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Westminster College Hosts District Five Honors Band

Westminster College hosts the members of District Five Honors Band Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 2-4.  The final concert, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

 "The Band of 120 students was chosen by audition from over 500 applicants," said Dr. R. Tad Greig, director of bands at Westminster College.  "I am excited about this year's guest conductor, Professor Mark Camphouse, who is one of the top composers of wind music in the world."

 Camphouse, who has been with Radford University in Virginia since 1984, is a native of Chicago.  In high school, he received the Chicago Civic Orchestra scholarship, which enabled him to study trumpet privately for two years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra principal, Adolph Herseth.  He received his formal musical training at Northwestern University.  He began composing at an early age, with the Colorado Philharmonic premiering his "First Symphony" at age 17.  Principal commissions include those by the John P. Paynter Foundation, William D. Revelli Foundation, The United States Army Band, The United States Marine Band, Florida Bandmasters Association, and some of American's finest college and high school wind bands.

 The program will begin with the "National Anthem," followed by a "Salute to the P.M.E.A.," "Easter Monday on the White House Lawn," "Toccata," "Yosemite Autumn," "Celtic Hymns and Dances," and "Clowns."

 For more information, contact Greig at (724) 946-7279 or e-mail

Westminster College Announces Homecoming Court

Twelve Westminster College students were picked to serve as the homecoming court during the festivities planned for Saturday, Sept. 24.

 The candidates represent sorority, fraternity, and independent selections.  The student body will vote for king and queen, and the winners will be announced during halftime of Saturday's 1:30 p.m. football game versus Thomas More.

 The following are nominated for Queen:
Beaver, PA

 Leslie Higgins, the Alpha Gamma Delta candidate, is a daughter of Sidney Shaw and Steve Higgins, Bridgewater, PA.   Higgins, a junior elementary education major, is a graduate of Beaver Area High School.

Pittsburgh, PA
 Andrea Pastorius, the Phi Mu candidate, is a daughter of Edward and Linda Pastorius.  Pastorius, a junior English major, is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School.
 Allison Baker, the Sigma Kappa candidate, is a daughter of Reid and Robyn Baker.  Baker, a junior biology major, is a graduate of Plum High School.

Canonsburg, PA
 Sherri Breitigan
, the Kappa Delta candidate, is a daughter of John and Maureen Breitigan.  Breitigan, a junior English major, is a graduate of Canon-McMillan High School..

New Castle, PA
 Leah Mazzocca
, the independent candidate, is a daughter of John and Kathleen Mazzocca.  Mazzocca, a junior elementary education major, is a graduate of Shenango High School.
 Tiffany Smith, the Zeta Tau Alpha candidate, is a daughter of Deane and Linda M. Smith.  Smith, a junior molecular biology major, is a graduate of Neshannock High School.

The following are nominated for King:
Pittsburgh, PA
Steven Smith
, the Sigma Nu candidate, is a son of Steven and Arlene Smith.  Smith, a sophomore socoiology/justice major, is a graduate of Shaler Area High School.

Daniel Wren, the Phi Kappa Tau candidate, is a son of Paul and Lynn Wren.  Wren, a junior psychology major, is a graduate of Keystone Oaks High School.

Latrobe, PA
 Perry Longacre
, the Sigma Phi Epsilon candidate, is a son of James and Kathleen Longacre.  Longacre, a junior engineering major, is a graduate of the Greater Latrobe High School. 

Butler, PA
 Lee Scott,
the Theta Chi candidate, is a son of Robert and Mary B. Scott.  Scott, a junior history major, is a graduate of Knox High School.

Kingston, PA
 Matthew Kerns
, the independent candidate, is a son of Pamela and James Kerns.   Kerns, a junior history major, is a graduate of Wyoming Seminary.

Colleyville, TX
 Todd Atwood
, the Alpha Sigma Phi candidate, is a son of Jon and Judith Atwood.   Atwood, a junior business administration major, is a graduate of Colleyville Heritage High School.

 Contact Camille Hawthorne, associate dean of student affairs at Westminster, at (724) 946-7112 or e-mail for more information.

History Professor Presents Research in Tokyo

Dr. Timothy Cuff, Westminster College assistant professor of history, recently presented his research at the Keio Conference, a meeting of economics historians held in Tokyo.

 "This conference was held in preparation for the XIV International Economic History Congress scheduled this summer in Helsinki, Finland," said Cuff, who will also attend that Congress.

Cuff's research, 'Geographic Pieces in the Antebellum Puzzle: Early Nineteenth-Century Pennsylvania as a Case Study,' is based on the results developed in conjunction with research published in Cuff's recent book, The Hidden Cost of Economic Development: The Biological Standard of Living in Antebellum Pennsylvania.

 "My research indicates that during the early decades of the 1800s, the biological well-being of Pennsylvania populations deteriorated slightly during this period of significant economic growth," Cuff said.  "Somewhat surprising, but consistent with similar work on other countries undergoing the early stages of modern economic growth, individuals most distant from the regions experiencing the greatest economic development displayed the greatest average height.

 "The paper also described the extensions of the current work which are under way using data on Pennsylvanians born in the second half of the 19th century.  These data have been collected and digitized using grant support from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Economic History Association," Cuff said.

 While at the conference, Cuff also had the opportunity to offer commentary on and suggestions for the other 11 papers presented at the Keio Conference, each of which addressed some aspect of how economic development, and particularly market integration, has affected the biological well-being of societies across geographic space and time. 

 Cuff, who has been with Westminster College since 2000, earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster College, his masters' from Bowling Green State University and University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

 Contact Cuff at (724) 946-6152 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Timothy Cuff

Westminster English Professor Plans Busy November Promoting New Book

Dr. James A. Perkins, professor of English and chair of the Department of English and Public Relations at Westminster College, plans a busy November promoting his recently released book For the Record: a Robert Drake Reader.

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Westminster College Professor Participates in National Psychology Conference

Dr. Mark J. Sciutto, assistant professor of psychology at Westminster College, recently participated in the 108th annual meeting of the American Psychological Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Westminster Sorority Sponsors "Kiss a Senior Goodbye" Benefit

Members of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority are sponsoring a "Kiss a Senior Goodbye" to benefit the family of a child recently diagnosed with cancer.

Cards are placed outside the cafeteria and grill area for all students, faculty, and staff to purchase and place a message for their favorite senior.  Cost is $.50 for one Hershey's kiss or $2 for five Hershey kisses.  The sale continues through May 6.

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Composting at Westminster - Past & Future

Click below for details on our composting efforts.

At the beginning of the fall semester I alerted the campus to the composting project that was jumpstarted by a grant from Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Resources. We are on our way. Your cooperation is needed to rescue such common compostables as food wastes (both pre-consumer and post-consumer) and other organics that deserve our best efforts.

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Westminster College to Host Independence Day Celebration

Westminster College will host an old-fashioned Independence Day celebration with a free concert and fireworks Tuesday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. at Brittain Lake.

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Chapel Drama March 9

Westminster College Chapel Drama will present "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown" Sunday, March 9, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.

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Students Participated in Programming Contest

Mark Gordon, Andrew Slane, James Bryan
Jordan Camara, Peter Lukich, Stephen Wheeler

Two teams of Westminster College students participated in the 2008 ACM East Central North America Programming Contest Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Youngstown State University.

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