Westminster Electronic Newsletter

Thursday, September 30, 2010

First-ever “platinum” rating for a Utah higher education institution

Westminster College is pleased to announce that its new state-of-the-art Meldrum Science Center has earned the highest LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification rating of “platinum”

--a first for any higher education institution in the state of Utah.

The center’s efficient, environmentally sensitive design makes it a showcase for environmental stewardship and demonstrates Westminster’s commitment to environmental responsibility.

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Westminster Provost Appointed Chair of Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Westminster College Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. James “Cid” Seidelman, has recently been appointed chair of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, one of the seven regional accrediting commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The NWCCU has authority for the educational quality and institutional effectiveness of 160 higher education institutions in the Northwest region, which includes the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Washington.
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tWestminster Places Fifth in 2009-10 Investment Competition

With $50,000 to invest, Westminster student investors once again proved they could outperform the major stock indexes as part of the D.A. Davidson & Co Student Investment Program. After the year-long competition, Westminster’s team grabbed an impressive fifth place, beating out schools like Gonzaga University and University of Washington.
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Washington Monthly Ranks Westminster Among Top Service-Oriented Schools

While some college guides measure the prestige of a college according to the opinions of higher education peers, test scores of incoming freshmen, or alumni giving rates, Washington Monthly recently released its own rating system designed to measure how well colleges serve the public good. Against the criteria of social mobility, research, and service, Westminster College ranks among the top 10 percent of Master’s Universities in the U.S.

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Julie Paasch and Lance Vaculin recently renewed their Master Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) accreditation. This international accreditation recognizes the very top flight instructors for their ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community. Of the 93,000 CFIs in the United States, fewer than 700 have achieved this designation. Only four CFIs in the state of Utah are Master CFIs—and we have two of them right here at Westminster!

April Blair graduated from Westminster's Master of Public Health Program in August.

Hikmet Loe and Lance Newman recently published “Desert Interventions,” a conversation accompanied by interviews with Ken Sleight, Jack Loeffler, and Jim Stiles in Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 10.3 (2010). 

Charles Ehin
published a chapter entitled, "Co-Evolving Relationships and Innovation Dynamics," in Intellectual Capital and Technological Innovation: Knowledge-Based Theory and Practice (IGI Global, 2010).

Christopher LeCluyse attended the International Writing Centers Association Summer Institute at Quartz Mountain Resort in Oklahoma. He also represented Westminster at the Council for Indpendent Colleges/Collegiate Learning Assessment Consortium meeting in Jersey City, NJ, in August. His singing engagements included performances with music ensemble Magnificat in the finale of the Berkeley Early Music Festival and with the Houston-based medieval ensemble Istanpitta in the Connecticut Early Music Festival. His own early music group Utopia Early Music will present "What Fright'ning Noise is This? A Baroque Halloween" October 29 and 31 at St. Mark's Cathedral, 231 E 100 S, Salt Lake City

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10/6 The Scientific Study of Religion: Promise and Pitfalls: Arvind Sharma, Ph.D. speaks as part of the Tanner-McMurrin Lecture Series
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10/6-9 Henry V: Westminster presents a theatrical production of Shakespeare's classic with a twist.
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10/12 Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed: Larry Rohter provides a fresh perspective on how, while no one was looking, Brazil became an industrial and agricultural powerhouse.
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