Westminster Electronic Newsletter

Friday, September 30, 2011

westminster college president to retire, effective july 2012

Westminster College recently announced that President Michael S. Bassis will retire at the conclusion of this academic year, July 2012. Bassis has served as the college’s president since July 2002. Under his leadership, the college achieved record enrollments and reached new heights of national recognition.

The college’s Board of Trustees will begin a national search for Bassis’ replacement whom they expect will be in place by summer, 2012.
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Westminster Selected as a Top Military Friendly School
Westminster is pleased to announce that G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has once again recognized Westminster as a top “Military Friendly School.” The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

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tGirls in Juvenile Detention Teach Westminster Students Invaluable Lessons
Giggles fill the room as a group of teenage girls rip pictures of prom dresses, celebrity hair styles and designer purses out of fashion magazines. This isn’t a junior high lunch room, it’s locked detention, jail for juveniles. Locked detention is where young people are temporarily held after arrest while their next step is determined. Some are here for running away, repeat truancy or family fights that turn physical. Others are in detention for more serious crimes, including felony charges related to drugs, theft, and assault. Many of the youth are not even old enough to have a driver’s license but have already experienced hardships like homelessness, where selling drugs or themselves is an act of survival.

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Westminster's Christy Seifert: The Next Stephenie Meyer or David Hasselhof?
When she’s not analyzing the sexual undertones in the Twilight series, writing about the over-the-top catch phrases in the Jersey Shore, or teaching communications to her students, Westminster College’s Christy Seifert has focused on penning her own young adult novel, The Predicteds, released September 1. A mix of mystery, sci-fi, and a little romance, this novel is bound to be a hit with teens across the nation – and even in a few foreign countries.
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Cassie Power was the recipient of the Mary Roth Walsh Teaching of Psychology of Women award at this year's American Psychological Association's annual convention. 

George White is one of the finalists for Dorland Health's Second Annual People Awards Program, a program honoring excellence and dedication among healthcare professionals who coordinate and provide care across the healthcare continuum.

Lance Newman's new book The Grand Canyon Reader was published this month by the University of California Press.

An updated edition of Charles Ehin's Aftermath entitled, Coming Home: The Reconciliation of an Estonian Family Torn Apart by War, will be release by Lakeshore Press by the end of the month.

Christopher LeCluyse sang with Istanpitta in its performance of Marie de France's "Chevrefoil" in the Westminster Concert Series. His ensemble, Utopia Early Music, received a Salt Lake City Weekly
Arty Reader's Choice award for Best Classical/Opera Performance.

Emily Johnson won two first place blue ribbons at September's Utah State Fair.  She received first place for her scrapbook about her February 2011 trip to China as part of the dual-degree MBA program Westminster administers with Donghua University in Shanghai. Johnson also received a blue ribbon for her entry in the amateur wedding photography division.

Hikmet Loe's most recent article, "Now You See It: Edward Burtynsky's Industrial Sublime at Weber's Shaw Gallery," was published in the September edition of 15 Bytes, Utah's Art Magazine. An interview Loe conducted with the artist is forthcoming in the magazine's "Daily Bytes" section.

Dana Tumpowsky, director of parent and campus relations, and coordinator for Hillel at Westminster, has been accepted for Hillel’s "Focus: Israel," an intensive 12-month Israel educator certificate program. The goal of the program is to enhance professional skill sets and provide new paradigms for creating a more holistic view of Israel on campus. Tumpowsky is among a select group of 23 influential Hillel staff members from campuses across the U.S. chosen by Hillel’s Center for Israel Engagement.

Jeff Driggs was recently hired as Westminster's new Director of Foundation Relations.

In July, Georgiana Donavin presented a paper entitled "Rhetorical Distinctions:  Classifying Gendered Discourses in John Gower's Confessio Amantis" at the meeting of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric in Bologna. Her essay "Hearing Gower's Rhetoric" was also recently published in a Modern Language Association volume entitled Approaches to Teaching the Poetry of John Gower.

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10/4 Westminster Presents "When the White House Calls: From Immigrant Entrepreneur to U.S. Ambassador"
John price discusses his experiences as U.S. Ambassador to the three island nations off the east coast of Africa, his thoughts on the future of sub-Saharan Africa and the need for more engagement in the region.
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10/6 Westminster Poetry Series Presents a Trio of Prose Writers
Prose writers Jacob Paul, Stephen Trimble, and Maximilian Werner will give a free reading as part of the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series.
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10/6 Westminster Presents the Theatrical Production of "The Ride Down Mount Morgan"
A narcissistic examination of love, betrayal, and bigamy, Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan focuses on an aging philanderer who winds up in a hospital after crashing his Porsche on a mountain road.
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10/17 Westminster Presents an Evening of Romantic Chamber Music
Six frequent collaborators from Salt Lake City–Lun Jiang, David Porter, Roberta Zalkind, Pegsoon Whang, Matthew Johnson, and Karlyn Bond–present an Evening of Romantic Chamber Music, featuring Franz Schubert’s sublime Cello Quintet and Antonin Dvořák’s beloved Piano Quintet.
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10/20 Westminster Presents "Ingredients" as Part of the Food Film Series
American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. “Ingredients” explores a thriving local food movement as our world becomes a more flavorless, disconnected and dangerous place to eat.
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10/21 Westminster Poetry Series Presents Poet Alberto Rios and Prose Writer Justin Torres
As part of the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series, Poet Alberto Rios and Prose Writer Justin Torres will give a free reading.
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10/29 Westminster Kicks Off National Chemistry Week
This year's event, “Chemistry – Our Health, Our Life,” will give families an opportunity to learn about how our health and well-being are directly related to chemistry and have fun with hands-on art and science projects.
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