Westminster hosts Brass Extravaganza

NEW WILMINGTON – Brass musicians of all ages are invited to attend Westminster College’s 2019 Brass Extravaganza from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, in the College’s Will W. Orr Auditorium.

The event is open to anyone who plays a brass instrument, any age and any level. The general public is also invited to attend the performances scheduled throughout the day.

In addition to performing, participants will also enjoy guest performances and masterclasses by Conspiratus Brass Duo, the Westminster College Faculty Brass Quintet and Ashley Hall.

Conspiratus Brass will perform at 10:30 a.m. in the Orr Auditorium Mezzanine. Dr. Jim Johnson, trumpet, and Dr. Kiirsi Maunula Johnson, horn, make up the versatile brass duo.

The Westminster College Faculty Brass Quintet will perform a recital at noon in Orr Auditorium. The quintet consists of Dr. Timothy Winfield, assistant professor of music, on trumpet; Dr. R. Tad Greig, professor of music and director of bands, on trombone; Heather Johnson, adjunct music professor, on horn; Bob Antonucci, adjunct music professor, on tuba; and Terry Gale, professional regional musician, on trumpet.

Hall will wrap up the day’s performances at 3 p.m. in Orr Auditorium. In addition to being an internationally-renowned trumpet soloist, chamber musician, clinician and coach, she is principal trumpet with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and a trumpet professor at the Longy School of Music in Massachusetts.

A minor Tune Up Brass Repair will be on site throughout the day for repairs and ultrasonic cleanings.

The day is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for participants, as well.

For more information and to register, visit

Titan Talks to examine failure, networking

NEW WILMINGTON – Westminster College’s Dr. Robert Badowski, assistant professor of business administration, and Summer Zickefoose, assistant professor of art, will round out the 2019 Titan Talks series with “The Art of Failure and Saying Yes” at 7 p.m. Nov. 14, in the Hoyt Science Center’s Deborah Platt Majoras and John M. Majoras Lobby on the Westminster College campus.

Badowski will present “Jumping on Roller Skates: The Hidden Advantages of Failing.” In his lecture, he will explore how to fail as humans and pick yourself up again.

Zickefoose, art gallery director, will follow with “Networking: A Visual Map of Saying ‘Yes,’” which will feature the careers of creative professionals, from alumni to practicing artists and to entrepreneurs. Visual maps will be used to illustrate how one opportunity can lead to many others.

Titan Talks are free and open to the public, but reservations are due by today. There will be light snacks at the event. To register, visit

Information, contact Nicole Hunter, assistant director of alumni engagement and coordinator of Titan Talks, at 724-946-7373 or

Nominations sought for GCC awards

GROVE CITY – Nominations opened Nov. 1 for the 37th annual Campus-Community Awards, to be held on Feb. 11, 2020 at the Carnegie Alumni Center at Grove City College.

Two awards will be presented: one to a Grove City College campus awardee and one to a greater Grove City Borough awardee, each of whom meet the criteria of working to bring the college and borough together in meaningful, beneficial ways. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 15.

Individuals, businesses, campus student groups, and community groups that exemplify this spirit of collaboration and partnership are eligible. Nominees for both awards must have met the criteria through volunteer, non-profit effort, and not through aspects of employment that require interaction.

To nominate a qualified individual or organizational group for a Campus-Community Award, please email or complete the online nomination form at

The award is named for Florence E. MacKenzie, wife of former Grove City College President Dr. Charles S. MacKenzie. 

Student work needed for environment symposium

NEW WILMINGTON — Westminster College is calling for students from regional educational institutions to present their environmental research, projects and creative works at the annual Symposium on the Environment to be held Dec. 5 at Westminster College. Deadline to submit entry material is Nov. 13.

Research posters, art work, oral presentations and even performances related to the environment or the natural world are all welcomed submissions to the symposium. Students from all disciplines, ranging from high school through graduate school, are encouraged to participate.

The symposium, which will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Witherspoon Room and Mueller Theater of McKelvey Campus Center, highlights environmental study, research, artistic expression and service work being done by students in the region.

Students presenting at the symposium can submit resumés to Westminster’s Professional Development Center to be screened for environmental internships and job opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to network with potential employers during the symposium.

The symposium is sponsored by the Center for the Environment at Westminster College and the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition.

To complete the submission form and learn more, contact the coordinators of the symposium at

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