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Westminster College's Alpha Sigma Sorority Awarded Highest Honor

Westminster College Sigma Kappa Sorority members and the chapter adviser pose with the Three Star Standards of Excellence Award. (L-R): Maria McTighe, Ashley Moon, Erica Hillwig, Erin Gerst, and Chapter Adviser Aleya Tylinski.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Four members of the Westminster College Alpha Sigma chapter of the national Sigma Kappa Sorority attended the organization's first Regional Leadership Conference (RLC) July 26-28 in Philadelphia, where they accepted the sorority's highest honor on their chapter's behalf.

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Alumnus Spoke at Student Colloquium

Colin Dean (l) and Dr. David Shaffer

Westminster College alumnus Colin Dean '07 presented "Spinning Plates Atop Irons in the Fire: Keepin' It Real (Busy) after WC" to students and faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science Oct. 21.

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Jazz Concert Scheduled at Westminster College

The Westminster College Jazz Ensemble and the new Faculty Jazz Combo kick off the concert year Friday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center Club Room.

 "The Faculty Jazz Combo was officially unveiled at last year's final jazz concert, and they were an instant success," said Dr. R. Tad Greig, director of bands at Westminster College.  "We are fortunate to have such fine musicians on our adjunct faculty."

 The Faculty Jazz Combo consists of Jeff Wachter on the piano, Mark Antonich on the guitar, Jeff Bremer on the bass, Perry Gatch on the drums, and Andy Erb, a 1996 Westminster graduate who occasionally performs on the trumpet with the group.

 "The program includes a wide variety of Jazz music styles including: the music of Benny Carter 'Rompin' and the Reno,' which is very characteristic of the Count Basie style of big band performance," Greig said.  "We will also perform two classics recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Gene Rolands arrangement of Misty and Gerry Mulligan's arrangement of 'Dancing in the Dark.'    There will also be a solo vocalist performing a newer arrangement of a Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal classic, 'I'll Be Seeing You.'  Other new settings of classic songs are Mike Tomaro's arrangement of the Miles Davis standard, 'Milestones,' and Antonia Carlos Jobim's 'One Note "Samba.'"

 The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Greig at (724) 946-7279 or e-mail

Westminster Senior Music Major Gives Recital

Katherine Duncan, a senior music and English major at Westminster College, recently gave her senior recital.

Her program included Mozart's "Voi che sapete," Saint-Saens' "Mon Coeru S'ouvre a ta toix," Mahler's "Leider eines fahrenden Gessellen," Lambert's "Four Poesm by Li-Po," Moore's "Sexy Lady," and Ellington's "Don't Get Around Much Anymore."  She also sang a duet, "Sous le dome epais," with Rachel Varine, a senior music performance major from Vandergirft.  Duncan's recital was accompanied by pianist Jeff Wachter.

Duncan, a daughter of Elizabeth and James Duncan, Indiana, is a graduate of Indiana Area High School.  While at Westminster, she has been a member of the Westminster Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers.  She performed in the Westminster Opera Workshops, "The Magic Flute" and "Hansel and Gretel."  She has also performed in the opening of Bob Newhart's Celebrity Series performance and was a featured vocalist with the Westminster College Jazz Ensemble and the Faculty Jazz Quartet. 

Contact the Westminster College Department of Music at (724) 946-7270 for more information.

Professor's Research Featured in Health Magazine

The research of Dr. Kristin Park, associate professor of sociology at Westminster College, was featured in the March 2006 issue of Health Magazine.

 "Health Magazine is a popular magazine, rather than an academic journal where my research had been previously printed," Park said.  "I am please to be quoted within it because I am reaching a much broader audience.  I like seeing the topic of voluntary childlessness discussed anywhere in the popular press because couples that are childless by choice often feel invisible within the larger culture."

 Park, who began this research in 1996, has a chapter published in the textbook, Constructions of Deviance: Social Power, Context and Interaction, and has presented her findings to the American Sociological Association and the Eastern Sociological Society.  She has been quoted by Barbara Yost in the Arizona Republic newspaper, and has been an advisor to a film project on childless couples, Childless by Choice: Love Stories.

 Park, who has been with Westminster since 1993, earned her undergraduate degree from Colgate University, her master's and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

 Contact Park at (724) 946-7251 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Kristin Park

Westminster Music Education Major to Perform Flute Recital

Katherine Miller, a senior music major at Westminster College, will perform a flute recital Sunday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

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Westminster College to Present On-Stage Opera Workshop

Three Westminster College students will perform the on-stage, one act-opera, The Telephone, Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster College Offers Continuing Education Classes

Westminster College announces several personal enrichment and leisure courses for the community residents. Continuing Education classes and seminars are non-credit and are open to all interested individuals. Formal admission to Westminster College is not required.

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Westminster Professor Presents "A Little Bug Music"

Dr. Anne Bentz

Dr. Anne Bentz, Westminster assistant professor of music, will discuss "A Little Bug Music" Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian MuellerTheater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Two Area Performers in Wonderful Town at Westminster College

Deborah Lynn
Sarah Roussos

Two area performers, Deborah Lynn originally from Latrobe, and Sarah Roussos from Erie, are in the cast of Wonderful Town, showing Monday, April 16, at 8 p.m. in Orr Auditorium as part of the Westminster College Celebrity Series.

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