Westminster College
TypePrivate
Established1852; 172 years ago (1852)
Religious affiliation
Presbyterian Church (USA)
Endowment$110.2 million (2020)[1]
PresidentKathy Brittain Richardson
Undergraduates1,238[2]
Location, ,
United States
CampusSmall Town, 300 acres (120 ha)
ColorsBlue and White    
NicknameTitans
Websitewww.westminster.edu

Westminster College is a private, liberal arts college in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1852, it is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The student population is approximately 1,307 undergraduate and graduate students.[3]

History

Westminster formed as a result of a meeting on Jan. 21, 1852, between the Ohio and Shenango Presbyteries. In 2009, The Washington Monthly ranked Westminster College "third in social mobility" among 253 liberal arts colleges.[4] In 2010, Forbes ranked Westminster first in the nation as the "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math."[5] In 2008 36% Westminster's graduating class received their degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – and unusually, more of those STEM graduates were women than men.[6]

Campus

Campus of Westminster College

Westminster is located in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, a town of 2,466 residents located 50 miles (80 km) north of Pittsburgh and 80 miles (130 km) south of Erie and Cleveland on a 300-acre (120 ha) campus.

Student organizations

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) exists primarily for governing and providing entertainment for the student body.[7]

Greek life

The four social fraternities each have their own off campus house which junior and senior class brothers can live in. Each of the five sororities have their own respective hall in a sorority dorm building on campus that sisters can live in if they choose. The fraternities are: Alpha Sigma Phi, Phi Kappa Tau, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Theta Chi. The sororities are: Alpha Gamma Delta, Kappa Delta, Phi Mu, Sigma Kappa, and Zeta Tau Alpha.

Media organizations

Westminster has one alumni publication and three student publications. The alumni publication is Westminster College Magazine, which is a quarterly magazine detailing on-campus and alumni activities.[citation needed] The student publications include The Holcad, a weekly student-run newspaper; Argo, the student-run yearbook; and Scrawl, a student-run yearly literary magazine.

Westminster's radio station, Titan Radio (Digital 88.9/WWNW-FM) serves Lawrence County. The station streams online and features a hot adult contemporary format. The station is programmed and managed by students for the campus and the community. Programming includes live, local sports for Wilmington Area High School and various Westminster Titans teams. For each year from 2008 through 2013, Titan Radio received recognition from the Princeton Review, ranking it among the Top 20 College Radio Stations in the U.S.[8] Titan Radio is a broadcast member of the Pennsylvania Associated Press and the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters (PAB).[citation needed]

Westminster's television station is the Westminster Cable Network (WCN). It provides programming to Comcast subscribers in New Castle & Lawrence County. WCN is available on Armstrong Cable in New Wilmington on channel 72. Armstrong Cable also carries WCN in Lawrence and Mercer counties on channel 204. WCN creates and televises local programming including live high school football games, live Westminster College football games and Westminster Christmas Vespers. Other live programming includes the Lawrence County Band Festival and the New Castle Light Up Night parade. WCN produces a news magazine show, WCN 24/7 (formerly known as The County Line and Inside Lawrence County) and a weekly sports program called Coaches Corner focused on football in the fall and men's and women's basketball in the spring.

Athletics

The Westminster Titans compete in NCAA Division III athletics. Before moving to the NCAA, Westminster competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for many years. For a brief period, Westminster was a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Titans currently are a member of the Presidents' Athletic Conference.

The first official football game by the Westminster Titans was in December 1891; they lost to Geneva, 42–0. The next year was the first official season; Westminster played four games that year and went 3–1. Over the next 100 plus years, the Titans have had a record of 577–406–54.

The Titans have won the national championship 6 times (1970, 1976, 1977, 1988, 1989, and 1994), all while competing in NAIA Division II, with 11 undefeated seasons.

See also: NAIA Division II Football National Championship

Five former Titans football players have been enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame: Harold Davis, Joe Fusco, Larry Pugh, Harold Burry and Joe Micchia. Hall of Fame head coach Tuss McLaughry was not an alumnus but did coach the Titans for four years.[9] The current head football coach of the Titans is Scott Benzel, who became head coach in 2014.[10]

Westminster men's basketball team lost in the national NAIA title game twice (1960 and 1962) under coach Charles "Buzz" Ridl. Ridl was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame (1969), Western Pennsylvania Coaches Hall of Fame (1980), and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame (1992).

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

References

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  2. ^ "Westminster College (PA) - Profile, Rankings, and Data". US News and World Report. Retrieved 1 March 2023.
  3. ^ "Prospective Students \ Westminster College". Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  4. ^ [1] Archived August 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Best Colleges For Women And Minorities In STEM". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  6. ^ Doss, Natalie (15 December 2010). "Best Colleges For Women And Minorities In STEM". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  7. ^ "Overview | Student Government Association | Welcome". Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2008.
  8. ^ "Westminster College Selected Among The Best 378 Colleges in Nation by The Princeton Review; Also Honored for Best College Radio Station and Great Town-Gown Relations \ Westminster College". Westminster.edu. 2013-08-06. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  9. ^ 2009 Football Media Guide, Westminster College, p. 35, retrieved June 16, 2010.
  10. ^ "Titan Athletics – 2015 Football Coaching Staff". Westminster.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  11. ^ "Alumni News". Westminster College. Retrieved 1 November 2014.
  12. ^ Mackey, Jason (March 9, 2012). "Pitt Baseball Coach Jordano Is Embracing Some New Challenges". TribLive.com. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  13. ^ "Gerald J. LaValle (D)". Official Pennsylvania Senate Profile. Pennsylvania Senate. Archived from the original on 2007-08-19.
  14. ^ "Orr, David." American Environmental Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present. Amenia: Grey House Publishing, 2008. Credo Reference. Web. 24 September 2012

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