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Education Majors Led Family Math Night

Family Math Night at Union Elementary School

Twenty-one Westminster College early childhood education majors led math activities at Family Math Night Feb. 28 in collaboration with third-grade teacher Loraine Rice at Union Elementary School in New Castle.

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Westminster College Choral Groups to Present Concerts Nov. 9 and 11

The 2011 Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
The 2011 Women's Chorus
The 2011 Men's Chorus

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College choral groups will present fall concerts Friday, Nov. 9, in Orr Auditorium and Sunday, Nov. 11, in Wallace Memorial Chapel.  Both concerts are free to the public.

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Westminster College Sociology and Criminal Justice Majors Present Research at American Sociological Association Meeting

Joseph Ritchie and Annalisa Ryding in Times Square. Ryding is in white shirt in front left. Ritchie is in black shirt in back left.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College sociology/criminal justice alumnus Joseph Ritchie `13 and sociology alumna Annalisa Ryding `13 presented research at the American Sociological Association Meetings Honors Program Aug. 9-13 in New York City.

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Westminster College's Wind Ensemble to Present the "Young Conductors"

The Westminster College department of music will present the "Young Conductors" Wind Ensemble concert Friday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Will W. Orr Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College Presents Annual Halloween Concert

Westminster College presents its annual Halloween Organ Concert Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

 The program includes works such as Johann Sebastian Bach's famous D-minor Toccata and Fugue and other pieces by Dietrich Buxtehude, Joseph Rheinberger, Max Reger, and others.

 "All performers will be in costume," said Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, assistant professor of music and college organist.  "All audience members should come prepared to be scarily entertained."

 The performers include:
Mckees Rocks, PA
 Cynthia Mancini
is a daughter of James and Denise Mancini.   Mancini, a junior music education major, is a graduate of Montour High School.

East Brady, PA
 Erin Davis
is a daughter of Tom and Barbara Davis.   Davis, a junior sacred music major, is a graduate of Karns City Area High School.

Rimersburg, PA
 Kevin Rush
is a son of Terry and Emily Rush.   Rush, a senior music education major, is a graduate of Union High School.

Erie, PA
 Craig Dressler
is a son of Douglas and Diane Dressler.  Dressler, a freshman business administration and music major, is a graduate of McDowell High School.

Warren, OH
 Jaimee Davis
is a daughter of James and Patricia Davis.   Davis, a junior English and music major, is a graduate of Howland High School.

Frewsburg, NY
 Shelley Culver
is a daughter of Rickey and Susan Culver.   Culver, a senior sacred music and music education major, is a graduate of Frewsburg Central School.

 The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Harrison at (724) 946-7024 or e-mail

"Sugar Bush Kids" Invade Westminster College Forest

Eighteen "Sugar Bush Kids" from the Westminster College Preschool planted sugar maples at the Westminster College Field Station last weekend.

"The preschoolers were given a certificate that officially, absolutely, and positively certified them as Sugar Bush Kids,'" said Dr. Clarence Harms, director of the field station at Westminster College.  "They could claim that certificate after planting two seedling sugar maples in the yard."

With the help of parents and members of the local Kiwanis Club and Garden Club, the preschoolers planted 38 trees.

"The children were shown how to carefully plant their seedlings with compost generated at the Field Station and commercial peat moss," Harms said.  "Then they had to do a tree dance to share their love with the tiny, but future, producers of maple syrup."

  The Sugar Bush Kids were told the history of sugaring in the country, a process that was learned by the colonists from the Native Americans who had been enjoying sugar trees for over 2,000 years.

"Sugar maples, called Acer saccharum, must grow in good soil and live to be at least 20 years of age before they can be tapped' for their precious sap that flows in late winter and early spring," Harms told the children. 

"The children can come and regularly visit their own sugar trees," Harms said.  "Then, they can return when the tree is at least 10 inches in diameter to see and taste the precious sugar sap."

Harms does not promise to be there for that tasting, but he assured the children that with their certificate, they are really Sugar Bush Kids and will be welcomed back to their trees any time.

In addition to the Westminster College preschoolers, 40 students and parents from the Lawrence County Head Start School planted trees in the Microforest earlier that week.

Each tree planted gets an identification number that is recorded with the name of the person who planted it and a GPS location, so it can be located in the future.  The seedlings planted this year include: white oak, black oak, red maple, American chestnut, white ash, black gum, and hemlock.

This year Harms directed the planting of more than 100 trees.

"Since 1997, we've planted about 1,000 trees," Harms said.  "The tree planting season here is officially over for this year."

Contact Harms at (724) 946-8520 or e-mail for more information.

Sugar Bush Kids
Sugar Bush Certificate

Student Lands Internship in Thailand

Valerie Kokai, a junior chemistry major from Westminster College, will spend the summer doing research in Thailand.

 "I discovered this internship by searching for summer programs over Christmas break," Kokai said.  "The deadline was unusually early, so I spent my break preparing my essays and applications.  This program offers some incredible opportunities as well as a chance to see all of Thailand, but they only accept about eight of 60 to 70 applicants."

 Kokai will be conducting research about the synthesis of a ligand for a catalyst at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.  She will receive a salary, as well as free airfare and living expenses.

 "I have been outside of the United States before to visit London and Rome," Kokai said.  "I think this helped me because the application wanted to know about my foreign experience and how I handled traveling for a long amount of time."

 Kokai is a daughter of John and Linda Kokai, Wexford, and a graduate of North Allegheny High School.

 Contact Kokai at for more information.

Westminster History Professor Named VP of New Association

Dr. Russell Martin, associate professor of history at Westminster College, was recently named vice president and president elect of the Association for the Study of Eastern Christianity (ASHEC.)

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Westminster College Sponsors Community Service Fair

The Westminster College Career Center and Chapel Office are sponsoring a Community Service Fair Tuesday, Feb. 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Old 77.

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"Better, Not Bigger" is Key to Westminster College Success

Record Number of Applications Makes for Difficult Admissions Decisions

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