Author: Cami Mondeaux

How a failed ASW Senate bill helped ignite years of food insecurity efforts on campus

Efforts to increase resources pertaining to food and housing insecurity began in ASW Senate during the 2018-19 academic year by former President Jazmin May.

Graduation is on: Westminster to host in-person commencement ceremonies

Westminster College will host its 2021 graduation ceremonies in person, dividing commencement into three groups, according to an email sent out to students Wednesday. The ceremonies will be held outside on the Dumke Field with two guests allotted per student. The college will also live-stream the event for those who cannot attend in person. “We hope to make each of these events impactful whi...

Westminster to provide new tuition insurance program, guaranteeing refund for students facing ‘unexpected hardships’

Westminster College will switch to a new tuition insurance provider at the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester, automatically enrolling students in a program that will provide up to a 75% refund for those who face "unexpected hardships," the school announced Thursday.

Administration urges students to remember masks in public spaces, citing violations in dining areas

Administration officials at Westminster College sent two emails over the last week, urging students to wear masks in public spaces after reports of noncompliance in the Shaw Student Center.

ASW reports 19% decrease in budget with nearly half toward scholarships, associate pay

ASW reported a 19% decrease in its overall budget for the 2020-21 academic year, according to its annual report released at the end of December. Almost every area experienced a moderate decline in funding, with ASW scholarships and associate leader pay now making up about 44% of the total budget.  ASW funding comes directly from enrollment through the $55 student activity fee. Because Westmin...

President Dobkin responds to violence, unrest in DC calling it ‘an attempt to subvert’ democracy

Westminster College President Beth Dobkin responded to the violent protest outside the U.S. Capitol Wednesday while Congress prepared to certify the presidential election, calling it “an attempt to subvert democratic processes.” After the chaos within the nation’s capital subsided — which forced an emergency recess and a shelter-in-place for Congressmembers inside the build...

Monday on a Friday? Spring semester begins at end of week to compensate for holiday weekend

As Spring semester approaches, Westminster College will debut a new schedule beginning on a Thursday -- with an academic Monday, held on a Friday, immediately following.

COVID-19 hotline will be available to students for virus questions, school policies

A newly-implemented COVID-19 hotline will be available during the first three weeks of the Spring semester, addressing questions about the coronavirus and school policies.

New research guidelines prompt concern among faculty, but IRB says not much will change

The Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Westminster updated its guidelines for research projects, requiring students to submit proposals to keep on file.

State won’t require Westminster to do bi-weekly COVID testing, will continue with same protocols

Westminster College will not need to follow the statewide requirements of bi-weekly COVID-19 testing for students, continuing with its same protocols for the Spring semester.

May Term Study Experiences canceled for 2nd year in a row

Westminster College’s annual May Term Study Experience trips are canceled for the May 2021 semester, making it the second year in a row the study abroad trips have been called off amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Roughly 45 students enrolled for a MTSE trip for the May 2021 semester, according to Sara Demko, assistant provost for global learning. All of the students will receive a full refund. Th...

President Dobkin tests positive for COVID-19

President Beth Dobkin has tested positive for COVID-19, the college announced in an email to faculty and staff Monday morning.