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Students Bring the Poetry of Alumnus Jack Ridl '67 to Life in Interpretative Reading, April 20

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Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The poetry of basketball is on full-court display in an insightful, entertaining presentation of alumnus Jack Ridl’s “Losing Season” given by students taking Oral Interpretation of Literature this semester—a class taught by visiting associate professor of communications Dr. Randy Richardson. The interpretive reading takes place on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. in Berlin Lounge. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Richardson believes the Ridl family's connection to the athletic heritage of Westminster makes the reading even more interesting and relevant to the community.

“The collection offers a series of carefully-crafted character sketches of the team, the staff and the townspeople,” explained Richardson. “Each brief poem delivers a slice of human insight, everything from the thrill of imagined victory to the agony of constant defeat.”

After introducing his class to Ridl’s poetry, Richardson said the students seemed excited by the possibilities for performance and the opportunity to meet the poet. Whenever Richardson teaches Oral Interpretation of Literature, he requires a group reading as a final project in the course to demonstrate what they have learned. For all of the students in the course, this is their first experience with Readers Theater.

“I expect that their hard work and dedication will shine through in their group performance,” Richardson added.

For more information, contact Kara Montgomery at or 724-946-7363.