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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

westminster college announces director of new ventures

At a time when colleges throughout the country are striving to keep the cost of higher education affordable, Westminster has made the strategic decision to actively pursue new ventures to help offset educational costs. Rex Falkenrath has been named the college’s director of New Ventures, and will work closely with the Strategic Ventures Committee, the Institute for New Enterprise, the Division of New Learning, and the deans and senior administration to identify, develop and coordinate the college's portfolio of new revenue opportunities.
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NEWS HEADLINES

Westminster MBA Students Win Best Written Business Plan and $5,000 at Utah Entrepreneur Challenge
Therapeutic socks. That’s the idea that earned Westminster MBA students Jeff Bischoff and Nick Hanks the award of “Best Written Business Plan” and $5,000 for their company MASSOX at the Utah Entrepreneur Challenge (UEC) Awards Banquet on April 13, 2011. Bischoff and Hanks also took home the first place trophy for “Best Brand Identity” at the UEC.

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tWestminster College Students "Speed Date" with Non-Profits
Where there’s a need – fill it. Members of Delta Mu Delta (DMD), the business student honor society at Westminster College, know being a well-rounded business leader means more than just looking at the bottom line. They need to consider the broader needs of the community as well.

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Westminster Students Help Refugee Children Learn to Ski

With skis and poles in hand, 17 refugee children took to the slopes of Solitude Ski Resort for the first time ever on April 3. With the help of eight Westminster students, staff and volunteers from the Asian Association of Utah, the children were given their inaugural ski lesson as a part of an outreach program for refugee youth in Utah.
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Westminster Students Commissioned as Officers in the U.S. Military
Each year a handful of Westminster students not only graduate from the college, but also receive commissions as officers in the United States military. While working on their academic degree at Westminster, these students have participated in cross-town Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at the University of Utah.

This year, seven students received officer commissions through the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC programs. Upon graduation and commissioning, these students will go on to serve in the various military services.

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FACULTY & STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS

Kerri Carter and Emily Buzicky will give a presentation entitled "Pirate Maps, Tattoos, and Flus: Using Problem-Based Format to Teach Information Literacy Skills" at the Learning Object Exchange in Ft. Worth, Texas in May.

Charles Ehin's article "Sociocultural Homeostasis and Business Success" was published by KnowledgeBoard.com in the UK. http://bit.ly/fRG5nZ.

Marlena Lambert chaired the gathering committee at the 14th Annual Gathering of American Pilgrims in March. This year's theme, “Voices of the Camino: Past Present and Future” brought with it presentations by scholars from all over the United States as well as Spain, including Sean Raleigh who presented on the music of the Codex Calixtinus.

Rex Falkenrath previously served as the regional director for the Small Business Development Center serving Salt Lake and Summit County. He and his staff will be receiving an award for excellence and innovation from the U.S. Small Business Administration on May 9.

Christine Seifert's article about Jersey Shore, "MTV Gets It In," will be published in the Summer 2011 issue of Bitch Magazine.

Brenda Lake presented her paper "Autoridad y cosmopolitanismo: las cartas nunca enviadas de Bárbara Jacobs" at the 64th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, organized by the University of Kentucky in Lexington on April 15.

Mike Keene served as both a member of the Organizing Committee and Scientific Review Committee Chair for the Salt Lake Valley Regional Science & Engineering Fair that was held on March 23-25 at the Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah.

Hikmet Loe will present a lecture at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts entitled "Robert Smithson and the Spiral Jetty: The Center and the Circumference" on May 11. Loe will cull material from her forthcoming book “The Spiral Jetty and Rozel Point: Rotating Through Time and Place" as she explores the center of the Spiral Jetty and the possibilities of its circumference.

Stephanie Zimmer co-published an article on osteoporosis with Diane Forster-Burke entitled “Collaboration Between Parish Nurse and Other Health Professionals in Development and Implementation of a Model for Osteoporosis Prevention and Management in a Faith Community” in the Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Nursing Edition in May 2010. Zimmer was also accepted at Rocky Mountain for a PhD in Wellness.

Marsha Morton was awarded the Excellence in Leadership Award in March from the Iota Iota chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

Cordelia Schaffer was appointed treasurer of the Utah Nurses Association.

Christina Sullivan is the co-founder of Rosie’s Car Seats, a 6-year-old non-profit that works to give car seats to families in need in Summit County.

Luis I Prádanos (Iñaki) has two forthcoming articles in peer-reviews journals: "Constructivism and Multicultural Social Networks in Cosmofobia and Lo Verdadero es un momento de lo falso by Lucia Etxebarria" in CiberLetras: Journal of Literary Criticism and Culture (July 2011), and "Latin-American Women Immigrants in Recent Spanish Cinema: Toward a Relational Cultural Identity in Princesas (2005)" in Confluencia: Journal of Hispanic Literature and Culture 27.2, (Spring 2012). He also organized a panel in "Rioplatense Contemporary Cultural Studies" with three of his undergraduate students who presented their research in the graduate national conference "Céfiro: Diasporic Communities and Their Representation: An Interdisciplanry Conference" at Texas Tech University.

Han Kim gave a presentation entitled “Visualizing Quantitative Information” at the Utah Public Health Association Annual Conference.

Chris Hendrickson was named Frontier Conference Women's Coach of the Year. He guided the women's golf team to the school's first-ever regular season championship this season.

Bev Christy and Ginny Dewitt wrote a case study entitled "Improving the Student Experience: A Practical Guide for Universities and Colleges" that will be published by Routledge Education in October 2011.

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CAMPUS EVENTS

5/7 Westminster Woman's Board Hosts 95th Annual Silver Tea
While no one can take the place of “Mom,” there’s another group of surrogate matriarchs to celebrate this Mother’s Day weekend.
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6/10 Westminster College Golf Tournament
More than 90 percent of Westminster students rely on scholarships to help with the rising cost of attending college. The Westminster Golf Tournament is a fun way for you to support student scholarships.
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