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College to Welcome Three Distinguished Alumni Lecturers Oct. 8

Posted on Monday, October 4, 2010

Three Westminster College alumnae-Shirley Bigley LaMotte, Alice Hill Brown, and Linda Wright Simpson-will be honored as Distinguished Alumni lecturers Friday, Oct. 8.

Bigley LaMotte, a 1976 Westminster graduate, is hosted by Westminster's Department of Religion, History, Philosophy and Classics. She will visit several classes within the department for informal discussions with students.

Bigley LaMotte is chief executive officer of Baltimore Literacy Corporation (Baltimore Reads, Inc.) and serves as a member of the Baltimore mayor's cabinet, the mayor's sub-cabinet on human development, the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board, and a governor's appointee to the Adult Education Transition Council.

She holds a juris doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law and is admitted to practice in Maryland and the federal courts.

Contact Dr. Bryan Rennie, professor and chair of Westminster's Religion, History, Philosophy and Classics Department, at (724) 946-7151 or e-mail for additional information about Bigley LaMotte.

Brown, a 1983 Westminster graduate, will present "DNA, the FBI and Life" at 4 p.m. in Phillips Lecture Hall of the Hoyt Science Resources Center. She is hosted by Westminster's Department of Chemistry.

Brown joined the FBI Laboratory in Washington, D.C., in 1984 as a biological laboratory technician. She has completed extensive training and is currently a biologist (technical specialist) at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va. She has co-authored several papers for presentation and publication and received numerous performance and achievement awards.

Contact Dr. Timothy Sherwood, associate professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Chemistry, at (724) 946-7296 or e-mail for additional information about Brown.

Simpson, a 1981 Westminster graduate, will speak on "Math Geek or Lawyer - the Coolness Factor" at 2 p.m. in the Sebastian Mueller Theater of the McKelvey Campus Center. She is hosted by Westminster's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Simpson is a U.S. bankruptcy administrator for the western district of North Carolina and is serving her second term on Westminster's Board of Trustees. Her primary practice area for 25 years is in bankruptcy litigation and administration. She has been active in legal education programs; committees providing advice to the Judicial Conference of the United States; has provided testimony to the National Bankruptcy Review Commission; and was a member of a delegation that provided assistance to the Bankruptcy Courts of Thailand.

Simpson earned her juris doctorate from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She has served as an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C., and received an honorary life membership to the Presbyterian Women of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.

Contact Dr. Carolyn Cuff, professor of mathematics, at (724) 946-7291 or e-mail for additional information about Simpson.

Shirley Bigley LaMotte
Alice Hill Brown
Linda Wright Simpson