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Westminster College Students and Professors Present Research at The American Society of Criminology Conference

Dr. Kristenne Robison, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies
Dr. Shannon Smithey, associate professor of political science, sociology, and criminal justice

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Four Westminster students and two professors presented research at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) Conference Nov. 14 in Chicago.

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Westminster College Titan Football to Honor Boy with Brain Cancer at Homecoming Game

Joseph Clark

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Titans Football team will battle the Carnegie Mellon Tartans at the Homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 12, while honoring a young boy who is fighting a battle of his own. During the coin toss the team will announce 12-year-old Joseph Clark of Meadville, who is battling cancer, as an honorary team member and captain.

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Symphony Orchestra to Present Concert

The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present a concert Friday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College Celebrity Series Presents the Mendelssohn Choir

The Westminster College Celebrity Series presents the Mendelssohn Choir Saturday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. in the newly-refurbished Orr Auditorium.

 "Nothing in the world of entertainment equals the delightful experience of listening to a well-trained large choral group," said Gene DeCaprio, director of the Celebrity Series.  "This choir is renowned for its versatile repertoire."

 Under the direction of the Grammy Award winning music director Robert Page, the 110-voice choir has toured internationally and presents an annual concert series.  The choir will present a program of familiar and popular music.

 Westminster's Orr Auditorium has been recently remodeled to include air conditioning, stage elevator, new carpeting, and re-upholstered seats, along with stage lighting and shell improvements.

A limited amount of seating is still available.  For tickets, contact Judy Behm, acting box office assistant of the Westminster College Celebrity Series, at (724) 946-7354 or e-mail

Westminster College Added Six Full-Time Faculty

Westminster College recently added six new full-time faculty.

Dr. David O. Cushman, visiting professor of economics and chair of the Department of Economics and Business, earned his undergraduate degree from Stetson University and his master's and doctorate from Vanderbilt University. He comes to Westminster from the University of Saskatchewan, and has taught at the University of New Orleans and the University of South Florida. He can be reached at 724-946-7169 or e-mail

John F. Gresh, visiting assistant professor of theatre, earned his undergraduate degree and his master's from Point Park University and has teacher certification for Fitzmaurice Voicework. He has taught at Point Park University and Winston-Thurston School. He is a private voice/speech and drama coach, as well as an actor, director, jazz pianist and vocalist. He can be reached at 724-946-7260 or e-mail

Kristianne Kalata, visiting instructor of English, earned her undergraduate degree from Westminster College and her master's from Duquesne University. She comes to Westminster from Duquesne, and has taught at Community College of Allegheny County and ITT Technical Institute. She can be reached at 724-946-7350 or e-mail

Jonathan Moser, visiting lecturer of music, earned his undergraduate degrees at Harid Conservatory, University of the Pacific and Shenandoah University, and his master's from Arizona State University. He has taught at Grove City College, and is an instructor at Moser Violin Studio and director of music ministries at Providence Presbyterian Church. He can be reached at 724-946-7271.

Joel T. Postema, instructor of Spanish, earned his undergraduate degree from Calvin College and his master's from Western Michigan University. He comes to Westminster from Washington University and has taught at Western Michigan University. He can be reached at 724-946-7263 or e-mail

Dr. Katherine Robertson, assistant professor of biology, earned her master's and Ph.D. from the University of London, U.K. She comes to Westminster from Duquesne University, and has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham College, and the University of Pittsburgh. She can be reached at 724-946-7213 or e-mail


Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Spring Concert April 23

The Westminster College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers spring concert is Sunday, April 23, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

Under the direction of Dr. Robin Lind, the choir will perform "There is a Balm in Gilead" featuring soloists: Darci Kuhlber, a senior music education major from Grove City; Sarah Timm, a junior music education major from St. Marys; and David Timm, a sophomore music education major from St. Marys.  Music continues with "Greater Love Hath No Man" featuring Craig Dressler, sophomore music performance major from Erie on the organ; and soloists Winifred Limmer, a senior psychology major from New Vernon, N.J.; and Douglas Spiri, a senior music education major from Pittsburgh.

The program continues with "Pai duli vwihdul ja," a Russian folksong, and "La Traviata" with soloists Bridget Steller, a senior music education major from Millbrook, N.Y.; and William McCullough, a sophomore music education major from DuBois. 

Three Lacrymosa's, which are part of larger requiem pieces, will be conduced by Westminster alumnus, Sean Taylor '04.  One is written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one by Guiseppe Verdi, and one by Nancy Galbreath, Carnegie Mellon University faculty member.  Verdi's music features a quartet of Westminster alumni: Nora Drake Saeler '01, Jennifer Gardner Newman '00, Matthew Newman '01, and Brian Barrett '03

Contact Lind at (724) 946-7278 or e-mail for more information.

Westminster College to Host Independence Day Celebration

Westminster College will host an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration with a free concert and fireworks Thursday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Brittain Lake.

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Westminster College Senior to Present Piano Recital Dec. 3

Westminster College senior music education major Stanley H. Rothrock, II will present his senior piano recital on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster College Offers Summer Academy for Teachers

Westminster College is offering four summer academies for teachers June 23-26 through the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

The Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning was developed to advance world-class teaching at Westminster and enrich K-12 education through outreach programs for area educators.

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Westminster to Host Seminar for Educators Involved in Contract Negotiations

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is hosting "Negotiations Update-Exciting Opportunities in Negotiating Past Practice and Health Benefits" Thursday, Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m.-noon in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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