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Symphony Orchestra to Present Spring Concert May 1

The Westminster College Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.  The concert is free and open to the public.

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Westminster College Sports Broadcasting Students Work Cleveland Cavaliers Game

Students covered a Cavaliers NBA game as members of the media.

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Fourteen Westminster College students were given the opportunity to cover the Cleveland Cavaliers versus Milwaukee Bucks NBA game as members of the media Dec. 14 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

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Westminster College Receives Grant from American Chemical Society

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College student chapter of the American Chemical Society (ACS) was recently awarded an Inter-Chapter Relations Grant for the 2013-2014 academic year.

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Westminster's Bleasby Colloquium Continues with Alumna Author

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.  --  The Westminster College Bleasby Colloquium continues with alumna author Diana Joseph Wednesday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the McKelvey Campus Center Berlin Student Lounge.

Joseph will read selections from her book, "Happy or Otherwise," which is a collection of short fictional stories published by the Carnegie Mellon University Press. 

She is a native of New Castle, and received her undergraduate degree from Westminster College in 1992.  Currently, Joseph teaches creative writing at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

"Diana Joseph's debut collection is a mix of captivating voices.  These are characters readers will love, hate, admire, and despise," writes Gordon Weaver, author of  "Long Odds."

This colloquium is the second in a series of five scheduled for the George Bleasby Colloquia, a series of literary events in honor of Dr. Bleasby, who chaired the Department of English at Westminster from 1954-75.

The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dr. David Swerdlow, professor of English at Westminster College and coordinator of the event, at (724) 946-7345 or e-mail

Book Jacket of "Happy or Otherwise"

Collaborative Research of Two Westminster Professors Published

Dr. John Bonomo, associate professor of computer science, and Dr. Carolyn Cuff, professor of mathematics, had their collaborative research, "How Do You Stack Up?," published in the November issue of the College and Mathematics Journal.

 "Basically the paper is a mathematical investigation of a simple children's toy known as a stacking ring," Bonomo said.  "My three kids all played with this toy, and their random placement of rings on the tower was the genesis of the article.  Things like this always happen when you mix mathematicians and toys."

 "Needless to say, unless one's child is a budding genius, the average toddler will place the rings on randomly, leaving several to stick out over the top of the rod, depending on the ordering of the rings and the dexterity of the child.  This led to an initial question which spurred our interest into the mathematical properties of the stacking ring tower: what is the average number of rings that stick over the rod given all possible orderings of ring placements," wrote the professors.

 "One nice surprise is that one of our illustrations made the cover of the journal, which made both Carolyn and I very happy," Bonomo said.

 Bonomo, who has been with Westminster College since 1998, earned his undergraduate and master's degrees from Catholic University, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.  He has served as judge and problem contributor for the International Collegiate Programming Contest several times.

 Cuff, who has been with Westminster College since1989, earned her undergraduate degree from Westminster College, and her master's and Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

 For more information, contact Bonomo at (724) 946-7287 or e-mail

Dr. John Bonomo
Dr. Carolyn Cuff

Westminster College and Dominion Peoples Reach Agreement

Westminster College and Dominion Peoples have reached a settlement in regards to a billing disagreement.  Details of the agreement will remain confidential as agreed to by both parties.

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Psychology Professor Authors Book Chapter on Behavior

Dr. Jamie McMinn, assistant professor of psychology at Westminster College, recently co-authored "The Many Faces of Childhood: Costume as Ritualized Behavior," a chapter on childhood behavior which appears in Rituals and Patterns in Children's Lives

"Alan Pickell and I examined costuming rituals and the psychological functions they serve for children," McMinn said.  "We then examined how these rituals are described in such popular children's series as the Bobbsey Twins, Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, and the Oz books.  Our goal was to offer a way to understand the importance of children's costuming through the neoFredian theory of Carl Jung, as well as social psychological theories that explain why people, including children, misbehave when their identity is concealed by costumes."

Rituals and Patterns in Children's Lives is edited by Kathy Merlock and published by Popular Press.

McMinn, who has been with Westminster College since 2003, earned his under graduate degree from Emory & Henry College, and master's and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Contact McMinn at (724) 946-7121 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Jamie McMinn

Westminster College Orchestra to Perform Concert

The Westminster College Orchestra will perform its first concert of the year Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m. at Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster College Awards Alumni Citations

Westminster College awarded three Distinguished Alumni Citations during the recent Homecoming celebration.

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Westminster College Celebrates Commencement May 18

Nearly 350 students are expected to earn diplomas Saturday, May 18 during the 148th annual Westminster College commencement ceremonies.  The 2001-2002 academic year will conclude with a baccalaureate service at 10: 30 a.m. in Orr Auditorium, and commencement at 2:30 p.m. on the Senior Terrace of Old Main.

Speaking at baccalaureate is Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey, Canon Theologian of the Diocese of Pittsburgh of the Episcopal Church.  Bailey, who is a son of missionary parents stationed in Egypt, has spent most of his life in the Middle East.  He served 20 years as professor of the New Testament studies in the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, and founded the Institute for Middle Eastern New Testament Studies at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies in Jerusalem.

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