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Westminster College to welcome author David Hassler as part of the Bleasby Colloquia Series

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

As part of the Bleasby Colloquia Series, Westminster College’s Department of English and Public Relations will host David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University, at 7 p.m. March 19 in Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.

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Indoor Track & Field: Women’s Team Finishes Second, Men Third at the 2015 PAC Championships

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Westminster College women's and men's indoor track & field teams broke a total of six school records, including three conference records, as the Titans competed in the 2015 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Titan women's team finished second with 110 points, while the Titan men's team placed third with 76 points. The championships took place at Youngstown State University's Watson and Tressel Training Site (WATTS).

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Three Westminster Senior Theater Majors Produce Original Play

Three Westminster College senior theater majors, Robert Allen, Rachael Mellor, and Justin Bryan, will present an original play, "Hold On," Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Beeghly Theater.

 "I wrote the play over the summer while working for the Huron Playhouse in Ohio," Allen said.  "The inspiration for the play came to me while I was reading a novel.  It took me two months to finish this 63-page script."

 "I am one of the lead characters in the play," Mellor said.  "I'm helping with the props, doing the publicity and program.  The play is a completely student-run project.  We design and build the set, lighting design, sound, costumes, props, publicity, directing, writing and acting."

 "The play is about Holden and Julie, two students who have just graduated from college.  Holden plans to ask Julie to marry him, but is worried about how her overprotective father will take it," Allen said.  "Both characters spend time confiding in their best friend, as they try to convince Julie's father to let them go ahead with the wedding.  The play takes a huge twist at the end of the first act, and then goes in a totally different direction in the second act."

 "I worked closely with Bob this summer on the play.  I play Rick, Julie's father in the show.  He's an overprotective, but loving father, and the reasons he acts as he does come through when you find out what made him the man he is.  I'm also the assistant director," Bryan said. 

"Bob, Justin, and I are also putting together a short Shakespeare presentation that will follow the play.  The three of us have monologues in "Twelfth Night Abridged,' that is a required element in our capstone," Mellor said.

  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.

 "Along with doing the show Justin, Bob and I also keep journals of every rehearsal and write a paper analyzing the script and our characters," Mellor said. 

 The trio has enlisted other Westminster students to help with the production.
 "The cast includes Mick Henninger, as the male lead.  Tom Burkhart and Sarah Timm also have roles in the play," Allen said.  "The set was designed by Ben Wacker, who is also the stage manager; lights were designed by Amanda Kovacic; John Buco is the assistant stage manager; Nicole Patterson is the house manager."

 The play has been entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival scheduled for January 2005.
The event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Allen at (330) 307-4003 or e-mail

Westminster Chemistry Professor to Present Research at Faculty Forum

Dr. Peter Smith, assistant professor of chemistry at Westminster College,  will present his National Science Foundation research at Faculty Forum Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 11:45 a.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater located in the McKelvey Campus Center.

 Smith collaborated with Dr. John F. C. Turner, associate professor of chemistry and director of the Neutron Sciences Consortium at the University of Tennessee, this summer.

 "We were attempting to create the first example of a molecule containing a direct, unsupported bond between two cerium atoms," Smith said.  This is important because cerium belongs to the group of metals known as the lanthanides, which are not known to form these types of compounds."

 Smith and Turner have developed a strong, continuing partnership.

 "We are currently investigating the creation of new molecules containing cerium that might be useful in converting methane, a major component of natural gas, into hydrogen gas and ethane," Smith said.  "Our goal is to develop a system that will convert methane, which is gas, into hydrogen gas and more easily handled liquid hydrocarbons, such as butane or octane.

 "This research enhances my instruction by equipping me with the tools that I need to conduct leading-edge chemical research at Westminster College," Smith continued.  "I will incorporate this research into my courses.  Chemistry is a hands-on science and is only truly learned in the lab.  My students will be conducting research that has the potential to make production of hydrogen gas much more efficient and cost effective.  Hydrogen gas is being highly touted as a replacement for fossil fuels.  When it burns, the only byproduct is water."

Faculty forum, established in 1990, serves as a venue for the exchange of ideas and information among Westminster College faculty.  Speakers present their research, teaching ideas, lectures, performances, special programs, and uses of technology to keep faculty informed about the work of colleagues from many disciplines.

 Smith, who has been with Westminster since 2002, earned his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee.

 Contact Smith at (724) 946-7299 or e-mail for more information.

Dr. Peter Smith

Westminster Senior to Give Voice Recital

Stephanie Nicholson, a senior music performance major at Westminster College, will give a senior voice recital Monday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

Her program includes: Bach's "Ich folge dir gleichfalls;" Dubussy's "Regret" and "Il pleure dans mon Coeur;"  Bizet's "Ouvre ton Coeur" and "Jed is que rien" from Carmen; Quilter's "Weep You no More Sad Fountains," "Fair House of Joy," and "Dream Valley;" Hopkins' "Remorse;" Wolf's "Storchenbotchaft," and "The Yellow Butterfly;" Schubert's "Fruhlingsglaube;" Mozart's "Dove Sono" from The Marriage of Figaro;" and Verdi's "Addio del passato" from La Traviata and Puccini's "Donde Lieta" from La Boheme

Nicholson will be accompanied on the piano by Katheryn Miller, adjunct professor at Westminster, and assisted on the flute by Amber Kunder, a sophomore elementary education major from Poland, Ohio.

 Stephanie Nicholson is a daughter of Marvin and Sharon Nicholson, Medina, Ohio and is a graduate of Medina High School.  While at Westminster, Nicholson has performed in about a dozen roles, including both leading and supporting, in the Opera Westminster workshop class.  These include her first performance as Lizzi in Coffee Cantata Bach, and her last performance as Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. 

Contact the Westminster College Department of Music at (724) 946-7270 for more information.

Westminster Choir Director Spends Week Conducting in Ecuador

Sharon Rotuna, director of the Westminster College Women's Choir, spent last week (Nov. 13-19) conducting Coro Latinoamericano, Pittsburgh's Latin America Choir, in Quito, Equador, as part of Cantapueblo, an annual music festival which features choirs from around the world.

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Two Student Recitals at Westminster College Oct. 29

Westminster College seniors Summerlea Hobbs and Matthew Newman will perform a joint vocal recital Sunday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

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Westminster College Announces Alumni Art Show

Twenty-seven Westminster College alumni will display their art June 4-29 in the Westminster Art Gallery located in Patterson Hall.  The gallery is open Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

"Works have been submitted by alumni from across the country in a variety of mediums including clay, fabric, pencil, watercolor, pastel and paper," said Mary James, director of alumni relations and 1984 Westminster College graduate.  "The show is a part of the yearlong festivities celebrating 150 years of Westminster people, spirit and talent."

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Professor Attends Organ-Building Conference

Dr. Elizabeth Harrison

Dr. Elizabeth Harrison, assistant professor of music, attended The Eastman Rochester Organ Initiative Conference co-sponsored by the Westfield Center and by the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y.

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Student Receives Grant to Further China Research

Jessica Wiedmann, a junior elementary education major at Westminster College, has been awarded a Drinko Center Grant to further her research in China this summer on the "Unwanted Children of China." She will present her research at the Undergraduate Research Symposium in spring 2008.

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