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Collaborative Research of Two Westminster Professors Published

Dr. John Bonomo, associate professor of computer science, and Dr. Carolyn Cuff, professor of mathematics, had their collaborative research, "How Do You Stack Up?," published in the November issue of the College and Mathematics Journal.

 "Basically the paper is a mathematical investigation of a simple children's toy known as a stacking ring," Bonomo said.  "My three kids all played with this toy, and their random placement of rings on the tower was the genesis of the article.  Things like this always happen when you mix mathematicians and toys."

 "Needless to say, unless one's child is a budding genius, the average toddler will place the rings on randomly, leaving several to stick out over the top of the rod, depending on the ordering of the rings and the dexterity of the child.  This led to an initial question which spurred our interest into the mathematical properties of the stacking ring tower: what is the average number of rings that stick over the rod given all possible orderings of ring placements," wrote the professors.

 "One nice surprise is that one of our illustrations made the cover of the journal, which made both Carolyn and I very happy," Bonomo said.

 Bonomo, who has been with Westminster College since 1998, earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from Catholic University, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.  He has served as judge and problem contributor for the International Collegiate Programming Contest several times.

 Cuff, who has been with Westminster College since1989, earned her undergraduate degree from Westminster College, and her master's and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

 For more information, contact Bonomo at (724) 946-7287 or e-mail

Dr. John Bonomo
Dr. Carolyn Cuff

Westminster College and Dominion Peoples Reach Agreement

Westminster College and Dominion Peoples have reached a settlement in regards to a billing disagreement.  Details of the agreement will remain confidential as agreed to by both parties.

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Psychology Professor Authors Book Chapter on Behavior

Dr. Jamie McMinn, assistant professor of psychology at Westminster College, recently co-authored "The Many Faces of Childhood: Costume as Ritualized Behavior," a chapter on childhood behavior which appears in Rituals and Patterns in Children's Lives

"Alan Pickell and I examined costuming rituals and the psychological functions they serve for children," McMinn said.  "We then examined how these rituals are described in such popular children's series as the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and the Oz books.  Our goal was to offer a way to understand the importance of children's costuming through the neoFredian theory of Carl Jung, as well as social psychological theories that explain why people, including children, misbehave when their identity is concealed by costumes."

Rituals and Patterns in Children's Lives is edited by Kathy Merlock and published by Popular Press.

McMinn, who has been with Westminster College since 2003, earned his under graduate degree from Emory & Henry College, and master's and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact McMinn at (724) 946-7121 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Jamie McMinn

Westminster College Orchestra to Perform Concert

The Westminster College Orchestra will perform its first concert of the year Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. at Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster College Awards Alumni Citations

Westminster College awarded three Distinguished Alumni Citations during the recent Homecoming celebration.

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Westminster College Celebrates Commencement May 18

Nearly 350 students are expected to earn diplomas Saturday, May 18 during the 148th annual Westminster College commencement ceremonies.  The 2001-2002 academic year will conclude with a baccalaureate service at 10: 30 a.m. in Orr Auditorium, and commencement at 2:30 p.m. on the Senior Terrace of Old Main.

Speaking at baccalaureate is Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey, Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church.  Bailey, who is a son of missionary parents stationed in Egypt, has spent most of his life in the Middle East.  He served 20 years as professor of the New Testament studies in the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, and founded the Institute for Middle Eastern New Testament Studies at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies in Jerusalem.

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Students Collecting Books for Charity

Two Westminster College student groups, Mortar Board and Kappa Delta Pi, are teaming up in November to collect new and gently used books to benefit the Beatitude House and the Sojourner House in Youngstown, Ohio.

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Click here for list of Westminster College Summer Activities

June 10-14 Swim Camp, Westminster Natatorium, Overnight & Commuter, Ages 12 & up, for more information click here:

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Students Win Awards at Model United Nations Conference

Karli Champ, Danielle McCullough, Meredith Smith, Christopher Stone, Dr. Michael Aleprete, Leah Herskovitz, Natasha Kassim, Ethan Frey, Jelena Gerga

Eight Westminster College students and their adviser attended the 48th annual Midwest Model United Nations conference Feb. 13-16 in St. Louis.

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Wind Ensemble to Present Young Conductors Concert Nov. 7

Kevin Shields, Emily Burke, Joseph Ohodnicki
Wind Ensemble

The Westminster College Wind Ensemble will present its Young Conductors concert Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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