Dr. Robin Lind, director of choral activities and assistant professor of music at Westminster College, recently attended the Rene Clausen Choral School workshop.
"I was looking for a workshop that would assist me in taking the choral program here at Westminster to a new level of artistry and excellence," Lind said. "The Choral School at Concordia College, led by Rene Clausen, turned out to be perfect. Along with rehearsals of Brahms, I attended reading sessions of new choral works, workshops on technique, improving choral intonation and tone quality, and question and answer sessions with Dr. Clausen on a variety of topics."
The major focus of the workshop was the performance of the Brahms' "German Requiem," which was accompanied by the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, performed by 62 Choral School participants and 40 area singers to a sell out crowd.
"This was the first time I had the opportunity to perform the 'Requiem' by Brahms, and it was an exhilarating experience," said Lind. "It was a thrilling piece of music and this performance was particularly powerful, with much of the credit given to the conductor, Rene Clausen, who led with such inspiration and artistry."
Lind, who has been with Westminster College since 2000, earned her undergraduate degree from Albertsons College of Idaho, her master's from the University of Oregon, and her Ph.D. from the University of Utah.
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April Sobieralski, a Westminster College senior psychology major from Clairton, 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."
Sobieralski is a daughter of Raymond and Catherine Sobieralski, Clairton, and a graduate of Serra District Catholic High School. The title of her research is, "A Comparison of Ocular and Electroencephalographic Activity between Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder-Symptomatic and Nonsymptomatic Participants in Response to Disgusting Visual Stimuli," and she was advised by Dr. Kirk Lunnen, assistant professor of psychology.
"Obsessive-compulsive disorder has been linked to disruptions in brain activity and to variations in eye movements unlike those of non-OCD sufferers. The disgust response in those with OCD is a particular area of interest. The present study used the electroencephalogram to investigate differences in brain activation in response to disgusting imagery between 54 OCD-symptomatic and nonsymptomatic participants, and used electrooculography to investigate differences in ocular activity. OCD-symptomatic participants displayed significantly less eye movements on two disgusting images, and trends show OCD symptomatic participants had less eye movements for each disgusting image. New behavior modification treatments can center on training OCD sufferers to visually divert their attention from stimuli that are related to obsessions and compulsions," wrote Sobieralski.
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James L. Cherney, instructor of speech at Westminster College, will continue the Westminster College Faculty Forum Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 11:45 a.m. in 311 Patterson Hall.
Westminster College is offering nine continuing education classes in October ranging from Scrapbooking and Yoga to various computer classes.
The Westminster College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Bands will combine to present "A Senior Celebration" Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.
"The Wind Ensemble is a select ensemble comprised of students who must audition for their placement," said R. Tad Greig, director of bands at Westminster College. "This ensemble performs some of the most challenging literature written for bands."
Dr. Natacha Fontes-Merz, Westminster assistant professor of mathematics, spoke at Faculty Forum Nov. 15 on Project NExT.
Several students have been added to the Spring 2007 Dean's List at Westminster College.
The Westminster College Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning awarded undergraduate research grants to 10 students to present their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) April 10-12 at Salisbury (MD) University.
Westminster College's Celebrity Series will feature singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka in concert Friday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The show, originally scheduled for September, was re-scheduled due to illness.
Westminster College announces several personal enrichment and leisure courses for community residents, including 11 new courses ranging from understanding football to Western Pennsylvania murders.
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