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Preschool Lab Hosts Summer Arts Camp

Dylan Shaffer and Ben Armstead enjoy putting the finishing touches on their wooden boats.
Maggie Rummelfanger concentrates on hammering her woodworking project.

The Westminster College Preschool Lab presented its fifth annual summer arts camp for kids June 22-26. The hands-on camp program encouraged children to learn about the arts through visiting with guest artisans, experimenting with different media, and creatively expressing themselves through art.

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Religion Professor Authored Chapter in New Book

Dr. Bryan Rennie

Dr. Bryan Rennie, Vira I. Heinz professor and chair of Westminster College's Department of Religion, History, Philosophy and Classics, authored a chapter on Mircea Eliade in the recently published Hermeneutics, Politics and the History of Religions: The Contested Legacies of Joachim Wach and Mircea Eliade.

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AV Services Helps Recycle 6,000 pounds of Electronics

Westminster College's Audio Visual Services wrapped up its AV Week activities and participated in "Make a Difference Day" with its third e-recycling drive Oct. 23 at Hoyt Science Resources Center.

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Concert Choir to Present Annual "Music and Meatballs" Event Oct. 7

Music and Meatballs 2010

The Westminster College Concert Choir will present its 11th annual "Music and Meatballs" Friday, Oct. 7, at the New Wilmington Presbyterian Church.  Patrons may choose from three seating times: 4:30 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 7 p.m.

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Choral Groups to Present Concerts April 27 and 29

Westminster College choral groups will present spring concerts Friday, April 27, and Sunday, April 29, in Wallace Memorial Chapel.  Both are free and open to the public.

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Westminster College Associate Professor Attended Biblical Archeology Society Tour

Dr. Beverly Cushman, associate professor of religion and Christian education

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Beverly Cushman, Westminster College associate professor of religion and Christian education, recently attended a 10-day tour of Israel sponsored by the Biblical Archeology Society.

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Westminster College Selects Dr. Jamie McMinn as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

Dr. Jamie McMinn

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College selected Dr. Jamie McMinn to serve as the associate dean of academic affairs, beginning Jan. 2, 2014.

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Westminster College Alumnus Writes Book of Sermons

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.  --  The Rev. Dr. William Jackson, Presbyterian minister and 1958 Westminster College graduate, recently wrote "More than a Wish: Sermons at Shadyside Presbyterian Church."

Jackson served as interim pastor of the Shadyside Presbyterian Church from 1999-2003, and his book is a collection of sermons given during that time.

"I must admit that I found it to be a daunting challenge," wrote Jackson.  "For while my sermons have been carefully and prayerfully prepared, they were delivered without notes, and much of what was said was accentuated by gestures, facial expressions, tone of voice, volume (high and low) and appropriate pauses.  Preparing these sermons for reading required the extra discipline and effort of attempting to recapture the original meaning and intent of the messages."

Prior to Shadyside, Jackson served churches in Abington, Boardman and Canton, Ohio, and Flint, Mich.  He served Westminster College as dean of the chapel for a year, and was a part-time director of the Department of Religion at Chautauqua Institution from 1984-1989.

Book Jacket of "More than a Wish"

Westminster Music Education Major to Perform Senior Flute Recital

Erin Sabo, a music education major at Westminster College, will perform a senior flute recital Friday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

 Her program includes Bach's "Sonata IV BWV 1033, in C Maj.," Honegger's "Danse de la Chevre," Taffanel's "Andante Pastorial et Scherzettino," and Cimarosa's "Concerto in G Major."  Kathryn D. Miller, adjunct professor, will accompany Sabo on the piano, and Michelle Long, a senior music education major from Imperial, will assist in the performance.

 Sabo is involved in the Westminster College Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Women's Chorus, and is vice president of the Flute Choir.  She is a member and former chapter advocate of Westminster's chapter of Pennsylvania Collegiate Music Educators Association.

 She has also participated in the pit orchestra of Westminster opera workshops, and was in the vocal ensemble and pit of last year's chapel drama.  For the past three years, Sabo has been a flute accompanist and member of the choir of the West Middlesex Methodist Church, and last summer she was a music instructor and camp counselor at the Woodlands Foundation for physically disabled and chronically ill children.

 Sabo is a daughter of William and Darlene Sabo, Ambridge, and a graduate of Ambridge Area High School.

 For more information, contact the Westminster College Department of Music at (724) 946-7270.

Westminster College Offers Personal Enrichment Classes

Westminster College announces several personal enrichment and leisure courses for community residents.  Continuing Education classes and seminars are non-credit and are open to all interested individuals.  Formal admission to Westminster College is not required.

 For more information, contact Carol Yova, director of continuing education and lifelong learning at Westminster College, at (724) 946-7353 or e-mail

 Personal fitness classes are scheduled in three sessions:  Session A run from Sept. 12 through Oct. 14; session B runs from Oct. 17 through Nov. 18; and session C runs from Nov. 21 through Dec. 16.  Classes are held in the "Down Under" in Eichenhauer Hall.

 Yoga classes, which run all three sessions on Mondays from 6-7 p.m., are designed as an introductory or refresher course.  At the completion of each class, students should feel calm, centered, quietly energized and happy.

 Core Fat Burning classes, which run all three sessions on Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m., are designed to give a total body conditioning which combines cardio, body sculpting, Pilates core essentials, stretch and strength flexibility, and balance.

 Power Yoga classes, which run all three sessions on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., are designed to provide an excellent workout with strong poses to enhance strength, stamina, and total body/mind harmony.

 Stress Reduction classes, which run all three sessions on Wednesdays from 4:45-5:30 p.m., are designed to learn how to handle stress through mind/body awareness and controlled breathing, along with beneficial stretching and lengthening of the body.

 Senior Yoga classes, which run all three sessions on Tuesdays from 9-10 a.m., are designed to gently aid in mobility and general physical health.

 Computer classes are designed to meet the needs of the beginner to the accomplished user and are held in room 214 of Patterson Hall.

 Keyboard Basics runs Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 20 and 22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  This course is a workshop for students to develop accuracy and confidence in their keyboarding skills.

 Introduction to Computers Step I runs Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 27-29, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  This course is designed specifically for anyone who is new to the world of personal computers.

 Introduction to Computers Step II runs Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 4-6, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  This workshop will remain slow-paced and provide a fun and relaxed learning environment.
Introductions to Computers Step III runs Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 11-13, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  This course is a continuation of previous workshops and is designed to give the confidence needed to feel comfortable using a computer.

 Power Point is scheduled Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 10 and 12, from 7-9 p.m.  This hands-on workshop will provide the skills needed to create slides, outlines, speaker's notes, and audience notes, as well as instructions about using clip art.

 How to Care and Feed Your Computer is scheduled Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 18-20, from 7-9 p.m.  In this class, students will learn how to make computers work better, run faster, and last longer.

 Microsoft Publisher is scheduled Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 24 and 26, from 7-9 p.m.  In this class, students will learn how to create professional publications, including calendars, flyers, business cards, newsletters, and more.

 Microsoft Word is scheduled Tuesday - Thursday, Oct. 25-27, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.  This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the Windows operating environment, as well as further introduce Microsoft Word.

 Web Design and Development is scheduled Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 1 and 3, from 6-8 p.m.  This course will guide the student through the process of effectively designing and assembling a Web site.

 Microsoft Excel is scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays, Nov. 7, 9, 14, and 16, from 7-9 p.m.  This course offers a basic outline of creating spreadsheets:  entering data, editing and formatting, and using formulas for calculations.

 Adobe Photoshop is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, Nov. 8 and 10, from 6-8 p.m.  This class will teach you the basic elements of the Adobe Photoshop program, such as cropping, resizing, and adding text to your images.

 Courses for kids are now available.

 Computers for Kids is scheduled for grades 1-3, on Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 7 and 9, from 4:30-6 p.m.; and grades 4-6, on Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 14 and 16, from 4:30-6 p.m.  In this class, kids will have fun getting the skills needed to become a junior computer whiz in today's technological world.

 Basic Spanish for Kids is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5 and 12, from 10-11 a.m.  In this class kids get a head start in learning the basic Spanish vocabulary.  The class is specifically designed for 1st-4th graders.

 Several enrichment courses are also scheduled.

 Your Painting Choice is scheduled for Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 26 and 28, and Oct. 3 and 5, from 6-8 p.m.  In this class, students choose a favorite photo as their subject.

 Genealogy I is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1 and 8, from 10 a.m.-noon.  This course will introduce the tools available to help begin a family tree.

 Genealogy II is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 and 29, from 10 a.m.-noon.  This course will give a more in-depth look at the previously performed searches.  Students will explore the library and Internet genealogical searches.

 Handwriting Analysis is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 10 and 17, from 6-8 p.m.  This course will study handwriting to gain an insight about the personality of the writer.

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