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History Professor Presents Research in Tokyo

Dr. Timothy Cuff, Westminster College assistant professor of history, recently presented his research at the Keio Conference, a meeting of economics historians held in Tokyo.

 "This conference was held in preparation for the XIV International Economic History Congress scheduled this summer in Helsinki, Finland," said Cuff, who will also attend that Congress.

Cuff's research, 'Geographic Pieces in the Antebellum Puzzle: Early Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania as a Case Study,' is based on the results developed in conjunction with research published in Cuff's recent book, The Hidden Cost of Economic Development: The Biological Standard of Living in Antebellum Pennsylvania.

 "My research indicates that during the early decades of the 1800s, the biological well-being of Pennsylvania populations deteriorated slightly during this period of significant economic growth," Cuff said.  "Somewhat surprising, but consistent with similar work on other countries undergoing the early stages of modern economic growth, individuals most distant from the regions experiencing the greatest economic development displayed the greatest average height.

 "The paper also described the extensions of the current work which are under way using data on Pennsylvanians born in the second half of the 19th century.  These data have been collected and digitized using grant support from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Economic History Association," Cuff said.

 While at the conference, Cuff also had the opportunity to offer commentary on and suggestions for the other 11 papers presented at the Keio Conference, each of which addressed some aspect of how economic development, and particularly market integration, has affected the biological well-being of societies across geographic space and time. 

 Cuff, who has been with Westminster College since 2000, earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster College, his masters' from Bowling Green State University and University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

 Contact Cuff at (724) 946-6152 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Timothy Cuff

Westminster English Professor Plans Busy November Promoting New Book

Dr. James A. Perkins, professor of English and chair of the Department of English and Public Relations at Westminster College, plans a busy November promoting his recently released book For the Record: a Robert Drake Reader.

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Westminster College Professor Participates in National Psychology Conference

Dr. Mark J. Sciutto, assistant professor of psychology at Westminster College, recently participated in the 108th annual meeting of the American Psychological Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Westminster Sorority Sponsors "Kiss a Senior Goodbye" Benefit

Members of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority are sponsoring a "Kiss a Senior Goodbye" to benefit the family of a child recently diagnosed with cancer.

Cards are placed outside the cafeteria and grill area for all students, faculty, and staff to purchase and place a message for their favorite senior.  Cost is $.50 for one Hershey's kiss or $2 for five Hershey kisses.  The sale continues through May 6.

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Composting at Westminster - Past & Future

Click below for details on our composting efforts.

At the beginning of the fall semester I alerted the campus to the composting project that was jumpstarted by a grant from Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Resources. We are on our way. Your cooperation is needed to rescue such common compostables as food wastes (both pre-consumer and post-consumer) and other organics that deserve our best efforts.

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Westminster College to Host Independence Day Celebration

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

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Chapel Drama March 9

Westminster College Chapel Drama will present "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

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Students Participated in Programming Contest

Mark Gordon, Andrew Slane, James Bryan
Jordan Camara, Peter Lukich, Stephen Wheeler

Two teams of Westminster College students participated in the 2008 ACM East Central North America Programming Contest Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Youngstown State University.

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Music Professor's Composition Performed at International Conference

Dr. Daniel Perttu

Valediction, a composition for solo violin written by Dr. Daniel Perttu, Westminster College assistant professor of music, was performed at the College Music Society (CMS) international conference July 2 in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Religion Professor Invited to Speak at Two Schools in Eastern Pennsylvania

Dr. Bryan Rennie

Dr. Bryan Rennie, Vira I. Heinz professor and chair of Westminster College's Department of Religion, History, Philosophy and Classics, presented lectures on Mircea Eliade March 31 at Lehigh University and April 1 at Lafayette College.

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