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Student Receives Grant for Undergraduate Research Presentation

The Westminster College Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning awarded an undergraduate research grant to Bethany South, a senior sociology major, to present her research at the Eastern Sociological Society conference Feb. 22-24 in New York.

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Preschool Director Presents at Conference

Dr. Mandy Medvin, Westminster College professor of psychology and director of Westminster's preschool lab, was part of a panel discussion at the 43rd Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children conference Oct. 25.

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Music Professor Elected to Regional Office

Dr. Daniel Perttu

Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music, was elected to a two-year term as treasurer of the Northeast Chapter of the College Music Society (CMS).

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Sociology Professor Presented at Meeting in Boston

Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow

Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow, Westminster College professor of sociology, presented preliminary results of her sabbatical work at the 80th annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society March 18-21 in Boston.

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Global Gift Market Scheduled for Dec. 1

Westminster College's Young Presbyterian Scholars Program (YPS) will sponsor its eighth annual Global Gift Market Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center. All are welcome to attend.

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Celebrity Series to Open Season with "Whose Line" Comedians

Colin Mochrie (l) and Brad Sherwood

Westminster College's Celebrity Series opens its 2011-2012 season with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of the Emmy-nominated television series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Saturday Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Music Department to Present New Music Concerts

The Westminster College Department of Music will present "Voices from Within III: Celebration of New Music" Sunday, April 22, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College Communication Studies Professor Attends Pennsylvania Communication Association Annual Meeting

Dr. Colleen Burke, associate professor of communication studies

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Colleen Burke, Westminster College associate professor of communication studies, attended the 2012 annual convention of the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) Oct. 12-14 at Ursinus College in Collegeville.

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Area Students Added to Westminster College Dean's List

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Two students have been added to the Spring 2013 Dean's List at Westminster College.

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Westminster Professor Judges International Organ Competition

Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, assistant professor of music and College organist at Westminster, recently judged the International Schnitger Organ Competition at St. Jacob's Church in Hamburg, Germany.

 "The competition included competitors from Europe, the United States, Japan, and Korea," Harrison said.  "Competitors were all under the age of 26, and were asked to perform specific repertoire appropriate for the antique organ they were playing.  Judges came from the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands."

 "The competition concluded Friday with a ceremony and final concert in the church," Harrison continued.  "I was honored to play the final concert on this instrument, which was built by the famous organ builder Arp Schnitger.  This instrument is the largest extant organ by Schnitger, and dates from 1689 with parts of the instrument dating from earlier builders.  I performed works by Hieronymus Praetorius, Heinrich Scheidemann, and Johann Sebastian Bach - all of whom played the organ at one point."

Harrison, who has been with Westminster College since 2000, earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University, master's from Southern College and the New England Conservatory, and her D.M.A. from Stanford University.  Harrison spent three years studying at the North German Organ Academy in Germany, and has distinguished herself as one of the leading experts on the Baroque organ. 

Harrison is also the founder of the Westminster Historic Organ Program in Cappel, Germany, which offers students an opportunity to study and play several historic organs.

For more information, contact Harrison at (724) 946-7024 or e-mail

Dr. Elizabeth Harrison
Schnitger Organ

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