Westminster Electronic Newsletter

Friday, April 27, 2012

westminster hosts summer institute for new american colleges and universities

Westminster College is pleased to host the 18th Annual New American Colleges and Universities (NACU) Summer Institute from June 20-22, 2012.

NACU is a national consortium of 19 selective, small to mid-size independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. The Summer Institute brings together faculty and administrators from member colleges and universities across the nation to discuss issues facing their schools and also provides a venue for professional development and networking.
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NEWS HEADLINES

tWestminster Student Turns Asthma Struggle into Award-Winning
Medical Device

Westminster marketing student, Chris Ciancone, has always dreamed of climbing Mount Kilmanjaro, but asthma has kept the 24 year old from seriously considering the nearly 20,000-foot ascent—until now. Ciancone and his teammates from the University of Utah recently took top honors in the University of Utah’s Bench to Bedside Medical Device Competition winning the grand prize of $15,000 for “Best Overall Device,” as well as a $5,000 award for “Best Business.” The team designed a novel inhaler device, called LIYEN, that dramatically improves delivery of Albuterol to the lungs of asthma patients.

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Latest Fitness Craze Hits Westminster
Imagine yourself flipping and swinging in
mid air—with only a silk hammock to
suspend you. Sounds a little intimidating, but as one of the latest trends in fitness, AntiGravity® Yoga has become an overnight sensation at Westminster. As the only college in the nation to launch this fusion-fitness technique, Westminster coordinators hope the program continues to create buzz throughout the campus—and beyond
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Westminster Employee Giving: Your Passion, Their Future
Who knows better about the promise of a Westminster education than those who work here?  Each year, Westminster College faculty, staff, and retirees demonstrate a remarkable spirit of community by contributing to The Westminster Fund. When you make a gift, whatever the amount, you change the lives of Westminster students.

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t 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 crosstown Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at the University of Utah.
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FACULTY & STAFF ACHIEVEMENTS

Ashley Seitz Kramer has poems forthcoming in Quarterly West, Cimarron Review, and Anti-.

Mike Keene recently served as a member of the selection committee for the 10th Annual Utah Innovation Awards; Chair of the Scientific Review Committee for the Salt Lake Valley Regional Science & Engineering Fair; and a member of the selection committee for the State of Utah's Technology Commercialization & Innovation Program grants.

Annalisa Holcome was recently elected Chair of the Sugar House Merchants Association. She is also serving on the steering committee of Salt Lake City's Neighborhood Business Conference. Her proposal entitled "Town/Gown - The Path to Successful Campus/Comunity Relations" was also accepted for the International Town Gown Association Annual Conference in June.

Douglas K. Peterson recently received acceptance of his paper "The Colbert Bump and the Facebook Follow Through for Generation Snark: A Test and Extension of the Ajzen's Tehroy of Planned Behavior for 2012." He also chaired a session for the social sciences on issues surrounding government, religion, and LGBT issues.

Diane Forster-Burke completed a year-long course by the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute and is now a graduate scholar of the program.

Georgi Donavin has been invited to participate in The Medieval Academy of America's Committee for Professional Development.  Additionally, she has organized two sessions for the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo in May, and will also present a paper entitled "Time, Law, and the Word in 'Rex Celi Deus.'"

Jan Saeed and student Karla Mendez attended the 'Better Together" Conference in Atlanta earlier this year. The conference sponsor, the Interfaith Youth Core, recently came out to film Westminster's "The Drop" as an example of an exceptional youth event.

Kim Zarkin made two presentations at the Broadcast Education Association conference in Las Vegas in April in the 2012 Telecom Update Panel, "State of the First Amendment": and in the Graduate Education in Mass Media: Balancing Theory and Application, "Nice Article List, But Can You Teach a 4-4?: How Graduate Schools Should (and Shouldn't) Prepare Students for Life at a Teaching Institution."

Helen Hu attended SIGCSE (The ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science) in March where she ran a special session, "Promoting Student-Centered Learning with POGIL" and presented a poster, "Using POGIL to Teach Students to be Better Problem Solvers."

Fatima Mujcinovic delivered a keynote speech at the interdisciplinary arts and sciences conference, Confutati 2012, held at the University of Utah in April. Responding to the conference theme "Mapping Effaced Identities," Mujcinovic discussed the potential role of minority literature in expressing oppositional forms of identity, cultural practices, and political positioning. Her talk was entitled "US Latino/a Literature: Writing on the Margins, Mapping New Identities."

Natasha Saje accompanied five Ellipsis editors to the Associated Writing Programs Conference in Chicago over spring break. They distributed 400 back issues and spread the word about the magazine and Westminster College to 10,000 attendees, as well as listened to readings and panel discussions.

Sean Desilets delivered a paper called "Pretty Pow: Femininity, Waste, and Reading in Kiss Me Deadly" at the Popular Culture Association Conference in Boston in April.

Giancarlo Panagia was a discussant at the Public Interest Environmental conference meeting held in Eugene, Oregon last March. He is also presenting his paper "Theoretical Foundations of Federal Land Exchanges" at the Southwestern Social Science Conference in San Diego and the Utah Academy of Arts and Sciences in Logan.

Bill Bynum and Sean Raleigh attended a National Center for Academic Transformation course redesign workshop in Dallas, Texas in March.

Laura Bennett-Murphy gave an invited address for the Center for Victims of Torture National Community Building meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, entitled "Traumatic Separations, Attachment, and Healing Among Refugee Torture Survivors and Their Families." She will also present a paper with Dr. Tovah Klein of Barnard College at the Interational Conference on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology entitled "Separation, Attachment, and Loss" in July.

Deyanira Ariza-Velasco was selected by the Latino newspaper El Observador to be among the Latino heroes of the year for 2011.

Kristjane Nordmeyer and Mark Rubinfeld presented papers at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in Boston in April. They also served as session chairs for an undergraduate panel at the conference, which featured paper presentations by Westminster sociology students.

Luis I. Pradanos (Iñaki) has a forthcoming article "Ecocriticism and Subaltern Epistemology in Eduardo Galeano" in the peer-reviewed journal Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos 36.2.

Shamby Polychronis and Rebecca Richard received Annual Utah Campus Compact Awards. Shamby received the "Engaged Scholar" award and Rebecca received the "Civically Engaged Staff Member" award.

Vicki Whiting and her son Kevin made a presentation entitled "In Pain We Trust: How Patient Advocacy Can Save Lives" at the Society for Healthcare Consumer Advocacy Conference, American Hospital Association, in Austin, Texas, on April 17.

Emily Johnson, Learning Designer in the Division of New Learning, has accepted a year-long teaching position in Piura, Peru at the Universidad de Piura in the Centro de Idiomas. Johnson will teach English to high school and college students, as well as business professionals.

Jennifer Harrison and Ronald Mano's paper
entitled "Guide to Certifications for Accountants: The Fifth Iteration" was recently published in the
International Journal of Accounting Information Science & Leadership
.

Ronald Mano and Lauren Lo Re will present their article entitled "Social Security; when Should You Begin Receiving it?" at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration Disciplines Conference in Las Vegas in October 2012.

Brian Jorgensen and Nancy Panos Schmitt presented a paper entitled "The Value of Guest Speakers" at the Marketing Educator's Association Conference in Long Beach, California.

Richard Parsons and Ronald Mano gave a presentation entitled "An Unpopular Proposal is now Popular; A Case for a National Sales Tax" at the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters at Utah State University.

 


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CAMPUS EVENTS

5/12 Westminster Woman's Board Hosts 96th Annual Silver Tea
The traditional Silver Tea event includes a silent auction, bake sale, flowers and plants, and a High Tea. All proceeds go toward Westminster student scholarships.
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6/2 Westminster Hosts 2012 Commencement Ceremony
Westminster is pleased to announce that Bruce Bastian, co-founder of WordPerfect and head of the B.W. Bastian Foundation, will deliver the commencement address at the college’s commencement ceremony on June 2, 2012.
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6/20-22 Westminster Hosts Summer Institute for New American Colleges and Universities
The Summer Institute brings together faculty and administrators from member colleges and universities across the nation to discuss issues facing their schools and also provides a venue for professional development and networking.
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