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College to Host Foreign Language Intercultural Day

Westminster College's Language in Motion program will host 130 high school students from Wilmington Area School District for the fourth annual Foreign Language Intercultural Day Monday, March 29.

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Chemistry Professor Presented at Regional Meeting

Dr. Helen Boylan

Dr. Helen Boylan, Westminster College associate professor of chemistry, presented at the meeting of the Middle Atlantic Association of Liberal Arts Chemistry Teachers Nov 5-6 at Alvernia University in Reading.

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Planetarium Programs Announced for Fall Semester

Dr. Thomas Oberst, director of the Westminster College planetarium, announced the schedule of programs for the fall semester.

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SIFE Team Earned Second Place in Charlotte Competition

Westminster College Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) participated in the SIFE Southeastern Regional Competition March 27 in Charlotte, N.C., earning a second-place finish.

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Westminster College Broadcast Communications Students and Television Station Receive Awards

Westminster College students received awards from College Broadcasters, Inc. for projects featured on WCN: L-R (back)- Connor Kobis, Andrea Tice, Joe Ligo, Corey Benedict (front) Hannah Paczkowski, Courtney Crown, Joshua Dunn, Ashley Durham

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College broadcast and digital communications students and Westminster's Cable Network (WCN) received several awards from College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) for projects featured on WCN.

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Westminster College Professor Published in Numen: International Review for the History of Religions

Dr. Bryan Rennie, Vira I. Heinz Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classics

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Bryan Rennie, Vira I. Heinz Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classics, recently published an article in Numen: International Review for the History of Religions.

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Westminster Faculty Forum Continues with Discussion on Group Dynamics

Dr. Jamie McMinn, an assistant professor of psychology at Westminster College, will present "Sometimes You Feel Like a Group, Sometimes You Don't: Managing the Discrepancy Between Actual and Perceived Group Integration" at Faculty Forum Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater located in the McKelvey Campus Center.

 "Groups vary not only in how integrated they actually are, but also in how integrated they are perceived," McMinn said.  "This talk will highlight why groups would want to seem more or less integrated than they actually are; how they can alter their perceived integration; and why these perceptions matter."
Faculty forum, established in 1990, serves as a venue for the exchange of ideas and information among Westminster College faculty.  Speakers present their research, teaching ideas, lectures, performances, special programs, and uses of technology to keep faculty informed about the work of colleagues from many disciplines."

 McMinn, who came to Westminster in 2003, earned his undergraduate degree from Emory & Henry College, and his master's and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

 The event is free and open to the public  For more information, contact McMinn at (724) 946-7121 or e-mail

Dr. Jamie McMinn

Westminster College Public Relations Major Receives Scholarship

Bridget Roth, a freshman public relations major at Westminster College, recently received the Thomas P. Kapfer Memorial Scholarship.

 This $1,402 scholarship, funded by The Pittsburgh Foundation, was applied to her tuition for the 2005-2006 academic year.

 "We are grateful to the Thomas P. Kapfer Memorial Scholarship and The Pittsburgh Foundation for their support of bright, motivated students like Ms. Roth, who represent the future of our region," said Gloria Cagigas, vice president for institutional advancement at Westminster.

 In 2003, The Pittsburgh Foundation, the 15th largest community foundation in the nation, awarded more than $24 million in grants to charitable organizations.  Established in 1945, The Pittsburgh Foundation is comprised of more than 960 funds established by organizations and individual donors.  These funds range from $10,000 to more than $32 million, and have a combined market value of approximately $537 million.

 Roth is a daughter of Gary and Eileen Roth, Pittsburgh, and a graduate of Brentwood High School.

 For more information about scholarship funding at Westminster College, contact Cagigas at (724) 946-7348 or e-mail

Music Librarian to Preside Over Music Club Convention

The Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs(PFMC) will hold its 90th Anniversary Convention at the Radison Hotel in Sharon April 24-26.

Mary Ellen Ulmer, Westminster College music librarian, will preside over the board meetings and convention, concluding her four-year term as PFMC president. 

"We have two workshops planned," Ulmer said.  "'Music IQ and You' presented by Patty Neeper of Trombino Piano Gallerie is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Monday and 'Percussion in Motion' will take place Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.  Registration is required for these workshops."

Entertainment features Christopher Atzinger, National Federation of Music Club 2005 Young Artist on the piano, and soprano Brenda Atzinger Monday at 8 p.m.   The Westminster College Faculty Brass Quintet will perform prelude music before Tuesday evening's banquet at 7:30 p.m., and the evening will include a special celebration of the history of PFMC, which was federated in 1916.

Members from area clubs such as the Sharon Music Club, Schubert Literary and Musical Society of Oil City, Mercer Music Club, Lakeview Music Club, and Opus I Music Society will attend, in addition to representatives from other parts of Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Federation of Music Clubs is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to encourage American composers and performers to reach their highest potential.  It is an affiliate of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Contact Ulmer at (724) 946-6345 or e-mail for more information.

Faculty Forum Concludes Semester at Westminster College

Four faculty members of the Religion Department of Westminster College will present "Religious Studies: An Interdisciplinary Discipline" as the final Faculty Forum of the fall semester Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 11:45 a.m. in Patterson Hall room 311.

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