Westminster Electronic Newsletter

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

westminster president recognized for commitment to hispanic Students

Westminster President Michael S. Bassis received the Somos Individual Award on Nov. 18, 2011, during the annual Somos Scholarship Gala hosted by the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It was only the third time in the gala’s eight-year history that an individual has been recognized for his or her commitment to Hispanic students in higher education.

In 2008, Bassis took a personal interest in establishing the Westminster Somos Scholar Award, the largest single scholarship that the Somos Foundation presents. Three students currently attend Westminster under the scholarship, and a fourth student received the Westminster Somos Scholar Award during this year’s gala at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City.

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Professor Shares Battle to Keep Son Alive in New Book
Vicki Whiting knew that her son Kevin’s pain was real. For more than a year, she watched her teenager wither away while doctors and specialists struggled to unlock the mystery of his illness. In their first book, In Pain We Trust: A Conversation Between Mother and Son on the Journey from Sickness to
, Whiting and her son chronicle their journey from fighting the challenges of the American health care system, to finding answers.

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tMeldrum Science Center Recognized as an Example of Innovative Growth
Westminster College recently received the Envision Utah Governor’s Quality Growth Award for the campus’s platinum LEED-certified Meldrum Science Center. Westminster was among five award winners recognized for innovation and enhancing Utah’s quality of life.

“Utah’s future will reflect the collective impact of today’s development decisions,” said Kevin Fayles, community relations manager of Envision Utah. “With the Quality Growth Award winners as models, the future looks bright. They demonstrate that development can enhance our communities and succeed in the market.”
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Westminster Receives Utah Green Business Award
In recognition of its sustainability efforts, Westminster College has been named a Utah Business 2011 Green Business award winner. The award honoring “Green Education” was presented to the college at a ceremony on November 17 in Salt Lake City.

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Seventeen Westminster Students Named to 2012 U.S. Alpine and Freestyle Ski Teams
Seventeen Westminster students have been named to the 2012 U.S. Alpine Ski Team and U.S. Freestyle Ski Team – a historic number for the college.

For the Alpine Team, Westminster sophomore Alice McKennis (Glenwood Springs, CO) rejoins an already deep women's speed team that includes sophomore Leanne Smith (North Conway, NH) as well. U.S. speed women won both the downhill and super G standings for the 2011 World Cup season, besting traditional powerhouses like Austria and Switzerland.
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Jo Hinsdale and Kerri Carter presented papers at the American Educational Studies Association Annual Conference in St. Louis on November 2. Together, they took part in a panel presentation "Legacies of Colonialism and the Possibilities of Postcolonial Pedagogy: History, Theory and Practice." Hindsdale also presented an individual paper, "A New Vision of Mentorship as Witnessing."

Charles Ehin's new book, Coming Home: The Reconciliation of an Estonian Family Torn Apart by War was recently published by Lakeshore Press.

Jan Saeed was a contributing writer for the book, Women Spirituality and Transformative Leadership, which was released on November 22.

Tony LeBlanc was recently named Frontier Conference Coach of the Year.

Kandace Steadman was recently appointed to the State Art Collection Acquisition Board.

Steven Maranville's article titled "The Art of Strategic Management" was published in the December, 2011 issue of the Journal of Management Education.

Kim Zarkin was recently elected the Chair-Elect of the Sugar House Farmers Market board.

Mike Caldwell and the Career Resource Center were featured in the Professional Association Journal in an article related to strategic planning. 

Daniel Cruz was recently hired as an English Composition and Literature Fellow as part of Westminster's first-ever Teaching Fellows Program.

Sabrina Horn's new book Thinking of Irigaray was recently published by the SUNY Press.

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12/2-3 Westminster Chamber Singers Holiday Concert
The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Quinn, will delight audiences with their annual holiday concert. The performances include an array of both secular and sacred holiday classics.
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12/5 Westminster Chamber Orchestra Presents Holiday Concert
Join the Westminster Chamber Orchestra, directed by Russell McKinney, in a celebration of great orchestral works. Audiences can be sure to hear works by Vivaldi, Pachelbel, and Mozart among others.
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12/7 Westminster Jazz Ensemble Presents Holiday Concert
The Westminster Jazz Ensemble, directed by David Halliday, introduces a boogie-woogie, chestnut-roasting, jazz extravaganza. Toe tapping encouraged.
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12/8 Westminster Presents an Opera Studio Concert "Mozart and Musicals"
Six Westminster students will perform a mix of opera and musical theatre selections.
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12/10 Westminster Chorale Presents Holiday Concert
Austin Thorpe conducts Westminster’s largest choir through an assortment of choral favorites. The vibrant choir is open to current students, faculty, staff, and community members who will delight the audience with an eclectic program of music styles.
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