marge Walker Recreation Center

The Marge Walker Recreation Center at Westminster College will be dedicated Friday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. in Old 77.

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Amber Survivor Watch -- Week 5

Amber Brkich, a 2000 Westminster College graduate from Beaver, Pa., is attempting to outwit, outplay and outlast 15 others for survival and a million dollar prize on the CBS show Survivor II: The Australian Outback. Amber earned in a degree in public relations with a minor in speech communications at Westminster last May, and was vice president of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. Survivor airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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Westminster College to Hold Fashion Show Benefit

The Westminster College chapter of Phi Delta Kappa International is holding a fall fashion show Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in Russell Dining Hall.

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Forensic Director to Speak About Antiquity

L-R: Pesad, Dr. Samuel Farmerie, & Dr. Jonathan Elias

Dr. Jonathan Elias, director of programs and exhibits at the Whitaler Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, will discuss career opportunities for students in the field of antiquity Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 12:45 p.m. in the Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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