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Opera Westminster to Present "Love, Lies and Deception" April 17

Opera Westminster will present "Love, Lies and Deception" Saturday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. The program is free and open to the public.

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Business Majors Place 64th in International Competition

Westminster College senior business administration majors Leigha Krivacek, Nicholas O'Neill, and Veronica Pustay ranked 64th worldwide by achieving a 32% return on equity in The Business Strategy Game for the week ending Nov. 28.

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Sociology Professor to Present Henderson Lecture Oct. 12

Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow

Dr. Phyllis Kitzerow, Westminster College professor of sociology, will present the 2011-2012 Henderson Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free and open to the public.

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Bands to Present "A Senior Celebration" May 4

Westminster College Wind Ensemble
Westminster College Symphonic Band

The Westminster College Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present "A Senior Celebration" Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College Offers Spring Continuing Education Classes

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College announces several personal enrichment and leisure courses for community residents, covering interests ranging from understanding fly tying to glass painting and learning a new language.

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Westminster College Associate Professor Presents Research at Philosophical Society Conference

Dr. David Goldberg, associate professor of philosophy

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. David Goldberg, Westminster associate professor of philosophy, presented the keynote address at the fall meeting of the West Virginia Philosophical Society (WVPS) at Marshall University in West Virginia in November.

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Westminster Senior Music Major to Give Recital

Benajmin Abel, a senior music major at Westminster College, will give a recital Friday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

Abel, accompanied by adjunct music professor Jeff Wachter on the piano, will sing a variety of numbers.  The program includes "O del mio dolce ardor" by von Gluck, "Widmung" by Schumann, and  "Beau Soir" by Debussy.  "Behold, I Shall Tell You a Mystery" and "The Trumpet Shall Sound" from Handel's Messiah will be accompanied on the trumpet by Cyndi Mancini, a junior music education major from Mckees Rocks.

The program continues with number by Mozart, Gounod and Weill's "Let Things Be Like They Always Was" from Street Scene.  Able's baritone voice and alto Darci Kuhlber, a sophomore music education major from Grove City, will sing a duet, "The Next Ten Minutes" from The Last Five Years.  Abel's final selections are from Ralph Vaughan Williams' The House of Life.

Abel is a son of Steven and Barbara Abel from Westminster, Colo., and a graduate of Norwin High School.  While at Westminster, Abel has participated in a varity of performances including Detective Story, Crazy for You, and Anything Goes.  He is active in the Chamber Singers, and the Concert Choir, and he also landed leading roles in three Opera Workshops.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the Westminster College Department of Music, at (724) 946-7270.


Westminster Senior History and Sociology Majors Presented Capstone Research Projects

More than 30 Westminster College senior history and sociology majors recently presented their capstone research.

The final component of Liberal Studies at Westminster is a senior capstone course, which is at least a four-semester-hour course within the major designed to provide an opportunity for students to evaluate and assess the strengths and limitations of their major field.

Beaver Falls, PA
 Nicholas Kleck is a son of David and Vickie Kleck.  Kleck, a senior sociology/criminal justice major, is a graduate of Blackhawk High School.  The title of his research is "Rationalization of Living Environments for Mentally Handicapped in Pennsylvania."

Cheswick, PA
 Joseph Switalski is a son of Joseph and Judith Switalski.  Switalski, a senior history major, is a graduate of Deer Lakes High School.  The title of his research is "Stonewall Jackson's Death and Its Impact on the Outcome of the Civil War."

McDonald, PA
 James McDowell is a son of Robert and Tammy McDowell.  McDowell, a senior history major, is a graduate of Fort Cherry High School.  The title of his research is "The War Between the Southern States: States' Rights Conflict and Confederate Demise."

Rochester, PA
 Tara Timpano is a daughter of Anthony and Terri Timpano.  Timpano, a senior sociology/criminal justice major, is a graduate of Rochester Area High School.  The title of her research is "Closed on Sundays: The Amish Response to Rationalization."

Pittsburgh, PA
 John Baker is a son of Arthur and Noel Baker.  Baker, a senior history major, is a graduate of Seton-La Salle High School.  The title of his research is "The Dropping of the Atomic Bomb."
 Ronald Florian is a son of Ronald and Laura Florian.  Florian, a junior history major, is a graduate of Brashear High School. 
 Erin May is a daughter of Helen and John May.  May, a senior sociology major, is a graduate of Woodland Hills High School.  The title of her research is "McDonaldization of Aging: Nursing Homes as Total Institutions."
 Crystal Schumacher is a daughter of Margaret Schumacher.  Schumacher, a senior broadcast communications and history major, is a graduate of Baldwin High School.  The title of her research is "Wealth, Power, Murder, Media, and the Law: A Look Into the Free Trial vs. Free Press Debate."

Scenery Hill, PA
 Amy Rentz is a daughter of Matt and Christie Rentz.  Rentz, a senior sociology/public policy major, is a graduate of Bentworth High School.  The title of her research is "Bathtubs and Spinal Taps: The Continuum of Rationalized Childbirth."

Murrysville, PA
 Christopher Barnabei is a son of Domenic and Janet Barnabei.  Barnabei, a senior history major, is a graduate of Franklin Regional High School.  The title of his research is "The Iroquois: Collapse of the Six Nations During the Revolutionary War."

Ridgeway, PA
 Mark Rhoads is a son of Marsha and Brent Rhoads.  Rhoads, a senior sociology/criminal justice major, is a graduate of Ridgway Area High School.  The title of his research is "For Fun or Money: The Rationalization of Sports."

Zelienople, PA
 Jennifer Wahl is a daughter of Linda and Terry Wahl. Wahl, a senior history major, is a graduate of Seneca Valley High School.  The title of her research is "Akhmim and Egypt."

New Castle, PA
 Lauren Dado is a daughter of Robert and Mary Dado.  Dado, a senior sociology/criminal justice major, is a graduate of Shenango High School.  The title of her research is "Choice, Chance, or Circumstance: The Rationalization of Pre-Conceptive Sex Selection." 
 Kristen Shepherd is a daughter of Glenda Radicella.  Shepherd, a senior history major, is a graduate of New Castle High School.  The title of her research is "Cholera: 19th Century. Filth, Disease, and Sanitary Improvements."
 Angela Sperdute is a daughter of Howard and Carla Sperdute.  Sperdute, a senior sociology/criminal justice major, is a graduate of New Castle High School.  The title of her research is "Strippers, Frat Mats, and Sorostitutes: The Rationalization of Sisterhood."
 Daniel Wellman is a son of Daniel and Nancy Wellman. Wellman, a senior history major, is a graduate of Union Area High School.  The title of his research is "Tha Panama Canal: Its Creation and Its Purpose."
 
Ellwood City, PA
 Joseph Vitullo is a son of David and Beverly Vitullo. Vitullo, a senior history major, is a graduate of Lincoln High School.  The title of his research is "Intelligence, The CIA, and U.S. Foreign Policy During the Early Years of the Cold War."

Greenville, PA
 Lauren Anderson is a daughter of Dale and Susan Anderson.  Anderson, a senior sociology major, is a graduate of Jamestown Area High School.  The title of her research is "Burnout Rates in Social Workers: Compiling the Causes."

Grove City, PA
 Kevin McCreary is a son of David and Lynn McCreary.  McCreary, a senior political science and sociology major, is a graduate of Grove City Area High School.  The title of his research is "All the News That's Fit to Rationalize."

Pulaski, PA
 Willis Bretz is a son of Willis and Kim Bretz.  Bretz, a senior history major, is a graduate of Wilmington Area High School.  The title of his research is "The Implementation of Photography in the Civil War."

Dayton, PA
 Dennis Buffone is a son of Judy and Dennis Buffone. Buffone, a senior history major, is a graduate of Dayton High School.  The title of his research is "Fred H. Moore: Redefining the Cause Lawyer in the Sacco and Vanzetti Case."

Knox, PA
 Derek Myers is a son of Chris and Deborah Myers.  Myers, a senior history major, is a graduate of Keystone High School.  The title of his research is "Psychological Trauma of the Civil War Soldier as Seen Through Civil War Soldiers' Letters."

Rimersburg, PA
 Mary Eaton is a daughter of James Eaton.  Eaton, a senior English and history major, is a graduate of Union High School.  The title of her research is "Anne of Green Gables: Currant Wine, Anodyne Liniment, and Enduring Politics."

Cochranton, PA
 Alicia Heinle is a daughter of Rosemarie and Norbert Heinle.  Heinle, a junior history major, is a graduate of Cochranton High School.  The title of her research is "Decolonization: The Role of Independence in the Rwandan Civil War."

Corry, PA
 Abigail Sumpter is a daughter of Linda Sumpter.  Sumpter, a senior history major, is a graduate of Corry Area High School.  The title of her research is "Blonde-haired Blue-eyed Betty or Hard Hitting Hannah: Projections of All American Girls Professional Baseball League Players in the Press 1943-1954."

Fairview, PA
 Jessica Pettit is a daughter of Karen Pettit.  Pettit, a senior sociology major, is a graduate of Fairview High School.  The title of her research is "College Students Respond to the Media's Commodification of the Body."

Brookfield, OH
 Katherina Paroz is a daughter of Roger and Janice Paroz.  Paroz, a senior history major, is a graduate of Brookfield High School.  The title of her research is "Japanese Internment."

Lake Milton, OH
 Bradley Hochendoner is a son of Laura Hochendoner.  Hochendoner, a junior sociology/criminal justice major, is a graduate of Ursuline High School.  The title of his research is "Major Division I College Athletes and the Regeneration of the Undergraduate Education."

Warren, OH
 Craig Bohyer is a son of Tom and Celeste Bohyer.  Bohyer, a junior sociology/criminal justice major, is a graduate of Warren G. Harding High School.  The title of his research is "The Disenchantment of Sex in America."

Dalton, OH
 Thomas Oyer is a son of Robert and Rebecca Oyer.  Oyer, a senior sociology major, is a graduate of Dalton High School.  The title of his research is "Seeing Double?  Looking at Movie Remakes Through the Lens of McDonaldization."

Enon, OH
 Christian Davoli is a son of Adrian and Debby Davoli.  Davoli, a senior history major, is a graduate of Greenon High School.  The title of his research is "Cesar Chavez and the Chicago People: A Labor Movement to Remember."

Lakewood, NY
 Matthew Klizek is a son of Ronald and Denise Klizek.  Klizek, a senior history major, is a graduate of Southwestern Central High School.

Fairfax, VA
 Samuel Seo is a son of Bochang and Kijung Seo.  Seo, a senior sociology major, is a graduate of Fairfax High School.  The title of his research is "The Rationalized Individualism: Emerging Characteristics in the Spirituality of College-Aged Students."

For more information, contact Dr. Dwight Castro, chair of the Religion History, Philosophy & Classics Department, at (724) 946-7150 or Dr. Gary Lilly, chair of Political Science & Sociology Department, at (724) 946-7204.


Thirty Students Study Abroad at Oxford - A Weekly Report from England (Report II)

Thirty Westminster College students and two faculty members arrived in England to begin a semester abroad studying at Pembroke College, part of Oxford University. Instead of living in dormitories, students are living with host families among the outskirts of the city to experience British culture.

On Sunday, Sept. 18, Westminster College's study-abroad Oxford students and faculty embarked on their first excursion to London. Traveling using "the tubes," London's famous underground rail system, the group freely toured the historic city. While some found this form of transportation exciting, others were, to say the least, anxious.

"At first it was scary, with the terrorist bombings that occurred here in July, but I slowly became comfortable and adapted," said Kristin Nelson, a junior sociology/criminal justice from White Oak.  "Plus, my friends made fun of me so I had to calm down quickly."

Once above ground, the historic qualities of the city were overwhelming. For several students, the main attraction was "Big Ben."

"It was absolutely breathtaking standing in front of Big Ben. It was unreal; you see the structure in movies and in pictures, but it is nothing like seeing it in person," said Katie Crompton, a junior elementary education major from Pittsburgh.

Other attractions included Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, Portobello Market, Buckingham Palace, and the London Eye.

An end to the day's excursion, the group watched "The Tempest," a comedy by William Shakespeare, at the famous Globe Theater. The Globe, which was built eight years ago, is a modern replica of Shakespeare's actual theater.

"The Globe was absolutely amazing! I thought it was interesting how the show was directed with Shakespeare's traditional ways of not having any costume or scenery changes and having few actors playing several different characters", said  Matthew Kurtz, a senior history major from DuBois. After the two-hour show concluded, the group took its last trip on "the tubes" and headed back to Oxford on a double-decker bus.

Written by Carson Nesbitt, a sophomore political science major from Albion, NY; Kristin Nelson, a junior sociology/criminal justice and English major from Pittsburgh; and Michelle Mair, a sophomore exploratory major from East Aurora, NY.


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 tomlinvm@westminster.edu for more information.


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