Follow Your Bliss- Westminster’s 2007 Commencement Highlights

May 20, 2007

Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.
Joseph Campbell


More than 325 graduates received degrees on Old Main’s Senior Terrace as the sun peaked out on a breezy Saturday afternoon in New Wilmington marking the 153rd commencement for Westminster College. Titan Radio presents highlights online from this year’s graduation ceremonies. The highlights are available here on and on You Tube.

Westminster’s commencement speaker, Dr. Dianne D. Aronian, encouraged each graduate to do as Joseph Campbell wrote and “follow your bliss.” Aronian, a 1962 Westminster graduate and former College trustee and accomplished ophthalmologist, created a program to bring eye care to southern Belize in Central America. The program responded to a health crisis where there was no eye care available to the poor in the region. Aronian noted her work in that program was one of the more recent occasions where she discovered her newest “bliss.” She described her life after her college graduation as a journey of finding her bliss a number of times from medical school and throughout her professional life. She urged the class of 2007 to open themselves up to discover the bliss that will lead them as they leave Westminster.


My First Time Producing a TV Show

May 17, 2007

By Doug Kunst (A.K.A Dee Kay)

I have to admit that I was really nervous. It was the first time that I would produce The County Line. I had the luxury of watching others before me and learning from how they ran the show. But I always have been good at taking charge delegating responsibility. As long as I was organized and the people under me knew what they were doing I would be in good shape. During our meeting for the week, I told everyone what I expected and when I wanted it. The only challenge for everyone, with me was I did (and still does) not own a cell phone. I handled this by giving everyone a contacted sheet. This included my email, screen name, and dorm number. Well this did he job a cell phone would have made everything so much easier. Things were find leading up to the show on Monday. Now we all know this will change like it always does. When I walked into the news room Monday morning I still had anchors writing intro’s and stories. My field producers still did not finish editing their story and some how I was a three minutes light on the rundown. I solved the rundown problem by adding another minute to the interview segment and re-racking a story we used a fell weeks ago. I feel sorry for everyone around me. I became very aerated because I wanted this done by Sunday night. So I might have been a little short with people. Eventually it all it got done. We stated to record the show about 20 minutes behind schedule but this was the only time that this was ok because we were not live. For the most part the show want very smooth. By the end I was really happy with the result of the show I put together. Like all shows, there were some miner bumps but nothing major. After we faded to black I felt a big weight off my shoulders. I did it.

Six Months After the Explosion: Volunteers Help New Castle Victims

May 11, 2007

Nearly six months after a massive explosion ripped through an East Side neighborhood in New Castle volunteers are working to rebuild one of the demolished homes for a single mother and her two kids. Habitat for Humanity began work this week to construct a home that was destroyed on November 27, 2006. On that day, a blast at a nearby home on Franklin Avenue, fueled by a natural gas leak, tore through the neighborhood injuring four people and damaging more than 30 homes. Now volunteers from several churches have put up the cash and muscle to rebuild one family’s home. Habitat for Humanity organizers says it should take about six months to complete this project. The County Line’s Liz Farry files this report for the TCL blog.

Cops Turn Tasers on Each Other During Training

April 17, 2007

New Wilmington police officers are now armed with a shocking new weapon. The County Line’s Elizabeth Farry shows us how the department trains with tasers by turning the weapon on each other.

Gearing Up for RELAY FOR LIFE

April 12, 2007

Westminster College & the American Cancer Society are gearing up for this year’s “Relay for Life” event. The County Line’s Clarissa Hunter talks with ACS spokesman Jim Leslie about the April 14 fundraiser.

Meet A Three-Year Old Crime Fighter on the New Castle PD

March 23, 2007

The newest crime fighter in New Castle’s police department has a police badge and business cards, but he’s only three-years old. He’s Bronco the K-9 cop. He’s the department first bomb sniffing dog. County Line producer Clarissa Hunter and reporter Danielle Adams introduce you to Bronco and his partners at the New Castle PD.

Campus Scrapes for Table Scraps

March 22, 2007

Going Organic When It Comes to Recycling
At Westminster’s dining halls students scrape their plates into containers bound for the compost heap instead of dumping food into a garbage can. It’s all part of a campus composting project headed up by retired professor Clarence Harms. Some call him the king of compost at Westminster-but it’s all good nature fun.

Dr. Harms works hard promoting recycling at the dining halls and in the classrooms by collecting paper products for recycling as well. Last year’s composting efforts reclaimed nearly 90 tons of waste materials that will turn back into productive soil. Nearly five tons of that waste material came from the campus dining halls while 56 tons came from fall leave collection from the borough.

Dr. Harms talks one on one about this project with The County Line’s Sky Yaple in this week’s edition of “County Close Up.” You can click the video window above and watch the interview. You can also link here to find out more about the campus composting project underway at Westminster’s field station.