Author: Makayla Kirk

Students say custom major allows them to take education into their own hands

As of Nov. 2018, there are 20 students who have declared a custom major and 25 students who are in the process of declaring, according to Julie Stewart, director of the custom major program. The custom major program at Westminster College is a way for students to propose an individual program of study that pulls from different disciplines, according to Westminster’s webpage. The custom major must ...

Westminster’s one-on-one teaching environment urged alumnus to return, teach

Julie Balk is an alumnus of Westminster College’s undergraduate nursing program who, after receiving her master’s and doctorate from the University of Utah, came back to teach at Westminster. Balk, now teaching masters and undergraduate of nursing, said she loves the small community and being more than just faculty member. She said that she enjoys being a mentor and even learning from her students...

Westminster faculty unravel regalia traditions, misogyny, history

Associate Professor of mathematics Sean Raleigh pulls out his academic regalia — the robes, hoods, and caps faculty wear at graduation and commencement — from his office closet to get ready for the inauguration of President Dobkin. He smells it to makes sure there isn’t a lingering odor since it has never been sent to the dry cleaners. Ever. He puts the dark blue robe and octangular tam or cap on ...

Westminster community honors Veterans Day through service

The Westminster College community honored Veterans Day with a service project to make fleece blankets, writing letters to veterans and donating to a food drive. The activities were hosted by the Veteran and Military Services Admissions Nov. 12, 2018. The donations were given to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The campus community was also able to pick up a yellow ribbon to s...

Westminster community affected by wildfire smoke, raise health concerns

Every fire season is different but they tend to follow a similar pattern, releasing large amounts of smoke into the air which the Westminster students say impacts their daily lives and health. There are about 222 active fires in Utah as of Oct. 10, according to the Fire, Weather and Avalanche Center. In the area from Tooele to the Unitas and Salt Lake City to Nephi, there are 11 active fires with ...

Student entrepreneurs juggle full schedule, growing businesses

Through the entrepreneurship program at Westminster College, several students balance their schedule as full-time students with their passion for developing their own businesses. Westminster launched an entrepreneurship minor in fall 2017 with Associate Professor of Management Clifford Hurst, Ph.D. as the head of the program. Hurst, who brings 24 years of experience to the program, said his vision...

Award-winning poet Carlos Andrés Gómez encourages Westminster to be mindful with words

Carlos Andrés Gómez, award-winning poet, speaker, actor and author emphasized the difference between impact and intention during his presentation on Monday. Gómez was the first speaker in Westminster College’s Heritage Speaker Series, and he encouraged students to think critically about their use of language and how it might affect others. Gómez’s lecture, “The Power of Our Latinidad in a Fracture...

Students and faculty prepare for a 7.0 earthquake at Westminster, which was built on a fault line

Students and faculty at Westminster College are working to better prepare for the possibility of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on a campus where many of the buildings were built before earthquake safety regulations were put in place. Westminster sits on the Wasatch Fault, which is part of the Interstate Seismic Belt. Utah has the highest seismic activity along the belt, which runs north to south in I...

Westminster’s commuter student experience

Students living on campus have no curfew, no commute and no parents telling them to pull their weight around the house. Living on campus means students have a place to go when they feeling sick, to have lunch in peace or to take an afternoon nap between classes.For commuter students, college is a different experience.Commuters make up 75 percent of Westminster’s student body, according to Westmins...