Westminster Electronic Newsletter

Friday, October 29, 2010

Westminster recognized for commitment to low-income students

Recognized for its number of undergraduates who receive federal Pell grants, Westminster was recently named one of the “Best Colleges for Economic Diversity” in the West by U.S.News & World Report.

Nearly one fourth of Westminster’s undergraduate population receives Pell grants.

According to U.S.News, many higher education experts believe that an institution’s Pell grant figures are the best gauge of how many low-income students there are on a given campus. Students who are eligible for Pell grants predominantly come from families with incomes under $20,000.
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Ten Westminster Students Named to 2011 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team

Once again Westminster students dominate the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team’s roster with the announcement that 10 of its students – more than 1/3 of the team – were named to this year’s team.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named 28 athletes to the roster, including three Olympic medalists from the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Westminster’s own Bronze medalist Bryon Wilson was named to the team, along with fellow Olympians and Westminster students Lacy Schnoor, Ryan St. Onge, Dylan Ferguson and Heather McPhie.
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tWestminster Student Body President Selected for Inaugural Russian Federation Trip

Westminster student body president Cooper Henderson and 14 fellow student body presidents from across the country will travel to Russia in November at the invitation of the Russian Federal Agency on Youth Affairs.

Henderson, who is also a member of Westminster's Honors program, is one of a handful of young leaders who was chosen to represent the U.S. as a future shaper of American policies. Henderson will be in good company with other finalists coming from schools like Columbia, MIT, Stanford, Harvard, and Berkeley, to name a few. Four Utah colleges will be represented, including Westminster, Utah Valley University, Snow College and Dixie State College.
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Westminster Students Break "Guinness" Record for Organ Donor Registry

Students from Westminster College, in partnership with The Quest for the Gift of Life Foundation, hosted a Guinness World Record Extravaganza for organ donor registry at Liberty Park on October 23.

The goal of the event was not only to help the thousands of Americans in need of transplants by registering the most organ donors in a single day, but to break the Guinness Book of World Records record for their state-wide event.
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Peter Goldman served as chief organizer of the fourth annual Generative Anthropology Summer Conference in June, on the theme of "The Anthropology of Modernity." The conference was hosted by Westminster College, and scholars from several states and three countries attended. At this conference, he presented a paper on "Milton's Paradise Lost as Anthropology." He was also appointed a founding board member of the Generative Anthropology Society and Conference (GASC), an organization to sponsor annual conferences and academic research.

Bonnie K. Baxter gave a keynote address on the viruses of Great Salt Lake in Beijing, China at a conference on 'life in salt.'

Charles Ehin's latest article, "Muddling Through: Engaging Our Innate Heuristic," was just published by the peer reviewed Journal for Quality and Participation http://asq.org/pub/jqp/.

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11/4 Diversity Lecture: Resisting the Ban on Queer Blood: As part of the 2010-2011 Bastian Foundation Diversity Lecture Series, Westminster College is pleased to host a lecture by Jeffrey A. Bennett, Ph.D.
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11/10 Native American Lecture on "Windows into the Homeland": Westminster will host a presentation by Anthony Guzman where he will discuss health and wellness issues of Native Americans on the Uintah Ouray Indian Reservation along with socioeconomic and political factors that continue to impact Native Americans living on reservations.
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11/11-13 Theatrical Production of The Spitfire Grill: In The Spitfire Grill, a young woman just released from prison, decides to start her life anew in a rural Wisconsin town, all the while moving the town itself toward its own tenuous reawakening.
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11/15 Westminster Concert Series Celebrates 200 Years of Chopin: The 2010 Westminster Concert Series hosts the final recital of the Chopin Extravaganza, featuring some of the foremost pianists in the Intermountain West.
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