Westminster Electronic Newsletter

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Westminster President joins national alliance to improve student learning

In a national initiative to improve student learning on US campuses, Westminster College President Michael Bassis has joined more than 70 college and university presidents who have signed an agreement to expand their efforts in gathering and reporting evidence of student learning and using it to improve outcomes.

The Presidents' Alliance members, which include two- and four-year, public and private colleges and universities nationwide, have also agreed to assist each other in this work, publicly report on their efforts, and encourage other institutions to take similar steps.
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Westminster Cadet Ranked #4 in the Nation by Army ROTC

Army ROTC cadets from around the country hold their collective breath every September, as they await the release of the Order of Merit List. This year Westminster College’s Blake S. Bassett learned he had captured the fourth spot in the prestigious top 10 out of more than 5,000 cadets nationwide.

The Order of Merit List ranks all Army ROTC senior cadets across the nation, with the top 20 percent earning the designation on Distinguished Military Graduate. This year’s list contained 1,068 Distinguished Military Graduates. A cadet’s positioning on the list determines his or her priority in choosing the limited number of active-duty positions and increases his or her chance at getting the branch of occupational specialty of choice.
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tSix Westminster Students Named to 2011 U.S. Alpine Ski Team

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association recently named six Westminster College students to the 2011 US Alpine Ski Team roster.

The 49-member team features two Westminster Olympians who competed in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Sophomore Alice McKennis was named to the Women’s A Team. Freshman Travis Ganong was named to the Men’s B Team, while freshman Hailey Duke, and sophomores Megan McJames, Laurenne Ross, and Leanne Smith were named to the Women’s B Team. Sophomore Andrew Phillips was named to the Men’s C Team.
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Westminster Students Place Among Top 25 Student-Founded Businesses in Utah
For the second year in a row, two Westminster College MBA students placed in the Utah Student 25 competition. The statewide competition recognizes students who accept the challenges of going to school and running a business. Matt Carlson, (Four Pillar Fitness and Club V Volleyball) and Ryan Kendrick, (Chocolot Artisan Confections) were recognized at an awards gala at the Grand America Hotel on November 4.
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Westminster College Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2030
Westminster President Michael Bassis recently approved a Climate Action Plan that sets a goal of carbon neutrality for the college by 2030. The plan was prepared by the Westminster College Sustainability Task Force, a group of students, faculty and staff, in support of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, signed by Bassis on April 13, 2007.
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Westminster Ethics Bowl Team Makes Nationals
During the 2010 Wasatch Regional Ethics Bowl Competition at Westminster College on November 13, teams from both Westminster and Utah Valley University tied for first place solidifying invitations for both schools to the upcoming national competition. The regional event consisted of six schools and 10 teams from Utah State University, Westminster, University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Utah Valley University and Weber State University.
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Fatima Mujicinovic presented at the 11th International Conference on Caribbean Literature, which was held in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on November 3-6, 2010. Her paper is entitled "Edwige Danticat's The Farming of Bones. Countering Linguistic and Epistemic Violence."

Bill Ogilvie recently earned his Commercial and CFII (Certified Flight Instructor-Instrument) glider ratings.

In November, Brenda Lake presented her paper "The Glorified Death of Cuauhtemoc: Pictorial and Textual Concordances" at the Fourth International Congress of Writing, Individuals, and Society from Spain, the Americas, and Puerto Rico, which is organized by the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo. Her research focuses on the analysis of a 19th Century novel in combination with the study of an Aztec codex, a pre-Hispanic pictorial book.

Lesa Ellis presented a poster at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Conference in Chicago on October 30. She colloborated on the project with alumna Raquel Gabbitas.

Hikmet Loe is part of an international artists' action called Pickpocket Almanack, an experimental school-without-walls that creates courses with the help of a temporary faculty of artists, writers, and filmmakers.

Jennifer Simonds, along with McNair Scholar Kamille Sheikh, presented Sheikh's McNair summer project entitled "Relationships Among Shyness, Fear and Effortful Control in Middle Childhood" at the Occasional Temperment Conference at Bowdoin College in Maine on October 9.

In October, Mary Jane Chase delivered a paper, "Et aures habentes non auditis. Getting the Message about Images in Sixteenth-Century Amiens," at the 2010 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Montreal.

Michael Popich spoke in an open public forum on illegal immigration, hosted by St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Park City) on November 4. The discussion focused on the ethical and social justice issues raised by illegal immigration.

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11/3-4 Westminster Chamber Singers Holiday Concert
Come experience the Westminster Chamber singers in their most popular concert of the year! Directed by Dr. Christopher Quinn, the Chamber Singers will perform an array of both secular and sacred holiday classics.
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11/11 Westminster Chorale Holiday Concert
Westminster's largest choir, Chorale, is composed of students, faculty, and staff, as well as members of the community. Chorale, directed by Jean Applonie, will perform a collection of holiday songs including "Ave Maria" by Rachmaninoff, "Unending Flame," Handel's "And the Glory" from Messiah, "Jingle Bells" and more!
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