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Provost Underscores Westminster Philosophy in the Wall Street Journal

 In his recent letter to the Wall Street Journal, Provost Cid Seidelman offers an alternative view to “education as commodity.”

“A College Education Isn’t Simply a Commodity”

One of the strategies identified in “How to Cut College Costs” (The Journal Report, Aug.5) recommends a “blended” approach to higher education: two years at a low-cost community college followed by matriculation from a “pricier four-year college.” That may make sense for students who approach their college education as consumers interested in gaining certain skills and mastering certain concepts at the lowest possible costs. But there are also students who approach education as investors interested in maximizing the quality of their learning experience.

One of the strengths of American higher education is its diversity.We have different institutions, with different philosophies and missions, appealing to different segments of the student population. While no student wants to pay more than is needed for their education, many are willing to pay as much as is required for the kind of education they value: one that prepares them to continue to learn throughout their lives as technologies change, job descriptions are altered, and personal interests evolve. For students who are investors, a “pricier” education may be priceless.

Reprinted as found in the Wall Street Journal on August 22, 2005.

 

 IN REMEMBRANCE

Arthur J. Ritter (1933-2005) Assistant Professor, Aviation Management

 

Faculty News

Susan Cottler has been asked by the Cambridge Scholars Press to develop a journal article from the paper she gave at The Popular Culture Conference in San Diego in April 2005 called “Mick Jagger/Keith Richards: History Professors Extraordinaire.” The journal will be published in January 2006.

Susan Gunter gave a paper entitled “The Eternal Maternal: Henry James, Bruce Porter, and Peggy Porter” at the International Henry James Conference in Venice, Italy, on July 14, 2005.

Jeff Nichols published an essay entitled “‘These Waters Were All Virgin’: Finis Mitchell and Wind River Wilderness” in Preserving Western History, ed. Andrew Gulliford (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2005).

Last spring, Natasha Saje spent a Fulbright semester in Slovenia teaching a course on the sociology of art and working on a book of essays. An essay on the structure of books of poetry is in the current issue of the Iowa Review, and an essay on syntax will appear in the Writer's Chronicle in October. Poems are forthcoming in The Gettysburg Review, Pool, and Puerto del Sol.

Colleen Sandor gave a paper in Bethesda, Maryland, in May entitled “Group Supervision and the Affective Learning Model” to the International Psychotherapy Institute. In June she delivered a clinical paper entitled “Split Minds: Countertransference in the Treatment of Sexual Abuse” at a conference on trauma in Salt Lake City that was co-sponsored by the International Psychotherapy Institute and the Utah Psychological Association.

Tricia Shepherd organized, hosted, and taught the afternoon laboratory sessions on theoretical and computational chemistry for the Center for Workshops in the Chemical Sciences (CWCS). Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the workshop, held at Westminster College in May, attracted twenty faculty from colleges and universities across the U.S. Shepherd is also part of a faculty group that received a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (NSF-MRI) program titled, “Acquisition of a Linux Cluster for the Molecular Education and Research Consortium in Undergraduate Computational Chemistry (MERCURY).” The consortium consists of faculty from eight liberal arts institutions across the country with undergraduate research programs in computational chemistry.

Last July, along with three undergraduate research students, Shepherd attended the fourth annual MERCURY conference in undergraduate computational chemistry in Clinton, NY. Westminster students Thomas Jerant, Hassan Hassan, and Rory Sandberg each gave a brief presentation of their summer research projects. Shepherd also coauthored, with Ashley Phillips (’05), in collaboration with Javier Gomez and Ward Thompson at the University of Kansas, a paper entitled “Conformational Free Energies of 1,2- Dichloroethane in Nanoconfined Methanol,” which has been accepted by The Journal of Physical Chemistry.

New Faculty

Mark Ankeny

Professor and Dean, School of Education

Paul Bernhardt

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Lori Ann Carmack

Assistant Professor, Mathematics

Michael Keene

Assistant Professor, Management

Lauren Lore

Assistant Professor, Finance

Pamela Merkley

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Cinda Morgan

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Robert Nicholes

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Gale Pearce

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Donald Saxon

Assistant Professor, Accounting

Christine Seifert

Assistant Professor, Communication

Jennifer Stock

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Gail Tuohig

Assistant Professor, Nursing