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Westminster College Celebrates Old Main Rededication Sept. 23

Old Main Memorial, Westminster College's landmark building that serves as the academic, administrative, symbolic, and spiritual heart of the College will be rededicated on Friday, Sept. 23, at 6 p.m. on the Senior Terrace.

 The current Old Main, the third such building on this site, was completed in 1929.  The first Old Main was built in 1855 and burned in 1861.  The second was lost to fire in 1927.

 The $3 million renovation of Old Main included an upgrade of the outdated electric system to meet current standards and accommodate greater future use; installation of air-conditioning; accessibility improvements, including the installation of an elevator; and refurbishments of the departments of Education and Economics & Business, along with other public areas.  The exterior of the building retained its classic look.

 The renovation began in December 2004.  Bridges Company was the contractor.

 Old Main is home to Westminster's two largest academic departments, Education and Economics & Business, and also includes critical student and administrative services such as the Chapel Office, Academic Affairs, Registrar, Business Offices, Institutional Advancement, Graduate Program, and the President's Office.

Old Main Memorial Rededication  Friday, Sept. 23  6 p.m.  Senior Terrace
6 p.m. - Welcome ... George R. Berlin, chair of the Westminster College Board of Trustees
Opening Remarks ... Westminster College President R. Thomas Williamson
Historic Reflections ... Dr. H. Dewey DeWitt, professor of chemistry emeritus and curator of archives
Prayer of Rededication ... Dr. Richard B. Barnhart '55
Dedication of the Bergey Classroom ... President Williamson
Reflections ... Ronald P. Bergey, professor of accounting emeritus
6:20 p.m. - Old Main Tours
6:30-7 p.m. - Reception, Tower Room

Old Main


Westminster Presents a Weekend of Instrumental Entertainment

Westminster instrumentalists will combine their talents to present "A Senior Celebration" featuring the Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble Friday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The Jazz Ensemble will perform Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Berlin Lounge located in the McKelvey Campus Center.

"The Senior Celebration" features the works of Gustav Holsts, Claude T. Smith, John Zdechik, Johann de Meij, Clifton Williams and more.

"This concert is always very special to me," said Dr. R Tad Greig, director of bands at Westminster College.  "I am always so proud to see these very special seniors who I have had the privilege of working with over the past four years, while at the same time I realize that this is probably the last time that I will have the opportunity to make music with many of them.  Their wonderful attitudes, outstanding work ethic, and amazing musical abilities have been the key to the growth and development of our Music Department."

"The Symphonic Band is comprised of music majors, minors and other students from majors all across the Westminster campus and performs the finest literature specifically for large ensembles," Greig said.  "I have the opportunity to work with students from all over our campus, coming together to share their love of music."

Under the direction of Andrew Erb, who is also the trumpet instructor, the Jazz Ensemble will perform the classics from Stan Kenton, Mike Tomaro, and more. 

"Come early, as the Jazz Ensemble quickly fills to capacity," Greig said.  "Come and see what all the excitement is about."

Both concerts are free and open to the public, although a free-will donation will be taken to help defray the cost of the Wind Ensemble's performance tour of Spain in the fall.

Contact Greig at (724) 946-7279 or e-mail greigrt@westminster.edu for more information.


Westminster Titan Traverse Director to Spend 48 Hours in a Canoe

Steve Montgomery, director of the Titan Traverse Program at Westminster College, will spend from noon Thursday until noon Saturday in a canoe on Brittain Lake to raise awareness of the opportunity for Westminster students to participate in a spring break trip to Cumberland Island, Georgia.

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Westminster College Biology Research Published on the Web

Dr. Joseph M. Balczon, assistant professor of biology at Westminster College, recently had his research published in two worldwide electronic publications.

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Westminster Biology Department to Honor Professor Emerita

The Westminster College Biology Department will honor Dr. Monika Becker, professor of biology emerita, during a ceremony to dedicate the "Monika Becker Electron Microscopy Suite" Thursday, May 16, at 5 p.m. in Hoyt Science Resources Center.

"The suite houses the department's two electron microscopes: a Zeiss 109 transmission electron microscope, and a JEOL 35-CF scanning electron microscope," said Dr. Ann Throckmorton, associate professor of biology and chair of the department at Westminster College.  "These sophisticated instruments, unique for institutions the size of Westminster College, are used by students and faculty in their courses and research."

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Westminster College Students Offered "Networking 101"

Westminster College students have the chance to participate in "Networking 101," an event focusing on proper networking techniques Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Witherspoon rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Westminster College Confers Degrees to Over 320 Graduates

More than 320 students earned diplomas during the 153rd annual Westminster College commencement ceremonies Saturday.

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Professor Elevated to Russian Imperial Order of St. Anna

Dr. Russell Martin

Dr. Russell Martin, Westminster College associate professor of history, was elevated to the Russian Imperial Order of St. Anna, Third Class (Knight Companion) by Her Imperial Highness, Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna.

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Sociology Professor to Speak at Carlow University

Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow

Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow, Westminster College professor of sociology, will be a speaker at "Addressing Gender Inequities in the Legal Profession" Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 4 p.m. in Kresge Theater at Carlow University in Pittsburgh.

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Westminster College Hosts Campbell Memorial High School Students at Bright Futures Performing Arts Program

Bright Futures 2009 group with artists

Westminster College's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning hosts students from Campbell (Ohio) Memorial High School at the Bright Futures Performing Arts Program "Going West with the Best and the Wacky Wild West Medicine Show" June 15-26.

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