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Record Number of Westminster Students Study Off-Campus

Forty-three Westminster College students are studying in Australia, England, France, Spain, and Pittsburgh during the fall semester.

 "Study abroad is the best opportunity our students have for learning about the larger world that's out there," said Dr. Jeffery Bersett, director of off-campus study and assistant professor of Spanish.  "Going overseas shows them more than just new places.  They return to Westminster with new ways of looking at things, and with a new understanding of how everything fits together."

 As part of their educational program, Westminster College students can spend as little as a month, or as much as a year, living and studying in a international domestic program.  Students who study off-campus are able to earn not only credits towards graduation, but also credit towards their major or minor, towards fulfilling part of the Liberal Studies requirements.

 "International study is a life-changing event in the life of a college student," said Dr. Jesse Mann, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college.  "Only two percent of American college students study abroad during their college experience, and we're happy that Westminster is significantly ahead of that average."

 Contact Bersett at (724) 9467259 or e-mail  or Mann at (724) 946-7123 or e-mail for more information.

Employees Recognized for 578 Years of Service

Westminster College honored 38 employees with a combined 578 years of service during the annual employee recognition luncheon attended by more than 250 current and retired employees May 9 in the Witherspoon Rooms of the McKelvey Campus Center.

Retiring from Westminster College are: Dr. James Hall, professor of mathematics; Robert Latta, director of financial aid; and Mary Ellen Ulmer, music librarian.

Other honorees were:

35 years of service – Dr. William Johnson, professor of physics.

30 years of service – Dr. Barbara Faires, professor of mathematics; Dr. Alan Gittis, professor of psychology; Dr. Darwin Huey, professor of education; Donald Shelenberger, business manager; and Dr. Richard Sprow, professor of English.

25 years of service – Dr. David  Barner, associate professor of communication studies; Dorita Bolger, professor/reference librarian; Dennis Link, receiver for Sodexho Dining Services; Kathleen Suosio, Student Affairs secretary; and Paul Wallace,  director of information services.

20 years of service – Linda Butler, bookstore clerk; James Kirkwood, custodian; and David "Craig" McCann, custodian.

15 years of service – Nick Ciavarino, custodian; Cynthia Dafler, coordinator of advancement events; and Patricia Lewis, McGill Library technical assistant.

10 years of service – Edward Cohen, associate professor of political science; Linda Domanski, assistant professor of education; Kati Edmiston, assistant director of the Career Center; Peggy Flynn, Music Department secretary; Jeff Gorze, manager for Sodexho Dining Services; Linda Hilton, Admissions Office data entry clerk; Russell Martin, associate professor of history; Jan Reddinger, head softball coach and assistant women's soccer coach; Susann Rudloff, director of advancement programs; and Dr. Virginia Tomlinson, associate professor of sociology and director of the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Contact Kim Christofferson, director of human resources, at (724) 946-7247 or e-mail for more information.

Eleven Westminster College Students Attend Literacy Workshop

Eleven Westminster College elementary education majors attended a literacy workshop held at Connoquenessing Elementary School in October.

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Westminster College Fraternities Plan "Greek Sweep"

Westminster College's Theta Chi Fraternity is organizing a "Greek Sweep" Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Westminster College's Relay for Life Raises Over $30,000

The Relay for Life held at Westminster College April 12 raised more than $30,000 for cancer research.

"We've raised about $130,000 over the past five years," said David DiDesiderio, president and philanthropy chair of Alpha Sigma Phi.  "There were 617 people that participated, and we had major sponsors such as UPMC, Giant Eagle, and Westminster College.  Our fraternity, Alpha Sigma Pi, has raised more than any other student organization at a Relay for Life."

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We Keep in Touch With Our Alumni

Doreen mud sliding: Doreen Hoover sliding down a mud bank in the rainforest of Ecuador in 2002. Her skill was later transferred to studying Japanese beetles that slide into beetle traps!
Rescue and Bag-A-Bug traps: Traps for Japanese beetles of two brands, Rescue and Bag-A-Bug, are set up in an experimental plot at the Field Station.
Michelle & Vanessa: Michelle Johnston and Vanessa Kriley, student employees at the Field Station, set up two brands of Japanese beetle traps, Rescue and Bag-A-Bug, at the Field Station for a comparative study of effectiveness.

This is a happy story of cooperation between the Field Station and a Westminster alumna, Doreen Hoover. Doreen lives in Spokane, Washington but her family home was in Smicksburg, PA, near the famed Punxsutawney Phil.

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Music Faculty Named Vice President of State Organization

Dr. R. Tad Greig

Dr. R. Tad Greig, director of instrumental activities and assistant professor of music education at Westminster College, has been named vice president of the state chapter of Phi Beta Mu, the international school bandmaster fraternity.

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English Professor to Receive Poetry Award

Dr. David Swerdlow

Dr. David Swerdlow, Westminster College professor of English, will receive an Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award for Poems on the Jewish Experience for "Apples, Fathers."

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Westminster College to Host SRU English Professor at Bleasby Colloquium

Dr. Rachela Permenter

Westminster College's Bleasby Colloquium will host Slippery Rock University English professor Dr. Rachela Permenter Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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Professor Presented at Theatre Conference

Dr. Scott Mackenzie

Dr. Scott Mackenzie, Westminster College associate professor of theatre, attended the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) conference Aug. 8-11 in New York, where he presented a paper as part of a panel on "Risking Innovation: Using Community-Based Performance and Deriving Strategies for Production and Course Development."

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