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Ryan St. Onge


Westminster's Olympians

Over the past few weeks, Westminster’s Olympians have been performing superbly during the 2010 Winter Games – and several have even placed in the top 10! Freshman Bryon Wilson finished third in the Men’s Moguls competition on February 14 to take home a bronze medal.

Westminster business major Ryan St. Onge nearly landed a medal placing fourth in the Men’s Aerials Finals on February 25. Zach Lund, a Westminster senior and aviation student, placed fifth in men’s skeleton.  Sophomore Lacy Schnoor placed ninth during the Ladies’ Aerials competition on February 24.

Fourteen Westminster students were named to the 2010 Olympic Team.  For additional information and competition results, visit

Scene + Heard

Gift from Sorenson Legacy Foundation

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation donated $833,000 to help construct a science education floor in the new four-story Meldrum Science Center. The James LeVoy and Beverley Sorenson Research Floor will include integrated laboratory/classrooms dedicated to genetics, microbiology, anatomy/physiology and undergraduate research, as well as faculty offices, a conference room, and student lounge. The 60,000-square-foot center is scheduled for completion in spring 2010.

“The education and discovery undertaken on the Sorenson Research Floor will complement our family’s desire to advance science and technology through innovation, which was a lifelong passion for my father, James LeVoy Sorenson,” said Joan Fenton, Sorenson Legacy Foundation trustee.

The Meldrum Science Center is the capstone project in the college’s 10-year master plan. It will enable the college to accommodate growing student enrollments, house high-tech equipment, and expand critical space for undergraduate research. It will also allow for the increasing numbers of science, pre-med, nursing, and health-care majors enrolling at the college. Westminster’s graduates in these areas are highly sought after by health care, biomedical, and research employers throughout Utah and in other states.

Westminster Named to Presidential Honor Roll For Community Service
Our students completed more than 42,000 hours of community service in 2008-09

SALT LAKE CITY– The Corporation for National and Community Service recently announced that Westminster College has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its commitment and achievement in community service.

“We are thrilled to hear the news that we have been named again to the 2009 Honor Roll,” said Julie Tille, director of Westminster’s Center for Civic Engagement.  “The entire campus makes a great effort to be civically engaged and provide quality service, service-learning, and civic engagement opportunities to our students as a learning opportunity.” 

The corporation announces the annual Honor Roll award recipients, recognizing more than 700 colleges and universities for exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs. This year, 115 institutions were recognized with “Distinction,” including Westminster and BYU. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

The Enrollment Report

The Enrollment Report

Statistical information from Admissions and Financial Aid Teams on our pool of prospective students and financial aid awards

Message from Vice President Bauman
A message from Vice President of Enrollment, Joel Bauman.

Recruitment Events
How our enrollment professionals have been spreading the word about Westminster.

Advertising and Marketing
Our latest marketing efforts.

Open Houses
Upcoming open houses and special events.

To see the full report, click here.

Faculty & Staff Achievements

Julie Paasch and Lance Vaculin are attending the Women in Aviation International conference in Orlando, FL and presenting an educational workshop session on the use of Garmin 1000's.

Charles Ehin, Emeritus Professor of management, wrote The Duality of Organisational Effectiveness for The article is about finding your organizational sweet spot and can be found here.



Short Takes

Three Westminster students have recently been awarded Gilman Scholarships to study abroad. Joan Richardson was awarded $5,000 to study in India, Halimat Ipaye was awarded $5,000 to study at Nankai University in China, and Marisa Buchanan was awarded $4,500 to study in Costa Rica.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for US citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such international study is intended to better prepare US students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. These costs include program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance, and international airfare.

Westminster Announces New Music and Theatre Majors

Westminster’s Music and Theatre Departments are proud to announce the creation of several new degree programs, including a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre performance, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in technical theatre and a Bachelor of Arts in theatre.  

Auditions for the new programs are currently underway. For more information, contact the School of Arts & Sciences.

Cooper Henderson, a junior in the Honors program, is a finalist for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service. The scholarship provides students with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Henderson's final interview will take place on March 17 in Phoenix, AZ.