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Nationally Renowned Tenor Coming to Westminster College

Tenor Craig Schulman, the only actor in the world to have portrayed the title roles in The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, and Jeckyll & Hyde, is coming to the Westminster College Celebrity Series, Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. in Orr Auditorium.

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Westminster College History Professor to Speak on "Picking a Bride for the Tsar"

Dr. Russell E. Martin, assistant professor of history at Westminster College, will present the 2000 Henderson Lecture, Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in Beeghly Theater.

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Nationally-Known Forensic Expert to Speak at Westminster

Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat, a nationally-known forensics expert and the only board-certified forensic anthropologist in Pennsylvania, will speak at Westminster College, Sunday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in Phillips Lecture Hall.

Dirkmaat is director of the Post-Baccalaureate Program in Forensic Anthropology and director of the Applied Science Program at Mercyhurst College.  He has conducted over 140 forensic anthropology cases for nearly 30 coroners, medical examiners, and state police in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  He served as the primary forensic anthropologist during mass fatalities in of the Pittsburgh crash of USAir flight 427 in 1994, and as scientific advisor to the Somerset County coroner during the recovery and identification of the victims of United Flight 93 in September 2001.

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When Jack-O-Lanterns die

Most of us have good feelings about carving pumpkins. They are colorful and friendly reminders that the fall season is here to be enjoyed. And we all can be artists! When pumpkins have become Jack-O-Lanterns or yard decorations and before they inevitably turn to mush, we must do something with them. Of course, we can trash them to get them out of sight before they are totally disgusting. In that event they are usually taken by our trash collector to a landfill where they are lost . . . forever! Or, we can give these fall trademarks the chance to continue in the endless cycles of nature. Yes, we can and should compost them!

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Student Receives Grant for "Fancy Flu" Research

Laura DellAntonio, a senior history major, was awarded a Drinko Center Undergraduate Research Grant. Her research is titled "The Fancy Flu: A Characterization of Victims of the Influenza Pandemic of 1918-1919 in Mahoning County, Ohio." Her research advisor is Dr. Timothy Cuff, assistant professor of history. She will present her research at Westminster's Undergraduate Research Symposium in spring 2008.

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Biology Professor to Speak about Fish

Dr. Marosh Furimsky

Dr. Marosh Furimsky, Westminster College assistant professor of biology, will present "What Use is a Fish?" at Faires Faculty Forum on Wednesday, March 12, at 11:40 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater in the McKelvey Campus Center.

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Art Students Interpret Nature at the Field Station

Art students view plants through microscope
Art student sketches white oak at Field Station
Student submits assignment to Peggy Cox

When 15 art students and Professor Peggy Cox want to draw, paint and interpret nature where do they go? Outside, of course. To the Field Station, of course!

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Students Receive Scholarships from The Pittsburgh Foundation

Ten Westminster College students recently received scholarships through The Pittsburgh Foundation. All awards will be applied to the students' tuition for the 2009-2010 academic year.

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Faculty Earn Award

Dr. Betsy Ford
Dr. Deborah Mitchell

Royal Portraits in Hollywood: Filming the Lives of Queens, co-authored by Westminster College English faculty Dr. Elizabeth Ford, professor emerita, and Dr. Deborah Mitchell, associate professor, received an honorable mention for the Susan Koppelman Award for the Best Edited Volume in Women's Studies in 2009. The award was given by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA).

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Students Participated in Model United Nations International Conference, Won Awards

Front (l-r): Troy LaCorte, Emily Saulsbery, Leah Wilson, Teresa Whetstone, Rebecca Ray, Katelyn Moga, Jared Palonis, Alex Scull. Back (l-r): Ian Pickens, Michael Katrancha, Jeremy Hoover, Robert Vavrinak, Dr. Michael Aleprete, Brandon Shallenberger, Shane Swigart.

Fourteen Westminster College students and their faculty adviser participated in the 21st annual American Model United Nations International Conference Nov. 20-23 in Chicago.

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