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Student Receives Drinko Research Grant

Winifred Limmer, a Westminster College senior psychology major from New Vernon, N.J., was recently awarded a Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Undergraduate Research Travel/Presentation Grant.

"The research grants for projects and creative activities must be conducted under the mentorship of Westminster College faculty," said Dr. Virginia Tomlinson, director of the Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Westminster College.  "Funding may include supplies, equipment, travel to libraries and data sources, and travel to make presentations.  In order to apply for research support, the student must have a research proposal completed as a degree-seeking student at Westminster College, and be in good academic standing."

  Limmer is a daughter of John and Meredith Limmer, New Vernon, N.J.,  and a graduate of Newark Academy.  The title of her research is, "Etiology of executive functioning deficits: Can they be attributed to obsessive-compulsive disorder or comorbid depression?" and she was advised by Dr. Kirk Lunnen, assistant professor of psychology.

"Some studies have implied a relationship between executive functioning deficits and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but they failed to control for depression. Based on screening scores, 46 participants were assigned to an OC-symptomatic, a depressed/OC-symptomatic, or a control group. The Wisconsin Card Sorting Test and Trail Making Tests were administered. Some of the OCD and control participants first completed a stressor task. Depressed/OCD participants performed the poorest on both tests. OCD participant s in the hyperarousal condition performed poorer than those in the neutral condition. This indicates that executive functioning deficits are due primarily to comorbid depression, not OCD. Results also suggest that the deficits observed in individuals with OCD may be due to hyperarousal," wrote Limmer.

 Contact Tomlinson at (724) 946-6033 or e-mail for more information.

Three Westminster College Students Present Undergraduate Research

Three Westminster College students presented their undergraduate research at the Fourth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Maryland in October.

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Westminster College Church Relations to Host Speaker

The Westminster College Office of Church Relations will host Dr. John Burgess, former associate professor at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. to begin the first of a series of Continuing Education Events at Russell Hall.

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Westminster College Religion Professor Presents Paper

Dr. Bryan Rennie, associate professor of religion and philosophy, recently presented a paper at the Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion held at Mercyhurst College.

The paper, "Compassion as Evidence of Understanding: A Response to Carl Olson's Indian Philosophers and Postmodern Thinkers," argues that while Olson, a professor of history of religion at Allegheny College, does an excellent job of presenting the thought of a collection of classical and contemporary Indian thinkers, his understanding of those contemporary Western authors dubbed postmodern is less than satisfactory.

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Student Awarded SharonSteel Scholarship

(L-R)Gloria Cagigas, Shannon Bobbert, and Lori A Darby, trust administrator of the SharonSteel Foundation

Shannon Bobbert, a Westminster College English major, was recently selected as a 2006 SharonSteel Foundation Scholar.

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Westminster College Restructures Communication Services Office; Hires Peterson and Promotes Chandler

Jody Peterson
Sandi Chandler

Westminster College recently restructured its Communication Services Department by hiring Jody Peterson as Assistant to Graphic Designer and promoting Sandra Chandler to Communication Specialist and Office Manager.

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Westminster College Shatters Application Record; Applications Up 125%

The demand for a Westminster College education has never been higher. The 156-year-old, private, liberal arts college in New Wilmington, Pa., is on pace to double the previous record for applications.

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Accounting Professor and Students Demonstrate Monopoly Teaching Game at Conference

David Smith

David Smith, Westminster College assistant professor of accounting, has modified the board game of Monopolyâ„¢ into a teaching tool for accounting students. Smith and four Westminster students recently demonstrated the modified game at the Promoting Student Success conference at the College of Southern Maryland.

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Westminster College to Celebrate Constitution Day

Dr. Angela Lahr

Westminster College will celebrate Constitution Day 2009 with a presentation and student competition Thursday, Sept. 17, at 12:45 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Choruses to Present Spring Concert

The Westminster College Men's Chorus, Women's Chorus, and Women's Chamber Ensemble will present "An Afternoon of Song" Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

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