Westminster Electronic Newsletter

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Westminster Students Work to Improve Educational Opportunities for Small Village in India

The “Wai and Westminster” project hopes to raise money for books, libraries and literacy programs.

Westminster recently launched Westminster and Wai: a library and literacy project designed to help bring books and other resources into the hands of children, especially girls, in the small village of Wai, India. Students hosted an awareness event on March 16 to inform the campus community and others about the project and fundraise for books and resources.

In May, a handful of Westminster students, faculty and staff will travel to Wai to work directly with local students and to help equip teachers with effective teaching and learning models. In the process, Westminster’s volunteers will gain cross-cultural and global consciousness.

“We believe this project will accomplish two important goals: it will fulfill the desire of the Wai community to have their children become proficient in English, the global language of commerce, while encouraging them to read about the wider world,” explained Westminster President Michael Bassis. “Second, the project will offer unique opportunities for Westminster students to gain a greater understanding of how they can make a difference in the world.”

As part of the program, the Jadhav Library in Wai will provide a physical space for the books collected by Westminster students. The library’s staff and supporters will provide the actual services to the Wai children, serving as a “bookmobile” service that will travel to the 21 Wai-area schools.

The distribution and circulation of books and other resources among all of the schools will be phased in over a three-year period. The project will include in-person and virtual training and professional development for teachers and volunteers in a variety of topics, including learning theories and methodologies, as well as support for those with mental and emotional disabilities.

Collaborators of the project include: Dr. Ashok Joshi, a prominent Salt Lake businessman whose roots are in Wai; the Jadhav Library staff and friends, located in Wai; Westminster College students, faculty, and staff; and Room to Read, an organization that provides early educational access and opportunity to children in developing countries.

For more information on the Wai Westminster project, visit www.westminstercollege.edu/wai.


USCSA Recognizes Academic All-Americans

The United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association recently announced the 2010 Academic All-American list which included 15 student-athletes from the Westminster ski and snowboard teams. The alpine ski teams posted nine Academic All-Americans while the snowboard teams had six. More on this story>>


Meldrum Science Center Update

The chain link fence surrounding the Meldrum Science Center will soon be gone. Under construction for nearly two years, the new facility will be officially turned over to Westminster in mid-to-late April. With the exterior of the building finished and flooring installed, crews are now equipping the laboratory/classrooms. Science faculty will move into the Meldrum Science Center in May, and students will begin their undergraduate research there during the summer. It will open for classes this fall.

The four-story, 60,000-square-foot Meldrum Science Center houses 14 integrated laboratory/classrooms that emphasize our science faculty’s collaborative, team approach to learning. There are also five dedicated research labs that provide 10 times the space for undergraduate research than currently available.

Designed and built to achieve LEED Gold certification, the Meldrum Science Center incorporates environmentally friendly and energy efficient features ranging from use of local and recycled materials to the 20-kilowatt array of photovoltaic solar panels on its roof. In order to receive full LEED points toward the LEED Gold certification we wish to achieve, the building was “scrubbed” earlier this month to remove all volatile organic compounds. This entailed running the heating/air conditioning system at 80% capacity for 6.5 days with no one inside. The building “passed” this crucial test.

We have raised 97% of the $30 million required to construct and endow the facility. Now, only 60 days remain to raise the remaining funds in order to receive two $1 million challenge grants, one from the Kresge Foundation and the other from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation. >>


Peter Goldman organized the fourth annual Generative Anthropology Summer Conference (GASC 2010), sponsored this year by Westminster College and Brigham Young University. GASC 2010 will be held at Westminster College on June 24-26. He also has an article coming out in April 2010 on "The Meaning of Meaning is Kafka's The Castle" in Anthropoetics: The Journal of Generative Anthropology.

Amy Fairchild and her family were recently featured in the Girl Scouts of Utah Trooper magazine for their involvement in the GS program.

Chris LeCluyse attended the Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference in Denver, CO, in February. In late April, he will perform in three concerts of Claudio Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers with the San Francisco-based early music ensemble Magnificat.

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