Westminster Electronic Newsletter

Monday, January 31, 2011

myriad genetics invests in Westminster's future scientists

As a sign of their commitment to supporting future scientists, Myriad Genetics recently announced a $300,000 gift to Westminster College’s science programs. The gift will create eight undergraduate science scholarships, including awards for biology, chemistry, physics and a “Woman in Science” award, as well as one faculty leadership award.

“Life science companies, like Myriad, benefit from talented science graduates who can think critically and work collaboratively,” explained Peter Meldrum, Myriad CEO. “In our experience, Westminster graduates not only possess these skills, but are also prepared to contribute immediately once they are employed.”

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Westminster Athletes Shine On Snow and Off

Over 50 U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboarding athletes have been taking full advantage of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's (USSA) partnership with Westminster. In a snow covered town with the trees and ground glistening with white sparkles as the sun shines down, 22 athletes are currently taking the time to not only excel on-snow but also in the classroom.
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tWestminster Students Receive NAACP and Utah Jazz Scholarships

Four Westminster College students were awarded NAACP and Utah Jazz scholarships at the 27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. luncheon at the Little America Hotel on Jan. 17, 2011.

Junior Jillian Tesfazion and sophomore Alexi Johnson received the NAACP scholarship of $1,000 each. Junior Karmay Gorley and senior Joi Logan received a surprise scholarship of $1,500 each from the Utah Jazz.
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Westminster College Leader in Men's Soccer NAIA Scholar Athlete Award

For the third consecutive year, Westminster’s men’s soccer team leads the nation with one of the highest number of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Scholar Athletes.

Seven team members received the national scholar-athlete award, which requires players to be a junior or above in academic standing with a grade point average of 3.5. Only two other schools of the 200 nationwide that are eligible for the award had seven team members awarded the same title.
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Carnegie Foundation Recognizes Westminster for Community Engagement
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching recently selected Westminster for the 2010 Community Engagement Classification. Westminster is one of 115 institutions that will be added to the Community Engagement Classification, bringing the total to 311 institutions nationwide.

The Community Engagement Classification “describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity."
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Michael Bassis recently participated in a panel presentation in New York City at TIAA-CREF Higher Education Leadership Conference on Finding New Opportunities: Voices of Experience and a panel presentation in Palm Springs at the Council of Independent Colleges' Annual Presidents Institute on Entrepreneurial Boards: Embracing Change While Preserving Mission.

Chris LeCluyse attended the Modern Language Association conference in Los Angeles to serve as a regional delegate. In December he performed with the San Franisco-based baroque ensemble, Magnificat, in a concert of Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Midnight Mass for Christmas.

Seventy paintings and drawings by Heidi Van Ert were on display in the "Places that Feel Like Home" exhibit at the Loge Gallery of the Pioneer Memorial Theatre during the run of the play Black Comedy.

Jo Hinsdale's paper "Responsive Mentorship" was selected for presentation at the 2011 Philosophy of Education Society Annual Meeting. It will also be published in the PES 2011 Yearbook.

Kelly DeHill has been selected as a winner of the Outstanding Corporate Counsel by the Mountain West Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Westminster Flight Instructors James Crawford and Brian Ottley were recently hired by SkyWest Airlines. Adam Haverkost was hired by Compas Airlines, and John Nadolski was hired by Colgan Air.

Julie Balk received the Excellence in Practice Award for the state of Utah. This award is given annually by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners to one nurse practitioner in each state.

Sara Demko presented a program at the Regional NAFSA Conference last month. Her program was voted the best at the conference.

Lance Newman co-produced a documentary film that will be released this spring called Canyonlands: Edward Abbey and the Defense of Wilderness.

Jennifer Foy co-authored an e-book that has been published by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

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2/7 "Terrorist Financing: The War Behind the War on Terror"
Money is a necessary ingredient for terrorist organizations. Simply put, both the legal and illegal flow of funds strengthens terrorist organizations. Unfortunately, years after the September 11 attacks, there is no doubt that terrorist networks retain access to hidden financial sources to finance the next terrorist plot.
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2/8 "Water: The Epic Struggle of Wealth, Power, and Civilization"
The control of water wealth throughout history has been pivotal to the rise and fall of great powers, the achievements of civilization, the transformations of society’s vital habitats and the quality of ordinary daily lives.
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2/15 Empowerment, Leadership, and Concert with Charles Holt
Charles Holt uses music and storytelling to share principles of excellence, community, and service to encourage, enlighten, and empower. Holt has starred on Broadway in some of the most celebrated and spectacular productions in American theatre history including “Smokey Joe’s Café,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and “Lion King.”
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2/16-19 Theatrical Production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
The competition is intense. The words are hilarious. Let the spelling begin! Six kids face off in the battle of their lives.
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