Westminster Electronic Newsletter

November 2012

westminster program to serve underrepresented utah students spared by federal grant renewal

College students from underrepresented groups in Utah will be allowed to continue to participate in the prestigious Westminster McNair Scholars Program through a recent federal grant renewal.
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tWestminster Alum Aims to Decrease DUIs with Company's New Breathalyzer Kiosk
When lights and sirens flash in your rear view mirror, it's rarely a welcome sight—especially if you've been drinking.

In an effort to reduce the number of drunk driving incidents in the local community, Westminster alum Jason Knott has created a product that will allow patrons of alcohol serving venues to check their blood alcohol content (B.A.C.) prior to driving.
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Westminster Student's New Social Enterprise Helps Educate Children in Ghana
"Buy a Purse. Fund a Future"—that's the theme of a new social enterprise called Daakye. Created by Westminster business student Abby Speicher, Daakye was inspired by her travels to Africa where she saw the need for a business that could help send local children to school.
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Westminster Ethics Bowl Team Makes Nationals
Westminster is proud to announce the college's Ethics Bowl team took first place during the 2012 Wasatch Regional Ethics Bowl Competition on November 10 at Utah State University.

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Mary Jo Hinsdale recently presented two papers at the American Educational Studies Association annual meeting in Seattle, as well as another at the National Women's Studies Association conference in Oakland. In addition, her essay "Choosing to Love" appears in the current Paideusis, the scholarly journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society. This special themed issue focuses on contemplative practice, education, and socio-political transformation.

Liz Rogers and Tiana White presented a session entitled "Portfolios: A Tool for Student Assessment, Reflection, & Documentation" at the Association of Outdoor Recreation (AORE) National Conference. Liz was also elected to the board of directors of AORE where she will serve a 3 year term.

Sebastian Hooker and Jason Knott will launch their business, BreathAdvisor, in December. BreathAdvisor places kiosks in alcohol serving venues which patrons can use to check their blood alcohol content (B.A.C.) prior to driving.

Brandon Derfler will conduct the Westminster Chamber Orchestra in John Cage's Atlas Eclipticalis on December 5 in a concert marking the centenary of Cage's birth. The performance will be a Utah (and Intermountain Region) premiere of this work.

Charles Ehin's co-authored an article entitled "Catalytic Leadership and Sociocultural Homeostasis" that was recently published in the Journal for Quality and Participation.



12/1 Westminster Chamber Singers Present a Holiday Concert
Directed by Dr. Christopher Quinn, the Chamber Singers will perform an exciting evening of choral classics and holiday favorites.
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12/3 Westminster Presents a Free Screening of Poison
Todd Haynes’ 1991 film Poison is considered an early entry into the New Queer Cinema movement. The film intertwines three different stories. These three segments combine to develop a controversial commentary on the complexities of human sexuality.
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